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You can do anything for 1 minute.

Today’s post is short and sweet. But also extremely powerful.

It’s a simple mantra to use when you’re doing anything that is a struggle. Anything you just want to give up on.

I can do anything for 5 breaths.

I can do anything for 30 Minutes.

I can do anything for an hour.

For me it started with yoga. I would be in warrior two and the burn would start to set in.  Most of the time you are only in a pose for about 5 breaths. So I started telling myself, I can do anything for 5 breaths.  It’s only 5 breaths.  That is nothing in a lifetime.  Just 5 breaths.

Then it transitioned to lifting. I can do anything for 15 reps.  It’s only 15 reps.

Then cardio. I can do anything for 30 minutes.  What’s 30 minutes in a lifetime.  Nothing.  I can do 30 minutes.

It’s a simple mindset change. A way of seeing the bigger picture.  What’s 5 breaths?  What’s 30 Minutes?  What’s an hour compared to a lifetime?  Nothing.

So next time you find yourself struggling on your mat, in the gym, at an interview, giving a presentation, remind yourself it’s just a tiny spec of your life. It’s just 1 minute. You can do anything for 1 minute.

 

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What Would a Pro Do?

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You know that feeling when it’s 5:30, you just got done work, your exhausted, beat, dead tired. The only thing you want to do is go home.  But you are supposed to go to the gym/yoga/insert your activity here.  And in an instant you must decide to push through and go, or to give in and go home.

It’s only an instant. A moment.

Because once you make up your mind to go home it’s over, there is no turning back from there. You won’t ask yourself again what you should do because going home is the easy thing to do.  But you’ll never get to where you want to be by going home.

The moment I decided to switch how I responded to that question, it completely changed how I looked at going to the gym & yoga. Now, when I ask myself do I go to the gym or do I go home, it’s a no brainer.  As soon as the “I don’t feel like going to the gym” pops into my head, I ask myself “what would a pro do?”.   Would a professional athlete go home or go to the gym? Obviously they would go to the gym. They would get it done.  It’s not just a workout, it’s training.  Because their long term goal is far more important than spending extra time on the couch watching The Bachelor.  I don’t go to the gym to work out, I go to the gym to train.  I don’t go to yoga just take a yoga class and get on with my day, I go to specific yoga classes with specific yoga teachers that will provide me with yoga training.

It might seem weird at first to compare yourself to a professional athlete but step into that role. Think and act like a professional to get professional results.

And honestly, you will feel so much better and more energized after you go to the gym/yoga anyway.

In short, next time you are deciding what to do, step into the question as a professional, remember your long term goals and get it done.

lifestyle, Recipes, yoga

Protein Truffles Recipe

One of my favorite things to do is open my fridge or pantry, see what I have and try to come up with a new recipe.  This weekend I had some down time so I did just that and made these really easy and healthy Protein Truffles. The perfect on the go snack!

Protein Truffles

This recipe is for about 5 servings and each serving packs 12 grams of protein and is a great source of potassium, calcium, fiber and iron.

Ingredients:

  • 10oz Pitted Dates
  • 2 Scoops Protein Powder (I used Dymatize ISO 100)
  • 1/8 Cup of Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1T Local Honey
  • 1t Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2t Cinnamon (or to taste)
  • 1oz Good quality chocolate chips
  • Water

Combine all ingredients in a food processor, add tiny amounts of water to desired consistency. Should be very sticky.  Once all combined, roll into balls, about 1-2 Tablespoons each and should make roughly 15 balls.  Feel free to sprinkle goji berries or seeds on top, I had pumpkin seeds so I put some on top.  Put in freezer for an hour and enjoy! Keep in freezer and take out right before you eat them.  They won’t get frozen hard, they will stay a perfect chewy consistency.

Enjoy!

B

 

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Borderline Stalker Obsession

When I try a new activity, I become borderline stalkerishly obsessive about it.

I just can’t help it.

It started at a very young age of 4, the first time I ever sat on a horse. That led into a lifelong love filled with lessons and competitions.  Then asking my parents for art supplies. Then surfing lessons. Then of course I desperately needed to learn how to snowboard. You get the picture.  I tried everything as a kid, and I’m so grateful my parents allowed me to do so.

Coming to adulthood, things did not change.

After my first trapeze lesson, I went home and researched how to join the circus. Yes, really.

After my first ballroom dance lesson, I went home and researched how to become a dance teacher.

I’m sure you know what happened after my first yoga class.

And last night I took my first Mysore class. Something I’ve been wanted to do for years but have been pretty nervous to try it.  Mysore follows the Ashtanga Yoga sequence but the teacher gives you a series of asanas to do and you don’t progress to the next series until they tell you to do so. You are also moving at your own pace, not like a normal yoga class where you all follow the sequence together as a class.

It was amazing and I’m buzzing from it today even still.

More than trying new things I love the way it makes me feel, the whole cycle. The nervousness, the anticipation, the not knowing what will happen and then doing it and feeling completely charged afterwards.  Riding the wave of emotions and ending on a high.  Because I’m always nervous in the beginning to try it. Always. Sometimes I’m even physically shaking with nerves (i.e. ballroom dance).  But the feeling when it’s all done, completely surpasses the nerves in the beginning.

I can’t imagine my life without having tried these things. And while I don’t snowboard or trapeze or even horseback ride routinely anymore, they are still a part of me, have taught me something and will come and go with the passing of time throughout the rest of my life.

So I ask of you to find something new that makes you excited but completely nervous to try. Then despite your nerves, do it.

Ride the wave. You’ll never ever regret it.

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My very young self at a riding competition.
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Protein Crepes

So, I had made this really cool step by step video on how to make these and then my phone decided to tell me I needed an update and I accidentally clicked yes in the middle of making these crepes and lost my video.  Either way, they are amazingly easy to make so no video needed!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Egg whites (or roughly 1/2 a cup)
  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Local Honey
  • Filling of choice

Combine egg whites, protein powder and cinnamon in a bowl and mix well.  Place a small pan on the stove at Medium heat and pour about 1/3 of the mixture in the center of your pan.  Then swirl the pan around in circles until the batter fills the whole bottom.  It should be pretty thin.  These cook quickly so as soon as it is slightly brown on the bottom, flip over to cook the other side.

Fill with your fruits of choice, I did banana and strawberry.  Then drizzle with some local honey.

Enjoy!