Happy Anniversary + I Really Need a Kick in the Pants

August 13, 2012 in Family Life, Nutrition

First off, today is our 16th anniversary!!  HOLY COW, time flies.  I still feel like I’m 16 years old, so I’m not quite sure how we’ve been married 16 years!  Kev literally robbed the cradle, I guess. ;-)

For your amusement, I thought I would post a few pics (FYI, I paid for the copyright)

Here’s one of our engagement pics,

Kev-and-Mel-Engagement-Pics

And here’s one from our wedding day,

Kev-and-Mel-Wedding-Day

Sadly, I don’t love our wedding pics.  The photographer did a great job, but I’m just not diggin’ my dress, hair or poofy baby face.  Oh well, I’m still fiercely in love with the man I married and that’s most important!!

We’re going to go out on a date tonight and I’m really looking forward to it.  Yay!!

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K, so I have really, really struggled this past month!  Geesh.  I’ve kept to my exercise regimen, but I’ve been all over the map with the eating part of it all.  It seems like I eat really well for several days, then I indulge a little.  Then that little indulgence turns into major problems….then it takes me a couple days to get back on the wagon and the cycle continues!  It is FRUSTRATING!

But, I think we only really fail if we stop trying, right???  I know I’ll never stop trying.

Sooooo, I am back ON today and I intend to stay ON for a long, long time.  I’ve just accepted the fact that I cannot handle sugar.

Sad, but true.

It seems like a measly little chocolate kiss or Reese’s Peanut Butter cup would be just fine occasionally (and in theory, it is), but I am not strong enough to stop at just that.  It starts a vicious cycle inside of me.  I enjoy a small treat….then I just crave more!  AND, giving into my craving DOES NOT satisfy me…it just makes me want to have more the next day and the next….and it’s never ending!  The only way I can get the cravings to stop is to STOP EATING THEM!

There.  I feel better now.

Sooooo, I am going to pull out all the stops.  I am going to THINK about everything I eat and make sure it is QUALITY food!

Soooo, this morning I started out with my favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal.  I didn’t take a pic because I was in a hurry and actually ate it in the car on the go.
Quick Tip: After I cook the oatmeal, I love to transfer it into an old cottage cheese (or similar) container because it has high sides and is way less messy to take in the car.

I am always amazed by how full this breakfast makes me!  Here’s what I had for lunch…

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Leftover salad from a weekend party, fat free cottage cheese and Rice Works chips.  YUM!  I dipped the chips in the cottage cheese and it was so yummy!  I gotta say, I love these chips!  They are made from whole grain brown rice + real, quality ingredients.  They also happen to be DEE-Licious!  I bought them at Costco, but I’ve seen them in the health food section in other grocery stores too.  They have several other yummy flavors too.

Don’t get me wrong, these chips are not like vegetables.  Sadly, you cannot eat them with reckless abandon.  But, they do make for a great (not bad, but not super good for you either) snack.

That’s pretty much all I’ve eaten today so far.  It’s kept me full too!  It’s amazing….when I eat real, quality food it really fills me up!  When I eat lame, fakish food…it just makes me want to eat more!  Go figure.

I’m probably going to make a protein shake in a sec.  Then, Kev and I are going out to eat tonight!  Yay!  I’m going to keep it healthy though.

I hope you are all having a fantastic Monday!!  Enjoy your day! xoxo

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I’m Hungry Today!

April 12, 2012 in Nutrition

Well today’s been a great day, but I have been so hungry ALL DAY LONG!  In fact, I woke up starving.  Augghh.

Not good.

I think I’m hormonal or something.

Joy.

I’ve still been eating well, but I’ve been snackin’ a ton! :-)

I was craving cereal for breakfast, so this is what I came up with…

A bowl of Uncle Sam mixed with Kashi Go Lean Crunch topped with blueberries (yum!) and a side of 4 egg whites + low sugar ketchup.

A bowl of Uncle Sam mixed with Kashi Go Lean Crunch topped with blueberries (yum!) and a side of 4 egg whites + low sugar ketchup.

I usually just eat Kashi Go Lean (not Crunch) because the Crunch kind has a lot more sugar (12 grams!), but it tasted so good today.  It’s still a lot healthier than most cereals because it’s high in protein and fiber and full of “real” ingredients!  I love blueberries too.  I need to go buy some more!

Later on I had this for a snack

Rasberry Chobani yogurt (love!) and 1 Chocolate Coconut Chia Protein Ball (my 4 your old snagged the other one!)

Rasberry Chobani yogurt (love!) and 1 Chocolate Coconut Chia Protein Ball (my 4 your old snagged the other one!)

Then I ran to Walmart and the library with my cute little kiddos.  For whatever reason I decided to buy a can of Salt and Vinegar Pringles.

Ya.

They are really good and I never ever eat them….so I decided to!  I think it might have something to do with my whole  “treat deprivation and hormonal stuff” goin’ on.  They were very good I must say though.

I also got some awesome reading material at the library…

Oxygen and Fitness magazines!

Oxygen and Fitness magazines!

I love both of these magazines!  Although I have to hide them from the kids because of the amazingly fit, albeit half naked cover models!  LOL.

I really love reading about health and fitness.  It keeps me motivated and gives me a lot of great ideas!  Yay.

This is what I had for lunch

A Turkey Hotdog topped with mustard and served with a side of sweet potato and salad!

A Turkey Hotdog topped with mustard and served with a side of sweet potato and salad!

K, I’m sorry that picture looks a little scary (my mustard was almost gone).  I have to admit I kind of like hot dogs.  I think they’re yummy.

Ya, I’m serious.

I know they’re “Mystery Meatish”, but I do try to buy better quality ones.  This is the kind I had…

Oscar Mayer Turkey Hotdogs

Rather tasty.  And, in case you were wondering, this is what we had for dinner last night…

Hamburgers (same recipe as my turkey burgers) with sweet potatoes and Greek salad.  YUM!

Hamburgers (same recipe as my turkey burgers) with sweet potatoes and Greek salad. YUM!

We also grilled hotdogs (hence, my lunch leftovers!)  I love this meal and I’m sure we’ll be having it a lot more often now that we’ve started grilling again.  Yay.

Later on, I had this for a snack

Light Cottage Cheese with carrots (love these itty bitty ones!), red pepper strips and Kashi Pita Crisps.  Love this.

Light Cottage Cheese with carrots (love these itty bitty ones!), red pepper strips and Kashi Pita Crisps. Love this.

K, and I just took a quick break from typing this post because…….I was HUNGRY!

It’s kind of starting to bug. :-(

I just had a bowl of cereal (Crispix mixed with Kashi Go Lean).  Yummy.

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I’m going to a fun 5th Grade Maturation Clinic with my daughter in just a minute.

She’s so excited. LOL.

I have dinner in the oven for Kev and the boys.  I made a Hamburger and Potato Casserole per Kev’s request.  It’s his mom’s recipe and it’s one of his favs.  It’s not ultra healthy though.

Anyway despite being the hungry lady that I am, the casserole deal is not calling my name.  So, that’s why I just had the BIG bowl of cereal.

When I get back tonight, I think I’ll round off my day with a protein shake of some sort.

Sounds good.

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So, although I’ve been a little piglet today……….I’m not eating treats!

Very cool.

I did, however crave treats SEVERAL times today.

Ya, I AM hormonal!  Geesh.

But, this little “treat” is the bomb and it squashed my treat cravings.

A small spoonful (1/2 Tbsp) of White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter!  I LOVE THIS STUFF SO MUCH!  It's all natural too.  Wahoo.

A small spoonful (1/2 Tbsp) of White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter! I LOVE THIS STUFF SO MUCH! It’s all natural too. Wahoo.

Well, that’s my day today.  So exciting, I know.

I hope you all have a wonderful night!!! xoxo

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How to RESIST Cravings!!

November 21, 2011 in Nutrition

I went Christmas shopping with my two littlest kids today.

I LOVE shopping at Christmastime!
Kev would rather take a beating, but I LOVE it!

I love the hustle and bustle, the Christmas decorations, music and just the magic of the season!!

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Anyway, while I was out shopping, I drove by my FAVORITE treat shop 3-4 times!

Each time I drove by, it called my name….
BIG TIME!

Oh, and in case you want to know, my favorite treat shop is called The Sweet Tooth Fairy.
They have the best cupcakes and sugar cookies on the planet….
YUM!

Here’s an idea of what you can find in that terribly awesome store…

Sorry about that….

Ya, now you see why I had a problem.

Anyway, I almost stopped there a couple times, but
I DID NOT!!!!!!!!

Yay!

It was tough.

I felt a little tired, stressed and worn out today.

AND I know when I’m tired, stressed or worn out….
I CRAVE TREATS!!!!!!!!!

My motivation and determination goes out the window and I just want whatever will pep me up and make me happy.

So, how did I resist my favorite treats????

Well, that is what led me to write this post!

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I think the best way to resist cravings is to eat a healthy diet!
I know it sounds obvious, but when I am eating a diet void of sugar and refined carbs, my cravings go WAY down.

It really makes it almost easy.

I feel very in control when I’m just not eating them.

However, we all know how hard it is to do that!!!

SoOoOoOooooo, that being said, here’s a little list I compiled of things that have helped me over the years….

“12 WAYS TO RESIST CRAVINGS!”

  1. Eat something healthy first.  When I crave something, I’m usually hungry.  So, if I eat something healthy and then wait a few minutes, it’s a WHOLE lot easier to resist the craving.
  2. Never ever ever go to the store hungry.  I’m sure you have all heard this before, but it is great advice!  When I’m hungry at the store, everything looks SO yummy!  Sooooo, if you have a healthy snack in your purse, eat it before you go in the store!  It really will help a ton!
  3. Don’t buy it in the first place!  It is so much easier to eat healthily if it’s not in the house to begin with!  So, if I see something at the store I want to buy (but shouldn’t), I immediately distract my brain and think of something else and just walk right on by the thing I wanted.
  4. Do something active.  Seriously, if you are at home and start craving cookies, candy, cake, etc….do a few jumping jacks, run up and down the stairs, etc.  It really does help the craving to go away.
  5. Visualize yourself eating it.  This sounds weird, but I usually do this one if I smell something yummy.  Like, when I go to the store and smell fresh cookies or bread baking….I hate that!  Anyway, I just let my mind wander and imagine myself eating and enjoying that food and then moving on….It sounds strange, but it does seem to help.  It makes my brain realize that it only takes a minute or two to eat that (enter food item here), and then it’s GONE!  I don’t think that minute or two is usually worth it!
  6. Read the nutritional information.  When I’m at the gas station or in the checkout lane at the store, the candy bars always look so good!  However, if I pick up the candy bar and read the calorie and fat counts, I can usually put it back down with no problem!  It brings me back to reality and helps me remember my goals.
  7. Drink something!  Drink a big glass of water!  It really does help my stomach feel fuller and takes my mind off of the craving.  Diet soda also helps.  I know it’s not healthy, but I think it’s the lesser of two evils.  The carbonation seems to fill up my stomach and the sweetness of the soda usually cures the craving.
  8. Breathe and Count to 10 slowly.  Sounds silly I know, but it works.  I read somewhere that when we see a yummy food item we love, all of our senses become extra intense.  Our minds quickly hone in on that one little food item and our will power and determination seem to go out the window.  If we take a minute to stop, breathe, and count to 10 it can help us to “chill”, come to our senses and have the ability to make a better decision.
  9. Distract yourself!  Do something else that you love; read a book, take a bath, watch TV, go for a walk, call a friend, surf the web….whatever!  Just get your mind off of the craving!
  10. Brush your teeth or chew gum.  This really works.  I don’t know why, but it does.
  11. Eat a “legal” treat.  I always have a bunch of sugar-free and low-carb treats stashed in my freezer.  When a craving strikes, I pull out one of my secret cookies, brownies, or muffins and it helps a ton!  I still control my portions with those too though!
  12. Visualize yourself healthy/skinny/fit/strong, etc.  Create a picture of yourself in your head of how you want to eventually look and feel.  When a craving strikes, stop and visualize yourself at your goal and ask yourself, “What do I really want?”

Well that’s all I can think of for now!
If you have any “tricks” that help you to control cravings, send them my way!
We could all use the help!!!

I know the more we give into cravings, the WEAKER we become….it becomes harder to resist them.
BUT, the more we resist cravings, the STRONGER we become and we reach our goals!

Yay!

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