I made an interesting discovery today. It isn't just good enough to exercise; our mindset while we exercise is vitally important. And along with that, the trainers that we follow along with, or the people that we exercise with, play a big role in influencing our mindset while we exercise. For my Summer Reset, I have been exercising exclusively with Yoga with Adriene and Tone It Up. All of these girls are so positive on their videos and they have an appreciation for what the body can do. Their respect of their own bodies shines through the screen and impacts the individual exercising with them. Not only do I feel amazing and upbeat right after exercising with their videos, but their positivity is having a long term affect on me too. As I was working in the kitchen this evening, I caught a glimpse of my profile reflection in the oven door and thought, "I love my curves. And I love how strong my muscles are getting under my curves." Wow, that's huge! For the first time in a long time, I really looked at myself and didn't say, "Ugh! I really don't like (insert whatever body part was offending me the most in that moment)." And I don't know if I ever said that I loved my curves. This is a big deal. It is a mindset shift and I know that I owe a great deal of that shift to the positivity of the trainers that I have been exercising with. If I had been following someone who presented exercise almost as a punish for the body, like "let's do squats to get rid of that jiggly booty!", I know that I wouldn't have had the same reaction to seeing my reflection. So keep that in mind when you exercise. Are the trainers or your exercise buddies feeding your mind with positive body-image or negative body-image? Something to think about.
So here's what I ate today:
For breakfast I revealed my Southern roots a bit. My mother in law gave us a jar of her freezer strawberry jam the night before. Her jam is the best! I already knew the night before that I wanted toast and jam for breakfast the next day. I knew that I need more than toast though. So I made oatmeal with a fried egg and salt and pepper to go along with the jam and toast. And just like that, it took me back to summer mornings as a kid. Eating a yummy breakfast just like this then running outside barefoot, the grass still wet from the dew and the sun already hot. It's funny how food is tied into our memories so intrinsically.
For lunch I decided on a bowl of vanilla Greek yogurt topped with walnuts, raisins and chopped dates with a side of guacamole and carrots to dip in the guac.
Then for dinner I tried my hand at making coleslaw with the fresh cabbage head from my mother in law's garden. I never made coleslaw before, even though I love it. Not sure why I never tried to make it before. I got a little carried away with grating carrots to add and ended up with a orange-tinted slaw. Oh well, it still tastes great. :) Along with the slaw, I had some delicious steak that my husband, Ron grilled and some peas on the side.
For a snack I had a second brownie (had the 1st one while they were hot out of the oven). I was so happy with how these brownies turned out. I have tried to make my own recipe of gluten free brownies several times and they never turned out like I remember my favorite (pre-gluten free days) brownies tasting. I have tried several gluten free brownie mixes too and was never happy with the results. But today, I tried again after not trying for a long time and I finally nailed it. Watch for the recipe! I'll make them again so I can get some pictures and then I'll post the recipe.
Here's how I exercised today:
I did a new Tone It Up video called Love Your Total Body! This was a really fun video. It was another circuit style video. I like circuit training because it gives me a chance to learn the moves quicker and I can usually do them better the 2nd or 3rd time around. But I don't like circuit training when the circuits are repeated more than 3 times though. That can get monotonous for me and I begin to dread some of the harder moves as my muscles are fatigue and I'm tire out. For this routine, two circuits was perfect, plus they add some great ab moves at the end too. You can check it out here: Love Your Total Body!