Work It Off

It is always a good time to exercise, but mid holidays seem to be the best time! I usually evxercise about three times a week, but now I am.definetly on a everyday schedule! Why you ask? Not because I have fallen off the wagon, because believe me I know by now that it all makes me sick and I worked too hard to gain it back on food. No, I exercise everyday because it helps me avoid the temptation. When I go places that I know will tempt me, I remember how hard I have been working on exercising everyday, so I do not want to do anything to set that back. I keep reminding myself that I am working hard, and I no longer am tempted by the junk! Today I want to share with you my exercise regimen.
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WORK IT OFF WORKOUT:
50 jumping jacks
50 crunches
45 jumping jacks
45 squats
40 jumping jacks
40 push ups
35 jumping jacks
35 crunches
30 jumping jacks
30 squats
25 jumping jack
25 push ups
20 jumping jacks
20 crunches
15 jumping jacks
15 squats
10 jumping jacks
10 push ups
5 jumping jacks
5 crunches
5 squats
5 push ups

I know this seems intense, but the more I did, the more I thought, ” Well, I have done so much thus far… only 10 more! Keep going!”

Try it today, and let me know what you think. I promise it is a great motivator to stay away from the bad foods that so often surround holidays!

Making Thanksgiving Healthy

As you know I am taking this time to be thankful for my weight loss journey and how much it has truly changed my life. I am determined to help you make Thanksgiving healthy and to make sure you stay on track through the holidays. One recipe that I always love through Thanksgiving is mashed potatoes. This year I want to share with you my recipe for mashed sweet potatoes. It is almost so simple that I am embarrassed to share, but it is such a wonderful addition to my Thanksgiving table.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

4 Large Sweet Potatoes

4-5 cups Water

2 tsp Salt

2 tablespoons Cinnamon

1 tablespoon Nutmeg

1/3 cup Coconut Milk

Cube your sweet potatoes. Place water in a large sauce pan, add salt and bring to a full boil. Add potatoes and boil on medium high heat until cooked. Drain water from potatoes. Add coconut milk and spices and beat with a mixer until well mashed. Add more coconut milk if you desire a more creamy texture. Serve warm.

I love this because the spices give the sweet potatoes a Thanksgiving twist and it is a refreshing change from regular potatoes. Try adding them to your Thanksgiving feast this year and I believe it will be a huge hit!

Time to be Thankful

It’s that time of year again, a time to be thankful, to enjoy friends and family and to enjoy great food. Speaking of food, I would like to take time over the next week and help you create a fantastic family affair without losing the ground you have made on your weight loss journey. Every year people include some sort of vegetable into their Thanksgiving feast, but usually it is in some form of casserole with cheese, or cream, or sugar of some kind and I want to give you my spin on a green bean casserole. It is not a typical green bean casserole, it is more a roasted green bean dish with a Thanksgiving spin. So here we go:

Green Beans: Thanksgiving Style

Ingredients

2 pounds fresh green beans, stems removed
1 tbsp organic Garlic Powder
2 tablespoons Walnut Oil
1-1/4 teaspoons Sea Salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
1 packet Stevia, or other natural sweetener
1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
1/2 cup dried Cranberries
1/2 cup Almonds, toasted to add more flavor, crushed

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil.

2. Toss green beans with garlic, walnut oil, salt, pepper and stevia on lined cookie sheet. Roast the beans for 15 minutes, then stir to help all beans to cook evenly. Continue roasting until beans are tender, slightly browned and just starting to shrivel, about 10 minutes more. Toss lemon zest, lemon juice, cranberries and almonds into beans.

This recipe is a great alternative to the typical green bean casserole dish. The cranberries help to have a sweetness to it and to make the dish festive, and the lemon gives a great contrast to the cranberries. This Thanksgiving I am determined to prove that there are so many ways to eat right and enjoy good food too! Join me!

Madison Indiana Treasure

You know those cute little Main Street kind of towns? You know the ones I’m talking about, the ones with little mom and pop type shops. There are always all kinds of hidden treasures in those little towns. Today I found one. It is called Galena’s Garlic Company. When you walk into this shop the aroma of all different spice from all different ethnicities excites your senses. We spent about an hour looking at all the different spices and taste testing our favorites. You know, spices can really make or break a dish. Here is a surprise for you, the spices were not even the best part. They had a huge selection of all different combinations of salad dressings! From pumpkin spice vinaigrette to raspberry mango vinegrette and the one I came home with is the Balsamic Coconut Vinegrette!!!
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I was talking to the store clerk and she told me how all the spices and all the dressings are made from all natural ingredients with no pesticides or preservatives. This store is absolutely one of my new favorites of culture that I am very happen to have found. It is so so wonderful to find healthy treats alone my journey to health.

Steamed Cabbage

I want to take a minute today and talk to you about one of my favorite snacks of all time. People ask me “What do I snack on if I get hungry?” First of all, I usually do not struggle with hunger in-between meals because my meals are high in protein and protein really does kill your hunger. Occasionally I do get the munchies and I have found that the best way to kill that hunger is none other than steamed cabbage.
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Steamed cabbage will fill you up, and there is only twenty two calories in a cup! You can pretty much have as much as your want. When I started on 30 Days to Fit, I did not like cabbage, but as my palate changed, I have found it to be a staple in my household. You may be thinking to yourself, “No way!!” But I challenge you to give it a chance. I like to simply steam the chopped cabbage with salt and pepper, or even a hint of garlic or lemon pepper. I even like it with a hint of Ginger. If you fins yourself having the munchies, go for the steamed cabbage!

Don’t Let Opportunity Pass You By

Have you heard about the Online Fitness Bootcamp?  It’s for all of us who are too busy to go to a meeting, join a gym, or even think about a diet!  Eighty percent of your health is your nutrition, and a doctor and a researcher have teamed up to teach us how to clean up our eating and return our bodies to real health.  You in?

It is a daily regimen that I started a year and a half ago.  Now, having lost 80 pounds and getting my life back, I am going to tell everyone I know to do the same.  My mom and I had to dig out a lot of information on our own, but you can do it the easy way.  Each day you log onto the Online Fitness Bootcamp facebook page,   and read about

(1)What to Learn,

(2)What to Do, and

(3) Enjoy a suggested recipe (to which I will be a frequent contributor!) 

 

Here is what you will get online:

  • All meal plans/shopping list for the month
  • Daily instruction/guidance
  • A variety of delicious recipe ideas for protein shakes/bars
  • Daily guidance and encouragement from Dr. Deanna Osborne and other leaders
  • Testimonials
  • Accountability/support
  • Information at your fingertips- Don’t have to leave your home
  • All the support is Free on Facebook. 

You will need is a 30 day supply of protein shakes, and a seven day cleanse. I used the fizz sticks and fit chews, as well as the detox tea to round out my early fitness routine.   I can get you on the bootcamp track today if you will send me an email at annajoyjeffrey@gmail.com.  The deadline to sign up is November 20th.  Email me now and I’ll help you give yourself the gift of health!

Quinoa Salad

Just the other day my Arbonne team had a wonderful team dinner. It was truly a wonderful time. So many times I go to dinners and.parties and it is the endless merry-go-round of what to eat, picking and choosing of what I should eat. It was an incredible refreshment, because I walked in and saw free range chicken, a huge green salad, guacamole, red pepper hummus, and I brought a quinoa salad.

All food was homemade and great for us to eat. The picture above is my Quinoa salad. Quinoa is a high protein grain that is a great alternative to the usual white rice. Here is my recipe

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Quinoa Salad

2 cups Quinoa
1/2 red pepper
1/2 Yellow Pepper
1/2 Cucumber
1 medium Tomato
1 tsp Coconut Oil
1/2 sweet Onion

In a medium sauce pan

 bring water to a boil. Add a dash of salt. Turn water from high to low heat. Add quinoa, simmer for ten to fifteen minutes until water is cooked into quinoa. Dice tomato, cucumber, and peppers and mix into quinoa. In a small frying pan, saute onion in coconut oil until soft. Mix onions into quinoa. Enjoy

I love my Arbonne team who understands the meaning of good food!

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