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Good morning!!

Eric is at it again- see our sunroom all painted (and blinds removed) over at Soup Up My House!

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Want to see what 2,000 business cards looks like?? :D

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Who hoo!! My order from Print100 arrived! I got $2,000 business cards (with hot stamp printing and double sided printing) for $226 USD. Not too shabby. I am extremely impressed with the quality. The best part? FREE SHIPPING! That is such a huge seller for me. Anyways, these cards should keep me stocked for a while.

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Introducing Black Zen Glo Bars

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Dark. Mysterious. Powerful.

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These are my new favourite Glo Bar!

They are filled with chia seeds, black sesame seeds, and poppy seeds!

Also note that this is the new bar size. Any future orders will be in bar sizes unless a special request is put in for sample sizes.

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I am tracking my US food shipment with such anticipation! I really hope that it gets through customs! I may know tomorrow or today even…I’m currently ‘stalking’ the package across the border! haha. Gotta love online tracking numbers. I must say if it doesn’t get through this time I really am at a loss here!

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I’m still keeping up with my Green Monster challenge by making a new green monster recipe each day.
Here was yesterday’s:

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cubes ice
  • 1/2 small avocado
  • 1/2 Package Amazing Grass Pom-mango Infusion
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • Kyolic garlic extract (1/4 t?)
  • 1/2 banana

This was a very random mix of ingredients! It had everything but the kitchen sink. I think cantaloupe would have paired wonderfully with this Amazing Grass blend, but I am all out. :( The result looked pretty and it tasted pretty good too. I think this smoothie would have been amazing with spinach instead of kale. Kale has such a strong overpowering taste and is not for the faint of heart. The avocado made it SO thick and smooth. It was a nice change, but overall I prefer the taste that pumpkin adds. I think I prefer to eat my ‘cado on bread and pita. :)

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Curious as to what I fueled myself with after my 8-mile run yesterday?

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  • As soon as I got in the door, I had an Amazing Grass Chocolate Infusion Meal Powder mixed with almond milk and water (1 cup AM + rest water). My serving was the entire cup but I drank it too fast before taking a pic. :) This gave me a nice 10 grams of muscle repairing protein!
  • Then I had a high protein/high fibre pita with about 1/4 cup of my favourite hummus (Loblaws finally replenished their stock after 2 weeks!!!), red pepper, chia seeds, and avocado. I drizzled the avocado with Ruth’s Hemp Dressing. Perfection!
  • This post-run meal was over 25 grams of protein and 60 grams of carbs. Boy, did I feel amazing after this snack. Lately, I have been much more mindful of my post-exercise nutrition and I really think it is helping my recovery.

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Relaxation is good for the soul:

Today, I want you to all read this relaxation exercise and see if you can apply it to your life! I love doing these. :) The book is called, ‘Five Good Minutes In Your Body: 100 Mindful practices to help you accept yourself & feel at home in your body’ By Dr. Jeffrey Brantley.

Appreciate the moments…

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I applied this technique on my run yesterday. During my last mile, I turned off my music and simply listened to my thoughts and surroundings. I was surprised by how much I was missing out on by having my music on. I heard birds, nature, and saw beauty around me. I said to myself  ‘this is happiness’…not wishing to be someone else or someone better…but right here, right now. This is good enough.

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Try it, it will put a smile on your face!

Today’s question:

Do you have a hard time appreciating the ‘now’ or present time?

I know I sure do. I am constantly making plans for the future and looking forward to this or that, and I have a hard time appreciating what I have right this second. I really need to work on it more. Of course I think goals are awesome and keep us happy and motivated in life, but it is also important to appreciate the mundane day to day things too.

See you later for the winner of the Amazing Grass giveaway!

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Pam July 15, 2009

Good Luck with your shipping!

For the past year I have been practicing being “in the now” also! It isn’t always easy, but what helps me is focusing on my heart!

Best,

Pam
http://www.alovefornewrecipes.blogspot.com

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Amanda July 15, 2009

congrats on the business cards! what a deal! they look great :)

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Jenny July 15, 2009

Thank you for the reminder to stay present. I struggle with this a lot, but whenever I’m able to achieve it, I realize just how important it is.

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Jenny Marie July 15, 2009

those black zen glo bars look soooooooo Yummy!

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Genie July 15, 2009

I am really excited about the possibility of you shipping to the U.S.!! I hope your test packages make it safely across the border. :)

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Lindsey (Mrs. LC) July 15, 2009

Those black zen bars are pretty! They’d be a really cute wedding favor for a black and white themed wedding of a health-conscious bride. :) You could even cut them into hearts for favors!

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Bec July 15, 2009

those bars look great!

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katherine (the runner wife) July 15, 2009

The zen bars look gorgeous!!

I definitely have a tough time staying in the present, but I find running really helps that. So does yoga. I like this exercise too, and I’ll definitely try it soon :)

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Lizzie July 15, 2009

I have noticed that I tend to anticipate events for awhile, but then want them to be over (even if they’re fun!) so I can move onto the next thing. So I think I do have a problem enjoying the now. I am also a huge worrier so that doesn’t help either!

Good luck with the shipping – hope it goes through!!

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Jess July 15, 2009

I have a horrible time appreciating the “now” and am always thinking about the future. It’s a bad habit of mine!

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Jessica July 15, 2009

Ohhh beautiful bars Ange!
You should do a test shipment with yours truly to the us ;)
I want to sample your bars SOOOO BAD. you make the most droolworthy treats i have ever seen!
Awesome business cards!

I have a hard time appreciating present time because I always seem to want more. When I get something new, I feel better for a while, but then it fades. I am trying to focus more on the here and now than the future but it is so hard when you have so many things you want so badly and hate so many things about the present (ie job and apt, lol).

Have a great day sweets!
-muffy

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Lori July 15, 2009

The new bars look great! What a unique combo of ingredients and a fun color. :) I’ve gotten away from running with my ipod for the same reasons you mention. I feel more in tune with what is around me without it.

Staying in the present is a constant battle. I do well most of the time except for when I have upcoming travel! I just want it to get here.

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Alex July 15, 2009

Ohh, those black zen bars…so seductive!

Can’t you just picture someone like Catherine Zeta-Jones eating one of those?

Or Zorro, for that matter…

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brandi July 15, 2009

it is hard to stop and just enjoy and be in the moment, especially when our minds work a mile a minute, but starting to run WITHOUT music has really helped me. I can’t run with it now – I like to hear what’s going on around me, the birds, animals, trains, the river….it’s the best.

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Brandi C. July 15, 2009

I stuggle with appreciating the present time BIG TIME! It’s something I really need to work on. SCRATCH THAT. It’s something I am GOING to work starting NOW! Happy Wednesday EVERYBODY :)

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Cait (Cait's Plate) July 15, 2009

The Black Zen bars look heavenly! And I’m loving the Green Monsters as always :)

As for appreciating the “now” – I usually use my meditation period during yoga to do that – I LOVE it.

Thanks for an inspirational post as always Angela! :)

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elliebelle July 15, 2009

I am constantly trying to remind myself of the now. I even bought myself a necklace with a small pendant that says “be” as a reminder to always be present. It can be hard to do, but in the end, I think we are all happier when we can appreciate the present moment.

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Tammy (Defining Wellness) July 15, 2009

When I’m driving, I always turn off the music . . . especially during summer nights. I like to hear the bugs and take in the smell of the honeysuckle and just feel the summer breezes. People wonder why I don’t like to listen to music in my car, and I say, “Just listen to the peace and quiet. It’s so nice!”

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Holly July 15, 2009

beautiful bars! You always come up with such clever, fun names that make me want to try them :)

I also want to ask for your green monster expertise. I am on the verge of purchasing some Amazing Grass for my smoothies, but the one thing that is holding me back is that I really try to stay away from most anything processed (including breakfast cereals, bars, protein powders, etc) in an effort to fulfill my daily requirement with real, whole foods. The company claims some great benefits, but I’m always skeptical of anyone trying to make a buck. What’s your take on the benefits vs. the means? Thank you!!

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Lauren (Runandrejoice) July 15, 2009

Something I always do to get in some relaxation and spiritual time is plan my runs to end a few hundred yards away from my house. When I get to the stopping point, I turn off my ipod and walk back to my house. I use the cool down time to appreciate where I am, what my body did for me, to thank the Lord for all the blessings and just for the day. It is a great way to gain composure for my day!

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Sue July 15, 2009

The bars looks delicous! BTW, love my package, recieved in on Sunday.

I went for a morning (5 am) run last week and had my ipod on at first and then took it off and enjoyed the sounds of the birds and other morning sounds. At 5 am there is very little traffic, so all I could hear was the wonderful sounds. However, I did notice that I ran at a slower pace w/o my ipod, but it was so nice to enjoy the morning and I am going to enjoy these moments more. It really is a great time to reflect.

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JT(the faux foodie girl) July 15, 2009

I just finished reading (OK, listening) to the book “POWER OF NOW” and I am trying really hard to apply it to my life as I am so used to always multitasking. I always feel if I am not doing more than one thing I am not accomplishing enough. so the new challenge is to enjoy each moment and be present NOW.

I am keeping my fingers crossed for the shippment as I am dying to try some of your bars. Your biz. cards look awesome.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 15, 2009

Holly- I can understand your concerns about processed foods…I am the same way!
I find the AG to be a great option for me because I am not at the stage where I am making my own wheat grass yet (soemthing I’d like to do down the road). I love that their products are vegan, organic etc. It is the best powder I have looked at (and I have looked at a lot) in terms of overall quality and nutrition. I don’t think it should be a supplement to real + unprocessed foods, but I do think it is a nice ‘add on’ to an already healthy diet. While I hate relying on convenience foods, somedays I HAVE to because I am so busy and I love that I can mix it up and go (rather than buying some junk at the corner store). ~A

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Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 15, 2009

LOVING the sound of those new bars Angela!!! What an awesome mix of flavors!

I’m definitely with you on taking a step back and just living in the moment. We should never rush life… it’s just too darn short as it is! It’s definitely a challenge, but it’s an important lesson to learn. :)

xxoo
Heather

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Help Meghan Run July 15, 2009

I *love* the challenge of living in the moment. I really think it’s one of the most important keys to overall happiness. It’s fun to come up with our own ways to remind ourselves of this.

Good luck on shipping to the US! I bet you’re pretty excited because I promise that you’ll get tons of new clients if it works. :)

HelpMeghanRun.com

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Jen July 15, 2009

Thanks so much for sharing that from the book! SO true!!!

Those new bars sound yummy! YAY for the biz cards and a great deal!!!

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Jaya July 15, 2009

Angela, that looks like a great post-run snack. I totally agree that per-workout nutrition (which for active people means pretty much every meal!) is so important for recovery.

I struggle with staying present, but one thing that really helps me come back to myself is to rub my fingers together. I find that just taking a sec to re-establish some connection to my physical self really brings me back. As a high performance athlete, these small tricks are crucial for bringing my mind back after a mistake or when my thoughts start to drift from my “here” and “now”. Great question!

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Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection) July 15, 2009

I definitely think about the future way too much and have a hard time focusing on the present! I love to dream and plan out my life, even though I know a lot of it will just depend on timing and luck. I have had moments where I just start freaking out about how nothing is going to work out in the future because of X reasons, and my mom will just tell me to BREATHE, and just think about *now* for a moment. I think she has a point, and I’m going to try to embrace this more!

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Courtney July 15, 2009

Wow, I was going to post on this today – about being in the moment, taking a moment to enjoy the present as it is – the present! We only have this moment – ONCE! :)

Love it Ange, thanks!
That book looks really great, too.

-Courtney

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Fitzalan July 15, 2009

I am downright terrible at appreciating the ‘now’ or present time. Hence the focus of my blog. Appreciating the everyday. I am getting better but I still have to take a moment to stop and think “this is amazing, enjoy it!”

Happiness Awaits

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Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) July 15, 2009

I can’t wait to have business cards! Isn’t that funny? :P

The bars look fantastic.

Thanks for posting about the book – I will have to check it out.

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Holly July 15, 2009

Thanks so much for your response, Angela! I really appreciate your input :o)

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Susan July 15, 2009

Those bars do look so dark and mysterious!! I’ve never heard of black sesame seeds, but they sound delicious!

I’m pretty good living in the “now,” but I still spend too much time worrying about the immediate future. Something I’ve got to work on!

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ChezJuile July 15, 2009

I went to a workshop last weekend that was a combination of half an hour of guided meditation and an hour of trance dance (free dance, blindfolded). Sometimes experiences like that can really bring me into the now but sometimes my brain keeps chattering and I just enjoy the movement!

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