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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!

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…

If you don’t like where you are move..! You are not a tree!

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I can’t believe 2015 is here! Oh where has the time gone? I will turn 59 in May? Really? 59? OMG! 2014 was an incredible year for me.. became a GRANDMOTHER! My little grandson was born on December 20th! That little man has stolen my heart from the moment I laid eyes on him.. I love him sooo much. He has also saved his grandmothers life… on one swoop….one photo… one moment captured in time for ever… his first Photo of Himself with his Grandma….OMG! I cried….how in the HELL did I get this fat??? How can you even see this beautiful little baby boy among the layers of fat that he is laying on called his grandmother? When did I get this fat??? And why didn’t anyone tell me?
Let me back up a bit… if I was told to describe myself …I would say that I am a fun loving… adventure seeking free spirited person.. I love the ocean ..kayaking… swimming… hiking…meeting people..and want to enjoy life to the fullest…reality is…I am a big fat mess… I haven’t been to the ocean in two years… I couldn’t even begin to fit into a kayak let along ride in one… the only hike I have been on in the last 8 years..has been to the mailbox…or climbing the three steps into my house…adventurous? Really what is that? free spirited ? Really Beverly? Maybe back in 2005? And exercise? What is this again? I have a bike.. a gazzell…and one of the large balls to sit on… I have more weights than my local gym…and a WII that hasn’t been used in over two years… What happened..? I think I quit enjoying things I use to do..and fell out of love with myself.. Let me back up again… in 2005 I met the love of my life.. my soul mate..I was in the best shape I had been in for years…having come off a very one sided marriage that was full of lies and deciete..I had FINALLY found the my soul mate.. the man Who was a part of me.. my love. my heart my world…I had never met anyone like him.. ever… a Sgt Major in The Marine Corps ..a mover and a shaker who taught me more about myself than I had ever known.. He made me believe in my own self and the power that I had inside me..He let me be me..and loved me for it..we were equals…partners in love and life..and we were separated my thousands of miles..he in Germany me in North Carolina.. but we made it work..we learned everything about each other.. we talked for HOURS on the phone..we hated every moment we were apart and the best part of our days was when we were together..he made me whole…we shared things about our hopes and dreams and things about our past…that I had never shared with anyone..little things.. big things… he completed me…he was my “other” half.. we were lovers and best friends..we were inseperatable..and I still feel that way today.. but life and family…appreared its ugly head and we were forced to live stated apart, connected by love..and what was in our hearts..but duty called…and for reason I won’t explain..we have to live separate lives..peeking in on each other..and still promising our love..but apart.. is how it must be. some may not understand and that is ok.. but we shall forever be in each others hearts..I now know life changed so much for me..with him not in it…in the way I wanted.. and I didn’t want anyone else..I still don’t…and I have done a really good job of NO one wanting me..depressed and lonely.. I made up my own little world that I wasn’t going to let anyone else in…. I did it well..it’s easy Now to look back and re think my life and how I got here.. sometimes it’s painful…but I need to understand how I got here… to understand how to get back to my old self..my healthier self.. to have lost the greatest love of my life.. at times is painful..but knowing that I at least had it.. helps… so my grandson has let me fall in love again. something I never thought I would ever do again… I want to get healthy to live longer and to be in my grandson’s live as long as I possibly can… this little boy is saving my life.. he has given me hope… love.. and a reason to move on.. he is helping to heal my heart.. something that no one else has been able to do… I shall be forever a grateful grandma…here is 2015 being my best year yet! In my next post I will share how I am going to do this… until then.. have a great new year!soulmate

Apple cinnamon baked oatmeal

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With this recipe I have added apples so I am able to get in another fruit..and I added egg for some protein punch!
This is HEALTHY in a bowl! I make it in Sunday for he whole week! I bake a big batch..and once it’s cooled..I divided it into individual servings..and place in the frig…ready for me to grab each morning..! And I can even take it to work to have for those days that I am sooo short on time..I need to grab and go..and another great benefit of this recipe..I can eat it cold or hot! What ever I am in the mood for!

Be creative..add what you like..coconut..raisins..chocolate chils..pecans…walnus..be creative!

Apple cinnamon baked oatmeal

2 cups of old fashion oats
1/3 cup splenda brown sugar
2 Teaspoons cinnamon
dash of salt
1 Teaspoon Baking powder

3 Tab butter melted and set aside

2 cups almond milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla (I use almond extract}
2 cups chopped apples

mix oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking powder together, set aside
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melt butter set aside
mix in separate bowl add milk, eggs and vanilla or almond extract ..mix well by hand and then add chopped apples..
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mix together with the dry ingredients…
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pour into a greased baking dish..
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then add the melted cooled butter into the mixture and swirl with a fork until mixed into the oatmeal/apple mixture…
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Let it cool and divided it into individual protions..and refrigerate..eat over your whole week! YOU can eat this hot or cold..
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For added crunch I chopped walnuts to the top of each individual serving.
Hope you enjoy this recipe…and it becomes you new favorite morning meal!

Benefits of healthy eating!

I’ve been going strong for  over a month now on my healthy eating
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..no diet coke..lots and lots of pure fresh water. And then I cut out fast foods. ..allowing only chai tea from Starbucks ( hey I’m working on it!). .at first it drove me crazy  not to stop and get my sasuage egg and cheese biscuits every morning.   After all the girl at the drive through..had become my friend.  She’s going to think I moved.. Or died! But after going the nutritional analysis of what was in that ..I don’t miss it..oh sure when I passed a Mickey D’s .thoughts of french fries..or a nice ice cream cone..did pop in my head.m but finally. .nothing..not a twinge..not a glace not one thought of stopping..habit broken…
Now the next thing to go was sugar…after educating myself on all  the non benefits of this little sweet product. .and understanding the propaganda behind it in the food industry. .it’s gone.  Obliterated. .I won’t lie and say it hasn’t been without dire consequences. .headaches..fatigue. .cravings..and down right bitchyness on my part. .even shakes and sickness like symptoms. ..after all its like coming off of crack..or drinking. .America we are addicted to this crap!…
Its in everything processed and packaged that they can but it in.. ( more about that in another post)

Anyway my point of this whole post is…results. unexpected ones at that!..oh I knew making tgese changes would be better for me..even facilitate weight loss.  But what I didn’t realize. Was how great I would Feel!..
Slowly over the course of the month..I noticed a slight change..aftee thw headaches..and withdraws subsidied..here and there things..like I’m not so bloated..my skin feel softer. .I feel like my face is thinner..I walk with a skip in my stride. .and slowly…I got my ENERGY back.  Some oeoole just think when were heavy were lazy..but the truth I have come to realize is …we don’t have the energy to move it!  Truly…it takes everything we have to get up each day andnjust do the minimum we have to do…period..aftee a while it’s. .just the way it is.. you forget what having energy is all about..and someway..somehow. .you don’t remember ever having it..just washing the dishes..or vacuuming the floor is about all you can do…you just get by..never once realizing why you feel so bad..never really taking the time to think..it could be my unhealthy eating and ways..all of which are habits..
Well last night was a turning point for me..I had to stop.and really think about the past 40 YEARS of my life..and realize. ..Dam…this is how I use to feel…energized! Over the past month I had WORKED hard at getting healthy..Really HARD..going through withdrawal. .sleeping..and sleeping..but wait. ..I noticed I was getting up before the alarm..and I was well rested..I woke up ready for the day! Happy..smiling…hey who is this girl?..it’s me…happy with life..feeling good…and wait…I noticed I was doing more..noticing more that needed to be done. ..picking things up off the floor ( If your over weight you will understand that). .I wasn’t just plopping down on the couch after work..I was moving..cleaning..doing chores I hadn’t been doing..and enjoying it too!
After work it was like I still had all this energy built up inside of me..roaring to go! Where did this come from? ? I hadn’t had a sugar high.. o r even a energy drink.. what the hells going on?
Then it hit me.. this is what it’s suppose to feel like..I remember how I could work all day..run the boys around..come home fix dinner..do homework..and laundry
.and go to bed at.midnight and do it all over again tomorrow!
I am so frikin EXCITED!  I GOT me BACK!!! IN A MONTH NO LESS!!
WOW…After realizing this..I managed to clean the  living room bathroom..and kitchen before I went to bed.. (started at 9pm)..I was up early. .washing clothes..mopping the floors and walked the dogs.. .all before work!
I am so happy to be reaping the rewards from all of my hard work getting healthy. .reward I had not even thought of!..eating healthy has so many benefits for our health..our hearts and now O realize our happiness!
Don’t spend one more day feeling sick and tired..stop the madness..stop eating the garage that is being put in our food. ..educate yourself on the recent studies on obesity and our food system..know what the labels mean..know the garbage that is being forced into our food system..and help stop it now!. ..I still have a long jouney ahead..but believe you me.. my EYES ARE WIDE OPEN! I like how.I’m feeling..the happiness. .the joy..the energy! And to think ..this is Just the beginning!

Educate yourself to a healthier you!

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As I am traveling on my healthy journey I am trying to educate myself on the why’s and how’s of nutrition..recently I have started to track different area’s of nutrition…not only calories..but carbs,fat,Protein, Sodium and sugar’s…
In doing this I have started to made some comparison’s to what my life was like before in the matters of what I ate daily…I am trying to not only get healthy , but to understand the how and why’s so I do not do it all over again. I think the more I can understand about food and what it does to our bodies..the more we are able to make educated decisions that will benefit our bodies.
Today is my first of what I am sure to be..many comparison’s… I must say I am shocked at the results…it’s no wonder I am fat…in my mind …I was thinking..that One sasuage egg and cheese biscuit..would be better for me than say…donuts from Dunkin doughnuts.. or some type of pastry…but in reality it was worse!

Here is my first Comparison’s….

Item Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
Hardee’s Sausage, Egg & Cheese 630 37 45 18 1520 4
Glazed Donut 260 31 14 3 330 12
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Healthy Meal
2 eggs 120 1 9 12 124 0
2 ww toast 140 13 1 3 125 2
peach fresh 33 8 0 1 0 8
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TOTAL 293 22 10 16 249 10

I was shocked that I was eating 630 calories for breakfast! 31 carbs and 1520 of sodium! And this was every week Monday through Friday on my way to work! OMG! And if someone brought donuts..I would eat one or two of those! UGH!

I no longer go through the drive through window at fast food joints..nor do I eat in my car.. I plan my meals..down to the last morsel…some might think this is too rigid for them.. but let me ask you this.. How are you doing with eating on the run? Would you be reading this if it was working for you?? Maybe being rigid is a good thing…and it could help.. I know one day it will all be second nature for me to eat healthy.. but right now I need a plan..and figuring out the nutritional value of what is being put into my body…is my priority these days! I urge you to do the same.. educate yourself..knowledge can be a wonderful tool for you to win your battle with food..we can’t eliminate food completly..so I need to learn to live with it..the best way I can..so that I can have a healthy body..yes, I am just beginning to learn about nutrition…but each day I make my numbers in my food diary on MY FITNESS PAL..IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD!
Give this a try…and get MYFITNESS PAL and start tracking your numbers…it will benefit you…and you will be on the right path to a healthier you! I wish you the best…

Quick fix to weight loss?

I wish I could get this healthy eating down.. I just can’t seem to get it right… after weeks on the low carb diet.. I am off the program.. again…
I can’t seem to get it right…so back to square one…research..more research…and more thinking..I need … I want to do this.. so I will regroup and retry until I get it right..

So this is what I have come up with
there are NO quick fixes to losing weight..no magic .. no pills..no potions..only hard work..determination and guts! Yep sorry to bust your bubble…if you are reading this wanting to learn where to buy the Magic secret to weigh loss… you can’t…. I believe the magic is in yourself.. and each of us has to find a way to live in our world with all this food around us.. we can’t remove this and than..and never expect to want the old stuff again.. its not going to happen..

So I have decided after trying just about every diet on the planet.. that I am not going to diet anymore. Nope.. not going to do it.. what I am going to do is..eat sensibly ..setting a few guide lines along the way to help me make healthy choices..and smart ones at that..so what AM I going to do??

#1 Quit all diet and regular sodas..yep I am now on day two..after the first day of headacks, I learned to drink hot tea to relieve them..thank goodness.

#2 Drink water.. drink water.. and then drink more water… yes I said it. .we all know we should do it.. so now Just do it.. drink water..

#3 Eat all things in moderation…yes , nothing is on the DO NOT EAT LIST..nothing…does that mean I can eat all day long? anything I want? No moderation..my dears..moderation…

#4 Portion control..yep portions.. measure and weigh your food.. know the serving size and stick to it.. you can have a 1/2 cup of ice cream once in awhile..but NOT everyday…stay within limits..

#5 eating clean is best.. no packaged foods..fresh is best frozen is next..canned if you rinse the food first..

#6 Healthy Plate…1/2 with fruit and vegetables..1/4 with protein and 1/4 carbs..keep that in mind when eating..

#7 pick one day to eat what you want within reason.. plan for it.. special party.. pick that day… the remainder of the week , pick health plate eating

#8 Plan your meals.. at least a day ahead..and better yet..a week at a time. it’s ok if you revise it.. as you go about your week.. but planning will help you stick to the healthy plate plan…

#9 think portion control and calories..yes I said it ….good old fashion calories…decide how many you can have a day and then plan your 3 meals and 2 snacks a day.. remember 6 days of healthy plate eating..

#10. Make a food chart/calendar..put it on the frig and remember to look at it…also have some good low calorie choices for snacks..keep a supply of snack available to you.

#11 NO fast food.Period! That’s not to say you can’t go out to eat..at a sit down restaurant. .but No Fast food…if it has a drive through window it’s fast food…

#12 no white bread..we all know why…whole wheat…

#13 DON’T MAKE THESE CHANGES AT ONCE! SLOWLY MAKE THESE CHANGES OVER A PERIOD OF SEVERAL WEEKS EVEN MONTHS!

#14 Be flexible! ! Tweek it..make it your own..listen to your body. . (Not your stomach) as you make changes you will like how you feel. .and it will guide you to other changes..Ultimate goal is to be healthy. .

#15 Most importantly. …you didn’t gain it overnight. ..and your not going to lose it overnight. .it takes time and patience. ..

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 !

Low Carb Root Beer Float

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Every now and then I want a “treat”…without going off my food plan.. this Low Carb Root Beer Float does the trick!! And it’s so easy!!!

Low Carb Root Beer Float
4-6 ice cubes
ice to fill your glass
1 cup Root Beer
2 Tab Half & half
1 Teaspoon vanilla
squirt of whipped cream
Directions…
Place all ingredients in blender or magic bullet..blending well..
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then pour over ice..add a squirt of whipped cream to top it all off! ENJOY!
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You can also add a scoop of low carb Protein!
VARIAIONS :
Diet Orange soda
Diet Cherry 7-up
Diet Vanilla Coke
Diet Grape Soda

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