Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Your Number 1 Question Has Been Answered in 11 Steps Unorganized

 July 4th 2010


July 8th 2013



Hi everyone, so as you may have guessed by the pictures and the title I do not have a recipe for you.  However I hope this might help some of you out there who have battles with their weight.  I have not been shy about my tears of frustration with this through out my entire life.  I have been ridiculed and judged by my weight, never about the person I am or the things I know but simply by what I look like.  Over the years it has caused me to be angry because no number on a scale should be the reason anyone should be judged.  We are humans after all and being human does reduce us to judging people by what we see.  However this post today isn't about any of that.  Its about trying to help you if you are feeling that frustration too.
I was so annoyed by all the diets and all the things "skinny people" tell you to eat and dont eat and all the crazy exercises they tell you to do and all honesty you would have to be a size 0 just to complete them.  I knew at 323 pounds I had more to lose than the typical vanity pounds that the size 6 community worries about.  I didnt start this to look good in a pair of jeans or to take half naked pictures of myself and post them on facebook so I could get all the perverts a thrill.  I started this lifestyle journey to ensure that my children's mother would still be alive when they graduated from high school, to ensure that my future great grandchildren actually get a chance to know me and where they come from.  This to me was a much more personal and emotional goal more so than bringing my children into the world.  I am going to share with you all the steps I took to get this far now granted sitting here at 240 pounds I still have a ways to go, I still have a muffin top though much smaller than it was its still there. I have a lot more work to do and that is ok with me.  I am proud to be sitting here at 240 pounds instead of 323 pounds.  I have had many people ask me how I did this and I am going to give you some tips to get started.  Now I understand if it may not work for you and it wont work for you if you have let's say 30 pounds to lose, but it will if you were like me and have 18o or more to lose.  I am not a health expert and I am far from a guru, I just want to share with you all what worked for me so let's do this because you can.

Step 1 honestly add up all your calories that you eat in a day who cares about the number just add em up! the next day subtract 500 and that is what you should eat a day.

Step 2 if you are soda drinker and I was add up the number of ounces or cans you drink a day and drink one less can the next day and replace it with a bottle of water.

Step 3 cry let it all out, emotions, feelings you have been hiding away from for years and years have a come to Jesus meeting with the person that you feel hurt you the most even its you!  You may need to do this more than once but do not stop it until you feel that you have been heard.

Step 4 eat a bigger breakfast appox. 40 grams of protein so yes you can have your eggs and bacon and eat it too but add some fruit to it.  whatever fruit you like. this will keep you full and you may not even want lunch its ok have a late lunch.

Step 5 Eat only when hungry scale your hunger from a 0-10 meter, zero meaning starving, 10 meaning stuffed.  stay away from zero and ten that is when we get into trouble zones.

Step 6 MOVE!  However you feel comfortable I dont care if you have to just move your hands over your head while your watching tv move anyway

Step 7 Make small enough changes in your diet that you dont notice it so you wont feel like you have been deprived, example replacing 1 can of soda to 1 bottle of water adds up to a lot less calories consumed.  Adding an apple as a side to a burger and a salad as a side to pasta instead of bread.

Step 8 Talk to your dr about what he or she feels is right for you and take that time to ask questions no other source knows you, your family history and your body better.

Step 9  Make dinner your lightest meal, we have always thought eating cereal for breakfast should last us through until lunch, well that is wrong for so many people you need a lot of protein to fill you up to keep you alert. Instead have oatmeal and berries for dinner instead of breakfast.

Step 10  Unless you have sugar and insulin problems you can have your sweets but eat it after breakfast instead of late at night.  Pick one a day and eat it after breakfast you will have all day to burn it off.  

Step 11  Do no deprive yourself of anything just change what you have with it instead of french fries opt for sweet potato fries or an apple or a salad.  If you have a meat meal add corn instead of potatoes and carrots or broccoli.

So there are a few tips to get you started but dont do them all at once unless you want to, the goal here is to make small enough changes in your lifestyle that it adds up to a healthier and a happier you.  I hope this helps you and I know at 83 pounds less its worked for me.  

Live, laugh and love

Heather

Monday, July 1, 2013

Cheeseburger Soup



Hello everyone, so I made this soup a little over a year ago and I was very surprised with the result.  Originally I found this recipe on pintrest http://shewhomakes.blogspot.jp/2011/08/first-day-favorite.html.  At first I have to admit I was a bit hesitant but its very good.  I changed some ingredients and added some of my own but basically you can take any recipe and create it into whatever you please.  I will tell you it doesn't taste like a cheeseburger but its still very flavorful and if you like soups any time of the year like I do you will love this one. Sometimes you just a bowl of soup, your favorite chick flick and a warm fuzzy blanket to end a busy day or week.  At least that is how I like to unwind if that is not your thing then have a bowl of soup with whatever your "thing" is.  Let's check out the recipe shall we?

Ingredients:

1-2 potatoes diced and peeled (use two if they are small, use one if they are large)
2 bay leaves
1 pound of extra lean ground beef
2-3 carrots peeled and diced
2 celery stalks diced
4 slices of Velveeta cheese or just make your own cheese sauce
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion diced
1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon of parsley fresh or dried
3 chicken bullion cubes
6 cups of water
Salt and pepper to taste
1-2 slices of crispy bacon diced (optional)

Instructions:

Grab a big pot or dutch oven, heat up some extra virgin olive oil and add the ground beef, drain if you need to but if you use extra lean ground beef you wont need to at all.  Add in all the veggies.  Let the veggies sweat just until you can see through the onions.  Throw in your seasonings, bay leaves, water and chicken bullion cubes.  Cook everything on medium heat until the soup comes to a boil.  Turn the heat down to medium low usually around 3 or a 4 and let simmer until the potatoes and carrots are soft (normally around 5 minutes or so depending on how small you cut them.) Then add in the cheese or if you made homemade cheese sauce add that in.  Turn off the heat and keep stirring your soup until all the cheese is melted and incorporated through out the soup.  Grab a ladle or a really big spoon and spoon up some this soup with a salad and dinner is done.  From beginning to end including the prep it takes about 45 minutes to make. 




Who says you can only have soup in the winter?  Not me that is for sure.  Take care everyone and Live, Laugh and  Love. 

Heather