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Sharmaine Diaz  Bodybuilding.com 2016 250Kchallenge πŸ†WINNER πŸ† My hope is that someone sees my page & decides not to give up πŸ‘‡ πŸ‘€My Bodybuilding.com Spark VideoπŸ‘‡

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I really wanted a salad today! But to be honest, I often get turned off by the idea. Salads always sound so boring to me. Ugh..."salad". But that's soooooo not the case! I don't take advantage of the endless possibilities! So today, I decided to enjoy something more than my usual lettuce, tomato & cucumber routine. I had pears in my fridge & they were waitin' for some lovin'. So I used that as my inspiration for today's super simple lunch! Enjoy! *
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Pear & Walnut Salad *
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Add pears, walnuts, onions, craisins & cheese to the mixed spring greens. *
Dressing:

In a separate bowl, whisk together EVOO, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt & pepper. *NOTE: My dressing came out way too tart and tangy for my taste. I fixed it by mixing in just a bit of yellow mustard and agave. So good! If you have Dijion mustard, use that instead. πŸ˜‰

Pour onto salad.

Don't overcomplicate things. Go with the flow and do what works for you. There is beauty & power in simplicity.

If what you're doing isn't getting you the results you want, change it. If what you're doing gets you the results you want, stick to it. Simple right? πŸ€”

I'm a fruit and veggie lover for sure! But I'm also a meat and potatoes kinda girl. Here's a healthy spin on the classic meatloaf. I whipped this meal up in less than 20 minutes! If red meat isn't your thing, substitute the beef for ground chicken or turkey. I whipped up my favorite mashed potatoes from scratch and steamed some green beans as the sides. Enjoy! *
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Meatloaf Muffins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl & mix until well blended- do not over mix.

BONUS NOTE: If you have 3-5 extra minutes to spare, saute your veggies in a pan with a dash of salt and pepper. It really allows the flavors to blend together well before adding it to the meat. But if you're crunched for time...just dump all that shit in a bowl and keep it movin! πŸ˜‚

Spray your muffin tin with cooking spray.

Using an ice cream scoop or a large spoon (I used my 1/4 cup measure), generously fill each section of the muffin tin with meat, rounding the top to obtain a muffin shape.

Brush glaze sauce & bake in the oven for 15- 20 mins (or until meat thermometer reaches 160F).

Which view did he like the most? πŸ€”πŸ˜‚
Happy #humpday!

Be proud of what you see when you look in the mirror...No matter what shape or size that is. Keep your goals in line with what will keep you happy (inside and out).

I don't know why I didn't try this out sooner! It's delicious! And waaaaay cheaper to make than getting it from the store! I also like that this eliminates all the junk that sometimes goes into manufactured ingredients. You know exactly what you're eating! I started off with the basic recipe so that you can layer in whatever goodies you'd like at the end. I shared some clips from my IG story Enjoy! *
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Homemade Granola w/ Oats & Honey
(Recipe from Chowhound) *
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Heat the oven to 300Β°F and arrange a rack in the middle.

Place the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and stir to combine; set aside.
Place the honey, oil, and vanilla in a small bowl and stir to combine. Pour over the oat mixture and mix until the oats are thoroughly coated.
Spread the mixture in a thin, even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir and continue baking until the granola is very light golden brown, about 5 to 15 minutes more.
Place the baking sheet on a wire rack and cool the granola to room temperature, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. (Note: It will harden as it cools.) Add the fruit and nuts or seeds to the baking sheet and toss to combine.

September. 1 year ago. I loved this look! But I remember that this dress was fitting a lot more snug than it was supposed to. But this front profile pic was less "telling" (always picking the best "angle" for IG back then). At this point, I was slowly falling back in to bad habits. But I wasn't so far gone. I knew that I needed to quickly get back in to my groove before I was at a point where I needed to start all over again. It's interesting how quickly things can turn around... for better or worse. It's never too late. When you feel like things may be going south, find your groove and get it together. The change will come...either way. 😊

It's not rocket science. I think our bodies speak to us loud and clear. When I go crazy and overdo it, filling my body with shit...I end up feeling (and looking) like shit . When I eat good... I start feelin' myself (and lovin the way I look)! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Listen to your body.

It felt like a #meatlessmonday kinda night! A few years ago, I enjoyed a vegan diet for almost 2 years. I've since gone back to eating meat and dairy but I still love plant based meals. Here's a tried and true favorite! This one is all about the herbs and spices! The flavors are so fragrant! And it can't get any simpler than, chopping up a few veggies & opening a couple cans of beans & tomatoes. Enjoy! *
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Stuffed Bell Peppers w/ Lentil Beans *
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Preheat oven to 400. Cut bell peppers in half and place on a baking sheet (covered with foil for easy clean up). Using a cooking brush (or your hands), cover each pepper with olive oil (I use about 1or 2 tbsp). Sprinkle each pepper with salt. Set aside. Saute onions, peppers and garlic in pan. Lightly season with salt to taste. Add tomatoes. Stir for about 1 minute. Add lentils, herbs and spices. On med-high heat, cook and stir for about 5 minutes. Add beans to pepper "cups". Place in oven for about 15-20 minutes until peppers are cooked through and slightly charred. Serve with carb of choice or eat as is (for a low carb dinner).

Sometimes I wonder if I'll fall flat on face and fail...but then I remember having those same thoughts when I first began my journey. I'm so glad I took that first step!

There may always be doubt but that first step is always necessary... win or lose.

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