Sweet Heat Shrimp & Pineapple Skewers

Good morning!
While browsing the internet this morning for some new recipes I can try at home – I found this one that I know my husband will love, so I thought I’d share!

I found it from the Hungry Girl website.

Sweet Heat Shrimp & Pineapple Skewers

Hungry Girl's Sweet Heat Shrimp & Pineapple Skewers

Ingredients:
1/2 cup pineapple juice You don’t need added sugar
1 tbsp. Sriracha 
1 tsp. Chopped garlic
1 tsp. Chopped ginger
1 tsp. Honey
10 oz. (about 22) raw large shrimp, peeled, tails removed, deveined
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks 

Directions:
In a wide bowl, combine all ingredients except shrimp and pineapple. Mix until uniform.
Add shrimp, and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate to marinate for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, if using wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning.
Alternately thread shrimp and pineapple onto four skewers. Discard excess marinade.

Bring a grill sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Grill kebabs for 3 minutes with the grill cover down.
Flip kebabs. With the grill cover down, grill for 3 minutes, or until shrimp are cooked through and pineapple has lightly browned.

MAKES 2 SERVINGS!

The nutrition value of the skewers will be skewed as I ditched the pineapple juice.  However, here’s a GUIDELINE. Obviously the sugar content will be a little lower.

1/2 of recipe (2 skewers): 206 calories, 1.5g fat, 563mg sodium, 19.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 13g sugars, 28g protein

What do Healthy People Do?

Sometimes when I’m at the gym I find myself wondering how these healthy people get to look like they do and how they do what they do.  Obviously they are in on some sort of secret right?  I know they must all starve themselves, surround themselves with each other so they all can be just as glamorous as the other…

Like how did Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels get to look the way they do?  They’re rich and famous, they obviously have paid for personal trainers, surgeries and botox, right?

I’m constantly in awe of all these healthy people that I see in the media, at the gym and in public.  I’m constantly trying to come up with a new trick or way to lose weight and look good.

So just listen to me when I say this, listen closely… THEY. WORK. HARD.

They eat clean.  These people workout.  These people CARE about their bodies.  They know that this is their only body they’ll live in.. so why not make it the healthiest..

So forget what I said about me being in awe of these people and wondering how they get to their healthy body weights…. Because I KNOW!!! So let’s talk a little…Here’s a few real facts on what exactly these healthy people do —

Numero Uno – Healthy people go to the gym regularly!! YUP! I’m sorry, but you’re just going to have to get up and move.  Get off the couch, get out of bed…  It doesn’t matter if it’s a walk around the block, a bike ride to the store or a swim at the local swimming pool (indoor or out).. all that matters is that you get up and move.

Number TWO:  They LIFT!

Yup – move over ARNOLD, Danielle’s in town!!  Healthy individuals lift weights, they run, they go to the local Zumba or Body Pump class.. pretty much – they move their asses and they PUMP IT UP!!!

IMPORTANT NUMBER 3 — THEY DO NOT STARVE THEMSELVES…

That’s right.. you don’t have to live off of crackers and water..

So yes.. the healthy people eat!!!  And guess what?  They actually eat quite a bit.  When you’re working out you’re going to need to eat even more.  You need to eat more to ensure that you replenish your body to help get your muscles sexy and strong!!

Clap, clap QUATTRO!!! I will say this slowly…. they… don’t…eat… PROCESSED foods!!

So when you’re having a sweet craving, I would suggest NOT to reach for the 100 calorie snack pack — Grab a fruit!! Healthy individuals reach for unprocessed, natural foods.  So guess what will be your best friends?  Fruits, veggies and protein!!

Zzzzzzzzzz NUMBER 5: Sleep Sleep Sleeep  – HEALTHY PEOPLE GET A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP!

So believe it or not eager beavers, your body needs to rest!!!! You need a good solid 6-8 hours of sleep a day – I know, our bodies are needy for rest.. Oh those selfish bastards!!

6. Healthy people do all this stuff consistently.

CONSISTENCY IS KEY!! Yes, I’m sorry to burst your bubble.  But if you want results, guess what?? WORK HARD EVERYDAY!! Trust me, I am the worst at this.  I will get motivated for a few days and then BOOM! I’m not back at the gym for 2 weeks – Yah, I know I suck. I need to practice what I preach.. but whatever!! I’m trying to make a point.  Healthy individuals eat, sleep, breathe HEALTHY LIVING.  These guys don’t just go to the gym when they’re feeling inspired.

They go when they want to sleep… they go when they would rather be out shopping, partying or watching their favourite shows.  Why the hell do they do this?  Because the view it as something their body needs…

Oh.. and guess what?  They consistently eat well..   their food journals don’t look like a crazy roller coaster of food choices.

7. Healthy people listen to and embrace their body.

This is simple, take care of your damn body.  LOVE your body… love yourself.  Take care of every part of your body and every curve.  Because really, self-loathing is so totally not in right now.  Your body makes you UNIQUE!  And that’s why people love you for YOU!!

#8 – Mmmmmm COOKIES: Yes, healthy individuals TREAT themselves:

My last point I’ll give you the good news…. HAVE A COOKIE!!!! mmmmmm chocolate chip cookies from Tim Hortons…..So these healthy individuals indulge in occasional treats and they DONT feel bad about it.

So… here’s the thing my lovelies, these healthy individuals that you strive to be like IS achievable.  Just fuel your body with healthy choices, get your butt doing squats and go run around the block.  And also, please ensure you give your body the rest it deserves.

You CAN do this, and I know you will!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

-Danielle Michelle

Forgive yourself and lose weight

I came across this article and wanted to share it with you all.  Enjoy xoxoxoxox Truly love yourself completely ❤

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As you well know, February is the month of love! But as you’re honoring friends, partners and loved ones with hearts, cards, and roses, I’m going to urge you also to honor your most important relationship: the one you have with your own body.

And I’ll tell you the number-one thing you can do to honor that relationship, and to begin to love your body unconditionally as you create permanent, positive results…

Forgive yourself.

Yes… this might sound simple, but if you’re like so many on a weight-loss journey, you can be relentless when it comes to self-criticism and contempt for yourself and your body. When you let go of the guilt and shame about how you look or how you’ve treated your body, you enter a world of love and positivity that helps you create the healthy body you want and deserve.

A self-forgiving state of mind helps you more easily release negative judgments of yourself. You’re then less likely to act on those feelings by hurting yourself and your body. You’ll naturally want to take better care of your body. You see, when you learn to love yourself unconditionally and forgive yourself more readily, you’re likely to eat healthier foods, give your body the movement it needs, and talk to yourself with greater compassion.

On the other hand, when your body is filled with the poisonous energies of self-contempt (and I know you have experienced times like this), you’re more likely to turn to food for comfort or self-punishment. The negative feelings can quickly lead to a very old and familiar sense of being out of control or a victim.

As you begin to develop the habit of self-forgiveness you will notice significant changes in your physical health and in your ability to no longer rely on food for comfort. And when you feel that love for yourself and your body, you might, for example, be less likely to skip Zumba class in order to head right home after work and watch TV.

So, how do you forgive yourself?

It takes patience and persistence. Here are three heart-based exercises to help you open to the healing power of self-forgiveness, love yourself more and bring peace to your mind.

1. Be Willing to Forgive Yourself

Self-forgiveness starts with a willingness to release guilt, shame and self-hatred. Open the space for this healing energy to enter your mind and body by setting the intention to do so.

Simply say to yourself right now: “I want to forgive myself.”

Additionally, write these words down on paper several times:

“I want to forgive myself. I want to love myself fully and treat myself with loving kindness.”

This may seem like a very simple process. It is. Don’t equate simple with ineffective. A sincere and deliberate intention to stop berating yourself, and to forgive yourself when you do, helps you take charge of your life, feel less like a victim, and stop the cycle of emotional eating.

2. Wrap Negative Thoughts in Love

We all fall into old patterns. So the next time you slip back into less than healthy eating or exercise habits and berate yourself with unkind words, turn to your heart for comfort.

For example, instead of dwelling on those negative thoughts and feelings, remind yourself you can stop. Take a deep breath. Then, focus your attention on your heart and at the same time think of a beautiful memory or someone you love. I learned this exercise from the Institute of HeartMath and it helps you feel calm very quickly. Then, say this affirmation to yourself or out loud while keeping your attention on your heart:

“I release these thoughts and feelings (or shame and guilt, etc.) into the arms of Love and I open to loving and forgiving myself.”

Directing your attention to your heart infuses your words with calming, heart-based energy. It is as if you are wrapping your self-contempt in a blanket of love.

3. Connect to Your Heart, Literally

Become quiet. Place your hand on your heart. Feel your heart beat. Now, while keeping your hand on your heart, say to yourself:

“I totally and completely love and accept myself with all my problems and all my limitations.”

Feel into this process. Repeat several times daily.

This exercise helps you connect with the loving energy of your heart. Your heart doesn’t judge you for overeating or for talking harshly to yourself. It simply keeps beating on. Feel that beautiful, consistent heartbeat and know that you are loved by the pure energy within it.

Practice the above steps faithfully and you’ll begin to create a lightness of spirit within you.

Be patient and have faith. Over time you’ll notice that the love you give to yourself on the inside will be reflected in the ways you care for yourself and look and feel on the outsid

Read more: Forgive Yourself and Lose Weight http://caloriecount.about.com/forgive-yourself-lose-weight-b623140#ixzz2saKDITwW

Should you weigh yourself everyday ?

MYTH: Weighing Yourself Daily Will Help You Stay on Track

The Truth: I recommend that people weigh themselves once a week, at the same time every week. Weighing yourself every day can have a negative impact on you.

 For so many of us the scale is a source of stress and self-loathing, but it really shouldn’t be. Don’t think of  the scale as anything other than a compass — something we use when losing weight to keep us going in the right direction. It tells us what’s going on with our bodies so we can effectively modify our regimen to ensure continued weight loss. It’s just a tool — no more and no less. So how frequently should you consult it? Here’s my opinion on the topic:

Your weight varies throughout the day. Not only does your weight change every day, it also changes at different times through a single day, so there is no point to weighing yourself every day — and definitely not multiple times a day.This is because of body fluid fluctuations — you might be retaining water from too much sodium consumption, or you may not have gone to the bathroom yet (gross, but true). All of these things affect your weight. The issue with checking the scale DAILY, is that minor fluctuations can freak people out — or discourage them from their weight-loss efforts. Instead, take photos, body measurements, and judge yourself by your fitness endurance and how your clothes are fitting you.

To use the scale effectively, you should weigh yourself once a week. I want you to weigh yourself once a week at the same time, on the same day of the week, wearing similar clothing, and most importantly, ON THE SAME SCALE.  Weighing yourself just once a week will give you a more accurate read — you’ll allow time for the scale to actually show weight loss. The number on the scale will help you figure out if you need to make adjustments to what you’re eating or how you’re exercising. Keep in mind that half a pound to two pounds is a realistic weight loss so don’t expect drastic results.

NEVER weighing yourself is a bad idea. Are you one of those people who doesn’t weigh themselves all year, and then finally steps on the scale at their annual physical? This isn’t the right way to go either! Never weighing yourself and, instead, determining how “healthy” you are by how you feel, isn’t the best method. To know how healthy you are is to know that number on the scale. If you’re in maintenance mode (and not trying to lose weight), I’d still suggest you weigh yourself once a week, or at least twice a week. Your weight is a total picture of your overall health, and it’s good to keep tabs on yourself 

The Bottom Line

Confront the scale and find the right day for your weekly weigh in’s and stick with it so it turns into a habit

Writing it down.

Write It to Lose It!

Don’t panic over what I’m about to tell you: You have some writing homework. Now, I’m not sending you back to fifth grade with this one, but I do want you to get comfortable putting your thoughts and emotions on paper. You may be skeptical about this, but journaling on a regular basis will play a key role in helping you meet your weight-loss goals. 

Let me explain. Your journal is a place for you to write everything down, to see it in front of you, and to work through your problems and toward your goals. Without a journal, it’s too easy to avoid your hang-ups and stay in neutral.

Writing about your goals will also help you think them through: Do you want to be healthy, confident, physically and mentally strong? Are there clothes you want to wear that you can’t now? Do you want to see and feel yourself in your ultimate body, living a new life, playing with your kids, going on a date, getting compliments from friends or coworkers? Whatever your ultimate goals, physical and emotional, write them down in as much detail as you can, and refer back to them often. They will help you stay motivated on your journey.

If you have easy access to your computer every day, commit for one week to recording an entry a day in an online diary. It’s easy!  You can keep track of your workouts, you can use it to organize your thoughts. And it’s a great place to record what’s going on with you where food is concerned, too!

For those times that your aren’t in front of you computer, choose anything from a simple lined notebook or a leather-bound blank diary. Besides writing down how you feel, you can include photos of yourself to chart your progress, pictures of clothes you’d like to wear, new recipes you’d like to try, and more. The sky’s the limit! The most important thing is to find a journal that suits you.
I personally enjoy using paper.  I find typing everything doesn’t keep me committed.  I enjoy having documentation right there in front of me in a notebook.  My one office wall is going to be dedicated to my goals.  I’m utilizing the wall in my office as a motivational wall.  This way, when i’m writing blogs such as this, there are motivating captions all around me.  Pictures, motivational quotes, my goals, and articles that interest me will be going up on the wall.
I’m excited for the next step in my journey.  I’m currently in process of writing a book.  Okay, I’m unsure it’ll ever actually become a BOOK for others to read, but I’ve gone through a lot; physically and emotionally.  Why not share my experiences with others who may benefit from them to help cope with what they’re going through.

 

Until next time.

 

I just want to thank Jillian Michaels.  Her articles inspire me to write these blogs 🙂