Daily Q&A Journals


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Hey there! I’m SO excited to finally formally announce the first of hopefully many journals I’ll be publishing. This one is the original, and it’ll be the format the rest of them will follow. Each day, the same questions are asked in order to observe and track personal growth. And every 30 days, there’s a different check-in to evaluate goal accomplishments. Check it out on Amazon, Goodreads, and CreateSpace for more details or contact me directly. 🙂 Thanks!


Checking in with your thoughts and feelings on a daily basis is important for personal growth. If you aren’t sure where you stand, how can you possibly move forward and grow? Journaling is a great way to examine your feelings, your patterns in mood and emotions, and your progress toward achieving your goals. 

The questions in this journal will allow you to focus on positivity, kindness, and productivity. Each question should reveal if you got the most out of your day, practiced gratitude, and concentrated on the positive side of things. 

If you didn’t, they will encourage you to try again tomorrow.


Coming Soon
The Free Spirit Edition
The Fitness Edition
The Mothers Edition
The Five Essentials Edition

Mickey Reed is the author of positivity, kindness, and productivity journals and workbooks. She’s also a fitness and wellness coach, writer of fiction, avid reader, editor, wife, pet mom, stepmom, blogger, plant-based vegan, positivity warrior, and addict of dessert. When she’s not reading, writing, or spreading a positive message, she’s likely working out, snuggling her dogs, posting photos on Instagram, or going to the movies with her husband.

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Meatless Monday: Video – Weekly on the Blog

What I do weekly on the blog..
 

 
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Breakfast:

  • Green smoothie – bananas, raspberries, spinach, water, and hemp protein powder

Snack:

  • Banana smoothie – bananas, water, hemp protein powder, chia seeds, and cinnamon.

Lunch:

  • Salad – iceberg, carrots, red cabbage, Roma tomatoes, with a RWV & GSO dressing

Dinner:

  • 3 tacos – homemade corn tortillas with pinto beans, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro.


Calories: ?
Colors: Yellow, green, red, brown, purple, orange
Water: 150 oz
Exercise: 40 min walk, 50 squats, stretching, C25K – W5D1, short swim
Sunshine: 60 mins
Sleep: 6.5 hours

Today starts the No Salt Challenge. Are you participating??

Meatless Monday
 
I feel sad about doing this, but today’s Meatless Monday post will be a list of a few dishes that are meatless and simple to make. I’ve been so busy that I didn’t even get a recipe together for today. But check out this list for a quick meal that has no meat in it at all.
 
  • Smoothies
    • Fruit smoothies are the best. Blend up your favorite combo.
  • Salads
    • Lots of greens and veggies with a homemade dressing is quick and easy.
  • Fruit plates
    • Just stick with fruit! Lots of delicious with no animal meat.
  • Pastas
    • Use brown rice or corn pasta and make your own marinara.
  • Rice
    • Make a rice and veggie dish and eat to your heart’s content.
 
I hope this list helps! I will be prepared next Monday with a real meatless recipe for you guys. Either way, you can always make your favorite dishes without meat in them. I don’t suggest substituting tofu for your meat because it’s mostly GMO, but I always recommend meatless dishes. Have a great week!
 
Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.
(not the animals)

What’s Important

We’ve lost sight of what is important. I’ve heard things like, “It doesn’t taste as good as skinny feels.” How terrible does that sound? Don’t eat because it feels better to be thin. That’s an awful mantra to have. Yet we instill these messages in our teenage girls because having a perfect outside is more important than being healthy on the inside. Which would, in turn, lead you to be healthy on the outside as well. It’s possible to eat and be thin, but we shouldn’t have to strive for thin. Strive for healthy and you’ll be beautiful no matter what.

Breakfast:

  • 1 banana
  • 32 oz orange/pineapple juice

Snack:

  • Green smoothie – spinach, bananas, mango, hemp protein

Lunch:

  • 1 banana
  • 12 oz iceberg lettuce with carrots and red cabbage (RWV & GSO dressing)

Snack:

  • 2.5 cups cherries

Dinner:

  • Baked potatoes (with salt and EVOO) with some spaghetti sauce and ketchup. Oy.

Calories: Not sure.
Colors: Yellow, orange, green, purple, red, brown, white
Water: 150 oz
Exercise: 40 min walk, 50 squats, C25K – W4D3, stretching
Sunshine: 60 mins
Sleep: 8 hours

I finished the No Cheese Challenge successfully! Did you?? Today is also day 7 of the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. Have you been participating? I have! And I’m feeling great. Tell me how it’s going for you. <3 Tomorrow is the beginning of the No Salt Challenge. Will you be participating? Let me know!

I finally got my run in today! It felt good, but I think I’m going to repeat this week on a faster speed. Just a little faster. I went too long between runs to feel comfortable. So we’ll see. This could also be fear of next week’s runs. I’m not going to stop, so I feel okay about it. Haha. Got my walk and squats in too. 50 was kind of hard, but I’ll try to do 5 more tomorrow. I’m trying not to make too many goals. I just want to listen to my body and push myself when I’m ready.

Today I also took my first evening primrose oil pill and added hemp protein to my smoothie this morning. These are supposed to help with my hormones thanks to the BC pill detox. I’m all over the map, and I’d like to get back on track. I’m feeling a little weird about taking pills for this, but it’s a natural supplement, so I hope it helps. Wish me luck.

I have so much editing to do, so I’m going to try to get lots done tomorrow. I want to walk, do my run, and get my squats in again tomorrow. Have to stay on track! I’m about to sign up for a 5K that’s in September! WOO! I’ve never been a runner, but I’ve never been more excited about this. All on fruits and veggies, too. Hmm. ;o)

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

Meatless Monday – Challenge Update and Announcement

Today is day 1 of the no-cheese challenge and the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge! Check and check, folks! No cheese, green smoothie. Feels GOOD! I got a lot accomplished today. I could have edited more, but I got my run on and wow. It felt amazing. I missed it! I’ve been on a three-day break. So it felt really great to get back on the treadmill. Yay!

Also, I have an announcement! I recorded a five-part series of videos about the five things I believe are essential to my lifestyle. When I switched, the food was really the most important. But I quickly realized that it was more than just food. So I made videos about what’s really important and what you should include if you want to live to achieve health. I can’t wait to share them with you!!

Breakfast:

  • Whole cantaloupe

Snack:

Lunch:

  • Last 16 oz of green banana smoothie
  • Whole head of broccoli with red wine vinegar and grapeseed oil

Snack:

  • Large Granny Smith apple

Dinner:

  • Butternut squash (with cinnamon and maple syrup) and a sweet potato

Calories: Don’t know.
Colors: Yellow, orange, green, brown, red
Water: 150 oz
Exercise: Yoga, 45 minute walk, 50 squats, 20 push-ups, C25K – W4D1
Sunshine: 60 minutes
Sleep: 7 hours

Meatless Monday Recipe:
It’s time for a Meatless Monday recipe! In honor of the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge, I give you the recipe for the green smoothie I made this morning. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can swap ingredients and really make this recipe your own. It has calcium, protein, and lots of potassium. Enjoy!
Green Banana Smoothie
Ingredients:
  • 2 kale leaves, no stems
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 6 bananas, peeled
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 8 ice cubes
Add kale leaves and water to the blender. Blend until smooth.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth.
Simple as that! Feel free to swap kale for spinach or other leafy green. Don’t like bananas? Add mangoes, grapes, or oranges instead. Want something more than water? Use coconut water or orange juice for a vitamin punch. Yum!
Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.
(And a green smoothie on the daily)

Video: Disordered Eating / Last Cheese Day

Video: Disordered Eating Behaviors and Some Honesty

 
Check out the video and tell me what you think. :o)
What other videos should I make?? Let me know!!

Breakfast:

  • 1 banana
  • 6-banana smoothie

Snack:

  • 3 cups red and green seedless grapes

Lunch:

  • Salad with orange sunburst tomatoes and a red wine vinegar/grapeseed oil dressing

Snack:

  • Snacky stuff – a handful of peanuts, 2 slices of mushroom, some green pepper, and 2 tomato slices

Dinner:

  • Pizza! The whole (gluten-free) pizza. Yep. Sayin’ goodbye to cheese!


Calories: A whole lot.
Colors: Yellow, red, green, purple, orange, brown, black
Water: Didn’t measure today. A lot though.
Exercise: 40 minute walk, 50 squats (!!), 10 pushups (!!), and 15 bicycle crunches
Sunshine: 60 minutes
Sleep: 8 hours

Today is the last day of cheese if you’re participating in the challenge with me! I’m going without cheese for the first week of July — the 1st through the 7th. So today we made pizza. And by we I mean my husband. Per the usual! And per the usual, it was delicious. OMG delicious! But I don’t think I’m going to miss the cheese. I’m going to watch some vegan message videos tomorrow to remind myself why cheese is no good for me. Salt is next week, but I don’t think that’s going to stick forever. I just want to see how I feel without eating it for a while.

I am so stuffed full of pizza. We’ve been eating it all night. I’m SO looking forward to eating fruit tomorrow and really focusing on nutrition over eating for the pleasure of taste. Nothing drove me to eat all of that pizza more than it just being available, so it’s nice knowing I’m not a slave to cravings like I used to be. I could have left it alone, but my husband hates for us to waste food. And this wouldn’t have been all that good tomorrow. So holy heck we ate it all. SO FULL.

I am disappointed that I didn’t get to run today. I wanted to this morning after breakfast had settled, but my husband wanted to go to the movies. So I wanted to do it when we got home, but I was hungry. I ate a little bit and let that digest for a while, but I was hungry again just an hour later. Pizza was ready shortly after that, and I’m still full. Bah. Tomorrow I’m running! And I’m doing week 4. That’s crazy!! :o) Wish me luck.

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.
(and no more cheese)

Challenges and Rest

Anyone want to join me on a challenge or two? Here are the details:

  1. Challenge #1
    • What: No CHEESE
    • When: July 1-7, 2013
    • Who: Everyone!
    • Why: I want to be completely vegan, and I haven’t given up cheese yet!
  2. Challenge #2
    • What: No ADDED SALT
    • When: July 8-16, 2013
    • Who: Everyone!
    • Why: Salt retains water in your body, so I want to see how I feel without it.

If you want to join me on these challenges, you can comment here or on Facebook to let me know. I’d love to have you challenge yourself while I do the same! Keep me posted, people. Yay!

Breakfast:

  • 7-banana smoothie = 825 calories

Snack:

  • 2 lbs strawberries = 300 calories

Lunch:

  • 3-4 cups red and green seedless grapes = 220 calories

Snack:

  • Pad Thai noodles with broccoli, carrots, and red pepper in a ginger/honey/soy sauce = 800 calories?

Dinner:

  • 2 baked potatoes with homemade salsa = 350 calories

Calories: almost 2500?
Colors: Yellow, red, green, orange, brown
Water:  160 oz
Exercise: Light stretching
Sunshine: 60 mins (most in the car)
Sleep: 7.5 hours

I had some funky digestive issues today. I don’t know if it was from being at work (which happens – the stress gets me) or if it was from the salsa and/or noodles from the night before. I ate the noodles again today, so if I feel that stuff tomorrow, then maybe it was that dish. The salsa from today was different. So we’ll see. I won’t go into the yucky details, but I guess I’m still suffering from my past eating behaviors. I’ll keep an eye on it.

Finished another editing project, and I’m starting another one tomorrow. I’ve been an editing machine, and I love it! I wish it were my only job. Also, I started my certificate program on Monday. Not sure if I’ve talked about it, but this class is self-paced, so I love it. It’s all about grammar right now. Totally my cup of tea! Woo! Also, I work with the best authors. Hands down. <3

Okay, I’m falling asleep. Before 8pm on a Friday night. I’m so lame. But the moral of the story is that I recognize when my body needs rest and I give in to it. Even if it means something won’t get done until tomorrow, I let it go. I’m learning to, anyway. Good night!

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.