Thursday, January 12, 2012

My First Post

I have been a stay at home mom for a long time, my oldest is 13. I am guilty of putting everyone else's needs above my own and there fore I have ended up over weight, okay let's be honest, obese. Well, not any more. My youngest went off to school full time this year giving me a lot of free time. I decided that with that time, I was going to finally focus a little more on me and getting healthy. I have tried diet and exercise over the years but quickly became overwhelmed. For this weight loss journey I chose to break up the two and first focus on exercise and then add in the diet part when I felt I was able.
Me running the race!!
I am happy to report that on Thanksgiving day (2011) I ran in my first 5K. I completed the run with a finishing time of just under 45 minutes which was my goal. I was elated and overjoyed to reach my goal of running a 5k. I finally felt like I had exercising down, it was becoming enjoyable,and it didn't hurt all the time so I decided I needed to add in the diet portion to a healthy lifestyle. I have chosen to do the P.I.N.K. Method for my diet plan and am currently on my 4th day or reset. I am down 4 pounds and feel great! I have found that eating on this plan can be tricky just because it is a new diet plan and there are not a lot of resources out there. So I thought blogging one of my meals that I came up with might be fun and help encourage others.

Turkey Meatballs with Marinara Sauce over a Bed of Roasted Vegetables

Marinara Sauce (made enough to serve 6
1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatos (I used Hunt's 100% natural)
1/2 onion diced
2 cloves of garlic crushed
1 1/2 TBSP Italian seasoning
Dash of Balsamic Vinegar
To make sauce, saute onions and garlic until they soften, add can of tomatos and Mrs. Dash and let simmer for 30 minutes or so. Near the end add a dash of balsamic and stir. Add your cooked turkey meatalls and  let simmer about 5-10 more minutes.

Turkey Meatballs (made enough for 5, 4 ounce sevings)
1 package 97% fat free ground Turkey (20 ounces)
Few Shakes of Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb seasoning
Dash of Balsamic Vinegar
Dash of pepper
To make meatballs, mix everything together and form into little meatballs. Saute in a pan with a little spray of canola oil until cooked through or mostly cooked through. They will cook in the sauce a little more so they don't have to be completely cooked.

Roasted Vegis (I ate the entrie amount, but eat what you want.)
1 small zuchini
1/4 red onion
1 cup brocolli
Mrs. Dash any flavor you like
To make the vegis, heat overn to 375, spread vegis on a cookie sheet, mist with olive oil or canola oil, whatever you have and sprinkle with Mrs. Dash. Roast about 20 minutes or until vegi's are tender.

To serve, lay roasted vegis on your plate and divide up the meatballs into five equal portions that way you know you are getting about 4 ounces since we used a 20 ounce package. Spoon sauce over meatballs and vegi's and Enjoy!

Edit: I should add that this is another family friendly meal if you add a tweak.  My family ate this also except instead of having it over roasted vegis, they ate it over whole wheat spaghetti noodles.


  1. YUM! just whipped this up for lunch and it is delicious!!! Am going to reheat and serve to the family for supper! My new favorite! Thanks for sharing! i'm also shared on the recipe forum on the pink site.

  2. Thanks Joy, I am glad you enjoyed. It is one of my favorites also.

  3. Yummy comfort food. Had this for the family dinner last night. Everyone loved it. My 8 yr old cleaned his plate! Will make again.

  4. Joy,

    THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! I was so excited about this diet but then had to wait for the shipment then the shipment of the whey protein (I decided to go with one of their suggested products). Then my daughter's b-day came and I thought it was okay cuz I could enjoy one more piece of cake and then start the diet. The following day my appetite was off the charts. Needless to say, I've been a little down. Anyway, today I am pulling myself up by the bootstraps and heading to the grocery store. Thank you for sharing these recipes with all of us! Honestly, if I didn't have this information in front of me I would be in big trouble. I've been feeling down in the dumps so motivation is difficult during this time. I just can't thank you enough for sharing your success story. Like you, I've always put myself last. Also, I would LOVE to be able to run in a 5K! Thanks for inspiring me and for sharing your success story. Together, we can do ANYTHING!!! Blessings to you!!! Penny : )


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