maintained, and I’m still under the dreaded 150 that I was stuck at for so long so here’s to a good week of eating starting today with my Salad a day!
Random tuna salad I made at work- yes they feed me here, it’s a perk as long as there’s good healthy food. Contains: 1 cup romaine lettuce, ½ cup tomato, ½ cup cucumber, ½ cup yellow pepper, 1 cup bean sprouts, 1/8 cup green onion, 1 tbsp sunflower seeds, 1oz mozza cheese, 2 tbsp light balsamic vinaigrette all for 389 calories. not too shabby. I’ll attempt a better looking steak salad tomorrow for dinner I think. Also I’ve been eating this salad for 30 minutes already… not all at once I have been taking bites and typing this but that’s how huge it is!
ok also great success this am. I’ve bitched and complained about how I’m not a 9-5 type of working girl but I set my alarm for 7am this morning (I know it’s not even that early) and was out the door for a 30 minute run by 7:15am! Way to suck it up, go me! I also felt amazing after, obvi right? always do after a workout, and I’ve packed my workout gear to hit the gym after work before I go help a friend paint. BUSY, exercised filled day! my favourite!
I work in a group home with youth who have been apprehended from their families for all sorts of reasons. The youth in my care are working on moving to independent living, so they are in their late teens, have goals they’re working on and are usually quite fun to work with since they are working at bettering themselves. I feel a lot of joy from my job, as we’ve had many clients move out and be very successful after leaving our program. My hope while working with each youth is to teach them anything that they can learn from whether that be about cleaning, safe sex, living a healthier lifestyle, how to find a job, how to pay bills, how to be safe while drinking, This list is endless.
We don’t always get a thank you, we don’t always have kids who succeed, but when you hear a kid talk about things that you’ve taught them, or see them doing things you’ve tried to pass on, that’s enough of a thank you for me.
One of my youth was telling his girlfriend about how I’m always encouraging them (kids in the house) to eat healthy ie. fruit for snacks, plan a whole rounded meal that meets has all the food groups, whole wheats etc, and talked about how we work out on our recreation nights when I’m working.
It just felt really nice to have one of my kids (I always call them my kids, even though they’re not) actually take note of me trying to teach that side of a healthy living. Not just by telling his girlfriend but he always plans a meal with healthy sides, he enjoys working out and continues to try to quit smoking. He’ll kick it one day when he’s ready.
I don’t pressure my kids live a healthier lifestyle, I make suggestions and if they don’t grasp onto that’s ok, I can’t force it but if they take even just a small portion of what I’m trying to teach while they are in my program then that’s a plus.
This to me was really encouraging, one youth has caught onto some healthier living techniques and that means I’ve done my job 🙂