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Slow Your Roll

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Hello Again!

First, let me address the elephant in the room.  That elephant being my “I am going to blog everyday in June challenge”.  Let’s all take a moment to laugh at that because I maybe made 7ish blog posts.  However, all hope is not lost because this failed experiment helped me learn a lesson about goal setting.

Many of you are familiar with the Aesop fable “The Tortoise and the Hare” and the lesson slow and steady wins the race.  To sum up the fable the tortoise and the hare were in a race. The hare took off trying to show up the tortoise but eventually burned out and had to stop.   During the hare’s break the tortoise was able to pass the hare and win the race.

Now, I am sure you are probably thinking “what in the world does this story have to do with goal setting or your blog posts?”. Like the hare I set the intention of tackling this goal full blast and as a result I got burned out really quick.  I would dread having to post and felt like I couldn’t make any idea come together (I have like a gazillion unfinished drafts started).  I set the goal because I enjoyed blogging but wanted to become more consistent.   As a new blogger I should of started smaller with my goals and built up to daily posting because I ended up giving up all together.  Committing to posting once a week or bi-weekly would be been making progress towards my goals in a more manageable manner.

When goal setting it is important for us to meet ourselves where we are  and recognize that sometimes meeting a goal is a slow process.  This is extremely true when it comes to fitness goals.  We set a goal of wanting to loose weight or become healthier and we follow that with an overwhelming amount of life changes to make it happen.  We commit to cutting out foods that are bad for us and working out every day.  Then as a response to the demands we put on ourselves we start to loose motivation and we end up backsliding until we are right back to square one.  Remember this….A healthy lifestyle is a process….Reaching any goal is a process…and the process takes patience.

So the next time you feel discouraged with your journey to your goals take some time to reevaluate.  Break your goals down into manageable sections. Take it one step at a time and once you get comfortable start adding in other steps to reaching where you want to be.  Make promises that are challenging but you know you can keep.  The momentum from all the small goals you accomplish will fuel your motivation to continue after the ultimate goal.  Be patient with yourself and remember each day is a new day.

All the Love,

KC

PS. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

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Spicy Avocado Hummus

Let’s talk healthy snacking. If there is one thing that can derail the “clean eating train” it is the urge to snack. We have all been there…it’s 2:30 pm and the grilled chicken salad you had for lunch had worn off. You need a boost to get you through until dinner but snacking healthy is a struggle. Well here is a simple recipe that comes in clutch in these situations. It has protein and healthy fats that will help tide you over until the dinner bell rings.

Spicy Avocado Hummus

1 can Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)

1 Avocado

1 to 2 jalapenos

Minced Garlic

1 Lemon

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and pepper

I use my Nutribullet to blend the hummus to desired consistency but any blender or food processor will do. You start by draining and rinsing the garbanzo beans and pour into blender. Next add 1 half of your avocado to the blender. The other half of avocado is yours to do what you wish with. I rub the lemon on the unused half and store it to eat later. Half the lemon and squeeze the juice from each half into the blender. Then add about 1 tablespoon EVOO to the blender. Now the rest of the recipe is according to personal taste, you can add as much jalapeno, salt and pepper, and garlic as you would like. I suggest start by adding a little and adjusting accordingly. I serve mine with carrot chips and bell peppers.

Tip – Add extra olive oil or a little water to achieve desired consistency.

This is one of my favorite go to snacks. It’s fresh and satisfying. I hope you enjoy!

All the Love

KC

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Home Chef

Have you ever tried a food subscription box?

I love them! They provide wholesome meals and take the guess work out of dinner time. The meal ideas are always fresh and not just your average plate. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. Last, but not least they typically only take 30 to 45 minutes to make! #Winning #Winnerwinnerchickendinner

Speaking of chicken….

Tonight I had an amazing Home Chef meal, Chile Rellenos Chicken. It was flavorful, smoky, cheesy and boasted just the right amount of heat. It was accompanied by chipotle butternut-carrot mash, which if I am being honest I had my reservations about. The last time I had a mashed up carrot I am pretty sure I was wearing diapers but to my surprise it it really won me over. I plan to add both of these dishes to my recipe book.

I highly recommend a food subscription to anyone who is looking to jazz up meal time. I am actually enrolled in THREE different food plans…Home Chef, Blue Apron, and Hello Fresh. Each week I choose which menu looks most appealing and so far I haven’t gotten any meals that were bad.

If your on the fence and have any questions feel free to ask away. I love this service and think you will too.

All the love

-KC

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Half Full

Is the cup half full or half empty?

The question is the same everytime but the answer can change in a minute.

Are you ran down, tired and frustrated? — half empty. Are you energized, happy, and at peace? — half full, over flowing even.

This question is one of the primary reasons self care is so important and why I will talk about it a lot this month. It is important to take the time to fill our hearts with things that bring us joy. It is essential to invite moments of peace and calm into our lives. Chaos breeds chaos and it is up to us to break the cycle and not fall victim to the overwhelming fast pace of life.

So lets take a look at what makes you happy. How do you take care of yourself. Here are 5 of my favorites.

1. Yoga…not just teaching but also the moments when it’s just me and my mat being lead by whatever feels good.

2. Reading. I especially enjoy it when I’m reading in my happy place, my back porch.

3. Meditation. Goodness I used to be HORRIBLE at this. I hated to take quite time but have found some guided meditation apps that I love. Now I’ll take at least 10 minutes a day. My go to apps are Simple Habit and Calm.

4. Exercise. I am a crossfitter and I wake up each morning and workout at 5am. This is my time. The rest of the day may get slammed packed but no one can take that hour away from me.

5. Packing my lunch and making good food choices. I feel better when I take care of myself. When I eat well I am doing that for myself and so that I can give my best to those who count on me.

Write them down. List out 5 things you do in the name of self care. You can even comment here and we can all borrow ideas. Let’s starting treating ourselves as a friend.

All the love,

KC

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Brownie Points

Today’s post will be short and sweet (pun intended).

I have seriously found the best thing ever….Base Culture Almond Butter Paleo Brownie (say that ten times fast).

Yesterday while grocery shopping I was tasked with the mission to find my husband some Red Bean and Rice bowls for lunch. So being the sweet and loving wife I am I searched high and low with no luck. Well let me rephrase that….I had no luck with Kody’s request. I on the other hand stumbled upon brownie heaven. I was sceptical at first but I just tried this and now I am staring at a very empty plate. Now don’t get me wrong this treat being “paleo” does not make it a low carb, low calorie brownie or some top secret magic diet brownie. No, it’s not made of unicorn tears or any craziness such as that but it is a gluten free, non GMO, clean eating gateway to chocolate town. I warmed it just for few seconds and it was rich, gooey, and delicious. I almost couldn’t believe what I was eating. Not to mention it’s a woman owned company #girlpower.

You can find these in the frozen food section. Next time you want to treat yourself I recommend giving this a try.

All the Love,

KC