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Weight loss rewards

Monday, January 25, 2010

I have desided I am going to start rewarding myself for every 5 pounds I lose as a way to push myself forward and reward myself for how far I have come.

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(200) New Book Light - $10.00

(199) French Manicure - $20.00

(195) New Workout Shoes - $40.00

(190) New Jeans - $20.00

(185) New Make-up - $20.00

(180) Hair Cut & Style - $20.00

(175) Hair Highlights - $20 (at home treatment) $50 ( salon emoticon )

(170) Trip to Theme Park - $80

(165) Cute Shoes - $30

(160) Victoria Secret bra - $30 - $40

(155) New Outfit - $40

(150 ) Weekend Trip $ 400

(145) New Clothes $ 200

(GOAL) Locket with amount of weight I have lost engraved on it. Inside I will place my before & after picture.

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ARIESFIREANGEL 1/29/2010 10:57AM

    that envelope thing is a great idea! lol i don't know why i never thought about that but that is pretty good :D
i don't think i can do it though, our tax return will be a good chunk too, but reds work isn't any better and we are still struggling a lot right now to make things work. most of that money we will need to help with the mortgage but red did make me a promise though! he said for how much i've lost so far he would buy me any thing i wanted within reason. (i asked for a wii and wii fit lol)
i think i will try to free rewards thing that seems more practical for my situation right now :p

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LOSINGJESS 1/29/2010 10:06AM

I was thinking maybe I would reward myself with dinner out or something but then I was like, why would I reward myself with something that is going to make me back track. Being at the new weight would be reward in itself so why would I want to go back to the preivious?

I dont have alot of money to spend on rewards either. I am getting my tax return soon though and Im going to take some money out of that for my rewards. Most of them are only 10 - 20 dollars. some are a little more. I writing each reward down on a peice of paper and seeling it in an evelope with the weight written on the outside and in each envelope Im going to put the amount of money I think the reward will cost, that way I wont have an excuse not to reward myself.

maybe if you are getting any type of return you could do the same, We are getting a few thousand back because we have the kids so taking a 100 or so out is not a big deal.

I figure by the time I reach some of my end goal rewards it should be close to next year and I will be very shortly getting next years tax return so I can pay for thouse rewards with the money then. Im sure it will work out.


Something eles Im doing that does not cost anything is a weekly reward jar. I got a small empty oatmeal container with a seeling lid and put a bunch of peices of paper in it. on each peice of paper I wrote a reward for myself, small things that are free ~ like a hot bath or going to sleep early or spending an hour by myself reading without interuption. Its things that I think are valuable and relaxing but I never get to allow myself durring the week. I told myself that if I get in all my workouts for the week then I get to pick a reward out of the jar and make it a priority above all eles to do this one thing for myself. Its a good motivator and completley free.

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    who doesn't like rewards ^_^ i like how none of them are "junk food rewards" a lot of people make that mistake that when they do something good that they should reward themselves with food like going out to eat or getting ice cream or what not. but thats the problem isn't it? so why reward yourself with your problem foods to begin with you know? after finally seeing that my weight lost was greater then the weight i still had to go i felt great! i wanted to go see a movie as my reward but sadly money is tight and i really don't have the extra money to spend on those things. but maybe one day i'll give myself a nice big reward :D

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CINDYY00 1/28/2010 10:02AM

    AWESOME! I love rewards good job!

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STORMWEAVER2623 1/28/2010 12:36AM

    Maybe Victoria's Secret could be a good choice for my wife. Really then it would be a reward for me too! And really, I think it would simply go better with her wardrobe choices. But I have it on good authority that a man can enjoy a pedicure as much as the next girl (though he might get more looks for it)!

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LOSINGJESS 1/27/2010 11:54PM

lol... awww no victoria secret for you?

Its nice to be able to look forward to something. I tryed to pick things that would really move me forward... Im really looking forward to the theme park one, Last time me and my husband went to a theme park was our trip to disney and universal studios for our honeymoon. It was fun and all but we had to worry about not fitting on rides and stuff, expecially my husband because he was really big then. It should be great now because both of us can fit on everything. :-)

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STORMWEAVER2623 1/27/2010 8:22PM

    These are some awesome rewards! With the exception of the more decidedly feminine choices, I think that I would enjoy most of these rewards as well!

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MCMPOOH43 1/25/2010 4:34PM

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BOVEY63 1/25/2010 1:39PM

    Great rewards - a good way to keep motivated.

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LOSINGJESS 1/25/2010 1:30PM

    KASSIANDORA - I too go to good will every month to 2 months and buy what I can to fit me.... its really not a shopping trip to buy something that looks great on me though, just to buy something that is functional and wont fall off my butt lol. I have already cycled thru 4 different sets of clothing since I started losing weight so new new clothes are out of the question.

The goal for 155 will be an outfit that looks great on me and that are new. I never get new clothes... only thrift store clothes so this will be a really great reward for me.


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SILVERWING2623 1/25/2010 12:55PM

    Jess these are awesome! I haven't yet recorded my goals. I know that when I reach the first 10 lbs lost I am getting a new workout outfit, and then every 5lbs after that I get to pick a new piece. But your idea list for your rewards is AWESOME. I especially like the locket idea. I think that is magnificent!

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LADY420 1/25/2010 12:42PM

    the locket idea is super cute!! I think that is a great plan!! Way to set your goals and rewards!! You can do this!! Wooohoo!!
much luck!

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KASSIANDORA 1/25/2010 12:34PM

    You are going to need a new outfit before you hit 155. You are going to be swimming in them before then! I have to go to the Goodwill almost once a month!

You will succeed!

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Did well today

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I did well today. I planned out the day and stuck to it. I used the nutrition tracker and stayed within my calorie range.

I cancled my weight watchers subscription today. Im switching over to calorie counting, figuring that I needed a change. I realized today that I ate alot less than usual and I think the points I was eating were going over what I should be eating calorie wise. You see points are a lot lower on the foods you eat if there is alot of fiber in them and everything I eat has alot of fiber. I think the points were so low because of all the fiber but the calories were going way high because of it too.

I went out last night to eat. Chinese food. I dident do as bad as I could have.... I at mostly sushi and hibatchi but ate a few fried things. it was def a very calorie dense meal. Im hoping the meal will kinda give my system a shock and then in the course of doing really well this comming week my body will start losing again. It usually works for me. I may wait 2 weeks to weigh in though, but not sure yet.

Im feeling really good about the choices Im making right now though and I feel like I am off to a good start.

well Im gonna get going.


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ARIESFIREANGEL 1/29/2010 10:43AM

    i know man! and those little nibbling calories really catch up with you lol what is your calorie range you are trying to stay between? i am suppose to stay between 1,200 and 1,500 but i normally only ever eat between 1,200-1,300

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LOSINGJESS 1/29/2010 9:55AM

    yeah, I needed to make a change. I have been doing pretty well spreading the calories throughout the day. I usually go about 300 cal for breakfast... 300 cal for lunch ..... 400 for dinner and 300 calories for snacks (usually 2)

its been working pretty good and really helps me from nibbling. If I took a bite of something on weight watchers I could blow it off as zero points. If I take a bite of something now... its like 18 calories.. that adds up so it prevents me from doing it.

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    so finally gave WW the boot? i couldn't take weight watchers, its annoying to me the thought of living life with a set number i cant go over lol but it does work for others. calorie counting really isn't bad at all, the first week is some times rough cause you have a little bit of a hard time figuring out how to disperse those calories evenly through out your day so you don't end up feeling hungry but once you get into the groove of it its really not that challenging at all! i end up eating very often through out the day actually and never going over :D

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MALEXANDER4 1/25/2010 6:41AM

    your doing great....all you have to do is look at yourself to see that. I'm doing ww myself. It seems to work for me and for me points are so much easier than calories and such. I do use the tracker from time to time just to make sure. have a great day and week adead.

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SILVERWING2623 1/24/2010 10:08PM

    I love how upbeat your post is. It sounds like things are moving int he right direction, even if the scale isn't moving right now. My problem with weight watchers was exactly as you described here. All calories are not created equal. :p

I'm having a log of success with actually watching the amount of calories I intake. I hope it works just as well for you! Keep Sparking! emoticon

Oh and thanks for the Kudos on my workout. I AM really proud. Yoga tonight!

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TOASTERLISA 1/24/2010 9:55PM

    Glad to read that you had a good day today.
Keep making the best choices to do well.
Best wishes on your health and wellness journey.

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Not going lie to myself anymore!

Friday, January 22, 2010

I have been doing alot of thinking the last few days. I have been looking at every aspect of why my weight loss feels stalled and why I am feeling so out of control of my body and I have come to a few conclusions.

I have been self sabotaging my weigh loss efforts by constantly nibbling and eating larger than I should eat portions. I have been lying to myself when I say that I have been tracking everything and I only nibble a bit. Its a damn lie, I bought a big bag of pita chips from sams club last week and I eat some every day, 11 chips are a serving and I garentee that I have been eating twice the normal serving but in my mind I try and pull it off like its one. "oh this chip is broken, I will add another half" or I portion out a portion in the bowl but add two or three that I eat right out of the bag. there are other offenders too, angel food cake, wheat thins, individual wrapped squares of dark chocolate. ::sigh:: There is also the fact that at dinner I eat alot!!! out of the pan when Im cooking. ::shakes head::

I geuss the first thing I need to do is admit that I have been doing these things. I am admiting that there is issues behind the snacking too, like when I do well for the first half of the week and step on the scale and realize midweek that Im down a pound... then I go and eat twice as much as I should durring the day but try to pull it off like I am eating what I should. I guess some where in the back of my mind I am trying to justify doing it because I have lost weight.... but Its more like I do it and try to ignore that I am doing it.

I was not on this destructive path before the first of the year but now that I am right on the cusp of 200 pounds I am trying to back track for some reason. I need to nip this in the bud now and get back on track.

I admit that I am over eating and eating the wrong things. I need to replan and recommit and start again on the second half of my journey. I dont know if I am afraid to pass 200 but something is getting in my way and I will not let it overcome me.

I plan to tell myself everyday that I can do this... maybe deep down I dont beleive it because I have always been big and it never seemed like a possible thing to get any smaller. I know I can do this and I have it in me... I am not a failer and I will get this done. I have done so much so far and I have done awesome, I need to take that into account as well. I am not 250 pounds anymore and I need to start acting like it... This fat is not who I am or who I will be in the future.

maybe if I drill that into me then I will beleive it and be able to break thru this wall!

ok fresh start.

Im going to try to get away from the processed snack foods. I cant be trusted with large tempting bags of pita chips right now... or low fat cake... or low fat ice cream. Its too easy to nibble away all my calories for the day and go way overboard.

Im gonna try to eat more whole, unprocessed foods.... balance my meals..... and I think I might move away from counting points and start counting calories instead. Its too easy to eat too many zero point foods as well.

I think the snacking is my major problem along with not being honest with myself and feeling generaly out of control. I can work through this though and I plan on going shopping tomorow and having a fresh start.

And I geuss I will see where it goes from there.


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FAB50GAL 2/6/2010 9:00AM

    Let me share my ah ha! moment of the week with you.

Along with Spark People I also attend a weekly Weight Watchers meeting with my sister. This past week we learned the difference between emotional hunger and physical hunger. What we learned is while emotional hunger must be dealt with immediately, physical hunger will wait. Oh, you might feel a little uncomfortable while your stomach is growling but the truth is you won't die if you have to wait for a while. In fact I find my hunger pangs actually go away if I distract myself with some activity until mealtime.

As soon as I heard that message, "physical hunger will wait" I remembered something from my childhood. If I complained to my mom that I was hungry between meals she would tell me not to "ruin" my appetite but to "save" it for the next meal. Sure enough I would eat my fill at the next meal and walk away satisfied but not stuffed.

Huh. This week I actually put this idea into practice and guess what? I've lost 3 pounds after being on a plateau the last couple of week. Snacking actually turns me into a grazing cow and let's face it -- how many slim cows have you seen out there?? emoticon

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MADTOWNBUDDHA 1/23/2010 8:12AM

    It always helps me...even though it's painful to look at myself and get honest...that's where the chane can begin. Hang tough and keep your head up! emoticon

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BECKYCOLVIN 1/23/2010 7:28AM

I am so with you here. I've been overweight so long that the thought of being below 200 is overwhelming to me. I know that I do so many of the same things you mention here--the bites while I'm cooking, the underestimating of portions. And the reactions to what I see on the scale that then make me not lose the weight. . .
You can do this. And I can, too. :)


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MALEXANDER4 1/23/2010 5:35AM

    Funny, i was thinking this same thing last night as i ate two pork chops instead of one. My thinking was it was healthy. That still doesn't make it right. Not just last night but seems all week i have been doing this to myself. we can do this. you are standing at the brink, just let it happen. Sometimes i think it is fear of the unknown that sets us back. I have often wondered if maybe i don't want to reach my goal. good luck.

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LIL.ANGEL 1/23/2010 2:29AM

    Thank you SO much for writing this!! I had been doing the exact things since the last couple of days. The same 'Ok, this cashew is broken, let me add another one. And another one' (till the bowl was overflowing), the same overindulge, self sabotaging. It was exhausting. And I actually gained back the pounds I had lost by working out dilligently last month. (In the holiday season!!) I have just got back on track and it is inspiring to see someone overcoming the same obstacles with such grit and determination. You seem to have chalked out a great plan but here are some things that helped me:

*Like you yourself remarked, get rid of the unhealthy snacks that make you overindulge. Throw them out, give them away, just get it out of your sight.
*Start 'thinking' like a healthy person. In the beginning, I tried intellectual soliloquy-ing, wondering what was triggering it. I finally decided to stop the over analyzing and 'just did it'. Start making healthy choices, and one thing just leads to another.
*In the cold weather, I crave to eat just to keep myself busy/distracted. Instead of letting that food be a distraction, make a cup of tea and do something constructive.
*Get healthy snacks that you actually like. The reason why we reach out for unhealthy snacks is because the healthier versions seem so unappealing. Get fresh fruit, yogurt (fruit yogurt/add fruits; if you have a sweet tooth), popcorn, individual sized nut packs (or make them yourself). Enjoy what you eat.

You can do it :D Take care and all the best xx

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THE_NEW_ME_24 1/23/2010 12:51AM

    I could have written this same post. I too am so close to breaking 200, down from 260, and yet I find myself justifying a snack here, a snack there and that wouldn't be bad if I stopped there, but then I have a full sized dinner and really it should have been either or, but definitely not both. Just this week I've been fearful that I'm losing momentum and that, like other times in the past, I will blink and be back to where I started. I don't want that. I know I can do better.

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FIREBALL_V 1/22/2010 11:23PM

    I too struggle with some of the same issues. When I am hungry, it's like I leave my body and it takes over! At least you have identified the problem and are taking steps to fix it! You can do it!!!

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LOSINGJESS 1/22/2010 9:34PM

    Thanks so much to everyone for all the good tips. I will def. be putting some of them to use right away.


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BIZENMO 1/22/2010 5:20PM

    Jessica, I think it's great that you are coming clean with yourself. A bit of introspection does a body good! You know what you need to do and obviously, you have been doing it quite successfully if you've dropped 50 lbs! That's fantastic!!!

Let me ask you this: are you dieting or making a lifestyle change? If you're making the lifestyle change, then you CAN allow yourself little bits of this or that (things not exactly on your plan), but it's got to start from the proper prospective. If you allow yourself the choice rather than "sneaking" it, you take away the negativity that you feel because you are consciously CHOOSING to do it! PLAN for the deviation, and as long as you're meeting your dietary goals, you're ok! Get rid of the junk from your cupboards so it's not there to be eaten.

I encourage you to use measuring cups and spoons! You're looking at labels. Are you using the Nutrition Tracker? Be HONEST with yourself and your entries!

How often do you weigh? If it's frequently, set a goal to weigh less often. This seems to be a trigger you use to give yourself permission to deviate from your plan. If it's a lifestyle change, weight change is only a part of the benefits you are reaping. Take the focus off the weight. How's your exercise plan going? Maybe you could increase the focus there. The more calories you burn, the greater chance for restarting your loss.

Schedule your snacks. Eat smaller "meals" more frequently, i.e. 4-6 a days, while keeping to your calorie restrictions. They say it helps to burn fat! Again, if you want to splurge, plan for it! How do you keep yourself busy? Engage in activities that will keep you occupied so you don't have time to think about food.

Don't stop here with your introspection. You identified you thought there was a block with getting below 200. Why? Once you get an answer, ask "why" again. Do this at least 5 times to try to get to the root of the issue. Once you can get that answer, you can use the information to help you reach your goals!

I'm praying for you for a breakthrough!!


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DOCYJK 1/22/2010 4:03PM

    Wow, lots of deep thinking here - good for you!!! It takes a lot of courage to 'fess up to yourself like this, and you should be proud of that!

I find that I snack out of boredom. What I've tried to do is make it easy to snack on health things. I lot spicy stuff, so I have celery cut up and fresh salsa (store-bought but only fresh veggies inside) available when I need crunch and spice. I keep fruit around for the times when I want something sweet. I've even put "fat" pictures of myself on the fridge and cabinet doors to give myself a visual cue to think!

One good method that I learned years ago to forgo sweets snacking is peppercinis - those spicy little yellow peppers in a jar. Or anything with a lot of spice to it. Something about the spice interrupts the sweet tooth.

for me, the 911 food combo is cheese and crackers!!! I could eat a pound of cheese without blinking! Love it!!! I now keep Laughing Cow Light in the fridge, and I always try to ask myself if I really need it before I take a piece. I limit myself ot one piece max a day, and many days I don't eat any.

Weigh, measure, track, exercise, repeat - you'll get back on track! We'll both be at goal weight before we know it!!!

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JMORSE30 1/22/2010 3:07PM

    I know what you mean about not being able to be trusted with cake and ice cream. I have the same problem. I'm trying to break the habit by not allowing myself any sweets until evening. It's not easy but I know if I break the habit, I'll be able to learn to eat small amounts and be satisfied. Don't give up! Even though you may be cheating some, I bet you're eating less than you were before you were tracking. That is a win in itself.
As much weight as you've lost, your body may be trying to convince you to hold on to the rest of it. Sometimes it just takes awhile to adjust to the lower weight. You should be proud of all you've accomplished. I'm inspired!

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SILVERWING2623 1/22/2010 2:50PM

    Those invisible nothings will get you if you let them. But you aren't letting them. That's a huge step! You have done so amazingly so far! I am really glad to see that you aren't going to let it stop you now.

I also have a problem with snacking out of the pan while I am cooking, or nibbling those couple of extra -whatevers- after I take out a portion. I haven't won the battle yet with that, but I am getting better about snacking while I am cooking.

I have noticed two things. One, I tend to wait too long to star making dinner. Then I am SUPER hungry so I snack while I cook and then I overeat at dinner.

But making food makes me want to snack, So I have started taking out a portion of baby carrots, or a sliced apples. Then if I feel the need to munch while cooking, I am at least eating something that is good for me, low in calories, and will add to my fruits and veggies quota for the day.

What has been working to prevent me from snacking though, is to either suck on a mint, or brush my teeth right before I start cooking. Maybe one of these things will work for you too!

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Strength workout

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

This is the strenth workout I did a few days ago. I got it out of the body for life book. You need to adjust the weight according to your own strength. by the last set and rep you shouldent hardly be able to lift it one more time, tiring out your muscles to the failer point is how you do the most amount of good. All the weights I used were dumbbell exercises, you can substatue any dumbell exercise for the muscle group named though. I used ones that did not require a bench because I dont have one.

Exercise - Reps - Intensity - Weight

Chest - modifyed push up - 12 - 5 - N/A
mod. push up - 10 - 6 - N/A
mod. push up - 8 - 7 - N/A
mod. push up - 6 - 8 - N/A
mod. push up - 12 - 9 - N/A
mod. push up - 12 - 10 - N/A

Sholders - Seated press - 12 - 10 - 5 lbs.
Seated press - 10 - 6 - 5 lbs.
Seated press - 8 - 7 - 5 lbs.
Seated press - 6 - 8 - 8 lbs.
Seated press - 12 - 9 - 8 lbs.
Seated press - 12 - 10 - 8 lbs.

The next exercises are the same rep sequence and intensity sequence as above

Back - One arm rows - 5 lbs
5 lbs.
5 lbs.
8 lbs.
8 lbs.
8 lbs.

Triceps - Dumbbell extensions - 3 lbs.
3 lbs.
5 lbs.
5 lbs.
8 lbs.
8 lbs.

Biceps - Dumbbell curls 5 lbs.
5 lbs.
8 lbs.
8 lbs.
8 lbs.


I hope this was easy enough to grasp the concept. I could have used a 10 lb. weight durring a few of the exercises because 8 was not heavy enough. I dont have a 10 lb one yet though.

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MALEXANDER4 1/20/2010 10:31AM

    If you can lift 8 your doing awesome. I'm still at five. your doing great girl.

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Itailan Sausage & pepper pasta ~ 5 pts.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

spicy sausage, red wine and fire-roasted tomatoes come together in this ragout-like sauce. Truly hearty and satisfying.

Points value ~ 5 per serving
cooking time ~ 25 minutes
Difficulty ~ Easy
Serves ~ 6


1/2 pound raw turkey sausage, italian style, casings removed
2 tsp olive oil, extra virgin
2 medium yellow peppers, cut into 2 inch long thin strips
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup red wine
1 1/2 tbls minced garlic
28oz canned crushed tomatoes, fire roasted
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp salt
8 oz uncooked whole wheat pasta, fusilli
1/3 cup basil, fresh, chopped


1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil

2. meanwhile, to make sauce, in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat, cook sausage, stirring and breaking up meat with back of a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes, remove to a plate.

3. Heat oil in same skillet. Add yellow peppers and onion; cook, stirring freqently, until vegtetables are lightly colored and crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.

4. add wine and garlic; cook until most of liquid evaporates, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, crushed red pepper, salt and browned sausage; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until vegtables are tender and sauce is heated through, about 10 minutes.

5. while sauce simmers, add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package instructions. Drain pasta; return to pot. Add sauce and basil; toss to mix and coat.

Yields about 1 1/3 cups per serving.

~ Enjoy

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URGIRL 1/16/2010 7:20PM

    this sounds absolutely yummy! emoticon

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