Happiness is key, next to patience.

The past three days, I noticed something about myself. Something I probably wouldn’t of, had I not been alone. I was alone because Rachel flew out of town to be with her mother for a few days. During this time, I noticed a huge difference in how a behave and think when I’m with myself. It’s as if I’ve been relying on Rachel to be happy. I didn’t go out of my way to cook a decent meal, dropped my personal hygiene standards and went into a pretty dark thinking pattern. Just really put myself down. This change I noticed, is what I believe to be why I cheated my new lifestyle.

I just kept questioning if I was satisfied with the path I’m currently on and being pretty negative about it. Thought to myself that this page is a waste of time and that I’m just hanging onto false hope. Just a lot of negative thinking.

Really, that’s all it is though. Negative thinking.

It’s not like I was somebody on the verge of homelessness with nowhere to turn. I still have what’s important, a great girlfriend, next to free living and nothing to complain about.

I think my problem is that I expect good results too fast. Looking for that instant gratification. This is and I can’t stress it enough, my biggest hurdle to overcome. It’s what causes me to act impulsively and sometimes aggressively towards myself if I don’t get what I’m expecting.

My approach to dealing with this will be some intense self-talking and realistic weekly goals. I won’t be the healthy person I want to be in a week, but I can set goals. The first goal may be to replace all liquid intake with water for the first week, just giving myself small challenges to accomplish.

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The Paleo diet

Read about how I’m going to become a healthier me with the Paleo diet.

Of all diets out there, this ones seems like one I can see myself doing without too much effort. All it really aims for is cutting out all processed food or unnecessary additives like basic sugar or salt. Which is expected of anyone who wants to be healthy.

I plan on starting the caveman diet as of next Monday. We will clear out the fridge by Sunday, and then it’s off to a fresh start! This diet claims that it will make me much leaner than many other diets would, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see! I will post back about this subject on Monday the 28th. My starting measurements and what I have bought at the grocery store will be included in Monday’s update.

I think it’s important to set a goal. As of today, since I don’t have a scale, my goal will be measured by how well I feel, and measurements of my entire body in inches. I don’t like to use the scale, it doesn’t feel necessary. Health isn’t determined by weight, it’s determined by how well you feel and the energy you have to back it up. My goal starting Monday, will be to have more energy in the mornings and to stop feeling bloated. So far I have been feeling good, thanks to the healthier foods we’ve chosen since starting the blog. Though, I don’t feel as good as I want to yet. There’s still some snow to shovel under my skin. So hopefully this dietary choice gives me that extra kick I need during the days.

Avocado & Egg Toast

Very good for mornings! Very light breakfast. Precook the eggs and this could be made very quickly in the mornings.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Avocado
  • Mayonnaise or Humus (Hummus being the healthier choice)
  • Any bread of your choice
  • pepper (optional)

How to put it all together:

  1. Make your hard boiled eggs (a quick search will teach you how to do this)
  2. While your eggs are boiling, toasts two slices of bread
  3. Spread your mayo, humus or butter on both slices
  4. Slice your avocado and place evenly all over your toast
  5. once you eggs are cooked, slice them and place them evenly on the toast as well
  6. You can add pepper for taste, completely optional

Make it your own by changing it up! Make a sandwich out of it! Anything you seem fit!

 

A deliciously healthy supper!

If you read this post here, you know that we actually run a fast-food restaurant. This means that we need some real willpower to keep up this new project of ours. It’s hard to not eat fattening food if it’s in your face most of the day! Everyday I constantly remind myself of my goals. It can be difficult, but luckily there are ways to cope! The method that has proven to be efficient for me is to plan meals. Give yourself something to look forward to. Take yourself over to Google and find a delicious and healthy looking recipe!

The first night me and Rachel decided to  take up a healthier lifestyle, we agreed on a set of rules. We are to stop over eating, eating food from our restaurant, we must exercise everyday and also cook homemade healthy meals. Thus far, we have been sticking to the plan! Our first meal was a rice based simple to make recipe. You can read it here!

My outlook so far on this journey.

One thing I’ve really enjoyed about eating healthier is that you feel a change right away! It only takes a few days before you start feeling different. Going from always heavy and bloated to light and full of energy. I used to rather stay inside and play my PS4 for hours, but these past few days I barely looked at the game. I’ve actually done something with myself instead of feeling over stuffed and out of breath.

Rice with sauteed peppers

 

Here is a very simple and easy to make rice based dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • Sesame Oil ( 1 tsp)
  • Pepper ( dash)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Olive Oil ( 1 tsp)
  • Rice

Directions

  1. Cook your rice as indicated on the package.
  2. Julienne slice the peppers.
  3. In a medium skillet simmer the olive oil, sesame oil, pepper and minced garlic.
  4. Add in the peppers and cook until desired tenderness.
  5. Once the rice is ready, top it off with your vegetables.

How I plan to start my health effort. (and how you could to)

How do you take the first steps? Where do you start?

If you read the last post, you are familiar with a list of bad habits keeping me from becoming the healthy person I want to be. Which I believe anybody can relate to. We all have bad habits getting in the way of some sort of goal or desire. We all have obstacles to overcome and I hope that from seeing me shed these poor routines, you can feel confident in your ability to do the same! Like I said in my last post, I’m just a regular guy and if I, of all people, can find the motivation to make a change…ANYBODY CAN!

So where do I start? What habit do I tackle first? What do I do in order to start being healthier?

These are question I found myself asking. A lot of the time, asking these questions lead to me giving up because I had no clue! I wasn’t an expert or some personal trainer(obviously). I over-thought my issues and made such a big deal out of them, instead of just using some common sense… Luckily I have gone through some events that now allow me to see the bigger picture and to tap into the magical world of common sense.

Being healthy is simple, BUT that doesn’t mean it’s easy. So let me tell you my game plan. First thing’s first, where do I start? Some people get caught up on this one and fall into something called analysis-paralysis(cartoon on the bottom is a great example). They spend so much time doing research on how to solve the issue, that they never actually solve the problem or get anything done. They get this overload of info and can’t get a clear view on what to actually do. So let’s skip this step entirely and just use COMMON SENSE.

analysis-paralysis

NOW… what is common sense telling me?

Well, I have a list of bad habit. Which means, if I want to be healthy, they need to be exchanged for better ones. This is where it may be tricky for some people… Which bad habit should I change first? What is the priority? Well… I don’t know. I personally don’t think it matters where you start. Commons sense tells me that if I continue to ask questions instead of simply making a change, I’ll just continue asking questions. It’s time to get out of my head, and onto my feet! So that is what I’m going to do! My game plan is simple. All it is, is to start making changes!

Since I have a long list of habits to chose from, why not start with one habit most people can relate to? Waking up and eating breakfast! I don’t know why this is so hard, but I really suck at waking up in the morning. If I say I’m going to wake up at 7 am, you can bet your ass I’m waking up at nine. Never fails, and even if I do wake up early, it doesn’t mean I am going to eat breakfast. I can’t even remember the last time I woke up and actually prepared a decent morning meal. So these are two habits I plan on tackling first.

I don’t want to overload you with more words, so take in what you just read about picking your fights and don’t over think the issue. Just do it instead of thinking about it. It really is that simple.

Check in tomorrow evening! I will be dissecting the first steps I took to a better me.