Treat. Yo. Self.

Do not reward yourself with food, you’re not a dog-Unknown

The last few months I have been trying to kill it at the gym and at home with my meals.  Its been difficult to say the least, but in between working, being a mom, side hustling, trying to live a life, I have managed to drop about 7 lbs and I couldn’t be happier.

tumblr_nxczvmoq661uelehno1_400My friend mentioned to me that she was possibly going to buy herself a new purse (I believe that is what it was) when she hit a new goal with her fitness, which made me stop and think about a goal I would want to achieve and a reward I would give myself. Have you ever done this? Sounds super fun and challenging which is always good.

Usually I set a goal and then I am like “Woohoo, I didn’t cheat this week, let me kill my diet during the weekend, with alcohol and a cheat meal in celebration,” and the next thing you know I have gained all the weight back and all my hard work has gone out the window.

So here with my followers I am going to set a goal and a reward for the month.

Come March, since February is practically over my goals will be as follows:

1.  Make it to the gym at least 3-4 days each week.
2. Eat low carb each week and drink 8 glasses of water a day.
3. I currently weight 176 & would like by the end of the month to at least be 170.

This seem like a lot to accomplish in a month, did you think I would make it super easy for myself? Ya’ll should know by now I love a challenge.

My re28bf206ada490688cac82e81e1966a37ward you ask?

A new pair of my favorite Ray Ban Sunglasses that I have been eyeing for a few months now.  If I don’t reach all 5 of my goals by the end of the month then I will have to try again the following month, but if I hit at least 4 out of 5, I will take myself out for a massage or a mani/pedi.

Have you ever used a reward system for your goals? What did you buy? What were your goals for the month?

Whos joining me?

Always, Jasandra

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How to make Spaghetti Squash.

So hello guys and welcome back! Today I wanna share this simple and amazing recipe that is a weekly staple in our house.  Now if you have a marathon coming up or a good run, don’t waste your time on this meal because it is carbless and well after running my half marathon a few years back I stuffed my Facebook with pasta right after like no ones business.

Anyways back to this healthy squash!  We love it in our house and my daughter devours it all which is a win since we love to cook together and make meals we all can appreciate cause in my house if you don’t eat whats for dinner, then you don’t eat at all.

Ingredients:
1 spaghetti squash
A toddler
Himalayan salt
Pepper
Coconut oil spray
A super sharp knife
Cutting board
Soup spoon
baking sheet

Instructions
First thing is first, preheat the oven to 400°F: while you prep the squash. Go ahead and grab your spaghetti squash and cut it lengthwise from stem to tail. Make sure you use some strength and be careful as it is super hard in the inside.

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YAY time for the little one to help.  I let her grab her own spoon and then she helps me scoop out the seeds and all the stringy bits, but be careful you don’t go into the flesh because that is what we need to make this. the  go ahead and sprinkle with some Himalayan salt and pepper and spray the inside of the squash with some coconut spray and flip the squash so it faces down on the baking sheet.

Then we put it in the oven for about 30-45 minutes.  I usually check it when its been 3 minutes and if it looks a tab bit crispy on the outside its done. I test it with a fork and if it pokes right through then its tender enough for us.

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I then let it cool off for a bit because its super hot. So grab a glass a wine and enjoy a few sips.
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Then go ahead and let the little one enjoy this as well and use your fork to scrap out the squash like the photo.  It’s so yummy and I top it off with some garlic and olive oil or even some delicious organic spaghetti sauce and some chicken I make.

Spaghetti squash usually last a week in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.

Have you tried this recipe before? How do you make yours?

Always, Jasandra

Recipe of the week- Skinny Stuffed Sweet Potato

Ahh I have been dying to share this recipe all week!!! I made this last week and it was such a big hit. I still had some sweet potatoes from Georgia so I knew I had more fun recipes to make and this one was super fun and super easy.

Skinny Stuffed Sweet Potato.. say it again… SKINNY STUFFED SWEET POTATO.  Sounds delicious and taste even better.

Sweet potatoes have so many great health benefits and in my mind should be eaten in the afternoon.  They are an excellent source of vitamin A, they are an antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, and are known to be a provide potential improvement of blood sugar regulation.

Ingredients
4-5 Sweet Potatoes
¼ Greek Yogurt
4 skinless Chicken Breast ( Or a cooked whole chicken from Sams club or Publix)
Organic shredded cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Aluminum foil to wrap

This recipe literally doesn’t require much ingredients.

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Grab your 4-5 Sweet Potato and puncture them with a knife a few times ( it helps cook them quicker, or you can even put them in the microwave before you wrap them for a few minutes to soften up.)
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Once done start wrapping them. You might need some help 🙂 and throw them in the oven for 350 for about 20-25 minutes.. till soft. Test it with a knife.

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Grab your chicken while your little helper is wrapping the sweet potato’s and season them with the salt and pepper.  I don’t use salt in our house, but I know a lot of people do. Once seasoned throw them on the grill or in a pan and cook them.

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Once they are cooked and cooled down (trust me on this, you don’t want to scream like a little bitch because you burned your fingers.  Been there done that.)

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Once cooked and cooled, take them out of the wrapper, squeeze them a little
so they open, and start stuffing.

My little one scarfed it all down and even tried for seconds. This is quick and easy and fun to make.

Always, Jasandra