Monthly Archives: November 2015

When life gets in the way

Some people say that losing weight is simply calories in and calories out.  And to some extent they are right. But on the other hand weight loss is much much more then calories in and calories out. There are a bunch of different things going on all at once that might make your weight loss journey easier or harder.

Lately I’m finding between homeschooling, appointments and day to day tasks. That life is simply getting in the way of my weight loss. Do I want to workout of course I do but after a long day I also want to curl up on the couch watch some netflix and start again tomorrow. The same thing tends to happen with meals. I want to eat but if I happen to leave the table while homeschooling to grab a bite to eat then that might be it for homeschooling that day making the next day even more difficult. But the flip side is I don’t eat and I have been skipping meals which isn’t exactly productive to the weight loss journey.

I know what I have to do in order to lose weight and for right now I am grateful that I am maintaining and not gaining. But how do we fit it all in? How do we find the time to workout? How do we homeschool and make a meal? How do we clear our schedules? The answers to these questions I have no idea but I will continue to try and find time for everything. How do I blog, craft, do outings, shop, clean and lose weight?

I am open to any and all suggestions you have but please no just do it comments…at this point it’s not a very helpful comment for me.

Me 1 McDonalds 0

Today is our crazy day. The one day of the week that the kids go to classes with other homeschoolers from 9-1 and then we still had some homework to finish before tomorrow and we had to go to the grocery store. Again it was a crazy day. I did get to enjoy watching the kids play for an hour in the fresh crisp air but the kids wanted McDonalds for supper. And like any other mom that knows today was crazy and tomorrow isn’t looking any less hectic I decided what the heck.  I drove all the way there and I got the kids their food but I didn’t get anything for myself. I had decided before I left I wasn’t going to get anything. There was a slight moment when I was going to change my mind but honestly I feel a lot better for not getting the fast food. Oh and I checked the food inspection reports before heading out lol.

So I’m off to heat up some left over enchiladas and feeling proud that I’ve stayed away from the fast food for today 🙂

Make your abs in the kitchen

I spent well over a year thinking that since I had a trainer that my body would finally become the body I have always wanted. The issue was I was working my ass off in the gym and getting a lot stronger but I was also starving all the time which meant I was eating all the time. My body did change over the year that I had a trainer and I loved training but I didn’t control my appetite so at the end of the year I was still pretty much the same weight and I also had a huge chunk of my bank account gone as well.

I couldn’t keep my trainer due to the cost but I have been working on my abs this year. I’ve just been working on them in the kitchen. Ok bad pun but I’m sure you can find a few memes with this phrase lol.

Now that I’m working on making my abs in the kitchen I have to focus on why I sabotage myself. I like the healthy foods I cook. I actually like them more then the junk food once I eliminate the junk food. But something always happens to make me fall off the wagon and have to start all over again.

I’m currently taking a cognitive behaviour course and I am finding it’s helping me a lot. The vicious cycle as we call it can either make you keep stop and get back on track or enter the vicious cycle even further and keep you down. So far I’ve learned a lot of things I didn’t particular realize about myself. So here’s to hoping this course helps me get my head screwed on straight.

On the plus side I have been tracking my food for the past 8 days. Any progress is better then no progress.

Not Taco Tuesday

When The Lego Movie came out my kids constantly asked for taco Tuesday, and for a while we did have Taco’s till I decided I wanted something different. I love Mexican food. I mean what’s not to love, cheese, salsa, avocado’s and the list goes on and on. Recently I went for a weekend away to Bellingham, Washington and walked into Trader Joe’s. Ok honestly Canada we need to get Traders Joe’s to open a location in Vancouver. I always love exploring what TJ’s has to offer. And I happen to come across their enchilada sauce and their curry’s. I was in heaven. I bought way more then I should have but I knew it would be delicious.

So let me introduce to you my chicken Enchilada’s. Yes some have way less cheese on them that’s because my youngest and my husband aren’t fans of cheese. I had also plated our food before realizing I forgot to take the picture lol.

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Chicken Enchiladas

1 Jar trader Joe’s Enchilada sauce or home made *

shredded cheese(put as much or as little as you want I use cheddar cheese but you can use a Mexican blend)

1 onion diced

1 can  beans (I forgot to buy beans and had canned pinto on hand so I used that)

2 lbs diced chicken breast

8 flour tortillas

1 can diced green chiles(optional)

your choice of toppings: salsa, cilantro, green onions, sour cream, avocado

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 3 minutes, until translucent.  Add diced chicken and green chiles(if using).  Saute until chicken is cooked. Set aside.

Spread 1-2 tbsp of enchilada sauce on your tortillas, Add beans, chicken and sprinkle with cheese. Roll tortilla and place in greased 9×13 baking dish. Repeat process with remaining tortillas and place in the baking dish. Add more enchilada sauce on top of the tortillas. Add some cheese and bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serve with your favourite topping (see list above or whatever you like)

 

 

So I was lucky enough to get my hands on the bottled sauce this time but if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you give this recipe  or this one  or this one a try for home made sauce.

 

Better made at home

My husband and I recently went on a date and it was terrible. Now my date was amazing but the restaurant was terrible. So when we got home my husband did some searching and found this website http://www.healthspace.ca/fha/food

When you look on the website you can see how well the restaurants score. I have to say I was pretty grossed out with most of the reviews. So for the next little while we will be eating at home. I’m sure that there are review sites just like this one wherever you live. The thing that shocked me the most is that some of these restaurants are still open and serving people when they have reports of not having food safety knowledge, rodent and pest infestations, improper food storage and dirty equipment. What in the world does it take for a restaurant to shut down?

Thankfully I love cooking and will be making my favourites in the kitchen. It was kind of a blessing to find out just how gross the restaurants are. Now I can cook my meals reduce some of the deep frying and fat involved in most restaurant dishes and add a ton of veggies to my food.

I seem to be all mixed up in my days because of Veterans day being a holiday here and forgot to make a meatless Monday dish. But I did make some home made Sloppy Joe’s and served it on spinach. Truth be told I was suppose to cook some biscuits but forgot. I also forgot to take a picture but trust me you will want to make this recipe over and over again for your family.

Homemade Sloppy Joe Mix

Cooking Time – 10-20 minutes depending how thick you like the mix

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion(dehydrated onions)
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 lb.  ground beef
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp vinegar

Mix brown sugar, onion. paprika, cumin and garlic powder set aside. Brown ground beef. Add tomato sauce, water, vinegar and mustard and stir. Add the spices and mix. Bring to a boil then simmer until desired thickness. I like my sloppy joe to be quite thick so I tend to simmer it for 15 minutes or longer. And your done. This recipe serves 4.

You can serve this mixture on biscuits, rice, spinach, salad, toast….my youngest has even requested it on a frozen waffle lol. I’ve used leftovers to make naan bread sloppy joe pizza.  Enjoy!

I am not my fat

I’ve been struggling a lot lately. I haven’t blogged because of this I’ve just been busy taking care of other priorities. And when I did have time I decided to either workout or spend time checking one of the things off my to do list.

Anyways I have been talking to a lot of people lately that are over weight and feel like that’s all they are. So I want to tell them as well as myself. YOU ARE NOT YOUR FAT. Yes we are overweight, obese, morbidly obese but we are so much more. For example I am smart, I am creative, I am a mom, I am a wife, I am strong. I am a whole lot of things but I am not just fat!

I think that once we get into a weight loss mindset a lot of us seem to be of the all of nothing mindset. We need to stop that and start realizing that we aren’t going to be perfect 100% of the time and that’s ok. It’s ok because we will then realize all the good things we are doing daily as opposed to everything that we are doing wrong. It’s time for us to start looking at the glass being half full as opposed to half empty. We have to realize that yes we had that burger that was more then my daily amount of calories but I also had a workout, drank 8 glasses or water and I am journaling my burger as opposed to hiding it from others and most importantly I am not lying to myself about what I ate.

Too often I find myself and others on this weight loss journey in a vicious cycle of self hate. But as much as we sometimes hate our bodies they have been good to us. I’m grateful that my body allowed me to carry three healthy babies. I’m grateful that my body allows me to move daily. I’m grateful that as much as I push my body to the limits it always keeps going. We know that we have things to fix in our way of life but it won’t happen over night. So with every weight loss of weight gain just remember you will do better at the next snack or meal, you will take a walk that’s just a little longer tomorrow then it was today. You will lift some weights that are slightly heavier every week and that body you currently hate is what got you to the body that you love.

Weekend away

This weekend I got to get away. It has been amazing lots of watching food network, shopping and sleeping. Sadly there’s also been a lot of eating.

I still need to learn not to follow what others are doing. I need to eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full. I have eaten so much my stomach physically hurts to the point where I feel sick. I have changed my habits dramatically and there is no going back to stuffing myself until I’m sick.

Normally I would be depressed about eating this horribly but you know what I have learned something this weekend. I have learned how far I’ve come. I did slip up and I’m not letting myself sweep that under the rug. I am one confessing to all of you what I did and acknowledge and two  I am journaling in my private journal why I think I did it and how to prevent it next time.

I’m off to enjoy my last night away and I will let you know how the rest of my weekend went tomorrow.

Meatless Mondays Almond Curry Spaghetti Squash

I absolutely love curry. And I am trying to get the kids to develop a love for Curry as well. I love that this recipe isn’t overly spicy so the kids actually tried it. And you get to eat a massive portion of spaghetti squash without the gross bloating feeling. Here’s the recipe 🙂

Spaghetti squash with almond curry

Serves 4
  • 1 small (2 1/2 pound) spaghetti squash
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 cups thinly sliced  spinach

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Halve squash lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out seeds and discard. Place squash cut-side down in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Pour 1 cup water into the dish and roast until squash shells are tender when pressed with your finger, about 30 minutes. Let sit until cool enough to handle. Leave oven on.

Meanwhile, pour salsa  into a strainer set over a bowl. Set veggies from salsa aside and pour juice into a blender. I tend to strain right over the blender. Add almond butter, curry powder and  blend until smooth.

Rake a fork back and forth across squash to remove flesh in strands, keeping shells intact. Transfer squash to a bowl. Return shells cut-side up to the baking dish. Spoon one-third of the squash into shells, dividing evenly. Top with half of the salsa veggies and half of the greens, then drizzle with about one-third of the almond sauce. Repeat the layering. Top with remaining squash and sauce. Roast until heated through and greens have wilted, about 15 minutes.

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One day

I am giving myself one day, one day to enjoy the crazy amount of candy in the house from trick or treating. But more importantly I am giving myself one day to come up with a delicious and simple meal plan that me and my family can enjoy.

 

I have a habit of going on Pinterest and various blogs that  I follow and hoarding recipes. Every time I change my lifestyle I end up with tons and tons of recipes that I print. I figured this time I will pick enough for one week and make food based on what we have in the house. Now I do have some food that I have in the house that isn’t low carb that I do enjoy and I just can’t afford to throw out. For example I have tons of lentils and beans. I figure since we don’t eat them daily I can afford to have them once a week or once every two weeks. I think as long as I stick to the 80 20 rule that I will still get healthy.

My goal this week is to get moving more. I need to figure out some time each day to get a workout in. But I refuse to start getting up at 430 am again. It just makes the day too long and by the time I homeschool the kids I am exhausted while they are still full of energy.

 

I’m still reading the weight loss surgery books but to be honest it is scarring the crap out of me. I’m trying to envision the two months after surgery where I will have to really work hard at the new life and I just don’t know if I can adapt to it. I know it’s only two months but I want to keep reading and informing myself of what’s to come. Lots of thoughts and feelings when it comes to having surgery and I will just have to work thru them all.

Hope your all having a wonderful Sunday.