First off I would like apologize for missing my last blog. I honestly am not sure how I did it except to say life got carried away on me.
Out with the old, in with the new. This is what I finally decided to do with my scale. After having different weight readings each day and feeling very frustrated I decided to buy a new one. The only bummer about a new scale is that it is more accurate so of course my weight is higher than it had been. I decided that this is fine. I want an accurate measurement and we will start fresh and move on from here.
I still very much like my menu plans but have found I am not as consistent with them as when I first started. This along with the new scale will be a turning point for me. I am still very committed to gaining health and energy so I will get back to the basics as they say and move forward.
With achieving the 10,000 steps on a daily basis now I am feeling more energetic so I know my body is making adjustments. Just changing where I park at work and taking the long way around the parking lot has been really helped with this. I am constantly surprise at how little changes can really add up. My measurements are getting better and I am loosing inches so I know my body is changing.
This last week we tried a recipe for cauliflower pizza crust. Most people know I am a pizza junkie, good or bad I love the stuff. I tried this recipe and was pleasantly amazed at how good it was. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
· ½ head cauliflower (about 2 cups riced)
· 1 clove garlic, minced
· 1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
· 1 egg, beaten
· 1 teaspoon basil
· 1 teaspoon oregano
1. Pre-heat oven to 400° F.
2. Prep a cookie sheet or pizza stone by grease it with oil. You can grease the cookie sheet or use greased aluminum foil. It will stick if you don't grease it properly!! (I used a Pampered Chef baking stone, and made sure to spray it before putting on the crust.
3. Remove the stems and leaves from your cauliflower and chop the florets into chunks. Add to a food processor (I used my Vitamix) and pulse just until the texture is similar to rice. If you don't have a food processor or Vitamix, you can grate the cauliflower with a cheese grater or chop it.
4. Sauté cauliflower "rice" in a non-stick skillet over medium heat and cook until translucent, approximately 6-8 minutes. (You can use the microwave for this as well. Just place cauliflower in an uncovered microwave-safe bowl and cook for 8 minutes.)
5. In a bowl combine the cooked cauliflower with all remaining ingredients.
6. Spread dough out evenly over foil (or stone) - about ¼ to ⅓ of an inch thick. The pizza should be about 9-10 inches in diameter.
7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden, crispy on the edges and cooked through the middle.
8. Remove the crust from the oven.
Recipe from Eatbirdfood.com
As my journey continues, so does my love/hate relationship with my scale. I love the story I recently came across in a book. A lady was talking about a sign that was posted by the scale at her doctor’s office it read, “The scale measures weight, not worth. You are worthy and beautiful”. After reading this I thought what a wonderful saying this was and I applauded the doctor who put this by his scale.
I know for myself the scale has always been my mark of success when it came to weight loss. However, as I go along in this journey I am starting to realize it is not a true indicator of all of my success. I need to remember to look at all the things I have been able to accomplish already. A huge success for me already has been getting 10,000 steps in each day and sticking to my calorie limits. Even if this may not show up today on the scale it will help me achieve my long-term goals and success.
As I have mentioned before I had hoped for faster results then I am experiencing. So, I decided to reevaluate things, keep those that are working and revamp those I am struggling with. One area that I am going to change is my exercise program. I believe it is time to get some form of weight training included in this program, this will not only change things up but it hopefully will also get things moving along a little quicker.
With all this being said I was able to lose another pound off that dreaded scale, so all is not so bad. :) One pound at a time… just like success starts with the first step. Love it or hate it some days, I am on a Quest to be My Best.
I sure did enjoy the warm weather we had just a few days ago and the beautiful sunshine, it made me so wish for spring. Sunshine sure has a way of boosting my mood. Not only have I been able to get a lot of things done I still found time to get on the treadmill and exercise. It just seems so much easier when the days were feeling nice and sunny.
That is a stark contrast to today. As I look out the window into a sea of white, watch the wind blow, and look over at my treadmill. I honestly have zero desire to get on it and exercise right now. Here is a picture of the lovely thing just sitting there calling my name “Michelle, Michelle”, waiting for me to jump on and get started but I would much rather just walk away and ignore it.
Staying motivated through the winter has been hard. I know that my vitamin D level is low which can have an effect on one’s mood but there are just times I would rather curl up in the chair with one of my favorite books and not think about doing any more exercising.
Even with this motivation challenge I have, I do generally feel more energetic than I have in a long time. Even with it not showing on the scales I can tell I have a little more energy to complete everything on my list. This has helped me remember that eventually that scale will catch up to how I am feeling and looking.
Oh, and I did listen to my treadmill that day. So I went for my walk!
How do I find balance?
That is what is on my mind this week.
There are tons of obstacles thrown at us every day and we need to somehow find a way to balance all of them. Well, right now I feel like my scale is way off balance. Daily obstacles are forcing me down on the ground and the other end of the scale is way up in the air.
Each day on this journey I am trying to figure out what I need to do to make it successful and long term. This week feels as if I take one step forward but then as quick as I take that step I go for the next one and I get thrown back. After doing the Dump the Junk I was feeling pretty optimistic about where I was heading. I have continued to keep up the 10,000 steps 5 out of 7 days. (A big accomplishment for me!) I continued to enter my food intake into MyFitnessPal and have even stayed under my calorie range. So why does the scale say I gained?
Throughout this journey I continue to realize this is not just about me losing weight but about me trying to find myself. This leads me to one of the big struggles I am facing. How can I be a mom, a wife, working a full time job as an RN, run my home business, and find time for myself and my journey? I know I am not the only one out there trying to struggle through everyday life and the many hats we wear. It does however make me realize this is an obstacle and that I really do need to find balance to achieve my final goal of health and energy.
If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them. Here is to finding balance this week.
Wow, that is the words that come to mind after completing my 5 day Dump the Junk. Not only was I able to lose 4 pounds but I had tons of energy! It really was the kick start I needed to get going this year especially with the slump I was experiencing at the end of December. All 5 days were pretty easy with the exception of the 5th day, when the thought of another salad for dinner was really hard to swallow. Hee Hee (sorry I couldn’t resist). With that said I am happy to report that I did push through and I ate that 5th salad for dinner and I am glad I did.
The extra energy I experienced also made a big difference. For the first time since starting on this journey I was able to get over 10,000 steps 5 out of 7 days. This was quite the accomplishment for me, before I never had the energy to achieve quite this many steps in one day. Some of this new found enthusiasm for exercise may have also come from moving my exercise routine to the evenings. But, whatever it was this combination seems to have done the trick. I am now achieving 20-30 minutes each time and not just the 15 minutes I set out to do. So here’s to continued success with my weigh in’s and maintaining the 10,000 steps each day.
I did jump on the scales a few days in a row after doing the “Dump the Junk” and my weight had fluctuated but, I was still excited because I feel like I have lost weight and have the needed energy to push along.
If only it were this easy :)
Change is in the air. This has been a very exciting start to the New Year for me. As I mentioned previously I was not real happy with my success so far on this journey and decided to change things up a bit. I started by doing a “Dump the Junk” mini cleanse this week that Cornerstone Health Team created and feel wonderful!!! I am on day 4 of the 5 day cleanse and I am feeling so much more energetic. Dump the Junk has so many handy charts, lists, recipes, and information it made this week a breeze. My husband and son also decided to join me and they too stated they are feeling a lot more energy. Several people are planning to do it starting on February 1st, and I would highly encourage everyone to give it a try. After the holiday season and winter doldrums it is the perfect time. It certainly was the kick start I needed to get me on track for a healthy happy 2016.
During my last blog I mentioned my exercise needed a change and here is what I did. I have decided to do my exercise in the evening which has been going very well. My goal was to start at 15 minutes on the treadmill for a week and increase it by 5 minutes. Well truth be told I have found I am really enjoying it. Not only am I doing my 15 minutes a day I am doing 20 or even 30 minutes at times. Maybe that was the key I needed to change. Or maybe it was changing the exercising from the elliptical to the treadmill. Variety is the spice of life and it was time to shake my program up. One other major change I have done was to do a better job of tracking my progress and recording on a daily log. This will prove very beneficial as we continue to tweak the program to give me the best results on my Quest to Be My Best. My latest measurements are down inches everywhere but I was really excited to see I have lost 5 inches off my stomach, which is where I carry most of my weight. Stay tuned for next week’s blog and I will reveal how many pounds I am down.
If you would like more information or are interested in doing a mini cleanse let me know.
With the New Year a lot of people make resolutions. Since I had already resolved to get healthier I decided this was a resolution I would just keep into the New Year. I did however take some time to look at how things have been progressing for me since starting my journey to be my best.
Truth is, I am really not happy with the results I have achieved so far! One thing that was not to my satisfaction was the amount of weight I have lost; a total of 12 pounds. I really felt I would have lost more by now.
Another area that needed to be changed was the amount of exercise I was doing. So I decided to start exercising in the evening. On previously diets I seemed to have more success at losing weight when I did some exercise (even just 15 minutes) before I could go to bed at night. This would mean that even at 10:00pm I would be on the elliptical. When I made this commitment to add the exercise at night I found I was sticking with the diet longer and actually sleeping better too. So for the month of January I am going to change the routine up and see how I do. Another thing I have decided is to start walking either outside or on the treadmill for 15 minutes every day. My plan is to add 5 minutes each week until I hit 30 minutes. The goal is to have at least 10,000 steps a day.
Now as far as my food intake, I have noticed after reviewing my entries that I am lacking protein. Protein is essential for weight-loss to retain the muscle and loss the fat. To help fill in this gap I will be adding another protein shake to my daily regimen.
I am also going to do a kick start for the year and do the “Dump the Junk - 5 Day Mini Cleanse”.
As I mentioned before this will be a 5 day cleanse and will help me jump start my new routine by helping eliminate craving and flush my body of built up toxins. I've done this program in the past and LOVED it. It is a very easy program to follow...and you won't find yourself starving at the end of each day!
The Cornerstone Health Team will be hosting a Dump the Junk round February 1st - 5th 2016.
Everyone is welcome to join us! We have a private Facebook group you can join for support, updates, tips, encouragement and more. Recipes, meal planner, grocery list and more will be provided. You can find all the important details on our website.
I would love if you would join me!
Everything is more fun when you have others join you. Let's start this year off right...dumping all the garbage from your body and giving yourself a fresh start to the new year!
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Here it is another year (2016)! I am looking forward to a healthy happy year and something new.
With all of the holiday festivities going on these past couple weeks I really tried to just “sample” the treats like I had mentioned in my previous blogs. This allowed me to enjoy myself but still try to work on my weight-loss goals. I am happy to report that even with all the treats I only gained 1 pound on the scales.
With the excitement of 2016 and all it holds I am feeling optimistic with my goals for the New Year. I have not lost as much weight as I had planned since starting this journey and would like to put more effort into it starting in 2016. I still have a long way to go but I am pleased that I am still committed to the goal and have not quit. Often in the past I would have quit already when the weight did not continue to fall off.
One other thing I am planning on doing in January is to cleanse or “Dump the Junk” as we like to call it. “Dump the Junk” is a 5 day mini cleanse designed to reboot your body. It rejuvenates, energizes, and removes the toxic junk from your body. It will be a great way to reset my cravings, especially after all the treats in December, get energized so I can keep moving, and maybe even jump start me into losing a few extra pounds without going hungry, extra workouts, or a lot of cooking.
I have done this once before and really did feel more energetic at the end and feel that it will be a great idea again to help me get back on the weight-loss journey. I will talk more about the Dump the Junk - 5 Day Mini Cleanse and all the details on how you can join me in the next blog. I do believe it is a good idea to give the body a reset now and then to help boost it along to good health and keep everything working in tip-top shape. I would love for others to join me on starting this year by dumping the extra toxins and garbage from our system. Stay tuned for more details later this week. If you are just to curious to wait a few more days you can take a peek now....Click HERE :)
This blog is a little late because of all the Christmas celebrating so I will keep it short so we all have more time to spend with the ones we love.
Just this past week we made our Christmas cookies and needless to say I sampled a little more than I should have. I made a batch of Grandma’s fudge, my downfall. Check out the picture doesn’t it look delicious. It tastes even better.
This would be why I did not have enough will power to stop at just one piece. Loving chocolate as much as I do it was hard to resist this melt in your mouth fudge.
So now I have tried the fudge okay more than tried it I enjoyed every bite of it, but instead of beating myself up for it I have decided to put it behind me. Going forward I will try harder to have smaller samples this week.
With so much going on shopping, Christmas programs, parties, family dinners I have found that I am having many of my meals away from home. This has made it very difficult to stick to a healthy meal plans. My goal is to get back to my weekly menu as soon as possible because it made it much easier to staying committed to my plan.
Always remember tomorrow is another day, so enjoy those tasty treats (in moderation) and plan to get back on track as soon as tomorrow.
I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
Here it is only a week until Christmas. It seems strange to think 2016 will be here in just a few short weeks. With all the holiday festivities getting into full swing I am finding it harder to stick to my meal plans. Even harder yet is not to snack. I will admit I have at times fallen off the bandwagon. There are just so many tasty treats to try. I have luckily not gained any weight but have also not been able to lose any this past week.
If I continue to tell myself “NO” you cannot have any of this, that, or the other treat, it makes me want it even more. Since I know this about myself I have decided I will go ahead and sample things but will only have one serving, even if it tastes terrific. I am already making some plans for myself for the New Year and know that if I can keep everything in moderation I will make it through the holidays intact. This is my journey and I will fight to get healthy and I will win! I saw this picture and thought how true it is.
Since this time of year always seems so hectic here is a great recipe for a quick dinner. (To make it even faster you can use a rotisserie chicken.)
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and carrots. Cook, stirring frequently, for 6 minutes. Add the chicken, mushrooms, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.
Add the broth, water, quinoa, and thyme. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Raise the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender. Ladle into bowls and top with the parsley and hot sauce, if using.
Nutrition per serving: 214 calories, 18 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 19 g protein, 7 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 811 mg sodium
I am forty-seven years old and overweight. Food is where I find comfort - happy or sad…it does not matter. What I really want is to learn how to use my own strength and confidence to handle situations, not food! I have decided to make a commitment, a commitment to being healthy! Join me in this journey to good health, as I blog about my successes and struggles along the way. Each week I will share with you my ups and downs, recipes, healthy lifestyle tips, workout ideas and more. Join me on my “Quest to be the Best.”