Current Weight Loss Journey 2022

Hi Guys!

A few years ago i shared my struggle with losing weight, and i summed it all up in this blog post HERE. Since that blog post i have; had a baby, breastfed that baby, got the virus, holidays, got pregnant again, and miscarried that baby.

Let’s just say losing weight has not been a priority for almost 2 years now. I still have some baby weight to lose from baby #6 and I’ve recently been gaining weight due to the depression of the miscarriage.

It’s time to get serious again about my health and weight loss.

So today i thought i would share how i’m planning on accomplishing my weight loss goals, just in case someone else out there needs some ideas.

Some of these things might be a repeat of things i have done in the past that have worked and some are new.

Here is what i’m doing this time around to lose weight.

Bikini Body Mommy Challenge 10 – I’m currently on day 18 of this 90 day challenge. If you have never heard of this before, it is a free exercise program that is on YouTube. The creator of it, Brianna, is a regular mom and that is one of the things i love about it. It’s not some super skinny fitness guru who makes you feel bad that you can’t keep up with them and that you don’t look like them. She offers extra stuff (like a meal plan and extra exercises) that you have to pay for, but i just use the free YouTube videos.

Fasting – I’m doing the 16:8 intermittent fast. It has worked well for me before. I am normally not hungry in the morning until 10ish and i normally don’t eat after dinner anyways, so this one is kind of easy for me.

Drinking a gallon of water every day – This one is harder for me, i do drink a lot of water every day, but it’s hard to reach that gallon goal. How i’m trying my best to reach that goal, is to add in some flavor (lemon, mint, etc.). It helps me drink more when it has flavor.

15,000+ steps every day – If you know me at all, then you know i like to get my steps. Moving and getting my steps comes pretty easy to me.

Meal prep – I just purchased this book and I also have these meal prep containers. I feel like this will help me a lot, because this is an area where i struggle. If i have to come up with a meal when i am really hungry, i will just settle for whatever is fastest and that usually is not the healthiest food.

Weigh-in weekly – Monday’s are going to be my weigh-in days. I used to weigh myself daily, but i think mentally that does more harm than good to me, so i’m switching it up this time around.

Small goals & rewards – I’ve shared before how i would pay myself to workout. That’s right. Every time i got on the treadmill i would put $5 into an envelope and once i reached my weight loss goal i took that money and bought some new clothes. This time around i am doing something different. For every 5 pounds i lose, i am going to reward myself with something. I’m not sure what the something is, probably a new book or a special coffee, something small like that.

If you are also trying to lose weight, i would love to hear what you are doing.

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Current Health Journey *Update*

Last month i shared my health journey, and today i figured it was time to give an update on how everything is going…

Current Health Journey update

As of today (2/25/19) i am down 19 pounds from the beginning of the year!!

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In my previous post i shared how i’ve been doing it (i.e. my workouts, diet, etc.), so i thought i would share those things again because some of it has changed since then.

First for my workout schedule.

I’m currently working out 5-6 times a week. I tried to do Bikini Body Mommy again, because i really liked it the last time i did it, but i only made it like 9 days before giving up. Here is why it just doesn’t work for me… I don’t sweat enough/burn enough calories for it to make an impact on my weight loss. I do love how it works out your entire body, seriously i can’t walk right for days after starting that program, but in the end it just doesn’t fit me.

So i’m still running on the treadmill, which i absolutely love! I’ve been working on getting stronger and faster at running 1 mile, and i’m super happy to report that my newest fastest time is 9 minutes and 38 seconds. That is a HUGE improvement from 14+ minutes when i first started running back in January!

I would really love to be able to run more than 1 mile, but i’m pretty wiped out after 1 mile, so that’s all i’m doing right now.

Besides working out 5-6 times a week, i’m also getting over 15,000 steps every single day (workout day or not!). Most days i average 18,000 steps, and on a really good day i can get 25,000 steps.

Now for my diet.

I’m still trying to stay away from: chocolate, candy, soda, bread, pasta, rice, and ice cream.

I shared a beachbody meal plan in my last post that i was using, and it was pretty good. I also discovered another beachbody meal plan that i ended up liking even more.

Here is the meal plan:

Breakfast M/W/F: Sautéed Kale and Red Bell Pepper Egg Cups (based on the Sautéed Kale with Poached Eggs recipe on page 32 of the Eating Plan)

Breakfast T/Th: Greek Yogurt Bowl

Lunch M/W/F: Seasoned Turkey and Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Lunch T/Th: Spinach and Roast Beef Salad

Snack M/W/F: Herbed Yogurt Dip with Raw Veggies

Snack T/Th: Hard-Boiled Egg and Baby Carrots

Dinner M/W/F: Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce and Parmesan Cheese

Dinner T/Th: Jalapeño and Cheese Turkey Burgers

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Seriously i loved all the foods on this meal plan!! So good!!

That’s it, that’s how i’m losing the weight and getting healthier. Are you on your own health journey? I’d love to hear what you are doing, and how it is going?

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Healthy Valentine’s Day *Kid Friendly* Menu Plan

Hi Guys!

I know how hard it is to come up with a healthy meal for my family, especially holiday meals. That’s why i’ve decided to write up a healthy menu plan for this Valentine’s Day.

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Before, for Valentine’s Day, we would most likely have donuts for breakfast. Don’t get me wrong i absolutely love a good donut here and there, but they aren’t healthy and they are packed full of sugar, and they don’t fill you up.

Instead, for a healthy breakfast option, how about Banana Oatmeal Pancakes!

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You could even make them in a heart shaped mold, to make them more festive. What’s great about these pancakes is they are; sugar-free, oil- free, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

For lunch, the Banana Dog Bites are super yummy!

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We have been making these for years, and all my kids love them. They are also super simple to make (only 3 ingredients)!

**If you are not a fan of peanut butter and bananas, you could do a tortilla roll up instead, with deli meat, cheese, and your favorite condiment (i love mustard on mine).**

Where we live Valentine’s Day is always chilly, so warming up with a hot bowl of soup always sounds like a good idea. This Cheeseburger Soup is a big hit with all of my children.

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Packed with veggies, even a secret one that was blended up that my kids still don’t know about (Shhh!), it’s creamy, delicious, and can be made in a pressure cooker!!

Of course it’s Valentine’s Day we are talking about ,so i can’t forget about dessert. Chocolate Covered Strawberries will always be a classic Valentine’s Day dessert for me.

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You can make them healthier by using a dark chocolate, and skipping out on the sprinkles.

I hope you have enjoyed this healthy sample menu for Valentine’s Day. What do you normally eat on Valentine’s Day?

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Healthy Super Bowl Foods

The Super Bowl is coming up this Sunday, which means if you are trying to eat healthy and lose weight, all your hard work can be destroyed in one afternoon!!  This year i’m looking into trying out some new healthy recipes i can make for Super Bowl Sunday, that won’t leave me feeling sad, discouraged, and just plain yucky come Monday!

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Here’s some recipes i have found that look really and that i can’t wait to try…

Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey and White Bean Chili – This recipe from Half Baked Harvest looks really yummy. If chili is your go to meal for Super Bowl Sunday, why not give this healthy recipe a try!

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Healthy Queso (Skinny Cheese Dip) – It’s really not the Super Bowl without chips and dip, and with this skinny cheese dip you won’t have all the regrets the next day.

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Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites – The flavor of buffalo wings, without all the calories!! Yes Please!!

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Skinny Bell Pepper Nacho Boats – I love bell peppers and nachos, so i am so excited for this recipe!!

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Zucchini Pizza Bites – Another classic Super Bowl food, Pizza! However, this recipe is super simple and healthier for you!!

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That’s it, 5 healthy delicious recipes to keep you on track during this Super Bowl Sunday. Which one looks the tastiest to you?

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Current Health Journey

Hi Guys!

At the beginning of the month, I shared my goal of losing 10 pounds this month with you all. Well, today I thought I would share how i’m going about doing that, in case you are also interested in losing weight/getting healthy/etc…

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First i’ll start with my workout schedule.

I’m currently working out 5 times a week, with my two off days being Wednesday and Sunday. For my work outs this month, I am running on the treadmill for 1 mile. My goal is to slowly work my way up to 2 miles, however that probably won’t happen until next month. I’m just not there yet.

I’m also getting over 10,000 steps every day, workout day or not.

Now for my diet.

I’m trying to stay away from: Chocolate, Candy, Soda, Bread, Rice, Pasta, and Ice Cream.

For the first part of the month I’ve been just doing my own thing, no real diet plan other than avoid those foods i just previously mentioned.

Starting today i’m going to be doing the Beachbody meal plan for a 1,200 calorie diet.

I used that meal plan last time I was focused on losing weight and I believe it really did the trick. I just adjust the meal plan to my liking for example; I don’t do the Beachbody shake they recommend, and I also don’t use the portion fix containers.

Here is the meal plan:

Breakfast (M/W/F): Veggie Egg Muffins on Whole Grain English Muffin with Orange Slices

Breakfast (T/Th): Sweet Potato Veggie Hash with Turkey Sausage with Red Grapes

Shakeology Snack (DAILY): Vanilla Chia Shakeology Smoothie **I don’t do this**

PM Snack (DAILY): Apple with Peanut Butter

Lunch (M/W/F): Cilantro Lime Shredded Chicken with Black Eyed Pea Salad

Lunch (T/Th): Avocado Chicken Salad on Toasted Whole Grain Bread

Dinner (M/W/F): Roasted Pepper Tuna Melt

Dinner (T/Th): Roasted Chicken over Wilted Spinach Salad

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The meal plan covers Monday-Friday, so on the weekends I just do meals that are similar to these meals. If you are interested in this meal plan, the recipes/shopping list are on their website.

That’s how i’m going about getting healthier/losing weight/getting fit/etc. Now for my results so far, I’ve lost 7 pounds!!! With my total goal being 10 pounds this month, i feel like 7 pounds so far is a great start!!

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Are you on your own health journey? I’d love to hear what you are doing, and how it is going.

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