Friday, August 26, 2016

Updated: Fridge Jam

Hey y'all!

I do have a recipe up, however, it has morphed for us and this recipe is amazing!

14 pitted dates
1 lb fresh strawberries, quartered (I've started adding a fresh peach or other fruit)
1/2 cup water
2 to 3 tbsps chia seeds

1. Bring dates, strawberries, and water to a low boil in a saucepan.
2. Simmer for approximately 5 minutes, cover and remove from heat.
3. After 10 minutes place everything in a blende, blend for 1 to 2 minutes, starting at low and gradually increasing to no more that low medium depending on desired consistency.
4. Pour into a jar, place in fridge for at least 2 hours to cool. Overnight is my preference. 😊

Have at it y'all! So tasty. Currently in my fridge Strawberry Peach.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Why the switch? 10 Day Shred or 30 Day Reset?

Hey y'all!

I know, it's been almost a month and now we have SO many post requests, I'm going to have to get my hiney in gear! The biggest question I keep getting asked, I will address here.

"M, I thought you were doing the Shred for the first 10 days then going to the 30 Day Reset after?"

Yes, dear ones, that was the plan. And if you know me, you know I love my plans, and I like them to stay the way I've...planned.

When I decided to get us back to intentional eating, I thought, "the 10 Day Shred will be a great jumping off point, and then I can be super strict with the guidelines of the 30 Day Reset for the rest of the time...the 10 Day Shred may be just too much at this point with everything I have going on." Um, hello excuses! I hate when I do that. LOL

However, something happened. I started prepping my food and only buying what we needed and would be Shred approved. It didn't break the bank...and it was EASY. Not just easy, but really simplified my shopping. I like simplified. I like it a lot! And if we're being completely honest, I've been doing the 30 Day Reset for the better part of a year, so what was going to really change?

THEN I did the first Shred. I started July 5th. It wasn't hard, it wasn't inconvenient. It was great! I felt amazing, I was being more active, eating better, the kids were happy. All was good. B left for a week on the 16th, and I thought, "now back to the 4 Simple'll be easier when I'm by myself." And then I talked to B, "but, if you feel so much better, why would you stop?" Ok, true. And then I remembered how much easier it really was.

At the end of my second Shred I was down 12 pounds, one whole pant size, and I had much more stamina.

Yesterday I started  my 3rd Shred. And honestly, I don't think I'll ever stop. There are a couple days "off" between each one, but it's not a fest of crazy excess.

It takes 21 days (or times) to make something a habit. And these habits are awesome.