My name's Sara.
I'm 26 years old. I got married on October 29th 2010. This is my blog on how I started trying to lose weight for my wedding and be over all more healthy.
I'm a picky eater, always have been always will be. I do try things at least once... most of the time. I don't eat meat on the bone it really grosses me out.
I take all the pictures myself.
So it’s been 67 days since I got married. My weight was 152 pounds and I was so happy. I had lost 30 pounds in 10 months with a lot of hard work. So here I am 67 days later and 5 pounds heavier :-(
And I know why…
I have stopped exercising, I started to eat late at night again, and I haven’t been tracking what I’m eating.
So my new years resolution is to start it all over again, I mean I’m down 25 pounds from last Jan when I started working at being healthy, I just need to get back into the mindset and I would really really like to feel comfortable in a bathing suit this year and maybe even wear a bikini for the first time in my life!
Snow puts in in a blah mood… but I ran anyway today 35 min, while watching real housewife’s of Beverly hills. If I watch something that interests me I can run forever cause my mind isn’t thinking of uhhh how much more time. I read a article in last months shape magazine and it said if you lose 20 pounds or more you reduce your risk of breat cancer by 19%. Thats amazing and I’m glad that I did that!
They say it’s the most important meal of the day. That if you don’t eat in the morning your metabolism doesn’t get kick started. Most mornings I’m not hungry so I eat a little just because I don’t want to ruin my day by overeating later. I started using Almond milk about a year ago, the difference you save in calories is pretty amazing… 1cup of 1% milk has 110 calories compared to Almond milk (the regular kind not flavored or anything) has only 60 calories per 1cup. The taste might be something you have to get used to, but in cereal I actually think it’s better then regular milk. I personally like the Almond breeze brand but this silk brand was on sale and they have a Dark chocolate almond milk that is SO good. Even my dad likes it, and he doesn’t like almond milk. So give it a try today and let me know what you think!
I haven’t had any luck losing weight in the past two weeks…
So now I’m back to cutting calories and not eating all the crap. I looked back on my old food journal I started last March and I saw that I wrote myself little notes like- stop snacking and eating late. I’m glad I wrote that stuff down it helps me remember how I lost weight the first time around. So I’m starting fresh for February!
For breakfast I’ve started eating yogurt, fresh fruit and a crumbled granola bar in it. I love parfaits so i recreate my own! I cut the calories in half by only eating half a cup of low fat yogurt and half the granola bar. It’s pretty easy to cut out calories just have to remember to do it.
I also so in my food journal that I exersied a lot more then I do now, so it’s back to doing it almost every day. It’s better for your heart anyway<3
For lunch today I made a salad…
1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
4 slices turkey
crispy onions for some crunch and flavor!
I love the Ken’s light options dressings they are so low in calories and taste super great, the honey french is my favorite!
For dinner I made cheese steak pizza! I love cheese steak pizza from the pizza place but yea it’s probably has like 500 calories so I made my own!
One small wrap- 100 cal
2 servings cheese steak meat- 200 cal
1 slice American cheese- 70 cal
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese- 70 cal
I also used the elliptical for 20 minutes after work.
Tomorrow I’m going to make Banana Oat Muffins so keep a look out for them!
These muffins are super easy to make and good for you too!
Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups quick oats (process in food processor)
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg lightly beaten
3/4 cup mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup honey
2 Tablespoons cooking oil
1/2 cup semi sweet chips
1. Preaheat oven to 400F Coat the muffin pan with the cooking spray. In a medium bowl combine all dry ingredients and make a well in the center of the bowl.
2. In another bowl, stir together all the wet ingredients. Add the mixture all at once to the flour mixture. Stir just until moist, may be lumpy. Spoon batter into muffin pan about two-thirds full.
3. Bake 14 to 16 min or until golden brown and when you insert a tooth pick it comes out clean.
167cal, 6g fat, 18mg chol., 125 mg sodium, 30g carbo, 3g fiber, 4g pro
My muffins seemed dry so I think next time I would boost my milk up to 3/4 cup milk. They are pretty good, I mean I’m used to eating sweet muffins so they might take some getting used to.
So I found this Oat meal in the supermarket. I didn’t buy it at first but when I was in the store the other day I saw it was on sale for only $1 I couldn’t resist! I’m glad I got it cause the Strawberry flavor is really good!
It comes in a cool pouch that you just pour into your bowl and the pouch has a water fill line so you just fill the pouch with water, pop it in the microwave for 90 sec and done. It’s fast super easy way to eat breakfast in a healthy way!
Serving size- 1 pouch
15 fat cal
2 grams of fiber
3 grams of protein
Here’s a way to get your whole grains, protein, and some fruit at lunch! (yes avocados are fruit!)
Turkey Bacon Avocado!
2 slices low calorie whole wheat bread- 90 cal
3oz turkey- 60 cal
2 slices precooked bacon-35 cal
about 1/2 an avocado- 153 cal
(I know that seems like a lot but “even though avocados contain a lot of calories, they also contain a lot of vitamins and minerals which will fill you up fast and keep you feeling full. You are better off to eat them rather than other foods with fewer calories because they will help you to reduce your cravings and calories for non-diet friendly foods in the long-run.” Source-3fatchicks.com
No I’m not lying! I got this recipe out of Double Delicious. The new Jessica Seinfeld cookbook. She uses chickpeas, applesauce, and wholewheat floor. (which I have never used before in baking) They are not quite like regular chocolate chip cookies, they are more moist and muffin like. But I think they are a great alternative and a healthier option to chocolate chip cookies. (My husband and his friend loved them so I think they past the test!)
The recipe makes about 20 cookies. The serving is one cookie- 135 cal, 20g carb, 3g protein, 5g total fat, sodium 135mg, 2.5g fiber. You could make the cookies smaller so you can trick yourself into thinking you are having more by eating two small cookies then 1 big cookie. If you do that I would use mini chips so there are more in each cookie. You can find this recipe and a lot more in Double Delicious. (Buy it at Target it’s 30% off!)
So i love the library! I think it’s one of the best places you can go. I love searching for books, most don’t keep my attention and I never read them. But they do have magazines and movies you can take out too! When I went to the library the other day I found this book, Cook this Not that.
This book is awesome. It’s full of anything you would crave from a restaurant like applebees or Fridays, and makes the recipe in a lower calorie, more healthy way! It has a picture on every page and lists the calories and difference from the restaurant’s calories which are pretty ridiculous and gross if you think about it.
I really suggest you grab the book and take a look at it. WARNING- the pictures will make you want the food