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No Thanks to Cake: 09/01/2011 - 10/01/2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Randomness From a Crazy Week

Wow, has it really been three days since I blogged???

Oh yeah.... it's because I've been in a WHIRLWIND of STRESS all week.  Let me assure you, my bloggie friends, I would have SOOOOOO rather been here with you as compared to what I was doing.  Lots of high-pressure situations, important visitors and critical meetings.  But now... it's ALLLLLLLL done.  

THANK GOODNESS!

So, in honor of a CRAZY week, I've decided to give you a few random peeks at what my days looked like.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Dorothy may have said it best, but I sure can say it, too.  

Another gorgeous Colorado sunset - - I swear, Colorado shows off some times.


Gosh, it feels SOOOOOOOO good to be home.  I sleep like an absolute rock in my bed and feel like my sheets hug me all night.  It's just SOOOOO nice.  Now, I do miss the maid service - - the fresh towels, bed magically made, and the turndown service. And, to make matters worse, I've made quite the mess at my place and I'm going to have to clean it myself tomorrow night to prep for a weekend guest!
I'm STILL Logging!
I've continued logging all of my food intake into MyFitnessPal.com.  It's been over a week now, and I really feel like it's helping.  In my head, I have a virtual checking account from which I can eat.  If there's no calories left, there's no more eating.  For the 12 days that I've logged, I've only gone over my 1200 calories ONCE.  I think that's pretty darn good!  I'm excited to weigh in on Saturday and see how I've done!  





A Weekend O' Fun Lies Ahead
My dear (and newly engaged) friend Donna is coming to town!  Donna is one of my favorite travel companions and selflessly accompanied me on my ONEderland reward trip!  Looking forward to having her visit Colorado again!

We've got a few things planned for the weekend, and though I haven't discussed it with her yet, I think we're going to go BOOT shopping as well.  But how about this for fun...
Can't WAIT to see this show and laugh my butt off!

And... I'm ready to walk 5K for a good cause!
Most of all, I'm just excited to have Double D in town.  I'll share fully censored details of our fun next week as it will likely be more fun than this blog can handle!

I've Been a Fashionista
I had several opportunities to dress up this week, and holy cow.... I really think outdid myself.  Shopping is FUN, FUN, FUN now that I'm in smaller sizes... All the looks are from New York & Company -- my current favorite shopping spot.  

WARNING:  The photography below is hideous.  I'm not sure how people take pics of themselves in mirrors.  And, Blackberry... while I love ya, your camera is a piece.


Nonetheless, check out this adorable vest look from New York & Company.

Vested up for Thursday
I already had the brown suit, but I found this great top to wear under it that was VERY fall-ish, and just right!
Brown Suit for Tuesday's Meetings

I had big meetings on Wednesday as well.  I also got this top at NY&C, and it looked so gorge under a black suit jacket with black pants! 
Getting ready to go into a meeting.  Loved this shirt!
So Cute Under a Jacket, right?

CHECK OUT THIS HAIRSTYLE
Despite all the hustle and bustle of this demanding work week, I did find time to waste spend on Pinterest, and I found awesome step-by-step instructions for this half-updo!  LOVE it!  I tried it on Tuesday night and it was EASY and looked awesome.  Now I just need to get up early enough to do it in the morning.  It's super-cute.  I do a lot of nothing with my hair on most days, so this could be a nice change.  Check out the details here.




I can't even tell you how happy I am that the week is coming to an end!  Bring on the weekend, and bring on the fun!  xoxo

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Monday, September 26, 2011

New Recipe: HG's Buffalo Chicken Fajitas

I saw this recipe last year.  Last year, however, I was in no position to be going off plan and eating on my own in anyway.  I was so determined to lose the weight and nothing was going to get in my way.


BUT... now, I'm at a point where JC is actually ENCOURAGING me to start transitioning from JC food to real food. So, I pulled it out of the archives!


Do you know Hungry Girl?? 



I think she's amazing.  She's all about low-cal treats and helping the world eat what they want while losing weight.  She has a fabulous website and is even on the Food Network these days!  If you haven't had the pleasure, I definitely recommend you check out her site.


This specific recipe is a "Swap" for Chili's Buffalo Chicken Fajitas and a MUCH healthier option for us "losers" to choose.


Buffalo Chicken Fajitas
Serves 1

1/4 cup Fiber One Original bran cereal
Dash garlic powder
Dash onion powder
One 5-oz. raw boneless skinless lean chicken breast cutlet, pounded to 1/3-inch thickness
2 Tbsp. fat-free liquid egg substitute (like 
Egg Beaters Original)
3/4 cup sliced bell pepper
1/2 cup sliced onion
1 Tbsp. 
Frank's RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
1 tbsp. precooked real crumbled bacon (like 
the kind by Oscar Mayer) (optional)
1 Tbsp. crumbled blue cheese (optional)
1 1/2 Tbsp. light ranch dressing (optional)



Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside.

Place cereal in a sealable plastic bag; remove air, and seal. Using a meat mallet (or other heavy utensil), crush cereal to a breadcrumb-like consistency through the bag. Add garlic powder and onion powder. Seal and shake to mix. Transfer to a plate and set aside.




Place chicken on another plate and top with egg substitute. Flip chicken to coat both sides. Gently shake chicken to remove excess egg substitute, and transfer to the plate of crumbs. Flip to coat both sides with crumbs.





Place chicken in the baking pan and bake in the oven until crispy and cooked through, about 30 minutes, carefully flipping about halfway through bake time. Set aside.




Meanwhile, bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. Add bell pepper and onion and, stirring occasionally, cook until softened, 6 - 8 minutes. Transfer veggies to a clean plate and set aside. 




Combine hot sauce with 1 tbsp. water in a bowl, and mix well. 



Once chicken is cool enough to handle, slice and then carefully coat both sides of cooked chicken with sauce mixture. Place over the plated veggies. Top with any remaining sauce mixture.




I served mine over a small bed of romaine with some sliced roma tomatoes.  The original HG recipe suggests topping with bacon and blue cheese.  Instead of adding the bacon and blue cheese, I drizzled the meat with light ranch dressing.  Choose the garnish you like most!



PER ENTIRE RECIPE SERVING:  CALORIES 295 FAT 6g; PROTEIN 42g; CARB 23g; 
FIBER 9.5g; SUGAR 5g; SODIUM 1,057mg  

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Recipe: Beet Chips

Have you tried Pinterest?


It's a fantastic site with beautiful pictures and tons of ideas on just anything you want to do!  You create virtual "pinboards" and can see the pins your friends have made.  It has TONS of crafty ideas, which plays to my creative side.  As I "pin" pics, I always think I'm DEFINITELY going to make whatever it is.  Recipes, a new wall hanging, fancy wrapping paper.... you name it!


Example:  If you're planning a wedding, you can get pictures of fun ideas other people have used.  If you are looking for a beef stew recipe, you could search and find a million recipes (with pics).  


I never even thought about this idea, until I saw these beautiful fuschia babies....




I'm a huge fan of beets, while most people for whatever reason aren't.  I think they are one of the tastiest pink veggies that are awesome on salads, and delish on their own (pickled or not!)  I also roast them quite a bit.  When I was a kid, I used to love eating them in my salads + adding Ranch dressing because it would make my salad PINK!  


Regardless, tonight was the night for me to try this new treat.  They are even better than I thought!!!!!! And, while I love Kale Chips, these are perhaps my new fave.


BEET CHIPS

1 Large Beet
Pam Cooking Spray
Garlic Salt



1.  Your beet should look like this.  Remove the greens, as we don't need them for this recipe.  Using a vegetable peeler, remove the skin from the beet.  Once you've got it peeled, preheat your oven for 350 degrees.




2.  Next, you need a mandoline slicer.  Put it on a setting that cuts the beets to a paper thin thickness.  The recipe I read recommended 1/16" of an inch.  The first few I cut were not as thin as I would have liked.  The thinner the better.  Play with your mandoline.  And, read the safety instructions on that thing... be safe.  Today was my very first day using mine!



And, expect a little stainage.  Even with washing my hands often, I'm still a little pink on the fingertips!


Look at how thin they slice up!  Paper thin! 


3.  Place the beets on a cookie sheet, sprayed with Pam cooking spray.  I also sprayed the beets on top with the cooking spray before baking.  Also, sprinkle the beets with garlic salt.  

4.  Place the beets in the oven, and set your timer for 10 minutes.  It may take more than 10 minutes to cook them, but you'll want to check on them.  The beets will get lighter in color when they're done (as you see below.)  Some of them cooked a little too long the first time around, but the brown-ness didn't stop me from eating them... the non-burnt ones were very delicious though.  Shoot for that!



5.   Remove the chips from the pan and move them to a wire rack to cool.



6.  Place chips in a bowl and enjoy!!!




I couldn't resist catching one extra pic of the beautiful color of these chips!  Yum!  I wish I would have cooked TWO beets instead of one!  So good!

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Pumped Up Kicks

This weekend, I decided to debut my new sneakers.... and what better way to do this than to walk on my favorite trails!  It's a gorgeous fall day.  Not feeling very fall at ALL.... 82 degrees and sunny.  I.  LOVE.  IT.




I also found this shirt in my drawer.  I bought it "waaaaaay back when" at Old Navy.  You know, on those tables where every shirt is $5?  A little salute to my birthplace... it seemed like a good choice for a walking shirt!  PS... a year ago, it would have appeared in that oh-so-attractive "painted on" style.  Thank goodness that's not the case now!




My dad has been suggesting to me forever to take my camera out for my walk.  Today, I did!  Check out how GORGEOUS these trails are.  I also wonder why I don't spend more time on this beautiful walk.


Gorgeous - - These purple flowers are new!  I love them!
Pretty Pretty Bridge
Um, hello, horses????  First time I've ever seen these guys on my trails....
The duck pond is my favorite spot.  Usually the little guys are swimming, but today,
they were just lined up on the wall.
AND... today is a double-header workout day.... I've got Rejuvenation Yoga this afternoon to get me ready for the week.  Woo hoo!

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

New Recipe: JC Turkey Burger Chili

It's been a BUSY, BUSY morning.... because I'm on the road Mon-Fri most weeks, my weekends usually consist of errand running.  Today was no exception.  Although... today's errands were a little bit worse than normal, as I needed literally one item from multiple locations.


Here's one example of my stops:  Bed Bath and Beyond for this sexy new mandoline slicer.... wait until you see the recipe that I have in mind for this!


Ooooooo la la


I also made my stop in at Sunflower Market worthy of two items, buying myself this cute bunch of flowers.  Since I'm home for the NEXT TWO WEEKS, flowers are a sensible purchase!  I don't get to enjoy them often, but I absolutely love fresh flowers at the house.   They're a little sparse, so they may need a little more flowers added.




I also made a quick stop at Penzey's for some vanilla and saw a GREAT picture of some yummy looking chili.  That pic inspired me to mix it up a little for lunch.










JC Turkey Burger Chili
Makes 1 serving


I had one lonely JC Turkey Burger in my freezer that has been begging to get eaten.  And, how nice to get to make it a superstar in this new recipe.

chopped onion
chopped garlic
1 can diced tomatoes with garlic and onion


1.  A garlic and onion lover, I sauteed about 1/3 of a large sweet onion and 3 gloves of roasted garlic, sliced.

  
I talk about my roasted garlic all the time.  Here's the tub of it that I purchase at Sunflower Market.  How delish is that?


2.  I cooked the turkey burger in the microwave on the small tray for 50 seconds.  Next I cut thin slices of the burger and then diced it up as you see above.

3.  Add 1.5 - 2 tsp. of Chili Seasoning to the pan, along with a can of tomatoes, and the turkey crumbles.  Note:  The Chili 3000 is not just chili powder, it's a blend of spices.  I recommend something like this to add more flavor.




4.  Simmer the "chili" in the pan for about 5-10 minutes until warmed through and the spices have flavored the dish. 









5.  I needed to make use of this potato bun, so of course, I made it into garlic bread.  Spray the bread with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray and top with garlic powder + a little garlic salt.  Toast lightly in a toaster.
















Look how delish this chili came out.  You could probably add some beans too, but I'm not a bean person, so I didn't.  Also, not adding beans meant I only added FREE foods.























PERFECT for a cool fall day... but you won't find that here.  It's a gorgeous 80 degrees here in Denver today.  Just the same, the chili hit the spot!

ENJOY!

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Weekend Weigh-In

I'm getting back into my groove and starting to weigh-in on Saturdays again.  It's been THREE weeks since I've weighed in.  The good news is... I'm back on track!


When my parents left my house on Monday, I was UP about FOUR lbs on the scale and was sorta freaking out.  Hopeful for a good week, I got obsessed with MyFitnessPal (my hero) and the results are in!




DOWN -2.4 LBS THIS WEEK!!!

My plan for this week is ALL about creative recipes (look for some fun posts with recipes) and logging all my foods again in MFP.  

And.... I'm 0.2 lbs from my next weigh-in decade - - sorta-kinda like moving from the 140s to the 130s, but not quite the same numbers.  It's always so exciting when you move DOWN a tens category!!! :)

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Smell from Hell

I can't tell you how excited I was that today was FRIDAY!!!  After a BUSY week on the road, Friday always means HOME.  And, I had a fun recognition lunch planned for one of my clients.  It's kinda like being Santa Claus.  They get SO excited - - super fun!


They picked lunch at Texas Roadhouse.  I found myself a delicious grilled chicken salad on the menu, and removed all the undesireables (bacon, cheese, eggs, croutons, etc.)  As for the rest of the store, they ordered BIG plates.




Now, the restaurant where I picked up the food was TWENTY minutes from the store where I was delivering the food.


CHALLENGE:  Lock yourself in a car for TWENTY minutes with several racks of ribs, steaks, baked potatoes, bacon, some of those fried onion blossoms, fresh baked yeasty bread, and I swear I could even smell green beans.  TORTURE


Needless to say, I was STARVING when I got to the store.  I can't even tell you how badly I wanted to eat all of that food and about 12 pieces of bread.  I survived, however, without it....


Interestingly, I read a post today from my girl over at Need to Get Me Back about how she struggled with tempting food today.  It must be planetary or something... I hope yummy snacks aren't trying to sabotage EVERYONE out there!


Dinner and a Pre Weigh-In Peek
My flight was late getting home tonight, so I had a late dinner as a result.  Mealtime is always so nice because I can get creative and cook!  (PS... I'm home for the next TWO weeks!!!!  Unheard of!)  





Tonight's JC RIsing Crust pizza was topped with sliced grape tomatoes, red onions, sliced roasted garlic cloves, and one wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese Garlic and Cheese flavor.  I also had a little bowl of the grape tomatoes on the side.  Mmmmmm.


Before my yummy dinner, I hopped on the scale to see how things are going.  Um, I weigh less than my last reported weight and it's NIGHTTIME!  Ohhhhh, I'm excited for the morning now! 


Stay tuned, and sweet skinny dreams to you all...

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Shopping Adventures in SLC - Fall Edition

This past week when I was looking through my closet to pack for my Salt Lake City trip, I realized something surprising.  I have about 5 shirts that have long sleeves.  GASP!  Being that today was the first day of fall, I realize that this will soon be a BIG issue.


Living in Colorado, you need more than 5 long sleeved shirts for sure.  Being on the road every day and battling the elements as I go in and out of my client locations, I also need JACKETS.  (Wow... I almost sounded like a mountain woman or something with some rugged job.  Fiercely battling the elements. LOL)


Needless to say, I found a few items to get me started today at Target:

I spotted this adorable jacket in this month's issue of Real Simple magazine and have been waiting for it to show up in stores.  Well, today was my lucky day.  Per Real Simple, menswear is a hot trend.  All I know is I love this gorgeous jacket... and had to have it!
The color is "Scarlett Mystery" - - I even love the name!
I love that lipstick red color... and always love the look of a trench.  It really works for us pear-shaped ladies (because we rock!)  More information on this fab fall jacket can be found here.


Now, the 2nd jacket is a replacement jacket.  Here's the first one cinched up with all my might, but still ridiculous looking.  I'm not kidding when I say I have no jackets (unless you count hoodies.)
From my trip up Mt. Evans this weekend.  Totally cold up there!
Here is the replacement piece I found.  It's quite similar and as a added bonus, it fits!  It also has some ruffle detail that you totally can't see in this pic.  It's cute-cute.


Pretty cute, huh?
PS...I'm 100% sure that I'm not going to button it up to the very top like this model and fastened tightly with the belt.  Silly Models.


BTW - - I did look at Target for that awesome Missoni stuff too, and didn't find it.  I guess you had to be there on day one?  Bummer.


I also stumbled into DSW just to take a peek at things and found myself right in the middle of boot central!  WOW!  I've never been able to wear boots because my calves are sorta big, and honestly, I don't think I've made it yet this year.  AND, don't you have to wear them with skinny jeans and leggings?  Definitely not ready for that yet.  But, I did look... and drool a bit.  There must be a boot out there for me!!!


I know I'm getting excited to wear warm, rich fall clothes.  How about you?


In JC/MyFitnessPal News:
I ate COMPLETELY on plan today AGAIN and ate within my calorie allowance.  I continue to be amazed by how much I've been eating... and have definitely identified the cause of my summer "vacation" from weight loss. 


So excited to get on that scale on Saturday, and to report back!

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