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.

Wishful Thinkers of 2014

Resolutions are just wishes unless you have a plan. Create a resolution, or a goal, and don’t just focus on the final product but ask yourself HOW are you going to get there? What are you going to do differently this year? How are you going to measure your progress? Don’t just make a wish (Trevi fountain reference) and wait for it to happen, be proactive!

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Look at your resolutions for 2014 and genuinely ask if you accomplished them. One way to transition from wishful thinking to realization is to create SMART goals:

Specific. Think of what you want to achieve and ask yourself the five W’s: who will be involved, what will I do, when will I accomplish this, where will my progress and final product be and why this goal?

Measurable. Quantifying your progress and goals helps with troubleshooting and motivating you to keep going!

Attainable. Although you can accomplish anything, seeing your objective in an approachable light will be vital. Plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them.

Realistic. Your goal should be something you are willing to work for and able to attain. Setting unrealistic, extreme goals are discouraging and unattainable.

Time. A goal completion time frame creates urgency. For instance, saying “I want to lose 2 inches in my waist someday,” diminishes your intrinsic motivation and increases the likelihood of procrastination. Instead, once you’ve outlined a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic plan then switch that goal to “I want to lose 2 inches in my waist by March 1st.”

Happy New Year!

Stay Fit xx

The Balance Between Healthy and Obsessive

Any extreme is bad. How can you tell if you’re creating a healthy or unhealthy habit? Here are a few questions to honestly ask yourself.

  1. Genuinely ask why. Why am I doing this?
  2. Are the intentions setting me up for success or failure?
  3. Are the means to obtaining my goal in service to me or not?
  4. Is the time, monetary and energy investment worth the cost?
  5. Do I beat myself up when I do not follow the regimen needed to attain my goals?
  6. Do i deprive myself of things that make me happy? (i.e. seeing friends, getting enough sleep, “me” time)
  7. Is this something that I genuinely enjoy, or is it something that I feel obliged to do?
  8. Am I being true to who I am?
  9. Is my mind completely consumed with this?
  10. Am I happy?

When writing this list I had a few contexts in mind. Sex every night versus celibacy, overeating versus under-eating, excessive exercise versus no exercise, giving too much versus never giving anything.

I cannot stress the honesty enough. It’s one thing to censor your speech in conversations with others, but its another to avoid the truth in your own consciousness. Sit in the mirror and answer these questions candidly if necessary.

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Kripalu Yoga Acceptance

I did it!

After six years of practicing I finally mustered up the courage to follow something that I was passionate about. I posted my main hesitations in a previous post.

I’m feeling a mixture of emotions: excitement, nervousness, joy, reluctance … But the most overwhelming feeling is that of pride.

I am proud of myself. I am proud that I finally took this leap of faith to pursue something that I am so immensely passionate about. Yoga instruction to me seemed unattainable because I didn’t have graceful gymnastic abilities nor did I have the slender body type of yogis depicted in sportswear ads.

This step symbolizes how much I have grown, changed and accepted myself.

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Follow my journey on Instagram! @srollz

200 Hour Yoga Application

I’ve decided to become a yoga instructor.

Lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by the plethora of career options the real world has to offer. However, as often as I change my mind or rationalize each possibility, I keep going back to yoga. I am so intensely passionate about it. And not the passion that I feel about working out, cooking or a lover. Yoga is very personal to me.

I know, I know. I sound like a dorky hippie. I can’t help it.

Anyway. I have always dreamed of getting my 200-hour yoga certification at Kripalu Center of Yoga & Health. If Kripalu was a girl, she would be my woman crush Wednesday every Wednesday.

My biggest apprehension about getting my certification was that I wasn’t skilled enough. I cannot do a handstand, I struggle with crow some days and I still use the wall as a crutch for my headstands when my core strength isn’t up to par. However, after speaking to a sweet, soft-spoken woman from Kripalu’s office, all of my concerns were quelled. Here’s one question and my answer from the application. Thoughts?

  1. Why do you want to be certified as a yoga teacher at this time in your life?

Yoga is a huge part of me. Although I’ve dreamed of teaching yoga every day of this six year journey, there was always something holding me back from realizing this goal: my ego. When I first attended yoga classes I silently competed with others in the corporate gym’s fluorescent lit group exercise room. I mindlessly sped through each asana and did anything to gain the yoga instructor’s verbal praise.

These actions were in vain.

When my objective shifted from being in an asana’s deepest expression to listening to my body and being mindful of my movements, the real journey began. Truly letting go, finding peace, grace and understanding on the mat helped me appreciate my body, learn more about myself and discover my genuine passion for yoga.

After six years of transformation and redefining what yoga means to me, I am ready to help others start their own journey of mindfulness, compassion and understanding.