IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 98 of the 100 Day Challenge!  Your final friday of the 100 Day Challenge means Pass Under Tabatas!  You will likely have to be creative in finding a spot to do these (you can always ‘pretend’ there’s a rope above you!), but once you do, your coordination, balance and leg strength will thank you! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Bonfire Fiesta Salad. A fantastic, colorful and convenient recipe to get your necessary greens!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:  So often we try to alter circumstances to suit ourselves, instead of letting them alter us. ~ Maribel

Essential Element: In order to get different outcomes, you must adopt new behaviors.  Now here’s the rub:  new behaviors can be awkward and difficult.  You simply must practice new (better) behaviors until they become easier. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Influence & Control].

Journal: What new behavior have you attempted to adopt – maybe a few times now – and just can’t seem to make it a part of your day? Maybe it’s cutting out sugar… Maybe it’s going to bed earlier…  Maybe it’s writing your spouse a note each day to let them know you appreciate them. Whatever it is that you want to make a habit, see it for the powerful thing it is, rather than just for the effort it requires; for the shaping and changing of you it will do, rather than the irksomeness of trying yet again to make it a part of your life. You are the decider of the action – but the action itself possesses unlimited ability to shape your life. In your journal – jot down three positive, life-shaping effects this one habit holds. Then do the thing… [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 73 of the 100 Day Challenge!  Wall Ball Cleans. There’s more to this movement than meets the eye. It’s a full body, demanding Tabata, no question about it! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Broccoli, Bacon & Cashew Salad. A delicious, balanced combination that’s perfect for any barbeque or potluck. Great for an everyday lunch too!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. ~ William Penn

Essential Element:  And, lo and behold, the afternoon nap turns out to be one of the most effective and productive methods for increasing energy and improving cognitive skills and focus, while mitigating the adverse effects of chronic stress by lowering circulating stress hormones like cortisol [click here to read Spark Insight: Restorative Sleep].

Journal:  Think about how productive you might be if, right in the middle of your crazy work day, you set aside time for you body’s ‘nourishment and refreshment’. I’m not talking about lunch – I’m talking about sleep! But lunch is a perfect time to do it. Consider taking 10 minutes out of your lunch break and putting your head down. Turn on your phone and close your eyes right there at your desk, or in your car – wherever you can find quiet. Later today, journal the thoughts and brainstorms that come to you in that ‘never-never land’ you go to before sleep … They may be some of your most creative thoughts all day!   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 70 of the 100 Day Challenge! Congratulations! 70 days of epic commitment, discipline and movement! Keep up the great work today with Kettlebell Sit Ups. [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Spice up your greens today with a Pear Walnut Salad. We’ve got a delicious, homemade dressing to drizzle over it too! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Every human being has a work to carry on within, duties to perform abroad, and influence to exert. ~ William Ellery Channing

Essential Element: Wellness is experienced, not achieved.  Every choice, every day [click here to read Spark Insight: Coping Mechanisms].

Journal: Who is lifting you up? Who is pulling you down? Consider investing more time with people a. that draw out the best in you b. whose faith, character and integrity are equal to or greater than your own and c. whom you’d like your children to grow up and be similar to.  Jot three of their names down in your journal tonight – and make some time to spend with them!  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 68 of the 100 Day Challenge! We’re getting creative to day with Ball Push Ups! Not only creative, but fun (!), this Tabtata will be over in no time, and suddenly you’ve got a new favorite movement for building core strength and coordination!  [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Avocado Grapefruit Salad. Quite possibly the perfect summer snack/lunch! A side of sliced turkey or chicken will balance out your plate, but either way, this salad is sure to refresh you, cool you down, and fill you up with quality nutrients! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Essential Element: If we are to be truly happy – and find peace of mind – we must strive to master managing our most important assets [click here to read Spark Insight: Coping Mechanisms].

Journal:  Consider not what you don’t have – but what you do. Managing our assets starts with recognizing our resources – and appreciating them for the gifts they are. Identify in your journal today your current three most valuable resources. Next to each of them, brainstorm on how you might make the best use of them over the next two weeks – then give thanks for the gifts they are.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 58 of the 100 Day Challenge! Single Arm Kettlebell Swings. As fantastic as full body work outs are… sometimes its helpful to isolate different muscle groups. In this case, single arm swings will give you the chance to focus on your non-dominate side! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Rocky Mountain Salad. When team member, MJ, lived in Colorado, she concocted this deliciously balanced, energy/nutrient filled lunch! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:  I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to reach my destination. ~ Jimmy Dean

Essential Element: Your life is a mosaic of the choices that you make, the experiences that you have, and the attitudes or patterns of thinking that you develop over time [click here to read Spark Insight: Integration].

Journal: What seemingly impossible situation are you in right now?  One you are clueless about how to change? Remember the only thing you can change is YOU. Take a minute today to reflect on the scenario you are in. Who is in it with you? What would the ideal outcome look like?  List these three things in your journal: 1. The mantra you will take on this week around that situation; 2. The person you’ll consult regarding the situation and 3. What you will do to positively move the situation one step forward. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 20 of the 100 Day Challenge! You’ll find it easy to make time for find time for a quick rendezvous with Tabata Sit Ups today! If you’re looking to take it up a notch, add some weight, as Dr. Franson demonstrates for us below.   [Click here for additional Workouts]

 

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Time to start gathering recipes for your garden harvest! Try the delicious combination of our Heirloom Tomato Salad! And don’t worry… you can always visit your local farmers market for these veggies if they’re not growing in your backyard!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.  ~ G.B. Stern

Essential Element: If we experience support, we must choose to recognize it and be grateful.  We should be careful not to take it for granted and miss the opportunity to recognize others for the support. [click here to read Spark Insight: Gratitude] 

Journal: The members of our family are the ones who need to hear our appreciation the most. They are the ones who are consistently do life with us –whom we have a daily give and take relationship with. List in your journal the members of your immediate family, then take a few minutes to brainstorm how you might be creative in telling/showing them what you appreciate about them this week.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 18 of the 100 Day Challenge! Hand Stands are a fun way to switch up your Tabatas today! Strengthen those shoulders during your intervals and if you’re feeling particularly strong, turn them into Hand Stand Pushups, you overachiever! Take a look at the Franson Family Chiropractic staff making time for the 100 Day Challenge right in the office! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
A simple, protein packed salad to jump start your afternoon or add greens to your dinner! Our Tuna Spinach Salad is sure to become a favorite! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.  ~ G.K. Chesterton

Essential Element: On a personal level you get to choose your attitude.  Your attitude is a set of beliefs that are developed over time.  Your attitude reflects your chosen belief system and dictates your behaviors and feelings.  [click here to read Spark Insight: Gratitude] 

Journal:  Emotions follow actions. Sometimes our heads get so tied up in the tasks, appointments and duties of the day, we don’t make time to sit and let ourselves recognize the tiny wonders that surround us. Take 5 minutes and sit in quiet somewhere today- a coffee shop, by the water, even in your room. Look around at life. Notice the things that give you pause. Let yourself marvel at them for a minute …. then jot them down your journal.   [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
FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Kale is an amazing, nutrient dense veggie, so if you don’t like the taste… find a way to enjoy it! Our Massaged Kale Salad has a delicious blend of seasoning and is smothered in avocado.  YUM!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 2 of the 100 Day Challenge! Watch Alexis and her dad knock out a Push-Up Tabata out in the sunshine! For more instructions on Push Ups and form, click here[Click here for additional Workouts]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Test all things; hold fast what is good ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:21

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 and Control]

Journal: Be aware of your inner narrator. What’s the commentary in your head saying about  you right now? What is the story you are telling yourself? If your sibling/closest friend had you sit down and tell them the ‘chapter’ of your life you are in right now, what would you say? Write it out in your journal.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]