Monthly Archives: January 2014

My 2014 Intentions

Well we are officially one week in to 2014!  This year, I took a little time to think about my upcoming year and what goals, resolutions, intentions, or whatever you’d like to label them.  I’ve done the resolutions list or the bucket list and found that I was just throwing things out there that I would maybe accomplish.

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So this year I decided to make “intentions.”  Just like in Yoga, many times your teacher with tell you to guide your practice with an intention.  An intention can be as simple as one word (think open, grateful, accepting).  In fact in my first year practicing yoga I remember learning about the concept to pick a word to inspire your year.

In 2012 it was Discover.

In 2013 it was Patience.

In 2014 it will still be Patience and Chance. (I guess I’m still working on this patience thing)

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I chose Patience again because I’m still practicing this concept.  Because I consider myself a dreamer, I constantly find myself dreaming of my future, or my next step in life.  I really need to start practicing being patient with where I am and realizing life is a journey and NOT a destination!

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I chose Chance because I am starting off my year taking a big Chance.  I have decided to sign up for Yoga Teacher Training!  One of my favorite quotes I have found recently is this…

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Besides choosing my two words I also made intentions separated into 4 facets of my life.

Health

  • Complete the 21 Day Sugar Detox in January and experiment more with removing/adding things to my diet to see what effects they may have.

Professional

  • Continue to blog at least three times a week.  Don’t have high expectations for gaining followers, have fun!

Personal

  • Be open to new experiences.  Take them all in. If it’s for me, it will be.

Relationships

  • Realize that each of us are very different and will continue to change.  Still love with all I have no matter how dissimilar or similar we are.

21 Day Sugar Detox – Prep and Day One

Alright, so I guess it’s officially 2014!  Today really felt like the start to the New Year for me.  The first full week back to work, back to my routine, AND I started the 21 Day Sugar Detox!  I came across this detox through the paleo / primal blog world.  It was created by Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites and author of the 21 Day Sugar Detox book and cookbook.

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What Is The 21 Day Sugar Detox?

The 21 Day Sugar Detox is based heavily on a paleo diet but especially removing refined sugars through carbs and processed foods.  Even people who eat paleo or primal, often don’t realize how much sugar could be in the foods we eat every day (sneaky sneaky).

Why Am I Doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox?

I’ve been eating primal for about 2 years now.  To be honest when I find foods / meals that I like I stick to them, for a very long time.  I mean I’ve been eating the same omelet for the past two years multiple nights per week.  I’ve been eating cottage cheese as a snack for almost two years now too.  That’s a little crazy when I write it down.

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My Kind of Saturday and Signing Up for Yoga Teacher Training!

Happy Saturday!  Today has been a my kind of Saturday so far.  Not to mention that I just took the first step in signing up for yoga teacher training….application sent!

I started my morning with a fantastic Yoga session at Yogapata.  It was pretty cold here in Connecticut when I woke up to drive there…

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I honestly don’t remember the last time it was this cold!!  But because we just had snow this week, I can’t help at smile at how beautiful it is.  I pulled into Yogapata’s parking lot, and the sun rise was beautiful.  Of course I had to snap a picture…and Instagram it, obviously.

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After a great class I made a stop at Starbucks.  My sister got me this travel mug from there for Christmas.  Now this mug isn’t any mug, it came with a free coffee every single day of January!  How cool is that?  After my free coffee stop, I headed home and had some breakfast.  My leftover Bacon and Broccoli frittata.  It hit the spot!

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Oh and before breakfast, I decided to do one more head stand.  The sun coming in to my living room made for a pretty cool picture.  Yes, I am becoming one of those yogi’s who posts yoga pose pictures on Instagram.  And I am sure it’s only going to get worse…oh well!

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After my breakfast I sat down with my computer and finished my Yoga Teacher Training application!!  I’ve been working on it for a couple of weeks.  It asked some pretty thought-provoking, deep questions so I wanted to take my time with it.  I finished it and sent it in!  I am so, so excited for this next chapter of my life.  I’ll write a post about my decision to take this leap soon.

For my afternoon snack I made my first shake with my Oster MyBlend that I got for Christmas!  It came out yummy!

Strawberry Almond and Coconut Shake

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  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp of Justin’s Almond Butter

Put all ingredients in blender, and ta da! A yummy, delicious, healthy shake.  Well that was easy.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

What’s the idea of your perfect Saturday?