IGNITE YOUR DAY AND CELEBRATE THE 100TH DAY OF OUR TABATA CHALLENGE!

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 100 of the 100 Day Challenge! YOU DID IT. 100 days of Tabata. Moving and disciplining your body for your health and a good cause! Hopefully you’re able to make it to Hampton today to celebrate with us and do your 100th Tabata in the sunshine with all your fellow fundraisers! If not, tune into the site later today for pictures and video of our Movement of the Day!

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Grilled Chicken with Honeydew Salsa. A perfectly balanced new summer recipe to try! Isn’t it funny how the most seemingly uncomplimentary ingredients taste the best together?! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Whatever the struggle, continue the climb. It may be only one step to the summit. ~ 
Diane Westlake

Essential Element: Our Belief Systems are learned. They predict what we think, what we say, what we do and what we feel. [Click here to read Spark Insight: The Value of Struggle].

Journal: We simply never know what tomorrow will hold. Maybe it’s the breakthrough we’ve been dreaming of … or the opportunity we’ve waited years for! Choosing to believe that your life is moving towards the life you’ve always wanted will shape and color the decisions you make today. What are you believing for your life? Write in your journal today three of your greatest dreams  – one for a month from now – one for a year from now – and one for five years from now. Describe each one in detail – what does it look like? Smell like? Feel like? It’s up to you to believe big things for that extraordinary life of yours… [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 99 of the 100 Day Challenge!  Jump Overs. A great full body exercise today to test your coordination, balance and strength. Pick an appropriate height and don’t forget to save a TON of energy for tomorrow’s big 100th day! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Healthy Haddock.  After moving to New England, Dr. Paul noticed that many Haddock recipes were made with bread crumbs. Wanting to keep dinners gluten free, he came up with this healthy alternative. Buy and make extra for lunch! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit ~ Proverbs 18:21

 Essential Element: Who do you spend your time with and what behaviors do you promote?  Where you spend your time and with whom can be two of the most influential forces in your change effort’s success – or failure.  Choose them well. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Influence & Control].

Journal: Where is your heart with the people you spend your time with? Are you seeking to change them by steadily inflicting your will? Or do you accept who they are, letting them know where you stand but loving them anyway? So much change in our lives comes from the impact of others. Remember you are an ‘other’ in someone else’s life – and the things you say/do matter! Although seeds are small when they are planted, fruit eventually comes.  Whose life do you have an impact on right now? Jot their names in your journal – and consider the impact you’d like to be remembered for having… [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 98 of the 100 Day Challenge!  Your final friday of the 100 Day Challenge means Pass Under Tabatas!  You will likely have to be creative in finding a spot to do these (you can always ‘pretend’ there’s a rope above you!), but once you do, your coordination, balance and leg strength will thank you! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Bonfire Fiesta Salad. A fantastic, colorful and convenient recipe to get your necessary greens!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:  So often we try to alter circumstances to suit ourselves, instead of letting them alter us. ~ Maribel

Essential Element: In order to get different outcomes, you must adopt new behaviors.  Now here’s the rub:  new behaviors can be awkward and difficult.  You simply must practice new (better) behaviors until they become easier. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Influence & Control].

Journal: What new behavior have you attempted to adopt – maybe a few times now – and just can’t seem to make it a part of your day? Maybe it’s cutting out sugar… Maybe it’s going to bed earlier…  Maybe it’s writing your spouse a note each day to let them know you appreciate them. Whatever it is that you want to make a habit, see it for the powerful thing it is, rather than just for the effort it requires; for the shaping and changing of you it will do, rather than the irksomeness of trying yet again to make it a part of your life. You are the decider of the action – but the action itself possesses unlimited ability to shape your life. In your journal – jot down three positive, life-shaping effects this one habit holds. Then do the thing… [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 95 of the 100 Day Challenge! Overhead Squat with PVC. Core, balance, muscle engagement… this movement has it all! And starting with PVC ensures your form is solid before adding the extra challenge of a weighted bar.  [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Bonfire Chocolate Mousse! A fun surprise with fun ingredients! Get out your food processor and some avocados (that’s right, avocados) and enjoy! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action. ~ Brendan Francis

Essential Element: Once we recognize that a paradigm that has dictated every thought, response, choice, and behavior pattern in our lives is learned, we can also recognize that it can be re-learned. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Influence & Control].

Journal:  When’s the last time you were inspired? Really inspired? Hearing an Olympic hero’s epic story? Observing a Crossfit athlete complete a workout in record time?  Listening to a song or speaker with a bold and counter cultural message? Don’t let that inspiration die. Jot it down in your journal – and next to it some thoughts on why it was so impactful for your life specifically. Remind yourself what is possible … [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 93 of the 100 Day Challenge!  Close Grip Bench Press. A new grip means a whole new exercise! Be mindful as you weight your bar anytime you try something new. Don’t worry… you can always add more, but start smart! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Greens and Bacon. A little bacon goes a long way when it’s used as a flavor component versus a major part of the dish. This breakfast, made with kale, spinach, chard, and broccoli, and which can easily be varied depending on what you have on hand, is extraordinarily high in phytonutrients, antioxidants and other micronutrients essential for health. [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: The only measure of what you believe is what you do. If you want to know what people believe … don’t ask them… just observe what they do. ~ Ashley Montagu

Essential Element: Our Belief Systems are learned. They predict what we think, what we say, what we do and what we feel. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Influence & Control].

Journal: What convictions or beliefs are you acting on right now? If someone was to ask of you life – ‘What does he/she clearly stand for?’ – would they be able to tell ? Jot down in your journal the top three things you are seeking to live – and live loud, right now. What are you doing with your one wild and precious life? [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 92 of the 100 Day Challenge! Elevated Deficit Push Ups. A great way to change up your classic push up structure. Its all about the muscle confusion!  [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Chicken Chili Soup. A satisfying, nutritious soup that’s a terrific warming dinner as these nights start to cool down! The leftovers will make a great lunch for the rest of the week too! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality. ~ Anwar Sadat

 Essential Element: Who do you spend your time with and what behaviors do they promote?  Where you spend your time and with whom can be two of the most influential forces in your change effort’s success – or failure.  Choose them well.  [Click to read Spark Insight: 'Creating Change'].

Journal: The fabric of our thoughts are woven by many threads – and the people we spend time with make up a number of them.  List the 5 people you’ve spent the most time in communication with over the last month – via calls, email, texting, or in person. These are the people adding to the fabric of your thoughts. What have you gained from them? What have you felt yourself loosing? Consider the answer to these in your journal today… [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 91 of the 100 Day Challenge! Pull Up Hold Tabatas, as demonstrated below by our very own Bonfire athlete (and 32nd strongest woman in the world as of this years Crossfit Games!) Alicia Gomes. Come see Alicia in action next weekend at the Nor’Easter Throwdown in Hampton! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Dr. Paul’s Meatloaf. A great source of flavorful protein that always has leftovers! One key is to use organic grass fed ground beef with at least 15% fat; using ground sirloin that has 5% or 10% fat can lead to a ‘dry’ meatloaf (please read Fat is Good). [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Essential Element: In order to get different outcomes, you must adopt new behaviors.  Now here’s the rub:  new behaviors can be awkward and difficult.  You simply must practice new (better) behaviors until they become easier.  [Click to read Spark Insight: 'Creating Change'].

Journal: ‘Embrace the awkwardness’. Most of the changes we experience in our environment don’t come with perfect blueprints. Usually they are a mixture of organic movements and unannounced shifts. We would do well to loosen our mental grip as we see a change rolling in – to accept its unknowable nature for a time and relishing the possibility of what’s coming. Where do you forsee changes happening in your family? Trickling in slowly, but unannounced? Expound on them in your journal today.. then write for a minute on how you’ll embrace them as they come. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 90 of the 100 Day Challenge! Lunges.  An oldie, but a goodie. And with ONLY 10 days to go, we’re proud of you and your commitment to your health! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Cucumber Turkey Avocado Rolls. A quick, breadless, balanced lunch that has all the delicious fillings of a sandwich!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Being stuck is a position few of us like. We want something new but cannot let go of the old-old ideas, beliefs, habits, even thoughts. We are out of contact with our own genius. Sometimes we know we are stuck; sometimes we don’t. In both cases we have to do something. ~ Inga Teekens

Essential Element: Repetition is the mother of mastery.  Clinical research shows that new habits can be formed through repetition.  Our brain cells actually create novel connections and new habits are formed.  [Click to read Spark Insight: 'Creating Change'].

Journal: Bad habits and good – both have the power to completely rule our lives. The ones we are stuck in cry out for change. The good ones we’ve established are daily patting us on the back.  In order for the bad to be replaced by the good, our brains must start the process. Slowly, by our pain staking and initially obnoxious focus, the beautiful nature of rewiring occurs, and the action becomes second-nature! What have you wanted to become second-nature for you? Unquestionably holding its place in your life; unwavering in its defining of your very character? Reflect on 3-5 of those things in your journal today..  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 89 of the 100 Day Challenge! Discipline your mind AND your body today with Hollow Holds. This static hold Tabata will have your thoughts wandering to happier days before the 100 day challenge, but stick with it gang! 11 days to go! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Enjoy a treat today with our Cashew Coconut Pudding! Made from cashews, and sweetened with dates, this dessert will have the whole family smiling! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:  “How does one become a butterfly?” she asked pensively. “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar. ~ Trina Paulus

Essential Element: Successful change agents have taught us some powerful best practices for adopting new behaviors. Ultimately, you have the power to create incredible positive, lasting changes in your health and life with the right skills and know-how.  [Click to read Spark Insight: 'Creating Change'].

Journal:  What are you holding onto? What things do you continual return back to, knowing full well they do nothing to move you forward? Write in your journal the one or two things you are sticking to – and why. What would you be willing to give up to see these areas of your life change? [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

The 2nd Annual Nor’easter Crossfit Throw Down

by admin

ARE YOU READY?  IT’S THIS SUNDAY  

August 26, 2pm – 4pm
On the beach in Hampton, NH 

To celebrate the final day of the 2nd Annual Bonfire Health 100 Day Challenge, we’re celebrating in style with some fun, sun and Crossfit competition at the beach in Hampton, New Hampshire at Bicentennial Park (directly across the street from Cinnamon Rainbows Surf Shop at the north end of “The Wall”).

Click HERE
To enter your Crossfit Team!

  • Join North East area Crossfit Boxes and Compete on the Beach!
  • Support the Mauli Ola Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis Kids
  • Teams of 6 (3 Men/3 Women) – this year includes a ‘Scaled Division’
  • 3 WOD’s – One Day Event (2pm – 4pm)
  • $150 Entry Per Team (proceeds go to MOF)
  • Sponsored by Bonfire Health and Reebok!

Don’t miss out on this special end-of-summer beach party with like-minded healthy people!