Category Archives: Life

Let’s Talk About Health

Healthy-LivingI get so frustrated watching TV commercials these days. I swear all you see is commercials claiming “pop this pill and lose weight…..no exercise or diet needed”. Really?! What in the world is in most of those pills? I don’t even want to know. Truly, the thing that disturbs me the most is that we are marketing to people with a true disease, yes obesity is a disease, telling them to keep on living their sedentary unhealthy lifestyles and just pop a pill to deal with the weight. WHAT?!?! NOOOOOO!!! We need to be educating people on how to eat healthy, how to exercise…..how to take care of themselves and get healthy. Believe it or not, the majority of people do not know how to eat healthy, they never had a good example set for them. They don’t know how to start exercising and what to do…..as a community we need to stop contributing to yo-yo dieting and easy fixes and start educating our youth on health and staying physically active. It is a crime that PE is being taken out of schools from budget cuts. I mean, what is wrong with us!?!? How does that seem like a good idea when we have such a problem with obesity in this country?

Let’s talk about some good ways to live healthy:

Walk:

  • Park further away from the door so you have to walk further
  • Walk for 10 minutes at lunch, everyday (if you live in snow, walk around your office)

Exercise:

  • Do lunges, squats, push-ups, crunches, planks – whatever you can think of, during commercials when you are watching TV at night.
  • FIRST thing in the morning – get out of bed and do some jumping jacks, squats, push ups

Your Plate:

  • ALWAYS use a small plate. There is no need ever for a large plate. Put it back and get the small one.
  • Fill half of your plate with vegetables. Every single meal. 1/2 of your plate should always be veggies. The majority of the remaining plate should be protein, with a small portion left for carbs.

Food Preparation:

  • Buy raw vegetables – but when you get home, chop them up IMMEDIATELY and store them in ziploc bags or tupperware. That way when you go to the refrigerator the healthy food is ready available for you.
  • Buy bulk healthy meats (we buy at Costco) – when you get home immediately put them in ziplocs with a marinade and freeze them. That way you can take a lean protein out in the morning and have it ready to grill up when you get home from work, or all your kiddos activities.

The number one thing you have to know is that living a healthy lifestyle does take work. BUT….it is completely worth it, to put in the extra effort and time in order to feel so much more alive. I promise you that if you challenge yourself to move more and eat real healthy foods, you WILL feel like a completely different person. Please, don’t just pop a pill and hope to lose weight. Put in the effort for yourself, because you are worth it.img_1439

#ourprimallife #healthylifestyle #healthyliving #eatwell

Thankful Thursday

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Today I am feeling thankful. Thankful for a lot…..an amazing husband to share my life with. Children to raise and cherish everyday as overwhelming and hard as some days can be. A home that provides a roof over our heads and cases all of our growing memories. Dogs that whine and frustrate me beyond belief then cuddle up and give unconditional love reminding me what love is all about. A beautiful town to live in with amazing weather and beautiful mountains to marvel at every single day. A HUGE close family that although can be frustrating at times is an amazing blessing. My healthy – my family’s health. The opportunities we were provided to get a good education and to give our children a good education. Old memories that remind me of the journey that got me to where I am today…..I am just thankful for the ups and downs of life and how truly beautiful everyday is! There are many times in life when you could easily throw in the towel and give up, there are many lows that are lower than the lowest you thought you could go, there are pits you feel like you could never possibly get out of….but I promise you for every low there is a high, for every valley there is a peak awaiting you…..if you don’t live through the hard times, how are you supposed to truly appreciate the beautiful times?! I truly trust that we are only given what we can handle in life. It is so important to wake up everyday with an open heart to the possibilities of what the day holds for you. Β Set goals and follow through with achieving those goals. Find the positive in every situation, as horrible and low as it is…..find the silver lining. Most importantly breathe and smile — I need to do this more often. Smile, give the world back positive energy, create positivity in your life and your heart. Obviously, easier said than done…….

My goal today is to be positive and happy. Happiness is contagious…..be joyful, look people in the eyes when you are checking out at the grocery store, look at people as you walk by them in the hall of the office, engage in conversation – listen don’t talk….you never know whose life you will impact. Today I encourage you to get outside of yourself and be present with others and leave a positive impact on someone else’s day! Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!!!

#ourprimallife #positiveenergy #makeapositiveimpactintheworld

SICK SICK SICK – Finally feeling alive again!

Sorry for my absence. It was a crazy busy holiday with TONS of family in town (I am 1 of 5 children with LOTS of 1st cousins and my husband is 1 of 4 children) needless to say we were in our cars going back and forth from house to house most of the week. THEN I got the stomach flu 😦 and of course it wasn’t just a 24 hour stinger….nope, it hit me hard for 4 days!!! I am still nursing my 8.5 month old 100% so maybe it was just harder for my body to recover…..who knows. Today is the first day I have felt remotely like myself since Monday, thank goodness!!!! I can’t believe I spent the last part of the year and beginning of the new year sick as a dog…..but it is never too late to get the year going on a good foot πŸ™‚ I am determined for 2015 to be a good, productive, organizing year.

This year I will be posting a bunch of variation from: trying out recipes from recipe books and letting you know what I think of the recipes/book, trying out our own recipes fails and successes, meal planning, exercises as usual – full body, target areas, etc, fun date night ideas, and I will take you along my journey of spring cleaning. I am going to try and tackle deep cleaning my entire house slowly but surely from baseboards to ceiling vents – washing walls and all. I will let you know what works and what doesn’t. It should be an amazing year of adventures, failures and successes πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to get this year rolling!

Stay tuned for our 2015 adventures! Bless you all for an amazing year ahead!

#ourprimallife #2015adventures #mealplanning #springcleaning #healthyeating #healthyliving

New Years Resolutions 2015

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The majority of us likely have similar New Years resolutions…..get healthy, exercise, lose weight, eat healthy, spend less, etc. These are all great positive mindsets to have going into the new year! So, why do so many of us fail at them? When we make a New Years resolution to exercise why doesn’t it last? We all know gyms are crazy the first few weeks of the year and then it dies down. People get busy, life settles in, work picks up following the 1st of the year. There are so many things to derail us on our journeys. So this year instead of making a bland resolutions like: exercise more…..I am going to make resolutions that I can track easily. As well my husband and I and out family will share joint resolutions to keep each other accountable. Opening yourself up to friends, family, the world makes it so you are held accountable!

Our resolutions this year so far include:

1. Working out for at least 20 minutes 4-5x a week!

In order to keep ourselves accountable we are going to track our weeks. When you write something down it is easier to track your progress and keeps you accountable to your goals.

2. Plan out our meals for the week. Meal planning can help save money and ensures that you will make better, healthier choices. We will plan out on Saturdays what the meals will be for Monday – Sunday of the following week! Maybe it is time to make a weekly meal board like I see all over pinterest!!

Menu Board

3. Walking our dogs, even if it is just 10 minutes so they can get outside, get fresh air, exercise and so that we can also get outside and get fresh air too! We still need to do a better job of quantifying this resolution but we are getting there with setting our goals!!

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We are well on our way to improving ourselves and setting quantitative attainable goals!! What about you? What are your goals for this year? Let us know, share with us!! We would live to hear from you and get feedback and suggestions on how you keep yourself accountable! Cheers to new starts!!!!!

#2015 #newbeginnings #ourprimallife #healthylifestyle

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Holiday Shopping – Gift Giving Made Simple

Do you ever feel like gift giving can become repetitive and leave you feeling overwhelmed and sometimes disappointed?!? I often find myself having a hard time thinking up GOOD gifts, being creative and not just giving the same type of things year after year. Often while shopping I get discouraged. That is not the idea of gift giving….we are supposed to give with joy to feel the happiness of those we gift to. Right?!?! Have fun with your gifts….from your kids, to spouses, to parents….the goal here is to find joy in giving.

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So……lets have some fun and give gifts that encourage a healthy lifestyle…..in mind, diet and body. So many of our children and adults for that matter do not need anymore technology. I encourage you to give gifts that require your family and friends to put the technology down and spend time together. Here we go…..my gift ideas for you this season:

GIVING THE GIFT OF LIVING & EXPERIENCES

Fitness Fun:

*TRX Training Kit. You can suspend a TRX unit in a doorway and enjoy this awesome exercise at home!

TRX

https://www.trxtraining.com/shop/holiday-gift-guide

*FIT BIT – to track your daily movement – there are TONS of different kinds of fit bit models and colors Β – this is just an example of one.

FIT BIT

http://www.fitbit.com

*Wii FIT – if you want to stick with technology but get your family moving. What better way than the Wii Fit?!

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http://wiifit.com

Foodie Gifts:

*High Speed Blender – Either the VitaMix of the BlendTec. These are truly the best things ever.

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https://www.vitamix.com

http://www.blendtec.com

*Dehydrator – to make homemade dried fruits, vegetables and beef jerky

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There are tons of different price ranges on dehydrators – so whatever you feel you can afford πŸ™‚

*Potted Herbs – who doesn’t need herbs when they cook a lot?!? What better way to get herbs than to pick them fresh at home….

Herbs

http://www.tastefulgarden.com/store/pc/Herb-Garden-Kits-Gifts-c17.htm

*Smart Oven – this is great for a small family who could benefit from not having to use the HUGE oven for just the 2 or 3 of you.

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http://www.brevilleusa.com/the-smart-oven-r.html

*Food Processor – to help save time with chopping.

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https://www.cuisinart.com/parts/food_processors.html

These come in all different sizes and prices, so chose the one that best fits the needs of the person you are gifting to.

*Dicing Mandoline – again this is a huge time saver and helps cooks get things sliced quickly and evenly.

Mandoline

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/de-buyer-deluxe-dicing-mandoline/

Family Fun Together:

*Classes – give the gift of an experience through classes at a local art store or local cooking classes. Just google your area for art classes, cooking classes, fitness classes….any type of class your family and/or friends would enjoy doing together.

I hope you all have fun with giving gifts to those you love. Enjoy the process and the joy of giving. Give health and life experiences πŸ™‚ Happy Friday everyone! Have a fabulous day!

#ourprimallife #giftguide #healthyliving

Happy Monday – 17 Days Till Thanksgiving….Stay HEALTHY with GOALS

Happy Monday everyone! I know that happy and Monday don’t always go well in the same thought, but I encourage you all to embrace Monday as a positive day to reset. Let go of what happened last week and reset for this week. Whether you didn’t work out enough or at all, you ate horribly or you had a few slip ups, you got down on yourself…..whatever it may be, let it go and start new today.

One thing that happens with a lot of us is that we let a bad day/week turn into a bad month, bad season, bad year. Then you wake up and realize you have been living an unhealthy lifestyle for WAY too long. Don’t let slip ups get you down and set you back. Just brush it off and keep reaching forward toward your goals. Forgive yourself for your slip ups and move past them. We often hold on to negative behaviors for too long simply because we get down on ourselves for “failing”. Don’t let this happen to you!

Setting goals is extremely important. We all need goals. Think about your professional life….how many of you have evaluations every year or even more often where you set performance goals? Probably a great deal of you. Apply this to your personal life too! Set short term and long term goals for yourself. If you don’t have a goal to work towards than it can be very hard to stay motivated and measure your progress. Currently we have set a goal to eat extremely clean for the next 17 days. We need a fresh feel good cleanse to get us from the crazy Halloween parties and vacation we were on to the fun Thanksgiving weekend approaching. SO many people give up on themselves between Halloween and New Years. That is over 2 months of set backs! Think about how long that is. I encourage you to stay healthy this holiday season. Of course we will all have parties and holiday events where we aren’t eating as healthy as we should but don’t let that role over into months of bad habits! Join us in eating healthy for 17 days so that we all get to Thanksgiving feeling AMAZING!

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I know that none of you want to be devastated by not being able to button your jeans. It is in your control. Eating healthy is a mental battle. No food will ever taste as good as healthy feels! That is my promise to you. Stay active and eat healthy and you will be so much happier!

Today I am going back to one of my favorite core strengthening workouts! Join me in enjoying some awesome planks! Link below….

https://ourprimallife.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/strengthen-your-core-planks/

Keep your mind positive. Have a wonderful Monday!

#ourprimallife #thanksgivingchallenge #motivationmonday #healthylifestyle #health #exercise #fitness

Thankful Thursday

ThankfulSometimes it is hard to wake up on the right side of the bed and embrace the day with an open heart. Especially after you were at the office until midnight, or up 6 times the night before tending to children, or simply just exhausted from life and trying to keep your head above water. We often have to stop and remind ourselves that we have a lot to be grateful for and that there is almost always someone else who has it way worse.

I challenge you on this beautiful day to see the beauty through the fog. Sometimes we are merely just trying to keep our heads on straight and get to the end of the day so we can fall into bed and start over. Just know that you are not alone. There are plenty of people out there stuck in a rut, having bad years (forget about having a bad day), and simply just trying to survive. Remember that, this too shall pass. Embrace the beauty around you and remember to take a deep breath.

On days you are feeling down in the dumps I challenge you to do one simple act of kindness for a stranger or for your wife/husband or best friend. Bring your co-worker coffee, hold the door for someone, bring flowers home to your roommate/spouse, do something that takes your mind off of yourself and sends positive energy into the world. I promise you that it will brighter your day. Even just a little.

Smile! It is Thursday! We are over the hump and it is a beautiful day to be joyous!

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#thankfulthursday #joy #ourprimallife #kindness