Two quotes I’ve been contemplating:

The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish.

~Henrik Ibsen

and

Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Plan more than you can do, then do it.

~Anonymous

Something tells me Anonymous was a lot more fun to hang with at parties than Ibsen.  I’ve read a lot of Ibsen, great playright, kind of a downer.  I’m just saying.

No,  but seriously now, as contradictory as these may seem in nature, they’re both valid points of view and they’re both worthy of striving for, especially when it comes to health.  Why not bite off more than can be chewed, as Anonymous said, and try something we don’t think we’re capable of then do it.  That’s how we get stronger, healthier, and equipped with super awesometastic muscles.

But, perhaps we should keep a little Ibsen around to keep things from going to extremes.  This is how I feel about dieting.  Eat healthy, but don’t get crazy.  There are the limits to deprivation; eventually our minds, bodies, and emotions will rebel and chances are (if you’re human) a spiral of refrigerator proportions will go down.  This is why I don’t believe in dieting.  I know what I’m capable of and what I am not.  I am capable of eating lots of fruits and vegetables.  I am not capable of turning down Buffalo wings…ever.  Chocolate does nothing for me, but a good cup of coffee with sugar and cream is heaven.

Simply: Exercise hard, test your limits.  Eat sanely, but live a little.

That Ibsen, he sure knows his nutrition, now if only he could keep his heroines from shooting themselves we’d be all set.

Breakfast

Oatmeal with sour cream
Grapefruit

Lunch

Subway: Turkey sandwich on whole wheat with mustard, tomato, cucumber, pickles, and peppers
Deli: Fruit

Snack

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar
aka: Heaven on Earth

Snack

Pineapple

Dinner

Brown rice, shrimp, broccoli, and teriyaki sauce