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I'm Kate. I'm 25 and a busy nurse journeying through life! I'm restarting my weight loss journey! I started off with Jenny Craig but now I'm doing it on my own with the support of my beautiful bloggy friends!

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Thursday, September 6, 2012


Okay so I have been healthy meal planning...Pinterest I <3 you! So anyway, I had my usual day off yesterday. I wasn't able to go running but I did the housewife workout, getting my house clean and ready for guests on Sunday. Also I made a pasta bake for a coworker in need; she's had just one bad thing after another and I wanted to help out. You'll be super proud of me, I only tested one noodle to make sure the pasta bake was properly seasoned and tasted good. It was fantastic...but I packaged it up and left it alone while I started on my healthy meals for the week.

As always I made a pound of turkey taco meat. I LOVE having this around. 1/2 of it I put in the fridge. 1/2 of it I froze. I made 2 taco salads, one for lunch yesterday and I ate one today. Yay healthy eating! And I also prepared a recipe I found on Dashing Dish...with a few changes! IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh yum!! I decided to share it as my first Get Fit, Feel Epic healthy recipe I enjoyed!!!


Pizza Stuffed Peppers

Adapted from Dashing Dish Recipe found here: Pizza Stuffed Peppers

4 Large Bell Peppers or 8 Medium/Small - Mine were WAY too small. Mine ended up being only half the size I needed but they still were amazing.
1 container sliced mushrooms - 8oz or so, I bought them presliced at the store!
1/2 cup onion finely chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic chopped
1 lb lean ground turkey
8oz spaghetti sauce (I used Hunt's garlic & herb sauce)
1 tsp each dried basil, oregano and parsley
1/4 cup tomato paste
10oz can Rotel diced tomato & green chilies DRAINED - I LOVED the spicy kick it gave this recipe. YUM!
1/2 cup parmesean cheese - I had fresh grated parm left over from making my coworker's recipe so I used that
2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese PER PEPPER.
2 slices Hormel Turkey Pepperoni PER PEPPER


1) Preheat the oven to 400. Spray a square baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

2) Heat a pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add mushrooms, onion and garlic and sautee until onions are translucent and mushroomsa are soft. Put into a bowl and set aside.

3) Spray the same pan again and add turkey. Cook until the meat is no longer pink, then add 8oz of tomato sauce. Add back in mushroom/onion/garlic mixture. Also add in spices, Rotel, parmesean cheese and tomato paste. Stir until combined.

4) Remove from heat. Stuff peppers. If you are using a large pepper you should be able to fit in 1 cup of the meat mixture. If smaller, about 1/2 a cup. My peppers were smaller, so they didn't stand up nicely. I used tin foil to sort of prop them up in the pan.

5) Top with 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese shredded and 2 slices of pepperoni per pepper.

6) Bake 15-20 minutes IF using small peppers. 25-30 minutes IF using large peppers.

281Calories per Serving (1 large pepper or 2 small)
9 gFat per Serving
15 gCarbohydrate per Serving
3 gFiber per Serving
6.6 gSugar per Serving
37.7 gProtein per Serving
*From the Dashing Dish site

 GREAT recipe and it is SO yummy! I can't wait to have the leftovers for supper! Enjoy :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wacky Wednesday!

Hello all!

I really didn't want to wake up and face the scale today. I really didn't want to get up at all...we're getting the backlash of Hurricane Issac and it's thundering, downpouring and we even had a little bit of hail. Needless to say, it was not an appropriate morning to go running. It is also horribly humid out and NASTY. But yeah...the scale...

I know that I've gained. I can feel it in my clothes... 274.8 was definitely not my favorite number to see. Ugh. But it is the number to beat. We're just starting the Get Fit, Feel Epic challenge and I've been tracking 100% and I did a mega shopping today and got tons of healthy food!

I also have healthy recipes planned for the week. I've made a pound of turkey taco meat to make healthy taco salads! And I'm making a pizza stuffed peppers recipe that I got from the Dashing Dish site which is AMAZING. If it turns out well, I'll be posting this as one of my new recipes! Katie over at Dashing Dish is amazing and I love her recpies!! I also have some peppers which I love to eat with hummus as part of a quick healthy lunch or snack.

My big challenge will be this weekend, I am hosting a Make Your Own Pizza Party at my house! The great thing about it being in my home though is  I have some control over ingredients. Plus! I plan on making a healthy pizza. All the ingredients are organic and fresh, no added sodium and I know the calorie counts on everything! I also am not going to be drinking wine or anything since the party is on a Sunday and I am working the next day!

Setting myself up for success! It'll be great! Hope everyone is having a good week so far!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Get Fit, Feel Epic Challenge!


Rebecca over at Weight Wars (which is an AWESOME blog, you should be reading) is having a challenge. And I need a challenge. My eating has been atrocious lately. I've been eating out WAY too much, not tracking, not drinking water and not working out as much as I should. So this...I need to do.

This is an 8 week challenge... and I plan on making the most of it. So starting out, I'm setting FIVE goals!!!

1) By the end of week 8, I will be consistently running 4 miles, 2x a week!

I am running my 5K on October 13th, 2012. And I am running 3.1 miles 2x a week. After this race I am going to start the B210K program! So I want to be running 4 miles at least by the end of the challenge!

2) I will to be able to plank at least 2 minutes consistently!

I have never planked before...but I heard its good for your abs. Apparantly it's very hard and I think 2 minutes is a good goal!!!

3) TRACKING!! I will track everything!! Every bite, lick and taste for 8 weeks!! This also includes weighing in once weekly on Wednesday!

4) Try 8 new recipes and post them on my blog!

I love cooking...I love HEALTHY cooking. So this is a great challenge for me! Woot!

5) Organize and get rid of all the junk in my spare bedroom and find a purpose for that room by the end of the 8th week. Use Pinterest to gather ideas and implement them! (Before and after photos will be taken)

** You may wonder why I didn't set a weight goal. I have been really frustated lately. I have gained, I know I have...so I don't want to focus on the scale. I want to focus on a healthier me!

Sunday, September 2, 2012


Yes, it is true! I ran a full 5K today...without stopping once! HELL YEAH!

On Wednesday I had a terrible, horrible run. I actually didn't even run because I had such a pounding headache and as soon as I started running, I had horrible nausea. I felt like there was acid in my throat and it was seeping into my lungs. So I just took a walk. I felt that was much better than trying to push myself and go nuts. So...that was a failure for me. But I picked myself up, dusted myself off and I decided today I would do a "fun run" on my C25K app. They have all sorts of times and distances. But I decided to be ambitious and try 5K.

Mile 1 felt fantastic. I felt good...but somewhere around 1.1 and 1.5 miles I started feeling horribleeee. I felt winded and breathless but I said to myself...what are you, a wimp? You're used to running more than 2 miles! Kick it up!

And you know what? I did. I ran the entire rest of the way. WITHOUT STOPPING. A full 3.11 miles (over 3.5 with my warmup and cooldown). And I felt AMAZING. I felt at the end that I definitely got a good workout. But I was a little suprised I probably could've pushed myself further. Bridge to 10K will start after my race in October... and I'm excited.

So...my time today for a 5K was 49:08.

Okay. I'm not winning any awards for this time. But my biggest fear was that it was going to take me hours to run a 5K and I wasn't going to be able to run any of it at all. I'm running the whole thing and my pace can only improve from here! This is the time to beat! Yippee! I can do this! Now, this was on a flat trail so...I'm going to try running 5K on WEdnedsay up my hills and dales at home. But this was an amazing place to start. Yay! I feel awesome!

I've done my run, I've caffeinated. I took a shower...now check out this happy mug!