Meal Prep: A Love and Hate Relationship

 

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How many times have you gotten home on a weekday and cooking was the LAST thing you wanted to do? Go on. Raise your hand 🙂  After working all day, no one wants to come home and have to make dinner. In these situations, you either suck it up and cook  or end up ordering out. Wes and I would often end up doing the latter. *hangs head in shame*

This was a bad habit for us for a few reasons. We had started to eat really clean and the food we ordered was NOT. We were also spending a ton of money on food, when we had already spent money on groceries for that week. So we decided to look into meal prep. I know, I know. When you think of meal prep, you think of  the images on Instagram of celebrities ordering pre-cooked meals delivered to your door. That not it! For the every day person, meal prep is planning and cooking your meals ahead of time for the week. We have a love and hate relationship with meal prep for two reasons. 1: It saves us so much time in the week while allowing us to stick to the way we eat! This is clutch if you have crazy schedules like Wes and I. Even more so if you eat the way we do (mostly clean!). 2: It’s just so freaking time consuming. We usually take a few hours on Saturday or Sunday to prep and it can be exhausting at times. But if you compare that to the time you save in the week, it’s worth it!

When we first started, we literally just “googled” clean eating meal prep recipes. We experimented with a bunch of different sources until we realized that all w had to do was make what we liked, in a way that would keep well, and double the recipe. We did that for a while, until we got tired of all of our recipes. We then went back to the drawing board (aka Google) for some more recipe inspiration. So far it’s been working out well! And it’s three years in the making. We’re going to post some more about meal planning and prep, but for now, we’ll leave you with some of our favorite sites for some inspiration!  We’ll also leave a link to one of the first sites we used as an intro to meal prep. Happy prepping!

Introduction to Meal Prep: http://www.organizeyourselfskinny.com/2014/10/23/a-beginners-guide-to-once-a-week-food-prep-20-starter-recipes-and-meal-prep-ideas/

Our favorite sites:

Pinch of Yum: http://pinchofyum.com/recipes

Kitchn: http://www.thekitchn.com/

2017: Accountability and Application

The focus of the year 2016 for Wesley and I was relationships (the importance of them, maintaining, fostering and ending them). Because of our relationships, we accomplished the goals we set for 2016 and we were able to help other people meet theirs.

Now, in 2017, we want to focus on accountability and application.

Accountability can mean a lot of things. To us, it means accepting responsibility for your actions and how they affect others. In life, we become automatically accountable to other people. As a child, you are accountable to your parents. As you get older, you become accountable to you friends, your boss, your partner, etc. But there is a difference when you become willing to be accountable. Instead of doing things because you should, you do them because you want to. This invites another level of commitment to your every day actions. Choosing accountability also means expecting people to hold you to your responsibilities and your standards. You invite those moments of reinforcement and embrace them, instead of becoming defensive. I can’t get mad if Wesley points out the fact that I agreed to cook dinner and I didn’t. I won’t be surprised if I wrote a terrible lesson and received some not so nice feedback. These are all things that keep me accountable.

Application is using what you’ve learned in life to reach your goals. Something Wes and I are both guilty of is doubting ourselves. Of course, this is a normal human emotion. But sometimes it is okay to know that you know. It’s time to get out there and show and prove! For example, although we’re young, we’ve both been in our respective fields for over 5 years. But we let the fact that we are on the younger side dictate our actions when it shouldn’t. This is even more relevant in our lives outside of work. We place a lot of emphasis on personal growth. Even in our own social relationships, the ideas of communication and understanding that we impart on each other should be given to others.

What are your goals for 2017? Don’t have any? It’s never too late to set a goal for yourself!

Wealth Mindset

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As I was scrolling through Facebook today, I came across an article that said NBA superstar player Kawhi Leonard still drives a ’97 Chevy even though he has a 94 MILLION dollar contract.You’ve all seen this car before.

It’s not the prettiest looking thing(especially not being brand new) but his reasoning is: it runs and it is paid off. My first reaction: a round of applause. If more people thought this way, there would be more millionaires and billionaires in the world. As I am getting older, the value of material things gets less and less and the prospect of wealth and stability become more and more valuable. Wes and I are working toward building wealth and preparing for retirement (we’ll be sharing more about that soon). I want to be in a better standing than my parents were and I want my children to be in a better standing than I was. I know a lot of people that wish they had had better financial plans at 24 years old. Kawhi is on the right track to be well established for the rest of his life and not just for the rest of his career.

Love: Each Other

These past two weeks have been trying for W and I. Aside from the usual busyness that is our lives, we attended two funeral services for people that were dear to us. It had only been a few months since we had seen either of them. Now it seemed both of them were gone out of nowhere. These gentle souls didn’t know each other but one thing resonated throughout both of their services: love each other. Right now. It may feel like you have forever but we truly don’t know what the next day, the next hour or the next minute holds. These people always reached out with love to the people around them and it was evident in those at the services. Whether you knew them for a week or a decade, you felt the love they exuded to the world. So many lives were touched by the work of their hands. It was amazing to see. So my declaration for now and going into the new year is to love more. If it’s saying good morning to a colleague, one to ones with a crazy student or folding the laundry even though I hate doing it, I’m going to do it. Because you never know how that may affect someone. And this world could use a little more love in it.

It’s been how long?

Eight years. That’s how long W and I have been together. And honestly, it doesn’t feel that long. W and I met in during our first semester in college through friends. If you had told us back then that we’d be happily married now, I would’ve laughed in your face. W thought I was stuck up (the nerve!) and I was fully immersed in my studies (when I wasn’t gallivanting around NYC). But somewhere along the line we became close friends. Real friends. The type that you have “what is life?” conversations with. We were all of a sudden doing everything together. Studying, grocery shopping, laundry. It was crazy! And then it hit me. I liked W. Liked liked him. And that was that.  We fell in love, got married and here we are! (sharing all of it with you :P) How did your love story begin?

We’re Back!

Here we are. Two years ago, we started Love Literally as a platform to discuss what we were experiencing as a young married couple. Of course, our lives became extremely busy and thus our hiatus began. But, during this time, one thing became clear: we needed to come back.  Now, we are not experts by any means when it comes to living life but W and I agree on one thing: love. And this echoes not only through our relationship with each other, but other facets of our lives as well. So we look forward to sharing our thoughts with you guys and hope to inspire people to love literally!

Love Literally

Love (v.): ” To hold dear: cherish; to like or desire actively: take pleasure in; to thrive in”

(Merriam-Webster, 2013)

When we hear love, we think of the more obvious, easy parts of love. Things like hugs and kisses, gifts, romance. But in its true definition, love is more than these basic things.  Love is a passionate commitment.  It’s an active process that encompasses many things; sacrifice,compromise and dedication among other things.  In order to be in love and stay that way, you have to do what it says.

Love literally.