Meal Plans & A Creative Outlet

Having a passion for writing and not knowing what to do with it has gripped me for years. Always trying to continue to sharpen my skills, but almost every time ending in a jumbled mess of thoughts and words. Some might say that’s just part of the creative process, and I agree, but it began to be a weight. Staying open handed and in tune to the Spirit’s leading of putting pen to paper has been at the forefront, and the desire to use it as my creative outlet has been slowly crafted but in ways I never expected. So where to go from here?

Recently the opportunity to help friends with nutrition and workout plans has presented itself. How often I put creativity and God in a box? Isn’t writing meal plans, fueling ideas, and sample workouts a form of writing and in a way that is truly going to impact women? God thank you for your faithfulness and forcing me to think outside the box. So whatever the passion, purpose, giftings, call you feel like God has placed on your life think outside of the box, see things from different angles, and don’t be afraid to step into it sideways instead of straight on. You never know how God is molding, forming, and moving.

So here are two sample meal days I worked on for a friend that can easily be modified! Enjoy!

SAMPLE MEAL PLAN DAY 1 

Breakfast – Yogurt Parfait

¼ cup yogurt

¼ cup gluten free granola (I try to find something low on sugar)

Topped with fresh fruit (oranges, blueberries, apple chunks, strawberries, etc)

Cup of water w/ Nuun Vitamins, and cup of green tea

Morning Snack

Apple w/ handful of gluten free pretzel crisps (Snack Factory )

Lunch – Salad & Sandwich

1/2 Sandwich –

  • Slice Know Foods gluten free bread
  • All natural-organic piece of bacon
  • Slices of Avocado
  • Two slices of tomatoes (or handful of grape/cherry tomatoes)

1/2 Salad –

       Spinach and/or Kale mix

                Veggies – chopped onion, tomato, green bell pepper, mushroom, etc

                ½ TBSP sliced almonds

Lite Vinaigrette based dressing (or make your own, I have a lemon/garlic dressing that’s simple and I love)

Afternoon Snack

Veggies w/ either hummus, yogurt based dip, or guacamole – usually go for carrots or broccoli as my veggies!

Dinner

Honey garlic chicken & Roasted Veggie stir fry

                (2) chunked sweet potatoes

                ½ cup chopped broccoli

                ½ cup chopped carrots

                *really you can throw in any veggies you want

                -Add 1 tsp of veggie oil over med heat and let the veggies roast on the stove for 10 minutes, covered – remove from heat and cover dish

(2) cubed chicken breasts salt and peppered

                – Add this to the pan over high heat and cook two minutes on each side until browned

1/4-1/2 tsp of garlic – add this to the pan and then cook for another 30 seconds and then add veggies back to pan

Whisk combo of 3 tbsp of honey, 1.5 tbsp of gluten free low sodium soy sauce, and 3 tbps water and pour over chicken and veggies, after 2-3 minutes add a ¼ cup water + 1 tbsp corn starch mixture to pot and stir for 1 minute after reaching boiling point – SERVE IMMEDIATELY

Evening Snack

Trail Mix – 1 cup of air popped popcorn, with sprinkle of sliced almonds (or other nut), pumpkin seeds, dried fruit, and chocolate if desired.


SAMPLE MEAL PLAN DAY 2 

Breakfast

(1) Package or serving of gluten free oatmeal (either stovetop slow cooking oats or sometimes when I’m headed to the office early the Quaker instant)

Honey – Lime Fruit Salad – The night before : dice desired fresh fruit into bowl and drizzle lime juice and honey on top, mix well and let sit in fridge overnight

(1)Cup of Water with Nuun Vitamins and (1) Cup of Green Tea

Morning Snack  

Handful of all-natural almonds w/ small banana

Lunch

Grilled Chicken Salad

Sliced Chicken breast grilled

Spinach and/or Kale Salad Mix

Handful of sliced almonds

Chopped Veggies

Dried Fruit if desired

Lite Vinaigrette based dressing option or make your own lemon-garlic dressing!

To add a carb take a handful of Gluten-Free Pretzels (Snack Factory) or Gluten Free Protein Bar (Luna, Larabar and Quest Beyond Cereal are my favorites)

Afternoon Snack

(1) Apple Sliced w/ (1) TBSP All-Natural Peanut Butter or Nut Butter

Dinner (for one)

Breakfast for Dinner – Egg Scramble, Sausage Patties and Roasted potatoes/toast/or GF grits

                (2) scrambled eggs, w/ diced mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, onion, spinach, bell pepper, basil, and cheese if desired

                If you want to make it more of a Mexican/tex mex style try some salsa, and hot peppers and taco cheese

                *I also usually throw fresh sliced avocado on top

                (2) All-natural, organic sausage patties cooked stove-top

                For the carb – either roast (1) potato in olive oil, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning for 25 minutes at 400 degrees

                                – Make (1) serving of gluten-free grits stove top, with a dash of salt – butter if desired

                                – ½ or whole slice Gluten Free-Know Foods Bread toasted with avocado spread on top!

Dessert

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Muffin from Simple Mills (Thrive Market)

Hopefully this gives you some ideas and all brands should be linked! If you have any questions please let me know 🙂

JW

Publix Georgia Marathon Recap

This past weekend was full of nerves, excitement, relief, and joy! The gratefulness to my Savior that I get to do this makes my heart want to explode.

If anyone needs to work on their prayer life, sign up for a marathon or half marathon, seriously. And I don’t just mean prayers like “Lord help me finish and not die”, I mean deep raw prayer where you experience things, see things, and verbalize things you may have never before!

So the Publix Georgia Marathon:

The Weather: PERFECT. Slightly chilly before the start, but bringing throwaway warm gear with me was a big win. It stayed in the mid-40’s getting up to the low 50’s so despite the chill on my fingers throughout it was clear, sunny, cool to keep from sweating, and ultimately runners couldn’t ask for better.

-The Course: SCENIC. Running through Atlanta has always been a favorite of mine, so getting to explore all the neighborhoods on such a beautiful day was incredible. The rolling hills through the first 2/3rds weren’t terrible, but the last 7-8 miles of hills were tough. Specifically mile 25 was a killer, thankfully training on hills comes in handy for this to keep from walking, everyone wasn’t so lucky. The finish was incredible though, so many spectators, lots of cheering, and excitement throughout.

-The Ultimate Peach Tent: This was the Atlanta Track Club‘s first year of the Ultimate Peach. In the past it has just been the Triple Peach Series (the Peachtree Road Race, Atlanta 10 Miler, and Atlanta Thanksgiving Day Half) this year they added an extra challenge of the Publix Georgia Marathon, and since completing those three last year I got to stop by tent. The complimentary massage was great, the swag bag: including engraved watch, was nice, however the food was a little big lacking – but blueberry bagels are nothing to complain about.Marathon finisher

-The Fueling : As most of you know fueling has been really tough for me, but finding products that work for you is what’s key. Here is what was offered on course (with links) – Clif Bar and Powerade. Other than Clif Bar which is a favorite, the other things that keep me fueled are Nuun Hydration (which I love because it’s clean, no added sugars), Larabar (which I love because it’s natural ingredients and you can’t go wrong with their peanut butter flavors or cashew cookie), and Sport Beans (I love these because taking just a couple gives me a boost mid-race, but don’t recommend every day). Overall the race fuel stations were REALLY well done, and finishing with a little bit left in the tank was a success in my book.

-The Result: Quality time in prayer with my Savior, engaging with the city around me, getting a few laughs on course from random happenings, hoping to make the police who stand out there directing less than happy traffic for 6 hours a sincere gratitude. Finishing upright with little soreness. The PR, Chicago Guarantee, and less than 2 minutes away from BQ was just an added bonus. And a few minutes after finishing I couldn’t wait for the next one!!!

-The Recovery: My family came down to cheer me on and it was so nice to see them as I ran through the finish line. Brunch was a must and this took a good bit of time planning, but we hit the jackpot with Corner Cafe in Buckhead. Not only did they have amazing brunch, but they sold gluten free bread which was DELICIOUS (Know Better Bread). Jon met us there from church and after consuming a veggie omelette with grits and fruit, it was time for a shower, stretch, and nap.

-What Now: A few days of rest including walking, foam rolling, and extensive yoga/stretch w/ a lot of hydration and extra food involved. Now on a short recovery cycle, Jon and I hit the gym together this morning (me walking on the treadmill and stretching, Jon actually working out) which was really nice. After one more day of walk/yoga it will be time for an easy 5K to keep the shakeout in my legs. Next up is Rock N Roll Nashville Marathon at the end of April running with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (which thanks to YOU is fully fundraised and then some) so making the most of the recovery now!

 


 

Race Week!

What’s Ahead: Jesus, love and perspective. An easy salad recipe. Quick core workout. Fundraising update. Community fun!

His Fame and His Glory is the true desire of my heart when racing and running in general. However, sometimes that get’s so blurred with selfish ambition. So here we are 5 days before the Publix Georgia Marathon on Sunday and God gave me a perspective check. Does it REALLY matter if I BQ* this weekend? Sure that would bring further opportunities to shine the light of Jesus, but if I miss it Sunday then I’ve wasted the here and now in place of a maybe about the future. Don’t miss the here and now, be present on the road, in the gym, cooking dinner for the family. It’s the extraordinary love of Jesus that we are called to display as believers – start right where you are.

*qualify for the Boston Marathon, the most coveted marathon registration in the country.

Good Eats: Here is a quick and nutritious salad recipe that makes a great lunch.

  • Saute a chicken breast in a bit of olive oil sprinkled with salt, pepper, and basil. Cook until browned and cut into desired size pieces.
  • 1/4 avocado sliced
  • Handful of strawberries sliced
  • 1 Tbsp of slivered almonds
  • Sprinkled feta or goat cheese if desired
  • Drizzle of vinaigrette dressing : if I don’t use store bought I create a Lemon Vinaigrette with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and garlic

Fitness Fun: Here is a core workout that takes 15 minutes

  • 30 second regular plank, 30 second right side plank, 30 second left side plank continuous (don’t drop between)
  • 30 medicine ball Russian Twists
  • 20 Tick-Tocks – lay on your back with your legs in the air and move them from one side to the other without hitting the floor
  • 1 minute hip thrust – Lay on your back with knees up and hip thrust and hold for 1 minute – keep your back in line
  • Do this 3 times with 1 minute break in between!

Fundraising Update: Wow you guys! I’m so blown away! Less than 2 weeks of fundraising and already at 67% of my goal. THANK YOU doesn’t begin to express how grateful I am and how thankful St. Jude’s is! The raffle is currently still going strong until Friday when we do the draw, let me know if you want to participate!

Community Fun: This Saturday at 9am the Green Market @ Piedmont Park (and 12th street) is opening their booths for the first time this year with all their fresh produce! We will be gathering to do a fun run at 9am around the park and then heading to explore what they’ve got (then maybe followed by coffee ha). *WEATHER PERMITTING

So excited about what’s in store for this spring! If you have something exciting on the horizon I want to hear about it so I can cheer you on!

Jordan W

You Go Girl!

Happy International Women’s Day! As women we have a huge opportunity to display grace and beauty in every step we take, we are the crown jewel of our Creator. I mean whoa! That means whether you are out for a long run down the streets of Atlanta, sitting in a cubicle, or cooking dinner at home you are valued, beautiful and treasured by your Father.

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way.” Song of Solomon 4:7

*FITNESS TIP: Feeling sluggish in the morning? Spend the first few minutes stretching and waking up – gently touch your toes, quad stretch, calf stretch, and arm swings. If you really want to get moving do this simple circuit to jump start your day after you get moving:

25 x Jumping Jacks

20 x Pushups

15 x Body Weight Squats

10 x Sit Ups

5 x Burpees (and I usually do a 6th one for good measure)

You won’t believe how much more awake and ready for your day you will feel!

If you want some specific workout ideas for longer workouts head over to PINTEREST FOR THE WIN

*NUTRITION TIP: Start each and every morning with 8-16oz of water. Do this about 30 minutes before you eat breakfast to flush out toxins that form and sit in your body while you are sleeping. This will help prepare your body and digestive tract for all the goodness you’ll consume over the day!

*SPOTLIGHT ON: NUUN HYDRATION. At the beginning of this year I became an ambassador for Nuun Hydration products. Unlike other sports drinks Nuun is free from the additive sugars making it a clean hydration tool, it’s simply a tab you drop into your water bottle and it dissolves after adding water. They have a variety of different products including Nuun Energy – for longer workouts, Nuun Active – for moderate workouts and every day going, and Nuun Vitamins – to help give your body the boost it needs during training. If you want more information CLICK ME 

*FUNDRAISING UPDATE: Ya’ll I’ve been blown away that in less than a week my community has generously given 40% of the goal towards St Jude’s. Incredible. Thank you Jesus. I am working on a few fundraising opportunities that involve YOU. If you want to check out my latest idea and provide some feedback : HEY FACEBOOK POST  and if you just want to give there’s an easy way to do that as well THANK YOU

*COMMUNITY: Sadly, we are losing an hour this week, but the news here is really actually very good because it means SPRING IS COMING AND SO IS THE SUMMER SUN! Long days mean more community opportunities so be on the lookout for women’s community events in the days to come – if you want to be added to the list – click CONTACT ME AND FILL OUT THE FORM !

Jesus has been so incredibly faithful in this journey. He who has been faithful will be faithful to do it again! His promises never fail.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Jordan

 

 

Why St. Jude’s?

If you follow me on social media you have probably seen that I am currently raising $500 towards St Jude’s Research Hospital to help fight childhood cancer. In turn, I’ll be running the St. Jude’s Rock N Roll Nashville Marathon. My last post talked about my conviction to put some purpose behind my running and this is just one of the ways I’ve felt called to do it. Appropriately hashtagging:

#milesthatmatter

But why? There are 304238048 charities out there that you can be involved in on so many different levels. Excuse me if I sound repetitive but here is a little background behind why St. Jude’s and how cancer has affected my life on a really grand level!

When I was 14 I was down in Savannah, GA at our final Age Group State Swim Meet. All but one of my closest girlfriends was down there and we were having a great time and swimming fast until the last day. You see my friend, Marin, who was known to have seizures and was on medication for them, seized in the pool during one of her final races and had to be pulled out, but then something strange happened. Her vision was off and she was taken to the doctor, who quickly urged them to see a specialist.

BRAIN CANCER. When you are 14 that’s a lot to carry, surgeries and treatments would be happening rapidly, but the prognosis wasn’t great. Her final surgery left her paralyzed on one side, and 4 years later (yep she blew away her prognosis) in her final months she stopped being able to communicate. Marin met Jesus when we were just 18, in January of 2009.

Fast forward to 2013.

A cough had plagued my grandfather for months, and tests and more tests just kept us thinking it was pneumonia, until the final test which revealed an entirely different story.

LUNG CANCER. Experimental treatments, and the prognosis was good. Five, maybe ten years depending on his response. For a year it was treatment, checkups, but everything stayed relatively “normal”, he was still Pop. But mid-2014, just a year later, things shifted; fluid started to build regularly in his lungs, response to treatment started wearing him down, and hospital stays became more regular. On a family trip to Destin, FL in October of 2014 things turned for the worst and in December of 2014 after just one night in hospice, Pop met Jesus at 75.

Cancer has rattled my life, so drawing closer to cancer based charities is something big on my heart. Why St. Jude’s because cancer has impacted me in huge ways and I lost one of my closest childhood friends to childhood cancer.

I am also partnering with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), more on that charity later.

Any little bit helps! If you want to give towards St Jude’s and my goal of $500 please click the link below! As of now 36% of my goal has already been reached thanks to an incredibly generous community, and I cannot wait to see how God’s going to honor the generosity of the few!

St Jude’s Fundraising Page for the RNR Nashville

Thankful!

Jordan Woodsonterrible-trio-circa-2005

Beauty in The Blooms

Jesus. He’s the one who created me ever so intricately, He’s designed the passions, goals, and talents that would grip my heart and draw me closer to Him through it all. My savior, Healer, my Comforter, the Alpha and Omega. So that is where this all has to start.

There’s a new chapter, a new season ahead and it has one ultimate goal: to make His name famous with every step I take around the country and around the world. Alongside that: the encouragement of women to steward themselves and motivate them to live a healthy and fit lifestyle is pressing.

Where is this beginning and how? 

A few of you know about recent realization about just how rigid my training diet had become and some ways that I personally need to steward my own body better to stay healthy and be able to take each and ever step. So we are in this TOGETHER! Diet & nutrition is one place it starts.

Another place it starts is with partnerships! I have partnered with Nuun, as a Nuun ambassador for the year, Marque Modest Apparel (see featured image), and St. Jude’s and AACR as charities. Over the weeks I will not only dive more into these specific partnerships and how they are allowing me further opportunities to shine Jesus in the running community.

Reformatted Blog. While writing was put on my heart at the beginning of the year I haven’t known what that looks like until the Lord’s timing put it on my heart. And He is faithful to do it! That looks like nutrition and workout tips, race fundraising and upcoming events updates, a scripture based encouragement each week, and partner spotlights – cannot wait to share with you all!

Community Involvment. I will be so honest – I have one of the most amazing communities around so I need and want you to come alongside me. Here are some ways I will dive deeper into in the weeks to come: Financial Partners (this will include partner dinners, email updates, and other opportunities), community runs, women to women letters of encouragement/motivation, prayer, and so much more!

I cannot wait to see where the Lord takes this new season, thank you for coming alongside this in whatever it may look like. Let’s get to work for the Kingdom. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at: https://fuelingherforward.wordpress.com/contact/

 

1 Corinthians 6:20 – “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body”