Weekly Photo Challenge: Dance

In a horse you will find love, respect, trust, patience and teamwork. There is nothing in the world that can compare to the bond between horse and rider. They ride together in harmony and move as one. Perhaps it is most remarkable because it moves as if it always hears music. The rhythm and motion is extraordinary. Your horse is your dance partner.

Everything you do with your horse is a dance and you let it take the lead. Built on trust, this bond is truly one of a kind. Every time you step into those stirrups, you give your life to your horse. Your dance partner.

Dance

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Breakfast: It’s more than just a meal 

Breakfast is without a doubt my favorite part of the day. I could probably live solely off of breakfast foods. I mean, I’ve gone days where that’s all I’ve eaten (no shame). As Ron Swanson says, “There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food.”

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Breakfast holds such a special place in my heart that I actually feel personally victimized when I hear that people skip the most important meal of the day. Excuses like, “I’m just not hungry that early” or “I don’t have time to eat breakfast” are just that; excuses. First off, your body just fasted for 8+ hours and you’re telling me you can’t eat in the morning? I’ve never regretted waking up a few minutes earlier to ensure I get a hearty breakfast. You’re choices about breakfast can either make or break the rest of your day. Although, if you TRULY aren’t hungry right when you wake up at 7AM, maybe grab some fruit and wait until you are hungry to really grub on a big nutritious breakfast. If you are an athlete like me, skipping breakfast is the worst possible thing you can do. To enhance performance and energy during your workouts later in the day, you should be aiming for a breakfast consisting of AT LEAST 400-500 calories. It is crucial to fuel your body so you can get the most out of your sport performance.  If you are training early in the morning, grab a smaller pre-exercise breakfast consisting of 100-300 calories to boost your blood sugar and add endurance and enthusiasm in your workouts. After your workout, you can then enjoy your nutrient dense breakfast. Food is fuel people!!

Not only are there scientific facts that show eating breakfast provides so many health benefits (which I won’t bore you with) but you can’t tell me you haven’t felt more energized and ready to take on  the day after having a good breakfast rather than skipping it to get maybe 5 more minutes of sleep. Waking up is definitely worth it!

Now what should your breakfast consist of? Let’s start with the basics; protein, carbohydrates/whole grains, and fruits and veggies.

*Avoid sugar based breakfast foods: You are guaranteed to be hungry again within hours (or less) if your breakfast is consisted solely of sugar.

Some examples include:

Protein: Eggs/egg whites, Greek Yogurt, Nut butters (peanut/almond).

Carbohydrates: Whole-grain cereals, Oatmeal (my personal favorite), whole-grain breads.

Fruit and Veggies: ANY!! My personal favorites for breakfast are bananas and strawberries.

Get creative: Make a smoothie or set some overnight oats the night before so you can grab and go in the morning without and hassle.

Some of my favorite breakfasts:

Egg white Oatmeal: 

Oatmeal can be made so many different ways so don’t be afraid to get creative with it!!

  • 1/4 C. Gluten-free Oats
  • 1/2 C. Liquid (water, or flavored tea like pumpkin spice😋)
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 C. Egg whites
  • 20g almond butter or peanut butter (depending on my mood)
  • Banana

Directions: Mix together oats, cinnamon and your choice of liquid and microwave for 1 minute. Stir in egg whites. Micro for 30 seconds. Stir and micro for 30 seconds or until desired consistency. Top with nut butter and banana coins (or whatever toppings you want!!)


Egg White and spinach omelette or scramble: 

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 C. Spinach
  • 1 C. Berries
  • GF toast  


  
Something different:

  • Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Natures Path Organic Toaster Waffles
  • 170g egg whites with cinnamon and WF pancake syrup (don’t knock it until you try it!!)
  • 1 C. Berries (strawberries, blueberries, pineapple image

As you can see, my breakfasts are always accompanied by a cup (or 3) of coffee. Not only is breakfast the most delicious meal of the day, it seems to be the most photogenic as well!!

I am actually enjoying myself some gf toast with almond butter and banana as we speak (another favorite). Now that I have shared a couple of my favorite breakfasts, I would love to hear some of yours!

Happy Breakfast time!

Un amour

One Love

One love refers to the universal love and respect expressed by all people for all people, regardless of race, creed, or color.

Its all good. One love.
-The Urban Dictionary
“One love, one heart. Let’s get together and feel all right”. Thanks Bob, I’m with ya! I wish we could all come together, spread the love and happiness, and become one.
But when I hear the phrase “One Love”, this is not what necessarily comes to my mind. I think of it as the strongest love, something that cannot be replaced, duplicated, etc.. There is no such thing as one love. There is SO much to love in the world if we took a chance to stop and take a look around us. Although, every love is different.
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“What a beautiful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs.”

I mean, c’mon. You can’t tell me that there is anything but love in those puppy dog eyes. There is nothing stronger than the love of a dog. Their unconditional love, loyalty and companionship provides me with the greatest happiness and brings so much joy to my life.
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“How beautiful it is to find a heart that loves you, without asking you for anything, but to be okay.”

  So when I read that the Weekly Photo Challenge was One Love, I couldn’t help but think of my fur babies. Yes, I am a crazy dog mom (and proud of it!). Even though they drive me absolutely nuts, spending half of my time cleaning them, and the other half having to clean up after them, I wouldn’t want to pick up any other dogs’ s***. These pups are my children and I don’t know what I would do without them (maybe sleep a little more??).

 

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“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawaken.”   

These pups are my One Love . What’s yours?

Go kiss your dogs!! Don’t worry, slobber doesn’t stain 😉

 

 

What to Write About in Your First Blog

Here I am, sitting here clueless. Starting this blog without knowing anything about blogging, but being so intrigued and determined to get into this new world and share all of my thoughts with you.

For the past few hours I have been googling, searching for answers and tips on how to start your first blog. That is actually what made me come up with my first post. The last few things that come up on my search engine are “what should you name your blog” and “what to write about in your first blog”. I realized after hours of looking for the right answer, that there really isn’t one. Blogging is an open book and that is what makes it so inviting. There is no right or wrong answer about what to blog about.

I didn’t want my first post to be all like “Hi my name is so and so and I love (fill in the blank) and I am going to write about (fill in the blank).” I am, in no means, “a writer”. My major is Sport Management, I am a college soccer player, I run a horse barn and I own three dogs. I love fitness and health, cooking and working out. I had this deep desire to become a “foodie” or food blogger and that is what sort of sparked this whole blogging idea. I wanted to share all of my food pictures and ideas, connect with other people interested in nutrition and fitness as well. But then again I also want to share things about my life, like how it is to be a college athlete, owning three dogs and running a horse farm.

I also didn’t want to just jump into this new blogging community out of the blue. I was nervous, I didn’t want to make a mistake in what my first blog on the internet would be. Now, sitting here hours later, I know that you just need to jump right in and write! No one wants to read about intentions, which I could go on and on about. So, this is the beginning of a blog about spreading positivity, health, delicious inspiration and of course a little humor.

Here’s to new beginnings and happy blogging!

Chelsea

 

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“Have I gone mad? I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret, all the best people are.”-The Mad Hatter