Encouragement

15 Jul

Morning!

The Friday Dance has already been brought out in full force over here. Anyone care to join in?

My morning started off by reading my daily meditation that I get every day through email. It’s funny how the majority of the time, it is just what I need to hear and I can relate to whatever point she is making. This morning it was about comparing yourself with others…and it really hit home. I thought I would post it for you guys:

Stop Comparing Yourself With Others

by JANE POWELL on JULY 15, 2011

“Preserve your confidence.”

When you use others as your measuring stick, you usually come up short. You convince yourself you’re not as clever, beautiful, thin or talented.

Lasting satisfaction and confidence comes from appreciating yourself with all that you have to offer. Equating yourself with others eats away at your confidence and leaves you feeling inferior.

Remind yourself of these simple truths. You are a unique and special person, exactly as you are. You’re one-of-a-kind and you’re irreplaceable.

With convictions such as these, you confidence is impermeable, just as it should be.

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women

Today’s Affirmation: I am confident in my own worth as a woman.

I recently found out that my sister is engaged. And while I was happy for her, I couldn’t help but think about how far off I am from anything like that. I know it shouldn’t be about me. This is her big moment. But it is hard to not compare myself when every time weddings are brought up, it just seems to accentuate the fact that I am as single as I could possibly get. But reading that this morning made me realize that I need to stop trying to live up to expectations that aren’t even there. I am my own person. I am young. I have a lot ahead of me and possibly many more people to meet in my lifetime before I  find “the one.” And that’s okay. It’s just hard not knowing when that is going to happen. I am a PLANNER. I want things NOW. That is just my personality but I know that things don’t happen that way. So what’s a girl to do? Put all her trust in the The Man Upstairs. Know that He has everything under control and everything planned out perfectly. I have no need to worry. I just need to focus on living my life as best as I can and being the best person I can be…instead of trying to be as good or better than anyone else. Uniqueness is what makes every single person beautiful…so why in the world would I want to throw that away and be exactly like someone else?

Feels good to get that off my chest! Okay, shall we move onto some food now?!

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egg white pumpkin oats with blended silken tofu and fresh organic blackberries

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Sprouted grain toast with Sabra garlic hummus, Morningstar veggie burger, and salsa verde

Look what’s back…

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I am the spaghetti squash monster. Stuffed with meatless meatballs, avocado, tomato paste, italian seasonings, and nooch. Hummus on the side, too!

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raw walnuts and frozen grapes. This the perfect Summer time snack, after all.

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stuffed chicken, refried beans with nooch, roasted asparagus.

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rockin’ 4 egg white omelet with spinach, avocado, mozzarella rice cheeze, refried beans, and fresh salsa

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cereal bowl with peanut flour paste bites, banana, raw oats, kamut puffs, cinnamon, and almond milk

A lot of you asked how I make my peanut flour bites. It couldn’t be easier! I just take 1/4 cup peanut flour and mix it with some sea salt (and sometimes a pinch of stevia) and some milk or water until I reach a thick consistency. Then I just tear it off into bite-sized pieces. Instant peanut buttery protein-filled deliciousness.

Today is a pretty chill day. I’m going to Body Pump again later today and have a movie date planned with my sister. We are trying to decide what to go to…although I’m sure 90% of people will be at Harry Potter. I am so behind on that fad. I read the very first book so many years ago and that was it. Am I missing out?!

Whatever you are doing on this Friday, I hope you all have a GREAT day!

Kristi

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35 Responses to “Encouragement”

  1. Kat July 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    That man WILL come girl. God just has some more molding to do while your single. Plus I think He has some awesome plans for you, that can only be done WELL when you are simply you. Being married means you come as a package, and God wants you to fight on your own for a bit. Take it from a married woman, its totally worth the wait 🙂

  2. Alexandra July 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    Oh my word it’s like you ripped a page out of my mind with this post! I have the exact same worries/feelings, I’ve always been single. It can suck, but I’m like you and I know God has a plan for me to meet someone extra special 😀 You deserve a wonderful guy and I know you’ll meet him one day–you’re one of the sweetest people I’ve met in blogworld!! Hold you head high chica and let’s live up the single life while we’re in it heehee 😉 Have a great weekend!
    PS–Your spaghetti squash monster looks like pure heaven!!

  3. healthycollegegirl July 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Growing up, I always felt like people were comparing me to my older sister…that’s hard!! But soon I realized that I didn’t WANT to be her, I wanted to be me!! I think it’s normal to fall into the comparison trap, but it’s awesome that you are so open about it. There is no other YOU out there, so keep loving yourself for exactly who you are 🙂

  4. Kaila @ healthyhelperblog! July 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    I love that quote and the message! Amazing and so inspirational. I definitely needed that today. Thank you for sharing!

  5. runningonapples July 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    Cant wait for Harry Potter haha. All your eats look so yummy, especially that omelet. Love the quote too =)

  6. dolly July 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    YUM i want that squash boat!

    congrats to your sister 🙂

  7. Tiff July 15, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Great post – so true! I am a huge planner too, and it stinks not always having control of stuff. However, good things come to those who wait. 🙂

  8. Allison @ PickyEatingRD July 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    I have yet to read or see anything Harry Potter. So I am much more behind the ball than you are. Hope you have a great weekend!!!! xox

  9. allieksmith July 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your feelings!! I always find when I share my true feelings on my blog I am totally afraid because I sound so selfish, but when I DO share I get so much encouragement-and that is a huge bonus of having blog friends!

    I am a big planner as well, I hate waiting. I try to think the same way though-God has it AL under control and he loves you SO much, he has great, GREAT things planned for you!

  10. Amanda @ Running with Spoons July 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    I know how you feel, girl. My younger cousin got married last summer and is expecting a baby at the end of this year, and I can’t even find a guy that I like. It can be a hard thing to deal with, for sure, but there’s a reason for everything, and our time will come too. Like you said, we just need to have faith and be patient… and enjoy single life while we can 😉 The most important thing, though, is to not compare ourselves with other people… the only time I get down on myself is when I start looking at how my life is in comparisson to others’, which is when I gotta stop and ask myself… is my life really that bad? And the answer is always… no, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.

  11. Brittany July 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Ohhhk so first off, LOVED the first half of this post. I go through this comparison trap EVERYDAY with where I am in life. Not with anyone specifically, but people as a whole. People that are done with school, and that have started the next chapter in their life. My schooling is taking longer than “normal” but who is to say what normal is. I have been trying so hard to just let it go and realize I am doing something and going somewhere and to relax about everything else!

    Second off..this food..is..amazing. That spaghetti squash with all the toppings is genius. I need to try that asap.

  12. stephanie July 15, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    You are so right, the Lord has everything planned and He will bring the right man into your life in the perfect time. It is so easy to get discouraged when everyone around you is finding someone. I struggle with this too, but I love the devotional that you had today.

    Your food looks tasty…but what is noosh?

    • Sweet Cheeks July 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

      Thanks, Stephanie! nooch is short for nutritional yeast! It is chock full of vitamins and minerals and has a cheesy flavor. I use it to season lots of things with!

  13. Katie July 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    So glad you had a good yoga class too! I feel great today!!

    Its all about timing girl, and you are still so young, so enjoy life as much as you can while your single and free! Trust me! it was best thing I ever did, to enjoy it, and now just got married when Im 29, I feel like I didnt miss out on my early 20’s or late teens, I had fun!

    Love u!!!

  14. Christy July 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Great post. I am constantly comparing myself to others. More so with looks though… and relationships. I’m like, “Well, that girl is okay looking so I must be ugly yet she has a boyfriend so that doesn’t make sense.” That’s how my brain works.
    Whateva.

  15. runningperspective July 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    i lovee that you get those daily affirmations/ meditations i am def signing up for it now! i love starting my day reading things like that!!!
    ps what kind of peanut flour do you use??

  16. Katherine July 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    I loooovvvveeee Harry Potter! I want to see it so badly!

  17. Ellie@fitforthesoul July 15, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Amennn Kristi!! And I truly think you’re such a beautiful woman in so many aspects, and the more you trust the Lord and what He KNOWS BEST, the more you’ll be blessed!! It’s like, we ask Him for an apartment, and He gives us a mansion! Hehe, well a spouse is different but you catch my drift 😉 Hang in there sista~~

  18. Alexis - PumpedforPumpkin July 15, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    I loved this post! I can completely relate to comparing myself to others. My best friend is getting married this summer and they’ve only been together for 2 years. I’ve been with my boyfriend for 7 years and we’re not even engaged! I should be happy but I also feel like I should be further on with my life. I also do the compare game at the gym. It’s so bad but I can’t help it some days!
    And I love Harry Potter I’ve read the series 3 times 🙂 I know it might seem childish but I can’t help it I’m a huge fan.
    Have a lovely weekend<3

  19. Sarah - feeedingbrainandbody July 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    I know exactly how you feel. One of my biggest insecurities is that I will never be loved and get married. I also put my trust in God to do everything in his own time, but I often get a bit discouraged. I just finished reading So Long Insecurities by Beth Moore and it was a great read that dealt with trusting God.

    Your eats look fabulous! Especially the breakfast 🙂

  20. Cassie July 15, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    Need the spaghetti squash monster…but all of your food looks great 🙂

  21. itsthecookiemonster July 16, 2011 at 5:23 am #

    HI! your comment made me smile big like an idiot!

    advice for your freshman year: join clubs you know you will commmit to and enjoy doing, take time to do things other than study, do anything to make it memorable! my freshman year sucked and i dont want anyone else to experience that

    as for you being single, dont worry bout it girl! you’re probably more secure than a lot of people out there who are in relationships, (i don’t mean your sister! i wish her a happy marriage! =D) im single too, so single that im not even dating anyone and i love it! oh the freedom

  22. The Candid RD July 16, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    Such powerful words of advice! Thank you. I didn’t used to compare myself to others, but strangely, as Nick and I go through our relationship, I start doing so more with other women (why is it that jealousy starts kicking in the further you fall in love with someone else?!) It’s so dumb.

    I love your spaghetti squash monster creation!! Sounds amazing. I love that spaghetti squash is available all year now. While it’s strange, and I know the squash comes form miles away, it’s nice to know I can eat it whenever I want!

  23. Katie July 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    This post was so well-written. I loved it. And, I love those daily messages. What website do you get them from?

    I know exactly how you feel about wishing you were with someone. Getting out of my two yr. relationship has left with, “who’s next?” I have to have everything planned too, but i just keep reminding myself that it’s in God’s hands. I try too hard sometimes and get my hopes up about guys. I just need to be myself and wait for that guy who likes me for me. It’s so easy to compare ourselves to others and long to be like them. But, in the end, like you said, it’s so much better to be a unique individual instead of just another face in the crowd!

    On another note, I have a question about the tofu pudding you put in your oats. How do you make it? Does it taste sweet? And, are you not eating dairy anymore? I think dairy is my biggest problem with digestion right now. I am going to a new GI doc Wednesday and I want her to run some tests, but if it’s dairy that is the problem, I don’t know what to do! I love Greek yogurt and cheese so much. What do you eat?

    • Sweet Cheeks July 16, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

      I make my tofu pudding by blending a block of silken tofu in my Magic Bullet blender with just a splash of almond milk. Then I store it in the fridge. It gets thicker and tastes really good nice and cold. I think it has a nice flavor all on it’s own so I don’t add anything else, but you can definitely add fruit, stevia, cinnamon, extracts, etc if you want to! This is by far my favorite swap for cow’s milk yogurt/greek yogurt. I also really like goat’s milk yogurt! I will have greek yogurt only every once in a while if I really craving it, and I take it with a lactase pill. Milk and yogurt are mainly the dairy products that irritate my stomach so I do consume cottage cheese and occasionally cheese as well. But there are tons of great cheese alternatives available in health food markets. I have tried almond cheese and rice cheese and really love both of them…especially the rice one. They have great nutritional stats, too!

      • Katie July 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

        Thanks for the tofu pudding recipe! 🙂

        I have tried goat’s milk yogurt, and didn’t like it much. It had a strong funky, dirty sock smell/taste to it. Haha, I can handle some goat cheese, but the yogurt was pushing it. =P I have tried the lactase pills, but I still had problems! I don’t know what’s up. I think I have some bacterial overgrowth or something because anything I eat messes with me now. Thank goodness I go to the doc Wednesday.

        If it is the dairy, I will have to stick with Daiya and rice cheese. The yogurt will be the hardest to replace. 😦 Nothing can beat the nutritional profile of Greek yogurt!

  24. Vanessa July 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    This is such a nice post. I totally feel this way a bunch too, but there’s nothing better than to just not let it get you down and to keep your faith!! All in good time 🙂

  25. Jessica @ Sushi & Sit-Ups July 16, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    I’m a planner too so it’s hard to sometimes sit back and let myself believe that things will work itself out even though I know it’s healthier not to stress over things. Your meals look delicious!

  26. Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    Everything looks delish!! dont be afraid to let go of the little things. Let go and let God. Everything is in his hands 🙂

    John 14:27

    Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

  27. Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) July 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Your meals look deeeelicious!! I love how you did your spaghetti squash! I just bought one yesterday, and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Now I think I’m going to try stuffing it! 😀

  28. Jess July 16, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    I totally get where you’re coming from–100% planner over hereeeee!! God has a GORGEOUS, LOVING, and CARING man waiting for you somewhere 🙂 he’s out there, i promise 🙂

  29. The Food and Love Diaries July 16, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

    This food porn is making me SO happy 🙂 Glad I just ate dinner, or you’d have me runnin’ for the cabinets. And love that intro quote… so insightful.

  30. er July 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Trust me, once you get to college weddings will not be on your mind at all! You will meet many guys in college, some great, some assholes, but they will all teach you what you want in a husband. And I truly believe that things come along when you least expect them…when you look for them, they rarely come to you!

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