Monday Motivation – #GOALS

Through every stage of life, it is important to set goals – both big and small. Dreaming and achieving are two very different things, however. So how do we reach these marks we set for ourselves?

  1. Make your goals realistic
  2. Map out what steps you need to take to succeed
  3. Manage your time wisely
  4. Understand that you may need to adjust

“Be stubborn in your goals and flexible in your methods”

For me, my life is a never ending series of lists and goals and to-dos. It’s the way I propel myself forward and stay on task. Otherwise, there’s a good chance I would spend 24 hours a day napping and watching documentaries. Oh, and all the snacking… *sigh* Usually I can organize and motivate myself well enough to succeed with ease. But there are some instances in which the task at hand gets, well, out of hand. Take this blog, for example. This year I laid out the perfect posting schedule and content. I decided on a new direction and bought new stationary (a must for any venture). What I didn’t properly take into consideration was the amount of time I would need to set aside in addition to full time schooling and work and studying and volunteering and maintaining my relationships. You get the picture. And so I fall behind. But that isn’t a reason to throw my hands up and quit. It’s time for reassessment.

So I hope you take this quote to heart, in closing.

“It’s only failure if you stop trying.”

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Fashion: For It or Faux Pas

So far, the trend forecast for 2017 is one big NOPE for me. Mules? Nope. Giant baggy silk pants that look like you’re hiding Yoko Ono in there? O NO thanks. And Elle.com can try to rip on classic sneaks, “It’s now about sneakers that are embellished or have something like emojis or logos on them.”, but they’re not fooling me. Dear god if I see anyone in a platform sneaker with a tongue sticking out emoji on them I will burn your outfit while you’re still wearing it.

So what am I here for this week?

Ripped denim even in the winter, paired with fluffy scarves and black ankle boots.

Soft nude coats that Audrey and Grace would be proud of.

and…

 

CONFIDENCE.

Don’t let your New Year’s Resolutions dictate your fashion. You want to lose 10 lbs? That’s great, I’ll see you at the gym. But don’t you dare let it stop you from loving your body and buying that dress. There will always be a reason to put it off – but never a good one. Live your life now, because if you wait until they’re burying you to wear that beautiful dress, well… wouldn’t that be a waste.

Every Day Smoothies #VEGAN

Smoothies are an essential part of my morning, and I’ve found so many wonderfully delicious combinations that I thought I would share them with you beautiful people!!! It’s important to note that if you’re replacing a solid meal with a smoothie, you need to make sure you’re packing in as much energy and nutrients as you can. My two top tips are: 1)Don’t skimp on the bananas, and 2) Don’t rely on protein powders. All these recipes make a full large blender, but I don’t recommend sharing 😉

Let’s get started!!!

 

Brandi’s Great Banana Date

We’re kicking things off with the cream of the crop. This recipe is extra special because it was created and perfected by one of the most inspiring ladies I know. Check this Vegan babe out on Instagram @brandi.lea for everything fitness and nutrition!!!

20 dates

10 bananas

1 cup of almond milk

1 cup of coconut milk

1/2 cup of coconut water

a dash of cinnamon

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Classic Strawberry Banana

4 sliced bananas

2 cups frozen strawberries – I use the organic sliced ones from Costco)

2-3 cups of coconut water or juice – I prefer the Coconut Mango water from Sun Rype, it really adds something special to it. Otherwise orange juice is perfectly acceptable.

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Raspberry Romance

4 sliced bananas

1 large carton of fresh raspberries – probably equivalent to 3 cups

1 cup ice

3 cups almond or soy milk – I actually use cashew milk as I find it has the most neutral flavour. Just use what you love ❤

MODIFICATIONS:

For an extra tasty treat, substitute regular soy milk for chocolate!

 

Tropical Twist

4 sliced bananas

2 cups frozen mango

3 cups coconut mango water

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Creamy Avocado Strawberry

2 ripened avocados

3 cups frozen strawberries

3 cups milk alternative of your choice

1 tsp vanilla

coconut sugar or sugar/sweetener of your choice to taste – I usually use appx 1/4 cup

You want to be sure to mix extra thoroughly for this one. It should come out mostly pink, with a thick and creamy consistency. When sweetened accordingly, it’s quite similar to strawberry ice cream!

 

Perfect Perk Me Up

I’ll preface this one by clarifying that if you’re eating enough plant-based whole foods, you really shouldn’t need to rely on stimulants like caffeine to get through your day. However, I know a lot of people enjoy a boost in the morning and I’m here to please. Just please don’t use tea and coffee to suppress your appetite for fruits sake!!!

3 sliced bananas

2 cups kale or spinach

1 cup green tea/ Maca powder

2 cups coconut milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup ice

 

Easy Breezy Blueberry

4 sliced bananas

3 cups frozen blueberries

3 cups milk alternative of your choice

1 tsp vanilla

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Monkey’s Lunch (yes I named this after a shot, pipe down)

4 sliced bananas

1/2 block banana tofu

3 cups chocolate soy milk

1 tsp cinnamon

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Roses are Red, My Mood is Blue

Valentine’s Day

A day that perpetually makes single people feel either disgusted or depressed. But what about when you’re in a relationship and you still feel both of these things. This year Valentine’s Day is especially weird and emotional for me, for reasons I won’t get into right now. But it’s left me feeling almost single – but without the entitlement to complain about it.

So this year I’m focusing on Self Love. Let me share some things with you….

Most of those who know me, know that I suffered from a pretty serious eating disorder for the past 16 years. More than half my life. Well recently, I’ve recovered. For the first time in my adult life I ate over 1,000 calories in a day and I felt damn good about it. I feed myself properly (vegan and carbed the fuck up) and I work out every day and holy fuck does that feel like something I’d never achieve. It’s unreal. So I try to focus on that, seeing as it’s probably the greatest achievement of my lifetime.

Speaking of the gym – I go now! Believe it or not, I’m actually quite infatuated with going to the gym now and how it makes me feel.

Last but certainly not least – I’ve made friends. I’ve decided that I need to stop holding myself back and be open to the possibility that people are not, in fact, as shitty as they may seem. I’ve spent some amazing time with my friends over at Drunk In A Graveyard (go check out their blog!!!) and my entire fitness journey would be going nowhere without a new friend in my program. Just such a lovely human. I don’t recall a time before now I felt so connected to and supported by the people around me.

So yes, I’m very sad today. But I love who I’m becoming and that’s enough to reassure me that everything is going to be okay. Alone or otherwise. xox

What do you love about yourself?