Why Waiting for Motivation to Strike is A Mistake

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately centering around motivation. There are people out there, awash with good intentions, yet plagued with apathy (I’ve been there). They order the DDPYOGA DVD’s and that’s as far as it goes. The next step is partaking in some intense rounds of self-loathing and recrimination for not following through. You don’t have to be Freud to ascertain this is not a healthy cycle.

Motivation is a wildcard and I can’t profess to know how to suddenly wield it when the cloud of apathy sets in, but here’s what works for me: I listen to all the excuses and reasons why I should not workout, that day, or at least put it off a few more hours. I don’t give much thought to whether the reasons and excuses are valid or not.

I simply listen to the chorus in my head pulling me away from the DVD and television. Then I get a little amused at what a Herculean effort they’re putting in to keep me from the mat. They’ve got debating chops that a seasoned litigator would admire.

And then (this next part is key)…I go ahead and do the workout anyway.

Don’t wait for the magic moment when your tail’s wagging and you’re raring to go. That probably won’t happen.

The only key I know to making the most out of the workouts is to simply do them. No matter who’s trying to stop you, just hit the power button, unfurl your mat, and begin. It’s 30 minutes out of your day. And a priceless investment in your future.

Planning Makes Perfect (Sense)

As I often do when in possession of luscious avocados at their perfect peak of ripeness, I refer to two of my favorite dessert recipes from Clean Comfort. You’d think someone who eats avocados daily would be a major guac fan. Not me. 80% of the time, I alchemize the creamy, rich greenness into a pudding or mousse. On the remaining 20% of the occasions, I simply slice them into wedges, sprinkle with sea salt, and dive in!

As even a casual avocado-lover knows, timing is crucial. When ripeness has arrived, you can’t wait a day or two (as is possible with say, apples or oranges). I’ve learned the hard way that deferring with ripe avocados often ends in spoiled, unusable waste. It was apparent from their darkening skin color and slight give to the touch that the two avocados on the shelf were letting me know it was showtime. I’d bought them five days prior when they were florescent green and rock hard. Now, they seemed to be screaming a quiet but unmistakable telepathic message my way: “Take us, we’re perfect!” It was tempting to wait another day; the evening hour was nigh, I was weary, and had a half-finished to-do list hanging over my conscience. But my love of Pistachio Avocado Pudding and Chocolate Avocado Mousse won out in the end. Using my trusty food processor, I whipped up a batch of each and stored it in the refrigerator to be enjoyed over the next few days. Surprisingly, avocado pudding keeps well in the refrigerator for a few days. There may be a bit of oxidization of the top layer, but don’t let the off color alarm you, it’ll taste fine.

I weave you this culinary tale as yet another illustration of what it takes to eat clean. No major drama, but certainly, an investment of time and energy. I explained to a coaching client yesterday, it’s imperative I have treats, snacks, and other food options at the ready for when I need them. I can’t just run out to the store and buy a tub of Avocado Pistachio Pudding. And maybe that’s a good thing. Food made at home is hands-down healthier, more whole, and less expensive. Maybe there’ll come a day when lentil-based chocolate cakes are dispensed as easily as Little Debbie’s, and even then, I probably won’t make it a regular option. Long ago I accepted that eating clean, attuning myself to my feelings so I won’t have to use food as an escape, and making DDPYOGA a regular part of my life is just plain gonna take more time out of my life. But oh what a fair trade it is: I’m down 180 pounds, have infinitely more energy, and possess the gift of physical and emotional freedom. The puddings below took less than 30 minutes to concoct. Not a shabby deal, eh?

Creamy, dreamy, and completely nutritious Pistachio Pudding from "Clean Comfort" www.staceymorriscleancomfort.com

Creamy, dreamy, and completely nutritious Pistachio Pudding from “Clean Comfort” www.staceymorriscleancomfort.com

Chocolate Avocado Mousse, about to be sealed away in Tupperware for a future treat

Chocolate Avocado Mousse, about to be sealed away in Tupperware for a future treat

Eating Clean Doesn’t Mean Rigidity

DDP Radio Tonight


Tonight, Robert, Mike, and Stacey will welcome DDP himself…and look out – he just saw the food industry documentary “Fed Up,” and DDP is outraged and in a fire-breathing fury! “I was amazed and horrified by what I saw in that documentary and I want EVERYONE, especially Team DDPYOGA members to see it,” he said. “I knew refined sugar was unhealthy, but I had no idea the extent to which it’s in just about EVERYTHING! The sugar lobby is a very powerful one, but we need to arm ourselves with knowledge and take back our health. Sugar is aging, addictive, and just as aggravating as gluten when it comes to inflammation in the body.”

Mike Mullins will be talking about the news of his 10-day-sugar-free-challenge and what Day One was like for him. And Stacey will share some of her sugar-free recipes from her newly released cookbook, “Clean Comfort – An Adventure in Food, Courage, and Healing: How I Went from 345 lbs. to a Size 8 Without Losing My Sanity.”

DDP will also be talking about this year’s DDP Double Diamond Retreat Extravaganza, which again takes place at the opulent oceanside paradise known as The El Dorado Royale Resort & Spa on Mexico’s gorgeous Riviera Maya. But don’t just take Sally’s word for how stunning the resort is, check out episodes 17-19 of this seasons “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” when the gang goes on a couples’ getaway to the El Dorado Royale. You’ll see plenty of footage of the gorgeous beaches, casita pools with swim-up bars, fabulous restaurants, and luxurious spa, which is second to none. For shots of the resort, visit http://www.somewhereluxurious.com/real-housewives-atlanta-mexico/2456. For more information on the retreat, visit http://www.thetravelsmiths.com/promo.php?id=148 .

And always, tonight’s show is also dedicated to YOU! Whatever challenges you’re facing right now, the good news is, you’ve got a GREAT network of support! Staying connected via Team DDP YOGA, our Facebook networks, and DDP Radio is a great way to feel the camaraderie and stay positive. We’ll be taking your questions tonight, so call or check into the chat room and be a part of it. DDP created the show as a forum for sharing questions, concerns, and triumphs that are part of the path to better health.

It’s a journey that never ends, which is why a supportive community is a crucial part of the process. Call in with a question for DDP, Mike, Robert, or Stacey. You can also e-mail questions in advance to StaceyMorris345@yahoo.com, or send one in during the show in the chat room at DDP Radio. Time doesn’t always allow for every question to be answered but we sure try our best.

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Why 345 Lbs. Is A Closed Chapter

I never want to go back to 345 pounds. And I don’t want that construed as an anti-fat sentiment. I’ll always be a Big Girl in my Heart, and will always have an unending supply of empathy and knowing towards anyone struggling with weight issues, or the general malaise of not feeling good enough.

I don’t want to go back to the 300′s again because it was a physical burden. Which was the direct result of an emotional burden. Which I attempted to remedy by soothing myself with food. So there I was for the majority of my life: trapped in a cycle, searching for wholeness and resolution that was never to be found…at least not in a bag of cheeseburgers and fries, eaten alone in my car in a remote corner of a parking lot.

Tired of trying to force myself to not overeat, and worn-out from society’s labels and blaming myself, and battered from my own harsh way of speaking to myself, I decided to take myself out of the game. And play a new one, called “Loving Myself No Matter What.”

2008 - and feeling great. The physical healing would soon follow...

2008 – and feeling great. The physical healing would soon follow…

Man, I was rusty at first. You know that inborn Joy every baby comes in with? It was drained from my body and energy field, little by little over the decades. On the surface it seemed I just didn’t have the capacity for self-esteem. But somewhere at the core I knew that wasn’t true. So I got to work, acting as if. Yes, Truth-Seekers, I faked it till I made it. I consider nailing self-esteem at 300 pounds a far greater accolade than dropping 185. The former is not only more meaningful, it took more courage and tenacity.

Glowing after a DDPYOGA Workout

So when I say I have no hope or desire to return to three bills, it’s simply because I enjoy my physical (and emotional) freedom far too much to give them up or relinquish them to the false notion that I’ve arrived at the finish line. There are still uncomfortable feelings to wade through, trying days to master without running to a drive-thru, and disappointments of every stripe.

The trials come, and they go. It’s part of life and being at a lower weight is no magic garlic necklace that keeps the vampires away. But clearing away the physical and emotional burdens now allow me, my mind, and my digestive track to be at Peace. Regular, everyday Peace. Now that’s priceless.

Where are you on your journey? It all starts within. Lasting change can’t come any other way. I can’t tell you where or how to begin, but to expedite things, it’s a big help to take blame right out of the equation. It’s such an energy drain anyway. Channel it into something more fun…You deserve it.