Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mexican Rice Bowl

3 oz chicken, cooked
1/4 cup brown rice, cooked
1/4 cup black beans
2 T corn
1 T fat free sour cream
2 T salsa

Combine all ingredients together in frying pan sprayed with Pam.  Remove from pan when warmed and serve in a bowl.  

This is from Week One of Live the Life  (  Super easy and very tasty!

Rice & Fish

5 oz white fish (I like talapia)
1/3 cup brown rice
2 T salsa (see my recipe for salsa)
1 T fat free sour cream
1/4 avocado

Cook fish (I use a George Foreman grill).  Top fish with remaining ingredients.  Tastes like fish tacos!  Very good!

I have decided to post my favorite meal of the week from my 12-week challenge.  These recipes come from and it is part of my new Live the Life program.  It has literally changed my life!  See previous posts and weekly updates.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Update for Week 7

Week 7 brings my weight loss to 13 pounds (2.5 for this past week)!  I am feeling so empowered and strong right now.  It is amazing that when I tackle my biggest challenge (diet and exercise), how it spills over into every other aspect of my life.  I think it is because it gives me the confidence that I really can do hard things and have success doing them when I apply myself.  Of course, having the right tools (menu and exercise) spelled out for me is incredibly helpful too!  My work is really booming right now and I have an enthusiasm for life that has been lacking for some time.  LOVE this program and LOVE what is happening both physically, emotionally, and mentally right now.  If you have struggled with weight and health issues I strongly encourage you to take the leap with me!  4 more weeks left of Phase One and then on to Phase Two.  Happiness comes from making a conscientious decision to choose those things that are best for us and look for the positive in life!  Wishing you a happy, healthy week!  

Friday, July 22, 2011

Fabulous Fruit Dip

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2-1 tsp almond extract

Beat all ingredients with electric mixer - if you let it beat for several minutes it will get nice and fluffy.  Great served with a variety of fruit for dipping.  My favorite is strawberries!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Update for Week 6

Week 6!  Half way through the first phase (there are 4 total).  I am feeling great!  I am down nearly 11 pounds, have lost 3" from my waist and hips and 3.5" from my under bust measurement.  Legs and arms are down a couple of inches also.  I am definitely feeling more fit and toned and am able to do the exercises with increased weight and/or reps.  My greatest challenge is getting enough sleep!  With all there is to do in the day, it is tough to get to bed by 9 or 10 and I find myself hitting the sack at 11 or 12 way too many nights.  I bought a double walled water bottle that has a "straw" devise and find that by sipping my water rather than guzzling it I am having an easier time getting it down and am drinking more than I was previously - interesting.....

My husband is down about 15 pounds and looks so much better!  I think we are both loving this life-style, but it is a bit crazy at times trying to fit everything all in!  If any of you have joined me in this challenge I would love to hear how you are doing!  

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Baby Izze Update 3

SAD day!  Izze's birth mom is contesting relinquishing her parental rights.  We are still dealing with major GI issues due to her birth mom's drug usage - including cocaine usage through 6-8 weeks prior to Izze's delivery.    It seems surreal to me that she would really do this - I feel like it is so selfish on her part.  Izze will be in such bad circumstances if she is awarded to the birth mom.  The birth mom is currently living in an unfinished basement with a 70+ year-old male sponsor.  She has no means of supporting her much less any type of "home environment".  She is currently on parole (as is her boyfriend) and has previously lost custody of 2 previous children due to child endangerment charges.  This is heart-breaking.  I am praying that her heart will soften and that this will not turn into a long, drawn out legal battle.  We so LOVE this little girl - I can't imagine losing her after all this time....  May what is best for Izze prevail!  Praying, praying, praying.......

Hoping that God will open the windows of heaven and bless Jon and Sarah and Izze.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Update for Week 5

Had a great week for both exercise and nutrition.  I have only lost another 1/2 pound this week, but am feeling great physically and seeing improvement on my exercise - I am able to do all reps and with an increased weight/resistance.  LOVING that I do not really even have to think about what to eat - only about prepping and eating on time.  I am sure that I can do this program indefinitely!  Don't know if I had mentioned that my husband is doing this with me, but that has been incredibly satisfying!  He is down a total of 13 pounds (to my 10) and has lost lots of inches as well.  It feels great to be able to accomplish this goal together.  My husband has had the greater challenge as he has been traveling quite a bit for work.  This means he has to really think ahead to prepare meals in advance and come up with creative ways of cooking the food in a hotel room.  We are getting smarter and better at Living the Life!  Here's to another great week!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream

  • 3 cups sliced fresh rhubarb or frozen unsweetened sliced rhubarb (do not thaw frozen rhubarb)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • Red food coloring (optional)
In a 4-quart pot combine rhubarb, sugar, water, and strawberries. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes or until fruit is very tender, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat. Add marshmallows and lemon juice. Cook and stir until marshmallows are melted. Transfer to a very large mixing bowl; cover and chill in the refrigerator 4 hours or overnight until completely chilled.

In a chilled large mixing bowl beat whipping cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold whipped cream into chilled fruit mixture. Stir in enough food coloring to reach desired color, if desired.

Freeze ice cream mixture in a 4- or 5-quart ice cream freezer according to the manufacturers directions. Transfer to a freezer container. Cover and freeze about 4 hours or until firm. Makes about 10 cups (twenty 1/2-cup servings).

Happy 4th of July!!!!`

Go to for some interesting facts about Independence Day!  Hope you are all having a wonderful day with family and friends.  I am working on Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream for our family get together.  See separate post for recipe.  

Update for Week 4

This week has been a bit challenging!  I gained 2 pounds on Tuesday morning (following my Monday post) - VERY discouraging as I have been perfect in my eating and my exercise.  I ran out of my thyroid medication and went about 5 days before I could get in to get a refill.....  NOT smart!  I ended this week down a 1/2 pound - for a total loss of 9.5 pounds for the 4 weeks (that means I lost 2.5 pounds for the week, but that included the 2 I had gained) - thus the real loss for this week was only 1/2 a pound.  I do know from previous weight loss that this is fairly typical of me - a bit of a plateau - and then I will suddenly drop again, so I am certainly not ready to throw in the towel!  I really need to work on getting to bed earlier since we are getting up at 6 each morning to start our crazy day!  Getting adequate sleep has been by far my greatest challenge.   I am seeing a huge difference in my body composition - things are definitely getting firmer and more toned and defined and clothes are getting looser and I am wearing things I have not been able to get into for over a year.  Overall, feeling great about the challenge - but am hopeful the scale will get moving a bit faster this week.  Here's to another strong week!  

Friday, July 1, 2011

Baby Izze Pic Preview

Here is the first picture taken yesterday by Niki Martins Photography  Can't wait to see the rest!!!!  She was wide awake the entire time - little stink!  Photographers like the newborns to be sleeping so they can position them however they like.  At least she was being a happy girl!  We sure do love her!