Meal Plan

Keto Egg Roll in a Bowl
Hamburger Green Beans Dish
Keto Salisbury Steak green beans cauliflower mashed
Spaghetti Squash
BLT Salad


Chicken Flautas
*2 1/4 c shredded chicken
1 T. cornstarch
1/4 t. pepper
1/2 c. chicken broth
12 corn tortillas (1 used 6 flour, 6 corn)

Heat a cast iron skillet or griddle to medium-hot.  Place the tortilla on the hot surface until warm and then flip.  (if the tortilla is cold it will rip.  Much easier to roll if warm!)

Mix the chicken, cornstarch, pepper, and chicken broth in a pot and cook, stirring constantly, until very thick and bubbly.

Place the mixture along one side of the tortilla, and roll the tortilla as tightly as possible without tearing the tortilla.

Heat about an inch of oil in the skillet until the oil sizzles (use the handle of a wooden spoon – Rachael Ray trick!  LOL)

Carefully lay the flautas, seam side down into the oil, and cook until they are golden and crisp.  Drain on paper towel and keep warm in low oven until all are cooked.

Makes 4 servings of 3 flautas each.  I put shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream and guacamole on the plate.  Can add tomato wedges and salsa or hot cheese dip.

*NOTE:  Can add chopped onion and minced garlic to the chicken mixture.

Keto – “Kinda”

Here we are again!  I want to get healthy before I reach retirement age.  I don’t want anyone to have to take care of me because I failed to take care of myself.  I went to the doctor and found out my sugars were really high so that is very motivating!  I’m doing low carb, trying to avoid anything that will raise my blood sugars.

Before when I lost weight, I ate whatever I wanted.  Just small portions, but I had sweets.  This time, I’m avoiding sugar like the plague that it is.  I’m not super strict on the carbs like some people.  I do have corn, beans, potatoes, etc on occasion – but when I do I have 1/2 portions.

Honestly, have not been exercising.  I want to.  Just have not.  A friend told me that if I forced myself to run then I would, after a month, be craving exercise.  Doubtful.  But, I know I need to get moving for my health!  So far I’ve lost 16 pounds!  I want to lose 10 more before January 1.

The doctor told me I needed to lose 4 pounds more.  I feel like I need to lose 20.  Whatever it takes to get my blood glucose at a healthy number!

Fingers crossed!  🙂


Still in the Race

As long as there’s life, there’s hope!

Today is a good day.  Because I say it is.  Because God made it and everything God made was beautiful.  Before sin.

I know.  It’s been a while.  A long while.  And here I am again.  Back in the 150’s.  I’m not going to lie.  It’s a struggle.  My weight.  And it’s been a life-long struggle.  I doubt that this new diet will end my struggle.  BUT God.  Because with God all things are possible.  And even if I struggle it doesn’t mean I cannot succeed in winning this fight against fat.  This is a race, but it’s not a sprint.  It’s a marathon and it’s not over until it’s over!

I have had the habit of having a goal of two pounds a week when I dieted (tried a new lifestyle, whatever).  However, it has recently come to my attention that unless you are over 200 pounds, that goal is unrealistic.  “Experts” say that a more reasonable goal is only one pound a week.  OK, as long as we make progress who cares if it takes 2 months or 4?  Who am I kidding?  I care!  I’m not gifted with patience.  Nonetheless, one can’t argue with reality.

So, one pound a week it is!  I just read “101 ways” to lose a pound a week.  Some good ideas there, for sure.  I want do some fasts.  Maybe a detox or two.

My goal is to focus on forming life-long habits to make me healthy and to keep me healthy.

Inspirational Blog

Check out this girls’ blog!  Very inspirational.  🙂

This gal went from 225 (she’s 5’9 though) to 146.4 (below her goal weight) in 32 weeks!  In 42 weeks she was down to 138!

It can be done.  It has been done.  It will be done again.  Will it be done by me?  Depends on how bad I want it, doesn’t it.  


Never Give Up!

I have not been living a very healthy lifestyle and have the numbers to prove it! The scales do NOT lie. I’ve been discouraged about my gain but not enough to do anything about it until yesterday when I got on the scales. Enough is enough. I’m ready to do this again. And again and again. Forever. I just need to get up quicker next time. I’m drawing the line at a healthy BMI this time. May God grant me the strength to reach a healthy weight and to stay there! Hope this video inspires us to do great things in 2014!

Long time forgotten are dreams that just fell by the way . . .

Not really.  I have been weighing regularly.  I need to update the progress page.

The truth is I just fell back into my old habits and the scales now read 151!  Again!  A far cry from 134.8 I weighed in February!  If I get serious and go back to what I was doing when I was at my lowest, I’ll go back to my lowest.  Not rocket science.  Move more.  Eat less!  No reason to be depressed or get discouraged or give up.  Just got to GET UP!  My portion sizes have grown.  I’ve stopped exercising and I’m eating too many carbs and junk.  I was thinking, if I could only get a jump start to encourage myself and see some real loss then maybe I would be back on track.  For real this time!  I came across this article where the author states, “I can show any human adult on earth how to lose 5 lbs in one day.”  It was all poo – literally.  The author states that “160lb woman can lose 3.2lbs to 4.8lbs in one single bowel movement.”

I really love this:

It’s not about weight. It’s about size. It’s about routines. It’s about good habits.

If you focus on habits and ignore all the other noise, size reduction occurs, energy increases and your self-confidence goes through the roof. This is lifestyle change.

I need to go back to being a little hungry all day long until my stomach has shrunk and I can relearn how to eat and not over-eat.  Baby steps.  Baby bites.  Slow down!  Relax.  Exercise.  Plenty of water and sleep!  I can do this!!

I can lose 15 lbs in 3 months, right?  It’s only 5 a month.  During the holiday season.  🙂

I found this on the internet:

I am your height [5’1.5″], female, and lost a stone (from 140 to 126) in two months very easily without counting calories, though I did monitor my carb levels and kept them below 70g a day. I just gave up grains, potatoes, legumes and alcohol totally, and replaced them with meat, fish, salad, veg, and nuts. Interestingly, I also found myself eating a lot of strawberries and cream, sometimes even for breakfast. 

When I scroll back, at the time, I was averaging somewhere around 1300 to 1600 calories a day, with some 1700 to 2000 expended (but this is very rough, so do not take it as gospel). I didn’t do any specific exercise apart from a regular walk 40 mins each day with a longer one at weekends (audio-books, music or language course on my i-pod), and housework.

It was not hard and, aside from the first week (carb flu), I didn’t get hungry.

Yes, IF I want it, I CAN do it!  Just not without effort.

Tragedy and Triumph

I’ve been through so much these past few years and it finally came to a climax on  January 30, 2013.  As a result, my weight has been all over the place!  At the start of the year we were recovering from the flu so I wasn’t eating much.  Then I  started eating compulsively and couldn’t stop myself and I gained 7  pounds.  Then tragedy hit and I lost 10 pounds in a week.  Then in February I gained 2 of those pounds back.  So far in March I gained yet 3 more pounds.

I’m still down about 14 pounds from where I was a year ago so that is success!  I’ve lost (well, lost and regained tons but not talking about that!) about 18.5 lbs since I started this blog!  Even through all the ups and downs I have kept off some of it and that is progress!  I am borderline “normal” – by some charts I am normal, some I need to lose about 7 pounds.

I would like to weigh 125.  I think that would be a good weight for me.   So that’s about 14 pounds.  I could totally do that by summer.  I really don’t feel too fat right now.  But I live in a land where most of the population is overweight so of course I look fine to most people.  I never exercise and I know I need to be exercising daily!  I know that would help me maintain a healthy weight.  With all the stress and tragedy in my life I don’t want the added stress of fat on my body.   

Time to Sprint!

We are nearing the end of the year!  Now is NOT the time to quit or slow down or have the “maintain mentality” that it’s ok if I just stay like this, it’s the holiday season spirit!  NO.  Time to kick it up and finish strong!  STAY postitive!  You have worked to hard to go back, even one pound!  Going forward insures you don’t go back.  Time to increase exercise. 

And that is my pep talk to myself!  I just feel like the goal is so far away.  Depending on what chart I read, I’m supposed to be between 138 and 132.  I weighed 140.5 this morning.  How bad do I want this?!  What am I willing to do?  Do I make a healthy choice or unhealthy?  The results are weight loss/maintain or gain. 

I did take a 30 minute walk before breakfast but not being very healthy in my eating!  I’m keeping a food journal today to keep myself accountable!

Breakfast – 2 glasses of water
                 1/2 Burrito Bowl (leftover from BOOrito celebration at Chipotle yesterday.
                 Chocolate cupcake with lots of orange frosting
                 cafe con leche, only a little bit of milk in my coffee. 

WOW!  That is a lot of calories!

Whatever.  Too embarrassed to do a food journal!!!  I had chocolate Halloween candy, hot cocoa, ham, pizza, yogurt.  It was ugly.

And that is the brutal honest truth!  Ha!  And you know what?  It didn’t bring me any happiness.  No closer to my goal.  Not satisfying either – despite what the candy bar slogans say.  They LIE.  I want to be motivated.  I am scared.  I think I’m afraid of reaching my goal.  It’s weird.  But true.  I have to figure out how to get over that phenomenon.

I just read the perfect quote!!!

“Being Fat is Hard. Losing Weight is Hard. Maintenance is Hard. Choose Your Hard.”

Reminds me of “Life is hard.  It’s harder if you’re fat.”

I need to find some real inspiration!  I’ve been trying to pump myself up but it’s not working! 


. . . To Be Continued . . .

The R.O.U.S. of Weight Loss

Buttercup: We’ll never succeed. We may as well die here.

Westley: No, no. We have already succeeded. I mean, what are the three terrors of the Fire Swamp? One, the flame spurt – no problem. There’s a popping sound preceding each; we can avoid that. Two, the lightning sand, which you were clever enough to discover what that looks like, so in the future we can avoid that too.


This came to my mind when I was thinking about my own journey through my personal “Fire Swamp” or “Fit Struggle” – same thing.

And we know that they even beat the ROUS and in the end they lived happily ever after.

I mustn’t think like the princess and give up hope, but like Westley!

I have already succeeded. I mean, what are the three terrors of the Fit Struggle? One, the weight spurts – no problem. There’s a popping sound preceding each (and accompanying flying buttons); I can avoid that by daily weigh-ins.  When we see a pound weight gain (that isn’t due to water weight or time of the month weight gain) then I just increase activity and cut back on the calorie intake until the pound goes away.

Two, the lightning sand, which being interpreted is “White Poison” in the form of white refined flour, white refined sugar and white refined salt.  So, in the future I can avoid that too.

Lastly, the  R.O.U.S  – Rations of Unusual Size combined with inactivity is a no-brainer: Eat less, move more!

Not rocket science!  🙂  I will be so proud of myself if I can end the year at 137.5 – my lowest point in 2012.  If I maintain my current weight until January 1st, I’ll still be 21 pounds down from January 1st of this year.  And I’m now less than I’ve been in 15 (or so) years!  Yeah!  I would really, really, like to be 133 – down 30 pounds.

Have fun stormin’ da castle!