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 74 of the 100 Day Challenge! Make your morning truly ‘good’ and productive with a Weighted Good Morning Tabata! Exercising first thing in the morning does wonders to wake up your body AND mind! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Bonfire Fiesta Salad. The Bonfire diet style is “plant-driven” (no, that doesn’t mean vegetarian; it means plant centric). This means regularly eating large vegetable salads – they are essential to being healthy, and should be eaten with lunch AND dinner. [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep.  ~ Aldous Huxley

Essential Element: Our body uses sleep to rest and repair our tissues.  Our brain requires sleep to process the information from the day.  Critical sleep cycles involve hormone balancing that affects everything from your energy and moods to your metabolism and ability to regulate your body weight.  Sleep deprivation is actually a predictor of obesity [click here to read Spark Insight: Restorative Sleep].

Journal:  Sleep is a common cure-all. We don’t realize the amount of stress, disease and overwhelm we are preventing simply by hitting the pillow each and every night. How do you behave when you aren’t getting enough rest? Can your family tell just by how you communicate or don’t’ communicate with them? Answer these: “Those around me know I’m sleep deprived when….” and “I can feel myself getting restless when …”  [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
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:
Start your day off right with the Super Green Girvan Smoothie! Throwing all these nutrients in a blender is SO simple, and it will make an enormous impact on your day.    [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Inch Worms: As Brandon shows us, this exercise can fit seamlessly into your morning, and even into your kitchen! Get motivated to fit in some extra movement today. [Click here for additional Workouts]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions ~ John Milton
Essential Element: Time is the ultimate equalizer.  Regardless of age, gender or income we all have exactly the same amount of time to invest every day. [click here to read Spark Insight: 'Balance']
Journal: How are you spending your time? Are you balancing your service of others with your self care? Are you letting your own passions and hobbies rule over your responsibilities? Take a few minutes and write down the five places you spend the most time during an average week.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]