Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wedding Wednesday!

Well I hear today is Wedding Wednesday in the blogosphere, and I am always looking for a good topic to write about! And I am certainly up to my ears in wedding planning, so hey there Wedding Wednesday! Nice to meet you :)

So C and I are having a "big" wedding in September. I say "big" because we didn't set out to have some huge affair, but we have a lot of family and friends we wanted to include, so it has turned into a big affair simply based on the guest list. Also, within the military community, a lot of people do a JOP wedding first (Justice of the Peace) and a "big" wedding my terminology comes from that too.

I think I give people the wrong impression when they ask about the wedding. It is seriously such a hassle to plan a wedding from 1500 miles away, a 24 hour drive or approximately 9 hours spent in commercial airplanes/airports. I am 10000000% ready for the planning process to be over. So when you ask me how the wedding planning is going and my nose wrinkles, it's not because I am not excited!

But the reason behind the nose curl or the heavy sigh is---I want to be married! I am ready to marry the love of my life and start the rest of our lives together. I am so excited it's ridiculous.

I am not excited about the planning that will be shoved into the next 73 days. When I can get to Baltimore, things go smoothly and I feel on top of it. When I am planning from TX, I feel like I have no clue what is going on and cannot make a decision to save my life. I am just ready for that September Saturday to roll around so I can walk down the aisle and get hitched!

That being said, I wouldn't change any of it. I am so excited that we get to get married in front of as many of our family and friends as can join us. I am thrilled that we will both be dressed to the nines, and even though I don't LOVE all eyes on me, I am thrilled to get to be the bride. I am jazzed for all the ceremonial things and tradition of a wedding. I can't wait for my best friends to stand next to me and his best friends to stand next to him and pledge our lives to each other. I can't wait for that time, 20 years down the road, when I'll be able to show our kids the pictures of our wedding and how it all started. The planning process is a pain, but it is exactly how we want it to be and I can't imagine the day happening without our family and friends.

At this point......we have clothes to wear, food to eat, a DJ to dance to, a priest to marry us, a delicious cake, and places to do all of the aforementioned things. So I guess when I forget to buy a basket for the programs, or if no one knows where to sit, or if the bridesmaids don't have earrings, it will all be ok. We will be married and having a celebration with all of our friends and family.

I can't wait!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

it's a lifestyle.

So, at this moment in time, I have lost 17.2 lbs since January. Nothing epic, but I won't beat myself up either. In the last 3 months since C came home, I have really focused on exercising. In the last 4 weeks or so, I have really re-focused on actually eating right. I log my food, but also try to look beyond just calorie count……even though my Coke Zero is 0 calories, it's not doing anything good for my body (except for my taste buds, those are happy). So I try to eat whole foods and limit my junk intake and work out. In the last 2-3 months, I have lost 10+ of those 17.2 lbs. My ultimate goal is to lose another 20-30 lbs.

It's funny to me how I became one of "those people" that I use to envy/mock in my head all the time…..someone who works out almost every day. I used to say "I could never do that" or "Why would you WANT to do that?" or "Why can't I be like that?" …….now I say I am like that.

I don't love it every day. I don't enjoy every workout I do. But I enjoy a lot of them. I seriously enjoy the progress I see and the satisfaction I feel. And I absolutely positively enjoy the results for my body and mind. I wish more people would see that YOU CAN DO IT. You don't have to start big, guns blazing……just move more and eat less and watch it become a habit. Set goals for yourself and strive to reach them. /preach

Today one of my coworkers told me she noticed I've lost weight and asked how much and what I'm doing. I love that I can give an honest answer of "I am working out and eating right." There is no magic pill for me, or magic program, or special drinks, or crazy fad diets.

But it made me think about my upcoming nuptials. I have absolutely made working out and eating right a part of my life. I don't like to cheat on my "diet" (not dieting, but I don’t know what else to call what I eat lol)……I ate a cheeseburger at Red Robin this weekend and was absolutely disgusted with myself, considering there were healthier options on the menu. The food still tastes good, but it doesn't feel good. However, once I have my first dress fitting in the middle of July, I can't really lose a drastic amount of weight before the wedding or we will have issues with the alterations.

But I'm not sure how to do that. I am going to continue eating right and working out, and I imagine my body will just continue to shed pounds. At this point, I still have plenty of pounds to shed, so it's not like my body will say "Oh, you are feeding me healthy food and working out, but we know you have the wedding coming up, so we wouldn't want to mess with your dress alterations. We'll wait until September 8 to let loose any of these pounds."

I also don't really want to up my food intake, because I feel like I eat a healthy amount of calories/food, and I don’t want to retrain my body to be used to eating more.

Basically, I have truly formed a habit in my life, and it's a healthy habit, so I don’t want to mess with it. Unfortunately, I think that might mess with my dress!

Anyone else deal with this in the wedding weight loss saga?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Chicken Asparagus Rolls

I'm sitting on my sofa, watching The Chew, and feeling pretty accomplished as I lick my lips after a delicious dinner.

I started recording The Chew every day because 1. I love Clinton Kelly and 2. they have a LOT of good recipes!

So, I am catching up. However, my delicious dinner recipe did not indeed come from The Chew. It came from the place where 90% of my recipes come from---- Pinterest.

I normally do not like asparagus, but as I get older, I have developed a liking for it sometimes. I blame my mom-----when we were kids, we ate a ton of canned veggies, including canned asparagus. I have to say canned asparagus is quite possibly the nastiest food in the world. And on the nights she paired canned asparagus with fish.......let's just say I spent a looooong time staring at my plate of cold fish and cold canned asparagus, hating my life. The only thing worse than fish and canned asparagus is cold fish and canned asparagus.

Anyway, that's not the point. The point is, until I started eating fresh asparagus, I thought it was the nastiest thing on the planet. So it's a bit unusual that a recipe for Chicken Rolls with Asparagus would catch my interest.

When I hit the grocery store this weekend, I bought thinly sliced chicken breast specifically for this. I picked out a bunch of fresh asparagus, which I can promise you I have never done before in my life, and checked my pantry and fridge for the remaining ingredients.

To start out, saute the asparagus in a pan until bright green. I didn't realize quite how bright it would get!

After that, lay out your chicken breasts, pat them dry, and season both sides with salt and pepper. Since mine were thinly sliced, I had to do very minimal hammering to get them nice and thin and long. After that, I placed 3-4 asparagus spears in the center of each piece of chicken.

Then, sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top----I'll admit, I used Sargento shredded cheese lol. I am sure it would be WAY better with fresh mozz though. After that, just start rolling up the chicken. I expected to need to use dental floss to tie it up so it would stay, but it actually held nicely. Place the chicken in a sprayed cooking dish, seam side down. Sprinkle some bread crumbs on top and pop it in the oven.

The original blogger at Better Balanced Life said to cook it for 10 minutes......I cooked mine for approximately 25. I prefer not to mess around with raw poultry, and when I pulled the chicken out at 12 minutes and cut into it, parts were still very raw.

The bonus of the thin chicken breasts is that each was approximately 4 ounces, so I didn't have to cut them in half or anything to make an appropriate serving size. I used 3-4 asparagus spears in each chicken breast, 4 chicken breasts total, and each is an appropriate serving size. I also kept the mozzarella cheese reasonable (about 1/2 cup for all 4). All said and done, my version was only 220 calories for a delicious dish!

that one got mangled when I cut it open and then had to put it back in the oven. Still tastes yummy though!
I know I have been a terrible blogger lately, and I can't seem to get out of my blog funk! So I figured a recipe would be a fun way.

To give you the Cliff's Notes version of life lately, C is away for 2 months for training, so Piper and I are flying solo. We are inside the 3 month mark to the wedding, and I will be headed home twice in the next 30 days for wedding related things. It will be a crazy summer. I'm still trucking along with weight loss, and am actually increasing my running distances in preparation for the half marathon, so that is all going well. Otherwise, things are pretty quiet around here!