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Weightlifting and Casserole Making

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I am four weeks in to the New Rule of Lifting for Women program and must say that I am really loving it! I'll admit that I was intimidated by the weight room at my gym. Well actually I was first intimidated by the entire gym :)

I am most proud of my push-ups, squats and overhead presses. I can now do 3 sets of 10 push ups on my toes! Push-ups have always been a challenge for me and now I am killing them! I am doing real squats with real weight (at 65 lbs now) in the squat rack. My shoulders and arms are really starting to tone. I'm sure the 30 lb overhead press that I am doing is the reason why.

I have about four more weeks of Stage 1 left and then I will move on to Stage 2. I'll check in then.

Casserole Making!
We've all seen the "Make 500 freezer meals in 60 minutes" blog posts. I don't have the energy or the patience for those. However, I can do the "eat one freeze one" method. Most casseroles are written for a 9x13 casserole dish. What I didn't know for a long time is those same recipes work perfectly for two 8x8 casseroles. This size is absolutely perfect for my family of four, often with a serving or so left over. I love to make two 8x8 casseroles, cook one tonight and put one in the freezer for another night. That's what I'm doing today.

I don't believe I've shared this recipe before, but it is great! It is a Taste of Home recipe and gives the nutrition information for those of you who are tracking. This recipe is heavy on the protein (meat and beans) and light on the pasta. It is full of flavor with little work. Hope you like it!


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WIFE49 10/19/2014 6:02PM

    WOW, that is impressive on your weights and push-ups. emoticon

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New Rules of Lifting for Women

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I read this book and am giving the exercise plan a try beginning tomorrow. It is a 7 stage, 6 month long weightlifting plan. The gist that I got from it is stop lifting light weights and isolating small muscles. Heavy, full-body workouts are the way to go. I had already been leaning in this direction (Calves? Do I really need to work my calves?) in the weight room. I am excited to have some guidance and direction.

The book also has a food plan section that focuses on eating enough calories and plenty of protein so that your body has the fuel that it needs to build muscle. I was not a big fan of protein shakes, but after reading this book am giving them a go as well.

I'll do my best to come back and give an update.


(I wouldn't recommend the Kindle version. The charts for the workouts are difficult to read.)

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MAREE1953 10/14/2014 6:08AM

    Hi Amanda! I'm gonna check this out and I'll be interested in hearing your comments about the program. I switched from group ST classes to Art of Strength and then Crossfit classes at my gym about a year ago. Quite a different program. I'm probably the strongest I've ever been. Hope all is well with you.

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 9/21/2014 12:15PM

    Thank you, great info emoticon

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Long time, no blog!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hello friends! I've been creeping around sparkpeople, but not blogging. Thought I would take a few minutes and post an update.

Weight - After hitting my maintenance weight in August of 2012, I maintained for about a year. The last year I have been peeking over the top of my maintenance range by as much as 4 lbs. That's almost 10 lbs over goal. Not cool. Pleased to announce that the last three weeks I have been laser focused and am back in range!

Exercise - I joined a gym in May and love it. I generally go at 5:30 a.m. and also to an evening spin class. I am a social exerciser. Love being around other people at the gym.

Nutrition - Three weeks ago, I started using an app called Two Grand. It is basically food tracking with pictures. It has been so motivating! I find myself not going back for seconds because I don't want to post a picture of it. I'll add more veggies for a better looking plate. You follow each other and like/comment on their meals. If you join, I'm amanda79. Here are a couple screen shots.

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    I just joined Two Grand a few days ago myself. I am Coffee_On_My_Mind there also. Love it, makes me think twice before eating anything, so good for a person who frequently indulges in mindless eating!

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KOFFEENUT 8/16/2014 10:23PM

    Hadn't heard of this app before; thanks for sharing what could be a GREAT motivational tool!

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Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken

Saturday, May 17, 2014

I revived the What's Cookin' Good Lookin' recipe game on the maintainers team this month. We pick a new recipe, make it, and blog about it. Here is the link to the discussion thread if you are interested.


This month I decided to make Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken. It is very popular at sparkrecipes. Here's the link.


I doubled this recipe and made it in my Ninja slow cooker. If you haven't heard of a Ninja slow cooker, the thing that makes it special is the metal insert and the stove top setting. You can sear your meat before you cook it. With this recipe, after it had cooked for six or seven hours, the sauce was still really thin. I took the lid off and turned it up to stove top high setting for a few minutes and the sauce thickened right up!

Kids and adults enjoyed this recipe. It had a really great flavor. I served it with uncle ben's long grain and wild rice and creamed spinach.

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JULIAOAK 5/20/2014 3:34PM

    looks yummy!

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KIMBERLY_Y 5/18/2014 10:00PM

    Going to have to try this one. Would probably be a hit in my house. Thanks!

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TINAJANE76 5/18/2014 9:31AM

    Looks delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe and your review.

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MTN_KITTEN 5/17/2014 10:55AM

    mmmmmmmm ... keep sharing.

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-BLESSINGS- 5/17/2014 10:19AM

    oooo YUM YUM... thanks for sharing with us...

~Wishing you a SPARKtacular Saturday~
~BLESSings ALLways ~Deby

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Hamburger Noodle Casserole - delicious!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

I was browsing through my Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook and came across this recipe. What caught my attention was the use of cream cheese. Very similar to Million Dollar Spaghetti recipe that is floating around the net, but way easier on the calories. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that someone had already entered it into the recipe calculator. Here is the link to the recipe here on spark.


Hamburger Noodle Casserole

This photo is from the taste of home website. I forgot to take a picture of mine.

I can't say enough about this easy, delicious, healthy meal! I made it in two 8x8 casseroles and froze one for later. The kids loved it. The husband loved it. I loved it. The cream cheese mixture tempted me to lick my plate. Yes, it's that good. I may sub jarred marinara for the tomato sauce next time for a little more flavor, but it is great as written.

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KIMBERLY_Y 1/14/2014 12:49PM

    My mouth is watering. I am going to add it to my grocery list.

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JULIAOAK 1/13/2014 1:33PM

    looks v.tasty! emoticon

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KAYOTIC 1/12/2014 8:52PM

    Looks good, my boyfriend doesn't like hamburger, so when I make these things I usually sub cooked chicken breast...I would like it with the burger though! emoticon

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