Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday Morning Rambles: Mapping Life Goals & The Queens Bookshop...

This weekend was filled with so many good for the soul moments...

On Saturday, I attended a LIYA Workshop "Time Management for Yogis" with Joshua M. Greene

We started the afternoon by Mapping out our Life, 5 Year, and 6 Month goals. We first started with our life goals and then worked our way down. For each list, we had 3 minutes to write down everything that came to mind without censoring ourselves.  We started to chip away on our goals to focus on just one and then we had to write practical things that would get us closer to it. We then had to remove things from our list that we weren't willing to spend 5 minutes on during this week. After the exercise was done, I was honestly scared to see my goal written on paper and what I needed to do to achieve it. It's funny how our dreams can scare us.

We then spoke about journaling and Joshua shared some tips with us; these are a few of my favorites:
Don't only journal when things are going bad in your life...share the good times too
Be true to yourself when writing in your journal; be raw and unapologetic (don't write as if someone else is reading it)
Always keep your notebook with you so you can jot down whatever comes to mind
Write down your dreams
Put pen to paper (don't use technology) 

We ended the workshop with discussing daily practices...the takeaway from this was "keep it simple". Your daily practice should be something that you are able to do daily.

On Sunday, I spent the perfect afternoon with my friend Angie. A couple of years ago, they closed the last Barnes and Nobles in my area and we were down to just one book store in Queens. One.Bookstore. Let that sink in for a moment. How sad is that? 
About a year ago, I remember hearing on the news that a couple of the employees from the B&N that closed wanted to bring a book store back to the neighborhood and they did! I was so excited to hear that their dream came true aaaand that it is so close to my home. 

I know that online shopping is so convenient (shoot, me and my UPS driver basically have a love affair from all the packages that he brings me) but shopping local is just as important. I was able to have quality human interaction with my friend, the owner of the bookstore, and the other patrons. Also, I am supporting a local business that had a dream and made it f*cking happen. As a girl that dreams of one day having her own studio...I admire these women so much.

And ya'll, look how adorable The Queen Bookshop is...

Speaking of dreams...Angie asked me what I am doing to achieve the goal of owning my own studio and I gave her the most yogi answer and we both cracked up in the restaurant. Watch the video below to hear my "plan"


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday Morning Ramble: Friend Or Foe?

Sometimes when I am in Yoga Teacher Training, I feel like Mokshapriya is speaking directly to me when she is discussing a topic. This weekend it happened yet again when we were going over Chapter 6 of the Gita. Mokshapriya stated "You are your own friend if you have self control. You are your own enemy if you have no self control". This simple statement resonated so deeply with me.

Remember last week, I was discussing goals for October and one of those was not to have any binge episodes? Well that didn't pan out. On Friday I made the conscious decision to buy the limited edition Cookie Butter Oreos, fully knowing that this would not go over very well. I tricked myself into believing that I would have self control but what is that saying about insanity? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I guess you can call me insane because I inhaled those bad boys. Not gonna lie though, that evening I had zeeee best lower body workout.

Her statement got me to think about the choices I make and how I can either be my friend or foe?
When I stay on track and make better choices to live a healthier lifestyle, I can't help but feel good; I even carry myself differently. The flip side of the coin is drastically different. When I don't have self control, I begin to self loathe and say horrible things to myself...things that I would never say to a friend who made a mistake.

I want to be my own friend, I want to strive and live the life that I want but I also know that these struggles are here for a purpose. I truly believe that without this "baggage", I wouldn't know how to connect with my clients. Many trainers know the ins and outs of nutrition planning and workout programs but they don't get the psychological aspect because they never experienced it first hand.

For today I choose to be a friend and not to judge myself either way...


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Pumpkin Protein Bars Recipe

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Angie came over for a girls night and she made the most delicious Pumpkin Protein Bars so of course I needed the recipe. I tweaked it a bit based on what I had at home but it tastes just as delicious and I hope you enjoy it

Pumpkin Protein Bars
  • 1 15 oz Can of Libby’s Pumpkin
  • 1/4 Cup Egg Whites
  • 1 ½ Cups of Old Fashioned Oats
  • 2 Scoops Optimum Nutrition Vanilla Ice Cream Protein Powder
  • ¼ Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 TSP Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 10 Packets of Truvia
  • 1 TBSP Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 TBSP I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (softened)
  • 1 TSP Baking Powder
  • ½ TSP Baking Soda
·     Directions:
1.      Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper, sprayed with cooking spray.
2.      Blend oatmeal to make it into oatmeal flour (easily done in Nutribullet)
3.      In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients
4.      Pour the batter into the pan and bake about 35-40 minutes.
5.      Let it cool before cutting into slices

 Macro Breakdown

    I love crumbling it up and mixing it into my yogurt or enjoying a slice with some peanut butter (we had it with ice cream too and sooo good!!)

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