Starting a new journey

Starting a new journey
I am indeed starting on a journey.  This journey is different than any I ’ ve taken before.  My journey is about developing an acceptance, love and appreciation for my body through hard work that is not attached to appearance.  This is different than your typical “ eat well and exercise ” regimen.  While the work is physical, it's much more than that. It ’ s mental and emotional, and I ’ m finally ready to tackle it! In my last post  I talked about how much I was equating my self-worth with my appearance and was beginni...
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Separating Self Worth and Appearance

Separating Self Worth and Appearance
Everyday is a fight to recognize my own worth aside from how I look.  I can't tell you exactly what has caused me to feel this way, though I have my suspicions .  I remember being very young, like 7 or 8 yrs. old, when I first started worrying about how others saw me physically.  Did they think I was cute enough?  Was I strong enough to hang out with the boys?  Were my clothes "cool" enough that the girls would want to be my friend?  I remember wondering if I should "diet" in order to look more like the other 3rd a...
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I don't think it sounds selfish or rude at all. I, too, appreciate knowing that I'm not the only one who has gotten caught in thi... Read More
Thursday, 30 June 2016 22:36
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Thank you so much for sharing this. It can be scary to talk about the these things out loud.. er.. in writing. I'm so grateful t... Read More
Thursday, 30 June 2016 22:48
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6 Steps to EASIER Meal Prepping

6 Steps to EASIER Meal Prepping
One of the most effective ways to successfully adopt a healthy lifestyle is to learn how to MEAL PREP.  Unfortunately, this is not always an easy undertaking, and is something I've struggled with. I'm still not perfect at it, but I have made great progress, so I thought I'd share my tips for making meal prepping a little easier. Get organized : This part is hard, but you just have to decide to do it. You must make a plan for what you're going to eat. I have 2 lists. The first is a list of our most common breakfasts and lunches. I...
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Apple Pie Oatmeal

Apple Pie Oatmeal
Mother's Day is approaching on Sunday, and I've found myself thinking about my mom this week and how grateful I am for all she has done for me throughout my life...the sacrifices she's made, the lessons she's taught, the love she's given...and I realized there is just no way to express in words how much she means to me.  Some of my favorite memories from growing up include the crazy antics of my siblings and our mutual disgust for oatmeal.  It was never official, but we were all very active members of the Oatmeal Hater's Club and whil...
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Are you sabotaging yourself with food?

Are you sabotaging yourself with food?
When I first decided to start exercising, one of the reasons I wanted to get fit was…I wanted to be able to eat anything (and everything) I wanted.  I mean, once you are exercising regularly, you can eat cake every day right?  (And monster cookies...and LemonHeads...and Raspberry Fritters and...well, you see where I'm headed here).  Needless to say, that has not worked out so well for me.  Apparently, that's not really how this whole "get fit" thing works.  Sadly, it has become quite clear to me that the saying..."YOU C...
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Chicken Avocado Tortilla Soup

Chicken Avocado Tortilla Soup
Who doesn't love avocados?  Okay, lots of people (my kids included), but I REALLY love them.  When I've got them, I go crazy and add them to EVERYTHING: sandwiches, salads, tacos, casseroles, pancakes (hehe, just kidding on that last one, but you get the point).  I was super excited when I saw this tasty looking soup on Pinterest and couldn't wait to try it.  I'm pleased to say that it was as good as I imagined AND bonus - my kids ate it...even though it was green.  I made a few substitutions to the recipe below.  ...
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How to Cook Perfectly Moist Chicken

How to Cook Perfectly Moist Chicken
This may be a no-brainer to the rest of you, but hopefully there's at least one other person out there that could use a tutorial on mastering the art of a fully-cooked-but-still-moist-and-delicious chicken breast.  Surely I'm not the only one who suffers with WAY-over-cooked-cause-you're-terrified-of-serving-raw-chicken-to-your-family-so-you-leave-it-in-the-oven-until-it's-dry-and-tough-and-no-one-will-eat-it-anyway chicken breast.  For your sake (and the sake of your families), I HOPE I'm the only person with this problem...BUT, I ha...
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Banana Applesauce Whole Wheat Muffins

Banana Applesauce Whole Wheat Muffins
I found myself with a couple of VERY brown bananas on my counter the other day.  This happens A LOT at my house since I'm very picky about eating bananas plain.  They have to be the exact right amount of ripe-enough but not-mushy, and that period in a banana's life lasts exactly 11 seconds!  Since I'm not great at eating a bunch of 6 bananas in 11 seconds, I often have a number of too-ripe bananas on my counter waiting to be mashed to bits and added to a baked good or frozen for smoothies.  This week's culpri...
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Grapes and Greek Yogurt

Grapes and Greek Yogurt
One of the ladies that I follow on Instragram (fitnessrocksrosie) is constantly posting the yummiest looking food.  Besides looking delicious, her food is always healthy and REAL...nothing processed...she eats clean.  I saw this super simple snack idea and decided to give it a try since I had everything I needed on hand and it was TASTY!!  If you're looking for a healthy, fresh, quick snack, give this one a try!   GRAPES and GREEK YOGURT (click for printable download) 1/2 cup Greek yogurt 1/2 cup chopped grapes 1 Tbsp ch...
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5 Tips for Increasing Daily Fruits & Vegetables

1.  Power Pack your Breakfast

Plan to have at least one serving of vegetables each morning.  Throw spinach, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, onions or tomatoes (or all of the above) into your omelets.  It's delicious! Well, except those mushroom things, blech! ;)   Try sneaking kale, spinach, carrots, fennel or cucumber into your smoothie for a quick veg option.  Fruits are super easy to add to oatmeal, yogurt, whole-grain cereal, Cream of Wheat or my favorite pre-workout breakfast, wheat toast with natural peanut butter and banana slices on top.  mmm....  Just be careful to avoid the canned varieties of fruit.  They are often packed in heavy syrups and the calories/sugars add up fast.  Whole fruit is the ideal, but frozen is a good option, too.

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Pureed veggies and fruits can be added to lots of things. I add pureed pumpkin to lots of things like pancakes, spaghetti sauce a... Read More
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That's awesome! These are some really great ideas. I'll definitely be trying out a few. My youngest is my pickiest and passes o... Read More
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Sometimes I'll serve the salad or veggie ten minutes before the rest of dinner. We also put a lot of finely chopped veggies in sau... Read More
Saturday, 13 September 2014 03:03
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Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole
  I love Mexican food...we eat tacos, taquitos, taco salad and burritos A LOT at our house.  When I happened upon this recipe, I knew it would be a risk with the fam since they always complain about anything I make with quinoa, but I was hoping that Mexican would trump quinoa...I was THRILLED when 3 of 4 kids LOVED it (and requested seconds) and the hubby ate it without complaint (not sure he loved it)!  I thought it was absolutely delicious and am so excited to share my version with you! (click image for a printable copy) P.S. Y...
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I made this & it was yummy! The recipe makes a large amount!
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I tried this and it is delicious. I made an extra as freezer meal.
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 11:22
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Eggplant Pizzas

Eggplant Pizzas
I've been a bit lazy in my menu planning the past few months using all the awful, no-good EXCUSES (let's just be honest about what they are, shall we?) for why I couldn't eat quite as well as I have in the past.  You've heard them.  You've probably said a few of them yourself.  "I'm too busy.  I'm too tired.  It's so much work!"  Yada yada yada... you know what I'm talking about.  Well, NO MORE!  I'm done with the excuses and am ready to amp up my energy by ditching the processed foods and eating well! &n...
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Garlic Lemon Chicken

Garlic Lemon Chicken
Remember a few weeks ago when I was given the task of preparing a gluten-free meal and I promised to share the chicken recipe?  Well, here it is!  I have to say, I'm a little at a loss as to what to say about the preparation of this main dish.  It is literally as simple as it looks!  Which is also why I really, really liked it.   The bonus was having every single person enjoyed it, yes, even the finicky 2-year-old in my house!  I found the original recipe here and made minor adjustments (more garlic...) to suit my ...
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Fast, Healthy Breakfast: Oatmeal!

 

I have grown to really love oatmeal over the past few years.  I didn't always.  As a kid, it always seemed ultra sticky and I would tend to grumble and complain whenever my mom made it for breakfast, begging for Cap'n Crunch instead.  My poor mom.   As I've grown, I've discovered the health benefits of this breakfast food and also some tips that improves my overall oatmeal experience without having to add all the preservatives, chemicals, SUGARS, etc found in the prepackaged varieties.

PROTEIN PUNCH

One half cup of old-fashioned oats has 5g protein.1  Protein is important to every single cell in the body, and is the building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood.  These proteins are also fundamental to enzymes, hormones, and vitamins. 2

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I too never thought I liked oatmeal. But, in my search for healthier breakfast options, I found a recipe called Apple Pie Breakfas... Read More
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 11:29
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That sounds delicious!! Thanks for sharing!Dianne N LWC
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Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies
I did it!  I managed to make an entirely gluten-free meal and guess what?!  It wasn't as painful as I expected to be!  The more I focused on FRESH, the easier it was!  Being Mother's Day, I didn't end up taking a lot...er...any pictures of well...anything but I did discover some new recipes that our gluten-free friend really enjoyed.  I don't even think she was just trying to be polite either. ;) I'm definitely planning to share the Garlic-Lemon Grilled Chicken recipe, but was afraid this post might be too long if I tri...
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Does Gluten-Free Mean Healthy?

Does Gluten-Free Mean Healthy?
Yesterday, I was asked to feed dinner to the sister missionaries in our area this coming Sunday.  Yes, on Mother's Day.  These young ladies are a pleasure to have in our home so I'm excited to share my day with them!  Immediately my mind started thinking of all the delicious (healthy, of course) recipes I could wow them with when 'gluten intolerence' was mentioned.  Uh...wait...um...I have not one gluten-free recipe that I have ever attempted.  (I know, I'm sooo behind the times).  My next thought...challenge accep...
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Black Bean brownies are really good. I got the recipe from allrecipes.com Ingredients: (15.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and ... Read More
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I'm TOTALLY going to try these!! Thanks for the recipe!
Saturday, 10 May 2014 13:45
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How Can I Stop Sugar Cravings and/or Limit Sugar Intake?

A few challenges ago, I believe it was last summer, we had a Question & Answer weekly bonus.  Each team member had to ask the team one health question and then their teammates had to answer that question, either with their own experiences or by researching.  I was reading through some of these question/answers the other day and I found some gems that I think are worth sharing.

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Tuesday's Try It: Menu Planning

If you're participating in the current March 2014 Challenge then you're already aware that we've switched up Week 2 by doing a bit of a mashup with menu planning and food journaling.  As I went through the week I found myself seeing some pros and cons from the switch.  I've decided to take today and do a bit of a review of my experience with our Week 2 Bonus this round.

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Kami, I'm glad that the menu planning bonus worked so well for you! It's always helpful to have a plan in place even if it's not ... Read More
Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:23
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We're so glad you had a good experience with the menu planning bonus!! Keep up that habit. It's a good one to have!Valerie, LWC... Read More
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This is the first time we tried the menu planning bonus in this way. It's good to know what does and does not work for our partic... Read More
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Bad NUTRITION will sabotage every effective weight loss plan

When I first decided to start exercising, one of the reasons I wanted to get fit was…I wanted to be able to eat anything (and everything) I wanted.  Sounds like a really effective weight loss plan doesn't it?  I mean, once you are exercising regularly, you can eat cake every day, right?  (And monster cookies...and LemonHeads...and Raspberry Fritters and...well, you see where I'm headed here).  Needless to say, that has not worked out so well for me.  Apparently, that's not really how this whole "get fit" thing works.  Sadly, it has become quite clear to me that the saying..."YOU CAN'T OUT EXERCISE A BAD DIET" really is a true statement.  This is disheartening to me because it is easier to find the determination to make myself exercise 45 minutes a day than to force myself to eat well 24 hours a day (okay, more like 16-17 hours if I'm getting a decent amount of sleep).

So, let's think about this logically...I could easily figure out how to consume 800-1500 calories in 15 minutes or less by getting a large popcorn with butter and a gigantic Coke at the movies...or by picking up fast food at Wendy's at the end of a long and frustrating day instead of taking the time to prepare a home-cooked meal...or by relaxing with a good book and a couple of KitKat's, Butterfingers and the above mentioned (and all-time favorite of mine) LemonHeads!!  There is, however, NO WAY I could burn the same amount of calories in 15 minutes or less.  That would take me 1 or 2 hours.

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Insulin Resistant? Try this effective weight loss plan

Back in 2008 I was diagnosed with insulin resistance.  My physician gave me the book, The Insulin-Resistance Diet, by Cheryle R. Hart, M.D. and Mary Kay Grossman, R.D. and suggested that I use it to learn more about insulin resistance and how my body responds to glucose.  I have to say that at first I was skeptical because I really hate the word "diet".  I always imagine a LOT of restriction with short-term gains, I'm just not into that.  I prefer slow progress that is actually sustatinable for a lifetime!  That said, I learned a lot from the book and though it says "diet" in the title, I think it was more of a "selling" point than a reflection of my idea of what the word "diet" means.  I'd like to share what I hope will be helpful to those who may be fighting insulin resistance.

 

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Just to be clear, this is NOT a sponsored post. I found the book to be quite informational and thought I'd pass the info along to... Read More
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Not sure why I just saw this but I have been doing your challenges for a year next month and I too am insulin resistance and I rea... Read More
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Peanut Butter, Yogurt and Cinnamon Fruit Dip

I love fresh fruit.  I truly believe that most days, it can stand all on it's own to satisfy my sweet cravings, but there are those other days when I just want a little extra flavor to go along with my apple or banana.  As much as I would love to allow myself to gorge on a vat of caramel dip....deep down I just know it won't end well if I do.  Oh,I can just hear Valerie now..."DON'T DO IT!".  So began my quest to find a flavorful addition to satiate my current snack attacks.  I had 3 personal requirements for such a find.  It had to be:

 

Packed with Protein

Be sure to read tomorrow's post about the benefits of linking foods.

Flexible

I want a recipe that can be changed according to my mood...add a dash of this...a pinch of that...

EASY!!  

Ain't nobody got time for crazy complicated stuff! 

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Ways to Lose Weight: Eat Breakfast

Lifetime Wellness Challenge is not just about ways to lose weight, but since the overwhelming majority of us are trying to do just that, today I want to address an issue that many struggle with:  

Eating Breakfast 

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I would never make it out of the house if I didnt have burritos and breakfast sandwiches in the fridge and freezer. On the weekend... Read More
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Getting rid of your leftover CANDY!!

Getting rid of your leftover CANDY!!
If there were such a thing as a Halloween Scrooge…that would be me!  I just don't get it.  I think it's a silly "holiday" and while I wish I could just avoid it all together, for some reason my kids think it's FUN to dress up and get free candy from strangers.  So, in the spirit of not being the world's worst mom, I begrudgingly oblige…I mean who DOESN'T love going out in a FREEZING blizzard (happens every year) with 4 little people dressed in weird and NOT-weather-appropriate clothing to collect an odd assortment of candy that w...
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Great ideas! I like this post.
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THANKS!!
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Brown Rice and Apples Breakfast

Brown Rice and Apples Breakfast
Often, when I use rice for dinner, I cook twice as much rice as I will need for that meal.  Then, I freeze the leftovers in serving size portions to use for lunches.  Then, I found this recipe and decided to try it for breakfast.  I LOVED it!!!  In fact, I now eat it several times a week.    I found this at CleanandDelicious.com by Dani Spies.  She has some really great recipes, and they are always fast and simple (gotta love that!) BROWN RICE BREAKFAST BOWL Ingredients : 1 cup COOKED brown rice 1/2 cup milk (...
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Protein Sources besides MEAT

Protein Sources besides MEAT
I'm not a vegetarian or a vegan.  I enjoy eating meat, but I don't eat enough of it to meet my daily protein requirements, so I have to supplement with other sources of protein.  This article from muffin-topless.com is a great resource for finding alternative sources of protein if you struggle with this as well.  (If you're not sure how much protein you should work towards each day, check out this link .) 8 Great Protein Sources for Vegans written by: Savannah Rose Neveux @muffin-topless.com Some people claim tha...
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Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice
This was a meal that I kind of just threw together after reading someone's reply to the vegetable Hot Topic about how they use cauliflower in the place of rice.  I was a little skeptical cause I'm not a big fan of cauliflower and think it has a pretty strong flavor that is very difficult to hide.  But, I figured the only harm in giving it a try was having my kids go to bed hungry that night!!! So, I started out by heating about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a pan and throwing in a bunch of chopped up veggies that I had on hand (cele...
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Trying Uncommon Fruits & Vegetables

Trying Uncommon Fruits & Vegetables
Recently, Valerie and I were out of town for the Man Games and realized that we both still needed to try an uncommon fruit and vegetable in order to get our weekly bonus points.  We hit the jackpot when we strolled into a local Sprouts Farmers Market. I think I could take hours just looking at all the interesting options at that store.  It's a good thing we were in a hurry because I think I could have also spent a FORTUNE in there.  We came away with a dragon fruit, horned melon and kolrabi.  I'd never tried any of them...
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Sometimes you have to experiment with a fruit or vegetable in different ways to find out how you like it. For example, I am not ke... Read More
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Okay...I'm trusting you! I'm going to give it another go. I have never heard of guanamina and now I can't wait to try it! Thank... Read More
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 17:05
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From your description...I've definitely got jackfruit on my list to try next! "love-child"...lol! Have you ever tried jicama wit... Read More
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Friday's Find

Friday's Find
I bought a juicer a few months ago and used it for a week or two, but it really bugged me just how much of my produce I was throwing in the trash...so while I understand the benefit of juicing, I felt like I couldn't justify the waste and decided to return the juicer.  For any of you who may be debating juicing vs. blending, this is a very informative article from www.muffin-topless.com that may help you decide!   The great debate…. which is best, juicing or blending!? Both have their pros and cons. The good news is, none o...
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Tuesday's Try it!

Tuesday's Try it!
Almond Joy Protein Shake For the most part, I have given up regular milk (for drinking) and started using almond and coconut milk.  I've never really liked the taste of it, so it's not like this is a big sacrifice!  I have discovered that using coconut milk in a protein shake is beyond delicious.  It makes it thicker and creamier and gives it just a hint of coconut flavor.  I started using chocolate protein powder and was in heaven until my brilliant sister said, "you should throw some almonds in there and you've...
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sound yummy. I like less coconut and more almond
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 07:55
Guest — Sept 2013 Teams
That sounds really good. I'll have to try it. I don't really like normal milk either so that sounds great.
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:02
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That shake sounds great! I'm not much of a coconut texture lover, but the taste is wonderful and I agree, it's especially tasty wi... Read More
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6 Tips to Help You Drink More Water

6 Tips to Help You Drink More Water
I grew up watching my mother drink her water from a quart size canning jar and thinking, "she is so weird!"  I mean, really, who drinks from a jar when there are perfectly good CUPS?   To be honest, I'm not even sure exactly why she used a jar...maybe she was counting her ounces or maybe she didn't think our drinking glasses were big enough or maybe she was actually trying to be weird!  I don't know...(I should remember to ask her about this sometime). Not only did she drink from a giant jar, I was always amazed at the AMOUNT of ...
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My sister always drinks out of a quart jar and now I think you are both weird. LaRell
Saturday, 07 September 2013 18:35
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Overcoming Plateaus

Overcoming Plateaus
I am just going to say it, plateaus suck.  They just do!  For those of you who have been working their tails off for the past year or so trying to drop those last few pounds, I understand the frustration more than I'd like to.  I've been teetering around the same numbers on the scale for months now, which can be wearing on anyone's motivation.   Valerie and I have been discussing this for a few weeks now on our long rides.  We have been analyzing where we can improve our efforts and both acknowledged that wi...
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Friday's FIND

Friday's FIND
Do you ever get tired of endless meals of grilled chicken and spinach salads?  The following "find" is a good article from coachcalorie.com about how to enjoy the occasional indulgence and still live a healthy lifestyle...   HOW TO LOVE FOOD AND STILL BE FIT Written by Deanna Schober Are you a foodie? Do you struggle with how to continue your love affair with food and still be healthy and fit? As a self-proclaimed foodie, I have wondered the same thing over the years through my fitness journey. Do I really have to give up trying new a...
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Tuesday's Try It!

Tuesday's Try It!
Don't you hate it when you take the time to pick out what you thought were crisp, delicious apples only to get home and realize...they are gross?  Either the skin is too thick or the insides are mushy or tasteless.  This is the answer to, "what the heck am I gonna do with these nasty things?" For some reason, once they are sliced really thin and soaked in fruit juice, the thick skin and mushy insides aren't as big of a deal.  My kids LOVE it when I take the time to make these...and they make a quick addition to a lacklust...
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So did it work then with orange juice and lemon concentrate? Cause I don't always have oranges or lemons on hand!
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:31
Guest — Valerie
YES! It works great with the juices! - Valerie
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Skip the Diet...Just Eat Healthy

Skip the Diet...Just Eat Healthy
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TUESDAY'S TRY IT

Super Simple Snack Ideas... Raw Apple Snack  http://www.letstalkfitness.com/raw-apple-snack Skinny Shake   http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/drink/non-alcoholic-drink/skinny-shake.html German Chocolate Fudge Bites   http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/02/08/german-chocolate-fudge-bites/ Low Fat Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread   http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/07/low-fat-chocolate-chip-zucchini-bread.html?m=1  
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FRIDAY FLASHBACK

FRIDAY FLASHBACK
  I highly recommend reading this book.  It was very eye-opening in terms of the "food" we purchase.  It's basic, common-sense and easy to read.   We often hear that we should avoid processed foods and eat more whole foods. So what do they mean by processed?  I found this article and thought it was informative and worth sharing.   What are processed foods?    Another site, FitNut explained whole food as, "Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little...
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FRIDAY'S FIND

Do you have trouble with overeating?  Are you beating yourself up because you feel like you have no willpower?  You might appreciate the following article I found at CleanandDelicious.com. 6 Reasons You May Be Overeating (Hint: It Isn’t Lack Of Willpower) by:Dani Spies (May 9, 2013) Overeating is an interesting topic.  Many people think they overeat simply because they have no discipline or willpower.  I want to suggest that overeating has nothing to do with these things.  As a matter of fact, overeating is not a proble...
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Friday's FIND

Friday's FIND
I found the following post from RaiseHealthyEaters.com very interesting, and it goes right along with my post from yesterday!  You have to scroll down through the post to get to this part, but I definitely think it's worth the trouble!     ...How I eat A new mom friend of mine recently told me she notices that I eat foods like cake and pizza (at Big A’s kindergarten promotion party).  I think this surprises her because I’m a dietitian. This got me thinking about how I eat and the road it has taken to get me here. When I firs...
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Thursday's Thoughts on...FOOD RESTRICTIONS!

Thursday's Thoughts on...FOOD RESTRICTIONS!
A few months ago, my 5 year old would ask me several times a day, "Mom, is this candy (or whatever he was wanting to eat) bad?"  Or he would say, "Mom, I'm going to drink water instead of juice because it's good for me."  It started me thinking about how I really want my kids to have a healthy relationship with food, and that I don't want my issues with food to project themselves on to them.  I tried to remember if I tell my kids that some food is "bad", and I really can't remember using those words.  That being said, I'm pr...
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Guest — Valerie
I can't wait to hear your thoughts!! - Valerie
Thursday, 27 June 2013 07:36
Guest — Valerie
Thanks Sarah!! I wish it wasn't such a struggle, but it's nice to know I'm not alone in it!! - Valerie
Thursday, 27 June 2013 07:34
Guest — Competition 1
Thank you Valerie for being so honest and sharing your true self with us. To be honest I can see myself in your story as well, and... Read More
Thursday, 27 June 2013 05:50
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Thursday's Thoughts on...MENU PLANNING

Thursday's Thoughts on...MENU PLANNING
MENU PLANNING!!!  This is something that I always INTEND to do...but more often than not, I either make the plan and don't follow through, or I just don't make the plan.  However, when I bite the bullet and do it, I find there are a LOT of benefits!  A few of those benefits are... 1- WE SAVE MONEY $$$ - Everyone loves to save money and when I'm not running to the grocery store every day for one or two items to piece together something edible for dinner, I'm not only saving on groceries, but gas as well.  Plus, I NEVER make i...
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Loved this article! Even with 2 people in the house it works SO much better to have meals planned and not wait until the dreaded h... Read More
Thursday, 20 June 2013 03:54
Guest — Valerie
Agreed!!! It's so depressing to look up and realize it's 4:45 and there is no game plan for dinner...- Valerie
Monday, 24 June 2013 16:04
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Friday's Flashback

Friday's Flashback
FRUIT and VEGGIE SUCCESS! Depending on your current eating habits, you may be wondering, "How on earth am I going to fit in 5 fruits and vegetables every day?!?? AND try to make 3 of them veggies?". Well, here are a few suggestions that might help you out. **A typical serving size of fruits/vegetables is 1/2 cup, 1/4 cup if it's dried or 1 cup if we're talking about lettuces. At breakfast: Try adding sliced fruits into your cold or hot cereal, make a homemade fruit &/or spinach smoothie (use plain fat free or Greek to make it creamy...
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Thursday's Thoughts on...CALORIES

Thursday's Thoughts on...CALORIES
  Are all calories created equal?  We know that weight loss is a matter of calories in vs. calories out.  If you eat more calories than you burn, you will gain weight.  If you burn more calories than you eat, you will lose weight.  The problem is...it's just not that simple.  The QUALITY of the calories makes a big difference.  For example, are the 350 calories from a spinach salad the same as the 300 calories from a McDonald's cheeseburger?  Of course not. The most obvious difference is the AMOUNT of foo...
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Guest — Valerie
THANKS Brooke!!
Thursday, 06 June 2013 16:02
Guest — Valerie
Was it the gassy part that gave me away??? And it's only lemonHEADS that cure me of all ailments...not drops...that's just blasph... Read More
Thursday, 06 June 2013 16:01
Guest — Brooke
LOVE THIS ARTICLE VALARIE!!!!!
Thursday, 06 June 2013 12:53
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Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom
We eat a lot of hot breakfasts at our house and my kids LOVE pancakes.  I don't necessarily love them because they don't pack the nutritional punch I'm looking for in the morning, mostly just a lot of calories from carbs (flour, syrup, yada yada...).  So we decided to change it up a bit!  Sometimes we'll put away the "prepared mixes" and make Oatmeal or Cornmeal pancakes instead from scratch using wheat flour.  Then, the best part is instead of dousing it in syrup we'll top it with fresh or home canned fruits (low, low sugar...
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I use the following(super easy)recipe for pancake mix and substitute whole wheat flour for the white flour and eliminate the sugar... Read More
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 08:08
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Tuesday's "TRY IT!"

Tuesday's "TRY IT!"
  I was so impressed with all of the traveling snack ideas that you guys came up with for last week's Hot Topic!!  You had some really GREAT ideas, so I thought I'd compile them here as a quick and easy reference for those fun summer vacations/road trips that you have planned in the next few months.  These ideas are great for in the car or on the plane, but they would also work as snacks or meals at a hotel.  The most important thing is to PLAN AHEAD and BE PREPARED!  Some of your organizational ideas were: 1. &...
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FRIDAY'S FLASHBACK

FRIDAY'S FLASHBACK
  FRUITS AND VEGGIES     Okay, so I may just be a little behind everyone else here, but thanks to Pinterest, I have recently learned some pretty interesting things in regards to washing and storing fresh fruits and veggies.  So, I'm passing it on to you!!  I know, I'm so thoughtful, right?  ;) I try to eat a big salad every day for lunch in an attempt to get my veggies in EARLY.  (If I don't get them in at lunchtime, I often find myself snarfing carrot or celery sticks at 8:55 pm, which I don't really like to ...
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Guest — Competition 2
I can vouch for the vinegar rinse for fresh berries -- it works like a charm. -Cora
Friday, 24 May 2013 05:22
Guest — Competition 3
I have been putting my whole salad in the jar, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, whatever. It does work great. I am eating s... Read More
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 09:27
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Tuesday's Try It

Tuesday's Try It
Pineapple Banana Sorbet     I love sweets!  A LOT!  And for some completely crazy reason, I decided to participate in an "Eat Less Sugar" challenge for the entire month of May.  Let me remind you that I have been "off challenge" for the last two weeks, and it has taken every bit of will power and determination that I possess to pass on the Mother's Day cakes and pies, birthday treats, movie candy, date night desserts, raspberry fritters and the frozen Butterfinger that calls my name from the freezer almost daily. &n...
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Real Food Suggestions

Real Food Suggestions
  Some of you may be wondering what exactly you can eat this week in order to earn your bonus points. Hopefully this list found  here  at  www.whfoods.com  helps you come up with some fabulous and delicious meals!  Have a fantastic "real" week! Vegetables Asparagus Avocados Beets Bell peppers Broccoli Brussels sprouts Cabbage Carrots Cauliflower Celery Collard greens Cucumbers Eggplant Fennel Garlic Green beans Green peas Kale Leeks Mushrooms, crimini Mushrooms, shiitake Mustard greens Olives Onions Potatoes Romain...
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Thursday's Thoughts on....THE SKINNY RULES!

Thursday's Thoughts on....THE SKINNY RULES!
Are you struggling with knowing how to eat and what steps to take to a healthier lifestyle?  I think making the following changes would be an excellent start for anyone!!  I would guess you're already doing some of them.  Pick a few that you struggle with and work on them this week.  I'm planning to focus on 1, 14 and 19.   Valerie           Source:  infographicaday.com  via  Valerie  on  Pinterest  
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Homemade Beef & Broccoli

Homemade Beef & Broccoli
Source:  rainydaygal.com  via  Dianne  on  Pinterest   I'm a big fan of stir-fry and especially the really-bad-for-you-Chinese-take-out versions.  Well, let's just say that is all in the past because I recently found this recipe on Pinterest and I'm hooked! I was able to pull this dinner off in just over an hour start to finish and that includes the marinating time.  If I'd thought ahead and started the marinade earlier in the day this could have easily been a 30 minute meal. And hey, mine looks pretty mu...
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I love broccoli and beef. Gonna make it for dinner today ^^ Nice review!
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 10:55
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Easily fill your meals with Fruits and Vegetables

Easily fill your meals with Fruits and Vegetables
Depending on your current eating habits, you may be wondering, "How on earth am I going to fit in 5 fruits and vegetables every day?!??  AND try to make 3 of them veggies?" .  Well, here are a few suggestions that might help you out. **A typical serving size of fruits/vegetables is 1/2 cup, 1/4 cup if it's dried or 1 cup if we're talking about leafy greens.    Breakfast   Try adding sliced fruits into your cold or hot cereal, make a homemade fruit &/or spinach smoothie (use plain fat free or Greek yogurt to make it ...
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Guest — Helen Greene
Wow!! That is a good plan. I love juices, I can't go a day without it. How can I change this drinking habit?Helen Greene Resume Wr... Read More
Sunday, 19 June 2016 23:11
Guest — Johnson
Fruits and vegetable is really very important for our body. Fruits and vegetable provided vitamin C,E,D etc. This post shared real... Read More
Monday, 20 June 2016 23:31
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