Saturday, August 11, 2007

Recipe of the Day


2 ripe avocados
1/2 c snipped cilantro (how many ways can I use cilantro this week?)
1 t chopped garlic (Yes I use the jarred kind)
2 lemon wedges squeezed
4 generous shakes salt (a wee bit less than 1/4 t)

Score avocados and scoop into serving bowl. With fork mash avocado with salt, garlic, and cilantro. Squeeze in lemon juice and combine. That's it. Delish.

4 servings at 145 calories each

Friday, August 10, 2007

Recipe of the Day

Peanut Noodles

6 oz long pasta
1/2 cup thinly sliced (julienned) red bell pepper, then cut strips into thirds lengthwise
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
1/4 cup snipped cilantro
1 carrot shaved into long strips with a vegetable peeler, then cut strips in half lengthwise

1/4 c natural peanut butter (go ahead and use what you have already)
2 T soy sauce
1.5 T rice wine vinegar
1 T sesame oil (toasted or dark)
1.5 t sugar
1.5 t honey
2 T chicken stock (hot water could be used in place)

Boil and drain pasta. Meanwhile whisk sauce ingredients together, add more chicken stock to thin to desired consistency (kind of like yogurt), some peanut butters may need to be thinned out more than others. Rinse pasta under cool water and drain thoroughly. Mix pasta, vegetables and sauce together in serving bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes 6 side dish portions 200 calories each

Double this recipe for entree portions

FYI... I mixed my leftover salad fixings into the noodles and the avocado and tomato(seeded and thinly sliced) were fantastic additions to this.

Nuff Said

124 people 124!

I don't even know how this is happening.... Someone remind me of this when I plateau next week and am crying like a baby.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

How Do I Love Thee...

Well my bionic scale arrived today. Kid Furious and I immediately opened that baby up and weighed in! Not only is it sleek and beautiful, in a modern sort of way, it measures every aspect of your physical being...and it practically shouts "You're a Bad Ass!" when you step on it. I am in love.
I'm also kind of in love with myself... I lost another pound and now weigh in at 125. Nothing says bad ass like losing a half a pound a day! It is hard to believe that it was not even 3 weeks ago that I was stuck at 131, feeling frustrated and forelorn. 20 days later I am 6 pounds lighter, have lost 2" from my waist and am down nearly 2% body fat. I couldn't be feeling more empowered! And I owe it all to GUM... well that and my longer, harder workouts ;) Seriously though, I do have a sweet tooth and eat when I am bored and not hungry. Having a piece of gum when I'm feeling like I might need another cookie dough ball in the afternoon, and then another piece right after dinner, has definitely helped satisfy my sweet tooth and obsessive need for a "finisher" without blowing my calorie limit. I'm also hitting the sheets a little earlier and that has cut out one of my nighttime snacks. At this point I usually eat a dessert as a preemptive measure (so I won't wake up hungry... its been known to happen) and not because I'm hungry for it. I also don't want to go to low on the calories as I am still a nursin' momma and don't want to lose any faster than I am. Can you believe I just wrote that?!? Who would have thought things would change so quickly?

So here are my current stats as taken from my new scale...

weight: 125 lb
body fat: 29.2% (healthy range)
body water: 49.0% (healthy range)
muscle mass: 84.0 lb
bone mass: 4.6 lb
metabolic rate: 2030 calories
metabolic age: 27.... so there Dr. Oz!
visceral fat rating: 3 (1-12 is good)
physique rating: 5 (standard body fat & muscle mass)

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


That's my REAL AGE which would be great if I weren't actually 31.2! What the hell!?! I got sucked into another online quiz, thinking this will prove what a bad ass I am and was SHOCKED that I am older than my true age. Now I don't know my cholesterol so it appears they hold that against you, and I did have the obvious stress factors... a new baby and managing Kid Furious's Epilepsy but that is it. Get this they actually marked my exercise level against me saying it was too high! Well that is a first for me I can assure you.
On a positive note, for those of you who don't scour this page daily, I have officially lost all of my pregnancy weight. Which is a considerable feat considering that I did pack on 52 pounds! Also since posting about the body fat analysis I have actually lost 2" from my waist! Sadly that didn't affect my body fat % very much.... when oh when will my beloved new scale arrive?

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Recipe of the Day

I posted this a couple of weeks ago on my old site. It is fantastic and I urge you to make it. Despite needing three pie pans it really is so simple! And totally kid friendly!

Cornflake Crusted Tilapia

1 lb Tilapia filets (4-6)
2.5 c cornflakes, crunched up
1 egg, beaten
1/4 c flour
2T spice rub*
2T oil

preheat oven to 400 baking time 10 mins

Coat the bottom of a large rimmed baking sheet with the oil, spread to coat evenly and set aside. Line up three pie pans or shallow bowls or plates. Place the flour and spice rub in one and whisk together. Beat one egg in the 2nd pie pan. Pour the crunched up Cornflakes in the third (I just crunch them with my hands). Dip each filet, one at a time, in the flour turning to coat evenly, the egg mixture and then the cornflakes. Place them on the oiled baking sheet. Bake for 5 mins, turn over and finish baking for an additional 5 minutes.

each filet is 200 calories

*Israeli Spice Rub (care of Racheal Ray)
1 1/2 tablespoons (1 1/2 palmfuls) sweet paprika
1 1/2 tablespoons (1 1/2 palmfuls) ground cumin
1 teaspoon (1/3 palmful) dried oregano
1 teaspoon (1/3 palmful) ground coriander
1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (medium to hot in spice level)
1 1/2 teaspoons (1/2 palmful), coarse kosher salt

Note: I omitted the red pepper flakes for this recipe!

Monday, August 6, 2007

This Week... the plan

Okay I am on an organizational kick, that god willing, will actually stick this time ;)
Sometime last week I stumbled upon The Fly Lady who is kind of an organizational guru for crazy people. At first you are blown away by the cheesy graphics and subtle, but disturbing, references to a higher power. Then you are blown away by the fact that these women are talking about you . I thought I was the only, read: special, person out there whose perfectionism got in the way of maintaining an organized home. What? You have thousands of members who all fall into this same category? This is not because I am a genius? Everyone else thinks that they are crippled by their own genius too? Anyway, it was like they were speaking directly to me. They email you little challenges through out the day, and truth be told I haven't actually done any yet.. well I did do one I couldn't resist it was such a light bulb moment.... "when you are on your way to another room, look around you first and see if there is anything you can pick up and take with you" Say what?!? Ingenious! I immediately saw a Putty poop bag (unused!) Mr. Furious had left on the dining room table, I was heading to the bathroom, which took me right by the bag holder in the closet, I couldn't believe it.... it was so easy , effortless even! The whole Fly Lady mentality, slogan really, is "Progress not Perfection in 2007". Well I'm on board... kind of. So far I am still in the obsessive read everything and think about it phase. I haven't really started "daily" cleaning, but my god... BEHOLD my cupboards! It has worked for something at least. And it is free!
So instead of just going shopping I actually made a list and a menu plan. This means that this week will be short on new recipes, since I am trying out a new concept of actually making something more than once! Fly Lady assures me this will save me time and money!
Here's my menu:
Monday: Flank Steak, yukon gold potatoes & corn on the cob
Tuesday: Cornflake crusted Tilapia, cesar orzo salad
Wednesday: Chicken Fajitas
Thursday: Salad w/ flank steak
Friday: Ginger Salmon w/ stir fried peppers, pea pods & asparagus
Weekend: pulled pork


I wish I had taken "Before" photos so that you could all bask in the glory of this tremendous transformation. I actually cleaned out 6 bags of trash from my pantry last night. And that is after I scrubbed (on my knees people!) all the floors... well downstairs anyway...
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