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Happy Easter


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Have an egg-cellant Easter weekend.

Leave the chocolate bunnies and eggs for the kids but have some dark chocolate as a small treat.

I’m away visiting family for the weekend and its always great to see everyone.  There’s always too much food and not enough willpower. Tough it out!!  You didn’t work hard at the gym this week just so you can throw it all away in a few days.

Stay strong, enjoy the company of others and not the food 🙂

Here’s something to start your morning. Enjoy!!! 🙂

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Happy Easter!!!


This past week


It’s been a busy week.  I’ve been working out on my elliptical and doing the Insanity DVD.  Not to mention the two whole days it took me to pressure wash my deck.  Here’s a pic of how it badly needed a cleaning.  The weather hasn’t been cooperating.  It was freezing when I did this and now I had a runny nose, I better not get sick.  But my deck looks great 🙂  I even washed that bench and it’s like new again.  When the weather is more stable and warmer I plan on staining the deck.I’ve been eating pretty good for the most part but I did have an encounter with the evil Oreo.  I lost count on how many I had, thank goodness there’s none left in the house.

I desperately needed new walking shoes and I got lucky last week and snagged these comfy Ecco shoes.

This is how I’ve been eating that pressed cottage cheese, crumbled over a Caesar salad.  It looks like feta cheese doesn’t it?

This is my typical breakfast:
Coffee, Splenda 1 tsp, Unsweetened Almond Milk 1/4 c = 1 carb
Low Carb Cinnamon cake = 2 carbs
Sugar free Strawberry jam 1 Tb=1
Total carbs for breakfast: 4 net carbs

Ya know I never finish that huge cup of coffee, I just really like my cup 🙂  I now only use 1 tsp of jam instead of a Tb.

Went to see my Dr this week to find out the results for my blood test she did for my yearly physical and it was all good news.  I told her I was concerned about Cholesterol since I eat lean meat twice a day (lunch and dinner).  She reassured me that my numbers are amazing and I should have any worries.  Yeah!!
Now I’m waiting for results on another blood test to see why I have digestive problems with certain foods.


Well Easter is next weekend and we’re going to be visiting family and I know there’s going to be very tempting foods but I plan on sticking to my guns.  I’m going to make a list of foods to pack for the road trip and muffins for breakfast everything else I can manage.  Plus I plan on buying my favorite Sugar Free Chocolate just in case.

What are your survival plans for Easter weekend?

PMS Diet Sabotage


“Focus is the key to all results. Results require that you concentrate your efforts on the smallest number of activities that will produce the largest amount of productivity.”


PMS is the time of month that all women dread. Bloating, cramps, water weight gain, and mood swings, are only some of the symptoms and these can usually be controlled with an over the counter medication. There’s also the intense cravings, ravenous appetite, and extremely low energy levels that can derail even the healthiest eaters committed to losing weight.

Here’s a few tips:

Eat 6 Mini Meals A Day
Starving yourself or eating one large meal at the end of the day is probably one of the worst ways to lose weight. Your body needs food to kick start your metabolism first thing in the morning and if you don’t provide it your body slows down your metabolism to conserve energy. During your period starving yourself can have dire consequences because intense cravings can drive you to binge. Eating mini meals prevents cravings from turning into binges and helps you maintain higher energy levels.

Supplement Your Diet
“PMS cocktail” consisting of 1,000 mg of evening primrose oil, 400 mg of magnesium and 100 mg of B6, taken twice a day, beginning about 10 days before your period. It is said to help alleviate all pms sypmptoms. Another way to reduce cravings is to be sure you’re getting 1000mg of calcium daily, whether from diet or supplement or a combination of both.

Exercise
If you’re feeling rundown and bloated exercise is probably the last thing on your mind but don’t let this stop you. Exercise decreases appetite and boosts endorphin levels which helps you feel better. The only types of exercise to avoid at this time of month are yoga and pilates which require poses that may be uncomfortable if you’re experiencing bloating or cramping.

Reduce Sugar & Coffee
If you have a craving it’s o.k. to indulge it but don’t go overboard. Overindulging in sugar only sets you up for increased sugar cravings and binges. Coffee on the other hand intensities irritability and moodiness which could weaken your will power and drive you to binge.

Get Some Sunshine
Lack of sun can reduce serotonin levels which typically leads to increased appetite, intense cravings for carbs/sugary sweets, and low energy levels. It’s recommended that a brisk 20 minutes outdoor walk to suppress appetite, burn more calories, and improve mood.

What’s your Kryptonite???


Do you have a food that makes you throw willpower out the window?
You know what I mean,  the food that steers you from your healthy eating plan?
These are the EVIL kryponite foods!!!
My  weekness is  Potato Chips any kind will do but my favorite is Jalapeno flavored.  Kryptonite #2 is Chocolate in any shape or form but I like the good stuff not the cheap candy bar stuff.  I love a nice truffle or dark chocolate.

 What’s your Kryptonite???
What do you do to win against Kryptonite?

 

Low Carb Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream


Low Carb Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

Ingredients:

3 cup Aroy-D Coconut Milk (2 cans)
1/2 cup Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened
6 Tb Splenda No Calorie Sweetener
1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

Preparation:

Whisk cocoa powder in a small amount of coconut milk, until smooth. Then add the rest of the ingredients and whisk until well combined. Or dump all ingredients together and blend with a stick blender. Make according to your machines instructions.

Serves: 8 (1/2 cup)
Nutritional Info

  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 137.0
  • Total Fat: 13.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 14.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 6.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
  • Protein: 1.8 g
  • Net Carbs: 5.1 g

Chocolate Mocha Protein Shake


Chocolate Mocha Protein Shake 2.1 net carbs

Chocolate Mocha Protein Shake

Ingredients:

1 scoop Vanilla Protein powder
8 oz cold coffee
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a blender for a few second and enjoy!
Add ice for an iced coffee.

Nutritional Facts:

Calories:  164.8
Total Fat: 1.0 g
Sodium: 55.8 mg
Potassium: 353.4 mg
Carbohydrate: 3.9 g
Fiber: 1.8 g
Sugar: 0.6 g
Protein: 36.4 g
Net carbs: 2.1 g

Enjoy 🙂

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