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 73 of the 100 Day Challenge!  Wall Ball Cleans. There’s more to this movement than meets the eye. It’s a full body, demanding Tabata, no question about it! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Broccoli, Bacon & Cashew Salad. A delicious, balanced combination that’s perfect for any barbeque or potluck. Great for an everyday lunch too!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. ~ William Penn

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:  Think about how productive you might be if, right in the middle of your crazy work day, you set aside time for you body’s ‘nourishment and refreshment’. I’m not talking about lunch – I’m talking about sleep! But lunch is a perfect time to do it. Consider taking 10 minutes out of your lunch break and putting your head down. Turn on your phone and close your eyes right there at your desk, or in your car – wherever you can find quiet. Later today, journal the thoughts and brainstorms that come to you in that ‘never-never land’ you go to before sleep … They may be some of your most creative thoughts all day!   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 60 of the 100 Day Challenge! Alexis teaches Squat Thrust Tabatas today! Enjoy this ‘cousin’ of the burpee and start feeling strong!  [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Mini Crustless Quiches are incredibly simple, and just as satisfying! Mix and bake and have a fast and delicious breakfast on hand for the rest of the week. [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:  It’s not the mountain we conquer but ourselves ~ Edmund Hillary

Essential Element: We must choose behaviors that provide sufficiency [click here to read Spark Insight: Integration].

Journal: Where are you thought patterns toxic? Where are they feeding you a continuous stream of  “I can’t”, “that’s too tough”, “I’ll never” …etc. Remember you are the one that provides the nutrients that feed that brain of yours.  List in your journal three ways your brain is fed, refreshed and re-focused. Then schedule how you’ll get some of that tomorrow.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 54 of the 100 Day Challenge! Single Unders will help you achieve your Tabata goal today, but they’ll also transport you to your childhood when you pull out that ol’ jumprope! Click here to watch Team Member, Alexis, explain taking it up a notch to Double Unders, and see how many great stretches you can do with a jumprope assist! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
A side dish that has it all! Brussels Sprouts with Bacon will satisfy your need for greens… and the ever pressing need for bacon!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~ Matthew 6:21

Essential Element: Rejuvenation patterns include our “time-offs”, breaks and vacations. Well People are deliberate in their rest and repair patterns.  Design your daily, weekly schedules as well as your monthly and yearly calendar to reflect your commitment to this critical Essential Element [click here to read Spark Insight: Rest & Repair].

Journal: Time is so telling. Often our statements around what we value can be voided out by our dedication of time elsewhere. Are your financial aims robbing your personal goals? Do your business plans and new ventures see more of you than your family? Take today to check back in and ask yourself: Where is your treasure? Where do you really want your legacy left?   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 52 of the 100 Day Challenge! Hollow Rocks. Just because they look a little silly doesn’t mean they’re not an amazing core strengthener! Keep up the great work with all your Tabatas!  [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:  There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled. ~ Edward Lucas

Essential Element:  Claim ownership of your time and schedule. Make a standing “napping appointment” in your daily schedule if at all possible.  Even Presidents of the United States have made this a priority – and they have a demanding schedule, too [click here to read Spark Insight: Rest & Repair].

Journal:  Napping. A phenomenon that perplexes many, and blesses few.  It’s too difficult to make the time, we know we’ll wake up groggy, etc. If only there were more of us daring to try it again. Bonfire is posing the challenge to you this week: Try it. For three days this week, give your brain 10-20 minutes of darkroom, shut-eye. They don’t have to be in a row – nor at the same time each day. You don’t even have to actually go to sleep. Journal your findings at the end of the week – and post one of them as a comment here on Bonfire’s Ignite Your Day post. Let’s hear em…    [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 18 of the 100 Day Challenge! Hand Stands are a fun way to switch up your Tabatas today! Strengthen those shoulders during your intervals and if you’re feeling particularly strong, turn them into Hand Stand Pushups, you overachiever! Take a look at the Franson Family Chiropractic staff making time for the 100 Day Challenge right in the office! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
A simple, protein packed salad to jump start your afternoon or add greens to your dinner! Our Tuna Spinach Salad is sure to become a favorite! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.  ~ G.K. Chesterton

Essential Element: On a personal level you get to choose your attitude.  Your attitude is a set of beliefs that are developed over time.  Your attitude reflects your chosen belief system and dictates your behaviors and feelings.  [click here to read Spark Insight: Gratitude] 

Journal:  Emotions follow actions. Sometimes our heads get so tied up in the tasks, appointments and duties of the day, we don’t make time to sit and let ourselves recognize the tiny wonders that surround us. Take 5 minutes and sit in quiet somewhere today- a coffee shop, by the water, even in your room. Look around at life. Notice the things that give you pause. Let yourself marvel at them for a minute …. then jot them down your journal.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ
FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
This Greens and Bacon breakfast, made with kale, spinach, chard, and broccoli can easily be varied depending on what you have on hand, and is extraordinarily high in phytonutrients, antioxidants and other micronutrients essential for health.  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Your quads and gluts will get more focused attention with a single leg squat! Try these Pistols and you’ll see what we mean… [Click here for additional Workouts]


SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Do not shorten the morning by getting up late; look upon it as the quintessence of life, as to a certain extent sacred. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

 

Essential Element: Utilize the 21 Day Rule to click back the alarm clock for an earlier morning wake-up. Set your alarm for a 15 minute earlier wake-up for 21 days in a row. [click here to read Spark Insight: Morning Rituals]

 Journal:  Waking early is not the easiest of disciplines – especially for the natural night owl. Yet the benefits are numerous – and can only be discovered by one willing to rise early enough to meet them. If you are a natural morning person – list three things you relish about the morning. If you are not, write down three things you’ve been told that mornings offer – then choose one to test these truths this week.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ
FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
If you have any negative feelings about Brussels Sprouts, its time to give them another try! These little wonders are full of nutrients and we’ve got a ton of exciting ways to prepare them! Cook up Brussels Sprouts with Bacon tonight and see just how right we are!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
The Shoulder Press Progression is a simple, yet solid full range-of-motion exercise for the shoulder but that also engages the entire upper body (if done standing – don’t do sitting). Give them a try in your regular weekly or biweekly rotation. [Click here for additional Workouts]

 


SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can possibly do is take  a complete rest. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant


Essential Element: REST allows for the vital repair of your body  – and the crucial recharge of your brain.  [click here to read Spark Insight: Restorative Sleep]

Journal: A few hours of extra sleep, a coffee shop visit spent gazing out the window,  a morning of reading and writing. Pick one morning this week. Take your journal, the book you are reading, and hide out somewhere  – away from the craziness of daily life. Then go to the next blank page in your journal and fill it up. Let yourself unpack something you’ve been inspired by, challenged with, or intrigued by this week.  Let your brain nourish something in your that might otherwise continue to lay dormant.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Sit Ups are a tried and true exercise – they give you core strength and helps stabilize the supportive muscles around your spine when done correctly. If your sit ups aren’t feeling challenging enough, add a prop, and you’ve got all the benefits that  KB Sit-ups have to offer!  [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Dress up your greens tonight with a Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad! This well balanced salad is the perfect, convenient dish to try this week! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 


SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your
work your judgment will be surer.  Go some distance away because then
the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack
of harmony and proportion is more readily seen. ~ Leonardo Da Vinci 

Essential Element: In order to ensure maximal complete sleep cycles, humans thrive best when we follow the Circadian Rhythm that is coiled deep inside your DNA.  Dictated by the light of the sun, this rhythm is a physiological set point that has promoted early to bed, early to rise, for millennia. [click here to read Spark Insight: Restorative Sleep]

Journal:  In order to follow our natural rhythms, we’ve got to make turning off and turning in a priority. List in your journal the top 5 things you could be caught still doing right around when you should be heading to bed. When you know it’s time to shut down – what slips in under the guise of ‘just 5 more minutes’?   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by admin
FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
You might have thought nothing is better than the Perfect Breakfast…but we’ve done it again! Perfect Breakfast PART II! Give it a try and start your day off balanced and full of nutrients!   [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Get ready for some core strengthening today with the Static Leg Hold. Integrate these into your workouts and notice how much longer you’re able to keep those legs up day-by-day!  [Click here for additional Workouts]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Human beings are born into this little span of life in which the greatest thing is genuine friendship…and yet they leave their friendships with no cultivation, to grow as they will by the roadside, expecting them to “keep” by force of mere inertia. ~ William James
Essential Element: At the expense of sufficiency, we now seek efficiency. This leads to deficits that must be reconciled. [click here to read 'Spark Insight: Connection']
Journal: In an age of virtual communication, much of our face-to-face connection has been sorely replaced. With whom have you spent time connecting lately? Which of your ‘friends’ really know what you’ve been thinking about, envisioning, mulling over while you walk the dog? Write down the name of a friend you’ll connect with this week – to provide and receive a real life listening ear.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]