January 23, 2018

Do You Dream of More Time?

More Time
In the busyness of life, do you dream of more time?  As women, we have so many titles—there is the employee/employer, committee leader, wife, mom, coach, church and/or community volunteer, taxi driver and friend.  Is it possible to give 100% in each role and find time to take care of our spiritual and physical health? In my opinion, the answer is no.

If you find yourself in a constant state of go, here is a question…

Is your busyness keeping you from knowing, and fulfilling,
God’s purpose for your life?”

If the answer is yes, then how do you prioritize your time to know God’s purpose?

Ladies, we will never know the answer until we make time with God each day our first priority through prayer and studying His Word. If we make Him a priority, He will begin to show us how to prioritize our time to fulfill HIS PLAN each day. You may be in a season of your life that you need to give up certain responsibilities, ideas, or selfish ambitions.  He is ready to show you.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 says,
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all of your heart.”

Jeremiah 29:11 is a verse we hear quite often that gives us hope that God has created us for a purpose. However, verses 12 and 13 tell us how we can find that purpose—by SEEKING HIM.  God wants time with us with no distractions.  Just as we want our husband/boyfriend to give us his full attention, God expects the same.

When you give Him your undivided attention, I promise He will show you
• Where your time should be spent each day
• How your time can best be used for His purpose
• How you can use your time to take care of your physical and spiritual fitness

I understand the challenge of knowing when and where to make Him a priority each day.  If you feel that way and dream of more time, I would love to help you. Email me at crystal@yourfitnessdesigner.com to receive a free time assessment called “Fitting it In.”  Within 5 minutes of completing this assessment, you will discover how to find time to focus on your priorities and take care of your physical and spiritual well-being.

Don’t let the busyness of this world keep you from growing with God and fulfilling His purpose for your life.

In Good Health,
Crystal

Easy Healthy Lunch to Go by Crystal Breaux, Wellness Coach/Fitness Designer

 

One of the biggest challenges for busy women can be finding the perfect healthy lunch. Packing the same old sandwich or salad every day can become boring and frustrating. When at a loss, it is easy to slip into old habits such as grabbing whatever is available or eating at the mercy of your nearest fast food restaurant. For busy women, we want variety and an easy healthy lunch to go. One of my new favorites is a Black Bean Power Salad.

RECIPE:

• 1 cup whole-kernel corn

• 2 cans (16oz each) of black beans, rinsed and drained

• ¼ cup chopped parsley

• 2 TBS minced red onion

• ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

• 2 TBS olive oil

• 1 tsp lemon juice

• 1 tsp minced garlic

• 1 tsp honey or brown sugar

• Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, combine the corn, beans, parsley, onions, vinegar, oil, lemon juice, garlic, and honey or brown sugar. Let it marinade for the 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE:

Calories 417.6

Fat 6.9

Sodium 220.3

Protein 21.7

Fiber 21.3

It is so delicious and look at the fiber and protein…..a guarantee to keep you full and satisfied. I make it right after church on Sunday to prepare for my upcoming week. It just takes a few minutes each morning or the night before to pack my easy healthy lunch to go. To add a little more protein, I add any leftover grilled chicken (nutritional value not included with chicken). For variety, I reduce my serving size and add cheese and crackers. All together, here is my lunch to go.

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Don’t forget your calories with crackers which can add up quickly. My favorite cracker that gives me the most bang for the buck is Triscuits Thin Crisp. At only 150 calories for 15 crackers, half of a serving is perfect.

TriscuitThinCrispsOriginal8_5oz240g500Combine with string cheese at 80 calories and you Black Bean Power Salad and you have an easy healthy lunch to go.

 

Eating Healthy, 

Crystal Breaux

Wellness Coach/Fitness Designer