Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Day Confessional.

It came and it went. I hope your Turkey Day was phenomenal. I'm sure a lot of your are thinking..."I really shouldn't have eaten that." I bet we could come up with a list of shouldn't haves, should haves, and wished we wouldn't have's. BUT, it's come and it has gone. So let's focus on the future, ok? What are you going to do from this point forward? What is your December going to look like?

THIS is what I want you to do. Set a December goal. You still have a couple days to decide what it's going to be. Some possible examples?
- No candy/treats from December 1st to December 24th
- A combo of 5 fruits and veggies every day for every month in December
- Drink 100 oz of water every day in December
- Get some form of physical activity every day of December
Get it? Got it? Good.
You guys know what it is you need to work on. Most people use December as a "throw away" month, thinking, " Oh i'll start in January. Don't be one of those people. There is no time like the present, and no reason to let yourself get one more month deep into your bad habits. Let's change something now, even if it's just one thing.

My goal for December: Write down/Fitday my food every single day. I'm still on my no sugar kick, so I feel like really concentrating on my exact food intake is where I need the focus. So what is your goal going to be? If you feel comfortable, leave it in the comments so you're committed to it!

p.s. The Hungry Girl Pumpkin pie was delicious. I'm a fan!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Some Thanksgiving Goodness

I love the Holidays. Thanksgiving is a great kick-off to the fun holiday season. It's also a jump start into the food fest that is November and December. Scary as it can be, keeping the holiday pounds off is doable. You have to decide to be in control of your situation. Here are some tips to beat Turkey Day this year.

1. Start your day off with a burn. Get yourself outside, to the gym, to your basement, to your local Turkey Trot. SOMETHING. You will more than likely eat more than usual, and if you take out the calories you'd burn on a normal exercising day, things could be S-C-A-R-Y.

2. Eat a great breakfast & lunch. Be EXCEPTIONALLY great. Try to avoid aimless snacking in between.

3. Choose to lighten up at least ONE of your favorite menu items. Take out the butter, switch out some applesauce for oil, use skim milk instead of cream, reduce the sugar and use some splenda...etc. etc. etc. You'll be surprised at how you may not even notice the change. Heck, you might even like it better.

4. Load up your plate in this order.
Lean Proteins.
Other Jazz...if it's calorically dense, and you're dying to have some. Do yourself a favor and just grab a taste of it.

5. Watch your appetizers. Go for the veggie tray, sans fatty dips. Avoid the cheese platter. Try not to go crazy with aimless handfuls of crackers. Be smart. Don't waste hundreds of calories on the pre-meal excitement. Remember there is the meal and dessert still to come.

6. Dessert can be a disaster. Pick one. Don't eat yourself sick. It's not worth it.

7. Gift your leftovers. Send them home with guests. Keep the good stuff. Lean turkey can make for a great meal/snack.

8. Be grateful. Remember what a blessing good health is. Remember how amazing your healthy body is.

Try this recipe for Healthy Pumpkin Pie. I'm excited to try this out tomorrow for my fam!
Here are some more yummy recipes you might be able to fit in to your holiday menu.
Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries *a favorite of mine!

Happy Turkey day!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

This is going to be GREAT.

Today I got a new computer.
Which means...I'll finally be able to do a blog post that doesn't take 3 hours to upload due to a struggling computer.
I can't wait. This is going to be good.
Get excited.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Skinny Jeans Workout

They're in. Like them or you might as well learn to like them, and like the way you look in them as well.
Yep. Skinny Jeans. Follow this workout and those gams will surely be feeling it!

3 sets of each, alternating between exercises:

Round 1
alternate with
15 single leg lunges on the physio ball
(Stand with feet shoulder width apart in front of the physioball. Place one foot on top of ball, think shoe-laces down, and roll back into a lunge. Repeat on other side.)
15 Squats with the 50 lb bar
(on your shoulders, you can use dumbbells if needed)

Round 2
30 Walking Lunges
alternate with
12 Dead Lifts on Bench with bar/DB's
(Stand on a chair/bench/stair and hold your weight in front of your thighs. Keeping that back flat bend at the hips like you're going to touch your toes with the weight. If flexibility allows you to go down past your toes. Keep that back flat, shoulders back, and come back up slowly to standing.)

Round 3
Step ups on the bench with 15/20 lb DB's(15 on each leg)
alternate with
Single Leg Squats (15 on each leg) the end you want to have done 3 sets of each of these exercises. It should take you about 40 mins...and your legs should be toast by the end! If not, up the weight!! Now, go get your skinny on!

Friday, November 6, 2009


Today has been one of those days. I didn't get to work out. I feel like my eating was sub-par. Nothing horrible, but nothing to write home about. I think this week has just worn me down, and Friday has found me exhausted. I don't like these days; The days where I feel gross and like I'm not on my game. However, I am somewhat grateful for feeling this way today. I think I needed a little kick in the pants, so to speak, to get my butt back in gear again. Not, that I have been doing horrible, but I just know I can do better. Sometimes I think we get stuck in a rut of letting ourselves be average, and thinking that that is all we can do.
The truth is we CAN do better. We are capable of so much more than we think we are.
SO. Starting tomorrow I'm back into the mode.
- recording my food on (I swear this makes the BIGGEST difference)
- revving up my cardio
- making sure I get sufficient sleep
- watching my portions

Are you in need of some revamping? Do it!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

New Website/New Recipies Double yay!

I like to eat. I like to cook. I like what I eat and cook to be healthy, soooo I often find myself perusing through online recipes to find new great ways to eat deliciously healthy.

You'd better believe I was happy when I stumbled upon a new website full of healthy recipes!
I LOVE that at the bottom of each recipe, the full nutritional information is included.

Here is one recipe that I'm excited to try!

Chicken in Shells

Servings: 6


• 18 jumbo pasta shells
• 1 8-ounce package light cream cheese
• 3/4 cup skim milk
• 1/2 cup roasted sweet red peppers drained, chopped or one 4-ounce jar diced pimiento, drained (no oil pack)
• 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
• 2 cups diced cooked chicken breast
• 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
• 2 tablespoons green onion, thinly sliced
• 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Cook pasta shells according to package directions. Rinse with cold water; drain well.

In a heavy small saucepan stir light cream cheese and 1/4 cup of the milk over medium-low heat until smooth. Stir in remaining milk. Stir in sweet peppers or pimiento and Parmesan cheese; heat through.

In a large bowl stir together 3/4 cup of the sauce (place remaining sauce aside), the chicken, broccoli, onion, and black pepper. Using a small spoon, stuff shells with 2 to 3 tablespoons filling. Place in a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Bake, covered, in a 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes or until heated through.

To serve, cook and stir remaining sauce over low heat until heated through. Put 3 shells on each serving plate. Spoon sauce over shells. Garnish with fresh parsley sprigs.

Per Serving: 341 Calories
9g Fat (24.4% calories from fat), 5g Saturated Fat
30g Protein
34g Carbohydrate
3g Dietary Fiber
69mg Cholesterol
325mg Sodium
Exchanges: 2 Grain (Starch); 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates