Keep it Simple

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Keep it Simple

Lately I have been given the chance to have some good talks with my padre. Being that I still do not have my car he drives into the city to pick me up and we have a good 20 minutes to catch-up.
He noticed a difference in me, and my attitude and I was not so quick to anger, I would not be negative or crude. I was just down right jolly and I don’t think he knew how to handle it.
One day he finally just was like, “ What is this whole Mae Movement, Tone it up thing doing to you?!” I explained that I realized something about life that I had never thought of before. He was always asking me questions and than having some sort of realization, where I just wanted to smack him on the head and be like “DUH!” Or sometimes I would listen to him and think about how many dreams he has but always puts a negative block on them.
If you know me in person, than you know I suffer from anxiety and to be honest I could be pretty darn negative too. I would let that nasty self-talk paralyze me and I could get real snappy, really fast. You know what though… it is not worth it. Life is way to short to sweat the small stuff and try and over analyze everything. We think way to much. You just have to go with the flow, dive in and be terrified. The greatest things in life happen when you’re terrified. Right now for me, I am extremely terrified and it’s awesome. I love the free fall.  I am really trying to take each day and make the absolute best of it. When I can’t workout, I use to become an anxious mess. Now I feel more relaxed than Bob Marley… btw his birthday was yesterday… you should all know that ;)
There are many possible life lessons’ I could touch on but one thing that was very present in my Dad’s conversations were these excuses that he had and I just wanted to scream, “do something about it!” “Your alive, dude, stop waiting!” Saying you do not go out, see friends or try something you say you have wanted to do for a long time. Whatever it is your complicating it. I Promise. I had to break through this myself and this is what I had to repeatedly try and get through my often-thick head.

      So Why Complicate Life?

Missing somebody?                                                    ....Call
Wanna to meet up?                                                  …Invite
Wanna be understood?                                            …Explain
Have Questions?                                                        …Ask
Don’t Like Something?                                              …Say it
Like something?                                                        …State it
Want something?                                                      …Ask for it
Love someone?                                                          …Tell it

We just have one life. Keep it simple.

                       Haley <3 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tip Tuesday

Here is a quicky for you all.
What do you love to do? What moves you?
To follow up with Mondays post, you can achieve what you want, with the right amount of work and dedication. If doing what you love seems out of reach, I promise, it's not. You have those desires for a reason and they will continue to burn until you tend to them. So start small, break down what you want and take the smallest step. Maybe you have always wanted to be a fine artist but never had the education. So you just stopped painting and drawing all together. Pick up a pencil and sketch for 30 minutes. Then maybe next week draw something you love. Before you know it you could work out to taking an art class and maybe even continuing education courses. 
It does not have to be an action that moves you or a hobby. It could be a place or a person that perhaps you have not gone to or seen in a while. Its healthy to keep these things in the front of our minds and hearts because before long to much time passes and those gears stop turing, you completely loose sight and maybe have even forgot what you truly love. 
How do you make time for things you Love? Are they priority? Or do you keep them in the back of your mind? I challenge all of you to write down whatever it is and keep it somewhere you will see it, like your planner or on your dashboard in your car. See how much more motivated it mae-ks you to find your love again.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Happy February! 
 Ok so it is obviously Love month, where everybody thinks about valentines day and romance...awww.
However! Here at Mae Movement! We are turning the tables! You can not love someone else properly, if you do not love your self first. I do not mean stare at yourself in the mirror forever. I mean do things that will better yourself! take care of yourself! That is what it truly means to love yourself! 
So lets just dive right in!

I get asked all the time, “What Keep’s you do determined.”  “How do you stay thoroughly consistent.” Now most of the time they are referring to my diet and exercise but recently it has also been about life in general. Which is great because Mae Movement’s vision is to appeal to everyone even if your nut a health nut! Although that is not to say I won’t try to convert you ;)

I struggle with staying motivated too, there are some days when I just want to sit on the couch and read a book. The last few weeks Dee has had my car, meaning I am stuck in the city unless she or Dad comes to get me. It has been a humbling experience and I had to cooperate. I thought I would back slide completely and to be honest it did take a week to get use too it. We should be able to be flexible though and it should not distract you from perusing you goals and your best self. I had to evaluate, the situation and myself. Figure out something’s that was temporally different. Learn from them and make them better.

1.     ROUTINE. Not having a car broke my usual daily flow of get up, have breakfast, drive to the gym, work, etc. I became very aware of how having a set schedule is key for productivity.
2.     CONVENIENCE. If you live in the Mid-Atlantic you know just how cold it has been lately. Running outside has not been much of option for me, with the snow and ice.  And No car, means no gym.  That is like taking away oxygen to me, I have had to find alternatives, but in all honesty it made it much harder for me to want to work out because it was different and lets face it change is uncomfortable.  I started jump roping in my apartment and used my Toneitup workout DVD. Convenient? Yes. Don’t have to think about getting to a gym, being out in the cold. Its there, whenever. Done. Easy. Sometimes when we are teaching ourselves to be more disciplined giving ourselves a convenient option can help us achieve our long-term goals because it helps you too at least start!
3.      SELF TALK. Oh yes, I talk about it all the time. It is so true though. I noticed the BIGGEST difference when I would wake up and say “oh my gosh, I cant go to the gym, I cant run (insert anxious thoughts), verses “Ok, I cant change the fact I don’t have car, how can I make the best of it.” Those daily affirmation’s, make the biggest difference! Do not Focus on the problem, Concentrate on the solution.  Still dedicate time for physical movement even if you put your headphones in and dance…. Yes I do that.

Now like I said I use exercise as my metaphor but if you are a student, and you miss a class or your teacher changes your exam schedule or your boss at work changes deadlines on you. Or perhaps last minute you have a business trip or a meeting all the way across town. One big one people say to me all the time is, “ I started a diet, but then we went on vacation, so I blew it.” Or “I didn’t have a healthy option for lunch, so I ate junk at dinner too.”
When your flow breaks it is frustrating but I believe this little checklist is a great reminder that before we panic when things change and break our flow, we need to stop. Breathe, and adjust our situation to make it work. Do not let the change take over, YOU are in CONTROL!

Friday, February 1, 2013

As Promised here is the Protein Pizza!

1 packet plain brown rice protein powder
1 tsp Coconut Flour
2 tsp Flax Meal
1 tsp Psyllium Husk meal
3 tbsp egg whites
3 tbsp plain unsweetened almond milk 
1/2 tsp Psyllium Powder
1/2 tsp Gaur Gum
1/4 tsp baking powder
Eye ball the next ingredients to your liking
Garlic Powder
pinch of baking powder
McCormick All purpose seasoning
McCormick Garlic and Herb
1 tsp Hummus

Tomato sauce
Almond cheese
Nutritional Yeast
Cottage Cheese
Red Pepper Flakes

Preheat the oven to 400 F
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl 
Pour mixture on sprayed baking sheet, spread out evenly (add toppings) and bake for 15-25 minutes depending on thickness. I tried this a few times and let it bake till the edges got a little burnt. I then sliced the pizza and toasted it.  

Happy Friday!