Monday, July 21, 2008

Coming soon to a blog near you!

Hi Ya'll!

Thank you for the "WELCOME BACK"! I will be posting a picture in the next few days, so prepare yourselves! I just got a fancy new hair-do (thank you Coco!), and I am excited to be "ME" again!!! I am just getting ready to make a protein shake. Today's workout (tonight) will be the following---

  • warm-up
  • 1 mile run, 2 mile run/walk (alternate)
  • sit ups
  • push ups
  • stretching yoga style
Nothing fancy, but a good way to start out the week! I would like to start incorporating weights, and more yoga/pilates to the mix so watch for ideas for that as well!

** I have also been reading a new book for great ideas/changes that I need to make in my eating. "The South Beach Diet Super-Charged" is an interesting read. It has 3 phases, and the 3rd phase is normal eating but with whole grains, lean meats, fruits, vegi's, and lower fat meals. Sounds like the way we all should be eating anyways, right? I am going to be doing a daily account on the blog about my eating so that I can keep track ( I hope it doesn't bore you!), and see where I am going wrong. But also to make sure I am doing it right! I want to follow the program, because I like how it starts out strict, then slowly adds back food so you can see what agrees with your body, and then you can have anything but in moderation! I love that it is so high-protein, low carb! If any of you remember me in my "skinny days" after I had Colton, this is what I was doing- so let's see if this "older body" version of me can do it as well!

Wish me well! If you have any ideas about Phase 1 on the South Beach (SBD, from now on) I would love some input!

Picture will be posted soon, as well as weight! Maybe we will do a contest on that one!! LOL!


Friday, July 18, 2008

Heart, Healthy, YUM!

Grilled Sesame Salmon

Serves: 4


This flavorful, heart-healthy dish cooks up quickly but looks impressive, making it a perfect meal for entertaining.


To test for doneness, insert a small, sharp knife in a fillet; fish should be opaque throughout. When pressed with your finger, salmon should feel firm but not hard.


  • 2 medium cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon salt, plus additional to taste
  • 4 tablespoons rice vinegar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tahini or smooth, natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 salmon fillets (about 5 ounces each)
  • 1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 6 cups baby arugula or salad greens

Nutritional Information:

329 calories
17 g total fat (3 g sat)
75 mg cholesterol
12 g carbohydrate
31 g protein
3 g fiber
2,011 mg sodium


  1. Place cucumbers in strainer set in sink; toss with 1 tablespoon salt. Press kitchen towel on cucumbers; drain at least 1 hour or up to 3.
  2. To make sauce, combine 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 tablespoon lime juice, soy sauce, tahini, 1 tablespoon oil, garlic, ginger, and 1 tablespoon water in blender; puree until combined.
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high. Season both sides of salmon with salt. Place skin side down on grill; cook 3 minutes, or until skin shrinks and separates from flesh. Flip; cook 4 minutes, until done.
  4. Toss cucumbers with remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 teaspoon oil, and sliced onions. Refrigerate until serving.
  5. Divide arugula equally among four plates. Top each serving with salmon, then cucumbers. Drizzle sauce over servings.


Hello everyone! I AM BACK!!! I've been bugged for too long about posting again from my oldest brother, Chris. He says, "Jen, everyone wants to know why you haven't been blogging?", so at his urging, and MY GUILT. Here I go... (and Chris, who is everyone?)

Chris said I should just say, that I am taking the summer off, and that I like to eat? That makes me sound lazy and obsessed about food. Not that there isn't some truth in that, but who likes to face that reality?

Well, there is no excuse really. I am trying to figure out what happened myself. I am still working out 1-2 days a week, my eating has not been at its best, but not at its worst. There is no excuse at all. Days have gone by, and now it has been months. I think I started to slack when I realized we wouldn't be going to the beach. So as I've stewed about this long and hard, here is the conclusion I have come up with...

  • I am not setting a weight goal because I am going somewhere, have a "class reunion" or anything like that.
  • I am not starting on Monday, or tomorrow, I am starting right now.
  • I had a lovely realization yesterday when I did my BMI on an online calculator, and it read "Obese"...
  • I know I am not in the best shape, look the best, or in a healthy weight range for my height.
  • I know that I must be mentally prepared, and emotionally ready to get rid of this baggage.

  1. I want to lose weight. Not just for looking good purposes, but for confidence. For health- because I should be scared straight that heart problems run in my family...
  2. I need to make sure I work-out 6 days a week. Why? No, this is not obsession, or excessive, I feel good when I work out, it is my time, and it is about me and for me. Mentally it helps me start my day...
  3. I need to consume less calories each day, and be mindful of the calories I do consume.
  4. I want to reach a goal that I can achieve each day, I want a focus that is about me, and I want to be free from the weight that is literally dragging me down.
  5. Last, but not least, I find that when I have a focus and a balance in my life and about me, I am much happier!!!
So, Chris, I would like an official WELCOME BACK from you! I am back, and I am ready to be held accountable. I need to blog about this, as embarrassing as it is, I am overweight, and ready for a change. So, I will post a picture tomorrow, I am going to the gym, I will weigh in, I will take the measurements, so folks, be prepared. I am going to get "REAL"... You may be shocked, or you may not be. I hope I don't embarrass myself, my family or my friends, by what I post. But, I am tired of being tired, and I probably embarrass myself more now with the shape I am in, than by doing something about it!

To all who read and come across this, please feel free to comment, and share your weight loss success, your insight, and add me as a link to your blog. If you know me, and come across this, please drop me a line, I'd love to say hello!!!