About Us......

We are three sisters working to get into or stay in shape! Ara is the oldest (26) and is trying to lose weight and get in shape before having children with her husband. Carlyn is the middle child (23) her desire is to get in shape and have the endurance to keep up with the youth she works with. Emmalee is the youngest (17) and is already an athlete. But now her sport and time is high school is almost over and she wants to stay in shape!

Our blog is a way for us to encourage each other and help each other reach our goals. Please feel free to follow along! You can follow each sister or just the one you find interesting or have things in common with!

Ara's days to post are Monday and Thursday.
Carlyn's days are Tuesday and Friday.
Emm's days are Wednesday and Saturday.

And we'll throw in tips and fun stories as we go along! Welcome to our blog!! -The 3 Sisters

p.s. We would also like to say that this is to help encourage us to keep up the good work and help us stay on track BUT we know we could not even do this by ourselves or as 3 sister's with out God by our side pushing us along!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New Challenge Starts Tomorrow - 2 Weeks of Homemade Food!

Hi Guys - our new challenge starts tomorrow and here are the rules!!!

It starts at breakfast tomorrow (Sept 8th) and goes through to midnight on September 21st. This is a challenge to keep us from eating restaurant, frozen or pre-packaged meals. Keep that in mind if you have a not so clear decision to make...

1. Do not eat out at restaurants or fast food places unless you are asked by friends or there is a planned event you will be attending. BUT DO NOT try and trick your friend into asking you out to eat... that is cheating!! If you do go to a restaurant with a friend.... make healthy decisions and DO NOT bring home a doggie bag (I know this seems wasteful but maybe try to order something smaller or share so that you will not have any leftovers).

2. Do not eat frozen meals. I say 'frozen meals' because I still think you should be able to use frozen veggies or fruit and make it into something homemade... I don't expect you to home grow all your veggies..... We are trying to stay away from things like frozen pizza, lean cuisines and hot pockets!

3. No prepackaged meals ...... such as Lunchables, Cans of Soup or Ramen (unless used inside another recipe). We are also trying to break the lazy habit of just having a can of soup because we don't want to do anything else.... they are usually stuffed with sodium. Instead look up an easy, healthy recipe to make your own soup! This will also mean YOU know what the ingredients in it are.... and can pronounce them!

4. Things like bread or lunch meat are fine.... as long as you are making YOUR OWN sandwich.... not picking one up at Subway! You can make this pretty easily but I would encourage you to find some new sandwich recipes and see if you can make things as yummy at home as they seem in a sub shop!

5. Cereal and Milk are fine for breakfast at home. Remember we are just trying to keep ourselves from running through McD's on the way to work. Also if you want coffee or something at work/school you can have it if its made there or bring your own but NO STARBUCKS!!

6. Try a new recipe each week (it will be 2 total in the end). Its bad to get stuck in the same recipes over and over because we get bored and we go out to eat. Try new things and see what you like. You may never know that you were able to make Chicken Cordon Bleu at home so easily! REMEMBER to share the recipe that you tried here on the site. Tell us if you liked it.... if you changed anything... and how easy it was.

*** I don't want to make a rule for every kind of food but I think you can see from here what we are focusing on. I will let you guys be the judge for your own decisions. If you feel that what you are about to eat was made by you and was not the easy way out - then good, you can eat it!

Best of luck to everyone!!! Leave comments if you have any questions! -Ara


Carlyn said...

Sounds good!

I am excited about this one!

Mom said...

Me too!

I fixed a sandwich today so I can sit in my van - listen to my book on CD - and create my menu for the next 2 weeks. Your dad is excited about home cooked meals too - especially some of the old favorites we haven't had in a while like King Ranch chicken and Liver & Onions!!!

Ara said...

ew- liver and onions!! I bet he'll like it though! I've had zero energy to go shopping this week so I have been making what I can with what I have. Making lunches each day has been the hardest.... but I KNOW its kept me from eating at least twice this week for lunch and maybe twice for breakfast too! It's amazing how easy it is to say "oh I'll just get something on the way..."

Mom said...

Liver & Onions was a hit, but i forgot the gravy. LOL I like it anyway. The gravy is the most fattening part of the meal, so it was good to leave it off. I promised your dad that I would remember the gravy next week when I fix the meal again. He used catsup for his gravy. lol
Today is my new recipe for this week. I'll let you know how it tastes & share the recipe if it is good. Happy Cooking!! love ya, Mom