Sunday, March 22, 2015

SAY WHAT?!?

I am freaking out! I have been seeing the same weight for over a week at home on my digital scale and it was making me feel very defeated and like all my work was just not paying off.

After church today I went to the gym and kicked some booty - I will contribute it to my cute new gym pants and my old "fit and fierce" shirt I haven't work in almost TWO YEARS!




As I walked past the medical scale I decided I would see what it showed.
Put it on my normal bracket.... uh no? Go down a bracket???? Ok.... wait why am I still pushing it down? IS THIS RIGHT? IS THIS RIGHT?

Well I honestly don't know if it is right. Which scale do I trust? I feel like a medical scale is more accurate and I feel like the fact that my digital scale hasn't budged for over a week is a big indication something might be not right.

I weighed at the gym here in Marshall and I haven't used that scale in over a year so I don't really know how to compare that. I decided tomorrow at the Longview gym where I have used the scale in the past month I would see what it said to get a more accurate number.

Right now if I go by the weight I just saw I have lost 18 pounds. E-I-G-H-T-E-E-N

I do know that I feel lighter. I do know that I have been able to button clothes I couldn't button last month. I do know that seeing that alone be it right or not has given me the motivation I desperately needed to continue working towards being healthy!

It is very hard for me to not focus on numbers. I know I should be focused on the process and being active and eating well, but sometimes you just want to feel skinny! Is the goal to be healthy and fit and set a good example or to see a "skinny" number on the scale? I think if I focus on the previous the later will be a natural result and make me far less crazy every time I step on that scale.

Last night I cheated hard. I had a roll at Texas roadhouse with cinnamon butter. It was GLORIOUS. I only had one and truly I didn't feel guilty about it, but then I went to the school formal and had bread and some alfredo. I felt like I needed to eat it because the booster club provided it for us and I didn't want to just not eat anything they sat in front of us because SOMEBODY (no names...) didn't tell them we were going to eat before we came. I ate some of it and then tried a bite of some dessert. I was surprised that the dessert was GROSS. I hadn't had sugar in almost a month and EWWWWW I didn't miss it apparently. ME the sweet lover. The give me more cake, donuts, cinnamon rolls, pie lady was disgusted at the flavor of sugar. It was cloyingly sweet and disgusting. That alone was a total WIN!

Tuesday marks the end of my 24 day challenge, but I definitely have started a journey that will continue until I no longer feel like it's a task but it's just my lifestyle.

I meal prepped a full week of lunch. I decided that I would do my meal shake every once in a while for breakfast and sometimes lunch, but felt like I needed more food at lunch to give me the energy to go to the gym after work. I made baked chicken, roasted broccoli, and roasted butternut squash and purple yams.



These colors are so pretty! 





I also made breakfast with my new sesame Ezekiel bread. I topped it with mashed avocado and a poached egg with a sprinkle of cayenne and paprika and of course a side of asparagus.




 I could eat it every day I swear.  



This morning I had Great Grains Protein blend with almonds, pumpkin seeds, oats, and sesame seeds with hint of honey almond milk. OMG It was quite delicious. And with 9 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber it was a GREAT choice. 




So next week I am going to decide if I want to continue on some advocare products. I feel like I definitely can't live without my Spark! I think maybe catalyst and I might try another product I hadn't gotten that users say is like "liposuction in a bottle".  I still have a ton of shakes and may do the "cleanse" again at the beginning of May. Excited to see where I am at the end of April! 


Friday, March 20, 2015

Ezekiel Bread

It's pretty ironic that I am writing about being healthy as I watch cooking channels show unique sweets which is showing me deliciousness that shouldn't be on my mind. 

This past week I have not lost one single pound. SERIOUSLY? Can TV make you fat? 

I have been doing really well and I am getting somewhat discouraged by it. When you work hard to lose weight and you don't it makes it easy to give up. I am not going to but the thought has crossed my mind. 



I went to Kroger after work today and got stuff to meal prep for next week. I walked by all kinds of things I would have previously just grabbed and thrown in my cart without a thought of if it was good or bad. Today I made sure every thing I placed in my cart was something I wouldn't regret. 

I got butternut squash, purple yams, and broccoli to roast up with baked chicken. 
I also got Ezekiel Bread. I have heard of Ezekiel bread for a long time but never got around to trying it. 



"Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…" Ezekiel 4:9


It’s this special, unique combination of 6 grains and legumes that harvests benefits.
  • Source of Complete Protein - Rated 84.3% as efficient as the highest source of protein (comparable to that of milk or eggs)
  • Contains 18 Amino Acids - Including all 9 essential amino acids
  • Increased Digestibility - Sprouting breaks down starches in grains into simple sugars so your body can digest them easily.
  • Increased Absorption of Minerals – Sprouting breaks down enzyme inhibitors, so your body can more easily absorb calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc.
  • Increased Vitamin C - Sprouting produces vitamin C.
  • Increased Vitamin B - Sprouting increases the vitamin B2, B5 & B6.
  • Great source of Fiber - Combining sprouted grains and legumes gives a good amount of natural fiber in each serving
Today for my post work snack I toasted up the cinnamon raisin and topped it with all natural peanut butter and half a banana. 



OMG OMG OMG 
My new favorite thing.

"Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food." Genesis 1:29 




Sunday, March 15, 2015

Chicken, Kale, and White Bean Soup

I made a seriously delicious soup tonight I have to share it with you




1 onion chopped
1 tbs garlic paste
drizzle of olive oil
4 chicken cutlets cut into bite size pieces
4 cups of raw kale
2 cans of organic no sodium diced tomato
2 cans of organic white beans drained
1 carton of organic low sodium chicken broth

In a large dutch oven I cooked down the onion and garlic with a drizzle of olive oil and then added the chicken and some seasonings. Once that was cooked I added in the kale until it wilted down. I then put in the tomato and beans and chicken broth and let it simmer for thirty minutes.






It is SOOOOO wonderful. Even Emma loved it and I couldn't believe I had my one year old eating Kale!




Day 15

It's been two weeks and I want pizza... BAD.

I told my hubby yesterday I wanted pizza so bad would it be ok if I just was fat. He said no and that pizza wasn't even that good.



Of all things to quit for pizza was definitely not worth it. He is right but I was having a major craving. I was actually exceptionally hungry yesterday. Im hoping that is a sign of my metabolism going HECK YEAH! and burning more fat. It made me kind of want to carb out though.





This morning I weighed in at a total of 9 pounds gone. 



I decided to go to the gym before church this morning. It feels nice to go in the morning and get it out of the way. I ended up doing squats today and my thighs hurt so bad I shake when I am sitting and standing haha. 

Today for lunch I had my chocolate meal replacement shake and I decided to add to it a sprinkle of cinnamon and cayenne and OMG it was so good. It tasted like a mexican chocolate cookie and I want to have it that way every time. 




I am not meal prepping this week because a lot of what I planned is crock pot meals, but I did menu plan. I usually plan to cook enough for two meals so that I do have leftovers and only have to cook about half the week.

Tonight - Chicken and kale soup 
Monday - Leftover turkey burger and sweet potato fries (we had this Friday) 
Tuesday - St. Patricks day calls for lamb stew
Wednesday - Ground turkey, brussel sprout and sweet potato hash with a poached egg
Thursday - leftover kale soup 
Friday - Leftover lamb stew 
Saturday - Texas roadhouse before the high school choir formal MMMM  
Sunday - Thai chicken salad 
Monday - Turkey and spinach meatballs in marinara with whole wheat pasta 
Tuesday - Salmon with roasted broccoli 

AND THAT IS THE END OF THE 24 DAYS! 

HERE WE GO LAST 10 







Saturday, March 14, 2015

Day 14

I literally just posted this photo


BUT I'VE ONLY LOST ONE POUND!?

It's hard not to get frustrated when you lost 7 pounds in one week to go to 1 pound the next. WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED? I'm eating well, I am working out, I am taking my supplements, and I am drinking a ton of water. I mean I didn't gain weight so that's always a plus. I guess over all  8 pounds in two weeks is still a great step. I could have never started and gained more weight while I was in Dallas and Houston had I not started this decision to be conscious about eating healthy. 


Yes I realize with so much weight to lose the first two weeks isn't the time to be discouraged and change anything. My friend told me yesterday "If you are tired of not getting results stop quitting" And she is right. I have no intention of quitting doing what I am doing, but it is nice to be rewarded by that scale for the hard work you put forth. And again my friend said "If you keep doing what you are doing you WILL lose the weight!" It may come off a lot one week and just a bit the next, but I guarantee you in two more weeks I will be down more than 8 pounds, and anything is better than where I was.                            

So today I suppose I have a Non Scale Victory 
I am eating better and moving more and setting a good example of a healthy lifestyle for my daughter. I can live with that. 



Thursday, March 12, 2015

Day 12

Day 6 - 9 I was on a school trip to Dallas.


Being away not only makes it hard to stay connected to my blog it also makes it hard to stay on track with eating options.

DALLAS
DAY ONE:  We went to a food truck park... it was awful. I had a meal shake before and then ate an avocado at the park. I sat and watched others eat street tacos, noodle bowls, and ice cream sandwiches. I cried on the inside.
At dinner we went to Spaghetti Warehouse and I had a salad with chicken, mushrooms, and a pesto vinegarette which very well had sugar in it. #FAIL It was a better option to me than the white pasta with creamy sauce or meatballs. At least I got in my veggies and protein and while I could have said no dressing bring me just vinegar - I did not. again #FAIL

DAY TWO: First of all I got up at 5:30 and went to the hotel gym. YEAH! Then we headed to Six Flags - we walked 16,000 steps at Six Flags! That's like 7 miles. That alone made me feel pretty good about this day. At six flags I had smoked turkey and then got lettuce and onion off the burger bar and made turkey wraps. They were actually really good. I am sure the Turkey had a ton of sodium, but overall it was the best option.


For dinner we went to Dave and Busters. Here I had the cabo chicken which was grilled chicken with a pineapple pico, rice, and steamed broccoli. It was SERIOUSLY good. And the dinner buffet they set up was NASTY looking. It was mini pizzas, burger sliders, french fries, chicken tenders, and something else fried and bready. At that moment I was so thrilled to be eating veggies.






DAY THREE: My whole body ached as I woke up this morning. I rode a lot of roller coasters and walked a ton the previous day so I felt like I was totally bruised. (I actually did sustain two bruises on my legs this day) I decided a break from the gym was totally warranted. Lunch today was at cheesecake factory. I ordered from the "Skinny Menu" which had so many yummy options. I got edamame, tuna tartar, and shrimp spring rolls.


For dinner we had a pizza party at the hotel. This was the hardest night. I planned in advance and took two hardboiled eggs off the breakfast buffet that morning and stuck them in my room fridge. Two hardboiled eggs and a cutie......... yyyyyeah. It didn't taste bad but that's like a snack. I was pretty hungry this night.

Day 10 - Present I am on vacation in Houston.

Going to someones house as a guest when you have dietary restrictions is a little awkward. You don't want to be rude but you also don't want to cheat just because you don't want to make special requests. I told Chris to tell his parents I was doing Advocare and could only eat certain things and that his mom could make whatever and I could always go to the store and buy things I could eat.

HOUSTON
DAY ONE: MIL made spanish rice, beans, and green chile enchilada casserole with tons of gooey yummy cheese. MMMMM I didn't eat it. I made a huge salad. Spinach and Kale topped with strawberries, blackberries, avocado, and grilled chicken with a balsamic and dijon dressing (homemade no sugar - literally just those two ingredients)




DAY TWO: FIL was going to grill but it rained, so MIL made spaghetti. They had whole grain pasta so I ate it. I had purchased broccoli and still had spinach so I mixed in cooked broccoli and spinach to bulk it up since I didn't want to eat too much pasta.


Yesterday was the beginning of MAX PHASE. I started taking he MNS packets.



Key Benefits 
  • - Provides maximum appetite control*
  • - Provides a comprehensive and balanced weight-management system*
  • - Supports reduced caloric intake by sending signals of fullness to the brain*
  • - Improves metabolic efficiency*
  • - Supports more efficient use of calories*
  • - Provides core nutrition*
  • - Aids and stimulates the digestive process*
  • - Provides more than 50 vitamins, minerals, herbal extracts, antioxidants and other nutrients for superior health and wellness*


I am not sure what tonights plan is, but I am hoping for those yummy pork chops that are sitting in the fridge, and FIL said something about asparagus. YES PLEASE

I have been to the gym both days we have been here. I am starting to get back into the habit and when I wake up I think "when am I going to work out?"



So far Advocare has really helped to keep me focused and motivated to making a healthy lifestyle choice for myself and my family. I've lost seven pounds in just 10 days! Initially I was like "aw dang I wanted to lose more." BUT SEVEN POUNDS YALL in a week??? That's nothing to be underwhelmed about. Thats AWESOME.





I can see and feel a difference in the size of my tummy, and I have energy and feel good inside. I have always had tummy issues and even had to have a colonoscopy a few months ago. The fiber and probiotics I am taking have made my tummy issues totally disappear. As of right now I am very much considering becoming a distributor to get product discounts because I see myself continuing to use their supplements past the 24 day period.



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Day 5



Nothing exciting or new about todays typical menu and routine. 

I did have a horrible end to my day and chose to come home after rehearsals instead of going to the gym. I had to pack for our High School Choir trip and wanted to see my hubby before he went to work tonight.

Tomorrow I head off to Dallas for four days with our students and while there we are going to 
1. a food truck park 
2. spaghetti warehouse
3. cheesecake factory 
4. dave and busters 
5. six flags 
6. a pizza party 

UGH MY LIFE!








I have packed bars, shakes, nuts, and oranges plus my supplements. I also looked at the menus to see what I could find that would work with my diet and think I will be ok. I packed gym clothes if there is time and Im not exhausted at the end of the day. I am going to try to focus on other aspects of the trip rather than the food. Typically when I go on vacation thats my favorite part of planning the trip "WHERE WE GONNA EAT?" I know I won't cheat but will I let myself be really depressed about it? NO 





"Scientists have conducted a research on whether you can train yourself into craving healthier foods. Their test subjects showed positive results where, after a couple of months, they were craving healthy greens. The sole reason we have unhealthy cravings is that since we were children our elders would give us candies and chocolates for good behaviour. When we feel under the weather we treat ourselves to chocolate so we have been feeding this unhealthy habit. We need to condition our brain into thinking healthy foods as a reward."


I CAN DO THIS




Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Day 4

Apparently I had a lot to cleanse out because as of today I am already down 6 pounds!!! SO CRAZY

I guess it made me feel extra pretty so I decided to dress cute for work today!



It was pouring down rain so it probably wasn't the best of options but I felt real cute.

Today I packed pecans for my snack during boys choirs and had my regular shake for lunch.


At the end of the day I had another spark to get my energy up before my trip to the gym after work. 
Today I was rockin' my warrior dash tee!!! 


When I got home I had berries for my afternoon snack! Apparently Emma wanted some too. 



Tonight for dinner we had chicken breast with pasta and roasted garlic (same as day one)
It was Emma approved. 






Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Day 3

DAY THREE! That means no more fiber drink until day eight THANK GOD




Today at school we had mock staar testing and so I sat in a hallway all day. I worked on learning the Portuguese for one of my UIL pieces and had a Pecan Pie Larabar. This flavor is probably my favorite.





I had a mocha shake for lunch, spark after work before choir rehearsals, and celery and peanut butter on my way home. 



Tonights dinner was sriracha salmon, asparagus, and quinoa. 



Not too much to report today other than sticking to my routine and it's not hard at all. I honestly think the meal prep and organization of my daily packets saved my life.