Rising above the “Norm”

We all have that friend or family member that just doesn’t get it. Any time you get into a workout routine or a new clean eating plan, they ask you “Why?!” or “you don’t need to do that!” or any of the hundreds of comments we have all most likely heard, making us dread trying to stick to our plan in social situations and having to explain ourselves. It would be easier to just hide at home, weighing and measuring your food and hanging out with your gym friends that won’t give you a hard time. However, if I have learned anything over the years, it is that nothing good comes without some resistance, and those people giving you a hard time, deep down, want that drive and determination that you have. At the end of the day, it’s your health, your body, just YOU and your dreams and goals. Don’t let anyone else stand in the way of that.

It’s so easy to put others first, and leave your goals on the back burner. Husbands, wives, kids, family and friends will always be a priority in life, but if you don’t put yourself first, eventually it is easy to get wore down, depressed, and unhappy with your health and lifestyle, which will ultimately affect your relationships around you. If someone criticizes you for the things you are doing, remind yourself of the end goal. Give yourself a “WHY.” Why do you want to lose the weight, eat clean, workout, improve your performance and/or lifestyle? Figure out your Why and always come back to that anytime you are criticized and doubt creeps in. 

If you have a strong support system around you, we can still be our own worst critic. Protect yourself from your own negative thoughts by having a friend or coach you can call or text when you are struggling with your goals. Accountability is a lifesaver, utilize the people around you to keep you on track!! 

The Holidays are upon us, let’s use the goals we have set in front of us, to inspire others to challenge themselves and rise above the “norm.” 


This is one my favorite recipes! I love thai food and this is a great cookbook as well, definitely worth the investment, lots of “clean” food ideas!

Makes 2 servings. 

MACROS for 1 serving:

Sunshine Sauce: 8C/6P/4F. **Subbed 24grams PB2 instead of sunbutter. Sunbutter is delicious and you can definitely use it, it is just high in fat, so you may want to cut the portion down! Also used Lite Thai coconut milk.

Main Dish: 25C/30P/6F. **Used 4oz of chicken, 6oz Cooked spaghetti squash. You can always add more veggies and meat for some extra carbs and protein!!

Hope this gives you a fun new idea for dinner!! Enjoy!

Stay tuned for our Thanksgiving Blog next week!!