What’s For Lunch?

whats-for-lunchRecalling that 2016 is the Year of #NoExcuses , I have made it my business to get my butt in shape both in the gym and in the kitchen!  Breakfast, dinner, and snacks are not a big deal, but lunches often have me stumped!  I am not a big sandwich eater.  I don’t like the way bread makes me feel and most gluten-free breads taste like dirt.  When you take meat and bread out of the mix, lunches can become a bit perplexing – especially when you also don’t want to eat salads for lunch every day of the week.

Well, I’ve come across two recipes that I dearly LOVE that I thought I’d share with you guys.  The cool thing about them is that it is super easy to change the spices and create a whole new dish.

The first recipe comes from our friends at Forks Over Knives (by the way, I highly recommend this site for recipe – they also have an app that is VERY handy).

Mexican-Rice-Soup-LFedit-800x534Mexican Rice Soup

BY HEATHER MCDOUGALL

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 cup long–grain brown rice, toasted (see note)
  • Salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place oil in a small pool in the center of a large skillet, and add garlic and onion.  Cook over medium-low heat for 4 minutes until soft.  (Again, I saute in water or broth)
  2. Add cumin, cayenne, and paprika.  Stir and cook for 1 minute to release flavors.
  3. Add diced tomatoes with liquid, water/broth, lentils, kale, and salt.  Stir and raise heat to high.  When mixture boils, reduce heat to low and cover.  Simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

VARIATIONS:

I omitted the cumin and cayenne and added a couple of tsps of dried italian seasoning.  It was terrific.

I think this would also be good with a curry flavor.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it would work well.

 

If you’re bored with your lunch routine, give these recipes a whirl!  They are delicious and so versatile!  Bon appetit!

So, what’s for lunch in your neck of the woods?

The Year of #NoExcuses

be_nice_to_yourselfYou know, I talk a pretty good game.  I own half of a peak performance company and we help people bust through self-imposed limitations every single day.  And it’s awesome, it really, really is!  And I’ve busted through my fair share of self-imposed bullshit in the past 6 years too.  I’ve taken out the mental garbage more times than I can count.  The process DOES work.

However, 6 years is not enough time to overcome the other 44 years of negative self-talk during my lifetime.  You know, all those nasty things we whisper (and sometimes scream) to ourselves when we’re laying in bed at night trying to fall asleep…

  • Why are you so damned fat?
  • Why didn’t you push harder on that interval set?
  • You know, your swim times really suck!
  • Why did you eat THAT today?
  • You should be a better swimmer, mom, partner, friend…
  • OMG, your thighs are ponderous!
  • You should be smarter, thinner, faster, stronger, more resilient, more productive, more, more, more…
  • And on and on…

good-enoughThe voice in my head doesn’t yell at me as often as she once did, but she’s most definitely still there.  And when she start shouting at me and telling me that I’m not good enough, I tend to have one of two reactions:  I either say, “F@%K YOU, watch me!” or I start making excuses and justifying why it’s okay or why what I’m doing is “good enough.”

“Good enough” is not living.  “Good enough” is living in “the Matrix” being content with whatever is left over in life.

I was meant for more than “good enough.”

We are ALL meant for more than “good enough!”

But of course, WE are the only ones who can do anything about that, aren’t we?

Personal development is a never-ending journey.  Once we think we’ve got it, we’re screwed.  Our logic waits for those moments of over-confidence to swoop in and knock us off our pedestal and attempt to steal our dreams.

I have decided that 2016 shall be a Year of #NoExcuses.  No justifications.  No settling for “good enough.”

I have ONE SHOT at Ironman.  TEN MONTHS to do whatever it takes to get to the finish line of Ironman Florida satisfied that I gave my very best and can walk away with pride in my accomplishment.  I get no do-overs.  If IMFL goes down in flames on November 5th, I don’t get to try again next year.  This is it.  So I have to make the most of it.

Excuses and settling for “good enough” will not serve me in this journey.

“F@%K YOU, watch me!”

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P.S. If you’re looking for a great piece that breaks down the anatomy of an excuse, check out this post from Swim Bike Mom.

Okay 2016, Let’s Do This!

20151224_211738Well, it happened again… I blinked, and here we are launching another year.  It is really insane how quickly time seems to be passing these days.

We had a wonderful holiday!  December is usually a dead month in our business, but this year we were ridiculously busy (I am not complaining one little bit), so the contrast of transitioning from going Mach 5 with our hair on fire to vacation was AH-MAZING!!!!   All 3 kiddos were home, my Mom and her little Yorkie Jax were here too, AND we welcomed a new member of our family.  Meet Kona! She is a 9 week old Miniature Schnauzer who has completely stolen our hearts.  She came home on Christmas Eve and was the best Christmas present ever!20160101_094443

As usual, I took Christmas Eve through the first day back at work of the New Year completely off from all things structured – no structured schedule, no structured eating, no structured training.  It was glorious!  There are those who would disagree with me on the value of a “reset” at the end of each year, but it works for me!  Yes, I feel like a sloth… Yes, I usually gain a couple of pounds…  BUT, by the time the New Year rolls around, I am CRAVING healthy foods and a good stout workout, and that’s the whole point.  I’ll be honest, by Christmas Eve I was so sick of piles of lentils and rice, and the thought of getting on the bike – even my new fancy Chrissie – or heading to the pool or out for a run made me want to cry.  The break was good for me.

Last week I spent some of my off-time, compiling training schedules and spreadsheets through St. Anthony’s at the end of April.  I was excited to go swim and run yesterday (even if my suit fit like a sausage casing).  I am looking forward to my Iron Year.  I know it will be a challenge unlike any I have ever attempted.  I know there will be days when I want to quit.  There will be suffering and sacrifice.  That’s what it’s all about, right?  I will come out of 2016 a different person than I entered it – not just because I finish a long race on the first Saturday of November, but because of what I will have to do between now and then to reach that finish line.  It really IS all about the journey, isn’t it.

As the self-proclaimed QUEEN of self-sabotage, I have adopted a mantra for 2016.  In any given moment, I ask myself, “Is what I am doing (or about to do) moving me toward my goals or farther away from them?”  Is piddling around on Facebook helping me reach my goals or not?  Is eating that __________ taking me closer to my Ironman goals or not?  Am I working out in a way that is making me better or am I phoning it in to check a box?  If the answer is “No” then I stop.  I know those of you highly disciplined people may read that and say, “Duh…,” but for some reason the obvious tends to elude me.  :/

So, here’s to an awesome 2016!  It’s going to be a huge year all the way around.1-HNY