Happy Monday all you beautiful people! It’s going to be a gorgeous week, so soak up that sun (with sunscreen on), sweat it out outside, and enjoy the summer! Have a fantastic week 🙂
Oh hello interwebs! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything! Life keeps getting the better of me, I’m sorry!
My son and I went for an awesome walk through some local trails today, and were really hungry by the time we got home! He wanted grilled cheese, but I was thinking more along the lines of Mac&Cheese. Neither of them are super healthy, so I figured it would be easier to sneak some veggies into the cheese sauce. My experiment turned into a success! All we have on hand is spaghetti noodles, but it’ll work with any kind of noodle!
Kale Cheese Sauce
3 stalks of kale (I used black kale)
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2-3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2-1 tbls flour (I used brown rice flour)
S&P to taste
Wash and cut off the ends of your kale and throw it in a blender with almond milk. Blend until smooth. Add kale/almond milk to a warm pot and let it heat up slightly. Add cheese in handfuls, stirring until it all melts. Add flour as needed to thicken the sauce and season to taste! Mix with pasta and top with extra cheese.
I’m so happy this turned out yummy, my son was a little sceptical at first (he doesn’t generally like green food), but I added a little more grated cheese and he ate it all!
Let me know if you try it and how it turns out!
Time changes always leave me feeling exhausted and unmotivated. So the only logical thing for me to do is get myself dressed and head to the gym for a pick me up!! Do something active today for a quick energy reboost and you’ll feel like yourself in no time! Here’s some motivation to get you off the computer and out doing an activity that you love!
So, for the last week or so I’ve been throwing myself a little pity-party. Actually, I think it’s been going on longer than that, I’ve just finally clued in to what I’ve been doing to myself.
Starting off 2014 I was stoked. I had seriously slacked during November and December, using the typical excuses; Christmas is just around the corner, busy with work, busy with family and shopping and cleaning and planning, blah blah blah. Excuses stopping me from reaching ANY of my goals.
Maybe I’ve set myself up with too many goals, maybe I’m just being lazy and waiting for life to happen. Whatever it is, I’m sick of it. I’m done feeling sorry for myself because I know it’s counter productive. I know this mindset will get me nowhere in life, so it’s time to reassess and get back on the motivation train!
I’ve been ready to take on my goals since January 1st, yet I don’t feel like I’ve come very far since then. Sure, I know, we’re only a month into the New Year, but this time last year I was determined to be the best I could be; getting up early to run a couple times a week, keeping up with my 3-4 hits a week, eating right, and having a healthy relationship with my life. This year has been trending along the lines of sitting on my ass and waiting for my determined self to come back. I’ve been making excuses for everything. It’s either I don’t have time, I just want to sit down for a couple minutes, or whatever else comes to mind.
I’m DONE with excuses.
Which is why I’m writing this post. I had a little chat with myself yesterday. I’m frustrated with my (lack of) actions lately. This isn’t who I am; I don’t sit around and wait for things to happen and I’m definitely not comfortable with mediocre. I am better than this person.
By the way; I’ve written about 3 or 4 of these posts but never published any of them because I couldn’t find the courage to admit my lack of motivation to you guys. I’ve been telling myself I’m ready to change for about 3 months now (basically since I fell off the wagon way back in November); well damnit, I’m READY!
So here’s my slap in the face. Get off your ass Nicole and do something great. Be the BEST you can be and do it NOW.
I came up with a little mantra to help me push past these excuses:
“I do not make excuses, I make progress
I am not weak, I am human and it is okay to feel less than 100%, accept it and move on
I don’t need to do everything myself, it’s OK to ask for help
I can and will do everything I set my mind to.”
So here goes nothing. I’m taking my life back, one step at a time. The first step is going to be cleaning and organizing my house (which has fallen to shambles because of my pity-party). I know it’s okay to let myself feel bad sometimes, but those feelings need to be accepted and moved away from, they are counter productive and will in turn eat your soul.
Happy thoughts, good music and sunshine.
We all know that the holidays are notorious for being the time of the year where we are prone to packing on the pounds. In fact, its common for many of us to gain between 1-6 pounds during the holiday season! Family and work gatherings filled with delicious treats, busy schedules, financial stress, and a lack of motivation to workout, often factor into the ever-so-common New Years resolution to “get in shape”. Here are some tips we hope will help you through the next month and a half of craziness 🙂
Holiday Parties & Gatherings
Maintaining Your Exercise Routine
General Health & Well-being Tips
Keep in mind that the holidays are meant to be enjoyed, so don’t beat yourself up if you splurge a bit on food, or falter a little with your exercise routine! Just remember that if you have been making health a priority all year, its not worth it to throw all the progress away at the end of the year by falling off the wagon the last 6 weeks. Moderation is the key! 🙂
– Veronica & Nicole
As I took a look through our blog and Facebook posts over the last few months, I wondered what our readers’ perception of us may be in terms of health and fitness. For some browsing through our various recipes, fitness, and health posts it might seem like Nicole and I have it all figured out. We eat right, cut out bad foods, exercise numerous times a week, keep ourselves motivated, and so on.
The truth is we are all human and therefore prone to errors in judgement, even on our journey to perceived perfection. As much as our blog posts may have you believe, Nicole and I are not at all perfect when it comes to our eating and workout habits. When you really sit back and think about it, it’s unrealistic to think that we can all eat perfectly 100% of the time, and forcing that on our psyche is essentially only setting us up for failure.
What may be healthier, and what Nicole and I try our best to follow, is something known as the 80/20 rule. This means, eating healthy 80% of the time, and allowing oneself to indulge or choose a less than healthy option 20% of the time.
Why is this important? Because although health and fitness are factors that should be addressed on a daily basis, we need to have fun and enjoy our lives as well! In my opinion, it’s not fun to completely deprive yourself of treats you like because they may not be the healthiest choice. For a lot of us, food is one of those things we really enjoy; trying new recipes, eating out at fancy restaurants, trying different cultural cuisines.
Additionally, sometimes when we don’t allow ourselves certain indulgences we fall into the trap of binging when we DO treat ourselves. Because we haven’t had that cupcake in a month, suddenly and quickly we have consumed 4 of them in one sitting. And really, what is the point of eating perfectly for a whole month just to throw it away in a day of binging? Food is not something that should be leaving us guilt-ridden for a day if we have eaten a candy bar or God forbid peanut butter with added sugar (gasp!). Guilt often leads to stress, which leads us to things that make us feel better. Unfortunately this is often the very thing that made us feel bad in the first place – unhealthy food. It becomes a vicious cycle.
Instead, if you have eaten healthy all week, don’t feel guilty about having a bowl of ice cream after dinner. Or if you are at a wedding and there is not a healthy plate of food in sight, who cares! Enjoy yourself, eat the delicious food, and maybe throw in an extra workout that week if you feel the need. In the end it’s all about achieving a healthy balance that both your body and your mind are happy with. Leave the stress and guilt behind and remember that even on your journey to health and fitness where food is meant to nourish, it’s also meant to be ENJOYED! 🙂
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