Mindful Minute

Take the keys and drive into your future, don’t sit back and wait for others to give you permission

Today’s mindful minute reflective thought relates to taking charge of what happens to you in life and the choices you make for yourself. Getting and staying fit is a lifelong journey and a choice or decision you have to make, you don’t need anyone else’s permission to do it. So hop into the driver’s seat of your life and make the necessary choices today that will allow you to lead a happy and healthy life tomorrow.

During your mindful mobility yoga practice today, consider the unhealthy habits that you need to change in your life, and make a mental note of how you can change each one. Don’t expect to change everything at once,  but choose one task at a time and address it one day at a time and before long you will be well on your way to making healthy lifestyle choices that will carry you into the years to come.

Again, if you are keeping a journal during this journey, the outcomes of this exercise may be something you also want to jot down for future reference.


Mindful Mobility WOD

Today as you did yesterday, you will complete a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio and at least 1 Round (or as many as your body needs) of the Sun Salutation A sequence as prehab before and/or after your other resistance training or athletic activities today.


Meatless Meal of the Day (MOD)


Today’s featured Meatless MOD is one of my personal Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl Mash-ups (ie.throw it all in a bowl and “mash” it up)

Ingredient List:

  • 20g rolled oats
  • 3 to 4 ounces Silk unsweetened vanilla almond milk or filtered water (personal preference)
  • Half scoop (20g) Garden of Life Raw Fit plant-based protein powder
  • ½ or 1 whole banana
  • 1 Tbsp(15g) Greenwise all-natural cashew butter
  • ¼ container (25g) Silk dairy-free, nut-free vanilla yogurt
  • A dash of ground cinnamon

Nutrition Facts (The Macros):

Serving Size: 1 bowl  

Calories: 387

Carbs: 53 grams

Fat: 12 grams

Protein: 21 grams

Sugar: 21 grams

Sodium: 84 mg


This concludes Day 3 of 31 Days of Mindfulness and Meatless October Challenge…see you on Day 4.

Until next time ~ I AM CANDICE MARIA ~


So yes, I know I’m super late on this blog update. ..lol! However,  it’s a recap of the remainder of my competition season and I must say it’s been a blessed one!


The journey to the stage for the second round of my 2014 season was a tough one,  but I’m grateful for the people who supported me the entire way!


The beautiful team at Nancy Taylor Day Spa as usual are always so helpful in those inevitable girly girl finishing touches for the stage.


Waxing never hurt so good. ..especially when you’re ripped and shredded and clocking in pre competition at 122 pounds and 9% body fat…lol!


I can’t even begin to say how important a loyal support system is to the process. True friends are hard to find,  and I’m grateful for the people in this pic! Dymen “GrindSeason” Raimer, Atlanta based personal trainer and his client Ms. Carolyn have been my biggest cheerleaders since the beginning of this whole process! My last competition of this year, just about four weeks ago in September, was held in Atlanta and not only did Dymen ensure I had a place to get my final lift session in before the show, but his client Ms. Carolyn came out to watch me do my thing on the stage! So blessed to have them both in my life!

Most importantly the support of my friend and competition coach, IFPA Pro Ryan Davis, was awesome. Extremely grateful having his help to keep me focused and dialing in my macros everyday, as I juggled grad school,  life, work and competition prep, this man helped me create a lean mean muscle machine!


Until next time. ..Keep a Small Circle ….Winner’s Circle. …

~ I AM CANDICE MARIA ~ #AestheticallyAthletic