Week 2 update.

Posted: May 1, 2011 in Exercise, Recipes, Tips, YouTube

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In this week’s video I discussed a few different things. First I mentioned my measurements which I will post here:

Rt Bicep: 18.5″
Rt Wrist: 8″
Neck: 23 1/4″
Chest: 67.5″
Waist: 70 1/4″
Rt Thigh: 35.5″
Rt Calf: 28 3/4″
Lt Thigh: 35 3/4″
Lt. Calf: 19″

Which is a total of 7.5″ lost this week and an overall 21.5″ lost since I’ve been keeping track. Contributing factors in the decline I think were lack of sufficient exercise this week and a few days where I got really close to my points totals. Also, I didn’t drink quite as much water as I probably should have.  So hopefully next week I’ll be able to show you guys a bit more in terms of results.

As I mentioned in the blog I have been working on some recipes so I’d like to go ahead and post those here. Keep in mind though that these point totals are based on the products that I buy, and they might not be quite the same as what it is you buy. You should pay attention to the labels to see if you can find something comparable.

English Muffin Pizzas(2.5 pts per mini pizza, makes 4)

2 Lite Whole Wheat Thomas’ English Muffins(1 point per muffin)

4 Tablespoons Pizza Sauce(0 points)

1/2c Low Fat Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese(4 points)

Sliced onion to taste(0 points)

16 slices Pepperoni(4 points)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Toast english muffins in your toaster to a light setting.  Spread 1/4 of the pizza sauce on each muffin half and then top with a quarter of each of the toppings, finish with 2 tablespoons of cheese per half.  Place in the oven for about 10 minutes to melt the cheese and warm the muffins through completely.

You can make these even lower in points by dropping the pepperoni in favor of a lower point topping option.  Some suggestions: mushrooms(0 points), olives(1 point), eggplant (0 points), thin sliced potato(1 points for a small potato), chicken(4 points for 4 ounces), garlic(0 points), or broccoli(0 points).

Whole Wheat Tortillas(1.5 per tortilla, makes 24)

2c All Purpose Flour(16 points)

2c Whole Wheat Flour(16 points)

1t Salt(0 points)

2t Baking Powder(0 points)

2T Margarine(2 points)

1 1/2 c Warm Water(0 points)

Pulse the first five ingredients in a food processor until they resemble a coarse cornmeal.  Slowly add the water through the feed tube until a dough forms.  Knead slightly to form a ball, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least 1 hour.  I usually let it rest overnight. Portion the dough(preferably by weight) into 24 equal pieces and roll into balls. Place in a bowl and top with a damp cloth or paper towel.  Preheat a griddle or cast iron skillet to about 350 degrees.  Roll each ball into an 8 inch round and cook for about a minute on each side.  Once cooked keep wrapped in a towel until all of them are finished.

Italian Quesadillas(4 points each, makes 4)

1T Olive Oil(0 points)

1t Garlic Powder(0 points)

4 Whole Wheat Tortillas(from above recipe)(4 points)

1c Low Fat Part Skim Mozzarella(8 points)

16 Leaves Fresh Basil (or 2t dried)(0 points)

2 Tomatoes, sliced(0 points)

Salt and Pepper to taste(0 points)

Mix olive oil and garlic powder and brush both sides of the tortillas.  Separate the mozzarella and 2 tablespoons of mozzarella on one half of each tortilla, top with 4 leaves of basil(or 1/2t dried), and a quarter of the tomato slices.  Season the tomatoes to taste and top with 2 more tablespoons of the cheese, then fold the tortilla in half.  Toast the quesadillas in a skillet for 3-4 minutes per side until cheese is melted and tortilla has crisped.

Again, many different options her.  You can add even more vegetables if you like such as onions(0 points), eggplant(0 points), if you like.  Adding a 1/4 cup of pizza sauce for dipping isn’t a bad idea either and is 0 points.  You could do a mexican version of this using monterey jack cheese, some taco seasoning, 1.2 c of pinto beans(2 points), 4 ounces of chicken(4 points), and dip into some fat free salsa(0 points).  I’m sure there are other options as well if you want to experiment with the basic concept.

Chocolate Meringue Kisses(3 kisses is 1 point, makes 48)

4 Egg Whites(1 point)

1c Sugar(16 points)

Pinch of Cream of Tartar(0 points)

1/2 Vanilla Extract(0 points)

1/4c Cocoa Powder(1 point)

Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in a glass or metal mixing bowl and place over a pan with a little simmering water.  Whisk constantly until the sugar is fully dissolved(about 3 minutes).  Transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer(if you have one, if not whisk by hand or use a hand mixer), and beat until stiff peaks are formed.  Add vanilla and cocoa and stir to combine.  Using a piping bag(or two spoons) form small cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 2 hours, turn off oven and leave overnight.  Store in an airtight container.

Suggestions: You can substitute a flavoring of your choice for the vanilla and omit the cocoa powder to make cookies of just about any flavor.  Lemon flavoring would be very good I would think.  or perhaps leave the cocoa powder and add mint for a mint chocolate kiss.  Food coloring can also be added if you want to get playful with the kisses as well.

Ok, that’s it for this update.  Hope you enjoy.  See you next time!

And don’t forget, keep waging that war against the waistline!

  1. Jodi Lane says:

    7.5 is fantastic! And you know as you diet longer and longer you’ll see lower numbers. It may not seem good but gradual IS the way to go. In a few months you’ll notice why. It can be discouraging but hang in there. I think you’re doing awesome!

    I just tweaked my diet/training program because the past month has all been messed up and not how I wanted it but from here on out it’ll be ideal. 10 weeks out from my new Amiri premiere heheh. Great looking recipes too btw!

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