Another wonderful day!
Although I had 3 classes today and what felt like a katrillion things to do, I was still able to eat healthy and not let stress take over, I was still able to fit in a real workout, and JT and I got to enjoy Biggest Loser together while eating a healthy and DELICIOUS dinner (rather than the CRAP we used to eat while we watched it... haha talk about irony!)
The gym isn't quite ready still - the elliptical still needs to be put together and I need to hang up the hooks for our bands and such and after that, the last step will be taking the last bit of furniture out of the room. If any of you come over for dinner, please understand we'll be eating on TV trays and sitting on weight benches! lol! (just kidding... I'll pull out the fold up table at least!)
Biggest loser tonight was a great episode and motivator. To see people of that size work SO hard to regain control of their lives is so inspiring! What makes me sad, is that bad choices are so easy to make and so hard to avoid in our society. Bad food is cheaper, more convenient, and do to the processes they use to make it, addicting and better tasting to us than food that is good for us. What can you do? What can our society do to change? Well, firstly, I think it starts in the classroom. Teachers MUST model health and embody it. Teachers MUST teach our children about nutrition, healthy eating, the importance of taking care of our bodies etc... WE ONLY HAVE ONE BODY! School lunches need to be healthier, parents need to be involved. For someone to get to 500 lbs... 1000lbs.... its a disease, not a lifestyle choice and SHAME on anyone who doesn't view it as such. Without the knowledge people can't fix the problem. I have friends who are just so in denial about their ridiculous eating and it hurts me to see them make excuse after excuse and fool themselves. I did it... I DO it! I have to really work to change that about myself because its so easy to slip back to that and I constantly find myself questioning my choices. And talking about it, and writing it out so when I re-read this a million times I SEE it will help me the most I think.
alright, well sorry to go off on that tangent, I just really wanted to address that issue. :)
On a different note! Here is the dinner recipe for the night! We had Goat cheese and red pepper stuffed chicken breast with smoked chili cilantro sauce! :)
- 8 ounces soft goat cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped nicoise olives
- 1 red pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh finely chopped thyme
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 4 large boneless chicken breast, pounded thin
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat grill. Mix together the goat cheese, olives, red pepper and thyme in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Lay each breast out and fill with the cheese mixture. Brush the breasts with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste, secure with toothpicks. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
- SMOKED CHILE-CILANTRO SAUCE
- 2 poblanos, smoked, peeled and seeded
- 1/4 cup red onion, coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup spinach leaves
- 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
- 2 teaspoons honey
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
In a blender, combine the poblanos, onion and lime juice and blend until smooth. While the blender is running, add the oil slowly until emulsified. Add the spinach and cilantro and blend until smooth. Add the honey and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature.
Well, that is really about it for today. Tomorrow will be a very productive day because JT and I both have Wednesdays off! We are going to finish the gym once and for all, play some disc golf, do some house chores etc... Beverly is coming over so we can get in a workout together and I'm sure we'll have an amazing dinner again! :) Thanks for reading all! <3 love your feedback!