Coz’s Corner: Nature is my Cigarette

Or you might have heard some people refer to it as their church. Either way, it is my addiction. Correction, my healthy addiction. Whether running, walking, biking or just plain sitting, nature is my crack! When I am there, I feel most whole.

Nature

Today I wanted to stress how important it is to FIND your healthy addictions. The root cause of what drives to make a better YOU! Sometimes we focus TOO much on our weaknesses and get so busy trying to curb those addictions that we forget to look at the positive!

This is hard to do, and I’m sure, just as hard as quitting smoking or drinking. Its like backwards-thinking forward-thinking positivity. Are you still with me??

I have another healthy addiction and lifetime goal of completing a 5K in all 50 states. Since starting in 2011, I have successfully finished 4 races. I will cover more of that in the near future.

For now, here are some examples of healthy addictions:

1) Zumba
2) Skydiving
3) Rock Climbing
4) Bikram Yoga
5) Disc Golf
6) Running
7) Fencing
8) Cycling
9) Xbox 360 Kinect
10) Dancing

All the options are there, you just need to REMOVE the fear from your head and go out and do it! Get yourself a motivator! For some people, its Jillian Michaels. For others, its that friend that never lets you miss a gym class for fear of going alone.

The point is not to fear whether you can do rock climbing or sky diving. Its about staying active and the journey to finding what makes you tick!

What is your healthy addiction?

Coz’s Corner: Spice and Dice

Growing up in the Midwest and living here for all of my life, I was raised on pizza, potatoes and pasta (and maybe a few other things). Salt and Pepper were the ONLY spices I ever saw used; generously applied to the meal after it was made. I never really experienced real ethnic food until I joined International Club in High School. We went to a Lebanese restaurant and from my first bite of my foreign grape leaf, I was hooked!

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Photo Courtesy of the “Spice-and-Dice” Grocery Store FB Page. Click here to visit!

Of course everything changed again when I met the Reluctant Weight Watcher Foodie herself. I was attracted to her thirst for not only life but for spice. And in return, she attracted me with her finely curated curry and full LOVE (aka full-fat) homemade Alfredo sauce. Left me wanting more…

It was those meals that got us in trouble in the first place! However, it didn’t take us long to realize how many calories and WW points we were using in just ONE meal. But one of the main goals of RWWF is to make food less fat and MORE satisfying. More spice can be just as nice! Don’t be afraid to use a little more spice or something different. Chili powder does sounds intimidating, but trust me when I say a little goes a LONG way.

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Photo Courtesy of The Picky Cook Blog. Click here to go there!

 

As a couple who eats most of our meals together, we started to carefully look at our plates before eating it.

Here are just a few tips you might want to keep in mind:

1) Use smaller plates or bowls. Seems simple but more space means more points.

2) When going out to dinner, split an entree. Believe me, once you dice the food up between two plates you will see that its ample food for two!

3) Do what Oprah does. Get a to-go box when dinner is served and put half in the box to take home. The real challenge will come not to eat the food before the morning!

4) Remember, its about the quality NOT quantity. Avoid buffets at all costs.

Need Dinner Ideas? Quickly find something new on the Recipe Index. Happy Hunting!

Coz’s Corner: A New Year

The time has come yet again. A New Year and another chance for a New You! Easier said than done that’s for sure.

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With the new year, I decided to start guest blogging as Coz’s Corner. Over a year of writings from my partner in crime, I thought it was time for all her Reluctant Weight Watcher Foodie fans to read things from my side of the dinner table! You can expect to see fun facts, behind the scenes, and my thoughts on my own weight loss journey.

Just a few weeks before the New Year, I started working out to Leslie Sansone’s “Walk Away the Pounds” DVD. You know, that really old DVD that was made in the 90’s. Believe it or not, it works! The only challenge in my head is getting my butt out of bed to do it! However, naturally I have an advantage most people don’t; I’m an early bird. Studies show that working out before the day begins is the best way but honestly as long as you Get Up and Get Out, you’re doing good! Its a daily battle that must by won in our own heads. No one can make us exercise or diet for that matter.

My own weight loss journey started at the same time Angela’s did. In fact, I was the one that talked to her about joining WW at Work back in 2010. Here we are at 2013 and I’ll tell you what I’ve learned in a bullet point list that I will go into more detail throughout the year.

1) Be realistic. Don’t set your weight loss goals too high.
2) Don’t compare your weight loss journey to other people including family members, co-workers or friends.
3) Challenge yourself (its really all mind over matter!)
4) Be willing to do some self-reflection because without it, the journey wouldn’t even exist.
5) Know your weaknesses and your strengths whether food or work-out related.
6) Accept change, it is the only constant in our lives anyway.
7) Recognize the negativity in your life and develop a plan to overcome or fix it.
8) Let go and realize that our society’s expectation/images of what “healthy” looks like is not practical.
9) Remember to always give yourself credit and treat yourself wisely.
10) Love the journey, not just the result.

These are just a few things my own journey has taught me. I look forward to sharing more of my thoughts and wisdom for the next year! Angela and I have some great ideas stored up for the new year including more guest blogs, more delicious healthy recipes, more fan participation (talk about it, its the best way to make yourself accountable) and everyone’s favorite RWWF Love and Gratitude boxes. We hope to partner with even more companies so we can share MORE OF THE LOVE with our fans! We encourage you to share our blog with friends, family or neighbors.

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