Release the Stress Thursday – Daily Tip #150

ReleasetheStressThursday

My husband turned me on to reggae and this song in particular. He used to sing it to his oldest daughter when she’d wake up at night. But now when I hear it, I get an instantly calm feeling. Give it a listen!

Bob Marley – Three Little Birds

“Three Little Birds”

“Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right! ”

Rise up this mornin’,
Smile with the risin’ sun,
Three little birds
Each by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin’, (“This is my message to you-ou-ou: “)

Singin’: “Don’t worry ’bout a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.”
Singin’: “Don’t worry (don’t worry) ’bout a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right! ”

Rise up this mornin’,
Smiled with the risin’ sun,
Three little birds
Each by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin’, “This is my message to you-ou-ou: ”

Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh!
Every little thing gonna be all right. Don’t worry! ”
Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing” – I won’t worry!
“‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.”

Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right” – I won’t worry!
Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.”
Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing, oh no!
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!

Workout Wednesday – Daily Tip #149

WorkoutWednesdayWith summer in full swing, exercising outside can be hard. Here are 8 tips for exercising in the heat:

  1. Consider changing the time that you exercise. If you typically exercise in the afternoon, try exercising in the morning or evening when temperatures tend to be cooler.
  2. Wear sunscreen. Not only will it help protect your skin from skin cancer and a sunburn, but a sunburn can hinder your ability to work out for 1-2 weeks after the initial burn.
  3. Stay hydrated! Drink 1-2 cups of water 30 minutes before your work out. Continue to drink water every 15 minutes while working out. When done with your work out, drink another 1-2 cups of water.
  4. Switch up your workouts. If adjusting your workout schedule won’t work for you, try different workouts like yoga, pilates, exercise classes, etc. that are offered during your preferred exercise time. They typically take place in areas that are air conditioned so when it’s hot outside, it’ll be cool inside.
  5. Work out inside. If you prefer to run or ride a bike, try a treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike instead. You can adjust the incline to create hills while working out inside.
  6. Listen to your body. If you start to experience headaches, nausea, difficulty breathing, or cramps, it’s okay to stop. Take it slow and it’s possible the heat is getting to you causing heat exhaustion. Don’t push your body further than it can go.
  7. Take the workout slow until your body has acclimated to the hot weather. Slowly work your way up to the pace you want to achieve.
  8. Exercise with a partner. This will make your workout more fun, but also in case of an emergency, you have someone there to help or vice versa.

Recipe Tuesday – Daily Tip #148

RecipeTuesdayMy kids have been BEGGING me to make this again! Guess I should add it to the weekly meal plan 🙂

Shrimp & Sausage Boil

1 bag Zatarain’s Crab Boil Bag
2lb small red potatoes
2 onions, peeled and quartered
2 pork sausages, cut into 2-3 inch pieces
4 ears of corn, cut in half
2 lbs shrimp
Old Bay Seasoning

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In a large pan, combine water and boil bag, then bring water to a boil. This needs to be a very large pan. If you don’t have one, split all the ingredients into 2 separate pans and purchase an extra boil bag. Once water is boiling, add potatoes. Bring back to a boil and boil for about 5 minutes, then add sausage and onion. Cook for 20 minutes, then add corn. Once corn has been in the pan for 10 minutes, add shrimp. Continue to cook everything together for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander, then spread on large platter. Once food is on a platter, lightly sprinkle with Old Bay Seasoning.

Boost Your Energy Monday – Daily Tip #147

BoostYourEnergyMondayI’m sure you have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I just want to give you an example of how eating breakfast has helped me!

Typically I was skipping breakfast, drinking coffee only. Then I’d have my lunch around 11am (I wake up between 5:15 – 5:45 Monday – Friday) and then dinner around 7:00pm or so. This schedule leaves a lot of time open for snacking. But I started eating breakfast about a month ago. I don’t eat anything massive, but just some fruit (bananas, grapefruit, plums, nectarines, etc.) and hard boiled eggs. Nothing too exciting, but still it is healthier than not eating anything at all. By eating breakfast around 8:30 along with my coffee, I am able to put lunch off until 12-1pm, with dinner around 7pm. I used to snack a lot after the kids went to bed, but I am now keeping this under control as well.

I’ve lost 5lbs in the last month and the only change I’ve made is eating breakfast. I am watching what I eat a little closer, less sweets and more whole foods. But other than that the major change was breakfast!

What foods do you eat for breakfast or do you skip it usually too? If you skip it, why?

Relax on Sunday – Daily Tip #146

RelaxonSundaySundays have always been one of my favorite days of the week. We don’t have anything planned usually, and if we do it’s some sort of family activity. Last Sunday we went fishing with my cousin and his 2 sons. It was so fun. Utah has an abundance of canyons that are filled with lakes, reservoirs, and rivers. It’s so nice having nature a short drive away. It was so nice not having cell phone service and just relaxing.

We packed a bunch of snacks, hot dogs, and drinks and headed up bright and early. The kids were troopers and in a good mood most of the time. We got up to the reservoir early while it was still pretty cool up in the mountains. We were able to wear hoodies (MY FAVORITE)! We got our poles all set up and the kids needed a lot of attention. It was the first time our daughter had been fishing and she was using her brand new Disney Princess pole. It was pretty cute. My son had been a few times, but never to a reservoir like the one we were at. My husband caught 4 fish, but he released all of them. My cousin caught a few too. We ended up cooking 2 of them and sharing them. They were good and I’m anxious to go back. It was weird to think about how fresh the fish was. It was reservoir to grill within just a few hours.

We set up some camping chairs and a shade canopy and just relaxed. It was great and I really can’t wait to go again! What are some family activities that you like to do to relax?

Follow Friday – Daily Tip #144

FollowFridayWith stress comes a whole swarm of things that cause harm to your body:

  • lack of sleep
  • over or under eating
  • lack of exercise
  • lack of self love
  • lack of effort in daily activities

I’ve been reading a bit on TinyBuddha.com. They have a lot of great tips to help move pass the stress, take care of yourself, and become a better you!