Amazing motivation and raw taco goodness

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

As I talked a little bit about in my post yesterday, I was feeling a little down and out earlier this week. So like a good WW member I went to two AMAZING meetings tonight. I try to attend meetings at least once a month, but it doesn't always happen that way. I felt that I really needed the extra WW love and motivation right about now and I'm so glad that I did. 

First up was Lindsay's meeting at Trinity Church next to the Eaton Center. I love that group! They are incredibly supportive of one another and the group has grown quite a bit since Lindsay started there. Lindsay is an incredibly leader. We did our leader training together and it was an amazing journey to take with her and I love seeing her in action now. She's very down to earth and her story is pretty incredible. I always feel great walking out of her meetings. 

Next up was Charlie's meeting at the YMCA. Charlie was my leader for my weight loss journey. He was instrumental in helping me get from this point:

to where I am today. He is a great leader with a lot of humor and I truly love his meetings. It was so lovely to catch up with him and I hope to go back a little more frequently in the future. One of my favourite quotes of the night (from another member) was "I love eating broccoli for breakfast. It's like eating an omelet without the eggs". 

This week we're talking about negative thoughts and how they can impact our weight loss journey. Both groups really resonated with the topic - because I think it's something that we all experience (whether or not we're trying to lose weight) Negative thinking has a HUGE impact on us, and we really need to work hard to reverse those negative thoughts and replace them with the positive. I'm looking forward to our discussion of this subject this weekend at the Carrot. 

Now onto dinner!

Inspired by Gena and Jenna's Wednesday raw food challenge, I decided tonight would be the night I make raw tacos! The taco meat was made of walnuts (soaked overnight), spices, sunflower oil, sea salt and some Braggs. I also made some guacamole with an avocado, cilantro, green onion & lime. 
They turned out great!!! 
The nuts do really give them a "meaty" texture and the spices give the flavor of tacos. I put some guac onto a giant organic lettuce leaf and topped it with 2 tbsp of the "meat". I served the tacos alongside a spinach salad with some more guac and 1/2 a cup of brown rice with corn, cilantro and lime (inspired by the WW brown rice salad) The brown rice meant that the meal wasn't totally raw, but making the tacos was a huge step for me and I'm so glad that I did! Even Joey liked them (with some sour cream and salsa) I will definitely be making these again and this experiment has motivated me to try more raw recipes. 

Today was a great day (how's that for positivity??) and I'm really happy that tomorrow is Thursday! Please check out my post from earlier and provide me with some feedback on my blog and don't forget, you've got less than 24 hours to enter my latest giveaway!


Gena said...

What a gorgeous meal, Ashley! Congrats on your raw day :)

K8 said...

I was so going to go to Lindz' meeting tonight, but I forgot that I had dinner plans in Scarborough for 6. Which definitely doesn't work for a 515 meeting downtown.

I'm going to try and go next week, as well as making my first "official" WI and meeting with you!

I'm so glad you got the support you needed. Sometimes I think the members forget that you, as leaders, have struggles still... and that by showing that you went to a meeting, it really just shows we are not alone!

Anonymous said...

I SOOOO want to try those raw tacos!!! I might have to go searching for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Glad going to the meetings helped you to feel positive and dinner looks good!

I have something on my blog for ya!

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