Kathy Shares her Struggles and Plans

Kathy's Before and After Photo

I find myself rather frustrated as I think about weight loss. Nearly eight years ago, I started my weight loss journey. It is exactly that, a journey. I have not perfected anything. I work everyday and once again, I feel my weight journey involves emotion. When things are beyond my control, I turn to food. Before I realized it, 5 pounds come back, then 10 and 20 then more. While I still have over 1/2 of my weight off, I need to get back into the game. Get my head in the right place.

In these last few years, life happened. Many joys and a few sorrows and some very stressful situations. That’s what we all face at some time or another. It is how we deal with them, is the true challenge.

I went back to some of my old habits. Those are familiar to me. As much as I hate to admit it, I got comfortable with it again. I quit walking, I started to eat anything that I wanted. The sugar addiction took hold and one cookie turned into maybe 10 by the end of the day. Once again, I would do the “start back on the program” and made it a few days and gradually starting eating poorly again. The old yo-yo thing. When you live that life for 25+ years, those habits come back quickly. Now, to wrangle it all back in.

I found when I tried to get some weight off again, I didn’t do it the right way. I was looking at calories, not paying attention to healthy, just numbers. As I used to say, calories don’t work for me. I need to eat healthy foods to get me on track. I would walk a day or two, get weighed and since I didn’t lose 15 pounds in 2 days, I would get frustrated. Obviously, you can’t lose that kind of weight and I am truly joking about it but that is what I wanted. Don’t we all. Wake up in the morning and the weight is gone. Here’s the situation…I didn’t gain the weight overnight, it will not come off overnight. I gained about 5 pounds a year. That wasn’t horrible if I would have stopped after a couple of years but 7 years later, I now have some weight to lose.

So, here I am, needing to get the pounds off and get healthy again. I went back to my original post and saw how motivated I was and how I went about losing the weight. It is time to get back to where I was.

First thing…start thinking positive. It is amazing to me how your mind can become so negative. My positive self talk went down the tubes. Now I was saying to myself , “I can’t do this. I look horrible, I feel horrible. I have trouble sleeping because I ate too much and too close to bed.” At this point, my clothes are too tight. Now it is time to pick myself up and realize that we all fall down. I am not staying down, it is time to pick myself up and get that positivity back into my head. There were two things that stuck in my mind nearly eight years ago. One…until you take your last breath on this earth, you can make a change and two…negativity breeds more negativity. From this point on, all the negativity has to go.

Second…it is time to start eating clean. I need to focus on eating more vegetables. I got away from that as well. I really didn’t eat a lot of processed foods or fried foods but I still need to be more accountable to everything that I eat. That includes cutting out sugar again. That is my addiction.

Third…I need to start moving again. Walking isn’t hard. It is a matter of just making yourself do it. Don’t start off with an all or nothing attitude. I don’t need to do the 4 miles in an hour like I used to do. Start off slower. I need to push myself but not to the point that I can’t move for days.

Fourth…Nothing is all or nothing. I do that with my exercising but I do it with everything. If I eat something, oh well, the day if blown. No it isn’t. That is life. We can’t be 100% all day, everyday. That is way to much pressure on myself. Small changes lead to big successes. I need to remember that.

Lindsay asked me to blog about my journey once again. It is time to get back to eating well and fueling my body, not feeding my addiction to food. Once a week, I will share some of my thoughts and feelings as well as some new recipes that I want to try. I invite you to join me with my journey and share some of your thoughts and your experiences. So many of us deal with food issues and I find it inspiring when people share their journey as well.

Have a positive and healthy week!

Kathy is a contributing writer at Lindsay Ann Loft. She has been sharing her weight loss story and tips with our readers since 2011. She has a passion for healthy eating and helping others with their journey to a healthier lifestyle.

5 Lunch Ideas Under 400 Calories

photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc

photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc

Looking for healthy lunch options under 400 calories? Here they are!  The calorie counts for these 5 lunches are for specific brands, be sure to look at the packaging for the food you are preparing. Personally, I do not count vegetables, if you want to, add them but the amounts wouldn’t be too much.
Some of these ideas work best when you cook ingredients the night before, assemble and are ready to heat for lunch.

Stir-fry – 366 Calories

  • Steamed vegetables – Free
  • Trader Joe’s Baked Tofu – 150 Calories
  • 1 Cup Brown Rice – 216 Calories

Veggie Burger & Baked Potato – 360 Calories

  • Garden Burger – 100 Calories
  • Arnold’s Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins – 100 Calories
  • Spinach – Free
  • Condiments – 50 Calories
  • Baked Potato – 110 Calories
  • Salsa – 50 Calories

Soup and Salad – 300 Calories

  • 2 Cups Lentil Soup – 200 Calories
  • 2 Cups Mixed Greens with Veggies – Free
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Salad Dressing – 50 Calories
  • Croutons – 50

PB&J and Apple – 372 Calories

  • 2 Slices Ezekiel Bread – 160 Calories
  • 1 Tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter – 90 Calories
  • 1 Tablespoon raspberry jam – 50 Calories
  • Medium Red Apple – 72 Calories

Veggie Stuffed Pita – 320 Calories

  • Arnold’s Whole Wheat Pita – 200 Calories
  • Lettuce, Cucumber, Shredded Carrots, Sprouts – Free
  • 2 Tablespoons Hummus – 50 Calories
  • 1/4 Cup Chickpeas – 70 Calories

Do you think you’ll make any of these lunches?  Share your feed back in the comments below.

 

Guacamole | Recipe

Guacamole Recipe

This recipe is not from me, it’s from my husband. He’s become the guacamole making pro in the house. I love when someone else cooks for me, so I welcome this healthy dish any day of the week.

Guacamole

  • 2 Avocados
  • 1/2 Onion, diced
  • 1 Tomato, diced
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste
  • Salt, pinch

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mash with fork or potato masher until desired consistency is achieved.
  3. Add a bit of salt, a pinch at a time until you like it. Keep in mind that tortilla chips are often salty.

You can also add half a jalapeno pepper to the guacamole but we like it without.

How to Easily Add Greens To Your Diet

How to Add Greens To Your Diet

Greens are a super food, full of nutrients and fiber. Getting enough greens can be difficult but there are sneaky ways to get them in. Here are a few tips to help you get them into your diet.

One way I like to incorporate spinach is with pasta. You can do this by boiling your pasta as directed and, in the last minute, toss two big handfuls of spinach into the boiling water. When you drain the pasta the spinach will be mixed in already. You’ll be surprised how it cooks down. This way you can get two cups of spinach into your meal without really noticing. You can top with sauce as usual. Adding fresh basil will help add flavor as well.

Another way to get spinach into your diet is with green smoothies. You can read about how to make them in my post here. Don’t let the green color turn you away. You don’t taste the spinach but your body will get all of the good stuff.

Add greens to an omelet. A great way to get vegetables in at breakfast time is to make an omelet with veggies. Saute mushrooms, onions, peppers, spinach, broccoli, whatever vegetable you like until they are lightly cooked and place in the middle of your omelet with your cheese.

Mix spinach in with rice. Similar to the pasta idea, add spinach to cooked rice. The steam from the hot rice will wilt the spinach. Use vegetable broth to cook the rice and add your favorite seasonings.

Mix dark greens in with your salad and try to eat a salad with dinner everyday. Make it your mission to mix up the toppings and dressings. Keep your salad options fresh and it won’t be a chore to eat them.

What are your favorite ways to add greens to your diet? I’d love to hear your tips and suggestions.

August : What’s in Season?

Bruschetta Recipe | Lindsay Ann Loft

It’s the beginning of a new month, here’s a collection of what’s in season for August and recipes to go along with them!

Fruits:

Vegetables:

What are your favorite foods in season?

Melon