Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Extreme Makeover Me Edition

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Welcome to a successful week of Extreme Makeover~Me Edition, Amber hosts this weekly support group. I enjoy reading about the journey we are all on to improve our lives in some way. Different people have different objectives and goals. Click on the link or button above to read the stories of my new friends!

My goal: to feel better.

To feel better I must lose weight.

And this week......success

Drum roll please....

I lost 3.5 lbs

(funny how important a .5 can be)

With that I have to say, I have tried to get back to basics this week.

  • Make a good meal choices

  • Eat more fruit

  • Drink less soda

  • Eat more veggies

  • Cut out snacks (this is my weakness)

  • Be more active

I think these things led me to success. I don't feel like I deprived myself. Also, my in-laws were here for 3 nights/4 days. This added to my stress level, I thought it would negate the activity level being up.

Can I just say Yay for me!!

Amber is encouraging us to share a recipe this week.

This is one of my favorite's from the book

Eat up Slim Down

Chicken Fiesta Mexicana
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves

2 tablespoons ground cumin

2 tablespoons minced garlic or garlic powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 cup of salsa

3/4 cup (3 oz) shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar

3/4 cup (3oz) shredded reduced fat monterey jack

optional: 1 small avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees:

~Place chicken on a med. nonstick baking dish. Coat both sides with of chicken with nonstick spray. Sprinkle both sides evenly with cumin, garlic, salt and pepper. Top with salsa. Bake for 20 minutes
~Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the cheeses. Bake 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and a thermometer registers 160 degrees in thickest part of breast and juices run clear. Serve with avocado if desired.

My twist on this is I never have Monterey Jack on hand so I leave that off, just the cheddar seems to be plenty of cheese. And we NEVER use salt, on anything. That is not an exaggeration. I keep my salt shaker in my laundry room to use on my "new" colored clothes.

Per Serving:

  • 284 calories

  • 32 grams protein

  • 12 grams carbs

  • 12 grams fat

  • 76 mg cholesterol

  • 924 mg sodium

  • 5 grams fiber

Diet Exchanges:

  • 0 milk

  • 0 veggies

  • 0 fruit

  • 0 bread

  • 4 meat

  • 0 fat

Ok---I just typed all that.

If you cook this I want to hear what you think. My husband will sometimes slice his and eat it in a tortilla.


  1. Mmmm. That sounds delicious! Funny, my post is something mexican also. Do we see a theme for this week?! LOL.

    Hooray for you...3.5 lbs! How awesome!! That's always a great motivator to keep on going :)

    xoxo Lisa

  2. That sounds delicious! I love the spice Cumin and I use it all the time!

    GREAT JOB on the 3.5 lbs. I'm amazed you were able to do that with family in town.

    Have a great week!

  3. You're makin' me hungry! :) Wow, 3.5 pounds is AWESOME!!!! Good for you!

  4. GREAT JOB LYNN!! 3.5 is awesome!! You go girl. Snacking is my weakness too.

    Good luck this week!

    Much love from NJ,

  5. Yay, Yay, YAY for you! I'm so thrilled for you! And YES, those decimal points are really very important!

    This recipe is so me...and I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing and here's to another awesome week!

  6. Congrats!! That's awesome girl!! Especially with fam in town.

    That recipe sounds yummy! I like the idea of putting it in a tortilla and adding some lettuce & a dollop of FF sour cream. Mmmm. :)

  7. THAT IS FANTASTIC! You're right, it's all about the basics - we are what we eat, for better or worse. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  8. Congratulations! My goal is 15 lbs.

    I'm new to your blog and I think it's just lovely!

  9. Great job on the loss!!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I am a abiut late in posting over at Amber's...but better late than never!

  10. Wow - great loss! I'm so impressed! Your recipe sounds delicious! I will have to try it!


  11. WOOHOO!! Great job. Keep up all the good work.
    The recipe sounds very yummy! I will be trying this soon. Hugs, Bobbi Jo


    I am printing this off to try and make!

  13. Awesome job!!! Wow am I late this week! That recipe sounds sooo yummy! Have a great weekend!