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Ten in 10 – Week 2 Update

Week 2 of the Ten in 10 challenge has now come and gone! I hope you are all doing well with your goals and feeling healthier.

Week in Review…

I’ve delayed this post long enough, so let’s just get right to it… I have mixed feelings about the past week.  I had the best of intentions, but as it often does, life kind of got in my way.  I turned things around pretty well towards the end of the week, though, so I’m not letting it get me down.

  • Healthy Relationship with Food – Food was my struggle again this week.  I started the week off well, but had a few rough days due to some unexpectedly long meetings and busy schedules.  For example, one day I had meetings that I had to go to.  In preparation, I made a healthy breakfast, packed a healthy lunch, and put fish in the fridge to thaw so that I could make a quick dinner when I got home.  I did eat my healthy breakfast, but ended up having to go out to eat for lunch (with few healthy choices).  My meeting went about 4 hours longer than I had expected, and I never had time to run errands (including the grocery store for food).  Then, to add insult to injury, I got home and my fish was *still frozen*.  So, we went out to eat.  Fortunately, towards the end of the week, I got back in a groove and made some healthy and nutritious meals for the hubs and I.  Needless to say, I have plenty of room for improvement next week.
  • Regular Workouts – Similar to last week, I managed to do pretty well with my workouts this week. (Thank goodness, I think it helped to keep the not-so-great food choices from having a huge effect!)  I did get in my extra 45 minute workout, too.  My goal for next week is to just keep going and incorporate another 45 minute workout into my week.  I’m also mixing up my cardio a bit and working in the elliptical and the treadmill to keep things interesting (instead of just using the Wii).
  • Positive Outlook – This week turned out to be a great challenge when it came to my attitude.  It was especially rough when I got on the scale mid-week and saw it tipping in the wrong direction.  However, I managed to really use my frustration as motivation to do better.  I got in an extra hard workout and created some new healthy dishes to get myself back on track.

Inspiration from the Archives…

One thing that I am really enjoying about the Ten in 10 Challenge is that it has inspired me to create some new healthy recipes and helped me remember some of the recipes that I had forgotten about.  If you’re looking for some healthy ideas this week, give these recipes a try:

  • My favorite new recipe this week was my Tropical Mahi Mahi. It’s not a traditional winter dish, and it was exactly the fresh burst of flavor that I needed this week.  The mango and pineapple salsa will definitely transport you to a warm, tropical place… For a few minutes, at least!
  • One of my favorite go-to healthy dishes during the week is a frittata. I only use half of the yolks from the eggs, cutting down on the fat and cholesterol!  Of all of the frittatas I’ve made, I think my favorite is the Apple Maple Chicken Sausage Frittata.
  • If you’re looking for something a bit more “comforting,” be sure to give this Cozy Cauliflower Soup a try.  The pureed veggies give the soup a thick, creamy texture without having to add any cream.  Using a good quality Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese gives the soup a lot of flavor without having to add a lot of cheese.
And the Winner Is…

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the EatSmart Precision Pro kitchen scale is…

Farrah from My KitchenAid Mixer & Me

Here’s the winning comment (as selected using Random.org) where Farrah shares why she wanted to win the kitchen scale:

I fell off my exercising/eating better routine last year and needless to say the 15 lbs I lost some of it has come back and of course still in the wrong places. I would love to win this so I can use it for myself and the rest of our family. I have issues with portion sizes and the Italian in me is “mangiare, mangiare” and always dishing out more. This would help a lot and it will match my KitchenAid Mixer to boot!! Good luck on all who is trying to lose weight or trying to maintain your goaled weight!

Congratulations, Farrah!  Kitchen scales are great for getting a good handle on portion sizes… Hope it helps you achieve your healthy goals.  Enjoy!

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Weighing In

I was recently inspired to buy a kitchen scale when I received a baking cookbook that contained measurements in grams, instead of cups.  I had always been aware that the most accurate way to measure ingredients when baking was to weigh them, but it was always so much easier to just whip out the measuring cups and go about my way.  I was eager to try some of the recipes in the book, though, so I purchased the OXO Good Grips Food Scale with Pullout Display.

A few months later, I have only made one recipe from the baking cookbook (I intend to make more), but I find myself using my scale on a daily basis.  It has helped me to be much more accurate when writing recipes, and when cooking from someone else’s recipes. Now I know when I have exactly two ounces of shredded cheese or half a pound of ground turkey from a 1 1/3 pound package! The main thing I learned was that I was overcompensating a lot – adding extra ingredients just to make sure I had enough!  While I try to eat all things in moderation, adding the right amount of cheese to a recipe can make a big difference in the fat content – taking a recipe from moderate to not-so healthy.

If you are considering buying a kitchen scale, I would recommend the OXO scale. Here are some features to consider:

  • Ability to zero the scale after placing items on to measure additional ingredients
  • 11 pound capacity
  • Measures in 1/8 ounce or 1 gram increments
  • Pull-out display for weighing large, bulky items