Yay for Jenn letting us link-up another day where we all go to each other’s blogs, drool over food pictures, get recipe ideas, and enjoy the uniqueness of one another’s daily eats.
(Note: This is not a diatribe against six packs. It’s just my 2 cents on why I don’t have one.)
The six pack is something almost every athlete, I think, strives for or secretly wants at some time in their athletic career.
I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’ll never have one, and frankly, for my body type, I couldn’t be healthy and have a six pack.
Every body is different. I know that I’ve said that before, but it’s become so important to me to remember that in my journey to recovery, more thankfulness for the food I eat, and taking care of my temple.
Each body needs a different kind of diet, exercise routine, amount of sleep, (fill in the blank.)
My body needs carbs. I like carbs. I like clean carbs, and carbs that people would consider to be ’empty carbs.’
My body likes fat. It likes the fat in ice-cream and nut butter. It also likes the fat in movie theater popcorn.
Now, I don’t worship these foods. I could survive without them, but I had to put it on the balance scale. Carbs vs. Six pack. In my case, carbs won out… 🙂
The other reason I don’t have a six pack? Well, for my body and cycle, I would have to become way too skinny to get one. A six pack + a skeletal frame is not something I want, and I would rather have the fat around my middle and know that I’m healthy and able to function . . .
That is why I don’t have a six pack. I mustn’t neglect to say that there are still days when I long for a six pack, when I’m doing the abs videos with the ladies who could probably do 1000 ab exercises (ok, maybe a bit of an exaggeration), but then I realize that I enjoy eating cake with my family more than working out several hours per day.
In the end, I’ve won time with my family, time to eat desserts and enjoy them, and I’ve lost the desire for a six pack .
You know what? That doesn’t really bother me. 🙂
Moving on to one of the most fun link-ups of the week along with ‘Thinking Out Loud’, ‘Sunday Favorites,’ and others… 😉
Without further delay, I share a full day of eats. It includes sugar, carbs, vegetables, fruits, and probably some nut butter thrown in for good measure. I’m only 5′ 3″, and some days, I feel like the amount I eat is HUGE, but I have to tell myself, ‘God made your body to need this food. Don’t over think it. Eat it. Be grateful and move on.’ That IS TOUGH to believe sometimes, but it’s worth it to go to bed satisfied instead of starving. I am thankful that ‘He who has begun a good work in me WILL be faithful to complete it.’ (From Philippians 1:6)
Philippians 1:6 says, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
This is a full day of eats. I didn’t leave any bit of food. I wanted you to that being small doesn’t always mean eating small.
Breakfast: (I promise that you will see more oatmeal especially as fall comes on, but for now I’m still enjoying enormous bowls of yogurt, fruit, nut butter, nuts, and occasionally some Mnm’s!)
Lunch – Usually the hours between breakfast and lunch aren’t very long, so I don’t normally eat a snack in between. . . However, that does mean lunch is usually comprised of 3 or 4 courses.
Course # 1 – Salad from a bag. This salad had a layer of cheese, chicken, and lettuce, and I dumped it out of the bowl, sprinkled some dressing on, and called it ‘lunch #1.’ I guess that wouldn’t make for the best presented food photo ever… I’m working on that.
Course #2 – I’ve always been at a loss as to the best way to get the nut butter to spread evenly over all of your banana, and I finally got a spark of genius this afternoon… (I know. You’re probably thinking, ‘And it took her how long to figure this out?’
I thought… Well, that seems like a nice filling lunch. It wasn’t but 20 minutes later, one of these was consumed. I’m thankful that God gave someone the idea to create the energy ball. Enter the Almond butter and jelly energy balls!
Snack #1 –
The afternoon was consumed in me experimenting on two gluten free/grain free muffin recipes for my daddy… Even though I’m not gluten free or grain free, it’s pretty fun to taste the results, that is, if they turn out.
A jar of almond butter is not a good idea at our house… It’s being consumed at a rapid pace.
Dinner: Dinner was so much fun. I had a package of bacon so I typed into Pinterest: ‘bacon macaroni and cheese.’ I came up with a super simple, easy recipe, and in about 20 minutes, this was sitting on the table ready to go.
Now anything with cheese or ‘fat’ used to be a major fear food to me, until I discovered that the human body needs fat. Now, I like fat. Every day, I sit back and just thank God for how far He has brought me. It’s a journey and a journey well worth taking.
I also roasted a huge pan of carrots. Roasted veggies are my fave!
Snack #2 of the day –
And I ended with some more yogurt and nuts… However I didn’t take a picture, so I had to steal a picture from the day before that gives you an idea of what it looked like. Except, this is probably the worst picture you’ve ever seen of a yogurt snack.
But. Gulp. I do want to share the less than pretty parts of my food enjoyment, so I share this picture with you. That doesn’t mean I don’t aspire to take better food pictures. I just have good and bad days.
And I just realized that there was no dessert in there? Maybe I’ll go have some now.
What are you loving to eat lately?
Six packs. What are your thoughts on my perspective?
Do you have any tips on taking good food pictures with an Ipod touch?