How do you begin a change? I talk with people all the time about goals and what they want to do. But really you don’t began to reach a person or help them until they make the decision to change themselves. You all have probably had someone at one point in time try and tell you how to diet or make your life better. Or you have watched commercials, read articles, and seen billboards of how all your weight loss problems can be solved. What I am telling you is from someone who listens to people and helps them make a change every day, is that you cannot help someone until they choose to help themselves.
Part of deciding to change is realizing it won’t be easy, you will fail and pick yourself up again. You will think it’s impossible and want to quit. But if you truly want to change you will learn to take the good days with the bad days and find meaning in the goal you want. It takes for some, reaching a place of humility where they feel like things can’t get any more out of control or that nobody will ever understand. But there are people who will understand, people who won’t pretend that they are perfect, people that will share their own struggles with you and support and encourage you. That’s not ‘my job’ that’s my choice. My choice is to see others find excitement and love for being healthy and fit for themselves, their family, or their kids. To know that they deserve the one gift that society will try and take from you and make you seem like there are a million quick fixes that you will try and try and just make them more and more money. We all start somewhere and we all will fail and try again. But let yourself be honest, let yourself feel like you have failed, let yourself feel like the weight loss battle will never end, than choose to change yourself and surrender the never ending battle. Allow someone else the chance to get to know you and be there for you. To help you succeed and to pick you up when you fall. Don’t try to do it on your own and don’t do it because you think you should. Do it because you are willing to take the first and scariest step, choose to want to change.
Simple Roasted Vegetables
Vegetables are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet. You won’t find a recipe that as simple and delicious as this one for roasted vegetables. It’s a classic!
I like to leave the root veggies undisturbed when adding the green beans, so that they have one really nicely charred side to them at the end of the cook time. The onions become mouthwateringly tender.
Feel free to use other veggies, such as sweet potato, beets, cauliflower, or bell peppers.
Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com
Here’s what you need
- 3 parsnips, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 8 large carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 1 red onion, cut into thick wedges
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- sea salt and black pepper
- ½ pound green beans, trimmed
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil.
- In a large bowl, toss the parsnips, carrots and onion with the olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper. Arrange on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Roast in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, add the green beans on top of the roasting veggies and place back in the oven for an additional 15 minutes. Mix the veggies together and serve. Enjoy!
One serving equals: 95 calories, 3g fat, 18g carbohydrate, 7g sugar, 138mg sodium, 5g fiber, and 2g protein.
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Jon Buettner M.S. Exercise Physiology
Big Jon Fitness
1640 E. Plaza Loop
Nampa Idaho, 83687