Quick Book Review: Body for Life by Bill Phillips (Recipe: Baked Chicken Meatballs)

So, I read this book awhile ago. Shawn, my running buddy, let me borrow it. It really got me into strength training again. The book is centered around a a 12-week nutrition and exercise program; however, I was reading it for the strength training part of it.  (I don’t do well with diets.)

The strength training plan is very easy to follow and is challenging if you push yourself. It also shows you pictures of all the moves so you know exactly what you are doing.

The program was created by Bill Phillips, a former competitive bodybuilder. He wanted to inspire people to change their lives so he created a Body for Life competition (the first one was held in 1996). People write about their experience of the program, and take ‘before’ and ‘after’ swimsuit photos. Prizes vary each year, but in 2005 the first prize was $1,000,000. Since, it has gone down significantly with the last payment being $25,000 for the past few champions.

I recommend the book as a quick read if you want some good advice on strength training.

Two weekends ago I drove down to South Carolina to visit my parents and cousin and her husband and son who drove down from upstate New York to visit. I hadn’t seen my cousin since 2008 when she came to South Carolina for my sister’s high school graduation! And now her son is nearly as tall as I am and he is in 5th grade! I couldn’t believe it!


We had a lot of fun catching up, going to our favorite sandwich shop, and grilling out. I’m so glad I went down to visit! Oh! And I made the trip in my new car!!  OMG I love it. 🙂

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Oh! And I ordered pictures of the girls from the GDG flyball tournament! Look at them fly!

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1 year ago: 85%. 95%. 97%. Ugh. #NYCMarathon #9weekstogo (Recipe: Ciabatta Bread)

2 years ago: Damn Jack Russell Terriers This Weekend (Recipe: Peaches and Cream Bundt Cake)

Quote of the Day:

“The limits you are living with right now, in every aspect of your existence, have been created by your mind. You are capable of far more than you think you are.” -Bill Phillips

I love this recipe. I have made it at least a half dozen times. Sometimes I put the meatballs in pasta. Sometimes I make subs. It’s a win-win situation.

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Baked Chicken Meatballs


3 slices italian bread, torn into small bits (1 cup)
1/3 cup milk
3 ounces sliced canadian bacon (or use bacon bits)
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 large egg
1 pound ground chicken
2 tablespoons tomato paste, divided
3 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped


– Preheat oven to 400*.

– Soak bread in the milk in a small bowl until softened.

– Cook bacon, onion and garlic with 1 tablespoon EVOO and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large skillet until onion is softened.

– Squeeze bread to remove excess milk, then discard milk.

– Lightly beat egg then combine with chicken, 1+ tablespoon tomato paste, bacon mixture, bread and parsley.

– Form 12 meatballs and place in 9×13 inch baking pan.

– Stir together 1 tablespoon tomato paste and 1 tablespoon EVOO. Brush over tops and bake 15-20 minutes.

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