Mini Pepper Chicken “Nachos”

I found this recipe on Pinterest and knew I just HAD to try it.  The night before last was date night and it was my turn to plan it so I decided that video games would be fun and what better time to have nachos! This healthy version of nachos is so colorful and it looks so good, so my husband and I thought we’d have fun making it together. Well, we did and it was AMAZING!! For those of you that are vegetarian, you can swap out the chicken for beans and still have a great meal/side.

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Recipe and photo from http://www.heatovento350.com/

 

Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 clove garlic, minced

3 green onions, sliced, white parts and green parts separated

3/4 cup shredded cooked chicken

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 cup salsa

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 pound mini bell peppers

3/4 cup shredded cheddar/Monterey jack cheese blend

1/8 cup sliced black olives

1/4 large tomato, diced

1/8 cup cilantro

 

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat the oil in a 12 inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and the white parts of the green onions and cook and stir 1 minute.

Mix in shredded chicken and chili powder. Toss until all ingredients are well coated with chili powder and chicken is warm, about 1-2 minutes. Remove  from heat and stir in salsa. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Slice the ends off each mini bell pepper and slice in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and ribs and press each half open so the peppers are as flat as possible. Arrange close together in a single layer on a large baking sheet.

Spoon chicken mixture evenly over pepper halves. Top with black olives and cheese mixture

Bake nachos for 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Remove from oven, top with tomatoes, cilantro, and remaining green onions.

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Late Weigh-In Part 2

Apparently Mondays have been busy because I keep forgetting about my weigh-in! Tuesday comes around and all of a sudden I realize, “Crap! I forgot to weigh in yesterday!” So, this last week has been a kind of difficult for me because, as you know, I was away from home visiting family. I promised myself I wouldn’t eat junk. I brought my own food for the week and everything. But, I messed up. I had a burrito one night at my Mom’s house. And the next morning I had a fatty breakfast. (I even ate out once!) My eating schedule was off a little too. I kept forgetting to eat! I guess being away from home made me not realize the time too. And I missed a couple workouts in a row again because I was sick. Again. Sigh.

121Even last night I was hurting (because of a fat girl problem I won’t go into) but I pushed through 2 workouts, only doing the moves I could do at the time which was half. So, I basically did 1 full workout. Not what I wanted. I was actually pretty mad about the fact that I couldn’t push myself as hard as I knew I could. But I did my best, none the less.

My first 2 weeks of Insanity I only lost 2 pounds and I was getting a little discouraged. Those pictures last week definitely helped motivate me a little more. I just got off the scale and I am at 292 lbs. which means I’m down another 3 lbs.! I can’t believe it! I’ve lost 5 lbs. since I started Insanity 3 weeks ago and 19 lbs. altogether since May 1st!! I’m so happy to finally see a big change on the scale. Huge sigh of relief. I am on my way to getting fit and healthy and I love myself for it!

Even with my little setbacks, I am completely ADDICTED to these workouts. I LOVE the feeling of sweat dripping off my face. A little weird, I know, but it makes me feel so accomplished! I have never worked so hard in my life. I feel so powerful after too, like I can do anything. How does working out make YOU feel?

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Pumpkin & Granola Parfait

I literally just had this for a snack and LOVED it so much, I came right on to share it with all of you!

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It’s perfect for fall, but I just love pumpkin so I thought I’d give it a shot now. Just top plain Greek yogurt with canned pumpkin puree and a handful of granola, then sprinkle with cinnamon. The best part? Pumpkin is a superfood! It’s full of beta-carotene which is essential for eye health and is also said to prevent coronary heart disease!

On another quick note, sorry for slacking on the meal prep posts! I’ve been visiting family this last week and just made the same things as my last post. Plus, it seems like the food goes bad before the week is up so until I figure things out, I’m just going to post recipes as I make them throughout the week. If anyone has any ideas on storing food so it lasts longer, please let me know!!

Update: 19 Days In

Yes, two blog posts in one day!

I am 19 days into Insanity and my mostly clean eating. I say mostly because I am visiting my mom and I did slip and have one of her burritos. And maybe a few sodas. Tsk, tsk. I know. But, I’m not going ot beat myself up about it. I am still doing better than I ever have on a diet/program before and I am proud of that. I’m also proud that I didn’t decide to quit just because I messed up a little, like I would’ve done in the past. This is a new, better life!

So, I haven’t lost as much as I thought I would yet and I’ve been really trying to continue to stay positive. Pinterest helps. I have an amazing Health and Fitness board that really inspires me. I’m also in a few groups on facebook, some full of people doing Beachbody Programs, others full of people who need to lose over 100 lbs. like me. They are a life-saver. And my Beachbody coach is amazing. I can call or text her anytime and she always lifts my spirits. Anyway, today I was having an especially hard time staying positive and decided to take some new pictures to see if I can see any physical changes and well, here they are:

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Maybe I’m crazy but I think I’ve lost weight in my stomach for sure and maybe some in my arms. My husband keeps telling me my face looks thinner too, but I don’t know. Anyway, it is so exciting to see this program and this process working! I am loving the workouts, the healthy eating, and the results. 19 days in, and only 10 days until recovery week. I’ll post more pictures then!!

Topic Of The Day: Summer!

Who doesn’t LOVE summer? Getting to go swimming and to the beach are my favorite things. I’m definitely a water person. I would live in the water if I could. I think part of the reason is because I feel weightless. It’s the only place I don’t think about how big I am because I don’t feel weighed down by my extra weight. Ahhh, love it!

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I thought I’d share two great water workouts with all of you:

http://www.self.com/fitness/workouts/2010/08/get-toned-in-the-pool-slideshow#slide=1

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/lose-weight/total-body/pool-workout/?page=1

Even if you don’t have access to a pool, get outside and get moving! Go for a bike ride, go to the park, play outside with your kids, take your dog for a walk, just be active!

I want to hear from you! What’s your favorite thing about summer?

Late Weigh In

Here it is. I’ve lost 2 pounds in the last 2 weeks, which isn’t tremendous, but I’m proud! Slow progress is still progress. I’m happy to at least see the number go down a little bit! So, as of today, I have gone from 311 lbs. down to 295 lbs. so my total loss so far is 16 lbs.!!

I feel great too. I am terribly sore from yesterday, but loving every minute of it. Being in pain or stiff from working out feels so much better than just generally feeling sick and lazy from doing nothing every day. I’m amazed at the transformation I’ve seen in myself already, and I’m not talking about the scale. Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I was bored and my first thought was not to reach for food! Instead, my instinct was to work out! It’s amazing what sticking to a healthy lifestyle can do in just 2.5 weeks. I can’t wait to see what I’ll be like in another year!

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I’d love to hear from you! Please tell me in the comments what changes you’ve seen in yourself since you started your journey or what changes you’re excited to see!

A Little Motivation

First of all, I wanted to say really quick that I’m sorry I haven”t posted much. I’ve been super busy getting ready for a trip to visit family. That’s where I am now, so I don’t expect to write very much the next week to week and a half but I’ll try my best. I missed a few workouts over the weekend due to sickness and cleaning/packing/getting other things ready but I am all caught up now! My sister even came and did a workout with me this morning and it was amazing to see her push herself! I wish we lived closer so we could be permanent workout buddies!

Secondly, it WAS weigh in day yesterday, but I didn’t realize it was even Monday. (That’s how tired I am all the time. Lol.) My mom doesn’t have a scale, either, so I’ll have to do weigh in day tomorrow! As much as I know it’s not all about the scale, I’m still hoping to see some kind of loss. Keep your fingers crossed for me! =D

And finally, your motivation, and mine:
I have read quite a few blogs about weight loss journeys and I was so lucky to find one about a woman who I think is SO inspiring! She just celebrated one year since she changed her life and went from 323 lbs. to 232lbs.!! She is such an amazing person and she’s so funny. I’m blessed to have found her blog for sure. Please, please, please go check out her story, look at her transformation photos, and read some of her blog, http://www.fatchick2fitchickblog.com and I promise, you won’t regret it!