October 23, 2009

one of my favorite pastimes

Ever want to tell someone you know to go F themselves without really doing it? I know I have.
I have a solution!
Write an e-mail, get it all out... i mean ALL of it. hold nothing back! then send it to the person you trust the most, whether it be a husband, sister, mom, friend. someone. It really works. the frustration goes away, and the person closest to you will give you praise for getting things off your chest the discreet and non- destructive way. try it sometime- i bet you will get addicted, and do it once or twice a day!

paella recipe

Here is my recipe for amazing paella. Pronounced  Pie-eh-yah

Paella is a spanish dish, I made it the totally non- traditional way.

I pre- cook about a cup of yellow rice that has saffron already in it

I put vegetable oil in  the bottom of a frying pan, chop half a white onion, and mince one clove of garlic.
I add 2 chopped carrots, 1 chopped green zucchini and 1 half chopped yellow squash, cover, and let them all soften. add about  a teaspoon of fine salt and stir.

 set aside.

Grab a non- stick skillet and turn the temperature on medium high
add pre cooked rice, and warm it through.
then, make a small opening in the middle of the pan by pushing the rice to the outsides, and cook ground turkey in the same pan.
the turkey absorbs all the amazing flavors of the saffron in the rice.
once the turkey is mostly cooked, turn the temperature on HIGH, and add your vegetables by spoonfull, making sure to drain off excess liquid before adding it to the rice.
stir and toss all the mixture like crazy  until the yellow rice gets a touch of brown from the high heat.

serve immediately!

October 20, 2009

some recipes to share

 In my quest for a svelte figure, I have tried experimenting with fresh ingredients, and completely removing red meat from my diet.  I constantly look at recipes, and watch food network all the time, but I never use the same ingredients- just the method. Gilian Mckeith is a wonder with weight loss. She is the star of the show called "you are what you eat" on BBC america. I started watching her when i was 17 or so, and I was hooked! you would be amazed at how motivated you will be after watching ONE episode. In my heightened curiosity, I found her website and stumbled across a recipe for an avocado dressing. if you need the EXACT recipe from the proprietor, HERE IS THE LINK.


 if not, here is my "version".


2 ripe, if not over-ripe avocados
3 squeezes of lemon
5 T extra virgin olive oil
2T to1/4 C water (eyeball it)
1to 1/2 t garlic salt (to taste)
black pepper


cut avocados in half, remove the pit, and run a blunt knife through each half, creating small cubes.
take a large spoon and scoop the flesh from the skin, into a blender. add all other ingredients and blend

this is an AWESOME topping for cooked fish, a spread for hamburgers, and a dressing for your salad.

the all -vegetarian hamburgers I was raving about on my facebook profile  got a thumbs up from my husband who is a carnivore to the core.

once again, I got this concept from Gillian Mckeith, but it's not on her website. I believe the "recipe"  came from her book called the food bible. I never follow the recipe, only the method, so here is how I did the burgers.


1 cup of cooked black beans. (if you used canned, make sure you rinse them)
1/2 cup of wheat germ
2 to 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
garlic salt, or your favorite seasoning (you could even use your favorite BURGER seasoning, my family uses essence of Emeril for everything)

pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
Drain beans, add to a large bowl and mash with a potato masher (or fork)
using your hands also works too.
 If needed, add wheat germ a little at a time, and continue mashing until the beans have a dough-like consistency.
form into patties. make them as thin as possible. they are VERY filling, and less prone to falling apart.

spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray, place the patties on sheet and spoon a touch of olive oil onto each pattie. bake for 20 minutes or until top  of pattie is crispy. the center of each burger will still be very moist- it's OK. sprinkle a little cheese on each pattie of desired, and melt in the oven.

dress them however you like.
I like to dress mine with fresh tomato and slices of avocado, lettuce, and a little bit of cheese. i also make a lemon mayo to go with it- top notch. it's just mayo, sour cream and lemon juice, with salt and pepper. yummy!  Instead of heavy hamburger buns, I toasted oroweat's whole grain sandwich thins- those are pretty awesome. they look like mini-pitas in the bakery section of the grocery store.


October 18, 2009

I'm grumpy and kind of upset again.

so, My in-law's scale DOES suck.
I re- weighed myself and I am actually 147. stupid.......
And apparently, I'm shorter than I thought I was, too.
back to square one. I now have  42 pounds to loose. That is going to take me forever! but I'm going to do it.

October 17, 2009

there is something i think you all should know

According to my in-law's scale, I have lost 17 pounds in the last two months. either I have lost a LOT, or I
was not nearly as fat as i truly felt, and the scale i was using was messed up.
I am now at  the high end of my "healthy" weight scale , but I'm going to continue losing more.

yay 133 pounds!
25 pounds to go!

October 15, 2009

Couple things....

There are a few blog "projects" that are coming soon. I am still desperately trying to figure out how to post pictures of our new house on here. that is project number one.

Project number two is to blog my weight loss. For those of you that were not aware or haven't seen me in a while, I lost about 20 pounds last fall. (being on your own and the lack of money for food does wonders) I got married last december, and the weight has slowly crept back, plus more. the last time I weighed myself, I was suddenly 150 pounds- 10 pounds heavier than I have EVER been. Being 5'3", my BMI all of a sudden skyrocketed, and I am officially "overweight". coming from a family that has a strong history of being overweight and obese, I saw the torment it has caused them, and avoided it like the plague. This is also the reason why this weight gain has been so traumatic for me. most people haven't noticed, but that is just cause i carry it really well. According to weight loss research, a Small framed, 5 foot tall woman should weigh about 100 pounds and still be healthy. If a woman Is taller than 5 foot, she should add 5 pound per inch . so Ideally, a healthy weight for me would be 110-115 lbs which is what I weighed when john and i got married. my goal is to get smaller than that. My goal weight is to be 10 to 20 pounds lighter than my husband who weighs about 128 on a good day. so when I weigh about 105-108 is when I will feel satisfied.

My mom bought me some smaller pants that i am going to hang in my closet as a tangible goal. I will be updating about every three weeks on my progress. I really hope that some stranger looking for hope runs across my blog and gets inspired. I have my aunt, mom, and sister to thank for the inspiration. They all have struggled with their weight for most of their lives, and are making a constant effort to be better and get healthy. My mom is working out every morning with a personal trainer, and I am so proud of her. My aunt Cherie has lost and gained weight more times than anyone else I know. this time has worked WONDERS. she has been working out every day and eating small portions, and has lost a monumental amount of weight. She just had a tummy tuck done- which is really exciting. she totally deserves it. My sister kara has been jogging/running, and losing weight the healthy way. I am so proud of all of them, and hearing the satisfaction in their voices when they speak, makes my feat seem that much more attainable.

Now to the cool part. I have already lost three inches! 1 inch in the bust and 2 in my waist.
I am not exactly sure how much i weigh, but my shirts are much looser on my body! my boobs are always the first to go! ha ha ha. I will try to get some "before" pictures up.
As to my weight loss plan- I will let you know when I figure it out. I am starting on the foundation of cutting out my sugar intake (I might be allergic to it anyway) an also serious portion control. (being poor helps too) I also am trying to drink tons more water, and I will be running up an down my stairs for starters. Just a little bit at a time. I will be 105 pounds by January 1st, 2010!

October 14, 2009


Looking back at most of my previous posts, I can see how amazingly depressing and negative they all are- not going to do that anymore. so If i start to become pessimistic, y'all should let me know.