2-fer Tuesday

Whud Up, Fierce Ones?

I’ve been a bit lax with my writing the past few days. I apologize, but know that I’ve been workin’ my butt off literally. I know that if you don’t move it you lose it, but in my line of work it also means mo’ money, more awareness, more skillz…this all, in the end, benefits YOU! I learn what works best, in terms of what keeps me going (NUTRITION), what keeps me inspired (YOU and TUNES) and what brings me “down” (MEDITATION).

ElixirFOOD NEWS

I’ve added 6 cycling classes a week to my teaching schedule taking my tally up to 20/week. I LOVE my job, but I know that I have to take care of myself even more diligently now. Nutrition is a HUGE part of this equation. In the past month I’ve dropped almost 8 lbs, whoot whoot! I haven’t been focused on “weight-loss”, but I HAVE been very clean with my eating and listening to what my body wants. Here are some of my favorite things that have been keepin’ me going (and the why) for the past few weeks!

  • EBOOST – This powdery goodness can be added to your water (I put a 1/2 pack of the orange kind in 16 oz of purified water). EBOOST’s ingredients are REAL stuff you’ve heard of; Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Green Tea, Vitamin B-12 and Folic Acid.  And some stuff you may not have heard of; Quercetin, 5-HTP, Resveratrol, Huperzine-A, but no worries it’s all good, FIERCE! EBOOST is sweet (which is why I put 1/2 in double the amount of water), but it’s done with Stevia, a plant, not a chemical. WHY I use it? Cuz it keeps me goin’! I get a little “crazy” with green tea. I get shaky, feel “out of it”, but EBOOST has Green Tea so I get the benefits of the natural caffeine, but without the jittery feeling! On top of that it has a healthy set of vitamins that are critical for all of the added physical output.
  • GREEN JUICE – I love me some green drink! I like to start my day with one post class that is (I still coffee up pre-class!). In my juice I get spinach, kale, cucumber, apple, parsley and lemon. Fresh pressed is the way to go for me. I totally love me some BluePrintCleanse Juice, but if it’s available I go JUST pressed juice. 2 things…you get to CHOOSE YOUR ingredients (which really is key for me cuz I don’t enjoy ginger and it’s in A LOT of green drinks) and it’s EXTRA fresh! Elixir and Jus’ Juice (outside of Coffee Shop, Union Sq, NYC) are two spots I frequent. WHY I crave it? My body knows, I think, how good this is. it’s REAL, it’s FRESH, it has cleansing properties for my bod and LASTLY it makes me FEEL good, strong & ready to GET FIERCE!
  • BREAKFAST – You ain’t no dummy! You KNOW this is the most important meal of the day. Yes, I start with a coffee, yes I have a green juice on my way home from class…it all seems so “on the go”, but I DO take time to MAKE my own breakfast. I know how important it is to actually know what goes into my food (including LOVE). Now, I’m totally a creature of habit. I literally eat the SAME thing each morning. 1/2 cup quinoa salad made in advance (quinoa, garlic, parsley, onion, crasins), 1/2 cup low fat organic cottage cheese and 3 scrambled egg whites with sauteed onions (in one tsp olive oil), fresh spinach and yellow peppers. LOVE IT! AND it keeps me going  until late afternoon.
  • LISTEN UP – This isn’t a specific thing, but it is THE most important thing that I’ve begun doing this past month. I’m listening to my body, when it’s hungry I eat, when it’s tired I sleep…these two things, I believe have lead to the drop in weight.

TUNE IN TUESDAY

You know it…this is what I’m listenin’ to, playing, sweatin’ it up to this week. ENJOY!

  • Rosa Parks Remix – Outcast
  • Countdown – Beyonce
  • Canned Heat (Calvin Harris Remix) – Jamiroquai
  • New In Town – Little Boots (I LOVE ME SOME LITTLE BOOTS, FIERCE!)
  • Buy My Love (Fareoh Remix) – Wynter Gordon
  • Clique (Fresh Direct OG Edit) – Kayne (do I need to put West?), Jay-Z and Big Sean
  • Drop It Low –
  • Rude Boy (Wideboys Remix) – Rihanna
  • Anything Could Happen (Blood Diamond Remix) – Ellie Goulding
  • We Found Whitney (Isaac Jordan Remix) – EZ Money, Whitney Houston & Calvin Harris

TAKIN’ IT DOWN A NOTCH!

AHHHHH, after all the cycling, running, teaching, training, talking, traveling, lugging I’M READY for a break! At the end of the day (and sometimes on the subway) I sit and listen. I focus on what I want, need, am grateful for. I’m so appreciative to be in this space. Surrounded by people I love, family, friends, roommates, co-workers, it’s pretty awesome and I truly believe that I’ve created it all.

At night I take a moment to appreciate it where I am and everything I have! I then focus on what I want to create in the future. I put on my “greatest hit” The Hicks. If you don’t know who they are, Abraham is a spirit voice, Jerry and Ester are the physical ‘Hicks” here on earth. Ester is the channel for Abraham’s voice and Jerry is her husband and “business partner” if you will. I know it sounds totally CRA CRA’Y, but TRUST a sister, it’s an awesome meditation and FIERCE way to end your day. THE VORTEX is the name of the meditation and was introduced to me by my friend and mentor Patricia Moreno.

Let’s get down to business, THE VORTEX is a guided meditation that comes in four parts, General Wellbeing, Physical Wellbeing, Financial Wellbeing and Relationship Wellbeing. You pick which of the 15 minute sections you want to focus on and all you have to do is sit, breathe and listen. It gets me in a space, before I sleep, of peace, joy and excitement for what’s coming. Download it and lemme know what you think!

I LOVE YOU, ALL! Take care of YOU and listen to what your body needs!

xxx

D

I can see you ARE FIERCE!

 

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Time for ME (& for YOU!)

Time for VACAY!

I’m taking the next 10 days OFF! I haven’t taken a stretch of time for myself this long in over 3 years. I’m excited and committed to having fun, working out (for myself), and relaxing. Not to fear, I do have Wi-Fi and will be posting while I’m gone.

Today I want to revisit a post I did back in January called TAKE 5. It’s about taking time for ourselves and meditating. Being that I’m wicked smat…I’m going to take my own advice. While I’m away and meditate everyday too! Wanna try it from where you are “together”? Check out the below originally posted on January 31st, 2012 and give it a shot!

TAKE 5

With everything you do each day how often do you “Take 5” or even a mindful deep breath for yourself? Life gets crazy, one thing after another and then it’s bed time (and later than expected). When was  the last time you set out a few minutes for yourself to breathe, reflect or crazy enough just to sit in peace?

Meditate Schmeditate

I love the way I feel when I meditate, but it’s been longer than I like to admit since I’ve been in a regular practice. Here or there, once or twice a week I’ll sit and listen to a guided meditation and It feels SO great, but it takes time. I know how my non-meditating friends feel now when they say, “It stresses me out to meditate!” It can be true it is a practice to quiet your mind and just ‘be’. Thoughts of all the things I have to do, what I’m going to eat, or wear, or “What was that sound?” pop into my mind. It takes time to fine your zone. Once or twice a week isn’t enough for me, I want more!

The Game

If you want to meditate, great, if you want to sit quietly, great, if you want to dust off your journal and write, awesome! The game is to take 5 minutes and do just that today, find your zone. When Someone asks where you’re going tell them you’re pulling a Penny…”She’s takin’ a break she needs a break!” You need time for you!

You go enjoy you…you’re FIERCE!

xxx

D

I can see you GETTING FIERCE!

5 Reasons to Meditate

Where to Start

The first time I ever tried to “meditate” it was about 4 years ago at a yoga workshop. I put it in quotes, because now that I know how meditating actually feels, 4 year ago resembled nothing of the sort. I had never sat still with my goal to “quiet the mind” as the instructor directed. I didn’t really even know what that meant. Thoughts kept racing through my head, “Am I doing this right? Are  my eyes suppose to be closed? My butt hurts. I wonder when lunch is? I wonder how long we’re going to sit here? I’m stressed.” Seriously, trying to quiet my mind seemed to make everything louder.

Eventually, I started to listen. After a few (more like 10ish) tries at meditation I started to get the hang of slowing my thoughts and became at ease with the quite sound of my breath. I found it enjoyable to breathe in and out focused on only that. Now, I try to meditate now a few times a week. Instead of stressing over it, I now treasure my moments of peace and quiet. Sometimes it’s easy to sit and focus on my breath or whatever topic I’m searching for clarity on, but sometimes it’s still challenging to slow down and just be. It takes practice and regardless of how calm my mind gets I’m so much clearer after my time in meditation. I’m grateful for my stick-to-it attitude on this one. Meditating brings me peace and calm when I’m most anxious and stressed.

Here Are 5 Reasons For YOU to Try

  1. Lower blood pressure
  2. Improve sleep
  3. Manage pain
  4. Live longer
  5. Enhance concentration

It’s worth a shot. If you feel discouraged at the start, stick to it. You’ll thank yourself for doing so.

xxx

D

I can see you GETTIN’ FIERCE!

Start Your Day Right

Plan Your Day

What if you could plan your day exactly how you wanted it to go? When you first wake up take a moment for yourself to plan our your day in your mind. How you want your meeting to go, your workout, the calls you want to make or receive. Deliberately set your intentions for your day and start the right. Arm yourself with a vision for a great day.

Let’s try it out tomorrow morning! Before you even get out of bed create your Fiercest day!

xxx

D
I can see you GETTIN’ FIERCE!

YOU Time

It’s Friday, Woohoo! This weekend take a moment to think about your week. Ask yourself what YOU need. Take a moment to reflect on your week. Has it been boring, stressful, active, overloaded, dreary? Whatever your answer is take time this weekend to do the opposite. Add a little Yin to your Yang(y) week. If you’ve been stressed go get a massage or take a yoga class. If you’ve been a little lazy get outside take a walk. If you’ve been bored and feeling blah…call a friend and do something FUN!

A Moment

Make this weekend about YOU (or at least for an hour). Create time for yourself and make it something you enjoy and something your body needs.

Sending you SO much love! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

xxx

D

I can see you GETTING FIERCE!

Take 5

It’s Break Time (& not for a Kit Kat)

With everything you do each day how often do you “Take 5”? Life gets crazy, one thing after another and then it’s bed time (and later than expected). When was  the last time you set out a few minutes for yourself to breathe, reflect or crazy enough just to sit in peace?

Meditate Schmeditate

I love the way I feel when I meditate, but it’s been longer than I like to admit since I’ve been in a regular practice. Here or there, once or twice a week I’ll sit and listen to a guided meditation and It feels SO great, but it takes time. I know how my non-meditating friends feel now when they say, “It stresses me out to meditate!” It can be true it is a practice to quiet your mind and just ‘be’. Thoughts of all the things I have to do, what I’m going to eat, or wear, or “What was that sound?” pop into my mind. It takes time to fine your zone. Once or twice a week isn’t enough for me, I want more!

The Game

If you want to meditate, great, if you want to sit quietly, great, if you want to dust off your journal and write, awesome! The game is to take 5 minutes and do just that today, find your zone. When Someone asks where you’re going tell them you’re pulling a Penny…”She’s takin’ a break she needs a break!” You need time for you!

You go enjoy you…you’re FIERCE!

xxx

D

I can see you GETTING FIERCE!