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Hot day for a Birthday Celebration

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Today is my birthday , so help me CELEBRATE!! It was so hot here today that people were running for the AC and shade. I thought of my poor mother giving birth to me on a hot sweltering day like this in a hospital before air conditioning. That must have been miserable. I feel pretty good about turning 50 and that is mainly because of the changes I've made in my life recently. First I made the decision to get healthier and to pursue more friendships and develop those relationships. I joined Weight Watchers, A Meet Up Group, Spark people which helped me gain confidence and lose weight. I also meet a new guy and started dating again at the age of 50. There have been many other changes in my life since I began this journey, some challenging, some adventures but all have help me discover the strength I have and helped me find my confidence. emoticon Sorry there will be no real cake.

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 8/20/2008 7:02AM

    Sybil, I am sending belated wishes for this year to be the best ever for you and your daughter. May your work fill your spirit and may your faith sustain you when you most need it. Nothing is beyond your reach, if you only choose it as worthy goal

Best hugs and hard work

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KATRNINID 8/7/2008 4:54PM

    Hey Sybil or should I say "Angelina" , hope you had a GREAT birthday! Something else we have in common...our birth month. I wish for you continued success in your weight loss journey and with this new man (sounds interesting!). Hope your daughter is doing better. Many blessings to you in this next & BEST decade of your life.
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Sybil's Version of Rosie Daley's Grilled Chicken

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sybilís Version of Rosieís Grilled Chicken Salad
I am posting this recipe for everyone but especially for my Cooking for One Team members who asked about it. Enjoy!

This is an easy, low cal, fast, filling meal and so delicious! I adapted the recipe from one of Rosie Daley's I got out of one of her cookbooks. I can have this cooked and on the table in 30 minutes plus the short marinating time. I put the marinade together the night before and before I do anything else I put chicken in bag and back in fridge when I first get home. I start preparing other things and 20 to 30 min. later I pull chicken out and grill it and have supper. It makes four serving which I can freeze for later use. My teen loves this!

STARS My family gives it * * * * * Stars
Serves 4
Calories per serving = 176
Fat per serving = 3.2 grams


5 tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tbs. reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, peeled & chopped
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. dried basil

4 (8) ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast

Onion Rings:
1 large red onion, trimmed and cut into 1/8 -inch rounds
Light vegetable oil cooking spray

1 lb. Mixed salad greens (6 cups)
1 tbs. * crumbled blue cheese (or your favorite cheese) *I prefer mild cheddar cheese
1 medium tomato, cored and cut into wedges

For the Dressing:
4 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 tbs balsamic vinegar
2 garlic cloves, peeled (prepare garlic the way you like it) minced,grated or sliced)
2 tsp. dried basil
Wisk, mix together and set aside or refridgerate for salad later or use bottled.

** Personal Note -- ** I didnít like the balsamic dressing here so I used bottled. **I prefer bottle dressing such as diet Ranch or Zesty Italian or Paul Newman's Lite Balsamic.

For the Chicken
Marinate the chicken in the dried basil, black pepper, lemon juice, soy sauce, and garlic mixture for up to 2 hours; the longer it marinates, the more flavorful and tender the chicken. For variety, you may substitute an equal amount of lime or grapefruit juice for the lemon juice in the marinade.

1. Whisk together the lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, black pepper,and basil in a large glass, plastic bowl, or zip lock bag and set aside. Zip lock bag equals easy clean up.

2. Place the chicken on a sheet of plastic wrap spread on a work surface and cover it with a second sheet. Pound gently with a mallet, rolling pin or side of can. Lift and flip pieces of chicken over and recover or flip the whole thing. Evenly pound the second side to a thickness of 1/4 inch.

3. Transfer the chicken to the marinade bowl and cover with plastic wrap or place in zip lock bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, the longer the better but not over two hours. *The acid in the juice starts cooking the food immediately, so watch it in the fridge so it doesn't cook to fast.

4. After marinating for the desired time, preheat the grill, broiler, stove top griller or cast iron frying pan on stove top.

5. Place onion rounds in a single layer on a baking sheet and spray lightly with vegetable oil; turn them over an spray to coat other side.

** NOTE: You can use the uncooked onion rings raw on the salad and just skip cooking onion rings, which is what I do most of the time, this saves time and clean up.

6. Remove the chicken from marinade and place along side the onion rings, if cooking together in oven.

7. Grill, broil or cook the onion rounds and the chicken for 5 minutes per side or until done. Oven temps vary use your best judgement on yours. I suggest 350* to 400* and watch carefully since oven vary.

8. Let the chicken cool a bit, then slice thinly on diagonal.

9. Spread even amount of the mixed salad greens on 4 plates, scatter the onion rounds and then the sliced chicken on top.

10. Sprinkle 3/4 teaspoon of desired cheese over each.

11. Garnish with tomato wedges, cucumber, and or any other vegetable you desire.

12. You can be as creative with the any step as you want to be by varying the ingredients of cheeses, protein, veggies and I add boiled eggs. Delish!!! Also, instead of chicken you could use firm tofu, turkey, or shrimp (don't marinate shrimp for long, (maybe 15 to 30 min.) shrimp cook real fast in acid juices like lemon.

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SUSIEQ-1 7/31/2008 2:27PM

    Wow this sounds yummy!!

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Just to let everyone know

Friday, July 18, 2008

I am posting this for my spark friends that may be wondering where I have been. I haven't quit, just working a summer job with crazy hours. When I get home I am exhausted and just can't log on. I am still eating correctly just not exercising at all and I miss it. I never thought I would say that! I haven't weighed-in, in weeks. Yesterday someone called me skinny so that made me feel good and eased my mind. I can't wait for this summer job to be over where I can get back to my regular job at school, Sparking and exercising. I miss you all! So have a great safe, fun summer.


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DESTINED2BFIT 7/18/2008 5:04PM

    So glad all is well!

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CATZRULE2 7/18/2008 2:13PM

    Glad to know you're doing okay. It's great that you're taking care of yourself with a good eating plan. Don't feel too bad about not Sparking all the time---you are doing what you can, when you can.

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The Spark I could only get here.

Friday, June 20, 2008

I started working on me before Spark people. I joined a women's social club, weight watchers, started seeing a relationship coach, and a (therapist (because I was overwhelmed by recent tragedies & setbacks in my life) that I just couldn't handle on my own). I was struggling! Then I found Spark people and with the added support and motivation I get here my weight loss has been jumped started. My attitude and the way I deal with things have changed for the better. I know I can succeed at what ever comes now!! I just needed that daily motivation, challenge and The Spark I could only get here.

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MEME102 6/20/2008 7:03PM

    What a great blog!!! Sometimes all we need is that little nudge that puts our head back on straight!! Good for you for finding yours and letting it lead you. Keep up the good work!!
Breaking 200 team

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 6/20/2008 12:58PM

    I love you swan picture and your words. Starting out today, I feel like I can believe in my future success another little step more. Good luck!

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Success Realized- Dropped 5.8 lbs & 4 1/2

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Just a few hours ago I was so worried that I had messed up because I hadn't went and weighed in at Weight Watchers for what seemed like a month. I hadn't been since week of 5/20-5/24. I still worked the plan as much as possible even though I had some strong stresses and problems during those weeks. Spark people was such a great stabilizing force for me during those weeks for me.

I am proud to say that tonight June 17, 2008 I was down 5.8 .lbs and had lost 4 inches and I measured when I got home and was down another 1/2 in. so that is a total of 4 1/2 inches and I think that is pretty great for someone who hasn't lost successfully in 25 years. Considering my daughter use to laugh at me when I exercised or fixed "Diet" food. She has finally come around to my way of thinking and has decided to join me on this journey. I would say that success was realized. emoticon emoticon

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MISSPIGGY726 6/18/2008 6:19AM

Thats brilliant!! I'm so happy for you.
Congratulations on all your hard work - its inspiring!

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