The First Lady of Food: Michelle Obama

The First Lady of Food: Michelle Obama.

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The First Lady of Food: Michelle Obama

Planting Seeds

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In the last week-or-so, I’ve read my fair share of those year in review blog posts and articles. Truth be told, I am not a fan. I understand, it’s important to look back and assess where you are in your life. I get it. I’m a huge fan of assessing where you are to get to your next level – whatever that may be.

I take issue with the whole looking back part.

I once heard someone say, “You cannot connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect the dots looking backwards.” This is a quote I gladly cosign.

In the moment or moments it requires you to look back, you have taken your eyes off the road and you could have missed your exit (i.e. opportunity). I say take notes as you go along. Big project? Huge endeavor? – assesses immediately after and take note of what worked and what did not. BAM! And your eyes are still on your road as you continue to move forward toward your goal.

Look forward. Always.

Before my cancer diagnosis, I always had “netiebee’s year in review” and created New Year resolutions (which I never kept, BTW). But it wasn’t until chemo (that bio-tch can teach you lesson like no other) that my thought pattern changed. Unable to move, talk or eat – there wasn’t much I could do but take stock of my life and the goals I did not meet.

I am looking forward to 2015. I planted a lot of seeds in the last four months of 2014 and I am really excited to see them sprout. Some of these seeds will take me out of my comfort zone and make me squirm but I say, “Bring it, Life!” Yeah, I’m stoked now but it may be a different story when I’m actually in the fire. But what doesn’t kill you, always makes you stronger. Right?

So, here’s to looking forward. Here’s to planting seeds. But most importantly, here’s to bringing in 2015 thankful, grateful and ready for whatever life brings.  

Cheers!

Planting Seeds

Stick a Fork In Me – I’m Done

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You know the holiday-eating tips fitness experts and nutritionists share in the hopes that we will avoid overeating during the holiday season? Yea, well I did not follow their advice.

Since the holiday season began, I allowed cookies, pies, homemade candies, chocolates, sugary-drinks, excessive amounts of alcohol, white flour, white potatoes, and assorted breads into my diet. Willingly.

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Anyone who knows me knows sweets and breads are not a part of my norm but once that first sweet dessert made it on to my plate during that was pretty much all she wrote, I could no longer look the other way.

Oh well.

I may feel like crap now but believe me, I enjoyed every darn bite. I just hope that next year I’ll be able to stick to my paleo diet or at least enjoy the bad stuff in moderation.

It’s time to get back to my paleo lifestyle and training for my first half marathon in 2015.

Nutritional reset, here I come.

Stick a Fork In Me – I’m Done

Daily Prompt: Cause, Meet Effect

     In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Cause, Meet Effect.”

You can singlehandedly create a causal relation between two things that are currently unconnected — a word and an emotion, a song and an extreme weather event, wearing a certain color and winning the lottery. What cause would you link to what effect, and why?

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I was on my way out the door for a run when I stumbled upon this prompt and it got me to thinking.

Cause: Television News

 Effect: Leaves me angry, unnerved, sad

The first thing I do every morning after I wake up is turn my TV to my local news station. I’m usually up by 6:15 am and by 6:45 am, I am feeling angry, unnerved, sad – by the images and stories I’ve heard. I’m tired of feeling this way. I know the world can be a rough and tumble place but I also know that it is a good place, filled with good people. So, for the next 60-days, I will no longer start or end my day watching the news. No more Action news, Al Jazeera or CNN – for 60-days. It’ll be rough, being the news junkie that I am but hey – I survived chemo.

Well, I’m off for my morning run. The next 60-days should be interesting to say the least.

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How to Make Healthy Alcohol Choices

looks like i’ll be drinking vodka and soda this holiday season! #LowCal

It’s that time of year again when we’re all being bombarded with advice on how to avoid over-indulging in party food and booze. Although being told to ‘stop at two is great in theory, when we get into the festive spirit it’s easy to postpone our good intentions.

When it comes to alcohol it really pays to have the facts so that you know what you’re putting in your body and what the consequences of that will be. We all know that beer is full of bad fats and is high in calories, but do we all know what the better options really are?

Vodka with Soda

One of the most low calorie drinks you can choose is a vodka with soda. There is approximately 95 calories in 1.5 ounces of vodka. Soda water is totally calorie free!

Tequila

When drinking tequila, always look on the label to check it…

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How to Make Healthy Alcohol Choices