Sunday, July 31, 2016
If you had told me that I would be 21.2 lbs from my goal weight, have competed in my first figure show, competed in a triathlon, the worlds largest 10K, several 5k's and was only just getting started this time last year, I wouldn't have believed you. I would have hoped it were true, but at the time my belief in myself wasn't strong enough.
I have been trying to lose weight for more than a decade. I tried everything too. Phentermine, carb blockers, cabbage soup diet, Dr. Ians fat smash diet, Atkins, smoothie diets, I even tried to be anorexic but I loved food to much.. lol But, you name it I tried it. I lost weight on some of them but as with any quick fix diet I quickly put the weight back on plus a few extra pounds when it was over. I like so many people wanted the easy way out and when I couldn't find the answer I became more and more hopeless and depressed.
Not anymore, I finally love getting dressed up again. I love my body and how it's changing. I wore a two piece for the first time in my 40 years the other day...something I never thought I would be able to do. I stop and look at the image in the mirror I am passing now. I want to kick myself when I think of all of the years I've wasted. But here I am 21.2lbs from my goal and I plan on losing 15 of those in August. So what are you doing for the next 30 days? I have been so inspired by how far I've come that I am going after this goal and I am looking for 2 women to do it with me.
We will cover meal planning, support, recipes for you and your family, accountability, travel tips, restaurant guides and behavior change tips.
Drop an "I'm ready" in the comments below to grab one of the two spots left or send me a private message.
This train is leaving the station for a 15lb weight loss come tomorrow morning. I'd love to have you on it, but it's leaving either way
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
I absolutely love my crock pot for meal prep cooking. I cut this turkey up for several meals and the following week before what little was left went bad I made a yummy soup. Perfect meal prep recipe.
1 whole Turkey Breast (Bone In)
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Combined all spices and place turkey in a crockpot and then rub all over the turkey breast. Cook on low for 8 hours. Preheat oven to broil at 500 degrees F. Remove turkey and place in a roasting pan or in a oven safe baking dish. Place under the broiler for 10 minutes or until the skin of the turkey turns golden brown. Let meat rest for at least 10 minutes and then slice or shred and store. Enjoy!
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Ingredients: - 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast (sirloin roast) - sea salt, pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/3 cup chicken or vegetable broth
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- garlic cloves
- season pork with salt, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes and place into the slow cooker.
- Push garlic cloves into the meat.
- Mix together the broth, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and pour over the pork.
- Drizzle honey over the top of the pork.
- Cook 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Total Time: 58 min.
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cooking Time: 8 min.
Yield: 4 servings
2 tsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
1 lb. green beans, ends removed
2 medium zucchini, sliced
2 medium summer (crookneck) squash, sliced
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 medium green bell pepper, sliced
1 medium red onion, sliced
4 cooked chicken sausages, sliced
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
1. To make marinade, combine oil, vinegar, lime juice, and garlic in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.
2. Season with salt and pepper, if desired; whisk to blend. Set aside.
3. Place green beans, zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes, bell pepper, and onion in a re-sealable plastic bag (or large bowl). Add marinade; shake to blend. Let sit for 30 minutes.
4. Preheat grill or broiler to high.
5. Place veggie mixture on a large sheet pan (or broiler pan). Add sausages; mix well. Spread out evenly.
6. Grill or broil for 4 to 8 minutes, turning occasionally, until vegetables begin to soften.
7. Sprinkle with basil before serving.
• Look for all-natural chicken sausage that does not have preservatives and is not high in sodium.
• You can start with raw or cooked sausage, just make sure it’s cooked when you add it to the veggies.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Well it has really been eye opening and I am really enjoying it. Tonight's lesson was about "TRIGGERS" oh man does that hit home for me. I don't know about you but this is the story of my life. I love the analogy of algebraic variables and triggers.. I am always doing so good..... until I am not.. My triggers just like hers can range from something my husband didn't say or do (usually he has no idea he was supposed to do or say anything...lol) or a bad day, feeling overwhelmed, ungrateful children or quite frankly it could be as simple as things not going my way. Or that feeling of jealously, I get the "it's not fairs" when I see other people getting to eat and drink and do things I can't.. OH Man that is the worst... talk about wanting to eat your feelings. I want to eat them more when I think other people are getting to have fun in ways I am not allowed to. Just the other day I was having a pretty good pity party for myself. I was feeling defeated and like why even bother given just how long and how far I still have to go. But those thoughts and feelings are all lies that I have gotten used to repeating to myself. It is so refreshing to have that reiterated to me, especially now when I am in a place in my journey where I should practice remembering this truth, replacing those lies with truth and adjusting accordingly. My favorite part of tonight's passage was the prayer. I am going to repeat this daily and maybe even have it mounted in my kitchen somewhere "FOOD CAN FILL MY STOMACH BUT NEVER MY SOUL". I pray I will remember that when I am looking for something to stuff into my mouth even though I know I am not hungry. I am going to add this to my prayers.. for God to help me see what it is I am truly hungry for when I find myself wanting eat to no satisfaction. And then I will ask for direction on how to find it. But first I will have to PAUSE... isn't that Christianity and dieters 101. Pause and wait on God or Pause and think about how you will feel after you give in to that moment of weakness. Pause and see if your really hungry or just thirsty. Pause and wait on God for direction....I have never thought about triggers in this way before. As a matter of fact, I don't really give much thought to triggers and the truth of what they really are. I am so used to feeling like it is always my fault, flaws or my character defects that make me do it when I give in to a temptation. I have never taken a moment to think beyond the surface of that temptation or trigger before. The deeper issue is, it is a trigger to which at the core is my need or desire for something far more profound and can only be fulfilled with the help of God and only his knowledge and strength can help me defeat it and cure it.