Weight Loss Lifestyle

What is a Weight Loss Lifestyle? Our family is newly committed to becoming the healthiest we can be. Living a healthy lifestyle looks a bit different for everyone. For us, it means having more energy, being more active,  sleeping better and as a result seeing the scale tip a bit in the downward direction. Here’s how we are reaching our Weight Loss Lifestyle goals. 

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Learning a new Weight Loss Lifestyle is not easy. My husband and I used to be very active people. You know how it goes, once the “mid life” season begins, the healthy lifestyle of the past goes out the window. We think we eat healthy and exercise enough, but we really don’t. We spend more time being the computer than we do outside doing active things. Somehow we lack energy and enthusiasm for most physical activities. Going to the gym is a chore, and we feel more tired after working out. Our clothes are too tight, we sleep poorly and it shows. Even concentrating and focusing on projects at times can be a difficult tasks. Sound familiar? I know we are not alone in this struggle.

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Last fall my husband and I began using the Isagenix 30 Day Weight Loss System that was recommended to us by a friend. It has been a huge change for us, in more ways than one. Every day I am realizing how much better we feel.

Lifestyle Improvement: Have more energy.

Lacking energy is my biggest problem towards accomplishing my goals. I have a difficult time getting up in the morning, partially because I don’t sleep well at night. Working from home is a blessing, because I can set my own hours. But, I find myself dragging out of bed on most days, much later than I would like. After I started using the Isagenix products, in particular the IsaLean Dairy Free Shakes (I have a number of allergies so I can’t eat dairy), I am waking up early in the morning full of energy and ready to face the day. Honestly, this has never happened to me before. EVER.

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My husband is generally full of energy, but in recent years he is struggling as well. He finds that the IsaLean Shakes make a world of difference for him. He works more than one job, and he takes the shakes to work in a blender bottle. All he has to do is add water and mix it up for a quick meal when he is on the go. He has also lost more than 65 lbs. in the last few months with this Isagenix 30 Day Weight Loss System. Wow!

Lifestyle Improvement: Sleep better at night

I am one of those people who wake up at 2:00am and can’t go back to sleep. My husband has trouble sleeping too, but he struggles to fall asleep and stay asleep. When we have the Isagenix nutrition shakes, we sleep all night long and wake up refreshed. It is just amazing what proper nutrition can do for your body. We feel good because we are resting well. Interestingly enough, when we run out of shakes, we start waking up again at night and the cycle repeats itself. Proper nutrition makes a huge difference in reaching our fitness goals.

Lifestyle Improvement: Lose weight.

With the right combination of shakes, supplements and nutritional food we are making progress towards our goal. My husband has already lost more than 65 lbs. with this method. My progress is slower, since I have a slower metabolism. However, even if my progress is slow, I FEEL different. I know this will work in the long run because I can feel myself becoming healthier. I am all about the long term success, not the short term. I have been down that road before with fad diets and I know that they don’t work at all.

We will be sharing more about our weight loss goals and our steps towards a healthier lifestyle here on the blog. If you would like more information and updates sign up below for our Weight Loss Lifestyle newsletter.

 

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Easy Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo

 

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This month’s Ultimate Recipe Challenge is Pasta! We love Pasta at our house, it’s a thing of men. The more I make it, the more they eat it. Pasta is especially satisfying in our cool climate, and we eat it at least once a week.URC-Pasta-Collage

I have teamed up with some very talented bloggers for this Ultimate Recipe Challenge, you are going to love all these delicious Pasta ideas!

 

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I make Pasta once a week for the menfolk at our house. I cook both gluten free noodles and the regular variety to accommodate  those on special diets. My favorite gluten free Pasta is the Quinoa variety. It cooks the best and doesn’t have the sticky residue that rice base pastas have. It tastes just like the regular pasta, you may not even know the difference!

Recently, we went on a tour with 57 high school students as the cooks for the group. This Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo dish sold out completely! I had people asking me for the recipe, so here it is!

Easy Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo

Easy Gluten Free Chicken Alfredo

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. chicken breast, thawed
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup cream or half and half, or original almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Fresh or dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill or broiler. Drizzle olive oil and lemon over, the chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Grill or broil until done, 5-7 minutes. Set aside and keep warm in oven.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat until hot. Add onion and garlic, sauté for 2-3 minutes until onions are clear. Add butter, whisk until melted. Add flour, whisk until dry. Wait 2 minutes, then whisk in chicken broth a little at a time, stirring constantly until smooth. Add cream and reduce heat to low. Simmer 5-10 minutes until thick. Add Parmesan cheese, parsley and salt and pepper.
  3. Serve sauce over hot fettuccini noodles. Chop chicken breast into strips, serve over noodles with sauce and extra Parmesan cheese.

 


Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Welcome to the Mexican Fiesta Recipe Blog Hop! There are 12 of us bloggers in this hop, you are going to love this Foodie Fiesta!

square bowl with soupMexican cooking is very popular at our house. It is easy to prepare, and uses lots of healthy fresh ingredients. I make many Mexican meals, but this Chicken Tortilla Soup is always my favorite. I frequently make this soup with leftovers after a night of Fajitas or Chicken Tacos.

olive oil and tortilla

You can use corn or flour tortillas in this recipe. I prefer the flour variety because they are light and soft. For the gluten free diet, the corn would be the best option. You can also purchase gluten free wheat-less tortillas at the grocery store.

Ingredients:

2 lbs. cubed chicken breast

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 24 oz. can petite diced tomatoes

1 can black beans, drained

1 can corn, drained

6-8 cups chicken broth or 2 tablespoons chicken soup base

3/4 cup basmati rice, or leftover cooked rice

1 package flour tortillas

1 bunch fresh cilantro

red pepper flakes to taste

1 tsp. chili powder

olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

 

cut tortilla

Brush 3 tortillas with olive oil on both sides. Slice into strips. Bake in 425 degree oven for 15 minutes until crisp and brown.

Spoonful of soup

Meanwhile, add olive oil to large stock pot over high heat. Add garlic, onion and chicken breast. Salute 5-7 minutes until done.

Add chicken broth, tomatoes, beans and corn. Stir, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Add rice and cook 10 minutes until rice is tender. Chop remaining tortillas into 1″ cubes. Add to the soup along with salt and pepper.  Cook additional 10 minutes until tortillas are tender.

Chop cilantro and add to pot right before serving.  You can serve with the tortilla strips, more cilantro and sour cream if desired.

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DIY Cake Stands

 

2 stands

This is a sponsored post. Any opinions given are completely my own. This post was sponsored by Gorilla Glue. See disclosure page for additional information.

blue plates

 

I make weekly trips to the local thrift store. One day in particular is especially fruitful for my visits, since they put out new stock for the weekend. Friday is the day to shop for thrift. I found these lovely plates on my most recent excersion. I put them together with some other thrift store junk to make these DIY Cake Stands.

I spent a lot of time deliberating colorful plates at the store. I found that I was drawn to the blue combinations the most. They key to success in this project is to choose 2-3 plates of the same color combination for each cake stand. I love that the patterns are all different, they work together because they are in the same color family. I did sneak in a couple of white plates, they are in the middle layer of the cake stand or have decorations and are not so obvious.

footed glass bowls

The other secret ingredient is several small footed glass bowls in different shapes and sizes. I also used a candle stick and a shot glass as well but those are only for the smaller top layers. Using the wider, lower footed bowl for the heavier bottom plate adds stability, a medium size and height bowl works well for the middle plate, then the short shot glass or candle stick support the smaller top plate.

3 cake stands

I used Gorilla Super Glue for this project. Honestly, I wasn’t sure that this project would work very well even with the glue. Remember when Super Glue wasn’t all that Super? Well, those days are gone! I hadn’t used Gorilla Glue before and I was rather sceptical about it. However, I now realize that I under estimated the power of the glue. Lesson learned, never underestimate a Gorilla!

inverted plates with glass bowls and glue

Drip the glue around each edge of the supporting glass, then adhere to the bottom of the plates. I let them dry 15-20 minutes before inverting.

orange butterfly stand

I decided to make the pieces easy to store, so I only glued two pieces together at a time. This allows me to mix and match them and change the look and height as needed for different occasions. In this photo, the bottom plate is not glued to the footed bowl you see in the middle. You can put them together temporarily with pieces of floral adhesive or Command Strips, I have done both in the past and they work very well for a temporary hold.

Finished cake stands

Finished cake stand

The little nests hold candies that resemble eggs, the butterflies add color and a touch of Spring. You can never have too much Spring!

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I am so pleased with how this project turned out. I spent just a couple of dollars on each Cake stand. These 5 cake stands will hold jewelry and treats at an upcoming dinner party. I think they would be amazing for a brunch display, wedding, bridal shower or baby shower. I may even give them away so that I can have fun making more!

The ladies are going to love them!

 

Thank you to Gorilla Glue for sponsoring this post!

Mexican Style Hash Brown Potatoes

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I am starting something new….a collaboration with 40+ bloggers in the Best BiMonthly Recipe Challenge Blog Hop! You are going to love it! This month we are inspired by….

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Yup, POTATOES!

Breakfast is by far my favorite meal. I enjoy making a big meal first thing in the morning, it just sets my day off in the right direction. I tend to judge my day by the quality of the breakfast. Today was AMAZING.

This new potato recipe is truly one of my new favorites. These Mexican Style Hash Browns are easy to prepare and a breeze to cook in the waffle iron. How cool is that? No fuss, no stress, a perfect waffle style hash brown every time, with a KICK!

ingredients

Ingredients:

4 Peeled and shredded baking potatoes, about 1 per person (you can also use frozen hash browns)

2 eggs

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped canned jalepeno peppers

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 tsp. chili powder

Salt and pepper to taste

mixing potatoes, eggs, jalepenos, chili powder

Directions:

Shred the potatoes with a cheese grater or use a food processor. Add the chopped onion, chili powder, eggs and chopped jalapeno peppers. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Pour off any excess liquid from the potatoes before cooking.

Heat a Belgium style waffle iron until steaming hot. Grease with a bit of butter or cooking spray. Spread potato mixture in the waffle iron. Close and cook for 8 minutes until crisp and brown.

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Layer hot hash brown waffles with cheddar cheese in-between them. This will melt the cheese without messing up your waffle iron. Serve with salsa and fried eggs for a hearty breakfast meal. DeeeeeLishhhhh!

 

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