Wednesday Workout #9

Another at home workout pyramid, get out the timer, put on some tunes and get sweaty!

Here we go:
On your stairs…up up down down for 1 minute to warmup. Then repeat fast for one min.

The exercises:
Jumping jacks, push ups and….haven’t had these in awhile…burpees!
Work from 10 down to 1. If your not sure how this works, see some of the past Wednesday workouts for info.

Finish with up up down down slowly on the stairs to cool down.

Don’t forget to stretch.

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Who are you destined to be?

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What motivates you? What tires you? What can replenish your strength? When you close your eyes and remove the barriers…what are you capable of? Open your eyes, keep your focus on where you want to go. You may have to change the path, but don’t change the goal. Decide who you want to be, make a plan and make it happen.

Coconut Milk Shrimp with Fresh Ginger

This is a quick, easy, tasty dish…if I do say so myself!

The Ingredients:
¤1/2 of a 165ml can of coconut milk
¤1/2-1 Tbsp of fresh grated ginger
¤Approx 1/2 lb of cooked shrimp, tail removed
¤something to serve it on, rice noodles, spaghetti squash, wild rice with quinoa

The steps:
¤Depending on how your shrimp started, you want to make sure they are thawed, de-veined, de-tailed and drained. Place them in a pan on medium heat, you can wait one or two minutes to see if any extra water comes out and just use a paper towel to soak that up.
¤Add in your coconut milk and fresh ginger.
¤Bring to a simmer and allow to sit on a low simmer for about 15-20 mins. The shrimp will tighten up, but you don’t want them to become rubbery or dried out. If it looks that way, add some more of the coconut milk.

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¤In the meantime prepare your rice or noodles. I also like this on spaghetti squash, but that has to be made ahead if time.
¤The coconut sauce will thicken a little. It won’t be Alfredo, but it is tasty and I don’t feel so heavy after this meal. 

This serves two, plus a little extra as a main dish so the amounts are approximate. As always, use your taste to balance it out how you like. I can be a little heavy on the ginger!

Some tips on using coconut milk:
When you are looking for coconut milk, check your ingredients! You want coconut and water. That’s it! You also need to refrigerate it. It has a very short shelf life, about 2 days after it is opened, which is why I tend to buy smaller cans. Also, it will be hard in the can when you take it out of the fridge, just place it in a bowl of warm water to bring it to a liquid state again.

We have found a brand of rice noodles called “Wai Wai” that we really like. They only contain rice and water and therefore aren’t slimy like some of the ones that have gluten added.

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This was served over a mix that we buy from “TruRoots” which is their sprouted rice and quinoa blend. Pretty tasty!

What will you change?

It’s the end of another month already! Don’t know about you but February flew by, and I don’t think it’s just because it’s a short month.

Have you thought about your one simple thing for March? Did you make a plan for each month at the start of the year? Love to hear what your one change will be…

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Creating A Little Inspiration

So for a long time I have wanted to great an inspiration board, a motivation board call it what you will. The main point is to have a gathering space for all those items and things that inspire or motivate you. Some people may create a board for a specific goal – think a wedding or re-designing a room. I’ve had journals where I’ve kept quotes and my scrapbooking is a way of, in addition to documenting my family’s life, is also a way for me to use paper and craft materials that inspire me. I have a blank space above my desk that I have saved to create a place to collect some of the quotes and pictures that motivate and make me happy.

Here are a few for inspiration:

inspiration board 1

inspiration board 2

inspiration board 3

inspiration board 4

There are a variety of ways to create a motivating space. They will reflect your personality. They can be clean or clustered, colour coordinated or based around textures. It can be as simple as sticky notes on your bathroom mirror! The important thing is that it is esthetically pleasing to YOU. Think about what kind of inspiration you are looking for and embrace that. Be sure that when you look at it, it inspires the peace, happiness and goals that you are aiming for.

Here is another source of some great options: http://www.everythingetsy.com/2012/10/inspiration-boards-to-inspire-you/

Have you created a board? I’d love to hear what kind of things make it to your space. I’ll get pictures up as soon as I get finished with mine 🙂