I've seen a few other bloggers revisiting their New Year's resolutions to either acknowledge their progress and/or redouble their efforts. In reading these, I realized that part of my commitment/success problem is that I don't often bother to do this...or, if I do, it is registered mentally which doesn't count (and can be counter-productive). The problem with that is for some of us, like me, we never really see the great strides we have made in reaching our goals or maintaining that certain behavior pattern that we so desire. Maybe we are too used to seeing ourselves daily that we don't see the subtle changes taking place. Or maybe we are so hypercritical that we don't allow ourselves to acknowledge our successes even after struggling to accomplish them.
|Sometimes I feel like this poor guy...|
Through the kettle bell challenge I have gotten stronger and my arms and abs are more defined. And through Team in Training I have had to step outside of my comfort zone by asking friends and family to support the cause, approaching my job for sponsorship, becoming creative with letter writing and social networking, and have actually shown up for training meetings in other towns with people I don't know. And through blogging I have learned so much about myself, some of you, healthy eating, running, cooking, balance, and support. It's a wonderful means of expression with such an awesome return.
In the course of this health quest and through the wonderful world of social networking, I came across this recipe from an old high school friend (who got it from Oxygen Magazine)...I made a few modifications to make mine this a vegan meal.
Clean Vegan Pizza
1/2 cup dry oatmeal
1/4 tsp ground flaxseed
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 oz Gimme Lean
Mix together in a bowl, shape into a ball and flatten into a mini pizza crust on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
1/4 cup pizza sauce or tomato sauce w/a dash of garlic salt
2 TBS vegan cream cheese (original recipe calls for 1/4 cup cottage cheese but I didn't have any)
1 TBS fresh basil, chopped
3/4 cup fresh spinach
1/4 cup arugula
Mix tomato sauce and cream cheese together.
Add remaining ingredients except cheese in with sauce.
Variations: assorted veggies you have on hand, mushrooms, bell peppers, onion...the choices are endless.