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?