This Easter NOTHING is making it’s way to my keester!

Easter Rabbit and eggs

That’s right, I’m making a pledge to lose weight over the Easter long weekend.

Usually, our weekend is full of egg decorating and chocolate followed by a HUGE dinner with all of the trimmings. As my family is Ukrainian, it’s a bit of a big deal.

This year,  my mom and grandpa are away on their annual trip to Hawaii and my husband and I are going away as well. While I may not be tempted by a home cooked feast, I’m sure I will face a few challenges while we’re away.

I’ve tried to plan ahead as much as possible by booking reservations at healthy restaurants and planning non-food related activities. I’m sure the walking we will do while we explore the city will help as well.

This post is my official promise not to eat even ONE mini egg this weekend!

Anyone else with me?

Turkey Tuesday

The other night I was at Chapters browsing through the cooking section when I came across the below recipe in the Jerusalem cookbook. I just had to try it.

P.S please excuse the name meatball as they turned out to be more like meat patties.

Usually, I find turkey a bit bland and boring but this recipe is FULL of flavor!

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1 pound ground turkey
1 large coarsely grated zucchini
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 large egg
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
6 tbsp sunflower oil, for searing

Sauce
1/2 cup of fat-free sour cream
2/3 cup of fat-free greek yogurt
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 small clove of garlic
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sumac
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

First make the sour cream sauce by mixing all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside or chill if needed.

Pre-heat the oven to 425.  In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the meatballs except for the sunflower oil. Mix all ingredients with your hands and shape into 12 small patties.

Pour enough sunflower oil into a large frying pan to form thin layer about 1/16 thick. Heat over medium heat until hot, then sear the meatballs in batches on all sides. Cook each batch for 4 minutes , adding oil as needed, until golden brown.

Carefully transfer the seared meatballs to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the oven for 5-7 minutes, or until just cooked through. Serve warm or at room temperature, with the sauce spooned over or on the side.

Quick chicken dinner

I was feeling lazy tonight and didn’t want to mess up my kitchen too much.

There is not much of a recipe but it turned out well, so I thought I would share it with you.

Creamy Chicken

 

“Creamy” Chicken Not-so-Alfredo

2 tbsp olive oil
1 diced shallot
4 sliced mushrooms
2 cooked, sliced chicken breasts
1/2 cup non-fat milk
a dash of dill
salt & pepper to taste
3 tbsp 98% fat-free herb & garlic cream cheese
1 bunch of asparagus

 

 

Saute shallots, mushrooms and garlic until tender on medium heat. Add chicken to pan and toss until heated thoroughly. Meanwhile, steam asparagus in steamer or in a shallow dish covered with water in the microwave. Measure out the milk and cream cheese, season to your liking with dill/s&p and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir the mixture well and let is sit for a few minutes to thicken.

Assemble all of the above as you wish and EAT!

Exciting adventures up ahead!

Whooohoo! I’m down 20 pounds and I have lost a total of 7” from just my waist and hips alone.

Now that I feel in control of my food/meal planning routine, I think it’s time to up the ante with a more intense fitness program. I have done some research and decided to order Chalene Johnson’s ChaLean Workout Program.

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The program was introduced to me by a Beachbody coach by the name of Kelli Hulst. Kelli is hosting a challenge that starts on April 8th that I have also decided to be a part of. I’m really excited to see where Beachbody takes me and I hope that it will inspire others to join along in my journey.

By purchasing a work out program I was told that I could have the sign up fee to become a Beachbody Coach waived, how exciting is that?! I figure that if I’m going to share my journey I may as well help others along the way right?!  I am happy to say that I’m now a proud Coach of Beachbody’s Team Platinum Legacy.

Life is great right now and I’m so excited to embark on this new adventure! I know there will be hard days, some tears and challenges that my body will face, but that’s okay. That’s what a great Beachbody team, husbands and epsom salt baths are for right?!

Today more than ever, I’m so excited to share the rest of my journey From Sin to Thin.   XO

Make it happen Monday!

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The past week was torture for me; I was so sick and had absolutely NO energy.

I was un-focused with my diet and exercise and I would usually beat myself up for it but you know what? It’s okay. Yes, I did eat that spring roll and that doughnut but what can I say!?Life happens. I had been VERY strict up until I started getting sick and then it all fell to crap!

You may ask why I think that this behavior is okay?

  1. Because I’m human and we all mess up every now and then.
  2. The difference between me cheating now and me cheating a couple of months ago is the fact that today I know how and when to stop.

Anyways after a weekend full of Kleenex, cheating and NyQuil. I’m finally feeling better, to be honest I actually feel like a million bucks today!  The sun is shining, I have a low-key day at the office and I think I’m going to go on long walk after dinner.

I feel like I have finally reached a point to where I’m not thinking about how many days I have to go, but about how many days I have to enjoy this new way of life.   I know that I’m going to get there and I’m more excited today than ever, to face success.

Sick :(

I haven’t been able to post much lately because I have been a bit under the weather. I have also been really busy at work and that makes me completely exhausted by the time I get home.

On a brighter note, I’m happy to be down a total of 16 pounds!!!

I hope to be back at it soon but for the next few days I plan on following these instructions:

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My oh my! Did you say SKINNY Pad Thai?!

Did you know that Pad Thai at a restaurant can sometimes have approx 750-850 calories?! That’s close to 20 WW Points+! Eek!

I was craving carbs BIG time yesterday when I came across a fettuccine version of the Shirataki noodle’s by House Foods. It was decided right then and there that I was going to cook with them in some way, shape or form.

I was browsing my favorite noodle recipes: Tuna Casserole, Carbonara, Pad Thai, when I realized that I had everything I needed for Pad Thai. This is where my Skinny kitchen creativity came in handy!

The recipe below is quite simple and ranks in at an amazing 6 points per serving!

Skinny Pad Thai

SKINNY Pad Thai
(Makes 2 servings)

Succulent Sauce:

1 tbsp peanut butter
1.5 tbsp tamarind paste
1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 tbsp sesame oil
1tsp siracha

The good stuff:

1 tbsp veg. oil
1/2 jalapeno, diced
1 shallot, diced
40z shrimp peeled and deveined (tails on)
1 egg, beaten
1  8 oz pkg House Foods  Shirataki Fettuccine
1/2 cup of bean sprouts

 

Things that look nice for your instagram photo-op:

1 lime cut into wedges
chopped peanuts to garnish

Be warned the Shirataki noodles have a funny odor when you first open the bag, it is VERY important to rinse them multiple times in cold water.

Mix all of your succulent sauce in a bowl.

Place all of the “good stuff” into your frying pan in the order listed above, add your sauce and cook until hot!

Viola! There you have it folks, guilt-free SKINNY Pad Thai 🙂

It’s raining, it’s pouring, but I’m not the one that’s snoring!

Why is it that we are so afraid of the rain?

I live in one of Canada’s most rainy cities, and on average we experience 166 days of rain a year.  This being said, you would think that the locals would be used to it right? No! Vancouverites have a tenancy not to enjoy ANY type of weather. If it’s raining, your co-workers are depressed, if it’s sunny out it’s too hot and the sky-train reeks! You just can’t win! As you can imagine, this weather phobia we have keeps people from doing a lot of things like going for walks or spending time outside. I have decided to try not be one of “THOSE” people.

It was pouring rain a few nights ago and the last thing I wanted to do was go for a walk. But I did it, I  tied up my shoes, turned my music up high and went for it. I walked at total of 4 miles, got soaking wet and LOVED every second of it. I burnt a ton of calories and it was a great work-out!

There’s something incredibly invigorating about letting fresh rain drops bead down your cheeks. I will definitely be going on another wet walk this week!

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Me, after my wet walk!

A few things to celebrate!

sin to thin 50th post

It’s hard to imagine that this post marks my 50th post! Yipee!

It feels like yesterday that I decided to take on this journey and I can’t say how much having this blog has helped me.

I also have some very exciting weight loss news! I went to my Weight Watchers meeting yesterday and weighed in at 198.2 pounds! That’s 5.2 pounds gone just this week alone, for a grand total of 12.8.

I’ve been working really hard and measuring all of my food to ensure that I’m not eating 1oz more than I track. I’ve also found that entering all of my food into my tracker the night before really helps.

Are you currently on WW, do you have any tips or trick to share? Or how about successes? I would love to hear it all!

XO

We have a winner folks!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their guesses for the cook book contest! Be sure to look out for more giveaways to come!

The whole point I was trying to prove with this post was that just because it looks rich, doesn’t mean it is. You can make great tasting food with low point+ values; you just need to be creative. As most of you commented while guessing the “potatoes” were indeed, cauliflower mash. See the points+ value of the entire meal below:

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The closest guesses were 11-12 points (Victoria, Rachel and Tiffany) so I decided to put the 3 names into an online draw.

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Congratulations Rachel! I will be in contact with you shortly 🙂