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Be specific and accountable to lose weight

O.K!  I have given myself a new goal.  Shocking I know!  I had a few triggers get to me this week with my St. George trip, husband buying my favorite non healthy food, neighbors over for dinner…the list goes on and on.  Here is my new PLAN (:  I’m still working on my Great in 8 challenge.  We have 3 weeks left of that.  This one is an add on to keep me motivated.

First of all, it’s important to be SPECIFIC when attempting to lose weight, gain muscle, eat healthier, or whatever your fitness goal is.

My goal is to lose 5 pounds.

 I’m going to eat 100% healthy for 25 days.

 I will keep a food journal of what I eat every day.

A friend of mine has a goal to be more toned or lower her body fat %.  For her, I suggested she up her protein and lift HEAVY weights 6 days a week.  I told her to have a CASEIN protein shake every night.  It’s an easy and yummy way to increase protein.

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The second part that’s necessary in being successful at weight loss is to be accountable to someone.  Find a trusted friend to cheer you one.  Send them your weight every week.  Many times we keep our weight loss secrets to ourselves and when the opportunity arises to eat a few donuts we have no one to stop us.  I gave my husband strict guidelines that he is not to buy kettlecorn, Backer’s cake, Pizza Factory breadsticks, or homemade cookies from Cutler’s or Paradise Bakery.  I have a big list.  Candy is no longer an issue for me.  I’m thinking of cutting out all treats for my 2015 goal since the no candy one was easy.  That’s a toughie because I love to bake.  What I really need to do is learn to only have ONE!  I’ve yet to master that skill.

I have one last helpful tip after you’ve reached your goal.  Reward yourself!  My reward this time will be a new ipod.  I have needed one for a long time.  I can’t even read the screen on it!  I’ll probably post my food journal once a week too.  Sorry that might be boring but it’ll keep me honest and on target.

Make it a great day.  Run fast, lift heavy, and be happy!  I heart SUMMER!!

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Grilled pizza!!!

Another day of catch up for me!  We were in St. George last week from Thursday-Sunday!  Beautiful weather in the upper 60’s!

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Of course the diet fell by the way side.  We’ll talk about that in another post.  I have a good name for it:  How to reverse ALL effects of overeating in 3 days!  Wonderful time with our dear friends.  We made breakfast together, swam, hiked, went to the park, played games, went to the yummiest restaurant called Anasazi’s, shopped, stopped at Swig’s one too many times (to die for sugar cookies), and made GRILLED PIZZA!!  I’ve told many people about this amazing and simple meal!  Here ya go:

Martha Stewart Grilled Pizza Dough Recipe

1 c. warm water
1 tsp. sugar
1 packet (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for bowl and brushing
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 1/4 c. bread flour or all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface

Pour 1 cup warm water into a medium bowl; add sugar and sprinkle with yeast. Let stand until foamy (about 5 minutes). Whisk oil and 1 teaspoon salt into yeast mixture. Add flour and stir with a wooden spoon until liquid is incorporated. Turn out onto a floured work surface and add additional flour as needed. Knead until dough comes together in an elastic ball, 2 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl; brush lightly with oil.  Place a hot towel over the top of the bowl for 20 minutes.  Form the dough into a long bread loaf.  Cut off balls of dough and roll out onto a lightly floured surface.  Lightly brush one side of pizza dough with olive oil.

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 Using your hands, place dough, oiled side down, directly over heat source.  Cook until underside is lightly charred and bubbles form all over top, 1 to 2 minutes.  Take the dough off the grill and top the grilled side with desired toppings.  Return to grill and cook the bottom side until the cheese is melted and the toppings are heated through.  2-5 minutes.  

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Our toppings included: pizza sauce, pesto sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, pepperoni, canadian bacon, crushed pineapple, red peppers, and jalepeno peppers.

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 Everyone loves these because we can all make them exactly how we want!  I tripled the recipe and that was for 10 kids and 4 adults.
I have many more exciting posts that have to stay in my head for now.  I have much to do today!!  Here is a picture from the trip with my barely turned 5 year old!!!  We celebrated his birthday down there.  He is the sweetest and funniest little kid!!  LOVE!  XOXO!
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