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Sunday Seasonings: SO MUCH FOOD!!!!

It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten to do a Sunday Seasonings, and boy do I have a lot of new and tasty recipes for you guys!!! Enough chat, let’s get started….breakfast anyone?! 😀

Close……but not quite. I do like a little variety–like for instance:

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Chocolate Cheesecake Pancakes!!!!

You’re probably thinking “chocolate cheesecake pancakes……no wonder you gained weight Lisa.” WRONG!! These bad boys are only 48 calories per pancake. Yes, you heard me right:

Nutrition Facts
Servings 16.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 48
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1 g 2 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 1 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 25 mg 8 %
Sodium 263 mg 11 %
Potassium 70 mg 2 %
Total Carbohydrate 5 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 5 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 4 g 9 %
Vitamin A 2 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 5 %
Iron 1 %

Now you’re probably wondering how these beauties were created. Very simple so here’s the recipe that I used (oh and these are Lisa and roommates approved, so if you have doubts–don’t. They’re delicious!)

1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
1 tsp Baking Powder
2/3 cup Stevia in the Raw
1 1/2 cups Low Fat Cottage Cheese
1 cup Unsweetened Original or Vanilla Almond milk (no sugar)
2 eggs
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

And here’s the link for the instructions.

http://overtimecook.com/2013/01/30/healthy-chocolate-cheesecake-pancakes/

Oh and by the way, it’s 48 calories with the sugar free chocolate chips. It’s about 50 or so with the chocolate chips, but you almost don’t need the chips, but I LOVED them too! 😀

Next breakfast thing I made was a egg waffle. Sounds weird, but it was like an bacon, cheese, and spinach omelet–but as a waffle. Just add a tiny bit of almond milk (or milk of your choice) to thin out the egg a bit so it can spread into the waffle maker evenly.

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Serve with toast and there ya go!!!

Now to snack time!!! New favorite snack, Citrus Yogurt Parfait!

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And all it is is Okios 0% Non-Fat Greek Yogurt (1/3 cup), 1/4 of a grapefruit with a bit of juice, and a little drizzle of honey for some sweetness!! SO GOOD!!! 😀

Onto Lunch and Dinner!!!!

Cucumber Tuna Boats? Yes!

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Make a simple tuna salad (mayo, mustard, tuna) and then de-seed a small cucumber, place tuna inside, top with cheese, and cut into pieces and enjoy! Not a cucumber fan–but I really liked this.

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Grilled Tilapia Fish Tacos–romaine lettuce:

1/4 tsp salt
2 small whole wheat tortillas
1 Tbsp Wholly Guacamole
1/2 cup shredded romaine lettuce
splash of lemon juice
4 oz, Frozen Tilapia Filets
dash of Cayenne Pepper

Grill the Tilapia in a skillet, on a grill, or bake it. Take tortillas and spread 1/2 the guac on each tortilla, place lettuce down, place 2 oz of fish on each tortilla, drizzle lemon juice on top, and then sprinkle on cayenne. Sounds like a weird combination–but really tasty!

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Chicken in Foil

1/3 cup Tri-Peppers (can find it frozen or homemade. If homemade then add a bit of white onion)

1/3 cup Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes

4 1/2 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast

I also added some cayenne, cumin, and chili powder–to taste–can’t say how much I used but I put it all over the potatoes, and on the chicken. You put that all in foil and then create a pocket so that the chicken will steam inside. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Take out and enjoy!! 😀

My other favorite was something I made over spring break for my parents was called Mouthwatering Chicken:

Here’s the original link, http://www.kitchme.com/recipes/melt-in-your-mouth-chicken-breast

But here’s how I revised it:

  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Kraft Mayo
  • 1/2 Tbsp Homestyle 100% Natural Parmesan
  • 16 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast

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I grilled these on the girl along with the asparagus, which I topped with olive oil, pepper, salt, and parmesan cheese. Add a side of rice, and you have a nice little lunch or dinner. It was SO good!!

YYYYUUUUMMMM!!! Just made myself hungry again! But hey, that’s all I have for this week. Will probably have some more next Sunday, but because I’m trying to get things out of our freezer and fridge (school ends in 35 days) I’m mainly just eating same old, same old things!

But until next time, this is the Farmer’s Daughter!!! 🙂

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Saturday Seasonings: Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki

Well, today has been a bit more unproductive homework wise….and cleaning wise…I had all these plans but then my ADCD (Attention Deficit Cleaning Disorder) has been kicking in so BAD!!! Not to mention, my fast from yesterday left me hungry this morning, and so I’m hoping that won’t kill me tomorrow because I was happy to see that 152. Then the KU game came on, so I thought I’d write up this blog real quick in between practicing my recital and doing some actual cleaning!!

Ok, I found this recipe on pinterest (like I do a lot of recipes) and it sounded pretty good, so I thought I would try it. I, however, did change it around from the original. I’ll give you the way I made it and then the link to the actual recipe 🙂 K? K. Let’s get going 🙂

For this recipe I used:

16 oz of Daily Chef Boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 cup of Wild Oats Organic Chicken Broth

1/2 cup of Great Value Low Sodium Soy Sauce

1 tsp of ground ginger

1/2 cup of Teriyaki Sauce

4 Tbsp of dark brown sugar

and 1 green onion

First thing first, defrost that chicken 😛

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While the chicken is defrosting, mix together all your other ingredients together in a bowl, and then cut up your green onion into fine little pieces

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After the chicken is done defrosting, cut it up into little bit size pieces (and yes, that is a cutting board in the shape of Kansas…….. 😀 😛 )

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Next, put the chicken into your sauce. I let it sit for about 30 minutes (more like 27 ’cause I got impatient) in order to let it kind of marinade.

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Then into the crock pot it goes!!! Look at that yumminess!!! Here I let it cook for about 4 hours, it might have been a bit less. But really just cook it on low (or high depending on how much time you got) until the chicken is completely cooked.

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The picture is sideways, and some of the chicken is missing because I ate some. I put it on top of some rice, and boy was it GGGGOOOODDDDD!!!!

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However, don’t take my word for it. My roommates liked it as well!! My version of this recipe was (according to myfitnesspal) :

105 calories

2 grams of fat

(The sodium was EXTREMELY too high as I found so I probably won’t make it again for that factor unless I can figure out how to get that salt down). Sodium was 1803 mg

7 grams of carbs

no dietary fiber 😛

5 grams of sugar

and 16 grams of protein

That’s all I got for this week!! I will have quite a few recipes next week, so I won’t be able to probably go THIS in depth with them, but I hope you like them!! This really was good, but that sodium *shudder*………..

Have a great rest of the weekend and a good start to week! I’ll be seeing you when I see you 😀

~The Farmer’s Daughter

http://www.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-chicken-teriyaki-500510

Saturday’s Seasonings: All Chicken…and then a fish

It’s SATURDAY!!! You know what that means right?! That’s right! Saturday’s Seasonings!!

Made some great recipes this week, and unfortunately that scale didn’t budge off of its 153-154 plateau that it’s on. (Ggggrrrr). Not that I’m sad that I’m sad about it being in this area, but I was hoping to be down to 150 by today. However, I still enjoyed my Valentine’s Day splurging on homemade cherry mashes. 😛

Here we go–> FOOD!!!!

Ultimate Turkey Burger

1 tsp, Minced Garlic

½ tbsp. green onion

2 slices, 45 Calories & Delightful 100% Whole Wheat With Honey

1 tsp Mayo

1 tsp Ketchup

½ tsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce

1 lettuce leaf

2 oz, Extra Lean Ground Turkey (per patty)

1 American Cheese Slice

1 tomato slice

Preheat grill to medium to high heat. Combine turkey, garlic, soy sauce, and green onion together in a boil. Divide into patty. Put meat to grill and cook to desired taste. Then top with cheese and then put a top on the grill to let the cheese melt. Once melted, remove and build your sandwich.

I forgot to take a picture….but it was SO good!!!

 Super Cheesy Turkey (Ham) Omlete

2 eggs

½ oz mild cheddar cheese

1 oz smoked turkey breast or ham

Butter skillet, whisk the eggs, pour them into skillet, let them start to cook for a bit. While their cooking, dice up turkey (ham) and then add them to one side of the omlete and then top that with the cheese. Fold over and allow egg to cook until brown, and then flip allowing the other side to brown as well. Serve with 2 slices of bacon and a piece of toast

(Same with this one)

 Creamy Chicken Alfredo Pasta

½ cup frozen broccoli florets, chopped up

2 Tbsp. Classico Light Creamy Alfredo Sauce

2 oz. boneless skinless chicken breast

1 ½ oz. organic whole-wheat spaghetti

1 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese for topping

1/4 cup Chicken Broth

Cook chicken breast ahead of time

Cook pasta accordingly, cook and then drain

In medium saucepan, stir alfredo sauce, chicken broth, and bit by bit of the starchy water and get to simmering. Add the chicken and cook until warm. Add in the broccoli and cook another 2-3 minutes, and then top the pasta with the sauce. Top with seasonings

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Chicken Stir-Fry

½ cup frozen broccoli stir-fry

2 ½ oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 Tbsp. chopped green onion

1 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce

1/4 tsp. coconut oil

¼ cup Rice Selects Royal Blend

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 Pan-Seared Tilapia with spinach

1 tilapia fillet

1/3 cup baby spinach, chopped and sautéed

1 Tbsp. Dakota style sunflower seeds

¼ tsp. grated Parmesan cheese

¼ tsp. extra virgin coconut oil

½ tsp. butter

Sprinkle salt, pepper, and a bit of basil on the fish. Start to grill in coconut oil and then flip over.  Add a bit more basil and then top with a tad bit of Parmesan.

Sauté spinach in a tsp of unsalted butter. Sprinkle on a bit of salt and add sunflower seeds. Once the spinach has taken a darker color, put on plate and then top with a bit of Parmesan.

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I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the spinach or the tilapia without some other sort of thing to take away the fish taste. But this was actually a great combination! I loved it!!

All of these recipes I really liked and enjoyed, and I highly bet that I’ll be making them again in my future! So now you guys try them out and tell me what you think! Remember, these recipes I have down are for 1 person, so you might have to double or whatever to make more. Another disclaimer (I don’t always measure 😛 )

Have a good week guys!! I have plans to finally have a post on Wednesday, so we’ll see if school lets me 😛

 

Saturday’s Seasonings: Finding New Favorites

Hello there fellow followers!! It’s been quite the battle to get back down to 150 since the holidays happened. Been a month and then some, and I’m just starting to see that number on the scale fall again 😛

In my attempt to get my body back in proper working order, I’ve been working again to get my calories up higher and I’ve finally reached that goal. I want to start T25 again and actually finish it this time, but I’ll let my body continue to “heal” itself before doing that again. But that’s for another post 😛

And in attempt to get back into a healed state–> I HAVE NEW RECIPES!!!!!! Most of these are from the Fat Belly Cure book and then some are ones I found on Pinterest. Hope you try them and enjoy!! And let me know what you think 😀

Recipes are for only 1 person

Smokey Turkey Sandwich:

2 slices 45 Calories & Delightful 100% Whole Wheat With Honey

1 slices cheese

1 tsp mayo or miracle whip

1 tbsp. Guacamole spread

1.5 oz, Mesquite Turkey Breast (each sandwich)

1 leaf lettuce

Assembly like a normal sandwich, serve with chips or veggies (whatever you wish) and enjoy!! I actually really liked this sandwich. The Guacamole really brings something out with the turkey and cheese…weird enough lol.

Detox Salad:

1 cup romaine

¼ cup Cauliflower

¼ cup Broccoli

1 Tbsp chopped Red Onion

1 celery stalk

1 Tbsp Roasted and salted sunflower kernals

1 cups Baby Spinach

1 cups Organic Baby Kale

2 Tbsp Sauerkraut

Assemble like a normal salad. Use some olive oil with cayenne pepper and pepper flakes and you have a great little salad. Amazingly I really liked this too, even though I thought I wouldn’t.

Pizza Blanca

1 Heart Friendly Pita Bread

1 Tbsp Light Creamy Alfredo Sauce

1/4 cup Low Moisture Part Skim Shredded mozzarella Cheese

2.50 oz Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (haven’t tried this yet, I think this is how much it might take to do the pizza)

1 Tbsp President Fat Free Feta Cheese Crumbled

1/4 cup, Tri Color Peppers and Onion

 It’s actually really simple, and it was really filling. Preheat oven to 425 degrees, put everything together, bake for 7-8 minutes, and BAM! Deliciousness in your mouth ya’ll!!!!!!

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As you can see, I added some carrot and celery sticks with fat free ranch as a side…that ranch got used on the pizza too 😛

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia (for 1)

1/2 Tbsp lemon juice

One 4 0z tilapia fillet

1/2 tsp. paprika

1/4 Tbsp dried parsley flakes

1 Tbsp 4c Homestyle Grated Parmesan cheese

Here’s the actual link in order to see how to make it 🙂

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/five-ingredient-recipes/parmesan-crusted-tilapia

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Serve with a basic salad of romaine lettuce, spinach, red onion, some Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top, olive oil, cayenne and red pepper flakes–> a great little meal.

Mediterranean Omelet

2 egg

½ tsp Minced Garlic

1 Tbsp Green onion

1 tsp butter

1 Tbsp sliced mushrooms

¼ cups baby spinach (chopped or not)

1 tbsp President Fat Free Feta Cheese Crumbled

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Chocolate Sludge

1 tsp Stevia in the Raw (or to sweet taste)

1 scoop, Chocolate or Vanilla protein powder

1 Tbsp, PB2 (Powdered Peanut Butter)

1 Tbsp Cocoa Natural Unsweetened

½ Tbsp, Sugar Free Chocolate Chips (you can skip these but I like them)

1/4 cup, Blueberries (optional)

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Bacon and Feta Chicken Salad

1 cup Lettuce

1 medium carrot

1 Tbsp, Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Stone Ground Dijon Mustard

½ cup baby spinach

2.5oz, boneless, skinless chicken breast

2 slices fully-cooked bacon

15 g diced tomato

1 Tbsp President Fat Free Crumbled Feta Cheese

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*The Dijon mustard and apple cider made a little dressing for the salad. I really didn’t like this one too much, but try it and see what you guys think

Robust BBQ Chicken Pizza

1 Heart Friendly Pita Bread

1 Tbsp KC Masterpiece Original

2.5 oz, Chicken Breast, Boneless Skinless

¼ cup Low Moisture Part Skim Shredded mozzarella Cheese

½ slice red onion

1Tbsp President Fat Free Feta Cheese Crumbled

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This probably just became one of my favorite pizzas!!!!! My Kansas side really came out, oh it was ssssoooooo good!!!!!!

Chocolate Yogurt Parfait

1 tsp Stevia in the raw

1 Tbsp Fisher’s Chopped Walnuts

½ tbsp, Cocoa Powder Unsweetened

1/3 cup Okios Greek Yogurt – Plain 0% Fat

*can add blueberries too it to make it even better 😛

Tuna Sandwich

Make tuna salad like usual (can of tuna, tbsp of mayo, a bit of mustard, and pinch of stevia)

2 slices of bread

1 hard boiled egg either in the salad or sliced on top

¼ cup baby spinach

Also for the Super Bowl, I played around with a few new recipes that I wanted to try. One was really simple, BLT sliders:

Just bacon, a few slices of onion, tomato slice halved, and a small square of cheese. Put inside a small piece of romaine lettuce (kind of like a taco) and then held together by a toothpick.

Then I made Buffalo Cauliflower Wings. I know it sounds weird, but I actually really liked them.

Here’s the link: http://www.closetcooking.com/2013/01/buffalo-roasted-cauliflower.html

and just to tell you, I only used 2 tablespoons and that was hot enough for me.

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Along with that I made a chocolate blackberry frozen yogurt. Needless to say, depending on what kind of Greek yogurt you use, you might have to add a bit more stevia or sweetner. And here’s the link for that.

http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2012/05/blackberry-chocolate-greek-frozen-yogurt-cones/

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That’s all I got for this week, and (like usual) I will have more to tell you about next Saturday! Have a good one!!!

Monday’s Musings: Belly Fat Cure 1 Week Challenge

Hey everyone! Last Sunday I talked about a 1 week challenge that my parents and I were going on last week. We did it, and I wish I could tell you the results for myself–but we had Christmas last night so I didn’t weigh this morning because….well you can figure it out 😛 However, I loved it. People in Denver often ask me why I go back to Kansas for so long, or why I’m going to return there after graduation. The reason, I love it here! I love home–the openness, the freedom, the ideals, the people, the environment, and most importantly–my family! This is where my roots are set and actually where I would like to raise my family, but that’s a different conversation. Maybe for Christmas 😉

Anyway, to the 1 week challenge. It was actually a lot simpler then I thought. We did the carb week, and that actually had me worried because I was going to eat more carbs then then I had in a LONG time. Going into this (like I said on Sunday) was that I was worried about gaining weight from all this, but I was surprised when I started going down in weight. Ounce by ounce, but an ounce is an ounce. For last week, I lost 2 pounds. Started out at 152 and ended on Sunday at 150. This was surprising that I even lost that much, because I was actually expecting to gain weight.

I didn’t realize how much sugar I personally eat in a day, even when I watch it very carefully. I went over 15 grams every day, but I did try to keep it as low as possible. Friday was crazy cause I went on a sweet binge, where I needed chocolate and peanut butter and I wanted it NOW!!! (Today was a sweet binge day too because I made some fudge for gifts….off to do total body workout 😛 )

Even with that binge I dropped some pounds and I laughed because I realized that this is the lifestyle I should have all the time. With such an intense workout like T25 or Insanity, it’s important to up the calories (even if it was from too many sweets….oops…) but this is a plan I think I can follow. It’s definitely something that I’m going to do at the start of the new year after all this craziness ends. Help get myself started on a good note. Here are some of the recipes that we did. (I forgot to take pictures of all of them, but they were all really good recipes):

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This is a Greek type of salad with a Greek pizza. Instead of tomato sauce, it was Fettuccine sauce. I really liked it, Dad on the other hand……..really need to get his taste palate to grow.

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Tried two different whole wheat pancake recipes, broke down and just bought some mix 😛 but on the right it has homemade blueberry/blackberry/raspberry jam with berry topping and then the left is just plain original.

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Salad and then a Sage sausage tomato penne dish. Again, mom and I enjoyed this but Dad…… 😛

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I’m not a veggie pizza person, but this pizza was actually quite delicious. Had black olives, mushrooms, red onions, broccoli, mozzarella cheese, and red pepper flakes. Next time I want to try fettuchine sauce on it!!

That’s all I got for the 1 week challenge!! I really liked it, so we’ll just have to see what happens when I use it to get back on track (if I need to get back on track) after Christmas! I’ll let you guys know how this week goes with the multiple Christmas dinners and we’ll get back on track with our weight journey in the new year!! Enjoy life with your family. Eat, live, love, and be merry!!!

Merry Christmas from the Farmer’s Daughter!!!!

Sunday Seasonings: Starting a One Week Challenge

To start off, here is a recipe that I found very tasty after a good hard workout. I call it chocolate blueberries 😛

Take a scoop of chocolate protein powder

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

and a tiny bit of water to give the powder some smoothness (ice cream consistency with the frozen-ness of the blueberries)

HEAVEN!!!!

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I wonder if you blend it up a bit if it would BE ice cream 😀

Here’s to letting you guys in on something that my mom, me, and (at least for some of it) my dad will be undertaking this week. A while back, my mom bought this book called the Belly Fat Cure. I was in high school and didn’t think that I would like it, it would be too hard, or I just couldn’t do it. I wasn’t into that whole “health” thing. Getting my dad to do something like this–yeah…..right….but as I was talking about Friday: enjoying Christmas, food, and such it was great until that cursed scale started to inch itself back up (much to my dismay).

So mom pulled down this book again, looked at it, and then handed it to me.

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As I looked at the book, and read through it–I realized that what he was saying the same thing that THM is saying. Jorge however runs his system through a S/C system. No more then 6 servings of carbs (120 grams) a day and no more then 15 grams of sugar a day. In this book, he talks about the harm of sugar (especially refined sugar) and how it causes problems with belly fat. (This is what I’m struggling with right now with these last couple of pounds and inches). He uses a carb swap system and believes that insulin is the cause of all problems. He does say that exercise is optional while following this plan, which…….in my case, increasing calories and then lowering the intensity of my workouts in order to balance my hormones, (and get Mother Nature to get back to running), this sounds good.

He talks about how you can lose up to 4-9 pounds in a week. Now, while this sounds amazing–I’m wondering if it’s actually true. (I really hope it is though….at least so that way I can lose what I gained back 😛 ) The book gives 5 one week plans to follow, so we’re following the “carb lover” week, and we’ll see how this works. However, if that scale starts to inch toward 155 and over then we’ll have to do something for the rest of the Christmas season, and then start this back up at the start of the year.

Ironically, he does tell you to stay away from fruits that have high sugars (but once you get to your goal then you can add back in 2 servings of fruit). But I’ll be adding in some blueberries and banana with the blackberries and raspberries because…..every where I look they say–blueberries: the weight loss fruit. The book also gives a bunch of recipes along with some carb swap products he suggests and a carb swap food list that gives you a series of food items with the S/C for each.

(This will be hard for me considering there is fudge in the fridge, cookies in the cookie jar, and I want to make more 😛 )

Now here we go people, let the one week challenge begin!!! I’ll let you know what’s happening on Wednesday and we’ll see how this goes right before the holidays 😛

Merry Christmas!!!!

Fitness Friday: IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

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It’s Friday!!! And luckily it’s been 3 days since I’ve been home and I have to say, I LOVE IT!! Made the fudge and cookies for gifts for roommates/teachers, but luckily I got to bring some home with me. 😛 Most of you are probably like, “uh…sugar cookies and fudge? I thought you were working on weight loss here Lisa?” Oh I am, don’t get me wrong. But it’s Christmas time, and who says you can’t have some fun with it. Even Shaun T. says you can splurge a bit during the holiday season.

But let me set some things up since I’ve been gone awhile. Getting back to school after Thanksgiving, I decided to stop T25. Reasons why:

1) To try a little muscle confusion and see if that helps with that little bit of fat that I have around my love handles still.

2) Help get over this athletic amenorrhea and get back to my regular schedule “lifestyle” (though some people have asked me why, they think it would be great not to have that monthly visit—but I really want it back LOL)

3) Needed something new.

I’ve gotten to my goal of 150 by Christmas break (though I’m sitting at 150.6…which I would like to see the 6 be a 0, or even 145 and high 40s would be okay 😛 ) but I was so worried that I was going to gain weight like I did at Thanksgiving. I think about this and I I’m seriously like, “I’m tired of being frightened of food and that I’m going to gain weight every time I eat.”

My purpose of losing weight wasn’t to be worried about food, (and don’t worry friends–I enjoy sweets, pasta, bread, milk, peanut butter, and everything else to become anorexic. Pinky swear!) but for some reason–I’ve let myself become afraid of it. I look at food and all I see is “weight gain, weight gain, weight gain,” that’s not right though. I do eat healthy. I’ve gotten into this mentality of life where I can look at sweets and not want them, I like eating salads, I understand portion controls, I can tell you what a serving of certain foods are, I switch out fruits for candy, I have on my dresser right now 2 mini bags of mini Reece’s, 2 Cherry Mash’s, a small fun size bag of peanut butter M&M’s–and I haven’t touched them–my self-control can be great sometimes.

It’s other food though, I want to eat pizza, mac and cheese, chicken enchilada’s, eat Chinese, etc, and not be scared.  It’s an interesting concept if you think about it–but here’s what I think. (And I could be wrong, just personal belief). When you want something, you’re going to crave it until you get it, and if you keep yourself from eating it then you’re more likely to go hog-wild when you do. (I’m not quite sure if I haven’t mentioned that before in a post or not, but I think it’s worth repeating 🙂 ) As my mom has told me, with me being who I am and having the genetics I do, I may not be able to ever just get down and then stop. I’m going to have to watch and be mindful of everything I put in my mouth. Not that that’s bad, but just because I probably will have to watch doesn’t mean I have to be “scared of food”. I’m to the point now where I’m looking to tone and become more defined. I’m worried about inches now and not so much about weight– so I’m trying to tell myself–make those enchilada’s and see if dad likes them, eat some pizza, but do it smartly.

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With being home, I want to help my dad lose some weight because he needs to for his health as well. To help with his bad back, knees, cholesterol, blood pressure–it would be good for him. Like father like daughter though–he LOVES to eat! So it’s up to me to find healthy recipes that he will like (he’s actually really picky), and easy/simple recipes that my mom can make since both of them work. I’m thinking about adding a few of the THM concepts to my eating as well. That’s my goal while home, and I also think that this will be good for me too because I can also start EATING again. Like real food eating. This way I can teach him what he needs to do, and lets see if I can help him lose some of that weight

Back to my schpiel about Christmas: in my mind, it’s okay to do a little splurging on the Christmas sweets, just don’t go crazy. For me, I brought some cookies and fudge home. But I only have a piece of fudge (just 1) or a cookie at lunch, or I space it out–cookie at lunch, fudge at supper or vice versa. Enjoy the season guys, that’s what it’s all about. Just be smart, use your head, and remember that you need to eat healthy but it’s okay to have some fun!

And here’s something I thought was a bit cool:

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These were my favorite pair of jeans. When I first got to Denver, they were skin tight, and even after Thanksgiving (probably can’t tell) but they aren’t so skin tight anymore 😀

 Enjoy Christmas everyone and I’ll be back with some new recipes I’ve tried…or will try….getting to it 😛