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Join Me in the Pound For Pound Challenge

I was watching the Biggest Loser Finale the other night . Anyone else? Were you as impressed and inspired as I was at what these fearless contestants were able to accomplish in just 7 short months?

I know that I still have another 80 lbs to lose (give or take) to reach a healthy happy weight. How about you? are you still carting around the remaining 5-10 lbs that you are finally ready to do something about or is your journey like mine?

Something else that lit a fire was the Biggest Loser’s Pound for Pound Challenge:

For every pound you pledge to lose through May 31, 2011, the Pound For Pound Challenge will donate 11¢ to Feeding America® — enough to secure one pound of groceries on behalf of local food banks. $1,040,000 maximum donation.

I think that was just the inspiration I needed to kick myself back into gear! Doing something to help myself while helping others. I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for a way to give back – either time, talent or treasure – but sometimes it’s easier said than done. NBC and the Biggest Loser have answered the question on my heart and I’ve responded.

I pledged. Have you? There are a number of groups you can join to take part in the challenge. Maybe there is one in your own back yard. If not, join my group – Slightly Off Kilter – and pledge to lose so that we can not only get healthier together, but can also help to fight hunger in our own back yard!

Who’s with me? Please share this with your friends and family so that together we can make a difference!

***edit- the link above to join my group takes you to the main teams page. Unfortunately, you have to search for the team you want to join. You can search by city, state or team name. In order to join a team, you must first pledge the amount of weight you will lose by May 31, 2011.  More info about the challenge can be found here in the FAQ page***

************Thanks Jessica – try scrolling through the pages instead of searching and the option to Join should be available! I found the group on page 10 – the more members we have, the closer to the top of the list we will be*****



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Meal Plan Monday

Last week I planned out my week of food.  And while it looked good on paper, it was difficult to stick to – If, for example, I had ‘planned’ for steel cut oats for breakfast but didn’t get up in time to make them, I felt bad for straying even if I chose a healthy option.

This week, I’m approaching Meal Planning a little different.  This week, I’m going to ‘plan’ breakfast, lunch & snack options but not assigning them to specific days.  This way, I can still plan my healthy options, but won’t feel so regimented.

Breakfast options ~ Steel Cut Oats, Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Kashi Cereal w/ Almond Milk, or ½ Grapefruit with Whole Wheat Toast & Almond Butter

Snack Options ~ Pumpkin seeds, Almonds, Larabars, Apple Slices, Oranges, Greek Yogurt, Pecans, grapes, dried cranberries or other dried fruit

Lunch options ~ Salads with spinach as a base and the world is my oyster from there – Cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, pomegranate, eggs, mozerella, chickpeas, mushrooms, etc; sandwiches on Flat out Bread wraps with Boars head lunch meats, leftovers from the previous nights dinner – All good options

Dinner ~ This is where I REALLY plan because it is so much easier than trying to come up with an idea for dinner after a long day of work with a hungry family clamoring for food:

Monday – Catfish with red potatoes, onion, zucchini (mostly zucchini with a small amount of potatoes – cooked in a skillet)

Tuesday – Brinner – Veggie omelets (YUM!) and fresh fruit

WednesdayCrock pot Chicken with salad

Thursday – Chicken “Pot Pies” with leftover chicken from Wednesday, found this healthier version I’m looking forward to trying

Friday – Chef’s Requested – Bacon wrapped Filet Mignon. (YUM), Salad, green beans

Sat – Date night??? I’m leaving this one open because there has been talk of a date night with my hubby

Sunday – Subway Sunday – This has become a tradition that I enjoy – it tends to go against the grain of a traditional “Sunday Dinner” but we get to focus on closing out our week with quality time instead of me slaving away in the kitchen. (And, by getting a ‘footlong’ I can have ½ for dinner and the other ½ for Monday’s Lunch) – Win/ Win!

What are your plans for this week?


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Comfort & Convenience CAN equal Healthy!

Yesterday it turned cold (well, high 50’s but that’s cold for Texas after the day before was in the high 80s) and it was windy and drizzly… Nothing says comfort to me more than a big bowl of thick soup… YUM.  So I strayed from my Meal Plan and decided to whip up some soup for dinner.

One of my all time favorites is Taco Soup. So warm, thick, and just plain yummy! BUT I’ve been doing so well with my journey to healthier living and I didn’t want to completely de-rail all of the progress I’ve made.

The biggest change I’ve made lately is that I now buy REAL food – (You know, that stuff that men and women across the world take the time to grow from the ground – not in a lab) and limiting as much processed food (anything not in it’s natural state) as possible.

HOWEVER – there are times where my available time does not equal the time needed to cook from scratch. Sometimes I need someone else to do the legwork to make a hearty meal arrive at my table and it is during these times that I rely on canned and frozen goods from the store to make it a bit easier.

Enter the Taco soup dilemma
(If you’ve never had Taco soup, I highly recommend you try it.)

The recipe I’ve used for YEARS is as follows:
(this is NOT what was made last night – you need to keep reading for that)

  • 2 pound ground beef
  • 2 tbls butter
  • 2 cans pinto beans
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 2 cans Black Beans
  • 2 cans Hominy
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • Garnish with Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, & Tortilla Chips

Easy enough – cook the beef, sauté the onion, add remaining ingredients and let it cook. And it’s probably pretty good for you… but with all of those canned goods, the sodium content is through the ROOF!!! (not to mention the additives (MSG for one) found in the pre-packaged spice mixes and some canned foods…)

So my challenge was to turn my childhood classic “comfort food” into something I’d feel comfortable eating and serving to my family… and you know what?

It was easier than I thought!

  • 2 pound ground beef 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 tbls butter 1 tbls Olive Oil (to sauté the onions in)
  • 2 cans pinto beans 1 can Aduki Beans (Eden Organic Brand ONLY)
  • 2 cans kidney beans 1 can Garbanzo Beans (Eden Organic)
  • 2 cans Black Beans 1 can Black Beans (Eden Organic)
  • 2 cans Hominy 1 package frozen corn
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes 4-5 Fresh Tomatoes diced
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix Custom seasonings listed below
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • Seasoned with Cumin, Garlic (5 cloves – I LOVE garlic), Cilantro, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Chili powder, Paprika, & Red Pepper Flakes… I can’t give you measurements.. you’ll just have to “season to taste”

The results were stupendous! I omitted the garnishes (Cheese, Sour Cream, Tortilla chips) and no one noticed – In fact, when I asked my hubby how his dinner was, he said it was “probably one of the best meals ever” and while he usually says that (love him!!) when he went back for seconds, I knew he meant it. I never told him it was turkey meat either… and this is the guy that would eat beef all day every day – a true “Meat & Taters” guy!

The best part is, I wanted Taco Soup and I ate Taco Soup – just a healthier version of it!

What comfort foods have you turned into healthier versions?

***a note about the canned beans I buy – Eden Foods is something I recently discovered at my grocery store. I was drawn to them because of their ingredient list on the can of Aduki Beans I bought – “Ingredients: Organic Aduki Beans, Water, Kombu Seaweed” That’s it… nothing else..no salt…naturally low sodium…no chemicals. PLUS the cans they use have a BPA Free lining. After trying the Aduki Beans, I’ve tried several other varieties and have not bought another brand since. This is NOT a paid endorsement. ***


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