Eating Healthy Takes Discipline

The title says it all. Once upon a time I was a real meat eater. Ribs, burgers, gyro, corn beef and a few delicacy items I had in China that I will not mention. You get the point. I did it all. I will not say anything is wrong with being a meat eater. If that’s what you choose to do, have at it!

I still order bacon when I go out to breakfast. But for the most part it’s chicken, fish and Turkey. What I am beginning to realize is that everything in our diet needs to be in check. That’s where the discipline part comes in.

Now this may be a poor example of a healthy lunch from the break room but at least I tried. This is what happens when you forget to pack your lunch.

I do feel pretty good because they had COOKIES in the cafeteria and no, I did not leave them out of the picture. I passed right by them!

Because every lunch has to have a snack later —right !

I’VE GOT TO DO BETTER!

An Allstar Dinner

This post is going up just after the Allstar weekend was in Cleveland Ohio. Not quite like the Super Bowl with wings and veggie trays, but still a great time. Great because of the food involved.

I must admit this was a healthy refresh dish dinner right from the start. Of course I had nothing to do with it.

The menu: baked carrots, Salmon (in the oven) and fresh cooked greens. My wife topped it off with some toasted bread to make it special.

My contribution besides being hungry was dessert. You are probably thinking cookies but no.

I wrapped up the evening with a bowl of orange sherbet and a warm muffin. See even I can go healthy sometimes.

Checking the Super Bowl food list

We are planning for the Super Bowl Commercials and Halftime show. We will also watch the game in between. Now there are some nice to have and must have healthy choice food items needed.

Let’s take care of the nice to have items. Chicken wings- check, Chips with dip- check, and the healthy choice Veggie tray- got it. Now for the must have item , ahh yes COOKIES! I had to make a dash to the store for a special pick.

I do believe my daughter is using these in some banana pudding which I am totally fine with. To me that’s like a bonus or overtime. You get the healthy bananas and COOKIES! That should make the healthy choice list.

I hope my team wins and they both play a good entertaining game. Either way we have made plans to have a great time and enjoy the company of family.

Most likely there will be left overs from the veggie tray.

I’ve got to do better

Cookie Holiday

Someone in our Toastmaster group talked about creating holidays. Seems like there are quite a few we don’t even know about. The idea was to tell a story about a holiday that you could create. I didn’t get a turn, but there is no doubt in my mind what I would select.

Just so there is no confusion, Cookie Holiday would be my pick. I do not have a particular favorite yet because there are so many I have not tried. It would always fall on a Monday. Something like the first Monday in August is cookie day.

Then we could expect one free cookie with a greater or equal purchase where ever cookies are sold. Being so close to Valentine’s Day, I started day dreaming about cookies. Go figure!

Cookies!

I am sure there are some healthy choice cookies I need to try on my taste buds. Honestly, I have not tried any of those yet.

I’ve got to do better!

Why does she eat so healthy!

I can’t keep up with my wife’s eating style. She’s a healthy eater and I’m on the fence. Maybe looking through the fence.

No meat for my wife, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, smoothies etc…. I feel like I’m in the garden of eden around here.

Veggies on the Chicken

I NEED SOME CHICKEN

No seriously, wings, thighs, legs an occasional breast. The whole ____ bird. Just put it on a plate and turn me loose.

Well I guess it’s all for the better. She does keep some bird in the house. We both gave up red meat a long time ago.

She’s looking out for me and I’m looking for a burger! Turkey of course.

I’ve got to do better

Moving forward like Water

Why focus on what has been when the possibilities of the future are endless! That is my way of saying I can’t make up for all the blog post I have missed in this journey.

What I can say is that I am still on the journey. Slow progress is still progress. I have to be my best friend when it comes to encouragement. Learn how to encourage yourself!

No Resolution

It’s March and most people can’t even remember the resolution they made at the beginning of the year. I can remember mine clearly, because I don’t have one.

I have a plan and goals, that’s it. Part of my plan is to eat healthy. Another part, drink more water.

The goals come in with the meal selection and how much water I am drinking daily. One aspect I am really excited about is the water. Since March 1st, I have only been drinking water. Maybe an adult beverage here and there. But no pop, juice or sugary beverage.

My skin can tell the difference. My body tells me when I need more hydration. It’s really cool when your body is in sync.

The battle against the Covid bulge continues and I am still in the fight!

He did the mash, monster mash to hit the goal

I could not take the pressure which resulted in putting on a tummy toner. It was a monster stomach mash. It was a household smash. It went on with a thrash. Pretty sure it will leave a rash. Monster mash is definitely my favorite Halloween song.

I smashed my stomach with a tummy toner by JustFitter. This was not a back support or anything like it. It was not belt used to help with weight lifting. It’s a straight up tummy toner. It paints a picture of a flat stomach and even more, allows me to see my belt again. I needed the motivation.

I am sure there are many types and styles. What I like about this JustFitter tummy toner is how it gives me an illusion of the potential. Being able to see where you are going is just as important as having directions. When I squeeze it on and then put on my 👔 shirt I am encouraged.

Encouragement is an important tool and sometimes you need to encourage yourself as often as necessary to reach your goal. I hear people putting themselves down all the time. Starting statements like “I will never be able to lose this weight, or whatever the task. I want to encourage you to set goal, visualize it and then encourage yourself. Sounds easy because it is. That’s why I always keep this line in my post, “I’ve got to do better”. Because inside I know it’s possible.

Why are these so tempting

Have you ever noticed when you have made up you mind for a task, everything starts showing up to throw you off? I have walked by this cheesecake 100 times, but yesterday it just looked so good. I remember cheesecake. The smell, texture, creamy taste. I‘m glad it’s a memory I can reflect on.

I didn’t buy any cheesecake or cookies 🍪 yesterday. I am proud of myself. I used discipline and stayed focused. – WILLPOWER- You see I have a belt problem that will not fix itself. I am committed, at least for 3 inches. Check the home page for details.

I would rather have pizza! Yea now we’re talking. This place is awesome. We had a gift card and decided to do pizza. Yes it was my night for dinner. The thin crust veggie pizza was incredible. I could only eat one slice, mainly because I had these. Avocado club egg rolls. I didn’t read the fine print that they had bacon. My wife gave it up, bummer! I didn’t eat all of them in one sitting, I walked around a little.

Moderation is the key and on this day, I did pretty good. First step in changing things up is to have a plan and be specific. Write it down so you see it. Then start a blog….lol. Actually this blog is helping me stay focused.

Speaking of writing, have ever tried to type and ride an exercise bike at the same time, DIFFICULT! This was one day where I did better!

A challenge can be healthy

I love a good challenge. This is not the typical “I dare you model”. I’m talking about a good healthy challenge. You can add the S.M.A.R.T. principal to your challenge and really make it interesting. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.

Giving up cookies is not the challenge. As a matter of fact I will have one today at some point. But I have a belt problem that got my attention. You see I have lost my belt under my belly. I put on it everyday and never see it again. I believe it’s the black belt. Either way I have challenged myself to do something about it.

A healthy challenge

I ramped up my exercise Monday. First off I am not the 🛋 couch kind of guy. I rotate to the recliner, hammock, kitchen chair, bed, you get the idea. I move around a lot. But I have gym in the basement, for real. All the workout dvds necessary plus a personal coach through my job. With all these tools and resources there is no reason why I should not be able to find my belt again.

Words are so powerful. You notice what I am not saying about myself? We have enough people saying negative things, let’s keep it positive and make it fun. Let’s make it a challenge and use a tactic, S M A R T.

This is the challenge. I did a little measuring and if I can work off 3 inches, my belt will reappear, whalla! Now I am going to have a cookie 🍪 and work out all the details. I’ve got to do better.

I got a few likes from FOODIEMAIL where I see some delicious healthy recipes. I am all over your website. You will definitely be part off this battle against the bulge.

Who’s up for a good personal challenge? Let’s go!

Dinners on me tonight

Dinners on me tonight is what I told my Wife Saturday. Then I went right into the internet (you thought I was going to say kitchen) and ordered some BIBBOP. This is one of our go to spots. I know what she likes….. mmmm yep! It was a good night.

I had no idea I would smash the whole dish. Portion control out the window. Forgive me for keeping it real. I see all these sites telling you what to eat and how much. I never see them talking about how much they eat. I’m just keeping it real. I ate the whole thing! If eating slowly counts I should get points for that. There were no leftovers, you get the idea. This is the point where I decided to start working out, next week. I’ll let you know 🤔 how this goes. I am committed, it’s going to happen. I need to find my belt again or at least see it when I look down.

I’ve got to do better.

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