Jeri’s Corner: Fitness and Food

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Jeri’s Corner: Fitness and Food

My Lite Bites

Week 3: Still cutting back on the amount of protein required in the plan that I am following from Muscle & Fitness Hers Jan/Feb 2012 issue. Just as I expected, my weight is down to 126 from 130.5. Once again, I have decided to switch up the recommended eating program for a little more excitement but staying within the guidelines of low sodium, low fat and under 300 calories per 5 meal. Breakfast, mid-afternoon snack and evening snack remain the same. I actually enjoy eating rice cakes and peanut butter so I am sticking with that. For lunch, I made three bean chili. For dinner, I have prepared a salad using Kale, Swiss Chard and added chicken.

3 Bean Chili

Calories: 276, Ttl Fat: 3.9g, Carbs: 48.3g, Protein: 14.7g, Sodium: 535mg


  • 1 tspn vegetable oil
  • 2 2c chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tblspn chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tblspn ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2c Water
  • (2) 14 1/2 can stewed tomatoes, no salt added
  • (2) 15oz black beans, no salt added
  • (1) 16oz kidney beans, no salt added
  • (1) 15oz pinto beans, no salt added
  • (1) 14oz can beef broth, no salt added
  • 1 large green and red pepper seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces
Three Bean Chili

Three Bean Chili

Grab a pot to cook chili in. Add the vegetable oil to the pot and heat on medium high. Once oil is hot add chopped onion and garlic. Saute until onions are soft/tender. Stir in chili powder, cumin, and salt. Stir for a minute. Add water, beans, stewed tomatoes, all the beans and drain the liquid only from the beans. Add the juice from the tomatoes. Add the beef broth and green/red peppers. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for half an hour. Serving size is 1 1/2 cup. You could actually cut back 1/2 cut and it would still be filling.

My Fitness Scene

“Don’t Bunt. Aim out of the ballpark” David Ogilvy

Fitness Contest

Going into the third week of the contest. I have not seen any big transformation other than the weight loss. I do not expect to see physical changes until 4 – 6 weeks in. I am following the same routine as last week: Upper Body, Lower Body, Cardio/Abs for 6 days with Friday’s as an off day for rest from strict eating and exercise. To shake things up a bit, I will be looking into a cross fit gym to throw my body off and to see what the Gladiator Challenge is about. It is a program that I believe is held in just about every state. No time like the present to get ready for that too. This contest ends in March and the Gladiator Challenge is in May. Great way to keep moving my fitness forward!

That’s it for now!

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