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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Get Informed!





I've been reading some of my old posts this morning! A lot has certainly changed. I was obsessed with counting calories, I basically lived to count! Now, don't get me wrong, I still keep up with my calories, but not religiously. I am actually keeping a food journal (writing it down helps). I am using this journal for a reasons:
1) To track what I eat
2) To track how what I eat makes me feel

My Food Journal


3) To keep up with when I crave what
4)To get to know my habits and to hold myself accountable
5)I have Psoriasis, so I am also seeing how certain foods    effect my skin
So far, it has been really helpful. I am trying to cut back (& eventually cut out) processed foods. I have learned that I usually crave them at night, while watching TV!




I have started reading nutrition labels when I shop, you would be REALLY surprised to see what goes into your food. The food you feed yourself, your family, it is likely loaded with CHEMICALS, GMO's, UNNECESSARY SUGARS, FILLER, PRESERVATIVES, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, ETC.

What I am TRYING to stick to is 5 ingredients or less, UNLESS THEY ARE ORGANIC/NATURAL. For example, my organic granola bars have 7 ingredients, but they are all wholesome.
Cutting back on processed foods has been really though. A lot harder than I thought, but when you feed your body chemicals, naturally, your body is going to get hooked on them. I slip up, and have a setbacks; but I am not a failure, because I try that much harder the next day! Read more about ingredient labels HERE!

 I am also looking into going GLUTEN FREE, mainly because of my Psoriasis. I have it on my scalp, face, ears, neck, & one eyebrow. It is really painful and embarrassing.  So, this is something I am looking into as an option to improve it. I have also heard UV rays help, so here I come sunshine! 

A lot of the information I have come across recently about health has been from other blogs and books. In my next couple of posts I'll tell you about them & link you up, when possible!


"Skinny Bitch" was a really great read, it educated me on what I am putting into my body in ways I never thought possible. It really pushes the Vegan lifestyle, but it is chock-full of startling information. I used to LOVE Diet  Coke... However, I will NEVER consume it (or any other artificially sweetened product) again! Aspartame is atrocious! Did you know it was actually shot down by the FDA 8 (EIGHT) times! I mean really?! G.D. Searle, the founder of Aspartame, first went to the FDA in '73. In 1974 it was approved for dry foods, however in '75 the FDA created a task force to look into Searle's testing methods. The task force leader, Phillip Brodsky said he "had never seen anything as bad as Searle's testing" and called his results "manipulated". The road after this was long and bumpy for Mr. Searle, and there were a few investigations. Oddly enough (most of) those who challenged him ended up on his payroll; how bizarre! In 1980 it was determined that it should NOT be approved! In 1981 a new FDA Commissioner was appointed and approved it. (This info is from a chapter titled Sugar is the Devil, Skinny Bitch)
That is a pretty intense history, and yet it still consumed by the masses, probably because like I was, they are uninformed. They say "Ignorance is bliss", when it reality it is just IGNORANCE!
Do you know the (known) side effects of Aspartame? Seizures, migraines, & more! Check out the list www.sweetpoison.com
You can also find it in a lot of kid's food items! If you are buying something with "50% less sugar!" You might want to check your ingredients! 
Here are some amazing websites to gather knowledge from:

More links to come!


Get informed and...
Wish me luck, y'all!

P.S. Sorry for getting preachy!











Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Playing Catch Up!




My last post was July 8, 2012 (See it here). I was updating y'all on my life and my progress, and on changes at work. I fully intended on logging in & posting the next day as well. However, on July 9, 2012, my life changed. I lost someone very, very close to me and my heart. My dad. 
I received a call shortly after dropping my little off for school, it was my Step-Mom asking me to go to the house to check on my Dad, my Nan-Nan (grandmother) was already there, along with the police. The officer asked if I minded trying to bust out a window (the locksmith was an hour away), I said "No".  So, we wrapped my hand in a towel and tried with a brick. However, that window refused to break. The officer then went and retrieved a lock pick kit from another officer, this was also unsuccessful. Another officer tried to kick the door in; another no-go. What ended up working was a sledge hammer. The officers then went in and announced themselves & called out to my Dad... No answer. By following his dog (Bruno), they found him. Bruno wouldn't leave his side once, or let the officers near my dad, so I volunteered to go in and get him. It was really hard to see him like that. He had suffered a heart attack the day before. Unknown to him and to us, he had arrhythmia  and an enlarged heart. The coroner gave us a name for it all, I just can't think of it! 
After finding him, I only cried once. Everyone said I was in shock. However, that was not the case. Instead of expressing my feelings in a healthy way, I ate them away. If I was sad, I ate. If I missed him, I ate... You get the point. By doing this, I basically un-did all of my hard work. It was a really hard for me to admit I had gained so much. I went up 15 lbs and  a total of 13 inches. 



I knew I had gained some weight (my jeans weren't quite fitting right [as in not buttoning] & some shirts weren't quite right either), but it wasn't until I stepped on a scale & took my measurements that I realized just how much! I started trying to correct this problem in the beginning of January.  I have always been more concerned with losing weight quickly (ya know, the microwave generation), and not as concerned with my over-all health.  However, I didn't gain it all in one month & I am not going to lose it all in one month; not if I want to keep it off! When it comes to health, slow & steady is going to win the race.
The first change was no more soda. I only drink unsweetened coffee (in the morning), hot tea, and water. I never knew how much I loved water! I don't think I can get through my day without it! My next  change was starting to cut out heavily processed foods. I am not all the way there, but I am making amazing progress. I am eating a ton of fruits & veggies everyday! I still need to work on eating breakfast! 

I know this has been painfully long, but it has been a long time since I have posted. I'll post again to continue playing catch up. And, I'll leave you with my new mantra... 
"DON'T WISH FOR IT, WORK FOR IT!" 
Wish me luck, y'all! 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Weekly Updates?(PIC HEAVY)

I am thinking about doing weekly updates instead of daily. What do y'all think? Well, you know, assuming someone is reading this! Either way, I am giving it a try.


I said I would post a progress update at the end of the week, and here it is...
I am down 3lbs, to 130. I have lost half an inch in my hips (32.5in), an inch in my waist (28in), I have stayed the same in my bust (32in)[thankgoodnessbecausethereisreallynothingtolose]! I don't have previous leg measurements, but I am starting them now! My thigh is coming in at 20 in (beeeefy) & my calf at 13 in. My wrist measures 6 in (super bony) & my neck is 13in.












I really need to get back on track with working out & drinking my water, etc. So, tomorrow that (re)starts! I think I would benefit from a work out partner/healthy eating partner. My hubs isn't really interested in eating quite as healthy as I am. I just need some REAL LIVE ACCOUNTABILITY!! However, as of yet, I have had no takers.

My week has been pretty uneventful, a lot of rain, a lot of work. However, work has brought good news! Unfortunately I cannot discuss it quite yet... But I promise I will soon! Also, I made homemade bread! DELISH!! It was a bit heavy, I would like to find a lighter/fluffier recipe. If YOU know of one, link me up! You can the one I followed here. I found the website listed on the container of dry active yeast that I used! And now, for the bread making pictures:
Mixing the dough with the mixer my grandmother handed down to me!

Kneading the dough! 

Before covering it, to let is rise! 

My iced coffee & fudge pop I enjoyed while I waited! 

An hour later, it had risen! 

My greased pan! 

Ready to bake! 

Baking! 

Finished product! 
I was really impressed by what a simple process this was. The hardest part was being patient while it rose. The sandwiches we ate on were supremely delicious!
Grilled chicken with Swiss! 
Now, I am cooking dinner, Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac-N-Cheese with garden fresh Squash & Zucchini. YUM! It is under 500 cal/serving... So you can't beat that. I didn't have enough of any one cheese, so I had to mix cheddar, parm, & swiss. It was pretty good. I would have liked the sauce to be cheesier or to have had some cheese to top it with. Oh well, I will be better prepared next time. Ok, so here are pics & the recipe! 
I used one chicken breast, chopped, & seasoned with this.
It is my go-to seasoning. 

I cooked the chicken in  a drop of oil & a splash of ranch. I cooked the chicken
over medium-low until the ranch was absorbed. 

I forgot to photograph it, but after I cooked the 2 sliced of bacon I added them to the chicken. 

I used 1 stick of butter, 2 TBSP of greek yogurt, a splash of cream
along with cheddar, parm, & swiss cheese to make my sauce. 

Mixing my sauce.

I mixed all of my ingredients in the pan, and sprinkled with panko bread crumbs & ranch.
I baked at 350 for 20 min.

I made squash & zucchini (from our garden) to go with it. 

Finished dish...
Looks good, huh?

I eat off of a salad plate for portion control! 
I also wish I would have made more of a roux and less of a sauce. Ah, oh well, hindsight is always 20/20. It was still delicious & definitely a keeper. Make it, doctor it up, let me know how it turned out for you!! What would you do differently? I want to know. Food is something I thoroughly enjoy.

We took my little to the beach today. We live very close to the Gulf of Mexico, however, we took him to Mobile Bay instead. I was so excited to take picture of my boo's first beach trip with mom & dad... but forgot my SD card!! Luckily, a lady there who happened to be a photographer offered to shoot a few pics! I'll post them when I get them! In the mean time, check out her website!! You can do so by clicking here!!  He really loved the beach, but it was so hot, so we didn't stay too long.
This is the beach park we visited. I have been going here since I was his age!
Well, I am off to enjoy the night with my boys. I am excited to get back into the swing of things. I know I can do this. I made progress half-assing it... So imagine the results if I really put in the effort.

Wish me luck, y'all!



Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tuesday Update

Today I was treated to a yummy breakfast by my gramma. She made me bacon & toast with black raspberry jam and french vanilla coffee. Gosh, she is just TOO SWEET! For lunch I enjoyed left overs from last nights white chicken chili. It was even better today. For dinner we had whole wheat pasta with baked chicken smothered in tomatoes cooked in a homemade white sauce. I also made some roasted veggies. It was amazing. =]

Now, I am off to enjoy this stormy night with my boys. And to exercise in a bit.

Wish me luck, y'all!

Monday, July 2, 2012

White Chicken Chili

Today was uneventful. I went to work... work was busy. I had Moe's for lunch... after all, it is Moe Monday!
I don't have much to report on working out or meals... because I over slept and the weather was awful!
However, dinner was great! We had white chicken chili... The recipe I used (loosely)can be found here. It was very. very good. The only changes I made were no jalapenos, no cumin, no oregano, & no monterey jack cheese... ONLY because I didn't have these items on hand & didn't want to venture out into the rain.
I instead used all purpose greek, green chilies, & wisconsin sharp cheddar. I also dolloped a little greek yogurt onto mine. Delish. =]
I swear I am working on getting back into the swing of things. Eventually.
Wish me luck, y'all.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Slowly...

Well y'all I am slowly getting back into the swing of things. It has been tough lately... between taking care of my puppy, my sick little, & my 2 jobs I got a little overwhelmed. I was just too busy... I would do it later...
I HAD A LOT OF EXCUSES... & then I realized just that. I was being LAZY & making EXCUSES!

Well, no more. I am back y'all. I take this seriously & I am not going to fail. At the end of this week (Friday) I am going to post a progress report. Have a great Sunday, &...

Wish me luck, y'all!

Monday, June 25, 2012

M.I.A

I know, I know... I have been missing in action. I am SO sorry. After my Moo Bear got attacked I have been spending my non work hours taking care of her.
She is doing so much better. Her wounds are closing up & she isn't as scared to go outside. She is even going out in the fenced yard alone now. I am proud of her progress. Since I have been M.I.A, let me link you to some inspiration.

Pre & Post Work Out Food Guides:

http://greatist.com/fitness/pre-post-workout-snacks/

http://www.shawncanblog.com/2012/05/what-you-should-eat-before-and-after.html

Wish me luck, y'all!