Sexy Back Workout

open back dressAnchor a band at floor level around a sturdy piece of furniture. Lie facedown, arms in front of you; grip handles. Lift chest, arms and legs off floor as you bend elbows and draw shoulder blades together. Hold; return to start for 1 rep. Do 3 sets of 15 reps on alternate days

superwoman moveReference: SELF

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Turkey enchilada verde soup

turkey enchilada verde soupTurkey enchilada verde soup

Ingredients:

For the salsa verde:
1/2 pound fresh tomatillos, husked, or 1 (10-ounce) can of tomatillos
1/4 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 jalapeños, seeds and stems removed, chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

For the soup:
4 cups turkey or chicken broth
4 cups diced cooked turkey, white and/or dark meat, diced
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained or 2 cups cooked black beans, drained
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for serving
1 cup (4 ounces) Monterey Jack, shredded, plus more for serving
1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips
1 tablespoon lime juice
Salt
Sour cream, for serving
1 avocado peeled, pitted, and cut into wedges, for serving

Method:
First make the salsa verde. If using fresh tomatillos, place them in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. They should be softened and a lighter green. Turn off the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. If using canned tomatillos, skip this step.

Place the tomatillos in a blender, along with either 1 cup of the cooking water or 1 cup of the canned tomatillos’ liquid. Add to the blender the onion, garlic, jalapeños and cilantro. Blend until smooth. You should have about 2 cups.

To make the soup, pour the salsa verde into a large pot. Add the broth, turkey, black beans, cumin, oregano and cilantro. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes. Add the shredded cheese and while occasionally stirring, continue to cook until the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes. Stir in the crushed tortilla chips and simmer for 5 more minutes. Add the lime juice and then adjust seasonings, adding salt to taste.

To serve, top each bowl with shredded Monterey Jack, sour cream, avocado, and cilantro.

Recipe Courtesy of SELF and http://www.homesicktexan.com

Turkey Tips To keep a leaner waistline

Thanksgiving only comes around once a year, so why not go ahead and splurge? Because gaining weight during the holiday season is a national pastime. Year after year, most of us pack on at least a pound (some gain more) during the holidays — and keep the extra weight permanently.

But Thanksgiving does not have to sabotage your weight, experts say. With a little know-how, you can satisfy your desire for traditional favorites and still enjoy a guilt-free Thanksgiving feast. After all, being stuffed is a good idea only if you are a turkey!

Eat Breakfast

While you might think it makes sense to save up calories for the big meal, experts say eating a small meal in the morning can give you more control over your appetite. Start your day with a small but satisfying breakfast — such as an egg with a slice of whole-wheat toast, or a bowl of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk — so you won’t be starving when you arrive at the gathering

 

Lighten Up

  • Use fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy.

  • Use sugar substitutes in place of sugar and/or fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods.

  • Reduce oil and butter wherever you can.

  • Try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles.

Police Your Portions

Thanksgiving tables are bountiful and beautiful displays of traditional family favorites. Before you fill your plate, survey the buffet table and decide what you’re going to choose. Then select reasonable-sized portions of foods you cannot live without.

“Don’t waste your calories on foods that you can have all year long,” suggests Diekman. “Fill your plate with small portions of holiday favorites that only come around once a year so you can enjoy desirable, traditional foods.”

  • Skip the Seconds

Left overs are much better the next day, and if you limit yourself to one plate, you are less likely to overeat and have more room for a delectable dessert,” Diekman says.

 

  • Choose the Best Bets on the Buffet.

While each of us has our own favorites, keep in mind that some holiday foods are better choices than others.

“White turkey meat, plain vegetables, roasted sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, defatted gravy, and pumpkin pie tend to be the best bets because they are lower in fat and calories,” says Diekman. But she adds that, “if you keep your portions small, you can enjoy whatever you like.”

Slowly Savor

Eating slowly, putting your fork down between bites, and tasting each mouthful is one of the easiest ways to enjoy your meal and feel satisfied with one plate full of food, experts say. Choosing whole grains, fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, salads, and other foods with lots of water and fiber add to the feeling of fullness.

Go Easy on Alcohol

Don’t forget those alcohol calories that can add up quickly.

Be Realistic

The holiday season is a time for celebration. With busy schedules and so many extra temptations, this is a good time to strive for weight maintenance instead of weight loss

Focus on Family and Friends

Thanksgiving is not just about the delicious bounty of food. It’s a time to celebrate relationships with family and friends.

Reference:http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/10-tips-for-a-thinner-thanksgiving

The Perfect Turkey

the perfect turkeyThe Perfect Turkey

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley

  • 2 tablespoons ground dried rosemary

  • 2 tablespoons rubbed dried sage

  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves

  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 (15 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 orange, cut into wedges

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 carrot, chopped

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth

  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle champagne

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a turkey roaster with long sheets of aluminum foil that will be long enough to wrap over the turkey.
  2. Stir together the parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, lemon pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture into the cavity of the turkey, then stuff with the celery, orange, onion, and carrot. Truss if desired, and place the turkey into the roasting pan. Pour the chicken broth and champagne over the turkey, making sure to get some champagne in the cavity. Bring the aluminum foil over the top of the turkey, and seal. Try to keep the foil from touching the skin of the turkey breast or legs.
  3. Bake the turkey in the preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear. Uncover the turkey, and continue baking until the skin turns golden brown, 30 minutes to 1 hour longer. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove the turkey from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

Recipe Courtesy of http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Juicy-Thanksgiving-Turkey

I’m Looking at the Man in the Mirror

changeMorning Inspiration…wanted to share a post I came across from uglybeyoutifulme on Facebook. After reading this post I knew I had to share and I knew that it was time to start working on Me…My own Man in the Mirror!!!

Change Challenge: Lately I have been re-evaulating some things in my life and I have a desire to do things differently. One of the biggest things was to develop a more closer intimate relationship with the Christ. I wanted to know him more intimately. So one of my really good friends Malina Bolds) had a really good discussion about this very topic. One of the key things she mentioned was I diligently need to place God at the forefront of every decision, concern, worry, blessing, misunderstanding etc ( which I thought was doing) however, I did not completely trusting God with the outcome. So for the past month I put myself on a surrender challenge to completely surrender all things to him (it’s been hard ya’ll and I have fallen)- still a work in progress. However I truly have a desire to change for the better to be an example for Christ operating in love, being forgiving, and just allow God lead and NOT ME! (talk about difficult!!) this is call submission (not an easy tasks). So my pray was to God show me all the things I need to work on in order for me to change (so that’s when Micheal Jackson song ” Man in the Mirror” took effect. God has been revealing things I need to change within me. As 2 Corinthians 5:17; if anyone is he Christ he is a new creature; old things past way and all things become new. Change is truly hard; it is even uncomfortable like really awkward; cause when you are so “use” to doing something to have to change talk about awkward. But I have a desire to really be a new creature. Since thing I have seen the manifestation of these changes, which how I talk, my actions, my behavior, how I treat other people, my love for myself and others, peace and my conviction to get it right and not allow old things to linger. It’s crazy how God truly does change you. I really understand (2 corinthians 5:17) even more. However, there are still some things I need to tackle. So I came up with a change challenge for myself. God has already provided me with the mirror of things I need to change, so I will be working on them until they are completely past away. Would you like to join me. I will be having what are called mirror moments on my uglybeyoutifulme page to discussion some of the things I still need to work on . I would love it if you would join me. Let’s all change together.