Ah, April!

“Ah, April”. Here we come! The first few months of this year have been tough for both of us for our own reasons. We’ve been struggling, but pushing through for the most part. We have not been thriving as our best selves though. It’s been a dark, heavy, tough start to this year. The sun must rise to shine again though.

Let’s all take a deep breath or two and relax into “Ah, April”! Its a new month, and that means a new challenge, a new opportunity. This new month also begins on a Monday too! Could the stars align even more for a fresh start?!

We are particularly excited that the first day of this new month is April Fools Day! It is such a light, airy, and playful reminder to make time for more fun and play. Not everything needs to be so serious and strict all the dang time. Breathe and relax a bit!

“Ah, April”… Here we are. Join us this month for a fresh, relaxed dive into some healthier habits that will bring about a happier you!

This month we commit to and challenge you to take a relaxed approach into bringing some positive change to your daily life. Follow along this month in our Facebook Group to see our progress and share your own! You can also share with us here through comments as well. We can’t wait to hear from you!


Ah, April!

“Ah, April”. Here we come! The first few months of this year have been tough for both of us for our own reasons. We’ve been struggling, but pushing through for the most part. We have not been thriving as our best selves though. It’s been a dark, heavy, tough start to this year. The sun must rise to shine again though.

Let’s all take a deep breath or two and relax into “Ah, April”! Its a new month, and that means a new challenge, a new opportunity. This new month also begins on a Monday too! Could the stars align even more for a fresh start?!

We are particularly excited that the first day of this new month is April Fools Day! It is such a light, airy, and playful reminder to make time for more fun and play. Not everything needs to be so serious and strict all the dang time. Breathe and relax a bit!

“Ah, April”… Here we are. Join us this month for a fresh, relaxed dive into some healthier habits that will bring about a happier you!

This month we commit to and challenge you to take a relaxed approach into bringing some positive change to your daily life. Follow along this month in our Facebook Group to see our progress and share your own! You can also share with us here through comments as well. We can’t wait to hear from you!


Ice Cubes Are A Little Messy When They Melt

I have been really struggling lately. It’s like my good brain and bad brain are battling. The last few weeks I’ve been working really hard to make sure I’m doing the things I need to do for me. I’ve been journaling, meditating, exercising, eating better, drinking all the water, reading. All. The. Things. I’ve been checking off a list of these things daily to make sure I’m doing most of them on most days. Majority wins, perfection is not real. This is really great right? If you read that you’re likely thinking wow shes doing really well, that’s awesome.

Here’s what you’re missing though. Every day I’ve been releasing this negative ass energy from somewhere deep through attitude about work and people in general.

I’ve become a bit nasty and it just dawned on me this week. It’s like a mini reality smack to the face really and it hit hard. I have been doing all of these things trying to do the right stuff that I need to do, yet the nastiest bits of attitude just keep popping out, especially in places they hadnt before. I got really upset about this last night. Did some arguing, yelling and screaming, and of course crying. It felt really good to get those negative emotions out, but it also made me have to sit and face this. I’m facing it now as I write this in the middle of my workout.

Typically in the past I’d be consumed by this negative energy and beat myself up for feeling like this when I’m doing all this positive stuff. I’d tell myself its obviously not working because of this negative outburst so why even bother? As I shift my mindset I’m learning to ask my self truthfully why am I bothering? I’m bothering because I KNOW that this is right. This is what I have to do. I know the positive energy I feel and radiate comes from doing these things. I know that releasing that negativity is just a part of the this process. That negative energy needs to get out and go somewhere. While I may not be very good at getting it out constructively yet, I’m getting it out. It’s not sitting inside and stewing and building and feeding my bad brain.

I read my current favorite analogy in a book called Atomic Habits by James Clear recently. It went a little something like this:

You can put an ice cube on a desk in a room that’s 25° and it wont melt. You can heat the room slowly by 1° to 26° and it wont melt, to 27° and it wont melt, to 28° and it wont melt, all the way to 31° and it STILL wont freaking melt. One more degree though, the same slow incremental change you’ve been doing, to 32° and poof, it’s a whole new world. The ice starts to melt.

This spoke so much to me. If you’re still with me you know that at 29° I typically call it quits when really all that needs to be done is a just a little more consistency! I think my mini negative outbursts and the negative break of last night may have been my way of heating up my internal ice cube. Now, its finally starting to melt. I feel a little better today. I have some side effects from the break last night, but that’s normal. Ice cubes are a little messy when they melt. I think my good brain and my bad brain maybe had to battle it out a bit to keep turning up the heat so the melting could finally begin. I think it’s going to be okay.

xo

Nikki




Pesto Chicken & Pasta

While this is not a Paleo recipe, it’s damn good! I was in the mood for carbs and cheese. Can anyone tell I’m stressed? Often times when we are craving a lot of salt, carbs, and cheese we are also stressing out. The reason for these cravings is that our body is looking for a quick source of energy to help us function while we are in this fight or flight state. However, these quick sources of energy are what they are, quick. Then you’re left with a crash later and more cravings for quick sources of energy which usually leads to sweets and simple carbs like pasta, cake, sugar, you get the idea.

For sustainable energy look to healthy fats and grass fed sources of protein. Which is exactly why I love Paleo, it’s based on a diet of high fat, moderate protein and low carb. However, some of us need more carbs than others and one diet does not fit all! Which is why sometimes I eat cheese and pasta and I’m more squirrelly when it comes to eating a Paleo diet.

And sometimes it’s just because I want to and I will damn well do as I please. Plain and simple. If we aren’t giving ourselves a break sometimes and letting ourselves enjoy the things we love, we put too much stress on ourselves and really limit ourselves. So this week it’s Pesto Chicken and Pasta!

Pesto Chicken & Pasta | Makes 8 Servings

  • 2lbs Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup Pesto
  • 1 Box Rotini (I used Tri-Color, but you can sub with gluten free or grain free)
  • 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Instructions:

  1. Place chicken in crockpot with pesto.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours.
  3. Near the end of cooking the chicken, cook the rotini according to package directions and drain.
  4. When the chicken is done shred and mix in cooked rotini.
  5. If eating immediately, mix in mozzarella until melted.
  6. If storing to eat for lunch, portion out into 8 air right containers adding a 1/4 cup mozzarella to the top of each. It will melt when you reheat.
  7. Store in fridge for up to 4 days.


Keep The Commitments You Make

We make so many commitments. To work, to our family, to our friends. When time is limited and in an effort to avoid letting people down, it seems easiest to break the commitments we make to ourselves. Don’t let yourself down. Remember to show up for yourself too. You can’t give others 💯 if you haven’t shown yourself that much.


“Just Keep Swimming” ~ Dory, Finding Nemo

February starts TOMORROW! Can you believe it? We are already a whole month into this new year, 1 of 12 down and only 11 to go! I’m not sure about you, but January felt like it last approximately 3 years for me. I feel like this is partly because halfway into the month I let most of myself go for about 10 days… oops.

This is not a post about me letting myself go for nearly two weeks though. Complaining and re-hashing old crap only leads to the same old negative icky feelings resurfacing. Who the heck wants that?! No one!

Today I’m here to tell you that even when you fall off track, feel uninspired, lack motivation, or whatever else you have to keep going. You have to keep moving. Newton’s Law of Motion says it best: essentially, a body at rest stays at rest; a body in motion stays in motion. I truly feel like this principal applies not only to physical movement, but also habits…my favorite things 😍😁

So, I mentioned I let some of myself go earlier this month. I basically stopped exercising, stopped journaling, and ate a little more unhealthy foods than I strive to typically eat. Here’s the thing though, I still kept up with some of my other habits. I still did my 5 minute journal every morning, I still tracked my stuff, I still got my clothes out and lunches ready for the next day before bed most days. I still tried to find some time to read here and there.

I truly believe that me keeping up with some of my habits is what has made it easier for me to transition back to keeping up with most of my habits. This last week I’ve been reading, journaling, exercising, tracking, stretching, meditating, all the things most of the days! I really feel like if I hadn’t put some effort into keeping going and just let everything fall by the wayside my 10 days would have turned into 10 weeks of miserably spiraling down and out.

They say when the going gets tough, the tough get going. I’m here to tell you that you are tough. You can and you will keep going if you chose to do so. Even when its hard find one or two things you can do each and every day to help the momentum you’ve built from halting to a dead stop. You can manage making your bed every day, or taking an extra moment before you leave the house to tell yourself it’s going to be okay or it’s going to be good day. You have time find a simple reason to smile for a second. You can take a few deep breaths. Take that 2 minutes every day for yourself. You owe it to yourself to have 2 freaking minutes to do something for you that will allow you to keep swimming.



Progress…NOT Perfection

We are 2/3 of the way into our first month of this new year! We want to take this opportunity to tell you all we are proud of you, you are slaying the game, you are doing it, whatever it is to you.

Let me be the first to tell you I’ve started off so strong! I have been exercising and eating healthy and kicking the crap out of this new year. Until I wasn’t. It’s usually around the 3 week mark that my spark fades and I start slipping into old habits. I’ll bet these old habits I’m talking about may sound a little familiar to you too. Typically it starts when I need to rest a little extra. I will take a little break and then stop making the time to exercise. That is usually the first warning sign, for me at least. Then, I stop meal prepping and start ordering out, I am careless with my snacks, and gosh you know I am hitting that snooze button and now I’m avoiding that treadmill as if it’s the plague!

Here’s the thing though, previously this would happen and I would just roll with it. I would cascade so deep into a dark winter depression. I would succumb to all the negativity swirling through my head and start believing all those old familiar stories my “bad brain” would tell me, all those stories that I am working really hard to re-write.

I bet you’ll notice I said previously back there, or maybe you didn’t. That’s right, PREVIOUSLY! Nowadays, I notice when I start slipping because I’ve been practicing being mindful with my attitude and actions. Nowadays, I evaluate the circumstances that are causing me to slip and react accordingly. Regardless of whatever the cause may be though I am practicing giving myself some dang grace. I’m learning to treat me the way I would treat you if you came to me and said you were struggling to show up for yourself. I really feel like this is something we all need to practice a little more.

If there is a legitimate reason behind me not showing up as strong as I hope then alright, that is okay. I will arrange my schedule and attitude so that I can do what I can with what I’ve got. For example, maybe I got sick so exercising has been put on hold. That’s okay, I just need to make sure to get plenty of rest and eat clean to stay balance and track. When one thing must be put on hold its important to keep the other habits going strong so you don’t lose your mindset or momentum.

On the flip side! Let’s say I’ve noticed myself feeling a little blah and lacking some drive, this is what usually happens. I’ve probably been feeling a little blah and not really pushing myself to exercise or sticking with my little daily habits like journaling. Maybe I’m getting a little lax with prepping food and cooking. I’m being more mindful, so I am noticing this happen. Since I’m noticing this I’m able to confront it. I can sit myself down and have a little reality check pep talk. I can make a plan to slowly get back into my better habits so I don’t overwhelm myself trying to do it all at once or make up for lost time. Easing back into my intentions will help me get my spark ignited again.

I may not be able to keep my spark lit at all times, but is anyone really?? I really believe that a key component to everlasting change is a progress, not perfection mindset. Through my practice I have been able to learn my triggers and warning signs and how to look out for them. I have been able to understand how to treat myself better and with more love and respect. Had I been striving for perfection constantly I’ll bet I would be way worse than where I started. I’d be so unhappy and have no confidence that I could grow and evolve. Practicing little improvements and progress has allowed me to set goals and see I can reach them. It has given me confidence in myself. Working for progress allows me to look back and reflect at how much progress I’ve actually made too! I can see what works and what doesn’t work for me personally. Most importantly, I can share it all with you!

Comment below and share some of your victories and your progress! Let us know if you want some guidance in practicing progress over perfection, we are here for you! We want to know how you work for progress instead of perfection!

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