“Here's what was up last week!
- Handle the Holiday Stress
- My Easy Whipped Sweet Potato Recipe
- Balanced Bites Podcast Episode #270 – Stress Part 2: Working, Digestion, and the Holidays
- New 21DSD Recipe: Carrot-Apple Breakfast Skillet Hash
- New 21DSD Recipe Round-up: Thanksgiving
- New 21DSD Testimonial: “My mental alertness was higher!”
- Highlights from Instagram
Handle the Holiday Stress with my Tips
The 2016 holiday season is upon us!
And while we may hear songs of it being the “most wonderful time of the year,” for some, this isn't the case for all! Anxiety about food choices or getting caught in a dreaded political debate… yikes!
But it doesn't have to cause stress if you have a plan and strategies in mind.
My Easy Sweet Potato Recipe
Everyone loves these whipped sweet potatoes! You may want to double the recipe if you’re a big leftovers fan.
Balanced Bites Podcast Episode #270 – Stress Part 2: Working Out, Digestion, and the Holidays
New on the 21DSD Blog
21DSD Recipe – Carrot-Apple Skillet Breakfast Hash
This quick and easy breakfast hash will keep you satisfied until lunch. It’s also a snap to make extra so you can feed a large family or have leftovers all week long!
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to gather together and eat delicious food, and it’s easy to keep it 21DSD-friendly!
21DSD Testimonial – “My mental alertness was higher!”
We’re excited to introduce Yesenia R., a 21DSD alum. Yesenia’s testimonial is part of a series featuring participants who rocked their 21DSDs!
Highlights from Instagram – Motivational Posts
STOP. Read this before you comment on or like this photo. . For about 4 years, I was saying this exact thing to myself, my family, and friends around me. I was so confused as to why I felt like I was under a dark cloud for all that time. I didn't feel like mySELF. I felt stifled. I felt stuck. I felt… UNHAPPY. . I love my family, and I love the friends I had around me during that time. But it wasn't enough. . Then I met my husband, and the winter that year flew by, and I felt a spark. But it wasn't enough. . I even found myself saying to him, “I used to be really happy all the time, I'm sorry that I'm not that way right now… but I don't know why.” . And then we moved to San Francisco, but literally two days after we left for the drive, while we were still on the road to Cali, my grandmother passed away in NJ. Just one month before she would have seen us get married. She was my last living grandparent and we were very close. That was really hard on me. And last fall was really a tough time because of that despite the joy of the move and our wedding. . But, in the last year, the grey cast of unhappiness has slowly but surely fallen away. For the last year, I have felt like MYSELF again. I have been SO happy. . What changed? Two things: 1) we live in a city where I truly feel like we are on vacation everyday. So that even our daily tasks feel more enchanting and uplifting, because I love it here so much. And, 2) I have reconnected to the athlete within me. My training had been on and off for those years because I allowed book writing and other work get in the way a lot of the time. For the last year exactly I have woken up nearly every single day to workout before 9am. It has been life changing for me. Too much so to write about completely in the limits of IG. . All this to say: Whatever is at the root of your unhappiness… the power to discover it and change it is in your hands, but you have to figure out what it is by doing something new – by changing what you're doing now – to discover how you will feel your happy. It may take time. No, it WILL take time, but you have to do it. Start now. Start seeking the path to happiness now. Don't wait. . xo, D
In the spirit of coming back to making posts that hopefully inspire introspection, and on the heels of my posts about my morning workout habit that I've created over the last year, I give you this. . YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE. . This is the flat out truth. You DO always have a choice, even if the circumstances or situation don't feel that way. And often the next choice you need to make is based upon a choice you made in the past and the results of that choice. . Funny thing about life choices, too… if you don't make them, and try to let things happen as they will, you'll find that what happens is that people choose for you. The choice always gets made, so you may as well make it yourself rather than let it default to someone else. . You can choose how you react, think, or feel about the circumstance. You can choose to see it as something that victimizes you, or something that empowers you to do better. . You can choose to wallow in self-pity, or you can choose to pick yourself up and move on with your life. . You can choose to do something about your problems, or you can choose to sit with them for as long as you want. . I'm not saying you shouldn't simply sit sometimes… perhaps thinking about what you want to do, or allowing emotions to rush over you and feel them. This isn't about pushing emotions down or not grieving if that's what needs to happen. . This is about not being a victim in your own life. This is about taking responsibility for what you can do, you can control, and you can change. Because not everything is within your own control, and that's okay. But what is *always* only yours to choose are your thoughts. . A Brian Tracy-ism I learned while working at @lululemon for a short time stays with me: “The conscious brain can only hold one thought at a time. Choose a positive thought.” . If you get down on yourself, consider that.
Most people don't wake up in the morning and make a deliberate decision to do the things they are going to do. . When asked “why do you go to work in the morning?” or “why you do whatever it is you do each day?” how would you answer? . If it's simply “because that's what people do,” then it's time to get thinking… . If we become what we think about, but we don't THINK about what we want to become, then we are simply living life as a sheep, following the herd because it's “what people do.” . But that is what sheep do. It isn't what people are capable of… we are capable of so much more. Only we can't achieve anything without making conscious, deliberate decisions every day to move ourselves towards our goals. . Think about what you want to become… in every free or idle moment you have… if you find yourself doing something that doesn't contribute to what you want to become, you have no one to blame but yourself. . Stop scrolling Instagram. What you want to become won't be found here. Get to work on whatever it is… make a list, make a plan, and become what you want to become. . I don't know what your beliefs are, but I believe we only have one go-around, so I'm trying to make the most of it while I'm here. . Want more Monday Motivation? Tap the link in my bio to listen to Earl Nightingale speak more on this subject. Whenever you feel stuck, listen to personal development audio like this, and get the push you need. . https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey9-woxPWu4