July Daily Disciplines: Day 10 Check-In

Today is Day 10 of my  31 Day Challenge to be disciplined in key areas of my life. Read the background details here: Daily Discipline 31 Day Challenge.

Here’s my Day 10 Check-In:

Read the bible everyday – ☑ I continued in Matthew today. I sort of abandoned Exodus (for the time being) because I wanted to learn more about Jesus. I’ve heard or read these stories before, but I’ve just been especially interested in getting to know Jesus better lately.

Walk the dog at least once a day – ☑

Drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday – ❌ Similar to yesterday I didn’t quite get in enough water. It’s a quarter til 10 so I’m going to try to get the rest in before I go to bed.

Blog once a day – ☑ Check out the blog I published earlier today titled “How to Stay Ready.”

Eat healthy – ☑ Eating on lock today! I’m learning weekends are a trouble spot for me. I have to work on that.

Exercise on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday – N/A

Participate in Church Services Sunday/Monday/Wednesday – ☑


July Daily Disciplines: Day 9 Check-In

Today is Day 9 of my  31 Day Challenge to be disciplined in key areas of my life. Read the background details here: Daily Discipline 31 Day Challenge.

I missed yesterday’s check-in. My mom’s brother passed away and I went to her house to be with her so I didn’t get to my nightly check-in. I did fairly well in all areas except eating. I sound like a broken record. Just wait until you read today’s check-in. SMH.

Here’s my Day 9 Check-In:

Read the bible everyday – ☑ I read Malachi and a bit from Matthew today.

Walk the dog at least once a day – ☑

Drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday – ❌ I haven’t drank much water today. I’ve probably had about half of my goal intake. There’s still a chance that I finish on track.

Blog once a day – ☑ Check out the blog I published earlier today titled “Don’t Judge Death.”

Eat healthy – ❌ Negative! I had Taco Bell for lunch / dinner. I only had two meals today. I went to Stay Ready by Eric Thomas and Associates and it was right over lunch time.

Exercise on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday – N/A

Participate in Church Services Sunday/Monday/Wednesday – ☑

 


July Daily Disciplines: Day 7 Check-In

Today is Day 7 of my  31 Day Challenge to be disciplined in key areas of my life. Read the background details here: Daily Discipline 31 Day Challenge.

I did not check in yesterday but I did handle my business. I read the bible (Exodus and Romans). I walked the dog. I got my water intake. My eating was good. I got my blog out (which I actually wrote on Tuesday). I exercised. And I had a two hour meeting for the usher ministry at church. I actually wasn’t sure if I would make it, but I did. That’s why there was no check in post. I came home, exercised, jumped in the shower and went to bed!

Here’s my Day 7 Check-In:

Read the bible everyday – ☑ Still reading Exodus.

Walk the dog at least once a day – ☑

Drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday – ☑

Blog once a day – ☑ Check out the blog I published earlier today titled “How to Be A Dope Chick“.

Eat healthy – ❌ Negative! I had sugar cookies and M&Ms. Now you guys know my weakness. Sweets! But that’s okay. Eating healthy is the area of greatest opportunity for growth. I’m not of a challenge.

Exercise on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday – N/A

Participate in Church Services Sunday/Monday/Wednesday – N/A


July Daily Disciplines: Day 5 Check-In

Today is Day 5 of my  31 Day Challenge to be disciplined in key areas of my life. Read the background details here: Daily Discipline 31 Day Challenge

Here’s my Day 5 Check-In:

Read the bible everyday – ☑ Still reading Exodus.

Walk the dog at least once a day – ☑

Drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday – ☑

Blog once a day – ☑ Check out the blog I published earlier today titled “20 Quotes on Self Discipline That Will Help You Achieve Big Goals.”

Eat healthy – ☑

Exercise on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday – N/A (Today’s Wednesday)

Participate in Church Services Sunday/Monday/Wednesday – ☑


July Daily Disciplines: Day 4 Check-In

Happy 4th of July! Hope you enjoyed your day. Spoiler alert! I cheated on my eating. 😬 Today is Day 4 of my  31 Day Challenge to be disciplined in key areas of my life. Read the background details here: Daily Discipline 31 Day Challenge

Here’s my Day 4 Check-In:

Read the bible everyday – ☑ Still reading Exodus.

Walk the dog at least once a day – ☑

Drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday – ☑

Blog once a day – ☑ Check out the blog I published earlier today titled How to Know If You’re Settling.

Eat healthy – ❌ Okay breakfast was great. Lunch not so much. I had a half a burger and sweet potato fries. I also had ice cream. I didn’t have dinner. I wasn’t hungry after all that, but I did have a protein shake following my workout.

Exercise on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday – ☑

Participate in Church Services Sunday/Monday/Wednesday – N/A (It’s Tuesday)

 

 


July Daily Disciplines: Day 3 Check-In

Today is Day 3 of my  31 Day Challenge to be disciplined in key areas of my life. Read the background details here: Daily Discipline 31 Day Challenge

Here’s my Day 3 Check-In

Read the bible everyday – ☑ I’m currently reading Exodus. My bible is a coloring bible so I also colored today! “God listened. God remembered. God saw. God understood”!

Walk the dog at least once a day – ☑

Drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday – ☑

Blog once a day – ☑ Check out the blog I published earlier today titled Stay Close to Your Dreams.

Eat healthy – ☑ I had eggs and turkey bacon for breakfast. I had grilled chicken wings (5) with no sides for lunch and dinner. I snacked on a protein bar, an apple, and an oatmeal bar. The low carbs was getting to me so I added the oatmeal bar. I can’t do what I set out to do if I have the low carb flu. I am now enjoying a protein shake as I just finished a bonus workout.

Exercise on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday – ☑ I got a bonus workout in today.

Participate in Church Services Sunday/Monday/Wednesday – ☑ I listened to Monday night bible study live on Facebook.


July Daily Disciplines: Day 2 Check-In

This is Day 2 (July 2nd, 2017) of my 31 Day Challenge to be disciplined in key areas of my life. Read the background details here: Daily Discipline 31 Day Challenge

Here’s my Day 2 Check-In

Read the bible everyday – ☑

Walk the dog at least once a day – ☑

Drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday – ☑ Just made it!

Blog once a day – ☑ Check out the blog I published earlier today about Thinking Strong & Never Giving Up. Not only did I write this blog post I also wrote a blog post for my second blog hopefaithandprayer.com.

Eat healthy – ☑ My eating was on fleek today! I had eggs and turkey bacon for breakfast. I had a salad for lunch and dinner. I stopped after church to get a salad from Salad Extraveganza. It was pretty big so I ended up eating half for lunch and the other half for dinner. I snacked on a protein bar, an apple, and cashews. And then I had a protein drink after my bonus workout.

Exercise on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday – ☑ So, today is Sunday and I got in a bonus workout. My goal is really to workout as many times as possible, but bare minimal on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday each week.

Participate in Church Services Sunday/Monday/Wednesday – ☑ See blog post above recapping today’s message!

Yay! Day 2 went extremely well. I am definitely off to a great start so far. Obviously, there are no results to speak of as of it. But that’s why this is so important. We have to be disciplined even when we don’t see results. Even when it’s too early to see results. If we can’t be disciplined without results we’ll never get to the results. A part of the reason people give up too soon is because they didn’t see results. If you’re too focused on results it can diminish your morale particularly in the short term. And then we won’t “feel” like do what we should be doing. There’s no excitement or hope. Discipline helps you stay the course despite short term setback or lack of progress.  Discipline is about doing what needs to be done because it aligns with your goals regardless of how you feel.

Are you participating with me? How was your Day 2?


July Daily Disciplines: Day 1

 

Happy July!

We’re officially halfway through the year. Life goes by so darn fast, doesn’t it?!

Well I’ve been thinking about how I want to grow at this point in my life. There are two key areas that I want to see my own personal growth in.

  1. Spiritual Health: I’ve definitely grown spiritually over the last few years. My walk with Christ has strengthened. My love for His word, His church, and His people has grown tremendously. Yet, I feel that I’ve reached a bit of a plateau. I want to know God more deeply and discern His voice more clearly. There are also some things that I am believing Him for (namely a husband and some kids) so I want to grow in my faith.
  2. Physical Health: I’ve been out of control in my physical health basically for a year. I know! SMH. 🤦 I had a few back to back trips last year (Haiti, Arizona, Dallas, Washington, DC, back to Dallas). For some reason traveling is synonymous with eat what you want for me. And then there was Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then two trips to San Diego this year. A trip to New Jersey. My sister’s graduation. And then Mexico. Basically a lot of excuses to eat like a slob, which I took full advantage of. Now I am gassy. I have GERD for the first time in my life. I’m constantly belching. (TMI I know). I went to the doctor and he looks at my chart. “You’ve gained weight. You need to lose it.” So, a girl has got to get her life back.

I also want to see my blog and business grow. I completed the first draft of my upcoming book which I’m really excited about. Now that the book is complete I have the time to focus on my blog again. I want to give it a good jump start.

So in thinking of the ways I want to grow (particularly this month) I have been thinking about the daily disciplines I want to adopt to support my growth. Here’s my plan of action:

Daily Disciplines:

  1. Read the bible everyday. I talk to God nearly everyday, but I don’t open His book everyday. I have to spend more time with Him if I want to grow in Him.
  2. Walk the dog at least once a day everyday. I don’t walk my dog everyday. A lot of times I simply open the back door for her. This will be good for me and her. She actually gained 3lbs since last year!!! And that kind of weight gain on a dog is no bueno. 😞Plus, she likes going for walks.
  3. Drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday. Again, not a habit I currently have. Some days are better than others.
  4. Eat healthy. Minimize carbs. I haven’t defined any hard and fast rules here in terms of cheat days. Maybe I should (I already cheated today). But in general, as much as possible I will stick to meat and veggies. No bread, pasta, potatoes, sweets, grains or beans.
  5. Blog once a day.

I will definitely be giving myself some grace. I realize I could skip a day here or there. The blogging once a day in particular scares me. But that’s what daily discipline is all about.

Weekly Disciplines:

  1. Exercise at least 3 times a week. My days are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. This will be either in the comfort of my home or at ILoveKickBoxing.com. It helps to decide which days I’ll be exercising so that I don’t have contemplate whether I should work out today or tomorrow and then working out on neither.
  2. Participate in church services Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays. My church has Monday night bible study, Wednesday night mid-week service and of course Sunday services. Now, I said participate in. I might not necessarily go to the church three times a week. I will watch services live online when I do not attend in person. I’ll attend in person on Sundays for sure and perhaps one other service per week.

And that is my plan to grow my health, my spirituality, and my blog everyday for the month of July. Is there something you want to grow in your life this month? What daily disciplines (and weekly disciplines) do you need to adopt to facilitate your growth?

Join Me!

I’ve said before I believe the small day to day actions we take consistently will have the biggest impact on our life. Join me on this 31 Day personal challenge if you want to develop habits and daily disciplines that can transform your life. If you want to participate simply follow along here on the blog or on Facebook. Feel free to check in daily by emailing me, commenting on the blog post, or commenting on my social media.

My Day 1 Check – In

Read the bible everyday – ☑

Walk the dog at least once a day – ☑

Drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday – ⚠️ Not quite there yet but will be by end of day!

Blog once a day – ☑ Check out the blog I published earlier today about How to Be A Successful Black Woman.

Eat healthy – ❌ I started out pretty decent, but then I saw a Guava Cheesecake. Exotic flavors are my weakness.

Exercise on Saturday – ☑

Here’s a Day 1 picture of my current physique. I’ll plan to take a picture everyday so I can watch my body change. Again, will give myself grace if I miss a day here or there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alright, Day 1 went fairly well. See you tomorrow!

 

 


No Cauliflower, No Bake Low Carb Pizza

A low carb “diet” is my go to when I want to drop some weight. And I need to drop some weight. I’ve been eating like a slob lately and it shows on my scale. I’ve been seeing cauliflower recipes for pizza and bread sticks. So I thought I was going to go buy a food processor to make some cauliflower bread. It cost about $100! Who knew?! I decided I didn’t want to make cauliflower bread that badly. So I went down the bread aisle, wondering if there were any low carb breads on the market. And what did I find? Low carb tortilla! Sounds like an option to me! 🙂

(pictures courtesy of Target.com)

Originally, I used the low carb tortillas to make breakfast tacos and ham and turkey sandwiches with mayo, mustard, onions – the whole nine. I’ve used both the flour and whole wheat.  All delicious by the way. And then I got the brilliant idea to make pizza. I love pizza! Sometimes when I’m low carbbing it I go buy a $5 pizza from Little Caesar’s and just eat the cheese and pepperoni!

Okay, without further ado, here’s my no cauliflower, no bake (yes – we’re not baking this baby! I’m lazy 😂) low carb pizza! I don’t have measurements because that’s how I roll. Actually, you know what you like – use your best judgment!

So, I’m making a pesto chicken pizza. Pesto is delicious and has less carbs than a tomato base sauce (although I do make pepperoni pizzas this way as well).

First you want to heat up your chicken in a skillet. I purchased rotisserie chicken from the grocery story. (I told you I was lazy!) But feel free to cook your own chicken or use some leftover chicken.

Set the chicken to the side. Wipe down your skillet if you need to or pull out another skillet for the tortilla. I use one skillet for this. (Again, I’m lazy) Lay your tortilla in the skillet. The tortilla is likely soft at this point and you might be wondering how it will hold up. Don’t worry. As it cooks it will harden and make the perfect thin pizza crust. I like using the flour tortilla for pizza. Sometimes the whole wheat drowns out the other flavors. At least that’s the case when I make pepperoni pizzas. Haven’t tried chicken and pesto on the whole wheat tortillas.

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Add your sauce. You can make pesto yourself. It’s very easy to do. You can also buy a jar in the sauce aisle at your grocery store which is even easier to do! I’m using DeLallo Simply Pesto.

Pesto is thicker than a tomato sauce and harder to spread. You will likely end up using more sauce than you would with a tomato pizza sauce. However, be careful not to use too much pesto, because it has a lot of olive oil. When it warms up it thins out and the pizza can become too oily. You may want to heat up the sauce before spreading on the tortilla. I haven’t tried this yet.

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This is about 3 spoonfuls (tablespoons) of pesto and it turned out to be a little too much. I was having a hard time spreading it (see note above) so I just piled more on the bare spaces. Not the best idea. Don’t worry if every inch isn’t covered with sauce. As long as there’s flavor in every bite I think you’ll be fine.

Now layer on your cheese. I’m using a three cheese blend here.

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And finally add your chicken. Continue to cook your pizza until the cheese is melted completely. The warm chicken will help the cheese melt as well. At this point the tortilla should have also hardened up nicely. It turns out to be a thin pizza crust with a little crunch to it.

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And that’s it. Pesto Chicken No Cauliflower, No Bake Low Carb Pizza. Seafood such as shrimp and lobster also pair well with a pesto pizza base. I also enjoy roasted veggies on a pesto pizza. I just roast my veggies first – onions, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, etc. similar to how I warm my chicken first here.

I love this meal because it’s tasty, cheap, and quick. Even if you’re not eating low carbs it’s a great lunch or dinner to have on hand. Everyone in your family can make their own pizza. You can also bake in the oven, I just choose not to. I put my mom onto this low carb pizza and she bakes hers.

I’ve also made Pepperoni Pizza using this technique. Again, a tomato sauce has more carbs that pesto sauces. The pizza sauce (traditional tomato sauce) I use has 9 grams of carbs per 1/4 cup serving compared to just 2 carbs in the pesto sauce. However, I only use about a tablespoon of the pizza sauce. It spreads easily and a little goes a long way. So as long as you don’t go overboard you’re still good if I use a traditional pizza sauce.

The ingredients for pepperoni pizza are pretty much the same – low carb tortilla, mozzarella or three cheese blend, pepperoni, other toppings I love such as olives and sometimes I sprinkle on a little Italian seasoning and top with Parmesan cheese. I don’t heat the pepperoni first. It’s thinner than chicken and heats pretty quickly. I just add on top of the cheese and let it cook until the cheese is melted and the pepperoni looks like the picture below.

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So what do you think? Are you going to give it a try?!