Motivation and Good Eats
Hey guys! I can smell the freedom in my future
Today was my last day of studying. Typing that sentence is both scary and exciting. I am anticipating this exam to be quite tough, since we are expected to know an overwhelming amount of lab values as well as a ton of other information, but I am determined and know I am capable of doing well
Positive thoughts equal positive results, right!?
I definitely believe that the above phrase is true and works I have been using this as a mantra ever since grade 5 when I began my first journey of recovery from an ED.
Speaking of ED, I was reminded of how fortunate I am for being where I am today while I was at the gym…
I began my workout with a quick warm up on the treadmill. Since I had major DOMS from my workout yesterday, I was just doing a moderately paced walk. When I was about to wrap up my warm up, a lady jumped on the treadmill next to me and went from 0 to 7 mph in no time. I was shocked by the sudden speed, so I glanced over at the woman…
That was when I saw that she resembled the old Meg. The sick girl who was so consumed in ED; trying to run off every single calorie consumed. I am not going to make an assumption and say that this woman had an eating disorder, but her appearance reminded me of the frail-looking body that I used to have.
The one that ED convinced me was beautiful.
The appearance of the woman really made me realize where I am and how I got here. It’s pretty amazing what we can accomplish when we set out minds to it.
ED’s are mental illnesses. They are serious and not something to take lightly. Anyone who is dealing with one is strong; stronger than they even give themselves credit for. It takes a huge amount of strength to overcome an ED. So I applaud anyone who has overcome one in the past. Give yourself credit. Some people aren’t able to overcome ED.
Luckily, I have had tremendous support throughout my recovery and I am in a great place now I am comfortable with being me and becoming even more confident each an everyday!
So, while being next to this woman on the treadmill really allowed me to praise myself and give myself credit for my strength; something that I don’t do enough (and you probably don’t either!) Knowing that I overcame something so difficult is a major confidence booster!
Another confidence booster came to me after my work out I was just wrapping up a set of hanging knee raises when a sweet girl came up to me and told me she read my blog! It was an amazing feeling and put a huge smile on my face If you are reading this right now, you know who you are Thank you! You truly made my day wonderful!
My great attitude carried on throughout the day I think seeing how far I have came and receiving a compliment from a stranger really gave me motivation to power through my studying and strive to grasp all of the material I need to know for my exam tomorrow
I tackled this pile of cue cards three times!
(If you look closely, you’ll see the question on the cue card really isn’t hard – trust me, they weren’t all this easy! haha!)
I would say that I definitely had motivation if I tackled that three times! Wouldn’t you!?
I also reviewed notes several times and “quizzed” myself multiple times. Once more through the decreasing stack of cue cards before bed and I think I will be good for the night!
Even though I did have a full day of studying, I did manage to fit in a great workout and eat some pretty tasty things
I had my first experience with baked oatmeal this morning
rolled oats + almond milk + water + egg whites + psyllium seed husk+ strawbs
topped with greek yogurt and almond butta
I was thinking ahead and baked it last night!
I know myself far too well and knew I would be starved if I had to wait 30 minutes in the morning for my breakfast to cook!
I think it turned out really well for my first batch of baked oatmeal, but no recipe yet friends! I need to perfect it a little bit more before I share it with you all
Lunch turned out surprisingly wonderful!
I am trying to use up the contents in my fridge, so it was kind of a random combination, but it looks restaurant worthy to me!
I started with sautéing swiss chard in a pan until wilted.
Then I thought lentils would pair nicely with the wilted chard, so I tried a new product that I found and hadn’t tried out yet!
truRoots Sprouted Green Lentils
These are my new favourite thing! They are so easy to use and versatile! You can use them as is for a crunchy addition to salads, boil them for ten minutes, or simmer them into a thick soup!
Sounds pretty amazing, right?
I boiled mine for a bit less than 10 minutes – I really wasn’t paying attention.
I tossed the wilted chard, sprouted lentils, and some of my all-time favourite oil – walnut oil – together on a pretty plate
(I like different shaped plates. This one is big and square! There is something so modern about fun shaped plates!)
To finish off this dish, I topped it with baked tilapia fillets
Yummy, yummy in my tummy!
It was so good I packed the same thing for tomorrow’s lunch! haha! I am meeting a friend at school for a lunch date after my exam, so I packed up my lunch tonight!
All these food pictures have made me hungry. I’m off to have my bedtime snack!
Good night friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend
How was your weekend? Anything exciting happen?
What gives you motivation?
Do you make cue cards when you study?
P.s. if you haven’t already checked these out do so NOW:
Christina at ilovefetacheese did another “Show me your guns” post and, once again, it’s amazing I made an appearance this time, too Thanks Christina!