Thresholds

I had the opportunity to review Thresholds by Sherre Hirsch.  It is a book on how to thrive through life’s transitions to live fearlessly and regret-free.

I found this book to be very uplifting. She really gives you some real life ways to apply the methods. They are nothing too crazy or out there, just methods you forgot about it. I liked that she said there is “no magic pill” for happiness. Some people believe if they’re not always in a great mood, they should go see a doctor and get medicated. Turning to prayer and your inner peace is much better for the body.  I found the book to be a fast read and very enjoyable. Living with no regrets isn’t easy, but much more manageable through the ways of this book.

Pina Shakeology Coloda

I really LOVE pina coladas and on this hot day I just had to have one.  I’ve been meaning to try this recipe and it tastes as good as it sounds!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple/mango chunks
  • 1 scoop vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 container of Oikos Triple Zero Coconut Crème greek yogurt
  • 12oz water

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Blend all ingredients and enjoy!  Even my mom thought it was amazing!

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Insanity Max: 30…Week One

After completing PiYo for the past couple of months I decided I wanted to try something new.  I am doing the Spartan Run in a couple of weeks and feel like I need to amp up my endurance.  I decided to do Insanity Max: 30.  I needed a workout that was 30 minutes or less and one that would get me strong.

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I have never done an Insanity workout, but I have completed T25.  I thought it would be similar to that.  I was super excited to start!

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After the first workout I felt so out of shape; I “maxed out” at 8:12.  I didn’t realize every single day was going to be so intense and so much cardio.  I literally drip with sweat after each workout.

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I think it’s great, though.  I am working a lot harder than I did with PiYo, so I think it was a smart choice before doing the Spartan Run.

I am proud to say I completed the first week and am excited for my rest day tomorrow.

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I weighed myself, took measurements, and before photos.  I will be posting them at the end with my results.  Look out week two, I’m coming for you!

Living with Intent, by Mallika Chopra

IMG_6358A goal of mine each day is to read something positive, uplifting, and motivational.  I try to avoid reading or watching the news since it’s usually packed with negative stories, cop hating trash, and overall nothing positive.  I’m always looking for new books to read and had the pleasure of reading, “Living with Intent,” by Mallika Chopra.

The book is centered upon Mallika’s search to find more happiness and purpose in her life.  It not only covers her successes, but she also shares her failures.  This is something I really liked.  I love to hear how people can rise above their failures and come out ahead.  She has divided the book into 6 steps of her journey to achieve intent: Incubate, Notice, Trust, Express, Nurture, and Take Action.

Each chapter entails Mallika’s journey, who has inspired her, her ups, and downs, etc.  My favorite part of the book is the end of each chapter.  She wraps up each one with a Reflection and Practice.  She tells you what she was trying to get across and how to carry it out in your own life.  Mallika talks a lot about meditation and how it has changed her life.  Someday I would like to include it in my own life.  It is very hard for me to shut off my brain and just think about nothing, so I think it would really be beneficial for me.  Overall, a really great read and easy to relate to.

For more info on Mallika Chopra, you can find it here:

http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/187231/mallika-chopra/

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Warrior Dash Photos

So they finally posted more Warrior Dash pictures and I just had to share!

The first photo is of me jumping over fire!!! I laugh every time I look at this photo, it just cracks me up.  I was very intense!

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This was me doing an obstacle where you walk along a strap a couple of feet above a mud pond and grab onto rope like monkey bars.  Meanwhile, water is pouring down into your face.  I ended up falling into the mud pit.  I was too short to grab the ropes above.

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Here is a balance beam two stories high. This was after climbing up a rope wall and I was definitely getting tired.

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Muddy Mayhem was the final obstacle.  Crawling in three feet of murky, muddy water under barbed wire was quite the experience.  I could not believe I was actually doing this, I hate getting dirty.

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Lots and lots of really good memories that I will cherish for a lifetime!

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Caramel Apple Shakeology

I am definitely going to be making these a lot more often in fall.  It tasted just like a caramel apple!

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Ingredients:

  • Handful of spinach and kale
  • one small apple (next time I am going to try granny smith)
  • 1/4 cup of Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp caramel extract
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 8 oz water

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I cut the apple into large chunks, threw all of it in my Ninja, and it blended great!

Peanut Butter Banana Shakeology

I felt like a little peanut butter today, but wanted some fruit as well.  This hit the spot!

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Ingredients:

  • handful of spinach and kale
  • 1/4 cup of Triple Zero vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • small banana
  • 1 tbsp. peanut powder
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 8 oz water

It was delicious!!!

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PiYo Fix

Since completing the Warrior Dash I am completely focused on becoming stronger and increasing my endurance.  I signed up for a Spartan run that will be here in two months, so I need to be ready!  I decided I am going to do a hybrid between PiYo and 21 Day Fix.  Here’s the plan:

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When I’m beginning a new round of workouts. I write out each workout and highlight them once completed. Some weeks I get off track and am not able to workout every single day. I would always restart the whole program then and get frustrated with myself for restarting. This way I just pick up where I left off. It may take me a few extra days to finish, but at least I feel accomplished and not frustrated with myself.

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So I was invited to join a team for the Warrior Dash two days before the event. Mind you I have never ever participated in any type of obstacle mud run.  I said, sure, why not.  After I committed, I started googling the obstacles.  I immediately began to freak out. I was so nervous that I wouldn’t be able to complete the obstacles, or would be too scared to even try.  I barely slept the night before.  The day finally came, and I put on my Batman outfit and told myself I could do this.

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I had a great motivator with me, and I cannot thank her enough for inviting me to the event.

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As I was completing the obstacles I was honestly amazed with myself.  I had not trained at all for the Warrior Dash.  My training was Beachbody workouts, including 21 Day Fix, P90X3, and PiYo.  I completed this event for fun with no expectations, just fear.  In the end, I think I found my calling.  I signed up for a Spartan race in two months and am looking for other mud runs to sign up for.  I am so thankful for my friend for giving me this opportunity and pushing me to challenge myself.  I’m now revamping my workouts to train for the Spartan race.

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30 Day PiYo Update

IMG_5567 After 30 Days of PiYo I am proud to say that I have lost 3 pounds and 5 inches all around. FullSizeRender I can honestly say my diet was not the best, and I was on vacation for a week of it.  Overall I’m VERY happy with my results.  My upper body is much stronger and my lower body is really getting toned.  I am truly looking forward to what the next 30 days will bring.

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Drench was introduced this week.  This 48 minute workout worked every single muscle in the body.  I was absolutely drenched in sweat.  It is a much more fast paced workout and you do almost every PiYo exercise from previous workouts.  I really enjoyed it, and definitely felt it all over the next day.