Appetizers, Breakfasts, Sides, Snacks

passions, goals and blt’s…

June 14, 2010

I can distinctly remember having a conversation with a few friends, a couple years ago, about passions.  “What is your passion?” one of them asked me.  It made me think…could I actually respond to this question with something that actually fired my up inside? (in a good way)  The question or perhaps the lack of an answer did bother me to a certain degree.  At that point in time, I realized that I was passion-less (cue depressing music- haha). 

Now, don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of things in my life that I loved and enjoyed, but a true passion- not so much!  I am NOT a firm believer that “things always happen for a reason” (just my opinion), but I do believe in timing.  I strongly believe in influence from those that are close to you at any given point in your life as well.  Your “inner circle” so to speak, can either bring you down or make you realize that you just need to just go for it and live.  Choose those people wisely.  CrossFit and nutrition are now my passions.  I guess before, I didn’t really know what I was missing.  I don’t think you do, until you realize what a true passion is.  It is thrilling to love something so much and have feeling and emotion towards two things in my life that make me so happy…cooking and rockin’ or being rocked by WOD’s.  I love chatting about both and both definately do bring a sparkle to my eye when people ask me questions about either.  I thank Tyler Touchette of Cornwall CrossFit  for introducing me to this way of life (see my story).  I also thank John Vivian of CrossFit Toronto for training me and recognizing my potential. Last, but not least, I thank my husband for joining me on this journey and supporting me always.

You may be wondering at this point how does any of this relate to goal setting???  Get to the point already!  (I apologize for the slight tangent!)  Well it does- and here’s how…  I used to be one of those people that set a kazillion goals and accomplished nothing, while feeling deflated and let down in the end.  I also used to be one of those people that would set goals not for myself, but with the expectations of others in mind.  Not anymore!  I now realize that my many attempts at goal setting and failed accomplishments were because I wasn’t MOTIVATED!!!  I was making loose goals, that were not driven with desire and a focus.  Motivation has for sure been the catalyst for this change in my ability to now set goals and achieve them with great success.  Do you feel like your head is in the clouds?  Time to get your head out from being buried deep beneath the sand?  Look no further…I honestly couldn’t convey it any better than what Tyler did in one of his recent posts.  It really resonated with me and gave me such clarity. Thank you for that~ have a read!

The Importance of having Goals…

“Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.”

– John Dewey

I’m halfway through a great book right now called ‘The Power of Less’  (Leo Babauta).. The book is more or less related to business but has lots of great info pertaining to any if not all of life’s so called ’stresses/choices’…

The book is all about 2 simple Principles…

1. Identify the Essential.

2. Eliminate the Rest.

As you can see, these 2 very brief yet profound points really kind of make you stop and realize – “Wow, this makes sense..”

You could obviously apply this to just about anything but for the sake of this post we will stick to YOUR HEALTH!!

What are your goals??

Do you even have any?

Have you fallen vicitim of being a robot?… Going through the motions?

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Final thoughts…my biggest tip with goal setting would be WRITE IT DOWN!  I still can’t believe how many people don’t do this!  This is so critical!!!  Jot down your goal, steps needed to get there…and most importantly, track your progress along the way.  Make sure your goals are attainable, but don’t underestimate yourself 😉  Oh ya…don’t be afraid to give yourself a realistic time frame, this is also key!  I am stoked about accomplishing 2 of my goals in the near future: 1) entering and competing in a CrossFit competition (CrossFit Element Challenge – June 26/10) and 2) completing my CrossFit Level 1 Certification (July 3-4/10).  Once you feel the success that comes along with accomplishment, you will wonder what you were doing before!!!

do you feel like you are stuck with your head in the sand? get it out!

B.L.T’s or should I say…B.A.L.T’s- B.acon A.vocado L.ettuce T.omato!

passions, goals and blt’s…
Recipe Type: appetizer, snack, main
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Yield: 2
  • 12 slices of bacon- if possible nitrate free
  • 4 large Romaine lettuce leaves- washed and dried
  • 2 large avocado- sliced
  • 8 small vineripe tomatoes- sliced
  • chives (to tie around the lettuce wraps)
  • Paleo mayo as a topping (optional)- I added ground chipotle to mine
  1. cook bacon in a frying pan over low to medium heat (turning as needed) or on a baking sheet in the oven @ 325 - set aside
  2. prepare and wash large lettuce leaves to serve as the "wraps" for the BLT
  3. slice up avocado and place in the lettuce wrap first
  4. then add 3 slices of bacon to each
  5. top with several slices of tomatoes
  6. sprinkle with sea salt and fresh ground pepper (optional)
  7. roll wrap and tie closed with chives
  8. dip in Paleo mayo as an added treat
  9. enjoy!

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