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Week One and this is hard...

Hope you all are doing well, but how are you coping with trying to stay home?
I had a really bad food week.

I realized why I don't "stock up" on food like I used to before I adopted trying to eat healthy. My freezer was always full of boxed frozen items (chicken nuggets, waffles, pierogies, steakums, etc), and the panty boxed processed crap (mashed potatoes, stuffing, cookies). Well, we stopped buying a lot of that. A normal shopping trip now is us buying fresh ground meat and chicken breasts, fresh veggies and fruit, frozen broccoli and cauliflower (nothing with sauce on it).
What I have in my freezer and panty now makes me anxious and I don't like it. SO MANY CARBS. Ugh... I just can't.

And the stress has me buying a few pieces of chocolate and treats that I wouldn't normally.
I was so scared to step on the scale this morning, because pandemic or no pandemic, it is still Friday, and Friday is weigh in day.
I didn't gain a single pound from last week!!! …
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Apple Cider Vinegar - have you tried it?

I jumped on the bandwagon and ordered Goli Apple Cider Vinegar gummies. I have tried to use AVC in the past, but couldn't stand the taste. (I tried it in tea, apple juice, and water, and nope, nope, and nope) I've recently run out of my daily supplement of Green Coffee Bean (GCB) and shipping is taking forever unfortunately. Well, over the last week I have noticed that I can't eat enough; I am so snacky and so hungry (more than usual). By Wednesday, I had had enough. I was eating too much for no reason. And just like my Nunna used to say, at night when I was watching tv, I wasn't hungry, but I was craving to "chew on something".

Granted, stress has been a huge factor this past week, and it will stay a factor, and let's face it, stress is always around us. I have to react better to it. And if ACV can help me not stress eat, I'll take it! 

I talked to a few folks who say this ACV works and tastes good. I won't say it is "yummy" (my probio…

Okay, yes, hating to exercise is lame, lol...

I thought about what I wrote yesterday... "I hate to exercise"

How lame was that, lol? For real...
Obviously I know I should exercise and I need to exercise. But I swear every time I start something gets in the way. If it's not one thing, it's another.
And it's hard to get in a routine when you are only going every few weeks.
And every reason I have will sound like excuses. And I have a million of them...

I am at a point where I have plateaued. Even when I eat poorly I only gain a pound or two, but losing any more is difficult. I am sure I need to add some exercise to get past it. So, I will be working on that. Like I said, I have the gym membership, I just have to physically go.
And I know what you're thinking, I need a gym buddy! No. No, I really don't. When I go to the gym, I like to do it by myself. I pop in some ear buds, turn my hairband music up real loud and just walk the treadmill. I don't like to have conversation, because I literally can…

I hate to exercise...

I don't know about you, but I don't exercise. I should. But I don't. Maybe I'm just lazy, (and I do have a gym membership) but I am in the middle of two books with another one in the works, and am trying to do some graphic design side jobs. All sitting jobs. Along with planning and making dinner, I just feel like there's not enough hours in the day...

And they all sound like excuses. Well, they are. But it's how I've always been. I am not an outdoor person, and I hate sweating, lol.

So I concentrate on the food aspect. I do my best to watch what I am eating and count calories. Drink my water. And careful not to drink my calories or eat my emotions/stress eat.
(Ever wonder what happened to my quest to cut the unhealthy flavored coffee creamers out of my diet? Well, I found out that the ingredient that supposedly is bad for you is in almost everything we eat - granted I buy as little boxed, processed, and frozen processed foods as possible - but there are sti…

Made it to the weekend - whew!

It's Friday!


Woot!!

After consuming too many carbs during the Superbowl, I decided this week I would cut the carbs, and look to the weekend. Limit my carbs during the week, then eat some of my cravings on the weekends.
This was the wrong week to do that, lol... PMS week! It was rough. I was lucky that there was no chocolate in the house, and I was too lazy to go out to buy any. Because if it was here, I surely would've eaten it!
I felt like I was depriving myself of all that I so desperately wanted to eat. (I felt as dramatic as that sentence sounded, lol) and it was only 4 days!! haha!

But I drank my water, I tried to stay within my calories, and I ate chicken and veggies - NO STARCHES - for those four days. I still had my half of a bagel in the morning. And I was praying that after all that I actually lost weight this week, seeing as how it is pms week and I typically gain lots of water weight.
I had my Burton Nutrition vanilla protein shakes for lunch. I usually go with a b…

Coffee Talk

Do you ever have those days where you get an idea, and you focus on it all day? Yesterday was one of those days for me.

My Dad was talking about flavored coffee creamer, and how it is really not so great for your health. I got home and it bugged me all night - because I love my flavored coffee creamer. And I'm slowly learning that it isn't very healthy for you (as tasty as it is).

Today I have spent most of my morning researching different brands of coffee creamer and their ingredients. What brand do you use? What brand do you like? Anyone have a secret recipe they created and would like to share? I am all ears!

My thought of the day is trans fats... I've narrowed it down to Califia Farms dairy free creamer. Now, the difficult part will be finding where I can buy it. I know for sure that my local grocer, that I frequent many times a week, does not carry it.

Do you use this brand? Is it any good? As soon as I find it I'll let you know...because I am very picky about my f…

Stay Positive and Keep Pushing Forward

Yes, my journey to getting healthy is going slower than I had originally planned.

My original plan was 50lbs a year for two years. Well, I am in year three now, and I am close to reaching the 40lb mark.
See? Slower than I planned.
But...that almost 40lbs is gone and hasn't been seen in 3 years. THAT is an accomplishment that I am proud of. Every little bit counts.

And it hasn't been easy. I was close to this 40lb goal right before Thanksgiving - the same week my dad had a heart attack. The stress had me not eating at first, but then the anxiety kicked in and I made a few bad food choices. I had good moments and bad moments over the next month. But those bad choices didn't define me, and here I am, back on the threshold of that small milestone.

I chose a long term goal (2 years) so the weight is easier to keep off. So I can learn how to allow myself pizza once in a while, or baked potato chips as a treat, and bread!! But learn how to eat those things without overdoing it.