Lemon Pepper Veggies With Tofu and Pasta

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For today’s Friday favorite, this lunch was a quick creation that was super delicious. It is vegan, gluten-free and could easily be made low-carb by leaving out the pasta. I had some leftover in the fridge and it was a weight training day so I tossed some in. I have been keeping Tofu Cutlet on hand. I like that the edges are browned, you can cut it to cubes and they keep their shape. Great for salads and recipes like this.

Ingredients:

I container sliced mushrooms 8 oz.

1/2 bag of frozen green beans (steam in the bag size)

Vegan butter or olive oil

Lemon

Black Pepper

Garlic Salt

1/2 block of Tofu Cutlet or extra firm Tofu.

1/4 cup leftover gluten free pasta

Capers

Directions:

Steam green beans in microwave per package directions. Saute mushrooms in butter or oil. Add garlic salt, pepper and squeeze lemon on top. Add green beans and tofu cutlet cut into cubes. Add more seasoning as needed and more lemon. Cook about 2-3 minutes to develop flavor. Add pasta, cook one more minute. Serve and top with capers.

10 Seconds

You Can Do Anything for For 10 seconds

This is a saying I use a lot in my fitness classes. I usually get a groin or an eye roll, but as a group we push through and finish. The depth of these words never truly hit home with me until I wrote them to my son in the 1st letter he will receive at Boot Camp. “Tell yourself you can do anything for 10 seconds and if you need 10 more seconds, say it again”.  We all have times we need to push through those 10 seconds to reach a goal. Small things: I can do push-ups 10 more seconds. I can walk away from that cookie. I can focus on this project. Then there will be moments that it will take all your inner strength to get through. Those 10 seconds will be the most challenging of your life. Knowing my son is facing that repeatedly over the next several weeks means I have been relying on this phrase heavily.

Sometimes, you need those 10 seconds to breath. Throughout the day we all face challenges that can cause us to react in a way we may regret later. Traffic, a screaming toddler, an unreasonable client, a salty teenager or a situation we have no idea how to handle. We need to take 10 seconds, to not cut someone off or make a gesture. To see the tiny, hungry, tired person in front of us. Or most important, to not say things we can’t back. Sometimes 10 seconds to breath is what will help look at the situation from the outside. The person in the other car doesn’t know me, they clearly are having a bad day. Does it really matter what strangers in this store think of my child’s behavior. Does this client understand what they want from this project? Is this battle worth picking? You are not going to be able to solve every problem in 10 seconds but it can help you connect with your inner self so in the next 10 seconds, you are expressing who you want be.

We can use 10 seconds to be kind. We often say we want to do more but we don’t have time. You can roll your eyes when you see a shopping left in the parking lot or push it as you walk up to the store. You can send a text to a friend having a rough time. You can hold a door open for someone. You can tell someone thank you. You can tell someone I love you.  Now, with a fresh perspective, you can do anything for 10 seconds.

Taco Bowl- Low Carb & Vegan

Todays recipe turned out really good. So , this is one of those I threw a bunch of things in a pan and yum, but I am going to share it anyway. To make it lower carb, you could take out the soychorizo. I use the Trader Joes brand and its only 5 net grams so for the flavor it was worth it. Here we go:

1/2 bag of frozen spinach

1/4 bag frozen cauliflower rice

[defrost both about 3min}

1/2 package Tofu

1/4 package Soyrizo

1 TBS Mexican seasoning [on tofu]

Pico De Gallo

Topping:

Lettuce

Avocado

Pico De Gallo

Directions:

Defrost spinach and cauliflower rice in microwave (3 min) add tofu and Mexican seasoning into non-stick pan. Add soyrizo, cook 2 min. add defrosted veggies and pico de gallo cook 3 min. Remove from heat, top with lettuce, pico and avocado.

Be Unstoppable

Today as I was writing in my gratitude journal and reflecting on my goals, I began to question, am I in tune with what I really want? Do I really have plan in place that is setting me on the path to success? Are my goals still in line with what I value the most right now? We all experience burn out and doubt. Sometimes those nagging feelings are our true self calling us to re-evaluate what we really want. Is the goal we are working toward really going to bring the success that helps us find fulfillment and happiness. Sometimes we need to slow down to speed up. Write a mission statement for your life, set goals that reflect that mission, put a plan with each step you need to achieve that goal. Wishes are nice, but a goal with a plan makes you unstoppable.

Shine When It’s Your Time

Sun and moon

As a fitness instructor, I put myself out there to encourage others to enjoy their workouts, have fun, and help them reach fitness or health goals. When someone shares a story of how their workouts have helped them not just physically but mentally overcome depression, loss, stress, loneliness, the magnitude of how blessed I am to be able to connect with people and be part of their story, is truly humbling. As we all know, anytime you open yourself to the world, there will be people ready to knock you down.

I see it in the gym when friends who started working out together, stop being supporting of one another when their goals or their progress shifts away from each other. The looks of judgement when someone is new and trying to find their footing starting their fitness journey. When cliques develop over certain workouts or classes, not recognizing one shoe does not fit all.

I would like to say as instructors we set a better example, but sadly I know this is not true. We judge each other on class numbers, social media following, if our format is better, how expensive our shoes and workout clothes are. We question if our body is in good enough shape to even be in front of a class, if we are talking enough or too much,  if  the critics are right.

Standing in front of groups of people, several times a day, eventually criticism will come. On the days it is constructive, I am grateful. I embrace the opportunity to grow as an instructor, to provide better classes and better experiences for my participants. At times, it is not, and I challenge myself to remember the way my light shines is not for everyone. I might be the sun and they need the moon. When I encounter another instructor not creating the kind of positive, supporting, uplifting class I think is important, I remind myself to stay in my lane. If I stay true to me, I will get to my destination and I will have a tribe with me that is excited about sharing the road together and letting each other shine. Each person deserves to find their lane, their light, without our judgment or harsh comments.

When we are on the end of criticism, we have an opportunity to grow, to let our heart become kinder for when we feel we need to offer guidance, to become stronger by standing up for ourselves when needed. The moon can shine in the dark and so can we.

 

Fireball with Adaptive Rec Zumba

I love this group so much. One of the highlights of my week is teaching this class. They always have a smile on their faces, support one another and come to shake their booty’s and have fun. It is truly beautiful to watch a group be so uplifting and the idea of being judged on their abilities or judging another in class, is never even a consideration. My goal is be as kind and motivating as every member in this class, and to learn not let the world put a cloud on my sunshine. I could think of no better way to share this group with you other than them dancing to their favorite song. Happy Friday!