Overcoming Obesity

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Fire Twisted Hot Wings 138 Calories and only 1.45g Fat

Get ready to call the Fire Department, these wings are packed with a punch!

1 package of Jennie-O Turkey Tenderloins
1/4 Egg Substitute
1/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 dash sea salt
1 dash coarse black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot Wing Sauce Hot Buffalo


1.Preheat oven to 375 Degrees. Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray, set to side.

2.Pour 1/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour in a deep bowl/container, add 1/4 tsp garlic, a dash of salt and a dash of pepper, mix well and set to side.

3.Cut Jennie-O Extra Lean Turkey Tenderloins into small pieces or nuggets. Place all nuggets in a large bowl that has a lid. Pour 1/4 Cup Egg Beaters (or two egg whites) over turkey nuggets, seal bowl with lid and shake well. Remove lid.

4.One at a time, remove from turkey nugget from egg mixture, shake off excess egg, place in flour mixture and coat nugget, place nugget on baking sheet. Repeat until all nuggets are coated.

5.Spray Coated Nuggets with non-stick spray, bake in oven for 8 minutes. Remove from oven, flip each nugget over, spray nuggets with non-stick spray and bake an additional 8 minutes or until nuggets are fully cooked. Remove from oven allow to cool on sheet for 2 minutes.

6.Place cooked nuggets in large bowl that has a lid, pour 1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot Wings Hot Buffalo Sauce over turkey nuggets. Place lid on bowl and shake well to cover all nuggets.

Makes 5 Servings (about 6 wings each)

Optional: Garnish with Celery and your favorite Low Fat/Cal Ranch Dressing. I wish I could find a way to make blue cheese dressing low fat, but I haven't been able to figure that one out yet :) I also have not been able to find a Lowfat Ranch dressing that I like, I usually mix 4 tbsp fat free sour cream and 1 1/2 tsp Ranch Dressing Powder for a nice dipping sauce. (Just an FYI, its a big hit at my house)

These Wings would be great for game day, the boys will have a hard time keeping their hands off these. If you don't like HOT, use a mild sauce because these bad boys are H-O-T, have the water hose ready!

Calories: 138
Fat: 1.45g
Carb: 4.81g
Fiber: .6g
Protein: 25.4g

Weight Watchers: Approximately 3 PTS

Friday, February 19, 2010

Shrimp Primavera 327 Calories (8.33g Fat)

Deliciously rich pasta recipe loaded with shrimp, fresh veggies and cheese, no guilt here folks!


24 Medium Asparagus Spears
6 Medium Carrots
4 Garlic Cloves
3/4 cup Ragu Light Parmesan Alfredo Sauce
3 Cups Precooked Frozen Salad Shrimp
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Box Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti
4 tsp Kraft Reduced Fat Parmesan Grated Cheese Topping


1.Cook Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti as package directs; drain

2.Trim and Cut Asparagus into 1 inch pieces, Peel and chop carrots into slices about 1/4 inch thick. Measure 3 cups of Precooked Salad Shrimp (frozen) and set to side.

3.Spray large skillet/wok with non-stick spray, add 1 tbsp extra lean olive oil, bring to high heat, add carrots. Grate 4 garlic cloves into skillet/wok. Add Asparagus and cook for 5 minutes.

4.Add frozen precooked shrimp to skillet/wok until shrimp is heated through. The pan will have juice from shrimp, add 3/4 cups Ragu Light Parmesan Alfredo Sauce and heat until warm. Add 4 tsp reduced fat Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste. (If sauce is too thick, add 2 tbsp of water if preferred)

5.Place pasta in bowl and top with shrimp mixture. Makes 5 servings.

Who said the days of succulent rich Alfredo sauces were over? You can enjoy every bite of this dish without any guilt and no extra workout required. We ate this with a nice salad on the side. YUM YUM YUM, did I say YUM?

This is something I just threw together, somewhat playing in the kitchen and oh boy, it was a hit! You could also add other veggies like thinly sliced bell peppers, green onions and capers, I think the green onion and capers would be a great combination with the shrimp. If you don't care for shrimp, just hold the meat or dice up a grilled boneless skinless chicken breast.

This meal was a delight, it was very filling and no fuss in the kitchen, quick and easy meal.

So here's the skinny (oh yes, I mean skinny)

Cal: 327
Fat: 8.33g
Carb: 41.49g
Fiber: 7.9g
Protein: 23.42g

Weight Wathers - Approximately 6 PTS

Thursday, February 18, 2010

330 VS 299 - Whats it look like?

I just have to say that I appreciate all of the support and encouragement, you guys rock the house! It is overwhelming the love, cheers, well to dos, and hugs that I have received from everyone! Thank you so very much!

Many people have asked for updated pics, I was going to wait until I lost 50 pounds before posting any pics, but hey.... 31 pounds, that is pretty significant, so here we go

330 Pounds:

299 Pounds:

So, not a huge difference but noticeable in the upper tire :) It's not as inflated anymore! Lovin it! My Brother saw me this afternoon and said, Sis... your losing weight! I said, oh come on, your pulling my chain, I know you can't tell. He told me, yes you can, in the middle, you not as round as you were, keep it up!

I was like, woo-hoo, a person finally noticed! Yippee!

Okay, I am putting a rating on the next pic, X and of course that is for XLarge
The Rear View at 299:

So yes, Baby's Got Back! I always have, it just kept growing with the rest of me. I decided to add the backside, now that I've joined SPARK, I am a little more hip to what angles to take pics from, basically, any angle that I have avoided for the last 10 years. I don't have one at 330 but I thought it would be good to see the backside at 299 so I would have a comparison later. I don't want to lose all my junk, but I do want to minimize it with the rest of me.

One more shot... the side view @ 299 (no 330 pre-shot available)

So this is me at 299. Not a huge difference from 330 pounds but it is 31 pounds less (not to mention, I am in TWOVILLE), my clothes feel better and I can wear blouses that I haven't been able to wear in a few years. Woo-Hoo!

Now entering TWOVILLE

Yesterday afternoon, I hit the gym, I was kinda dragging, not really wanting to be there but showing up is 90% of it, right? Against all judgement (I'm trying to keep this down to a weekly event) I decided to weigh myself. I Move the weight to 300, and and the other weight to 302.... TOO HEAVY! Hmmm, I move it to 301, TOO HEAVY... I move the small weight and 300 is STILL TOO HEAVY! Tears well in my eyes, am I seeing this correctly. I move the big weight to 280 and then take the little weight and move it over, 300 is still TOO HEAVY. I move that little number to 19 and viola.... I am 299 pounds. I have officially entered TWOVILLE! I cried, I clapped and cried a little more.

I have not been under three hundred pounds in over two years. I was amazed that I have finally committed to my health, I realized, I am doing this. I am getting healthier everyday.

I wanted to scream it out on roof tops, "I have entered TWOVILLE!" I wanted to do a back flip or a cart wheel, I was just so happy! At this point, I am unable to do a cartwheel so I decided to put all that energy in my workout. After my workout, I went to the park and walked a mile and half.

As I was walking, I realized that I have actually lost 31 pounds, that is almost 10% of my starting weight of 330 pounds. When I began this journey, I made the decision that I would update my picture when I lost 50 pounds. I am more than half way there, I am merely 19 pounds away from taking an updated pic.

I would have never imagined entering into twoville so quickly, but I realize, that the changes in my lifestyle make it possible. I am literally getting healthier every single day.

I appreciate SPARK more than I can express. Everyday I am motivated to give it my best and push myself to do more. Everyday I meet new people who have accomplished so many things and share their stories. These stories encourage us to keep going.

I've been told that I motivate people, this still amazes me. This makes me work harder, being the person who doesn't want to disappoint anyone, I don't want to disappoint any of you. Although this journey is still for me and my health, I push myself harder when I don't want to do something because of the support and encouragement I have found in my new SPARK family. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Bye Bye Three Hundred, I have been with you for so long but I have to admit, I will never return. I can no longer blame you for being unhappy or uncomfortable. It is my choice to change, to be healthier and now that I have left, I can honestly say, I am not coming back,

HELLO TWOVILLE! I will be here for a while but I am just passing through!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Chocolate Treasures 40 Calories (1.31g Fat)

Flaky pastry treat filled with chocolate, cream and blackberries


1 package of Athens Mini Fillo Shells (can be found at Kroger's, frozen food section)
1 package Kroger instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup skim milk
1/4 cup fat free cool whip
15 cup blackberries or raspberries
1 tbsp Kroger Semi Sweet Chocolate MINI Morsels (MINI MORSELS)


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place Athens Mini Fillo Shells on baking sheet, add 6 mini semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels in each shell, set to side.

2.Mix 1 cup of milk with Kroger Sugar Free Instant pudding mix, beat on low for 2 minutes. Put pudding into cake decorating bag with star tip. Place in fridge to keep cool and allow a little time for pudding to thicken.

3.Place Fillo shells filled with mini morsels in oven, bake for 5 minutes, remove from oven and allow to cool.

4.Fill each Fillo Shell with pudding.

5.Place 1/4 Fat Free Cool Whip in a cake decorating bag with small star/flower. Top each chocolate filled fillo shell with whipped topping.

6.Add one blackberry or raspberry to each treat.

This recipe makes 15 delicious treasures. This little treasure was a BIG hit at my house. Very yummy, if your looking for something chocolate. It reminded me of a chocolate pie. This is something I was just playing around with and we will definitely be making this one again.

Each Treat

Calories: 40 (12 Fat Cal)
Fat: 1.31g
Carb: 6.16g
Sugars: 1.94g
Protein: .73g

Monday, February 15, 2010

Week 6 results - So close I can taste it

I hit the gym this morning and nearly shouted, I practically jumped for joy. Hold the press folks, I am 302 pounds! Three itty bitty pounds away from "TWO-VILLE!" Oh my goodness, I can nearly taste it, it is so close I can almost touch it!

Looking back over the last 6 weeks, all I can do is the happy dance. I am by far no where near my goal weight of 135 pounds however

-I have lost 28 pounds which just so happens to be an average two year old and a human brain (see what have u lost blog)
-I have gone to the gym 24 times this year
-I have walked 26 miles
-I haven't smoked in 5 weeks and 6 days
-I have counted calories and tracked everything I have eaten for 43 days strait
-I plan my meals in advance
-I pack snacks
-I take a healthy dish to parties to be sure I have something to eat
-I am using exercise to relieve stress
-I read nutrition labels
-I have more energy
-My body and joints feel better
-I am closer with my son, we walk at least 5 miles a week together
-I walk to the grocery store when I only have a few staples to grab
-I drink at least 12 glasses of water every day
-I try new foods
-I no longer fry foods
-I am having fun cooking healthy in the kitchen
-I can bend over and tie my shoes
-I can walk 3.5 miles without stopping
-I can put my panties on without sitting down (still a challenge but I can do it!)
-I can complete an entire HIP HOP ABS Video
-I can run around and play football with the kids

So in just 42 days, I have truly dedicated my energy to being a healthier person. I am on the road to overcoming obesity. I have fallen but I have gotten back up and I keep moving.

There are days I still fight with my desire to eat everything in sight but I am not giving up. 2010 is my year and I will no longer be trapped behind what I allowed my body to look like. I am learning to love my body and I appreciate my health. I feel myself getting stronger and I am so excited to see what I can do in another 42 days.

I want to give a special thanks to all my family, SPARK friends and anyone who may be following/reading my blog. Your support helps to keep me going and gives me hope. I appreciate you so much and I thank you for being there for me! HUGS and LOVE!

As always, one meal at a time, one day at a time!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Deliciously sweet with the perfect touch of chocolate. You can enjoy every bite of this decadently sweet treat without any guilt. Each strawberry is covered in Real Dark Semi-Sweet Chocolate!


10 Large Strawberries
18 Baker's Dipping Chocolate Wafers (Real Semi-Dark Chocolate)


1.Rinse 10 Medium to Large Strawberries, pat dry and set to side.

2.Remove 18 Chocolate Wafers and place in small glass bowl. Heat in microwave for 20 seconds; STIR chocolate. REPEAT until most of the chocolate is melted. Stir vigorously until smooth and glossy.

3.Using spoon, cover each strawberry in chocolate. Place strawberry on was paper upside down until cool, approx 2 minutes.

Makes 10 Servings

ENJOY this simple and delicious treat with someone you care about. If you like chocolate this is the perfect treat for you. The Strawberry adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the Semi-Dark Chocolate! Trust me, this is a guilt free way of eating chocolate.

Now sit down for this, your not going to believe the caloric intake of this treat. Each Strawberry is:

Calories: 27
Fat: 1.4g
Carb: 4g
Protein: .27g

I ate 5 delicious Strawberries and it was only 135 Calories. It was great! I got my chocolate in for Valentines day and felt so satisfied! Be sure to add Strawberries and Baker's Dipping Chocolate (Semi-Dark) to your next shopping list. Folks, your gonna love this one!