It has been a crazy busy week. My husband and I spent two days cleaning out a garage that has been a mess for four years. I know, I’m not proud, but it was full of junk and “things” that we haven’t used in ages. After the first day I was sore, and after the second day I felt like you do after running a marathon: exhausted. I fell onto the couch and had to lift my legs up and down. It was a serious workout! I think I’ve got the next hottest workout trend, “the clean your garage WOD.”
After multiple trips to Goodwill and the dump, we got it done and it feels good. My 2017 word of the year is “let go.” Okay, so it’s two words, but cleaning the garage is the first in many areas of my life that I’m decluttering.
The only downfall to working all weekend is that I am behind on everything. I have been scrambling to get laundry, grocery shopping, and blogging done. I have also started two new projects this year and need to devote at least an hour a day to those. I know, so exciting. My life is just one big thriller.
In other news, I crashed my car this weekend. Don’t let me alarm you, it really just crushed the passenger side door and no one was hurt. But it sucks. It wasn’t my fault, though according to the insurance company it was. My perfectly clean driving record has now been tarnished. What can I do though? For me, I run out my frustration.
I’m back to running 6 days a week with the intention of “letting go.” I am letting go of expectations, PR’s, and most importantly frustration. I’m trying to focus on relaxing more while I run. Somewhere along the line, I started clenching my muscles (probably after Boston 2013) and I never relaxed them. My physical therapist says she can’t get my muscles to unengage. I’m a hot mess. So I am really making an effort to relax all of my neck, shoulder, and face muscles while I run. Good news though… it’s helping. I am finding I am getting less migraines and back to a more peaceful place in my mind.
Is it too early to talk about Valentines Day? Nope! If it’s in the stores, then I can talk about it, too. Who doesn’t love to celebrate love? I am fool in love with my husband and not afraid to shout it out to the world. The thing is, many of us don’t or can’t have sugary sweets, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something lovely for your sweetheart.
I made mine these 4 ingredient treats that anyone, including children, can DIY at home. These would also work great as a healthy classroom treat if there were no nut restrictions in place.4 Ingredient Healthy Valentine's Day Treats #sweatpink #fitfluential Click To Tweet
I love how the squares look and if you package them in a little box they make a nice gift for the health nut in your life.
Here’s how to make them:
- 1 cup of dried fruit ( I used cherries)
- 1 cup of Nuts ( I used Roasted salted Mixed Nuts)
- ½ Cup of pitted Medjool Dates
- ½ Cup of dried Figs ( if you don't have figs, use a full cup of dates)
- Optional Toppings
- 2 T. Coconut Sugar
- 2 T. of Unsweetened Cocoa
- 2 T. of Unsweetened Coconut flakes
- 2 T. of Sprinkles ( not healthy, but makes them look nice- optional)
- Place the first four ingredients into a food processor and blend until a ball forms (about 5 minutes).
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Place mixture onto baking sheet and press down until you have made a ¼ in thick slab. Chill for at least 20 minutes. Cut into small squares. Place toppings into a small bowl or plate and roll the squares around until fully coated. Refrigerate for up to one week.
Smoosh the mixture into a lined baking sheet.
If you don’t feel like making squares, try making them into balls, they end up looking like fancy truffles!
Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day?