Happy Biggest Loser day all!! I LOVE reading all your comments on what motivates you to LOSE Weight on this week’s Now Eat This Cookbook Giveaway! I find myself shaking my head and agreeing with each one, but, even more, you all are MOTIVATING ME too! Thanks for sharing your ideas and let’s all keep motivating each other.
I am trying something new this week for my 5 AM wake up calls. I had a long talk with my Weight Watcher leader on Sunday and we both agreed starting my day off with some protein like a hard boiled egg with a piece of fruit when I first get up might help me with not STARVING all day like I was last week.
I honestly was still sleepy but I ate my egg and banana pre-train ride (2 points+)
You all were the REASON I got my bootie on the elliptical for 30 minutes this morning. I wasn’t feeling it, but, I remembered all the things you all listed and how so many fit with my own goals.
I am not a Pro at using the Elliptical but some of you have asked me how I do my workouts on it. I treat the Elliptical just like SPIN CLASS!
* 2 Minute Warm Up, then, I crank it up so that I am hitting all muscle groups (usually around 19 or 20). If I am going to be on that machine, I want it to burn my bootie, thighs, calves, EVERYTHING!
Then, I let my music guide my workout.
* Slow songs are hills ~ I crank up the resistance and push myself to go a little faster during the “chorus” of the song.
* Faster songs ~ I try to hold the beat, then, when the chorus kicks in, I got as fast as I can for the chorus, then, slow down to the beat
* I usually convince myself to spend at least one song pedaling backwards too.
* 2 minutes to cool down, then, stretching ~ my favorite part of EVERY workout.
Post work-out snack ~ Ginger, Pear & Turkey Sausage Patty topped with Sweet Jalapeno sauce (2 points+)
Last night while making dinner, The Husband made a 3rd Bacon, Walnut and Cheese salad just so I could have one for lunch today (4 points+)
Toasted Lental Bolani with Sweet Jalapeno (3 points+) ~ LOVE!
I had 2 Low-Fat Banana Bread Cookies for Dessert with decaf coffee ~ (4 points+)
I am also bringing back my afternoon snacks IF I am truly hungry on my long days. I really think my WW leader knows her stuff because honestly I was not STARVING all day today and my meals kept me satisfied for 3-4 hours.
Train ride snacks ~ Trader Joe’s Lite String Chees (1 points+) & a nectarine.
We made “Bacon” Cheeseburgers tonight for dinner that turned out FANTASTIC! There were only 2 dishes to wash and start to finish it took less than 30 minutes!
The BEST part about this recipe is you can mix/match your toppings (sometimes I add red onion, pickles, pepperoncini’s, jalapenos, mushrooms or avocado).
While the burgers grilled, I pre-heated the oven and added the fries.
Then, I worked on prepping the toppings.
* Organic Mixed Greens
* 4 Organic Tomato Slices
*4 slices Trader Joe’s Peppered Turkey Bacon (1 slice = 0 points!)
* 8 slices of low-fat sharp cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
THE SECRET IS IN THE SAUCE!
* 3 Tbsp Organic Ketchup
* 1 Tbsp Light Mayo
* 1/2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
* 1 tsp Tapatio or your favorite hot sauce
For the Burgers…..I bought Trader Joe’s 96% lean hamburger patties. I sprinkled them with garlic salt, black pepper and nonstick spray then grilled them about 10 minutes per side (including melting 2 slices of cheese per burger) in the last minute.
A little sauce on each side ~ about 1 Tbsp per burger
Tomato! I can’t wait for GOOD tomatoes in the summer
BURGER, CHEESE, BACON (1 slice per burger, broken in half)!
“Put the Lid’” on the top! All for only 8 POINTS+!!!
I served our burgers with TWO sides. Alexia Chipotle Fries (5 Points+ for 4 oz)
SO GOOD!!! You can taste the BACON, the CHEESE, the spicy secret sauce, the cool crunchy veggies and toasted sesame bun. Oh and having spicy sweet potato fries with sweet peppers to cool your mouth off didn’t hurt either
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Are you a “fry” person? If so ~ do you prefer REGULAR FRIES OR SWEET POTATO FRIES?
Ummm, I am pretty sure I’ve NEVER met a fry I didn’t inhale and honestly I LOVE all fries ~ regular, sweet potato, waffle, curly, spicy, salty…..all of the above