Recipe: Healthy Mods

Found a great recipe that’s pretty simple.

Wanted to offer a recipe with a few modifications to make it healthy. Substitute low-sodium soy sauce for soy sauce and raw honey where it says honey:)

Also, as a tip: buy at least 5 limes! First time I made this, I didn’t buy enough.

Enjoy 🙂

 

Honey Lime Chicken Thighs

Clean eating Peanut Butter Banana smoothie

HELLO!

I wanted to share a great, tried-and-true recipe with you-ONE I LOVE!

Here is all you need for this:

Ingredients:

  • 1 large banana, peeled
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

 

ENJOY ❤

 

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Adversity

What do you think when you hear the term adversity?

It’s something (in my opinion) that we naturally try to avoid. I wrote about it a little the other day, but I wrote out this whole quotation in order to make it clearer.

Sometimes we need hard times to grow.

“The purpose of adversity is often illustrated by a caterpillar struggling to break out of its cocoon into a beautiful butterfly. Watching such a struggle, we might want to help the butterfly by snipping open the cocoon. But the struggle to emerge is necessary for developing the muscle system and pushing the body fluids into the wings to expand them. And it is the trials of various kinds that produce the fruit of Christlike character. So much of the time, however, we pray that God will snip open the cocoon of our adversity, but God will not do it because He loves us and aims for the result the adversity will produce.”
-Jerry Bridges, “The Transforming Power of the Gospel”

It’s true; you know how I know this is truth? This is truth because it is backed by scripture: James 1:2-4 states, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

Don’t allow bitterness to creep in and destroy you, despite your hardships or how others behave: “ Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled

 

What do you think?

How are you allowing adversity to grow your faith? Or are hard times making you bitter?

Sick Day

So I am really missing my workout.

Sick for the last couple of days, and will probably be sick for a couple more. 😦

But what it has really taught me is a couple of things:

1-I need to practice what I preach. I need stop being busy while telling others to remember self-care. Maybe I talk about it so much because I am reminding myself. Who knows? What I do know is that when I began to slip, and do too much, I got sick for the first time in months. Ugh.

2-Meal Prep is a life-saver. If I hadn’t sat down and planned out this week, I would not have had leftovers to get me through this. I would have to figure out what to eat without getting proper nutrition. I might have had to go out and do grocery shopping (Not up to it) or pick up fast food (more expensive). At the moment, I have food that will last me the rest of the week, and I haven’t even made all this week’s meals. I would not be able to stay home and rest while I’m getting better. Thanks Meal Prep. You rock.

Success

I don’t know how you define success, but it’s a funny thing.

I see a lot of definitions in this culture:

Making a substantial amount of money.

Having a career.

Selling a certain amount.

And while those are important things, I don’t want to forget the main focus. If you are going for success, remember these important ideas:

Making lots of money is worthless if you are too busy or cheap to enjoy it! Don’t get so caught up in making money that you forget to sit back and enjoy life.

Having a career is not so successful, if you are miserable and not doing what you love. I know that work is work, and you do what you have to for a dollar, but wouldn’t you rather find a job you absolutely LOVE while you make that money?

Selling a lot is so empty unless you remember WHY you are doing it. If you do it while you’re exploiting other people, or not serving their best interest, that is not success. If you forget that you’re supposed to be helping people rather than using them, is that success?

As a coach, I hope I never forget what real success is.

What is YOUR definition of success?

Rest Day

There is something that I really stress with myself, and anyone else who comes to me for advice: a rest day.

This includes taking a break at least once a week (or twice, like me) to give your body a rest and recharge. But it doesn’t have to stop there. It can also include taking a day off (like I’m doing today) to rest mentally. I have a tendency to do too much, even on weekends. I’m blessed to have a job where I can do this. My whole point for exercising is to give my body more energy. What good would it do if I ran myself ragged at my job and business and didn’t have any energy? Think about  it. That would completely undo my goals. I want to take care of myself and be good to myself. Self-care is all about balance.

Don’t work out to the point where your body doesn’t get time to recharge-especially if your goal is to gain more energy!! Additionally, if you are working too much at your job or other things that need to get done, that will mentally exhaust you.

So today I really want to remind you: it is not negligent to give yourself a break. Oftentimes, it’s negligent if you don’t. Take care of yourself! You are so worth it ❤

The Busy Culture.

I love this quotation I came across online. My friend posted it.

 

“I’m tired of people romanticizing overexertion. Exhausted is not the new chic, coffee (though a delicious necessity) is not a food group, and running on fumes is not admirable.  Why do we hold pedestals for sleepless nights, breakdowns, and inner turmoil? Are those really things to aspire to? Self-care. Balance. The ability to know when your body, mind, and spirit need to take a step back. Those are things we should admire. We have to stop blurring the line between ‘commitment’ and self-endangerment because too many people are burning out before they have a chance to truly shine.”

While I’m not sure who originally penned this, it has been on the interwebs and spread around on different sites.

Why do we overbook ourselves when we know it will only come back to bite us on the butt? What has happened to our culture that we are so addicted to hard work? I mean, I speak from experience here. Don’t get me wrong, I do it too. I get myself to the point of exhaustion. I lose things, I forget things, and I’m constantly tired. I need to learn to let go the busy life and relax. Why is a lifestyle that is so miserable and ridiculously hard so popular? I think it’s time to treat ourselves better than that. I just wish I knew where to begin.

Meal Planning

I love meal planning for some reason. Is that odd that it relaxes me?

Maybe it’s because it’s one of the things I do during my day that makes me sit down and stay there!!

I am way too busy.

I think when I end up retiring one day from work I am going to run myself into the ground because I’m too bored to sit still.

Does anyone else have this problem?

 

What’s Your Motivation?

Rest day for me=more time for morning reading

“And it is the love of Christ as seen in the gospel-it is our response of gratitude for His grace-that gives desire to duty and changes “ought to” to “want to”
-Jerry Bridges, “Transforming Power of the Gospel”

 

How many times have we done our service at church out of guilt?

How many times have we done it because of how we would look to others?

How about doing it because that’s what is needed?

How about the times we have done it because it is what we were brought up to do?

 

I can say honestly that I have probably done the majority of those.

But this book reminds me that we should be doing it because we are sinners that need Jesus.

I recommend it!

The gospel should be our motivation.

Do you struggle with legalism?

You are not alone!

Imperfection=Beauty

Today I want to remind you of something.

Nobody is perfect.

No relationship is perfect.

No job is perfect.

No family is perfect.

We all have our flaws, our problems, and our insecurities.

And guess what? The media is not making it easier on us.

We strive to work hard, to look our best, to appear like we have it all together.

And while it’s healthy to better ourselves, we shouldn’t become so caught up in it that we forget that we’re human.

You are going to snap at those closest to you.

You are going to be late for work.

You are going to make mistakes.

But if you have grace on yourself, and allow yourself to be human when they come-while striving to improve upon those shortcomings-you will find it very freeing. It will probably be more effective for you than constant negative self-talk.

You are human.

And life isn’t perfect.

Life is messy beautiful.

And you need to stop being your biggest critic.