Muy Delicioso!

April 28, 2011 at 6:44 PM | Posted in Breakfast, Fitness, Food, Food for Thought, Health, Inspiration, Recipes | 32 Comments

Hi y’all! I know I’ve been truly M.I.A. lately.

There are so many things to take care of lately!  Yet, I’m not about to give up because God’s given me all the strength that I need. 😉

This means that my whole room is pretty much a beautiful mess. (I love oxymorons, don’t you?)

Basically, it seems almost as if a tornado swept by while I was gone!  Although, I’m starting to believe that a tornado has been plaguing me my entire life.  Oops… 😛

I WOULD like to show you the full bird’s eye view of my desk at the moment, but it is just not possible because it is simply not acceptable haha.  Therefore…I shall show you a peek through the BOOTYLICIOUS AWARD that sweet Kat tagged me with!

THE RULES:

1. Post this award with the picture and name whoever tagged you in it
2. Do the STUFF
3. Award to 7 others and tell them you did so!

THE STUFF:

1. Name 3 things that are lying right next to you

This is my toughest class thus far!

One of my favorite things to drink–Yerba Mate. 😀

Hehe…I’m thinking that by now you’re starting to see a common theme here.  Yes, I drink so so so much water and liquid throughout the day!  Granted, a lot of it is caffeine, but the rest is water and the occasional Perrier.  I don’t know why I’m always so thirsty!  I’ll take it as a blessing anyway. 🙂

2. Name 2 foods you cannot live without


Les vegetables.

And of course, nut butter and seed butter.  Not only Once Again’s products, but almost all the natural ones that I’ve tried so far!

3. Name 1 thing you did today


Today was “go to school with Cameron Day”.  He was such a great student today!  His behavior was much better than it’s been lately.  You may also be wondering why we use stickers–this is our little humble way of positively reinforcing his good behavior.

Now….I really don’t like to be the “chain-breaker” of chains!  But I think y’all are so bootylicious in your own ways and I’d love to know the little quirks about every single one of you readers.  So, it’s your turn to answer these either on your blog or under my comments. That is, if you want.

***One wee epiphany this week:  I noticed that when I have tons of work to do, I tend to crave sweets more than anything.   Also, I catch myself eating somewhat mindlessly because my thoughts are elsewhere.  However, I try to be mindful now so that I don’t get a stomach ache, and so that I don’t eat when I don’t really need to.  Does this happen to you?

Oh and before I forget, my breakfasts have been quite elaborate this week.

Enter my whole wheat crepes.  These are a variation of my Buckwheat crepes. Mmmm muy delicioso indeed!!

And my first Fitnessista cookie.  Wow, I was impressed!  I highly recommend it.

Alright, I hope you have a beautiful and blessed day!  I’m sure you will after gawking at these breakfast images. 😉

What interesting thing are you doing from today till the end of the week?

-Tomorrow we have this awesome 13 year old rapper performing for the kids in Santa Ana!

What’s something that you’ve realized lately?  Small or profound?

Grace & Peace,

Ellie <33

I Wanna Be Strong!

April 22, 2011 at 12:18 PM | Posted in Daily Inspiration, Fitness, Food, Food for Thought, God, Health, Relationships | 19 Comments
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Hi!  Thank you all for your amazing and encouraging comments on my last post!  It really meant a lot to me, and I really appreciate you all so very much.  I hope you know that. 😉 *sniffle*

Okay, enough with the sappiness and moving on to a different topic.

The other day I was quite busy running around taking care of food business.  My Linguistic buddies and I had a very important annual symposium and I was the “hospitality coordinator”.  I think I can get used to that title, I like!

We had several guest speakers and one of them was Dr. Paul Frommer!

If you don’t know who he is, he’s the creator of the Na’vi language from Avatar.

                                                                                                    

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Yup, that’s right! Except–I haven’t watched the movie yet and now I’m excited to see it haha.  I know, shame on me!  I can hear some “boo’s” out there.

He was such a nice guy and we actually got to chat for a bit!  He’s the dude in the middle with errrr no hair. 😛 I hope you don’t see this Dr. Frommer!

Here’s another exciting topic;  I  have a new-found love for pita pockets.  I had some for breakfast yesterday and I must say…pita pockets taste really good when they’re sweet.  Who says pita has to be filled with bacon and cheese?  Well, it is pretty darn good when it’s savory too.

I know that the innards look rather funky I admit, but just trust me on this one.  It tastes good. 😀

Most of you know how much I rave about Once Again Nut/Seed Butters, and I topped this one with my favorite sunflower seed butter!! This company’s products have really high quality ingredients and they taste like they’re homemade.  I dare you to try it.

I also had no idea how versatile pita bread can be!  If you run out of pita chips, then you can remedy that by making ’em at home. CRUNCH.

This a medley of savory cheesy pita chips and sweet cinnamon crunch.

Also, if you haven’t been to Jenny’s awesome blog about muscle-building vs. toning up, then you should!!  I think she and I really think alike when it comes to fitness and staying healthy and strong.

I’ve been really wanting to share some workouts with y’all, but I can’t seem to take pictures with the DSLR because it’s really difficult to take self-cam photos, so once I get the point-and-shoot back from Greg, I shall put them up.

I hope you’re okay taking some advice from little ol’ me…? 😛

Here in a bit, I’m heading off to see the kids in Santa Ana.  Lately I find myself in a hurry wherever I go, and since my body feels sluggish at the moment, I’m going to do a simple workout for 7 minutes.  Again, so important to listen to our bodies as long as our other priorities are straight.

So what kind of workouts can one do within 7 minutes?  There are actually plenty of simple movements we can do to build muscle, while burning calories, while getting our heart rate up, and circulation going all simultaneously.

  • pull-ups and jumping squats
  • push ups and jumping lunges
  • squatting bicep curls and bike crunches
  • burpees (squat thrusts) and high knees

As you can see, the possibilities are endless.   So let’s get on out there and be active while appreciating the strong bodies God has given us!  At least, while we can. 😛

You see, I truly believe that some movement is better than none at all!  As much as I’d like to continue in my all or nothing ways, more and more I’m convinced that when it comes to health and fitness, every bit counts.

So what if you “fail” that day? Well, you just get back up and do what you can to the best of your abilities.   There’s always tomorrow.

Weeee there’s a fun and crazy weekend ahead of me so I’ll try to stay in contact!

Let’s live today to the fullest and HAPPY GOOD FRIDAY TO Y’ALL!!! May God’s love and blessings come in unexpected ways to you today!  He is so very much in love with you.

Are you all-or-nothing when it comes to health and fitness?

What kind of workouts do you go to when you’re in a hurry?

What does this weekend look like for you?

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