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Just had a wonderful, filling meal, that was 100% from Trader Joe's. I combined a third pkg of their frozen brown rice, with a half pkg. of their Chicken Asada and a half pkg. of their Julienne Sauté Vegetables. 287 calories and my plate was FULL! I also recently tried their Reduced Guilt Mac & Cheese (good, but a bit on the small side) and the Reduced Guilt bakes Ziti. Thought I'd be disappointed in the sauce for the Ziti but it was quite good. (I added more Parm. though!) So Good! Thanks TJ's!
If the weather is bad or for some other reason I cant walk outside , I walk around my house , My feet don't know the difference ! When I have been sick I have even done leg lifts in bed ! Even though it might not be glamorous the mental benefits of doing your exercise for the day is very uplifting .
Because I'm retired I spend time sewing, knitting etc. When I start on a project I set a timer for 30 or 40 minutes and get up and walk every time it goes off. Keeps me from sitting too long at a time and helps me get in my walks even when I'm busy.
Some wild rice in your diet may help..... it has less calories than brown rice, fewer carbs than brown rice, more fiber and higher in protein and should fill you up quicker...
I have learned that my morning affirmations help reduce stress and start my day with a positive note. I get up a few minutes earlier each day and spend time with SparkCoach or a devotional book. I do this just before my morning workout or just after (depends on the day.) This is quality time I spend with myself. This only takes about 10 minutes and prepares me for the day ahead.
This is a great trick to use during the holidays!
Take a "Caffeine Nap"
Basic ingredients are a key to defensive eating. When I cook my meals from its basic forms rather than pre-packaged meals, I lose more weight that if I use pre-packaged foods or if I eat out because I can control what goes in to the preparation the food. For example, when I cook a steak, I can brown it in a pan with a spray cooking oil like PAM, Then I steam it until it is done. That way I don't have to add oil to my steak. Oh, yes, don't forget to season it with a little garlic powder.
Boresha fat-burning coffee & tea- Along with other great products i have yet to get into with Boresha... I plateaued for THEE longest time, i couldn't get past 250- it wouldn't budge.... This help me pass that mark by 5lbs so far! I joined Boresha with my cousin, who looks amazing now after only using the products for 7 months- 20lbs down 15inches!! After only drinking the fat-burning coffee for a week and a half i've lost 5lbs...