This is what gives me pride…

Many new friends have found my blog in the last month, so I thought I would tell you a little bit about me and I hope that you’ll take a moment to tell me about you!!!

First, nothing is more important to me than my family, friends, and my faith.

Untitled designSecond….I am living a purpose driven life by sharing my gift which I believe is my ability to simplify complex problems. Because I have never been a very good student, I have learned to be a passionate teacher! I love to share with people how to make their dreams bigger, their bodies tighter, their lives fuller, and their relationships better! If I’ve struggled to master something, I believe I have an obligation to share my best practices with others. Whether it’s fitness, fashion, organization, focus or business… I am called to share with you the systems that allow you to live more and work less.

06-19-2014_Chalene_DC0097-SNext, I don’t take myself too seriously. Just make me laugh and we’ll be friends for life. I’m just a girl… a friend, a goof ball and I’m overly curious about people. I don’t like those who think they’re all that and a bag of chips. I trust a bit to easily and I love fitness but my passion is teaching business!

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I know God has great plans for my life and I honor it by sharing what I learn! I’m a Mom, a wife, a collector of shoes, a serial entrepreneur, a New York Times Best Selling author, a daughter, a sister, a runner, an artist and sometimes I’m a know it all… (I’m working on that part!) The best thing I’ve ever created (other than my children along with the help of my handsome husband) has been my 30 Day Challenge. It’s a free 30 Day tutorial (one quickie video delivered to your inbox per day) during which I teach you how to use your phone to get yourself organized and laser focused on what you should be doing each day. You can improve every corner of your life in just 30 days. Hundreds of thousands of people have gone through my 30DayPush and I hope you’ll take THEIR word for it over mine! But it’s free… so you really have nothing to lose. I hope you’ll allow me the honor of spending a few minutes with you each day to share my passion.

Oh… and habits are WAY easier to change when we have the support of a friend or family member… so please get someone to do the 30DayPush with you! Just CLICK HERE!

Thanks for reading… Now it’s your turn… Who are you? What do you do that gives you pride?

~ Chalene

Healthy Smoothie

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So this is a new LOVE of mine! The list of ingredients might scare some of you off, but you’ve got to trust me on this one. I’m just keepin’ it real, I throw this smoothie together, so there aren’t exact portions listed…but I think that’s what makes it kinda cool! Because YOU can tailor it to what you like…add a little here…take a little out there.

What I love about this smoothie is it is PACKED with nutrients!  What an amazing addition to your day.

Ingredients:

1 green apple, diced

1 handful of strawberries

1 handful of raspberries

About 1/2 cup of diced cucumber

About 1 cup of kale

1 small pre-cooked beet – clean and boil for about 15 to 20 minutes

Directions:

Add all of the above ingredients into a blender with your choice of liquid.  You can use water or fresh juice (get one with no added sugar or sneaky ingredients).  Don’t forget to add ice!  Blend until smooth, pour into your favorite glass, and add a slice of cucumber to the rim and enjoy!

Take the time to make it look nice.  You’ll enjoy it even more!  Remember we eat with our eyes first.

What are some of your favorite smoothie concoctions?  Spill it and share the love!

Want MORE great go-to recipes from me?  Head to www.cj7day.com, or CLICK HERE, and sign up for my 7 Day Eat Clean Train Mean eBook!  It’s free and comes with links to some great at home workouts!

~ Chalene

Pushup Variations: Stacked-Toe, Alternating Leg Lift, and Spider

Are you in love with pushups yet!? I hope in the last couple of weeks with the featured variations, you’re starting to fall in love with this amazing exercise.  I love pushups because they not only challenge the arms and shoulders, but also the core.  They’re almost the perfect exercise.  If you missed my last two post on push up variations, click here for the post from August 13th, and click here for the post from August 20th.  Today I want to teach you about the stacked-toe pushup, alternating leg lift pushup, and spider pushup.  Each of these would be a progression from the modified pushup.

Stacked-Toe Pushup

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BLOG 51.  Start with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and in line with your chest.

2.  Straighten your legs and place the toes of one foot on the heel of the foot on the floor.  Keep your legs straight.

3.  Lower your chest toward the floor with your arms and elbows pointing away from your body.

4.  Push up, so that your arms are straight but your elbows aren’t completely locked.

5.  Squeeze your glutes and brace your abdominals throughout the pushup.  Do not allow your lower back to sag or your hips to pike upward during the downward phase.

6.  Change foot position and repeat.

Alternating Leg Lift Pushup

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Alternating leg 21.  Lie face down on your mat with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and under your chest.  Keep your fingers straight and your legs straight and slightly apart with your toes supporting your feet.  Your weight should be on your hands and toes.

2.  Keep your body straight as possible, with your eyes focused straight down and your neck in a neutral position.

3.  Extend your left hip to lift your leg off the floor, keeping your knee straight.

4.  Lower your chest towards the floor with your arms and elbows pointing away from your body.

5.  As you push up, lower the extended leg to the floor while you simultaneously lift the opposite leg.

6.  Squeeze your glutes and brace your abdominals throughout the pushup.  Do not allow your lower back to sag or your hips to pike upward during the downward phase.

7.  Repeat alternating legs.

Spider Pushup

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SPider 2a1.  Start with your hands slightly wider than a regular pushup.  Get on your toes and place your feet as wide as it feels comfortable.

2.  Keep your body as straight as possible, with your eyes focused straight down and your neck in a neutral position.

3.  Lower your chest toward the floor with your arms and elbows pointing away from your body.

4.  Push up so your arms are straight but your elbows aren’t completely locked.

5.  Squeeze your glutes and brace your abdominals throughout the pushup.  Do not allow your lower back to sag or pike upward during the downward phase.

Next Wednesday will be my last week featuring the amazing pushup! Don’t miss it!

Do you know someone who needs more pushups in their life? Please share this post with them!

Have you signed up for my FREE eat clean train mean 7 day challenge yet?  If not, CLICK HERE or head over to www.cj7day.com and sign up.  Let’s eat clean and train mean together!

~ Chalene

Priorities: Defining What Matters Most

2013-06-30 Chalene 593Last week we talked about committing to a decision to succeed.  Did you do that? I hope so; because now we’re going to dive into some tough stuff.  If you haven’t read that post, click here.  In today’s post I’m going to give you an assignment that will hopefully influence every area of your life, for the rest of your life.

I want to talk to you about identifying your goals.   This is different then just mastering goals.  Anyone can set goals and accomplish them.  Lots of people do this, only to find they still feel lost, dissatisfied, and living a life devoid of balance.   I want to help you identify the right goals…the goals that line up with your priorities.

The first step in reaching your goals is setting ones that are a good fit.  Whether you focus on health and fitness, business, marriage, faith, or parenting, before you set goals, you need to have a better system of identifying which ones will follow your life’s priorities.

This assignment has changed lives, career paths, and fitness journeys of thousands.  If you’re currently unable to give this assignment undistracted time, come back when you are able to do so.  That means no television, no phone calls, no social media, no computer…no distractions.  This information will eventually be transferred to your smart phone, but for the time being, grab a pencil and pad of paper and get ready to write.

Start by brainstorming your priorities.  I want you to list any and all areas of importance in you life today.  Priorities are those things that are so important that if they were stripped from your life, you would be devastated, unfulfilled, and living without a purpose.  Here are some questions to consider.  What do YOU want to accomplish?  What makes you happy?  What do you think is your purpose in life?  What gives you pride?  What do you wish to be remembered for at the end of your life?  What areas of your life are of great importance yet you believe you must keep yourself accountable to honor them? …Write.

Now place a star next to the five areas that are most important to you.

Now list the three priorities (in no particular order) that you have identified as most important to you.  Use just a few words to identify each category, such as “faith”, “family”, “career”, “my charity”, “my health”, and so on.

Rewrite the list in order of importance to you:

  • My number-one priority is…
  • My second priority is…
  • My third priority is…

Take the priority you’ve listed as number one, and complete the following statements.

  1. The reason(s) I have placed the greatest importance on this area of my life is because…
  2. I will honor my number one priority by doing my best to…
  3. The following action(s) would be inconsistent with my commitment to my top priority…
  4. To honor my number-one priority, I will limit the following…
  5. To honor my number-one priority, I need to make the following changes…

Now I want you to create your top priority statement.  Here’s mine: My number-one priority is to be present and actively involved in the lives of my husband and children; to demonstrate through my actions that my children are more important than any personal pursuit; to work to strengthen my loving, respectful, and supportive relationship with my husband as a means to provide the best possible environment for my family; to raise self-sufficient, confident children who believe they can do anything; to limit any activities, pursuits, or relationships that might take me away from my family; and to weigh all decisions against what would be helpful, harmful, or indifferent to my family’s emotional well-being.

Now write yours and take all the time you need.

Lastly, I want you to type out your priority statement and post it on your computer, near your desk, in your kitchen, on the inside of your medicine cabinet, and hey, why not make it the lock screen on your smartphone?  Memorize it.  With this statement front and center, it’s miraculous how clear even the toughest decisions become.

If you feel inclined to share your priority statement, post it below in a comment.  If you want more help with defining what matters most and determining your priorities.  I would love for you to join my 30 day Push Challenge at www.30daypush.com.

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~ Chalene

Healthy Recipe: No Dairy Tuna Salad with Veggies!

Food on the GO!So today I’m featuring a lunch that one of my employees, Lisa, eats almost every week! She raves about it so much, so I asked her if I could feature it on the blog and spread the love of this killer no dairy tuna salad!

When I think about tuna salad, I think about a high fat, mayo drenched concoction that gets shoved between two pieces of bread. It ain’t pretty! But this salad looks beautiful, even in plastic Tupperware. Pair with fresh crispy romaine lettuce and sliced cucumbers, and you have a delicious lunch that you’re excited to eat! Lisa recommends making a large batch because it will last up to a week in the fridge…and because she always does this herself, the quantities reflect that. Feel free to tailor this to your needs and get creative! Lisa said she sometimes will add onion (white or green scallions), cucumber, or even bell pepper.

Tuna Salad Ingredients:
3 cans no salt white albacore tuna
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 3 medium lemons
Zest of 2 lemons
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1/4 cup fresh dill (diced)
1/2 cup fresh basil (diced)
2 cups shredded carrots
2 cups diced celery
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all of the above ingredients into a large bowl. Helpful tip with the shredded carrots — either purchase them pre-shredded or make sure to wring them out in a towel. When carrots are shredded, they release a lot of water, so if you decide to shred them yourself, place them in a towel and wring them out over the sink. If you skip this step, your tuna will be watery…and that’s not appetizing! Make it easy for yourself, and buy them pre-shredded.

Allow the tuna salad to sit over night and make sure to stir before portioning it out for the week. You can pair it with some crispy lettuce and cucumber or a fun twist Lisa recommends trying, is to slice up a Fuji Apple and use that to scoop the tuna salad. She says it surprisingly good!

Remember to share this post with anyone you think would love it! And share your favorite tuna concoctions! What do you love mixing into this crazy good protein source?

Want more great recipes from me? Head to www.cj7day.com to sign up for my FREE 7 day eat clean train mean challenge! When you sign up you receive my diet eBook packed with easy healthy recipes, and links to workouts! Grab a friend to do it with you. And remember to stay in touch. It’s how I serve you better!

~ Chalene