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It’s A New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


It seems like only yesterday that we were telling one another Happy New Year and setting our goals for 2016. Yet, we’ve already reached the halfway mark for January, and February is merely 8 days away! I cannot believe how quickly the time is passing and how much has already happened. I turned 25! (dear Lort, lol); I made the very grown up decision to leave a job that I was unhappy with and got two amazing job offers–I only applied at these two places; and then made the even more adult-like decision to take the job that would offer more experience, flexibility and bank –almost double what I was making before!

As all of these wonderful things come into fruition, I know that there will only be more to come, and God is simply preparing me for the type of year and life he has planned for me. I’m ready for my hobby to become my career; I’m ready to be in the healthiest, most fit shape of my life; & mama ain’t no beggar, but I’m definitely down for a male companion/boyfriend/hubby/all of the above! Haha! But seriously, guys??

But in preparation for all new things, the old habits have to go and changes must be implemented. Change isn’t change until you change. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. You know that, I know that, but it none of it matters if we don’t act upon it.

Philippians 4: 6&7 (NKJV)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Let your heart and mind be guarded. Put your trust in God and allow him to guide your footsteps. Every day, the intent must be there:

Work Harder

Grow Stronger

Eat Better

Pray Longer

Live YOUR life to the best of YOUR ability and do everything with and in love!

I hope you guys are enjoying the new year and making every effort to make every day the best day of your life. Be sure to stay in touch this year and we’ll keep each other motivated and encouraged on this journey!

In other news, I celebrated my 25th in Atlanta! If you wanna see what we got up to, be sure to watch the video below and subscribe to my YouTube channel for future vids 🙂

 Lynella!

Morning Smoothies: Blueberry, Banana & Spinach

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I love morning smoothies! They’re refreshing, clean, easy to make and good on the go! You can make a great smoothie with just a couple of items or by throwing multiple ingredients into the mix. This morning, I made a blueberry, banana, and spinach smoothie. Most days, I choose the bag of mixed frozen fruits for more of a tropical taste, but sometimes I’m looking for something sweeter, less tangy. And I’m sure you guys are familiar with fruit smoothies, but tossing a leafy green in allows you to add a boost without forfeiting the flavor. Sometimes, I’ll even make a smoothie with 3/4 spinach and 1/4 frozen fruit– it’s just still wonderful, just not as sweet. When choosing additives, I always go for flaxseeds and chia seeds. I haven’t looked into other things, but I started with these because they help with weight loss. For more info, I’ve listed the ingredients for this particular smoothie below and some of their many health benefits*.

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Ingredients:

1 cup of Frozen Blueberries (fresh ones are okay)

Blueberries are great for weight loss, as they are high in dietary fiber. They’re also great for healthy digestion, fighting wrinkles, maintaining healthy bones, lowering blood pressure, managing diabetes, improving mental health, warding off heart disease, and preventing cancer.

1 Medium Banana

Bananas help with lowering blood pressure, asthma, combating cancer, supporting a healthy heart due to the levels of fiber, potassium, Vitamin C, and B6, diabetes, preserving memory, and boosting your mood.

Handful of Fresh Spinach

Because spinach is a dark, leafy green, it’s great for the skin, hair, and bones, and it provides protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals. Helps manage diabetes, prevents cancer, asthma, lowers blood pressure, promotes regularity (so pooping!), and bone health.

1 tsp. of Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are a great source of dietary fiber and help to protect against cancer, lower cholesterol, and improve blood sugar levels.

1 tsp. of Chia Seeds

Looking to boost your fiber intake? Chia seeds can help with that. These guys help with weight loss, digestion, detoxing, cardiovascular disease prevention, cholesterol, and lowering diabetes risks.

Ice (few cubes)

Water (1/4 ways upward?)

1 tbsp. of Honey 

If any of you give this a try, let me know how you like it. & for those of you that are already drinking tons of morning smoothies, let me know some of your favorite recipes!

   Lynella!

*All health information was sourced from medicalnewstoday.com and have been linked accordingly.