WTF Did I Just Eat!?

I wanted to live dangerously this weekend so I decided to try a healthy option of ice cream. The last time I tried an ice cream that was “sugar free” I came close to blowing a hole through my toilet. All I could remember was how my bowels boxed my colon for about three days.

As I started down the ice cream aisle I found a brand called Enlightened. This ice cream claimed their pints were high in protein and high fiber with low sugar and low fat. What the hell?! I bought two.

I’m proud to say that I made it through the weekend without any explosions from ANY location. To be honest, this ice cream is fantastic! The mint taste compares to the mint chocolate chip at Baskin Robbins. The only difference is after eating THIS ice cream I don’t want to punch myself in the face.

Guilt free ice cream is a dream come true. So stop dreaming friends! Get Enlightened about eating good for you ice cream. (See what I did there?)

BTW: I am not getting paid for this. Although I should! 😂🙌🏼👊🏼

No More Slimy Salad!

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When I started eating better I would always grab the mixed salad in the clear containers. No matter how much I would rinse it off, and pat it dry with a paper towel, the salad always felt slimy when I ate it.

A few days ago I was surfing the web and I saw the Taylor Farms “Fresh Handcrafted Salads” on an Instagram post. So I thought what the heck, and purchased a few varieties. I can tell you that hands down this is the BEST salad I’ve ever purchased from the grocery store. You can use the dressing and toppings that come with it or use your own dressing. I add a diced chicken breast and the taste is unbeatable!

It’s one thing to WANT to lose weight, but if you’re eating food that tastes gross or slimy, its only natural to NOT want to eat it. If you’re on the fence, please give this product a try and let me know what you think.

My One Simple Way To Avoid Girl Scouts At The Grocery Store Entrance…

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Yep, it’s that time again when we see these little jerks kiddos at the grocery store entrance selling boxes of Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, etc. Sure, for most of the people who don’t gain weight just by walking through the frozen foods section, a little Girl Scout table at the front entrance of a grocery store is no big deal.

However, for those of us who see those little minty nuggets of goodness from the parking lot, all we can think of is the delicious taste of the first Thin Mint to hit our lips. Let’s face it, there is NOTHING thin about these mints. N-O-T-H-I-N-G!

As to not get sucked in to the Girl Scout abyss, I prepare ahead of time. I turn off my cell phone so it doesn’t make any noise and I put my car keys in my purse. I lock the car and I head towards the entrance. With the cell phone to my ear, I start talking to myself about anything that may sound important. I usually go with, “The files have been in the office for three weeks.” I say it loud enough so the girls who have locked their eyes on me realize that I am in the middle of a conversation and will not interrupt me to ask if I want to buy their cookies.

The same goes for leaving the grocery store, because yes… they will lock eyes on you again as you leave the check out stand and wait to pounce as you are quickly walking by. Unless, of course,  you are on a cell phone talking about the files that have been left at the office.

There you go friends!

1- Turn your cell phone off

2- Place phone to ear

3- Talk about something important as you walk by the Girl Scout table

4- You have successfully bypassed another diet roadblock

You’re welcome!

 

 

 

People Will Hurt You…

People will hurt you and all that matters is how you react to that hurt.

I want to make something perfectly clear when you hurt me, I get stronger. I don’t assume the fetal position and wait for the storm to pass. I learned long ago that you stand up for yourself and you don’t allow people to treat you poorly.

Yes, I have a weight issue, but that doesn’t mean I left my self esteem, pride and morals at the All-U-Can eat buffet. People have medical, personal or financial issues and some have struggles that we may never begin to understand. They had to adapt and overcome those struggles and maybe just maybe they made it through by eating more than they should have. Maybe they survived a death of a loved one by stuffing their face with carbs, sweets, sugars, sodas or anything else that might be bad for them, but in turn saved them from giving up on themselves or life as they know it.

I don’t point my finger at someone who has PTSD and shame them for having their issues. Their issues may not add twenty, thirty or sixty pounds to their frame, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t fighting every day to be a better person.

In turn, don’t point your finger at me and blame me for being fat. I get it. I see it everyday and I certainly don’t need a reminder.  Someone said this today and I wanted to post it here…

“Step into my shoes and walk the life I’m living – and if you get as far as I am, just maybe you will see how strong I really am.”

Sometimes it helps to know that we’re not alone. You’re not alone and I’m not alone. If someone has an issue with you or shares your issues with other people, use their weakness for your strength!

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Need Inspiration?

While learning new and healthy ways of eating, I came across this amazing gadget called the Paderno Spiralizer at Williams Sonoma. It was if I had just brought home a new born baby. I cried with excitement, then I carefully removed the spiralizer from the box and cleaned each piece. (Okay I didn’t really cry, but I would think people cry a lot when they bring home a newborn.)

Anyhow, I searched Pinterest for several Spiralizer recipes and started on my spiralizing journey to healthy eating and weight loss. In one week of eating “Zoodles” instead of regular pasta, I dropped a pant size and had more energy.

Some of you may think this is old news, but for a newbie such as myself, I wanted to share my new found love.

Sorry pasta but we’re breaking up for good! 🙂

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Life Is A Bento Box…How Do You Fill Yours?

BentoBoxWhen I first began my weight loss journey, I had to learn (and continue to learn) about portion control. One of the greatest gadgets to help someone who literally always sees the pie tin half empty instead of half full, is the bento box.

The origin of the bento can be traced back to the late Kamakura Period (1185 to 1333), when cooked and dried rice called hoshi-ii was developed. In the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1568 to 1600), wooden lacquered boxes like today’s were produced and bento would be eaten during a hanami or a tea party.

When it comes to food and life I have noticed the contents of my bento boxes have changed dramatically over the past several years. When starting out I would try to shove as much food as possible into one little compartment of the bento box. Then I would cram in some dessert and any other disgusting food I could find. To secure the lid, I would need a roll of duct tape. Okay, maybe the duct tape is an exaggeration, but its pretty darn close.

While we all make choices every second of our lives, I chose to stop settling for less and to strive for more. I gradually began to make changes to my bento box. I would replace the cheeseburger with a grilled breast of chicken. The fries became a mixed salad and the dessert was fresh fruit.

As I began to notice the changes in my food related bento box, I could see a dramatic shift in my lifestyle bento box. What was once filled with negative toxic people were eventually replaced with positive, loving people. Instead of sitting on the couch surfing Pinterest, I  would go for a long walk. I realized that difficult choices create small changes that lead to positive results.

As I do every day, I will wake up this Thursday (hopefully) and be grateful for all that I have. I will continue to cherish my friends who are also my family. I will appreciate the genuine happiness and laughter that fills my home. I will be grateful for the smallest things that so many take for granted. And yes, after the food has been eaten and the dishes are done, I will make sure my bento boxes are full of nothing but the good stuff!

Happy Thanksgiving!