Low carb cube steak

Tonight’s dinner was simple and fast. we decided to spend the night playing games as a family instead of cooking a meal that was going to take a bit of time.

Basically I took cube steak and seasoned them to our liking.

sauteed onions and mushrooms.

Cooked green beans with seasoning and kerrygold butter.

Viola! dinner is served !

The boys also had mashed potatoes and corn. I had to resist because my weakness is potatoes.

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Planner pages for weight loss

Do u have a Planner? I would not be able to survive without one. I have one for just my day to day and then another for my meals and weight loss.

I will be doing another post about my outline for December. Stay tuned for that!

I have seen on Pinterest and the many groups I belong to on Facebook that people are doing weight loss trackers.

I have on my phone a weight app but I also wanted something hard copy.

I am no artist, so this is just very rough.

Basically just made a road map looking thing lol or that is what I think it looks like.

Each box is 1 pound or I might even do 5 lbs since I’m losing pretty fast.

I am embarrassed to show my starting weight at 215 lb. No judgement please.

On the opposite side I did a quick measurement drawing and then wrote down for future dates i do my measurements.

Do you have a planner ? I would love to know if you do so that i can check out the pages!

Keto–lazy keto

Keto. Low carb, high fat. High protein.

Everyone has heard of it, one time or the other. It seems like this diet or way of eating is popular right now.

I officially started on October 16th with a coworker.

Success is present in the numbers on the scale.

I started out at 220 and dropped about 12 pounds in 3 weeks. this was the fastest I dropped weight even when I was doing a weight management program.

No, i didn’t and still do not starve myself.

Keto is a whole new way of eating. You basically limit your carb intake a day. you want your protein to be high but not as high as your fat. Why fat? When you give your body carbs it breaks them down to make energy. Keto restricts your carbs and instead uses fat and protein to breakdown for energy. Your liver is breaking down the fat into ketones. This process is also known as ketosis.

My disclaimer regarding keto is I am no expert. I am learning about this way of eating, every day. I learn what I can and can’t eat. I regret decisions and then learn from them the next day. I have has my cheat days and then get right back on track. I do not know everything about keto, nor I’m I claiming to. I can honestly say if you want more information regarding a keto diet, look to the internet. you will find more sites then you can imagine. join Facebook groups for support as well as check out Pinterest.

this way of eating is not for everyone either.

I’m more of a lazy keto compared to my coworker. she counts everything including vegetables. I don’t necessarily count my vegetables if I know they are good for me. now I don’t over indulge in my vegetables, I just figured I would rather eat veggies then a bag of chips.

I also don’t do extra fat. if you researched keto, there are terms called “fat bombs,” “mct oil,” or “bulletproof coffee.” all of these are terms regarding increasing your fat in your diet. I increase mine but not that much. I found that my body doesn’t like certain fats and I have horrible stomach problems after.

I am more of lazy keto. I still eat my vegetables that technically have some carbs. I still allow myself to have some things that are sugar free that potentially could be hurting others being successful at this diet. Being a lazy keto has worked for me, I’m losing the inches and I feel great! I sometimes refer to this way of eating as low carb because I do eat as carbs but I keep it low.

Have you done keto?

French onion chicken

I have been eating a lot more healthier and chicken is my go to meal.

I was recently on Pinterest, big surprise I know, and the recipe for healthy French onion chicken kept popping up. After looking at the pictures for about 10 minutes, I figured might as well try this for dinner some night.

Ingredients:

chicken breast boneless skinless. I cooked 4 total that were quite large.

mushrooms

large onion

gravy mix

seasonings of your choice

Directions:

In a large baking dish, I coated bottom of pan with non stick spray and then put the chicken breast in.

To give the onions and mushrooms better flavor, I sauteed those first.

Prepared the gravy. Now this is where I messed up. The gravy calls for 1 cup. I did a little more because it would have cooked down and lost some of the water. Not the case. I should have done less water so that it would have thicken up. Oh well. Just be prepared if you want thick or thin gravy lol

Everything went into the pan then oven on 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, I took the pan out and added cheese. This was also the time that I put the fresh green beans in.

I let the chicken cook for another 20 minutes and then removed from oven.

I also served a nice cesear salad on the side. Doesn’t it look delicious?!?

It was very good but I found out that I messed up on the gravy. Other than that, the recipe was a success. I will for sure have to make this again.

adventures of a curvy girl- get your butt in gear

hello everyone!

I have not been blogging very often in the past 3 weeks. I have been so busy with work, the kid, working out, getting ready for school, camping and life.

while I have been busy, my healthy eating has diminished. why? I have no idea. I feel like I’m not able to eat healthy because we have been so busy.

i also took a week off exercising due to boy scout camp for 4 days… which is an exercise in itself.

school is starting this week and I’ve been thinking I need to get the family on a schedule. a schedule not only to help get things done but one that I can easily follow.

my plan is to get back on track of doing body pump monday, Wednesday and Friday. I would love to do piloxing from 645 to 730 on Tuesday and Thursday but with the bf schedule and kid going back to school I’m not sure how this is going to be possible.

I know, I know sounds like excuses. I’m envious of families that do all kinds of things in the week including eating healthy and working out.

How do you do it ????

Adventures of a curvy girl: program by design at YMCA

Do you go to the YMCA? I joined a couple of weeks ago when I found out that I could do it through work. Do you go to the gym and do your own routine? or do the group classes?

I was going upstairs to the gym where the equipment is and doing my own thing. then I found a couple classes that basically make up my cardio and strength training.

one of the benefits of the YMCA is the program called “program by design.” I have not been to other gyms, but I’m sure they have something similar to this. basically, it is a free service provided by the y from one of the trainers. women2

today, I had my first meeting with one of the trainers. he meet with me and we discussed what I wanted to get out of the exercising and how he could help me get there. I am a very organized person that needs things wrote down for me and a plan. I like my plans. Ok, I love plans and I stick with plans.

I basically told him that I need something very detailed and options. if I continue to go to my piloxing class and strength training class I shouldn’t need to go upstairs to the gym. but life gets in the way sometimes and I don’t always make it to a class. instead of saying oh well… and never returning (which I have done). I want options. if I don’t go to strength training what equipment could I use upstairs and how many repetitions. if I don’t do piloxing, then I could do treadmill interval training, walking, swimming, or cycling. options are better than anything.

I was very satisfied with the outcome of the meeting today. the trainer was very nice and very informed about what to do. he took in to consideration that I have a life and a women3family, that going to the gym every day sometimes isn’t possible.

the first meeting is basically to go over everything that I want for a program to stay fit. the next meeting (next Wednesday), is to go over the design that he has made out for me with my options. I am looking forward to seeing what he has designed for me.

 

have you every had this done, an exercise plan designed for you?

did you enjoy it?

get bored?

my biggest fear is that I won’t like it and I will be disappointed in myself when I donwomen4‘t follow it.

jazz up your water 

hydration. it helps with weight loss, natural food suppressant, aids in metabolism and much more. 

it is important to stay hydrated when you are working out. dehydration can cause dizziness, fatigue, confusion, and lack of concentration. I have heard that if you have hunger pains sometimes in the middle of the day, even when you are eating, it could be a lack of hydration. the hunger pains can cause you to eat pointless calories, when a simple glass of water could solve it. 

drinking one 8 oz of water before bed can help with metabolism as well as an appetite suppressant. some drink one glass before every meal. 

plain water is most important. sugary drinks can cause you issues absorbing water that it needs. caffeine can cause your body to excrete more water due to the diuretic effect. 

the amount of water we each need really is a big debate. some say 8 cups a day, others 10 cups if you are exercising. my weight management dietician and NP, told me I need to drink any where from 8 to 10 cups a day. increase it when I exercise as well as drink extra if I’m not full after my shakes. 

I drink A LOT of water. so much that I have had people question if I’m diabetic, which I’m not. 

at Walmart, I purchased this cup for only $5! it is a bubba cup and holds up to 48 oz of water. at work I can drink about 5 of these..at home double that. 

plain old water is boring to me!! yes, sometimes I’m ok with just ice cold water. other times, I need some lemon in it. 

recently, I have been doing infused water. the combinations are endless. strawberries, cucumbers, lemon, lime, raspberries, pomegranate, mint are just to name a few. 

on Sunday night I prepared my water. cut up thinly sliced cucumber, lemon and lime. infused over night. delicious!!

sugary drinks like pop are my weakness. I had given up drinking them, only maybe having a cup every 2 weeks or so. I got to the point that I didn’t even like the taste any more. 

I’m not sure if I am attracted to the sugary taste or the carbonation. at grocery stores you can buy sparkling carbonated water. there are many different brands aquafina, clear America, sparkling ice, izze, and dasani sparkling just to name a few. 

I love clear America from Wal-Mart. it tastes good to be as well as it is pretty cheap, about 0.68 cents for a large bottle. I found out that if I drink those on a daily basis, I don’t crave pop. plus, some of the flavors are awesome!! I love the fuji apples, strawberry, and peach. 

just remember always stay hydrated when you are working out. jazz up your water so you don’t get bored! 

there are also easy ways to track how much you are drinking. the cheap way, write it down. apps for the phones also have the ability to help keep track, for example fitness pal and fitbit. recently I keep seeing this bottle advertised for drinking water, it lights up when you need to drink and keeps track of how much you are drinking. I didn’t price it, but I’m sure it’s a little costly. 

do you jazz up your water? what are you favorite carbonated drinks? how much are you drinking a day? 

gym relapse– adventures of a curvy girl 02

It has happened to all of us. We miss one day at the gym, then two,  and bam! it has been a month. gymrelapse4

I am in the middle of gym relapse. I have not been to the gym since June 30, 2017.

I NEED TO GET MY ACT TOGETHER!!!! I wrote a similar post yesterday, get my crap together. maybe posting these blogs and admitting I have a problem with help get my act straighten up.

REASONS FOR A GYM RELAPSE

  • Obstacles. everyone has them. work, school, kids, time, money etc. find out what your obstacle is and tackle it. mine the past week has been the kid home. he has been with his mother and we unexpectedly had to find a babysitter. yes, it is an excuse. instead of going to work out, come home and get ready and take him to his grandma, I slept in. I used him as an excuse and I should not.
  • Boredom. no one likes doing the same thing day in and day out. change up your routine, go to classes, etc. I was not really getting to bored, I was doing body pump 3x a week and the routine changes.
  • Benefits. working out has many benefits. remind yourself what those benefits are. getting healthier, losing weight, becoming tone. they all benefit you. without exercising you can not benefit your body.
  • Stress, Anxiety, and Depression. I have all three of these. most people have stress in their lives. the stress of the kid coming home and having to deal with the bf mom last week kinda hit me a little hard. my anxiety was up. depression set in due to being at the weight management doctor and only seeing a pound off the scale when I have been working so much harder! i am trying to get myself out of the rump. taking my medications, talking with bf about the stress with his mother, and trying to distress at the gym.

OVERCOMING A GYM RELAPSE

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  • identifying your obstacles. lay them all out there. write them on a piece of paper. post on a motivation board. i know what my reasons are and I’m going to overcome them.
    • obstacle is kid being home. go to bed early, get up early, come home in time to take to grandma. just plan, everything will be fine.
    • boredom should not be a problem since the body pump routine just was changed
    • benefits. i was losing weight. i could feel it in my clothes! i was feeling better! i want that again.
    • stress, anxiety, and depression. take my medications. use the stress and anxiety as a motivator at the gym.
  • support. everyone goes thru a gym relapse. even athletics. join your friends at the gym to make yourself more accountable plus have someone with you.
  • avoid being a “Debbie downer.” my mom always would say that to me, i still say it. basically means, stop being negative about everything. make your exercise routine happen.
  • temporary. a gym relapse is just that, temporary. it is not permeant. i can pick up tomorrow. don’t think that just because you missed one day, two, or a month that you can not get back in the gym.

MY PLAN

  • I’m ready to get back in the gym. gymrelapse2
  • pack my workout bag the night before AS WELL AS my work bag. that way I am ready to get up in the morning.
  • if i can not make a 5 am class.. go to the one at night.
  • try other classes, for example the swim classes at the gym in the next town over.
  • go to bed early so the excuse of not getting enough sleep isn’t an excuse
  • meet up with the girl i work with at the gym, she is doing the same weight management class i am.
  • prevent the stress in my life! or at least limit it. try not to let everything bother me. this is going to be a lot harder than normal.
  • anxiety/depression. take my medications, it will help and exercise was making me feel even better about myself.
  • it is only temporary. i will be fine. i just took a week off, does not mean that i am a failure.

Do you have any advice?

Has this happened to you?

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Adventures of a curvy girl- 02 what is in my GYM BAG

 

 

on my adventure to becoming fit, i have learned some things. i have learned that if you don’t pack the right things in your gym bag, it can either make or break your work out.

i want to work out and not worry about not having my headphones, lock, extra socks, deodorant, etc. i’m sure there are other people out there that i want to accomplish the same thing, so here is my tips of packing your GYM BAG.

I’m sure there are other things that i did not name, feel free to let me know what you pack that i don’t. maybe i forgot it and it would help me out!

first off, pick your bag. weather it is small or big, just make sure it is large enough to 20170625_125346 - Copy (2)carry everything you need in my trip. the worst thing I think is going to the gym and carrying more than one bag. for mine, I have a thirty one bag that I received for an xmas gift last year. I also have a vera Bradley little bag that I use to store other essentials.

second, pack an extra pair of clothes. usually I bring 20170625_125746 - Copy (2)an extra pair of clothes for after working out to freshen up. this helps if you are going somewhere after the gym and don’t want to go home to change. always pack an extra pair of socks, underwear, and bra. never know when you need a fresh pair of these after or even during the gym. also, don’t forget shoes or flipflops in my case afterwards. don’t forget your workout shoes!20170625_125846

third, work out clothes. sometimes I go after work and don’t have my workout clothes on. workout clothes are typically shorts, tank top, sports bra, socks, and shoes. I also pack an extra towel in case the gym doesn’t have any that I can use, they usually do.

 

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fourth, water bottle for hydration. it is important to stay hydrated when you are working out. i have some kind of bottle with me at all times. my shaker bottle is my go to bottle when working out because i can do my shake before or after a workout.

 

 

fifth, essentials. it is never fun when you are working out and discover that you have no deodorant, toothbrush, hairbrush, or shampoo. 20170625_125157 - Copyin my essentials bag,  i pack perfume, toothbrush and paste, mouthwash, hair tie, hair brush, inhaler for my asthma, and feminine products.

 

 

 

 

 

sixth, in a separate plastic baggy I have a bath poff, face wash, shampoo. packed into my essential bag, if i have room, but usually in the bottom of my gym bag is pimple cream, feminine spray, body wash,  and deodorant spray. 20170625_125256 - Copy

 

 

 

 

 

seventh, the most important thing other than fresh underwear and deodorant when you 20170625_125449-copy-2.jpggo the gym is your lock and a pair of headphones. make sure you pack an extra pair of headphones in case you lose your pair. I’ve done it, not happy.

eighth, phone. don’t forget your phone. it is a way to play music, even watch tv, listen to a book, track your exercise. some people have used a phone case work out band that attaches to the arm when working out. i like these but i feel that they are so uncomfortable.

it sounds like a lot in your gym bag, i know. but i feel like in my short amount of adventures with working out, my gym bag items either made my workout or prevented me from getting what i wanted done.

pack your bag the night before, especially if you are working out in the morning before work. i have a class that i take at 5 am. i have to get up and leave the house around 430 am. 4:30 AM! crazy, but it sets my workout day. packing my bag the night before lets me know that i have everything with me and all i have to do is run out the door.

wash your gym clothes regularly. after you work out, clothes go back in the gym bag. wash them daily. take out of the bag daily. wash your bag at least once a week, more if it stinks. no one enjoys smelly clothes or worse a smelly bag with clean clothes.

are you ready to pack your gym bag? is there anything that you pack that i don’t? please, let me know!

when writing this post i was searching google images for gym bags. i found some awesome ones that they have out there that i would love to share with you. some of these have awesome says on them. enjoy!

 

 

guilt free pesto chicken spaghetti squash “lasagna” wow that is a mouthful!

do you love recipes that are filling, taste delicious, and are healthy for you? then you should try this recipe of guilt free pesto chicken spaghetti squash that I made tonight.

Ingredients

  • chicken breasts, enough to feed your family. I did 3 but they were small. cut into cubes
  • pesto sauce
  • spaghetti squash
  • mozzarella cheese or a cheese you prefer
  • ricotta cheese
  • Italian seasoning
  • one egg
  • mushrooms (optional)
  • onions (optional)
  • salt, pepper to taste

Directions

  • prepare your spaghetti squash. what I have found is best is to take your squash and poke holes down the center and put into the microwave for about 5 minutes. depending on how big and thick you might have to do more time.
  • cut your squash open, scrap out all the seeds and gunk. sprinkle with olive oil and Italian seasoning.
  • put into the oven until it is soft enough you can poke a fork thru it. about 20-30 minutes.
  • when ready, use a fork to make into spaghetti
  • cook your chicken breasts that you have cut up into cubes. i added onions to mine. once cooked mixed with pesto sauce. use as much or as little as you want depending on your taste preference.
  • make your ricotta filling, about 1 cup of ricotta. you can use more depending on if you have larger family dish to make or large amount of spaghetti squash.
  • mix one egg, Italian dressing, and ricotta together until smooth
  • build your “lasagna”! put the spaghetti squash in the bottom. don’t forget to spray your pan!
  • next spread your ricotta layer. if you want to change up the layers go right 
  • pesto chicken mix
  • mushrooms. original recipe i was thinking for tonight did not have mushrooms in it. but when i went to the store and saw these for only 1.99, i knew i needed to have them. put as many or as few as you want on the top. you don’t even have to put them on the top, you can mix into your pesto chicken mix or the ricotta or even the squash. make it your own, it’s guilt free remember 🙂 As you can see, i added a lot because well who doesn’t like mushrooms?!?!?
  • top with mozzarella cheese. at first i planned for sprinkle cheese…until i saw i had mozzarella slices.
  • cover with alumina foil and place into the oven for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and boiling.
  • uncover and cook for about 10-15 more minutes until nicely browned.
  • EAT!
  • serve with slice of bread or a nice salad