Motivational Monday – We Are Batman

Batman

This weekend, a friend of mine premiered his documentary film, “Legends of the Knight.” The film follows several seemingly average people and their extraordinary journeys through trials and adversity. The common thread linking each of these individuals is their love for the character Batman and all that his persona embodies. Each of these people have faced adversity but instead of allowing those trials to break them and keep them down, they rise up and do great things! The film was inspiring and it made me realize that we all face trials and obstacles that can keep us down and we all have the same choice; keep going or let the trials break you.

What challenges are you facing today? Will you let them beat you or rise up and overcome them? You have a choice!

WE ARE BATMAN! 

 

FIT Hits the PAN Friday – Jenn’s Famous Chili (at least in our house)

I almost always post recipes from other websites that I have tried but today you get an original recipe! It is not fancy but it is tasty and you can add your favorite veggies or seasoning to make it your own! Enjoy!

Chili

Jenn’s Famous Chili

Nutrition Info (without garnish) per serving:
Serves 10
Serving size: 1 cup (8 oz)
241 calories/4 g sugar/5 g fat/19 g protein/389 mg sodium/33 mg cholesterol

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb organic ground turkey (94/6)
  • 1/2 lb organic Italian chicken sausage (low fat)
  • 2 cans organic red kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 can organic garbanzo beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans organic diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1.5 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder

Directions

  1. In a large sauce pot or dutch oven cook the meat on medium heat until no longer pink.
  2. Add chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder.
  3. While meat is cooking, prepare beans by rinsing in a colander with cold water. Drain excess water.
  4. Add beans and tomatoes to cooked meat and stir together.
  5. While mixture is still cooking, add canned tomatoes.
  6. Let chili simmer for about an hour on low heat.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Creativity Tips

  • sub a variety of beans (pink, black, white, etc)
  • you can use ground beef, chicken, turkey or meatless crumbles
  • fresh garlic and diced onions are also very good
  • add a little canned pumpkin for a fall-flavor
  • cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes give the dish a little kick
  • garnish with sour cream, avocado or shredded cheese

Procrastination

I drive a 2001 Honda Civic. I love my car! It was the first car I purchased on my own when I got my first “real” job out of college. Over time the car has had some issues (normal wear and tear). Recently, I had an issue where the brake lights were staying on all the time. I did a little research and found out that a very small plastic pin at the base of the brake pedal had cracked and fell out. It is a $3 part that I can easily install myself. When I realized the piece broke, it was in the evening and it was dark so I found a way to rig the pedal to keep the brake lights from staying on. This is all fine and good until you need to drive somewhere and the ill-fitting the piece falls out and the the brake lights are on constantly. This has been going on for several days because I don’t think about the missing piece until I need to go somewhere. I work from home, so some days I never leave the house. As I was leaving for Bible Study last night, I realized I had not fixed the problem so my husband and I spent 20 minutes creating a piece to fit in the hole where the pin would be.

You may be asking yourself why I did not just order the part I needed when it broke? Good question! It is not like I can’t afford $3, or the work to install it will take more than 5 minutes. So what is the hold up?

This is a bad habit that can present itself in all areas of our lives. Procrastination can potentially cost us money or time or potentially affect our health.

Make a decision to stop procrastinating today!

I am ordering that part as we speak 🙂

New or old life.

FIT Hits the PAN Friday – Skinny Pumpkin Spiced Snickerdoodles

Hello Fall! I am a little obsessed with pumpkin so you can expect pumpkin recipes until Thanksgiving 🙂 I may change it up a bit but don’t count on it! Once again, SkinnyTaste.com has dazzled us with a healthy and easy recipe that actually tastes good! These cookies would be a great addition to any Thanksgiving Day menu. I followed the recipe exactly as it is and I was pleased with the results. I will definitely make these again. The recipe says it makes 42 but I had a hard time making them so small so I ended up with 31.

Snickerdoodles

Skinny Pumpkin Spiced Snickerdoodles

Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 42 • Size: 1 cookie • Old Points: 1 pts • Points+: 1 pts (3 pts+ for 2)
Calories: 51 • Fat: 1 g • Carb: 9.5 g • Fiber: <1 g • Protein: 1 g • Sugar: 6 g
Sodium: 20 mg

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups King Arthur white whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tbsp agave or honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
3 tbsp sugar*
1 tbsp pumpkin spice*
cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F.  Line two baking sheets with Silpat mats and spray with cooking spray. (I used parchment paper)

Combine flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.

Combine 1 cup of sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.  Add the agave, vanilla and egg; beat well.  Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, beating just until combined.  Cover and chill for 10 minutes.

In a medium bowl, combine 3 tbsp sugar with pumpkin pie spice, stirring with a whisk to combine.  With moist hands, shape dough into 42 (1-inch) balls.  Roll balls in sugar/pumpkin pie spice mixture.

Place balls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets and slightly flatten with a fork.

Bake 375°F for 5-7 minutes (cookies will be slightly soft).  Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes.  Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.  Enjoy!

Motivational Monday – Just Do It (Nike was onto something)

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We all remember the Nike slogan “Just Do It.” I still see and hear it all over the media and in daily conversation. It is really good advice! When it comes to exercise, my biggest obstacle is my mind. I can successfully talk myself out of physical activity any day (especially running). I had my clothes laid out this morning and had every intention of going for a run and when that alarm went off, snooze…snooze (two hours later I was up with just enough time to walk the dog before work). It figures that this was the coolest morning we have had all summer.

This philosophy can be applied to every area of our lives. Work, school, home life, nutrition and fitness.

Stop making excuses and JUST DO IT!