Moe is on the left, Shan on the right. (in case you couldn't tell)
Now don't you go thinking that just because we threw up some before and after pictures on the blog that we are done with it. I still need to lose more, and I need motivation! In fact, tomorrow I am re-starting weight watchers. If you couldn't tell from my lack of posting, I haven't really been sticking to it.:( But trying on bridesmaid dresses reminded me that I still have a while to go before I can look as good as my twinnie!
I found a black, one piece swim suit at Old Navy ($19, score!) and thanks to it being black, its not too bad. I have been taking my girls to the pool quite a bit in the past 2 weeks, so I am getting a lot of use out of it. Thats all for now, later!
I am so excited! This should keep me going for the next week, although it's going to be tough since there is a skinnie twinnie birthday tomorrow and vacation this weekend! Happy dieting!
I have 2 great recipes from my fave food blog, http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/
PF Changs Style Wraps
Spicy mango Wraps
I did lose 1.1 this weigh-in, which is good, but not ideal for a weight loss competition. It's getting harder! Not only am I facing a plateau, we are delving into summer! And we all know that summer means going out more, drinking more, etc.
On the workout front, my hub and I have been doing really well. We started doing a boot camp on the rooftop of our apartment with the trainer. We are still sticking to those classes that are twice a week. I think we are building a ton of muscle. Which is good, because the Warrior Dash is this weekend! How exciting is that? I'll definitely post pictures of that.
Ooooh, and tonight I get my haircut, do you think that will help me shed some pounds? :)
We have been taking some "body sculpting" classes at the apartment gym that are quite the workout! Those classes, plus using the personal trainer and training for the Warrior Dash in a week and a half has kept us busy. Which is why I have probably been maintaining- I feel as though I can eat more! But, the next three weeks, I'm sticking to it.
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can! Come on twinnie, let's get skinnie!!
And in other news, my older sister (you know, the one who is practically perfect in every way) has joined this weight loss train. She has 2 little ones and wants to get rid of that last 5 or 10 lbs that tend to stay on after those sweet babies are born. So I have been trying to help her out with counting her points as well. SO good luck Meg! And good luck to us! Later!
Interesting, right? I read through that website and they talked about how Bison are healthier animals because they eat grass and are not subject to commercial feed/grains and also drugs and chemicals. SO all around, its just a healthier cut of meat for you! Yum!
Anyways, one thing that I noticed right away about K is that she drinks a TON of water. She was constantly filling up a glass of water, all day. It was actually very impressive that she could keep up such an amazing pace, all day long. I always start out so good, but by the end of the day I can't even remember when the last time I took a drink was! So on the last day that she was here, I challenged myself to drink as much as she did. I had my trusty water bottle with me all day long. Some bottles were full of just ice and water, others had crystal light in it. She also had to constantly remind me and I think in the end she still ended up drinking more than I did! But! I still drank 5 bottles of water in one day. And at 32 oz per bottle, that is a whopping 160 ounces(over 1 gallon!) I drank in one day. You are supposed to drink at least 64, so I was pretty well covered. So thanks K, for inspiring me. I have my 1/2 full water bottle next to me as I type!
I hope that my last post wasn't too soap box-y. I didn't mean to come across as a perfect eater. Because I am NOT! I would wolf down a McGriddle right now if it were in front of me even though I know it is one of the most unhealthy meals ever created. Grease and fat taste good! I just try to avoid at all costs. I know I can also attribute my recent success with losing weight (like the past few weeks) with the fact that I am, ahem, on a normal , womanly cycle, if you catch my drift. I have heard that nursing kind of makes your body store more fat than it truly needs since you are responsible for being able to produce so much food for another human being. I am weening little E right now, so I know that is helping.
I am really excited because I am only 1.2 lbs away from losing 20! That is quite a milestone. I would love to have lost 30 by the time Biggest Loser is over at the end of May. We shall see.
Jamie is a celebrity chef and health campaigner in the UK. He came over to America, specifically Huntington, West Virginia. Huntington is statistically one of the unhealthiest cities in the country. He started a grassroots movement- he first went to schools, then churches, and in the homes of the community. He opens up a kitchen to teach people how to cook healthy. He goes to an elementary school and completely changes their menu, and then the entire district adopts his change. He talked to families and helped them learn to eat better. And people all over the country, the world even, were watching this revolution unfold. He made so many people aware, and for that I am so thankful. He kept quoting a statistic through the whole series that is shocking and scary. The statistic is that in the year 2010, children with obesity will not outlive their parents. How scary is that?
Last weekend, I went to a Juice + party. And it really opened my eyes to what I feed my kids. There was a lot of talk about nutrition labels and ingredients that I had never looked at for my children. When I looked at the apple sauce I have been feeding G for the past week or so, I saw that one of the first 3 ingredients is high fructose corn syrup. Never mind that on the front of the package it says a healthy snack for kids! A lot of what Juice + is all about is exactly what Jamie Oliver is trying to convey to the world. Eat healthy things. Eat fresh produce as much and as often as you can. Eat things that come from the farm, not a factory. I know how hard it is to make kids (esp 2 year olds) eat healthy. But it is our obligation as good parents to do it! I think I have come a long way in my dieting process. I used to buy all the "diet" goodies that would satisfy my sweet tooth. The Skinny Cow, the 100 calorie packs, etc. etc. Now I am really more about eating natural, fresh, foods. And if I fall off the wagon, its ok! I just get back on and try to avoid them. Weigh in is tomorrow, and I am pretty sure I did well. We shall see...
Some good links:
I have not done a P90X video in at least a week. Now that the Hub can't work out with me at night, my work out time is during nap. But nap time is SO precious to me. That is when I clean the house, make dinner, fold laundry, etc. etc. and if I am lucky, catch a nap or sit down to watch one of my favorite shows ever, Color Splash. So I am thinking about doing an exercise class that would get me out of the house when he is home and then I would have other people (even if they are strangers) to work out with. My rec center offers a jazzercise class that looks like a lot of fun. I will keep you updated on that though.
Here are some other "issues" I have been wanting to talk about:
Vegetable fiber bread. Has anyone out there tried any? Its pretty good. 2 slices is only 70 calories, so I can pile on a little extra meat or cheese without feeling guilty.
The Dukan diet. My husband found this on the internet and it is definitely a fad diet, But! We might try it just to kick-start some quick weight loss for us. It is very similar to South Beach, with its own "phases." It says if you follow it, you can lose up to 11 lbs in 2 days. What the what? I will let you know if and when we do it. Looks like a lot more work than I would prefer, but if it could help us win biggest loser, than I might consider it.
Speaking of Biggest Loser, Shannon and Tom won again last weigh-in, those jerks! We will see what happens this week! Ok, I must go. Go to our page on facebook to offer us some motivational tips- we NEED it!!!
I digress. I went shopping with my girlfriend that was in town, and I think I realized that I am now a size 10. Which, ladies and gentleman, hasn't seen my body in many years. So I am excited. But you know how sometimes different stores sizes run differently. But still. To feel very comfortable in a 10 was quite encouraging. So that is my motivation for the week- stay in those size 10 jeans and dress I just bought! Woo hoo!
Ok so back to Col- she is probably the sweetest person I have ever met. There is just not a bad bone in her body. Kids LOVE her, they just sort of are drawn to her. I would say she is kind of like the apple of our family's eye. She is a little shorter than the rest of us and so my dad quite appropriately nicknamed her "Mouse." Well, our little Col, our mouse, is all grown up and this past weekend she got engaged!!! Another one bites the dust! But seriously, we couldn't be happier for her.
So why am I talking about this on my weightloss blog? Well, for one it is really exciting I can't not talk about it, but also, it is a great motivation for me to keep losing weight so I can look good at her wedding! Woohoo!
Shan got food poisoning the night before our scheduled personal training session, so that got nixed. My husband has gained as well, so we are a little depressed about it. BUT! We are getting right back on the wagon. Take a look at the latest skinnie twinnie pic:
You should see Shan. She is HOT! I haven't seen her this skinnie in a long time. I am so
The hub took today off and we started out with a bike ride. We had done this same route a week ago and it was so easy! But today was so, so windy (like tornado weather) and so it was MUCH harder. I counted it as my cardio. Getting so excited to unite with my skinnie twinnie soon!!!
Days I wrote down what I ate (tracked): 0
Getting a stomach bug 2 days ago which leads to the biggest weight loss in a one or two week period: PRICELESS
I lost 3.6 lbs in ONE WEEK!!! WOOOOOOHOOOOOO
Now I don't want anyone getting huffy with me, thinking that I am promoting bulimia or anything. I would rather not have been up until 1:30am, sick and watching G get sick too. That goes for the cleanup and the laundry the next day(and the day after). Especially considering I have to pack to go to Atlanta to see my family and SKINNIE TWINNIE!!!! Life would have been easier if I didn't have to do all that. I had to cancel a playgroup I was hosting, and opted out of a Juice + party I was excited about.
So maybe this huge weight loss will get me back into gear, especially now that I have a personal training session coming up! Woohooooooo
Today was weigh in, and I lost .2 lbs. That isn't much, but I consider it a victory considering my trip to Florida this week, and lack of exercise since last Thursday. I think my hamstring is fully healed, and the only exercise I did get was swimming in the ocean. :) Spring training was amazing! The picture is just the most exciting thing about the spring. Cardinal baseball. Love it!
So, this morning bright and early, I was back with the trainer. He kicked my booty, but I feel great today! We are going again tomorrow at 6am! Woop! And, my skinnie twinnie is in for a surprise- I scheduled an appointment with the trainer for the both of us while she is here! Get ready to have P90X challenged! :)
Happy Easter everyone!
Did you think that once you started dieting you wouldn't be able to enjoy a bagel anymore? Well, these 110 calorie "bagels" aren't bad! They are great with cream cheese, but even better for a bagel sandwich! I couldn't find a picture to show you, which tells me these are REALLY new. SO go out and get some, I found mine at Albertson's!
I was bummed, but I guess it's not horrible, considering the amount of times we went out to eat with the family in town. But, the worst is not behind us! This weekend I am headed to Florida to catch some Cardinal baseball, and then the 2 weeks following that I have all sorts of family in town. I am excited for the change of pace, but this can only mean more meals out at restaurants, and of course less exercising. So here is to maintaining over the next couple of weeks!!
On a side note, injuries have plagued this side of the biggest loser competition, too. My husband pulled up on his leg yesterday and probably pulled his quad muscle. He was a trooper though, and pitched our whole softball game and went 4 for 4 at the plate! MVP! Hopefully with our time off of working out over the next week or so, it will improve. I think I may have "tweaked" my hamstring legging it out to first base as well. It already feels better today, but again, I think some time off will help. Time will tell! Have a great weekend everybody!
I have gotten a lot of emails and blog and Facebook comments asking me about P90X. Is it effective? Would you recommend it? Is it hard? And on and on. So I decided to write my own little review on the workout series.
There are 3 levels of difficulty in the program- Lean, Classic, and Doubles. There are 12 different workout videos- some that focus on the different muscle groups, along with yoga and some stretching. The 3 levels interchange these 12 videos in three 1-month blocks. Lean level focuses more on cardio and yoga and less on the different muscle groups. Classic has an even amount of cardio, yoga, and the muscle groups. And then Doubles, obviously is double the videos.
Each video is at least 60 minutes long (yoga is 90 minutes!) so it is quite a commitment. When I started P90X I was dead-set on doing a video every night. But if you are a normal human being with a job and/or kids, it is almost impossible. On a good week, I do 6 videos. My absolute favorite is Yoga X. I can't do half the moves, but I feel sooo relaxed and limber when it is all over.
After using this program for about a month and a half, I still cannot do some of the moves- especially the different kinds of crazy push-ups. But! I can now do 10 push-ups in a row, and a total of 25 in one minute, and I consider that a GREAT accomplishment. P90X is not some crazy miracle workout program that would transform an overweight person into a slim, ripped person. An already trim person will get ripped. So at the end of my 90 days, I am not expecting a six pack. I will have some muscles in my arms and back, and be pretty flexible from the yoga. I will continue to be able to do lots of push-ups, and have a TON of energy. That, so far, has been the best side effect- the fact that I have more energy! I am more likely to get the girls piled in the stroller or the bike carrier and get outside and exercise with them. And if you have little ones, you KNOW how important that is.
So, would I recommend P90X to anyone? Yes and no. I mean, if I can do it, you can do it. But it is a lot of time- at least 1 hour every day. And I don;t think I would do it if my husband wasn't there with me along the way. A workout buddy is always key. And then there is the cost. We borrowed the videos from Chris' brother and we already had most of the workout equipment needed. All we needed to buy was a second yoga mat for the hub and a pull up bar. So it was virtually very low cost for us. You at least need a yoga mat, 10-20 lb weights or resistance bands, and a pull-up bar. I hope I answered any questions anyone has- let me know, I am happy to answer any other questions!
Besides feeling guilty, another reason I have not blogged lately is that it has been absolutely GORGEOUS in Dallas for the past 2 weeks. Sunny, in the upper 60s and 70s, flowers are blooming, you get the point, right? So instead of staying inside where the computer is and blogging, I have been getting the little ones out and about. So there is some exercise in the walks we take, but its not as hard core as if I were working out everyday. So instead of ranting about how guilty I feel, I am going to go ahead and get off the computer so I can work out while my girls nap. Hope you are all staying motivated out there!
I lost .4 this week, and Shan has yet to weigh in. Stay tuned!
One tip I can give that I received from the personal trainer, is to eat a grapefruit before every meal. Most likely, you have heard of the grapefruit diet, but he gave me some insight to why it works. Besides all of the health benefits, it also speeds up your metabolism. I went ahead and googled this, and I got results saying you could lose anywhere between 5-12 lbs in a month! Now, this of course should be consumed in conjunction with a healthy diet. So I have been eating half a grapefruit at every meal. Good thing I love it!!
I hope everyone else is doing well on their weight loss! Good luck!
I hope the weight loss train is going well for all. As Moe had mentioned on our Facebook page, I signed up with a personal trainer. Now, before you go thinking that this is crazy, just listen. We have an apartment gym that is included in the cost of the apartment. I have noticed a personal trainer there working with different people from time to time when I am on the treadmill. So, I sauntered up to him next day, and asked what his "deal" was. Turns out, he focuses specifically in women's training, and he said the first session is free, so that you can decide on your own if you want to continue. So, I tried it the first time, and I loved it! It made me realize that just running isn't really getting that great of a workout. So I signed up for 13 sessions, and we'll see if I continue after that. The cost is less than a normal trainer, plus we aren't paying for the gym, so I feel as though I can justify it.
I have had 3 training sessions, and everyday, I wake up sore. It's kind of annoying, to be honest. According to my trainer, the pain never goes away either, especially if you continue to push yourself with different exercises. Whew! I have another one tonight, I hope it goes well! Happy Monday!
They are absolutely evil. Yesterday I went to the store to grab a few things for our very low fat dinner, and as I was walking out the grocery store door, I had to pass a Girl Scout troop that had set up a little booth. Chris and I's favorite is Tagalongs. I mean, seriously. Chocolate. Peanut butter. On a cookie! It is just so good! But I had some will power left in me and just got Thin Mints. After reading the labels a bit, you can eat 4 Thin Mints for the price of 2 Tagalongs. When I got home, I looked up the fat content on all Girl Scout cookies, and it looks like Daisy Go Rounds win in the low fat department. Daisy Go Rounds? What the heck are those? So if you want a more traditional cookie, ya know, one that you remember from when you were a girl scout yourself, you can also go with a Do-Si-Do. One serving is just 110 calories. However, I will be enjoying my Thin Mints in moderation, thank you very much!
For more details: http://www.girlscoutcookies.org/
I also found a site where you can make your own!!!: http://bakingbites.com/2008/01/girl-scout-cookie-season-and-trans-fas/
Thanks for joining us! For those of you new to this blog, we are twins blogging our journey through weight loss. We are also competing in a biggest loser competition with our family- couples against couples- for a $500 prize!
So blogging and the BL competition have kept us diet- honest, and overall, motivated! Thanks for following, tell your friends! We are going to do a giveaway when we hit 100 followers!
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I got this recipe called Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Cups from the South Beach Diet Cookbook, pg 49, and tweaked it a bit. G calls them egg cupcakes. They are a little less than 2 points per cup, and they are so yummy!
6 oz your choice low fat lunch meat, diced (I have used ham and turkey)
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 cup spinach, chopped
1 cup your choice shredded cheese (I have used pepper jack, cheddar, and parmesan)
Preheat oven to 350. Coat a 12-cup nonstick muffin pan with cooking spray or line with paper baking cups. Saute the veggies (except the spinach) for 3 minutes and then add the meat for another 2 minutes. Evenly divide this mixture into the 12 cups. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and cheese together. Pour this mixture into the cups, and top with a touch of parm cheese if desired. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the egg is set.
I am so sorry it has been sooo long since I have blogged! My computer broke and didn't get fixed for a whole week. One whole week of no internet- no facebook, no blogs, no checking emails, and what felt like no connection with the real world! I sure did get a lot of stuff done around the house- I even considered maybe giving it up for lent, but ha, there is no way I can go there!
So to kind of recap what has been going on around here, I lost 2 more lbs this week, and Chris and I got 2nd place in the biggest loser weigh-in. Shan continues to lose as well (and I know, you might ask, did her computer break too? Where are her posts? hmmmmm). Our official losses are below on our tickers. We now have 50 followers, which is an AMAZING feat, so keep it up!
My husband I are continuing with P90X, and ladies and gentlemen, it is HARD. I am so sore right now! Yesterday was an our and a half of yoga, and I can't do half the moves. But I feel so good at the end of it all and so relaxed! Makes me a little obsessed with yoga. Tony Horton, the guy who made all the videos, is a BAMF. He was 45 years old when he made this video (currently 52 years old!) and he hardly breaks a sweat while doing all the moves. He is a little corny and obnoxious too, but you gotta hand it to a 45 year old for doing all those really hard push ups.
So, if he can do it, then I can do it, right? I'll keep you updated. See you soon.
One 2 Try
Hearts Make Families
Since I "celebrate" lent, I am not eating meat today or on Fridays. Tonight is Hot and Sour Soup, yum yum. I made some earlier this week and froze the rest. Thank goodness, because my slow cooker broke yesterday! That there is a tragedy. I hope to go out and get a new one tonight! It is so very hard to live without that thing after using it at least 4 times per week!
It is still pretty cold here in Dallas (and by cold, I mean below 50) so I have been making quite a few soups. Here are a few that are pretty low in fat, and pretty darn tasty!
Vietnamese Pho Soup
Salsa Chicken and Black Bean Soup
I guess you could call Core Synergy our Mardi Gras celebration!
1 lb button mushrooms, about 24 large
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup sweet red pepper, chopped
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
2 1/2 slices whole-wheat bread, chopped into bread crumbs
1 tsp Creole seasoning, or Cajun seasoning
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
Preheat oven to 350. Coat pan with cooking spray. Remove mushroom stems from caps and finely chop stems, reserve caps and set aside. Heat oil in large skillet over high heat. Saute mushroom stems, onion, pepper and spinach until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in remaining ingredients.
Stuff each mushroom with 2 tablespoons of mixture. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Serve warm. Yields 2 mushrooms per serving.
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 Tbsp shallots, finely chopped
1/4 cup wine, divided (we did not use because of our faux pas with the grocery store. instead we used extra water and lemon juice)
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, divided
2 tsp parsley, fresh, minced
1 tsp fresh tarragon, minced
1 tsp thyme, fresh, minced
1/4 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 lbs shrimp, jumbo-sized, shelled and deveined (we bought regular sized, still good!)
Warm a large skillet over a medium-low heat; add oil and heat until shimmering. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Add shallots and saute for 5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons wine and 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, stir. Cook, stirring occasionally about 5 minutes. Allow to cool.
In small bowl, combine shallot mixture, parsley, tarragon, thyme, salt, and pepper with butter, refrigerate until it hardens. (can be made a day ahead of time)
Preheat oven to 475. In casserole dish arrange shrimp in a ring, tails up and touching one another for support; place bits of chilled herb butter around shrimp. Pour remaining wine and lemon juice in bottom of dish. Roast in oven about 4-5 minutes.
1/2 lb fresh spinach, cooked and drained.
1 cup tomato, chopped
1 cup Basil, fresh
1/2 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
5 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
Combine all ingredients in a food processor then pour over pasta. This can also be used as a dip or sauce for chicken. The possibilities are endless!!
All of the recipes were good, but the shrimp scampi we voted was the best! And that was even without the white wine! I hope everyone had a wonderful calorie-friendly Valentine's day! Oh, I also had a milestone on the treadmill that day, literally. I ran 3 miles without stopping. I was really excited, and I think I learned what that "runner's high" really is. :) My inspiration came from watching those cross country skiers in the Olympics. Amazing!
And what is it about cold weather that makes one want to eat more, fatty foods? It is probably because we are cooped up inside and boredom sets in, but I had a lot of trouble saying no. Chris and I just got into Dexter, and of course we are watching the Olympics. Hopefully that will start to motivate me some more.
Here is a picture taken on Friday evening. We each did a snow angel- even 9 month old E! All of the snow is melted by now.
Earlier tonight, we did these animal exercises in our living room. They are exercises where you have to walk like different animals. We tried to get G into it but she just wanted to watch. It was probably really funny to watch- especially doing the monkey!
I can't wait until it gets warmer around here. (I will be eating my words when it is sweltering in July) I need to start running, and I don't want to join a gym. I am going to wake up and work out tomorrow though, I promise!
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Happy Friday Follow!
I really have to attribute a lot of my success to my husband. Having him not only be supportive in the weight loss journey, but being a part of it, is so helfpul. Losing weight is hard work! If you have never tried to lose weight or don't need to, it's hard to understand. If you are trying to eat healthy/excersise more regularly, and your significant other or family members are not on board, it can be discouraging.
Maybe I'm just getting into the Valentine's spirit here. Or maybe I heard our Wedding song on the radio today. (sniff, sniff, 'Lucky; by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat) It's gotten me all sentimental. :) Since we are trying to save money and be healthy, we have decided to stay in and cook together instead of go out on the 14th. I'm excited about it though, we found some gourmet weight watcher's recipes. I will share them next week. I hope everyone has a great Valentine's day, I know we will.
Our wedding this past September
My husband and I are going to start P90X very soon, and I am kind of nervous for that. That means I am going to have to be really good at a push-up, which I am NOT. It also means I am going to look awesome after 90 days, so I will have to do whatever it takes to get good at a push-up. I will let you all know when that starts.
Tonight will be another test- the fam is all going out for ice cream to celebrate my little G being potty-trained. And I plan to get ice cream, because even though I am dieting, I don't want to suck the fun out of my life! So I will eat pretty light all day to prepare for tonight.
Up next: I will post a few of the recipes I have been cooking for the fam!
So to recap my week, I lost another 1.2 lbs. This is exciting in itself, but I am a bit fearful of my next weigh-in. Between the travel and the concert, I ate a little more than I should have. Those margaritas on Friday night were totally worth it, though. You just can't beat a margarita in Dallas.
There have been articles and commentary stating that the Super Bowl is a day that Americans overeat, second only to Thanksgiving! Can you believe that? It makes sense, though. Think of all those yummy dips and fatty meats we devour on that day! I was fortunate that my flight back from Dallas was during the first half! Where did I watch the second half of the game, you might ask? On the treadmill! I was quite proud of myself for that one.
If you have a wii gaming system, there are many different sports/fitness game you can play. To name a few, wii fit, wii fit plus, dance dance revolution. The last one I mentioned is really fun! It can be addicting- I once played for 6 hours on a Saturday! I think I lost almost 4 lbs that particular week.
Tonight, my husband and I are going ice skating at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. I am really excited. It's a fun way to exercise! Depending on how many times I fall, I am counting on being really sore tomorrow. :)
My husband and I actually met through mutual friends playing in a sand volleyball league. We played for a whole 3 years or so before moving to Atlanta. I loved it- it's a way to be social and to obviously meet other people! We also played on many softball teams. So, naturally I want to continue this trend in our new city! But I don't know anyone here who is already on a team. I found a website called http://www.sportsvite.com/ . I would equate it to the sports version of dating online or craigslist or something. On my profile, I specified which sports I am interested in playing and then people can contact you for needs they might have on their own teams. I am happy to announce that we just officially joined a softball team! Now we just have to wait on volleyball to come through.
So to all- happy exercising- in whichever capacity you choose!!
But I decided to kill some time and pull on up to the drive-thru. And what do you know, but it was as if they knew this "skinnietwinnie" was coming, because there was a beautiful sign on the intercom that said Skinny Vanilla Latte, just 90 calories! I had to get it, and it was pretty yummy(for a coffee). So later, I went on their website and found that they have quite a few drinks for under 100 calories! Have a look and see what you think: Starbucks low cal drinks.
I start this week with new devotion. My breakfast was amazing- my mother in law gave me this idea- she made it for me when she visited last year. This was about 5-6 points (about 300 calories).
Slice of cheese
Slice of turkey (or ham, or whatever is low in fat)
1/2 cup Southwestern style eggbeaters
Little bowl, about the same size circumfrence as the bread (in pictures later)
In other news:
I get so sick of chicken and vegetables when I am dieting (and by I, I mean my husband). So I have got to venture out and find other recipes that are low in fat, but high in flavor. Last night, I started out with a childhood favorite- Turkey Pie. Its easy to make and so, so yummy. So yummy in fact, that my husband requested me to make it for his office potluck a few weeks ago!
2 T Olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1/2 # ground turkey
1 small tart apple, unpeeled, diced
1/2 tsp. dried sage, crumbled
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, beaten
1 frozen pie crust
Heat oil in skillet. Saute garlic, onion over medium heat @ 5 minutes. Add ground turkey; break up using wooden spoon. Brown turkey; spoon off fat. Remove from heat. Add apple, sage, cinnamon, s & p to taste. Let cool. Add egg and stir. Spoon filling into pie crust. Bring up excess dough, folding it in toward center to create a wide border. Bake pie in 350 degrees 30-40 minutes. Remove and let stand 5 minutes before serving.
I made it during naptime, but didn't bake it until later. I popped it in the oven right as Chris started his commute home. I calculated the caloric intake, and one serving is 6 points, or 300 calories. This pie has 8 servings.
Also, yesterday I slow cooked a bunch (like 12 lbs) of chicken after reading this. After it was all done, deboned, and shredded I froze the cooked chicken and now I can pull it out when I have a recipe that calls for already cooked chicken. After that I made stock with all the left over juices and bones-perfect for soups. I forsee a lot of soups in the near future- becasue they fill you up and are usually low in fat! Yesterday was a food making frenzy! Now I am on to my biggest challenge- the weekend. I can always stick to the diet plan during the week, but weekends are just so hard! Until then, keep those emails coming!