IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ
FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Rosemary Turkey Legs in the Crockpot are unbelievably simple, AND unbelievably delicious, AND they cook while you’re at work – yeah! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
You’ll be feeling these for days! But Floor Wipers are a fun, challenging exercise to try. Don’t forget, the more control you have during these, the more your muscles are engaging and growing!  [Click here for additional Workouts]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye. 
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Essential Element: Love is not a sentiment.  Love should not be reduced to simply the way someone makes us feelLove 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: Love']
Journal: Whom of your friends have you chosen to love lately ? Not because you felt like loving them, but because you chose to act on the basis that love is a decision -  something you act on, not something you feel. Write out the scenario in your journal – then reflect on the impact it had on the person you loved – and the impact it had on you.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Go MJ go! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
With Spring weather creeping around, so are the temptations that come along with hot temperatures! Be prepared with your own sweet treats, like these cooling Peach Popsicles, so ice cream shops and trucks don’t lure you away from your healthiest you! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.
~ Lao Tzu
Essential Element: Unconditional Loveis the purest expression of genuine acceptance.  This choice is made independent of another’s behavior – and sometimes even in spite of their behavior. [click here to read 'Spark Insight: Love']
Journal: Demonstrating unconditional love to those that are closest to us can often be the greatest challenge. How can you courageously love your family this week? Outside the realm of your usual expressions of love for them – how can you boldly remind them that you are there for them through all life brings?  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ
FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Pasta doesn’t always have to be full of gluten! Healthy Spaghetti, for example can be made with brown rice noodles or even squash!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Handstand Push Ups can seem intimidating, but start small and work your way up! This is a great goal to work towards, and an amazing exercise to have locked down in your repertoire! [Click here for additional Workouts]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.
~ Barbara De Angelis
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. [click here to read 'Spark Insight: Love']
Journal: Consider giving a gift that has no financial ties. One that’s not purchased, paid for, or provided to anyone in a monetary sense. Write down five ways you can give of your resources this week – leaving your wallet intact  and your heart open.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Add no gym necessary Hollow Rocks to your workout today and set those abs on fire! An easily scalable workout, but keep yourself accountable to attempting the harder variations too. [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Quinoa for breakfast you say? It might not be your traditional morning meal, but the Quinoa Breakfast Bowl is a delicious, filling, easy to prepare alternative to your standard breakfast.  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Essential Element: Unconditional love may prove to be the most challenging essential element of the Bonfire Experience.  At the same time, mastery of it will trump all other elements when it comes to stress reduction and achieving peace of mind and heart. [click here to read 'Spark Insight: Love']
Journal: Sometimes the best way for our hearts and minds to achieve the peace of mind we so desperately seek, is to stop seeking it for ourselves. To look to give it instead. Jot down in your journal three ways you’ll love your spouse (or one of your closest friends) this week. At the end of the week – jot down your own heart’s and mind’s response to your actions.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ
FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Whether you throw this recipe in the crockpot, or tend to it over the stove, today’s Simple Savory Lamb Stew will knock your socks off! Chock full of protein and enhanced with natural herbs and spices, this supper will be the perfect ending to a full day!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Have you turned those single jump ropes into Double Unders yet? It might seem like a ‘jump’ (!), but its time to step it up! Challenge yourself today and give them a try! [Click here for additional Workouts]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Never let a problem to be solved become more important than the person to be loved.
~ Barbara Johnson
Essential Element: It’s important to differentiate that Unconditional Love does not imply unconditional approval.  We should reserve the right to disapprove of another’s (and our own) behavior, yet, without judgment, accept them and love them unconditionally. [click here to read 'Spark Insight: Love']
Journal:  You know where you struggle? That thing you most dislike about yourself? The area you constantly seek to improve in– but always seem to come up short?   What might it look like to love yourself here? Without ‘approving’ of your actions, habits, or attitudes needing improvement – write in your journal three personal affirmations of who you are right now – three parts of yourself that remain intact, even through out this growth process.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ
FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Explore the benefits of fermented foods today! Bonfire team member, MJ, explains some of the amazing effects of cultured and fermented foods! And if you’re feeling brave, here’s a DIY recipe for Tickled Pink Ginger Kraut!    [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
We’re proud of  you for all your daily movement! Make sure to counter that physical stress with some Active Recovery. Rolling out your muscles will get that lactic acid out and get you back to the gym faster! [Click here for additional Workouts]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:   It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. ~ Marcus Annaeus Seneca

Essential Element:  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: Love']

Journal:  Dare yourself to love the unlovable this week. Write down three people whom you consider it a challenge to show appreciation, affection or care to.  Next to each of them, jot one way you could actively serve them this week – regardless of their attitude or actions. (Talk about a challenge!)   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Try your Sit-ups with an Abmat today! Adding this structure to your sit-ups can help you maintain correct form and isolate the specific muscles you’re trying to attack! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
We’re serving up Bloody Mary Steak Tips & Sauteed Zucchini tonight, how about you? This filling and balanced meal is the perfect addition to your recipe box of super-easy, healthy meals!

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: A true friend … advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably. ~ William Penn
Essential Element: Our social lives must provide the essential elements missing from life outside the village. [click here to read 'Spark Insight: Connection']
Journal: List one acquaintance for whom you have recently done each of these things: Given Advice. Gone out of your way for. Spontaneously enjoyed. Intently listened to. Defended.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by admin
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]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by admin

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Slide Unders are a fantastic way to switch up your standard exercises and put a little excitement into your day! Easily scalable, you can add weights while you’re ‘sliding’ to take it up a notch.  [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Looking for a colorful, protein packed dinner tonight? Look no further and turn up the oven for Classic Stuffed Peppers! Not only will you and your family enjoy this dish straight from the oven, you’ll also be able to take these satisfying leftovers to work the rest of the week!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: When a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it. ~ Edgar Watson Howe
Essential Element: We must seek opportunities to fulfill our and others’ innate needs and deliberately fill them. [click here to read 'Spark Insight: Connection]
Journal: You know that person who is struggling? That friend who just can’t seem to catch a break? Put yourself in their shoes – feel what they are feeling. What would you want someone to do for you? A phone call, a drop off, an offer to take your kids? Now – go do it for them.  [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]