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Check out my getting healthy blog!!

Forty Something and Getting Healthy http://fortysomethingandgettinghealthy.blogspot.com/

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Are You a Weekend Warrior!?

Are You a Weekend Warrior!?

What are you doing this weekend to be active!?

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When Small Steps Turn into Big Steps

When Small Steps Turn into Big Steps

This post is an explanation of where my journey to better health started. I encourage you to read and comment on my other blog.


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From Blogspot to WordPress; The Evolution of My Journey to Better Health

I have a confession…….this is not my first blog. That is right……although I am a WordPress virgin I started my blogging life at Blogspot. That blog never really got off the ground. The title of it is Forty Something and Getting Healthy and it was based on my  lifestyle changes I started last summer. If you would like to view it and follow me there the link is;

My journey has continued even if my blog posts have not. To be perfectly honest I found it very discouraging to be blogging with no followers. Many of my friends would read the link on my Facebook but I was looking to become part of the blogging community. This led me here to the WordPress community and I am happy to report…….I feel like I have finally found my way home!!

So……..my health journey……..

Let me first say that this is a lifelong journey. If you are hoping to read that I have found the magical secret to becoming healthy after growing up largely (no pun intended) unhealthy I am sorry but I have not. Let me say it right here and now……THERE IS NO MAGIC ANSWER!!!!!!! What there is, is, hard work, dedication to change, resistance to “slipping backwards” and everything else you have read about and been told about, and not wanted or been unable to embrace. Now listen, this is not all bad news!! Bear with me for a minute and I promise I will show you the silver lining in what I just said…..ready? Here we go….

Today I spent a lot of time thinking how to turn around my recent “slump” in my journey to better health. This is the silver lining, my revelation;
                                                                                               The only thing better health is about is LOVE!

I know that at first glance this does not seem logical. Think about it though. Why would a person be willing to work so hard to change their eating habits? What would possess a person to get all sweaty and sore and out of breath by exercising? Why go against what has always come easy in life and embrace change when we all know that most often we resist change as much as cats do? Your first response may be to say; health reasons, to look better, because my doctor said I have to, or any number of other usually regurgitated  answers. But when we think about the motivation behind these answers it all comes down to love. Each and every one of us love ourselves enough to want to be healthier.

I am the first one to admit, just like the majority of women and men out there……..I believe that I don`t have good self esteem. But here`s the thing; we are all wrong! IF we did not love ourselves we would have given up by now! We would not have tried every crazy diet out there. We would have not gone back to the very exercises that we hate to do, and we certainly would not be here reading this post! It is all how we perceive our journey. So, let us put on our “rose-coloured” glasses and re-examine our efforts shall we?

We are tenacious because even though we have not made all positive steps forward and even maybe made a few steps backwards we are here……still doing….still revising our game plan. This proves that we will not give up! Everyone needs help with motivation at certain points in their life journey. This does not make us weak, it makes us resourceful! Everyone needs direction when venturing into new fields of interests or studies. This does not make us dumb, it makes us wise! When we carefully look at our actions along our journey it is obvious that we love ourselves a lot!

The next time you are finding yourself struggling on your journey I encourage you to lock back at this post. Go ahead and repost this on your own blog, book mark it, print it off or whatever’s going to keep this handy for when you need to remind yourself the real reason you are on your life journey; self love.

Thanks for reading and joining me on this part of my life journey!

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Cinnamon Honey Roasted Chickpeas

I LOVE Roasted Chickpeas….as long as I don’t over cook them (my first batch were hard enough to break teeth!). This recipe comes from a friend and I can’t wait to get to the store to buy more cinnamon and try this one out!! Let me know what you think or if you have any other Roasted Chickpea recipe that you enjoy.

Cinnamon Honey Roasted Chickpeas

Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas.  Dry them out (a few minutes) on paper towels.   Spread them out on a parchment lined cookie tray (in a single layer) and roast at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.  Once the are roasted, mix together 1 tsp cinnamon, 1TBSP honey, 1/2 TBSP olive oil and a shake of sea salt in a bowl and toss the hot chickpeas in the mixture.  I put them back in the oven for 5 minutes and cooled….That’s it…

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My Healthier Lifestyle Rut…..

Over a year ago I started on a journey to live a healthier lifestyle. In July 2012 I gave up all things chocolate. Yes you read this correctly….absolutely no chocolate.  Now I know you have read my other posts…so you realize that it is possible to live without chocolate and not lose your mind……at least not completely!

Other changes over the past year include less fast-food and more whole foods like quinoa and home made granola bars. Another big change was an increase in physical activity. I joined a gym in April and until July I attended regularly……then came summer. Since then I have struggled but thought that  would simply go back to “normal” in the fall. Well here we are…..September 16th and I have been back to the gym twice.

I have decided that I need a higher level of accountability to help me get back to my 5 days a week routine of working out. I have to pick myself, dust myself off and get back into the swing of this journey. The funny thing is that I truly enjoyed going and working out! I LOVE the people who work at my gym. They are encouraging and are always there to help. I often met my sister-in-law there and even if I was there alone I like to read my book while I did my cardio. I felt AMAZING after my workout and had so many fewer aches and pains…….and SO much more energy! So what is my problem!?

My problem is…….

Well gee if I knew that I wihld not be feeling this way. I have some thoughts that I will explore more over the next few days. Tonight I want to throw my dilemma out to our Worldpress community, not for sympathy, but in hopes to hear how others have experienced this rut and what helped them to get refocused on their journey.

So I would like to hear from you. If you are currently in a similar kind of rut maybe this exercise will help both of us to not just get back on trck besause it is the right thing to do but re-spark the passion that somwhow has been lost.

Thanks  for being part of my journey. I look forward to writing my next chapter together!


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