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24 Day Challenge / Day 19 Puffy-eyed & Pot-bellied

on March 24, 2013

pot belly

Let me just say that honey and I went away w/ little expectations of accomplishing anything other than spending time together.  Our 5 hour drive kept ME busy singing to the 80’s and trying my best to incorporate some zumba LOL.  I told honey that we didn’t have to do “anything but eat, sleep and chill”.  Most people have a get-away and blowing it out on booze and dancing…me & honey?  We blow it out on EATING!  I should back up to say that he reluctantly started the 24 day challenge 20 days ago and was honestly surprised that it was working so well.  He immediately started losing pounds and inches.  I told him that there would be no “blowing it outta the water” this weekend, aside from the fact that he hasn’t finished his challenge, I didn’t want all his effort to be for nought.

Our 1st meal on the way out of town was at Cracker Barrell, I don’t remember WHAT we had other than we both ate 1.5 biscuits!!  Having a protein bar in the car we stopped at DQ and split a medium milkshake.  Dinner in TN was a steak!  W/ baked potatoe…AND BREAD!! THEN WE SPLIT A DESSERT! I felt bad just THINKING about all the bad stuff we’d put into our bodies on DAY 1.  Saturday morning found us eating fairly descent w/ omelettes for breakfast, although I added whole-wheat toast honey has ANOTHER biscuit.  We found ourselves having protein bars AGAIN instead of a real lunch so we opted for an early dinner.  Not just dinner, but a BUFFET dinner..w/ rotissere chicken, fried chicken, barbeque chicken, chicken fried steak, green beans, corn, cooked apples, mashed potatoes AND white gravy…W/ pumpkin pie and cinnamon cake..JUST SHOOT ME NOW~  Breakfast was our last Hoo-rah w/ PANCAKES!

Today, our trip home left me feeling Puffy-eyed and pot-bellied…but TOMORROW IS A NEW DAY~  (But can I tell ya something?  As bad as we “blew it outta the water”, we at least stuck to putting the Advocare products into our bodies and our scales didn’t scream!!)

PS…honey DID get a lot of sleep!  He took a 2 hour nap upon arrival.  We went to bed early both nights and he slept in both mornings.  (I however have never been a good sleeper and FORGOT to take my SleepWorks…which is exceptionally sad because it truely works) AND NO – THAT’S NOT MY BELLY




**Fit Tip:   Avoid fast-absorbing foods such as saturated and trans fats, sugar and white flour. These “fast foods” create a high glucose response in the blood stream, spiking insulin, which promotes fat storage, weakens the immune system and increases your rick of cancer. By eating slow-absorbing foods, your body is able to properly absorb essential nutrients and use them to fight disease. Slow-absorbing foods include nuts, seeds and beans. The sterols and stanols in nuts and seeds actually help pull bad fats out of the body, allowing good fats to be absorbed to lower  “bad” LDL cholesterol, increase brain function and more.

BREAKFAST: MR Shake OR PB&J Protein Oats
SNACK:  20 Almonds & bowl of fruit salad
LUNCH:  “Flat out” pizza
SNACK:  Yogurt blend
DINNER:  Broiled fish w/ romesco sauce

PB&J Protein Oats:
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup water
1 serving vanilla protein powder (i use the Walmart Pure Protein)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon natural jam or jelly
1. Combine oats and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
2. Reduce heat and let oatmeal simmer until 90% of the water is absorbed.
3. Remove from heat and whisk in protein powder and vanilla.
4. Pour oatmeal into a bowl and top with peanut butter and jelly/jam.
Bet the kids will love this one…

“Flat out” Pizza:  Using 100% whole wheat “flat out”, smear TBSP of spaghetti/pizza sauce, cover w/ 2% mozz cheese and top w/ chicken chunks and whatever veggies you desire (I like spinach & broccoli, peppers/onions).  Bake 350 approx 20 mins (until cheese melted/bubbly)

Yogurt Blend:  1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt mixed with 2 teaspoons honey and 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder and topped with 1/2 cup raspberries (using Greek yogurt more than doubles your protein over regular “sugary” yogurt

Broiled Fish w/ Romesco Sauce and Couscous:
1 cup dry couscous (could always use brown rice)
1/3 cup sliced almonds
4 6 ounces tilapia (or other white fish) fillets
3 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon plain bread crumbs
1 7 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
1/2 teaspoon sherry vinegar
2 garlic cloved, minced
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint (optional)
1. Preheat the broiler. Cook couscous according to package directions.
2. Toast almonds in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, until lightly golden, about 3 minutes; set aside.
3. Brush fish fillets with 1 teaspoon oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Arrange on a foil-lined broiler pan and broil 6 to 8 minutes or until fish just flakes.
4. While fish is broiling, pulse bread crumbs and 2 tablespoons almonds in a food processor to make medium-size crumbs. Add roasted peppers and vinegar and process until smooth. Pour into a small bowl.
5. Wipe skillet clean and heat over medium-low heat. Add remaining oil and garlic; saute 1 minute or until just fragrant. Stir in paprika. Add garlic to roasted pepper mixture with remaining salt; stir well to combine. Combine couscous with mint and remaining almonds and divide among four plates. Top with fish and sauce.

SIMPLE EXERCISE PLAN:  Overhead Press with Cans

A: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Holding the cans with palms facing forward, bend arms at the elbows until the cans are in line with your shoulders about ear-level.
B: Push the cans above your head, then return your arms to starting position. Do 15-20 repetitions.
Tip: Doing a few arm-and-shoulder exercises in quick progression can improve your arm tone in a matter of days.

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The information on this site is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader.


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