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!!

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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!

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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

 

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12 Things You Need To Know Before You Start Your Weightloss Journey

“Sara, how do you do it?”

 

I have people ask me this on a regular basis. I feel like at the moment they ask me I never have the exact words. I have thought about this a lot and this is what I came up with.

1. You have to WANT to change. This is number one for a reason. No matter what anyone does or says to you, if you do not want to make the change, there is no way you will and be able to stick with it. I spent many years hating the way I looked in the mirror, the clothes I had to buy to fit my body, and just not liking myself. I’ve had people say some pretty horrible things to me, but it did not make me want to change, until I had the mindset to change myself.

2. Stop telling yourself that you will start tomorrow, or the first of the year, or the first of the month, etc. Changing your life doesn’t have to start on a Monday and actually it shouldn’t. You should start today, at this very moment. Live in the now, not in the future.

3. You have to realize that this is a lifestyle change, not a diet. Diets DO NOT work. There is no weight loss program that will help you lose 10 pounds in 10 days and keep it off forever. There isn’t a magical pill you can take and make all your clothes fit just right. You have to change your eating habits, your exercise habits, your entire life. I’m not saying you need to go from eating fast food three times a day, seven days a week to eating a strict fruits, vegetables, chicken, turkey, and water diet. Start eliminating foods as you go. It’s a process that you should take one step at a time.

4. You need to realize that it is not going to be easy. You will have your alarm clock set for the wee hours of the morning to workout before work and when it goes off, you will feel like screaming. You will have people bring in delicious food to your work and you will have to politely decline. Your husband will ask for fast food for dinner and you will have to bring him home a burger and french fries, and then make something healthy for yourself. You will go out for a jog and be far from home and don’t have enough energy to make it back, so you cry all the way home. Your feet will be sore, your body will ache. And after all of your suffering, after all of your hard work you will step on the scale and it will say you gained a pound. These things happen. They happen all the time. But, you cannot let it affect you. You work hard for this, you push through it and I promise you that it will get better and easier as you go.

5. You will have to push yourself to workout. Start with something simple. Go for a walk around the block. Once you do that for a week, go two times. If you get winded by getting out of a chair, sit in a chair and stand up five times. Do anything that makes your heart rate raise. Some days you will not want to work out, but you have to do it anyway. You need to find something that you like to do. Something you enjoy. Find a workout partner that will push you to go workout, even if you don’t feel like it. Make a schedule. Do whatever it takes, but just eating healthy will not help you lose the weight and see the results you want. You have to exercise. Just find an activity that you enjoy doing and get out there and do it.

6. Start learning how to make delicious, healthy food. Just because you are eating healthy, doesn’t mean the foods you eat have to be gross or something you don’t enjoy. I spent hours and hours looking for ideas and recipes. I tried my best to find healthier options to the foods that I love. I love cheeseburgers and french fries. When I get a craving for it, I can make a turkey burger with carrot and sweet potato fries. I love spaghetti, but instead I started eating it using spaghetti squash and making my sauce with ground turkey. I love pizza, but when I am hungry for it, I make a way healthier version instead of ordering one (I’ve got a recipe coming soon!) Also, you can still eat things you love, just eat smaller portions. You don’t need to make everything a large size. Eating smaller portions will definitely help you lose weight!

7. Take a look at what you are drinking. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather use my calories on yummy, delicious food than a drink. This is coming from a former soda pop queen. No joke, I would bring a 2 liter of pop home from work with me and my husband and I would have it gone that night. We had pop with dinner almost every night. I would have a can of pop during my lunch at work, if not a 20 oz.  When we went out to eat, we would get refills and refills of pop. It was absolutely ridiculous. I haven’t had a drop of pop since the day I started my journey in the middle of January. I quit cold turkey. I had a migraine for a week straight. But it was totally worth it. I lost a lot of weight within that first month and I know a majority of it came from not drinking pop any longer. Also, beer and liquor. If you eat healthy all week long and on Friday night you go out and have two beers, a mixed drink, and three shots you are not doing yourself any favors. I’m not saying you can’t do these things anymore, but take some time and take a good look at what you are drinking and see if it is worth it to you.

8. If you screw up, start again. This one is a tough one for me. It’s hard to get passed the mindset that if you eat something bad today, I might as well continue to eat unhealthy today. No, if you have a Double Whopper with a large fries for lunch, it’s not too late to turn your day around and have something healthy for dinner. If you go off track a day, or even a couple days, that is fine. Just start again tomorrow. It’s not worth beating yourself up over. Just do what you can, get back on track, and keep yourself accountable. You always need to give yourself a cheat meal, cheat day, whatever works for you.

9. Be organized. Make an exercise schedule. Make a meal plan. You need to be organized with your weight loss. I have a weight loss board that I will share with you soon. I have a calendar, a dry erase board, and some cork boards hanging up in my workout room. Just have an idea when you will work out, or else it will be even harder to try to squeeze it in. It will end up being 10pm, you have to work at 7am the next day and sleep is going to overrule your workout plans. Have an idea what you are planning on eating. Prepare your lunch the night before. Make sure you have your chicken thawed out for dinner before you head out the door to work. It is the little things that will help keep you on track so you won’t skip your workout and end up going through a drive-thru for dinner.

10. Set realistic goals. Try to make short, manageable goals that you can achieve. Of course it is great to make an overall goal, your final goal weight, but it is really important to make small goals throughout the way. It will help keep you on track and keep you going. That is where the Dietbet website helps me a lot. I started my weight loss journey by joining this website. The goal was to lose 4% of my body weight in 30 days. That was an achievable goal that I accomplished. Right now I’m on my last month of a 6 month Dietbet to lose 10% of my body weight in 6 months. Each month I had a goal weight that I have reached. I truly believe this website helped to keep me accountable and to lose the amount of weight that I have. I will make a post about the website next month, when I complete my six month challenge.

11. You need to realize that it takes time. Losing weight takes time. Anything that is hardwork takes time and dedication. There is a post on Pinterest that I always see.

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This is completely true. After a month I could definitely tell a difference in myself, how I felt, and how my clothes fit me differently. After two months, my family and close friends started really noticing a difference. And right now I’m at the point where a lot of people are starting to notice. I’m not saying that you need to lose weight for someone to notice or to please someone else. But, it would be a lie to say that when someone notices that you are losing weight and tells you that you are looking good that it doesn’t make you feel wonderful. It’s always nice to hear. Just remember that this change doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time. Lots of time.

12. Love yourself enough to make the change. You only have this one life. You were given only one body. Start taking care of it right now. You deserve to live a long life in a happy, healthy body.

 

That’s all I got.  I remember how I felt just a short six months ago. I was angry and I hated myself. If you are in that stage right now, I want you to know that I believe in you. If I can do this, so can you. I am here for you. If you ever need anyone to talk to, I’m your girl. Just leave me a comment, email me, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest. I’m everywhere ready to chat! I support and love each and every one of you.

Believe in yourself.

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Turkey Bacon Breakfast Sandwich

I have to wake up early every weekday morning. I either work early or at least have running I have to do. I’m always out the door before 7:30. I used to not eat breakfast. I didn’t have time or wasn’t hungry. I always felt more hungry in the afternoon if I ate breakfast, but didn’t feel so hungry when I didn’t eat breakfast.  I’m weird, I know. However, I was always hungry for fast food breakfast. A yummy breakfast sandwich, bagel, donuts, iced cappuccino, hash browns. If it was unhealthy, I was all about it.

It sounds horrible I know,  but instead of spending 10 minutes at home making something healthy, I would leave 10 minutes early to go by Tim Hortons to get a blueberry bagel toasted with cream cheese, with a boston creme donut and a french vanilla iced cappuccino to drink. It’s not like that was an everyday occurrence, but it was definitely too often. Way to often.

I don’t want to deprive myself. I just want choose to eat healthy, delicious food instead of junk now. Which leads me to..

Turkey Bacon Breakfast Sandwich

 1 English Muffin (With 100 calories or less; I use Thomas Light Multi-Grain)

2 slices of Turkey Bacon

1/4 of a cup of Egg Beaters

Salt

Pepper

You will need two small pans. One small single egg pan and another small frying pan. I put both on medium heat with a few drops of olive oil.

For the turkey bacon, I always cut my slices in half so I end up with four smaller pieces of bacon. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side or until crispy.

For the eggs, I use the single egg pan, because it fits on the english muffin perfectly. I pour the egg beaters into the pan and put a dash of pepper and salt on top. Let it cook for a few minutes, then carefully flip. I like it to be a little crispy on the outside. It should take about 4 minutes to cook fully.

You could toast the english muffin in the toaster if you wish. I like to open the muffin, put the cooked egg and bacon inside and put it in the single fry pan to heat it up.

It is delicious, easy, healthier and should only take about 10 minutes to make. Instead of leaving earlier to hit it up a fast food place, I just make this at home some mornings. You could even make this at night, put in the fridge and microwave it in the morning for a really quick breakfast.

Let me know if you try this and I hope you have a wonderful Monday!!

 

 Per Serving: 

Calories: 190

Fat: 2g

Sugar: 0

Protein: 13g

Carbs: 26g

 

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Five Month Transformation

It was five months ago to the day I decided to change my entire life. I was so sick of being fat and all the consequences that go along with being.. well obese. I hate that word. It makes me cringe every single time I hear it. Or say it. Or type it.

I remember stepping on the scale and being afraid to look down. When I saw the numbers, I just laid in my bed and sobbed. It was absolutely pathetic. I was mad at the scale. I was mad at myself. I was mad at food. I was mad at everything in my life. But there was no one to blame but myself. I put myself in this position and I am the only one that can get my out of it.

And I’ll tell you what, these last five months I’ve worked my booty off. I’ve done some physical things, I never thought I’d be able to do (but my boobs still won’t allow me to do jumping jacks, I don’t blame them). I’ve definitely tested my will power (Who in their right mind denies frozen custard with their best friend?) and my mind is in a completely different place. I truly feel I have  a whole different outlook on life.

Just a side note: Yesterday I had to go to a company meeting, where as goofy as it sounds, they wanted us to learn a line dance to the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Everyone else was too shy/uncomfortable, but me and this other chick got up, learned the routine and stood in the front while everyone else stood towards the back while they recorded us dancing. They are going to play it in front of large amounts of people at upcoming company events. I stood in the front. Dancing. In front of a video recorder. Now, I’ve never been shy or embarrassed about anything, but I know damn well I would not have done that five months ago. Anyways….

I had to do my monthly weigh in and I just wanted to compare the picture I took that first day in January to the picture I took yesterday. I couldn’t believe it. The scale has told me I’ve lost 40 pounds, but those photos are worth a thousand words.

I obviously have a ton of work left and a whole lifetime full of healthy habits to make. But, today I’m feeling proud and accomplished. Five months ago there is no way I could have said anything good about myself. Starting today I’m making a challenge with myself. Each day I have to look into the mirror and tell myself something good about me. I’m not sure what I’m going to tell myself today, but it will probably be along the lines of “Is it hot in here? Or is it just you?”

Leave a comment, tell me what YOU tell yourself when you look in the mirror?

 

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Morning Walk + Mini Life Update

Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! I was lucky enough to be able to get this weekend off of work. I wanted to sleep in, but my dog woke me and my husband up at 6:30am to go outside and I was never able to go back to sleep. Bummer.

It is an absolutely gorgeous day outside, so right when I pulled the blinds open I definitely wanted to go for a walk! I got my running shoes on, got my dog ready to go outside, and my husband came  along too!

I received my Polar FT4 heart rate monitor watch from Amazon a few weeks ago. I have gotten a chance to use it only a couple of times, so I wanted to test it out today on our walk. We went for a two and a half mile walk, just around our neighborhood. My target heart rate is above 127, so when it drops below that, the watch starts beeping. I would start jogging for a little while to raise my heart rate to be “In the zone”. Our walk was almost 35 minutes and I was able to burn 218 calories. Not to shabby!

Our dog, Marley, is a total nutcase. She is going to be three years old this July and is still awful on a leash. When we start our walks, she is a crazy monster, but she gets way better as we go on. I have a goal to go on 2-3 walks/jogs per week this summer, so I’m hoping to change her horrible habit.

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This is her after the walk this morning. I have never seen her tongue so long in my life. It was so long, she could have tucked it into her collar or tied it into a bow tie!  She was definitely wore her out and has slept all afternoon.

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I’m pretty sure if I would have took a picture of myself after the walk, this is what I would have looked like. Only kidding. Even though it was pretty hot, and I’m a dummy who forgot to bring water. I’m a terrible dog parent.

I know I haven’t been updating my blog as much as I would like to. I’ve been pretty busy at work and the last few days seem to be never ending. Between errands, dentist appointments (I had to get a root canal done last week), and purchasing a new car (and all the crazy things that went into that), I’ve been pretty busy the last couple weeks.  However, I’ve figured out a routine and I’ll be putting content out more often. It’s something I really enjoy doing, so I need to be better at making time for things I actually enjoy. I have a few posts already in the works, and a list of topics hanging out in this big noggin. So, there won’t be any shortage of posts in the coming weeks.

I hope you all have an enjoyable, safe holiday and don’t forget the reason behind this three day weekend.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

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