How are you guys doing on the NoOodle diet?
It is day 12 and I am staying the course. I am losing weight. I know for sure because my kids are the first to tell me when I have gained weight. Thankfully this morning Alex said. “Mom… your losing weight”. Jake added, “Yes you are. Keep up the hard work!” He is right, dieting is hard work. It takes planning, will power, execution and commitment.
I think most things worth doing are hard. Winning is hard. Reaching success is hard. Building a business from nothing is hard.
Actually, being an entrepreneur is the hardest thing I have ever done. Everyday is a challenge and success does not come without great sacrifice. A couple of months ago I was a guest speaker at the “intro to business” classes at my son’s high school, Deerfield High. One of the kids asked me during the Q @ A, “Do you ever feel like quitting?” I laughed and said, ” Yes, of course! I have wanted to quit many times over the years. I usually get really down, especially when others close to me don’t believe I can do it. The days when I feel all along in my journey of creating a new NoOodle world are the hardest. The truth is I am not alone. I have created a tribe of people who love NoOodle and a small tribe of partners who are on my side working with me everyday. Wanting to quit is just a feeling. The next day I always wake up with renewed inspiration to keep going and I do.
I am a very competitive person. I don’t play sports or games unless their is a really good chance that I will win. Being an entrepreneur is the most competitive game I have ever played. I have taken great risks against great odds. Everything sometimes looks like it’s standing in my way. People, banks, companies, railroad tracks ( aka distribution), the economic environment. It can feel like I am up against the entire world. If you are an entrepreneur , you know what I mean. In order to get past these road blocks you must stay strong and stay the course. Especially during those days and times when you feel like quitting.
Think about your life. When are you truly growing as a human being? Is it when your on vacation? Is it when life is easy? I don’t think so. We grow the most when we are learning, when the road today and ahead is difficult. It can take years, even decades, to reach your goals. Somehow those who succeed and succeed big stay the course and fight thru all the road blocks.
Dieting is hard work. My advice, take it one day at a time and keep going. I promise that you will see great results. Anything & everything that you want for yourself and your life is possible (-:
P. S. - here is one of my favorite salad recipes made with NoOodle, Enjoy!
Seared Blackened Ahi Tuna Salad
1 cup arugula
1 tablespoon balsamic vinageratte
1 ounce pineapple ( this is a treat) sliced thin & grilled
4 ounces ahi tuna
1 tablespoon blackened spice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon of wasabi yogurt
1 tablespoon greek yogart
I teaspoon wasabi
1. Prepare ahi tuna. Place tuna in blackened spices on both sides. On a high heat put olive oil into a skillet and get really hot. Place tuna on skillet for one minute then turn for another minute, turn on edges to cook the entire outside. I love my tuna raw so for me this is finished. If you want it a bit more cooked finished in oven ( 350degrees) for 5 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes then thinly slice.
2. Prepare Grilled Pineapple. If it winter in Chicago so I like to use flames on my stove top. On Low heat using a tong place pineapple on flame for 2 minutes on each side. Set aside.
3. Prepare wasabi healthy aioli. Mix the greek yogart with the wasabi. set aside.
4. Toss arugula with your homemade balsamic vinegarette ( My recipe is posted on day 2 in my blog)
5. On plate layer arugula and NoOodles. Top it off with the pineapple wheel and then arrange the ahi tuna into a flower, place on top of the pineapple. Then add the dollop of wasabi yogurt on top . Enjoy. This was a big winner at my restaurant. The spice with the sweet from the pineapple was a great combination that everyone loved.