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Time to get your sweat on

Lately I haven’t been pushing myself as hard as I could have been in my workouts. I was juggling quite a few things and when I had the time to workout I would chose to either watch tv or take a nap.

After going on a family vacation to Great Wolf Lodge and getting some rest I decided it was time to get back to working out. I never stopped completely working out I would still go for walks etc but I knew I could push myself more.

Today I signed into my BeachBody account and picked a workout. I have been hearing rave reviews of 80 day Obsession but knew that was a little too ambitious right out of the gate. I decided to try A little Obsessed instead. I was able to complete the whole first workout. To some this isn’t a big deal. But to me this is another achievement of what my body can do now that I am finally taking proper care of it. Did I get tired? Of course I did. Did I say a few choice words in my head? Yup. But the bottom line is I was able to complete a workout.

Some people often wonder why we post pictures of ourselves on social media after a workout. It’s not to show off, well at least not in my case…I don’t even know if it’s for the people that see the posts. I think it’s about showing myself that no matter how many times I have failed on this particular day I did it. I post to go back a week, two weeks or a few months later and look at the girl staring back at me in the picture saying you’ve got this. Your strong just dig deep. I suppose it’s somewhat of a photographic journal. They always say a picture is worth more then a thousand words and from experience of looking at old pictures there are some stories behind each and everyone. Some that are spoken and others that are kept just for me.

So if I can leave you with one thing today out of all of these ramblings. I would say love yourself, take the pictures that might be painful to look at later on they are telling your story.

We went on a trip

I haven’t blogged much lately. I’ve been busy trying to plan a surprise for the kids. The Surprise trip is now over and I can now get back to everyday life. We took the kids to Great Wolf Lodge. For anyone reading that has kids you have got to go there. Also for those thinking it’s really expensive well it can be if you participate in all the activities but we kept it pretty low key. We got a themed room and put the focus on the water park. We also saved some cash by planning ahead making a meal plan and hitting the grocery store before arriving at the lodge. With having had weight loss surgery it really doesn’t make sense for me to rely on places to have foods that my tummy can tolerate. It literally took me less then fifteen minutes to plan our menu. I knew it had to be something I could get to the kids quick that wasn’t too heavy as they would want to be back in the pool as soon as they could.

So how did I stay on track and eat healthy? What did we eat?

I bought:

cereal for the kids ( since we were in the States they wanted to pick a cereal we didn’t have available in Canada)

yogurts, apple sauce, cheese string, jerky, potato chips(for the kids and husband), lunchmeat, salads , individual ranch dressings, individual peanut butters, break, deli meat, a veggie platter and a fruit platter and  the kids also picked out some cupcakes and junk food

The first thing we ran out of was the fruits. I had got a platter and a medium size bowl of berries thinking it would be enough for the few days but the kids ate that up really quickly. They had lots of sammies and homemade type lunchables for meals. I had I guess lunchable type food.

We did indulge in some ice cream for a couple snacks but honestly we were using so much energy swimming I knew the tiny cup I was getting of ice cream wasn’t going to hurt anyone.

 

I use to think going on vacation meant an all out pig out with only eating junk food and restaurant food but I have to say I don’t feel like we missed out by eating in our room. It was actually less stressful to eat in our rooms. The kids could unwind and watch a cartoon or two and we got a break from all the noise. I think the kids will remember this trip for years to come. I know I will.

 

This Is My Blog

Lately I haven’t been blogging much. And to be honest it’s because I’ve got so caught up in reading blogs. Which then in turn turned into me not blogging at all. And you know what after thinking about it for a few weeks I’ve decided that as much as I want my content to be interesting to everyone I also want to be able to look back at this blog and see just how far I’ve come in my health and in my life as well. So hopefully with this new revelation I will be able to just let the words flow freely.

What We Found In The Kitchen Update

So I am still working on getting rid of supplies that I have kicking around the kitchen. Here’s the thing I think I’m going to change it up and instead of posting what I ate in a blog post I’ll be posting pictures of everything that I’ve cooked on my Facebook page and my instagram. That way I can actually spend time blogging about other things like new workouts and more about how life is after weight loss surgery…..

Two Year Post Op Bloodwork

On Tuesday I have my two year follow up with the Dr. I was sent a requisition to go get some blood work done before the appointment. I don’t think I will ever get use to how much blood they need to get all of the testing done. I think there was either 8-9 vials that they had to fill. I was able to check some of my results online and I am pretty sure I will be getting some more supplements added to my list of supplements to take. I seem to be suffering from low Iron, Vit D and B12. We will have to figure these issues out and I am pretty sure we will get it all sorted when I see the Dr.

So I had challenged myself not to buy any groceries till we depleted some of our stock that we accumulated in the cupboard and freezers. We have been doing good at that but I did have to go out and get some ingredients. My kids had a socials assignment to try foods from different places around the world. We made some sushi, some vegetable Couscous, greek pita pizza’s and a tropical fruit salad. It was fun for the kids and myself to try some new foods. We really liked making sushi and the fruit salad. The kids loved the pizza but the couscous was definitely not a hit in the house. Here’s some pictures of what we have been eating

Working Out Doesn’t Have To Be A Chore

Working out to me isn’t a chore but I know to a lot of people it can be. But guess what it doesn’t have to be. There are people like me that like working out in the gym, but it can be quite expensive. I actually gave up my gym membership a few months ago not because of the cost but because I never seemed to be able to get to the gym.

So what do I do you ask? Well I recently signed up for BeachBody On Demand since I can do the workouts at home. But honestly you don’t have to sign up for any programs to get your workouts. You can go for a walk, a jog or a run if that’s your thing. You can dance your way to a healthier you.  You can play tag with your kids. Or you can do what I did today which was go skating.

Over the years of yo yo dieting I would always try to stick to workout regiments that I hated but thought I had to do to lose weight. It wasn’t until I looked into all my options and really thought about what I liked that I no longer dreaded working out.

I also want to update you on what we ate today

Breakfast: everyone did their own thing I had a graham cracker since my stomach was queasy.

Lunch: Genoa salami and provolone cheese

Supper: I made home made sushi

I’m Only Human

Yesterday seemed for whatever reason to be a challenging day for me. I was hungry but didn’t want to cook. I didn’t want anything cold as I was cold and wanted a warm meal. Protein shakes and bars didn’t seem appealing at all. So what did I do? Well first I reached out to a few groups I’m on and got some great ideas. But when push came to shove last night I caved and got fast food. The kids wanted to eat Whopper Wednesday and since I was so not in the mood to cook anything.

Why am I telling you this? Well because I want you to know that I too am human. There are days when I make bad choices, there are days when I don’t feel like cooking. There are days when I am exhausted. I ate the whopper and it didn’t really do anything for me. It didn’t satisfy my hunger and it didn’t make the tiredness go away. But I can’t spend weeks thinking about this poor food choice, which is what I would have done in the past. What I took away from this is I need to be prepared. I need to have a few freezer meals ready to go for myself and the family. For some reason yesterday I was craving warmth and comfort. So I’m going to start having a few meals in the freezer that my fellow bariatric friends suggested and move on.

Don’t tear yourself down for one bad choice but also don’t keep repeating that same choice over and over again.

Recipes, Recipes Everywhere

As most of you that have been following my page for a while know I love to cook. In fact I’m actually a trained chef! So to say that I love collecting cookbooks and recipes would be an understatement. I see every new recipe as a painter sees a canvas. I very rarely keep a recipe as it’s written, I like putting my own spin on them. A few weeks back I went thru a giant binder I had chock full of recipes and tossed the ones that we had tried and didn’t like or that I found no longer fit my new way of eating. I was so proud that I had finally done that, that I decided to tackle my notes app in my phone. Now your probably thinking oh come on how many recipes could you possibly have on your phone. Well I had accumulated 1179 recipes. Lol that’s enough that I would never eat the same thing for at least a few years. I can now proudly say that I have saved only the absolute want to try recipes in a folder on my laptop and have deleted over 900 of them if not more. I think a lot of the time since I can’t eat treats I tend to copy the recipes for a special occasion.. But then a party or something comes up and I never make the first recipe I saved lol. I also purge anything that no longer fit my lifestyle. Anything sugar laden or high in fat or carbs was deleted. It’s actually nice to not have everything on my phone. I can no longer buy groceries on a whim because I found a recipe in my notes app.

Do you have a lot of recipes/ cookbooks lying around? Of all your cookbooks, copied recipes and pinterest pins how ofter do you actually make them?

The Diet and Fitness Industry

As the new year approaches the diet and fitness industry and going to be upping their game. Their going to start advertising their specials for you to sign up that are a limited time. Their going to start clogging the radio stations and tv’s with their commercials. If I have one piece of advice for you it would be DON’T GET SUCKED IN.

You see as much as the people at the diet centre or the gym seem to have your best interest at heart the truth couldn’t be further from the that. These industries don’t want you to succeed. They want your money. You are paying their salaries and at the end of the day they aren’t your friends their a business.

Think about it the last time you joined a weight loss centre where you successful? Did you keep up the program once you left it? Where you eating real food or their products and supplements?

I had tried tons of weight loss centre. I tried Weight Watchers and LA Weight loss more times then I can count. The truth is yes the programs can be successful if you can stick to their guidelines but rarely does anyone after their membership is over.

I had tried everything and decided on weight loss surgery after a lot of back and forth about really wanting to do. I am so grateful that I chose to in the end. But even if you don’t want to have surgery like I did, you still don’t need to join a weight loss centre and pay more money then most of us have. Oh and the one phrase I absolutely have from the diet and fitness industry is: What is your health worth to you? If you can’t afford or simply don’t want to pay all the money to these industries here are a few tips I can share with you that work for me.

  1. Meal plan
  2. Start an online food journal to track your protein, sugars etc….
  3. Decide on a a way of eating that works for you (Paleo, Keto, just keeping it simple with lean meats, fruits and veggies…whatever)
  4. Join a Facebook Group or make an accountability group with your friends ( support is probably the number one reason most of us fail at losing and keeping weight off)
  5. Don’t overhaul your cupboards all at once use the food you have already bought and make a healthy meal from them
  6. Don’t go hardcore on a workout program and get injured and quit ease into it.

What are some tips and tricks you use to stay on top of your goals?

Keeping It Real For You

I usually try to keep my blog a little more upbeat. Today I want to get real with all of you. My name is Rachelle and I will forever be a food addict! Over the last two years I have learned how to deal with my food addiction in the sense that I don’t gorge till I am sick and I fuel my body with proper portions. However the addict in me still shops as though I can eat like everyone else. I will buy things simply because their on sale only to realize I have no where to put this food in my fridge, freezer or cupboards. This is what I am working to overcome this year. I’m not sure why I feel the need to stock up on so much food. Maybe it’s from growing up in the country and once the weather started getting bad we would stock up more in case we ran out of power etc. Growing up we always had food in the house, I have never had to worry about where my next meal is coming from. Heck we even canned from fruits and veggies and my parents and Memere had a garden we could eat from. But still for some unknown reason I feel the need to stock my cupboards chalk full.

This year I’m going to try and get to the root of this need to stock food. I’m actually going to make another attempt to buy just bare essentials (toilet paper, dish soap and milk products) till I can clear out some of the food that I have accumulated in the house. I mean we are literally going to be eating like kings for the next few weeks. We have talapia, salmon, steak, pork chops, ham, a turkey, a roast of lamb and that’s just some of my proteins on hand. That’s not including the canned and frozen fruits and veggies. The curry sauces and the abundance of herbs and spices I have.  The dried bean and quinoa and rice. I’ve tried this challenge a few times on the blog and the post just kind of dwindle out because I cannot stop buying food. I am hoping that this time I will be able to clear out the food stores and show you the meals I am creating along the way.