While we’re having a healthy breakfast of eggs and toast, let’s also chat about fitness. Fitness is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but what do you do when you hate working out? And I mean really don’t like it.
That’s me. The idea of working out is awesome, but when push comes to shove, I just would rather take my puppy for a walk and play in the snow. Gyms aren’t my jam. Boot camp makes me want to hurl.
I do get on workout kicks. I’ll buy DVDs and do it for a few weeks, then my knees start to hurt and I stop. I don’t know if it’s just in my head or if it’s my body telling me that I’m not choosing to the right kind of exercise. Either way, it’s absolutely no fun.
What I will say though, is yoga never hurts. Yoga makes me happy. Yoga is the one form of exercise that I actually look forward to. Yoga brings me peace.
Which is why I’ve decided to challenge myself to practice yoga every single day for the month of February. Will you join me?
What’s special about this yoga challenge is that this is an at-home challenge, meaning you never have to leave the comfort of your own home. I’ve set it up so that we all don’t have any excuse not to actually succeed. No driving to class, and most importantly, no spending $10 – $15 per class.
Did you know, that if you were attend a yoga class every day for 28 days, you’d be spending $300+? That’s not a chunk of change I have just lying around, as much as I wish I did. Which is why I love at-home yoga videos.
So here’s what the challenge will look like:
- Daily yoga practice, no more than 45 mins per day
- Monthly calendar, with daily themes (ex: each Monday will be a hip opening practice)
- Weekly schedules sent out to the group on Saturdays
- Daily reminders & encouragement
- Private Facebook group to document our progress, connect with other yogis and ask for advice along the way (we’re all in this together) – this is also where we’ll be posting the daily reminders & words of inspiration
- Save money! If you follow the plan as I’ve laid it out, purchasing the classes I’ve outlined, the whole challenge will cost less than $50 (and BONUS: you’ll be able to keep the videos/audio guides forever, so you can keep going for no extra cost!)
- MOST IMPORTANTLY: it’s going to be fun!!
I’m really excited to invite you all to join me on this month-long yoga journey. I’ve never done a challenge like this before, but I know it’s going to be great. We’re going to feel energized, happy, hopefully more toned, and most importantly relaxed and renewed.
So if you’re ready to join, please become part of the Facebook group! I’ll be posting the Monthly calendar on Thursday, with directions and links to each of the classes we’ll be taking (some of which will cost a little money (no more than $5.99), others of which are free). I’m really excited to share this experience with you
A big part of this challenge for me is to also make sure that I’m continuing to eat healthy. I’ll be keeping my sugar to a minimum, trying to limit my carb intake, and eating lots of greens and lean proteins.
And I feel really strongly that part of eating healthy is to make sure that you’re starting your day with a nutritious meal. That doesn’t mean just a small piece of fruit or a handful of granola. It means that you’re actually eating a meal.
This is your chance to get your metabolism in gear and putting your body on the right schedule for the day. You’ll burn more calories throughout the day, have more energy and most importantly will actually feel good! Trust me when I say this, breakfast is essential.
I’ve never been the biggest eggs and toast fan – I’d much rather go the sweet route when it comes to breakfast. But since I’m trying to cut back on my sugar intake, eggs are a natural choice.
To make this breakfast really shine, I toasted up a slice of my high-protein quinoa bread (carbs for energy), topped with some smashed avocado (healthy fats to keep you satiated), then a layer of steamed kale (a blast of nutrients), finished with a fried egg on top (protein to help stay alive).
It’s pretty much the ultimate (and easiest) breakfast sandwich on the planet. Oh and it takes less than five minutes to make. Does it get any better than that?
- 1 slice high-protein quinoa bread, toasted
- 1/2 avocado, mashed
- 1 cup kale, finely chopped
- 1 large egg
- Heat a skillet over medium high heat, add a splash of water and kale, and cook until wilted. Transfer to a plate.
- Return skillet to the stove, drizzle with a little olive oil or butter. Crack egg over skillet and cook until edges have started to crisp, 1 - 2 minutes. Flip and cook until desired consistency (for an over-easy egg, this is 30 seconds to 1 minute more).
- Assemble sandwich: top toast with avocado, then kale, then top with egg.