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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Everyone raves what a wonderful substitute zucchini and spaghetti squash are for pasta.

Let me start off by saying that I adore both. I have been eating them for years, but not as a pasta substitute until recently.

I made a zucchini lasagna and it was a gross, watery mess! It has to be thrown out. I made spaghetti squash last night, and it is watery too! I just ate everything together anyway, but it is no where near like the pictures!

I cook the squash by slicing it in half and baking it in the oven until it is done. The zucchini I sliced thin and used it raw like noodles...


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MAIZEY 4/7/2013 8:01AM

    I make zucchini noodles with a special peeler. I have found that you can't use the inner part near the seeds. So I feed that part to my dogs! I peel it onto paper towels and blot out the extra moisture. Then I just blanche it in the boiling water for about 2 minutes.

Yellow squash is more watery but still works well for a lasagna type noodle. I use the flat option on my four sided grater to make long flat noodles. Again I only se the outer parts and skip the seedy area. Blot it well and then use as you would to layer sauce, meat and cheese like you do for lasagna.

Yum! I may need to make some today.

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02SERENE 4/5/2013 9:53PM

    Did you steam the zucchini? and steamed the spaghetti squash? I have cooked zucchini by steaming it and then stuffing it and putting it in the oven at 350 which seemed to take all the water out of it.

I didn't boil zucchini in water because it absorbs water. emoticon

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BEANIES_MOM 4/5/2013 5:00AM

    Did you salt the zucchini? I have never made zucchini noodles, but I have made eggplant rollatini and that is basically using eggplant as noodles and you have to salt them to draw some of the bitter out as well as some of the water.

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/5/2013 1:20AM

    I suppose a pro like Spark's Chef Meg will know? Perhaps it is supposed to be eaten cold, because they sweat when hot?
Let us know if you slove the riddle..

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COCK-ROBIN 4/4/2013 10:24PM

    I'm not sure myself.

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EWL978 4/4/2013 9:43PM

    Funny thing happened....I had dinner with my son & daughter in law last week and she was telling me (she's semi-vegitarion) that she makes this WONDERFUL spaghetti with zucchini that she cuts with some little machine that grinds out spiral strips like a curly spaghetti.

I'm only too happy that she didn't make it for dinner or I would have had to stop at Wendy's on the way home!!

By the way, I love zucchini and squash!!

Keep on keeping'll have to deal with eating other stuff, I guess.

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Random Pictures of Me

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

awesome new Jeep t-shirt and Miss Me jeans

another new t-shirt.

a dress I bought some time ago on clearance at Fashion Bug, but never wore. It is very comfortable.

I got another new t-shirt in the mail but it was too small. I ordered an XL (Jr. size) and it was skin tight. I normally have no problem fitting into a Jr's XL but this was I think was mismarked. I have to send it back :( It was an awesome Harry Potter shirt!

Looking forward to support group tonight. I think it is going to be a good one. The Psychologist that works with our program is going to come in and talk to us. I am really hoping the annoying people aren't there. I know that is horrible, but they are sooo annoying! They have to dominate the group and talk talk talk. Sometimes, I think they just talk to hear themselves!!

Hitting the gym before hand. Not quite sure what I am going to do there, but I think trying to run that mile is on the top of the list!!!

Hope everyone has a great day!!

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PATTYR81 4/4/2013 9:56AM

    LOVE the pics!!! You look GREAT!!

VERY COOL jeans!!

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/4/2013 2:34AM

    You look hawt, Courtney!
Those jeans are wonderful.
Enjoy your group!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/3/2013 8:49PM


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Positive Self Talk - Spark Coach Challenge

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Today Spark Coach challenged me to talk positively to myself. That isn't always easy. Especially when I got on the scale today and weighed in at 139.4. I have been 138(ish) the last few weeks.

NOw, the logical part of me knows that it is from eating ham a few times a day for the last three days. The logical part of me knows that maybe I ate a little too much beef jerky. The logical part of me knows that I did ST yesterday and my muscles are sore. I don't always think with my logical part. I was pretty bummed out.

I made myself feel better by going to Buckle and picking up my jeans (size 27 - fit perfect) and by visiting the Tea Merchant and buying some Pineapple Upside Down Cake tea.

I reminded myself of how much I have accomplished and a few pounds of water weight is no big deal. I also decided in the back of my mind to go ahead and purchase the fancy bathroom scale that allows me to get a full body analysis. Of course, part of me is afraid to use that scale because it might not read the same as the scale I have? What if it makes me weigh more??

In reality, the IMPORTANT thing is my inches. When it all comes down to it, not matter what number is on the scale, the inches are the numbers that matter the most. I can't help I am so obsessed with numbers.

When I pre-ordered The Spark Solution, I received two of Coach Nicole's Workout Videos. I gave Cardio Blast a try out today. I liked the workout. It wasn't overly difficult physically, but the coordination needed is the hard part. Stepping here, jumping there... it is all just too much for me to wrap my head around. Plus, trying to do squat thrusts and mountain climbers on carpet with socks on isn't exactly easy. Plus, I had a cat trying to lick the sweat off of my face... *sigh* Don't get me wrong, I liked the workout, but maybe not in the middle of my living room? When it comes to bootcamp type things, I should stick with the gym. Not to mention, I wore a pair of shorty short yoga shorts and my thighs were clapping me on as I did jumping jacks!

All in all... it is an alright day. I am looking forward to Support Group tomorrow night. The Psychologist is coming in to talk to us. I think it will be informative and helpful!

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/4/2013 2:23AM

    You made me laugh!
Don't get to OCD on the numbers.
And enjoy that new scale!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/3/2013 1:17AM

    Good for you!

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GREENGENES 4/2/2013 10:20PM

    Pineapple upside down cake tea?? Sounds awesome!

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ATTACKFATCAT 4/2/2013 10:18PM

    I ate a ton of ham on Saturday and some on Sunday. I had a 3.6 pound drop on the scale from Monday to Tuesday. So I am really confident you are seeing the same thing due to ham. Evil, sodium-filled ham, lol!

But seriously, I was bummed about the scale too even though I had lost 3.25 inches this past month. It's hard to not focus on it when you know you are working so hard! But it sounds like you are doing great! Congrats on the new jeans!

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A Milestone... almost

Monday, April 01, 2013

I ran 0.85 of a mile today! Last time I ran 0.75, so I increased it!

I had a great workout today! I went a little earlier than usual because I had to run to the bank before 14:30. I liked that time better. Less people (douche bags) and I could use the equipment I wanted without being in anyone's way and without them being in mine.

Buckle called, my new jeans are in. I am going to go pick them up tomorrow. On my way, I think I am going to swing into the Tea Merchant and pick up his new blend for the month. I can't take much more of this decaf tea. I am buying regular. I don't think it is going to be the end of the world. At least I am hoping not.


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LOVINGAFRICA 4/4/2013 12:25PM

    You are going to rock MUDONTHEMOUNTAIN

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ATTACKFATCAT 4/2/2013 12:43PM

    Congrats on the run! It sounds like you are really pushing yourself and seeing results each and every run!

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EUEK098 4/2/2013 11:59AM

    Go get your regular tea love. I usually stay away from caffeine, the only thing I take that has it is some pain pills every once in a while.

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BILL60 4/2/2013 9:05AM

    Hang tough!!

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LILYBELLE8 4/1/2013 9:40PM

    You sound like you've got things well under control! And let's hope that tomorrow is even better!!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/1/2013 9:37PM

    Good for you!

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Sweet and Sour Pineapple Chicken (recipe and photo)

Sunday, March 31, 2013

12 oz cooked chicken breast cooked and cut into chunks
1 bag of frozen stir fry veggies
1 can (20 ounces) chunked pineapple - in own juice
3 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Drain pineapple, reserving the juice in a 2-cup measuring cup; set pineapple aside. Add enough water to the juice to measure 1-1/3 cups; stir in the vinegar, soy sauce and ketchup.
In a large bowl, combine brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir in pineapple juice mixture until smooth. Gradually add to the skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add pineapple. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 4-5 minutes or until heated through.

add chicken

Makes 6 servings of 1 cup

167 calories
0.8 fat
28.8 carbs
13.8 protein

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/4/2013 12:31PM

    Oh yes!

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THROOPER62 4/1/2013 9:34AM

    Looks like something I would enjoy emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 4/1/2013 12:02AM

    Looks yummy!

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