New Blog- My Weight Loss Journey

I have a new blog, where I’ll be posting things similar to Let Pandora Help You Find Your Grove and Rice Cereal Squares. Those posts were actually meant for my Ms. Sick Of Being Fluffy blog. If you’ve enjoyed the last few posts you’ve read here, please go check out my new blog!

This one was made for Beauty related topics, like Beauty Subscriptions and Reviews so I will be posting all Fitness related posts to Ms. Sick Of Being Fluffy from now on.

Thanks!

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Let Pandora Help You Find Your Grove!

I come to you today with a list I found via Pinterest (Oh, how I love Pinterest!) of Motivational Workout Stations. I’m currently listening to Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran on the 80s Cardio Radio station and it’s awesome! All great upbeat songs, I’m in love with this station! I already use Pandora Radio when I run (OK when I jog) and I’m excited to have these new additions to my stations.

Before I go, another fab. find I came across this morning are some motivational tee’s. These are seriously so cute, and I love the quote!

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You can view other colors/ styles here.

Rice Cereal Squares

This recipe was a lot of fun to make! I found it online but changed up a lot of the ingredients to match what I had in my pantry. The squares are supposed to be energy “bars” however mine were sort of flimsy and not holding their shape. This is likely due to me switching out so many ingredients.

Ingredients I used:

1/2 cup silvered almonds

1 cup dried fruit (I used apricots and cranberries)

1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

A small pinch of salt

1/2 cup of rolled oats

3 1/2 cups of Special K cereal

3/4 cup almond butter

1/2 cup honey

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Pam cooking spray

What to do:

Measure out dried fruit and almonds.

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Give them a quick chop.

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It doesn’t have to be perfect.

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In a separate bowl, combine your cereal and oats.

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Now you throw in those fruits and almonds and mix it all up!

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Don’t forget your chocolate 🙂 I like the Kirkland brand from Costco.

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Ok, next grab a microwave safe bowl and heat your almond butter (or peanut or whatever you decide to use) and honey until it bubbles. For my microwave, this took just over a minute.

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While that’s getting nice and hot, grease a brownie pan.

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Pull out your honey/ almond butter mixture and add to it the vanilla extract and salt. Stir. Pour into dry mix.

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Mix well and place into your greased baking dish.

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With wet hands, press the mixture down into the dish.

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Cut into sections. I started cutting bars and then decided to do squares.

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Allow to cool completely (I waited 2 hours) and enjoy! You can find the original recipe here.

This is a great make ahead recipe and is easy to double or triple. I especially like that you can substitute many of the ingredients to what you may have on hand. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out as well as what substitutions (if any) you made.

Tuna salad for lunch

This is a super quick make ahead recipe, packed full of protein! I make 2 cans of tuna at a time which will make me 2 servings.

What you’ll need:

2 cans of tuna
Light mayo or plain greek yogurt
Bell pepper (any color)
Onion
Celery
Salt and pepper
Cayenne pepper
Paprika

What you’ll do:

Open and drain your tuna
Place in a mixing bowl
Add a tablespoon or two of mayo or yogurt
Dice your veggies
Toss veggies and tuna
Season to your liking
Serve with thin wheats or on an English muffin or in between two slices of toasted whole wheat bread. I often will just throw this on top a green salad and eat it just like that!

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Dont forget to drink up!

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Putting in work? Reward youself!

I have been trying to lose weight while exclusively breastfeeding my newborn son. It’s been tricky since you can’t just start a diet without sacrificing your milk supply. I have had some success with simply substituting white with wheat and adding lots of fruits and veggies to my diet. What I eat has not been a problem, I love fruits and veggies and have found many recipes to satisfy my taste palate.

Working out is where I fall short. It’s hard to get motivated to work out, and when I am up for it the timing isn’t right. My newborn needs to eat or my toddler is in the middle of having a melt down and I am needed at home. I know that if I can squeeze in 3 workouts a week, it would really boost my weight loss efforts!

I recently joined a “Biggest Loser” challenge with a few Facebook friends. Each participant will pay to the winner, $20 in the form of a money order or cash. So far, we have 10 people, so there is a minimum jackpot of $200! So in addition to me desperately wanting my old body back, I also have this incentive to get moving! I decided to also start a rewards system, so that I have so pampering to look forward to as I move closer to my goal. This is so very important, when you have a good amount of weight to lose. When you’re just starting out, you don’t see results right away. In fact, it can take up to 12 weeks for you to notice changes in your body. That’s a long time, when you’re working hard and eating right every day. If you set up rewards for yourself, you will be more likely to keep with the regiment you’ve set for yourself. I suggest setting “mini” goals and rewarding yourself each time you meet one of those goals. If you have 15 lbs to lose, reward yourself every time you lose 5 lbs. It can be something small like a mani/pedi or something like buy a new workout outfit or pair of running shoes. As long as it gets you excited, it will work!