Category Archives: feeling great

What we found in the Kitchen and Sleep

Food was pretty simple yesterday as we had so many leftovers from the weekend.   Breakfast was banana bread bake, lunch was leftover pizza casserole and supper was leftover roast beef dinner. Today’s however I did cook again. Breakfast was a shake for me and the kids had cereal. Lunch was Sammies for the kids and leftover roast beef for me. Supper I am really excited about even thou I haven’t eaten it yet it’s cooked and packed for work. I made some meatloaf in my electric pressure cooked and mashed potatoes. My meatloaf usually takes over an hour to cook but it took about 30 minutes in the pressure cooker. That’s some major time savings for this mama. And the mashed potatoes took 10 minutes! I have to say the more I use my pressure cooker the more I love it!.  Now that that’s out of the way let’s talk about sleep.

 

So I have some off and on insomnia issues that come and go as they see fit. Sadly that means that I can become irritable and fall into some bad habits like watching tv till 3 am and having to be awake again at 7 am. On Sunday night I was exhausted but feared that I would get all comfortable in bed only to lie there wide awake. So I decided to take some melatonin. Now I talked to my doctor about it before taking it so I encourage you to talk to you Dr as well before taking any supplement or sleep aid.  I went to bed around 730 and by 8pm I was out cold and it was wonderful. It was the best sleep I’ve had in months! I woke up feeling rested and ready to take on the day. I was more productive yesterday then I have been in a long time. I was able to catch up on all the laundry including fold and put it away, homeschool the kids, play with the kids and go shopping all before work. And I didn’t even need a nap before going to work. It just goes to show how much our minds and bodies need sleep. Last night I didn’t take anything to help me sleep but I had another great night sleep and another productive day. Here’s to hoping I sleep well again tonight.

Two Year Surgery Anniversary

Two years ago today I got my life back! This is what I looked like on the day of my surgery January 28th 2016. This picture actually stirs up a lot of emotions for me. This picture reminds me of a time in my life where I was sad, depressed, controlled by food, obsessed with losing weight, tired, in pain and just really struggling. You can actually see the defeat in my face and the emotional exhaustion I am fighting in this picture. I had tried everything I could have over the years to lose the weight on my own. I had dumped hundreds of dollars into everything from WW to diet pills. Dieticians to personal trainers. I went to bed nightly praying and asking that I would wake up the next day to be able to see my children and my children’s children. That tomorrow my mind would stop thinking about what I could and couldn’t eat. That I would wake up at peace and not riddled with anxiety over my weight.

Here I am one year post op:

Again this picture is telling the story of a 1000 words. Here you can see the stress is washed away, the anxiety is at bay, the sheer joy of getting up every morning and not being in pain, spending hours running around with the kids and playing. Not having to say a prayer nightly that I will wake up the next day to see my children grow up. Not being controlled by food. And most of all comfortable in my own skin for the first time in years. Finally having confidence in myself and not worrying what others though of me.

And this is me Today

Enjoying life to the fullest. Rewarding myself this year with not food but a membership to beach body on demand. Receiving a gift visa and instead of thinking where are we going out to eat thinking I wonder what workout gear I can get with this. My life has done a complete 360 and every day I am grateful that I am able to live my life to the fullest.

 

Working Out

Previously I had a personal trainer which I loved, sadly they cost an arm and a leg to keep so I no longer have one. I tried finding a gym that had daycare for the littles and they were either way to expensive or too far of a drive. I have gotten use to working out a lot so not having anything wasn’t an option. But I liked the idea of being in my house to workout. So I am doing a few things I join as many challenges online as I can. You can find them on Facebook or myfitnesspal or Pinterest or even make your own like this one that I found online.

get-fit-january

Another way I’m staying active is I bought the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution DVD’s and I became a member of BeachBody on Demand.  Now you don’t need all of these things to stay active you can pick one or even just walk but like I said I like to really challenge myself and get a good sweat on. I also like that the kids can join in on the fun or do their own thing to the music while I workout. I’m a firm believer in leading by example.

How do you get your sweat on? Any programs, classes or even youtube video’s I should look into?

 

Chicken Fajita salad

I made this delicious salad the other day for the family and I just had to share the recipe so you could enjoy it as well.

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 Chicken Fajita salad
3 tbsp lime juice
2tbsp finely chopped fresh Cilantro

2 tbsp olive oil
1lb of chicken
1 medium onion chopped
2 small bell peppers (1 red and 1 yellow) thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves chopped
1/2 tsp ground cumin
6 cups mixed green
1 cup cooked blacked beans

In a bowl whisk together lime juice, olive oil and cilantro. Set aside.
Cook chicken and slice set aside. In the pan that you cooked the chicken saute the onion and bell peppers for about 3 minutes. Then add cumin and garlic and keep cooking for 1 minute.

In a bowl mix beans and mixed greens and lime cilantro vinegrette.
Top with chicken and peppers. Enjoy!

So many

I’ve wanted to blog so many times recently but I couldn’t seem to put my thoughts to words that made sense. And when I did think I could make sense of everything something came up with the kids or I had an appointment but I am here now.

I started the new weight loss plan and although I cannot go into specific details I have been given the ok to tell my story just not share others.

I have been terrified of starting this diet. I was afraid I was going to be hungry, fail or just plain give up. I was also afraid that I would have massive headaches and not be able to function. But on Saturday I took the plunge and just decided that I was going to do this. I was going to give it my all and the hard work has paid off. Before I tell you my results so far let me tell you a little about the diet.

So as I mentioned this is a medical weight loss program and not something that everyone can participate in or should. I am in phase 1 of three. In phase one you are allowed 1000-1200 calories a day. You have two meal replacements and a lean cuisine type meal for supper and two snacks a day that’s it. Oh and some PGX granules to keep you full and satisfied. I only put mine on my supper since I haven’t experienced any hunger yet. Now I know some people are going to freak out when they read that I am only eating 1000 calories but please remember I am being closely supervised by an obesity specialist and he has done his homework to make sure that this is safe for his patients.

Now the good part. I have been following my diet to a T since Saturday and I am officially down 5 lbs today. The weight loss won’t always be this dramatic but for right now I will take it.

I’ve had a few people ask me what I eat in a day so I will give you a sample menu of what I’m eating and keep updating you as I go thru the program.

Breakfast: meal replacement shake

Snack: cheese string and apple

Lunch: meal replacement shake

Snack: spinach, cucumber, almonds, lemon poppy seed dressing

Supper: PC blue menu Italian Lasagna with pgx granules sprinkled on top.

And lots of water

I have to say I haven’t felt deprived at all so far on this diet. I am eating at regular intervals and I am eating quality food. In fact yesterday I went to a potluck  event that had a free sundae bar and I didn’t have any. In fact I didn’t eat any of the food at the potluck I portioned my own food and brought it with me. I am tired of losing and gaining the weight. And this is my last chance before surgery so I will give it my all.

 

I’m on track

So it’s been a little bit since my last post but I’m here to update you all. In my last post I talked about picking a plan and sticking to it. Well I am proud to say that I have been on plan with counting my WW points for five days and I am going strong. I can’t weight myself to see if I have made any progress but that’s probably a good thing for me. You see the number on the scale tends to set my mood and if I can’t weight myself (the scale battery died and I keep forgetting to buy one) then I just have to keep eating healthy and exercising. I think not constantly getting on the scale has also made me focus on what’s important.

I will have my weekly weight in on Wednesday/Thursday mornings at my Weight Watchers meeting.

I’ve noticed another trend since getting back on track with my eating. everything seems to be falling into place. We are on a good cleaning schedule with the house, we are on track with the homeschooling and we are a lot less stressed. Life is just very calm and peaceful this past week. I’m going to attempt to get onto a workout routine this week. I always find it easier to first get on track with my eating then add workouts in. I have been keeping active going for walks this week but I now want to add in weight lifting.

I also want to share a link to a chocolate pudding and chocolate ice cream I have started eating as my treats.

Here’s the salted caramel chocolate pudding link: http://vahuntergatherers.com/2014/08/13/salted-caramel-chocolate-pudding/#more-3004

Here’s the recipe for the chocolate ice cream. Sadly I can’t find the webpage I got it from so please let me know if you know where it came from.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

  • 2 Frozen Bananas
  • 1 – 1 1/2 Tbsp Cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • Almond milk

Directions

Cut banana into small chunks and put in a food processor or blender.  Add peanut butter and cocoa.  Add a little almond milk. Blend and add almond milk to you get a thick consistency.