Monday, July 19, 2010

Mamavation Monday 7/19


I really didn't want to write this post this week. It's the first time I've gained since starting Mamavation, and it totally sucks. Ok, it doesn't TOTALLY suck, because it's not like I worked out and ate great and gained anyway. Sure, I ate well a few times, but I ate not so well a few times too. I also didn't work out. Not once. I was totally lazy this past week and really just didn't feel like doing anything. I wasn't even on Twitter that often. My Google Reader has gone into hibernation. The only thing that was active this week was my scale - 3.5 lbs worth of active in the upward direction. Doesn't my scale know I'd rather be lied to?! Geez, scale. We. Are. Done.

So, after a long list of things I DIDN'T do this week, let's move on to things I did do. I took a mental vacation. I relaxed with my friends and family, and even reconnected with some people whom I love dearly, but hadn't seen in a while. I tried to not stress about too many things, which was great. Unfortunately my diet and physical activity level relaxed a little too much as well.

I'm not going to get too down about this, because like I said - at least I know what caused my gain. At least I'm not moving backwards for no good reason. That would be very tragic and disheartening. I didn't slip because I was in some sort of depressed/anxious state like I've dealt with in the past. I slipped because I was RELAXING and HAVING FUN. I'm not ok with the gain, but I can be happy that at least I had a good time and I wasn't glued to the couch eating my emotions.

So what I really need to start doing this week is everything. Eating well. Exercising. Tweeting. Blog reading. Tweeting and blog reading especially...because some days y'all are the only thing that keeps me going.

So since I haven't contributed anything else to the Sistahood this week, here's a nice Cajun recipe for all the ladies going to BOB (jealous)! This is a GREAT spin on a traditional burger that I came up with on the spot.

Eat this burger with a Chiquita Banana on the side, because they're awesome and sponsor the Mamavation Sistahood.

Cajun Turkey Burger

4 oz Ground Turkey
0.5 oz Shredded Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 Medium-sized Green Pepper
3 or 4 Slices Vidalia Onion
Creole Seasoning

Mix the ground turkey, mozzarella, 1/4 of the green pepper (chopped into small pieces), 1/2 of the amount of onion (also chopped into small pieces), and creole seasoning to taste in a bowl. Form a turkey-burger patty. Place on pre-warmed grill (I used my George Foreman), close lid, and let cook for 4-5 minutes. If you're using an outdoor grill, flip halfway through.

Take the rest of the onion and green pepper, left in strips, and sautee in a pan with some non-stick cooking spray until caramelized (it took mine about the same time as the burger did to cook - convenient!). You can also sprinkle some creole seasoning on these if you want to.

Serve on a whole wheat sandwich thin (I toasted mine for just a bit on the George Foreman) with any "burger toppings" you like, along with the caramelized onions and peppers. Mine was deliciously simple with just some baby spinach leaves and mayonnaise. Disclaimer: If you're a lover of ketchup on your burger, it's been my experience that ketchup and cajun food do NOT mix well. Seriously, don't do it. It'll end up over-salted and just gross. Also, remember you don't have to add cheese, since cheese was already mixed in with the turkey meat.


  1. This does sound YUMMY. THANK YOU for sharing, both the recipe and about your gain. We all need a break some time; glad you're back!!

  2. That sounds SOOOOOOO GOOOOOD!

    I'm kinda worried about next week myself. I'll be kicking it with my family for a full week, and we likes ta eat!! :)

    Hugs babe! Hope you have a better week!!!!

    I've missed you, and LOOOOVE you! :)

  3. Head up my dear! Shake off that gain and get back up and get moving. You know how to get that gain off! We are here for you!

  4. We all have our weeks. I applaud you for posting even though you didn't want to! I've had those weeks but figure it would be so easy to fall into the trap of not posting!

  5. Thats an awesome recipe! I bet my Hubs would love it!

    You know what? Keep looking forward! It happens to all of this, so keep moving forward!

  6. this recipe sounds like a definite need to try!

    Don't let the loss get you down, we all have our moments of what we feel like is failure, but you know what? We can always start again!!

    Next week, you will probably be reporting some major loss!!!

    I <3 you!!!

    HAve a great week :-)

  7. One thing I did learn in my short time on Weight Watchers was that you can't beat yourself up over a bad week. I think you have the right attitude by making sure the next week is done right! :)

  8. The end of a bad week is a great time to just think of it as time for a clean slate to write better stuff on :)

  9. Sometimes a little relaxation is a good thing -- especially since you KNOW how to get back on track . . . and you're planning to do so this week. I'm glad you had a chance to connect with friends/family.

    {{Hugs}} I know a gain is frustrating, but don't let it keep you from changing things this week.

  10. Gaining is no fun but it sounds like the mental vacation was what you needed more. This week is a new week, last week is no longer. You can do it!

  11. At least you KNOW what caused the upward movement. And you KNOW how to make it go in the opposite direction. So just do it!! I believe in you!

  12. The turkey burger recipe looks delicious! I love cajun seasoning.

  13. A lapse is not a relapse. Sounds like you're in control! <3

    Thanks for the recipe. :)