I WISH I’d discovered sweet potato nachos years ago.
The thought of eating yet another peanut butter-topped sweet potato and plain chicken breast for lunch wasn’t doing much for me on Tuesday. Don’t get me wrong, I adore both peanut butter and sweet potatoes, but I adore them just a little too much. This week I realized I’ve reached my overdose point. 😉
And that’s just how sweet potato nachos were born.
They bring together some of the best foods on earth (in my opinion): guacamole, salsa,roasted chicken, goat cheese, black beans, and sweet potatoes, of course.
Food boredom: gone!
I WANT the fitness motivation of this 75-year-old.
Ernestine Shepherd wakes up at 3am every morning to run and lift weights! This year she earned the Guinness World Record title of Oldest Female Bodybuilder.
If that’s not inspiring (and slightly guilt-inducing), I’m not sure what is!
I WISH that somehow, someway this hot chocolate could be clasified as “clean eating.”
The recipes in Peanut Butter and Co.’s cookbook are soooo seductive.
But, really. How bad can peanut butter (healthy fats!), chocolate (antioxidants!) and cream (calcium?) really be? 😉
Whatever. This cup of cocoa is going to be made.
I WANT to run away to Italy right now and join this culinary bike tour.
Food and fitness wrapped into one incredible vacation? My bags are packed!
I’m in the process of creating a fitness adventure bucket list. Maybe I need a culinary one too?
I WISH this milk could make an unnoticeable healthy stand-in for the cream called for in the aforementioned peanut butter hot chocolate.
Dream Blends Almond Cashew Hazelnut milk is a product I’ve been searching for, and finally found, in Whole Foods last weekend. The verdict: I like it better than unsweetened Almond Breeze, but not quite as much as unsweetened Silk almond milk. It’s pretty creamy, but obviously not as creamy as cream!
I WANT recommendations for great restaurants and fun things to do in Boston! I snagged a ticket to the Healthy Living Summit Tuesday night, which means I’m now officially headed to Beantown in August!
I WISH I could find these new egg white frittatas at Whole Foods.
When I’m not cooking at home, there’s a 99% chance I’m eating out of a brown salad box from Whole Foods. However, like peanut butter-topped sweet potatoes, you can only eat so much salad bar. These veggie and cheese-packed frittatas sound like a fantastic (and cheap!) alternative.
I WANT to update you!
It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about my training program, so it’s time to fill you guys in. When I started working with Tara nine weeks ago, I had one lofty goal: to gain 10 pounds of (mostly) muscle. At the time, I realized that insane amounts of cardio were seriously compromising my efforts to gain. In fact, coupling 6-7 days of running or ellipticizing with strength training was resulting in unintentional muscle loss. I was over-training and had to change something.
I knew what I needed to do, but couldn’t bring myself to do it. When it comes to fitness, the more is better mentality is one I’ve embraced with gusto for years. The realization that I was off-base—that my body truly did need rest—was hard to accept.
I finally did accept it though, and took a HUGE leap of faith. I cut out cardio for several weeks and reset my body. I reset my approach to exercise. I kicked my addiction to the curb.
It was one of the toughest decisions I’ve made, but surprisingly, I realized that I was completely okay without long sweaty gym sessions. I’d anticipated feeling antsy, but actually the opposite happened: I was more relaxed; more able to enjoy the day without feeling as though I needed to constantly be moving.
Of course, I didn’t become completely sedentary. Heck to the no! In place of the cardio, Tara designed a pretty kick ass 5-day split weight lifting regimen. To say it’s hardcore is definitely an understatement (I lift heavy!), but her program has brought big results. I’ve packed on over 5 pounds of muscle over the past 8 weeks.
A year ago this would have terrified me, but this time around I’m really embracing the change. I feel stronger than I’ve ever felt in my life. I’m not just talking about physical strength though; the progress on the outside is reflective of the more important changes on the inside. I can now confidently say that I truly accept, embrace and love my body, imperfections and all.
If you want to make a change in your life, don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. The desire has been placed on your heart for a reason!
We have one life; don’t let anything hold you back. <3
Questions for you:
What are you wanting and wishing for today?
What’s on your adventure bucket list? Culinary bucket list?
Tell me something you love about your body!