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The game that everyone can win

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 GO!……The count down is on until the holidays, what if the numbers on your scale were doing the count down too?
 
So, the game is on! Since this is a game, let’s give it a time limit and make it interesting. The clock is set to run out the last week before Christmas. The prize of course will be reaching the finish line at your goal weight. Lose and win! I like it!
Setting goals with a time limit for most of us puts the tension on that can make a significant difference in our commitment to reach them. It takes away the reasoning of ” oops, oh well I’ll do better tomorrow” and replaces it with thoughts of “I want to win! I’m doing great sticking to the plan and I’m going to go all the way!”   Lucky for you. You have an Ace up your sleeve. Follow the play book (5 Medifast meals and 1 lean and green meal everyday) and you are sure to score!
 When you gather with family and friends for the holidays, everyone will ooh and aww at how fantastic you look but don’t keep your method a secret! Share your success and plan with them. After all, they deserve to look and feel better too 🙂
Then it’s a touch down for all, or should I say “GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL”!?
 
Can’t wait for holiday meals? Me neither! Here’s one that will hold you until then.. or maybe give you ideas to serve up for everyone!
 Grilled Cajun Turkey Tenderloin
28oz (raw) boneless turkey breast tenderloin
6 cups romaine lettuce
6 cups raw spinach
1/4 cup low-fat,low-carb sun-dried tomato salad dressing
Seasoning Rub
4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cayenne powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1)Combine all ingredients for the seasoning rub in a bowl and rub turkey tenderloin evenly with spice mixture.
2)Place turkey on grill and cook for 5-10 minutes per side or until turkey is thoroughly cooked.(meat thermometer should read 170f)
3)Toss lettuce,spinach and dressing together and top with turkey.

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You’ll need a road map for your journey to weight loss

Funny how everyone gets through with the summer and all it’s busy-ness, then as the days get shorter we take a moment,relax and take a look down at our waistlines. Gasp!  How did I end up here? I must have wondered off not paying attention to where I was going!
 How’s it going on your trip? Traveling straight or still taking those side roads?  Every one’s journey is different. Some like to take the winding road full of sight seeing and pit stops.(admittedly, more fun) However, everyone knows that the fastest way to get there is to put the pedal to the metal and drive the highway. Floor it! 
That may be easier said than done. My youngest drove herself to school in our manual Explorer yesterday for the first time and her school is at the top of a hill with four stop lights!  Needless to say, she stalled more than once. Each time required that she take a breath, refocus and try again. Her determination paid off when she mastered the gears and coasted into the parking lot. Maybe a little stressed at first but full of pride and accomplishment at reaching her destination.
So, get out your road map and plan your journey. Where do you want to go? What route should you take?  When do you want to arrive? These are important decisions when planning a trip. Remember, every spontaneous stop pushes you off your scheduled ETA and may even blow you off the road!
So, put it in gear and make sure you are there on time!  Let’s say..your ideal weight by the holidays? Or maybe the first go or next show season? You decide, maybe even arrive early!

I like snacks for the road. I think I’ll pack these for my personal journey 🙂
 These recipes are great to mix it up as meal replacements on the 5/1 plan.Each cookie is a meal

 Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 pkg chocolate chip pancake mix
1 pkg soft serve
1 crunch bar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp baking powder
Mix, spread on parchment paper in four circles.  Bake 350 degrees 6-8 minutes.  6 minutes for a chewier texture. Coffee soft serve/chocolate bars, peanut butter /peanut butter crunch bars all work well. Experiment!
 
Chocolate Cookies
1 pkg brownie mix
1 pkg chocolate chip pancake mix
1 pkg chocolate shake ( Try essential dark chocolate)
1 crunch bar (Maybe chocolate)
1/2 cup cold leftover coffee or water
1 tsp baking powder
 Same directions as above.

I always say to experiment and have fun with the food. It doesn’t have to be a boring journey on the highway!

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