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10 Year Challenge

โฃI remember seeing this picture and feeling horrified at how I looked but this is where I startedโ€ฆ โฃ
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๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด โฃ
๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐Ÿป๐˜ฌ โฃ
๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ โฃ
๐˜ก๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ โฃ
Now Iโ€™ve learned to reframe and see that girl differently. โฃ
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Iโ€™d give her a hug and tell her that what I see is that sheโ€™s trying her best. โฃ
She has strong and healthy legs that are going to put up with a lot. โฃ
And she is happy to finally be prioritizing fitness and her health. โฃ
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That picture has brought me to where I am and for that Iโ€™m forever grateful for that starting point. โฃ
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๐’๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  & ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐ . โฃโœจ
Whatโ€™s one thing youโ€™d tell your 10 year ago self?!
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๐˜ˆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜–๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜–๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ด โฃ โฃ

This is the easiest breakfast to prep ahead for those mornings when you donโ€™t have time. Mix it together the night before and you have the perfect balanced breakfast. โฃ
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๐ˆ๐ง๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ: โฃ
ยฝ apple chopped โฃ
Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice โฃ
28 grams plain oats โฃ
ยผ cup unsweetened almond milk โฃ
100 grams nonfat plain Greek yogurt (๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ยฝ ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ) โฃ
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๐ƒ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ: โฃ
Microwave your chopped apple and cinnamon for around 60 seconds and let cool. โฃ
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In a mason jar, mix together your oats and almond milk. Add in your Greek yogurt and mix well. Lastly add in your cooled cinnamon apples and stir well. Let sit in the fridge overnight and enjoy. โฃ
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Recipe is for one serving. Meal prep a bunch for the week if youโ€™re able and get creative with the fruit you add in for some variety. โฃ
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๐‡๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐จ๐š๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐ž๐ญ? โฃ
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Crockpot Burrito Bowls

This was the perfect recipe to prep ahead for weekly lunches!

Crockpot Burrito Bowls

Ingredients:ย 

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1ย can diced organic low-sodium diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • chili power, sea salt, red pepper flakes &ย paprikaย to your liking (I just did a sprinkle of each)
  • 1 can organic black beans (rinse & drain)
  • 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic sliced bell peppers (I love the Whole Foods version)
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic roasted corn kernels (also Whole Foods Brand)

Directions:ย 

  1. In your slow cooker layer your chicken breasts, tomatoes, chicken broth and seasoning.
  2. Cook on low 3 hours.
  3. Add in your rice, beans, and veggies and continue to cook on low another 2-3 hours.
  4. While cooking, stir occasionally to make sure the rice cooks evenly and all the way through, if needed you can add more chicken broth during this process.
  5. That’s it! Portion into your lunch servings and let cool completelyย before storing.

If you’re not home while prepping to stir the rice you can also add in pre cooked rice at the end. Simply add in your beans and frozen veggies for the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Makes 6 servingsย 

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9 Things I Wish I Learned Sooner….

๐˜ ๐˜ž๐˜๐˜š๐˜ ๐˜ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐Ÿฟ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜บโ€ฆโฃ
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Truth is, starting my first diet at the age of 8, trapped me in a lot of unhealthy beliefs about myself and my body. โฃ
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I quickly became my own worst critic and while I could share a whole different set of 10 nutrition and fitness tips I learned (๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ๐˜ด), I wanted to actually share some of the mindset shifts I had to make along the way. โฃ
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Years of dieting taught me to stop trusting, respecting, and accepting my body. That being said, here are the beliefs I wish I adopted sooner to preserve that trust & respect. โฃ
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1. Stop being so hard on yourself. โฃโฃโฃ
2. โ€œgiving it your allโ€โฃโฃ does not mean you have to be perfect or have it all together.โฃโฃโฃ
โฃโฃ3. Give yourself time & grace to fail, make mistakes, and learn. โฃ
4. Find patience for yourself as much as you do for others. โฃโฃโฃ
โฃโฃ5. Stop trying to shrink. โฃAllow yourself to take up space. โฃโฃโฃ
โฃโฃ6. Focus on what is going well and those who want to see you doing well.โฃ
7. Appreciate your body for all that it does for you. โฃ
8. Forever work towards loving yourself more.โฃ
9. Speak to yourself as you do to others, and treat your body as you would others. โฃ
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๐๐จ๐ง๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง: be authentically you ๐Ÿ’› even if that means the introverted family person who loves to workout and is secretly an 80 year old grandma on the insideโฃ
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๐˜š๐˜ˆ๐˜๐˜Œ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐Ÿ‘
What is one thing you wish you learned sooner on your journey?
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Break the Cycle

If you overate this weekend, this is the best time to break the cycle. โฃ
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๐˜ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด… โฃ
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Around the holidays I would restrict so much, that when the holiday would arrive, Iโ€™d undoubtedly overdo it, feel like I needed to start from scratch, put all the โ€œbadโ€ foods off limits again, and usually find myself off track again by Friday. โฃ
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Then I made this shift and I want you to give it a tryโ€ฆ โฃ
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Instead of getting โ€œ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌโ€ or going back to only โ€œ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฏโ€ foods or throwing away all of the cookies so you canโ€™t eat any moreโ€ฆ.โฃ
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I want you to eat normally. โฃ
Drink a lot of water. โฃ
Eat veggies, lean protein, and foods that make your body feel your best.โฃ
Have a leftover cookie if you want it. โฃ
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When you stop restricting in order to reach your goals, and start fueling your body to feel your best, a crazy shift happens. โฃ
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You can actually stay on track, because thereโ€™s never anything to fall off from. โฃ
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๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ. โฃ
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You canโ€™t undo this past weekend, but you can change your actions going forward: โฃ
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Eat more fuel, more consistently. โฃ
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And focus on ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  your best, not ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ your best, the rest will fall into place.

Did you have a good holiday? What is one thing you did to take care of your body today? โฃ

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