Monday, August 29, 2011

Chicken Salad

3 oz. cooked chicken
2 T salsa
2 T fat free sour cream
8 cherry tomatoes
romaine lettuce
onions of choice
fresh lemon or lime

Dice all salad ingredients and combine with remaining ingredients in a bowl; top with fresh juice from lemon or lime.  

Update for Week 12 Phase One

Don't really have much to report - we are in Maine visiting our grandchildren and as such, I do not have scales or a measuring tape to check on my progress.  I will say it has been a bit of a challenge to stay completely on course with travel all day on Saturday and coming up again next Tuesday, but we have stayed as close as possible to the program - with both eating and exercise as has been possible.  

We enjoyed a great bike ride this morning with the two oldest girls and it was fun to do "cardio" while enjoying their company.  They are cute and rode us a couple of miles down the road to a beautiful park and then back home "the secret way".  (we came in thru a baseball field and down a steep grassy hill to their back yard).  LOVED it!  

It is a bit difficult to stick too closely with the eating portion when you are flying and driving all day - but we have been pretty determined and have done relatively well.  I will be anxious to weigh myself when we get home and see how I have done.  If I have at least broken even I will feel good about that.  

Just trying to enjoy our time with family this week!  Will check back in next Wednesday morning and let you know how we did!  Have a wonderful week!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Chicken Enchiladas

1 low carb whole-grain tortilla
2 oz cooked chicken
2 T cream cheese
2 T green chilies
4 T green enchilada sauce
2 T mozzarella

Dice chicken.  In a bowl mix cream cheese and chilies together.  Spread cream cheese mixture on tortilla and add 2 T green enchilada sauce, diced chicken, and 1 T mozzarella cheese; roll tortilla up tightly.  In a small pan sprayed with cooking spray, place tortilla in pan and top with remaining 2 T enchilada sauce and remaining 1 T cheese.  Cover with tinfoil to keep moist and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.  

From Week 11 of the 12 Week Live the Life Challenge.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
1 T protein powder
2 egg whites
1/4 banana
2 T sugar-free syrup

Blend all ingredients except syrup in blender.  Cook in fry pan sprayed with cooking spray on medium heat.  Top with syrup and cinnamon.  Yummy!

One of my favorite recipes from week 11 of Phase One Challenge.  See

Update for Week 11 Phase One

This week was one of my most challenging.  I had a realtor convention in Park City for two days. I only got 3 1/2 hours of sleep the night before I left due to wrapping things up since I would be out of town for 2 days.  While I had to change the menu quite a bit and use salads and things from past weeks, I did great with eating clean!  The workout was quite a different story!  They had us so heavily scheduled that I was not able to fit in a workout for either of the days I was up there!  When I got back to my room the first night I had an offer to write and a photo tour to get up for a new listing.  AND was exhausted besides.  I find it more tiring to sit all day in class than to be up and running hard all day!  That being said, I did not make any progress this week for inches or pounds lost.  On a brighter note I am down 2 sizes and still feeling great and not too disappointed with my results.  I am also noticing a huge difference in muscle tone and definition!  Life is going to happen and we just have to do the best we can and roll with it!  

Beginning Saturday we are leaving for Maine for 10 days to visit our grand-kids there.  This will require us to change things up a bit as far as exercise, etc.  I think we can follow our eating plan alright (with modification on flight days), but the exercise portion will consist of resistance bands and walking.  We have already had our granddaughters scoping out the best walking trails for us.  They are planning to come along and ride their bikes.  Presque Isle has the best walking trails and the most beautiful views!  Kind of looking forward to a change of pace!  Here's to a better week!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Update for Week 10 Phase One

I started the week with a two pound weight gain (I have done this before and don't know if this is hormone related or what), but ended with a 1/2 pound loss for the week.  I lost another 1/2" from my waist and feel good about that.  Feeling strong and grateful for the things I am learning.  I think that persistence is definitely key and I am glad that I have had enough experience not to allow the temporary "set-backs" to totally derail me.  I am doing 4 sets of 15 now on each exercise and on Saturday (which is cardio only) I added 100 crunches on the exercise ball.  LOVE that I can do that easily now.  Heading out to Maine to visit grandkids in a couple of weeks and have already been working out a plan to stick with the program while we are there.  My granddaughters are planning to ride their bikes with us each morning when we walk for our cardio.  I think when you are determined enough you will make a plan and stick to it even when your routine changes a bit.  Two more weeks on Phase One and then on to Phase Two.  Hope you have started your program and that this finds you motivated and feeling healthy!

On an interesting note, I have had a bit of stress to deal with this week with a toilet going down (and my husband out of town) and last night water pouring into my living room during a terrible thunder and lightening/rain storm and I find that I handle it much better than I might have in the past.  Thinking it has to do with being much better balanced overall.  

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Cheesy Rice Chicken Bowl

3 oz cooked chicken
1/2 green pepper
2 T onion (I use red onion)
1/3 cup cooked brown rice
1 T fat free sour cream
1 tsp ranch powder (I love Fiesta or Spicy version)
2 T mozzarella cheese
2 T fresh parsley

Dice chicken and veggies.  Saute together in frying pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Combine mixture with rice, sour cream and ranch powder.  Melt cheese on top.  Garnish with fresh parsley.

This is my favorite recipe from the Week 10 Phase 1 recipes of my 12 Week Challenge  NOTE:  With my crazy schedule I threw everything into a plastic container and microwaved for 2 minutes on most days.  Still delish!!!  Super fast and easy if you prep your chicken and rice for the week ahead of time.  Enjoy!  And welcome to healthy eating at its best!!!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Mud Hen Bars

Yield: 24 bars
Cook Time: 30 minutes


1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, divided (1 egg, 2 yolks, and 2 egg whites)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I added this)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 cup chopped nuts (I left these out)
1 cup light brown sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and granulated sugar until creamy. Beat in 1 whole egg and 2 egg yolks (put aside the whites for later.) Beat in the vanilla extract.
3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Blend until just combined. Spread mixture into 9x13" pan. Sprinkle with marshmallows, chocolate chips, and nuts-if using.
4. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in the brown sugar. Spread mixture evenly over marshmallows and chocolate chips. Bake for about 30 minutes or until bars are a deep golden brown. Let bars cool completely. Cut into squares and serve.
Recipe from Sunday Baker
Just tried this recipe yesterday and got rave reviews!  Super yummy and different from anything I have tried before.  I found the recipe at this blog 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Apricot Raspberry Jam

This is my all-time favorite jam ever!

Follow cooked apricot jam recipe on pectin box, BUT...  Add 1 small box raspberry jello with the sugar.  Add 1 pkg frozen raspberries with pectin and heat.  Add 1/4 tsp butter and 3-4 drops red food coloring.  Delish!!!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Greek Yogurt and Strawberries

Here's a great snack from the Live the Life Program

2/3 cup Greek-style yogurt
2/3 cup Kashi Heart to Heart
1/4 cup sliced strawberries
Truvia sweetner

Week 9 Update Challenge Results

Ended Week 9 with no weight loss, but 1/2" loss from my hips.  This is typical of the way my body responds, often hitting a plateau with nothing notable at all.  I am not worried about it and in fact, am very pleased with how good I feel overall.  Clothes are fitting so much better - I am down about 1 1/2 sizes and clothes that were super tight in the arms are now comfortable.  I have also been putting in 12-14 hour work days for nearly three weeks now and have the energy to keep up.  Feeling strong and excited for the week ahead!  

Monday, August 1, 2011

Week 8 Update to 12 Week Challenge

My body seems to be responding well to this program.  In 8 weeks I have lost 16 pounds and several inches!  I have a ton more energy and just feel so much better overall.  I am struggling a bit with my knees (one has a torn ACL and the other - who knows?!) and am now wearing braces on both knees when working out.  I am pretty determined to make it through each and every day of exercise though and believe it will work itself out and that I will become stronger as time goes on.  I have modified some of the exercises to be more gentle on my knees however (no sense taking unnecessary risks).  I increased both the elliptical (now at level 6) and am doing 4 sets of 15  (instead of 3 sets of 12) on each exercise.  Mostly excited about how much easier it is to do the program each week.  I think my biggest challenges are eating consistently when I am showing homes all day and have clients in my vehicle AND getting enough rest.  I worked 12-14 hour days every day last week and am asleep pretty much as soon as my head hits the pillow.  STILL, having enough energy to work that many hours every day for 6 days is amazing!!!  I am 50 years-old and pretty pleased that I am able to keep this up and continue to see progress.  Typically my body quits responding after a few weeks of diet and exercise.  I have lost about 2 pants sizes since the beginning of the challenge.

My husband is on the road for 6 weeks (I will see him for a couple of days this weekend and then he is back on the road again) and I am really proud of him for figuring out how to make it all work while in a hotel room. We are excited to see where he is on the scales when he returns.  

Here's to another great week!