Motivation? You got it!

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This right here is one of the reasons I started this blog. One reason was for accountability but another was to help with motivation. I want someone to read this blog and say “If she can do this so can I”. I want people to understand that diets are not just doing it once and hoping that it sticks, you have to change your lifestyle and your outlook on life to be able to see those changes and keep them off. Its a LIFESTYLE change both inside and out. And honestly I think that is what helped me get to where I am right now. Yes I know I’m only in this since the end of February but I’ve stuck with it BECAUSE of that mind set. I want someone to read this blog and find that motivation that I know everyone has in them but just needs that extra push or help.

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Going at a lifestyle change like this by yourself I find sets someone up for failure. If you want to change your diet and your weight then you need to have a support system. If you start to fall of the bandwagon you need someone to help lift you back up and kick you in the butt to keep you motivated. Also having your friends and family behind you makes a world of difference. If you have negative people in your life pushing you down and not cheering you on then more than likely it will start to bog you down. While I know sometimes those negative comments can really motivate someone the constant negative comments start to bottle up after awhile and I say that from personal experience. I am what I make myself but I also have others that help me along.

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One of my favorite quotes because in the end its true but it took me forever to realize this. I would like to say that every single person is beautiful when in reality there are some that are not but that has more to do with their morals and personality or lack their of lol. But really almost every person is beautiful regardless of what you think of yourself. You have to find yourself in your own journey and once you do it will make the journey a whole lot easier.

I really hope that I can help motivate someone here reading this blog that feel like they just can’t do it. When in fact ANYONE can change their life and their lifestyle if you have the right mind set and support system to do so.
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Some amazing inspirational quotes that I keep on my computer and phone to remind me daily that what I’m doing is the right thing and that I CAN and WILL succeed and be the new happy healthy me. Maybe you will find a favorite too 🙂

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Now onto some awesome and AMAZING recipes!

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Hamburger Veggie Soup: only 4points plus for 1.5 cups of this delicious meal!

1 lbs ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 large green pepper, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
8 cups beef broth
2 cans (14.5 oz each) Italian stewed tomatoes
1 package (9oz) frozen cut green beans
1 can (8oz) tomato sauce
1 cup of small pasta
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil (can use fresh chopped)
1/2 tsp pepper

In dutch oven or soup kettle, cook the beef, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until beef is no longer pink. Drain.

Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until veggies and pasta are tender.

YIELDS: 10 servings (1.5 cups per serving).

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Chicken Rollantini Stuffed with Zucchini and Mozzarella. 4PP per chicken

Ingredients:

1 tsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 cups (1 medium) zucchini, shredded
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp Romano cheese (or parmesan)
3 oz part skim shredded mozzarella
salt and pepper to taste
8 thin chicken cutlets, 3 oz each
1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1 lemon, juice of
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and fresh pepper
olive oil non-stick spray

 Directions:

Wash and dry cutlets, season with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 450°. Lightly spray a baking dish with non-stick spray.

In a large skillet, heat oil on medium-high heat. When hot saute the garlic 1 minute, or until golden. Add zucchini, 1/4 cup Romano cheese, salt and pepper and saute about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool. When cool, add mozzarella cheese and mix to combine.

Lay chicken cutlets down on a working surface and spread 3 tbsp of zucchini-cheese mixture on each cutlet. Loosely roll each one and keep seam side down.

Combine breadcrumbs and remaining 2 tbsp of Romano cheese in one bowl; in a second bowl combine olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper.

Dip chicken in lemon-oil mixture, then in breadcrumbs and place seam side down in a baking dish (no toothpicks needed). Repeat with the remaining chicken. When finished, lightly spray with oil spray.

Bake 25 – 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

Rest Day never felt so good

Hello Tuesday we meet again. We meet again with my body feeling like its a 90 year old woman when I try and get up and down off the couch. Feels like a 100 year old woman when I’m gimping around trying to chase the dog or the kids. Its only on Tuesdays that I feel this way. Its my one day of relaxing and its the one day my body says to me….
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Every part of my body hurts from the weeks prior workouts especially the lovely 240 minutes of field hockey last night ha. I love the sport and love playing but sometimes I forget I’m not in my early 20’s and in my “prime” haha. Monday I surpassed all of my previous Fitbit stats! WOOHOO! Again my numbers are off on it because of the soft surface of the turf but even with them being off these numbers are pretty awesome if I do say so myself.
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On Sunday I ran Week 3 Day 3 of the C25K program and I totally rocked it finally! So for Week 3 Day 3 it was run 1.5 minutes walk 1.5 minutes run 3 minutes walk 3 minutes in that order. It then calculates from the GPS your average speed and pace. It estimated I could run a 9 minute mile. That’s pretty awesome if I do say so myself! This program is Active.com C25K. This is by far the best App for c25k that I have used and I’ve used about 5 of them to find a good one. I did have to pay for it but it is totally worth every penny. You can also find 5k events through the app closest to you and sign up for them through the app.
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Weighed myself today and I have officially fallen under the 220 mark!!! 219.8 to be exact and I can’t even tell you how exciting this is. When I entered this into my Fitbit app on my phone I had forgotten it had updated itself up to myfitnesspal which in turn updated to my FB page. I signed up for myfitnesspal last summer and entered in my weight official starting weight. Since then I have officially lost 25.2 lbs since last summer. I couldn’t believe I had lost that much weight that’s an entire toddler! I wish I had taken pictures from last summer to see the difference between then and now but I wasn’t thinking about it lol. Every milestone is one step closer to my final milestone. I WILL get there!

 

So I have found myself falling in love with Luna Bars made just for women. They have become my new addiction for a quick snack or a quick meal. I’ve been trying to find a good snack bar that isn’t high in points but also filling. I’ve done Cliff Bars which are amazing but each one is 7 points and that can be really high especially for a snack. The Luna Bars I’ve found range from 3-5 PP and don’t go above 5. Every single on of these I’ve tried I have NOT been disappointed in. I even liked one with peanut butter and I don’t like peanut butter very much 🙂

I HIGHLY recommend them for anyone looking for some great flavors for snack bars and for filling ones. I can’t even explain to you how amazing these are. #lunabar is amazing!

So decided to test out Kale Chips. I love Kale but I’ve never had chips before. So I tried out this recipe and I do like them. I will continue to find different ways of doing them so I can change it up. Look how beautiful these Kale Chips look! Thanks to Carmel over at Our Fifth House for the awesome recipe.
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INGREDIENTS: 
Kale  – washed, dried and broken by hand into chip-like pieces (don’t break them up too small)
Half of a Lemon
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 Tsp Paprika
1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
Salt
Pepper
DIRECTIONS: 
Preheat the oven to 350.  Line a baking sheet with foil.  Once the kale is washed, dried and broken up lay your pieces on your baking sheet.  Don’t over crowd.  Squeeze the lemon over the sheet.  Lightly drizzle the olive oil over top.  Shake paprika and garlic powder over the top and toss a little to make sure all the pieces are coated.  Then salt and pepper, and pop them in the oven.
Bake for 10- 15 minutes  – and enjoy!