Archive for July, 2008

39DaysToFit ; Days 5 – 11

July 30th, 2008 No comments

You made it through your first all fruit & veggie day! Congrats! Days 5 -11 are all similar just the menu changes. Eat according to the plan if you like everything (ie. tuna, fish, etc.) only make alterations if it’s a food that you don’t eat or don’t like. Also remember that if you’re exercising you may need to add a 5th meal, preferably post – workout recovery shake or muscle gain shake for maximum benefit of weight loss & muscle gain and predictability.

The best thing I can do for you is give you some meal prep suggestions. So here are a few to try and feel free to post a comment if you try something or if you have a suggestion.

Tuna salad: Drain a can of tuna (small or large) pour into cereal size bowl or container to take to go. Squirt in spicy mustard & pour in a little salsa  (this totally eliminates the tuna taste). Stir in chopped veggies like; onions, bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots. I call it a “tuna bowl” rather than a tuna salad. This way of preparing a meal allows you to easily take it with you, make it a day ahead, or eat right away.

Fish fillet: I bought a bag of frozen tillapia and cooked all 6 pieces at once. Thaw in the fridge. Spray a baking dish (the one you used to use to make brownies with!) with non-stick spray. In a small bowl melt a little butter (use real butter – make sure the ingredients  are cream & salt not stuff you can’t pronounce) and chop up fresh garlic. Now you’ve just made a great garlic fish spread! Put the fish in the pan and pour your spread over each piece. Pour a little EVOO if necessary. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze skin side down (so the seeds don’t fall in) and drizzle over the fish. Bake in your oven at 400′ for :15 minutes. Done! Now you have your fish fillets ready. Put them in a container in the fridge so you can eat them cold, add them to a salad or warm them up. Typically I would use a cooked fish fillet cold from the fridge and prep it just like my tuna salad. Sometimes I would even use one fish fillet and a small can of tuna together in one serving! Delicious!!

Enjoy your prep. Enjoy your cooking. Enjoy the plan!

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Why we do what we do!

July 30th, 2008 No comments

This was in my inbox this morning. What a blessing to help people reach a goal that they otherwise thought was impossible. The beauty of AdvoCare is that we work from home and can affect lives nationwide. This person lives about 2 hours away from us and I’ve not yet met her face to face. She contacted me to try AdvoCare and she bought into the idea that I could help her… good thing she did because now she has successfully lost weight and feels great about herself!

Here’s her message:

Hi Mandy,

Thought I would give you an update.  The last time we talked I was a bit discouraged but I am still trying.  I am ordering product myself from the account you set up for me.  AND…I have lost 14 lbs as of this morning.  I am so happy.  I guess it just takes time and patience.  My goal is another 10 lbs.  Not sure I can make it, but  whatever comes off now is a bonus.

Thank you for everything.

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Day 4

July 25th, 2008 No comments

I’m not going to lie to you… this could be a tough day so get mentally prepared! You won’t have hardly any protein this is a carbohydrate (glycogen) loading day. You’ve been depleting and using up stored carbs during day 1-3 so this is a “refuel” day. One advantage to depleating is that your body will start buring fat as fuel. That’s a great thing! Because if you’re trying to lose weight this is how the fat will burn off as energy. One advantage to loading is that it shocks & refuels your system. Your body adjusts and metabolically boosts to burn at a higher rate therefore burning more calories. Again, a great thing!

On this day you don’t drink a shake. Just the fruit salad, explanation in previous post, and veggies. Definitely mix up your veggies. I chop up all three colors of bell peppers (my favorite is red!), onions, carrots, celery, broccoli and cauliflower just the typical cold veggies. On your dinner meal I would recommend grilling some veggies – it will really feel like a meal! I prefer slicing eggplant into “patties” and slicing zucchini into spears & pealing an onion. I spray or pour evoo (extra virgin olive oil) and season with a mix of seasonings (I prefer spicy & it boosts metabolism even more!). Grill a few minutes on each side just enough to leave grill marks and the taste is delicious! Even my 16 month old loves them!

Just remember this is only one day. You’ll survive. And your body will thank you, I promise!

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