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Tips…fighting weight loss!

I have researched tips..helps…and must do’s on weight loss… you can google it and find hundreds if not thousands of ideas…. I have sifted through them to come up with the ones I want to implement..
#1 No soda…not even diet… I gave up soda in August and have not looked back!
#2 Drink water.. drink water.. drink water.. your body needs it.. do it..! Add lemon if you like.. but drink it!
#3 Cut out sugar… we don’t need it.. it is useless calories… and it encourage us to over indulge..
#4 No White Flour.. I find that I feel better if I don’t eat white flour..I do use Almond and Coconut flour only!
#5 Limit carbs…carbs are NOT good for us.. period.. empty calories ..I am the first to admit its difficult!
#6 Limit dairy… try other non dairy prive oducts..I can not digest dairy well..
#7 No Cows milk..choose Almond milk… it even comes in chocolate. I am also enjoying coconut milk…!
#8 Use Olive oil…it is good.. also coconut oil..!
#9 Flax Seed…. put it in smoothies…it will help regulate you…once scoop is all you need!
#10 Vegies at every meal.. yes even at breakfast…I love 2 cups of salad in my smoothie! Or in a omelet!
#11 Limit your time sitting down.. limit computer and TV time.. only reward yourself with more time if you exercise!
#12 Exercise..take the stairs instead of the elevator..park further away and walk…join the gym!
#13 Bake…broil and boil and grill…love grilling even in the winter!
#14 Plan ! Plan! Plan ! Always plan your meals for the week! you are less apt to overeat…
#15 Never shop when your hungry…period!
#16 Drink green tea… before and after meals.. it helps with digestion…
#17 End your day with a protein drink..it will help burn fat at night
#18 Eat fresh! No packaged foods! Your health will thank you!
#19 MOVE IT! MOVE IT! Move as much as possible!
#20 NO FAST FOOD! Period.. there is nothing good there..nothing…
#21 Eat at the table..not in front of the TV…no seconds..
#22 Use veggies for snacks… it helps you get in your daily requirement!
#23 Use water or hot tea to ward off hunger..drink if you are feeling hungry between meals..
#24 Meditate… it sooths the soul…
#25 Look for exciting..active things to have as hobbies…get out there and try new things.!
As my list grows I will update this….don’t try them all at once… spread them out… and enjoy!

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Garlic Brown Sugar chicken tenders

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These were fantastic! And were very easy to make in little time!
First add splenda brown sugar to a bowl..add 2 tab low sodium soy sauce…and 3 tab minced garlic…mix in a little bit of water to make it pourable…brown4line baking dish with parchment paper..( it will save on clean up)brown3 marinade chicken tenders in sauce for two hours or longer…brown2place in lined baking dish…top with a 1/3 of a slice of bacon…brown1 and pour marinade over top…bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes…

New Beginnings

Tomorrow starts a new day..a new life.. for me.. a new job.. much to my surprise I have been offered a wonderful job working with Seniors and I am thrilled! It no secret that the last three years have been very difficult for me. After having a knee replacement I was laid off from my job at the hospital..the knee replacement didn’t go well.. and I have been struggling every since…not only professional, financially and emotionally.
It’s no wonder I ate to make myself feel better. Now the cycle is broken.. yes.. right now..life is looking up for me,. and I no longer need to use food to make myself feel better! I did it. .I went into the darkness and came out and saw the light! I feel good!

Good Morning!

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I made it through the evening without touching that Blue Bell Ice Cream in my freezer! And I feel GREAT about that!! This morning I ate a sausage , egg, peppers and cheese breakfast bowl! Yes from Atkins! And I loved every bite! Now I am sipping on some hot tea..this first day of August, 2014..because it feels like a fall day! Only 60’s today, and chance of rain!

It’s now 9:57 am and already I have cleaned the kitchen..washed two loads of clothes..but a roast on to cook..cleaned out the pool…gave the dog a bathe…and finally sitting down to blogging…for just a bit…WOW! Far cry from Miss drag my ass out of bed girl! Energy is coming back.. and I like it! No heavy loaded down feeling…interesting observation..and all I did was change what foods I decided to put in my body..interesting..

I tons more stuff to do today.. still unpacking from my two week stay with my Mum in Ohio.. wishing I was still with her right now..ok slap my face and knock me back into reality…lots to do.. final exams to study for..(yek) and a bedroom to reorganize so our favorite guest can sleep in there when they come to visit!

Just wanted to share with you my changed in energy level..and my hunger pains are finally calming down..going to do some meal planning that I will share with you all later…I am going to save this as a draft..and finish this evening..
TaTa!

I made a roast today for dinner.. since I have a unhealthy relationship with food.. I wanted to make sure I didn’t sit down and eat the whole thing..so I made plans to make the cooked roast into several different meals. For my son.. I added potatoes, onions and carrots..he ate it for lunch and dinner..
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I had a portion for dinner ( mine has roast, onions, baby carrot and French green beans…) and then I made three to freeze.. I added some french green beans and one chopped tiny carrot to each. I also used a cup of water and a packet of seasoning to the whole roast..total carb count is ( 2 carbs for seasoning, 1 for baby carrot & onion..and 2 for French cut green beans) Total 5 carbs for the meal. Plus No things in it I don’t want!
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I have wrapped them well with plastic wrap.. if they cook up well after freezing them I will be making more..keep posted for updates and recipes for my frozen low carb meals!
I like the fact that I knew that it was possible that I would eat the whole roast..and recognized that I needed to portion it out into meals.. recognizing these little things is important to my success !

Choosing a food plan just for you!

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I know I am probably get a lot of flack for my choice of food plan to follow..but your not me..no food plan is for each of us..if it was we would all be skinny! We have to figure out the road we want to take..count calories,low fat, low carb, paleo,weight watchers, tops, clean eating..no matter which one you choose..it has to be personalized for you..I’ve choosen low carb..because I can eat…there I said it.. I can eat real food..and not feel deprived. I love eggs..( ask me that in two months) I love meat.. oh I will miss bread and pasta..and sweets..but I wanted to cut out sugar..and white flour..I have experimented with cutting back on flour and do notice a big change in how I feel. Also I have done Atkins before.. I lose a considerable amount of weight. But had a false sense of security that I would never gain it back..and didn’t work on a Lifetime Maintenance plan. Big mistake on my part. And I have since understood the importance of maintenance in weight loss. No matter what plan you choose..you must always figure out and follow a maintenance plan of some kind. If not.. you will be where I am and doing it all over again!
I am all for convenience in the beginning weeks of following my food plan. .on days I work I just want to grab something quickly. And still stay on my program.. Atkins allows that! And tons of choices for me to choose from.
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Atkins dinners are a big help for me.. And they taste great! I haven’t met one I didn’t like.. Right now they are a little costly..but I think they are worth it! Tonight I had the Atkins Italian-Style Pasta Bake.. YUMMY! I enjoyed every bite! I hope Atkins will continue to add to this line of products..my only word of caution is that you must limit the number of these you have a day. or It can slow down your weight loss. Atkins has a line of Protein bars.. Protein Drinks and even candies..
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mmchchip</a They can help you through any sweet attack..and the protein drinks are to die for! Serve over a big glass of ice..and yummo!…The protein bars fit in my purse for food attacks and late meetings..stopping my hunger! And the best thing is that I stay on track! No trips to the vending machine or coffee shop! just remember to use in moderation!

I will be featuring my review’s on each new Atkins product that I try… nope I’m not a ATKINS paid spokesperson..but maybe one day I could be! Right now I will leave that to…….Sharon!
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Willpower, how to get it!

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Willpower.. why do some of us have it and some of us don’t??? I need it.. I want it…! I don’t have it! I like this quote…
think of Willpower as a muscle
You don’t find Willpower
You build it!

What a concept…I never thought of it this way.. I thought you either had it or didn’t.. and I always seemed to never have it for very long.. oh sure I start out with it.. and them BAM ! As fast as I had it .. I lost it..
Now I realize that I have to build it .. over time.. I am not perfect.. I doubt if any of us are.. or we wouldn’t be where we are right now..over weight..but with this new idea…that we need to BUILD on our Will power ..is a life saver.. I feel like someone just through me a life preserve on this one… I always like that determination when I first start out on losing weight. .and often think.. I don’t want to lose this feeling..but I do..we all do..so maybe with my new mind set..I can learn to take it step by step..muscle by muscle.. hey it isn’t going to happen over night ..I have to work at it..
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I believe that Will power is the KEY to success.. so this is something I am going to really try to work on and develop..I know that it will help me to reach my goal..so this is important.

Right now I could use some of that Willpower! I know the first week or so..is hard.. but right now ..I could eat the couch!! I need to find something to much on..that is low carb.. maybe I should drink a Protein drink..Lord help me.. Right now all I can think of is the rest of the container of ice cream in the freezer. .I really should of thrown that away..maybe I should go get it and run hot water on it in the sink.. No I can’t trust myself…I’d eat it right out of the carton right now..who am I kidding…think I will stay out of the kitchen..period.. Tomorrow I will get rid of it! But not now..

Isn’t it funny.. I want his .. so badly..but my voice in my head is telling me that I should eat something. .Right now.. the slogan…NOTHING TASTE AS GOOD AS SKINNY FEELS…SUCKS! WHo ever came up with that..never had Blue Bell ice Cream! LOL!
I will control my thoughts and not let my thoughts control me..period….caffeine…I need Caffeine..good Heavens! This is torture! Ok..control yourself Beverly.. this to shall pass…
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Yes! Shut up stomach.. I am not going to listen to you anymore.. look where you have gotten me so far! I do not need to eat.. I do not need to eat…I will not eat! I will not eat! Water I will drink water…then .. I am going to bed!
Cheers!
Beverly

Gone Gone Gone

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I have been gone for over 5 months…I am ashamed to say… and in that time.. I have been on again off again on my journey.. leading me right back to the beginning…UGH!
But I am not going to bang myself in the head about it.. I am just going to move on in the right direction. Thank you to all those who asked my whereabouts.. As I reflect back .. I realize I have been off the wagon way to long.. and for the life of me I can’t understand why..since it seems all I ever do it..diet..and think about losing weight..

So this is a important stepping stone for me.. I am taking a leap of faith here.. and looking up a number to a specialist in weight loss …I don’t want a quick fix.. ok maybe I do want a quick fix..how ever I know they are not out there..I don’t want a fad diet.. I don’t want to have surgery.. I just want to fix me.. make me healthy..is that too much to ask for?

SO today had been a day of reckoning.. for me.. to think how the last five months have passed and I am still in the same spot.. some might say..hey at least you didn’t gain..well that’s probably not a true statement.. because like I said I have been dieting the five months..and I am just at the same place I started..so I more than likely road the roller coaster the last five months..and just by the luck of the draw..checked it at my start point..so my reckoning is that ..this has to stop.. I need to get serious…NOW! I can’t wish it away.. I can’t let someone do it for me.. I have to do it..and I know that.. I’ve always known that.. but now I have to do it..why the change? why the urgent need? Well several reason really..

#1 I fill like shit.. energy level is zero..look like crap..feel unhealthy…look unhealthy..and I want to change..
#2 I want to live.. there I said it.. after all how many 1oo pound 80 year olds do you see? laugh as you might.. but you don’t..as I creep upon 60 that is only 20 years off..now is the time.. I don’t want to cut myself short!
#3 I want to enjoy my retirement years.. travel..see the rest of the world.. but at this rate I am good if I can walk the block.. I see my breathing changing.. my heart racing.. I only hope I haven’t caused irreplaceable damage to myself..
#4 this weight is too much to carry around anymore.. I’m done.. I’m over it..and I am breaking up with it.. got the T-Shirt and moving on.
#5 I don’t want to be an embarrassment to my family. Although I know I am. I know they love me..but how can you not be ashamed of my out of control eating.. I must be lick the drugging or alcoholic in the family.. no one ever speaks about..
#6 Grandbaby…yes I am going to be a grandma..for the first time in December.. YIPPEEE! I have wanted to be one for as long as I can remember.. I want to get on the floor and play..give piggy back rides..make tents from a sheet and card table..I want to go to the park and play with my grandchild..not sit on the sidelines.. I know that this isn’t the only reason to lose weight..but it sure is a good one! IT’s going to be wonderful to have a little one around ..it’s been so long..even though we are living miles apart.. I want to be in my grandchild’s life as much as possible!

Goals…yes we must set goals in our lives..and do our best to obtain them or..we are just fluttering around like a fish out of water.. if we don’t set goals and strive to met them..we end up no where!

After many hours of soul searching and mindful thinking.. I have developed a plan of attack.. I have declared this BEV TIME! I am preparing my fight against food.. and by GOD I am going to beat this..
Plan of attack
#1 Stay focused..journal everyday.. keeping the task at hand on my mind in my thoughts.. not obsessively. But positively.
#2 Make a food plan.. weekly and stick with it.. plan for it.. plan for snacks.. keeping something in my purse/car incase of emergency’s. Decide what is best for you
#3 Exercise.. daily.. anything.. swim, walk, weights, just do it
#4 Develop a core group of like people who want to do what I am doing..share ideals..thoughts and goals and ideals on how to get there. be a support system for each others.. Maybe meet once a week to discus our week.
#5. Realize you are addicted to food.. no it’s not drug..or alcohol.. but never the less it’s a addiction..admitting it and doing something about it.. is a step in the right direction.
#6 OA continue to go to phone meetings and try to attend a meeting in person once a month. The support will be invaluable.
#7 Figure out my trigger foods and eliminate them from my home.. ( not to say that I can’t ever in my life have them again.. but right now.. I can’t handle them.. or I wouldn’t be where I am today.
#8 Seek doctors support and guidance.. have him follow progress
#9 Talk with a dietitian find out the cost and pay it.. maybe the best advice you ever get.
#10 Realize my plans can be altered if something is not working.. be flexible.. but don’t give yourself an excuse to eat.
#11 Check in with yourself Daily.. what worked what didn’t work..it’s a plan not a bible..it can be revised
#12 Set many goals..and reward yourself in small ways for reaching them.(ie. nails done.. movie..etc)
#13 Don’t set yourself up for failure. Make it real
#14 NO FAST FOOD. PERIOD nothing is good about it.. cut it out completely
#15 Eat only when hungry
#16 Drink water..PERIOD
#17 Eat Healthy no processed food..
#18 Constantly be on the look out for new hobbies that get you moving.. new recipes that are healthy..
#19 Make a graph to follow your weight loss
#20 Make a Vision board.. if you can dream it you can be it!
#21 Shut off the TV! Limit your TV intake.. get up and keep moving.. this may be hard at first.. but after awhile it will be come second nature.
#22. Sleep Get plenty of it..7-8 hours.. regardless!
#23 Make yourself priority! This is you time. .and yes, damit ..its all about what is best for you!
#24 Believe it! Believe in your ability to accomplish your goals..
#25 Make you goals obtainable. be realistic about your journey
This my plan of attack.. I may go back and tweak it..in the months to come.. but I will be living this..everyday..even after I reach my goal. I know that fighting my addiction to food..will be a life long battle.. but I am bound to make it a victory!

So come along and join me.. don’t just watch on the sidelines.. be apart of this exciting new found journey..watch out ..cause I just might be sliding into home plate..with a victory on this one!
Cheers!
Beverlynew2

Daily Journal #17

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Daily food journal #16

Breakfast 2 eggs 1 Carb
hot tea
water
Lunch 2 cups salad 2 carbs
4 oz chicken 0 carbs
salad dressing 4 carbs
water
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iced tea peach no sugar 1
Dinner
2 cups salad 2 carbs
2 hard loiled eggs 1 carb
salad dressing 4 carbs
brats 2 carbs
hot tea 0 carbs
peach ice tea 1 carb
water
Daily Total 17 carbs
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9:00 1 mile
11:30 1 mile
2:30 1 mile
5:00 1 mile Total 4 miles 484 calories burned 45 minutes

NOTES: Today was a good day… lots of energy again today.. I hope this stays!!! I get alot done that’s for sure.. of course maybe it has to also do with canning the cable TV!!! Planning my food intake the night before is really helpful for me.. I don’t have to stick to it.. their’s no food plan police out to get me..if I don’t go by whats on the plan.. but I am finding I am sticking to it…I like it cause sometimes I grab the first thing I see..when I’m hungry.. and it may not be good stuff…this way I have a plan…another VICTORY!

Water water water… I love water. But if I am being honest.. I do miss my diet coke.. I know, I know it isn’t good for me..but I do miss it.. I am drinking water, hot tea and some peach Iced tea , no sugar..mostly hot tea and water.. the peach tea is my treat! I should try and find a low carb protein drink.. I haven’t found a low carb one I like yet.. when I do I will let you know..

I am feeling so much better these days.. my blood pressure has stayed down.. and I am just feeling healthy! I am looking forward to a trip to DC in two weeks to see my son and daughter in law!! A little worried about the eating out thing.. but I am going to carry some approved snacks..and my water! I can always go for meat and salad..just don’t take me for pizza!!! EEEKS! It will be a fun time!

Daily Journal #16

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Daily Journal #16

Breakfast 2 eggs 1 Carb
Hot tea 0 Carbs
Water 0 Carbs

Lunch
Salad Wrap 9 Carbs
Hot Tea 0 Carbs
Water 0 Carbs
Dinner 0 Carbs
Low Carb Tortilla 6 Carbs
Chicken 0 Carbs
BBQ sauce 4 Carbs
Water 0 Carbs

Total Daily Count= 20 CARBS
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9:00 1 mile
11:30 1 mile
2:30 1 mile
5:00 1 mile Total 4 miles 484 calories burned 45 minutes

NOTES: TODAY I got more engery!!! Keep it coming.. I continued to upgrade my bedroom after rearranging it yesterday.. kept me busy along with doing more laundry…does it ever end??? I am finding that more and more..food is not the front of my mind these days… In fact if it wasn’t for taking medicine.. I would probably have skipped lunch.. not that I recommend that.. I just wasn’t hungry.. which makes me wonder.. if I am not hungry.. do I have to eat? I have to eat something cause my medicine kills my stomach if I don’t .. but the salad wrap… isn’t heavy..so I don’t mind it..but I am going to try and find something else maybe carb free to eat when I am not hungry and yet need to eat something to take the medicine..humm…have to give that a thought or two!!!
I like the fact food is getting less and less attention in my life..that will help me alot…of course when you have a food addiction and your hobbies are food related ( canning, baking, cooking..bread making) UGH! These are things I love to do…but I am trying to change somethings around so food isn’t so much a part of my life..small changes…like crocheting…that I like.. and you can’t crochet and eat that is for sure! So another change will be to change up my hobbies.. I also need to find a ACTIVE hobby… like hiking.. I use to love hiking..but with the bad knees that has changed…maybe kayaking.. I use to love that …anything in the water would be great!!!

Still loving the swimming.. been three weeks now.. its enjoyable for me..but I am very aware of my size..I wear a bathingsuite with shorts..and a top..they make me take the top off..even though it is made for the water..something about the fibers messing up the pool filter.. I reall doubt if My top will break the thing..but they have this NAZI pool police/lifeguard…who I think is a dirty old man and just likes to see our boobs! One day I will get the nerve to ask the director at the Senior Center..

Taking out the Cable in our house has really been a game changer…you don’t realize how much you just sit in a day and watch show after show…I have to “FIND” things to keep me busy! Once the weather is nicer it won’t be an issue..for now I have the cleanest house in town! And the minute your clothes drop to the floor…before you know it they are cleaned …dried..and back in your closent!! HEHE!

Lately I have been thinking about what I want to do when I get this weight off…and I have come up with a list of sort…#1 Help others win the battle against food addiction
#2 Travel as much as possible…overseas and state side..
#3 Become a travel tour guide? Mananger?
#4 Write a book about food addiction and bring it to the forfront of Doctor’s and other to help people get help for their addiction
#5 Write a guide to becoming active for those who are over 100 pounds over weight
#6 Educate others about this diease…food addiction…
#7 Go around in my RV to promote exercise and healthy eating to Those over 100 pounds overweight …churches…nursing homes…senior centeres..senior housing..retirement centers..

I am sure I will add to this ever growing list…but it is getting there!!!
Hope you have a great day!
Cheers!
Beverly

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Daily Journal #15

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Daily Journal #15
Breakfast
Atkins bar 3 carbs
Atkins Protein Drink 2 Carbs

Lunch Carbs
Chef Salad wrap 8 carbs
1 Cup toss salad
2 oz chicken breast
1 oz provolone cheese
Low carb wrap

Dinner Carbs
Low carb wrap pizza 8 Carbs

Daily Total 21 Carbs

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9:00 1 mile
11:30 1 mile
2:30 1 mile
5:00 1 mile Total 4 miles 484 calories burned 45 minutes

1 Hour swimming

NOTES: I have decided to only track my carbs.. This works for me..it might not for you. So I will be doing it from now on.. I had a lot more energy today than in the past week.. I actually rearranged my room….all by myself! I spent about five hours on my bedroom!!! I also cleaned house..moped the floors and did three loads of laundry… No NAP! Glad my energy is coming back!!! now if I could just get rid of this dang cough!! Spring hurry up and get here!!!
Tomorrow I am going to walk the dogs again.. do water arobics at the pool…and walk at Sams Club! Busy day!!!
Cheers
Beverly

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