Ugh…Resolution Time

A year ago I was trying to figure out what I was going to do in the New Year to better myself. I was running outside occasionally but struggled a lot with sweet cravings, energy, and motivation. Just like a lot of people I made a New Years resolution to workout more and eat bettet. The Hubby even got me 12 yoga classes, which I’ve yet to use (all the yogis out there don’t freak out😁). But by the end of January I was still struggling with my resolutions. We then bought a treadmill and I signed up for the Broadstreet 10 Miler. I posted it online my goal to complete, so it helped me stay motivated. Yet I still struggled with my nutrition. I am so thankful that after 4 months of struggling with energy and nutrition I found the 21 day fix program and Shakeology.

What’s my point?? I read today about how to stay motivated when it comes to resolutions:

1. Write down why you want to change whatever you are resolving to do.
2. Make an action plan to stay motivated daily…like brushing your teeth (that’s a no Brainer act!).
3. Have some sort of accountability…maybe an accountability group of some sort.

My accountability was posting about my race. But once my training was done, I joined my first challenge/accountability group. There’s something to be said about having to check in daily….good day, bad days, or ugly days my group was there for support, tips and mostly motivation. Almost 9 months later I’m still going strong and now hosting my own groups. From all the groups I’ve hosted in 2014, I’ve helped people lose 100s a pounds and reach tons of goals.

Now it’s your turn. I spent today discussing all of my 2015 resolutions with my husband. What’s your resolution? What’s your goal? Why is it your goal?? How can I help you achieve it????

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Kale and Lentil Soup

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Cold weather in our household means we eat a lot of soup. It’s easy to make, warms your body up, and the kiddos love it. I think they could eat chicken soup everyday of the week. Not to mention I love the leftover chicken for salad during the week.

Tonight, I changed it up a bit. I decided to make some lentil soup. I found an awesome recipe online that had spinach in it. Since G has been sick, I wasn’t able to go out for any spinach and didn’t have any at home. Luckily I had some frozen Kale from Trader Joes in the fridge. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a lot, but a little kale is better than no kale.

The kids really enjoyed it!!

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Here’s the recipe for you to try:
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
*1 teaspoon dried oregano
*1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon dried basil
(*Or you can just use 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning)
1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 cups dry lentils
8 cups chicken stock (you can use vegetable stock to make vegetarian)
1 cup of frozen kale – (I used less because I didn’t have much, but you can add more or less to your preference.)
2 tablespoons vinegar (I didn’t do this but a lot of people like this addition)
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste

**Reminder soak lentils!!! I soaked mine for about 5 hours

Step 1: In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery; cook and stir until onion is tender.
Step 2: Stir in garlic, bay leaf, oregano, and basil; cook for 2 minutes.
Step 3: Stir in lentils, and add water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for at least 1 hour.
Step 4: When ready to serve stir in kale and cook until it wilts. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Step 5: Enjoy!!