Tuesday, January 24, 2012

It's What YOU Do! (and a recipe)

When does friendly competition turn detrimental? I have had a few people speak to me recently regarding competitions in general. As we train individually and progress in our training, I feel it is imperative to see the progress we have made personally. In reality, there will always be someone stronger, faster, and bigger. There will always be elite athletes that train for a living. It is not in our pay grade to compete with them if that is not what we do! What is the point of training and progressing if we focus on those individuals who we will never be in the same category as? Please do not get me wrong, an individual CAN achieve all they want to, but if they work full time outside of the sport and their goal is to cross the finish line with a decent time why would one still try to compete with and constantly compare themselves to the elites? Why would someone constantly talk down on themselves because they are not at that elite level?
A common quote I repeat is “It’s YOU against YOU, It’s YOU versus YOU!” The goal is to compete with yourself and to progress in your own skin. We cannot turn a mutt into a pure bred, but we can certainly train the mutt to be the best it can be given its ability.
We are all at different levels, with different stories and different pasts. Focus on you and what you have to “work” with. You were given your body, your machine, your craft, and your instrument for a reason. Continue to push YOUR limits, not your neighbors, and certainly not Lance Armstrong’s unless that is WHAT YOU DO!

HealthIER Stuffed Mushrooms
2-3 cups steamed spinach (I buy Kroger’s frozen spinach)
2 containers of bella baby mushrooms
4 TBSP of Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt Free Seasoning of your choice (i.e. Mrs. Dash)
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter

Turn oven to BROIL. After spinach is steamed/heated, mix in desired amount of salsa, apple cider vinegar, and desired about seasoning. I like a lot of salsa and seasoning, so it is trial and error to your liking. Set aside. Wash mushrooms and pull out stem. Flipping the mushroom with the hole facing up, stuff spinach mixture in to mushrooms. Spray all mushrooms with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and place in oven. Broil until mushrooms are brown and spinach is slightly a darker green. Remove from oven. Let cool for 2-3 minutes, then enjoy!

With health,