Thursday, December 30, 2010

Brownie Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

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2 cups whole wheat flour

3/4 cup cocoa

1 egg

1 1/4 cup apple sauce

1 cup peanut butter chips

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup sugar

2 tbsp agave

1/2 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients. Place rounded tablespoons of dough on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. These cookies have a moist brownie like texture with the delicious hint of peanut butter for the yummy peanut butter chips.

Makes 36 cookies. Only 90 calories/ cookie! This is half the calories from the original recipe that I seriously modified!!!.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Time to Get Back on Track

I gave myself permission to enjoy lots of sugary treats this past week.  They were delicious and I ate plenty.  They tasted good but I was disappointed in my lack of self control.  Once I eat one cookie or take one bite of chocolate I want more and more.  I never ate excessively, just 3 cookies or 2 sections of a Toblerone (now maybe that is excessive), but why not stop at one? So now I'm making a goal to be off of sweets for the next month.  I need to give my body a break from sugar and I think I'll be happier. I did find time to burn 1000 calories on the elliptical Christmas night and it felt great.  I am now going to go work out like crazy!  I had my green smoothie and now I need my endorphin rush to get me through the day!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies for Santa

4 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup sugar or sugar substitute

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup applesauce

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs or 2/3 cup egg beaters

Blend sugar and butter together then add the rest of the ingredients. Roll out onto floured surface.  Cut shapes and bake for 10 min at 350 degrees. Recipe created by Becky Jones.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

16 Incredible Years

Today Dan and I celebrate 16 wonderful years of marriage.  We have grown so much over the years and love each other so much deeper now.  What a great blessing it is to be married to a gentleman who opens my door for me.  A man who never misses a chance to compliment me. On occasion I even hear “Hubba, hubba!”, a phrase he learned that my Grandpa Nordquist used to use with my Grandma.  I am so thankful for a husband that is a good provider and hard worker.  A man who loves me on my worst days and doesn’t care about dirty dishes or piles of laundry. A man that goofs off with our 5 kids and is a kid himself.  A man who keeps me young with his sense of humor and tickling.  A man who holds the Priesthood of God and is always willing to give a blessing and serve others.  I love you Daniel Adam Jones with all my heart and pray for a long lifetime on this Earth together.  What a sweet blessing to know that we have an eternity together. Happy anniversary sweetheart!029

December 17th, 1994 at the Manti, Utah Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint Temple.

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December 16th, 2010. Still madly, deeply, thoroughly in love with each other!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Crazy Life = Out of Balance

Life has been CRAZY lately which leads to complete imbalance.  I packed up stuff at my grandparents house yesterday and didn’t get to bed till 3:30am. Yep, very little sleep, a party to get ready for and host today and that means eat what I can, when I can and no exercise so far today. I love my grandparents and the help was needed and the party went great but I don’t feel right.  I need to get back to a schedule.  I fear that it won’t be till January 3rd when school is back in session after Christmas Break that I will have balance again.  I really need a regular schedule!!!  Tomorrow again is crazy with babysitting then delivering 2 meals to a couple families in the neighborhood who are in need and then a band concert.  Balance will come back soon and I will enjoy it when it returns!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

What’s For Lunch

I get a lot of questions on food choices.  I want to feel like I am eating regular food but just healthier choices.  I also like to feel full. Here is what’s for lunch today:
2 hot dogs- 40 calories each –total 80 calories
14 chips –70 calories
1 tablespoon homemade mustard relish- 15 calories
1 medium apple- 70 calories
3 mushrooms- 15 calories
grape tomatoes- 15 calories
24 oz water
Total calories for lunch: 265 calories
I’ll have a rice cake for my dessert (50 or 60 calories depending on the flavor I choose.)

Keep in mind this is just lunch.  I have a 300-350 calorie smoothie for breakfast, a morning snack of usually 150 calories, lunch of 300-500 calories . An afternoon snack of 200-300 calories then dinner of around 500-700 calories. I eat this much because I am running an average of 4 miles plus 45min-hour of toning 5 days a week.  It's all in finding balance.  I still weigh every morning to make sure I am staying in my goal range. I burn about 750 calories a day working out so I can eat more than I used to.
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Feeling good!

Yesterday I attended a cookie exchange.  What delicious cookies!  Yes I gave myself permission to indulge and they were delicious.  When excess calories are taken in of course you have to burn them off so today I ran 4 miles then went to Kickboxing and did an hour there.  I'm feeling good!  I've come a long way to try to find this balance.  Last year I didn't touch sweets.  Now I can enjoy them a little at a time and work off the extra calories. I did only eat 3 cookies and will enjoy they rest over the next week.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

How to Love Yourself

I didn't always like how big I was but I always felt beautiful and I loved the person inside.  I think it really started with my parents telling me of my worth and beauty.  My Dad especially always told me how beautiful I was and then my wonderful husband compliments me everyday as well. I never questioned if I was pretty, I knew I was and then made sure I did my hair, put on make-up and wore flattering clothes.   I think looking your best is key to feeling good about yourself.  I have been very blessed with a love for others that gives me a huge drive to give service.  Nothings makes you feel better than when you are in service to others!

If you are struggling with loving yourself here are a few things that may help.You can start loving yourself by making a list of the good things you do, the things you have accomplished in this life so far, and also ask your husband or kids what they like about you. It may be hard but tell yourself positive things in your mind throughout the day.  Even if the things aren't true if you tell them to yourself then they will come true eventually.  I have a list of goals and Life Affirmations in my closet that I look at every morning.  One of those sentences reads," I weigh less than 200 pounds.".  At the time I wrote it I questioned if I could actually get there but here I am now at 177 and I did it.

Praise your self for all that you accomplish.  Even the little things you should pat yourself on the back for accomplishing.  Surround your self with positive people that will compliment you and your efforts.  Friends are very important.  I didn't realize the importance of friends until recently.  Life is so much sweeter when you open up your heart and life to others and let them in. When others tell you of your worth and they love you, it is easier in return to love yourself. 

Of course the best way to find love for yourself is to get to know your Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ.  Get on your knees and spend time developing a relationship with them and after you feel of their unconditional love for you then you can't question you worth.  You are a daughter or son of God.  You are of Infinite Worth.  You have a Divine Nature and there are things that you need to do in this life. 

I feel very blessed to know who I am, why I am here, and the role I have here that will help me to ultimately return to live with my Heavenly Father.  Part of our mission here on this Earth is taking care of our bodies.  We have a stewardship over them and we must not only keep ourselves spiritually in shape but physically in shape as well.  They really go hand in hand.  Our body is the home for our spirit.  We need to provide it a healthy, happy place to reside. I only now appreciate this truth.  Remember with our Heavenly Father's help all things are possible. The Atonement of our Savior is there to take away the pain and heartache if we let him.
Let's try and be a little kinder to ourselves as we work on improving who we are.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Phone Call Made My Day

What a wonderful surprise to get a phone call from an old friend (we ran into each other at Time Out For Women).  She wanted to know more about what I am doing to keep my weight off and how I did it.  I love helping others try to find something that will work for them.  I know that my way may not work for everyone but I do believe that if you include your Heavenly Father in your plan you will only WIN!  Everyday is still a struggle but it is very worth it when I can get out and run, run, run and not hurt or feel exhausted. I am doing things I never dreamed of.  I limited myself so much by my weight. I truly feel free now! Now if only losing weight took away all of the normal everyday stress of life.  I am no happier than I used to be but I am able to do different things and some things are easier.  I think many of us think that being smaller will make us happier and that just isn't what brings happiness.  Love yourself where you are today and even if you make just one healthier choice today than you did yesterday then you are making progress!

Good Luck to everyone as we go through the tough Holiday season of sugar, butter and white flour!  Yep I was elbow deep in it all morning for a cookie exchange I have tomorrow.  Crazy thing is that they didn't even taste good to me anymore.  I guess my taste buds really have changed. Just the thought of so much butter turned my stomach.  I better figure out a yummy Christmas Cookie recipe I can share with everyone soon. Now off to run!  Baking all morning has thrown off my schedule!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Confession

Last night was the Ward Relief Society Christmas Dinner.  I knew it was coming so I didn't eat much during the day.  The food was wonderful.  I had a large helping of salad, broccoli, some grapes and a slice of ham. I skipped over the mashed potatoes, hash brown casserole and the salad dressings but my plate was full.I even kept my self content not eating any of the dozen or so delicious desserts that women had lovingly prepared. Before leaving I made up a small plate of yummy desserts to take home to my kids and hubby.  That was a mistake! Sugar makes me want to eat, eat, eat!  I wanted just a bite of each treat so I did and then passed everything onto the rest of the family.  I didn't eat much of the sweets but it was enough to have my stomach wanting FOOD!  I hadn't eaten well all day and mostly snacked other than my smoothie which was a mistake.  And I really didn't each much dinner so more calories wasn't the problem but the time of day is.  I gave in rather than push through my craving and made a veggie burger and had a few multi grain chips with it at 9pm. Being who I am I did a hard 30 min workout on the elliptical to overcome my guilt of eating so late followed by 30 min of crunches, leg lifts and push ups. Next time I will eat regularly during the day and eat a little of whatever is prepared and why not just cut a small bite out of each dessert while I'm there rather than take so much home.  Anyway, I learned a lesson so next time I will make a better decision!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

My New Swimsuit

It is scary to post a picture in a swim suit but I finally have a little confidence in my body so here it goes.

I Ran and Ran Last Week

Well the treadmill has continued to work.  What a huge blessing it has been to run and run and run!
Monday: 6.5 miles
Tuesday: 5.5 miles
Wednesday: 4.5 miles
Thursday:4.5 miles (Turkey Trot at 8 degrees BRRRRRR!)
Friday: Thanksgiving at Judy's - my day off
Saturday: 5.4 miles

I set a goal for myself at the beginning of the week to run 20 miles and I surpassed that goal! Yeah!!! 26.4 miles exact, WOW that is a full MARATHON!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thankful for My Body 10 K Run

I decided to start the week out right I'd run a 10 K just for me.  Actually I started out just wanting to go 3 miles but that felt so good I decided that 6.4 miles would be doable.  I completed the 10k in 67 minutes. Not great but no too bad!!!  I am so thankful for this strong healthy body.  I look at where I was a year ago and 2 years ago and can hardly believe the difference.  I am a different woman now!  I still have the same personality and same testimony but even deeper if you can understand that.  I have always loved myself and been a very happy positive person but I am no longer limited because of my size.  I did have moments of despair over my body which caused me to desire change but I still loved me!  I can't explain how wonderful it is not to worry if I can fit into a chair.  Life is good!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

He Hears My Prayers

I have always known that my Heavenly Father loves me and cares for me.  How could I ever deny Him after all of the incredible blessings I have been given.  It is wonderful when in small and simple things our prayers are answered.  I have slowly watched the scale rise as I have not gone running the past 2 weeks since the weather is cold. I have been working out faithfully on the elliptical but it hasn’t been enough. Even doing it for an hour a night the scale keeping rising. I have been getting very down about it and it has sadly transferred to the way that I have been reacting to my children.  I lost it big time and yelled and threw a big fit last night.  I said things to them that I didn’t mean and would never do. I didn’t like that woman at all and I knew something had to change.  I didn’t know what,  but Heavenly Father knew what I needed.

  I was so excited to go to the Kick Boxing class at the Church this morning but Laura threw up right before time to walk out the door.  The doom and gloom of mediocre exercise came over me.  I guess I’ll just get back on the exercise bike, I haven’t done that for a while.  I sat on the bike for a minute and thought about how much I miss running!  Can you believe it I love the feeling of running and especially how AMAZING I feel after I run.  I looked at the broken treadmill and wondered if it might start up for me.  Last year it smelled really hot and wouldn’t go over 1 mile/hour.  It had sat for 8 months so why not try it.

This isn’t the first time in my house that an appliance or electrical equipment has been prayed to work.  I looked at the belt, blew off some worn off rubber, rearranged the covering a little and prayed that it would work and IT DID!  I don’t know if it will work again but for today my body felt free.  I feel amazing physically and my spiritual bucket is full knowing that My Heavenly Father cares enough to allow me to run!  I ran the best I have ever run!  I ran 4 miles in 39 minutes and it felt freeing.  I could feel the weight that has been holding me down flying off my shoulders. I am so thankful for answered prayers!!!.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

AGGGGHHHHHH!

The scale is up another pound!  I am doing everything right but the scale is going up. (7 pounds from last week)  The big change the last 10 days is that my exercise is now indoors and at night rather than my cardio being very early morning then strength exercises at night.  I wonder if that can really make that big of difference? I am still exercising every day and I'm trying to push myself on the elliptical so that it is similar to the running I was doing twice a week.  But I am doing it 5 days not just 2 and I went to kick boxing and that totally hurt!  I have muscles that haven't been used in ages!  Oh well, I'll just keep doing what I know is right and change up my meals a little.  I just don't want to go back to eating too little.  I feel so good eating more calories (appropriate for my weight and exercise regime.)  Hopefully I'll see the scale head back to my goal zone by next week!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

The scale wasn't so happy today.

I know I shouldn't worry so much about the scale but I hate how your weight can fluctuate.  I didn't drink enough yesterday and probably ate too much salt so that combination gives me 3-5 pounds of water weight over night. CRAZY!!! I know it isn't possible to be fat weight since that would require eating 12,000 extra calories but I just wish the scale could stay even when I'm exercising right and eating right!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

How I create a new recipe…

I love making our favorite recipes healthier.  I wonder how much I can take out or change but still have it taste good.  Here is one I did yesterday.

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So the original recipe for Nestle Toll House Choc Oat Chip Cookies is a favorite around here.  Here is where the fun begins. 

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour  WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)  SEA SALT
  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar  1/4 CUP BROWN SUGAR
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened  1 CUP APPLE SAUCE
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 CUP STEVIA IN THE RAW
  • 2 large eggs  OMIT EGGS OR JUST EGG WHITES
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels  1 CUP CHOC CHIPS
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional)

Makes 4 dozen cookies. You do need to press down the cookies and bake for only 8 minutes at 375 degrees since you have no fat but they sure are delicious!!!

With making the highlighted changes it goes from 130 calories per cookie to 65 calories and from 4 grams of fat to 0 fat.

 

OR I just simply look at the ingredients I have around the house and put them together to create something new and delicious.  That is what I did for dinner last night.

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Chicken Pepper Tomato Pasta created by Becky Jones

1 pre cooked chicken breast shredded (I cook mine in the crockpot and then freeze individually.)

1 green pepper cut into strips

1 cup halved grape tomatoes

1 can chicken broth

1 small white onion

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1 tablespoon corn starch

2 tablespoons water

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1 – 2 pounds cooked pasta of your choice (we used bow tie past) You can stretch the sauce pretty far depending on how many people you are feeding. 

 

In a frying pan add olive oil, peppers, onion, chicken and tomatoes.  Cook for 5 minutes then add chicken broth and spices.  Bring to a boil and add corn starch that has been dissolved in the water.  Cook till thickened and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve on top of pasta. Salt and pepper to taste.

Baking Fun Creating New Recipes

There are beautiful huge snowflakes falling outside my kitchen window and I have Amy Grants Christmas music playing.  It is definitely a day for baking and creating!!

WW Savory Crackers Created by Becky Jones

2 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup water
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp Italian seasoning

Mix all ingredients together.  Divide into two balls if using large cookie sheets.  You want your crackers to be only 1/16-1/8 inch thick at the most.  Drizzle olive oil on you cookie sheet and spread evenly (I use my hands.)  Roll out dough very thinly. Sprinkle with a little more Italian Seasoning and Sea Salt and press in lightly.  Cut into squares.  I cut mine with a pastry cutter or pizza Cutter.  I get 80 crackers per baking sheet.   Bake at 350 degrees for 25 min.  Watch closely so they don’t get too brown.  This recipe makes 160 crackers at exactly 10 calories each. Enjoy!!!  My daughter Laura has already eaten a couple dozen so I guess they pass the test!

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Healthy Cinnamon Rolls Created by Becky Jones

I use my Whole Wheat Bread Recipe and just use one portion of the recipe and turn it into cinnamon rolls. 

1/5 of the WW Bread Recipe

Roll out on floured surface. Top with:

Butter Spay (I Can’t believe It’s Not Butter or Parkay)

Cinnamon (amount determined on personal taste)

Stevia in the Raw or drizzle with Agave

Walnuts, pecan and raisins optional

Roll up,  cut into 15 cinnamon rolls. Place into greased 9x13 pan.  Allow to rise 1 hour covered with a dish towel.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 15 servings at 115 calories per cinnamon roll.

For added yumminess you can create a glaze with fat free milk, almond and vanilla extract and powdered sugar.

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Here is my recipe for Becky’s Whole Wheat Bread Created by Becky Jones.  I have changed it a little to reduce the sugar, fat and salt content.

5 cups warm water

3 tablespoons yeast

1/4 cup honey

Mix these 3 ingredients together and set aside to proof for 10 minutes.  It will become frothy or foamy on top and that will tell you that your yeast is alive and well.

Add to the previous mixture:

1/2 cup canola oil

1 1/2 tablespoons salt

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup flax seed ground fine (yields about 2/3 cup ground flax seed)

12-15 cups whole wheat flour

Add flour slowly until your dough is no longer sticky to the touch of the back of your hand.  It should be soft but give good resistance.  Adding the right amount of flour is determined by humidity, temperature outside and inside;  there are a lot of factors. Divide dough into 5 loaves.  Place into greased loaf pans and press evenly the top of each loaf.  Set aside to rise in pans for 1 hour.  Cover with a dish towel while rising.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Each loaf has about 1700 calories.  Dependent on how thick you like to slice your bread

 This recipe is versatile.  You can make pizza with it, cinnamon rolls,  bread sticks or  dinner rolls.  Shape into desired item and allow to rise.  When making pizza only do a 15 min. rise.  Baking  time will be reduced to 20 minutes for rolls.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A new taste for my Protein Smoothie

I just had to share what I put in my smoothie this morning.  I baked and froze 5 gallons of pumpkin last week and wondered how I'd ever use it all.  I mentioned this to my friend Zella and she suggested I put it in my smoothie.  Well this morning I did and it was delicious.


Autumn Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe

2 handfuls of baby spinach
1/2 banana
1 cup pumpkin
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
a few shakes of nutmeg
Blend it all together for a thick yummy autumn flavored smoothie.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Weight and measurement update…

Just knowing that someone out there is wondering how I am doing at keeping my goals helps me immensely!  I need to be accountable for living right and so here are pictures from this morning on the scale and my waist measurement. I am finding balance with eating desserts again (altering recipes or just a few bites) and loving it.  I eat a lot of food throughout the day.  I snack mostly on fruits and veggies and a few crackers or pumpkin seeds here and there but I am getting my 2000 calories most days and feeling very satisfied.  My goal is to stay between 175-182 pounds.  I feel good and think I look good too.  The excess skin and flab on my upper arms and thighs and a little on my  tummy will someday be gone and I do look forward to that day! I know that is probably years away but until then I’ll continue to workout and watch my eating and have fun making up recipes.096097

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I must admit I still don’t always recognize myself in pictures and this is one of them. Saturday I was canning pickles with the kids.  I don’t see myself as “skinny” even though many people have called me such lately.  I guess I am smaller than I realize. Someday I hope I can see myself the way others do.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

By Request: Becky’s Green Protein Smoothie

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The pictures show step by step the making of my breakfast everyday (almost). The cup pictured holds 24 oz and there was still a little left in the food processor.  My blender died so I now use the processor and it works great!

The Recipe: 4-6 cups spinach (2 large handfuls)
2 cups frozen fruit of your choice (I sometimes just do strawberries)
1/2 banana (for flavor and potassium)
1 scoop protein powder
1 cup water (or milk)
Process until it is the consistency you like.  You can add more water or milk if you like it thinner or add ice for a thicker smoothie.

Monday, October 25, 2010

I created a new recipe…

Becky’s Whole Wheat/ Flax Seed Crackers

3 3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup flax seed finely ground

1 tsp sea salt

1 1/2 cup water

1/4 cup canola oil

Mix all ingredients together.  Roll out half of the dough onto a large cookie sheet.  You want the crackers to be very thin.  Sprinkle with salt and flax seeds (optional).  Cut with pizza cutter then dimple with a fork.  Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 min. Makes 180 crackers.  14 calories each or for a regular cracker serving of 25 grams it is 120 calories. Every calorie is healthy so enjoy!!!

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Running and Gratitude

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This picture was taken last Wednesday after running4 miles.

I love to run!  I can’t even believe that the word run is really a part of my life but it is.  I started running back in May and it is amazing the progress that I’ve made since then.  When I started I’d average 14:30/mile on a 3 mile run.  Now I can keep a pace of 9:30-10:00 min/mile on a 4 mile run.  WOW!  I run 4 miles twice a week with my friend Daina.  This morning even though it was sprinkling and even a few snow flakes fell we went out and ran our 4 miles! I am so thankful for her pushing me to start running with her.  She has helped me to push myself to run farther and faster.  It is so wonderful to be surrounded by friends that help me reach my goals and support my desire for a healthy lifestyle!  So today I am so thankful for running,  my healthy strong body and for friends.  I can never end a thankful post without expressing my gratitude for my loving husband that supports me and of course my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ that have given me the strength everyday to continue on this journey for a healthy rest of my life.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

No Egg Pumpkin Custard

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Recipe

1 29 oz can  pumpkin

3 cups fat free milk

1/2 cup brown sugar

4 tablespoons corn starch

3 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cloves

1 tsp ginger

16 servings

55 calories per serving

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Set a kettle of water to boil.
Pour the prepared custard mixture into six 3″ ramekins or similarly sized serving (tea/egg…) cups, about 3/4 full.
Place the cups on a baking dish with raised sides.
Transfer the dish to the oven and pour the boiled water into the baking dish to surround the ramekins, in a bain marie, about 3/4 the way up.
Bake for about 40 -45 minutes or until the centers are fairly firm and no longer jiggling.
Cool before serving and top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg.

Note: * You can use a larger casserole dish to bake the custard in but the cooking time will double.

* This recipe may be halved since it does make a large quantity.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hamburger Vegetable Soup

Recipe
30 oz cream of mushroom soup
1 cup water
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
15 oz chicken broth
6  potatoes
3 cups carrots
4 stalks celery
1 onion
1/2 pound lean ground beef browned
 Servings 12 (about 150 calories per serving)
All ingredients in the pot ready to simmer on low for 6 hours. Delicious!  I added 2 cups of leftover brown rice from yesterdays dinner to thicken it a little.103 
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Ready to eat with a slice of homemade bread!