Mexican Shrimp Tostadas

The healthy eating is getting a bit easier, but I’ve still got a weakness to go out and buy 4 cookies that I don’t need. And because of that, my weight is holding pretty steady at just under 300 pounds.

I was able to go to jazzercise twice last week, and probably twice this week also. I know….I could have definitely gone 4 times this week since I get off work so much earlier now, but yesterday I went and baked cookies with my grandma after work and Wednesday is MY BIRTHDAY so I deserve a couple days off from exercise. I DID go today, so that’s all that matters. 🙂

Anyways, I’ve got a super simple “recipe” to share with you that I made for dinner last night. It’s so simple that I wouldn’t call it a recipe. It’s more like a “put these things together” and you’ll have a great meal, recipe.

Shrimp Tostadas

(Makes 1 serving)

-2 tostadas
-3 oz of peel and deveined raw shrimp
-1 teaspoon minced garlic
-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
-1/2 teaspoons Mexican spice mix of choice
-1/2 cup fat free refried beans
-1 individual 100 calorie guacamole cup
-1 and 1/2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
-1/3 of a large tomato, diced
-1 oz queso fresco, crumbled

Vinaigrette (optional)
-1 teaspoon olive oil
-1 teaspoon flavored vinegar (I used Serrano honey infused vinegar)
-juice of 1/2 a lime

Calories=600 (Which might seem high but it works for me to keep me feeling full after dinner)

Instructions:

Mix the shrimp with the garlic, chili powder, and Mexican spice mix. Sauté in a sauce pan until shrimp is done.

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While shrimp is cooking, heat up the refried beans in the microwave. When beans are warm, spread the beans evenly onto the two tostadas. Next, spread the guacamole over the beans. Top each tostada with half of the shrimp.

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Load the tostada with lots of shredded romaine lettuce and diced tomato.

Mix the olive oil, vinegar, and lime juice to make a vinaigrette. Pour over the tostada. Top with crumbled queso fresco. Eat and repeat until all the tostadas are gone.

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The vinaigrette is optional, but I just really love a sauce any way I can get it. I used this new vinegar and olive oil my sister bought me for my birthday.

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The Serrano honey infused vinegar was perfect to make this vinaigrette but any vinegar would work!

I have noticed that I tend to use a lot of Mexican flavors when I cook. Luckily, I have found out how to make Mexican food healthy instead of making Mexican food the way I used to it eat…..covered and smother in cheese.

I made a great Taco Twist Soup this week that I’ll have to share with you all next!

P.S. The shrimp tostadas are great to eat while watching The Biggest Loser. I’m so excited for this new season of the show! I remember watching TBL back in January when I first started my journey. Watching the show really helped motivate me. I’m hoping this season does the same so I can get back on the right track 100%!

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“It’s funny how exercise helps you live longer because whenever I exercise, it makes me feel like I’m dying.”

It was my first class back to jazzercise this evening after not going for 2 months and I’ve got 3 words for you. Out. Of. Shape.

Seriously, I was struggling! After the first 2 songs I was huffing and puffing. My side even started hurting a little over halfway through. Some of the routines were hard and I may have even skipped a grapevine or two to catch my breath. My legs and arms were screaming during the toning part of class where we use resistance tubes. By the end of class, I was drenched in sweat. But you know what? I don’t care about any of that because I loved every minute of it! I loved being back!

I recently switched to a jazzercise closer to me, and the people at this location are great! Very friendly and the instructor was great at explaining all the moves. This location also has later class times, which is perfect for me. I now get done with work between 3:00-5:00 pm, and they offer a 4:45 class, a 5:45 class, and a 6:45 class. I’ve got absolutely NO excuse not to show up everyday.

I went to the 5:45 class this evening. I got there a little early and the 4:45 class was still going on. It was a decent size class with about 15-18 people. My class was smaller, we had 7 or 8. I like the smaller classes. There’s more room to do your thing.

Now if only I could get my eating right to 100% it’d be a perfect combination. I’ll get there soon hopefully. The exercising usually motivates me to alter my eating for the better, so I’m sure I’ll fall back into the 100% healthy eating in the next couple weeks.

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“I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren’t in the book. I tried eating the book. It tasted better than most of the diets.” – Dolly Parton

I’m coming to you with another update on my weight loss journey and I wish I could say I have great results, but I don’t.

I’m definitely trying really hard, but with my work schedule, it’s tough! Let me explain…

I start my day at 9:00 am. I eat breakfast at around 9:30 or 10:00. I work some, then I eat lunch around 12:30 or 1:00. I work some more, then I eat my afternoon snack at around 4:00. I work some more and then I usually don’t get home until 7:30 or 8:30. Then I eat dinner at maybe 8:00 or 9:00. For some reason, it’s been hard for me to not keep snacking after my afternoon snack. My tummy just can’t last that long without food. Or it could be that I have no willpower right now. Either way, it’s a lose lose.

The GOOD news is that I changed my schedule at work and now the absolute latest I’ll work is maybe 5:00 or just after 5:00. Some days I might even be done working by 3:00!

THIS means I will have lots of extra free time to…..EXERCISE! I’m going back to jazzercise this week! This makes me so incredibly happy because I used to love going to jazzercise! It made me feel good. I loved the sweating, and the energy it gave me, and I loved the way it made my body feel.

So Thursday, it’s on!

As for my eating lately, well, today was pretty good. I had my usual cereal for breakfast, sandwich and tomato juice for lunch, and I made some delicious turkey taco chili soup for my afternoon snack (recipe and pics below…keep reading!), and dinner was a repeat of my BBQ chicken foil packets I’d made in the past. Yum yum!

I found the turkey taco chili soup recipe over at skinnytaste.com. I LOVE this website because everything is tried and true good. I’ve made tons of the recipes from that site and everything has been healthy and delicious. My favorite thing about that site is that the calories are listed out on every recipe.

Here’s my adapted recipe for the soup!

Turkey Taco Chili Soup

1.25 pounds lean ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
10-oz can rotel
15-oz can corn, drained
15-oz can pinto beans, drained
8-oz tomato sauce
16-oz can refried beans
1 packet taco seasoning
3 cups chicken broth

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First, brown the turkey over medium-high heat until cooked through. Be sure to salt and pepper the ground turkey while it’s cooking. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook about 3-4 minutes. Add the rotel, corn, pinto beans, tomato sauce, refried beans, taco seasoning, and chicken broth. Simmer for 13-15 minutes. Be sure to stir occasionally as it will stick because of the refried beans. Serve with a dollop of daisy sour cream and a sprinkling of reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese.

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It’s 240 calories for 1 and 1/2 cups of the soup. I added 2 tablespoons of light sour cream and 1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheese for a 355 calorie afternoon snack.

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I say snack but it’s really a meal because I eat 4 small meals a day.

Well, that’s it for now! Can’t wait until my next check in because I’ll get to tell you all about my first class back to jazzercise!

A Few Things

I’ve got a few things I wanna talk about but first things first….

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I did it! I successfully got under 300 pounds! I couldn’t be more excited about this!

So what’d I do to celebrate? Well, I went to jazzercise class and then, I ate. I ate pretty poorly this weekend. I had pizza on Saturday for lunch and also a dessert after the pizza. Then today for fathers day, I made filet mignon with big baked potatoes and asparagus for lunch.

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Although the steaks and potatoes were delicious, I definitely ate more than I should have.

My dinners both nights over the weekend weren’t too healthy either. :-/

So, I’m hoping I don’t get on the scale in the morning and see a 3– something number, but if I do, I wouldn’t be surprised.

Luckily, I’ve got some delicious, healthy lunches and dinners planned this week to get me back on track so you can expect to see a “what a ate” post later in the week.

The next thing I wanted to tell you about is that I have the bestest BFF in the world and she brought me back a few of my favorite things from Trader Joes this weekend!

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Starting from the left, the coconut oil spray is awesome! I use it all the time instead of using olive oil. I had her bring me back 3 cans of it because I love it so much.

The second item is mango voodoo hot sauce. It’s not from Trader Joes, but Megan actually got it for me while she was in Louisiana. I’m excited to try this hot sauce because it has no sugar, no fat, and no calories. Woohoo! I’m a huge fan of mango and spicy stuff so Megan knows me well. I think I’ll use it on some griddle grilled chicken this week. Yummy!

Next is the Trader Joes enchilada sauce. I used this to make my chicken and green enchiladas. Loved the sauce so I had to get more of it.

I got the marinara sauce because I just didn’t feel like making my own this week. I wanted to be able to just open up a jar and pour it on my spaghetti squash. Call it lazy. Call it convenience. But hey, it’s what’s working for me.

Next thing is the edamame hummus. This stuff is weird (but in a good way) because it definitely tastes like hummus. It uses all the flavorings of hummus such as tahini, lemon juice, and garlic but it’s puréed edamame instead of garbanzo beans. The only bad thing about it is that it has 90 calories for 2 tablespoons. So as long as I eat it with a vegetable and not chips, it should be an ok snack.

The voodoo kettle chips are also something Megan picked up for me in Louisiana. I ate these last night and they were great! They had a nice spicy kick to them with just a hint of sweet. Yum!

The Thai lime and chili cashews from Trader Joes are sooooooo good! They’re a little spicy and nutty and just downright addicting. If you haven’t tried these and you like Thai flavors, you should definitely go out and get yourself some. You won’t be dissapointed!

The last thing is the PB&J chocolate bar.

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It’s a chocolate bar filled with peanut butter and jelly. Does it get any more delicious than that? I can easily portion this out to get 4 servings out of it. One bite of something sweet usually hits the spot for me. Even though it’s about 200 calories for the whole bar (or 50 calories for a square of it) it’s worth it to me. 🙂

Thanks again Megan for picking up all of these great things for me! You’re the best!

The third thing I wanted to talk about is my new kitchen table I got. I haven’t had a dining table since I moved into my current apartment which was about 2 years ago. So, it’s nice to finally have one again! I can actually eat dinner at the table, not that I do, but I could! 🙂

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Isn’t it pretty? And I’ve got my painting from Pinot’s Palette hanging on the wall in the background. My apartment just looks so homey now with the dining table and the art work hung. Love it!

Just Checking In

I was waiting to give a weight update because I was really hoping I’d be under 300 pounds this week. But…..I’m not………yet.

Before I tell you my latest weight, first I wanna tell you about the exercise I’ve been doing. As you know, I joined jazzercise a couple weeks ago. I didn’t think I’d go to class more than once a week, but I love it so much that I made time to go. I went to jazzercise class Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and Tuesday morning the past 2 weeks.

I’m really proud of myself for getting up early and going to workout on Tuesdays, which is the only day that I could sleep in because I don’t have to work until 10:15. But, I enjoy the exercise so I make myself get up early anyways.

Ok now back to my weight. My latest weight is 300.4. A half of a freaking pound is all I need to lose to hit my goal of being under 300! I have been stuck on 300.4 since Saturday (5 days). So when Tuesday came around, I was pumped to go to jazzercise because I thought it would for sure get me under 300. Unfortunately we had a substitute instructor who needed to be somewhere so we had a short class. But she also changed it up and we did toning and sculpting. NO cardio. I was totally bummed!

Needless to say, the next morning I weighed myself and I was at 303.6. Muscles may be nice and all, but I’ve got a goal to hit, so that toning and sculpting class annoyed me a little.

Today, I weighed in at 301.6. I guess the muscle mass is going down so we’ll see if I can get under 300 pounds this week.

One thing I learned about myself this week in relation to exercise is that if I don’t get up early and exercise in the morning, I’m probably not going to do it. Also I learned that I really need that push of going to a class and having someone show me or tell me what to do. If left alone to exercise, I never burn nearly as many calories as I do when I’m being instructed. The final thing I learned about myself in relation to exercise is that I enjoy it. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, I LOVE jazzercise.

Well, I better go ahead and get to bed. I didn’t make the best choices today food-wise so I’m attempting to get up and go to the 5:30 AM jazzercise class tomorrow morning. Goodnight!

I Said YES…To Bacon

I love BBQ. It’s just delicious. There is so much flavor in BBQ. And the sauce…you can’t not mention the sauce. Who doesn’t love a sweet and salty and tangy and spicy BBQ sauce?

I’ve been eating a lot of BBQ lately. Not really on purpose, but it just sorta happened that way. I went out for a birthday dinner with my church to Rib Crib, my step-dad has grilled ribs twice recently (in which I was there both times), and then I went out with some friends to lunch at a different BBQ place last Saturday.

All of the BBQ was great. My step-dad makes some killer ribs! They’re salty and flavorful and just moist and delicious. His ribs are hard to beat.

But the BBQ I’m going to tell you about right now is from a place here in Tulsa called Burn Co. It’s a small little place that’s only open from 10:30-2:30, or until they run out of food. It’s pretty popular for the 4 hours they’re open. We got there at 10:20 and there were already 3 people in line waiting outside. By the time they opened at 10:30, there were about 15 people in line.

When they finally opened up (that 10 minutes of wait time was brutal, it smelled so good even from outside!) we were immediately offered food. While looking at the menu and thinking about what to order, they handed out rib samples, smoked sausage samples, bologna samples, and a huge slice of “the fatty” to sample. “The fatty” is a sausage wrapped in ground sausage wrapped in bacon and then smoked. It was goooooood!

I sampled both “the fatty” and the ribs and was torn between what to order. Luckily my friend Kara was torn too and we decided to get one of each and share. Perfect!

Here’s “the fatty.”

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And here are the ribs.

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The ribs were great! They had a spiciness to them that I really enjoyed. They were super flavorful and easy to eat.

The sides with the BBQ were great as well. I had the grilled potato salad, which was amazing. It was filled with potatoes, red onions, green bell peppers, and bacon.

Kara had the smoked Mac N Cheese. I thought it was ok. I didn’t love the smokey flavor on it, but everyone else enjoyed it.

Overall, I absolutely adored this little hole-in-the-wall BBQ place! I’ll be going back for sure.

And since this is a blog about weight loss, I should probably mention that even though I went out and had BBQ, I still feel like I did it in moderation. I had 4 ribs (including the sample rib I had), 3 bites of “the fatty”, a side of grilled potato salad, one bite of the mac and cheese, and un-sweet tea to drink. I felt full but not stuffed or gross by any means.

I did, however, have a feeling of guilt afterwards, so I just made sure I went to jazzercise the next morning. So instead of beating myself up about having one not so great meal, I went and exercised to burn it off.

This feeling of guilt is something new to me and I must say I like it! It keeps me in check with what I’m eating, when before I never even cared one bit. I think this feeling is something that slowly changes in you over time as you start to eat healthy MOST of the time. It’s like it’s your body’s way of saying “don’t lose everything you’ve worked so hard for by eating this pint of moose tracks ice cream.”

I wonder, do any of you have this same feeling of guilt? If so, does it work for you? As in, does it help you make better choices?

The Perfect After Jazzercise Meals

My jazzercise class starts at 9:20 on Saturday mornings. I don’t really eat before class, so by the time class gets out at 10:20, I’m pretty hungry.

A couple Saturdays ago, I went with Sandy to this restaurant called Naples after our morning jazzercise workout. They’re known for their flatbread pizzas. I had been wanting to try it for quite a while now because they’re flatbread pizzas are unique and all sounded super delicious.

They have a perfect lunch special: a side salad and a lunch sized portion of any flatbread for about $10.

Here are some of their unique pizza combinations!

Bang Bang Shrimp Flatbread
Dusted shrimp, goat cheese, mozzarella, caramelized onions, coconut, creamy Thai chili sauce, cilantro, balsamic reduction.

Ginsu Flatbread
Ahi tuna, mozzarella, caramelized onions, cucumber, diced tomatoes, avocado, garlic, ginger, wasabi cream sauce, sesame seeds, balsamic reduction.

Tuffo Flatbread
Duck confit, sautéed figs, Gorgonzola, mozzarella, caramelized onions, caramelized pecans, balsamic reduction.

I could keep listing their unique flatbreads, but there are quite a few more!

I decided to try the Hey Jerk Flatbread pizza.

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It had pulled pork, applewood smoked bacon, mozzarella cheese, pineapple, coconut, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, poblano peppers, Caribbean jerk sauce, and balsamic reduction. As usual, I started eating before I could even think to take a picture because I was pretty hungry.

Man oh man was I in pizza heaven! Saying I loved the flatbread pizza is an understatement. Yum!

Sandy had the Cozumel flatbread pizza.

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It came with pulled pork, caramelized onions, poblano peppers, avocado, black bean spread, enchilada sauce, and balsamic reduction. We traded a piece of pizza so I got to try hers as well and it was just as delicious as my pizza. I MUST go back soon!

This last Saturday, I was in the mood for breakfast after jazzercise, so I decided to go home and make an omelet.

I almost never make the exact same omelet twice because I literally just throw everything I’ve got leftover in my fridge into my omelets.

I had zucchini, green bell pepper, yellow onion, tomato, green onion, and snow peas in my fridge, so I chopped them all up and tossed them into my omelet. I also had just a little bit of shredded cheese so that went in as well.

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As far as the egg part of the omelet, I used 4 egg whites and one yolk. I could use all egg whites, but I like a little yolk to give it a little more flavor and also that yellow color.

I served up 2 slices of sprouted grain bread with my omelet as well as a few chicken breakfast sausage links.

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If you haven’t already noticed, I’m a HUGE fan of chicken sausage. When I saw these breakfast chicken sausages at Sprouts the other day, I got pretty excited because I’ve never really seen chicken breakfast sausage before.

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I’ve tried both flavors and they’re both fantastic! They’re a perfect quick addition to any breakfast!