’tis the season ~ 21 things…

20 things…to consider.  One’s health is more than just eating nutritious foods.  Sometimes in all of the holiday madness, what is important to you can get lost.  This can leave you feeling stressed or unbalanced.  These are feelings and notions that can often lead to some sort of downwards spiral that may gain momentum towards the end of December.  Maintain in control and recognize the accomplishments you have made so far this year in your life.  Don’t get caught up in the “commercialism” surrounding Christmas, but instead reflect on what really makes you feel good and keep acting on it.

As you read on…you may consider or perhaps even disregard some of the suggestions that I have made.  The purpose of this post is to get you thinking, not to convert you with my ideas.  What works for you?  If it doesn’t, why do you keep doing it time and time again?  Ask yourself – what gives you balance and satisfaction?  Value yourself enough to stop and think about this, if only for a moment or two.  While coughing my face off in bed and unable to sleep, the hamsters started turning the wheels in my head.  I got up, started blogging and came up with this list of things to consider.  Many of these thoughts will help define me, not only this holiday season but throughout the entire year.

Chime in!  Now I want to hear from you.  How do you stay balanced?  What do you do to make the holidays brighter for yourself and those you love?

  1. Sweat, lift heavy and eat real food. Your body and mind will thank you! ~ Super key! Don’t use the holidays as an excuse to stop exercising. Plug through. You are stronger than you think. Push yourself.
  2. Surround yourself with positivity. Be around people that make you feel good and vice versa. ~ Ask yourself, would you want to be around you?
  3. Skip the “New Years” resolutions this year and be mindful of working at the goals that you have ALREADY STARTED. Don’t let those slip away. ~ Reinforce your goals by writing them down and posting them somewhere if you haven’t already.
  4. Even if you don’t send Christmas cards in the mail, choose one person that you haven’t spoken to in a long time and drop them a line. ~ Getting something other than bills or junk in the mail, might just make someone’s day.
  5. Take part in some sort of outdoor activity that you normally wouldn’t. Bust out a random snowball fight or try something new like snowboarding. ~ If you are not a fan of old Jack Frost, this may help the long, winter days to pass with greater enjoyment.
  6. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, do something nice for you! ~ Treat yourself to something like a facial or a massage.
  7. Keep an old family tradition and start a new one too. ~ This helps to give special meaning to what the holidays represent for you and the ones you love.
  8. Find time to read a book that you have been dying to dive into. ~ Crackling fire and cozy blanket optional, but highly recommended!
  9. Try out a new healthy recipe and take it along to a holiday party. ~ Remember – it’s okay to walk away from the dessert table. Load up on meat and veggies instead.
  10. Lose a grudge that you have been holding towards someone else. ~ Especially if you can’t even remember why you were upset in the first place.
  11. Opt out of the random 10-20 dollar gift exchange with friends, family and/or co-workers and put the money you would have spent towards helping children or families less fortunate.
  12. Don’t try to keep up with the Jones’ ~ Focus on putting that energy into creating a stronger you – both physically and mentally.
  13. Get excited about tackling something, perhaps a new project or venture.
  14. Go off the grid (no cell phone, computer etc…) for a day or two. It can be quite refreshing. ~ At the very least keep your cell in your purse or coat when out for dinner or visiting family and friends.
  15. Make sure you are getting your Vitamin D. ~ Soak up some sunshine or supplement.
  16. Compliment someone, but make sure it is genuine. ~ And if someone compliments you, accept graciously and say ‘thank you.’ Not always easy to give or receive.
  17. Don’t talk badly about others behind their back. ~ Resist, even if it is that second cousin that you see once a year at Christmas, who drives you crazy. If you wouldn’t say it to their face, than don’t!
  18. Snuggle up and watch one of your all time classic favourite movies. ~ We did this the other night, and laughed our bottoms off.
  19. Drink lots of wine, I mean water. ~ Something I tend to forget if I am busier than usual. Hydrate yourself.
  20. Get quality sleep when possible. ~ And if you are tossing and turning like I was, don’t fight it. Get up and do something productive.
  21. Do something nice, like an act of kindness for someone that you don’t know. ~ Pay for someone’s order behind you in Tim Hortons’ or at the gas station. I have done this a few times. Guaranteed to make you feel warm and fuzzy.

Happy holidays to all and best wishes for health, happiness and new adventures in 2013!!!

take a few extra moments to…

I have been thinking about time lately.  Precious.  Doesn’t stop.  Keeps on ticking.  Although, eventually ends.  Live it now.  We all get ‘caught-up’…trust me, I know.  It is super easy to say…’I am too busy, way too rushed or I just don’t have the time.’  Make it!  Think about it.  Just be aware.  The gains are tenfold.  Take a few extra moments to…

take a few extra moments to...
 
Ingredients
  • Look someone in the eyes
  • Smile
  • Say hello
  • Hold the door
  • Chuckle
  • Listen to someone
  • Cook
  • Re-fold the shirt you just tried on
  • Say something positive to yourself
  • Put your dishes in the sink
  • Floss your teeth
  • Pack a lunch
  • Empty the garbage out of your car
  • Care
  • Pay someone a compliment
  • Call a friend or family member
  • Smooch
  • Play
  • Wander
  • Leave a sticky note for someone
  • Write a thank-you card
  • Eat if you are hungry
  • Lift
  • Cross something small off your to-do list
  • Think before reacting
  • Tell someone you love them
  • Take the stairs
  • Embrace somebody with a huge hug
  • Get lost in your thoughts
  • Rock out to your fav song
  • Stretch/Roll-out
  • Allow someone to give you a hand
  • Unplug
  • Sit in silence
  • Read
  • Put your feet up
  • Crawl into bed early
  • Treat yourself

passions, goals and blt’s…

 

I can distinctly remember having a conversation with a few friends, a couple years ago, about passions.  “What is your passion?” one of them asked me.  It made me think…could I actually respond to this question with something that actually fired my up inside? (in a good way)  The question or perhaps the lack of an answer did bother me to a certain degree.  At that point in time, I realized that I was passion-less (cue depressing music- haha). 

Now, don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of things in my life that I loved and enjoyed, but a true passion- not so much!  I am NOT a firm believer that “things always happen for a reason” (just my opinion), but I do believe in timing.  I strongly believe in influence from those that are close to you at any given point in your life as well.  Your “inner circle” so to speak, can either bring you down or make you realize that you just need to just go for it and live.  Choose those people wisely.  CrossFit and nutrition are now my passions.  I guess before, I didn’t really know what I was missing.  I don’t think you do, until you realize what a true passion is.  It is thrilling to love something so much and have feeling and emotion towards two things in my life that make me so happy…cooking and rockin’ or being rocked by WOD’s.  I love chatting about both and both definately do bring a sparkle to my eye when people ask me questions about either.  I thank Tyler Touchette of Cornwall CrossFit  for introducing me to this way of life (see my story).  I also thank John Vivian of CrossFit Toronto for training me and recognizing my potential. Last, but not least, I thank my husband for joining me on this journey and supporting me always.

You may be wondering at this point how does any of this relate to goal setting???  Get to the point already!  (I apologize for the slight tangent!)  Well it does- and here’s how…  I used to be one of those people that set a kazillion goals and accomplished nothing, while feeling deflated and let down in the end.  I also used to be one of those people that would set goals not for myself, but with the expectations of others in mind.  Not anymore!  I now realize that my many attempts at goal setting and failed accomplishments were because I wasn’t MOTIVATED!!!  I was making loose goals, that were not driven with desire and a focus.  Motivation has for sure been the catalyst for this change in my ability to now set goals and achieve them with great success.  Do you feel like your head is in the clouds?  Time to get your head out from being buried deep beneath the sand?  Look no further…I honestly couldn’t convey it any better than what Tyler did in one of his recent posts.  It really resonated with me and gave me such clarity. Thank you for that~ have a read!

The Importance of having Goals…

“Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.”

- John Dewey

I’m halfway through a great book right now called ‘The Power of Less’  (Leo Babauta).. The book is more or less related to business but has lots of great info pertaining to any if not all of life’s so called ’stresses/choices’…

The book is all about 2 simple Principles…

1. Identify the Essential.

2. Eliminate the Rest.

As you can see, these 2 very brief yet profound points really kind of make you stop and realize – “Wow, this makes sense..”

You could obviously apply this to just about anything but for the sake of this post we will stick to YOUR HEALTH!!

What are your goals??

Do you even have any?

Have you fallen vicitim of being a robot?… Going through the motions?

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Final thoughts…my biggest tip with goal setting would be WRITE IT DOWN!  I still can’t believe how many people don’t do this!  This is so critical!!!  Jot down your goal, steps needed to get there…and most importantly, track your progress along the way.  Make sure your goals are attainable, but don’t underestimate yourself ;)  Oh ya…don’t be afraid to give yourself a realistic time frame, this is also key!  I am stoked about accomplishing 2 of my goals in the near future: 1) entering and competing in a CrossFit competition (CrossFit Element Challenge – June 26/10) and 2) completing my CrossFit Level 1 Certification (July 3-4/10).  Once you feel the success that comes along with accomplishment, you will wonder what you were doing before!!!

do you feel like you are stuck with your head in the sand? get it out!

B.L.T’s or should I say…B.A.L.T’s- B.acon A.vocado L.ettuce T.omato!

passions, goals and blt’s…
appetizer, snack, main
2
 
Ingredients
  • 12 slices of bacon- if possible nitrate free
  • 4 large Romaine lettuce leaves- washed and dried
  • 2 large avocado- sliced
  • 8 small vineripe tomatoes- sliced
  • chives (to tie around the lettuce wraps)
  • Paleo mayo as a topping (optional)- I added ground chipotle to mine
Instructions
  1. cook bacon in a frying pan over low to medium heat (turning as needed) or on a baking sheet in the oven @ 325 - set aside
  2. prepare and wash large lettuce leaves to serve as the "wraps" for the BLT
  3. slice up avocado and place in the lettuce wrap first
  4. then add 3 slices of bacon to each
  5. top with several slices of tomatoes
  6. sprinkle with sea salt and fresh ground pepper (optional)
  7. roll wrap and tie closed with chives
  8. dip in Paleo mayo as an added treat
  9. enjoy!