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July Challenge Weigh In Week 3

Weight-Loss-Challenge Orange

Starting Weight for Challenge: 160.2 lbs  July 1, 2014
Total Pounds Lost:  {+1.2 pounds}
July Goal Weight: 152.2 lbs or less

Week 1: July 1-6      158.2  {-2.0 pounds}
Week 2: July 7-13   162.0  {+ 3.8 pounds}
Week 3: July 14- 20 161.4 {-0.6 pounds}
Week 4: July 21-27
Final weigh-in July 31.

Well as you can see I’ve had a difficult time these past two weeks.  I haven’t been able to get to the gym nor eat properly, things (life) just got in the way.  
I have to really plan ahead so I can get to my goal, hopefully this year.  Wish me luck :-)


Raw Cauliflower Pizza

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Who says you can’t have pizza on a low carb diet.  Not me that’s for sure.  Check this out, since I’m always trying new ways to cut down on meal prep, here’s a good one.  Instead of boiling the cauliflower for this pizza I just used raw cauliflower and pulsed it in my food processor until it had a rice like consistency.  Then shape like a pizza & Voila!! delicious low carb pizza that the whole family will love.

Pizza crust recipe:
1 1/2 Cups (150g) Fresh Cauliflower (not frozen)
1 Cup Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Teaspoon Basil
1/2 Teaspoon Parsley
1/2 Teaspoon Oregano

Topping ingredients:
Pepperoni
1/2  cup Mozzarella
1/4 cup green olives
1 oz feta cheese
8 black olives

Preparation:
Mix the pizza crust ingredients (cauliflower, cheese, basil, parsley,oregano) together in a food processor until “rice” like consistency.
Flatten and shape into pizza on parchment lined baking sheet. 
Bake at 450 for 10-15 minutes.
Remove and put toppings on.
Cook for an additional 5:00 or until the cheese is melted
Remove, let cool and enjoy!

Calories per pizza (without toppings):
Calories: 496
Fat: 37.7 g
Saturated Fat: 23.9 g
Sodium: 747 mg
Carbs: 9.9 g
Fiber: 4.1 g
Sugar: 4.2 g
Protein: 31.2 g
Net Carbs: 5.8 g 

July Challenge Weigh In Week 1

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I lost 2 pounds this week.  I’ve finally gotten out of the 160′s, I’m so happy, I’ve been stuck in the 60′s for a year.  A few weeks ago I went shopping for clothes and the cruel reality hit me like a ton of bricks.  I know I had gained weight over the year and I’ve been struggling to get it off but the fact that I wasn’t fitting into my smaller size was really upsetting.  I’m very angry at myself for gaining back the weight.  I remember when I was at my lowest weight (148 lbs) going shopping was fun,  I mean it was almost an adventure, just trying on new styles and sizes was exhilarating.  I want so badly to get back to that weight.  After that rude awakening of disgust from the shopping spree that was not to be.  In June I really dedicated to getting back on my Low Carb Lifestyle, I know it’s the right thing for me since it worked in the past.  In June I lost 6 pounds and July is starting off to be a great month with my 2 pound loss at my first weight in.

If you’re doing your own July Challenge or you’re joining me on my Low Carb July Challenge, Let me know how you’re doing by leaving a message in the comment box.  I’d love to hear from you and your progress.

Starting Weight for Challenge: 160.2 lbs  July 1, 2014
Total Pounds Lost: 2
July Goal Weight: 152.2 lbs or less

Week 1: July 1-6    158.2     {-2.0 pounds}
Week 2: July 7-13
Week 3: July 14- 20
Week 4: July 21-27
Final weigh-in July 31.

 

My Weekly Low Carb Menu~Jan 20, 2014

Hi all,

Here’s my low carb weekly menu for this week.

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** (for family)**  means I made it for the rest of my family and I won’t be having any.

Monday January 20 ~ Sunday January 26, 2014 

Monday
Crockpot Beef Chilli  

Pasta & marinara sauce (for kids)
Green salad with vinaigrette

Tuesday
Oven Roasted Chicken (legs, thighs, breast)
Green beans
Cheesy zucchini bake
Green salad with vinaigrette

Wednesday
Lentil Soup
Crockpot cabbage rolls (no rice, just meat & veggies inside)
Rice (for family)
Green salad with vinaigrette

Thursday
Meatloaf (lean ground beef, spinach, peppers & onions)

Rapini
Roasted potatoes (for family)
Green salad with vinaigrette

Friday
Crockpot Thai Beef
Rice (for family)
Veggie Stir-Fry (bell peppers, onions)
Spring rolls (for family)

Saturday
Baked Greek Meatballs Lettuce Wraps
Tzaziki sauce
Pita bread (for family)
Whole lettuce leaves for wraps
Oven fried cubanelle peppers
Greek Salad (tomato, cucs, feta, olives)

Sunday
Baked Dry Rub Chicken Wings

Ranch coleslaw
Baked french fries (for family)

Snacks:
Celery stuffed with cream cheese or all natural peanut butter
Sugar free biscotti
Zucchini chips
Sugar Free Jello
Atkins Protein Bar
Chapmans No Sugar Butter Pecan Ice cream 

My Weekly Low Carb Menu~Jan 15, 2014

Hi all,

I’m a little late.  I wanted to post this on Monday…like they say better to be later than never.  I find that when I plan my meals for the week it makes my life so much easier.  So I’ve gone through my weekly grocery store flyers and I’ve created this menu plan with what’s on sale this week.  Not only do I have my meals planned but I’m saving money too.

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** (for family)**  means I made it for the rest of my family and I won’t be having any.

Monday January 13 ~ Sunday January 19, 2014 

Monday
Crockpot Beef Stroganoff
Noodles (for family)
Sauteed peas & onions  (for family)
Sauteed mushrooms & onions
Green salad with vinaigrette

Tuesday
Steak & Cheese Stuffed Peppers with sauteed mushrooms & onions
Green salad with vinaigrette

Wednesday
Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry (beef, broccoli, red bell pepper, onion)
Eggrolls & Plum Sauce (for family)

Thursday
Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken
Green Beans
Roasted potatoes (for family)
Green salad with vinaigrette

Friday
Broccoli Soup
Low Carb Pizza
Green salad with vinaigrette

Saturday
Beef Tacos
Nachos (for my kids)
Romaine lettuce – whole leaves for my tacos
Toppings:  salsa, jalapeños, corn, olives, sour cream, shredded cheese, green onions, avocado

Sunday
Babyback ribs
Ranch coleslaw
Baked fench fries (for family)

Snacks:
Celery stuffed with cream cheese or all natural peanut butter
Sugar free biscotti
Zucchini chips
Sugar Free Jello
Atkins Protein Bar
Chapmans No Sugar Butter Pecan Ice cream 

Upper Body Dumbbell Workout

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Today is “Workout Wednesday” and I’d like to share with you a workout I recently did during the Christmas holidays where I couldn’t go to the gym so I did the next best thing and get my sweat on at home.  :-)

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Click on the link below for a great upper body workout video that’s free from Fitness Blender.

 Upper Body Dumbbell Workout

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Don’t worry ladies lifting weights won’t make you look like Arnold.

Upper Body Strength Training Routine
10 Reps each, twice through

Bicep Curls – 15 lbs (per hand)
Bentover Tricep Extensions – 9 lbs (per hand)
1 Minute Jumping Jacks

Chest Fly – 15 lbs (per hand)
Reverse Fly –  6 lbs (per hand)
1 Minute Burpees + High Kicks

Lateral Raises –  6 lbs (per hand)
Ventral Raises –  3 lbs (per hand)
1 Minute  Lateral Jumps

Overhead Press –  12 lbs (per hand)
Dumbbell Pullover – 12 lbs (total)
1 Minute Butt Kickers

Motivation Monday

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Doing the same workout or eating the same meal might be convenient, but for the results you want, it’s good to spice up your routine and try different fitness activities, like Zumba, Pilates, Crossfit or Kickboxing.

Have you tried something recently that was challenging ?  What me all about it :-)

My Weight-In + Workouts

Hi all,

As you know last week  was my first week of my 6 week shred, so far so good but my calves were sore for three days due to the standing and seated calf raises.  It took a few days for the pain to go away.

It occurred took me that this workout would be difficult to follow if you don’t go to a gym or have access to all this equipment.

So for those of you who want to do your own version of a 6 week shred, break out your DVD exercise workout videos , or you can find some great full length videos online for free, youtube or my recent favorite is 
http:// www.fitnessblender.com they have some great body weight videos.

Here’s a 4 week workout plan and I think you only need bumbells.
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/best-workout-0

Whatever you choose to do please join in and keep me company on this 6 week journey.  You can post your exercise of choice in the comment section.  Then I plan on posting weekly weigh-ins and you can post your weigh-in..

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I’ve lost 1 pound and 0.5 inches off my waist.  Woohoo!!!

Slim Down 30 Day Challenge Weigh-in #3

Slim down Challenge

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Starting Weight: 160.0 lbs
Current Weight: 158.5

Total Pounds Lost: 1.5 lbs
Goal Weight: 152.0 lbs

I’ve lost 0.5 lbs for my 3rd weigh in.  I’m not doing so good but at least it’s still a loss. 

Week 1 (Sept 1-7): 159.0   (-1.0 lbs) :-) 
Week 2 (Sept 8-14): 159.0 (-0.0)   :-( 
Week 3 (Sept 15- 21): 158.5 (-0.5) 
Week 4 (Sept 22-30):

Exercise for this week:

Monday
Spin Class (60 min) + Abs Machine (25 min)

Tuesday
Insanity Class (60 min)

Wednesday
Rest Day (not feeling good)

Thursday
Body Sculpt Class (60 min)

Friday
Cardio Stair Climbers (20 min) + Kettlebells (60 min)

Saturday
Cardio (30) + Weight Training (60 min)

Sunday
Pilates Class (60 min)

Wishing you much success and happiness!

Marisa

My Weekly Low Carb Menu~Sept 8, 2013

Here’s my weekly menu, I broke it up in categories, Main Course, Sides and Snacks.  That way I can pick an item from each category to make a meal for that day.

Monday Sept 9 to Sunday Sept 15, 2013 

Weekly Menu

 Main Course:

  1. Baked meatballs & (Pasta for my kids)
  2. Beef Ribs
  3. Chicken Marsala
  4. Thai Beef and Coleslaw Vegetable Stir Fry
  5. Grilled Chicken Souvlaki & Garlic Shrimp Kabobs
  6. Sirloin Hamburgers
  7. Steak 

Sides: 
Avocado salad
Broccoli slaw
Roasted broccoli or cauliflower
Mashed Fauxtatoes (cauliflower)
Green beans with almond slivers
Green salad with vinaigrette
Parsley salad
Rapini
Greek salad (tomato, cucumber, onion, green pepper, oregano & olive oil)

Snacks:
Celery stuffed with cream cheese or all natural peanut butter
Sugar free biscotti
Zucchini chips
Sugar Free Jello
Atkins Protein Bar

September Slim Down 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge

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SEPTEMBER SLIM DOWN 30 DAY CHALLENGE

WARNING:  This Challenge could result in any or all of the following:

  • Loss of 8 to 10 Pounds
  • Feeling & Looking Fabulous
  • More Restful Sleep
  • Self-Confidence Boost
  • Extra Energy
  • Improved Mood
  • Could be Habit Forming

Follow these 4 guidelines for this Challenge for the next 30 days, or more if you love the results:

water glassDRINK WATER:
DRINK 2 LITERS OF WATER PER DAY

sugarAVOID CARBS, SUGAR & ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS:
AVOID ALL BREAD, PASTA, RICE, REFINED SUGAR AND ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS.
*STEVIA IS ALLOWED FOR THIS CHALLENGE.

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PORTION CONTROL:
PORTION SIZES OF FOODS MUST BE NO LARGER THAN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND.

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EXERCISE:
EXERCISE A MINIMUM OF 30 MINUTES, SIX DAYS A WEEK.  EXERCISE CAN BE WEIGHT TRAINING OR CARDIOVASCULAR  EXERCISE, OR A COMBINATION OF THE TWO.

This September Slim Down Challenge will give you a jump start for the fall because I don’t know about you but when Fall weather hits it’s easy to forget about eating healthy and doing exercise since we are adding extra layers of clothing and our swimsuits are tucked away for the year.  Then the  holidays come and we’re surrounded by delicious food and that’s when we give into temptations and then it spirals out of control, by the time springtime arrives you’ve put on some winter hibernation weight.

HOW TO I PARTICIPATE?  [SCALE + SHARE]

The best way to get started with this challenge is with the ugly truth – step on that scale and share your goals and progress in the comments section.  I will have a weekly September Slim Down Challenge post and you can post your weigh in, fitness, questions, tips, advice etc.  I guarantee this will encourage others to partake and more importantly it will motivate YOU!
Accountability is the key.

Here’s my Scale + Share:

Starting Weight: 160.0 lbs.  My goal is to lose 2 lbs a week for a total of 8 pounds.  I’ll be writing daily in my food journal to track food, exercise, and water.  Also I’ll be posting new recipes, my workouts and my weigh-in for the week.

SEPTEMBER SLIM DOWN: 30 DAY WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE:

Starting Weight: 160.0 lbs
Total Pounds Lost: 0 lbs
Goal Weight: 152.0 lbs

Week 1 (Sept 1-7):
Week 2 (Sept 8-14):
Week 3 (Sept 15- 21):
Week 4 (Sept 22-30):

Wishing you much success and happiness!

Marisa

Monday Dummbell Upper Body WOD

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Here’s today’s workout of the day.  It’s was challenging at times but I felt really good when it was over.  My HRM watch calculated that I burned 880 calories and my arms felt like jello :-)

Upper Body Tabata Workout

Routine Structure
5 Minute Warm Up
12 Tabata Workout;
Upper Body Exercises (48 Minutes)
20 On 10 Off x 8 for four minutes total each

5 Minute Cool Down and Stretch

12 Exercises (48 minutes)

1 Chest Presses
2 Reverse Fly
3 Overhead Presses
4 Dumbbell Pullovers
5 Bicep Curls
6 Tricep Extensions
7 Chest Fly
8 Bentover Dumbbell Rows
9 Lateral Raises
10 Bentover Ventral Pulls
11 Hammer Curl
12 Skull Crushers

Here’s a link for the workout video.

http://www.fitnessblender.com/v/workout-detail/Upper-Body-Tabata-Workout-Intense-60-Minute-Back-Shoulders-and-Arms-Workout/ei/

Kettlebell WOD

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Yesterday I had a great workout and I just wanted to share it with you all.  I recently found this amazing website called Fitness Blender that has free full length workout videos.  I did a workout called: Quick and Fearless Kettlebell Cardio Workout.  I did 3 sets of this and it was great.  Below you’ll find the routine and the link of the video.

Workout Structure
Give the 40 second active intervals your full blown effort – don’t hold back, and don’t “save” a single ounce of energy. You get a nice long 20 second recovery in between each interval so there’s no reason to preserve yourself. Choosing a heavy enough weight is imperative to making this routine effective and burning the most calories.

10 Intervals
40 Seconds On, 20 Off
1 Round

Kettlebell Cardio Exercises

Alternating Single Hand Kettlebell Swings
Crush Curls
Clean and Press (one full interval on each side of the body)
Halo Triceps Extensions
Burpee Jerks
Weighted Toe Touch Crunches
Lunge Drops + Rows
Two Handed Kettlebell Swings

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http://www.fitnessblender.com/v/workout-detail/Quick-and-Fearless-Kettlebell-Cardio-Workout-Ultimate-Fat-Burn-Workout-for-the-Entire-Body/g8/

My Workouts with Pics

I thought it would be a good idea for any newbies like myself to see what my workouts so I’ve added pictures for each exercise.
Remember proper form is more important that how many reps you do.
Well that’s my thoughts anyway.
Tighten your core, breath and push through.
Your body will thank you :-)

Suggestions and advice are greatly appreciated :-)

Here’s my 6 Day/2 Day Split

Cardio 30 min everyday
Upper Body & Back: Mon/Wed/Fri
Low Body & Abs: Tue/Thur/Sat

Cardio

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Daily Cardio:  Stairmill 30 min = 350 calories

Upper Body & Back

Per Exercise: 4 Sets: 15 reps, 12 reps, 10 reps, 8 reps
Total Time: 60-90 min.

Machine flyMachine Chest Fly

Machine Seated RowSeated Row

Machine Seated Lat PulldownSeated Lat Pulldown

Machine Chest PressChest Press

Machine Hammer Front Pulldown

Hammer Front Pulldown

Machine Incline Chess PressHammer Inclined Chess Press

Machine Hammer High Row

Hammer High Row

Machine cable-pushdownsTriceps Cable Pushdown

Machine Cable Seated Low RowCable Seated Low Row

Machine Back RaiseBack Raise

Dumbbell Bicep Curl StandingDumbbell Bicep Curl Standing

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Dumbbell Tricep Kickbacks

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Dumbbell Bicep Hammer

Dumbbell Tricep extension standing
Dumbbell Tricep Extension Standing

Lower Body & Abs

Per Exercise: 4 sets: 15 reps, 12 reps, 12 reps, 10 reps

Total Time: 60-90 min.

Kneeling Single Leg Curl

Kneeling Single Leg Curl

Machine leg-extensionLeg Extension

Machine Glutes PressGlutes Press

Machine Hip Adduction Inner ThighHip Adduction Inner Thigh

Machine Hip Adduction Outer ThighHip Adduction Outer Thigh

Machine seated-leg-pressSeated Leg Press

Kettlebell Double Rack SquatKettlebell Double Rack Squat

Kettlebell Lunge PassKettlebell Lunge Pass

Kettlebell Single Leg Deadlift

Kettlebell Single Leg Deadlift

Kettlebell bridge pullover

Kettlebell Bridge Pullover

Kettlebell Russian Twist 2

Ketttlebell Russian Twist
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Kettlebell Sit Ups

Kettlebell Leg +Hip-Raise

Kettlebell Leg + Hip Raise

Dumbbell Side Bend
Kettlebell Side Bend

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Kettlebell Crunch

Abdominal Crunch Machine

Abdominal Crunch Machine

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Burpees

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Saturday WOD + Buffet Dinner

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This workout was cut short since I had other plans for the day.    I increased the dumbbells from 12.5 to 15 lb. only because someone was hogging them.  It was heavy but I pushed through it and did my four sets.  

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We went out for my daughters birthday dinner and she picked a Chinese buffet restaurant   Its not my favorite but she’s like it for the variety and all the sushi heehee.  Well it wasn’t easy to find low carb food so for most of my dinner I bit the bullet and just ate whatever.  I stayed away from the rice and noodles since I don’t care for those anyway.  But I did have lemon chicken, a springroll, pepper beef, steamed broccoli (I could tell they added cornstarch to make it shinny), 2 chocolate dipped strawberries and a tiny sliver cheesecake no crust.  I was stuffed and my daughter loved it.  Her favorite was the sushi and lime sherbet  :-)

Upper Body & Back

Cardio:  Stairmill 30 min = 350 calories

Per Exercise: 4 Sets: 15 reps, 12 reps, 10 reps, 8 reps
Total Time: 60-90 min.

Machine Chest Fly 50 lb.
Seated Lat Pulldown  75 lb.
Chest Press 30 lb.
Hammer Front Pulldown 80 lb. (40 lb. x 2)
Hammer Inclined Chess Press 50 lb. (25 lb. x 2)
Hammer High Row 80 lb. (40 lb. x 2)
Dumbbell Bicep Curl Standing 30 lb. (15 lb.x 2)
Dumbbell Tricep Kickbacks 30 lb. (15 lb.x 2)
Dumbbell Bicep Hammer 30 lb. (15 lb.x 2)
Dumbbell Tricep Extension Standing 15 lb.

Snow Day in April!! + WOD

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Today was a snow day, I know CRAZY RIGHT!!!  It’s freaken APRIL!!!
My kids stayed home and I missed out on my leg day. 
So what else is a girl suppose to do.  Workout with her kids!!! And not just any workout will do… We went INSANE ya’ll!!!  We did the Plyometric Cardio Circuit workout.  It was hilarious but we killed it and got a great burn.

What did you do today?

Wednesday WOD

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Today’s WOD was Upper Body and Back.
I changed up a few exercises from Monday’s WOD.
I like this 6 days/2 day split.

Comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated :-)

Upper Body and Back Workout

Per Exercise: 4 Sets: 15 reps, 12 reps, 10 reps, 8 reps
Total Time: 60-90 min.

Cardio:  Stairmill 25 min = 270 calories

Machine Chest Fly 50 lb.
Seated Lat Pulldown  70 lb.
Chest Press 30 lb.
Hammer Front Pulldown 80 lb. (40 lb. x 2)
Hammer Inclined Chess Press 40 lb. (20 lb. x 2)
Hammer High Row 80 lb. (40 lb. x 2)
Triceps Cable Pushdown 30 lb.
Cable Seated Low Row 70 lb.
Back Raise
Dumbbell Bicep Curl Standing 25 lb. (12.5 lb.x 2)
Dumbbell Tricep kickbacks 25 lb. (12.5 lb.x 2)
Dumbbell Bicep Hammer 25 lb. (12.5 lb.x 2)
Dumbbell Tricep extension standing 12.5 lb.

Monday Workout of The Day

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This was my workout for today.  I’m doing a 6 Day/2 day split strength training.
The 2 day split keeps it simple, h
ere’s my 6 Day/2 day split

Mon/Wed/Fri – Upper Body & Back
Tue/Thur/Sat – Lower Body & Abs & Pilates
Cardio - Everyday

Monday Upper Body & Back Workout

Cardio:   Stairmill 30 mins = 350 calories

Seated Fly 40 lb.
4 sets: 15 reps, 12 reps, 10 reps, 8 reps 

Seated Row 55 lb.
4 sets: 15 reps, 12 reps, 10 reps, 8 reps

Seated Wide Lat Pulldown  70 lb.
4 sets: 15 reps, 12 reps, 10 reps, 8 reps 

Chest Press 30 lb.
4 sets: 15 reps, 12 reps, 10 reps, 8 reps 

Hammer Front Pulldown 80 lb. (40 lb. x 2)
4 sets: 15 reps, 12 reps, 10 reps, 8 reps 

Hammer Incline Chess Press 40 lb. (20 lb. x 2)
4 sets: 15 reps, 12 reps, 10 reps, 8 reps 

Dumbbell Bicep Curl Standing 20 lb (10 lb. x 2)
4 sets: 12 reps

Dumbbell Tricep Kickbacks 20 lb (10 lb. x 2)
4 sets: 15 reps, 12 reps, 10 reps, 8 reps 

Dumbbell Tricep Extension Standing 20 lb (10 lb. x 2)
4 sets: 15 reps, 12 reps, 10 reps, 8 reps 

Back Extensions
4 sets: 15 reps, 15 reps, 12 reps, 12 reps

2 Week Low Carb Challenge

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2 Week Low Carb Challenge

For the next 2 weeks I’m going to be strictly low carb.
The Challenge is from April 6-20.  Let the Low Carbing being!!!

Below is my Food Do’s and Don’ts but I’m also going to be drinking plenty of water and exercising 5 days a week.

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Eat green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, rapini, swiss chard, cabbage etc.)
Other Vegetables  

(green beans, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, zucchini, broccoli, green bell peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, artichokes)
Lean protein (chicken, beef, lamb, fish, egg whites)
Olive oil

Red wine vinegar, white vinegar
Natural Sweetners, Splenda, Stevia, Xylitol
Half Salt or No Salt

Sugar Free Hot Sauce, Soy sauce, low sodium
Mayonnaise, low fat, low calorie
Drinks, tea, coffee, diet soda
Jello- Sugar free gelatin
Sugar Free Popsicles (Make your own Cystal Light)
Bran Crispbread 6 pc per day
Low Carb salad dressing, ketchup (less than 3g carb per TB)
Protein Powder, 2 servings per day, (less than 3g carb per serving)
All natural nut butters, Almond butter, peanut butter
Low carb protein bars (less than 3g carb per bar)

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Don’ts

Wheat (all products)
Dairy
Root vegetables (carrots, beets)

Starch, Potato, rice, legumes 
Sugar
Fruit
Juice

Salt & Salty foods (deli meat, most canned foods, picked foods)
Cereal, oat meal
Fast food, deep fried food
Balsamic vinegar
Alcohol

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Workout Wednesday

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Weekly Recap

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This week was Spring Break and my kids were home and we got a lot done.

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I went to the gym this week and did a spin and pilates class then on Friday & Saturday I did weight training with my husband, we had a good workout.  OK the next thing I’m going to tell you might be shocking to some people…But the picture below is my first time on a treadmill…YUP I know… Unbelievable hahaha but it’s true.  I have a problem with my foot, it’s called Morton’s Neuroma and I’m not able to do the constant bend/flex on my foot so that’s why my cardio of choice is the stair climber.  I did 20 minutes on the stair climber and then 20 minutes on the treadmill.
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Here’s what Morton’s Neuroma looks like.

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Mortons Neuroma 2If anyone has Morton’s Neuroma let me know how you’re handling it.

I’ve been juicing a few times this week.  My green goddess juice consist of dandelion, broccoli, spinach, celery, lime,  and a green apple.  I had it yesterday after my workout and it felt like I did the best thing for my body.
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Dairy FreeAlso I was Dairy Free for 4 days,Woohoo!!!  that’s longer than I thought I’d do.  Next week I’ll try for 5 days :-)

We went to a see the movie Oz the great and Powerful in 3D.  It was really good we all enjoyed it.

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I felt extremely good about myself when I chose to have a frozen yogurt from Yogen Fruz instead of the buttery popcorn.  I had a low fat sugar free (made with splenda) Blueberry, Rapberry Mango and it was so good!!!  I’m going to have to recreate this at home…Stay tuned :-)
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Dairy Free Challenge: Day 1

Dairy Free

Morning everyone,

I’ve decided to go dairy free today, for no other reason than to give myself a daily challenge.  This won’t be easy because I love cheese, my middle name should be Parmigiana :-)

I’m going to do my best to make this into a 30 day challenge, but I’m doing it one day at a time.  I’m hoping to kick start my weigh loss as well.  

Who’s with me?

Here’s the workout for today

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30 Day Challenge #3 March Motivation

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TODAY’S MOTIVATION:

If anyone veered off the road then today’s the day when we make that u-turn. 

I’ve read that when starting a diet or anything new it’s best to do it on the weekend so that you have two days all to yourself to get yourself organized and ready for the week to come.

Good Luck everyone :-)

So who’s with me??

Just use the comment box and keep in touch.  It doesn’t matter what form of weight loss diet you are doing, just as long as we do it together.  :-)

FIVE POUND MARCH GOALS:

  • Lose 5 Pounds
  • Drink 3 liters of water a day (1 liter = 1000 ml = 33.814 oz)
  • Exercise 5 times a week for 60 min or longer
  • Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables
  • Weekly Weigh-In

Motivation Driving Weight-Loss

March Motivation

Today’s Motivation:  
There’s a skinny person in all of us :-)

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Low Carb Crepes

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I’m always looking for new breakfast ideas and this one was a winner.  

For this dish I used 2 crepes each had 2 tablespoons of ricotta and topped with 1 teaspoon on sugar free blueberry jam.

I plan on using this recipe for savory crepes by omitting the sweetener and vanilla extract and adding some herbs instead.  I have in mind a nice creamy chicken and mushroom filling. Yum!!
Or I can use this for enchiladas or quesadilla…and the list goes on.
To be continued.

Low Carb Crepes

Ingredients

5 eggs
2 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp oat flour
3 oz cream cheese
1 tbsp stevia or splenda
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preparation

In food processor, pulse eggs and cream cheese until smooth.
Add coconut flour, oat flour, sweetener and vanilla extract and process until smooth.

Heat a small 6′ non stick pan, spray with oil and use 1/4 cup batter for each crepe.  
Tilt pan to spread out batter evenly, cook over medium heat. 
Flip crepe and cook 5 seconds and set aside in a plate.

Makes:  11 crepes

1 crepe
41.9 calories
3.1 g protein
2.5 g fat
1.0 g net carbs

Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup Recipe

The cold weather is here and a nice hearty soup is always good to come home too. I know it’s not low carb but sometimes you just have to have some comfort food.

Prepare this recipe before you head out in the cold in the morning and you will come home to meal just waiting for you to enjoy

Ingredients
1-1/2 lbs beef stew meat
1 tablespoon canola
1 14-1/2 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup diced celery
1 cup sliced fresh carrots
½ cup chopped green pepper
4 cups beef broth
2 cups water
1 cup tomato sauce
2\3 cups medium pearl barley
1 tablespoon dried parsley
2 teaspoons salt
1-1\2 teaspoon dried basil
1\2 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation:
Brown meat in the oil over medium heat.
In a 5 quart slow cooker combine all the ingredients and stir in the meat.
Cook 8 to 10 hours on low or until meat is tender.

30 Day Challenge #2

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Hello everyone,

It’s a cold winter morning and I have just the thing to heat things up.
It’s my second 30 Day Challenge.  This month my goal is to lose 5 pounds.
Sounds simple enough right, smaller goals are more attainable than looking at a big number.

Let’s call this month Five Pound February !!!  It’s a short month so I really have to push myself to get it done.

jillian_michaels peuk faint or dietSo who’s with me??

Just use the comment box and keep in touch.  It doesn’t matter what form of weight loss diet you are doing, just as long as we do it together.  :-)

Five Pound February Goals:

  • Lose 5 Pounds
  • Drink 3 liters of water a day (1 liter = 1000 ml = 33.814 oz)
  • Exercise 5 times a week for 60 min or longer
  • Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables
  • Weekly Weigh-In

30 Day Challenge #1 – Recap

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Well it’s the last day of my first 30 day Challenge.

Here’s a recap of this month.

I’ve lost 5.2 pounds.
I’ve tried Zumba for the first time.
I tried new recipes. (Zucchini spaghetti, Protein Bars, Quiche Muffins)

Bacon and Cheese Quiche Muffins 3g

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My family loved these, my kids even took them for their school lunch.  It was delicious and I’ll be trying new variations.

Bacon & Cheese Quiche Muffins

Ingredients:
4 eggs
1 cup 1% milk
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
10 strips precooked, diced  low sodium cooked bacon
2 Tbsp coconut flour
2 Tbsp diced green onions
 dash of pepper

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F .  Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
In a large bowl, combine eggs, coconut flour, milk, until well combined.

Add bacon, cheese, green onions and pepper, stir to blend. Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop into prepared muffin pan.

Bake in preheated oven until eggs have set, about 20 minutes.
Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Makes: 12 muffins

Nutritional Facts:
Calories: 159
Fat: 13
Carbs: 3
Protein: 7

30 Day Challenge Weigh-In #3

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Week 3~~~Weigh-In~~~

 I’m down -2.2 pounds :-)  I was hoping for more but I’ll take this.

Try Something New…Food,Fitness

This week I did a Zumba class with a few friends and it was all our first time.  We all had a great workout and we laughed so much.

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Another first was I did a double yesterday.  I did a Spin class in the morning and at night I did a Abs class and 30 min on the Stair master.

Today I did a Pilates class and loved it.  This is something that I thought I wouldn’t like since it looks so boring.  But I tried it a few months ago and I love it.  I do it twice a week.  Pilates is all about slow and controlled movement.  Give it a try…But I’m warning you it’s addictive.

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As for food I tried Mio the water enhancer and it’s great.  Quick & easy a little squirt in my glass and I’m easily getting in all my water for the day.

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Have you tried something new?
Tell us about it.

What I Ate This Week

Here’s just a few things I ate this week.

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Raspberry & Psyllium Protein Shake

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Chicken souvlaki, taziki, broccoli.

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Beef burger, onions, cheese, avocado, olives, salad.

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Homemade Vinegar based coleslaw.

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Beef Short ribs, served with coleslaw.

30 Day Challenge Weigh-in #1

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It’s my first weigh-in for this 30 day challenge.
I lost 3 pounds YIPPEE!!
You can’t see me but I’m doing a happy dance.

How did you all do this first week?

20 Days and counting

Low Carb Coleslaw Recipe

Tomorrow is my first weigh-in of my 30 Day Challenge.  I haven’t weighed myself all week, so I hope it’ll be a nice surprise.  *crossing fingers*
Please let me know how you all are doing too.

I made this coleslaw and just had to share the recipe, hope you like it.
I prefer vinegar based coleslaw, you can always add more Splenda for a sweeter coleslaw and some mayonnaise for a creamy version.

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Low Carb Vinegar Based Coleslaw

Ingredients:
1 head of cabbage, shredded
1 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup Splenda
Half salt
Pepper

Preparations:
Place shredded cabbage in a large bowl and set aside.
In a small pan bring to boil the vinegar, Splenda, half salt and pepper.
Pour hot vinegar mixture over cabbage, stir and cover with plastic wrap.
Let sit over night and then drain the juices and place in a smaller container.

Enjoy!!

Note:  For my next batch I’m going to add 1 tsp. celery seeds.

Fitness Routine for 2013

Motivation You Earn Your Body

I’ve created this fitness routine for myself so I have a plan to stick by.   If all goes well I’ll switch things up in a few months.  I plan on going 4-5 times a week, I‘ve added day and evening routines to suit my schedule.  I’ll keep you posted and let you know how this is working for me.

Please share your workout routines.

workout schedule

Monday - Morning
Spin Class (60 min)

Kettlebells – Full Body (60 min)

Monday – Evening
Abs Class (25 min)
Spin Class (60 min)

Tuesday – Morning
Stair Master (30 min)
Weight Training – Arms (25 min)
Pilates (Core) (60 min)

Tuesday – Evening
Body Sculpt (60 min)

Wednesday- Morning
Spin Class (60 min)
Kettlebells – Full Body (60 min)

Wednesday – Evening
Yoga (60 min)

Thursday- Morning
Stair Master (30 min)
Weight Training (55 min)
Pilates (Core)  (60 min)

Thursday – Evening
Body Sculpt (60 min)
Kickboxing (60 min)

Friday
Stair Master (30 min)
Kettlebells – Full Body (60 min)
Abs Class (25 min)

Saturday
Yoga (60 min)

Sunday
Rest :-)

30 Day Challenge

30 Day Challenge

It’s a New Year and some of us have New Year Resolutions to lose weight and get fit.  Whatever your New Years Resolutions are here’s a 30 Day Challenge to keep us motivated.

They say it takes 30 days to create a habit, so why not create a good habit.  By starting with a 30 day challenge, it’s baby steps to get to our ultimate goal.

For myself I have to get back on my low carb lifestyle and really stick to it.  I’m going to be strict about it because I know that’s what works for me.

So who’s with me??? 

On February 1, 2013 I’ll begin another 30 Day Challenge and I’ll keep doing this until I get to my ultimate goal. *Crossing fingers* I hope to get there before Summer :-)

I have a countdown counter to count the days so please feel free to leave comments on how you’re doing.

My Dinner

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Roasted lamb = 0
Mashed cauliflower & cheddar 1/2 cup = 6
Salad =0
Caesar dressing  1Tb=0

This lamb roast was delicious, I tried something new today.
I’ve heard of this diet tip along time ago but never tried it.   I had the salad dressing on the side and dipped my fork then forked up the salad. I didn’t even use the 1 tablespoon that I measured.

Happy New Year 2013!!!

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It’s that time of year again, that time where everyone has good intentions to eat well and get fit and lose those extra pounds.  Well I’m no different.  I’ve been trying for the past few months to get back on track and I  keep losing my motivation by mid afternoon.

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Here’s my New Years Resolution that I plan to keep past the first week of January.

  • Write it, Before you Bite it.
    Write in a food journal and count carbs.  In the past I noticed on the days that I counted carbs where the days I really stayed within my daily carb allowance.  I found some great websites that I can track my food intake but it’s just not the same.  So I have a brand new notebook and pen to start my food tracking.
  • Repeat..Repeat..Repeat..
    Eat the same breakfast, lunch and dinner for the first week.
    Example:
    Breakfast: Protein Shake
    Lunch: Tuna Salad
    Dinner: Hamburger, Spinach, Salad
  • Motivation-Find a bunch of magazines to make a collage of pictures and sayings that you will see everyday to help you stay the course.
  • Sweat…Sweat & Sweat some More
    Start exercising and it has to be something you like or you won’t stick to it.  I’m going to create a fitness routine for myself and I’ll post it when I’m done.
  • Drink more water, tea etc
  • Reach my goal weight

Fit for Fall Weight Loss Challenge ~ Week # 1~ Weigh-In

Well this first week started  off really badly even though I had great intentions of eating right and working out daily.
Monday night I was hit with the beginnings of a cold/flu.  My kids were so kind to share their germs with me :-)
All I wanted was to stay in bed and drink tea and soup.  Mind you that staying in bed all day didn’t happen since my kids needed me as well, we drank  every type of herbal decaffeinated tea and chicken soup.

The only exercise I did this week was a spin class Monday morning and many trips to the pharmacy :-(

To my surprise I’m down 1.2 pounds this week!!  I guess a liquid diet is a great way to jump start a weight loss…LOL

Fit for Fall Weigh-In:

Starting Weight: 158.6 lbs
Total Pounds Lost: -1.2 lbs
Goal Weight: 148.6 lbs

Sept 10-16 Week 1: 157.4 [-1.2 lbs]
Sept 17-23 Week 2:
Sept 24- 30 Week 3:
Oct 01-07    Week 4:
Oct 08-14 Week 5:

How was your week?

Wishing you much success and happiness!

Marisa

Beef Stroganoff

I made this for the first time and it was a huge hit. I made noodles for my kids and a salad for myself.
It’s an easy recipe that you can whip up in a jiffy.
I used thinly sliced eye of round beef cutlets and it was tender and delicious.

Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients:
8 large cutlets of beef (eye of round) cut into thin strips
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon butter
½ cup finely chopped onion
6 ounce small white mushrooms
¼ cup dry white wine
1 cup beef broth with 3/4 cup water
¼ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Preparations:
Heat oven to warm setting. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper.
In a large nonstick skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown meat. Transfer to a platter and place in oven.
Melt butter in skillet; add onion and cook 3 minutes, until softened.
Add mushrooms. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mushroom liquid evaporates.
Add wine; cook 5 minutes.
Stir in beef broth and cook 10 minutes, until mushrooms are coated with a thick sauce.
Stir in sour cream and mustard. Add meat and accumulated juices.
Reduce heat to low and cook 2-3 minutes, until meat is heated through.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Net Carbs: 3.5 grams
Fiber: 0.5 grams
Protein: 32 grams
Fat: 24.5 grams
Calories: 379
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Microwaving Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds and fibers. Cover one side with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Will keep for several days.

Place half of squash in Pyrex plate with cut side up.
Add 1/3 cup water and cook on high for 8-10 minutes. Check for tenderness.
Scrape strands out with fork.

Season with the salt, pepper, butter or tomato sauce grated Parmesan cheese.

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Low Carb Vanilla Ice Cream

I scream,

You scream,

WE ALL scream for ICE CREAM!!

Even us low carbers!!

Low Carb Vanilla Ice Cream

Ingredients:
1/2 cup splenda
1 Tbsp real vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
3 1/4 c heavy cream

Preparation:
Combine cream, splenda, salt and vanilla in a large measuring cup or bowl an refrigerate for one hours.

Pour into ice cream freezer can and process according to manufacturer’s directions. 

Makes 8 – 1/2 cup servings.
4 net carbs per serving.

NOTE:  It’s very high in fat and calories but I’m going to make a healthier version since I find this too rich for me and I’m going to cut down on the splenda too.

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I like to drizzle some sugar-free chocolate syrup on top.

My Weekly Low Carb Menu~July 30, 2012

I just bought this Atkins Cookbook and I’m eager to try some recipes.  So this week I’m going to make a new recipe from this book, they’re in no particular order, so it’s whatever I feel like making that day.  Just knowing that I have  meals picked out is half the battle when it comes to making dinner.
I’ll post pics and let you know if it was a HIT or a Miss.

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Weekly Dinner Menu- Monday July 30 to Sunday August 5, 2012

Thai Chicken Curry = 6 Carbs
(Cookbook pg. 152)

Veal Marsala = 7 Carbs
(Cookbook pg. 179)

Sauteed Italian Sausage with Fennel = 6 Carbs
(Cookbook pg. 172)

Peppery Spicy Baby Back Ribs = 2 Carbs
(Cookbook pg. 169)

Shrimp Diablo = 7 Carbs
(Cookbook pg. 198)

Beef and Asian Vegetable Stir Fry = 10 Carbs
(Cookbook pg. 163)

Green Goddess Grilled Chicken = 2 Carbs
(Cookbook pg. 149)

Sides:
Roasted broccoli
Green beans with almond slivers
Green salad with vinaigrette
Parsley salad
Rapini
Greek salad (tomato, cucumber, onion, green pepper, oregano & olive oil)
Peas & Corn (for kids)

Snacks:
Greek yogurt with blueberries
Broccoli (raw) with Ranch sour cream dip

Celery sticks filled with cream cheese
Sugar free biscotti
Almonds (raw) 10 pcs
Kale chips
Pepperoni chips
Sugar Free Jello

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Almond Butter Greek Yogurt

You can almost see my digital food scale poking out next to the almonds.  I weighed 175 grams of yogurt.

This is so good it should be illegal, it’s got a cheesecake like creaminess to it.  YUMMY!!!

I’ve recently discovered Greek yogurt and I’ve been having it every morning.  I switch the toppings so not to get bored. 
For this super easy recipe I added unsweetened almond butter and they taste good together.  I also sprinkled some cinnamon, chia seeds, splenda and sliced almonds, the nuts add a nice crunch.  This is a delicious and filling for breakfast or snack.

Almond Butter Greek Yogurt

Ingredients:
3/4 cup (175 gr) fat-free Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter
1/2 teaspoon splenda
1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoons sliced raw almonds

Directions:
In a small bowl, mix yogurt, splenda, cinnamon and almond butter together until blended.
Top with chia seeds and sliced almonds.

Bon Appetite!!

Nutritional info:
Calories: 260
Fat: 13 g
Protein: 22 g
Carbs: 12 g
Fiber: 6 g
Net Carb: 6 g

Note: You can also use all natural unsweetened peanut butter instead of the almond butter.
Another option is to omit the cinnamon and almond butter and add chopped blueberries or strawberries and a touch of splenda.  I use the splenda to take away some of the tartness of the yogurt.

What do you mix into your Greek yogurt?

Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cups beef broth or chicken broth
1 cup dry lentils, rinsed
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the oil and onions and saute for 5 minutes, or until onions are tender. Add the broth and bring mixture to a boil.

Add the lentils, tomato paste and seasoning. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes, or until lentils are tender.
Salt and pepper to taste.

Nutritional Information:

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 155
Fat: 3.0g
Carbohydrates: 21.7g
Protein: 10.5g
Dietary Fiber: 10.3g
Sodium: 582.2mg

Net Carbs: 11.4 g

Mango Cucumber Salad

Lately I’ve been tracking my food using My Fitness Pal and I really like, I tell everyone about it.  You can go online at www.myfitnesspal.com and see for yourself how great it is.  I’ve been working out as usual but some days are better than others.  My gym has changed their aerobics classes for the summer schedule and they’ve removed Pilates for the summer and put a dance class, it’s sorta like Zumba.  I’m not into that type of exercise so now I have to adjust my workouts, plus I’m going to give Yoga a try.  I know it’s not like Pilates but stretching is good for the body.

I’m seeing some results but I want the flatter tummy but I feel it’s taking forever to get there.  I might have to re-think some workout.

Looking forward to the nicer weather and seeing family and friends.
Last night I made this quick and refreshing salad.  Hope you like it.

Enjoy!!  :-)

Mango Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

2 ripe mango, peeled and cut into chunks;
1 small cucumber; very thinly slices;
a handful of mint, chopped;
thinly sliced red onion
juice of 1 lime (depends on your taste, you can add more or less)
a dash of red pepper flakes
2 Tablespoons of chopped cashews

Preparation:

Combine the mango, cucumber, onions, and herbs.
Squeeze over lime to taste.
Season with red pepper flakes and nuts.
Toss gently.

Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. Toss again before serving.

Low Carb Mojito

Low Carb Mojito

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
8 fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup white rum
1 packet Splenda (or Stevia)
1 cup ice cubes
Club Soda

Preparation
Combine lime wedges and mint in the bottom of a large cocktail glass.
Use a muddler or the bottom of a wooden spoon to crush the mint and lime together, releasing the juices and oils.
Pour in the rum, ice, and Splenda, and use a spoon to stir.
Top off with club soda and serve garnished with an additional sprig or mint or lime slice.

Slimmer By Summer Weight Loss Challenge: Weigh-In # 4

Slimmer By Summer Weight Loss Challenge:

Week 4:  Weigh In

Here’s my weigh-in for week 4

Starting Weight:  156.0 lbs
Current Weight:  153.0 lbs
Total Pounds Lost: 3 lbs
Goal Weight: 144 lbs

Oopsies!!!  I forgot to weigh-in last week for week 3 but I stayed the same.  

For this week 4 weigh-in I’m down -2.0 pounds!!!  Woohoo!!!  I think the scale Gods felt sorry for me since I’ve been so sick.  I haven’t worked out at all and I miss it.

I’m loving the “My Fitness Pal” app for my ipod.  I’m tracking my food, exercise, water etc and it calculates everything for me.  It’s so easy and I can scan bar codes to enter my food.  Very high tech LOL.

Wishing you much success and happiness!

Marisa

Today’s Challenge: Portion Control

Today’s Challenge:  Portion Control

Today’s challenge is to read labels and watch your portions.  When starting a diet we’re very careful about what we chose to eat, we may even weigh our food and write our meals in a food diary but after awhile we stop reading labels and our portions get larger and larger and then we wonder “Why am I not losing weight anymore?  Oh it must be the diet.”  Then we move onto the next fad diet on the market.

So read labels and familiarize yourself with the food you’ve been eating.  Dust off that scale and start to weigh your food again and write it down.

Fact: 1 pound of body fat stores ~3,500 calories.

To lose 1 pound in 1 week cut back on 500 calories per day x 7 days = 3,500 calories.

At the end of the day please feel free to post here in the comment box tell me what was your biggest surprise after reading the labels again.

Today’s Challenge: Water Logged Wednesday

Today’s Challenge:  Drink up!!!

Let’s see how much water you can drink today. 

At the end of the day please feel free to post here in the comment box how much you drank today.