Day 14 of no sugar- getting better

I have to say that it has been an experience having no sugar. While I was proud of myself not eating chocolate (my favorite) for valentines, I do really miss sugar. lol.

 I’ve lost only 1 pd and 1% body fat.

For exercise, I have been walking 15 minutes a day, doing 30 min of cardio x3 tiems a week and tennis once a week.

Now, I am more consious of when I am emotionally eating and how terrible my diet is.

My goal is to step up my workout and continue to eat better the remainder of my diet.

Wish me luck

~Melody

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Day 11 of My no sugar diet- HARD!!!

Today is Day 11 of my no sugar diet and it’s tough.  I am ready to eat some sugar!

Seriously.  Also, I have actually gained 1 pd but loss 1% in body fat-so that’s good.

Hopefully I can make it through the weekend :-)

 Best to All,

~Melody

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30 Days Without Sugar- a 11 pd sucess!

Name: Charli     Age: 32 yrs old    Occupation: Mother to 2 kids 8& 11, blogger for Sunrisewd.com

My Experience:  30 Days Without Sugar

Inspired by some close friends, I decided that on January 1, I was going to give up sugar for 30 days.

To consider myself one of those sugar addicts–particularly chocolate! So when I had actually made it through the first few days, I was shocked myself but decided that I could do this.

I had always heard that your body adjusts and that the cravings subside and I found that to be true. What I did notice right away was that it seemed everywhere I turned, there was chocolate! Cookies, cakes, brownies, even more than normal…so it seemed.

I resisted and I’m so glad.

Initially, I didn’t lose much weight, it was actually more of a discipline thing, but after a couple of weeks, I decided to make this sacrifice count and I stepped up my work outs.

By day 30, I had lost 11 pounds and was very proud of reaching my goal. I really feel better and I now know that I can do it. I would have thought it was impossible for me to give up chocolate for 30 days. It has truly been a freeing experience.

I took a break and had a few sugary snacks and now I’ve found something else to be true:

Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels!

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Fall Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Fennel

Number of Servings – 5

In a 350-degree oven, roast pumpkin and garlic in a covered roasting pan. Cook until soft, approx. 30-40 minutes. In a 4-quart soup pot, sauté onion and fennel root in canola oil until soft. Add apple juice and sherry, cover and bring to a boil. Turn down to simmer, add pumpkin and garlic. Simmer until pumpkin completely breaks down approx. 15 minutes.In a 350-degree oven, roast pumpkin and garlic in a covered roasting pan. Cook until soft, approx. 30-40 minutes. In a 4-quart soup pot, sauté onion and fennel root in canola oil until soft. Add apple juice and sherry, cover and bring to a boil. Turn down to simmer, add pumpkin and garlic. Simmer until pumpkin completely breaks down approx. 15 minutes.

While the pumpkin is simmering toast fennel, cumin and coriander seeds on high heat in a dry skillet, stirring constantly, until the seeds are light brown. Grind the seeds in a coffee grinder. It is important to grind the spices until they are a powder.

Blend the pumpkin mixture in a food processor until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Put back on low heat but do not boil.

Serve immediately garnishing with toasted pumpkinseeds.

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Mamaw’s Meatballs

Not only does our family love our grandmother’s meatball recipe during the holidays, we love them all year long! Hope you enjoy!

Mamaw’s Meatballs

Mix all of the above ingredients well, then roll into balls and place in a 9X13 baking dish.

Sauce:

Mix together and pour sauce over each meatball.

Bake at 325 for approximately 30 minutes.

From our house to yours……. Enjoy!

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Easy Spinach Roll Ups

These easy spinach roll ups are so quick-n-easy that they will become a staple in your menu!

Bake time: 15 min or until cheese is melted. Prep time is 10 minutes.

Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees. If the lasagna noodles need to be cooked then follow directions on the box. In a medium size sauce pan heat butter. Clarify it then saute the onion and garlic for a few minutes over medium heat. Add apple, spinach and leeks. Saute until all mixed nicely together. * Tip add either extra olive oil or butter if not enough for all ingredients.

Remove from heat and add to large bowl. In separate bowl, beat the egg and mix with ricotta cheese and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Add ricotta mixture to spinach mixture.

Lay out the lasagna noodles. Spread a medium size layer of the spinach/ricotta cheese mixture. * tip don’t fill it too thin or it won’t roll up well and leave room and ends for rolling.

Roll the noodle up, top each noodle with a spoon full of spaghetti sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Put in oven to bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serve immediately.

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Melody’s Favorite treat- Chocolate Popcorn

My daughter and I make this decadent-yet quasi healthy treat.

4 cups Popcorn-we prefer the old fashion pop it yourself type

Sprinkle of Real chocolate chips, melted on top of the popcorn

First, we make the popcorn then while hot we place the chocolate chips on top and it melts together and taste so Yummy! A quick and easy treat without a lot of calories!

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