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Chicken strip deliciousness

So I had a craving for chicken fingers last night so I came up with this little recipe to curb the craving.


1 tbsp dijon mustard
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp garlic powder

10-12 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into long strips (I cut mine into 4 strips, if that gives you perspective)

1 cup panko bread crumbs (in a small/medium bowl)

1 tbsp olive oil for cooking


Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a medium non-stick skillet (on medium heat)

I mixed the ingredients for the coating all together in a small dish (large enough to fit a chicken strip, though) with a fork.

Then, I took each of the chicken strips and rolled them in the mixture, then transferred it to the bowl of panko and rolled until coated.

Repeat for all pieces, then transfer into skillet and cook until brown on the bottom, then flip. Allow chicken to cook until fully cooked through.

I wish I had taken pictures - but it was very yummy! I served it with a side of roasted broccoli and a small amount of quinoa/brown rice blend.

NROLFW Stage 1 Workout B #4

Dead lifts (2x12) @ 120 pounds

Overhead press (2x12) @ 40 pounds
Wide grip lateral pull down (2x12) @ 70 pounds

Lunges (2x12) @ 40 pounds
Swiss ball crunches (2x10) @ BW

164 calories burned.
I’m not feeling too well tonight - my stomach has been funny since dinner, so I really wasn’t feeling this workout. I pushed myself to a new weight for deadlifts, though!! Trying to stay motivated through the weekend and not eat terribly.

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I was just reflecting with my fiancé last night about my goals and how I never thought I would get this far.

My initial goal weight was 155, and I’ve already passed that. It’s so incredibly hard to believe that I actually have lost weight for real this time. I tried so many other times before, but never stuck with it.

Now, as I continue to set new goals, I have no idea what my goal weight will be. I have it set at 135 currently, since that’s in the middle of the healthy BMI range for my height, but I want to be fit & strong, not just skinny. The closer I get, the more the number doesn’t seem to matter. I do know I want to see the 140’s though :)

Happy Monday! I’m back to NROLFW tonight.
This weekend was very active! On Saturday, Ron, my friend Zack & I took the dogs for a 2+ mile adventure around the neighborhood, through a park & some trails. It was fun to just explore. Ron & I are looking at buying kayaks, so we checked out the river access, too. Yesterday we began the day with a dog “walk,” where I alternated dogs and did a series of sprints back and forth to Ron. The dogs loved that and it was a fun workout. We spent the rest of the afternoon raking and cleaning up the yard (#adults). Raking is such a killer workout - I wore my HRM and I burned over 700 calories in 90 minutes of raking.

Hope your weekends were wonderful.

Hey i just saw your before and after picks, great job and congratulations! I was wondering what do you eat usually??

Hello & thank you so much!

I try to eat AT LEAST 1500 calories a day (usually closer to 1650), but I’m not very strict in what it is that I’m eating. The key for me is weighing/measuring everything. I still eat ice cream on occasion, pizza, tacos, whatever. I just make sure I’m accountable for it and stay within my calorie budget.

My typical day:

Breakfast: Bagel thin or english muffin with light cream cheese
Mid day snacks: Dannon light & fit greek yogurt + pretzels
Lunch: usually leftovers. Tacos, pasta salad, eggs + toast, or a turkey sandwich.
Afternoon snacks: apple + chex mix
Dinner: this is always the toss up. A “go to” at my house is chicken, broccoli & rice. I roast the broccoli in the oven so it’s crispy and seasoned, and use the Uncle Ben’s 90 second rice packs.

When I go to the gym & lift, I drink a whey protein supplement as well.

My food diary is open, so feel free to add me on MyFitnessPal if you want more info!