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10 Weight Loss Motivational Quotes To Help Keep You Going

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Are you running low on motivation to move forward on your weight loss journey? Do you feel like all your efforts do not materialize into your expected results? Experiencing “dryness” in our weight loss journey is normal. Almost everyone goes through it. However, those who have successfully achieved their goal weight have one thing in common—they did not let their moments of “dryness” discourage them. Instead, they used these circumstances as an encouragement to do better.

If you are on the verge of giving up, maybe the following motivational quotes will help remind you of why started this journey in the first place!

  1. “It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” ~William James
  1. “Everyone faces defeat. It may be a stepping-stone or a stumbling block, depending on the mental attitude with which it is faced.” ~Napoleon Hill
  1. “Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.” ~Thomas L. Holdcroft
  1. “It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” ~Old Chinese Proverb
  1. “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” ~Michael Jordan
  1. “Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen
  1. “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” ~African Proverb
  1. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” ~Maya Angelou
  1. “There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstances permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” ~Unknown
  1. “Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ~Oliver Goldsmith

Keep your eyes on your end goal. You were made to handle every hurdle in this journey. Just trust in yourself and never give up!

Broccoli Soup

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Serves 6

At only 24 calories a cup, this soup is a nutrient-rich, satisfying alternative to creamed soups.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon dried marjoram or 1 tablespoon fresh
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
2 scallions, trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 pounds broccoli, washed and separated into florets and stems
6 cups vegetable stock or water
2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
Salt
Black pepper

1. Warm the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. (Don’t let the oil get so hot that it smokes.) Add the onion and cook until it is translucent, then add the garlic, marjoram, thyme, and nutmeg. Sauté 3 minutes. Add the celery and scallions and cook 5 minutes. Add the broccoli stems and the stock, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.

2. Add the broccoli florets and cook 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and blend in a food processor or blender, adding the dill as it’s blending. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Stay On Track In Your Weight Loss Journey

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Your weight loss journey could be one of the most frustrating, most challenging personal journeys you’d take on in life. But you know you want it. You know the rewards waiting for you at the end will make everything worth it.

To help keep you motivated, here are some things to keep in mind.

1. Stop Trying So Hard

Take it slow and easy. Don’t beat yourself up for your slips. Instead, look at them as reminders of the many challenging and rewarding steps you need to take. If you need to slow down, then do it. Just please don’t quit.

2. Stay Away From Super Skinny Models

Quit pinning photos of very skinny models. Research has found that doing so may actually hurt your progress. These images set unrealistic self-standards. Understand that you’re weight loss journey is your own personal journey. Be your own model.

3. Plan

A successful weight loss journey relies partly on how you plan it. I always encourage my clients to review their past food histories and from there build the necessary steps to take. This way past mistakes are not committed again.

4. Focus On The Now

Many of us wait until we achieve our ideal weight before we can finally say we’ve made it. What we fail to remember is that by just showing up today and deciding to move forward with your weight loss journey is already something to be proud of. So be proud of this moment, of this now.

5. Invite Healthy Into Your Life

Surround yourself with health. Ditch foods you are likely to abuse and instead replace them with healthier alternatives. Adjust your environment according to the lifestyle you want to lead.

Your weight loss journey can indeed become frustrating, but it’s also one of the most rewarding undertakings. So don’t give up. Trust in yourself. You’re doing great!

Source:
http://www.shape.com/weight-loss/tips-plans/22-ways-stay-motivated-lose-weight

Cauliflower Pizza

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Everybody loves pizza! However, they’re usually packed with unnecessary calories and are pretty much against most of our weight loss strategies. The good thing is we don’t have to completely give up on this delicious food. Like what I always say: SUBSTITUTE, do not eliminate. This recipe substitutes the unhealthy ingredients of pizza so you can enjoy it guilt free.

1/3 large head cauliflower or 2 cups cauliflower crumbles
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic
2 eggs
1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella

1. Break the cauliflower into florets and pulse until fine. Microwave uncovered for 2 minutes, lay out on a paper towed covered tea towel, and set aside to cool.
2. Preheat oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment.
3. In a medium size bowl, lightly beat the eggs, add oregano, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste, and fold in parmesan.
4. Wring out all the moisture you can from the steamed cauliflower, add to egg mixture, and fold together. Roll out onto the baking sheet and form a 9’ circle pizza crust.
5. Bake for 20 minutes.
6. Remove from the oven and add sugar-free sauce and mozzarella.
7. Return to the oven and bake for additional 10 minutes.

Baked Salmon Steaks

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Baked Salmon Steaks

Serves 6

This elegant fish recipe is a snap to prepare and provides ample amounts of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 lemons, sliced
1 bunch fresh dill, minced
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
4 3- to 4-ounce salmon steaks

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the oil, onion, garlic, lemons, dill, parsley, pepper, and salt. Place half of this mixture in a long baking dish, place the salmon steaks on top, then sprinkle the remaining mixture on the fish. Bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until the fish is opaque all the way through.
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