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Do not cheat yourself.

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It’s Monday and for once the sun is shining and it is “warm” outside here in Wisconsin. After the bitter Arctic cold we endured last week, having temps in the 20’s yesterday and today has been a blessing. Now, if people would just learn how to drive and slow down on the roads maybe the number of accidents we are seeing on the roads would go down too…. Here is a though, use a blinker….

Anyway! I thought about what I wanted to discuss today based on a few things that have happened over the last week or so. Cheating yourself or seeing yourself short is an issue that I have seen occur far too often with my loved ones and people around me or things I observe when I am out and about. What would be considering cheating yourself or selling yourself short? Well here are a few examples:

1) Not giving yourself the credit you deserve when you did something good (whether at work, at home, for a friend, etc). When credit is due and it is for you, it’s ok to not be humble about it all the time. Especially if it is a big deal. Celebrate and talk about it with your loved ones, you have worked hard to accomplish it, so do not be shy and express yourself.

2) Do not make excuses as to why you cheated on your diet. This is cheating and if you continue to justify why its ok to make poor decisions it will just keep taking you in circles and not lead you down a successful path.

3) Do not cheat during your workouts. If you have a specific rep count you have to reach and your body is already tired, do not cheat yourself out of reps, decrease your weight instead. If you continue doing this to yourself, again, it will only lead you to act this way in other areas in life and that is no good.

4) Follow the rules. This one is simple. Just follow the rules on any workout you are doing, any diet you are following, and any situation you find yourself in. If you are in training for a race, if it tells you to run for 3 miles at a certain pace, do what it says, do not try to over do it, especially if you have never trained for a race before and are not a runner. Example, the couch to 5K training guide is set up in a way to  help a person who has never done anything like it before and get them ready to run that race. So, long story short do what your training program says or your trainer or even your boss! If you are trying to figure out if something is wrong or not, listen to your gut.

These are just a few examples of how you can cheat yourself or sell yourself short. You are better than that, so don’t do it. If you have been honest with yourself, you will know deep down what to do with anything you set your mind too.

Ok, onto a recipe I tried out for the first time last week. Over the last 8 months my paleo cookbook collection has flourished, as well as my love for cooking, and one of my all time favorite cookbooks is The Paleo Kitchen by Juli Bauer and George Bryant. They are two of my favorite paleo bloggers (Juli’s website is www.paleomg.com and George’s website is www.thecivilizedcaveman.com). In my menu planning that I did two weekends ago I decided I wanted to use up the rest of the shrimp I had in my freezer, so I decided I would make the Shrimp Scampi recipe from The Paleo Kitchen. So here it is:

Shrimp Scampi (Paleo)

Ingredients: 1 small spaghetti squash, 2 Tbsp coconut oil, 1/2 small red onion minced, 3 cloves thinly sliced garlic, 1 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 lb large shrimp with tails on shelled and deveined, 1/2 cup vegetable broth, 2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley, juice of 1 lemon, coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

1) Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

2) Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise.  Using a spoon remove the seeds from the squash. Place cut side down on the baking sheet. Cook for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest until cool enough to handle, then use a fork to scrape out the strands. Place in a bowl and set aside.

3) Heat the coconut oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the red onion and saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and saute for about a minute, until the garlic begins to brown.

4) Add the shrimp to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Add the vegetable broth and stir well to moisten the shrimp and spread them out evenly in the pan.

5) Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, flip the shrimp over and cook for another minute, until the broth has cooked off.

6) Add the spaghetti squash threads and stir well for up to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the parsley, lemon juice, and s&p, stir well. Serve immediately.

**When I cooked this the vegetable broth took a bit longer to cook off and was not where it should have been when I added my squash, HOWEVER, the squash soaked up the remaining broth and tasted just fine. I also cooked my shrimp for 2 minutes after I flipped them. Lastly, if you are sensitive to spicy food, cut the red pepper flakes in half as it really has a strong kick!

This is a super easy recipe and if you go look at my Instagram account down in the bottom right corner there is a picture in there of this yummy meal!!

Have a great Monday everybody!!

-Courtny

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