Merry Fitmas!!

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Would you like motivation and support with your fitness goals through the holiday season? I’m opening up a FREE Merry Fitmas group to help all my friends stay on track with their goals during the month of December.

If you want in the group, just add yourself below. We’ll be starting on 12/1 and it’s absolutely FREE! If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be in one of my accountability groups this is the perfect time to get in one for FREE!!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/963589927003215/

The average person gains 7-10lbs through this season and it’s my goal to make sure that you don’t have that happen. I think everyone can enjoy the treats of the season while still keeping their goals in mind. We’ll be working out hard, focusing on having 90% good nutrition and still allowing 10% for the yummy treats!

 

Thankful

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Recently I started waking up everyday and writing out three things I was thankful for from the day before.  Here’s a few of the things I’m thankful for.  If I listed them all, we’d be here all day!

I’m so thankful I have a God who loves me and will never forsake me.

I’m so thankful I have a family to love and who loves me.

I’m so thankful my kids have never known hunger.

I’m so thankful my dad has beat cancer and is here with us today.

I’m so thankful to be living in Washington.

I’m so thankful my career is my passion.

I’m so thankful for the friends who get me and stay with me through all my crazy.

I’m so thankful to have a home to live in and laughter that a fills it’s walls every day.

I’m so thankful for football…GO SEAHAWKS!!

I’m so thankful for grace.

I’m so thankful to be living in a free country.

You’re not a tree.

It’s easy to sit in one spot and be miserable. Each day is the same as before and it almost feels like you’re rooted to the ground and stuck. But you’re not stuck! You’re not a tree and if you don’t like where you are…get up and MOVE!!

I recently felt stuck too. I spent most days rooted in my spot and I sat there and complained. I complained about everything and I was miserable. Plus I was making everyone around me miserable too. I didn’t want to feel miserable anymore and I wanted my family to have happiness and so I moved. I picked myself up and decided I was in charge of how I felt and I’m working on changing my attitude everyday. 

If you’re not where you want to be…I challenge you to move. It might seem impossible to do it but a change of scenery does the soul a lot of good. Change your expectations, change your perspective, change your attitude, change your life…you have the power to move.

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DREAM BIG!

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Have you ever had a dream so BIG that you can’t go a day without thinking about it? A dream that’s so BIG that it scares you but despite the odds you keep dreaming and working towards it?

My BIG dream is to own a home that has a Mt. Rainier view. If you know anything about home prices in my area you’d realize that’s an INSANE and CRAZY dream especially if you consider our current situation. Is it out of reach right now…YES!! Will it be out of reach forever…NO!!! I don’t know when it will happen but I know in my heart I will get there. It’s going to take a lot of work, a lot of sacrifices and time but one day I’ll wake up to that view every single day. 

Why do I share this with you? Because I think the biggest mistake many of us make is we don’t dream BIG enough. I want you to take a chance and DREAM BIG. Write your dreams down, put it where you can see it everyday, tell people about your dreams and then get to work. You can have the life of your dreams too!

Healthy Eating Must Haves

If you’re wanting to start eating healthier but are unsure what to buy when you go to the store here is a few of my favorite must have items.  I always have these things in my kitchen so I can make easy meals, snack on healthy food and stay on track with my clean eating goals.

1. Spinach 

Spinach is probably one of my top must have items.  I go through a container like this once a week by myself.  I eat it in salads and sauté it in dinner recipes.  Spinach has a low calorie content and high nutrient content which means this super food packs a punch. Each serving of spinach increases your vitamin and mineral intake while decreasing your risk for preventable health conditions including heart disease and cancer.

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2. Hummus

Hummus is one of my go to snacks.  I eat it with veggies or whole grain crackers and it fills me up and tastes delicious.  Hummus is rich in protein so it will help keep you full longer which will aid in weight loss and management.  You can also use it as a spread on sandwiches for a healthier alternative to mayonnaise.  Chickpeas (the main ingredient in hummus) has been linked to lower cancer risk as well.  It comes in many different flavors too.

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3. Greek Yogurt

I absolutely love Greek yogurt.  I started eating it for my night time snack a few months ago.  It has become my tasty treat every night after dinner.  Greek yogurt has twice the protein of regular yogurt.  It is also an excellent source of calcium, potassium, zinc and B6 and B12 vitamins.  It is also full of probiotics that aid in digestion.  I usually have my Greek yogurt with fruit or granola.

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4.  Greek Yogurt Dip

This Greek yogurt dip is something I eat for a snack with veggies or whole grain crackers.  It adds variety to my snacks instead of eating hummus all the time.  It’s low in calories, tastes delicious and could even be used as a dressing on salads.  This dip comes in several different flavors but my favorite is Jalapeño and Salsa.

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5. GrapeNuts

I absolutely love GrapeNuts.  I use them in my Greek yogurt to give it a little crunch.  I also add a small amount to my salads to add a different texture, in place of a crouton.  Of course I like to eat them in the traditional way with milk too.  GrapeNuts is made from whole grain wheat and barley and has a nutty flavor.

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6. Healthy on the go snack

I like to make sure I have several options for an on the go snack.  Something that I can keep in my purse so if I get hungry I can grab it.  I have several different types of healthy bars that I enjoy.  I love Kind bars because they’re delicious and don’t have that traditional protein bar flavor.  I also love LaraBars for the same reason.  Experiment with which type of on the go healthy bar you prefer and make sure you always have one with you if you get hungry.  It’s better to have a smart choice on hand then make a bad eating choice out of desperation.

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7. Skinnygirl Water Enhancer

I’m not a fan of using a water enhancer with every cup of water I drink.  This is also the only brand of water enhance I recommend.  It’s made with stevia, which is a natural sweetener, while most other water enhancers are made with artificial sweeteners.  I try to drink 80-100oz of water a day but towards the end of the day I can get tired of plain water.  For my last 20oz of water I treat myself by adding a few drops to my glass and it always tastes delicious.

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8. Frozen Turkey Burgers

I use these frozen turkey burgers several times a week.  They’re very easy to prepare and you don’t need to thaw them out to cook them.  I just throw them in a skillet and cook on each side for 7 minutes.  I use these in several different types of meals.  I cut up the burger and add it to salads or sautéed veggies.  I eat them wrapped in lettuce for a bunless burger.  Sometimes I just eat them plain with a little bit of mustard.  They are an easy way for me to get in protein instead of just eating grilled chicken all the time. I prefer this brand that I purchased at Costco but experiment with what your store offers.  Just make sure you read the ingredients and check that there isn’t any added stuff to them.

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9. Quinoa

Quinoa is my favorite whole grain (although it’s not technically a grain it’s categorized as one).  It is packed full of protein, fiber and many vitamins and nutrients.  I use quinoa instead of rice or pasta in many recipes.  I add it to salads too.  It’s delicious used in healthy casseroles or just eaten as a side dish seasoned with garlic and spices.  If you haven’t tried quinoa yet, run to the store and get it!  I promise you won’t regret it.

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10. Shakeology

I couldn’t make a list of my favorite healthy foods without including Shakeology.  Shakeology is a nutrient dense meal replacement that I drink every day in place of my breakfast.  If you’d like to read more information about why I love Shakeology, go here: https://runningthroughchaos.com/2014/08/22/so-what-is-shakeology/

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11. Vinegars

I love to have a variety of vinegars on hand to add to salads and sautéed veggies.  It’s a way to season food without adding any calories.

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12. Frozen Veggies

I usually prefer to eat my vegetables fresh but I always have frozen veggies on hand.  I prefer this blend that I get at Costco.  It has two types of carrots, broccoli and cauliflower.  I can throw together a quick meal in a pinch with these vegetables.  I just sauté them on the stove with a little seasoning, add a little water and cover them until they’re cooked.  I can them pair them with a protein and whole grain for a quick meal.

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This is just a small glimpse into my must haves for healthy eating.  What are you favorite must haves in your pantry?

There’s Hope In Front of Me

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Life doesn’t always go as planned. If you would have asked me 6 months ago what life looked like outside of the Air Force I wouldn’t have imagined it would be the way it is now. I had dreams of buying a home, getting my kids settled in a place that we wouldn’t have to move again. I just knew D would get a fantastic job and we’d be living the life of our dreams.

In reality it’s nothing like I had planned in my head and if I let myself, I can go to a dark place. When I think about where we are and how far away we are from my dreams I start to panic. I struggle everyday to remain positive about our future. The security that I love so much is gone and it scares me. We still need so many things to fall into place so our life can return to “normal”. Yet, despite all of my fears there is always a small glimmer of hope, a small light that I can still see and that keeps me going through each day. 

I have big dreams for myself and my family.  While it seems that things aren’t going in the direction I had hoped they would, I’m going to grasp onto that glimmer of hope.  I know, with all of my heart, that I will achieve my big dreams.  It might take me a while, but I will get there.

Every once in a while a song comes out that just speaks to my heart and I adopt it as my anthem. This song just hits me in my soul and I just have to share it with everyone.

“There’s hope in front of me
There’s a light, I still see it
There’s a hand still holding me
Even when I don’t believe it
I might be down but I’m not dead
There’s better days still up ahead
Even after all I’ve seen
There’s hope in front of me”

Be Fearless!

I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it, FEAR IS A LIAR!

I talk about fear a lot because it’s something I struggle with personally. and I know that I’m not alone. If I’m not careful I can let fear take over my life and rule my actions. Each day, I have to make a conscious effort to feed my faith and not my fear. I know that if I continue to focus on my fears, entertain them and give into them, they will increase. When I feel fear, I push through it anyways. Each day I am becoming FEARLESS!

My goal is always to be fearless but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have any fears. It only means that I am mastering my fears and no longer letting them control my actions.

You might not struggle with fear but some other emotion that holds you back…I encourage you to feed your faith and courage. Never forget how strong you are and don’t let any irrational emotion bring you down!

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Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers

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If you’re looking for a delicious and healthy meal, this is the recipe to try!!  These peppers are stuffed with so much flavor and healthy ingredients you won’t be disappointed.  They are very easy to prepare and they’re 21 Day Fix Approved!!

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First step is too cook 1 lb of chicken, I prefer to use chicken tenderloins because they cook quicker,  in a little extra virgin olive oil with homemade fajita seasoning (recipe at the bottom of the page).

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While the chicken is cooking bring a big pot of water to boil and prep your peppers by cutting them in half and removing the seeds.  Once the water is boiling, drop the peppers in the water for about 3 minutes.

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Once the chicken is cooked through remove it from the pan and dice it up and add a chopped onion and garlic to a pan and sauté them until tender and translucent. Drain and rinse the black beans and add them to the pan. Add frozen corn, cooked brown rice and can of Rotel (don’t drain) to the pan.  Dice up the chicken and return it to the pan.  Finely mince some fresh cilantro and add the juice of half a lime.   Season with salt and pepper and a little more fajita seasoning to taste.

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Place the halved peppers in a shallow baking pan and add 1/2 cup of the chicken fajita mixture to each pepper.  Add a small amount of water to the pan and cover with foil and bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, uncover and sprinkle a small amount of cheese onto each stuffed pepper and return to oven for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

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Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers

1 lb of chicken tenderloins

4-6 bell peppers of any color

2 cups of cooked brown rice (1 cup dried)

1 can black beans

1 can Rotel

1 cup of frozen corn

1/2 cup of shredded cheese, divided to each pepper

1 onion

1/2 lime

cilantro

Fajita Seasoning

2 tsp chili poweder

1 1/2 tsp paprika

1 1/2 tsp cumin

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

dash of cayenne pepper to taste

21 Day Fix Containers:

1 serving= 2 stuffed peppers

1 Red, 2 green, 2 yellow, 1/2 blue