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Forgive Yourself to Bring Change

 

Has anyone ever not followed through for you when you were depending on that person? Most definitely, I am sure.  It happens all the time. People don’t follow through on what they say they are going to do (we are probably all guilty of this at one time or another). Of course, I always believe that those individuals had the best of intentions. Don’t you? When that happens, it is easy to let it go, and not let it get you down. When you forgive others, you experience greater freedom in life.

Here’s the thing that has been on my mind today…. What happens when we fail ourselves? What happens when we don’t meet a goal, or follow through on a promise we made to ourselves? I am so much harder on myself than anyone else in my life. I am sure you can relate… When I let myself down, it can be so much harder to bounce back.

Yesterday was an awesome, productive day. I was able to check so many important things off of my “To Do” list, yet there was one important goal I had made, as well as a promise to myself, yet didn’t follow through.  Today, I woke up with a heavy heart trying to sort through why I hadn’t allocated time and diligence to my most important goal of the day…  I am always quick to repent to God and thankful for His unending forgiveness when I fall short in life, but today I realized something new… It is also important to forgive myself, so that I can move on, and create the change that has been on my heart to implement.

This was definitely not the first time I had failed myself. It has happened so often, and looking back, it looks like a cycle. Well, I want to change the cycle today. Harboring unforgiveness toward myself will only keep me reliving the failure, which will in turn, keep me from reaching my goal.  Will I still make mistakes in the future? Yes, but I want to forgive myself today for past failures, so I can move on into beautiful successes and present change.

I want to encourage each of you today in case you have experienced the same disappointments in yourself. Maybe you didn’t meet a health goal you created, or didn’t follow through on an eating meal plan. Let it go! Clarify your goals again, and create manageable steps to arrive at the goal. Forgive yourself because TODAY is a NEW DAY to crush the goals, and take closer steps to your dreams!

You’ve got this!

XOXOX

~Rachel

 

 

 

Meal Planning, Recipes

Summer Fruit & Nut Salad

This salad!!!!!!!!! Drop on the floor, YUM!

I didn’t plan ahead well for taking food to Mother’s Day Celebration because of being out of town for a graduation, but woke up that day craving a fruity salad! I ran to the store and just started grabbing stuff!

  • 4 heads of Romaine hearts
  • 1 package of sliced almonds
  • 2 containers of sliced strawberries
  • 2 large cans of Mandarin oranges
  • 1 package of dried cranberries

Dressing recommendations:

Dressings that would pair well with this salad are Italian dressing, Balsamic vinaigrette, or Rasberry Vinigiarette.

 

Leftovers-

Here is some of the leftover salad. It was SO good that I just stuck my fingers in it (so ladylike, I know) and ate it without dressing!!!!! I never do that!! Such a great summer salad!!!! The fruit floated to the bottom of course, but, it was delicious dressing-free!!! I guess the fruit made it sweet.. I let my puppy try some of the lettuce and he was begging for more… So funny!!🐶. People, this salad was hands-down delicious!!!

Meal Planning, Recipes

Emergency Clean Grocery List

What type of meal planner are you?
I am one that goes to the store for one to two weeks of groceries at a time, but prep food as I go… This could also mean making one meal with several days of leftovers for easy grabbing from the fridge or freezer… Weekends can be SO busy. During those crazy weekends it can be difficult to stock up plus meal prep in order to be set for an entire week!

When those busy weekends occur, here is my emergency food list that is always a good base for the week, or nearly a week, to get me going…

*3-4 types of proteins
*Approximately 3 different types of green veggies
*Potatoes (sweet and red) for healthy carbs
*2-3 kinds of multiple servings of fruit

That translates to my quick grab at Aldi’s the other day:
• 6 chicken breasts (See Garlic Infused Chicken recipe
below)
• 2 dozen of eggs (by myself, I usually consume a dozen
and a half per week)
• 1 jar of natural peanut butter
• 1 bag of sweet potatoes
• 1 bag of red potatoes
• 1 bag of kale (I usually buy two, but there was only one
bag left)
• 4 green peppers
• 1 bag of apples
• 1 Little Salad Bar individual portions of Spicy Guacamole
(so yum!)
All this for less than $30!!!

Here are some staples I had already in my pantry and freezer:
• Shakeology!!!!!
• 1lb. of frozen ground turkey
• 1 bag of frozen Tilapia (from Aldi’s)
• Rice noodles
• 1 bag of red potatoes
• 2 large zuchini’s
• 2 bags of green beans
• California dates from Aldi’s and little oranges

This food supply usually lasts 5-7 days of eating the clean with five meals/snacks a day! I basically roast everything I can in the oven by setting the oven on broil and tossing the veggies in some olive oil and garlic salt.

Now for the chicken recipe… I had a couple of girls over for dinner last night and made Garlic Infused Chicken… I went ahead and made the rest of the chicken breast to throw in the freezer for easy grabbing later in the week.

Here is my recipe:

Garlic Infused Chicken

Ingredients:
• 3 Chicken breasts
• 2-3 Garlic cloves, diced (my theory is you can never have
too much garlic)
• Olive oil and or nonstick olive oil cooking spray
• Garlic salt
• Pepper

Brown/sear the chicken with fresh garlic, garlic salt, and pepper on the stove on both sides until you do not see any more pink. After the chicken is browned on both sides, put the chicken in a pan with half an inch to an inch of water in the oven on 350® for 15-30 minutes (depending on the size of the pieces). Save some of the diced garlic for baking with the chicken in the oven for ultimate flavor. Also fork the chicken multiple times to allow the garlic to infuse into the meat as it finishes baking. It’s pretty delish and easy!!

Meal Planning

Tales from a Not-So-Green-Thumb: Blanching Spinach 101

I suppose that my green thumb has taken a long time to make an appearance. Perhaps I am just fooling myself and it has not appeared yet at all, but I am hoping that it has. “Green Thumb-ness” does run in my blood… My mom has grown gardens for 30 + years. My grandma has been growing gardens for 80 + years, and has had the three of most gigantic gardens I have ever seen… Simultaneously producing vegetables. I mean, I did grow up running through the rows of potatoes and help plant, hoe, and harvest over the years… But did it interest me? Not a bit… Now I am in my early 30’s and all of the sudden, I am craving to have a sun room and a yard to grow everything possible. New territory. But, I am also learning the skills don’t appear overnight. :/

Today, I had the lovely opportunity to pick lettuce and spinach out of Grandma’s garden. She is not able to get out into her garden like she used to. This afternoon, she watched/coached my sister and me from a chair on the edge of the garden as we snipped at the spinach and lettuce leaves. It was such a struggle to know that she longed to be squatting with us, squishing in the mud, and harvesting her precious plants. However, I think it still meant a great deal to Grandma by just “being” there with us. I know it meant a great deal to me!

Once we returned to Grandma’s house she told me to take all the spinach and lettuce. My intention was to pick the leaves and share with others who were coming through for visits, but Grandma insisted, and what could I say? She is a beautiful, and stubborn, force to be reckoned with.

I did drop off half of the pickings at my mom’s house so she could freeze the spinach as well, since we are all doing our best to eat healthy. I took the rest of the spinach home, sat it on my counter, and looked at it for a bit. Then, I looked at it some more… Next, I Googled, “how to blanch and freeze spinach.”

I read the instructions and got to work… First, I soaked all the spinach in my kitchen sink in cold water. I thought this was a stroke of genius because it would save a ton of water money getting all the mud off the leaves by continuing to run water over it. And let me add, that soaking spinach in the sink was not found on Google. It was all my own idea (haha!). Next, I put a pot of water on to boil… I quickly realized my sister’s popcorn making had left grease on the burner. More smoke was coming from the burner than steam from the pot of water. My solution? Turn on the vent above the stove.

(Above photo: All the dirt sank to the bottom of the sink.)

Next, I put all the spinach in strainers to give the leaves a final rinse (I have multiple strainers now because I am usually prepping multiple veggies at the same time).

At last, I placed batches of spinach in the boiling water, counted to “30,” then began fishing the spinach out of the pot with a ladle.

Tip #1: Have a ladle available that has holes in it to allow the water to drain.

After 30 seconds, I threw the spinach in a bowl of ice water.

Tip #2: Make sure you have enough ice… By the third batch of blanching, all the loose ice had been used. I had a mini igloo in my ice tray of ice that was stuck together and thawing in my sink.

After cooling the spinach, I squeezed it into four little bags. One bag is going to be for quiche, or egg cups. The other three bags are going to be blended into my Shakeology shakes when I am trying to squeeze in all my veggies for the day!

Aside from the smoky burner, the ladle that didn’t really work, and my big lump of ice, I would say this endeavor was exceptionally successful.

This success is a tribute to my grandma, who has been super patient with me for many years!

Signing off until I can share more Fit, Well, and Whole adventures, along with green thumb attempts!

Please feel free to comment if you have excellent tips for blanching spinach, or any veggies for that matter!