The Scale Doesn't Matter

I think we've all been obsessed with the scale at one point in our life or another. For me, it was right when I started working out seriously in the summer of 2012, right when I got back from DR. I worked out twice a day, for a total of 2-2.5 hours, and I would not touch food that wasn't healthy. It was a bit insane looking back on it. I would go on the scale every week or so, and always want the weight to be a certain number. I thought it was a healthy way of thinking and being, but it was not, I know that now. I quickly became burnt out, and experienced medical issues. I recognized with the help of my friends, family, and Sal, that this was no way to live... being glued to the scale, and not allowing myself time for my body to recover, and depriving my body of nutrients, and calories it needed. 

Over the past few years, I've been working on building my strength, and pushing my body and mind past different limits. I learned more about health, wellness, and fitness by getting my personal training certification, which would be the beginning of many more to come. I tried more weight lifting classes, and branched out of my comfort zone little by little. I ran my first Spartan race, completed a half marathon, a full marathon, and plenty of other races in between. This year, especially, I've been incorporating hot yoga into my weekly workout routine, experimenting in the kitchen, and trying out new foods, jam packed with nutrition, and falling in love with crossfit. Hot yoga and crossfit were two workouts that I didn't see myself doing ever. I was terrified of passing out in the hot yoga studio, and I didn't want to get injured at crossfit. Turns out, if you focus on your breathing and the pose or exercise you are currently doing (ya know instead of the million other things you could be thinking about) the chances of injury and fainting are far lower than you'd imagine. 

Since I started a new workout routine, I have been weighing myself on an Inbody machine every 2 weeks. And not for the reason you might think. To be honest, my weight has generally stayed the same from December 31st to now. Am I not seeing the changes I want? Absolutely not. I'm seeing changes in my body and mind. I can lift heavier weights than I've ever even tried to lift, I can hold poses in yoga that I could never have done before this, and I feel GREAT. I've lost almost 4% in body fat, and I've gained almost 3% in muscle mass. Say whatttttt. THAT is what matters. Your weight DOES NOT MATTER. Let me repeat that... that number on the scale means NOTHING. 

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If you have been incorporating workouts into your weekly routine, and you're having fun doing them, and you're eating healthy foods that are nourishing and fueling your body to get you through each and every day with confidence, happiness, and love, then THAT is what matters. When you find yourself reaching for the 10s instead of the 5lb weights, when you slide into your jeans with ease, when you try on a shirt in the store in a size smaller than what you usually are, when you smile looking at yourself in the mirror.... that is what matters. That scale does not. Say it with me .... the number on the scale does not matter. 

Being healthy is a journey. You cannot just set a goal of losing weight, and expect to be done with it when you reach your goal. No... this needs to be done daily, weekly, monthly, yearly. Each and every moment of the day needs your positive energy, your strength, and confidence. Don't give up if you haven't reached your goals, reset your mind... set new goals, and go for those. And when you reach a goal... set a new one. Remember what matters. 

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Recipe: Weekend Chocolate PB Overnight Oats

I'm not a huge meal prepper. I'm home at random times during the day so I have enough time to make lunch or dinner and eat at home. Breakfast, however, is sometimes eaten on the go - before I get to the gym, or have an appointment with my client. So I like to prep overnight oats. They're so simple to make, can be stored in the fridge for the week, and easy to grab and eat on the ride - just need a mason jar & a spoon! 

With this new year, I have been focusing on nourishing my mind, body, and soul. So tons of yoga, strength training and limit pushing, personal development books (right now I'm reading The Universe Has Your Back by Gabby Bernstein). More on that and my goals in tomorrow's blog post. One way I nourish my body is by eating foods that make me feel good. So I've been drinking smoothies daily, healthier breakfasts that can leave me feeling full until lunch, and dinners with tons of vegetables. I've been loving the way my body has been reacting, and I've been happier than I have been in a long time, despite the obstacles that always find their way to me. Remember, obstacles are detours in the right direction!  

Back to the overnight oats... I love making these especially when I have ripe bananas. I'll either freeze the bananas for smoothies or make oats. I chose to do both this time! So some went into little bags in the freezer, and the 3 left over I threw into a bowl and started to make my overnight oats! 

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Weekend Chocolate PB Overnight Oats

Ingredients: 
3 ripe bananas
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 scoop chocolate protein (I love Pure Protein Complete by Young Living)
2 tbsp natural peanut butter
1 cup almond milk (add more if you like them more watery)
2 cups oats
2 tbsps shredded coconut

Directions:
1. Mash bananas in bowl. 
2. Add all other ingredients and mix together. 
3. Pour into mason jars. 
4. Devour. 


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I got three and a half small mason jars out of this recipe - thus why I call them Weekend Overnight Oats, because there is just enough for the weekend! They're so good, but I'll be eating my last one tomorrow and I need to get more bananas to make more!

Let me know below when you've tried them! I'd love to know what you think! 

Sunday Runday: Run to the Kettlebell Workout

This morning I woke up with a desire to workout, actually to get specific, I wanted to run. I was inspired after my brunch date the day before with my workout friend... she told me she had plans to run 10 miles outside, and so I got the running bug again. This hasn't happened in awhile, so I listened to my body, and my heart, and got dressed in workout clothes. I walked down the hallway to our home gym, and started the treadmill, but as soon as I got started running, I didn't want to run the three miles I set out in my head. I wanted to make it harder. I picked out my Pandora 2000s playlist, and turned up the volume as loud as it would go. I hopped off the treadmill as soon as I hit half a mile, and did 4 kettle bell moves, 10 reps each. It was enough to get my muscles moving in a different way, and enough to throw off my controlled runner's breathing that I thank yoga for. Goblet squats, swings, high pulls, and russian twists, all with my kettle bell. It's funny though, I have a 25lb kettle bell, and all it took was one swing to realize I need to get a heavier one... maybe 35lbs! 

I ran at half mile increments until I reached 3 miles. I was sweating, my cheeks were rosy, and my breathing was labored, but I did it, and even reached an 8:34 mile pace! Things are looking brighter for the end of 2017, and I hope to kick off 2018 in a big way! 

If you want to change up your treadmill runs, or try this workout outside, it's posted below for you! Remember to listen to your body... when it calls for movement, MOVE. 

Recipe: Peanut Butter Einkorn Granola Bars

Our bodies were not created to digest and assimilate these processed foods and man-made compounds. The modern wheat today is now a hybrid wheat. It began in 1970, as a way of saving farmers money and time. They increase the yield, reduce the cost, and sadly, introduce toxins into our food supply using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. It's difficult to digest, and the nutrients are unusable. Upon reading Ancient Einkorn by D. Gary Young, I'm now looking into reading the Wheat Belly book. I may not have wheat issues, but there are tons of people out there who are being affected, as it's had connections to arthritis, celiac disease, dementia, fibromyalgia, autism, and manic depression, just to name a few. 

Social and mental dysfunction and neurological behavioral problems are being caused primarily, if not entirely, by the chemicals, toxins, processed foods, and glutens from hybrid grains, etc, whether from eating, breathing, drinking or applying topically.
— D. Gary Young, Ancient Einkorn, p. 5

Modern wheat turns to glucose 3x faster than white sugar, and is a super starch, super fat, and super drug. It's high addictive, and can cause obesity, inflammation, and celiac disease, as well as a gluten intolerance. 

Ancient einkorn is an ancient grain, the original wheat of man, with 1 genome, and 14 chromosomes, unlike modern wheat which is said to have 42 chromosomes and 3 genomes. The stocks are long and slender, while the kernels are oblong and fat, and protected by a strong husk. They grow tall with hair like tassels. It may be good for celiac patients, because it only has 1 genome, as opposed to 3 like in modern wheat. The third one is usually known as the trigger genome. 

The gluten that comes in our modern, hybridized wheat is incompatible with the human body, and has been found to contribute to autoimmune diseases, inflammation, and a host of other unintended and undesirable effects. 

Isn't it about time we take back control of our eating, our food, our lives. We keep messing with nature, and we wonder why we're being punished with all of these diseases?

Look Deeper into nature, and then you will understand everything.
— Albert Einstein

I've been researching more and more about Ancient Einkorn, and I've been trying more and more einkorn products from Young Living. It's way easier to digest, and our bodies are able to soak up all the nutrients that this offers us. I have the flour, and granola... and boy am I obsessed with this granola. Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Granola is sweetened by the combination of wolfberries, cranberries, cacao nibs, and coconut sugar. These sweet hints are balanced by hearty sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, and pecans, with just the right amount of sea salt. It is without refined sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. It tastes amazing. I want this in the hands of everyone! 

So far I've had it over greek yogurt, by the handful, poured over warmed milk, and now GRANOLA BARS! You only need three ingredients for this recipe! How simple is that?! 

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Peanut Butter Einkorn Granola Bars

Ingredients: 
3/4 cups natural peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
2 cups Einkorn Granola

Directions:
1. Mix peanut butter and honey in a microwave safe bowl. If not smooth consistency, heat in microwave for 20 seconds at a time, stirring afterwards. 
2. Pour melted peanut butter and honey mixture over 2 cups of einkorn granola, and store until combined.
3. Line a pan with parchment paper, pour granola mixture into pan, use a spatula to flatten and spread in pan. 
4. Refrigerate for an hour. 
5. Remove from pan, and cut into bars. Place in a container and store in refrigerator. 

I take the bar out and let it get to room temp before I enjoy it. 


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Let me know if you want to grab a bag of Einkorn Granola! 

DIY Race Medal Holder

When I first started running races, I was collecting a ton of medals and race bibs and had no where to put them. I didn't want to throw the bibs away. I wanted to put them somewhere that I could look at and remind myself to be proud, even on days when I was feeling everything but that. I looked up medal holders online, and found my way over to easy. At the time, I didn't want to spend the money on it, and no shops had quite what I was envisioning. So I turned to Michaels to create exactly what I wanted. 

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What You'll Need: 

Wooden Board (your choice size and shape)
Chalkboard Paint
Paintbrush
Chalk
Gold Wire
Gold Safety Pins
Gold Hooks

Directions:

1. Start by painting your board with the chalkboard paint. Do one side first - when it dries after first coating, paint a second coat over. Once dry, flip it over and repeat.

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2. Let dry, once dry completely, push the hooks into the wood (use a hammer if necessary). You may need to measure the distance between the two according to your race bibs. Add more hooks to the bottom for your medals. String the gold wire from the hook on the left to the right side. 

3. Add a quote or saying to the top using your chalk.

4. Add bibs and medals, hang up, and be proud - but don't ever stop adding those bibs and medals.

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