Wednesdays are usually reserved for fitness, but what good is having a nice body without a positive image of yourself? We're here to work on the whole man and not just the outside. So why don't we go ahead and call these 'Wholistic Wednesdays'? No? Yeahhh I wasn't feeling it either.

Moving on...

Lately I've been thinking about what I can do to live a more positive life and become a better person. Here is what I came up with:

Volunteer - Nothing beats giving your time to a worthy cause.

Continue To Learn - Pretty straight forward.

Keep Abreast With What's Going On Around The World - Again, pretty straight forward.

Treat Someone Else - E.g My family and I were going on an island excursion and the lady standing in line behind me had a kid with her. I decided to purchase an extra ticket and give it to the kid. The best feeling was when that child's eyes lit up and her mom admitted that she was unsure that she would be able to afford the tickets. Making someone's day makes my day.

Talking/Healthy Discussions - Being able to talk to someone without judgment makes us feel a lot better. When we share what makes us unhappy or when we get something off of our chests, we breathe easier.

Going After Your Dream - Whether it's a job or a business idea, small steps count. It's not easy, but in the end, you'll be happy you did.

Stop Over-analyzing - Not everything is more than what it seems. Over-analyzing can cause one to go crazy if we question too much and not just take things as they are.

Exercise - No need to expand here.

Staying optimistic/positive - I'm still working on this. It is pretty hard to be positive all the time but once you start to see the good in you, you'll see the good in every situation and you'll know that everything happens for a reason.

Take A Break - Sometimes you just need a moment for yourself. Take a break and smell the roses :)

Let Go - Holding on to anger, hurt, resentment, blame, or any bad situation only depresses us. In order to live a positive life, we need to learn to let go of what hurt/hurts us and move forward. It is what it is.

It's funny because I had actually only written down four points but when I began to type, I really questioned myself about what more could I do to become a better person and live a positive life. I hope that this has helped you as much as it is helping me and if you have any tips you'd like to add, I'm more than happy to hear.

Until next time...

I love hosting small intimate gatherings. I love to get fancy, but I'm also on a huge budget most of the time. So when it comes to food, I find that appetizers are the easiest (and most affordable). 

There are two appetizers that I think I have mastered over the past few months (although there's really nothing to 'em) and those are veggie trays (mainly celery and carrot sticks) and Bruschetta.

Veggie Tray
Serving Size: 10

The veggie trays are the easiest!

What You'll Need:
1 package of celery stalks
1 package of carrot sticks
1 small bottle of Ranch Dressing

I usually just lay the veggies on a nice silver tray but sometimes, I like to take it up a notch e.g the mini plastic wineglasses.

What To Do:
Wash the celery stalks and carrot sticks and slice/chop them in thirds. Fill the glasses about a quarter of the way with ranch dressing and stick the vegetables in...and that's it!

I spent about $4.49 for the veggies and dressing. The wineglasses were $5 for a pack of 10.

Serving Size: 15

This has got to be my absolute favorite appetizer and it's pretty much a hit with everyone else as well!

What you'll need:
1 Red Tomato
5 stems of Scallions
1/2 cup of Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing
1 large loaf of Garlic Bread
Seasonings To Taste (black pepper, salt etc.)

What to do:
Dice tomatoes and scallions and place in a bowl. Add the Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing and seasonings. Mix with spoon. Place in refrigerator.

I personally prefer to bake the garlic bread but store bought works just as great!

Separate the garlic bread and slice horizontally. Preheat oven to 300°. Place bread on a flat baking pan (or in any baking pan) and place in oven. Bake for 8 minutes or until bread becomes a golden color. Remove the garlic bread from the oven and leave to cool.

When ready to serve, remove the mix from the refrigerator and place on a tray. Use the garlic bread to decorate the tray around the bowl of mix. When it's time to eat, place a spoonful of the mix onto the garlic bread and dive in. Mmm mmm! Yummy Bruschetta!

I spent about $8.

I hope you give these appetizers a go in the future. Not only are they affordable but they're also healthy and soooo good!

Do you have an easy/affordable go-to appetizer? I'd love to hear!

Until next time...

Recently, I've been getting a lot of compliments on my legs and have been asked about my routine. Outside of walking/running, I have been putting in leg work three (3) times weekly and I am pleased with the results so far.

This routine takes roughly fifteen minutes. If you suffer from knee problems, I suggest skipping the box jumps.

Please note that I am not an expert. I write only about what works for me.

Until next time...
I have a friend who says to me, "fruits & vegetables just aren't in the budget" yet, she wants to lose weight. To be honest, I don't think I've ever recalled her saying that she wanted to live a healthy lifestyle or change her diet. Shouldn't these two go hand in hand though? However, day after day she would go to lunch and return with a second (extremely large) cup of soda from Wendy's to get her through the rest of the day. I don't know why I never thought to ask her, instead of purchasing that second cup of soda, why not purchase a packet of grapes or a bag of spinach or whatever the amount she spent on that soda allows? After all my nagging about why so much soda isn't good for a person, she gave up soda altogether. Shortly after, she lost some weight but she still maintained that "fruits & vegetables just aren't in the budget". It's obvious that losing weight was not motivation enough to make good health choices.

I'm not trying to throw my friend under a bus here, although it pretty much feels like I am, I'm just trying to describe a situation so you can totally understand what I'm asking.

In my case, I'm obsessed with bread. I can eat about six slices a day. Bread basically goes with anything but it really isn't all that good for you. I've found myself cutting back on bread slowly but surely. My motivation was the weight that I have already lost and the goals that I have to lose these last 49lbs (easier said than done).

Between the two of us, this proves that not all health choices are motivated by weight loss.

So my question to you is, what motivates you to make good health choices?

Until next time...

Now that I have a a little more time on my hands, I have a bit more time in the kitchen. I've always wanted to be one of those women who cooked and baked it up and still be a super wife, mom and entrepreneur but alas, not all dreams come true.

Anyway, this recipe is one of my go tos for a quick simple sweet but sort of healthy treat.
What you'll need:

1 & 1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup almond milk (or whatever milk you usually drink)
1/4 cup of olive (or whatever oil you use)
1/2 cup of brown sugar

Mix all ingredients in a steel or glass bowl for two minutes until batter is smooth. I use a whisk because I no longer have access to a mixer. The struggle, I know. Grease and pour into muffin pan. Bake for about 12 mins at 420° or until golden. Insert a toothpick into each one until it comes out clean. Then, enjoy!

This usually makes a dozen but not all muffin pans are created equal.

If you want to mix it up, you can add nuts or berries, that sort of thing to your batter before pouring into the muffin pan or you can use them as toppings. Just sprinkle them on top about seven minutes after muffins have entered the oven.

If you've attempted this recipe, let me know how it turns out. Also, if you have any easy recipes to share, I'd love to hear about it.

Until next time.
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