Dins

I came home from Ninjutsu the other night and my hunnie had made me dinner…

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Ground chicken with seasonings, mushrooms, and asparagus…all pan-cooked with zero oil. ❤

When someone cares enough to spend the time to cook for you, and to cook foods that you not only enjoy, but that fit within your goals, please make sure you let them know how thankful you are…

And remind them often!

I will never, ever take it for granted.

For more of my fuel...

 

Traveling Nutrition III

When I travel, I am always prepared – from an hour car ride to a several-hour flight, I am guaranteed to have snacks on my bag!  My other half is, as I’ve enumerated in the past, a great sport about it all – it’s not unlike traveling with a five year-old! 😀

The other day I had to head to NYC for the day – I probably spent about five and a half hours on the train, and a good two stuck at the train station.  At first I was thinking “UGH…this is just like an airport, only smaller with fewer options!”  Despite that I had my snacks, I was hoping for something more filling…so I scoped the scene.  

Fortunately, there was a deli in the terminal!  Most people ordered like normal folks – sandwiches and salads.  Then I get to the counter and ask for a half pound of sliced turkey!  I was so excited that there were healthy options available, and that I didn’t have to resort to buying a sandwich and removing the majority of it (including its exoskeleton, very likely!)

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But even without having the deli nearby, I was prepared!  I had one bag with all of my reading materials, and another for my snacks:

  • Fresh fruit is a great option because it contains fiber, nutrients and water…not to mention natural sugar to satisfy any I’m-traveling-let-me-just-grab-a-candybar-cravings. I brought a sumo orange, an organic fuji apple, and red grapes
  • Pistachios are another good option – the bag was small enough that I wouldn’t have gone crazy even if I ate it all (portions matter, especially with nuts!)  The fat and protein was helpful so I could feel full and not like I needed to devour something I’d be unhappy about!  I get salted and roasted because I do need a bit of extra salt, and the roasted flavor is delicious.
  • Seaweed chips in Barbecue are a favorite of mine… I don’t eat them every day but they are a nice crunchy option instead of having potato chips or crackers.  Sometimes baby carrots aren’t enough!

The sliced turkey was a great idea in addition to all the other goodies – it turned out to be a long day and the protein was just what I needed to stay satisfied.  (I did eat breakfast, by the way – egg whites and vegetables!)

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It’s better to be prepared with some healthy snacks if you are out and about, lest you order something unhealthy that you feel unhappy about later on – it isn’t hard to do, and there are items you can take without refrigeration.  

If you DO forget, most places these days have fresh fruit to buy, or at least fruit salads, as well as cut veggies (if I buy those, I get the ones with hummus, not a creamy dip!)  I was really excited to see the deli, though, and so appreciate how many more food shops are adding nutritious foods to their shelves….even in a dingy train station (no offense, PENN!)

 

Thankful For My Other Half

I could enumerate – at great length! – there reasons I cherish the love of my Life…  

This one image comprises several reasons in one, actually! – as I have eluded to in many pasts posts, I eat to live, not the other way around. Thankfully eating disorders are well in the past, but any of us who have been there must make efforts every day to stay strong, and healthy.  Muscles need fuel and nutrients!

Finding someone who is supportive of you, your needs, your desires, and your quirks is a blessing beyond words.  He checks to make sure I have snacks before any lengthy road trip or travel.  He makes wherever we go out to eat that I can get something I am, legitimately happy with… He’s so incredibly good with me, and it never goes unnoticed.

I came home from Ninjutsu the other day and he had bought me lunch.  The kind of lunch I would have bought myself.  Not just what was convenient, not nothing at all… He surprised me with clean, healthy food…and I was so very thankful. ❤ 

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New Year, New Goals

There are about a million reasons why I believe in setting intentions and making resolutions at the dawn of a New Year – I am sure I will write at length about some of them going forward.

What I want to express now is, simply, “YOU CAN.”  

The language we use when referring to ourselves, to our abilities, our accomplishments…and in our own minds about ourselves…is outrageously important.  I’m willing to say it is vital to a happy and fulfilled life that we speak in the positive to, and about, ourselves.

Our self dialogue has a profound impact on every aspect of our lives, from health to relationships, to the ability to carry out (or set!) our goals.  For myself, it is something I acknowledge and work on each day.  Literally. 

I love being fit and active, for example.  But some mornings are tougher to motivate.  Instead of dissuading myself, I remind myself of all the reasons I want to exercise – not that I “need” to, but that I WANT to.  And once I focus on those things, I feel proud…because I know that I am both willing and able to push myself – knowing I am in control of the outcome by saying “I CAN DO THIS!” is incredibly empowering!

When you get through a tough workout, you feel amazing – not just physically, but emotionally.  You realize that you had it in you the whole time, and that “I CAN do this!” was up to you the whole time – that might be the best benefit for me personally.

A New Year is a great time to set some new standards for yourself – add a challenge or two.  And don’t worry if you don’t make a huge leap – small steps are STILL steps!  On the morning of the 1st I was exhausted – I was, like most people, up late.  Just watching a documentary and a few fireworks…but it was still, let’s be honest, well past my bedtime!  But I woke up and said to myself, “I can do this.  And I can do it BETTER than every before. Forget being tired, forget about wanting to rest.  I know I have this in me, and I want to start the year by crushing a goal.”

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I didn’t get on the treadmill to do sprints feeling like I was going to go insanely above and beyond my normal record…but I DID have in mind to do better.  Instead of 8 to 10 sprints, I decided I’d do 13.  I love the number 13! 🙂  Once I got to 13 I thought “I could do that, I’m going to do 16 in honor of the year!”  

16 sprints, a few inclines, and some fast walking later…I had done my best sprints ever.  I’m not much of a runner, but I’ll get on to sprint a few times a week because I know it gives me the results I want – but I’ve never done that many, in that time, at that speed.  

Will I break that record tomorrow morning?  Probably not!  And that’s okay.  The goal was to start the year with a bang – go big, or go home!  I gave myself every reason to believe in myself and prove – TO ME – that I CAN.  And you know, it felt pretty darn amazing!

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Never underestimate your own ability to crush your goals – once you start on those little steps, you keep moving forward.  Eventually you become a steam train and your goals get dusted! 🙂 

As Nike says…Just DO IT.