It's only Tuesday , and this week has already exhausted me! Over the weekend I decided to be adventurous and finally try a recipe I've been wanting to attempt. There are days I crave chocolate like there's no tomorrow, and most recipes I find to try, I adapt in some way to make it the way I like. The recipe I tried comes from a great blog site that I've been following for many years, chocolatecoveredkatie.com/. I was super excited to try her recipe for unbaked brownies. Her recipe can be found here: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2016/03/07/the-ultimate-unbaked-brownies-raw-vegan/
Sunday morning rolls around and I decided that was the day to make these delicious looking bad boys. I had all of the ingredients at home, except for walnuts. I used what I had instead, which was almonds. A few years back, I bought a Vitamix. I absolutely LOVE my Vitamix and use it almost as much as I use my muffin tins. I've been able to chop, puree, and pulverize just about anything. Well....Sunday morning my Vitamix met it's match! DATES! Of all things, who knew these sweet, innocent , overgrown raisin-looking , sweet pieces of fruit could be so evil!! I poured 1 cup in the Vitamix at a time, the first cup went smoothly. The second cup...not so much. I began smelling the sweet aroma of the dates, mixed with the stench of an over worked piece of plastic. After about 30 minutes of fighting with my Vitamix to hold on for one more minute while the dates were fully pulverized, I gave up. I figured the dates were squished enough, I should just get started on the almonds. I mixed the almonds in a food processor, with the remainder of the ingredients, and then added all to the date mixture, and mixed by hand. Once thoroughly mixed, I moved the mixture to a greased glass container, and proceeded on the topping. This was much , MUCH easier, considering the drama that ensued with the dates. This was my final product (WARNING, it looks NOTHING like what I was hoping for, but I'm sure that's just user error)
So next was the taste test . While they didn't look how I had hoped, they have to taste decent right? For me, they tasted like......dates that had cocoa powder and almonds mixed in them, and they were far from tasting like anything remotely like a brownie. I decided to do the ultimate taste test and let the kids try. They were eager to see what the end result would be. My little princess took a bite , made a face like someone had just passed a serious amount of gas, and then proceeded to the garbage can to spit out her bite. She then handed me the napkin that had the remaining piece in it, and said "that's ok, I'm not hungry". My older princess, the seemingly more diplomatic one took a bite, smiled, and said "oh wow these are good!" I said "really?!?!" the excitement swelled in my voice as I thought , YAY I did it! 1/2 of the kids like it, that's a win in my book.....Then she answered my excited "really?!?!" with an empathetic...."Well, honestly, I've eaten cardboard that tasted better than this" and she proceeded to walk to the trash can and spit out the remnants of her bite. Back to the drawing board.....Let me know if you are , have , or will be trying this recipe. I'd love to see others results! Until next time!
Happy New Year! My goodness where has the time gone?!?!? It's been over 2 months since my last post!! I can't believe how fast time has flown. November and December are such busy months with the Holidays, time had just escaped me. It's a new year, so I wanted to give the blog a facelift...what do you think?
Where do I even begin to update ? I'm nearing almost 7 months since I completely rid my diet of any processed carbs, gluten, potatoes, and rice. Weight loss progression has come to a halt, I've basically teetered between 25 and 27 lbs down for the past almost 3 months. It hasn't been a complete disappointment though, because there have been so many more non-scale related victories. The first being my clothes. I was able to purchase a shirt from the misses section and not the super limited plus sized section! Also, I've dropped 3 pant sizes, which is mainly due to losing 8 inches from my waist! Secondly, I've decreased the systemic inflammation in my body to the point where I am not constantly in pain every day. My massage therapist is able to massage me without having to break through so much rough tissue. My back was compared to a turtle shell previously. My chiropractor is able to adjust my back with much ease. My adjustments were a workout for the both of us previously because nothing would move! I can move with more ease, and my range of motion has increased significantly. Last, but definitely not least... I 've decreased my mile time from close to 20 minutes to go 1 mile on a treadmill/elliptical to just under 10 minutes!!! It's actually 9 minutes, 44 seconds to be exact! These victories are amazing, and I attribute these positive changes to my healthier lifestyle.
Which brings me to my newest focus, using food to heal you. It's absolutely amazing how you can change your overall health, simply by modifying what you put into your body. Food can become a medicine, but if you abuse it, it can become poison. I'm slowly , but surely, learning the benefits of using food to fuel and nurture my body. I'm learning so much along the way, and I'd like to start sharing what I learn with you! Going forward, I will be focusing on various foods , their health benefits, how I incorporate them into my diet, as well as recipes that I've tried. I'm really excited about this, as I hope you will be when you follow along with my adventures of learning various food benefits, trying new foods, reviewing recipes, and whatever else comes to mind. The most important thing for me is that I'm going to be focusing on the positive. I won't be focusing on telling you all the things you shouldn't eat, but rather highlighting the good and positive attributes only :) Let me know if you have suggestions of foods I should try, or recipes, I'm all ears!
http://www.mommybehealthy.com/mommy-be-healthy/organic-non-organic-gmo-non-gmo-decisions-decisions-decisionsHey hey hey! I've been under the weather off and on for the past few weeks and haven't had much energy to put into a blog post until now :) Guess who's down 25 lbs?!?! That would be me! I'm super excited and pumped about this. While I lose weight much, much , MUCH slower now than I did pre-kiddos, I'm still doing it! It's been a struggle because some days I just want to throw in the towel and eat something bad, but I don't. It's been over 4 months since I've given up breads, pastas, potatoes, rice etc, and I feel amazing. My body doesn't ache like it used to, my brain is less foggy, and my skin has cleared up. The last one is the most noticeable change, as my adult acne has basically gone completely. *happy dance*
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner?!?! I had hoped to be down 40 lbs at this point, but I will take whatever I can get. One thing that I've realized that I'm constantly needing now is protein to keep me satiated. I'm usually opting for quick items for snacking, like Greek yogurt, string cheese, and various lunch meats. Eating more protein than ever made me think of the time I was a Vegetarian. Once upon a time, I gave up eating meat (still ate eggs, drank milk, etc) for nearly 9 years. All throughout High School and College, I was a vegetarian. Surprisingly, being a vegetarian 20 years ago wasn't that difficult. The one thing I missed the most was turkey at Thanksgiving. We found alternatives to most everything. There were soy hot dogs, soy turkey, soy crispy chicken patties, soy "ribs", soy lunch meats, soy, soy, and more soy! Regardless of what I ate at the time, it never filled me up, as much as my most favorite food of all....CARBS!!!! A huge bowl of pasta with Alfredo sauce, garlic bread, and some soda to wash it down. Now that's vegetarian....right? I found that I basically replaced the meat I was eating with carbs, in order to get full. Beans, potatoes, bread, pasta, you name it, it was on the menu. I thought that my cholesterol levels and overall health would have improved with leading a no meat lifestyle, but it was far from that. Granted I was much younger back then, and weighed less, my cholesterol levels were through the roof. The entire time my family was vegetarian, all of our cholesterol levels were astronomical. We now know that your body creates the bad cholesterol, not just from having meat in your diet, but rather, those crappy carbs.
Fast forward 13 years since giving up my vegetarian lifestyle, and now I eat much more seafood, lean meats, but I still don't eat beef. I actually haven't eaten beef in 20 years. Off and on over the years I've contemplated becoming a vegetarian again. I've watched various documentaries about food, (Food, Inc., Forks Over Knives, Food Matters, Vegucated, etc) and I have friends who have since become vegetarian after watching such documentaries, I have not. While there are days I do eat only vegetarian foods, I've chosen to try to modify my diet by eating things that are less processed. The vegetarian processed foods are just as bad, if not worse, than eating meat (in my opinion) I'm much more educated on the whole topic of nutrition than I was 20 years ago, so I choose now to have a diet rich in whole foods. Whenever possible, I choose organic fruits and vegetables that are considered higher in pesticides (you can see the blog I posted about this....here: www.mommybehealthy.com ) I also choose organic/humanely raised meats whenever possible.
With Thanksgiving a week away, I've been brushing up on some recipes and ready to get cooking. I'm committed to remaining free of the bad carbs and will not be eating any rice, or potatoes this holiday. This should be interesting since this will be the first Thanksgiving without my absolute favorite....stuffing. I shall post a blog all about this next time. So....share with me your thoughts on vegetarianism. Have you, would you, could you ever consider giving up bacon? I'd love to hear from others who are vegetarian or considering becoming one. Share with me!
Ok so it's been a couple of weeks since I've updated. Life as a busy mommy is, as always, eventful. I've been under some significant stress at work lately which has thoroughly, for lack of any better words, and to keep this a PG rated blog, has sucked. This past week was the first week since early July that I actually thought about wanting my old comfort foods....mainly pizza. I found myself mentally struggling with my stress and keeping myself from falling into bad habits. I had to take a step back and breathe. I was stressed about being stressed, and then I was stressed about the fact that I felt the carb cravings were taking over. I was feeling extremely stress-strated (stressed and frustrated) I'm happy to report, that even though I did eat two miniature sized Snickers ( I counted the calories) , I'm still on track and did NOT fall off the wagon. I've stayed within my calorie goals and I'm still keeping away from the breads, pasta, rice, potatoes and all my other vices. It was quite the challenge, but I'm so determined, I don't think anything will break me! I was hoping for some good news on my weigh in day, however...I haven't lost any weight in exactly 1 month. I'm fluctuating between the same two pounds up and down. In an effort to help quell my frustrations of the scale, I decided to take my measurements. While I may not have lost any weight in a month, and while I may be fluctuating up and down 1-2 lbs, I have successfully lost 8 inches since September 16th!!! (Can I get a whoop whoop?!?!?) On my waist alone, I have lost 6 inches!!! This definitely put a smile back on my face. All in all, since January 26th of this year, I have lost a total of *drumroll* 27 inches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My waist is the smallest it has been in at least 8 years. I am taking this victory and running with it. I'm still keeping my goal of 16 lbs down by Thanksgiving. I will readjust at that time....if needed.
Another small victory happened this week as well. My BGP (big girl princess) can now successfully touch her hands together behind my back when giving me a hug! This is an awesome feeling because to see her face light up when she actually touched her fingers together was so much more motivation for me to keep going. This is something she's never been able to do in her lifetime, so she was pretty impressed herself. I think it was the first time she's truly realized that I'm getting healthier. Yesterday evening we were eating salad, and in the salad there were cherry tomatoes, soy beans, and blueberries (among other things) BGP picked up a cherry tomato and said, in her best voice impression of me, "Hi I'm mommy waaaay before I started to lose weight", then she put it down and proceeded to pick up a soy bean. Again, "Hi I'm mommy before I started to lose weight". She put that down, picked up a blueberry and said "Hi I'm mommy now, oooh look at me I'm so cute". I guess my boost in self confidence is evident to her as well. She gave us all a good laugh, but it made me super happy inside to know she's seeing the difference. She's seeing me make healthier choices, and she's seeing how much happier I am when making those choices. I finally feel like I'm being a great role model for her, in relation to leading a healthy life. We've come a long way now from asking Siri why their mom is so fat to noting how I've gone from a cherry tomato to a blueberry :)
Something I'm realizing on my journey thus far is, no two people's journeys are the same. Weight loss tools and techniques that have worked for others, don't work for all. The process is trial and error. It takes an EXTREME amount of patience within yourself, as well as within your support system. Having a support system is a necessity. Whether it be online, via chat, text, in person, family, friend, pet, stuffed animal, whatever, it's imperative that you surround yourself with those that are supportive of what you are doing. The best thing I could have done for myself thus far is, this blog. I'm holding myself accountable every step of the way, but at the same time, I have many eyes on me. All other weight loss attempts I have kept to myself or a small group of people, this time is different. I'm sharing it on the most public place there is.
I'm down 24 lbs! This has been a slow and steady race hasn't it? I'm at the lowest weight that I've been in 3 years, however I sat down and looked at pictures from 3 years ago, while I may be at a similar weight, my body has changed. Changed for the better! I can definitely tell I've lost more fat, especially in my midsection. Seeing as how my weight is creeeeeeping at a snail's pace, I have a goal to be down to 40 lbs lost by Thanksgiving. That's 16 lbs I'd have to lose, in 55 days, or roughly about 8 weeks. I have to lose 2 lbs a week to get there. What does that mean? Time to ramp up my workout schedule! I've got my eating under control, I just need to squeeze a little more fitness into my routine, and I think this goal will be attainable. At this point....only time will tell :)
Moving on....So I can't help it, I'm already thinking about Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas. I'm a baker, I love to bake around the holidays, however this year I have a bit of a dilemma. Most of the things I bake, are definitely not conducive to weight loss, only pure joy and happiness. Hence, I'm on a mission to find some new, delicious, innovative, and healthy recipes to help quell my baking needs. After a trip to Bonefish Grill a few weeks back, and having creme brulee for the first time in a long time, I really wanted creme brulee. I started looking up healthier versions online, doing a little research on how to cook it, how to get the best results, and how to get it to taste good. The recipe I decided on consisted of the following:
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla- I use pure and not imitation
12 oz fat free evaporated milk
1/3 cup granulated sugar- I substituted agave here
4 teaspoons light brown sugar- I used turbinado sugar as this was used for the crunchy topping
I whisked all the eggs, milk, vanilla, and agave, and then strained the mixture to be sure it was smooth. I placed a half cup of the mix into bowls like these:
I then placed the bowls into a deeper baking pan and added boiling water to the bottom of the pan. Just enough go reach about an inch on the side of the outside of the bowls. I baked these for 35 minutes on 325 degrees F. I was super excited because they were baking nicely and looked awesome. Fast forward to the good part, the taste test. I just knew they were going to be awesome because I followed the directions perfectly. Guess what?!?!?! EPIC FAIL!!! I won't sugar coat it, they were gross. I basically was successful at baking some sweet scrambled eggs with a sugar topping. Which leads me to my next topic....I need some recipes. Send me some recipes that I can attempt to make healthier, or send me some already healthy recipes I can try out. Time is ticking away and only 55 days until Thanksgiving and 84 until Christmas!
Howdy ya'll! How was your Labor Day weekend? We spent it at the beach and it was fabulous. I weighed myself before going and was down 22 lbs! Can I get a whoop whoop?!? I'll weigh myself again this coming Friday. Today was one of those days I had to stop and think and look for a little bit of sanity. I know some people have asked me how am I staying so disciplined and how am I balancing all of my commitments...The answer is...everyday, I lose a little bit of my mind LOL. I wanted to share with you a typical day in my house. Follow me on my journey of mom-ing (that's the art of being a mom) and fitting all other stuff and thangs in my schedule. Here's how my typical weekdays start...
5:45 am- Hubby's alarm goes off to wake up for work....I wake up as well, then eventually doze off until my alarm at 6:30, then it's off to the races *queue horse race music* I jump out of bed because at this point I can't afford to hit the snooze button. I quickly dress myself, brush my teeth, throw half of my makeup on, pull my hair back, and proceed the super exciting task of waking the children. Big girl princess (BGP) is the first to make a peep, and warns me that if I turn the bright light on, it won't be a good morning. Meanwhile, little girl princess (LGP) is busy snoring away. I proceed to get their clothes and start putting socks on both kids. BGP finally gets out of the bed and lands on the floor. Now the task is to somehow get her off the floor and brushing her teeth. I leave her on the floor and proceed to LGP who is now starting to wake up, and promptly complains about how cold it is in the room, to which I quickly get her dressed, and she is finally out of the bed, but now lying on the floor next to BGP. Eventually, BGP makes her way to the bathroom and starts brushing her teeth, but LGP is still on the floor, but now she has rolled halfway to the bathroom. Success, they are both eventually brushing their teeth. Score 1 for supermom! I rush downstairs, pop some healthy multigrain high protein waffles in the toaster and proceed with the oh so fun task of hair fixing. BGP usually wants something elaborate, but mommy overrules and she ends up with an awesome sauce pony tail. LGP is a bit easier, as she wants one hairstyle and one hairstyle only which is half of her hair in a pony tail. Waffles pop up, and I promptly spread some fruit jam over them, smash them together and made some waffle-whiches. Now it's 7:20 and my alarm is going off . This alarm is affectionately referred to as the "get your a$$es in the car" alarm. I make sure lunches are packed, all forms are signed, blankets, jackets, and water bottles are in backpacks, shoes are on, and off we go! I finally drop the kids off by 7:35 and get to work by 8. I put the remainder of my makeup on and can now start my day.
I work a desk job that can be stressful at times, but I used my Fitbit to remind me to get up and walk. I have an alarm set on my Fitbit to go off every hour I'm at work. This reminds me to get up and walk around. A step is a step, even if I'm walking in place, it's better than sitting. After a long and tiring day at work, I leave by 4:30-5:00 pm and make my way home. Once home it's time to get everything ready for the next day. I check the kids backpacks, sign all their papers, finish homework, and make lunches for the next day (including my own)....Oh wait I forgot, I'm also simultaneously making dinner, which hubby usually helps with so that's a super plus! Lunches are finished, homework is finished, dinner is finished, and now it's off to the gym! I typically try to go to the gym 3 times per week. If I'm not at the gym, then now it's time to play some dance games on the Wii, or walk the neighborhood. Whatever it takes to get in my 10-15k steps per day, I try and do it. Once the daily exercise is complete, it's dinner and shower time. I also make an attempt to load the dishwasher, tend to our rabbit, and clean up the usual day to day messes. Cleaning up after 2 young kids is a workout in and of itself. My floor typically consists of random lego pieces, miniature My Little Ponies, a stray sock....or 7, a half eaten piece of bread, 4-5 headbands, 17 hair clips, cut up pieces of yarn, the pillows that should be on the sofa, pencils, chalk bits and pieces, and the list could go on and on. I shall spare you the mundane details. I usually end my evening around 10, and that is the time I catch up on social media, emails, write my blogs, etc. My side jobs include....Board member of my neighborhood HOA, Room coordinator/party planner for BGP's class, Room Treasurer for LGP's class and Co-leader of BGP's Girl Scout troop,
There's so much more I could get into, but I think you have the general idea :) Whew! Well enough about me.....what are you up to? What's your typical day look like???
So I totally couldn't wait to get on the scale for 2 weeks. I cheated and weighed myself on Thursday of last week and was super disappointed that the number was a pound up. I was so irritated, and found myself wanting to just throw in the towel....but I didn't. I knew there was no way I could have gained a pound, so I just kept pushing through. Friday morning I decided I was a glutton for punishment and weighed myself again. This weigh in went a little something like this...pulled the scale out, made sure I had voided any and all liquid that my bladder may have been holding, undressed as much as is humanly possible, and took a deep breath. I stepped on the scale. I swear it felt like I was watching an episode of The Biggest Loser where they get on the scale and you have to wait until the commercial break to see what the number is. I exhaled and looked down...I proceeded to yell at the scale "It's about damn time!" as if the scale can hear me and had feelings. I said it with such fervor. BAM! 20 lbs lost! Fina-freak-ingly! I jumped my booty off of that scale and jumped off my first plateau. I was feeling awesome and accomplished. I know I feel better and look better than I have in years, but that damn scale has to validate it for me. It's unfortunate, but that's what I have to go by. So here comes Saturday and I was feeling pretty awesome, so I decided to weigh myself again. My face was looking very different to me, and I can only attribute the difference in the fact that my eyes are more visible and my cheeks aren't so puffy.
Before I go into detail about my Saturday weigh in, I want to give a little background on my struggle with losing. Over the course of the past 13 years, I have managed to gain a total of 70 lbs (non pregnancy weight), however in that time I've never been able to lose more than 20 lbs at a time. During that span of 13 years I have done the following in an attempt to lose weight: Weight Watchers (6 times, 4 times online and 2 in person), juicing, Personal trainer, Nutritionist, Metformin, calorie restriction, Quick Weight Loss Clinics, P90X, South Beach Diet, Mediterranean Diet,6 week body makeover, low carb diet, Sugar busters, The Biggest Loser meal plans....shall I go on? I think you get the point. Some of the notables: with Weight Watchers, out of all 6 attempts over the years, the most I lost was 16 lbs. Juicing I would do more for detoxing, but I would lose close to 10 lbs (mostly water). Metformin does nothing but give me stomach aches and nausea....weight loss is non existent. Quick Weight Loss, now that's an interesting beast right there. I did this for about 6 months, halfway into it I was dry heaving over all the food I was supposed to eat, none of their supplements came without artificial sweeteners, and the salt restriction led to constant light headed feelings and nearly passing out. However....I did lose 19 lbs. The most success I had was with a personal trainer/nutritionist combo. I lost 20 lbs back in 2009, but hit a plateau for about 6 months and literally gave up. My trainer as well as nutritionist didn't know what else to do for me at that point. I was frustrated to no end. That was the last time I had been able to lost 20 lbs. Which brings me back to Saturday. I decided to step on the scale once again because again, I'm a glutton for punishment of the scale, and a number popped up. I looked at it and then got off the scale, waited for it to turn 0 again and got back on again saw the same number, got off, and repeated again!. I couldn't believe what I saw. The number on my scale was 21 lbs down from where I started!!!! Could this really be happening?!?! Did I really just break a weight loss slump of 13 years?!?! YES I DID!!! Of course this weigh in was followed by some tears of joy because I'm doing it! I'm finally doing it!! I've had so many people comment this past week as well that they can tell I've lost weight. This is HUGE for me as I haven't heard that in a long time. My next thing is to get to 40 lbs lost. That's my next goal. Once I reach there....I (hopefully) will reveal my starting and current weights to all the world to see. I might even post a picture, just depends on how adventurous I am feeling :)
In other news, I discovered Cotton Candy Grapes this weekend. Can I just say, HOLY MOLY! I'm pretty sure these grapes have some highly addictive substance in there. I was skeptical at first when the lady in the grocery store said "they have grapes over there that taste just like cotton candy" I said " nuh uh!" she replied "yes, here!" (hands me her bag to try one) Me: "SHUT UP!!, they do taste like freaking cotton candy!!" I proceeded to buy 2.5 lbs worth of these precious little jewels from the heavens above!. At 3.99/lb they better get eaten at home! Well no worries there! By Sunday I had to buy another 2.5 lbs to help keep our new addiction at bay. If you follow me on Instagram, here's my grape photo: (mommybehealthy)
Hello Everyone! I must admit , the past few weeks have been...interesting. I've officially hit my first plateau of this weight loss go round. Without fail, one of the reasons I haven't been able to lose past 20 lbs in many many many years is because I ALWAYS hit my plateaus at that point. I'm happy to report I'm 18 lbs down, however I've been there now for 2 weeks. The scale has been teetering between 17 and 18 lbs. I have a few tricks up my sleeve in hopes to help me move off of this plateau. In the past, I've stayed on a plateau for as much as 6 months, and I'm super determined NOT to let that happen this time around! I've gotten into a good rhythm with my cardio workouts, but I know for a fact I need to add some strength training into the mix. Starting with tomorrow's workout, I will be trying to do at lest 2 days of strength training in addition to my 4 or so days of cardio. I'm also planning on shaking up my calorie intake to alternate 1200 calories and 1400 calories. I'm hoping these changes will kickstart my body and get this weight down! My goal every week is 2 lbs, so hopefully I will be able to get to some sort of consistency. Ooh and also....I'm not weighing myself for the next 2 weeks. Hoping to avoid any discouragement.
What else have I been up to??? This past Monday was my 1 year follow up with my cardiologist. I know I've mentioned it previously, but I have an enlarged heart, or LVH (Left Ventriclular Hypertrophy). I'm under the care of a cardiologist for cholesterol/triglyceride issues as well as my enlarged heart. Because of the type of enlargement I have, it puts me at an increased risk for abnormal heart rhythms. Well this visit was to reassess all my issues. I had lab work done, an ultrasound on my heart (Echo), and had to do an ETT (Exercise Tolerance Test). It was a super full day! The results of all the tests were ok, but not as good as I was hoping. My echocardiogram showed no increase in the heart size, which is good, but I was hoping for it to go down in size...at least a little. My exercise test, which was me running on a treadmill until my maximum hear rate was achieved, which was 188 beats per minute, was ok as well. I have extra beats that try to throw themselves in there while I'm exercising, but other than that it looked good. He did mention that I actually had less of these extra beats than the previous test from a year ago. Lastly, my lab results were good. Everything is "in range", however I have much room for improvement. I want to have the "in range" results to be achieved, without medication. I know I'm well on my way to getting there, so I'm optimistic it will happen. I have my next follow up in 6 months. I'm hoping to be down 50 lbs from now at that point....Only time...and persistence will tell if that will happen or not.
With everything else going on,the week before last, I started having a pain in my knee. I thought it was just soreness, but it progressed, and I could feel the swelling build up. I spent much of last week just walking and resting my knee in hopes to cutting down on the swelling. I've been icing, elevating, and everything else I know to do to help it get better. While it's still a little irritating, I'm going to get back into the swing of things and work my bootay off this coming week (s)!!
When I say Yo-Yo, what do you think of? The super awesome simply designed toy that can keep you entertained for hours on end? I'll tell you what I think of when I hear Yo-Yo.....I think of my weight :P Here's a fun bit o' math for you.....In February, I started this journey at some amount (which I will reveal at a later time, as I'm not quite comfortable with it yet), I lost 15 lbs, gained 11, lost 11 again.. Did you get all that? Or have I made you nauseous from all the ups and downs ??? Well, in short, I'm now down 15 lbs....yes again! However, there have been some MAJOR changes I've made.
Early July, I got on the scale and saw that I had gained back 11 lbs of the 15 lost. I was super irritated with myself. I went through a slurry of emotions. I had that serious talk with myself and I made that decision to go cold turkey and give up the things that I felt were holding me back. I'm a huge bread and pasta junky. I can bypass the cookies, cakes, pies, cupcakes, etc in the grocery store, but show me a freshly baked loaf of bread and I'm done! Well I'm happy to report that I have been bread/pasta/rice/and potato free for 25 days! My main goal with this is to prove to myself that I can conquer my addiction. These are my "feel good" foods. When I'm sad, I eat pasta....when I'm happy, I eat bread.....when I'm stressed, I eat pasta sandwiched between two pieces of bread, etc. etc. I think you get the picture. This challenge to myself has made me rethink my emotions, and find other outlets to my eating habits. Lately, when I'm happy, I allow myself to be happy and not let my hands reach for food to "enhance" that happiness....when I'm stressed, I workout to release the tension..Essentially, I'm forcing myself to feel, not feed, my emotions :) I'm also being very very very consistent with my food logging. I'm still staying within a 1200 calorie day. I'm trying to throw one day in there where I will eat 1600 calories, just to make sure my body doesn't get used to the 1200 every day. While yo-yos are fun and all, there's a time when you have to put it down. I'm so ready to cut that yo-yo string!
I've discovered some pretty interesting new foods/methods of cooking since starting this new challenge. As you've probably read about my new fascination with cauliflower as a pizza crust, I also discovered shirataki noodles. A few years ago, while watching my favorite Doc....Dr. Oz, he had an episode that featured these noodles. I never tried them, however, I had all intentions to. Fast forward about 3 years, I am at the grocery store and saw them, I was super excited because I had been craving a dish that I used to eat as a kid. My grandmother and mom, used to make noodles with stewed tomatoes. I bought a pack, got a can of fire roasted tomatoes, took them home, followed the instructions on the pack, and YUMMY! I was in heaven. I added a little bit of Parmesan and voila! I had a lunch that was less than 100 calories!! At just 20 calories for half of the package, these bad boys are definitely one of my new faves! So far to date I've found a new love for bean pasta, cauliflower for my pizza crusts, and now these lovely bundles of joy, Shirataki noodles! If you can't tolerate tofu, have allergies, or just try to steer clear, you can also find soy free Shirataki noodles. The soy free kind are just made from the konjac yam. They are full of some good for you fiber, which makes them extra awesome. One thing I've found thus far with these noodles is they have little to no flavor of their own. They will soak up and take on the flavor of whatever you put them in.Much like mushrooms, or tofu, they will soak up the flavor of any sauce. My tomato/shirataki noodle lunch tasted 10 times better after making it the night before and having it the next day. So who's going to be adventurous and try some shirataki???
I'm totally not trying to make Ryan cry, so I've been steering clear of the carbs! Today completes the 12th day since I've had any pasta, bread, potatoes, and rice! I told you I was going to get serious....and I am! As of Friday, I was down 7 lbs since starting, so that makes my total loss thus far back to 11 lbs. I'm happy with it because I feel AWESOME!! Some things I've noticed since kicking my addiction to the curb are: my face is clearing up from the crappy adult acne I have, I'm energetic, less brain fogged, and I'm super proud of myself. A lot is to be said about feeling good internally. Another thing I've been pretty consistent about is logging my food. I've tried quite a few logging applications on my phone as well as websites online. The one I like is The Daily Plate, by Livestrong. It's the easiest I found to use, and I'm more likely to log my food when it's super easy.
I've been staying around 1200 calories every day, and trying to exercise at least 3 to 4 days per week. In addition to my exercising, I'm also being sure to log at least 10k steps. I've also started joining workout classes at my gym. I'm doing a dance class and Zumba, which are kicking my butt! Today I did an hour and a half of Zumba, which was so incredibly satisfying for me! Never in a million years would I have thought I could have lasted as long as I did, but the adrenaline rush you get from sheer determination, is sometimes enough to carry you through. I'm planning on continuing doing all of the above for as long as it takes to get to where I want to be. Right now, I have a mini goal of 8 more pounds gone by my Cardiologist appointment on 8/17. I have just under a month to do it. I'm confident I can! I can honestly say that there's really not much else I can be doing right now to lose this weight. I really feel I'm putting in 100% of what I can do.
So, as you can see I'm super serious! One of my weaknesses is pizza. Of course the kiddies were asking for pizza multiple times this past week. Finally, I said ok and off to the store we went. I bought some whole wheat pizza dough for them, and tried thinking of something inventive for myself. I thought maybe I'd make a pizza salad.....but that didn't sound appetizing in the least. I was running out of ideas, so I decided to turn to my trusty Google searching for some ideas. My search led me to a cauliflower crust for pizza. BAM!!! I found my pizza crust! I loved it so much, I wanted to share the recipe with you. I have made it twice, and tweaked it a bit the second time around. To make this crust, you need the following:
1/2 of a medium sized cauliflower
At least 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 to 2 eggs
Large mixing bowl
Food processor or a cheese grater (I used a cheese grater)
a 9 x 13 non stick baking tray
whatever toppings your heart desires
First off, you need to grate the cauliflower using the cheese grater. (of food processor) Make sure you grate into a microwave safe bowl. For a 9 x 13 pizza, I used half of the cauliflower. Then take the grated cauliflower, place it in the microwave for about 5 minutes, or until the cauliflower is slightly softened. Remove from microwave and add to a large mixing bowl. Mix in your eggs and about 3/4 to 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Mix well until all ingredients are fully incorporated. You can see what my mixture looked like in the first picture below. Take your mixture and place it on your nonstick pan and spread evenly. This will help you to avoid any uneven cooking. The upper right picture below shows what mine looked like. Once you have completely lined your pan with the cauliflower crust, you will then place the crust in the oven at 400 F for about 10 to 12 minutes. You want the crust to have a light golden tinge to it, but you can bake it for as long as you'd like. Once it's baked to your liking, remove the crust from the oven and apply the pizza sauce and toppings. Apply the remainder of your shredded mozzarella cheese, and place the pizza back into the oven. Bake for another 10 or so minutes, which will make the cheese melted. I prefer a slightly more done pizza, so I left mine in for about 15 minutes. The bottom right picture is my finished product. I found that waiting for the pizza to semi cool down was the optimal condition for cutting the pizza. Otherwise it would fall apart.
I can honestly say that I didn't even crave the regular wheat pizza crust that the rest of the family was eating. I was completely content with my cauliflower crust, and I will definitely be making this again!
How about you? Do you have any inventive carb swaps? Have you tried the cauliflower crust before? I would love to hear your experiences.