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EIGHT Tips for Getting LEAN in Time for Summer

Ahhhhhhhh summer….. I love it! I don’t know about you, but I’m dreaming of a BEACH vacation. I can feel the warm breeze and smell the salty air already!!

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This summer will be a very special one for me – I turn FORTY and celebrate my TWENTIETH wedding anniversary! With all those special dates coming up on the calendar, I want to be in the best shape of my life come summer. I like to make sure to stay pretty lean all year around, but this summer, I’d like to be leaner than ever with all the important occasions I have on the horizon! I’ve put together some tips that I will use to get LEANER for summertime! I wanna show everyone that age is JUST A NUMBER! 😀

Making good choices and creating good habits NOW, will ensure that you and I are ready for summer and sporting all of the cute tanks and sundresses out on the beach!

~ EIGHT Tips for Getting LEAN in Time for Summer ~

1. Make protein a priority at every meal. This will help keep your hunger, energy, and cravings in check. Protein also helps to build muscle and has a fat burning effect.

2. Sneak in your veggies wherever you can. I like to put spinach in my smoothies (you can’t taste it, I promise!), eat salads, roast veggies, steam them, eat them in my scrambled eggs and omelets, and, of course, eat them raw.

3. Get your carbs from fruits, veggies, and complex carbs. Fruits and veggies are always great! Also, eating oats, brown rice, and sweet potatoes will help you reach your goals, unlike bread, pasta, and sweets.

4. Drink your water! I shoot for a gallon a day, but even making 2 liters your goal will help you with fat loss. Many times, the brain confuses dehydration with hunger and will send the wrong signal to the body. Drinking water will, therefore, decrease hunger. Water helps to naturally detoxify your body, and it helps flush retained water from your system. It’s good stuff!

5. Be proactive by planning ahead. It’s a good idea to sit down each week and plan your menu. This is a great tool to keep you on track. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail! Along the same lines, prep food for the week so that you always have a healthy choice ready. Making eating for fat loss the EASY choice is KEY.

6. Sleep like it’s your job. Sleeping 8 or more hours each night has been shown to reset your hormones. This is great for fat loss as sleep lowers fat storing hormones and raises fat burning hormones. It helps you detox, it helps you recover from your workouts and build muscle, it enhances your mood, it gives you energy, and it slows the aging process. Are you convinced to try to get in your 8 hours of sleep yet??

7. Find ways to de-stress. Sleep is the #1 way to de-stress, but other ways are to relax by taking leisure walks, doing restorative yoga, taking a bubble bath, getting a pedicure, and reading. De-stressing lowers cortisol which helps with fat loss.

8. MOST IMPORTANT: Get your mind right! Try not to think of fat loss as an all or nothing venture. There are ebbs and flows with it like anything else, AND it takes practice. You must be willing to stick with any plan longer than a few days or a couple of weeks before deciding it doesn’t “work.” Create good habits, be consistent with them and be patient. This is the formula for success. With this mindset of controlling only what you can (which is your own behavior and choices), you’re able to let go of the uncontrollable (the outcome). Once you control your own choices and practice making good ones, results will soon follow.

Implementing these EIGHT tips will help you be summer ready!

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She will teach you how to effectively burn fat by helping you implement the following:

  • Eat the right nutrients, at the right time, for the right reasons
  • LIFT heavy to develop lean calorie-burning muscle
  • Engage in fasted cardio and HIIT/metabolic training
  • Maintain the proper mindset

    Summer Tips

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Have a hankering for Thin Mints?

After soccer practice the other day, I drove by the local Arby’s restaurant and saw the sign for a “Mint Chocolate Swirl Shake.” It caught my eye. I’m a chocolate lover to the core and do love a good mint chocolate flavor! I decided I’d buy both of my boys a Jr. size shake as a special little treat hoping it would taste like a thin mint shake. 😉

Before I handed the shakes back to them for the ride home, I snuck a little sip (You know, to taste test so that I could make my own version and help out all of my kind readers!!). I immediately placed peppermint extract on my grocery list and decided I would experiment for Saint Patrick’s Day. My experiment turned out GREAT on the FIRST try! When does that ever happen??

This shake tastes much like a Thin Mint. Some have even said it’s like an Andes chocolate mint candy. Make it and decide for yourself!

 

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Here is my delicious concoction – Thin Mint Shake:

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used PlantFusion – a non-soy plant-based protein powder
  • 1 heaping Tbsp of baking cocoa
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 6 drops or about 1/8 tsp. of peppermint extract
  • stevia to taste
  • ice and water (for consistency)
  • a pinch of xanthan gum (optional – makes shake thick and creamy)

Directions: Place ice in the bottom of the blender. Add a little water. Add all dry ingredients. Add peppermint extract and almond milk. You can also add a little extra ice if you like a thick (ice cream-like) shake. Blend and ENJOY!

Both of my boys tasted it and couldn’t believe how much it tasted like the shake at Arby’s! My 10 yr old exclaimed, “How did you do that!?!?” 🙂 Kid tested. Mother approved.

For fun, I decided I wanted a make green shake for Saint Patrick’s Day… a shamrock shake! It turned out great, but my affinity for chocolate always wins out. I’d rank the shamrock shake an 8.5 on a scale of 10. The Chocolate Thin Mint shake is an 11! 🙂

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Here is the Shamrock Shake recipe:

  • 1 scoop vanilla bean protein powder (I used PlantFusion – a non-soy plant-based protein powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 drops of maple extract
  • 6 drops or about 1/8 tsp. of peppermint extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • a handful of spinach (I promise you can’t taste it, but that’s what makes it GREEN)
  • stevia to taste
  • ice and water (for consistency)
  • a pinch of xanthan gum (optional – makes shake thick and creamy)

Directions: Place ice in the bottom of the blender. Add a little water. Add all dry ingredients. Add extracts and almond milk. You can also add a little extra ice or 1/2 of a banana if you like a thick (ice cream-like) shake. Blend and ENJOY!

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Enjoy! -Jill


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