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PERSONAL BEST FIT & HEALTHY NEWSLETTER February 21, 2020

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“YOU GO TO THE GYM HOW OFTEN? I COULD NEVER DO THAT.” “I’VE TRIED EATING HEALTHY, BUT I COULDN’T GIVE UP MY SWEETS…CHOCOLATE MAKES ME HAPPY.” “YOU EXERCISE HOW LONG? THAT SOUNDS MISERABLE; I HATE EXERCISE.” “I CAN’T IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT CHIPS AND SODA. YOU MUST FEEL SO DEPRIVED.”

These, among others, are common responses most people give for refusing to change their unhealthy lifestyle. Many people can’t conceive that you could squeeze even an ounce of enjoyment from a gym-going, dessert-denying lifestyle.

To them, it's a total sacrifice.

To them, giving up unhealthy food and making time to take care of their bodies is to forgo freedom and fun.

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TO OTHERS HOWEVER, LIFE IS A SERIES OF SAYING “YES.”

Yes to waking up and feeling energized. Yes to finishing a meal feeling nourished - not lethargic and uncomfortable. Yes to chasing after young family members. Yes to new adventures, travel without restrictions, pain and fatigue. Yes to confidence. Yes to strength. Yes to not being limited by your own body. Yes to knowing that you control life’s direction and are not limited by unhealthy circumstances.

You see, most people always focus on the sacrifices of healthy living and fail to see that there are sacrifices to an unhealthy life. 

Without a doubt, there are certain things we must “give up” (at least some of the time) in order to maintain health, but for those who do, the benefits they gain far outweigh anything they surrendered.

UNHEALTHY LIVING IS ALL ABOUT SACRIFICING LONG-LASTING FULFILLMENT AND SATISFACTION FOR TEMPORARY PLEASURES AND INDULGENCES.

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Stop denying yourself the joy and freedom that comes from well-being for the fleeting gratification of impulses and urges. Stop sacrificing a continual sense of balance, self-efficacy, and vigor for short bursts of “fun” or “decadence” that leave you feeling empty (or stuffed), sluggish, and looking for the next way to satisfy your constant cravings. Yes, without a doubt, there is enjoyment that comes from biting into a warm dessert. And relaxing on the lazy-boy certainly feels better at the time than sweating through a workout.

But after, how do you feel? And is it worth it?

Despite the discipline that it takes, we have never heard someone bemoan the fact that they started exercising, or began eating healthy food. We have, however, had countless conversations with individuals who regret ignoring their own body throughout the years; “How did I let myself get this way?” is a question I have unfortunately heard far too often.

MANY THINK THAT LIMITLESS FOOD CHOICES AND COMFORT ARE THE KEYS TO THE DOORS OF DELIGHT AND HAPPINESS, BUT IN ACTUALITY, IN OUR REJECTION OF RESTRAINT WE END UP DEAD-BOLTING DOOR AFTER DOOR OF OPPORTUNITIES. WE MAKE THE POOL OF POSSIBILITIES IN OUR LIFE SMALLER AND SMALLER.

On the other hand, by applying some restraint and discipline in the small things—to things that actually don’t matter to us much in the grand scheme of things—we allow ourselves the ability to enjoy the things that mean the most. 

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We would rather give up cookies for confidence. We would rather pass along the value of our bodies to our family and friends by passing on the fries. And instead of spending all our time watching others’ lives on television, we would rather be out living our own life. As the quote goes:

“DISCIPLINE IS JUST CHOOSING BETWEEN WHAT YOU WANT NOW AND WHAT YOU WANT MOST.”

So no, our clients don’t view a healthy lifestyle as a sacrifice. In fact, we think it may be the best way to spoil yourself.

Take the first step to feeling better about yourself and your tommorrows. Call, email, stop by - do whatever it takes to get in touch with Personal Best so we can help you get back in touch with yourself.


Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos





Here’s a simple, delicious dinner that your whole family will love. Simply throw the chicken ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning, and come home to a healthy, flavorful meal. Double up on this recipe and use it for your weekly meal prep!

What you need

Servings: 8

2lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 bell peppers (any color), thinly sliced
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 (4oz) can green chiles, chopped (I use mild!)
1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (16oz) jar green salsa
4 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup cilantro, chopped plus more for garnish
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon fajita seasoning
2 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
Large lettuce leaves
Avocado, sliced

Instructions

1. Combine all of the ingredients, except the lettuce leaves and avocado, in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.

2. Remove the chicken thighs, shred with a fork, and mix back in. Serve, using a slotted spoon, on the lettuce leaves. Garnish with sliced avocado, chopped cilantro and a sprinkle of fajita seasoning. Enjoy!

Nutrition
One serving equals: 202 calories, 6g fat, 589mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, and 20g protein.

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