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Marcy Utility Workout Bench

My husband prefers to work out at home, so we have turned one of the rooms in our house into a home gym.  He needed a work out bench and some weights so he could do some additional things that don’t include our machine.  We bought the Marcy Utility Workout Bench, but it came unassembled.  We were supposed to assemble it together, but I was alone on Saturday and decided to give it a try.  I put a couple of pieces on upside down and had to go back and fix it, but even with that it took me about 40 minutes.

I don’t have any wrenches or tools either, so I had to use some random tools that came with other things I have bought over the year.  I’m pretty sure real tools would make it much easier to put it together and I could have done it faster.

I really love this bench. I may even have to use it myself if I ever decide I want to work out at home!!

Marcy Utility Workout Bench:  https://amzn.to/3a1J5X5

 

New Year’s Eve

I got another sparkly tank top as an option for New Year’s Eve.  I like the way this fits a lot, but I might be too cold in this, even in the casino.  The back of this is just plain black, so if I wear it with a sweater or something, it could work. I got the small in this shirt.  It also comes in other color options.

I also got these faux leather leggings, but I don’t think I would pair these two together other than to just try it on.  The leggings feel really strange, like plastic or something.  They are a little tight, but will probably stretch if I wear them. They hide all the bad stuff, so that’s a bonus to these leggings!!   I’ll be set if someone has a Grease Party! Lol!  I got the medium in the leggings.

I’m leaning towards the leggings with my over the shoulder sparkly shirt for New Year’s Eve, but I’m going to keep this shirt, because you never know when you’ll need something sparkly!!

Sequins tank top: https://amzn.to/2QbnwLW
Faux Leather Leggings: https://amzn.to/2ZCA9T4

Sequin Tank

Sequined Tank

Sequined Tank

Buffalo Plaid RV Trip

We are on our annual Thanksgiving RV trip to the Choctaw Casino in Durant this week.  I can’t believe I talked my husband into our matching PJ’s, but it’s the cutest thing ever!! These pajamas are so comfy.  I sized up to a medium because I like my pajamas loose.  The dog even got in on the action with her buffalo plaid coat. Excuse my fly away hair, it’s just how it is, even with a ponytail!

Men’s pajamas: https://amzn.to/2rvcdEm
Women’s pajamas: https://amzn.to/2OubD2w
Dog coat:https://amzn.to/2XWfRDp
Buffalo Plaid Pajamas

Buffalo plaid matching pajamas

Air Fryer

My husband and I are on a new diet that is really working for both of us.  So far, after 11 weeks, we are down a total of 68 lbs.  I’m down 26 and he’s down 42!  We are hoping that the weight loss will lead to less medications.  We’ll find out about that on Thursday.  One of the things that we are doing is using an air fryer to cook our lean and green meals.  I love this air fryer because it’s SOOOO easy to cook great food with it.  I cooked this salmon in 10 minutes.  All I did was get Salmon, sprinkle some Ms. Dash on it, and turn it on for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Bam! The Lean part of my meal is complete!! I highly recommend this air fryer.  It’s really easy to use and cleans up easily too!

**Average weight loss for Clients on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan with support is 20 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.**

Low carb steak fried “rice”

As always, I’m trying to figure out what the best diet is for me to help me lose weight.  I’ve always had a pretty good work out ethic, until recent years, so my new obsession with Orange Theory Fitness is really going well.  I have gone 3 – 6 times a week since I started in late October.  I have to do better with food though!! I think a low carb diet is probably going to work the best for me. I’ve been interested in the Keto diet, but I haven’t been able to get low enough in carbs each day.  I’ve kind of decided that my diet will be lower in carbs with the majority of the carbs happening with my breakfast shake, (which has a banana in it).

One of my go-to staples in this diet is the cauliflower fried “rice” plate.  It’s super easy to make, especially if you buy the cauliflower fried rice package in the vegetable section.  Here is my recipe:

2 bags of cauliflower fried rice packages
5 scrambled eggs
1 carton of sliced mushrooms (optional)
1 pound of stew meat or cubed steak (or chicken)
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
soy sauce to taste

1st step:  Scramble an egg then put it to the side.

Step 2: In another pan or wok, put sesame oil then add two packages of Cauliflower Crumbles “Fried Rice” Blend.  (If you want to add mushrooms, I’d put the mushrooms in before you put the cauliflower crumbles.) img_4043

3rd step:  Stir in soy sauce to taste and cook until semi-translucent.  

4th step:  Stir in the scrambled eggs and the stew or steak meat.  Add more soy sauce if you like it.  

This is seriously the best low carb meal I make.  I highly recommend it to everyone doing any kind of diet.  You can substitute chicken instead of meat if you like.  Or you can add no meat at all and use as a side dish.  There are a lot of options with this deliciousness!! This makes anywhere from 6 – 8 servings.

Fabulous at Fifty

I turned Fifty in October.  I’ve decided to be Fabulous at Fifty.  I began a challenging new workout by starting Orange Theory Fitness.  I’m obsessed with this workout.  I love being able to monitor my heart rate as I do the hardest workouts I’ve ever done in my life. Since I started at the end of October, I’ve gone 3 – 5 days a week.  A lot of people I know have caught the OTF bug, so it’s been fun going with a group and pushing each other.

Unfortunately, though, I haven’t changed any of my bad eating habits, so I may be getting stronger, but I haven’t lost any weight.  It’s hard to out-exercise a bad diet, especially at fifty.  I seriously think I gained ten pounds the DAY I turned fifty.  My metabolism seriously just STOPPED!!  I’m just going to have to make some real changes soon.

I’ve been reading about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey and Lemon.  So that’s going to be the next thing I add to my lifestyle. Each morning I’m going to drink a little of that on an empty stomach and see if that will help me curb my appetite and bring about some of the other health benefits I’ve been reading about.    I’m thinking I’ll commit to it for a month and see how it goes.

Recipe:
Mix together:
1 teaspoon raw honey
1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
8 oz. warm water (1 glass)

I’m still not sure what diet I’m going to do. I really love how easy 21 Day Fix was, so that may be my next lifestyle change. IMG_3932.JPG

21 Day Fix Zucchini Lasagna

Ingredients
3 Large Zucchini
Grandma’s sauce (from Fixate cookbook) with ground beef
Mozzarella Cheese
2 Eggs
Cottage Cheese
Turkey Pepperoni (optional)

Directions:
Make a mixture of eggs, cottage cheese and Mozzarella Cheese
Cut Zucchini into strips
Make Grandma’s Tomato Sauce with browned ground beef

Put a layer of the meat sauce, then a layer of zucchini, then a layer of meat sauce.

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Put a layer of the mozzarella cheese/egg/Cottage cheese mix on top of that.
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Cook in oven at 350 for 40 minutes.
IMG_2278Put mozzarella on top, then cover with the turkey pepperoni. Cook for another 20 minutes.

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Depending on how much you eat, you will use at least a green, blue, purple, and red.

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Meal Prep

The key to the 21 Day Fix is meal preparations.  I decided I’m only willing to eat food that have been in containers for three days at a time, so here is what my three days looks like!

Breakfast:
Shakeology:  Shakeology, 1/2 banana, flax seeds, coffee

Mid-morning snack:  1 egg cup with tortilla

Lunch:  Chicken, Veggie Mix

Mid-Afternoon snack: 2nd Egg cup/whole wheat tortilla, Fruit

Dinner:  Pork tenderloin, Lettuce w/ Balsamic Vinegar, Veggie Mix

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What’s your favorite?

I started the 21 Day Fix this week.  It’s going to be so easy to stay on track with my diet if I am able to prepare my meals for the week each Sunday.  This should eliminate me making those bad food choices when I get hungry.  No more binge eating for me!! Meal prepping can be a pain, though, so it’s nice to be able to eliminate the preparation for one meal a day by substituting Shakeology.  I drink the Shakeology for breakfast since I’m not always in the mood to eat when I get up!  I’m still debating over which one is my favorite.  What’s yours?

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Eggs on the Go!

I’m constantly looking for recipes for my low carb diet.  I was really excited when I found this idea that is easy to make AND a great time-saver!!

You can make about a week’s worth of eggs at one time using this recipe. I’m eating these for my mid-morning snack, but you can also eat it for breakfast or at some other time.

I worry about leftovers going bad, so I didn’t make all twelve eggs, but I think these should last about a week.  Although, if it smells bad, don’t eat it!! I figure it will be about three days before they’re all eaten.

 

Ingredients:
Eggs
Pre-cooked sausage
Cheese
Jalapenos

**You can add other ingredients that you like, such as spinach, mushrooms, onions, etc.  These are the things I like!

Directions:
Spray pam on a muffin pan.  Add egg, sausage, cheese and jalapeños.  Put in oven at 350 for about 15 minutes.  Pull out of the oven and put them in your belly or in a tupperware for future meals on the go!

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