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.

Parfait

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:

Yuuuummmmmm!!!

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?


…and success!!!

August 2, 2010

Hey y’all!

I have had an eventful couple of days!  Lots of pictures to show you! 🙂  I’ve been cooking up a storm.  Meals, desserts, bruncheon coffee cake.   Not as many kitchen calamaties as the week before.  No kitchen calamaties usually = success!

Before I forget, a big shout-out to Lauren and Melissa who both had birthdays this weekend.  Happy Birthday!

Today was also my kids first day back to school.  Yes, it’s only August 2nd.  BUT, we get a week off every other month and 2 at Christmas.  It works out really well.  (They got out of school May 26th this year).

3 Musketeers!

I am so proud of all of them.  They were all so excited! I was also excited…after they got on the bus, I went into the house and there was….nothing….no noise! Aaaaahhhhh!

My little sweetie!

 So my girlfriend Melissa was having a poolside bruncheon and I needed something to make to take over, so I decided on a blueberry coffee cake.  It was clean in the sense that it didn’t have any preservatives (obviously, since it was homemade) but there was sugar in it.  (I don’t think that baked goods turn out well without sugar.  I  try to decrease sugars and oils and that works well sometimes! 🙂  I stuck to the original recipe which you can get here.

I got several compliments on it.  It was sweet from the blueberries but not that sickening-sweet that a lot of baked goods are. So, SUCCESS! 😀

I also made zucchini bread, and this was a recipe where I cut down the oil from 1/3 cup to 2 Tb. and it was still really good!

Success! 🙂

There was also some granola thanks to Mama Pea’s Multigrain Pomegranate Granilla Recipe.

I didn’t have pomegranate seeds, so I substituted raisins.  I baked it, but forgot that my oven runs kind of hot, so it turned out just-this-side-of-burned. Not terrible, and still edible! Not an entire success.

Try, try again…

Perfection! Success. 🙂 Cranberries instead of raisins. 

In other news:  I started Insanity today!!!  I took the fit test, and scored what I considered “average” for someone who works out on a daily basis.  It’s different for me, I’m not used to boot camp style exercising, so this should be a good switch up.  Looking to start day 1 tomorrow!!! Uh, after the gym, LOL!

I wanted to share this picture with you…it’s my favorite clean eating “go-to” meal…shredded Mexican chicken.

spices.

How easy is that? Add low-sodium broth and boneless, skinless chicken.  Boil.  That’s it!!  The spices are ancho chili powder (a la Bobby Flay ;)) smoked ground cumin, mexican oregano, garlic, bay leaves and onion.  You can use it in soups, burrito’s, taco’s, nacho’s, salads…add homemade salsa and guacamole and you’ve got a great meal! 😀