What I’ve been doing to lose weight!

Alright, in the previous post I kind of touched base on what I have been doing over the past two months to help me in losing weight.  Well this post is going to go a little more in-depth.  I got the concept from the book “The Plan” by Lyn Genet.  Basically, you learn which types of foods are reactive to your body (make you gain weight or not lose weight) and which foods are good for you.  However, in her book it requires you to buy some pretty hefty (pricey) food items. Which, being a single mother, I am not able to afford. So, I took the concept and ran with it in my own direction.

One of the easiest ways to know if the food you are eating is reacting negatively with your body is by the way your body reacts.  I know, sounds cooky right? Well, ever eat something and 10 min later your bloated or your stomach aches, maybe some other unpleasant things happen? That’s because of the food you ate.  To give you an example, I cannot eat anything that contains gluten. When I eat products that contain gluten (like wheat or white bread) I am instantly bloated and miserable. So, I have learned to stay away from it.   Also, another great way to know if the food you ate doesn’t agree is by the scale.  I weigh myself every morning, first thing. If I lose ounces or pounds I know that the food I ate the day before is good for me. If I even gain an ounce from a food I ate I cut it out completely.  Yep, I don’t eat it again! OK, I know I am going off a little bit but I want you to kinda get the concept of what I am talking about. Alright, onto the nitty gritty.

On the very first day I started this change I weighed myself first thing in the morning and wrote it down (I keep a journal of my weight and weight loss to help keep me on track). Second, I began drinking protein shakes for breakfast and dinner, I ate a banana and almonds for snacks, for lunch I had a healthy choice meal and I drank plenty of water. I didn’t introduce any new foods until day 3. On day 3 I only introduced 1 new food item and weighed myself the next morning.  I lost weight and knew that I could eat that food. I continue doing this even after 2 months. If i gain weight off of a new food introduced then I will not eat that food again, if I lose weight then it’s a good food to keep around. It may seem like a lot to do, but it truly helps you understand your body better and understand which foods are bad and good for you.  It is also important to pay attention to even the smallest food item you introduce.  A few weeks ago I bought walnut oil to start cooking with and I used it for a week straight while introducing new foods (not thinking the oil as food). I was literally at a stand still with my weight!  I was so frustrated because I could not figure out what was going on. It finally took my mom telling me to change the oil. ~Haha~ It didn’t occur to me that the walnut oil would be the culprit to my stand-off with weight loss. So, the point is to make sure you watch what you introduce into your diet.

To give you an idea of what I eat on a daily basis, here is what I munched on yesterday.

Breakfast and dinner protein shake

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A little mid-morning snack (1 banana and handful of almonds)

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Lunch (Cabbage sautéed in olive oil with chicken sausage, garlic, and onions)

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Mid-afternoon snack (serving size amount)

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My mid-night snack (roasted green beans with olive oil, garlic and parmesan on top)

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I eat/drink about every 2 to 2 1/2 hours.  I try to stay between 1200-1300 calories a day and y biggest meal is lunch that is usually about 350 calories. It was hard the first couple of weeks that I started eating this way because my body was used to eating large portions 3 times a day, not small portions 6 times a day. However, after 2 months I can literally tell you what time it is without looking at a clock. This is because I am used to eating at specific times of the day and my body knows it. I never find myself hungry or wanting more food.  My energy level is off the charts compared to before and I feel amazing! It’s hard to believe that everything can change by just eating healthy, yummy food.

Until next time, stay strong and carry on!

Up, up, and away the pounds go astray!

Hello all you beautiful people! I know that it has been forever since there has been a post and there’s no excuse I can give you.  Life has been crazy with holidays, birthdays, and finishing school (I graduate in 2 weeks ~eek~).

OK, while there has been a lack of postings, there has been a boost in my weight loss!!  Yippee!!

I have lost 28 pounds since December 11th! 28 POUNDS!! 28!!!

That’s almost 30 pounds in 2 months!!

Yep, you read it right. I’m still shocked myself ~haha~ It’s funny though, I don’t notice a huge difference in myself but my family and friends do. Maybe it’s because we are our own worst enemy?  Or maybe our perception of ourselves don’t change? Whatever it is, I will say that I have never felt so healthy and energetic. Even when I was a lot smaller I did not feel this energized. It’s all the healthy foods that I eat. What’s the saying? You are what you eat? lol Well, how true that is.

It all started when the most miraculous thing happened and it’s all due to one individual, Nicole. I won’t mention her last name, but I will tell you that she has inspired me in more ways than one.  Her weight loss journey is nothing short of amazing and, like me, she has always been (or was) on the heavy side. Yet, one day something sparked in her and she began the journey to healthiness.  I saw her in August of last year and she looked like the same person I have always known and loved. Then I saw her in December, and while she was the same beautiful person, she was literally half the size and glowing!!  Talk about shocked!  That weekend we were having a Christmas girls weekend and had snacks and food of all varieties. She would not have more than a little taste of a few things, and the rest she never touched. I was inspired! To know that someone that has dealt with obesity and the addiction to food could overcome, I knew I could do it to. She has been inspiring me ever since with her uplifting attitude and dedication to overcome what has plagued so many of us. Obesity. Well after talking with her about what she had been doing and how it had changed her life, I decided to jump on board and give it a go. So far she has lost over 60 lbs by just eating healthy!

I started by eating every 2 to 2 1/2 hours and drinking plenty of water. I drink a protein shake for breakfast, have a small snack, a good health lunch, another small snack, protein shake for dinner, and then a small snack.  To start off I weigh myself every morning. To know what foods are making me gain or lose, I start off with bland foods in the beginning. Then I slowly incorporate new healthy foods. The reason I do this is to see if the foods from the day before affect my body in a bad way.    If I gain weight (even ounces) off of a certain food I will not touch it again.   I ate hummus one day and gained a pound, so that food is no longer allowed in my house! ~Ha~ It’s all a balancing act with the food you take in and I must say that it is frustrating.  BUT…..  The results speak for themselves!  I am not rushing the weight loss because I am not dieting. Also, I decided that I will post pictures at the 3 month mark. I figure that there should be enough of a change to see. Right now it all the weight loss came from my butt, legs, and my chest ~Ha~Until next time, stay strong and carry on!

This is a lifestyle change, and one that will always be in place.

   

Oh, how time flies when you’re……..

I know, I know, it has been 2 months since my last post! A lot has been going on in my life in these last 2 months. Let’s see, I am just finishing up on 2 of my classes, my son has started 6th grade, youth football has started again, and I have been an emotional wreck! First, my son going into the 6th grade pushed me over the edge. =( He is growing up too fast on me and I feel that if I blink I am going to miss everything! Secondly, the closer I get to my graduation date the more stressed I become. It is not because of actually graduating, but because my classes are more difficult and the tasks ahead are daunting. Lastly, I was doing really well there in the beginning with losing weight and eating healthy but then it all went BOOM and ended! As you all know, I’M AN EMOTIONAL EATER!!! Yep, that’s me.. So, needless to say, with all the craziness going on I have not done so well on the health factor…. But I can say that I have not gained anything =) Yay for me! ~ha~ Alright, I am making a pledge. From this day forth I will take the positives from the negatives in my life and keep on the healthy track. ~Ugh~ I know I have said this time and time again. Well, as the scripture Jeremiah 8:4-5 states “When you stumble and fall, you get back up, and if you take a wrong road, you turn around and go back”. So, here I am getting back up and turning myself around again. Until next time, stay strong and carry on.

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A coffee lovers dream~ healthy substitutions

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I love my coffee! Well, I also love my coffee sweet and creamy. Needless to say, I stopped drinking it for a while because of all the sugar and cream I was putting in it. Well not anymore! ~A delicious house blend coffee, sweetened with agave nectar and a dairy free (sugar free) creamer.~ I can honestly say it is the best cup of coffee I have had in a long while. This just goes to show you don’t have to give up what you love, just find healthy substitutions. Until next time, happy Friday everyone!

Yummy, yummy to my tummy! Turkey and swiss and all its bliss!

Mm mm yummy! My lunch/dinner today was packed full of goodness! I went to the store today and picked up a few items, not too much because we are leaving town tomorrow, but what I got is soooo good… Along with the sandwich goodies I also picked up some sweet potato chips, banana chips, gluten free rice cakes, and some bananas. Sounds good right? Well, my lunch/dinner was delicious and packed full of healthy goodness.

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Whole wheat bread

Spicy mustard

Salsa breast turkey (deli)

Lowfat swiss cheese (deli)

Arugula

Spinach

Red onion

And of course the sweet potato chips and a glass of orange juice. Mm mm good!

Stress and the emotional eater!

Being stressed is hard enough, but being an emotional eater with a weight issue? That’s trouble to the fullest extent.

The last couple of days have taken an emotional toll and is proving to be a difficult task of not stuffing my face full of comfort food. The stress! How am I handling the situation at hand? I am avoiding it ~ha. It is hard enough dealing with stressful situations, but for me it can be a daunting task. I love food, the smell of food, and eating food. So yep, I am avoiding it. The worst part? It is time to go grocery shopping and I am dreading it. I am not sure if anyone else has this problem, but when I go to the store hungry I end up with a bunch of junk food in my basket. ~sigh~ What is a woman to do? Well, I started looking up recipes for snack foods, healthy snack foods. I have found a couple of good ones I want to try. The first is honey roasted chick peas, the second is spicy jicama fries. Mm mm sounds delicious right? My plan is to make a list and follow what is on my list. Healthy, yummy, delicious foods. No junk food! NO DISTRACTIONS or EXCEPTIONS! Maybe I should chew on some carrots before I go. ~ha. Alright, I have a plan. Now all I have to do is execute it without any issues. I’ll upload pictures later after my shopping and snacks have been completed. Until then, stay strong and carry on.

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Wishing is not good enough!

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In the midst of my crazy life, it seems as though I just can’t help myself from going to get fast food!! That is not acceptable, yet yesterday that is precisely what I did…. I know, I know, I KNOW!!! I am disappointed in myself but I am trying not to be too hard on myself. The reason for this is because I, like many other women in this world, am an emotional eater. Yep, that’s me. I shove my face full of food to suppress the feelings I have. However, this is not the best way to handle things (obviously). So, this is why I am telling myself it was my free day for the week ~haha~ Whatever works right? Anyway, today I have done pretty well and will continue on that path. Wish me luck with the weekend! Until next time!