It’s been three weeks since I put my goals out there for the rest of this year (work out consistently 4 times a week and lose 8 lbs over the next three months). Well, reality check. I have lost 0 lbs and have averaged getting to the gym twice a week over the past three weeks. Why’s that? Because I focused too much on the long-term (what I need to accomplish in the next three months) verses getting focused on the short-term (what I need to accomplish today).
Do you ever find yourself doing the same? You have these huge, awesome goals – I want to get back down to a size this or weigh that or lift this amount of weight, and the numbers are huge or really small (depending on which way you are looking at it), and probably very achievable, but we never get there because we focus too much on them.
So, I’m kicking off this whole thing again. That’s right, it’s a Friday and I’m starting fresh. There’s no waiting until Monday, it doesn’t matter that it’s the weekend – this starts now. I do have those long term goals, but in order to get there, I need to focus on today. Just get me through today, get to the gym and eat well. Then tomorrow, do the same thing again.
Focus on each day before you, making the right decisions that day, and those long-term numbers will come. I’m in for this, so let’s hope the next reality check in a few weeks is a delightful one. Hope you join me!
Ready for a seriously yummy, healthy, easy dinner? Pop on some “Under the Sea” from the Little Mermaid and let’s get our mediterranean fish cooking on!
Ingredients for Fish:
- Some sort of white fish, I used flounder and had four fillets
- 1-2 T ghee, butter or whatever fat you cook in
- 1 shallot, finely diced
- Juice from 1/2 a lemon
- Salt & pepper
Ingredients for Olive Yumminess Topping:
- 1/2 cup rough chopped pitted Kalamata olives
- 1/2 cup chopped Bella mushrooms
- 1/2 cup diced red onion
- 2 garlic cloves, diced
- 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes (whatever you got on hand)
- 1 T olive oil
- Salt & pepper
Get two skillets out and set up the smaller of the two over medium heat with the olive oil. Add in all of your ingredients for the olive yumminess topping. Stir all together and let that cook down for about 5-7 minutes, keeping the heat at an appropriate level in order not to burn (so, lower it if it is cooking too hot too fast).
Put your other skillet on medium heat and add in your fat and shallots. Cook down for about 2 minutes, making sure not to burn your shallots. Once the shallots are clear, season both sides of your fish with salt and pepper and add to your pan. Our flounder were THIN, so it only took about 2 minutes on each side to cook.
Get out a plate, put your fish down and then top it off with olive yumminess! Enjoy the deliciousness!
I live in a world where I am constantly told what I need to do for others. This is my job, my faith, my family and relationships, my life. This isn’t a bad thing – seriously. I very much love living by the “love your neighbor as yourself” law that was given to me by JC.
However, when it comes to fitness and eating well, I think we forget that part about “loving ourselves.” I do an excellent job (I think) at taking care of and caring for others. I think a lot of us would say that about ourselves. How often do you hear yourself say, “Oh I can’t do that, I’ve got to go help out…” So, I can’t take the time to cook a good, healthy meal for myself because I’ve got to help my kids with their homework, help my church with their food drive, help my boss get their stuff together for a big meeting – so instead, I’ll just go grab McDonald’s or Taco Bell on the way home.
The same goes for working out. Who makes time to actually go to the gym and get a good workout in when we are doing so much for everyone else? It’s hilarious how our giving and loving of others becomes our excuse to fuel our own laziness. Boom. I said it. It’s time to simply stop and start to love ourselves and let the laziness go.
I’m living by this challenge now because I have become one of the worst offenders of this rule. I run a non-profit that helps women who were sex trafficked. So, not only do I run this thing, meaning all of my staff and volunteers and donors want time, communication, ideas, everything; but then there is the added piece that these are women who were sex trafficked, so the whole heart breaking for them is pretty huge.
So, it’s time to take some time for me. It’s time to put the work, the spouse (although he can come with me and often does), the friends, the everything around me aside and simply take some time to keep myself healthy, fit and feeling awesome. Why? Because if I don’t love myself in this way, I won’t be around for very much longer to love others. Anyone with me?