Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Trim Down Tuesday- Week 2

Not a great week but I am not giving up! Feel free to use my Trim Down Tuesday photo and join in.

Tuesday,June 16,2015

Breakfast: Snickers Oatmeal
Lunch: Salad with Best Balsamic Vinaigrette, apple
Supper: Tuna salad, Sweet Potato

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Breakfast: Snickers Oatmeal
Lunch: Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie
Supper: Reese's whip, a pancake and an apple.
Snack: popcorn

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Breakfast: Snickers Oatmeal
Lunch: Peach Cobbler Protein shake
Supper: Pizza and chips
Snack: Apple

Friday, June 19 , 2015

Breakfast: Snickers Oatmeal
Lunch: Salad
Supper: Burger and fries. Split an order of seafood mushrooms. 

Saturday,June 20, 2015

Breakfast: Snickers Oatmeal
Lunch: went to a baby shower....ate there...more than I should have
Supper: Small chicken sandwich, handful of trail mix
Dessert: kale chips. 

Went off the rails this week...ugh.  Trying to get back on track for next week!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Trim Down Tuesday-Week 1

So, week 1 went great. I am not sure why it helped me to keep track of what I was eating on the blog, but it did. I've tried paper, journals, notepad, My Fitness Pal...none of those worked. So maybe blogging is the key.

 I think some days I might not have eaten enough, but most of the time I felt satisfied.  At this point the only exercise I am getting is decluttering my house...and that can be pretty strenuous. :)

Feel free to use my Trim Down Tuesday photo and join in.  :)

Tuesday, June 9,2015

Breakfast:Lemon Cream Pie Smoothie (not my favorite)
LunchBlended Salmon Soup (love this!)
Snack: Mango Yonanas
Supper: Salad with Chicken; Best balsamic vinaigrette
Dessert: Chocolate Oat Fiber Cake with Strawberries and Coffee

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Breakfast: Strawberry Protein shake (almond milk, protein powder, frozen strawberries and sweetener)
Lunch: Salad and Mango Yonanas
Snack: Apple 
Supper: Blended Salmon soup
Dessert: Chocolate Oat Fiber Cake with strawberries

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Breakfast: Fat Stripping Frappa (This didn't hold me over and didn't actually taste that great.)
Lunch: Salad
Snack: Apple
Supper: Roast Turkey, Sweet Potato, Corn
Dessert: Chocolate Oat Fiber Cake with strawberries 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Breakfast: Plain Yogurt with Blueberries and Strawberries. 
Lunch: Salad
Supper: Salad and Kale Chips
Snack: Mixed Fruit Yonanas

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Recently I thought that oatmeal might be an overeating trigger, especially this recipe.  But, I am out of protein powder so I thought I'd give it a shot.  I was fine.  So that was in my head.

Breakfast: Snickers Oatmeal and Coffee (I use 1/3 cup oatmeal, water and 1 T. each of peanuts and choc)
Lunch: Salad with Quinoa and Turkey.  Used Walden Farms dressing. 
Snack: Apple
Supper: Zoodles with sauce and Parmesan cheese
Dessert: 1/2 Oat Fiber Shortcake and Fresh Strawberries (Half was plenty. I think the oat fiber makes my stomach hurt so I'm not sure I'll be using this recipe again. The Chocolate cake recipe uses less.)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Breakfast: Snickers Oatmeal
Lunch: Salad
Supper: Yogurt with Strawberries and Blueberries
Snack: Banana and Peanut Butter, Kale chips

Monday, June 15, 2015

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Fresh Strawberries and Chocolate Chips
Lunch: Blended Summer Squash and Salmon Soup
Snack: Apple
Supper: Salad
Snack: Yogurt with Strawberries and Blueberries

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Healthy Salmon Soup with your Blender

I really enjoy eating a blended salmon soup.  It's really quick and easy to make yourself a healthy soup.  Here's what to do:

Put 1/2-3/4 cup of water in a saucepan.  Cook a vegetable in the water....some choices are summer squash, zucchini, spinach, kale, collard greens, butternut squash.  Cook until greens are wilted or veggies are soft. (You'll want 3 large handfuls of greens or a whole summer squash.  You'll need less of a winter squash.  Just eyeball it.)

Meanwhile in a blender add:

between 1 tsp. and 1 T. of oil (coconut or olive)
up to 1 T. tomato paste (I open a can and freeze it like this)
seasonings to taste-salt, pepper, nutritional yeast
choose a flavor profile...italian seasoning or curry for instance
if you like it spicy add some cayenne or red pepper flake

When the greens or squash are cooked add them to the blender and pulse for slightly chunky consistency.  (I use a towel to cover the blender to protect myself from hot liquids.)

Pour into soup bowl and add a packet of salmon (I get mine at Walmart by the tuna-fish.)

Optionally you can add about 1/2 cup of quinoa or brown rice.


(If you don't like to use the packet salmon you can cook a thawed salmon fillet with your vegetables.  I find they are sometimes fishy, so I prefer the packets.)

My favorite version

Summer squash, 1 T. EVOO, salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, oregano, packet of salmon and 1/2 cup quinoa.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Starting Over

It's been a long time since I've blogged.  (almost a year and a half!)  Over the past year I've gained weight and all my attempts to get back on track have failed. I don't know how much weight I have gained because 1) I don't really want to and 2) my scale is broken.  I haven't gained back all that I lost, but if I don't turn it around, I feel certain I will.

I have crocheted a LOT since I stopped blogging and obsessing about dieting. (See my work on instagram.) I hope that I am in a better place now and perhaps needed a time to step back and try again without making it the sole focus of my life. Because all of my attempts to just eat smaller portions have failed miserably, I know that I need some sort of tracking/accountability. When I was blogging about my journey, I seemed to do much better and so here I am.  It doesn't matter if anyone reads it.  I need this for me.

I realize that I became totally and completely obsessed with weight loss.  My whole life CANNOT be about weight loss. At the end of my life I am not going to say, "Wow! I'm so glad I spent the last 20 (random number) years obsessing about every bite of food I put in my mouth!"  It's not a good use of my time.  But, I am hoping I can find a balance and maybe writing about it will help.  At this point, I'm not weighing or measuring myself nor am I following any specific diet plan. I am just trying to find a healthy balance of all the things I have learned over the past (almost) 5 years.

I am starting a new weekly series that I am calling Trim Down Tuesday where I will share what I am eating (with links to recipes where possible) and how I am doing. I am excited to get back to blogging.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Vintage Remedies Sale and Discount Code

Vintage Remedies is having an End of Year Sale on several classes and the Real Food books and cookbooks.  I ordered Effortless Real Food Cookbook, Guide to Real Food and Real Foods on a Budget.  These are available at a fantastic discount.  They also have a few free items you can order including the Vintage Remedies for Kids curriculum! I can't wait to get my new books!!

You can also use this link to get an additional 10% off discount code (if you use my link I will get a gift certificate).  Happy Shopping!

Just wanted to point out that I have the Vintage Remedies Guide to Bread which is not on sale but is a great read!

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Sale ends Friday, January 3, 2104

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Stick with it Saturday

This has been a good week.  I really LOVE following the Weight Watchers Simply Filling program.  I've been eating really healthy foods and enjoying them thoroughly.  I have my Sue Gregg cookbooks out and many of her recipes are Simply Filling.  I've even been making muffins.  A spelt muffin and a kefir smoothie for breakfast?  Yes, please!!

I maintained my weight this week at my meeting and don't expect much loss this week with it being Christmas.  If I go to a meeting I will have to go to an alternate meeting the next two weeks since I go on Wednesdays and Christmas and New Years both fall on Wed.

I didn't make my goal of 10,000 steps every day this week.  Honestly, I just didn't feel like it.  I'll try this week but this is just a busy time of year and less "routine" than normal.

Goals for the upcoming week are just to follow my WW plan and continue with my goal of getting a minimum of 10,000 steps each day. (I am having some pain in the bottom of my right foot so I may not be able to do that....we will see.)

Link up your own diet/exercise post at Stick with it Saturday

Friday, December 20, 2013

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with Fried Apples

In my recent post, 30+ Whole Food Breakfasts for Weight Watchers I linked to this Baked Pumpkin Banana oatmeal. One morning recently, I really wanted baked oatmeal but didn't have time so I came up with this quick breakfast which is only 4 Points Plus for Weight Watchers.

Note: In the recipe builder this comes up as 4 points without the apple and pumpkin and 6 with them.  I count this as 4.

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Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with Fried Apples

1/3 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup water

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
dash of salt
2 T. pumpkin
1/4 tsp. molasses

1 apple (I like Granny Smith)
1 tsp. grassfed butter or coconut oil
1 T. xylitol (or your favorite sweetener)
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

optional: homemade cranberry sauce

Cook your oatmeal with your favorite method. (I used my microwave.)  Add the spices, pumpkin and molasses. Stir to combine.  In the meantime, peel apple if desired, then cut into chunks.  Fry in skillet in butter (or oil) until almost done (I did mine for 2-3 minutes but cook them until they are as soft as desired) add xylitol and pumpkin pie spice, stirring constantly.   Serve apples over the oatmeal.  This is fantastic with a scoop of homemade cranberry sauce in the middle.

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