2016 is still young, but I have a feeling this will be a great year! I’m trying to keep a positive outlook and continue to remember to say yes when I feel like saying no to something that challenges me.
David Bowie died on January 10, 2016. I have listened to his music and payed tribute to him on social media a lot in recent days. I have been a fan since I was a child. I loved his music, but most of all I loved his uniqueness and his creativity. He didn’t care what anyone thought of him. He never stayed the same. He was always evolving. He was his own person and always thought outside the box.
I remember being so inspired by him after visiting the David Bowie Is exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and now his death has challenged me to do the same. To say yes to my creativity. To not care what others think of me. To be open to change and opportunity. To evolve and not be afraid. To continue to think outside of the box.
I haven’t forgotten about working out and healthy eating. I have to make a conscious effort to stop what I’m doing every single day to work out and have healthy meals. I have an online part-time job, taking online classes and actively searching for work in social media marketing. During the month of December I wasn’t eating healthy or working out. On top of that I became more sedentary. I noticed myself getting doughy. So, I work/study for a couple of hours and then work out. I find myself not snacking during the day because I’m so busy, which is great.
I’m not really following a diet. Trying to keep my calories between 1500-1800 calories a day. I’m doing Fitness Blender workouts now. I’m doing FB Booty and FB Abs now. You can find out more about their plans here.
I’m also taking time out of the day to meditate. I feel better and more confident when I do.
I want to start bringing you all a recipe of the week. Foods that are full of flavor helps me to stay on track. I made a wonderful Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka yesterday. The recipe is from Cooking Light. You can find the recipe here.
I would like to end with one of my favorite songs from David Bowie’s new album “Blackstar.”
Brief update on me the past couple of weeks. I finished Go-Fit 21. I tried to follow the diet as closely as possible, but I had to bake a ton of Christmas cookies. Oh sweetness at last you always find me. I probably would have lost more if I didn’t eat those darn Christmas cookies! The first week I had difficulty getting the workouts in but after that it was easier. ]I look a bit leaner and feel a little stronger. So that’s great! I will try it again at the beginning of the year.
Taking a break and enjoying all of the time with my family and some goodies. If you are looking for a healthy recipe here’s one for your Holiday table. A healthy, delicious stuffing recipe right here!
It’s really been tough trying to stick to a plan lately. So busy with the kids and getting familiar with Toronto. I’ve decided that I will begin anew next year. The challenge now is not to gain a bunch of weight over the holidays. My dad may be coming to visit around American Thanksgiving, so I know I will have to cook a big meal then.
I feel good where I’m at now actually. I know I have lost some inches because things that were tight are fitting better. I think it’s the constant climbing up and down three flights of stairs in our house every day. I also still work out 5-6 days a week. There are days lately when I lack motivation, but I get up and work out anyway. After the work out I feel so much better. My favorite workouts are from Fitness Blender and Go Fit Gals. I walk almost everywhere and taking the kids to and from school we have to walk over a bridge that has a steep incline.Still getting my 10,000 steps a day!
So I’m continuing to eat healthy with the occasional treat and work out. I guess that’s the plan for now.
Recipe of the week: I’ve been trying some new recipes and one of my favorites lately is Lentil, Sweet Potato and Kale Stew. The recipe is vegan, gluten-free and so simple to make. It is a healthy and delicious twist on comfort food.