Recently, after looking in the mirror and continuously having clothing not fit I made the decision that it was time for a change. In the past three years my weight has crept up slowly and I have be in a cyclic pattern of yo-yo diets. So, what will be different this time? Will I gain back all the weight plus another 20 pounds? Only time will tell but I can say that right now I am in a much different place so I do believe I will be able to stick to it. I do not have 10 ‘friends’ in my ear trying to sell me weight loss products which prompt a short term diet (or should I say I’m ignoring them). THIS IS MY CHOICE! I also have my husbands support this time and he is making the lifestyle changes with me.
So, at this point you must be wondering what I am doing. Well, my husband had the BRILLIANT idea of trying the steak and eggs diet to kick off this lifestyle change and rid our bodies of all toxic processed items. That happened for 1.5 days before I reasoned with him and we got on a more sustainable food plan. I mean on the steak and eggs plan I was not hungry but I knew it would not be a long term solution to a long term problem. In the first few days of that plan the scale did go down.
We are now doing a ketogenic plan which is much more sustainable. I mean what meal plan can you eat sausage and eggs with cheddar for breakfast. So here I go starting day three. My first day home alone as my husband works and I’m still on vacation. My meals are planned out and I am READY!!
Today’s meal plan:
I have not posted in quite some time. I am still on track and my body has been transforming before my eyes. I found a friend who has turned into a fabulous health coach. She introduced me to BOD and ladies and gentleman this is my transformation:
Excuse the mess. But wowzer. In the two weeks and three days in this challenge group I have dropped 26 inches. I won’t be stopping there.
I am still carb cycling and that has been going well. I got a spiralizer and have been making ‘pasta!’ Best kitchen gadget purchase in a while.
I do believe the most important thing I have learned in the past three months is dedication pays off and as a Mom it is OKAY to take time to myself!
Working in a job that requires lots of travel can be a struggle. There are so many convenience restaurants and stores all around. Most stores do not have items that fit in my plan so what do I do?
The simple answer – I have to be prepared. At times I can find better choices at convenience stops but in addition to it being a struggle it can be hard on the wallet. On average even I used to purchase my lunch on the go I would spend from 10-15 dollars. That mean on an average week I used to spend 50-75 dollars on lunch – JUST FOR ME. That is absurd. Now I spend between 35-115 dollars a week for items for my entire family depending upon what I have in my stock.
I now pack on the go snacks in my bags – most prepared at home and some convenience foods from my local grocery store.
I pack items that are easy to eat in the car if needed such as cubes of grapes and celery.
Every week I also portion out cottage cheese which is a good source of protein and low calorie.
Lastly, I cube cheddar and portion it into one ounce portions.
The amazing thing about making healthy choices is that my children see it and they make similar choices.
Weight loss is a slow process. I see the scale moving down but it is frustrating when you can’t see the progress. I looked through all my photos and realized most of my photos are of the shoulders up. I don’t like how I look in photos so I did what anyone would do! I avoid them. I also do not have any mirrors in my home. I know that it’s ridiculous.
I want to document this process of losing the second person attached go my body. So I did what any mom would do an enlisted the talent of my 5 year old to take a photo of me.
Okay, I know we’ve seen peoples before and after photos in sports bras and shorts- well not here. I put on my short term goal dress. It looks awful – for now! Please keep in mind this photo is after I have lost 20 pounds (something I’m proud of)!
I know by this point your probably saying just show the damn photo….
I have some work to do! But I’m ready to do that work.
Forging on! Taking baby steps. And I guess now weekly photos. 😬
As I said last week prepping is key for me. What’s amazing is that with my food planned out I save so much. I can feed my whole family for less than $80/week! And we eat well!
This week we will be eating a cheesy cauliflower casserole, vegetable soup, salad, buffalo drizzled cauliflower, a sour cream/salsa dip, strawberries and radishes.
I’ll be in honest I never enjoyed the idea of devoting time to cook on Sunday’s until I realized the benefits. I spend 2-3 hours and feed my family well for the first half of the week.
What really helps when you prep like this is having a theme or a few recipes with minimal steps.
I try to make something that cooks in one pot for at least one dish – this week my soup!
To keep it low carb ingredients include: chicken stock, cauliflower (surprise!), carriers, broccoli, corn and 1/2 cup of pasta which made for a total of 8 servings. The smell was amazing and best part ALL three of my kiddos ate it. They said it was, “delicious.”
Our other meal for the week is rich and delicious. Once it is done cooking and played I add a drizzle of Franks Red Hot Sauce! All you need is 1/2 cup and you’re filled up! Cauliflower, cheese, ground turkey and bacon – how can you go wrong? YUM.
I enjoy finding a good recipe maker online where I can input ingredients and get my calorie and carb totals.
Now let’s talk progress. I have made some progress so I am going to briefly celebrate my victory – I have lost a total of 18lbs since cleaning up my diet. Here’s hoping for another 50! I have come to terms that I did not put weight on overnight so it’ll take time to take off weight and see progress. My ultimate goal for the moment is around 100 pounds but I am hoping to be down 50 by July 4th. Baby steps.
It has been snowing for two days now at my house. Enough already Mother Nature – we get your joke. Spring is in two days but I have to say the 30″+ of white fluffy powder I have shoveled would say otherwise.
The positive side of winter storm Stella is that I had an adult snow day. Who doesn’t love snow days?
Believe it or not there is a car under that enormous mound. I spent nearly 6 hours shoveling out from the winter storm. IT WAS AWFUL and a bit AWESOME! I got in quite the work out. My arm are sore and feeling good.
What’s a task you do that is not in a gym but great exercise?
Walking the dog
Playing with my kids
I am all about exercise with a purpose. Hopefully tomorrow when I have to return to work reality I’ll be able to type.
Hopefully the snow will stop but we are supposed to get another 6 inches.
Yesterday, I say down and went through recipes to figure out lunch for this week.
I then made a shopping list which I sort based upon where I locate items in my local grocery store. This saves me times and also helps me avoid going through unnecessary aisles where I king pick up something that is not needed.
It was a small list this week. In general since I’ve transitioned to a low carb lifestyle my grocery bill has reduced.
After going to the store I came home and began prepping. I like to get all my ingredients together and then cook!
I cooked up my bacon and then made my soup for the week. It had basic ingredients and is low carb.
Once I’m done I package everything for the week. I get out my food scale and my awesome snack bags that have measurements on them.
Once I’m done I have the satisfaction of knowing that I am ready for a stress free week!
Here in these containers is soup for lunch until Wednesday and cottage cheese which is high in protein! In my snack bags I have measured out cheddar cubes, turkey, steak cubes, beef jerky and bacon. These protein packed snacks not only work for me but also my children.
I am beyond blessed to be a mommy to three wonderful children. For the most part they are well behaved. We can go out to restaurants or shop in stores and generally have a positive experience. That being said it did not happen overnight. Took work. I remember in my late teens and early twenties going to restaurants or stores and getting annoyed when there was a tantruming child. I am here to humbly say, I’m sorry. Parenthood can be difficult. When you’re younger you don’t realize that those parents with young children having a hard time in stores or at the local pizza shop are probably using those annoying moments as teaching moments so eventually those children turn into respectable adults.
Tonight, while at a local big box store and a pizza place I had those ANNOYING children. But there just that, children. I had to use my Mom voice. I recall while in the checkout line saying, “you do not s scream in stores, others are trying to shop. Instead whisper.” Only got a few dirty glares. Sorry, still needed groceries.
As a child I remember often times being exhausted the week after school break. After going home, they played and went to bed!
Speaking of playing, I don’t understand why my children have the toys they because no matter what toys they say they want they really only want the toy their sibling is playing with. Somedays they even bicker over the cardboard box my Amazon Prime delivery came in. It is so frustrating. But who doesn’t love a good cardboard box and bubble wrap?
Now as I children sleep peaceful I prepare for tomorrow and know just how lucky I am to have the honor of being there mom – fits and all!
Which one sounds better to you? For me, I’d love a cheat day but when I actually think about it know that for me it would be an awful idea. Why would you work so hard to stay on track and then have a free for all. Been there, done that. Turns into a cheat week for me and then a cheat month. A cheat day works for some but not for me! I’m weak – for now. I presume one day when I am able to commit to clean eating for longer then 6 months I’ll be able to have a cheat day once in a while.
For now, I’m going to avoid cheat days and meals. I’m going with the ever popular once in a while snack. I think this will work for me. With that being said who needs a cheat meal or day when you can have bacon on the ketogenic diet!
How do you handle cravings? I’ve realized the longer I’m eating ‘clean’ the fewer cravings I have. If I do have a craving I’m easily able to squash it with some protein and water!
Hopefully, I don’t give in to every last food desire. My all time favorite food is buffalo chicken salad! It’s definitely doable and lo carb. Later the weekend I’ll share meal prep and the ideas for lunches I’ve decided on to help me stay on track!
As I sit here I realize I did not take in necessary calories today. This morning I missed breakfast because we were running late, then missed lunch at work due to getting busy and dinner was over run by cubscouts. UGH! I did eat my snack which was turkey and cheese cubes.
So here I am at 8 pm thinking about how I’m am so hungry which in turn has made me snippy with those around me. I know I could eat now as it’s about calories in versus time of day so I guess I’ll have something small.
I’m trying to avoid a food rut. It’s so easy to get in a routine and eat the same meal every day. It takes work to plan things out and with three littles at home often times I do not have the energy or desire to plan out elaborate meals each week. Let take a look at a day in the life:
5:15 Up for the day, shower and get myself ready for work. Pack my children’s lunches and get their clothes ready for school.
6:15 Wake up the kiddos, get them dressed and packed for school, cook breakfast and get out the door.
7:15 Out the door to drop 2 off at school and one to at the babysitter.
8-4 Work (unless I have to pick up the kiddos from school cause hubby is working in which case I leave work at 2:30 and pick them up and work the rest of my day at home).
4:30-7:30 Depending on the day of the week we have dance, archery, Cubscouts and Daisies during this time. Oh and I also try to cook dinner during this time. Thank goodness for food prep and the crockpot.
7:30-8 Speed baths, books and bed time.
All of that hinges on it being an ideal day where everything goes smoothly. I am so thankful for Tuesday’s and Friday’s (typically activity free) as they allow me breathing room.
After that schedule would you want to meal prep? The answer for me is no. Even though my answer is no I know that if I do not plan out lunches on Sunday evening the whole week is thrown off and I struggle to stay on track.
Sunday evenings I wash and prepare vegetables, fruits, count out snack for the children’s lunches and decide what I will pack for the first half of the week for lunch. This works for me but I know it is not practical for everyone. I always feel good knowing I have the best plan laid out on Sunday night and I am ready for the week.
Before I began embracing a low carb lifestyle packing lunches was easier because I would just pack anything that I thought tasted delicious (cookies, crackers, chips, a freezer meal, etc.). Now I’m realizing this was probably not beneficial in any way. Here I am on Wednesday needing to pack lunches for the last two days of the week. Do I eat the same thing I have eaten the last three days? That’s what’s easy. BUT I know myself and if I do not change things up I am going to fall off the wagon. I just keep reminding myself that nothing abut a drastic diet adjustment is easy. So, what do I eat for lunch???
I have been considering making chili. As I am watching carbohydrates, I think I’d put more meat in my chili then I typically do and would keep it fairly basic. Tomato sauce, beans, meat and chili seasoning. It would run about 12 carbs which means I would need to be mindful with breakfast and dinner but it would add the much needed variety to my life.
Anyone out there with any awesome lunch ideas that are low carb feel free to share!
Until tomorrow. Stay positive and let’s all continue on this rocky, glorious path!