Category Archives: healthy living

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.

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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?

 

One Year Post OP

This year has been full of ups and downs. I got away from blogging for a while not because I wanted to but because life became a little overwhelming. I am ready to come back now that I’ve landed back on my feet.

A year ago today I was a completely different person. I was always sore, tired and I was extremely overweight. I was battling my food and weight issues and trying everything I could to lose the weight and be healthy. I had been trying to lose the weight for years and just couldn’t shed all the weight I wanted to lose. Then I had my sleeve gastrectomy and my whole world changed.

I went from being someone that was consumed with thinking about how to lose weight, what I could eat, what I couldn’t eat, when I could eat and how much I could eat to not being hungry at all. This was so freeing to me it was like the shackles had been unlocked and taken off I was no longer a prisoner of my mind and body. The hunger is now starting to come back at 1 year post op but I am in control of the hunger the hunger is no longer in control of me. On top of that I changed as a person, I went from wanting to sit and watch tv to wanting to hike, camp, kayak and enjoy all the scenery around me. I went from having trouble walking around the block to walking and running 5K’s.

Something I learned through this process is there is a lot of misinformation out there about weight loss surgery so this year I want to get this blog up and running again. I want to show all of you how I live. I want to share with you how I eat to maintain my weight. What my favourite workouts are. How I am beating cravings and dealing with things like trips. Speaking of trips I am going to Mexico in a few weeks. I am going to be conquering some new adventures while I am there. I’m going to go snorkling for the first time and I can’t wait to share the pictures with all of you but for now I want to leave you with a picture of me a year ago and a picture of me today ūüôā

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Protein I put that S*** in everything

I am seriously starting to feel like the old lady in the Franks Red Hot sauce commercials, except instead of hot sauce it’s protein lol. My newest protein product is protein ice cream. With the weather getting warmer and warmer finally I want a healthy treat that will still get me to meet my protein goals. I am hoping to record and upload a vlog about all the products I’ve been trying. But here’s a list for those of you interested in my favourite protein products and it’s quite the list.

Atkins lift water (got mine at walmart)

Atkins Indulgence Bars(for when I want a chocolate bar also bought at walmart)

Syntrax comes in tons of flavours but I prefer Twisted Cherry and Fuzzy Peach  it makes a great protein juice or popscicles   ( got mine at a specialty shop but you can order from Amazon)

Vega chocolate protein powder with greens ( from walmart)

Premier protein protein bars especially the salted caramel one from Walmart

Premier protein shakes my favourite at the moment is the new bananas and cream ( I get them at walmart or costco)

Atkins Cookies and cream shake for when I want a milkshake type treat (got mine at walmart)

Those are just a few products so you can see why I feel like the lady from the commercial lol.

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I also want to share my numbers with you since it’s been a few weeks.

Current weight 188 lbs!!!!

Highest weight 274 lbs

If you’ve read up to this point thanks for bearing with me I’m a little scattered but I want to talk with you about some struggles since having weight loss surgery. Some would think it’ a blessing to never be hungry and to not realize you are skipping meals till it’s the end of the day. At first I was one of those people. I was grateful that for once in my life I wasn’t thinking about food and what I could eat and couldn’t eat. But now that I’m almost 6 months out and I am skipping 2 sometimes 3 of my 6 meals I am getting concerned. I am trying to be more respectful of my body and treat it properly which means I need to fuel it to avoid having deficiencies or getting malnourished. Thankfully I am part of a bunch of weight loss support groups and they have been helping me. I have my Fitbit set up to go off at regular intervals so that I eat and over the past few days that has helped me a lot. So I will keep that up and hope it becomes a habit ūüôā

Also here’s a link to the video if you have no idea who the old lady is with the hot sauce ūüôā

Fajita Omelette

This recipe came together without really thinking about anything except I have some leftover beef fajitas that I cannot let go to waste. And I am glad that I took the time to make this omelette because it was amazing.

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So what do you need to make this delicious recipe?

leftover crockpot fajitas (recipe on this post)

4 eggs

a hand full of baby spinach

Whisk your eggs in a bowl with some water. Cook at medium high heat in a non stick pan. While eggs are setting ( I can’t flip an omelette for the life of me so here’s a trick put a lid on your pan and your eggs will cook without having to flip them) reheat leftovers in microwave or in another pan. Add baby spinach. Fold omelette in half and serve. This recipe made enough for two people. If you want to make it for one simple decrease the amount of eggs and fajitas mix your reheating ūüôā

meatless monday

So it’s Monday again and I have another delicious meal to share with you. I made some lentil and mushroom burgers last night and hubby and I found them amazing. The kids are adjusting to a few of our bean, split pea and lentil recipes but I think it’s important for them to eat a little bit of everything and not just eat “kid foods”. This burger was full of flavour and I was worried it was going to be spicy but it wasn’t at all. Sadly I forgot to take some pictures and will try next time but trust me this recipe is amazing.

 

Lentil Mushroom burgers (make 6 really big burgers or 10 smaller ones)

what you need

1/2 cup (125 mL)  chopped walnuts
1 19 oz can (540 mL can)  lentils, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp (15 mL)  vegetable oil
3 cups (750 mL)  finely chopped mushrooms
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp (15 mL)  chili powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL)  salt
1/2 tsp (2 mL)  pepper
1/2 tsp (2 mL)  ground cumin
1/2 tsp (2 mL)  dried oregano
1/4 cup (60 mL)  dry breadcrumbs
1/4 cup (60 mL)  salsa

How to Make it

In large skillet, toast walnuts over medium heat, stirring often, until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Transfer to food processor. Add lentils; pulse just until smooth. Set aside.

In same skillet, heat oil over medium heat; fry mushrooms, onion, garlic, chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin and oregano until liquid is evaporated, about 10 minutes. Scrape into food processor. Add bread crumbs and salsa; pulse to combine. Form into patties. Refrigerate for 4 hours of they will be a sticky mess and stick to your pan.

Place on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning once, until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. 

Serve on a bun or with salad or with stir fried vegetables.

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!

If you can’t buy it make your own

During our trip to Ontario this summer I ate a salad that I loved. Problem is it’s only sold in Ontario and Quebec. ¬†So what’s a girl to do but recreate the salad at home. ¬†So here’s the delicious saladIMG_5750

BBQ Ranch Salad

2 cups baby spinach

1 tbsp crispy chow mein noodles

1 tbsp sliced almonds

1 tbsp BBQ Ranch dressing (I got mine at Safeway)

(optional) diced or shredded chicken

Toss everything together and 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.