It is time for me to admit that over the last few months I have completely fallen off my normal exercise wagon. Why is that SOOOOOO easy to do? I can give you a million reasons why, but it really kind of goes like this…….Alarm goes off – “Well, maybe I will just skip today and go tomorrow”…..then the next day…”Well, maybe I will just do toning at home and watch RHOC from last night”……..then the next day……”Well, I didn’t sleep great last night, so I would probably be too tired to push the pedals around”. And there you go, complete self sabotage! While there hasn’t been a full week that I didn’t make it to the gym at least once, there hasn’t been a full week until the last few that I have been more than not. As time passes or time at the gym doesn’t pass because I’m not going, I find myself in total thought attacks during the day. Why is it so easy to talk myself out of going, but then regret it and beat myself up all day wondering why I didn’t go, just to do the same thing all over again the next day? So, I’m really going to put this out there. I have lots of body images issues. Have for years! I wish that I could just say to myself like I see so many people doing, “I’m fine just the way I am”. Well, guess what?! I’m not fine with me just the way I am and will likely never will be and I can’t help it. It is a terrible thing to do yourself, but for some of us, there just isn’t that magic wand that can teach our brains to be comfortable in our own bodies no matter what. With that being said, while I feel a lot of that is out of my control or perhaps requires extensive therapy to get past, what I can control is how exercising and eating healthy makes me feel. It is empowering to be on that bike in that class and just kill the workout. That’s the therapy session that I need to help me get through the day. I’m certainly not addicted to exercise, but like the feeling I get afterwards and for the rest of the day, so instead of making myself feel bad all day, I can say “I did something good for my mind and body”. It has to be a part of my life instead of a temporary means to an end to “lose weight” because for that there is no end. Body image is a daily struggle for me and for so many women, but knowing how to control the mental demons is definitely a huge feat. Because of all of this, I also have terrible food guilt especially when I am on an exercise slump, so what I have learned to do to best cope with that is to change my way of thinking. Good food does not equal fattening, saucy, buttery foods. Trust me, those foods are good, but food can be good AND healthy!! I most certainly will indulge from time to time, but I do like to create the most flavorful foods by using fresh ingredients. To me creating something delicious with herbs, fresh vegetables, fruits, fish and lean meats that I enjoy and that my family enjoys is as empowering to my mind as a great workout. So there you have it. I felt like I needed to admit to you all that my daily struggle is likely never ending. I do try to tackle it one day at a time with the help and motivation of exercise and fresh foods. And with that I give you a Strawberry Salad with Seared Ahi Tuna and Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette that is a freshness overload!
- Mixed spring greens
- Sliced strawberries
- Reduced Fat Athenos Feta Cheese
- Pine Nuts
- 1 pound fresh sushi-grade ahi tuna steaks
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp cracked black pepper
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Agave nectar
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped red pepper
- Rinse and pat dry the tuna. In a small bowl combine olive oil, sesame oil, lemon juice, ginger, soy sauce, salt & pepper. Whisk ingredients to combine. Dip both sides of tuna steaks in mixture and place in a food storage bag. Pour remaining mixture into bag and let marinate for one hour.
- Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray and heat pan over medium heat. Place steaks in pan and pour remaining marinade over steaks. Cook first side approximately 2-3 minutes depending on thickness of steak. Turn steaks and cook 2 minutes making sure not to overcook steaks.
- Place all ingredients in a jar and shake vigorously to combine. Place all salad ingredients on a plate, top with seared tuna and serve with dressing.