How I Stay Motivated

You can’t have knowledge without application.

At least that’s what Daddy always told us.  As such, my recipe for success is quite simple…

Knowledge + Application = Success.

However, while simple in theory, putting this equation into practice is far from easy.  There are a few missing variables that separate those that reach their goals from those who don’t – mindset, motivation and consistency.  I believe these three variables are responsible for the disconnect between knowledge and application, and derail even the most determined individuals from succeeding.  If there is one thing alone that can determine the outcome of your efforts, over anything else, it’s your mindset.  “If you believe it, you can achieve it”…”Thoughts become feelings, and feelings become things”…”Confidence is key”…”Have a can-do attitude” – are all adages we’ve all heard at some point in our lives, and for good reason.  They’re all true!  I know this from personal experience (definitely more on this later).  Consistency is also a very important factor.  Consistency, or the lack thereof in my case, was a huge roadblock in my path to health and wellness (more on this too).  In order to be consistent, you have to have constant motivation.  Of course, easier said that done.  So how do I stay motivated?  I wanted to share a few healthy habits that I’m trying to incorporate into my healthy lifestyle and I must say, they have kept my motivation tank full this past week.  So here goes…

Since I'm either on campus all day or out traveling to elementary schools conducting SNAP-Ed lessons, I'm always eating on the go.  I control what I eat (and save money) by packing my food for the day.  I try to eat about six small meals/snacks a day so what you see here is an example of what I eat in a day (during the week) minus breakfast and my last meal - grapes and string cheese, apple and cashews, sloppy joe, salad w/ a Kashi bar.  I also try to combine protein and carbs at each meal.

Since I’m either on campus all day or out traveling to elementary schools conducting SNAP-Ed lessons, I’m always eating on the go. I control what I eat (and save money) by packing my food for the day. I try to eat about six small meals/snacks a day so what you see here is an example of what I eat in a weekday minus breakfast and my last meal — grapes and string cheese, apple and cashews, sloppy joe, salad w/ a Kashi bar. I also try to combine protein and carbs at each meal.

I like to pack my gym bag for the week, even though I don't necessarily need it.  Even if I don't go straight to the gym (or go to the gym at all), having my gym clothes ready gives me added motivation to work out.  I already know what I'm going to wear so it takes away the excuse of me "not having enough time to get ready".  It's also easier to talk myself into working out.  I find myself saying "You already have your clothes set out, you might as well just put them on."

I like to pack my gym bag for the week, even though I don’t necessarily need it. Even if I don’t go straight to the gym (or go to the gym at all and just work out at home), having my gym clothes ready gives me added motivation to work out. I already know what I’m going to wear so it takes away the excuse of me “not having enough time to get ready”. It’s also easier to talk myself into working out. I find myself saying “You already have your clothes set out, you might as well just put them on.”  Then once they’re on, I’m good to go!

The major motivator for this week...having an "accountabili-buddy".  Having a workout partner adds some accountability and makes you less likely to skip out on a workout.  It's easy for me to talk myself out of a workout, but not if it means letting someone else down.  My "accountabilil-buddies" are my dad and my big sis.  We have daddy-daughter gym dates at least 4 times a week.  By the way, dads = awesome personal trainers ;)

The major motivator for this week…having an “accountabili-buddy”. Having a workout partner adds some accountability and makes you less likely to skip out on a workout. It’s easy for me to talk myself out of a workout, but not if it means letting someone else down. My “accountabilil-buddies” are my dad and my big sis. We have daddy-daughter gym dates at least 4 times a week. By the way, dads = awesome personal trainers 😉

Take home message on staying motivated:

Be proactive, plan and find a workout partner.

What’s In Your Pantry? (Grocery Haul)

I must admit.  I like to stay up on my fair share of gossip like who’s dating who, and who’s  wearing what, but I’m also very much interested in who’s eating what.  I believe you can tell a lot about a person by what they eat.  We all know there’s a huge cultural component associated with food, but I also believe that there is much to learn about one’s personality based on their food preference and choices.  Just like with fashion, we see fads come and go, high priced, brand name products, and food trends. Our interaction with food is a huge form of self-expression.

Now that you have a glimpse into my obsession with food, let me open the door just a little bit more…I absolutely love checking out people’s social media posts about the different foods they’ve discovered and meals they’ve experienced.  I’m also always interested in seeing how people manage and maintain healthy eating habits – how they shop, how they store food, how they prepare/cook food – so that I can pick up some new tricks of the trade.  I figured if I’m this intrigued about what kind of foods people are buying and eating there has to be at least one other person on this earth that would be interested also.  Hence, my grocery haul.

I had a great shopping/prepping/cooking routine while I was living on my own, however moving back in with my parents has presented some challenges.  The biggest one being limited storage space.  While on my own, I would pretty much do my shopping on Saturday and batch cooking for the week on Sunday.  It took some discipline but it made life so much easier.  Not to mention, I saved so much money from not eating out.  Well now that I am a broke college student, time and money have become even bigger challenges.  Swearing off Ramen noodles and Easy Mac, one challenge that I currently set for myself is finding an eating routine that’s convenient, easy on my pockets and of course, healthy.

That being said, today I did my shopping at Walmart and Safeway.  The total damage done was $70.28.  That may sound like a lot initially, but it’s cheaper than grabbing breakfast, snacks and lunch on the go everyday.  Also, I anticipate some of the items lasting longer than a week (grapes, bread, honey – for sure).  Check out the pictures below to see what I got!

As of late, I try to shop in food groups.

From top left to bottom right: fruits & veggies, protein, whole grains, dairy.

Miscellaneous items:  toasted coconut chips, apple chips and honey.

Miscellaneous items: toasted coconut chips, apple chips and honey.

I got all this for $70.28!  One meal I plan to make quite frequently is the turkey wrap (seen above).  One of my favorite snacks - post work-out, late-night, or whenever - is apple slices and peanut butter.

I got all this for $70.28! One meal I plan to make quite frequently is the turkey wrap (seen above). One of my favorite snacks – post work-out, late-night, or whenever – is apple slices and peanut butter.

What are some of your healthy shopping / food prep habits?  You know I’d love to hear about them!

Pursuing My Passion

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On student panel of “Future Health Care Providers” episode of Health Matters sharing why I chose to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Being a late adopter and falling on the lower end of the technologically savvy spectrum, I never thought I would be able to start my own blog and admired those who did.  I have always been intimidated by technology.  Combine that with a fear of failure and what do you get?… paralysis, repression and stagnation.  Almost 2 years ago I made the decision to give up my steady paycheck, benefits and my cushy apartment to once again become a broke college student and move back in with my parents, but most importantly to follow my dream of becoming a registered dietitian.  To find out why, click here to watch (start at 5:39).  Making such a drastic life change at 24 years old, I thought “this would be a perfect time to start a blog” and I wrote my first blog entry ever (click here read it).  Unfortunately, that was my first and only blog entry until eight months later.  And guess what happened after I wrote my second entry?  If you said nothing, you guessed it!  That became my second and last blog entry – until now.  I got so lost and caught up in the chaos of life that I wasn’t living (that’s a whole other story for another time).  Fast forward, now I’m preparing to finish my didactic program in dietetics this May, and I will eventually complete my dietetic internship and sit for and pass the National Registration Exam (yes, I’m putting it in the universe – law of attraction, anyone?).  Someone who has been very influential in my life told me the journey is just as important as the destination.  So now that you know where I’m headed, you probably already guessed that this blog will be about my journey.  I plan to encounter self-expression, self-discovery and growth along the way.  Care to join me?