AIR ~ Movement of the Day: Day 97 of the 100 Day Challenge! Barbell Farmer’s Carry. Weight up your barbells and walk across the yard (or gym)! Sounds easy… but you’ll be feeling this one by the end of your Tabata! Finish strong gang… 3 more days of the Challenge! [Click here for additional Workouts]
SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: I began to have an idea of my life, not as the slow shaping of achievement to fit my preconceived purposes, but as the gradual discovery and growth of purpose which I did not know. ~ Joannna Field
Essential Element: Our lives can be reduced to a series of choices and the results of those choices. Every choice, every day, we get to shape our lives. Create an increased awareness of your Innate Values and choose Belief Systems that are in alignment with them – and watch your behaviors follow suit. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Influence & Control].
Journal: Discovery of our life’s purpose is a process – one that we must be open and alert to in order to receive. Observing the very fabric of our days – the conversations we engage in, the connections we make, the ideas we see propagated- and taking note of what ignites a spark in our hearts and minds – is worth every minute of observation. Let yourself slow long enough today, at some point during your day, to actively observe and take in the life around you. Be present … and see what your heart comes up with … [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
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]
AIR ~ Movement of the Day: Day 33 of the 100 Day Challenge. We think classic squats are getting too easy for the likes of our strong, dedicated 100 Day Challenge participants! Give Jump Squats a try today! Remember to keep those knees tracking out and use a medicine ball to keep your form pristine. [Click here for additional Workouts]
Journal: When’s the last time you let someone get close to you? Not romantically, but in an honest, authentic opening of your life to them – with the aim of mutually supporting and intentional refining each other. For us to experience consistent growth, it is essential to have others who are like-but-not-exactly-the-same-as us in our lives. List in your journal three people you’d consider yourself this kind of close to. Recognize what a gift these people are to you, and you to them. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
FUEL ~ Dish of the Day: If you’re in New England this time of year, you’ll notice the soup weather won’t be holding out much longer! Before summer is here in full force, make sure to try our delicious recipe for Chili without Beans! It might not be a concept you’re used to, but trust us, without those legumes, your tummy will thank you! [Click here for additional Recipes]
AIR ~ Movement of the Day: Box Jumps can be an intimidating exercise, no doubt about it! But like so many things, if you build your height gradually and face those fears of wiping out… the feeling of success (and ripped quads!) are waiting just around the corner! [Click here for additional Workouts]
SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: As in the case of wines that improve with age, the oldest friendships ought to be the most cherished. ~ Cicero Essential Element: A Bonfire best practice is to seek out like-minded, supportive people. Schedule time for friends, date night, mystery rides with the kids, and coffee breaks with your spouse. Put these times in your weekly schedule and make them part of your culture. [click here to read 'Spark Insight: Connection'] Journal: What weekly rituals do you currently have in place to protect your time with your family? Take 5 minutes and envision on paper what an ideal weekly family time might look like. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
FUEL ~ Dish of the Day: As good as leftover chili is cold and straight from the fridge, there’s another way to put that delicious dish to use! Our Chili Omelet puts a new twist on your traditional egg breakfast.[Click here for additional Recipes]
AIR ~ Movement of the Day: Movement of the day? Vitamin F! Put some FUN and inspiration back into your exercise routine! Instead of heading to the gym, go dancing! Take a few laps around the mall! Or even cartwheels around the yard! Make sure you switch things up, so your motivation to exercise doesn’t dwindle. [Click here for additional Workouts]
SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: The question for each man is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence and education – but what he will do with the things he has. ~ Frank Hamilton Essential Element: Regardless of orientation, most everyone agrees that we live by an internal compass that guides our behavior with feelings of good and bad, knowledge of right and wrong. [click here to read 'Living in Alignment'] Journal: If you had $10,000 to donate to three causes of your choice, what would they be? Organizations, charities, radio stations, publications, churches? List your top three. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
AIR ~ Movement of the Day: This amazing spring weather has everyone at Bonfire Headquarters itching for an excuse to be outside! Get your daily dose of sunshine AND an amazing workout by dusting off your bicycle this week! Whether biking to work or riding around the block with your kids after school, this exercise is sure to get your ‘gears’ moving! [Click here for additional Workouts]
SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, and what you believe shine through. ~ Anonymous Essential Element: A key step in moving toward a life of alignment is articulating our highest values. [click here to read 'Living in Alignment'] Journal: What are the most important motivators in your life – the things that drive you to do what you do every day? Compassion? Freedom? Diligence? Authenticity? Generosity? List three of your life’s top values. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
AIR ~ Movement of the Day: Air Squats This essential movement is crucial to add to your daily schedule. Air squats not only work your quads and core, but strengthen your lower back as well! Runners, especially, can benefit from adding squats to their pre-run stretch, halfway point, and at the end of their run, as well. A strong lower back eliminates a multitude of common daily aches and pains, so squat away! [Click here for additional Workouts]
FUEL ~ Dish of the Day: Looking for a way to ward off this lingering winter chill? What better way than Chanya’s Chili? Chock full of protein and essential vegetables, this beautiful dish will warm your insides and your soul! [Click here for additional Recipes]
SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: Patience is the hardest part of learning, and training is the essence of transformation ~ Ann Voskamp Essential Element: Healthy people are always learning – looking for opportunities to grow and expand.[Click to read 'Creating Change'] Journal: Where is your work schedule rigid? Where is it flexible? Many of us perceive our work week as something we must struggle through in order to bring home a paycheck. Perspective shift!: Write out your typical work week schedule, noting the particularly tedious hours in the week. Choose one of these times and consider how you might make it more valuable – for you and your co-workers. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
SPARK: Journal of the Day: Quote of the Day: Cynic: A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. ~ Ambrose Pierce Essential Element:We are often more experienced at turning to negative emotions than positive ones. We must work to build the muscle of staring our fears in the face and doing them anyway. [click to view Spark Insight - Restorative Sleep] Journal: What endeavor is scaring you most right now? Write down the fears accompanying it. Then write how you want to look those fears in the eye and dominate. Share your strategy with two of your closest friends. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
This chili has vegetables added – stealth health for kids. It works for lunches, snacks as well as for dinner. In our house, this delicious leftover is used in the morning for chili cheese omelets. - Dr. Paul
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 large onion
4 cloves garlic
2 red bell peppers
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup chopped broccoli
2-3 lbs. ground meat – can be all-organic beef or any combination of beef, ground turkey, and/or pork
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder (add more or less to taste)
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Two 28 oz. cans diced tomatoes or 6 fresh tomatoes
Two 15 oz. cans of kidney beans
1 cup water
1\8 cup red wine vinegar
Avocado (optional) Optional: Raw cheddar cheese (available at Trader Joe’s)
Heat oil over low-medium heat.
Add onion, garlic, bell pepper, carrot, and broccoli.
Cook, stirring occasionally,12 to 15 minutes.
Add the meat, increase heat, and stir meat up with spoon, cooking 8-10 minutes.
Add tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper; cook, stirring for 2 minutes.
Add tomatoes, beans, and 1 cup water and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 25-30 minutes or longer.
Serve with avocado and optional shredded raw cheddar.