ONE week of eating clean, lifting, and cardio :) yaay

The Pain Exchange—I love this.

This is a very sad commentary that reveals what we’ve become in this country. We have the best of the best in the U.S. of A., but we hold the record for most fat people. Why do we reach for drugs, alcohol, sex, food, lies, blame, anger, hate, guilt, and self-pity far more often than power, courage, discipline, forgiveness, wisdom, and self-reliance? We’ve become a bunch of crybabies, filled with excuses, blaming everyone else for our problems!

The freedoms and conveniences we now enjoy were fought for by men and women who didn’t think twice when it came to hard work, taking risks, and failing over and over again. This generation’s selfish, lethargic, woe-is-me mentality is creating a country filled with folks who live in a constant state of quiet desperation. Our ancestors worked very hard to create a world with less stress and strife. So why are we more stressed out than ever?

The pendulum has swung way too far in the wrong direction. It’s time to stop all the bitching and moaning and wanting and wishing and hoping and dreaming. We must start to live in the real world and begin to take some responsibility for what goes on in our lives. It’s time to start exploring and searching and devoting and sharing and growing and working for what you want in this world.

It’s really a matter of right and wrong. We know the difference between the two but still fail to behave in ways that allow us to be great human beings.

Right

Work out 
Eat healthy foods
Fail and try again 
Persevere 
Forgive yourself 
Listen 
Be kind 
Find out what you love

Wrong

Don’t work out
Eat junk
Fail and quit
Blow it off
Blame others
Complain
Be right (all the time)
Ignore your greatness

This is a short list, but I think you get the point.

The wrong list will lead you down the road of endless short-lived pleasures that result in lifelong pain, fear, and sadness. The right list (which can be hard at first) will open you up to a world filled with happiness, joy, and fulfillment.

You might want to ask yourself how history will see you after you’re gone. If you don’t like the answer today, then it might be time to do the right thing.

—Tony H.

(Source: beachbody.com)

normal & sweet potato fries fail. These turned into shriveled up crunchy things. Who told me I could cook? The pictures were cute though :)

Really late lunch; I freaking love avocado spread.

Thank you guys for the brown rice help, I got it down this time :) this is dinner (kinda burned the chicken) but I haven’t mastered perfect cooking jut yet, it was still delicious I had to get some more :)

anyone know how to perfect brown rice?

Whenever, I make brown rice it’s either a hit or miss—I either make great, not too sticky, not too dry rice, which only happened the first time I tried cooking rice, OR I make this horrible super sticky, wet, rice goo, which has happened consecutively time after time :/. I stand over it like a mother watching her newborn sleep, and it STILL comes out like a yucky goo, maybe I use too much water? Brown rice is basically the only thing that makes me look forward to dinner, besides awesome protein, and now I can’t even make a simple cup of freaking rice. Any help will be much appreciated..

this picture makes me smile :D! April 1st-May 20th progress, I started Insanity April 22, and I just finished the first month! Bring on month two! Also, excuse the dirty mirrors :)

One of the most delicious concoctions I have ever made: sautéed broccoli, tomato, and chicken breast with a sprinkle of cheese all on wheat bread with avocado spread. Delicious is an understatement!

proud daughter

although my mom only did the Insanity warm-up, she’s determined to go a little further tomorrow. This goes to show that if you want your family or friends to embark on this new lifestyle—don’t stop asking. One day they’ll either do a work-out with you just to shut you up, or they’ll yell at you to stop bugging them, and if that’s the case, then there isn’t more you can do. But, never stop asking.