The other evening we entered the YMCA and noticed that the place was hoppin’! We are regulars here - couple times a week in the evenings as a family and Jordan and I come practically every morning - so the packed facility, we noted, was rather atypical.
The first thing one of the ladies at the desk said with a smile as we walked in (she must have noted the look of surprise on our faces) was: “New Year’s Resolutions!” I chuckled and continued in.
Now that my Army Physical Fitness Test is complete I’ve decided I’ll run only when I want to, but I KNOW one does NOT have to run to experience positive results.
📸 See these photos of me? I spent 3 1/2 months working to look like that and majority of the time was on my own. 30 minutes a week once or twice a week I met with a trainer. Not ONCE did I run. I’m not exaggerating either. I did not run one minute to get those results, but the effort I put in gave me incredible endurance and allowed me to run faster than I had in years.
I’m dripping sweat on the treadmill and looking rough now as I dictate this, by the way!
When you don’t know where to start, just start!
Yesterday, I put the treadmill on 3.5 speed and the incline at 9 and went for 30 minutes. I’m doing the same today.
It’s so easy to do nothing because you’re trying to figure out the best plan. I do it with a lot of things. Sometimes I allow myself to get stuck to the point of inaction because I want to find out the best way to do something.
Months and even years go by because I don’t just start. Well, that me take that back. I start, but sometimes I get hung up along the way. I get what’s been called paralysis by analysis.
When it comes to the new year and your wellness and fitness goals, I propose that we don’t make resolutions. Avoid paralysis by analysis.
Instead, seek out REALsolutions. Solutions that are simple and easy to begin are ideal. REALsolutions don’t have to be costly or time consuming. They just have to be realistic, simple, and challenging- oh! And make it fun!
Ok, so your fitness and wellness goals may not feel fun as you begin, but selecting activities or meal plans that interest you will help.
The photo I’ve shared serves as motivation for me. It reminds me that in as little as 30 minutes to an hour a day it is possible to be metamorphic! To feel and see change! Remember, that change won’t happen over night. However, if you make a commitment to yourself and keep your daily appointments with yourself, you can’t help but notice changes in your thinking and physical appearance.
When you don’t know where to start, just start!
Here’s to you, your New Year’s REALsolutions, and your 20/20 vision!
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Easy Peasy Mexican Casserole
This is probably my favorite go-to recipe when I don't know what to make for dinner. I discovered Holly and her blog My Plant-based Family in 2012 when I was desperately searching for animal protein-free meals I could eat that would support my, then, new way of eating.
I was officially diagnosed with discoid lupus in early 2012 and learned new ways of eating that would help me to kick the autoimmune challenge to the curb. The first thing I really enjoyed about this recipe is that it taught me how to make my own taco seasoning, without all of the anti-caking agents and sodium found in boxed taco seasonings. Learning how to mix spices to create amazing, from scratch, seasonings was fun and exciting for me!
On her website, Holly now offers an Insta-pot and a crock-pot version of this recipe, but when I discovered it there was only the oven version and that's the one I enjoy the most. My children and my husband enjoy all three variants! I often add canned corn (fresh corn in the summer) for some extra color and I used one can of black beans and one can of kidney beans to mix up the texture and taste. This becomes our "taco meat" or filling, if you will. Our sides typically include lettuce, cheese, slices of avocado, tomatoes and/or salsa all with taco shells or tortilla chips as a taco salad.
Try it out and come up with your favorite way to prepare!
For Casserole Version
Turn Down the Inflammation Turmeric, Carrot, Ginger, and Banana Smoothie
All three of my kiddos love this smoothie! I found this recipe on the Minimalist Baker's site and have just given it a name that I think fits it well! They are ages 8, 8 and 2. While I own a Hurom Slow Juicer that I really like AND it's pretty easy to clean, I don't have much time to juice my carrots these days, so I buy mine already bottled. To keep things simple I also use frozen and even canned pineapple. Same for the lemon juice. I typically use juice that is pre-bottled.
Quick, Easy, and Tasty
Allison Marschean is a wife and mother of 8 year old twins girls and a 2 year old baby girl who is kicking an autoimmune disorder to the curb with food and fitness, all while living her dimensions!