1. 30 Crockpot Meals in 30 Days
So enough of me pretending I can invent recipes. It’s not my thing! However cooking has been an issue for me because a lot of times I don’t recognize the ingredients or I don’t know how to do things required (like crush garlic or whatever one is asked to do sometimes).
Cooking is a very math-y side of the brain thing if you ask me.
That’s why I have always resorted to fast, easy and usually bad for you things like take out.
But I’m really trying to stretch myself here while hopefully still keeping it simple.
Today we made Taco Meat in the slow cooker using a recipe I found at Rubies and Radishes blog
She also has a book I downloaded to my Kindle called “Easy Paleo Slow Cooker Meals”
Considering the book was only 2.99 that was a good deal!
I’m not “Paleo” per se but I find it to be very in the general realm of how I eat. So I’m leaning more and more towards some of their recommendations.
I knew there was no way I could go wrong with taco meat and after 2 days of so-so recipes, the kids were ready for something good!
I actually eat taco meat without the beans/tortilla all the time but making it in the crockpot IS new to me.
I hadn’t thought of that as a possibility and I like it.
I actually haven’t made this in awhile when in fact I should be making it ALL the time. I should have it stocked up. It is a perfect food for me. I can add sour cream, shredded cheese, pico, salsa, avocado and put it in a lettuce wrap. I almost never get tired of this and it’s wonderfully low carb and filling. So I stocked up and will have this throughout the week.
It’s kind of weird how I temporarily forget the major foods/meals that keep me on track. This is something I could eat daily and never get bored with. It’s easy, quick and satisfying. So happy my amnesia is gone and this meal is back!
2. 30 Minutes of Bible Study for 30 Days
Jeremiah 18:1-4 was the basis of what I studied today.
God told Jeremiah, “Up on your feet! Go to the potter’s house. When you get there, I’ll tell you what I have to say.”
So I went to the potter’s house, and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel. Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot.
What I notice the most about this passage is that the potter DID NOT….DID NOT….DID NOT….throw OUT the clay when it didn’t turn out like He wanted. Instead he simply started over WITH THE SAME EXACT PIECE OF CLAY and began forming it again.
This is a really big deal to me because how many times in life do we feel like we’ve screwed up one too many times?
How many times do we feel like we can’t recover from our last setback or that we are even beyond help?
God made a point to include this story to let us know that while we may go astray in our life…He does NOT toss us out.
He always works with the same piece of clay (US!) and He has no problems at all with helping us to be reshaped and reformed into the perfect Image of His Love!
To go along with this scripture, there was a great Joel Osteen message called “Damaged Goods”
And we are NOT damaged goods.
Some of us may look damaged to the world…
You think people didn’t chalk me up as “damaged goods” when I weighed 417 pounds??
Yep…plenty of them did
And maybe in some way we feel damaged on the inside too
But to God, we are precious and loved treasures.
He looks at us with the Potter’s eyes and sees nothing but potential, hope and love!
He never throws us aside. He is always there ready and waiting!
3. 30 Minutes of walking/jogging for 30 Days
Thanks to everyone for their feedback and advice!
Beth (my sister in law) also talked me down via text this morning and reminded me that it’s all about progress and NOT perfection!!
She suggested I try a different jogging routine that will help me build up to it instead of wiping myself out on the first day!
This is after all the “slow and steady” challenge..right?
She sent me these pictures with some encouragement and I had to share them with you!!
My sister in law is kind of awesome. I can’t remember if I ever told you that she broke her back and literally taught herself to walk again.
That is how she got into exercise actually by literally using it as a way to heal herself!!
She’s crazy amazing and she has inspired a lot of people to turn to a healthy lifestyle!
You can follow her on twitter if you want @Bethtrains4life to get the same kind of encouragement she gives me
If you want to meet my sister in law here’s a quick video of her describing how she became a personal trainer
SO…..Today I gave myself a break from the jogging as I’m still sore.
I walked 30 minutes on the treadmill and tomorrow I will add back in some jogging.
Still a win!
4. 30 Minutes of Cleaning for 30 Days
Basically, everyone is decluttering areas of their house with this challenge.
You can join her closed (private) Facebook group where people post their before and after pictures.
After seeing other people’s photos I felt like crying because I knew I wasn’t the only clutter bug in the world!
Housecleaning and organizing is something I really struggle with. It is easily one of my top three issues in life!!
This morning a woman in the group posted a message saying that she had mistakenly posted on her regular Facebook page the post she meant for the closed decluttering group. In it she had talked about how she was both depressed and sitting in a messy house. Now this is totally what everyone else in the decluttering group is posting BUT she had posted it to her main Facebook page. She said now she was more depressed than ever because all her family and friends would know she was both depressed and messy!!
SO many people replied to her with “Don’t worry!! I’m depressed and messy too!” that it was overwhelming. It made me realize we are NOT alone. Some of us out there struggle with these things. So there you go! I am a procrastinator. I also just have a really hard time knowing where to start it seems.
Since this challenge is helping me so much AND because I just know….(HOPE)…that there are others out there in the same boat….I am going to post my before and after pics from today.
I set my timer and all of this took me exactly 30 Minutes. It’s not perfect but it’s better!!
And here is Bag #1 of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge!
Bet y’all didn’t know just how messy I really am!
Are you totally scared off now?
And YOU thought EATING was my biggest problem!!
5. Daily Blogging for 30 days!
Now…..How are YOU?