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Black bean burger salad

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Been exercising more consistently over the last three months - yay! - but haven't seen any weight changes. Positive changes in mood, sleep, and status quo in barely fitting pants size? - yes. But no weight changes. All this reminds me of the need to focus on healthy eating habits. Eating too much of a good thing? - let me be honest with myself, this is still not quite good enough, depending on my goal. Annoying, but true.

I've found posting healthy recipes here good for me. I am hoping to compile a healthy repertoire of go-to meals.

Black bean burger salad
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Black bean burger, toasted and cut into pieces
Shredded cheese, 1/8 c.
Sour cream, no fat, 1 tbsp.
Salsa, store bought, 2 tbsp. (the sour cream and salsa are a good salad "dressing")
Two cups of spinach
Some cherry tomatoes

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Simple, fast, filling and tasty.

  
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BHENDRICK2 6/8/2014 2:53PM

    sounds yummy i never thought of sour cream and salsa for a dressing thanks for suggesting it

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I need to be my own inspiration

Sunday, June 08, 2014

I have successfully completed 3 months of a 12 month gym streak! My goal was to do 30-45 mins of exercise 20 days out of every month. Over the last three years, I have not been exercising as consistently as I used to....I gained all the weight I once lost back, and then some. In March, I set myself some goals, and am hoping to get back to where I was by next March 2015. I know that I can do it!

I am posting here as a reminder of the positive changes I've maintained so far.

The first challenge was to get my butt back in the gym consistently...that's been going well. I switched gyms to a neighborhood gym. The neighborhood gym isn't as updated as the university gym I attend BUT its been great to see a diversity of people and body shapes, all working hard to get fitter! I hadn't realized how strange the university gym environment was (and how non-diverse) until I left. Now instead of feeling like a fish out of water, I feel like I fit right into the new environment and social values, which they post on the wall:



I LOVE this place! It provides just the bit of inspiration I've needed to renew my commitment to exercise.

Every time I successfully complete a monthly goal, I reward myself with a new pair of shoes. The shoes are to remind me to appreciate a part of my body I don't usually like, and to represent different places that I will hopefully go in the future. This has actually worked quite well as a reward, and surprisingly has also improved my confidence a bit :) I've been happily visualizing the 12 pairs lined up when I successfully complete my goal!

These are the pairs I chose as a reward for the last three months:

Month 1:


Month 2:


Month 3:


emoticon Three months back, yeah! Looking forward to Month 4!




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P.S. The hardest part for me has always been cleaning up my diet...exercising helps me a bit, and I don't usually have as much trouble getting into a routine with that. Controlling calories and portions however...I'm going to have to make a similarly inspiring goal structure for a while in terms of diet, so that I can be more mindful --WITHOUT BEING OBSESSIVE-- about making healthy eating habits. I'm gonna need to think on this for a while.

  
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A_RARE_BEAN 6/8/2014 4:33PM

    So good to hear that you've been doing well and love the shoe reward idea. Onwards to month 4 emoticon

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KALEX16 6/8/2014 2:31PM

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CHOUBROU 6/8/2014 2:22PM

    Thanks!

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SIXFOOT1 6/8/2014 2:20PM

    I love your monthly shoe rewards for meeting your goals, and what they represent. I've tended to set 5 pound goals with different rewards for each, but now I'm thinking I could really get behind this shoe thing! Also, that is a great sign from your local gym. Wish more places were like that.

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Things I am thankful for

Sunday, November 24, 2013

'Tis the season. When I have less, I find it good to ponder what I DO have or what I am grateful for.

Things I am thankful for (in no particular order)
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My car
My car starting regularly
My gym membership
Good food
Being able to afford healthy food
My education
My health and safety
A safe home
Opportunities to support my livelihood doing something fulfilling and interesting
Tea
Coffee
Free coffee or dessert
Loved ones
The health and safety of my loved ones
Sacrifices loved ones have made on my behalf
Real friends and new real friends
Generous people
Fresh starts and second chances
Kindness and patience in others
The internet
Sparkpeople, and the fact that such a wonderful resource is free :)
The opportunity to learn about other cultures
Foreign movies and videos with subtitles
Free entertainment and information on the internet
Internet radio
Pathos, ethos, and logos
The first stages of romantic relationships, and long-term romantic relationships
Good books
Good writers
Great public speakers, or teachers that interest me
Sleep
Interesting dreams
My reading, understanding, memory, and writing abilities
Air conditioning, heating, hot water, running water
Learning and growing environments
People that inspire me without being competitive
Scenic drives with loved ones
Supportive social environments
Walking in beautiful places
Walking-friendly cities
My five senses, and the ability to experience beauty and happiness in different forms
The ability to see the humor in life
Black humor and inappropriate laughter
Lifetime possibility to change for the better
Time
My US citizenship
The capability to handle challenges and learn from mistakes
People that: are funny, express love through food, aren't afraid to be themselves or wear their heart on their sleeve, have made the best of adverse life experiences and can reflect on them intelligently, people that are interesting conversationalists, educated ranters, or that inspire me to do more positive things with my life
Jokes, laughing at jokes
Experiences which renew my sense of wonder and curiosity



  
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STEVEN_D 11/24/2013 7:45PM

    Very nice blessings, I esp like the four or so. Keep them coming!!!!


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F/W 2013 Exercise reboot log - week 5

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Goal: 150 minutes, or 2.5 hours of exercise a week.

Week Nov 18, 2013:

Wed, 45 mins. Upright bike, elliptical. Gym time.
Thurs, 45 mins. Elliptical.
Sat, 60 mins. Upright bike, elliptical, walk and jog on treadmill.
Sun, 60 mins. Upright bike, elliptical, walk on treadmill.

emoticon Total time: 210 mins. This was a mix of light to moderate exercise.

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No cycling class this week :( Things keep getting in the way in the evenings, and I am not making it to the 7 am classes. Actually, early morning meetings are almost getting in the way of those too :(

Good news: going to the gym more often. However, working out at a lower intensity. Just feel like moving more and enjoying being at the gym again, not pushing it or anything. Starting somewhere with something is better than nothing, I guess.

  


F/W 2013 Exercise reboot log - week 4

Friday, November 22, 2013

Late post, but a good one.

Goal: 150 minutes, or 2.5 hours of exercise a week.

Week Nov 11, 2013:

Mon, 45 minutes gym
Tues, 45 minutes gym. Cycle class!
Wed, 45 minutes gym
Fri, 45 mins gym
Sun, 60 mins gym

emoticon Total time: 240 mins. This was a mix of light to moderate exercise.

  


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