Blueprint for a successful, healthy lifestyle.

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The holidays are over and it is time to get back to normal, perhaps because of the new year, a New Normal.

When getting ready for a vacation, there are some things that you look at before you lock the door and head out for the adventure. (typically) What are you looking for, what do you want to do or see while on that trip? What is the most important part of that trip? The entire vacation hinges on the plan, just like building a new business, or just like writing a good paper. Begin with the end in mind – where do you want to be.

Since one of the things many people look to do in the new year is lose weight, here are some things to consider.

What are some of the things you are looking for as you choose a weight loss program? Here are 22 things as a place to start with. What are the points that are important to you?

Once you know what it is you are looking for, you can begin to build a plan that works. Begin with the end in mind. You not only want to lose weight, you need to maintain your muscle mass and your metabolism so that you can keep the weight off.

Why wait? I am ready to work with those wanting to get started NOW!

Get started in January for a Healthy, Happy New You.  Call me for  assistance, please feel free to contact me at Tess@HealthyGreaseMonkey.com

 

Its time you start to Feel Good Fast!  Get started today.

Get “Ripped” for the New Year! (How about you get healthy)

Since we’ve been home more over the holidays, we’ve had the boob tube on more than normal.  I’ve been amused at some of the… well a lot of the commercials.

“Get Ripped” “Drop 16 dress sizes in 16 DAYS!” “Look like me just by taking this magic pill”

It IS the New Year – at least at midnight it will be. It is another chance for a NEW start and a healthy new you!

I’ve noticed one thing missing from all these ads. How to stay there.  All these companies are offering magic pills, tools, foods, machines and the like to help you LOSE the weight, to get into better shape and such however… None of them offer maintenance to stay there.

I want to offer you the opportunity to not only begin to shed some pounds, if that is what you need, but also the chance to KEEP it off for the long term. 

When we say “Feel Good Fast” it’s a relative term. Relative to how fast you want to get there and how long you want to STAY there. I’ve been there done that– lost and gained, and finally, almost 6 years ago lost and maintained that loss. I’ve lost the prescriptions, the weight, the depression, the asthma, and the need to yo-yo diet repeatedly!

We’ve got the vehicle, if you have the drive.

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(Taken by my 5 yr old at Busch Gardens)

Happy New Year and Healthy New You!

Christmas, the best laid plans… Its not about being perfect.

I really had a relaxed attitude about Christmas dinner this year. It was going to be super easy, nothing really difficult, I had it all under control, or so I thought.

I got up and 5:15 and started the bread dough to make Christmas Cinnamon rolls then returned to bed.  When the timer for the rising mound of goodness went off I got up for the day to begin the wonderful feast.

I turned on the oven to 400 degrees and I made 1 loaf of bread from the dough and a small pan of cinnamon buns for the other, and placed them on the stovetop to rise as the oven heated and headed to open gifts.

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After 30 minutes I returned to the kitchen to put the rolls in the oven. (we had been opening gifts for those 30 minutes but still had more to go…that’s a whole ‘nother story) Plan B

Upon returning to the kitchen I realize… the range has died.  No heat, no warmth, no cooking/baking/roasting/broiling to be had at this location.

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NOT TO FEAR!!! Daddy got a new grill this year.  Smile 

We heated the grill and baked on the top rack of the grill using the thermometer to watch the temperature periodically as we continued to open gifts.

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Not too bad and very tasty.  (The circle on the top of the bread is where it rose into the smokestack in the top of the grill.)

Time to start the home made “tasty beans” as my daughter loves them but cannot eat the store bought variety. (also known as baked beans) I fired up the crock pot, added the ingredients and all is on its way to a tasty dinner.

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Now onto the rest of the dinner. Had all day to prepare since our meal wasn’t until 4 PM, so there was no rush. I made cream of anything soup on the grill’s side burner for the Green Bean casserole.

I reached into the veggie drawer in the fridge and my three, HUGE sweet potatoes were all rotten. I opened the freezer and my French cut green beans were missing. I had no other potatoes in the house.  What now?  SWEETBAY!!! They are always open on the Holidays.

NOT THIS YEAR.

plan C

I found a package of instant mashed potatoes in the back of the pantry cabinet. (My daughter can’t eat those – nasty ol’ corn) There’s a potato for our traditional Christmas dinner.

My turkey had been cooking in the crock pot all day, the spiral ham slices had thawed nicely.  I returned to the grill burner to make traditional cranberry salad.  This turned out to be a snap and very easy.

I reached into the cabinet to pull out my bread board and wall-a… it is now TWO bread boards. I sat down to enjoy a short cry and watch some “Lifetime” Christmas movie.

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I found a lone mater in the fridge so I made a small batch of pico de gallo to add to the festive coloring of my dinner and kick it up a notch! (Hubby loves my pico)

Since I wasn’t sure about how many we would have for dinner, the only veggie I had enough of were peas.  So we had PEAS for Christmas.  You know, PEAS on EARTH and all!

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It was a lovely, relaxing dinner with a couple of friends.  A very Old Fashioned Christmas as we prepared what we had and shared with friends.  Desert was organic ice cream with the option for Reindeer cookies.

MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL

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It’s not about being perfect.

Its about making what you have the perfect option.

You Bought it, but you DON’T Have to Finish it!

While Christmas shopping last week, I decided I needed something to drink.  The little mini-fridge by the checkout didn’t have any water so…

No, you don’t have to finish it, make the healthy choice!

It is so amazing all the thoughts that ran through my head.

  • Money doesn’t grow on trees…
  • There are starving children in …
  • Waste not want not…
  • Clean your plate…
  • (enter your favorite here)

I know that I have said repeatedly, “the most expensive food we buy is food we throw away.” However, if what we purchased isn’t good for us, and we realize we don’t need it (because we DON’T) then get rid of it so it doesn’t continue to torment, taunt, and tease you into eating or drinking it. Smile

Contact me for more information on making healthier choices.

Clearance seemed like a good idea.

A month or two ago, I saw this “awesome” bargain!  It was this cute little mini cupcake maker that makes mini-cupcakes and muffins in like 7 minutes.

GREAT DEAL, or so I thought…  So today, I made my healthier pumpkin bread recipe for my baby girl and decided to dive into the mini-muffin category.  After all, it looks so fun and easy.  (Looks, in this case WERE deceiving.)

The first thing that happened was baby girl decided to test it to see if it was hot.  Thankfully, I hadn’t turned it on yet.  She left the room crying because mommy was displeased with her scientific method for checking the temperature of the muffin cooker. Sad smile

So, here goes.  I plug it in, let it heat up, set the timer for 7 minutes and open the pre-heated muffin cooker.  In pop 7 mini-muffin cups, then I try to spoon equal portions of dough into the cups. FAIL. 

I cook those puppies up. They weren’t full enough so they looked pretty miserable.

While the first batch cooked, I filled a ziploc with dough and clipped a corner to fill the next batch of cups.  The filling was much easier this time, had a better amount of dough in each cup, and closed it up with the timer for my next attempt at mini-muffins.

As I am preparing my muffin cups for batch 3 in the cooker, I make the executive decision to use BIG muffin cups for some of this.  (Made a dozen – in the oven).

Round 3 go into the cooker and I still had plenty of dough so I made a loaf of pumpkin bread too.  I ended up with 12 full size muffins, 1 small loaf of bread, and 31 mini-muffins that stick to the liners.

DON’T GET SUCKED INTO THE CLEARANCE HYPE LIKE I DID!

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Now I will go clean out all the tiny little holes on the “bakery” so I can put it in a cabinet and most likely, NEVER, use it again. Smile

Candy–1 step at a time!

I am so excited about a new find, introduced to me by my friend, Shirley Koritnik.  An option for candy that my daughter can have safely, (corn allergy) and that I can feel good about (no artificial ingredients) as an occasional treat for her.

UNREAL CANDY

Meet UnReal!  WOW… Here you can see what its made of and who is eating it. 

Tom Brady + Gisele Bundchen + Matt Damon + John Legend + Jack Dorsey + Mark Hyman = UnJunked!

 

Now, when you feel the need for a sweet snack, you have an option that doesn’t contain all of the artificial schtuff.  You have a choice! UNREAL!

Dr. Mark Hyman has written an excellent blog article on this as well, you can find it here.

We vote, every day with our $$’s.  Vote today for something that is VERY UnReal!

Make it a GREAT Day! 

Oh, almost forgot… places we can find it in SW Florida…  Walgreens, CVS, Michael’s, Staples, and very soon…TARGET!   I can hardly wait!!!!

Take control, change the statistics.

Every person has the opportunity to begin reversing this statistic.  It begins by paying attention to prevention.  Eating to live and moving toward a healthier life, one step at a time.

 

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For more information on what healthy nutrition looks like or for coaching and guidance in attaining better health, contact me.

We can work with you one on one, in groups, or direct you to resources for the issues you are facing.  Give your body what it needs and let it do the rest.

7 Factors for Ideal Cardiovascular Health

If you are not meeting these 7 criteria, it is not too late, by making conscious choices and moving 1 step at a time we can all get back to these criteria for better health!

If I could do it, you can too!

7 Factors for Cardio Health

 

Talk with your health care provider about what you can do to better meet the Seven Factors for Ideal Cardiovascular Health.

If you’re age 20 or older, have your cholesterol levels checked at least once every five years.

If you would like additional information on how to get back into these parameters for a healthy lifestyle, please, feel free to contact me.

Vote for more Natural & Healthy Options

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Every dollar we spend is a vote. When we purchase products that are unnatural, we vote for that company to continue on that path. 

Every time we pass by something with artificial sweeteners/colors/flavors, pass by cleaners with toxic fumes/contents/reactions, and pass by beauty and personal care products containing carcinogens, we are voting for those companies to research and implement more natural products.  Products that are less harmful to our bodies, our environment, and our CHILDREN!

This could be a huge help in our battle with the health care system and its costs.  Attention to prevention is a big key to that.  Everything we surround ourselves with has an effect on our health and well being – be it positive or negative – it has an effect.

Vote today, vote for produce without poisons.  Vote for cleaners that don’t cause and irritate asthma.  Vote for laundry detergents that don’t contain carcinogens.  VOTE FOR HEALTHY OPTIONS!

If you would like more information on healthier options to vote on, feel free to contact me.