So excited to do my Reiki Level 3 Healing workshop next week! I can then continue on and practice at a practitioners level. Cant wait to continue on helping others to heal……. #mylifeswork #meanttobe #healinglight
So i have started reading this new book that was recommended to me called Maximum Achievment by Brian Tracy. Now i had never heard of Brian Tracy so did not know of his work or his fame in this area. So i took the recommendation and ordered it on Chapters, collected my book last night and today on my lunch began the journey into some more knowledge on self discovery and reaching my ‘Maximum Achievment’ .
As i am moving to Edmonton soon with my other half and i am happily finishing up the job i have worked the last two years in (like a DRONE) i might add i have been really gaining my inner power to really try and reach my maximum and not let myself be limited by my own doing or others doing for that matter, which i feel i have let myself do for the last 2 years in this job, i have squashed my intelligence, creativity and power…but NO MORE!
So i wanted to share with you some of the already inspiring words that i have gotten from this book and i am not even 20 pages in……Needless to say i am more than excited to keep reading…
Peace of mind is central to your very existence. It is the basic precondition for enjoying everything else.
I learned that if i didn’t commit to achieving my own happiness, no one else would. If my aim in life was only to make others happy, i would always be at the mercy of the feelings of others, whoever they might be.
If you achieve all kinds of things in the material world but lose your health and piece of mind, you get little or no pleasure from your other accomplishments.
How much two people, or a family, laugh together is the surest single measure of how well things are going. When a relationship is truly happy, people laugh alot when they’re together.
“When Things got hard, you started looking for something to blame. Like a Big Shadow.
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it…
You’ve gotta hit as hard as life. It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much can you take and keep moving forward? That’s how winning is done.
If you know what you’re worth, Go out and Get What Your Worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that.”
Be Food Aware…….NOT Food Beware….
A Note on Dressings:
So i have come to LOVE Affirmations and daily inspirations….so much so that i have an app that gives you these wonderful affirmations as soon as you open it making you feel like a total super hero before you have even had your breakfast and making me feel like the wonderful, amazing person i am. They are great, i instantly get an injection of positive non judgmental self esteem from them.
I have seen coming from Ireland particularly that there is a total stigma surrounded by positive reinforcement of self affirmations such as saying ‘i am amazing’ ….its is picked up as ‘ego’ or ‘big-headed’ when really if you are coming from a non egotistical place and a place of total acceptance and love for yourself and others then saying ‘I AM AMAZING‘ or ‘I AM LOVED AND CAN LOVE’ or ‘I HAVE THE POWER IN ME TO DO ANYTHING’ should be totally acceptable. I reckon maybe if people said this a bit more to themselves along with thousands of positive other non-ego affirmations we wouldn’t have so much pain, hate, jealousy, greed, depression, melancholy, spitefulness, hurt, poverty, hunger, gloom, conformity, self hatred, low self esteem, along with a whole barrel load of things that these spur…..eating disorders, addictions, cancers, dis-ease’s, confusion.
I know this as a person that had a mild eating disorder and then subsequently was never comfortable with my own body, constantly saying in my mind how much i hated it, wish i had someone else’s or how it was never good enough. That mixed with anxiety, fear, bottled up anger, doubt and total confusion i was a right mess. I have since recently in the last few months/year had a wonderful movement into self appreciation and self love for the beautiful body i was given and want to give it the best clean nutrition and health and balance i can and love and acceptance for my skills and gifts that i hold.
I am no-more saying i am not good enough or i cannot do this because or its …..fault i feel like this or i hate my body, its such a mean thing to say to yourself, think about it….If someone said to you ‘I hate your body’ ..or ‘You really suck at that’..how hurt would you be….hurt enough to say Shut the ****** up anyway, well then why would you let yourself say it and hurt yourself….see….doesn’t make sense. I have only realized this recently and so Everyday i look at myself in the mirror and say “I Love you” and i mean it, everyday i think about the wonderful things i can do or will achieve, i try and give myself love and give it to others without conditions or judgment, i stopped feeling guilty about the past or worrying too much about the future and Affirmations have helped this. I listen to them, i read them, i watch them being done in the form of good deeds to others and im so not joking they are working….i have started to see myself physically differently, of course im sure there will be days where i need it more than others…and hey there is always room for self growth, learning new skills, succeeding in sports or a job or working hard and learning to be done….but for now its not about the Ego attached to them, its about saying i really Love and Accept myself and not to let others stand in the way of that.
So i wanted to share my daily inspirations with you and the story about why i find them so beneficial….
Some Healthy Dish Inspiration…..Get your vegi’s
Some Healthy Dish Inspiration
If you find that when you think of vegetables or ‘Healthy’ dish’s what comes to your mind is a plate of lettuce or a plate or steamed soggy vegetables then let me give you some healthy options and exciting inspiration for your meals….think outside the box…it’s more fun out there 😉
Turkey/Chicken Taco Lettuce Wraps
For a lighter alternative to taco shells try these lettuce taco wraps. Add your favourite toppings like low fat cheddar, natural yoghurt, chives, tomatoes or whatever you like on your tacos. Making your own taco seasoning is a healthier alternative to buying packaged taco seasoning, and uses less sodium, no sugar, no preservatives and no msg.
1.3 lbs 99% lean ground turkey or lean chicken mince
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt (optional)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 small onion, chopped
2 tbsp bell pepper, chopped
Homemade Salsa / Organic Salsa/ Homemade Tomato Sauce
6 large lettuce leaves from Iceberg lettuce
Brown turkey/chicken in a large skillet. When no longer pink add dry seasoning and mix well. Add onion, pepper, spinach, Salsa/Homemade Tomato Sauce and cover. Simmer on low for about 10 minutes.
Wash and dry the lettuce. Place meat in the centres of leaf and top with cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado, black pepper, small pieces of jalapeno, small amount of grated lower fat cheese (optional) and salsa, small dollop of natural yoghurt(if you have made it spicy) or whatever you prefer and enjoy….mmmmm, should serve two people or one huuungry person.
Stuffed Roasted Peppers with Quinoa and Pesto Mozza
These are delicious with grilled chicken breast or a very lean steak, they are filling, contain both vegie and complex carbs components, very quick and easy to make.
- 2 Bell Peppers (any colour choice)
- 1small onion
- Cherry tomatoes
- 1 glove of garlic
- Low Fat Mozzarella
Place Quinoa in pot and bring to boil, turn down and let simmer until water is absorbed. In a pan drizzle small amount of olive oil and soften chopped onions, peppers, tomatoes, spinach. Crush garlic into pan with vegi’s. Cut heads of peppers, drizzle tiny amount of olive oil on and place on roasting dish and in oven and pre roast for 5 mins. Mix cooked quinoa and vegi’s in bowl with teaspoon of pesto and black pepper. Remove peppers and stuff with quinoa/vegi mix, place slice of mozza on top and back into oven, cook for 10 minutes until pepper is soft and mozza is melted. DELISH with scrambled egg whites.
This is yummy instead of your plain old salad….maybe some things you don’t always put into your salad…try it J
- Freshly boiled beetroot
- Half Avocado
- Spring Onion
- Fresh Mozzarella
- Chickpeas (canned or otherwise)
- Arugula or any other lettuce leaves
- Chopped almonds
- Dried Cranberries
- 1 Carrot
- Olive Oil
- Balsamice Vinegar
- Black Peppper
- Squeeze of Lemon
Toss the spinach and arugula(lettuce of choice) together, mix in chopped almonds and cranberries, chop sprint onions, slice mozza thinly, dice beetroot, avocado and tomatoes, place on salad. Griddle asparagus to soften with drizzle of olive oil. In small jar mix the dressing ingredients and drizzle over salad….mmmmm too yummy with some tuna or grilled halibut.
Roasted Vegi/Chicken/Quinoa Casserole
This is hefty/vegi heart warming dish that used little additives but still gets the bulkiness of a filling dinner.
- Chicken Breast/Turkey Breast
- Large Tomatoes
- Mozzarella Grated
- Wholegrain bread crumbs
Cook off diced chicken in little olive oil, cook up the Quinoa, soften, cookies vegi’s till a little softened, mix chicken, veg, herbs, pepper, plac e in baking dish, mix breadcrumbs/quinoa/grated mozza together and scatter on top, drizzle small bit of olive oil and bake, let topping crisp ….mmmm warm and hearty!
Chicken and Vegi soup
- Breast of Chicken
- Mix herbs
Classic easy dish to make, easy way to get some vegetable’s in without losing the nutrition in the water and you will be drinking the water in the soup. Filling and lovely on a cold day or you want some comforting, have a bowl of this with some smoked salmon roll-ups and melon…. Mmmm.
Cook off diced chicken, chop vegetables, cook in large pot with herbs, when veg soft, blend up to your liking and add back chicken in!!! Eat away….
If you do already have your own signature favourite salad, think about what dressing you are putting on..…a lot of dressings contain of sugar including those low fat one’s… don’t ruin your healthy meal with a sugar filled dressing.
Make your own salad dressing…..
Balsamic Vinegar/Malt vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Teeny bit of Pesto
Squeeze of Lemon
Shake it all around….OH MY ….DELISH drizzled on your salad J
So think outside the box oh how to get those vegi’s into you, don’t over cook and don’t over dress 🙂
Hey all, so i was reading an article on “The Social Pressure of a Fitness Lifestyle” and thought i would share if you fancy a read.
I have seen this happen in quite a few situations so i thought it would be a good topic to address on my blog.
When i worked as an instructor in the gym I seen this happen quite often, people would come in for an assessment and they would tell me stories or situations where they were not supported or even scrutinised in social situations for their healthy choices (food/drink/not drinking/exercising etc) and by their friends and family no less, the people that should support you the most.
So take a read of the article, if you find yourself having been in that situation from any angle. Stick to your guns, its not you, you are not forcing this on anyone, you are merely trying to make a healthy life for yourself so stick strong. Or if you have found yourself maybe not being the most supportive of one of your family or friends healthy choices or lifestyles then try and change that, be the support system for that person, be the friend and maybe its not them you are really scrutinising…….
So lets keep some comradery here peeps! Be nice and respect others choices for their lifestyles.
Say this to your self for some self motivation 🙂