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Staying motivated and Turkey Veggie Bolognese

March 15, 2016

Today’s breakfast was delicious! I tried out So Delicious brand coconut milk yogurt – chocolate flavor. I added 1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder to give it some more flavor and protein for energy. I topped it with fresh blackberries. Yum! 

 

Berry good!

 
I’m PMSing (sorry fellas) so to start the day I sprayed some Bach’s rescue remedy spray. It is an all natural oral spray that helps decrease stress and anxiety to promote relaxation. I also use Lavanila perfume stick (you can get it from Sephora or Amazon) on my wrists and behind my ears. 

 

Say ahhhh

 
Some snacks of the day included baby carrots dipped in hummus & organic rice cakes spread with pb&j and sprinkled with goji berries and cacao nibs.

 

Just what I needed to power through a sweat sesh

 
After work I decided to push myself to do an elliptical workout at home, even though I just wanted to rest and binge watch Pretty Little Liars and Southern Charm (my latest TV obsession!!! I can’t wait til season 3 y’all!!!) So I figured I could get in a workout while watching the tube. Win win ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Hey ya’ll! Don’t mind the hula hoop

 
Staying motivated to workout and be active can be tough. There are days when I have no energy or mind set to put in a workout. I often wish I could push myself to get up even earlier to workout, but the thought of waking up and sweating before 6 a.m. is not my cup of tea. I aim to workout 5 days a week. It’s not always a major, rigorous sweat sesh…a long walk does the trick. I listen to my body – when I need to rest, I rest; however, it is important to decipher between your body needing rest versus being lazy or unmotivated. I think about how good I feel after I’m done and power through. I stay motivated and committed to working out by meeting up with a friend to walk or go to classes or if I’m working out solo listening to good music or watching an amusing show.
  
For tonight’s dinner I made a Turkey Veggie Bolognese. I usually make turkey meatballs, but I figured this could save some time and eliminate some steps of rolling out and baking the meatballs. This Turkey Bolognese is super simple to whip up and you can serve it over pasta, spaghetti squash or even use it on a pizza. Typically, I buy organic sauce from the store to save time or you can make your own marinara sauce as the base. I start off by sautรฉing a chopped sweet onion and 2-3 cloves of garlic. For extra flavor you can chop and sautรฉ celery and carrots for sweetness. I threw in some chopped kale I had in the fridge. Once the veggies are sautรฉed and the onion is translucent, add 1 pound extra lean ground turkey meat. Next, sprinkle some oregano and a pinch of salt and pepper (since the store bought sauce already has salt in it).
I pour about 1/2-3/4 of the jar of sauce, depending on how much you like and sprinkle with 1 to 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese. 

  
  
I made Trader Joe’s quinoa and rice blend rotini for Adam and roasted a spaghetti squash for me. For the spaghetti squash bake it on 400 degrees for approximately 20 minutes, depending on the size of your squash. Make sure to poke holes on the outside shell of the squash to let in the steam out and bake with the shell side up. 
And viola! Dinner is served! 

  
How do you stay motivated to workout? What are things you do to help you relax or de-stress?
Cheers! xxJ🍴

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