Archive | January 2015

Salad in a Jar…Who would’ve thought

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Game Time: Achieving Victory through Wholeness focuses on being healthy in the four major areas of life: physically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually. With the beginning of each New Year comes our pledge to eat better and to become more physically fit. In the book I share many high and low lights of my personal journey toward being physically healthy. I’ve been on the journey for quite some time and one thing that I’ve learned is that when you become serious about really being physically healthy; the journey literally becomes “for life.” You take the journey to improve the quality of your “life” and you decide that being physically healthy is not just a goal but a “lifestyle.”

It’s no longer about fitting into an old pair of jeans or a new dress but rather; it’s about making the decision to commit to a new lifestyle of good health.

In the book I also share some helpful health and fitness information that I’ve personally used, adopted or experienced. One of my newest discoveries is “salad in a jar.” The concept is that you make salads in advance in a sealed mason jar. The sealed jar helps to preserve your salad for at least up to 5 – 6 days. The longest that I’ve personally gone is five days. Preparing your salads in advance will not only save you time but money as well. Many of us lead very busy lives. I can definitely be the poster child for having a busy life. Preparing your salads in advance will eliminate your excuses to grab fast food or something unhealthy for lunch or meal. I literally grab my jar and go!

My jars are quart-sized found on www.orientaltrading.com. I purchased 12 for $17.99. Even dollar stores sell mason jars so, don’t make any excuses about you can’t find any. Be careful about the size of your jar. I bought the wide-mouth quart size jars because the pint size jars were simply too small to hold a decent-sized salad. I also like to dump my salad in a bowl before I eat it. It’s just a little prissier. However, if you buy the wide-mouth jars (you may need a longer fork) but; you could consume your salad straight from the jar. I absolutely love my salad in a jar. I typically prepare my salads on Sunday and prepare one for both me and my husband for at least the next 4 – 5 days.

The key to avoiding the lettuce from getting soggy is to place your salad dressing in the bottom of the jar and the lettuce at the very top. This way, the dressing and lettuce stay separate. As far as what types of salad…the sky is the limit. Add your favorite veggies, fruit, meat, etc. or try something new. You can google “salad in a jar” to get ideas on hundreds of different types of salads to make so; you will never get bored.

So, there you have it, salad in a jar! No more excuses for not having time to have a healthy lunch.

It’s Game Time!!

Let’s hear from you. Share some of your healthy-eating tips that we can use as we continue to journey toward being/maintaining good physical health.

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What’s your plan?

Thank you for visiting and welcome to the Game Time Blog!

We all know that January 1st is the day that many people make resolutions to make some sort of life-changing improvement(s). A popular resolution is to become more fit and healthy. Another one is to make financial improvements by making more money, saving more money, getting out of debt, etc.

I’m definitely all for making improvements and these are some great goals to have but, what are your actual plans for not only achieving these goals but maintaining your status once the goals are achieved? I think the biggest problems with making resolutions is that often times there’s not only no real plan for achieving the goal but, there’s also no plan for maintenance once the goal is achieved. So, we desire to lose weight but, not plan for doing so. Or, we lose the weight just to fit into that bridesmaids dress all just to gain it back once the wedding is over. Why work so hard to achieve such an awesome goal and have no plan to maintain.

Game Time: Achieving Victory through Wholeness offers very practical tools for actually making a plan(s) to achieve your goal(s). What good is a goal or a vision if you have no strategy or plan for achieving the goal? At that point, it’s just a dream and not a goal. The Bible even talks about writing down vision. The book focuses on making transformation plans for improvement in what I see as the four major areas of life: physical, financial, emotional, and spiritual.

The book also encourages you to make life-style changes versus just make a resolution for a particular period of time. Making your goals “for life” allows you the opportunity to map out a realistic plan for not only achieving your goals but to also maintaining.

Making life-style changes also takes into consideration the fact that “life” happens. In the book I talk about how a couple of years ago I had gotten very close to achieving my fitness goal. I had started walking and jogging and was close to my goal size. Then “life” happened and I got pregnant. Well, needless to say the weight came back on. However, the fact that I had made my fitness goal a life-style change and not just a goal to lose weight for a special event; I’m now able to literally get back on track and resume with my plans to become physically healthy.

Making plans that are life-style changes will help you not beat yourself up if/when you get of course from achieving your goal. Because you have made your goals for life, you allow yourself to go through whatever hiccup in the road that you may counter and you get back on course afterwards.

So, what about you, do you have actual plans written down to achieve your goals? What about maintenance plans for once the goals are achieved? Have you ever been close to meeting a goal all to have “life” happen; causing you to get thrown of course a bit? What, if anything, did you do to get back on course toward reaching your goal?