Healthy for the Holidays

I am actually pretty proud that I figured out how to open a private group on Facebook.  I’ve started a group called “Healthy for the Holidays with My Bizzy Kitchen” on Facebook.  You can find me at Beth Hills Velatini and I can add you to the private group.  We’ve got 31 members so far to cheer each other on this holiday season!

I’ve realized that I need something to keep my momentum going.  When I did the DietBet, knowing that there was a final weigh in was always in my back pocket and helped me make better food choices, work out more, etc.  I am hoping this little group will do the same – I love having the support of you guys and giving it right back. Open-mouthed smile

Breakfast was an open faced egg sammie – 1 English muffin, 1 egg, 2 ounces deli ham, spinach and cheddar cheese with a tangerine on the side.

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I had to run to Sam’s Club for our office.  Um, turns out people get pretty panicky when we are out of Diet Coke!  I was walking around when I saw this jar of coconut oil – 28 ounces for $8.68.  I quickly put it on Instagram to ask if that was a good deal, and Joy said that she pays $8.99 for 16 ounces – score! (thanks Joy!)

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Turns out coconut oil makes the best homemade popcorn.  Just sayin.

People have been asking about the strength training program I am doing.  It’s free and it’s on  It’s 4 days of strength, 3 days rest.  I am on Week 3, Day 2.

Hammer Strength Lat Pull: 3 sets of 10 reps

Wide Grip Lat Pulldown Or Pullup: 3 sets of 10 reps

Seated Narrow Grip Cable Rows: 3 sets of 10 reps

T-Bar Row Or Bent-Over Barbell Row: 3 sets of 10 reps

Back Extensions: 3 sets of 10 reps

Barbell Curl: 3 sets of 10 reps

Incline Dumbbell Curl: 3 sets of 10 reps

Alternate Hammer Curl: 3 sets of 10 reps

Again, some new exercises to me – like the hammer strength lat pull and the bent over barbell row.  That set took me:

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I did an 8 minute cool down for a quick, 35 minute lunch time workout.

I normally spend my 90 minutes in the morning blogging, putting my food together, etc.  I don’t know where the time went yesterday – all of a sudden I looked up at I had 15 minutes to get all my shit together AND out the door!  Not a problem.  Lunch?  Beef and asparagus stir fry.  I literally started chopping veggies at 7:55.  I put my wok on high while I chopped the veggies.

Beef and Asparagus Stirfry for One

  • 513 calories, 11 fat, 56 carbs, 6.6 fiber and 47 whopping grams of protein


I just sprayed my wok with Pam and added a couple tablespoons of the chicken broth to the hot wok.  I added the carrots and the green pepper while I went and put in my contacts, washed my face and brushed my teeth.  Came back and added the sliced beef, asparagus, bean sprouts, the two stirfry sauces, the rest of the chicken broth and sriracha sauce and put the lid on and reduced the heat to low while I got dressed.

Bam.  Ready at 8:02 – and I was in my car at 8:08.  It helped that I made the brown rice the night before!

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I think I could eat some sort of stir fry every day and never get sick of it.

So Tony loves meatloaf.  For the longest time I didn’t like it.  At all.  Both our Mom’s used to make it with huge chunks of onions and would tell us to ignore the onions because you can’t even taste them, to which we would argue – why put them in there if you can’t taste them?

Regular meatloaf takes a long time to bake when you make a big one, so I wanted to see if I could find a recipe for mini meatloaves.  I found Wright Kitchen made meatloaf cupcakes.  How cute are these??!!


I adapted it slightly, leaving out the onions and using my homemade Rudy’s BBQ sauce with the ketchup mixture.

Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting

  • 12 cupcakes – each one 173 calories, 4.6 fat, 15 carbs, 16 protein, 0 fiber


  • 1.5 pounds meatloaf mix (mine was a combo of pork, beef and veal)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon season salt
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 3 cups prepared mashed potatoes

For the Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Mix the meatloaf mixture together and divide between your muffin tins.  Divide the sauce over top of the muffins and bake at 375 (I raised the temp 25 degrees) covered with foil for 15 minutes.  Remove the foil and cook 5 minutes more.

Remove them to a plate, divide the mashed potatoes between the cupcakes – their recipe called for putting the potatoes back under the broiler for some color – I skipped that step – I had 1/3 cup mashed potatoes on mine.  Super quick week night dinner and I think if you had little kids – they would love these!

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I only made two cupcakes for myself – let’s just say Tony wasn’t a huge fan of my cute meatloaf – he was like “can I just have regular meatloaf?!”  So I made two meatloaves with the remainder of the meat mixture – he ate one for dinner and meatloaf is the ONE leftover he’ll have for a cold meatloaf sandwich.  Ew.

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I can’t stand how cute they are! Super tender and delicious.  And I may have added Frank’s hot sauce over the top as “gravy” at the table. Open-mouthed smile

So since I am switching up my night time workouts (and may take Helen’s suggestion of taking a couple nights off during the week) I pulled out an oldie but a goodie!

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Classic Tony Horton!

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OMG, I forgot how cheezy this guy is!  Not kidding at one point during the stretches he says “Hey Linda, can you spread your legs a little wider?  A little wider?  Yeah, girl, that’s it!”  And to that guy?  “Look at how studly Paulie is looking!” Gag.

It was Cardio 1-2 – which I guess is level 1 and 2.  I did it at twice the speed and didn’t sweat nearly as much as insanity, but it really stretched out my quads and hamstrings that were tight from the workout the day before.

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Stats for the Day:

  • 1285 calories (need to get up to 1800), 131 protein, 102 carbs, 11.5 fiber and 40 fat
  • 28% of calories from fat, 31% from protein and 40% from carbs
  • 35 minute lunch strength – back and biceps
  • 35 minute P90 after dinner

Alright, 20 minutes to get my shit together this morning AND I still have to take a shower.  No problem. Winking smile  Make it a great day!


47 thoughts on “Healthy for the Holidays

  1. I noticed you were under calories yesterday too. You have to eat more with all the workouts you do. I make mini meatloaves too they have a spicy kick to them. My husband request them all the time.

    • I just made a batch of peanut butter and banana granola – duh, I was thinking of something calorie dense but healthy – its cooling now – hope it turns out! 😀

  2. Your stir fry looks awesome! And how awesome is that, that your office does Sam’s Club runs. We just have vending machines (I never use them). I guess that’s the difference between working for a law firm and a nonprofit! 😉

    I love mini meatloaves – I make mine with minced veg: onions (of course), bell pepper, jalapenos, and bbq sauce. I hate ketchup and tomato sauce in meatloaf (probably because my Mom uses a very heavy hand in her recipe), so I just used straight up bbq one time. I have been making it that way ever since!

    • It is nice that the firm offers that stuff – most everyone gets their choice of pop – the clear winners are diet coke and diet doctor pepper. The only bad part is that I have to do the actual shopping and haul it all back! I consider it an upper body workout on Sam’s Club days!

  3. Oh, forgot to mention: I friend-requested you on FB! Would love to join the FB group!

  4. Shaun T has some other dvd’s now that you may like also! =) Great job, I have done 60 days of insanity, I KNOW how hard your working! Keep up the good work.. =)

  5. I like those cute little meat loaves, too! And i’ll check you out on Facebook. I’m not very good on facebook, though so this will give me a chance to learn better!

  6. I’m not a meatloaf fan either but I make Mr. Helen meatloaf in mini loaf pans. I freeze it and when he wants one he pulls it out and cooks it.

    Even if you’re not sweating as much as Insanity, you’re still working out and your body will thank you for changing things up. Seriously, take a couple nights off. I bet you’ll be surprised at how refreshed you feel!

  7. Those meatloaf cupcakes are adorable! Such a good idea. And I’m 100% with you on stir fry. Best meal. I would love to join your facebook group but…I don’t really use facebook. I have an Itzy’s Kitchen account but I’ve used it like twice.

  8. I always wondered about the Power 90 – I did P90X and P90X2 and Tony is definitely a goof!!! I sort-of have to tune him out!!
    Cute meatloaf idea – I’ve never been a huge fan of such a large clump of mushy type meat – not sure why.

  9. Meat loaf is my nemesis! I’ve always hated it and the idea of it cold in a sandwich…Barf-o-Rama! Off to check you out on FB!

  10. oh what a FUN idea for kids – I think my boys would gobble up anything if it was in the shape of a cupcake. Thanks for the great idea!!!

  11. I’ve always wanted to make meatloaf cupcakes – they sound delicious AND look pretty!

  12. Weighting For 50

    Thanks for adding me to the group Vat!!! I’ll take Tony’s meatloaf cupcakes!!! 🙂

  13. OMG, those meatloaf cupcakes are too cute!!! I may just have to make them one of these days!

    P.S. I LOVE a cold meatloaf sandwich.

  14. That’s a great idea to have the group. I am going to join it. Many years ago (6) I successfully lost the last 20 baby #1 pounds from November 1 to Feb. I was so proud. I am now going to try and work on the (30, gulp) baby #2 pounds.

    Those meatballs are adorable.

    Don’t be bustin’ on my Tony! He’s hilarious and sweet to look at too.

  15. Jenn@Cooking Aweigh the LBs

    I’m a fan of the meatloaf muffins. They’re adorable! I bet that is Tony’s problem. Hard to look masculine while eating a dainty little meatloaf muffin. Pinky up and all…;-)

  16. I wasn’t going to comment but I just want to say that I did the P90X too and it was kind of a waste of time to be honest :/

  17. How pretty are those meatloaf cupcakes!

  18. I want to join group.but I can’t find you on Facebook, I am fairly bad at it. Ann Maria Yeagle Peoria il, I will keep trying.

  19. As always all the food looks delicious and I’m starving! lol I have the Tony Horton workout DVD’s! I don’t know exactly where they are, but I have them. 🙂
    Ok, I am so putting the cute little swirls of mashed potatoes on top of the mini meatloaves! I’ll have to let you know what my Hubby thinks of it! lol
    Looking forward to the group! 😀

  20. I think that the Facebook group is an awesome idea! The mini meatloaves are so adorable, much better than a big meat one 🙂

  21. I hope I joined the right group on Facebook??!! I need the moral support! I love how you make great food and still lose weight.

  22. The FB group is awesome!!!

    The meatloaf cupcakes are too cute. I haven’t made meatloaf in years, but I made it all the time when the older kid was little. I’ll have to make some meatloaf cupcakes when he comes over…

  23. OMG, those mini meatloaves are ADORABLE! Love the swirl of mashed potatoes on top…really fun!!

  24. They say the more you have to do, the more you can get done and I think it’s true. You are proof of that. I can’t even imagine making my lunch that quickly! Superwoman. And I love coconut oil!! What a great buy. I cook my pancakes in it and love it on sweet potatoes.

  25. I think meatloaf is a typical American dish because it’s not a regular dish here. But I found a recipe a couple of months ago and I made it, I don’t know how long it had to bake but think I made it on a Sunday so plenty of time. And I loved it! I made the cupcake kind a few weeks ago with a different recipe but the first one was better, so that’s staying.

    I lover your group too, thanks for including me.

  26. Tony Horton grates on my every last nerve so I mute him when I do P90X plyometrics. It’s more fun to have music playing anyway.

    I would love to join your FB group. I believe I came to your blog initially because of a holiday challenge you were hosting then.

    You are doing great Biz! It’s always good to change things up a bit.

  27. Glad to see you’re still going at it strong Biz!!!

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