Just Do It!

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“See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)

“Develop resilience and be brave. There are days when it is very discouraging. You have to develop personal resilience to environmental things that come along. If you let every single environmental challenge knock you off your game, it’s going to be very, very hard.” ~ Renee James

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I wasn’t sure what I should say as we start out on the path of 2017 and as you can see, this note is way too delayed in terms of being a Happy New Year message. So after a bit of thinking I decided to share something personal which meant a lot to me in terms of not only achievement but commitment to myself as much as I commit to others without a second thought.

During 2016 I had to quit the gym (some activities have to become things of the past when you have a child studying overseas at university) and watched in dismay as the pounds crept on to my body. I was not a happy camper and decided (finally) to get back into running as my main form of exercise.

To be honest, some days I felt like giving up. Getting out of bed very early every morning in the dark was not cutting it. Jogging after work late in the evening – again, in the dark – was also not cutting it.  Yet on other days I couldn’t wait to run twice a day. Go figure.

But I persisted, running as often and as much as I could. Then I fell. Hard. On my back. It was painful to say the least. I had to give up running for a while. I don’t know which hurt most, my body or not being able to get out on the road but I knew that if I didn’t take the time to rest properly my injuries would take even longer to heal.  In the meantime I continued to eat properly and kept up with my diet of steamed fish, steamed vegetables (cooked with love) and loads of salad.

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The human body is amazingly resilient, even when it is an older version with spare parts which can stop working at a moments notice. And so, in December of 2016, I ran and finished my first 5K in I don’t know how many years … and boy did it feel good to cross that finish line standing (as opposed to crawling)!

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Now it’s on to a new year with even bigger goals and hopefully greater achievements. I have only run twice so far for the year but just as my body is resilient so will be my resolve to continue on this healthy lifestyle path.

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4 Jan 2017 Run aka go me!

 

In reality, all we humans can do is to put one foot in front of the other day by day as we step out in faith, not only reaching towards our own dreams while remembering to help others along the way. God promises to do a new thing in us, not only in January but every single day and every single month; all we have to do is remain open to His wonderful gifts because they will come.

So what are your goals? What would you really like to achieve over the next 12 months? How much work are you willing to put in to ensure your dreams become a reality? What support do you need? How can I help??? Leave a note in the comments as we get this year off to a great start and may 2017 be even more amazing than you can ever hope it to be aka Just Do It!

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“Indeed, this life is a test. It is a test of many things – of our convictions and priorities, our faith and our faithfulness, our patience and our resilience, and in the end, our ultimate desires.” ~ Sheri L. Dew

“It’s one thing to show your love for someone when everything is going fine and life is smooth. But when the ‘in sickness and in health’ part kicks in and sickness does enter your lives, you’re tested. Your resilience is tested.” ~ Patti Davis

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Super Healthy Veggie Casserole

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This is one of the easiest dishes to prepare and involves a minimum of three vegetables for starters: squash, onions and chives (or green onions). You can use as much or as little of any veggies as  you want; it’s all about flavour and colour, so the sky is the limit. I use anything that is in season as long as I like it but try to go easy on the spinach (can sometimes turn the red onion into a strange colour if you use too much).

This recipe yields enough to last five days or an entire work week … well, that depends on how fast or slow you consume these veggies but let’s get started.

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Ingredients:

1 medium sized Squash
2 large Red Onions (or normal onions – your call)
8 stalks of Chives
10 medium-sized Okras (optional)
Few leaves of Spinach (optional)
2 Large Carrots (optional)
4 English potatoes (optional)
1 Cucumber (optional)

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Parsley Flakes
Salt
White & Black Pepper
Ginger (powdered or fresh)
Garlic Salt

 

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Olive Oil Pam Spray

 

 

 

Method:

  1. Wash and thinly slice the squash, potatoes, and cucumbers; do not peel.
  2. Place in a large bowl.
  3. Wash, thinly slice and add the remaining vegetables.
  4. Sprinkle dashes of salt, white and black pepper, powdered ginger and garlic salt to taste
  5. Mix thoroughly
  6. Spray the bottom of a large glass baking dish with Olive Oil
  7. Add your veggies, and after sprinkling with 2 – 3 tablespoons of Coconut Oil cover the dish with foil
  8. Bake for approximately 30 minutes at 350 degrees Celsius
  9. Let cool and serve 🙂
  10. So yummy!

Preparation Time:

15 – 20 minutes or as long as it takes you to slice and dice your veggies, so the time really is dependent on your quantities.  Here’s a hint though: prepare more than you need and then freeze all that is left over for your next casserole dish.

Loved this recipe? Then stay tuned for more easy-peasy ones. In the meantime, good luck with your super healthy veggie casseroles and let’s get this healthy party started. Here’s how:

  1. Make your casserole
  2. Take a photo of the finished product
  3. Post it on your blog or FB page with a comment or two (especially if your family loved it)
  4. Make sure you link your post back to the recipe here using this note: “get this easy recipe here http://wp.me/p2CNyA-3bB
  5. Encourage others to share exactly as you did 🙂

This Next Recipe Coming Soon ….

Photo by Gale E
Photo by Gale E

 

When It’s Time To Shine

“When it’s time to shine, be the brightest.”
~ Wang Deshun

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Do you think 80 years old is way too old to be living a dream? Do you strongly believe that preparing for 60 years to achieve that dream is way too long? Well think again especially if you are 50+ because that’s just the right time for a dream or two to become reality. And if you find it hard to agree then here is post which highlights the amazing Wang Deshun, an actor and artist from China, who has proven beyond a shadow of doubt that age is simply a number. As I prepare to embrace being here for 52 years old next January, this message was definitely just want I needed to hear. Standby; I’m about to get my shine on 🙂

See more WP ‘shine’ themed posts here