Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Spooky 5K - complete!

So I finished the 5K with Jenny... it was awesome because I didn't walk! It was also a big bummer because I actually ran the same time that I had run previously when I was doing the walk/run thing. Then again, the walk/run thing wasn't as fulfilling... I felt like a slacker. So now I need to work on my endurance and speed. Not too much to ask, right??

My husband thinks I'm funny for even trying to say that I "trained" for this 5K. He keeps telling me, "You didn't train... you ran like 3 times before you ran the race". Well, that shows how much he knows... I ran like 3 times more than I had prior to any other 5K!! :P

It's all good... I'm still looking to the bigger picture. The half marathon that I want to do in March. Let me be honest when I say that I am scared to DEATH! I've told soo many people hoping to motivate myself... or scare myself into doing it, and truthfully, I'm not sure if I can finish it. Don't get me wrong... I am going to try with every ounce of my being to complete this task, just so that I don't look (and feel) like a quitter. BUT - I think that I might have set myself up for a failure.

Which actually is going to bring me off topic for a minute...

Last night, some of my friends and I got together for our little book club meeting and the idea of failure not being such a bad thing came up. The idea that "Failing" is just a learning experience. I'm trying to grasp this concept, because I know thats what I tell my kids. I know the little song on one of those kids channels... "practice makes progress". I know in my head that if you set out to do something and then miss; doesn't necessarily mean that you "failed", but that you just haven't succeed - YET.

In my hypothetical world. In my mommy world. Heck, even in my career, that's what I say to people. That's what I use to motivate, but I don't know if I completely believe it. I don't deal well with failure... or missing the mark. If I think back through my life (jobs, school, relationships) the things that stick out are the mistakes... and I gotta be honest, I don't see them as learning experiences. I feel like Earl... I need to make a list and start apologizing.

Anyway, so now I am trying to tell myself that even if I don't "run" the whole 5K... I just have to not walk off the course. Then, I will have at least succeed to finish. I need a goal that I can attain! This week's goal will be to run 4 miles. Not today though. Today I will be working out on the elliptical because I'm tired! and sore...

So, on the other side of this life style change was the weight loss, right!? Here's a recipe for Creamy Tomato Basil Soup (quick style)

1 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic - pressed or minced
4 cans Tomato condensed soup
1 cup fat free half and half
2 cups water
1 1/4 cups fresh basil chopped fine
1 tsp black pepper
1- 1 1/2 oz manchango cheese - finely grated (sharp cheddar, provolone... cheese with backbone)
salt to taste

Add olive oil to hot pan and reduce heat to med-low. Add garlic and stir til brown. Add the soup, cream, water, pepper and some salt. Up the heat to med-high and bring to a boil while stirring, to prevent burning. Grate in the cheese and add the basil. Simmer on low for 15mins. Taste to check seasonings. Enjoy with some bread, wine, and awesome friends! Makes plenty :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Speed Bump

I was doing so well, and then hit a little speed bump. All of a sudden my knee swelled up and I couldn't bend it. It also felt very unstable because of the swelling so I couldn't really run... BUT thanks to my Chiropractor friend... I am all better!! OK, not quite all better since I haven't actually seen him yet, but damn close!

That means that I will definitely be all set to run the 5K on Sunday :) I am soo excited!! Did you know that issues in your back can actually cause symptoms in your extremities (ie... legs, arms, hands, and feet)?? Well, I have to be honest... I did know this, but not to this extent.

I wasn't having ANY actual pain anywhere... not even in my knee where it was swollen. But he told me to stretch out and ice my low back (won't get into specific areas or directions) and seriously, almost instantly after applying some trigger point pressure on a spasm... knee effusion - GONE!!

It was like a freaking magic trick!! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Brian!! I so owe you... see you tomorrow morning for my adjustment :)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Getting There

Yesterday I did not feel like going to the gym... all this workout after pretty much being a slug for 4 months, is kicking my ass! But thankfully I have my workout partner now. I was supposed to meet her at the gym, so I HAD to go. Well, on my way back from dropping off the kids at school, I got a call saying she was going to have to wait til her hubby got back before she could go cuz the baby had a cold and can't go into Child Care... bummer :(

I had to make a choice. We're training for a 1/2 marathon and we are motivating each other, right? So if I stayed at home and text her and told her that I wasn't going in, does that give her a pass? maybe, right? I mean, at the end of the day with a sick baby do you want to leave when hubby comes home? Let me rephrase that... do you want to leave and go workout? probably not... now head over to Target, that sounds awesome (especially cuz we have a Starbucks in it... hehe)

Anyway, I headed over and I needed to make it count. I got on the treadmill and set the weight (yuck), the program, the level, the time... then I had to do the speed. I decided right then and there I was just running. No matter what. So 30 mins later I ran a little more than 2.5 miles. Longer than I've ever run before. I was soo excited!! And I gotta tell you, it's because my partner :) I am sooo glad that she asked if I minded having a training partner!

On the other side of things, I've been eating sooo much better this week. Back on Weight Watchers and hoping to get down to the goal weight this time. I am 29 lbs over goal, but heck I've already dropped 61 so its about time to just do it. I have to say that I am in LOVE with PB 2
For the past 2 workouts, I've come home to a ginormous bowl of oatmeal which I learned how to make by Hungry Girl. Here's the basic from HG and I'll tell you what I've done to it...

It's a serving of oats (1/2 cup) prepared with twice the recommended amount of liquid (1 cup water and 1 cup UVAB -Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze) and cooked on the stove for at least twice the suggested time (10 minutes or more). A packet or two of no-calorie sweetener, a dash of salt, and a drop of vanilla extract join this duo on a pretty regular basis

Now, what I've been doing since I need more flavor is I take the oatmeal, water, and almond breeze and cook it up, but I through in a Tbsp of PB2 chocolate peanut butter mixture and a tsp of sliced almonds and OMFG... it rocks!! Then yesterday, I decided to do the regular PB2 peanut butter and shopped apples. I am seriously in heaven!! Oh, did I mention this recipe yields 2 full cups of oatmeal?? Yes, so you aren't sitting there looking at 3/4 cup of oatmeal saying, oh yeah, this is a meal :(

Well, that's my new addiction... that and the egg white omlets filled with veggies and a hashbrown warmed without oil! Getting a filling breakfast for virtually no points... it's awesome :)

OK... heading out now... gotta go make breakfast!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Easier with Company

So this morning was crazy. I had to get the kids dressed, fed and out the door, pack up clothes for the Big Brother Big Sister pick up, finish signing all of the paperwork for Take Home Tuesday from the kids school, make and pack lunches, and get to the gym. I know I did it to myself because half of that list could have been done last night, but I didnt feel like it.

I've been lazy lately. I don't want to do anything. I just want to lay in bed and sleep and ignore everything else. But since we know I can't do that, I decided to train for a 1/2 marathon. Yes, I keep bringing it up! I am driven by this right now. I am going to get to my goal weight. I am going to do this race. I am going to succeed, DAMN IT!!!

Anyway, this morning I didn't feel like going. I wanted to drop the kids off and come home and go to bed. BUT - I have workout partner and I couldn't let her down, right? Funny thing was... she didn't want to workout either! Today was just a bad day. We didn't leave though. We wanted to and discussed the possibility, but it was never really an option. So we worked out.

Today was a cross training day so I didn't have to run... Thank GOD! We did 30 mins on the stairstepper at Level 5 and then the 30 mins on the elliptical at Level 4, I think. I burned a bunch of calories and can't wait to start dropping weight! I decided this morning to weigh myself. It's only been 2 days but I figured that I've been staying on track with my points, working out hard, and just overall feeling good... NOT a good idea!! I gained!!

So I'm not going to weigh myself til next week. I'm going to get past this point and continue doing what I am doing. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

On my way

I made it to the gym today :) I think that in itself is an accomplishment so I'm giving myself a few gold stars today. Yesterday, I stayed on track as far as points and that's without even using any of my activity points. I know I could have made some better decisions, like having some healthier snacks, but hey I'm just getting back into the swing.

Today I ran on the treadmill for 2miles... without stopping! For me, this is a huge success because I have an amazing way of talking myself out of doing things. I actually would have been able to run almost 3 miles but I decided to up the speed and then I started sucking wind. Not a good thing. I realized that I need to look at the whole running thing differently.

I was envisioning the pounds melting away and listening to the songs on my MP3 player. I remember someone on a talk show saying that he would workout to a certain number of songs each day and just up the number by 1 more song whenever he felt strong enough... I think that's how I will be conquering my running thing. I can't walk until I get to a certain song. Today it just so happened to be "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel.

I spent about 4-5 hrs on Sunday building 2 playlists for running and I think I need to tweak them a little to be totally set. I gotta tell you though, Eminem and Lady Gaga... good workout music!! lmao.

OK... I keep forgetting to weigh myself in the morning BEFORE I eat, and I have a fear of weighing in after I eat anything, so I think I might actually just hold off til next week and keep my fingers crossed that I will finally be back under 160. Yep, that freaking number again!! I have issues!! lmao

Monday, October 18, 2010

Day 1 - Training!!

So I decided that I will, in fact, be running the local 1/2 marathon! The kids at the high school I work at think I am completely insane, but it's all good. I've been looking into training programs and even got a friend of mine to commit to doing this with me! Yay :)

Here's what I've found...

There are some crazy workouts... ok, maybe they aren't the crazy ones, but seriously, the Beginners in this are supposed to be running 15-25 miles per week! Apparently, I am not ready for the Cool Running 3 month program... lol! I realize most people think that I'm crazy to try to do this with only 5months to go from nothing to 13.1 miles, but I honestly believe I can do!

So this is the program I will be using to get me prepared to run to this damn thing! I will be using the next couple of months to actually work up to the 8-10miles per week start distance that they recommend. So far, I have 1 whopping mile under my belt. Yes, 1! I ran that one mile today and thought that my lungs were going to pop out of my chest.

I've decided that I need to take this time to work on my strength and endurance. I will be working on my breathing and my mental toughness. BTW - I talk myself out of the damn 5Ks so I can only imagine how I'm going to be feeling at mile 8 :) I am so ready for this! This is my everest!!

I have 1 mile done for this week. I spent 28 minutes on the treadmill (11:15 of that running and then the rest was a very brisk walk - all with HILLS!!) followed by another 25minutes on the elliptical and some free weights. Day one is complete... now day 2 I'm coming for you!! hehe

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Motivation

Motivation is a funny thing, isn't it?

Dictionary.com defines it as:

mo·ti·va·tion –noun
1. the act or an instance of motivating.
2. the state or condition of being motivated.
3. something that motivates; inducement; incentive.

Well, I haven't been very motivated in the past few months. I've been off the wagon as far as eating, haven't been exercising, and even avoided this place because I didn't want to admit it publicly... not that this is very public. lol

Over the past 6 months I've participated in three 5K road races. The first 2 I actually ran (at least most of it) and the most recent, only a few weeks ago I walked. I walked for a couple of reasons... because I hurt my foot and it hurts more when I jog, because I wanted to walk with my hubby and kids, and mostly because I couldn't run the whole thing. Heck, I would've been lucky if I made it the first mile without walking... and I didn't want to admit that either.

So, I've admitted it. Now, I am going to conquer it! I am going to motivate myself and maybe even a few other people to do something. I am signing up for a local half marathon that takes place on March 20th. I'm thinking of having people sponsor me to help the local food pantry and keep me going. Seriously, how do I back out on race day when people are actually paying me to run???!?! I can't!!

There are a few other reasons I'm doing it. Some are... to show my kids that anything is possible, to prove to MYSELF that I can do anything, so help a charity that I seriously believe in, to get back into shape and feel good when I get dressed in the morning... and maybe even when I'm not dressed with my hubby ;)... oh and... so I can still have those little treats that I can't seem to avoid.

Anyway, I'm motivated. I created a playlist for my training runs. I set up some running paths on Running Maps even though I think I will be doing a lot of my running on the treadmill with a LOT of additional cardio on the elliptical and stairstepper... and after a few weeks of proving that I will seriously stick with this, I might even buy myself some nice new running shoes :) Wish me luck!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Light and Simple Recipe for Easter Sunday

I am having Easter Dinner at my house this year and have been seriously debating what to make for dessert. Hopefully, tomorrow I will make the 60lb (70 in real life) mark and I don't want to blow it just because I have a house full of company! I've already decided on some basics to keep me in line as far as food, without letting anyone know its healthy, so I needed something good for dessert too!!

Well, I was surfing the posts on one of my weightwatchers.com message boards and someone was trying to find a pistachio pudding cake recipe. This sounded amazing and I couldn't believe I'd never thought of it, so my search began!! lol

I was seriously disappointed to find that every recipe called for at least 1/2 cup of oil!! There was no way... I would make it work damn it! I went into the kitchen and found what I needed, mixed, cooked and tasted... OMG... it rocked!!

Pistachio Pudding Cake

1 box white cake mix
1 small box fat free sugar free pistachio pudding
3 egg whites
1 can sprite

Mix completely, let sit for about 5 mins, then scoop into cupcake liners or a cake pan. Cook as directed on the box of mix. Hubby wants me to top them with cream cheese frosting, but I think I'm going to use cool whip.

I hope you enjoy!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Not quite there

When I weighed in this week, I had a big disappointment. Although I had worked my butt and stayed within my points, I only managed to lose .6 lbs :(

So not cool!! That means that I have to lose at least .8lbs this week and I WILL do it!! As usual, I've been cooking up a storm and have so many recipes that I want to share. I made some crab stuffed mushrooms, another Oven Baked Apple Pancake... and at this very moment, I am waiting for Sausage and Egg Bake to come out of the oven. OMG... it smells sooo good! I wanted to eat it before I even mixed in the eggs.

Well, I have a Swap Party to go to in less than 2hrs and I have to eat, get me and the girls dressed and find items to swap. I will be posting the recipe for the Egg Bake though because it has to taste good and it's extremely low in points... yay!

Hope that your day is great!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Big day

So 2 in days I will be weighing in at my WW meeting. The thing that makes this week different is that hopefully, for the first time in almost 12yrs I will be under 153 lbs. I am living by my t-shirt motto of "Training is the opposite of hoping" but I indulged on Saturday... pizza (2 large slices) and doritos... and 1 Pomegranite Smirnoff. Now the scale says I'm up, but I am hoping that it's just because of the sodium. **fingers crossed**

Today I worked out pretty hard on the stair stepper and then the elliptical. Right now I have some eggplant cooling on the stovetop. I made some crispy patties by marinading the eggplant in some balsamic vinegar, and coated it with ground and seasoned fiber one. I seared it in a pam sprayed skillet and finished it up in the oven at 400 degrees. I cannot wait to bite in!!

I am starting to countdown to my first 5k too! So, as of today, I have 27 days!! 26 training days left!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Almost to my first goal!!

OK, so I've been slacking for a long time now. I mean seriously, once I got past the 160 mark I've pretty much hung out here for a few years. Recently, I was motivated to actually get to my goal... 133. I know, it's a weird number, but that would make it an even 90 lbs lost (80lbs at WW). I've gotten down to 155 before and then I just float between that and 162. It's weird but the "2" is the part that freaks me out and flee from the 160s relatively quickly.

I decided though, this summer is going to be different. This is the summer that I will wear a bathing suit and feel good. This summer is the summer of running and 5ks. This is going to be the first summer of my new life... Ok, I might have gotten a little into the moment, but you get the idea.

So anyway, I started going back to WW and I've been working with my trainer. I've even been hitting the gym without an appointment which was something that I stopped doing AND I've been walking at least once a week with a very good friend :o) Hopefully, she enjoys our walks as much as I do, but I think her ear might just fall off. I just talk and talk and talk... I even think to myself "you really need to shut up" but no! more stuff comes out... lol.

Anyway, last week I was so upset that I had worked so hard, stayed on track, and only lost 1.2 lbs, that I ate an entire pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream that night!! I figured that I started everything too suddenly and my body was in shock - it needed junk food... lmao! See how I rationalize these things.

So I asked hubby to go and get some ice cream. He's smart enough not to tell that I shouldn't eat it :o) I love my husband. I even ate it in front of my mom which is usually something I'm too selfconcious to do. Or I'll it and feel bad the whole time, but this time was different. I deserved this pint!

I hit the gym Wed and Thursday with my trainer and then followed up the ice cream Wednesday with a little pizza and a Pu Pu Platter (with veggie lo mein) friday night, at Girl's Night! Oh and did I mention the Sunday Brunch with my grandparents?? Yeah, but I worked out... a LOT! And guess what... I lost 1.4lbs!!! I think I kicked up my metabolism alright. Don't worry, I'm not going off the deep end. I did what I wanted. I realized that I need to eat a little more food to accomodate for the increased activity, but I need to do it with healthier foods.

I don't know about you, but I LOVE pulled pork with coleslaw! Well, just like with the crab cakes, I made it "safe" to eat...

Healthified Pulled Pork and Coleslaw

Pulled Pork

1 2lb trimmed pork loin
1 cup ketchup
1 can diet coke
1 tsp Pampered Chef Smokey BBQ Rub (substitute cummin)
1/2 tsp Pampered Chef Chipotle Rub (substitute chili powder)

Bring the ketchup, diet coke and spice mixture to a boil and dump over the pork loin in the Deep Covered Baker (or crockpot) and cook at 275 (low) degrees for at least 5hrs. It's done when it pulls apart easily.

Coleslaw

2 Tbsp 1% low-fat milk
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp table salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
8 cups packaged coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
1 cups fat-free mayonnaise
4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Combine all of the ingredients, seal in air tight container and toss back into the fridge until the pork is done.

It's amazing! I hope you enjoy!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Healthified Crab Cakes

Healthified Crab Cakes

6 oz lump crabmeat
1/2 cup dijonnaise
1/4 cup(s) fat-free mayonnaise
2 serving(s) Pankow Crumbs
4 item(s) egg white(s)
1/8 cup(s) roasted red peppers
5 second sprays Cooking Spray
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 cup(s) General Mills Fiber One

Finely grind Fiber One Cereal and dice red peppers.Combine crabmeat, dijonnaise, mayo, cereal crumbs, red peppers, and 2 egg whites.Divide into patties and allow to set in fridge for 30-60 mins.

Place flour, egg whites, and panko crumbs in seperate bowls. Dip patties in flour, then egg, then panko. Spray one side with cooking spray for 2 secs and place that side down in skillet on medium-high heat for approx. 3-5 mins, to brown. Finish in oven for 10 mins at 350 degrees.

These are an adapted version of my husband's amazing crab cakes... and they are soo yummy! Oh... BTW, I realized after I ran to the store and bought the Fiber One Original cereal, that I probably could have just used the bran flakes instead. It's just a filler instead of the bread crumbs.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My week

I weighed in today and I only lost 1.2lbs :o(

I know. I know. It's a loss. I should celebrate. But I'm bummed. I seriously worked my ass off this and all I lost was 1 stinking pound!?! I guess that I could be gaining muscle, cuz I definitely feel "tighter", especially my core. I know I could have drank more water throughout the week. I know that my mom making a brunch, including homemade donuts, was not a huge help. BUT I counted everything I ate and I logged it, and I still stayed pretty darn close to my daily points.

After thinking about it, I think I might actually need to eat a little more. Yes, more. I don't know. It easy for me to tell someone else to eat more because of significantly increasing the amount of activity and seriously downsizing the portions I've become accustomed to, but in my head, for me, thats seems silly.

Oh well, another weigh in down, and at least a little loss, so I guess I just keep doing what I'm doing. I hit the gym this morning and went on the elliptical for 35mins. Then weight training for 30mins. Finally, walked with some friends for about 4.5 miles. Now I need to eat lunch and pick up the kids.

I have to focus on how my clothes fit... that will be my mantra for this week. Going to make a smoothie! Have a good one!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Making Me a Priority...

Over the past few weeks I made a decision. I've been "pretending" that I want to get in shape, that I want to eat right, that I am motivated to get it done. But the thing that was missing was the actual motivation! Funny how that works, isn't it?? I mean, don't get me wrong, I wanted to do all of that stuff... I just also wanted to eat the pizza, chinese food, chocolate, peanut butter, cake, ice cream... did I mention chocolate! lol

Finally, a couple of weeks ago I realized that my pants were getting tighter and I haven't been wearing any shirts that even remotely touch my torso since at least December. OK, so maybe it wasn't that I just realized it, but more that I finally admitted it. I mean, seriously, I know what I need to do. That's what I've been telling myself. I am a highly qualified individual when it comes to fitness, but that just means I know what exercises hurt the most (and I should avoid... oopss!) I am responsible for discussing/educating my athletes regarding nutrition, weight loss, body shaping, etc daily. It is definitely an entirely different thing to know how to do something and actually doing it.

I have books on how to fix the wiring in my house, how to change a tire on my car, and how to train my dog. Want to guess how many of those I've successfully conquered! EXACTLY!! I can have all the freaking knowledge in the world but with nothing behind it, it's more like a book on your bedstand.

So... I recommitted myself. I'm back at the meetings at Weight Watchers and I have 3 months of sessions with my trainer. After week 1 I'm down 2.4 lbs and feel like I'm on my way to getting to my goal. I have 24lbs to go. How am I going to keep myself focused? I'm signing up for a 5k scheduled for April 18th... the day before my birthday. I have a goal to run the whole thing... no matter what! Wish me luck!!! Let me know what your goals are. Having any struggles?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Healthy Stuffed Peppers

It's funny that I am writing about making stuffed peppers because prior to weight watchers, I wouldn't touch a pepper. Actually, I wouldn't even try a recipe with a pepper in it!! My aunt makes a lasagna that is supposed to be really good. Never tried it! lol

Well, I have been seriously pushing myself beyond my comfort zone with veggies and I've found that I like a lot of the ones that I've always "hated". I remember hating spinach, asparagus, peppers, mushrooms, brussel sprouts, oh, and eggplant! HATED THEM!! lol... now they are regulars in my meals, and my shopping list. Amazing, isn't it??

So this recipe comes from the same magazine as the Oven Baked Apple Pancakes that I posted a few weeks ago...

Mexican Beef and Bean Stuffed Peppers... mmm mmm mmm. I know, they sound awful for you, don't they?! Well, the recipe makes 8 servings, which is half a pepper and an 1/8th of the mixture and it's only 170 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated) and 9g fiber!! I have to say, that is pretty damn good, even if you end up eating a whole pepper!

Mexican Beef and Bean Stuffed Peppers
1 1/2 cups Fiber One (original cereal)
4 medium bell peppers - I will be using orange!
1 can (15oz) tomato puree
1/2 lb extra lean beef (90% ff)
1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can chopped green chilies, undrained
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese

1. Heat oven 350 degrees. Crush cereal in baggy with a rolling pin or in a food processor. In a medium bowl mix the cereal and tomato puree, let stand about 5 minutes
2. Cut bell peppers lengthwise, in half. Remove seeds and membranes. Place peppers, cut side up, in ungreased 13x9 inch baking dish (I will be using my PC stoneware!!)
3. In skillet, cook beef and onion, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in cereal mixture and remaining ingredients, except cheese. Divide beef mixture evenly among peppers.
4. Cover; bake 40-45 minutes or until peppers are tender. Sprinkle each with 1 1/2 tsp cheese, let stand for 5 minutes!

Notes: I season my beef with salt and pepper while browning to give it a little more flavor in the end. Also, if you can't get the peppers it stay upright you can use the PC fluted pan, or even an upside down muffin tin! Just make sure to put a sheet pan under to catch the drippings!

I hope you enjoy! I can't wait to make these!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Uh Oh... another bump

So I was doing sooo well and then I hit a BUMP! ugh

It really sucks that I've absolutely come to love cooking and baking. If I see a recipe that looks good and we have the ingredients... I make it! Not good when at 10 o'clock on sunday night I am making the Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting, that I found while searching the web during "Big Love" (not a favorite of mine).

OR today when I wasn't feeling the whole laundry thing and decided to make some Portugese Natas (custard tarts)... by the way, they all came out freaking awesome, if I do say so myself!! If you want the recipe, I will be posting it on my other blog later tonight... Tee's Closet.

These are not good for you. They only pack on the pounds and make me feel guilty for eating them, so what the heck is my problem!?! Does anyone else struggle with this?? People think I'm crazy and tell me to just stop baking, but seriously - it's not that easy!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Movies

Friday was Hubby's B-day. We didn't do much because we both had to work until 8:30, but he managed to grab a bottle of Amaretto on the way home for a little celebratory drink. That was yummy! So all was well, until lunch yesterday... oopps!

We went to lunch with the kids because we had a gift card for a new restaurant and figured we should try it out. I had the Mediterrean Burger, with Feta Cheese, tomatoes, and kalamata olives. It was very yummy, but came with a TON of fries that I had trouble pushing away. Then the dessert cart came... uh oh!!

I ended up having a banana tart topped with cinnamon ice cream, baked fresh for the individual. I shared it with the kids, but OMG... I didn't want to!! Since it was almost 5 by the time we finished "lunch" - the service was SLOW - I decided it wasn't that bad since we were going to have dinner. However, when we got home, my mom offered to take the kids overnight so we could go out to a movie.

Henry had been really wanting to see AVATAR and we very rarely got out, so we took advantage of this time. We got the tickets and our 3D glasses and headed over to the dreaded concession stand... this is an even BIGGER UH OH!!!! We got a LARGE popcorn... I don't remember the last time I ate that much popcorn - without butter though! See, at least I made "better" choices, right?!? and a diet pepsi... lmao!! oh yeah, and Watermelon Sour Patch candy.

The movie was great! The popcorn was soooo yummy, and I am sooo bloated today... lmao! BUT... now it's time for breakfast and I think that my egg white omlet is calling. My new favorite is egg whites with tomato, spinach, black olives chopped to make em go a little further, and a wedge of laughing cow cheese! Yummy... and only 2.5 pts. Wrapped with a fat free tortilla (1pt) or a frozen hash brown (1pt) baked on the side, this meal makes it feel like I am pampered without the guilt.

I am also going to try to get in a workout today! And I'm off...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Achieving the goals

OK... so I posted my goals and although no one responded on my blog :o( I did have 2 people say that they shared my view in setting them and one actually wants to do the 5K with me... yay!! So that means that 1 friend and my mom want to do a 5K with me... hmmm.

Of course, with me, things aren't that easy, right?! Well, I'm thinking what if I can get a bunch of people together and walk/run, whatever, a 5K. OK... then what? Then maybe we can start raising money for the local food pantries!! Maybe I can ask people to sponsor us and maybe even make it a goal where if I run a certain time, they will give me more. hmmm

I'm just nervous that I will let people down. I am probably way over thinking these things, right? It could just be that we do the 5K and THEN decide if for the next one, we get people to sponsor us. Maybe I will work on just getting my friends to run with me... or walk. Whatever. As long as we drag our butts off the couches that they've been so comfortably plopped over the past few face numbingly cold weeks!!

Whatcha think?? Hope that you are on your way to a healthier you. This can be by parking a little further away, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or maybe as simple as eating a piece of pizza instead of the entire pie!! Whatever changes you are making to get just a little healthier... stick with it!! I'm trying like hell to do it too!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Reasons to Continue...

OK, so I haven't been as good today. I'm still within my points, but it doesn't "really" count if I've only had 1 serving of fruits or veggies, right? So I decided that I need to remind myself why I am trying to lose these last 25 lbs... yes, only 25! I weighed myself today it said 157.8... yay!! Especially since last week I started at 162 point something. lol. It was so horrible, I can't even remember the tenths!

I didn't do anything drastic. I just started following my points again. I started drinking my water again. Heck I even managed to eat chinese food and 1 1/2 portugese egg rolls over the weekend... hehe. BUT, I made better choices. Instead of eating the kung pao chicken with fried rice, or the pork lo mein that I LOVE with the mega sized bowl of wonton soup. I ordered beef and broccoli with white rice and only had a half cup of rice, and then I splurged and had a shrimp egg roll. They totally rock! So I really didn't have to kill myself to make a better choice.

Anyway, today I cooked a LOT! A very dear friend had her baby this weekend and is supposed to be coming home tomorrow. I know how tough it is to settle into the new baby cycle and all that fun stuff associated with it, I figured I would make some dinners for her and her hubby. So this morning I was able to throw together 2 shepards pies, 3 chicken shepards pies, and 4 lasagnas... sounds like the partridge and a pear tree, doesn't it?! I'm also going to make a banana bread for them, but not just any banana bread. I am making the Banana Dream Muffins into a loaf... these are amazing! So I figure I can't steal a piece of the loaf, right??

With all of this temptation, I've been trying to tell myself why I want to lose the rest. It's tough. I go from the shallow... Wanting to look hot! To the deep... want to feel better, sleep better, etc. Figured if I made my list, it would help. What keeps you going?

Me...
  1. Fit in my size 8 cargo pants
  2. Look the part at work
  3. Prove to myself that it can be done, damn it!
  4. Not have to suck in my stomach for every pic
  5. Sleep better
  6. Run a 5K without walking
  7. Not feel so tired all of the time
  8. Feel sexy... lol - sorry, it's true!
  9. Teach my girls better eating habits
  10. Motivate more people to get in shape

That's my list. I know that there are a hell of lot more, but some are too petty to write. I hope that this help a little. Have a great new year!! So far, I am liking it!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Dinner Guest

So last night a very good friend of mine came over for dinner. My hubby was working so it was a girl's night. My mom, Laurie and her daughter and my little princesses... lol. Since we were all very "bad" this holiday season, it was important that we didn't completely blow it with dinner. Although it's very tempting when having people over, it is possible to stay on track while having tons of flavorful, delicious food!

I started with my new favorite... Brussel sprouts. Laurie and my mom both love them, but are used to soaking them in butter after boiling them. I figured that it was my chance to show them how to eat them guilt free, with the roasted brussel sprouts version. They loved them!

Next, I moved onto chopping my veggies for a stir fry. I know that there is no real rule for a stir fry, but I'm pretty new to this area so I was a little nervous. I chopped a red bell pepper, an orange bell pepper and about 1 cup of baby carrots julienne style. Then I sliced about 1 cup of white mushrooms, chopped the ends and halved 1 cup of snap peas, and chopped a head of broccoli. I cooked them all up in about 1/2 cup of fat free chicken stock. Seasoned with some salt, pepper, and onion powder. I was going to make a sauce to go on this, but realized I didn't have any teriyaki sauce. Oh well, it was super yummy all on it's own.

I seasoned my pork tenderloin with salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder. Then seared all sides and put it in the oven with the brussel sprouts for about 10-12 minutes. I used the thermometer and took it out when it was about 150-155 degrees at the middle. While sitting on the table to rest it will continue to cook to the 160-165 and this will allow all of the juices to redistribute. OMG... it was perfect. Just slightly pink in the center, almost melt in your mouth tender... mmm mmm mmm.

Not having a sauce was a little bummer, but I had some Thai Peanut Sauce from the Pampered Chef that adds tons of flavor with just a little sauce. This helped to keep the points down... yay!!

In total, this was a very low points meal. The stir fry was completely free with the fat free chicken stock instead of oil. I used just 1 tsp of oil with the entire 2 cups of brussel sprouts which means that side was free of points as well!! The pork tenderloin was browned in my 12" nonstick skillet so no oil required. That means that for 1 pt per oz, it was about 4 pts per serving. The sauce was 3 pts for 2 Tbsp and thats significantly more than you need!!

I made some white rice in chicken stock and chicken breast with baby corn for the kids. So with a half of a cup of the rice and a glass of 1% milk the entire meal only "cost" me about 9 points. Not bad!

So Laurie felt bad not bringing anything. She decided on some pineapple and grapes with a dipping sauce made with fat free cream cheese and marshmallow creme. This means that with 1/2 cup of the sauce (2pts), 1 cup of pineapple and 1/2 cup of grapes (1.5 pts), it brings our entire evening up to 12.5 pts!

That might seem like a lot when you factor that I get only 23 pts per day, but for an extravagant evening that I knew about it is very doable!! Hope that this gives you a little incentive to try to entertain while staying on track. I know that it might be hard to relate to the points if you don't follow Weight Watchers, but the idea is it keep it "healthier" while keeping all of the flavor!

Have fun. Play with flavor combinations! Add spice! Worst case scenario... you end up eating soup... lmao! Good luck!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Apple Oven-Baked Pancake

Yesterday I was able to take some time and spend it on me. I went to Barnes and Noble bookstore and got a magazine to read while I had my 6" turkey and ham sub from Subway. I found a bunch of healthy cooking ones... Weight Watchers, Light Cooking, etc, but they seriously cost more than most of the reduced price cookbooks!! OMG. So I settled with one called, Simple Healthy Meals. It's by Betty Crocker and it's little claim is "Your favorite recipes healthified".

Skimming through it I found some pretty interesting dishes that I wanted to try. The awesome thing is that most of them were using ingredients that I already had in my house! Don't you hate it when you are going through a cookbook and everything requires at least one thing from the grocery store... seriously?!

OK... tell me these don't sound good...

"Healthified" Classic Potato Salad
4 pts for 3/4 cup (and I can lower this even more!!)
"Healthfied" Cashew Chicken and Broccoli
9 pts total for 1 cup chicken mixture and 3/4 cup of rice
Mexican Beef and Bean-Stuffed Peppers
3 pts for 1/2 pepper with mixture... OR 7 pts for a 2 servings... yeah baby!
"Healthified" Buffalo Chicken Dip
3 pts for 1/4 cup... you can even use this as a spread on a sandwich!
"Healthified" Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms
2 pts for 3 mushrooms... put it on a large portabella and make it a meal!

So keep watching because I am soooo going to be making these! BUT, this morning I tried my first recipe for the magazine and OMG... soo yummy! It's called the Apple Oven-Baked Pancake. I was a little nervous because it's made with the Fiber One Pancake Mix and only 1 1/2 tsp of sugar and cinnamon. I'm thinking dry and flavorless, but I was hopeful. My mom had picked up a box of the pancake mix last week, at a local discount store so we could try it. Perfect right?

It was sooo good and we put the syrup into little containers on the side and dipped using about 1/8 cup of the syrup because it came out so moist! It was cake like. Gotta try it! So, here's the recipe...

Apple Oven-Baked Pancake
- makes 4 servings

2 Tbsp of butter - yes butter!!
1 egg
3/4 cup Fiber One Pancake Mix
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 small apple, very thinly sliced (I got to use my Pampered Chef Apple Peeler, slicer, corer... hehe)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon-sugar
Serve with warm syrup if desired (we used toasted pecan... perfect!)

1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. While it's heating up, melt the butter in a 9in pie pan in the oven.

2. Meanwhile, in small bowl, beat egg. Beat in pancake mix, milk, and vanilla. Pour the mixture over the melted butter in the pie pan. Arrange the apple slices on top and sprinkle the sugar mixture.

3. Bake 15-20 minutes or until the edges are deep golden brown. OMG... so yummy, so moist. Try it! Oh yeah, for one serving it's only 4 pts and we didn't even use 1 pt of syrup! Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

go me!!

I am happy to report that after only being OP (on program) for Weight Watchers for 2 days, I have already lost 2.5 lbs!! YAY! That means that I have only 17.5 to go before April 10th. I think that I am going to try to get to 140, which would mean almost 23 lbs, but we'll see how it goes from here.

I am very excited and very motivated at this point. Then again, at this point, isn't everyone motivated?? I think about Valentine's Day when all of the chocolate is around, staring at me, that's when I will start hitting the wall. So... I'm preparing!

Hope that you're doing well with your new years!! Have a good one :o)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

And.... again....

So I went back onto Weight Watchers online for this week. I was going to go to a meeting, but I can't get on the scale at 162 and look someone else in the face!! It's bad enough when I get on the scale and that number is looking ME in the face! ugh.

Anyway, so I signed up a 20 lb challenge. It's 20 lbs by April 10th. I like that. It gives me 3 months, which is more than enough time to do it, but not too much that I lose focus. I started tracking again yesterday. Man, I feel like I am in control when I track. I don't know why I stop doing it... well, I do know... it's because I don't want to track that I ate 50+ pts in one meal! So I'm on the right track again now. I am going to fill the punching bag that my mom bought me for christmas and just start hitting and kicking til I get tired... lol.

My brother is going to send me a program at some point, but if I wait it's just another reason to put it off. I hate the way my clothes fit right now. It sucks. They aren't too tight, but I'm too flabby! So not cool. I bought the cutest little dress for the holidays and refused to wear it! I didn't feel comfortable in it at all. All I could see was my belly bulging everywhere. Ok, maybe I'm being a little over dramatic, but trust me, it wasn't good.

Well, I'm off to portion out my pineapple for snacks. I tried brussel sprouts last night and found out that after all of these years of avoiding them, I actually LOVE them!! lol. Well, at least the way I made them anyway. I had a about 1-2 cups. I think it was about 15 of them. I put them in a bowl and drizzled them with about 1-2 tsp of olive oil and then sprinkled kosher salt and pepper. Spread them on a sheet pan and baked them for 40 mins at 400 degrees. They were so good! I didnt even dress them with anything... just ate em like that.

I have so many new things to try now. I found out recently that I even like raw red and orange bell peppers. Still not a huge fan of green ones. They seem more bitter. Oh well, I'm off. Good luck on your journey!!!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Holidays are over... almost

So you would think that after almost dying last night, I would smarten up and start eating the healthy stuff that I have stashed in the fridge, right? Ok, I didn't really almost die, but it felt like it. We went to my hubby's aunts' house last night for her annual New Years Day Party. She had homemade french meat pie, homemade chicken tenders, meatballs, cakes, cookies, and fudge... and I had at least a little of everything. Not cool!!

Anyway, all seemed well when we got home. Kids went to bed, we started to watch a movie. I fell asleep on the couch... BUT when I woke up to move to the bed I did not feel well. Figured I would just go to sleep and be better. NOT! To put it bluntly I was a Pepto-Bismo commercial and ended up having to sleep on the couch to get any relief.

This morning I had a coffee and 4 mini pancakes that were leftover from the kids. Not what I would call the best breakfast. Oh well. At least I feel like a human being again. Is anyone else struggling with getting it started? I haven't had this much trouble since I started Weight Watchers over 4 yrs ago. Gotta kick it into gear though... there's no way I'm going back to what I was. That is not an option.

Basically, I think that at the end of the night tomorrow. I am going to have hubby and the kids go through our "stashes" of holiday crap and start trashing it. I'm not the only one who needs to start getting fit. My kids love the healthy stuff too, it's just not half as tempting when it's sitting near chocolates or chips, right??

OK - this blog is going to keep me honest. So feel free to post your experiences. I am going to start being brutal about workouts, eating habits, and just plain, how I feel. Wish me luck!!