These daily posts show everything I eat and drink (excluding water).  The accountability accelerates success as I adjust to a ‘new normal’ during this period of recovery from the Louisiana Flood.  I hope it also provides a few simple meatless meal ideas and TempleCare Tips to help you care for your body during challenging times.

Often, the hardest part of change is the start.

Science supports this concept as it takes more force to get something moving than to keep it moving.

I adore this aspect of change – particularly when magnified with faith. Time and time again, when a change is faith-focused, the reason is righteous, and a believer takes those first steps – God meets and blesses the effort.

I embraced this truth today in the first step of a new commitment to crack of crazy morning exercise (the only time it will fit in this new schedule).  So, I got up at 4:40 (4:15 was the goal…) and hit the Y for a high intensity Stacked workout.


Rolling out of bed to go workout – felt horrible.

Leaving the gym after the workout – felt fierce, and my energy was high most of the day.

TempleCare Tip: Move it in the Morning

Morning exercise has many benefits including better sleep, boosted metabolism, and improved food choices.  Get your workout in when you can fit it in – but if you have flexibility, try to exercise in the morning.

I’m excited to see how new scheduling goes.

Speaking of food. My eats for the day were as follows:



Picked this up from SAMS with unsweet tea.




I had a hankerin for Asian food and picked this up vegetable stir fry from China 1 on Airline in Baton Rouge. It was far less than satisfying. (I threw most of it out.) Vegetarian options were limited at this restaurant. Won’t go there again.



Hungry from lunch, these snacks were needed by late afternoon.



This was sooo much better than it looks. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect chili, and this may be it. It’s made from 2 ingredients: Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo and Amy’s Organic Black Bean Vegetable Soup. It is easy, spicy, thick, hearty, healthy, and delicious!!!

Healthy habits don’t have to be time consuming or burdensome.  We’ll explore this more in TempleCare For Trying Times.  Program starting soon.



Thursday eats.

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