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Wednesday – Tweakin’ & Sneezing February 10, 2010

Hey everyone, I’m going to keep this posting rather short today. I was feeling a tad off yesterday, but this morning I woke up feeling like I had been hit by a truck.  My head is hurting, my body is throbbing, even the little muscles behind my eyes are begging me to close my eyes and go to bed. There is no congestion yet, but my sinuses are burning. Anyhow, enough about that… I just wanted to brief you in on how my week has gone.

This week was rough, could it be that the honeymoon period is already gone? I’m having a hard time journalling – perhaps because I’m doing it on an excel spreadsheet and not good ole pen and paper. I think this week I may switch that up. Water has also been a real struggle for me, I find excuses not to find time to down a glass.  That was what held me back this week, excuses. At least the scale is liking me a little more.

Oh, I read the GI diet and I can’t follow it now based on one fundamental issue I have with it. NO COFFEE. NONE, NADA, Not allowed. PFFFFFfffffftttt.. Tee hee hee..  not happening. However, I’ve looked at whats allowed vs not and have a recipe book. I’ll carry out some of the stuff into my lifestyle without compromising my caffeine issues. I need coffee, love it, suffer when I don’t consume it. I’ll give up chocolate, chips, soda, but not my beloved morning java. Thats just not right. Losing weight shouldn’t come down to a cup of the brown stuff in the morning (even though it is proven to boost food cravings and appetite).

A good friend who I am lucky enough to call my pseudo sister-in-law (long story) is a yoga buff & enthusiast. She lent me 3 dvds to try and Chapters finally shipped my yoga for back care dvd.  I’m so excited to try it out! I’m not sure when I plan on slipping in these workouts, originally I had planned on 6am as my target, but now the two bambinos are getting up around that hour. I might have to suffer through 8pm workouts. (YUK)

I’m going to take my coffee and cuddle with the kids for a bit, but here are this week’s goals:

buy a journal for writing

drink a glass of water prior to every meal (no excuses)

do yoga at least twice

Nice little tweaks – easy – here’s to success! Cheers 😀

How was your week? Did you have any successes/setbacks?


Rockin’ the Kitchen Wednesday January 27, 2010

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Casserole Carrier by BoutiqueKarma - perfect for carrying & keeping your food warm

Life is anything but dull around here. Seems like every weekend we’ve been inviting friends and family for dinner. Last Saturday was no different.

We had 3 different couples come for dinner and we decided to make the same killer ribs we had the previous week (if its not broke – don’t fix?!). Well slow cooking ribs for such a crowd is no easy feat. We were lucky to have our old slow cooker on standby for the extra space. Once I had all the ribs out on the counter I realized that this was NOT going to work! I called my sweet mother to help and she was able to provide me with the extra cooker for the job. All afternoon I spent basting these delectable ribs as they cooked. We served them with baked potatoes, grilled asperagus, coleslaw and a beautiful ceasar salad.

I’m going to share with you my Slow Cooked Ribs recipe.. try it.. I dare you!


1 c ketchup
2tbsp cider vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
3/4 c pineapple juice
2 tbsp brown sugar
3 cloves garlic minced (important to mince)
1/2 tsp chipotle chili

place your racks of ribs in your slow cooker, drizzle your marinade over. Cook on low for 4 hours, continually basting and flipping at least once.  Continue to cook on low with lid removed for another 2 hours. During this time baste  and allow the sauce to thicken and brown. I like to place my ribs on the BBQ afterwards just to get that extra smokey flavour and to get them a little crispy.