Oh My Enchiladas!
Can we just take a moment to pay homage to the gooey, cheesy, chickeny goodness that is a good enchilada? I mean, who doesn't like enchiladas? If you don't like them yet, this recipe could change your life. When I started this clean eating stuff I was a little worried that I would never again taste the goodness of some of my old favorites. So, every once in awhile when I'm craving something and cant find a fairly clean/healthy recipe for it, I start playing mad scientist in the kitchen. Sometimes it works, sometimes...well we won't talk about that.
So, without further ado, I give you a way healthier version of chicken & cheese enchiladas!
Whatcha Gotta Do
“If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done.” The great Thomas Jefferson came up with that saying, and you've probably heard it many times. But, how many times have you really thought about it? Autumn Calabrese says it during the 21 Day Fix workouts, many motivational speakers use it in their presentations, and I say it to myself when I'm struggling through a workout. But today I used about 20 minutes of my day to really reflect on what those words mean.
Another saying that everyone has heard, and honestly...everyone has said: “It's too hard.” How many times have you said that in your life? Come on now, be honest! You don't have to share your answer with the class (unless you want to). Think about how many jobs you didn't apply for, how many workouts you didn't do, how many relationships you backed out of before they even started, and any other number of things you gave up on because they were just too hard.
If you know me at all, you know I try to stay pretty positive through whatever life throws at me. But, it hasn't always been this way for me. I was tired, unhappy, overweight, negative, and just didn't have a very good outlook. I literally thank God every day for bringing the 21 Day Fix to me just when I needed it most. I didn't even know how much I needed it, and not just to get healthy. Because I made that decision to order a $60 program, I changed the direction my life was going.
After a couple of rounds of the Fix, I was talking to my coach about my struggles and we got to talking about being a coach. I was really...I mean REALLY hesitant at first...until she pointed out that by sharing my successes and what I was doing (leading by example and encouraging others) I was basically already coaching without any financial benefit. This program lit a freaking spark under me. Not only did I finally have plenty of energy, I was happy! I mean, really and truly happy for the first time in a long time. My goal from that first day I decided to become a coach to now (over a year later) was/is to help every woman along their path to finding the best version of themselves. I truly just want every woman out there to feel as good as I do.
When approached about coaching, I could have said it would be too hard, too scary, too time consuming, etc. I could have made a bunch of excuses about why it wouldn't work and wasn't for me. But I realized that it would be selfish to keep this new-found love of life to myself. So I jumped right out of my comfort zone and started to share my journey; the good, the bad, and the ugly of it. It wasn't something I was super comfortable with right away and it certainly wasn't easy. But I did it because I've got some big ass goals!
I'm going to be really balls to the walls honest with you right now, putting my goals and whys out there for all the world to see. Some of these I've accomplished, but there's always room for growth. If we stop growing, learning, and advancing we are going to get bored.
What I Want & What It Means
Those are just a few examples of my goals and why I set them. It's why I workout at least 5 times a week, why I eat 80% clean, why I drink my super food shake every day (it helps that it's like a chocolate milkshake and delicious too lol), why I continue to run Challenge Groups, why I continue inviting people to join me on my journey, and why I'll always be here for you if you need me. Most importantly, it's why I stopped doubting myself and the world needs to learn more of that!
Take five minutes right now to do a little soul searching. What do you really want out of life? What are you doing to get yourself there?
Screw You Mercury!
Have you been feeling a bit off lately? Yeah, me too! For the life of me, I just cannot focus like I normally can. While nothing major is going wrong (knock on wood) it feels like nothing is going quite right either. I keep thinking, “What the heck is going on?” Then, I'm reminded that Mercury is in freaking retrograde. I know what you're thinking...you maybe don't buy into all that astrological star stuff. That's fine, but maybe after reading this you'll change your mind a tiny bit.
So, what is this retrograde business? A few times a year, Mercury slows its roll. When that happens, it appears to be moving backwards. In reality, it hasn't changed direction at all. Mercury rules communication, contracts, machinery, and transportation...those are all arguably a big part of everyone's lives. So when Mercury goes into retrograde, we all feel it.
I was doing a little research to see how it impacts the different astrological signs and it really hit home for me. I'm an Aquarius and according to the experts, whoever they may be, my sign governs relationships. So joy of all joys, I can look forward to petty squabbles, miscommunication, and misunderstandings. Sounds like a good time huh? It explains why all I want to do is curl up in bed with a good book or snuggle up under the covers and watch Facts of Life reruns.
Now is not the time to have serious, life changing conversations. It's not the time to make big decisions. It's probably not the best time to take a big vacation (but if someone gave me tickets to St. John tomorrow I'm out!). When people aren't acting like themselves, are having trouble communicating, and are just all kinds of funked up...try to remember that it could be Mercury messing with them.
Yes, I'm still getting my workouts in. Yes, I'm still sticking to a pretty clean diet. Yes, I'm still trying to be my happy ole self. But, I still feel off and am seriously lacking some energy. Emotions are said to get a little wonky when this retrograde crud is going on and if my pile of tissues in the trash are any indication, that seems to be true. The stupidest little thing makes me all pissy or sad. I want to eat all the food (mostly carbs please) and just play slug for a bit. But, I've got goals and I'm going to keep fighting.
So, I'm going to take my most offered piece of advice and read some more personal development. I'm going to watch a little TV, listen to some loud music, and give a big middle finger to Mercury for it's laziness. Never fear, it all comes to an end on the 22nd of September! What are you going to do to make Mercury your bitch?
Why I Do What I Do