“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”
– Dr. Seuss
Leftover Turkey Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
Revitalize holiday leftovers into a delicious Whole30 compliant casserole. We used broccoli and mushrooms, but feel free to use whatever veggies you have leftover. Shaved Brussels sprouts, carrots, or green beans all work great in this healthy Shepherd’s Pie.
Scoop roasted sweet potato flesh, and then mix with coconut milk.
Season with salt and pepper to taste, and set aside.
In a skillet, add olive oil, onion, and garlic. Saute for 5-7 minutes until softened.
Add broccoli and mushrooms, and saute another 3-4 minutes, while seasoning with fresh or dried herbs and salt and pepper.
Add chicken stock and dijon mustard. Add arrowroot, and whisk to combine. Arrowroot doesn’t clump like wheat flour and corn starch, so it’s okay to add directly to your liquid as long as you’re whisking it in. If using corn starch or wheat flour as a sub, combine it with a few tablespoons of water before adding it to your pan.
Mix in chopped turkey, and then add to an 8×8 or similar sized casserole dish.
Scoop sweet potatoes in mounds around the top of your filling, and then gently spread into a layer across the top of your pan.
Bake for 25 minutes until bubbling and starting to brown on top.
Exercising while fasted induces adaptations to mitochondria in muscle and adipose tissue including increased fatty acid metabolism that is blunted by pre-exercise feeding (meta-analysis of 46 clinical studies).
Exercising in a fasted state increased the release of fatty acids stored in adipose tissue and the use of them for energy in muscle and adipose tissue (ie. fat burning). It also increased the use of intramuscular triglycerides over glycogen in muscle tissue. Exercise while fasted also caused mitochondria to increase gene activity in genes related to fatty acid metabolism making them more efficient as using fat for energy. These adaptations were blunted by pre-exercise feeding.
Pre-exercise feeding did enhance performance in long-duration aerobic exercise (> 60 minutes) but had no effect on aerobic training shorter than 60 minutes. Pre-exercise feeding also slightly enhanced anaerobic exercise (ie. run until exhaustion) but had no effect on high-intensity interval training.
IT band foam roll x 10-15 Adductor foam roll x 10-15 Glute/piriformis myofacsial release 30 secs Rollovers into V sits Fire hydrant circles 10 forward and backward Mountain climbers x 10 Groiners x 10 holding last rep for 10 sec Hip flexor stretch x 3 sets of 10 sec
Sometimes it is the very thing that we are afraid of or just attempting that we should in fact meet head on!
“I don’t know who you are. Please believe. There is no way I can convince you that this is not one of their tricks. But I don’t care. I am me, and I don’t know who you are, but I love you.
I have a pencil. A little one they did not find. I am a women. I hid it inside me. Perhaps I won’t be able to write again, so this is a long letter about my life. It is the only autobiography I have ever written and oh God I’m writing it on toilet paper.
I was born in Nottingham in 1957, and it rained a lot. I passed my eleven plus and went to girl’s Grammar. I wanted to be an actress.
I met my first girlfriend at school. Her name was Sara. She was fourteen and I was fifteen but we were both in Miss. Watson’s class. Her wrists. Her wrists were beautiful. I sat in biology class, staring at the picket rabbit foetus in its jar, listening while Mr. Hird said it was an adolescent phase that people outgrew. Sara did. I didn’t.
In 1976 I stopped pretending and took a girl called Christine home to meet my parents. A week later I enrolled at drama college. My mother said I broke her heart.
But it was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it’s all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us. But within that inch we are free.
London. I was happy in London. In 1981 I played Dandini in Cinderella. My first rep work. The world was strange and rustling and busy, with invisible crowds behind the hot lights and all that breathless glamour. It was exciting and it was lonely. At nights I’d go to the Crew-Ins or one of the other clubs. But I was stand-offish and didn’t mix easily. I saw a lot of the scene, but I never felt comfortable there. So many of them just wanted to be gay. It was their life, their ambition. And I wanted more than that.
Work improved. I got small film roles, then bigger ones. In 1986 I starred in “The Salt Flats.” It pulled in the awards but not the crowds. I met Ruth while working on that. We loved each other. We lived together and on Valentine’s Day she sent me roses and oh God, we had so much. Those were the best three years of my life.
In 1988 there was the war, and after that there were no more roses. Not for anybody.
In 1992 they started rounding up the gays. They took Ruth while she was out looking for food. Why are they so frightened of us? They burned her with cigarette ends and made her give them my name. She signed a statement saying I’d seduced her. I didn’t blame her. God, I loved her. I didn’t blame her.
But she did. She killed herself in her cell. She couldn’t live with betraying me, with giving up that last inch. Oh Ruth. . . .
They came for me. They told me that all of my films would be burned. They shaved off my hair and held my head down a toilet bowl and told jokes about lesbians. They brought me here and gave me drugs. I can’t feel my tongue anymore. I can’t speak.
The other gay women here, Rita, died two weeks ago. I imagine I’ll die quite soon. It’s strange that my life should end in such a terrible place, but for three years I had roses and I apologized to nobody.
I shall die here. Every last inch of me shall perish. Except one.
An inch. It’s small and it’s fragile and it’s the only thing in the world worth having. We must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.
I don’t know who you are. Or whether you’re a man or a woman. I may never see you or cry with you or get drunk with you. But I love you. I hope that you escape this place. I hope that the world turns and that things get better, and that one day people have roses again. I wish I could kiss you.
There is so much hatred in the world but there is also so much love. Choose your focus.
STOCKS! I now have shares with eBay as an employee. Very cool personally! Also I have gotten put on a day shift which shows what a blessing in disguise all of this has been. Not only did we get disability while I was out of work but I am in retraining for my position AND met another employee that wanted the shift I was assigned to. They approved a complete switch!!! How cool is that? I had alot of anxiety not being home. Some surrounding my own issues with my mental health and having borderline for sure. This has been such a weight lifted off of my shoulders. Sometimes life seem to be pitted against us especially in my mind. And then it works out and you feel a little silly that you floundered opportunities to enjoy moments because you were in self inflected distress. We can all learn from these moments. “This is the mark of perfection of character — to spend each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, laziness, or any pretending.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 7.69
Have you ever been so afraid of failing that you decided not to try at all? Has Fear of Failure subconsciously undermined your efforts?
Many of us, including yours truly, have experienced this at one time or another. The fear of failing can be immobilizing – it can cause us to do nothing, and therefore prevent us from moving forward. When we allow fear to stop our forward progress in life, we’re likely to miss some great opportunities along the way.
Below are three methods/philosophies that I commonly implement to manage the fear of failure:
Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic Philosophy founded in Athens. It concerns the relationship between fate and freedom. Stoics believe that remaining calm during suffering can help overcome destructive emotions and build self-control though reason and truth. The following are the ideals of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, one of the most famous stoics:
Immediately recognize what is out of your control.
Fear, anger, and all other emotions are personal choices, regardless of outer circumstances.
Live a life centered on principles, not wealth, awards, or power.
People who misbehave do not deserve an emotional reaction from you.
Meditate daily to revive your commitment to a principle-centered life.
Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to monitor one’s own and other people’s emotions, discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately, and use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior. Here are the four components of EI as it applies to overcoming the Fear of Failure:
Self-awareness – Realize when you are emotionally stressed.
Self-management – Recognize when to take a step back, control your emotions, and adapt to different circumstances.
Social Awareness – Understand and respond empathetically to the emotions of others. Despite what you may be feeling, each individual is also dealing with emotional stress.
Relationship Management – Most times, people can walk though a room without anyone noticing anxiety issues. But it is important to connect with people you trust and discuss conflicts and stresses. Close relationships are vital to success.
By far, the most potent weapon on this list is humor. Humor works for me in two ways:
Laughing is one the best stress-relievers around. When you make others laugh, it can change the whole dynamic of the room. I find that when the group is laughing, even during an important or stressful meeting, the entire mood becomes more positive.
Wit and sarcasm often helps me put my anxiety inside. This method works wonders in preventing me from retreating inward. Humor can keep everyone, including me, engaged in the conversation.
*One Last Note*
While the above methods have worked for me, they may not work for you. Everyone is different and deals with stress and anxiety in different ways. If you are having trouble with work or personal issues, I strongly advise you to see a professional. Many companies have Employee Assistance Programs that provide free help.
Chris has a meet coming up in a couple of weeks. This firefighter will be smoking a 425+ raw bench!!! His training has been great!
Keep sending me your videos. iMessage people can send that route otherwise use Signal please. I will likely share on my Facebook business page as well. The page is listed as closed and while I am not taking on new clients and thinning things down, I do love the Iron and will keep evolving and growing as a 45+ year old looking to be the strongest with 20 inch arms and cool abs/calves. 🙂 I have personally found alot of enjoyment just in nature. A walk outside with some sunshine is pure medicine. I turn on my music and just appreciate the privilege of walking.
I also have a cpap machine and will start using that. I will report my own findings. I can’t wait to see how this helps my hormones and overall wellness.
“You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” Marcus Aurelius
2 lg. Cans tomatoes,
1lb. burger, fried,
2 cans chili beans,
2 cans kidney beans,
1 can garbanzo beans.
2 cups tomatoes juice,
1 cup water, 1/4 c. brown sugar . Cook until bubbly. Lower heat, cover and simmer. Stir and don’t scorch the bottom…. Yuk!
Bethany took best lifter in her competition yesterday. She pulled 286 weighing 117!
Steve didn’t have the day he hoped for. He still lifted really well but no personal bests. He discovered some issues like using a power bar to deadlift in warm ups while pulling with a deadlift bar on the platform. I can’t stress enough how ignorant that is to do to a lifter if only from a safety perspective. However, he made the best of it and still pulled 560 with ease.
You can dissect and analyze your issues for decades, but nothing will actually resolve them and change your life like The Presence Process.
Author Michael Brown shows us how it’s possible to experience awareness of the present moment without having to take the long, challenging path most of us usually take as we attempt to live in the “now”.
We all long to be free of our discomfort and experience inner peace. However, the attempt to get rid of our discomfort is misguided. We’re not broken and don’t need to be “healed”. Our difficulty is that our deeply suppressed emotional imprints from childhood distract us from an awareness of the present moment. Until this emotional charge from our past is integrated, our attempts to quiet our thoughts and access the peace, joy, and love that are bedrock to our being are of only limited success. Since presence is universal, it has the ability to manifest in our daily experience the very circumstances required for us to integrate the dysfunction that keeps us from experiencing the radiance of present moment awareness. We are each responsible for determining the quality of our personal experience, and The Presence Process guides us in taking responsibility for our emotional integration. It’s a way to consciously “grow up”.