Setting Goals While Dieting Keeps Me on Track

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

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 Time is flying and I am getting in the groove with the new diet plan with the help of Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase here. I have been setting goals while dieting to keep me on track.

When you think of a diet, you usually think of the things you can’t have and are taking away from your meals.  What if you could think of new ways to enhance your meals and make them tastier than ever.  

Goal Setting is the way to start.

When you start a new project or a job do you set a goal?  What do you want to accomplish? How will you get there? What is the long term result?  For many of us, it is to lose weight, but the trick is how you will do it and stick with it.   For me, this is a game-changer.  I am all about quick, fast, and convenient.  

Change your food intake.

Changing my food intake and when I eat is my goal to help guide me in making the right decisions to help me reach my weight loss goal.   With the help of Always Eat After 7 pm program, I am seeing a difference. My clothes don’t feel as tight as they once did. I have more energy and am not a couch potato.   I am cooking more and meal prepping.  This is a first.   By planning out what I am eating I am not heading to the drive-thru on my way home from work.    I still have my diet soda however I am never without my water bottle.  No one said you had to omit everything you indulged in previously.   

Read my first post Eat Late and Lose Weight- Always Eat After 7pm.

By choosing the right foods to enjoy late at night I found it easier to stick with this plan.   I actually looked forward to eating later in the day.   It also helped since I was getting home after 9.  

Did you know?

The most challenging times to curb hunger are just before bed and in the morning. By following the Always Eat After 7 PM program, you have the most willpower to stay on the diet because you are eating during the hours when you are most hungry. This also puts you into both intermittent fastings increasing testosterone and your metabolism, while putting you into ketosis.  

Meal Planning is a Win!

Meal planning is a huge win for me.  I can be prepared for the day and not wonder what my next meal would be.  Also having the correct mindset is key.  Hold your self accountable to the goals that you have set.  In chapter 6 Joel mentions a few key things that I really beleive in.  

  1. Beleive you can and lose the excuses.
  2. Excommunicate negative people in your life. 
  3. Live in the present
  4. Redefine who you are. 
  5. Start!
  6. Develop a simple morning routine.
  7. Allow yourself bad moments, not bad days.
  8. Recognize failure as a teacher, not a final destination. 
  9. Own your results
  10. Briefly celebrate success, then move on.

Read my 2nd post Change your diet habits with Always Eat After 7pm.

If you don’t have any takeaways from this book, reread chapter 6 over and over.   This chapter is so important not just for a “diet” but for your overall well being.  Having the right mindset if so important to meet your goal.  

  • Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase. 

Here are 2 of my favorite recipes:

Cheesy Ground Beef Skillet

This recipe fits the bill perfectly by providing a hefty dose of muscle-building protein
combined with the glucose from rice making it a delicious and effective combination
to feed your body everything it needs in your quest for a leaner, healthier body.

Cheesy Ground Beef Skillet
Cheesy Ground Beef Skillet

Prep:  20 minutes * Cook:  38 minutes * Makes: 6 servings

  • 1 ¾ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper 
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 (15oz) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, minced 

1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Add the salt and rice, stir once, then cover the pot and reduce to low heat for 18 minutes. 

2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Stir in the ground beef. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease. Mix in the onion and garlic. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the bell pepper, oregano, basil, red pepper, sea salt and black pepper. Cook and stir until the bell pepper is tender, about 5 minutes. 

3. Stir in the cooked rice, tomato sauce, and kidney beans. Reduce the heat and cover until the vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes. Remove the pan from heat, sprinkle the cheese over top and garnish with fresh parsley. 

Chili Loaded Baked Potato

How in the world can a chili loaded baked potato be healthy? 

It’s really simple when you use this delicious recipe hack. 

It’s the perfect combination of macronutrients to help stabilize blood sugar and regulate your cortisol cycle keeping your body in fat-burning mode. 

loaded baked potato
Chili Loaded Baked Potato

Prep:  15 minutes * Cook:  95 minutes * Makes:  6 servings

  • 6 (8-oz) sweet potatoes
  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Oregano
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 (15 oz) can butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Anaheim chile, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • ¼ cup red onion, minced

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet or pan with parchment paper. Rinse and scrub the sweet potatoes. Pat dry with a paper towel and pierce several times with a fork or knife. Place in the prepared pan. Lightly spray the sweet potatoes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes to an hour, until tender when poked.

    2. Sauté the chuck in olive oil until fully cooked. Drain off the fat and return the beef to the pot with the onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, and cayenne. Reduce the heat to medium-low and sauté until the onions are soft, about 10 minutes, stirring often.

    3. Add the broth, crushed tomatoes, and vinegar. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the butter beans, cilantro, and Anaheim chile and cook for another 5 minutes. Season with sea salt.

    4. Split the potatoes lengthwise, fluff the flesh with a fork. Top evenly with the chili, a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of cilantro and red onion.

I hope you enjoy these recipes. For more healthy recipes from of Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase here

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

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Top 5 Sunscreen Lotions for Summer

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Summer is here and I want to share my Top 5 Sunscreen lotions for summer that you should be wearing.

Stay protected this summer.

You might not be at the beach tanning but you need to be protected from harmful sun rays. Keep and extra bottle in your bag for those quick on the go trips. I wear sunscreen on my face everyday to keep it looking good. I add a bronzer over to get a sunkissed look. These Top 5 Sunscreen lotions for summer are a must have for that walk around the block, lunch in the park, a bike ride to a friends and of course the day at the pool or beach.

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Keep your skin protected with these fabulous sunscreens.

My Top 5 Sunscreen Favorites.

1.CoolaA spray that slays! Our organic Sport SPF 30 Continuous Sunscreen Sprays have your back—and every other inch of your skin—with a bottle that keeps misting even when it’s upside down, making it easy to cover your entire body. This sheer, water- and sweat-resistant organic formula is packed with antioxidants and skin-nourishing ingredients, and absorbs fast with no greasy feel. So you can play hard without any slippery residue. When wearing Coola you feel like you are on a tropical vacation by the scent alone.

2.COTZCōTZ Face Moisture SPF 35 mineral sunscreen hydrates skin while it provides broad spectrum protection from damaging UVA-UVB rays with gentle, lightweight 16% Zinc Oxide. Lightly tinted to blend with virtually all skin tones. Glide on under makeup or use alone for a silky, smooth finish. I wear this all the time, the tint is perfect for my skintone. Cotz, is great for year round coverage.

3. SunBumExcludes ingredients that clog pores or causes common allergies – Non-comedogenic, Oxbenzone & Octinoxate Free, Paraben Free, Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, PABA free & Oil Free. They offer travel sizes too which are great for on the go.

4. Babo Botanicals100% GOOD FOR YOUR BABY: A fast-absorbing, non-whitening & lightweight sunblock for very sensitive skin. Water resistant and perfect for babies. FORMULATED FOR VERY SENSITIVE SKIN: This sunscreen is specifically developed with 100% non-nano zinc to provide you with 80 minutes of water and sweat resistant coverage. Fragrance free. This is a must have for those with sensitive skin.

5. SonreiSonrei Sea Clearly Sunscreen is a premium, environmentally-conscious sunscreen for all skin types and pigments. Not watered down, Sonrei provides concentrated, water resistant sun protection via a proprietary organogel with three powerful antioxidants: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Ferulic Acid. I love that Sonrei is eco friendly perfect for tropical vacation spots to protect the reefs.

Don’t forget to reapply!

Which sunscreen is your favorite to wear.


Get The Coffee Scoop with Hamilton Beach

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Coffee Lovers Rejoice!

Get the Scoop on why I am loving my new coffee maker from Hamilton Beach. While being home more often than I would like I have come to enjoy less clutter and cleaner counters in the kitchen and enjoy a great brewed cup of coffee. The Hamilton Beach – The Scoop Single-Serve Coffee Maker is super easy to use. This compact user-friendly coffee maker will make you want to update your machine today. I want to give you the inside SCOOP on the Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Maker.

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