Find Your Strength

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I didn’t want to do an HOUR’s worth of MMA workouts this morning 😱, but then I remembered I was fighting for something bigger than myself. 💓👶

There’s always a reason to find the strength to do something you may not believe you can. Find yours and never, ever quit on it.

 

Is motivation a real thing?

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Is motivation even a REAL THING??! I mean really, do you believe in constant, ongoing motivation? I don’t 😑
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This week I’ve heard from several ladies struggling with motivation to exercise, to eat healthy, to wake up/rinse/repeat the next day.
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I think I’ve finally got the answer 👉 motivation is like that fun cousin you only see at holidays. They pump you up, you have a great time together + are in the best mood. But then they leave, and it’ll be awhile before you see them again.
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So in the meantime, we go back to our ho-hum routine. And that’s where we sit back & wonder why our lives are no different.
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HERES HOW YOU FIX IT! You replace motivation with habit. It doesn’t matter if I’m not high-on-life-after-a-cousin visit, I wake up & choose to do things that will move me forward in my life. And you just… keep…going.
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It’s not sexy. You’re not going to see results right away. You’re not going to wake up EXCITED everyday to get your sh*t done. But do it. Every day. If you miss a day, don’t miss the next one. It’s that simple.
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Because then, one day you’ll turn around and realize YOU’RE the fun, purpose-driven, inspirational cousin everyone wants to see more than just twice a year

Athletically Curvy

Where are my athletically curvy girls at?? 🙋🏼🙋🏼🙋🏼

I’m super proud of my body and what it can do, but in all honesty I am most insecure about my legs – I always have been. They’re bigger and muscular and yes, sometimes I catch things that should have ideally fallen through a ‘thigh gap’… like snacks 😳

But now, my legs don’t bother me as much. I show up and do something every day that pushes me to WORK them instead of just complain about them.

I have cellulite that may or may not go away post-childbirth {I’ve actually always had some cellulite 👉 sometimes it’s part of your genetic makeup and it’s very tough to get rid of completely} and I’m okay with that.

It’s okay to be working towards new ‘body’ goals while not hating your body right now. It’s okay to have your thighs touch or cellulite or hips that don’t quit. It’s okay to love your whole self, imperfections and all. Remember that, ladies 💓

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Random Act of Kindness

I have a challenge for each and every one of you. The challenge is to be present enough to know, in the moment, what you can do to genuinely be kind to someone. This could include, but is certainly not limited to..

 paying for someone’s coffee
 holding the door
 giving a genuine compliment
 calling a friend or family member & thanking them for something they’ve done
 taking your kids to the park, even if you’re tired and it’s been a long day
 waving/smiling at someone – even if you have NO idea who they are

We’re all connected. Karma is a real and constantly moving thing. You CAN’T receive without giving.. So let’s give a little extra today.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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Wall Sits

…Wall Sits…

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Wall sits are something you can do anywhere. I challenge you to a 1 minute wall sit today.

✔️Make sure your hips are in line with your knees (my hips could have been lower in this pic)

✔️Ground down through your heels

✔️Back firmly against the wall

 *Don’t forget to SMILE! You’re working your legs like crazy! 😊 

One Bowl, Simple Ingredients, & 100% Whole Grain

Are you looking for a healthy snack that has simple ingredients and 100% whole grain? Made with oatmeal and whole wheat flour, these healthy oatmeal bars are wholesome enough for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Try one warmed up with a dollop of Greek yogurt!

Today’s recipe is Strawberry Oatmeal Bars:

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Strawberry Bars:
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if needed)
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (or substitute all-purpose flour or 1:1 baking flour to make gluten free)
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (or substitute melted coconut oil to make vegan/dairy free)
2 cups small-diced strawberries (about 10 ounces), divided
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1/2 small lemon)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided

Vanilla Glaze (Optional):
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk (any kind you like)

Directions:

Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper so that the paper overhangs two sides like handles.

In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, ginger, and salt. Pour in the melted butter and stir until it forms clumps and the dry ingredients are evenly moistened. Set aside 1/2 cup of the crumble mixture, then press the rest into an even layer in the bottom of the prepared pan.

Scatter half of the strawberries over the crust. Sprinkle the cornstarch evenly over the top, then sprinkle on the lemon juice and 1/2 tablespoon of the granulated sugar. Scatter on the remaining berries, then the remaining 1/2 tablespoon sugar. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs evenly over the top. You will have some fruit showing through.

Bake the bars for 35 to 40 minutes, until the fruit is bubbly and the crumb topping smells toasty and looks golden. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely (you can speed this process along in the refrigerator).

While the bars cool, prepare the glaze: In a medium bowl, briskly whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until smooth. Feel free to add more milk if a thinner consistency is desired. Using the parchment-paper handles, lift the bars from the pan. Drizzle with glaze, slice, and serve.

*Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Why is water so important?

I can’t stress enough how important it is to drink enough water!
Here are six reasons to make sure you’re drinking enough water every day:
1. Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids.
2. Water Can Help Control Calories.
3. Water Helps Energize Muscles.
4. Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good.
5. Water Helps Your Kidneys.
6. Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function.

So, remember to always drink your water!

 

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