Getting Healthy + The July Walking Challenge

Lately I’ve been really trying to focus on getting healthy (and obsessing over fruit lately, hence the picture). Yesterday was the first time I’ve eaten out in weeks and that was only because I had to go to a team lunch at work. Other than that, I’ve cooked every meal I’ve had for at least the last 3 weeks. I’m actually really proud of my self because cooking at home is getting me out of my comfort zone with what I eat. I’m notorious for being picky but being able to experiment with different foods in the comfort of my own home has turned out to be really fun! 

For example, I used to only use four core seasonings for chicken. Seasoned salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Pinterest is my go to site for different recipes and I recently saw a post that had the most delicious looking chicken. All of the seasonings were the same as mine but they added Cumin and Paprika to make it spicy. If you know me you know that I love anything spicy and anything with hot sauce so of course I knew that I needed to add this to my tiny spice collection. Sure enough, the next time I made chicken, it was SO good. If you want to get a juicy chicken breast with a nice spicy kick, follow the recipe below. 

  • 1 pack of chicken tenders or breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Seasoned salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika or Cayenne pepper
  • Cumin

I don’t use any exact amount for my seasonings, I just know what I want more or less of. Make sure your chicken is completely thawed out before you cook it and rinse it with cold water. Once rinsed, pour olive oil over the chicken and rub until all breasts or tenders are covered. You can add in the seasonings however you like whether you mix them in one bowl or just shake it out of the individual containers. As long as all of the chicken is covered, it doesn’t matter. Heat your oven to 375 and set your timer for 20-25 minutes. All done!

I normally slice my chicken into strips so I can use it for meal prepping for the week whether it’s for burritos, with veggies, or even a salad. I’ll post my meal prep PDF for you guys below in case you need something to help you stay on track with saving money and grocery shopping too. It’s a really easy worksheet to use with the grocery list on the right and your meals on the left. I cannot tell you how much time this has saved me from just aimlessly walking around the store buying things I don’t need. Bottle that up with my coupons and I’m saving just as much money!

Staying on track isn’t as hard as I thought and now that I have that routine down pretty well, I’m ready to move on to the fitness part of my health. That being said, I’m doing walking challenge starting July 1st! One mile per day for a month. A mile is an easy task for me but I want my body to get into a habit of walking consistently before I increase my distance. If July works out well, I’ll bump it up to two miles per day in August. I also want to throw some yoga into the mix. I’ve never done it before, one because it seems like it exploded into a trend and two because I always thought it was too slow for me. However, with all of the walking and the gym, I’m going to need to make sure my body is stretched out so I don’t pull or hurt any muscles.

If you want to join me for the challenge comment below! I’ll give a weekly update on how my progress is going and we can get on track of getting healthy together. I use the Map My Walk app - don't worry it’s free. If you use that app feel free to add me as a friend and we can set up our own challenges to help stay on track. 

Wish me luck! It starts next week and don’t forget to download the meal planning worksheet below!

XO, Jaclyn


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