Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Certified Personal Trainer!

Whooooooooooooo I passed!!!!!!!!

Last week, I took the exam to become a personal trainer, and I totally passed! So excited! And relieved!

I decided this certification would be a good one for me, even though I'm already certified as a Health Fitness Specialist (which is technically higher-level). I found it to be really educational, and it will help me be better at the job I'm already doing. More education never hurts, amiright?? Who know what doors will open up!


We celebrated with rolls upon rolls at Texas Road House, and I'm just as pleased as can be :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Quote of the Day

Some food for thought today:

"From such teachings we conclude that the Final Judgment is not just an evaluation of a sum total of good and evil acts—what we have done. It is an acknowledgment of the final effect of our acts and thoughts—what we have become. It is not enough for anyone just to go through the motions. The commandments, ordinances, and covenants of the gospel are not a list of deposits required to be made in some heavenly account. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan that shows us how to become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become."

-said by Dallin H. Oaks

Do we let the system that has been set up for us change us in the ways that are oh-so-necessary? Do we let ourselves become good people, instead of just doing good things for the sake of checking them off a list?

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Breakfast that's easy, healthy, and delicious - overnight oats

So I love meal prep. I take my breakfast and lunch to work every day (I work early hours) and there's no way it's getting made at 4 in the morning. So usually on Sundays, I take a little time to prepare things I can throw together during the week. I'll write more about the whole process some other time, but today I'm sharing my go-to breakfast: overnight oats.

It's super simple. I take steel-cut oats, chia seeds (I get both at Trader Joe's), and mason jars of whatever size, and I prepare a few jars for the week. I use 1/4 c oats and 1 T chia seeds per jar. I pour em in, give em a shake, and throw em in the pantry.

Then, the night before I actually want to eat them, I take one of the jars and pour in some vanilla almond milk (although I'm sure you could use any variation of it that you'd like) and top it off with some fruit. I'm on a blackberry kick at the moment, but I also use fresh or frozen peaches, mangoes, strawberries, blueberries, pears, bananas, raspberries, or any combination thereof. I usually use whatever fresh fruit I have on hand, and I always keep some frozen in case it sounds better that day. I let it sit overnight and throw it in my lunchbox the next morning... and then enjoy at my leisure!

Might not look glamorous but it sure is delicious!

And easy. I love easy.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Thankful for Today

Gratitude... that magical ability to turn trials into blessings.

Funny how cliché it is... and yet how true it is that once you start thinking of everything you have to be grateful for, the world starts looking a little brighter.

One thing I'll do when I'm feeling especially bratty or grumpy (who, me?) is start telling God and the Universe about all the things I'm thankful for. I generally start with the obvious - the fact that I'm safe and healthy and for my marriage and family and job and stable finances and for a functional car (because these sessions usually end up happening in the car) and for clear roads and clear skies and for the beautiful mountains and for warm clothes.... and as you can imagine, this progresses to all kinds of stupid things that I usually don't think about... but when I DO think about them, I realize how incredible my life really is. And suddenly my reason for being grumpy seems pretty small.

Told you it was cliché. But still really nice :)