Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Recipes, and a Weekend Update!

I had a fabulous time with my Sibs! Wish Stacey could have been here, too, but so very grateful Jamie and Sylvia made the trip. We had so much fun, just hanging out and chatting. I miss my family!

So to do a weekend recap...

Friday morning I worked out with Tab and she kicked my ass (big surprise). After, I cleaned up and us Sibs plus Shiloh & Bethany (Ariel had to work) headed out to Arizona Mills. It's a bit of a drive, so when we go, we plan to be there awhile. Bethany being sillyWe made it about halfway through when Bethany suddenly realized / remembered she had Cheer practice! YIKES! We had just a bit of time, so we hit the food court where everyone ordered, and I pulled out my purse-chicken, lol. I had packed a chicken wrap and almonds which I enjoyed while everyone had their meals. We raced back to Scottsdale, to home so Bethy could change, then over to the studio, then (more calmly) headed to the big Whole Foods at Scottsdale & 101 fwy. I love showing off that store :-) We picked up veggie hot-dogs for my bro, and a Tiramisu Cake for dessert - it got rave reviews from the family. 

Back home, we chilled, then bbq'd, and chilled some more. They (Jamie & Syl) headed back to Sacramento the next morning :-(  But it was a fabulous visit!!

Saturday, I did a Zumba class with Tab. It was nowhere near as traumatic as the others I've attended, lol, I didn't cry once! Figure Competition Recipes - Protein Ice Cream, Ziploc - Chocolate Peanut ButterWell, not that anyone saw anyway. :-) I had more fun than frustration, so that's a mark in the plus column. After that, I talked Bill into taking some down-time and we hopped in the pool for the first time this year. It was glorious! The kids were all this way and that, so it was just us. Very relaxing day. And it ended with my latest protein ice cream creation... chocolate peanut butter. O.M.G. Truly amazing. Truly. Even Bill loved it! I needed some fat in my diet, and had room for the calories, so I added a Tblsp of peanut butter to my protein powder & almond milk, blended, then froze (ziploc style). Yummy!

Chelle's Chocolate Peanut Butter Ziploc Ice Cream
2 scoops chocolate protein powder
1.5 cups unsweetened chocolate almond milk
1 Tbsp peanut butter (natural)

Blend together (I use an immersion blender), then pour into a sandwich size ziploc bag, remove air and seal. Place this bag into a gallon size ziploc that is half-filled with ice and 1/2 cup of salt (the salt is just in contact with the ice, not your ice cream). Seal bag and shake about 5 minutes. Pour into a bowl and enjoy. 

[smaller recipe: 1 scoop protein powder, 1 cup almond milk, 1 tsp peanut butter]

Sunday was food prep. I hit Whole Foods, Frys and Sprouts. Clean eating on the runSprouts had the 100% clean chicken breast tenders on sale for $1.99/lb.  Score! They also had the better deal on peppers, zucchini and broccoli, as well as raw almonds for $3.99/lb.  I ate in the car, between stores - a protein shake (vanilla protein powder, a couple shakes of cinnamon and mixed with water) along with an apple and steamed potato (4 oz). 

When I got home it was to discover that the Beverly International Fairy had delivered my supplements :-) Wooohoo! Protein Powder! Yay!
 Beverly International - Trusted provider of supplements

Bill and I enjoyed Saturday so much that we made a promise to each other to do the same thing on Monday (Memorial Day). So Monday morning, I hit the gym for 40 minutes of steady state cardio, followed by an upper body workout with Tab (ouch!). That done, I came home, fueled up, changed into a bikini (yikes!) and hit the pool. Ahhhhh. A gorgeous day. Once the sun set, I decided to try my hand at some figure-competition-culinary-genius'ness. 

IFigure competition recipes - jello crave jello. Seriously crave jello. While I know that the wiggly-jiggly-yumminess is not for everyone, I absolutely love jello. And I figured out how to make it. I can't use fruit juice & I'm doing my darndest to avoid artificial sweeteners... So what does that leave me? Glutamine. That's right. Glutamine Select (with BCAA's) from Beverly International, to be exact. This delightful (and naturally flavored) powder mixes with water - you sip it before, during, after  workout/cardio, or during the day to help with cravings. It's black cherry flavored. And it makes yummy jello :-)

So very yummy! Ahhh. I ran out at lunchtime to pick up some flavored tea bags (peach, blueberry, etc) to try my hand at some other flavors of jello.  I have to be honest... that little half cup bowl of pink stuff makes me pretty darn happy. Happy enough that my second experiment failing miserably didn't even cause me to frown... because I have jello.

Here's the recipe:

figure competition recipes - jelloChelle's Glutamine Gelatin
1 packet unflavored gelatin
3 scoops Beverly Glutamine Select
2 Cups Water

Mix the glutamine in the water, until dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of the mixture to a bowl. Bring the other 1.5 cups to a boil (watch it, if it boils over you'll have a mess on your hands).
Sprinkle the gelatin over the half cup liquid and allow to sit for one minute. Pour the boiling 1.5 cups liquid in and stir for 5 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until set.
Each half cup serving has 30 calories, 7 g protein. That's it. Awesome!!

Click on the image to the right to learn about the Glutamine supplement I take.

I'll let you know how the tea versions come out :-)

So... that brings us up to today. I started my day with yoga (love it!!) and will end it with cardio. In between I've been working like a mad-woman, lol.

Competition prep update... well, this coming Friday is picture & measure day. I'm actually looking forward to this one! I have been seeing some pretty major changes in my body, and I'm hoping they'll translate onto camera.  For one, my pants are all too big, lol. I started dropping weight, too. In one week (last week), I dropped 3.2 lbs and 2.3% body fat! YES!! Finally!  Cue the HUGE sigh of relief! Plus, I am visually recognizing differences... and the hubby is really seeing change (and liking it - always a bonus! LOL).

My food is all on track. We've made some minor tweaks to my ratios, but the foods themselves are all the same. I'm really having fun playing with my recipes to find fun and tasty treats I can enjoy without going off-diet. My protein ice-creams are awesome and leave me feeling "treated", and the new jello is simply fantabulous! :-) 

My workouts are brutal. I'm so very thankful for Tab and all she's doing to get me to my goal.

Food this week...
Sunday food prep got all my chicken and veggies ready to go, along with my oatmeal baggies. Food for the family this week is:

Monday: London Broil with steamed asparagus
Tuesday: Tostadas
Wednesday: Leftovers (bowling night)
Thursday: Pizzas (Alvarado St crust - 100% clean and very tasty!)
Friday: Chili & Jalapeño Cheddar bread (fresh)
Saturday: Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

My food of course is a whole lotta chicken and steamed veggies :-) Starchy carbs at lunchtime this week are either baked sweet potato or black beans. Veggies for steaming are: asparagus, broccoli/cauliflower, zucchini, and green beans.  Fruits for my morning carb are: apples, blackberries, raspberries, banana (only after weights). Morning complex starchy carb is my oatmeal. Fats this week include avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, coconut butter and peanut butter (only in my protein ice cream when my numbers allow).

And there you have it! Up-to-date! :-)  This is Week 13 pre-competition. 


  1. Well I for one cannot wait to try the protein ice cream...can you tell me why the ice and salt are needed together?

    Good luck on being 13 weeks out!

    I am 6.5 weeks away and soooo excited. Its my first time competing ever. And I will be doing two shows in one day...crazy I know!

    Love your blog love it love it :)

  2. Thanks!!
    The salt makes the ice colder. Same concept as in a "real" ice cream maker. I remember in junior high making ziploc ice cream, lol, but this is a whole lot healthier! :-)
    Two shows! Go YOU! Can't wait to hear about it!!