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THE KEYS TO STAYING MOTIVATED WITH YOUR FITNESS GOALS

I love the benefits of living an active lifestyle.  I am not a competitive person, but I find an incredible amount of joy in finding my edge. Most of the time. But, it's not always easy to stay motivated.

There have been seasons, where training for an event was just what I needed. There have also been seasons when training for an event or setting too many expectations and goals became more stressful then helpful.

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STAYING COMMITTED - PART 01 (5 WAYS THAT WORK)

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
— Aristotle

We share 5 ways to help you stay committed to your goals and build better habits, whatever they are...

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THE BENEFITS OF DRINKING LEMON WATER

The list of benefits to starting your day with a warm cup of lemon water is quite extensive. Here are just a few to make heating up some water and slicing a lemon worth your effort.

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PERFECT PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE (WITHOUT REFINED SUGAR)

Pumpkin Spice Latte

I am a big fan of coffee and all recipes that include pumpkin. This recipe is refined sugar-free, and full of pumpkin spice goodness.


Serves one large mug, or two small cups.

-1/2 cup almond coconut milk
-3 tablespoons canned pumpkin
-1 tablespoon organic, salted butter
-2 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup
-1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice-1 cup strong brewed coffee
-1 dash nutmeg
-3 tablespoons frothy almond, coconut milk (optional)

Combine and heat (in a small saucepan) milk, pumpkin, butter, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice. Pour into a blender and blend 10 seconds. (Caution: hot liquids make my blender lid want to pop off.  I always hold my lid down while blending.)

Pour blended mixture into your mug (or cups). Add the coffee. Top with the frothy coconut almond milk. Sprinkle a bit of nutmeg to the top.

Enjoy and savor...

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UJJAYI BREATH

 

If you have been practicing yoga for very long, you may have heard a yoga teacher say, "if you practice Ujjayi breathing..."

So, what exactly is Ujjayi (oo-jy [rhymes with "pie"]-ee) breathing? Is it helpful, or just weird??

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THE CHAKRAS

Before we dive in, two things you should know about me. I believe in creation science, the more I learn (and the longer I live); the more I do not believe evolution could be more then an idea. Maybe we will move on to that topic on another day ... But for now, the first thing you need to know about me is that I believe that God created the earth, plants, animals, fish, birds and people - in six days. Second, I do believe that we are not to live blindly. So, if I am going to teach asana (the postures of yoga), then I need to be able to discern and educate others in regards to what ideas align with my faith in Christ, and what does not. Hence, this very long post.

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DARK CHOCOLATE BANANA MUFFINS (GLUTEN-FREE)

A quick gluten free recipe for muffins.


Dark Chocolate Banana Muffins
dry mixture

-1 c brown rice flour
-1 c tapioca flour
-1/2 c coconut sugar
-1 tsp. baking soda
-1/4 tsp baking powder
-1/4 tsp. sea salt
-1/4 tsp. nutmeg
-1 heaping tsp. pumpkin pie spice
-dash cardamon

wet mixture

 -1/2 c. pure maple syrup
-2 eggs
-1/2 coconut oil, melted
-4 medium over ripened bananas
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4 oz. dark chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 350˚ F. 

In two mixing bowls, whisk the dry ingredients, whisk the wet ingredients. Blend together and add chocolate. Please do not over-stir. 
Scoop into greased muffin tins (I used coconut oil) for 20 minutes. Muffins are ready when the muffin is springy to the touch.

Enjoy!

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DOWNWARD FACING DOG (ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA)

This month Pose to focus on is Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose).

This pose is used many times in most yoga classes. It is often called a resting pose, but in all honesty, it is not a resting pose. You are working to create length through your arms, spine and legs in this pose. So, I consider it more of a re-set pose. As you continue your yoga practice, this pose creates the opportunity to check in with how your body is feeling and time to reconnect with your breath. Maybe you will notice where you feel tension within your body, or feel extra strong… Below we will cover the foundation and key actions of the pose. To view on of the essential videos that cover the pose, grab your yoga mat and click here.

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NAMASTE ... WHAT DOES THIS YOGI WORD MEAN?

When a yoga class is coming to a conclusion, the teacher typically closes class with the term, "Namaste." Because the word is Sanskrit, and many of us have only heard it mentioned in a yoga class, and typically is offered of the bowing of ones head, it throws people. What am I bowing to exactly, or why am I saying the word Namaste?

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