Thursday, April 19, 2012

"Unhealthy" Judging the "Healthy"

“The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.” – Jim Rohn
If you don’t know who Jim Rohn is, you are behind. He is a motivational speaker and the quote above sums it up. My whole philosophy is just that. We should focus on the journey, as life is a journey. We never reach the top because when we get to the top of one goal, we set another one and thus climb that mountain. Rinse, lather and repeat. Isn’t that wonderful to think about? Enjoy the process, enjoy who you become, set goals, achieve them, be proud and keep them coming.
With that said, I was in conversation with Reva Mody regarding the “unhealthy” judging the “healthy”.  I have also had numerous conversations with individuals regarding this topic. I think these individuals may be uneducated in how to live a healthy lifestyle and they may also feel they do not possess the determination and willpower to achieve something looked so highly on. When you see someone walking down the street with a stellar physique, we all know that didn’t happen overnight. We all know it takes willpower, determination, sweat, work, desire, passion, etc. to achieve what this person looks like. Granted being healthy is not just what is developed on the outside, it is within as well. It’s possible these “unhealthy” individuals do not have the confidence and they think “I could never look like that”.
I will be honest. Before I considered a profession in the health and fitness industry, I worked out A LOT. TOO MUCH. I did not have the diet to parallel my workouts. I was overweight, ate the wrong foods, ate too much and tried to “balance” it out with hours at the gym. That did not work. Let me repeat, THAT. DID. NOT. WORK (take note!). I made excuses for myself saying, "I am destined to be a BIG girl." REALLY?! I am much more educated, experienced and capable of living this healthy lifestyle with little effort because it IS my lifestyle and habitual. It did not happen overnight and resulted in small changes to equal where I am now. I am VERY happy with where I am and I am stronger, healthier and leaner than I have EVER been. Period. So, when people judge me, when people cringe at the food I eat, when people look down as I jog by them smoking a cigarette, and when waitresses raise their eyebrow and pucker their lips because I make some odd requests at a restaurant (rarely do we eat out) that is FINE. At least I won’t have to sprint from the front door to jump into my jeans and try to button them. There is nothing worse than not feeling comfortable in your own skin.
Perhaps the best option would be to lend a hand and offer OUR food when someone offers us McDonald’s. Suggesting another restaurant with healthier options and help educate these “unhealthy” individuals to slowly cross over into the “healthy” side. We cannot change anyone and sometimes we have to let them hit rock bottom before they make a change, but we can help and offer suggestions and guidance that is TRUE and ACCURATE. We are all in this together and, let’s be honest, it can be tough. Change is hard but we can make it as smooth as possible for the next “unhealthy” to become “healthy”.
What are your thoughts on people who discriminate those individuals who DO live the healthy lifestyle? Who work hard at training for an event? Who schedule in their workouts? Or if you are the complete opposite, what is holding you back? What is your preception of "healthy"?
With health,

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Power of "No...Thank You".

The Power of “No… Thank You”.
Years ago, I found myself feeling bad for declining a bite of this, a nibble of that, or a quick sip of high-calorie drinks or food that people would offer me. Today, I have no problem whatsoever GRACIOUSLY turning down something that does not belong in my body for fear of offending someone. When faced with this challenge, we should remember a few things:

-          Learn to revisit our goals - Make the list in your head, or better yet, visually see the list in your mind’s eye of your goals. This is why an actual LIST is so important. We constantly have to remind ourselves of why we are living the lifestyle we are.

-          Learn to POLITELY decline – There is a positive and pleasant way to say “No, thank you”. In some cultures, love is expressed through food, but who is to say it can’t be expressed in return with a smile, tilt of the head, a touch on the shoulder and a little wink. Be honest, be proud, be brief, and be ready to REPEAT.

-          Remember: those who truly respect you and your goals will NOT be offended – One way to hold yourself accountable is to verbally tell people your goals. This allows others to feel a part of your goals but also enables them to understand as well. This can work positively in a number of ways – individuals will try to tempt you LESS (or more, to be honest) and you can motivate them to make healthy lifestyle changes as well. People will see changes in you and may want to implement the same strategies in their life. It’s a two-way street on this one!

-          A shortage of cheat foods will never be an issue – Anytime you want to cheat, you can. Period. There will always be junk and trash that you can put into your body. Why do it NOW? The second you consume it, it’s gone forever. No turning back!

-          Saying “No” is honorable – When you say “No” to the UNHEALTHY, you are honoring you, your values and your emotions. Do you want to feel guilt for hours after experiencing a few seconds of a dopamine rush from dessert? It’s not worth it. Honor yourself!

Politely declining may take some work for some but it can be an easy change for others. As for the individuals you are saying “No, thank you” too, it may take them a little more time, just remember the list discussed above. It eventually becomes a habit for you AND for those around you. Keep it simple and stay on the journey to health and wellness!
In health,

Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy Motivational Monday All!
Hope your Easter Weekend was filled with a higher dose of love, family, friends, and of course CHRIST. What a truly blessed life we live!
Saturday morning I lifted heavy and taught my Spin class. After a tough week, I had nothing but still pulled through like Eye of the Tiger. Post-workout I enjoyed laying in the sun in Liberty Station. It was another gorgeous weekend in sunny San Diego.
Recipe by Reva
Below is a recipe from a friend, Reva Mody, with a few modifications. She used whole wheat flour and I used garbanzo bean flour, decided against the salt and used agave raw sweetener rather than organic honey. Honestly, I just did not want to spend the extra money on the items I knew I had at home. I think choice of flour is preference, just keep it healthy!
1 cup of oats
1 cup of flour (your choice)
½ cup of unsweetened applesauce
1 cup of almond milk (I used Silk Unsweetened Pure Almond Milk)
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt (I left out the salt)
2 tbsp Stevia
2 tbsp organic honey (I used agave)
(Yields 8 servings)

Mix ingredients together and “shove” ingredients into the oven for 25-35 minutes.

What is a blog without some pictures of my most precious nephew, Ethan. I cannot handle his cuteness!
Great time to check in with those 2012 Carissolutions! One of mine was to read the Bible in its entirety before 2013. I am currently 36% of the way through it. I have been reading it on my Kindle but last night I opened my paperback Bible, the one I take to church, and saw the actual progress (see below). It’s always nice to see progress, which bring me to…
My most recent progress picture.
Palani and I have officially decided to compete in August. We are not hiring any coaches, trainers, counselors (ha!), etc. We are doing this as an educational opportunity and to challenge ourselves and we know our bodies the best. Plain and simple.
I have been thinking of just a few training adaptations that I need to make in order to change my physique a bit. Also, I have come so far without following the psycho competition diet I have seen people follow. I am vegetarian and have kept my sanity and hormones in check while living this lifestyle. I do not want to change too much in order to compete and therefore show others that it can be done without losing out on life, relationships, going crazy, etc. That is our plan! Watch us do it, ain’t nothin’ to it!
On that note, have a great week and get after it!

Monday, April 2, 2012

C's Original Veggie Burger Recipe

C’s Original Recipe Veggie Burgers

2 cups chopped mushrooms
2 cups chopped onion
2 cups cooked spinach
2 eggs
2 cups grated carrots
2 TBSP Grey Poupon mustard
1 cup soy flour
cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside. Combine all ingredients and stir until evenly distributed. Separate into 8 smaller portions and use hands to form patties. Place on cookie sheet (may have to do two batches) and bake for 60-90 minutes. Edges should be crispy and golden brown. Let cool, freeze, refrigerate or eat immediately. Enjoy!

Happy Motivational Monday! Another exciting week ahead. Praise God for this BEAUTIFUL life!