Encouraged

Today I feel so encouraged. I have been getting such sweet messages from friends and even strangers (who follow me on Instagram) who keep track of my progress and feel inspired. It encourages me so much to keep doing what I’m doing, even though some days it can be difficult. I have an incredible God who gives me strength every single day, along with an amazing family, and friends who lift me up.

The picture above is my Quest Protein Bars that was just delivered to my house! I’m like a kid in a candy store right now. The two I’ve tried so far have been Vanilla Almond Crunch and Strawberry Cheesecake. They were so delicious! Can’t wait to try the rest and let you know what my absolute favorites are.

 

I just bought a Magic Bullet Blender over the weekend and I love it already. It’s great for making smoothies and processing foods. The picture above was a smoothie I made yesterday morning. Ingredients are; 1 handfull of spinach, 1 cup of coconut milk, ½ of a banana, palm full of blueberries, and 1 tbsp of chia seeds. I pulsed it through my Magic Bullet and it gave me a delicious green smoothie.

Today’s lunch was a loaded quinoa-veggie burger with an avocado, cottage cheese, and honey topping. I used my Magic Bullet to make this also. I was super nervous to make this because lately when I’ve tried to make pancakes or burgers they have turned out terribly. The consistency would always end up wrong and flipping it would ultimately destroy it. So you can see why I would be nervous to even attempt this, but luckily, it turned out PERFECTLY. 🙂

Ingredients

1 carrot

2 cloves garlic-minced

½ cup uncooked quinoa

15 ounces black beans

3 tbsp green onion

1 egg

¼ cup panko breadcrumbs

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

First blend the carrots in a blender. Then add the rest of the ingredients and pulse till it’s consistency is just a little chunky.

Form 4-5 patties and cook in a large skillet with extra virgin olive oil for 8 minutes on each side.

To make the topping, blend ½ cup of cottage cheese, ½ of an avocado, and 1 tsp of honey. Pulse until you get the consistency you desire.

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Time To Catch Up

I feel like my life just got 10x crazier. It’s pretty routine but with the combination of school, work, working out, and always cooking, I feel like I hardly have any free time! What’s nice is that I have the next three days off from work, so I’m going to try to find some me time ;). On Sunday it’ll be 5 weeks since I’ve started eating clean and regularly working out. One thing that has completely surprised me in all of this is the fact that my taste buds are changing! Breakfast yesterday morning was whole grain rolled oats, almond milk, kiwi, and some blueberries (picture below), and I couldn’t even finish my kiwi. The natural sweetness of it was too much for my poor little taste buds to handle! Some would say that I’ve just become used to “bland” foods, but honestly, I’m loving the raw natural taste of most of my ingredients.

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This is my breakfast most mornings. Those are three different pictures from three different days. I love my oats! To mix it up, I throw different things on top like fruits, nuts, or seeds.

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I would like to briefly stress how important I think preparing food is. Before I started my new way of healthy eating, my coworkers and I would always order take out. Two downsides to that was that I was spending money like crazy and the foods I would order were definitely not the best for me health wise. Now, I’m preparing all of my food before work, which usually consists of both lunch and dinner. Does it take time? YES. Is it worth it? YES. I’m making healthier decisions and I know exactly what I’m putting in my body because I’m preparing it. As you can see, I don’t deprive myself of food. Eating clean allows me to eat a ton! Who doesn’t love that? My body is transforming before my eyes because of the healthier decisions I’ve made. It takes work, dedication, and commitment but it is so incredibly worth it. I love the way I feel inside and out more than ever. God is so good and I’m so thankful to Him for giving me this new passion.

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I’ve got two new gadgets! My product on the left is the Polar Ft40 Women’s Heart Rate Monitor Watch. It tracks how many calories I’ve burned during any work out, calculates calories burned in fat, tracks my heart rate and time. This thing is no joke. I ordered mine off of Amazon because that was the cheapest way to go. My fun toy on the right is my new juicer! I am so excited to experiment and create tons of healthy juices. I’ve made one drink so far made up of 1 whole container of spinach, 1 apple, and 1 scoop of Whey Protein Powder. It was out of this world. Many more to come! Keep an eye out for a fitness update soon. Very exciting progress!