Hooray, it is Saturday! :)

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I have been quite busy this week and didn’t have time to do the daily posts that I would have liked to do.  However, I have to be realistic and admit that life comes first and I probably won’t be able to update everyday.  However, I will make it my goal to have at least one new post a week.

My weight loss has been rolling as a pace that I am pleased with.  I do not want to lose the weight too quickly because I worry that it won’t stay off.  I also have a horrific fear of having weird, loose, saggy skin in places if I don’t allow it time to keep up with me.  That being said, I have lost about 3 pounds in the last 10 days.  What have I been doing?  Remember, I am now the anti-diet.  I don’t want to do Atkin’s or pills or Sensa or anything that is going to be  a TEMPORARY solution because then my weight loss and my health will be exactly that, TEMPORARY.

I have been using the amazing program at www.myfitnesspal.com.  If you are trying to lose any amount of weight, or if you are just looking to get healthy and be more aware of what you are putting in your body, I HIGHLY recommend this program.  It is FREE!  Free is the best.  You are able to log your food and water intake, as well as your exercise.  When you put in your weight, you can choose a goal weight if you want to lose and how much you would like to lose per week.  (1 or 2 pound options… no more because it isn’t healthy!)  If you are happy with your weight and just looking to maintain it, they have a maintenance setting as well.  It will then calculate your recommended calorie intake and break it down into carbs, fats and protein.  There are a few different settings that you can modify.

One of the things I also LOVE about this program is the support system and message boards.  The community is so incredibly supportive and will cheer you on for your successes and boost you up when you feel down.  They also make it really convenient on the go with apps for your smartphones!  The app is simple and easy to use.

Check it out!  You won’t regret it! 🙂

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A Monday Moment of Honesty

"Nom, nom, nom, nom, nom"
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This won’t be a lengthy post, as I need to leave for work in a few moments but, I just wanted to take this time to have a moment of honesty.  Yesterday was a bad food day for me.  I was having one of those days where, no matter what or how much I eat, for whatever reason, I just can’t get myself to feel full.  I went WAY over my calorie intake for the day.  Now, a lot of times, I would let something like this throw me off the horse, so to speak.  I would continue to gorge myself on food.  I would feel bad about myself and guilty for having indulged my insatiable hunger.  The guilt would lead to me feeling depressed, which would then, in turn, lead to a candy bar or some chips.

I know there are a lot of people out there who feel this same way.  However, I can tell you that, this time, I am not letting days like yesterday have the same effect might have before.  Because I am making a LIFESTYLE change, these days are going to happen.  I cannot, realistically, eat wonderfully healthy and perfectly within my calorie limit everyday.  Instead, I am going to eat super healthy for the rest of the week, make up for it with a little extra exercise.  I am also going to find a positive in yesterday.  I worked out quite a bit!  That is certainly more than I used to do on days when I would gorge before.

It all comes down to having the right mental state and the right approach to this whole thing.

I’m not dieting, I’m changing my life for the better!

Treats from the Heavens

One of the mistakes I have made in my previous diets, aside from them being DIETS and not lifestyle changes, is depriving myself of many food pleasures.  One thing I know for certain is that I have a sweet tooth!  I often struggle with this when I don’t allow myself to eat foods with processed sugars.  This means no ice cream, cookies, cakes, candies, etc.  However, I can be very realistic in saying that this will NEVER work for me as a lifestyle.  A girl needs her sweet treats!  So, after some hunting around on the web, I found various recipes that said you could combine any can of fruity pie filling with a boxed mix for angel food cake and it would make a delicious treat.  Tonight, I made it with strawberry.  I am going to share this with you because it was ridiculously delicious!

I broke down the nutritional content and figured that if you get 16 servings from one 9 x 13 pan, each serving contains:

  • 140 calories
  • 0 grams of fat
  • 254.375mg sodium
  • 32.75 grams of carbs
  • 24.25 of which are from sugar
  • 1.5 grams of protein

  1. These are the products I chose.  I read that you can do any type of fruity pie mix: blueberry, apple, pumpkin, cherry, etc.
  2. The strawberry pie filling had large chunks of strawberries in it…
  3. …so, I pureed it with my handy dandy stick blender to get a better consistency for a cake.
  4. Pureed goodness.
  5. Mixed with the angel food mix – no other ingredients!  It gets super fluffy.
  6. Pour it into a 9 x 13 pan.  I did spray mine with baking spray so it wouldn’t stick.
  7. Bake it at 350 for 30 – 35 minutes, depending upon your pan.  Check the center to make sure it is cooked through.  it will be dense.
  8. Expect large amounts of shrinkage.
  9. Enjoy, add a dollop of Cool Whip Free for a little added creaminess and you have yourself a strawberry shortcake-esque slice of Heaven!  Holy smokes, this was delicious!

As I discover more healthy-ish treats, I will certainly post them.  Please feel free to let me know of any of your hidden treasures!