Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!  I hope we all had a great week.  Don’t forget to do your weigh in today and send to your team captains.  Make it a great weekend. t

One day till Friday…

Howdy Pardners!  Happy Thursday!!  You will not even believe what I learned on the Today Show this morning…get ready for this….if you eat potato chips and sugary drinks and lots of butter and fat and stuff every day, you will have pounds that creep up on you over the years!!!!  I know…I couldn’t believe my ears either!  Ha ha ha.  I just thought it was kind of funny, they spent 20 years or so studying people who were at regular weight when they started and the ones who snacked on these kinds of foods over the years gained what they called “invisible” weight over the years as it creeeped up on them, vs. the people who ate healthy choices, like yogurt, nuts, vegetables etc. they did not get the weight creep.  Personally, I think it’s all been about common sense with eating choices, since long before the first Family Circle magazine came out discussing how to keep ourselves trim so that we can fit into our GoGo boots.  Ha ha ha.  I will also be the first one to tell you that I diet in moderation because what I find is that if I am dying for and craving something in the process of trying to lose weight, I just go ehead and eat it.  Usually this is something sweet for me.  Why? because I need to get past the craving and mental block that I have built up in my mind.  For me, the very second that I start feeling deprived, is the very second, I start craving EVERYTHING IN SIGHT so it really is about balance at least for me.  And the exercise makes up for the rest.  Do make sure to visit that food blog I have posted on the side, there is a new recipe for good for you lobster rolls.  The only difference I would make personally is to put it on better bread than a hot dog bun, but that’s just me, plus I would probably eat it open face too.  I do that all the time actually, if I am eating something with two buns, I take off one of the pieces of bread to save the calories, because I dont really need both sides of it.  Have a great day ladies!!!!

Wednesday is hump day…

So I got up early this morning because I had to leave around 2 for a meeting with a prospect who then I found out emailed me last night around 10:30 to reschedule again for the millionth time.  Ughhhhh.  Oh well, it gave me ample time to do things this morning.  One of the reasons I LOVE all of us sharing what we are doing each day, is it motivates me to think outside the box and to do other things as well.  I found out that both Julie and I, due to having kids in the house, have XBox and we both are in love with the game Dance Central.  It is a total blast and after playing for an hour which goes by super fast, we have worked on our dance moves, and burned a bunch of calories and had a great time in the process.  Word has it that when Julie has someone in her hot little hands, she likes to back them into a corner and challenge them to a Dance Off!!!  (which maybe her husband thinks isn’t as great of an idea as she does) ha ha ha, but that is all just gossip that I heard on the street.   I added a cool food blog to the blog roll on the side.  Send me some that you like….ttfn

I just had to put this in here because I love it so much!!!

Little Girls Make Grandpa Look Younger

BeatBurn Treadmill/Outdoor Trainer

I wanted to pass on this one app that I have on my I Phone that is pretty cool.  You can find it if you do a search on lolo.  It’s a program that takes the songs you have and uses them so you can workout to them.  You plug in all of your information and then you can speed up or slow down the beats per minute to your workout.  Beat-sync analyzes the BPM of your music, selects the best songs from your iPod playlist to fit the intensity of your workout, then changes the beat on the fly, perfectly matching the pace of your feet on the treadmill or road.  You also have this little personal trainer in your ear encouraging you the whole way.  It’s really cool so give it a try!!

Tuesday night & all is well….

Hello ladies….as I look at all the activity I can say that I am very proud of everyone so far.  Although, I can’t say exactly what you have all been doing each day, it might be nice for us to share some of the little things that you did each day that made a difference.  For instance, I went into my calendar as some suggested, and blocked out time each day to try to work in my lunchtime workout activities.  I really feel that for me this is a must as, I used to always work out at the end of each day, but for months and months now this isn’t always working out for me.  So now, with the time blocked out, I have the ability to NOT have people putting things into my schedule for meetings and calls, but I can also delete the occurences on the days that I have to plug on through the work, or have something else planned.  Yesterday, I didn’t do anything during the lunch hour, but I did go running at the end of the day and still checked off the 30 minute run.  We each have to figure out what will work best for us and then try to stick to that.  I also suggest, you build in a little flexibility as I am trying to do.  Maybe we should call it “Scheduled Flexibility”.  Time blocked off that you can change depending on the day.

Anyway, keep up the great work.  Positive thinking and also, remember, the days that maybe you just ate what you wanted to because you just WANTED to…the next day starts over again and you can pick right back up where you left off.  Tomorrow is another day and when trying to make a true lifestyle change, you have to remember it’s not a perfect world, but its the overall changes that you make and that is how you will make a real difference.   AND JUST A NOTE, IF YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE THE PUPPY IN THE PHOTO AFTER YOU WORK OUT…YOUR NOT WORKING OUT HARD ENOUGH!!!  ha ha ha, just kiddin…

Great new recipe from Mary!!…

This recipe sounds a lot like what Brooke described during our call last week. Great for lunch…way under 500 calories!!

Quinoa and Black Beans

Prep Time:
15 MinCook Time:
35 MinReady In:
50 Min
10 servings (I can’t tell how much a serving is….maybe 1 cup???)

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper salt and pepper to taste 1 cup frozen corn kernels 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute until lightly browned.
Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with vegetable broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes,
Stir frozen corn into the saucepan, and continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through. Mix in the black beans and cilantro.
Nutritional Information
Amount Per Serving Calories: 142 | Total Fat: 1.7g | Cholesterol: 0mg Powered by ESHA Nutrient Database
Nutritional Information
Quinoa and Black Beans
Servings Per Recipe: 10

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 142

Total Fat: 1.7g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 467mg
Total Carbs: 25.6g
Dietary Fiber: 6.9g
Protein: 6.9g

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