Monday, October 31, 2011

Mummy Cupcakes

Happy Halloween! We had our annual Halloween party with friends at Korri and Nick's house this past Saturday. Tons of fun was had! I decided to make a treat keeping with the current holiday. This recipe was featured on skinnytaste.com and with the success I had on the Pumpkin cupcakes, I figure that these were worth a try. There is a recipe for the vanilla frosting to use on the cupcakes, but I had some store bought frosting and piped that through a ziplock bag. They were a hit and I look forward to making the chocolate cupcakes again. There are 2 things that I like about the past 2 cupcake recipes 1) simple, easy to follow HEALTHIER recipes and 2) cheap! Mark 2 more off the list for 8 and 10 as I have this recipe on Pinterest and it was a new recipe to me.



Super Moist Low Fat Chocolate CupcakesGina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 24 • Serving Size: 1 cupcake • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 93.8 • Fat: 2.3 g • Protein: 1.1 g • Carb: 17.5 g • Fiber: 1.4 g • Sugar: 9.9
Sodium: 281.8

Ingredients:

  • 18.25 oz Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix
  • 1.4 oz sugar free, fat free, instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 1/3 cups water
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
Combine pumpkin puree and water in a large bowl; mix to combine. Add chocolate pudding mix and mix well.
Add chocolate cake mix and beat 2 minutes.
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake about 25 - 28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes.
Makes 24.

Halloween Chili Cook-Off

Every year at work on Halloween we have a chili cook-off. This year is the first year that I have been asked to make chili for my team. It was up against other chilis judged by the local West Valley Fire Department. I found a recipe for a crock pot chicken taco chili to test out on the lucky judges. The reviews were good on skinnytaste.com.

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2008/11/crock-pot-chicken-taco-chili-4-pts.html
Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili
Gina's Weight Watcher RecipesServings: 10 Size: 1 1/4 cups Old Points: 3 pts Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 203.7 • Fat: 1.4 gCarb: 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).

This was the end result. Everyone at work loved it! I didn't win the contest though. I made it overnight....chili is not a good smell for early in the morning. Shane called me to let me know that he thought it smelled really good. I may have to make this at home. Perfect for a cold day! I also posted the recipe on the Wellness board.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Found this recipe on skinnytaste.com. The picture that I found on Pinterest that led me to this recipe looked WAY good. Since Halloween is around the corner and everyone likes pumpkin for fall, I posted this recipe on the Wellness board at work. By the way, I have been asked to be the chairperson for the Wellness Committee in my office. I made these for Shane after telling him about the recipe and hearing excitement in his voice. The verdict between Shane, our friend Jessen and myself were as follows: "Too much pumpkin together. Cupcakes are good, but the frosting is a little too pumpkiny. Much better with vanilla frosting."-Shane (I only frosted half of the cupcakes with pumpkin spice frosting because we both felt that the pumpkin spice frosting was not right for these cupcakes.) "The cake is good, and the frosting is good, but would be better separately. The frosting would be good on a chocolate cupcake."-Jessen
I thought that the frosting had a lot of cream cheese taste to it, but I really like the cupcakes. Below is the recipe and a link to the site. This counts for my list too! I have tagged this post for numbers 8, 10 and 19.

 http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/09/pumpkin-cupcakes-with-pumpkin-spiced.html
Pumpkin Cupcakes (no frosting)Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 24 • Serving Size: 1 cupcake • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 84.2 • Fat: 0.8 g • Protein: 0.6 g • Carb: 18.5 g • Fiber: 0.3 g • Sugar: 9.9 g
Sodium: 140.9 mg


Pumpkin Cupcakes with Frosting
Servings: 24 • Serving Size: 1 cupcake • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 3 pts
Calories: 121.1 • Fat: 2.8 g • Protein: 1.4 g • Carb: 23.2 g • Fiber: 0.5 g • Sugar: 13.9 g
Sodium: 142.3 mg

Ingredients:

  • 18.25 oz Betty Crocker Golden Vanilla Super Moist Cake Mix*
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup canned 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup water
For the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz Philadelphia 1/3 fat cream cheese (do not use fat free)
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin (canned is fine)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 5 tbsp packed brown sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake wrappers.
Combine cake mix and pumpkin spice in a large bowl. Add pumpkin puree and water, mix about 2 minutes.
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake about 20 - 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
For the frosting, combine the cream cheese, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar until smooth. You can use a spatula to ice the cupcakes or pipe them which may require making more frosting.
Makes 24

*Betty Crocker has reduced their cake mixes, so read the labels on your box. Dunkin Hines still carries 18.25 oz boxes.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


28 Things to do before I Turn 28
     
  1. 28 days straight of workouts
  2. Finish reading Eat, Pray, Love
  3. Read Bitter is the New Black
  4. Start reading the Pretty Little Liars series
  5. Buy non-black or brown colored heels
  6. Lose 28 pounds
  7. Go to The Tavernacle
  8. Complete 28 things from Pinterest
  9. Attend a pole dancing class
  10. Make 28 new recipes
  11. Go ice skating
  12. Try 28 different hair styles
  13. Eat at 10 new places (2+8=10)
  14. Post 28 pictures of things I like
  15. No soda for 28 days
  16. Submit and entry to PostSecret.com
  17. Create a vision board
  18. Post 28 outfits on my blog
  19. Post a new HEALTHY recipes at work every week
  20. Do a cleanse
  21. Review a product online
  22. Transfer iTunes to a zip drive
  23. Girls' Night for Twilight
  24. Buy something on eBay
  25. Start taking a multivitamin
  26. Create a craft bench in basement
  27. Catch up on all the episodes of Modern Family
  28. 28 toe touches
With this list, pictures will be taken and posted here once they are complete. The list has to be completed from Oct. 26th to Jan. 26th. Some of them are just for fun, others have a purpose to make my 28th year start off on the right foot. What would you add to your list if you made one? Wish me luck!


 
 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tone It Up Inspiration


Okay, so I am always talking about Tone It Up and the amazing workouts/motivation I get from them. The above video is from one of the success stories of Tone It Up. Her name is Bridget Nicole and her weightloss journey has been amazing! I started following her on Twitter, which has got me to find more resources to live healthier and also landed me more followers. I have also started following her blog, Sweat & Savor the Sweet Life. I have found her to be such an inspiration and someone to look to so that I believe I can do it! Check her out!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Be Healthy!

I am in love with Pinterest! In fact, that’s where I have been getting all the inspirational pics and quotes that have been at the top of my blog posts. I started following SkinnyTaste on Facebook awhile back and saw a status recently that said that they were now on Pinterest. Gina, the girl behind SkinnyTaste, has posted pics and links to some of her great recipes on there. They look delish and I can’t wait to try some of them! It’s always nice to have a picture of the food you want to make. Now every time I get on Pinterest, I see these amazing, healthy foods and it inspires me to want to eat healthier. SkinnyTaste is also on Twitter, so I started following there to get more recipes and ideas. Being as happy as I was that she was on Pinterest, I tweeted “@Skinnytaste on @Pinterest? I may have died and gone to heaven!” Not long after, Gina from SkinnyTaste replied back “oh, I’m glad that made your day!” You can find more of her recipes and ideas at skinnytaste.com. When I start trying some the recipes she has posted, I will make sure that I post my review here and share the REALLY good ones with you. There are also other recipes and goodies that have found on Pinterest. Some of them may end up being a part of my 28 things to do before I’m 28. By the way, I will make sure to have my list for that posted by Oct. 26, giving me 3 months to complete the list! If you have any ideas for me, let me know!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bananas=BAD!!!! Coconut water=YUM!!!!

Okay, I got a really bad Charley Horse on Saturday night that left my calf sore for two days, so I decided to stop at Harmon’s on the way home to get some coconut water to replenish my electrolytes and help increase my potassium. Eating bananas is a great way to get your potassium, but I HATE them. Because of the low intake on that, I usually get Charley Horses if I am a)dehydrated or b)need potassium. I found that Harmon’s had Zico Coconut Water on sale and I bought their Pomberry and Tao Mango flavors. Katrina and Karena from Tone It Up are always talking about coconut water, so I was really excited to try it. Can I just say that the Pomberry (pomegranate and berry) was amazing!?!? Zico is on Twitter and I have begun following them. To praise their product, “I have fallen in love! 4 some1 who HATES bananas, its gr8 2 have found a YuMmY product w/so much potassium! Thx @ZICO!” They added my tweet to their Favorite Tweets! So excited!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I'm all for doing it the right way!

New video from Tone It Up came in my email yesterday and was posted on Twitter and Facebook! Yay! I need to get a foam roller to use for exercise, but it looks like it will feel amazing. I’ve never used a foam roller, but have read that they are used for stretching out your muscles while massaging them. Just to get the word out about the new workout on my blog, I retweeted it. Response from Tone It Up: “Thanks so much for RT our workout today! J xxo @smashleylb” I really need to do it. After Jazzercise on Monday night, Saved By The Bell kettlebell workout and a 20-min elliptical run Tuesday night, pilates Wednesday morning and Jazzercise again, it may be like eating ice cream. I’ll let you know how it goes. And if you want to try it out yourself, watch the video on Tone It Up’s YouTube Channel at here.

I also tweeted about my Tuesday night workout, "@ToneItUp Saved By The Bell...combined with a warm up run...loved it! Check it out here> toneitup.com/blog.php?Saved..." and I added this pic to it.
I think it qualifies as a good workout based on the pic above!

Working for It, Working for Me!

I am working for it! Oh boy, can I feel that I am working for it! My legs felt like jello after Jazzercise on Monday night, but the universe must have been feeling my vibes that I was ready for a new start and that I needed to motivation to get through the sore times.


As I mentioned in my last post, I have a Twitter account and invite anyone with a Twitter account to follow me. I have added a widget to my blog so that all my tweets and retweets can be read. Before Jazzercise on Monday, I was chillin’ in my car, waiting for my mom to get there and class to start, so I tweeted “Double dose of workouts today. @JazzerciseInc class with my mom after work! @ToneItUp #fallchallenge check in”

To my surprise, my tweet had been retweeted by Jazzercise telling me “You Rock!” That was an awesome feeling to know that my tweet was read and retweeted to show others the great work I was doing! After that, it felt like I had a constant roll of feedback coming to me. Not only did Jazzercise give me encouragement, but nearly every tweet after that got me some type of response. I will be posting my excitement about those in future posts related to each. I even started being followed by another girl that is using Tone It Up and is on their diet plan. I have found Twitter to be a great motivation to me, especially when I am struggling with what is or isn’t happening.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Motivation Monday

Mondays with Tone It Up are Motivation Mondays.
After my post yesterday about feeling the way I do, I had extra motivation for my morning workout. I ran on my elliptical for 20 minutes, which I realize isn't much, but I sweat as much as I do during an hour-long Jazzercise class. I also had every intention of weighing myself this morning and posting it here to take accountability for my actions, but I didn't remember until after I ate my breakfast. I tweeted this morning to help motivate myself and to thank Tone It Up for helping me wiht y motivation: "My first hurdle was getting used to waking up & working out early every morning. Now its time to @ToneItUp. Thanks for the motivation K&K!" Follow me on Twitter @smashleylb and check out my Twitter feed widget on my blog.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

3 steps forward, 5 steps back

I really don't know if I should say anything at this point. The picure pretty much says it all. I haven't regretted one exercise or a single morning waking up to work out. However, because of the increased energy and feeling that I was entitled to eat because I did it, I regret EVERY cookie I have ate. That stops now! No one else can do it for me, I have to do it for myself and myself alone. I know I can do it! Come on, I wear Nikes, I should "Just Do It"! That's all for today. The end.

Countdown....to 28 years!

I started thinking this morning about my age. I will be 28 in January, a little over 3 months away. This year has already been full of things that I have never done before and I'm sure that I will do more through Dec. 31st. My old coworker Robby turned 30 this year and celebrated it by doing 30 new things by his 30th birthday. I thought that doing something like that would be fun, but I don't want to wait another 2 years to do it. I think it may be something fun to do every year up to 30. Because of this I have started making a list (it's what I do) of 28 things I want to do before I'm 28. (The year between 29 and 30 is when I want to do 30 NEW things.) Once I have completed the list and start doing things on it, I will be posting it here.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I Heart H2O!


So I have mentioned in a past post that each person has a different amount of water they need to drink each day. This is based on your weight. For example, if you weigh 140 lbs., you should drink 70 oz. per day. (Or half your weight in ounces.) I have been working on this. Some days are better than others. Some days I can’t get enough of the stuff and drink way more than my needed amount. Other days I don’t feel like I can force myself to down even half of it. I have noticed that this is most of the time effected by what I eat and drink and when I eat and drink. It’s getting easier, but I can definitely tell when my body sees the effects of it. I feel more energized (in conjunction with exercise) every day. My skin hasn’t broken out like it usually does which is really noticeable to me around that time of the month. My hair feels softer and healthier. I didn’t believe it would work, but it did. Another thing is that I don’t feel as bloated, which may have something to do with using the restroom a lot. (Upside, your body eventually gets used to your intake of water and that reduces the need to go all the time.) I really feel like I am now able to start cutting back on Coke, which is always a goal of mine. Yay for water! It tastes so refreshing and gets better everyday!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Must stay on track!

Who ever thought that I would be the type of person to wake up 2 hours before I had to leave for work just so I could exercise? Not me! Well, maybe 18 year old me that was used to it every single day for cheer, but not the me that has developed since then. Noticing that not working out wasn't working for me, I found a chance to improve myself while also proving myself wrong. This past month has been a learning experience and has allowed me to realize the benefit of focusing on myself. There may be days where I deserve not to wake right up and work out (hello, day after Timp. hike), but I have found that those other days...the ones that I am just to tired or lazy to do it....are the days that I dread. Not because I get to just relax and sleep a little more (that's something I have always cherished), but because the day is longer, I feel guilt, and I definitely don't have energy. The days I do get in my workout, even if it is 20 min. running on the elliptical or 20 min. of pilates, I am awake and alert for the rest of the day....I am more productive.....I AM HAPPIER!!!! This month has shown me that this needs to be my new way of life, where I have always felt that it was something I needed to do to get to a certain place, weight, etc. Now what I need to work on is making me stronger, physically and emotionally so that I can take on any challenges or temptations that may try to get me.....I'm talking to you Christmas cookies!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

An eye for an eye.....


I need to keep this in mind. With working out in the morning and making sure that I eat my breakfast, I tend to feel like I need to eat more throughout the day. This could be my metabolism being kicked into gear, but I always fear that it is my body trying to prove Pavlov's Theory. (You know, ring a bell, get a treat.) I hope that its not the latter, but I'm struggling to believe it as I don't feel like I have lost anything. There is a fear of gaining weight that is keeping me from jumping on the scale. Something that I need to work on is weighing myself weekly, then if nothing seems to be happening, weighing myself daily. I have been able to notice more endurance since increasing my exercise. Here's to hoping that I'm doing the right things....

Timpanogos Cave Hike

Some pics from our hike....just to prove I did it!


This is about a quarter of the way up...that's why we look so happy!

Brooke and Jessen putting on their smiles. It was a beautiful morning!

It was sure hard at times, even wondering if I was going to make it, but on the way back down I was happy knowing that I finished something that I haven't been able to do since I was little.