How To Stay In Love

I’m a hopeless romantic.  My mom once said to me, “you are in love with love.”  Indeed, she was right.  Unfortunately, this has led to some heart breaks for me and, I’m ashamed to say, for the other person:(  It’s easy to fall in love, the challenge is to stay in love.  After many years of life and learning, I think I have found my secret to staying in love.

One of the things that’s really important is to enjoy sharing everyday life with the one you love.  A tradition that my fiance’ and I have is to go to our favorite breakfast spot at least 1-2 times a week, or the Waffle House if I’m starving😂  We don’t even chat a lot, we simply enjoy each others company.

Here is our favorite romantic breakfast spot.

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Abita Roasting co.  504 Water St. Madisonville, Louisiana

We always get the same thing every time.  I love their scrambled eggs and muffin top!  I was reading Throne of Glass on my Kindle. I’m a bit of a sci-fi nerd.

FullSizeRender (11)The friendly service here and the atmosphere, and of course the delicious food, is what keeps us coming back:)

💓The real secret I’ve found to staying in love is being able to laugh together.  I’m in 100% agreement with Audrey Hepburn who said,

I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.

It seemed like my man and me needed a good dose of fun today, so when he went out on an errand, here’s what I did… hehe;)

FullSizeRender (10)OMG, it was so much FUN!!  When I saw his car pulling up I quickly hid in the pantry closet and tried my darndest not to laugh.  When he came in the door, the game was on!  I think I laughed the whole time we were firing at each other.  Needless to say, I’m the dishwasher tonight;) LOL.  But it was so worth it!

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Meal Prep Made Simple

How would you like to have more free time, better health and save money?  Meal prep can give you all of those things and a smaller waist size!  The key is to plan.  According to research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, time spent preparing and cooking meals is linked to better dietary habits.

Meal prep is the craze sweeping the nation.  Everyone is posting their meal prep ideas on instagram and making youtube videos, and it’s interesting to see how different people plan out their weekly meals.  There is no right or wrong way to do this. Everyone has a unique method, but what’s important is that you find a routine that works for you.  There is more than one way to skin a cat, and this is true for meal prepping.

Where to start:

☑️ Pick a day to plan.

This is what I do:  On Saturday morning I plan out what I want to make for lunch and dinner for the week. Then I write out my grocery list and go make groceries.😃  When I get home, I wash my fruits and veggies and put everything away.  Sunday I cook and prepare everything.  This helps me and my fiance’ to stay on track with healthy eating.  Plus I love to not worry about what we will have for dinner because I already put the time into planning it out.

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(I soak my veggies for 20 min in 1/2 cup of vinegar and a bowl of water to remove preservatives.)

What a week of meals looked like for me:
Monday-Chicken and veggie pasta  (leftovers for lunch)
Tuesday-White fish pockets with asparagus (left overs for lunch)
Wednesday-Salmon and roasted veggies
Thursday- Eat out sushi❤️‍
Friday- Cauliflower pizza

  • My snacks are usually always chopped up celery, cucumbers, peppers, apples, Kind bars, *Protein Bars (see recipes below) Rice cakes with PB2.
  • My mid-day snack that I tote to work is always a protein shake.  I use frozen fruit (I always freeze ripe bananas) and organic greens that are tripled washed. YUM!

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*You can prep and plan for the whole week or just a few days. You can also prep for just dinners, lunch and dinner, or even all three meals of the day and snacks too!

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If you’re intimidated by cooking, there are tons of simple recipes like the ones in this pic, that can help make cooking a cinch.

What you need:

☑️ Get different sizes of plastic or glass containers, freezer bags and snack bags.

I prefer glass containers for when you are going to heat something up.

Methods for cooking made easy:

☑️ one pot meals (my chicken and veggie pasta)

☑️ crockpot cooking (I usually make salsa chicken or balsamic chicken each week in crockpot)

☑️ Make extras and freeze for future meals.  I wrap my extras in plastic wrap and then put in a freezer bag.

Meal Prep Ideas To Try Now:

  1. Frozen fruit.  so simple and easy to blend for smoothies and protein shakes.
  2. Frozen fish.  so simple to thaw and put on George foreman or in oven.IMG_1042
  3. Mrs. Dash to season foods w/out sodium.  I like the garlic and herb-:)
  4. Chop veggies in advance. *it’s so challenging to get in veggies so I always make sure I have some chopped up and put in little baggies.
  5. Roast veggies.  It brings out their natural sweetness.IMG_1039
  6. Always have a protein snack like my Chocolate protein bars, made up.  They keep the hunger at bay and can help with sweet cravings.  https://healthyjustice.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/homemade-chocolate-protein-bars/ https://healthyjustice.wordpress.com/tag/protein-powder/

 

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Mental Boost To Improve Your Workouts: secret of successful training

021This past week when I went to the gym, I forgot my cell phone.  For a moment I felt like a piece of me was missing, & my boat was a bit rocked.  I mean, what if my friend tries to call?  I won’t be able to research an idea in between sets.  What if I miss a text from someone?  Then I thought it was for the best.  The world can get along fine without me for an hour.

How many people really concentrate and get into their training?  My workout was the better for it because I got into a zone and had present moment attention to the exercise at hand.  The secret to successful training is to put the mind into the muscle.  This means you have to be “IN” your body and feel the muscle you are working.  Feel it, squeeze it and be in control of the weight.  Instead of thinking about your meeting or what you are going to have for dinner, focus on what you are doing.  This time is about you.

PRACTICE THE PRESENT MOMENT

This is when you are aware of your thoughts and feelings, but you no longer let them be in the driver’s seat of your behavior or life.

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I know I come across as a peaceful, easy-going sweetie pie, but, like everyone, I have my shadows & alter ego;)  I am committed to the practice of self-awareness and the present moment.  Mastering your potential has a lot to do with focus.  You think about the next rep, squat, lay-up or the next dish you are washing.  This can greatly benefit various forms of training, career endeavors & relationships.

One pointed attention enables us to become fully present.  Our minds are quiet and we can enter a flow.  Biblically speaking, Jesus Christ’s life was in the flow.  One example is when he was surrounded by crowds of people, yet he felt a touch of faith on the hem of his garment from a sick & weak woman.  Christ’s life, though short, was powerful and profound.

Learning to be in the moment can lift the quality of your training and life.  Becoming unstoppable depends more on mental focus than physical skill.