Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Learning To Fail

I've always loved winning. 
I've always loved the feeling of success.
I've always loved working hard.

I've always hated the feeling of failure.

 I remember growing up and feeling knots in my stomach when I felt like I had failed at something- sports, school, friends.  Nights before tests or events I would get so nauseous that I didn't eat and sometimes would vomit.  Being scared of failure has had its benefits.  I was always so terrified of not being at the top that I always seemed to make it there.  In school it was with marks, sports it was being on varsity and in my professional life it was climbing up the corporate ladder.

Once I became a stay at home mom, being scared of failure was still in my mind but there was no tangible rewards such as a pay raise or an A+ on a paper.  No matter how often my husband told me I was doing a great job or how many times my girls told me they loved me, I still felt something missing inside of me. I started to recognize the feeling I was missing was the feeling of my own personal success.

A couple of years ago I started signing up for an event in the winter, training through the cold months and then competing in the spring.  Having my own personal goal again was just what I needed.  I still have the fear of failure- probably more than I should but I also have the drive to succeed.  Failure is oftentimes the gateway to success.  It feels uncomfortable but it's a sign you were willing to take a risk.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Grilled Chicken with Black Bean Mango Salsa

Pumpkins are everywhere. Sweaters now line our closets and jackets are needed at the morning bus stop.  I'd say Fall has officially hit the Northeast.  Although I love the cool breeze in the morning and cozy clothes, I'm not ready to give up the grill.  I will literally grill out until there's too much snow that I can't reach the grill.  

This summer we tried this awesome recipe from Skinnytaste which worked out perfectly for our family.  I was able to make the salsa for the side which kept it separate from the girls' chicken- God forbid the two touch.  Not only is this a tasty meal but it's only 261 calories per serving. 

Servings: 4 • Size: 3 oz chicken, 2/3 cup salsa

16 oz (2) boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed, sliced in half lengthwise salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
3 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
juice of 1 lime

For the Black Bean Mango Salsa (makes about 2 1/2 cups):
1/4 cup red onion chopped
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt, to taste
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
1 jalapeño, chopped (keep seeds if you want it spicy)


1. Season chicken with salt and pepper and place in a large non-reactive bowl with remaining ingredients, toss well to coat and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the red onion, lime juice, olive oil and season with salt, to taste. 

3. Mix well then combine with the remaining ingredients; refrigerate until ready to serve.

4. Heat the grill or a grill pan to medium high, discard the chicken marinade and grill the chicken breasts about 3 minutes on each side, or until the center is cooked through. 

5. Serve the chicken topped with mango black bean salsa or on the side if you have picky eaters :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Shakeology is now clinically proven!

 It's no secret that I feel one of the main reasons for my success over the past year is Shakeology.  I love being healthy, exercising and focusing on my nutrition but I do have a down fall. I'm not the biggest veggie eater...as in I need to force myself to eat them...EEK, I know.  
My cheeks are turning red.

The number one reason people tell me they don't want to pay for Shakeology is that they can get protein powder from a health store for a lot cheaper. Protein powers are not bad but the majority of us are not protein deficient.  The majority of us however are vitamin deficient and lack nutrients from fruits and vegetables.  According to the USDA, we need about 9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.  Think about how tough that is unless you are a super eater! 

I've seen many personal benefits to Shakeology such as better digestive health, all day energy not a quick jittery fix and a reduction in sweet cravings. This past year, a study was administered by Medicus Research, a leading clinical research organization for natural health products. After a rigorous selection process, 50 individuals were chosen to participate in a 90-day clinical study and their results confirmed what everyone was saying about the benefits they received.

Some of the benefits others have seen are:

1. Lowers your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
2. Promotes digestive health. 
 3. Promotes muscle growth and development.
4. It helps with those trying to lose weight.
5. Drinking Shakeology contributes to healthier skin, nails and hair.
6. Feelings of wellness and increased energy.

I have received all these benefits from Shakeology along side exercise and healthy eating.  I don't believe there is a single pill, shake or wrap that can make you magically lose weight.  Nutrition, healthy eating and exercise go hand-in-hand.  Can Shakeology be one of the first steps to get you back on track?  Of course!

If you're interested in learning more about the benefits of Shakeology or need help with staying accountable with exercise I'd love to chat.   
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