Hooray, it’s Friday!! One of the best days of the week. Your work week is ALMOST over and you have two days ahead of you to relax and of course work out :). I get Friday’s off, but work Saturday’s, which works just fine for me :). I LOVE having Friday’s off, especially when my day has consisted of tidying the house, cooking two roasted chickens and making some delicious almond & peanut butter crunch protein bars, all while listening to Kenny & Dolly’s, Once Upon A Christmas album and watching the Yuletide fireplace channel. Yes, you all can laugh at me now. It’s okay I don’t mind ;). I LOVE Christmas, and everything about it.
But, all laughs aside, I want to talk about resolutions, New Years resolutions. Don’t tell me you haven’t began thinking about what yours is going to be. Every year I would say I am going to get in shape, I am going to lose weight, I am going to start eating healthy ETC. This went on for a few years, but what I finally learnt, is you DON’T need January 1st or a resolution. You need the want to change and that’s it. You need to want to clean out your cupboards and rid them of the crap that has kept you from your goals. You need to want to get up early before work or your kids and get in your workout, and start your day off happy and healthy. You can’t expect a date or resolution to change your lifestyle, only YOU can do that.
Don’t wait until January 1st to get into the gym and clean out those cupboards, start NOW. It’s not a myth that the gyms in January are over crowded with the New Year’s resolution crew, it’s absolutely true. I am always happy to see a surge of new and enthusiastic gym goers, but that enthusiasm is shortly lived, and eventually that crowd peters out until the next year. December can be a rough month to begin eating clean and working out. You are busy, there are treats EVERYWHERE and you have how many dinners to attend (or make). But if you can get through December, you can get through anything! You don’t have to be 100% perfect either. Every little change makes a difference. Start by making one small change, like promising yourself you will not dive into every little candy bowl your fingers come across or try every dessert after dinner. Come January you will already be a pro at exercising your self-control and ability to say no. Join a gym or begin home workouts. Make a pact with yourself, and if it helps with someone else, and promise yourself you will workout 3-4 times a week. Whether it be in your living room in the weight room, getting a workout in can be relieving, not daunting. It is a great excuse to take a break and relieve some stress the healthy way. When January hits, you will know your way around the weight room and feel comfortable before everyone else gets the same idea.
Now for a recipe I made the other week and completely forgot to share it with you, until a girl I work with told me she was waiting for the recipe :).
FFIT Taco Casserole (minus the tacos :)).
2 Packages of lean turkey
1 Can black beans (no salt added)
1 Can kidney beans (no salt added)
1 Jar medium salsa (no salt or sugar added)
1 Cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt (approx. measurement, I am bad at that)
1 Green onion
1 Green pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Place turkey into skillet and cook until no longer pink.
2. While the turkey is cooking, chop tomato, green onion and green pepper and set aside.
3. Once turkey is cooked place on the bottom of a 9×13 Pyrex dish.
4. Rinse the black and kidney beans and place into skillet and cook until you are able to mush them. Once they are mushed, layer them on top of turkey.
5. Pour salsa on top of the beans as your next layer.
6. In a bowl mix avocado and Greek yogurt together, and use as your next layer on top of the salsa.
7. Add chopped vegetables as your final layer.
8. Place dish in oven and cook for approximately 10-15 minutes.
And most of all, Enjoy!!