Sweet, Salty, Savory

August 4, 2010

Good evening!  Hope your hump day has been great!

I want to start by catching you all up on a decision that I’ve made after careful deliberation these last few days.  I’ve decided to put Insanity on the back burner because of a couple of reasons:

1.  I can’t seem to fit it in with all of my gym classes right now, and

2.  I’m decreasing my cardio and increasing my weight lifting (and my weights!)  for the next few weeks.

I have, however, decided to bring it with me while I am on vacation in a few weeks, along with my portable DVD player. 😉  I know how it is at resorts and they don’t offer any classes or anything like that beyond maybe some machines and some free weights.

SO, with that being said, I took a BodyAttack Express class (45 minutes) and a BodyPump class (60 minutes) and burned 723 calories!

I have been an eating machine lately, because I’ve been taking classes back to back, and burning anywhere from 700 to 900 calories!  And just to mention, 1200 calories isn’t sustainable when you burn so many calories. So I’ve increased my calories.


That was yesterday’s lunch.  A whole peach, Greek yogurt (with 2 packets of Truvia), and granola that was a little “well done”.  It was awesome and totally filling for lunch.

I have increased the amount of water that I’ve been drinking lately, and it works out to be about 90 ounces a day (when I’m on my game!)  Alas, I’m kind of getting sick of water.  I know how good it is for you, and it flushes the toxins and salts out of our system, and our bodies are approximately 70% water.  It is sooo important.

I can’t drink diet soda’s anymore, because they have that “chemical” taste to me now.  Sometimes I make decaf tea (green or otherwise) and chill and drink that.  Today I wanted lemonade, but without the chemicals and/or sugar and artificial unclean whatnots they put in everything:

Healthy Lemonade

In the frozen section in the grocery store, they sell a lemon juice that doesn’t have any preservatives in it (unlike RealLemon, which does!!!)  So I took purified water, ice, lemon juice and Truvia and mixed it all together.  Well, there you go! Healthy Lemonade!!!

Something else I’ve been craving:


Yes, it’s a sweet potato.  I tend to eat a lot of them because they are really good for you. They have some great nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium, fiber and carotenoids.  It becomes scrumptious when you put a tablespoon of Cinnamon Peanut Butter on it.  Mine just happens to be Market Pantry (from Target).  OMG.  I think I’ve had them at dinner 3 days in a row!!

For example, with green beans and *fresh* sausage (from out local butcher) and:

with cauliflower and chicken.

Today I had a really great lunch, too! Lately I seem to be on an exciting cooking adventure, LOL!

I started with these burgers:

Fried it up in a pan, and added some balsamic vinegar to it which turned into a nice coating on the burger:

Are you wondering what is on the chicken burger?

Here’s a close up:

Yes, more peaches. (I live in Georgia, after all! :)) On top of a whole ounce of goat cheese!  It was sweet, salty, savory from the vinegar…perfect.

Along with cottage cheese and some more peaches, with a drizzle of balsamic!

My lettuce has been growing:

It’s actually grown quite a bit since my last picture! 🙂

Tomorrow I’m going to be making something with these.  Can you guess what they are??

Question:  Are you a cardio junky, or more into weight lifting?  Do you find it hard to tone back the cardio?


Stuck Beads, New Foods, and Kitchen Catastrophies

July 28, 2010

Howdy y’all!  Hope your Wednesday has been treating you well.  Personally, I can’t wait for this week to be over.  It has seriously been one thing after another this week!

Besides the puppy issues (she’s been good since the Monday Marker Debacle), Sophia *almost* ended up in the emergency room today.  I was at the gym, taking my BodyPump class, when one of the girls from the daycare walk in and toward me.

Ugh.  You know there’s something that’s going to pull you out of class when they walk up to you.  And we were in the middle of doing lunges off of the step, too.  She proceeded to inform me that my darling Sophia stuck a bead in her ear and she couldn’t get it out.  Amongst my rolling eyes I walked with her to the daycare and had a look-see at Sophia’s ear.

Yep! Sure enough, a white bead was stuck in her ear.…and I’m standing there wondering, how the heck am I going to get that out?  Well, a miracle happened, because there was a small piece of thread and I got tweezers and pulled out the bead.  This story is taking longer to tell then the actual occurrence, LOL! But all’s well that end’s well, I guess. 😉

Now, onto NEW FOOD!  My new food this week that I was able to find at Whole Paycheck was a kabocha squash!

I took the squash, cut it up, baked it at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, tossed 1tsp of butter and a heap load of cinnamon on top and it looked like this:

then this:

and then I gobbled it all up.  It was 2 cups, (I know this because I’ve been measuring my food to stay within my calorie restrictions), and it was all gone! 🙂

I liked it.  It kind of reminded me of a cross between pumpkin and butternut.  I wonder if you can toast the seeds? They were huge!!!

This morning for breakfast I poached 2 eggs (I’m getting the hang of this poaching thing….1:45 is all I need to have the egg perfectly cooked.

Poached Egg. Covered in Hogs Breath Green Hot Sauce.

There was leftover crab, so yesterday for lunch I made crab salad….and this was easily the tastiest food that I have made in a while.

King crab, Greek yogurt, Lemon and Pepper Mrs. Dash, Lemon Juice, Hot sauce. Heavenly.  On an organic, preservative-free spelt tortilla.

There was another spicy black bean Gardenburger with the addition of 1 oz. of goat cheese on a thin bun:

spiced up with Chipotle Tabasco Sauce

It was very melty when I ate it.  Melted goat cheese…yuuuummmmmmmy!

There was smoked salmon on a thin bun with Greek yogurt:

and cottage cheese with Mrs. Dash.

As for my kitchen catastrophe:  I decided I was going to try and make coconut butter.  I had all of these grand ideas, that I could make it at home, and it would turn out like my fave, Artisana.


Um….there was an explosion of coconut in my kitchen!  And it never got creamy.  It just got hot...and then the explosion happened and my Vitamix ate my tamper:

Yep.  I then proceeded to make pecan butter (I was bound and determined)  and it ate my wooden spoon! OK, it wasn’t funny when it happened, but it’s kind of funny now.  The pecan butter actually got kind of creamy and looked like this:

See?  It tasted good, too…until I got wood stuck in my teeth. 😉

Guess I gotta work on my tampering! 🙂

What kind of kitchen catastrophe’s have you all had? I know I can’t be the only one….(uh, please help me out here, LOL)

Fun eats Friday

March 6, 2010

Hello!  I have new pictures today, but they were taken with my Iphone, so the quality is…questionable.  With that being said, I present to you…Friday’s eats and workout! 😀

Oh, and I went to the gym today to do legs and abs.  I decided against cardio, because I was just completely exhausted.

The following was my workout, and I’m fairly pleased with it.  This would be my normal Friday workout if I was on my Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule for push/pull.  Please keep in mind I’ve used the last couple of days to find my maximum weight…that’s why the weights increased during my sets.


  • hip abduction machine – 130 lbs, 1 set of 10, 140 lbs. 2 sets of 10
  • hip adduction machine – 130 lbs, 3 sets of 10
  • machine leg curl – 55 lbs. 1 set of 12, 60 lbs. 1 set of 12, 65 lbs. 1 set of 10
  • machine leg press – 200 lbs, 3 sets of 12
  • calf raise – body weight, 3 sets of 12


  • ab crunch machine – 20 lbs, 3 sets of 8
  • inclined reverse crunch – body weight, 40 reps
  • kettlebell side bend – (not sure what the weight was, it was a small kettlebell…) 24 reps (12 each side)
  • pulse ups – body weight, 40 reps
  • v-ups – 12 reps

Overall, a great workout, I think!!!

I came home for lunch and I was staaarving.  I made this:

homemade bread, 1/2 oz. goat cheese, turkey.  (Yes, still eating the 22 lb. turkey! ;))

I put some natural hickory smoke on it:

Iphone pics. Not so much 😦

I was busy making cupcakes this afternoon, and I was really tired, too.  The cake making was a complete mess, but at least they turned out.  Pictures to come tomorrow!  (I dropped eggs, almost didn’t put in the water, almost over-cooked them…good thing I’ve always said that I’m not a great cook, no matter what the kids think ;))

Dinner was leftovers for me again, while everyone else had spaghetti and meatballs:

baked chicken on a wrap, with 1 slice of mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and red hot.  All wrapped up:

and with my veggies:

I ate a lot of carrots 😀

So I leave you tonight with pictures of my little Diva:


and a Biscuit:

I have to go! Will check back in later 🙂  Have a great day!!!

Clean Food With Flavor

February 23, 2010

If you all recall, I had a bunch of things to do yesterday.  I actually got most of them done!  Here was the list as it was, and I crossed out all of the things that I did:

  1. Call eye doctor to make appointment
  2. Make reservations for vacation with the family to the beach
  3. Put gas in the car (nothing like having one square left).
  4. Go to WalMart (ugh, need I say more??)
  5. Study for the ACE Exam
  6. Schedule the ACE Exam (I’m thinking 2 months out from now).
  7. Go to the bank
  8. Figure out what to make for dinner.  (This one is especially hard).
  9. Go to the gym for 6:30pm cardio core class.  (This may be the one thing not done, because I may be really tired…I hate that the class is so late in the day).

Whoo-hoo! I’ve promised myself that after the gym this morning I am going to not stay and socialize and I am going to come home and study.  Gotta get my studyin’ on! You understand.

Today’s eats were fantastic.  I ate lunch before I went to WalMart, because my being hungry in WalMart while grocery shopping is never a good thing.  I have to say, I was disappointed that they didn’t have the cottage cheese I was looking for.  Now I have to stop at the grocery tomorrow for 1 thing.  That’s irritating. Oh well, I guess I’ll get over it! 😉

Before I left I had a gardenburger, cottage cheese, and broccoli with Braggs (my new fave condiment):

I have to apologize for some of these pictures. The battery in my camera is dying and apparently makes things look funny (yes, that’s what I’m going to keep telling myself, LOL) 😉

The burger doesn’t look like anything wonderful but has a ton of flavor.  Really good!!!

Then not 3 hours later, right on schedule, so I had a snack and then a cheese stick that there is not a picture of:

Blueberry Luna Bar!

It is strange, how each picture is blurry, though!  Ugh, sorry!  As I was inhaling the Luna Bar (I love Luna) I actually looked at it when there was this much left, and decided it warranted a picture!

Looks kinda cool 🙂

Yummy.  Then I went to the gym, where I took Cardio Core with Gloria who is a cardio phenomenon…and burned 300 calories.  I came home and made the most fantastic dinner I’ve had in a while.

Get a look at this:

French Bread. Roast Chicken.

I started with Jeremy’s homemade French Bread and leftover roasted chicken.  I added about an ounce of goat cheese:

the addition of goat cheese.

I put that in my convection oven for about 7 minutes.  In the meantime, I grabbed one of these:


I actually bought tomatoes at WalMart. Impressive!  I cut up the tomato and added some fresh basil.  I then proceeded to put it all together with some EVOO and balsamic vinegar.  OH MY GOODNESS.  I just made something that I would eat at a restaurant.  Maybe there’s hope for me after all! 😉

I ate it with broccoli, tomatoes and balsamic vinegar.

While I’m on the subject, I wish restaurants didn’t put so much junk in their food.  I would gladly pay a little more to eat clean, fresh food instead of all of the processed junk that I know they’re getting frozen and reheating.  I’m not saying all restaurants, but I don’t have access to a lot of good restaurants near my house (I think there’s 2 that come to mind right this instant).  Just good, clean, fresh food.  How hard is that concept?

It kills me that when you ask for your vegetables without anything on them, the waitresses start stuttering and then tell me that they’re not sure that they can do that in the kitchen.  Ugh.

I also ate an orange and a square of dark chocolate (Lindt 85%) YUMMY.  I didn’t eat them together, in case you were wondering.  But the pictures would have been boring compared to my “Balsamic Basil Chicken Stack”.

Clean food with flavor.

I hope you all have a productive Tuesday!  Mine will be less busy as I have 2 things to accomplish today:

  1. Study for the ACE exam
  2. Buy cottage cheese

Jessica xoxo