19+ Things to Think, Do & Achieve in 2019

Well, 2019 is officially here ready or not. WHOOMP, here it is! Remember that song by a group named Tag Team?? If you do please don’t blame me for that anthem swimming around in your head today, My Bad….

However, So what are your resolutions for this year? If you’re like me and I just got this way like a little over a year ago, I threw making resolutions out of the window. This is probably why this muffin top of a waist of mine has decided to make itself a permanent home. HA HA – I’m really going to work on that this year….

Anywho, whether you still do or believe in resolutions or even achieve them. I thought this year would be great to ditch the resolutions (again, in my case) and let’s think about how we want to think, what we want to do and simple things we can actually achieve for ourselves, without feeling so guilty when 2020 arrives, okay yes I know right now that’s far-fetched but did you see how 2018 left us like Justin Timberlake left *NSYNC or maybe a little more current like Toni Braxton just left Birdman a.k.a Cash Money? So yeah, you really can’t put off tomorrow what we are going to do this year….Okay??

I came up with 19 things because, well we’re in 2019 and there’s A LOT of ground to cover mentally, spiritually and physically. So, Let’s Get right to it shall we??

LET’S THINK MORE:

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  • Positively – No matter what, try to find the good in every situation. I promise it’s there.
  • Wisely – Let’s try to think before we speak, my mouth has gotten me into more trouble than I care to say and let’s not even talk about my emotions that drives the get-away car. The bible says, a soft answer turns away wrath but grievous words stir up anger. Tell your emotions to give you the keys….
  • Thoughtfully – Let’s think more about someone else than ourselves.
  • Maturely – I know this is hard but sometimes you have to be the bigger person in a situation, even if it means saying you’re sorry first.
  • Responsibly – you know what this means…lol
  • Unapologetically – having/living without regrets

LET’S DO MORE:

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  • Exercises, Exercise, Exercise – If you haven’t been to the gym in ages (like me…hehe) then you don’t want to go out the gate committing to working out an hour or more a day….That won’t happen. A little bit a day goes a long way….trust me! (5-10min is a great start!)
  • Picking Better Food Choices – Getting fresh meals delivered to your house every week is truly ideal (I may have to check into this later) however; it’s not affordable for everyone. So Instead, start small. It may be adding green beans instead of fries to a meal and/or opting for the side salad instead of the fries for a burger or picking up an apple or orange instead of the cookies out of the vending machine at work (preaching to the choir here, I’ve done it) Take Small steps towards health and soon….it’ll be a full commitment.
  • Things for ourselves – YASSSS!!! I mean this wholeheartedly. Ladies and Gents schedule a massage once a month or go get your nails, feet or hair done. Take some ME time for you, even if it means taking some time and going window shopping or getting an ice-cream cone. Even taking some time off work, not to run errands or do things for the kids but for YOU. Know how they say on an airplane cover your nose before anyone else’s? – Yes, Exactly…..YOU FIRST!
  • Calendars on Our phonesUse It! Soooo, let me just say I know all of our phones should have a calendar on them and that’s great if you use them. I noticed last year that my brain had failed me in remembering quite a few things – a friend then asked me, why don’t you use the calendar on your phone?? I know this might sound silly or juvenile but that calendar has been a lifesaver! We get new phones and sometimes don’t use half of the stuff on them…I don’t know if you do it or not, but make use of your phone calendar and it has reminders, so there’s no excuse to miss those very important appointments.
  • Say I Love You! – OMGosh, we don’t say this enough. Practice not only telling yourself this but others as well. LOVE IS THE KEY!
  • Take Chances – We miss many of the chances we don’t take. Take more chances
  • Forgive…..Need I say more?

LET’S ACHIEVE MORE:

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  • Dust it OFF – You don’t even have to tell me, everyone has something that they put on the back burner to be written, explored or tackled for later and that later ended or ends up being 2yrs long….whatever it is, dust it off and put yourself on a timeframe to get it done (For me? Book #2 is on the dust it off list, what’s on yours?)
  • Travel – In my mind, there are A LOT of places that I go too – only for them to be just that…stuck and lived out in my mind; have you been there? This year, plan to go on that long-awaited trip – even if it’s a hike…..travel someplace you’ve never been. I’m actually working on getting my passport and visa to travel to Africa or Russia this year….fingers crossed. Let’s hope my wallet is favorable = )
  • Social Media what you Say? – Okay, we all love social media and in this world (maybe this should’ve gone under the DO MORE tab) however, I feel as though we all could use a needed break from social media. It’s amazing because once I scroll and look at one pic or statement – next thing you know an hour or two has passed by and I’m tired. An hour or two lost that could’ve been used on something productive (like the Dust if Off bit above)
  • Take Some Classes – whether you want to cook better, learn how to ballroom dance, do pottery, take those much needed business classes or even if you want to learn how to crochet (not my thing and I tried it…lol) whatever it is you want to do, Nike says “Just Do It” I say “Just Take It” let’s be more adventurous this year, speaking of which….
  • MeetUps Anyone? – Last year I signed up to do a meetup with a group of writers who were supposed to meet at our local library here in town every week, needless to say – it didn’t work out as the library had not heard of such a group….anywho, there are plenty of meetup activities and places to go and get involved in, you just have to look for them and it depends on what you like or want to do – trust me, there’s a meetup for it. Check it Out!!
  • Go to the Movies and not on your Couch! – Yes, I do I do I do LOVE the Redbox and enjoy watching a movie in, rather than out. But going out to the movies over the holiday season with my two kids (We saw Bumblebee – Awesome movie by the way!! – Thanks Mallory for the gift card) was a joy. It allowed us to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air as well as popcorn with everyone else, it was a good outing and I loved seeing an even bigger screen.

And Last but Not Least

JUST BE TRUE TO BEING YOU!!! NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS.

Life is short, don’t let another year go by without living yours out loud!!!

So, how was your holiday! And what are you thinking, planning or achieving this year!!

See Ya Soon! Roshonda =)

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The Next Step is Meal Prep!

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Now that the new year has officially gotten underway, the number one goal on everyone’s agenda whether for the first week, month or entire year is to get healthy, cut out the sugar, go to the gym and eat clean!

Well in order to achieve those goals, the other number one thing you have to do outside of getting healthy is prepping your meals. Trust and believe, I’m no expert at doing this and if I can be honest, I find the whole cooking everything on a Sunday for the rest of the week to be very cumbersome and plus if you’re an avid follower of mine, then you already know this girl, HATES COOKING! LOL!

But, my light at the end of the tunnel came last year when I noticed the money in my pockets were getting slimmer and slimmer and this wasn’t due to the bills I had but the food places I frequently visited on a daily…..Yes….every….single….day. If it wasn’t Burger King, it was Mickey D’s or Taco Bell or anything FAST that I could get my hands on and while that was a good quick fix, that fix became a habit that continued to get out of control very quickly. It was then that I had a “come to Jesus” meeting with myself and vowed that I would take my lunch, even if it was a PB&J but I was determined to save money.

It’s been almost a year now and I can attest that I “planned my work and worked my plan!” I think I can count on one hand the times I went out to get lunch and for me?, that’s a HUMONGOUS accomplishment to say the least and that was all thanks to biting the bullet and starting to meal prep. Now, don’t get me wrong – this girl still hates cooking but what I had begun to do was cook more at dinner and take leftovers to work and if I didn’t do that, I made sure that I had something to take to eat – no excuses! In times past I was also the person that would successfully take my lunch, butttttttttt….if a co-worker or friend wanted to go out to eat, I would helplessly tag along and vow to eat my lunch the next day….which almost never happened. Not only was I spending money, that I didn’t necessarily have to spend but I was wasting good food that could’ve been eaten.

Last year, I gave snacking meal prep a try – you know those healthy snacks that you need in between eating breakfast, lunch and dinner? I’ve learned that eating 5 times a day keeps your metabolism burning, making you to continually burn calories. There was a young lady whom was doing snacking trays last year and because I love to support people, I thought I’d give it a try and it was great – but once mid-summer ended, so did the special she had running of getting five trays in which all consisted of either fruit, turkey and ham, veggies and cheese and you even got a small packet of ranch dressing for dipping. It was then that I set out to do my own trays for a cheaper cost of course, listed below is what I found, the prices I got it for and the trays I made up for the week.

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The Price was cheap, the meat alone at reg. price was $6.88 and the tray at reg. price was $10.00. The cheese is a Walmart GV brand, it was $1.84 and the strawberries were on sale for $1.00 a tray

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Once I divided up what I had, this is what I got!

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All fixed and ready for the week, I even did me a ranch cup! Don’t mind the donut holes on the side, those were my son and daughter’s holes…lol. I promise I didn’t eat one. #Keepingit100

Meal prepping can be as simple or as hard as you make it but I always like to choose the simple route, so save those left overs and go to the grocery store and search out the low prices on fruit, greens and etc and make up your own snack trays. Hey, you got goals this year and I’m sure you want to make those goals a success, if I can do it – surely you can. There’s a quote that says “Don’t fear failure, Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today” – No matter what your health or life goals are for this year, make them count and make them work!!

As Promised

In last week’s post I stated that I would share a breakfast meal prepping recipe from a certified trainer and here it is 👇👇👇👇

Aaron Summerville is an Elite Trainer Aaron Summerville Meal6of Burn Boot Camp Greenville, NC, where he and trainer, Eric D. Kea help shape, inspire and train women of all ages and sizes. They put the “A” in Awesome!  Listed below is a meal prep breakfast recipe that Aaron fixes up to stay healthy and charged on a busy schedule.

I usually eat all the ingredients anyway for breakfast, but this recipe will help save me time and energy every morning to cook breakfast and help hit my goals! If you work crazy hours like me or struggle with getting a healthy breakfast in this might be the recipe for you. Aaron Summerville

Yum, Yum Breakfast Muffins

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Protein: 15g
Carbs: 11g
Fats: 5g
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6 Whole Eggs
2 Cups Egg Whites
1 1/2 Sweet Potato
10 oz. Turkey Sausage
6 Tbsp Tomato
6 Tbsp Onion
1/2 Cup Spinach
4 Oz. Cheese
25-Minutes @ 350.

I just want to add, for this recipe you will mash up the sweet potato and put it in the bottom of the muffin pan and pour your mixture on top.

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Hey and if you like strength training, cardio or if your gym classes aren’t giving you that extra push in your workouts, there may be a burn boot camp in your home town or near you. Did I mention that I currently do burn boot camp and have lost a total of 10+ inches off my whole body?, the workouts are tough but they really do work, I’m not only a fan but a witness!  check to see if you have one near you  👉 here

See ya in the next Post!!-1

Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of A Blog, A Magazine. It’s JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager

 

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Just put the “H” in It!! – Put the H in what?, What is the H? Well, you just have to come back next week to find out = )

NO! Is the New Sexy for 2018

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Hey You! Happy New Year!!!

I don’t know about you but I could have used another week of rest, 2017 came in as fast as it went out and honestly it went so fast until there are only a couple of things or months I should say that I really remember, let’s hope and pray that this year goes by a little slower because I can’t do Christmas again in 2 months….get it?…LOL!

Okay, so here we are in 2018 – Isn’t it exciting when a new year rolls around? It’s a fresh time in which we all declare for the 18th time that we’re going to finally get our life right! We make our list and promise to really stick to it this time – more than we did in years past and while we’re working on finally loosing those extra pounds, getting our finances in order and actually SAVE money this time around or get up the nerve to go back to school to get that degree, there’s one more thing that I am adding to my “resolved” list this year and that’s to exercise my right in saying NO!….let me explain..

Sometimes I can be a people pleaser and I’m easily pressured into doing things that I wouldn’t normally want to do….BUT!….because I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings or make someone feel bad or have someone not like me; I say YES. I constantly have to catch myself at times because I’m known to do things out of impulse because I feel that’s what people want me to do or I’ll stall on giving a complete answer and when I do say yes to something and my yes doesn’t work out, I hide in a corner or duck and dodge around to keep from facing the individual or the truth of the matter – all because I’m people pleasing.

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Recently, I asked a young man (he’s no more than 12 or 13yrs old) to wash my car. He washed it once before and did an amazing job, I mean he’s really good to be his age and if he keeps it up, I really see a bright future for him in business. However; when he came by the house, I asked him to come back the following Saturday and he could wash the car then; well as my luck would have it, I had the money but something more important took precedence over me getting my car washed that day. I didn’t know what to tell him because I knew he was coming, it was close to Christmas and he was looking forward to working to earn money, needless to say he didn’t come to the house until much later that day, I heard him knock on the door but I couldn’t open it to face him to tell him the truth. He came back a day later and knocked again and the following day after that and knocked again. With each knock, my heart pounded and I grew sorrowful and weary. I just couldn’t get up the nerve to face him to say “Look little guy, I can’t afford to pay you right now” simple words huh?, no – they’re really not. A couple of days later, I had a credit come into my account of a purchase that I had cancelled, it wasn’t much money and again, I had something else that I had to do with it, but the Lord began to deal with my heart and said “Follow peace with all men” even this young man.

While I didn’t have the money to really give him, I asked the lord to bring him by the house as I didn’t think he would come due to seeing my car sitting in the driveway but not receiving a response. He didn’t even have to wash the car, I just felt obligated to give him something for his time and that’s exactly what I did. The look on his face said everything and the yoke on my shoulder suddenly melted away. The lesson I learned in all of that is that things could have been a lot easier, had I just had the courage to tell him No or No, not right now.

Do you have trouble with telling people No? Why is that?

Listed below are just a few tips to consider when you have to say the treacherous “N.O.”

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1. Who are you trying to Please?

The first thing you have to ask yourself is “Why am I saying Yes” If this is to please someone or if you feel that individual will like you if you less if you said No, then maybe you need to re-evaluate your relationship with them. There are many people whom would love nothing more than for us to do what they want but you have to consider the person that means the most in this situation and that’s YOU & YOUR WANTS!

2. NO is Empowering!

You know what?, you have to protect yourself. Saying “Yes” all the time is not a good thing, don’t allow your mind or emotions to play tricks with you in thinking that saying No is a bad thing because it’s not. There’s only one you and if you don’t want something or are not feeling something or someone for that matter – it’s okay to say NO! This is your life, think of it as you being the president of your own world and you have to make the decision on what will pass and what won’t. What are you willing to allow and what are you willing to let go.

3. STAND UP!

Fear is the number one thing that keeps us from doing the things that we really want to do. I’ll tell you, I wasn’t always good about standing up for myself – I’d rather just sit and let the chips fall where they may, whether they were right or whether they were wrong because for so long I allowed myself to have a silent voice. If you don’t stand up for yourself, then who will. We live in a world where partially everyone is out to get what is rightfully theirs, so what’s stopping you from getting what’s yours including your voice back, it’s just waiting on you to open up and take charge.

This year, go after what you want for your life. It’s time out for allowing people to step all over you, It’s time to speak up and take control of your destiny. The word NO holds so much power in it and you have a right to use it, who cares if someone gets mad and who cares if they talk about you. You only get one shot to make a difference and that little bit of light at the end of the tunnel, could be held in two little words…..NO!

Now go get your NO, Sexy Back!

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Thank you Martha Brown for this thought!

 

See ya in the next Post!!-1

Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of A Blog, A Magazine. It’s JustsumInspiration, Author, Speaker & Encourager

 

Next Week-1Do you want to take your lunch to work more this year, than last year? Well, make sure you come back next week, I’ll be giving you some grocery shopping tips on how to meal prep for cheap and provide a delicious meal prep breakfast recipe from a certified trainer.