Monday, March 14, 2011

Great Healthy Chili for these cool evenings while were waiting on Spring

I found this great recipe for Southwest White Chicken Chili.... All I can say is Mm Mm Good....LOL

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound), cut into cubes
4 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 medium green pepper, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free)
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups frozen whole kernel corn
2 cans (about 15 ounces each) white kidney beans (cannellini), rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons shredded Cheddar cheese

Heat the oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, chili powder, cumin, onion and pepper and cook until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender, stirring often.
Stir the soup, water, corn and beans in the saucepan and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with the cheese. Yield: 6 servings (about 1 1/4 cups each).

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Talk to you soon, Until then......


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Happy Sunday Ladies

Happy Sunday Morning ladies..... Sorry I've been away just when I thought things were slowing down they got even busier...LOL But Im back and more motivated then ever....

I've been doing everything I can to get motivated trying to take better care of myself on the outside too not only on the inside..... Since I put on all this weight I quit spending money on me, on the things I love and its time to stop that.... I have to remind myself I matter too!

I joined a weight loss challenge on youtube that one of the girls videos I subscribe to is having too to keep me motivated as well. It runs threw the end of April. So I'm super excited about that!

Anywho enough about me....

Heres a few recipes I found on the net and wanted to share.....

Few healthier snack choices to make at home

Garlic and Herb Wonton Crisps

20 item(s) wonton wrapper(s)
2 spray(s) cooking spray
1 tsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp thyme, fresh, fresh, chopped
1 Tbsp rosemary, fresh, chopped
Preheat oven to 425ºF.

Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and place wonton wrappers on sheet in a single layer. Bake for 2 minutes; remove from oven.
Flip wrappers; sprinkle with garlic and herbs. Lightly coat wrappers with cooking spray and bake for 2 minutes more. Remove from oven and place wrappers on a wire rack to cool.

Banana-Pineapple Pops

2 cup(s) apple juice
2 large banana(s), peeled and diced
1 cup(s) pineapple, diced
1 Tbsp honey

Purée ingredients in a blender until smooth. Strain into a 2-cup measuring cup, pressing on remaining solids to extract all the liquid. Pour into 8 Popsicle molds. Freeze until hard, at least 5 hours or overnight.

Well gals Im off to clean house before the kiddos come home from grandmas.
Hope to blog some more later on...

Until then........


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Hi Ladies

Hi ladies,

First I want to say thank you for your patience. I haven't posted this week because a close friend and father of my nieces and nephew was found deceased in his bed last Saturday at the young age of 26. Most of you already know this (thank you for your prayers and support) but some of my followers may not so wanted to explain why I haven't been here.

My plan is to start fresh Monday morning. This week was kind of out the window because I'll admit I'm an emotional eater so this week my diet/life style change were the farthest thing from mind.

I have to get back on track because seeing that young man laying there yesterday at the funeral was just a reminder that tomorrow isn't promised to any of us and if you abuse your body and don't take care of it, it will give out on you. I don't want to do that to my children, my family or my friends. I'm going to do what ever it takes to take care of me and get healthy. Because I feel blessed to have the life Ive been given!

Things to follow this week...

I'm finally getting a scale and will post my weight and pics
Going to share more recipes
Going to share my menu and exercise plan....

Thank you again for all your support...

Until then......


Friday, February 18, 2011

Bad Day.....

Well ladies I'm sorry to make a negative post and I'll try to do that as little as possible but I'm trying to be honest and stay as real as possible.

Today was a bad day for me. I will spare you the details of the long, bad day I've had..... but my reason for posting about me having a bad days is because I'm an emotional eater especially when I'm upset. And today I was upset stressed to the tilt and ate things I should have eaten! I didn't go all crazy or anything.... I ate a couple pieces of chocolate, a handful of gold fish crackers and a slice of pizza but still all things I wouldn't have chosen had I not been so upset. I need to find something other than food to turn to when I'm upset!

Where do you turn when your upset and had a bad or stressful day?

I'll be back to post again later after I get the kids to bed!

Until then......


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Happy Thursday Ladies

It's been a crazy busy week so far here. Were supposed to get temps in the mid 60's today so excited about that...

My plan for today...

Breakfast- 1/2 C Low Fat Cottage Cheese and Strawberries
Snack- Sugar Free Jello
Lunch- Lean Cuisine (not sure what kind yet)
Snack- Sugar Free Jello (I love Jello)
Supper- Small chicken breast,Salad and Cauliflower


I've drank more water the last few days than I have in MONTHS (combined)

With having such nice weather today I plan to get out and WALK WALK WALK! Especially since I live in OH its going to be about 66 today but the way our weather is it could be snowing tomorrow.

And with that being said I wanted to share something I love....

I'm not the most coordinated person! I'm such a klutz!

But on days I cant get out and walk I really enjoy doing Leslie Sansone's : Walk Away the Pounds Express

Very easy to follow and pretty fun. I always feel really good after doing the video

If interested in purchasing I found really cheap at Amazon and the shipping is really reasonable.. Here's a link

Well off to get kids up for school and get my day started. Hope to post again later tonight...

Until then,


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Breakfast Recipes.....

Just wanted to post a couple breakfast recipes.... I'll be back to post some more in a lil bit ;o)

Orange Yogurt


• 1 quart plain low-fat yogurt
• 1/4 cup raisins
• 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
• 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
• 1/4 cup good honey
• 1 orange, zest grated
• 1/2 to 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
• Orange, orange zest, raisins and walnuts, for garnish (optional)
Line a sieve with cheesecloth or paper towels and suspend it over a bowl. Pour the yogurt into the sieve and allow it to drain, refrigerated, for 3 hours or overnight.
Place the thickened yogurt into a medium bowl and stir in the raisins, walnuts, vanilla, honey, and orange zest. Thin with orange juice until it is a desirable consistency. Garnish with sections of orange, orange zest, raisins, or walnuts and serve

Homemade Granola


• 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
• 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
• 2 cups sliced almonds
• 3/4 cup vegetable oil
• 1/2 cup good honey
• 1 1/2 cups small diced dried apricots
• 1 cup small diced dried figs
• 1 cup dried cherries
• 1 cup dried cranberries
• 1 cup roasted, unsalted cashews
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Toss the oats, coconut, and almonds together in a large bowl. Whisk together the oil and honey in a small bowl. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until all the oats and nuts are coated. Pour onto a 13 by 18 by 1-inch sheet pan. Bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until the mixture turns a nice, even, golden brown, about 45 minutes.
Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool, stirring occasionally. Add the apricots, figs, cherries, cranberries, and cashews. Store the cooled granola in an airtight container..

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sorry didnt get to post today

Sorry I didnt get out and get a scale and make my post like I wanted to today. A migraine has had me on the couch all day. I'll be sure to post tomorrow!

Until then....



Monday, February 14, 2011

Thank you to the Ladies that are Following me so far...

I think this is going to help me so much and I hope that it helps others as well....

As of now I dont have a scale... Was actually afraid to get one. Because I'm afraid of focusing too much on the number and how quickly its going down rather than the task at hand. But I've decided its important so I am going to go out and purchase one tomorrow. After I get it home I'm going to post my weight (pic of the scale just to hold myself 100% accountable for my actions everyday) and a pic of me. Because even though I've been at this a couple weeks I havent given 100%. I dont know what changed but after 2 weeks my mind hadnt been as clear or set on doing whatever it takes to get where I want to be until yesterday! I just woke up and felt different I dont know how to explain it!

I think a positive way to say motivated it is to reward yourself with things other than food.

So something I have decided to do to not only to reward myself but my followers too for every 15lbs I loose Im going to treat myself to a trip to Bath and Body Works (one of my favorite places in the whole world...LOL)And Im going to giveaway a $15 E-Gift Card to Bath and Body Works to a Follower....

Im going to sit down over the next few days and write down my goals and the things I think that are going to help me get there....

I know Im kinda all over the place tonight sorry about that. Just so much I want to get started on. Hopefully the other post to follow will be more on a just a subject or two rather than a bunch of this and that ;o)

I really wanted to share a link to a PDF file from the US Dept of Health and Human Services about weight loss. It's 44pages but full of lots of great information

Well hope to post some recipes and other tools tomorrow.

Until then...


Hi Ya'll ~ Happy Valentine's Day

Welcome to my newest blog... Thank you for stopping in. I hope you'll become a follower and check back often...

I'm starting this blog for a lot of reasons, some of those reasons being...For a place to share my journey, a place to offer and receive support and encouragement from others going threw the same struggles, a place to share info, recipes, exercise tips, etc.

I hope to have lots of fun with this.... I have a lot of ideas running around in my head.

If there's anything you would like for me to blog about let me know. If you have a recipes or something you would like to share please just drop me an email....

Going to get somethings together then I'll make another post here in just a lil bit

Until then...