We just got home from an amazing vacation a few days ago. It was amazing we drove from BC, Canada to Anaheim, USA. We stopped along the way to see quite a few things like Alcatraz, The Painted Ladies, the Golden Gate bridge, Great Wolf Lodge and Disneyland.

Although we loved every minute of our vacation, it was great to be home again and be able to eat healthy and nutritious foods. While we did eat healthy when we could there was times when it was about treating ourselves to a pineapple whip.

I am proud to report that even thou we did indulge we I only gained 1 lb that was mostly from the salt in the food we were eating.

When we got home I set to making some healthy food. A vegetable tray, overnight oats, protein balls and protein pudding was just a few items I got prepped as soon as we got home.

How do you stay on track while on holidays?

Trying New Things

Last night I tried something new. I went to a yoga studio. I had tried hot yoga previously at the gym and had sworn it off but after going to a yoga studio I’m not so sure anymore. I loved every minute of it even when I thought my legs were going to give out. I think this class was interesting to me because it was 20 minutes of strength training, 20 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of relation/ stretching.

I left class sweaty, hungry but really calm and energized at the same time. Looks like I may have to revisit some workouts and activities I had previously sworn off.

A nice glow to my skin after hot yoga

No More Coffee

Eight days ago I had my last cup of coffee. I had never been a coffee drinker prior to bariatric surgery but somehow got sucked in to the hype. I’m pretty sure my love for coffee was discovered when I had H Pylori and couldn’t keep any food down but coffee went down smooth for some reason.

Why am I did I quit coffee one might ask? Well for several reasons actually. I was using coffee as a meal replacement for one but also I have been having some stomach issues that aren’t being helped by coffee.

But the main reason is pretty simple. As bariatric patients we aren’t suppose to be drinking coffee. As delicious as coffee is it can wreak some having on our little tummies. It can increase stomach acids, irritate the lining of our stomachs and actually prohibit the absorption of the vitamins and minerals we need as bariatric patients.

Was it easy giving up coffee? Ummm heck no. You don’t realize how dependant you get on coffee. How you go into auto pilot and start the coffee machine before doing anything else in the morning. I have to say day 1 was a walk in the park. Day 2 and 3 a slight but manageable headache kicked in. Day 4-5 I seemed to be ok but extremely tired. And days 6-7 were the worse, I was craving coffee so bad and become a little bit of a cranky monster.

So here’s to hoping I can stay off coffee now and find a better alternative.

Three Years Post Op

I often get asked how I stick to a bariatric lifestyle. For me it was really simple because of my love of cooking. I started finding alternatives to most if not all most of my favourite foods. I also didn’t focus on what I couldn’t eat anymore. There is such a variety of food out there that there really isn’t a reason for me to stray back to my old habits. Of course I am human and I will get the cravings for fast food just like anyone else, but most of the time the smell of the fast food is enough to stop me from actually eating it.

Last night I got in the kitchen to set myself up for a successful week. After three years of meal planning I’ve realized most of the time I like to prepare my meals when I am about to eat them but my snacks I seem to really scramble to find something if I am not organized. This week I prepared some zucchini cake, banana foster overnight oats, mocha donuts and chocolate cheesecake puddings. And guess what all of these recipes are bariatric friendly. So I can have my cake and eat it after all lol.

So if you’ve just started your journey and are struggling because of the foods you can no longer eat, I encourage you to find a bariatric meal plan or find a youtube channel to inspire you. If you don’t like to cook team up with a fellow bariatric patient and split the cost of ingredients. But I can tell you for sure that this lifestyle is completely doable and you can succeed.

Book Studies

Anyone that knows me knows I have a love of reading. So this month I decided to participate in not 1 but 2 online book studies. One of the books is a lighter read and I’m honestly having trouble staying focused. But the second book, well it is not only keeping my attention but also making me think really hard.

You see the book I’m reading is about our mindset not only our mindset but our mindset as bariatric patients and how it affects pretty much everything in our life. As if that isn’t enough the author wants you to think about your past, present and future. She wants you to dig deep and figure out who are now. Who you were when you started gaining weight. She wants you to relive some moments that most of us probably want to put in a box lock it up and throw away the key. She wants us to speak to the little girl that was teased for being fat. How that little girl felt and how it translated into the rest of the years leading up to the present. But the most touching thing she has said so far is to write a thank you note to the past you thanking them for being there for you, for getting you through the hard times and the good and telling her she did everything she could have.

You see this part has definitely hit a chord with me. Because as much as we look back and think about being teased and harassed over our weight, nothing comes even close to the thoughts that the past me was telling me. There was no one meaner to me then myself. Sure little Johnny could call me whatever name he wanted to on that particular day but what little Johnny doesn’t know is that anything he could tell me I was already thinking and then some. So my assignment is to write “my story” and I have tried to start writing my story quite a few times in the past week. But honestly it’s going to take some time. So in the mean time I will keep reading my book, watching my live facebook videos in the book study group and hope that one day the words can just flow freely and I can thank that little girl that was me.

Meal Prep

I know it’s only the second day in the new year. I also know a lot of people have made resolutions to be healthier, tighten the budget and eat and home or simply to cook more. Before you go and get yourself overwhelmed with all the information available, I want to share with you how simple it can be to meal prep.

Today I got in the kitchen and set myself up for the next few days. I made some hard boiled eggs, a yogurt treat and I cooked a ham. I can already hear some of you saying. I can already here you saying, wait a minute if that’s all she cooked how can she be ready for the next few days? Let me explain. I am not a traditional meal preper. I don’t spend a whole day or hours on end in the kitchen. From a previous meal prep session I already had some frozen leftovers, frozen baked oatmeal, frozen protein balls and frozen protein cookies. If your making something that freezes well make 2 batches. It won’t take you anymore time but might save you when your in a pinch on a busy morning or something happens to throw off the schedule. The ham I cooked will last me quite a few meals for me and the family. I can make western omelettes, home made lunchables, quiche etc. The boiled eggs can become devilled eggs or an egg salad or I can just grab one and start snacking.

Other things I keep on hand for an easy meal plan prep session is beef jerky, cheese, yogurt, pork rinds. What I am trying to tell you is it can be simple to eat healthy and meal prep. So if your embarking on a healthier eating lifestyle or trying to trim the budget. Keep it simple. Chances are you will stick to it if it’s easy.

It’s 2019!!!

Wow 2018 flew by. Although I didn’t blog much last year lots happened. I’m ready to dive back into the online world of blogging and hoping to make a post at least once a week.

I think my start to 2019 was pretty awesome. I got a workout in. I cleared a space in the family room to be able to workout and I even managed to get a few breakfasts prepped for the week. Tomorrow I’ll focus on prepping some lunches. Our suppers are mostly taken care of due to a gift card my husband received.

We got a Fresh Prep gift card and although I never though I would enjoy this type of thing, I really am enjoying it. Every Wednesday I get three meals delivered to the house that we picked the previous week. It gives me a chance to try some new foods I wouldn’t normally. Also since the foods are a little fancier. My husband and I keep them for date night! That’s right no more getting a babysitter and paying to sit in a crowded restaurant. While the kids peacefully sleep we can eat our meal after preparing it together. Here’s a picture of just one of the meals we made. I do highly recommend you try a meal prep service at least once even if just to try some new foods.

Is it Thursday yet?

So I am eagerly waiting for Thursday to arrive. Thursdays are already a fun day in my house as I get my meal plan that I subscribe to,  but this week it’s going to be even more exciting.

On Thursday I get to start personal training again!!! I took a long break from personal training but I am ready to get back at it. I am ready to tone up and push myself a little harder in the exercise department.

Well I don’t have much else to say today but really wanted to share about my training. We will see how excited I am on Friday after I wake up if I am still as excited lol.

My thoughts on working out

So I’m one of those people that actually enjoys working out. However I also believe that you can’t outrun your fork. You can be training with a trainer hitting all your workout goals but if you aren’t eating properly the weight can and will start climbing.

Also we don’t need a big elaborate workout routine to get in shape and lose some weight. A simple walk will help shed some pounds. Again this will only work if your eating the right foods and fuelling your body properly.

Some of my favourite workouts some might not even consider working out. I love having dance parties with the kids, going on a nature walk or even a good old fashion game of Tag. But then I do have others that are definitely more hard core like Core De Force, 30 day shred and 21 day fix to name a few.

Here’s the thing with working out, it’s like meal prepping if you don’t enjoy it you won’t keep it up so find something that you love to do. Walk up and down the stairs, do a couch workout…whatever you enjoy doing.

How I stay on track?

A lot of people often as me how I stay on track with my heathy eating. Well there’s no special equation, it’s actually quite simple. The first thing you should start doing in meal planning. Now you can meal plan for the week but if that’s too overwhelming then take it one day at a time. After your use to meal planning and can plan a few days in advance then do a quick meal prep…It doesn’t have to be a complete meal prep but defrost your meats, have your ingredients organized and on hand. You can make certain things that you will be eating regularly like protein balls, overnight oats or baked oatmeal. Make them once and enjoy all week!

The next part of being successful in eating healthy is not to feel deprived or like I am missing out on something. I have tried loads of recipes some have been hits and others major fails but I am finding healthy alternatives to my favourite foods. For example tomorrow morning I will be enjoying a carrot muffin for breakfast. This muffin contains no flour and no sugar so I can enjoy it guilt free.

And finally keep it simple. I have to sometimes remind myself of this, just ask my husband lol. The only time a meal plan and healthy eating will be sustainable is if  keep it as easy and effortless as possible. To keep your meal plans simple you can either pick your family favourites or google meal plans and sit back and watch all the ones that show up. There’s low carb, bariatric, Keto, THM and many more styles of meal plans.

It’s great for me to tell you all of this but how about I walk you thru what I am eating tomorrow so you can see how simple this is.

Breakfast- Carrot muffin

snack- Black Forest protein ball

Lunch- Chicken salad (we had leftover chicken to use up) with mini pita and raw veggies

Snack-some fruits and sunflower seeds

Supper- Cheeseburger stuffed mushrooms

Snack-protein shake

What are your tips and tricks to staying on track?