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Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016!

It’s 2016 … already? 2015 had it’s ups and downs, but it was a great year. I was able to quit the job that was making me miserable, start a new job, quit that one (literally after 2 weeks) and get hired for my dream job. I started at the end of July as a Game Master and in October got promoted to Community Manager and Game Master, and I LOVE IT. I love working at home, but most of all I love the people I work with and I love the job I do.

The end of 2015 also marked me living in Ohio for a little over a year now, which has been great. The city gets a little lonely since I have no friends here, but having my boyfriend makes it a little easier.

I personally don’t do resolutions, but try to participate in various things for the year. First off, I am going to try to keep a remembrance jar. Through out the year you write down things you want to remember from the year, and at the end of the year you open it and go through the jar.

Another thing I am planning to do is 12 games in 12 months, where you complete 1 game a month and try to complete your backlog of games. I plan on creating a separate video and post specifically talking about the games I plan to play, but I am excited for this one! I have a problem with not finishing games, and this year I hope to change that.

I am excited for 2016, and I hope you are too :)

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How I Meal Prep + Beginner Tips

Last week’s meal prep was very successful, so this week I decided to meal prep lunches and dinners. Once again I decided to keep it simple and just went with chicken, potatoes, and broccoli but next week I may try something different. I wanted to create a post on how I meal prepped this week and some tips for beginners.

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First, I peeled and diced 3 sweet potatoes and 3 regular potatoes. Last week I made rice, but I never ate any of the meals so decided just to do 2 different types of potatoes this week. I added just a little oil (for the potatoes I use non stick foil) and some Mrs. Dash seasoning and place in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes I checked on them, stirred them around a little, and baked them for another 10 minutes until they were fully cooked. Set these aside to cool.

meal3Next up I cooked the chicken. I just laid out 3 chicken breasts and season 2 with Mrs. Dash and another with Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper to give it a try. Placed in the oven for about 20 minutes, checked on it, and ended up cooking it for another 10 until fully cooked. Took the chicken out of the oven and let it cool.

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Meal Prepping Beginner

Something that I have always wanted to try has been to meal prepping. In case you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s where you plan out all of your meals for the entire week or for several days. My plan was to prep enough lunches for 5 days, plus a few extras … but I ended up having even more than that.

I did a lot of research before meal prepping for my first week, and what a lot of people were saying was to keep it simple at first. So I did just that. All I wanted for my meals was baked chicken, vegetables, and some sort of a starch and that was it. And that’s precisely what I did.

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For my meal prep this week I baked 3 chicken breasts in the oven (seasoned with Mrs. Dash and pepper), oven roasted sweet potatoes (also seasoned the same as the chicken), white rice (I hate brown rice … I know it’s healthier but I just can’t), and steamed broccoli. This ended up creating 8 meals (so glad I decided to buy extra containers!) and I even prepped some extra food. In case some days I don’t want what I made, I also prepped some romaine lettuce (chopped and washed) for salads (which I can top with almonds, mandarin oranges, goat cheese, sunflower seeds, etc) and a few boiled eggs (for salads and for snacks).

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For snacks I wanted very simple things that I knew I’d eat. So for snacks I have applesauce (I love adding a little bit of cinnamon to mine), roasted almonds (already portioned which is a bonus!), mandarin oranges, and some frozen yogurt (seriously it’s my fav and only 100 calories!). I also some snacks from my latest Nature Box that I can nom on if I want something a little different.

Think if I decide to meal prep again next week, I may try some other starches and vegetables (I’m super pick so we will see :P) as well as prepping some fruits and additional snacks. I really like variety when I eat, so we will see how this week goes first! If meal prepping is something I enjoy, I may invest in better quality/more containers as well as a scale. For measuring the food out I just used measuring cups and sort of guessed.