Things have been really up and down over the past few months. From festivals just about every weekend the first 2/3 of the summer, to big changes at work, the least I can tell you is that I’m tired and have been for more than a month.
Getting up and going gets tougher and tougher the longer and longer you wait. I always asked myself how people got into their situations of being confined to a couch and living a lifestyle that is a one-way ticket to heartattack-ville. Well, if they are anything like me, they might have just allowed themselves to ride the trolley right down the path of lazy. Then got lost and didn’t even remember where they were going originally.
I’ve learned a lot in the last few months about myself and how a simple daily outlook can change our paths for the better. I had a coworker who would tell me the two following statements:
- “Did you Die?” Ok. When you’re upset about something, NO ONE wants to hear this. We want to clang pots and pans together, march around like a one-man band screaming “pay attention to me, agree with me!” Well, 9 times out of 10, we DIDN’T die. We ARE overreacting AND we just learned a solid lesson in the act of “choosing our battles”. This statement has helped me to take the emotion out of so many of the situations where passion outweighs our brains at first. Solid advice, bro.
- “Don’t let ONE negative thing, unravel your ENTIRE day.” Simple Right? Well, not always. Sometimes, we don’t even see ourselves on the red eye to “Negative Nancyville”. Remembering this concept has helped me to cope with the really bad, and really focus on the joy of the day. Sometimes, it’s just looking at the horizon and noticing how beautiful the colors are and taking it in. The little positive things add up to a lot if you let them!
Whew..that bit of philosophy out of the way, I’m trying to dive back into the amazing world of fitness, meal planning and me-time. Three things that add up to amazing positivity in my life. And three things that ..well, when one went down in flames..I would say F it to the other two. (see above Trolley to Lazy Land)
So after a killer BACK workout last night and Leg Day in the books today thanks to my Mestie (man bestie for the layman), Ben, I’m off to a sore and yet successful start. I have a killer treadmill in my basement that calls to me to get off my arse and use it. I have the skills to create the culinary version of love and awesome in the kitchen. So now..what’s holding me back? Me. …well it WAS me..two days ago..and the 30 days before that…and before that. It’s not about never having to restart…I think it’s about restarting as soon as you can and only resting…not quitting. big difference there.
Baked Raspberry Oatmeal
9 Ingredients / 8 servings
- 3 cup (40g dry), Old Fashioned Oats
- 2 tsp, Baking soda
- 1 teaspoon, Salt
- 1 cup(s), Organic Sucanat
- 1.00 cup, 1% Milk
- 1 tsp(s), Vanilla extract
- 2 large, Egg
- 1 Packet, No Sugar Added Applesauce
- 1 cup, Raspberries – Raw
Mix Oats, Baking Powder, Salt together. Then mix in wet ingredients. Finally Fold in the berries and bake in an 8×8 Square pan (spray with Non-Stick first) for up to 35mins at 350 or until nice and golden brown. Serve warm.
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 4 g||6 %|
|Saturated Fat 1 g||6 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 1 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 49 mg||16 %|
|Sodium 354 mg||15 %|
|Potassium 41 mg||1 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 51 g||17 %|
|Dietary Fiber 4 g||16 %|
|Sugars 29 g|
|Protein 8 g||16 %|
|Vitamin A||4 %|
|Vitamin C||8 %|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|