Meant to post this!

Oops!

I must have been tired last night and forgot to press Publish!

I started the day by thinking I had to be up early for a workout but I instead stumbled on a new Pilates class they added at my local Lil 24 HR fitness!!! It was wonderful!!  The teacher went slow which is awesome:) Just what I needed!


It is Giving Tuesday so I wore my Reliv shirt, to share about my favorite charity, their Kalogris Foundation that feeds nutrition to the poor around the world. 


Breakfast was on the go an Egg Cup.

Lunch was salmon and veggies. I was tired of salad! Lol!

I smacked on Pistachios and black Sunflower seeds.

Dinner was turkey burgers and roasted curry cauliflower and salad.

Tomorrow will be my last day of this challenge!

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Sigh.

Just keep breathing. Breathe in. Breathe Out.

I early voted so I was happy to take a family patriotic pic:


I was excited to take Lefty to this amazing park.


Then had a great workout with my friends!


(I know, so pitiful with the picnic table-timer, I didn’t fit us in very well).

I had the same easy breakfast from Sunday’s meal preps.

Lunch was filling. Leftover turkey and cauliflower rice and Brussels sprouts.

Work was alright. Busy but then quiet, so I was hopeful by checking the polls and the posts and the Pantsuit Nation.

I picked up Gluten Free and vegan pizza from Blaze, and four of my friends came over(with dogs too).

We thought we would go to bed happily celebrating tonight.

Sigh.

We are tired and depressed.

Day 6- almost to a Week!

We are almost to a week of Whole30!

This morning I should’ve had a light snack because I was hungry all through church.

Church was super wonderful though. 3 of my favorite songs, a great sermon and Communion, followed by a healing prayer service(we went up and received prayer for infertility).   It was amazing.

Then I went to Yoga, with an apple in hand!

Next I made a really yummy brunch, eggs and good bacon, hash with kale.  

I got to have an enjoyable reading time and meditation this afternoon!


Tonight we had leftovers(chicken and veg stew).

We got all gussied up and went to a Ziegfeld follies swing dance party!  It was super fun!

However, I was tempted at the Snack table.  I splurged by having veg, fruit, and just a few potato chips. I know I know. But I didn’t drink or eat any sweets!

We had a really fun filled wknd!

Day four- and a party!

Not gonna lie. It might not be all that hard but it sho ain’t easy!;) If only I didn’t love variety so much! I love the new restaurants, new coffee shops, trying out a new cultural food, because that’s what foodies do, they taste and savor, enjoying each moment of every bite!

My salad was so boring. I was rushing around this morning so I didn’t get a chance to really peep breakfast, so a boiled egg had to do it.

I made it ok, even in Trader Joe’s where the land of every chip and cracker was calling my name…Finally I found this:

Hello! I have been looking for sugar free beef jerky all week!:)

Then the ultimate test: my husband’s work party slash surprise baby’s shower for his coworker! Man that Mediterranean food was so good! I mainly had meat and veggies saying no to the cake and drinks, be proud!!

Ended the night by massaging my knee (after Nov Project’s workout this am and tonight’s dancing!) with DoTERRA deep blue pain rub and my myofascial releazer.

All you local ladies check this out!:


Check out my friend Valerie‘s 21 Day Scrumptious Body Challenge starting Monday!!

A weekend of Desert RnR?

This past weekend went on a delicious girls’ retreat at the Palm Springs Hilton!

A few highlights: the huge pool and free time I had all to myself: people watching, getting a drink as I read my book, the nice hotel amenities like the fitness center and massager soap


And most of all 90 minutes of blissful solitude with God, reading and journaling from a guided meditation…And Holy Yoga!

What’s that you say? Yes, Christians do yoga! I never had a problem with it because to me it’s a stretch or just a workout but I know some people don’t like it (if they feel it’s against their religion, which is ok, to each his own) BUT Holy Yoga is nice when it’s pleasant inspiring music (praise and worship or contemporary Christian), and the certified instructor leads you with Scripture to meditate on.  You can google search Holy Yoga to see if there’s a church or a park hosting classes!(nominal fee or donation).


It was awesome. I am so thankful for this amazing time!

A few low lights, though: there was a dust storm that first night so for some reason there was hardly any sun with a huge grey cloud cover and haze, and what was so weird was that it was super humid. Ugh. I am spoiled living out here, I am still not a fan of humidity!  So when I expected to get a desert tan with the cacti, that didn’t happen but that’s not a big deal.

I had a very talkative roomie.  I’m not complaining because I do love to talk, but she kept wanting to stay in the room and chat, when I wanted to go down and be on time for our sessions (it was a church women’s leadership retreat)!  It hit me that maybe I need to learn to be quiet, be a better listener, slow down and not be so rushed…But the more relaxing the room was, the more she wanted company and the more I wanted to go find the fitness center, pool, or a quiet coffee corner.  I realized we came for solitude and rest, and I wasn’t getting that. I struggled with learning to love her and meet her where she’s at (a physical disability from a stroke, no filter, cussing or complaining about health issues) poor thing. “She can’t help it, bless her heart” as we say in the humid south!  I had a great time, just not as restful and quiet as I had hoped. Here’s a couple highlights:

Me and Marilyn


Me and Lucy:


Me by the pool:


My carpool friends and I had the best time, one brought a great play list and one brought lots of car snacks for us! And a date shake for the road:

I am very thankful for such a wonderful time!

Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powder is Delicious!

Once again, Fit Approach helped me team up with Bob’s Red Mill and look what I got in the mail to review!: 

(All opinions are my own).

Oh my word! I never really get that excited about protein powders because sometimes here just way too chalky or bland or too sweet or something but man I loved these!

You know what’s cool? They have FLAX and CHIA inside! So I don’t have to add those to my smoothies or my vitamins.  Best of all, these are not chalky, not bland, and not too sweet!

I was sent a nice box of a big bag of Vanilla, with samples of Chocolate(yum!), Plain, and…my favorite flavor: CHAI!!!  So yummy! Inside was a cute blender bottle and recipe booklet!  

I love that the big scoop gives you a whopping 20 grams of natural pea protein powder, and 12 grams of fiber (chicory root and Psyllium) and even Organic Probiotics so no tummy trouble and so I found it to be quite satisfying!! You know the more I work out the hungrier I get? Well, that is why:). But this really helps me feel full. Here’s me with my BRM smoothie:


All us sweat pink Ambassadors with Fit Approach are over on Instagram this week showing how we fuel with protein, we work out during the summer and sharing our updates:) 

Go here to get a coupon so you can try this stuff! 

Sweet run + Sweet Green

My November Project friends introduced me to this new restaurant “Sweetgreen” ! On the first day they opened they were giving us free salads! It was amazing!

  
On Saturday we met around 11, downloaded the app and were given a free salad code. We ran in the warm February sun down the star Hollywood Boulevard of fame about 2.5 miles and by the time we were back (they gave us 30-60min to finish), our salads were ready! It was so refreshing!

Favorite things about Sweetgreen: 1. The fresh juices and teas.  Cucumber and ginseng, a seasonal one, a chai iced, and a lemonade or a green tea. All healthy, not a ton of processed or sugary ingredients, just pure fresh goodness.

2. All of their ingredients are fresh, organic, and local sourced!   That day they listed everything was from CA except two things: the Pacific steelhead (salmon) and the WA apples, both from Washington state! It was so cool!

  
3. The speed and friendliness.  I’ve been to other new restaurants where everyone is still learning and kind of slow on the deli line.  The girls at Sweetgreen wear these adorable head bands and are smiling and generous. The guys, while they don’t wear cute head scarves or anything, are just as helpful and kind.  I love the ease of the app too!(for iPhone).

  

SIGGI’s GIVEAWAY AND REVIEW!!!

Hi my friends, did you miss me?

I have been working on transferring this blog over to spillingcoffeendt.com, revamping and rebranding myself!  But it is slow going because I’m a NOOB.  In the meantime, let’s check out a healthy breakfast and snack with:

SIGGi’s SKYR YOGURT!!!

I love yogurt. I love Greek, I like plain, I like on the go tubes, drinking Kefir, and I like fruity, or spicy, or even yogurt dips such as Tzatziki.  When I swore off Dairy once for Lent, I fell in love with Trader Joe’s Goat yogurt.

Yogurt isn’t bad for you – it’s actually good for you because it’s a probiotic.  It’s good protein.

Depends on what you put in it or how they process it, however.  I wouldn’t add sugar because it already has a natural bit of milk sugar.

Enter Siggi’s.  Up in Iceland, they have strained it properly and so it has a low lactose content and I know people who are sensitive to dairy CAN actually enjoy Siggi’s!  My mom used to make yogurt growing up; I have yet to actually get the nerve to try! The siggi’s motto is “Simple ingredients, not a lot of sugar.”  From their website FAQ’s: “Skyr is the traditional yogurt of Iceland. It is made by incubating skim milk with live active cultures.”

I found out about them (a little late in the game) at IDEA World Blog fest.  I LOVE the coconut and the pomegranate and can’t wait to try the pumpkin this season! My favorite thing to do is add it to smoothies, or on the go from the gym to work, or even as a dessert treat.  You can click on their site for a coupon or for recipes!

It has been so nice of Siggi’s to offer ONE MONTH supply of Siggi’s to one lucky reader!  To enter, post on social media:

(first like and follow ME (@Spillingcoffeen on twitter and @spillingcoffee_n on IG, I’m on FB and pinterest and G+ too!) and

Like and Follow Siggi’s @siggisdairy please!) with the hashtag #dailysiggis

If you don’t have any Siggi’s in your fridge or the local market, tag yourself making or eating a bowl of another yogurt and get creative. You can say “I NEED Siggi’s” Or “I want some SIGGI’s coupons please!” or post a comment here or a twitter status or update saying why you want to try it and what flavor looks the best.  I will look for these tags and pick a random winner, but I also love to see people getting creative in their posts!

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Twitterpated (Topo Magnifly Shoe Discount and Giveaway!)

I’m in love.

You know I love my husband and my furbaby but no. I am quite twitterpated with my new shoes! Why? Because, like Disney described it, it feels like “I’m walkin’ on air”!

I stepped into one of their display models at the IDEAworld fitness expo and I felt as light as a feather! I literally have been jogging, running stairs, sprinting, and walking on air. I remember being a little girl thinking I needed Air Jordan’s but now I got these.


These babies speak for themselves:

“The Magnifly is engineered for runners seeking more underfoot cushioning paired with a natural shape.  The flexible platform and light weight allow for a more natural gait function, while the 5mm drop and dual-density midsole deliver zonal cushioning and response.”
Ergonomic shoes! For your feet! What!!? Can we shout it from the rooftops!? BEST IDEA EVER!

Now, before I go any further, let’s take a closer look:

Magnifly_W_Spec Sheet

Most important of all:


I love that TOPO has 3 core principles they focus on: Shape (a secure fit through heel and midfoot), Platform with light cushioning, (“Mid stack heights offer ample protection and shock absorption”), and the Weight (7.1 oz in the women’s model) of ultra light materials in their construction.

Just look what Runner’s World (this month’s issue) had to say:

“Topo’s shoes are designed to allow a natural stride with a wide forefoot and moderate heel-toe drop. The Magnifly, the plush model in the line, uses a softer insert in the outside of the midsole to cushion landings.  A contoured foot bed combines with the mesh upper [designed by TLT with Aegis microbe shield to protect against odour, staining and deterioration caused by bacteria and fungus] to hug the foot…Bottom line: Midlevel cushion in a natural-shaped wrapper.”

Whenever I’m in the market for good shoes, I pour over Runner’s World and I go all around shoe stores to try different brands or models.  At IDEAWorld’s fitness expo, I couldn’t believe how comfortable my feet felt. They fell into sync, and these shoes totally fit right around my feet just like a glove, as in, so perfect, as if they were made with my feet in mind!

Running in them is even better!  Look, TOPO is giving away a discount code: 15% off an entire order: SIPPING2015, AND (Drumroll, please)

ONE FREE PAIR OF MAGNIFLYs to my selected Winner! Enter by clicking on my rafflecopter link:

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