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MNS ~ Thank you may I have another

on April 26, 2013

CHANGED

Well, today I should be starting the Lean in 13 but due to the fact that I’m waiting for “Muscle Gain” to arrive I’ve decided to just start back on the MNS and Thermoplus.  I WILL NOT allow myself to get way off-track these few “lull” days!  (It’s too hard to get back on)
 
My results for this cleanse were not big in numbers (which I wasn’t expecting much, just hoping haha) but I feel awesome! Loss of 3.2 lbs, 4 1/8″ and I gained 1/4″ muscle I’LL TAKE IT! W/ the Lean in 13 I’m going to lose body fat, need to drop my still high percentage~
 
SPARK W/ 1ST COLOR MNS – EAT/MR SHAKE W/ (2) WHITE MNS – 30 MINS BEFORE LUNCH 2ND COLOR MNS
**I’ve always taken the MNS3 but due to the lack of carbs on the Lean in 13, I will be replacing it w/ the MNSE hoping to gain the energy I’ll need to “stay strong”.  Looks as tho the big white truck will be arriving Saturday which means WE’LL START MONDAY (Monday ALWAYS used to be my cheat day “go wild & crazy day” so I don’t know WHY I’ve been starting everything on Mondays)
 
BREAKFAST:  Apple pie oatmeal
SNACK:  No-bake energy bars
LUNCH:  Salad w/ raw veggies and chicken
SNACK:  Apple w/ Tbsp natural peanut/almond butter MY FAV GO TO SNACK!
DINNER:  Garlic brown sugar chicken

Apple Pie Oatmeal:
1 tablespoon reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light
1½ cups apples, peeled and chopped, such as Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 packages Truvia/Stevia (or Sugar in the Raw equivalent)
3 tablespoons water
1 cup old fashioned rolled oatmeal, such as Quaker’s Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1¾ cups water
⅓-½ cup fat-free milk/almond milk to taste
1 package Truvia/Stevia (or Sugar in the Raw equivalent)
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1. In a small nonstick pan, melt butter.  Stir in apples, cinnamon and sugar substitute. Add 3 tablespoons water and mix well.  Cook over medium-low heat, string often until apples are softened, about 10 minutes.
2. In the meantime, cook oatmeal according to package directions but no need to add salt.
3. When apples are ready, stir into cooked oatmeal.  Stir in milk, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and 1 package sugar substitute.  Continue to cook on low heat until hot.
Makes 2 servings (each serving, 1⅓ cups)

No-Bake Energy Bars: (I’ve had almost 300 pins on this one in less than 5 hours)
  1½ cups pitted, dried dates
  1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  1/3 cup whole chia seeds
  1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1/4 tsp almond extract
  1/2 cup slivered almonds (unsalted)
  1/2 cup chopped pecans (unsalted)
  1/2 cup dried cherries
  optional: sprinkle of sea salt
Purée dates in food processor until a thick paste forms. Add cocoa powder, chia seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla and almond extracts. Pulse until all ingredients are combined. Add the almonds and pecans; pulse until nuts are well incorporated into date mixture. Stir in dried cherries.
  Spread large sheet of wax paper on work surface. Transfer date mixture to wax paper, and press mixture into 1/2-inch-thick rectangle. If desired, you can even out the edges by trimming them with a knife. Wrap tightly in wax paper, and chill overnight.
  Unwrap block, and cut into 8 bars. Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt (if using). Re-wrap each bar in wax paper and refrigerate leftovers in an air-tight container.

Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken:
Brown Sugar, 4 tsp unpacked
Chicken Breast, no skin, 12 ounces
Garlic, 1 clove
Butter, salted, 2 tbsp
Pepper, black, 1 dash
1. Melt the butter in a frying pan
2. Brown the garlic in the butter
3. Add chicken breasts to garlic and butter and cook thoroughly, adding pepper as you like it.
4. When chicken is fully cooked add brown sugar on top of each breast
5. Allow the brown sugar to melt into the chicken (about 5 minutes)
6. Serve with your favorite carb, and veggie or salad. We usually have brown rice or whole grain noodles and carrots or green beans.
 

If you want to slim down, one of first things you should do is reduce your intake of starchy carbs. Avoid white breads and white rice, potatoes, fried foods and processed foods. Aim for more healthy fats like avocados and nuts in small quantities, and increase your intake of fruits and veggies. Squeeze fresh lemons into your water, too. Often overlooked in weight loss, stress can keep you stuck at a certain weight or cause you to gain. If you’re stressed to the max, your body produces a hormone called cortisol, and if not controlled, your body can increase its fat storage. Plus, how often have you turned to a favorite food or snacked endlessly when you’re stressed out? Get ahead of your stress and you can watch the numbers go down on the scale. Take a walk, get some fresh air, meditate, do something fun, read a book, laugh, call up a friend or seek some alone time. Find ways to reduce your stress and commit to doing a few of those things each week. Managing your stress effectively is an essential component of weight loss! AMEN~ 🙂
 
WHY YOU NEED A WORKOUT BUDDY:
1. Find your twin. “What you should look for is basically someone who’s as similar to you in every way possible, except for a little bit better than you in the area you want to get better at,”. If that sounds suspiciously like your fitter friend with more energy than you, it is. Just be careful not to choose someone too far beyond your fitness level, because your goals won’t be realistic.
2. Give her a lift. In your quest to be the best, it’s good to force your friend’s healthy habits on yourself. When you go to the gym, offer her a ride. This means you’ll have to stay at the gym just as long as she does.
3. Go virtual. If you can’t find a buddy with the same gym schedule as you, opt for a virtual partner through the smartphone app Nexercise. With your cell strapped to your arm, you can pair with a slightly superior stranger and trade stats on who’s burning more calories.
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