Monday, February 24, 2014

Skinny Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

I am in love with Chick-Fil-A. The closest one, however, is up the highway for 15 minutes so we tend to stick to the one delivery place in our town. haha. So, when i found this recipe for copycat Chick-Fil-A nuggets I knew I had to try it. Not to mention it was a SKINNY RECIPE!!

The only problem was it called for pickle juice and I had just thrown away my last jar. However, finishing off a jar of pickles is never a problem for me so the next time we headed to the store I was sure to pick up a jar! (Always save the juice!! If you don't want the copycat chicken nuggets, pickle juice is always good for pickle shots!! pickle shots = pickle juice + vodka)

While I was preparing the nuggets, super easy by the way, Mike looked up the recipe for copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce and we tried that out, too!! Yes, I had mac-and-cheese. I have been craving it, but I didn't feel guilty at all. Especially because one serving of these nuggets (4) is only 149 calories!! For full nutritional info see the original recipe at Skinny Mom.

1 lb. boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup pickle juice
1 egg
1 egg white
1/2 cup milk
1 cup flour
2 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp dried basil
coconut oil (really any oil)

Cut chicken breast into large nugget size pieces and marinate in the pickle juice for 30-60 minutes. The chicken will shrink just a little when cooking.

Put oil in skillet and heat. The temp should be about 350ยบ. While that is heating up, mix wet ingredients together in a bowl. Then, mix dry ingredients into a separate bowl. 

Place chicken into the wet ingredients. Dip each piece into the dry ingredients and place in the skillet. Cook on each side about 3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. 

Remove chicken from oil and let dry on a paper towel covered plate. Serve and enjoy!!

Ooops and here's the link to the copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce!!

Martinis & Bikinis

On another note: Hopelessly Ever After is having it's monthly Thirsty Thursday linkup on Thursday!! For those interested the theme this month is Mardi Gras!! You can link up anything entertaining related: decorations, dranks (alcoholic drinks), recipes, anything I can use at a Mardi Gras partaaaayy!! Just head on over to Hopelessly Ever After and link up your post!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ahhh...push it!!

It's We Can Wednesday chicks!!

So I made it to the gym 3 times in the last 4 days!! So proud of myself! I did those body squats for about 75!! Whoop! I did not however do it straight. I took a few second breaks in between. Actually, I was doing legs and biceps, I know weird...but I'm really trying to work on my arms. More about that in a little. in between sets of curls I threw in about 15 or 20 as my break!! I'm the shit! Except for the fact that I can't move today. And I would really only be the shit when I can do 500 like the shady dude from last post. But that's beside the point.......haha.

About the arms..So I could honestly care less about perking up my legs. Plus, if I keep hitting up these body squats that will NOT be a problem....but I'm tryin to get this Flex Friday ish under control!! I have been strong my whole life. When I was a cheerleader in high school I weighed 100lbs but was always a  base. But....I've never had biceps and I want those beetches!! So, we're working on it. I always throw a little curl or something in every time I'm there.

Now I'm kinda pissed, though, because I had a set of 5 pounders in the cart last weekend when I went shopping and I thought to myself....what the hail is 5lb dumbbells gonna do for me?? Well, certainly more than 0lb dumbbells, which is what I have at the moment. So..until then I guess I'll be using that gallon water jug filled up. lol. Hey at least I can stay hydrated while I'm pumping iron....eerr water...

I guess I can make a tip for this week! Although I do... don't let lack of equipment stop you!! Be resourceful! Save those gallon jugs of milk or vodka fill em up with water and PUMP!!

Haha..and while I was looking for a pic for this I found a milk jug workout on!!!! This is just a screen shot so the links don't connect to anything, but go to the website to see all the workouts!! DO IT!!

Lady Luck

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

We Can Wednesday!

So I'm not even going to mention my goals this!! Life goes on!! Hey I went to the gym!! once....

Anywhooooooooo...while I was at the gym that one day I "came up with" a great leg workout!! And you can do it in our pj's!!! Which we all know is my goal in life. :)

You see, when I work out with Mike I die. And by the time we were going into our 5th chest exercise I was done. D.O.N.E. done. I always push myself hardest with him, which is good...but I should probably learn to pace myself. So, when he went on to exercise number 6 I had had enough so I decided to work it leg style instead!!

I have seen some people do these before and I couldn't even tell you where, but I thought I would give it a try. What can a little extra leg workout hurt??

I think they are technically called body weight squats, but all you have to do is drop it low as fast and as many times as you can in a row!! I found this video but it's a little shady...I'll explain after you watch.

First off, this mofo is at a playground in shorty shorts and no shirt getting down on some squats.......................................*crickets*.............................shaaaaady! And the whole flash to him laying in the bed............I can't.

Soooo...I did 30 of these in a row and numero uno I couldn't breathe after. Then....I totally cramped up every time I took a step. haha. Worked the eff out biotches!!! Well, apparently not as worked out as Creeper Steve there, but, I would have done more if Mike wasn't done his workout at that point. I think a few short breaks in between help, too.

So, get on it ladies!! Let me know how many you can do before stopping. And how do you feel afterwards??

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

oh CRAP...medical advice needed...

So let me first warn you...this is going to be a post about poop. So...if you don't like talking about poop or listening to someone else talk about poop, you might want to just that little button that exits you out of this page. K?? k.

I have a poop problem. And a horrible doctor who thinks it's all in my head. pun intended...I think it's really hindering my progress with losing those inches. And therefore, I'm making my poop problem your business. Oh Shiiiiit...literally

I don't poop. I mean, of course I poop, but it literally only happens about 3 times a week if that. Whenever I tell people that they say, "Oh that would suck to feel constipated that often." Nope. Doesn't suck, because I almost never feel constipated!! I just don't have the urge to poop.

So where the hell does it all go? It has to be stuck in there somewhere. And therefore, I have come to the conclusion that my poop issue is why I can't loose that pudge in my belly! It's a pudge of poop!!

It all started in college. First off, I know it's weird, but I DO NOT poop in public. I don't care how much pain I'm in, I'm not going into that public restroom where someone could totally sit beside me while I'm pooping. So, the community bathrooms in college totally effed me. I would hold that shit for a month at a time waiting until it was a holiday break, or my parents came to visit, or we went to someone's house for a weekend, but I wasn't doing it in the dorm. It literally caused me to have panic attacks in the middle of the night. I had to go so bad but just held it. Until the moment came where I was sitting on a toilet at 3am sweating with blurred vision and having convulsions because the panic attack was setting in.

Luckily my junior and senior year I had an apartment so I had my own bathroom. I became a little more regular but definitely nothing like I should be. And it's stuck until now.

And believe me, I'm sooo not one of those wives that doesn't fart or poop in front of Mike. I wouldn't be surprised if one day he came in and sat on the shower ledge just to talk to me while I was pooping. And he's totally the guy that's like, "Whoa!! Come check this out!!". lol. And it never fails. Although we have 3 bathrooms in the house he always wants to poop in the one I'm showering in so he can "keep my company". So, it's not like I'm trying to hide it from him now. I just think it's what my body got used to and it never changed.

So I need help! Could that be a reason I'm not losing inches like I want to? Or am I just lazy and coming up with excuses?

Do you have any suggestions?!?! I'm still not going to poop in public even if I do get the urge, so that's out of the question, but maybe there is something that you take that makes you more regular?


And don't forget about the giveaway going on!!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Polar Watch Giveaway!!

Hi ladies!! Today I have teamed up with Britney and Erica and some other fabulous ladies to give to you....


If you haven't seen these yet, you need to go check them out. The FT4 has a smart count calorie counter that tracks your progress as you work out. I've actually been eyeing these bad boys up myself lately!!

Good Luck!!

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Quick Breakfast on the Go!!!

So I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before but I'm a Bzzagent. Pretty much I take some surveys and sign up for campaigns where I receive free items in exchange for an honest review of the item. I also usually get some coupons to hand out to coworkers or friends that gives them the chance to try out the item at a highly discounted rate, too!!

This campaign was for Fiber One Meal Bars and I'm so super excited to tell you about it. First off, they sent me 2 boxes of the meal bars right off the bat. Sometimes they send you a coupon for a free one and you have to go to the store to get it which is always a problem for me because my Food Lion doesn't always have the products I'm reviewing. But in this case they sent the boxes right to me!! They come in 3 flavors but I only got two of them; Strawberry Greek Yogurt and Chocolate Peanut Butter. The third flavor is Dark Chocolate Almond and I think that sounds delish, too!!

The Strawberry Greek Yogurt is by far my fav. It's so good and although it's just a small bar it does satisfy you as a breakfast bar. I tend to get hungry every 2 hours anyway, but I was not starving for food like I had anticipated. Each bar contains 10g protein and 9g of fiber so great for a breakfast option. I'm not sure about whether or not I consider it a "meal bar" like they say, but it's a good option if you're running late out the door.

And it tastes so good!! Some people have complained that they are a bit dry, which I guess I can see, but then again it is a bar that contains nuts. And nuts are dry. So... But the greek yogurt helps to keep it a little more cohesive.


Have you tried these? What do you think?

Monday, February 3, 2014

I've been hiding...

OK, so here's the truth. I've been sucking at this whole fitness thing. I was doing great when I started T25 and this blog and I really should get back on it. But........I'm just not motivated. AT. ALL. And truly I'm so depressed with this damn snow that all I want to do is feel comfortable which means I'm eating bad and sitting on the couch a lot. And it doesn't help when work does this to me....even though I didn't have one.

And....from what we've heard, February is supposed to have the worst snow yet!! Worse than what we have already had. And Mike just got a notification from work that it could start tonight. And I might cry myself into oblivion if that's true. And, and, and....

I honestly think if I could do some workouts at home...and not hot sweaty workouts like T25...I would be able to make up for some of the stuff I do at the gym. Like get a few sets of dumbbells and work it. My main problem with T25 is that I have to change into a tank top and shorts and it's too damn cold for that. But if I could just wear my pjs to work out I'd be better.

Honestly, if we weren't so broke right now I would be on point!! The only reason I don't go to the gym every night is because it costs so much in gas money. Now that we're 20 minutes away from the gym it's not as easy as it was before.

I might check out the YMCA across the street from my school. The only thing is that I pay for our gym, too so by the time I pay for the YMCA I might as well just pay the gas for my gym. lol. #beastmodeproblems

I guess one good thing I have been doing is planning out meals. Well, dinners at least. Lunches I already prep for. But then again, that's more money. And I organized my Pinterest boards so it's easier to look for stuff.

Hopefully I'll be able to get back in the grind sooner rather than later. Doesn't look like I'll be a swimsuit model this summer. Maybe next year...