Forge Yourself

You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one.
James Anthony Froude

This is hard work.  This whole being healthy thing (ha!).  I’m a big believer in dreaming without limits, but know it’s the day in and day out forging of yourself, bit by bit, sweat drop by sweat drop, bite by bite that’s going to change your body into the reflection of who your true character is.  All the things that we do, experience, and work towards help to shape our character.  That applies to committing to a healthy lifestyle, too.  It’s not an overnight change.  It takes patience.  And through that grit and determination and patience will come the physical transformation.  I once heard that reaching your weight loss goals is like unzipping a suit to reveal beneath this confident, courageous, and vivacious individual.  We aren’t meant to be unhappy.  We were meant to feel joy.  Forge yourself physically into who you know you are on the inside.



6 thoughts on “Forge Yourself

  1. Love this thought today. Here is a awesome quote and thoughts. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, Then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle Personal improvement, whether it’s weight loss or fitness, is about creating or losing a habit. It shouldn’t be thought of as a short-term event. People diet until they lose 20 pounds, and then stop the smart eating and exercise strategies that got them there. Once they reach their goal, they go back to the way they lived before and wonder why the weight comes back. For permanent change, habits need to stick around for the long run. With repetition and time, a single action will seem habitual. Once it becomes a habit, it becomes part of who you are, and the transformation is complete.

  2. Monday:
    3/4 c yogurt, 1/8 c oats, 1/2 c mixed berries, sweetened with stevia
    1/4 c Kraft Mac n cheese (just a few bites leftover from my kids… oops! LOL)
    Protein Bar (double chocolate) & 1 cup fresh strawberries
    whole wheat bread, 1/2 T. neufchatel cheese, 2 T chopped strawberries on top
    1 cup homemade onion soup, made with chicken broth & onions. Added 1 t. half & half to my bowl.
    Salad with homemade balsamic/olive oil dressing.
    1 slice whole wheat toast with pecorino romano cheese sprinkled on top (about 1 T of cheese). Also 1 t. butter on the toast before the cheese.

    Protein Bar (double choc)
    1/2 c MultiGrain Cheerios with 1 c skim milk
    1 smoothie (1 c almond breeze, 1/3 c whey protein powder, 1 banana, 1/2 c pineapple chunks)
    15 pretzel sticks
    3/4 c yogurt, 1/2 c mixed berries, 1/4 c oats, sweetened with stevia
    big salad with 2 T. homemade balsamic vinegar dressing
    1/2 c brown rice, stir fried veggies, 1 lean pork chop (in the stir fry)

  3. Sunny,
    I never thought about making homemade French onion soup! But I’m a huge fan! How do you make yours? Would veg broth taste ok instead of chicken broth? What kind of onions?

    Totally agree on the lifestyle change notion! So true! You are awesome for sharing. I have been in the same weight decade for over a year and everyday it’s a conscious deccision to make healthy decisions. It’s a long-term commitment. Which reminds me that you shouldn’t do food/splurge rewards for hitting a mini goal!

    Stay strong! Everyday just give it your all. Can’t ask more than that.

  4. Sarah-
    It was super duper easy. Just lightly carmelize/saute the onions in a bit of olive oil. I recommend white onions or sweet vidalia onions. Add about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of white wine (you can use Fre non-alcoholic white wine for those who prefer) and cook most of the liquid off. Add your veggie stock (or veggie bouillon & water), some salt and pepper, simmer for a bit, and you’ve got soup! Delish!

    1. Yummy! Thanks, Jen! I am sure it will take me a few batches but I am very excited to try!

      Today I ate:
      1 gala apple w/ 2T peanut butter
      Peppermint tea
      Tokyo Joe’s rice noodle bowl w/ veggies & tofu, peanut & teriyaki sauce
      Bobo’s oat bar chocolate
      Pomegranate blueberry ade
      Rice works multigrain rice chips
      1/2 c quinoa cooked in veggie broth w/ green onions, garlic, thyme, parsley, & sea salt

  5. Great post! It’s completely a lifestyle change, not just a diet. You can’t just stop “dieting” once you a reach a goal otherwise you’ll be right back where you started before you know it! Trust me, I KNOW! hehehe
    Today was upper body strength training today. I rocked some higher bands too. 🙂 Here’s my meals:
    Sandwich Thins w/ Peanut Butter
    String Cheese
    Lean Cuisine Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Chicken Flatbread Melt
    String Cheese
    Special K Bar Chocolately Pretzel
    Panera Bread Thai Chopped Chicken Salad
    Panera Bread French Baguette Side
    Panera Bread Low Fat Mango Smoothie

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