the secret to workout motivation + a giveaway!

26 Oct

Hey guys!

Remember a couple of months ago when I made this?

How about this?

If you remember, I told you that I’d be hosting a giveaway to give one CSM reader their very own spiralizer.

Well the time has come!

CSN stores has offered to give away a $45 giftcard to one of you guys.  If you’re not familiar with CSN, they have hundreds of online stores in which they carry everything from wardrobes to cookware to chic light fixtures.  You could seriously browse for hours! Not that I would know.

So, while I’d love for you to show the spiralizer some love (’cause I know it would love you right back), I also think it’s great to let you guys choose whatever you want!

So here’s the scoop:

  • For one entry leave a comment on this post telling me if you had to pick one food to eat every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  • For one entry put ChiaSeedMe on your blogroll
  • For one entry mention the giveaway in a blog post and link back to this post
  • For one entry follow me on twitter (@chiaseedme)

You can enter as many ways as you want – just make sure to let me know which ones you did (or already do) in the comments!  Good luck!

The contest will close next Monday at midnight (central time).

**Unfortunately, this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Sorry, international friends:(

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This morning I put in a quick interval workout just like yesterday’s.  My legs felt like lead!  I wanted to stop so badly after about 15 minutes, but I just kept telling myself “you are strong, confident, and you have the ability to have a kick-butt workout!”

I’m not gonna lie though – it felt so good to stop and walk:)  I’m reminded this week of the key to truly motivate myself as far as workouts.  Wanna know the secret?


That’s right.  Workout.

Getting to the gym, feeling those endorphins flow, and beginning to feel and see improvements in your health will give you the motivation and drive to keep going each day.  It will work, I promise.

So, I had big plans to tell you guys about the creamiest squash soup you’ll ever taste, but that will have to be postponed now.  Tonight’s dinner was just too good to keep to myself.

Tofu Broccoli Cashew Asian Stir-fry
adapted from Eat Drink and Be Vegan


For tofu:
1 pkg extra firm tofu, cut into rectangles
2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
3 tbsp red wine vinegar

For sauce:
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup water
3 tbsp agave nectar (pure maple syrup would also work I think)
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
.5 tbsp molasses
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp arrowroot powder

For Stir-fry:
1-2 tbsp olive oil
2 heads of broccoli, chopped
2 pinches of sea salt
2 tbsp water
2 red, orange or yellow bell peppers
.5 cup raw cashews

Is this not the most awesome pepper you’ve ever seen?  My step-dad picked it from his garden and gave it to me (after my sister and I fought over it, that is:).  Thanks, Clark! I didn’t want to say good-bye to it, but alas, I needed a second red bell pepper.


  • Place tofu rectangles in a shallow dish.  Pour soy sauce and vinegar over the top and make sure each piece is covered.  Allow tofu to marinate for 10-15 minutes
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk sauce ingredients until arrowroot powder is dissolved
  • In a large skillet or wok,  heat about 1 tbsp of olive oil.  Add tofu and saute until all sides are browned (I like mine crispy on the outside!)
  • Remove tofu from pan and set it aside
  • Add a little bit more oil, 2 tbsp water and broccoli to wok/skillet.  Place a lid over it and allow to cook for about 5 minutes
  • Add bell pepper and continue to saute for another several minutes
  • Add tofu, sauce and cashews and toss to coat
  • Continue to cook on medium heat until sauce has thickened

Serve over brown rice, quinoa, bulgur or any other grain!

This was by far the best stir-fry meal I’ve ever made – it tasted like it came straight from an Asian restaurant.  I think the key ingredient is the arrowroot powder. It makes the sauce thick and syrupy, mmmm.

Wel,, that’s it for tonight!  I’ve got to go look over my yoga class for tomorrow night. I didn’t teach last week because we were in DC, so I’m feeling a little rusty.  A few down dogs and sun salutations, and I’ll be back in business methinks.

And by the way, you may notice some changes around these parts over the next few days.  The husband is working out some kinks and getting a little crazy at times, but I’m trying to keep him reigned in.  You give him an inch…

Also, I added a couple of new pages at the top today and revamped some of my old ones!  If you have a second, check out my new “about” page as well as my “moves” page, which also has some info about PiYo.  Let me know what ya think!

Oh, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!!  If you’re not in the market for anything for yourself, you could win someone a Christmas present!

What is your key motivator for working out?  Do you have any tricks for staying consistent when the going gets tough? Please share!


55 Responses to “the secret to workout motivation + a giveaway!”

  1. Kristina @ spabettie October 26, 2010 at 11:41 pm #

    that pepper is awesome !! I love it… I would have taken SO many photos before eating it… 😀

    one food?? that is a tough one… probably some kind of quinoa broccoli bean bowl.

    • candice October 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

      Yes, many photos were taken for sure. So crazy right?

  2. Nichole October 27, 2010 at 12:30 am #

    That stir-fry looks good…I’m gonna have to try it!

    If I could only eat one food forever though, I’d have to pick bread–yum.

    You are also already on my blogroll! Thanks for hosting a giveaway.

  3. Heather (Where's the Beach) October 27, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    Ok – first the contest: You know I’m going to have to say PIZZA!

    Good job getting through the workout. Sometimes you have to push harder than others and I think that’s where people start to give up. It ain’t easy folks. But as with anything worth attaining, it’s going to take work.

    Stir fry – thumbs up!

    • candice October 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

      So true. So many time I want to quit, but those are the times that really count:)

  4. Heather (Where's the Beach) October 27, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    You my friend are already in my blog roll.

  5. Heather (Where's the Beach) October 27, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    I am tweeting about this right now!

  6. Amy B @ Second City Randomness October 27, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    Omg, I think I would want that spiralizer! Just the other day as I was cutting chunks of sweet potato and trying not to stab myself, I was considering how much easier life would be with one of those. Plus, I heart curly fries!

    • candice October 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

      Yes! Curly fries are where it’s at for sure!

  7. Paige October 27, 2010 at 8:18 am #

    Hey girl! One food?!? Oh lawd! Probably mashed sweet potatoes:) mmm or pizza. Haha
    that stirfry looks amazing, Candice!

    • candice October 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

      I have still yet to eat mashed sweet potatoes. I know, right?! The other day I was at the Whole Foods bar and there were mashed sweet potatoes. I got so excited, but then realized the pan was empty. Scraped clean! I was so sad:( Guess I’ll have to make them myself now.

  8. Halley (Blunder Construction) October 27, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    MAN, that stir-fry looks yummy!

    You are already on my blogroll, and the one food I would eat forever? grapes! just couldn’t imagine life without them.

    • candice October 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

      Look at you choosing something healthy:) I think grapes are an excellent choice – do you ever eat them frozen?! so good!

  9. Kathi October 27, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    One food? I would have to say oatmeal I love it both hot and cold.

    I would love the spiralizer but I was alod thinking maybe a mandoline or possible a rice cooker?

    You are on my blogroll..

    • candice October 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

      When I first was offered a product from CSN, I was so torn between the mandolin and the spiralizer! I love my spiralizer (obvs:), but I still pine for the the mandolin:)

  10. Jackie October 27, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    If I had to eat one food every day for the rest of my life (hard one), it would probably be bread. Delicious crust bread.

    • candice October 27, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

      Love bread so much. I might have to agree with you on this one.

  11. Kasey October 27, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    Hmm… one food? Probably almond butter. I’m seriously addicted 🙂

    That stir-fry looks delicious!

    • candice October 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm #


      Almond butter is definitely one of my faves – especially with bananas:)

  12. shorty October 27, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    One food? Tacos all the way!

    Love your food! I just started following you and am excited to read all your recipes:)

    • candice October 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

      Yay! Thanks:)

      If you read my blog very long, you’ll see I’m totally with you on the tacos. I have a slight obsession with pretty much all mexican food, actually.

  13. Alison Vellinga October 27, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    My fave food would be almond butter!

  14. Brandi Murphy October 27, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    So I just found you the other day through Emily’s Front Burner Blog. I love you, you are so inspiring to me. I immediately but you on my blog reader! Now I’m following you on twitter (you can find me under pinkwhiskey) And you can check out my blog to see the reblog of today’s post. I am always posting great healthy delicious foods I find online to share with people. Oh and the one food I could eat every meal for the rest of my life: snap peas. I snack on them all the time.

    • candice October 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

      I love snap peas! By themselves, in salsa, in hummus – so good! I love how crunchy and sweet they are:)

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment – you completely made my day:) I’m looking forward to checking out your blog!

  15. Tiffany Christie October 27, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    I am in need of a working out motivator. Great post. I’d love to be entered to win also ….Tiffypoot @ (

    • candice October 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

      Once you start, you won’t want to stop. It’s the first few days that are the hardest!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Gracie October 27, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    If I had to pick one food?? PIZZA!! It’s my favorite 😀

    • candice October 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

      Yay – you entered! Love your name btw:)

  17. Lizz @ Leading the Good Life October 27, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    The tofu in your stirfry looks incredible!

    I LOVE mac n cheese. I’m not sure I could actually eat it every day, but this is hypothetical so it’s my choice. 🙂

    You are on my blogroll!

    And, I follow you on Twitter. 🙂

    • candice October 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

      Thanks! It was the sauce that really made it:)

  18. Holly October 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    I’m totally coveting your spiralizer!

    If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life… roasted butternut squash, no contest.

    • candice October 27, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

      I think I need to try butternut squash again. I tried it several months ago and didn’t like it. But I’ve since fallen in love with kabocha squash, so I think I need to give it another try:)

      • Holly October 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

        I don’t think you can go wrong with the kabocha. Super tasty, and I love not having to peel it like I do the butternut!

  19. Tammigirl October 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    One food for the rest of my life? Easy. Potatoes.

    • candice October 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

      Great choice! So tasty – and so flexible too. You can fix them so many different ways:)

  20. Tammigirl October 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    I am following you on twitter. @tammigirl

  21. Sue October 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    Pizza would be my meal 🙂 Love the new PiYo info you posted.

  22. Jennifer@ knackfornutrition October 27, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    OATMEAL!!! As if there were any other viable option 😉

  23. Jennifer@ knackfornutrition October 27, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    You know I follow on twitter!

  24. Dorry October 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    Wow – one food is so hard! It was have to be something I could eat with a spoon out of a bowl because those are always my favorite meals. 🙂

    Hmmm – motivation to workout comes easy to me. I love to be active. I love to have energy and working out makes me feel alive. 🙂

  25. Kristina @ spabettie October 28, 2010 at 1:43 am #

    I follow you on twitter !! 🙂

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  27. Amanda @ Vegacious October 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    If I had to pick one food…(man that’s hard!!!) it would probably be guacamole. I know, I’m totally obsessed.

    • candice October 29, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

      totally totally with you on that. I am so obsessed with guacamole! Well, avocados in general really.

  28. Amanda @ Vegacious October 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    And I follow you on Twitter!

  29. Amanda @ Vegacious October 28, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    And you’re on my blogroll! 🙂

  30. amber@SAHM's musings October 28, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    I’m not really a healthy foodie so I’d pick PIZZA! All the food groups right? 😉

    • candice October 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

      oh yeah. I could def. use some pizza about right now:)

  31. amber@SAHM's musings October 28, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    You’re on my blogroll!

  32. amber@SAHM's musings October 28, 2010 at 9:31 pm #

    I follow your tweets 🙂 (BTW my twitter “name” is @dailygraces)

  33. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 29, 2010 at 7:55 am #

    One food? Peanut butter 🙂

  34. Jessica @ Black Cat Kitchen October 30, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    peanut butter for sure. I swear I’m eating it at every meal already! 🙂

    You’re on my blogroll already!


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