Monthly Archives: December 2013

7 Day Challenge, Day 7 & Results!!

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Day 7 was a great day! Ate perfect and did my exercise! Dinner was easy as it was leftover night. However since the leftovers were not low carb for me I had a chef salad and leftover steamed broccoli. Delish!

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My results for the 7 days was a loss of 4.2 pounds!! Yeah buuuudddy!!!! I would have more results including lean muscle, body fat and metabolic age but I didn’t get time to run and use the magic scale so I just went with pounds this time. I’m happy with the results!!!
If anybody wants help with their own 7 day challenge feel free to ask!!

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7 Day Challenge, Day 5 and 6!!!

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Today’s lesson…. How to eat out healthy. It is possible to eat out while trying to lose weight. Let me explain how. First, I do my own background checks on the restaurants before we even go. I check the nutrition facts and that helps me decide where I want to go. Second, I always look to see if the menu has an under 600 or 500 calorie section. If not, I look for the meal with the least about carbs. Third, I always modify the dish. I ask for no butter, no olive oil, no rice, etc… For example, Day 5 we went to Perkins and I ordered the Mushroom and Swiss Chicken dinner. It’s served with rice and 2 sides. I omitted the rice, and had a salad and broccoli for the sides. I asked for no butter or oil as well. Easy Peasy. My meal was under 500 calories and had 50g of protein.

Now, Day 6 was a little different. We actually “cheated” because we knew we would be walking a lot afterwards. We had pizza! I only had one large piece and a breadstick and I don’t want to know the calorie count, but it was good. It’s ok to cheat once in awhile, not often, but occasionally. I’ll be good now until Christmas. Tonight was my cheat night and I enjoyed it. Cheating isn’t bad because it helps control impulse bingeing, but like I said only do it occasionally. I try to only do it once in a 2 week period and most of the time I can do it without any issues. 

There you have it, how to eat out and make healthy choices while also LIVING and rewarding yourself with a “cheat” meal once in awhile. Day 7 here we come!!!!  

7 Day Challenge, Day 4!!!

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Another perfect day today!!! I ate perfect and did a lot of exercising consisting of loading and unloading 5 tractor loads of wood for my dad! Whew, I’m beat! But I feel great that I did it! So… Back to the eating… I made spaghetti and homemade meat sauce for dinner per my dad’s request, but I didn’t eat that. I actually had some leftover porketta pork loin, salad and cantaloupe while my kids and dad ate the spaghetti. It was a bit hard since I’m Italian and LOVE pasta but I did it and I survived! Since I have no recipe to share tonight I’ll give you a rundown of my day instead…
Breakfast: Spritz cookie Herbalife shake
Lunch: Maple Herbalife shake
PM snack: ham deli meat
Dinner: porketta, salad and cantaloupe
Evening snack: Greek yogurt and homemade granola
There you have it!! Pretty simple day!

7 Day Challenge, Day 3!!!

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Day 3 has been great! However a bit challenging… I made my absolute favorite Christmas cookie today… Spritz!! It was extremely hard to have the will power not to half the pan. All cookies deserve some quality control!! And I admit… I had one…. Ok two and they were perfect!! So… I had an almost perfect day! Dinner was in the crock pot early and was delish! I made a whole chicken and served it with a salad and green beans. This is a family favorite of ours! We have it weekly!
For the recipe please visit one of my favorite blogs 100daysofrealfood.com and look up the best crock pot chicken in the recipe index! Enjoy!

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Day 2 of 7 Day Challenge-Turkey Burgers!

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Day 2 of our 7 day challenge went very well! But we are only getting started! I’m sure by the end I will want to eat every Christmas cookie in sight especially since I will have a million of them in my house. I am the designated Christmas Cookie gal for my family and my husband’s family which means I make over 20 different cookies, mostly double and triple batches, and have to store them until our celebration day! It can be extremely hard to not taste test! But, I must say, so far so good! I will be extremely proud of myself if I get through these 7 days and have zero cookies. Alright enough about the cookies…

For dinner I made Turkey Burgers served with a salad and steamed broccoli. It was delish and the whole family like them. Here’s the recipe… Enjoy!

Turkey Burgers

turkey burger

1 lb lean ground turkey

1 tbsp. 21 spice seasoning from Trader Joe’s (if you don’t have this, you can use a Mrs. Dash seasoning blend or make up your own!)

1/4 cup shredded co-jack cheese

salt and pepper

Mix all together, form into 4 patties and grill on grill pan 3-4 min each side on medium heat

Enjoy!

7 Day Challenge Begins Today!!

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Chad and I are doing another 7 day challenge starting today. What is it you ask? It is a self motivating challenge to eat perfect for 7 days and exercise at least 4 of the days. The end result is awesome results that motivates you to do it again. During the 7 days I will post my dinner recipes to share and at the end of the 7 days I will post our results! So lets get to it!

Today I ate perfect! Since it’s the first day I will run down my meal plan so you get an idea of what I mean by perfect. Perfect to me is 1200 calories or less, at least 100 grams of protein and at least 64 oz of water. You can track all this on My Fitness Pal or I use iChange created by Herbalife. Logging is important so you have accountability. Ok, so here is what I ate today…

Breakfast: Herbalife Shake-Vanilla Cappuccino

Lunch: Herbalife Shake-Strawberry Shortcake

Pm Snack: 6 oz Greek yogurt with 1 tbsp. homemade granola

Dinner: Grilled Chicken salad with a side of mixed fruit and cottage cheese.

Evening Snack: 2 cups air popped popcorn and deli meat

Grand total: 1201 calories, 118.5 g protein and I drank 64 oz of water today!

Now time for bed!