“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
Well, my sister and I have talked about starting a blog together for some time now. With 2700 km between us, we’ve chatted by phone, emailed and texted about ideas, shared our philosophies and learned together along the way. Each of us brings different knowledge and skills, some similar experiences and a whole lot of shared passion for mindful, fit and nutritious living.
Today is our day to seize the moment! So, welcome to Aspire, Perspire, Nourish Yourself. This blog is our way of spreading our knowledge and passion about motivation, fitness and nutrition for everyday living. It is also our forum for finding like-minded people from whom we can learn.
We want to emphasize here that this blog focuses on everyday living. That means that we ask ourselves, “What small things (or every day things) are we doing now or can we start doing to live well each day?” This is at the heart of the matter. Life is busy for all of us and if you have to fuss too much about how to live healthy and fit, then it won’t happen. In our view, living well is a state of mind, an ongoing habit and a joyful journey!
If you are sitting at your computer right now thinking, “Sounds good but who am I kidding? I’m overweight, overfed but undernourished, too busy to exercise, and frankly too tired to even think about it.” Then stop right there! Start with a clean slate; begin with your state of mind. Clear your brain of unhealthy thinking and get ready to begin your journey. We all have to start somewhere and at some moment in time. The first step is making the decision to live well. In Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Every moment in every day is an opportunity to live well; you need to choose it and then follow through with it.
You might be saying, “Sure. That’s easy for you to say.’’ Well, as you get to know us through this blog, you’ll discover that ours have been life-long journeys that may have begun in very similar ways to yours–or maybe not! We grew up in a household in which food was a central focus for gatherings and where physical activity constituted moving from the dinner table to the living room couch. When our husbands, who are not Italian, first met the family they were amazed by the number of hours spent at the dinner table and how many meals could be prepared and consumed in one day!
Thankfully, we learned that there is an alternate lifestyle: a healthy, active one. We still love food so we’re constantly looking for ways to re-invent our mamma’s recipes. Fitness is also an important part of our lives. Living well is no longer something we hope to achieve; it’s what we do. We are here today because of the choices we made, the habits we practiced and thus the skills acquired along the way. We also had lots of support from our spouses, friends, and from each other. The key lesson we’d like to pass on is that if you want to live healthy, fit and nutritious lives, you can do it too! It is up to you. How badly do you want it?
Our hope for this blog is that it helps you Aspire, Perspire, and Nourish Yourself so that you “live the life you love AND love the life you live” (a wise quote from Bob Marley). I love that a friend has this quote tattooed on his arms! In return, we hope you share your thoughts, questions, and ideas with us as we continue the journey.
Till our next post, here are some small, doable tips to consider for living well:
Aspire – Feeling unmotivated to work out or stick to your healthier eating habits? Go for a brisk walk and think about what living well looks like for you and your family. Create a vivid, tangible image in your mind of what it looks like and feels like to live well. Record that image in whatever way you want: dictate it to yourself in your iPhone, write it down in your journal, draw it on a sheet of paper to post on your refrigerator! Do whatever works to remind you of your ideal living well life.
Perspire – Need a new workout or want to know how to get started? Check out Oxygen Magazine and their training articles. Their slideshows and articles have great instructions. http://www.oxygenmag.com/Training/Articles.aspx
Nourish – Want to cut your wheat intake? Next time you bake your favorite banana bread or other cake, substitute 1/2 to 3/4 of your all-purpose or whole-wheat flour with almond meal (flour). Almond meal is simply ground up almonds. Make your own or find it in your grocery store in the health food section or the oatmeal aisle (Bob’s Red Mill is a popular brand). You will find that the almond meal will make your breads and cakes moister and very tasty. See our no wheat Date Nut Ball Recipe.
Please let us know what you’re thinking. Leave us your comments or email us.
Always striving to be Aspired, Perspired and Nourished!
Lia & Mary