In this blog, I am going to share my personal “future-focused action steps” that YOU can use to create big weight loss and health returns in your own future.
I know we are all out there hustling every day, taking care of business and our families, and lives. We’re busy living for today!
The future can seem far away.
But the truth is, the future is so much closer than you think!
Here’s something to think about: The future is literally the sun coming over the horizon every morning! Every day gives you a new opportunity to make your future bigger and brighter.
What you choose to do today can have a huge impact on tomorrow. And these choices don’t have to be big or painful.
→ This week I’m challenging you to identify and commit to taking THREE FUTURE-FOCUSED ACTIONS.
These are things you can do two or three days a week that will propel you to greater success – not just for TODAY – but over the long term.
I am not talking about huge, life-changing measures here.
Rather, think in terms of small actions that pack a big punch!
Let me show you what I mean.
Did you know that when we’re stressed, our bodies release more of a hormone called cortisol? Cortisol is essential to our survival, but too much can increase our appetite and cause cravings for sweet, fatty and salty foods.
Stress is an unfortunate reality for most of us – and is pretty much unavoidable these days.
For me, some of the stress in my life is related to struggles my kids are going through, working with students virtually and juggling housework, career, and family responsibilities.
And even though I can’t – and don’t necessarily want to – change the realities that cause me stress …
I know that how I choose to deal with it can make a huge difference in how I feel now AND how it affects me over the long term.
Taking healthy steps to manage my stress will help to fill up my “personal retirement bank” in the future.
So here’s my three-step action plan! (And you’ll build yours based on what YOU need in your own life.)
FIRST, I’ve decided I’m going to add a short, leisurely walk to my schedule 3 times a week. Not a long walk–I’m talking 20 minutes, max. And not a fitness-focused walk, either! My plan is not to focus on fitness but instead just to BREATHE, clear my mind, and let go of any stress.
SECOND, I’m going to make it a point for these walks to take place OUTSIDE. That’s because experts tell us that NATURE has tons of stress-reduction benefits. Studies show that spending time outdoors can reduce inflammation, improve mental well-being, and even help us to sleep better!
Plus, being outside means getting some natural vitamin D from the sun. This is great for you in small doses! Vitamin D can even boost your immune system, which definitely plays a role in how your body responds to stress.
FINALLY, during my walk, I’m going to forego my usual audiobook and instead listen to the sounds of nature! The sounds of wind blowing through the trees, birds chirping, or the crackling of leaves can help you release tension.
To repeat, here are my three actions: I’ll be de-stressing by taking short, leisurely walks outside 3 days a week while listening to the soothing sounds of nature.
It sounds simple … because it IS. But these small walk breaks make all of the difference and will pay off now — and in the future!
What three actions will YOU commit to today for a brighter tomorrow? What are three simple things you can integrate into your life to make it even better?
Tell me about them below! And if you need help coming up with your three actions… schedule a Weight Loss Breakthrough call with me and let’s talk!
If you want more ideas about how to stay healthy through your lifespan, I’ve got an excellent resource for you, absolutely free! It’s my latest guide to self-care, Healthy At Every Age. It includes information and tips for making healthy choices during every decade of your life! Click HERE if you want a copy.
🔥I love this cauliflower pizza crust recipe not only because it’s delish … but it’s so much easier than most of the others out there.
It eliminates a messy step from earlier versions of this recipe, which required using cheesecloth or kitchen towels to help remove liquid from the cauliflower.
💡This is a great way to lighten up pizza night and still feel satisfied!
✅Tip: Try sauteing some onions, mushrooms, and peppers (and maybe some chicken sausage!) while the crust bakes and using that as your topper. Seriously yum.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
- 5 cups (about 1 head) of cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1 ½ cups (170 grams) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- ½ tsp each dried oregano and kosher salt
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
Preheat the oven to 425ºF/220ºC. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the cauliflower in a food processor and process until it’s finely chopped. Pour into a microwave-safe bowl and cover, and microwave on high for about 3-4 minutes, until it begins to soften.
Remove from the microwave and let cool for a few minutes. Drain out the liquid. Stir in half of the mozzarella, both eggs, and the seasonings.
Spread the “dough” into a 12-inch (about 30 cm) circle. It should be about ¼ inch (½ cm) thick.
Place in the oven and bake until it’s brown and starting to get crisp on the edges, about 35-40 minutes.
Take the crust from the oven and add your favorite pizza toppings (including the other half of the mozzarella). Place back into the oven and bake until the toppings are hot and melty, about 5-10 minutes.