Rude Awakening

Well now – It’s been a hot minute, hasn’t it?

I have to say that recently I just haven’t been feeling like myself.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on what the problem was… until this morning.   I’ve been battling a nasty backache that stemmed from digging my car out of a snowbank over a month ago.  My friend came and managed to sweet talk a plow driver into helping but evidently the damage was already done.   So… I have had this backache that has literally made me feel like a pariah.  I haven’t wanted to do anything that I enjoy.  Add to that the effects of winter – and my incessant eating….  Cripes!

Anyway, this morning I got out of bed and literally FELT heavy.  Like, my legs were struggling to carry my body and I just felt large, sluggish, and (the dreaded F-word) FAT!  I shrugged it off and carried on with my morning.   However, internally a light bulb must have went off.

I snuck onto the scale at work today and my jaw hit the floor.   I stepped off and back on, thinking that clearly something was wrong with the scale.  Nope…that number is right.   I won’t post the actual number because I am ASHAMED of myself.   However, suffice it to say…. It’s a good 30lbs over my previous heaviest point.  No wonder I’ve been achy and been feeling…. heavy.  Because my body is CRYING OUT for help.   It doesn’t like it!

I have to say, my heart and me head agree with my body — we no likey.  I already knew something was up – my clothes have been a little snug (although at an additional 30 lbs – I would have thought I’d be up a size or two?)  Anyway… I had already ordered the Advocare challenge. However… I don’t know if I can wait for that to arrive.

I am literally having a minor panic attack.  What have I been doing to myself!?   I will say that other aspects of my life have been spiraling out of control as well.  I’ve managed to grab the reins and gain some control the past few weeks.  I have found a program that helps spell out cleaning and de-cluttering.  Something I also desperately need.  I’m having pretty giid success with this plan.  However, I need to now focus on decluttering my body.

I *will* post more regularly here on my progress.  🙂

-She

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Posh Popcorn

I know.  It sounds a little ridiculous.  Posh Popcorn?  Well…. I wanted alliteration and that’s all I could come up with.  Plus, It does taste really posh… to me anyway.  Those of you with more discriminating palates may have your taste buds offended… but to me it’s pretty freaking awesome.

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Here’s the recipe:

You’ll Need:
A saucepan (I use the smallest one that came in my T-fal set.  It’s like a little gravy pan.  But, I’ve been known to use the real ‘saucepan’ sized pan when Punk is over because that child can pack away some popcorn. )

1 teaspoonful of Coconut Oil
Popcorn kernels (no precise measurement… you’ll see why later on)

Truffle Salt

That’s it!

Here’s the plan of attack:
1 – Melt the coconut oil in your saucepan over med/med-high heat.

2 – Add enough popcorn kernels to coat the bottom of your pan with 1 layer of kernels (it’s ok if you overpour — it’s just more popcorn)
3 – Wait until the popcorn is done popping. 
4 – Dump it into a massive bowl and sprinkle with truffle salt
5 – shovel it into your face…. if you’re feeling particularly kind, share some with the chihuahuas.  

That’s it.  Super easy.  Super delish.  The popocorn is slightly sweet from the coconut oil and the truffle salt is sublime.  I literally lick the bowl clean.  That’s my inner fat girl coming out.  I know, I know…. but it’s just so dang good. 🙂

Enjoy with a special movie and *I dunno* a glass of something delicious.  (My faves?  Kombucha, Hot or Iced Tea, Coconut Water, Fruit Infused Water, or SkinnyGirl Pina Colada)  Tada!  A fabulous night!

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Let me know what you think below in the comment section.

-She

Shhh…. I’m having REAL coffee creamer today because

Shhh…. I’m having REAL coffee creamer today because I left my almond milk at home.  

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I feel like I can TASTE the cream and it’s making me a little sick.  

 

I am amazed at how I can finally taste little nuances like that in foods and ingredients.   Guess all those chemicals really ARE designed to make you just crave more of them without realizing the taste?  

 

Case in Point: when I started this journey, coconut oil didn’t really taste all that special…it was the same as olive oil as far as I could tell.  Now, I can definitely taste a fruity taste in my olive oil (that I SWEAR wasn’t there before) and the coconut oil makes everything I cook with it taste like a party in my mouth.  (spinach last night w/ coconut oil and garlic was probably the best veggie I’ve ever had…bar NONE!)  I know it’s not a huge step, but it lets me know that even if the numbers aren’t budging as fast as I’d like, that I’m doing something GOOD for myself and my body.  And ya know what?  It makes me HAPPY! 

 

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Actually, I am very happy with my progress.  I haven’t been 100% dedicated to the workout side of things.  I’ve also had my fair share of slip ups but you know what?  I’m STILL attempting it.  Even after stumbling.  That’s huge.  Normally I mess up and I throw up my hands and say “Screw it”.  Not this time.   

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Sunday I took my niece, Punk, to a local Amusement Park.  I didn’t really pack much as far as food goes because my plan was to get there around 11 and eat an early lunch at Subway before going in.  I figured Punk would want a snack around 3 or 4pm.  No big deal.  Then we’d leave about 7 and get dinner somewhere where I could get a massive salad and then head home.  Well….. we left the park at 10pm.  Which means we ate dinner at the park.  As a pescatarian, my options were severely limited.  I opted for fish and chips (despite the fact that where we ate DID have a salad).  I KNOW!!!! I KNOW!!!  But guess what happened?  I FELT MISERABLE.  My stomach hurt, my head hurt, my bones hurt.  (ok… my bones didn’t actually hurt…I exaggerate)  but even the next day I felt foggy and sick.  Now…3 days later….I finally feel like myself again.  NOTE TO SELF:  Remember how greasy, heavy food makes you feel!  On the plus side… we walked…a lot…. I mean A LOT A LOT!  And know what else?  I still was down for the week.  All in all, I call that a success. 

It’s all a learning curve, right?

 

Til next time!

-She

Whats This? What’s This?

Yes that is a shameless reference to The Nightmare Before Christmas.   Sue me.  

I think I have officially hit the detox stage of this whole clean eating phase.   I find myself craving, of all things, pepperoni pizza.   Like – drooling over the thought of it. 

*Excuse me while I mop up the drool coating my keyboard.*

 

But SERIOUSLY.  The last time I had pepperoni at all, let alone on a pizza was probably 2008.   5 YEAR AGO!   I don’t even like pepperoni.  When my family DID get pizza and I DID eat meat… I would still choose mushroom and hot pepper.  I really don’t even like pizza.  I think in the past six months I’ve had it twice.   TWICE.   

So why am I finding myself daydreaming of dancing pepperonis… an edge to edge pepperoni pizza with the crust that has the Parmesan cheese dusting and herbs and loads of fresh gooey ooey gooey cheesy meltiness.  

What ……. is ……. THIS?   

 

Not happening, tummy and taste buds, that’s what this is.   NOT HAPPENING.  

Try this apple and peanut butter on for size, why don’t ya.  

😉 

 

-She

Small Victories

If you’re my friend on Facebook, you know about one small victory I’ve had this week.  

I posted about how I typically cringe when I have to wear freshly washed clothing.  Not because I hate the smell of my laundry detergent … I actually LOVE IT!  Because I hate how my clothes seem to shrink in the dryer.  I prefer my jeans after the first wearing…when they’re stretched out and comfy.  However… I put my freshly laundered pants on and GUESS WHAT… they fit comfortably!   SCORE!!!

Here’s another small victory for me this week:

Today was a co-worker’s 21st birthday.  The ‘treat’ for the day was an Oreo Ice Cream log.  **If you know me…at all… you know that my two most FAVORITE sweets are Oreos and Ice Cream… together??  Hallelujah!**   They celebrated her birthday at 11am.  I decided that if I was going to indulge, I would need to wait until after lunch.  I wasn’t going to crash my blood sugar with a treat an hour before lunch.   

Well, After lunch I wasn’t hungry for it.  I decided to wait until after my M4 (or afternoon snack) of a Greek Yogurt.   I have decided (upon finishing my yogurt) that I don’t even want the stupid Ice cream anymore… why?  Because I know that it’s not going to taste as good as I’ve built it up in my head and I’m going to be disappointed.   

So, essentially, I tricked myself into not wanting the ice cream… but I’m ok with that.  I’m kicking these sugar cravings to the curb… for once and for all.  I a in love right now with spicy teas.  (Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger…. not red pepper!!!) and I add a little stevia to them.  That’s all the sweetness my sweet tooth desires.   Trickery, baby, trickery.  🙂   

As a ‘reward’ for doing such a great job today.  I think I might just try the blogilates ice cream sandwich recipe.  I mean, It’s made of oats and bananas, how bad can it be?   🙂  Seems like a fitting dupe to my treat I passed up today.   Here’s the LINK to the recipe for the ice cream sandwich.  

 

-She

{buyer beware} Is Stevia a Healthy Alternative Sweetener? The Truth About Truvia, Stevia in the Raw, and Other Stevia Products

I was just informed last week that I needed to re-investigate Stevia. I don’t use it daily… I rely on more natural sweeteners like honey or maple or agave. I am ok with using stevia, as I purchase the natural version. Go me!

-She

Fabulously Domestic

The stevia plant is known for being 300 times sweeter than cane sugar and has been used for centuries. This natural sweetener has no calories and no glycemic index, making it a popular alternative sweetener for diabetics and health-minded individuals.

But is it actually good for you?!

The few studies which claimed stevia had harmful side effects have been refuted by more recent research and many countries throughout the world (in particular, the very healthy country of Japan) have used stevia for hundreds of years. I have no problem recommending stevia to people who are looking for alternative sweeteners but with two caveats:

First off, as I say with all food, eating the same thing every day is never a good idea so I wouldn’t recommend having stevia daily. But perhaps the most important thing to remember is:

Not All Stevia is Created Equal

For instance, take the mass-marketed stevia…

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Oatmeal up to my elbows!

I was on an oatmeal FRENZY last night.  I created HOMEMADE oatmeal baggies — to stash at work for when I’m ravenous and there just aren’t healthy choices ANYWHERE.  

The great part?  I got to create my own flavors.  SCORE!!

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Although — next time I think I’d like some dried fruit to add to the mix.  *Note to Self*

I also made some Gluten free, Oat flour Pumpkin Scones

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They are YUM-SCRUM.  Although not as sweet as I’d hoped they were lovely last night with a cup of sleepytime vanilla tea and some lavender infused honey.  Mmmmmm…. mouth….drooling. 🙂  

Also — I didn’t know that Oat Flour was essentially just ground up oatmeal.  COOLIO!  I expect to make more Oat flour baking in the future!

 

In Health!

She

Right Back At’Cha!

Today Is a new day.  

I won’t bore you with any news about my ‘journey’.  Because honestly there is NO journey at this time.  I am stuck.  Stuck in a rut.  

I start my days with the best of intentions to eat healthy and to do the right thing.  

Then 9am comes and the snacks are brought out and the unhealthy choices begin. 

 

I feel like I’m still making better choices over all than before — and Hey!  I’m down 10 lbs.  But I know I can do better.  

 

I will do better.  

 

And I will blog more often about the experience.  The good and the not-so-good.  

 

 

Wow! I love the Infographic at the end explaining just HOW MUCH our Sugar consumption in the US has increased. And sugar is as addicting as COCAINE!? WHAT?

New mission: Sugar free!

Fabulously Domestic

Last week, I ate a chocolate chip cookie. A warm, gooey and totally processed chocolate chip cookie. God only knows what was in that thing.

But after an entire month without any refined sugars, that commercial concoction of additives and white refined sugar tasted so good.

The ironic thing is, after 30 days without sugar, I looked at the cookie being offered to me and I thought “hmm…not that enticing.” I thought to myself, “hey, this no refined sugar thing is actually pretty easy — I could just keep going for another month! And maybe another…”. That cookie had nothin’ on me!

And herein lies the mistake: after my month-long hiatus from refined sugars, I justified it with that all-too-common diet-wrecker: “ah what the heck, I deserve it”. And as soon as that sugar-packed cookie hit my taste buds — I wanted another one (thankfully, the…

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1 Week Until Christmas!

It’s Crazy. 

It seems like just yesterday I was bundling up and freaking out about how cold it was to be trick or treating.  🙂  YESTERDAY here in Ohio we had massive ‘spring-style’ thunderstorms.  What the heck is going on, Mother Nature? 

Anywho – 

Today hasn’t been too horrid although I do think I could have made better choices – but it’s a learning curve again at this point. 🙂

BREAKFAST: 
1 Slice Homemade Wheat Bread, toasted
1 egg – fried with a small spray of Olive Oil in the pan. 

MID-MORNING SNACK:
Everything Bagel with Veggie Cream Cheese
(Dang drug reps) 🙂

LUNCH:
2 Breadsticks
a half serving of fries

Small mixed greens salad with dressing

3/4 of a hard boiled egg

**Lesson learned – even on Rep Lunch days I should still pack a lunch in case they don’t bring anything healthy/that i want to eat**

 

DINNER:

Chickpea and Roasted Winter Veggie Stew
Body by Vi Shake 

**I needed more Protein in my day — thus the Vi shake that I abhor**

Ehh.  All in all I am still within my caloric range for the day — so I may even add in a little snack of a few almonds between Lunch and Dinner.  Probably not, but it’s great to know I have the option. 🙂  

She