The War Within …
Saturday, August 07, 2010
This week's Cloverleaf Motivational Mini-Challenge is centered around learning to like something [good for you] that you don't. On reading the directives of the challenge, I could not help but reflect upon something that has always been at the back of my mind - I am fighting an inner war to get to my healthy lifestyle goals. There are so many things that I know I should not be /should be doing in order to get to my goals but struggle with adhering to these principles because of this inner conflict. I could spend hours trying to explain the source of this conflict [some of which I am yet to discover] but that would not serve the purpose of this blog nor solve the problem. Anyways, I know that wars are won by winning battles and battles are won by utilizing winning strategies. This is one war I intend on winning and this week’s challenge has afford me the opportunity to put into practice at least one winning strategy.
For this challenge we had a choice of two activities -
1. Choosing something our mind wants to change but our desires oppose. We were to make sure to choose an activity we want to do and not something we want to stop. Once we make our choice, we were to spend a minute or two [for at least three days] visualizing ourselves doing the activity, enjoying doing it, savoring the accomplishment or results of that act and totally embracing it without hesitation or reservation.
2. The other choice was to spend 15 minutes or more researching and reading about some aspect about nutrition, exercise or weight loss that is an area we want to improve and determine one small step we will do to introduce /include this into our regimen.
I chose to do a little of both activities … one, choosing something I need to start doing and two, spending some time researching how to incorporate this into my daily routine.
The thing that my mind wants to change but my desire strongly oppose is, making better breakfast choices. I know I should eat meals that are nutritionally and proportionally balanced in protein, carbohydrates and fats according to my goal but my desire almost always steers me towards choosing meals that are mostly carbohydrates with none or very little of the other two nutrients. In order to improve this situation, I have looked up some breakfast options that are not only healthy but are eye catching - very pleasant to look at. As of now the visuals along with the recipes are among my collection of special recipes but the plan is to place them on my refrigerator or pantry door so that each time I go to prepare my breakfast its right there in my face daring me to make it!
Below are some examples of meals that are nutritionally balanced:
2. Red And Green Vegetables/Egg Scramble
3. Home Made Greek yogurt
Making a healthy breakfast part of the daily routine is a key strategy in solidifying a healthy habit that will last a lifetime!