Thursday, May 2, 2013

are you succeeding

when it comes to your health and fitness goals, do you feel successful?

If not, it's time to look again!  
If you are putting money and time into a particular diet and not getting the results that you want, 
I often hear, "I do the ____ diet" "I try to eat five fruits and veggies a day", or "I don't drink any soft drinks and limit my sugar" 
BUT if you are seeking weight loss or fitness results and you aren't getting them it's time for CHANGE!
It's time to succeed in your journey!  And you want that success to be long-term so you must change the way that you think.  We must focus on a new way of thinking.  
Focus on nourishing our bodies, fueling our bodies to achieve a healthy life!  
To reach your goals, you must commit.  When you commit, the success will follow but it's crazy to say that it'll be easy.  Truth is, it'll be hard.  A lot of times you'll wish things could be easier, different, and at times you'll feel like the results aren't coming fast enough...
BUT stick with it and it's ALL worth it!

For me, I must commit 110% to my foods and my workouts. It's what keeps me focused and on track. It's also important to keep things interesting, always changing it up so you don't get tired of the same foods.  Here are some ideas that work for me...

Quick Breakfast idea:  1 cup Chobani plain Greek, topped with frozen raspberries(they are delicious frozen and not thawed!) and a little crumbled granola from Cascadian Farms or any high protein and fiber-rich cereal. 

Snack Idea:  I love LUNA so I allow myself to have these once a week!  I was given the opportunity to try their newest flavor, "Carrot Cake" and it was pretty tasty. I am a HUGE fan of their "lemon zest" and "chocolate dipped pretzel" but this one did hit the spot!  
*And LUNA also has a vending machine making its way around social media, I think they are looking for a lucky office to hold the machine filled with all of their delicious flavors...
I want it for my kitchen!!!  

Quick, Lunch idea: and you can pack this one easily while on the go.  
*If you pack the salad ahead of time, to avoid soggy lettuce, build it upside down!  Meaning stack your veggies, fruit and protein on the bottom, lettuce on top and it stays crispy and fresh for DAYS!  Seriously, we prepare these for trips and they stay fresh for the entire weekend, if not longer :)
For this option, I did a low carb/high protein "Ole" brand wrap filled with steamed lentils, lf cheese, grilled chicken and broccoli slaw, wrapped up in foil so it stays nice and wrapped up! The salad is mixed greens, kale, green beans, peas, dried cranberries, chick peas and extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar sprinkled on top! Delicious and filling too!

Dinner idea: Whole wheat Tandoori NAAN bread from TJ's, topped with no salt/sugar tomato sauce, zucchini, broccoli and cauliflower, little low fat cheese and bake in the oven at 400 for 25-30 minutes until the bread gets CRISPY!  I served with steamed artichoke drizzled with Italian dressing!  SO yummy and very filling!  If you pile the veggies onto your foods, you will be fuller, longer and be adding much-needed nutrients to your diet!  It's a win-win!

Quick Breakfast option that's freezable and perfect for on-the-go: My bananaberry muffins!

This batch I prepared half with only the bananas and half with raspberries, instead of the usual blueberries :)
You can find the recipe HERE
(under breakfast ideas, "bananaberry muffins")

While they do contain some sugar, it's a much healthier option than most!  
Watch your servings here and only grab 1-2, although these are a great option, you can easily over eat and make them just as unhealthy as a bacon and cheese biscuit from a fast food joint!  

I make these mini/bite-style and usually have 1-2 with protein such as a hard boiled egg, scrambled egg whites or a string cheese!  And to thaw, grab the amount you'll need, splash with a small dash of water(barely!) and wrap in paper towel, microwave for about 15 seconds and it's READY!  No excuses here!  a breakfast that will take less than 30 seconds...especially if you have prepared your hard boiled eggs! 


misszippy said...

Some yummy ideas there! I agree--it's all about a mindset change. When the goal becomes health, the rest falls into place. You're doing a great job!

Hollie said...

It all looks delicious! I keep trying to tell myself food is fuel over and over.

*CaNdY FiT* said...

It's about health and balance and finding what works for you. It's all very individual!

Great job!

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