Meditate on Thanks: Days 4,5,6 & 7 of the #thankfulforvacation Challenge

Today is Day 7 of the #thankfulforvacation challenge. I formulated this 2 week challenge in preparation for Mike and I’s upcoming vacation, as we’ve been anxiously awaiting this for months! Thanksgiving is a little over a weeks away as well, an awesome time to reflect of what you have to be thankful for.

1st day of the season at Two Bothers Deli

1st day of the season at Two Bothers Deli

For the past few days, I’ve had amazing Colorado adventures. From my first ever Warren Miller film, to exploring the Denver Botanical Gardens in the snow, to receiving my @offthematyoga poster in the mail (and having fun posing & spreading their amazing message!) to snowboarding for a whole day (ok, not the whole day, 3 runs….buuuuutttt I thought it was pretty good!!)

Denver Botanical Gardens

Denver Botanical Gardens

Mike’s sister and husband were visiting from South Carolina, so showing them the life we have built, in such a cool city, truly made me happy! They got to experience the city, tasting the delicious food around town (we brought them to The Universal, Scratch Burrito, Colorado Plus, The Kitchen in Boulder, and Shiso) as well as the gorgeous mountains that literally take your breathe away. Being able to say I live here makes my heart swell.

Tofu stir fry & pumpkin oat squares

Tofu stir fry & pumpkin oat squares

So yesterday (Day 6 of the #thankfulforvacation challenge) was back to my routine – it’s easy to get derailed when you have house guests! I started my day with a delicious smoothie & some gentle morning yoga (super sore from all that snowboard learning!) and after work headed to my Asana studio for a glorious Vinyasa class. That evening, Mike and I relaxed with some maple tofu & sunflower stir fry and polished off with some pumpkin & dark chocolate oat squares covered in pomegranate seeds. I’m currently obsessed and actually made a YouTube video on easily de-seeding one.

Posing for #offthematchallenge tonight

Posing for #offthematchallenge tonight

I’ve been ending the evening with nightly meditation. Nothing fancy, just keeping still, flowing with my breathe, and letting go of the day with gratitude. Each day of my little challenge has brought more mindfulness, more calm and clarity to me and I am so grateful.

Snowboarding at Copper Mountain

Snowboarding at Copper Mountain

Having dinner this evening with my mom, we spoke of happiness and reflection. Can you truly be happy if you don’t reflect, look inward honestly, and reflect gratitude and love? I’m not sure, but I know this is what I strive for. Our journey begins within, so that’s my hope for all who seem lost or sad or unhappy. To travel inward to find what you’re looking for.

Tomorrow, day 8 of the challenge, will begin with full commitment and intent: a full morning flow, followed by a delicious breakfast. No excuses & no house guests!!!

Happy Tuesday!

Day 3: Seeds Galore!

This morning, I couldn’t get myself out of bed (here in Colorado the temperature was 0 degrees!!) but it was a fabulous morning nonetheless. The sun was shinning bright and I felt awesome for Day 3 of the #thankfulforvacation challenge. Last night I continued my breathing exercises before bed, really focusing in on unwinding from the day, giving thanks to the good in my life, and setting positive intentions for the next day. And after having an impromptu happy hour with Mike at Colorado Plus, then doing a snowy handstand and topping the night off in the hot tub, I had a lot to be thankful for….and I slept like a baby again!

Snowy Colorado Handstands

Snowy Colorado Handstands

So, this morning I started my day with a piece of avocado toast topped with raw pumpkin seeds & a side of red grapes. Yesterday, I had some raw seeds and dried apricots for a mid-day snack and recorded a short video about the great benefits of seeds and dried fruit. Check it out on my YouTube Channel.

If you’re trying to stay healthy, but like to snack (who doesn’t!) it’s totally worth investigating these delightful snack foods. Here are some of the benefits, plus links to more detailed info:

Raw Sunflower Seeds

Anti-inflammatory
High in Vitamin E
Good source of Magnesium

Dried Apricots

High in fiber
Potassium (more than a fresh apricot, who knew!?)
Non-Hem Iron (plant based iron)Antioxidants

Raw Pumpkin Seeds

Zinc (immune system)
Plant-based Omega-3 Fats (this is the good kind of fat!!!)
Prostate Health (tell the men in your life to seed up!)

So, be like the birds and eat your seeds! They’re super quick, crunchy and good in salads, baking, or just plain.Great to mix in dried fruit too for your own trail mix.

Later this afternoon I’ll be practicing some Yoga and will post a flow, but definitely glad I got out in the merry sunshine – just got back from taking my baby bulldog Haley for a mile walk in the wintery wonderland. Nothing better than getting out in nature, so hope you have the pleasure of doing so today!

Happy Thursday!!!

Early morning in Colorado: snow & yoga!

It’s Day 2 of the #thankfulforvacation challenge and I actually got my butt out of bed for an early morning workout! Last night, I spent a good 10 minutes before bed with some breathing exercises, focusing on how thankful I felt for our upcoming trip, the awesome dinner we had (I made a sweet potato & tofu curry over spinach) and the happy we both feel. If you’ve never sat with your breath this way, I highly recommend it. I slept like a baby!

Day 2: Early Morning Yoga & Snow in Colorado

And awoke to Day 2, ready to get after it! Greeted with the dim light of a snowy November morning (yup, it’s snowing here!), I headed downstairs to my ‘studio’ and did a 25 minute workout to get the blood flowing.

Getting up early isn’t a problem for me usually, however hopping up and working out? Ummmm, yeah. No. I’m really pumped about this challenge, as it’s motivating me to really push myself for the next two weeks.

I’m uploading my short videos onto YouTube if you’re interested in joining in the challenge with me. My goal is to post workouts that you can do, videos about what I’m eating/cooking, and mindful exercises you can participate in to really hone in on the thankful. Tune in, set some goals & push yourself for the next two weeks!

Happy Tuesday!