Love Your Naked Face Challenge

Before college my idea of makeup was flavored chapstick.

Once I was exposed to the world of going out, Cosmopolitan and adulthood I discovered the beautiful world of Sephora. Now, I do not leave the house without a stitch of makeup on my face. Somehow, I even end up to my 5AM shift with eyeliner, concealer and mascara.

Why do I feel the need to wear makeup at every moment of the day? A lot of the time I play with makeup for myself, but is the onyx eyeliner I wear to the gym really for myself?

That being said, my new goal is to feel more comfortable in my own skin and really “face” myself. Get it? I love puns.

Although I don’t even brush or blow dry my hair, I definitely confess to a dimension of superficiality when I slather on my Jergen’s Natural Glow self-tanning sprays and lotions. Also, when I get ready for a night out I play with shadows, lipsticks, maybe cake a few shades of foundations on my face and top it off with fake eyelashes.

I think makeup is a fun way to change up your look, but I don’t like that I’ve become reliant on it. I’ve stopped using my self tanner, and hope to use makeup less frequently. And here’s my naked face:

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Beyond Fear

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If it scares you, it might be a good thing. As I’m planning for my future, I realize the things that will make me happiest have the most unknown factors. It’s time to go beyond your fear and live without regret.

It took a lot for me to apply to Kripalu’s 200-hour yoga certification. I was terrified: would I be good enough to get in? Am I going to be a good teacher? Is it practical to spend my money on this when graduate school is on my radar?

Despite all of these questions, the two most important ones were: “What will you regret NOT doing at the age of 80?” And “what will make you happy?”

Go beyond fear, take a chance, and great things will come.

Body Prep for my 200-hour Yoga Program

What’s unique about Kripalu’s 200-hour Yoga Teaching Program is that I will be living on the grounds for 28 days, eating three vegetarian meals a day and do an insane amount of yoga things.

Kripalu is so organized; they sent me two very helpful packets explaining how to maintain my health before and during the program. Here are the things I will be aiming for during the next twenty days.

1. Eating only three meals a day around 8:00AM, 12:00PM & 6:00PM

Setting meal times now will help my internal clock adjust to the scheduled meal times at Kripalu.

The objective is to prepare my body for the rigorous schedule of the teaching program. Here’s an example of the daily schedule:

Morning Yoga 6:00AM-7:45AM
Breakfast 8:00AM-8:30AM
Program Session 9:00AM-11:45AM
Lunch 11:45AM-1:30PM
Program Session 2:00PM-4:00PM
Yoga/Program Session 4:15PM-6:00PM
Dinner 6:00PM-7:00PM
Evening Session 7:30PM-9:00PM

2. Go to bed between 8:00PM and 10:00PM

I already wake up for 5AM shifts for work, I just need to learn to get enough rest. This isn’t college anymore; no more all-nighters.

3. Lengthen & increase the frequency of my yoga sessions

I’ve been doing insanity videos and running a lot lately, now that the date is approaching I need to refocus on my yoga practice.

4. Follow Guidelines for Healthy Digestion:

  • Avoid eating raw and cooked foods together
  • Choose only 3-4 items at each meal
  • Sip warm water instead of cold water
  • Eat without distractions
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Three vegetarian ingredients for breakfast: quinoa, almonds, blueberries.

I’m excited to meet like-minded people, learn more about myself and pursue something that I love. However, I’m nervous that I won’t excel or perform as well as I’d like. I’m also anxious to see how the workload and rigid schedule will work for me.

Above all, the word surreal comes to mind. It’s so surreal that the date is approaching!

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Morning Motivation

I always joke about how dorky my white board is, but in reality it helps me stay focused and wake up early in the morning. This board is on the wall across from my bed; prime location. It’s the first thing I see when I open my eyes. At night, I either write down quotes, my weekly, monthly or daily goals and go to bed knowing I have a fresh agenda to tackle in the morning.

These visual, organized reminders help me work toward my goals one day at a time. When I have a day off I feel lost about how to organize my time, so setting up a plan beforehand is always helpful!

How do you get and stay motivated?

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BC Approved: Oh She Glows Soft & Chewy Sugar-Free Granola Bars

If you haven’t checked out Oh She Glows you’re definitely missing out. According to Angela, the creator of OSG:

My goal is to inspire others to embrace more plant-based foods in their diet without feeling deprived. And yes, my recipes are great for meat-eaters and picky kids too. Most of my recipes are gluten-free and many are allergy-friendly.

Anyway, I tried her Soft & Chewy Sugar-Free Granola Bars and was pleasantly surprised. Although they are nut-free, gluten-free and vegan, they are packed with beautiful textures and flavors. The only thing is that the bars are more of a bread-like texture than a crispy granola bar-like texture. Otherwise I definitely recommend making these portable, snacks!

Here’s her recipe:

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats, ground into a flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup packed pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a 9-inch square pan with two pieces of parchment paper, one going each way.
  2. Add rolled oats into a high-speed blender. Blend on highest speed until a fine flour forms. Add oat flour into a large bowl.
  3. Add water and pitted dates into blender. Allow the dates to soak for 30 minutes if they are a bit firm or your blender has a hard time blending dates smooth. Once they are soft, blend the dates and water until super smooth.
  4. Add all of the ingredients into the bowl with the oat flour and stir well until combined.
  5. Scoop the mixture into the pan and spread it out with a spatula as evenly as possible. You can use lightly wet hands to smooth it down if necessary.
  6. Bake at 325F for about 23-25 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then lift it out and transfer it to a cooling rack for another 5-10 minutes. Slice and enjoy!
  7. I suggest freezing leftovers to preserve freshness.

Avocado & Blueberry Salads

I know it sounds strange, but these two belly-flattening ingredients pair beautifully together to make a quick, inexpensive meal.

Avocados are full of heart-healthy fats that are great for your hair and skin. Blueberries have antioxidants that also help your complexion. Together, they make a killer beauty combo!

Breakfast Avocado & Blueberry Bowl

Ingredients

1 avocado, pitted, diced
1-2 cups blueberries
Juice from 1/2 lime

Directions

Combine all ingredients and enjoy immediately or within the next two or three hours.

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Avocado & Blueberry Salad

Ingredients

4-5 cups milk mixed greens
1 avocado, pitted, diced
1-2 cups blueberries
Juice from 1/2 lime

Directions

Combine all ingredients and enjoy immediately or within the next two or three hours. Add any seasoning you’d like; salt, pepper, fresh cilantro etc.

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Enjoy & Stay Fit!