Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Greek Zoodles

1 large zucchini
1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
1/4 small onion, sliced
2 Tbsp Feta
1 Tbsp Greek vinaigrette dressing
1 Tsp oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Sperilli Spiral Veg Peeler

In a medium sauté pan over med/high heat, add the oil and let it get hot.

Add in onion and tomato.

While the onion and tomato sauté, using the peeler, process the entire zucchini into noodle shreds.

Add zucchini "zoodles" to the pan and sauté until softened (about 5 mins)

Remove pan from heat and add remaining ingredients.  Toss to coat and serve.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Dessert for Breakfast

1 Fuji apple, cut into small, bite-sized, pieces
1 banana
2 Tbsp crainins (reduced sugar)
water as needed...couple Tbsp.

1 Tbsp sugar free toffee syrup
Cinnamon to taste
Sugar free cool whip

Bring a skillet up to medium/high heat and add apples.  Drizzle in some water a tablespoon at a time just to simmer in the bottom of the pan (and a little sugar free syrup, if you like).  Once the apples begin to soften (about 5 minutes), add in the bananas and stir gently until they begin to caramelize.

Top with cool whip and cinnamon.
I usually eat this with a protein shake, but you can also serve it over oatmeal. 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Orchard Chicken Salad

1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
1/2 a Fuji apple, diced
1 celery rib, diced
2 Tbsp craisins
1 Tbsp pecans, chopped
1 Laughing Cow Light Swiss cheese wedge
1Tbsp Ken's Lite Ceasar dressing
1 Tbsp Wifked Natural's Caramel Mustard

Sunday, 4 August 2013

New Memories, Old Home

After my dad passing last October, my mom has been living alone.  She decided she didn't much care for it, so when mine and my husbands' lease came up, she asked us to move in with her.  After some thought, Hubs and I realized it would be a good idea for all of us, so last weekend we moved back into my parents' home, now taking up residency in the master suite.  It will be a transition for us, we haven't lived with my parents since we were teenagers in high school, but over all, things have worked out quite smoothly and I am finding it easier and easier to feel excited (rather than anxious) about all the change.

It's a strange feeling coming back to live in this house as a married adult.  I feel like I am back home, but am fulfilling a new role in it.  The first is that when I lived here as a teenage, it was a very unhealthy and sedentary life.  I ate mostly microwave food, fast food, junk food, and pizza...rinse, repeat.  I ate shit and did not exercise...ever.  Leading me up to the 320lbs I weighed when I began my weight loss journey 3 years ago.  NOW, living here, I have taken over the kitchen.  My mom has never really liked cooking and eats simple to buy and prepare foods (think rotisserie chicken, canned green beans, etc.). Nothing wrong with that, but she certainly is not one to spend all day cooking, baking, or simmering a masterpiece, like I am!  

Every day this week I've made dinner for us and have enjoyed not only using the kitchen ( which is MUCH larger than our old one was) but also just having someone around to enjoy the healthy meals I make.  I can't wait to spend more time in the beautiful kitchen with my redefined family, making new memories in my old home.

Great things- love seeing all our lunch boxes lined up every evening on top of the fridge.  I am proud that we are a family who packs our lunches every single day, weather it be to stay in control of our diets, or to keep to a budget.  It's a win/win on all fronts.

And since ya'll like to see recent pictures of what my healthy life style is accomplishing- here's a selfie I snapped today just for you!  Weighing in around 165 today and most proud of the definition I'm working on in my arms.  Please keep in mind that the angle of this picture is a bit skewed, up in the air and all (making me look thinner than I probably am) But it's hard to take a full body shot of yourself. LOL. And you can't fake the healthy skin the fact that I've lost 160 lbs from my picture on the right! ;-)

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Once a Week Cooking

Shew!! Just finishing up in the kitchen today! It took me about 6 hours, and 3 rounds of the dish washer. I'm now just waiting on one last potato casserole (Aaron's favorite) to come out of the oven. Once a week cooking means I know that I have whole foods, ready to eat, and supporting a balanced diet. It doesn't get much easier than heating something up in the oven or microwave while I shower after work or the gym! We save money by avoiding eating out with the exception of our date nights once a weekend. We are busy people working long hours who often eat every meal away from home, so eating the same foods for 4-5 days really doesn't bother us as long as they are foods we like. We enjoy the convenience of walking to the fridge and filling up our lunch boxes quickly in the morning and hardly ever have the "what are we gonna eat?" conversation. I also often double recipes to put into our freezer for weeks when I don't have time to cook on Sunday, or when we have run out of food by Thursday or Friday.

This is what cooking for the week looks like for my family:

Top shelf holds cheese (it was on sale this week, so some of which I have now put in the freezer), meats (ham for sandwiches, and ground beef that will likely be turned into taco meat), boiled eggs, and Crystal Light.

Middle shelf holds shredded chicken (mostly for the dog, she's gotta eat too!), Korean BBQ (Bulgogi) that Aaron will eat for dinners with the potato casserole, and behind that are wraps and breads, Aaron's ham and cheese sliders he will eat for lunches, and Egg McMuffins for his breakfast, Then my yogurts, and raw eggs.

Bottom shelf holds butternut squash casserole for my dinners, and a cauli-chowder with ham and vegetables for my lunches. Some leftover chicken parmesan casserole (for Aaron), grapes, and marinating steak.

(Not pictured are the snack packs mentioned earlier and all the veggies in the bottom drawers)

Seems like a TON of food for just two people, but I'm ALWAYS amazed at how fast we go through it. Only thing left from last weeks cooking is about a quarter of that chicken parmesan casserole on the bottom shelf...

Yes, Aaron and I eat differently. He is not on the same journey with me and that's OK! It doesn't stop me from doing what I want, and I feel better knowing that the food he is eating I made myself (as opposed to coming from fast-food, which is likely what he would eat if I didn't prepare his meals for him.)

To say my freezer is full would be an understatement. :) I stay well stocked, it's true. And, if we ever get hit with a linger power outage I will be SO pissed off, but it is what it is! LOL I won't go into everything that's in there, but I wanted to show you and give you full disclosure that we're normal! We eat real foods that you find at Kroger. It's NOT all vegetables and beans and chicken...

No comments about a bomb going off in here!! LOL

Monday, 24 June 2013

Then & Now Swim Suit Edition

I'm estimating that the weight difference between these two pictures is around 120 lbs.  Pic on the left is from February 2010- I bought this suit for water aerobics class which was my first foray into exercise I believe it was a 26 or 24.  Picture on the right was taken today- I bought this suit for a trip to Charleston with friends this weekend- the top is a large and the bottom is 2x.  I buy the 2x not because the large doesn't fit, but because I need to be able to pull it up to my waist instead of it sitting on my hips.  I'm feeling great and I mostly love how I look in clothes...adding bathing suits to that list is pretty awesome.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Then and now

Photo on the left was my first 5k and I was already excited that I had lost about 20 lbs. :)