Welcome to week two! If you've been following our Two-Week Body Makeover, you're likely feeling a little sore-and a lot stronger and fitter. Plus, you're reveling in that oh-so-motivating sense of accomplishment that comes when you commit to something and stick with it. If you're just joining us, read through last week's blogs for loads of diet and exercise tips, then stick around for 7 more days of ideas that will keep you motivated to stay the course.Get your FREE 14-day diet and exercise plan here!
Day 8: Make healthy comfort food
Meal idea: Whip up a Turkey Meatball Pocket for a satisfying dinner. Form 1" meatballs out of ground turkey, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and black pepper and bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 375˚F. Place the meatballs in an open pita pocket, and drizzle the meatballs with marinara sauce. Serve with a side salad of mixed greens and cucumber tossed in olive oil and vinegar.
Day 9: Slim both sides of your thighs
Workout tip: The Hands-Up Scissor Squat is a workout for your outer and inner thighs! Stand with feet together, hands behind head with elbows out to sides. Step wide to left on count 1. Squat down on counts 2 to 4, as if in a chair. Stand up and bring feet back together in 2 counts. Repeat on opposite side. Eight squats should be enough to feel the burn.
Day 10: Liven up snack time
Meal idea: Moroccan Dip with Crudités. Dip sliced carrots or red bell peppers in a combination of plain low-fat yogurt, chopped cucumber, hot sauce, cumin, garlic powder, and chopped fresh mint.
Day 11: Take a break!
Workout tip: But stay on your feet to keep burning calories! You'll burn about 40% more if you stand at your desk, on the bus, or even while you're talking on the phone as opposed to sitting.
Day 12: Make lunch low-cal (but still ultra-satisfying)
Meal idea: Try an Open-Faced Mushroom-Onion Veggie Burger for a protein-packed meal with only 310 calories. In a skillet, cook sliced baby Portobello mushrooms, sweet onion, and sliced red bell pepper. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and set aside. Spread mayonnaise and mustard on a whole wheat roll and top with a veggie burger patty, mixed greens, and the vegetable mixture.
Day 13: Stir-fry Thai takeout at home
Meal idea: Tofu Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce is easier (and healthier) than takeout. Cook tofu over medium heat and set aside. Cook sugar snap peas, asparagus, and mushrooms together until crisp. In a small bowl, combine peanut butter, vegetable broth, brown sugar, white wine vinegar, light soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. Pour sauce over the vegetables and simmer for a minute. Add tofu, julienned carrots, and whole grain spaghetti, and cook until heated through.
Day 14: Work three body parts at once
Workout tip: The Tabletop Beach Ball Hug works your chest, abs, and hips (no actual ball required). Lie face-up on floor with knees bent 90 degrees and feet lifted, shins parallel to floor. Hold dumbbells above chest with arms extended, palms facing each other. Lower arms out to sides in 4 counts, while simultaneously straightening legs 45 degrees to floor. Pull knees back to start in 2 counts, while lifting arms back above chest. Do 10 to 12 reps.
Meal idea: Make this post-workout recovery salad. Combine mixed greens, diced grilled chicken breast, grape tomatoes, sliced cucumber, and pine nuts. Toss with olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar.
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