Monday, December 22, 2008

My new apartment has an eat in chicken

For some reason, lately, every time I hear the word chicken, I think of Girl Interrupted and Daisy (Brittany Murphy) who always talks about the new apartment her father bought her with the eat in chicken (kitchen). It cracks me up.

Anyway, last night, in my kitchen, I made a chicken. And it was a disaster. Let me tell you, it is difficult to figure out if a whole chicken is all the way defrosted or not. That was my main issue. Thus, it took about an hour and fifteen minute to cook a tiny chicken, which left most of the meat dry. Every time I cut into the chicken, I would find a place that wasn't cooked all the way. Sooo annoying!

Anyway, with the chicken, I successfully made green beans (fresh, boiled) and roasted potatoes, which were particularly delicious.


3-4 Small Potatoes, sliced into 6-8 wedges each
1.5 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Sea Salt
Pepper (as much as you want)
Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy Seasoning Mix
Non-stick spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray (Pam).

In separate bowl, mix sliced potatoes and olive oil. Toss until all are lightly covered. Add sea salt, pepper and Mrs. Dash seasoning mix to taste. Toss until spices are equally distributed.

Place potatoes on baking sheet and in oven to bake for 25 minutes. Take potatoes out, flip them, and place back in the oven for an additional 15 minutes.

Makes approximately 4 servings. Depending on size of potatoes, each serving is 3 Weight Watchers points

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Ahhh... the weekend!

I love my Saturdays. Usually, I go to Weight Watchers, then out to breakfast (funny, I know), then home to watch some sports, then out in the evening.

Not today! Zach is currently in his busiest time of year at work and scheduled a call with a potential client for this morning at 8am. It is still going, and it's currently 10:07 am. So much for Weight Watchers today, as well as the gym.  

I found a couple 5lb weights in my house so I did a few exercises - squats, lunges, arm exercises - so hopefully that will do the tiniest bit of good.

Later today, we are going to see Valparaiso play North Carolina. I am more than excited to boo at Tyler Hansboro. In fact, I plan on wearing my Kansas Jayhawk shirt. 

Immediately after the game, Zach and I are driving out to my sister's house to bring her birthday presents and to pick her up to go to the holiday party we have this evening. 

It is such a busy day! I'm not sure that I like my Saturdays to end up this way, but alas, on occasion, they do. Should be fun, just not relaxing. At all.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Ho ho ho.... holiday parties!

Three holiday parties in one week... that adds up to a lot of extra calories and less exercise than usual.

Weigh in this week is going to awesome. In true Christmas Spirit, I must say...

The Valentine's Day Weight Massacre

One of the most dreaded holidays is only 8 weeks away. Valentine's Day offers single people a reason to drown their sorrows with beer, offers those in love an easy way to gain weight with candy, and provides children with endless fun with their silly valentines.

Wouldn't it be nice to go back to being a kid, when a valentine was sweet and simple??

Well, as you all know, Valentine's Day really isn't that sweet. You've probably heard of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Here's the story, in brief, according to wikipedia:

The Saint Valentine's Day massacre is the name given to the death of seven people as part of a Prohibition Era conflict between two powerful criminal gangs in Chicago, Illinois, in the winter of 1929: the South Side Italian gang led by Al Capone and the North Side Irish gang led by Bugs Moran. Former members of the Egan's Rats gang were also suspected to have played a large role in the St. Valentine's Day massacre, assisting Capone.

On the morning of Thursday, February 14, 1929 St. Valentine's Day, six members of the "Bugs" Moran gang and Dr. Reinhardt H. Schwimmer were lined up against the rear inside wall of the garage of the SMC Cartage Company in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago's North Side. They were then shot and killed by the men, possibly members of Capone's gang, possibly "outside talent", most likely a combination of both. Two of the men were dressed as Chicago police officers, and the others were dressed in long trenchcoats, according to witnesses who saw the "police" leading the other men at gunpoint out of the garage (part of the plan). When one of the dying men, Frank Gusenberg, was asked who shot him, he replied, "I'm not gonna talk - nobody shot me." Capone himself had arranged to be on vacation in Florida at the time with Chri Boy and Josiah Rosales.

Awful, huh?

Well, there's going to be another massacre this year - this time, the massacre will be on my booty as I plan to lose 10 pounds before this nasty holiday! Anyone care to join me in my challenge?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Recipe: Beef Barley Soup

I love to cook, and figured this would be a good way to share my favorite Weight Watchers-friendly recipes. And as you may know, I live in Chicago, where winter SUCKS and good winter food is absolutely necessary. So, for my first recipe:


3/4 pounds cooked lean beef steak, cubed in very small pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic
3 tsp olive oil
2 cups vegetable broth
4 cups water
1 package frozen mixed vegetables (the kind with peas, carrots, green beans and lima beans)
1 1/2 cups carrots, chopped
2 cups celery, chopped
1 bell peppers, chopped
2 cups canned beef broth
1 cups canned tomato sauce
2 cups canned diced tomatoes
1/2 cups uncooked barley
1/3 cup all-purpose flour

Cook beef with olive oil, onions and garlic in large pot. Cover to keep moisture in, but stir frequently. When beef is cooked, add beef broth, water, tomato sauce and canned tomatoes. Chop vegetables and stir in. When soup begins to boil, add in barley. Keep on low-medium flame for about one hour. To thicken, mix flour with approximately 1/3 c. of water. Mix until smooth. Stir into soup.

Makes 10 servings. Weight Watchers Points: 3

TIP: Freeze in portion sizes and bring for lunch. Very filling and delicious!

My Fat Picture

First of all, I need to give a disclaimer. I know that I am not completely overweight. But, I've gained weight. Weight that needs to go away. Soon.

So here's my "fat" picture:

Oh, bridesmaid dresses. How I love thee.

There's nothing better than wearing a clingy dress that shows off the dimples in my booty. Might I add, in front of 200+ people.

Here's to 2009 - I vow that I will not have a booty like this by my own wedding.

My Weight-Loss Chart: Unimpressive

To give you an idea of how pathetic my motivation to lose weight has been, I want to show you my "weight-loss chart" from the past few months:

Laugh, go ahead. It's almost funny that I have hovered around the same weight for ages now, even though I continue to pay and go to Weight Watchers meetings.

You know what else I pay for and don't really take advantage of? The gym. Actually, my work pays for it. I'm just required to go six times a month. Do I? No. Do they care? Apparently not, even though I signed a contract promising them that I would, indeed, go to the gym six times a month.

Maybe I'll go this weekend. That would be the second time this month.

Feel free to call me a fitness-buff. Really, I am one.

So here we go...

As you may know, I'm getting hitched on July 25, 2009 to the man of my dreams. I can't wait for that day to come... but there's a lot of work to do prior to the wedding. Much of the work is making me into the person I want to be.

1. I need to lose weight.

  • I need to fit into my wedding dress and look awesome (vain, I know... whatever)
  • I want to start my new life in the right direction: eating healthy, exercising, feeling great
  • I want to set a good example for my future husband (who has a few pounds to lose)

2. I want to have more fun with life.

  • Sports used to be a huge part of my life. Now, I only participate from my couch.
  • I want to find a way to express myself creatively.
  • I want to try yoga.
  • I want (more like need) to learn to dance.

3. I need to become a better communicator with my family and friends.

  • I always seem to let friendships pass by because I don't stay in touch with people.
  • Many of my dearest family members are aging, and I should be calling them more frequently.
  • I drive my mother insane with my lack of communication. This relationship needs to be worked on significantly.

Anyway, those are my three goals for now. I'll post my weight loss progress as it comes.