It been a little while

So if you are still following me you will notice I have changed the look of my blog some. I wanted to make it more free flowing and easier on the eyes. I really love the new look and my new “me” character. She’s pretty cute!

So its been over a week since I posted last. I just never got enough time to sit down and put a lot of thought behind my post. But I need to at least make a little time for a quick update. So today instead I will do a big update on how everything is going…

So for the off week it was a pretty craptastic week in the health department. There was NO meal planning what so ever and I was so mad at myself for not doing so because I ate horribly and gained 3lbs back. BOOO! I was very ashamed and even did a little cry to my husband because I felt like a failure. It just really goes to show you show much of a lifestyle change being healthy is.

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So after a horrible week I decided to buy myself the Polar Watch for losing 15lbs (despite my 3lb gain). I use it right with my fitbit. For those that don’t know what a Polar Watch is its a Watch with a heart rate strap that you wear and it counts your calories and heart rate during each work out. Its the best investment so far I’ve bought through this journey. I love my fitbit and wear it daily but with field hockey I’m not getting the accuracy I want. With the polar watch it takes MY heart rate and uses it to calculate calories burned. I got the FT4 which on Amazon goes for $64.99-$70.00 depending on the color. I got pink only because it was the cheaper one out of all the colors lol. Not the biggest pink fan but hey it was cheaper so worth it right?! I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who does a lot of working out. Its nice to know your heart rate and calories burned.
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So I am going on week 6 of the c25k program! Can I just say holy crap! I didn’t think I would make it this far but now it seems as though I’m starting to like running again. I’m still sucking wind don’t get me wrong but I’m doing it! And running for longer periods of time. For this fat chick thats a huge feat (not to be confused with feast lol). I have my first 5k at the end of the month for the Color Me Rad run! So excited for it too! I’ve already got my saying on my shirt planned out thanks to a friend of mine! He suggest I put on it… DO NOT PASS…Soul sucking Ginger (back) and then I thought on the front I will put You were warned I now have your soul and added another freckle. Total genius I tell ya!
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So I started back into Insanity again after taking a month or so off! So glad I did because I missed it completely!! I started my morning off with POP Pilates for Beginners as a new morning routine. Cassey over at Blogilates  has an amazing beginning workout. I have been wanting to do her workouts since shes keeps it fun and supportive. Try her out check out her videos she really is a lot of fun and there is something for everyone on her site! Figured I would try it every morning as low intensity workout and then finish off with Insanity’s high intensity workout.

My insanity fit test numbers:

Swift Kicks: 45
Power Jacks: 40
Power Knees: 60
Power Jumps: 36
Globe Jumps: 8
Suicide Jumps: 8
Push Up Jacks: 6 (struggled to do these with my bad hand couldn’t put a lot of pressure on it)
Low Plank Obliques: 26

Not bad numbers compared to my very first time which you can see my numbers here

 

RECIPES

So I came across some awesome recipes and even thought of one myself with a little help! Very excited that I’m become more of a cook then I ever was. My family always gives me crap that I never cook but when your parents make amazing dinners why the heck would I cook lol. Well now its my turn and the fam approves

soup
0 Point Soup (yes you read that right!)

8 cups FAT FREE LOW SODIUM chicken broth
1 cup peeled and diced carrots
1/2 head of cabbage diced
1/2 package of frozen green beans
1 medium onion diced
1 large zucchini peeled and diced (you can keep the skin on if you like)1 cup baby spinach chopped
1/2 cup kale chopped
1 cup mushrooms chopped
2 tbsp tomato paste
5 garlic cloves minced
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregeno
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
Pinch of Red Pepper flakes for some spice

Spray a pot with cooking spray and heat on MEDIUM HIGH. Add the carrots, onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the zucchini and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to MEDIUM and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the beans are tender. Add the zucchini and cook until the zucchini are tender. Done! Easy Peasy

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Skinny Tastes Three Cheese Tortellini and Mushroom Soup (with some changes sorry Gina!) 4PP for 1.5 cups
changes to my dish are in bold
Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp butter
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled & chopped (2 carrots)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (4 cloves LOVE garlic)
  • 8 cups fat free chicken broth (vegetable broth for vegetarians)
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 oz shitaki mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small Parmigiano Reggiano rind (optional)
  • 9 oz three cheese tortellini (Buitoni)
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 oregano
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 ginger
  • Parmigiano Reggiano, grated (optional for topping)

Directions:

In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. When melted, add the celery, onion, carrot and garlic. Cover and reduce heat to low and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.

Add the chicken broth, water, mushrooms, rind and increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. When broth boils, add salt (to taste) and black pepper; stir to combine. Reduce heat to low, simmer until mushrooms are soft, about 20 minutes. Add tortellini and cook according to package directions for al dente.

Once cooked, remove the rind, stir to combine and garnish with freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano if desired.

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Spicy Shrimp and Shirataki Noodles (4PP)

Shirataki Noodles are Asian Noodles that you can find in grocery stores with the salads fixings. They are 0 PP per serving! How awesome right. Now make sure your rinse these well otherwise they don’t taste right. They really don’t have much of a taste so having spices helps 🙂

Spice Mix
3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika

Two 8-ounce packages House Foods Tofu or Yam Shirataki spaghetti or angel hair noodles
2 tablespoons olive oil (I just used cooking spray)
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
2 green onions (white and light green portions), trimmed and diced
1  pound large cooked  shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients of the spice mix, set aside.

Open the noodle packages and place in a strainer to drain, rinse, then use your hands to separate the noodles as you rinse them a second time. Drain again and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. When the oil is hot, sauté the peppers, green onion, shrimp, and garlic. Once shrimp starts to brown add the noodles and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove and toss in cherry tomatoes

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the blog being back up and the new look! Let me know what you think!!! ❤

TGIF?!

So here it is Friday and I’m just exhausted from the week. My oldest daughter Makayla turned a whole hand on Wednesday and we spent the day at a huge play place for her birthday just the family. They had a blast so much so that the ride back was tears from being exhausted. We got home with the birthday girl asking where were all of her presents haha. Oh how that little big girl knows how to work mom and dad 🙂

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Still sticking to Insanity and doing pretty well with it. My legs are starting to feel like jello and my abs are being used more than I ever thought they would haha. But I am enjoying it for the most part. My biggest frustration is fighting off the puppy from attacking me while I’m doing my mummy kicks. Guess he thinks its time to play! But hey I completed day 9 yesterday and on day 10 today! That’s some big steps!!! WOOHOO

So these past couple of days I’ve made some pretty kick ass meals that I will totally be added to my meal lists for each month. Not only are they tasty but they are super easy to make!

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Santa Fe Chicken. 4point meal for 1 cup chicken and mixing.
Now this meal is from Skinny Taste. Now the corn and beans were spicy a little to spicy for the kiddos but the chicken wasn’t and they ate that and the rice faster then I could keep it on their plate. The best part of this meal was that it cooked in the crock-pot so I didn’t have to do much work!
Ingredients:

  • 24 oz (1 1/2) lbs chicken breast
  • 14.4 oz can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
  • 15 oz can black beans
  • 8 oz frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 14.4 oz can fat free chicken broth
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • salt to taste

Directions:
Combine chicken broth, beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt in the crock pot. Season chicken breast with salt and lay on top.
Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Adjust salt and seasoning to taste. Serve over rice or tortillas and your favorite toppings.

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Chipotle Chicken Salad. 5points for 2 cups

Now this simple meal is great for a lunch. Make it the night before and have it ready for the next day! It was really good but my goodness was it spicy. Next time I make it I wont add as much cilantro since I’m not the biggest fan and instead of the chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce I may just put in diced green chili’s. But if you like the kick I say try it and love it! Nice change up on salad.

Ingredients

Dressing
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2/3 cup fat free sour cream
1 tablespoon minced chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Salad
4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
2 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup diced peeled avocado
1/3 cup thinly vertically sliced red onion
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (8 3/4-ounce) can no-salt-added whole-kernel corn, rinsed and drained
Instructions
To prepare dressing, combine first 7 ingredients, stirring well.
To prepare salad, combine lettuce and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad; toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.

Hope those that are following my blog enjoy it so far! Leave me a comment if you do I would love to hear from you! ❤

March 6th

So day 2 of Insanity and holy hell was it tough! Nothing but Cardio. It was the Cardio Plyometrics Circuit and while some of the exercises weren’t to bad there were others I wanted to jump through the TV and strangle Shaun T for doing this to me. I have HORRIBLE upper body strength and always have. Ask me to do push ups and I cry like a little girl and run to the nearest corner and start rocking back and forth haha. But yesterday I managed to do 5, yes I know wow Jessi 5 how “awesome” of you. But really that is pretty huge for me, I HATE push ups with a passion. I did have a small cheering section on my side line which was my oldest daughter Makayla. She kept telling me “mommy that looks hard but you are doing great!” thanks Makayla! After about 45 minutes of working out I was done and sweating like a pig but still smiling!

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Meals:
Breakfast: I had my go to omelet! I’m a huge fan of omelets so I will find myself eating more of those for breakfast plus its not a lot of points and it fills me up. I love it. I of course had my morning coffee since well I can’t go without that lately thanks to the new puppy Bauer…
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He is wicked cute but enjoys being up between the hours of 3am-5am without fail.

Lunch:
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So I’m a HUGE fan of chicken salad but I can never find a recipe that I just fell in love with until this one. I love dried cranberries in my chicken salad but I would have never thought to add apples into it to make it slightly sweeter to slightly overpower the tartness from mayo. Its so stinkin good! I used left over rotisserie chicken for my chicken pieces but you can grill up some chicken breast however you want. Maybe add some seasoning to the chicken yourself to maybe give it a slight kick. Recipe can be found here:Oh and that sandwich is 7points and VERY filling

See that ever so amazing popcorn right with it! That is SMARTFOOD popcorn! Those things are an addiction! Now its not the normal cheddar one but instead its called Smartfood Delight Sea Salt its only 35 calories and only 1 point per 1 cup!!!! So good and I don’t feel guilty eating it at all! Check it out here

Dinner:dinner
So those that are looking for healthy recipes and weight water recipe points I HIGHLY suggest you check out Skinny Taste written by Gina Homolka. This woman is a recipe genius for making healthy recipes tasty! I used to use her page here and there before I started this journey but now I use here recipes 3-5 times a week! I decided to doctor her green bean recipe and added sauteed mushrooms.

I also did Atkins Mashed Cauliflower recipe. Now I’ve done Atkins and lots good weight on it but I missed my grains terribly so I failed at it. But the Mashed Cauliflower is something I will continue to make over regular Mashed Potatoes. Now instead of regular sour cream I added light sour cream and I also left out the salt since I’m not a big fan and if anybody wanted it on their cauliflower they could put it on themselves.

Main course was Oven Fried Chicken. And let me tell you this recipe from skinny taste is so amazing and has great flavor. I do Love regular friend chicken but this is by far more healthy for you and it tastes just as good and even better you don’t need a tide stick to save your shirt from grease! Next time I make this I may just do this as chicken tenders with the breading that way I don’t have to work around eating the bone. Oh and my kids LOVED it!

The Start

So for the past two weeks I have been using Weight Watchers in hopes that it can control my eating habits and controlling my portions. I will fully admit the first week I wasn’t putting in what I really should have. So this week I have officially put my all into it and even started the Insanity program. My overall goal is to weigh between 160-170 depending on how I “wear” the weight. I’m a big girl by nature with my massive thighs from ice hockey so I want to look healthy in my body so that’s what I mean when I say how I wear it.

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So here is my first picture of the old me… Taken today. Clearly I have the baby fanny pak going on thanks to the twins…that’s 9 months of hard work and 3 years keeping it maintained 😉

MEASUREMENTS
Weight: 231.3
Stomach: 42inches
Waist: 45inches
Boobs McGee: 42inches
Chest: 39 inches
Arms: 14inches
Thighs: 27inches
Calves: 18inches

This after noon I did my first workout of Insanity and holy heck was it a lot of work. Made it even harder when your three children are trying to do it with you and get in the way.
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As you can tell Peyton was trying it out herself with the Suicide Jumps. Sadly she may have done more than me and looked more graceful doing it too.
So the fit test makes you count how many reps you do of each workout and it gives you a progress report of how well you are doing in the 60 days of Insanity. Well I got through it all without puking so that’s a huge positive haha. I also did slightly better than I thought I would do with some of the workouts. Here are my stats for the first time along with YouTube videos on how to do them 🙂 Each work out was a minute long

Swift Kicks : 45
Power Jacks: 35
Power Knees: 28
Power Jumps: 25
Globe Jumps: 7
Suicide Jumps: 6
Push Up Jacks: 5
Low Plank Obliques: 12

I think I’m really going to enjoy Insanity and its totally going to kick my butt but that is EXACTLY what I need! Day 2 tomorrow which will be Plyometrics Cardio Circuit!
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MEAL TIME

Throughout my blog I will also be posting my meals with weight watchers points attached and also links to the recipes.

Breakfast: was egg white omelet with mushrooms, orange bell pepper, tomato and WW three cheese. Along with Jennie O turkey Bacon and WW bread. +7 point breakfast! oh and of course my amazing coffee! Can’t go without my coffee lol
Breakfast

Lunch was left overs from last nights dinner of Un-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. Let me tell you this recipe will now be a weekly thing in this house. From now on I will then add mushrooms and play around with some spices. I also used turkey burger instead of regular beef. Find the recipe here: 5+ WW points for 1 cup
Cabbage Rolls

Dinner was another weight watchers recipe Chili Cheesy Mac that I have done before with turkey burger but decided to do it with regular ground beer this time. Turned out just as good AND the family loved it even my husband who has an issue with bean textures 🙂 Recipe here 7+ points
Chili

Well that’s it for my very first blog post! I enjoyed writing it and I hope you will follow me! I will get better as I get the hang of it 🙂 Good Night!