Archive for January, 2013

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Wife Wanted Chicken Again…Weird (or Roast Chicken with Brussel Sprouts and Bacon)

January 22, 2013

So my wife loved the chicken I made last week except instead of cabbage I made it with brussel sprouts, bacon and onions tonight.  She’s sick so I made sure to include some broccoli too. 🙂  It was pretty good I have to say. so same recipe with the above changes and all you go. I’m also now all out of The Olive Scene Olive Oil and we’re in the middle of another snowstorm, oh well, its totally worth it. Pic below, enjoy.

 

Roast Chicken with Brussel Sprouts and Bacon

Roast Chicken with Brussel Sprouts and Bacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Workout Program Rut

January 20, 2013

So I’m kinda stuck in a rut with my workout program. I’m still pretty regular with it and am seeing results but it is boring and repetitive and I just don’t love it like I feel like I should. Now if you recall dear readers, I have always hated exercise but I’m trying to really stay at it so that the 200 pounds I’ve lost don’t all become flab hanging off my arms and belly. What else is out there (please don’t say crossfit or p90x because the hipster-hater in me will come out and the results won’t be pretty. 🙂 ). I’m thinking about taking up running (well taking it up more seriously than I am now) and possibly more biking in the Spring (love biking) but need something indoors that doesn’t make me want to yawn all the time. All input with the above no-hipster restrictions appreciated. Thanks.

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My Industry Makes Me Fat

January 18, 2013

Okay not really but as I sit here on a Friday night, working, I can’t help but crave pizza and sugary pop. I haven’t had a sugary pop in almost 9 years but I’m craving one. Instead though, I ate my left over turkey tenderloin and brussel sprouts and a bottle of water so good for me. I may indulge in a brownie I just got from the wonderful Julian Bakery or possibly s lighter protein bar if we head out to the movies later tonight. What I’m learning is that yes, it is about planning, it is also about just having things around the house so you’re not too tempted to pick up the phone and order pizza or have something sweet. I think it doesn’t help that in my industry (computer stuff) I sit around all day and like to eat at my computer. I am surviving though, patience, planning and a lot of discipline  and really just digging the way I look right now gets me through.  🙂

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Roasted Turkey Tenderloins w/ Brussel Sprouts AND Bacon!

January 16, 2013

Okay got a little crazy today. This recipe was inspired by my love of turkey, brussel sprouts and, well yeah, bacon. Away we go:

 

Take a turkey tenderloin (usually split into two already and usually about one and a half pounds and split the two pieces  down the middle and put them to the side. Cut some brussel sprouts in half and layer them in the bottom of a roasting pan then pour about a 1/4 cup of chicken stock over them, salt and pepper them then put the turkey tenderloins over them. Spritz everything with (I use The Olive Scene) Butter (not really butter) olive oil, garlic infused olive oil and salt/pepper. I then stuffed with them some gorgonzola  cheese (yeah I’m not perfectly paleo yet, I still have the occasional cheese so sue me :-)), toss some bacon over the brussel sprouts and turkey, cover and bake on 400 for about 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for about another 10/15 minutes, let it all rest for about 10 minutes, serve and enjoy.

 

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Roasted Turkey, Brussel Sprouts and Bacon

Roasted Turkey, Brussel Sprouts and Bacon

 

Roasted Turkey, Brussel Sprouts and Bacon

Roasted Turkey, Brussel Sprouts and Bacon

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Weigh-In Day

January 15, 2013

I only weight myself on Tuesdays to try to avoid driving myself crazy with it and weighing myself three or four times a day. This morning I was down another 4 pounds. I’m still not completely satisfied though so I’ve reset my goal a bit lower mainly to make myself happy but I have to admit my fear is that I reach the new goal and am still not completely happy with it. I am trying to avoid that with some positive reinforcement, etc but its tough. I never thought I’d be down this much let alone going under 200 pounds for the first time since middle school so we’ll see how it goes. Just a random thought, how do you know when enough is enough?

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Roasted Chicken with Cabbage (and Bacon!)

January 14, 2013

Tonight I decided to roast some chicken, well really it was preordained because I’ve been craving it and Boston Market where I would normally get “fast” chicken from now scares me. Side Note: My wife had some forgotten Boston Market in the fridge for like two weeks (yeah I know) and instead of normal food ickiness and stink there was nothing, the food hadn’t changed in two weeks, probably why I didn’t notice it in the back of the fridge. This terrified me and I haven’t had Boston Market since. Anyway back to my chicken now:

Take some cabbage and line a roasting pan with it. Next Pour about 1/2 cup of chicken stock over the cabbage and then break up some bacon over the cabbage, then take your hands and mix it all up. Pour some olive oil generously (but not too generously) over the cabbage and bacon mix.

Remove the innards of your chicken if it came that way (organic, clean, etc chicken is the way to go, we really like Bell & Evans) and wash the bird inside and out, pat dry with a paper towel. Don’t skip that last step or you’ll be sad. Put the bird over the cabbage and bacon coat with olive oil, sprinkle some thyme with salt & pepper over it and place two strips of bacon inside, YES INSIDE the birdie. Cover the roasting pan and bake 425 for an hour. After that, uncover the roasting pan and bake for another 15 minutes or so (juices run clear, proper temperature and all of that) to crisp up the chicken. Take it out, let it rest about ten minutes and enjoy. My wife claimed this was the best chicken and best cabbage I’ve ever made. The bacon just really kicks up the flavor of both the bird and the cabbage. Try it, you’ll like it, unless you hate bacon in which case you are probably a terrorist and should be arrested. 🙂 Pics below, enjoy!

 

Roast Chicken & Cabbage with Bacon

Roast Chicken & Cabbage with Bacon

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The Pressure To Quit…And Other Random Stuff.

January 14, 2013

I’ve noticed something really weird. Since I’ve crossed over the 200 pound mark of lost weight people are really starting to pressure me to quit losing even though I’m not yet satisfied with how I look or feel. I really think another 20/25 pounds or so will do it but no one in my circle seems to agree. From almost every person I hear “I’m happy with the size you are now” or “I think you’ve lost enough weight, you should just maintain now” and this amazes me because most of these people are the same ones who told me before that I was “just fine” the way I was. You know what? I wasn’t just fine and I certainly wasn’t okay and I’ll know when I’ve lost enough. I guess the bigger point is that while everyone else is “ok” with me now I’m not. I still have work to do and I kinda just wish people would let me do it. I’m not mad, just saying.

 

I crossed the 100 pushup mark today. Pushups were always tough for me even when I was younger. I blame gym class, my gym teacher was, let’s just say, a big man and could never really demonstrate proper technique. When I started my recently paused workout regimen (just started back today, stupid ear infection) I wanted to know how to do proper pushups and master them. My original goal was to do 100 of them in one session, mission accomplished as of today. Thank you to all the YouTube videos I watched demonstrating proper techniques. The first 75 were easy, it was that last 25 that were really killer.

 

My next life goal is that of general fitness. I don’t want to be a body builder but I would like to tone up quite a bit more than I am. I keep reading that cardio is great for that then I read that it is terrible, not sure what to believe. I’ve spoken to about five personal trainers and all five had different opinions on what I could be doing. We’ll see how this goes and it will probably be deserving of a larger post later.