Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cyber Week Deal For You!! Zanyre Cosmetics & Vintage Collectibles

What a crazy week/month/year this has been! LOL! And really, I'm sorry, but I have to ask in a very loud voice... WHO IS GIVING THE MONKEYS KEYS?????  Get these goofballs off my roads! Seriously crazy stuff out there! Yesterday it took me 40 minutes to drive 10 miles. Grrrrr.

So... it's cyber week... anyone partaking? We did the "big" part of our holiday shopping online (yay, black friday from the comfort of my home!), so we don't have much left to do... just things that take time and effort now, haha. However, I am enjoying watching all the "specials" hit my email. And on that note... I have one to pass on to you!  Now, this is no run-of-the-mill vendor... in fact, this one I trust with my life! Good thing, she once gave me life! :-)  Yep! My mama! Give her store a look-see! She has screaming deals on Maybelline products (I mean really screaming deals!!!) and lots of cool collectibles! Oh - and FYI - those are Buy It NOW prices...not auction! See? Screamin' deals!

Here's the link to her store: http://stores.ebay.com/Zanyre-Cosmetics-and-Collectibles
Zanyre Cosmetics & Collectibles
Specializing in Maybelline Cosmetics and Vintage Collectibles

Happy Tuesday!!

Champion Nutrition Recipe of the Week - Leftover Turkey?

Whatcha gonna do with alllll that leftover turkey? How about Burroladas? What's a burrolada, you ask? It's a delivery vehicle for leftover turkey! Ha! Seriously though, you can use up chicken breast, turkey breast, even pork tenderloin with this recipe, and have a tasty meal. You know how you get to the end of the week and that protein you've prepped, and the last thing you want is another "dose" of chicken/turkey/etc? Well, this will change your perspective! If you can't do dairy, there's a tip at the end of the recipe that will make this recipe work for you!

Leftover Turkey Burroladas


Makes 12 burroladas.
●  3-4 cups chopped turkey meat (or chicken breast or pork tenderloin)
●  1 dozen tortillas
●  1.5 cup low fat or fat-free greek yogurt* (see note below)
●  3 small cans of diced green chilies
●  1 can (14.5 oz) diced no-salt-added tomatoes (I use muir glen), including the juice
●  1 tbsp Sriracha Sauce (hot)
●  1 cup shredded sharp cheddar* (eliminate if dairy free)

●  1 cup low fat or fat-free greek yogurt* (see note below)
●  1 tsp Sriracha
●  1 can diced green chilies
   (You can also add 1/2 cup of salsa if you like)
●  OPTIONAL:  1/2 cup shredded cheddar* (eliminate if dairy free)

●  Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x13 pan (I use coconut oil).
●  Mix all ingredients (except the tortillas) in a bowl.
●  Divide into the 12 tortillas, wrap and place seam side down in pan.
●  Mix together ingredients for the topping, then drizzle over the burritos.
●  Sprinkle with a bit of cheddar if you like.
●  Bake for 30 minutes, allow to cool for 10.
●  Serve

TIP FOR DAIRY FREE...  eliminate the Greek Yogurt and cheese, add a jar of salsa in it's place. Super-tip... if you have a plain protein powder, you can fake the yogurt! Mix 2 scoops powder with unsweetened plain almond milk until you have the consistency of sour cream or yogurt. Add Salsa and mix well, then add into the recipe where it calls for the yogurt. 

Nutrition information (for original recipe, with yogurt & cheese)
per burrolada: 345 calories; 25 g protein, 31 g carb, 12 g fat.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Did you survive the food fest?

The holiday is over, the fridge is full of leftovers, and life is returning to normal. Well, as normal as our life gets, lol!  My turkey was awesome (if I do say so myself... and I do), and I enjoyed a slice of pumpkin pie, and a slice of apple pie (caramel apple) - though not at once, lol. My other splurge this holiday meal was the gravy... I usually steer very clear of gravy because of the sodium, but this year it was soooo tasty! I added a package of mushrooms (sauteed in 1 Tbsp butter with a splash of Worcestershire) to the simmering gravy and oh it was good!

While we missed having Shiloh home (she's in CA and flies back home tonight, yay!!), it was nice to have a quiet day, just the family.

No black friday shopping for us, we slept in and used the internet to begin our holiday shopping. Bethany and I ventured out later in the day to meet up with Tabitha (who now has the world's coolest hair - I'm soooo jealous!), and we wandered a bit before heading back home. Mostly we gawked at the crazy people who'd been at the mall since the wee hours of the morning. :-)

Back home, I worked, then we headed to Bill's dad's house... Sandi is in town! YAY!! Sandi is Bill's sister, and we went to high school together, the three of us. We don't get to see each other but once a year, so it was awesome to get together! She's in town for Grandma's 90th birthday, which we celebrated last night. 90... how cool is that??

Today is grocery shopping, food prep, laundry, then picking up Shiloh and her boyfriend at the airport - really, who thought a 10pm arrival time was a good idea???  Then the week begins again.  Our Study gals are doing incredible! We'll have new updates to post shortly, along with some new comments for the Support page. Woot!

Before I sign off and get to shopping & prepping... do you have a ton of leftover turkey? Here's a yummy recipe to use up some of it... http://billandchelle.com/fitness/recipes.html#Leftover_Turkey_Burrito-chiladas

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Chelle vs The Turkey...

Tell me you can't read my mind...

Go ahead, fill in the blank... what was I saying?  LOL!

The turkey, regardless, is successfully turned. I'm not ready to think about taking it out of that bucket and putting it in the baking pan yet. OY!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Congrats to Group 1!!!! Wow!!!!

Super-duper Cheers to the ladies of Group 1 in our Case-Study! We did an evaluation last night, and the gals who started on November 14th have already lost a collective...
 17.4 lbs!!! 

Woot!!!! Check out their individual pages to see how each of them did. Every one of the ladies did an amazing job of staying compliant to the exercise and nutrition plans, even when things went awry! Their hard work is showing!! Wooohoo!!!  Tabitha and I are thrilled with their progress and dedication! One of our victims was even subjected to my Happy Dance (hello, Elaine!). Gotta love Skype. :-)

If you'd like to cheer the gals on, visit http://recipeforfitness.com/transformation/support.html

So... did I survive the initial contact with the Turkey & the bucket?  Yes. Yes, I did. I was only mildly soaked when the bird slipped out of my hands to plop into the bucket full of brine & ice water. Nothing tipped. Nothing toppled. Nothing traumatized. Sweet. Let's hope this holds through my session this evening when I have to turn that bugger around. By the way, have I mentioned how very heavy a 5 gallon bucket is when it's full of brine, ice water and a 20 lb turkey? Pretty darn heavy. Just sayin'.

Today's food is up HERE.  And some of it, I'll be eating on the road. Shiloh (my 18 yo) and her boyfriend are flying to CA for the Thanksgiving holiday, so we're driving her to the airport. Holiday traffic, holiday airport, holiday standstill. We've allotted plenty of time, we hope. After that, if I can make it back to the office, that's the plan. If not, then it's the store for last minute stuff, then home and turkey-day prep. I'll be baking the caramel apple pie, prepping the mashed potatoes, the stuffing (apple, sage, sausage - yum!), sweet potato casserole (no marshmallows), and working up my courage to flip the flippin' turkey.

And off we go! Woot!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's Almost Thanksgiving!!

And that means.... Chaos!!!! Yes, chaos is reigning supreme. Between the Case-Study (and our truly AMAZING 8 women), work, family and planning for the big day, I'm buried. Yesterday was an absolute blur as I was up and working on meal plans & recipes early, then on to work, then dashing to the Cheer squad photo shoot, then back to work, then pack it up and head home where I.... worked! lol! Dinner was on the fly, as I threw together a tuna wrap (the leftover lasagna was calling me, but I said NO), then built myself a little station on the couch... printer on the floor, laptop on the couch, 3 binders, 1 notebook, pens, highlighters, phone, iPod, and a tangle of cords that even the dogs steered clear of. It was a fabulous set up until I realized I couldn't get up! Trapped on the couch! Ha! Woops!

This morning I got more work done before readying for the day and heading into the office. I've got ten bazillion things to do (ok, slight exaggeration), plus a few errands, then we have skype calls tonight with Group 1 (I'm so excited!!!!!), then I'm beginning my turkey day prep. Tonight is the slightly scary part... where I begin brining the turkey. Why is this scary? 20 lb turkey, 5 lb bucket, very large brining bag, ice, water, boiling brining solution, 2 dogs... see the scariness now? The REALLY scary part comes tomorrow when I have to flip the bird upside down in the bucket. I'm not gonna lie... I have landed on my a$$ on the floor dripping in brine solution with a raw turkey in my lap. It happens (has happened more than once). I'm hoping it doesn't happen this year. My family doesn't seem to understand that the phrase, "A little help here?" does NOT mean "you are free to continue laughing and pointing. Oh by all means, please do go get your cameras, facebook NEEDS to know about this."  Pft.

So... speaking of the holidays... let's talk food. Specifically, let's talk "treat food". I am a huge proponent of the treat meal, or occasional treats. Our Study gals get a treat meal each week, on their rest day, and for those in the US, Thanksgiving dinner is probably going to be that treat meal for most of them. So how do you enjoy a treat meal without going off track?

First, it's a meal. Not a day. Not a binge. One. Meal. Period. Eat clean just like you do any other day, but enjoy that meal you've been looking forward to. Take your time with it and savor every bite.

Second, plan for it. Think about what you want in that treat meal, what are you "missing", craving, or just plain want? Lay it out, write it down, then stick to it as best you can. I find that when I approach my treat meals this way, I enjoy them more, and keeping them in moderation isn't a struggle. If I'm going to have a treat, I decide ahead of time what it will be, I enjoy every morsel, then I'm ready to get back to my normal routine.

Third, portion size. A treat meal isn't carte blanche to inhale any edible in sight. What it is, is an opportunity to confuse your metabolism (defusing potential plateau's), and a chance to relax a bit from your dietary goals without jeopardizing them. Keep your portions in check. Sure it's a treat meal, but that doesn't mean you can have a whole apple pie to yourself.

The bottom line is that it's entirely in your hands. You have absolute control over holiday food.  Tabitha has a saying, and it became one of my mantras... "How bad do you want it?"  You have a goal to reach. How bad do you want it? Do you want it enough to walk away from the table after you've indulged but before you binge? Do you want it enough to say no to the constant flow of "treats" this season? Do you want it enough to honor yourself by not abusing yourself (who ever felt good after a binge? not me!)  You CAN get through the season on track and undeprived. You CAN get through the season without packing on extra pounds. You CAN get through the season and continue your weight loss or maintenance journey.

Here's to a healthy holiday season (and no turkeys in laps).

Champion Nutrition Recipe of the Week - Pumpkin Protein Cookies!

What's the Harvest Season without a pumpkin cookie? I'll tell ya... BORING! I headed to the kitchen to remake an old family favorite - and no one noticed the changes! Woot! Abso-yummo! These beauties are perfect for after a workout, or just as a snack with coffee!  Enjoy!

Chelle's Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Cookies

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 3 scoops protein powder (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin (pure pumpkin, not pie mix)
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Mix together all ingredients, adding chocolate chips last. If mixture is too dry, add a splash or two of unsweetened vanilla almond milk to moisten.

Line cookie sheet with foil, and drop spoonfulls onto sheet. 

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, cool on wire rack.

NOTE: protein powder - check the size of your scoop. In this recipe I used Champion's Pure Whey powder, and the scoop is just under 1/2 cup. 

per cookie (makes 12)
142 calories, 9g protein, 17 g carbs, 5g fat. 138mg sodium, 4g fiber, 6g sugar.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Group 2's DAY ONE!!!!

Wow! The day is just flying! There's some really exciting stuff today... as our Group 1 of the Case Study begins their second week of the program, Group 2 launches! It's officially Day One!! Woohooo! Awesome!

Every one of these ladies has such an exciting journey ahead of them! And you can share it, not only by following their progress, but by posting your words of encouragement! Just email them to us, and we'll put them up here:  http://recipeforfitness.com/transformation/support.html

This is so amazing!!!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Allow Me to Introduce...

It's been a busy week, and included a significant change to our Group 2 of the Case-Study / Pilot Group. One of our participants, due to unexpected circumstances, has removed herself from the program. While we wish her well, it was fortunate that this happened when it did... when we still had time to allow someone else to join the program. The newly open spot was offered to the person who was next in "line".

We're very excited to introduce you to our newest member of the group... Carlene Hetland. She will be joining Group 2, and beginning her program (knock on wood) on Monday, November 21st. You can read all about her on her bio page here: http://recipeforfitness.com/transformation/carleneH.html

If you haven't already, please take some time to get to know all of our fabulous, brave, and inspirational Study participants. Visit the main 12-Week Transformation Study Group page and click on the participants names to view their profiles and "before" photos.

Also on the main page is a link to the We're All in This Together page where we will be posting YOUR comments addressed to the Study participants! Your words of encouragement can work wonders, so please send them to info@recipeforfitness.com and we will post them.

Ok... back to work for me! :-)  Happy Saturday!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

I Survived the Twi-Hards!

It was touch and go for a while, several screaming teenagers have no idea how closely they brushed with a beat-down, but I managed to survive with my sanity intact (such as it is), and without having to call Bill or Tabitha to post bond. It was crazy! I think the Twilight saga midnight premiers are like childbirth... you forget the really, really bad parts until you're smack in the middle of it again, then find yourself thinking, "WTH was I thinking to do this again???"

The theater was well prepared for us this year, and we snagged a spot inside (woot!), and next to a power outlet (double woot!). Bethany and I camped on the floor for hours (the older girls didn't get there until later - and I made them pay us in Starbucks for holding their places in line). She did the teenager with a data-plan thing and cruised facebook, while I worked on my laptop building recipe packets and meal plans. Though I didn't manage to get away to acquire WiFi, I did get all my work done. Whew!  I finished, after they moved us into the theater, at 11pm.

The movie itself... what can I say? I liked the books. LOL! The kids had a good time, though, and that's what mattered. We got home at 2:30 (that's a.m.), and I was back up at 5:30... oy!

Today is a whirlwind of To-Do's. I'm off and running!!!

PS... Attention Tabitha... I am SOOOOOOO sore!!!! :-D   Let's do that workout again!! Woot!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Broke Another Spoon...

Have I mentioned that I like my oatmeal pretty thick? You know that old joke about something being as difficult as sucking oatmeal through a straw? I'm pretty sure that was based on MY oatmeal ;-)
It's so thick that you can (and I have) use it as cookie dough. Tasty :-)  The drawback to this wondrous bowl of yumminess, is that I regularly break spoons. Regularly. It's become so regular, that the sound of the spoon snapping is no longer followed by an expletive, but simply by a sigh. I have to accept it... I am a spoon-snapper.

Moving on, today is a FULL day. 5am came too early and without enough coffee. I worked on food plans for the Study Group, recipes, and then packing my cooler. Today it includes a TON of food. Why? It's that time again... The air is cold, the lines are long, and the wait is endless.....

What am I talking about?? The new Twilight movie midnight premier. I am either a very good mom or an insane person. I'm ok with either. Tonight after work, I am dashing home to load up kids, then heading to the theatre. Where we will sit in line for HOURS. In the cold. It's tradition. Lol.

The good thing is that the theatre is in a big strip mall where there is a ton of stores... across the street is the ginormous Whole Foods, in the parking lot is the Hi-Health and Sports Authority. There are tons of restaurants (not for me, I'm bringing my food), and stores to keep the kids busy on line-breaks. We head in with pillows, blankets and huge bags of stuff... games, books, music players, food & water. One year we were lucky to be in the front group that got moved inside to wait. Every other showing we've been out in the cold. We'll probably get there around 6pm, show is at 12. If tradition holds, I'll be snoozing by 12:15. What can I say? I'm old.  It's going to be a long night.

Anyway, so food for tonight includes chicken breast, raw almonds, pear, sliced pepper, jalapeno bread, greek yogurt and a gallon of water. I'm stocked. My heavy coat is already in the car, a change of clothes, a book, and my laptop & Case Study Tome (HUGE binder, lol). Tab's got my back and has located several WiFi spots for me :-) so I'm good to go.

Let's hope it doesn't rain.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Silly Shoulder - I Will BEAT You Into Submission... or get a shot.

Let me begin with... OUCH!!!  Total Body Conditioning class last night was seriously awesome! A killer of a workout! Tab gave the rundown on her blog this morning... 
Recipe for Fitness - Tabitha: Oh, The Monday Aftermath!
and when she says she'll even use the lint on the floor... not a joke, people. She is creative beyond imagining! And fyi, it took over an hour for my stomach to settle enough to eat dinner, lol! 

So, this morning I took my almost 16 year old to the doctor. Again. We suspect gluten-intolerance, but we're running the gamut of tests to see what's up. Until we get the results, we're to keep her gluten-free. While we were there, I bit the bullet and had the Doctor look at my shoulder. Then the lab tech, as he took x-rays. Then the doc again. Good news is that there is NO arthritis in that shoulder (ha)!  The bad news is that I have bursitis. Joy. It's fully inflamed and "acute", so they gave me a steroid/cortisone shot right then and there, and I'm forbidden to lift anything heavier than 20 lbs for two weeks. 

I guess Bill will have to carry my purse. LOL! 

As we talked with the Doctor and P.A., I learned that athletes are very susceptible to bursitis (and yes, I still get a thrill being able to call myself an athlete instead of a fat mom). Turns out, my arthritis further predisposes me to this (as does my heredity). We'll just leave out what they said about the "over 40" part. All I can do at this point is ice it periodically, "rest" it (ha, right), and wait for the cortisone to work. Pfft. I was told to also take ibuprofen/aleve/etc and since I'm not training for a show right now I might start taking Aleve. We'll see. I'm kinda stubborn (big surprise, yes? Shocking, I know.) so knowing that NSAID's damage muscle, I have a hard time accepting that sometimes it's ok to take them. 

A funny side note... we're in the office and the Physician's Assistant is asking tons of questions about my shoulder, my workouts, my movements, etc... and she commented on me being really fit. Bethany pipes up, "My mom is ripped!" and whipped out her phone to show her my show photo [ok, hang on - my daughter has my show pics on her phone???? Surreal.]  The P.A. was stunned, ran out and grabbed the doctor, who was also astonished. As we sat there, throughout our visit, there were knocks on the door and interns, nurses, etc who all wanted to see the pics, LOL!! Take that, "over 40"!!

Today's food is up, and the recent coolers page is also updated. 

Happy Tuesday!!

Champion Nutrition Recipe of the Week - Chicken & Beef Enchilasagna

This is a family favorite! It started as a recipe by Devin Alexander (who's a kitchen goddess!), and I changed it to meet my nutritional needs (high protein). The end result is so very tasty! When I serve this, I pull it out of the oven, turn around and suddenly my family has grown... all the kids' friends show up! It's seriously good! So good, it feels like a cheat! Give it a try and let me know what you think. The recipe below makes a 13x9, but there is info on making it 8x8 if you've got a smaller crew to feed.

Oh... and the leftovers? Just as good :-)  Enjoy!

Chelle's Chicken & Beef Enchilasagna
Prep Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Makes 12-16 servings


  • 2 teaspoons Mrs Dash Southwest Chipotle
  • 2 teaspoons Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken (I used chicken from my sunday food prep, shredded) 
  • 2 cups (1 lb) ground lean beef (or bison)
  • 1 14 ounce can Muir Glen diced fire roasted tomatoes 
  • 1 28-ounce can traditional mild enchilada sauce
  • 1 28-ounce can medium green chili enchilada sauce
  • 8 oz. (about 4 cups) finely shredded Tillamook medium cheddar (I use Tillamook because it has no added colors, preservatives, etc.)
  • 1/2 - 1  cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup sliced drained black olives
  • 1 small can chopped, drained green chilies
  • 12 6-inch yellow corn tortillas (I use Ezekiel Sprouted Corn Tortillas)

Preheat the oven to 450°F.

Brown the ground beef(or bison) and season with the 2 Mrs. Dash flavors. Drain meat then add the can of diced tomatoes. Don't drain it. Add the shredded chicken until the seasonings are well mixed. Set aside.

Meanwhile, combine the enchilada sauces in a medium bowl and mix until well combined. Set aside.

Mix the cheese, cilantro, olives, and chilies in a second medium bowl. Set aside.

Cut or tear each tortilla into about 9 roughly even pieces.

Spread 1 cup of the enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9 X 13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish.

Cover the sauce evenly with about a third of the tortilla pieces. Then sprinkle about half of the chicken & bison over them. Pour about 1 cup of the sauce evenly over that. Then sprinkle a third of the cheese mixture over that. Repeat layering with half of the remaining tortillas, the remaining chicken, 1 cup of sauce, then half of the remaining cheese mixture. Follow that with another layer of the tortillas, then the remaining sauce, then the remaining cheese mixture. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes.

Then remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Note: The original recipe, is half this amount and is made in an 8x8 pan. You can easily halve my recipe.

Nutrition Information: Using NutritionData.com, I got a rough estimate. The fat content, for instance, will go up or down depending on the meat you use, and if you increase the cheese. The carbs will go up or down depending on how many tortillas you use. The protein will go up or down depending on how much you use (super easy to increase it!). Sodium isn't listed here, but you can reduce it by buying chicken and beef/bison without sodium added (watch your labels), and purchasing ingredients that are low in sodium.

Serving Size 1/12 of pan (using 13x9 as per my recipe)
Calories:  328
Fat:  14 g (6 of which are sat fats - healthy ones)
Carbohydrate:  32 g
Protein:  22 g

Monday, November 14, 2011

What's Today???

It's Day 1 of our 12-Week Case-Study / Pilot Group!! The first 4 participants begin their programs today! Woot! It's a fresh new start! Fitness and Nutrition plans were sent out Friday, Prep was done yesterday, and this is Day One. Woohooo!

This week, we'll be putting the final touches on Group Two's plans, doing our skype consultations, then getting their plans out to them on Friday. They'll begin a week from today. At that time, we will also make our Support Plan available, so if you want to "follow along" with a 12-week fitness & nutrition makeover, you can :-)

Tabitha and I are super excited! We've posted some bios and pics (more to come) so you can get to know our participants. You can find them here: http://recipeforfitness.com/transformation.html  Just click on the participant's name to view their page. We'll update those as we go along, so you can follow their progress. We also encourage you to encourage them. It's hard to make a lifestyle change. And this program, because it's short & sweet, is intense - Total compliance to the food and exercise. They'll appreciate your words of support! You can send us emails (info@recipeforfitness.com) that we'll share with the participants.

It has begun! Time to take over the world!!
Courtesy of  Simon-Hackmaster at DeviantArt.com

It was a dark and stormy night...

Ok, actually it wasn't. It was a beautiful weekend, full moon at night, clear skies during the day... but I still managed to have bad food. Not that I ate "bad" food, though I did enjoy some treats, it was that I couldn't cook worth beans! Wus'up with dat?

My folks came for a visit (yay!!!!) and I'd planned this lovely little roast with twice-baked sweet potatoes and salad. Well, I couldn't mess up the salad, it came in a bag! The potatoes... I exploded. Yes. I did. They were pretty much fine on the inside (except for the stuff that 'sploded), so I nuked the rest of my potatoes (wasn't taking any more chances on the oven) and mixed all the "meat" together and made a casserole. That little faux pas I was able to fix. Mostly. The roast, however... shoe leather, anyone? My daughter's boyfriend is even teasing me about it! My parents just smiled and said it was wonderful... sure, for seasoned shoe leather! LOL!


As if that weren't enough to damage my psyche, I found a beautiful london broil at the store Sunday during my shopping... so pretty and on sale! Woot! Until I grilled it. This is what happens when a blonde multi-tasks. Shoe Leather!!! Rats. Oh well, the kids'll probably feed it to the dogs.

The rest of my prep went according to plan. My proteins this week are the ubiquitous chicken breast, then I have big ziplocs full of the meat mix for chili, for stuffed eggplant, for crockpot lasagna. I have my veggies prepped and in their steamer bags: asparagus (on sale!), zucchini, snow peas & grape tomatoes. The rest of my veggies are stocked (mushrooms, salad, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, peppers, onions). Fruit is my usual: blackberries (88 cents!), blueberries, strawberries for the kids (I never actually manage to get my hands on any, they get gobbled up too fast), pears, apples, bananas and of course - grapefruit! My oatmeal baggies are ready to go. Everything is set. (Though I am still running laundry, oy!).

The weekend was so fun, and way too short! It's been forever since I've seen my parents! Saturday we headed out to Fountain Hills for the big fair, and enjoyed some treat food. While I only had a bite of Bethany's giant corn dog (it had to be 18 inches long!), I did enjoy some chili cheese fries - though we are still wondering exactly why they call that toxic orange drippiness "cheese". Cuz it's not. The chili was good, though :-).  We looked at all kinds of fun stuff - and though my quest for a cool purse was unsuccessful, I did come home with a bag. Kettle Corn!! No, it's not "clean". Yes, it's a treat. I love the stuff! I kept seeing folks wander through the fair with these big bags of kettle corn, but it wasn't until the very end that we found the booth... as they were closing!! NO!!!! They did one last batch, so ours was fresh, but those big bags I was seeing? Not the "large" size. I'm tellin' ya, this "large" was half my height! Crazy! But the kids all love kettle corn, too, so it won't last long. ;-)

We're also starting to get a little organized around here. Several weeks ago (did I mention it was SEVERAL WEEKS AGO?) we bought these book shelf deals... they've sat, in their boxes, in the middle of my family room. Alongside stacks of magazines & journals, cookbooks and whatnot. They screamed, "Please!! Organize us!!" Finally, yesterday, they got put together! Woot! I haven't put my anal-retentive organizational spin on it yet, but there's a floor again in that room!

And... my parents brought me a present! They had this cool workout deal - a home-gym thing. It's got a leg extension, pull-downs, press, all kinds of fun stuff! They're moving soon, and knew I would LOVE it. I do. :-) They hauled it all the way from Sacramento!  Dad, Bill and Joey brought it in and started setting it up. Dad got it all done (no parts leftover! LOL!) and it's good to go! Then he told me - the original owner had put the weight stickers on the plates backwards... so what says 20 lbs is actually 200. Oh yes, it got my devious, twisted mind going. Who would be my victim?

Ariel, of course.

Hours later, she came home and I told her that I wanted her to try it out while I was right there, to make sure her form is right. Sure, no problem, she got into the seat to do the presses, and got this super funny look on her face. She got up, looked at the plates and said,"This has to be backwards! Why is 20 lbs at the bottom?" I explained that it's like the Assisted Pull-up machine at the gym. It's fine, just press. You should be able to do 20 lbs no problem, I just need to make sure you're doing it right before you get on there while I'm at work or something.

She tries again. Nothing. Her face turns red, her body tenses. Nothing. You can see it all over her, "WTF???"  And then I lost it, started laughing - rolling, really, then my parents and Bill start laughing. Ariel walked around for the next several hours muttering, "Not cool, mom. Not cool."  Yes it was. Hehehehe.

This is probably a good example of why all my children are a little warped. :-) I'm ok with that.

Happy Monday!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pluggin' Away...

Owie!!!!  Tab dubbed last night's Muscle Class as the 500. 500 squats. No, it's not a typo. In fact, by the end (no pun intended) of class, we hit 550. It was brutal - and a blast! I had no idea there were so many varieties of squats! I am, however, very aware of their effect on my behind as I've sat on it all day.

The workday is nearly over and I'm scrambling to get it all done. It's been a crazy week. Time for a break, though it will be short - very, very short. I joked to Tab yesterday that we need to stop and take a deep breath, but I don't know when to schedule it, lol.  So, short break this evening - nail salon (girly-time!), then it's back to work! We'll be delivering the fitness & nutrition plans (phase I) to the first group of Study participants tomorrow. If you haven't already, head over to the Transformation page and check them out! We'll be updating their individual pages throughout the study so you can follow their progress.

Also tomorrow...

My parents are arriving for a visit!!! Wooohooo! So excited! :-) And, we had originally thought my oldest would be out of state on a job site for their visit, but he'll be here ;-) Yay!

Today's cooler is up, and the previous cooler page is updated.

Happy Thursday!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Size Matters

Get your mind out of the gutter, I'm talking about apples. LOL!

There's been some talk lately about my daily cooler showing "half an apple"... folks are wondering, what's up with that? HALF an apple?? Well, no, I'm not eating bird-portions. In fact, half an apple is probably, maybe, possibly a bit much. Let me show you...

When I say I'm having half an apple... I mean half of the apple on the left :-) That, my friends, is a gargantuan Honeycrisp Apple, grown in the land of giants Washington state. It is also one of the sweetest, crispest apples I've ever enjoyed :-) Truly! For Halloween, I made mini caramel apple bites... with those giant Honeycrisps and a melon-baller, homemade caramel and twigs. Awesome :-)

Anyway... hope that answers the apple dilemma :-)

Today's food is posted. You can view it on the Today's Cooler page  (and previous coolers here). I'm feeling better - kicking this chest/sinus thing back a bit more each day. I've got Tab's muscle class tonight after work (yay!). Fyi, Bethany is still sore from last friday's Total Body Conditioning Class, LOL!!! :-)

Happy Wednesday!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Champion Nutrition USA - Weekly Recipe! Beef Stew!

I love my crockpots. Yes, I meant plural. I have 6. I am not embarrassed by this. Obsessed, maybe. Embarrassed, no. LOL!

This is one of my favorite crockpot recipes... When I do my Sunday Food Prep, I'll gather all the ingredients and toss them into a large ziploc, then it goes into the fridge if I'll be using it in the next few days, or into the freezer if it's going to be later in the week. It doesn't matter to the crockpot if it's frozen or not. :-) I like that.

Chelle's Slow Cooker Beef Stew


  • 2-3 cups of beef low-sodium broth (more if you want it more soupy)
  • 2 lbs chopped stew meat
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large potatoes (or sweet potatoes), cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1 onion, quartered (or diced if your family likes onion - my hubby doesn't so I leave the onion in large pieces easily removed from his bowl, lol)
  • 1 container of mushrooms, sliced (I like crimini, but you can use whatever you prefer)
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Thyme
  • Sea-Salt to taste


  • Place all ingredients in crockpot, stir, cook on low for 6-8 hrs or until meat and veggies are very tender.
  • Optional - Add pasta (I use egg noodles). Just prepare the pasta as normal, then spoon stew over the noodles in bowls.

Variations:  One of my favorite variations is to add a can (15oz) of stewed or diced tomatoes.  You can also add more veggies: beans, peas, peppers, okra, broccoli, cauliflower... ! Add barley, oats, quinoa, wild or brown rice! :-) Personally, I like my stew to be heavy on the protein, so I always increase the meat.

What's that I smell? Who cares! I can smell!!!

As you can see by my title, the fog is lifting ;-) I'm still stuffy, fuggy and achy, but I get longer and longer moments of relief. Yay!!!

After work last night was TBC (Total Body Conditioning) class. I discovered that inverting my head with a sinus deal was not a good idea, lol. Modify. Awesome class (as always). I love how Tab incorporates so many different things. The hour FLEW by! During one part, we did a 'follow the leader' thing, where we lined up our steps down the center of the room, then did drills in a circuit. Fun, for sure, but at one point, I was about midway in the line, and the drill was these hop-jumps on and off the steps - too much impact for my knees, so I modified, but didn't realize the whole line behind me modified with me. Woops. Shoulda' gone to the end of the line! My bad! Tab pointed out that it was like a bad game of Telephone, lol.

Then we did another thing where you get a partner, each holding onto a handle (both hands) of the same resistance band - arms straight out in front of you, step far enough apart to have tension then in sync, you lunge forward on your outside leg, then twist your upper body (arms still straight) to the outside. So if I'm on the right, my right leg lunges forward and I twist right. Requires you to seriously tighten your core just to stay upright, lol. I love the partner stuff she does :-)

After class we headed to my place where we booted my kids out of the dining room so we could Skype with one of our participants. Then after that, it was a bit more work, then off to bed for me. NyQuil. Blehk. Nasty stuff, but it did the job.

At work today, I'm lining up my tasks and hoping to get it all done. I've lit a candle (Bath & Bodyworks Gingerbread) and every once in a while I get a whiff of it :-)

Food is up on the Today's Cooler page, and the Previous Coolers page is also updated.  Tab and I also uploaded our November playlists, if you're interested in what we're listening to :-)  

Here's to Tuesday!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Slam, Bam, Thank you, Ma'am.

I am down for the count. #$%@! allergy attack developed into a sinus/chest deal that has me seeing stars and waiting for my eyes to explode out of my head. Sucks. Argh. I'm sucking down hot tea and waiting for the most recent dose of Benadryl to kick in. Bleh.

Anyway. Sunday food prep is done. I hit the stores this morning, took my time with the prep, and now it's all put away.  I did enjoy using my 3-pot crockpot :-)  It was awesome!!!!

Here's what I've got: proteins... chicken breast (of course), beef top sirloin roast (killer sale!!), chicken sausage & ground beef (for the stuffed eggplant), New York steak (again sale, I'll cut it into strips for stirfry), chicken sausage (andouille),  hard boiled eggs (cheated, bought them ready to go), greek yogurt, cottage cheese.  Starchy Carbs: Red beets, Sweet potatoes, new potatoes, black beans. Veggies: zucchini, green beans, snow peas & grape tomatoes, asparagus, red peppers, mushrooms, eggplant, carrots, broccoli slaw (for stirfry with steak strips). Fruit: grapefruit, apples, bananas, blueberries, blackberries. Fat: raw almonds, avocado, olive oil.  Snacks for the family: Stacy's Cinnamon/Sugar Pita Chips (yes, they're clean), POPS BBQ chips (clean again), Pretzel sticks (yes, indeed... clean!), string cheese, chobani individual fruit yogurts, variety of Kashi granola bars.

We are fully stocked. If one person tells me, "but there's no food!!!" I might have to take them down. What they mean is there's not enough of their preferred non-food-food. Ugh. Eat an apple, shut up. Lol.  Yes, I'm cranky. Nothing they've never seen before, lol.

Ok, before Miss CrankyPants really gets out of hand, I'm signing off. C'mon Benadryl!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Crazy Day Ahead!

Woot! I've got an insanely crazy day ahead... insanely crazy, is that redundant? LOL! I'm currently at work, at noon, I'll dash to Tab's for a Skype call with one of our Study Participants, then we're off to deal with business paperwork, then I'll dash back to the office to finish out the day. That's where my planned chaos ends. I have a feeling, though, that there will be much, much more tonight. We are stacked with To-Do lists! Tab came up with some FABULOUS ideas for the 12-Week Support Program (so excited about that!!), and we're working on that, too.

Last night The World's Greatest Trainer and I had several Skype and phone calls with our Participants... if anyone heard crunching in the background - it was me... I was chomping on my Snack2-turned-Dinner... lol! We came straight from class (brutal butt builders, batman!), and I was starving! Today's cooler is up, and I've also tossed in some extra snacks (not pictured) in case Bill or Tab get the munchies while we're running our errands this afternoon. :-)

Have I mentioned lately that I have the World's Greatest Husband? 'Cuz I do. :-) He's been awesome helping us navigate the legalities and abundant red-tape that goes with our new venture. Plus, we've got a whole pack of attorneys to help us wade through, too. One of whom has a unique sense of humor (Steve, I am so glad I gave that form one more look-see before I sent it out!! ROFLMAO!!). Silly lawyers.

I'm tellin ya, folks... this is an adventure!! I'm so excited, so revved! (And after last night's class, SO SORE!!!) When I look back to my fat days when I spent all my time parked on the couch, and compare to now... dashing from one task to another, interacting with so many wonderful folks (YOU!!), building a business with my best friend... I am so damn glad I took the steps to change my life.

That first step was hard. Walking into that gym on January 2nd, 2007 was really hard. But unlike the saying, "The first step is the hardest", that wasn't my experience. It wasn't the first step... sure it was a risk, outside my zone and all that, but the hardest part was each consecutive step. Starting is easy. Following through is the tough part. I'm so glad I did! I'm so glad I still am. Nothing about me is perfect - I'm human. I struggle, stumble, fall, but the victories are getting up again... each day, each step, each bite.

What step(s) are you taking today?  Where are you going? What are your goals?

Happy Thursday!!


Woot Woot!! Mom is 39 today (wink, wink).
I love you, Mom!!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Few Halloween Pics...

Still trying to find my camera, but here's a few taken by friends...

Treats? You betcha!

The Most Interesting Man in the World and his Bodyguard

Lara Croft, Tomb-Raider & Indiana Jones

Definitely Treat Time!

Awww, Sweet! :-)

Why are we sideways? Dunno. Mom & Daughter

Woot! Bill, Chelle, Tabitha, Mike

Yes, they did. They are Thing 1 and Thing 2. 

Coming up for air... briefly...

You know those cartoons where the character is running their legs so fast that they're not actually moving forward? Yeah, it's been like that. Lol. We've begun our initial Skype interviews... starting with an impromptu one last night that caught Tab post-workout and me in my pj's... Lol! We're scheduling, and shuffling, and dashing, and... whew! It's very busy.

With that in mind, I wanted to quickly address something else about the study... I just want the picture to be clear. I still have a full time job. Tabitha still teaches classes. We are, neither one of us, "full-time" Recipe For Fitness™,  though it absolutely is our passion (and our plan is to do this full-time). We are just two people. No clones (their heads keep exploding... back to the lab, dagnabbit). No assistants. No fancy software that does all the work for us. Just Tab and I working hard for and on behalf of you folks.

When I stated that we were buried by applications, I was not exaggerating. We received 90 applications. 90. It still boggles my mind. 90 applications. 2 of us. Again, we wish we could have chosen everyone. In fact, we had only planned to choose 3 for our Case Study. Instead we chose 8. Out of 90.

We hope that those of you who applied, and were not selected, will follow along with the 12-Week Support Program we'll be offering. More on that soon :-)   There are steps we can take each day to move us closer to our goals. We hope we can help you identify some of those steps and eventually reach your goal.  That's our goal.

Ok... time to dive back in... :-)

fyi... the Today's Cooler section of the new site is live. http://recipeforfitness.com/todays_cooler.html

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I Have An Announcement - Drumroll Please...........

It's time for the BIG Announcement!!! It's been a long and intense process, but is now complete and we're ready to Rock 'n Roll!

The Participants of our 12-Week Transformation Case-Study / Pilot Group are......

Champion Nutrition Recipe of the Week - Fall Comfort Food!

November - leaves are turning, the air is chilling, and comfort food is on my mind! Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes... Yum! This recipe is full of flavor - and healthy!

Chelle's Clean Meatloaf
Makes 6-8 servings
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 5-6 large Crimini (brown) mushrooms, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup chopped colored peppers (I use whatever is on sale)
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Panko crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp Mrs Dash Onion & Herb
  • 1/2 cup Reduced Fat Cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce (I use Grandma Koyote's - local & clean)

Spray an 8x8 pan with olive or coconut oil. In a bowl, mix all ingredients except the bbq sauce. Press into pan. Spread the bbq sauce over the top.

Bake at 450 for 30 minutes. Carefully drain off liquid and return to oven for 10 minutes. Check for doneness. If not cooked through, continue cooking in 10-15 minute increments.

Options: Bake in Muffin Tin! Quick & Easy portable food!

Chelle's Smashed Potatoes

Potatoes are a fabulous source of potassium (mostly in the skin)! Don't be afraid to enjoy "white" potatoes while eating clean.  Typically, I don't eat starchy carbs in the evening, unless it's a treat, but the rest of my family does, so this makes a great "comfort" food that's also very healthy.

  • 1 1/2 to 2 Lbs Yukon Gold potatoes (don't peel)
  • 1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter (local if possible)
  • 1/4 cup Non-Fat Milk
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup shredded Reduced Fat Medium Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 - 1 Tbsp Mrs Dash Garlic & Herb

Chop potatoes into chunks and boil in salted water until tender. Drain. Add butter, milk & Mrs Dash and smash with a fork (keeping the skins). If you want a more "mashed" texture, use a hand mixer and blend until you reach desired consistency.