I want to start by saying thanks for all the love last time. Truly. And I particularly liked the handful of laughing face reactions, since it wasn't meant to be too serious of a post. My writing style has changed over the years to be more similar to the way I would actually speak with humor &/or sarcasm if I was telling the story. This also means sometimes I use slang or it's not totally grammatically correct, but rest assured it's intentional & that I do know a sentence doesn't end with a preposition.
Which reminds of that joke about the southern lady on the airplane...
Southern lady to other passenger: Where y'all from?
Passenger: Where I'm from, we don't end a sentence with a preposition.
Southern lady: Oh. Well where y'all from, bitch?
Anyway... I read some posted comments yesterday from a few friends who's day didn't begin as planned & left them running late or missing out altogether... in this case on the way to the gym that morning.
It happens to all of us at one time or another, headed to the gym or not. We wake up with a plan for the day only to have life say to us... nope, I don't think so.
As a parent I also understand how much time it takes to get multiple people out the door. When Bryn was younger, she even had a doll carrier & car seat we had to use. Her dolls went everywhere with us, thankfully not all at the same time, but she'd take turns & make sure everyone got their fair share in time out of the house. She'd tell me, "they are real babies, mama" and would request that I treated them as such.
Of course I always tried my best, even apparently being so convincing in my attempts, that one time a stranger asked me how old my baby was while I was sitting in the airport holding one of them. I had a strange look on my face I'm sure & said, "um, it's a doll." She laughed nervously & awkwardly walked away.
Man I miss those days, even if I did look like an idiot.
What I loved about the stories I heard yesterday though, was that even in the midst of the chaos of their morning, they still found a bright side to it all. Whether they arrived late that morning or ended up going to an evening class instead... they left in a better mood than when they walked in. And I totally get it, because no matter how I've ever walked into the gym, good days or not, I ALWAYS leave happier.
There's something about the camaraderie of being around others with similar goals, even if sometimes the goal is simply just to get some ME time with or without the workout.
And this doesn't even have to be about heading to the gym. Insert any other event in our day to day lives that could cause frustration in how we thought our day should go.
It's all about perspective. And there's always a bright side if you make the choice to look for it.
And usually there's a lot more we can find with what's right in our lives than what's wrong.
So... after receiving a random & very inspiring email/story from my sister yesterday... and then also received the following email from my Dad, who forwards The Daily Motivator to us every day, I felt compelled to share this...
For a moment, for a day, for a lifetime, appreciate what is. Whatever may happen, whatever may be, choose to see it with a perspective of gratitude and appreciation.
Not every day is filled with blue skies and sunshine. Not everything you undertake turns out the way you wanted.
Even so, you always have much to appreciate. There is always value to be found, always goodness to be lived.
Always, when you decide to find something to appreciate, you will. Have faith that there's a positive way forward, and you'll see it.
Although the weather may turn nasty, and people may disappoint you, there's no cause to be dismayed. For somewhere in the day, somehow in the situation is real value.
Remind yourself to appreciate what is, and you'll see that value. Appreciate what is, and position yourself to make the very best of it.
I think it's safe to say we all have moments of looking for answers... seeking wisdom, guidance, strength... from somewhere.
As I age though, I've learned that if I can get quiet enough & pay attention, there's much to be heard from the universe.
What's easier to listen to are the things our minds believe to be true. The saying... "Don't believe everything you think" is great in theory, but not always easy to apply in our daily life.
I spent the weekend in my craft room doing a lot of scrapbooking. Shocking, I know. It's been a very long time. But there is such therapy in it for me to get quiet & create. I mean, it wasn't totally quiet, there was a marathon of the TV on in the background with it, but I digress. It all requires a lot of attention to detail... placement, color, pattern, story-telling. It's therapy for me in a way that only Zumba can match because both require me to get out of my own head & lost in something else.
The creation of something on a page with little things that make me happy... rainbows, clouds, sunshine, flowers, hearts, butterflies, google eyes, thought bubbles. So simple & so juvenile... yet even at midlife, takes me right back to the images I'd doodle in my youth ALL. THE. TIME. In hindsight... it's evident that those silly things are all over the pages in my scrapbooks over the years.
Ironically at the end of the weekend, I saw this quote that made sense on what must've made me get out the paper & glue. "Retrace your steps and go back to the purest place in your heart... where your hope lives. You'll find your way again."
Then.... this morning, I saw this video of Jim Carrey that a friend shared on her Facebook page. I clicked on it because of what she typed in her status... "What you do in life chooses YOU.... & that great things can be born out of times when we struggle."
Goodness. The whole video spoke to me. All of it. Right down even to the part where he mentioned that being sent your room as a kid for punishment didn't work for him because it was his heaven. And for me, it still is...
Not sure if anyone else needed any of this today, but I wanted to remember it all for myself along with one more thing that spoke to me...
And with that... it's Tuesday, which means it's time to hit the dance floor tonight for therapy of the best kind... XOXO
It's been awhile since I've posted... I feel like I start every blog post that way in the last couple years... but I ran across this video by accident when it looped right after another video I saw on Facebook. I found it to be very thought-provoking. Ordinarily I would've clicked off the next video & scrolled on, but something about the title made me stop & watch...
I think there's a whole lot of truth to it. People tend to show what they want you to see. Maybe it's real... & maybe it's Maybelline.
Maybe their life really IS happy... & maybe it's an illusion created by the right shot & a cute smile.
Maybe they are out having great convo & memorable moments with others...& maybe they're together, but more engaged with people on the screen of their phone.
Maybe some of life's best moments aren't even captured in photos... and no one ever sees them on social media.
No check-ins, no status updates, no likes... just your own real life.
And some of life's worst may have happened after a photo was posted. Who knows?
I just returned from an amazing trip with my family. My sister posted some highlights from each day, but there's probably 100 more photos that were taken, along with so many stories & memories. And that doesn't even include the 70 professional shots we have as a gift for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary & my mom's 70th birthday.... which was the whole reason for the trip.
Just my parents, my sister, my daughter & my niece... so much love.
I've had a lot of people ask about our vacation & tell me they enjoyed the photos... said it looked like we had fun. And we did. We really really did. It was one of those trips where you don't want to leave because you're having so much fun & so many laughs together. And well... the location wasn't half bad either!
But I've been on a lot of trips in my lifetime. And while the opportunity to travel can be amazing... it really is WHO you're with that can make or break a trip. And not all vacations leave you feeling such a deep sense of happiness & gratitude.
So very thankful for the opportunity my parents gave us. Maybe I'll eventually post more about it, since Bryn also captured quite a bit of video with her Go Pro camera & I'm still patiently waiting bugging her to edit & create something. LOL
And then there's this. It came up in my Timehop the other day because I posted it a few years ago, but it speaks so much truth about what really is MOST important...
And with that... it's almost time for ZUMBA... my favorite time of day...
First thing this morning, I thought I'd quickly scan through & delete over 300 new emails I'd somehow avoided in the past few days. Most of them are easy to just delete without reading because they're spam or store/coupon emails. Clearly I've been known to do a little online shopping.
But I came across this email forwarded from my sister.
My friend had encouraged me to journal during this week away & maybe even get back to blogging. Goodness knows, it's been awhile.
With all that in mind... I immediately thought this was worth sharing since I have to admit it put tears in my eyes.
I hope it makes you stop & think of all those who "safely prepare you to pass through life's challenges."
I hope you take a moment to stop & reflect on what truly is important in life. To simply live with gratitude above complaints. To realize we all really are in this life together & to always find ways to help others.
"No accomplishment of real value has ever been achieved by a human being working alone." John Maxwell
I hope your vibe you're attracting for your tribe is a positive, inspiring & encouraging one.
Have a great week! XOXO
Captain Charlie Plumb flew 74 combat missions during the Vietnam war.
On his 75th and final mission, Charlie was shot down. After losing control of his plane, he ejected from the plane and spent the next 90 seconds slowly and safely floating down to earth. Immediately captured by the enemy, he spent the next 2,103 days as a prisoner of war.
For six years Charlie endured abuse and torture. He survived because of an unwavering devotion to returning home with honor, a deep sense of connectivity with his fellow prisoners of war, a desire to be reconnected with his family, an ever-present faith and a steadfast resolve to simply not give up.
But it was only decades after returning home, during a chance encounter, that he understood his primary cause of survival.
While enjoying a meal at a Kansas City diner, Charlie noticed a gentleman across the room looking at him. After several awkward glances, the gentleman stood, walked over to Charlie’s table, and asked if he served during Vietnam. Charlie verified that he had served, so the stranger asked Charlie if he had flown jets off the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk. Charlie nodded. Finally, the gentleman asked if he’d been shot down on his final mission.
Charlie asked the stranger how he knew all this information?
The man extended his hand, shook Charlie’s, pulled him close and said, “I packed your parachute.”
Charlie was overwhelmed with emotion.
He extended a grateful hand and shared that he’d said a lot of prayers of thanks for his nimble fingers over the years, but never thought he’d have the opportunity to express his gratitude in person.
My friends, as you step into this holiday, this week, this summer: Take pause to recognize all the teachers, parents, co-workers, mentors, friends and strangers who’ve ‘packed your parachute.’ The people who prepare you to safely pass through life’s challenges.
On this Memorial Day, as we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy, take pause to acknowledge the selfless love and ultimate sacrifice of those who made it possible.
In addition to barbeques, family parties and parades, perhaps the finest way to celebrate this Memorial Day is to actively seek opportunities to pack the parachutes for others.
This is your day. Live Inspired.
Let each problem remind you to be thankful. For problems are possible only because your life has value, meaning, potential and effectiveness.
You won't solve your problems by fighting them, resenting them, or allowing them to overwhelm you. You'll solve the problems by engaging and utilizing the good and valuable aspects of your life.
No problem is a reason to feel sorry for yourself. On the contrary, every problem can prompt you to find the best within yourself.
Step up to the opportunity. The more difficult the problem, the more value you'll be able to create.
Problems often force you to address issues that have needed your attention for a long time. By working through the problem, you end up in a better position than before the problem arose.
Problems demand much of you, and therein lies great value. See the positive possibilities in each problem, and let them motivate you to give your best.
I recently finished reading the book Hustle as part of a team of 7 coaches for The Lean Life Project. Our role as coaches was to each give a daily video on our assigned day per week to either inspire/encourage or sum up our reading each day of that book.
Since I was the final coach on the final day of the 28-day project... I thought rather than do another video... where by the way I realized I like to use the word "um" a lot... I thought I'd sum up our month & our reading with a written post instead.
It was posted on our private Facebook group, but my very sweet & always-encouraging friend remembered this post from last month & reminded me to re-read my own words today.
I thought I would share those words on here... as they could be the encouragement someone else needs to see...
“If you truly understood the greatness inside of you, if you truly saw in yourself what God sees in you, you would stop messing around with parties, drugs, TV, mindless activities, video games, foolishness, and anyone in your life who is intent on keeping you from becoming everything you were created to be.”
Very thought-provoking, right?
Add into that quote whatever it is that has a hold on YOU, and realize that it’s keeping you from becoming GREAT.
It could be junk food, lack of exercise, etc. We all have things we struggle with or use as a “crutch.” Sometimes what’s holding us back from success or greatness is the fear failure, negativity or drama in our life. Sometimes it’s too much social media and not enough realizing that your life is good WITHOUT comparison to other’s.
I’m so thankful I was part of this 28-day journey with you. I’m so thankful it was the reason this book came into my life because it made a big impact on me when I needed to hear it the most.
“Strength is only built through resistance. Greatness is only built through trials. Diamonds are only formed under pressure. Gold is only refined through fire.”
Carry on with your awesome selves… ♥
“Become so great they can’t ignore you.”
Ok so I'm about a third of the way into this book. It's a quick read. Short chapters, but fruitful in content. I'm already highlighting things like crazy because so much of it is making me think ok... ok... I was supposed to read this, especially certain chapters.
I mean, the timing... spot on.
As you may have read in a previous post, I'm taking part as one of the coaches again for the Lean Life Project. This is the book we're reading during this 28-day journey. If you missed the live call introducing myself & all the coaches, you can listen to the recorded playback here.
Before I put the book down for the night last night, I flipped to the end of the book & landed on a random page & wanted to share this quote because it truly resonates with everything I believe & am currently experiencing...
"Start to see your life as a story, and remember that every great story has plot twists, trials and hardships.
We love stories where the unlikely hero overcomes adversity and chooses to act in spite of facing seemingly impossible odds.
What is the worst thing that can happen if you approach it with a growth mindset?
You gain invaluable experience; you learn and grow."
Which just goes back to the motto of where my heart was drawn last year... Bloom Fitness Studio.
BLOOM where ever life plants you.
Take the lesson from that seed and grow from it.
That's my advice to myself.
You, GROW, girl.
Take the advice if YOU need it right now too.
And I'm off to practice soon for the American Heart Association Zumbathon. If you're local, you can join us for this annual event tomorrow 12:00-1:30 at the O'Fallon Family YMCA. It's a $20 donation for a great cause! It's always a blast & I can promise that we'll give you your money's worth in that 90 minutes! Weart your RED & come join us!!
There are a few things going on lately in the world of AdvoCare that may be of interest to you...
It's almost February. Now is the time when people tend to slowly sneak back into old comfort zones & habits. It's been 1 month since New Year's Resolution time. Are you still kicking ass & taking names OR could you use a little encouragement & more self-discipline? I'm happy to help if you'd like it!
Ok then.... carry on with yo bad selves...
It's been forever & a day since I last blogged. And to be perfectly honest, I'd decided that one of my goals for 2017 was to be more consistent with it once again, along with more scrapbooking. Both are therapeutic & feed my soul in a way that only Zumba equals in comparison.
Although thank goodness for Zumba, because scrapbooking is a totally sedentary activity & I would bust out of my pants if all I did was sit around with paper & glue all day.
So anyway, with my good intentions for the start of the year, I had even started typing up a post recapping my 2016... with everything that happened with my job, all the places I was fortunate enough to travel to, etc.
But there the half-typed post sits, unfinished. And let's don't even mention that not one one scrapbook page has even been started.
I did, however, just buy a new scrapbooking collection kit titled "She Blooms" because I was like.... "Are you kitten me right meow? Perfection!"
And then Bryn shot the wind right out of my sails & said, "Face it, Mom. You're not going to do any scrapbooking & you know it."
And NOW I have to prove her wrong.
But anyway, just like with exercise & goals for better health... I say start where you are, not where you want to be. And today I read something in the Daily Motivator email that I thought was worth sharing.
The person you become, the life you live, the results you get are a direct result of the way you spend your time. How do you intend to spend your time today?
Every person alive will have the same number of hours in this day. Yet the value obtained in those hours will vary remarkably.
You have time, and with it, opportunity. Decide right now to put it to its highest use.
As you travel through the day, remind yourself that each moment makes a difference. The way you live it determines what that difference will be.
You know that the difference between speeding forward and standing still is made in each moment. As the moments arrive, keep reminding yourself of their opportunity.
A little extra effort, each time you get the chance, leads to a lot of extra richness in your life. The day has arrived, and you know what to do.
So there you have it.
How are you spending your time so far this year?
Have you already fallen back into old comfort zones & habits?
Are you keeping up with new goals?
Are you doing things that feed your soul?
Are you allowing people or situations to deplete you in mind & body?
Are you waiting for the right time to get started?
Are you allowing the weather to make choices for you?
Are you "shining" in your best light possible?
I hope this year is full of amazing things for you. I hope you remember that whether you're a mom, you work outside the house, you're a student, or retired... we all have the same number of hours in each day. Simply taking 30 minutes out of 24 hours for yourself, is not selfish. We all have much more to give, when we start with our own self-care.
Like the old saying goes... if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.
So shine on, beautiful girls, shine on... ♥
I'm excited to be one of the coaches involved in this upcoming Lean Life Project! If you've been thinking about getting started on a healthier path in your life, this is a great starting point to develop that daily discipline.
It doesn't take a New Year's resolution to do it. It just takes your willingness to make small changes. Small changes can lead to BIG results.
And sometimes it's simply a matter of changing your mind-set. Or maybe you're just sick & tired of feeling sick & tired.
This is a 28-day program involving some foundational products, that will help you develop the discipline to carry with you beyond that in your daily life... a stronger YOU living a more lean life!
Join myself & 7 very inspiring coaches for a dial-in playback conference call... where you can listen in as we introduce the upcoming project, what's involved & who WE are. We all bring different personalities & backgrounds to inspire you on your path to good health.
(605) 562-3099 CODE 1032364
This Lean Life Project does NOT involve a cleanse & is not a 24-Day Challenge as you may or may not have done in the past. It's simply an opportunity to focus on creating a leaner body & mind. And I say that because it usually takes getting the "junk" we carry around in our mind under control, so our body can follow with healthier choices.
There will be a private Facebook page for anyone interested in learning more about this project and what you'll need to prep for it. We will also be coaching along the way with daily inspiration... health tips &/or mind-set tips.
I'd LOVE for you to join us if you're interested in heading into the holidays a little leaner, meaner & ready to kick booty!
Read the following recently & wanted to share it. I think it's so important to remember all this at any age, but especially those growing up in this age of "keeping up with Joneses" on social media. It can be easy to have feelings of inadequacy in comparing ourselves to others .
News flash... people don't typically share the bad stuff... they share the good stuff. They stuff they want you to see or know.
It's mostly "smoke & mirrors." Pictures posted are the good ones, not necessarily the "real" ones.
Filters cover lines & wrinkles. Makeup covers imperfections.
Personalities can't be covered though. What you're putting into this world, can't be faked... or if it is... it will be shown eventually.
Kindness & love shown for others makes someone beautiful... not makeup & hairspray.
It's easier to realize with age & wisdom... that what defines us isn't what we readily think when we look in the mirror or compare ourselves to others. It's so much more than that.
I really love this...
You are not your age
Nor the size of the clothes you wear
You are not a weight
Or the color of your hair
You are not your name
Or the dimples in your cheeks
You are all the books you read
All the words you speak
You are your croaky morning voice
And the smiles you try to hide
You're the sweetness in your laughter
And every tear you've cried
You're the songs you sing so loudly
When you know you're all alone
You're the places you've been to
And the one that you call home
You're the things you believe in
And the people that you love
You're the photos in your bedroom
And the future you dream of
You're made of so much beauty
But it seems that you forgot
When you decided that you were defined
By all the things you're not
Saw this first thing in my email this morning & it really spoke to my heart today so I thought I'd share.
Enjoy your weekend. Make some fun memories that will leave you smiling by Monday... XOXO
Quiet your thoughts now, take a slow, deep breath and feel life itself.
Just feel, without the need to label, the essence that is you.
Allow yourself to feel love for all you love.
Allow your vision of life at its best to fill your awareness.
Stay here a moment, and remind yourself, this is what's important.
Pure, authentic life and love are what matter.
Nothing can take the best of you away from you. Through pain, loss, achievement, joy, ups and downs, you still can love all that you love.
In any situation, you can give of yourself to life.
You can always make a difference, you can always matter, you can always love.
Remind yourself of the good, unique power that is your own life.
Remind yourself now to point that power in a worthy, meaningful direction.
In the process of writing blog posts, I sometimes get side-tracked & unintentionally change directions from where I started. Sometimes I just change the entire post altogether & other times it results in an additional post like today.
Yesterday I mentioned I should talk about what to expect if you decide to become an instructor.
I have quite a few friends that have recently decided to get certified to teach fitness classes. In fact, there's a Zumba training this weekend. So excited for those attending & LOVE that they've been inspired to do it. It is an AWESOME job and a FUN format to teach!
Here's some of my thoughts + opinions on teaching based on my own experience over the past 5 years. Other instructors have their own opinions & experiences. Take what you need to help guide you in your own journey while primarily listening to your own gut.
This post isn't intended to bore you if this isn't your path, so forewarning to stop now & don't waste your time reading.
On the flip side, this post also isn't intended to make anyone feel bad either.
It is MY experience alone over the past 5 years. And even though I've been teaching for 5 years, it all still applies to ME. I still look at every single class as a new one, still sub as much as I can & still very much LOVE what I do. It is a HUGE blessing in my life & I have loved every minute of it!
Started the weekend with some dancing of course, tons of fun as always... lunch + getting caught up on life with a bestie... and these words above that just struck a chord with me.
I've made a conscious decision in the past year to step outside my comfort zone. It really is when change takes place. If an opportunity feels right, I'm listening to my gut & going with it. If a situation presents itself & makes me feel uncomfortable in the right way, I know it's something I need to do.
So far my willingness to say YES has lead to good things.
Among other things, it lead to a new teaching opportunity that I just love.
And reading the above made me think... what if over the course of my life I'd made different decisions?
I say it in my classes all the time... "when you're uncomfortable, change is happening." Specifically, I say it often in BodyPump because let's face it... we do a shit-ton of reps in there & it gets ugly.
Ugly in a good way, of course, because it has absolutely changed my body like nothing else.
I think I finally decided though that if I'm willing to let my body get to the point of being uncomfortable, I needed to also be willing to let my soul get uncomfortable too.
Every decision we make, right or wrong, crazy or sane, leads us to where we are right now.
And we are EXACTLY where we are supposed to be.
TGIF... And have an awesome weekend, my friends.
Ok.... so it appears that the last time I posted on here was on April 25. So ummm... yeah... over a month ago. That was actually a couple days before I left for Vegas so I guess everything must've gone to hell in a handbasket... which by the way that was one of the most fun trips EVER.
I guess you can sum of the month of May as distracting maybe? That & I seemed to be celebrating my birthday for almost the entire month as well. LOL
The older you get, the longer you celebrate!
Mother's Day was thrown in there too. So very thankful for Bryn EVERY SINGLE DAY since she's the reason I even celebrate that.
Things are still just as crazy as always though.
Bryn & I are still car dancing every chance we get. You think I only act obnoxious on stage? Nope.
And sorry about the gum. Apparently I wasn't prepared for an impromptu video session?
Still obnoxious texting with friends, which has recently elevated to taunting each other while on the treadmill. Because we don't all workout enough so we apparently need to add Fitbit wars to our day.
I swear if someone ever read some of the convos on my phone... LOL
Keeps me laughing but I'm sure anyone with any sanity might think otherwise...
Anyway... rather than continue to bore you with the details of my crazy life, that really is probably only funny to me & a few other people... I'll get to another point here.
Recently I had to answer some random questions for a bio with the new studio where I'm teaching Zumba. One of the questions was.... "what advice would give your childhood self?" Coincidentally, a couple days later, I noticed that Bryn had tweeted the following list on her Twitter page. I liked what she posted a lot & realized I've said MANY of these things to her throughout her life, especially the older she gets.
So maybe, just maybe, she actually hears me when I'm talking to her & I'm thinking everything is going in one ear & out the other?
It's advice we could all have listened to back then and maybe even still... since I personally can't exactly "chill with the eyeliner." LOL
51 THINGS I WISH I KNEW WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL
1. Do not spend more than $9 on mascara. CVS sells ones that work just fine.
2. It won't matter later on that he was on a high school football team.
3. Your push-up bra is obvious.
4. Chill with the eyeliner.
5. If he cheats on you, say goodbye.
6. Stop subtweeting or Facebooking your life.
7. Don't tell your mom you hate her; you will regret it.
8. Innocence is beautiful.
9. Call your grandma just because.
10. Some people will never like you; don't let it bother you.
11. Kill them with kindness.
12. TPing/Rolling houses is all fun and games till it rains and you have to clean it up.
13. You were beautiful before he told you.
14. Don't believe stereotypes. Get to know people personally instead of judging them.
15. Don't let one mistake define you.
16. But learn from your mistakes.
17. Eat home-cooked meals. You will miss it one day.
18. Your mom can see a fake friend before you can.
19. Your dad can see a crappy boy before you can.
20. Enjoy your metabolism while it lasts.
21. There is more to life than Friday night.
22. If your parents buy you something, whether it's a McDonald's or an iPhone, say thank you.
23. You are more beautiful than you will ever know.
24. Prom is not the "best night of your life," but go anyway.
25. High school years are not the best years of your life.
26. However, enjoy high school while it lasts, you will miss some of it.
27. Bad times make you appreciate the good times.
28. It's only a bad day, not a bad life.
29. Stop comparing yourself to others; that will never do any good.
30. Learn to forgive. Also learn that not everyone deserves your trust.
31. Learn to apologize.
32. He isn't the love of your life.
33. Sex does not make you mature or an adult.
34. Stop pretending to be someone you are not to impress people.
35. Keep a journal.
36. You'll regret spending $90 on that Abercrombie fur vest.
37. Eat the dang doughnut.
38. Five for $27, appreciate it, and never forget it.
39. Pray for your future husband every once in a while.
40. Pray for your future kids too.
41. Take those ACT prep classes seriously.
42. Hug your grandpa every chance you get.
43. Write thank you notes for everything.
44. Tell your favorite high school teacher she rocks.
45. Nothing good happens past midnight.
46. Put others before yourself.
47. Unless that person is an ex-boyfriend. You deserve happiness, stop worrying about him.
48. If you love God, then you should love people.
49. His plan is greater than yours (Romans 8:28).
50. Stop speeding; especially on turns. Also stop at stop signs.
51. Enjoy life. It goes by faster than you think.
Ok then.... Happy Memorial Day weekend. Much gratitude for those who have given their lives for our country... and to all the men & women who have or are currently serving to protect our freedom most take for granted.
Thankful for my many family members & friends who have served... Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
God Bless America!
A couple things spoke to my soul this morning. And no I'm not talking about the voices I hear that tell me to buy more shoes.
Thought I'd share this because it was the first thing in my email this morning & it was timely...
If you're not sure what to do, go ahead and do something anyway. Action clarifies your purpose and illuminates your intentions.
If you're unsure how to go about it, make an initial effort anyway, right away. Even if the first step doesn't get you anywhere, it will give you valuable experience and perspective.
The secret to success is that no one really knows the secret. You learn to achieve as you go along, so get going, get the learning and achievement in motion.
If you already know how the story ends there's no point in reading it, or writing it. If you already know how the achievement will unfold, you owe it to yourself to seek a more ambitious achievement.
Unsure what to do with this day, with the month ahead, or the rest of your life? The way to be sure is to invest in life, right now, with action.
Free yourself from uncertainty with action. Get involved, get yourself clear about what, why and how, and make it happen.
Balance is key in everything you do.
Dance all night long and practice yoga the next day.
Drink wine but don't forget your green juice.
Eat chocolate when your heart wants it and kale salad when your body needs it.
Wear high heels on Saturday and walk barefoot on Sunday.
Live high and low.
Move and stay still.
Embrace all sides of who you are.
Be brave, bold, spontaneous and loud
and let that complement your abilities to find silence, patience, modesty and peace.
Aim for balance.
Make your own path
and don't let anybody tell you how to live according to theirs.
And here's a discount if you're looking for some new workout clothes. Loved their ad for International Women's Day today too...
"It's suspended there to remind us before we pop the champagne and celebrate the New Year, to stop and reflect on the year that has gone by. To remember both our triumphs and our missteps - our promises made, and broken. The times we opened ourselves up to great adventures - or closed ourselves down, for fear of getting hurt. Because that's what New Year's is all about: getting another chance. A chance to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more. And stop worrying about 'what if' and start embracing what would be. So when that ball drops at midnight - and it will drop - let's remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other. And not just tonight but all year long."
~ Claire from New Year's Eve the movie
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
New year. New chances. New beginnings.
How about the chance to love YOURSELF a little more this year too? Maybe put yourself at the TOP of your priority list?
It isn't a selfish thing to do. If you're healthy, happy & have more energy... everything else in your life tends to fall into place. The people around you tend to be happier as a result.
You've all heard the saying... if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. It is very true.
There are a few tried & true ways you can love yourself more this year...
There are many more ways to love yourself more this year. These are just a few things that came to my own mind.
I hope you have an amazing 2016... full of much love, especially for YOURSELF!
If you'd like more information on starting the year off with a nationwide ALL IN 24-DAY CHALLENGE, message me for details. It's a great starting point for health & wellness... involving a cleanse, better eating, exercise AND likely shedding a few pounds & inches. Last day to get all the FREEBIES is Monday, Jan. 4th. Let's get LEAN in '16...
I love my 2 God-given sisters so much. So incredibly blessed at the closeness we share(d)... since just being sisters by blood doesn't guarantee you're actually friends who really love being in each others company.
I may have had a couple "soul sisters" prior to my own sister passing away... and she was definitely a best friend.... but it wasn't until after she passed that I truly believed she was bringing more "sisters" into my life.
Yes... open hearts & similar interests attract like-minded awesome people.
And it takes being a good friend, to have good friends.
But I have to wonder if there's not some other force involved... like my sister's guidance for what I need. For WHO I need.
Some are there calling, texting & inviting when they really don't have to, but they're just cool like that. And you haven't even known them that long. It's just that there's an instant connection. So thankful.
We all have points in our life where we go through big changes or traumatic events... whether in careers, marriage, death, children... it's a turning point.
It means a lot to be able to be there for a friend going through what life brings them. To help someone mend a broken spirit or to be the encouragement they need to take a leap of faith.
And it means just as much to have that support returned.
Thankful every single day for all my sisters.
Having a lot of friends in my life is an incredible blessing. And I have my job to thank for so many of them.
But having a few I know I can count on, no matter what, means the world to me...
Offer the world a smile from your heart today. It's a simple, easy act that upgrades whatever situation you're in.
You look better when you smile, because you are better. A genuine smile pushes away negativity and supercharges your attitude.
Say what you say with a smile on your face, and you exude confidence, enthusiasm and credibility. Spread that smile into the core of your being, and a world of new possibilities suddenly appears in front of you.
Smile when there's a reason, and smile when there's no reason. Smile, and let your smile create its own reasons.
Dare yourself to visualize this day in the most positive, empowering light. Smile with your face, your words, your actions and your attitude.
Give life permission to shower you and all those around you today with goodness and value. Smile, and turn up the brightness in this world.
By Ralph Marston
And here's another reason to smile! You'll receive a FREE White Chocolate Peppermint Meal Replacement Shake sample with EVERY online order right now! I just received mine this week! Yum!! So if there's something you've been thinking about, now is a great time to place any order & you'll receive one too! Gotta love freebies!
Okie dokie then.... off to teach Zumba! And I'll be smiling for sure! TGIF!
Clocks have been turned back, the weather is slowly changing & the holiday season is quickly approaching.
It's that time of year when shopping for gifts is underway, holiday parties are happening, the days get shorter & the nights get longer. The time on the clock doesn't feel the same as the time it appears to be outside our windows.
What time is it for you?
Are you on your list of "things to do?"
I don't know how well you know me, but when it comes to working out... it's first on my list of things to do. Even long before I started teaching it was first... which is probably why this is a good job for me.
At one point years ago Bob said to me, "Are we going to plan all our airline flights around your Zumba class?"
"Ummm well yes... if we can. Why arrive early if we can't check-in yet anyway?" LOL
And besides... if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.
Maybe I'm in the minority.
Maybe the majority waits until they feel like crap & use the new year as a time, along with everyone else, to make some changes. And then..... slowwwwwwwly drift back into old habits.
Are you waiting until January 1 with most of the population to make changes to your health?
Or have you stuck with your resolutions from this past January? I know some diehards that have! YAY!
But what is magic about the new year that isn't magic about today?
Change can happen at any given moment. All is takes is the decision to do it.
Like Nike says... JUST DO IT.
I was getting ready to JUST DO IT... another cleanse, that is. Thought right before the holidays would be a good time to get a fresh start again and thought I'd share some info.
A cleanse every 90 days is optimal for ridding your liver & kidneys of toxins. And... like the change of seasons, our bodies & eating habits typically change throughout the year too. I think it's safe to say we all probably indulge in more "comfort foods" and carbs in the winter, especially if you celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving & Christmas.
I think it's safe to say a few more cocktails are consumed during the holidays as well.
Or is that just with my family?
I know sometimes cost is a factor in budgeting for your health. Whether it's a gym membership, organic & whole foods, or supplements to assist in your health goals... cost can determine what we're willing to afford.
A simple 10-day cleanse is easy to do & won't break the bank. It's a great way to re-set your body & jump start it for the holiday madness.
A little tune-up, like we do for our cars. Keep the engine running better.
I put together a mini bundle of 3 products for a 10-day cleanse. It's half the price of the full 24-Day Challenge, but FULL of benefits for your body. Here's what the 10-Day Cleanse bundle includes:
I think I've mentioned a few times that Catalyst is my can't-miss-have-to-have-every-day supplement. I love it. It protects & promotes lean muscle mass so your body burns fat instead of muscle during exercise & weight management.
I don't use Spark myself, because I don't do caffeine, but you could certainly add that into your bundle as well!
A little meal planning & prepping can help you achieve results & of COURSE you should exercise. You KNOW I always promote that.
And lots & lots of WATER!! On a normal day you should drink half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 100 lbs. you should drink 50 oz. of water. But drink even MORE than that during the cleanse so the added Fiber can be pushed through your system.
And water is FREE... unlike soda, Starbucks, energy drinks, etc.
Speaking of meal planning, here's my new favorite & EASY dinner... spaghetti squash. I gave up pasta around the time I turned 40. Also gave up pizza, bread... all those bad carbs that really did nothing for my body nutritionally & all it did was make me bloated.
Spaghetti squash is an awesome alternative to eating spaghetti. And it is SO good!!!
Cut a whole squash in half. After removing the seeds, I place them face down into a glass baking dish filled with a small amount of water (helps to steam it) & 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Then I cover the dish with aluminum foil & bake at 375 for 45 minutes.
I just throw on whatever red sauce I happen to have on hand. Last night I served it as a side dish with grilled chicken & salad, but you could throw in whatever pasta ingredients you like & make it your main dish as well.
Put your health first so you can get through the holidays with lots of energy & NO illness. And I bet everyone at your holiday parties will notice how great you look too!
The year I turned 40 I had quite a few "firsts" in life. And since I knew that year/decade would start off with change, I chopped my hair short (well, short for me).
I found this page I made that year. It was above my shoulders... at least 5 inches were cut.
Change in hair, always indicates change in your life.
I had also just started this blog a few months earlier. So... if you do the math, that was 7 years ago.
That year was the first time I shot a gun... a completely empowering experience.
It was the first time I went horse-back riding... ridin' my pony.
It was the first time I had any of my scrapbooking work published in a magazine... very exciting!
Many memorable things happened that year. There was a huge surprise party thrown for me (2 parties actually & I was completely shocked by both), I ran my 2nd half marathon with a PR (2:00:31... those damn 31 seconds still piss me off too because under 2 hrs was my goal. LOL), my amazing craft room was completed, several vacations & much more... 40 was definitely FABULOUS.
To be honest, in my 40's I've physically been in the best shape of my life too.
The hell with your 20's. Life begins after that for sure.
That summer I attended a Women of Faith conference with friends. The biggest thing I took away from that experience & I even wrote it down while I was sitting there, was "NO is a complete sentence."
It doesn't require further explanation.
It shouldn't have guilt or apologies attached to saying it.
You shouldn't have to come up with an excuse for making it sound better.
I think it takes getting to your 40's before you have enough life experience & confidence to stop worrying about what others think.
What others think of you. What others think of what you have to say. What others think if you simply say NO.
And I still say no with apologies & a comma... rather than a period.
It's not always an easy word to say, but when I say it I do mean it. Even if you keep asking until you get the yes answer you want from me, it's still NO.
At 47 I can say that in this past year I've been open to saying YES to stepping outside my comfort zone. To taking chances & saying YES to opportunities when they're only knocking lightly. To saying YES, when I'm nervous about the outcome. And it has opened up so many good things for me... a new chapter in life.
However, I got to this point by also saying NO.
No to what was no longer working. To finally learning to say NO... rather than saying yes & being resentful.
Does any of this make sense?
How about you. Can you say NO without apologies or excuses?
When is the last time you said yes because you felt guilty saying no?
When is the last time you reluctantly said yes, because it was easier than saying no?
On the flip side... when is the last time you stepped outside your comfort zone & said yes to something that scared you?
When is the last time you said yes to making a big change in your life... your health, your hair, your job?
What have you got to lose by saying it?
Change is never the result of being comfortable. Change only happens when we're willing to be uncomfortable... in our workouts... in our life.
Simple words like YES & NO are sometimes harder for women especially to say.
But go ahead & say them anyway.
Quit trying to make everyone happy. Start owning who you are & how you feel... & ROCK IT.
For whatever reason, this song came to mind today. A good friend told me about it last year & before I even finished listening to the whole song, I texted her back saying OMG I LOVE IT.
Too bad I could never use it for Zumba. Pretty sure I'd get fired from the Y. LOL
The video is pretty obnoxious & the lyrics aren't for little ears or for listening to at work, but I love it...
And speaking of Zumba... more dancing happens tonight! YES!!!
POWERFUL TO BE POSITIVE
In the space of a single moment, your life can dramatically change for the better. Without any visible change in your surroundings, without a sound or a look or even as much as a twitch from you, suddenly you can be a whole different person.
Choose to change your attitude, and you can immediately be living in a new world. Choose a positive attitude and suddenly you have placed yourself in a world filled with positive possibilities.
Your attitude determines what you see and how you see it. Your attitude determines what you are willing to do with whatever is available to you.
Certainly there are plenty of valid reasons to go through this day with a negative, despondent attitude. But even if there are a million compelling reasons to be negative, there's a reason to be positive that outweighs them all.
The fact is, a positive attitude empowers you in the way that nothing else can. The more reasons there are to be negative, the more powerful it is to be positive.
So, you can make excuses or you can make your way forward. Instantly change your life for the better, be positive, and get the power that enables you to do great things.
By Ralph Marston
A few weekends ago, I sat in a very very cold gym watching Bryn's all-day volleyball tournament. It was so cold, in fact, that I decided it would be a good idea to drive all the way home & get a blanket when the first match was over since she had a 2-hr break before the next games.
I'd much rather the room be cold than hot, but this was ridiculously cold. Even the players had blankets when they weren't playing!
Stopped for some lunch on the way back & also decided to get a Starbucks so I'd have something warm to drink & something warm to hold in my hands for awhile. It was the first time I've been there since May... as I decided to give up that daily purchase when I started using AdvoCare products regularly.
Not sure if you ever buy Starbucks coffees/drinks... but can I just say I'm so glad I gave that up. Do you know how much that Venti Decaf Soy Latte cost? And we're talking decaf coffee + soy milk. No frilly extras... no whip... nothing except they had to use the latte machine to make the milk frothy.
Five dollars & fifteen cents! I believe it was around $4.82 in May when I'd last been there, so it's gone up a bit. But why in the holy heck was I spending that every day? Like every day for over 5 years?!
Habit... routine... tasted good... or I guess I'm just basically a dumb ass? I mean for that price I could be eating a whole meal.... not drinking a coffee. And I could've bought a few Louis Vuittons for the money I've given Starbucks over the years.
I've basically saved about $140/month... $1680/year.
I've heard people say they can't afford to eat healthy. They can't afford nutritional supplements. They can't afford the cost of a gym membership.
It "costs too much."
I've heard people say they're not sure what's in nutritional supplements, so they won't take them.
What's in these products pictured below? How much do they cost? When is the last time you've read the labels for everything you put into your body... food, supplements, alcohol... all of it? When is the last time you've added up how much you spend on "junk food"... food & drink that does nothing for your body nutritionally?
What would happen to your grocery budget if you quit putting those items in your cart? How much money do you think you would save every day... every week... ?
Would you change your mind about putting those foods in your mouth once you read the list of ingredients or do those ingredients not matter to you?
I was forced to start reading labels for everything we buy when Bryn was diagnosed with severe food allergies at age 3. I'm actually glad I was forced to do that because it made me start paying attention to what I was eating as well!
I had friend say the other day that our kids are part of the first generation that will likely not outlive their parents because of diets that are high in processed foods... and activity levels that are very sedentary.
THAT is scary.
THAT is sad.
We have a huge problem in the US with obesity. It is an epidemic. Kids learn their eating habits from their parents. And until they're out on their own, they are only able to eat what their parents bring into the house.
The problem is... once they're out on their own, they need to learn how to eat healthy. They need to learn WHAT is healthy. They need to learn that just because a label says LOW FAT or FAT FREE... that it isn't necessarily healthy, nor is it going to help you lose weight.
It is simply a matter of replacing one item for another... replacing one junk food item for one healthy item.
When you think in terms of cost per serving... it becomes affordable.
When you think in terms of health benefits vs. health destroyers... it becomes a necessity, not a luxury.
Meal Replacement Shakes have 14 packages in each box. That's 14 quick, easy & nutritious meals. If you break it down by cost per serving, each meal costs only $3.50. They are low in calories & packed full of all the protein & nutrients you need for an entire meal.
Why are there always long lines for fast food restaurants? Because we live in a very fast-paced society & people are usually on the go. How much did you spend on the last "nutritious" meal you got from a fast food window though? I'll bet it was more than $3.50. I'll bet it wasn't low in fat or calories. I'll bet it wasn't packed full of all the nutrients you need for that meal.
One thing that is for SURE... if we don't take the time to care about WELLNESS now, we will be forced to make the time for ILLNESS eventually.
And ain't nobody got time for that!
Had a very inspiring night last night! Wish everyone I knew could've been there to hear all the stories from women just like me & you who have changed their bodies &/or their finances with AdvoCare.
I'm so excited to be associated with a company that changes lives in more ways than one.
I've been part of an industry that changes lives for 4 years now as a fitness instructor. I LOVE my job. I love all the friends I've made & people I've met because of it. It is certainly a blessing in my life that I've been given a role of helping to change people's bodies, while also creating stronger minds to go along with it. Because that's how it works. Strong bodies create strong minds.
And at the end of the day... your health is really all that matters.
I started on products in May. My body has definitely changed since using them. Just because I workout for a living, doesn't mean my body is in perfect shape. Let's face it... you can spend all day in the gym but unless you're eating a relatively clean diet & have good nutrition... you're wasting your time.
Who knew how important a cleanse was every 90 days? I didn't.
Who knew how important it was to protect your lean muscle because your body wanted to burn that instead of fat if you weren't protecting it? I didn't.
Who knew that a dehydrated body could not lose weight & had a higher likelihood of injury? I didn't.
I've learned so much in these past 5 months & am still trying to absorb as much info as possible.
In addition to loving how the products I'm using have changed my body, I'm loving how this company is changing my checking account.
Could I work harder than I am with this? Absolutely.
Should I work harder than I am with this? Absolutely.
But without even working as hard as I could & should... since the end of May, AdvoCare has been depositing money into my account that I certainly wasn't making before this adventure. I'd be happy to tell you exactly how much if you're interested, because it's definitely making a difference in my own finances!
I don't make a lot of money as an instructor. There's not a lot of potential there to earn more without it affecting my body because I've added too many classes to my weekly schedule. Maybe you've got a job too that doesn't have a lot of potential to earn more.
There is a LOT of potential to earn more with AdvoCare.
My body is changing & my bank account is changing. Who doesn't want either of those changes in their life?
The holidays are around the corner. We have a few months until everyone decides to make their New Year's Resolutions to eat better, workout more, etc.
What's stopping you from starting today?
Small changes lead to big results.
Your health is all you really have. It affects your job, your marriage, your quality of life.
When you're ready to make changes in your life... I'm ready to help.
The other day I posted here about my replacement Fitbit Charge HR watch & my new TurboSTRAPP. I've worn both for my last 2 days of workouts & am pretty amazed at the difference in calorie burn even though BOTH are supposed to measure my heart rate.
If you were in my ZUMBA class last night, this was my calorie burn with my TurboSTRAPP...
And this was my calorie burn with my Fitbit. I did think I had turned it on, but noticed after the warm-up it wasn't recording my workout. So I missed a few minutes. But still there's a pretty big difference...
483 with the TurboSTRAPP vs 284 with the Fitbit (+ a few more calories for the warmup).
Both devices have my stats... weight, age, male/female (I know I also had to put my height on the TurboSTRAPP & don't think my Fitbit asked for that). So someone else doing my same class at the same intensity could have totally different numbers because of different body, age, etc... and they've shown me their own much higher calorie burn (804 calories for someone else with the same class).
I've been wearing my Fitbit since March (minus the last few weeks that it died)... and my average calorie burn with it was around 350 for my Zumba classes.
I honestly was VERY surprised by that at first because if you've been to my class you know I'm not just doing a casual stroll through the park.
And while yes, I am in good shape & my body has adapted to high cardio workouts, I still thought that couldn't be right.
I did wear both devices for my BODYPUMP class the other night too. And yep... about 100 calorie difference between the 2 devices with the TurboSTRAPP measuring higher.
I know, who cares right? I'm pretty excited about this though. I think for those who do my classes, it gives you a general idea of what your calorie burn could be even without wearing a TurboSTRAPP. 483 for me... 804 for someone else! In other words... get to class & kick it with me because we're burning quite a few calories!
I already know I take at least 10,000 steps a day... sometimes double that if I'm teaching 2 classes. So really... who cares what I'm doing for an entire day? I've worn the watch long enough to know I average about the same every day. There are other functions the watch provides in addition to your entire day's activity, like caller ID on your watch if you want it (I don't need more distractions), an alarm if you want to wake up with it (I haven't used that but have a friend that swears by it) and it measures how well you sleep (or how restless you are), and more.
Bottom line is... maybe I no longer care that my Fitbit broke & I got a free replacement. Still think they have AMAZING customer service, but I may not be as regular about wearing it as I used to be.
The Fitbit is GREAT for someone who wants the accountability of getting in more activity daily though!!
And PS... if you're burning all these calories in class every day, but have hit a plateau & you're not seeing the results of your hard work, it may be a great time to do a cleanse and change up your eating habits. The gym can only do so much!!
Do you wear a Fitbit? Or even another kind of device that measures your workouts or daily steps? Mine fell apart a few weeks ago. The metal strip on the back of it, that covers where the sensors are & also where you plug it in to recharge it, came off. Not sure how or why it came off? I got it back on a couple times after that, but it finally just practically disintegrated & I could no longer get the charger to plug into it. So the battery died & so did my watch.
So basically these last few weeks of work-outs didn't count. LOL. Total Fitbit humor.
And if you were my friend on there, I can assure you I didn't fall off the work-out wagon & suddenly drop to zero steps a day. I'd at least have to get out of bed every once in awhile for food & the bathroom so that would count for a few steps anyway.
Anyway... I had started looking again to replace it but just wasn't excited about spending the money for something I only had since March. Seemed like it should've lasted longer than that, but I didn't keep my box or anything so I thought it was a lost cause.
In the meantime I had a friend persuade me to jump on board with the Turbo-STRAPP. In looking at the differences though, it only holds a charge for 8 hours. In other words, this isn't something you'd wear all day like the Fitbit, it's just something you wear specifically to measure your daily workout... calories, distance, intense effort & anaerobic zone. So I ordered it. I'm a sucker for workout gear & having fun with friends who are as just as messed up in the head when it comes to the gym.
I believe the day I ordered it, I had another friend tell me that I should email Fitbit & tell them about my watch. She said she lost hers & they sent her a new one for free. I mean... really?? Ok then, it's worth a try.
So I did. Told them all about my watch falling apart.
And low & behold after answering a few questions about what color/size I had, where I had purchased it (Amazon) & my email address I used to log on with their app... I received this the next day...
That is AMAZING customer service if you ask me. Seriously impressed.
Both arrived yesterday, so now I'm back on the work-out wagon. Or actually it's probably more like the crazy train. And I guess you'll see me with a Fitbit on my wrist AND a Turbo-STRAPP on my other arm. At least for a few workouts anyway because I'm curious to see if the calorie burn is the same, as both measure heart rate (I have the Fitbit Charge HR so that model does that).
Oh & by the way... that same friend that talked me into the Turbo-STRAPP told me she burned 804 calories in my Zumba class last week.
We're not just shakin' our booty in there. We're kickin' it HARD.
I'm just sayin...
Teaching Zumba & BodyPump later today! To be continued...
Saw an interesting list the other day via the Apartment Therapy blog [10 Things Productive & Organized People Do Before Noon].
When people ask me for advice about losing weight... 2 things I always suggest are DRINK MORE WATER & DO NOT SKIP MEALS... ESPECIALLY BREAKFAST!! Love that both are included on a list of things productive & organized people accomplish before noon!
And speaking of breakfast, since the article mentions that 31 million people SKIP breakfast every day (seriously???!!), I've got a great solution that will give you all the nutrients you need with a quick on-the-go prep time.
Throw a packet in your purse with a bottle of water. Shake it up & drink it.
BOOM. DONE. Breakfast checked off the to-do list.
Pumpkin Spice & everything nice. That's what fit girls are made of. LOL
Annnnnd... it's a limited time flavor... a flavor I'd say most people love in the fall & winter. So don't hesitate on this one! I recently tried using this with my protein ball recipe & it's REALLY GOOD!!!
Of course you already know I LOVE Dark Chocolate and thankfully it's NOT a limited time flavor.
And I realized I do almost all of the things on the article's list except avoiding digital distractions before noon. I kinda do that the minute I wake up.
What can I say except I can be so productive & organized. LOL
Speaking of the shakes though... I saw another way to use them on AdvoCare's Instagram account the other day.
With the holidays approaching, here's a quick & easy way to make a dessert that doesn't pack on the extra calories that most holiday treats do!
Pumpkin Apple Crumble
2 whole apples, cored & chopped
1/4 cup old fashioned oats, raw
1 Pumpkin Spice Meal Replacement Shake package
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 cup slivered almonds or chopped nuts [optional]
1/2 teaspoon vanilla [optional]
1-2 teaspoon honey [optional]
Place chopped apples in microwave for 3 minutes, stirring halfway through until apples cooked to desired texture. In separate bowl, mix oats, shake, cinnamon & nuts (if using). Add apples to dry mixture, along with vanilla & honey (if using). Makes 6 servings.
Bring on FALL, y'all! Enjoy your weekend!