I’ve been feeling a little lacking in motivation lately, kind of. It’s a little hard to explain. It’s more that I feel like on the whole, I’m not as “hard core” on certain things as I used to be. I can’t decide if I actually care or not.
Around ~2015 or so when I got super into strength training, I was just SO dedicated. I mean, I never missed a workout, I went all in…I remember hitting a cardio class at 5:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve, making time even if I had family in town, etc. I MADE IT HAPPEN. Now, I feel sort of like any excuse is a good excuse to say “pass”. Hahaha.
This probably isn’t totally true- I have been consistently exercising and I’m sure I’m more active than the average American. I just feel like many days my effort level is probably down around a 5 or 6/10 instead of the 8-10/10 I used to put forth. My workouts have been shorter many days, or I will “cut” part of it if I just don’t feel like it or don’t have enough time.
In terms of results, I suppose I’m getting out about what I’m putting in. This is one thing I have realized- there is definitely no such thing as a free lunch. I think many people like to complain about their lacking results (in whatever it may be), but if they are really honest with themselves, they are getting a result proportional to the true effort they are putting forth.
Can I complain that I’m not “shredded” or “super lean” right now? My abs aren’t popping? No, I really can’t. I have not been counting macros or calories, following a strict training program or anything of the sort. My efforts have been modest at best, and my results are modest. Fair enough.
I’ve learned over the years that people who get exceptional results usually are putting in some exceptional, highly concerted effort in some way or another, day after day. The bikini models don’t just wake up like that magically one morning. Same for highly successful businesspeople, or whoever.
We can’t sit back drinking beer and eating Doritos every night and then say, “Gee….why don’t I have six pack abs? This so unfair! ;)” But overall I guess I currently enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle (including nachos and a more laid back training plan) more than I would enjoy having six pack abs. Maybe there’s a time and a season for it all, and this is my “good enough” season. 🙂
Speaking of non-diet foods, we had enchiladas last night, Mexican style (or at least how Ivan grew up eating them).
To cook the chicken, you make basically a chicken soup with carrots, potatoes, etc, then pull the chicken out and shred it. (shown on the left- you then serve the caldo separately).
Then you make salsa verde (on right above) and simmer it in a pan; set aside.
You then take corn tortillas and lightly fry them very briefly in hot oil, then dip them/ coat them in the salsa verde and fold on a plate.
Finally, you top them with the shredded chicken, cheese and cilantro. I “ruined” mine (per Ivan) by putting regular shredded cheese on them, but normally you would sprinkle crumbling cotija Mexican cheese on top.
It’s like the enchiladas from the restaurants, but inverted with everything on the outside! Serve with a side of the remaining vegetable soup.
Delicious. Only downside is that we made a big mess making them. 🙂
Thought of the Day:
If you fail, never give up, because F.A.I.L. means First Attempt In Learning.
I am grateful for my blender. REALLY makes making salsa a million times easier (and I have never even attempted it by hand before).