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Jamie Oliver Food Challenge :o)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Last night I created a dinner for my family out of the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution cookbook. The cookbook itself is a fairly simple concept. Healthy eating for your family and it has very easy recipes. I WAS going to do the more advanced recipe, and still may before next Tuesday, but opted for the following.

Garlic Crusted Chicken with minted peas and open side.

Everything went well as far as the making of this dinner. As mentioned before it was very easy to prepare. I didn't use organic chicken as was requested in the book. The reason is very simple. Money. I know it's deemed "healthier" for people to use organic foods (and I should be a testiment to that considering I'm a poisioned well water baby) but, it's so much mor expensive. We are facing "depression" eras once again after all.

So, frozen chicken thawed and beatened with my meat mallet. Let me tell you, that has always been my favorite part of cooking!
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For the minted peas, I didn't have any peas on hand so I used the next best thing.
Frozen green beans. As my optional side, I roasted fresh potatos. This is what we got:




The reviews were mixed:

Chicken - Out of six people that ate the garlic crusted chicken;
Overall review
2 said it was AMAZING
2 said it was okay, but they wouldn't ask me to serve again
2 said it was pretty good.

comments:
3 said the lemon I put on top and zested into the crust reminded them of eating fish
1 said was too bland
4 said it was "missing somthing"

Now, I had never used real lemons in my cooking except for on salmon. I have NEVER zested one. The interesting thing about the book is it's mostly for 2 people recipes. So, to triple batches....sometimes ya just got to wing it.

For the most part the chicken was a hit. I just have to be careful with the lemon zest and keep the lemon slices on the side so not to trick the mind into thinking it's fish? LOL

As for the minted peas (greenbeans)

I got a wrinkled nose
a no thank you
a no way in heck
and a maybe next time

So, the only review I gots is mine. I was nervous about trying it. I didn't have the peas as I mentioned before and lettuce/gravy mixed? Surprisingly, it WAS pretty good. The bullion cube in the veggie seemed non-existent to the mint though. I would rate it as "okay" or 3 out of 5 stars.

I will have to try the more advance recipe of Chicken tyme something or other and see what I come up with. My family....well, they are just going to have to learn to love healthy foods or eat a sandwich every night! MuHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  
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NEWYORKORCHIDS 5/19/2010 3:44PM

  Great job on the recipe (even if you couldn't please everyone...which, really, when CAN you do that?).

Just curious, what does this mean "and I should be a testiment to that considering I'm a poisioned well water baby".

I have well water at home and was just curious.

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 5/19/2010 3:03PM

    Congrats on trying a new and healthy recipe on your family. Glad to hear that it was a mostly thumbs up meal. When I have a half a second, I'll head up to a bookstore and purchase and hopefully join you all in cooking up a healthy storm!

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ABETTERCHERYL 5/19/2010 3:00PM

    Your chicken turned out so delicious looking though! What kind of crackers did you use for the breading? I think mine tasted a little off because I used a multiseed cracker that wasn't very good tasting by itself... that's why I wanted to use them up! Hehehe...

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KRITKRIT 5/19/2010 10:58AM

    Thanks for sharing. The chicken looks yummy!!!

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SAMGERBINE 5/19/2010 9:35AM

    Looks yummy!

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CAROLDEDOO 5/18/2010 11:30PM

    Terrific job! Terrific review! Terrific Blog! You serve to a very picky crew...Let them eat cake!! LOL

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WICCANCHICK73 5/18/2010 9:22PM

    That looks yummy....
As for the mixed reviews..... You are exposing them to NEW things.
And THAT, alone, is AMAZING


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NESSAGIRL67 5/18/2010 7:49PM

    Thanks for sharing your recipe and it looks delicious. emoticon

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AGAWRITER 5/18/2010 7:08PM

    I love his revolution. Your reviews looked very familar-- I do a lot of vegetable fights.

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MAMADELIGHT 5/18/2010 6:51PM

    The chicken sounds YUM. So does Jamie Oliver.

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VLVTGRRL 5/18/2010 6:39PM

    WOW! Great job getting this yumminess on the table! Looks scrumptious! Do you have picky eaters at home?

I'm not picky, so I'd probably love it!

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Slack, relapse, collapse

Monday, May 17, 2010

My computer broke down and I didn't have Spark.

My husband was home and I couldn't workout in front of him.

The stress was enormous.

There wasn't enough time.

There wasn't enough good food...

My shins hurt....

None of it sounds acceptable, does it? I was at 189 last Tuesday. And gratned, I was in pain from running I know that I could've done it. I know I could've done more. I think that's what eats at me.

That and in 5 days, I have gained 5 pounds. emoticon

When it takes me a week to LOSE one freaking pound, I know better than to sabatoge myself...and I did.

No worries. It's another hurdle. It just means I need to work harder this week. I need to focus, believe, and commit!!

But, I AM glad to be back on Spark. It does help in the mornings to get on here and "listen" to what others feel, say and do. It is my mental motivation to go downstairs and push play. It is my mental motivation to put on my C25 shoes and run up hill....just to see if I can.

For that I thank you...

Which....now being at 194....I need to go downstairs and push play, then put on my shoes. I have ALOT of work to do to get back into the 189 mark. Ugh, to think... my goal WAS 187......now it's just getting back down..

**slap**

regroup, refocus....

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KILLMEINLOVE 5/18/2010 6:48PM

    lol walk your dogs....Especially with your dogs it'll be a great workout plus it has the benefits of not doing it alone but also not doing it in front of anybody(A.K.A humans lol) it'll be a challenge and just think of tucker, when he poops out, as strength training. And your poodle, whose name I can't remember how to spell, as hurdles lol.....just gotta think positively and you'll make it through emoticon

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CRUISEBOUND2014 5/18/2010 11:33AM

    emoticonJust take one day at a time. We all have set backs. You just need to chose to move forward. emoticon emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 5/18/2010 11:20AM

    Thanks everyone...It probably is sodium. I've known that I gain weight exceptionally fast and lose it slow, but was still shocked to see the scale. And the water was definately something I failed to do this week....


Going for my run now :o)



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TEACHEROF4TH 5/18/2010 2:46AM

    I agree with some of the previous posts... you could not have gained five pounds of fat in that period of time. It may be water retention from the sodium in the food??? Drink lots of water and eat sensibly the next few days. You will be fine!

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DRAKON9 5/17/2010 11:27PM

    JESSSPARK is right, there is no way you could have gained 5 pounds of fat, some of that has to be water weight.

I'm cheering for you!

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SHARKAR02 5/17/2010 10:50PM

    Hey YOU DID IT! You got back up, brushed off and heading the right direction again! You'll make it and probably even surprise yourself!

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TERRIJWALL224 5/17/2010 3:16PM

    I feel you, I have been struggling for two weeks now. Just up 3 lbs but I feel like I am up 20. I have got to get back to it, and today is the day!
I am re-commiting to my trackers as of yesterday. That is what really kept me focused.
Glad you got your focus back too.
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HEALTH-E-CLARE 5/17/2010 3:12PM

    Minot slips happen, what great is you caught it after a week, and you will make it through this. Drink plenty of water, flush you system. You said there was some bad food in there, and sodium can play nasty tricks.

Deep breathe, you have this. This healthy lifestyle is quite a steep hill (at least for me it is), you will slide occasionally (lord knows I've done it a time or twenty), it's how fast your strart heading back up that counts.

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JESSSPARK 5/17/2010 3:12PM

    There is no WAY you could gain 5 real pounds of food in 5 days, that would be 3500 calories over what you burn every day!

Some of it has got to be water weight!

C25K will definitely help you shed some weight after the first few weeks, it's working great for me! :)

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HOPEFULHIPPO 5/17/2010 3:00PM

    Thank you :o)

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BRYARLY 5/17/2010 2:54PM

    I am very proud of you for sharing this! I'm on Day 6 only, and haven't had a bad day yet but I know it is coming. Reading this made me see that even a bad day or bad week doesn't destroy everything - it just reguires refocus and analysis. Good luck and reach out if you need some support!
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Three is my Thang!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I love the number 3. All 3 of my girls were born on a day ending in 3. My hubby's bday ends in 3. I had 3 dogs, 3 birds, and 3 fish at one time...just worked out that way.... It takes 3 months for society to feel affects of the financial world. Everything seems to happen in 3s....good things..bad things...wierd things....small things.

AND.... if you really want to get wierd about 3s. My birthday ends in 8. Makes me the odd ball, huh? Nope. Take my 8 and subtract the number of people in my family (5) and what's it end in? ....yup....the glue that holds this 3 family together.

And incidentally, but NOT concidentally, I am on Week 3. Week 3 of my plateu breakthrough and repeating week 3 of C25.

I have lost 3 pounds so far....a pound a week. It'd be NICER if I could lose 3 pounds a week! But, I'm aiming for 2. I want to be around the 170s when I go camping for the 4th of July.

Oh Oh OH!!! I forgot to tell you. So, determined as I am NOT to fall back into my 2 week plateu, I ran into a speed bump. My husband on Sunday asked me to go for a walk with him. First of all......that's the 3rd time he's gone on a walk with me (there's that 3 again!!) and that's CRAZY since he doesn't "do" exercise. It's been FABULOUS!!! We have these trails that go all around town and we talk and it's been nice. On this particular day it was warm and I slipped on my flip flops not thinking. .. not remembering that I am allergic to a) heat, b) sweat, and c) pressure.

sooooooo.....after half way through our walk I realized I had done something BAD. The flip flops (which are my first pair owned EVER in 40 years) that worked so well for me last year....TURNED on me!!! My feet began to rub against the rubber. The rubber already heating up from the ground below me was heating up my already iritated feet. Long story short...I walked on two blistered feet for the 2nd half of the 3mile trek.

NOW....not wanting to give up my plateu. MONDAY, I popped those bad boys, soaked them in epson salt, took about 1600 mg of Ibuprophen and attempted Week 3 of running. Needless to say, I reminded myself of Michael on the Biggest Loser running. It was the straight faced, stiff kind of run. The run that people look at you and grimace. Most of it was done via a not so brisk walk and I certainly never completed a round of 3 minutes. But, I stuck to my guns.

You can only even IMAGNE the earful I got when hubby found out. "moronic" I think was the phrase. He was absolutely right for sure, however, I really really really know myself and if I slack off for even ONE day...well, I'll be writing another day one blog.

and I can never be a runner if I do that.

  
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ADVENTURE-GIRL 4/28/2010 1:06AM

    Hope you heal quickly.

I can relate to your 3's - I have 3 boys and my birthday is on the 3rd :)

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HOPEFULHIPPO 4/28/2010 12:24AM

    ooooh, I will look for those Band-Aids! I have a feeling this won't be my first owie :o)

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ONEWEIGH 4/27/2010 10:55PM

    Band-Aid Advanced Healing Blister gel pad bandages are a God-send when you do something like that...like shopping at Ikea wearing dress sandals that were NOT meant for walking...they act like a second skin and pad the blisters (even if they're open) until your skin has a chance to heal underneath. Don't think they'd help on the soles, but for toes or heels they're wonderful.

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LOOSEINGIT 4/27/2010 10:24PM

   
I remember the first blister I had from a pair of shoes that were just to little to walk in. They fit fine, just not for walking long distances. They hurt so bad I had to finish my last mile barefoot. I dont know what hurt the worst..the gravels or the blisters.

Have a great Journey
Lessons learned

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I message boarded this...and thought I'd share cuz I like it..

Saturday, April 24, 2010

.....bringing up the rear is what appears, yes, it is a hippo! Hopeful hippo will be completing Week 3 of C25!!!



But wait! There she begins again! It seems the hopin hipster is repeating week 3 everyone. Judges rule that she has only completed ONE 3 minute session per round and must perservere until she can move forward.

The ice packs back on shins...she warms up for another Week 3. The hopefulhippo will soon be hoppin hipster....



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EXCITEDMOMOF3 4/29/2010 9:17AM

    This put a smile on my face! Keep up the hard work! emoticon

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SUNNYFICTION 4/27/2010 11:05PM

    Oh, goodness! TOO funny!
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For real though you're doing great - keep it up!

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PINK_ME_UP 4/27/2010 10:33PM

    bwahahaha LOVE IT!!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 4/25/2010 2:06AM

    I AM the Hippo! LMAO!!!!

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COCOINAZ 4/24/2010 11:34PM

    LOL, hilarious!

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LOOSEINGIT 4/24/2010 7:57PM

   
I think I could run a little faster with that thing after me.
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LIVINGONMYTERMS 4/24/2010 3:31PM

    lol-nothing like being chased by a hippo. We know who won that one!

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struggling, but will pass this 2 week barrier !!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Here it is: the two week mark.

I've tried to focus on my challenges, my weight, tracking my nutrition, but mainly.. I tried to focus on why I was losing my motivation.

I still haven't come up with that answer other than life keeps pushing at me.

I have taken my oldest to the Drs for a fat tumor in her shoulder. It's no big deal other than it causes a lot of pain from what I understand. Today is an MRI.

I'm required to water up 300 balloons for My Middle dauther's suprise birthday party for her friend. AND...as she is my awesome neat freak, I will scrub the house beyond any deep cleaning Friday day.

My youngest ended up in a full arm cast from a trampoline accident. I now understand why hubby doesn't want one in the backyard. She didn't break her arm, but rather bent the bone like a soda can.

All these "extras" seem to push in to my "me" time and THAT'S what I have noticed. Then I think: "I'll get to running before dark" only ...then, it's time for bed.

On a positive note: I DID manage to get my husband out after dinner for a full mile walk. He complained a bit, but I think secretly he kind of liked it. It felt good. It wasn't my run, but it felt good.

I got on the scale and it went UP emoticon 194.4 (last Tues)

I actually wasn't too bummed about it. The only reason I was at 190.9 was the 2 day fast I had completed....so I think it's pretty natural to have gained 4 pounds back. Other people complain about gaining one or two pounds....I gain 5-7 at a wack and LOSE 1-2 at a time. crazy, but I'm tellin you: Mutant Fat Cells!!!

I didn't put it on my tracker yet. I think I will keep pressing on and once I get BELOW the 190.9 is when I will track....What do you think? Like a goal of some sort.

well, I just wanted to say "hi" to everyone and let you know. Tuesday will be my 2nd week of this plateu breaking goal. I'm going to run today and maybe get in my Wii time. Monday begins the Slim in 6 series as I've found my DVDs under my oldest daughter's moving boxes. (kids)

Even though I didn't get in ALL my runs, I'm going to press on. That's the key isn't it? My brain keeps naggin at me that it's "not in the proper order and you must start over!!"....my brain is OCD while my body is not. emoticon Go figure!! LOL THAT's what I need to fix....

I soooo want to be one of those runners I see on these Spark Pages!

"love ya guys! Hope you have a funtabulous day" emoticon

  
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HOPEFULHIPPO 4/23/2010 4:40PM

    Hey, look at this. I got it from a Sparkfriend (Rainrun) and it seems to go perfectly with my blog...at least the part of the OCD mind and body NOT....LOL

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I don't know why it doesn't allow links...eh...copy and paste, I guess! emoticon

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SUNNYFICTION 4/23/2010 4:32PM

    Yeah, trampoline = BAD! My sister broke her leg on one and was in a cast from the top of her stomach down to her toes.

You've had a lot of stress lately! But you're doing well - you're persevering!
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ABKWELL 4/23/2010 4:15PM

    Keep up the good attitude! It's so hard to get time for yourself when kids and husbands always seem to have one crisis or another. I have to keep reminding myself not to self-medicate with food when the going gets tough. It'll get better, I hate plateaus too! emoticon

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JUSTME444 4/23/2010 3:43PM

    I love your blog - the mutant fat cells - that's what I have - gotta be the problem! I'll have to ask my dr to diagnois it with me - so I can have a name for it! LOL

I'm with you on not tracking yet - my scale shows me up like 4 pounds & I REFUSE to change my tracker - 'cause it CAN"T be! HA HA I'm just gonna wait til the scale figures out what its problem is & starts weighing me correctly again. emoticon

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