Archive for September, 2009

Eights Weeks Schmeight Weeks

I have just solidified my menu for Thanksgiving this year.



Method Rather Than Menu

I couldn’t bring myself to bore us all with my exact food choices every single day, but I have been keeping track. Here’s a day’s worth of food:

Brown rice with veggie-packed Artichoke sauce
1 pear
2 rice cakes with 2 Tbs peanut butter
Lean beef chili

That was yesterday. Today I woke up CRAVING protein at breakfast.  So far I’ve had:

2 egg whites with 1 slice roast beef and 1 slice reduced fat provolone
1 carrot oatmeal square
salad with romaine, celery,  onion, brown rice, fontina cheese, light ranch

That should hold me over until dinner, which is at my friend Sandy’s house for Ladies’ Supper. It’s a girls only supper club and I’ve been invited as a guest. The theme is Southern food (ouch for the waist line). I made a pecan pie.

Sunday I did legs and they’re still sore today. I only managed 1 mile after the leg workout and yesterday we skipped. Today I did chest and abs and 45 minutes of cardio.  My skin looks good, I feel pretty good but I don’t think I’ll be sportin’ some rocking self esteem any time soon.

Plugging along.

Friday’s Stats, That’s All

Friday’s eats:

1/2 cup brown rice with 1/2 teaspoon of honey
1/4 cup brown rice, broccoli, chicken breast with homemade orange sauce
2 rice cakes with 2 Tbs peanut butter
Salad with chicken breast, romaine, celery, carrots, tomatoes, 2 pretzel rods, light mayo, light ranch
red wine

Friday workout:

Shoulder, Tris with HP, 3 mile run

Man Approved: Chicken Enchiladas

I’m not sure there’s anything authentic about these chicken enchiladas (hint: there isn’t), regardless they are easy, delicious, healthy, and a total crowd pleaser. They do take advantage of some processed, canned food, but sometimes you just need easy. I’ve made these the last two times we’ve had company for dinner and people always go back for more. Even my mexican friends! That’s not a bad sign at all. So, authentic or not, make them!

Plus, they get a high fork rating. 🙂

Here’s the other thing: there are some easy shortcuts you can use to make these even faster to make. When I was really short on time I made them with rotisserie chicken breasts that I shredded, and a packet of store bought taco seasoning instead of my own.  Shhh!

Of course if you don’t want to use the condensed soups you could make a roux and add fat free half and half for the base but…in this instance, I’ll stick with the cans.

Man Approved: Chicken Enchiladas

1/2 cup chopped onion, any kind you have on hand
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
2 (10.75 ounce) cans 99% fat free, low sodium cream of chicken soup
1 cup light sour cream
1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast meat
taco seasonings (I use salt, pepper, red pepper, paprika, cumin, cayenne, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder) OR 1 packet store bought taco seasoning
1 cup shredded 2% cheddar cheese
6 (12 inch) flour tortillas (I use the Mission low carb – no one knows!)
1/4 cup skim milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, saute the onion until tender. Stir in the green chiles, cream of chicken soup and sour cream. Season with your taco seasonings. Mix well. Reserve 3/4 of this sauce and set aside. To the remaining 1/4 of the sauce in the saucepan, add the chicken and 1/2 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese. Stir together.

Fill each flour tortilla with the chicken mixture and roll up. Place seam side down in the baking dish.

In the bowl of the reserved 3/4 of the sauce add the milk. Spoon this over the rolled tortillas and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese. Bake 30 minutes.


I’m Not Complaining About The Hours Though

Yesterday I finally got some hours, more than I thought. I was supposed to temp for a couple hours so I got up and had my oats, then packed some baby carrots for my snack and anticipated being back in a few hours.

Nine hours later I walked through the door in a daze because I was so hungry. HP and I pushed our workouts to today and I sort of want to feel guilty about it, but, dude. Oats and baby carrots. I needed food.

Then we folded three loads of clean laundry, because we hate folding and leave the clean clothes to wrinkle in a pile on top of the dryer, and watched another episode of Season 1 Sons of Anarchy (getting caught up on the first sesaon, DVRing all the new ones till we’re caught up.)

(That was clearly really important information that I needed to share with you. I know you care.)

Today I’m trying to track down a new headhunter, have 8 job postings open in tabs to apply to, go to the bank, fight with the unemployment offices, go through the circular and make the grocery list, hit the gym later.

At least it’s rainy and gloomy out. I’m in the mood for a rainy and gloomy day.

Thursday eats:

1/2 cup oatmeal
handful of baby carrorts
10″ wheat crust pizza with chicken sausage, turkey pepperoni, jalapenos, low fat mozzarella (~ 700 calories)
2 pretzel rods
1 glass of red wine

Thursday workout:


Unemployment Sucks

I slept horribly last night, riddled with nightmares about everything around me getting broken, destroyed. A large glass house that didn’t belong to me with windows shattering, people getting hurt, cars exploding. Destruction all around me.

Methinks I have a little anxiety going on, no?

I found myself sitting in the bathroom last night with tears pouring off my face and unable to get all the snot out of nose. How does that much snot accumulate so quickly? I’m freaking out about money – paying the rent and buying the groceries and student loans and car payment and insurance and taxes and this week I barely logged 16 hours. Not for lack of trying, as I call the temp agency every day to tell them PUT ME IN.

Now I’m back to thinking I have to fight with the unemployment office – VA keeps sending me to MD and vice versa and you can’t imagine the lovely headache that’s causing me just thinking about it.

I’ve considered a career change to, like, dog walking or pharmaceutical sales but honestly just don’t know what the fuck to do. I’m smart, educated, with experience and a hard worker. Someone just hire me already!

Wednesday eats:

1/3 cup oats with 1/2 tsp honey
1/2 cup brown rice with Artichoke sauce
1 orange
2 rice cakes with 2 Tbs peanut butter
2  healthy chocolate cupcakes
Rotisserie chicken, 1/4 cup rice, salad
3 glasses of red wine

Wednesday’s workout:

4 mile run

Amy’s Daddy’s Artichoke Sauce

This is a recipe my dad sent me saying “when I make this all the girls come over! They love it!”

My dad lives in a neighborhood of old ladies. They love him.

Anyway, I made a couple  minor tweaks to my taste but overall it’s his deal. And it’s delicious!

Amy’s Daddy’s Artichoke Sauce

1 large red bell pepper
1 Vidalia/sweet onion
1 small can slided black olives
1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts (must use the marinated artichokes! We want the brine since it’s the basis of the flavor profile)
1 heaping tsp minced garlic
1 28 oz can diced  tomatoes (or you could dice fresh tomatoes)
salt & pepper to taste
crushed red pepper to taste
1 Tbs basil
1 Tbs parsley
1 packet Splenda
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Cut pepper and onion into thin strips. Saute in 1 tsp oil until onions are translucent.
Put remaining ingredients into the pan including the liquid from the artichoke jar (cut artichoke hearts into smaller pieces if too large.)  Cook over medium heat until boiling, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 1 hour. Continue to stir occasionally.
Serve over angel hair pasta, or rice, or (if you’re me) just eat it with a spoon.



Amyella (pronounced Amy-ella) is a pseudonym for Amy Levitt, a fitness and health food fanatic and a beach girl at heart. She has been sharing her sometimes nonsensical thoughts and self-amusing stories online since 2002 and currently spends a good deal of her time wrangling her 90 pound Rottweiler and 60 pound Boxer. Which is quite a show.
The origin of the name Amyella.

Here's my deal. It's wicked exciting!


Find the recipes here: Amyella's Recipes
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