Shannon Falls, August 2012

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ground Turkey

I am so proud of David. He is very committed to getting back in shape; I have hoped for years we could do this together and now we finally are. It's a great testimony for Hayden to see us doing it together and as a family. Hayden eats superbly: fruits, veggies, you name it. Yes, he knows what cupcakes and cookies and pizza are, but we have limited his contact with those. US? Yeah, we haven't been as diligent in that task...until recently.

So how does my title incorporate itself into this post? We have purged our kitchen. I'm sure not every last little remaining thing is healthy, but for the most part, our pantry and cabinets and fridge are the "cleanest" they've been in our marriage! Our bodies are slowly stopping craving all that junk we've been justifying. Again, don't get me wrong...I'm not saying I don't splurge or eat badly every so often, but for the most part, I'm back to eating the way I did in college when I was able to lose 60lbs. Yep, 60. So you can see my unhappiness with sitting at my current weight. However, I was also working out 2 hrs. (min.)/day with a friend 5-7 times a week. After having a baby, a highly stressful job, and just not wanting to exercise, I gained a good bit of that back. I did lose 15 lbs. before school let out and that was just from counting calories.

Now David and I have a good system of going to the gym: he goes on his way home from work and then I go before Hayden's bedtime. I'm still not able to work out every single day due to other obligations, but I'm watching what I eat closely and I'm kicking butt on the elliptical! I've also added running back into my schedule. I was almost able to do a complete mile last night after having not run in pretty much 2 years. I was excited about that. Now the task is to keep it up! We're bombarded with food everywhere (those marketing folks sure know what they're doing!), and my personality is like the chick on the Yoplait cheesecake commercial where I justify what I can/can't eat: "I had tuna for lunch so a piece of cake won't hurt me." (that mentality)

Anyway, my title concerns the fact that I tried a recipe with ground turkey for the first time tonight. Yeah, so far not a fan. Maybe that will change!


The Haines said...

I have a great turkey recipe that you can hardly tell is turkey: Turkey Meatballs
2.5 lbs ground turkey (I buy it at Sams- cheap!)
2 eggs
1 small onion chopped fine
1/2 cup Panko or Italian breadcrumbs
1.5 tbsp prepared horseradish
roll walnut sized meatballs and bake at 375 for 25 minutes. It makes about 45-50 meatballs. I keep them in the freezer and pull them out when I need them. The kids love them too!

Heather said...

Did you try the all white meat ground turkey or the regular? Also, try mixing it half and half with ground chuck (or even lower fat beef) until your taste buds adjust to the difference.

Real Life Health said...

Hi Jamie;
Just thought I would visit your site and just have to say...congrats on the purging of the kitchen!!! This is one of the best first steps you can take and it sure does help, eh?
Anyway, just wanted to say ..great blog and keep up the great work.