Try It Tuesday- Cauliflower Gnocchi

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I was excited when I saw another blogger post about this new Trader Joes find. It took me a few trips to TJ’s to find it in stock. Being gluten-free I have not found a replacement for gnocchi until now. It made for a quick, delicious filling lunch.

1/2 cup Cauliflower Gnocchi

9 Veggie Balls (Ikea- Gronsaksbullar)

!/2 cup frozen Green Beans

1/2 cup Tomato Sauce ( I used Summer Is Inside- Organic and BPA free)

1 tbsp. Nutritional  Yeast

3 large Mushrooms sautéed with garlic, salt and pepper

I followed the package directions for the gnocchi and added the green beans and veggie balls. I put them in a non-stick pan with a 1/4 cup of water and covered with a lid and cooked for 6 min. Then I removed from heat, stirred in tomato sauce and nutritional yeast. Then I sautéed the mushrooms and added to the top.

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Calories 340

Carbs 39g Fiber 10g Net Carbs 29g

Protein 14g

Fat 14.5g

Honesty and Leadership

It is National Honesty Day. I thought a lot about what that means and how we deliver our honesty. Are we really helping one another, what is our goal when we are honest. Yesterday, I watched a video by an incredible man that gave a challenge ” find 3 people on Monday and convince them to believe in you, now find 3 people on Friday and convince them to believe in themselves.” Leadership is all about getting people to believe in themselves. A big piece of that is honesty, not patronizing or being aggressive, but true open, sincere, straightforward honesty. When we tell someone they have food in their teeth it is not to judge, it is not their fault, we are here to help. How do we convey that help to the other person? We need to be invested in their growth and  care personally about their success. A lot of us don’t see the truth in ourselves and need a mirror to reflect back the best parts of ourselves. Then there are times we are not breaking through to the next level and are not sure why we are missing the mark. Honesty given with love and guidance is what truly helps. Watching someone find themselves and believe in themselves is a true sign of a leader. Our words have the power build others up or tear them down and leave them filled with doubt. How will you use honesty and will you choose to be a leader?

Bikini Body Ready Workout

Here is month one of our Bikini Ready Workout we have been doing in Muscle Conditioning Class. Missed out, no worries, here is the workout for you to do at home or in the gym. Questions on the exercises listed or need a modification, drop your questions below. Each workout has 3 circuits. Do the circuit 3x, then move on to the next circuit. Do each workout 3x a week and be ready to wear that bikini with confidence.

Week 1 & 3

Equipment needed: Dumbbells and Mat

Circuit 1

Single Leg Bridge (12)

Side Plank (30 sec)

Plank to Swimming (12)

Roll-up to Jump (12)

Circuit 2

Goblet Squat (14)

Rear Lateral Raise (12)

Deadlift (14)

Bench Press (12)

Circuit 3

Reverse Lunge (12 ea. side)

Shoulder Press (12)

Spider Lunge (in plank, 12 ea. side)

Tricep Extension (12)

Bicep Curl (12)

Week 2 & 4

Equipment needed: Dumbbells, Mat, Circle Resistance Band, Step or a Chair

Circuit 1

Lateral Band Walks (1 min) *band on thighs over knee*

Squat w/ Knee Out (12) *band on thighs over knee*

Twisting Dumbbell Curl (12)

Dumbbell Step-Up (14) *onto step or chair*

Mountain Climbers (30 sec)

Plank Walks (12)

Circuit 2

Dumbbell Side Lunge (12 ea. side)

Dumbbell Row (12)

Push-ups (12)

Crunch (14)

Reverse Crunch (14)

Circuit 3

Back-fly (12)

Twisting Dumbbell Curl (12)

Tricep Kickback (12)

Half Kneeling Chop & Twist (12 ea. side)

 

 

 

If You Are At Peace

Todays motivation Monday quote come from our book club book, You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. In our online discussion this weekend, one of our readers shared that this quote spoke to her. I woke up this morning wanting to take on a 14 day challenge that I have attempted before and have not been successful. I immediately began to think about my past failure and what temptations might side track me. This quote made me recognize that I am derailing myself by not just staying in the moment, enjoying the present and actually creating anxiety that does not need to exist. Letting our past attempts define what we can accomplish in the present sets us up for another perceived failure from the beginning. We need to start with our head high.  If we must look back, remember a time you felt like your best self, focus on your personal strengths and use that to work towards your goal. More important, changing the goal to self improvement through positive change and not just running to a finish line, helps us connect to our true purpose and express our true selves.

If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future.

Let’s Talk Change

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Spring is here and like many of you, I am looking at my home, my schedule, my inner self and taking inventory of what I am ready to let go of, and what I would like to add to my life. While I have been quiet online, there has been a lot going on as I refocus, redirect and look at how I really want to use this space and what I want to share. While I will continue to share workouts and recipes, I am feeling I want to share deeper and be more open. From the conversations I have had the last few weeks, a lot of us are struggling with parenting, marriage, friendships, feeling guilty and trying to find balance. Yet, we don’t want to talk.  We are afraid of being judged and instead put on that perfect front. I think the ultimate act of kindness is to be open and honest with those struggling around us and be transparent so our loved ones can support us. I will be running some challenge groups in the FB group that will help us share and reach short-term goals. Coffee Talk posts will be more frequent and real life struggles parenting a teen and young adults, new adventures in my 21 year marriage and just life in general. Cardio And More will continue to be workouts and tips. Cup Of Love is a space for motivation, kindness and peaceful living. Thank you for being part of my journey, for your love and support. Please comment on any topics or tips you would like to see in the coming weeks. Hope your week is filled with Coffee, Peace and a little Cardio.