My Monday Glow Routine

Since being apart of the amazing blogging community, I have been able to connect with so many different types of bloggers. The community that you get welcomed into when you start up your blog is overwhelmingly amazing and I can’t say enough great things about it! After all, we all are here to support and motivate each other to produce great content, keep our blogs alive and strive to reach our goals! That very community led me to this opportunity that I am going to tell you about today…

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What is Monday Glow?

Monday Glow is a one-day eating plan that is made to make you glow all through Monday. We can get a little crazy on the weekends with parties, entertainment…or even simply getting extra-buttery popcorn at the movie theatre! In fact, the weekends are when I indulge without thinking the most (because who doesn’t want to eat ice cream for dinner while watching Magic Mike XXL?).

My Monday Glow Routine - Pearls and Polkadots

Where did it all begin?

Through #stylecollective (a blogger support network), I met Annie & Cat from Collective Passions – two sisters whose goals are to touch those through beauty, food, fashion and style. I was feeling a little down near the end of 2015, thinking about my New Year’s resolutions, and wanting to make a change to my lifestyle. However, diets are so not my thing (I like chocolate too much!). When Annie told me about this one-day plan, I jumped at the chance to give it a try! Why not? You can read more about what prompted Annie and Cat to come up with Monday Glow here.

My Monday Glow Routine - Pearls and Polkadots

The Monday Glow Routine allows for healthy and delicious items in your one-day meal plan.


My Thoughts

Included in the Monday Glow ebook is your very own set of “Glow Journal” questions. This set of questions is designed to help keep you motivated and on track throughout the day. By recording your thoughts after each meal, it forces you to reflect on what you liked, what you didn’t like and how you are feeling. That way, you can look back and pick out which meals worked and maybe ideas that can make your next Monday Glow routine even better!!

I LOVED the Monday Glow journal! Which is why today, I am going to share mine with you:

My Monday Glow Routine - Pearls and Polkadots

Monday Morning

Thoughts about starting this program and how you’re feeling.

“I am so excited to try this program! When Annie & Cat shared their stories, I completely identified and because it is 2016, why not make a change? I started my day with the ‘Get Up & Glow Eggs’, accompanied by some coffee and instantly felt ready to go for the day! For a mid morning snack, I munched on my homemade ‘Protein Glow Bar’ with some tea and blueberries on the side!”

Monday Afternoon

You’re on your way to becoming a Glow babe! What are you thinking after a few of the meals?

“Surprisingly…I love quinoa! I have never had it before, but putting it in a salad tasted awesome! YUM! I accompanied the ‘Beauty Bowl’ with water and lemon. I feel so great, refreshed and full – I really thought I would be starving with just a salad for lunch, but I am not hungry at all!”

Monday Night

Almost done, pretty lady! Do you feel like you’re glowing? 

“I had a momentary ‘I NEED SWEETS!’  thought, half way through night class, but instead, I opted for finishing up the last of my ‘Sunset Smoothie’ and some yummy strawberries! Keeping it healthy was the better choice, and even though chocolate was literally screaming my name (seriously, I have chocolate sitting in my bedside table drawer…), strawberries are equally as delicious!”


The Aftermath

After doing the one-day plan, I really felt energized, awake and ready to go for the week. I truly did feel like I was glowing. Which is why I took my favourite recipes and incorporated them into my daily meals for the rest of the week! The ‘Protein Glow Bar’, the ‘Sunset Smoothie’ and the ‘Beauty Bowl’ were just some of my absolute go-to meals for the rest of the week.

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I would have to say that my favourite recipe was the ‘Sunset Smoothie’. Quick, simple and worry-free, I prepared one each day for dinner and took it with me to night class. Sipping on that throughout the evening kept me full and satisfied so I didn’t feel the need to buy something out of a vending machine half way through the lecture.

Plus: Recommended by Annie & Cat, I purchased this cute and stylish ‘Blender Bottle’ on Amazon…it is the best water bottle/smoothie bottle I have every had! (click here to get one of your own!)

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Staying connected with my fellow ‘Glow Babes’ was important to me. When it comes to eating plans, diets or any other regiments, I tend to need support and motivation. Annie & Cat were there with me every step of the way from before my Monday Glow routine began, and throughout the entire week following! We stayed in touch through email, and the Monday Glow Babes Facebook group.

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This is an especially great group because every gal in the group is going through the same things you are! They are making the same recipes, following the same Monday routine and even better, each babe has a different take on their plan. The conversation is flowing about what everyone is doing throughout your Monday routine – what to do to make this better, or what is great to to additionally…it’s an amazing network.

Final Words

The Monday Glow fit my way of life. It meant that I didn’t have to drastically change my diet completely, remove carbs or dairy – it’s one day per week. It acts as a reset for your body after an indulgent weekend. The most important part is that I did not feel restricted. I was not counting calories, or measuring my intake of transfat…I was simply having yummy meals that were good for meThat is why I would recommend it to friends to try.

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Go check out the plan for yourself at Collective Passions…you will not regret it!

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Happy Monday Glow, babes!

28 Comments

  1. January 18, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    Samantha – your review is SO THOUGHTFUL. You have blown my away. I love every single thing that you have written because you were so honest. You are amazing and thank you for this. So happy that we could do this together and GLOW as friends in 2016!
    xo Annie
    http://collectivepassions.com

    • Samantha
      Author
      January 18, 2016 / 5:27 pm

      Not a problem Annie! After hearing yours and Cat’s stories…I KNEW I needed to be apart of the Glow routine! You two are on to something and it is going places xoxo

  2. January 18, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    What an interesting idea. I’ve been doing a different reset that probably wouldn’t fit your needs based on what you wrote above. I’m halfway through my very first Whole30. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s like a strict paleo diet for 30 days. It’s definitely been a challenge, but I love how much produce I’m eating, my reduced cravings, and my greater awareness of why I eat.

    • Samantha
      Author
      January 18, 2016 / 5:28 pm

      Paleo is certainly challenging! One of my best friends did Paleo for a long time and she was really disciplined with it. I don’t know if I could be that restricting, but good for you! If it makes you feel great and happy, then I believe you need to go for it!! xoxo

  3. January 18, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    Sounds like a great program! Def need to check out our!

    • Samantha
      Author
      January 18, 2016 / 5:28 pm

      Thanks Lisa xoxo

  4. January 18, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    This is a really great post, thanks for sharing! Very interesting concept and well thought out. The pictures are awesome as well! What do you use to take your photos?

    • Samantha
      Author
      January 18, 2016 / 5:29 pm

      Thanks Jamie xoxo I appreciate it! I use the Canon Rebel T3i DSLR camera. I actually just got it in September, so I have been fiddling around with it the past couple of months. I also use a blank white piece of wood from Lowe’s as my background. It’s perfect because it bounces the light back to make the photos brighter!! xoxo

  5. January 18, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    I definitely love the idea of doing this ONE day a week. It’s so perfect! Thank you for sharing, I’m pinning!

    • Samantha
      Author
      January 18, 2016 / 5:30 pm

      Yes! It is a great start! You follow the Monday routine, and then that motivates you to incorporate the recipes where they fit into the rest of your week – super easy, and yummy at the same time!!xoxo

  6. January 18, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    Quinoa is absolutely delicious and I love putting it in my salads as well. I love the positivity in this post, it really shines through in your writing and photography. Keep it up girl!!!!
    http://stopdropandvogue.com/

    • Samantha
      Author
      January 18, 2016 / 10:03 pm

      Thanks Taylor!! I was pleasantly surprised! It was actually SO good!!

  7. January 19, 2016 / 1:01 am

    This sounds really interesting! Glad you found something that works for you!

    Thanks for sharing!!
    xoxo

    Tiffany-
    Simplybeinggreat.net

    • Samantha
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 1:55 am

      Thanks Tiffany xoxo

    • Samantha
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 1:56 am

      I am LOVING quinoa these days xoxo

    • Samantha
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 1:56 am

      Thanks Morgan xoxo

  8. January 19, 2016 / 10:17 am

    This is AWESOME!! What an amazing review.

    • Samantha
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 1:56 am

      Thanks Ruthie xoxo

  9. January 19, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    This was incredible to read! I want to do the Monday Glow routine too!!

    • Samantha
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 1:56 am

      Thanks Gunjan – it is actually amazing xoxo

    • Samantha
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 1:56 am

      Thanks Jenna xoxo

  10. January 20, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    This is awesome, and I’m so glad you gave it a try! How great is it to go from being in a slump, to feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the work week? Great post, lady!

    Jenn | http://www.thisjenngirl.com

    • Samantha
      Author
      January 25, 2016 / 1:56 am

      Thanks Jenn xoxo

  11. January 21, 2016 / 2:36 am

    I can’t wait to be apart of the program, your review was so detailed! Great post!

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