Monday, February 28, 2011

Weigh Me Monday

I am tickled with this weeks loss. This past week and weekend has been pure torture on my digestive system. I haven't been eating right and we've been eating out wayyyyy too much. But we've been running errands and getting a lot of things accomplished while Adam is on vacation. So here's to a fabulous March.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Yay! It Came Today

When I was in high school I was diagnosed with Patellofemoral Syndrome. Since I've gotten back to working out, it is obviously clear that my tendons are still week. I've had hella knee pain which of course was discouraging me from working out.

Did you read that? WAS!!!! Way back when my doctor gave me a patella knee strap to help stabilize the tendon and knee cap. This in turn reduces the inflammation and pain I suffer. So when my knee started acting up again I went in search of my knee strap but amazingly it's no where to be found. :(

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy Tuesday

:) I must say I'm in a much better mood today than yesterday. I "forced" myself to go to bed at 11:30 last night and was awakened twice by Baby Boy. For some unknown reason the littles have decided that 7am seems like a great time to wake up, so we were up for the day. I decided to make breakfast for myself, which is usually unheard of since my normal waking time as of late seems to be 2pm.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Weigh Me Monday

I'm frustrated right now. It has nothing to do with my weight, simply the fact that I went to bed at 4am and was awakened at 6:45am by my daughter. So, yes I'm happy I lost this week, but I just don't have the patience right now to do and upbeat, happy post. Please forgive me.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Healthy Pepperoni Pizza

So, this review is two-fold. Reason being, I couldn't/didn't find prepared whole-wheat pizza dough at our local store. Luckily EatingWell had a recipe for it, and I would much rather make the dough myself any way. First I'll start with the dough.

My Friend....The Treadmill

Ah, old friend, you've been collecting dust for far too long. Hidden away in the dark depths of the basement, so I made my husband drag you upstairs and into the light. I know that if I "don't feel" like working out with a DVD I can at least walk while watching television. I feel very confident about this, confident that I can keep it up, confident that I'm going to continue to see my weight drop.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tex-Mex Taco Salad

I'm a sucker for Rancho Grande's Taco Salad...LOADED with fat. I really thought finding a replacement would be challenging. We tried out the Tex-Mex Taco Salad and I have to say I'm impressed.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Weigh Me Monday

So this week was rocky, icky food poisoning seemed to help the cause I suppose. However, I'd prefer to never have food poisoning again. Still no exercise, but a LOT of house cleaning, laundry and dishes. Did I mention that apparently you can sweat your butt off doing house chores? Aside from that I did get some low impact walking in while shopping. I looked like a lunatic rushing around the grocery store, but it served a few purposes. One, I "worked out", two we got the shopping done faster, and three it kept the kids from griping about taking too long shopping.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Rockin Replica - Chicken Salad with Fruit

Last Friday we were out and about gathering up the last minute items for Baby Boy's birthday party. There we were in the grocery store and I was HUNGRY! Now as most of you know, hunger and grocery stores don't mix. Luckily I had my wits about me and stopped by the deli cold case to see what nutritious nuggets they might have that would keep me from buy a box of corn dogs and a jumbo bag of Reece's peanut butter cups for dinner.

I was eyeing the salads and what to my wandering eye Archer Farms Chicken Salad with Summer Fruit. Hmmm....Now for some reason I'd never thought to drop yummy sweet fruit on top of a bed of leafy greens, let alone one with chicken on it. So we made our way home and busted out this little slice of heaven and was not disappointed one bit. As I was chowing down I made sure to pay close attention to the ingredient list should I want another salad. Am I ever glad I did.

My only problem in replicating it is that I haven't been able to find goat cheese. It had two of these small medallion slices of "goat cheese" as it was labeled. It was similar in consistency to that of cream cheese, but a smite drier. Of course while grocery shopping yesterday I forgot to check the organic section, so I'm in still on the hunt. Otherwise this is what the salad contained:

Thursday, February 10, 2011

French's Crunchy Onion Chicken - UTCized

So, before I decided to make a lifestyle change we bought a HUGE bag of French's French Fried Onions from Sam's (that should tell you how big the bag is.).  Any who, I was rearranging the bakers rack and I thought to myself, what the heck am I going to do with this enormous bag of fried onions??? I happened to notice a decent recipe on the back; French's Crunchy Onion Chicken. I whipped it up and was in love. It was so scrumptious and tender and juicy, well I could go on.

Then it dawned on me. There has to be a way to make it "better." I mean you have to use an egg so that the onions stick to it, but there the whole cholesterol issue. So tonight I broke it down and figured I'd make it MY way, the Up The Creekized way (UTCized). So enjoy my take on this amazing dish. I love it and will be making it this way from now until eternity!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Inspired to Expose Myself

One of my fav blogs of late is Letters to Jia. If you've never discovered this blog, now is the time. Jia teamed up with Charlie. Charlie is Jia's mentor and has BTDT. Charlie leads Jia, gives her challenges and puts her through everything she went through during her own weight loss journey. It's a very inspirational blog.

Yesterday Charlie challenged Jia to a Budoir session. To expose herself, not necessarily showing the world her pictures, but she needed the eye opener. To understand further why she is trying to get healthy. To be able to look back on where she'd been, and why she'd never go back there. I took Charlie's message to heart. I know I need "before" pictures, but more so I needed to evaluate myself. To come to the realization that I don't hate my body, but rather I dislike the way I let it go. But I've also been able to realize had it not been for this body I wouldn't have the two beautiful children I have. So following Charlie's challenge, here's my response.

Dizzy still

So I'm still recouping from the food poisoning, but it's giving me time to catch up on some of my food and health blogs. Awesomeness. I'm also finding myself getting really, really dizzy and I'm merely sitting down. So, I guess I need to chug some more water? If anyone has other suggestions, let me have it. On a side note, the only positive to food poisoning is an extreme drop in weight from losing your lunch and being unable to stomach food. So this morning I came in at 268.6, a total of 9 pounds lost. Now, we'll see come Monday where I stand once I start putting food back into my body.

Some of my fav's:

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Food Poisoning Sucks!

Just an FYI, if you can avoid it, NEVER get food poisoning. Apparently Baby Girl & I ate some bad turkey burger Monday evening for dinner. Baby Boy had baby food, so he avoided it, but lately he's been begging more & more for table food, so I'm glad this wasn't one of those nights. Luckily I caught the hubby at work and told him don't eat the turkey he'd taken for lunch.

Basically I crawled into bed at 8:30pm and rolled around in pain until 2:30am. I called the hubby at work because I was miserable. Every time I felt like throwing up, I had to go number 2. Fun. So he suggested I take some Pepto to see if that would help. As luck would have it, it did. Two seconds later I barfed up the minimal food I'd had the previous day...all of it. I then went into sweating and shivering. It sucked hairy balls.

So I called the hubby back begging him to come take care of me, which I knew wouldn't happen. I stumbled to the kitchen for some water, and on my way back decided I needed to check on Baby Girl. I knew something was wrong when I walked in. She was sitting up at the end of the bed and squeaked out "Mama." I turned on the light to find her bed soaked from head to toe in vomit. (Sorry, I have no TMI filter. The joys of being on a close knit Mama board.) The only thing similar the two of us had to eat the day prior was dinner, turkey burgers and Fuji apples. So, yeah, I had to crawl in the shower with Baby Girl to get both of us cleaned up. Then we proceeded to watch cartoons until 5am when I made her go to bed, after vomiting three more times in my bed.

I spent most of the day in bed, in pain, crushing headache, terrible stomach ache. I am so over this. So how will my week go? Well it's after midnight on Wednesday, and I still feel like crap, but can't you tell me?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Weigh Me Monday

Holy crap batman! I had a terriblerific week (yeah, I made that word up). I was doing great, until the end of the week. Saturday was my baby's first birthday party so we were out running around picking up the last minute items such as cake and food for everyone. That of course lead to "I'm hungry what do you want?" My response, I don't care I'm starving, *insert crappy fast food restaurant here* sounds good. So needless to say I ate like crap, ate wayyyyy too much junk food, and I snarfed down probably a good quarter of a sheet cake loaded with mouth watering buttercream frosting (see culprit below).

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I Wish...

At least I got out and played in the snow today.

I wish things came easier for me. I really do.

I had this whole post talked out in my head last night as I tried to fall asleep, so I'm going to do my best to recreate what I can recall that I really wanted to get off my chest. I do that a lot you know, I can't get to sleep because my head is busy, and so I talk through things (in my head) and then I'm able to sleep. Of course I didn't write anything down so here we go.

The reason I wish things were easier for me (aka things that have transpired the last couple of weeks):

Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans

Or in my case, it was Skillet Gnocchi with Spinach & White Beans...YUMMY!!!! I had a free hand tonight So I took pics of the process.
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