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Goodness Gracious….

…. where does the time go??  Here it is all most the end of April.  It’s been almost 2 full months since I decided to make some major changes in my life, namely the way I eat.  Honestly, if I had known it was going to be this easy I would have done it a LONG time ago!  Who would have believed that a junk food junkie like me could give up processed food, as well as white breads/pastas, refined white sugar and table salt.   I’m being completely honest when I say this has been way easier than any diet I’ve ever tried.  And although my number one reason for changing what I put in my mouth was for health reasons, I’m beyond thrilled that the weight is coming off as well.  To date I’ve lost 8 pounds.  I hope to drop a couple more here soon so that I can have TWO blue beads in my jar!!  :))

My hubby and I went to Florida last weekend and I ate out 5 times over a 3 day period.  Finding good food to eat really wasn’t that hard.  The funny thing was that I was craving fruits and veggies (a true first for me!).  With no juicer, my body was telling me it needed some plant stuffs.  If you look hard enough on most restaurant menus you can find sides of fresh fruits or veggies.   I even paid $8 at the grocery for a bowl of cut up fresh fruit!  lol  But, boy did it hit the spot.

And I was beyond tickled when I got home and discovered that I had lost  another pound despite all my eating out!  woohoo!

So, now I’m back to juicing and eating at home.  I’ve finished up my 8 weeks of prescription strength Vitamin D.  Guess I need to make an appt to go have my levels checked again.  Honestly, I feel so much better.  I’ve still got a long way to go, but what an improvement from me at the beginning of March!

This morning’s juice.

1 apple, 3/4 cucumber, a few cubes each of honeydew and cantaloupe, 1 large kale leaf and a handful of baby spinach.  yuuuuuummmm!

Also, here’s a little enchilada type dish I threw together last week.  I had planned to make enchiladas with the 100% whole wheat flour tortillas I had bought, but when I got the package out I discovered there were only 4 left!  Dang fridge rats!  So I made the girls a pan of traditional enchiladas with just rotisserie chix, cheese and sauce, rolled up with sauce and cheese on top.  For hubby and I, I sprayed the bottom of 13×9 pan with some olive oil laid out a layer of white corn tortillas, spread a concoction of the chicken, sauce, diced onions, corn and rinsed black beans on top, laid down another layer of the tortilla, drizzled with enchilada sauce, and some shredded cheddar and baked at 350 for about 20 minutes.  OMG!  It was delicious!  I liked if much better than the traditional enchilada.  I will definitely make them again.  I just love corn and black beans in things.  They add so much flavor.

How is everybody?  Anybody have anything good to share?  Recipes, weight loss, blog sites??  Comment below!  I’d love to hear from you!  🙂

Finally! :)

6 lbs lost in a month and 2 days.  🙂  All through just cutting out processed food, white sugar (except for my sweet tea), white flour, etc.   Not one drop of  sweat dropped in the loss of this weight.  Although I think it’s time.  Ready to speed things up a bit!  Those little ears?  They belong to my pesky-curious-always-into-everything kitty, Rocky.  He just had to come check out what was in the glass.  🙂

In case you’re new to this blog read about my weight loss jars here.  🙂

Just a Quick Note…

So, it’s been a crazy week!  4 photo sessions in 5 days has kept me hopping!  But because I’m feeling so much better I’ve been keeping up pretty good!!  I’ve even continued to eat good.  As a matter of fact, Stephanie (my daughter) and I went to Panera Bread ysterday after my session and I was thrilled with my selection.  I’m just amazed how I’m not at all attracted to all the goodies and sweet stuff any more.  NEVER thought I would see the day!  Honestly.  They were packed as it was the lunch hour, so I had time to really look over the menu.  I ended up selecting the BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad.  I have to say it was out of this world.  Lettuce,  tiny sautéed onions and green peppers, grilled corn, black beans and grilled chicken cut in strips with a scant drizzle of bbq sauce on top.  The only really bad thing was the tortilla strips that were in it.  It would have been just fine without those.  And I did not touch the two side containers of dressing.  It was quite healthy and delicious.  Definitely something I could duplicate and enjoy at home.  So glad we went there.  🙂

I’ve allllllmost lost another pound.  Just.not.quite.there.yet.but.really.really.close.  Maybe tomorrow.  🙂

Absolutely love juicing.  I have a glass of something every morning with my breakfast and I have to say, between that and good eating I feel so energetic every day.  No more sinking spells.  Shoot I can even watch tv at night now without dozing off!  lol  Guess it’s time to start adding some walking.

The garden is looking good, although I did see that another lettuce bit the dust.  Not sure what’s going on with the Romaine.  They just kind of get limp and die.  Anybody know what the problem is?

So that’s it in a nutshell!  Just wanted to pop in and tell ya’ll hello!  Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!

Dancing with the Stars tonight!  Woo Hoo!!  🙂

My First Blue Bead =)

Look at her.  Isn’t she beautiful?  Such a lovely blue color.  She represents something special.  5 pounds lost.  She’s like a shining gold star.  She doesn’t calculate into the overall count.  She’s just there to say “Hey, good job!  Keep it up!”

 

Week 2 – What I’ve Learned So Far

So, for 9 days I’ve been concentrating on eating non processed food.  It’s been relatively easy and pain free.  I haven’t been hungry at all – except for the one day that I skipped lunch because I wasn’t hungry.  And then a few hours later I was ravenous.  Lesson learned, eat a little something every 4 hours regardless of whether or not you feel super hungry.

I’ve completely switched from white bread to 100% whole wheat bread, buns and English muffins.  Before I thought I didn’t like whole wheat.  But you know what, I really don’t mind it at all.  We’re working on switching over to whole wheat pasta.  We’ve decided to ease into it, by starting with 1/2 regular, 1/2 ww, gradually adding more and more ww.   Skinny Chick recommends Barilla, so we tried that.  It wasn’t bad at all.  It does have a bit of a chewier texture, but once you put other stuff with it, it’s not noticeable at all.  And the other day I had some leftover spaghetti pasta with olive oil and fresh parmesan cheese and it  was really, really good!  So, there’s hope for the whole wheat pasta!

No longer buying anything low fat or fat free.  Read the labels!  They may reduce the fat and calories but they up the sugar and salt significantly!

Butter.  mmmmm, butter.   For as long as I can remember my family has eaten margarine.  Then squeeze margarine came out and we loved it.  Squeezed it on pasta and potatoes like crazy.  Now I learn how bad margarine really is and that butter actually has qualities that are good for us.  Um, hello?  Really?  This was the easiest switch yet!  I LOVE BUTTER!!  It’s absolutely delicious!  I just had a little bit on a slice of whole wheat toast.  :>

Cookies.  I haven’t eaten a packaged cookie since March 5th.  And I haven’t missed them!  I have made two batches of the chocolate chip cookie recipe on this blog.  The recipe only makes about 20 cookies and they don’t last long around here.  But when I need a cookie, they more than do the trick for me.  And the home made granola is delicious!  The girls and I love it!  Just a couple of spoonfuls is quite satisfying with or without milk.  And if there’s no cookies to be had and I’m needing a sweet treat I just add a couple of mini chocolate chips.  🙂

My next goal is to incorporate more fresh fruit into my day.  I’ve never been much of a fruit eater.  I tend to like it better in the summer months – things like watermelon and canteloupe.  But I am going to try and start eating an apple or orange each day.

Overall I feel really good about the changes I’ve made.  I do not feel at all deprived or hungry.  This is not a diet.  It’s just changing what I eat.  I actually eat more often now,  actual little meals or prepared snacks, whereas before I just grazed all day – cookies, then chips, then cookies again, etc., etc.    One thing I’ve noticed is that when I eat “real” food, I actually eat less, because I feel fuller faster.    And that full feeling lasts a whole lot longer without cravings in between.

I’ve lost 3 pounds in the 9 days since I’ve made the food change.  And I haven’t counted a calorie or worried about fat or restricted a thing.  Makes me realize just how many empty calories are in all that packaged, nutritionless food that I’ve been shoveling in my mouth!

I’m so glad that I committed to eating better.

A Good Week

So, I’ve done a really good job of eating real food all week.  And you know what?  It was pretty easy!  Much easier than Weight Watchers which is an awesome program.  The thing with eating real food is there is no need for counting calories or fat.  You just eat real, unprocessed food in moderation and that’s it.  I’ve felt so much less bloated and am starting to feel more and more energetic each day and I’ve lost 2 pounds to boot!  I’m seldom hungry and when I do feel hungry I just go eat something real and I’m good to go.

I still have my snacks.  My faves right now are Triscuits and cheddar cheese slices or skinny chips (baked tortilla chips) and salsa.  For something sweet I love the chocolate chip cookies we made and the granola always hits the spot.

I have been feeling so icky for so long now, that I had forgotten what feeling good was actually  like.  I can’t wait to see how great I’m going to feel after 6 months!

I don’t have a photo but here’s a quick how to for Skinny Chips.

Cut 4 white corn tortillas into 8ths.

Cover cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with olive oil spray.

Place chips on cookies sheet and lightly spray as well.

Sprinkle withe sea salt (and pepper if desired).

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until they are browned to your liking.   No need to flip.  Let sit about 10 minutes until nice and crisp.  🙂

Happy Sunday!  🙂

It’s Official

2 pounds in my first week.  =))

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