Meal Planning/Prepping

It took me a long time to get on the meal prepping/planning train but now that I am on it, I love it!  I tried several times to get on board and lots of times just ended up not eating anything healthy. 

 

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If you know anything about me, you know that I love organization.  I love a clean work place.  I love a clean living space.  I also love to be able to just to grab my food and go!  Here are some of the things that help me with meal prepping/planning:

 

  • Take time to set down and come up with a meal.  This actually may be the hardest part but really it’s simple if you think about it.  Think about what you like and go with that.  Chicken is my meat of choice so I normally try to include that.  I also love love love the chicken patties that I make.
  • Containers.  Invest in some containers that you can just grab and go.  This makes it so much easier and keeps me motivated to keep doing the meal preps.
  • Choose some healthy snacks and pre-bag ‘em on up! 
  • Do your own thing.  I love to get ideas from others who meal prep but in the end be yourself and do it your own way.
  • Organize the meals in the fridge.  Okay this might be taking it a little too far but it actually helps me to know that I have a; snack shelf, lunch shelf, dinner shelf….etc.

 

 

Update on Life:

 

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Let’s just say that I have done some baking…  Smile

 

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Struggles:

One of the things that I have really struggled with lately is my body experiencing changes.  I think I may have eluded to this before but getting older really does affect your body and frankly sometimes just really sucks.  When I started my weight loss journey, I was barely in my 20’s and now I am about to get out of my 30’s!  I used to just pop up out of bed and get a workout in and even hit the gym when I got off work.  Holy hormones is another story.  Some days I feel so fatigued that the thought of working out just makes me want to cry.  There are also days that I could make every single meal I eat out of sugar. 

Some of the symptoms that I have started to have in the last few months have started to concern me.

  • Out of control cravings
  • not sleeping well
  • not sleeping through the night
  • extreme exhaustion
  • high anxiety

I am also apparently allergic to something….. I have continued to have some sort of reaction to….um…..something.  The last couple of reactions have been a little serious.  My entire body whelps up and my throat tightens and my eyes swell. 

 

I am having some blood work this coming week to get things checked out.  Allergies, sugar, hormones.  Ugh.

 

 

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Still growing my hair out! 

 

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His favorite spot… Smile 

 

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Went to the Little Rock Farmers Market and it was amazing!  Something I will be doing more often! 

 

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Just finished a sweaty workout and now I am off to get ready for work!

 

I hope you have an amazing day!!

Happy Memorial Day!!!

Morning everyone!  I hope that you have had a great Memorial Weekend and were able to spend it with someone that you love.  I had the best time spending it with my brother and his family! 

 

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My brother and I went to see the new X-Men movie and all that I can say is that it’s my favorite one in the entire series…..  Go see this movie!  If you like that sort of thing…. Winking smile

 

What’s on your agenda today?  My plan is to just enjoy the day relaxing and chilling out.  I will also be doing my meal-prepping today.  Due to the movie excursion, I was not able to do it yesterday.

 

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^^^ Just some of the meals I have prepped ^^^

 

It’s something that I have really enjoyed doing.  I love not having to cook anything or get anything ready during the week, especially my lunch at work.  For my lunches, I usually just have something quick but also something that I like.

 

  • Turkey burgers
  • Chicken burgers
  • chicken breast/brown rice/veggies
  • Chicken salad with Greek yogurt
  • Turkey meatballs
  • Tuna patty burgers

 

I always have an apple with my lunch and normally try to eat some fruit for my snacks. 

 

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Very random but I wanted to share a picture of my family when I was growing up.  My brothers trucker hat totally made me smile…  Smile    Good times…  We were always going somewhere!  I can remember when we would go see my mom’s family in Mississippi and my parents would make this bed in the back of the station wagon or suburban that we had and we would leave very very early in the morning so that we could miss traffic and get there early.  I miss that so much.

 

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Look how young my dad is!!  He is 19 here and I believe he was in Vietnam in this picture too.  I love my dad.  I am so thankful that God saw fit that he should be my earthly father.  That out of all the people He could put together, He put my parents together.  From two different states, they found each other. 

 

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I hope you have an amazing day! 

 

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Just A Reminder

Morning sunshine’s!  I hope you are having a great Sunday so far!  I have been up since 4:30 so I am sure a nap is in my schedule sometime today Winking smile

 

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I just wanted to remind you of how beautiful, important, wanted, amazing and good enough you are.  We get so caught up with life and lets face it, it’s hard but somewhere along the way we forget that we are important in the grand scheme of things and we have purpose

It’s something that I struggle with in my own life but when I look around and begin to be thankful for the small things, the big things, the hard times, the good times.  For it’s in all moments that we are made.  Made stronger.  Made humble.  Made weaker.  Made beautiful.

 

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To truly have hope and joy is to find them not only in the midst of good times but in the hard times. 

 

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Fun day at the park!!  Although it was hot and my niece ended up getting a bit sick we really had a great time!

 

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So many times we experience things that we can’t help but be changed by them.  There is no handbook on how to move forward and it’s always different for everyone.  I had a conversation with a good friend of mine about this toward the end of the week and it just made me think of how we can change and how we adapt to our circumstances. The important thing to remember is that we are not defined by our circumstances nor should we let that dictate how we live our life and the decisions that we make. 

But change does occur.

The one thing that stays the same?

My Savior

My King

My God

My Jesus

He doesn’t give us everything that we want but what we need and what we need to become who He wants us to be.  What we need to do the things that He wants us to do. 

Here’s the thing….

We will ALWAYS need Him.

 

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I am meeting my brother today and going to check out the new X-Men movie….  I’ll let ya know if I like it Smile 

 

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Breakfast!!!

 

I hope you have a great day!!

Go outside and play!

Hello lovely’s!    I hope that you are having a great Saturday so far! 

 

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Going through another slight merger where I work so it’s been incredibly busy and I am pretty beat when I get home.  This weekend will be no different…  I was planning a trip to see my parents where they stay during the Spring, Summer and Fall but I think that I would like to stay home.  I am doing some major cleaning today and would really like to get that all finished. 

 

  • dust
  • clean fridge (there are two!)
  • vacuum in the corners
  • laundry
  • organize pantry
  • bake a Cinnamon Apple Sauce quick bread
  • clean front porch
  • get a few groceries
  • meal plan for the coming week
  • wash car

 

What am I most excited about??   I am about to leave and go on a picnic with my SNL and my niece and nephew…

 

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Just some randomness…

 

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I want to make this! ^^^^^

 

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Finally getting my hair to a length that I really like…. Smile 

 

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WW Muffin recipe..

 

  • 1 box of dark chocolate cake mix
  • 1 15 oz can of organic pumpkin
  • 1 cup of water
  • Dark chocolate chips on top

Mix

Bake at 350

Cool

Eat

Moist

Yum

 

 

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Breakfast!

 

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Body Pump makes me sweat!!

 

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New friends and co-workers!!

 

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Made these amazing Snickerdoodles!!  So soft and chewy!! 

 

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Kiiinda want to check this out..

 

Okay…. I’m going to go outside and play!!

 

 

I hope you have an amazing weekend!! 

A Sense of Peace

Good morning my lovelies!   How are you this Sunday morning?  I am feeling just a bit under the weather but other than that I feel great! 

 

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This busy week came to and end and for some reason I just felt off.  I think that it was because I was off Monday and Tuesday and then only worked for three days.  It’s also the first of the month and that means in my line of work it’s super busy!  I was glad it came to an end! 

One of the things that I was reminded of this week?  God really does know what is best for us.  Sometimes we can be so blind by our own desires that we don’t really see that it might just not be what God wants for us.  It causes us to react in ways that just aren’t godly.  It causes us to compromise in ways that we just didn’t think that we would. 

What it boils down to is that He knows our future and plans and if they are not what He want, He will move us into the direction that brings us closer to Him.  If there is anything in our lives that brings us turmoil, it’s not of Him.

We really have to love ourselves enough to know that we deserve so much better.  Don’t settle for second best.  Don’t be selfish but selfless.  There really is beauty and strength in following God’s will for your life and that my friend is incredible and peaceful.

 

 

 

Gym:

AS I said that last time we talked, I joined a gym!  And guess what?  I love it!!! 

 

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I’m not fond of body shots but isn’t the locker room great!?!  It’s so nice and everyone is really nice!!

I love how close it is to my work and to my  house.  It’s just minutes and it’s on my way home from work……this give me no excuses to not making it!

 

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This is me getting ready for the Pump class……which I adore.   60 minutes of sweat!

 

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Pretty much my go to recovery snack.

 

My lunches during the week:

 

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I have also started something new this past week!  First let me address that it is not specifically to help me lose the 15-20 pounds that have crept back on.  It’s mainly because I just want to feel good!  And to help with some of the cravings that I have been having for a while now. 

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My favorite!

 

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I really think I have a problem with collecting Starbucks coffee cups…!!  Lol Winking smile 

It’s so beautiful this morning!

 

 

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I hope you have an amazing Sunday and remember that you are a unique and meticulously created person!

And There You Have It.

Well hey there!  How are you this morning?  I hope that you are having an amazing day so far!

 

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Before I get started, I want to say that my thoughts and prayers go out to the ones that have been affected by the storms and tornado in and around Arkansas.  Thankfully, most of the storms missed the area that I live in but my heart is just so saddened by the aftermath that this storm has left. 

What I keep hearing though is that how people are coming together to help.  Completely strangers stopping to help someone asking nothing in return.  We just can’t imagine how we would handle something like this when faced with it but I am proud to call Arkansas my home. 

 

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks at my new job but all I can say is that I love it!!  I mean I really do!  I’ll be honest…..starting over with a company at my age (at any age) is pretty scary but I am excited to be where I am at, to be working with the people that I am working with and to be doing the job that I am doing. 

I am slowly finding little things and places where I work at and this is one of them..

 

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There is an old YMCA that is in the same building that I work in and it’s just big enough to get a walk in. 

This is the view from one of the windows..

 

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Ok…. I’m going to dump some photo’s on ya…  Smile

 

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Still getting my workouts in and I am happy to say that I have joined a gym!!!!

 

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One of the many many reasons I love where I am working is that we get a discount with a wellness center nearby.  Um….. they have the Les Mills series!!!!  I almost pee’d myself!!  I was so excited!!  I am currently waiting to go to the 12:00 Pump class. 

They also have:

RPM

Body Flow

Body Vive

and Body Step

Agh!!!

 

I did the Body Flow last week and just felt amazing when I left!!

 

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I’ve also been hanging out with these two amazing kids.  My mom and I took them to get some yogurt Easter weekend Smile

 

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We also made homemade pizza! 

 

 

Speaking of food….  This past Saturday I got a text from a good friend of mine to see if I wanted to go do something.  We just had the best time!  We planned lunch but the rest of the day was spur of the moment.

 

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We stopped at a local Chinese place and it was delicious! 

 

Then we headed over to Fresh Market…

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After making our rounds at Fresh Market, we thought a stop at Chuy’s was in order…

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We made our way to a Kroger Market Place and ended up looking around but our final stop was at this pretty amazing place…

 

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All in all it was a pretty amazing day!  Especially when you get to do things like this with a good friend!

 

Speaking of Starbucks.  Isn’t this cool!!??

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Ok.  This might totally be over sharing but this is my house and I am going to share!  Lol…   I have gone through my entire life never really being allergic to anything.  Nothing.  Well that has changed in my adult years.  I have found out that I am allergic to Tide with Febreeze.  OH.MY.WORD.

This is just a shot of my legs but my entire body looked like this and I wanted to peal my skin off!!!!!   The final time that I broke out with this my lips swell and it was just horrible!!

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It was awful!!! 

 

Did I show you the cake that I made??

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Reeses Cup Cake!  My second attempt at making a cake/icing from scratch and I was pretty proud!

 

Still enjoying my meal planning! 

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I’m also pretty excited about starting something new!  I will tell you about it in it’s own post… Winking smile   Stay tuned!!

 

Well, that’s about it.  My life has been really busy! 

 

I hope you have an amazing day! 

Keep Making Me.

As I start this week, I want to reflect on what makes us who we are.  The unique person that we are meant to be.  Think about it.  When you were thought of and created, no one else would be like you.  You, this amazing person who has a unique personality all your own. 

No one laughs like you.

No one else has emotions the way you do.

There is purpose and there is love behind you. 

We are made to crave things.

We are made to be around other people.

People that bring out the good in us.

We are made to worship.

We are made go through things.

We are made to overcome.

We are stronger than we realize.

 

I think sometimes we forget that when we pray for change in our lives or movement, God will answer that.  In His time and in His own way.  Sometimes I think we have to be broken to bring upon that change.  To be completely changed, we have to allow this process to happen and sometimes that can be pretty difficult.  We have to give up every power that we think that we have and step aside for this change to happen.

I love that song by Sidewalk Prophets: Keep Making Me  This song really speaks volumes t me and every time that I listen to it, it reminds me of how much we are loved and how much He loves us enough not to leave us the same.  Because me sweet friends, when God enters your life, you are forever changed. 

Here are the lyrics:

 

Make me broken

So I can be healed.

‘Cause I’m so calloused

and now I can’t feel.

I want to run to You

with heart wide open.

Make me broken.

 

Make me empty

so I can be filled.

‘Cause I’m still holding

onto my will.

And I am completed

when You are with me.

Make me empty.

 

Till You are my one desire

Till You are my one true Love

Till You are my breath, my everything

Lord, please keep making me.

 

Make me lonely

so I can be Yours.

Till I want no one

more than you Lord

‘Cause in the darkness

I know you will hold me.

Make me lonely.

 

Notice the theme?   I don’t believe that it is God’s desire for us to be broken, empty or lonely but sometimes to have a deeper relationship with Him, he uses our circumstances to do that.

 

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We have to find joy in things that we like to do.  I have discovered that I love to meal prep!

 

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I love to bake breads!

 

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I’m a cardio junkie!

 

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I have a great family!

 

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I will close with this….  You are loved.  No matter your circumstances, you are loved.

 

 

 

 

Have a great day!!