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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.


Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups reduced-fat ricotta cheese, such as Sargento
½ cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fr…

The Firm Express Thin in 30

Yesterday was my first day of The Firm Express Thin in 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…

The Firm Express 4 Day Kick Start Plan Results and Review

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 …

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 c…

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.

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.....

Protein Cookies and Protein Muffins

Today, my teen is sick, I was up for 2 hours with him in the middle of the 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 Truvia1 tsp baking soda1 egg1 mashed banana1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce1 Tblsp butter4 Tblsp mini chocolate chipsSpray 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 les…

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 daysEach cycle includes three unique workouts, that's a total of 12 power-packed DVD's! PLUS a Bonus DVD to Kick Start Your MetabolismExercise LESS for FASTER results you only need 3, 20-minute workouts a week to see results, half the time than d…

Sunday Quote

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

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?


But why?

Sorry for the rambling, just sharing my thoughts.

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?

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 …

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 flavor1 tsp baking powder1 egg1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or water1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh blueberriesStrawberries to top with if desiredThat 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…

Sunday Quote

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

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 ha…

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 …

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 o…

Sunday Quote

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

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…

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'…