I am sure you are wondering, What could my food teach me about life? Well other than the old adage “You are what you eat” for starters lol. See I am a Certified Personal Trainer and I Love, Love, Love to Cook and Eat. I also live in the south where we love anything Fried and covered in gravy! Needless to say that is a Nightmare for anyone who wants that perfect waistline.
Now I haven’t been a trainer my whole life and have had my share of ups and downs with my weight because of my love of food and my love of cooking (which I happen to be Really good at doing so that just makes it worse lol). To add to that, I am emotional eater. I go from one extreme to the other. I will either Eat Everything in the House or Not Eat for Days! Either way you look at it I was always in serious trouble with my weight.
The picture above is probably one of my Best Food Masterpieces! “Blackened Mahi Mahi, with garlic herb Hericot Verts”! I love Mahi Mahi. I was at the farmers market and they had the Mahi steaks on sale, so I picked up 2 for me and my housemate. Now, you must know, I have NEVER in my life cooked Mahi Mahi before in my life! But any time its been available to eat on a menu, I have ordered it and when I worked at McCormick & Schmicks Seafood Restaurant in Birmingham, AL they had the Best Blackened Mahi I have ever put in my mouth. So I was determined that I was gonna make that for dinner. And I Did It!! It was AWESOME!! Even made the fresh mango/pineapple salsa to go with it and the Hericot Verts was a first time for me too. Add a glass of good Red Wine and you have a Dinner made for a Queen!!
So, I know you’re wondering, “Okay, Tammy, we get it you love food, but What does this have to do with “Life Lessons“?
Have you ever went out to eat, tried a new restaurant and found out you didn’t like Anything At ALL on their menu? Or somebody recommended a particular dish, gave you the recipe and when you cooked it yourself it was Horrid? I am quite sure there is not anybody that has had one or both of those experiences. Or what about, your cooking one of your favorite dishes that you cook all the time, you get distracted, the telephone rings or your child gets hurt & you BURN your Favorite Dish! Or worse yet, one of your little munchkins runs into you as you’re trying to set dinner on the table and you drop the Main dish in the middle of the floor!! Yep, been there done that, to ALL of the above at some point in my many years of cooking.
Now, when any one of those things happened, did you world come crushing down around you? Did it alter your Destiny Path in your life? (Well, other than what was for dinner that night lol) I would venture to guess the answer to Both of those Questions is a resounding NO! Yes, I know, it was heart breaking to have to change your dinner plans, but your life went on as scheduled, you went to work the next day, the kids went to school and the normalcy (Whatever “Normal” is these days) of your life continued as if the night before had Never happened.
So, lets just alter the scenario just a bit. Lets apply the bad restaurant to, lets say, a Bad Choice in a Boyfriend/Girlfriend. Yes, the relationship may have ended, and that person Sucked the life out of you for the time that you were together, but the good thing is that you learned something about yourself during that time. Just like the Horrible place you went to eat, where you learned Never to go there to eat again. You learned that whatever the personality traits of your “Ex” are, that you don’t like or hate for that matter, are Red Flags for your Next Relationship. Your life didn’t end because the relationship did or you wouldn’t be reading my blog at this very moment.
You can apply this lesson to Everything you do in life! Whether its, a wrong job, bad dinner choice, a person you should have never called “Friend“, or whatever it was that upset your world for a moment in time. That is the point, it is Only a Moment In Time! That “Moment” will pass and life will go on, just as it always has before. The only thing you can do is “Choose” how those moments affect you. You can either learn the lesson that is right in front of you, make the adjustments that need to be made, and move forward on your journey to your Destiny. Or, you can Choose, to play the Victim! If you play the victim, focusing on what went wrong, who hurt you, this, that, the other, (Wah Wah Wah Wah Wah… yes …Quit Crying Already,) You Will Never reach your God Given Destiny! I’m sorry but in my book…That is Not an Option!
Whatever happened, happened for a reason! To Teach You A Lesson! Yes, it Sucked! Yes, It Hurt! But no matter who you are, We ALL have Lessons to Learn and we ALL go thru some heartache and pain in our life. It’s all in how you Choose to let it affect you! It’s already happened and you can’t go back and change any of it. It’s just like a book that an author has written, once it goes to print and that ink is dry, there is nothing else you can do but say, “Okay, I really jacked that up, so I know not to do it that way next time!“
Just like my Blackened Mahi Mahi in the picture, as Awesome as it was, I know what I am gonna do different next time to make it even better. Just like, my past relationships, I know what I like and don’t like in my man, what I am willing to accept or not accept which ultimately determines if I will continue to be in a relationship with them. My past jobs, yep, I know what I like and don’t like, what jobs I would do again and which ones I hated and will Never do again.
My wish for you is this, That you learn Everything you can in every moment, good or bad, that you go thru. That you are able to cherish the good, learn from the bad, make the necessary adjustments and Rock the Next Opportunity that comes along in your life path. That when you reach your Destiny, you have taken the time to Stop, smell the roses, dance like nobody is watching, sing, as if, nobody can hear you and Most of All…. That you Enjoyed Every Moment in Your Journey and that there were a lot of Moments that Took Your Breath Away!
Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog tonight and I would love to hear what your Food Life Lesson Is!