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March 2012


Operation Bad-Ass!

I’ve decided it’s time to put up, or shut up.  When I started this blog in 2008, I weighed 168 pounds and thought by showing what I ate and how I worked out, it would give me the accountability I needed to get my ass in shape.

Well, here we are, nearly 3 1/2 years later, and I weigh 164 pounds.

I’ve lost and gained the same 5 pounds for years but now I really want to get moving.  It’s time to start walking the walk!

So what is Operation Bad Ass?  Really, it’s a 30 day challenge for myself.  I figure that I can follow any plan for 30 days!

Here are my “before” pics.  I love that the strap is twisted on one side and I am wearing my glasses, and have no make up on.  But really, why should I try to be something I am not.  Like classy! Open-mouthed smile  And I am sure everyone wanted to see my stretch marks on my tummy. Thumbs up

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I know there is an athlete’s body underneath there – I just have to kick ass and let her out!

So I made a motivation poster.  Basically it looks like a second grader made it, but I am a sticker whore.  I like to reward myself with stickers!  My plan is to write in what I did each day in the calendar boxes.

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My goals are to the side:

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  • 1500 – 1600 calories a day
  • 25-30% of calories from fat
  • Less than 125 carbs per day
  • 90 minutes of exercise, includes 4 days of strength
  • Wednesday is my rest day
  • In bed between 10:30 and 10:45
  • Limit wine to six glasses a week
  • Eight servings of fruits and veggies a day
  • One Cheat Meal per week

My plan is to just make each day the best that I can.  I have no excuses.  I don’t have little kids to take care of.  I have time to hit up the gym before work.  The only thing I’ll probably have to change is I normally do my blog posts in the morning before work, I’ll just have to write them the night before.

I am using Windows Live Writer and am loving it.  I used it a long time ago on our old computer, but it made our computer really slow.  I reinstalled it on the computer we got last summer (a used one I bought from a co-worker) and hopefully it will make my blog post time quicker.

So I promise to write about the awesome bread I made yesterday, but that will wait until tomorrow’s post.  I plan on doing the recap of BSI – Pasta, and will announce next weeks ingredient which will be . . . flour!

Here is a sneak peak:

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Anyone else want to be a bad ass with me?  Just leave me your goal for April in the comments section so I can be your cheerleader!


Fruit Puree Granola – Winning!

I hadn’t had a bagel in a long time and knowing starting tomorrow that I am going to be limiting my carbs for the month of April, I indulged in a bagel breakfast sammie – a delicious and filling 10 point breakfast.

I had a couple errands to run at lunch yesterday – it was rainy and cold so I didn’t work out.  I ended up picking up Subway – the turkey and black forest ham on flat bread (only adds 10 calories and 2.5 grams of fat vs. the regular bread) with buffalo sauce.  Super filling and delicious!

Since it was lent last night, that meant no meat for Tony.  The last couple weeks we’ve just gotten pizza, but Tony decided on Thursday that he would take care of dinner.   Mind you, he had to come up with something with what we had on hand.  And it being the end of the week and I haven’t done my pantry stock up in a while, he had to be a bit creative!

A few weeks ago I bought head on shrimp because they were $4.99 a pound.  I never did anything with them so they were in the freezer.   One thing we love to eat when we go out to our favorite Chinese restaurant is to get the sizzling shrimp.  Basically they bring deep fried rice to you in a bowl, and the server pours a flavorful broth with veggies over the top and once the broth hits the rice it starts to sizzle.

Here is another thing that makes Tony’s job difficult to work in the kitchen.  I hardly ever put anything back in the same place.  It even drives me nuts sometimes when I have to go into five cupboards, look in the pantry or downstairs in the basement where my overflow kitchen supplies are.  But he McGyvered and made rice on top of the stove since he couldn’t find the rice maker (fyi. . . the base of the rice cooker was in my downstairs fridge – still with the leftover yellow rice I made earlier in the week – oops!)

However, Tony made it healthy.  Instead of frying the cooked rice, he put a thin layer of rice in a cake pan and baked it in the oven until the edges got nice and crispy.  He used 2 cups of chicken broth, put the shrimp in the broth, shells and all and cooked it for a couple hours.  Once he took out the shrimp, he added veggies and cayenne pepper and pepper oil to the broth.  At this point, there was no way in hell Tony was even going to attempt to try it – way too spicy.

Holy cow, was this delicious.  The broth was super spicy, the rice was both crunchy and tender, and the zucchini and peppers were perfectly cooked.  Thanks for making dinner Tony!

I still think I’ll be eating my yogurt parfaits for breakfast because they are so filling, so I needed to make some more granola.  I found this recipe that called for a fruit puree to be mixed into the granola before baking.   She suggested a fruit puree such as apple, pear or peach.  I really had no idea what exactly a fruit puree was so I googled “fruit puree recipe” and found that it is simply 1 pound of fruit, 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.  Since I cleaned out both my upstairs fridge and downstairs fridge last night, I realized I had a bag of kiwi and a bag of watermelon that I froze for Hannah to use in her smoothies.

As luck would have it, I had exactly 1 pound of fruit between the two.  I nuked the frozen fruit just enough so that I could blend it.  I adapted the original recipe quite a bit with what I had on hand, and I reduced the amount of honey and brown sugar.  I haven’t figured out the stats yet, but I’ll update this post when I do.  You can see the flecks of the kiwi in the puree!

Fruit Puree Cranberry Chocolate Chip Granola

updated with calories – per cup:  418 calories, 5.6 fat, 87 carbs, 6.8 fiber and 9 protein

  • 5 cups quick oats
  • 2 cups Cheerios
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fruit puree
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Heat oven to 300.  Mix the oats, Cheerios, cinnamon and salt together.  Mix the fruit puree, honey, brown sugar and oil together.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Now I was a bit worried at this point because it was REALLY wet.  But I baked it for 20 minutes, stirred, and baked for another 25 minutes.  At this point the granola was still a bit damp, but it was already starting to brown and I didn’t want to burn it.  I let it cool completely, then added the cranberries and chocolate chips at the end.

Super crunchy, not overly sweet and will be an excellent topping to my yogurt parfaits.  Yum!

So are you wondering how my WI went?  Well, I didn’t go because I am switching days.  Since my “Operation Bad Ass” starts tomorrow, I decided to switch my WI to Sunday’s for the month of April.  I also think that I will like weighing in on Sunday’s.  Typically my Saturday becomes an “eat whatever” day because I feel I have the rest of the week to burn it off.

I also have a loaf of bread in the oven – it’s a new to me recipe – 3 cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon yeast and 1 5/8 cup water.  The dough sits overnight, and right now it’s cooking in a dutch oven with the top on, and then the last 15 minutes you take the top off and it browns.  I’ll definitely post the recipe and pictures tomorrow if it works out!

Enjoy your Saturday!

It’s not too late to enter your BSI – pasta recipe.  Simply leave me a link to your pasta recipe on this post.  A winner will be picked on Monday, April 2!


Will Run For Garage Sale….Er…Almost

It was a chilly morning yesterday – 43 degrees!  I was rooting around trying to figure out what to make for breakfast when I decided on oatmeal.  I don’t often have a jones for oats because you know I try to involve cheese in every meal, but it sounded good.  I sauteed up one whole apple, 1/4 cup dried cranberries and cooked my 1/2 cup of oats and mixed it all together when I got to work.  A sprinkle of 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds was a nice salty kick to an otherwise sweet breakfast.  Breakfast came in at 7 points.

While it was on the chilly side for my lunch run, I had a mission.  You see, I am a garage sale whore.  If I had a bumper sticker it would say “I brake for garage sales!”  I saw the sign when I was driving into work, and knew the subdivision was about a 10 minute run away, and then I would see how far it was from there.

You’ll know why I was interested in hitting up this particular garage sale – um, take a look at what the houses look like in this subdivision!

My plan was to run to the garage sale in about 15 minutes, look around for 15 minutes, then run back to my office.  I kept following the pink signs!

The only problem?  The pink signs kept going. . . and going . . .and going.  Until the last sign I saw still had an arrow pointing ahead and said “upper pond.”  I looked in the distance and faintly saw a pond and thought there was no way in hell I could keep going to find it – so I had to turn around and head back.  I had no idea how far I had gone!  I stopped my watch at 46:02 and figured I would use Map My Ride to see how far I actually ran.  I was pleasantly surprised that I ran 4.25 miles!  Not too shabby.  I guess I am like a rabbit with a carrot – if you stick a “sale” sign up I’ll run for it!

Lunch was the last of my spicy tomato soup with balls – again with baby spinach mixed in.  This bowl is 8 WW points.

Last night was taco night!  I know I have a ton of blog readers who could have Mexican every day and never get sick of it.  I had two corn tostadas, 3 ounces of taco meat, mini peppers and lettuce and had 1/2 a cup yellow saffron rice on the side – dinner comes in at 12  points.

I realized that Sunday is April 1, not Saturday so I plan on revealing my Operation Badass on Sunday.  If I am technically able, I may be posting a video blog post on Sunday, but I am not sure I have the capability. 😀

Don’t forget to enter your BSI – Pasta entry!  You have until Sunday, April 1 to enter.  Just leave a comment on this post, or email me at

Any other garage sale fans like me?

Make it a great day!