Storytime: What I Wore Today and Why It Matters

I thought I would start a little “Storytime” series  where I’ll be tell you guys… a story. Sometimes I have a really good story to tell and I want to be able to share it with you. I had this brilliant idea of naming this “Storytime Saturday” but nah, I don’t want to be limited to only one day a week, because I’ve got lots of stories to tell. Ha!

I posted this on Instagram a few months ago and I wanted to share it here, because, well, I really like that message it sends. And I think it’s pretty important.

So this quick, easy outfit is what I wore today.

I had today off of work and I had errands to run. Today was a decently hot, Michigan, July day. It was probably high 80s. And I wore long pants. Because I didn’t feel like wearing shorts.Because I didn’t have time to shave my legs. Because I didn’t want to.

I was at my last stop, loading grocery bags into my car when a group of young girls came rolling up with their windows down, music loud, having a great time. I’m minding my own business, putting my groceries into my car and they got out of their car and as they are walking past me one says, “Wow, I am so hot. Its, like, 100 degrees outside”. The other says, “Well, at least we can wear crop tops and shorts, because look at that girl” .

Mind you, I know they are talking about me. I am the only one around.. and they are right next to me, looking at me. And the one responds “Well, bigger girls shouldn’t wear crop tops and shorts to begin with” and the other says “Yeah. She probably gets chub rub when she wears shorts” and they laugh and continue walking, so I was unable to hear what else they had to say about me.

You know. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs the last few years and my weight has done the same. But one thing is for sure, my mindset has completely changed. I feel more confident, more comfortable, and I feel good in my own skin. Sure, there are a million and a half things I don’t like about myself, but I am happy with who I am. And I know my mindset has done a 180, because my first thought when I heard those girls, was that I felt sorry for them.

I’m sorry that in order to make them feel good about themselves, they have to bring others down. I feel sorry that they like to make fun of others in their spare time. I feel sorry that they think it’s funny and cute to fat shame other women. I feel sorry they have to grow up in a generation that a person’s worth is based upon their pants size and weight.

A year ago those comments would have probably sent me home crying, eating an entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s to ease my broken heart. But, today I feel sorry for those girls and sorry for any other girl or women who feels less than based on what the number on the scale says. You are more than that and you deserve to be more than a number. You are a beautiful, wonderful person just as you are. And a quick, screw you, to the girl who says I can’t wear shorts. I can wear shorts. I do wear shorts.

And I look damn good in them, thank you very much.

Lots of Love.

 

Mexican Chicken (An Easy Crockpot Meal)

Every single day when I leave work I am exhausted. I’m normally pretty hungry and it is never a pretty sight to see me starving..I turn into a full on drama queen. Both my husband and my mom probably are in shock that I’ll even admit that. But it is the truth.

Anyway.. I make terrible decisions when I’m hungry. Like pulling into fast food drive-thru lines, Applebees Carside To Go, or pick up something from the grocery store I’ll most likely regret after I have it in my mouth {I did that yesterday at work. This girl came up to me with Starbursts and asked if I wanted one and I  thanked her and put a piece in my mouth. I know it’s not that big of a deal, but it was impulsive and stupid so I made myself spit it out. I’m weird, you’ll just have to get used to it.}

The point I’m trying to make is if I don’t have something planned for dinner, I’ll be the next in line at Taco Bell. So I always try to have something in mind for dinner. I always try to have something on hand so when I’m like completely starving I can make something quick and easy, like a turkey sausage or something like that. But other times, I like to make something in my Crockpot, walk into the door and eat. This is one of those meals:

 Mexican Chicken 

  • 4 thawed chicken breasts
  • 1 jar of salsa(however hot or mild you’d like)
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup (you can also make your own or use any substitute you like)
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 packet of ranch dressing seasoning

First you want to put your chicken breasts at the bottom of the Crockpot. You can then sprinkle the entire packet of taco seasoning and the entire packet of the ranch dressing seasoning on top.

You will need to drain and rinse your black beans. In another bowl you will want to combine your salsa, cream of chicken, and black beans and then layer that on top of the chicken in your crockpot. Then cook on low for about 7-8 hours or high for about 4-5 hours.

You will know when it is done when the chicken easily shreds apart with a fork. You’ll want to shred all the chicken and mix it all together. And that is it!

I always serve this on top of a bed of rice. I also like to add a little bit of reduced fat cheddar cheese and some fat free sour cream, but you could add any toppings you like!

I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you try it out, let me know how you like it!!

Banana S’mores

It’s crazy to think that summer is coming to an end.

I feel like here in Michigan we barely had a summer. We didn’t have too many super hot days{which I suppose I’m grateful for}, but normally that only means one thing… a terrible winter.

I don’t want to think about that. But, what I have been thinking about is getting my grubby little paws on a s’more. I remember seeing a tip somewhere online about roasting a banana instead of a marshmallow to save a few calories. Since I really do need to save a couple calories and I’m not allowed to have a bonfire this is what I did..

Banana S’mores

  • Graham Crackers {I don’t think there is such a thing as a “healthy version”. However, I compared the Low-fat Honey Maid to a store brand and the store brand had less fat, calories, and sugar- so I’d just take a look and compare before  buying}
  • Banana
  • Whatever kind of chocolate you like {I made this one time with a Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup and that was divine. Also, I like this with a piece of regular dark chocolate, because in my mind dark chocolate is super duper healthy 😉 }

I just cut my banana into marshmallow-sized pieces and put it on a baking sheet. I broiled it for about 8 minutes, but kept checking it about every 30 seconds. I just wanted them to get nice and toasty and a little browned.

Then I put it between two graham crackers and a piece chocolate and was pretty much in heaven. The banana was warm enough to melt the chocolate and I didn’t even miss the marshmallow! Maybe someday I’ll be able to roast a banana over an open fire…

So- if you wanna hold on to summer a little bit longer, maybe you can try this recipe out. Let me know what kind of chocolate you like on your s’mores!

 

 

Update On My Life

I’m back. I deserted you and I am terribly sorry.

I’ve had the craziest month ever. I’ve had some of the most fun I’ve ever had and some of the most darkest days I’ve ever experienced. It has just been a whirlwind the last few weeks and I don’t even know where to begin.

The end of July, my husband and I took a week and a half off of work and headed across the country to Texas. He has family there {that I had never met} so we went down there and spent a week with them. We had so much fun traveling down there together. This was the first big vacation we have had since we got married. It was awesome to get away from everyday life. We explored Dallas, Houston, and Galveston. We went to NASA, went shopping, and even got to go to a Peruvian restaurant for Daniel’s birthday. And most importantly spent time with his amazing aunt, uncle, and cousins. I didn’t eat too horrible, but I wasn’t as careful as I had been. Let’s not even talk about the snacks on the car ride. Anyway, we were incredibly sad to leave, but we headed home back to Michigan to start our everyday life again.

We made it back home on Sunday, My husband went back to work that Monday, but I took an extra personal day, to catch up on laundry and everything you have to do after you’ve been gone for a week. I was about to get in the shower that morning and glanced at my phone that was on silent and saw that I had 12 missed calls, 3 voicemails, and 5 text message and my brother was knocking on my door. He told my grandpa was on the way to the hospital and we had to get up there immediately.

My grandpa was gone by the time we got there. That was the worst week I’ve ever had to experience. My grandpa was special. We had this unspoken bond. He helped me through a lot of things throughout my life and was the greatest man I’ve ever met. Between the pain I felt, and the pain I had to witness my grandma, mom, uncles, and my family experience, my heart was shattered into pieces.

I spent all of my time surrounded by family and helping in anyway I could. People brought food. Doughnuts, fried chicken, Subway sandwiches, pasta, bread, cookies, cakes. We definitely had no shortage of food, sweets, or candy. And I didn’t care. I ate what ever I could get my fat, little, stubby fingers on. I ate my feelings away like I have all my life.

And somehow I managed to make my Dietbet. Right in the middle of my life crumbling down around me, I had to weigh in for my final Dietbet. And I made it. By exercising, juicing, and a detox the days before. Not incredibly proud of that fact, but I did what I had to do to make it. I was on track throughout the entire 6 months, up until the last few weeks. I’ll make an entire blog post about the Dietbet.

And then I had to deal with an immigration interview for my husband. I don’t expect many people to understand, but that was one of the most stressful things I’ve had to endure.{Everything is fine if you are wondering} I’ve been busy with work and extra work projects and being sick. And you know, excuses upon excuses. So I’m starting over. I’ve still lost close to 40 pounds and I’m incredibly proud of that, but I’ve got a lot more work to do and I’m done moping around and feeling sorry for myself. If I want to change, it’s not going to be easy and I’ve got to DO IT.

So I’ve started a new program. I’m not doing the  Dietbet anymore. Maybe in the future, but not right now. I joined a walking club challenge at work {I bought a Fitbit Zip} and I’m on day two of Jillian Michael’s “30 Day Shred“.

If I’ve learned anything in the last few weeks its that life can be fun, exciting, painful, and miserable, and no matter what you go through, the world keeps spinning, with or without you. I don’t want to live this life with regrets and I’m sick of being fat and unhappy. I’m ready to change. This is my second new beginning. I can do this and I know that I will.

 

 

 

Healthy Strawberry Cheesecake

Sometimes I get a craving for something unhealthy. Well, who am I kidding.. Most days I crave something really bad for me. I don’t always cave in, but sometimes it is necessary to treat yourself. For a while there, I spent most of my time stalking Pinterest looking for healthy options to unhealthy foods. I found this recipe for Weight Watchers Faux Cheesecake and tweaked it a little bit to make it make it even more delicious, in my opinion.

 

Healthy Strawberry Cheesecake

  • 1 16 oz tub of Fage 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 3.4oz  package of sugar free Jell-o Cheesecake Pudding
  • Fresh Strawberries or a package of Frozen Strawberries
  • 1 12.75 oz tub of Marzetti Glaze for Strawberries
  • 1 can of Fat Free Reddi Wip
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs

 

ingredients

To make the cheesecake, all you will need to do is mix one box of the cheesecake pudding into a 16 oz tub of the 0% plain Greek yogurt. Mix the jello package into the yogurt a little bit at a time. If you dump the entire package into the yogurt, the consistency doesn’t turn out as well. This takes a little while to mix together, as it gets pretty thick as you go. This makes four servings. You can put a little bit of the graham cracker crumbs at the bottom of the bowl and put 1/4 of the cheesecake on top.

For the topping you can take as many strawberries as you would like. I thawed a few frozen strawberries, because that is all I had at the time. Mix with a few spoonfuls of the strawberry glaze and put on top of your cheesecake. You can then add whip cream on top, if desired.

I also wanted to mention that you could make this into an actual cheesecake, if you needed to for a group of people. I took this to a family party recently. I just used 3 tubs of the yogurt with 3 packages of the jello pudding. I put all three yogurts into a large bowl and mixed the pudding packets in gradually (Boy, that was definitely an arm workout!). I got a pie dish and covered the bottom with graham crackers. I then layered the cheesecake on top. It was enough to fit the entire pie dish. I then mixed an entire bag of the frozen strawberries with the entire tub of the sugar free strawberry glaze. I took a can of the Fat Free Reddi Wip for anyone to put on top if they wanted to.

Side note: My grandmother eats a gluten free diet. I made a separate dish for her without the graham crackers and she really liked it as well.  So if you need a gluten free recipe, just go ahead and leave out the graham crackers, it’s still just as delicious!

I really enjoy this recipe. It definitely curbs my sweet tooth and isn’t too bad for you at all.  Life is too short to live without dessert 😉

 

Per Serving:

Calories: 240

Fat: 1.5g

Sugars: 10g

Protein: 25g

 

Day Three of Three Day Juice Cleanse

Last day! Wahoo!

I had to work today, so I woke up very early before heading to work. I did make hot water, lemon, and ginger to drink first thing in the morning. I then began making all of my juices for the day. I made four juices in total. I saved half of my lunch juice for my dinner juice again. I put them all into styrofoam coffee cups, numbered them and put them into a lunchbox to take to work. It took me about an hour to prepare all of the fruits and vegetables, juice everything, and to clean up the kitchen.

It was pretty hard at work. I was feeling pretty hungry, almost cranky. But, I was able to contain myself, and just stick to my juices. A key thing I forgot to mention the last two days is that I have been drinking a ton of water alongside the juices. I think that really helps me to feel fuller longer. If I ever do this again (which if I do, it won’t be for a long time!) I’ll make sure to do this when I don’t have to work for three days. It’s difficult to cook food all day long and not be able to have anything to eat at all. I wouldn’t be able to eat the food I cook anyway, but you know what I mean.

When I got home from work I was able to workout for about 30 minutes. While researching juice cleanses, I read that you shouldn’t do really hard workouts while doing this cleanse. I just used my stationary bicycle, kettle bell, and three pound dumbbells. I just got my Polar heart rate monitor in the mail and was dying to use it for the first time!

Again, it seems to be an ongoing theme going on the last three days, when I sat down to relax, I fell asleep. I feel asleep before I ate anything for dinner. When I woke up it was pretty late. I missed eating my food. I missed a friend’s birthday party I was suppose to go to. It really bummed me out! When I woke up, I had a slight headache. I ate a banana and made a hot, green tea to drink and went back to bed.

When I woke up this morning, I weighed myself. For the last three days I have lost a total of 5.9 pounds. I really believe this cleanse helped me feel better and detox my body. I know I’ve said this the last two days, but my body feels much tighter. I feel more energized during the day. It made me fall asleep way too early every night, but maybe that was a good thing to get more rest during these days anyway. My skin looks clearer. I noticed some redness spots I’ve had on my face are starting to disappear. I think my skin overall looks healthier.

I do really believe this juice cleanse gave my body a little boost to help jump kick my body into losing more weight. I’ll probably do this again, just not anytime really soon.

Also, just a disclaimer that I am not a health professional or have I ever claimed to be. I am just a really fat girl, who is on a mission to lose weight and always wanted to go on a juice cleanse, but never had the willpower to do so until now. I just wanted to share my experience. I know a lot of people have opinions about this and I’d love to hear them.

Day Two of Three Day Juice Cleanse

Day two down. Today was hard. Very hard. I didn’t work today and I think I had more temptation at home than I did cooking food at work the previous day!

I woke up and had my morning drink of hot water, lemon, and ginger.  While I was drinking that, I made my morning juice. I put three carrots, two apples, and a little piece of ginger. I really enjoyed this drink, compared to yesterday. I was able to put the right amount of ginger in it and make it taste good. I also made the second juice while I had everything out. I just put it in to the refrigerator until I needed it. This one was also better than yesterdays.

At lunch time I made the third juice. The one that tastes like straight up cold tomato soup. I could deal with it, but this one makes so much juice that I saved half this juice for my dinner juice. I also made the fourth juice at this time too, and I was able to tweak it to make it taste a little better than yesterday.

And like I said,  for the fifth juice of the day I used half of the lunchtime juice I made. I just couldn’t bring myself to make the one with beets and sweet potatoes. Just the thought of it was making my gag, so I just did what I had to do to complete this day.

For my dinner, I made carrots and sweet potatoes in the oven again. These really are delicious and almost tastes like a treat.  I also had a salad with kale, avocado ,carrots, tomato, and cucumbers. I had a banana for dessert again. This really helped fill me up and satisfy my hunger for the rest of the night.

I have to say I’m very proud of myself for accomplishing this for at least two days. I could have easily given up, but I told myself that I was going to do this for three days and I will.

My body does feels great. I do feel more energized during the day, and again, my body just feels tighter and a little lighter. It makes me feel good. However, at 8 o’clock I sat down on the couch to watch a television show and feel asleep right away. This happened the night before, too. Its kind of strange, I feel completely energized throughout the day, but the moment I sit down to relax, I’m out like a light and cannot force myself to wake up.

I also weighed myself in the morning and I’ve lost a total of 3.5 pounds since I started this juice cleanse.

One more day. I can do this.

Day One of Three Day Juice Cleanse

I’ve been thinking about doing a juice cleanse for awhile now. I always thought about it, but always had an excuse as to why I shouldn’t do it. But, with kind of slacking off on my diet for the last couple weeks, I really wanted to do a juice cleanse and rid my body of all the crap I’ve been putting in it. I’ve been researching what I should do or how I should do it for days. I thought about ordering some cold pressed juices, but when I have a juicer and the ability to just juice fresh fruits and vegetables myself, it definitely  was not worth the money.

So what I settled on was a three day juice cleanse from Joe Cross from the documentary “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead”. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it. He had written an article on the Dr. Oz Show website on the exact recipes and what to do for a three day juice cleanse. I just wanted to point out that I am not doing this just because it was on the Dr. Oz show. I’m not a huge fan of him. He seems like a nice guy with the best intentions, I just don’t like how people hang on his every word and think everything that comes out of his mouth is gospel. But, to each their own. I just liked this plan that Mr. Cross wrote, and seemed very do-able.  If you would like to see the article you can see it here.

Basically you start your morning off with a 16 ounce drink of hot water, lemon, and ginger. You have a juice for breakfast, for a morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snack, and then one for before dinner. That is five juices per day. Then for dinner you can eat a meal that only has fruits and vegetables in it. At night you drink a herbal tea before bed. That’s what made this juice cleanse ideal for me. I knew I wouldn’t make it three days if I couldn’t eat anything. Being able to eat something for dinner it what led me to be able to do this cleanse.

I started this cleanse yesterday, Thursday, May 8th. I had to work very early in the morning on Thursday, so I had to prepare ahead of time on Wednesday. Wednesday evening I made four out of the five juices. It took me about an hour to prep, juice, and clean up. I put them in disposable coffee cups, numbered them, put them in a lunch bag and kept them in the fridge overnight.

I woke up early before work and prepared my drink of water, lemon and ginger. I added way to much ginger, but I just drank it anyway. On my way to work I drank my first juice of the day. It had apples, carrots, and ginger in it. I added way to much ginger to this drink. Way to much.. it was almost unbearable and burnt my throat. But, I just drank it anyway.

On my first break at work I drank my second juice. This one consisted of cucumber, celery, apples, kale, lemon, and ginger. I would say that this one was my favorite of the five juices. I work with food all day, so at this time, it was getting kind of hard for me, but I kept on going!

At lunch time I drank my third juice. At this time it was extremely difficult for me, because I was in the break room, where they were having a retirement party for a co-worker, and there was a buffet table of delicious food. I sat next to people eating fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, potato salad, and cake. It was a test of my willpower, but I powered on through that. This juice was very weird. It tasted like cold tomato soup. It had tomatoes, cucumber, celery, red pepper, parsley, and lime. It was weird, but not too terrible. This juice was so big, I had to put it onto two different cups. It made me feel so full, I didn’t think I would be able to finish all of it, but I did.

On way home from work I drank the fourth juice. I was so hungry, I didn’t care what it tasted like I just drank it. This one had kale, swiss chard, cucumber, and clementines. It wasn’t a very big juice, so it was very easy to drink down.

I got home and started to make my pre-dinner juice. This one was just so weird to me. It had a sweet potato, carrots, red pepper, red beets, apples, and an orange. I’ve tried juicing beets in the past, and it didn’t work out well for me. I just do not like beet juice, it makes my stomach churn. But, I drank it. It took me awhile, but I was able to finish it.

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But, then the exciting part of my day came when I was able to eat real food! I made a salad with kale, tomato, cucumbers, carrots, and made a dressing of lemon and vinegar. I cut up a sweet potato and two carrots, tossed them with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and cumin. I cooked them in the oven at 425 for about 25 minutes. These were like a God send for me. They tasted so delicious I cannot wait to have them again today! I also made a little fruit salad of grapes, blueberries and raspberries. I had a small banana for dessert. This really filled me up and made me feel a little better.

After dinner, I became so exhausted. I couldn’t keep my eyes open, so I decided to take a little snooze on the couch. Then I went from the couch to my bed and woke up this morning at 6:30. I was going to write this last night and I also missed my green tea before bed that I was suppose to drink. I did have a really hard day at work and the last couple nights I didn’t get much sleep, so maybe that has something to do with it.

When I woke up this morning I had a little headache, but I felt good. My body feels different. Everything feels tighter. I have not felt this good in a long time. I weighed myself and I lost 2.9 pounds just yesterday. I just wanted to keep track. The way I am feeling today really pushes me to keep going for the next two days. Also, the juices should taste a little better, because I can tweak them to how I like them.

When I’ve told people about this juice cleanse, they think I am nuts. But, there is nothing in this world that makes me want to accomplish something so bad when someone tells me that I can’t or shouldn’t. It takes great willpower, but when there is a will, there is a way. I can do this!

 

 

 

This is the type of juicer I use. It’s cheap, but works great!

Trader Joes and Whole Foods Haul

My goodness. It’s been awhile.

I’ve been pretty busy with work and with life in general that this blog has really been on the back burner. And to be a hundred percent honest, I am pretty upset at myself about it. I made this website to help keep me accountable and it is something I truly love to do. It helps keep me calm, and gives me a moment during the day to relax during the day.

I’ve slightly been slacking on my weight loss. No, I haven’t gained any weight, but I haven’t lost much lately either. I know I’m not working as hard as I should be. I have daydreams about quitting my job and dedicating 100% of my time and effort to this journey, like on “Extreme Weight loss”. I know that’s not practical,  but hey, a girl can dream, right?

Another thing that relaxes and calms me is shopping. I love shopping, even if I do just window shop. I could go to Target or TJ Maxx everyday and just roam around and look at everything. Its just something I like to do. I also love to wandering through Trader Joes and Whole foods and look at the nutrition labels. I’m a dork, I know. I don’t get to go to those stores very often, because they are a pretty far drive from my house. However, I was able to make a quick trip and decided to make a post on what I bought, just for fun.

Trader Joes

Trader Joes Haul

  • Salted Tortilla Chips- I know, I know it’s not a healthy choice, but they are mainly for my husband. He could eat the whole bag by himself, and most likely will.
  • Brown Rice Quinoa Fusilli Pasta- I actually made some last night and I’m kicking myself for not buying more.. it was delicious!
  • Kale- I’m always buying this. I put some in my green juices and use it  for salads.
  • Laughing Cow Cheese  Creamy Swiss-  This stuff is amazing, and it’s only 35 calories per triangle! I spread one on sandwich wrap everyday for lunch.
  • Roasted Garlic Hummus- This stuff is to die for. I also spread a little on my wrap I make for lunch everyday. Or as a snack, I eat it with baby carrots. It is so yummy!
  • Columbus Rotisserie Style Chicken- I tried this a couple weeks ago and my husband and I really enjoyed it, so I had to pick up a few more packages during this trip.
  • Salted Peanuts- Again, this was a purchase for my husband. He is literally NUTS for peanuts. He would eat a whole bag a day if he could.
  • Bag of Jazz Apples- I just needed apples for my green juice I make. These are also good for lunches, because they are smaller. Sometimes I can’t finish a great big apple during lunch.
  • Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage- I tried this a few years ago and really liked them. They have 6g of fat and 120 calories in one sausage. I didn’t think that it was too terrible. I’m trying to change up my dinners and have something different once and a while.
  • Fresh Rice Noodles-  I never tried these and thought of a recipe I could do with these while I was at the store.
  • Brussel Sprouts- I found a recipe online for a side dish I really wanted to try out.
  • Butternut Squash- They are already cut up and microwavable. They make a delicious side dish!
  • Dried Wild Blueberries- I bought these for a cookie recipe I wanted to try out.
  • Black Forest Ham- I normally buy only turkey or chicken lunch meat, but I wanted to switch up our wraps we make for lunch.
  • Baby Spinach- I use this for my green juices and for our salads everyday.
  • Shredded Carrots- I know I could shred my own carrots, but this is too easy to throw into different dinners and salads.
  • Organic Unsalted Peanut Butter- I like to add a little peanut butter to my oatmeal in the mornings. I try to only buy peanut butter where the only ingredient is peanuts.
  • Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip- I have always loved Spinach Dip and this is a great alternative. It has less fat and calories, because it’s made with greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. This is just a special treat, not an everyday thing.
  • Ground Turkey- Trader Joes actually has cheaper prices than my local grocery store for ground turkey, so I bought two packages. So yummy!
Whole Foods

Whole Foods

  • Organic Coconut Palm Sugar-  I never tried this before and  just really wanted to try this out.
  • Ezekial Sprouted Grain Tortillas- I really like these tortilla shells when I make my turkey tacos!
  • Organic Unsweetened Shredded Coconut- I need this for a recipe I’m going to try making.
  • Coconut Flour- I needed this for a recipe, as well. (If these cookies turn out well, I will share the recipe with you!)
  • Baby Cucumbers- I use these cucumbers everyday! I love using one of these instead of cutting up a bigger cucumber and not being able to use it all.
  • Alter Ego Quinoa Dark Chocolate Bar-  I like having a dark chocolate bar around, just as a dessert once in awhile.
  • Taboule- I really like having  this as a snack with a piece of pita bread!
  • Peanut Butter Crisp Rice Snack- Another snack I just wanted to try out. Sorry I’m not sorry.
  • Five Grain Granola- My husband adds this to his cereal every morning.
  • Quinoa- I like having this to add to meals or a side dish. It’s really good!
  • Lifeway Kefir Strawberry Yogurt- My husband uses this with his cereal every morning, instead of milk.

 

So here you have it. I thought it would be fun to just show what I bought on my quick trip to the grocery store the other day. I should have took a picture of the amount of fruits and vegetables I bought today. Tomorrow I will be starting a juice cleanse for three days. I will be posting about my experience the next few days.  I promise I won’t be disappearing again any time soon. I pinky promise.

 

Introduction

Howdy folks! My name is Sara. I am 25 years old and live in a small town in Michigan. I have a normal job, where I have been working since I was a teenager.

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I am married to Daniel, the love my life and my best friend. We have been married for two and a half years. He is my biggest supporter and no matter what crazy idea I come up with next, he always has my back 100%. We also have a fur baby named Marley. She is the strangest dog I have ever met, but we love her.

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Being the heaviest I have ever been in my life, this year I decided to take control back of my life and my weight. It is time to change my life for the better! If you want to know more about me, I wrote a more in-depth “About Me” section. You can check that out here.

I just wanted to create a place where I can write down everything that I have in my head. A place where I can share my ideas, recipes, and whatever else I come up with along the way. If you have anything you would like to know about me, have any comments or concerns, please feel free to comment. I would love to hear from you!