Grateful Thoughts

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Good morning! 😎

I just got back from a wonderful Yoga Foundations class. It was slow-paced with lots of stretching and balance poses. It was just what I needed this morning.

Grateful Thoughts

At the start of class, the instructor asked us to dedicate our practice to ourselves or a loved one, like she normally does. Then, she asked us to think of one part of our bodies that we were grateful for. My mind immediately went to the huge zit on my chin. (Awesome job, Tina. Way to be positive.)

Before I could think of something else, the instructor pointed out that women, in particular, often identify something negative about their bodies before the positive. I guess I fell into that trap, too, so I changed my thought to my feet, which take some serious beating during my marathon training, but have carried me for miles and miles”” 125 of them in the last month alone!

The fact that I immediately thought of something negative about my body bummed me out, so, going forward, I’m really going to try to focus on the positive and not let my mind slip into that negative place.

Last Night’s Dinner

Mal and I cooked another fantastic meal for dinner last night. Go us! We made a fast and easy Vegetable Fried Rice.

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Instead of using canola oil like the recipe called for, we used coconut oil, which has all sorts of health benefits and added a delicious coconut flavor to the meal. I guess you could say our dinner was Coconut Fried Rice. Doesn’t that sounds much more exciting?

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I didn’t have a ripe banana to make my original Protein Pancake recipe, so I played around with some different ingredients this morning. I love the idea of healthy carbs mixed with protein. It starts my day off on the right foot and keeps me full for hours.

Vanilla Protein Pancake


  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/3 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. In a bowl, mix together ingredients.
  2. Preheat a skillet (medium-low heat), spray with non-stick spray, and pour in half of the batter while shaping it into a pancake with a spoon.
  3. Heat until partially cooked and flip pancake.
  4. Once cooked through, top with syrup, nut butter, fresh fruit or anything else your heart desires.

Makes 1 large pancake

My pancake was thick and hearty with a sweet vanilla flavor from the protein powder and vanilla extract. I topped it with banana slices and maple syrup. So delicious.

Grateful Thoughts

I also drank an iced coffee with soy milk.

Grateful Thoughts

Three Questions Thursday

Here’s the next edition of Three Questions Thursday!

I’ve been reading your blog for a couple years now. Although I’m a number of years older than you I really enjoy it. However, sometimes I’m looking for perspective from someone with a similar lifestyle as me. I am turning 40 this year and have three young kids. You can see how my life can pose different challenges than yours when it comes to schedules, eating, etc. Since you are in the blog world I was hoping you may be able to recommend a blog or blogs that are geared towards women in this stage of their life.

Here are some of favorite blogs that are geared toward women in this stage of their life. Happy reading!

  • Peas and Thank You
  • A Better Bag of Groceries
  • Faith, Fitness, Fun
  • MizFit
  • Fitarella

I remember reading that you read all sorts of books on nutrition when you first started your journey. I was wondering if you had any recommendations on books I should check out.

Yep! Here are a few of the books that helped me lose weight and continue to motivate me to live a healthy lifestyle.

How the heck do you workout so much? Do you get tired of it? I mean, you run A LOT, go to yoga, and scheduled as well as impromptu Body Pump classes. Do you do this to “stay on track” or is it more just a want to be active? I’d say, personally, I was born to be lazy… and I just do my best to not be. So, I guess I’m just wondering if your kind of drive is innate or can be “self-taught”?

Great question! I guess it’s a little bit of both. I’ve always been active””my mom put me in ballet classes at 3 years old and I played soccer from 2nd grade until I graduated from high school””so exercise has always been a part of my life. It’s pretty much routine for me nowadays.

I also really like to be active. There’s just something about getting out there and moving that makes me happy. (Yay, endorphins!) Sticking to a regular exercise routine is all about finding something you like to do. I’ve tried all sort of workouts over the years, but I only regularly participate in the ones that I enjoy. As much as regular exercise is about staying on track for me, it’s something that I really like doing too.

I also think a lot of my exercise motivation was “self-taught.” For me, scheduling my workouts every Sunday for the upcoming week really keeps me on track. I check out my marathon training schedule and the group exercise classes at my gym and then plug them into my Google Calendar. Finding times that work for all of my workouts helps to keep me motivated. Plus, exercising consistently makes it easier to just keep doing it and, before know you it, it becomes a habit. Additionally, the just do it mentality gets my butt in gear. If I think about how much I don’t want to exercise or how tired I am, it makes it so much harder to workout. But, if I put my brain in autodrive and don’t think about those things, it’s so much easier to just do it!

Question of the Day

What is one part of your body that you are grateful for?

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