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A Tasty Turkey

Hi there!

Today we went on another quest to find work shirts, and finally had success! The shirt I found fit me like it was made specially for my body, and was comfy even though it’s a button down dress shirt. I bought it in two colors, and I’ll be on the lookout for more shirts from that brand since they fit so well!

When we stopped to get gas before the prices jumped 15 cents here like they did in Springfield, we went inside to get drinks. I love Gold Peak Sweet Tea, but when I checked the label it said there are 190 calories in the whole bottle!

 

I’ve never given any consideration to calories in my tea, but  now I’m paying attention to everything. Chris saw that they had a Diet option, so I decided to try that… Boyfriend is my hero!! 🙂

The diet version tastes just like the sweetened version, for zero calories! Chris even tried a drink of it, because he usually thinks that sugar-free versions of drinks taste funny, and he agrees it tastes just like the bottle he was drinking. I think we’ll both be buying Diet from now on!

This - 190 = This! 🙂

 

For lunch, we had Q’doba. I got the Chicken Taco Salad, minus pretty much everything, haha! Basically I had romaine lettuce, fat-free picante ranch, grilled chicken, and fresh pico. It was so spicy and so fresh! They are really good about only chopping up the super green part of the romaine, so there isn’t any of the tasteless white part of the lettuce.

Once home, Boyfriend decided that today (the hottest day so far this summer, under a heat advisory) would be a good day to powerwash the deck and back of the house.

I decided to workout. I opted for an old DVD I’ve had for about 7 years, Crunch Pick Your Spot Pilates.

It has three separate 10 minute workouts that target either your belly, butt, or thighs–I did all three. There is also a 10 minute total body workout option.  Afterward I was sweaty and burning, which felt good!

 

For dinner I decided to pretend it was Thanksgiving and roasted a turkey! To keep things simple, I bought a boneless turkey (you can also buy breast only, but Boyfriend likes dark and light meat) which is about three pounds and only takes about 1 1/2 hours in the oven.  It’s the perfect size for the two of us and leaves enough for leftovers.

Here’s how simple it really was:

Preheat your oven to 375, and line your roasting pan with aluminum foil. This makes clean up sooo much easier, because all the stuck on parts stick to that and not your pan!

Rinse your turkey and pat it dry, and lay it out on your lined baking sheet. Use your hands to rub all the surfaces down with a few tablespoons of butter (I use Country Crock Light) and about one tablespoon of olive oil, then salt and pepper it.

Stack all the parts back up: breast, then dark, and finally the skin.

Pop it in the oven for about an hour, and then take a peak at it. If the skin is golden and crispy, make a foil tent to cover it with to prevent over-browning. Let it roast for about another 2o minutes, checking it with a meat thermometer to make sure its 160 before you take it out.

When its done, take it out of the oven but leave the tent on it and let it rest at least 10 minutes before you slice into it. This lets the juices redistribute and makes it super moist. (Not to brag too much, but I’ve always been told I make the best turkeys that are super moist! Right, mom?)

When you’re ready, slice it up, plate it up, and enjoy!

We had ours with “fried” green beans, sliced whole grain bread, and Chris had mashed potatoes with gravy.

Hers

This was a delicious dinner, if I do say so myself! 😉

His

And cleaning the roasting pan was as easy as throwing this in the trash!

Now its time to prep lunch for tomorrow and relax, tomorrow is orientation for my new job!!

 

Amber

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Fun in the Sun

Today started like this:

And then there was a lot of this:

And when we had so much sun we didn’t even feel like fixing our own dinner, there was this:

(Sorry its a little dark, but the pic with flash was way worse.)

That salad was at least one full head of romaine, possibly more. It was loaded with tons of fresh veggies and grilled chicken. I barely made it through half of it, and my stomach looked like I swallowed a head of iceberg whole! haha

If you want more food than you could ever possibly eat, go to Lambert’s. If you don’t leave stuffed, something is wrong with you! They give you giant portions of whatever entrée you choose, plus two sides, “pass arounds” which are MORE sides, and fresh made hot rolls… And if that’s not enough, it’s all you can eat so just ask for more (I doubt you will)!

It’s America’s Got Talent pass out on the couch time over here, have a great night!

What’s your favorite restaurant for a tasty salad that fills you up? 

Amber

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Tuesday Tea

Today was one of those random days, where we did absolutely nothing but were gone all day so we must have done something, right?

Chris snapped this pic with his new phone this morning before we left.

First, we went to lunch at McAlister’s, so that Boyfriend could have sweet tea. I had the most delicious, fresh tasting, burn my mouth off salad! It was the Sweet Chipotle Chicken Salad, minus the tortilla strips and tortilla chips. I love that they serve the dressing on the side, because I can add the amount I want. The dressing is a Fat-Free Chipotle Peach, which is the perfect combo of sweet with a spicy after-kick! At first it doesn’t seem so spicy but, after eating an entire salad worth, my mouth was on fire! The salad was mixed baby greens and romaine, with tiny diced up cucumbers and tomatoes, and grilled chicken. I will definitely have that again!

Chris had sweet tea half a McAlister’s Club and bowl of potato soup, and said that was really good too!

After lunch we went to Springfield to mosey around. We decided to go look for shirts for me to wear to work, since I have a very specific color and style of shirts I will be allowed to wear, and comfy black shoes since I’ll be working 12 hour shifts. 

First stop was Marshalls, where I tried to convince Chris we should buy a super cute doggie bed, so we’d have to get a puppy… I failed, haha! We went to Best Buy after that to try to find him a mounting bracket for his truck for his phone that didn’t require suctioning to the window, sticking to the dash, or clipping in a vent… Yeah, those don’t exist!

I found the perfect shoes for work, at Shoe Carnival. They feel like I’m walking on gel, literally! I found them for $20 cheaper at Wal-Mart though, so I’ll be picking them up there.

After that we ended up at Target to look for super specific shirts, which they didn’t have. We DID find Chris’s mounting bracket though! It’s made to be a suction type, but its small enough that it fits into this random rectangular cutout his truck has in the dash.  After that, we found this super cool umbrella for the back deck. It’s the offset kind that the base sits in one place but the umbrella hangs wherever you want it to! It matches our house and décor perfectly, too.

We just finished eating dinner: grilled onion spiked hamburgers, fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, and steamed cabbage. 

 

The cabbage was super yummy and super easy:

Start with one head of cabbage.

 

Chop it up, and toss it in a huge skillet that’s lightly sprayed with Pam.

 

Season it with pretty much whatever you want (we used garlic salt and Nature’s Seasoning) then put the lid on it and cook it over medium heat.

 

Stir it every couple of minutes, and add a little water if you need to so it doesn’t stick to the bottom.

Once its soft, eat up!

 

Backtrack to last night… I told you I was going to pump some iron, which I debated actually doing after I signed off.  After a short debate with myself, I said, “Suck it up and do it, it’ll only take a few minutes!”   I decided to do upper body, and did 2 sets of 10 reps of each of the following:

  • Bicep Curls
  • Triceps Extensions
  • Chest Presses
  • Supine Flies
  • Bent Over Rows

I used a weight heavy enough make the last three reps tough and that I feel a good soreness today!

I also made the mushroom pizzas from BodyRock.tv, with a few modifications, so I think I’ll actually post what I did for you (just not tonight).

We rented a movie from Red Box, so time to watch that and snuggle on the couch!

I’ll leave you with the pics I took of the field across from our house. The entire field was filled with these blue flowers that had just bloomed!

Amber

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Lettuce Celebrate!

Get it? Lettuce = Let Us!  I try, I try

What are we celebrating? My new salad dressing that is absolutely delicious!! I bought this dressing yesterday because: a) I had a coupon, and b) I really needed a good dressing.

I wasn’t really expecting much, just because I’ve had salads at McDonald’s with this brand of dressing that I didn’t care for–thinking back, it might have been balsamic that I was using at McD’s and that’s why I didn’t like it. While I was really hoping it would taste like the ginger dressing used at many Japanese steakhouses, it didn’t–but that’s okay! It wasn’t too sweet, but not tangy either–a little like Sesame Chicken at a Chinese joint, but not quite.

This dressing rocked my face, mouth, and stomach!! (Literally my face since I didn’t pick the long stems off my spinach and they kept poking me in the face as I was trying to eat.)  I don’t have a pic for you because I wasn’t sure how the girl at work would react and didn’t want her thinking I was a weirdo, plus I only had by BlackBerry and the lighting in there is horrible. I WILL be eating this salad combo again soon, and promise to take a pic. It had fresh spinach, dried pepper and garlic onions, grilled chicken, and Newman’s Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger dressing.  I loved it so much, I wanted more salad! With these stats, I could have!

 

Tonight for dinner, we’re trying a delicious looking pizza recipe, that I found on BodyRock.tv. I won’t be posting the recipe or pics, since Zuzanna & Freddy did such an amazing job with it. I am leaving out the leeks though, and I won’t be putting any cheese on my pizzas, just FYI. I can’t wait to try it… Doesn’t it look delicious?!

This pic came from BodyRock.tv, where you can find the entire recipe and step by step photos!

 I’ll probably fix a simple green salad with oil and salt, and add cheesy bread sticks for Chris.

Its time to go pump some iron and then start dinner. Hope your Monday wasn’t too rough, see you tomorrow!

Have you tried any new recipes lately?  How did it turn out?

 

Amber

 

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Alphabet Food

Good Monday morning! Hope you all had a great weekend!

I’ve seen this floating around the blog world, most recently on Megan’s blog, and thought I’d fill it out for fun. 

The ABC’s of Food

A is for Avocado: How do you like yours prepared?

  • Smashed up with fresh tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, salt, and pepper for yummy homemade guacamole!

B is for Bread: Regardless of nutrition, what is your favorite type?

  • Even though I usually only eat whole grain, I LOVE sweeter varieties: Jiffy Corn Muffins, Panera’s Tomato Basil, and Mom’s Beer Bread!

C is for Chocolate: What is your favorite kind currently?

  • Any of it, haha! My absolute favorite though is moist chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, or molten chocolate cake! I love warm melty chocolate!

D is for Donuts: You might not currently eat them, but what kind do you fancy?

  • Either powdered and raspberry jelly filled, or chocolate iced and pudding filled. But I stay away from them because I could eat 5 and still be hungry an hour later!

E is for Eggs: How would you like yours prepared?

  • Scrambled with onions or an omelet full of veggies.

F is for Falafel: Yay or nay?

  • I’ve never had it…

G is for Groceries: Where do you purchase yours?

  • Wal-Mart and occasionally we pick up produce at the Farmer’s Market.

H: is for Hot Beverages: What is your favorite hot drink?

  • Coffee/espresso. We brew Starbucks House Blend at home, and I add Splenda and Coffee-Mate Sugar Free French Vanilla for pure yumminess! I also drink more than my fair share of Skinny Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks in the fall.

I is for Ice Cream: Pick a favorite flavor and add a fun topping.

  • Does a brownie concrete from Andy’s Frozen Custard count?

J is for Jams or Jellies: Do you eat them? If so, what kind and flavour?

  • I only really like Smucker’s Simply Fruit, and only strawberry or blackberry. Please do not try to feed me grape, yuck!

K is for Kashi: Name your favorite Kashi product?

  • Kashi Go Lean Crunch.

L is for Lunch: What was yours today?

  • Well we haven’t gotten there yet, but it will be a spinach salad with grilled chicken and dried onions, and hopefully a good salad dressing!

M is for microwave: What is your favorite microwave meal/snack?

  • I always make my oatmeal using the microwave to heat the water, but other than that I usually just use it for re-heating food that’s already been cooked.

N is for nutrients: Do you like carbs, fats, or proteins best?

  • Can’t we all just get along?!?

O is for oil: What kind do you like to use?

  • Always EVOO.

P is for protein: How do you get yours?

  • Chicken, chicken, and more chicken! Eggs or peanut butter at breakfast, with the occasional beef or fish option one or two nights a week.

Q is for Quaker: How do you like your oats?

  • Hot with peanut butter = creamy goodness! Also like them as breakfast cookie dough cereal, a la Fitnessista and in oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

R is for roasting: What is your favorite thing to roast?

  • A mixture of squash, zucchini, onions, and potatoes.

S is for sandwich: What’s your favorite kind?

  • Toasted whole grain bread, with lettuce, tomato, turkey or chicken, and miracle whip light or mustard.

T is for travel: How do you handle eating while traveling?

  • It depends on the situation. I try to eat as normally as possible whether I’m at home or away, but sometimes I can’t always do that. Recently we were having dinner at my mom’s house, and I asked what she planned to fix. I forget what the meat was, but the sides were potatoes and corn. Uh, Mom, what about veggies?  She broke out a bag of fresh brocoli and cauliflower for me! (Thanks, Mom! 🙂 ) I’m the most lenient on vacation, because we usually eat at places we don’t have around home so I tend to splurge and eat what sounds the best, which still usually consists of a good balance of veggies and lean meat.  I always make sure to drink lots of extra water too, because something about traveling just messes with my body.

U is for unique: What are some of the unique foods that you like?

  • Um…  I don’t know that I really have any?

V is for vitamins: What kind do you take?

  • I usually don’t, because I eat a pretty balanced diet. I try to take half (they make me sick to my stomach) a multivitamin every night with dinner, but I usually forget. I do eat Caltrate Calcium+D chews every day though!

W is for Wiener Schnitzel: Do you ever recreate this traditional Czech food?

  • I’ve never had it–is it like a hot dog? 

X is X-RAY: If we x-rayed your belly right now, what food would we see?

  • My morning cups of coffee!

Y is for Youth: What foods remind you of your childhood?

  • Little Debbie’s snack cakes–definitely how the madness started.  Hamburger Helper and Nanny’s biscuits and gravy and chocolate chip cookies.

Z is for Zucchini: How do you prepare it?

  • Either roasted in the oven (see above) or sliced like pickle spears and grilled.

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Do These Shades Make Me Look Old?

The other night, I ran to the store to get Boyfriend some beer to go with his pizza for dinner (I had egg on whole grain bread with lots of mustard, tomatoes, cucumbers, and an orange). I got half way there  and realized I didn’t have my ID, so I drove back to get it; I knew if I didn’t have it I would definitely get carded and have to go back anyways.  I finally make it to the store, walked up to the counter, and the only questions the guy asked me were, “Do you want a bag?” and, “Is that debit or credit?”  Seriously?! I went all the way back home and you aren’t going to card me?? Do I REALLY look 40?? I know the rule is if the person looks under 40, you card them. Do I even look 30?!  Geez! I wanted to ask, “Aren’t you going to ask for ID?” but I figured what’s the point.  I WAS wearing a Chiefs Game Day Crew Miller Lite T-Shirt from my bartending days, and these super cool shades my daddy bought me on Father’s Day (yeah, I know), but I’d still like to be carded… It makes  a girl feel good about herself! haha

 

In other news, I’m having a bit of a dressing dilemma. No, not the kind that would land me a spot on “What were they thinking?!”, but the kind that makes me not want to eat salad because I can’t find anything good to dress it with!  I need non-fat or low-fat, vinegar or vinegar/oil based. I love me some Hidden Valley Ranch, Caesar, and Kraft’s Greek with Parmesan, but those are all off-limits right now! 

 Friday I made a delicious, beautiful salad to eat for lunch at work…

 

 

 But then it was ruined when I put this dressing on it! Seriously, I couldn’t eat it. I scraped as much of it off as I could from the chicken and cucumbers, and tossed the rest in the trash.

 

 I’ve also tried Chris’s favorite Kraft Light Balsamic, but don’t care for it either.  I’ve decided that it’s not the people making the dressing’s fault, I just don’t like Balsamic! Today I bought some Newman’s Own Low Fat Sesame & Ginger dressing–I’m hoping it tastes somewhat like the ginger dressing they use at Japanese steak houses.  I found a dressing I absolutely LOVE, on the salad bars at Price Cutter and Bistro Market–but can’t actually find it in the store! Maybe they will let me buy some from their bulk bottles??

 If anyone has any suggestions for a good dressing, let me know, please!?

 Since its Sunday, today was grocery day. We eat clean 98% of the time, so our shopping trips consist mostly of produce and meat.

 

 

We also only eat whole grain bread/pasta products. It’s a switch I made a long time ago, and when I started cooking for Chris, he didn’t even notice the difference.

 

 

 We’re trying a few new dinner ideas this week, so I will be sure to share those with you as we go along and let you know if we liked them or not!

 

 

 I’m off to go cook chicken breast for lunches this week, then start dinner. Hope you have a great week!

 Do you like getting carded, or do you find it annoying?

Amber

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Weekly Workout Wrapup

 

In order to keep myself accountable, I’m going to post a re-cap each week of the workouts/exercise/movement that I did that week. You’ll see that I don’t always do “traditional” workouts to get in my exercise, but I don’t beat myself up about it! Contrary to what many people think *cough, Chris, cough* you don’t have to be running in order to be considered working out. Anything that gets you up off the couch or away from your desk and moving is great for your health!

 

 

 (The only way I can stand to be on the treadmill is with lots of distractions!)

  • Sunday 6/19: Nada–at least that’s what I remember. I might have done something, but I’m pretty sure I was a lazy bum all day because it was my last day of vacation!
  • Monday 6/20: Workout #1 of The Fitnessista’s 2011 Summer Shape Up, found here.
  • Tuesday 6/21: We got outside! Walked around Fellow’s Lake, and then the trail at OTC–in the completely wrong shoes, which I regretted the rest of the night and into the next morning!
  • Wednesday 6/22: Random walking around Springfield. Nothing strenuous, unless you count the stairs at Hammon’s Field, which I took two-at-a-time every time.
  • Thursday 6/23: 20 minutes of power walking on the treadmill.
  • Friday 6/24: Ab burnout, but no real cardio.
  • Saturday 6/25: 20 minutes on the treadmill: 10 minutes walking (progressively picking up speed to 3.8), then 6 minutes of alternating running/walking for 1 minute intervals, then 4 minutes walking. I also watered the flowers this morning, in between random sprinkle showers.

 

 

 

 What did YOU do to be active this week? Are you following any specific plans or just going with whatever sounds good each day?

 

Amber

 

 

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