Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury – to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.
First time making chicken curry on brown rice with a side of seaweed… #remindsmeofhighschool #tripod? @zavenari
- Eat your calories.
What do I mean by that? I don’t drink my calories. I know a lot of people believe juices are good for you but the way I see it, why not just eat the fruit or vegetable you were going to juice anyways. You’ll get more fiber from it and it will take longer for your body to digest, making you fuller for longer.
- Carry a Water Bottle Everywhere.
I refill my water bottle with water at restaurants (#noshame). You never know how much water you want to sip at until you bring a canteen with you where ever you go. It keeps you hydrated, helps you tell when you are actually hungry and it is an instant detox. Plus, it’s great for the environment.
- Go Outside and Play.
If you don’t like the gym, don’t go! I personally love the gym. I feel stronger, happier and (not gonna lie) sexier after I gym. But I know it’s not for everyone. Don’t drag yourself to something everyday to lose weight. Make your health journey something you look forward to. Go on a hike, walk your dog, take a dance class, play ball with your friends. Enjoy activities. Working out doesn’t have to feel like work. You can’t keep it up if you don’t like it. This is a lifestyle change, not a YOYO diet. Love what you do every minute and don’t settle for less.
- Get Excited to Eat Healthy Food
When you eat, make sure you can fully appreciate your food. Eat slowly. Try eating with a cocktail fork (it works for me!). Healthy food doesn’t have to taste bad. When your food just is too plain, add natural flavorings such as garlic, onions, lemon juice, lemon zest, peppers, herbs, etc… Smell the food before you eat it. Really enjoy what you eat. If you can live without some things, DO IT! I mean it. I actually can live without a lot of things. I don’t need butter, bread, white rice, pasta, almost anything from a box. But I can’t live without sugar. I have the worst sweet tooth and I know it. I can usually keep a great diet going but if I know there is something sweet in the house, I binge on it. So I never leave sugar in the house. If I want something, I have to go out and get it myself. It was the best decision of my life. If I’m too lazy to go get something sweet, I eat a spoonful of all natural peanut butter and my cravings settle down.
- Plan ahead.
I know everyone feels like it’s too hard to be healthy. It’s much easier to eat out or buy TV dinners but honestly it’s much easier (and cheaper) to live a healthy lifestyle. Buying frozen veggies is actually more nutritional than buying fresh vegetables. I make food once a day and I eat from that. A sample of my daily diet is more or less like this :
- Breakfast : Greek Yogurt with a ton of cinnamon and a medium size apple, or banana
- Snack : a tiny spoon of All Natural Peanut Butter
- Lunch : I bake two servings of fish/ lean meat, one for lunch and one for dinner. Pop a serving of frozen veggies in the microwave, grab a handful of spinach or red lettuce, and have some salsa as dressing
- Dinner : Microwave frozen veggies, the left over meat from lunch and have it with a serving of leafy greens and salsa. Fruit for dessert with greek yogurt.
Staying healthy makes my body feel better. I have more energy, I am more alert and I’m happier now that I treat my body better. What do you do to stay healthy?
I know deciding to start your life over is extremely frustrating. Whether you decide to change to quit your job and find a new one or you decided to completely try a new professional field, huge changes like that can be overwhelming and a little scary. After almost a year after I decided to change my career path and completely start my life over, I’ve learned a lot about myself and I’m much better off for it. I’ve always made a lot of mistakes to get where I am and I figured this would be a great way to help those who need guidance. I hope this article will help you with your experience to move forward.
- Stop Thinking.
I know it’s overwhelming to start over again, but feeling lost is natural. When you decide to completely change your life, you’re going to do a lot of thinking. You’ll stress about figuring out what you want and that’s only going to leave you feeling more frustrated and less motivated. What I’ve learned about this method of finding yourself is that it does NOT work. Stop thinking about the things you like and start doing them. See how you feel when you are doing them. Try new things you’ve always wanted to try. Read more books you are interested in and if you aren’t interested in them anymore, stop reading them. People don’t learn to ride a bike by thinking about it. They have to fall a few times before they succeed. Life is the same way. You never know what you really want to do unless you try it out and observe how your body feels when you’re experiencing these things. So stop thinking and start doing.
- Don’t Listen to the Noise.
Learning this was the hardest thing for me to do and I’m still trying to ignore it. Don’t listen to other people’s negative thoughts about your choice to change. There are always going to be people that disagree with what you are doing. Either they are worried for you and want you to have a secure job or they are jealous they didn’t quit their jobs as well. No matter why they are saying what they are saying, this change is never going to be as important to them as this is to you. You control your destiny, and you have to decide what feels right for you.
- Enjoy the Ride.
Life can be a stress filled, scary place or it can be your playground. But that is your choice. Though this is not the ideal situation you wanted to be in, try to make the most of what you can from it. Remember that the journey is just as, or even more important, than the end. This is the time where you can do whatever interests you. So live a little!
- Don’t be Afraid to Fail.
Everyone fails. And really it doesn’t matter how many times you fall. It’s about how many times you get up. Failing just means that you actually put yourself out there and honestly that takes a lot of courage. So pat yourself on the back, you deserve it. Besides, you learn so much more from your failures than your successes, so in a way you’re succeeding by growing!
- Stop Trying to Find Your Passion.
I wasted so much time trying to find my passion. Passion isn’t something you have to discovery. Passion is something you have to remember. After teaching children for a living, I realized something very important; children know who they are. They are too young to be influenced by their parents’ expectations or society’s norms. They don’t try to be something they’re not. They are perfectly imperfect, nothing more, nothing less. We just have to reconnect with our inner child. What did he/she want to always do? Start there.
- Don’t Think the Fear is Your Enemy.
Fear is the path to your heart’s desires. Whatever you are afraid of, face it. Get out of your comfort zone and feel that rush. See how you feel when you try the things you always wanted to try. Studies have shown that if you just change the outlook of the situation, the fear you feel can actually turn into excitement. Believe in yourself. You can do it!
- Stop focusing on the problem.
Most people who start over only focus on the problem. Think of a New Year’s Resolution. “Lose weight”, “Pay off Loans”. People write down the problem and focus on the problem they need to address instead of the solution. “Exercise 5 times a week”, “Stalk up the pantry with healthy food”. This is why people end up quitting their New Year’s Resolution after a couple of weeks. So instead of saying I’m lost, I’m unemployed and I don’t know what I want to do with my life. Start with a plan. Plan to do something you always wanted to do. Go to the library and read. Go help at a homeless shelter. Start focusing on a solution, not the problem.
I hope this helped. I know what it’s like to feel lost and a little helpless (as I am currently going through the motions) but I want you to know that you’re not alone, this isn’t the worst situation to be in and you, like I, will eventually find what we are looking for. Maybe it won’t be exactly what you imaged it to be but trust me, it’ll be even better.
Les Miserable with the puppy
With my bundle of joy #peamutt
At Lewis Family Playhouse for Les Miserables with my puppy… And vincy