Megan Parsons

Sleep

The best career decision I ever made was making it a non-negotiable to start my day no earlier than noon on Mondays. Being able to sleep in until 9:00 and starting my week off without the crazy hustle of making that 8am meeting or 5:30am client has been a game changer. I don’t dread Mondays, I get to fully enjoy my entire weekend, and I look forward to the week so much more.

I need sleep. Once I finally started getting more sleep and only allowing myself 2x/week of early clients, my quality of life improved ten-fold. The video above nails it on exactly how I function.

My morning ritual is waking up to a peaceful alarm with no snooze, making a cup of coffee, and finding a podcast to listen to while I make breakfast, pack my food for the day, and get ready. No negative energy from the BS on TV. No checking my email. When I brush my teeth, I read affirmations I have written about career, relationships, fitness, and finances and let those words sink in every morning. Whether it’s a 4:15 morning or an 8/9am morning, the same ritual stands.

We all hear how the early morning risers are supposedly the most productive, but I know for a fact that getting good sleep and sleeping until 8 or 9am more days than not has made me a lot more productive. Everyone is wired differently. I know there are individuals out there who kick ass with an early morning start. I coach a few of them, and my dad is that exact person too. Personally, I felt bad for a hot minute when I would turn down clients who wanted to start early on days I told myself were my mornings, but then I saw how I became a better coach, friend, sister, and daughter when I allowed myself to sleep, and also have a life during the week.

Research continues to come out to show how sleep is one of the most important things an individual can do to stay healthy, lose weight, and stay sharp. For the longest time I would tell myself, “You can sleep when you die.” Fast forward to my body pretty much shutting down in 2012, and I learned real fast that mindset does not create a lifestyle of longevity and thriving. I want to be my best self and give my best self to my family, friends, and clients. Knowing now how I tick and what works best for my lifestyle and body is something I will not take lightly ever again.

How are you wired? Are you an early riser and thrive in the morning? Do you stay up later and sleep in to create the best day? What is your morning ritual?

Problems are not problems

“Problems are not problems. They are subconscious patterns that need to be adjusted. Adjust patterns in your subconscious and you can adjust so many things in your life.” Dandapani

The quote above resonated with me very deeply when I heard it on my favorite podcast, Mind Pump, this week. Check out the episode HERE.

Currently, the problem I am battling is learning how to date in this online world. It is a doozie. A game of process of elimination and learning how to pinpoint men who are ready for something more or who simply want fun. After listening to this podcast episode, I had a paradigm shift, game changer, AhHa moment! It helped me to understand this problem is not a problem, but a subconscious pattern that needs to shift.

My shift is looking like this…

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  • Choosing to not succumb to the negative bull shit that people tell me, or I read on social media, or hear on TV.

  • Choosing to take a stand for what I believe is true and that I know in my heart of hearts is real.

  • Choosing to believe there is more out there then this current state.

  • Choosing to demand more of myself and not using the scapegoat of a problem to limit my growth potential.

  • Choosing to see all the possibilities and greatness Austin has to offer.

  • Choosing to live boldly and confidently, and do life all in.

  • Choosing to let things/situations/people Be and not get wrapped up in letting them Go.

  • Choosing to treat my dating life like I do my health and fitness.

Adjusting my subconscious by only 1-degree has already started opening up new doors. It is easy to get wrapped up in the Negative Nancy mentality, but I challenge you to look at the problem(s) you are facing head on and adjust your subconscious pattern. I can promise you that it will be a game changer, and 2019 will turn out a lot different than planned.


Showout's Food Log

Over the past couple of months I have had a handful of clients ask what I eat on a daily basis. I will say I am an 80/20 clean eater; I am airing on the side of 80% vs 90% because I love going out with my friends and enjoying a cocktail or ten! The food is clean, but we all know alcohol has zero nutritional value.

I also want to point out how increasing my strength training volume to 4x per week over the past 2 years has been such a game changer. My metabolism is legit faster! I don’t have to kill myself with copious amounts of cardio. I can enjoy treats more often and it not derail my progress. I have more muscle, which in turn means a faster metabolism. I am finally seeing my glutes grow too! PRO TIP: If you want an ass or your glutes to grow, you have to eat! 1200-1500 cals a day and running your butt off is literally going to give you no butt.

Below is MyFitnessPal food log over the past few weeks, which gives more detail on portion sizes, and I also included a hand-written week of nutrition.

TUESDAY

Breakfast: Baked sweet potato with coconut oil and cinnamon. Green tea with collagen, Equilibrium Nutrition protein powder, cinnamon, and a drop of clove doTERRA essential oil

Lunch: Salad —> Alaskan Cod, green onion, beets, red potato, avocado, Trader Joe’s Turmeric, ginger, almond butter dressing, spring mix, olive oil

Post workout: 1/2 cup oatmeal w/ 1/2 cup frozen raspberries topped with cinnamon and drizzled with honey 

Dinner: Salad —> mahi mahi, artichokes,  olives, beets, avocado, green onion, kelp noodles, spring mix, olive oil, and this amazing dressing from Trader Joe’s that is turmeric, ginger, lemon juice, and almond butter. The side is basmati rice cooked in coconut milk and a sprinkle of goat cheese on top.

WEDNESDAY

Breakfast: Baked sweet potato with coconut oil and cinnamon. Green tea with collagen, Equilibrium Nutrition protein powder, cinnamon, and a drop of clove doTERRA essential oil

Lunch: Salad —> Alaskan Cod, green onion, beets, red potato, avocado, Trader Joe’s Turmeric, ginger, almond butter dressing, spring mix, olive oil

Post workout: 1/2 cup oatmeal w/ 1/2 cup frozen raspberries topped with cinnamon and drizzled with honey 

Mid-afternoon snack: Health Lab peanut butter protein ball, dollop of hummus w/ hard boiled egg

Dinner: Salad—> Alaskan cod, green onion, steamed carrots, red potato, avocado, kelp noodles, spring mix, coconut aminos, olive oil, sprinkle of Bragg’s nutritional yeast on top. Avocado hummus for dipping. A side of basmati rice cooked in coconut milk and a sprinkle of goat cheese on top.

THURSDAY

Breakfast: Baked sweet potato with coconut oil and cinnamon. Coffee with collagen, honey, cinnamon, and a drop of clove doTERRA essential oil. Equilibrium Nutrition protein powder shake. 

Post workout: 1/2 cup oatmeal w/ 1/2 cup frozen raspberries topped with cinnamon and drizzled with honey

Lunch: Salad —> Alaskan Cod, green onion, beets, red potato, avocado, Trader Joe’s Turmeric, ginger, almond butter dressing, spring mix, olive oil

Dinner: Salad—> Wild caught salmon, green onion, artichokes quarters, olives, red potato, avocado, spring mix, steamed carrots, Primal Kitchen Dreamy Italian dressing, coconut aminos. Side of cauliflower gnocchi.

FRIDAY

Breakfast: Baked sweet potato with coconut oil and cinnamon. Coffee with collagen, honey, cinnamon, and a drop of clove doTERRA essential oil. Equilibrium Nutrition protein powder shake. 

Post workout: 1/2 cup oatmeal w/ 1/2 cup frozen raspberries topped with cinnamon and drizzled with honey
Lunch: Salad —> Alaskan Cod, green onion, beets, red potato, avocado, Trader Joe’s Turmeric, ginger, almond butter dressing, spring mix, olive oil

Dinner at Polvos: Share large guacamole with friends. Chips and salsa. 1 1/2 Mexican martinis

SATURDAY

Breakfast: 1/2 cup oatmeal w/ 1/2 cup frozen blueberries topped with cinnamon and drizzled with honey. Coffee with collagen, honey, cinnamon, and a drop of clove doTERRA essential oil. Equilibrium Nutrition protein powder shake. 

Afternoon: Day drinking with my friends. I typically drink the following when I am out day drinking: Ruby Red or Deep Eddy Lemon and water, Dulce Vida Ruby with Waterloo or Tequila with Waterloo. The grapefruit and watermelon flavors taste amazing with tequila!

Dinner at Stella San Jac: Beet and goat cheese salad. Share the lamb meatballs and beet chips. Split a bottle of Rosé with a friend.

SUNDAY

Breakfast: Coffee with collagen, honey, cinnamon, and a drop of clove doTERRA essential oil. Equilibrium Nutrition protein powder shake. 

Brunch at Revelry: Share French fries with my friend. Mimosa carafes.

Afternoon: cocktails out and about with friends

Dinner: Salad—> Wild caught salmon, green onions, avocado, red potato, steamed carrots, Primal Kitchen Ranch dressing, kelp noodles, spring mix, coconut aminos

2019 Mantra

TRUST. LET GO. BE OPEN.

If you see a door, enter it. If you see a staircase, climb it. This year I am choosing to move toward my challenges. Showing up and doing the work. Not “please make it easier” but “please let me feel it.”

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TRUST

I am choosing to trust the process of life. From career, to relationships, to health, I am trusting what is to come. Living in a spirit of faith and believing in the process. Trusting that people are good at heart even when things do not go the way I planned. Trusting that this beautiful life will supply all my needs and fulfill my deepest desires. Trusting that as I learn more about nutrition, fitness, and health that I evolve into the best version of myself and can give inspire others.

LET GO.

I am choosing to let go of trying to always be in control. My Type A personality makes this extremely challenging, but I am present to my controlling nature and letting things go one day at a time. Letting go of past hurt. Letting go of damaged relationships. Letting go of a lacking mindset. Letting go of bitterness. Letting go complacency. Letting go of blame.

BE OPEN.

I am choosing to be abundant in every aspect of my life. Being open to dreaming big and taking big action on growing my business to new heights. Being open to meeting my partner in crime. Being open to saying Yes Yes. Being open to receiving love. Being open to fully owning being a business owner. Being open to meeting new people who I can work and grow with.

Trust. Let Go. Be Open fully encompasses what my heart desires in 2019. Do you have a yearly mantra? If so, share below.

SHOWOUT Shape Up

Dates: January 7th- February 4th

Details: 1st 2 weeks focus on a dialed-in eating plan. Remaining 2 weeks introducing other foods back in the diet. Pre and post body comp, weekly goals (nutrition, fitness, steps), meal plans, shopping list, weekly update on who's sticking to the goals. 2 winners at the end of the 30 days: most body fat loss AND most consistent on hitting weekly goals. The winners will receive one personal training session from me, shout out on my social media platform, and $25 gift certificate to Total Nutrition.

Price: $40

Email me at showoutmeg@gmail.com to register by December 21st. Capped at 20 people!

Coffee

I am lovvvvvving my new morning coffee!

Ingredients:

  • 2TB of Collagen

  • 1 TB Cacao Powder

  • 1TB of Tree Hive Maple Syrup + Honey (only use if having hot)

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BENEFITS OF COLLAGEN:

  • ease joint pain

  • reverse skin aging

  • build muscle and burn fat

  • reduce cellulite

  • improve digestive health

BENEFITS OF CACAO POWDER:

  • 40x the antioxidants of blueberries

  • full of magnesium for enhanced focus

  • full of theobromine for a mood boost

How do you have your coffee?

Crystal Healing

I have really been into crystals over the past year and diving more in how to use them. I came across an awesome podcast last week that interviewed Heather Askinosie on the healing power of crystals. LISTEN HERE. I have been following Heather’s website, Energy Muse, for a bit now so it was awesome to hear her on the podcast. The point that resonated the most was how to program your crystals to work for you. I have read all about cleansing and knowing where they are sourced; however, setting an intention for each crystal took it to a whole new level.

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Quick rewind…I was absolutely worn out about a month ago. When I do not get enough sleep or feel pulled in every direction, my mind, body, and soul break. I had hit my cusp. Thankfully, I made time for myself one Wednesday evening and spent a solid hour cleansing my crystals and setting intentions for each individually. It turned out to be very powerful. The crystal, Selenite, is used to cut energetic cords and let go of things that are holding you back. When programming and using this stone along with the Rose Quartz and Malachite, I started crying. I channeled my tears and energy to Jesus and filled the empty holes with light in every cell of my being. 

A little background on me. I grew up in a Baptist Christian home. Went to a Baptist private university. It taught me so much. Everything is conservative and the talk of me using crystals is out in left field. However, programming the crystals and using the selenite turned out to be so powerful. I have not felt this honest, vulnerable, and cleansed in a while. My energy source is Jesus Christ. When I am meditating, saying prayers, or whatever verbiage you prefer to use, that is where my energy and mind are focused. That’s where I find help, guidance, and peace. The crystals allowed me to have a tangible source to channel my thoughts and emotions and are now used as a daily reminder of my intentions.

I program this…

  • ROSE QUARTZ to open my heart to receive and express the energy of love.

  • MALACHITE to heal my heart and be receptive to love.

  • CITRINE to turn me into a Money Magnet.

  • AMETHYST for contentment and to radiate positivity.

  • JADE to attract good health and open my heart chakra

  • GREEN QUARTZ to bring empathy. 

  • UNAKITE to bring vision.

  • CARNELIAN to bring confidence, creativity, courage, and clarity.

  • RED AVENTURINE to focus my energy to get things done.

  • RUBY (necklace) to balance my heart and bring abundance.

  • PERU OPAL (necklace) to enhance self worth and release inhibitions.

Do you use crystals? Tonight is a full moon so show them some love!

Reality Check

Body Image

A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s amazing how you can feel like a Goddess one second and then beat yourself up the next all because of a picture. Whether it's a bad angle, goofy pose, standing versus sitting, good lighting versus bad lighting, that one little change can wreak havoc on your mindset. I give you exhibit A to the right. Only 24 hours difference in the three pictures. One moment I'm scoffing at the way I look and the next I'm loving what I see. I share this to make a point and give us (very much myself) a reality check. Give yourself a break and let it be.

One of the favorite things of my career is the ability to train consistently, be on my feet, and stay active through out the day; however, the most challenging part of my career is feeling I need to look perfect. Ripped 6-pack abs, perfectly shaped legs and ass, slender arms, the list could go on.

Full disclosure and honesty. I can look in the mirror and take a picture and love every ounce of my being and within the same day feel the complete opposite. I have always struggled with keeping my mid-section lean. I don’t want to pull the card of “it’s my genetics,” but when everyone in your family battles with leanness in the mid-section regardless of how consistently they train and eat on point, then there is a little truth to it.

However, what I am very present to is loving my body and truly owning every beautiful imperfection. Kicking ass in the gym. Being able to hip thrust close to 300lb, squat heavy, sprint, run bleachers, rock out dips and push ups like a boss, and even do pull-ups. Choosing to not obsess over food. This use to be a BIG battle, but by the grace of God it has improved leaps and bounds every passing year, which now means I can enjoy shared french fries at Revelery brunch, the occasional chips and salsa, margaritas, mimosas, and truly doing LIFE with my friends and family the way I choose. 

So how do I battle negative thoughts when they come blazing in hot? 

  1. Say what I’m thinking and feeling out loud. This is not a whisper but a straight up bold statement. 
  2. Own it. But, then I quickly have a reality check and state what is true. Even if it’s something I do want to improve upon, I switch to constructive criticism and remove self doubt and hate. 
  3. Create a new story and one that is truth. This could be a paradigm shift if it is creating a new behavior, or it could be a simple reality check and realizing how completely irrational I am thinking and behaving.

By having a raw and honest conversation with my sis this week, it inspired me to share openly and with some rawness. I am so thankful I was able to do the steps above with her on the phone and get present to how blessed, healthy, vibrant, and beautiful my life truly is. 

 

Singleness

I recently finished reading, "This is Me Letting You Go" by Heidi Prebe. A paragraph in the chapter titled- What They Don't Tell you About Love- really hit home, and I re-read the passage multiple times because it resonated so deeply.

They don't tell you that you'll forget to be loved. That at some point in the process of reaching and striving and growing and moving always forward in your life, you'll let love slide by the wayside. That you'll subtly forget what it's like to be touched, to be treasured, to be adored and admired by another human being with a mind and a body every bit as real as yours. They don't map out the dull, inconsolable ache that grows inside of you the longer you let yourself forget that you're desiring of love. They don't tell you that you need it like water and air and that no matter how hard you try to prove the opposite, a tiny part of you will always be the smallest bit unfulfilled without it. 

In this chapter of my life I am embracing every bit of singleness. The ability to come and go as I please. No one to worry about or check in with throughout the day. Shimmying as I see fit and doing exactly what I want. 

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However, I know that is why the passage above resonated so deeply. In the midst of all the fun that comes with doing your own thing, there is a piece that is missing. Some days more then others I can pin point it so vividly, and then other weeks it shows up out of no where. The mindless texts and vicious cycle of online dating is excruciating. The "Peter Pan" men who seem to have overtaken Austin is growing more and more every week. We're in the dating trenches.

I will not let the thrill, butterflies, and excitement that come with dating disappear for me. I refuse to become jaded and give up, but choosing to refocus my energy on relationships that bring real value. I am ready more then ever to be touched, to be treasured, to be adored and admired by another human being with a mind and a body every bit as real as mine, and share all the amazing, crazy, and hard things with that special man. My partner in crime. 

What are your thoughts? Does the excerpt strike a nerve in your soul?

Meet me in the Middle

If this blog post could play music, "The Middle" by Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey would be playing, and I would be jamming out. The lyrics encompass a relationship; however, the premise of the song goes hand in hand with this excerpt. 

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Within the past few years I have become very present to the ever changing stages of womanhood. I am fortunate to be surrounded by all types of women (single, married, with kids, without kids, divorced) given my personal training business, and each are on a different journey. Going from brand new in a career and trying to find one's way, to getting in a serious relationship, to diving head first in owning a business, to getting married and possibly having kids. With each milestone comes amazing stories and a new purpose, but also an unspoken judgement between each other. 

I am baffled at how being single (aka: no husband nor kids) seems to mean that you must accommodate to the ones who have these things. Why is it that my plans of hanging with friends, staying up late working, or simply wanting to lay by a pool or sit on a patio and enjoy a cocktail are considered second rate? It is my mission for women to be empowered and confident in whatever path they take, and I take it to heart when we feel the opposite. I would love to get a phone call and have a friend or family member want to meet me somewhere with their kiddo that is not 100% on their time frame and only ideal for them. Time is precious. I believe it is just as important to sacrifice single gal plans as it is to sacrifice kiddo nap time. To think opposite is not fair. Meet me in the middle. 

As women, I long for us to meet in the middle, to respect each other and our choices. Our lives are different and we are on our own journey. Ideas of fun may have shifted, and I believe it's important for both parties to understand we’re finding happiness in our own way. I am excited and ready to meet my partner-in-crime and connect with friends and family who are in that stage of life, but until then, I am going to walk in my single woman shoes and continue to embrace life with every bit of vigor, love, and gusto.

Success Story: KASEY

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I met Kasey at RetailMeNot about 6 months ago. He was brand new to lifting weights as his background for working out focused more on running. Within a short amount of time of adding in the corporate wellness Boot Camp and Strength Training along with 1x/week small group personal training, he has seen awesome results! Body composition has improved, and he is significantly stronger. From performing 1 strict pull-up to now repping out multiple sets of 8 reps. His back squat has increased by almost 100lb and all his vertical and horizontal presses have gone up. Needless to say, Kasey is a very hard worker with a great attitude. I truly enjoy the days we get to train!

How has small group training help you reach your goals?

Small group training has helped me reach my goals in several ways. The most impactful has been the 1:1 time where I actually learned how to train. Prior to working out with Megan, I had no idea what was what in a gym. Now I feel confident that I can navigate one and not feel like I have no idea what I'm doing. The workouts that Megan puts together are full body and hit most muscles group. I love this because it ensures no muscle is left out.

Body composition results.

Since I started training with Megan, I have put on ~12 pounds. I've gained several inches in various part of my body: Shoulders: 2", Chest: 1/2", Thighs: 2", Arms: 1.5"

List 3 keys to your success.

  • Persistence - Keeping up with the workouts, pushing myself to go, and making it the priority.
  • Megan - Without Megan and her fabulous attitude I wouldn't have felt comfortable going after my goals.  
  • Support - Having a support network that encourages me to work out and be the healthiest I can.

    What have others said is the biggest change in you?

    From a co-worker: YOUR MUSCLES - but seriously, people have definitely noticed a change in my appearance. They can tell I've put in a lot of work :) My friends and family have also said that it has changed my lifestyle. Now I consistently work out 4-5 times a week. Prior to working out, I didn't really used to think about what I ate, now I try to make sure I get a good balance of fats, protein, carbs, etc. 

      Overall, I really love the change that I have seen in my body after several months of small group training. I feel so much better both in my free-time and at work.

       

      Unplug

      Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes...including you.

      That quote hit me like a ton of bricks. I easily get caught up in crossing things off my check list, creating something new within my business, reading/learning/studying my craft; yet it is the times where I unplug, check out, and simply Be are where things fall into place. I am becoming more present to this every week. I have made it a priority to take a long walk on Saturdays as often as I can over the past few months. The walks are either with a dear friend or by myself. It's chill, fun, encouraging, and therapeutic. 

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      I am so thankful to have close girl friends and guys I've recently dated that create a space for me to veg out and Netflix and chill =). For some reason, it is so difficult to lay on my couch and do absolutely nothing. I feel better about myself if I am watching something educational on YouTube, reading a self-development book, or simply working. I am hard wired like that. 

      However, my Type A, go-go personality needs these quiet times to unplug and center. Typing that statement and saying it out loud resonates. In my late 20s and early 30s, I would literally work myself into the ground trying to create a business and a brand. Now I have shifted to work smarter, take solid breaks to unplug, and truly appreciate quality of life over finding the next new client or project. The more I unplug, the more clear headed I get, and more opportunities come my way.

      I challenge you to unplug, even if it's only for 5 minutes each day, and see how your mind, body, and soul feels. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. 

      Affirmations

      Affirmations

      Affirmation is defined as emotional support or encouragement. Over the past year I have been reading daily affirmations while I brush my teeth in the morning. It's been an easy add-on to my day, because clearLLLLLy I am going to brush my teeth, but now it is a very intentional 2 minutes. I have 13 index cards with powerful statements written on them that encompass exactly what I want in, for, and a part of my life. I fully believe if you cannot see yourself having something or being someone then there is no way it will become a reality. There is a powerful connection that goes from the heart, to the mind, to fruition.

      The picture above is a screenshot of a few of my daily affirmations. I put the note card on the top of the stack each morning based on what my main focus is for that day. This 2-minute practice has been a game changer for me! I have seen transformations in my relationships, business, and spiritual life. I view myself in a different light. I am thankful and love my body more then I ever have. I see myself as more then a personal trainer & nutrition coach, but a business owner.

      Do you have a daily practice? If so, share below in the comments section. If not, I challenge you to pick 3 areas of your life you want to focus on and write an affirmation and read it daily. Check back in 30 days and let me know what has changed!

      Brussel Sprouts

      Brussel Sprouts

      I ebb and flow with vegetables I eat on the reg. I love brussel sprouts but typically only eat them when I go out to eat since I never can replicate how good they taste at a restaurant. However, last week I made the best tasting brussel sprouts and had to share!

      DIRECTIONS: Grease the baking sheet with ghee or grass-fed butter. Salt and pepper the brussel sprouts and douse with coconut aminos. Bake on 400-degrees for 25 mins.

      Give yourself permission to...

      Maybe it's all the New Year hoopla with lose weight, feel great, reach your goals that has people in a frenzy, but I have noticed a trend among my clients of being extremely hard on themselves. I am a huge advocate of working hard to reach your goals, being diligent, and you get out what you put in; however, there also needs to be room for some self-love.

      Give yourself permission to just be. Enjoy the moment. Savor the delicious meal you prepared. When you have a treat, enjoy every single bite of it. I encourage my clients to change their language around food. When you view certain foods as bad or a cheat meal, an entire array of negative emotions also start to associate with this behavior. Over time it can become a vicious cycle and gets you no where closer to your goals. I choose to use treat instead of cheat.

      Pat yourself on the back. Give yourself a hug. Look in the mirror and thank God for the body you have and all that you are capable of doing. Remember, life is a journey not a destination. We are constantly growing and learning, so give yourself a break and live life. Your heart, soul, and mind will thank you.

      Hugs!

      Tomato Soup, kind of...

      Tomato Soup

      One of the top reasons I live in Austin is due to the hot weather; however, there are sporadic moments and a few months where the weather is too cold for my own liking. In those cases, I like to enjoy warm soup. The other night I did not want to run to the store, so I warmed up tomato sauce and added a few extra ingredients.

      Tomato Soup-
      Bertolli Tomato Sauce
      Kalamata olives
      Sauteed spinach
      Avocado slices

      Reset & Restore

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      Every year I do a Reset & Restore with my corporate wellness account, RetailMeNot. It's a 30-day program designed to detox from sugar, processed foods, and give your body the break it needs to fully reset and restore itself and get back on track to feeling great! This is not about weight loss, which will happen naturally, but it's all about being intentional and slowing down for a month. By the end, you will feel rejuvenated, revitalized, and refreshed.

      I am opening up this course to all my local Austin friends and anyone who wants to participate remotely. 

      DETAILS

      • January 8th-February 6th --- deadline to register is January 2nd.
      • Weekly Monday Motivation
      • Reset & Restore handout focusing on what foods to eat, water intake, sleep, how to deal with toxins, & eating guidelines  ---This is the game changer!
      • Private Facebook group to answer all questions and provide accountability along the way
      • 10,000 steps daily Google log chart
      • Detox supplementation (additional cost if interested)
      • Educational visit to Barton Creek Farmers Market on January 20th (optional for Austinites)
      • Team dinner at Picnik on Burnet Rd. on January 27th (optional for Austinites)

      Price: $25 (payments via PayPal or Venmo @showoutmeg)
      Email Megan at showoutmeg@gmail.com if interested.

       

       

       

      Pink Sea Salt

      Salt (sodium) used to get such a bad wrap due to heart problems; the irony is the people who had the heart problems were eating fried foods which are clearly laden with salt. Next time you go to the grocery store venture out and try a colored salt. My salt of choice of the moment is pink sea salt.

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      Benefits of Pink Salt:

      Iodine- Natural salts are rich in iodine, so it doesn’t need to be artificially added in.

      Less sodium consumed per serving- Himalayan salt is made of the same components as table salt but since the crystal structure is larger than refined salt, and by volume- this salt therefore has LESS sodium per 1/4 tsp serving- because the sea salt crystals or flakes take up less room on a teaspoon than highly refined tiny table salt grains.

      Packs a hearty 80+ minerals and elements- Himalayan salts are mineral packed crystals which formed naturally within the earth made up of 85.62% sodium chloride and 14.38% other trace minerals including: sulphate, magnesium, calcium, potassium, bicarbonate, bromide, borate, strontium, and fluoride (in descending order of quantity).

      Because of these minerals Himalayan pink salt can:

      • Create an electrolyte balance
      • Increases hydration
      • Regulate water content both inside and outside of cells
      • Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux
      • Prevent muscle cramping
      • Aid in proper metabolism functioning
      • Strengthen bones
      • Lower blood pressure
      • Help the intestines absorb nutrients
      • Prevent goiters
      • Improve circulation
      • Dissolve and eliminate sediment to remove toxins

      Pink sea salt can even support libido, reduce the signs of aging, and detoxify the body from heavy metals.

      Pink sea salt is way better than your typical table salt. Table salt is a refined salt and is stripped of all its minerals, besides sodium and chloride, but is also chemically cleaned, bleached and heated at unnecessary high temperatures. In addition, it is treated with anti-caking agents which prevent salt from mixing with water in the salt container. These agents also prevent dissolving within our system leading to build up and then deposit in organs and tissue, causing severe health problems. Finally, the iodine that is added into salt is usually synthetic which is difficult for your body to process properly. Shockingly under U.S. law, up to 2% of table salt can be additives.

      With that being said, go out to the store this weekend and buy some colorful salt. I found mine at People's Rx. With the warmer temperatures upon us, hydration is key and a pinch of sea salt in your water can do wonders.

      Pizza Spaghetti Pie

      This is one my favorite cold weather dishes--> PIZZA SPAGHETTI PIE, thanks to the delish recipes from  PaleOMG . The prep takes a bit, but it's all really easy and so worth the wait. Let me know what you think.

      This is one my favorite cold weather dishes--> PIZZA SPAGHETTI PIE, thanks to the delish recipes from PaleOMG. The prep takes a bit, but it's all really easy and so worth the wait. Let me know what you think.

      Ingredients:

      • 1 large spaghetti squash
      • 1 pound hot pork italian sausage
      • ½ purple onion, diced
      • 1 cup pizza sauce (no sugar added)
      • 1 teaspoon dried basil
      • salt and pepper, to taste
      • 3 eggs, whisked

      Directions: 

      1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
      2. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Place spaghetti squash cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the skin of the squash gives when you press on it. Then reduce oven heat to 350 degrees.
      3. Once squash is done cooking, remove threads and place in an 8×8 greased baking dish.
      4. Place a large pan over medium heat. Add italian sausage and onion. Cook until pink no longer remains in the sausage and it is broken up into pieces.
      5. Add pizza sauce, dried basil and salt and pepper to the pan and mix well.
      6. Add sausage mixture to the 8×8 dish and mix well with spaghetti squash threads.
      7. Lastly, add whisked eggs to the baking dish and mix everything together until you can no longer see the eggs.
      8. Place in oven and bake for 1 hour or until the top of the mixture forms a slight crust that doesn’t give when you press on it in the middle of the dish.
      9. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

       

      Hell Yes!

      If it is not a HELL YES, then it’s a No.

      I am getting very clear on what it means to boldly say “HELL YES.” From career decisions, to friendships, to what I want to do on the weekends, and who I want to spend my time with, if it doesn’t equally serve both parties in the fullest, then why waste my time and theirs.

      In other words, I am “trimming the fat.” Ridding my life of unnecessary things, people, and obligations that waste time and cause more frustration then fulfillment. I had my first encounters with this last week, and I left the conversations feeling lighter, honest, and confident that I had now opened up more space to allow things to come into my life that are a HELL YES. From a personal trainer perspective to my clients, this HELL YES mentality allows clients to focus in on the right things to get done and not feeling overwhelmed with a sense of having to do it all now.

      I am currently reading “Essentialism.” Author, Greg McKeown, writes,

      The Way of the Essentialist involves doing less, but better, so you can make the highest possible contribution. The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s not about getting less done. It’s about getting only the right things done. It’s about challenging the core assumption of ‘we can have it all’ and ‘I have to do everything’ and replacing it with the pursuit of ‘the right thing, in the right way, at the right time’. It’s about regaining control of our own choices about where to spend our time and energies instead of giving others implicit permission to choose for us.

      I challenge you to live a life where you focus on quality over quantity. Can you imagine how great it would feel to be able to openly and honestly say "HELL YES" to everything you took on in your life.