Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I always feel like I am trying different "diets." I hate the word diet and I try not to think of it like that. I get going and shortly realize that I put limitations on everything. I feel guilty for eating 1 wrong thing and then completely give up. Crazy I know, but that is just how I work. This is something that I am working on. I realize that only YOU can change your eating habits and not someone else. As much as someone can say, lets eat healthy or lets workout out. Until you make up YOUR mind, nothing gets done or you only stick to it short term. Last week, I had a great life changing thing happen. I can't tell you when or what caused it, but i literally woke up and said.....Im going to be healthy. I think its because I literally couldn't look at myself in the mirror without getting mad at myself. Over the past year (ish) I have gained 10 pounds. Note...I have been around the same weight since high school so this was a HUGE thing for me to realize. All my pants still fit and I don't feel any different. I blame it on turning 23 and my metabolism stopping. Ha! Anyways...back to what I was saying. I have learned through "So Long Insecurity" by Beth Moore that i have multiple insecurities. One of my main ones is body image. I have always been "average" not big and not small. The thing that bothers me the most is my stomach. I have always had a pudge (its hereditary...sorry future kids) and I have learned to embrace it.....UNTIL.....I began getting asked when I was due. Really people? You find it necessary to ask when someone is due when they aren't even prego. I swear...you don't ask someone unless there water is about to break. So in all of this said.....I want to get rid of my tummy and get in shape. I know that it takes a lifestyle change and that is what I am willing to do. Not just go on a crash diet, but load my life with exercise, fruits and veggies and a few unhealthy snacks! :) I dont want to deprive myself from things I love and so I will have a small piece of chocolate cake (Every once in a while). I want to make working out fun so I have enlisted my mom to take long walks with me (sometimes i even get her to jog). I love to go to Zumba and do things like that. I want to do this for me.....not to show anyone else what I am capable of...but just for me. I have a lot of exciting things that are coming up in the future and I want to feel my very best for them. I also decided that i have to change the way I do certain things. When you are small what do your parents reward you with? a sucker? ice cream? a coke? Get the picture.....rewards=food. This happened to me and it happens to many children and they grow up thinking food is a reward. When I do good on a test.....I automatically think that I need a 400 calorie frap for a reward. I read somewhere that you need to eat to live....not live to eat. It just hit me that I needed to think of positive ways to reward myself. Ways that would help my body and make me feel like a million bucks. Ha! So last week when I made a B on my incredibly hard stat midterm.....I didn't get a frapp. I waited until this week when I had a "craving" to get my nails painted. I decided that getting my nails painted was something positive that I could do for myself. Every lady wants to feel pretty and I am re-adjusting what I am doing to reward myself. I hope everyone has an awesome rest of the week!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Life lately.....

Sorry I have had no motivation to write lately. I have still been cooking,...just nothing new. I'll update you on life instead. Over the last few weeks I have:

-Kyle and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary
-gone to Cabo for a lil family vaca and relaxation
-Kyle celebrated his 26th birthday
-my grad school application has been turned in (wish me luck)
-I have been working out like a mad woman :)

I am super excited about this coming weekend. Kyle and I are going to BR/Nola for a get a way. We are getting to spend some time with Melinda and Andrew. We are also getting to explore Nola (I havent been since I was little) and go to see Edwin McCain in concert! Hip hip hooray! I am one lucky girl! :)


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Crock Pot chicken

Since I have classes on Tuesdays/Thursdays, I have resorted to the crock pot. I prepare the meal the night before and put it in the fridge. When dad wakes up, he puts it in the crock pot and turns it on. When class is over, my meal is ready. It is the perfect thing. This is the recipe that I did today.....

Crockpot creamy italian chicken

-philly fat free cream cheese, 1 block (8 oz)
-1 can of cream of chicken soup
-1/2 cup water
-6 boneless, skinless chicken breast

1. spray crockpot with nonstick spray (very important)
2. place chicken in crockpot and pour the water over the chicken.
3. Cut cream cheese into cubes and spread over the chicken.
4. Pour the cream of chicken over the chicken.
5. Im my case, refrigerate overnight (if not you can begin cooking it)
6. Cover, and cook on low 6-8 hours of high for 4-6 hours

-I served over rice. It turned out fabulous. The chicken was very tender and the cream cheese added a different yummy taste to it.

What are your crock pot recipes?