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A Little More Yum, A Little Less Stress November 13, 2012

Posted by doinglaundryinheels in Cooking, Cross Training for Life, Food/Dining, Health and Fitness, How To, The SK Plan, Tips and Tricks.
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What we’ve learned so far in this Cross Training for Life adventure, is that health isn’t about how many miles you can run or the state of your six-pack, it’s about being a well-rounded person inside and out! SK has taken it upon herself to spearhead the Cross Training for Life game plan by trying out new, different and suggested things to better her own mind, body and soul, as well as YOURS! If you’ve been following our posts, you know we’ve covered a lot of the nitty-gritty basics, so let’s jump into the specifics, the tips n’tricks and yummy goodies to being healthy and strong!

There are so many times we look in our fridge and want something oh, so savory and juicy, but we know that the frozen pizza or the chips and salsa will just do us wrong. Here’s the latest from the SK Plan files to help you in your workout life, but also meet the unequivocal needs of your taste buds.

Tasty Tuna Salad

Now, everyone has their own version of tuna salad and the great thing about this recipe is that you can add whatever your heart desires (celery, walnuts, grapes, etc.) Here’s the SK version:

  • One can tuna in water
  • One red onion, chopped (as much as you like…not the whole onion!)
  • Granny Smith Apple, cubed or cut up small
  • Mayonnaise, about 1/2 the amount of tuna (less than a regular tuna salad)
  • Garlic or garlic powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Pepper

Mix it all together in a bowl! Make a lot to fridge for later or eat it as is, or on toast (yum!) for lunch or a light snack!

Mexican Pizza

  • One Whole grain tortilla
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • Red or green peppers, thinly sliced
  • Shredded taco cheese
  • Salsa
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper

Start by putting your onions and peppers on a whole grain tortilla, add any other mexican/pizza like veggies you enjoy. Don’t over load, or you won’t be able to eat it! Lay a thin layer of shredded cheese on top of veggies, then a thin layer of salsa and top again with a layer of cheese. Add spices on top for seasoning as you wish. Bake in oven for 10 min at 300 F. Let it sit for about 1-2min and then dive it! The tortilla will be crunchy like a pizza, I recommend using a fork and knife or folding it over like a quesadilla!

The Workout Calendar

To help you with your stress and your anxiety about working out, SK has also thought up two great new ideas that seem to work wonders for people who just can’t get their minds off…well, anything. For those of you who are avid worker-outters, or the ones that can’t seem to get their workouts to be consistent (remember, a workout can be anything, check out some of our suggestions in other posts!) a workout calendar is the best! Sometimes, being visual gets you motivated to fill in the blanks! Print out a blank monthly calendar from Google or your Outlook style program. Every time you do something active, write it on that day. For example – Ran 1.5 miles; Did abs and arms; Helped mom clean house; went to karate class and stretched. Don’t fill the calendar in before you do it, this will build anxiety and expectations and if you don’t end up working out, you’ll feel like you failed. Try to mix up your activities but also keep some consistency, if you run Monday and Thursday, try to mix up Saturday, do something different every week. The point of the calendar is to encourage you to fill it in, not to push you to plan your days around it. Maybe this month it’ll look a little empty, but set a goal for next month to fill in more and more days!

De-stress Book

The de-stress book is going to help you with your mental health. Are you that person that is up until 1am thinking about all the things you needs to do, people you have to email, tasks you can’t forget? i-phones and computers don’t help with that at all, you just end up staring at the screen all night and wake-up tired. Go buy a notebook, preferably a drawing book with totally blank pages, if you like ruled pages that’ll work just fine too! Keep it by your bed with a pen and write EVERYTHING in it. You’re schedule, things you randomly remember, things you don’t want to forget, list of bills, tasks or duties. Anything that keeps you up at night, even your workout schedule! It doesn’t matter what you write in it because it’s personal to you, it doesn’t have to be organized any which way, it’s just a place to put your brain so you can de-stress and fall asleep. You may not even refer to your de-stress book after you write in it, and that’s okay, but if you do need to remember something, you’ll know that it’s safely stored where you can find it.

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