With many holiday parties ahead and fun events filled with all kinds of delicious foods, give yourself the freedom to eat foods you’ve once forbade. Free from self negative talk, self judgement and self guilt. Eat what you like, remove what you don’t and Trust in your body. You will miss memories worrying about what to eat and what not to eat.
My project for you this week is to listen to your body and really pay attention to how you feel. How do you feel when you workout? How do you feel when you don’t? How does it make you feel after you eat different foods? Do some foods leave you feeling heavy, lethargic and bloated? Do some foods give you energy, satisfy you and make you feel good? This is a no judgement exercise. You will not speak down to yourself about any of your experiences. You will simply listen, learn and gather the facts. This can be really powerful in your healthy journey. It is not to say you will never do the things that don’t make you feel so great but it is a great start to discovering those things that make you feel amazing and give you the power you need.
I’m a Capricorn. This is what one site says about Capricorns: .
“Strengths: Responsible, disciplined, self-control, good managers
Weaknesses: Know-it-all, unforgiving, condescending, expecting the worst
Capricorn likes: Family, tradition, music, understated status, quality craftsmanship
Capricorn dislikes: Almost everything at some point”
There might have been a time when I disagreed and became upset by some of this but I know myself well now and I look at this and laugh! I can pull exact examples of how I am like what it says too. However, this doesn’t mean this defines you and your actions. Your natural method of thinking and feeling might be one thing, but we all have choices and it is by those choices that we are defined.
If you are familiar with my page, then you know that I don’t eliminate anything for the sake of losing weight and alcohol is one of those things. I have been able to lose weight, see great results and still not remove anything from my diet. It is okay to drink if you enjoy doing so and you don’t have to not eat to enjoy a higher calorie drink. In fact, I highly recommend eating when you drink or eating before you drink (been there and done that and trust me it’s no good).
I set out on my journey with the goal of outer strength and this is still a goal of mine, but more importantly, I found that my bigger goal is to grow my inner strength. It is this inner strength that has pushed me to gain the outer strength and to lead a truly healthy lifestyle. 💪🏻
Contrary to every diet or fad out there, you aren’t meant to control when you’re supposed to eat. Your body is already set up appropriately to let you know when you are hungry and when you should stop eating. It is up to you however, to really pay attention and listen to your biological queues of hunger and fullness.
Being self-aware doesn’t mean you are capable of fixing the areas of you that need improvement, it is however the first step in bettering yourself for yourself and for others. Knowing yourself well gives you a leg up in knowledge on how you will react to situations that arise in life. When you are already prepared with how you will react, you can work on changing this reaction (if the reaction is not how you should or want to react).
It is important to continue to learn lessons, change and grow. Self-awareness is half the battle, the other half is what you do with the information you find. Being in control of your emotions, your mind, your body and your experiences can help you lead a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Since flu season is upon us, here are some foods you can eat that have a lot of vitamin C and can help build your immunity. .
Red bell peppers (yummy w humus or ranch) (3 times more vitamin c than an orange)
Citrus-orange, lemon (I drink lemon water daily) grapefruit
Spinach (great w 1 banana, water and ice)
Camu @navitasorganics has a good one for smoothies
Hi, I’m Tara and I’m impatient. However, after server years, I’ve realized the key to seeing results with anything you do, is consistency. So, if you are sitting there not understanding why you haven’t lost weight, you haven’t gained muscle, you haven’t mastered meditation, you haven’t mastered controlling your emotions, etc., don’t be discouraged. These things take time, need to be practiced and most of all, you need to be consistent in your practice.
You have the opportunity to make any changes you want to make. How long you’ve been someone you don’t want to be in the past is irrelevant. What matters is today and today you can take steps to be who you truly want to be.
If you find yourself thinking of your happiness in terms of “when…”, you will never be happy. When you get more money, when you get a new job, when you get a bigger or different house, when your kids are older and easier to handle, etc. Whatever the future may hold, if you haven’t learned to be happy in the present, nothing will change in the future. Happiness isn’t situational, you create your happiness in any situation. I’m not saying this is easy. A good place to start is being more mindful and in the present moment, this will help you be able to find the joy in the mundane.
A friend of mine stopped working out for a very long time. Only recently, he started working out again and I’ve already seen a change in his demeanor. He’s feeling confident, he has more energy and most of all, he’s motivated to get up, get out and do the things he loves to do. Being active is very powerful. The intangible aspects are immeasurable. If you are feeling down, unmotivated, tired, bored, etc., try doing something active (doesn’t matter what) and see what kind of feelings and clarify come to you.
**note: I used a non paper plate 🙌🏻😝. Ground chicken fried rice. Oddly enough, I never have ordered this at an Asian restaurant before but I’ve made it at home a few times. So simple and obviously, it’s delicious! .
•Sauté ground chicken w a little salt and add a little soy sauce •Sauté onions in sesame oil and add thawed frozen carrots and peas. Sauté until heated. •Cook instant rice per directions on container and add to the carrot/pea/onion mixture, top w soy sauce and mix/ fry for a few minutes. Mix in chicken and enjoy!
I became the most fit I have ever been in my life (after baby 1) and I only had a few weights, some free at home workout videos (several on IG), no gym, no perfect workout plan and no treadmill. These are the excuses you should stop making for yourself. There are some amazing gyms and they are great, I go to one now. There are some amazing workout plans, I’ve done them before #bbg being one of them. There are great studios with barre, Pilates, yoga etc., but you don’t NEED these to be active and become fit. Do the workouts you love but if you don’t have the means to do these workouts (can’t make the class time, don’t have the $, etc.), don’t just not be active.