30 Day Challenge: Week 2, The Grumpiest Week of Them All

The first few days of this week were tough. It wasn’t so much staying committed to the plan. I woke up on Monday angry, jittery, and weak. For the first time, I doubted myself and began to feel like I was going to fail at this challenge. Who knew saying good bye to sugar was so tough? (Oh, that's right, everybody who has ever tried to kick the habit.)

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30 Day Challenge - Week 1 Recap

30 Day Challenge - Week 1 Recap

In addition to community building, butt kicking, muscle sculpting, athletic endurance strengthening and all that other good gym stuff, Core offers its members the chance to try 30 Day Challenges a few times a year. All of which I have carefully avoided because I love sugar and also my job requires me to drink wine. Until now, cuz I am one week into the 30 Day Smart & Kind Challenge.

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The Big Day! Racing the Capitola Half Marathon

The Big Day! Racing the Capitola Half Marathon

For the last 10 months, I have slowly, with much grit, determination, and perseverance, molded myself into a runner. When my sister asked me to run a half marathon with her a year ago, I could not finish a 5K without walking most of it. This is not to say I wasn’t physically fit, I exercised 4 or 5 days a week at boot camp and TRX classes with a little PiYo and yoga sprinkled into the mix. But I did not enjoy running and I did not have the strength or the lung capacity to go very far. 10 months ago, running was for other people and I did not aspire to be a member of their tribe.

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Nutritional Win of the Week: Roasted Carrot & Lentil Salad

Nutritional Win of the Week: Roasted Carrot & Lentil Salad

This meal takes just about 40 minutes to pull together (cook time on the lentils and the roasted vegetables is 25 – 30 minutes) and the prep is easy enough for this to be an after work weeknight dinner. The lentils cook with a quartered onion, a bay leaf and two smashed garlic cloves so they are beautifully seasoned and full of flavor. The rainbow carrots, radishes, and garlic cloves are roasted with olive oil, salt, and pepper so be sure to use fresh produce so their natural yumminess can shine through. 

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Reducing Our Toxic Emotion Footprint

In order to reduce stressful emotional outbursts, it’s wise to learn that not everything warrants a reaction. The practice of non-reaction can be tricky, but once I learned how to harness my reactions and acknowledge without tying emotion to the acknowledgment, the power of this trick became clear. We have a lot of choices to make every day, and maybe a few of them can be choosing not to react in order to reduce the amount of negativity swirling around in the air. 

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Nutritional Win of the Week: Roasted Sweet Potato and Chickpea Spinach Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Nutritional Win of the Week: Roasted Sweet Potato and Chickpea Spinach Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

This salad/Buddha bowl/grain bowl/whatever you want to call it is the antidote to the “I’m going to be skinny!” sad lunch salad. And the great news is – it will still help you achieve your goals of nourishing your body with the good stuff. The secret is to add fiber, protein and carbohydrates with grains, beans, seeds, and sweet potatoes to make the salad stick and keep you full for hours.

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Just Say No...to Cell Phones

Though I live by the rules of nearly every "Sleep Better!" list, I still struggle. For April’s wellness goals, I wanted to tackle sleep from a new angle. Stress screws with sleep and when you can’t sleep, your stress levels may increase – trapping many of us in a negative loop. So, I decided to eliminate a stressor in my life, the constant connectivity caused by cell phones.

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Ditching the (Fake) Sweet Stuff

Welcome to May, party people! Over the last month, I set two wellness goals. The first – ditch artificial sweetener. Ugh, I know. Please remember this is a judgment free zone. The second – make a behavioral change to reduce stress and hopefully improve sleep. Seems simple enough, right? However, April was a challenging month.

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