WritersButt Wednesday – Courage to be a doofus
What we’re going to do for this WritersButt Wednesday is pretend that it’s not Thursday and it’s indeed still yesterday, Wednesday. Look how fast we gained a whole day. We’re like, our own time-turners!
I’m functioning on obscenely little sleep today. And you know how I go on and on about how everyone needs their sleep. Last night, I just couldn’t turn off my brain or settle my thoughts. I leave next week for the Surrey International Writers’ Conference and all the little and big details are bouncing around in my noggin. Mainly this is preparing my WritersButt workshop that I’ll be giving next Friday morning with Linda Gerber. I’m so excited and sure, a little anxious as well. Do any of you like that feeling of anxious excitement? Nothing akin to crippled nerves but that sort of swirling buzz that keeps you on your toes? I love it.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. ~ Ambrose Redmoon
I love this quote. There is a part of me that fears I’ll ‘mess up’ in some way, forget some vital piece of information or not know the answer to a question. I have courage though because doing well and being myself is far more important than the fear of being a doofus. I’m human and I’m sure if I stumble, I’ll laugh at myself and carry on.
That’s how I want you all to think about this WritersButt journey. You don’t have to be perfect in your nutrition. You don’t have to train like an Olympian. I don’t want you to fear failure in this. I want the goal of better health and fitness and a more creative mind to be so important that it gives you courage to try every day.
I’m creating a handout for the workshop where I’m listing a lot of mini-workouts anyone can do at home and will all last between 5-15 minutes. I tested one of them the other day because I like to practice what I preach. It was a great little workout. I took me about 15 minutes, but I will admit to amp’ing it up a bit, so I suspect most anyone can do this is less than 15. Wanna try? Here ya go.
Complete 3 rounds of:
10 push ups (you can scale them!)
20 sit ups (full range – no ‘crunches’)
25 squats (just like the potty squats)
20 walking lunges (each step counts as one)
80 jumping jacks
60 second wall sit/squat
I’m challenging you to try it. If you feel it’s too much, cut the numbers in half. Just TRY it!
Now, I have an absolutely fantastic chili recipe to give you today. It’s still very warm here in central Texas. Yesterday it hit 90 degrees. But historically, we experience one little cold snap in October where we have temperatures in the 60’s for a couple days. It never fails. That happened last weekend. I immediately wanted to stay in my cozy home, have a pot of chili on the stove and snuggle in. So that’s about what I did. I searched online for a new chili recipe that didn’t use beans but wasn’t all meat as well. I wanted to get some veggies in there. I found a great one. I’ll post the recipe and note the changes in red that I did for us.
Paleo Chili recipe (recipe from this site)
1 1/2 lbs. grass fed lean ground beef cooked up with 2 chopped red onions (I used 2 lbs and use any ground meat you like)
2 Tbsp. of Chili seasoning
2 Tbsp. of Cumin
3C chopped butternut squash
3C chopped zucchini
A huge pile of baby portabellas that I sautéed separately
2 15oz. cans organic garlic roasted diced tomatoes
2 6oz. cans organic tomato paste (I used only 1)
4 chopped jalapeño (I used 3 and removed seeds and ribs)
I also splashed in some stock – match it to your meat, so beef, chicken, etc)
Here is a video of how to prepare it. I want to note that I did not use my crock pot. I wanted to but I made a ton and knew it wouldn’t fit. So, I used a huge soup pot and put it on low for a couple hours. The house smelled divine.
I made cornbread for the kids and I also made the best BEST batch of sweet potato chips ever.
This is so great on a cold winter night.
I leave for the PNW next Wednesday. (Unless I change my ticket – don’t see honey!) So I will try to have a post up early about how to eat healthy at a conference and still allow yourself some well-earned indulgences.
Have a great week.