Get Lean in 2015 | The Before

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As you may know, I have managed to keep the pounds that I lost over a year ago off, staying under 140 lbs until January. At which time due to the Holidays, I have maintained at 143 lbs. My Goal for 2015 is to lean out, which may or may not require me to loose more weight. Accordingly, I am changing my eating habits from maintenance again as well as amping up my fitness to break from maintenance to change.

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I have decided to do the weight lifting program as outlined in The New Rule of Lifting for Women, which I began last week. I took before pictures and recorded what I look like now, so I have a starting point to compare again in the coming months. I will go into more detail in later posts, for now, check out my starting point, and say goodbye because I will look different in just one month!

2015 | Health and Fitness Goals

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It is 2015 and I decided to set specific health & fitness goals for the first time ever. I do not do New Years resolutions, I prefer goals, which I consistently evaluate throughout the year. This years biggest goal is to lean out, however the journey there is what the goals detailed in this video are all about:

As promised, I will blog and/or vlog weekly. I will try new recipes and share on my social media pages, youtube or the blog. All in all, I plan to really kick 2015’s ass and I hope you will join me in the journey.

What are your plans for 2015?

2015 | The Plan

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The new year is days away and I am looking forward to all it has to offer. I had a good 2014, but I will do a separate post concerning that. 2015 will be about leaning out, reaching new running goals and conquering snacking.

FITNESS

I am currently on the Hanson Half Marathon plan in preparation for a Half Marathon I am doing in March, however I have a 5k planned in January and a half in February as well.

I am doing a 12 week beginner weight lifting series I found on Pinterest as a simple and easy lifting option while training. Post training, in the off season, I plan to go hard on the weights and really build some total body strength. I will spend the last part of the year training for another Marathon, of which I have yet to decide upon.

Altogether, I plan to have a dynamite year of fitness in 2015.

FOOD

My annual soup season has already begun with a delicious chicken and vegetable soup (my recipe). Next up will be a Samosa soup, with what I hope will be a delicious take on one of my favorite dishes. I am now storing my soups differently and nixing the constant variety. Instead I make one pot of soup, eat it until it runs out and make another. I will do a video on how I store and re-heat my soup. I will continue with soup through the winter, and then move back to Mason Jar salads over the summer, not sure about Spring right now.

I have been slacking on my green smoothies, but I plan to start ingesting a green smoothie with whey as my post exercise meal on workout days. They make such great recovery meals, and will not cut into daily calories that way.

I need to get a better handle on dinner, so for the next year I plan to meal plan around this bit of advice:

I want to take the serious thought process out and just eat based on my current goal. My immediate post holiday goal will be fat loss, so dinner will consist of mostly Protein and veggies. I am still snacking during work and eating soup immediately post. I have been bored with breakfast, but I need to eat what is in my house, so the immediate mission will be to “shop my house” until I run out of breakfast options.

I received a wonderful new camera as a Christmas gift, so I will also post a lot more in the new year.

*Cheers* to a New Year and an even better you!

Roasted Squash Soup

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I am a soup girl through and through, I like soup all times of year with no exceptions. The wonderful thing about this recipe is you can use whatever squash is available. I used acorn and butternut squash, and it came out so very delicious.

I combined the ingredients from this video:

With the portions from this recipe from Food Network:

Savory Squash Soup

I do not like nutmeg in my soups because it tends to overpower the flavor of the squash, and I added honey as per the video. Once done, it was the best Squash soup I have ever tasted!! Seriously delicious and low on the calories because it is a vegetable soup. The biggest calorie guzzler is the cream, but as I said, its a vegetable soup, so you can afford to have that fat. If you are looking for a great soup recipe, give this a go.