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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It's Tuesday?!

Wow... where did Monday go? This week has just started and it's already been SUPER BUSY.

I didn't want to post a Recipe Monday because honestly, I wanted nothing to do with food yesterday, especially Recipes. I've been working on recipe cards for the past 2 weeks and I want nothing to do with them for a long, long time! lol.

It seems my body has decided to kick back into LOSE mode this week and so far I'm down another almost 3lbs! It's such a yo-yo right now... but I gotta lose as much as I can before Disney so when I get home it's not a complete shocker (and so I can still fit into my pants!).

You may not hear from me for a while... I'm not gone... just busy.

Oh, I've had a few inquiries... I still have 6 boxes of GRISSINI BREADSTICKS left. They need to be sold ASAP. Let me know if you need some.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Yesterday was a rough day. I just felt icky... and thought I had gained a ton of weight over the weekend. I didn't want to do ANYTHING.

So I was a little nervous when I stepped on the scale this morning. Not really much of a change, which was good. Then I looked at the past couple of days. Friday night I gained 3lbs. I know, right.
BUT I know why, one word, Wendy's. I hate you Wendy's. I can go to McDonald's and order a Filet-o-Fish sandwich and share my son's fries and nuggets and not gain anything, but still lose. But not with Wendy's. Arrrgh.
So that started the bad pattern. You already know what happened Saturday and Sunday. So I've gained back about 4lbs... BUT... here's the good news:

I had an awesome workout this morning!! I did the Wii Fit PLUS for about an hour, lost about 270 calories AND BEAT all my records! I even did the extra long run, running the entire way. It's probably not quite a mile... but I started with the basic run (probably 1/4 mile) and then did the long-distance PLUS run. I feel great!!
I love the Advanced Step. I do pretty good on it, I've had the highest score in our home for the past year. But today... I was damn-near perfect 100%. I only missed 11 steps, getting OK's 11 times. No misses... almost perfect! I felt pretty good!!

My stomach feels tighter, my back is a little sore and my legs are feelin it too... and man, I stink!! Time for a shower!! Until Friday....

Monday, April 19, 2010

It's Monday already?

Such a great weekend! So sad to see it go... the weather was WARM and SUNNY!! We played outside, we played in water... so. much. FUN.

But I was bad... it was like I couldn't feel full. I had granola, a sandwich, smoothies, popcorn, candy... all throughout Saturday and Sunday. It was awful. Grr... I'm pretty upset. So this week has to be SUPER Strict to make my bi-weekly goal. Let's hope that I actually reach it this time!

And the recipe this week comes from Cooks Country TV. Love them. Love this dish!

SMOKED PORK CHOPS

1/4C brown sugar
1TBS ground fennel seed
1TBS ground cumin (or 1tsp. chili flakes, 1tsp. chili powder, and 1tsp. ginger --- I didn't have cumin!)
1TBS ground coriander (my fav!!)
1TBS paprika
1tsp salt
1tsp pepper
4 bone-in blade-cut chops, about 2 inches thick (I used boneless chops, 1in thick)
2C wood chips *optional*

1. Combine sugar and spices and rub mixture all over pork chops. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hr to 24 hours.
2. Arrange chops, bone side toward fire, on grill. Cook until chops register 145-150 degrees, turning every few minutes. Transfer to platter and let rest for 20 min. Serve.

So yummy!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday Update

It's been a great week! I feel fabulous!! I lost another pound yesterday, and am down 22lbs.

Happy Friday everyone!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Update

Sorry this is so late tonight.

Yesterday I lost 3.5lbs!! I didn't make it fasting completely, but I did last until 6pm. Then I ate a green salad with grape tomatoes and later made a fruit smoothie for my son and I. Good day all in all. I felt great after learning how much I had lost. I'm back to my 20lb total loss... and will hopefully lose another 5lbs this week.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Disappointing Weekend

I don't know what happened. I was so good. And yet, since Friday, I've gained 2lbs. Now I have to lose 11lbs by TOMORROW! Yeah... it's gonna be rough.
At least I got in a good Pilates session this morning, and will hopefully do some more Wii Fit Plus workouts later. Plus, I have to run errands today, so that will help. I think I'm going to take today and fast. Hopefully that will help my weight out a bit, and give me a little emotional boost as well.
I have until the 30th to lose 10-15lbs. Although, I'm out of hcg drops and am doing 500 calories for another 2 days, then on to 1000 calories. That seems like so much! I don't know if I can eat that much!

Any ideas of how to lose those extra pounds in 2 weeks without the help of the drops?!


And keep reading for my Recipe Monday!

Herb Marinated Chicken

This recipe comes from JamieOliver.com, of The Food Revolution, on ABC Fri nights. Watch it. Love it. Do it.

• 4 chicken breasts
• a bunch of summer savory
• a bunch of fresh rosemary
• 8 cloves of garlic, skins left on
• 8 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
• a thumb-sized piece of fresh root ginger
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2 lemons, washed and thinly sliced


Place chicken in a roasting tray. In a pestle and mortar or with a rolling pin and a metal bowl, bash and bruise the flavour out of the herbs, squash in the garlic cloves and pour in the olive oil. Mix and rub all over the chicken, then lay them out flat, skin-side up, and grate over half the ginger.

If you have time, leave it for a couple of hours to marinate.

Preheat your oven to 425°F. Season the chicken well after marinating and place it in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove and lay the lemon slices over the chicken, then grate the rest of the ginger all over. Tilt the tray and spoon over all the lovely cooking oils before cooking for another 20 minutes or until nice and golden and cooked through – the juices should run clear.

Remove from the oven and rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I've been doin' some thinkin'...

... scary I know...

On Wii Fit, it asks you to make a goal deadline. Usually mine is to lose the most amount of weight (22lbs is the limit) in a certain amount of time (usually 2-6months). I never reach it. So lately, I've been setting my goals at 2 week increments of around 10lbs. My deadline is next Tuesday. That just so happens to be my last day of 500 calories. So far I have 9lbs to lose to meet that deadline. That's 2lbs a day from today until Tuesday. It's crunch time, baby! I know I can do it!

Yesterday, I went into D.I. (Utah's version of Goodwill) to waste some time before an oil change appointment. My baby boy and I spent a good chunk of time searching his size clothes for some goods. We found some pretty cute stuff... then it was on to furniture and shoes... eh, nothing there that caught my attention. Then I noticed some women's capris. They were kinda cute, and I thought that would be perfect to wear to California in a few weeks!
So I started looking through the denim capri section and grabbed 2 pair of size 16's. I also found a khaki pair, and two adorable skirts (one without a tag, and the other size 14!). We went into the fitting room, and to my amazement, one of the sz 16 capris was way TOO BIG! While the sz 14 skirt fit perfectly! The khakis were also a perfect fit and the other demin capri was just a tad too loose. I decided to get the four(two skirts, khaki capri and denim capri) and see if I could find another denim pair in a sz 14. I did, but didn't have time to try it on there...
When I got home and tried them all on again, I was in heaven! I fit perfectly in the sz 14 ones... but was glad I kept the bigger size (a few weeks ago while up in Orem, my fat jeans were gettin a little snug... ), for just in case purposes! My diet will be completely over by the time we leave... and I don't see myself eating super junky food... so hopefully I won't gain 6lbs again!

Not sure where I was goin with this post... but I had some thoughts I wanted to share!

Here's to losing ONE PANT SIZE, and hopefully having one more gone in a week!! WOOHOO!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Update...and Recipe!

So Easter weekend is over and done. I was a bit scared, I have to admit. Here's why:

Saturday night we had BBQ'd chicken under a brick, Corn on the Cob, Salad and Baked Squash.
Sunday morning we had mini cinnamon rolls, potato/sausage/egg/pepper burritos, and orange juice.
Sunday night we had BBQ'd steaks, asparagus rafts, corn on the cob and more salad.

I didn't eat any cinnamon rolls or corn, luckily... but I did eat my fair share of candy. So when I stepped on the scale, I was terrified. BUT... I did step on the scale late at night, so I knew that in itself would make my weight off. It said I had gained over 5lbs since Friday morning!

This morning I jumped back on (PS Big thanks to the hubs for the new Wii Fit PLUS... love it!) and I was down 2.5lbs! That means I really only gained just over 2lbs during Easter. Whew.

And today... here's my recipe of the week: Chicken grilled under a brick.



You'd think the brick would smother it and make it tasteless and dry... but it actually creates just the opposite affect.


4 Chicken Breasts

Marinade:
1tsp. coarse sea salt
1tsp. cracked black pepper
1/2 - 1tsp hot pepper flakes
1TBS chopped fresh garlic
1TBS chopped fresh rosemary
1/4C lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/4C EVOO (cooks off, don't worry)

Special Equipment:
4 Bricks, each wrapped in foil
Oak chunks for building the fire, or 2C oak chips, soaked in cold water to cover for 1 hour, then drained.

1. Combine all marinade ingredients into small blender or food processor, and blend until paste-like. Arrange chicken in baking dish and pour marinade over. Allow to sit 1 hour to overnight.
2. Set up grill. Brush and oil grill grate. Arrange chicken on grate and place brick on top of each. Grill until cooked, 3-5min per side, turning after 1.5min to create cross-hatch marks.

And now... my SECRET STEAK MARINADE RECIPE: (shhhhh... don't tell!)

Place steaks in baking dish, cover with Pepsi or Coke ( I prefer Pepsi... coke makes me sick!). Sprinkle with Season salt or Creole seasoning and pepper. Add a few dashes of Worcestershire Sauce and place in refrigerator overnight. Grill to perfection. Yum!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Great Workout program!


I just love Winsor Pilates! The past two days I've been doing just the 20min workout and I can feel my buns getting tighter and my stomach getting flatter. It really is amazing. It's hard to get motivated to do it because she can be slow and boring... but once you start, you don't wanna stop!
Even though you only get 500 Calories a day, you can still do a simple workout like Pilates or Yoga, or whatever! I definitely wouldn't go running or anything super-strenuous like that. But Pilates can definitely help tone those areas where the fat is falling off!

Since Monday, I've lost over 3lbs! Just 10 more to go!