Thursday, August 22, 2013

Nicole: Part 3 - Real Woman, Real Life

We are all on the constant look-out for easy, healthy, tasty meals...right?!  Nicole has some advice to help curb the unhealthy munchies and make mealtime tasty and healthy:
"First, I always try to prepare ahead of time.  I buy lost of fruits and veggies and as soon as I get home I wash it all and cut it up and have it ready to use in the fridge.  If it is not easily accessible...I'm tempted to eat chips or junk food.  I also use my crock pot a lot.  One of our favorites is fiesta chicken.  I put 4 chicken breasts, shredded carrots, bell peppers, salsa, garlic, and cumin in the crock pot on low in the morning.  By dinner time it's ready to be shredded and put into tortillas, over rice, or even on top of lettuce.  My secret is also using big lettuce leaves instead of tortillas for my tacos.  One of my biggest cravings is for crunchy, salty foods.  So in order to satisfy that craving, I make stove top popped popcorn.  Popped with coconut oil and I only sprinkled a tiny bit of salt and pepper on it!  Perfection!"
Nicole is human has cravings like all of.  "Some of my favorite 'treat' meals were nachos, pizza and bacon cheeseburgers!"  But Nicole has a new way of treating herself now that her eating habits have changed. 
"One of my favorite sayings is 'if you look good while you're working out, you'll feel good while working out!'  Every time I met one of my small goals, I would treat myself by buying a new workout outfit.  Even though I was sometimes so tired getting up at 5 am, I was excited to wear my new workout clothes!"
I like that.  In fact, I wore my new shoes (the pink ones) to the gym tonight and I have to admit I was a tad bit more excited about going! :)

I asked Nicole if she had any words of advice for anyone out there who might be struggling with a healthy lifestyle, and I am inspired by what she had to share about taking time for ourselves.  It's a much needed reminder to not neglect our own body and well-being:
"There are times in our lives when we have a lot on our plate and are juggling twenty different balls.  Adding one more challenge, one more thing to work just too much.  We are all real women, with real messy homes, real busy jobs, real crazy wild kids, and real hungry husbands.  We may be going to college, starting a new career, or starting a new family.  We are taking care of our families, our parents, our friends, and our neighbors and pouring out to everyone around us.  But if we're not taking a small chunk out of our busy, hectic REAL lives to pour back into ourselves, to invest in our health and happiness, then we are going to end up empty women.  Tired.  Unhappy.  Unhealthy.  Unfit.  If we are happy with who we see in the mirror, if we are healthy and fit and strong and confident, then we will be better wives, better moms, better daughters, and better friends.  But it may seem like a huge undertaking or you may have big, unreachable goals.  Take it one step at a time.  Baby steps.  One small goal at a time.  Instead of saying you want to start working out, an easier more attainable goal would be doing cardio 3 times a week and buying a new workout DVD.  Instead of trying to change your eating habits all at once, try just getting rid of all junk food and sweets.  Write those goals down and put them up where you can see them every day and will be reminded of what you're working toward.  If you mess up and give up and have a rough couple of days, it doesn't mean you have failed.  Get back on that healthy wagon.  Get focused and try harder!  There are unlimited do-overs and restarts!  That's life.  That's reality.  Take one step at a time, one day at a time, one goal at a time.  You can all do this!  We are all strong determined women who have conquered so much in our lives and it's time we focus on ourselves and making us healthier, happier and more fit!"
Thank you for sharing your success and advice, Nicole.
You are an inspiration, and a beautiful Momster!

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