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:

1. Smoothie

2. Red And Green Vegetables/Egg Scramble

3. Home Made Greek yogurt

4. Wraps

5. Omelets

6. Fritattas

7. Rolls

Making a healthy breakfast part of the daily routine is a key strategy in solidifying a healthy habit that will last a lifetime!
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    Great insight and delicious-looking pictures. You are doing so well and really finding power through the process! GREAT job!
    3357 days ago
  • FITKAT2010
    I'm going to save you years of work here if you don't mind. I'll bill you later. I think this is all well and good. Basic stuff and wonderful to think about.

    The war within is won by refusing to battle ourselves. This may sound like a defeatist point of view. I'm not saying give up. I'm saying don't battle. Simply do or don't do. But make certain you understand what I am truly saying here.

    Every struggle which is generated from the Mind has only one seed: resentment. Let go of resentment and no more struggles. That takes 100% desire to let go of our hold of wrongness on the other. You may admit to resentment on yourself. True there is that. I'm saying to direct your sleuthing powers on ferreting out who else. There is someone. And, I do know that this isn't a happy-happy sort of thing to do. After all we all want to demonstrate "love" at all times. We all want to have the pretense of forgiveness of others.

    3358 days ago
    The breakfast choices look so delicious. I will try something different this week. Same old breakfast menus get boring for us. The variety is healthy. The photos make me want to change my ways of chosing the same thing so often!
    3359 days ago
    Awesome job! Made me hungry with all those yummy foods! Lucky for me I LOVE breakfast foods, so eating breakfast hasn't ever been a big problem for me; also my mom never bought sugary cereals, only healthy cereals (except for camping when we god Lucky Charms! emoticon ) so eating the healthier cereals never bugged me much! I love egg recipes, you'll have to share ones you like!

    I agree there are so many battles within us that are difficult to win. I like your approach to winning a war...strategies to win battles to win the war. Very Spark oriented!

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    3360 days ago
    Thanks for the inspiration. I am making a hot breakfast this morning.

    We are off to NZ. Have a great week and enjoy summer!

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    3361 days ago
    those breakfast choices look yummy - I am sure you will have no trouble meeting this challenge!! emoticon
    3361 days ago
  • LUCKY-13
    Good breakfast choices! I'm rather partial to the smoothies for breakfast. I love to put all the ingredients in the blender the night before, like fat-free yogurt, a banana, frozen strawberries, canned pineapple in its own juice, and then the next morning I add a handful of ice cubes before I blenderize it. YUM!!! Making it the night before helps me get out of the door sooner and keeps me from being tempted to not eat breakfast.

    With these ideas, you're going to be starting the day off happily and healthily.

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    3361 days ago
    Your homemade greek yogurt sounds really good! Perhaps you can share how to make it. I know it is a little thicker than regular yogurt, which I do make. I also have a yogurt cheese press. Thanks for such a positive blog.
    3361 days ago
    Great blog!!! All the food has given me some new ideas.

    Way to go, Jen!!!
    3361 days ago
    Sounds like you have a great plan to succeed, good luck!
    3361 days ago
  • ASH72461
    you have some great choices to choose from for breaskfast
    i think you will sucess at this one emoticon
    3361 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    Just as exercise in the morning keeps your metabolism "humming" all day, I also feel what you start out eating first thing in the morning dictates what you eat all day. If I start out with a breakfast full of complex carbohydrates, I am craving them all day long.

    You are on target with you findings. Have a great week and choose well.

    3361 days ago
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