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{April 14, 2017}   What does Easter mean to me?

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Good afternoon all, I was excited when April came around because it means so much for a lot of people including myself, things that were brought up to light from an adorable friend of mine such as a few birthdays from people I care about and also someone I absolutely love like my mother. Her birth month is the best because this woman I admire was born and she is an extraordinary person, love her business mindedness, how passionate she is, supportive, go-getter, friendly, gives great advice, stubborn, patient, determined, easygoing, has a big heart, cares for everyone, puts family first, independent, adventurous, ambitious, reliable, best mom in the world, and loyal. I would have not existed if she did not bring me into this world and for that I am forever grateful for this beautiful individual that is born on this month as we call April showers where nature is warmed in order to be full bloomed. There are other things that happen in April as well such as Hitler’s bday as well what is so fascinating about him is that he had the ability to lead in such a way that everyone would follow no matter who it was or what race they were.

Another thing that comes to mind is Palm Sunday, which is based on Catholic Online, the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and the triumphant arrival of Christ into Jerusalem. The Palm is a huge symbol of peace and victory which is why it is widely used in this glorious occasion. Now we come up to Good Friday, which is today coincidentally and represents the crucifixion where Jesus dies on the cross to absolve us from our sins. There are also some other days that we Americans face and that is tax season when it comes everybody thinks dang that was fast or I better get on it lol. Last but not least, Easter, according to AllaboutJesusChrist.org, it symbolizes Jesus Christ’s victory over death and his resurrection states that eternal life is granted to all who believe in him. Easter to me signifies a new beginning a clean slate when we see the age of innocence in children using their imagination and creativeness seeping through their veins. I believe that anything is possible if they want to be whatever it is when they grow up then I say support them never put a damper on their dreams because you never know they can surprise you in huge ways. I love it the most because it is a family holiday and no matter how old the kids are they will always appreciate the togetherness, love, understanding, gratefulness, passion for one another, supportiveness, and spending the cherished quality time.

 

Remember would love to hear your Easter stories or what they mean to you, please comment below any thoughts. All you warriors out there no matter how big or small your voice matters never ever turn back and keep moving forward !!!

 

Jojo

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{April 3, 2017}   First time meal prepping:)

Good evening all,

Today has been a great day, I know we all love food but in order to accomplish health and fitness goals, there has to be what I call a flexible diet. Some of the fitness trainers or advocates have always said, “abs are made in the kitchen.”  With that said, flexible diets include meal prepping for the first time. Even though, I did not get up at a decent time I still had a nutritional breakfast and mid day lunch that I have never prepared before. I was craving an egg white recipe, so I went on Pinterest and saw a recipe for spinach & egg white omelette. The complete recipe so you all can try it is as follows:

Prep Time: 2 mins.      Cook Time: 3 mins.   Total time: 5 mins.

Ingredients 

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 Tsp. olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg whites and water. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add spinach and season with salt and pepper. Stir for a minute, until leaves are wilted and tender.
  3. Add in egg whites and cook until almost set. Using a spatula, lightly lift up sides around the outside of omelette and let any uncooked egg whites run underneath.
  4. Spread cottage cheese on top of the omelette in the middle, and sprinkle with parmesan. Fold each side of the omelette over onto itself , covering the cottage cheese.

Yummy Healthy

I learned by making this new creation that I have never done before that it takes one step to make it and even though you may not have a passion for cooking, you are passionate for your goals so then you do whatever it takes to learn and nourish yourself. The body is your temple and when you work hard in the gym or at home, you need to complement it with nutritional food. Along with eating, you must always drink lots of water as part of your nutrition. Here is why, an image I wanted to share with you all from Google:

As for dinner, I was craving a chicken breast recipe so I thought to myself made this a long time ago, what better way than bring back all the chicken breast recipes for healthy eating from the Food Network. First, I grabbed the chicken breasts and started thawing it with hot water so I can separate all the breasts. When I went to the grocery store, I made sure to buy a little seasoning from Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper. The seasoning that I put on the chicken breast was a sprinkle of Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper, sprinkle of Cumin, 2 tbsp. of minced garlic, dash of garlic salt, and mixed all the breasts in a bowl so they all have the seasoning on it. Then, I got a cooking pan and sprayed some Pam olive oil and put the chicken breasts with seasoning and left it there to cook, make sure you pay attention to it so you can flip it and cook the whole breast. Multitasking is key, so I got another pan to put frozen corn and green beans steaming them. I also pulled out a spinach salad with pieces of carrots added a little goat cheese, almonds, raisins, and balsamic vinaigrette to complement the meal. When the dinner was done, I could not wait to eat it since the meal prepping comes with timing, therefore, I started the plan to eat snacks and complete meals every 3 hours ever since I started working out hardcore.

Remember all, cooking is an art form and even though you may not be passionate for it, you need nutrition for your ultimate fitness goals, therefore, you learn it.

Jojo

 



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