Tuesday, November 18, 2014
So that I don't wake up from the Holiday haze on January 2nd feeling like I have to dig myself out of a hole, I have created a plan on how I'm going to get through the festivities, gatherings and merriment.
From Thanksgiving to News Year's Day I mark all of the celebrations on a calendar. I write down all the planned get togethers with friends, holiday office parties, to the main celebrations with family. Then I choose which events I want to indulge. For me that's Thanksgiving, Christmas celebration with the family and since my birthday is in December, I plan to have a good cheat meal on that day too. So these are the days when all bets are off. I'm going to eat the things I look forward to eating all year long without regret or guilt.
The other dates I create a plan so that I can still enjoy myself, but I don't over do it. For example, my friend is having a holiday celebration, and she has said she's going to have a buffet of appetizers and snacks. My plan is to eat a little something before I go that is healthy and filling. That way I'm not showing up hungry. I'm going to have a big glass of water in between adult beverages. Most importantly I'm not going to hang around in the kitchen or by the food table. Put my food on a plate and walk into another room.
Sometimes the food at the office party is really good and sometimes it's not that great. There is no reason on earth to over eat on mediocre food. I'll fill my plate up with as much salad and veggies as I can, a protein and hopefully there's a good choice for a carb like rice. Not the instant paste potatoes drowning in butter. I'm not knocking you if you like instant potatoes. It's just not worth my calorie intake. Now give me a huge bowl of real potatoes mashed with real butter, cream and seasoned with tons of salt and pepper.....that is indulge worthy to me.
I'm sure there will be some lunches and dinners with friends scattered amongst the celebrations. I view the restaurant's menu before I go, and decide then what I'm going to order. This way I don't make a spontaneous and poor decision.
Hopefully you found this information helpful, and you can apply it to your Holidays. Don't go into the season and just hope you do well. Take action right now and make sure you do well. There's a way to finish the holidays feeling satisfied with your cheats and your control.
Thursday, November 06, 2014
I made this dish the other night for dinner, and it's going to be a keeper. I got the recipe from thestonesoup.com. One of my favorite food blogs. Most of her recipes require few ingredients and are easy to throw together. I added a few of my own touches, so I thought I would share.
2 lbs ground turkey
salt and pepper
1/4 cup parsley, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 heaping Tbsp tomato paste
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp corriander
1 Tbsp curry powder
1 cup chicken broth
Heat the oven to 350
Heat the olive oil in a pan with tall sides. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion gets tender. Stir in the tomato paste, ginger, paprika, corriander and curry powder. Cook for just a bit. Stir in the tomato sauce and chicken broth. Cook just until everything is combined. Season with salt and pepper if you need to.
Combine ground turkey with salt, pepper, and parsley. Take 1 Tbsp worth of the mixture and form into meatballs. Continue until all the turkey mixture is used. Put the meatballs into a baking dish coated with cooking spray. I like to use a dish big enough that the meatballs fit snugly together. Pour the tomato mixture over the meatballs Bake for 45 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked and the sauce has thickened and browned. I like to put my serving over a big bed of spinach. It just doesn't feel right without something green on my plates now. It's also good with couscous or brown rice.
Serving Size: Makes 6 servings
Monday, October 27, 2014
It's so awesome to be back in the game!!!!! This is the beginning of week four, and I couldn't be happier.
In the first week of the program I was pretty discouraged. I felt flabby, weak, slow and uncoordinated. I tried to prepare myself for the disappointment, and tell myself, "it's okay. You were healing from an injury." It still stung pretty bad when I couldn't keep up with a workout that I knew I use to be able to.
Luckily by the second week I could already tell that I was making progress, and it didn't take me long to feel like I had an athletic edge again. I've lost two pounds so far, but the best is not feeling flabby or weak. I'm not playing catch-up anymore. I'm back to pushing myself to do better than what I did last time.
I am so grateful that my hamstring has healed so well, and I'm back doing the things that make my day rock. Be grateful that you have the choice to be healthy and fit. Take advantage of what you are able to do.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Back to my normal routine after a week vacation. I went to New Buffalo, Michigan for four days. It was fantastic. New Buffalo is a small town off Lake Michigan, and is part of a cluster of other small beach towns. It's hopping in the summer months, but since I went during the off season there aren't many visitors. I was told this is when the locals start coming back out. Haha We stayed in a 30 room inn, and while we were there only one other room was occupied. We had the beach all to ourselves. It wasn't warm enough to take advantage of the lake, but it was warm enough to sit out comfortably in the sun, read a book and listen to the waves. I can't tell you how relaxing it was. Most people say they need a vacation from their vacation. Not the case. I am completely refreshed. Ready to get back to "normal life."
I stayed active by either doing PiYo on the beach or running. However I ate whatever I wanted, and it was great. I haven't stepped on a scale, but I'm pretty sure I gained weight. I feel bloated and gross, and I'm okay with it. I enjoyed myself. I have complete confidence I can get back on track.
Last Friday was my last day of physical therapy. I left knowing my hamstring is strong enough to do plyo exercises and sprint again. At the beginning of this week everything seemed to come to a head. I got my junk food cravings out of my system, I'm refreshed from my ruts and I'm good to get my fitness back to where it once was. I start P90X3 October 6th to help me with that goal. Anyone who wants to join me by doing P90X3, P90X or the new P90 is welcome to.
I'm enthusiastic about my goals and the road I'm taking to reach them.
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