Tuesday, June 27, 2017

sweet summery drink recipes - plus a few little tips and other tidbits

Another week and I'm still stuck, but I have hope that things will change soon.
Never Give Up!
(that's one of my personal mottos)

It can be hard sometimes, when you are stuck and the scale won't budge,
but the important thing is to never give up.

Keep trying
(stay motivated - ask family and friends to help motivate and encourage you)

Change your diet a bit
(try eating your larger meals earlier in the day
or in the case of Nutrisystem food - switch your lunch with your dinner)

Walk a little longer
(try to go a little farther each day - or 5-10 mins. longer than the day before)

Find a partner or a workout buddy
(because everyone needs some encouragement and it's harder to say no to exercise if you have someone else counting on you to show up)

Drink more water
(caffeinated drinks can dehydrate you.  water helps make you feel full)

Eat a little more
(sounds crazy, but increasing some of your calorie intake
sometimes shakes your body up - giving it the boost it needs)

Now saying that - I'm not talking about eating that huge piece of chocolate cake you had your eye on
(although indulging once in a while is fine)
What I mean by increasing calories is eat another serving of veggies or something like that.

The point is, if you don't meet all your calorie requirements, your body may go into starvation mode.  Which means it will start storing fat because you body thinks you are starving it.


One such way to add a few extra calories - although I need to add a disclaimer here
normally, you shouldn't drink your calories....however, if you need a calorie boost now and then
you can do it by mixing up a fun, fruity drink.


Here are a few delicious drink recipes that were recently shared on Nutrisystem's website - the leaf.


Energy Smoothie

Photo is property of Nutrisystem


Servings: 2
Counts as 1 Smart Carb and 1 Extra

Ingredients:

1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup strawberries
1/2 banana
2 tsp honey
6 ice cubes

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender.
Puree until smooth.

My review: 
* This drink was delicious.  I really liked it.  As far as energy though, I'm not sure if it was this drink or the coffee that I had around the same time that gave me a little boost.  I will definitely be making this one again.


Kiwi Strawberry Slushie

YouTube Video property of Nutrisystem and can be found on the Nutrisystem channel



Servings: 1
Counts as 1 Smart Carb

Ingredients: 

1 cup ice
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 medium kiwi, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 TBS lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1 packet Truvia natural sweetener

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients into a blender or food processor
Blend until ice is completely crushed and fruit is blended

My review:
*While, I enjoyed the flavor of this drink, all the little seeds from the fruit made it a bit too gritty (texture wise) for me.  Overall though, I liked it, but those darn seeds - ugh!! 



Here's a link to a few more refreshing summertime slushies....I haven't personally tried all of them, but they look super yummy!


Kiwi Strawberry Slushie (recipe posted above)


Photo is property of Nutrisystem




Photo is property of Nutrisystem




Photo is property of Nutrisystem




Photo is property of Nutrisystem


I haven't personally tried the last three slushies that I mentioned,
but they sound really good and they are added to my list of must tries.

I haven't shared any recent pictures of myself lately....mostly because I just feel so uncomfortable with how I look (as I know most you who also struggle with weight loss must feel at times).

But, here goes....

All I can say is I'll share this and others in the hopes that better ones will come soon enough!
For now, I'll keep celebrating the little victories, such as in total so far, I have lost
15 pounds on Nutrisystem and 23 pounds overall.

It hasn't been easy, but it's been worth it.



My Stats:

Starting weight -   Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                             Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                             Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206
                             Feb. 20, 2017 --- 204
                             Mar. 08, 2017 --- 204
                             Mar. 29, 2017 --- 202
                              Apr. 24, 2017 ---  200
                             May 17, 2017 --- 197
                            Jun 19, 2017 --- 197
                            Jun 27, 2017 --- 197


**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored



Monday, June 19, 2017

catching up

It's been a few weeks since I last checked in.

I haven't lost any weight during that time,
but I did manage to score a job right out of college.
which in these days is no easy feat.

It feels like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders.
And because it's a job that I really love
being surrounded by happy smiles and lots of hugs
(aka - teaching pre-k kids)
A lot of stress has evaporated from my life.

Which hopefully means that less stress will help make it a little easier to lose weight 
as stress is so horrible when it comes to your health, not just when you are trying to lose weight.
Everything can get out of whack when you are dealing with stress.

Also, now that I'm no longer in college and I'm off work until this fall, I can totally
concentrate on relaxing (well, at least as much as a mom of 6 can relax )
and work on my physical health (more exercise).

Until next time here's my tally so far.

Starting weight -  Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                              Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                              Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206
                              Feb. 20, 2017 --- 204
                              Mar. 08, 2017 --- 204
                             Mar. 29, 2017 --- 202
                             Apr. 24, 2017 ---  200
                             May 17, 2017 --- 197
                            Jun 19, 2017 --- 197


**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"ONEderland"

What is Onederland?

It means, I am officially out of the two hundred range...and in the one hundreds

there is now a number 1 at the beginning of my weight, instead of a 2.

yippeee!

Want some more awesome news?

I am an official college graduate now.

Yep, that's right, I finished my bachelor's degree and I graduated college with honors (by the way).

Great things are happening around here and I'm so excited.

I'm hoping that I will have more news to share soon,
but for now - you can join my celebration of
graduating college and losing three pounds since I last checked in.

Say what???

Yep, three pounds lost - despite all the end of the semester stress eating,
and all the celebratory drinks and dinners that I enjoyed.

Now, I'm working on getting back on track, as my life is becoming more "normal"
and hopefully, I will be able to follow more of a schedule of healthy eating and finding time to exercise.  With summer around the corner, I'm positive things will be looking up.


Starting weight -  Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                              Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                              Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206
                              Feb. 20, 2017 --- 204
                              Mar. 08, 2017 --- 204
                             Mar. 29, 2017 --- 202
                             Apr. 24, 2017 ---  200
                             May 17, 2017 --- 197


**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored


Monday, April 24, 2017

down 2 more pounds

I'm so excited
I lost two more pounds!!

I have about three more weeks left of this semester
and then I will graduate - woohooo!

Because it is the end of the semester
and I am graduating, it has been super busy here.

I have been updating my resume, requesting recommendation letters from my professors,
finishing up the last of my course assignments, studying for finals....the list is endless
or at certainly feels that way.

It's been a little difficult balancing everything - plus my diet, but I'm trying.
It's a process...I know everyone says that, but it's true.

While it feels and seems like I gained weight rather quickly, it didn't exactly happen overnight.
So, losing all the weight won't happen overnight either.  Sometimes it's difficult to be patient.
Everyone wants and loves to see results - and in the fast paced, automatic everything world we live it
we expect the weight to just fall off too.  Unfortunately, it doesn't happen that way.

You have to be patient with your body.  Let the diet and exercise do it's work.
In due time, you will start seeing results.
Soon enough you will have friends commenting on how much weight you lost...they will notice all that hard work when the time comes.

In the meantime...
Drink that water
Walk those 30 minutes
Eat your veggies
and
Enjoy the delicious food that fuels your body.

Starting weight -  Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                              Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                              Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206
                              Feb. 20, 2017 --- 204
                              Mar. 08, 2017 --- 204
                             Mar. 29, 2017 --- 202
                           Apr. 24, 2017 --- 200


**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

ten



Guess who finally hit their ten pound weight loss goal....

this girl right here!

Though it took some time, I finally did it.

The thing to remember here is that the slower it comes off, the longer it should stay off.
This is because as you are losing weight, you are learning the right combos of food and exercise.

One of the many reasons why I love Nutrisystem, is the fact that they really work with you.
Through their website, you have access to message boards - which is great when you need some motivation - having the support of others that are going through the same things you are really helps.

  They also assign you to a nutrition counselor - if it wasn't for my counselor, I think I might have given up a long time ago.  My counselor encourages me to keep going and works with me to find new ways to keep my body guessing what I'm doing....sometimes your body gets used to certain things and it gets comfortable and I guess a bit lazy.  When that happens, your body knows what is coming and decides it is not going to work for it anymore.  By changing things up, from the different foods you eat, the type of exercise, the time of day you exercise, etc., your body has to keep guessing what you are doing to it and this helps keep your metabolism revving - which is a good thing.

I think my biggest motivation for losing weight is my mom.

My mom was so proud of me the last time I lost weight.
She bragged about it to all her friends.

When I was featured in a magazine for my weight loss, my mom bought several copies of it
and showed her friends and anyone else who was nearby.

I miss my mom.  More than any words can say.

Any time, I feel like giving up and throwing in the proverbial towel, I remember
how proud my mom was of me and it encourages me to keep going.

I know my mom wouldn't want for me to give up
and I know that I'm not a quitter.

So, I will continue to work hard and push myself,
not only for me, but for my loved ones as well.
And I know my mom is cheering for me, I may not be able to hear it...but I feel it.

I don't really notice much of a difference in my weight - I feel like I still look the same,
however ten pounds is certainly something to be proud of.

It's ten less pounds that my body is carrying around.
Ten less pounds that my knees and legs don't have to support
My heart and lungs have to work a little less due to the ten pounds.

May not be a visual difference - but there is a physical one.


January 16, 2017 - 212


March 29, 2017





Starting weight -  Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                              Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                              Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206
                              Feb. 20, 2017 --- 204
                              Mar. 08, 2017 --- 204
                             Mar. 29, 2017 --- 202


**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

diets are hard, but then so is life.

I know, I know...I should be referring to this as a life style change and not a diet.

Even so, diets, and life are hard.

Looking back at the past few weeks, I think I finally realized part of the reason I've been struggling with my diet.  I have been depressed about my mom passing away.
I struggle a lot day to day, sometimes just getting out of bed is too much.
I already struggle with depression and anxiety and I think it's just amplified.

I also have issues with seasonal depression, winter months of cold days really brings me down.
There's also the little bit of my asthma issues, where just thinking of being outside in the cold
sends me into a tailspin of worry and anxiety about getting sick or worse ending up in the
hospital with pneumonia...ugh!

This might all seem like a bunch of excuses, and maybe they are, but
I'm realizing that I really need to address my depression by seeking some help.
Maybe then once I start dealing with it, I will start to see some changes in my diet.
I mean it can't hurt to seek help and see if it makes a difference, right?
I see my doctor in about a week or so, hopefully that will make a huge difference.

That all being said,
I am stuck
The scale is stuck

It has not budged for weeks now.

Although, I have measured myself recently and I have noticed that those numbers have gone down some....so at least, something is working.


Starting weight -  Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                              Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                              Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206
                              Feb. 20, 2017 --- 204
                              Mar. 08, 2017 --- 204


**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Latest....

I missed last week's post...mostly because I was a bit disappointed that I didn't lose any weight.
Well, I didn't lose any this week either.

I think I just have so much junk going on that it's been hard to exercise.
For the last few weeks the only exercise I was able to get was when
I was walking back and forth to my classes.  That plus, I ended up getting sick.

Blah....

But on a good note, I didn't gain anything, so that's a good thing.

I'm working on changing things up a bit and I'm hoping that it will help.

In the mean time, here's a quick peek a few dinner meals that I love.

Salisbury steak and Mac and cheese with a side of green beans

Turkey medallions with mashed potatoes with a side of green beans

Some of my other faves are the Italian flatbread bread pizza.

I love pizza.

At first, when I saw the size of this meal I was a bit shocked and thought that it would not
be very satisfying, being so small in size.

However, I was surprised that it did satisfy me and filled me up

I also tricked myself a bit by cutting my pizza into four pieces.  This little trick made me feel like I was eating a lot, even though it really wasn't much.  It's a trick that I have done with most of my other
Nutrisystem meals, Cutting things into smaller portions tricks your mind into thinking you are getting a lot of food, even though you really aren't.  It works...sound weird, but it truly does.

I'm still fighting the depression, but I have a doctor visit coming soon, so I'm hoping that will help.

Here's a current picture, although  not much has changed in my looks so far....




Starting weight -  Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                              Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                              Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206
                              Feb. 20, 2017 --- 204
                              Mar. 08, 2017 --- 204


**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Week Five on Nutrisystem

It's been a whole month since I started Nutrisystem.

This week I lost two pounds...yes, that says TWO pounds!!

Woohooo, Yay Me!!

Hard work pays off....eventually.

I changed a few things around as far as my eating was concerned and it seems to have helped.
I also have been taking advantage of the mild weather, as much as possible.

so the pros....

Tuesdays and Thursdays were/are hard for me, because I literally have class all day,
my classes are back to back, leaving only 15 minutes in between.
Before I made the recent changes, I was skipping meals and then over eating once I got home (not only because I was hungry, but I was trying to fulfil all the food/calorie needs).

This week however, I made sure to pack a few snacks (such as peanuts, raisins, a piece of fruit, or string cheese) as well as a lunch and I made sure to take a few minutes to eat.  I even ate a few bites during class, whatever works, right? And I have been trying to be more active as well, by walking around the track at the park, while it's been nice enough to enjoy it.

I think these positive changes have helped me break through a bit
and made the two pound loss a successful achievement.


and now, the cons....

I have hit a major road block mind wise.  Meaning I have been suffering from some pretty major depression.  I'm also lacking energy.  Not sure if it's the depression  or something else, but I honestly don't feel like doing anything.  If I could get away with sleeping all day, I probably would.

I'm making steps to change this, hopefully something good will happen to
help me out of the funk I've been in.

Here's my tally so far.  May not seem like much - 8 pounds, but it's all good!


Starting weight -  Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                              Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                              Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206
                              Feb. 20, 2017 --- 204



**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored

Friday, February 17, 2017

Week Four on Nutrisystem


This has been a super busy week for me.  I'm behind on everything, including this post.

I'm happy to report that I lost another pound for a total of six so far.

I'm getting to the point where I am no longer tempted to eat junk food.
Even to the point that my kids can eat it and I see it, but I don't feel cravings for it.

 This is a super good thing too, because I am a junk food addict.

Nutrisystem food is so filling and proportioned properly that I don't feel hungry in between meals anymore.  And on the rare occasion that I do still feel hungry, I can satisfy that hunger with fresh vegetables or even a small bowl of popcorn.



Starting weight -  Jan. 16, 2017 ---  212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 ---  207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 ---  208
                              Feb. 06, 2017 --- 207
                              Feb. 13, 2017 --- 206



**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored


Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Week Three on Nutrisystem

So, happy to say that I lost a pound this week.
I know a pound doesn't sound like much,
especially when you consider the fact that I had gained
one last week.

However, every loss - no matter how small - should be celebrated.
at least I didn't gain more....so yeah, I'll take that pound and
I'll be proud that I lost it.

This week I wanted to share a few of my favorite Nutrisystem  breakfast foods with all of you.

(photo courtesy of Nutrisystem)

A few of my favorite breakfasts include, the granola cereal (I like to add a small handful of sliced almonds and raisins to it and I eat it either plain or with a 1/2 of skim milk - so yummy), I also love the frozen cinnamon roll (I heat it for 30 seconds in the microwave and it is delicious), Another favorite is the oatmeal cranberry bites (so good with my morning cup of coffee or tea).  I totally love the breakfast bars too, there are a few options available, including peanut butter granola, cinnamon raisin, blueberry lemon baked bar, and the chewy chocolate chip granola.  These are so convenient because I can throw them in my bag and eat them while I run errands or if I'm heading late to class.

I'm still having a few issues figuring out my schedule on my busy class days - as in when I can eat, because all my classes are back to back, leaving little time to eat in between.  Thankfully there are options while on the Nutrisystem diet such as lunch bars.  And my usual go to in between snack is a few tablespoons of peanuts mixed with a 1/4 cup of raisins...my own trial mix of sorts.  This is a healthy choice, because it helps fit the smart carb/protein bill.  I'll explain more about smart carbs and proteins in another blog somewhere down the road on this exciting journey of health and awareness.

Here's another pic of this week....not much difference can be seen (of course), but it's all part of documenting my adventurous journey.


Starting weight -  Jan. 16, 2017 --- 212
                             Jan. 23, 2017 --- 207
                             Jan. 30, 2017 --- 208
                            Feb. 6, 2017 --- 207



**Disclosure ~ I will be receiving access to the website and food in exchange for reviewing the diet plan.  All opinions herein are my own and not influenced by Nutrisystem.   #ad #sponsored