Where Have I Been?

I’m sorry. It’s been a VERY long time since my last blog. I feel like there is much to talk about, but not enough time (or energy) to do so. But, there are a few things I’d like to share with you, so here I go!

First, I AM still eating healthy. Well, 5 or 6 days out of the week. Some of my new favorite healthy foods are Greek yogurt mixed with either honey or chocolate PB2 with raspberries…

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…boiled green beans with red potatoes, stuffed bell peppers, unique hummus flavors such as red lentil hummus or edamame hummus, and canned tomato juice. I’m still having a lot of fun trying lots of new healthy recipes!

As far as exercise, I started a women’s cardio kickboxing class a few weeks ago. I’d love to go into detail about the class, but I’ve got a lot to fit into this one post, so I won’t. I will say though, I’m definitely loving the class! It’s hard work! I drank 3 bottles of water my first class and was completely drenched in sweat that first night. We did a lot of pushups, jumping jacks, burpees, crunches, sit ups, wall jumps, and lots of punching and kicking into bags. Unfortunately because of my schedule, I didn’t get to go to class last week. I’ve got 2 more weeks left of class that I’ve paid for so hopefully I get to go to all the classes this week. (It’s a Tuesday/Thursday night class.)

Other than the kickboxing, my only other exercise is a weekly run. My newest accomplishments are that I ran at a 4 mile per hour pace (which is slow to most but it’s a nice jog for me) for 20 minutes straight the other day without stopping. I don’t know how I did it, but I did! Also, I beat my fastest time for running one mile last week. I ran one mile in 13 minutes and 20 seconds. I beat my time by over a minute, so I was pretty proud of that.

As far as my weight loss, I’m slowly going down and it’s taking longer because I’m just not as strict as I have been in the past. I’ve lost 84.4 pounds, and my lowest weight was 287.6.

My BFF, Megan, just sent me a picture she put together using a before and after shot of myself. It’s so crazy how much different I look that I wanted to share it with you! Thanks again Megan for sending me that!

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Some other great news I have is that I recently started back to school! I have been out of school for a little over 3 years. Even then, the last school I was in was for culinary, so it wasn’t really a normal class with tests and studying and homework. I’m going to have to put a lot of effort into this class (human anatomy and physiology) so that I can then enroll into the radiology technician program. As you’ve probably read from previous posts, I’m sick of my job and my life needs direction and I want a CAREER not just a job. I’m finally focused enough to put that goal into action, so that’s exactly what I’m doing, and taking this class is the first step!

Even though I have a lot going on right now, I’m going to make an effort to get back into posting pretty regularly. I miss it! I mean, who doesn’t love talking about themselves? 🙂 Haha

And last but not least, it’s national dog day, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pictures of my dog, Pudgy.

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🙂

Healthy (and only one pan required) Dinner

I love simple. And easy. When you get home from work at 7:30 or later every night like I do, you don’t really feel like cooking and making dinner. That’s why most of the time, I go ahead and cook my dinners before hand and reheat them.

One food I love to eat is chicken and unfortunately it doesn’t taste as great reheated. It’s not so bad if you’re reheating a chicken stir-fry, that’s actually pretty tasty. But a whole chicken breast? It just isn’t the same reheated.

So, I was really excited when I found a recipe for chicken foil packets. I’ve had fish foil packets before (my mom makes an amazing sea bass fish foil packet that I love) but I haven’t tried using chicken in the foil packets.

I took the basic recipe and tweaked it to my liking and I came up with this!

Lindsay’s BBQ Chicken Foil Packets

20 ounces of chicken breasts or tenders
BBQ sauce of choice
1 yellow squash, sliced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
20 ounces small potatoes, diced small (I used small purple potatoes for the fun color!)
1 bunch of green onion, sliced into one inch slices
Shredded low fat cheese of choice (I used cheddar)
Salt and Pepper
Trader Joes coconut oil spray (or oil spray of choice)
5 sheets of foil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Lay the sheets of foil out flat. In the center of the foil, add one tablespoon of BBQ sauce and spread it out. Top the spread out BBQ sauce with 4 ounces of chicken breast.

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Salt and pepper the chicken breast. Spread 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce over the chicken. Top the chicken with the sliced squash and diced bell peppers. This recipe makes 5 packets, so evenly distribute the vegetables.

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Place 4 ounces of diced potatoes next to the chicken. Top with the sliced green onion. Spray your oil spray all over the potatoes and vegetables and then salt and pepper both.

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Fold the foil packet so that it creates a square and it seals everything inside. Place the sealed foil packet onto a sheet pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. After the 35 minutes, take out of the oven, open the foil packet, and add shredded cheese. I added about 1/3 of a cup to each.

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Bake with the foil packet opened at 375 for another 5 minutes.

Take out of the oven and enjoy!

I served my BBQ foil packets with a side of boiled cabbage for a nutritiously delicious dinner!

The great thing about this recipe was that it was easy to put together when I’d get home late. I chopped my veggies on Sunday and just divided them up into ziplock baggies. All I had to do when I got home was turn on the oven, dice up the potatoes while it preheated, and then assemble the foil packet which took less than 5 minutes. It was a perfect weeknight meal and I loved that it wasn’t just reheated leftovers.

I’m already planning to add this to my recipe rotation. It was just too simple and great not to. I might even have them again next week, maybe with a different theme besides BBQ. Any suggestions??

It’s Been Too Long

I have lots to blog about but not enough time! Sorry for that! I do have a great recipe that I’d love to share with you, but I’ll have to post that tomorrow because I haven’t had time to write the actual post yet.

I do have some great news to share though!

I started this journey wearing a size 28/30 jean from Avenue. I had to go to Avenue because I was having trouble fitting into the size 28 jeans at Lane Bryant. This past weekend I went shopping for some new jeans because the size 26 jeans I had just weren’t staying up. I was constantly pulling up my pants from falling off of me. NOT a good problem to have.

I started off with a size 24. They fit but they were still a little big in the legs. I have smaller legs than my actual waist size. So, I tried a size 22…..and…..they fit!

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I also got a couple of new shirts in size 22/24 as well! VERY exciting as its been a while since I’ve seen this size fit.

I used to really love shopping back when I was younger (and smaller). Over time, I grew to hate it because stuff wouldn’t fit and if it did fit, I looked horrible in it. Slowly, I’m learning to love it again. This weekend trying on clothes was actually fun again. I even went into a store in the mall (The Gap) and tried on a pair of size 20 black pants. They fit in the legs and butt, but not in the waist. I was ok with that because I realized how close I was to being able to fit into clothes from a normal store again. Soooooo exciting!

While I was out shopping, I came across this Vera Bradley wallet I’ve been wanting to buy for quite some time. I decided today was a day to celebrate, so I bought myself the wallet.

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It’s exactly what I’ve been needing.

This weekend was a total success!

I’m more motivated than ever to keep up the great work so that I can go buy some size 20 pants in the near future.
🙂