Thursday Thoughts

1. So I’m just finishing this post this morning and I just had to quit my workout halfway through. I pulled something in my back/neck/shoulder and can’t move without lots of pain. This is uncool. Fix it?

 

2. I’m a total creeper and at my (new) small group last week I took a photo of the hostess’s books so I could add some to my To Read list on Goodreads

 

3. Speaking of books, I’m doing pretty well on my 100 in a year goal! Last night I just finished book #29 and I’m currently at least halfway through three other books that I’m reading for various book club/small group/beachbody reasons. I’m actually surprised! It’s amazing how you get through multiple books at once just by making sure to read 10-20 pages each day for each book.

 

4. Is anyone else struggling with wanting to buy ALL THE SPRING AND SUMMER CLOTHES? I am. I have this dress in two colors sitting in my check out cart at nordstrom. They keep sending me emails every day reminding me that they’re there…

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5. I invented a fabulous new trick. I top my oats with cinnamon and stevia and it forms a layer that tastes like the cinnamon toast my mom used to make me :)

 

6. Typical Gchat conversations:

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7. When it comes to being a “discount coach” for Shakeology (25% off), I often remind people that if they get three of their friends or family drinking Shakeology, it will pay for theirs each month. Well… This week I was so proud of my hard work when my paycheck for that week paid for Shakeology for that MONTH. Boom. Haha slowly moving up in the world.

 

8. Have a great Thursday!

 

Healthy Snack Options

I talk about about healthy snacks both on my instagram and to my clients so today I want to share with you some great snack options that you bring with you to work or school.

One of my snacks “of the moment” is an apple with a small container (about 1/8 cup) of sunflower seeds. I try my best to mix up two macros, so I make sure to have at least two of the three (protein, healthy fat, carbs).

Another great healthy fat (and PROTEIN!) option is almonds. I often pair them with an apple as well, or now that we’re getting close to summer, strawberries!

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My absolute favorite almonds of the moment are Blue Diamond almonds – mostly because they have about a million different flavors. They sent me these Honey Dijon and Honey Roasted Cinnamon ones to try and I loved them! I may have finished the cinnamon ones off in two days…

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The honey dijon flavor came with me to work! Haha although warning – these leave you with yellow fingers! Be sure to have a napkin!

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Last week I was in charge of snacks for my Junior League committee meeting, so of course I included them in the mix! This time I bought the barbeque flavor from Target. I’ve found these almonds at just about every store I’ve gone to.

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To make sure I covered a good spread of protein, fats and carbs so I included strawberries, a veggie plate, rice crackers, hummus and (to keep it classy) some brie.

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Other great snack options are:

  • Greek yogurt with granola or berries
  • Cheese with nuts
  • Shakeology (haha I HAD to)

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  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Chopped veggies with hummus
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Small oatmeal with nuts
  • Bars with FEW ingredients! (Lara bars or Kit’s Organic)
  • Shelled edamame
  • Chopped up fruit
  • Trail mix (be aware of added sugar though!)

 

What is your favorite healthy snack? 

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds

How My Health Has Changed

Back in early January, I posted about some of the health struggles that I had been dealing with throughout the end of 2014:

“Speaking of all the things to do – I’m also EXHAUSTED. I haven’t mentioned this much on the blog, but after several doctors visits and some blood tests I found out my extreme fatigue I’ve been dealing with for months is from anemia, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and adrenal fatigue. #winning. It’s also frustrating because I work so hard with being a coach and following my own nutrition and workout plan, but these conditions are keeping me from losing any weight. Suggestions are much appreciated (and yes, I’ve also tried complete rest).”

I had visited a doctor and gotten some blood tests done, getting the results back in mid-December. My Doctor told me that I had several nutrient deficiencies as well as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, which is, simply put, the earlier signs of hypothyroidism. This meant my immune system was lowered and my body was producing antibodies that were attacking my thyroid system, which is what controls many of the body’s hormones. My doctor basically told me to take vitamins, eat a paleo diet and hopefully that would slow down the development of hypothyroidism.

I had drank Shakeology for most of December but not consistently, and then stopped when I traveled to Colorado for Christmas. When I returned, I signed up as a Beachbody Coach and started drinking it every single day. I also stopped my vitamins since I knew Shakeology had more than enough nutrients and I didn’t want to over-dose with anything. I visited my doctor again, got more blood tests done and in late March found out that ALL of my nutrient deficiencies are GONE!!! AND – the best part: all of the indicators of hypothyroidism were back in the normal range!

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I am physically feeling a million times better than I was back in the Fall – my energy is up, I no longer have “brain fog” during the day, and I feel GOOD after my workouts as opposed to physically burned out. I can’t believe how much more I can accomplish in a day and how much better I feel now that I’ve been drinking Shakeo every single day. When you make small changes, often you don’t notice the benefits because they come slowly, but when you stop and look back to where you were and where you are now, it can be impressive how much your quality of life has changed.

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I know this is a bit of a “Shakeology Testimony” (and yes I LOVE IT) but it’s also my way of telling you that the little changes are WORTH IT. You might not notice the change in the first week, in the first month or even beyond that, but it builds up over time and can make a huge difference in your life.

Yes, I still have areas that I am struggling with in my life (no one is perfect!) but this is a victory that I wanted to celebrate with all of you!

 

If you want to chat with me personally, feel free to email me at peaceloveandoats@gmail.com

Over Your Oats #23

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Life

Be An Encourager LOVE

Do Or Don’t: Work Uniform

How To Create A Float Worthy Top Knot Because who doesn’t love a top knot? 

How To Deep Clean Your Kitchen in Five Simple Steps

Health & Fitness

How I Finally Realized I Had An Addiction

Why I Love My Cellulite

Wherever You Are Start There YES! Email me with questions! 

Real Life Transparency + Transformation: Riley’s Story AMAZING

Dear Nutritionist

Workouts

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10 Workouts To Try When You’re Bored At The Gym

Food

Mexican Frittata

Super Creamy Chia Seed Pudding

Mango Banana Chia Seed Pudding

5 Portable Gluten Free Pre Workout Snacks

Post Strength Workout Snack Ideas

Gluten Free Lemon Vanilla Sprinkle Protein Bites

Thursday Thoughts

1. This is completely ridiculous and I can’t believe I’m making this a Thursday Thought, BUT (haha butt – no pun intended!) my Max 30 accountability buddy sent me a photo of herself in a pencil skirt, which she never normally wears, saying her butt looked like a shelf. I sent one back saying mine looks more like a wall. You’re welcome.

 

2. You know what’s awesome about the above bizarre (yet totally normal…) conversation? I looked at my body (and my butt) with objectivity. I don’t really care what shape my butt is, or what size my jeans are or what my body type is. I mean, I care a liiiittle and I do care how my clothes fit (girl ain’t got $$ for new clothes) but what I’m saying is that I’ve come SO FAR over the last year. A year ago, 5 years ago, 15 years ago I cared. A LOT. Now I know it’s just not that important.

 

3. Tuesday night I had a meeting for my Junior League Committee and it was my turn to bring snacks! I tried to keep it healthy, but had to throw in some brie to keep it “classy.”

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4. I FINALLY got the book I Am Malala from the library (ebook) and I’m about 40% of the way through. Although not typically the genre that I read, I am really, really enjoying it so far. It is such a huge difference in viewpoint of the history of the world after 9/11, coming from a young girl in Pakistan and I’ve learned so much in just a short amount of time.

 

5. According to my closet, it is Spring. Winter, DEAL WITH IT.

 

6. You know what I hate about having a “real” job? I can’t tell you guys all about it on the internet. Because, well, it’s the internet and that goes everywhere. Can’t we all just be BFFs and meet for coffee (or froyo…) and chat?

 

7. This past weekend was GORGEOUS! I got to meet up with some friends for an evening picnic by the lake and I felt like a whole different person! It almost felt like summer!

 

8. Have a great Thursday!

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Are you wearing more spring-y colors lately? 

On a scale of 1-5, how much do you care about your body type/shape?