What is a Weekend?


A weekend is apparently when I get lost in television shows. I’ve finished the entire 3rd season of Downton Abbey. Once I started watching it, I couldn’t stop. I’m glad I don’t have to wait each week to see an episode but I’m sad that it’s over now and I have to wait until season 4 comes out–whenever THAT is! Anyone else a Downton fan? I love the show. Maggie Smith is by far the star of the show, no matter what anyone else thinks. The zingers that the Dowager Countess has in every single episode always have me laughing.


Oh Granny. Every scene in Downton Abbey should include you. Of course, since I’ve already seen all of season 3 there’s TONS of stuff I want to talk to people about but can’t! I won’t spoil it, I promise. But dang, I can’t wait for everyone to get caught up.

Last week my knees were particularly achy and sore. I have no idea why. I don’t know why I had a flare-up but it had me in a cranky mood all week. There’s nothing worse than being in constant pain. And when it’s something like your knees that impact your daily life in such a big way, it’s hard to ignore it. I took it easy with my workouts. Last Wednesday evening I skipped cardio completely and only focused on upper body weights. I did a bunch of free weight exercises for my shoulders, biceps and triceps and then used the kettlebells.

Thursday I took a rest day, Friday night I swam (it went ok, pretty pain-free) and by Saturday I was feeling a little bit better. Unfortunately this week Michael also had a flare-up of his old back injury! We were quite the pair. 🙁 Saturday I took it easy and did some elliptical work (easy on the resistance) and then weights. I felt pretty good by the end of it.


Saturday afternoon I asked my lovely readers and friends on my Facebook fan page if they had a favorite chicken recipe. The idea of chicken was so boring that I almost dreaded making dinner! Thankfully, someone had a great recommendation. It was called “The World’s Best Chicken.” How could you go wrong with a title like that??

World’s Best Chicken

Author: http://rachelschultz.com/2012/07/11/worlds-best-chicken/
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 40 mins
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt & pepper
  • Rosemary
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together mustard, syrup, and vinegar.
  3. Place chicken breasts into 9×13 greased baking dish. Season with salt & lots of pepper.
  4. Pour mustard mixture over chicken. Make sure each breast is coated. No need to marinate.
  5. Bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until meat thermometer reads 165 degrees. Line your pan with foil to keep clean up easy!
  6. Season with chopped rosemary.
Calories: 400


I used the Calorie Count website to calculate the recipe. It came to around 400 calories, of course that depends on the size and weight of the chicken. I only changed the recipe with one thing: paprika. I added a dash of paprika to the mustard mixture. I also chopped up some onions to include in the roasting chicken. If I’d had potatoes I would have added some of that too.


With dinner I had a glass of Hopwork’s IPA. Michael got a growler for us for Christmas. We finally got it filled! The IPA is hoppy and makes me feel like I’m eating a lemon in the middle of a forest. Earthy, hoppy, citrusy. Yum.


With dinner I made polenta (from Trader Joe’s) and steamed broccoli. I used the leftover mustard sauce to drizzle over the broccoli. The whole dinner, including the beer, was around 800 calories. Michael really liked the dinner. I cooked the chicken for about 35 minutes and it was perfect–not dried out at all. I liked the dinner but I wouldn’t qualify it as the best chicken in the world. I’m still in search of that!

QUESTION: What is your world’s best chicken recipe? How was your weekend?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

20 thoughts on “What is a Weekend?”

  1. I don’t have any chicken wisdom at the moment but just wanted to share that I began lap swimming this morning at the rec center. Got myself in there at 6:30am so I could get it done before work. It felt good. I am hoping that I will be able to follow your path a bit and become more athletic while I am losing weight. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Bob and I have just started watching Downton Abbey, and we are hooked! We’re only on the 4th episode though . . . so we’re newbies.

    My world’s best chicken recipe is here: http://eatmovebalance.com/italian-stuffed-chicken-breasts/

    But I have to say that last night I made a variation of that, and it may have trumped it! I’ll be posting it soon! 🙂
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  3. I really like that chicken recipe. However, it is best with the thighs. I have done it with both the thighs and the breasts and the thighs are much better. Delicious! It’s the dark browning that happens with the thighs that doesn’t with the breasts that makes a difference.

    I love Downton Abbey.

    My weekend was good except for my Broncos losing and sending stray Billy to his new home. 😀
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  4. LOL I’m working my way through Grey’s Anatomy from the start right now. Just finished season two, which had me bawling about ten times. O.o Grrr! I hate being a girl sometimes!

    I didn;t think of it when you asked the other day about chicken recipes, but we have one we really liked- its Southern Style Chicken & Greens from the 100 Best Chicken Recipes cookbook. I have it posted here- http://debslosingit.com/recipes/2012/05/01/southern-style-and-chicken-greens/

    When I posted it I used chard for the greens, but later we found out spinach tastes much better instead!
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    1. I was late to GA too. I started watching half-way through season 1, got caught up and watched it religiously for years. Then I quit. I recently got caught up again on netflix.

      We do something similar with chicken or pork chops when we have kale. It’s very tasty!

    1. I don’t remember now. I think the BBC. It aired last year in England…or is it Canada? I can never remember where it’s from!

      That sounds like a delicious chicken recipe. I never think about using breadcrumbs.

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