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Action without planning is the cause of every failure - Alex Mackenzie.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

So that I don't wake up from the Holiday haze on January 2nd feeling like I have to dig myself out of a hole, I have created a plan on how I'm going to get through the festivities, gatherings and merriment.

From Thanksgiving to News Year's Day I mark all of the celebrations on a calendar. I write down all the planned get togethers with friends, holiday office parties, to the main celebrations with family. Then I choose which events I want to indulge. For me that's Thanksgiving, Christmas celebration with the family and since my birthday is in December, I plan to have a good cheat meal on that day too. So these are the days when all bets are off. I'm going to eat the things I look forward to eating all year long without regret or guilt.

The other dates I create a plan so that I can still enjoy myself, but I don't over do it. For example, my friend is having a holiday celebration, and she has said she's going to have a buffet of appetizers and snacks. My plan is to eat a little something before I go that is healthy and filling. That way I'm not showing up hungry. I'm going to have a big glass of water in between adult beverages. Most importantly I'm not going to hang around in the kitchen or by the food table. Put my food on a plate and walk into another room.

Sometimes the food at the office party is really good and sometimes it's not that great. There is no reason on earth to over eat on mediocre food. I'll fill my plate up with as much salad and veggies as I can, a protein and hopefully there's a good choice for a carb like rice. Not the instant paste potatoes drowning in butter. I'm not knocking you if you like instant potatoes. It's just not worth my calorie intake. Now give me a huge bowl of real potatoes mashed with real butter, cream and seasoned with tons of salt and pepper.....that is indulge worthy to me.

I'm sure there will be some lunches and dinners with friends scattered amongst the celebrations. I view the restaurant's menu before I go, and decide then what I'm going to order. This way I don't make a spontaneous and poor decision.

Hopefully you found this information helpful, and you can apply it to your Holidays. Don't go into the season and just hope you do well. Take action right now and make sure you do well. There's a way to finish the holidays feeling satisfied with your cheats and your control.

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SGTCUPCAKE 12/8/2014 8:50PM

    Looks to me like you had some good plans...how is it going??

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PLUMP2SVELTE 11/21/2014 4:02PM

    Well it looks like your are pretty well rooted in your healthy lifestyle. That is my med goal. To be well rooted in my healthy lifestyle by the first of the year!. Luckily I don't have to worry much about the holiday eating fuss. I'm the cook! Good luck on your holiday plan, I know you'll do just fine.

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Opportunity Is Knocking

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I'm already making fitness plans for the beginning of the year. I'm always thinking about what my next thing is going to be. What are my new set of goals. I don't know if it's because I'm a Sagittarius or if I'm afraid I won't keep working hard, if I don't have something to work towards. I've seen too many people reach a goal that they worked so hard to reach, but because they never considered what happens beyond the goal their next steps are usually backwards.

At the beginning of 2015 I'm going back to one of my favorite workouts...Les Mill Combat. There is just something about workouts that involve punching, kicking and good music that I love. Les Mills Combat's workouts are based off martial arts training. For me punching and kicking combos distract me from the fact that I'm actually working out and without really meaning to I push myself harder. I wanted to spread the word that the program is on sale for just $35.95 right now, and I want to invite you to do the program with me. This might be a great opportunity for some of you who don't have a plan yet for the new year. You could even get an extra copy and give it to someone else who you know has fitness goals, and suggest they start it with you.

If you're interested in joining me let me know.

If you're like me you like visuals to better understand something. Here is a video that shows you what the workouts are like.

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KNEEMAKER 11/11/2014 7:43PM

  Awesome! Keep on keeping on! As we all know the old saying, Fail to Plan then Plan to Fail. Thanks for sharing and reminding me. emoticon

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Moroccan Turkey Meatballs

Thursday, November 06, 2014

I made this dish the other night for dinner, and it's going to be a keeper. I got the recipe from thestonesoup.com. One of my favorite food blogs. Most of her recipes require few ingredients and are easy to throw together. I added a few of my own touches, so I thought I would share.

2 lbs ground turkey
salt and pepper
1/4 cup parsley, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 heaping Tbsp tomato paste
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp corriander
1 Tbsp curry powder
1 cup chicken broth

Heat the oven to 350
Heat the olive oil in a pan with tall sides. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion gets tender. Stir in the tomato paste, ginger, paprika, corriander and curry powder. Cook for just a bit. Stir in the tomato sauce and chicken broth. Cook just until everything is combined. Season with salt and pepper if you need to.

Combine ground turkey with salt, pepper, and parsley. Take 1 Tbsp worth of the mixture and form into meatballs. Continue until all the turkey mixture is used. Put the meatballs into a baking dish coated with cooking spray. I like to use a dish big enough that the meatballs fit snugly together. Pour the tomato mixture over the meatballs Bake for 45 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked and the sauce has thickened and browned. I like to put my serving over a big bed of spinach. It just doesn't feel right without something green on my plates now. It's also good with couscous or brown rice.


Serving Size: Makes 6 servings

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TJMOAG 11/8/2014 4:50PM

  Will try!! Thanks for sharing

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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/6/2014 6:03PM

    Sounds yummy I will have to try it emoticon

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Road to Recovery: 4th Week of P90X3

Monday, October 27, 2014

It's so awesome to be back in the game!!!!! This is the beginning of week four, and I couldn't be happier.

In the first week of the program I was pretty discouraged. I felt flabby, weak, slow and uncoordinated. I tried to prepare myself for the disappointment, and tell myself, "it's okay. You were healing from an injury." It still stung pretty bad when I couldn't keep up with a workout that I knew I use to be able to.

Luckily by the second week I could already tell that I was making progress, and it didn't take me long to feel like I had an athletic edge again. I've lost two pounds so far, but the best is not feeling flabby or weak. I'm not playing catch-up anymore. I'm back to pushing myself to do better than what I did last time.

I am so grateful that my hamstring has healed so well, and I'm back doing the things that make my day rock. Be grateful that you have the choice to be healthy and fit. Take advantage of what you are able to do.

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Refreshed, Bloated and Eager

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Back to my normal routine after a week vacation. I went to New Buffalo, Michigan for four days. It was fantastic. New Buffalo is a small town off Lake Michigan, and is part of a cluster of other small beach towns. It's hopping in the summer months, but since I went during the off season there aren't many visitors. I was told this is when the locals start coming back out. Haha We stayed in a 30 room inn, and while we were there only one other room was occupied. We had the beach all to ourselves. It wasn't warm enough to take advantage of the lake, but it was warm enough to sit out comfortably in the sun, read a book and listen to the waves. I can't tell you how relaxing it was. Most people say they need a vacation from their vacation. Not the case. I am completely refreshed. Ready to get back to "normal life."

I stayed active by either doing PiYo on the beach or running. However I ate whatever I wanted, and it was great. I haven't stepped on a scale, but I'm pretty sure I gained weight. I feel bloated and gross, and I'm okay with it. I enjoyed myself. I have complete confidence I can get back on track.

Last Friday was my last day of physical therapy. I left knowing my hamstring is strong enough to do plyo exercises and sprint again. At the beginning of this week everything seemed to come to a head. I got my junk food cravings out of my system, I'm refreshed from my ruts and I'm good to get my fitness back to where it once was. I start P90X3 October 6th to help me with that goal. Anyone who wants to join me by doing P90X3, P90X or the new P90 is welcome to.

I'm enthusiastic about my goals and the road I'm taking to reach them.

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TATERCAT 9/24/2014 3:22PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time off - we all need that from time to time emoticon
Glad that you had a good 'downtime' but you are also ready to start back up.
Let's do this!

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BRAINBENTT 9/24/2014 2:46PM


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