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        Did you ever go to a park to play when you were a kid, and a big bully came over to you and pushed you down to the ground? Did you get bruised or scraped when you hit the pavement? Well, I did, and it wasn't any fun! 
       Did you ever go to your favorite department store when they were having a big sale and really couldnt purchase the items you wanted because it was so crowded, and you got pushed all over the place?
         Did you come from a family where your parents were always pushing you to do things, like cleaning your room, taking out the garbage, and getting a haircut?
      Do you have friends right now who push you into going places where you really don't want to go? Well, I gotta tell you; nobody likes to be pushed around!   But there's another kind of pushing...
      Are flowers blooming where you are?   Isn't it amazing how a tiny plant can push its way up through the hard ground?  And what about butterflies?  Have you ever seen one pushing, and wiggling and working it's way out of the cocoon?  
        I bet some of you have seen baby birds pecking and pushing their way out of their eggs too!  There are times you too can push yourself to do wonderful things.  But the only person who should be able to push you around is YOU!
      From all the letters I've received, and people I've met over the years, I know many of you are not really doing well with this excess weight coming off, so maybe it's time for you to start pushing you a little! Yes, you have to push yourself to make better decisions so you can see better results.
         You've got to push yourself out of bed and take your body through a series of morning stretches. Warm up your neck, shoulders, back, waist, arms, and legs. You've got to push yourself into the kitchen and make the time there to have a healthy breakfast, like a piece of fruit, some yogurt, and a slice of whole grain bread. You have to push yourself over to the closet and pick out something nice to wear so you can feel good when you walk out the door.
        During break time, you have to push yourself away from the vending machines and push yourself to find a healthier snack before lunch. When lunch time arrives, you have to push yourself over to the salad bar and graze a bit, and when you're getting a little frazzled and stressed at work, you have to push yourself out of your chair and move around to get some fresh energy in your body.
        When you get home, you have to push yourself to get your workout in. Push you and your dog outside to take a nice, long walk, or push that bod of yours into the living room and sweat with an aerobic video to burn off some of those extra calories! Finally, you have to push yourself back into bed so you can get a good night's sleep to start all over again the next day.
        You can push yourself to try new recipes too!   What?  Of course I have one for you.  Here's my recipe for Bow Tie Pasta with Marinara!

Bow Tie Pasta with Marinara Sauce

For 6 people 

Recipe

  • 2  Tb Olive oil
  • 2  Tb Minced garlic
  • 1  Medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 28  oz Can crushed tomatoes
  • 3  tsp Sugar
  • 2  Tb Fresh chopped oregano
  • 1/2  tsp Sea salt
  • 1/4  tsp Pepper
  • Pasta
  • 6  Cups of cooked bow tie pasta
  • 3  Tb Parmesan cheese
  1. In a large pot heat the oil, add the garlic and sauté over a medium heat for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add onion and sauté until onion is translucent.
  3. Add tomatoes, sugar and oregano. Simmer over a low heat for about 30-40 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Taste sauce and if desired add garlic or onion powder.
  6. Serve over pasta with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

 

Nutritional Information: 291 Calories, 8.9 gm Protein, 52 gm Carbohydrate, 8 gm Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 371 mg Sodium
Food Mover Windows to Close: 2 Starch, 1 Fruit, 1 Vegetable, 1 Fat, 1 Extra
Tip: Different brands of tomatoes will vary in taste. Adding additional Italian herbs such as basil, oregano and thyme, with extra garlic and onion powder will help to give you the taste you like best.
 
        Oh, gee, I hope I wasn't too pushy in my message to you! Have a pushy, I mean, a great month!  Try my recipe.  Read my daily messages here at my website.  Get in your workouts,  use your FoodMover, and work on that motivation.   
I'll see you on the website...
Your pushy friend...
Love,