Perfection & Protein Bars

Good Morning!

I am up early to go to the St. Paul Farmers Market. I know niece F and nephew H will have a lot of fun seeing all of the fruits and veggies. They are too cute.

I’m so glad so many of you are excited about Tina’s 30 Days of Reflection plan. I love any opportunity to build others up and to learn more about myself. Please check it out if you haven’t already.

Tina posted a question yesterday that really hit home with me:

“Have you ever felt that you have to reach a certain goal or become something in order to achieve happiness?”

I have felt that way for so many years. I thought that once I achieve certain goals, that I would become a happier, more accomplished, more worthwhile person. I remember wanting to lose 20-30 lbs, be incredibly fit and toned, have a great job, have a great boyfriend/husband, have x amount of dollars in the bank, have a certain kind of car, have a certain kind of house, have great friends, be super smart, have money to travel around, etc. I wanted all of those things right away and I felt like once those goals were accomplished that I could finally start LIVING.

Well guess what. Out of that list I for sure have a great husband 🙂 but the rest of my list is not complete. And you know what? I’m ok with that. It has taken me a long time to get rid of this all-or-nothing attitude, and it still shows itself at times. I feel like my attitude has taken a turn for the better and I couldn’t be more happy about that.

How did I change my thinking? Well, it is still a constant struggle, but what helps me is staying positive. When negative thoughts enter (such as “if only I’d lose more weight, then I would be pretty, happy and people would like me more”) I immediately replace them with a positive thought (such as “I am beautiful. I am worthwhile. I have a wonderful life. I am so blessed”). And you know what? I feel better. I look at myself in the mirror differently. Instead of noticing the imperfections in the mirror, I see the positives: my strong legs, my sculpted arms, my long hair, etc.

That is a very sensitive topic for me because for so long I filled my head with negative thoughts and thought that until I was “perfect” I was worthless. Instead of practicing moderation in eating and exercise, I was either eating everything in sight and not exercising, or I was eating very little with too much exercise. Where is the healthy balance? I am by no means there, but I am working each day towards that, and each day I feel more confident in myself.

OK, lets talk about some food here 🙂

I received a lovely package in the mail yesterday from the folks at PureFit. Purefit was voted the “Nutrition Bar of the Year” by Bike magazine.

Here are just some of the highlights of PureFit bars:
-High in protein
-Non-GMO soy
-All natural
-Kosher & vegan
-Nondairy
-Low glycemic
-No hidden carbs
-No artificial sweeteners
-No trans fatty acids
-No wheat or gluten
-No hydrogenated oils

Today I sampled the Berry Almond Crunch bar:

This tasted delicious. It was pretty smooth, and there were little chunks of granola crunch mixed in. It wasn’t chalky like some nutrition bars and it was very satisfying!  The bar was the actual size of the wrapper (you know how Larabars are about half the size of the wrapper). Check out the little chunks of berry and granola. (this is only half of the bar by the way):

Here are the other flavors:
-Granola Crunch
Almond Crunch
-Chocolate Brownie
-Peanut Butter Crunch
-Berry Almond Crunch

Please check out PureFit.com for more info. I was most impressed with the fact that PureFit tastes great and has no wheat, gluten or dairy! If you are interested in trying PureFit, I recommend ordering the Sample Kit – which includes 5 full size bars – one of each flavor. There are some stores that carry PureFit. Click *here* to find a location near you!  I’ll be sampling the rest of the flavors over the next few days – thanks PureFit!

Questions:

Do you have an all-or-nothing attitude? What do you do to overcome that?

Here’s Tina’s question again: “Have you ever felt that you have to reach a certain goal or become something in order to achieve happiness?”

What is your favorite granola bar/protein bar?

What are your weekend plans?

Have a great day!

Holly