Think “Theme” Not “Resolution”

_This life is to be lived without regret__________________________________________The World After Anxiety, Depression and Eating (2)

Who still does resolutions? Do you REALLY stick to them?

We should have a resolution to never make resolutions again!

I suppose it depends on your resolution, but typically a resolution is something you promise to do for the ENTIRE year. The majority of us forget about these resolutions by mid-March, maybe even mid-January! We also don’t have to guess what the most popular resolution of all is right? “I want to lose weight” – and then for most of us it never happens.

I have been guilty with the whole “weight loss resolution” practice. Finally this will be my year!! These practices are so outdated and we immediately set ourselves up for failure!

January 2016 I changed the game for myself. I decided to embark on a “themed” new year where I made up a bunch of tiny goals (resolutions if you will) and decided that overall my theme for 2017 was going to be “self-care”!

Also, this was my first year I EVER wrote down my real goals and observations. I had so many things I wanted to try and do and accomplish that to decide on a theme is really the best way to keep your “theme” or resolution going the entire year! Think more of “I want to treat my body better” rather than “I need to finally lose twenty pounds”!

This is what I set out to do in 2017:

Theme: Self-Care and Self-Love

1.) Yoga and Mindfulness

I have participated in yoga on and off with friends – various special events and some awesome classes around the area. For me, it is a different way to work out and I am always up for a change! This year I wanted it to be more than just an occasional practice. I actually looked toward yoga to help me. If I came home from work after a stressful day or life was getting overwhelming, I pulled up a free youtube video and did yoga at my house by myself. You can do yoga anywhere – for FREE.
Mindfulness was also something I needed to work on and continue to work on. I learned more about mindfulness and it goes hand and hand with yoga. I wanted to be present in the moment and accept each situation as it is.

2.) Try out new/healthy recipes

Every week this year (and YES I have kept it up every week!) I have tried to cook a new recipe every week. The downfall to my success when I meal prepped was getting tired of chicken/rice/veggies every week. This made me not want to eat healthy or eat my lunch when prepped for work and I ended up going out and spending money on fast food during my lunch breaks. I focused on planning out my lunches and dinners on changing up my proteins frequently. I always did Chicken Monday’s, Shrimp Tuesdays, Turkey or Beef Wednesdays, Turkey or Beef (or any choice) Thursdays and Salmon Friday’s. The recipes were also different but the proteins actually stayed the same. Veggies were changed up, seasonings were frequently changed up and etc. Three years ago I barely ever cooked, and now I love to experiment and my cooking confidence is through the roof!

3.) Learning to love myself

I have been struggling with weight for two years now. I like to eat bad food and I like to drink beer and wine so when you mix that up with hypothyroidism, it is not a good mix! I have learned that while changing up my nutrition, I need to learn to LOVE my body with whatever stage I am at in the weight process. My body has done some amazing things so far and I have learned to accept the mindset of “love your body and give it nutrition”. No matter where you are, no matter how much weight you can life or what size clothes fit you, you need to love your body. Your body allows you to do so much and it is time we all realized we need to take care of our body and before you know it, you will start looking and feeling the way you want to!

I am going into 2018 with the same mindset but different goals. I don’t think of numbers or think of specific goals. I want to keep learning and experiencing and the course of these goals might change so that is why “theme” works for me. Think of a theme for yourself and it can be a number of things or you can use some of my ideas. I feel better and I feel that 2017 had its stressful moments but I knew that I could always get back on track and keep being dedicated to myself and keep evolving my self-love mindset.

Thanks for reading! Happy 2018!!!!!!!

Until next time,
Lo

Marinara Turkey/Beef Meatballs with Zoodles – Han’s Weekly Meal Prep


One of my FAVORITE recipes year round.  I will eat zoodles (zucchini noodles) everyday!

Prep Time: 60 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

Sauce:
12 Roma tomatoes – cut in half
2 tbsp dried basil
5-6 cloves of fresh garlic
2 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp crushed red pepper
1 tbsp crack black pepper
2 tbsp dried parsley
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Meatballs:
1 lb turkey
1 lb beef (I use 90/10)
1 onion
1/4 cup of Parmesan
2 eggs (brown eggs for my preference)
3 cloves of garlic or 2 tbsp of garlic powder
2 tbsp dried parsley

1 medium zucchini

Optional: Bread crumbs – I don’t personally use them to avoid carb intake, but it does bind the meatballs better if you have an issue with binding them.  I don’t have an issue with them binding.

Directions:

Sauce –
Complete the sauce first!
Take a large skillet that is deep/higher sides and heat medium/high
Add olive oil and tomato halves.
Cover tomatoes and wait 10 minutes.
Take a potato masher and smash down the tomatoes.
Add the rest of the sauce ingredients, stir and cover for another half hour; stirring and mashing every 5-10 minutes.
After 30 minutes, bring to a simmer and let sit for another half hour.

Meatballs –
Preheat oven to 350* and spray a large casserole dish or two small dishes.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and roll into meatball shapes.  Place meatballs in dish.  I make my meatballs the size of golf balls.
You can get 25-35 meatballs by using this size.
Cook meatballs for 40 minutes.
NOTE: There’s a good chance there is “beef sludge” (sounds cute right?!) in the bottom of the dish as you are cooking them..  Remove meatballs to a plate and carefully remove the sludge into the garbage and put the meatballs back UPSIDE DOWN so the bottom is up and cook additional 10 minutes.  This way the whole meatball has a nice crisp to it.
After meatballs are done cooking, add to your sauce.

Zoodles – Zucchini Noodles:
I have a zoodler which is amazing.  1 Medium zoodle is a whole zucchini and I use my cooking scissors to separate the sizes.  I toss the wanted amount in a small skillet with olive oil, cook about five minutes on medium and then combine sauce, noodles and meatballs on my plate.

If you have ever wanted to make zucchini noodles, buy this!  It is a lifesaver and it is so simple to make any type of noodle you wish out of vegetables!  Check this one out that is on Amazon for cheap!

 

 

 

 

Again – one of my favorite dishes and a dinner time favorite weekly!  For more dinner meal prep ideas, check this one out —> Italian Chicken and Orzo Stew -ish

Chicken Salad Wraps – Han’s Weekly Meal Prep

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Perfect recipe to make ahead of time for the entire week for lunches or dinners on the go!

Chicken Salad Wraps
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 bag of celery diced
1 green onion diced
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts – grilled/cooked and diced and COOLED
1 tbsp of Realemon 100% Lemon Juice, 32 oz
“Generous amount” of fresh cracked pepper
1/2 tbsp Badia, Paprika Smoked 2 OZ
Mayo (your preference – there are many to choose from and lots of healthy options) – depending on the size of Mayo bought, use the whole container if a smaller size is bought, larger container use half

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and put into wraps.  I always use my sprouted organic wraps – here is a similar one —> Toufayan Bakeries Low Carb/Low Sodium Wrap, Large 9-inch Burrito Size, 5 wraps

If you are feeling SNAZZY, throw some Frank’s RedHot Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce, 12 Oz or Huy Fong, Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, 17 Ounce Bottle on it.

Enjoy!

For more quick lunch meal prep recipes, click on this recipe here — > Turkey Stuffed Peppers

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