IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 53 of the 100 Day Challenge! Back Lunges. Simple Lunge w a back-step. Keep a tall chest and a straight hip angle. Drive from the heel – don’t let knee drift past shoe laces on the lead foot. [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Bake. Add some creative seasonings to your traditional chicken bake tonight and enjoy! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Rest is an essential enzyme of life, as necessary as air. Without rest, we cannot sustain the energy needed to have life!… ~ Wayne Mueller

Essential Element: Well People are deliberate in their rest and repair strategies [click here to read Spark Insight: Rest & Repair].

Journal: You’ll see this author a number of times in our posts this week. His wisdom on the rest, repair and refreshment, and its essentiality to human life, is incomparable. The simple act of reading allows our brains to recognize time-less truths that our time-constricted lives crave.  Test it out this week.  Borrow/buy/eBook a piece on rest – and read just a few chapters. Journal your responses and jot down quotes that engage your brain.  Leave one for us to read too on Today’s Bonfire post. (Our suggestion: Wayne Mueller’s Book, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in our Daily Lives)  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 42 of the 100 Day Challenge! Box Jumps are an emotional mix for most people… a blend of exhilaration and a fear of wiping out! Don’t forget, nearly all exercise is scaleble – in this case, you can modify your Box Jump Tabata to be Box Steps or Step Downs[Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Hard Boiled Eggs with Fresh Pesto! A terrific breakfast or energy boosting snack. Plus, our dairy-free, homemade Pesto will add just the right amount of flavor. Enjoy! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:  You really shouldn’t say “I love you” unless you mean it.  But if you mean it, you should say it a lot.  People forget.  ~ Author unknown, attributed to an 8-year-old named Jessica

Essential Element: As much as it fuels the fires of passion, ties the knots of friendship, and binds a parent to their child, love itself remains largely misunderstood. We are social beings who crave and depend on emotional “strokes” to develop into whole and complete people [click here to read Spark Insight: Unconditional Love].

Journal:  Have you said it lately? To those people who matter most? To the ones who need to hear it more? If today was your last day on earth – whom would you have wanted to say it to? Write their names in your journal. Better yet – go tell them now!  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 41 of the 100 Day Challenge! Jack Knives. Its true, Dr. Stephen makes everything look easy, but this variation of the “Crunch” is a muscle burning, core builder for sure! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Turkey Egg Scramble: Add some extra protein to your morning with our tasty breakfast combination!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Love is the choice to reach out to another person, no matter how they reciprocate. ~ Gary Chapman

Essential Element: Love should not be reduced to simply the way someone makes us feel.  Of course, love comes with tremendous emotion and real feelings.  But it is so much more.  Love is a decision.  It is something that we choose to give and receive, not something that we wait to experience [click here to read Spark Insight: Unconditional Love].

Journal: Emotions follow actions. Actions do not always follow emotion. Many times we want an emotion to drive our action … allowing us to feel excitement!, joy!, fun!… before we even begin to act! Reality is, if we wait to experience emotion, we’ll miss out on much more than we’ll experience. What are you waiting for emotions to instigate? What have you been hanging back in,  relationally OR otherwise, just waiting to feel something before you give? Stop the waiting. Start giving.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 40 of the 100 Day Challenge! Grab a kettlebell and add some weight to your classic Squat! Goblet Squat Tabatas will be a new favorite! And as with many of our Tabatas, they’re a fantastic way to fit movement into the busiest of schedules!  [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
A new take on tuna, our Portabello Tuna Burgers have a delicious combination of flavors, and you can enjoy this tasty sandwich without any glutinous bread! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
 ~ Maya Angelou

Essential Element: We are social beings who crave and depend on emotional “strokes” to develop into whole and complete people.  These strokes come in many shapes, but can be easily identified when they come in the form of gestures, attention, physical contact, kind words or actions.  These are all as much part of our “required nutrients” for optimal health as Vitamin C, amino acids and oxygen [click here to read Spark Insight: Unconditional Love].

Journal: We as people need to understand that we are valued – everyday of every month of every year of life! Yet so often we go without giving, or receiving, any proof of such things. Think of every human being you know as an individual love bucket, being filled up and drained by the people and events of life. Now, jot down the names of 5 people whose loves buckets you will make a significant donation to this week.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 39 of the 100 Day Challenge! Sprints are a fantastic way to increase your speed as a runner and your lung capacity in general as an athlete! Enjoy!  [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Nothing says summer like seafood! There are two options for cooking the scallops in our Scallops Provencal: put them in the sauce at the end to cook, or grill them and serve with the sauce. Either way, be careful not to overcook the scallops – they only take a couple of minutes! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.  ~ Lao Tzu

Essential Element: The concept of Unconditional love may prove to be the most challenging essential element of the Bonfire Experience.  At the same time, mastery of unconditional love will trump all other elements when it comes to stress reduction and achieving peace of mind and heart [click here to read Spark Insight: Unconditional Love].

Journal:  Think back to an instance or season of life where those around you lifted you up – enabling you to do more than you could have on your own. Then think back to an effort you made to achieve something you wouldn’t otherwise have tried for, had your love for someone not been present. Recount both of these instances your journal today.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 38 of the 100 Day Challenge! Dr. Franson starts the day with High Knees! And his kiddos aren’t far behind! Get your family involved in your workout today. Its a great healthy habit to start at any age! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
You will not believe how good our Bonfire Green Smoothie tastes despite looking like lawnmower juice! Feel free to add or subtract what you have on hand and what you like in terms of taste. Be careful to not go overboard on the fruit – this is a green (i.e. vegetable) smoothie designed to deliver great nutrient-dense antioxidants and phytonutrients from vegetables with the fruit added to sweeten and lessen any bitterness from the chard, kale and spinach. [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:  The art of love… is largely the art of persistence.  ~ Albert Ellis

Essential Element: We thrive in loving environments and relationships, and we contract and atrophy in loveless circumstances. The greatest way to foster love is to offer it freely.  Choose to extend love to those around you without attachment to their response.  Do not give to get.  Give to give. [click here to read Spark Insight: Unconditional Love].

Journal:  Just like consistency is the key to maintaining physical strength, so persistency in love is key to maintaining healthy perspectives. And without exercise, these things atrophy. Where are you exercising love regularly? Where have you let your intentionality fade? Jot down a few of your relationships you feel thriving right now, and a few that could us a few extra reps.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 37 of the 100 Day Challenge and we’re back to an old favorite! Burpees! Enjoy your movement today and remember, the discipline you are exhibiting today will serve you so well tomorrow and every day to come! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Having trouble ‘balancing’ your lunch plate? Take a look at what Dr. Paul’s having! His Plants, Fats and Protein dish will have you feeling great! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: It is not that love is blind.  It is that love sees with a painter’s eye, finding the essence that renders all else background.  ~ Robert Brault

Essential Element:  Unconditional Love is the purest expression of genuine acceptance.  It’s important to differentiate that Unconditional Love does not imply unconditional approval.  We should reserve the right to disapprove of another’s behavior, yet, without judgment, accept them and love them unconditionally  [click here to read Spark Insight: Unconditional Love].

Journal: All of us have people with whom we very much disagree. We couldn’t be more different, and don’t’ see eye –to-eye, at all. They may in fact reside within our extended family!  The mark of a healthy mental attitude on the deepest level is being able  to accept these people unconditionally – rather then letting them get under our skin. Is there someone whom you very outwardly disapprove of? Jot them down in your journal –  then write down how you will outwardly choose to demonstrate your love for them this week.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 36 of the 100 Day Challenge!  If you’re finding it hard to squeeze a Tabata into your busy schedule… Bench Dips will be a perfect exercise for you today! You can literally do these off the edge of your work seat! We’re proud of you for prioritizing your health! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Alexis’ Paleo Cereal is delicious, nutritious, and filling. Eating regular cereal is so “old school” – grains cause many health problems including promoting weight gain and diabetes. This is the new cereal – get with the program, you’ll love it. [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small differences we can make. These, over time, add up to the big differences that we often cannot foresee. ~ Marian Wright Edelman

Essential Element: At the end of the day, the only way to really change the world is to start with yourself [click here to read Spark Insight: Unconditional Love].

Journal: Unconditional love has the power to change two people – both the giver and the receiver. Read this week’s Spark Insight, then jot down the answers to these two questions. Regardless of your less-than-loving- actions toward them, when was the last time you received someone’s unconditional love? When was the last time you gave it?   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 35 of the 100 Day Challenge. Add a little fun to your Saturday and Tabata with Wall Balls[Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
A cole slaw without the mayonnaise and unnecessary calories? You’ve got to try this! Honey Apple Cole Slaw. [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Good company upon the road is the shortest cut.  ~ Author Unknown

Essential Element: We are social animal … so by all means get connected! Let yourself be amazed by how much you’ll get when you give, love and share. [click here to read Spark Insight: Connection]

Journal:  Whose company do you relish?  Whose presence do you genuinely enjoy – with little to no effort? How much of these people do you get on a day to day, week to week basis? Jot down in your journal the names of a few people with simply enjoy being with. This week, make time to be with one of them! Remind yourself the gift you have in great company… [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 34 of the 100 Day Challenge. Come on… we know most of you are headed to the beach today already… so get your Tabata in with Broad Jumps on the Beach! A perfect spot to exercise when its hot, because your ‘cool down’ is conveniently waiting for you in the waves! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Coconut Curry Chicken. Don’t spend money on take out! You can have a delicious, healthier version of Indian food make right in your very own kitchen! Dr. Paul lays it out in today’s video link! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Sometimes, we need a few people in our lives who will calmly call our bluff.  ~ Dr. SunWolf

Essential Element: The whole is much more than the sum of the parts.  [click here to read Spark Insight: Connection]

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]