FUEL ~ Dish of the Day: If you live by the ocean, this is the perfect time of year to take advantage of your location (for many reasons)! Toss your delicious local seafood in our Bonfire Fish Chowda! Don’t feel restricted to using only fish – add shrimp, scallops, crab or even lobster and enjoy! [Click here for additional Recipes]
SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: As a person thinks in his heart, so is he. ~ Provers 23: 7
Journal: The battle we wage against our human nature is an invisible one – one that is fought purely in our minds – minute by minute, each hour of each day. In order to move forward, we must choose to think on possibilities and capabilities, rather than probabilities and weaknesses. In your journal today, identify one situation in your life you’d like to improve– then jot down the belief-filled thought process that must go before it in order to make it reality. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
Journal: One of the greatest gifts of knowing others … is being known. Yet allowing ourselves to BE known, and to be called out when necessary, takes some serious humility. Who in your life is willing to ‘calmly call your bluff’? When is the last time you let them do so? List their names in your journal – and, if you can remember it, the last time each of them called you out. As iron sharpens iron, so those that know us best, sharpen us most. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
FUEL ~ Dish of the Day: If you’re not keeping Next time you fire up the grill, forget about those hamburgers and hotdogs, and reach for the artichokes! Artichokes in general can seem intimidating and full of hassle to prep, but they’re simple! And well worth investigating! [Click here for additional Recipes]
Journal: What is seeming impossible to you right now? What do you genuinely want to accomplish but just can’t visualize yourself actually making happen? Write out your answer in your journal. Below it – copy the quote above – and start the process of believing you CAN. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
FUEL ~ Dish of the Day: Time to hit the deck and fire up your grill! And there’s no better recipe to kick off the Spring weather than Bonfire’s Lamb Shish Kabobs. The simple marinade sets in overnight and before you know it, you’ve got a new family favorite![Click here for additional Recipes]
Journal: You get to thrive – but you don’t have to. You were wired to survive – and you will. But thriving doesn’t come without a little intentionality. What does a thriving you look like? What does a day well-seized consist of? Envision in your journal a day you have completely taken by the reins ( either one in the past or one you’ve yet to live) - then go carpe the heck out of today. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]Spark photo credit: http://pinterest.com/pin/63120832247556697/
AIR ~ Movement of the Day: Slide Unders are a fantastic way to switch up your standard exercises and put a little excitement into your day! Easily scalable, you can add weights while you’re ‘sliding’ to take it up a notch. [Click here for additional Workouts]
FUEL ~ Dish of the Day: Looking for a colorful, protein packed dinner tonight? Look no further and turn up the oven for Classic Stuffed Peppers! Not only will you and your family enjoy this dish straight from the oven, you’ll also be able to take these satisfying leftovers to work the rest of the week! [Click here for additional Recipes]
SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: When a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it. ~ Edgar Watson Howe Essential Element: We must seek opportunities to fulfill our and others’ innate needs and deliberately fill them. [click here to read 'Spark Insight: Connection] Journal: You know that person who is struggling? That friend who just can’t seem to catch a break? Put yourself in their shoes – feel what they are feeling. What would you want someone to do for you? A phone call, a drop off, an offer to take your kids? Now – go do it for them. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
Movement of the Day: Lunges Lunges are the orginal butt and leg toning exercise. The video below shows Dr. Stephen doing weighted lunges; the lunges page also shows un-weighted lunges. Try doing 100 (50 on each side/leg in groups of 5 or 10). If you do lunges often, you won’t get sore every time (and you’ll still be able to bend over to tie your shoes). (Click here for additional workouts)
Journaling of the Day: Quote of the Day: “One man gives freely, and gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.” ~ Proverbs 11:2 Essential Element: Giving of our ﬁnancial resources can speak volumes, without ever saying a word. Journal: Who are five people you know who give of themselves consistently and never seem to ask anything in return. Write their names down. (Click here for additional journaling exercises)
Directions: Complete 3 rounds of 20 (goal: consecutive) reps of each movement. Select a weight for each movement that provides a mild challenge after five consecutive reps, not one that will allow form to deteriorate after 10 reps. Focus on proper form in each rep rather than speed through the reps/rounds.
Quote of the Day: “Being defeated is only a temporary condition; giving up is what makes it permanent.” ~ Marilyn vos Savant
Journaling Exercise: In nature, we encounter a challenge or struggle, adapt, and move forward. List 3 of the greatest battles you are facing with your body. Take one of those battles and envision what complete success would look like in it.