Get What You Want - May 10, 2013

Good Afternoon-
To help inspire and support wellness initiatives, I will be periodically emailing motivational stories from the book, Shot in the Arm, written by Sharon Lee Riguzzi. This week the motivational shot is “Get What You Want”.
As the warm weather becomes part of our lives, and the “rebirth” of spring and summer take over with the beautiful trees and flowers… now is a great time to look at where we are and where we are going and think about the word “commitment” … what do you want and what will it take to get there… I am picking up my pencil … how about you?
Hope you enjoy the recipe for Chile-Rubbed Chicken with Fresh Pineapple Salsa - great for this Mother’s Day Weekend!
Please feel free to share both the Shot and recipe with all your employees!
In Good Health


Jodie Amell
Corporate Account Manager
Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Get What You Want
This past Sunday my in-laws celebrated their sixty-seventh wedding anniversary. Yes, I did say sixty-seventh! Spending this amount of time with one person seems mind-boggling to most of us. When asked how they’ve managed to stay together, my mother-in-law replies, “We didn’t know any better!” (Obviously keeping a sense of humor at all times has been a big part of their relationship!)

Besides love and hard work, I’ve witnessed a sense of commitment between these two. But it got me thinking: Why do so many of us shy away from this word in all different areas of our lives?

Some of the definitions I found for commitment might give us some insight:
Commitment n 1 the act of pledging or engaging; 2 the act of binding yourself to a course of action or another person; 3 the act of consigning a person to prison or a mental institution
I have a news flash for you: We all need a sense of commitment in our lives. Don’t get nervous; I am not saying it has to be to another person. Let’s start with gaining a sense of commitment to ourselves. We continually talk about goals, Winning Outcomes, and what we really want out of life. And the only way we’ll ever get to the finish line is to continually revisit this subject.

So get your pencils ready.
What do you want, and what’s it going to take to get what you want?
This is where it sometimes gets a little tough. We often don’t like the answer to this question. It might take some hard work. But unless you are willing to make a commitment to yourself, I can almost guarantee you won’t get what you say you want.
So how long will it take? I’m not asking for sixty-seven years, but I would like you to commit to one year (with an option to renew, of course).

What’s it going to cost?
Time, focus, planning, Positive Self-Talk, Mental Rehearsing, and the most important – a good Motivating Strategy!
If you’re not familiar with this last tool, picture yourself already having achieved whatever it is you set out to do – running in a marathon, building a house, losing weight, driving in your new convertible. Whatever your dream is, realize how good it feels to have achieved it, and then think back on the commitment it took. Once you’ve achieved it, the commitment is always worth it. It’s important that we keep visiting the good feelings daily to keep us passionate about what it is we want.
You are definitely worth the commitment.
Don’t be afraid of the commitment. We’ll help one another along the way.

-Sharon Lee Riguzzi
Excerpt was used with permission from the book, A Shot in the Arm, by Sharon Lee Riguzzi

Chile-Rubbed Chicken with Fresh Pineapple Salsa
Weight Watchers Recipe
Everyone Loves Chicken, from Weight Watchers Publishing Group
Ratings (121) Rate it
5PointsPlus Value
Prep time: 12 min
Cook time: 6 min
Other time: 0 min
Serves: 4
Thin-sliced chicken breasts are rubbed with chile powder, and topped with a refreshing fruit salsa to tame the heat.
1 pound(s) uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s), four 4 oz thinly sliced cutlets
2 tsp chili powder, ancho variety
1/4 tsp table salt, or less to taste
2 tsp canola oil
8 oz pineapple, peeled and diced
1 medium sweet red pepper(s), seeded and diced
3 Tbsp mango chutney
2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
1/8 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
1/2 medium fresh lime(s), cut into 4 wedges
•Rub the chicken with the chile powder and the 1⁄4 teaspoon salt. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
•Add the chicken and cook until browned on the outside and cooked through, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer the chicken to a serving plate; cover and keep warm.
•Meanwhile, combine the pineapple, bell pepper, chutney, cilantro, the remaining 1⁄8 teaspoon salt, and the ground pepper in a small bowl.
•Serve the chicken with the salsa and the lime wedges. Yields about 3 ounces chicken per serving.
•Convenient precut fresh pineapple lets you assemble the salsa in seconds.

Add 1⁄2 cup cooked rice to each serving (will affect PointsPlus values) and you’ve got a meal.