Friday, March 30, 2012

Spaghetti Squash: The New Pasta

Pasta is a carbohydrate's best friend.  Sure I love the stuff, just like I love hot buttered bread.  But the problem is so does my waistline, my butt and my thighs. They want to hold on to that pasta in the form of fat, cellulite and lots of jiggle.  So, I have been trying to slowly but surely weed out all of those high in carbohydrate's dishes that I love but replace them with low carbohydrate, HEALTHIER versions. So, I present the spaghetti squash!  Do you realize that 1 cup of pasta has 40 grams of carbohydrate's?  Now compare that to the spaghetti squash, 1 cup has 8 grams of carbohydrates and only 42 calories.  What?! What?!  After hearing those statistics how can you say "no", right?  Well, you might give the argument that is doesn't taste as good.  I beg to differ.  You might complain that is it a pain to make?  Pffffft.  This is where I come in.  I am going to show you JUST how easy it is to make a spaghetti squash pasta replacement.

Spaghetti Squash

1 Spaghetti Squash
1 oven


1.  Many websites will tell you to cut the squash in half and place it in the oven.  Well, if you have ever tried this method then you will know you either have to be Mr./Mrs. Universe powerful to get through a raw spaghetti squash or have a chainsaw on hand.  What do I do instead?  I preheat the oven at 375 degrees and place the entire spaghetti squash in there.

2.  I then cook the spaghetti squash for ~ an hour.  This really depends on the size of the squash.  For bigger squashes I will cook for up to an hour and a half.  You do not want to exceed this, your spaghetti squash will explode.  I speak from experience and it was NOT easy cleaning the oven out!

3.  After you are done cooking the squash, take it out of the oven and let it cool.  The squash will be very mushy to handle.  This is what you want!

4.  Once the squash is cool enough to handle, cut it lengthwise.  It should be VERY easy to cut through.  Scrape out the seedy part and discard.

5.  Now scrape out all the "innards" of squash with a fork. Save this yummy part to eat!

6.  It is ready to serve, easy peasy!  

Add your favorite sauce and you have a great low carb, low calorie, DELICIOUS meal!  Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Beating the Fatty in Me.

I love to eat.  I love food.  It is a constant thought in my head.  They say men think about sex 90% of the time. Well, I think about chocolate 99% of the time and other fattening foods the other 1%. Well, maybe not that often... (I do think about winning the lottery sometimes and then I could afford liposuction and I would be able to eat what I want!I could easily be the fat girl again but I choose health over food.  That doesn't mean the fat girl stuck inside me just disappears.  And here are some examples of that fat girl inside of me emerging.

 Yep, I want to hear every juicy detail of...dinner!  From the appetizers, main course and then that sweet sultry dessert.  I want to EAT vicariously through you.  And I will sit there, hanging on your every word with envy.  

I could have just eaten a 5 course meal and be more stuffed than I have ever been... but that does not stop the thought of food in my head constantly.  I still think about food, see food and want to check it out, talk about my next meal or just sit there and wait until I become a little less full so I can finish my dessert.  Yep, food is a constant thought.

I could be at a circus or some other totally cool event with action and chaos surrounding me but that does not stop me from spotting out the food!  I particularly love me some circus and carnivals because they ALWAYS have funnel cakes.  I think about the funnel cake the entire ride there and that is the first thing I look for when we arrive.

I am not sure that I will ever "think" like a skinny person, that there will ever be a day that a piece of chocolate cake crosses my path and I don't give it a second look.  Until that day arrives, it is a constant battle of putting that fat girl inside me at bay.

Some tricks I use at doing this:

1.  I try to not let myself get too hungry.  I try to eat about 6 small meals a day.  Spreading my food out throughout the day helps so much because mentally I always know more food is coming soon!

2. I try to replace the fatty foods I know and love with healthier versions that taste just as good(Or even better).  I love to cook so this helps a lot.  I also love to share my recipes on my blog so check them out here.

3.  When going to an event where I know there will be lots of fatty foods I LOVE... I make sure to eat something healthy before I go.  Something high in fiber or protein that will keep me full.  I don't totally deprive myself from trying the yummy foods, but I limit myself to the two bite rule. The first and last bite of something is always the best anyways, isn't it?

These are a few things I do that helps curb my fatty.  I would love to hear more!  What are some of the tricks you use?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Skinny Tagalong Shake

My next installment of recreating the Girl Scout cookie through a shake.  First I must admit, I am not a huge fan of the Tagalong cookie.  This is primarily because it was not until recently that I have even been able to stand the smell of peanut butter.  But over the last 35 years, peanut butter has actually started to grow on me more and more.  I am even eating it regularly on apples.  This led me to actually want try it in one of my favorite Skinny Shakes!  And I enjoyed it alot!  This shake definitely has a huge peanut butter kick to it.  So, if you are like the "former me" and not a fan of peanut butter you will not like this.  If you love peanut butter and especially peanut butter and chocolate than this will be your new favorite skinny shake!  Only 96 calories!  So Enjoy...

Skinny Tagalong Shake

1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese
1 Tbs Sugarfree chocolate instant pudding mix
1 Tbs Unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbs reduced fat peanut butter
1 cup ice
1 cup water

1.  Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend blend blend until the ice is completely chopped and the shake has that "milkshake" consistency.

2.  Split into two glasses and enjoy!

Makes 2 servings
1 serving= 96 calories (10g Carbs, 4g Fat and 9g Protein) 

The base ingredient of this recipe is from, I added the flavor twist.  

Thursday, March 22, 2012

My Confession

Yup, I did it.  I confess.  You know those "special" parking spots at some stores that are saved for new or expecting mothers?  Well, today it was rainy, very rainy.  There were no close parking spots except for TWO empty "Mom-To-Be" spots right near the entrance of the grocery store.  And I was sure in the 5 minutes that it would take me to run into the store and grab what I needed there weren't going to be a slew of pregnant women grocery shopping.  So, I pulled into the spot, got out of the car and (just in case the grocery store parking lot bosses were watching) I poked out my belly, put my hand on my back and waddled in like a pregnant woman.  When I completed my transaction and returned to my car... just as I had expected, the other "Mom-To-Be" spot was still empty.  So, my conscience is clear.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Laughing Cow Chicken Cordon Bleu

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!  I am always on the search for a delicious, low calorie/fat, EASY dinner to make and this one is definitely a winner.  I have always been a fan of the Laughing Cow cheese spread but more recently I have been using it in dishes instead of just a spread.  I was reading recently on one of my fitness message boards how it is delicious used in a Chicken Cordon Bleu so I decided to give it a shot. And I am glad I did.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

8 oz chicken breast
1 wedge Laughing Cow cheese (I used garlic and herb flavored)
6 slices deli ham
pepper to taste


1. Pound the bageezes out of the chicken until it is about 1/4 inch thick. This was the fun part, I pictured my hubby's face on it.  (just kidding sweetie (not really, wake up, get off the couch and help me with the kids so I can blog))

2. Spread the Laughing Cow cheese evenly over the flattened chicken breast.  I used the garlic and herb flavored cheese because that just sounded good.  In the future, I would like to try the other flavors, possibly the swiss cheese flavor to make it a true chicken cordon bleu.

3. Spread the sliced ham over the cheese.  Easy right?

4.  Now roll roll that puppy up, stick a tooth pick in it and it's ready to bake!

5.Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Remove foil and bake another 15 minutes.

1 breast = 345 calories (2g Carbs, 11g Fat, 55g Protein)

Monday, March 19, 2012

What Kids Will Say...

 Some times I know exactly what will come out of my kids mouths.  Like when my little girl walks into a room to tattle on her brother because he won't let her play his game system.  Or when I ask my little boy what movie he wants to watch and the answer is always "Pirates of the Caribbean." 

And then there are times that have me speechless.  Standing in the kitchen one day my little boy walks in and out of the blue he says:

I stand there filled with pride.  You will do great things one day, I totally believe that.

And then if that wasn't enough, my little girl follows it with this:

Melted.  You sure will baby... You sure will.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Skinny Samoa Shake (only 76 calories)

So, some of you might be getting a little tired of my milkshake recipes but I can't help it!  I have been on a milkshake craze lately!  I am loving them!  With each of them only ~100 calories per serving, I am having them daily!  So, on my quest to replicate the Girl Scout cookie of skinny shakes (like I have done with the Thin Mint Shake)... let me introduce you (drum rolls) to the (sound of trumpets): Skinny Samoa Shake!!!   (Ooooh's Aaaah's)  Yes folks, I have really outdone myself this time!  This is by far my favorite one.  I can not wait for my peeps out there to try it and tell me what you think.  So fire up your blender... here it is:

Skinny Samoa Shake

1/2 cup of nonfat cottage cheese
2 Tbs of sugarfree chocolate instant Jello pudding mix
1/4 tsp coconut extract (1/2 tsp if you like it real coconuty)
1 Tbs Hersey's carmel syrup
1 cup ice
1 cup water (less water if you prefer a thicker shake)

1.  Combine all ingredients and blend until the ice is completely chopped and has the milkshake consistency.

2.  Split into 2 glasses and drink this delicious concoction with delight knowing how FEW calories it contains!

Makes 2 Servings
1 Serving = 76 calories (13g Carbs, 0g Fat and 7g Protein)

The base ingredient of this recipe is from, I added the flavor twist.

What Girl Scout cookie should I try next?! 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Skinny Thin Mint Shake (95 calories)

It is that time of year. The dreaded Girl Scout cookie time!  I love love love me some Girl Scout cookies!  But since I am watching my calories, I do not want to use 80 calories for only two Thin Mint cookies.  That being said... I still wanted to get my fix!  Since I am on a shake craze these days, I thought to myself  "Self?  Why not try to recreate the Thin Mint into a shake?"  That is what I did!  And trust me, this is SO good.  I think I would rather the shake then the actual cookie if I had the choice.  And the best part is, it is only 95 calories a serving!

Skinny Thin Mint Cookie Shake

1/2 cup no fat cottage cheese
1 Tbs Pistachio Jello instant pudding mix
1/8 tsp mint extract
   1 cup ice
1 cup cold water
2 reduce fat Oreo cookies
1 crushed thin mint cookie for topping (optional)

1.  Blend all ingredients except the Oreo cookies until the ice is completely chopped.

2.  Add cookies and blend some more, making sure the ice is blended in well.

3.  Split into 2 glasses, add your topping if you like and Enjoy this delicious treat!

Makes 2 servings
1 Serving = 95 calories  (16g Carbs, 2g Fat and 6g Protein)
3 Weight Watcher Points Plus 

The base ingredient of this recipe is from, I added the flavor twist. 

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

I Apologize if I Stare....

I remember being very overweight and NOT wanting to walk into a crowded room.  Not wanting anyone to look at me and see how uncomfortable I was in my own skin.  Not wanting them to look at me and judge me for how big I was. Not wanting them to see me struggle to walk across the room and to see how difficult it was to catch my breath.  All I wanted was to blend into the crowd but how could I when I stood out SO much?

They Stared.

Fast forward 10 years to present day.  Now I am the person staring....

I can not help it.  I stare when I see a heavy person approaching.  I watch them struggle to cross the room as they try to catch their breath.  I watch their faces and know how uncomfortable they feel.  I watch as they try to blend in.  And I watch the others that stare at them.  I join the others that stare but I am not one of them....

I stare because I understand.  I stare at my old self, I know who you are, I know your struggles, I am your sister.  I stare because I can not walk over and give them a hug.  I stare because I want them to stare back and see there is hope.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Skinny Cookies and Cream Milkshake (only 110 calories!)

Every time I make this I want to start dancing around the room and start singing "my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard..." like the rock star I know I am!  Why does this milkshake make me want to act like a fool?  Because its GOOOOOOOOOOOD!  I am addicted to these things!  I crave them at work and come right home and make me a batch. Yes folks, it is THAT good and only 110 calories per serving!!!!!!!

Skinny Cookies and Cream Milkshake

1/2 cup no fat cottage cheese
 1 Tbs sugar free vanilla Jello pudding powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of ice
1 cup of cold water
2 reduced fat Oreo cookies

1.  Blend all ingredients except the cookies until ice is completely crushed. 

2.  Add cookies and blend until it looks like that cookies and cream consistency.  I usually over blend it until its chocolatey because I definitely want all traces of the ice blended well.

3.  Split into 2 glasses and dance around the room drinking it like a rock star!  Or if you are like me, drink both servings! (I know, I know but they are THAT good and don't worry I count the calories!)

This is how I look after a workout.  My hubby took it drinking skinny shake. I also love to add my post workout protein powder to the shake. Sure it ups the calories but it taste SO much better than adding it to water or milk.

What is your favorite flavored shake?

Is Your Partner Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts?

Are you trying to do all the right things...eating right, exercising... and then in walks your partner with a big ole slice of pizza and washing it down with a bowl of ice cream?  Do you think he is doing this to sabotage your diet?  Don't I know the feeling! Try waking up in the middle of the night to the aroma of a pizza cooking because he wanted a midnight snack. pffft.  Or hearing complaints that I ruined a meal by adding broccoli to it.  Well, if you are like me you might qualify for this study!

I recently received an interesting request from a clinical psychology PhD candidate at Clark University.  Her name is Amanda Harp (liking her already since we share a first name!) and she needs a few more volunteers to help with her study on partners whom interfere with weight loss.  And the best part?  You can donate money to charity AND win money for yourself! Woot! Woot!  That is a seller for me!  It is also pretty awesome to help out someone through social media to get her doctorate degree.

In order to qualify, you have to be able to answer yes to the following questions:

1.  Are you at least 18 years of age?
2.  Have you been participating in a weight loss program for the past 5 consecutive weeks?
3.  Have you been in a committed/cohabiting relationship for the past 2 years?
4.  Do you feel like your partner/spouse gets in the way of your weight loss goal?

 If you can answer yes, then you are invited to participate in this anonymous online survey.  And here is the best part!  After completing the survey... you then have the choice to donate $1 to one of these five charities (Playworks, The Carter Center, Teach for America, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, or Map International) AND get entered to win 1 of 10 gift cards (one for $100 and nine for $25). So not only are you helping Amanda become Dr. Amanda you can also possibly make some cash and give to a good cause.  Sounds like a win/win situation to me!

And the survey was NOT even painful to take.  First it is anonymous so you can complain about your partner all you want. (I really didn't honey (in case he is reading this))  The survey only takes about 15-30 minutes, depending on how much you complain.  At the end of the survey you can then choose where you want your donation to go towards and you will be given an email address and subject line to enter into the drawing.  So, pass on the word to your family and friends whom you think might qualify for it.  Maybe they will even give you a cut of the winnings!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Low-Fat Protein Pancakes

Wake up to this low-fat, high protein version of a pancake.  And best of all, it is yummy, filling and very easy to make!  Perfect for a weekend morning breakfast with the family!

Low-Fat Protein Pancake

1/2 cup oats
1/2 no fat cottage cheese
2 eggs or 1/2 cup egg whites (if you want to cut the calories back even further)
1/8 tsp baking powder
1 cup frozen berries 

1.  Blend the first 4 ingredients (adding the oats last) until smooth.

2.  Spray a hot griddle with Pam and pour 2 larger pancakes or 4 smaller pancakes.

3.  Flip pancakes when starts to bubble.

4.  Warm the frozen berries in microwave for about 1 minute.  Top the pancake with the berries and juices.

4. Eat these delicious pancakes without any guilt!  Enjoy!

1 serving (1 large or 2 small pancakes =  225 calories, 28g carbs, 6g fat and 16g protein.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Four Healthy Pizza Alternative Recipes!

I mentioned in an earlier post that I had a slice of pizza from Chuck E. Cheese.  I LOVE me some pizza!  It was of course a disappointment and a waste of calories but it gave me some initiative to try some healthier version pizza recipes.  Now, there were three things I was looking for when making these recipes.  First, I wanted it to be healthier and low in calories and fat.  Second, I wanted it to be EASY.  As a working mom I do not have the time to make these elaborate recipes with 54 ingredients and a few hours in prep time.  And lastly, I want it to taste yummy! Here is my attempt at fulfilling these qualifications.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Ingredients for Crust
1 cup cooked, riced Cauliflower
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
olive oil (brushed on top)

1.  Remove stems and leaves from the cauliflower and chop up the heads in a food processor.  Chop until it is "rice" like.  This should make about 3 cups of cauliflower rice.  Then microwave for 8 minutes in a microwave safe bowl.

2.  Add all ingredients to the heated riced cauliflower.

3. Divide mixture into 2 and form the crust on a parchment lined pan.  Brush with the olive oil.

4.  Bake the crust in a preheated oven set on 450 degrees for 15 minutes or until turns a golden brown.  

Below is how the crust came out.  I then added my sauce and toppings and put back into the oven at 450 degrees until the cheese melted.  When trying it I still did taste the cauliflower in the crust.  This is great if you like cauliflower.  Not so great if you do not, like my hubby.

Next on the agenda was to make a healthier version for pizza rolls.  With all this healthier living I am trying to do, I definitely want to extend this to the rest of my family.  My kids love those processed, fatty pizza rolls that come out the box (OK, you got me... so do I).  So, I decided to make them/us a healthier version.  Here is my attempt:

Wonton Pizza Rolls

24 wonton wrappers
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup pizza sauce
20 turkey pepperoni's
3/4 tsp dried oregano
3/4 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
parmesan cheese (to sprinkle on top)

1.  Combine mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, turkey pepperonis (cut into smaller pieces), oregano, basil and garlic powder.  Mix well.

2.  Lay out wonton wrappers and put a dab of the mixture into the center of each wrapper.

3. Dab finger into a bowl of water and run it around the edge of the wrappers. Once the edges are moist, seal the wrappers closed.

4.  Place each wrapped pizza roll on a parchment lined pan.

5.  Spray with Pam and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.

6.  Bake in preheated 450 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

1 roll = only 30 calories!

And let me tell you, these rolls were SOOO good.  I had to hide a few just to try because my kids wanted more and more!  And that is unusual for my picky little girl.  I would recommend these over the ones in the box for sure!  SO worth the little extra effort.

Quinoa Pizza Bites

2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
2 eggs
1/2 onion (chopped)
1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp paprika
40 turkey pepperoni's (chopped)
parmesan cheese
pizza sauce (for dipping)

 1.  Combine all ingredients except parmesan cheese and pizza sauce.  Mix well.

2.  Scoop mixture into a well greased mini cupcake pan.  Press to compact mixture into each cup.  Make sure it is well greased because quinoa LOVES to stick to the pan.

3.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of each.

4.  Cook in 375 degree preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.

These were pretty good.  I have been experimenting with quinoa recently and will definitely keep these on the "to do again" list.  The only thing I wish I would have done differently was add more spices.  Quinoa is so bland on its own, you really have to give it a kick.

Cauliflower Pizza Bites

2 cups of cooked and riced cauliflower (described how to do this above)
1 egg
1/8 cup low fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup turkey pepperoni's (chopped)

1.  Combined all ingredients to the cooked, riced cauliflower.  Put back into microwave for 2 minutes to break down the cottage cheese so it mixes well with the other ingredients.

2.  Scoop mixture into a well greased mini cupcake pan.  Press each cup down to compact.

3.  Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool completely before removing for the pan and serve with pizza sauce.

1 serving = 20 calories

It is so exciting to be able to enjoy the foods I love with less the fat and calories!  I have to give a couple of shout outs from the blogs where I originated a couple of the recipes:

Eat.Drink.Smile is where I found the recipe for the cauliflower pizza crust.

Dashing Dish has SO many great low calories alternatives on her site.  The cauliflower bites and wonton pizza rolls being a couple of them.  I will definitely make some more of her recipes in the future!

Hope you enjoy and let me know how it turns out for you!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I know I can, I know I can...

I feel inspired today.  Maybe it is because I just worked out and the endorphins are pumping through me.  I feel back on track after having a "blah" couple of days.  I think it is because I have been working out so hard lately and the scale has not been moving!  But it is not just about that, right?  Turn off negativity switch, turn off!

Positivity activated. (for some reason positivity seems yellow to me)

The other day I ran around the block.  (I could not make my work out Sunday because I brought my kids to a birthday party.  Chuck E Cheese.  I even had a slice of pizza and it was as gross as I remember.  I thought to myself... Why did I waste my calories on THIS?!  Anyways... back on track.)  So since I did not make my power yoga class on Sunday I did some stretches at home and ran around the block.  I wanted to get a little cardo in and... in the back of my mind I think I really wanted to see how I would fair.  I really did amaze myself.  I thought I would have to stop and walk at least a few times to catch my breath.  Not the case.  I really am seeing a stronger me!  The next day I came across this website.  Go from the couch to running a 5K in 9 weeks!?  I think it was a sign.  Maybe I really need to up my cardo (and omg actually run) to burn some fat.

I tried to do a 5K once.  Even "trained".  What I call train running most people would probably have called trotted or bounced.  I hated every minute of it.  When the race came, I walked most of it.  They had hills!  I was NOT prepared for hills...  Ladies with little toy dogs on leases were passing me up.  I wouldn't have called it a total failure... as they say "it doesn't matter how slow you go... you are lapping everyone on the couch."

But, I want to do it right this time.  I want to actually run the entire time.  I am fitter, I am healthier and I know I can do it!  So this is week 1 of training.

A total of 30 minutes 3 times a week:
-5 minute warm up walk (brisk pace)
-20 minutes of alternating 60 seconds jogging, 90 seconds walking
-5 minute cool down

I will let you know how it goes... 

"Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed"

Monday, March 5, 2012

Your Brain

I have been doing really great at working out everyday.  Mostly going to classes and boot camp.  Yesterday me and the family had a birthday party to go to so I was not able to make my Power Yoga class.  I did however get about a 15 minute run it.

Today I walked 20 flights of stairs at work with a friend and I had kickboxing this evening.  I kept trying to talk myself out of going to kickboxing but finally made myself go.  The problem was during class I was just SO not into it.  I kept watching the clock and struggling through every minute.  I think I might just be burnt out. Maybe I need to take a day or two off from exercising?  How do I get out of this rut???

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cinnamon Quinoa Bars

I have been intrigued lately by the product called "quinoa".  Shopping around a couple of weeks ago at one of my favorite stops "Trader Joe's" I purchased a bag of these seeds.  So, first thing I did was start searching for some yummy recipes to cook with it.  I found a few that looked good but I was disappointed because I could not find a sweet recipe to make with it.  I have been craving some sweets lately and wanted to find a healthy choice for my sweet tooth.  I happened along this recipe for cinnamon quinoa bars and decided to give it a shot.


2 1/2 cups Quinoa (cooked and cooled)
4 eggs (beaten)
1/3 cup vanilla soy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbs Cinnamon
~1 tsp honey


1.  Preheat oven 375 degrees.

2.  Combine all ingredients and pour into a foil lined pan.  I used foil but I probably would have preferred to use parchment to prevent sticking.

3.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until set and golden.

4.  Remove from pan immediately and cut into squares.  

5.  Drizzle with honey and serve.
Makes 12 servings
1 serving = ~100 calories

Working Out with Kids

I am the queen of multitasking.  You have to be when you are a working mom.  Especially when I have to fit in work, kids, hubby, household chores, cooking AND my workouts.  So I had the perfect idea one day when seeing my kids SO full of energy.  (btw, that day full of energy = pretending to be ninjago's and spinjitsuing off the couch)  I was going to have them workout with me.  I bet they will love it.  I am brilliant sometimes.

So, I can get my workout in AND spend time with the kids.  They were all for it!  And we were off to a perfect start.

Ha!  "Buttkicks" are funny.  At least it was keeping their interest... for about a second.  How can kids that go on NONSTOP from 6:30 am until 8:00 pm get tired after only a couple of minutes of Jillian.  Sure she is good but she is not THAT good.  

This was right after the buttkicks stopped.  Maybe if she said "butt", "poop" or "fart" through the entire video it would have kept their interest. (Oh! Another one of my brilliant ideas... a kids fitness video that does "buttkicks", "poop squats" and "fart jumps".   The brilliance just keeps on flowing people...)  So anyway... they went off and played in their rooms while I finished my workout.  Until it was over and I was passed out on the floor from exhaustion.

Bella comes running in and jumps on me and Zach wants me to go outside and play with him.  They must have went into their rooms and recharged the endless energy battery.  Epic failure on my part.

Friday, March 2, 2012

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About Me

 Email Me: Mandi4u(at)hotmail(dot)com
I am a professional working woman (holding a Master's degree in Biochemistry) and mother of two children under the age seven.  By day, I work in a research lab; By night, I blog here at Survival Guide by The Working Mom; and all in between I spend my time raising the most wonderful kids a mother could ask for.  

Juggling work, my blog, dance lessons, baseball games, work outs, cooking healthy meals for the family and tucking my kids into bed every night with a good book can all be done without spreading oneself too thin! (no pun intended)  Which brings me to the purpose of this blog....

After a ten year weight struggle and having tried every diet under the sun (including gastric bypass surgery) I am finally losing weight (over 170 pounds) the "right" way and keeping it off.  In January 2012, I began blogging about my journey to make myself accountable for my continued weight loss and it has grown into much more.  It has grown into a place to come for inspiration, motivation, delicious low calorie recipes, weight loss tips, giveaways and a little bit of funny all mixed into one.  Come join me on my journey to Loserville!