Catching Up and SUPER Easy Chicken Recipe!

Happy Hump Day Everyone!

Sorry I didn’t post yesterday! I was swamped at work and just never found the time I guess. To catch up from yesterday, I did an Insanity workout with my mom in the morning [It was AWESOME!] For breakfast I had a butterfinger protein smoothie with chia seeds<<Heaven! I never really got to eat my actual lunch because everytime I tried to sit down and eat, a customer came up. I gave up on it finally and just ate some of the snacks I brought (1/4 cup of Roasted Edamame w/ sea salt, carrots/pickels/banana peppers marinated in banana pepper juice<<<<you should try this!, and then an Odwalla banana nut protein bar) Between all of that, I was very full and don’t think I could have eaten my actual meal (Steamed Edamame) even if I tried. THEN, for supper, my boyfriend and I decided to bake some chicken and pork chops [chicken for me, pork chops for him] and we made enough to have leftovers for lunch today. See below for chicken recipe! Last, but, CERTAINLY not least, I treated us to some Yogurtland for dessert. I just got a little bit of Birthday Cake Batter and Dutch Chocolate without any toppings, but HEY! at least they were both nonfat AND gluten-free! And, NORMALLY, I only get yogurt on occasion and it’s one of those “I’m treating myself tonight, so I don’t care how much I fill up the bowl as long as it’s nonfat and gluten-free.” OR, I’ll skip supper and just have yogurt as my meal, so I don’t worry as much about how much I eat. BUT, since this wasn’t one of those times and it was just a normal weeknight, I used up all of my will power to only eat half of my bowl, and saved the rest for another night. THAT WAS A CHALLENGE. I literally looked at the second half for a few minutes debating whether or not to finish it off. BUT, after a few minutes of rationalizing, the little angel on my shoulder won the battle! GO ME!

Okay, enough about yesterday——

This morning, I overslept my alarm so I didn’t get my morning workout in [BOOOO!] But, it’s okay because I didn’t let it ruin my morning/day. I made another butterfinger protein smoothie this morning because they’re just so good and I sometimes crave them, which is not good because I need to incorporate my mixed berry smoothies every couple of days. [They’re much leaner and have all those good antioxidants that keep you clean, rather than all the peanut butter!]

For lunch, I made a salad with lite caesar dressing and I brought the chicken from last night to put in it. I don’t really snack a whole lot at work usually, but I always bring plenty just incase. Today I brought some carrots, some All Natural whole almonds, and a few frozen grapes just to have something sweet and cold to nibble on. I most likely won’t be able to eat it all, but we’ll see!

I wore all black to work today because right after work I have to head to the wake for the guy I told you about on Monday. It’s still just really hard to believe. Other than getting a little teary eyed when reading the posts about him on Facebook, I really haven’t gotten too upset, yet. I think because It still doesn’t feel real. However, I think after this evening it will really sink in, and I know it’s going to be such a sad, sad couple of days. I mourn so much for his friends because I don’t know what I would do if one of my close friends passed, but I mostly mourn for his girlfriend. They had been together for at least 4 or 5 years, if not more, lived together and were definitely going to get married. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain that she is feeling right now. I know if something happened to my boyfriend, I would be an absolute wreck. I just pray and hope that through this all, she finds strength in God and doesn’t lose faith.

Sorry for, once again, dampering the mood. On the brightside, grad school will be starting in about 3 1/2 weeks, and I am beyond ready! You would think after 4 years of college, I would be over it by now, right? Well, I was by the time graduation arrived. But, after having a summer off of school and working full time, I’m ready to get back into the books. Don’t get me wrong, I will miss the awesome money I’m making right now, but I now see why people say “You have your whole life to work. Stay in school!” I guess, though, it’ll be different when I’m actually working in a job where I am doing what I love and went to school for. It definitely will be a whole lot more enjoyable than sitting at this desk all day long! I truly believe the saying “If you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life!” I’m hoping for that at least! Anyway, It’s not that I’m SOOOO excited for the homework and tests and all that, but I do enjoy learning about the stuff I’m interested in. And I’m REALLY just ready to start my internship! It’s going to be so much fun being able to work in the actual setting and learning hands on! Not to mention, it means I’m THAT much closer to being a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)<<<<AKA: BIG GIRL! But no, really, I’m ready to be able to help people and hopefully change lives! Ok, so this post is getting really long, SO I’m out!

SUPER EASY, DELICIOUS chicken recipe:

  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Minced Garlic
  • Ground Cumin
  • Chopped onion (or onion powder)
  • Low Sodium Tony’s Chachere’s/Season All/Other Preference—-I didn’t put much of this, but It depends on your taste. It’s good with or without it.
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

Just Mix all the ingredients in a freezer bag OR bowl and shake it up/spread it around. [This is if you want to make it quick. I’ve also cooked it before and let it sit and marinate for a few hours in the fridge before cooking]. Then, cook it in a glass pan on 350 degrees for about an hour and TA-DA! Deliciousness! Super easy and inexpensive, too!

 

 

Be thankful you have a Monday!

Oh Monday! I honestly have to say, it is so nice to be back at work and on my routine. I drank a detox smoothie last night for supper, and today I have all of my normal clean snacks and meals for lunch. I have no problem when it comes to eating healthy. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have my moments, and obviously I didn’t do well on vacation [although I didn’t do nearly as bad as I used to on trips—I made many good choices and only some bad], but I have finally gotten to the place in my life to where I enjoy eating clean. Ever since I started percieving it as a way to keep my body healthy rather than to lose weight, it seems so much easier. I crave the delicious, nutritous food that I put into my body every day and I very rarely have cravings for unhealthy foods [except ice cream, which I’m not sure I will EVER be able to completely give that up]. But anyway, even while I was gone this week, I never really WANTED any of the junk food I ate, I just found when I was sitting around the camper, I was bored and surrounded by food. I resisted way more than I normally would have before, so I was very proud of that. And after eating each item, all I could think of is how much I missed my clean food. I feel like I’ve really reached a new level :]

Where I lack is the motivation to wake up at 4:45am to do my workout after a long week of sleeping in. I used to be a workout fanatic! Like, seriously, I WANTED to workout ALL the time! I hated when I had a limited time in the gym and I could burn up to 800 calories in the morning before school. At that time, I had more trouble with controlling how much I ate, so I made sure to burn a ton of calories so that I didn’t have to worry as much about it. Now, it seems like I have to make myself workout, and it’s never as hard as I used to. I guess because I eat so well, I tell myself I don’t have to workout as hard or as long. Also, It’s not really the workout that I dread doing, it’s the time of the morning of doing it. Which is crazy because I used to wake up 30 minutes earlier and absolutely LOVED it. I guess I’ve grown more tired lazier. I just really need to get it together and either suck it up in the morning, or make time in the evenings. Okay, enough rambling on about that.

On to a more serious topic: >>>>Today is bittersweet. On one hand, it’s a GREAT day because I’m back in my routine, back to my yummy clean food, and plus happiness is a mindset and I choose to be happy on this wonderful Monday morning! On the otherhand, it’s a sad day in my community. A guy from my high school, who was very well known and loved in the community passed away this morning. He graduated a few years before me, in the same class as my sister and he was in an accident Friday night and did not make it. I wasn’t close to him, but I’ve known him for many years. Not to mention, it is just very sad and scary when someone about your age, who you have known for years, tragically dies. The whole community has really been shaken, and there are many heavy hearts this morning. As sad as it is to say, sometimes things like this save other peoples lives whether it is by finding The Lord, becoming more thankful and loving towards others, or even just by helping them to realize that they are not invincible and that in a split second anything could happen. It teaches us to be a lot smarter more cautious and to value the precious moments and the people in our lives. I truly believe that every cloud has a silver lining, and that even the most awful events can have positive outcomes. I know I have already seen the community come together so much, and I pray that many lives and hearts will be changed through this tragedy. Rest in peace Kolby!

 

Okay, now that I’ve probably put you all in a sad mood……Just remember, BE THANKFUL for every day that you wake up and every blessing that comes your way! Tell those that you love how much they mean to you and don’t fret over the little things because they aren’t worth it! CHOOSE to be happy and positive and enjoy every breath you take because you NEVER know when it will be your last!

 

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!

God Bless!

 

 

 

Goodbye vacay, hello home sweet home!

Hi everyone!

Alright, so im finally heading home after 4 days of beach vacay, and let me tell you, I am so ready to be home! Vacations are great, but they’re also a reminder of how much you like being home and on a routine. Honestly, im always morr exhausted after a vacation because I feel like I never get to relax! Not to mention, I tried not to go crazy, but im sick of not eating my normal clean food and being surrounded by junk! Ehh, it feels like the whole time I am constantly thinking about food, how to avoid it, or how miserable I feel after giving in! Don’t get me wrong, I had a good time, but im so glad its over and now I can’t wait to detox my body of all the food and alcohol that I shamefully let in it.

On a positive note, it re-energized me and made me eager to get back to my workouts! Sometimes that is a good thing!

Happy Sunday guys!

Gone to the beach!

Good morning all!

We are headed to orange beach for the rest of the week, so I doubt ill be blogging too much. Ill try though!  I woke up and at least got a HITT in this morning and drank a mixed berry protein smoothie which was DELICIOUS! (see recipe below) The worst thing about vacation is trying to eat clean! There is always a ton of bad food around and limited choices of healthy! Im going to try my hardest though!

Anyway, im going to enjoy my vacation and relax, so talk to you all soon!

Smoothie recipe:

Cup of water
Protein powder
1/2 cup frozen Raspberries
6 frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 tbsp chia seeds

Didnt even need to add ice because it was thick and frozen enough!

Happy hump day yall!

Oatmeal and overnight oatmeal recipes

Seeing all of these oatmeal posts made me want some really bad. So, for dinner I whipped some up AND made some overnight oatmeal for tomorrow morning!

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The oatmeal consisted of:
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1/3 cup of water

Heated on the stove

Toppings:
1/2 banana
Handful of maple pecan granola
Raspberries
Blueberries
1/2 tbsp chia seeds

DELICIOUS and very filling!

Overnight oatmeal:

1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 banana
Ground cinnamon

Put in fridge overnight

In the morning ill add some granola, and probably some berries. Not sure yet!

🙂 eating clean is truly awesome, and delicious!