Strugglin’ to Lose?… KEEP GOING!

Ladies & gents, I’ve struggled with my weight since right after High School and living on my own. I no longer had my mom supervising my fast food intake or ensuring I ate 3 square meals a day. I went a little bonkers and decided I could live off of McDonald’s. It was a sad, sad day for my waist line (and my health).

Well, that was a long time ago and although I’ve cut out the McDonald’s (and fast food in general), I still struggle to keep off the weight. But over the years I’ve learned that dieting just doesn’t work for me, a lifestyle change does. You’ll notice I always put “diet” in quotation marks because I don’t want you to “diet”, I want you to lifestyle change. So in my blog “diet” = lifestyle change. ūüôā

These are a few tips of mine to encourage you to KEEP GOING!

#1: Being consistent is where it’s at. If you decide to “diet” for 1-2 weeks but don’t see the results you want, give up, throw in the towel, and begin eating unhealthy foods AND stop exercising, guess freakin’ what…. you aren’t going to make any progress. Even on days/weeks where you only lose .5 pounds, you’ve got to keep going. Especially if you are a woman, we HOLD onto weight like no other and it takes time, dedication, and consistency. Don’t give up on yourself, you are worth it!

#2: Stay positive. This coincides with tip #1. If you are constantly down on yourself and stressing yourself out about your weight, you aren’t going to get very far. Be proud & happy with yourself for every inch or pound lost. Remember, your body is under construction… it will take time.

#3: Set goals. Now, if you are like me and have a goal of losing 50 pounds, don’t make that your starting goal! Setting such a high goal at one time can be majorly overwhelming. Set a goal for your first 2-3 months of your “diet”. It can be a small goal or large goal but remember to make them. And that leads me to tip #4.

#4: Reward yourself! If you hit your first 2-3 month goal reward yourself!!! I don’t encourage rewarding yourself with bad food as this can sometimes result in backpedaling and spin you out of control. But instead I encourage you to get your nails done, buy a new article of clothing, get your hair done. Do something that will make you feel really good.

#5: Remember how beautiful you are inside and out. No matter your size, shape, color, WE are all BEAUTIFUL! Always remember that and stay true to yourself. Don’t “diet” for a man, work, etc. “Diet” for yourself b/c your health is worth it. <3 xoxo

(Mini) Chicken Pot Pies

I can honestly say these are the EASIEST to make and YUMMIEST to eat! ¬†My boyfriend could seriously eat these every day but b/c I try to eat clean as much as possible I don’t make them very often. ¬†Well, last night was date night at home so I made him his favorite meal. ¬†Hope you & your loved ones enjoy them too!

Grocery List $6-$10
**Most of these ingredients I have lying around my house at all times; prices may vary**
3 Chicken Tenders
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 Cup Frozen Peas
1/2 Cup Frozen Corn
1 Package *Low Calorie* Crescent Rolls (makes 8 pot pies)
Spices (your preference)

Let’s Cook
Cook chicken and shred
In a separate bowl, add shredded chicken, veggies, cream of chicken and spices – mix thoroughly. Set Aside.
PAM your muffin tin (you don’t want these babies to stick!)
Tear crescent rolls at preferrated lines and place one in each muffin cup.
Tip: I stretch the crescent rolls just slightly, and careful to not rip them, so that they cover more of the muffin cup.
Add mixture to each muffin cup
Close up the top of your pot pie by using the sides of the crescent roll (there should be 3 corners to cover the top)
Tip: Take a fork and stab each one so that air can seep through and your pot pies don’t explode)
Bake at 375 degrees for 9-12 minutes
Tip: Scoop the pot pies out with a fork or spoon. If you try lifting from the top most likely the top of the pot pie will come off.

 

Mini chicken Pot Pies

Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll Ups

Holy moly, this is an awesome recipe. I had a few construction workers (ok, they were friends) over to patch a few holes in the wall from some renovations and I them promised dinner. I wanted to cook something yummy for them but easy for me. Needless to say, it was a hit!

Grocery List: $10-$20
3 Chicken Tenders
1/2 Cup Fat Free Cottage Cheese (this replaces fattening ricotta cheese)
Fresh Spinach Leaves Chopped
Fresh Garlic Minced (1-2 cloves)
1 Egg
10 Lasagna Noodles – Boiled to Al Dente
1 Bottle of Your Fav Alfredo Sauce (I only use 1/2 bottle to cut down on calories / fat content)
Italian Seasonings to Taste (optional)
Shredded Cheese (optional)

Let’s Cook!
**Preheat oven to 350 degrees**
**Grease Baking Dish**
1. Boil Lasagna Noodles (I add a splash of EVOO to keep noodles from sticking)
2. Pan cook Chicken while noodles are boiling. Add Seasonings while cooking. Once done, shred.
3. In a large bowl, add & mix together egg, cottage cheese, spinach, shredded chicken, garlic, seasonings.
4. Drain noodles and place noodles on a flat surface (for easy rolling).
5. Place mixture at top of noodle and start rolling, tucking the filling in as you roll. Once rolled up place in baking dish.
6. Once all your rolls are in the baking dish, top with Alfredo sauce and sprinkled cheese.
7. Bake at 350 for 1/2 hour or until bubbly.

Pairings
Oven toasted Quinoa Bread with butter & garlic salt and a yummy spinach salad with fresh peas & sunflower kernels.

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

This is a healthy version of french fries. ¬†I used sweet potatoes and then baked them. ¬†You’ll probably notice that my “sweet potatoes” are not orange. ¬†But the sign at my local grocery store said sweet potatoes! ¬†So I did some research which you can read¬†Here. ¬†Basically there are white, purple, and orange sweet potatoes. ¬†I always seem to pick up the white ones. ¬†Alright, enough sweet potato talk – let’s COOK! ¬†ūüôā
Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Grocery List: $2-$5
1 Large Sweet Potato (Serves 2-3)
Any Seasonings
Olive Oil

Let’s Cook!
1. Preheat oven to 400
2. Cut sweet potato into fries
Tip: I slice the potato in half and then cut at a diagonal to make “steak” type fries
3. Place on Baking Sheet and sprinkle desired seasonings on. I usually do a bit of garlic sea salt, a mix of Italian seasonings, and a bit of fresh basil or rosemary.
Tip: Make sure to get both sides of potato with seasonings
4. Drizzle with Olive Oil and place in oven for 25-30 minutes
Tip: If your baking sheet isn’t non stick spraying with non stick spray before placing fries on sheet will help prevent sticking.
5. Enjoy some guilt free Sweet Potato Fries!

Josh & I paired ours with smoked turkey sausage.Sweet Potato Fries - Baked

Healthy Fried Rice

Homemade fried rice is both easy and delicious. ¬†As I’m always trying to watch my waist line I made my fried rice with as many healthy ingredients as possible and keep the sodium WAY down by using as little as possible soy sauce. ¬†This yummy recipe is boyfriend and kid approved! ¬†Hope you and your family enjoy it too!

Grocery List: $10
1 Egg
Minute Rice
Frozen or Fresh Veggies (This time I used broccoli, corn, onions, peas, and green beans)
Soy Sauce

Let’s Cook!
1. Cook Minute Rice
Tip: Making homemade rice is obviously amazing – but I seem to burn rice every time I make it. Minute rice keeps my pans in shape and the smell of burning out of my house. Feel free to use any variation you prefer!
2. Pan fry 1 egg
3. While rice & egg are cooking, combine all veggies in a large frying pan to cook.
Tip: I use frozen veggies so they take a bit longer to defrost and pan fry. I use a splash of olive oil to keep them moist and cover with a lid to cook faster.
4. Once Egg is all good and cooked through, add to veggies and mix together.
5. Add a splash or two of soy sauce to the veggies and egg
6. Add rice.
Tip: You can simply add rice to the pan with veggies & egg to get all of it mixed together really nicely. Or you can put rice in a dish and serve veggies on top. Either way, you’ve got yourself some yummy fried rice!
7. Enjoy!

Mid Cooking

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Plated & Ready to Eat!

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Josh & I paired our fried rice with Elk Steaks.

Josh likes his elk steaks a bit rare (understatement of the year)…

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