Jerm’s Herbed Baked Chicken with a Side of Heaven

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Jerm’s Herbed Baked Chicken with Honey & Chili Flaked Carrots and Couscous Stuffed Romas

Jeremy sent over these pictures today, and I just had to post them! He doesn’t really cook recipes, but he put together the instructions below.

Chicken

  • Boneless skinless chicken breast.
  • Seasoned both sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried herbs (I have a grinder that has a French style).
  • Preheat oven to 425. I use a non-stick oven pan.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and set timer for 30 mins (These were fairly thick breasts).

Tomatoes

  • Cut in half 3 roma tomatoes and scooped out the insides with a spoon. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper inside.
  • The filling was boxed garlic and herb small couscous, but you can sub quinoa if you like. To that I added finely copped green onion, and mixed in low fat wedge cheese (come in a little wheel with a cow on it and is individually packaged).
  • Slice a little sliver off the bottom of each tomato to make it sit level on the non-stick oven tray. Fill each “cup” with the filling mixture.
  • Sprinkle with some herbed bread crumbs and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil (evoo).
  • Cook them with the chicken on 425 for 17 minutes or until brown on top.

Carrots 

  • Peel some whole carrots (not very large) and cut them in half lengthwise.
  • Rub with salt, pepper, red chili flake, and evoo.
  • Cook on medium high heat in a pan until almost tender.
  • Pour it honey and let caramelize on the outside prior to finishing.

And done!

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Will you cook Jeremy’s dinner? Guys, impress your lady with this dinner– it’s sure to impress!

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“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” ― Benjamin Franklin (Food prep every week!)

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My weight loss habits are starting to truly become habits. Working out and eating healthy have become normal parts of my life. I went to my Blast 900 class three times last week, and I worked out once with my trainer, Cecilia. That’s a lot of weight training and cardio! After my circuit training class at Blast 900 on Saturday, I was so worn out! It was a good worn out, though. I am consistently eating better and keeping up with food prep, as well. I feel like I’ve gotten the basics down, and I am starting to learn about how the body burns fat. I am starting to learn what food actually does to your body when it breaks down in the digestive process. I am starting to form my own opinions on what is healthy and what is not healthy, instead of simply mimicking my peers.

Also, everyday things that were difficult before are becoming easier. For example, before I started working out, if I tried to put on a sock or shoe by balancing on one foot, I’d wobble all over the place. If I carried in a ton of groceries all at once, they’d be super heavy. I don’t notice these things anymore. I am started to get stronger, and I am starting to become a little coordinated.

Progress, folks. I’m seeing progress.

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Instant Inspiration

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My super in shape co-worker showed me a trick. She keeps a photo off an attractive woman on her phone. The photo serves as an instant inspiration and reminder to not eat junk food throughout the day. I tried it out this week, and it works! I’ve also created a folder for my weight loss and running apps. See? I’m making it a lifestyle!

Also, I don’t know who the woman in the picture is, but I’d like to publicly thank her for keeping me from stuffing my face with Oreos.

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Brand New Blog!

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It seems everyone has a blog. I had an “about me” blog last year, but I didn’t think I am interesting enough to have a blog just about me. I really wanted a “theme” blog, but I didn’t know what to write about it. Lately, though, I am surrounded by people losing weight and adopting healthier lifestyles. I’ve been heavy on and off for about 17 years now, and I finally want to end the cycle. I want to be healthier for me, and I am finally ready to do it. I think blogging about it will help me along the way… So, here goes nothing!

So, how out of shape am I? My roommate and I walked a mile this week, and my heart hurt. I am 27-years-old (don’t repeat that!). I should be able to run, skip, jog, and cycle my way through a mile effortlessly! I was so shocked my heart hurt. For the first time in my life, I “feel” fat. I don’t know if I am feeling it more, because I am getting older, but I definitely feel it now… And it’s not a good feeling.

I’ve always said here and there I need to lose weight, but I really didn’t mind being a little chubby. My heart was not truly in losing weight. I just felt like I needed to say I needed to lose weight to fit in a little more with friends. I am not huge by any means, but I am big enough for it to be an issue. So, I’ve been walking more with the roomie. The mile is now two miles, and we’ve walked six miles overall this past week. I am going back to the park tonight, so we’ll make it eight miles. I even encouraged her to go yesterday, but she thought we would be too busy. We were busy, but I’m proud of us for going.

So, here’s to Kim to Slim!