Hope everyone is having an awesome week and a beautiful Wednesday! I am loving the gorgeous blue sky and the bright sunshine, but I must say it is frigid in Northern Colorado!
Considering it is Wednesday, how about a little inspirational Awaken Wednesday chat! Since writing the initial post on letting go of the expectation to achieve a certain workout, be it distance on the treadmill or intensity, I posted a new fitness routine that I have really been enjoying…overall. Yep, did you noticed that little plug “overall” at the very end? I had to qualify that last statement because yesterday, I was not feeling the best in body which affected my workout. How I was feeling got me to thinking a bit deeper and I reflected.
As I reviewed my recent workouts, I reflected on how I felt in my body and attempted to assess my eating habits. I came with something that we are all mostly likely aware of, however, it served as a good reminder & allowed me to make a game plan. I noticed that when I wasn’t feeling good in my body, I lacked the enthusiasm for fitness, which was related to my eating habits.
Although my food regimen consists of a variety of healthy fruits & veggies, whole grains & healthy protein sources, I noticed that recently I have gotten into a habit of snacking too much while I am preparing meals & snacks and that I tend to eat more in the evenings, after dinner! These two habits add up quickly in terms of extra calories and lackluster feelings towards my fitness routine.
Another thing I noticed is that there is a correlation between my eating habits and placing an expectation on myself to achieve a challenging workout! It is as if my mind is pushing me to compensate for my eating habits to balance out the ‘blah’ feelings! At the end of this reflection all I have to say is nope, this ain’t gonna work! My motto is “living life to the fullest” and I mean this in every aspect, relationships, food, fitness, career, etc., in every way! With that being said, there is no way I can settle for the above, thus I have a game plan that I would like to share.
Awhile back, Leanne at Healthful Pursuit posted a Food Journaling pdf that can be downloaded. As of yesterday, I am keeping track of my eats, my sleep & energy level, and my physical activity in attempt to determine if the above pattern is indeed true when tracked on paper. In addition, journaling will allow me to be more mindful of what I am putting in my mouth. I am also going to be mindful of my feelings towards movement & workout with a healthy intention, rather than forcing a workout to compensate for my eating habits.
With all that talk of being mindful of food & fitness, how about a healthy, tasty snack!
Rosemary Thyme Crackers (inspired by Oh She Glows)
1/2 c. whole almonds
1/2 c. brown rice flour
2 T. flax seeds
2 T. sesame seeds
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 t. rosemary
1/2 t. thyme
1/2 t. Spike (optional)
1/4 t. sea salt
2 1/2 T filtered water
2 T. pasta sauce
*1 handful spinach (optional-see below)
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Process almonds in food processor until finely ground
- Add all dry ingredients to a mixing bowl
- Add wet ingredients and spinach & mix until combined
- Place onto lined baking sheet and roll into thin layer, cut into squares
- Bake for approx. 20-25 mins.
*I used 1 handful of spinach for 1/2 the dough as my SO (significant other) is slightly scared of the color green…hehe
I don’t make crackers too often, but they are super simple and can be paired with a soup for a very simple dinner! If you are looking for a great broccoli cheddar soup, check out this recipe and check out those green crackers!
Wishing you a warm Wednesday!!
Do you place expectations to achieve a intense workout? How is your food & fitness relationship?