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5 Aug

Hey peeps!

A couple of you guessed right earlier today – I got my nose pierced!  What’s funny is that I don’t think most people would consider me the type to have a piercing anywhere other than my ears.  But alas, I have an affinity for nose piercings.  That is, as long as they’re the right kind, ie. very teeny tiny.

The night before we left Thailand after our year there, a bunch of my friends were getting tattoos, so I decided to get my nose pierced that night.  On our journey back home to the U.S., we had a 3 day layover in Tokyo, and because I couldn’t find a smaller stud to replace the monstrous one they pierced it with, I took it out.  I hadn’t seen my family in a year, and I didn’t want to freak them out right when I stepped off the plane:) lol.

Tokyo

So, now that I am not teaching anymore, I decided it would be the perfect time to get it done again!  I love it!

Anyway, lets get to eats for the day and then I have an exciting surprise!

I actually had a really weird eating day today.  I just didn’t really have much of an appetite.  A couple hours after my coffee this morning, I snacked on the tiny bit of leftovers from last night’s Tempeh Stir Fried Rice.

This was just as delicious as it was the first time around!

And then a few hours later I finally broke down and just made a peanut butter and grilled banana sandwich.  It seems that when my appetite is gone and nothing sounds good – peanut butter always saves the day!

For dinner tonight we decided to go out.  Don’t even ask why…we just felt like it!  How’s that for livin’ in the moment;)  Anyway, I picked up some Panera, and it was deeelicious!

Mediterranean veggie sandwich (hold the feta!) and strawberry poppyseed salad

major lol – I didn’t realize until after I uploaded this photo that there is a huge fly on my sandwich! Doh!

I die.

So today I ordered two Operation Beautiful books (by one of my favorite bloggers, Caitlin) off Amazon – one for myself and one for my little cousin.  Then I went to the website of our local bookstore, which by the way I’ve been to twice since the book dropped, and found out that they had just gotten it in!  Obviously I had to buy a 3rd copy:)

waiting at Panera

Hmmm…any ideas on what to do with this lone 3rd copy???


How ’bout a giveaway!?!

For those of you who have already purchased a copy (yay!), enter anyway and think of someone you love who you can pass it on to!

Here’s how you can get up to fifteen entries.  Do as many or as few as you would like!

  • For one entry: leave a comment on this post with an Operation Beautiful message of your own.  It can be as simple as “you are beautiful!”
  • For two entries: leave an Operation Beautiful note somewhere and just tell me you left one (honor system;)
  • For three entries (this is getting serious now:): follow me (@chiaseedme) on twitter, tweet about the giveaway and let me know you did so in the comments.  You can use the following: enter to win an #operationbeautiful book! @chiaseedme http://wp.me/pMkFT-tN
  • For four entries: put ChiaSeedMe on your blogroll and leave a comment telling me you did. If it’s already there, just tell me that!
  • For five entries (I know, right?!): blog about the giveaway and copy and paste the link (to the specific post) in the comments

Giveaway will run until midnight on Tuesday, August 10th (my birthday!).

I’m so excited about this giveaway, and I hope you are too!  It’s time for a revolution in the way we see ourselves. We can’t do enough to spread the word.

Also, if you win and you would like for me to take the book to Healthy Living Summit and get Caitlin’s autograph – I’d be happy to!  I’ll pop it in the mail as soon as I get home.

See you guys tomorrow!  You are beautiful:)

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asian food rocks

4 Aug

for lack of a better title..lol.

Hi!

Thanks for the sweet and encouraging comments on this morning’s post.  You guys are so great:)

It’s funny how the blog community works – I am so freaking excited for Caitlin, and I’ve never even actually met her!  At least not yet.  I’m really looking forward to Healthy Living Summit for that reason…among many others.  It has been such a fun day of seeing so much support from everyone and all the Operation Beautiful posts that have gone up.  I’m loving it!  Don’t forget to tune into the Today Show tomorrow morning at 8:30am to see Caitlin talk about the book!

Today has been so crazy!  Sadly, Jon and I did not get outside for our run this morning.  We stayed up so late working last night and just couldn’t pull ourselves out of bed this morning.  It is for that very reason that I must make this quick!  So I can actually get some sleep tonight.

Even after we finally got up, I still felt like I was dragging so I whipped up an energizing green monster.

2 handfuls of spinach, 1.25 cups soy milk, 1/2 scoop Amazing Grass, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 banana, ice

After a couple of hours of writing, it was due time for a snack!

Ezekiel bread with homemade Classic Garlic Hummus

Today was my weekly lunch date with my sweet friend, Grace.  We met at Qdoba.  I ordered the vegetarian salad with black bean and corn salsa, grilled veggies, black beans, pico, verde salsa and guacamole.

I promise there is lettuce under there;)

It was just meh.  I have come to like Chipotle so much better than Qdoba.  It is good to change it up occasionally, though.

After lunch I worked on some Outbox tasks for awhile, and then it was time to get crackin’ on my photography class.  It actually started on Monday, but today was the first time I really studied for it.  Every week there is an online lesson and then a homework assignment.  My assignment isn’t due until Sunday night, but there is a live chat with the instructors tomorrow, so I wanted to make sure and be prepared for any questions I might come up with while shooting!  I’m so excited about this.  Today I learned about all the parts/settings of my camera, aperture and shutter speed.

I literally spent about 3 hours studying, taking one short snack break of course:)

recycled photo.  You guys know I’m obsessed with this snack.  I can’t help myself!

Anyway, I wrapped it up and flew out the door just in time for yoga. It was a great class as always, but also the last chance for me to talk to my instructor before I teach on Friday morning.  I’m getting so nervous, y’all!  I’m definitely feeling more confident about it than I did this time last week, but it’s still so nerve wracking.  I can’t wait to accomplish this, though.  I’ve dreamed of being a fitness instructor for so long…and it’s finally happening:)

Dinner tonight was fun and easy!  We decided to copy a dish that we used to eat a lot in Thailand – stir fried rice.

Tempeh Stir Fried Rice

Ingredients

1 cup dry brown rice
1.75 cups water
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/2 block tempeh
2 organic, free-range eggs
3 tbsp gluten free organic teriyaki sauce
2 tsp olive oil

Directions

1.  Bring water to a boil.  Add rice and lower to a simmer for about 10 minutes or until all water is absorbed.
2.  Meanwhile, add 2 tsp oil to wok or skillet.  Toss in green onion and tempeh and heat through.
3.  Add two eggs and continue to stir fry until eggs are cooked.
4.  Add rice and 3 tbsp teriyaki sauce and mix everything together well.

I served mine with a side of sauteed brussel sprouts, seasoned with garlic powder and ground red pepper

Delicious!  I loved this meal.  It really took me back to our days in SE Asia.  I’ll definitely be making this again.

Well, folks, I’m off to bed!  I’m already getting a late start.  Tomorrow is a big day – my last day to prepare for PiYo and my first photo class instructor chat.  Yay!

What’s your favorite type of food? It’s no secret that Mexican food = my life.  But I do love me some asian food as well!

beauty in imperfection

4 Aug

As some of you may know this week is Change the Way You See, Not the Way You Look Week!  The purpose of this week is to promote Caitlin’s book, Operation Beautiful, as well as to help women everywhere see the beauty in themselves!

Take a moment to click over and enter the giveaway for an Operation Beautiful book!  Giveaway ends August 10th at midnight.

I decided to contribute a post because I have always struggled with loving myself and seeing past my imperfections.  From as early in my life as I can remember, I have focused on the negative aspects of not only my body, but also my personality.  I remember as far back as early middle school, placing a cut out of a girl from a magazine on the inside of our kitchen cabinets so that every time I opened the cabinet to get food, I’d be reminded of what I wanted my body to look like.  Not only did this not make me thinner or more toned, it contributed to the mindset that I would never be good enough until I looked as good as the photoshopped model in a magazine.

While I still struggle everyday with not accepting and loving my body, the one thing that has changed as of recent is the fact that I now recognize that it is not okay to constantly criticize myself.  The older I get, the more I understand that continuing to live this way is detracting from my health and happiness, and more importantly I don’t want my future children to grow up believing that it is okay. I put so much care into what I put in my body, but I am often reckless with the things I allow to invade my mind.

I’ve also begun to recognize the reasoning behind why I treat myself this way.  It comes down to one word: perfection.

We live in a world that is obsessed with perfection.  Everywhere we look we are bombarded with images of perfection – from magazines to movies to TV.  We can’t even stand in line at the grocery store or go to the dentist without having to face these kind of demons.

Headlines, advertisements and magazine covers constantly scream at us to improve this or perfect that while showing us an image of a perfect body.  A body we should have for ourselves.

What would your dream body look like?  Would it have any imperfections?  No.  This article is telling us that perfection is not only attainable, but that we should expect ourselves to achieve it.

If we just eat the right thing our stomach will be perfect and we’ll be happy.  Lies.

We must believe that we do NOT have to be perfect to be beautiful!

The path to perfection is a never ending black hole of self destruction because no matter how hard we try we will inevitably fall short. This is not to say that we shouldn’t strive for excellence in our lives – but we must be able to let go of the image of perfection that the world throws at us and that we come to expect of ourselves and begin to celebrate the things that make us imperfect.  That make us unique.  That make us beautiful.

Countless times (including this morning!) I have stood in front of my mirror and thought any one (or more) of the following:

  • look how fat my thighs are
  • my stomach looks awful
  • I wish my arms didn’t look so big
  • my hair looks terrible

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to stop tearing myself down, and begin the work of building myself up. But it won’t happen if we go about it passively.  We have to actively fight back.

But how?

Here are some ideas I’ve come up with to get started. I know you all have great ideas and suggestions, so please share them in the comments! Let’s do this together.

Actively being thankful.  If we spend our time and energy thinking of things about ourselves that we are thankful for, we won’t have as much time to think of everything we wish we could change.  We can foster positivity, gratefulness and love within ourselves.

Replacing lies with truths.  Each time a destructive thought pops into our minds, replace it with a truth.
Example – Lie: I wish my arms didn’t look so big.  Truth: My arms are beautiful and they enable me to do downward facing dogs and love on my husband.

Ridding our lives of false/evil messages of perfection.  Next time we’re in line at the grocery store, instead of zoning in on the magazine rack, call a friend or strike up a conversation with the person behind us by paying them a compliment.  We obviously can’t protect ourselves from these messages all the time, but every step is one step closer to loving ourselves.

Constantly remind ourselves of how beautiful we are.  In the spirit of Operation Beautiful, I put these up this morning.

Now as I’m getting ready in the morning, I can be reminded that I am beautiful now…and that I don’t need to change anything to be able to love myself.

I wish I had started out on this journey of loving and accepting myself years ago, and I’m so thankful for Caitlin and the Operation Beautiful movement for taking the first steps toward a revolution in the way we see ourselves.  Let’s work together to make our world a more positive place not just for ourselves, but for future generations of beautiful girls and women.

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the book – I’ll be getting mine this weekend!

And please share your thoughts and ideas on combatting the perfection trap in the comments.  I can’t wait to hear what you think!