Lift your virtual hands if you’re #TeamNinja! I see you out there 🙂
I was pretty much strong-armed into buying a Ninja because my friend over at Fit2Luv kept bragging and sending pics of all the gorgeous fruits and veggies she was putting into her smoothies. She would go on and on about how great her Ninja was until I finally said, “I GET THE POINT” and bought one. I’m so glad the peer pressure worked because I love my Ninja. It gets the job done without too much fuss.
When my Ninja Pulse first came in the mail, I started throwing as many ingredients into my smoothies that would fit—celery, avocado, carrots, spinach, cranberry juice, yogurt, banana. Frankly, I just had way too much going on. Sometimes, I would make smoothies that I liked, but other times, they weren’t hitting it. I finally found a combination that I LOVE. You may already know it, but I discovered that less really is more when it comes to yummified smoothies.
The recipe for my fav green smoothie at the moment is below. Keep in mind that I don’t actually measure things when I make my smoothies so the amounts are estimates. I’ll call this smoothie…
The Popped Woman Dream
- 1 Banana
- 1 Kiwi (optional)
- About 1 cup of Spinach/Power Greens Mix
- About ¼ cup of The Greek Gods Greek Yogurt (Honey Vanilla)
- About ¼- ½ cup of Coconut Water
- 3 Ice Cubes
The Popped Woman Dream makes me wanna holler and throw up my hands in a good way. For the last few days, I’ve been drinking this smoothie before and after my workouts when possible and I’m absolutely lovin’ it.
Even though I’ve been consistent (except for the 2 White Castle double-cheeseburgers last night and the fried chicken with barbecue sauce last weekend), I still feel a little blah about the progress of my slim and toned tummy goal. I remember a quote that said something like “weight gain doesn’t happen overnight, neither does weight loss,” which I keep telling myself. However, it didn’t help that a lady at church asked me if I was pregnant last Sunday for the second time within the past 4 months. I left it at “No” but I wanted to say all kinds of ungodly things to her right after service. Just pray for me.
Even though the question annoyed me, it didn’t sting too bad because although I don’t have abs like Jillian Michaels, I know that I’ve made huge progress from the state my body was in before I started working out consistently. I may have added some muscle instead of losing a lot of fat, but I know that if I stay consistent with getting to the gym and eating healthy, I will get to where I want to be.
Most importantly, I’ve realized that no matter how toned I become, it won’t matter if I don’t change my negative self-talk. The reality is I will never look a way that is pleasing to everyone. We all have our preferences, which is o.k. What matters is the way we view ourselves and the way we treat ourselves. If I don’t choose to love and accept myself when I look in the mirror, it won’t matter if I change my perceived imperfections. I would just find another thing that I don’t like that needs to be “fixed.”
If we don’t already love ourselves before we lose weight, get that eyebrow wax, or [insert the blank] we will find something else wrong with our bodies. We will focus on that perceived negative thing until we “fix” it and the vicious cycle will just continue. It’s fine to lose a few pounds, thread that unwanted facial hair, or make other adjustments to our appearance that we see fit. However, we won’t know when to stop if we don’t learn to love ourselves before making the changes, no matter how big or small.
While I look forward to seeing the fruit of my workout labor, I know that six-pack abs won’t be enough if I don’t like me how I am now. So more than a slim tummy, my goal is to not only like, but to love me.
Here’s some Colbie Caillat for your Thursday.
How do/did you learn to like/love you? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook. Keep it poppin’ on this beautiful Thursday!