While I was planning this post I went back and read my last one, which was several months ago. It was about how I’m constantly abandoning this blog, because I feel like I have nothing to share. It was another post about how I’m starting again and I’m going to keep fighting. Well…here I am again. I often feel like I have nothing to give and I can’t help anyone, because look how much of a mess I am. Maybe this is exactly what I have to give. I’m someone who makes mistakes. I’m someone who lets life get in the way or gets down and frustrated and quits. I’m also someone who keeps starting again. One of these times I hope it sticks, but I’m not going to stop fighting until it does.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here’s where I am right now. I have done all 3 races at the Princess Half Marathon weekend for the first time since I was injured in 2015. I am working on taking care of myself and making my health and well-being a priority. It seems that this is something many people struggle with. How do we balance it all? I don’t think anyone has it all figured out. All we can do is keep trying, and that’s what I’m doing right now.
After I got back into running, and had my comeback half marathon, I needed a new challenge. Strength training has never been my thing and I’ve always wanted to work on it. After a trip to the Dollar Tree, where I hit the jackpot on workout DVDs, I discovered Beginner Shred with Jillian Michaels. I like a lot of her other videos and this seemed like great way to get myself back into strength training. It includes three twenty-minute workouts (not including warm-up and cool down), which combine strength training and cardio intervals. Each workout increases in intensity and is meant to be done for 10 days. This is very similar to her other DVDs, but it is meant to ease you in. It makes a good choice for people who are just getting into fitness or starting over after some time off. I just completed day 5 of level one, and I’m excited to see how it goes. Stay tuned for my progress, and other fun things. Let me know if there are any common weight loss or health and fitness questions you have. I’m certainly no expert, but I’ll do my best!
My mom and I created a new flatbread pizza recipe. I hope you like it!
Veggie Flatbread Pizza
Serves 2. 4 Weight Watchers Points per serving
1 Light Original Flatout Flatbread
3 Creamy Swiss Light Laughing Cow wedges
1/4 c Newman’s Own Mushroom Marinara (or your favorite cream-free marinara)
Veggies of your choice (We used mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers)
1/2 c Kraft 2% Mozzarella Shredded Cheese
Papa Murphy’s Herb & Cheese blend (or other garlic/cheese seasoning)
1 tsp. (or less) Olive Oil (or cooking spray)
Lightly saute the vegetables, just so that they will be cooked through when you bake the pizza. Spread three wedges of Laughing Cow cheese over the entire flatbread. Spread sauce over the entire flatbread. Add the vegetables, then the cheese. Lightly sprinkle with the herb and cheese blend (I said LIGHTLY. Using too much of anything with cheese in it will add another point. If you don’t want to add something with cheese, you can just use garlic or herbs). Bake at 375 for 10 minutes on the oven rack for a crunchy crust. Enjoy!
Let me know if you try your own pizza and what toppings you used!
I used to struggle so much with losing weight and being healthy. I would say, “I just like to eat and I hate to exercise. This is who I am.” Every time I would try to lose weight, I failed. I failed because every moment of healthy eating and exercise was drudgery. I thought I was forcing myself to be someone I wasn’t. When you are trying to force yourself into a box you don’t feel like you fit in, you will either be miserable, or you’ll never be able to keep it up. This is why I always set myself up for failure.
Back in January, when I started this journey, God opened my eyes. Little by little, as I just put my head down and did the work, it wasn’t drudgery any more. It became something I enjoyed doing. I like finding healthy things to eat that taste good. I like working out. I like talking about health and fitness. Months into this process, I have realized THIS is the person I always was deep down. For the first time since I was a kid, I look in the mirror and like who I see….not just on the outside, but on the inside too. I don’t even recognize that lazy, unhealthy girl. The girl I am now is who I was always meant to be, and she’s not going anywhere.