Monday, December 7, 2009

smile today.

Happy Monday, kiddos :) Whether you like it or not:
I had a fun and FULL weekend — two birthday get-togethers! You know what that means? Drinkies. And you know what THAT means?? Empty cals and extra poundage. Boo that. BUT total funtimes, nonetheless, and staying up later than usual equals more cals burned, right?? I’m going with yes.

I tried to be extra good during the week so that the weekend’s events wouldn’t have too bad of an effect on my waistline … and I think it worked.

I even spent more than an hour on the treadmill yesterday! (I burned about 550 calories, a-thank you very much.) My workouts have been so sporadic lately, and it felt good to sweat and move my bod. I was only planning on being on the treadmill (alternating walking at a high incline and running at 3.0 incline) for an hour, but The Holiday was on TV, so I just kept walking for awhile until it got to my favorite part. Haha you wouldn’t think that movie would be a go-get-’em workout flick, but evidently it was yesterday.

As usual, I’ll weigh in tonight at my meeting, so we’ll see if last week’s smart eating and last night’s workout paid off. I know for sure I’ve lost weight since last week, but that’s because last week was a gain week. I’m thisclose to hitting my WW goal — I’m talking like 2 pounds away — and I REALLY thought I could hit it this week. Prob not gonna happen. Next week, I tell you!

Like I said, I’m about 2 pounds from my WW goal, which is 10 pounds more than my real-life goal of 139. Now that I’m getting closer and closer to these SUPERCOOL milestones, I’m so excited! However, the weight just does not come off like it used to. Not at all, actually.

I need to buckle down and actually put in some hard work. Maybe another 5K in the nearish future? (Liz: If you’re reading this, how ’bout it??) I know FOR SURE that I need to get back to working out at least 3 days a week. And I’ve already gotten in one day this week! Off to a great start!!

And now for the Lemon-Marinated Brussels Sprouts recipe I’ve promised since Thanksgiving :) (I forgot to take pictures (for shame), but my finished product looked similar to this picture of Brussels Sprouts with Lemon-Mustard Sauce from FatFree Vegan Kitchen.)

Lemon-Marinated Brussels Sprouts

1 ½ pounds Brussels sprouts

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1 tsp minced garlic

½ tsp sugar

½ tsp dried oregano

salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp grated lemon zest

3 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Trim Brussels sprouts; cut larger ones in half. Cook in boiling water until barely tender (5-6 minutes). Plunge into ice water then drain well. Combine remaining ingredients — except lemon juice and apple cider vinegar — in a medium bowl. Toss in the Brussels sprouts and let them marinate in this mixture 1-2 hours at room temperature (or longer in the refrigerator), tossing occasionally. Just before serving, mix in the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. Adjust any of the seasonings to taste.

I served mine as a side dish, but you could also eat them with toothpicks as more of an appetizer or throw some in a salad.

They turned out really well! And they taste so fresh and lemony! I thought they’d be a hit on Thanksgiving, and I was really pumped to contribute something to the meal; however, I misjudged my audience. Most of the eaters were not looking to fill valuable plate space with vegetables, and, if they were, it would be the familiar stuff like corn or raw carrots. A couple of people said they really liked them, another couple thought they were gross, but most didn’t even try them.

I’ll admit my feelings were a bit hurt. I couldn’t care less if someone doesn’t like a particular food. Everyone’s tastes are different, after all. But to not even try something? Not even one measly sprout? But, like I said, I misjudged my audience. Better luck next time!

On a happy note, my Spicy Sweet Potato Chips were a hit that day, and I’ll share that supersimple recipe later this week :)

Focus on the positive. Peace.


  1. Hey Amanda-

    I made squash at this Thanksgiving dinner and I can't even tell you how many "gross" comments I got. At the end of the meal, my uncle "so lovingly" pointed out that everyone had leftover squash on their plate. I guess eating healthy on Thanksgiving is just not in a lot of people's vocabulary! :)


  2. I love brussel sprouts and those look amazing! I don't understand why they get such a bad reputation!

  3. shu up shut up shut up, I totally just brought brussel sprouts yesterday and was feeling a little overwhelmed because I didn't know how to cook them. YOU READ MY MIND!

  4. I just bought brussel sprouts yesterday too! Now I know what to do with them!

  5. I lurve me some sprouts and I for one am jotting down your delish recipe now. Amanda you can join my party anytime and I will eat your food!!

    P.S. I find it incredibly rude when people won't try something new as well.

  6. That sounds great! Silly people. What's funny is I was asked to bring some veggies for Thanksgiving. I made this asparagus casserole that was all creamy with fried onions on top and then just some steamed broccoli and carrots. The casserole was gone on the first round, but the other veggies were still half there at the end of the night! Sigh...

  7. Hmmm I'm not really a sprout eater, but I would have tried them! Sorry your audience didn't appreciate them :(

    I hope you hit your goal!

  8. Your posts always make me smile - I know how it feels to be that close to goal and the progress has slowed. But your doing awsome keep it up!

  9. I totally understand what you mean about the weight not coming off easily anymore. It took me WEEKS to lose 2 lbs to reach 100lbs. Now I am 7lbs away from my WW goal and I feel like it will take me 7 months to reach that goal! But the important thing is that we dont give up!

    I am def going to try your brussel recipe - it looks delicious!

  10. I've never had brussel sprouts because i had no idea how to cook them. Maybe I will try them since I have your recipe. Hehe. ;)

    Oh and I love The Holiday! I dunno about working out to it, but its a great movie!

  11. Mmm I do like brussel sprouts. At least you made them, and a few people did enjoy them! Good luck with hitting your WW goal. I'm rooting for you!

  12. DAMN.
    you lost me at all that treadmill time.

    can you see me bowing in awe?!

  13. Let it be known that you have the MOST AMAZING HAIR! I am SO jealous! ;-)