“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” -John 14:27
While traveling in the loudest yet most comfortable vehicle we own, I couldn’t help but smile. My guy was driving, country music was playing and for once my curls were staying intact with the lack of humidity in the air. We went for a long drive, stopped for some dunkin coffee, and dreamed together. I used to be afraid of the future, my heart was crushed with worldly circumstances and my brain struggled to find peace. I said it at least 3 times while driving “I am so happy with life today!”, and each time I said it, my husband agreed. We’ve got a plan and purpose in motion, we’ve sorted out what we want out of our life, and together we get to make it happen. I’ve read through John: 14-27 several times this past year and today I really felt the presence of the meaning in God’s words… “Peace I leave you……. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
For about a year now I have been working on getting my life back, and by that I mean kicking my butt working out and eating as clean as possible. So far so awesome because I have lost 75lbs, with 25 more to go till my goal! How freaking cool is that? Now I would love to sit here and rav about crossfit, and don’t you worry, I plan to, but today I thought I would share some of my favorite meals I have made. Hopefully this will inspire you to put on your chef hat and start cooking clean!
Tilapia and Roasted Veggies: Atleast I am calling it tilapia, I honestly do not remember what kind of fish it was but any white fish will do. All you do is take whitefish, garlic, dill, evoo, lemon slices and other herbs and spices and wrap it all tightly in parchment paper. For bake time I just followed what was on the fish package. The rest of the pan was filled with mixed veggies and spices. The dinner was amazing and while I couldn’t exactly convince my husband on the veggies (he had smashed red skins), he loved the fish! Coming from a man with limited taste for seafood, that compliment is worthy.
Are these things called stratas? Who knows? Who cares? When it tasted this tasty your not picky with names. Start with some quality sausage in a medium pan, once it is done drain the icky grease. Now when it comes to asparagus, and when I’m in a hurry I clean and chop them into 1 inch pieces, wrap in a paper towel and microwave for about 1-2 minutes. Once they are done add them to the pan with the sausage, and then some thinly sliced roma tomatoes. Whisk 2 eggs with garlic powder and black till frothy, pour in the pan. I had it on medium heat till the egg appeared to be 90% done and flipped it. I topped mine with some salsa, but I am sure it would have been great with hot sauce too.
Let’s play the name game, and you name this? While your add it, try and guess all of the ingredients too because I sort of forgot. I know I started by cooking some sliced sweet potato in coconut oil. I’m pretty confident i added in some apple pie spice, honey, and cinnamon. It appears I tossed in some cranberries and seeds too. I remember this making my apartment smell like thanksgiving dessert. I served the sweet potatoes with a spoonful of almond butter and a couple scoops of frozen coconut cream.
The photo on the left was taken about a year ago. Eric and I were still living in South Florida, and decided to take a day trip to Daytona Beach to visit some family. The photo on the right was last week. Until that day, I thought I still looked like the women on the left, I mean I felt like that women still. I was wearing a size XL top, and squeezing into a size 18 pant. 69lbs lost and I’m wearing a medium top and a size 12 bottom.
One last sunrise before we move out of Florida. Eric couldn’t come along because he is still on the road, but it was a peaceful morning and a chance to reflect on the present and the future.
The below photo was my favorite shot of the morning. Sunrise took about 30 mins longer then the estimated time because of the clouds. When it finally happened it was breath taking.
Psalms 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west…”
Jamie, Jina and I are really close friends, the surprising fact is that we are all family. Jina is my mother in law, and I married her son Eric. Jamie is my sister in law and she married Jina’s son Brian. A few months ago, when Eric took a new job, it would mean he would be away for a few months. During that time Jina came up with the idea that the 3 of us would have a little Girls weekend at my apartment. Pretty cool the 3 of us get along as well as we do to, because we had a blast. The weekend was full of cooking, tanning, crafting, and matching tattoos. Took us some time to figure out what we wanted, and after much planning and meetings with the tattoo artist we finally picked something. Jina made the final product with all her photoshop skills. The tattoo is 3 hearts, each representing our favorite colors, with wispy details around them. I personally did my tattoo black and grey with white hi-lights. I’m not one for color tattoos myself. I did keep the original artwork to be framed in my new apartment gallery wall. We had so much fun celebrating our first girls weekend, that we are planning one every year now! The plan is to save all coins, and dollar bills for the next year.
Here we are at the tattoo shop before the tattoos started. It was an all day affair, but a lot of fun!
Here I am in the tattoo chair with my stencil in place. This is my “I’m so excited but I know this is going to hurt smile. Then my sis Jamie photo bombing. I love her!
Before I looked in the mirror I had Jamie take a quick snapshot. Still screaming red!
Finished product that night after I took the bandage off and adding some healing ointment.
Showing off my new ink the next day.
So even though the tattoo was a family affair, it was also to mark a milestone of losing a total of 20lbs. I also got my -30lbs tattoo before I technically lost the 30lbs. I will talk about that when I loose that total amount.