Living Room Circuit

For those mornings when you hit snooze one or 2 extra times (not that I every do that) ;)

Here is a quick circuit you can do in your living room that works all the different parts of your body. 
Repeat 2-3 times for maximum benefits. Each time through takes less than 10 minutes.

  • 15 squats
  • 40 second plank
  • 30 crunches
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 25 lunges
  • 35 second wall sit
  • 30 sit ups
  • 10 push ups

Repeat! Don't forget to stretch & drink lots of water. 

xoxo~ Mel

 

Be Transformed

I had to look up Romans 12 today because the verse "be transformed by the renewing of your mind" was going round and round in my head. 

When life just seems to be dragging you down, are you allowing it? Do you dwell on the negative?  

Or do you fix your attention on Him? Focus on gratitude. I'm pretty sure this is my word of the year. GRATITUDE.  

Gratitude because my life is perfect and I have everything I ever wanted? No. Gratitude even in the face of disappointment, regret, loss, and all the other not-so-perfect moments. 

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"Take your every day, ordinary life- your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life-and place it before God as an offering.

....fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out."

Romans 12 (the message)

Finding Me....

It's time to start over. This has been a year of many changes....again. 

Earlier this year, I was in the best shape of my life. I'm 41 and had finally figured out that fitness is about more than just losing weight. It gave me the confidence I needed and made me feel so amazing to be alive! I learned how to eat clean and did so about 80% of the time. I felt incredible!  Every day I wanted to get outside, be active and do something adventurous. I lived where it was warm and sunny most of the year.

Now I'm back home in Alaska. I chose this. I wanted it. But it's still dark. And cold. And not very appealing to get outside and be active. So I've been feeling sorry for myself. And I've let myself slide. I've slacked on my fitness, made excuses for my crummy eating habits, and fallen back into habits of eating sweets and even started drinking diet pop again. I'm struggling with sleeping at night, so lately I've found myself hitting the snooze at 5 am much more often than not. I really really dislike how I feel. 

It's time to get back to me.

It's time to refocus on my eating, making sure I make the time for some exercise every day. Time to eliminate the stress in my life, so that I'll sleep better. Time to get rid of the junk food and pop. The weekly glass of wine is probably fine, but the 3-5 nights per week is probably not.

I know that in life, it's all about seasons. Changes. Ups & downs. I have so much to be grateful for. Which is one of the things I've been focusing very intently on. Gratitude. Without it these last few months, I don't know where I would be. Gratitude has forced me to look at all the things in my life that are so good. 

I don't usually like sharing my personal life, but I've found that it helps me to stay accountable when I share my story and my struggles. And hopefully encourages someone else along the way. I feel that God has given me the gift of encouragement and it's my responsibility to be faithful in that. 

I'm getting back on track with my eating and working out. I'd love for you to join me. Having an accountability partner is the best way to stay on track. 

I'd love to hear your story. Your struggles and triumphs. We're in this together, sister. 

Crockpot Freezer Meal Prep

I’ve been dancing around the idea for awhile now to do an entire day of prepping crock pot freezer meals. It’s a big task and I was having a hard time committing to an entire day in the kitchen. But working full time, and not being organized for dinners has caused more stress than I like, and so I finally decided to bite the bullet and just go for it!

I found a great post that took care of the planning for me, with a shopping list and everything.

Most of these recipes came from http://whoneedsacape.com/ , but there are a few that I added in that I like. The shopping list is modified from her site as well.

Here’s the shopping list:

I wish that I had gone shopping one day and done all the meal prep the next day. But I didn’t. I definitely will next time, and HIGHLY recommend you do. It’s pretty fun right at first, but gets exhausting towards the end, and I wish I had started earlier in the day. As it was, I didn’t quite get through the whole list. But that’s ok. I still made a ton of food and I will definitely be doing this again-like once a month, I hope.

Print out your shopping list and cross-check your pantry and fridge for what ingredients you will need to buy.

Go shopping! I spent a lot, but I feel ok, since this is easily a month’s worth of dinners and most likely some leftovers too.

Look for sales, and if you can, DEFINITELY shop at Costco.  Or ask your local grocery store butcher if they have case prices on meat. Ours had a 40# case of chicken for significantly cheaper than buying it in regular small packages.  There are a few recipes that call for chicken thighs or drumsticks, but I didn’t use those, I just bought 40# of boneless, skinless chicken breast and used that in all the chicken recipes.

Supplies you will need:

  • Knife and cutting board for raw meat
  • Knife and cutting board for veggies 
  • Sharpie 
  • Gallon freezer bags
  • Measuring cups & measuring spoons
  • A killer playlist (you’ll need this, trust me)                
  • A pot of coffee or bottle of wine (your choice)

Print out all your recipes. Yes, I know…..we all love our digital devices and it’s convenient to have it all in one place, but honestly, your hands are going to be messy and the last thing you want to have to do is mess around with your iPad to look up your recipes.

Here are all the recipes I printed. I got about ¾ of the way through this list (which I still felt awesome about ;)

I got out my Gallon Freezer ziplocks and sharpie, and just labeled the bags for each recipe as I went along. You could label them ALL ahead of time though if you prefer. Write the name of the recipe, cooking directions, and any other instructions (like what to serve it with or whatever)

Crockpot Applesauce-BBQ Chicken

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken

Crockpot Garlic-Pesto Chicken with Pasta in tomato/cream sauce

Crock Pot Maple Dijon Chicken (I didn’t do thighs- just used breast)

Slow cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken

Crockpot Mongolian Beef

Crockpot Chicken Ranch Tacos

Crockpot Island Chicken

Slow cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Chunky Beef Stew

Crockpot Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Crockpot Fajitas

Crockpot Orange Chicken

Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken

Crockpot Green Chile Pork Stew

Beyond Easy Pulled Pork

Slow Cooked Tri-tips & Gravy with Mashed Potatoes

Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken

When it comes time to tackle, I just started at the top and went through one recipe at a time, worked my way through the stack. If you wanted to, I’m sure you could pre-cut all your veggies. I was totally fine just doing one at a time.

 


So there you have it! Easily a month's worth of healthy dinners, ready to throw in your crockpot every morning. My life just got a whole lot simpler and I am one happy mama! :)





Welcome to my site!

Welcome to my newly designed site! I’m so glad to have you. Grab some coffee and let’s hang out.

 If you followed me before as “Fit for a Purpose”, I’m still here, doing the same things.  I’m just changing it up a bit. I'm still focusing on being fit and healthy, but I'm also sharing some more of my passions. As you get to know me better, you'll find that I love all things sewing, quilting, baking, cooking, foodie things, outdoor adventures, kayaking, hiking, coffee, wine, exploring, traveling, workout clothes, the ocean and the mountains. I have been a business owner for many, many years, but now I am working hard to build an online business so that I can stay home with my kids full time. This is my main goal!

 I have been loving my journey this past year and a half of getting healthier, learning better eating and working out habits, and helping others do the same. I love coaching and inspiring others to be better. Taking care of our physical bodies is a very important daily ritual and one that I have finally made a habit. Because I love how much better I FEEL when I make sure that I get some sort of exercise every day.

When it comes to eating, I have really overhauled my eating habits. I’m not a nutritionist, or anything fancy. However, I HAVE been doing a lot of studying and researching food. And I have to say, I’ve developed a much healthier relationship with food.

I have been a binge eater, I’ve done juice fasts, slim fast, weight watchers, nutrisystem, diet pills, starvation diets, low-carb diets and just about every other diet and fad weight loss system out there.  They have never given me the lasting satisfaction and benefits I’ve finally reached with good ‘ole fashioned daily exercise and learning better, clean eating habits. Am I perfect every day? Hardly! There are days I sometimes hit the snooze, I eat pizza or a cheeseburger now and then, and I adore craft beer!

I do NOT allow myself to drown in guilt over these things anymore though. I know that my worth does not come from what size my pants are or what the scale says. My value is in knowing who God says I am. I’m a child of His, I’m a wife, and a mother, a sister, a daughter and a loyal friend-one who tries every day to live life well, to be happy and have fun. To think positively, to remember to take part in each and every moment, to be present , to smile and laugh, even when there are days I feel like crying. Life is a gift and every day should be lived as such. Life is beautiful!

These days I’m much happier in my skin. I feel strong and confidant. Yes, I’m still on a journey and have more weight that I would LIKE to lose. But I’m not obsessed with it. As long as I show up every day and give my best effort, I am content with being me.

I’m here to share my story, my journey and my heart with you. I love you already. I can’t wait to get to know you better.  So let’s hang out.