We went to Flip Burger Boutique, Richard Blais' gourmet burger place.
I'm sure he must have been seeing things. ;)
I was at the gym this morning and CNN was on one of the televisions. There was a story out of California where an office had to be evacuated and seven people were sent to the hospital because of a filthy fridge. I was completely disgusted by it. How did a group of seemingly intelligent beings allow this to happen? No other reason than not taking responsibility for a shared space in an office. Can you imagine letting your own fridge get so filthy that you had to call a haz-mat crew to deal with it? Of course not.
What is it about our society that makes it acceptable to not take responsibility for one's own actions? There is no one answer and I will likely make myself crazy by dwelling on it too long, but it is something that each of us needs to look at if we're going to make something wonderful of our lives.
For a long time I didn't want to be accountable for my health, be responsible for my fitness. I wish I knew why, I'm sure the social climate and my upbring has something to do with it, though in the end it falls to me. I started to realize that I had an obligation to my body, to my life, to the vows I made my husband. I didn't want "in sickness and in health" to be "in sickness" because of something that I could have prevented.
Take some time to think about what it means to be accountable. For me, it means that I am the one in charge of my health and well being. That I can most likely prevent a future full of depression and disease by taking care of myself now. That I can most likely avoid trips to the doctor or hospital, avoid being a victim of Big Pharmacy by treating my body with respect and love and nourishing it with healthful things, plenty of water and giving it lots of rest. My body is a gift that I was entrusted with. I'm not going to treat it like some filthy fridge in San Jose, California.
We're only given one body, one set of organs, one chance to make this life as happy and healthy as possible. We don't get a second chance if we let it slip away by avoiding responsibility.
What does "putting yourself first" mean to you? Does it mean you are selfish, putting your needs before others? Does it mean that you are so into yourself that you can't see past your own circumstances? Or does it mean to take good care of yourself so you can take better care of others, be a better friend, live a better life?
Many years of putting my health and fitness at the bottom of the list (ha, they weren't even on the list) and not putting myself first had taken its toll. I became obese, depressed, sluggish, hard to get along with and just plain unhappy. I think women in general have a hard time saying no and putting themselves first. I also think we put pressure on ourselves to be perfect. No wonder we don't get enough sleep, don't eat right, get constipated, get stressed out and overeat.
The moment I decided to make my health and fitness the top priority in my life, the moment that I learned to say no to things that weren't absolutely essential and would take time away from what needed to be done, was the moment things started to change for the better. I started to become a better person, a better wife, a better nurse. I started to see that happiness was within reach, that I had the power to make it happen.
It's okay to put yourself first, it's okay to say no! Take charge of your health, put yourself on the list. No one will do it for you. You have the power to make it happen, to make a healthier you, to give you (and your spouse/family) a happier existence!
First it was Oprah falling off the wagon, now it's Kirstie Alley talking to Oprah about falling off the wagon. I have to admit, 10 minutes into the show and my back is up. The day the Jenny Craig person stopped coming to her house for weigh-ins, Ms. Alley fell off the wagon. This neither shocks nor surprises me. I'm going to go out on a limb and say, no shout, THERE IS NO BLOODY WAGON, THERE IS ONLY YOUR LIFE!
I wholly believe that the inability to lose weight (or lose weight and keep it off) has nothing at all to do with food and everything to do with wrong thinking. In order to get to the place I am right now I had to adjust a lifetime of thinking wrong thoughts about weight, about food, about me. Thinking that being "on a diet" was a solution, that cutting out entire food groups was a good idea, that the minute the diet is over that I could go back to eating whatever the heck I wanted, scale be damned. Thinking that once I "blew my diet" I'd pig out just because I deserved it. Thinking that food was love and comfort. Thinking that I wasn't really harming my health by eating crap. Thinking that being thin was the answer to all my problems, hopes and prayers. Thinking that it had to be all or nothing. Thinking that if I fell off the wagon I could get back on tomorrow. I wasted too many tomorrows thinking like that. I'm sure Oprah and Kirstie Ally have as well.
If you're struggling with weight issues, take an honest look at your thinking before you tackle the pantry. Small, manageable changes one day at a time and you will get your life back. There is no wagon, only life.
What a difference a year makes. I feel amazing and have a whole new outlook on life. I lost 87 pounds by not being on a diet. By not having to give up my favorite treats and my beloved Chardonnay. By not having to workout 3 hours a day. After a lifetime of struggling with emotional overeating and yo-yo dieting, this is the longest I've ever sustained a healthy, balanced lifestyle. But why is this time different? Because I've changed my thinking, eradicated the diet mentality. No more "good food behavior" vs. "bad food behavior." I learned what my body needed and I provided it: Nutritious and delicious foods in sensible portions, treats and wine in moderation, enough rest and a balanced fitness plan.
Dance Your A-- Off!Make time fly and flab fade away with a fun exercise class.
Skip the cardio machines and shake things up (along with your booty) by taking a Zumba, hip-hop or other dance class at your gym. Dancing scorches 7 calories per minute and is such a blast that the minutes speed by.
I got in 5 cardio and 2 strength workouts as laid out in the plan, including a great walk with Rob yesterday that included a bunch of uphill running intervals. I don't know that I'll ever be a runner but intervals are definitely an endorphin inducer.
Here are a few of the Self plan recipe reviews with photos~
Broiled Grapefruit and Almond-Honey Toast
Sprinkle 1 tbsp brown sugar over 2 grapefruit halves. Heat under broiler until sugar starts to bubble, about 5 minutes. Serve with 1 slice whole-grain bread, toasted and spread with 4 1/2 tsp natural almond butter and 2 tsp honey.
398 calories, 15.4 g fat (1.6 g saturated), 62.4 g carbs, 5.6 g fiber, 8.9 g protein
Brown sugar *and* honey? Really, Self? Really?!? /Tina Fey/ If you're weaning yourself off of Lucky Charms for breakfast, this might be acceptable but that much added sugar in the morning is completely unnecessary.
My version was a whole wheat English muffin toasted with the full 2 tablespoons serving of crunchy, unsalted almond butter and the segments of juice of a big, fat pink grapefruit with a sprinking of cinnamon on everything for 415 calories. More food and less sugar for 17 extra calories. I win!
I transformed this clunker into an amazing dinner soup for Wednesday night...
Egg, Beans and Greens
Sauté 4 cups kale in 1 tsp olive oil with 1 clove chopped garlic until soft, 4 minutes. Stir in 1 cup cannellini beans (rinsed and drained). Top with 1 sliced, hard-boiled egg, 1 tbsp grated Parmesan. Serve with 1 slice whole-wheat bread.
476 calories, 12.9 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 61.1 g carbs, 15.6 g fiber, 32.4 g protein
Mix 5 chopped dates, 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats, 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, a pinch of salt in a bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups water; nuke 2 minutes; stir. Cook 2 minutes more. Top with 1/2 cup blueberries.
385 calories, 5.1 g fat (1.1 g saturated), 81.6 g carbs, 12.5 g fiber, 10.5 g protein