Dont think that i have forgotten about what i started. Everything got side tracked for awhile. Starting again was the hardest thing. It was always "ok back to work tomorrow" and tomorrow came and went. So Friday i went to snap fitness, and signed up. I didn't want the commitment of a year long membership so i was happy to hear that at snap you can sign up on a monthly term. So Dwayne and i now have a joint membership and its really affordable. Working out at home was definetly more convenient but my treadmill decided to die this summer. Not to mention i just dont have room for it. Saturday was the first day, and it was really fun. It was nice not to be limited to just running on the treadmill. I also found that the elliptical was so much easier on my knee and got my heart rate up faster. 45 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the spin bike left my legs feeling like jello. Altho i really missed how i felt after working out. I had forgotten how good your body feels when you make it move. I have also forgotten how much it hurts the next morning. My legs, abs, arms and sides were ACHING the next morning. But as i got moving around and had a shower they started to feel better. Last night at the gym i did my 1 hr on the treadmill and 20 minutes on the elliptical. Today im still sore but no where near as sore as yesterday. Another nice thing about going to the gym instead of working out at home is I CAN LEAVE MY HOUSE!! Dont get me wrong i love staying home with my kids. But when i leave to go to the gym i get to forget about the kids for 2 hours. Forget about cleaning, and cooking and all the other household worries and just be alone. Funny when your younger you never want to be alone and when your older you just wish you had 5 more minutes alone.
Eating has been going alright the whole time, altho the snacking needs work. I made a really great chopped steak with a really great sauce last night for supper. My husband and kids ate it all up and i dont even think that they realized it was good for them lol. So i thought i would share the tasty recipe with you guys.
In a large bowl, mix 1 pound of lean ground beef, 5 tablespoons of parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt until well combined. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and form into 1' thick oval patties. Season evenly with pepper, pressing it into the patties on all sides.
Place a large nonstick skillet over high heat. When hot, lightly mist with olive oil spray. Add the patties and cook for 2 to 4 minutes per side, or until the outside is brown and the insides are very slightly less done than desired. Transfer the steaks to a platter and cover to keep warm.
Respray the pan off the heat, then place over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes, or until tender. Add the 1 1/3 cups of grape juice and 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar and return heat to high. Boil for 9 to 11 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup. Place the steaks on each of 4 serving plates and top with onions and sauce. Sprinkle with parsley and serve!
Per Serving: 271 calories, 24g protein, 32g carbohydrates, 5g fat (2g saturated), 60mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 372mg sodium