Thank you so much for visiting my blog. This is a story about 1 girl and her journey to make herself and her family healthy spiritually, mentally and physically. Throughout my journey I have successes and "learning opportunities". I share them all here - the good, the bad and the ugly. As I grow and learn, I will share it here.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

I used the weight watchers cream cheese. This is fabulous!!!!!!!!! I put ingredients in my weight watchers recipe builder. It came out to 4 pp+ for 1/2 cup. I put over rice to extend the meal! This is a favorite of ours now! It is so good and so simple - it goes into our rotation!                 
  
Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

1 can black beans
1 can corn, undrained
1 can Rotel, undrained
Ranch dressing mix I make my own using this recipe
1 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 8 oz package light cream cheese
2 chicken breasts

Drain and rinse black beans. Place chicken at bottom of pot, then pour out whole can of corn (undrained), rotel, and black beans. Top with seasonings and ranch mix. Stir together. Place cream cheese on top. Cover with lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir cream cheese into chili. Use 2 forks to shred chicken. Stir together and serve.

Serving Size:  1/2 cup
Weight Watchers:  4 pp+
Recipe from:  www.plainchicken.com

Chicken Noodle Casserole

I tried another recipe that I found on Pinterest tonight.   It was another major hit!  It is getting to be fun to try new recipies!  YUMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Chicken Noodle Casserole
Ingredients
Ingredients:
4 cups egg noodles, cooked and drained
2 cans condensed reduced fat cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup skim milk
6 ounces cooked chicken breast halves, chopped
1 can tomatoes with green chiles (Ro-Tel*)
10 ounces frozen mixed vegetables


Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well. Place in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Bake
for 30 minutes.

Makes 6 Equal Servings (1 1/2 Cups Per Serving)
Nutritional Info Per Serving: 238 Calories; 6g Fat; 13g Protein; 34g Carbs;
3g Dietary Fiber; 44mg Cholesterol; 880mg Sodium


Weight Watchers:  6 pp+ per serving

Friday, February 24, 2012

Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili


I tried another recipe from pinterest.  This  is actually the second time I have made this recipe.  We had a pinterest party at school.  I had been collecting recipes for a while - but had never made one.  I decided that this would be a great time to start!  I cooked it all night - boy did it smell good when I woke up that morning!  I was one of the first to have lunch and it was so good!  I knew I loved it and was thrilled that this one was a big hit at my school!  But before I could post it - I had to give it another test - My Family!  Tonight was that test - it was a very big hit.  I served it with cheddar cheese on top this time - YUMMMMY!  Next time I will probably serve it with brown rice.  This is going to be a new one in my winter meal rotation!

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

From:  Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 10 • Size: 1 1/4 cups • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 203.7 • Fat: 1.4 g • Carb: 33.3 g • Fiber: 10.0 g • Protein: 16.9 g



Ingredients:
1 onion, chopped
1 16-oz can black beans
1 16-oz can kidney beans
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
10 oz package frozen corn kernels
2 14.5-oz cans diced tomatoes w/chilies
1 packet taco seasoning
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
24 oz (3-4) boneless skinless chicken breasts
chili peppers, chopped (optional)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:
Combine beans, onion, chili peppers, corn, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker. Place chicken on top and cover. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Top with fresh cilantro. Also try it with low fat cheese and sour cream (extra points)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Pizza Pasta Bake

Today, I tried a new Pinterest recipe. It is called, Pizza Pasta bake. IT WAS WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!! It made 10 portions. I served out one for each of us, put two away for lunches for Scott and I and the boys ate the rest. I served it with steamed green beans, strawberries and baby carrots. It was only 6 points plus for the whole plate!!!!!!!!!! Gotta love 0 point fruits and veggies.


Pizza Pasta Bake


Servings: 10
Calories 254.3 | Fat: 8.4 g | Carbs: 24.5g | Fiber 1.9 g | Protein 19.7g
*If using 8 servings instead of 10, it is 9 points.

Points Plus: 6


Ingredients:

1 lb ground lean turkey sausage
1 medium onion , chopped
1 clove garlic , minced
1 teaspoon italian seasoning
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
8 ounces rotini pasta , cooked and drained
2 cups shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese (20 oz)
32 slices of turkey pepperoni
Directions:1. Brown ground beef, onion, garlic and seasoning in oil.
2 .Drain.
3. Stir in pasta, spaghetti sauce and 1 cup cheese.
4. Place mixture in 2 greased 9x13x2 inch baking pans or 4 square pans.
5. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.
6. Top with pepperoni.
7. Cover and freeze up to 3 months.
8. To cook now: Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until heated through.
9. To bake frozen casserole: Thaw in refrigerator overnight and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, till hot.

From:
http://www.recipe-diaries.com

Eating Healthy - Pinterest Recipies - A tool in my Race!

My friend, Julie Brutan posted this question on Facebook today.  "Why is it that all my recipes on Pinterest are either super healthy or sinfully decadent? "

This got me thinking.  Our preacher is doing a series called The Race.  He is drawing parrallels to his training and running a marathon and our spiritual race.  In my race, I am racing to a healthy way of living.  This is both physical and spiritual race. I have made this journey public, sharing my ups and downs in this pursuit.   

One of the things that Preacher Rick spoke of today was we have to have a healthy diet.   One thing I have learned in my physical healthy race is that if you eat too little it is both unhealthy and will force your body into starvation mode and your body will hold onto stored fat.  In order to fuel my body I need healthy portions, lots of fruits and veggies, and a balance of all food groups. 

At times in my spiritual race, I seem to be on a starvation diet. I don't feed my spiritual body with the "foods" it needs.  I wished I had learned a long time ago that  I need to have a healthy balance here also.  I need time in prayer, meditation, Scripture reading, quiet time to listen and time to just praise God for who He is and what He does in my life and the lives of others.  I also need to take the time to serve others.  There are times when I feel like I cannot get enough time in communion with God.  I am almost giddy with joy at the time I have spent with God and do not want that time to end.  When I have a healthy balance of these spiritual "foods", life seems to go much smoother - even on the bumpy roads.  I know that there will be bumps in the road.  If I are not spending time with God, I cannot see Him helping me through it.  When my spiritual life is in starvation mode, the bumps are harder to handle and I begin to look for "foods" to fill the void.  In the past, I would turn to physical food to try to fill the void.  All this did was make me physically fat and spiritually malnurished. 

Now back to Julie's question.  I can have both, just in balance and in healthy portions.  I spend most of my eating healthy foods.  Pinterest has given me so many new recipes to try.  I also have one board for the "sinfully decadent".  I have made one of them and  I plan to make more sometime, but they will be planned for and enjoyed.  It is all about balance. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

For Such a Time as This

Today I was driving home from my Weight Watchers meeting with a heavy and sad heart.  Shannon had reminded us that she started this meeting two years ago this weekend.  She also remembered that when I first met her I asked her “How long will you stay”.  We had 4/5 leaders in 6 weeks.  She said she would not be leaving us.  I soon learned to trust her.  She helped me through many ups and downs.  She continued to encourage me even though she knew I was not following the plan, but still coming to meetings.  She has seen me through many “I’m starting over” times – even though I would stop trying soon after.  Despite it all she has been supportive, encouraging and patient with me and everyone in the meetings. 

Shannon (our leader) told us told us today was her last day.  I cried in the meeting, cried when I hugged her goodbye, and cried on the drive home.  My heart was breaking.  I am so excited for her new opportunity, but sad that I would be losing a leader I loved dearly.   When I turned off of 820 onto Trinity Blvd, I saw the most beautiful purple sunrise.  I have never seen that color in a sunrise before.  It was so beautiful.  Purple is a color that is very dear to my heart.  I even decorate my classroom in it.  It reminds me of the story of Esther in the Bible.  Esther was put where she was “for such a time as this”.  In my classroom, it reminds me that I was put there “for such a time as this”.    Today, I was reminded in a purple sunrise, that God puts people in our lives “for such a time as this” and that it would be OK!  I needed that this morning. 

Change is never easy.  Shannon told us that she picked someone very special for our meeting.  In fact, Shannon said she was her Weight Watchers BFF.  I will miss Shannon very much.  I am glad we have Facebook to keep up with each other.  I am nervous/anxious/excited to meet our new leader next week. Someone visited our meeting today, just because she thought our new leader was starting today.  That is a positive sign. 

I thank God for Shannon.  I thank God for a purple sunrise!  I thank God for a new leader I have yet to meet. 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

10% So Excited

At Saturday's Weight Watchers meeting I reached a MAJOR milestone!  I reached my 10%.  By loosing 10% of my body weight I have significantly reduced my risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

My 10% Key Chain

 I am so excited!


I am so thankful for all those who have encouraged me through this journey.  This is my leader, Shannon.  She has been with me though so many ups and downs.  She has seen  me sit in the meeting room, know what to do, but not doing it.  She has even encouraged me to set goals and Facebook her how I am doing.  Now I have reached the first of many milestones.

Mini Goals and rewards help me succeed.  When I came home from my meeting, Daniel asked me how I was going to celebrate.  I knew the answer, because I have been looking forward to them for a while.  I treated myself to a pedicure and some things for my kitchen.

Now it is time to set my next mini goal.  My next one will come very soon - 20 lbs - I am only .8 lbs away.  Following that I will be focusing on 5 lbs at a time.  I also know that a clothing size is coming soon.  I will be so excited to move into size 12's.