Wednesday, March 30, 2011

No-Boil Mushroom Lasagna Recipe From Rocco DiSpirito

I was sent this recipe to share with you. Just a little...taste of what's in Rocco DiSpirito's new book Now Eat This! Diet. Don't forget to enter to win 1 of 4 signed copies I'm giving away.



No-Boil Mushroom Lasagna
SERVES 4

YEARS AGO, after she came to Hollywood and became an international film star, Sophia Loren gave the media her most sultry pose one day and reportedly said, “All you see, I owe to pasta.” Americans now know what
Italians and others have known for centuries: Pasta is cheap, chic, and healthy. I don’t like diets that give you scheduled feedings of birdseed, so, my friends, thank you for coming back to the pasta fold. This recipe uses no-boil
noodles. Mushrooms and no-boil lasagna noodles were made for each other. Because mushrooms release a lot of water during cooking, they essentially steam the noodles, thereby cooking them.


INGREDIENTS


Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups reduced-fat ricotta cheese, such as Sargento
½ cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh fl at-leaf parsley
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces (about 8 sheets) no-boil whole wheat
lasagna noodles, such as Dalallo
10 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
4 ounces white button mushrooms
½ cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese



METHOD

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat the inside of an 8 x 8 x
2-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
2 In a medium bowl, add the ricotta, basil, parsley, and ¾
cup Parmigiano-Reggiano. Mix with a spoon until blended.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
3 Line the bottom of the prepared baking pan with two lasagna
sheets. Top with ½ cup of the cheese mixture. Using the
back of a spoon, spread the mixture so that the noodles
are covered. Top with a layer of mushrooms. Repeat the
procedure two more times. On the last layer, place two
lasagna sheets on top of the mushrooms. Spread a layer of
the remaining cheese mixture on top. Scatter the mozzarella
and remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano on top.
4 Cover tightly with foil and bake in the oven for 30
minutes.
5 Raise the temperature of the oven to 425°F, and bake for
another 15 minutes. Uncover the dish and continue to bake
for another 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

PER SERVING
388calories 15gfat ( 8gsat / 2.6gmono / 1.2gpoly )
57mgcholesterol 510mgsodium
34gcarbohydrate 3gfiber 28g protein

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Firm Express Thin in 30


Yesterday was my first day of The Firm Express Thin in 30...you can read my results for The 4 Day Kick Start Plan here. 

The workout calendar set out in the booklet that comes with this plan says if you are "new to exercise or to The Firm"...I am going to follow it this week and then decide whether I want to add in more. I am definitely NOT new to exercise. Although I think my consistency in eating and working out has slipped and this plan could be awesome at getting that back into place. We'll see. 

I do have a couple of yoga DVDs that were sent to me that I need to review, so I will probably add those in on my off days. I will also be running once a week. I have a 5k in April I'd still like to do and don't want my running to slip. I would do that with any plan...I'm a runner, it's hard to cut down to that!

I plan to stick to their eating plan as much as possible, but will also include other meals/snacks I like. I will however stick to their recommendations and make sure what I eat is shaped around those. 

According to their calorie recommendations I should be eating 1800 calories a day. Now, this is a general recommendation. This week I am going to give myself a range of 1600-1800 and see how that goes. In the past I've felt 1800 was too high for me to lose weight. But I've had a lot of people say I should be eating that many calories, so I'm going to take this week to play with it and see what happens. I'll adjust from there. I think we have to go with what works for us.

I am looking forward to this 30 days. It is going to be a learning process for me no matter. I've always been the more is better thinker. Especially when it comes to exercise. 20 minute workouts 3 days a week is a little daunting to me. In that it's so much less than what I think I need to do to lose weight. But at the same time, my idea of needing to workout at least 45 minutes to an hour 6 days a week tends to cause me to start and stop my efforts. Consistency is key, I know this. I look forward to this plan for that reason. Practicing consistency.

You can follow my daily tracking of this plan on Adventures in Tracking.



I am just a blogger, not a doctor, trainer, or any sort of professional. What you read here are my personal experiences and opinions. Of course, always consult your doctor before trying a diet, supplement, or new workout program.
The Firm Express system was sent to me for review. All posts and opinions are completely honest and my own. I receive no compensation for sharing my experience.

The Firm Express 4 Day Kick Start Plan Results and Review

Gaiam - As Seen on TV
First, I'll get right to the numbers of my results with The Firm Express 4 Day Kick Start program...


Beginning stats were:
Starting Weight: 191
BF%: 35.9
Waist: 36.5
Right thigh: 23
Right calf: 15.25
Hips: 44
Right arm: 12.5



4 Days later, final stats were:
Weight: 189
BF%: 35.1
Waist: 36
Right thigh: 22.5
Right calf: 15.25
Hips: 44
Right arm: 12.5


For 4 days, I'm very pleased with those results. Now, being that I'm measuring myself, the measurements could be a bit off. If I didn't get the measuring tape in the exact same spot for example. But I measured my waist twice and am pretty sure I got it right. .5 inch down shocked me.


Now, for my review of the 4 Day Kick Start plan...


Basically, it's a low calorie plan, with 50 to 60 minutes of workouts per day. The base plan was a bit too low in calories for me personally, but then I read that if you are above 150 pounds you can add a couple of snacks. Which I chose to do.


I didn't stick to it 100% perfectly, I had an extra banana one day, an extra apple another, nothing major. I also repeated a few snacks and meals instead of doing the exact meal plan, mostly to save on the grocery budget. I did miss some workouts one day also...which all makes me wonder what the results would have been if I had manged to stick to it 100%. But, I'm a mom, and life is life.


The workouts are fairly fast paced and since I'd never done The Firm I only used 5 and 8 pound weights for all of the workouts. I wanted to familiarize myself with the moves. I definitely should have used 10s for many. Now, that's just my fitness level, not any sort of a recommendation. Always work within your abilities, trying to go too heavy could cause injury and seriously sideline your exercise efforts. I've been lifting heavy for a while and have workouts I use 15s and 20s. But with these workouts, they do the moves so quickly that I don't think I'll be needing the 20s at all.


Overall I liked the 4 Day Kick Start plan. I think I may do it again...say, before fitbloggin ;) 


The foods were yummy and kept me satisfied. This actually surprised me. Normally when I get around 1200 calories I'm famished all day. I think the inclusion of healthy fats like walnuts and avacado did the trick. The one thing I came away with that I was really shocked about was I'm not freaking out and obsessing about food like I had been. For some reason I really feel at peace with food right now. It's not on my mind constantly. I feel in control of it instead of it controlling me. Normally a restricted calorie plan has the opposite effect on me.


I enjoyed the workouts. I definitely need to do them a few more times to get all the moves down. I'm usually more inclined to more basic, slow moves when incorporating weights, even with cardio I'm pretty basic too I guess. But, I think this could be a good thing, change can be good for the body!




I am just a blogger, not a doctor, trainer, or any sort of professional. What you read here are my personal experiences and opinions. Of course, always consult your doctor before trying a diet, supplement, or new workout program.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Now Eat This! Diet by Rocco DiSpirito GIVEAWAY

Happy Monday!


I'm excited to bring you a fun giveaway today. 


Rocco DiSpirito has a new book out. I love his cookbooks, but this time it's not just an amazing cookbook, it's an entire diet/healthy living plan. And today...You can enter to win one of four signed copies! 


Read on to find out more:


"Going on a diet does not necessarily mean saying farewell to all of your favorite foods! Award-winning celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito changed his life and his health-without giving up the foods he loves or the flavor. He has lost more than 20 pounds, participated in dozens of triathlons, and-after an inspirational role as a guest chef on The Biggest Loser-changed his own diet and the caloric content of classic dishes on a larger scale. In NOW EAT THIS! DIET, complete with a foreword by Dr. Mehmet Oz, DiSpirito offers readers a revolutionary 2-week program for dropping 10 pounds quickly, with little effort, no deprivation, and while still eating 6 meals a day and the dishes they crave, like mac & cheese, meatloaf, BBQ pork chops, and chocolate malted milk shakes. The secret: Rocco's unique meal plans and his 75 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snack time, all with zero bad carbs, zero bad fats, zero sugar, and maximum flavor. Now readers can eat more and weigh less-it's never been so easy!"

You can head to Amazon.com to get your copy.



Now, to the good part...you can win a pristine hand signed copy direct from Rocco himself! Rocco has hooked me up with 4 signed copies of Now Eat This! Diet to give away to you, my awesome readers.

Here’s how you can win your own signed copy of Now Eat This! Diet, signed by Rocco DiSpirito:



Comment on this post and share the following: "What's your motivation to lose weight/make healthier choices?"


Enter through Sunday April 3, 2011 at 7 pm Mountain Time. At the end of the contest,  I’ll pick 4 winners via random.org to receive the autographed books and announce them Monday April 4, 2011 on this blog and my twitter. 


Also, feel free to use the hashtag "#choose2lose" on Twitter (along with @katdoesdiets) in a tweet to share a link of this contest post for an extra entry! Be sure to leave another comment here that you did so.

Ready to enter and win? Comment away!



Whether you're chosen as a lucky winner or not, Rocco shares exclusive healthy tips from his latest cookbook and recipes on his Twitter, so be sure to follow him @RoccoDiSpirito.

*Please note that this contest is open to US residents only.



**I was provided a copy of Now Eat This! Diet for review. The giveaway is sponsored and winnings go directly to chosen winners.  I receive no compensation for hosting this giveaway.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Quote

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
Michelangelo

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Break?

I. Am. Tired.


Sick kid.


Two littler ones to occupy and keep away from germified one.


Were supposed to be going on a mini vacay.


Not sure we are still.


Wondering where the break went in spring break ;)


Blog break, technology break, possibly rest of week.


Stumbling off to coffee pot.....

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Protein Cookies and Protein Muffins

Today, my teen is sick, I was up for 2 hours with him in the middle of the night...I...am...exhausted. I'll be unplugging the rest of the day, but first...


I thought I'd share some recipes I've been working on. 


First the cookie recipe...I still need to play with it a little, the consistency isn't quite right yet. As my kids say, they're too 'puffy'. But I liked them.


Puffy Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies:

  • 1 1/4 cup Coach's Oats blended in blender to a flour consistency (you could substitute whole wheat flour, or flour of your choice, but hubby doesn't eat wheat)
  • 1 cup vanilla whey protein powder (I used BSN Lean Dessert Protein in Whipped Vanilla Cream)
  • 3 packets Truvia
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Tblsp butter
  • 4 Tblsp mini chocolate chips
Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. I used about 1/2 tblsp of dough for each cookie which made about 30 cookies. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.
I think they need a little less flour, but, if I perfect these, I'll be back with an update! 

Banana Muffins
  • 1 cup vanilla whey protein powder (I used the same as above)
  • 1 cup Coach's Oats blended in blender to flour consistency
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 egg
Put in paper muffin cups in muffin tin and bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

Now, I am at high altitude, so you may need to adjust the flour down a bit, depending where you live. 

Happy healthy baking!

Monday, March 21, 2011

The FIRM Express Hype or Help?

Today I begin my in depth review, aka Hype or Help Experiment, of The FIRM Express Get Thin in 30. I'm excited to try this new program, to see what results I get with it. I have to confess: I haven't done The Firm workouts previously.
Since receiving this package I have been doing my research and I'm pretty impressed and not sure WHY I haven't done The Firm workouts before.

A little info from their site:

The FIRM Express offers you:
  • A Revolutionary Technique Called Mini Bursts, quick blast intervals combined with The FIRM's already powerful Cardio + Sculpt fitness method. Guaranteed to get you thinner, tighter and leaner - fast!
  • 30-Day, four cycle system specifically sequenced to optimize weight loss in just 30 short days
  • Each cycle includes three unique workouts, that's a total of 12 power-packed DVD's! PLUS a Bonus DVD to Kick Start Your Metabolism
  • Exercise LESS for FASTER results you only need 3, 20-minute workouts a week to see results, half the time than doing regular cardio
  • Burn up to 9X more fat than traditional cardio workouts
  • Work Out Smarter Not Longer and sculpt your thighs, buns, abs and upper body to perfection
  • 24/7 fat burning your body will continue to burn calories long after your workout is over - burn extra calories with no extra effort!
  • Flat abs through constant core muscle engagement
  • The FIRM is the ONLY fitness innovator utilizing this revolutionary technique. You won't see this in any other workout program!
  • INCLUDES: 12 ALL-NEW DVDs, a Fitness Guide with a 30-day mix and match meal plan and workout calendar, FREE 30 day VIP web club membership, 7-Day supply of LIFEMAX vitamins, and MORE including FREE BONUSES. See complete details.


The above video is a little preview of the bonus DVD included with this set.

For this experiment I will be doing the 4 Day Kick Start Plan followed by the 30 day Get Thin in 30 plan. I will be tracking my daily eats and workouts over on my tracking blog Adventures in Tracking if you're interested.

Today is day 1 of the 4 Day Kick Start Plan. Now for the beginning stats (ugh):

Starting Weight: 191
BF%: 35.9
Waist: 36.5
Right thigh: 23
Right calf: 15.25
Hips: 44
Right arm: 12.5

Here I go!

Gaiam - As Seen on TV
Updates:
4 Day Kick Start Results
What's in the box and initial impressions
Final Results and Review


I am just a blogger, not a doctor, trainer, or any sort of professional. What you read here are my personal experiences and opinions. Of course, always consult your doctor before trying a diet, supplement, or new workout program.
I received The FIRM Express system for free for my review. I receive no compensation for my time or posts. Opinions and experiences are 100% honest and my own.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Quote

You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. That's what makes you a winner.
Venus Williams

Friday, March 18, 2011

Treading Water

Since the beginning of February I've basically been treading water. Paralyzed in my efforts. 


This is a pattern for me, has been for years. I get to the last leg of this race and I choke.


I have no idea why.


I'm pondering that today.


Yes, I want to reach my goals.


Yes, I believe I can reach my goals.


So, what's stopping me?


Me.


But why?


Sorry for the rambling, just sharing my thoughts.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day


OK, so that's a random picture of my dinner last week, BUT I didn't want my blog to get pinched. It was the only green I could find ;)

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Don't drink too many green beers and try to have some good for you greens too (as pictured above! see, it works.)

Any fun plans for today?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Review Series

I'm starting a new series of reviews on my blog. More, product smackdowns than reviews, I guess. I will be reviewing products such as: protein powders, meal replacements, sports supplements, etc. I'll be putting these products through the paces, then reviewing and comparing the various brands/flavors, and deciding which rock my world and which just don't make the cut.


The first installment I call Protein Wars. As a self professed whey protein junky this is a task I quite welcome. I do plan however to branch out from just whey protein into other types of protein powder. I even hope to review some vegan varieties.


Brands I'm currently testing:
BSN Lean Dessert Protein Shake
Lean Dessert Protein in Whipped Vanilla Cream and Chocolate Fudge Pudding
BSN Syntha-6
Syntha-6 in Vanilla Ice Cream
Optimum 100% Whey Protein
Gold Standard Whey in Double Rich Chocolate
Gaspari Nutrition MyoFusion
Myofusion in Delicious Vanilla and Chocolate Mint
ISS Research Oh Yeah! Total Protein System
Oh Yeah! Total Protein System in Vanilla Creme
PROMASIL™ White Chocolate 2.33 lb
Promasil in White Chocolate
I'm baking with them, adding them to my morning Coach's Oats, making my protein pancake recipes with them, and of course trying them plain and in smoothies. I'll be back next week with my verdict on these.

Any other brands of whey protein you love? What products would you like to see me review in this series??

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Reality Check Time

@#$%$!! *kicks rocks*

OK, deep breath.

I haven't been weighing for about a month and a half now. Which was nice. I had begun obsessing over the scale after doing The 4 Hour Body and I needed a mental break.

Which I've done before to great success.

This time, not so much.

It was a great mental break, but, I kept feeling my clothes get tighter.

I tracked some days, but some days I didn't. I had some seriously no good bad horrible weekends. My workouts got off track the end of February. I wasn't working as hard as I normally would. I was just kind of floating along.

I have been doing much better the last 2 weeks. But, I knew there was damage done. However, I was shocked at exactly how much damage. Yes, I weighed this morning. No, it wasn't pretty.

I'm frustrated. But I'm not beating myself up. From here I move forward.

So, I decided I will go back to weighing once a week. I think I need the accountability again. I am however going to try to approach it with a different attitude.

I'm not sharing this week's weigh in because it's that time of the month and I think it's off, but starting next week I am going to do regular vlogs, weighing in and updating on my progress. Next week I'm also starting a new hype or help experiment with The Firm Express and I will be tracking weight/inches for that.

This week I will spend having a good talking to with myself about my habits and things I've let slide; about why I still let self sabotage slip in. Refocusing my efforts and attitudes. Planning. Reminding myself what I'm doing here and why. Stirring myself up. A good pep talk never hurt.

It's such a crazy fine line with the scale. Some days I wonder if I'll ever figure it out.

To weigh or not to weigh, it's such an individual thing I think. Do you weigh? How often?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Protein Pancake Recipes

I love protein. I just feel so much better when I keep my protein intake high.


I'm always trying to find ways to sneak more protein into my diet. My favorite way to do this is whey protein. I throw it in my morning Coach's Oats, I add it to all my smoothies, and I use it to make protein pancakes. 


I've seen protein pancake recipes that use cottage cheese, but gotta say that kind of grosses me out. I prefer something a little more believably pancakey. I've been playing around with several protein pancake recipe variations the past few weeks and think I have some winners here.


My Original Blueberry Protein Pancake:
  • 1 Scoop Syntha-6 Vanilla Ice Cream flavor
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • Strawberries to top with if desired
That recipe may not be for everyone. I've come to like it, but it's not quite as pancakey (I'm liking my new word) as the next few as it's mostly just whey protein. I did find some whey powders just didn't work for this recipe.

For the rest of the recipes I added some Coach's Oats Pancake Mix and found it did the trick to make these pancakes just right.


Plain Protein Pancake:
  • 1 scoop Syntha-6 Protein Vanilla Ice Cream flavor
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tblsp Coach's Oats Pancake mix
Strawberries n Cream Protein Pancake:
  • 1 scoop Lean Dessert Protein in Whipped Vanilla Cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tblsp Coach's Oats Pancake mix
  • 1/2 cup diced strawberries in the mix and more to top with
Blueberry High Protein Pancake:
  • 1.5 scoops Lean Dessert Protein in Whipped Vanilla Cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tblsp Coach's Oats Pancake Mix
  • 1/4 cup water or skim milk
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
My Favorite Protein Pancake:
  • 1 scoop Syntha-6 Vanilla Ice Cream flavor
  • 1 Tblsp Coach's Oats Pancake Mix
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • Topped with 1 tsp real butter
Hubby and My Boys' Favorite High Protein Pancake:
  • 2 scoops Lean Dessert Protein Whipped Vanilla Cream flavor
  • 2 Tblsp Coach's Oats Pancake Mix
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
Most of these I make for myself in the morning as one big pancake in a small skillet. You could however make several smaller ones if you'd like or double and triple the batches for more people. If the batter seems too thick add a tablespoon or so of water. I always use a cooking spray to keep them from sticking. Also, you can substitute egg whites for the egg to make them leaner, but I think the consistency is better with the egg. And of course you can omit the blueberries, we just love blueberry pancakes.


I've listed the protein powders I used in each recipe, you can try whatever your favorite brand is. I'm working on a series of reviews for protein powders, meal replacements, etc, so I have a ton of different kinds around right now. I have definitely noticed that some brands work better than others for these.


Do you have a favorite protein pancake recipe to share??


Disclaimer: Coach's Oats sent me pancake mix to try, the whey protein I purchased on my own. The recipes and opinions are all mine.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Quote

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.
Ben Stein

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dear Fat: Thank You

An ode to my excess body fat over the years:


Yep, I'm thankful. Thankful for who I am today because of this battle I've fought. Now, dear remaining excess body fat: please don't let the door hit you on the way out. 

Hubby Guest Post

It's Sunday (although you'll be reading this Thursday...hi from Sunday), the day I normally write several posts and set them to auto-post for the week. However, today I am laying on the couch watching Netflix and quickly running out of creative steam. I haven't been feeling so great the last couple days. I jokingly asked hubby to guest post, and well, he took me up on it. What a guy ;)


My wife asked me to guest post for her today. She is really going out on a limb here, because I don't write much.

First I want to thank her for being in my life,  for my wonderful children,  nice house, and the rest of the things she does for me that I can't remember or shouldn't write on this G rated blog.

Next I would like to thank all of you. You give her support and friendship that a homeschooling mom doesn't always get, especially from a husband that works too much and was never taught much communication skills.

I don't think there is much I can tell you that she hasn't already said, in fact I learn things I didn't know or remember from reading her writing.

I will say that she has my never ending love and support in all the endeavors she chooses. I trust that you will all make FitBloggin a time of great fun.  And thank you Coach's Oats, for your support of my wife.    

I didn't know what to expect when he first took my laptop, but it was such a sweet sentiment I had to post it. 
When people say opposites attract they are definitely talking about us. I am the night to his day. It works for us.
I gotta say I did enjoy watching him hunt and peck away to type that. He's a great guy, I am blessed...and now back to the Netflix. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I'm a Planner and I'm OK

When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. We've all heard this, maybe heard it until we're sick of hearing it. Lately though, this has held new meaning for me.

I'm a planner. It's just my natural bent. I've talked about planning ahead before and how it helps me in this journey. 


But for some reason I find myself fighting it. Feeling like I 'should' be more spontaneous, or I 'should' eat mindfully, instead of planned meals. Should, should, should, maybe that should be a dirty word in this journey.


Sometimes I think being a blogger can be like a whole new version of peer pressure. I feel like I 'should' be doing what this person is doing, or what that person instead of doing what I should be doing. It's easy to get caught up.


And completely ridiculous.

For the last week and a half or so I have tried something new: I planned. I released my inner planner full force and let her go hog wild. I planned my meals ahead for the week. I sat down with my Sparkpeople app on my Blackberry and planned every meal, every snack. I bagged up 1 ounce portions of walnuts, I boiled eggs, I filled my water bottles ahead, and I set out my workout clothes the night before. I planned my workouts. I went on Bodybuilding.com and found a new workout plan (for me AND hubby, post on that later) and wrote it out on a calendar. I planned 'til my little heart was content.

And...it worked for me. There was comfort in the plan. It was nice to have planned ahead and just make the meal, or grab the snack, or get up and do the workout. No decisions, no debating on this or that, I just did. Things felt easier.

Now, I haven't been freakishly tied to my plan or anything. When I didn't feel like a certain meal, I swapped it out, but for the most part I stuck to the plan because it made everything easier for me.

There are times we need to step out of our comfort zone, times for trying new things, times for shaking up the status quo. But I also think there are times when it is helpful to simply embrace our natural bent.

So, that is what I'm doing, I am embracing my natural bent. I'm a planner. It helps me. 


How about you...are you a planner...or does all of this sound like torture to you?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Terrific Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

I am not a chef, nor do I play one on TV...I do however play one in my kitchen occasionally. I don't know if I do everything 'right' and I doubt that I use any of the right techniques or terms, but I'd like to start sharing some of my recipes (I use this term loosely) here on my blog. 


I know, with that intro I can just feel your excitement! So, here we go...

Terrific Turkey Meatloaf


1 Large Onion-chopped
3 Cloves Garlic-minced
1 Tblsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 8 oz Pkg Sliced Mushrooms
2 lbs Ground Turkey (I use 93/7)
1/2 cup Coach's Oats
1 Large Egg
1/2 cup Tomato Sauce


Heat olive oil in skillet at medium heat, sautee onion and garlic. Pour into large mixing bowl to cool. Add mushrooms into remaining oil in skillet (if there isn't enough I sometimes add another teaspoon, doesn't take much), reduce heat a little and sautee mushrooms for a few minutes. Add Coach's Oats, egg, and mushrooms to bowl. Mix well and then add ground turkey, mix.
I usually bake this in an oblong baking pan. I think you could also use a 9x13, it just wouldn't be as thick and you may need to adjust baking time. 
Spread top with the tomato sauce.
Bake at 400 for about 55 minutes (or until an meat thermometer inserted in the middle of meatloaf reads 170).
**To make this recipe even leaner you can substitute ground turkey breast in place of the regular ground turkey and/or use 3 Tblsp egg whites instead of the egg.


Two tips I have for you if your meatloaf tends to be dry:

  1. You may be overcooking it. To avoid this use a meat thermometer to judge done-ness.
  2. Let your meatloaf rest for 4 to 5 minutes after you pull it out of the oven; then cut into it. This will give it time to redistribute juices and works wonders for dry meatloaf syndrome ;)

Love this turkey meatloaf. I've also added in red peppers and/or spinach to up the veggies in our diet. This recipe serves my family of 5, but it could easily be cut in half for just 1 or 2 people. Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday Quote

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill; great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.
Samuel Johnson

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Denver Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon

A Twitter friend twisted my arm (not really) and convinced me to run The Denver Rock n Roll Half Marathon


I had been contemplating doing a half marathon this year, while it wasn't on my list of goals, it has been in the back of my mind that I'd like to do one if it would fit.


The Denver Rock n Roll Half is October 9th so it actually fits perfectly! Summer gives me more time to train (training is so time consuming!) with longer days and better weather. Also, October shouldn't be too hot and it's (generally) too early for snow. Perfect.


I'm excited to be doing this particular half. I have decided in 2011 I will make an effort to stretch myself. To do things outside of my comfort zone. I have spent too many years living firmly planted inside my comfort zone, it's very limiting. A big, crazy marathon in Denver is SO outside of my comfort zone. I am not big on crowds and generally choose nice, small, quiet races. But this one sounds like fun, so outside of my comfort zone I go!


I'm excited. I'm looking forward to it. I'm already planning my training schedule!


How about you...any race plans you're excited about for 2011? Do you prefer small or big races?



Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My Vision Board

It's March! How the heck did that happen?! I accomplished a lot of things in February; I am making progress and good things are happening in my life in so many areas...but my weight loss efforts weren't as far up on the priority list as they should have been. I had some bad weekends and am sure I gained some weight back. Since I'm still not weighing I can't say how much (my jeans are tight), but that doesn't matter. What matters is that I put my priorities back in order. A little spring tune up is in order.


I will accomplish my weight loss goals the same way I reach any goal: setting the goal, breaking it down into action steps, and doing the work. By staying positive and believing I can make it happen. Period.


I thought I'd share my vision board. It's not actually a board, it's a wall in my office plastered with words and pictures. Each representing goals, dreams, aspirations in my life right now. It's amazing how much my life has changed since I've started setting goals. Not just setting goals, but believing I will make them happen; expecting the positive instead of the negative.



Do you have a vision board? Do you set goals?