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Summer Meals in 30 minutes or Less

It’s Summer in the kitchen!  Time to  use the oven less and prepare lighter, healthier, tasty summer dishes.  It’s the time of year to prepare meals in the crock pot, wok, and stove top.  Temperatures outside are warm and who wants to slave over a hot oven for hours.  So whether you are vegan or a meat lover, you’re sure to find something on SCW’s list of delicious summer meals that you and your family will love and have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less!

10  Delicious Summer Meals

  • Meals Prepared in a Wok

Beef and broccoli stir fry – Delicious and tasty you can use either rice or noodles

Chicken stir fry

Vegetable stir fry

Spaghetti

Italian Pasta Salad

Chicken  Caesar salad w/Parmesan cheese

Wedge Salad

Baked Talapia or a light pan fried coating

Pan fried lamb chops- olive oil, coat and brown on each side

Grilled barbecue chicken

  •  Keep plenty of fresh fruit around wherever possible

Delicious Summer drink

Coconut Penna desert drink

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Getting Fit Summer 2017

The unofficial start of summer is Memorial Day which signals warmer weather, longer days, shorts, swimwear, and lightweight clothing.  However, the official start of summer is June 21. You still have time! Are you in the shape you want to be in?  How fit and healthy do you feel?  If your answer is no, it’s time to achieve a leaner, healthier you.

My diet and exercise routine has literally changed my life for the better!  There are so many positives.  I was always one that could eat whatever I wanted and not gain weight!  But of course all good things must come to an end.  Trust me I feel your pain.  I was the biggest foodie.  I loved all the good stuff Cheeseburgers, fries, steak, potatoes, soul food, triple cheese mac & cheese, subs, on and on.  As we age our metabolism slows down and it’s much harder to lose weight.

I noticed a couple of years ago I had gained weight and I was ten pounds over what I wanted to be.  I had always stayed within a certain weight and wanted to maintain that.  Also I’m petite, Five feet one inch, so you don’t want to pack too much into a small frame.  I had to take action, and I did!  I started in 2015 working out regularly and changing my diet.  Now it’s two years later and I’m so proud of myself, I can’t tell you how good I feel.  The hardest thing for me was changing my diet!  But you’ll find that if you stay consistent your body will get used to the change.  Today it’s 6:30 am here on the west coast and I’ve just finished my workout.

My normal workout routine is 5 days a week just 20 minutes a day!  But I’m consistent and that makes all the difference.  Typically in the morning for breakfast, I’ll do cereal, Special K w/strawberry, or oats cereal, maybe a cup of yogurt, or sometimes a cup of applesauce.  Next I drink my water throughout the morning and during my workout.  Water suppresses your appetite.  At 10:00 am I have a protein smoothie Naked Juice.  For lunch around 1:00 pm I have a salad and baked chicken, or chicken nuggets. I have my salads everyday!  That’s it for the day!  If I want a snack later in the day I’ll do tuna and crackers or maybe a bowl of cereal.

I’m 125 pounds, sometimes it fluctuates to 128 or so.  I feel awesome, have lots of energy,  I’m not as hungry, it boosts my mental agility, wards off colds and flu.  Not to mention adding years to my life.  If you’re on the other side of 40 adjust to your change in metabolism by taking control.  If you’re in your 20’s and 30’s start yourself on a healthy course that will take you through the rest of your life!  Losing weight is going to take commitment!  You can do this!

5 Tips to a Healthier You

  • Write down your goals and reasons for achieving them

  • Keep a food diary. Track what you’re eating

  • Portion control is your friend, (have you noticed plates in restaurants have gotten larger)

  • Fill up on salads, fruits and vegetables

  • Changing your diet is a strategy you must master, (start small and go from there)

  • Aerobics

  • Calisthenics

  • Machines

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Treadmill

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  • Indoor Exercise

Outdoor workouts are a great alternative, here’s why

  • You satisfy your mind by getting out and being active

  • You challenge your muscles by doing workouts that are not possible indoors.

  •  You can soak up Vitamin D

  • The flood of fresh air into your lungs is invigorating!

 

  • Outdoor exercise

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Spring Break Fitness

Make your new spring 2017 body your best yet!  Healthy and fit in mind, body and spirit!  Below are some simple effective workouts that can be done at home or in the gym.  The warm up is on the way so do get out into the fresh air and be active!

Core and Pelvis exercise

Thigh, hips and legs exercise

Wall squat

Medicine ball squat

Light weights for arms

Heart and lower body Elliptical

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Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu for Two

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Love at first Bite!  We love going out to dinner and trying new restaurants!  but if you’rE like me on Valentines Day we usually just enjoy staying in and preparing a delicious meal!  That way you can avoid the holiday crowds, driving, parking, waiting,etc…  And it’s much more relaxing to have an awesome evening at home.  It’s also nice to have a great evening out with your significant other and be waited on while you focus on one another.  No matter how you choose to make your dinner plans this year the key here is to divert from the norm. This is where you want to splurge a little and choose a meal you wouldn’t normally have.

For instance since my husband and I have cut down on the red meat, for diet and health reasons now steak is a luxury for me. Also, I love lobster but it’s not something I have every night so that’s one of the dishes on our menu for VDay this year.  So what do you have a taste for that you haven’t had in a while?

While you give that some thought let’s get started planning your Valentine’s day dinner menu.  I’m sure you will be inspired by a delicious dish that makes the cut this year for SCW’s special holiday menu! And dessert on Valentine’s day is a must!  So no counting calories, no feeling guilty, just total delicious abandon!

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Steak and Lobster

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Rack of lamb

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Halibut

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Crab stuffed jumbo shrimp

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Oysters Rockefeller

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Deserts

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Strawberry creme cake

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Red velvet cake

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Dark knight chocolate cake

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Triple chocolate layer cake

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Verse of the day:

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Fit for Life in 2017 New Year New You

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It’s fresh start week at SCW and we’re making a fresh start with a healthy lifestyle. This year get moving!  The number way to stay healthy is to be active.  An active lifestyle that keeps you on the go is also burning calories.  Don’t think diet, think lifestyle.  Studies have shown physical activity leads to improved mood and feelings of well-being.  The positive changes you make this year will set you on track for a blueprint of healthy lifestyle for years to come.  Easy? No, but worth it.  The hardest part is to start.
Change is hard.  If you need to pray about it, do so.  Pray that God will strengthen your willpower to help you meet your goals.  If you do not make a change you’ll actually be worse off than last year because you will gain MORE weight.  The more you gain, the harder it gets, and the more unhappy you will be. My motivation for working out is that I know I will be unhappy with the way I look if I don’t.  There used to be a time when I could eat anything I wanted and not gain a pound those days are no more!
I have to work at it now.  I’m in the gym every weekday morning by 6am because I’m committed to my health, to myself and to my husband.  When I had a check up last year I found that had improved my overall health significantly by diet change and exercise. That made me feel awesome. Do something good for yourself!  Live long and be strong because you’re a Smart Christian Woman.  Remember your health is your greatest asset.

Round up the moms in your neighborhood and start a fitness group

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If you have a significant amount of weight loss as your goal, 100 pounds or more get a trainer.  There trainers at the local gym that can help you.

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Do what you like and what works for you. Yoga, and dance classes are very popular among women and also gives you a sense of community so you don’t feel like you’re alone.

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Calisthenics at home. Hard to get to the gym with small children?  There are tons of workout videos on the internet, get your laptop and follow along from the comfort of your home.

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Make healthier diet choices. Replace bad choices with good choices.

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  • New Year New You

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Verse of the day:

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SCW 2017 Highlights & Verse of the Day

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Hello friends,
To God be the Glory
in spite of whatever problems you may have.  Yesterday was my official start of my holiday winter break. Although I’ll have other work endeavors to keep me busy, right now I’m just concentrating on the holidays and family. So I want to give you guys the full schedule for the upcoming new year. As I said there will be posts for the remainder of the year, lots to read.  Once 2017 arrives we will kick off the new year with some awesome posts for the first week of the new year.  After the first week of January there will be encouragement daily of course.  However there will only be time to post on specific days.  Until then you have over 600 posts to enjoy.  I will return in February in time for Valentines Day!

Coming up in January 2017:

  • Get healthy and Fit for 2017

  • Habits of successful Couples

  • Habits of financially successful women

  • Revamp your online Profile

  • Women’s ministry

  • Women in Business

    2017 SCW post schedule Highlights:

  • Valentines date night outfits

  • Valentines date night dates

  • Posts for Married Couples

  • Posts for Singles

  • Posts for Family life

  • Posts to build faith

  • Spring date night outfits

  • Spring Date Nights

  • Spring Getaway

  • Wedding Season posts

  • Mothers Day gifts for mom

  • Mothers Day dates

  • Memorial Day

  • Summer Getaway

  • Summer fashionistas date night outfits

  • Summer date nights

  • Fall date night outfits

  • fall date nights

  • Thanksgiving Holiday Posts

  • Christmas Holiday Posts

  • New years  Holiday posts

SCW will post on all important dates and holidays throughout the year.  We’ve been doing revamping to the site.  Don’t forget to check out our new holiday special edition of the “About the Author” page (click the link). Too many posts to name them all, but this gives you an idea of the post schedule and what to expect. We’re really excited for the new year!

Smart tip of the day: Never lose hope!  This is the season of hope.

 

  • My wish for you is that those who are bound God Grants Freedom

  • Those who are lost God grants sight and direction

  • Those who spirits are dark God grants light

  • Those of you who need guidance, God will show you the way

  • Those who need Love God sends love your way.

Peace and God Bless to everyone, I hope you get everything you want and if you don’t get it, God just has something better for you!  Trust in him!

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We thank all our blessed readers and followers for your continued support and prayers. We appreciate You!

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Living Healthy, Living Smart, Fall Tone Up

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It’s a continuous task trying to stay fit, healthy, with all that life demands of us.  Challenge yourself  to put in that extra effort to be strong and fit.  Give yourself that extra breathing room in your diet for the holidays.  This is my favorite time of year.  Enjoy the changing of the season and recommit to health.

Health is wealth.  Make the most of fall’s colors and beautiful weather.  Get some fresh air!  Detox the negative thoughts, breath in new life, positive thoughts, and give thanks to God!  1 Corinthians 15:57  “Thanks be unto God who gives us the victory.”  Proverbs says “the word of God is health and life.”  Proverbs 4:22  “For they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.”

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