Non-Acai Bowl For When You Have a Summer Cold That Feels Like Death

Non-Acai Bowl For When You Have a Summer Cold That Feels Like Death

1/4 c. coconut milk
1/2 banana
2 whole strawberries
3/4 c kale/spinach mix
1/4 c frozen blueberries or cherries
1/2 c frozen mango
1/2 c frozen pineapple
(can also add protein powder, acai smoothie packet in lue of blueberries, more green things)

Blended in my new birthday Vitamix (variable 1 – 10, then high for 40ish seconds). Makes a very thick sorbet consistency – therefore may need to be pressed down and/or scrapped depending on the blender.

Topping (creativity a plus)
1/2 banana sliced
3 strawberries sliced
hand-full of blueberries
GFC Granola (any granola will due, my favorite is KIND brand)
Coconut shavings
Agave or Honey drizzle (optional, well, it’s all optional really)

Serve Immediately and hope your children stay distracted by the Teen Beach Movie playing on Netflix.

Seven Weeks Till Summer

The time to start has come … again. And frankly, I’m over with starting over, I’m done with not being done, and I’m finished with beginning … the redundancy makes me ill. Nevertheless, I find myself at the starting line once more.

Now, a little self-talk: enough with the defeatist attitude Erin, the life is greener anywhere but here bull***t, and the I’ve already lost before starting rhetoric must end this instant.

Ok. Better.

The deal is this: I readily accept fitness, I welcome tightness, and I want full body strength. I need health. I need energy and mental wellbeing. I need to feed my body good things and work it the way it was intended (i.e. more than a little and less than a lot). I must  push-on towards the muchiest version of myself.

I have 7 weeks until the first day of summer, enough time to pull it together for some intense (not gonna lie) shizzle (are people still izzle-ing? if not they should, because it’s awesome).

I must make this clear though – over the next few months you are going to hear a lot about getting ready for  bikini season. I do not want to be another voice among the many saying you are gross in less than an overcoat if you aren’t a certain size or heaven forbid you have certain unseemly textures to your skin. The whole thin-obsessed culture we live in is effing ridiculous.

Here’s the real deal – last week I wore a bikini to the beach, when I bent over to pick up sand toys or sunscreen-up my kid a decent fold of stretch-marked skin hung over my bottoms, also my thighs rub generously when I walk, and neither of these things make me unsuitable for bikini wearing. The only prerequisite for bikini wearing (or anything wearing really) is a body. I do not want my goals of fitness and health to be mistaken as goals of striving for an ideal body, which in my case would be a thinner body.

There are no ideal bodies.

There are only bodies.

Body confidence means being present and grateful in the body I have right this very moment, without making excuses or expecting more than what my current body offers to me. My body does not owe a standard of beauty to anyone, ever, without exception.

Seven weeks from now I plan to have a healthier body, I will not have a more valuable, lovable, or beautiful one.

I constructed eating and exercising guidelines, taking hints from all of my favorite health gurus (Tone It Up, Bob Harper, Paleo), as well as, listing specific dates between now and June 18th (my birthday) which will provide challenges for following said guidelines. JR suggested I do this, and like most every other suggestion she’s had for me over the tenure of our friendship, she has proved to be right once more. She also suggested I keep a journal of my progress. I will try.

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In order to celebrate my body’s capacity for health and fitness we are re-releasing our Weekly Plan Printable updated in color and font with the same superior design including tear-away shopping list, 5 meal structure, water goal bubbles and workout section.

Until next time, keep hydrated.

-Erin

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE: two thirtysomethings weekly plan

Every Mom’s Favorite Nerd // John Green

Last week the interwebs were blazing with this vlog by John Green.

Do you know who this guy is? If you have a teenager, I bet they do.

John green is a Young Adult (YA) author and 1/2 of the vlogbrothers. Together, John and his brother Hank have created a culture for people (but mostly teens) that celebrates being awesome. And pretty much anyone can be awesome. Especially Nerds.

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John Green is a boss. End of story.

I want my kids to be John Green fans. I want them to subscribe to his channel.   John and his brother talk are smart and don’t talk down to kids.  They expect that people actually care about politics, health care, equality, and Harry Potter.  In a celebrity crazed culture. I would rather my kids follow John Green on twitter than Justin Timberlake. And I really, really, really like Justin Timberlake.

Intentions, There Are A Few

True Story.  This is us very pregnant.  We looked pretty cute, right?! But, those babies left us a bit fluffy and a bit…er…let’s just say, we don’t fit into our skinny jeans. And, six-plus months later we’re over it. It’s time to reclaim our bodies, our choices, ourselves, our bikinis. Why?  Because being healthy and being hawt are worth it.  Want to join us?  You know you do?  It won’t be easy.  It won’t always be fun.  It may be a little dangerous (jk).  But it will be all kinds of awesome.

This is how we plan to do it:

1.  Eating Clean and Green (There will be a whole post on this soon)

2.  Sweating (….the gym and stuff)

3.  Accountability and Encouragement (hence, this little blog)

4.  Focus on Small Victories (effortless buttoning of jeans that “fit”)

5.  Being the Right Type of Selfish (we are going to talk a lot about this)

If we are being honest, then we should say this.  It’s not about a diet.  We are trying to create a healthy sustainable lifestyle. We are betting you want the same thing.  It’s already mid January and there is a good chance that your New Year’s resolutions  to eat better, workout, drink more water, and go to bed early have been made and possibly broken.  And, we’re here to say: that’s okay.  Change is hard, but it’s not impossible.  We have found that we need each other to get healthy in a healthy way. And we intend to use this blog as a way to let y’all into our process.

So, come on, what’s there to lose, but a couple inches.