IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ
FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Sometimes, the only thing standing between you and a daily salad is all that chopping! Don’t let that be the case this week. Start your week off with your fridge full of Chopped Salad and you’re all set for the next 3-4 days!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
The Sott’s Press is a challenging movement. If you can master this, your spine and your posture will REJOICE! This will help undo all that time you spend sitting at the computer. [Click here for additional Workouts]

 


SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:

Essential Element:  And, lo and behold, the afternoon nap turns out to be one of the most effective and productive methods for increasing energy and improving cognitive skills and focus, while mitigating the adverse effects of chronic stress by lowering circulating stress hormones like cortisol.  [click here to read Spark Insight: Restorative Sleep]

Journal:  Napping is difficult for so many people – yet it’s one of the greatest things we can do for our mental and physical health – all of us.  This week – challenge yourself by giving yourself a mandatory mid-day rest. Make it a goal to get 4 naps in – 10-20 minutes each. They can be whenever you like – late morning – mid afternoon – even two on the same day. Give it a fair shot – and at the end of a day you’ve napped, write in your journal  how those hours post-nap went.    [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Here’s a new movement you might not have tried: Kipping Ring Dips! And trust us… after you’ve given them a go, you (and your muscles) won’t soon forget them!  [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Bonfire Adventure Trail Mix If you’re not keeping Tupperware or Ziploc bags of this perfect snack in your car, and at your desk, you’re missing out. Raw nuts and seeds mixed with a little organic dried fruit make for a satisfying and healthy snacks. Moms, are you listening? This is the solution to having a car full of hungry kids and succumbing to convenience “die-fast” food.  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:

Essential Element: Getting to bed before 11 p.m. is a best practice followed by the healthiest, most energized people in the world. [click here to read Spark Insight: Restorative Sleep]

Journal: How early have you gone to bed for the last 7 nights? Or how late? This week – give yourself a bed time, allowing your self a minimum of 7 hours of sleep each night. Chart out your week in your journal. Each day – jot down  how many hours of sleep enjoyed, how you felt upon waking (well-rested or still drowsy)  and how the day was colored by your having been rested (or not!).   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ
FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Boost your Omega intake tonight and try one of our many Salmon recipes! Here are a few of our favorites: Baked Salmon Mediterranean and Dr. Bruce’s Teriyaki Fish[Click here for additional Recipes]

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
The beauty of the Deadlift is that it’s not just for bodybuilders. It is for lifting your groceries, your kids, bags of mulch, morning furniture…you name it. Its for life. [Click here for additional Workouts]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:

Essential Element: Wellness is experienced, not achieved.  Every choice, every day. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Coping Mechanisms]

Journal: What one thing do you do every day? Not brushing your teeth or walking the dog – one thing that makes your life unique? Write down what it is – why you do it – and what’s come into your life because of it. This life you’ve got is only yours – live it magnificently.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises] Spark Photo Credit: http://yellowbrickblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Words

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Handstand Push Ups are a great exercise to work up to! Don’t be shy! All you need to start is a wall! If you’ve already got these down, increase your reps and continue to tone those arm muscles! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Take it from Dr. Paul… “Bonfire Stroganoff is one of the tastiest recipes I make!  You will definitely want to make extra of this for leftovers.”  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:

Essential Element: In the economy of our lives, we must recognize the need for strategies that protect our limited resources – and assist us in living life to its fullest. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Coping Mechanisms]

Journal:  What moments have you been in lately? I mean really in. Moments you tasted and touched and reminisced about later. Pick one from the last few weeks. Recount it in your journal.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises] Spark photo credit: http://starsmasquerading.tumblr.com/post/2979717273

 

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ
FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
You don’t have to get too fancy to find a protein packed, convenient snack! Classic Hard Boiled Eggs are easy to prepare, store and bring along on your daily adventures! If you’re feeling more ambitious, you can add a little flare with our Hard Boiled Eggs with Fresh Pesto.  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Thrusters with PVC: If you’re new to Thrusters, starting with PVC is a great way to get your form down before adding weight. Once you’ve got the motions down, this exercise can be performed with dumbbells, or a traditional bar as well, so switch it up! [Click here for additional Workouts]


SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:

Essential Element: If we are to be truly happy – and find peace of mind – we must strive to master managing our most important assets. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Coping Mechanisms]

Journal:  Choose one of your greatest strengths. One thing you do well … Others recognize in you, and honestly, you see how they could!  How you are making the most of that skill? Are you giving to and serving others with it? Are you using it to it’s absolute fullest? Chew on this –then write the answers to these three questions in  your journal.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises] Spark photo credit: http://pinterest.com/pin/184647653441667127/

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Unassisted pull ups can be intimidating. But don’t let that discourage you from giving them a try! Start with Ring Pull Ups. They allow you to build up your upper body muscles gradually and before you know it unassisted pull ups will be right around the corner! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Time to embrace the new seasonal fruit that will be popping up soon with our Cool Fruit Cocktail. Make sure and add some slivered almonds to this delicious mix to balance out your snack. [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:

Essential Element: The Bonfire Health Program empowers you to choose healthier perspectives and responses to stress, as well as offering specific strategies and mechanisms for mitigating the effects of stress and reducing its occurrences. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Coping Mechanisms]

Journal:  Life is a matter of perspective. Today in your journal, consider your life through the eyes of someone you know. Choose someone you’ve met recently – an acquaintance, co- worker, even a new friend. Write three sentences describing your life the way they might see it. Your personality, your family, your job. Then write down three things you perceive about theirs.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ
FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Keep those coals burning hot because we’ve got another amazing meal that needs some space on the grill! Add a few slices of avocado or a helping of macadamia nuts to our Grilled Chicken with Honeydew Salsa and you’ve got yourself a balanced plate!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Squat Hops might look a little silly, but suck it up! There’s nothing silly about a rock hard core, lower back and quads! [Click here for additional Workouts]

 


SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:

Essential Element:  Life is full of surprises - get ready for them. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Coping Mechanisms]

Journal:  It’s no coincidence that the word ‘journey’ and ‘journaling’ derive themselves from the same root word. Journaling is an effective way for us to chronicle this fantastic and remarkable ‘journey’ called life.  List in your journal today three events you’ve experience over the last month that you had absolutely no hand in coordinating. Good, bad, or otherwise- how did you respond?  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Even if you don’t feel ready to ramp up your Push Ups, its important to know what you’re trying for! So add a few Clapping Push Ups to your routine this week and start goal setting! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Lettuce Wraps: All the delicious filling of a burrito, with none of the gluten or that heavy, weighed down feeling after your lunch break! Try our filling suggestions, but get creative and try your own!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:  Writing  (the physical act of holding a pen and  paper in hand) – distills, crystallizes, and clarifies thought – helping us break the whole into parts. ~ Stephen Covey
Essential Element: Well people don’t necessarily experience any less stress; they simply develop better strategies and coping mechanisms for dealing with it. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Coping Mechanisms]
Journal: Just as deep breathing helps integrate body and mind, the act of writing bridges the gap between the conscious and subconscious minds. Take this week to give journaling a shot.  Even those of you devout non-journalers – give it  try for 7 days. Start by getting yourself a journal you like and will look forward to picking up.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ
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]

 

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Burpees feeling too easy for you nowadays? We’re jealous! But we’ve got a great addition for you! Try adding Burpees over Bar to the mix and you’ll be feeling sore like the rest of us again soon! [Click here for additional Workouts]

 


SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:


Essential Element: Well people don’t necessarily experience any less stress; they simply develop better strategies and coping mechanisms for dealing with it. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Coping Mechanisms]

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/

 

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
In an effort to keep your strong body capable of “Movements of the Day” far into the future, you need to keep up with your Active Recovery! Making the time to stretch and roll out is essential for your active muscles. [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Despite the name, Wicked Good Chicken Salad isn’t just for New Englanders! Prep this dish with leftover chicken over the weekend and ensure a healthy lunch ready to take to work this week! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:

Element: Wellness is experienced, not achieved.  Every choice, every day. [click here to read Spark Insight: Integration]

Journal: Your life is a series of decisions  that, when made well over time, produce a beautiful outcome. What choices did you make yesterday in Fuel, Air and Spark that moved your forward in your health goals? What choices stunted your progress? Today is a new day! Move forward again.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]