It’s time to come clean here. We’ve been doing a great job talking about our emotional well being and spiritual growth. We’ve read about motivating ourselves, being a fountain, having enough, filling our buckets, overcoming procrastination and being a friend. I’ve even written about Transcendentalism. But while I’ve been bursting with mysticism and overflowing with creativity, I have been neglecting my physical health a bit. You know – That whole eating well and exercising thing. Stop the eye rolls – I know it’s not as visionary or utopian as some of my other blogs. But it is as important and a big part of our daily lives. AND all that wonderful philosophy is no good if we’re not taking care of ourselves, right?
I heard that groan. But thanks for staying with me on this. I need your help. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing well on my own. But maintaining healthy habits is easier when you have support. When I asked for suggestions about eating breakfast, my faithful readers provided some fabulous ideas! So, here goes!
A couple of weeks before my vacation to Florida, I began walking a little, knowing that there would be lots of it at Disney World. I was out of shape and had assorted aching joints. It really helped! Not only did I walk several miles every day and keep up with everybody else, but my sore joints never felt better! (My only complaint was blisters on the bottom of my feet, which are still healing!)
In addition, I tried to eat a salad for one meal, every day, on vacation. The heat helped me with another goal: To drink lots of water! I enjoyed a few really good meals that were not the healthiest choices, as well as a couple of glasses of wine here and there. Tomorrow, I’ll find out what the scale says, but I am confident that I enjoyed my vacation without gaining any weight!
Now that I am home, I am determined to keep it up. My guest blogger, Angelina, talked about joining Weight Watchers and helping motivate one another. I’m in!
Getting back to basics always helps me focus on good decisions and block out the mind-chaos created by temptations. Eating a big salad every day is a way to ensure I’m eating my veggies. I chop all sorts of good things in the bowl – Broccoli, summer squash, peppers – just about anything! Make sure you add protein to keep you satisfied: Lean turkey breast or beans are my favorites. Olive oil makes the perfect, healthful dressing. You can add balsamic or rice vinegar, or make your own herbal vinegar!
The first thing I cooked when I got home from vacation was a big batch of Taco Soup. It’s tasty and filling, not to mention packed with protein and fiber. Start your meal with it and you’ll eat less. It makes a good snack, too.
Yesterday, I put my sneakers on and hit the road. I walked two miles! Not a marathon, by any stretch, but a good start for someone out of shape. It kicked my butt (especially the hills!) but I felt great afterward.
So, that’s how I am getting back to basics: Salad, Taco Soup and Walking. Who’s with me? Share your ideas for staying on track and I’ll check back in with you later in the week!
2 – 32oz containers low sodium chicken broth
1 packet Taco seasoning
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dip/dressing mix
2 – small cans Refried beans
1 – large can black beans, rinsed and drained (or kidney beans or any combination of beans)
1 – large can petite diced tomatoes
2 cups corn, frozen or canned
Optional: Chopped chicken breast (Makes it more of a meal, by itself)
- Over medium heat, warm broth and whisk in the 2 seasoning packets
- Add the Refried beans and break apart with the whisk or a wooden spoon
- Add the remaining Ingredients and heat through