At the start of this year, I claimed that I would try and keep a balance in all things in my life as a sort of motto for 2012. I am here to tell you, sadly, I failed.
Somewhere between feeling so happy in my first year of marriage and putting all my energy into my newly discovered passion for food blogging, I forgot about the most important thing…. Taking care of myself!
I have found in my life that I am either totally happy in my personal life and miserable over my self-image and appearance, or I am stuck in a dead end, soul-sucking job and feeling great about the way I look.
A lot of people know you need to feel good about yourself first before you can have any kind of success in other aspects in your life. But you’ve got to remember to continue to focus on keeping that personal happiness and balance. Sometimes it can get away from you. I think it’s gotten away from me a little. I recently looked back at some wedding pictures and felt that rush of self-doubt over letting my weight escalate again.
I know that everybody struggles with these issues, man or woman, young or old, we all feel it. I am not talking about fitting into a certain size or matching a certain standard of fit/skinny. It is just a matter of feeling comfortable in your own skin.
I have a ton of other things to be happy about and feel proud of in my personal and professional life, so now it is time to do the hard work I did so many times before. This time I just need to put in place a system that makes sure I don’t go through this whole up and down thing again.
In order to do so, I need to look back and see what got me here. I will real talk you on this one. It was late night boozing, snacking, and ordering fast food way too many times this summer. I thought I could do things I couldn’t, like handle a Doritos Locos taco at midnight, like I could have in my younger days. The truth is, I am older now. The damage I do to myself kicks in rather quickly and unfortunately takes more effort to undo.
So, instead of giving into those late night tendencies, I am making a healthy, gluten-free option for myself at home and taking my butt to a class or two or on a walk more often. Oh, and I also am going to start my first ever juice cleanse to try and get this renewal process off on the right foot. I can’t wait to share in this journey to a balanced happiness in all aspects of my life with you.
Ingredients (Makes 2 Tostadas)
½ Cup Reduced-Fat Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese
1 Tablespoon Taco Seasoning
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the shredded cheese and the taco seasoning in a small mixing bowl.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread about ¼ of the seasoned cheese out in a small flat circle, approximately 4 inches wide. Make another small flat circle out of the rest of the seasoned cheese.
Bake the tostadas for about seven to ten minutes, until golden and crispy. Let them cool on the baking sheet for another five minutes while you gather some toppings.
Each tostada is only about 80 calories depending on what kind of cheese blend you purchase. I used Sargento. Top with shredded romaine, grilled chicken, black beans, and some pico de gallo for an easy, healthy, fast food inspired meal.