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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

TOP 10 RECIPES 2013

I know! I know! I know! It's already March (oh wait March is almost over?!?!). Where does the time go? I want to get BACK in the heart of blogging, I continue to make recipe after recipe after recipe, but never find the time to post them! I hope 2014 is the year I change that. But, before anymore time goes by I want to share with you all the recipes that you made POPULAR in 2013!


And just to let you know these are some of my own favorites too! Those of you who follow my blog know that I HATE making the same thing twice, so if a recipe gets made twice at my house then you KNOW it's a good one!

Thank You once again to all my loyal followers, guests, family and friends! You make this BLOG possible and I truly enjoy cooking and sharing with all of you! Now, for the TOP 10 RECIPES to date on my blog...


#1 Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce {copycat recipe}







#4 Honey Garlic Chicken {crock pot}























Wednesday Weigh-In



2009 My HAPPY weight (left side weighing in at 150 lbs)
May 2013 My HORRIBLE weight (184 lbs, my heaviest ever)
March 2014 MY "GETTING IN SHAPE" weight (168 lbs, with 16 more lbs to loose)

The first photo in still my INSPIRATION picture. I CAN do this! I WILL get there again!

It's been a few weeks since I've checked in, and maybe it's just because there is NOTHING to report! It's up and down and down and up! Not really ever making a BIG SIGNIFICANT change and it's frustrating. But, I do LOOK better! I do FEEL better! and I am LOOSING inches! The scale is just NOT moving!

I've had a few vacations and had a few lazy weeks here and there, but I've also continued my exercise week after week and even while on vacation I did IT! I really did go to the gym and I did the group water aerobics in the pool. (and I felt it)! I was SO sore (on vacation) for two days, but it felt great, and was worth it.

I am STILL determined to GET FIT in 2014. My little group of friends on facebook help me out here and there. It's great to have accountability and it makes the ruff times better.

My RESOLUTION for weighing in every Wednesday is really truly helping me stay on track! It's hard to watch the scale every week and NOT make changes each week to try and improve my results. And when the scale is NOT moving it's even better to have measurements to see progress in other ways. I measured this week too and I am happy with my progress. Weighing in is only HALF, shrinking and building muscle is the other HALF of the equation. I don't measure as often and weighing, only about every 3 months. Since January, I've lost almost 1" all the way around, this too me proved I was still heading in the right direction even though the scale isn't moving.

(photo credit from Pinterest with no link, sorry!)


Total Weight Loss
Down 15.2 lbs

Starting Weight (May 28, 2013)

184

Last Week's Weight (March 19, 2014)
168
Today’s Weight
166.8
This Weeks Results
<1.2> loss
Orange Shirt 184 lbs (almost one year ago next week!)
Purple Shirt 168 lbs (LOVING the way I look and feel!)

Challenge goal weight (in the next 8 weeks, April 30, 2014):
158.0
Dream/Ultimate goal weight:
139.0

LIFE-TIME Goal:  I would love to be in the 130’s, and yes I don’t even care if it’s 139. I am posting my weight here because it's said 

"Coming to terms with the number on the scale can aid you in your weight-loss”.
(photo credit Pinterest)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wednesday Weigh-In


2009 My HAPPY weight (left side) 150lbs
This is my INSPIRATION picture... so I think I should just KEEP that photo right here at the
TOP of every BLOG Post to compare myself each week, to my "NOW" self and the "SELF" I want to be again.

It's week TWO here reporting my #2014EatYourselfSkinny challenge on the blog, coming to you laying it all out there in black and white. I am determined to GET FIT in 2014. My facebook group that I started with a few other ladies is growing and is a daily reminder that there are so many people in the same situation, it's nice to have them to talk to, to vent to, to get ideas from and to just check in weekly with our weigh-ins. I guarantee you if I had been weighing-in every week for the last few years there is NO WAY I would have let that scale grow by 20 lbs. This is a NEW RESOLUTION for myself this year! I will from NOW and FOREVER more weigh myself once a week. This way I can always have a checks and balance type of system (yeah, I am an accountant by trade, that's my day job) for my OWN-SELF; and to never let this happen again. I have been making my phone screen saver, my weight/scale. What a GREAT reminder (almost every second of the day); yeah I am on my phone about 100 times a day!

My diet last week (Jan 2 to Jan 8, 2014) was excellent, better then excellent, I lost 3.6 lbs. I did high-protein and watched my calories (eating 1200 calories per day). Here is what I ate:

#1 Breakfast : 5 Egg Whites (with diced peppers, onions and tomatoes) - I mixed this up and cut it down to 3 eggs (2 egg whites and 1 full egg). I tried to eat it different ways each day (the final one being I added 2 slices of bread, made an over-hard egg) and ate it like a sandwich (I prefer that way the best)!

#2 Snack : Protein Shake (I use Herbelife Cookies n Cream, and I love it) and I have HATED all protein shakes. I mix it with a few fruits (very few like 2 strawberries and 1 slice pineapple or 1/4 cup blueberries or something like that); ice and water (do NOT want to add extra calories using milk) and mix in a banana only 2 days; plus I add 1 tbsp of chia seeds. (Did you know chia seeds have calories? Who knew? Amazing? Make sure you count those in your daily calorie intake.)

#3 Lunch : 4 Oz Breast of Chicken and 4 oz Sweet Potato (I added lettuce and green vegetables, sometimes salad, sometimes asparagus, zucchini and celery). I only had the salad 3 times this week, other days just ate chicken and potatoes only.

#4 Dinner : 4 oz Breast of Chicken and 1/2 cup Brown Rice (and yep, that's it).

You can check out last week's chicken recipes, but this week I found a CREATIVE way to make two flavors of chicken in the same crock-pot AMAZING! I love those crock-pot bags and now I love them even MORE! I will be trying this again soon, making two items in ONE crock pot. All I did was add two bag, using a small piece of tape on the front and back side of the crock pot to hold the two bags together. SIMPLE!

#5 Snack : Another Protein Shake. I actually only needed this a few of the days. One the days I worked out, I felt MORE hungry and needed this second shake on the other days I did not. I tried to use this as a dessert. Since it's cookies n creme flavor already, I made it with 1/2 cup almond milk and full glass of ice, added 1 tsp vanilla and mixed in my Magic Bullet. It was AMAZING and DELICIOUS.

This week (Jan 8 to Jan 15, 2014); had been a little more challenging and I had a weight gain of 1 lb. Although, I KNOW I am doing everything spot-on. My eating is excellent, my exercise is increased from 2 days to 3 days a week, so I honestly believe my body is just in shock! BUT, I am going to mix some things up, change a few things around and see what happens.

Changing My Menu (for this week)!  I am moving my protein shake to early morning (like I use to; more time to burn off); replacing morning snack with a protein bar (or nuts); Lunch doing Shredded Chicken on Spinach-Spring Lettuce with other veggies; Afternoon Snack - Apple; Dinner (something small and light, and under my calories, but eating whatever, not just chicken); skipping the second protein shake at night. We will see how this goes for THIS WEEK and re-evaluate next week!






Total Weight Loss
Down 15.2 lbs
 
 
Starting Weight (May 28, 2013)
184

Last Week's Weight:
167.8
Today’s Weight:
168.8
This week results:
1.0 gain
 
 
Challenge goal weight (in the next 8 weeks, February 28, 2014):
161.0
Ultimate goal weight:
139.0

LIFE-TIME Goal:  I would love to be in the 130’s, and yes I don’t even care if it’s 139. I am posting my weight here because it's said "Coming to terms with the number on the scale can aid you in your weight-loss”.

Monday, January 6, 2014

My Food for the Week

Sunday's are relaxing days. I am still getting use to my NEW NORMAL with my twins away at college (far away 1837 miles) and my boy golfs with his dad every chance they get. That leaves this MAMA with way too much time on her hand. Yesterday was another quite Sunday and the boys were golfing and I decided to clean out the refrigerator, make up all my healthy meals for the week and get prepared for this healthy eating.


I am embarking on a new diet this week. Egg Whites, Oatmeal, Protein Shakes, Chicken and Sweet Potatoes, including eating all the green vegetables I want (as free food). I made my egg whites with peppers for my morning breakfast (I hope to wake up an extra half-hour early all this week in order to whip up these eggs). I finished my first day and I was actually FULL all day long, maybe even too full. I was stuffed. 

I prepared all my food for the week. All lunches and dinners so they are easy to heat up and eat on the go. The first thing I prepared was Sweet Potatoes (three different recipes). I am only eating 4 oz of potatoes per day, so these three recipes will last for 6 days. I divided each recipe in half.


First Recipe: Sweet Potatoes with Pecans - sprinkle with olive oil and melted butter, sprinkle with brown sugar, pecans and cayenne pepper. Bake at 375 for about 45 minutes.

Second Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potatoes - sprinkle with olive oil and melted butter, sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of ginger. Bake at 375 for about 45 minutes.

Third Recipe: Roasted Vegetables - Sweet Potatoes, zucchini, grape tomatoes, minced garlic and chopped onions. Bake at 375 for about 45 minutes.


My goal is that each weekend (or each Sunday) I will continue to make my meals for the week at least while I am on this first "8 weeks" of this Eat Yourself Skinny challenge, and my challenge to myself is to come up with different sets of vegetables to cook each week.


I also made chicken breasts to eat for lunch and dinner this week. I am eating a 4 oz chicken breast twice a day. This is going to be easily done this week, because I created 7 large chicken breast today and cut each of them in half, which makes them about 4 oz each. I then marinated them in all kinds of different things that were already in my refrigerator. That last tbsp of BBQ sauce that's been hanging around, a tbsp of salad dressing and hot sauce; jelly and Catalina dressing and a multitude of other random things. I've already eaten two pieces of my chicken and it was wonderful.


I am also drinking my water. Goal is 3 smart waters or 6 bottles of water per day. And these lovely salads I prepared with all green veggies to have just a few days this week. My plan for the 3 salads is to cut up my chicken breast for that day and add it to my salad for a healthy lunch-time meal (beats fast food anyday)!

I am on my way to loosing weight and eating healthy!

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