Beat the Heat with Mango Salsa

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything here, but that’s just the way things go: When I’m too crazy-busy in the kitchen, the blog just doesn’t make the cut. This time, however, I’ve decided to just bite the bullet because I couldn’t let the scorching heat wave of last week wreak…

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Spring into Summer

I’m just now thawing out from my winter’s hiatus from blogging, and I have the perfect recipe for anyone looking for a tasty way to celebrate spring. I’m not crazy about salads in cold weather, but when things start to heat up, there’s nothing better. I find this Red, White, & Green Salad recipe that…

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Chef on a Diet—Year-End Review

So, here we are with 3 days left til the new year, and it seems like the perfect time to evaluate my weight-loss progress for 2010. On February 1st, I started following California Chef’s Weight Loss program, and I have to say, even I was surprised how easy it was. By July 11th (the date…

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Chef on a Diet—Down 25 lbs: 3 weeks left!

What happened to June?! What a crazy month it was, and July is also whizzing right by. With my work schedule, exercise continues to be a challenge for me. I have started swimming a few times a week, but I am hoping to really take it up a notch in these next 3 weeks. I…

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Chef on a Diet—Down 20!

All I can say today is hooray! Well, I guess there are two things I can say: Hooray, and here’s a recipe for a great panini: Jalapeño Turkey Club Panini 2 pieces whole wheat bread 1 ½ slices fat-free Swiss cheese 8 slices shaved turkey 1 T chopped tomato 1 slice turkey bacon, cooked and…

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Chef on a Diet—Midway Maintenance: Holding at 17

After I hit the 17-lb. mark, I had to make a decision on how to handle the upcoming 3 weeks. I had a number of events that were definitely going to make dieting a challenge: a wedding and 3-day weekend in Rancho Mirage; Connecticut cousins coming to visit the next week; and then Mother’s day…

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Chef on a Diet—After 11 Weeks: Down 17

The last 2 weeks have been incredibly busy both at work and at home, so I was actually shocked to see the scale saying I have now lost 17 pounds! I have to say, it has been challenging. While dieting these last two weeks, I have celebrated my 18th wedding anniversary, spent a weekend with…

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Chef on a Diet—After 9 Weeks: Down 14

A visit from my parents this weekend made it another challenging week. At least I’m going in the right direction, losing 1 lb. since my last weigh-in. More out of town visitors are coming this weekend, so I am keeping this short so I can go Zumba!

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Chef on a Diet—After 8 Weeks: Down 13

My first week without weight loss—Ugh! But, as I’ve said before, I need to be able to live with this plan, so if it takes me a little longer to lose, I’ll deal with it. And, I didn’t do as well balancing out my fun activities w/ increased exercise as planned. Moreover, I didn’t expect…

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Chef on a Diet—After 7 Weeks: Down 13

Almost half way there! I think it’s time to kick up the exercise a notch. Although I know that exercise is really important for general good health and weight loss, I have been holding off on joining the gym or going gung-ho on Zumba (an exercise DVD that I purchased 1 ½ yrs ago). I…

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Chef on a Diet—After 6 Weeks: Down 11

Surpassing the 10-pound milestone is a great feeling! My clothes fit better and I can really feel the difference. After last week’s asthma attack, my doctor gave me a one-week steroid pack to fix me up (in addition to a breathing treatment and a big shot in the butt). To my horror, she told me…

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Chef on a Diet—After 5 Weeks: Down 9

Last week was a tough one, and I’m actually happy w/ the 1 lb. I lost. My allergies have been out of control, so between taking lots of Benedryl, which wipes me out, and trying to breathe without wheezing, I was extremely sedentary. I still feel like a slug w/ very little energy to even…

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