Renewal Project 2015 February Update

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February 2015 Update

I had truly intended to update right around the middle of the month, but one thing had led to another (including forgetting to take pictures!), and here I am posting at an almost at 8 week interval. But hey, that’s Life, right?!?! It’s all good. I’m truly excited to share the updates in the 5 priority areas of my life!

Physical: This will be the most visible to everyone, and to me, if my physical feeling and appearance is improving, then that means I am improving everywhere. I know some will say the physical is only the physical, but I know if I let myself go, my mental state is not good. Not everyone is that way, but I believe most of us are.                                         Below are my stat and photo comparisons:

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For two months, all I focused on was tight nutrition, hydration, and adding back in high impact cardio on my low impact teaching days (a.k.a, yoga all day long days)

Spiritual: I have delved into my daily devotionals and meditation practice to really give peace into my soul. I also started attending the church I adore, and officially joined as a member in late January. Even though spiritual peace is a personal journey, it is wonderful to begin to be involved in a spiritual community once again. The turmoil I was having the last half of 2014 is easing as I am finding my inner joy once again.

Business: With my classes and clients still growing, I dove into several trainings and projects to help me revive my Beachbody business. Let’s just say, stay tuned. I have re-developed my hunger and love for this company and how grateful I am to be a part of it.

Interests: The biggest factor in renewing this aspect of my life is making time for my creative needs. I am a creative person…one who creates on several different mediums and in different ways. I was not allowing myself time for it, and overwhelming myself with the “must dos”. By making time for my interests, my spirit is renewed to do all things better. My craving for running and writing has started to come back like a hunger after a crazy hard workout! This alone leaves me excited.

Relationships: This has been the hardest, mainly because admittedly, I lost trust and faith in people. I have started rebuilding that trust and faith I have in people…all people, close and not. I have started focusing on the relationships closest to me. Rebuilding relationships with my children, with my PIC, and with my closest friends. Whether I feel it or not, these people are in my corner always, and placing trust and faith in them will change the world for them and for me.

I hope 2015 has started off well for you, and you have seen progress in your life as well. I do know you and, only you, are the only one who can change your life. You have everything you want in life, you just have to refocus your mind and really LIVE your life! Thank you for joining me on this personal journey of mine, and as always, feel free to reach out if you need a hand along the way.

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Renewal Project 2015

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At the beginning of the year, I launched a personal project called Renewal Project 2015. After a year that took me for a whirl in all aspects of my life, I felt I needed to renew myself to a state where I felt like me again and to a better me. This involved deep commitment to renewing certain aspects of my life. Here are the areas of my life I felt needed renewal and how I was feeling at the end of 2014.

Physical: Despite being a personal trainer and a healthy lifestyle coach, I had put everyone else’s health above my own. As my clients, students, and challengers were getting healthier and more fit, I suffered from a hip injury, making running and most cardio activity painful, and made excuses regarding exercise and my nutrition to where I had lost some of my leanness and put on 10 extra pounds and 10 extra overall inches.

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Spiritual: Despite constant personal development through various books, audio, and other sources, I felt my spirit was in turmoil. I had been visiting a church I loved, but did not go for several months. I felt beat down in my spirit while struggling with some extremely personal issues all while trying my damnedest to remain positive and upbeat to the outside world.

Business: Despite my training and teaching locally growing, I let my Beachbody business fall apart. This hurt the worst because Beachbody is the reason I am in the field I am in now. Beachbody is a core reason I am the person I am now. Beachbody has led me to people, opportunities, and experiences I would have never had without it. I truly love the company I am aligned with, and I was pushing it to the wayside.

Interests: Over the last year, I had pushed interests aside. I stopped writing regularly (as you noticed if you have followed my blog for some time). I stopped creating…crafts, photography, designing, you name it. Running, partially due to injury, had become a chore instead of my desire.

Relationships: I am a person who deeply believes humans need and innately desire connection. Over the last year, I had lost or pushed away many friends and family. True colors of people I thought I knew were revealed. I received a blunt, long lesson in conditional/unconditional love and the human flaws of judgement, stubbornness, and resentment. This lesson started to make me jaded and question my true quality of trusting everyone. Now, I know I am far from perfect, but I am aware and have been working to learn and accept my flaws. But this arena of my life was now in a whole new light.

Now, in 2015, I am focusing intensively on these 5 areas in my life. Every 4-6 weeks, I will be posting my personal updates for you to follow along if you wish. Stay tuned tomorrow as I reveal the changes I have made and the progress results from the first 6 weeks of Renewal Project 2015.

Monday Meals: Pepper Steak Stir Fry

I love stir fry. Seriously, it’s simple, quick, and versatile. This is one I whipped up last week.

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Pepper Steak Stir Fry

Ingredients

  • 1 – medium-sized skirt or flank steak
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Ginger (ground or fresh, I used fresh)
  • Coarse ground black pepper
  • Garlic (1 clove fresh or garlic powder, I used fresh garlic)
  • Olive oil or coconut oil (I used olive oil, about 1 tbsp.)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Low-sodium soy sauce or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • 2 bags frozen stir fry vegetables

I like to marinade my meat before I start the stir fry to let the flavor really soak in.

  1. 1 hour before cook time; place steak into airtight container, season with minced garlic clove, grated ginger, and black pepper. Pour 2-4 tablespoons teriyaki sauce over seasoned steak, and seal with lid. Place in refrigerator for about an hour.
  2. At cook time: remove steak from refrigerator, place in a warm skillet pour marinade mixture over steak, and sear on each side for about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet and place on cutting board to rest.
  3. Drizzle olive oil in pan. (One circle around the pan should do it.) Pour vegetables into skillet, add water, and let steam for 2 minutes.
  4. Add soy sauce, teriyaki sauce and more ginger. (I swirled the soy sauce bottle around the pan once as well as the teriyaki sauce.)
  5. Stir vegetables to coat with seasonings.
  6. While the vegetables are steaming for about 3 more minutes, slice the steak into thin strips. The meat should be at a medium-rare to medium. Cross cut the steak strips to make “cubes”. Toss into pan with vegetables.
  7. Stir steak and vegetables together until steak is browned on all sides.
  8. Serve immediately.

Options: Serve over brown rice (as shown in picture), over rice noodles, quinoa pasta or over mashed sweet potatoes. It’s pretty awesome by itself too!

Please let me know if you try this quick and easy meal, what you think of it, and if you made any changes to it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Success Saturday: Christy P.

I’ve known Christy since before high school, and we reconnected a couple of years ago on social media. I’ve seen her progress continue, all because of her amazing dedication to her goal!

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1. Why did you decide to lose weight/change your lifestyle? (Any and all
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In August 2013, I decided I wanted more out of life. I wanted to feel better, have more energy and have more confidence in myself. I was tired of coming home after work everyday and taking a nap.

2. What exercise did you do? (List everything)
 
I started out walking in September. I added a community ed exercise class (it included step aerobics, kick boxing and strength training) in October. I joined a gym in November that offers body pump and Zumba. 

3. How did you change your eating habits?
I use my fitness pal to track my calorie intake. I cut out soda’s all together. I only eat red meat every once in awhile. I either eat baked tilapia or chicken and sliced turkey. I have increased my vegetable and fruit intake. I eat breakfast now and I have added snacks to my day. 

4. Did you use any nutritional supplements?
 
The only thing that I have used is Spark. I started using that about two months ago. 

5. Did you have support? (Group, friend, online community, etc.)

Yes, all of my family and friends have been very supportive. I also follow many pages on FB.

6. What do you feel is the top thing you’ve gotten out of your journey?

Not to give up on your dream because of a few unhealthy decisions or days. 

7. What is your next goal?

 I still have a ways to go so I just want to keep up my steady pace and boost my strength training as I go. 

If you have a success story you would like to share, please contact me at jockinaskirt@gmail.com

Monday Meals: Curried Tuna Patties

This meal came about as one of those moments where I was racking my brain of what was in the pantry and avoiding an early trip to the grocery store. I knew we had plenty of cans of tuna since it’s a staple in my house, and could whip up tuna patties in no time, but I didn’t want plain tuna patties. After scouring the web for different versions, I settled on using The Big Man’s World‘s recipe for curried tuna patties as my base.

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Here’s my recipe for curried tuna patties:

3 cans of well-drained white tuna
2 palmfuls of Italian parsley, chopped
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons of bread crumbs (I used my homemade bread crumbs from Bountiful Basket heels.)
2 tablespoons of curry powder
Natural sea salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Garlic powder to taste

Mix all dry ingredients together, then mix in tuna, and then mix in egg. It sounds kind of tedious, but this insures proper coating and binding.

Place 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a warm skillet to melt. Once melted, spoon large helpings of tuna mixture into skillet and flatten into patties. Cook for 5-7 minutes on each side until crispy. Serve immediately with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt for topping.

I made a potato and pineapple curry to go along with the brown rice I shipped up. Here’s the curry side dish recipe:

Quarter red potatoes and drain a can of pineapple chunks. Save the pineapple juice from the can (make sure it’s juice, not syrup). Toss the potatoes and pineapple into a skillet, season with curry, 1 teaspoon of light soy sauce, garlic, and a sprinkle of salt. Let it simmer in the reserved pineapple juice until juice is gone. Serve immediately over brown rice.

I hope you enjoy a simple and healthy Indian style dish! My house LOVED it.

Mother’s Day and WHYs

Today, like all Mother’s Days since becoming a mom, I’ve cherished the time I get to spend dedicated to the one day for Moms. As a “momprenuer”, I’ve recently learned that my very first priority is being the mom I want to be for my boys and the quality of time I spend with them. They are my WHYs.

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They are why I push myself day in and day out to make their lives better than the life I’ve had. They are why in strive so hard to be an example of what hard work, dedication, and never giving up can bring you in life. They are my why I share with them my spiritual journey as a child, young adult, and now my new spiritual journey as an adult and parent. They are my why’s…why I breathe, why I feel the passion inside me every day, they are my number one purpose in life.

On this Mother’s Day in 2014, I pray that all mothers out there, current and future, have celebrated their day today, but know in their hearts that every day is Mother’s Day because our purpose, our why is creating the future, one child at a time.

Monday Meals: Chicken Ranch Tenders

If you have kids and your family loves chicken, you will love this meal. I found the base recipe at 5dollardinners.com, and in my kitchen fashion, I modified, even a pretty healthy recipe, to make it even healthier. Here’s the link to the original recipe if you’d like to check it out. ($5 Dinners: Ranch Chicken Dippers)

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Chicken Ranch Tenders

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 20-25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package skinless, boneless chicken tenders (I made about 12 tenders)
  • 2 jumbo eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (I used homemade, whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 – 1 oz. packet Original Hidden Valley mix for dipping (I used Hidden Valley for this test run, but I will probably try to make my own ranch mix and/or look for a Tastefully Simple gluten-free mix)
  • Marinara sauce for dipping (I used an all natural marinara jarred sauce because of time constraints, but if you have some homemade, even better.)
  • Served with steamed broccoli

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350. Grease a cookie sheet with non-stick spray, or line a cookie sheet with non-stick baking mat.
  • Whisk the 2 eggs and milk in a small bowl. Mix together the bread crumbs and ranch mix in another bowl.
  • Dip each chicken piece into the egg, then coat in the ranch-bread crumb mixture. Place on the cookie sheet, and repeat until all chicken pieces are coated.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until all chicken pieces are cooked through and have turned slightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving.
  • Serve tenders with marinara sauce and other side dishes.

This meal is way easy to prep, way easy to cook, and it’s a HUGE hit with the kiddos. Fantastic substitute for chicken nuggets or any breaded chicken dish. This is definitely going in my regular rotation. Enjoy!