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Happy Friday


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Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful week.  My week was very eventful with my kids both being in high school this year.
Today I was on the ball. Brought my kids to school, went straight to the gym, ran some errands and even started the crock pot and made beef stroganoff for the family since I have to work tonight.Friday Funny

I found this today, had to get it. It’s going to be my new food journal.
I truly believe that if you surround yourself with positive people, quotes etc you will have a better response throughout your day.
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“The future starts today not tomorrow.”
I had an awesome workout today, I did an hour of kettlebells. I used 25-30 lb bells, talk about getting a full body workout and cardio all in one. I didn’t use the pink bell but its just too cute not to be in the pic. Lolimage

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Meal Prep #2


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Here’s a few things I picked up at Costco for this weeks meal prep.

Bananas (are for hubby’s breakfast)
Apples (for snacks)
Blueberries (for snacks)
Strawberries (for snacks)
Mushrooms (for salads & dinners)
Broccoli (for raw salad, or with dip, or steamed)
Ham (for my egg white omelets)
Whole chickens
Abacore tuna (for lunches)
Beef (Burgers, Beef Stroganoff)
Coffee beans (for liquid gold)

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Flattened Rosemary & Lemon Chicken for meal prepimage

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Trying something new.  Using a mandolin for my broccoli salad.image

It turned out great 🙂image

Dinner before I start meal prepping for the week.
Chicken breast, sweet potato, steamed broccoli.
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Lunch meal prep for the week.
Shredded chicken, sweet potato & broccoli salad.

(There’s only two containers because I put them all in the fridge and then realized I forgot to take a picture 🙂 )image

These baggies are filled with my vanilla protein powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon.
These are to take with me and have after I leave the gym.  

Post-Workout Snacks.💗💚💛

imageI’m still trying to get the hang of this meal prep thing.  Yes it takes time but it’s so worth it.
Being prepared is half the battle.
Wishing you all much success🎇🎆🎉

Motivation Sparkle

Spinach Mushroom Salad Recipe


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Ingredients

6 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
Salt and ground pepper
1 cup sliced white mushrooms
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
3 cups baby spinach

Preparation:

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In a small cup whisk together, olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.

In a large salad bowl combine spinach, mushrooms and onions.

Drizzle dressing over salad and mix until combined and serve immediately.

We had baked chicken wings with this salad and everyone loved it. 💕

Spinach Dip Recipe


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(Missing from the picture is the mayonnaise and Asiago cheese, they were last minute additions)

Ingredients:
2 cups frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2 Tblsp Mayonnaise
2 cup (500 mL) sour cream
1/4 cup cream cheese
1 tsp Onion soup mix
Optional: 1/4 cup shredded Asiago cheese 

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I like to saute the spinach to get all the water out but you can skip this step if you like.

In a large bowl add cream cheese and microwave for 20 seconds, this is to soften the cheese so it will mix well.  Add sour cream, mayonnaise, onion soup mix, stir until well combined.  

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 Add spinach

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Stir until well combined. At this point you can add the Asiago cheese.  

You can add so many things to give it some more flavor, sliced sun dried tomatoes, marinated artichokes, Parmesan cheese,  sliced olives, sliced water chestnuts, green onions, the combinations are endless.

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Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours to blend flavors.

Serve with dehydrated zucchini chips/wafers and with fresh vegetables.

 

Positive Affirmations for Weight Loss


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I recently changed my password on my laptop, it’s just something I try to do every few months but it occurred to me why not use a positive affirmation as my password instead on some random word that really has no meaning to me.  You can do this on your cell phone, laptop, anything that you use regularly.  

Affirmations are a great way to send positive messages to your unconscious mind so that you start to think and behave in a nicer way towards yourself. Permanent weight loss or weight maintenance requires a change in lifestyle. 

Here’s just a few positive affirmations that you can use to keep you motivated and will help you to slowly but surely change your lifestyle.

  • I am strong
  • Change your mine Change your body
  • I am doing this
  • I believe in myself
  • Strong is the new sexy
  • I am committed to my goals
  • Because I can
  • Bring it
  • I am worth it
  • Just do it

What are some of your positive affirmations?

 

Please feel free to enter them in the comment section below.

Happy Monday!!!  

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Atkins New Plan—Atkins 40


Atkins just introduced a new plan called Atkins40, below is the link and a copy of the plan in a nut shell.  Its seems doable since there are no food restrictions, you can have a little from each of the 4 phases, just stay within the 40 carbs per day. 

http://www.atkins.com/how-it-works/atkins-40

ATKINS 40: THE FLEXIBLE, EASY LOW CARB DIET

With the Atkins 40 Plan, you can enjoy a full range of food options from every food group—carbohydrates, protein and fats—while still losing weight and feeling satisfied, never hungry! Vegetables, pasta, even potatoes? Yes! You can have it all on the Atkins 40 Plan, starting from Day One! Download everything you need to get started!

Here’s how the Atkins 40 Plan works:

Start with 40 grams of Net Carbs of carbohydrates a day. Net Carbs represent the total carbohydrate content of the food minus the fiber content and sugar alcohols (if in the product). The Net Carbs number reflects the grams of carbohydrate that significantly impact your blood sugar level and therefore are the only carbs you need to count when you do Atkins.

Eat three 4 to 6-ounce servings of protein each day. Eat 2 to 4 servings of fat each day.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Pad Thai


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Ingredients:

5 Chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, sliced, bite sized pieces (you can use boneless skinless thighs)
2 medium zucchini, (spiraled, using spiral veggie slicer)
1 large carrot (spiraled, using spiral veggie slicer)
1 handful of bean sprouts (optional)
1 small bunch of green onions
1 cup of coconut milk
1 cup of chicken stock
2 tablespoons of all natural unsweetened peanut butter
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1/2 tsp freshly minced ginger, (if you like ginger add more, I like just a hint of ginger)
1 tsp of garlic powder
dash of cayenne pepper
dash of red pepper flakes
Salt & Pepper for seasoning the chicken
Chopped cashews for garnish (optional)
Chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

Preparations:

Turn slow cooker on low and add the coconut milk, chicken stock, peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, garlic powder, 2 green onions chopped including the whites, cayenne, and red pepper.

Whisk until the peanut butter is completely melted.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  I like to saute any meat before it goes into the slow cooker but you can skip this step if you don’t have time.  If you have time, brown your chicken in a skillet to get the flavors going.

By now the sauce is warm, place your chicken breasts into the slow cooker.

Cook for 4 hours on low.

While that’s cooking you can make your zucchini noodles and shred the carrot , wash the bean sprouts.  Place each veggie into 3 separate bowls so you can pick your veggies later, or toss them all together if desired.

To serve, choose your veggies and place the zucchini noodles, shredded carrots and bean sprouts in a soup bowl, add the chicken and sauce over the noodles, and garnish with green onions, chopped cilantro and chopped cashews.

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Here’s my new favorite kitchen gadget, it’s a spiral vegetable slicer.

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