Friday, August 14, 2009

9 days *sigh*

Ok, so 9 days ago I last sad! lol

Well, I finally was able to have a "true" aunt Flow visit...Bonus...and blah! lol

I haven't been 100% gluten free, dairy free, or sugar free (sad face here)

I have found some HELPFUL websites that have encouraged me to go back to the gluten free, sugar free and dairy free moments of life!

I have a new outlook on eating processed food...ok its not so new but it sure does make you feel horrible!

I have lost most of the water weight I gained while aunt flow was visiting....

My favorite beverage is Ice Cold Water! I'm feels so good to drink a ton of water and not even realize it!

I start working out at the gym next week...just gotta figure out a good schedule...early mornings? Lunch Time? Evening? We shall see...its a 24 hour gym!

Praying God help's me to stay faithful!

Working on a budget and need to stick to it!

Slept from 7pm to 9am....was I tired? Or just my body reacting to the no good food I have been eating lately!

I must detox again from the gluten, sugar and dairy!

Onto the rest of my very busy day!

Thanks for checking in!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

14 days ago?!?!?!....

Wow thats the last time I blogged?!?!?!

Well I promise that if I really had the time I would have! I wanted to but I was so exhausted!

Well, We left Monday July 27th at 4 am and from that point on, that whole, eating healthy, making right choices, doing whats good for my body, losing a few more pounds...yep it didn't flew out the window with sleep and sanity!

I did eat a salad here and there, TRIED to make a few good choices, but when you get up at the last minute, run out the door, work at the conference, listen to 4 hours of preaching, have time to grab something to eat, work more booth, and get home by 12pm eat bad bad bad food and go to bed, then start all over...yup that was my week...pitiful!

Yes, I gained weight, am retaining water and get to start that whole "detoxing" myself from sugar, refined foods and such. I'm excited though! I joined the Gym yesterday so heres to tons of cardio! YAY!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

32 pounds later!!!!

Oh my! I got on the scale last night....well I'll be honest....I bought a new scale (its a weight watcher scale its originally 35 and I got it for 19 lol) and had to try it out! So anyway, I got on it and have dropped another 2 pounds!!!! I can't believe it! I'm not always "good" but I try my hardest.

God really has given me such great encouraging friends. The students at the dorm (for those of you who don't know, my husband and I are dorm parents at our college) even say "don't eat that your cheating" lol. Nothing like having such good friends who want me to succeed!

Last night I grilled a steak. It was soooooooooo stinkin good! I marinated in a olive oil, walnut oil, tamari, garlic, spike seasoning, mrs dash and black pepper! Oh man it was so yummy luscious!

Today i had another one of those yummy smoothies for breakfast with three hardboiled eggs...for lunch I"m having left over steak with salad, and for dinner I'll be having turkey burgers.....

So there ya have it....updated....not so shabby!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Busy Busy Busy!

Wow, Last week we sooo busy! This week will be even busier and Next week, well I believe it'll be so busy that in a blink of an eye it will be Monday AUGUST 3rd! wowzers!

So, I have a new smoothie I absolutely love! Its Cherries, Blue Berries, Strawberries, Necturine, grapes and some purified water (all fruit, of course, is organic!)....oh its the best smoothie ever!

I have some exciting news, well to most women it wouldn't be exciting, but for me it is exciting, I am in the process of "starting" my period without medicine! that means I"m doing something right! They said the first signs that your body is adjusting and detoxing....this is a HUGE step for me! (sorry to all the men who may ever read this lol) Now, to see how this goes monthly and see if I ever ovulate!

I've been doing well....we have had some partys here and there that are hard to eat "healthy" and "Organic" but hey, you gotta go with, what life deals ya! I can't be perfect ALL the time!

Tim is gone for another week and will be home saturday. We leave Monday to head out to North Carolina for the Sword Conference! I can't wait, busy busy busy!

I don't know how much I've lost as I haven't weighed myself lately...maybe, if I remember I'll do that tonight :)

Tonight I'm having Marinated steak with fresh zucchini and probably a salad...oh it sounds so yummy!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Insert Something Clever here....

So I'm not very motivated to be creative lol...

I made almond milk this morning...very will be great for when I need some "milk". It kinda taste milk...but not really....I'm sure I'll try different things to see if I can improve the "taste". We shall see...

I'm on an endless hunt for recipes that go along with the "diet" I am on. I say diet because its easier to say than to explain that I'm on a No sugar, No flour, No dairy, No refined, No processed food way of so for now on its my "diet".

I've been super excited to find new ways of introducing healthyness to my lifestyle! I think its kind of like an addiction....I have a few addictions right now...

Hard boiled eggs with mustard
Turkey Burgers
Bison Burgers
Marinated Steaks
Fresh Fruit

Those are just a few to name....

Oh I forgot to mention in my last blog I'm down 30 pounds! What in the World! I had the worst week of my life last week and I still managed to drop 5 pounds...its still amazing!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Almond Crusted Halibut, Homemade smoothies and a relaxing night...

So as promised...I said I'd let ya know how it went last night!

Halibut was good....I think next time I'm going to have to season it a little more. It's very fishy smelling but not very fishy tasting (if that makes sense). My oven does not have very good tempeture control so I'll have to remember that next time....

The smooties I made last night were AMAZING! Well except for when Sarah made me try the smoothie she created...note to self, do not add kiwi, lime, black berries and orange juice. It becomes very very bitter! Then to try and "sweeten it" I added banana, a Necturine and some stevia but in the end, sarah did not drink the to bitter overly processed smootie, but leave it to one of the college guys Albert to finish it off for her!

I had a smootie for tasty good....

a Handful of frozen strawberry pieces (I bought them a while ago and cut them and put them in the freezer just for this reason!)
A handful of frozen blue berries
A splace of Orange Juice (must be nothing but orance juice not from concentrate)
Half a necturine and 4 1 inch slices of banana
grind away and what do you get???


Tuesday, July 14, 2009


YAY!!! My Blender finally arrived! I'll be testing it out tonight! Of course the first thing on the agenda to make is a smootie! ohhh it sounds so good!

Some of the other things I will be making....

Almond Milk
Omega 3 rich Mayonaise
chopping veggies
chopping garlic (Oh man this is the best part, I love cutting veggies and fruit but garlic is so hard!)
making homade salsa
bbq sauce

and the list goes on!

I have honestly been feeling GREAT. I did pretty bad last week due to not making a menue and going grocery shopping but I promised myself that I wouldn't let that happen Saturday I went to the Whole Foods Store and spent a little over two hours checking out every isle and finding nifty things and I was able to find all the spices I had been missing...I had no idea Tamaria was a soy sauce! lol I'm glad for the friendly help from the workers there. They are very knowledgeable.

I, for the first time, bought halibut and am excited to make Almond Crusted Halibut for dinner tonight. As much as i'm sad that my hubby is gone for the week, I am glad to be able to cook things I know I'd like. He's not a big fish fan, but if I can get him to like a few different kinds maybe I can make it more often for the both of us!

Though Tim is not 100% doing this diet with me, he is very supportive, only eating junk food while he's at work and does not bring it in the house. What a man! He's been making better choices in food, when he know he's going to be driving all day and is forced to stop at McDonalds, he is reminded how horrible that food makes him feel!

Last night I made a ton, I mean 2 pounds of turkey burgers. Oh they were so good! (I only had one!) I froze 4 of them and fed three of them to two of the students who had cut grass all afternoon.

I took a break from Bananas and am now regretting it. I will be picking up some of those tonight on the way home.

I can't tell you how good I feel. I am more mobile, in that I mean my joints dont hurt and I don't think "It's gonna hurt to get up!" I just do it. I keep myself busy around the house, though I have no children I tend to be cleaning up like crazy, doing laundry, and constantly loading and unloading the dishwasher (when you cook with whole foods, fresh and are constantly prepping you have a ton of dishes!). I am thankful for this new way of life.

I still struggle with being tired but I have learned that it is worse when I am not I try to stay busy....

Well...I will try and make sure to let you guys know how the halibut turned out :)

Until next time....

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Something New!

So I found a way that I can eat bread! Its actually NOT made with any kind of flour. Amazing! Its called Ezekiel Bread. Its made out of sprouts and thats about it! Its pretty tasty and hardy. You have to keep it in the fridge so it doesn't dry out. I made a grilled cheese with it last night ( I know I'm not supposed to have cheese but I was so tired and instead of stoping at fast food I resorted to that...a much better choice I think) and it was yummy! Just thought I'd share that!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Failure happens...we just need to get up and know we can start over....right?

Yep sooo....I've really stunk at this whole trying not to eat things that don't help!

I was pretty good...until this weekend seems like everywhere I turned there were things I couldn't eat and because I'm running round like a chicken with my head cut off, its just more convienent to do wrong than to do right. I know thats not what I should think, but seriously Ive been SOOOOOOOOOOOOO busy! I am back to being good though. I bought the Magic Bullet Friday so I'm waiting for that to arrive. Smoothies for breakfast sound amazing! I'm kinda tired of eggs, but I still eat them. I made an omlete this morning with olive oil, garlic, basil, red pepper, green pepper and a little onion. It was tasty :) I have stayed away from salt so I eat ALOT of black pepper! I also am in love with Mrs. Dash. I have 18 bags of fresh (frozen) fruit in my freezer waiting to make smoothies.

today I've done really good....I weighed myself and somehow lost 3 more pounds so now I"m down 25pounds! People have complimented me, though I don't see it, but I guess they would!

Well, continue to pray for me. I want to feel better, I want to do things I've been missing, and I just want to be healthy for when I do have a child. God is good to me, and I am thankful for His Love and Understanding!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Umm...I have no idea what day I'm on but here we go!!!

So I'll just recap over the last however many days...

Bread is my hardest to overcome BUT I don't think that will be a problem anymore....

I've been doing pretty good...

I need to excersize more....

Yesterday (Monday June 29) I went out with a friend from church. I asked Jamie if she'd like to go to the bocci ball place (where I know i would have been ok with a salad) or to this really good pizza place (where I knew I'd have to use my cheat day). She choose the really good pizza place...

We wordered Bread sticks with moz, parm, garlic sauce and a pizza with pep and sausage.....It was SOOOOO good....untill...well lets just say...I have learned my lesson. When you've eaten healthy for two weeks with maybe a bite of bread here and there...and then you go full blown out and eat nothing but a meal full of carbs, well your body is not happy and rejects it!!! so with that said...i think i've overcome bread! for the time being!

I still hurt today! lol

I feel good other than my icky yesterday! Going out to lunch at chilis with some friends and I will be having a salad! lol

I'm missing Tim, he's gone for 11 more days :( But who's counting?!?!?! well I will try and be more faithful in blogging on my journey of changing moments! :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Day Six through Nine

The weekend went good! I went shopping at the whole foods store. It can be so overwhelming there! So many choices and I have no idea what a lot of it is! lol

To be honest I don't remember everything I ate over the weekend but I'm going to give it a try!

A Peach and Banana for Breakfast (I didn't get in until really late Saturday morning for Port Huron so we woke up at 11:45!! lol)
Cleaned house
Around 4 Tim and I went out to Red Lobster for Dinner
I had grilled shrimp with steamed broccoli
and 4 cheddar biscuits (I hope you didn't read this! lol)

2 Hard boiled eggs and a banana for breakfast
Turkey burgers with mustard for lunch and dinner!

2 Hard Boiled eggs for breakfast
A banana and Peach for snacks
leftover Turkey Burger
Apple for snack
Scrambled Hamburger for dinner with mustard :)

2 Hard Boiled eggs for breakfast
A banana and Peach for snacks
Grilled Chicken Salad from Wendys
Apple for Snack
Baked Chicken Breast with Parmesan and Mrs. Dash
Banana with Peanut butter for dessert :)

I didnt "walk" but I did move around alot, cleaning house, working in Teen Class, shopping and so on. I had a great weekend and enjoyed myself!!!

I feel good! I've lost 12lbs and will keep track of measurements this week to see if I lose inches :)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Day Five....

Yikes, so Day five started out GREAT
Eggs for breakfast
Peach for snack
Chicken with veggies for Lunch
Fruit salad for snack
Then came dinner, I had debated all the way up to Port Huron, should I be good, should I eat the stinkin chicken wings, should I be good, oh the chicken wings sound so good, but ann you've been doing so well, but its BDUBS (Buffalo Wild Wings) so once I got there, I decided.....

Yeah I disappointed myself and Had 10 Honey BBQ chicken wings *sigh*

I felt horrible later, but Tim tried to reassure me and say "Honey its ok to have a cheat night once a week"....well thats fine, but its only gonna be once a month (Prayfully)!!

Other than the rough night (I hate peanut butter cookes, and chips and dip also, I know, I know, I'm just as disappointed in myself!)....
I feel good!
I started the day off with my new favorite breakfast/lunch food....Hardboiled eggs and mustard with pepper! Oh yeah...I'm serious....It was SOOOOOO good!
I probably wont update until Monday...but it was good! :)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Day Four

Ok So day four wasnt to bad

3 scrambled eggs for breakfast (of course the omega3 kind and organic!)
a banana for snack
2 brawts for lunch (this is probably not a good choice but its all I had)
a banana for snack
Chicken and Veggies for dinner (this was actually really good! I threw in a bunch of different veggies I had and let them simmer with the chicken so tasty!)
I made a fresh fruit salad and enjoyed that as my dessert

My biggest issue is late at night I get so HUNGRY! I mean not bored out of my mind hungry but literally my belly talks to me hungry! lol So I ate another banana with peanut butter which helped with the hunger but I sure was craving a cheese burger. I almost went to McDonald's but talked myself out of it....a few times! lol I need to make sure to buy some red meat this week for dinners :)

I am thankful for so many friends and family who have been supporting me. I mostly receive the support from my facebook page . The Lord has been so good to me. I continue to find strength in Him as I try and change my eating style.

I went for a long walk yesterday. I took rusty with me. I wish I had my camera with me. The one time I DON"T carry it around I miss such a great moment! As rusty was running around exploring so many things to see and smell on the Campus he found a water puddle. Those of you who know my rusty, you know he LOVES water. I guess thats what you get with a Lab! He plopped right in and started rolling around while lapping up some tasty cold water! I would usually get so mad if he did that because we are usually letting him out to go potty or something but since we didnt' have anything else to do that evening I went ahead and let him play! I'm telling ya, he really is like a baby! That dog brings so much happiness. He loves to just snuggle up to you first thing in the morning. I know those cute eyes are looking at me saying "Momma please don't go to work, stay home with me and throw my kong for me endless times!" :)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Day One through Three

Well, I considered starting this on Monday but I wanted to make sure I'd make it through the first few days....

I started a new way of eating...well its not new, but it is to me....

In April of this year a good friend of mine told me about someone she knew who had been doing fertility treatments and struggling to get pregnant. Her friend was doing everything she could find to try and get pregnant. Her last option was to go to a acupuncturist. The acupuncturist informed her that she probably had pcos (Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome) and told her to cut out all refined/processed food. She did that and within three months she was pregnant. Once Kerry shared this story with me, I was all over it! I remember a couple of my doctors telling me I most likely had this but no one ever really told me what to do. They just kept saying "Lose weight". Well I have been trying to lose weight for YEARS!!! I was active in High School, I played Volley Ball, Soft Ball and Basket Ball. I enjoyed many teen activities, I struggled because it seemed like I just kept putting the weight on, no matter what I did. So In the end, I just about gave up. Last year I was so close within a month or so of getting the Gastric Bypass Surgery. I have nothing against that, but I really wanted it to be my last option. I am not one that thinks about food all day every day. I just want to live a life that isn't limited by my weight. I have struggled with depression and a sense of loss since I was young.

It wasn't until I started researching PCOS that I finally felt like there was HOPE! As I read book after book, website after website, tears would stream down my face. I finally fit in somewhere! The symptoms are so broad but they were there! The constant fatigue, the pain from a touch, the unexplained weight gain, the irregular periods or lack of periods, the major mood swings....the list just goes on! They are all there!!! I don't have all the symptoms such as acne or hair loss (though I have noticed in the last year my hair has thinned out even more!) but its all there. Just when I felt like maybe I was lazy, and maybe I just needed to move on, the answers were there!

Now, I haven't gone to a doctor to be completely tested. I am emotionally drained from going from Doctor to Doctor. I have had to explain the last 15 years of my life to doctors who don't even want to bother and just want to say "You need to diet and lose weight and none of these issues will happen" well I know you went to school for so many years, and you think you have all the answers, but you don't! I am not just a piece of paper you can throw an answer on and that makes life all better! You don't live with the many struggles I deal with on a daily basis so please don't try and tell me what you think I should do, until you have been there! *done venting*

This process has not only been hard on me but on my husband as well. He has battled the Doctors with me, seen me give up, and seen me try to do things that deep down inside I would LOVE to do but physically I can't. He has seen the pain in my eyes and felt the pain from my heart. I don't deserve such a loving and caring man, but I am so thankful for him!

So with all that said...

I started my new way of eating on Monday June 15, 2009. I am cutting out sugar, flour, processed, and dairy (Out of all of them, this is the hardest for me, I know weird but so true!) food.

Wasn't to bad, maybe because I was excited about the new change....
I had a peach for breakfast
2 Hours later I had a Banana
2 Hours later I had an Apple
For Lunch I had Celery with Peanut Butter
2 Hours later I had another peach
For dinner I had Roasted Turkey breast, roasted carrots, celery and onion and a side salad with a little dressing (this dressing had a small amount of sugar in it but I only had a small amount).
For dessert I had some sliced strawberries
Everything except the Peanut Butter was organic.

I think day one was good. It was hard because I did feel hungry every two hours but I just ate small portions :)

Tuesday June 16, 2009
Breakfast I had two hard boiled eggs
2 Hours later I had a banana
2 Hours lather I had a banana with peanut butter (I find I need a little protein)
for lunch I had a Salad that had fresh Pineapple, Mandarin oranges, strawberries, lettuce carrots, and tomatoes. 2 tbs Fat Free Honey Mustard (I Know loaded with sugar! but I didn't have very much I promise, the fruit made the salad pretty wet)and plain grilled chicken
For dinner I had another salad (tomato, cucumber, red pepper, green pepper) and shredded turkey breast (from the previous nights dinner) and very little Green Goddess salad dressing
For dessert a few strawberries

Wednesday June 17, 2009
Ok so it was really hard! I really wanted to eat some chips, or have a CHEESE Burger with fries. I mean serious cravings...but I held out!

2 Hard boiled eggs for breakfast
2 hours later 1 banana with peanut butter
2 hours later a Mandarin orange salad from Wendys
3 hours later a banana with peanut butter
For Lunch I had the other half of my wendys salad
For dinner we went to Red Robin, this was the true test. I mean You go to red robin and you HAVE to get the freckled lemonade, unlimited fries, and a burger......BUT
I got a naked burger (No bun no cheese) with lettuce, tomato and onion and some mustard. I had a side salad (It was HUGE so I only ate half of it) and two slices of Cantaloupe. It was just right! Very tasty!!!
For dessert I had a banana with peanut butter

I know, I have been eating a lot of bananas but they are convenient and not as expensive! lol I will shop better next week for the right kind of food so i will have a slight more variety!

My goal is not to lose weight (which I know will happen and am excited about) but to change my lifestyle of eating...In the end Tim and I would love to hear the words "You are pregnant"!

I hope you enjoy the adventure of the Change...and maybe it will inspire you to make a difference in Your life!