WHAT'S NEXT

And it is July and we will be celebrating July 4th this week and I will say it again and again...where the hell is time going?!?!? I hope that everyone is out and about enjoying LIFE, the sunshine, the heat, and time with their friends, family, and loved ones. For me, the days of the week all blend into one. I am always working, scrolling, commenting, and responding to emails. I love what I do, but I'm starting to reach that burn-out point, so I need to focus on disconnecting earlier, and getting back into reading in the evenings. It's the little things that can truly make a BIG difference in your overall quality of life. It's summer and it is my favorite time of the year and I need to get out and ENJOY IT! With that being said...

It is a NEW month and with this new month, I actually have a plan of attack for this space and I am excited about it. Like I said in last week's post, I am doing what I can when I can. And right now, I want to write. I want to create. It is me being ME. So while I was walking Lucy one afternoon, all of these topics came into my mind, and I knew I had to write it down, and blog about it. These topics all bring joy into my life. It is by no means a perfect life, as I am still growing, learning, and stepping outside of my comfort zone. I have no problem admitting my faults...and talking about it, because that is who I am. And that is also what this space is for. When I write here, I want to share my own personal journey, the pretty and the messy. I want inspire and encourage others to be their best inside and out. I want to inspire and create and spread the word about the things I love. This is a safe space. A space that hopefully makes you smile as much as it makes me smile. 

For the remainder of the summer, this is what you can expect to find in this space...Keep scrolling...

WHAT'S NEXT

Adulting and Why I’m Staying Put in Charleston - It is safe to say that this gypsy mermaid has officially landed in the Lowcountry and she is not going anywhere anytime soon. Since I graduated college, I have lived in 6 places including Charleston. It is funny to see how people react when I tell them all of the places that I have lived and sometimes it shocks me too, but it has been a crazy journey to get to this space. A lot of ups and downs. A lot of learning and growing. A lot of time alone. But it has all made me who I am today and I am ready to be here in this place for the long haul. So STAY TUNED!!!

5 Things That I LOVE About ME - In a social media world that is constantly judging and comparing. A place where we are constantly being told how to eat, train, and look. It gets exhausting. It is stressful. It can definitely be an energy vampire. I am guilty of being sucked in, so let’s turn it around and focus on what we LOVE about ourselves and WHY. I am going to toot my own horn and share with you FIVE things that I LOVE about myself and why. They are physical and emotional. So let’s get REAL and you better share your five things with me as well!

The Shannon and Katie Story - It’s amazing what has happened since I moved to the Lowcountry. There have been lows, but there have also been some amazing HIGHS. Enter - SHANNON! Just when I had fully given up on dating...I deleted all of the apps from my phone...I said F#$& it...I locked eyes with him across the patio at Tavern & Table and it just happened. YEP...That shit is real and it happened to ME! Everyone wants to meet the best looking and hardest working plumber in Charleston and I will finally do it. It’s a good story and it keeps getting better, because here we are 14 months later and I am ready to spill the beans.

WHAT'S NEXT

My Favorite Heart Opening Yoga Poses - I LOVE LOVE LOVE yoga poses that allow me to open my body physically and emotionally. There is something so freeing, powerful, and beautiful about these poses, that allow me to dig deep and open myself to the good and bad shit. Yes, I am that person in class, who could literally stay in wheel for minutes. Heart openers are challenging more mentally than anything. They can get a little uncomfortable. They are not easy. They can make you feel a little nauseous….BUT they are truly good for you. They build strength from the inside out.

WHAT'S NEXT

Why I Ride at Method Ride - I teamed up with Method Ride to switch things up a bit, to get back on the bike, and to help promote this swanky, fun, and ridiculously clean spin studio that is literally a less than 5 minute drive from my home. I have a love/hate relationship with spin and always have, but I love the all the benefits that cycling gives my body. I will dive into why I love going to this studio and why you should join me for a class.

And of course there will be posts about FOOD...WORKOUTS...And some new PRODUCT finds that I am currently loving!

Are you ready? Let's do this. Let's have some fun. Let's get REAL and enjoy summer and this space! 

WHAT 5 STAPLES ARE ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE

Oh HEY friends...do you remember me?!?! It's been a month since I have posted a blog post...Life happens and it's been happening!

Instead of freaking out or putting pressure on myself to force something to happen, I am just doing what I can when I can. At this point in my business, it is important that I take care of my clients first and then when I have the time to write and share, I will make it happen, but it will happen naturally. So now I am back and ready to write, share, and just go with the flow. I surprisingly have a ton of ideas that I want to write about, but nowadays, it comes down to time, enjoying life, and making sure I'm present in real time and real relationships. Can I get an AMEN!!! But when I do have time to write, you bet your ass I will be sharing, creating, and inspiring, so let's do it, while I have your attention. And let's talk FOOD, my favorite topic...WOOT WOOT!

I LOVE to go food shopping! I know that a lot of people do not like this chore, but there is something exciting about cleaning out your fridge and then going to the store with a clean slate and stocking it all up again with delicious and healthy eats. Yes, this is how I view food shopping. Is it a little weird that I would rather go food shopping than to a department store? Actually, don’t answer that…

Random Side Note: I am REALLY good at shopping at Lululemon in store and Nordstrom’s online, but when it comes to casually spending an afternoon going store to store, I am the worst. Back to food shopping…I LOVE food. I LOVE to eat. I LOVE to nourish my body. Food fuels my lifestyle and therefore having a fridge that is stocked with the necessary nutritious ingredients is very important to me. I have never proclaimed to be an amazing cook. My meals are easy, require simple ingredients, and are always ready in less than 30 minutes. So my fridge is filled with real, simple, healthy ingredients. These are staples that are ALWAYS in my fridge, no matter how empty the fridge gets, these items are there.

1.NuttZo – If you have been following me for a while, you know my obsession with this nut butter. I may be totally biased since I work for them, but once you go NuttZo, you NEVER go back. Spoonfuls of NuttZo happen every day, as it is my favorite healthy fat. I always have one jar in my fridge, but sometimes there is another one lurking because that one is just for dipping. As of lately, I cannot get enough of the organic crunchy Peanut Pro NuttZo...It’s my JAM! I can honestly say that I go through a jar a week. No shame in my serving sizes...The bigger the better. And we are starting to pop up into a lot more stores nationwide, so make sure that you are following us on Instagram, to find out where you can get all the goods...That's my shameless plug...Thanks for listening...LOL!

Peanut Pro NuttZo

2. Hot Sauce – I put hot sauce on almost every savory meal that I make! I love spicy foods and I am currently crushing on Saucy Lips Foods. Their spicy flavors are DELISH! The Jalapeno & Apple is my favorite and I drizzle it on everything and every night. Saucy Lips Foods sauces are gluten-free, dairy free, soy free, sugar-free, and nut free.

Saucy Lips

3. Eggs – I currently buy the Kirkland Signature Organic Eggs, because they come in a pack of 24 and Shannon and me eat a lot of them. Eggs are versatile, healthy, ready in minutes, inexpensive, and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Shannon makes the BEST pancakes, so when I get that craving, there better be a few eggs in the fridge for him to whip up those bad boys!

4. Zucchini – Definitely kind of random food that is always in my fridge, but for the past year, there is always a packet of zucchini in there. I now always add 1 small zucchini to my smoothies (recipe below) to make it extra creamy and thick. I typically dice up the zucchini and throw it into the freezer with whatever fruit I am using that day and let it sit for a few hours.

Organic Bone Broth Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie (sheesh that's a mouthful)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 packet Organic Bone Broth Protein Peanut Butter
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 serving of fruit of choice (I used raspberries for this one)
  • 1 heaping spoonful of nut butter of choice
  • Dash of Simply Organic Foods Cinnamon
Organic Bone Broth Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Dice up zucchini + half of the fruit + throw all ingredients into your blender;
  2. Top with the remaining fruit and maybe some more NuttZo;
  3. ENJOY!

4. Apples – I eat typically 3 – 4 apples a week. I will add them to smoothies; on top of my yogurt bowls; or eat them with a spoonful of NuttZo, almonds, or a Rise Bar. Apples are jam-packed with nutrients, easy to travel with, relatively inexpensive, and I like the crispness of a good old apple. I LOVE Honey Crisp apples…They definitely are not the cheapest, but I will splurge on a few here and there.

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And this is what my fridge looks like.

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I try to keep it clean, but it is no way spotless or perfectly organized, because who the heck has time for that? Nothing too exciting or out of the ordinary, but it holds everything I need. I could tell you about the freezer, but I feel like that is its own post, because I seriously freeze EVERYTHING. Did you know that you can freeze Costco Apple Pie and their COOKIES? YES and PLEASE!

What are your fridge ESSENTIALS?

Do you like to FREEZE everything?  

SUMMER CORE WORKOUT SERIES

Summer is officially here, so I am going to be sharing a workout series that is PERFECT for getting your CORE ready for Summer. Yes, it is great to have a strong sexy core that looks good during the summer, because let’s admit it, we all wear a lot less clothing, and who doesn’t want to rock their swimsuit?!?!? But building a strong core is not just about the physical appearance. When your core is strong, your posture is better, your overall training is more efficient and effective, your daily activities are easier, and doing all those fun summer activities are a heck of a lot more fun.

SUMMER CORE WORKOUT SERIES

This core workout that I have put together for all of you is versatile, challenging, can be done anywhere, requires no equipment, and strengthens not just your core, but your entire beautiful body. A little-known fact about my workouts...I make sure that they are efficient and effective because I know how busy everyone is these days, so I make sure my workouts get the job done!

Here is what you need to do for this core workout series:

Crunches - Dig your heels into the ground, while keeping your arms straight and above your head. Keep it ALL engaged. Slowly come up to a seated position and then slowly lower back down. Inhale when you come up and exhale when you come down. 3x sets of 15 repetitions.

Side Plank with Hip Raises - Make sure that your wrists are aligned with your shoulder and your feet are stacked while keeping your legs engaged. Slowly lower your hips towards the ground and then slowly bring them back up. 3x sets of 15 repetitions on each side.

1 - Leg Crunches - Just like crunches, dig your heels into the ground, while keeping your arms straight and above your head. Keep it ALL engaged. Slow and steady wins the race with this move. 3x sets of 15 repetitions on each side.

Plank to Forearm Plank - Make sure that your wrists are aligned with your shoulders. Keep your legs engaged, neck in a neutral position, and suck that belly to the back of your spine. Slowly lower down to your forearms and then slowly come back up to plank position. 3x sets of 10 repetitions.

Here are my tips when doing this core workout series:

  1. Keep everything ENGAGED! This is key for not only strengthening your core but also for building your overall strength and balance.

  2. SLOW and STEADY! There is no need to rush through these moves. The slower you go, the more effective the move is, and the better the burn!

  3. Focus on your breathing...Remember to always exhale when you are going against gravity.

  4. Think outside the box! Do this workout all at once...Add one or two moves into your next strength training workout...Add more sets or repetitions depending on your strength and energy levels.

  5. DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!!!

Let me know how it goes and if you have any questions, feel free to ask! Cheers to summer and looking and feeling your best inside and out! ENJOY!!!

4 THINGS I THINK ABOUT WHEN I RUN

As y’all know, I love to RUN! I love to talk about my running adventures, my running schedule, my running goals, how I fuel for my runs, and how I incorporate yoga and strength training into my runs. I look forward to writing more about these topics and sharing with you tips, videos, and inspiration.

4 THINGS I THINK ABOUT WHEN I RUN

But let’s start with something more whimsical, like what exactly goes through my mind while I am hitting the pavement. Is it a random question? Not really, as I get asked it a lot and I find it fascinating what other athletes think about when they are training. We are all different and have different goals and training schedules, but finding what makes people tick and what keeps them motivated is really fascinating.

Random Note #1 – When I do my runs on the treadmill, I do not have these same thoughts, as I am just all about the workout…pushing myself…building strength…and yes just getting it done. Treadmills are not my choice of training, but when the weather is crap and you need to work on sprints, intervals, and hills, I opt for the treadmill. There are ZIP ZERO hills in Charleston!

Random Note #2 – I am a Pisces. I dream BIG. I am emotional, artistic, and intuitive. So when you read about my running thoughts, they are very relatable to my sign and who I truly am. Running is when I let myself DREAM!

4 THINGS I THINK ABOUT WHEN I RUN

1. LOVE – MY RELATIONSHIPS – This is probably the topic that I think about the most. I am obviously in a much different place than I was almost two years ago. I am no longer single and I am head over heels for someone. I spend a lot of time with this person and I would not have it any other way. He is very special to me and I am grateful that we met. That he is in my life. The things that he does for me on a daily basis. Oh geez, I could ramble on and on about this, but that story is for another time and post.

Those above thoughts…They go through my mind when I run! I daydream about the first time we met…The first date…The first kiss…The honeymoon stage…All of our trips. They make me smile when I run, so why wouldn’t I think about these things. I also have thoughts about the times we struggle, because as y’all know, no relationship is perfect. We have our moments. We have our disagreements. It’s called life. So YES, these thoughts also go through my mind.

How can I be a better partner?

Am I opening myself up to this person 100%?

Am I holding back with my thoughts, frustrations, opinions?

What am I afraid of?

There is no other place I would rather have these thoughts than on the open road. It’s the perfect place for me to just let it out. To figure it out. And then work through it, when I am ready.

4 THINGS I THINK ABOUT WHEN I RUN

2. HOW CAN I BE THE BEST VERSION OF ME – I am all about self-care and taking care of myself. It is important to be selfish when it comes to YOU. When we take care of ourselves emotionally, physically, and nutritionally we are a happier human. When we are a happier human, we give off good energy and attract good people and good opportunities.

Running is ME time. I like to run alone. I like to take that time to disconnect from the world, work, relationships, and focus on my thoughts, my body, my mind, and the good and the not so good. And just like with love and my relationships I think about topics like:

How can I better nourish my body when it comes to training?

How can I be more available to my friends?

How can I practice more self-love?

What holds me back from being 100% FEARLESS?

3. BUSINESS GOALS – I try not to let this topic take up too much of my running time, as it is probably the most stressful. I can be a worrier and I am scared shitless that I won't be successful. But I am beyond grateful to be working with an amazing woman; to have a support system that spreads across this country; to work with brands and influencers who are just BAD ASS!

I do notice that once I do start thinking about work, my running steps can get a little bit heavier and I probably start to scrunch up my face more, and the overall run just doesn’t seem as fun. It becomes more like work...HA! But business goals are part of life. It is my income. It is how I pay the bills and for all that food to fuel this body. So it is a hard topic to avoid.

4. NOTHING – My absolute favorite!!! It is that moment for me when I honestly forget that I was running. It is silent. My thoughts are silent. I am in the moment. I am in the zone. I am flying. It is that runner’s high and then POOF it is gone. For me, thinking about nothing typically lasts no longer than 5 minutes, but it is PURE BLISS and that feeling is why I continue to run. I live for that NOTHING moment.

What do you think about when you run?

What thoughts help you run fearless?

THREE WHOLE30 & PALEO RECIPES BY THYME AND JOY

And just like that, it feels like summer in Charleston! The past week we have hit 80 degrees almost every day and the humidity has already drastically increased. I am not complaining, as I love these kinds of temperatures (Lucy not so much). I love my early morning runs when I come back soaking in sweat. I am happy walking around in tank tops and shorts and being able to soak up the sunshine and longer evenings outside on my deck. I also love how my appetite craves fresh, easy, simple, and nourishing eats as the seasons change. Bring on ALL the salmon, salads, and summer produce. 

Thank goodness my friend Valerie LOVES to cook and create these kinds of recipes! Since we met a couple of months ago, she has become an amazing friend. We Jersey girls are REAL, LOYAL, and won't put up with any bull shit. It's why I love her and lean on her for a lot of things. She's my "go-to" for when the social media world kicks my ass and I want to throw in the towel. She always comes over to help me create my workout videos and to help me edit photos and give me tips on all the new apps and gadgets. When you manage an abundance of accounts, you need to lean on friends and ask for help, and glad that I can do that with her. 

I am also grateful for her support, honesty, and professional advice. I am also grateful for her chef skills. These recipes are PERFECT for summer! They are paleo, Whole30 approved, and great for meal prep, so you can get outside more and enjoy the beautiful weather, wherever you may be. Hurry up and put together a shopping list...go to the store...and start cooking! If you need a taste tester, I will be right over. ENJOY!

Mango Cucumber Salsa

Mango Cucumber Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 Mango, small diced
  • 1 Cucumber, small diced
  • 2 Limes, juiced
  • 1/2 Red Onion, small diced
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss until fully combined.
  2. Flavors will be even better 30 minutes after tossing together
  3. Keeps for up to 3 days in the fridge

Sonoma Chicken Salad

Sonoma Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Shredded Chicken, cooked
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 3 stalks Celery, small dice
  • 1/4 Red Onion, small dice
  • 2 cups Red Seedless Grapes, halved
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Celery Seed
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt/pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients except grapes into a large bowl and stir until fully combined
  2. Toss in grapes
  3. Garnish with extra parsley
  4. Serve over greens

Tangy Mango Salmon

Tangy Mango Salmon

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to broil.
  2. Pat Salmon Dry with a paper towel
  3. Glaze each piece of salmon with 1 tbsp Tangy Mango sauce
  4. Broil on HIGH for 12-15 minutes
  5. Top with Mango Cucumber Salsa

Which recipe are you going to make first?