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Caught My Kids Red-Handed!


Thursday, June 27, 2013

OK, so I said I was back on track and I meant it. I've been wanting to post a blog every single day, but I'm right in the middle of a Kid Week, work has been crazy and I just have not had one free second to do so...until now. Busy life!

So, I did meet with my friend, Julie, for nutrition counseling last Friday. I had expected I'd pay her $70 and we'd chat for an hour about suggestions for making my life a bit healthier. I did not expect her to have a fully laid out eating plan specific to me, with the aim of seeing me through to my goal weight (which is about an 85-lb loss) and built in monthly (free) check-ins to monitor my weight and measurements. I had to make a choice right then and there: am I going to throw this $70 out the window and ignore her advice and just say "No thanks...this is not for me?" OR am I going to look at this woman who I trust and whose LIFE'S WORK it is to teach people to be healthy and commit to this plan all the way to the end?

I won't lie. It was a tough choice. There are a lot of food comforts and addictions that I wasn't sure, in that moment, whether I could let go of for...well, forever. The truth is, though, it won't be forever. I can have those things again...but not for awhile. Not until the weight is off. Not until I've trained my body how to handle smaller portions and how to not go into a binge cycle when trigger foods are present. It's clear that something drastic HAS to happen for any of my habits to change. Because, I obviously haven't been able to do it on my own. So, I jumped in with both feet and started the plan on Monday of this week.

The plan has some little nuances, but is similar to South Beach (with 4 phases, the first of which is very strict no carb/sugar/dairy and gradually adding these foods back in with each transition phase). Now that I'm accustomed to it, I'd call it "eating real food". 20 grams of protein per meal/snack and TONS of vegetables. There is also a very big focus on WHEN I eat. Regimented times for breakfast, am snack, lunch, pm snack and dinner. This is to train my body and mind to know that if it's not mealtime, I don't need to eat. And, obviously, LOTS OF WATER!!!! And one "cheat" meal a week (which basically means you're allowed to eat whole grains and some fruit and maybe a slice of cheese...lol). So, this is what a lot of my meals have looked like this week:



I don't mind saying that this is a very filling meal and the flavors of food have never been so distinct to me. Food has never tasted so delicious! Kind of makes a case for fresh, real food...rather than nasty processed garbage.

I won't lie and say I've stuck to the plan to the letter...I have had little screw-ups every single day. But, the way I see it, I'm still working on adjusting to this as a lifestyle. I know that it is one that I WANT to adjust to...not something that is being forced onto me. I am ready for this and I desire it. That is key.

One of the BEST parts of the plan she's laid out is the PREP. Basically, I buy all my vegetables and proteins and only cook twice per week (if even that). On Saturday, I cooked and chopped for a few hours. Everything is in little containers and ready to go. If I am hungry, I just measure stuff out, throw it all together, microwave (if necessary) and eat. Julie's favorite thing is to make healthy food fast food. This has helped TREMENDOUSLY...to have meals planned that are easy and don't require prep when I'm dealing with kids. Lifesaving!

But I will say...it's funny...last night, I made spaghetti for my kids and I had a small bowl with marinara and a cup of skim milk (all no-no's at this stage of the plan) and I felt as guilty as if I cheated on the love of my life! LOL! Ridiculous. Logged it...moved on. :)

I think it's cool the way Julie has set it up, though. My weight loss goals are in phases of 25 lbs each until I reach goal weight. So, my first goal is 25 lbs and I will stay on this strict Stage 1 until I hit 80% of that goal (loss of 21.5 lbs), then move to Stage 2 for the other 20%, then move to Stage 3 (transition to maintenance) for 2 weeks. Then, I'll start all over with Phase 1 for another 25 lbs. And we'll keep doing this until all the weight is off. What a great idea to break it into more manageable chunks! And, speaking of chunks, I've already lost 3 lbs this week! Weeee!

I was concerned that having the kids here would be too much stress and would not allow me to start on this new plan. They are junk food junkies!!! However, I've been able to stick with it for the most part....barring a few nibbles of grilled cheese here and a few bits of SweetTarts there. Working on eliminating all that as well...but I've done pretty well for a woman surrounded by stress and sweets!

The greatest moment occurred last night, when I noticed the complaining about my apartment not having any good snack food had silenced for a bit. Would you believe it? I caught them red-handed!!!!





The winds of change, they are a-blowin', friends! :)
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MYAKAYAH 7/16/2013 6:26AM

    Go children, eat healthy! emoticon

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KNIBARG 7/14/2013 3:22PM

    Sounds great! emoticon

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BESSHAILE 7/8/2013 5:19AM

    Love it!

Every one of us has to find and use the tools that work for our unique selves. For me it was Weight Watchers plus Spark People. For some it's South Beach, some a lap band. Lots of tools. Use the one that fits you best.

Your kids look so cute with their guilty vegetable eating faces.

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KRYSTALLA 7/5/2013 9:59PM

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IMAGINE46 7/5/2013 9:14AM

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SHEL_V2 7/3/2013 12:17PM

    Amazing resource you've got there; the how and when of prepping is a big thing to keep you on track. I switched to low carb almost 3 months ago. I found that being really super, sterling "good" for a few days knocked out the carb cravings. That frequent gnawing little "hunger" that comes from blood sugar swings was gone. Who knew?

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AMBER281 7/1/2013 2:32PM

    Sounds like you have a great plan .

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GEORGE815 6/30/2013 1:17PM

    Good luck on the nutritionist. I visited one 3 years and found Sparkpeople from her recommendation. Hope you are up to it.

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SONDRAJ20 6/30/2013 6:42AM

    What a great plan! And it looks like it's going to benefit your kids as much as it benefits you. What great lessons to learn at an early age. More power to you!!

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LINDAK25 6/28/2013 11:13PM

    Wow, what a great friend! I love the pictures of your kids with their snacks. Love those veggies!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/28/2013 7:55PM

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SLIMLEAF 6/28/2013 5:00PM

    I am tremendously impressed and really look forward to hearing how you get on.

WELL DONE! for all you've achieved so far!

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SENIORSWIMMER 6/28/2013 12:16PM

    That salad looks delicious! Your kids could get addicted to real food!

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COLETTEISGREAT 6/28/2013 10:00AM

    Here's what I took out of your blog:

Small steps are important
Cook only twice a week
Stick to the plan
When you go off plan, Log it and Move on

ABSOLUTELY GREAT ADVICE!!!!!

PS: I LOVE the idea of only cooking twice a week! I need to get a plan like this!

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DJSHIP46 6/28/2013 7:54AM

    How GREAT the kids are joining you!!! You will get it done because you are a winner!!!

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/28/2013 4:48AM

    My trainer tried to put me on a diet similar to that, but I wasn't up for it AT ALL so I just spent two weeks being cross and miserable and sneaking in pieces of toast anyway, then I gave up. It's amazing how much your attitude can make a difference!
It must feel awesome to be a healthy-snacking influence on your kids too : )

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CINDHOLM 6/27/2013 11:42PM

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PASCAL921 6/27/2013 11:33PM

    You can do it!

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ALLIEALLIE2 6/27/2013 10:24PM

    Excellent! Love the pics! emoticon

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DOGLADY13 6/27/2013 9:53PM

    Too funny. Your kids want in on the plan!

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FISHER011 6/27/2013 9:11PM

    Good for you! You plan sounds great & you'll be dropping pounds fast- 3 pounds already!
As for the little ones-they eat what snacks you have in the house, so keep them healthy Mom.
Thanks for sharing!

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KIPPER15 6/27/2013 9:00PM

    emoticon The plan sounds super! You are off to a rocking start. emoticon So cool the kids got busted with real food!

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PEGGYO 6/27/2013 8:39PM

    love the pics of your kids eating such great snacks.

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JUNEAU2010 6/27/2013 8:29PM

    emoticon I like the 25 # plan. I've never heard of doing something like that, but it makes sense. I have about 70 # to lose which sounds much more daunting than 21 or 25...hmmm.

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GOING-STRONG 6/27/2013 8:04PM

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REMEMBER2BME 6/27/2013 7:41PM

    Killer blog. I love it! I would love to hear about no/limited prep meals. Sounds wonderful. You are a great example for your kids!
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COCK-ROBIN 6/27/2013 7:39PM

    You're doing great! Keep it up!

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LOVESLIFE48 6/27/2013 7:30PM

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FITFOODIE806 6/27/2013 7:24PM

    Awesome blog! Happy you have such a great plan that seems to fit you. And the kids are cutest!

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MEH50BEWELL 6/27/2013 7:02PM

    Love it!

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NILLAPEPSI 6/27/2013 6:17PM

    emoticon That is hilarious!! Busted eating healthy food. I emoticon it!!

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MARYJEANSL 6/27/2013 4:50PM

  Love seeing the pictures of the kids with the healthy stuff.

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PATTISTAMPS 6/27/2013 3:03PM

    Sounds like an EXCELLENT plan, and I am thinking about South Beach again -with a 25 pound chunk... It is enough to make a difference, without being a long commitment to never having fun food again! I will stock up on the good stuff when I shop on Saturday, and keep you posted. You are doing GREAT!!!

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ELIZABETH5268 6/27/2013 2:39PM

    Great blog! I love the pictures of your children eating the food you prepared. Doesn't it feel good when you vcan get those little sugar cravers (mine is totally) to pick up some of your good habits?!

You're lucky to have your friend doing that. A women was trying to charge me $130 or so a month to do it so I decided to just do BeachBody's but I don't have anyone to follow up with. Very good deal for you!

Good luck, I look forward to see your updates and progress!

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OBIESMOM2 6/27/2013 2:38PM

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you're doing great! Keep taking those baby steps.

and looks like you get the bonus of passing on your good habits

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LYNSEY723 6/27/2013 2:10PM

    Sounds like a great food plan!! I'm excited for you!

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REGILIEH 6/27/2013 2:03PM

    Your kids are DARLING!!!! emoticon

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GOSPARK45 6/27/2013 2:00PM

    Sounds like a great plan. Hope it works out. It'll help with less injuries, too.
Maybe the kids will catch on too. Especially if they have no choice. Stranger things have happened.....
I've never heard of this 4 stage process, repeated over and over. Good luck!


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RUNNERRACHEL 6/27/2013 1:57PM

    emoticon that your kids are eating healthy too!

How wonderful that you have a friend and nutritionalist to see you all the way through! What a blessing.

Glad you are starting the program with a lot of support. You did not mention your fitness routine. Will you be continuing to run/bike/swim? emoticon emoticon

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PICKIE98 6/27/2013 1:55PM

    Those are the most beautiful pictures I have seen on here in a long time!! Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!

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VIPERSWEB 6/27/2013 1:52PM

    Sounds like your friend has given you something you can work with. Good luck with keeping it up.

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