Combatting Monotony For Change 

“The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.”
Stephen Richards,

Have you ever caught yourself about to do something that you knew was wrong?

If you are not careful, monotony can lead you to go astray- completely off course from your goal. After leaving the gym last night; I needed to eat.

This week, my daytime and evening,  Monday to Friday gigs were unusually busy. A series of events,  resulted in a refrigerator full of uncooked food. No matter what I decided to eat, would require some form of cooking. I did not feel like cooking, besides school work awaited me.

While driving home from the gym last night, a mental mêlée of sorts played out.

Just call Frankie’s and order your grilled chicken fajita salad with extra chicken. From my car, I place the call. Hmm…. They are busy tonight. I’m never put on hold like this. I hold. I continue to hold.

Wait!! You’re about to order chicken!!! What are you doing Tanya? Dial tone. I disconnect the call.

Okay, so now what? Well, Friday night can be your cheat day. Order pizza… a pizza with roasted peppers, garlic, and spinach; yeah, that’s what I’ll order.

Awe dang.   Where is the protein? I rationalize that I can have a shake with the pizza. I place the call. Geez!! They are busy too!! Holding…holding… holding music… holding.   I hang up!

I’ve already detoured my route home. I just can’t decide what to eat. Finally the thought occurs to me that I should not eat the pizza or the chicken salad. The delay in trying to place my take out orders is universal energy trying to stop me from getting off my vegetarian path. I got it!

I drive home and cook a spinach, tomato, and garlic omelet. I eat the omelet with two slices of Ezekiel raisin bread covered in peanut butter. I am satisfied.

When setting personal and professional goals, we have to understand that tests and challenges occur along the journey. However, by remaining present, paying attention and listening to our conscious and inner voice when it speaks, we can stay on course.

I almost slipped, but I did not. Hallelujah!

Yesterday’s dilemma rolled over to today, but mentally, I was already planning.

Today’s Meal Plan:

Breakfast: Smoothie (strawberries, spinach, protein, half avocado, blueberries, flax seed coconut milk.

9 O’clock snack: Steel Cut oats (added cinnamon, blueberries, strawberries, & coconut milk and a shake

Noon lunch: Mango salad (spring mix, canned tuna (in water), mango salsa (mango, red onions, red pepper, cilantro, and ginger), radish, and half jalapeños pepper.

mango salad

By the way, the mango salad is a first for me. It was delicious- a nice blend of sweet (mango) and spicy (jalapeños). To resist food boredum and to continue to create healthy dishes with new and exciting flavors, I try combining different foods.

3:00 p.m. snack: Gala Apple & protein shake

6:00 p.m. dinner: I’m working on something light because we have dinner reservations later tonight and I don’t want to eat too much.

Stay encouraged and resist the desire to return to your old habits. Have fun on your journey and take each day as it comes. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Smooches! 😉

 

 

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