Monday, August 22, 2011

Working on...

Getting together a 2 week meal plan list right now. I can't wait to do a MONTH in advance, but right now, I can only do 2. lol.

I have a bag of legs and thighs boiling on the stove. I am making Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. I will post a recipe later. The kids LOOOOVE it and for the last couple of days have asked when we were having it again. :)

So far for my menu I have:

Chicken Noodle Soup (good for 2 nights)
Crockpot (CP) Salisbury Steak (good for 1)
Roast (good for 2 nights)
Roast beef and cheese sandwiches (see above)
CP Baked Potato Soup
CP Beef and Corn Chowder
Italian Spinach Meatballs (hello spaghetti!)
Meatloaf (using extra meat with Italian Spinach Meatball recipe)
Egg and Sausage Bake
Taco Bake
Chicken Chilli

I have to be honest, a few months ago is the FIRST time I have ever deboned a chicken. I used to think it was gross, etc, but I figured out how much cheaper it was to buy a chicken or a bag of things/legs than it was to keep buying breasts. Not that I still don't buy those. I do. I like to use them for MY chicken recipes. The kids love chicken thighs/legs just baked even so that's really good! $6 for a 10lb bag COMPLETELY works for me. :)

I have a few more nights to come up with. Maybe Sloppy Joes and Chilli 2 nights. We will see. I need to go through my pantry again and see what is in there....

Do you do "Mass Cooking"? or Meals for a Month? What are some of your tips?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Back to the gym

I did it. I went back. It's the first time since breaking up with my trainer. lol.
I did an hour and 12 mins and burned 798 cals. 

Well, really, I did an hour and burned 700 cals. Those last 12 mins were me standing and talking to the guy at the desk to line up my daughter for the sitter for the next 2 days. 

All in all, I will take the 798 cals burned! Hey, I was still at the counts, right? My goal is to work up to 1400-1500 burned a day. (over what I normally burn). Not too shabby. I know that it will get harder to keep burning this amount once I start losing, so for the present moment, I am OWNING it. I am glad I got up and did this.

Feels good to be back exercising!

Monday, August 15, 2011

1st Day Back

Am I the only mom who is sad today? Lord knows there were plenty of days this summer where the kids drove me nuts, but somehow, sitting here in my den/computer room, I am saddened by the quiet. Yes, Team Umizoomi is on and Victoria is making a little noise, but I am not kidding, it is QUIET. 

I may go nuts after a few weeks of this. Maybe. On the other hand, I have all of these projects that are running through my head and I think, WOW, I actually MAY be able to get that done. 

Troy was all excited to go into school and I yelled, "hey! wait for Connor." so he turned around and walked back and both he and Hunter took Connor's hands and they all turned around and looked at me and I about died. I know, I know, this is one of the things we somewhat look forward to but it is here now and I am NOT liking it. lol. I was crying last night and Hubby looked at me and said, "I am going to order your straight jacket now for 2 years from now..." (when Tori goes to school).

You can give me a freak award. I get it. I do. I know some of you are sitting there with crying babies/toddlers/hubbies, etc and you are wishing for a moment of peace and quiet. I get it. I do. I have many days like that.  I am sure I will have many more moments and days like that. However, I can count on 2 hands how many times I have only had 1 child with me....

I am grateful for the time I get with my kids. We had an awesome week this week while Hubby was on vacay. I can't wait to post about that. For now, I have my Starbucks, my baby girl, and a brief moment to sit down and do what I want. lol.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Strawberry and Blue Cheese


1/4 c RF Blue Cheese (2 ww plus pts)
2 Tbl LF or Light Italian dressing(1 ww plus pts)

and as much strawberries and lettuce that you want. So 3 ww+ pts, but if you want more dressing, add another 2 TBL or whatever for another point. Talk about filling. YUMMMM This was my lunch 2 days ago. I think I may have some for dinner tonight as well.