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Make the Right Decisions for Yourself

24 Mar

Call me crazy, but sometimes the hardest person to be is yourself. I recently received an email from someone who had read this post and they wanted to share their personal Golden Rule: “never eat something to make someone else happy.” This is so important, and really could be taken even further. When it comes to health, fitness and maintaining a balanced lifestyle, you need to make the right decisions for yourself.

Don’t eat something you don’t want to just because it takes more effort to explain why you’re turning it down, you will regret it. Don’t skip a workout just because your friends make you feel guilty, its not worth it. Resolve to do what you need to do. You will be empowered by your own commitment and this will make these moments easier. Overtime people will roll their eyes less and stop hassling you. You will be happier and stronger, and they will support you more.

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Like Cold Stone … Sort Of!

20 Mar

It used to be a real struggle for me to eat vegetables – I used to flat out refuse anything green. I slowly worked to incorporate a little here and there into my meals and one of my favorite ‘sneaks’ was turkey burgers. I used to chop up some onions, mushrooms and a little spinach and mix it right into the patties before cooking them up. These days I eat vegetables willingly and happily, but I still like the old standby recipes (if for nothing other than convenience)! So I was excited when I saw this recipe for Turkey Basil Artichoke Meatballs from PaleOMG – they looked delicious, and it was a bunch of new ingredients and flavors I hadn’t thought of adding into a ground turkey mixture before.

Turkey Basil Artichoke Meatballs 
(Makes 20 Meatballs – 4 Meatballs/4 PointsPlus)

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Ingredients:
1 pound, ground turkey (93-97% fat free)
1 (14 ounce) can, artichoke hearts, diced
1/4 onion, diced
4-5 tablespoons, fresh basil

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place skillet over medium heat, add diced onions and artichoke hearts. Once onions are translucent, remove from heat and let cool a few minutes.
3. In a large bowl mix together ground turkey, artichoke hearts, onions and basil.
4. Scoop the mixture out with a spoon, and form 20 meatballs with your hands. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
5. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.

This recipe is really great and easy to make. I really liked using artichokes in the mixture since it was a new idea for me, but it also shows the endless possibilities for ingredients to add right in – just like Cold Stone … sort of! Once the meatballs are baked you can eat these plain, wrapped up like a hero, or with pasta. I served mine with spaghetti squash (my favorite, ever) and a little parmesan cheese!

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Recipe adapted from PaleOMG

My Golden Rule

6 Mar

I’m not really one for the all or nothing mentality. Sure, I have been successful by setting some limits but I have always tried not to completely restrict anything. This always backfires. However, there is one exception and I want to share it because it has proved surprisingly helpful. My golden rule: no food in bed.

This actually came about as a New Years resolution for 2011, and is probably the first and only one I have ever kept. I used to wake up on weekend mornings, scurry around to make breakfast, and then jump right back into bed to eat and catch up on TV shows. I was eating mindlessly, and recklessly.

It wasn’t just that I didn’t pay attention to what I ate since I was distracted, but I associated my bed with food. I woke up every morning starving and went to bed each night thinking about food. It led to a lot of bad eating habits.

Breaking this mentality made a huge difference for me; it is the only rule I have willingly kept up with and really benefitted from. And on those nights when I’m stressed or just mindlessly late night munching, I hop into bed and the urge to snack just goes away since the association has been broken!

Monday is a Working Day

4 Mar

I played rugby in college (definitely more on that later!) and this is the opening line to one of the ritual songs. It was one of our favorites and always helped motivate the team. All day today it ran like a mantra in my head: “Monday is a Working Day.” 

Winter sucks but Spring is not too far off – no more excuses that it’s too cold to run outside, no more baggy sweaters to hide holiday weight gain. I have resolved to get back on track. Today, Monday, is a great day to get back to work

ImageMondays can be brutal so a little preparation makes a big difference. Breakfast, snacks and lunch to get me through a day at the office! And a run after work was the perfect way to end the day – it helps me unwind, and is the best way to kick start the week.

 For me ups and downs have always been a part of my weight loss. I have to remember to stay positive, which can be hard, but I have come so far and accomplished so much and that doesn’t go away if I gain a few pounds back. Is everybody happy? You bet your ass we are.

Creativity is Key

3 Mar

I was always a stubborn and picky eater; I ate mostly chicken fingers, french fries and pasta. There was the occasional piece of fruit but no vegetables. I was adamantly against anything green and leafy.

After joining Weight Watchers one of my biggest challenges was learning to incorporate more nutritious options into my diet. The trick was to smart small. At first it was a single piece of lettuce in a turkey sandwich, later upgraded to a slice of tomato too; sometimes I added chopped mushrooms into tomato sauce, and spinach used to get mixed right into homemade turkey burgers. For the first few months I really had to work to sneak vegetables into meals. It wasn’t easy, but it turned into a game for me.

Each week I scanned through recipes on the Weight Watchers website for ideas. I was completely caught up in trying new foods, mixing different flavors and learning tricks in the kitchen. I was having fun and this made following plan so much easier. Each week I planned my meals ahead of time so I could get everything I needed at the supermarket, and I started cooking for my roommate and I every night. We taste tested, critiqued and experimented and I learned so much.

When I became a Weight Watchers lifetime member my leader asked me, “What is your secret? How did you do it?” I am definitely not an expert, and I have had a lot of ups and downs, but here is my best answer: I was creative. I had fun. I took the basics of the plan and made the most of it. I made it work for my lifestyle. I was a college student in the second semester of my senior year, and I accepted my own limitations. I strove to enjoy those last few months at school with everyone else, while also trying to achieve something for myself. I pushed as much as I could and had a blast while doing it!

The Best Decision I Ever Made

2 Mar

How do you start a blog; what do you say first? The beginning seems appropriate, if only I knew what that was. Four years ago I was driving back to school after winter break – it was my senior year, graduation wasn’t too far off and I was headed for the ‘real world.’ I was a decent student, active on campus, unsure of my future plans, but most of all I was unhappy.

Making the decision to lose weight wasn’t new for me; I had probably said it so many times before. There was a brief attempt in high school, somewhat successful actually, but it didn’t last.  This time though, the decision was all mine and for the first few months only a few people even knew I was attending Weight Watchers meetings and trying to lose weight.

Joining a structured program like WW was important to help me in the beginning and the weekly meetings kept me accountable. It was also mine. Every Thursday I drove to another town, away from school and friends, and I was paying my own membership dues. Most people in my life had no idea what I was up to. The best decision I ever made wasn’t trying to get healthy, or committing to a program – it was deciding to do all of these things for myself.  I wasn’t losing weight for anyone else, I wasn’t trying to prove something to anyone else, I had a personal mission and only myself to answer to.

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