Last call for my free clean eating challenge and my regular challenge group!! Email me at fitwithsami@gmail.com TODAY!!!

Last call for my free clean eating challenge and my regular challenge group!! Email me at fitwithsami@gmail.com TODAY!!!

BREAKFAST

Eggs ‘n’ Greens
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms
2 cups spinach
1 egg
1 Tbsp Sriracha sauce

Add half the olive oil to a heated skillet, saute mushrooms and spinach, and remove to a plate. Add remaining olive oil to the skillet. Crack egg into the pan and cooksunny-side up. Add egg to vegetables. Drizzle with Sriracha sauce.

Total: 230 calories

LUNCH

Tuna-Avocado Sandwich
1/3 avocado, mashed
1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
4 oz white albacore tuna, drained
1 thick slice tomato
1 piece butter lettuce
1 slice red onion
1 slice whole-grain bread

Combine avocado with lemon juice and fold in tuna. Stack tomato, lettuce, onion, and avocado and tuna mixture on bread for an open-face sandwich.

Total: 350 calories

SNACK
Mix 1 Tbsp unsweetened dried cherries; 3 strips unsweetened mango slices, chopped; 1 Tbsp almonds; 1 Tbsp pistachios; and 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds.

Total: 280 calories

DINNER

Cookout for One
1 organic beef hot dog
1/2 cup organic baked beans
1 whole-wheat hot dog bun
1/2 Tbsp whole-grain mustard
1/2 Tbsp sweet relish
1 cup sliced honeydew melon

Cook hot dog, and heat baked beans in a saucepan. Serve hot dog in the bun, topped with mustard and relish, with beans and melon on the side.

Total: 490 calories

SNACK
1 cup frozen green grapes and 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese

Total: 190 calories

Indulge Without Bulge
To stay below 1,600:
Add: Julie’s Organic Sorbet Bar, Mandarin Orange (60 calories)
Subtract: Sunflower seeds from first snack (60 calories)

I loved this when I saw it, because it’s for girls like me…that actually like to eat real food. I swear, I’m always eating…no really, ALWAYS. I’m so excited for the 4th when my next challenge group starts. These girls are ready to go!!!

XOXO, Sami

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Okay, I love this article by Ashley Oerman because it is so hard for me to workout after work and I love her tips for getting motivated!! I hope it helps some of you too!

Everyone has that moment after a long eight-hour (read: 10-hour) workday when all you want to do is schlep home, get into bed, and Netflix it up—even though you totally planned to hit the gym after you left the office. We hear you. So we spoke with experts to round up ridiculously easy tips for getting your butt to the gym after a grueling workday. You can now officially cross your excuses off your list.

Turn Your Fitness Goals into Office Décor
Do you decorate your desk with positive affirmations like “Keep calm and carry on” to get you through the workday? It might be a good idea to post some inspirational shape-up messages around your workspace as well, says Leanne Shear, co-founder and head trainer of Uplift Studios in New York City. Consider these 10 fitspirational quotes, for example. You can also tape up images associated with your goals, says Shear. She suggests photos of your favorite fit Instagramer or one of that bikini you’re dying to buy.

Eat Breakfast
Setting yourself up for workout success starts within an hour of waking up, says dietitian Wendy Bazilian, co-author of The Super Foods Rx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients and an American College of Sports Medicine-certified health and fitness specialist. Even though it’s hours before your trip to the gym, having a smart breakfast will keep your body from depleting its stored glycogen, which you need to stay energized throughout the rest of the day. Nosh on a solid breakfast with protein, a fruit or veggie, and a complex carbohydrate (like whole grain toast).

Keep Lunch Light
Don’t let a food coma get in the way of your workouts. No matter what you’re eating, if you have too much of it, your blood sugar is going to go through the roof and then plummet back down leaving you drowsy and maybe even unproductive, says Bazilian. To fight midday fatigue, eat a light meal like a wrap or salad that features a complex carbohydrate, fruit or vegetable, and protein. Also, try to avoid foods with refined carbs or lots of sugar, which can cause you to crash later in the day. Keeping your blood sugar steady will stabilize your energy, help you get more done, and feel awake enough to make it to the gym. And get this: When you eat lunch can be as important as what you eat, says Bazilian. Try to eat about four hours before you plan to work out because your stomach takes about three hours to clear out its contents. And if your digestive system is still working to digest your food, it’s using energy that you could be putting towards your workout.

Pack a Snack
If making it to the gym four hours after eating lunch is tough for you, make sure you bring a pre-exercise snack to eat about 45 minutes before you hit the road. Since snacks are smaller than meals, this is just the right amount of time for your body to digest most of this snack and use it as energy during your workout, says Bazilian. When you chow down on a small, easily digestible snack consisting of mostly carbs and a little protein, you’re going to have more energy to work harder at the gym, says Bazilian. “It seems a little weird to consume calories before your burn calories, but it’s about the bigger picture,” she says. “You want to feel good while you’re working out and have energy to push yourself.” She recommends an apple with peanut butter or even a latté. Another thing: After your snack, try to get up and move around a bit, says Shear. Getting your heart rate up (even a tiny bit) helps get your blood flowing and keeps you from feeling lethargic, she says. She suggests walking up and down some stairs in your office building or, if you have an office, closing your door and doing a few jumping jacks.

Take Advantage of Your Tech
Another way to make sure hitting the gym is on your to-do list for the day is to create a calendar reminder on your computer or set an alarm on your phone, says Shear. That little signal serves as a very obvious reminder of your workout goals and can keep you from backing out because you were so busy that you forgot (or “forgot”).

Change into Your Exercise Gear Before You Leave the Office
When you switch clothes before you leave work, number one, you’re giving yourself a visual reminder that you’re committed to working out. Number two: You’re making yourself more accountable to yourself and to your coworkers. You’re not going to want to admit that you didn’t work out like you said you were going to, says Shear.

And Leave Things at the Office
If your gym has a location near your office, after you change, leave your work stuff and go exercise with just your gym bag. Shear says this eliminates the temptation to pass up the gym on your journey home because you won’t have your things with you that you need for the night—you couldn’t go straight home even if you wanted to. If your gym isn’t close to work, since it’s summertime, go for a jog or do some interval training near your office building.

Use the Buddy System
Instead of making plans to meet up with an old friend over cocktails, schedule a sweat session to catch up. Although you’re probably not going to be chatting it up during a tough bootcamp class or treadmill interval workout, the fact that you’re meeting a friend there will make you less likely to back out, says Shear. Then you can grab dinner after the workout.

Treat Treats as Motivation
Go ahead and bargain with yourself. If you look forward to a glass of wine at the end of your day, turn that little treat into a reward for your workout, says Bazilian. No workout? No wine. 

Set the Bar REALLY Low
If you tell yourself that you have to go to the gym for at least 15 minutes, you’re more likely to go than if you have an all-or-nothing mentality, says Bazilian. “If you make your goal ridiculously easy, it gets you to go. And once you’re at the gym, you might think ‘well, I could probably stay just a little longer,’” she says. Not to mention, it’s totally possible to fit in an effective workout in just 15 minutesor even five!)

Have a wonderful and healthy weekend! And last call for my August 4th Challenge Group! Email me at FitWithSami@gmail.com!!

Good friends stick by you no matter what. I’ve been lucky in my life to be surrounded by some incredible people!

Good friends stick by you no matter what. I’ve been lucky in my life to be surrounded by some incredible people!

Happy Tuesday! Love you guys!

XOXO, Sami

Happy Tuesday! Love you guys!

XOXO, Sami