More Butternut Squash!!!!

Since last week I discovered Butternut squash, I decided to try more recipes with it.

Last time when I cooked the soup I roasted the rest of the butternut squash and it turned out great, so this time I decided to make the whole dish out of it.

you will need:

2 cups of squash

1 red pepper

1 green pepper

1 Leak

1lbs of chicken tenderloins

Spices to taste

Preparation:

Chop all the vegetables in same size cubes(about 1 inch squares), spray baking dish with Pam , set all the veggies in the dish , sprinkle with some garlic salt and roast them at 370 for about 30-40 minutes(until tender).As the vegetables roast, rub some spices on chicken tenderloins ( I like the Cajun spice )and grill on the Gorge Foreman grill until ready.

Set the meat aside, and mix with vegetables when they are ready.

Leave in the oven for another 5 minutes, for flavors to combine.

Enjoy.

You can serve it with the side of hummus, or with a splash of low sugar barbeque sauce.

 

 

 

 

New Year – New Start – New Goals –

Wow…2012 is already 16 days deep…UNREAL! I don’t know about you but I am super stoked for ALL that is in store for the next 12 months…As most of you know I am in a little bit of a competition with Chunk, Big House, and Big “S”…well, apparently somewhere between the holiday parties, the vodka tonics, cookies, carb loaded foods, Christmas, and New Years I failed to keep you all updated on our progress…if you call it that?!

Being that I am fairly disappointed in myself with my eating habits the past month. Yes, that is right I am CALLING MYSELF OUT and I am asking YOU to keep me accountable…ya Digg? As of New Year’s Day I was up 4 lbs from the start of the competition! Having said that I am ON my SHOW MODE DIET and weight will be falling off! Lucky for me I was able to get workouts in and stay fairly lean for gaining weight…body fat is probably still around 9.5%

Here is the GOAL AGAIN BUT BETTER              

I am def in the mood for a killer month as I just kicked off the opening of Chi-Town Boot Camps Woodstock two weeks ago and already have 15 members with a goal of 35 by February 15th!  If you are in that area and want a killer workout, nutrition, and cardio….check us out! We have found our home at 110 Irving Ave Unit B (Behind ACE Hardware) and hold boot camp Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 5am, 6am, 9am and 7pm (5:30pm Friday)! Saturday at 8am and 9am! We have some absolute Rock Stars already and excited to grow the family!

 

Now, the competition! I have to say I am impressed with the boys…they have kept to the plan and as much as the holidays derailed some progress they are back on their A game and ready to rock and roll. So, I am just going to go ahead and quote them from their past messages!

BIG HOUSE -

“Good to hear from you guys I was hoping no one quit. Week 5 was a really good week. Haven’t really compared photos from beginning but I am definitely getting stronger.  The  holiday temptations are over after we take our last trip back to Woodstock. Week 6 was a little tougher as I got an infection in my knee! The knee is on the mend but not quite 100% yet. Friday was not better as I  woke up with a wonderful case of stomach flu or food poisoning. That too is about gone today.  Weight is back down to 156 today but was up to 158 late last week. I am ready to crush these next weeks so be ready boys cuz The Big House is coming!”

Neck 14.75
Chest 36
Belly 30
Waist 30.5
Hips 37
Bi 11.5
Tri 10.75
Quad 19.75
Calf 15

BIG “S” – “Hey boys, Sorry I did not get an email out last week, I was slammed at work.  I was in the same boat as you guys ( looked a lot like Chunk’s pic). I got back in the swing and this week and I should be able to rock the last 6 weeks. I got pumped up last night because when we started this program I could only do 3 pull-ups ( yes I was able to do 15 in high school) and now I can knock out 8 with no floor help. Small victories!!!  I hope all is well. Been chugging along week by week and my weight this morning is 219. I got slowed down last week with a back problem, but should be back to normal this week. I don’t have measurements yet because I was home alone all weekend. All us married guys should know how rare that is. Anyhoo have a good week Great Game Packers and GO GIANTS!!!”

Neck-15 1/4″
Belly-39″
Bicep- 16.1/4″
Forearm-13″
Waist-37″
Penis-13″
Hips-42.1/2″
Thighs-24 “
Caves-17″

CHUNK -”Sorry fellas, been getting my sh*t handed to me at work.  Onlyable to get in about 3 days this a week, but should be able to get some quality time in the rest of this week and next! I have a couple questions for our Sensai-
1. Steam rooms after a workout – good, bad, indifferent? 2. Coffee – same? I attached my most recent picture for you to get a little extra motivation!”

Weight:  215

Neck 17.5
Chest 44
Bicepts 15.5
Belly 39.5
Hips 42.5
Thighs 23
Calves 16.5

MANIMAL HERE – Just wanted to touch on a few things before I post my progress as I flip the switch from relaxed eating to SHOW MODE – IN IT TO WIN IT MODE – BEAST MODE!

Chunk, I am a big fan of the dry sauna pre and post workout. I like the warming aspect of it before for a few minutes to get the blood flowing, sweat going, high body temp = high heart rate = more fat burn! It is a great way to loosen and stretch out the muscles you are about to break down. As far as after, it is a great relaxing way to end a great session. Helps release toxins from your blood and sweat out any excess water or sodium you might be holding. Some might even say it is a great to flush out that 1.75ml “Glass” of wine you guys always seem to have! I’m just sayin…lol! As for coffee…HELL YEAH! I am at Dunkin Donuts everyday getting my coffee to start my day! Just careful with the cream and sweetners…I prefer milk and sugar over all of them! Just not over kill…moderation. Too much of anything IS NOT good for you! Well…I can think of ONE thing we ALL agree on that there is always room for! I believe it fit into BIG “S” request for additional cardio sessions…lol! Ya dig?

Okay, now…BIG “S” you are in the area so you have an INVITE ON ME to take My Chi-Town Boot Camps Woodstock sessions! I better see you there Mon-Tues-Thur-Fri 5am, 6am, 9am, and 7pm! Saturdays at 8am and 9am. I plan on seeing BIG HOUSE there too when he is in town! Big Boyd started up just 13 days ago and as of today he is down 10lbs, my cousin lost 6lbs the first week, and my sister lost 3lbs and probably more this week…so why don’t you come and GET SOME!

Now that I have that out of the way I will drop a little bit of my progress on YOU!

Weight – 202 lbs
Neck – 16”
Chest – 45”
Bicep – 17.5”
Forearm – 13.25”
Waist – 32”
Belly – 33”
Hips – 39”
Thigh – 23.5”
Calves – 15”

Yes, I am about the same as last time I posted measurements! I will give the resason for it as this “YOU CAN NOT OUT TRAIN A BAD DIET!” Truth, I feel like I need to pick it up and do some work these next weeks ahead. Not only am I in a competition with these guys, but I will be doing the Gladiator Assault Challenge on 3/31 and then taking stage in the WBFF to go after my PRO CARD on April 14th! Only thing left to say is….I’m GONNA GET SOME!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLEAR EYES – FULL HEARTS – CAN’T LOSE

SEXY BEAST OUT – For Real I am headed to Cali on Thursday so time to soak up the sun!

10 Quick Ways To Burn 100+ Calories

Sometimes we hit those spots where we feel like we are stuck. We workout every day, we eat pretty healthy, but we just aren’t getting the results we want. Well we put together a few sneaky ways to burn more calories every day by doing every day things.

1. Cook Your Meal – If you spend about 40 minutes chopping, stirring and mixing you can burn up to 128 calories before dinner is even ready!

2. Dance Dance Revolution – Play one of these new dance games with your kids for just 20 minutes and melt away over 100 calories. It’s fun family time and it helps to shrink your waistline.

3.Deep Cleaning – If you spend about 25 minutes scrubbing you can say goodbye to about 107 more calories and all that grime you’ve been waiting to go after.

4. Plant A Garden – 100 calories comes off in about 20 minutes if you’re planting, digging and weeding in your garden.

5. Be Creative – Find yourself with some down time? Instead of turning on the TV pick up a new shade of paint and try to liven up one of the rooms in your home. Burn 120 calories in just 35 minutes.

6. Read A Book – Believe it or not you can burn 100 calories by reading for a little over an hour. Find a good book, sharpen your brain and burn some calories!

7. Shovel Snow – It sounds terrible but bundle up and get out there! In a heavy snow you can go through 100 calories in just about 20 minutes.

8. Take The Stairs – If you spend about 15 minutes on the stairs throughout the day you will have burnt an extra 100 calories. as Nike says “Just Do It!”

9. Be Fidgety At Work – Just by doing little things like drumming on your desk or playing with your hair can burn up to 100 extra calories per hour.

10. Choose A Basket – If you aren’t stocking up you might be able to carry a basket at the store instead of pushing a cart. That little change will burn an extra 100 calories while you spend your 30 minutes walking up and down the isles of the grocery store.

More ways to burn more calories here. 

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Diet vs. Exercise

This is kind of a silly question.  Diet and exercise go hand in hand when it comes to health.  Sometimes, hopefully just sometimes, you may have to choose between one or the other.  So here are your best choices when you have to choose.

When you need to lose weight DIET is the key.  Research shows that cutting your calories is the best way to a smaller waist line.  It is easier for most people to cut 500 calories out of their diet than to work of 500 calories at the gym.

When you need an energy boost turn to EXERCISE.  Exercise gets your brain to pump out stimulating neurotransmitters.  People who work out on a regular basis are more likely to experience surges of energy.

To boost your heart health you can rely on your DIET.  If you had to do one thing to help your heart it would be to get your Omega-3 fatty acids.  They can improve heart health by up to 64%.

If you want to prevent Diabetes you need your EXERCISE.  Diet and exercise are both incredibly important to control your weight but exercise has the slight edge.  Your active muscles use up the glucose in your blood which helps control your blood sugar levels.

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Woodstock’s Finest Battling It Out!

Hey Ya’ll, I am sorry I have been leaving you all out in the cold on the weight loss competition I have Rocking with my Boys from Woodstock! Well, I had them each write a little blurb about their week so take a peek…some really good stuff!

We will go ahead and start it off with My boy CHUNK…he has already dropped a 1/2 inch on his belly and his weight is down to 215.5! Nice work, looks like the TRUFFLE SHUFFLE CARDIO is paying off…down 2 lbs.

 Here is what CHUNK had to say…
“I was so effing sore by the 4th workout it crushed my ability to get the recommended reps in.  I am feeling revived and ready to get after it again today…watch out BIG HOUSE and BIG “S” – CHUNK is coming for YOU!

P.S. Totally slipped my mind, but my preggers wife made me eat pizza this weekend!”

This moves us right along to BIG HOUSE who tipped the scales at 156 lbs, one pound up from last week! Most the times this is bad, however, he is on a different diet…lean and mean and a little more mass is his goal! Take a peek at what the Big Fella had to say:

“One week in and I feel like I am off to a slow start. Left for Vegas on Thursday morning and got back Sunday afternoon. squeezed in a workout thursday morning before take off. Actually did get up and run down the strip one morning, but other than that standard Vegas for 3 days. Still feeling some soreness from early week workouts and walking from casino to casino. Had lots of time on the plane to read and study the workouts and diets. Now bring on week two, and CHUNKY QB and Big as”S” you guys better be working!”

Big “S” has come to play…as he weighed in at 225 this week…yes, he is already down 8 lbs! Hell yeah brother, I love it. Take a look at what he had to say:

“When you dropped this on me last Sunday the first thing that went through my mind was I have no time to do this with work and the new baby. When I started looking at myself in the mirror I said Big “S” you got lazy, no more excuses. Basicly I want to look good naked. It is not easy to find time to do the workouts, but nothing worth doing is ever easy. My schedule every week is; work from 6:00am to 5:15 when I get home I watch my little princess from 5:15 till 8:00 when My Queen is done teaching violin lessons out of our house. I get my cardio by walking and running my dog Lola every night and she couldn’t be happier to help. I squeeze in the workouts on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I am sore, but it is a good burn. I am very curious to see if my calves or as you call them COWS will get smaller or bigger from working out and loosing weight. The diet part of the program was an ajustment. I seriously got hooked on sugar and candy bars for a quick pick me up during the afternoon. I can feel my body going through withdrawl, but it is all good. The one thing I have been teaching myself is to drink plenty of water and when it is getting late and I get hungry I drink a glass of water and GO TO BED. When I wake up I am no longer hungry. I am looking forward to wearing all the cloths I have bought and said I will fit in  when I drop the weight. By the way, you can let Chunky QB and Little House that the GIANT is awake and they are going down!”

Now, here is a little something from Yours Truly:

“Wow, back on the wagon to clean eating, insane workouts, and cutting my ROCKSTAR and MONSTER drinks cold turkey. I have had a few headaches every day due to NO caffeine, however, the massive amounts of water have been able to keep them to a minimum. I have been working out with a local high school athlete Timmy Mahoney so it is good to have a young energetic kid to go through this insanity with me. Yes, these workouts I am doing are no joke. Split days of Upper and Lower Body. I perform 1500 reps on lower body day and 1000 on upper body and mix in tababta training between each superset! BEGINNERS probably do NOT want to start here…I could barely move my arms or legs after the first two workouts so it is pretty intense. It will all be worth is when there is an 8 pack and lot so of lean shredded muscle come the end of this competition. I am truly enjoying the prep and the change and looking forward to changes these coming weeks. My weight was 203.5 lbs so I dropped 3 lbs and feel solid. Ready to crush the week and give these three guys a run for their money!”

Before I go, I also received this from one of the guys and chose to NOT post who wrote it, I encourage you all to comment and let me know who you think said it…I was laughing my ass off so I hope you like it too!

 ”Hey Craig, can you please ADD have “lots of crazy sex” to our workouts and resend the documents to us? I would like to post it on my fridge. I appreciate it!”

Is this classic or what? It is true a good healthy session can burn more calories than you thing…I’m just sayin’!

On that note, I am going to sign off and look forward to hearing what you all have to say! This has been a blast and I look forward to the weeks to come.

I will post pix in next post…enjoy and see you soon!

GET SOME
SB Manimal

Premier’s Body Transformation Challenge Champion Is….

Hey Y’all…if you are here, chances are you got my e-mail a few minutes ago. I will try NOT to beat around the bush too much and get right down to the nitty gritty!

As I mentioned we had 3 young ladies that had great transformations and have been chosen for our Cut & Color Prizes! Congratulations Ladies…take a look at their 6 week changes!

 

Tracy Zobott

Dropped 20.4 lbs in just 6 Weeks!

Awesome Job Tracy!

Cindy Verity

Dropped 16 lbs in 6 Weeks!

She has dropped over 40 lbs in just over 4 months!

www.YouRock.com

Renee Solger

Dropped 11.6 lbs in 6 Weeks!

Renee lost 39.2 lbs in just 4 months!

Yeah Buddy…Kickin Bootae!

As you can see from these 3 individuals above, they killed it! Here is the kicker…they were in out Premier Boot Camp Challenge leading up to this competition and had already lost about 60 lbs collectively!!! Pretty Awesome!!!

The following member has been a huge transformation…he started with us in our Premier Boot Camp Challenge

(FYI… HE WON with a  DOMINATING Performance!)

He is down in the 210′s and Rocking it out. Yes, that is OVER 70 lbs in just four months! Take a peek…

Jim Binning

Lost 37.6 lbs in Just 6 Weeks!

www.getyousome.com

Keep Crushing It Jim!!!

Okay, well….here it is, I won’t take anymore of your time!!!

THE WINNER IS

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CHRIS NOBLE!!! Congrats Chris…the combination of your weight loss, body fat percentage dropped, inches lost, before and after picture, and ABOVE ALL YOUR motivation and dedication!!!! Congrats and KEEP IT GOING!!! Take a look at our WINNER!!!

CONGRATULATIONS

NOW, GET YOUR BUTT INTO PREMIER TO START YOUR 3 MONTHS OF FREE TRAINING!

YEAH BUDDY…YOU GOT SOME!!!

Chris Noble

Dropped 20 lbs in just 6 Weeks

Lost over 10% Body Fat

Feels better than ever and he is just warming up, the journey kicks off NOW!

Dominate the Day

KASTNING OUT

It’s GO TIME!

Hey Ya’ll, Craig here!

 

I am writing to you today on DAY #2 of a 12 Week Challenge! This whole idea came about when out of the blue I received an e-mail from a long time friend. He currently lives in Michigan and wanted to get into a healthy routine and on track in his fitness. He asked if I had a minute to send him some ideas on what he could do and gave me a little information about what he had to work with and how much time he had each day! A few days later one of my oldest friends was in town from Portland, Oregon. We met for dinner…okay, we met for drinks at Biaggi’s and he looked at me and said “I need help man, what can I do if I have 30 minutes every day to workout? I need to lose some weight!” We chatted and I said I would put something together for him to get him on track.

ONE WEEK LATER…

I get a text on Sunday morning…it reads “I got fatter this week because you didn;t send those workouts!” That was all I needed, I put together a competition amongst freinds. I decided being that I am about 18 weeks out from a show I would take part in the action…

I sent an e-mail to them explaining the guidelines! Let;s just say they were less than on board 110% as it was a lot more than they bargained for…There are four of us involved and I have decided to give each of us nickname if you will.

 

WE HAVE  myself aka Manimal

 

                                                                                                                                                                       My very close and long time friend from Oregon aka Chunk

(He was married in Astoria, Oregon, home of the Goonies)

 

 

Michigan native aka Big House,

 

The Fourth Horseman aka Big “S.”

Now that you have met our contestants, here is how I did this thing…I sent each of them a meal plan, a workout plan, and some motivation aka I needed them to take a picture in their underwear or shorts and send it to me, weigh themselves, and take total body measurements! This will happen every Sunday evening for the next 12 weeks and I want YOU ALL to follow us on our journey!

Monday morning was humorus to say the least…here were some of my favorite texts:

Chunk: “I noticed you forgot to put beer on the meal plan so Big House and I just went ahead and penciled it in”

Big “S”: “I said my final good byes to the vending machines today…”

Big House: Well, it was an e-mail and I think he covered every excuse in the book…

 I am excited to see what the next 12 weeks brings, be sure to check in tomorrow for DAY #3…I will be posting all of our starting weights and measurements!

See You Soon…Until then
MANIMAL OUT

P.S.

The truth

The truth

Hey, today is the day that I decided to prove to Jamie, that I can stay consistent with my cooking.

The truth is that I am one of those people who love coming up with new dishes and many times I can almost come up with something from nothing. It comes easy to me to be creative with my cooking, yet the cooking is not complicated, no gourmet meal or anything.

Most of my dishes are healthy and easy to prepare, but that is exactly where I get in trouble sometimes.

Sometime I experiment with substituting some ingredients (butter for apple sauce for example in baking) and many times I am very successful.

There have been times that I went too far though (ask my husband), and the food didn’t really turn out that great:)

Another down fall is, that I have really hard time sticking with the recipe (even my own), and always try to change my ways, therefore some of my dishes might taste great the first time, and not as great second time around.

Anyways, that is the reason that I finally decided to challenge myself and actually write my experiments down, and test the results. My husband Jamie will be a judge (believe me, he can be brutally honest), and I will post the recipes that have reach the B+, or A grade.

I will do two recipes a week (it will be a lot of cooking if Jamie doesn’t like itJ), write them down, and then repeat them next month.

We want to see how they turn out the second time around and if I can follow them to a T.

Wish me luck!

On today’s agenda, since it is getting cold outside:

Chili       and

Modified banana bread -that one It will be a totally new experiment, so let’s cross our fingers, I will try to stay low fat, low sugar, gluten free:)

I will post the results in a few hours.

K

Is Happy Hour Making You Fat?

It’s actually good to enjoy the occasional drink but you need to be aware of how many calories you are taking in with your nightcap. Surprisingly enough, having a few drinks can add up to eating an entire batch of cookies and your body wants to store it in the same way. Check out this infographic to find out what kind of damage happy hour can really do.

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3 Strange Reasons Why You’re Gaining Weight

There are obvious reasons why the weight you worked so hard to get rid of is slipping its way back in to your favorite skinny jeans or muscle shirt.  You could be a stress eater, you may be skipping your workouts, you may be surrounded by baked goods, all of those answers make sense, right?  Well here are a few that probably wouldn’t be the first answers you’d think of.

1. Lack of Sleep – That’s right if you aren’t spending enough time laying in bed you could actually gain weight. When you’re tired your body thinks it’s a lot more hungry than it really is and that means you eat too much.

2. Your Prescriptions – More medications than not include weight gain as a side effect.  If just can’t figure out where the extra pounds are coming from, ask your doctor about your current prescriptions.

3. Too Much Stress – Stress releases hungry hormones.  It also pushes some people to turn to too much of their favorite comfort foods.

Full Article Here.

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