Baby Steps

Sometimes, things can seem overwhelming. For example, I have heard many people talk about how it’s too hard to lose weight, eat right or get on a regular workout schedule because it seems like a big commitment and too much to handle all at once. This happens to the best of us, and isn’t just for macro goals like a healthy lifestyle. This feeling of apathy occurs all the time on a day-to-day basis, and this week, my moments of deluge of have been incessant. Today, I had a DVD workout planned for after work. All day, I pumped myself up for Jillian Michaels and her “No Trouble Zones,” because it kicked my booty last time. I ended up staying at work fairly late to finish some tasks, so that plus an abnormally long commute home and a walk with Penny left me less than eager to pop in another 40 minutes of strenuous exercise. I felt like flopping on the couch, but I compromised with myself. I decided I would do a DVD as planned, but switched it up to Jackie Warner’s 15 minutes full body circuit. She manages to fatigue all your muscles with three sets of five minute weight lifting exercises (upper body, lower body and abs). I got through the 15 minutes, and as you might expect, I felt great! I decided to take on a 30 minute yoga workout with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. I did sun salutations and stretches plus down dog, warrior pose, the whole bit! After my 40 minutes of combined workouts, I still felt good, but knew I needed to get dinner started.

I threw a bunch of goodies into my rice cooker, my favorite appliance and flipped the switch. I knew I had 20 minutes to kill, so I emptied the dishwasher. In our house, cleaning the kitchen, doing the dishes, emptying and filling the dishwasher are VERY daunting tasks. So rather than tackling the whole project, I just took the first step on the road to a clean room. Once I was done, I went back to strength training. With a little bit of a break, my arms had recovered, so I did three sets of 15 push-ups, doing as many non “girly” reps as I could before lowering my knees. I got up to ten! I also included three sets of ten tricep push-ups, using my couch as a base.

After a couple of plank holds, I heard the flip on the rice cooker click, and ran to get my chow. After the addition of some plain Greek Yogurt and a smidge of shredded cheese, I had one of my best rice cooker dishes ever:

Quinoa, broccoli, tomato, leftover Sicilian eggplant … divine! The texture of the Greek Yogurt mixed in with the quinoa made me think of a healthified risotto. Now I’m inspired to start intentionally creating a recipe like that …

The point is that doing something is definitely better than doing nothing and when you break it down into smaller pieces, it just seems more manageable, and more likely than not, I ended up doing as much as if I had done the whole 40 minute DVD as originally planned.

Now off to watch a bit of American Idol before bed. I’m definitely rooting for Haley!

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5 thoughts on “Baby Steps

  1. Thanks! That means a lot coming from you – you are always creating delicious food with substitutions and additions.

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