The Struggle or The Prize?

The Struggle or The Prize?

Dear Readers, It is time once again for us to play the game of … I didn’t do it yet, but I will.
I am in the process of moving towards the goals I want to accomplish and that isn’t a neatly wrapped present with a bow..

When you ask God for patience (like I did two years ago) he doesn’t just give it to you. He provides you with circumstances, situations and people that help you to gain it.

Also, when you shoot for the moon, you can’t get there in a day.. You have to use math and astronauts and science get the guys at NASA to let you play on their rocket. All of these things take time. So while it may look like to you (the person pursuing the goal) that its hopeless and you will NEVER get there.. What is actually happening is that you are taking one step at a time to get there. I share the following picture to illustrate that point. This picture is the before picture of the first 5K where I ran/walked. My goal was to half run, half walk. This picture is a representation of success because it represents the following:

1. I did not sleep in, but actually went to the race.
2. I have others with me, helping me along that road.
3. I did not make my goal of running half but I did not QUIT.
4. I ran more than I had previously which proved to me that I could.
5. Most importantly, it was a stepping stone to the next 5K.

In my acting class yesterday, I was reminded that anything worth doing is worth doing well.
I am often impatient with myself and my progress but must remember that when you are a student, the lesson is the struggle and the prize.

Just because I didn’t write it, I see no reason not to share it. Please click on this link to
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Good health is the prize, my friends!

Well dear readers, it has been a rough few days. I don’t think you truly appreciate good health till it leaves you even for a few days.

The things you take for granted are staggering. To name but a few.

1. The ability to kiss or hug my husband.

2. To just plain feel normal.

3. Being able to work out (yes, this one was surprising to me too)

4. Missing out on socializing opportunities with friends and family (you know who you are!)

I have been miserable for most of the week, stuffy nose and sore throat but in stark contrast to other times I have been sick, I stayed home and rested and made sure to take care of myself and not push myself too hard, I still went to work but thanks to my boss who saw how pitiful I was feeling and sent me home early yesterday, I feel SO MUCH better today. I still have a little stuffiness of the nose but my goodness what a difference rest makes. Your parents say it all the time and its true, sleep is the best curative.

I have to wonder if i wasn’t eating healthy and exercising, how long would it have taken me to feel better. Points to ponder! That in and of itself, is reason enough to exercise. Think about it!

I am stronger than how badly I want a cookie

Picture it, Austin 2014..

There is a box of cookies from Tiff’s Treats sitting right next to me. Not only did I not have any, I passed them out to people so that they would be sure to get some. Not only were free cookies here today, there was also deli sandwiches and CAKE. Now I am no saint and there are going to be days when I will succumb and eat the cookie but today for now, this minute, the last two hours I have resisted.

The lesson I think is not the resistance to the cookie but the focus on how I walked/ran 3.6 miles and one cookie will really derail a lot of that progress so I will do my best to avoid temptation and not eat a cookie, trying to remember how each mile I ran today was a slog and it was hard and it was totally worth it when I finished. Will a cookie make me feel that same sense of satisfaction?

It is about will power and the choice to eat healthy 90% of the time and then truly cheat one day a week. We got so far away from that, which is one of the reasons I think eating well every other day is now so hard. We formed the habit of not cheating and then fell out of it, so we have to reform.. (funny how that word fits) our habits anew. So away I walk from the cookie, and happy to have beaten the sweet. This Time.

What do you find hard to give up? What is easy?

To give you a taste (ha I kill me!) of how it’s easier than you think to eat paleo. I am noting a recipe for Paleo Gumbo- I am from New Orleans, born and raised and I know gumbo. I don’t know much about how to cook it but luckily my husband does and was kind enough to help me put this together for you to cook it. Try it and report back!

Paleo Gumbo- what you will need:(this makes about 16 portions) if you want to make less, cut it in half 🙂

4lb bag boneless,skinless fajita meat

4lbs smoked sausage

2 big (40 oz) bags frozen cut okra

2 small bags (16oz)- frozen normandy

(4 cans) 28 oz diced tomatoes

4 full bay leaves

.03 lbs chili pepper

12 teaspoons sweet potato flour

14 oz Creole Seasoning Mix

12 teaspoons olive oil

1 lb bag of quinoa

Chop chicken into bite size pieces

Slice sausages into circles cook all ingredients as directed

Combine 1/2 chicken, sausage, vegetables and bay leaves and tomatoes and quinoa (half of all) ingredients into stock pot-

Warm up 6 teaspoons of olive oil add six teaspoons of coconut or sweet potato flour stir until dark brown(color like peanut butter)

Add roux into stock pot, let simmer on medium heat for twenty minutes add file (pronounced like filet)powder to mix– Eat and enjoy!