Motivation Monday #16

Wow, what a weekend!

IMG_1392Phil and I had such an amazing close to our first official ski season in Tahoe – perfect weather, great snow, and even better friends to share the fun. Doubly exciting is the official wrap up of the 16wks of 2016 Motivational Mondays! Phil and I have loved and are going to continue to work on making healthier choices, taking better care of ourselves, and nourishing our bodies. I’ve personally been able to maintain my goal weight & lose 5% body fat, while Phil lost 15 lbs and gained more noticeable muscular definition. We’re continuing with our healthy eating & regular exercise routine…if we make any major changes or decide to experiment with something new, I’ll be sure to share, but for now, Monday’s will sift – I’m calling this 16 wk series Meditation Monday…I’ll be getting started May 2 & am really looking forward to the opportunity to dive a little deeper.IMG_1413This week I have 4 private client sessions, 14 studio classes, a social media challenge to prep, and quarterly goals/projections to complete – no one ever said going after your dreams was easy but when you love what you do I guess you can’t exactly call it hard either. I constantly catch myself in moments of self doubt, fear, etc… regarding the career/life choices I’ve made & in the blink of an eye something or someone snaps things back in perspective. As long as I keep walking my talk & offering up the truest version of myself, I can’t go wrong.

Week 16

“All differences in this world are of a degree because oneness if the secret to everything”

Diet & Exercise Routine – same as always – make the right choices for you!

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

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Motivation Monday #15

Happy Monday Friends!

IMG_1269I’m in shock we’re 15 weeks into this year and one week out from the completion of our 2016 motivation challenge. I feel strongly that if you’re trying to make a serious lifestyle change, it takes about 16 weeks for it to become part of your routine…the proof is in the pudding, as they say, because not only do Phil & I make healthier choices but our bodies crave healthier behaviors. As mentioned before, we’re keeping things going even after next week and kicking it up with a leaner diet & lots of greens powder to boost our  vitamin & mineral intake. The body is an incredible machine and I really enjoy playing around with my diet/exercise to see what happens.IMG_1348I’ve found a new pool of inspiration and a resignation of my passion after this weekend’s event. Teaching for Zenrez & Moxie Yoga Fitness @ Sunday Streets SF on Valencia St. this past Sunday was one of the cooler things I have gotten to do in my yoga career to date. While the set up did present some challenges, it was so much fun so see the reactions from the neighborhood & have people walking by pop off their shoes and join in the flow – my cup isn’t full, it’s overflowing! The weather may not be perfect this week but the April home is full of sunshine! We’re in week 15 and riding on the wave of this weekend’s yoga high & there is nothing that can stand in our way!

Week 15

“Stop saying I wish & start saying I will”

Exercise:

  • Phil: 55min cardio/weight lifting 3x/wk, 55min yoga 2x/wk
  • Colleen: 55min cycling 3x/wk, 55min yoga 6x/wk
  • Both: 20min morning/evening stretching & 30min myofasical release 7x/wk

Diet:

  • Breakfast –Greek Yogurt w/berries & granola or Sprouted Bagel w/ghee & OJ
  • Lunch – Tofu Stir Fry w/veggies & rice or Vegetarian Chili
  • Dinner – Quinoa Casserole or Tilapia Curry Soup
  • Snacks – Hummus w/veggies or Apple w/peanut butter

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

Motivation Monday #14

IMG_1279.JPGWe’re officially into the month of April and I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by! Almost as fast as Phil and I barreling down the slopes in Tahoe this weekend, haha! The weather was perfect and it was a lot of fun to spend the weekend working out and taking in the most beautiful views around. I also had the chance to share some yoga with my housemates which was fun – I relish any opportunity to spread the yogi love.IMG_1299.PNGThis week I’m working on myofasical techniques nightly to release muscular tension as well as adding some fresh juice for added hydration & nutrients. Phil is kicking up his cat/cow and spinal strength work & trying to cut back on snacks. We’re gearing up to make April the best month of the year, whose with us!

Week 14

“If you stumble, make it a part of The Dance”

Exercise:

  • Phil: 55min cardio/weight lifting 3x/wk, 55min yoga 2x/wk
  • Colleen: 55min cycling 3x/wk, 55min yoga 6x/wk
  • Both: 20min morning/evening stretching & 30min myofasical release 7x/wk

Diet:

  • Breakfast – Green Juice, Protein Shake, or Oatmeal
  • Lunch – Chicken Curry w/brown rice & veggies or Tofu Bowl
  • Dinner – Tofu Nuggets w/carrot sticks, Grilled Portobello Sandwich, Super Salad
  • Snacks – fresh fruit

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

Wellness Wednesday

Hey There Friends!

IMG_0541Are we all making it over the hump? This week started busy and will end just the same…story of life I guess, right?!? Anyway, since today is the last Wednesday in March this will be the last installment of my sleep series. Since I have covered most of the basics, I thought I would hit one more – the morning routine – waking up in the healthiest way to start your day. 7381063We’re all guilty of hitting the snooze button a few too many times in a desperate attempt to get more sleep, only to end up rushing out the door and jolting your body into a panicked start to the day – no bueno! Below are the five things, no matter what, I do every morning to ensure I have a healthy, happy start to the day.

  1. No Snooze – set your alarm for when your realistically need to get up, and get up. Place your phone or alarm clock far enough away from your bed that you have to physically get up to shut it off.
  2. Drink a tall glass of warm or room temperature water. If you’re a tea or coffee drinker this is the perfect time to start the kettle, french press, pot, whatever…
  3. Clean Routine – whether you like to shower in the morning or not, take time to thoroughly wash your face, neck & check, brush your teeth & hair, as a signal to your body that its time to refresh & restart.
  4. Make your bed and tidy up – I guess this one is a bit of a personal thing but its amazing how much better it feels to come home to a clean and tidy home (or at least bedroom/bathroom).
  5. Keep things quiet & screen free for 30 minutes if possible. With the exception of shutting off your alarm, try to avoid the TV, iPad, computer, and cell phone while you’re getting your day started – the world can wait another 30 minutes.

I hope these and the last few weeks of tips can help you maximize your energy throughout your day & keep you feeling happy/healthy!

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

Motivation Monday #13

Happy Easter Monday!

IMG_1222What a beautiful weekend! We had such a lovely time enjoying the sunshine, taking things slow, and celebrating the culmination of Easter Week. Friday night was quiet and low key (in observance of Good Friday). We had some fish po’ boys for dinner and hit the hay early. Our weekend kicked off with a trip to guitar center to buy Phil his long overdo electronic drum set. We spent the afternoon enjoying delicious wine at our winery’s spring release event, and afterwards some shopping & pizza night! Yesterday was mass, an eggs benedict & mimosa brunch by yours truly,  and rooftop yoga/ an evening of grilling & enjoying the sunset. IMG_1224We’re almost finished the month of March and even though Phil and I have been making healthier choices we still don’t feel like we’re kicking it up enough. So with three weeks left in our 2016 challenge we’re thinking we might extend things a few extra weeks and try something a little different. Starting next week, so with two weeks left in our original challenge, we’re going to start simplifying our diets & kicking up the healing treatments – epsom salt baths, heat/ice, evening and morning stretching, and myofascial  release. We’ll be doing this through the month of May but will still report our results 16 weeks in. IMG_1237Keep working along with us or put your own spin on what we’re doing!! Let me know how it all works out…I would love to hear from anyone whose taking steps week by week to make healthier choices! We’re heading into OUR month with energy and enthusiasm….who else wants to make April their best month yet!

Week 13

“Say NO to can’t”

Exercise:

  • Phil: 55min cardio/weight lifting 3x/wk, 55min yoga 2x/wk
  • Colleen: 55min cycling 3x/wk, 55min yoga 6x/wk
  • Both: 20min morning/evening stretching & 30min myofasical release 7x/wk

Diet:

  • Breakfast – Green Juice, Protein Shake, or Oatmeal
  • Lunch – Grilled Chicken or Shrimp w/mixed greens & quinoa, or Tofu Stir Fry
  • Dinner – Veggie Sloppy Joe’s, Tofu Nuggets w/carrot sticks, Grilled Veggie Sandwich

 

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂

Motivation Monday #12

Hey There!

IMG_1187.JPGIts been another dreadfully rainy day in San Francisco but the weather is supposed to perk up for the rest of the week; which is good because I sure need a kick in the pants! This weekend with my brother and sister in law was wonderful but teaching 16 classes, playing tour guide and managing everything else on my plate has definitely left me a bit drained. Instead of looking at things in a negative way I’ve used today’s weather as an excuse to stay in bed and recharge – well, at least in btwn my 6am & 12pm class I squeezed in a nap, and btwn my 12pm class and my 3pm shift at the studio I did some yin yoga…it’s all about making time for yourself and listening to your body, right?!?!FullSizeRender.jpgWe’re so close to wrapping up this lovely 16wks of 2016 Motivation challenge and I think both Phil and I have become that much more in tune with our bodys’ needs and how much the food we consume plays a role in how we feel. This weekend was full of more fried food and ice cream than I would care to admit and I’m feeling it contribute to my low energy today. I’m taking steps to hydrate, cleanse, & reboot for this week by adding some probiotics, as well as my trusty apple cider vinegar & lemon tea to help cleanse my system and have my feeling sharper/more alert. It’s GREENS, GREENS, GREENS for the first week of spring & we’re hoping they’ll have us feeling good as new in no time!

Week 12

“The reward make the work that much sweeter”

Exercise:

  • Phil – 55 min. yoga 2x/wk + 55 min. lifting w/cardio 3x/wk
  • Me – 55-75min. yoga 6x/wk + 55min cycling 3x/wk
  • Both – Skiing ALL DAY 2x/wk

Dietary Routine:

Breakfast 

  • Multigrain cereal w/banana and almond milk
  • Zucchini Muffins w/orange juice
  • Protein Shake

Lunch

  • tofu nuggets w/bbq sauce, carrot & celery sticks
  • roasted veggies w/lavash bread & hummus
  • chicken or tuna salad w/multigrain crackers

Dinner

  • Mixed Greens w/Feta, cranberries, almonds & balsamic vinegar dressing
  • Mixed Greens w/Gorgonzola, pears, walnuts & champagne vinegar dressing
  • Mixed Greens w/Goat Cheese, roasted veggies, & white peach vinegar dressing

Snacks 

  • apple w/nut butter
  • chia pudding
  • popcorn

 

’til next time, keep smiling 🙂

 

 

Foodie Friday

Happy Friday Friends!

Phil and I are excited for our special guests this weekend…Joe & Ashley April are in town! We have the pleasure of sharing Joe’s 31st birthday with them, showing the ‘other Aprils’ around San Francisco. I love when anyone comes to visit because its an excuse for us to explore and check out this incredible city. We have a few reservations so I’m not sure how much cooking I’ll be doing but if you’re cooking this weekend & want to keep it light, try today’s Foodie Friday pick, zucchini ribbon pasta & veggies w/basil & parmesan.

Zucchini Ribbon Pasta & VeggiesIMG_1013

  • 1/2 sm. carton of cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 bunch of asparagus – trimmed
  • 1/2 pint mushrooms – sliced
  • 1 sm. yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 medium zucchini – sliced into thin ribbons
  • 1-2 tbsp parmesan cheese – grated
  •  basil for garnish
  • EVOO
  • Salt, Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes

Preheat Oven 425. Dice onion & mince garlic. Prep cherry tomatoes, trimmed asparagus, and mushrooms to roast in the oven by tossing in a tablespoon of EVOO, salt & pepper. Spread veggies out on roasting pan and pop into the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the cherry tomatoes blister, the asparagus starts to brown, & the the mushrooms edges darken. While they cook, place a large sauté pan on medium heat w/EVOO & add red pepper flakes. Once oil is hot add the onions & garlic – cook until translucent & season with salt & pepper. Add zucchini to the pan and toss in with the onions, garlic, pepper flakes, & oil in the pan. Allow the zucchini to cook for a few minutes but not until translucent…toss with roasted veggies, finish with grated cheese, basil and a drizzle of truffle oil or EVOO.

I’m not going to lie and say it tastes like pasta because it doesn’t, hahaha, but it does taste delicious and is a fabulous way to get a lot of extra nutrients & hydration in your diet. You can get creative and change up the veggies, herbs, add lemon, etc.. and still have a wonderfully nutritious meal.

 

’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂