Summer Challenge!

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I just found this awesome summer challenge program.  I found it posted in the group for my new diet program that I am doing but you don’t have to be a member of the program in order to do this challenge.  The rules are all on the page but basically you pay a $20 ante and you complete participation activities to earn points.  The overall goal is to lose 4% of your body weight in four weeks.  There are great resources and learning opportunities along the way.  Prizes and contests throughout.  At the end the winners get to split the pool from the fees collected!  I have signed up and so has my daughter Isabella and we are super excited. Would love to have some more friends or family join our team.  You can find more information and the link to sign up here:

http://mdcinvite.co/SummerShapeUp-Bethany-95011

I will keep you all updated on how we do in my weekly updates!

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Week 8 Update & Holiday Tips

Weekly Weight Loss: -8.6

Total Weight Loss: -28.8

I am so excited about my weight loss this week! I have recently decided to try a new program.  I was torn since I am so used to the diet I do now and it has worked so well for me in the past.  After a ton of research on this new program and realizing it is very similar with a few minor changes that I would try it.  I officially start this week with their products and program recommendations but I did a little bit of a dry run with my old meal replacement products I usually use and made the changes to the diet plan and I have to say it made a huge difference on the scale!  I am excited to see what the next week has to bring. Now I hate a sales pitch especially if I am not looking for one so I am not going to say anymore about this program but if you are interested and want to hear more about it you can send me a message and I can answer any questions you might have.

 

So today is Memorial Day!  However with memorial day I usually find that I am battling with BBQ’s, parties, etc.  All the yummy desserts and food that I am not allowed on my plan.  So I thought I would share some tricks I have been using to overcome holiday eating and if you have any you like please share them in the comments!

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  1.  BBQ food is actually ok for my diet plan partially.  I can have proteins on my diet so if I am hosting I make sure to put some lean protein on the grill so I don’t feel left out. My food is on the grill too!  If I am going somewhere I usually ask ahead and if I need to I’ll bring something with me.  Usually my family & friends don’t mind.
  2.  All those sides!  I try to do some fun substitutions.  Some great sides for my plan are deviled eggs (which I love), there is a great recipe for mashed cheesy cauliflower in the recipes tab and it is amazing, find some great low calorie baked beans (bushes has a version that I like that is really low calorie), and make some kabobs and grill some veggies along with your protein.  Usually my family loves my sides as much as the ones they make that I can’t eat.
  3. Desserts.  I avoid these at all costs.  I like to bring one of my meal replacements (I have some protein bars that are sweet tasting) this way while everyone is eating their desserts I can have my bar.  I try to arrive full, drink lots of water.  I also try to distract myself (play a game with the kids, find a family member or friend and catch up, etc).
  4. Seems like at family meals like this I end up grazing at the food table all day.  To avoid this I bring activities for the kids and help facilitate the games, avoid the food table (in fact I will even ask my lovely husband to make my plate of food so I don’t go to the table at all), and if it is to overwhelming offer to help clean up and put it all away after everyone is done with the meal (out of sight out of mind).
  5. Be careful of sauces.  I know BBQ sauce is wonderful and is actually allowed on my plan but only in moderation.  It’s tempting to just slather on a ton of sauce on everything on the grill every time you open the lid but at least for your pieces try to limit this to the serving size on the bottle or in your food recommendations in the plan you are following.  For me it is 1/2 a tablespoon for regular and 1 tablespoon for sugar free.  And I can have three condiments a day.  I also like to add other more healthier options to flavor my foods like some salsa that is very low carb and I can have a lot more of it then the BBQ sauce.  I also love avocado so I will make a great low calorie  & low carb guac to put on my protein.  Be creative!

These are just a few things I have learned that have helped me in the past.  Again please share your tips in the comments I would love to hear them.  And of course happy Memorial Day!

Upcoming Weekly Goals:

-Stick to the new diet program

-drink lots of water (at least 8 servings a day)

-exercise & move daily

Long Term Goals:

-50 pounds lost

Week 6 Update

Weekly Loss: -4.2 pounds

Total Loss: -20.4 pounds

Man week six turned out to be a very eventful week for me!  Very scary week actually.  A huge wake up call for me when it comes to be weight and health.  To keep the story short we will just say that I ended up having to be sent to the heart hospital by ambulance on Tuesday night with an overnight stay and heart cath procedure on Wednesday.  At the age 36 I really should not be worrying about blockage or heart disease.  I also came to a realization during this process that as many problems as I had being able to do scans due to my weight that if anything ever happened to me (say a car accident, or an actual heart attack) there really wouldn’t be much they could do for me to save my life.  As big as I am I barely fit on the operating table.  Most of their machines don’t work for me.  This is an important realization.  As someone who wants to live a long time seeing with my own two eyes the limits they would have when it comes to saving me in the case of an emergency really made things click in my head that I must lose weight.

Luckily no blockages or problems were found in my heart!  However, the scare really got myself and many of my loved ones thinking about the risks I run daily by choosing this life of obesity.  Seeing my daughters, my husband, my parents, my sister, and all my other extended family so upset and afraid for me was a huge eye opener as well.  I don’t want to be in that position again.  My doctor highly recommends weight loss surgery but with insurance being the way it is I don’t know that it is an option so I am going to continue to choose life by eating healthy and continuing my exercise.  If it works out in the cards for me to have surgery then I will cross that road when it comes but for now it is vital to continue a healthy lifestyle.

Weekly Goals:

-Continue a healthy diet

-Get back on track with my walking schedule (missed several days while dealing with health issues)

-drink lots of water

Long term goals:

-Lose 10% of my body weight

Week 4 Update

Weekly Change: +.4

Total Loss: -14.6 pounds

UGH…….I hate when the scale doesn’t reflect my hard work.  It always seems to happen about once a month that I have a very low loss week.  I’m sure it has to do with something going on in my body because it seems to happen like clockwork.  However, how frustrating to eat healthy all week, exercise, and when you step on your scale for the payoff whomp whomp whomp…….. This is why I really try not to put a lot of emphasis on the numbers on the scale.  I try to look at how I feel, how my clothes are fitting, and things that have changed for me physically.  If I get to caught up in the scale then it can be a trigger to derail my efforts. I may get frustrated, I tend to allow excuses to creep in to cheat on my diet or not do my exercise.  So I am going to ignore this week as if it didn’t happen.  Hope for a better week next week!

Weekly goals:

Keep on the diet

Drink my water everyday

Continue to walk according to my walking schedule (I also get a membership to the gym so I can walk on the walking track!)

Low Carb Chicken Alfredo Pizza

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We love pizza in our home.  So whenever we are eating the low carb diet one of the biggest challenges is no pizza.  We recently found a great recipe for a no carb pizza crust which we really liked and we wanted to share one of our favorite pizza combinations.

Check out the crust recipe here.

Low Carb Chicken Alfrado Pizza

Ingredients:

Completed low carb pizza crust (see recipe above)

1 can of cooked chicken (or use fresh baked chicken shredded)

Alfredo Sauce (I use Ragu)

Mozzarella Cheese (1 1/2 cups)

Onion

Salt & Pepper

Instructions:

Prepare the low carb crust according to the recipe above.

Saute about half an onion

Cover your prepared pizza crust with alfredo sauce. I used Ragu it is low carb and it tastes great.  However, you can make your own or use a different brand just read your label to make sure it is not high in carbs.

Add the chicken and onions.  I just sprinkle them all over the pizza. I used canned chicken but you can boil some chicken and shred it.  If you don’t like onions just omit them.

Top with 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

See video below for demonstration and enjoy!

Week 4 Menu Ideas

We are trying out some great recipes this week.  I can’t wait to try them.  So far we have had a lot of success with our recipes we have tried.  One thing I have to be careful of on this diet is the getting into a rut and have the same thing everyday.  I need variety to be successful so these recipes are a great way to add something new.  Check out the links to the recipes we will be trying this week and follow me on pinterest.

Mashed Cauliflower

Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole

Chicken Green Bean Cassserole

Provolone Taco Shells

Week 4 Pinterest Board

 

Week 3 Update

Weekly Weight Loss: -5 pounds

Total Weight Loss: -15 pounds

I am super excited about today’s weigh in. I was blown away when I saw that I had lost another five pounds for a total of fifteen for three weeks.  Exciting as that is though I don’t want to get caught up in numbers.  I am reminding myself today that not only have I lost fifteen pounds but I am now up to being able to walk almost a mile at one time!  Which I still can’t believe in only three weeks.  I have so much more energy.  Prior to starting this my day consisted mostly of sitting on the couch on the computer and watching TV.  Yesterday I cleaned the house all day, went grocery shopping, prepped all my meals for next week for lunch, and still managed to get my walk in.  It feels so good to be active and have energy.

Goals for this week:

-Stick to my diet

-Keep walking and be up to 21 minutes by the end of the week

-Be happy with whatever is on the scale at the end of the week