Daylight savings time is upon us and I am very excited to spring my clock forward. I am excited for the warmer weather but most of all the daylight when I get up in the mornings. The sound of birds chirping and sun coming through the windows can really energize me. With the thoughts of spring and new beginnings it is the perfect time to remember that I too am on my quest for a new and improved me.
With a new spring in my step I am off to tackle my goals on My Quest to Be My Best!!!
Each and every day is a new start. Morning is the perfect time to think about the day ahead and set some goals. Results will come from taking on one thing at a time and making changes. Remember the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.
For me one of the changes is to get some of my 10,000 steps in before I leave for work in the morning. With the sun up before me it is much easier to get up and get going. This starts me off on the right foot. No pun intended there. This also helps ensure that I complete my 10,000 steps each day.
Another sign that spring is on its way...I ordered seeds for my garden! A week ago the several of us from the Cornerstone Health Team ordered seeds for our garden and they just arrived! We are very excited to start our seeds for this year's garden. There is nothing better than fresh garden veggies especially when you know they came from your own garden. This year we ordered our seeds from a www.mypatriotsupply.com They have a variety of non-GMO heirloom seeds to choose from and they are very well priced. Check them out if you still need to order seeds for your garden.
Another week on the journey to be “My Best” and the truth is I did not think it would be so hard to stay focused and motivated.
For me this journey is not just about weight-loss but also about rediscovering the person I know I can be.
It seems one week is really good and I hit all my goals and the next not so hot. Of course this is the case for any journey.
I find the real goal and the hardest part is to stick with the plan even when things are not going like we want them to. Remembering why I am parking so far away from the building at work so I can get my 10,000 steps and not just the closest spot for a quick sprint to the door. Why I am getting up early to make my lunch and not just finding something in the breakroom. Now I am not saying I am giving up just wishing for some instant gratification I guess.
But reaching a goal is never easy but always worth the effort.
While I am continuing to lose the weight another big step for me this week was helping the Cornerstone Health Team teach the Kid’s Health Adventure Class. Teaching a group of people is a whole new experience for me and it was AMAZING.
Not only did the kids have a good time but I was able to stand up in-front of a group of people and present my ideas with confidence and clarity.
Doing this along with sharing my story at the Basics of Reading Your Body classes has allowed me to continue to build confidence.
The ability to stand up in public without feeling like I am about to pass out is a huge accomplishment for me.
Along with this new found confidence I continue to have people mention that I am looking good and that I must have lost weight …this means so much when on a journey like mine.
On a weight-loss note I am still finding it difficult to get enough protein in each day. Adding these protein packed snacks to my day has helped. They are even kid approved. So Enjoy!
Energizing Protein Balls
Power Recipe for a Healthy Snack
A Kid-Friendly No-Cook Recipe
1 cup Life Energizing Soy Protein (vanilla or cocoa)
1 cup Peanut Butter (can substitute w/almond, macadamia, etc.)
1 cup Oatmeal
2/3 to 1 cup Honey (depending on how runny)
½ cup chocolate chips, cranberries, raisins, etc. (optional)
Mix the protein and Nut Butter until smooth.
Add the Oatmeal, then the Honey.
Add chocolate chips or other additions if wanted.
Mix until it’s like cookie dough, not too sticky or dry.
Roll into 1 inch balls
Two of these plus an apple makes an excellent portable snack or light lunch.
Keep in plastic container for long drives.
Send to school with the kids - teachers love them too!
They make great homework and TV snacks.
The soy protein gives them added energy and helps build your cells.
The Oatmeal supplies both soluble and insoluble fiber.
The Nut Butter supplies essential fatty acids.
The Fruits/Seeds supply fiber, vitamins, minerals, & essential fatty acids.
(One batch makes 2 1/2 dozen one inch balls)
I am forty-seven years old and overweight. Food is where I find comfort - happy or sad…it does not matter. What I really want is to learn how to use my own strength and confidence to handle situations, not food! I have decided to make a commitment, a commitment to being healthy! Join me in this journey to good health, as I blog about my successes and struggles along the way. Each week I will share with you my ups and downs, recipes, healthy lifestyle tips, workout ideas and more. Join me on my “Quest to be the Best.”