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Ate It: Chicken Parmesan

Face it, Chicken Parmesan is one of the best Italian dishes around. Skip the expensive white tablecloths and $8 glasses of wine and make your own at home. Plus, it’s a weight watchers recipe, so you can leave the guilt at the restaurant.

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Health + Fitness

Skinny Wrap Party!

I’ll admit – I’ve been a bit lazy over the past few weeks with Operation Skinny.

Weigh In 9/17/12: 164.5

But, last night I attended a Wrap Party – you know, those toxic releasing wraps you put on your belly, thigh, etc.? I went in pretty hesitant, but after watching someone else do it, I figured why the hell not.

Sarah, our host, was super helpful in explaining how it all worked. The Ultimate Body Applicator is a non-woven cloth wrap that has been infused with a powerful, botanically-based formula to deliver maximum tightening, toning, and firming results where applied to the skin. She took my measurements (see below), photos, and began to place the wrap on my belly. Fair warning – it’s cold! It feels like you’ve just applied Icy Hot that never gets hot. After the wrap was in place, she used saran wrap to hold it in place so I could move around, which I still didn’t. It kind of felt like I had a back brace on!

As we waited for the magic to happen, Sarah explained a few of the other products It Works! sells, including a delicious chocolate protein shake (mixed with peanut butter and banana). The product line is pretty awesome – a bit expensive, but it seems to work.

45 minutes later, we removed my wrap and remeasured. Overall (waist, naval and hips), I was down 2 1/2 inches! The wrap is said to work for the next 72 hours as long as you continue to drink water, lay off sugary sweets (it’s killing me to not have green tea!) and eat reasonably healthy (that may not happen tonight – it’s date night, and fried provel might be involved. i cannot say no to fried provel).

I’ll post my updates via Twitter for the next three days, and be sure to check back for the before and after photos.

BEFORE:

Waist: 30 3/4
Naval: 35
Hips: 39 1/2

After:

Waist: 30 1/2
Naval: 34
Hips: 38 1/4

Want to buy your own? Click here! 

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Operation Skinny: Week 1

First and foremost, I have to share my superstar pooch, Badger Dog Yadi, who made Caesar Milan’s Facebook page this past week.

My little bad boy is a celebrity. 🙂

WEEK 1 RESULTS: -2.5 lbs!

I only was able to use the DB Goddess for two and a half days due to illness, but I’m pretty pleased with the results, especially since I spent Saturday drinking with the girls! I did walk Yadi twice for a total of 3.4 miles, as well as 20 minutes on the cross trainer. This week should see the full dosage, as well as an additional workout. I couldn’t quite handle the whole 6-meals-a-day thing, but I’ve been trying to get in 4. It’s about time for me to make some more Egg Salad – that and my Protein Shakes have been my top fillers!

What do you eat when trying to lose weight?

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Operation Skinny: Day 1

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m getting back into shape. Or at least trying. I hit Supplement Superstore last night and caved into the DB Goddess Prime Fast Pack. Luckily with my purchase came a buttload of knowledge. I’ll upload the forms later, but their certified sports nutritionist (ahem – all of them are.) helped figure out a plan for 6 small meals a day including a mixture of protein, carbs and veggies. As you can guess, 6 meals is a LOT. My biggest fear was how it would affect my Weight Watchers points, but I think I’m doing OK.

Seriously, I love taco night.DAY 1:

6:15am: Strawberry Milkshake Protien Shake, blended with frozen Strawberries – 3 points, Protein & Carbs. I don’t know about you, but I cannot stand the taste of protein shakes! Blending in the strawberries definitely helped. Andy picked out the flavor a few months back, but I cannot fathom spending $57 on powder, so it will have to do. If you have any suggestions to make it better, PLEASE let me know!

9:05am: Weight Watchers Egg Salad, 1 slice Whole Wheat Toast, Tomatoes – 5 points, Protein, Carbs & Veggies. This egg salad is bomb dot com. You mix 4 hard boiled eggs with 2 hard boiled egg whites (just cut them in half and remove the yolk). Add 2 tbsp of low-fat mayo (Hellman’s!), a tbsp of mustard (they suggested dijon, but I only had yellow), salt and pepper. It makes four servings, which is perfect for the week!

12:00pm: Ground Turkey, low-fat Mexican Cheese, Lettuce & Tomato on a Whole Wheat Wrap – 8 points, Protein, Carbs & Veggies. I’m obsessed with taco night. I always make extra meat for left overs!

2:50pm: Yoplait Low Fat Orange Sunrise Yogurt, Carrots, 2 slices of Lean Ham – 5 points, Protein, Carbs & Veggies

As far as dinner goes, we’re going to Blarney Stone with my parents, so we’ll see if I can (healthily!) get in my Protein, Carbs & Veggies. One of the most important things he said was to NOT have carbs in your final meal of the day. With all this food, I’m not sure I’ll want a 6th meal! As with most plans, you have to adapt them for yourself.

I had the great plan to workout this morning, however I got all the way to the office (we have a gym) just to realize my dress and blazer were sitting on the bar stool at home. BUMMER. I took my lunch hour to jump on the crossramp machine for 20 minutes, which might be my new favorite invention for the pure fact that you can control which muscles your working. I’ll keep you posted on how I do, as well as great work outs and recipes!

Wish me luck – I just signed up for the Glow Run 5K in October. 🙂

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Nom Nom Nom: Banana Oatmeal Muffins

So, after completing my first 5K Saturday by walking over half (it wasn’t timed), I decided this week was ideal to pick up my dieting habits once again. I joined weight watchers a few weeks ago, and with a hefty goal of 25 lbs., I sought out some delicious, low-point recipes.

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I’m not a big fan of oats, but this banana oatmeal muffin recipe seemed easy enough, and I needed an excuse to wear my new belle apron. Plus, weighing in at only 4pts, it was a good replacement for my boring old cereal & milk.

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Ingredients
– 2 1/2 cup oats (old fashioned kind, not quick cooking)

– Single serving cup of plain low fat greek yogurt (I used 8oz of chobani)

– 2 eggs

– 3/4 cup sugar

– 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

– 1/2 tsp baking soda

– 2 bananas

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray tin with non-stick cooking spray. FYI – this will make the muffins look darker then they really are. don’t worry, you aren’t burning them!
2. Place all of the ingredients, including bananas in a bowl or blender. Mix on high until oats are smooth. I used a regular hand mixer, but if you have a strong enough blender, that would be easier!
3. Fill pan 2/3 full with batter and bake for 20-25 minutes. Mine took 21, but were a little done.

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Easy peasy, right?