Strength Training Nature Workout - Workout Wednesday

This week I'm taking a break from being on a workout schedule. I just finished Way Of Gray's workout plan, months 1-3, last week. I liked it, but I didn't love it enough to buy the second half. I decided to take this week and just do whatever I feel like doing before jumping into something else. So far it's been lots of cardio along with this workout. 

I came up with this the other day when I wanted to do a little bit of strength training. I thought it would be fun to take my workout outside. I love working out outside which is the main reason I stopped lifting in February. Probably a little early for someone who lives in Pennsylvania, but what can I say?!? I was anxious to get back out there. With that being said though, I am going to start lifting again next week! But more on that in the future. Anyways, I just went out in the woods and came up with things as I went. I wanted to share to inspire others to try new things and take their workouts to different places! I really had a ton of fun with this and it was actually pretty challenging!

I did a quick warm up of a fast paced walk through the woods and then got to work!

DECLINE PUSH-UPS // 3x10

SQUATS // 4x10

SPLIT SQUAT // 3x15 each leg

PULL-UPS // 3x5

OVERHEAD SQUATS // 3x8

ONE LEGGED DEADLIFTS // 3x10 each leg

I ended this with a cool down of another walk and a bit of stretching. So much fun!


*I am not a certified fitness professional. This is simply a workout that I followed and worked well for me personally. It's meant as inspiration and a fun way to get creative with your workouts, nothing more. If you try it; practice correct form, be mindful of your body and your limits, be safe, and have fun!

The Best Coconut Date Rolls Recipe

You know how you go to the store sometimes and buy coconut date rolls. You think that you're buying enough for future snacks throughout the week. But then you get in the car and proceed to eat almost all of them on your way home.  Does that happen to you or is it only me? 

Regardless, I think that we can all use a good coconut date roll recipe in our lives. Right?!

Today that's exactly what's happening here in this little corner of the web.

This recipe is quick, easy, and addictive. Literally anyone can make these without fail. Seriously! Go try, let me know how it goes.

I love grabbing these out of the fridge for a quick snack on occasion or tossing a few on my banana ice cream. If you've never tried to put coconut date rolls on your banana ice cream then you haven't lived! 

They're great to take to work, school, or wherever you're going. Cute little coconut date rolls to travel along with you. I can't think of anything better than that!

THE BEST COCONUT DATE ROLLS

makes 10-12

1 1/4 cup dates
3 tablespoons water
1/2 cup coconut shreds

Blend together dates and water until paste is formed. Remove from blender and roll into little rolls. Coat with coconut shreds. I find that wetting my hands allows for me to do roll out the mixture with less stickiness. If you prefer, you can refrigerate mixture for 30 minutes and then roll out.

Serve, enjoy!

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Gratitude Project - Week 17

Coming at you today from Starbucks. If you've been following me for a while then you know that I love chilling in coffee shops and getting things done. I can't do it very often because I don't have any coffee shops in my town to go to (terrible, right?!) but when I can do it I appreciate it that much more. 

It's a cold and rainy day here. I like days like this sometimes though. It's almost like the world is giving me the opportunity to hide inside of my house or a coffee shop and wear a flannel to combat the dreary sky outside. We all need days like that every once in a while! But you better believe that I'll be smiling so big whenever the sun comes out again.

DAY 114

I'm quite independent. I don't really rely on others for things that I know are best to be received from within.

Happiness. Success. Positivity. Motivation. Drive. Etc.

I like it that way too. Self reliance is the key to becoming your best self. Gather all of those things from inside and share/experience them with others. But don't attempt to use external sources for the "key to happiness" or the key to any of the other things that I listed above. The key to all of that good stuff is right inside of you. Working towards becoming your best self and focusing on giving what you can to the world is a good way to start and continue living a really amazing life.

DAY 115

I was leaving my grandmas house earlier today and I got to the stop sign at the end of the road. As soon as I stopped I thought that I haven't went to swing since last summer. Taking a left I could go towards my set schedule for the day and continue with what I planned to do. Going right I could go a few miles down the road to swing. I debated with myself for a second because I had a lot of other stuff that I wanted to do but I said screw it and went right. I parked, got out of the car, and walked through the dandelion filled grass. I got on the swings and felt the wind in my hair. It was kind of chilly, but the sun felt nice. I noticed that the leaves are starting to come out on the trees. The first blossomed leaves I've noticed so far this year, It was just what I needed today and I never would have known it if I would have taken a left at that stop sign when I had the urge to go right. I wasn't there very long and none of my other plans needed changed by taking that little bit of extra time to just go and do something on impulse that made me really happy. // Live. Experience things. Do fun things on impulse. Go outside. Put your phone down and be present.

DAY 116

My afternoons and evenings fly by whenever it's nice out. I was so busy just doing life that I just realized it's almost bed time. I know that tonight will be one of those nights where I go to bed feeling super exhausted from all that I accomplished today and I love it.

DAY 117

I feel like I should say something deep and motivating tonight but nothing it's not coming to me and I want my message to be authentic. So here's what I got! // Tonight I walked around just to do it. Everything is blooming and it's all so beautiful. Paying attention to small little details in nature is so refreshing and inspiring. Love it!

DAY 118

Went for a run and bike ride with my friend after work. I haven't seen her for a while so it was nice to catch up! I've made so many friends through working out that I am so grateful for and even though we don't get to see each other or hang out very often it's so nice to reconnect to do the same thing that brought us together again in the first place.🏼 And of course I came home and had this for dinner. Check out the blog to see what else I ate today as well as an update on my stomach issues!

DAY 119

Getting ready for my transition from technology to notebooks and real books. Every night about an hour or so before I go to sleep I try to get off of my computer and social medias on my phone. I take that time to do something else that I'm always meaning to do but keep telling myself that it'll happen after I do this or that on the computer. It sounds so easy. But for me it's hard. Every night it's hard and I feel a pull towards wanting to check one more thing, finish up a post, or whatever it may be. But I force myself to shut it down and connect in other ways. A few minutes into reading, writing, etc. I am so glad that I made myself do it and that's my main motivator for continuing with it. As much as I love social media and technology, I also love a lot more other things too and making sure I do a little bit of both each day has been a super rewarding thing in my life.

DAY 120

Sometimes you have really nice days for no reason and you don't want to share them on social media. Not because they're embarrassing, inappropriate, or anything of the sort. But sometimes you just want to have those little memories tucked away in your own little space. Today was one of those days and it reminded me that just because something isn't shared online doesn't mean it wasn't great. And sometimes even things that are posted online aren't really great but can easily be seen that way. I think I have a good balance between social media and "real life" and today that's what I'm grateful for. 


That's it for this week! I can't believe that I'm 17 weeks into this project. Some days it's tough to put something out into the world but it's a challenge that I love doing and am excited that I've made the choice to take it on. 

Share with me your little bits of gratitude by tagging me on Instagram or sharing something below! xx

Healing Breakfast Bowl - Vegan

I'm always trying to come up with new things in the kitchen. Especially for breakfast. Almost every single day I get my banana ice cream fix. I love it so much. It's such a versatile base for so many different possible flavors and combinations. A recipe creators best friend!

Yesterday I was doing my thing. I tossed my bananas in the blender with a bit of almond milk. Before I blended it I just had a thought. Why not add some turmeric? So I did... and now I'm obsessed.

Turmeric is a powerful healing method for many health issues ranging from reducing inflammation to assisting in cancer prevention. You can buy it in root form or powdered. I've only come across the actual root in Trader Joes recently and didn't buy any. Before that I wasn't able to find any! Maybe I wasn't looking close enough? Who knows! But anyways, I have the powdered form which is what I used in this delicious banana breakfast.

Honestly, this was one of my favorite banana ice cream combos that I've ever created. I was shocked at how much I loved it. Turmeric has quite a strong taste, so the trick is to add just enough to alter the flavor of the bananas. But not too much to the point that it becomes an overpowering flavor. Don't worry, I'll share my favorite measurements down below! And when you give it a try, share your beautiful yellow bowl of goodness with me on Facebook or Instagram!

HEALING BREAKFAST BOWL

serves 1

3 frozen bananas
1 tablespoon liquid, I used almond milk
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder*

Add ingredients to blender. Blend. Top with your favorite ingredients. The top photo I used dragon fruit, strawberries, and passion fruit. That was my favorite! The bottom photo I used pears, strawberries, and granola. Get creative and use whatever you desire! Serve, enjoy!

*Start out with 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder and add in more to taste after blending if desired.

Back To Basics + What I Ate

Last month I shared two posts about my mysterious stomach issues. You can catch up here and here. Since those posts I've made some progress in regards to ealing myself but I'm not 100% back to normal yet. This is how things have went so far.

I was finally talked into going to the doctor after much refusal. I made an appointment and didn't have much expectation out of the visit. 

I walked into the doctors office on a rainy Thursday afternoon. I was seen quickly and the doctor ordered some blood tests to start from there.

I got the blood work done the next morning and waited a few days for the results. By this point in time I was already beginning to feel a bit better so I hoped that it would be all uphill from there and I wouldn't need to proceed with any doctors or help. 

I got the blood work back and to my surprise my iron levels were low. What?! I eat a very healthy diet filled with plenty of iron rich foods. I didn't understand and I was frustrated. The doctor prescribed me an iron supplement but I didn't get the prescription filled because iron supplements are known to cause constipation. So after that I ditched the doctor idea completely and decided to, once again, try to fix things on my own. 

I began taking a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses each morning with some oranges. The tablespoon of molasses on it's own is way too much for me to handle currently. I just make a smoothie with the molasses, oranges, and ice. I drink it up first thing after I have my lemon water.

Doing this has done wonders for me, I think.

For the most part my stomach pain has gone away, I'm not super tired, constipation isn't too much of an issue, and my appetite seems normal. I really want to credit the iron for this. I plan to keep taking it each morning and see if I can get back to feeling like myself again completely. I really, really hope that this works.

If it doesn't I'm not sure what route I'll take. I would love to go visit a naturopath but they're pretty expensive and not something that I'm able to afford at the moment. I've also considered taking a probiotic or trying other "at home" remedies. I really don't want to go back to the doctors though just because I don't feel as if my problem was addressed properly and I don't think I'll get the help I want there. I want to heal myself, not be prescribed a medicine to manage whatever the underlying issue is. With that being said, I don't think that doctors are bad or unnecessary. There's definitely a time and place for them but I don't feel as if I'm in a spot where I'll benefit from that. But who knows! Things happen and change. So, we'll see. This is just where I'm at in my life at this time.

So that's that!

Blackstrap molasses saving my life, or at for the time being it is! And that's what I've decided to keep doing. If it stops working, then I'll decide where to go from here from the options I listed above. And if it keeps working then I'll share an update on that as well. So stay tuned! And if you have any advice or tips, please let me know!

Now onto the fun stuff!

WHAT I ATE

BREAKFAST

I made the best ice cream of my entire life for breakfast this morning after having my orange juice and molasses drink! This was AMAZING. So amazing that I'll be sharing the recipe here hopefully tomorrow! 

SNACK

For morning snacks I had a peanut butter cookie Larabar and then a bottle of kombucha a little later on.

LUNCH

A messy, but very tasty lunch! I had some leftover curry that I made and added in a few potato slices and lots of zucchini. Almost forgot to take a picture, but I did manage to get a shot of half of it thankfully!

SNACK

Pre workout Clif bar. I was going straight from work to workout with my friend so I had this on the go. This is my favorite Clif bar ever. So sad that it's only a seasonal deal even though I stocked up what will hopefully be enough to get me through until the holidays!

DINNER

My go-to dinner lately! Potato fries, romaine, and zucchini. I dipped this in some bbq sauce and love this combo so much!

I'm finishing up this post and sipping on some peppermint tea. But that's it for the day!


Let me know what you guys have eaten today! I'd love to know. Also, remember that this is just one day of eating for me. Each day is quite different and that's okay! While looking at these type of posts it's important to realize this and never compare your own dietary choices to mine or anyone else's. Eat what makes you feel good and eat as much as you need to satisfy your body!