Front Page!

I was so excited about my Balance Bar giveaway that I forgot to mention that I was in our local Sunday paper!  Those of you who follow me on Facebook and Instagram already know, but Tony contacted our local paper after I won the Share the Pot Crock Pot recipe contest.    That was in early December and he never heard anything back.  Well last week a reporter finally contacted me and when I went to the grocery store, I picked up a copy of the paper.  I knew that it would be in the insert part of the paper, so that’s where I went to first.  I love that it’s my picture too!

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So I put the paper in the top part of the shopping cart, and continued my shopping.  Tony was home watching football, so I got to touch everything.  Yep, I am one of those people in the grocery store that touches all the produce, goes down every aisle, etc.  I could literally spend a couple hours in a grocery store if I let myself!  It wasn’t into half way into my shop I looked and saw that I was mentioned on the front page too!

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You can read the article here.  I have Tony to thank for being my PR director – thanks honey!  I told him when I got home from the store that I kept being stopped for autographs – ha! 

I ended up making another potato crusted quiche for four of my breakfasts this week – this time with broccoli, ham and cheddar.  This time baked in an 8×8 pan so four servings.   Served with some really good honeydew melon.

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I planned on swimming at lunch – it was weird.  Usually the gym is packed at the beginning of the year.  I walked into the locker room, swam for 40 minutes, and took a shower and changed and never saw another person except for the lifeguard in the office.  Huh?!  It was a sunny day so the reflection of the sun off the pool was so peaceful.  I love that you can just step away and not think of anything while you swim. Open-mouthed smile

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I was reading Courtney’s blog on Sunday.  She is a menu planning queen, so I like to check out her weekly menu.  Um, turns out I missed Jessica’s post on Honey Chipotle Chicken bowls!  I knew Tony wouldn’t buy into it for dinner, so I ended up making it for lunch.  The only thing was that my chicken didn’t turn out very spicy – if you like spicy I would double the amount of adobo sauce.  And I did make some additions.  I added pickled jalapenos, corn, black beans and for the dressing, mixed a 100 calorie pack of Wholly Guacamole with a tablespoon of ranch dressing.

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The lime quinoa was delicious.  My bowl was so packed I only managed to get a 1/4 cup on there.  Once mixed together this was not only delicious but really filling.  I made one for my co-worker (um, who also ditched the 21 day detox) and she said “this is the most filling lunch you’ve given me yet!”  I think because of the triple protein in the chicken, black beans and quinoa. 

In keeping with trying to eat less meat and more seafood, I made tempura shrimp tacos for dinner.  Tony gives me thumbs up every time I make these – I’ll have to remember these for during lent. 

I cheat and use a tempura mix – I don’t really follow the instructions on the package, because I usually only use enough for just the two of us – I pour about 3-4 tablespoons of mix in my bowl and then add enough water to the consistency I want – my batter is on the thin side.  For each of my tacos: 4 shrimp, 1 tablespoon white corn, 1 tablespoon black beans, diced tomato, sprinkle of cheese and hot sauce.  YUM!

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Thanks for all your support about my weight gain – I am using your confidence in me and I am up early this morning to hit the gym and get back to the weight training.  I am starting a new program on Body Building.com – this one looks intense

I packed my food last night, and my gym bag, just need to grab my Balance Bar for fuel and then I am out of here – make it a great day!

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  • Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run.
    January 14, 2014 at 7:39 am

    That’s awesome! Congrats on the article!

    That workout definitely looks intense! My friend that helps me plan my strength originally had me doing reps to failure with max weights but this time around when we switched up my exercises I’m doing more reps (12-15) with whatever weight works for that many reps. I love having my own personal weight guru. 🙂

    • Biz319
      January 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      It was tough Courtney! I do like that there were “warm-up” reps – but the failure reps were hard – like “I am not sure I can do one more rep” hard! It felt good though!

  • Bonnie
    January 14, 2014 at 7:51 am



    • Biz319
      January 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks Bonnie! Here’s hoping we don’t get much snow today – I like how the rain melted a lot of it!

  • SuziCate
    January 14, 2014 at 8:02 am

    You’re famous! Congrats on your win!

    • Biz319
      January 14, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Well, we live in a small town, so not sure how famous – but I’ll take it! 😀

  • Nikki
    January 14, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I have been reading your blog for several years daily now. I really like it. This is to be considered a compliment, but I don’t read healthy living blogs of those that aren’t around my age. I am in my 20s. You are the only one out of the 15 blogs I read daily and it’s a testament to your realness and your great writing and personality. I am not trying to lose weight or am into making recipes, I just think you are an awesomely special blogger.

    • Biz319
      January 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Aw, best comment ever Nikki! I know who you are talking about too – “Healthy Tipping Point” “Meals and Miles” and my personal favorite to hate “Kath Eats.” I think I just threw up in my mouth a little writing those blog names!

      Have you checked out this?


      Enjoy! 😀

  • Kym
    January 14, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I saw you put the article on Instagram and wondered if we would get to hear about it. Congrats and way to go PR man Tony! I hope he is getting some rest after being deprived a good sleep for 8 days.

    • Biz319
      January 14, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Yep, he’s the best PR man to me!! Yep, it’s taking a while, but he’s getting more sleep. I would be curious to do a sleep study on me – I think I get to REM sleep in about 5 minutes and stay there until 5 minutes before I wake up!

      • Kym
        January 15, 2014 at 8:09 am

        I’ve had a sleep study. It was creepy to me. I felt like it was a setting for a horror movie all quiet, isolated, I looked some science experiment with all the electrodes hooked up to my head. The thought of being watched while I slept just made it worse. Needless to say I didn’t sleep much.

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    January 14, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Congrats on the article!! So proud of you! I think I almost passed out from reading your workout. You are going to rock it!

    • Biz319
      January 14, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Not gonna lie Anne Marie – it was a tough one, but I like how the cardio was bookends to the strength – kind of gave me a break in between!

  • Erica
    January 14, 2014 at 8:55 am

    ahhhhhh! So exciting that you were in the paper! I love it. Jessica has the best recipes, doesn’t she? That bowl looks totally delicious. Glad you were able to enjoy a peaceful swim. Our gym has been nuts and I love it 🙂

    • Biz319
      January 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Well, as the teacher, I am sure you get super excited when it fills up with new people!!

  • Kim
    January 14, 2014 at 9:11 am

    That article is awesome – so nice of Tony to contact the paper!!
    Your new workout plan looks pretty intense – can’t wait to see what all you end up doing!!!

    • Biz319
      January 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Today was only Day 1 Kim – I cannot imagine what the end of the 12 weeks will be like! I am too scared to look ahead!

  • Helen
    January 14, 2014 at 9:23 am

    You’ve really gotten a lot of mileage out of that recipe and the contest win!

    Jessica/How Sweet Eats is probably my most “pinned” food blog. I love her recipes!

    • Biz319
      January 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      I know, isn’t it crazy! Still waiting for the Diabetes Article to come out – I can’t get any copies of my photos from the photo shoot I had until they get printed – waaa!

      Yes, her recipes are amazeballs! I just started following her on Instagram too.

  • Erin
    January 14, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Congrats on the article, Biz! Love it. Sorry to hear about the gain; I was up (majorly) at the end of 2013 but so far I am down almost four pounds. I am slowly learning that going full paleo doesn’t really work for me and my lifestyle right now, because I am similar to you in that I just want want want what I “can’t have.” So I am really just tightening up my eating in terms of portions, and trying to move a bit more; pretty sure that’s the reason I am actually losing weight now. I will soon need to elevate my efforts, but I am a “baby steps” kind of gal. I pinned the lime quinoa bowls and now that it’s Biz-approved, I want to eat it even more! Will have to pick up some quinoa the next time I am at the store!

    • Biz319
      January 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      You’ll really like this Erin – the lime quinoa totally made the dish. Yep, baby steps are working for me too – it’s amazing how just changing my mindset has made such a difference in my eating. 😀

  • Marcia@Frugal Healthy Simple
    January 14, 2014 at 10:22 am

    You know a few pounds is no big deal in the grand scheme of things. It was the holidays, and you were working two jobs, and your husband was in the hospital for crying out loud.

    I’ve lost almost 12 pounds in two weeks! Because I’m on my second bout of the stomach flu. I wouldn’t recommend it. 🙁 Last night as I ate a whole english muffin (and felt sick after), I fed my kids ramen noodles and microwaved meatballs (that I overdid a bit).


    • Biz319
      January 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Yeah Marcia, that is not the kind of diet I want to be on! It seems that no one in your family can NOT be sick lately – hugs!

  • Stephanie Marie
    January 14, 2014 at 10:22 am

    That’s so neat to see yourself in the local paper! Your lunch bowl and tempura tacos look delish. I recommitted to my weight loss recently also, we’ve got this!

    • Biz319
      January 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      High five! Yep!

  • Heather
    January 14, 2014 at 11:29 am

    You’re a celebrity – I love it!
    I also love the workouts on bodybuilding.com. There are so many to choose from, too!

  • A Life From Scratch
    January 14, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    WOOHOO!!!! That’s awesome about the paper – you so totally rock!

    Thanks again for the shout out – so so sweet. I can’t wait to make my bowl, tomorrow night! And with the spice hating husband out of town, I’m totally doubling up. thanks for the tip!!

  • Lori
    January 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Congratulations! Woo Hoo!

    • Biz319
      January 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks Lori – hope your temps aren’t going to dip too much this week.

  • Carrie @ Season It Already!
    January 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Okay, so don’t forget us little people with all of your fame… 😉

    • Biz319
      January 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Ha – I won’t Carrie! 😀

  • Randi
    January 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Great article. Congrats. I don’t like spicy, but I am going to make the chili when I am feeling better. I have some ground chicken in the freezer. When I lived in Ontario, I wont a contest( 100.00) for my turkey chili. I was thrilled so I know how you feel. I hope you bought yourself something pretty!!

    • Biz319
      January 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Hope you are feeling better Randi! I told Tony that you were on Dilaudid and he was jealous! His favorite pain medication. 😀

      I caught up on bills, boring I know, and the rest is in savings – hopefully Tony and I will get a nice dinner out soon when he’s feeling better. 😀

  • Amanda
    January 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Wow awesome! Congrats!!

    I also like the “quietness” I can get while swimming. But I wish my pool was always empty!

    • Biz319
      January 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      The gym I belong to is also a tennis club, so the tennis courts are always packed – I luck out!

  • Lisa
    January 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I’m jealous of how empty your pool is!!

    • Biz319
      January 14, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Especially for January too!

  • Marion
    January 14, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Congrats Biz! That must have been fun to be in the paper! 😀

  • Sherry Werth
    January 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Congrats on the article! Love it! I’m a slacker & haven’t made your award winning chili yet but I’m for sure having it for the Super Bowl if not before!
    Have a great evening!

  • Lara
    January 14, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    How did I miss this on facebook!? Awesome!

  • Aimee
    January 15, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Terrific article Biz! Congratulations!! That was really sweet of Tony to contact the paper.

    The photo of the pool suddenly made me want to swim. Your lunch bowl looks delicious. I’ve been concocting more random “bowls” especially for lunch. I’m loving the combination of crisp greens with roasted or steamed vegetables on top.

  • Fran
    January 15, 2014 at 2:10 am

    What a great article, love it! And you deserve to be put in the spotlights!

    I need to start working on my weight a bit too. I’m slowly gaining.; Since I don’t want to follow a diet or count calories anymore, I need to think about a “game” plan that’s working for me.