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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

I MADE it!! Today was a little rough, I will admit. Seems that I have allowed myself to eat whatever, whenever for the past 2 months or so and it has definitely caught up with me! I think I am up about 10 lbs, which I know will fly off with a few days of conscious eating, so I am not too worried. I am however, scared to death of not getting control of it NOW!

I am making a deal with myself to get on Spark at least 3x a day. If nothing else, but just to log my food. Of course I am also going to interact with You~my wonderful Sparkly friends. I really miss you all! Summer is winding down now, and I know that the stress of school will only add to my tendency to over eat.

Summer "eating" break: Now Officially OVER! LOL

So I have decided to post food blogs on days when I feel it is going rough or I feel tempted to "cheat" myself out of eating right. Today, of course was one of those. Here is how it went.

Breakfast: Smoothie w/ 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 c mixed frozen berries, 1 c fat free milk.

Lunch: 2 Eggs, 2 egg whites. Fresh summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes.

Fresh melon for dessert~Yum!

Dinner: Pesto & Whole Wheat Penne of course! (this is pictured w/ chicken, which was actually my husbands plate, I went vegetarian)

Awesome day! I came in Under my allowed calories, which will be fine for a few days.

++++++++++++Recipe Time++++++++++++


2-3 cups fresh basil
1/3 c raw almonds or pine nuts
2/3 c fresh grated parmesan cheese
1/2 c olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves
salt & pepper to taste

Put all ingredients into food processor and pulse until creamy. Serve with whole wheat pasta and grilled chicken for a meal that is super Delish!!

Start w/ freshly picked basil leaves. This recipe would be pretty expensive if you don't grow your own!

Next I use raw almonds most of the time, but I do love pine nuts too. The almonds are much more inexpensive. Fresh grated parmesan cheese, plenty of garlic and some olive oil.

Smash it all into the Cuisinart and pulse. I usually add half first and then the rest, bc mine is tiny.

Just look at all of that green goodness! YUM!

Toss this with your pasta or heck, if you are feeling risky, just smear it on a fresh piece of Italian bread...Enjoy!

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    Loved seeing your steps....I love to do that as well.
    I have never made Pesto....maybe now I will give it a try!
    2827 days ago
  • SALINA78
    Great blog and the pesto looks oh so yummy!!!!

    I have had 2 months of no exercise and bad eating. Blah!
    Time for us to get back!!!
    2842 days ago
    Looks delicious!
    2842 days ago
    Your shake looks delicious, and the pesto - YUM!

    You're right about that 10 pounds - it will come off quickly now that you're watching what you eat again. I'm in the same boat, because when I started roller derby in June, all the extra exercise made me so hungry all the time and I quit watching my calorie intake and started eating more junk. Even with all the exercise I get, I've gained several pounds. But I'm back to counting again, and I know it'll be gone soon. Sometimes you just gotta take a break, and then jump back on the wagon! We got this!
    2848 days ago
    Ok, now I'm really hungry, lol! How do you like the protein powder? A dietitian recommended I try it but I was a little leery. . . I admire your confidence too!
    2849 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    emoticon Yumm!! You're off to a great start! Those 10 lbs will be gone in no time! emoticon
    2849 days ago
    Oh, thanks for this pesto recipe! I'm growing my own basil, and it's pretty bushy and big right now... I'm hoping I get to make this really soon. A few health food stores let you buy pine nuts by weight... which is what I'm going to do. emoticon
    2849 days ago
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