Monday, July 29, 2013

Update Post, Grilled Cheese Dunkers with Tomato Soup, Cardio, Banana Bites.

*Quick Updates*

  1. I'm falling behind in blogging I know. 
  2. My Biology class and lab is stressful, but I know I'll get through it.  
  3. My Aunt (Mom's Sister) just found out she has cancer, possible stage 4. We'll know all the details tomorrow after their appointment with the oncologist. I'm guessing we'll get a good idea of what is going to happen and possibly how long she has to live. Its really hurting my whole family, we could use a little prayer or two.
  4.  I've been at my mom's house, upstate, for a week. I just got back yesterday. 
  5.  Weight loss has been going good, except when I was at my mom's house. I probably gained a little bit. Travis and I had an agreement that when I get back home we are going to change the boy's bedtime to 8 at night instead of 9, so that we can work out together. (We have work out gear in our shed outside.) 
  6. I've decided not to weigh myself religiously anymore. It isn't about weight to me anymore but about being healthy. And getting to a point to where I feel good (and look good). In other word as long as I feel as if I look good then I'll be okay. 

So I'll leave you with a few fun things. 

A little something, something to get your blood pumping!

These are so amazingly awesome, freeze banana slices then add peanut butter.

Liam helping mommy make grilled cheese dunkers.

 Grilled Cheese Dunkers and Tomato Soup 

Tomato Soup Recipe (click here). 
Grilled Cheese Dunkers:
Slices of bread
Slices of Cheese 
1 tbsp Butter 

All you need to do is flatten the bread with a rolling pin, add a slice of cheese, then roll it up. Repeat! Add to a pan with melted butter and cook on each side until brown, and cheese has melted.

The number of slices depends on how many you want to make. You could also take the crusts off and they would most likely look prettier. But I love the crust on a grilled cheese.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Day 21-25!

Day 20!!!

Breakfast: strawberry yogurt + 2 macadamia white chocolate cliff crunch granola bars 

Lunch: Salad with honey ham, green onions, shredded carrots, cheese, tomatoes,cucumbers, romaine. + strawberries and red seedless grapes 

Dinner: chicken Georgia with 1 cup broccoli and 1/2 a peach 

Snack: banana & 1tbsp peanut butter on banana slices and frozen 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Day 17 & 18 & 19, A Work Out, and Recipes!

Day 17      
Day 18 went something like this.
 The big hits today were a Fried Shallots salad. (Fried in Olive Oil) Super delicious and much better than the store bought fried onions.

For dinner I originallywanted to make Chicken Georgia, but  realized we had a lot of left over pot roast. The guys had that, and I had some Cajun Salmon, green beans cooked in leftover pot roast juice, crinkle carrots, cucumber salad, and a fresh sweet corn cob.

I've had so much pot roast for the past 2 days that I think I am going to blow up. 

The way I make my Cajun salmon is so simple. I make it all the time, seriously! 
Cajun Salmon
1 tsp olive oil
McCormick Cajun Seasoning
Garlic Salt
Ground Black pepper

-Season to taste, and cook until brown on each side. I like my skin side slight black, as you can see. :) 

Day 19
 Breakfast: Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal made with water, 1 strawberry whey protein scoop with 2 tbsp 2 % milk and 3 large strawberries sliced.

Lunch: Fresh Tomato and Corn Salad with Chicken(Recipe Coming soon.)

Dinner: 2 hot dogs sliced with ketchup, mustard, sauteed onions in olive oil, and 1 cup romaine, 1 tbsp Ken's lite creamy Caesar dressing, 1bsp shredded Parmesan.
*Weird combo, I know. I went bun-less *pats self on back* I love hot dogs, my kids love hot dogs, everyone in this house loves hot dogs. Hot dogs do not love me. I wouldn't have bought them when we went grocery shopping but we had like 4 hot dog buns leftover from our camping trip that we needed to use before they went bad. It worked that I went bun-less because Travis could have 2 and the boys had 1 each.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Camping Vacation in North Carolina

Ohmygosh. I really can’t believe I haven’t posted in like a week. I've had my posts written out on my phone for days but it just didn't want to publish. 

First, let me mention that my camping trip was fun with a mixture of miserable. It rained almost the whole time. We left a day early. However we did get a day with about 6 hours of sunlight and we made the most of it. We went hiking, looked at jams and jellies, played games, and played in the pool with the kids. Then it began to rain again and we decided to take the kids bowling. The day before that it rained but we went out to eat for lunch and Big Mike’s in Brevard, NC. I did well, and had a Greek salad with chicken. However, because it rained the whole time I didn’t eat as well as I had originally planned that I would. We had everything planned out where we would be mostly eating whatever we could cook on a campfire, but that was impossible.  I had a lot of processed junk, but this week I am trying to get back on track. Actually today is the first time I really am getting back on trap with keeping up with pictures. Which reminds me, I should mention, I didn’t have time to track my food with my Sparkpeople app or to take pictures to help track.  

Overall, it wasn’t so bad. We had a lot of help with Liam. Sleeping in a tent wouldn’t have been so bad (especially with the air mattress) except it was just so wet and damp in it. My covers felt like they never dried from the first night when I got soak during a storm. Blake loved it but he slept in a cabin with his aunt and cousins the last 2 nights, and in a big tent with his uncle and cousin. He also REALLY liked bowling. So I suppose we will be doing more of that. J He did really well hiking too. We hiked along a trail to triple falls, and he kept up really well. Liam rode on his grandpa’s shoulders for most of the trip and then on mine for the last little stretch. I really wish there were more hiking opportunities as beautiful and neat as the ones in the mountains. We didn’t get a chance to go biking but I really hope that we can go soon.  I think next time we’ll need to rent a cabin too, and then maybe pitch a tent outside. I did have a really great time, and I know it would’ve been a lot better had it not been raining.
As far as eating goes, we just went grocery shopping last night. The days before that after we got home from camping our supplies were low. I had to come up with some off the wall things, which ended up being pretty delicious. I was please. 

Bad things= we lost a goose. Benson. I’m not sure if he just went in to the woods of if something got him. We also lost the baby kitten, and my cat. I think with all the rain and our yard flooding my cat must’ve gotten really worried and ran off. She had her kitten under the house, which was also flooded. We heard it crying when we got home which was pretty late. Travis had to crawl under the house. Apparently the little guy was in a puddle all alone. Travis gave him a bath. We made some pedialytle and milk replacement. But it just wasn’t helping. He was lethargic and not drinking. We made him comfortable and kept trying through the night but he didn’t make it. I haven’t seen my cat since we got home on Saturday so there is no telling where she is. She acts like a wild cat when she is outside.
I’m on my second week of classes. Last week didn’t go so well but it must’ve been from not being able to study.
Good things= My little Liam is saying more sentences.
Day 15:
Honey nut Cheerios with ½ cup milk
Tuna Melt
Cheeseburger pie
Day 16:
Tuna Salad Sandwich
Barbeque Sweet Tea chicken over Hoecakes, Field Peas and Snap over Brown Rice, Fresh Corn
Day 17:
Large Green Apple with Peanut butter
Leftover brown rice with field peas and snaps, 2 hoe cakes
Hardee’s Chicken Sandwich and French fries

Blake Traveling to NC.

Liam traveling to NC

I always look incredibly rough while traveling, or even on vacation in general. I-d-k why.

The horrible weather we had to drive through.

Camp food prep that we didn't get a chance to eat.

Cucumber Salad in a jar= cucumbers, 1 part vinegar, 1 part zesty Italian,little bit of pepper. :)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Monday Weigh-in and Day 8!

I lost 5.6lbs! :) it's a little Kate to post as Monday, but its 1am and the first chance I've gotten.

Breakfast: peach and blueberry breakfast cobbler 

Lunch: chicken strip salad 

Dinner: roasted tomato soup with grilled cheese Dunkers 

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Day 7

Breakfast: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with a Diced Gala Apple and extra Cinnamon on top

Lunch: Chicken and Zucchini Bake and 2 cups Sauteed Cabbage 

Snack: Granny Smith Apple Slices with 2 tbsp Creamy Reduced Fat Peanut Butter (I'm in an apple mood today.)

Dinner: 4 oz Salmon Fillet and 1 yellow Squash cooked in the pan with 1 slice of bacon, Mrs. Dash Original Blend Seasoning and Salt.

I came up with the Chicken and Zucchini Bake on a whim. (Recipe at the end of this post!) And I submitted to the Sparkpeople's Sparkrecipes. :)

Quick Work out for the night. I didn't feel like doing too much, but wanted to burn at least 100 calories. 

Chicken and Zucchini Bake


2 zucchinis, sliced length wise
2 banana peppers sliced
2 baby bell peppers
3 cooked chicken breast, diced

3 med tomatoes, and 4 plum tomatoes pureed in a food processor for sauce with 1tsp basil 1 tsp oregano 1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Info

Fat: 3.1g
Carbohydrates: 12.7g
Protein: 23.6g

Layer zucchini, chicken, peppers and sauce ending with sauce. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes, then top with cheese and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Serving Size: Serves 4

Number of Servings: 4
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