Friday, December 4, 2009

Success and Failure


Last night was the last night of my 4-week Boot Camp class. My measurements were taken on 11/16 and last night, 12/3. In that time I have lost:

0.5 inches on my thighs and hips
2.75 inches on my shoulders/bust
1.5 inches on my waist
arms stayed the same

I am pumped! While I wish more came off my hips (this is where I carry my weight), I'm really happy with the results. Three days a week for a few weeks has really made a difference.

And more good news...our new treadmill is being delivered next TUESDAY!!!!!!

I made a popular bloggie dinner last night: spaghetti squash!
I halved the squash length-wise and baked it upside down in a pan with 1/4" water in the bottom at 375 F for 35 minutes. I then flipped the squash right side up and baked an additional 30 minutes at 375 F. After cooking, the squash easily pulls out in strands (like spaghetti!).

Easy breezy!

To my spaghetti squash I added Classico Tomato Basil Marinara, nutritional yeast, Parmesan, red pepper flakes, and pine nuts. Deeeelicious!!!!

Failure. Failures, really.

In the December issue of Cooking Light, I found a recipe for cranberries I really wanted to make for the RD Christmas Party THIS afternoon -- candied cranberries, more like.

Directions: simmer cranberries in simple syrup until tender. Roll in sugar. Serve.
Anyone can handle that, right? Wrong.

Lesson learned: can't be watching Bride Wars AND cranberries simoltaneously.

Of this many cranberries...

I salvaged THIS many...sad.

So, I moved on to an easy recipe my friend  Katie sent me just this morning (after a speed session of grocery shopping...

Chocolate Bombs

1 box chocolate cake, prepared
1 can chocolate frosting
1 bag chocolate chips
2 packages chocolate almond bark

Make cake mix as directed and let cool. Crumble cake into a large bowl and mix in frosting and chips. Roll into balls and place on a lined cookie sheet. 

Melt almond bark and drizzle over balls. Cool and serve.


My balls didn't form, so mine are blobs. More like AFTER a bomb has exploded. Here's the final product:

I don't bake or do sweets of any kind very well...can you tell?
Taste? Thumbs up! Mmm! Chocolate lovers, come in!!

I need to doll up for the party, but have a WONDERFUL Friday and start to your weekend! And seriously, the above 2 recipes are easy as pie for the average Joe...and super delicious if you're looking for something easy!!


  1. Where do I sign up for this bootcamp? Way to go!

  2. Congrats on the inches lost! That's fantastic.

    I just make spaghetti squash about 5 minutes ago, soooo delicious.

    Sorry about those cranberries. The recipe, and picture sounds fantastic, but the turnout not so much. I guess you could always try again! However those chocolate bombs are the bomb!! haha, so dumb, I know. But really, the look fantastic! I'm sure your clients loved them at the taste test! That's what they were for, right?
    Have a great weekend!

  3. Awesome on the inches lost! Those chocolate bombs do look pretty tasty ;-)

  4. Congrats on the inches lost!

    I think the chocolate bombs look great! I was going to make them too! :)

  5. The choc treats look tasty so who cares if they are not pretty, which btw they are.

  6. wow congrats on the measurements girl!!

    that sketti squash looks soo good! :)

  7. You chocolate balls may not look like you intended, but I think they look delicious! Congrats on you exercise rewards! That's the best feeling when you work hard and actually get to see the results!
    P.S. Your spaghetti squash looks legit like spaghetti...even better actually!

  8. Thanks SO much for visiting my blog! I love meeting new people :-) And you have a bulldog?! So do I, but he's at home with my parents 2 hrs away. He makes appearances on the blog every once and awhile :-P

    I can't wait to see your healthier Christmas cookies coming up & spaghetti squash is such a wonderful noodle alternative. I actually just made some the other day with sauteed chicken asiago sausage--yum!

  9. Awesome girl!! Congrats :) I need to go to boot camp once school is over, I need some butt whoopin' mmm if you wouldn't have said they weren't supposed to be blobs I would have never even known, they look wonderful that way :)

  10. Hey girl! I look forward to following along too :o) Spaghetti squash is something I've been wanting to try, it looks simple to make. I need to make it soon!