SAVE YOURSELF FROM YOURSELF - Chilly Cow

This post is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chilly Cow®. The opinions and text are all mine.

I will NEVER turn down the chance to write about dessert...Would YOU? I was thrilled when I recently discovered Chilly Cow® half pints and bars for their new campaign Save Yourself From Yourself. Guess which flavor I went for?!?!? The peanut butter one of course!!! There are plenty of delicious flavors to choose from...Brown Butter Salted Caramel, Chocolate Brownie Batter, and Mint Dark Chocolate Chip, BUT, as soon as I saw the Sweet Cream Peanut Butter...SOLD!

SAVE YOURSELF FROM YOURSELF

Before we dive into my full review of this product, let’s talk about my relationship with sweet treats. I LOVE sweets and I definitely treat myself to them, but not on a regular basis. Why? One: It is not a lifestyle choice that works for me. I have many friends who have something sweet every night. That works for them, which is great. Two: My body does not handle regular sweet treats well. It messes up my sleep pattern and can sometimes upset my stomach, so I am careful with how much I consume. Three: I truly do not crave sweets regularly, so I am not going to force something. There are many times after dinner that Shannon has ice cream or cookies, but I choose not to join in the sweet party, because I honestly just do not want it.

With ALL of that being said, when I do get those sweet cravings, I GO FOR IT! I listen to my body. I give it what wants, when it wants it. I no longer deny it of the foods that it craves, whatever they may be. Sometimes it is all the greens. Sometimes it is all the wine, cheese, and bread. And sometimes it is delicious dessert, because who can say NO to creamy goodness?!?!? Life is about balance. Life is about having fun. Life is about making mistakes and learning from them. In the end, when it comes to food, workouts, and life, do YOU. Do what makes YOU happy…RIGHT? So now that I am done preaching, let us talk about Chilly Cow lower calories Ice Cream!

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What do you need to know about Chilly Cow?

  • These Half Pints are jam-packed with protein! The Sweet Cream Peanut Butter Half Pint has 13g;

  • 55% fewer calories than regular ice cream;

  • 60% less sugar than regular ice cream;

  • 70% less fat than regular ice cream;

  • It is made with ultra-filtered milk…What does that exactly mean anyway? I had no clue either, so I looked it up. Ultra-filtered is milk that is run through a very fine filter for the purpose of removing some sugar and water from the milk and concentrating the remaining protein.

  • Find it in your local Publix store between 2/2/19 and 2/15/19, and you can to save $2 on any variety of Chilly Cow product at your local Publix ! Hurry up and STOCK UP! Click HERE for savings?

  • They are DELICIOUS! Can we talk about the flavors again? Check them all out HERE and then tell me which one you will grab first!

How did I ENJOY my Chilly Cow?

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With ALL the toppings of course! Don’t get me wrong, they are delicious without the toppings, but when it comes to treating myself to sweets, I like to GO BIG sometimes. More peanut butter on top? YES PLEASE! Homemade granola for some extra crunch? YES PLEASE! The beauty of dessert is that you can never really go wrong with any toppings. Since I do not have any candy in my condo, peanut butter and granola are a “better-for-you” option, but also a really delicious one. I am getting all my macros…WINNING!

Overall, I honestly, really enjoyed Chilly Cow! I approve of the ingredients, the flavor, and the message of their campaign - Save Yourself From Yourself! High-fives to a company that FINALLY has nailed it with a lighter-ice cream that actually tastes good.

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What is YOUR favorite ice cream flavor?

What is YOUR favorite ice cream topping?

GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION

At the end of Sarah’s practice yesterday morning downtown at The Works, I was sitting on my mat coming down from the high of the intense movements, loving the amount of sweat that came out of my body, and then taking that precious time to focus on my breathing, before I stepped outside and had to tackle my day. I say it OVER and OVER again, but that place on my mat is sacred to me. It is my therapy. It is MY SPACE to sweat, to challenge myself physically and emotionally, to cry (yes, I have cried many times on my mat), to become inspired, and to create.

It was after I walked out of the studio and thanked Sarah for kicking my ass, I fogged up my car from the sweat and heat that was coming out of my body, I was still high from her words of wisdom, that this blog post idea went off like fireworks in my brain. Giving yourself permission to do things is a BIG thing and it is a BIG one for me.

GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION

I GIVE a lot and sometimes I forget to GIVE to myself. And what happens when you forget to give to yourself? Things start to fall apart. You have to GIVE to YOU. They can be little things or BIG things. Whatever floats your boat. This past weekend I had a full day of #SelfCareSaturday and one of my girlfriends asked if she could join in next time. I am thinking that this needs to be a thing...right?

Ever since we have kicked off 2019 and I have had an new attitude for what lies ahead. It is a hell of a lot of good energy, better decisions, working and training smarter, taking more chances, and GIVING MYSELF PERMISSION to do only the shit that serves ME. Here are a few of the ways that I am doing just that and it is making a HUGE difference personally and professionally.

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To let go of all the rules…A couple of weeks ago, I had my annual girls trip with my fabulous friend Brooke, who owns Statements Boutique in Madison, NJ. We went ALL OUT. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we both needed a break. We needed to catch up on life and to just have fun and did we ever. I let all the rules GO…I got out of my routine...I wasn’t eating peanut butter every morning or watching what I was putting in my body daily...I wasn’t doing my normal intense workouts. It felt AMAZING. We actually only worked out 2 days and the last 2 days we were like HELL NO and it was awesome. More time to eat and visit the wineries...no brainer!

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We did it up at the Vintage House...We ate at some of the top restaurants...We ate ALL the crunchy bread, cheese platters, pasta, but the WINE. We visited some of the most beautiful wineries...the big ones...the small ones. It was like Disneyland for adults. I was happy. It was just what I needed to just be. I came back home exhausted, but my heart and belly were full and I was happy. No regrets and I can’t wait to do it all over again next year!

To slow down or go really hard...When I came back from my girls trip, I was tired, slightly hungover from the wine and food, and I knew I just had to get back on track. And I did. I went hard all week. I sweat it all OUT. It was intense and at the time it felt great. I was motivated, focused, and just ready to do it. I tackled my work the same way. The time away helped me gain some perspective on what I want, my goals for my clients and myself. I was going HARD and full speed ahead. And at that moment it worked and worked for me.

This week was a totally different story. I slowed the F down, because I was tired. I was sore. I needed to to reel it in and come back to a healthy balance. I cut back on my workouts and I tried to disconnect earlier. The colder temperatures kept me inside, so Lucy’s afternoon walks didn’t happen. Dogs need a break too...right? One night I said F it again and got into bed at 8:00 PM. I listened to my body and it felt really good.

GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION

Some weeks we need intensity and other weeks we don’t. It is not possible to go 110% all the time. I have tried and I have fallen down hard from that. We need rest. We need the peace and quiet. And then other times we can go balls to the wall. It is so important to listen to your body. You have to give it what it needs emotionally, physically, and nutritionally.

To make mini goals instead of big goals…I am not a fan of BIG GOALS. For me personally, I feel that they set me up for a failure. I begin to realize that I may have gone too big. I start to procrastinate. I start to make excuses and it honestly starts to stress me out. I don’t have time for that shit. Instead, I like to come up with “mini-goals”. These are goals that I set for myself on a weekly basis. Sometimes I even email them to a friend, to hold me accountable. They are simple, mini, and truly serve ME.

Mini-Goals for me include:

  • Treating myself to a mani/pedi

  • Buying a small gift for the condo

  • FLOWERS...always flowers!

  • Enjoying a sweet treat that I haven’t had in a while!

To just do YOU...One of my mantras for this year is to JUST DO ME and not give AF as to what others think, say, or do! I have been saying this for a while and I haven’t followed through, so heck yeah I am calling myself on my own bullshit, but that was in the past. There was a major shift that happened at the end of 2018. I was done with 2018. It was time to make a choice and I did.

It is happening this year, because I have made changes. I have made changes to surround myself with a tribe that serves me. I am taking more chances and living a fuller life. I am putting myself in front of the camera more and showing ME. I am doing ME and heck yeah it is scary, but I am happier. I feel more confident. I feel more full. I feel inspired and motivated and SO READY. The energy is crazy and contagious and with turning 40 so close, there is no better time to just do ME!

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What is one mini-goal that you set for yourself weekly/monthly/yearly?

Have you given yourself permission to be the best version of you?

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

Raise your hand if December is kicking you ass?!?!?! It has been one hell of a month and I am SO READY for Christmas. I am READY to disconnect. I am READY to be present with family and friends. I am READY to live in the moment and just BREATHE, EAT, DRINK, and, of course, BE MERRY! It is kind of funny and kind of annoying how we go into the holidays with all the right intentions, but somehow life happens and it still exhausts us and leaves us feeling run down. When you are an entrepreneur and you are dating an entrepreneur, this time of year is just flat out NUTS.

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Shannon and I have been working like crazy and we are both at that point where time away from Charleston is happening at exactly the right time. We both have been plowing through and just getting it done, because that is what we do. But eventually it catches up with you, so it’s time to slow it down...to reconnect...to nourish.

I had no intentions of writing a blog post this week, but when I received an email from a good friend yesterday and could sense her stress and emotions, I had the inspiration to write about how we need to be kind to ourselves during this time of year. This is a reminder to myself and to all of you, that YES it is totally normal to be all out of sorts during this time of year, but let’s try to reel it in and practice some self-care and remember to SLOW DOWN. So how do we do it? How do I do it?

DISCONNECT - Thankfully I have been practicing this more and more and will continue practicing it through the New Year! Disconnecting to me is like taking days off from working out. I don’t necessarily like to do it, but it’s a must for my physical and mental well-being. After taking a few days off, I come back stronger, more focused, and inspired to dive into my projects with clarity.

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But the most important reason for disconnecting not only during this time of year, but on a regular basis is to BE PRESENT! It’s hard to enjoy life if you are constantly scrolling. Make it a goal between now and Christmas to put the phone away and not check your accounts for two days. GASP...I dare you!

SWEAT IT OUT - Obviously you knew that this would be in the list! Sweating makes me happy and it makes me feel good, so if this helps you get through the ups and downs of the holiday season, just do it. I’m looking to tackle some long runs while away. No weights, gyms, or studios. I just want to soak up the sunshine and sweat in the beautiful outdoors.

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If you are going to be dealing with bitter cold temperatures, why not tackle this oldie, but goodie “At-Home Workout”? No equipment required and it gets the job done, so you can do on your merry way and go to that holiday party feeling like the badass that you are...BOOM!

NOURISH YOUR BELLY and YOUR SOUL - Enjoy yourself...Enjoy the parties...Enjoy the food...You don’t have to do it all. I am going to repeat that...YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ALL!  Do what serves you and what is going to bring you happiness at the end of the day. When you feel like you are being pulled from all ends this time of year, take some time to be selfish and take care of YOU!

For me, this could be as simple as a mani/pedi...Or making a loaded plate of nachos with all the goods...Taking Lucy to the beach and leaving my phone in the car...Catching up on all my reality shows and just letting the couch soak me up...Planning a date night with Shannon at one of our favorite restaurants (I’m going to do this as soon as this post goes live).

Whatever makes YOU happy, just do it! You deserve to love yourself as much as you love others!

LEAN ON THE ONES YOU LOVE - This is a MUST in my opinion...That’s what loved ones and friends are for. They are in your life for a reason. They get you. They get your weirdness. They support you through the pretty and not so pretty times. They are your TRIBE!

Don’t hold all that shit in. In the past, I used to hold it all in, but now I am an open book. This has come from working on myself, which I am still doing by the way, because shit, I have my own issues, but I couldn’t do it without my Life Coach, my friends, and, of course, Shannon.

I am grateful for my tribe. It keeps growing and they keep inspiring me and helping me and just being there for me whenever I need them. People have come into my life for a reason and each one of my friends near and far are there to help me in certain aspects of my life. I find this unbelievably cool and comforting.

And because I cannot help myself, I have to brag about Shannon, because he is my rock. He sees it ALL. He has seen me at my worst and my best moments. He stands by me. He supports me. He makes me feel safe. He keeps it REAL. We are by no means a “perfect couple” and that is okay. I am just happy that I can lean on him physically and emotionally and know that he has got my back and I will always have his. And I promise in 2019, to share more about US, and who this Wisconsin man is.

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Merry Christmas you AMAZING humans! So grateful for YOU and this space where I can write, inspire, and just BE! xoxo

MUST MAKE NUTTZO RECIPES

Well there is no denying my LOVE for NuttZo! Y’all know how much I enjoy it...you see how much I post about it...and you are probably sick of it, but hey when you work for a brand that you love, believe in, and devour on a daily basis, why would I not share the NUTTZO LOVE?!?! I even have gotten Shannon hooked on it. A morning does not go by when he isn’t slathering it on his toast. And, obviously, I share it with Lucy, because we cannot leave her out. I always let her lick the jar clean, when it is almost finished. Those nuts and seeds are good for her too!

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There is a lot happening right now with the holidays and sales and LIFE, so I figured this would be the perfect time to share some NuttZo recipes and NuttZo SALES, so you can stock up on all the deliciousness and try some new things to make for not only the holidays, but for life in general, because these recipes are healthy, delicious, and easy. WINNING! I am going to share FOUR fabulous recipes, by some of my favorite food bloggers, so let’s start cooking. Or you can start cooking and I can be the taste tester!

No Bake Peanut Pro NuttZo Gingerbread Cookies – For SANTA!

Treat Santa just a little bit better this year with these fudgy gingerbread cookies that you and your family can make together. Feel free to lick the spoon because there are no eggs here! These cookies are Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Vegan. Recipe by Donut Worry Be Healthy

No Bake Peanut Pro NuttZo Gingerbread Cookies

Peanut Pro NuttZo Pumpkin Soup

Winter is here and what better way to warm up your belly than with a comforting bowl of soup, that is good for you, tastes delicious, and will make the kitchen smell heavenly. Changing things up here with a savory Peanut Pro NuttZo  recipe that is perfect for a cozy dinner on a winter night, or as an easy meal prep that will last all week long! This recipe is also Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Vegan. Recipe by Donut Worry, Be Healthy

Peanut Pro NuttZo Pumpkin Soup

Chocolate NuttZo Stuffed Rice Krispy Treats

These Chocolate Power Fuel NuttZo Stuffed Rice Krispie Treats are made with just 5 ingredients and take 10 minutes to make! They are perfectly marshmallow-y and oozing a creamy Chocolate Power Fuel NuttZo filling. You will LOVE these rice crispy treats especially with a glass of milk! Recipe by: Sunny Thymes

Chocolate NuttZo Stuffed Rice Krispy Treats

Peanut Pro NuttZo Freezer Fudge

This nut butter freezer fudge by Thyme and Joy is super versatile and perfect for a quick sweet snack. It is also gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. Make a big batch of it and have it throughout the week to snack on, whenever you want something nourishing and delicious. This could be a great gift to give to family and friends this holiday season.

Peanut Pro NuttZo Freezer Fudge

Now for those NUTTZO HOLIDAY SPECIALS!!!

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Who is ready to start shopping and baking? Feel free to reach out to me if you have ANY questions about the sales and discount codes. Or if you just have a question about the product. I love talking NUTTZO, so BRING IT ON!

Merry Merry Christmas!



LIFE LATELY

Oh HEY!!! Did y’all miss me?!?!?! Life...Work...Traveling...LOTS of Work...it has kept me away from this space. I have missed it. I have missed being able to just write and share and give you the updates on my life, love, growing pains, the ups...the downs, the simple things, food, fitness, and the list goes on and on. There just hasn’t been time and I have also had serious writer’s block. I always think I have time to write and then I would try to write and then all of my inboxes were full and well at this time in my life, my clients come first.

It is what it is, but the creative juices are flowing...I’m feeling energized...I’m feeling inspired...I’m looking forward to focusing on me. YES, it is time to be a little selfish, because I am definitely a giver and I have been giving a lot. It’s time to nourish ME. So grab that big ass cup of coffee and let’s talk...I’m ready...are YOU?

Life Lately

What I am Reading - A little bit of this and that! I always have a book on my nightstand. I LOVE to read as it helps me decompress at the end of the day and it also helps me to stop looking at my phone. But I do truly enjoy curling up in bed and just flipping the pages to a easy read. And YES I am still the lady who enjoys flipping the pages and going to the library. I weirdly like getting emails from the library letting me know that my book on hold is available for pick up.

I just picked up “Beartown: A Novel” at the library and cannot wait to dive in, as I read his other books “A Man Called Ove” and “My Grandmother Told Me To Tell You She’s Sorry”.

What I am Enjoying - Long walks out on Sullivan’s Island with Lucy...weather permitting of course! Cooler nights, so I am able to curl up on the couch in a sweatshirt and blankets and watch TV with Shannon. Holiday parties...There are a lot coming up and it’s time to get festive, dress up, and have some fun...Eggnog lattes anyone?!?!? Connecting with some badass, inspiring, fearless female entrepreneurs with Hatch Tribe.

I recently signed up to be a part of this community and it’s exactly what I have needed to not only connect with like-minded women, but also to help me learn, grow, and develop new business and personal relationships. I cannot wait to see what I learn this year and who I meet. The past few weeks have been all about putting myself out there; trying new things; and working on building myself personally and professionally, and I think joining this group is the step in the right direction.

I also am enjoying making new friendships online and in the Charleston community. YES, at 39 you can still make new friends...LOL! I am really looking forward to introducing you to Madison, who blogs at Sunny Thymes. We connected a few months ago, when she started creating recipes for NuttZo. I am a HUGE fan of granola and this one is a must if you are a peanut butter LOVER, like me. Check it out HERE and let me know if you make a batch. She is also going to be doing an interview with me to talk about the hot topic “Intuitive Eating”, so stay tuned for that in January.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Granola

What I am Eating - Whatever my body wants! But in all seriousness, my appetite is always changing. My cravings are always changing, although that heaping spoonful of NuttZo happens EVERY morning at some point. It’s a must. During the winter months, I definitely eat more sweet potatoes, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, lots of APPLES, granola, and red meat. I definitely eat steak, hamburgers, and taco salads and it’s what my body needs. I need the iron and don’t ever trim the fat off the steak. And YES i eat carbs too, I just eat bread when I crave it. Since I don’t typically eat bread every day, I like to freeze bagels and baguettes in the freezer, so they don’t go bad.

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What I am Working On - ME!!! Working on yourself is the hardest project. Owning up to your own shit. Admitting your faults. Putting it all out on the table and just doing it. Having meltdowns, getting frustrated, but more importantly moving forward. YEP...I’ve done it all, but I can honestly say that I have made major progress over the past few weeks. There was a turning point and I went for it! I felt the shift and the change in energy in myself. It is freaking AWESOME.

But it also helps that I have someone in my life who holds me accountable. Shannon does not sugar coat anything. He says it how it is, which I love about him. I appreciate his honesty and advice when it comes to personal and business issues. And let me just say that we are not perfect. We are both stubborn. We both are set in our ways. We have our moments and that is okay, because we are just growing and learning together. And there is no one else I would rather do it with. Life, work, and relationships take work, nurturing, and compassion. We are a team and as everyone knows a team has to work together to succeed.

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Fitness - Lots of indoor workouts as it has been chilly in Charleston and I am a total wuss when it comes to training outside in cold weather. I have only done a few runs outside, because I am getting the itch to train for a half marathon. I miss that schedule and the Rock n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon is on the brain.

Otherwise, I have been doing spin at Methon Ride 2 - 3 times a week. Pivotal Fitness in Mount Pleasant for the StepMill and Treadmill. I have also been making sure to spend more time on strength training and it definitely feels good. LOTS of leg workouts are happening! I also like to grab some new workouts from these social media favorites (@jen_pbrunner and , when I am stuck in a rut and need some inspiration.)

Social Media - Do you follow me on Instagram? If not, come on over and join the party. Like I said earlier, I’ve been feeling inspired and motivated to focus more on ME as we charge into the New Year, so I am working on stepping outside of my comfort zones and just going for it.

One of those things is doing more LIVE stories...I have such a fear of being in front of the camera. I cannot stand public speaking. I get awkward talking and sweaty and ARGH it’s frustrating. And I have ALWAYS had this fear. But it’s time to put the big girl pants on and be fearless. And right now, I feel so comfortable in my skin and feel more confident than I have before, so it’s now or never and I’m ready!

WHEW...That’s all I have got friends! Cheers to December and the hustle and bustle of the holidays…I LOVE this time of year!


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