Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Post of Truth: Being Spiritually Bankrupt

I can honestly say this weekend was the first time in my entire life I've stopped, taken a full, deep breath and truly reflected.

Sure I've taken yoga classes and attempted meditation in an effort to decrease stress and relax, but it's always had an end point. I leave those sessions and immediately return to my fast-paced life  hardly even looking in the rearview mirror to process my experience.

This past weekend I attended the Nantucket Yoga Festival. I'm sure some of you saw my tweets or Insta posts and thought, 'Well, isn't she so centered and leading a balanced life.' 

Actually, this is exactly the reason I felt I needed to go.

As of late I have been experiencing some darkness in my life. Not being one to air on the side of pessimism, I've had a hard time dealing with these emotions. I am the first to admit I do not deal with stress well.

I shut people out. I want to be alone. I basically become a cobweb of negativity that can not be untangled or separated from itself. Bottom line: I can't get out of my own way.

To say this retreat taught me things is an understatement. With speakers like Gabrielle Bernstein and the wise Tao Porchon-Lynch, I felt I could completely immerse myself in the spirit of the weekend  no judgements.

Berstein spoke about being 'spiritually bankrupt' ... a feeling that has been all too present in my life lately. Whether you've been distance from your faith or passions, this palpable emotion rears its ugly head.

For me, I know I haven't been quenching my thirst for my passions: Feeling healthy, helping others become their best self and practicing what I preach  finding time for fitness. I've been consumed with work and other obligations, not taking a certain word into account ... Balance.

It's time for me to get out of this state. Rebuild after being in submerged in this passion-filled debt. I must work on finding that balance in my life and practice maintaining it.

This is the bank of me and I refuse to drown in dues.

Have you ever felt spiritually bankrupt? How do you take strides to get better yourself? 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blue Diamond Rosemary & Pepper Chicken Breast {RECIPE}

A few weeks ago I received an awesome gift from my friends over at Blue Diamond. Since I am a part of a fabulous group called the Blue Diamond Tastemakers, I decided to put on my recipe cap and see if I could be creative with these delicious little nuts.

Well, I certainly don't categorize myself as a recipe blogger, but sometime I come up with genius ideas. And this was one of them.

Rosemary, Pepper & Almond Crusted Chicken

Serves: 2 
Cooking time: 25 minutes (depending)

2 Boneless, skinless, organic chicken breasts 
1/2 Canister of Blue Diamond Rosemary & Black Pepper Almonds
2 Eggs, whites only
Extra pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

In a blender or food processor pulse the 1/2 canister of almonds until it becomes almond meal (or a fine powder). 

Love. My. Ninja

Remove and place in a shallow bowl. 

In an additional shallow bowl, crack 2 eggs and discard the yolks. Take your chicken breasts and dip them first in the egg whites. Shake gently and then coat with almond meal. Repeat with second chicken breast. 

Place chicken on a baking dish and sprinkle with additional pepper if desired. Bake for 25 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked through and juices run clear.


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. As always, all opinions and commentary are my own.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

And The Motto Giveaway Winner Is ... {drum roll please}

Wondering which lucky Bostonian is walking away with a package of Motto?! 

Drum roll please ... 

It's Ingrid from Smiling Grid!! Congrats! Email me at trendytrainer at gmail dot com and I'll hook you UP. 


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Taking Control of My Tummy Issues Once & For All

You guys. Guess what?!

In just about two weeks I am starting a 14-day detox with one of Boston's most knowledgeable dynamic duo  Team J+A over at Whole Detox. 

First off, don't roll your eyes. 

This 'detox' goes way beyond kale and crudités. Throughout the two weeks I will reset my system, give my digestive track a break from processed and inflammatory foods as well as learn what my GI triggers are. 

Dairy, gluten, wheat or maybe a combo  this 3 phase process goes beyond a meal plan and dietary restrictions. 

For as long as I can remember I've been experiencing tummy issues. And without getting to graphic with you, it ranges from bloating to trouble, well, you know ... going. I feel like I've tried everything. And while certain lifestyle changes have helped (i.e. Advocare and eliminating my morning coffee), I still feel my insides are not happy with me. 

In fact, some days, I think they're really really pissed off at me.

So, here's the plan. Starting July 20th I am taking charge with Team J+A (Jody and Ashley) and joining their virtual community. Through a private FB group, webinars and email these certified holistic health coaches will be giving me the tools I need to succeed — and thrive past the 2-week marker.

Here are all the deets:

Cost: $247 (again, don't roll those eyes, here's what you get ... )
- Having trouble losing weight, suffer from digestive issues, food allergies, chronic headaches or low energy
- Like a challenge

What do you get: a guidebook, grocery list, recipe pack and daily emails motivating you each step of the way.
Who is this for: - Struggle to have a healthy relationship with your food and body 

What this program ISN'T: 
- Magic pill, potion or overnight quick fix

Still thinking about signing up but have more questions? Jody and Ashley break it all down in this video. I encourage you to check it out.

Registration ends on Sunday, July 13th ... so, what are you waiting for? We're sure to learn a lot on this journey and as J+A say 'feel something more.' 


Monday, July 7, 2014

Photo Dumping {7.06}

It's safe to say my life has been a bit busy these days.

Bringing this little ole guy to work with me on 'National Bring Your Dog to Work Day'.

Between riding the T and taking the bus, he was a popular fellow amongst the morning commuters.

By the time we got to work he felt like a rockstar 

Spark for days and days and days. No, but really. I've replaced my morning cup of coffee with this gem and haven't felt better. No more stomach pains in the AM and I am alert and energized well into the afternoon. #Advocarewin

I've got some samples ... leave your email address and I will send you some

Before the official start of summer I promised myself that I would take advantage of every sunshine-filled day. And I have. 

My friends and I have had more BBQ's and beach days than the past 5 years of living in Boston. I am not sure if it was all that snow last winter or the fact I am a Pisces, but I just can't get enough of the ocean. 

It's my happy place. 

New loot. 

Representing the lace shorts I got from Francesca's while at the PB conference a few weekends ago. Who says you can't be fashion forward while at a fitness conference? After all, it was held in a convention center that was attached to a huge mall!

This weekend ... I head to Nantucket for the Yoga Festival. If you know me you know I'm not a yoga instructor. I am a forever student and I love every second of it. 

I can not wait to embrace my inner yogi and Om my way through the weekend ... 


Friday, July 4, 2014

Mad About Motto {Review & Giveaway!} [Ended]

Back in February I had the opportunity to try out Brookline's first CrossFit facility for a piece I was writing on BostInno. While I'm admittedly not a CF person (sorry, folks) I did absolutely love the swag bag I left with.

Inside were goodies like a sweetgreen headband, a CF t-shirt and my favorite  2 bottles of Motto, bottled matcha green tea.

This was my first time trying the stuff and I'll admit, I was a bit hesitant. The green glass bottles stayed in my fridge for about a week before I grabbed my opener and cracked one of these cold ones.

So what is matcha green tea you ask? Well, It has the nutrient value of 12 cups of steeped green tea with only the caffeine equivalent of 1/3 cup of coffee. It contains antioxidants (EGCG), L-Theanine, Chlorophyll, Catechins and BetaCarotene.

Still confused? Good, I was too. 

Think of it this way: In one bottle of Motto you gain all of the essential plant nutrients necessary to energize your body in a clean way. These ingredients can help mental clarity as well as reduce stress.

Hello, sign me up.

Aside from all of these wonderful nutritional benefits, it actually tastes DELISH. Really though, I was somewhat surprised at its crisp, sweet tea-like flavor. And did I mention its ability to help you burn fat more efficiently? Yeah, that too. Ah-ma-zing.

Alright, ready to try out the sparkling beverage for yourself? I am joining forces with Motto to giveaway one case of the powerful tea.

** Because this beverage must be refrigerated, this giveaway is only applicable to individuals living in the Boston region. 

Here's how you can enter

1. Comment bellow telling me your favorite healthy summertime food/drink.

2. Like/follow Motto on Facebook, Twitter  and/or Instagram and leave an additional comment (one comment only, please) saying you did so. Seriously, this company rocks, you'll be happy you did. 

The giveaway ends on Wednesday, July 9th at 8 p.m. EST. I will select a winner and post the results on Thursday, July 10th.

Good luck!!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Choices, Chances & Changes

We all have them, so why is it so damn hard to make them? 

In my opinion it boils down to these three things:

Taking a leap of faith. Albeit frightening, it could possibly be the most rewarding thing you ever do for yourself. 

Valuing your worth. Don't ever  repeat after me  don't ever, let anyone make you feel less valued than you are. The moment someone takes you for granted or worse, takes advantage of your abilities, get out. Fast. 

Fearing the future. With choices come chances which initiate change. Not knowing what is ahead of you, such as how you are going to pay your bills or if you'll ever be in love again. This questions can just about rattle you to the core. Enough so for you not to take that chance. 

But let me ask you this, is the horrible job or unhealthy relationship worth it? Does fearing the future really have to be scary or can we reroute our emotions to make it an exciting (and duh, adventurous) experience? 

While it sounds like I am speaking to you as a therapist, that is not my intention. 

I myself have been having some serious problems making decisions lately. TTT has always been a place for me to talk it out and rationalize  whether that healthy chatter be regarding the body or mind. 

And this is your space too. So go ahead, have you been dealing with any life choices, chances or changes recently?