Creamy salsa goodness anyone?!

26 Aug

Well, since I am starting my internship tomorrow, I needed an easy dinner for the week! My crock pot is my best friend! Seriously, if you don’t have one, get one! It does marvelous things! I just love that I can throw everything in it in the morning and it will cook all day! That way, when I come home, dinner is ready and I don’t have to worry about a thing! So…one of my all time favorite dinners to make in the crockpot is Creamy Salsa Crock Pot Chicken! It literally tastes like something really high in fat and calories! It’s amazing! So…here it is!

1 pound frozen chicken breasts
1 jar tostitos salsa
1 can black beans, drained
8 oz block of fat free cream cheese (or weight watcher brand)

Place frozen chicken breasts in crock pot. Cover with salsa and drained black beans. cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours or on LOW for 9-10 hours. During last 30 minutes of cooking, place cream cheese in the crock pot and let sit until done. Use two forks to shred apart chicken and stir everything together.

2/3 cup = 5 points plus!

I typically eat mine with brown rice as well! This is my dinner for tomorrow and its already tracked in my tracker! Also, I sometimes double the recipe in case I don’t want to make another dinner during the week!
Enjoy!
-xoxo M

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Planning Ahead!

26 Aug


Hi everyone! I am SO sorry I haven’t posted in a few days. My boyfriend did the Tough Mudder race this weekend so I wasn’t home at all! A lot of people are asking my to make a post about how I plan out my meals in my day and by the week. Ever since I joined Weight Watchers 6 years ago, planning became a huge part of my life. It is so easy to tell yourself you are going to start eating healthy and working out….But if you don’t have a plan lined up, the chances are that you will never start!

I follow Weight Watcher points. So, I always plan a day in advance. Sunday I will write out my daily points for Monday. Monday I will plan out my daily points for Tuesday…and so on! Typically, on Saturday or Sunday I will go through all of my recipes and pick 2-3 that I will make during the week. That way I pretty much have an idea about what dinners I will have and it makes it a lot easier to plan out breakfast, lunch, and snacks. I love to plan at least a day in advance because that way, when I wake up, I don’t have to think about what I want to eat. I just look at my tracker! If I had to wake up every morning not knowing what I was going to eat, I would probably go through drive through’s and eat out!

I know that this Friday I will be going to my Robby’s nephews football game! Robby and I are going to have to leave around 4:00 because it is pretty far away from us. That means that dinner time will be at the game! So, I used my extra 49 weight watcher points already. My weeks run from Saturday-Friday which means that I don’t get those extra 49 points until next Saturday. So, at the football game, I really need to stick to my daily points allowance! I plan on packing a dinner for Robby and I and snacks for later! That way, we don’t even have to go to the concession stand and be tempted!

As you can see, planning is a lot of work, and it takes time! But, sitting down for 5 minutes a night is definitely worth it in order to live a healthy life and lose that weight! YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Comment below if you guys have ANY questions! Have fun with planning!
-xoxo M

WhAt I aTe WeDnEsDaY!

22 Aug

So..as promised, I am going to share with you guys EVERYTHING I ate today! So many people struggle with coming up with food ideas when they are trying to lose weight or just eat healthy! It takes a lot of experimenting! I still struggle with it…sometimes NOTHING looks good in my fridge or pantry. Its about being creative and listening to your cravings! So….here is “what I ate Wednesday!”

Breakfast: 1/2 of an Arnold 100% whole wheat sandwich thin toasted…with an egg fried up (cooking spray in pan;break yolk)…with a slice of reduced fat cheese and tomatoes! I always like to pair carbs and protein together for breakfast! It helps to give me the energy I need and it keeps me full all day long!

Snack: I needed a quick and easy snack today….I was really busy with running errands….So, I sliced up a Fuji apple and dipped the slices into 1 TBSP natural peanut butter. Such a treat!!

Lunch: Lunch was quick and easy today! Chicken breast baked in the oven with a little bit of Cajun chicken seasoning. A side of broccoli. and of course a little bit of ketchup! I LOVE ketchup and have to watch how much I eat. But, I will never give it up! I tried not eating it for a month and ended up gaining weight because I would pick at more food because I was missing having it! Crazy, I know…but having it works best for me! All in moderation!

Dinner: I was meeting an old Weight Watcher friend tonight for dinner at Panera Bread. You have to be careful there! A lot of the things on the menu are TERRIBLE for you!! However, they have a HIDDEN menu with AMAZING options! Tonight I had the Power Mediterranean chicken salad. It has spinach, lettuce, grilled chicken, tomatoes, and a hard boiled egg. Dressing was olive oil and lemon juice on the side! So good and it felt like I was eating something bad!

Snack: I LOVE to have a snack at night after dinner. It is something I will always do! Now, when I was overweight the portion would be HUGE! Almost 3 bowels of cereal. Now, I make sure I measure everything out! I had a good amount of points left over tonight so I was able to have a higher point snack. I had 1 cup of Raisin Bran with Flax seeds and 1 cup of skim milk!

I hope this gave you some insight into what my days look like! typically its breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks! Sometimes I can fit in 3 snacks! I track my food by using Weight Watchers points plus values. Everyone has a different points plus value depending on height, weight, age, and gender.

What were some of the things you guys ate or tried today that you really enjoy having?!

-God bless and live healthy!
– M xoxo

Another great blog!

20 Aug

Hey everyone! Want another awesome blog about weight loss and healthy living?? Check out Mama Is Losing It! She just posted some great before and after pictures I think all of you would like to see! She is such an inspiration! http://mamaislosingit.com/

Fall, Football, and Parties….Tips on how to say no to all of the SNACK food!

20 Aug

Well..I hate to say it..But fall is right around the corner! Summer is always a blast. This summer was especially fun for me. My oldest brother flew in for a week, I was flown to NYC for a photo shoot, and I was able to take a mini vacation to the mountains. I enjoyed being off from school…with literally nothing to do besides read, swim, and sleep in. That’s all going to change starting Tuesday though! I start my Practicum and couldn’t be more ready! I spent the day today running errands getting school supplies, a cute vera lunch tote, and of course a dress for work. Something about buying things for school and fall clothes makes me one happy girl! Here are pictures of my new dress from The Limited and my Vera Bradley lunchbag!

This fall is going to be amazing…I just know it! I will actually be “working” instead of sitting in class, I will get back into a routine, and my parents are buying a new house…which means decorating and painting! I’ve figured out that I will go to the gym 3-4 times a week right after I get off of work. I start at 7:15 and get done at 2:45…So I am hoping I can make it into the gym before the rush! I will be doing meal prep on Sunday…planning out 2-3 dinners to make a week. Leftovers the other nights.

Fall really is my favorite season. I love the colors of the leaves. I love to go apple picking. I love to wear scarves, jeans, and sweaters. I love to go to farms and pick pumpkins and sip hot apple cider. Something about the warm colors and the smell of fall brings such peace and joy into my life. Fall to me means the end of the year is coming…and it gives me time to reflect on what this past year has brought.

Fall also brings a lot of yummy comfort food! Football starts which means parties and get togethers! And you can’t have a party without food, right? Party food is one of the hardest things for me to handle. I LOVE munchies. I was and still am a snacker. It sometimes gets me in trouble. My brother is a football coach for a pretty well known college team. Therefore, we always are wathcing the games! Which means, there is normally snacks and food! My boyfriends brother plays football for his high-school, which means we always go to the games and go to his house after. So, at the games there is concession stand food (which is so good right?!) and then after the game his family typically gets pizza. This is where the self-control and discipline come in.

There have been times where people have gotten legit MAD at me because I was not eating the pizza and the nachos. I would and still plan on packing my own snacks/food if I don’t want to eat badly or use my extra weight watcher points. I stuggled with this for a long time, but I realized that my health is more important than falling into a trap of being forced to eat food that I don’t want to eat. Stand up for yourself! You will feel 1,000 times better brining your own snacks and saying no! One tip I have is to just tell the person hosting the party that you would like to bring something! Make it healthy and know you can have it! Don’t say “oh, I can’t eat all of your food so I have to bring my own.” Make is positive! Say, “I am so excited to come! I really want to bring something!” Simply leave it at that! I guarantee that NO ONE will even know its healthy or weight watcher friendly! Do not worry about pleasing everyone…because it is not going to happen. Do what is best for YOU! YOU ARE WORTH IT!

One of my favorite things to make and take to a party is my Barbecue Chicken Chili! This chili is literally SO good that I could eat it every single day! It is warm and comfoting..just what I love for fall and parties! It can be put on a baked potatoe, eaten with baked tortilla chips, or just eaten in a bowl! It’s made in a crock pot which makes it even easier to take to a party and to double! I promise you that no one at parites will know it is healthy and weight watcher friendly. So…here it is!

1 pound chicken, breast, ground, raw
1 large onion, uncooked, chopped
1 medium pepper, green, seeded and chopped,
3 cloves garlic, fresh, chopped
31 oz kidney beans, rinsed and drained
15 and 1/2 ounce pinto beans, rinsed and drained
14 and 1/2 ounce canned diced tomatoes
12 ounce chili sauce (found by worcestershire sauce in stores)
4 and 1/2 ounce green chili peppers, canned and diced
1/4 cup chili powder
2 TBSP worcestershire sauce
1 TBSP brown sugar
1 TBSP cumin

Place the chicken, onion, bell pepper, and garlic in a crock pot; stir with fork to blend. Add the kidney and pinto beans, tomatoes, chili sauce, green chilies, chili powder, worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and cumin; mix well. Cover and cook until flavors are blended and the chili thickens slightly. 4-5 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low. Yields 1 1/4 cups per serving. Weight Watchers points+ = 7.

The serving size is great and the points are low! This chili is absolutely perfect for parties, convienent dinners, and I guarantee everyone will like it! It tastes like you are eating something greasy and fattening…when in reality it is SO HEALTHY!

So…stand up for yourself. Take control of your situation. But most of all…enjoy yourself! Fall and parties should be fun! Plan ahead! Take charge! And remember that YOU ARE WORTH IT!

-Live healthy and God Bless
– M xoxo

S’mores, Pizza Pies, Cookies….OH MY!

19 Aug

I’m back from the mountains! I had such an amazing time and did not want to come home! It was so peaceful and just what I needed. My mom, dad, and I went up Thursday and had so much fun. We grilled hamburgers, made a campfire, and really just enjoyed each others company. Here’s the house we stayed in! It is a good family friends cabin…They were kind enough to let us use it! The backyard was beautiful as well. The water was right there! There’s nothing better than the sound of rippling water! So peaceful.


Friday morning my boyfriend, Robby, was able to come! I was so glad he was able to get away from work for a little! We really just hung out and enjoyed not having to do anything! We knew we wanted to make a fire that night…So we took a walk through the woods. I always thought I was the outdoorsy type…However, I realized I AM NOT! First I wore flip flops and shorts…Not a good idea! So then I changed into shoes, pants, a hoodie, and a hat! I was all set! We collected some nice sticks for the fire! It was actually really fun!



Saturday morning we went to the local ski resort that was 15 minutes away. They had a summer activity package that included tubing, slides, swimming, bowling, mini golf, paddleboats, rockwalls, and more! Our favorite part of it was to be able to ride the ski lift as many times as we wanted! There is something so peaceful about being about the trees and soaring with the birds! At the top of the lift was a beautiful lake! We really enjoyed being on the paddleboats!



One of the most exciting things for me however, was the rockwall! When I was overweight…There were multiple times where I encountered a rock wall. I was never able to do it. So, I knew I needed to try! I was nervous. Seeing it brought back all of the humiliating moments of not being able to either fit in the harness or not being able to lift myself up it. But Robby was right there encouraging me and I knew I could do it! I did it….But I didn’t get very far! Who knew I was SO afraid of heights and falling! I made it half-way up….And that was enough for me! It felt so good finally being able to do something I couldn’t do when I was overweight!

Now…along with all of these fun activities…there was food. A lot of it. And it wasn’t healthy. The majority of the summer I deprived myself of treats and things that I was craving. Deprivation is a terrible habit. Because in the end it backfires, which is what happened to me at the cabin. I didn’t eat one healthy thing and my portion sizes were way too big. Now…it is ok to enjoy yourself on vacation. It is ok to spurge and enjoy the food. But, I went back into my binging ways. I could have easily packed a healthy breakfast or a healthy lunch. Instead I stocked up on everything that I wanted all summer but didn’t let myself have. If I would have given myself more leeway over the summer and had more treats, this overeating at the cabin wouldn’t have happened.

I look at this as a learning opportunity. I know now that depriving myself doesn’t do any good. Because when I was binging on all of the bad food… I was feeling guilty. Which shouldn’t happen. Treats are meant to be a good thing! Your body needs them to speed up your metabolism! If I had allowed treats throughout the summer…and ate healthy meals along with treats at the cabin…the guilt wouldn’t be there. SO please…DONT DEPRIVE! Have a treat. Enjoy it. Plan for it. And get back on track the next day. If you do weight watchers like I do…count the points for it and use your extra 49 points! It is allowed to have French fries, pizza, and ice cream…but in moderation! I am human. I sometimes slip up. I sometimes go back to binge eating. However, I can recognize it now and move on. Today I was back in the gym, tracking my points, and eating healthy! It feels so good! Before I would have said forget it…I ate bad 4 days. Might as well give up on eating healthy. If that sounds like you…. 4 days of eating bad wont make you gain 20 pounds. Just like 4 days of lifting weights wont make you strong. It is ok to slip up! Just don’t give up!

I hope this post helps some of you. Having a treat meal should be a fun and exciting thing. Too many people think of it as a bad thing. Like I said before. Don’t deprive. Plan. Enjoy. Get back on track!

-xoxo M

YoU aRe BeAuTiFuL!

15 Aug

Well with the start of school fastly approaching … My family is taking a much needed mini vacation. Our friends were nice enough to let us use their amazing cabin in the mountains for the weeked! They just redid it..and apparently it is amazing! Stay tuned for pictures 😉 My boyfriend is able to come too and I am so thrilled! We plan to go hiking, swim in the water, and enjoy spending time around the campfire! There will be treats…S’mores, Pizza pies, and cookies. However, is is vacation. Deprivation can do horrible things to your body and mind. I haven’t gone away this summer yet…So some treats are necessary! It is all about moderation! You better believe I will get right back on track on Sunday when we get home!

I wanted to leave you all with a positive saying since I won’t be able to post until Sunday (there is no service or WIFI at the cabin).
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL
Today’s society is way to harsh on people. With the amount of makeup, hair, and skin products it is hard for anyone to feel that they are naturally beautiful..flaws and all. Well let me tell you something…
YOU ARE
I have stretch marks, loose skin, and imperfections that I tend to focus too much on. But at the end of the day..I know that God made me how I am for a reason. I tell myself every morning before the start of my day that I AM BEAUTIFUL. So…that’s you mission until Sunday. Tell yourself that everday…And know I think you are too!

-God Bless and Live Healthy
– M xoxo

Instagram Photo – Workout of the day!

14 Aug

So….if you follow me on instagram, I told you to come to my blog to see what the heck I was doing in the picture! If you just follow my blog, you may have seen the picture on the right hand side of my blog. Well….that exercise is called I-w-I. This exercise is great for developing the lower traps and scapula. It helps to pull your shoulders back….which is so important! My mom always yells at me and tells me to pull my shoulders back! It definitely makes you look taller! This exercise also promotes flexibility and range of motion for shoulders. All of this is so important! My shoulders were so weak when I first started lifting heavy and because of that, I injured my rotator cuff. I was completely cut off from lifting and had to go to physical therapy for 3 months! It was awful! I don’t want that to happen to any of you…so I thought I would share this exercise with you!

First, you want to lay flat on your stomach. Grab 2 pound dumbbells – keep your thumbs up – and arms straight out in front of you. Keep your head down.

Lift your arms up…they wont go up very high…just enough to give you range of motion. Pull them back in a W like position. You are going to have to engage your core and use those back muscles.

Then bring your arms back to the original position

Do this for two sets of 10 reps! You will feel the burn big time! Also, I have noticed that this helps with the back fat right behind my armpit! A lot of women complain about some fat hanging out over their bra or shirt…this is really going to help tone that area of skin! Also, it will make your back and shoulders look super good!

-This exercise and information was given to me by a certified personal trainer..aka the boyfriend! 🙂
-Enjoy! Let me know if there are any questions!
-Live Healthy and God bless! M xoxo

Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers!

13 Aug

green peppers

Peppers are in season! I don’t know about you…but I am always looking for new ways to incorporate fresh vegetables into my diet! I am a comfort food lover! Anything warm and creamy and gooey is right up my ally! Also, I am a VOLUME eater! I love to see my plate all filled up! These stuffed peppers are perfect! They are SO filling and SO good. Also, they go GREAT with the mashed potato recipe I previously posted!

5 Green bell peppers
1 pound lean ground turkey breast
1/2 cup chopped onion
15 ounce tomato sauce
1/2 cup instant rice
salt and pepper to taste

Cut tops off of peppers and clean out center. Mix turkey, rice, onion, salt, pepper, and half of the tomato sauce. Stuff peppers.
Spray crockpot and use remaining tomato sauce on bottom of crock pot. Place peppers in crock pot. Cook on high 1 hour and then low until done.
Weight Watchers Points+ = 5pts+ for one pepper

ENJOY!! These are one of my favorites!!

-M xoxo