I Survived My Crazy Challenge

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And that, my friends, is how I celebrated the end of a crazy 14-Day Challenge. It’s still healthy. But if you look closely… carbs, baby. Whole grain wheat pasta. But still… carbs. And it never tasted sooooo good. 😉 Yup. That’s my “cheat” meal. If you must know, it’s whole wheat rotini pasta with diced tomatoes, zucchini, spinach, green chile, and chicken. Seasoned with herbs and spices. Mmmmm.

I also celebrated by taking the day off from working out. My body is exhausted and sore. Will I do this 14-Day Challenge again? Yes. But not any time soon. It was definitely worth it though. My body needed that “detox”. I’m back down to my normal weight. All the bloat is finally gone. All 5 lbs worth. I have progress pics from Day 1 and Day 14, however, I’m not comfortable sharing them on the internet for 2 reasons. 1) I’m still very insecure about the way I look. And 2) I’m wearing just underwear that do not match. So yeah… not this time. 😛

I will say this… my muscles have toned up quite nicely. And slimmed some in the waist and lower body (yay!). And guess what… there’s also some major booty liftage goin’ on. Yup! Those dang squats did a body good!!! 😉

So yes, I’m so glad I did this challenge. I pushed myself harder in the gym than I’ve ever pushed myself. I’m lifting heavier weight. I love that I’m getting stronger. And I absolutely love the results.

You bettah believe I’ll be back in the gym tomorrow workin’ up a sweat. 😉

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Anyway, if you did the 14-Day Challenge with me… how’d it work out for you? Like it? Dislike it? 

Feel free to share your thoughts!

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What’s Been Cookin’ In My Kitchen

Yesterday I mentioned that I made some vegetable soup with turkey meatballs. In the crockpot. Ohhhh yeah. It was yummy. My guinea pig of a hubster has given his seal of approval on it. So yeah…it’s good. 

Some friends find it surprising (I have no idea why) to find I am quite the domesticated housewife. Yes I can cook. I’m not a gourmet chef by any means. But I can definitely hold my own in the kitchen. I guess you can say that I follow directions pretty well… that’s all there is to it, right? I mean, find a recipe…buy the ingredients…throw it all together…maybe tweak it a little…and bada bing bada boom! You got yourself somethin’ yummy. At least that’s what we hope for.

So back to the veggie soup with turkey meatballs. I got the original recipe from a blog site called Sweet Tooth Sweet LifeAbsolutely LOVE this blog. Blogger Courtney Horan writes about food, fashion, and fitness. She’s got lots of healthy yummy recipes on there as well as workout routines.



This is the original recipe:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (I used 93%)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 medium red potatoes, cut into 3/4 inch chunks
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Italian style diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (11.5 oz) low-sodium V8 juice
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf

Directions:

In a nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in salt and pepper. Transfer to slow cooker and add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 9-11 hours or until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf before serving. Enjoy!


Here’s my tweaked version of the soup:

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Looks almost the same, huh?

Instead of using lean ground beef, I used ground turkey instead. Made homemade turkey meatballs. And yes, I also got that recipe from someone I follow on Instagram.

 

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(she’s a fitness competitor I went to high school with)


Anyway, what’s in it?

 

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I couldn’t tell ya the exact measurements of each ingredient, but they’re all healthy stuff, so I just guess-timated. And they turned out to be YUMMY.

I cooked the meatballs first and then threw everything into the crockpot for about 5 hours. It was enough to feed the hubs and I for lunch for 2 days. Not bad. Of course, he eats more than I do…so if he hadn’t had any, I’m sure that batch would have lasted me all week.   And that’s too long for me to be eating the same stuff day after day. Thank goodness for husbands (my own human garbage disposal ;-))

So go try it. And tell me how ya like it! 🙂

Wednesday Workout

So…. no time for chit chat. I just wanted to post up the workout I did today. Had a pretty busy day at work… nothing exciting happened to me today (shocker!) but it was a pretty packed day. After work, did a HIIT cardio workout on the treadmill at the gym. Came home and did 2 Tone It Up Workouts from their Love Your Body Challenge. Had a pretty colorful salad for dinner. And now I’m ready for bed. Did I mention it’s only 8:45pm? Seriously… can you say ‘old lady status’?

Anyway…I’m falling asleep as I’m typing this… but here are the workouts…


HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Cardio

1 min sprint (as fast as you can)
2 min walk (at about 4.0)

*repeated 8 times*

(FYI I warmed up for 10 minutes prior to this and then ended with a 6 minute cooldown)


Toning Workout #1
*did circuit 3x*


Toning Workout #2
*did circuit 3x*


And Dinner Tonight: Chicken Salad

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What’s in it? Spinach, romaine lettuce, green bell pepper, cilantro, avocado, tomato,
pepperoncini, chicken, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, feta cheese


Last week I made black bean soup on the crock pot…this week I made  turkey meatball vegetable soup. Will be posting up pics and recipes soon, I promise!!! 😉

Gotta go… another busy work day tomorrow. Have a good night!

So Far So Good

Day 1 of Tone It Up’s 5-Day Slim Down and I am doing just fine.

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Like always, I took random pics of my food.

Most of them ended up on Instagram and Twitter.


Here’s Meal 1:

This is called a banana split.

Except I decided to slice up the banana and opted NOT to have a cherry on top.


Meal 3: Chicken Salad


Meal 5: Garlic Shrimp w/Quinoa and broccoli


I made slight modifications with these dishes because I was out of some of the ingredients.

Lunch was supposed to be a wrap using Collard Greens.

Yeah, the greens at the grocery store weren’t the greatest so I just made a salad instead.


Okay… moving on to my workouts today.

My HIIT workout was at the gym. On the treadmill.

(2 minute brisk walk + 2 minute sprint) x 6 = 24 minutes of blood, sweat & tears.

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Then did the following workouts:

 Repeated circuit 3x


Did a round of this:

50 reps of alternating lunges


Followed by this:


And then ended with another 50 reps of this:


Yes my legs were wobbly as heck at the end of it all…

But don’t you just love that feeling?

Anyway… I made it through my day.

Work was crazy and I am glad I was able to keep up with my meals.

Good job, J.

😉

5-Day Slim Down

The past couple of weeks have just been horrible. After my trip to Hawaii… I had to get back into the groove of eating clean again. Did pretty good for a couple of weeks. And then Memorial Day Weekend happened. Yeah. Totally oinked out on some good ole BBQ. I really over indulged. Then there was one day last week where I had to be up at 3am to go to work. And because I wasn’t prepared, I had no choice but to eat out. Went to Subway. Pretty healthy. Still a lot of calories though.

Then this past weekend, we went to a Birthday BBQ for my sister-in-law. Chips and dips galore. Hubs and I left before the real food was done because he had to be somewhere. So on the way home we stopped somewhere to eat. *sigh* Oy. Then today, at work, my co-worker brought me some food. Yummy stuff… but I’m pretty sure it was PACKED with empty calories. She’s the same co-worker that brought a bag full of chocolates to work last week. And I think I ate most of it. No, actually, I’m pretty sure I ate ALL of it.

So when Tone It Up trainers Karena & Katrina announced that they were going to be doing the 5-Day Slim Down this week, I thought, what better way to cleanse my body of all the crap I ate and get back on track. I have been bloated for the past couple of weeks and we all know why. I’ve been working out consistently but my body just doesn’t respond to junk food very well.

(The 5-Day Slim Down is on their Nutrition Plan, which is available for purchase on their website. If you’d like to learn more about it and/or purchase the plan, click here.)

I am super excited. Spent last night planning out my meals for the rest of the week and making a grocery list. Did my grocery shopping today and came home with lots and lots of fruits and veggies. These are just some of what I bought…



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I also bought a box of quinoa, some lean meats that are sitting in the fridge and the freezer, lots of veggies that aren’t in the picture, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese… all kinds of yummy healthy stuff. Hey, don’t knock it till ya try it. 😉 Just sayin’.

For those who follow me on twitter, facebook, and/or instagram… ya’ll are in for a treat. Crazy me will be posting up pics of my meals on there. Why? Because I’m just random like that. It’s what I do. I’ll do my best to blog when I can. But be warned… it’s gonna be a hectic week for me.

Anyway, I’m off to prep my lunches for the week. Oh, and just wanna say… today is Sunday Run Day, and I did a 5k on the treadmill at the gym. It’s too dang hot to be doin’ it outside. Left the gym sweaty and yucky but totally determined to tackle the upcoming week.

Have a great week, ya’ll!!! 🙂

Clueless

Some of the best recipes are ones that you throw together. Well… maybe not always. But I’m pretty good at judging what flavors kinda mesh well together. I don’t use a lot of seasonings other than sea salt, black pepper, chili powder (any other natural spicy seasoning), and sometimes Mrs. Dash. The natural flavors of veggies and herbs are enough for me to cook without adding anything else to it. Oh and the only condiment I use on anything (like sandwiches) is mustard. Mayo and ketchup are big no-no’s for me. Haven’t tried the all natural ketchup… but I can do without ketchup, so it’s okay.

Anyway, this week, I went grocery shopping without having planned out my meals. I just kinda went through the store and picked stuff out. Which can be a little dangerous because you could totally end up with foods that don’t make sense together and then you’re stuck with not knowing what to cook for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I bought lots of veggies because that was important. I also bought some ground turkey because I knew that I needed lean meat in my diet. Also bought some eggs because eggs are GOOD for you!!! And then I bought yogurt, protein bars, and other healthy goods.

When I finally got home and started putting things away…I realized I had NO CLUE as to what I was eating for lunch and dinner for the next few days. It’s happened to us all. You go to the store, spend the BIG BUCKS on groceries, and realize you bought nothing. 

Okay, so I’m rambling on and on about groceries. The point of this blog post was to show you some of the meals I “threw” together. Either meal could be eaten for lunch or dinner. And since I’m the only one that usually eats this stuff, there’s usually enough leftovers to last me a good 2-3 days. I’m not picky with food, so if I have to eat the same thing for 3 days straight, I will. It’s hard to buy stuff to make just ONE serving.

Ready to see what I made? Okay, here we go. The first meal I threw together was this:

Ingredients: lean ground turkey, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, red and green bell pepper, corn

Seasoned with a little bit of sea salt, pepper, chili powder, and cumin

Served on a bed of romaine lettuce

And guess what? It was de-lish!!!!

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Another meal I just threw together…

Ingredients: tuna, tomato, avocado

Served on either lettuce or whole wheat sandwich thins

Not bad, right? And no, this isn’t all that I ate. I had my usual breakfast and snack stuff, but no need to go into that. Like I’ve said before, most of my snacks and regular meals are repetitious. Pretty boring. But hey, it works.

I had a friend ask me how I’m able to eat just a protein bar and not want to eat anything else. My answer? You have to eat the kind that are actually healthy for you and not just packed with carbs and sugar. If you don’t know which ones are “good for you”, check the labels. If you can’t pronounce the words listed in the ingredients, chances are, they’re not good for you. The bars I snack on are all natural. Packed with protein and good calories. FYI, protein is the key. Protein is what makes you full. Consume enough of that each meal and you won’t be so hungry throughout the day. And eat a lot of veggies. Very low in calories. And although you may not think so, it can actually fill you up.

So there you have it. My home cooking skills at its best. 🙂

Dinner is Served

Okay, so I’m not going to even attempt to claim that I am the best cook in town.

Yes, I can cook.

Yes, I can be a domesticated housewife.

Can I host my own cooking show?

Probably not.

I’m not that good.

Anyway, I decided to share with ya’ll what I made for dinner last night.

It’s some tilapia dish.

For those of you who don’t like seafood… well, I don’t know what to tell ya.

Seriously, you are MISSING OUT!!!

My husband doesn’t like seafood at all.

So when I’m making anything seafood at home, I have to make something else for him.

Yeah, that’s a whole other story, but not talkin’ about that right now.

Here it is. Last night’s dinner.

Okay, so let’s call this recipe “Some Fish Dish

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When you’re done laughing, go ahead and read on.

It gets better. I promise.

It’s a pretty simple recipe.

You can use any type of fish. I’m usually eating tilapia or salmon. Lots of it.

Ingredients (for 1 serving):

1 4-6oz tilapia

1/2 a red bell pepper (diced)

1/2 a green bell pepper (diced)

1/2 brown onion (diced)

1/2 a lemon

parsley (or any fresh herb you like)

olive oil

white wine

Directions:

Preheat oven 400 degrees

Spray baking pan with non-stick cooking spray (olive oil)

Place fish in baking pan

Scatter/sprinkle fresh herb onto fish then add veggies

Squeeze lemon all over

Drizzle some olive oil and some white wine

Place baking pan into oven and let bake for 10-15 minutes (depending on your oven)

TADA!

Dinner is served!

So what do ya think? My cooking skills ain’t too shabby, right?

😉

Okay, okay… I can’t take ALL the credit.

I lied. It’s not my recipe.

But I did cook it myself!

And I made a couple of modifications to the original recipe.

…like added the green pepper and brown onion, and used parsley instead of dill.

(that’s because I didn’t have any)

Like I said before… I can cook. But I’m definitely not a chef.

Here’s where I got the recipe:

Now, I know my dinner doesn’t look anything like the one in the video. I was aiming for some crispness to the veggies and fish, but apparently I put way too much lemon juice for just ONE piece of fish. In comparison to the 4 or 5 pieces shown in the video.

But it still turned out good!!!

Very yummy.

Very healthy.

Very easy to make.

Try it and let me know what ya’ll think!

🙂