Last week was my last week of the summer semester at the University of New Orleans. In this short time period I kind of had a mini meltdown, not knowing who I was, feeling like a fraud, and just over thinking things in general. This blog might jump around a bit but welcome to my mind lol
In realizing and setting forth on this dream of mine to finally continue on with my degree has taught me several things.
First.....it's okay to love more than one thing. I do not need to just identify with one love (health and fitness) or the other (Louisiana wildlife conservation). I can do both. It's just a balance. Although it might be unbalanced at times. Hopefully that didn't come out too crazy lol
Second....it's totally okay to decide to do something different than what you were doing before. I decided to walk away from the health and fitness industry as a career. It's a tough industry to be in but I've never shied away from tough before so that's not the reason why. It just clicked one day that I'm not getting any younger and why not do something that had been my life passion before I gained the self confidence to take it on? When I was younger I was so timid. I gave in to other's doubts about my abilities and I truly regret that. I'm now in the position to tell them to f off and try my hardest without that cloud hanging over my head. I want to see what happens now.
Third.....why the hell not? Taking a chance on something that I feel that is right in my gut worked when I lost a bunch of weight and transformed my life mentally the first time I went out on a limb, might as well try it again right?
Fourth, the fraud thing....since I didn't feel as passionately about health and fitness because of my epiphany I felt like a fraud by posting about stuff on my fan page. I am getting over that though. The break I took helped me figure out that everything I post applies to all aspects of life and not just getting your mind right to get healthy. Everything is a mind game. No matter if it's losing weight or changing careers or being happy in the middle of a hurricane....it all comes down to the right attitude and the decision to change your mind.
It'll be an on going journey I am sure trying to balance it all lol
Now that you made it that far and waded through my rambling here is my menu for dinner this week :) My husband paid our new car note twice on accident, the insurance company decided it was going to take out double the amount it quoted me and I went ahead and bought a few of my books for next semester (yeah not cheap, even if I was going to rent them if I could find them to rent). I wasn't counting on the first two happening and it's been really really tight. I can roll with it though. So our menu is really really budget friendly, since I went shopping in our freezer lol I stock up on meat every time I catch it on sale, and only had to buy some fresh veggies and a couple bags of brown rice (they really need to start selling bigger bags where I live lol). *I do have to put a disclaimer that I will be back later to update my dirty rice recipe*
Dirty Rice with steamed veggies (We had this last night)
Chicken Taco Chili http://www.skinnytaste.com/2008/11/crock-pot-chicken-taco-chili-4-pts.html
"Butter" beans with brown rice and sauteed or steamed veggies
Breakfast for dinner.....omelets with veggies, pancakes for the kids, turkey sausage links I found in the freezer
Grilled chicken or pork chops with seasoned brown rice and veggie skewers
Nothing fancy this week but overall healthy :)
Oh and if you would like to participate I am doing a Dietbet that is starting August 5th! http://www.dietbetter.com/games/46921 If you don't know about Dietbet, you pay in this game $25 to enter the game. If you lose 4% of your body weight you get to split the pot with everyone else that makes their 4%. Dietbet does have precautions in place to keep everyone honest. On average the winners of my games average about $40 to each winner. I do get a percentage from the game but it goes straight to helping me pay for college (I've always been honest about that). I also do giveaways and stuff there. It's a lot of fun and you get support from everyone that is playing the game :)
My theme for this week is: