The Ultimate Reset

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Do you ever wish you could just hit the “Reset” button on anything in your life and get an instant do over? I sure do! We all do and say things all the time that we can’t take back. They have been released into the universe! The thing is, I don’t really live a life of regret. Sure, there are things I’ve done and said that I wish I hadn’t. I have TONS of regrets about the time I spent or didn’t spend with my parents. But the thing is, we can’t change the past. So as much as we regret something, it still happened. We don’t have any control over it. To avoid living a life of regret, we have to release ourselves from the guilt and pain of the consequences of our actions and move forward, hopefully making better choices the next time around. 

One thing we do have control over is our health and wellness. My health has become my focal point since losing both of my parents. In a chaotic world with thousands of choices and detours and one way streets, the ONLY thing we have control over is our body. WE control what we put into it, on it, and where we take it! And while that might not seem like a big deal, it really is! In the past year of grief and darkness, I’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions and my health and wellness has fluctuated a ton. Weight gain, muscle loss, acne, wrinkles, and a million other physical consequences have graced me with their annoying presence.

I’m not a doctor or a scientist, but I watched cancer eat away at my big, strong dad until he literally took his last breath. And while I’m sure there are tons of factors that go into it, I have no doubt that the choices he made HIS ENTIRE LIFE led to his painful death. The same is true for my mom. She died from complications to a routine surgery to remove a blockage from her stomach but she didn’t survive because her body wasn’t strong enough to bounce back. She had been weak since surviving cancer over a year before the surgery and her health continued to decline. Again, these issues were a direct reflection of the choices she made HER ENTIRE LIFE.

Life isn’t easy and sometimes, many times, we start down a path with the best of intentions and we fall short. That is probably the biggest issue with diet and exercise- consistency! It is easy to give up and it is harder to stay strong. Once of the things I’ve noticed is that my mood is a direct reflection of how healthy I am. 

While I eat fairly healthy most of the time and try to stay active, I’ve developed some pretty poor habits. I drink way too much caffeine, I eat processed foods, I eat a lot of sugar and way too much sodium. I don’t drink enough water or get enough sleep. I have lost focus, drive, motivation, endurance, and strength. 

So, while I knew that I could simply start eating healthier and working out more, I knew that I needed a BIG change. I decided to do Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset. 

“We’re breathing air that’s far from pristine, drinking water that’s not even close to being pure, eating foods laced with things we can’t even pronounce- chemical additives, preservatives, and pesticides- absorbing toxins contained in everything…” 

“You might not be able to chance the environment… but you can change yourself. With a little assistance, you can help your body do again what it once did naturally- receiving more to the things that are good for you and getting rid of the things that are bad.”

The Reset is a 21 day program that truly cleanses your body, without starvation. There is a very specific meal plan, a schedule for supplements, and tons of tips and tricks to become our BEST selves.

This is just an overview of the Reset. Over the next 3 weeks, I’ll share my experiences with you. While I’m excited to hit that “Reset” button, I know it isn’t a quick fix. It is going to be challenging but I am SO excited for the end result- to TRULY change the way I eat and feel.

Can’t wait!

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Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast TacosLet’s be honest. Cody and I eat out for breakfast almost every weekend. Both days. There is something about going out for breakfast that is just sort of relaxing. Never-ending, steaming coffee. Lots of delicious options (even though I always order the same thing.) And the best part? No cleanup! 

Well, sadly, no clean up comes with a catch- money, money, mo-neeeey! It is rare to eat breakfast for under $40, which definitely adds up. (Please don’t do the math.)

This morning, we were about to go to our fave little diner when I decided to make breakfast. To my dismay, we didn’t have any meat. Uh, how can you make breakfast with out bacon or ham or sausage? But, I kept going and what I came up with was damn delicious! 

Taco Saturdays can be a thing, right?

Enjoy!

Breakfast Tacos
Serves 2
Tacos...for breakfast!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 corn tortillas, heated
  2. 5 eggs, beaten
  3. 1/2 C shredded cheese
  4. 1/2 can black beans
Pico
  1. 1 C cherry tomatoes
  2. Chopped red onion, to taste
  3. Fresh herbs (basil or cilantro)
  4. Lime juice
Crema
  1. Sour cream
  2. Guacamole or Avocado
Instructions
  1. Heat tortillas in pan.
  2. Scramble eggs and add cheese.
  3. Heat black beans in microwave.
  4. Prepare pico by chopping tomatoes and onions and combining with lime juice, fresh herbs, salt, and pepper.
  5. Mix sour cream and guacamole together.
  6. Layer your tacos! Add cheesy eggs. Cover with black beans. Top with pico and crema. Squeeze lime juice over everything and enjoy!
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Beating the Morning Blues

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Let’s face it. We are not ALL morning people. Some might argue that there is no such thing. Is it REALLY possible to just pop out of bed in the morning with a huge grin and instant pep in your step? Do people actually enjoy waking up early? I mean, who doesn’t LOVE sleep?

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Okay, so maybe you aren’t afraid to admit that you are NOT a morning person. You loathe your alarm clock, despise that first inkling of light that peaks in through your curtains, and even cringe when you hear, “good morning” or any form of communication before you lift both lids. But what if I told you that your disdain of mornings just might be setting you up to have a miserable day?

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Here’s the thing. Like it or not, we’ve all gotta get up. Every day. And if we wake up miserable, we are likely to carry that with us all day. So, we have to figure out a way to ENJOY mornings. My solution to this is to use the very first 5 minutes out of bed to get things rolling. Here is my system.

  1. The very first thing I do is freshen up. I brush my teeth and wash my face. Seriously, BEFORE I do anything else. My first stop is ALWAYS my sink. This tells my mind and my body that I AM UP.

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  1. I open up all the windows in my house. Blinds, curtains, windows. I let the light and cool breeze flow into my home.

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  1. Next, I light a candle. (Or 7.) Something subtle. A burning candle always puts me at ease.

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  1. I turn on some tunes. I choose a record that isn’t too crazy but won’t put me back to sleep! Lately, it has been The Eagles.

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  1. Lastly, I take a DEEP breath and enjoy the atmosphere I just created. By now, all of my senses are awake. Oh, not all! COFFEE!

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Okay, so like I said, I do these things in the first 5 minutes after I get out of bed. I have instantly created an atmosphere in my home that is relaxing and refreshing. My spirits are high and I’m ready to get stuff done. Now, here’s the thing. We all live different lives. Maybe you have to go to work really early. Maybe you have kids to attend to first thing. Maybe you need to wake up early to get a workout in. Maybe you don’t have any obligations in the morning! Regardless of your situation, THIS is my biggest tip.

Wake up early enough to RELAX.

Of course you’ll hate waking up in the morning if you are immediately stressed. Force yourself to get up 10 minutes earlier than usual so you can enjoy the morning. I promise, it will be worth it!

One more thing. None of these tips will work if you wake up to a messy house. I’ll share some tips on home organization and a simple cleaning schedule in a later post. But for now, spend 15 minutes before bed picking up your house. Put shoes, laundry, books, toys, make up, away. Load the dishwasher. Take out the trash. Waking up to a dirty house is no fun.

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So it seems that we have a theme going on here. Spend a FEW minutes doing some stuff and you can set yourself up for success. 15 minutes at night straightening up. 10 minutes in the morning relaxing. I’ll keep adding ways to fill your spare minutes once you master these 2 things.

Now, I CHALLENGE you to try the morning routine for the rest of the week. Let me know how it goes! <3