Wednesday, June 4, 2014

One fully motivated week down!

I have been to the gym three times this week! I am really proud of myself for trying to make it a priority and part of my daily routine. I have been walking for 30 minutes and then doing about 15 minutes of weight training. Right now I am just walking and haven't started jogging yet because last time I pulled a neck muscle. How do you hurt your neck jogging? EMBARRASSED 

I have used myfitnesspal with dedication this past week and have generally been under my daily calorie goal for the last week.  Right now I am weighing in twenty one pounds less than my highest pre pregnancy weight so I have forty pounds still to go. I still haven't forgotten my rainbow asics. So goal one is forty pounds and I buy my shoes finally. 

 Oat Banana Nut Muffins 

2 bananas -mashed
1 TBS honey
1 TBS brown sugar splenda
1/2 cup Almond Milk
1 egg white
1 TBS coconut oil
1/2 cup copped nuts
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup oats
1 cup whole wheat flour

Mix together and bake at 350 for 20 minutes
12 muffins, 125 calories per muffin, 5g of fat per muffin

This week: Stay within my calorie target, go to the gym, and stay focused

Friday, May 30, 2014

I can!

I looked back at my old blog posts and totally inspired myself to be the old Johanna from 2012.

 I seemed to have the healthy lifestyle down. The last two weeks I have really made an effort to make better food choices and I tried to make time to walk with Emma. (Ill be honest its been twice.) It's really crazy but I have already lost 8 pounds in just two weeks - and that included Memorial Day weekend where I didn't really make any healthy choices. It's obvious to me that even though losing the amount of weight I want to lose will take a long time, I clearly know the tools it takes to lose weight and frankly its not hard per say it just takes a lot of self motivation and some planning. As I said in my previous post I want to focus on eating things I want my child to eat and focus on teaching her a healthy lifestyle where she can be active and happy.

Today for lunch we had the banana and egg pancakes you've most likely seen all over pinterest. It's super easy. Mash one banana and mix in two eggs.

(photo credit rabbitfoodformybunnyteeth

I had been wanting to try it and I had one lone ripe banana on my counter. 
I got five pancakes out of my mix and fed one to Emma. 

I topped it with 1 tbs of lite syrup 

For under 300 calories it was really good. It tastes more like french toast since its mostly an egg base, but if you love french toast then you'll love these pancakes. Not to mention if you have any allergy or dietary restrictions its gluten and dairy free. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Always doomed to fail...

 I can't stop singing this song! "STORY OF MY LIFE! Always doomed to fail?"

I hope not! BUT I totally fell off the wagon. I got a bad toenail infection and couldn't work out and then I decided that I didn't need to watch what I was eating because I was breastfeeding and I would just wait until I had weaned. Well if you follow me on instagram you know that I had to wear maternity pants the other day. I tried on five outfits and finally just gave up and put them on. I felt like a whale and that day I decided I was done. I hope to start making healthy choices a habit like they used to be. No more crappy food and now that Emma is weaned no more excuses not to work out.

I am not going to just give up because I keep falling down! Time to blog, time to eat right, time to get active. I started to hear my hypocrisy as I was talking to my husband about Emma eating food and not giving her certain things because ewwww. If I don't want my kid to eat it why am I eating it? If I wouldn't give it to her I shouldn't give it to myself. If I want to teach my daughter a healthy lifestyle I have to live it.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Carrot cake muffins from HEAVEN (108 calorie heaven)

I feel like the only thing I keep sharing with you lately are muffin recipes, but I can't help but share this new one I tried tonight. These are so good you would think they were a guilty pleasure but there is absolutely zero guilt in these 108 calorie muffins. 

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Muffins 

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 
1/2 cup coconut sugar (you can use brown) 
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/4 cup craisins or raisins 
2 tsp cinnamon 
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
1/2 tsp ginger 
1 tsp baking powder 
1 tsp baking soda 
1/4 tsp salt 
1 1/2 cups unsweetened natural applesauce 
1 cup shredded carrot 
1 tsp vanilla 

Makes 12 muffins (108 calories each WHAT WHAT) 
Bake at 350 for 20 min 

NO OIL, NO EGGS, NO DAIRY? How can these be good? I was worried they would have a weird texture or taste grossly healthy but they may be my favorite muffin of all time! 

Just a few things to share on my progress for those of you who may not follow my instagram- I have already lost 14 pounds! SAY WHAT? 

Ive been measuring my baby belly area and so far I have lost 3 inches in my belly and hips. If you are struggling with weight loss and need motivation my two biggest helpers have been Instagram and My Fitness Pal. These apps help me log everything I eat and get ideas for other healthy foods. Keeping motivated is the hardest part of making healthy a lifestyle- so hopefully I can keep this habit going. 


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Is the Biggest Loser winner still a winner?

So my weight loss community is all a buzz this morning on the Biggest Loser finale. I didn't watch this season but after seeing the dramatic photos of the winners body last night and feeling a bit of a connection because we have the same starting weight and she is only an inch taller than I am, I have to weigh in. 

The winner is 5'4'' with a starting weight of 260.  

She's a super cute girl right? 

Here she is kicking butt in a workout. From what I read from BL followers she was a pretty big fan favorite. Now in case you haven't seen here is the thing thats causing all the buzz. 

She lost 155 pounds. Weighing in at only 105 pounds people are asking "IS THIS HEALTHY?" 

My honest initial opinion was OMG she is waaaay too skinny. 

Below is what she looked like when she left the ranch. After that they have several months to continue on their own. 

Here she is last night at the final weigh in. 

So what a lot of people are asking is did she take herself to an unhealthy point in her weight loss? 
I don't think you can look at someones body and judge their health. According to BMI charts she is under weight. A lot of people are questioning if BL should create a rule to keep people from becoming unhealthy in their weight loss efforts by saying you can't win if you are under weight, or saying you should win by your BMI numbers not the total pounds lost numbers. More people are saying that she lost the weight to win but perhaps plans to put on ten pounds post show. 

Here are a few things I can say on it 
1. I am 258 and 5'3'' - I can't imagine weighing 105 and I do not want to 
2. As a woman who knows what it feels like to be constantly judged for being overweight I can't imagine how it would feel to work so hard to get past that, get thin, and then continue to be judged for being too thin.  
3. You cannot judge a persons body based on looks. Is she unhealthy? I don't know 
4. The woman is GORGEOUS and freaking lost 155 pounds! I do think that she looked amazing at the ranch and should have stopped there, but she is on a show promoting the highest weight lost to win a ton of money. Another season a contestant got an eating disorder because of it. Maybe the problem is the contest pushing people to win money instead of pushing them to just be healthy. 

So is Rachel better off in a 105 pound body as opposed to a 260 pound body? 
Is she still a winner even though all of America is wanting to judge her for looking anorexic and unhealthy? 

Is any body the ideal body? 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


 I am actually pretty surprised at how easily I have transitioned back into healthy eating. I actually forgot how fun it is to try and find healthy swaps and eat delicious and naughty tasting food without the guilt! Enter the date truffle.... 

As I told you last week I have become obsessed with Instagraming for support and tips. It's also keeping me accountable because I try to post everything I eat like a food journal. Yesterday I found a user and blogger called lipstick and berries who has some gorgeous vegan and raw food photos and I was inspired to make some date truffles. 
I have made date fudge before and it is basically the same but you roll it in balls. 

I didn't measure out but you simply need dates, cocoa powder, coconut oil, and a food processor. 

Puree medjool dates and add in a small amount of coconut oil and as much cocoa powder as you want. I like mine really chocolaty! 

Refrigerate so the paste becomes sort of firm and then roll into balls.

I made three different varieties.

Rolled these in Qi'a cereal 

I rolled these in cocoa powder and topped with a goji berry 

And I rolled these in a blend of PB2 powder and flaxseed meal and topped with cacao nibs 

So good and good for you - as long as you don't eat the whole tray at once! 

Friday, January 31, 2014

Fresh: My adventures in food and fitness shopping!

The first day Chris is off of shift is always a fun day in our house. We wake up and I make breakfast and we have a DVR marathon. This morning I made my favorite banana flax muffins. 

I decided to add blueberries this time and they were amazing. Here is the recipe just in case you're new to the blog. 

3/4 Cup whole wheat flour 
1/2 cup oats 
1/4 cup coconut sugar 
2 TBS ground flax 
1 tsp cinnamon 
1/2 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp baking powder 
1/4 tsp salt 
1 egg 
2 1/2 TBS coconut oil 
1/4 tsp vanilla 
1 mashed banana 
1/2 cup almond milk 
(optional mix ins: chopped pecans and blueberries) 

I've been so inspired by the health and fitness posts on Instagram that after breakfast I decided I needed to take a trip to Tyler and hit up Brookshire's Fresh.

We decided to eat lunch there as well since just like whole foods they have a huge chef prepared section and salad bar area.

It was so delicious! I could eat there everyday. Chris determined we had to move to Tyler and I agree!

When all of this produce is so gorgeous its hard not to crave fruit and veggies! I love this place. That meat that my husband is holding is Wagyu and... its was $280! Needless to say he admired it and then we walked away. Here is what I ended up taking home. 

After the grocery we headed to Academy and of course I was sucked in by the clothing and shoes. 
I have been drooling over these asics and decided I wanted them so bad I would use them as a motivational reward. 


So I will purchase these shoes when I lose 40 pounds! (all my pregnancy weight) 

I couldn't go home completely empty handed though. I did need some new socks and yoga pants and of course this hat and shirt. 

 When we finally got home I couldn't wait to try my Mate and Guajillo Chocolate. 

Perfect ending to an amzing day!