September 28, 2008

weight watchers update #3

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this is from the weight tracker on the weight watchers website, it's my progress so far. i am FINALLY under 120 lbs, i thought it would never happen! i weighed in at 119.6 on friday. woo!

i am still working out 3x a week, and now my workouts have gotten harder. 40 minutes of cardio, 45 crunches, 45 push-ups, 45 squats, 45 bicep curls, and 45 tricep curls. i have never spent so much time at the gym! i definitely see a difference in my body and muscles though. and i can finally wear the XS tank top jon got me in italy 3 years ago. lol.

next goal: 117.9 (my 10% goal, i will have lost 10% of my body weight from when i started)
final goal: 115

i will eventually post pictures, i have a nice one of myself in a bikini on memorial day before i started weight watchers and working out. freaky.

Posted by JenMagenta at 5:29 PM | Comments (3)

September 22, 2008

RANT!

why can't i get a whole year's worth of birth control pills at once? why must i go to walmart every 3 weeks to get a new pack and be put through each time the torture that is the 36th street walmart? i mean, seriously, what could i possibly do with a year's worth of pills that would be SO bad? sell them to teenagers who want to prevent pregnancy? snort them to get high? come on!!!

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September 5, 2008

The Recipe Blog

ALL RECIPES ARE LOW CAL AND LOW FAT! Some are from the weight watchers website and some are from allrecipes.com. And one is my own creation. Enjoy! :)

Chicken Baseballs

INGREDIENTS

3 oz. light cream cheese softened
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
2 tsp light margarine melted
1 8oz can reduced fat crescent rolls
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp milk
1/4 tsp pepper
bread crumbs
2 Tbsp chopped onion

DIRECTIONS

In a blender (or by hand) combine cream cheese, butter, salt, pepper, milk, onion. Blend. Pour mixture over chicken and stir. Separate crescent roll dough into four rectangles and seal perforations.

Spoon 1/2 cup mixture into center of each. Pull opposite corners of dough to center and seal-sprinkle each "baseball" with bread crumbs and place on ungreased cookie sheet or pizza stone. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.


Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

INGREDIENTS

12 lasagna noodles, uncooked
1 lb skinless boneless chicken breast, cubed
4 cups low-fat spaghetti sauce, no more than 2 grams fat per serving
1 1/2 cups water
2-3 Tbsp. hot sauce
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1 tsp. garlic salt
15 oz. nonfat ricotta cheese
1/2 cup egg substitute
3/4 cup crumbled bleu cheese

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350*F. Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spary; place over medium high heat until hot. Add chicken and saute 4 minutes. Drain well. Stir in spaghetti sauce, water, hot sauce, vinegar and garlic salt. In a small bowl, combine ricotta cheese and egg substitute; set aside. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray. Spread 1 cup of the sauce over the bottom of the pan. Arrange 3 or 4 pieces of lasagna over sauce. Spread with sauce, then layer with the ricotta mixture. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used, ending with sauce. Cover and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with bleu cheese and bake 5 more minutes, uncovered. Cover and let stand 15 minutes before serving.


Bubble-Up Pizza

INGREDIENTS

1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
16 oz tomato sauce
1/2 tsp dried basil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp Italian seasoning
your choice of veggie toppings: mushrooms, olives, peppers, etc.
15 oz refrigerated biscuits, quartered (average brand, lowfat, per biscuit: 52 calories, 1 g fat, 0.4 g fiber)
1.25 c FF or soy mozzarella shreds

DIRECTIONS

1) Preheat oven to 350*. In skillet, brown meat over medium heat, stirring to crumble. Stir in onion, tomato sauce, basis, garlic, and Italian seasoning.
2) Add veggies and optional turkey pepperoni. Add quartered biscuit dough; stir gently until biscuits are covered with sauce.
3) Spray a 9 x 13" casserole dish with cooking spray. Bake for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, and bake an additional 10 minutes or until biscuits are done. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


Grilled Shrimp

INGREDIENTS

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
dash allspice
large shrimp (6 per person)
fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter, melted
minced fresh parsley

DIRECTIONS

1) Preheat your grill to high heat.
2) Prepare the shrimp seasoning by mixing the spices together in a small bowl.
3) Remove the shell from the shrimp. Stick a skewer through the middle of each shrimp. Push them together on the skewer so that they fit into each other. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the shrimp. Brush melted butter generously over the top of the shrimp. Sprinkle a light coating of the seasoning on the shrimp.
4) Place the shrimp onto your hot grill with the seasoning side down. Brush some more butter over the other side of the shrimp - the flames should jump up from the butter. Sprinkle a light coating of seasoning over the shrimp (you should have lots of seasoning left over).
5) After 3 minutes or so the face-down side of the shrimp should be browned and showing some light charring. Flip the shrimp over and grill for an additional 2-3 minutes or until browned on the other side.


Twelve Minute Pasta Toss

INGREDIENTS

* 16 ounces pasta (any shape, but make sure it's made with whole grains)
* 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite size pieces
* 4 tablespoons olive oil
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
* 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
* 1 1/4 teaspoons dried basil
* 1 1/4 teaspoons dried oregano
* 1 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
* 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS

1. Cook and drain pasta as directed.
2. While pasta is cooking, in a 5-quart pot, heat olive oil and saute chicken, garlic, salt, garlic powder, basil, and oregano until chicken is cooked. Add sun-dried tomatoes and cook for two minutes.
3. Remove from heat and toss with pasta. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.


Taco Salad

INGREDIENTS

1 bag of lettuce
1 can black beans
1/2 jar salsa
1 can diced tomatoes
2 c. cooked, sliced chicken
1 c. cottage cheese
1 c. shredded cheese (made w/ 2% milk)
10-15 tortilla chips, broken

DIRECTIONS
Mix everything in a bowl! (This is my own recipe, haha)


Steak & Veggies

I use this steak marinade and make some veggies to accompany the steak:

INGREDIENTS

* 1/3 cup soy sauce
* 1/2 cup olive oil
* 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
* 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
* 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
* 3 tablespoons dried basil
* 1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
* 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)
* 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Place the soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, basil, parsley, and pepper in a blender. Add hot pepper sauce and garlic, if desired. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds until thoroughly mixed.
2. Pour marinade over desired type of meat. Cover, and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Cook meat as desired.


I'll put up more in a few weeks...

Posted by JenMagenta at 5:39 PM | Comments (0)

September 2, 2008

weight watchers update #2

i've been doing weight watchers for about 3 months now, and working out three times a week. i am still making progress. my starting weight was 131, my current weight is 121 (i've lost 10 lbs total!) and my goal weight is 115 so i have 6 lbs more to go. i'm at about the halfway point now between when i started and when my wedding is. so i guess i'm doing pretty good! i am exercising for 40 minutes of cardio at a time now, which has been difficult but i'm getting through it. my clothes are getting REALLY loose now, i have shorts that fall down and i can't even wear anymore! and even shorts that i bought 2 months ago are getting super loose.

i have a bunch of great low fat/cal recipes in case anyone is interested. and if you seriously want to lose weight, i definitely recommend weight watchers! i only do it online, i don't go to meetings, and it's working great. it's the only diet i've ever been on that hasn't made me think "i have no reason to live!" when i wake up in the morning! woo flex points!

Posted by JenMagenta at 8:09 PM | Comments (1)