Burger Salad!

I have discovered something about myself these last few days with my quest for trying to finally get fit, I’ve decided that I can’t really handle Jillian’s face within five minutes of waking up saying “That’s fear leaving the body!”

So I went on Exercise TV on demand to find something else to do before work.  Only one problem.  All of my exercise programs on demand are gone.  I have AT&T.  I even had Tony look for them last night in case they just moved the line up, and they are no where to be found.

So I went to the menu, searched “stretching” hoping to find some exercises on demand, and stumbled upon Classical Stretch with Miranda.  It just happened to be starting so I gave it a try.

Mind you, this is somewhat of an “old-fashioned” workout.  This woman is probably in her late 50’s, the music is kinda like dentist office music, but guess what?  I loved it!  It was 30 minutes long, it got my heart rate going and more importantly, it really stretched me out.  This may be part of my new morning routine – it was a great way to start the day.  Party smile

While I have praised Helen’s Paleo Breakfast Casserole, when I was cleaning the fridge I realized I had a Chobani that was a couple days past expiration and I didn’t want it to go to waste.

I sauteed 1 apple and 1 small banana with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon of brown sugar for my fruit filling. Then 1/3 cup of my fruit puree granola (check back to that post – I added the nutrition) and apple cinnamon Chobani.   Breakfast comes in at 502 calories, 9 fat, 94 carbs, 8 fiber and 18 protein.

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I love how crunchy this granola is. Open-mouthed smile

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Check out my new lunch bag.  I had a gift card to Bed Bath & Beyond.  This is what Tosh.O would call “high fashion!”  I just love that it’s deep, insulated and I can stuff a boat load of food in there.  And don’t you love my empty office photo shoot setting?

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I had company for my walk at lunch today.  Hannah!  She got to my office around 12:30 and we got our walking shoes on.  We walked for 45 minutes – it was actually hot out – about 79 degrees!

me and hannah

I made my buffalo chicken chili night before last.  Except I failed to follow my own directions.  Usually I brown the ground chicken by itself, but I thought “why can’t I just throw all the ingredients into the pot and let it cook for a couple hours?”  I’ll tell you why.  The ground chicken kind of boiled in the tomato sauce, so the texture wasn’t that great, even though the flavor was.

Tony had a great idea to add some pasta to it – I added about 1.5 cups of tiny pasta shells and let it cook down.  That turned it around!  So I may have added a few slices of fresh jalapenos to mine and I had an ounce of tortilla chips on the side for dipping.  Lunch comes in at 533 calories, 20 fat, 64 carbs, 5 fiber and 23 protein.

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When I got home, I snuck in Jillian’s 30 day shred.  I was wide awake by then to kick Jillian’s ass! Open-mouthed smile

For some reason I have all warm/comfort foods on our weekly menu.  Since it was so warm out, we weren’t feeling anything I had on the menu just yet, so I ended up making burgers.  But I made myself a burger salad.  My 5 ounce 90% lean burger, over mixed greens, cucumber, carrots, red pepper, pickled jalapeno and celery.  My dressing was 1 tablespoon of light ranch with 1 tablespoon Frank’s hot sauce.  The top of my burger?  A 35 calorie wedge of light blue cheese Laughing Cow.  Dinner comes in at 423 calories, 14 fat, 32 carbs, 8.4 fiber and 40 protein.

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That salad was a winner.  I loved all the spicy bites because of the Frank’s hot sauce.

Stats for Day 3 of 30 Operation Bad-Ass

  • 30 minutes classical stretch
  • 5 minutes abs (holding a side plank for 30 seconds a side for 5 minutes – not easy!)
  • 45 minute walk at lunch
  • 30 day shred before dinner
  • 1458 calories, 43 fat, 191 carbs, 21 fiber and 82 protein
  • 27% of calories from fat
  • No wine! Martini glass

Can I just say I am glad that Wednesday is my rest day?!  Alright, off to put my food together and get in the shower.

How are your goals going so far this April?  Make it a great day!

p.s.  I promise to post the White Bean and Bacon Soup recipe tomorrow! 😀

35 thoughts on “Burger Salad!

  1. Great job getting all that exercise in 🙂

  2. As long as you enjoyed your exercise, that’s all that matters!! One of my favorite workout videos (yes video) is Sweatin’ to the Oldies with Richard Simmons. It always gets me going even though I feel ridiculous doing it!

  3. Another great day for you! You’re doing fantastic 🙂 Also, it made me smile that you referenced Tosh.0! haha

  4. You know who I can’t stand, no matter the time of day? Denise Austin. Just something about her makes me want to smash the TV!

    You know, the thing about that Burger Salad is that it probably was much more filling than if you’d just had a burger with a bun – for less calories.

  5. Have you been following the news about the pink slime in ground beef? Does your store have a policy against it? I dont eat beef, but i buy it for my partner. I’m going to be really careful about the ground beef I buy her from now on. The pink slime is so disgusting.

  6. I always have the volume turned low when I’m doing a Jillian video. Even then I can’t stand to do her videos very often.

    Woohooo!!! Keep the badassness going, Biz!

  7. I was looking for a yoga video about 10 weeks ago on my AT&T execise on demand. Mine is gone too. 😦 I ended up hooking the laptop to the TV and running one from Hulu. The commercial breaks during yoga positions was a bit odd.

  8. Wicked cute bag (that’s Western Mass speak!). Cute photo of you and Hannah. I can’t believe it was that warm out. I was freezing all day yesterday. Today is much nicer though.

    I now mute the Plyometrics DVD and listen to music. Tony Horton is just a bit too much!

    Have an awesome day!!

  9. A burger salad!?! What a brilliant idea!
    This sounds amazing.
    I always love your parfaits. They look so fancy. 😉

  10. Sorry I have MIA from your blog. I am pregers and sick as a dog and on top of that my 5 year olds asthma has been horrible. He ended up in the ER then admitted to the hospital for 3 days. He also had phenomena. He is home now and I can catch up on everyone I normally stop by.
    That burger salad looks yummy! Never thought of doing that when everyone else has a normal burger. I will most deffinately by trying that!

  11. erintakescontrol

    That’s a FEW slices of jalapeno?! 😉

    That burger salad looks fantastic! I usually end up wrapping my burgers in lettuce or just eating it with a fork, but next time…burger salad a la Biz!

  12. They took all the exerciseTV programs off for good a few months ago 😦

  13. Nice burger salad!! I am also kicking booty so far this month! 🙂

  14. If I try to remember everything in this post I loved, it’d take me too long to comment. That salad looks fantastic…me love burgers and me love salad. It’s on the menu for this weekend for me. The bag you got at BBB is great. There is one close by and I’m leaving work in 15 minutes and may have to go buy myself one. Too cute.

    I loved Helen’s breakfast casserole too – next time I’m doing just what you did and halfing the amt. of sausage. I may add a few of my own touches – like yellow and orange peppers.

    I appreciated so much your comment about my shame post…, how babies can be born with diabetes, etc. It’s so counterproductive to emotional well-being to go to the place of self meanness and hatred because of what is. Have a great weekend:)

  15. The burger salad looks good, I seen Veronica do something similar. I hope chasing a dog around the yard is exercise because I’ve been watching a friend’s dog and he has me running!

  16. I had a dream last night that was so vivid. In it I was telling Pooldad that you hadn’t posted for a few days and I was very worried b/c you always post, everyday. The dream ended when I woke up with a feeling of dread that, in fact, I hadn’t read you in a few days and I sat down at my computer, fingers crossed, and popped right over.

    Whew! Here you are, smiley face & all, posting away as usual. Good. I guess I was just thinking about you and your newer posts hadn’t popped to the top of my blog roll yet. heehee So yes, Bizzy, someone in VA IS thinking of you, Tony & Hannah.

    I can’t wait to read your version of white bean soup w/ham. I was amazed it had cream in it. I have never heard of that – I can imagine that makes it a lot different then our run of the mill, simple soup, which is literally dried white/navy beans, a hamhock, celery, onion and pepper. It is cheap deliciousness, but I don’t think it is as high in calories as yours is. I can’ wait to borrow your recipe. 🙂

    • I love that someone in VA is thinking of me! Hugs to you Skip! I actually left the cream out so it was more of a broth soup – but I brought it to a co-worker today, and over time the ham made it pretty salty. 😦

      So if you make it, I’d eat it in the first couple days.

  17. I’m eating a (black bean) burger salad as I read this! Burger salads are excellent…

    I have to say I couldn’t stand watching Jillian on BL (because she always came off as really insincere to me) and was glad when she left, but she does know her stuff…

  18. Burger on a salad is such a great dinner. And you know I love chili. One of my most favorite meals. I hope you’re having a great week so far

  19. Hello, that lovely site!
    I loved your recipes and how put each of them, congratulations!
    Kisses. (Brazil)

    • Posted on Eisner awarding wininng comic-shop, Zeus Comics is in Dallas which may or may not be on your route.Though I think you’ve hit upon a fantastic idea something we maybe should talk about off-site.If I don’t talk to you before hand, have a safe trip!

  20. great job on all that exercise! sounds like you kept yourself moving all day!

  21. I find Jillian incredibly annoying. And mean.

    Great job on your challenge for April so far!

  22. Mmmmmm….the burger salad looks fabulous! looks like you are sticking with your plan Biz! Good job!

  23. Look at all those jalapenos!! You are brave 🙂 I have a roku streaming player and there are tons of workout options on there. not sure if you have ever looked in to one of those but we LOVE ours. we actually have two 🙂

  24. Your Jillian issues are cracking me up! Would you believe I’ve enver seen her in action? I’ve seen her in mags and read articles, but since we don’t watch TV, I dont’ even know what she sounds like. Craziness. I need to get the first season of Biggest Loser on Netflix-I bet I’d love it.

    Anyway, your burger salad looks incredible! I love doing that with burgers. I got the idea from a local fast food joint that does their burgers “protein style” by serving them on top of a bed of lettuce with all the fixins and condiments…I just wish they’d offer salads with all the veggies you’ve got goin on!

  25. 3-a-day workouts?! Wow, Biz! You keep raising the bar! So motivating! I’m lucky to commit to 30-40 minutes a day, 5 days a week. You’re inspiring!

  26. danicastestsite

    Your burger salad turned out delicious looking!!! I LOVE how many jalapeno slices you used on your buffalo chili too 😉

    You know something I totally thought when I saw the picture of you and Hannah….I can totally SEE you are losing weight in your face. Keep up the great work Biz because it is really SHOWING!


  27. I want your lunch bag! That thing is soooo cute! I love the ring handles (that is what they are, right?)

  28. Love the hamburger salad idea! If you lived in Pittsburgh, people would ask you way you don’t have fries on it. I will never understand their obsession with fries on a salad. 🙂

  29. This is the best onion burgers I have ever had. There are no skmipy meat patties on these burgers and each one is cooked to perfection. If you havent tried Don’s Burgers you are missing out on a real treat. Also, each and every employee I have dealt with there have been very friendly and helpful. They make certain you are happy with what you order and have the best wait staff of any restraunt that I know of! Keep up the good work ! Thanks, Robert Moore

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