Saturday, April 21, 2012

Smoothies and Sabotage

Another thing I've started doing every single day on my quest to health and fitness is drinking green smoothies!

Holy Cow! They are DE-FREAKING-LICIOUS! And I am totally ADDICTED!

I make a blender full each morning and drink it all down by the end of the day. So GOOD!

These delightful smoothies are a close second with the dry skin brushing as being my favorite new healthy practices.

These things are so tasty! It's like drinking thick juice! I like to have mine in, what the lovelies always called, a fancy glass. Did I mention that I am totally and completely 100% addicted to them?

Here are the two blogs/sites that got me started:

Green Smoothies/The Tera Warner Blog
Incredible Smoothies

I also wanted to mention sabotage- particularly as it relates to the weight loss part of my journey. I used to be really, really good at sabotaging myself.

I used to struggle with getting upset over the weight thing. It's SUCH A DARN SLOW PROCESS that I would get frustrated with myself. When I got frustrated, I would eat. And eat. My frustrations actually triggered my desire to eat. It became a battle. And the battles were many.

Oh and goodness me!  Let's NOT forget that annoying as hell little inner voice to whom we give permission to say things to us like: "Are you kidding?  This is too hard. Just stay the way you are. It's so much easier to leave well enough alone. Just one bite won't hurt anything..." It will even remind us from time to time that we don’t have what it takes to lose the weight or it's taking too long that it just isn't going to happen or consider your AGE...anything to make us believe losing weight is nothing less than an insurmountable obstacle.

And that's just what some of us do to ourselves.  It's a fight all the way to the finish whether we battle ourselves or others who are not exactly supportive. This time, I am determined to fight it all the way. I am way more stubborn that that annoying as hell inner voice of mine. I now frustrate my frustrations.

And give in to green smoothies instead. 

This is the nineteenth day of the A-Z April Challenge. I thought I might try a theme this year and focus on my personal journey to health and fitness, including weight loss.


Today's letter is S and my words for the day are SMOOTHIES and SABOTAGE.

23 comments:

A Quiet Corner said...

YOU are doing GREAT and with those smoothies will continue!...:)JP

Joyce said...

I love a smoothie...my blender AND food processor both bit the dust this week. Sigh.

Cranberry Morning said...

It's hard to imagine that it's delicious, but I will definitely check into it if I can find a recipe. Keep on keeping on, Pam.

Nicole said...

I am a bit of a green tea smoothie type of girl, myself. :-)

EmptyNester said...

JP- Thanks! I can't even imagine NOT drinking these things! I'm having one right now! LOL

Joyce- NO! Not both at the same time! Oh well, time for some shopping! I LOVE Bed, Bath and Beyond. Let's go! LOL

Judy- Check out the blogs I mentioned. Both have some great recipes!

Nicole- Do you have a recipe? Please share! I LOVE green tea!

Betty WSch. said...

I've read a lot about green smoothies lately. It's all the rage and I'm sure they are healthy. But I just can NOT imagine drinking them. I don't even really like milk shakes because they are so thick and I don't like juices either. Maybe if I could try one from you first, maybe I'd be convinced. But I love that you love them so much. It is giving me second thoughts...

EmptyNester said...

Betty- Guess what happened to one woman? Her gray hair turned back to it's original color! WHAT?! Yep. How's that for motivation? LOL You're hair doesn't look like it has any gray so maybe that's not motivation for you. But, you come down this way, I'll make you some. We'll find one you like! You can add water to find the consistency that's right for you!

Shawn said...

I love green smoothies but haven't made one in over a month, thanks for adding the sites for recipes!

I let my hair go au naturale..yep totally gray! I keep thinking I want to dye it back to the auburn color I'm used to...maybe I will wait and see if the green smoothies work!

jen@ living a full life said...

That Green smoothie look great!

Jennifer Macfarlan said...

Green smoothie? Sounds good enough to try. As for the inner voice, sometimes I think that it's worse than what other people can say to you. Good job being able to ignore the sabotage attempts!!

Stephanie V said...

My daughter is a green smoothie fan! Has been for years and she travels with her ingredients. I tried but couldn't get into it.

EmptyNester said...

Shawn- I check my hair every single day. LOL Hope you enjoy the recipes on those blogs!

jen- They are to die for!

JM- They are delicious! I agree with you on that- I'm always harder on myself than others are. Meaner too. Changing that though! Well, on myself NOT that I'm going to turn it around and be mean to others. LOL

Stephanie- I can't get out of it! LOL

Lynn Proctor said...

these look so refreshing--i am not a big fan of smoothies--more of a slurpy kind of gal--but i just might try this

Debby@Just Breathe said...

It sounds like the perfect way to start your day. I have to start making these. Thanks for the post.

EmptyNester said...

LP- I never have been either but these are really good! The trick for me is to use only one banana and to blend it up with water first then add the other fruit and greens. OR no banana at all.

Debby- It really is! Let me know how you like them!

Sush said...

OK, Pam, I've just purchased a Ninja thingy that is both a blender and a juicer? Two pitchers anyhow. I've been afraid to give it a try, but you've inspired me. What is your very fav smoothie's? I'm afraid that they will pack pounds on not help me lose more. Ideas?
You've been such an inspiration thanks!
Hugs~

EmptyNester said...

Sush- I haven't pack on the pounds yet. You can substitute a meal or two with the smoothies! That's what I'm doing this week. Or trying to do. I have used some of the recipes from the sites I've listed but mostly I just make it up as I go. If you're using banana(s), blend them with a bit of water first and then add your other fruit and the greens last. I like to use bananas, apples, pineapple and spinach or kale- that's my favorite mixture. Sometimes I buy the green mix from Whole Foods and put that in for the greens. Strawberries are good but then your green smoothie won't be green. LOL Just play with it and find the one you like best!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Isn't it sad how we tend to be so much harder on ourselves than on anybody else? We wouldn't say the things we do to our best friend so why is it okay to say them to ourselves?

Thanks for the reminder to be strong and stubborn for our own well being. And for the smoothie ideas. :)

Donna Martin said...

Hi...I'm hopping over from the A to Z Challenge...lovely blog...good luck with the rest of the challenge!

Donna L Martin
www.donasdays.blogspot.com

EmptyNester said...

MMS- Truly it is sad. I've been working on it though! You're welcome! Thanks for the kind comment!

DM- Thanks! You too!

Maren said...

Green smoothies seems so...... green. :p I'm not so sure it's for me :p

Galen Pearl said...

You are a motivating role model! And that does look delicious!

Cindy said...

I had my first green smoothie today. The banana/spinach one recommended as a first try. Gotta admit, it will take a bit of getting used to.
Thanks for introducing me to it.
I think you should publish an e-book using your posts from A-Z blogging challenge. There's a ton of great info you are sharing!