1 small to medium sweet potato, diced
8 slices of bacon, diced
4 Tbs dill, finely chopped
2 Tbs mayonnaise
2 Tbs lemon juice
Place eggs in small sauce pan, cover with cold water, cover pan and place over high heat until just before boiling.
Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 13 minutes.
Immediately rinse in cold water, peel eggs, dice and set aside.
Meanwhile, dice sweet potato.
Heat skillet over medium-high. When hot, add bacon and cook for 5 minutes. Add diced sweet potato and continue to cook until potato is tender and bacon is fully cooked.
In a small bowl, mix dill, mayonnaise and lemon juice.
Add eggs, sweet potato and bacon, and mix. Serve warm or cold.
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Unclog a drain with Baking Soda and Vinegar
Pour 3/4-1 cup of baking soda in the drain.
Pour 1/2 cup vinegar in the drain and immediately cover the drain (I use a plug or set a plate over it – you want to keep everything inside the drain)
Leave everything to sit and work for about 30 mins (don’t use the sink during this time)
After 30 mins, remove the cover and let hot water run thru the pipes for about 2-3 mins.
For really tough clogs you may need to repeat – but I find if I do this on a regular basis (about once a month) it keeps my drains clear and fresh with out any problems.
Likewise, I do something very similar to keep drains fresh. Especially good for seldom used drains.
Freshen Drains with Baking Soda and Vinegar
Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup table salt and pour down drain
Follow by pouring 1 cup of heated vinegar down the drain (it will foam and bubble)
Let it sit for 15 minutes
After 15 minutes run hot tap water for 30-60 seconds.
Baking soda and vinegar are the foundation of DIY cleaning! It’s really that simple. For just pennies you can keep your drains and home fume free by using baking soda and vinegar instead of harsh chemicals or calling the plumber.
We live in a funny society. We treasure slim, thin, skinny and we dole out mountains of processed snack, junk and fast foods. We sit around and watch television instead of getting up and walking to the park or grocery store.
In our society, it seems like it is a constant obsession to try to get fit yet all the time reverting back to the food and entertainment forms that are so prevalent. Every single family get together, every holiday, every celebration is centered on food and drink. Most of the time gluttonous food and drink!
So, when we start to become unhappy with the way we look (no one associates their illness or sluggishness with food) we start cutting calories. Every New Year the diet industry pulls out all the advertising plugs, because every New Year we resolve to lose all the weight we put on the years before. Diet pills, replacement shakes, artificial sweeteners, surgeries, magazines and fad diets. The problem is, these things all make our problem worse. We may lose weight quickly at first but we lose muscle at the same time and then gain back all fat, which is not so good.
If you want to lose weight and keep it off, look to people who have successfully done it. You will notice that they did not use diet pills, meal replacement shakes or fad diets.
14 Proven ways to lose weight for good
- Eat breakfast
- Eat all day long
- Drink more water
- Eat at home
- Eat whole foods
- Reduce stress
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Get moving
- Keep a journal
- Eat some good, high quality protein
- Take a vitamin supplement
- Eat more vegetables
- Give up the C’s (Cookies, cakes, chips and candy)
- Do a kitchen makeover and get the unhealthy foods that can sabotage you out of the house.
- 1/2 lb of spinach
- 1 boneless organic chicken breast
- 1/4 cup unsalted cashews
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup of sliced carrot
- 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Preheat skillet with coconut oil
- Over medium heat cook on skillet chicken breast.
- Slice carrot into small strips
- Once cooled down slice chicken into strips
- In a medium bowl whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sesame seeds
- Add spinach to a large bowl add cranberries and cashews
- Mix everything together and Enjoy!
Name: Suzi Walthall
Before Weight: 430 pounds
How I Gained It: Growing up, I had always been somewhat larger than my classmates, but I was very active. I rode my bike all over my university twin cities, walked and every summer I could be found swimming laps at my local pool. It was not until the age of 16 when I started to drink alcohol and eat more that I started to gain weight. Up until I was 38 years old, I binged on alcohol and food and I stopped being physically active. I attribute most of this to emotional issues of being bullied throughout school. The alcohol and food were my way to numb the pain. By 2005, when I saw a psychiatrist who had a digital scale that went up to 500 pounds, I weighed in around 460 pounds. I remembered just how close to 500 pounds that was, thinking if I were to even try to do anything about it, it would take a lifetime. By 2008, over time I got down to 430 pounds, but not purposely. I imagine it could have been mainly water weight.
Breaking Point: At the start of 2008, my mother would often say to me, “When it gets warmer, you and I are going to start to go on walks, even if it is just to the corner and back.” I would laugh off the idea, because at that point, the thought of exercise was out of the question. It wasn’t until June 14 that same year that something within me snapped. I said to myself, “I am not having anymore of this. This time, I will lose the weight, and it will be successful.” So that day, I did only what I knew I could do: I walked, and barely even that.
How I Lost It: That first day I walked, I could only go for a few blocks: 0.4 miles. But I knew if I stuck to it daily and added distance, I would be a success. Each day, I ventured out further until by my sixth week, I was walking two miles, twice a day. I had to put out of my mind the thought that people passing by in cars would yell obscenities while I walked. I cringed every time a car passed, but no one ever made fun of me during the whole time. In the meantime, I also radically changed my eating habits. I stopped eating at buffets and fast food places and prepared my own healthy meals.
On July 31, I had to put those same worries of ridicule out of my mind when I joined my first gym, just a mile away. At that gym, I started on Nautilus machines, building strength throughout my body. In February of 2009, I hired my first personal trainer who trained me to do traditional weight lifting, but it was not until August of that same year when my cardiovascular fitness was ramped up even more. I hired another trainer who had me doing cardio kickboxing with him as well as high-intensity interval training, core and stability work and at other times, very heavy strength training.
The weight was shedding off of me and I was becoming stronger. I had him for exactly a year and then went on to have an abdominoplasty where excess skin in the abdominal region is removed. I also had hernia repair, so I had to take it easy for over a month. I found it hard to sit still during recovery, but I did and once I eased myself back into physical activity, my recovery went even more smoothly.
That fall, I enrolled at my local college in the kinesiology program. It was my goal to learn more about the body’s response to exercise. I am now preparing for my fourth semester, with three very successful ones behind me. In May, I passed the National Strength and Conditioning Association exam for certified personal training. I have a few classes to pick up before graduating and then hope to continue at a four-year university.
If anyone would have told me just over four years ago that I would be certified to train others to become fit or even be fit myself, I would have laughed. It blows my mind when I think of all the physical activity I am now capable of that I was not even before I gained the weight. I can now run, my swimming is better and I have no problem taking 40-mile trips on my bike. Riding against the wind and up hills is no longer a problem. I also have a love for kettlebell exercises. Whereas overindulgence of alcohol used to be my passion, my passion now is staying active. A lot of people who are not even as bad off as I once was often tell me they just cannot do what I have done, and I remind them of where I once was and how I pulled myself together. As a result of my own transformation, I am finding that my friends are becoming more active. While it feels great to be fit, it also feels very rewarding to motivate and inspire others.