Friday, August 9, 2013

Happy Friday

Here is todays menu

B- 2 Pieces of Ezk. Toast with Palmers Jelly and a FP protien shake (E)

Lunch; Ham and Cheese Omlet (S)

AS: Turkey Roll Ups (S)

Dinner: Soup: Maybe Zest of Southwest with added limas, black, and green beans.

I have to get some veggies in somewhere today.

Goals for this weekend.  Make a few batches of skinny chocolate.  Figure out what to do with 10 squash from the garden.   Conquer the disaster in the kitchen.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Plugging away and very blessed :)

I haven't blogged in a while but I am still plugging away at the plan.  I have had to tweak things alot more lately because I am having some pretty strong food aversion and some morning sicknesses that hits around dinner time but all and all I am on plan.  I am maintaining sometimes even dropping a little wieght which is the goal for now.  Overall I feel very nourished. 

I am so excited for my first THM pregnancy and that I got to start it weighing less than I did with my other pregnancy.  In fact if I can hold to a gain of 20lbs I will wiegh less than I did with Ariella.  I started at 184 ish and I was 205 when I got pregnant with her.  I would love to stay under 200 but that might not be realistic.  Maybe with some added exercise I could do it but 1lb a week from week 20 to week 36 is almost gauranteed and totally normal.  And I am not sure I will be able to make it to 20 weeks before I see a gain.  Whatever the scale says I am sure my midwife will be very pleased with my current level of nutrition.  We see her on Sept 9th and I will be 12 weeks then.

The Lord is good and we feel so blessed.   

B- (S) smoothie- with WPP, blueberries, coconut oil, coco, stevia, almond milk and lime juice.

L- (E) Turkey, LLC, Lettuce, pickles and mustard on Ezk. Bread with grilled Zuchini

AS- (FP) Choc Pudding, maybe another FP WPP smoothie if I am feeling really sick

Dinner -(S) Salmon Patties and steamed asparagus with butter.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wonderfully Unmotivated Wednesday

Today, honestly I don't want to think about food.  Plan food or not. :(  I had fried eggs this morning.  My normal go to on these sorts of days.  They weren't that good. :( Normally I am very excited for my plan foods.  Excited to change fuels or have a sweet treat.  Not today.  Maybe its the weather or maybe it was getting woken up 5 times last night.

Thankfully, I have chicken breast thawing and marinating for dinner tonight.

So here the plan for today

B- 2 Fried Eggs in butter, mini FSF only 1/2 scoop of whey (S)

Lunch- Left over taco meat and 1/2 sweet potato (E)

Afternoon Snack: Meat Rollups with Turkey and LC cheese and 1/4 pudding (FP)

Dinner: Nicey Ricey Salad with Italian Marinated oven baked chicken breast, quinioa, grilled zucchini, and salad greens (E)

Dessert:  Greek Yogurt with frozen strawberries and blueberries.

Hopefully tomorrow will be more inspired.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Today's Menu

B- Smoothie 1/3 banana, 1/2 a cup oatmeal, 1/2 TB peanut flour, 1 scoop of WPP, 1/2 tsp oc EVCO, almond milk & ice (E)
the oats and banana are pushing the E limit but I think  with the protien it was probably safe.  If not it was a crossover and hopefully a nice curve ball for my metabolism.

MS- 1/2 mint FSF w/ Skinny choc.

Lunch- Salad with chicken breast, squash, parm, nutritional yeast and creamy csear. And the other 1/2 of my FSF (S)

Snack: Pudding (FP) and lemon water

Dinner: Taco Meat on Salad Greens with black beans and Greek Yogurt (E).

Goal for today is to make dinner at lunch time and to make a batch of pancakes for the rest of the week.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Warm Tea and Thankfulness

Warm tea and skinny chocolate before bed tonight.  It feels more like Sept or Oct. Here tonight.  Low is suppose to be 53.  It hasn't been very warm this summer but tonight is still refreshing.  The change in seasons always makes me reflective and thankful.  Though fall isn't here yet the weather still kicks me in to that quiet thankful place.

Daryl is hanging with the guys tonight and the house is finally quiet.  I had a hard time getting Ariella to nurse down because I didn't hydrate well.  But she finally settled.

I feel very blessed for the seasons that are coming and the tools God has given me for those seasons.  THM is a big part of that.  I love that I can enjoy chocolate while not crashing my system. I love that my husband loves this way of eating too and that me taking care of myself has really opened new doors in our relationship.  I am greatful for the energy I have for housekeeping and kid chasing and the way those things have lowered our stress level as a family.  And I thankful to be less in bondage to food, cravings, sugar, and,my flesh than I was 8 months ago.

God is good and his grace is abundant. :)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Happy Friday, Good coffee

It was a chilly morning here.  At least for Aug anyway.  We don't have AC so we used window fans pretty much all the time.  The chill made my BP coffee very enjoyable.  The next couple of days are suppose to be a little more in, the mild side.  I think I will break out the crock pot and make some roast and beans.  Oh and my other head of cabbage.  Its good days here.

I had a cheat last night of regular pizza.  It was good but man I felt crummy about 9pm.  But this is a for life thing and the fellowship wa s much need.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Skinny Chocolate Saves the Day

We had rough morning.  A long errand, a cranky toddler and a car sick princess.  Man did I savor every moment of my morning snack.  Glad I can do a little emotional eating to de-stress and still be on plan.  Sometimes a girl just needs chocolate and a, minute to breathe. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Fantastic Frappe

So that mint chocolate Frappe was as delicious as I had hope.  I have had it three times in 3 days.  Yum O.  My goals for the rest of the week are some excersize and at least one E meal a day.

Here's todays plan

Breakfast:  FSF with added mint and Skinny Chocolate (S)

Snack:  Choc Pudding or Wasa Crackers with LC cheese (FP)

Lunch: Left overs, Taco Meat and beans, cabbage, and 1/2 sweet potato (E)

Snack: Skinny Choc. (S), Choc Pudding, or Greek yogurt with frozen Strawberries (FP).

Dinner: Crabby patties, Green Fries, Creamy Califlower (S)

Dessert: Frozen Greek yogurt (Fp)

It's a blessed Wednesday. :)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Swanson's Order

My Swandons order is on the truck for delivery, or so says my UPS app.  I am so excited.  It has my whey protien powder, more coconut oil (yummy skinny chocolate really drains the supply) and some supplements.  I can hardly wait.

First thing I will make is a FSF with my mint flavored chlrophyll added.Should be a peppermint pattie in my mouth.  What a fun way to get some extra protien in.

I did some prepping last night.  Choc pudding, a batch of pancakes, skinny chocolate, and kale chips. The kale chips where a flop in my opinion but the hubby liked them.  The kale was starting to turn anyway. 

Now I just need to decide about excersize.  My energy levels have been really down lately.  I am hoping some of my new supplements will help.  Particularly my D3.

Happy THM monday. :)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Making it through the weekend.

It's been a good weekend here.  I over spent our grocery budget but I got alot,of plan approved snacks.  So we adjusted a little to make it work.  It's nice to have some things to take with me if I go out of the house.

My poor hubby has felt horrible for almost 2 weeks.  He finally went to the doctor yesterday and they did a blood draw to test for Lyme Disease.  Hopefully we will get the results by Wednesday.  He's sleeping on the couch now.  And he has to work an hour away everyday next week.  And his boss is on vacation so it will likely be a 50+ hour week.

I haven't felt the greatest either.  The heat is really getting me.  My plan for next week is to use the crock pot alot and to eat lots of salad.  I am going to keep the daytimes simple and prep dinner as, much as I can ahead of time.

Friday, July 19, 2013

It's a 10:30 cup of coffee type of day

Yesterday didn't go so well plan wise so I am determined to make today work.

Breakfast: Oatmeal choco/peanut butter smoothie (E) 7:00

2 hours later: Choc Pudding (FP) 9:00

Morning snack: Coffee and skinny chocolate (S) 10:30

Lunch: Steak with Squash and zuchini (S)  1:30

Dinner: Some sort of meat with Brussell Sprouts (S) 6:00

I will snack on pudding if I need to before dinner. 

Hopefully this cup of joe will help be make it through bath time and to nap time.  I am feel particularly anxious and impatient with the kids today.  At least its Friday.  :) And there is grace.  Oh and I ordered from Swansons yesterday.  God is good and we are blessed.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Switching it up

This morning I skipped the coffee and went for an E breakfast before doing a kettlebell work out.  Here is what my day will look like.

Breakfast: Smoothie with 1/2 dry oatmeal, a few tablespoons of greek yogurt, TB of Peanut flour, tsp CO, ice, almond milk, coco and Stevia. (E)

Seriously it tasted like a preacher cookie and had a great cold refreshing consistency.  Yum!

Workout:  Iron Core Kettle Bell 25 minute beginners circuit work

Post WorkOut: Pork chop and 1/2 a zucchini grilled (S)

Snack: 1/2 0% Greek Yogurt with 3 frozen strawbberries (FP)

I don't usually do a morning snack but I was never actually fully satisfied with the pork chop and zuccuhini so I had the yogurt an hour later.  Plus I had breakfast at 6:45 this morning and I think working out jumped my metabolism.  Which I want to keep fueled

Lunch: small burger patty with csear dressing and sauteed green beans (S)

Snack: Skinny Choc (S) or Choc Pudding (FP)

I had a few minutes of content children so I made a double the recipe of Choc Pudding (4 servings) and some more Skinny Choc.  I do so much better when I have quick snack options

Dinner: Alfredo sauce (from Swiss LCC, chicken broth, gluccie, and seasoning ) with beef and cauli rice  (S). 
Hubby and little ones will have it with chicken tenders (leftover) and regular pasta.

Sometimes I do make two meals but this still only requires 1 new protien and I will save the rest of the ground beef for a quick taco lunch tomorrow.

Dessert: Skinny Choc. (S)

Don't feel like vi having to scrounge too much yet but it is coming. Hope Wednesday finds you perservering on your journey to your forever trim. :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Bullet proof coffee with cream and CO, coco and stevia (S)

Workout: Bob Harper's Butt & Balance

Post Workout Breakfast: left over steak (4oz) cover with a slice of swiss cheese and 1/2 zucchini fried in butter and Parm. (S)

Lunch: leftover burger patty (grassfed lean) with mustard, 1 small sweet potato and 1/2 cup of seasoned canned black beans

I found my kettlebell so I did a warm and 1 circuit of Iron Core Kettle.  I am very new to kettle bells so I was basically just practicing form.  I did get winded though and I am a little sore.  Does that count as a second workout??

Afternoon Snack: Skinny Choc. 1/5 a batch and Ham roll ups (S)

Dinner: Burritos (lean beef, black beans & Rotel) on approved flat bread.  (S if I watch the bean amount)

Thinking outside the box.

My groceries are dwindling and I need to make it until Sunday after church.  Normally groceries happen on Thursday but I need to shift our schedule to Sundays to take advantage of double fuel points on the weekend at Kroger with the coupon they print in thier weekly ad.  Its not much savings but I have to buy gas and groceries so why not take advantage of the opportunity.  And by doing it on Sunday, I won't be making the extra trip Sat. which would nullify the savings.

I am not out of everything but I am out of alot of my usual fall backs.
No eggs
No salad
No cottage cheese
Limited oatmeal (this is hubbys breakfast so I have to make sure it last him til Friday.  I can have the extra  2 cup or so dry)
No frozen blubberries
No fresh fruit
No frozen chicken
No salmon
No cottage cheese
No whey protien powder

So here is what I do have:
3 cans of tuna
2 cans of black beans
1/2 bag of dry chana dal
4 bags of dry pintos
1/2 container of greek yogurt
1 serving of frozen strawberries
1 serving of frozen string beans
1 fresh squash
2 fresh zuccuhini
1/2 bag of frozen lima beans
1 frozen serving quinioa and 1/2 box dry
3/4 container of almond milk
3/4 stick of butter
1 pack of brussel sprouts
1 bag of brocolli
2 bags of frozen califlower
Deli meat ham
Pizza sauce
Shredded cheese
laughing cow cheese
Some PB
1 jar of palmers
Penut flour
Ground beef (local) and some misc. Cuts
Ground pork (local) and misc. Cuts including Bacon
3/4 loaf of Ezk. Bread
2 Flat Out Flat Breads.
Coconut Oil
Stevia and normal spices

Wow I have alot more than I thought but that is for 2 adult and 2 little ones until Sunday afternoon.  Of course there are some off plan breads, pastas and yogurt that everybody else may see.

So I will post my menu for each day and bold the meals that are new to us from the book or other places.  I really want to stay on plan and I really need to make it til Sunday Sounds like a good challenge.  Praying the Lord will give me inspiration and the ability to focus on the abundance I do have.  That was a much longer list than I thought. I already feel alot better than I did.  :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Today's Workout and Fuels

Today's work out was a modified version of the Spew.

20 squats
20 lunges right leg
20 lunges left leg
20 jump squats
30 jumping jacks
30 wall push up
Rest & stretch

It felt good.

Pre workout Fuel
Bulletproof Coffee with TB raw milk cream and TB of coconut oil, coco and stevia

Post workout breakfast
1 egg with 3 pieces of deli ham, 1/8 cup cheese and water fried with butter omlete style.  Served ok 1/2 a Flatout flat bread with 2 TB of Greek Yogurt seasoned with onion powder, garlic and pepper.  So yum.  Protien count 23 ish grams.

Tomorrow's post work out protien refuel will be interesting since we are out of eggs.  I can't wait to get more Whey Protien Powder

Motivated Mondays

I like Mondays...or maybe's that is my bullet proof coffee talking this morning.  :)  I like being back in the regular routine which our weekends don't have.

Here are my goals for this week.

1. Do my TA work out everyday.
2. Do other work out 4 days
3. Stay on plan til Sat. when we go to the grocery store.
4. Make a meal plan for this week Today.
5. Do the grocery list and meal plan for the next two weeks by Friday.
6. Find our bedroom floor. ( :) )

Our Sears went out of business this week.  I picked up a few clothing items for 80% off.  I love a good deal.  Everything I bought were smaller than my current size.  I am nervous about that.  It made me realize how much fear I have about all of this not working.  I am really going to work through that stuff this week.  I think I need to get rid of my negitive conclusions, start leaning more on the Lord for my.success and trust He wants me to be successful in this too.

We were at a church gathering yesterday when one of the elders said "Hey, I don't know what you are doing, but whatever it is keep doing it because you are looking great."  It was nice to hear.  My hubby promptly said "See I told you there is a change happening and that I am not just delusional and blind."  I love that guy.  Happy THMamaing.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

I have to figure out the weekends and THM when out an about.

So this weekend has been tough.  I had five pretzel bites while we were out at the mall yesterday.  Then we went to the movies which wasn't planned and I had popcorn, soda and two hotdogs with out the buns.  We had such a good time as a family though I regret not being on plan more.

I plan to start carrying almonds and some beef jerky sticks in my purse.  Maybe some sunflower seeds and water too.  Oh and maybe a,baggie with an S bread (Josephs Pita, or Flat Out Lite).  Maybe I could do some hard boiled eggs and keep them in the fridge and grab one to take with me when we go.  Chese sticks might be a nice grab and go snack too.  Someone on the Facebook page mentioned the organic squeezable baby foods that are apple and oatmeal for an E option.  I know there is a way I just have to set my mind to it.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Still plugging away

Today was much easier craving wise and energy wise.  I had an E lunch of sweet potato and tuna salad so I was straving for something sweet and S by  3pm.  Cinnonmon MIM to the rescue.

I had a crossover last night before bed. A cup of raw milk and 3 pierces of 73% dark chocolate with almonds.  I think it may have helped whatever funkyness was making me feel bad.

I worked out today too, though I still need to find time to do my TA work out.  I did a modified version of the Spew. 40 squat, 40 jump squats, 40 lunges each leg, 60 jumping jacks, and 30 wall push ups.  But they were split in two sets.

Then I cleaned the whole house.  Yay for long naps from the kids.

Tomorrow is the real challenge. Weekends are always the hardest for me.  I might try to make a plan later tonight.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I hate cravings...

Today has been hard.  I am craving sweet stuff like crazy and none of it good.  I am tired and really hungry.  I think its monthly hormones but its still challenging.  Plus I have had a two day head ache and today I am really mentally foggy.

I went to bed late last night.  12:30 which isn't normal for me. But I got 7 to 8 hours of sleep so I thought I would cope better.

So here is the menu for yesterday and today.

B- 2 eggs in butter (S) 7:15am

Lunch: Cheesy Brocolli with ground local pork, sour cream and lettuce.  I caved and.added organic blue corn chips because I was straving 12:30pm (crossover)

Usually I do a morning snack and don't wait that long to eat but Ariella fell asleep in my lap and I couldnt forgo the cuddles.

Afternoon snack :  4 pieces of deli ham and 1 lite laughing cow cheese wedge (S) 3:45pm

Dinner:  Tuna Salad made with 0% greek yogurt and a few sprinkles of Parm. on 2 Josephs mini pitas with lettuce and a side of grilled zucchini (straight grill, no fat) (FP) 6:15pm

Snack/Dresset: Lemon Mousse + 6 frozen strawberries mixed in the food processor (FP) 9:00pm

Breakfast:  Savory Quinioa 3/4 cup of quinioa + 2 egg whites + 1lite laughing cow cheese wedge + seasonings (E) 8:00 am

Snack:  Godiva 73% Dark with Almonds, 3 squares (3/4 of a serving 13.5g of fat & 9.75g carbs) 11:30am (S)

Not exactly on plan but better than the other options at the grocery store. :-/  I had to have chocolate.  I tried to do just two squares but managed to keep it to 3 squares.  There was also cake snd ice cream waiting at home.  So I would say it was a better alternative.

Lunch : Pepperonis with a side salad of lettuce creamy csear, Parm & nutritional yeast (S) 12:30

Afternoon snack: Turkey Meat roll ups (FP) 4:00 ish

Dinner:  Beef Burgers or Crabby Patties with Green Fries (S) 6:30 or 7

Dessert (if necessary): Lemon Mousse with frozen strawberries (FP)

I have been doing Bullet Proof coffe before I work out if I am doing a morning workout.  I do an E snack before if it's an afternoon work out.

Maybe tomorrow won't be as craving heavy.  Glad I have stayed on plan.  I can't wait to get more whey.  I FSFs back in my life.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I am back!

I am back on the wagon!  Hooray!  My husband got hurt at work in March and couldn't help with the kids and I just couldn't keep up with everything.  Thankfully he's fully recovered and we are back to being a THM family.  Actually it was Daryl who got me back on plan.  One day he said "Would you make me some skinny chocolate?  I miss it and all this sugar is killing me."

I have  been back on plan almost three weeks.  I did gain back some wieght during my subbatical.  At one point I was back up to 197.  This morning I was 185.6 which is close to the 185 I was when I went off plan in March.  The last 3 week I have been going between 183.4 & 186.6 mostly hanging at 185.5.

While I have lost all my baby wieght from both pregnancies this 185 range is really where my body likes to hang out and this is where I feel the real hard work begins.

I am trying to be realistic and optimistic. After all my last pregnancy wieght was 233.  In light of that I have lost right at 48lbs in less than a year.  20 of those where THM pounds.  That's definately worth celebrating but I am nervous at the same time, that the plan won't work for my real weight issue.  My non-pregnancy, I am just fat weight.  Lol.  And now that Ariella is sleeping through the night and nursing alot less I don't have that for an extra boost. :-/

I finally started excersizing this week.  Its about time I got my butt in gear, literally!  So as promise I am going to put my scale away til Aug 12th.  My goal is to fit into the size 14 skinny jeans I got at the thift store last week. So as I figure it I have been on plan a total of 12 weeks ish total and lost right at 20lbs.  At the end of this month I might consider doing a Fuel Cycle. 

Its good to be back in the groove.  Happy THMama-ing today.

Friday, March 1, 2013

My sister is joining the THM club

Exiting older sister is going to be doing THM too.  I think this is so awesome.  I promised her I would post a few days of menus to give her some ideas .  It will be good for me to track as well.  A little accountability goes a long way.

Breakfast: (FP)0% greek yogurt, 6 frozen strawberries with 1 scoop of whey (pg 376)
Lunch: (S) 1 can of water packed tuna on 50/50 (spinach and mixed greens), Creamy italian dressing, nutritional yeast and parmasean
Dinner: (S)Easy Meatloaf(pg. 317) with steamed brocolli and califlower with butter
Dessert: (FP) Tummy Tucking Icecream (pg 368)  vanilla flavored with tsp peanut butter for creaminess, topped with cocoa and NuNaturals

Breakfast:  Poptart (not plan approved)
Lunch and Afternoon Snack:  (FP) Fat Stripping Frappe (pg 240) with 1 scoop of WPP and 2Tb of Peanut Flour
Dinner (S) Spicy Chicken Wings

Breakfast: (E) 2 pieces of Ezekial Toast with Polmers Strawberry All Fruit and Fiber and 1/2 Fat Stripping Frappe with 1/2 scoop of WPP and <1 Tbs of peanut flour
Lunch: (E)  Water packed Tuna, Sweet Potato with tsp butter, NuNaturals, and Cinnamon.
Afternoon snack (S) Ham and Regular Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese Meat Roll Ups
Dinner (E) Zest of Southwest (pg 294) with black beans added and a few Blue Corn Tortilla Chips.
Dessert (FP) Tummy Tucking Icecream

I will post my weekend menu tomorrow.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

One milestone reached.

So I have been MIA for awhile.  I was sick though I am mostly better now.  Once I got feeling better I decided to take advantage of some new found motivation.  We bought me a portable dishwasher with our tax money.  Its been a godsend.  I know some people survive rather sucessfully with out one but not me.  It was just to hard to keep up with the kitchen in this season of life with both little ones.  With the help of our new kitchen friend I have been able to catch 75 % of the house up.  Daryl was commenting yesterday how nice it was to come home to a clean house and be able to relax.  He never gripes when the house gets out of control.  He works long ours and we both just do what we can but it was nice to hear he was happy and see him relax.  Lower stress levels in the house is well worth the investment.  Its taken six months but we are finally finding our way out if the post partum adjustment period.

I have been sticking with THM while I have been catching things up.  I hopped on the scale this morning and was pleasantly surprised by 185.2.  Wooooo hooooo!  That's 20.4lbs since Jan. 7th!  So exciting  and I feel so much better.  I was given some clothes recently and just went through them.  It was surprising to not be able to fit most of then because they were to big.  I still plan to trade my scale for the tape measure for 4 weeks when I start excersizing.  Which I hope will be today while hubby can play with Levi.  Maybe I will just keep happy dancing about my 20.4lbs gone and count that.  :)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Someday I will workout

Well this week was suppose to be my workout focus week but I have had to put that off for now.  Two weeks ago I woke up with this terrible crick in my neck.  Some days depending on how I slept with Ariella would feel better than others.  Then Monday I woke up with a severly swollen lymph node on the right side of my neck.  Yesterday I started running a fever.  :(.  I was able to ice my neck and shoulders some last night which has really helped.  My fever is gone this morning to.  I am not sure what's going on but I am going to take it really easy this weekend.  No lifting Levi (he's 33 lbs @ 22 months), and lots of icing, rest, and water.  My lymph node,is still super tender.  I guess its a virus of some sort that will hopefully run its course by Monday. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Celebration Monday Week 5

Happy Monday to all.  So I weighed this morning and was at 194.0.  That makes this week a draw.  I am very happy with this.  I wieghed myself alot last week and I have an idea of what I can do food wise to keep the scale going down.  I could tell that certain things worked better than others.

But I have made a decision to switch focuses for a bit.  I am not ready to do the food things that would keep things going down.  (Less cheese, lighter dressings for salad, less frankien foods and fewer crossovers on weekends).  There are times I still feel deprived on plan particularly in regards to snacks.  Not because the plan doesn't have them but because I haven't had the time to try them.  I think if I was to limit any of the afore mentioned things while still feeling restricted in other areas I might jump off the wagon altogether.

So for the next month I am putting our scale in the closet.  My new focus will be excerise.  I am going to take measurements later today and update them each week on Monday.  I am confident that how I am doing the plan foodwise will keep me from gaining wieght and it will be nice not to think too much about food for awhile.  Then in a month I will get back on the scale and see what it says.

Should be an exciting, fun change of pace.  Today I celebrate the chance to taclke another obstacle on my THM journey.  Time to get moving.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Everyone needs a cheerleader.

This is my fantastic husband holding our daughter.  This morning I was thinking about how important support and ji fellowship are on this journey and decided to brag on my wonderful hubby.  He is a huge part of my success.  I think its crucial that anybody doing this have support.  If it's not your husband then maybe a friend or the ladies on FB or the forum.

Daryl always comments on how much change he can see even if the scale doesn't recognize it.  He graciously goes grocery shopping for me or with me and makes sure to get exactly what I write down.  Tonight he bought me Bryers low carb icecream.   I requested it.  I have been missing icecream and don't have a food processor to make the tummy tucking icecream from the book. I will be excited when I can make it.  Anyway, he also got himself some regular ice cream but made sure to get a flavor I don't care for so I wouldn't be tempted.  He's the best and I am so greatful for his partnership in this journey.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Super Bowl Party Sucess

I would post a picture but I didn't take one before our party Sunday night.  I love wings.  I am very particular about wings and the recipe in the book was phenominal.  Everyone at the party loved them.  I also took pudding and skinny chocolate.  The pudding was hit and miss but the skinny chocolate was really well recieved.

I had a soda with my wings and not of the diet version. Lol.  I really enjoy soda.  I grew up with it and being able to splurge on it, every once and awhile keeps me happy and feeling non deprived.  It however is not good for the scale for me, so I am becoming more picky about when its really worth having one.  Wings yes,  every resturant meal out, not so much.  I used to crave it everytime I had a burger.  That was more from habit than anything and that habit has definately changed.

I wieghed this morning out of curiosity since I had a couple cheats on Sat and Sunday.  I did all S yesterday.  I certainly couldn't do that when I first started but yesterday it felt good.  This morning I was back too 194.  I also wieghed at my normal time.  Yesterday was before breakfast but much later than normal because I got up late.

So all is well.  Still wanting to add a Fuel Pull meal or two this week.  And then there is excerise.  I don't want to add it but I need to add it.  My energy levels have been really sluggish for two weeks.  I think some endorphins will really help.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Celebration Monday Week 4

So wiegh in this morning was 197.0.  That's a 3lb gain this week.  I am not surprised.  There were some off plan meals and some crossovers this week.   I was really discouraged earlier in the week but I am in a better place now.  I have lost all the weight from this last pregnancy so I am not surprised by this little platuea.  I also keep reminding myself that I haven't tried everything this plan has to offer.  I haven't done a single fuel pull meal yet or any excersizing.  I am going to find some konjac noodles to try.  I miss noodles in general so I think it will be a helpful addition.  I am praying we have them at our Asian store.  I have only ever been there once.  The fish with the heads still on really wierd me out! And I must get the ball rolling on some excersize. 

This week I choose to celebrate that this us a life style and not a diet and that there is no rush.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Self Talk Keeps Me on the Bandwagon.

So yesterday was a hard day.  Levi was in a strange mood all day.  My kitchen was/is in disaster mode (really it has yet to recover from its perpetual disaster mode), and we have all been fighting this snotty crud.  Add on not as much sleep due to some gas for Ariella at 1am and you've got a recipe for non motivation.  Daryl is working in Roanoke this week which means getting home later than normal and he had a meeting last night. We had leftover mexican burgers he could have but I just wasn't feeling them.

So Daryl came home reheated his dinner, gave me a hug, laughed lovingly when I closed the refrigerator door and slumped my head against it said "but I just want pizza" and was off to his meeting.  I was at a crossroads.  I could give into the boxed mac & cheese, chips, and oreos or choose something better.  So I started talking to myself. 

"There has to be something here that you want to eat thats on plan. I can't do beef again so a chicken breast it is.  Now a veggie...don't want the frozen cauliflower but that fresh brocolli I steamed the other day was really yummy so I will do that.  But that's so boring.  What to go with it...alfredo sauce from laughing cow cheese that was great during week 1.  Oh no, no chicken broth...but I do have heavy cream that's what you make real alfredo sauce with anyway.  Oh boy chicken brocolli alfredo, I love this stuff. It's going to be so good." 

And the chips, oreos, and mac & cheese were spared or maybe more accurately my panceras, liver and adrenals were spared.  Yay for self talk.  Probably have to do more of it today because the house is still in a sad state though Levi is in a better mood. 

It was all about focusing on something I wanted that I could have.  I was very proud of myself as was my husband.  Making new habits requires renewing the mind.  I am greatful for the Lord giving me the self discipline to have sucessful self talk.  I am worth better decisions for myself and I am strong enough to find a way to keep the babies happy for 15 mins to make something good for me.

One meal at a time, one day at a time, for the rest of my life.  Here's to staying focused on the journey to my forever trim and the self talk that keeps me on the bandwagon.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Celebration Monday Weekk 3

As of today I have lost another 1.6 pounds bringing my total weight loss for 3 weeks to 11.6lbs.and my new starting wieght to 194. 

I am a little surprised that it wasn't more but I did have a major cheat meal Sunday for lunch.  Daryl and I got to go on our first real date with out either of the kids since Ariella was born.  Its probably been close to six months or so.  It was very refreshing.  We had a great time and I enjoyed the food.  Even had a Pepsi. Which I will skip next time.  I was up til 1 am because Ariella had horrible gas.  I forget that she doesn't do carbonation well. 

Today I am most thankful for the grace the Lord has given me to stick with this new lifestyle change and the new family of sisters I have gained from it.  I am thankful for my super supportive husband and the way he encourages me.  And I am thankful for the vitality that
is coming back to my life allowing me to enjoy my children more than ever even on the hard days.  For all those reasons, I choose to celebrate today.

I have no idea what I will try new foodwise this week.  My main focus is bringing in the excersize component.  This week's goal is 4 times.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

If at first you don't succeed...try again

I tried the Fat Stripping Frappe last week.  It was a total failure and led to me cheating the next day because of discouragment.  I figured the issue was our blender but didn't want to wait til we got a better one to try the drink everyone is raving about.  So I tried  again doing the ice in small batches and saving the gluccie til last.  I am very satisfied!

With this plan its always worth trying again.  My taste have changed alot and I often surprise myself.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Zest of Southwest

You have to try Zest of Southwest (pg 294).  We had it last night and loved it so much I made it again times six.

I did 32oz of chicken broth, maybe 2 1/2 cups of salsa (sort eyeball it), 6 frozen chicken breast tenderloins (i use these alot because they cook faster on my Forman with out drying out), 1 can of diced tomatoes, and lentils (just eyeballed these too).  Then I added water to stretch it a bit more. Two or three cups maybe. 

The lentils make this an E so it can be top with greek yogurt and low fast cheese.  The batch last night was really spicy.  This pot is much more balanced.  The kind of salsa used makes a big difference on spice.

I have some low carb wraps in the fridge that I hate, that I going to try baking into tortilla chips seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, and a little parmesan cheese. Its so fun to try an find away to use what you've got.

And the star of the show is...

EGGS! These are my THM life savers.  Eggs fried in butter keep me on plan more than any other food.  On mornings where we got in late the night before and Levi decides he doesn't know what sleeping in is (which is pretty much always true in toddler land) this is what I fix.  In fact this morning I didn't even turn on the light in the kitchen while I made them.  It was a long night with Ariella too.  

I used to always eat my eggs with buttered toast and orange juice.  Never thought I would break that habit but I actually like not having the fuss of making toast.  I do miss my orange juice but I don't miss the 10lbs of wieght I have lost.  Plus when I get to S helper territory I will be able to add some fresh orange slices or a piece of sprouted toast to my waistline saving breakfast. 

Have a blessed day. :)

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Proof is in the Pudding

This is my new favorite snack and its Fuel Pull. Its so quick and easy.  This one is dark chocolate/peanut butter with fat free whip cream. Soooooo good. 

Celebration Monday Week 2

I have decided to name my  Monday weigh in post "Celebration Monday" because  that's the attitude I want to have with all my wiegh ins regardless of the numbers.  I am doing what the Lord has called me to do, by His grace and the blessings are many.  I have so many reasons to celebrate and Mondays are a good time to remember that.

So todays weigh in was  195.6.  I am so excited. That's another 4.8lbs for a total of 10lbs in two weeks.  Its great to be out of the 200's and my body is really enjoying not carrying around that 10lbs

This week I would like to post more pictures.  I, like others am guilty of enjoying my treats so quickly that I forget to snap the picture. So stay tuned for that.  There is also an excersize post somewhere in my brain.  It's going to be a great week!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

It's not about prefect

Well I haven't posted in awhile.  Its been a very challenging week.  With the passing of our friend Brandon and my cold that didn't get better until yesterday I have been struggling to stay focused or motivated with all the change.  For lunch the other day I had a turkey sandwhich on multigrain bread with baked cheetios.  It was really enjoyable.  I nice break from plan and having to think so much. I tried the big boy smoothie and didn't care for it.  But then I was starving and just didn't want to think about it.  I was on plan the very next meal and felt much less pressure in it. Its nice to be able to cheat and not see it as defeat.

I had a goal of not weighing til  monday.  But I was feeling so discouraged by Thursday that I decided to hop on.  I can't remember the number now but I know it was in the right direction.

Recent successes have been:  Crabbie Patties
Choc. Nut Slab w/peanut butter (I love this stuff)
Skinny Choc. (so much better with EV  coconut oil)

Things I want to try next week:
Egg White Wraps
Loaded Fotato Soup
Chocolate Pudding
Transformer Cheese Sauce
Chicken Alfredo in the Crockpot.

Be back for Celebration Monday weigh in.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Day Menu

I am still fighting this cold. My go to this morning was leftover pancakes. Lunch will be an E salad with tuna. Hopefully my swanson package will be here by the afternoon so I can do a smoothie.  Snack will chocolate nut slab.

Today is my husbands birthday so it might be off plan for dinner or if I feel better this afternoon I might make Crabby patties.

A close friend of ours past way yesterday after fighting cancer off and on for six years. He was 28, had been married 3 years and has an almost 2 year son.  Between that and this cold I am emotionally and physically drained.  Please pray for the Brinkley family and our church family, Dwelling Place Christian Fellowship.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Celebration Monday Week 1

I am excited for so many reasons today.  I just got off the scale and am very pleased to report I have lost 5.2 pounds.  My new starting weight for this week is 200.4lb.

This is very exciting for me because I haven't added any Fuel Pull items or excerise yet.  I have also been sick since Thursday.  Thankfully though its not strep or a ear infection.  I am not a big fan of antibiotics particularly while nursing. Even sick I feel better at times now then I did as a carboholic.

Other exciting news: I have all sorts of goodies coming!! My mom let me splurge a little for Christmas.  I have NuNaturals stevia, gluccie, peanut flour, almond flour, extra virgin coconut oil and whey protien powder all on the way this week.  Oh the possibilities will be endless.

More later as now its time to help hubby get to work on time.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Saturday Week 1, First THM real world test

My mom came to visit today to cele brate a late Christmas with my sister and I.  We went to Cracker Barrel.  First time I have been to a resturant since starting the plan.  I actually did an E meal because that is what I wanted.

I had the lemon pepper trout, sweet potatoe (medium sized with just cinnamon), side salad with italian, and lima beans.  I resisted the temptation for soda or even lemonade. And skip all bread.

The lima beans were cooked in what appeared to be a generous amount of butter which is an E meal no no. But I was still very proud of myself.  Next time I will take a napkin a soak up some of the grease. It wasn't necessary. I like lima beans enough just plain.

I am still feeling under the weather so I am hoping tomorrow goes well. We need groceries too. Time to rest.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Taken it easy days, on plan

My body is definately fighting off something.  I ran a fever last night but am feeling somewhat better this morning.  My almost debilating headache is gone. Think it was a lousy mix of sugar/caffiene withdrawl and sinus pressure.  I am going low key on plan today.

B- two eggs in butter
S-cake in a mug (s) or Choc nut slab (s), or maybe and apple and peanut butter. (E)
Lunch- (S) salad with beef and creamy dressing or leftover pancakes with turkey sausage (E)
Snack (S) almonds and cheese
Dinner (S) something with beef

Glad this plan isn't complicated.  So doable, even on sick days with 2 wee ones.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ugh kind of day

So I am still trying to trouble shoot this plan a bit. I can't seem to make it 3 hours from morning snack to lunch so if I do an S breakfast, then its S snack and S lunch.  I find that if I have four S in a row I start to feel crummy.  I need to figure out some E snack I like.  I am sure I will find the right rhythm soon.

I woke up this morning with a sore throat.  Levi seems to be fighting crud too.  This will be a challenge. I usually sugar and carb binge when sick. My body seem s to crave it alot then.   At some point today I am going to do more pancakes. They are yum.

Off to make the cake in a mug to round out breakfast its so good! And now I have whip cream to top it with.  Woo hoo!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Day 3 Breakfast

Good morning.  Here is my E breakfast, paper plate and all.

Its 1 left over Trim Healthy Pancake with Palmers, 2 Turkey sausage links (heated in the microwave), and an egg white scramble with 1 laughing cow cheese wedge.

I should have only used 1/2 a wedge since I don't have the lite version and a full wedge has 4 grams of fat but since I am only doing one pancake and I am nursing I doubt it will hurt too much.

Good start to a good day.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

So I am really doing it.

This plan for me has been like a breath of fresh air.  These last few months since our daughter was born I have been in somewhat of funk.  The last 6 weeks or so have been the hardest.  I have been really unmotivated and overly tired and maybe a little depressed.   But I am so excited I am actually doing it.  I was on plan all day yesterday and today should be all on plan as well.

This is quite a feat considering I don't have any of the speciality ingredients except some truvia and cooking coconut oil.  Plus I have had to wash every dish I have used including utensils.  Our kitchen is a disaster and though I had hoped
to be out of the paper plate stage by 12 weeks post partum it hasn't happened yet.  But I am still doing it. Right where we are. Paper plates and all.   Being successful and having everybody at the forum for support has really helped pull me out of my funk.

Here was yesterdays menu

B- 1 cup of steel cut oats w/1Tbs of palmers fruit and fiber, egg white scramble with 1/2 laughing cow cheese wedge E

Snack -cup of tea

L- Salad with grilled chicken, 2 boiled eggs, parmasean cheese and creamy italian dressing -S

Afternoon snack- skinny chocolate -S

Dinner- Grilled chicken over broccoli with a cream sauce of LCC an chicken broth - S

2am snack- Chocolate Nut Slab.-S


B - 3 fried eggs with cheese and three slices of Turkey deli meat- S

Morning Snack - Choc. Nut Slab and Tea -S

L- 2 1/2 Trim Healthy Pancakes with Palmers - E

Afternoon Snack- Almonds and Cheese

D-  meatloaf and side salad w/creamy dressing - S

Choc. Nut slab for dessert.

I am going to add a before bed E snack since I am nursing.  Tonight will be a Trim Healthy Pancake with a teaspoon of PB.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Day 1

Well TODAY is the day. Even though I am still missing some key ingredients (whey, gluccie, stevia ect), I have decided to start my journey offically today.  My who mom is coming into town this weekend to celebrate Christmas with me and my sister and love on my beautiful babies has agreed to help me buy my sweetner and gluccie for my Christmas present so that part will be here soon.

I have decided to maintain some flexibility since I am nursing our 4 month old until I get my whey powder.  If I need a non plan snack for now I will do that. I consider it a large victory that I sent the leftover lasnaga with the hubby for lunch, so it wouldn't be an option for snacking.  He needs all the calories he can get.

I bought a scale last night with a Christmas gift card. Thank you God for provision. I have never owned a scale. I used to say it was because the number didn't matter, and in part that was true. But if I am honest, the number "didn't matter" because I didn't want to face the reality.  I bought the scale as a step of faith. I really believe there will be a time in the not too distant future where I will be in crossover territory and be watching to make sure I am not losing too much weight.  I also wanted to be able to watch Ariella's weight.  Don't want my chubby princess to waste away. Lol.

So this morning I weighed in: 205.6lbs

I was surprised to say the least. Apparently nursing is still helping me. :)

This morning I will be having some steel cut oats with Palmers all fruit.

Lunch will probably be an S salad with a creamy dressing.  I will probably need an S snack in the afternoon.  Not sure about dinner yet.

Day 1 here we go.