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Cordial Cherry Pudding

Talk about a healthy holiday recipe right here!  If you love chocolate covered cherries, you will LOVE this one!

Start by throwing these things into your magic bullet or blender:

  • 1 container cherry yogurt (I use weight watchers brand because it doens’t have high fructose corn syrup OR aspertame)
  • 1/2 c. cottage cheese
  • 1 T. low fat cream cheese
  • 1 T. cocoa
  • 1 packet Truvia (Stevia)

Blend all that goodness up and put into your bowl.  Top with about 15 chocolate chips and enjoy!

Don’t forget to email me if you are interested in my 6 day “Holiday Melt Down” Meal Plan!  See here for details!

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The big reveal…

I would like to thank you all for supporting me, my blog and my business.  To thank you guys I will just jump right into the big news that I promised for you all today.  Here goes:

The big surprise is…

My new 6 – Day “Post Holiday Melt Down” Meal Plan!!!

This is my FREE gift for all of you who are on my email list!  If you’d like to be included on this list email me at lindsmm@gmail.com with the words “I want a big surprise!” as the subject line.

This meal plan was specifically designed to be used after a day of indulgences such as a holiday or vacation.  Each days meals, food choices and guidelines were carefully chosen and thought out.  If followed as directed this meal plan WILL help you get rid of the little extra bloat or weight gain you may experience after a holiday.  Use this plan right after Thanksgiving and Christmas and you will start the New Year hotter than ever!  This meal plan will be emailed out on Friday so get me your email address to recieve your free gift!

We will be back to our regularly scheduled recipes on Wednesday.

On Sale Now!

fitness_pr_bootcamp_fitnessPunch Cards for my Holiday Boot Camp Classes are NOW ON SALE!!!  Go over to Lean Bodies Health and Fitness and click on boot camps for more information. 

These prices are CHEAP people!  I promise you won’t want to miss this!

Cardio “Dancing”

Do you guys like to dance?  I sure as heck DON’T!  Probobly because I can’t do it.  So I feel a little bit (or a lotta bit) retarded.  But when I do my cardio “dancing” on the arc trainer at the gym I feel like this:

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(PS.  Is that Lauren from So You Think You Can Dance?  I loved her!)

I call this workout a “Match the Beat” Dancing workout.  I like to do it on the Arc Trainer, but a regular elliptical will do.  On an Arc Trainer you can adjust the incline AND resistance as opposed to just the resistance like on many ellipticals.  So, here’s what you do:

After a warm up you find the next good song on your ipod.  With that song going  you set the incline to your elliptical (I like to change it up between 3, 5, 8, and 10 on an incline scale of 1-10) and you do this interval:

1 minute – moderate intensity – you want to match the beat of the song.  If it is a faster song you will probobly have it on less of an incline and be moving your feet faster.  Find a good moderate level resistance.  Keep it here matching your beat and dancing (in your head) away for a minute.

1 minute – all out intensity – keep your pace and incline the same but up your resistance.  You want to be really pushing it here.  About half way through this minute reevaluate and increase resistance if needed.  Remember to keep your feet moving to the beat.  That’s the fun, dance-y part!

1 minute – recover – I take it down to a low resistance and low incline for 30 seconds.  For the next 30 seconds I fast forward to my next song on my Ipod, and figure out a good incline for the beat.  When this recovery minute is over you repeat the interval with your new song, new incline, new resistance and best of all, new beat!

It’s crazy and not at all dance-y really, I know.  But my point is that that’s about as close as I come to dancing.  And I’m ok with it.  In fact, I love it.  I love this workout.

Who likes bacon?!

Hey everyone!  For those of you who don’t know know, I have decided to keep this blog up and running probobly through the end of the year.  It will then be transfered over to my business website http://www.leanbodieshf.com.  So keep on checking back here for the new ideas you know and love!

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I have a little question for you…  Do you love bacon?  Well, if so, you won’t anymore after hopping on over to No More Bacon and reading about my friend, Ryan’s, weight loss.  He is doing AMAZING and has such a great story to tell.  His posts are very entertaining and well written.  I promise you will be inspired by him if you subscribe to his blog and keep tabs on his progress.  I mean really, who else can go on a cruise and have this for dessert?  (see picture below)

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He is also creating a blogosphere where he is creating a place for others to start their own weight loss/health blogs.  He is trying to create a whole community of support and I think it’s a great idea!  So, hope on over and give Ryan a holler!

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I have a big surprise for you guys.  And it is coming to you live next week!  I will give you a clue a day this week and then the big reveal will happen next week!  If you are interested in getting my big surprise it will come in the form of an email attachment.  Leave a comment with your email address or just go ahead and email me (lindsmm@gmail.com) with the subject line “I want a big surprise” and you will be added to the list!

Here’s the clue for today:

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How could chocolate possibly HELP you maintain your weight through the holidays?  I’ll show you how!

Hey guys!  Here’s a sneak peak at my lunch today and then part of the big news is at the bottom of this post!

Here are the three simple ingredients to my Hot Avocado and Swiss Sami:

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It’s very easy really.  Just take two wedges of low fat Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese and spread one on each side of a Sandwich Thin (you can use bread but Sandwich thins are WAY better!  They’re made by Orrowheat and can be found by the bread or buns at the grocery store.)  Then slice some avocado and make a sandwich out of it!

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You can then eat as is but I like it warm.  So I throw it on the George (indoor grill or panini maker).  It melts the cheese a little and makes it so oooey gooey.

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Look at all that goodness gushing out the sides!  Yum, yum!

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 So you may be thinking, cheese AND avocado?  That’s a lot of fat.  Remember FAT does not make us fat.  TOO MUCH FOOD makes us fat!  Healthy fats like the ones found in avocado are oh so very good for you.  They do wonderful things like increase hormone function, help skin, hair and nails, make you feel full and satisfied longer, increase your metabolism, decrease bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol and so many more things. 

So go eat up this Avocado and Swiss Sami and get in your healthy fats!

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Ok, so here is some of the news.  If you are long time readers you know that I have been trying to think of a name for my new website and also my business.  I was thinking of using my name in it but I don’t think it sounds as professional.  I decided to go with (drum roll please…)

Lean Bodies Health and Fitness!

And the website is www.leanbodieshf.com.  Feel free to go check it out!  It is still a little baby and much work needs to be done on it so don’t judge me yet.  This blog will continue probobly until the end of the year and then it will be rolled over to that site.  Don’t worry.  I’ll never leave you completely. 

Go look at my website and let me know what you think!  Have a great weekend!

Click here to see the Disclaimer and Part 1 and here for Part 2.

Part 3 (ok, so maybe this list only has 9.  Sorry):

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus:  “Face Down”

Run Kid Run:  “This Day of Change”

Sublime:  “Santeria”

Taylor Swift:  “You Belong to Me”  (I know, I know.  I’m 14)

U2:  “Elevation”
         “Beautiful Day”

Yellowcard: “Ocean Avenue”

Young MC: “Bust a Move”

Everclear:  “Santa Monica”