March 20, 2013

I'm Engaged! (and German Cabbage Rolls)

Hi UFG'ers!
Big News! The Mailman put a ring on it! This week's awesomeness includes being 20 lbs down AND a ridiculously gorgeous engagement ring! I'm beyond thrilled.  I guess now it's time for UFG Bridal Bootcamp!

I spent some time in Germany in high school and ate. a. lot. ha! I think I gained about 15 pounds that summer! Fresh bologna, fresh rye bread and fresh butter - nothing's better! 
My time in Germany is the inspiration for today's recipe.  I recently found out that The Mailman likes cabbage! I thought he hated it - and I love it - so I never made it.  Well, my friends - game. changer.  
I love this recipe.  It uses a bit of beer (it is German, after all!), so make sure you use a good one.  No Miller or Bud Light here, ok?  I used one of my favorite Witbiers, and I suggest you do the same.

In Germany, these would usually use beef or pork, but I ground my own chicken and put in some mushrooms to keep the moisture in.  
Recipe after the jump! 

March 11, 2013

BMI - Useful or Useless?

Happy Monday, UFG'ers! 
As I go through this journey with my doctor - there's one measurement that keeps coming up - BMI.  BMI stand for Body Mass Index and it's considered the standard to finding the amount of fat that makes up a persons body.   It's usually found by dividing your weight in pounds by your height in inches.  A healthy weight is a BMI of 18.5-24.9; overweight is 25-29.9; and obese is 30 or higher.

I hate this number.  Hate it.  I started doing some research on what BMI really means, and if it's really accurate.  Here's what I found:

March 03, 2013

I Was Given A Challenge...

Friday at work, my friend and UFG enthusiast Lauren sent me this email:

(Here's the actual recipe  - it sounds amazing.)

March 01, 2013

2013 Philadelphia Get Your Rear In Gear Run/Walk

Happy Friday, UFG'ers.  In honor of the first day of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, I am reposting this blog.  Please consider a donation!
Colon Cancer Coalition
Happy Tuesday!

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! I did indulge a bit this weekend - but not to the point of gaining any weight - woohoo!

Today, I have a pretty important reason to blog.  I've had the pleasure of having Karin Weiner be a big part of my life. A huge part, really.   Karin lost her battle with colon cancer this past August. I feel beyond blessed that I was able to be there with her and her daughters when she passed.

This year, on St. Patrick's Day, I'll be walking this race in her honor.  Karin and I handed our refreshments and words of encouragement at the race last year, and I'm honored to be actually participating in this year's walk.

Think of 20 people in your life who you care about: your parents, your childhood friends, your coworkers, and even your children... Statistics say that at least one of them will develop colorectal cancer, a disease that is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US.

Please join me in fighting the good fight and donate: 

Do it for Karin, do it for me, and do it for those 20 people in your life that you care the most about.