Jul 15, 2014
Jul 1, 2014
This is not me! But this is how I feel sometimes when I'm working out.
This blog is mostly about food, but it's also about health, so I think it's okay to share with you some lessons I've learned while working out.
First of all, you need to understand what a victory it is for me that I've been consistently exercising for three months now! I loved activity as a kid -- running fast and climbing trees were two of my favorite things -- but junior high PE class changed all that! (I've tried three times to start writing why, but there are so many reasons, it would take this post off-topic. So let's just move on....) For decades, doing any kind of exercise has been something I don't like and struggle to stay at it. Mostly, I don't. Or didn't.
Three months ago I finally admitted that I lacked the self-discipline to keep up with exercise on my own, and I started working with a personal trainer. The progress I've made in that time amazes me! And while I'm loving that clothes shopping is kinda fun again, the bigger victories for me have been in my thinking, and in my spirit.
Here are a few lessons I'm learning, that cross over from physical to spiritual:
1. When moving forward becomes painful, I want to give up. (Especially if we're talking running.) But if I persevere through the pain, it goes away and then I feel better than I did before I started! And I'm more able to tackle that distance or that move or that weight again.
2. Growth requires silencing -- or at least ignoring -- the old tapes in my head. Voices that have been there a long time say, "You've always failed at this; this time will be no different," and "You look stupid when you do this." Whether that's feeling like a spaz (note: junior high word!) when I'm trying to do a new move, or being afraid people will think I'm weird when I talk about God, those old tapes need to be erased, and I need to put a new message in their place! "With God's help, I can do new stuff -- and get better at it!"
4. When you're trying something new and hard, the trainer is there to suggest new tactics when you run up against a difficulty, to spot you if you do start to drop something (my trainer taught me this one), and to encourage you when the going gets tough. Pastor/teacher Chip Ingram talks about how, in the spiritual realm, we often feel like we just need to try harder, when what we really need to do is to train better. The training leads to improvement. And training works best with help! (See a bit of his teaching on this here, and here.) Likewise, God is your partner in your spiritual growth: He can send you new tactics or encouragement, and He'll always be there to catch you when you fall. But He also sends others to help coach and encourage you along the way. Make use of them!
5. There will be sweat! That's okay! Maybe you've seen a jock type wearing a t-shirt that says, "Sweat is weakness leaving the body!" Likewise, there may be tears as your faith is stretched. But maybe tears are just spiritual sweat?! :)
photo credit: Marco Crupi Visual Artist via photopin cc
Jun 10, 2014
|image and recipe inspiration from halfhourmeals.com|
This is one of my go-to recipes when I realize too late in the day that I haven't planned dinner. (AND it's one my husband calls restaurant-worthy!) I love it because it's a few simple things you can throw together and have dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less. Also, there's very little measuring involved.
I pick up some grilled chicken from the grocery store deli, grab an avocado and some appropriate cheese if I don't already have some at home. Tortillas and hot sauce are usually in my fridge. Butter: always!
For the chicken, you can use any already-cooked chicken you have on hand or can easily obtain. Grilled, roasted, whatever! Tear it apart with your hands; this lets you find and dispose of any parts that are overdone and chewy. It also creates a nice, uneven surface for the sauce to cling to. Or you can use already shredded chicken, if that's what you have on hand.
Quick easy buffalo chicken quesadillastwo small chicken breasts and one thigh, already cooked
1 T. butter, plus extra for greasing the pan
3-4 T. hot sauce (I like Cholula Chipotle)
4 flour tortillas, fajita size (6 to 7")
4-5 oz. queso fresco or Monterrey Jack, shredded
Put the 1 T. butter and the hot sauce in a small skillet over medium-low heat. While it melts, tear the chicken apart and slice the half avocado thinly. Once the butter is melted, stir it around to mix in the hot sauce, then add the chicken to the pan and toss lightly to coat. If you still need to finish your prep, turn the heat under the chicken mixture a little lower.
Put a large skillet on another burner, and turn the heat to just-under-medium. Let this heat up while you assemble the quesadilla.
Lay one tortilla on a cutting board or edgeless cookie sheet. Sprinkle about one fourth of the cheese on it; top with half of the avocado slices (1/4 of the avocado), then scatter half of the chicken on top of that. Sprinkle over this another fourth of the cheese, and top with a second tortilla. Press it down lightly, and if any chicken bits fall out, tuck them back in.
Lightly coat the large skillet with butter -- just enough for the size tortilla you're using. Carefully slide the quesadilla onto the hot skillet, and cook for a few minutes, till the color on the underside is GBD. (Golden brown and delicious!) Turn it over and heat the second side likewise.
Remove to a cutting board, and repeat the process for the other half of the ingredients.
When both quesadillas are done, slice them into sixths. (A rolling pizza cutter works nicely.) Serve with sour cream (and/or plain yogurt) and salsa on the side.
Serves 3 to 4.
Here are the nutrition facts, based on 3 servings per recipe, via myfitnesspal.com:
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 23 g||35 %|
|Saturated Fat 11 g||56 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 4 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 89 mg||30 %|
|Sodium 871 mg||36 %|
|Potassium 294 mg||8 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 27 g||9 %|
|Dietary Fiber 19 g||75 %|
|Sugars 0 g|
|Protein 36 g||71 %|
Based on this recipe from HalfHourMeals.
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