Challenge 2014: Make a better me

Being super original here, and making a blog following my fitness progress. For the last 6 months, I've been trying to become healthy. Being a 200 lbs 25 year old, wasn't making me happy and wasn't a positive influence on my life.

Since then, I have become a healthier and happier me. Now I am 184 lbs, and am looking to challenge myself. I signed up for a Tough Mudder, and that will be my motivation for the next six months to be train and transform.

Wish me luck!

Additionally, as most know, the Tough Mudder is in support of the Wounded Warrior project. It is a wonderful mission and any donations would be appreciated. Below is a link to my team's donation page:
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I’ve spent my whole life, afraid of my own potential. But no more, I am more capable than I’ve ever given myself credit for.

Day #44: Pepperoni Stuffed Zucchini

Hands down one of the best things that I have ever eaten. I really wanted something with pepperoni but didn’t want to be completely unhealthy. I changed it a bit from the original recipe. 

Two Zucchini



Cherry Tomatoes

Parmesan Cheese

Pre-heat the oven to 375, and heat up a skillet at medium heat. Halve the zucchini, and scoop out the veggie meat. Chop up the meat and the pepperoni and toss in the skillet. Add the tomatoes, and let cook for a few minutes. Line the bottom of the zucchini shells with mozzarella and then fill them with the filling from the skillet. Cover in Parmesan and place in the oven for 12 minutes. It wasn’t as pretty as I wanted it, so I broiled on high for a minute.  

The original recipe was on Yummly.

Day #42: The Rest of the Week Meal Prep

Goodness, gracious. So I got ambitious, and decided to prep for 5 meals and several snacks. I get tired sometimes when I get home from work. So let’s see how well this works. I also made lemon water, regular water as gotten a little boring.

Baked chicken


Steamed broccoli

Sweet potato

Wild rice

Day #42: Breakfast Meal Prep

It’s President’s day and I was going to make eggs anyways…so I just decided to make a lot of eggs. Just scrambled them, seasoned with chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic salt, salt, and pepper.

I really like protein, so I also have turkey sausage to go with my eggs. I am so full right now. And it is the sort of thing that won’t taste off when I heat it up 3 days from now. 

That is the biggest struggle I’ve been having with meal prep. I like my food fresh and I get sick of the same thing fast (Does that qualify me as a picky eater?)

Day #36: Valentine’s Day Ladies Dinner

Pork Tenderloin:

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • Salt

  • 1 1/4 pounds pork tenderloin

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

Really easy! Pre heat the oven to 450. Mix the spices together, and rub on the pork. Heat up a pan to medium heat with the olive oil in it. Toss in the minced garlic and then simply brown the tenderloin. Then place in a roasting pan or I just used a glass casserole dish. Cook in the oven 20 minutes (I actually ended up cooking it for 30. Underdone meat freaks me out.)

Such a perfect recipe for the person on the go, and I look forward to using it more in the future.

Thanks Buzzfeed and Food Network for this wonderful recipe. Here is the original recipe


Wild Mushroom Risotto:

  • 5 ounces shiitake mushrooms, and/or 1/4 ounce dried mushrooms

  • 4 tablespoon butter

  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped

  • 5 tablespoon dry white wine

  • 4 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock)

  • 1 1/2 cup risotto rice

  • 1/2 tablespoon crème fraîche (or sour cream)

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chives

  • Parmesan cheese, to serve

Ok, this was a bit more complicated. To the point that I am just going to direct you to the original recipe.

Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries and Almonds:

Just toss the sprouts with some olive oil, and place in the oven for 450 for 20 mins. Toss with toasted almonds and dried cranberries. Easy and yummy veggie dish.

All in all, a relatively healthy dinner. The only adjustment that I would make, would like I would like to learn how to bake the risotto. That was the most time consuming part of this meal.

It’s amazing the things that you can change, when you start proactively living your life.

Randomly picked these up at the store as a snack for my Single Ladies Dinner. Such a good buy! Good bye, guacamole. 

Day #29: Things Are Starting To Look Up

So the last week had been a real whirlwind. It has been so exciting with so many positive changes in my life. They haven’t been fitness achievements, but personal and professional achievements just mean that you are finding balance in your life.

This personal transformation isn’t just about changing my health and body, it’s about changing my overall self. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book. Moving forward and not looking back.

Got the turkey “Skinny Pair”…feeling a bit better about my Pot Belly’s dinner choice