Having spent years attaching self-worth, confidence, and measure of progress or failure to a scale number has ruined more than enough attempts towards my “ideal weight”.
Having said this, I’ll be brief and to the point. I believe we crave the wrong thing. Craving a number that doesn’t necessarily equal health or high quality of life. I think more women are catching on and know differently but that still isn’t changing how we necessarily feel about it.
What if we crave health? Crave energy, muscles, more euphoria, feeling younger, feeling happier, confidence, feeling strong, being more present in life…I could go on.
I know for myself personally, when my desire to become healthy trumped my focus on a certain weight on the scale, I was able to focus on the lifestyle of it. I was OK with muscle weight and not worrying about muscle vs fat as much as I wanted to feel good again. I changed how I ate, I worked out and I lifted weights. I craved progress in seeing myself be able to do one push-up on my toes or raising my weights in my next workout. Life continued to change from there.
The Before photos I didn’t want to take to later compare to my new ones blew me away. The number on the scale became nothing more than another measuring tool in my journey, never again would I live and die by it.
I want nothing more to empower women to have hope. To be encouraged that even from someone who felt so overwhelmed and desperate, not knowing where to begin and fearing failure again that it IS possible .
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There are dishes that can be made in bulk and eaten throughout the week. One of those is Quinoa Salad. It’s easy to make, yummy, and filling.
Each person may have their own version of this recipe. Feel free to add or remove ingredients to your taste.
I do not mention measurements, just ingredients. Add as much or as little to your liking.
Precook quinoa, chopped tomatoes, cucumber, onion, Kalamata olives, & parsley. I love Tabouli Salad and was inspired by it making this particular version. Vinegar of choice, EVOO, fresh ground Pink Himalayan salt, a splash of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.
You can add black beans, cilantro, and lime for a southwest twist. I’ve added some extra onion powder when I didn’t have onions. Fresh lemon juice would taste great…even had a friend mention freshly squeezed orange juice.
Share below if you’ve tried this, or I would love to hear your version of this versatile salad.
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Positive people have bad days. Successful people struggle. Life happens…to EVERYONE.
It takes practice to learn the art of attitude. It also takes more than just ourselves to change it.
Some days are harder than others to feel “peachy-keen”, but it’s during these times I reflect and ask myself these 3 questions.
In no particular order:
1) How much sleep did I get? Odd possibly, but my attitude revolves around my sleep. I’m tired…I’m irritable. I also lack productive qualities. Note to self: force myself to bed at a decent time tonight.
2) Have I lost focus on my vision, my goals? Life can seriously suck me in. The car needs fixed, the kids are fighting, the dog got out of the yard, fridge is empty, my checkbook isn’t balancing, mortgage is due, Dr. appointments, I have a headache, one of the kids is sick, no one can watch the kids, my identity got stolen etc…etc…etc. Managing life is time consuming! So when it comes to attitude here, I revisit my dream board, I remember my big picture goals. It truly helps lighten my step…it changes my attitude. I accomplish what needs to get done, and then refocus on the steps to reach those goals. Don’t have a Dream Board? Make one!
3) Who is influencing me? Did I get pulled into negativity from others on Facebook and reminded how annoying something is? Or am I following others who inspire me to do more and be better? It’s not always a quick fix, and takes time…but you’ll find with time you’ll catch your own negative thoughts and be able to hit reverse and back out of it. It’s a skill and it takes some practice..so check who you’re following, who your friends are, who you let influence you. Surround yourself with others who will lift you up, celebrate your wins, and challenge you to do better. Follow people who are better than you. Don’t let it intimidate you…just do it.
These are just some off-the-cuff things I think of. What other things can you think of? Do you struggle with this, or have you found something that has worked for you? I’d love to know what you’ve done. Comment below!
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