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Cooking meat in water (no oil)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Did you know you can cook your meat in water? I just started it a little over a month ago, and now I'm addicted! Before, I would cook chicken breasts, for example, in a little oil on the stovetop or in the oven, seasoning it right before cooking, and the results were usually a dry breast devoid of flavor. I've never been good at cooking meat. Now I marinade the chicken breast overnight in pepper, sea salt, basil, etc. Heat up some water in a pan (not enough to submerge the chicken at all (i.e. not to boil it), but enough to produce some steam to cook the meat), put the chicken in when the water starts steaming, and place a lid over the top while it steams and cooks. You have to watch it closely, adding more water as needed, but the results are surprising. For the first time, my chicken breasts are moist. And you don't have all of the fat from the oil! I find that this method doesn't work well with chicken strips, narrow in width, but with full chicken breasts, it comes out incredibly moist. emoticon

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AVADISS 12/6/2012 10:46AM

  thank you for sharing this. it's indeed a low calorie way of preparing chicken. emoticon

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BEINGBETTER2ME 9/29/2012 7:59AM

    I love meat cooked this way! I add a bit of curry powder to the marinate, so good.

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SHERYLDS 9/12/2012 5:58PM

    I love 1 pot meals....I'm single and I don't want to fuss a lot.
My favorite method of cooking is using a little chicken broth with herbs and adding the frozen veggies (usually different medleys for variety). The result, moist chicken flavored with veggies, veggies that taste wonderful, and easy cleanup

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 9/12/2012 5:50PM

    Grilling works, too. My wife loves grilled chicken breast. Keep Sparking!

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Why is it so hard to drink enough water?!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Well, I have not drunk pop in over a month (which is huge for me). However, I have replaced it with copious amounts of teas (and I DO mean copious). I find the tea to be so soothing, but of course it is a diuretic. That would be ok if I were drinking tons of water....but I'm not. Here it is 9:25pm and I'm just not cracking open my first bottle of water. What's wrong with me?! I walk around with a dry mouth all of the time. It's not good. I betcha if I actually got 8 cups of water or more in per day, I would probably be able to think clearer. I usually don't think about getting my water in until the end of the day, maybe getting a bottle or two in before going to bed. I really need to work out a better plan for getting my water in during the day. It's not like I hate the taste of water....it's just that I get so busy at work and school that a whole day goes by before I even think about it. Does anyone else struggle with this?

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CHRISI2012 9/4/2012 11:34PM

    I definitely struggle with this. I keep a Nalgene bottle on my desk at work and I'm lucky if I get through a cup in my 8 hour shift. I try, but I just don't have the "need" to drink anything. I think that's part of my problem though - not hungry, thirsty. I think I messed up in my development somewhere. I don't know the difference sometimes. Let me know if you think of anything to fix this. I'd sure like to be in the 64 oz club!

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MORNINGSONG1 9/4/2012 9:44PM

    I have trouble getting the water in each day too Weightloss4real, so I started before breakfast in the morning drinking bottled water 16.9 ounces, then one before lunch, and one before dinner. Dumb me I thought the 9 ounces was short of the cup I needed so I added half a bottle before bed. Well every night for the last two weeks I have had to go to the bathroom 4 to 5 times. I am going to try 2 and a 1/3 bottles from now on. Its alot easier to cut down on something you DON'T like then something you like.

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Sedate me with Chocolate, STAT!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Well, I completely messed up today. I not only fell off the bandwagon, but it backed up and ran me over a couple times. So I'm a medical student, on my surgery rotation. I started with a new surgeon today, and let me tell you he is a psychopath...he's a great surgeon and man does he know his stuff....but nonetheless he is a psychopath. All he does is scream in the operating room...no one is safe. Not the nurses, not med student (me), and especially not the resident. During the 5 operations today, I heard the 'F' word more times than in my entire life added together. After the first surgery, I took off my surgical gown and my scrubs beneath were literally drenched in sweat. The operating room was freezing cold, but I was so tense and even shaking the whole time that I came out soaking wet. Well, the whole day went like that and in between surgeries I took to sedating myself with chocolate and other sweets. A brownie here, cookie there, banana pudding, another brownie and another cookie....then off to salty snacks like a bag of peanuts and two bags of chips. It was just awful. In one day, I likely set myself back a whole week or two's worth of weight loss. Mind you, up to this point, I've been doing pretty well. In another two weeks I will be at my one year mark of my weight loss journey, and I have reached 70 lbs down. I'll be darned if I let this stress detour me from my goal. Ughhh!

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    I'm so sorry you have to work with such a nutcase! My daughter is a nursing student with a crazy instructor who yells and is mean to everyone - telling them they should really rethink their decision to become a nurse. You're going to come across people like that and the comfort from chocolate you took today is okay. Just not every time. It's going to happen again, and next time just remember that you've worked too hard to get this far to let a crazy person turn you around.
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TESENISIS1 5/1/2012 2:14PM

    Have you found other ways of coping with stress..could you have taken a 2 minute break outside and breathed in some fresh air or closed your eyes for a 2 minute meditation to simply follow your breathing? Great job with your journey and remember that this was a test for you...certainly you didn't pass, but you can learn from it for future days like this. Don't let it defeat you!

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Going to gym, in icy weather

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Took me 5 mins to do a rush job of scraping the ice off of my car windows. Pulled out onto the semi-plowed street, and headed onto the highway. Cars are driving slow, passed a car that had slid off the road. But no matter how bad the roads are, how cold the wind is, or the fact that I could be sleeping in this Saturday morning, I'm going to the gym! Got there safely, by God's grace. Walked in and looked around for my trainer....but I can't find him. Finally, I asked another guy who works there. "Oh, he's not coming in today, because of the bad weather. He couldn't get into his car this morning." Oh, rats! Well, I'm already here, I might as well work up a good sweat.

In the past, if this had have happened, I probably would have been upset, disappointed, and self-pitying. I would have left the gym, without working out, and driven through McDonald's drive-thru to get a hot fudge sundae. I know it sounds childish, but I'm just being honest. I was so proud of myself today. I just shrugged it off, and went to working out. Did 30mins on elliptical, and 1 hour of weight lifting, lunges, crunches, planks, leg lifts, etc., and then 15 mins in the sauna to wind-down and relax.

I reached the 60 lbs-down (since May 2011) mark today. I just want to remind everyone out there, and to remind myself, that losing weight is doable. We don't need to rely on others (trainers, workout buddies, the spouse or family) to keep us motivated and on track. Of course, they are all great when they're there, but if something were to happen and we lose that external accountability, we need to stay accountable to ourselves. We have to be determined and willing to work out even when there's bad weather, we're tired, we fell back on our old eating habits the day before and are now feeling depressed, or any other excuse our brilliant minds can effortlessly come up with. Obtaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a commitment we need to make for life. We will mess up from time to time (Life happens!)....but longterm consistency is the key! Good luck :) It's worth it!! emoticon

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WEIGHTLOSS4REAL 1/23/2012 12:04PM

    Thank you! Well, staying at home in bad weather is not a bad idea, as long as you do your workout (e.g. exercise videos, sit-ups, push-ups, leg lifts, jumping jacks, etc). You can definitely get a great workout at home. Just make sure you don't take the day off! emoticon

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COASTERKAT 1/22/2012 12:48PM

    Wow, I love your attitude! I haven't gotten that much gym motivation yet - when it was icy, I stayed home! Kudos to you for not letting it keep you down!

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50 lbs down today!! Whoohoo!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Got on the scale today, and I am officially 51.5 lbs down since May 2011! Praise God!! I remember yesterday, I was so upset, because I saw a cousin of mine that I haven't seen in so long....we got to talking about exercise and health and I shared with him that I've lost 49 lbs since May....and he was like," You mean you were 49 lbs heavier than you are now?! You're still big....I can't imagine you being 49 lbs heavier! I was talking to my brother the other day, and he was telling me how big you are now. I can't imagine you even bigger." Then my dad piped in," Yeah, when she came to my church, I saw the looks on peoples faces. They didn't say anything, but I knew exactly what they were thinking....They were thinking 'She's too fat to be becoming a doctor!' "

Needless to say, I was really hurt. I try not to worry about what others say or think about me...but it still stings...especially coming from family! Aren't they supposed the be the ones to be the most supportive?! Anyway, I was so teed-off that I went for a 2-mile walk in the freezing cold rain and bitter wind! People probably thought I was crazy! I am soooo proud of myself, though, b/c in the past, I always turned to food for comfort. But this time, I actually chose a healthy alternative to burn off some steam :) Anyway, I've come so far that I can't get detoured now. and this morning made it all worth it. I jumped to 51.5 lbs down?! Oh, I had a grin from ear-to-ear! (I still do! :) My goal is to lose 150 lbs total, and now I am officially 1/3 of the way there! God is good! and today is a wonderful day! :D

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BEINGBETTER2ME 9/29/2012 7:57AM

    Great Job!!! I understand how you feel!

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XSENCIX 10/20/2011 8:35PM

    awesome job on avoiding the emotional eating and congrats on your 2 mile in cold weather.
my family is same way ! i lost 8 pounds im eating healthier i workout twice a day and the response from them is and ?! lol
its a bit hard when u dont have support at home but thats y we are here
:) congrats

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MISSG180 10/19/2011 7:53PM

    I've taken to saying things like, "Why thank you. You've really made my day with that. I bet you feel really good about insulting me! I hope it leaves you with a warm feeling, deep inside, knowing that you've hurt my feelings. Keep up the good work!"

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SPARKPEG11 10/19/2011 7:37PM

    Once at a ww meeting someone stood up and had lost 50 pounds... she went to the store to get dog food and went to lift up a 50 pound bag of dog food...Holy cow she said... "I lost a bag of IAMS" It's a LOT of weight. I can't believe the insensitive comments...hurtful. Don't let it be. You have accomplished what so many cannot. I cannot WAIT to proclaim the same! Your acccomplishment inpires me! Keep up the great work emoticon

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VVKIMBO07 10/19/2011 4:22PM

    Good for you! Don't let those negative voices get you down! They have no right to judge you! This is a happy day! emoticon emoticon

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JQUIBELL 10/19/2011 4:13PM

I saw this posted on someone else's blog today and I think you'll appreciate it:

"Some people just need a high-five.

In the face.

With a chair."

I liked it so much I posted it on my desk at work! :)
50 lbs is an amazing accomplishment and no one can take that away from you.
You are truly and inspiration.

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