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Recipe – Baby Pasta Shells with Asparagus and Marinara Sauce

I found this on my favorite site, www.skinnytaste.com.  I hope you enjoy it, I definitely think that I will…

A light Spring pasta dish the whole family will enjoy; baby shells are tossed with chopped asparagus and a light marinara sauce.  Quick and easy, perfect for vegetarians or meatless Fridays.

I wish there was more variety in pasta shapes for high fiber and whole wheat pastas. If you prefer to use a high fiber pasta, low carb or gluten-free pasta you can use elbows instead.

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Forms Of Torture…

There are very few experiences I find more grueling than swimming suit shopping.  Honestly, it was easier when I was heavier, because the “big girl” suits are at least supportive.  Now, it is next to impossible for me to find a swimming suit that fits my chest and my butt together, or either of them separately.  This weekend I spent 8 hours at 3 different malls.  I probably tried on 150 swimming suits.  I purchased ZERO swimming suits.

I leave in a week, for an eight-day trip to the British Virgin Islands.  I have one swimming suit, I found it last year and I love it.  It’s a black one-piece and I could buy another one exactly like it, but I would like some variety.  It does not even come in any other colors.  I also have a “top” that I bought last year, but I cannot find a bottom that both fits and matches.  We will be on a sailboat, so there is no laundry service and I will need more than one suit for the trip.

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Recipes – Mardi Gras Dinner

I made this dinner last night to celebrate Mardi Gras…  All of my recipes are slightly modified versions of recipes I found on either www.skinnytaste.com or www.hungry-girl.com…  Enjoy!!!

 

KEY LIME CHEESECAKE BITES

Servings:  12

Calories: 108.6

Fat: 4.7 g

Carb: 12.6 g

Fiber: 1.1 g

Protein: 3.6 g

Sugar: 7.1
Sodium: 107.9

PointsPlus® value 3

Ingredients:

  • 12 ginger thin cookies
  • 8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 oz fat-free Honey Greek yogurt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3 tbsp key lime juice
  • 1 tbsp key lime zest
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 24 blackberries

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°.

Line cupcake tin with liners.  Break one cookie into pieces and place at the bottom of each liner.

Gently beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth using an electric mixer. Gradually beat in fat free yogurt, egg whites, lime juice, lime zest and flour. Do not over beat. Pour into cupcake liners filling half way.

Bake 25 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool to room temperature. Chill a few hours in the refrigerator.

Top with fresh berries.

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Open Challenge For February!!!

I am challenging myself (and all of you) to give up Fast Food and Fried Food for the month of February!!!

Rules:

  • You cannot eat anything from a restaurant with a drive-thru or in a food court (McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, etc.)
  • No gas station/convenience store food (anything under a heat lamp or prepared and in a cooler)
  • Nothing deep-fried (regardless of where it is from)
  • If you have any doubts about whether or not something is “fast food”, then it probably isn’t something you should eat.

I’ll be checking in all month regarding my progress, I would love to hear from you too!!!

Review – New Veggie Cuisine from Lean Cuisine

I am always on the lookout for good “Veggie” options and I really like the new products from Lean Cuisine.  They don’t have a ton of options yet, but I have enjoyed the ones they are currently offering:

Enchilada Rojo with Mexican-Style Rice

Indian-Style Masala

Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccini

Tuscan-Style Vegetable Lasagna

If you have other “veggie” suggestions, I would be thrilled to hear…

 

Check Out Skinny Ms.

Thanks to a friend, I came across a great website I would like to share:

Skinny Ms.

This site has TONS of helpful information.  Recipes, workouts, product reviews, forums, Meal Planning, etc.  Whether you are just getting started with a new plan, or looking for a fresh take on your current plan, I think we can all find something here…

Do you have sites that you find particularly helpful?  I would love to hear from you….

Have a great day 🙂

Avoiding Restaurant Sabotage…

Eating out can be dangerous to your plan, if you don’t prepare yourself in advance.

A few suggestions:

  • Check out the menu in advance, look for healthy options
  • Don’t go to the restaurant hungry, snack on some fruits and veggies ahead of time, so you aren’t tempted to overeat
  • Drink lots of water
  • Avoid alcohol, those calories are burned first and you may be less vigilant after a few drinks
  • When you feel full, have your plate taken away, don’t be tempted to eat because there is food in front of you.

I have posted links to several articles with additional suggestions:

Lose Weight While Dining Out, Study Reveals 6 Tips

Healthy Eating:  Making Healthy Choices When You Eat Out

5 Ways to Lose Weight at a Restaurant

Road Trip!  Eat Healthy — Anywhere

The Fat Trap

I saw this very interesting article in the New York Times last week…  I agree with the author, it’s not particularly inspiring or motivating, but I appreciate knowing what I am up against…  And I am not quitting…

I have posted the article in PDF form below, let me know what you think:

Fat Trap

Let’s Get S.M.A.R.T.!

Goal setting isn’t always easy.  It’s easy to say that you want to do something, but even how you say it can affect whether or not you actually accomplish it.  The SMART system is used in a wide variety of motivational arenas :  fitness groups, professional groups, educational groups, etc.  The acronym can change slightly depending on which group you’re talking to, but the general idea is as follows:

Specific

To set a specific goal you must answer the five “W” questions:

  • What: What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
  • Who: Who is involved?
  • Where: Identify a location.
  • Which: Identify requirements and constraints.

Measurable

To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as:

  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How will I know when it is accomplished?

Attainable

To set an attainable goal you must answer the “H” question:

  • How: How can the goal be accomplished?

Realistic

Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished.

  • Have you ever accomplished something similar?
  • What conditions would have to exist in order for you to accomplish this goal?

Timely

To set a timely goal you must answer the sixth “W” question:

  • When: Establish a time frame.

Then set short-term goals to reach that plan.

  • What can I do 6 months from now?
  • What can I do 6 weeks from now?
  • What can I do today?

As an example, this is a goal I set in January:

My next fitness goal is to run the Rock-n-Sole 10k on July 10, 2011.  I will run 3 days per week.  To start, I will run two shorter runs of one mile and one long run of two miles with at least one day of rest between each run.  I will increase my distance by one half mile every two weeks until I am running 3 miles for my short run and 5 miles for my long run.  I will run on the treadmill until April, then I will switch to outdoor running regardless of the weather. 

I would love to hear some of your goals…  If you would like help with goal setting, I would be glad to get SMART with you 🙂

Fighting Mad…

On the Today Show, they were talking about why thin women are getting liposuction.  The doctor who they were interviewing said that it’s not for weight loss, but that what he does is “balance a person’s body.”  That sometimes, even women who are a size two have stubborn fat deposits in places that are unsightly and he helps to correct that.

It is obscene that a medical professional is peddling this nonsense.  The media has us so brainwashed as to what our bodies are supposed to look like that we are willing to have dangerous surgeries in order to fit the mold.  I have had people ask me if I have loose skin or any other visible side-effects as a result of my weight loss.  I think that because my weight loss was gradual and I did it without surgery or pills, my “side-effects” have been less drastic, but yes I have loose skin.  And NO, I am not going to “do something” about it.  I drink lots of water and use lotion, which may help with elasticity over time, but I consider my body to be a testament of the hard work I have done and a roadmap of how I got here.  If I don’t look like a model in my swimming suit, I don’t care.  I worked very hard to get to where I am and I am proud of every part of my body.  I certainly haven’t always felt that way, but I will be damned before I will let some Hollywood doctor try to tell me that I need to have my body “balanced” in a surgery.

I know I said it last week, but I might just start saying it every day…  Love yourself exactly the way you are right now…  It’s the best gift you can ever give yourself…

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