Sunday, February 26, 2012

Oink Oink

Tonight I decided to venture out a little and make something besides chicken or fish.
I've had pork many times in my life before, but never cared to cook it myself.  I think I've just always
hated how dry it is....unless it's smothered in sauce...pork is just a dry meat.
Despite what I think of it I ventured off to New Seasons Market and browsed the types of
cuts they had to offer. I don't speak the meat language so the man at the counter was nice
enough to tell me that cutlets were going to be my fastest route and tonight, that's exactly what
I was looking for. So for all of you connoisseur's out there wondering why I chose  cutlets, it's because I don't like dealing with bones and thick meat!


Don't laugh that I did my grilling with a George...it's freezing and wet outside!
Actually, I'm not going to lie I LOVE this thing!
 You'll have to ignore the crappy camera phone pictures...I was too lazy to bust out the good camera.
This meal consisted of Cutlets, sweet potatoes, and sparagus.

Ingredients you'll need:3-4 tbs Olive oil
1/2 tsp Salt
4-5 sprigs fresh Thyme
4-5 sprigs fresh Rosemary
2 tsp Cumin
Pepper to taste
1 tsp Garlic
6 Pork Cutlets

Directions:First take your meat and tenderize it. If you don't have a meat tenderizer, beat it
with a knife. Next combine all of the above ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Then you are
going to take the "wet rub" and rub/massage it into the pieces of pork until well seasoned.
This is where I let my meat sit and marinate for an hour. After 30-40 minutes I started
to prepare my sweet potatoes and asparagus. I grilled my asparagus on the grill
while I boiled my sweet potatoes until they were tender.

When my potatoes were soft enough I mashed them and added about a 1/2-1 cup of unsweetened
Almond milk while stirring. This just helps loosen up the consistency. When my potatoes were
finally smooth I sprinkled in some cinnamon and nutmeg and called it good.

After my veggies had finished grilling I threw on the pork for about 5 minutes MAX and called
it good. I ran out of apple sauce so I quickly blended a couple of pears in my blender
to make pear sauce for dipping. It wasn't bad with the pears, but I'll definitely have to try my little recipe
again when I have apples! Bon Appetit!

Oink Oink

Tonight I decided to venture out a little and make something besides chicken or fish.
I've had pork many times in my life before, but never cared to cook it myself.  I think I've just always
hated how dry it is....unless it's smothered in sauce...pork is just a dry meat.
Despite what I think of it I ventured off to New Seasons Market and browsed the types of
cuts they had to offer. I don't speak the meat language so the man at the counter was nice
enough to tell me that cutlets were going to be my fastest route and tonight, that's exactly what
I was looking for. So for all of you connoisseur's out there wondering why I chose  cutlets, it's because I don't like dealing with bones and thick meat!


Don't laugh that I did my grilling with a George...it's freezing and wet outside!
Actually, I'm not going to lie I LOVE this thing!
 You'll have to ignore the crappy camera phone pictures...I was too lazy to bust out the good camera.
This meal consisted of Cutlets, sweet potatoes, and sparagus.

Ingredients you'll need:3-4 tbs Olive oil
1/2 tsp Salt
4-5 sprigs fresh Thyme
4-5 sprigs fresh Rosemary
2 tsp Cumin
Pepper to taste
1 tsp Garlic
6 Pork Cutlets

Directions:First take your meat and tenderize it. If you don't have a meat tenderizer, beat it
with a knife. Next combine all of the above ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Then you are
going to take the "wet rub" and rub/massage it into the pieces of pork until well seasoned.
This is where I let my meat sit and marinate for an hour. After 30-40 minutes I started
to prepare my sweet potatoes and asparagus. I grilled my asparagus on the grill
while I boiled my sweet potatoes until they were tender.

When my potatoes were soft enough I mashed them and added about a 1/2-1 cup of unsweetened
Almond milk while stirring. This just helps loosen up the consistency. When my potatoes were
finally smooth I sprinkled in some cinnamon and nutmeg and called it good.

After my veggies had finished grilling I threw on the pork for about 5 minutes MAX and called
it good. I ran out of apple sauce so I quickly blended a couple of pears in my blender
to make pear sauce for dipping. It wasn't bad with the pears, but I'll definitely have to try my little recipe
again when I have apples! Bon Appetit!

Oink Oink

Tonight I decided to venture out a little and make something besides chicken or fish.
I've had pork many times in my life before, but never cared to cook it myself.  I think I've just always
hated how dry it is....unless it's smothered in sauce...pork is just a dry meat.
Despite what I think of it I ventured off to New Seasons Market and browsed the types of
cuts they had to offer. I don't speak the meat language so the man at the counter was nice
enough to tell me that cutlets were going to be my fastest route and tonight, that's exactly what
I was looking for. So for all of you connoisseur's out there wondering why I chose  cutlets, it's because I don't like dealing with bones and thick meat!


Don't laugh that I did my grilling with a George...it's freezing and wet outside!
Actually, I'm not going to lie I LOVE this thing!
 You'll have to ignore the crappy camera phone pictures...I was too lazy to bust out the good camera.
This meal consisted of Cutlets, sweet potatoes, and sparagus.

Ingredients you'll need:3-4 tbs Olive oil
1/2 tsp Salt
4-5 sprigs fresh Thyme
4-5 sprigs fresh Rosemary
2 tsp Cumin
Pepper to taste
1 tsp Garlic
6 Pork Cutlets

Directions:First take your meat and tenderize it. If you don't have a meat tenderizer, beat it
with a knife. Next combine all of the above ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Then you are
going to take the "wet rub" and rub/massage it into the pieces of pork until well seasoned.
This is where I let my meat sit and marinate for an hour. After 30-40 minutes I started
to prepare my sweet potatoes and asparagus. I grilled my asparagus on the grill
while I boiled my sweet potatoes until they were tender.

When my potatoes were soft enough I mashed them and added about a 1/2-1 cup of unsweetened
Almond milk while stirring. This just helps loosen up the consistency. When my potatoes were
finally smooth I sprinkled in some cinnamon and nutmeg and called it good.

After my veggies had finished grilling I threw on the pork for about 5 minutes MAX and called
it good. I ran out of apple sauce so I quickly blended a couple of pears in my blender
to make pear sauce for dipping. It wasn't bad with the pears, but I'll definitely have to try my little recipe
again when I have apples! Bon Appetit!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Work hard. Be Patient.

BEFORE:
(SW: 209 lbs)



CURRENT:
(CW: 172 lbs)



SO I figured it was time to do another update for you guys. The last picture post I did made it seem
like I was smaller than I was because I was wearing jeans that conveniently hid my
imperfections. This post is more accurate as far as what I look like goes. I have lost a total of
37 lbs since the VERY beginning, and 28 of that is from my latest adventures.
I measured myself when I first started and since then I've lost 19 inches TOTAL.

I've still got 42 lbs to go which I hope to be done with by June/July. As many
of you know I was doing one of the HCG diets for a while but I
decided to step away from that since I wanted to exercise. I'm already at my
pre-pregnancy weight but due to having a kid...my stomach is still REALLY
stretched out. I don't know when Stephen and I will have another kid,
but when we do, I don't want to lose all of my progress. This was the biggest
reason I decided to get into an exercise routine so that I was getting my muscle mass
back and TONING my body so that my progress would be harder for the next
kid to destroy.

I may have only lost a few lbs in the past two weeks that I've been exercising,
but I know I've been shredding inches because I have jeans and sweatshirts
that were TIGHT on me and are now fitting me comfortably. Either way
I'm still feeling great!

What is CURRENTLY different about my attempts:
I exercise 5 days a week with BodyRockTV.

I play soccer one night a week which is a GREAT workout!

I don't eat ANY processed foods, not even processed carbs (pasta/breads/cereals)

Still eating every 2-3 hours

Still not eating any sugar other than what's already naturally in food

I basically just eat CLEAN (vegetables, fruit, meat, legumes, eggs, and grains)
and REALLY watch my portion sizes.

If you are unclear what your portions should look like, here is something that helped me
and is aiding in my weight loss. (for the record...your fingers are not part of your palms!!)



Even though I am far from my goal, I feel like a new person.
I am not only physically stronger, but mentally stronger. It's amazing how much my attitude
has changed through all of this. I'm finally getting passionate about life again and it's great.
My husband and my son BOTH deserve my best. For them I would do anything.




Friday, February 3, 2012

The truth about food

So I know that there are a lot of weight loss blogs and websites out there far more professional than mine. I'm not claiming to be a know-it-all or be the best, but I just can't help wondering how many people around me have been fed lies about food. So many people are scared to allow certain foods in their diet because they want to reach their goal as quickly as possible OR because they are mislead and think it will cause them to stall. 

It is my passion to get educated about the human body, so much so that I'm heavily considering a career in Sports Medicine. I used to think that people who buy strictly organic food and WHOLE GRAINS were all hippies being over cautious about food. There is something magical that happens when you educate yourself about the human body and the stuff you've been putting in it. Learning stuff like "100% grass fed beef is healthier, filled with more nutrients, and has less fat" DOES matter. I'm not turning hippie on all of you, just pointing out how many chemicals and pesticides are used on our non-organic food that COULD be leading to some huge health problems Americans have (aside from Obesity.)

This is where I quit rambling and share with you some links/info that is VERY helpful to know.

1. After a workout you need to eat PROTEIN. Whether it's a protein shake, protein bar, or meat and veggies..you should be eating within 30-45 minutes after your workout. You lose energy when you exercise and you NEED to replace it!

2. Make simple steps in your everyday diet by cutting out whole wheat breads and instead buying Sprouted Grain  which you shouldn't be eating more than 2 slices a day even if it's healthier.

3. Sweet potatoes are actually BETTER for you than regular potatoes! No sweet potato fries DON'T count I'm sorry.

4. I found this awesome calendar at the doctor's office yesterday and can't get enough of it. READ IT! ...better yet print it out and hang it as a daily reminder. 

5. It can be EXPENSIVE to buy local and organic but you can't put a price tag on your families health.
The calendar introduced me to this website where you can view a list of fruits/veggies that are pretty safe to buy non-organic, and then the ones you absolutely hands down should buy organic because of the pesticide levels.

6. You can't go wrong eating fruits, vegetables, unprocessed meats, nuts, and unaltered grains.  Watch this video to better understand what sugars and bad fats do to your body. Ignore the ridiculous sales pitch at the end. You don't need to pay money to this site to plan meals for you...just get educated.

I hope that all of these resources are helpful to you guys and if you find yourself trying to apply the above but come across a question, go to www.Livestrong.com and type it into the search bar. It is a trusted site that won't tell you to do crazy unnecessary things!


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Yummy Spaghetti

What you'll need:Spaghetti squash, Tomatoes (I used 3 big ones), Onion (I only had pearl onions which I used 6 of), 93/7 ground beef (I like to use 100% grass fed beef), Minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Paprika, Oregano, and Basil. (you can try other herbs if you want.)


1. Slice your spaghetti squash hot dog style. Put it in a dish
and bake at 450 degrees for 1 hour.

2. Meanwhile throw your tomatoes and peeled onion into a pot of
water and boil for 5-10 minutes.
If they start looking mushy before that go ahead and drain them.

3. While you are waiting for your tomatoes to cook, start browning your beef.



4. After you've drained your cooked tomatoes and onions, throw them in your
food processor (or blender) along with 2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce,
2-3 TBSP garlic, and seasoning to taste. Turn your blender on
"puree/grind" until it looks saucy.

5. When the meat is ready, throw the spaghetti sauce on top of it and let it simmer
until the squash is done baking.

6. When your squash is finished, take it out of the oven and let sit until cool enough to handle.
(This is where I got impatient and just held it with an
oven mit while I scraped)

7. Use a fork to scrape the squash out of it shell (yes it looks like spaghetti noodles)
if you are up for it save the seeds and sprinkle them with a fun seasoning...
then have them later as a snack!



I love stumbling upon fun recipes like this because for one you know what is in the food you're eating
considering you're making almost all of it and TWO you'd be surprised how many
ways you can make your meals healthy! Enjoy!