Job talk and a Smoothie Recipe

Happy Monday to you!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

I guess whether or not you had a good weekend would have to depend on if you are a Broncos or a Seahawks fan;)

I myself don’t get into football or the superbowl for that matter.  This year I was happy for the outcome though because my Mom is from Seattle and she and my Dad are big Seahawks fans!  Plus Seattle is one of my favorite places.

Anyway, it’s a bit of a weird week for me because Friday was my last day working at the coffee shop that I’ve worked at for 7 years!  It was a good job and I worked with even better people, but it is time to move on.  When I say move on, I mean it’s time for me to stay at home all day watching my “soaps” and eating spoonfuls of coconut oil mixed with peanut butter.  Ok maybe that’s what I wish it meant;) What it really means is that I’m now going to really be focusing on building my Personal Training business, Brave Fitness, LLC.  I’m very happy about that but I’m also very nervous.  It’s a big change for me, I’m nervous and excited and a little overwhelmed all at the same time.

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I saw this on instagram last week and thought it really applied to my life at the moment:)

I want to give a shout out to my husband, one of my best friends, Tasha, and my Mom for being so super supportive and encouraging when I have felt overwhelmed at this big change:)  If anyone has any advice on building up a successful personal training business I’m all ears!

Moving on to this Monday morning, as I’ve mentioned recently I’ve been doing more weight lifting again and I’m loving it!  I’m also really loving mixing up my post-workout smoothies, trying to fit as much goodness and nutrition in them as I can!  Here is what I had today after a heavy leg workout:

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Cherry and Lime Mango Beet Smoothie

Serves 1

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/4 frozen cherries
  • 3 baby carrots
  • 1/4-1/2 cup frozen beets
  • 1/2-1 TB each: fresh parsley and cilantro
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 water

Place everything into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.  Add ice if needed.

Optional: top with bee pollen and hemp seeds.

I hope you will try this out!  And in case you are worried about the veggie taste, don’t be.  All you will taste is the sweetness from the protein and the fruit:)

Have a great day!

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2014

Happy New Year!!

I realize I am a few days late.  I also know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but I’m back!! And I really wanted to share what my goals for 2014 are.

I’m not sure if they are really even goals, more just things Dom and I talked about that we want to do more of this year.

1.  Read More

In November my younger sister let me borrow her copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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I read it in November in less than a week.  I read it again to Dom a few weeks later.  I never do that, read a book a second time I mean.  I loved this book so much, the moment I was finished I wanted to read it again!  Dom ended up really liking it as well and it was fun to read a book aloud together.  So we plan on continuing this.  It’s his turn to pick a book for us to read:)  I also want to read more on my own.  I love reading, I’ve always been a reader but I want to make more time for it instead of TV in my down time.   Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, I think it’s a good thing to do.  This is also on my list of things to read Eating Alive by Dr. John Matsen, (a gift from Dom for Christmas)! 

2. Volunteer More and Together

When I was a teenager, service and volunteering was a pretty big part of my life.  I helped with a lot of service projects in my church’s youth group as well as at school.  I really didn’t have to think about it too much because the projects were planned out for us.  These days these projects aren’t usually planned out for me but it’s still something I want to take part in.  I came across this site, volunteermatch.org.  It is pretty cool. You can look up your city and find a lot of opportunities to volunteer in your area.  They have lots of areas to volunteer in such as Environment, Health, Animal Care, Children and Youth, etc.  Pretty cool, huh?! So we definitely plan on doing more this year.

One way we are doing this already is WE ARE SHAVING OUR HEADS!!  Yep both of us.  We saw an ad for St. Baldricks (learn more about them here).  Basically, they are a foundation that raises money for childhood cancer research.  People participate by signing up to get their heads shaved and raising money for the cause!  I think this is such an amazing cause.  When I have children of my own I know I would appreciate every cent toward a cure if (heaven forbid) my children had cancer.  I’m pretty nervous about shaving my hair obviously but it will also be fun to have a change.  Plus I know it’s for a good cause and it will be worth it to help out in this way.  Plus just as Regina Spektor sang in this song, ““Maybe you should cut your own hair ‘Cause that can be so funny It doesn’t cost any money And it always grows back..”

Until we meet again, Hair!

Until we meet again, Hair!

 If you’d like to help us reach our fundraising goal you can go here.  We have until March 8ith to reach our goal.  Any amount is truly appreciated.

For my own goals:

3.  Practice Yoga 

I’m not putting a lot of pressure on myself.  I have a whole year to accomplish this goal.  I used to do a lot more yoga, at least once a week.  I haven’t done it for a long time!  But it is something I enjoy and I know it is very good for the body.  Hopefully by the end of the year it will be something that I do on a regular basis.

4.  Share More Workouts on the Blog!

Since May I have been following GPP workouts so I haven’t thought much about writing my own workouts. I love GPP and will probably always do it but lately I’ve been feeling like I needed a change. So for the past week I’ve been changing it up.  I’ve been focusing on a little more heavy lifting with fun high intensity circuits thrown.  I’ve been really enjoying planning out my own workouts again and that means more Brave Fitness workouts to share:)  Hopefully I will get a couple up this week:)

Well, now you are sort of caught up on what’s been going on lately.  I hope you all had a very happy Christmas/Holiday and Happy New year!

xo

Hannah

Any good book recommendations? Have you read any of John Green’s books?

Any goals/resolutions for the new year?