Fitness/Wellness thread 4/7/03

  1. Wow - I see some of you are due for or already have SNOW. That's just wrong.... Looking out, I don't think it's bike-riding weather here, either. It's one of those mornings where I know there's too much going on to get my workout in (sound like an excuse? - I WILL get on the treadmill this afternoon.) Last evening, I bumped up the incline and my calves are feeling it this morning!

    If you haven't already, get a glass of water into you .

    Everyone keep up the great work. For lurkers, jump in anytime, or just quietly join us . We know we're not alone in this!

    "Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy."

    - Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)

    Have a great day!

    Here's your recipe for the day and what's going on my table tonight:

    Vegetarian Jambalaya (if you like, low-fat smoked sausage can be added; I usually "kick it up a notch" with the spices)

    1 medium onion, finely chopped
    1 cup chopped celery
    1 cup chopped green pepper
    1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
    2 garlic cloves, minced (or equivalent)
    1 tsp olive or canola oil
    3 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
    2 cups water
    1 cup uncooked long grain rice
    2 T soy sauce (regular or reduced sodium)
    1 T minced fresh parsley (or 1 tsp dried)
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp paprika
    1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
    1/8 tsp chili powder
    1/8 tsp pepper
    6 T sour cream (reg, reduced fat or fat-free)

    Sautee onion, celery, green pepper,mushrooms, and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in remaining ingrediets except sour cream. Transfer to 2 1/2 quart baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 for 65-70 minutes or until rice is tender and all liquid is absorbed. Top each serving with 1 T sour cream.
    Last edit by Nurse Ratched on Apr 7, '03
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   geekymomma
    You are right about the lurking, I visit often but because I'm still trying to get through school, I don't feel I have much to add. However, this is a great thread! I Just recently made up my mind about getting into shape, and getting healthier. I just turned 42, and realized that I have put on 70 lbs in the last 21 years! At this rate I will be 140 lbs overweight by the time I retire! What a wake up call.

    My friend talked me into Jazzercise a few weeks ago and I lost 5 lbs in 3 weeks without dieting! Now, I'm really motivated. My friend and I just joined WW last week. This is so much easier when you have someone to buddy up with.

    Keep up the encouraging words. I have decided to really only be strong one day at a time. So, every day I will need motivation. If I think about how long this will take me or how much I need to lose, it's too overwhelming and I'll give up.

    Anyone else doing WW? I need reciepes my whole family will eat. I refuse to cook two dinners. I am getting alot of resistance from my kids about what I've tried so far (tilapia, scallops, veggies)

    Thanks again for this thread.
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    I'm did the upper body this morning (free wts) and abs too.
    Drank my water too.
    Supposed to snow here today too.
    For lunch I packed some garlic chicken pasta and am taking a couple of hamb. patties which I'll heat and eat with some salsa on top.
    I eat the burgers mid morning and mid afternoon.
    V-8 juice and a couple of apples if I get the munchies.
    Have a great day all
  5. by   AmyLiz
    geekymomma...Yep, I'm doing WW too & am loving it. -30 lbs since January so far!

    Today hasn't been so good exercise-wise. Stupid time-change kicked my butt & I barely got to work on time. (Didn't help that I stayed up past midnight reading a book...ugh) I'm vowing to go to bed at a decent hour tonight & get up early enough to do my workout.

    For lunch I brought a turkey sandwich (turkey & mustard on wheat bread) and a handful of Ranch flavored Genisoy Crisps (those are great...they're soy chips kinda like mini rice cakes, but taste a lot better). For those who know the WW points...the whole meal is only 6 pts.

    Tonight I'm making broiled salmon with rice & veggies. YUM!
  6. by   Q.
    I woke up to a blizzard. I walked enough to get Fattie to relieve himself, after he blew over from the 40mph wind gusts.
  7. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by Susy K
    I woke up to a blizzard. I walked enough to get Fattie to relieve himself, after he blew over from the 40mph wind gusts.
    OMG, poor Fattie!! He is built to roll, though.:chuckle

    My GM raised pugs. She had a kennel set up in the kitchen with 6 of the little darlins'. Sweet, sweet doggies.

    I'm glad to see this thread being rejuvenated every day. It does help to motivate! I missed the gym this morning, but I do plan to take a good long walk this afternoon; supposed to get near the 40's. I am so looking forward to good biking weather!
  8. by   Jedav

    I am at home working today d/t the weather...So over my "lunch" I thought I'd post some recipes for you...

    Geekymomma, these might be some your family would enjoy-also I have done WW in the past -still do it pretty much except for the meetings. I really like the recipe books they sell, as well as the "WW New Complete Cookbook" for ideas!!

    The chicken and fries (not at the same time) were winners with my husband-that says alot!!! I loved both as well! I thought the fries were better that anything frozen I had ever eaten before-no "processed" taste! I am planning on making the burgers for the first time this week!



    2/3 Cup flour
    1 tsp oregano
    1/2 tsp each dried thyme, paprika, and salt
    1/4 tsp garlic powder and black pepper
    1 1/2 Cups crushed cornflake cereal (Kelloggs corn flakes)
    2 Tbsp grated Parmesan Cheese
    1 Cup buttermilk ( Skim milk works too)
    3 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts ( recipe uses thighs and
    drumsticks, but I like to use boneless and put leftovers in salad)

    *Spray large roasting pan with non-stick spray
    *Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
    *In shallow bowl or pie plate, combine flour, oregano, thyme, paprika, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. In separate bowl/pie plate combine cornflake crumbs and cheese. Pour buttermilk into anther bowl.
    * Rinse chicken and pat dry. Dip chicken pieces in milk to moisten all sides, then dip into flour mixture and turn to coat. Dip into milk again, then coat with cornflake mixture. Arrange in roasting pan. A little messy, but makes it tasty!
    *Bake uncovered at 425 degrees for 40 minutes until chicken no longer pink.
    * Makes 6 Servings

    PER SERVING: 227 Cal; 6 gm fat; 1.8g sat fat; 30.8 g protein; 23.4 carbs; 0.8 g fiber; 108.4 mg choles; 507.5 mg sodium; % cal from fat 20


    3/4 lbs ground skinless turkey breast
    2 scallions, minced
    1 T reduced-sodium soy sauce
    1 T Ketchup
    1/4 t garlic powder
    1/4 t freshly ground pepper
    1/3 C shredded monterey jack cheese
    4 strips turkey bacon
    4 hamburger buns
    1 tomato, sliced (optional)

    * In large bowl combine turkey, scallions, soy sauce, ketchup, garlic powder and pepper. Blend in cheese, then form into 4 burgers.
    * Instructions given were for indoor grill-adjust as necessary for outdoor grill. Heat indoor/outdoor grill. (for indoor grill, spray with nonstick cooking spray). Cook burgers approx 6-8 minutes on each side. When you turn burgers, add the bacon to the grill; cook until crisp 3-4 minutes on each side. ( I'll probably do the microwave version)

    *Makes 4 servings - PER SERVING: 306 Cal; 9 g fat; 4g sat fat; 77mg chol; 07 mg sodium; 26 g carbs; 2 g fiber; 31 protein' 130mg calcium


    1 1/4 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2" strips
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon sugar
    4 teaspoons oil
    1 teaspoon paprika

    * Preheat oven to 450 degrees, spray nonstick baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
    * In a large bowl, combine potatoes, 1/4 t of salt and the sugar with cold water to cover. Soak 15 minutes, drain and blot dry. (Soaking in salt-sugar solution draws out some of their water. This way they brown in over rather than steam. )
    * In another large bowl, toss the potatoes with the oil and paprika. Place in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake, turning once as they brown, until cooked through and crisp, about 40-45 mintues. ( I suggest checking at 35 minutes, depending on how crisp/soft you like them). Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 t salt.

    Makes 4 servings -PER SERVING 159 cals; 5 g fat; 1 g sat fat; 0 mg chol; 442 mg sodium; 28 g carbs; 3 g fiber; 2 g protein; 7 mg calcium
  9. by   zudy
    Got my new yoga tapes I had ordered, called "sonic yoga" it's supposed to burn more calories than regular yoga. I did the first tape, the beginner tape, I did OK, but I'm glad no one but my kids could see me! They were both greatly amused. Turkey and whole wheat for lunch, yogurt for dessert. I also walked this weekend for exercise before it turned cold and rainy again. Thanks for the recipes, the fries look great!
  10. by   Rustyhammer
    It's snowing pretty hard out there today.
    I'll be glad when spring hits.
  11. by   MtnMan
    Whole bunch if snow I have to locki in the 4WD to pull my TREK out of the ditch, I guess lifting will be it this spring since the snow won't stop.
  12. by   e-nurse
    I made it back to the gym today after a month off. I've had a tough time getting the gym into the routine since I've started a new job with a new schedual ( 4 tens-7-5:30), however I have been walking the 1 mile to and from work most days.