1-Minute Inspiration

I don’t know about you guys, but when I first saw this commercial by Reebok, I was instantly jazzed. Insta-jazzed, if you will. Anyway, I hope this commercial also pumps you up a bit too. Plus, whenever you have friends or family asking why you’re changing your diet and exercising at crazy hours in the morning, you can just send […]

So You Wanna Run a 5k… and it’s in One Month

Wow, would you look at how time flies! I swear it was just Thanksgiving like 3 days ago. And now Christmas is over too?! Make it all slow down, please!

I used to always say that you can judge how busy my life is by looking at the state of my bedroom. If my bed is unmade, clothes are everywhere (dirty & clean ones), and I have piles of random papers covering my desk, then you know I’m more than likely running around like a crazy person. Similarly, I’ve noticed the same trend happen with the blog.

More crazy = less bloggy.

Now that 2014 is coming to a close, I look at my calendar and see a blaring note on January 31, 2014. The Color Run 5k!! I am so excited about this race, and I haven’t forgotten about it by any means; I just kind-of, sort-of, haven’t been running. With the exception of today and one time last week… hey, it counts! Oops.Shine Tour 2015So I am inviting you to join me in jumping back on the horse– or rather, running like one– with this 5k plan! Why wait for the New Year to start when  the time is NOW.

Here is the plan I will be following, compliments of Active.com:

For those who may be intimated and never have run a mile before, DO NOT FEAR! The key is the distance NOT the time. If you walk the entire mile, BOOM, you accomplished your mile for the day. If you’re feeling good and want to run the first .5, but walk the last, BOOM, mile complete.

For those professionals out there looking to break a personal record, challenge yourself to pick up the pace a bit, or use this as a tool to incorporate cross-training and strength, but adjust the mileage to fit your needs. Whichever category you fall into, or somewhere in-between, get moving!


If you’re still interested in joining us for the Orlando Color Run, there is still time to sign up! Be sure to use the coupon code “ORLANDO2” for a $5-off coupon to your race entry. In the meantime, check out the awesome goodie bag for this year!

GOODIES! Man, I love a quality goodie bag, don't you?
GOODIES! Man, I love a quality goodie bag, don’t you?

GIVEAWAY: Free Color Run Race Entry!

It’s time for FREE STUFF!
I love that word: FREE
And here’s your chance to WIN something FREE!The Color Run Free EntryOkay!! How do I win?!! Don’t worry, I got you.

Here we go:
1. Follow @the.thrive.life on Instagram
2. Repost the photo above and tag @the.thrive.life and #thrivelifegiveaway in the photo
3. Enter by 8pm EST on December 8th for your chance to win!


And that’s all folks! Winner will be announce on December 9th!
Enter NOW! 🙂

The Color Run!

A few posts ago I mentioned that I had signed up for The Color Run which is coming to Orlando on January 31, 2014.

Well, I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have been selected as a Color Run Ambassador! 🙂Throw Happiness Like Confetti

This means I will be able to post all kinds of wonderful things about The Color Run here on The Thrive Life, but also I have a $5-off coupon just for YOU if you’re running the race in Orlando! All you need to do is enter: ORLANDO2 at check-out and BOOM, you will receive $5-off your registration fee.

I will also be posting my race training soon, so if this is your first 5k, or you just haven’t run in a while, be on the lookout for this schedule that will be headed your way!

In the meantime, here’s a fun chart to find out your Color Runner Name! Don’t forget to share yours in the comments! Mine is “Lively Tickled Pink”! 😛Color Runner Name


Is Orlando too far for you? Check out The Color Run website for all their locations in cities all over the United States AND Internationally too!

Happy [Paleo] Friendsgiving!

Happy FRIENDSgiving!

 My heart is so overjoyed to have spent Saturday evening accompanied by friends, laughs, and gratitude! We had the pleasure of hosting a Friendsgiving event at our home. This meant LOTS of scrumptious foods and desserts to share, so I made sure to add some to the menu that were delicious and nutritious.

Our lovely friends arrived and everyone channeled their “inner Picasso” and drew on little index cards all the things they’re thankful for! Kudos to Austin to thinking of this awesome ideas! 😉Thankful Wall Thankful Wall Thankful Wall

Do I have a creative group of friends or WHAT? 

After a round of games, the turkey was finally done! This, by the way, was the first turkey I have ever cooked so I was truly elated when… “Guys!! The red thing finally popped up! It’s done! And I think it actually looks good too!”Turkey Time

Thank you men for handling it from here...
Thank you men for handling it from here…

There were a variety of foods that friends brought, but again, I made sure to sneak in some healthy Paleo options to share. Let’s start off with a delicious Sweet Potato + Pumpkin Casserole. It’s so good that your friends won’t even miss those marshmallows– well, maybe. It’s worth a shot. 😉Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole

Paleo Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Casserole (serves 9)
Ingredients:
4 large sweet potatoes
1 16-oz can 100% pure pumpkin
3/4 cup almonds, chopped
1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
2 tbsp cinnamon, divided
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 tbsp pumpkin spice
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Honey, for drizzling

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees and fill a large pot with water. Chop all the sweet potatoes into large chunks and place in pot. Place the pot on high and bring to a boil. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are tender. Once finished, remove from heat and strain all the excess water.
2. Return sweet potatoes to pot and add 1 tbsp of olive oil (for dairy-tolerant folks, you may use butter instead). Mash sweet potatoes until smooth. Then, add in your can of pumpkin and mix together thoroughly.
3. Add in pumpkin spice, coconut milk, vanilla, and 1 tbsp of cinnamon to mixture. Mix thoroughly once more. Next, transfer mixture to casserole dish (I used a 9×9 pan).
4. In separate mixing bowl, toss almonds with cocoa powder, 1 tbsp of olive oil, and 1 tbsp of cinnamon. Toss until evenly coated. Garnish the top of casserole with chopped almonds.
5. Finish off your casserole with a drizzle of honey over top of the almonds.
6. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. ENJOY 🙂

Paleo Sweet Potato CasseroleHow is that for a mouth-watering Paleo spin on a classic? Well, we’re not done yet. A fresh salad came to mind while I perused the grocery store on that Fall morning and then it hit me: Dino Kale + Cranberry Chopped Salad. I love when the grocery store inspires you! Also, this gem is Whole30 Compliant!Dino Kale + Cranberry Chopped SaladDino Kale + Cranberry Chopped Salad (serves 8)
Ingredients:
1 bunch Dino kale
3 cups spinach
1 small gala apple
1 green bell pepper
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 tbsp coconut oil

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400-degrees. Coat a oven-safe dish in coconut oil. Place washed cranberries in dish and stick in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, chop up kale, spinach, apple, bell pepper, and walnuts into bite-size pieces. Try to make everything about the same size. Place all ingredients in large bowl.
3. Once cranberries are finished, add them to the bowl. Toss all ingredients together.
4. If desired, add your favorite dressing (I suggest a balsamic) or top with some of that Thanksgiving turkey! EAT UP 🙂

Okay, so my salad is more "layered" than "tossed", but it was all for the photos, people!
Okay, so my salad is more “layered” than “tossed”, but it was all for the photos, people!

Other food items included green bean casserole, rolls, cranberry sauce, and a plethora of desserts. I will admit, I sampled a bit of everything. I will also admit that due to this I had a major sugar-induced headache for the next two days (Is a “food hangover” a thing? Because I think it is). Sometimes you pick your battles and choose to indulge every once in a while. Just choose wisely, then get back on track!

This is the "Remember to Make Wise Choices" Face.
This is the “Remember to Make Wise Choices” Face.

Happy Friendsgiving

I am so thankful to these wonderful people in my life (and those who couldn’t make it too) and I am happy to have celebrated Friendsgiving while sneaking in Paleo recipes at the same time. Thank you all for being my guinea pigs!


Happy Friendsgiving!
Maybe you can try some of these, or be inspired to find more Paleo Thanksgiving dishes for this year’s feast!Give Thanks