Sunday, August 30, 2015

Pushing Past Your Limits

Happy Sunday!!!

It's Sunday and I LOVE my Sundays!!  Just wanted to do a brief share before I hit the yard for some family time before the end of Summer.

Recently I started a new program called Insanity: Max 30.  It's teaching me a lot about a lot of things.  It's teaching me about life and pushing past limits.  Each day, when I've pushed play (I'm 4 days in), I've thought to myself, "If I can make it to 7 minutes without maxing out, I'd be really happy."  Can you guess where I was making it to without maxing out?

Today, I changed my thought process.  I thought to myself, "I want to see how far I can go."  Today, I maxed out at 10 minutes and 39 seconds.  It was a really hard workout but I love pushing  my limits in fitness and in life.  Last time I tried this program, I let excuses get into my head and I stopped and went to another program.  I'm not going to let this happen.

Do you ever find yourself thinking that you want to get to a certain point, and then you get there, feel satisfied, and stop.  What if you just kept going?  How different would your life be?  I challenge you to spend the next 7 days just going for it... whether it be fitness, or financial, or cooking for your family for a week.  LOL, it may seem silly but just pick any goal and just go for it.  Get out of your own way.

A side effect of a really hard work out is being SO HUNGRY!!  LOL  But we've got food plans to stick to!!  When I'm so hungry and I know it's because I worked hard during my workout, I feed my body.  I don't just give it water and hope for it to go away.  I trust my body is telling me something and I listen.

I have two favorite go-to's...  of course, you know I'm going to say my first one is Shakeology.  It really satisfies my hunger and sweet tooth and it's so healthy but sometimes I'm in the mood to chew on something lol.

My favorite snack when I need to chew on something is just plain old, raw Cauliflower with Hummus.



Head of Cauliflower
Hummus (pick any brand and any flavor but my Favorite is any organic with kalamata olives)


1.  Cut up the Cauliflower.  A head of it usually makes 3 servings for me.
2.  Put Hummus in a container!!!  This stuff is addicting to me so I always use my container.  I usually use about a half a blue for 1 sitting.

My Happy Place

For my first post, I'm going to talk for a second about my happy place before I get back to enjoying the day with my family.   I Love the beach!  There's nothing more relaxing to me than hearing waves crashing in the background.  My kids are collectors and I just prop my chair at the waters edge and let them collect clams, sand crabs, shells, and whatever else they might want to collect.
All those clams we're collecting got me thinking about dinner and I'm in the mood for fish.      Summers almost over and I'm going to squeeze in 1 more lobster and clam night. 
I have the absolute best way to make these two things which are me and Josie's favorite!

21 Day Fix approved LOBSTER
Lots of people I know go to Jordan's and have them steam the lobsters.  I used to do that too.  But I started steaming my own and man, do they come out delicious.  All you need is a lobster pot from Bed, Bath and Beyond.  It's under $50 (especially with a coupon).  Here's what I do.

Lobster (we get 4- 1 lb and a quarter)
Sea Salt (about Tablespoon)
Water (about a quart)
Clams (I like a dozen cherry stones)

1.  Put water in bottom section of pot. Put the lid on without the steamer section to bring to a faster boil. Add salt.  Bring to a boil.
2.  Put live lobsters in steamer part of pot.  Lol, I definitely have my husband do this! Put steamer part on bottom section of steamer and cover.
3.  If you use 4 1 lb and a quarter, leave the lobsters for 20 minutes.   Then add the clams and leave for another 5-10 minutes.
4. That's it!  So easy and they are so much better then getting them pre-steamed.  Sometimes I'll use a tsp of melted butter but when you make your own, you might not even need it.

This is just your red containers!!  Make sure you have a bunch left over for the day and ENJOY!!