Change is good!

August 6, 2010

Hey y’all!

So first of all, I have to say that I’m super excited because I’ve decided to move the blog to a .com, instead of WordPress.com.  I’ve actually had all of the domain names for a while, but wanted to see if people were actually interested in what I had to say before I switched.  So it’s been about a year, the blog is going strong, and I’m still enjoying myself writing it! 😉  I will post and let you know when it happens…(of course!) 😀

So after I post this, that is what I am going to be working on.  While watching Man vs. Food, and smelling these fresh out of the oven that I am waiting to cool:

These are April’s Protein Brownies!  You can find the recipe here.  Can’t wait to try them…they are currently cooling.

This morning I decided I didn’t want eggs (gasp!) so I had two slices of Low Sodium Ezekial Bread (it should be called “no sodium” since there isn’t any in it) with some cinnamon peanut butter and apricot preserves.  Well, that sounded like a good idea at the time, but that didn’t really go together.  At all. Um, what was I thinking?? LOL

Yesterday for lunch, I had some more Mexican Shredded Chicken on an organic spelt tortilla:

Another lunch the last couple of days also on the same spelt tortilla but included shredded pork and chipotle BBQ sauce:

The BBQ sauce is Williamson Bros.  They have restaurants here in the Atlanta area…and there isn’t any HFCS in it, just regular sugar.  So given the choice, I’d rather avoid a sauce with HFCS.  The “experts” are linking it to cancer now.  Have you heard?  You can find the article here.

There was also some of this BBQ sauce on some homemade BBQ chicken nachos:

Made with agave nectar! 🙂

Nachos

The BBQ chicken nachos had low sodium organic blue tortilla chips, shredded chicken breast, Mexican cheese, tomatoes, and Wholly Guacamole.  It was fantastic! I didn’t even miss the salt in the chips. 🙂

Yesterday, I also made some homemade pesto dip.  I had some basil that was on the way out, some pine nuts that I soaked overnight, and Asiago cheese.  Oh my!  It turned out soooo great.  I could sit and eat it by the spoonful!

Pesto Dip

I liked it so much, I put it on one of Amy’s Vegetarian Burgers for lunch today:

and it didn’t exactly look like the picture, LOL.

I didn’t go to the gym today, I normally don’t on Friday.  I will be there bright and early for BodyAttack and BodyPump (8:15am!)

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Happy, happy! It’s FRIDAY!!

July 30, 2010

Happy Friday, happy weekend!

I am so happy the weekend is here.  I guess it has been a couple of days, so let’s catch up!  Thursday I went to BodyStep with all of my kids in tow.  I had an uninterrupted class where I busted it out.  Seriously busted it out. Resulting in a 623 calorie burn!  I told my instructor, my calorie burn is always indicative of how much I’ve enjoyed myself. 🙂

Jeremy also came home Thursday night, which was a blessing, as I had “the week from heck”.  I do not wish to revisit the week so if you haven’t been following, please see my previous posts. 😉

Let’s talk about my lettuce in my Aerogarden.  It’s growing fast!  I haven’t bought another one yet, though….

Home-grown lettuce 🙂

Sophia has some sprouts of her own but they’re flowers. 😉

I could not decide what to eat that night, either.  It was a toss up between ordering out for sashimi and sushi or making something at home.  I voted on a Gardenburger with chipotle-gouda cheese, a salad, and cottage cheese with Mrs. Dash:

That’s actually a really good picture, LOL!  The following shows the whole plate:

YUM!

I ate all of that, then my weight in natural peanut butter with graham crackers.  I could not stop eating!  Bottomless pit, that was me. 😉  I wish I had a picture of what I ate for lunch, the girls came out to lunch with me and the kids and we had Mexican.  I had fish taco’s (no tortillas) and 2 frozen strawberry margaritas that looked like this, because I felt

totally entitled after the week I’d had. 😀  SO, loaded with sugar, and some other excess sugar I ate (I hadn’t had any in almost 2 weeks) I woke up this morning feeling AWFUL.

Determined to start my day out the right way, I started with my old standby:

Lunch was another smoked salmon sandwich:

Complete with greek yogurt and some Mrs. Dash………..YUM!  With a side of another old standby, cottage cheese and no-sugar added fruit spread:

The end of the week always sneaks  up on me and for whatever reason, I run out of ideas for meals and I also run out of food, LOL!  So we wound up ordering out BBQ, which is a favorite of the entire family:

I stayed away from the mac-n-cheese and potato salad and made some broccoli to accompany the pulled pork and big honkin’ slice of white stripped-of-all-nutrients bread.

Tomorrow I am hitting the gym for Attack and Bodypump and then who knows what the rest of the weekend holds?

What are your plans for the weekend? Doing anything fun?


Sprouts, Shopping, and a Cleaning Frenzy! Oooooh MY!!

July 26, 2010

Hey Cutie Patooties!  How has your Monday been?  Mine has been extraordinarily frustrating and productive at the same time.  One week until school starts! It’s so hard dragging all 3 kids around everywhere. First they got dragged to the gym, where I took BodyPump.  Then we came home, and then took a field trip to Whole Foods which is about half an hour away.  Then, when we got back, Biscuit decided to chew on a blue crayola non-toxic washable marker.

OMG. Her paws were blue!  As was my carpet. 😦  What commenced was a cleaning frenzy that lasted almost 3 hours.  It rolled into the kids, because I’m tired of their rooms being a mess, and I desperately want my house back.  My one son’s room still isn’t clean!!  Wait ’till they get back to school.  <insert evil laugh here, LOL>

I wanted to show you all this:

Salad Sprouts!

All it took was 2 days.  They were even bigger today!  I really think I’m going to invest in another Aerogarden.  They are worth their weight in gold!  Pretty soon, I’ll have lettuce plants that I can harvest for up to 4 months!

So, as I mentioned above, we took a trip to Whole Foods today, which always makes me happy.  Please let me point out that I do not shop there on a regular basis….I shop there for specific specialty items that I need.  Otherwise, I’d spend a ton of $$.  I did splurge and buy my lunch there today:

I ate it in the car in the parking lot! 🙂

Seared Tuna.  It was fantastic. I am still totally on my seafood kick!  My other purchases included:

Whole wheat pastry flour.  I hear it’s awesome.  RAW nuts to make nut butter with, Annie’s Bunnies Mac and Cheese, and Seeds of Change (the same company that makes the salad dressing that I loooove) Cuban kit.

Amy’s Chili (I’ve been looking for this forever, I hear it’s good, we shall see!)  Pine nuts to make homemade pesto, Pumpkin to make protein pumpkin muffins  (I have a small story about the pumpkin),  organic red beans, hydroponic basil and Braggs Aminos.

About the Pumpkin:  I went to my local grocery store (Publix) and asked them where their pumpkin was, and they told me it was a “seasonal item”.  I was dumbfounded that a grocery store wouldn’t carry at least a couple throughout the year!  Silly.

A HUGE package of blueberries – only $4.99!!! Avocado, and parsley.

Then, a BIG SURPRISE, A kabocha squash!  I’ve been looking for this type of squash forever.  Bloggers talk about it all of the time and I’ve never been able to find it.  Can’t wait to try it! 🙂

See?  Everything I bought there was for a reason.  There was no frivolous buying whatsoever.  I also bought one other thing and we ate it for dinner (well, Aidan and I did, the other kids aren’t big on seafood)…..

There were two of these HUGE clusters.  They were the bulk of the $$ I spent at Whole Paycheck!  The above picture doesn’t really do them justice, but hopefully the one below will:

CRAAAAAAB!

Hahahaha!  That was about 10 ounces of meat!  I ate 6 ounces for dinner!! 😀  It was so fantastic, and was totally different from the snow crab I got from my local grocery store!

Of course I have been eating my normal eats as well:

Spinach salad with goat cheese,

hardboiled eggs with Ezekial bread and Strawberry All Fruit,

BSN Syntha-6 Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake,

and a fave of mine: oven roasted zucchini chips.  I used whole wheat bread crumbs, parmesan, garlic powder, salt, pepper and paprika.

Well, after the completely exhausting day that I have had, I think it’s time to hit the hay!  I did get a BodyPump class in this morning at the gym (no Insanity yet, sorry!)  I think Wednesday will be a GREAT day to start the Insanity program, as I don’t go to the gym that day. 😉

Hope you all have a fantastic evening! See y’all tomorrow!! 🙂


Cooking Frenzy

July 22, 2010

Hello all!

Since I last posted, I have completely cleaned up my diet, and have been on a cooking frenzy!  It’s crazy how much I’ve cooked over the last couple of days, and I have lots of pictures too! 🙂

Has it been hot where you are? Here in GA it’s been in the high 90’s every day!  I honestly feel like I can’t get cool.  Hence the digging in my backyard as of Monday morning at 7am:

The Big Hole

We’ve been working on getting this pool for a while now.  There were all sorts of issues to begin with but they’ve been resolved, as you can see!  Can’t wait for it to be finished!  I’m an instant gratification kind of person.  When I want something, I want it right away, and usually yesterday. LOL  I’m working on my patience. 😉

On to the cooking frenzy. I’ve obviously been on a clean eating kick.  I am also on a 1200 calorie kick, also.  I’ve been eating a ton of food for that little calories.  Let me explain what I’ve been doing.  In a nutshell I’ve:

1.  Cut out preservatives

2.  Lowered sodium and fat

3.  Increased protein

4.  Lowered carbs

5.  No refined sugar

That leaves unprocessed, whole foods.  In a nutshell!

I guess I’ll start with breakfast, since it is obviously the first meal of the day.  After we got back from NY, I didn’t have anything in the fridge.  Including eggs.  The chicken farmer down the road told my husband that his chickens weren’t laying very many eggs.  I was so disappointed, because I love my fresh eggs.  Off to the grocery store I went, though, because I cannot not have eggs in the house!  I bought 2 cartons of 18 and commenced to hard-boil an entire carton:


and there were some omelets but they all look the same, LOL! This morning I made a 5 egg white omelet that had chipotle gouda cheese in it.  YUM!

I’ve been all about hot sauce and seafood this week. I’m giving you advance warning!

We did manage to get some homegrown beefsteak tomatoes from the chicken farmer and they were so great!

These became part of a sandwich I made with snow crab (that I took the time to crack out of the shell!) a preservative free “thin bun” and hot sauce for lunch one day:

I do not recommend the snow crab.  It took forever to shell them, and the end of the process (a total process, by the way) I got 4 ounces of meat from 2 bunches of crabs.  King crab all the way!!! 😀

I also made some chicken tortilla soup this week and it was so good. It had veggies in it, chicken broth, chicken, and a ton of chipotle chili powder along with some cumin, onion, oregano, garlic….

Soup's On!

I ate that for lunch 2 days in a row!  I did find some tortilla chips at Publix (my local grocery store) that are clean so I had half an ounce of those with it today:

Yep, they're blue!

The end result. 😀

Since I am going to be home until at least November, I decided to grow some lettuce in my Aerogarden.   I love my Aerogarden!  Since the pool is taking up most of the backyard I’m not sure we’re going to have room for much of a garden next year.  I really want to plant some herbs too…maybe an excuse to get another Aerogarden? Hmmmm!

My Aerogarden

Those are little pods that have seeds in them.  According to the directions, I should have spouts in 1- 3 days!  I will take progress pictures to share. 🙂

The POD

Well, back to the food. 😉

I had purchased scallops along with the crab (I don’t know where this seafood kick came from!)  I’ve never actually cooked a scallop before.  I read how to do it online (broiling them) and made a little lemon juice and paprika sauce to eat along with them.  They were good, but I think I need practice at broiling.  😉

With some broccoliciousness on the side!

Dinner tonight was chicken.  Jeremy’s family recipe for Fireman’s Chicken.  Marinated, grilled chicken.  I had 4 ounces of sweet potato with cinnamon on it and a really large spinach salad on the side.  Fireman’s chicken, by the way, is when the Firemen raise money by selling their marinated, BBQ chicken.  They sometimes have tables where you can go and eat outside with the family, or you can get it to go.  It’s common up in Western New York and Northern NY.  Not sure where else. 😉

BBQ Chicken

along with the sweet potato:

and salad make for a perfect meal. 😀

The salad had tomatoes, banana peppers, red onion, mushrooms, goat cheese and Seeds of Change Organic Dressing.  I love goat cheese!  Absolutely one of my favorite cheeses.

Let’s talk about working out for a minute.  I took class at the gym today (BodyStep) and burned 573 calories in 60 minutes.  KILLER!!! And I loved every.single.minute of it! 🙂

Question of the day:

What are you all cooking this summer?  I love trying new things!

Hope you all have a great weekend!


Detoxification

July 19, 2010

Howdy!

As you can ascertain from the title of this blog post, I have finally arrived back in GA with my family.  For those of you that don’t know, we took a trip to Northern NY for the week of July 4th and then went down to Rochester, NY (just my husband and myself, we left the kids with my in-laws) to begin packing up my parents house and tie up loose ends there.

The second part of our trip was long and arduous.

This is where I like to have a blog, to show how a real person (myself, of course) deals with everyday frustrations that may or may not be common situations for others.  I would also like to share with you, that honestly, I fell off of the clean eating bandwagon.  The second week, I ate out ever meal except for breakfast.  Toward the end of the week, I gave up and ate breakfast out too.  I began to feel physically awful.  I blew up like a balloon (really – 10 pounds) which I am more then certain that it was from the sodium, fried, and preservative laden foods that I was ingesting in the restaurants.

The great thing about clean eating is that even if you stop, for any amount of time, you can start making wiser decisions at your very next meal. I came home with a plan.  It’s a detox plan, but not detox in the traditional sense (um, anyone heard of the water with lemon and cayenne cleanse??) I’ve never tried it and probably never will.  (It sounds disgusting!)

Detox clean eating style is cutting out the sugar, the unhealthy fats, and bad carbs, while drinking boat-loads of water to get rid of excess sodium, which causes bloat. I try to drink 80-100 ounces a day.

I shall get off my soap box now! 😉  I tried to make better choices at times, and wanted to share the better (and worse choices) that I made with you.

TGIFriday’s (which was incidentally next to the hotel):

This meal was under the “Right Portion, Right Price” part of the menu.  The description:  Parmesan Crusted Chicken: “A sautéed chicken breast basted with Caesar dressing, then finished with a Parmesan-crust topping. Served with three cheese tortelloni tossed in spinach Alfredo sauce and a side of our fresh tomato Mozzarella salad.”

The other meal that I had was a salmon meal: (called Dragonfire Salmon)

The description:  “Norwegian salmon fillet fire-grilled and glazed with spicy Chinese Kung Pao sauce. Served over jasmine rice with pineapple pico de gallo, Mandarin oranges and broccoli.”

Those two meals weren’t terrible.  It was all of the rest of the yuck that I ate that put my body over the edge! Like these:

Buffalo Chicken Wings.

Let the detoxing begin:

Boars Head preservative free chicken and low sodium cottage cheese with Mrs. Dash on a whole grain preservative free thin-bun.


Tortilla Soup in the Vitamix.  So as some of you remember, I can sometimes cook and sometimes not so much 😉 and this was one of those recipes that needs some doctoring (so I guess it wasn’t my fault, lol…it’s not my recipe!).  It kind of tasted like veggie soup with taco seasoning.  Hopefully I can fix it tomorrow with the addition of more taco seasoning (organic) and boneless, skinless chicken breast!!


3 ounces of steak, boiled cauliflower and roasted sweet potato.  (Can you believe that the potato is just over 100 calories? All of that potato is only 1 cup!!)

Rotisserie chicken breast eaten sans skin with broiled broccoli with Mrs. Dash.  On the side I had leftover greek salad with Newman’s Own Lighten Up Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing.

I was disappointed today because the farmer down the road from my house was out of fresh eggs.  He told my husband that his chicken’s weren’t laying that many.  We’re supposing because it’s been so hot. 😦  I only have one egg for tomorrow!  I guess I need to stop at the grocery store.  Jeremy did come home with a boat load of tomatoes, though! 🙂

So it’s been a couple of weeks of ups and downs.  I was sad when I came home, but then my girlfriends all decided to stop by the night I got back:

They made my night! 😀


Plane time!

July 3, 2010

Hello y’all and happy holiday weekend. I hope you have a safe and fun holiday!

The entire family is on a plane to Rochester, NY. We are heading to my in-laws in Northern NY for a week, then I am going to leave the kids there and drive back down to Rochester for a few days to take care of some estate matters.

Technically speaking, I haven’t blogged from my iPhone in a while so I am re-learning. Please disregard any spelling errors and enjoy the pictures that will undoubtedly show up at the END instead of where I want then to go! 😉 Hopefully it will all look glorious, lol!

I started my day today with Sophia waking us up an hour early before the alarm went off. Isn’t that how it always is? I can never fall back asleep either, so I was awake for the duration.

We made the flight, got stuck in the back of the plane over the engine, got in a little early, then had rental car issues.

Apparently Enterprise thinks a Ford Fusion is a full-sized car! (Just a reminder, there’s 5 of us with 4 pieces of luggage, 3 backpacks, my gym bag, and a laptop bag. Jeremy finally managed to fit us all into some car that was bigger that had just been returned. Thank goodness!!

Ahhhh, that is how I keep my sanity on the plane. The kids were actually really good, they’re old pros at traveling now, but so am I! I do not go anywhere without my portable DVD player. Sophia watched it on the plane and they all watched movies in the car. I’ve been through a few…we wear them out! But it’s a lifesaver when you need to occupy the kids!!

So I have a plan and I brought my sneakers and workout clothes and I want to run 4-5 miles tomorrow morning. Actually EVERY day that I am gone! I also ordered INSANITY from the infomercial and am very excited about getting it this week – I had it shipped to NY!

I am a strong believer in changing things up and that is what I am going to do over the next few weeks. Insanity has a money back guarantee, so I will let you all know how it turns out and if I “get ripped in 60 days”. Hahaha!!

I actually brought some essentials with me on my trip:

I brought my blender cup and protein powder, my new *pink* gym bag that I picked up at the Nike Outlet in Destin, FL last week, and my water bottle. I plan on working out, and planning ahead is the key to consistency!!

I also plan on eating just like I do at home or on vacation:

Some staples: plain yogurt with protein powder for a snack, grilled chicken and veggies, (Jeremy did an ahhhmazing job with that chicken! The homemade marinade was tasty :)) and of course, lots of egg creations!

I will do updates and before/after pictures regarding the Insanity DVD’s…you all can then judge for yourselves!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend…and don’t forget to tell your friends about Fit and Clean! Happy 4th of July!


Vacation Destination: Destin, FL 2010

June 27, 2010

Hey there!  Sorry I was gone for so long. 😉 We went on our yearly family vacation to the beach! This year we went to Destin, Florida.  Destin is on the Gulf of Mexico.  Fortunately, we only had a half-day (we got to the beach late that day) where we couldn’t go into the water because of these:

tar ball

It was really bizarre.  The beach was clear, and then 15 minutes later there were tar balls as far as the eye could see.  We were staying at the Sandestin Hilton and the employees rushed to put up a fence when it happened:

But it was down the next day. It is very upsetting to actually see the devastation in person, because you know that eventually, the oil will follow…. 😦

We had a great time on vacation, though!  We also did a lot of eating and shopping. 😀 We ate at the Hilton every morning at the breakfast buffet and I tried to keep with what I eat at home instead of all of the glorious, fatty, unhealthy food that was spread throughout the restaurant.  I tried to stick with a protein (mostly eggs) and a carb.  I suspect that the eggs I was eating at the hotel aren’t as healthy as the ones I make at home.  The addition of butter (although unnoticed for several days because I wasn’t paying attention) into the frying pan before adding the egg whites (yes, I still ate the egg whites!) was a concern for me…because I tend to eat very little butter.  The following are different pictures of my breakfasts at the hotel.

Sunny Side Up 🙂

on an English Muffin……….and………..

Egg White Omelet

Egg white omelet with mushrooms, scallions, and cheddar cheese….and….

bagel.

Bagel with a clean cream cheese.  The regular cream cheese had no artificial ingredients where the fat free had several!

another egg white omelet.

With jalapenos, mushrooms, tomatoes and onions.  It was fantastic! 🙂  One day I even snuck some of this onto my plate:

Bacon.

Who can resist bacon?  I also ate orange and grapefruit slices every morning. 🙂

I also tried to eat some seafood…our first night there I ordered a “seafood bowl for 1″…

It has soooo much seafood in it, I could have fed the whole family!

amazing.

In this bowl for 1 (hahaha) there was a whole lobster, snow crab, crawfish, mussels and clams.  It was the first time I had ever had crawfish! (I had to ask the waitress what to do with it….lol!)

In between we enjoyed the beach:

The boys declared that they were "best friends" when I took this...so sweet!

and of course Sophia was all about playing in the ocean:

Of course there is the annual picture of one of the kids buried in the sand:

This year it was Sean!

There was one night where I was craving vegetables. I will never take my veggies for granted again.  Not one of our meals (besides breakfast) had vegetables offered.  All the restaurants offered were french fries and occasionally corn.  The family was having pizza one night so I decided to roam the hotel in search of healthy food:

Veggies from the little deli in the hotel, and….

My fave.

My fave, sushi!  The sushi came  from the Japanese restaurant in the hotel.  YUM!

Then there was some food that wasn’t exactly healthy…it is so hard to eat healthy when you are eating every meal in a restaurant.  So I figured, everything in moderation!

There was a burger from Fudpuckers where they also have alligators at the restaurant:

Burger.

we viewed these on our way in:

Gators.

We went out one night for chicken wings:

Buffalo Wings. Not bad 😉

and yet another night we had BBQ.  All in all the BBQ wasn’t that bad for me…

Pork BBQ

Along with the pork there was a plain baked potato that I added a smidge of butter and sour cream to, and corn.

However, as I said, everything in moderation…some lunches I had protein shakes at the beach:

BSN Syntha 6

with a side of plain yogurt:

So it all worked itself out. 🙂

Jeremy and I even got away for one night by ourselves to have a fancy dinner at the restaurant in the hotel where we had a wonderful time.  It was a steak and seafood restuarant.  I had the filet, and a bit of twice baked potato:

It was absolutely delicious!  There was some of this:

and some of this:

Foodgasms!

Followed by a run on the beach the next morning. 🙂  This was the first time that I actually ran on the beach and it was so.much.fun!!!  The only downfall to my run (3 miles) was that I did it barefoot and now have some wounds that I am nursing:

blood blister.

It was really bizarre, because I had them on the same toe on each foot.  I went for a run the day after but did it on the sidewalk because of the tar balls and it just wasn’t the same.  It wasn’t as much fun, and it was HOT!!  We roasted that day!

That’s 5:19 pm. Craziness!

I hope y’all enjoyed the vacation edition of my blog.  I still have some traveling left to do this summer, so my eats should be interesting.  I’m just a real person, blogging about eating in the real world.

I like my world to have my family, rainbows, sunshine and sand. 😀

Sunshine and sand. 🙂

and

rainbows.