Avocado Chocolate Smoothie – Perfect for My Diet

As you all know, I’m in the process of trying to lose weight!  It’s been a struggle to change my bad habits again.  Yesterday was a good day though.  I had a light breakfast and I wasn’t that hungry for lunch, so I decided to make a smoothie for lunch, in hopes that it would fill me up for a while, plus I’ll get my chocolate fix in.  Believe me, I have a heavy need for chocolate, lol.

 

I’ve been trying to eat more avocados lately for the health benefits.  Plus, I recently heard that consuming more avocados can help you to lose more weight.  Don’t worry, avocados in smoothies don’t taste like guacamole.  In fact, I don’t even taste the avocado.  It just makes the smoothie creamier.  It’s amazing really.  You get this really creamy smoothie, with amazing health benefits, plus you get chocolate all in one?  Yep….you’re going to love it.

 

You may be thinking that you don’t want to spend the money on avocados?  Well, it just so happens that Aldi often has them on sale for 29 cents to 49 cents each.  Walmart will price match Aldi’s produce prices if you have an Aldi within an hour of you.

 

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Avocado Chocolate Smoothie

 

 

Avocado Chocolate Smoothie

 

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup skim milk (or your favorite %)
1 Tbsp cocoa
8 frozen strawberries
1 pinch of NuStevia (optional)

Directions:  

  1. Put milk and avocado in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add banana and cocoa.
  3. Finally, add the 8 frozen strawberries and NuStevia sweetener.

 

If you don’t have the NuStevia, you can add an extra banana or your own favorite sweetener.  Or, if you’re a fan of dark chocolate, you may not need it sweeter.  For me, the chocolate taste was just a little too bitter without it.

 

I really enjoyed this smoothie and felt good most of the afternoon without needing anything else to eat.  It made a great lunch for my weight loss endeavors!  I’ve lost 4 pounds in the past 2 weeks and the last time I measured, I’d already lost an inch off of my waist and a total of 4.5 inches after 10 days of exercise (but only about 4-5 15 minute workouts) in the T-tapp program.  Yay!

 

Avocado Chocolate Smoothie - Pinterest


My Dreaded Before Pictures – 60 Day Challenge Begins

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Last week, I told you how I was going to be working on eating better and exercising more!  I will be checking in with you, sharing my weekly successes and failures.  I’m hoping to stay accountable to somebody and also hoping to motivate you as well!

 

I have officially begun my 60 Day T-Tapp Challenge.  I’m thrilled to be moving my body more.  I’ve actually only done the 15 minute workout twice so far, but it feels so good to be using those muscles.  I’ve been going to the gym for the last couple months, doing cardio and weights and I’ve worked hard, but nothing I was doing seemed to touch my tummy muscles much.  Well, believe me, T-tapp, totally works on your core, nearly the whole time.  So things are changing and I’m bound to see some quicker results now!

 

Many years ago, when I did a 2 week boot camp (doing a 55 minute T-Tapp video every day for 14 days), I lost 9 inches in those 2 weeks alone.  Unfortunately, at that time, I quit right after that.  I have a bad habit of giving up on challenges.  I like the idea, but get sidetracked easily.  I’ve also been known not to like the work of a daily workout.  I do, however, like the results it gives…so here I go again, jumping back on that bandwagon!  That’s why this time, I’m taking it a bit slower.  I’m not committing to doing it every single day.  I’m not committing to doing a 55 minute DVD either.  I’ll do a 15 minute video as many days as I possibly can and I have a feeling I’ll feel better for it!  (I already do!)  I’ll also still be meeting my friend at the gym and doing 20-30 minutes on the elliptical machine, because it helps me to be accountable to someone else.  We may even get together and do my DVD.

 

On Saturday, it was the start of the T-Tapp 60 Day Challenge, where I use the workout and walking to help me achieve my goals.  That was the day I had to take my pictures and take my measurements.  That is always so painful for me!  Wow, do I really look like that?  Are my measurements really that big?  Yes, they are….and I wrote them all down.  I even snapped a couple of me in my bra and underwear (that won’t be shared with anyone of course), so I could see the results as I get closer to goal.  That was even more eye opening for me.  I didn’t realize how pudgy my back was looking.  I’m just way too droopy.  This body has been stretched out from being pregnant 7 times.  Pregnancy and eating whatever you want can really wreak havoc on a woman’s body.

 

So…I’m not going to share my weight and I’m not going to share my measurements, but I’ll let you know how much weight I lose and how many inches I lose, as I lose them.  I aim to check in with you every week, but if my report sounds exactly like the week before, I may wait a week.  If you’d like to join me on my journey, feel free to join us in the Sidetracked by Weight Loss Facebook Group.  This is a group created especially for Sidetracked Sarah readers!  I want to do this along with you!

 

And now…drum roll please, as I slink behind the Christmas tree that I didn’t get down this weekend….(ha). I will share my before pictures…..and please don’t judge the tight shorts.  I had to do that so that I can see the results as they improve.  I don’t wear these clothes out!

T-tapp FrontRobinson.Sarah Right Side

And now you can see why people sometimes think I stlll look pregnant.  Because I do!  But…we’re going to do something about that now, aren’t we?  Again!  For the bazillionth time (or sometimes so it feels!).

 

So now, I’ve showed it to you.  I’m embarrassed to still be in this place of needing to lose so much weight, but if I don’t start again, I’ll never do it.  If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

 

What about you?  Are you in your own weight loss journey?  Maybe you don’t have as much to lose as me?  or maybe you have more?  Whatever your goal is, I do hope that you’ll hop on board the weight loss train and stay on it with me!  Tell me about your plan.


Giveaway: Stainless Steel Crockpot + Crockpot Freezer Meals Weeks 1-8 Ebooks

 

Sarah Robinson

Hello there from baby Quinnly and I!  We hope you’ve had an amazing Christmas!  As I sit here, at the end of 2014, I’m contemplating what is going to change here on the Sidetracked Sarah blog in 2015.

As I mentioned before, 2014 was a bear for our family.   I can’t believe I even maintained this blog, throughout that incredibly hard year.  Now that things are looking more calm and they seem to be getting easier for our family, I think I’m ready to start making some changes.

 

1.   I need to get more organized.  Remember the 52 week Get Organized series?  I stopped it in the midst of our struggling times.  I bit off way more than I could chew and just couldn’t keep up.  Now, I’m ready to pick it back up.  Are you ready to join me again?  I’ll be starting it up next week.  What better time than the beginning of the year to get our homes more on track?  I may rework the schedule as most of us won’t want to be decluttering Christmas stuff in a month or two.  :)  In the mean time, I’d love your input on how you keep your drinking cups/glasses under control.  Do you have a system?  That is what I’m working on next!

 

2.  I need to lose weight.  Lots of it actually.  If you’ve been here for a while, you’ll remember before I had my last baby, I was losing weight pretty nicely.  Then pregnancy hit…and everything stalled out, including my motivation.  I’m going to be working on getting that motivation back and dropping some pounds.  I’ve already been going to the gym on a regular basis and I’m about to join the T-tapp 60 day challenge in January.   I’ll need some company in keeping the commitment to weight loss, so I’m hoping you’ll be joining me in at least part of this endeavor.

 

3.  Tomorrow begins my Resolutions Sale on my Freezer to Slow Cooker ebooks.  You’ll be able to buy them at a special bundled price, plus there will be an option to buy a bundle similar to the Stock Your Freezer bundle, that I co-hosted with Kim of Not Consumed a few months ago.

 

4.  Last, but certainly not least, I am looking for your input on which direction you’d like to see me take the blog.  After all, this blog would be nothing without you!  You’ve been amazing at supporting me every step of the way and I really appreciate that!  If you could take the time to fill out this survey, you will be entered to win this 5 quart stainless steel slow cooker PLUS my 8 weeks of Freezer to Slow Cooker Ebooks.

 

Can you help a girl out?  Click HERE to take survey and get entered into this amazing giveaway!

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