It’s amazing the things that can inspire us. A friend’s phone call, a hard workout, a simple word. Inspiration is all around if we just take the time, the few minutes, to stop and look around. I saw an old client of mine this afternoon that I haven’t seen in over a year. We worked together every week and then, well then life just happened, things came up and eventually we wrote up a workout plan for her and I sent her on her way. When I saw her today she told me she’s stuck to the workouts that we put together. She does the rotation every week and has lost 6% body fat, is able to hold a plank for 2 minutes and 32 seconds, and can do 30 regular push-ups in a row. As she told me her great news I was elated, no, I was INSPIRED! She made a goal, she stuck to it, she got results.
People who write down their goals and than use some kind of journal to keep track of their progress are 50% more likely to succeed then those who don’t. Those are pretty good odds for just taking a pen to paper. Success also increases if you use the theory of creating S.M.A.R.T. goals. The letters stand for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. If you set your self up to succeed, chances are that you will. What gets in the way is our own egos. We are afraid of change. Therefore, we need to make goals and make them specific so that when obstacles get in the way we stay true to what we are trying to accomplish.
What do you want to accomplish? Grab a pen and a piece of paper and start writing it down. Be true to yourself.
Eat Clean, Drink Clean Happenings of Day 2:
Last night I planned out my first 4 meals of today. Meal 5 I was up in the air about because we hadn’t made dinner plans. I’ve always found that planning your meals either day or if possible, weekly, can really help with eating healthy. Same goes for your workouts!
Meal 1, 7am- 3/4 cup of oatmeal, 1 tablespoon of flax seed, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 15 almonds, coffee, glass of water- eaten at home
** Flax seeds and chia seeds are my home-made protein powder. They are both great sources of omega-3’s, fiber, and protein. They are a great choice for anyone, not just vegetarians and in oatmeal I don’t even know they are there.
Meal 2, 10am– 2 tablespoons of hummus, 12 baby carrots, glass of water- Taken to work with me.
Workout 1– 55 minutes of Pilates Circuit, Bottle of water.
Meal 3, 1pm- Spinach Salad with 1/4 cup each of quinoa, mango, red onion, carrots, cherry tomatoes, and 1 tablespoon of organic goat cheese. Topped with home-made vinegar and oil. Glass of water.- Taken to work with me.
**Meal 4, 4pm- I actually only ate half the salad because I had a client coming in so saved the other half for Meal 4 when I got home. Glass of water
Workout 2– 30 minute walk
Meal 5, 6:30pm- We went out for Mexican and usually I get a Vegetarian Bean Burrito but in an effort to “clean” up my meal I went for the Mexican salad. It was delicious! It had Lettuce, Corn, Black beans, Cilantro, Onions, Tomato, and Guacamole in it. My guess is that each ingredient was about 1/4 cup. Instead of their dressing, I asked for salsa which is not only “clean” but saved me some calories so that I could have a (okay 2) skinny margarita(s)! A glass of water. For a delicious Mexican Salad to make at home check out my recipe from January 2011! Just take out the cheese to make it “clean”, unless you have organic cheddar.
***A note about skinny margaritas…while yes, I enjoy the Skinnygirl Margarita at home, when I am out most places don’t have the Skinnygirl so I also ask for a Skinny Margarita which is silver tequila, agave nectar and fresh lime juice. If they don’t have that, ask for the silver tequila, a little club soda, and the fresh lime juice. Your welcome, happy drinking 🙂
I stayed within my allotted 26 Weight Watchers points and banked 5 activity points with my workouts.
In Health and Grace,