I drive 20 minutes to work every day, and 20 minutes back. Oh man. So bo-riiing. It’s really not my cup of tea!!
BUT. Turn on some awesome Christian music, crank up the volume way, waaaay high, and suddenly it’s a totally different story. Part-ay tiiiime! All of a sudden it really doesn’t matter anymore how many red lights I hit or who cuts me off. I just lift my hands (Don’t worry, only one at a time!) up high, and sing as loud as I can!!! Soooooo uplifting. Have you tried it before? You got to! You really do! Well yeah, of course other drivers will look at your weird, but who cares?! Having true joy from the Lord is so rare nowadays. But it’s honestly the BEST feeling in the whole world!! You can take my word for it. ♪ ♫ ♬ ♪ ♫ ♬
This morning on my way to work I happened to hear one of my favorite songs on the radio: Made to love by Toby Mac. Do you know it? Oh, it’s soooooo incredibly awesome!!!! You have to listen to it! I love the rhythm and the words especially. I love it so much that I was singing it the whole day, over and over again!! Even now I’m humming it. It’s crazy. What can I say? I grew up in a musician family.
“I was made to love You, I was made to find You, I was made just for You, Made to adore You, I was made to love, And be loved by You!
You were here before me, You were waiting on me, And You said you’d keep me, Never would You leave me, I was made to love, and be loved by You…♪ ♫ ♬
Click here if you want it to be stuck in your head too
My eats today:
A mini fruit pizza on a whole wheat pancake, with some pears:
Dates with some all-natural peanut butter and coffee:
A yummy fruit bowl (bananas and strawberries) with some homemade Nut Butter, dark chocolate chips and sliced almonds:
And an awesome spinach-lettuce-celery salad, topped with homemade tuna salad (I will post the recipe for it this week) and warm beets.
A quick work-out session and toning with kettle bells and stretch cords:
Shower, homework, then run to classes.
Ⓠ: Do you ever feel like you’re sooo sick of the same routine you can’t take another day? Well, that’s kinda how I feel right now. I think I need a break! Desperately. Good thing God’s presence is a never-ending power supply
“Follow God’s example in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins.” Eph. 5:1-2
Hello ‘y’all!! (No, I don’t live in the south but I think southern people are pretty awesome!)
Today I had a very productive day (!!!) and the day is not even over yet! So yeah. I kinda feel pretty cool about that!
Made breakfast √
Went to work √
Did some grocery shopping √
Made some important phone calls and was able to set up a few crucial appointments √
Cleaned some and did the dishes √
Had an awesome lunch √
Did some homework and quizzing for my online Business class that are due tonight √
Got my 50 minutes of weight session in (in my living room while listening to this and this √
Cooked a delish, healthy dinner for tonight √
Had a little snacky to hold me over until dinner √
And I even had time to do my nails!!! √
Breakfast: raspberry ice tea with whole wheat hot cereal, cooked in vanilla soy milk and topped with low-fat cottage cheese, apricot fruit spread and chia seeds.
And French toast for my dear Squarehead hubby:
Lunch for one: a whole wheat tortilla, piled with raw veggies (lettuce, spinach, green pepper, mushrooms, celery and tomatoes), topped with a teaspoon of horseradish, shredded carrots and cayenne seasoning.
Crunchy snacky: vanilla coffee with air popped corn kernels, sprinkled with sea salt and nutritional yeast (for a cheesy flavor).
Dinner on the menu: baked tofu with slow-cooked navy beans, raw celery & tomato, and grilled, spicy veggies.
And now I’m off to classes, in this yuck-yuck weather!
Q: Are you doing anything interesting or productive on this cheerless, clouded day?
See ya later!
Well hi there! Hope your weekend is/was a fabulous one!
Mine was pretty busy actually. Since I have school on Saturdays, the weekends fly bye SO quickly. But TS and I always make sure that we squeeze in as much fun as we can on Sundays. We usually refer to Sundays as “Fundays”, because they are def. by far the funest days of the week!! By the way, check out this wrestling match! Before, I didn’t even have the slightest chance, but lifting weights finally started to pay off! YEAAAH!!
Church was awesome this morning (as always)! I get so excited about the worship and about refueling my “spiritual tank” for the week!
Even Nora baba was excited to go!
Today is the LAAAAAST (!!!) day of my one-week, “spring cleaning” detox diet. At least for a while. (That deserves a big Halleluia!!) I usually try to do a week of detox every 3-4 months (Sometimes a little more often if I’ve been sick or having low energy levels).
During the detox week I drink lots of liquids (water, tea, pureed soups, smoothies, freshly squeezed 100% fruit and veggie juices, etc.), eliminate anything heavy to digest from my diet (dairy, pasta, nuts, etc.) and replace them with loads of liver-friendly, raw foods (veggies, fruits, etc.).
Although my detox diet is more of a “raw-food” diet than a restricting one, I try to NEVER exceed 10 days at a time. Not only that it’s not healthy to go for longer than that, (at least that’s what I read), but I just don’t think I could exist without my my super-duper nut butters for that long!
So for breakfast today I had an awesome, green VitaDrink! A handful of celery (with the leaves on), some spinach, 5 big strawberries, a few carrots, a ripe banana, vanilla flavored almond milk and some pumpkin spice for taste.
Blend it well….and breakfast is served! It’s not just easy, but very healthy and cleansing too! Love it!! Perfect choice for grab-and-go meals!
Some particularly good detoxifiers are the following: carrots, celery, apples, beets, broccoli, grapefruits, wheatgrass, lemons, and TONS of other ones too. I also take different kinds of natural, herbal supplements all year round, like Psyllium Husk, Licorice, Dandelion, Nettle leaf, Lemon balm, Ginger, Chamomile, Cayenne, Echinacea, Goldenseal root, Green tea, Milk thistle and Açaí. These digestive herbs help break nutrients down and eliminate waste and toxins from the digestive system. You can take them as supplements or just drink them as tea if you don’t mind that some of them taste pretty bitter.
I’m happy to announce that this week I met my goal of 300 minutes of exercise!!! I keep a little chart during the week, which helps me stay on track.
Here is a little break-down of the week:
|65 min.||60 min.||50 min.||66 min.||56 min.||REST||45 min.|
That is a total of 342 minutes!! So that would be an average of 57 min/day for this week, right? Hmm. That’s not bad at all, considering the schedule I’ve been having lately. So, I guess I’m happy with that. Maybe next week I should make my goal 400 minutes? We’ll see.
OK, time to plan and pre-cook the meals for the week now! I usually do that on Sundays to save time on eats during weekdays. It helps to write a list of ideas ahead (I’m such a “list person!”) and brainstorm, based on: what’s in the fridge/pantry, what we feel like eating and what really needs to be cooked soon.
Then, since it’s SO pretty out there (I think winter might be finally over!!), we might go to the park later. I SO love the park on Sundays! Cute, old couples holding hands, kids feeding the birds with their dads, teenager girls jogging and mommies pushing baby strollers. I feel like I’m part of one, big happy family!
Also, TS really wants to see the movie ‘Unknown’ tonight. It’s supposed to be a suspense movie about a guy whose identity was stolen. Have you seen it? Would you recommend it? I’m not a big fan of suspense movies, but the boy came with me to soooo many chick flicks already that I feel it’s def. my turn today.
I guess it’s called sacrificial love, right? For better or for worse. And in this case: “for worse”! Hahah! (Don’t tell him I said that).
Enjoy your evening and stay healthy!