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Working your Butt off and scale not cooperating

Whats going on with my body?

I was about ready to throw in the towel a few days ago!!  Have you ever been there or done that?  As I stated in past writings on my health journal I have tried many attempts to lose weight and when one wouldn’t work I’d go to another and so forth and so on!  Does this sound familiar ?  well It seems to have been my pattern for the past 40 years!!  MAN!!  How can a person diet all their life and be at peace with their self?

 

Let me tell you Its not been easy!  The past month I have bumped my work outs up harder and longer for 6-8 days straight and watched what I was eating, or so I thought.

I jumped on the scale at my weight meetings and ANOTHER GAIN!!!  How can this be I was instantly in tears full blown ;like I’m done what’s the use, why I’m I here and what’s the damn point!!! Yup that’s right ME!!  The one that writes about how to succeed and cheering you all on!  I felt like a complete failure and so so tired mentally and physically that day.  With in a few minutes after facing the dreaded scale MY  Leader noticed my distress and came to the rescue; We talked ,cried, and embraced while coming up with a plan of action.  You see I thought I was doing everything right, tracking my food I ate and doing my workouts and tracking my steps etc,  well their were a few little things that contributed to my 1.2 gain of this week and the gain the week before and the stand stills.

So the Plan is to track everything that goes into my mouth!  weigh my food, and that includes what I drink.  So this all got me thinking more I’m I really doing the program right??  Honestly??  NO. I was not measuring the butter, weighing the meat, drinking enough water, drinking more pop!  Did you notice the RED Light come on??  Yup. Me too!

Drink half of what you weigh in water!!  A DAY! that’s 80-90 oz for me!!  ok I can do that plus I’ll get more steps back and forth to the bathroom! Yeah me!

 

I know now the best way to be successful is to be honest with yourself and the plan, and I thought I was doing alright, but was taking too many short cuts which lead to the gains and stand stills!!  We shall see next Wednesday.

I (we) have to remember their are other victories besides the scale(numbers)  and believe me that’s hard to swallow!! My cloths getting looser, tummy going down, more energy and little things like that are also victories .  We all get use to seeing the numbers game and then its  hard to recognize the other!

Spring is coming!  Hold your head up and keep fighting the fight!!  ( I’m telling myself this also). This page is for my success as much is it written to help you all succeed!!

WE are all in this journey together and will succeed with help of each other, family, friends or who ever leads you guides and walks beside you!

We can do this y’all

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Healthy Oatmeal Muffins

Homemade Healthy Muffins

WW Oatmeal Muffins

ONE POINT this makes 12 muffins….. Just plain Healthier!

4 packages of sugarfree oatmeal (got mine at Walmart)

4 eggs

Four 4 oz containers of Unsweetened applesauce

4 teaspoons of cinnamon

Mix all together and bake at 350° for 20 minutes….

Sometimes I add a 1/2 cup dried cranberries the one with 50% less sugar for an extra point if your counting.

Sugar Free Chocolate Muffins with a SF Chocolate Cake Mix

 


Homemade but easy way!

1 Sugar Free Chocolate Cake mix (I get at Walmart).

1-reg size can Pumpkin Puree

1-Egg

1/2 cup dried cranberries 50% SF

1/4 tsp baking powder

Add nuts if you like

Mix well

Makes 12 large

Bake at 350 degree for 17-19 min.

I have added dried fruits, slivered Almonds, Walnuts etc.

Just have fun and enjoy!

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Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Great Tasting Muffins for anytime!

                                            Pumpkin Muffins

  1. 1 Dry Spice Cake mix
  2. 1 Can Pumpkin Puree
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  5. 1. Cup dried cranberries
  6. 1/2 c chopped nuts
  7. 1 tsp Mexican vanilla
  • Mix above ingredients well with wire whisk making sure you get all the dry mix stored in batter.
  • Divide evenly into large muffin tins that are sprayed with a release agent and bake 350 degrees 15-18 min
  • Makes 20-24 muffins depending how full you fill with batter. I usually fill them 3/4 full.
  • Great for breakfast, snacks or Anytime!  Enjoy!

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Two Ingredient Pizza Crust

                             Healthy Pizza that taste good!!

 

2 ingredient dough: (6 sp total)
1/2 C self rising flour
Slightly less than 1/2 C plain Greek yogurt

Mix together (will be crumbly-keep working with it). Roll into a ball and then place on greased pizza pan and flatten or roll out(I used parchment paper instead of cooking spray because I don’t like my pizza pan sprayed).
I sprinkled Italian herbs on the crust before the sauce.

I used:
1/4C pizza sauce (1 sp)
1/2 C low fat mozzarella cheese (4sp)
Mushrooms
Green pepper
Onions
I would’ve added chicken if I’d have had some. I added Turkey Pepperoni.

Bake in oven at 375 for 23-25 min

11 points for entire pizza. So filling!

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TACO SOUP  

A great easy and low point soup for a side or a nice lunch

Makes (12) 1 cup servings 5 Points

Ingredients: 1 lb. ground turkey, lean ground beef, or soy crumbles 1 large onion, chopped, 1 clove garlic, 1 pkg. Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix, 1 pkg. Taco Seasoning   3 cups water ,1 can green chilies, 4 cans of beans (pinto, red, and other) 2 cans whole kernel corn,  3 cans chopped tomatoes( I substituted 1 can for 1 can or spicy

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tomatoes.

Brown meat and onions drain. Mix Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix, taco seasoning mix, water and chilies into meat. Then, without draining, add all of the other ingredients. Simmer 15 minutes or longer. You can reduce the amount of can foods in this to make a smaller recipe and it still is amazing. Enjoy!

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SMELLY GARLIC

SO WHAT ABOUT GARLIC? IT STINKS

AND WHY SHOULD I EAT IT?

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GARLIC

To start with Garlic IS one of the smelliest  vegetables, but its a common seasoning world-wide!  The majority of garlic grown in the United States comes from California.  The scientific name is: Allium sativum.

You can eat garlic raw or cooked,  The raw form is great on salads and vegetables or just eaten alone!  Watch out if you eat it raw you will have some killer breath!  the kind that will back a person up!  Cooking with garlic is not nearly as bad for breath as eating it raw;  Although my Great Grandfather reeked of it , I have been told I do also!  I love it in either form, raw or cooked I use it for everything except dessert!

In Indian cooking the garlic has been called the “stinking rose”.  Also Garlic was mentioned in documents that date back 5,000 years ago, before it became popular to the rest of the world.

So what’s so good about Garlic and why should I eat it?  Well you might be surprised of all the benefits of garlic.

It is used for conditions of the heart and blood system for high blood pressure, low blood pressure, and high cholesterol.  Some people use it to prevent colon cancer, rectal cancer, prostate cancer and it is also used to treat prostate cancer and bladder cancer. Some people have used garlic to treat nail fungus infections, warts and corns.

How does it work?  Garlic produces a chemical called allicin.  This is what seems to make garlic work for certain conditions.  Allicin also makes garlic smell!!   You can buy it in a supplemental  capsule to take, so they will dissolve in the intestine and not the stomach.

Did you know Garlic is a great supply of manganese 23 % of the daily value.

Did you know Garlic also contains 17 percent of the daily value in vitamin B6, and 15% in Vitamin C. along with calcium, selenium, and phosphorus.   Go figure huh, all this is a little Stinky Vegetable!

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 Garlic Cloves

If you don’t plant it you can buy in powder form, paste, grated, chopped, and fresh which is the best!  Look for bulbs that are fresh not soft or shriveled or moldy and preferably with no sprouts.  Garlic is best stored uncovered in a cool dark place away format and sunlight, to prevent sprouting.  It can be stored for a month or more if stored well.

Did you know that garlic has proven useful because it has a unique set of sulfur-containing compounds that have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties that are good for cardiovascular support.

Did you know that taking garlic for three months people had fewer colds and  flu with  a shorter duration of illness.  It also has immune boosting effects and eaten fresh garlic has a potent antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agent.

So HOW do you consume it for therapeutic purposes?  The best way is to take a single medium size clove and compress it with the flat side of a knife or bottom of a spoon prior to swallowing it, or put it through a blender and juice it with your vegetable juice.

This is the best way to reap the benefits of garlic whereas dried, powdered or jarred!

How about a good ” Ol ” Garlic Dish?

I love to finely chop garlic and mix it with 1 chopped cucumber  and halved  cherry tomatoes with a dash or salt and coarse ground pepper.

I love to also make a fresh garlic white sauce with real butter and milk cooking  till smooth and pour over Noodles, Fish, Chicken Breast  or a juicy hamburger  patty .

Well that about sums it up for Garlic and theirs so much more out there to learn!

Remember its Good for you, EVEN IF IT STINKS! 

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Shredded Pork Fajita

Spicy Yummy Pork Fajita

 

This is a really good dish and not a lot of fat so I can eat them and not feel guilty especially with the Flat-out Flatbread!  So here’s how you put it all together.

  • 3- Pounds of cooked pork, I used a lean pork roast and I slow cooked it the day before.
  • Shred the pork, and remove any fat or bone then place it back into a pan.
  • Add 3/4 pint jar of Salsa, I used Medium Chunky style. (Most the time I use my homemade Salsa)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Garlic, plus a dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 Small onion chopped and 1/2 Green Pepper chopped

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 cooked fajita meat

 

Mix the meat, salsa, peppers, onions, and garlic together in a large pan on stove to heat up.

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Then I used the FlatBread as a shell to wrap it up with because they are high protein and only 90 calories plus it makes a good size Fajita! I slightly heat the FlatBread up in microwave then sprinkle some cheddar cheese on it first then add the meat mixture, about a 1/2 cup.

 

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Then roll that puppy up!

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                      There you have a Spicy Pork Fajita!

  Serve with a side salad and you have yourself a meal to brag about!   Healthy Living At Least Trying

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In It For The Long Haul!!

Are you about to give up?

ARE YOU!!

 

I know you have ask yourselves this many a time!!  I know for a fact I have so many times I can’t count them!!   Basically Here, I’m talking about the “H” word HEALTH  however you want to put it healthy life, healthy eating, healthy living, healthy input, healthy exercise, healthy bowel movements!!   But for me It’s Healthy ALL OF THE ABOVE!!

If you have followed my previous post on my Health Journey you know by now I have had my ups and downs;  And If you have not read them I encourage you to do so just so you know I’m human!  We all are!!  (This post will be linked to the latter ones I spoke of).

Half of February and up till today I have been up and down on the scale some of it my fault and some not,  But I’m here to tell you I have  had many days thinking about just throwing in the towel and breaking the scale plus a few dishes!!  Its been a long road and I just didn’t think it would take this long!!!  I started almost a year ago, to be exact  in two weeks will be my  One year start date I have been at this diet, healthy eating, blah, blah,blah,  AND still not at goal !!!

Do I give up, throw in the towel, cry my eyes out and anything else I can think of!  ???Getting a Work Out in the Winter!

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It took me 35 years to get unhealthy!!  So what makes me think I can do it in months!!!

What was I thinking??  What am  I thinking!!  Ok I understand that sorta!   It’s the American way “I want to it now”!!!  But In reality it’s not going to happen that quick when  I have more than 25 pounds to lose ;  But Hey that’s ok I have learnt a lot in the process and a lot about me!  I didn’t gain it overnight and I’m not going to lose it overnight!

Yes it would be so easy, a relief not to worry or think about food all the time, what to eat, what should I eat, how much to eat, etc.etc…..     Healthy Living At Least Trying

Number one;  I , me, you, we can’t keep thinking about that damn scale all the time that in its self, will drive you to depression or a BIG food party!!  It’s not always the scale or the numbers where we can see the rewards;  It can be many other things such as smaller cloths, feeling more energy, off medications and more, you get the idea.   So no lets not throw in the towel and yes we will have our ups and downs and victories  some on the scale, some off  the scale.   Maybe we do have a medical issue that at times it flares up and causes some weight gain and the next week it’s better, We just have to remember that and take it into consideration.   That is one of my issues I had  a bowel resection and I’m in constant battle with foods and constipation. (sorry for the bad visual) .  But some us have some kind of health issue that will get in the losing weight way time and again and that’s ok just don’t beat yourself up over it!  Your body will catch up.

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So I guess what I’m saying is, This Healthy Journey is a “MIND SET”  It’s not just reading a diet book or a new trend  and saying,  “Hey I’m going to do this! ”   You have to get it set in your mind, and make a plan!   OR IT JUST BECOMES A WISH !!!

So NO we are not going to quit!  not now not ever!!  Living Healthy is not just a diet it is a way of life and once you reach your healthy goal you have to maintain it right??

RIGHT!  Think about it if you have turned your life around and now living healthy enjoying life, happier than ever, don’t you want to keep it that way??  Well I sure do !!!

Not saying you will never get to eat the foods you want to, you can just do it moderately and be accountable for it!  Maybe more exercise that week you know  your going out or for a special occasion.  Remember to drink your daily water, watch your sugar, up your exercise that’s all planning ahead!  Let me put this out right here I’m NOT a Dr, a Diet Guru or Specialist I’m just me sharing my thoughts and what I have been through and believe me its been tough but man It’s been worth it to feel the freedom and happiness in so many ways and so MY fight MY journey continues one day at time with a positive mindset!  At least for today right??  Right!  And you can too just never give up, never throw in the towel!!            Getting over the Hurdles

 

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Pamela

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Still Working It

Not giving up or giving in!  I got this!

As you can see I’m still working out and working on my health and It has been a long road now!  It has been almost a year since I started and I have seen a lot of changes and I’m proud to say all for the Best!  Looking back to a year ago I thought or Didn’t think much about making these Life Changes or what I could or should do; I just put it to the back of my mind ignoring it hoping it would go away!  Then I would pass a mirror and see myself and it hit like a ton of bricks man!!  Why, What, How, How was I going to change things, I know I must but crap it’s so hard and I don’t know where to start.

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF A 150 POUND PERSON AND A 250 POUND PERSON

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See  how the fat in the body of the 250 pound  person is smothering the organs, limbs, knees, heart, even the neck and spine !  No wonder I couldn’t bend!

This is a wake up call for sure!!  

Tears whelled up along with shame, guilt, discuss, you name it!   BUT I KNEW I had to do something!   I was on blood pressure medication, short of breath with exertion, couldn’t bend over and tie my shoes with out getting out of breath, couldn’t cross my legs for YEARS!!  Belly Flaps, (disgusting but true) and spent years shopping in the Big Girl departments always feeling ashamed to be there and did not like going out in public in the first dang place!   I know this all my seem hard to understand unless you have experienced yourself  but it is real!!!!    I needed help and support!!!  Thats when I joined a weight loss group and was given the guidance to eat right, move and be accountable for what and when food went into my mouth!!!  Was it easy?  Heck No!!  Did it work?  Yes If I worked it!!   It all boils down to I LOVE FOOD!!!!  But I had to find a way I could eat to live NOT Live to eat!!!    Don’t get me wrong here folks I’m not preaching here;  I’m hear to share my story and hope and pray it will help someone else!  I’m not perfect by no means!  I have slip ups all the time man!!  I may eat too much bread one day or maybe not watch my portion control. ( that’s a big one for me). again I love food!   Or maybe it’s a holiday, birthday, funeral, wedding, OR maybe its just a dang day you feel like eating!!

(this page is linked to my other health page where you can see my before). 

I know I have to workout almost everyday and watch what I eat plus I can eat anything I want as long as I do it wisely and not over indulge myself!  I can’t tell you how many Diets I have been on or off and all the tricks and trades you hear about these days, but I will tell you lay off the sugar and drink lots of water!!!  And exercise too!  You have to move or do something an by moving I don’t mean  move to the refrigerator and back to sit down!!  You, Me. Have get off our butts and move along with  some kind of work out!  I will tell you once you start you will begin to see in increase in energy and the desire to do more!   Just don’t over do it when you first start;  work up to it slowly and gain strength and momentum, Your body will thank you!

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I Love going to the gym now and hate to miss a day!  I love the weight machines, and treadmill the most  LOL (thats all they have there basically) But it works for me!  I have weeks I lose a couple pounds and then I have a plateau and again maybe a gain!  Hey I’m human and it happens I face it and start a new day and Not give up!!  I can’t!   I have come too far and have had too many good rewards to quit now!   What rewards you might ask?  Well all kinds of them,  It’s not just the scale!  Think about it!. Rewards come in so many ways;

  • weight loss
  • smaller sizes
  • cross your legs
  • more stamina
  • able to work out or work out more
  • able to say NO THANK YOU
  • smaller ring sizes
  • less appitite
  • compliments
  • confidence
  • more social
  • big one!  Off medications
  • more energy
  • run
  • workout
  • gardening

So see theirs so many rewards other than the scale, and I’m sure you will think of more to add to the list.

Well I hope this has not depressed you but has give you some momentum to carry on in your Health Journey!!  I know it has me and It will continue the rest of my life!

Remember NEVER GIVE UP OR GIVE IN!!! YOU GOT THIS AN I’M CHEERING YOU ON AND MYSELF!!!

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Pamela ♥

 

 

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Doggie Treats

Homemade Treats for your Fur Babies

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You may ask why make them and go to all the trouble for your dog?  Well why not!

For starters when you make them yourself It’s all homemade with out all the added chemicals and additives and who knows what else is in the store bought ones!

So let’s do this for our four-legged critters we love!

Here’s what you will need to get started:

  • 1 Cup of whole wheat flour (preferably a all Natural flour)
  • 1/2 Cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Banana mashed
  • 1/4 Cup of beef or chicken stock
  • 1/2  Cup  of Frozen Peas (slightly thawed)

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the above ingredients in a large mixing bowl by hand;  It will be thick and sticky.   Then dump onto floured surface and form into a ball then sprinkle a little extra flour on top of dough and roll out till about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick and cut out with a doggie cookie cutter.  ( They are  so dang cute) or whatever shape you want .

Place on cookie sheet sprayed with a release like PAM or Vegetable Spray .

If you know your pet does not like bananas you could use apple sauce instead, Also I added peas but you could grind up carrots also.  My dogs happen to love fruit and veggies so this is how I make mine.  So enjoy and have fun and  they will love you for it!!

Bake for 15-18 min until lightly golden brown and store in an air tight container.

All Done and ready for those Fur Babies!

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