Weightloss

Nobody Can Change Me but Me

I know I’ve said this before but lately I’ve been feeling like I’m slipping. But really… It’s almost been like i am sinking back into the old me, where I feel like I can eat whatever I want and not be active at all. I know i can’t do that to my body.

Ever have those few months where you feel completely unmotivated and out of control? Well that has been the story of my life lately. After weeks and months of beating myself up, the other day I finally had a glimmer of motivation. I realized once again that nobody can change me but me.

It’s not about being on a diet, it’s about a lifestyle change. It’s something I’m going to be dealing with for my entire life. I’ve said this many times before as well, it’s about jumping right back on it. When you feel yourself falling back into bad habits, just take one step at a time. Don’t be like me and beat yourself up about it!

Here is a little bit of motivation to get you through the rest of this week:

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XOXO!

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Apple Cinnamon Smoothie Recipe- You’ll love It!

Brian and I have become so into making smoothies lately. Ever since we invested in a decent blender, we have been on this kick. I’m loving it. I enjoy having one on my way to work every morning. Lately i’ve been craving something  with apples in it, so we just threw some different ingredients into the blender and BAM, we created the Apple Cinnamon Smoothie. 

While it may take a little bit of chopping, peeling off skin of different fruits, and measuring a few ingredients, all you really have to do is just throw it all into the blender. We have a Ninja Blender. Which, by the way, karate chops fruit up better than teenage mutant ninja turtle (corny joke, i know).

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Here’s what you’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 3/4 cup Greek Yogurt ( I used 2%)
  • 2 tablespoon Almond Butter
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Apple
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 10-15 Cubes of Ice

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Here’s What You’ll Do:

  • Peel apple and remove core
  • Slice banana
  • Place all items into blender and blend
  • Pour and enjoy!

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This is so tasty to me and I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

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Have a great week!

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Healthy Garlic Chicken Soup

It’s that time of year again y’all. Holiday season! While it’s the most wonderful time of year, it’s not the most wonderful time of year for our waistline.  I don’t know about your office or school or place you work, but here at mine, this time of year is when people start shoveling in the doughnuts, chocolates, cakes, caramel covered popcorn, cookies…the list could go on and on!

This time of year you must find different foods to combat all of these evil lovable treats. Start eating more vegetables and fruits to keep you full! Find different recipes that will excite your tummy– for example, this garlic chicken soup!  I just wanted to share a delish recipe that my friend Jessie from Fashion Life of Marlowe shared with me! ( Thanks Jessie! :D)

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Here’s what you’ll need:

3 medium ripe tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
8 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 whole onion chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup parsley
4 cups water
2 eggs, slightly beaten

Here’s what you’ll do:

Step 1: Place the tomatoes in boiling water for about 1- 2 minutes. Remove from boiling water and start to peel the tomatoes. (Watch out, will be hot so place under cold water for a second, if you must.) Chop the tomatoes and set aside.

Step 2: Chop the onions and set aside.

Step 3: Mince Garlic and set aside.

Step 4: Heat the oil in a large pot. Add pieces of chicken, onions and garlic into pot and heat until chicken is lightly browned.

Step 5: Add parmesan cheese and cook over medium for 2 minutes.

Step 6: Add chopped tomatoes, spices and water and bring to a boil.

Step 7: After you have brought to a boil, lower the temperature a tad and let cook for 15 minutes.

Step 8: After 15 minutes, bring the temperature to medium and add eggs slowly.

Step 9: Cook over low heat for 5 minutes.

When I say you’ll love this soup, I mean it! It’s now a staple in our house!

Happy Tuesday!

XoXo!

Sig

Monday Motivation

Good evening ladies and gents, coming to you live from Lauren’s writing desk. (OK, that was way too cheesy) Monday, Monday, Monday…the day that most people dread the most. Don’t worry, I do too. Especially days like today in my neck of the woods…rainy, dreary, and yucky. Tonight, I celebrated this Monday being over with a glass of my favorite, champagne…I even added a few raspberries.photo 1

Monday is a day of beginnings. It’s a day to start fresh! Let’s start the week off on a positive note. I must admit, I did not do my afternoon exercise, BUT I did go to the grocery store and i’ve stocked up for this weeks essentials. I’ve got some clothes in the washing machine and put my exercise clothes out for the morning. I’ve got my alarms set because I am determined to wake up and do at least a 30 minute exercise.

Here is a little motivation to get your week started off right ( All are courtesy of pintrest, of course):

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Have a GREAT week!

XOXO!

Sig

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