Creating a Habit

I don’t want this blog to turn into posts only regarding the gym and working out and healthy foods, but let me tell you that being healthy has never been a routine for me until now. So, if I talk about my health achievements more than my business achievements, it’s only because I have the confidence to get business work done, but have/had very little confidence in ever being fit or adopting a truly healthy lifestyle.

That being said! Tomorrow will mark 5 weeks of my gym routine! Go me!

Five is the highest number of consecutive weeks that I’ve kept up a fitness regimen. My favorite part about it all is how much I actually want to go to the gym now. I’m serious! It’s crazy! This weekend, I realized I created a habit for myself. Or I changed a bad habit into a good habit.

Whatever it is, I don’t want it to stop…but not stopping is up to me.

I guess all of this resolution stuff is really just creating or changing your habits. Not taking care of my body was/is a bad habit. Not being proactive enough about my work was/is a bad habit. The reason we (or I) want to change these habits is because I know it’s not healthy to live otherwise. It’s just not healthy to eat a bag of chips in one sitting or to procrastinate on work and stress until the last minute (I’m still working on this one).

I’m sure it takes a while to fully change some bad habits. After which, I’m sure new bad habits will form. But nonetheless, I’m proud to say I’m making progress. One step at a time.

Here are some motivational quotes about habits for you!

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”
Samuel Johnson

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
Jim Ryun

“Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit.”
Gordon Parks

Healthy Apple Pie?

DUDE.

Dude.

^That’s how excited I am about what just happened.

If you know me, then you know I love desserts. If you really know me, then you know I could literally eat an entire apple pie by myself in one sitting. So, going on this healthy lifestyle kick has shattered a little piece of my heart. The sugary, delicious, dessert piece to be exact.

HOWEVER.

Necessity is the mother invention. And I need me some apple pie.

The last few days I’ve been trying to find the best way to mix up my snacks so I don’t get bored. I’ve always loved sliced apples with lemon juice, then 2 days ago I thought…wait…let’s put some cinnamon on said apples and see what happens. That’s how my deliciously tart, apple with lemon & cinnamon snack was born. Yum!

Then, literally an hour ago, I thought….Vivi you brilliant woman, you! Make some “apple pie” innards. That’s your favorite part anyway! Yeees, yes, flakey crust is delicious, but come on! Everyone knows the pie guts are the best part.

Vivi: But how? How do I do this without using sugar and butter and all the things I love but can’t have?

Vivi’s Brain: Water. In a pan.

Vivi: Oh, hush, Brain, it can’t be that easy.

But it was….oooooh it was. And I am so happy.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. peel apples
  2. cut apple into thin (not too thin) slices
  3. put small pan (frying pan? I don’t know) on stove top. Half heat (5 out of 10 on my stove)
  4. small layer of water that barely covers the bottom of the pan
  5. add apples, lemon juice (1/2 lemon for me) and cinnamon to pan
  6. wait until apples look slightly cooked, browned, or until water completely evaporates
  7. EAT

It should only have a total of around 115 calories.

Some of you may be reading this going…oh Vivi, you poor, naive soul, I’ve known this for years. Everyone knows this.
Well, I don’t care. I’m claiming it as my delicious brain child and I am happy.

I’m going to work on a way to make this even more simple, aka, microwave. Nutmeg and other spices may also make an appearance.

Until then, if you try it let me know what you think or if you have other ideas, let me know!