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The way I see it, the time is NOW... for change to come & happiness, health & strength to be found. As of 2012, this has only changed in the way that I have stumbled upon an amazing at home business venture that has given me the avenue to ACTUALLY help transform peoples lives. Funny thing is, that's been my goal all along. So now I not only share who I am here but what I do. The fact is that anyone of you can actually find your happiness & success thru allowing the right connections to occur in your life. If you are on my blog... you made it here because you are looking to shift, strive, smile &/or change. Well now, I can help guide you to do any & all of the above thru personal motivation, life changing products with an outstanding reputation & LONG list of testimonials, substantial savings with our shopping annuity & incredible business opportunities to actually call your own... While never having to leave the security of your current J O B! Never be afraid to give something you know nothing about a chance; at least to hear about it. Then you can make an educated decision to pass it up not an ignorant one. The opportunities exist.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Isotonix Cocktail (CHECK)
Fruit with a small bowl of Post Great Grains Cereal and almost no skim milk! (CHECK)

Going to be out running errands all day and have girl time with a great friend! Even going to go meet Little Sofia that was just born and I will be baby-sitting in July!!!

NO work out today. :(

But soooo looking forward to running the 'Cinco De Miler' on Sunday with my 13 year old son Brandon! Already got our shirts n' bibs!! Maybe tomorrow, I'll take him on a little 3 miler to warm up. (Yes I over use !'s... I know) But I can't help it!!!

Well, as promised, here is Day #4 out of 10:

Eggs Florentine with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Don't worry if you've never poached an egg before---the dash of vinegar in the water helps this egg white hold its shape.

TIME: 30 minutes

1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the spinach and cook (in batches, if necessary) until wilted.1 tsp olive oil
1 package (9 ounces) pre-washed spinach
1/3 c fat-free Greek-style yogurt
1/4 c sun-dried tomato pesto (MUFA)
1 tsp vinegar
Pinch of salt
4 large eggs
2 whole grain English muffins, split and toasted
Freshly ground black pepper

2. Combine the yogurt and pesto. Stir 1/4 c into the spinach and remove from the heat. Cover to keep warm.

3. Meanwhile, heat a medium saucepan containing 1" of water to a boil over high heat. Add the vinegar and salt and reduce the heat to low. Break an egg into a custard cup and gently tip the egg into the water. Repeat with the remaining 3 eggs. Cover and simmer, shaking the pan 2 or 3 times, for 3 to 5 minutes for a soft-cooked yolk or until the whites are completely set and the yolks begin to thicken.

4. Place an English muffin half on each of 4 warm plates. Spoon 1/4 of the spinach onto each muffin. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon, and drain over paper towels (still in the spoon), before placing on the spinach.

5. Stir 1 Tbsp of the poaching liquid into the yogurt mixture to make it smoother. Spoon evenly over each egg and grind some pepper over the top.

Nutrition Info Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): 175 cal, 12 g pro, 21 g carb, 6 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 212 mg chol, 462 mg sodium, 5 g fiber


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thursday's sweat on!! Tennis in the morning with my 22 year old son! ... and I can say this... cause he doesn't come on my blog... I WIN!!!! Lol... 6-1 & 6-5 . Apparently, he needed to warm up in this heat to give me a challenge! ;)

Had my Isotonix energy and nutrition cocktail before I left and now... 2 egg whites with some sweet potatoes and asparagus for breakfast along with a whole lot of water!! For lunch I will have my protein shake with my 'Complete Greens' supplement and we'll see what dinner ends up being. I think my baby and I might make it date night! =D

And now... the 3rd breakfast idea out of the 10 promised! Make today count fellow bloggers because you'll only have it for a couple of hours!!

Huevos Rancheros

This flavorful breakfast is chock-full of fresh herbs and veggies.

Like your eggs spicy? Add a dash of hot-pepper sauce for more kick.

TIME: 30 minutes

1. Heat a 10" nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cumin and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the beans, scallions, bell pepper, broth, and garlic. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat so the mixture simmers. Cook for 8 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and most of the broth is evaporated. With the back of a large silicone or wooden spoon, smash the beans until they are lumpy.1 tsp ground cumin
1 can (15 ounces) no-salt added pink beans, rinsed and drained
4 scallions, sliced
1 small red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1/2 c reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 eggs
1 c sliced avocado (MUFA)
4 Tbsp fat-free Greek-style yogurt
4 Tbsp salsa
8 (6") corn tortillas, toasted
Dash of hot-pepper sauce

2. Use the back of the spoon to make 4 indentations in the beans. Working one at a time, break each egg into a custard cup and pour in each indentation. Cover and cook for about 8 minutes or until the eggs are cooked to the desired doneness.

3. Scoop each portion of egg-topped bean mixture onto a plate. Scatter the avocado slices over and around the beans. Top each serving with 1Tbsp of the yogurt and 1Tbsp of the salsa. Serve with the tortillas and hot-pepper sauce, if desired.

Recipe Tip
Make it a Flat Belly Meal:
Serve with 1 c reduced-sodium tomato juice (53). Total Meal: 384 calories

Nutrition Info Per Serving (1 quarter of recipe): 331 cal, 16 g pro, 42 g carb, 12 g fat, 3 g sat fat, 1 mg chol, 245 mg sodium, 10 g fiber


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Have a little 3 miler to get on by about 4pm today. Really want to get out there and keep my running up. Yesterday's 6 miler was like nothing... I can't believe it! Going to look forward to my 8 miles for the beginning of next week. Busse Loop... HERE I COME!!! =) Finally signed on for the Cinco de miler this weekend and I am really looking forward to running those 5 miles with my son, Brandon at my side!

Had my Isotonix cocktail in the morning and an egg white omelette w/onions mushrooms and potatoes for a brunch with a lot of water. Lunch was some homemade ground beef with mixed veggies and a whole avocado and yes 600ml of more pure h2o!! After the short run later, I will be having my protein shake with the 'Complete greens'. And dinner will probably be two small grilled chicken breasts with veggies/plain salad. Why you ask? Cause I feel GREAT and I'm almost at a size 5!!!! ... and I CAN!! =D

Here's recipe idea #2 of 10:

Tropical Fruit Smoothie

This cool, refreshing smoothie will remind you of a Caribbean vacation at first taste. Sip slowly and enjoy.

TIME: 5 minutes

1 1/2 c frozen mango cubes or peach slices, slightly thawed, or 1 large mango, peeled and sliced off pit
1 c hulled, halved fresh strawberries
1 c fat-free vanilla yogurt or light vanilla soy milk
1/2 c chilled mango nectar
1 Tbsp frozen pineapple juice concentrate, slightly thawed
2 Tbsp flaxseed oil* (MUFA)

2. Add oil and blend just to combine. Pour into 2 glasses. Garnish each glass with a strawberry if you have extras.1. Place mango, strawberries, yogurt, nectar, and juice concentrate in blender. If using fresh mango, add 4 or 5 ice cubes. Blend until well combined and smooth.

*Note: Flaxseed oil should be used within 2 months. Store it in the fridge to keep it fresh.

Flat Belly Bonus
Flaxseed oil is delicate and shouldn't be heated. To get its slimming MUFA benefits, stir it into thick soups (such as tomato or butternut squash) after cooking to add a nutty flavor.

Nutrition Info Per Serving: 399 cal, 8 g pro, 65 g carb, 14 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 2 mg chol, 86 mg sodium, 5 g fiber


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Finally got my 6 miler in!!! Yay!!! Now I can move forward with my training. Did 5 push - ups after the cool down and will get 10 more in before bed.( Really have to start working on upper body strength) 25 angled knee raises on each side standing and 15 slow squats making sure to go low and steady.

Had my Isotonix cocktail in the A.M. followed by a fruit n' nut bar for breakfast about 1/2 an hour later and a lot of water. Lunch was my protein shake with frozen blueberries, oatmeal and flax seed. Mmmm! Lol... No real idea on what dinner will be but got an avocado in for a snack with another bottle of water.

Let's see what tomorrow brings...

Here are some great breakfast Ideas!! 1 a day will be posted for ten days... =)

Flat Belly Diet Morning Meals

10 delicious ways to blast belly fat at breakfast

Woman eating cereal

A Smart Way to Start Your Day

If your standby breakfast is boring, fattening or--worse--nonexistent, then you could use a Flat Belly Diet morning meal makeover.

These 10 satisfying recipes are great whether you’re running off to work, making breakfast for the family, or entertaining friends for a weekend brunch.

The belly-fat fighting ingredients in these recipes are MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids)--The Flat Belly Diet magic ingredient that targets stubborn tummy fat.

MUFAs are the good-for-you fats found in foods such as avocados, olive oil--even dark chocolate! You’ll find a MUFA in each of these 10 delicious recipes. Enjoy Breakfast!

Published November 2011, Prevention

Updated November

Banana Pancakes with Walnut Honey

Who needs syrup? Honey and walnuts make the perfect sweet and crunchy topping for these sensational pancakes.

This easy pancake mix recipe contains more fiber than most store-bought varieties and can serve double-duty for waffles and fruit crepes recipes.

TIME: 30 minutes

Walnut Honey
1 and 1/3 c Easy Pancake Mix or store-bought, trans-fat free pancake mix
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 c low-fat buttermilk
1/4 c water
1 egg
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large banana, halved lengthwise and cut thin slices
1/2 c fresh raspberries

1/2 c walnuts, chopped (MUFA)
1/3 c honey
1 Tbsp water

Directions for Banana Pancakes with Walnut Honey

1. To prepare the pancakes: Combine the pancake mix and cinnamon in a large bowl. Combine the buttermilk, water, egg, oil, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl. Whisk into the pancake mix and stir until smooth. Fold in the banana. Set aside.

2. To prepare the walnut honey: Combine the walnuts, honey, and water in a small bowl.

3. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set over medium heat. Add the pancake batter in scant 1/4 cupfuls and cook, in batches, for about 2 minutes or until the pancakes have puffed and the undersides are lightly browned. Turn the pancakes and cook for about 2 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Serve with the walnut honey and raspberries.

Nutrition Info Per Serving: 425 cal, 10 g pro, 67 g carb, 15 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 55 mg chol, 387 mg sodium, 5 g fiber

Monday, April 30, 2012

Late start to the day... geesh! As it is... there aren't enough hours in the day!

Just about to have my first meal of the day... yes folks... it's already past 1pm... I had some errands to run!! :/ But at least I took my Isotonix cocktail...

The run will have to happen at about 3 and then I will be taking my protein shake as my second meal with my CompleteGreens supplement. (I miss my shake) ... maybe I outta' take that as a meal even if I don't get a damn run or work out in! Huh...

Enjoy this "Happiness" article on this rainy Monday bloggers!

The Pursuit of Happiness

Do you believe you can feel better every single day—even in hard times? Dr. Andrew Weil says you can, but how will surprise you.

Find your true happiness and hold onto it

Photo credit: Dan Saelinger

If you've ever wanted to be happier than you are, you're obviously not alone. But Andrew Weil, MD, the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, is here to gently suggest that we might be going about it all wrong. Ever since he graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1968, Dr. Weil has been sounding the alarm about the wrongheadedness of the diagnose-and-drug model of health care. And now, with his new book, Spontaneous Happiness, he's fixing his gaze on what makes us truly happy, what to do when we're not, and how to better weather life's inevitable highs and lows. He says we can all feel better—much better—than we do.

There's an unspoken message in our society that we should all be happy all the time, and people are making themselves miserable trying to achieve it.
I don't think that happiness or depression is a mood we should be in all or even most of the time. Most of us look for happiness "out there," which renders it out of our control. The truth is, extremely negative and positive moods, like bliss and despondency, mark the edges of our emotional spectrum. They can help us discover a neutral midpoint of emotional health.

So how do we foster contentment?
And what is that midpoint exactly?

It's contentment, which is an internal state of well-being that's relatively impervious to life's transient ups and downs, and it's independent of what you have or don't have. If you hitch your moods to something external--getting a raise, a new car, a new lover--then what happens if that goes away? Contentment, on the other hand, is an inner feeling of calm; it's not dependent on external circumstances, possessions, or an episode of good fortune.

A good place to start is with a journal where you write down what you're grateful for and then express thanks to key people in your life. Regularly practicing this sort of thinking is one of the best strategies for enhancing a sense of well-being. You should also try some form of meditation and deep breathing--which is free, and it's right under your nose! Breathing mindfully helps calm our nervous system—it's an easy, powerful tool.

But let's say you work two jobs, your parents are sick, your kids are struggling in school—how can you find time to do this?
I understand it's difficult, but breathing exercises literally take five minutes a day; sitting down quietly and meditating on your life takes just a few minutes too.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Had a very low calorie diet yesterday and was very pleased with the scale again this morning. I was supposed to run a 6 miler this weekend and it just isn't going to happen until tomorrow. Que sera... sera...

Had my cocktail of high absorbency antioxidant and vitamins already and I'm about to have two egg whites with a sweet potato and a small avocado for brunch. Dinner will be at a birthday party and all I have to do is watch my portions. Next week has to be all about fueling better and getting more work outs in. I don't feel as strong as I'd like to feel!

Have a wonderful Sunday bloggers! And "Find YouR Strong!!"

Partner Sit-Ups with Medicine Ball Toss

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