So I've been living healthy a whole 5 days now, who wants to place bets on when I'll give up? I'll put $20 on 10 days. Any takers?
Am I alone in this? What is your "wall", so to speak? Hopefully longer than mine. For some reason I always give up around 10 days, and then completely by 14. Why? Is it a predetermined number that I consciously and subconsciously always just give up?
This problem actually transcends being healthy. It actually trickles over into projects, chores, school, and every other thing that has to do with a schedule that is up to me to keep. It's actually a wonder I am still writing this blog!
I have a theory that it has to do with how "big" I make things.
For example, I want to lose... Let's call it...... 7 to 8 stones. That is a pretty daunting number, (even with the conversion to what is much easier on the eyes). So when I get going it's great. I psych myself up of how great I feel, I talk to everyone about it, I get a new master plan, I go to the extreme.
Considering I don't even eat breakfast and rarely go a night without eating something after 8pm it's safe for me to say extreme is: eating a very healthy breakfast every day, very healthy lunch, and pay much more attention with portions and fats while making and eating dinner (dinner has never been difficult for me to keep healthy because it's the only meal of the day I make for everyone). I drink lots of water and rarely drink anything other than it, I get plans of yoga, walks 3 times a week minimum, get P90X, say I'm going to stop drinking and other things.....
Then something happens... It's hard to put my finger on exactly what. It could be a slip up, a bad meal, a bad snack, not following through with a work out I had planned, a unintentionally negative comment from someone or just my own underlying negative thoughts of what I am capable of.... and it's gone... For at least another 3 to 6 months when I can't take it anymore.. again..
Does this sound remotely familiar to anyone else or is it just me?
Well, here I am trying this again. I feel good. I feel more awake every morning. I don't feel like crashing at 2pm every day. I feel positive. I feel a little scared.
I don't want to give up again. I don't want to be any heavier. I don't want to start having health problems. I don't want to be a bad example for my daughter. I want to stop stopping things. I want to follow through with one thing. Couldn't it just be this thing? This would be a great thing. I'm talking as if I am asking someone else. Like I don't have the control. I guess I have never really felt like I do have the control.
One thing I have learned.. I think... Is to stop fantasizing. About a certain size, or look or life I will have with that look and size. That's dangerous. Because it takes time. For me it will take a lot of time. So I have to let go of all that because when it doesn't happen in a week, a month, a year it can be depressing. I don't even have a scale. It doesn't matter. A scale is pointless in what I am going for, it will only hurt me.
I am trying to focus on the energy and attitude eating and living better is bringing me. That's the reward at this stage.... and maybe through it all.
So I got this recipe from a Kraft magazine last summer. It called for Italian dressing and I thought that made no sense with a 'Mexican Chopped Salad'. So seeing as I love Cilantro more than life itself and it is in Mexican cooking I decided to make a dressing out of it.
I tried to copy a dip from one of my favourite spots to eat, Oishii and Chanosos. Its a dip for avocado egg rolls. The dip is so good, I could find a way to use it on everything. My version is not perfected but does do well as a dressing for this salad.
Mexican Chopped Salad
1 19oz can of black beans rinsed
1 orange pepper chopped
1 yellow pepper chopped
1 pint grape tomatoes halved
1/2 red onion diced
Juice of 2 limes
1 tbs olive oil
1 Tbs honey
1 large Garlic clove
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 tbs crushed pistachios
salt & pepper to taste
For the salad, add first 5 ingredients in storage container. Mix together to combine.
For dressing, combine all ingredients in food processor (I used a magic bullet just because of the smaller amount of dressing). Pulse until completely emulsified. Mine was a uniform green colour. Add honey, olive oil, pistachios, and honey to your taste specifications. As I said this dressing is a work in progress.
Add 3 tablespoons of dressing to salad and combine.
For each serving of salad cut up half an avocado on top of each serving and drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons of dressing over each serving.
Tip: To get the most out of your limes, cut in half and bite. I saw it on Rachel Ray a few years ago and have been doing it ever since. Its a little weird, I know. But if you rinse your mouth and lips right away it's fine.