Gratitude and Discipline

9 Jan

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”- Jim Rohn

“Walk away from the 97% crowd. Don’t use their excuses. Take charge of your own life.”- Jim Rohn

“Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure.”- Jim Rohn

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”- Brian Tracy

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”-Epictetus

Happy Monday Marvelous Minxes! 

Above are some quotes I thought I’d share to get your juices flowing on this beautiful Monday evening.

I’m so happy to say that Jer and I made it through our first weekend of the Whole30 unscathed! We’re not leaving any room for errors so we pretty much stuck close to the house :).  We went to Kmart (my 1st time) and got a few things and were literally TAUNTED with Oreo cake thingies and Doritos and Soda…oh my, it was scary!! It was clear we needed to make a b-line for Whole Foods lol.  Anyway, it’s showed us that it definitely takes some discipline to do this thing! As I quoted Jim Rohn above “discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”  So unless we have discipline, we have no bridge to accomplishing our goal!

Thank you to all my friends and family for supporting Jer and I on this quest to be healthier! I know it’s a big change from where we (especially I) used to be.  I love you all more than you know and I’m thankful for every one of you.  I’m also thankful for my amazing husband and perfect googie :).

On to the recipes!!!

4 Way Seasoned Pork Loin:

You’ll Need:

2 pork chops (1.5 inch thick)

4 tbsp fat (I used ghee)


Dry Mustard


Chinese 5 spice

I love pork

Loving my stainless

Melt the fat in a medium hot pan and use a different seasoning on each side of the pork chop.  I’m not sure that it does anything special but I think it’s fun and it looks pretty- just do it lol.   Add the chops to the melted fat and watch your heat if you’re using stainless! I found out a cool trick for those of you who know I’m struggling with my new Allclad stainless set, they say that you shouldn’t turn or mess with your meat, fish, fritter etc. until it “releases.”  What that means is that once it’s browned sufficiently, with a gentle nudge it will release itself from the pan and you can flip.  You can see in this pic that my heat was a tad high but I did get a nice crispy side, I let it release, did the same thing on the other side with a bit lower heat.

Paleo Beef Stew:

2lb grass fed stew beef

2 large sweet potatoes or yams

1 large white onion

4 stalks celery

2tbsp olive oil

1 can diced tomatoes

6 carrots

1/2 head of cabbage

4 cups beef stock (I made this from scratch following this recipe.  I omitted the veggies and I roasted my neck and knuckle bones first, so mine was darker)

3 bay leaves

Garlic salt, salt, pepper, oregano and cayenne pepper to taste.

Beef Stew

Preheat the oven to 250.  Place the beef in a dutch oven with oven with fat and brown the meat.  Add all the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil on the stove top.  Place in the over for about  4 hours and you have one mean stew!

I hope everyone has a great evening and I’ll check in tomorrow!!!

Live to Thrive



4 Responses to “Gratitude and Discipline”

  1. ivar January 10, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    just don’t expect to see any quick results. 1 lbs. equals about 3500 calories and a daily calorie deficit greater than 500 becomes very fatiguing and even painful. Never ever try to lose more than 1 lbs./week, it’ll only result in binge eating.

    • sheshredss January 10, 2012 at 10:49 am #

      Oh trust me I know. I’m at 7 months and 30 lbs. Plus the goal now isn’t weight loss, it’s health. Weight loss is just a good side effect! Thanks for you comment!!

  2. Donna Bragg January 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Boy, does all that talk about discipline make me feel guilty tonight! I fell off the wagon today, big time. Yesterday and today I have really been craving something sweet. Today all I could think about was pineapple upside down cake so I rushed home from work and made one!! Then I ate two pieces of it after my paleo meal of spaghetti squash with meat sauce and roasted asparagus. I took the rest to Zan and Jody. Hopefully that will satisfy my sweet tooth for a while until I develop a little more of that discipline you are talking about…

    • sheshredss January 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

      Don’t feel guilty Mimi!!!! You get 1 cheat meal a week!! And really 2 since you’re just starting! The goal is to make it sustainable. Just scratch a cheat meal off and keep on trucking. No one said this was easy! Love you.

      PS-I’m glad you made your pineapple upside down cake and didn’t buy it!

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