Monthly Archives: November 2015

Thankful and Hungry

#Grateful

Tomorrow is one of the most glorious days of the year. We’re mindful and gracious for all that we have as we indulge and celebrate with those that we love.

I could give you some advice on how to stay on track tomorrow.  I could tell you to back away from the stuffing or choose your dessert carefully.  But, I’m not going to say anything like that.  Tomorrow, you do you.  Enjoy your day.  Celebrate the beautiful weather, good company and whatever your favorite dish may be.  ***Maybe try an 8 Minute Meltdown or 2….I won’t stop ya ;)***

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Indulge in Your Health

With all that being said, this is the kickoff to a season full of treats and decadence and celebrations that involve wine and champagne and cookies and cocoa and who-knows-what-else.  If you’re feeling a little panicked about a backslide in your nutrition or fitness goals, let me help.  Mindful indulgences are fun and fine, but your health shouldn’t be brushed under the rug for a season long binge.

Stress-Free Holiday!

I’ve developed a simple and delightful plan to help take the stress out of “what to eat”.  This 21 day plan is so easy and delicious that I’m won’t dare label it a diet.  This is Yo’s 21 Day DO-IT!  It comes with complete instructions.  You’ll get menus with recipes, complete shopping lists, and a guide on how to prepare to prepare.  This holiday season, get a head start on your fitness goals.

Yo’s 21 Day DO-IT

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Pumpkin Spice Cake

All this talk about nutrition is making me hungry.  I’m off to bake a pumpkin spice cake!  Stay tuned for a recipe….only if it’s tasty 😉

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Life Lessons from…Dwight Shrute?

The Survey Says!

I am loving reading your surveys as they’ve been rolling in.  As promised, here are my answers.  My goal is to get 100 completed surveys back for my chart, so if you know anyone who likes surveys, please invite them to participate.  I’m going to have a fun giveaway at the end of this project for on of you!

  1. What is your age? 35
  2. Do you drink coffee? If yes, what do you put in it? Yes! And so many things.  I love experimenting with different “clean” coffee add ins.  But, right now, I LOVE nitrobrew, which I just drink black.  Sooooooo delicious! IMG_0972 Sorry about my crazy dry hands.  It’s an occupational hazard.
  3. Do you follow specific dietary guidelines (such as vegan, paleo, vegetarian, gluten free, etc)?  If so, which one(s)?  I have tried all of them.  I have studied most of them.  Eat real food in the proper portion for your size and activity level.  That’s pretty much my philosophy.
  4. What is your favorite form of exercise? ALL OF THEM!  But it I HAD to pick ONE probably barre.  My style hits all of the major elements, so I find it very satisfying.
  5. What is your favorite inspirational quote? Please tell!  I have so many, but honestly, I’ve been taking advice from  Dwight Schrute lately with this one:images-10
  6. What movie have you seen more times than any other movie?  Noises Off…If you haven’t seen it, watch it.  You will laugh your booty off.  noises off
  7. What is your favorite place to travel to?  I’ve only been to NYC once, but I’ve definitely been craving a trip back lately.  I have fond memories of so many places, but it’s been the company, not necessarily the location that’s made them phenomenal.  I predict San Francisco.  I need to go to confirm that 😉
  8. Would you rather live near the beach, mountains or middle of the city?  I love them all.  Don’t make me choose.
  9. What is your favorite sitcom of all time?   It’s a tie: Friends and How I Met Your Mother
  10. What is the last thing you ate? a Magnificent 7 (juice from Raisin Rack…does juice count?)
  11. Where do you most often shop for clothing?  I haven’t shopped in ages, but probably Athleta.  If I could have an endless supply from a store, it would probably Anthropologie (I’m with you, Anna!)
  12. Can you play an instrument?  I was a drummer and might be able to play Mary Had a Little Lamb on the Sax.
  13. Do you prefer a phone call or text message?  Texts are nice because you can refer back to them.  I most prefer face to face conversations 🙂
  14. Did you play a sport in high school or college? Dance and theater sports….who else knows about theater sports lol?
  15. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?  Still looking for the secret recipe to accomplish all that I want within the limits of 24 hours while still getting adequate sleep.  Probably sounds familiar, right?

No Challenge November

Welcome to the Month of Gratitude

We are well into November and have much to be thankful for.  I love having a monthly enrichment (read:Instagram Challenge 😉 to focus on to give my mind a safe and happy place to drift when needed, but every once and a while, it’s nice to relax and let each day happen as it will.

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Instead of having a monthly challenge this month, I wanted to focus on reflection and just let some new ideas settle in without too much force.  While reading, I came across a story I hadn’t heard in a while.  Maybe you’ve already heard it.  Are you familiar with the shortest poem in the english language?  Just in case, I’ll share it with you:

“Me, we.”

Muhammed Ali recited this poem to the Harvard Class of 1975.  His emphasis was on the community that it takes for a person to achieve ultimate growth.  We are all connected and affect each other in one way or another.  Individually we serve no purpose.  We need community for any of our actions to have meaning.  We need support to make each other whole.  adidas-image-campaign-muhammad-ali-small-99963

Ali has given great lectures and inspired many in his life.  The simplicity of those two words connect us all.  We are all who we are because of how we receive those around us.

With that in mind, I find myself filled with gratitude for everyone in my life.  I cannot believe the amazing people I have encountered.  Some that have been mainstays that have certainly shaped my beliefs and practices.  There have been many who I’ve met in passing that have impacted decisions I’ve made.  There have been some of whom I’d wished to stay that have gone and some who are here that I hope never leave.

Thinking of those who are part of my “we” reminds me that I am also part of their “we”.  There is a reason we’ve connected.  If you’ve been waiting for a reason to take better care of yourself, or if you’ve been selflessly putting others needs before your own, remember that you are the “we” of so many others.  “We” want you to live your best life.  “We” want you to be full of energy, have a clear mind, have a healthy heart, and confidence that’s contagious.  “We” are so closely connected.  L’et’s look to each other for support, encouragement and celebration in success.

Let’s Connect

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(Anyone have one of these growing up?)

I’d love to get to know more about “we”.  I have a fun survey that I’d love to have as many of you as possible complete.  I’ll post the questions below.  In my next blog post, I’ll answer them too.  If you’re interested in participating, you answer the questions as well.  If you’d like to share your answer with all of us, post your survey on our Facebook page.  A simple answer is fine, but the more you elaborate, the more interesting (in my opinion).  Not only will it allow me to be more aware of your interests, it will help me provide you with more valuable content in the future. If you don’t want to share your answers publicly but are willing to share with me, send them to me in a private message.  I am going to create a chart with the answers (leaving those who wish to remain anonymous unnamed).  Call it juvenile if you must, but I think it’s fun 🙂

The Survey:

  1. What is your age?
  2. Do you drink coffee? If yes, what do you put in it?
  3. Do you follow specific dietary guidelines (such as vegan, paleo, vegetarian, gluten free, etc)?  If so, which one(s)?
  4. What is your favorite form of exercise?
  5. What is your favorite inspirational quote? Please tell!
  6. What movie have you seen more times than any other movie?
  7. What is your favorite place to travel to?
  8. Would you rather live near the beach, mountains or middle of the city?
  9. What is your favorite sitcom of all time?
  10. What is the last thing you ate?
  11. Where do you most often shop for clothing?
  12. Can you play an instrument?
  13. Do you prefer a phone call or text message?
  14. Did you play a sport in high school or college?
  15. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

I am really looking forward to getting to know a little more about you.  If there is a question you don’t feel comfortable answering, skip it.  Want to share something that isn’t included? Add it 🙂 Make it your own.