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Your uniqueness is your magic
Did you know there is no one else on this entire planet who is better at being you, than YOU?! I am here to remind you, that YOU my friend, are amazing. My wish for you is that you find happiness in yourself. Before anything or anyone else, you realize your worth and how very necessary you are in this world.
Valuing every moment for what it is
Ever have one of those days where everything is going just perfect? You woke up on the right side of the bed, you had a great hair day, your sweet thang was unexpectedly extra thoughtful, the kids were angels, the fur babies didn't cause any ruckus, and it felt like the sun was shining just for you.
The good, the bad and the ugly...
I'm here to remind you, it's okay to have a bad day. You are not a failure. Not every day is going to be rainbows and butterflies but THAT'S OKAY my friend! Our worst days involve pain, anger, doubt, even hopelessness sometimes but the true beauty and growth, is in the struggle.
Your ability to get back up, your willingness to stare your obstacles in the face, to overcome your adversities, to BOSS UP, is what gives true value and meaning to your struggles. The worst days are actually some of the most meaningful times in our lives because they make us better. We become stronger, and more compassionate of everyone around us, including ourselves.
So on your bad days, when you want to throw in the towel, let your goals fly out the window and emotional eat or over indulge in that wine, remember it's okay to think 'this day sucks', it's okay to feel what you're feeling, and it's okay to take a little time out to rest.
But don't hide from your feelings, and don't ever, under any circumstance think it's okay to quit yourself, your dreams or your goals. You worked too damn hard to only come close to your dreams.
Remember, in the long run the worst days give us the opportunity to make us more joyous and appreciative than we ever thought possible.
Yes, sometimes it will be hard, but nothing good is ever easy and you my friend, are good stuff.
You are worth the struggle, you can and will achieve your goals and dreams.
And not in spite of the struggles, but because of them.
I know what you're thinking...BEANS?!?! Yeah baby, beans are the magical secret ingredient! I promise you, if you didn't see them go in these, you'd never know they were there. I won't tell the kids if you don't...or maybe you'll want to so they leave your tasty treats alone! Either way I'm not judging, haha!
-Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray your muffin tin with cooking spray.
-Put everything into the food processor or blender and run until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. I find it works best if you blend the beans really good on their own first, then add the eggs and other wet ingredients. Blend until smooth and then add the dry stuff.
-The batter will be thin, don't worry about it. Evenly distribute in your muffin tin.
-Top with your desired goodies (nuts, coconut, etc.)
-Bake for 17-22 minutes, but make sure to do the toothpick test before pulling from the oven.
-Get them out to cool on a wire rack.
These are seriously SO delicious!!! At only 110 calories a pop, you can feel good about eating this delicious little snack. They are super moist and dense. Be sure to store in the fridge so they don't get moldy, however make sure they are completely cooled before putting them in there. Try them, you won't be disappointed!
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It's time to start believing in ME!
Ever notice how easy it is to be positive, encouraging and motivating to anyone and everyone, except ourselves? We see a friend or loved one facing a struggle and we tell them with positive reassurance, that everything is going to be okay. They are not only going to make it through the struggle but come out stronger than ever before...
It happens all the time...
Then the first moment we face adversity we dive head first into the nearest chocolate cake and harsh, negative self talk. Not anymore!
I dare you to treat yourself like you would your very best friend and see what happens. Lavish yourself in all the pep talks, all the compliments and all the LOVE! You deserve it!
You deserve to give yourself the same levels of quality, kindness and love you bestow on those near to your heart. You deserve confidence and you deserve happiness. Don't sell yourself short. Remember, you GOT this!
*Insert HIGH FIVE here*
Sometimes a girl just needs to indulge herself
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Fall is my favorite time of the year. It's got me saying see you later summer and giving my festive greetings to Fall!! It’s the opening act of ALL the holiday fun to come! The intensity of summer’s heat just starts to give way to the cool days ahead. The leaves on the trees hint of yellow. The pumpkins, sweaters and boots come out. Football season. CANDYYYYY!!!! Do we get blankies and snuggles too? Working out might be one of the last things on my mind...
For reals though.
Do you feel that way too? Just know, that’s totally okay and you are normal. Who doesn’t want all that goodness?! I know I do!! :) It’s okay to take some time to rest and not feel guilty about it. Our bodies need it from time to time.
Resting is just as important as working out because it’s an equal part of the process in building strength, endurance, muscle and burning fat. Sometimes we need to just curl up and chill out to renew and recharge.
We push ourselves in all that we do both in and outside of the studio. You are a truly amazing group of women. We have busy lives pulling us in every direction and we don’t always have enough time for them all (let alone ourselves!) because above all our families come first. We work hard to be fit in order to live a long, healthy life for ourselves and our families. Leading by example, we tutor healthy lifestyles into our families which in turn inspires the next generations. Fitness helps keep our heads happy just as much as our hearts. It helps us give our families and every day responsibilities our very best. We use that understanding of 'we’re all in this together' to help motivate and inspire each other.
You all inspire me every day and I adore working with each and every one of you. Thank you for spending your summer sweating with me!
Now Remember that part where I said CANDY!! Check out my trail mix recipe below for a tasty treat to help you kick that sweet treat craving's tail feathers.
Sweet and Salty Trail Mix
3 cups nuts
1/8 cup butterscotch chips
1/8 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/8 – 1/4 cup dried cherries (or cranberries, raisins, whatever you like)
For the nuts, I like to go with ½-1 cup each of a variety of my favorites. I typically only use one nut that is roasted and salted. Usually sunflower seeds. Otherwise the trail mix is too salty. I love almonds (sliced, whole, whatever floats your boat) walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, honestly any kind of nuts you like or have around.
Put all the ingredients in a big resealable bag, shake it up and your sweet, salty treat is ready! A serving size is ¼ cup and it's SO good!! The butterscotch is so sweet and pairs so nicely with the saltiness. It really helps curb those late afternoon cravings as well as give you some of those fall flavors you’re craving. Try it as your afternoon snack with a piece of fruit for a boost of energy and to keep you sustained until supper.
Don't forget to,
Keep up the good vibes my swole sisters! Remember, of all the people in this crazy world, you talk to yourself more than anyone. Make sure you are saying the right things.
High 5’s and good vibes my tribe,