IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 13 of the 100 Day Challenge! Dr. Franson joins the crew at Crossfit Wicked for a Super Man Tabata! They’re a lot less fun than they look… but your CORE will thank you! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Its officially grilling weather and you know you’ve been waiting all winter to try out Dr. Paul’s Famous Hamburgers!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Whatever the struggle, continue the climb. It may be only one step to the summit. ~ Diane Westlake

Essential Element: Our attitude will determine our experience with struggle.  If you accept struggle as part of personal growth and embrace it, you’ll respond differently. [click here to read Spark Insight: The Value of Struggle]

Journal: If tomorrow your whole life were relieved of its financial struggles, what would you want to do today? Who would you give to? Where would you invest a little more of your resources? In your journal, envision your life with no financial restrain. Within reason, take that attitude of generosity into tomorrow. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 12 of the 100 Day Challenge! Power Cleans may seem like an upper body strain, but be sure to let the momentum from your jump and shrug send the weight upwards and your arms won’t (and shouldn’t be!) be pulling the weight! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Mini Crustless Quiches are a great “make ahead” recipe that will keep giving nutrition and early morning convenience for several days after baking. [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Nothing is given to man on earth – struggle is built into the nature of life – and the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen. ~ Andrew Bernstein

Essential Element: Unexpected life challenges can pose a heavy burden.  Developing emotional fitness should happen before you need it. [click here to read Spark Insight: The Value of Struggle]

Journal: Prevention takes some serious woork – but a preventative mindset can save you heaps in the long run. Knowing your values and living by them in the less challenging seasons builds your strength for the more trying ones. Define your top three life values today in your journal.  Start by writing down the top ten people you most admire, and the main value they live by that you admire in them.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 11 of the 100 Day Challenge! Dr. Franson Tabatas with his kids and even his pup during a challenging session of Mountain Climbers! Gotta love the commitment to health these kiddos are learning at an early age! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
As new vegetables start arriving from your Summer Farm Share, get prepared to try this delicious side: Baked Squash with Sage[Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:  The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself — the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us — that’s where it’s at. ~ Jesse Owens

Essential Element: Weightlifting stresses a muscle and causes an adaptation – muscle growth.  The same response is evident in our neurological functions, immune systems and social skills.  Resistance, friction and struggle produce advancement in our ability to cope and succeed.  We get stronger. [click here to read Spark Insight: The Value of Struggle]

Journal:  Where do you physically see yourself getting stronger? What have you been doing to get there?  Has some new training method been added to your routine? Write in your journal one way you have challenged yourself over the last month. Then decide how you will challenge yourself with something new in the coming one.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 10 of the 100 Day Challenge! Pull Ups! If your arms aren’t quite ready for classic pull up form, that doesn’t mean you need to skip today… There are several modifications you can use for your Tabata, including Kipping Pull-Ups, Ring Pull Ups,  or any number of resistance bands. [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Lemon Pepper Chicken with Walnut Pesto is a MUST-TRY recipe for your kitchen this week! Its simple, flavorful and will have you looking at chicken in a whole new way! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Opportunity follows struggle. It follows effort. It follows hard work. It doesn’t come before. ~ Shelby Steele

Essential Element:  We encounter the challenge, struggle, adapt and move forward.  This is the essence of growth. [click here to read Spark Insight: The Value of Struggle]

Journal:  Without challenge, we simply don’t grow. Visualize the co-worker who challenges you to your core. Write out in your journal the way they challenge you most. Consider this: Instead of simply acting as your opponent (which is how it may feel) what if they are put in your life to serve you? To move you towards a more flexible, compassionate, stronger you? Are you letting them?  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 9 of the 100 Day Challenge! Wall Balls are deceptive in that they look like a fun, creative game from when you were a kid… but after your Tabata today you’ll know better. This full body workout will have your quads shaking! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Turkey Egg Scramble is a great way to fuel for the 100 Day Challenge! Its also a surefire way to make sure that leftover turkey in the fridge doesn’t go to waste! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow. ~ Thomas Paine

Essential Element: We are designed to grow – even flourish – under stress.  Nearly all advancements that we make neurologically, physically, emotionally and socially happen as a direct result of some kind of challenge. [click here to read Spark Insight: The Value of Struggle]

Journal: If you sat across from your best friend at the dinner table tonight – and they were all ears – what would you tell them your greatest internal struggle is right now? Outside of any struggles with people or finances – what are YOU facing inside yourself? Write out in your journal what this battle looks like. Then copy down todays quote and essential element.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 8 of the 100 Day Challenge! Today’s Tabata will be Knees to Elbows. Don’t worry if you can’t get your knees all the way up to your elbows – keep trying, the core work is fantastic as well as keeping your shoulders strong and healthy through the extended range-of-motion.  [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Start your day off with a delicious helping of nutrients! A Blueberry Smoothie is just the thing you need to kick start your body systems and satiate your rumbling tummy! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Essential Element: 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 and Control]

Journal: List in your journal your greatest current inspirations. Authors, speakers, family members, etc. Next to each – jot down the main thing that inspires you about their lives.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 7 of the 100 Day Challenge! How are you feeling? Keep up the good work and hammer out your Tabata Push Ups today! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Our Orange Carrot Beet Salad will surprise you in how delicious and refreshing it is! It’s also very nutritious – good for the gall bladder, so dig in! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.
~ Albert Schweitzer

Essential Element: Steven Covey teaches that we only have influence on those things in our Circle of Influence - what we think and do. The more we focus on our COI, the larger our influence becomes. [click here to read Spark Insight: Influence and Control]

Journal: Who have you influenced in the last 7 days? Whose life is different because you are alive? Jot down the names of those lives you know you have influence in right now. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Welcome to Day 6 of the 100 Day Challenge! Your Tabata today is Slam Ball, a great full body movement and arguably, one of the most fun! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Try something new on the grill tonight! Lamb Shish Kabobs are an easy balanced meal, and the marinade is just right!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
~ Mark Twain

Essential Element: Our lives can be reduced to a series of choices and the results of those choices. [click here to read Spark Insight: Influence and Control]

Journal: Check your moral courage. What do you stand for? Does your bank account show it? Write down in your journal the last 7 things you spent money on. Next to each of them – jot down the life-value that expense represents.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
It’s Day 5 of the 100 Day Challenge and today you’re Rowing for Calories! Set that rower to the calorie setting and you’re off on your 5th day straight of Tabatas and combating Cystic Fibrosis! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Mashed Cauliflower has all the aesthetic and incredible taste of mashed potatoes, but NONE of the insulin spiking starches!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.
~ Everett Dirksen

Essential Element: Our belief systems are learned, and therefore are chosen. [click here to read Spark Insight: Influence and Control]

Journal: If you could choose five words to describe yourself, what would they be? Would flexible be one of them? Write them out in your journal – then consider how flexibility plays (or does not play) a role in your life.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 4 of the 100 Day ChallengeKettlebell Swings! Grab a bell and remember… power for these comes from the hips!  [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
If you’re not keeping Next time you fire up the grill, forget about those hamburgers and hotdogs, and reach for the artichokes! Artichokes in general can seem intimidating and full of hassle to prep, but they’re simple! And well worth investigating!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:

Essential Element: Once we recognize that the paradigm that has dictated every thought, response, choice, and behavior pattern in our lives is learned, we can also recognize that it can be re-learned. [click here to read Spark Insight: Influence and Control]

Journal:  What is seeming impossible to you right now? What do you genuinely want to accomplish but just can’t visualize yourself actually making happen?  Write out your answer in your journal. Below it – copy the quote above – and start the process of believing you CAN.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]