Small Successes!

I have to share a small success from today…I went shopping to look for something completely unrelated to clothing but just happened to spy something with my little eye…..a beautiful black pin stripe suit….I tried it on and loved it but why I loved it is even better………1 size smaller than what I have been wearing…so I looked through the racks and found 2 more…..all 1 size smaller than what I have been in! I am so excited! It’s been a while since I have comfortably been in this size and although it is not the size I am stopping at, this milestone is feeling pretty good! So, so far in my weight loss journey I have went from 245.2 to 233.0, a size 20-22 to an 18 and am definitely losing inches. I can see the weight loss in my face a lot due to the water I am drinking. I always tend to lose there. This battle is real folks but I am conquering it one day at a time!

 If you are struggling today, keep pressing on…..though the journey may be tough, the results are so worth it and the best is yet to come!closer

Taper Tuesday…

This is a sample from Day 1 of my weight loss journey:

Breakfast

  • Greek yogurt 3 pts
  • Banana – 0 pts

Lunch

  • 16 Original Wheat Thins  4 pts
  • 2 wedges of Laughing Cow Cheese (garlic and herb)  2 pts

Dinner

  • Salad with Balsamic dressing  1 pt
  • Croutons  1 pt
  • 1/8 Tenderloin  3 pts
  • Kale and Butternut Squash  0 pts
  • Quinoa/Brown Rice Blend 1 cup   6 pts
  • Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee  (I am a sucker for iced coffee)  8 pts

Snack

  • Oreo shake 1.5 cups (made with yogurt from a Pinterest recipe)     3 pts

** Banked 18.9 pts – I know it isn’t great to bank as I said before but I couldn’t eat anymore, and I didn’t want to stuff myself**

In lieu of Dr Seuss Day

Today is weigh day
what can I say
I went up a pound
I will not get down
I have to keep going
I have to keep showing
Myself I can do it
This cold weather blew it
My running it slumbered
I need some cucumbers
And some more leafy greens
So I can get lean!
Now I’m off to eat my yogurt that’s greek
So good luck my friends until next week!

Food for Thought Thursday….

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So many times in the past, I have turned to food for my go-to, feel better, take it all away “drug”. Little did I know how much damage I was doing to my body and my mind. How often do we rely on the bowl of ice cream or bar of chocolate to make us feel better? When all along that is only taking us a step backwards rather than helping us reach our goals of being healthier.

3 weeks ago, I began training for my first ever 5K coming up in April. I have never been a walker much less a runner, but lately I find myself waking up wanting to run! Now don’t get me wrong, I am not an avid runner and I don’t run everyday..it’s hard with 2 kids but it is one of the most amazing feelings I have ever felt.

Walking and running is a wonderful way to release the pressure of the day, the stress that sometimes comes along with being a full time stay at home mom, and it prevents me from tip-toeing to the refrigerator for those little snacks that eventually will add up! It is energizing, refreshing and inspiring to go outside and soak up every bit of God’s creation and beauty! It is one on one time with me and our Creator! Just the sounds of the birds chirping, the wind blowing, and my feet hitting the pavement…and if I listen closely enough I can almost hear the calories crying as they are melting away!

So when you get to a low place in your day and before you take that step to the cabinet or refrigerator….take a walk today, go for a run……enjoy the peacefulness of His presence and breath it all in!!

Tuesday’s Taper on Paper

Webster’s Definition –

Definition of TAPER 

b :  gradual diminution of thickness, diameter, or width in an elongated object

Weight loss and food journaling is not a difficult thing to do when you put your mind to it. A good rule of thumb is “you bite it…you write it”! So I have my journal with me all the time and I write down everything! My journal consists of a small binder, 8.5 x 5.5 notebook paper, dividers with tabs for things such as recipes, either self-created or ones that I just want to remember or quotes that inspire me…..and that’s all there is to it! (I found all of these supplies at Staples)

So everyday I begin writing with the day and date at the top of the page followed by a (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch, (D) for dinner and (S) for snacks. I track my points in the sidebar of the page and just subtract as I go! It’s really that easy! Here is a sample of a day in my journal:

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You can see that I didn’t use all of my points this day, which is ok but per the Weight Watchers program you want to get as close to your daily points allowance as possible! I want to also add that the more weight you lose or the less you weigh, your daily points allowance will be reduced.

So my friend, the question is……have you scribbled your nibbles today?! 😉

Motivation Monday…

Well friends, today is weigh in day and the verdict is………4.2 lbs!! Wahoo! I am thrilled to say that I have met my first small goal of 10 lbs lost…so that is a total of 10.4 so far since Jan 26th!

This weekend I did try something a little different that I want to share with you. I wanted to give my weight loss a boost or a kick in the butt if you will. I decided to do the military diet or the 3 day diet just to see what would happen. Well…..here are my thoughts and what I actually ate –

Day 1: Breakfast – black coffee, 1/2 grapefruit, 1 slice of toast w/ 2 tbsp of PB2

Lunch – 1/2 c tuna (which was one can), 1 slice of toast, black coffee or tea

Dinner – 3 oz of turkey (you can have 3 oz of any meat you want), 1 c of green beans, 1 c. of beets, 1 small apple, 1 c vanilla ice cream

Day 2: Breakfast – 1 egg, 1 slice of toast, 1/2 banana, unsweet tea

Lunch – 1 c cottage cheese, 5 saltines, 1 hard boiled egg

Dinner – 2 hot dogs, 1 c broccoli, 1/2 c carrots, 1/2 banana, 1/2 vanilla ice cream

Day 3: Breakfast – 5 saltines, 1 slice of cheddar cheese, 1 small apple, unsweet tea

Lunch – 1 hard boiled egg, 1 slice of toast

Dinner – 1 c tuna (two cans), 1 c beets, 1 c cauliflower, 1/2 of a cantaloupe, 1/2 c vanilla ice cream

*My reviews on this so called “weight loss booster”……mini rating scalemini rating scale

I was hungry all weekend….I would’ve chewed my arm off if it wouldn’t have contained calories! This was the first time I had tried beets..not bad but not great (tasted like canned carrots). The tuna and egg weren’t bad, and the fruit and ice cream was definitely something to look forward to every night! The cottage cheese was a different story, it turned my stomach and just the thought of having to swallow it made me nauseous…maybe it reminded me too much of my legs (LOL)!

I won’t be trying this again but wanted to be honest with you about my findings and tryings! It just isn’t worth it to me to feel hungry like that and feel like I am starving myself.

** We have to ALL remember that the weight we have to lose didn’t appear within a day, and it’s NOT going to disappear within a day!

Take it slow and steady, WE will win this race…..TOGETHER!!

My REVIEW on PB2!!

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Ok, so I am not a huge peanut butter fan, but when you have that craving for it, it’s good to have in your cupboard! However, not at the cost of 5 pts per 2 tbsp. 😦

So, I have been searching the stores for a pb fix at low points value and can I tell you….I have stumbled upon sheer yumminess in a bottle! PB2 is a powder form of peanut butter that you mix with water. I bought it today at Walmart for $4.68 (yikes!), a little pricey, so I thought this better be good! When I came home I was anxious to try it and see how it turned out, so I made a pb & j sandwich with the PB2 and Sugar Free Blackberry Jam. I mixed 2 tbsp. of the PB2 powder with 1 tbsp. of water and stirred until it became smooth. Of course before I spread it on the bread, I had to try it from the spoon and one word came to mind……..PHENOMENAL!!

This stuff is creamy and smooth, extremely easy to spread, yummy beyond yummy and only…wait for it…..1 points plus per 2 tbsp! I give it mini rating scalemini rating scalemini rating scalemini rating scaleon my rating system…other than the price, you can’t beat it! So go out and grab some…what are you waiting for? 😉

Holiday Temptation

Well Valentines Day is over and I somewhat resisted temptation 😉

We had fondue on Friday night when we celebrated “love day”, which was delicious! I made sure to have lots of fruit for dipping and I portioned out our chocolate in small ramakins as to not overindulge.  Overall I didnt do too bad: pretzels, bananas, kiwi slices, strawberries and vanilla wafers (only 3)!

I also made an incredibly yummy little treat called Raspberry Kiss Crunchettes, thanks to Hungry Girl (I will add this to the recipe page)!

Weigh Day tomorrow…..lets hope for good results!

It’s been long enough…

blog 1For as long as I can remember I have always had a problem with my weight. I developed early as a young girl and my body went nuts. Growing up I had glasses, braces and some awkward haircuts that were the beginning of some horrible nicknames like onion blossom, broccoli hair and mushroom head……yes, I was picked on 😦

It was throughout my whole childhood that I heard things like “give it to her she will eat it”, “you are too pretty to let yourself get this fat”, “way to go but now lets work on this (pointing at my belly)”….and can I be honest with you…..that hurt! It still hurts and it is something that I have carried with me for a long time. I used to carry a bag of food with me to work for snacks and I would be the one to joke with everyone about my weight. I would say things like “im just making room in my temple”, or “well if I’m ever stranded, I will have what I need”…….was I NUTS or what?! (Wait, dont’ answer that!)

In 2003, my mother and I began walking and doing Weight Watchers. We walked 15 miles a week and tracked everything we ate. I dropped a lot of weight and was around 160. I was pretty smokin hot if I may say so myself! (tee-hee)

Then I met a man in 2003 who changed my life because he didn’t see FAT….he saw ME! I knew I better hold onto him, so I married him! However, what happens when you get married? You get comfortable and content….you’ve got your prize so why continue to fight….just BE, right? Well after a while I saw the lbs starting to pile back on and I realized I wasn’t the girl that I was when we married. After the birth of our first daughter, I thought I would lose the weight right away but in fact the opposite happened and I piled on more weight resulting in a whopping 250 lbs. Now other than pregnancy this is the biggest I have ever been ( and please understand I don’t share this lightly but I want you to know the real me).

It has never been easy for me to lose weight, I have to work really hard. It doesn’t come natural and I don’t have that “special” high metabolism that helps keep me skinny….no it is a struggle with an extra helping of tough. I have tried everything out there from diet pills and shakes to starvation and yes even a little heave ho in the bathroom. No special fad diet is a way to live your life!

It wasn’t untiil recently that I was driving down the road and actually looked made up and pretty that day, makeup/hair done and nicely dressed, but one quick glance in the side view mirror changed all of that in the blink of an eye……I saw it staring back at me like a floppy pancake….hey do you like pancakes..wait, ok let’s not get off track 😉 I was staring at a double chin….then I really started to examine myself…I was not liking what I was seeing. So that was the day I decided to make a change…this wasn’t going to be a diet, but rather a lifestyle change….a way of life change….a change for the better…a change for my family….a change for ME! I will not live my life anymore taunted by food and the sounds of Ben & Jerry calling me from the freezer, “Jessica…Jessica…..we are here for you!”……Listen B&J, if you were really there for me, you would make a no fat, no calorie, no sugar version of yourself….so until then you can march yourself right back into the freezer aisle and stay put!

So now I am going into Week 3 of my salad savoring, potato passing, celery crunching journey and I am 6 lbs down! Wahoo!

Sister loved by God, we are in this journey together to be the best “US” that God intended….won’t you join me? So what is your story?