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July 11, 2017

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Leave Your Legacy

Who will talk about you when you’re gone? What qualities have you displayed, day in and day out, during your grind which have not only brought you closer to your goals and aspirations, but also left a lasting impression on someone else, eternally and internally changing them? And when people speak about you, do they just talk about your accomplishments, or more so about how your accomplishments were a byproduct of your incomparable character?

Your legacy is an opportunity to exponentially change the world. It is the only piece of you which can transcend life and death, and is impervious to the perils of time. It is more powerful than a single act, accomplishment, or deed, as it is the average sum of how you lived your life. It is found in the hours, minutes, and seconds outside of the spotlight, where the grind truly happens.

There is one thing your legacy isn’t, however, and that is irrecoverable. It can change at any moment, and that change can start right now. Your legacy is a decision to act upon a vision created by a passion relentlessly pursued over time. Don’t let your past successes and failures govern your legacy, and stop worrying about the accomplishments. Worry about the work. Seek out those unseen pockets of time where the grind lives, and start each day as though how you live it will define your legacy, because in all actuality, it will. – CPT Ryan

Christmas Abbott Legacy

July 11, 2017

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Self-Reflection

“Allow your mind to get down to the very essence of who you are as a person. Take away the cars, clothes, money, and job title. Look past the opinions of others, the status quo, and what the world thinks you should do. Chasing all of the material and social validation will only bring you stress and self-consciousness. When you can muster the courage to peel back everything that has nothing to do with you, you will inevitably find yourself.

In some ways, the most difficult part of pursuing your dreams is not only figuring out where the starting line is, but also which one to pick. You cannot start chasing your dreams until you know who you are, what you want, and where you want to go; and the walk to the starting line begins with an honest dissection of your consciousness. The more you can comprehend everything that makes you tick, the more the distractions of the outside world begin to drown out.

Self-consciousness is the result of a lack of self-reflection, so instead of being self-conscious, find

July 11, 2017

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Earned not Given

I say this all the time but I don’t think it always hits home….you cannot allow yourself to become a victim of your circumstances. I fell into this trap for quite some time before I started my journey. It’s so EASY to look around & think that you can’t do this and can’t have this and blah, blah, blah because of your circumstances. The hard part is putting in the work, the effort, climbing all the hurdles in front of you in order to get “x” or become “x”. That grit, that grind, THAT is where you earn your stripes – you earn your story.

Earn It:
That which is not earned, is never truly obtained. In order to earn what you want in this life, you have to be willing to grind for it. What you earn is a product of what you are willing to sacrifice, and what you are willing to sacrifice may not always yield immediate returns. It will become frustrating at times, especially when you see others around you obtaining things without putting in the work. But know that what is given lacks structure, whereas what is earned is built upon a foundation of what will ultimately be your brand.

Avoid demanding what you deserve, and start demanding what you have earned. All too often, people become accustomed to playing the victim in life. They will use what little strife they have faced along the way, and broadcast it to the world in order to be gifted with compensation for their struggle. But a true grinder will never broadcast their struggle, they will shy away from handouts, and they will go out and earn their seat at the table.

Your story will only be worth reading if you make it worth writing; and it will only be worth writing if it has more depth than a fancy title. Be more than a title, and earn your story, because life goes on and titles can change, but your story should be read regardless of any title. And when you get sick of writing, just remember, somebody out there with a story very similar to yours may be reading your story in order to write theirs. – CPT Ryan

July 11, 2017

Just Keep Swimming

No seriously….just keep swimming!

With my recent knee injury & a slew of other aches & pains I’ve been diving into the pool more frequently to get a good workout in! Swimming taxes your lungs like no other workout, targets your back & shoulders without weight bearing, and is easy on your joints! Not to mention, who DOESN’T look smashing in goggles & a swim cap? I know I do!

Besides the physical benefits, I’m pretty confident there are some studies that state swimming has countless benefits on your mood or perhaps I just get a little giddy because I’m really a mermaid? Regardless, getting in the pool & floating in the water can do wonders for your mental health state.

Swimming

Behold – 10 Reasons Why Swimming is one of the Best Exercises:

  1. Strength & Cardio Combined:  Most people try to avoid anything that remotely sounds like “cardio” – thumping on a treadmill, biking, elliptical, etc. The most essential part of swimming is to stay afloat by constantly swimming (aka cardio). This constant movement combined with the density of water (constant strain on your muscles aka strength training) makes for the perfect combo workout that you actually won’t dread!
  2. Easy on Joints: water is very low impact which makes swimming great for those with injury or painful joints. Swimming allows you to get just as intense of a workout without placing any load on your joints.
  3. Great for your Lungs: When you’re under water, your body has less oxygen. This forces your body to adapt to such oxygen levels & learn how to use it much more efficiently. In sum, your breathing will improve through swimming regularly.
  4. Transfers to different Sports: Swimming can transfer over into other areas of athletics, improving your endurance overall. It can help you become a better runner, biker, crossfitter, whatever sport you choose. You’ll be able to run faster & for longer periods of time without getting out of breath due to your increased cardiovascular & muscle endurance.
  5. Everyone can do it: Swimming holds no boundaries. You don’t have to be a top athlete or in your prime physical condition to do it. People with injuries, a pregnant woman, an elderly person – you name it, you can do it!
  6. Stress Reliever: Turns out that being submerged in water multiplies the amount of sensory information that bombards your body, which brings feelings of calmness. No wonder why it is so easy to take a nap after swimming.
  7. It keeps you Young: Swimming positively affects blood pressure, cardiovascular endurance, cholesterol levels, cognitive functioning, central nervous system health, muscle mass & blood chemistry – basically, keeping you feeling young & spry!
  8. Targets underworked Muscles: In the pool, you are constantly working (typically) undertrained muscles like your lats, deltoids, and traps. It also targets your core & back by forcing yourself to stabilize in the water, moving your arms & legs at the same time.
  9. Makes you Smarter?: This one is still under investigation but some studies show that blood flow increased to the brain by up to 14% when people submerged themselves in water.
  10. Opens the door to Adventure: Want to explore the tropics in Hawaii? Deep dive to buried treasure? Snorkel in exotic places? Swimming will help you do all of these things! Imagine not being able to take on these adventures because you don’t enjoy swimming or simply can’t.
July 11, 2017

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Self-Reflection

“Allow your mind to get down to the very essence of who you are as a person. Take away the cars, clothes, money, and job title. Look past the opinions of others, the status quo, and what the world thinks you should do. Chasing all of the material and social validation will only bring you stress and self-consciousness. When you can muster the courage to peel back everything that has nothing to do with you, you will inevitably find yourself.

In some ways, the most difficult part of pursuing your dreams is not only figuring out where the starting line is, but also which one to pick. You cannot start chasing your dreams until you know who you are, what you want, and where you want to go; and the walk to the starting line begins with an honest dissection of your consciousness. The more you can comprehend everything that makes you tick, the more the distractions of the outside world begin to drown out.

Self-consciousness is the result of a lack of self-reflection, so instead of being self-conscious, find

July 11, 2017

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Another Monday, another chance to start your week off on the right foot!

So often, we are fearful of making a change in our lives (even if we are CERTAIN it is one for the better). Change is scary. We get so stuck in our daily routines that the thought of disrupting it scares the shit out of us. It doesn’t matter how big or small the change is – they all instill this weird, unexplainable sense of fear inside our own heads.

“Change. We fear it. We hate it. It makes us feel sick to our stomachs. It is the one thing that will rattle us with its utter distain for everything we know and have become comfortable with. It can be unpredictable, indiscriminant, and unwanted. It is always waiting in the winds, always out there, always wanting to cross our path. Above all else, however, it is undeniably necessary.

“Fight your fears and you’ll be in battle forever. Face your fears and you’ll be free forever.” – Lucas Jonkman. We can run from change, we can pretend it doesn’t exist, and hide behind the relative comfort of the way it has always been. But it will still be there, because it needs to happen, and it is going to happen. The more we run from it, ignore it, and fear it, the more power it will have over us. So why not face it head on? You will only effectively overcome change if you acknowledge its presence to begin with. It must stay at the forefront of your mind, and in the backbone of your planning.

If growth is a product of change over time, and time in the equation of life is an unknown variable; then to obtain the maximum levels of growth in this life, you must initiate the most amount of change in the least amount of time possible. So identify your change, visualize it, embrace it, and employ it. Once you stop seeing change as the enemy, and start embracing it as an opportunity, you will be free to grow into your full potential and you will control the battlefield of life.” -CPT Ryan

July 11, 2017

The Benefits of Bone Broth

My friends over at Au Bon Bone Broth sent me a sweet little package & I thought I’d share the benefits with you all! I discovered bone broth and how powerful it can be about two years ago when I was really sick! If you’ve yet to do any research on the topic – here’s a tid bit of information to get you started!

Au Bon Bone Broth specializes in creating healthy, delicious and organic bone broth made with a combination of pasture raised, free-range chicken and turkey bones, and grass-fed organic beef bones.

Inspired by the tremendous health benefits of organic bone broth, Au Bon Broth was formed and perfected through countless hours in the kitchen and is proudly made in the U.S. in San Diego, CA

Au Bon Broth started by selling bone broth face to face to customers in local San Diego Farmers Markets and quickly became an item in very high demand. Soon word spread and customers nationwide were asking how to have our high-quality bone broth delivered. To meet growing nationwide demand, Au Bon Broth Bone Broth created this website to fulfill orders nationwide.

Bone broth is widely regarded as a healing food. It’s known to treat the skin, gut, GI tract, aid in digestion or help you beat that cold/flu you’ve been suffering from.

It is even known to support healthy joints, bones, lungs, muscle and blood, and many tremendous medicinal benefits.

We’re told to eat chicken soup when we’re sick but did you know the secret behind this soothing and healing meal is actually the liquid broth? It is full of vitamins, minerals, protein, amino acids collagen and glycine which are the building blocks that your body uses to repair itself.

We individually source every ingredient that goes into our bone broth and use the same exact meat suppliers that Whole Foods Market does. We prioritize ingredients above everything else because what goes into the animal’s body goes into your body when you consume the broth.
All bones are from USDA organic animals that have not been exposed to heavy metals and have also been humanely raised on open pastures with clean NON-GMO diets free of antibiotics, hormones and grains.

We use only organic vegetables and herbs and our water is reverse osmosis filtered, ensuring the final bone broth is as pure and flavorful as it is packed full of vitamins, minerals and gelatin.

Our mission is to make healthy organic bone broth available to anyone who wants it. Most people do not have the time to make their own nor want to mess around with making it.

Enjoy!
July 11, 2017

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Live Your Passion

Passion scares us. It is an unbelievably raw emotion, which is powerful beyond measure when it is harnessed and released on the world. But it is not really the passion which we find unnerving, it is the incredible feeling of exposure that makes us shy away from acting on it.

So we sometimes hide our passions, because we feel insecure about the world seeing such intimate thoughts. We settle for what we think we should be, because it is easier than exposing a side of ourselves to someone who may criticize something so meaningful. But remember this; stifled passion inevitably becomes nagging regret.

Passion is the fire with which dreams are forged into reality. It will fuel you when you have nothing left to give. It will help you overcome pain, fear, and even failure. But the only way to tap into this resource is to give it life in the first place. Come to terms with what evokes passion inside you, and let it become a part of your identity. Wear it on your sleeve with pride, and defend it with every ounce of your being. This process will no doubt push you to limits you never thought possible, but if you can drive through it, and maintain your focus, your passion will take you to the finish line, leaving regret in the dust.

-CPT Ryan

Find out what ignites a fire in you & let it BURN!

Christmas Abbott Passion

July 11, 2017

3 Ways To Turn A Rotisserie Chicken Into Dinner

Think of a store-bought rotisserie chicken as an ingredient, and you can put out memorable dinners in no time!

Article from Epicurious Weeknight Cookbook by Anna Stockwell

Rotisserie Chicken Blog

    How to Revive Cold, Dry, or Sad Rotisserie Chicken

  1. No matter how you slice it, you have to do something to add moisture and flavor to cold or leftover rotisserie chicken. Luckily, this is easy to do! Shredded, cold rotisserie chicken on top of a grain bowl is disappointing, but toss it in a zesty dressing before adding it to your grain bowl & it’s a whole different story – a story that proves that you absolutely don’t need to reheat rotisseries chicken to bring it to delicious life.
  2. When you do want a hot chicken dinner, heating the cold rotisserie chicken in something liquid or saucy is going to give you the best results, adding flavor, moisture, and heat all at once. The classes way of doing this is to toss the meat into a soup – I opted for a brothy Thai-style curry.
  3. And when you want a hot chicken dinner that doesn’t necessarily feel like it was made with rotisserie chicken? Carve the bird into eight pieces & nestle it into hot broth with some veggies for a speedy braise. It’s got the look and feel of a slow-cooked chicken dinner – and you don’t even have to turn on the oven.

    An Easily Customizable Grain Bowl Dinner

    Grain Bowls with Chicken, Spiced Chickpeas, and Avocado – Yields 4 servings – Active Time 20 minutes, Total Time  20 minutes

    1. For the Chickpeas : 2 tsp olive oil, one 15.5 ounce can chickpeas (patted dry), 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper, pinch of salt.
    2. For the Dressing: 1.5 cups parsley leaves, 3/4 cup mint leaves, 1.25 cups evoo, 6 T lemon juice, 1 tsp honey.
    3. For Assembly: 4 cups cooked quinoa, farro, barley or brown rice, 4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken, 2 mini seedless cucumbers, 2 avocados, 2 cups watercress or baby arugula, 1/4 cup pickled red onions, 4 tsp toasted sesame seeds.
    4. Make the Chickpeas: Heat oil in large skillet over medium – cook chickpeas, cumin & cayenne. Increase heat to high until chickpeas are golden brown & crisp (about 10 minutes). Transfer to paper towels & season with salt.
    5. Make the Dressing: Meanwhile, pulse parsley and mint in a food processor until finely chopped. Add oil, lemon juice, and honey and pulse to combine.
    6. Assemble the Bowls: Toss quinoa with 1/2 cup dressing in a large bowl. Divide among serving bowls. Toss chicken with 1/4 cup of dressing in same large bowl. Arrange chicken, cucumbers, avocados & watercress over quinoa. Top with chickpeas, pickled onions, and sesame sees. Serve remaining dressing on side for drizzling.

     Curry in A Hurry

       Easy Green Curry with Chicken, Bell Pepper, and Sugar Snap Peas – Yields 4 servings – Active 15 minutes,     Total 20 minutes

  1. 1 T coconut oil, 1/4 cup green curry paste, 1.5 tsp freshly grated ginger, 1/2 tsp finely grated lime zest, 1 medium onion, 1 red bell pepper, 1 cup chicken stock (low sodium), 4 cups rotisserie chicken, 1/2 lb sugar snap peas, one 14 ounce can coconut milk, 1/4 cup basil leaves, 1 T fresh lime juice, cooked rice noodles for serving
  2. Heat oil in a medium pot over medium. Cook curry paste, ginger & lime zest for about 1 minute. Add onion to cook until onion is soft. Add bell pepper and stir to combine. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low & simmer until pepper is crisp and tender (about 3 minutes). Add chicken, snap peas & coconut milk and cook over medium heat, being careful not to boil, until warmed through (about 5 minutes). Stir in basil & lime juice. Serve with rice noodles & enjoy!

     The Cheater’s Braise

       Braised Rotisserie, Chicken with Bacon, Tomatoes & Kale – Yield 4 servings – Active 10 minutes, Total time 30 minutes

  1. 2 tsp olive oil, 4 ounces bacon, 2 shallots, 1/3 cup dry white wine, 2 garlic close, 2 tsp finely chopped rosemary, one 14 ounce can diced tomatoes, 1 cup chicken broth, 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, 1 rotisserie chicken (cut into 8 pieces), 1 bunch curly kale.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet with a lid or braising pan over medium. Cook bacon until fat starts to render (about 5 minutes). Add shallots and cook until shallots are soft and fat is rendered from bacon (about 8-10 minutes). Increase heat to high and add wine, garlic, and rosemary. Cook, stirring until wine is reduced by half (about a minute). Add tomatoes, chicken, stock, and red pepper flakes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium & nestle chicken pieces, skin side up in sauce. Top with kale cover, and cook until kale is wilted (about 6 minutes). Stir kale into sauce and cook, uncovered, until chicken is warmed through (about 5 more minutes).

July 11, 2017

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Selfless Success

“You will not find gratification solely in your own successes. True gratification is found by uplifting others to new heights, while pushing yourself along the way.

Your greatest achievements will mean nothing if you reaped the benefits of them by yourself, or at the expense of others. They will evoke no emotion. Seek those moments where you can empower someone, and follow it through until they succeed.

Facilitating the success of others, while pursuing your own self-actualization, will provide you with some of the most intrinsic value life can provide. It is an addicting feeling when it happens, but requires enough self-confidence to place the needs of others over that of your own. The gratification from the experience will provide you with the motivation to blast through your own preconceived limitations, creating a cycle which will allow you and your partner, team, or business, to grow together into something you can truly be proud of.” – CPT Ryan

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