Movie Night with the Martian

Have you seen any good movies lately? I went out tonight with my two eldest kids and really had a great time. (not sure if they would agree as much with their “MOM” tagging along but we’ll just leave good enough alone!)  We decided to see “The Martian” together.

Wow.

I have to say that the trailer for this movie didn’t really speak to me at first; but after hearing some rave reviews about the movie, I thought, what the heck?

The storyline and the feeling of it all made me want to stand up and applaud, cry my eyes out and feel as though I was in the story myself.

Not for the reasons you’d imagine – like the drama and the premise of the story line…

but more about the underlying meanings of the unfaltering human nature and drive that many of us forego in our day to day lives.

So for those of you who haven’t seen it or if you don’t know what it’s about; let me give you an outline of the story. (and no spoilers to worry about if you still want to see it). This is a story of a group of astronauts who travel to Mars and are on a mission that needs to be aborted earlier than expected, except that one of the astronauts is lost in a storm and left on Mars (assumed to be dead).

The true power comes not in the plot of how the story unfolds but in how we react to the situation at hand; every second, minute and day of our lives.

I have been obsessed with our mindsets; why some people stick to goals in life while others decide their goals are not worth the sacrifices and struggles it takes to reach those goals. In all reality, we are all pretty much the same. We have the same basic needs, struggles and wants. We have the same capabilities to believe in ourselves and what we want; or not. We can all achieve any goal we decide that we want bad enough to get after it but that doesn’t guarantee that all, or many at that, will persevere.

Now back to the movie; this astronaut would have been dead within hours or days if he hadn’t decided that there may be another way. He had to get over the initial shock of his situation and decide to fight like hell to make it no matter what. Why? Probably because he had no other option aside from giving up and dying and that can be a big motivating fact for most of us indeed. (Proof of this is after a doctors visit for those who are given a negative result of health or unwell and how they can make the changes in their foods and lifestyles that ordinarily they would not have)

I think of the many times I’ve become frustrated when things didn’t go the way I had expected, and I wanted to just give up and forget about it. . I think of the times when the goals I have are larger than the frustrations, so I dig in (after I calm down) and find another way or look for another solution to complete what needs to be done. How many times have you decided something wasn’t worth the headaches, sacrifices or stresses? Of course, if the goal isn’t enticing or important enough, chances are that not many (if any) of us would stay invested long enough to find a way.

So this astronaut first assumes defeat (much like we do when things, out of our control, seem to derail our best efforts) but the need for this man not to give up and die overshadows the enormity of his situation. Time after time,  he is hit by what we would consider the “end of it all” and yet you see him looking for another solution in the cracks. How many of us can truly say that we exhaust all areas of a situation before giving up? I know for myself, I had only known walking away at the first sign of struggle or disappointment.

Really? My ego had to be submerged so that I could actually deal head on with issues that arose unexpectedly. And this is not easy.

But what is powerful is how our minds can expand to look at all roadblocks as a detour. We can become better and more practiced if we learn to look for that underlying route or “plan b”. Finding humor in the moments that can make or break us, is what I love most and can change the negativity in my mind to finding a better way. I remember a metaphor that was shared by one of my previous gym managers’; he asked us what we would do if we were driving along on the highway one day and up ahead we see a car stopped in our lane. We naturally slow down but what would we do next? Would you come to a complete stop behind this car and just wait it out because this was our “plan”? Or would we find a solution like maybe going around the car and getting in another lane or even going over the car if needed. Because we don’t know for sure if that car is going to continue and we sure as heck shouldn’t allow someone or something else to determine our reality.

Matt Damon, who plays the astronaut left on Mars, shares that his first initial thought when he realized he was left on the planet was “I’m going to die” but then he immediately shifts that thought into, what are the most critical things I need to survive right now and how can I go about achieving those now with what I have and my strong areas?

This should be an area we are all required to learn or study at least once in our lives. Being defeated doesn’t mean the story is over. Being defeated in one way, just means we MUST find another way. And we keep on looking for more solutions until the correct one is found.

But only if we want the end result as bad as we say we do. 😉 

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Shaking up my routine

I’m a boring person in my daily habits.

I eat the same foods every day; until I grow absolutely sick of it and then switch it up and stay with that for a looong time again.

I stick to the same routine and enjoy the luxury of simplicity and doing what works.

But this has got to be changed up! I know that habits are good and I have no intention of shifting to habits that are un-good 🙂 What I am needing is just to shake things up! 

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Literally!

I am making this month the month to try a new and inspired recipe every day for my daily dense food source; Shakeology.

My “go to” recipe looks like this, every single day! 🙂

1 scoop chocolate (my all time favorite although once in awhile you’ll see me try out vanilla or strawberry)

1 cup ice

1 cup water

1 Tblsp peanut butter

Blend in my VitaMix blender and drink/eat/scoop out of blender. Hey, whatever works at the time! 😉

Now, I will be committing to a different recipe every day this month and then sharing what I like and dislike. The dislikes most likely will never grace my lips again…seriously! And the LIKES may or may not be my newfound favorites (until I grow sick of them, if that is possible!)

So here I go with some recipe ideas….the problem today is in choosing what is FIRST! :-/

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Iced Mocha – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup cold coffee

Chocolate Vanilla – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. vanilla extract + 1 cup water

Iced Hazelnut Mocha – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. almond extract + 1 cup cold coffee

Chocolate Strawberry – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup strawberries + 1 cup water

Frozen Chocolate Strawberry –Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup of water + 1 cup frozen strawberries

Frozen Chocolate Banana – Chocolate Shakeology+ 1 cup water + 1 frozen banana

Chocolate Orange – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ cup orange juice + ½ cup water

Chocolate Raspberry – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup raspberries + 1 cup water

Chocolate Blueberry – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup blueberries + 1 cup water

Chocolate Bee – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. honey + 1 cup milk

Choco Cherry – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ cup black cherries, pitted + 1 cup vanilla almond milk

Creamy Candy Cane – Chocolate Shakeology + 2/3 drops peppermint extract + 1 cup almond milk

Chocolate Vanilla Bean – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp vanilla extract + 1 cup water

Chocolate Ginger – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. ground ginger + 1 cup milk

Chocolate Cranberry – Chocolate Shakeology + 1/2 cup cranberry juice + 1/2 cup water

Chocolate Almond Chai – Chocolate Shakeology + 1/2 tsp. almond extract + 1 cup chilled unsweetened chai tea

Piña-Banana – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ medium banana + ½ cup pineapple juice + ½ cup water

Chocolate PB and J – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. peanut butter + ½ cup strawberries + 1 cup water

Chocolate Coconut – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. coconut extract + ½ cup coconut milk + ½ cup water

Raspberry Orange – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ cup raspberries + ½ cup orange juice + ½ cup water

Chocolate Spice – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. cinnamon + ½ tsp. nutmeg + 1 cup milk

I love Berries – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup strawberries + ½ cup blueberries + 1 cup water

Cheeky Coconut – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. coconut extract + 1 medium banana + 1 cup milk

Maple Buttercup – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. almond butter + 1 cup milk + 1 tsp. maple syrup

Chocolate Banana Nut – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. peanut butter + 1 medium banana + 1 cup water

Cherry Monkey – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ cup black cherries + ½ medium banana + 1 cup milk

Frozen Mint Chocolate – Chocolate Shakeology + Fresh mint + 1 cup water + 1 cup ice

Funky Monkey – Chocolate Shakeology + ¼ medium banana + ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk + 1 cup milk

Chocolate Frappuccino – Chocolate Shakeology + 1/2 cup cappuccino flavored soy milk + 1 cup cold coffee + 1 cup ice

Chai Cocoa – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup unsweetened chai tea (cooled) + 2 teaspoons raw honey

Nutty Chocolate Banana – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup water + 1 medium fresh or frozen banana + 1 tablespoon peanut butter

Nuts for Chocolate – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. almond butter + ½ tsp. almond extract + 1 cup almond milk

Maple Buttercup Chocolate Shakeology – 1 Tbsp. almond butter + 1 Tbsp. maple syrup + 1 cup water or milk

Almond Joy – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup light coconut milk + 1 Tbsp. almond butter + Ice + Water, as needed

Mexican Chocolate – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup almond milk + 5 big dashes cinnamon + ice to taste

Coconut Sweetie – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. honey + 1/2 cup light coconut milk + 1/2 cup water

Maple Berry Cream – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. pure maple syrup + 1/2 cup strawberries + 1 cup skim milk

Chocolate Cherry Spice – Chocolate Shakeology + 1/2 cup pitted black cherries + 1 tsp. cinnamon + 1 cup water

Coffee Storm – Chocolate Shakeology + 1/2 tsp. almond extract + 1/2 tsp. rum extract + 1 cup cold coffee

Snowflake – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp vanilla extract + 1 cup skim milk + Crushed candy canes (for garnish)

Chocolate Peach Dream – Chocolate Shakeology + Handful frozen peaches + 10 oz. unsweetened almond milk/rice milk + 2 oz. crushed ice

Frozen Yogurt – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 scoop vanilla frozen yogurt + ½ cup water + Ice

Banana Split – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ medium banana + 2 fresh pineapple rings + 2 large strawberries + 1 cup water

Pumpkin Pie – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ cup unsweetened canned pumpkin + ½ tsp. cinnamon + ½ tsp. nutmeg + 1 cup milk

Chocolate Bananas Foster – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 medium banana + ½ tsp. cinnamon + ½ tsp. rum extract + 1 cup milk

Vanilla Almond Fudge – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. almond butter + 1 tsp. vanilla extract + 4 dashes cinnamon + 1 cup milk

Fruit and Nuts – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. peanut butter + ½ cup raspberries + ½ cup blackberries +1 cup almond milk

Banana Honeymoon – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ medium banana + 1 Tbsp. peanut butter + 1 Tbsp. honey + 1 cup water

Ultimate Banana Split – Chocolate Shakeology + 2 fresh pineapple rings + 2 large frozen strawberries + 1 medium banana + 1 cup ice + 1 cup water

Banana Bread – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 medium banana + 2 Tbsp. dry quick oats + 1 Tbsp. chopped pecans + 1 tsp. vanilla extract + ½ tsp. cinnamon + ½ cup milk + ½ cup water

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake – Chocolate Shakeology + ¼ cup fat-free ricotta cheese + ¼ cup plain nonfat yogurt + 2 Tbsp. peanut butter + ½ cup skim (nonfat) milk + ¼ cup water + Ice

S’mores – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk + ½ cup brewed coffee, chilled + 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract + 2 tsp. ground whole wheat graham cracker crumbs + 1 cup ice

Vanilla Almond Fudge – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon of natural almond butter + 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract + 4 dashes of cinnamon

Coco Banana Nutter – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1 Tbsp. peanut butter or 2 Tbsp. PB2 + 1/2 banana + 1 tsp. coconut oil

Cinna-Mocha – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 cup almond milk, coconut milk or water + 1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon + 1 tbsp. instant coffee + Ice to taste

Pecan Cinnamon Roll – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. cinnamon + 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract + 8 pecan halves + 1 cup skim milk

Chocolate Almond Spice – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 tsp. cinnamon + 1/2 tsp. nutmeg + 1/2 tsp. almond extract + 1 cup almond milk

Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake – Chocolate Shakeology + 1/4 cup fat-free ricotta cheese + 1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt + 1/2 cup raspberries + 1/4 cup water + 1/2 cup skim milk

Honey Berry Banana – Chocolate Shakeology +  1/2 banana + 1 tsp. honey + 1/2 cup blueberries + 1 cup skim milk

Mexican Chocolate Honey – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. peanut butter + 1 tsp. cinnamon + 1 tsp. honey + 1 cup skim milk

Peanut Butter Split – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 Tbsp. peanut butter + 1/2 banana + 1 fresh pineapple ring + 2 large strawberries + 1 cup water

Apple Pie – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ cup diced apples + ¼ tsp cinnamon + ½ cup water + ½ cup apple juice

Snowstorm – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ tsp almond extract + ½ tsp rum extract + ½ cup cold coffee + ½ cup skim milk

Almond Yule Log – Chocolate Shakeology + ½ tsp vanilla extract + ½ tsp cinnamon + ½ tsp almond extract + 1 tbsp. almond butter + ½ cup pitted black cherries + 1 cup vanilla almond milk

Yummy Rummy Chocolate – Chocolate Shakeology + 1 banana + ¾ cup nonfat milk, or water, or soy, or rice milk + ½ tsp cinnamon + ½ tsp rum extract + ice