2/19/10

Another Friday Follow

Thanks for visiting!  Moe and Shan are twins blogging about their weight loss.  Shan and her husband and Moe and her husband are in teams in a biggest loser competition.  $500 is at stake!  Weigh in is every Wednesday, and we keep our tickers updated no matter if we post or not.  Happy Friday Follow!

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2/17/10

Weigh In Wednesday for Moe

Alright, back to the same old, same old.  I lost 1 lb this week.  I hope that doing a week's worth of P90X will make me lose waaaayyyyy more a week from now!
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!

Tortilla Soup
Vietnamese Pho Soup
Salsa Chicken and Black Bean Soup

2/16/10

Ow.

I just completed my first workout for the P90X series, Core Synergy.  Wowser!  It put all my dinky little Wii personal trainer workouts to shame.  I hope it burned away 5 lbs for weigh in tomorrow!  Stay tuned to see if I can get out of bed tomorrow- can already feel the soreness setting in!

I guess you could call Core Synergy our Mardi Gras celebration!

Valentine's dinner

My husband and I made the best dinner on Sunday. And it was weight watcher friendly! Without further adieu, the menu:
Creole Style Stuffed Mushrooms (0 points)
Shrimp Scampi (5 points)
Spinach Parmesan Pesto (o points, plus pasta)

Doesn't that sound delicious? We went shopping on Sunday, when you can't buy alcohol here in GA. Grrrr!! So we had no wine with dinner. That was a bummer, but it did save us some calories, on the bright side. Here are the recipes, in case you would like to try sometime.
Creole Style Stuffed Mushrooms
1 spray olive oil cooking spray
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.

Shrimp Scampi

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.

Spinach-Parmesan Pesto


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!

2/13/10

Snow Days=Lazy Days

Dallas had some record snowfall- some areas got up to 12.5 inches from Wednesday night to Friday morning.  I'm not sure how much we got in my actual county, but it was quite a bit.  Both Thursday and Friday the hub went to work late to avoid the crazies on the road.  That somehow translated into me not working out in the morning for 2 days in a row, for the first time in 3 weeks!  I am pretty dissappointed in myself. 
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.

From left to right, G's angel, Chris' angel, Moe's angel, and E's angel.  That is G in the purple coat.

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!

I am so excited that we have 30 followers now!  We are thinking about doing a giveaway if we get to 100, so tell your friends!

2/12/10

Happy Friday Follow!

Another day of following, let's get some more followers!  Could we get to 40 today?

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For those who are new, hi!  So glad you could join us.  Shan and Moe are twins trying to lose weight.  As of right now, we are doing great!  You can join us on facebook as well- skinnie twinnies.

Happy Friday Follow!

And the winners are...

my husband and I! We won the biggest loser challenge this week, our combined percentage lost was the most out of everyone! I am so proud of my hubby, he has lost 15+ lbs already! I am at 7lbs, which isn't as exciting, but us women know that men lose it a lot faster than we do. So we are very pumped about this. It gives the motivation to keep going and try harder as well. There is money on the line!

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

2/10/10

Skinnie Twinnies Unite!

We had such a fun weekend together!  We tried really hard to not eat too much, which is hard considering we went out for drinks and I had a party!  I stayed the course though, and this week I lost 1.2 lbs.  Not as great as last week, but combined that is 4 lbs in 2 weeks.  So I am pretty happy with that.  We went hiking on Saturday and then I worked out twice on Sunday after Shan left.
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!

2/9/10

It's been a while...

and I apologize!! Things got busy last weekend with my trip to Dallas to reunite with my skinnie twinnie! My husband and I also attended the Black Eyed Peas concert last week- which was AWESOME! They put on a great show. We also booked a trip to go see our favorite baseball team in spring training- the St. Louis Cardinals! We are beside ourselves with excitement. And, it's just an added motivator to trim down, because it's in Florida.

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.

2/5/10

Happy Friday Follow!

I got this great idea from Jo Shabo, and we want as many followers as possible!  Right now we have 15 followers and we want way more!

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2/3/10

My hard work is paying off!!!

So weigh in was this morning, and I lost 2.8 lbs!!!!!  I was so excited this morning when I looked at the scale.  This week I increased my workout time from 25 minutes a day to 40-50 per day.  And I have been going to bed hungry every night!  The munchies start to hit me around 10, so I try to just go to bed instead of raid the frigerator- and that helped a lot!  Last night I made these- they were so yummy and very low in fat!  Ev en the hub liked them, which is always a good thing :).  Right now we are all gearing up for Shan's visit this weekend- its going to be legendary!  We plan to get a margarita for sure- but we are also going to play Dance Dance Revolution and Personal Trainer for the wii.  And weather permitting, we will go hiking at our nearby Nature Preserve!  So excited!!
XOXO