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Sweet Tart Smoothie

Ok most of you that follow my blog or know me, know that I lost 50 lbs on Nutrisystem. It took eight months. Fitting in a size small again and having more energy is why I stayed on plan. When I was chosen to be one of their success stories, It helped motivate me even more to keep the weight off. I have mananged to keep it off for a year now while switching to the A La Carte maintance plan. 
....Until the past couple months. 
I started eating more of my own foods since the holidays. How is that working for me? NOT SO GOOD. I tend to make poor choices on not only what I eat but how much I eat. My servings have doubled in size and with the cold weather and a few health problems this past year, I have not gotten in a lot of excersise. 

I have to say with regret that I have put on ten pounds. Yikes. That does not seem like a lot but it is enough to make my size 4 jeans feel like spandex! So starting now, I am going back strictly on the plan so I can get rid of the extra pounds I gained. I refuse to buy a size larger in clothes. I plan to eat better while continuing on the Nutrisystems mainatance plan. I need to eat more veggies and drink more water. I can do this and I will. (As soon as I finish off this bag of girl scout cookies).

If your looking to lose weight and just cant seem to find a diet that works for you. Nutrisystem really does work! It’s a plan that is easy to follow. The food is delicious and filling. You also learn healthy snack options for between meals. You will loose! I will have a link at the bottom of this post that will take you to a 30.00 off coupon on your first order. For all of you that are concerned about the price of the plans. You may get a sticker shock but stop and figure what it cost you each month at the grocery store. We all know that healthy food is not cheep (but neither are large clothes and gym memberships). With Nutrisystem meals delivered at your door, you have all you need besides your own veggies to get your weight off. Unlike the grocery store foods, nothing goes to waste or waist. 

Today I will share with you a healthy option for the Nutrisystem shakes that you will also recive in your first shipment. They are good alone or you can add any veggies or fruits to them as you wish. Either way, its your way. I actually need to go order some more of this mix from their A La Carte menu so I can have these instead of cookies ( I’m down to two cookies left by the way and I will avoid any cute little girl scouts from this day on). 

Now on to the smoothie....

Sweet Tart Smoothie
(Kale and Lemon)

2 scoops- Nutrisystem Turbo shake (or any protein mix you have on hand).
1/2 cup- crushed ice
1 cup- cold water
1/4- frozen banana
1 or 2 slices- lemon ( I freeze those too, peel and all).
Hand full- fresh Kale. (you will not taste it but its good for you).

Add all that to a mason jar (or mixer bottle). 
Mix well and Enjoy.

Did you see what I did there? Yes, most mason jars will fit most blender blades. Then you can just mix and drink without the mess. 

Oh and by the way, that cozy? I make those too. Etsy Shop.

Want to start NS today? Here is 30.00 off your first order. COUPON.

Snow Capped Trees

We had our first big snow of the year. I’m sure those up North would snicker at what we call “big” snow. We ended up with 5 to 6 inches. The schools, churches and a lot of business were closed. My favorite part of snow is the snow capped trees. They held up the snow until the sun finally appeared in the afternoon. It looked like a wet heavy snow but the limbs held strong and high. The snow did not weight them down as it was a light, fluffy and dry snow. The sun on the snow caps sparkled as if the snow was filled with tiny diamonds. It was beautiful.

I got two snow days off due to the weather and slick roads. However, I did log into work from home and did a few things. 
My neighbor next door asked if I would like to build a snowman. At first I was iffy about it being too cold but then I text her back. I told her to give me ten minutes and I’d meet her outside. I had to round up some Winter wear. I had a little box stashed away with gloves, scarves and other snow essentials. I layered my shirts, found some old boots and doubled up on the socks. I was ready. We laughed and giggled while building our snow man (which was not easy to make with this powdery snow). It was impossible to roll the snow so we had to just mounded it up and sculpted him out. We felt like twelve year olds for a little while. It was fun. 

The roads are clear so It’s back to work in the moring. I’m going to miss spending all day with Nick. We had a good time snowed in together. I honestly feel like I get seperation anxiety when I have to leave him after a few days together. Most couples are not like that and would rather spend time apart. Not us. We are like two best friends. I was like that with my daughter while she was in college years ago, but I’m learning to get used to her now living out on her own in another town. She was planning on visiting before it snowed her in as well, but she had lots of friends to do things with. 

~I learned some things by staying in for two days. 
~I eat...a lot.
~I found the bottom of my laundry basket.
~I learned what eating a lot of Kale will do to ya.
~My house really doesn't clean itself.
~I think a 12 cup pot of coffee is really only 8 cups.
~and the trees were not the only thing that snow capped.