Motivation Monday #9

What a beautiful Monday!

IMG_0957I hope everyone else enjoyed their weekend as much as Phil & I. When I said we wanted to get back out on the mountain and prove ourselves  (to ourselves), I wasn’t lying. We took it relatively easy Saturday and totally blew past where we thought we’d get to on Sunday…with a little help from our friends. After a lunch time pow wow we decided to join our them yet again and tackle some tougher runs. We dove in head first and went down some of the more challenging terrain – it felt great! IMG_0954I of course couldn’t have survived the 6hr ski days without my yoga practice – starting the morning with some mediation / light vinyasa and finishing the day with some yin to stretch things back out. Now, it’s back to the power yoga grind with 11 classes this week (2 advanced, 1 beginner, 8 all levels).IMG_0876Obviously there is no shortage of physical activity here, haha, but the dietary routine is on point too…it has to be to stay happy/healthy! We’ve got 7 more weeks to make some real changes & it’s feeling great!

Week 9

“You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way”

Exercise Routine

  • weights/cardio 3x wk + yoga 2x wk (Phil)
  • daily yoga + cycling/jogging 3xwk (Me)

Dietary Routine

Breakfast

  • Banana Pecan Bread
  • Multi-Grain Cereal w/banana & lowfat milk
  • Scrambled eggs & veggies and sprouted toast

Lunch

  • Vegetarian Taco Salad
  • Tomato Soup w/parmesan crutons
  • Grilled Chicken or Shrimp w/brown rice & veggies

Dinner

  • Protein Shake
  • Squid ink pasta w/garlic and herbs
  • Mixed greens w/pumpkin seeds, almonds, dried cranberries, feta & homemade dressing

Snacks

  • Popcorn
  • Apple w/peanut butter
  • Hummus w/cucumber & pita chips

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

 

 

 

Advertisements

Foodie Friday

Welcome to the weekend!

I think I’m so excited for this weekend that I totally forgot to post today…whoops!! Not that we are going to be doing anything particularly exciting but I get to tackle the mountain again and I’m feeling like a need to redeem myself!

But since this is Foodie Friday you probably want to here about food, haha, so let’s get on with it, shall we? Today’s post is actually an easy sauce or marinade that we’ll be using tonight in our shrimp tacos, Chimmicurri sauce.

I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to try my hand at this herbaceous delight but I can guarantee it will be a household staple for the April’s moving forward.

image

Chimmicurri Sauce

  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  •  2 limes (juiced)
  • 2 jalapeños (sort of seeded)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 1/4 red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Combine all ingredients in a blender, pulse until well combined & store in an air tight container in your refrigerator. You can use it on just about anything for a burst of bright fresh flavor!

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

Wellness Wednesday

Talk about getting over the hump!

IMG_0802This week is definitely a bit bumpy but we’re half way through and I am confident that things are smoothing themselves out. With my new transition of working for the studio there is a bit of a learning curve and I am finding some of it harder to navigate than I anticipated…similar to how I felt on the mountain this weekend.IMG_0909While I mentioned Phil and I pushed past our comfort zone during our ski weekend, I didn’t include the fact ski patrol had to help me navigate a portion of one of our runs. We had been progressing to more and more challenging runs decided to take our friends up on a little guided tour through a run they felt we could handle. We went up for round 2 and our friends decided to take a detour to harder terrain and when we hit a fork in the trail and went the wrong way. We were doing okay until I ended up stopped. I was staring down at completely unknown terrain after only a few days on skiis and felt frozen. I was immediately aware of all the potential ways in which I could injure myself and ruin my career…not so motivating. A ski patrol dude happened to be riding by & stopped to see if I was okay. He noticed I clearly wasn’t and immediately began to start calming me down….He gave me the option of radioing in a sled to take me down but said he thought I could do it. So with a deep breath I turn my skis down mountain and made my way down. FullSizeRender (22)The point of the story and the theme of this Wellness Wednesday is listening to the voice inside and deciding where it’s coming from. There are so many fears, apprehensions, insecurities, etc… that can keep us from pushing past our comfort zone and while it’s important to listen to your body’s limits, its doubly important to decide when it’s fear. Taking a few deep breaths, reminding yourself of the basic facts, and evaluating what’s really going on can be hard but incredibly rewarding. In the end I was able to realize I have much more ability than I was giving myself credit for and I could make it down runs like that again.

Whether its tackling new trails on the mountain or taking on new responsibilities for your dream job, it’s all about pushing past your fears and finding your edge.

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

Motivation Monday #8

Happy Monday Friends!IMG_0907Well, we survived the birthday weekend shenanigans in Tahoe and Phil & I really challenged ourselves on the slopes. I’m feeling motivated after the rush of pushing past my comfort zone on the mountain and hoping to carry that momentum into this week!IMG_0913 Neither Phil nor I are venturing near a scale until the beginning on March but we know we’re on the right track because we’re both feel good – indulged this weekend but didn’t go crazy, bumped up the intensity of our cardio a bit, and are trying to cut back on booze during the week. It’s a double boost of motivation because we’re officially in theIMG_4867.JPG Lenten season & now more than ever we are supposed to work on being the best version of ourselves. We were both considering ‘giving up’ something for Lent but since we’re already on this healthy living grind we’re kicking it into high gear instead…we are half way through our ‘2016 healthiest year ever’ kick start and I
can’t wait to keep going. I’m adding some new classes to my schedule at the end of the month, so check out my yoga page if you’re interested. I feel so lucky that I get to share my passion as my profession and hope my offering continues to improve. Come March I will be ‘offically, officially’ be at my current work life goal and it feels awesome! Until then, I am focusing a lot on my personal practice to find some inspiration & the classes already on my plate (which believe me is a lot on already)!

Week 8

“Just because at first it might seem risky, impossible, or pointless doesn’t mean its not worth trying. Follow your heart & don’t give up.”

Exercise

  • 75 min yoga 6x wk (Me)
  • 55 min yoga 2x wk (Phil)
  • 55 min cycling or jogging 3x wk (Me)
  • 55 min lighting & cardio 3x wk (Phil)

Dietary Routine

Breakfast

  • protein shake
  • sprouted bagel w/banana & pb
  • oatmeal w/cranberries & almondsIMG_4780

Lunch

  • tofu stir fry w/veggies & brown rice
  • grilled chicken w/mixed green salad

Snacks

  • homemade protein bars
  • popcorn
  • dark chocolate w/pistachios

Dinner

  • fish tacos
  • whole wheat pizza w/pears, fennel, arugula & balsamic
  • tofu nuggets w/salad & sweet potato chips

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

 

Foodie Friday

Happy Friday Friends!IMG_0696.JPG

IMG_0694

While the rain has been coming down here in SF, the snow has been falling in Tahoe and I can not wait to hit the mountain this weekend! Phil and I are heading up to celebrate a friends birthday so the house is going to be packed – which means lots of eating, drinking, and general ridiculousness in addition to skiing! Before we go, I wanted to share this month’s Foodie Friday restaurant feature, Top of the Mark. You may recall Phil and I enjoyed a wonderful Valentine’s Day brunch there last weekend, and it was so good I had to share. IMG_0695.JPGWhile some locals may say this is a bit of a tourist thing, I would disagree – from the food, to the service, to the view, everything was wonderful! Top of the Mark is located on the top floor of the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel in Nob Hill and boasts unparalleled views of San Francisco. Phil and I took our time and coursed out our meal, sipping some delicious California sparkling and taking in the city scape…talk about relaxing.IMG_0693Especially since we moved to San Francisco we try to make our dining out experiences special…back home we went out to eat 5-6 times a month but with the higher cost of living out here, we’ve cut that back to about 1-2 a month. Since we don’t do it as much we try to go places we haven’t tried, make each experience unique, and use food as a way to get to know our new city a little better. If you’re an SF local or if you’re just visiting, you’ve got to check out brunch at Top of the Mark or even just pop into their bar – you won’t be disappointed!

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

Wellness Wednesday

Smile Friends! 🙂

We’re half way though another week!

As some of you may or may not be aware, this month is National Cancer Prevention Month. I’m teaming up with the M.A.A. center to bring you some tips and simple steps you can take this month and every month to help prevent cancer in your life! Before we dive in, I wanted to share a little about the Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center. The M.A.A. center is a place for victims and their families to find more information about Mesothelioma, get help understanding their care options, learn about their rights, and gain insight into careers and communities at higher risk for this type of cancer. Mesothelioma is a rare of cancer that forms on the lining of the lungs, heart and abdomen.MAA_cancer_prevention_month_v02

As you can see from the info graphic  above, cancer is something we can absolutely take steps to prevent. Just like we talk about each week, it’s simple changes, healthy choices, and small steps in the right direction to create change for your overall well being! In addition to 30 minutes of daily activity, eating vegetables, and spending at least 15 minutes in the sun, here are three tips of my very own to help prevent incidence of cancer in your life.

  1. Practice a positive attitude: Have you heard the expression ‘a smile is contagious’ ? It couldn’t be more true – countless studies show smiling and maintaining a positive attitude is proven to help lower blood pressure and boost your mood! Take that, cancer! ;-D
  2. Sleep: Yes, Yes, I know, there is a lot of awesomeness to be packed into every day, but in order to make the most of it, your body needs time to recharge. Research shows that regularly allowing 6-8 hrs of sleep daily can help prevent cancer, elevate energy levels, and improve cognitive function.
  3. Crowd Out: Add two new healthy snacks or choices to your diet so you don’t have room for the other options you were choosing before. For example, try swapping your pizza dough for a cauliflower crust or trading your afternoon diet soda for some green tea.

Remember friends, it’s the little things that make all the difference down the line. Let’s be honest, there is a lot to see in this big beautiful world and we all want to be around long enough to enjoy as much of it as possible!!

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

 

Motivation Monday #7

Happy President’s Day Friends!!FullSizeRender (21).jpgThe fun of the weekend spills over into today for Phil and I since he has off from work and I have a few more weeks until I start teaching regularly Monday mornings! We’re starting the morning with protein shakes and a jog, followed by some rooftop yoga, and some spring cleaning! With the weather improving day by day we’re taking this time to do a little head to toe cleaning of our mini home.IMG_0707The indulgence from this weekend definitely takes the cake! Phil and I shared an amazing brunch at Top of the Mark around the corner Sunday, we ate an amazing dinner Saturday night (prepared by yours truly), and indulged in lots of bubbles! It was GLORIOUS…but after I finished teaching my yoga class last night I felt like a big tub of lard, hahaha! I am fairly confident I put back on 2 of the 5+ pounds but I’m not worried: I am taking probiotics for the next couple of days, drinking apple cider vinegar & lemon tea, and being more conscious of my dairy intake (cheese is my weakness :-/ )! yoga-photography workshop-8.jpgWe’re in week 7 which means we’re almost half way through and it hasn’t really felt like a struggle to be honest…maybe at the half way mark we need to kick it up a notch!

Week 7

“Two steps forward, one step back, still gets you ahead…don’t stop trying!”

Exercise

  • 45-55 min. of jogging in the sunshine 3x/wk
  • 55-90 min. yoga (7x=me / 2x=Phil)
  • 35-45 min. weights (2x=me / 3x=Phil)

Dietary Routine

Breakfast

  • Zucchini muffin w/orange juice
  • Sprouted wheat toast w/peanut butter and greens powder water
  • Protein Shake

Lunch

  • Teriyaki Chicken or Tofu w/mixed vegetables and brown rice
  • Tuna Salad w/pita and mixed green salad
  • Whole Wheat pasta w/tofu bolognese and carrots

Dinner

  • Mushroom Lentil Burger w/sweet potato chips
  • Fish Po-Boys w/spicy coleslaw
  • Super salad w/pumpkin seeds, nuts, cranberries, feta cheese, veggies, & quinoa

Snacks

  • Apple w/peanut butter
  • Fresh salsa w/multi-grain tortilla chips
  • Homemade chia bars

 

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 😉