Temptations…

I hate being tempted… Don’t you? You are sitting there minding your own business being good and sticking to your diet when out of no where the scent of cinnamon and peanut butter comes lofting through the air and attacks your senses. Over the past three days my sister has made cookies for school…

20130129-224743.jpg
And my mother made a dark chocolate cheesecake for her friends to enjoy. Whereas this food is not like a sin or an evil, when someone has made a promise to themselves to stay healthy, baking sweets is like offering alcohol to an alcoholic. That may be a little strong, but it is very difficult for a recovering sugar addict to say no to sugar. 🙂 I feel that for me to keep my promise to myself (to stay healthy and save my life) I must remove all temptations, and this is true for anyone who is tempted by foods that hurt our bodies. God did not create us to eat processed foods. My challenge for you today is to go through your fridge or pantry and throw away three things that you should not eat. Everyone has those three things. I will do it with you! We have to stay focused on the prize of living a long and healthy life!! Lets make being healthy easier on ourselves by removing temptation and enjoying our food!

Advertisements

Your Workout

Today at the gym I started thinking about what I should share with you today. I always do my best thinking at the gym. I want to share with you my exercise journey. When I first started on 30 Days to Fit I was extremely overweight and miserable. When you are obese it is more than difficult to get the energy to workout. For the first month I did not exercise very much. I tried to exercise, but I would scaleworkout for maybe ten minutes and give up because I thought I was going to die!! After I started losing weight I found that not only was I able to find the motivation to exercise, but I looked forward to it. I get excited to know that I have an hour to exercise. By the fourth month I was exercising about three or four times a week, and my workout consisted of mostly the DVD by Jillian Michaels: 30 Days Shred. That movie kicked my butt and really taught me to push my limits and to find out how far I would go to be healthy. IN my fifth month and beyond I have started working out on gym equipment, mostly. Usually I run on the treadmill and add in strength exercises like weight lifting or sit-ups and push-ups. When the summer rolls around I am looking forward to running outside and enjoying the fresh air. Now know that I am not a professional personal trainer, but I want to share with you what I think is a good workout to go along with 30 Days to Fit. I start with brisk walking for fifteen to twenty minutes. Then I pick three to four different exercises, usually sit-ups, push ups, and jumping jacks, and I do five sets of ten repetitions each. This helps to keep your workout fresh and to break it up nicely. I love to exercise and it helps me to feel healthy and fresh. Work your way up to working out every day and know that nothing is beyond your limitations. You have to know that there is NOTHING you cannot do. You can conquer the world!! If you can adopt that attitude, you truly can do anything!

Ways to Make Weight Loss Easy

Losing weight is a fairly long process that takes work. I am here to share with you a tool I found today. It is called myfitnesspal.com. This is a free website that allows you to set your goals, track your progress, and even keep your food diary.

20130125-190806.jpg

For my first month I kept a food diary in a little notebook that I carried around with me. I liked to track calories and see exactly what I was eating. I would wrote what i was eating and then look online to fond it’s caloric value. This diary also helped me to not be tempted to eat foods that I know are bad for me. Now that I am in the maintenance phase of my weight loss journey, I have found that I am more tempted to “cheat” here and there. I signed up for myfitnesspal today and started my food journal. An added bonus is that on the website they count the calories for you. I am going to start recommending this to all to use as a tool for success for 30 Days to Fit. I am all about making weight loss as easy as possible. And last but not least the app is free on your iPhone so you can track your food even when you are out!

Compromising

Tonight we came to dinner time and we had a dilemma. Sarah, my little sister, wanted spaghetti, whereas my mother and I were more in the mood for stir fry.  As you photodune-2714881-give-or-take-keys-showing-compromise-scan guess, spaghetti is not exactly on the 30 Days to Fit “best eats” list. I was debating and trying to figure out how to make dinner to fit to everyone’s wants. I looked though my fridge and pulled out all of the things that I would typically put in a stir-fry: chicken, peppers, onions and frozen vegetables. Then I had an epiphany, why not make a stir-fry spaghetti? SO I put in a pan, chicken, peppers, onions, and vegetables and I put a tomato spaghetti sauce over the stir-fry mixture. I made Sarah spaghetti noodles and everyone had a dinner that they wanted. A perfect example of a give and take situation, a compromise!! After dinner Sarah said that her senses were confused, “Is it spaghetti, Is it stir-fry? Who cares!! Its good!” I love that my family has learned that good food does not have to be our “typical” foods that we are used to. Good food means fresh foods combined in new ways to make every meal exciting!

Beware

In life there are many unexpected turns. Whether it be a loss of a job, a tragedy of losingcaution-sign someone or becoming ill, or as simple as not having the money needed from month to month. So many times we counter these traumas by finding a way to escape. For me in the past, I have countered negative emotions with food. If I had a bad day I would sit down in front of the television with a quart of ice cream and “drown my sorrows”. I want to be the first one to take you by the shoulders and say, “Wake up!” We have to be aware that what we eat can cause physical and mental depression and we have to be careful. If you struggle with depression or low energy, I have a challenge for you… Try cutting dairy, gluten, sugar and oil out of your diet for two weeks and see the difference your diet can make. Lets enjoy life together, what do you say?

 

photo source:http://depositphotos.com/1394870/stock-photo-3D-Caution-Sign.html

New Discoveries

Today I have been struggling with cravings. I am just pulling out of being sick and I think my system is all out of whack. But this evening I was very hungry. I thought about what I could eat that was low calorie but filling at the same time. I decided on a vegetable of some kind, but now what to have? When I opened my freezer I noticed something that I hadn’t seen before. It was a vegetable medley called the Normandy Style vegetable blend…

20130121-222603.jpg
When I pulled it out I thought, “Goldmine!!” In this mix there is broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and yellow carrots. I never even knew that there was such a thing as yellow carrots!! I looked them up and here is what I found: yellow carrots are available year round. They are fairly low in calories, and have nutrients that help with your eye sight. I love trying new things and I liked the taste of the yellow carrots very much! Maybe I will find some and start cooking with them!!

Recipe of the Day!!

Recipe of the day!!
My sister Gloria helped to adapt this recipe to make it healthy for our body. This recipe would be great for a party. It is dairy free and gluten free, but it is definitely not something you would want in your repertoire in the first 30 days of 30 Days to Fit. The recipe is this…

Ultimate Banana Bread!!
3 Bananas
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
4 tbsp coconut milk
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/3 cup brown rice flour
2/3 cup tapioca flour
2/3 cup natural cane sugar
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp xanthum gum
1/2 tsp salt

Combine all dry ingredients in one bowl, and then combine all wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Then combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients. Pour batter into loaf pan, greased with coconut oil.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until knife placed in center comes out clean.
Enjoy!!