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Goals and Incentives

When it comes to our health many of us are trying to set lifelong goals. If you’re anything like me, you need a good incentive to accomplish these goals!

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For a long time, I exercised because I needed to lose weight. But now I have lost plenty and instead, need to gain back the muscle lost from RA. Unfortunately, the daily joint pain makes it harder to get motivated. In 2009, when I trained my body to swim a mile, I didn’t have much joint pain, just the shoulders and knees to worry about. It was one of the toughest few months of my life, trying to motivate myself to swim a mile. It took a very long time to get going and in the beginning I was extremely frustrated and could only swim about seven laps a day. Slowly but surely I built up to 10 and then 20 and then got stuck there for a while. Until one day, I decided I was going to swim 32 laps. I was fortunate to have two really good friends cheering me on!

I’m not usually very good at making New Years resolutions and keeping them. I gave up on that a while ago. But throughout the year, I do set goals and try to make the most of them! Last year was all about career goals and a lot of hard work went into finding the right job.

This year, I am planning a pretty lengthy road trip for this summer. In order for me to last more than a few days on the road, camping and hiking, I’ll need to get into really good shape! Not only will I be letting myself down if I fail, but also my wonderful boyfriend! Therefore, I’ll be doing a lot of research and writing about my findings here!

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“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau

Ultra Healthy Dinner

After eating pancakes for dinner last night, I decided to be a bit healthier today!

Typically, I cook enough food to leave plenty of leftovers for the week. As a teacher, I need to pack a lunch every day. When I finish cooking, I divide the leftovers into lunch size portions and put them in the fridge. Each morning, I can easily pop a tupperware into my lunch box!

Tilapia, kale and a brown rice, quinoa mix. Full of vitamins and Omega 3s!

tilapiaeditSOC006_XlI put the tilapia in a bowl with lemon juice, salt, onion pepper and garlic seasoning. Let it sit, while I sautéed the kale with olive oil until it wilted. This Seeds of Change mix is wonderful because it’s so easy to prepare and Organic. I dumped the whole package in a pot with a little olive oil and warmed it up on low. Finally, I sautéed the tilapia on medium until fully cooked.

This is a quick, healthy meal and with leftovers, it is also inexpensive!

Before eating this meal, I went for a long walk and did my yoga stretches! This is exactly what I need to be doing every day!

For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent,” -Tony Robbins.

Pancakes for New Years Day

This year I took responsibility for my pain and made some big changes! I also made big promises to myself, including setting lofty goals. Starting this blog was a huge part of my plan to educate others on RA and the necessary changes I’ve had to make for my health. It has been a slow and difficult process, with lots of trial and error, but progress has been made!

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2014 is full of possibilities with so much to look forward to! I’m happy that 2013 has come to close. It was a wild year, full of uncertainties and huge obstacles to overcome. Looking forward to the future, now more than ever…

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I’m planning a long road trip this summer and I look forward to writing all about it! The Trip will begin at the Grand Canyon and hopefully continue west for at least month! I have lots of training to do if I’m going to hike down to the bottom and camp the canyon with my boyfriend! Setting goals and achieving them is something I take very seriously. Over the years, I have achieved some challenging goals, but these will probably prove to be the hardest yet!

More about that later…

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It was a very rainy, yucky January 1st at my house! Therefore, I prepared a treat for dinner to cheer myself up! I used the same mix from the delicious banana bread I made a few weeks ago. The recipe called for 1 cup of mix, 1 large egg, 3/4 cup of water and 1 tbsp of oil. I used an organic egg and vegetable oil. After mixing up all of the ingredients, I decided to add a little more of the Mix to thicken it up. It should make four pancakes about the size of the ones below, but I only made 3 to ensure that I would have enough room to flip them. It’s been a while since I made pancakes! I cooked them slowly on low-medium heat and topped them off with a little butter/olive oil spread, organic maple syrup and sliced bananas.

The pancakes turned out to be delicious but rather filling! From this meal, I consumed about 3.5 grams of saturated fat, which is something I constantly have to monitor. Sugars are also on the bad list and must be monitored. These were a real treat and I’m glad I made them for this special day! Tomorrow begins the hard work… cutting down on my sugar intake and making this body stronger!

Happy New Year everyone!!

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