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!

Jeremy’s One Pan Meal (Breakfast!)

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jermmealMy friend Jeremy is one of the best cooks I know, and he cooks amazing Southern food. Lately, he’s been getting into shape. I follow, and long for (seriously!), his food on IG and Facebook. He knows I love his food, and he sent me this message of Facebook, “I made this little gem this morning. Turkey bacon, 2 eggs scrambled with fat free cream cheese peppers, onions, and sharp cheddar.”He continued, “And yes. I have decided that you don’t need 2 pieces of bacon or even 3. What I do it take one piece and I chop it up and then I scramble it in with my eggs so you get all the flavor and happiness of the smokey bacon but at much less cost.” It’s a simple one pan meal! I can’t wait to try it this weekend!

For exercise, he plays a lot of golf. It’s important to remember exercise can be about staying active with activities you love. You don’t have to go to a gym and spend hours on a treadmill. Personally, I cannot wait to hiking in North Georgia this summer. I love how Jeremy is getting in shape by cooking simple, yet delicious, meals and keeping exercise simple. He’s going to look great by summer!

“Autumn… the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ― William Cullen Bryant

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The past couple of weeks have been a wirlwind! We had Halloween, my birthday (had a great friend breakfast and went to the World of Coke), a trip to Houston, and work has been crazy! I’ve been on IG a lot, because it’s faster, but I’ve missed posting here. I did crossfit in Houston with my friend, Barbara. I had a great time, and I really enjoyed the group aspect of the work out. I’ve also been working out with my trainer, and we went hiking at Kennesaw Mountain today. I had a blast, and it was a total workout! I’ve been working on my diet (trying to cut out sugar, especially).

I need to start working on my cardio routine again, though. I need to find a routine that works for me, but it’s all a work in progress. I’m trying to decide if I want to try crossfit or do this Blast 900 class which combines cardio and weights with interval training. Or I keep going to the gym on my own. I’m hoping I pick one soon!

I am trying to say no to all the extra holiday treats. This is a tough time of year to try to be healthy! I’m going to keep trying, though. It’s tough to say no to all the wonderful cookies the venders keep sending. Not going to lie. 😉

Here’s a ton of pictures of my workouts, hikes, food prep, and a few fun ones!

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Haters Gonna Hate

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Someone asked me recently, “Why are you blogging your weight loss?” and then they asked, “Isn’t it embarrassing since you’re not thin?”

fearsI think these questions need to be addressed. First, I am blogging my weight loss, because it keeps me going.  I blog because if I don’t blog, I fear I’ll stay overweight forever. I fear if I don’t lose weight, I’ll lose out on a long and healthy life. I also hope to inspire others to try a healthier life style, too. Sure, I could wait until I’m fit and only show those photos, but it’s nice to see the journey along the way. Second, sure it’s embarrassing. Hey, look, I have  a fat roll in my picture. Hey look, I can only do very basic things in the gym right now. But I’ve found people are going to judge me no matter what I do. I’d rather have them judge me for trying rather than not trying. Third, these questions bring up an issue within our society. I’m not any less of a person for being overweight. A thin person is not automatically a better person than I am. Someone working out is someone working out… It shouldn’t be considered embarrassing because they’re bigger… Shame on anyone who things that way!

I have faith I can do this (and haters gonna hate).

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Food Prep Mason Jar Style

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Food prep 1; Fast food 0.

After running (interval running, of course) 3 miles at the gym… I food prepped! Jessica challenged me to food prep today, and I totally delivered. I can’t wait to eat it all! It’s actually a ton of food, and for whatever reason, everything tastes so much better out of a mason jar. Am I right?

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P.S. I am working out with a trainer tomorrow. Excited!

How do you stick with it (when you’re tired and worn out)?

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Man, oh, man. When I started my new job, I texted my roommate to say, “my new job is going to interfere with my blogging time.” I knew it would! I work long hours and have a long commute. I am finally used to the long hours and commute. I need to figure out a way to incorporate being healthy into the 10 day and 2 hour commuting time (round trip). I know so many other people work long hours and commute forever, and they stay in shape. They chose to stay in shape, and I need to make that decision, too.

I really see the value of food prepping on the weekends. If I had easily accessible food, I could grab it on the go or when I get home. I also need to pick definite days to go to the gym and stick to those days. If I don’t have it in stone, it’s so much easier to just not go to the gym. I have been going here and there, but I know I need to go more often. There was one day where I super stressed, and instead of ice cream to make me feel better, I just wanted to go to the gym. I was really proud of myself.  I do see there is a glimpse of change in me. It’ll happen soon.

I wanted to share a picture of my friend, Barbara, from Houston. She’s lost a lot of weight, and she eats clean and does cross fit. She cooked this yummy meal for us… Totally Paleo. I love her cooking, and I certainly do miss it! She’s an inspiration to me when it comes to getting healthy and fit. I’m on the left.

 

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