Sunday, November 23, 2014

Propel Forward with Purpose, Power and Insight

Yesterday was November 22nd, the day I was planning to compete in my third NPC Bikini show. It didn't happen.

About six weeks ago, I was assessing my progress, considering where I was at the same time while preparing for my last show. My improvements were subtle. 

I also considered the purpose of competing and took into account my current goals. They didn't align. The purpose of competing (for me) is to push myself to achieve more than I have in the past. To intensify my workouts and emphasize a specific eating regime. Along with a persistent and consistent attitude, success results when all of these things align. My current goals? To focus on emphasizing others' progress. To develop myself as a personal trainer and fitness professional. While it's definitely possible to do BOTH of these, I will feel better equipped to do so in 2015.  The result of that decision? Peace of mind. Peace of mind can propel us forward with purpose, power and insight. 

So how do you find out if you're moving forward through force or with purpose?  Ask yourself these questions.

What are your instincts saying?  Sometimes we know the answer long before we're willing to admit.  If you are hesitating, if you are thinking twice about a specific scenario, chances are you may not be ready to pursue it.  That doesn't mean you never will be.  It might happen at a later time, in different circumstances, having gained strength through experience.

What is your purpose?  Are you focusing on self improvement? Are you working to improve the lives of others?  Decide why you are doing what you are.  Is the work, time, and commitment it takes to achieve those things worth it? I try to focus on goals that achieve both of these things.  Because if you are able to improve the lives of others, then by default you will have improved yourself as well.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Superfoods Fudge Cake

Fuel your body with this Superfoods Fudge Cake!  Whether you're heading to work or to workout, this nutritious meal is a great source of plant-based protein and nutrients that will nourish your body and satisfy your cravings for something rich.  

With 14 grams of protein per 30 gram serving, Hemp Pro 70 Chocolate is a complete plant based protein, offering all essential amino acids--great for vegan or vegetarian diets.  It is mild tasting with a creamy texture.  Hemp protein contains the essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, in an optimal three to one ration.  This reduces the risk of heart attacks, cardiovascular problems, atherosclerosis and certain types of cancer.  

One of nature's richest dietary sources of magnesium, cacao nibs are also an excellent source of iron and dietary fiber.  They are rich in antioxidants and alkaloids as well, which can boost your mood.

4 T. Manitoba Harvest HempPro 70, Chocolate
1/4 c. quick oats
Approximately 1/2 c. water
2 T. Wow Butter

Mix the first three ingredients and microwave for approximately 70 seconds.  Top with Wow Butter and Cacao Nibs.