Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Power of Thoughts


I saw this quote today and it really made me stop and think... I've found myself in a major funk lately and it's so easy to go down the road of over-analyzing, worrying, and what-if's... I truly believe that you attract what you put out into the universe, but it's so easy to get caught up in it isn't it? So I'm making a pledge to myself today to be more mindful of my thoughts. To stop beating myself up. To stop worrying about the future & my expectations of myself and to start thinking about today...

To start thinking about NOW...


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Banana Smoothie Recipe

There aren't too many things I like more than Banana's! They are def in the top 3 of my favorite foods & I put them in everything!!! So today when I didn't feel like eating much for lunch, I decided to use one of the many we currently have to make a delicious smoothie. The nice thing about this recipe is that there really aren't any rules, you can add more or less of anything to your personal taste! A frozen banana would also work well here if you prefer a frothy cold smoothie ;)

Christy's Vanilla Banana Smoothie

Serves 1

~ 1 banana
~ 1 cup Almond Milk (could also sub vanilla flavor, soy milk (though I don't rec, or Rice Milk)
~ 1 Tsp Ground Flaxseeds
~ 1 Tsp Cinnamon (I LOVE it!!!)
~ Dash of Vanilla extract
~ 1-2 Tablespoons organic oats
~ 2 Tsp Justin's Maple Almond Butter, or PB
~ 8 drops NuNaturals Vanilla Liquid Stevia

Blend & enjoy!

I think a date and/or a shot of espresso or brewed cacao would also work well in here! Yum!!!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year, New Me - TAM Day 1

Happy New Year! I am SO ready for the most amazing year yet!!! I have to say... 2011 wasn't my best year. I know that there are many people out there that have far worse things going on, but it was just one thing after another and I wasn't sad to see it go! I have lots planned for this year. Many goals, resolutions and a couple milestones. This is the first time in a long time I've truly been this excited!

So today I embarked on my Wellness journey, which started with jumping back into TAM. If you're new to my blog or don't know about my love for TAM (or gasp... don't know what it is or who that lovely lady in the pic is...) read on =) TAM stands for Tracy Anderson Method and that is THE one and only gorgeous, adorable, butt-kicker in the photo above. And let me just tell you if you don't know already... I love Tracy. I mean LOVE with a capital L. Not just because she's so motivating and fun to watch, but also because her workouts are the most effective I have ever come across. They aren't boring either. But they kick your ass! Not gonna lie.

So this will make the 3rd time I've done Tracy's 30 Day Method. So today was Day 1 and it was good and bad. Lets start with the good... It felt great to get back into a routine after such a rotten summer and it being so long since I've felt good enough to workout. I got through 20 of each muscle work move. I know, doesn't sound like a lot, but it really is for Day 1! So now onto the bad... Over the summer in prep for my surgery, I had to be allergy tested and started immunotherapy. It was found that I'm allergic to TONS of stuff, one of the worst being 10, oh yes... 10!!!, different kinds of mold. I started the allergy shots in the middle of one of the worst mold seasons NJ has ever seen and suffered a horrbile allergic asthma attack that almost put me in the ER. Luckily I live closer to my specialist office, got a counteractive shot, neb treatment and was ok. Anyway... I've always wheezed when I do cardio so I thought I may have some Exercise Induced Asthma, but it seems that the episode in the early Fall woke up a whole new arena of issues. Now I'm like hyper-sensitive to so many things, my nose is STILL healing from surgery and after weeks of being sick with Bronchitis, I guess my body is still struggling. Even after just 40min of exercise I had a small flare-up today. Luckily after using my Breathe Resp EO Blend I felt better within 8min (especially since my inhaler did nothing!).

So lesson learned. I'm a little down about it and hoping that it doesn't cause a long-term issue with working out as I do love my TAM and I need to get back in shape! Tomorrow I'll be trying out some strategies beforehand to get me by until I can get back in to see the Pulmonary Spec. Cross your fingers for me!!! So I'm thinking of blogging my way through the whole 30 days since so many of you lovelies were so interested in it last time. I'm not planning on doing a post every day, unless you all want me to. Let me know. I'm thinking maybe every 2-3 days? And if you're also a loyal TAM Addict, make sure to post your results, blog posts, etc in the comments. We all need to support each other!!! Here's to a Fantastic 2012!