Life in Pictures: Cooler Weather

Before I get started, let me give you the scoop on this link up real quick. This is a link up geared towards posting pics from this past week or day, no text needed. You can guess what happened or just enjoy the pics. You read text all week on here so it is time for a break… Happy Friday and here’s to cooler weather!

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A few things I do when the weather is cooler… and I do this to _______ _______! Can you guess?!?! Oh, I am sure you can… and if not, here are the clues in pictures.

This is by FAR my favorite soup! The dill takes it to a new level.

Eat Harvest Vegetable Chowder. This is by FAR my favorite soup! The dill takes it to a new level.

Yoga indoors like this cat. He looks mad, but he knows he LOVES it! This was on a card I wrote to my grandma this week.

Do a workout indoors like this cat. He looks mad, but he knows he LOVES it! This was on a card I sent to my gma.

Drink more hot beverages. Of course, I love my tea! But also hot water with lemon.

Drink more hot beverages. Of course, I love my tea! But also hot water with lemon.

Go country dancing! Well, last night was my first time in a long time but this is going to be a regular to do this Fall/Winter.

Go dancing! Well, last night was my first time in a long time, but going out to dance will be a regular to do this Fall.

Have more cuddle sessions with my favorite animals! Usually my cats or my parents dogs. Love them all!

Have more cuddle sessions with my favorite animals! Usually my cats or my parents dogs. Love them all!

Buy more hoodie's. I can't ever get enough of these when the weather is cooler. Just bought a new one this week!

Buy more hoodie’s. I can’t ever get enough of these when the weather is cooler. Just bought a new one this week!

What is your Six:02 Moment?

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I am loving Six:02 these days. There are four locations in the Dallas area: Inwood Village, Galleria, Stonebriar, and Parks at Arlington. I recently visited the Inwood Village location and loved it! Walked out with a few workout items for sure.

What I love about Six:02 is the variety of workout styles they offer and the movement behind the brand. Six:02 offers some of the best athletic brands for women (think Nike, Reebok, Under Armour, etc.) under one roof.  I love that! And the movement behind the brand is the Six:02 Moment. This is a moment either before your work day or after a long day where you do something for yourself. Perhaps the time of day that you are inspired, uplifted, and reaching a new goal. Maybe it is a fabulous yoga class, an outdoor run, or playing with your dog. Just search Instagram for #SIX02Moment and you will see lots of ideas!

If you are in the Dallas area and love to walk or run, I encourage you to sign up for the It’s Your Time Six:02 6K on November 15th. The run starts at 8am at Klyde Warren Park. All details can be found here. I will definitely be going and taking time out of my Saturday to focus on me. I love getting outside and connecting with nature. In fact, my usual Six:02 Moment is a morning or afternoon walk outside. I feel so refreshed and rejuvenated after being outdoors for a bit.

Okay, I have to show you my new shoes now. I got these at Six:02 tonight. Are they not freaking awesome?!?! I have never tried Mizuno so I am anxious to try these babies out.

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I also got the Asics PR Tights. These have grips on the bottom so that the pant legs do not ride up. Brilliant! I cannot wait to try these babies out at the 6K. And then I bought leggings by Actra that are super soft. These will be perfect for when I am teaching an exercise class. Cute and comfortable.. two of my favorite things when it comes to workout attire.

So before I sign off on this beautiful Thursday morning, tell me… what would YOUR Six:02 Moment be?

WTEW: Anything with Pumpkin

WTEW Pumpkin

How have I not included pumpkin in a What to Eat Wednesday this Fall yet? I am quite surprised. I LOVE pumpkin dishes in the Fall and I know some of you do too.

Pumpkin is not only festive, it has health benefits too. It is loaded with Vitamin A and Fiber. Many of us forget to choose foods with fiber, but fiber can really boost your digestion (and keep you regular). And do you know what Vitamin A (and its precursor beta carotene) is good for? Healthy skin, our immune system, and good eye/vision health. All this for little calories too… you get a HUGE nutrition bang for such a small calorie buck.

Don’t forget the seeds. Holy cow are the seeds fabulous for you too! These seeds are naturally rich in phytosterols, which help reduce LDL cholesterol. (Tip: A good way to remember the good versus bad cholesterol is by taking the first letter and creating a word for it, like L=lousy (LDL); H=healthy (HDL)). Pumpkin seeds are also rich in minerals (like Zinc) and the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan aids in the production of serotonin, which helps boost our mood. Have a handful when you need a pick-me-up this Fall!

And now for a little recipe round up. We all know that you can make pumpkin pie, but I found five additional FUN recipes for pumpkin (and seeds). Hope you enjoy!

How do you eat your pumpkin this time of year? Eat well, friends!

Working Out: Average vs Awesome!

‘Tis time for The Fit Dish Link-up with The Fit Switch and Jill Conyers. Today we are talking about working out. What is the difference between an average workout and an awesome workout?! Boy do I have my thoughts on that. And to sum it all up in a simple phrase, this is what I think…

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Don’t you agree? The effort is what makes the action average or awesome. You can have an awesome workout climbing a mountain just as much as you can have an awesome workout taking a barre class or stretching it out in yoga. The difference is in how you prepare or set yourself up for the workout, both in mind and body, and then the energy you put forth during it.

I will give you an example. I am a visual person so some of you may be as well. If I think I “should” run a few miles tomorrow, but I have to get up at 5am to do it I probably won’t have an awesome workout. I will have an average workout. Why? Well, because currently 1) I don’t get to bed early enough to have energy for a 5am workout, 2) I don’t find value in running that many miles (aka lack the motivation), and 3) I would rather be sleeping and do a workout later in the morning or mid-day. Some women and men thrive off of 5am running workouts. And I could too, but only if my motivation, energy, and effort were all on the up. Perhaps if I were training for a half marathon, going to bed at an earlier hour, and still getting in enough zz’s I could make that 5am run an awesome workout. I would have more energy to give it my all the whole way through! The effort would be smashing, babay.

Do you want to know a little secret? Individuality is HUGE with working out and can also take a workout from average to awesome. I know what I LOVE, what I LIKE, and what I consider ho-hum. Do you? Do you know which activities you kick ass and take names at? Do more of those. And go with the flow.. they may change every now and then. I currently LOVE doing PiYo, yoga, Turbofire, walking, and dancing. Not that long ago I went through a love affair for running. Kinda over that now, but it may come back in the future. You will also never catch me on a treadmill or elliptical. I would seriously rather march in place than get on one of those machines.

Know your preferences. If you don’t know them yet, get to know them. Try things out. Make your workouts AWESOME!

What is your top tip for making a workout awesome?

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Could Use Your Votes!

Top 100

Happy Monday friends! I have a HUGE favor to ask… I have applied for the Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals and could use your votes. If you like me, of course. I will never force you. 😉 Maybe a kick in the rear, but that’s it…

Anyway, so I applied and am in the running. If you have any free time (I know, I know.. do we even know what free time is?!) over the next 4 days, please give me 5 stars. And if you find yourself having even more free time, vote again. You can vote up to once per hour.

Click directly on this link: Nominee Brianna Peterson and it will open up to my nomination page. Thank you times a million!!!

I love what I do and love that WELCOA (the organization that awards the top 100) wants to give recognition to those in my field. I will be a strong supporter for all 100 that win. I may not make the cut and am totally okay with that. I don’t do this type of work for the recognition. Although, it is pretty cool every so often. Can’t lie about that.

And I love supporting others too. If you have anything you need votes on, send my way. I will definitely reciprocate. Especially if you have nominated your baby for one of those next Gerber baby contests. Oh my gosh, those are so cute!

On a side note, anyone else excited about holiday season? It is officially upon us. I almost bought the cutest Christmas mug from Target yesterday, but I refrained. Told myself I would buy it in December. Now I am wishing I would have just bought it so you may see a Christmas mug pic soon.

What is your FAVORITE thing about holiday season?