From HIIT to STILL: life might be less sweaty, but it is still sweet at a slow pace

Besides running, HIIT (high intensity interval training) is my favorite way to exercise. Training this way raises the heart rate, then brings it down using exercise combinations like burpees to squats or jacks to planks. When it is sustained for 45 minutes or so, you can push yourself into fat burning mode. My life has paralleled this pattern lately. I have been coming and going in a mad hurry. Much like HIIT, it has left me exhausted.

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Ash Wednesday: My Proof of Faith

Last year at this time, at the starting block of the season of Lent, I sat in church with a full head and a heavy heart. It was Ash Wednesday, my favorite worship service of the year. It always sparks something special in me. Each year this service has a way of awakening parts of my soul I never knew existed. It’s a refresh and it always falls near my birthday. This year the service falls on Valentines Day and for me it is so poetic. Especially when I consider what the past year has brought me in the way of love.

At the end of this service, there is a time to express a prayer need to our pastor. As I approached him last year, I wasn’t sure what my ask would be. And then almost suddenly, yet naturally it came out. Poured out. Something like “I want financial stability and I want a family” I wrote about that experience here. Ye (me) of little faith how much God was already working on that and just how close he was to showing me his work.

Just a few months after the service…by late summer, an influx of financial blessings flowed. Around that same time, my eyes and heart were opened to a person I would come to learn was my solemate, my soulmate…my person.

I spent years building my dreams and those same years battling challenges beyond measure in both areas.

Here I am a year later from that moment. The very things I faithfully and boldly prayed for I now have. This is no accident. This, is what I know to be my proof of faith.

A comma sits in a bank account that once showed much less. More valuable than that, is the love and life I am creating and sharing with someone who values the same prayers and beliefs I do.

Ash Wednesday is next week. I plan on being in the same church, at the same service once again. I still have prayer needs, but I have a massive prayer of gratitude as well.

Banana Berry “Ice Cream”

Ingredients:

2 bananas, sliced and frozen

1/4 cup pineapple, chopped and frozen

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 cup, sliced strawberries|blackberries|blueberries

3 tbsp coconut flakes

Directions:

Combine bananas and pineapple in your Vitamix. Blend on high until ice cream consistency is achieved. Add almond milk slowly while blending. You may need more/less milk based on texture. Use berries and coconut flakes for topping!

Servings: 2

Calories: 265/serving

Pineapple/Papaya Shrimp Couscous

Ingredients:

1/2 avocado, diced

1 cup black beans, rinsed

1/4 cup red onion, chopped

1/2 cup papaya, chopped

1/4 cup pineapple, chopped

6 ounce cooked shrimp

1 cup Israeli couscous, uncooked

3 tbsp salsa ( I love the mango salsa from Whole Foods)

2 tbsp cilantro, chopped

Directions:

Cook couscous as directed. Add in remaining ingredients. This dish is delicious warm or cold!

Servings: 2

Calories: 540/serving

 

 

How I Recovered From An Indulgent Weekend

We have all done it and will do it again! Those weekends where you might have drank a little too much or eaten a little too heavy. This past weekend I was celebrating a friend’s birthday party complete with wine tastings and cupcake sampling…not to mention the ridiculous amount of gummy candies! By Sunday morning I was chomping at the bit to get back to business in more ways than one. It turns out, that all the indulging was exactly what I needed to bring me back to center. The weeks of holiday eating, drinking, and celebrating have come to an end. Now it is up to me to heal my body, spirt, and well being.  Check out these healthy living tips to help you bounce back!

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A Few Nutrition, Beauty, and Fitness Picks To Kickstart 2018

Sure sure, it is the time of year for resolutions. As mentioned earlier this week…I am more interested in serving my own needs. From beauty, to the kitchen, and of course fitness I have decluttered my collection and downsized my list of essentials.  I am loving these new finds so much, that I am using most of them DAILY!

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