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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Running Start

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RUNNERS

Today Jessica and I (finally!!) took the Good Form Running class at Big Peach Running Co. I mentioned wanting to go before I started training for my half marathon, and I really wish I had taken the class before I started running to prevent the shin splints I had at the end of 2013. The class was super informative, and we both learned what we need to work on to be better runners. I learned I was running with a heel strike, and I need to stretch more to loosen up my calf muscles. I also surprised myself that I have more muscle than I think I do and having a weak core is not my issue anymore. By the end of the class, the instructor said I was running with a mid-foot strike. Success!

We went over the four basic principles of proper running form, which are posture, the mid-foot strike, cadence, and lean. I’ve watched video after video after video trying to achieve this running form, but I couldn’t put the skills into practice on my own. For instance, I couldn’t figure out how to get my body to run in with the mid-foot strike. In class, our instructor had us practice marching in place so we could feel how our feet should be hitting the ground. Then we starting running from marching, and we instantly had better running form. He instructed us to practice this move outside of class. A good trick is to march while waiting at a stop light to keep yourself moving and to remind yourself of the proper foot strike. For more information on proper running form, check out the Good Form Running website– I have it book marked!!

Jessica and I go back in two weeks for the second portion of the class. In the second class, we’ll go over proper stretching and core building exercises (which include one legged squats!). I am excited for the second class and to try out my form next weekend at my 5k. The timing on my classes couldn’t have been better.

Here’s to my running start on 2014!

… And my fantastic lunch today!

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Hot Off the Press

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I’ll keep this short and sweet– my resolution this year is to not take life so seriously– and my goals are below! What do you think?

2014 GOALS

1. Become a certified nutritionist

2. Become a certified personal trainer

3. Teach a fitness class

4. Release a recipe e-book

5. Reach my ideal weight

Food Preppin’

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foodprepfoodprep1I am finding success in losing weight, because I am food prepping. Food prep makes eating right with a busy schedule easier. I no longer have to worry about cooking everyday, and I don’t feel the need to race by a fast food joint on the way home from work anymore, either. Plus, I know my body is getting a bunch of nutrients everyday.

I food prep on Sundays, and put my Sunday to Wednesday food containers in the fridge. I put Thursday and Friday in the freezer to stay fresh. Other food preppers keep Thursday and Friday in the fridge and do not freeze any of their meals. As long as you don’t put fish or seafood into those meals, it should last and not make you sick. It doesn’t taste as fresh, though. I’d rather freeze and defrost than eat weird tasting food. Others do two mini food preps throughout the week, and this allows them to food prep for their weekends, as well. Do what works for you!

I use cheap containers from my local grocery store that have built in dividers for snacks. I’ve also used mason jars. A friend of mine just bought fancy containers from the Container Store. I’d really think about what kind of food you’ll be making, and if you’ll truly use the containers you buy for those foods. If you know you’ll be cooking stew in a crock pot, than make sure your containers will hold stew and are leak proof.

A lot of my “recipes” are not really recipes. I try to keep it simple with protein, carbs (which include fruits/veggies), and good fats at every meal. Many of my meals consist of a similar blueprint: a bed of fresh baby spinach or cooked spinach, a little quinoa or brown rice, with a protein on top. For sides, I’ll add on an extra veggie or fat (like mashed squash and olives or broccoli and hummus), and very rarely, I’ll have berries for fruit. For snacks during the day, I’ll have a banana, an apple with almond butter, or an avocado. So, a meal I commonly have is a bed of fresh spinach, a little quinoa, and half a piece of chicken breast with mashed squash and hummus on the side. Another meal idea is to have the exact same meal but with a meatloaf muffin as the main protein. If I am really low on time, I’ll buy a cooked chicken and cut it into pieces and throw it in with some mixed rice or quinoa. Or I’ll mix a cooked chicken, cooked spinach, and sun dried tomatoes with a couple sides. I throw some seasoning on it, and I have a meal. Simple! I usually cook one or two actual recipes a week to throw in some yummy food. I do give myself different side options and a few different protein options to keep it from getting it so boring every week.

The hardest part is cooking everything at once (which is why simple recipes are key!). I typically bake first. While everything is baking, I have every burner going and I cook everything really fast. Sometimes I’ll use the microwave for veggies, and I’ll cook soup in the crock pot. You’re going to literally be cooking a bunch of stuff at once. It’s stressful. It ain’t pretty– your kitchen is going to look like hell when you’re done. But you’ll get better at it, and after a few weeks you’ll be a pro.

One other thing I do is read a lot of about food prep and healthy recipes. If I am not working or exercising, or writing in this blog, I’m probably reading up on something health/fitness related. Here are a couple articles on food prepping. I learned a lot from them! The Lean Green Bean and Ripped Recipes.

And here’s me after working out with my trainer this weekend (in the cold!!).

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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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Cleansing the Soul

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Over the weekend, I started taking the Vitamin Code Raw One for Women daily vitamin created by Dr. Jordan Rubin. Vitamin Code Raw One For Women is uncooked, untreated and unadulterated. It is RAW, gluten-free, dairy-free and contains no binders and no fillers. It’s a little spendy (buy it online!), but it’s the only daily vitamin I’ve tried that doesn’t hurt my stomach. Vitamins are so important! Even if you eat right, most health professionals recommend extra vitamins. I am partial to gummy vitamins (what?!? they’re almost like candy!), but I’m making an exception for superior quality.

I’m also checking out their Perfect Cleanse. Now cleanses kinda, sorta, really scare me. I tried one from Whole Foods one time, and it made me so sick. My stomach hurt for days! I haven’t had any issues with the perfect cleanse. I’m on day 5 of the 10 days cleanse, and it seems to be doing it’s job well without any pain or discomfort. It really is a new way to cleanse! I must admit, though, one of the steps is a powder. They give you the option of drinking it with water or juice. I highly recommend drinking it with juice or almond milk. It tastes absolutely disgusting in water! Don’t do it!! Anyhow, I am excited to remove toxins from my body and give it a fresh start. Here’s to a happy colon!

On a good note, I am still Blasting away, and I’ve been meeting with my trainer, too. My coworkers and friends are starting to really notice my weight loss (how cool is that?!). I’m definitely noticing my muscles! It’s weird having muscles when I’ve never, ever had any definition anywhere before. Anddd I officially have 202 blog followers! I was so surprised to see that today. Howdy, all 202 0f you!!

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Totally Humbled

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My awesome trainer, Cecilia. If you’re in the Atlanta area and looking for a trainer, she’s really great. She can be contacted at http://www.teamtrainhard.com or info@teamtrainhard.com or  805-876-4731. 

Tonight I worked out with my super cool trainer, Cecilia, at Piedmont Park. We started off with a run, and she said I have an admirer. She said I motivated this admirer, and they paid for 4 sessions for me. I was so blown away! This is probably one of the coolest things anyone has ever done for me. On top of donating a good amount of money, my story compelled them enough to actually want to help me progress. That’s just amazing to me! I was totally humbled by their generosity.

Their generosity amazes me because sticking with all of this means more to me than just losing weight and looking better. It means more than getting healthy (which is super important!). It means more because I am taking my life back. I’m finally sticking up for myself and putting myself first. I am breaking life long habits, and I’m fighting off a very bad depression. I really feel like I need to win this battle to prove to myself I can stick to something, and I am worth everything I am working towards. I also want to show others who feel the same way, lost and alone, that they can do it, too. It’s amazing how when I finally said, “Okay, I can do this. I can live on my own and do well and be successful” that my community is reaching out and embracing me. My dad always told me no one will love me until I love myself (and I can’t truly love anyone else until I love myself). He was right. I’m finally starting to learn the meaning behind those words.

To my mystery admirer, I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’ve truly touched my heart, and I hope you reach your goals, too.

– Kimberly

 

 

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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Who’s that lady?

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This week I fit into size medium work out pants. I was super excited, because I was in a size extra large just a few months ago. I was pretty stoked when they fit (and looked good!). I’ve found with my weight loss it’s the little surprises that keep me going. It was easier to push myself the next day through my group run knowing I’m actually getting smaller. I am truly seeing if I stick with this, and keep on trucking, I will see results. Seeing results is awesome, because if I wasn’t seeing results, it’d be hard to stick with the routine (just being honest!).

I stuck with my work outs this week. I ran and did my homework for my training class, and we ran 8 miles on Saturday.  Let me repeat that, we ran 8 miles on Saturday!! That’s a lot!! This was the first week I did my training runs completely outside and not on the treadmill. Running outside is so much more difficult, and so much worse on my legs, than running on a treadmill. Once Saturday came, though, my legs were still sore from the week. I struggled to keep up, because my legs were so tight and sore. One of the coaches walked with me for a bit. We stretched once we were warmed up, and then we continued our interval running/walking until the finished. I was glad for the extra encouragement, and I learned I need to listen to my body. I can only push it so far before I push it too far, and I don’t want to cause any injuries (or permanent damage). I’ve become friends with my after run routine: stretch, foam roll, ice, and bengay. This routine is my life saver, and it really helps my legs! This week in personal training, my trainer had me do weights for my upper body. I loved it! It was difficult, but it was more enjoyable than cardio. I am looking forward to getting stronger, too!

My diet has been pretty good, and I’ve been on the hunt for new recipes. I think I need to mix it up a bit. I’m going to start tracking my food to really see if I’m getting all the nutrients I need.

Also, I’m getting addicted to IG. Check me out there @kimtoslim! I post a few times a day. 🙂

Here’s some pics from this week!

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In Love

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Stone Mountain

In love. In love. In love. I absolutely adore Stone Mountain Park. Stone Mountain is just outside of Atlanta, GA. It’s a little amusement park next to a huge quartz dome. You can hike the dome, and at the top, there’s a wonderful view of Atlanta and the nearby mountains (if you go on a super clear day). There’s a sky tram up to the top if you do not want to hike to the top, but the hike is challenging. It’s an excellent form of exercise. There’s also a 5 mile loop around the mountain where locals walk and run on a daily basis. I love how Stone Mountain has incorporated healthy living into their theme park.

I’m all about getting outdoors. I struggle with working out at the gym, because I’d much rather be outdoors. My friend Kimball and I walked the park yesterday for exercise. We jogged down the mountain, actually. It’s interesting to do, because there are so many random rocks to jump down from. I’m surprised we didn’t fall! Once we were all the way down, we had to walk 1.1 miles to our car. We got a good workout in! I enjoyed mixing it up and getting in a different type of exercise. I feel like mixing it up will keep me interested, but it will also work other muscle groups for a more well rounded work out routine.

Atlanta has been so rainy this spring and summer, so I haven’t gotten outside much. I want to find a few trails in the mountains to hike before winter sets in. Stay tuned… I’ll post pics!

P.S. Posting from my patio (doggy under my feet)!

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