Friday, August 2, 2013

Yummy Veggies

Last night I was in a veggie mood. So I went to the store and picked out all the veggies I love. Then made a mixture that might be my new favorite quick go to meal.

What you will need
turkey sausage
sweet potato
fat free beef broth
minced garlic
crushed red pepper
garlic salt
Start by preheating your oven to 375'
Then chop up all your veggies and turkey sausage and add all your seasonings. Use your judgement on how much to use. I like a lot of spice in my life :)

After about 15 minutes take out of the oven and stir.

Let cook for about 15 more minutes or until everything is fully cooked.

Then dig into all these yummy veggies. It also goes well with a side salad.

Week 9 Workout 3
1.75 miles on treadmill.
1:00 wall sit
100 jumping jacks
1:00 plank
100 squats
1:00 jogging in place
100 leg lifts
20 push ups
20 incline sit ups
leg weights (10 mins)
1 mile on the bike to cool down
After that sweaty workout I was in need of a nice shower and a very cold post workout smoothie.
This morning I used one of my favorite cups. I made these this past Christmas for my mom, sister and I. We all live in different states. So I drew the state we lived in and marked our city with a heart. Then drew a line to connect all the cities. I love homemade presents.

Day 170:
Post workout smoothie: strawberries, 1 banana, flax seed, almond milk and 2 ice cubes
Breakfast: 2 eggs with low fat cottage cheese
Snack: 20 almonds with 4 tiny squares of dark chocolate and 2 yogurt covered peanuts
Lunch: Chicken, Asparagus, Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole
Snack: side salad with low fat yogurt dressing
Dinner: Ruby Tuesday. grilled chicken with side salad and spaghetti squash with marinara sauce.
Dessert: I treated myself to some fat free sugar icecream.
119 days no diet mountain dew- 73 days no soda
16 days final goal
27 days beach vaca
43 days 1st 5k


Thursday, August 1, 2013

And it'sssss a .......................

Like I mentioned earlier this week I went to the bf's sister's husbands parents house for their gender reveal party. It was a great time with many laughs and a ton of excitement. But we had to keep quite because she was having another reveal party last night to let all her gf's know. So nowwww I can finally share the pictures.

Here are both groups waiting not so patiently to finally know the gender of this sweet baby.
IT'S A BOY!!!!

I would say both groups were pretty excited, wouldn't you!

Congratulations Alex and Melissa! I can't wait to see you both grow into two wonderful, loving parents. Let the shoppin begin!!

Day 169:
Breakfast: 2 eggs with hot sauce
Snack: 20 almonds 4 tiny pieces of dark chocolate and 2 yogurt covered peanuts
Lunch:Chicken, Asparagus, Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole and a side of collard greens
Snack: 2 small plumbs
Dinner: will my dinner cooked I snacked on a few pieces of ham and yes I took a few bites of my leftover casserole that I have been eating for lunch. Then I had mixed veggie (asparagus, sweet potatoes, squash zucchini) and turkey sausage (recipe tomorrow)
118 days no diet mountain dew - 72 days no soda
17 days final goal
28 days beach vacation!
44 days 1st 5k

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Portion Control

After dinner with the bf at our favorite Thai restaurant last night I went home and was in somewhat of a food coma literally. I took a bath, put on my pj's, got my lunch ready for today and watched 1 1/2 episode's of Seinfeld then pasted out. I love nights like that because when I go to bed so early it is easier for me to get up and go workout at 5:45am. The one thing that I don't enjoy is the scale the next morning after eating Thai. It has so much sodium I am sure, that I normally gain 2 pounds in water weight and my workouts are a lot harder because I just have that heavy feeling. So I have to make sure I drink a ton of water just to get back to my normal weight. I have 18 days till my final and ultimate goal weight. So the pressure is defiantly on. My eating habits are all basically good (need to start eating more salads) but I think that I really need to focus more on my portion size. I found these 7 tips that I need to learn to live by.
Portion Control Tip #1: Don't Leave Food in Sight
Eating meals family style (where the dishes of food are in your sight) can make it much easier to reach for seconds. If they are not in the same room, you are much less likely to want more. Leave the pots and dishes in the kitchen, and fix yourself one serving. Let it settle for at least 20 minutes so that you acquire the feeling of being full.
Portion Control Tip #2: Use Meat as a Side Dish
Don't make meat the main course of your meal. Load up on healthy grains and vegetables instead, and have meat or a meat-based side dish. This way you will feel full faster and pack your diet with more vitamins and fiber, which is better for you in the long run.
Portion Control Tip #3: Split a Serving
When eating out, try splitting a meal with a friend or taking half of your meal home. Most restaurants provide more than one serving in a typical meal. By splitting it up, you can save money and save on the extra calories.
Portion Control Tip #4: Learn Serving Sizes
By learning to visually identify some simple serving sizes, you can better control your portions. When eating a typical serving size of meat, it should be about 3 ounces or the size of a deck of cards. A standard serving of grains or raw vegetables is about the size of a tennis ball or your fist.
Portion Control Tip #5: Eat Small Meals
Keep your blood sugar even throughout the day by eating small meals. You can keep your energy up and eat less overall because you do not get ravenous and overeat. People who eat 5 to 6 small meals a day are much more likely to maintain portion control because they never become too hungry.
Portion Control Tip #6: Portion out Food
When you are having a snack, be sure to divvy up your portions before you begin eating. It is quite difficult to eat just one portion of any snack food when eating straight out of the bag. By separating out one portion, it is much easier to stick to it, and not eat too much without even thinking about it.
Portion Control Tip #7: Break Down Leftovers
Instead of storing leftovers in a big container, separate them out into single servings. Then you can easily reach in the fridge and pull out one single serving to reheat. This will help you limit how much you are eating with very little effort.
By practicing these tips on a regular basis, you can help to regulate your portion control and maintain a healthy diet long term.

Lauryn Evarts, lifestyle blogger, fitness blogger, health blogger, and fashion blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.


Week 9 Workout 2
I had some extra time left so I road 2 miles on the bike as well.
Day 168:
Post workout smoothie: strawberries, 1 banana, flaxseed, almond milk and 2 ice cubes
Breakfast: 2 eggs with spoonful of low fat cottage cheese and tsp of sugar free syrup
Snack: 25 almonds and 4 tiny squares of dark chocolate
Lunch: Chicken, Asparagus, Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole
Snack: edmame and a plumb
Dinner: Salad with peans and cheese with low fat dressing
117 no diet mountain dew- 71 days no soda
18 days till final goal
29 days beach vacation
45 days 1st 5k

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Chicken, Asparagus, Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole

Last night was a exciting night. The bf and I went to his sister's husbands parents house for their gender reveal party. The waiting has killed us all. I defiantly decided we are all very impatient. (well I already knew this about me ha) So finally after waiting on her to get there is was time. They had cupcakes filled with either pink or blue. Butttt I can't share yet because she has only told family. What do you think the gender is?
The mommy to be!
(the colored cupcakes are red velvet, the gender reveal is inside)


After I got home I was exhausted from all the excitement but I knew I needed to cook my lunch for the week. Thank goodness I left work early so I had time to run by the store before the party. I am pretty excited about this new recipe. Even though  I was super full from dinner I still wanted to try a bite to make sure it was delish. It was :)
What you will need
(for some reason my picture that shows all ingredients wouldn't load)
ground turkey
asparagus (1 batch but I don't use the bottoms)
broccoli (1 /12 cups)
low fat cottage cheese (2 cups)
mozzarella cheese ( 1 handful)
garlic salt
crushed red pepper
2 eggs
minced onion
Preheat oven 350'

After cooking your ground chicken and quinoa. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl (you decide how much seasoning you want)

Then pour in cooking dish and stick in oven. I added more crushed red pepper and salt in pepper to the top. Let cook for about 30 minutes. (ovens vary)

Then sprinkle your mozzarella cheese to the top and continue cooking until cheese is melted.

Then enjoy! Great for leftovers.
Week 9  Workout 1
1.75 miles on treadmill
100 jumping jacks
10 push ups
15 jump squats
30 high knees
50 bicycles crunche
10 push ups
20 incline sit ups
10 minutes elliptical
Day 167:
Post workout smoothie: flaxseed, strawberries, 1 small banana, almond milk and 1 ice cube
Breakfast: 2 eggs with 25 almonds, 3 tiny squares of dark chocolate and 2 yogurt covered peanuts
Lunch: Chicken, Asparagus, Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole
Snack: veggie, fruit, hummus (work snack, I love it when they have healthy snacks)
Dinner: Thai (chicken and veggies)
116 no diet mountain dew- 70 days no soda
20 days final goal
30 days BEACH VACATION. Better get swimsuit ready :)
47 days 1st 5k

Monday, July 29, 2013

Weekend Fun

This past weekend I went to the bf's parents and stayed busy basically the whole time. Bright and early Saturday morning we woke up and got set up for a family yard sale. I was pretty excited, I have so many clothes I was ready to get rid of whatever I could get rid of. We had a blast!

The bf's little cousins are just the sweetest!
Funny thing is, this used to be theirs and their mom said they never played with it. But now that is was for sell they wouldn't get off of it . :)
We then decided that we should defiantly set up a lemonade stand!
It was tasty and refreshing!
This little diva was our supervisor.

I think the yard sell wore her out.

The next day we got up bright and early again and got ready for the bf's cousins baby shower. His sister made the cutest little watermelon carriage. I was shocked about her creativity ha.

Didn't it turn out great!

Once we finished decorating we all sat around and had a yummy lunch while she opened her presents.  We then helped clean up and got back on the road to head back home.
Wheew what a weekend!
Week 8 Workout 4
I decided to run outside so I went the the neighborhood park while I was at the bf's and ran 1.50 miles.
50 crunches
10 push ups
50 reverse crunches
10 push ups
30 sec plank
10 push ups
30 scissor kicks
10 push ups
30 sec wall sit
10 push ups
50 bicycle crunches
Day 164:
Breakfast: 2 eggs
Snack: 1 tbsp of pb and a couple of bites of chicken salad
Lunch: grilled chicken salad
Snack: edamame
Dinner: grilled chicken, baked beans, sweet potato fries and corn
Day 165:
Breakfast: 2 eggs and non fat yogurt
Lunch: turkey burger no bun, chili, baked beans and a little bit of dip (a little bit of a cheat meal)
Dinner: Mexican fajitas with no tortilla

This week I am going to make sure I eat all "clean" foods to detox from this weekend :)
Day 166:
Breakfast: 2 eggs
Snack: 20 almonds 4 very same square of dark chocolate and 3 yogurt covered peanuts
Lynch: turkey burger with lettuce and sweet potato fries
Snack: edamame
Dinner: I went to the bf's gender reveal party where I first snacked on alomonds, shirmp and grapes. Then for dinner I had a half of a steak, green beans, a small amount of broccoli salad and a side salad (it was SO good)
115 no diet mountain dew- 69 days no soda
21 days till final goal
48 days 1st 5k