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How Has Weight Loss Changed My Thinking?

How Weight Loss Has Changed My Thinking

I’ve done this before – a million and one times actually. Losing weight is something I don’t remember not doing….except when I just didn’t care about it. But, something has changed in me this time. Maybe it’s because I’m tired of losing the same weight two, three, four, one hundred times, only to put it on again. I noticed one HUGE thing the other day that I’ve never noticed before. So, how has weight loss changed my thinking?

More Confidence

There’s nothing better for your confidence than dropping pounds. It empowers you, makes you feel stronger, and you just exude confidence. Well, at least I do. I feel like I can accomplish anything I set my mind to and that’s a great feeling. I’m also in smaller clothes now and that’s freakin’ awesome!

An increase in my confidence has changed my thinking from “I can’t do that” to “Watch me knock this out!” I’m proud of myself and what I’ve accomplished already. I want to do more but I’m keeping realistic expectations. I know I’m going to slow down and even plateau. I’m preparing myself for it now so, when it does happen, I won’t let it get me down.

Seeing Food Differently

It’s no secret that I’m an emotional eater, but my relationship with food has changed tremendously in such a short time. About 2 weeks ago, I was really pissed off at my husband. I bitched about him to anyone who would listen. Usually, I would turn to food to help me feel better, but I didn’t do that this time. While I was on the phone having a bitch session with my mom, I walked laps around my dining room table. I replaced my food cravings with activity and it’s done amazing things for me.

Craving Activity

It used to be I would sit around, watching television, doing nothing. Now, I’m barely still. Some of that is thanks to my FitBit because it reminds to move every hour. I get at least 250 steps per hour, which is a little over 3,000 steps per day. I also get my workout in no matter what my schedule is like. I much prefer to do my workouts in the morning, but my schedule doesn’t always allow that. Instead of saying “eff it” and skipping it, I get it in just as soon as I can. I’m even thinking about joining a local gym!

My entire mindset has changed so much since the beginning of this year. February really, since that’s when I really got started (I wasn’t cleared for physical activity until January 23). I’ve been feeling absolutely amazing. Even the stress I’ve experienced with the hubs hasn’t been as difficult as it once was. I’m so grateful for a number of things, but, most importantly, I’m grateful for myself, my abilities, my strength, and my determination.

How Weight Loss Has Changed My Thinking

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Why Weekends are Worse for Me

Why Weekends are Worse for Me

Weekends are something I used to look forward to and I still do, to a degree. But, as far as weight loss is concerned, they’re the absolute worst for me. You see, I don’t have a set routine on the weekend; I get out of and go to bed when I feel like it, don’t have a strict timeline to follow, and generally move at much slower, more relaxed pace. That’s what weekends are for, right? That’s not conducive to my weight loss because I’m off my routine.

Sleep Patterns

My sleep changes completely during the weekends because I don’t have to set an alarm. I love waking up naturally, except when I have to pee so bad I could float downstairs! It’s just the nature of the beast; we wake up early every day and look forward to sleeping in on Saturday and Sunday, right? As it turns out, we shouldn’t do that. Why? Because it disrupts our body’s natural rhythm. What we’re supposed to do is go to sleep at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every day. I’m here to tell you right now – that’s not going to happen with me…unless I get to wake up naturally during the week, which I don’t.

No Routine

Yes, I have things that need to get done on weekends but I don’t adhere to a routine like I do during the week. It’s a much-needed break from the rigidity I set for myself. I’m nowhere near as productive, usually, on the weekends but the necessities get done. I do take Friday night and write down what I’d like to accomplish the next day but I don’t bust my ass to get it all done. As a working wife and mother, I’ve learned to take full advantage of downtime. The hubs and the kid visit his dad every Saturday so I have the house to myself for awhile. I use that time to workout since I don’t do that in front of the hubs, catch up on my shows on the DVR, or just chill out on the couch with a cup of coffee and a book.

Rest Day

Sunday is generally my rest and self-care day and it’s so difficult for me not to go to the comfort foods, especially during the winter when it’s so damn cold outside. While resting and taking care of myself isn’t a bad thing, I know how hard it is for me to get back into my normal routine on Monday, so I tend to fight it.

As the weeks have progressed, I’m getting better about the weekends and not falling back into old habits. I’m hoping that, once the weather ever warms up, things will be easier because I’ll be able to get outside more often. We’ve been on a few outings when the weather has been nice and I’ve gotten in some activity but it’s been hit or miss. How do you stay on track on the weekends?

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The Difference Between Weight Loss Then and Now

The Difference Between Weight Loss Then and Now

July 2015 was when I was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I was prescribed Metformin to help lower my A1C, and it came with an awesome side effect – weight loss! In fact, while taking the Metformin, I lost over 60 pounds in six months. In January 2016, I was taken off the medication because I no longer had diabetes. I’ve recently realized a few things that I wish I had known back then…

What is Healthy?

My idea of healthy back then was not having diabetes. While it’s true that being overweight often brings on type 2 diabetes, not having it doesn’t mean you’re healthy. I was so focused on getting rid of diabetes that I totally lost sight of what it really means to be healthy.

Sure, I changed my eating habits, tracked all of my food, and never forgot my FitBit, but where did that get me? Nowhere! Some of you may be asking yourself how I can say that because I lost 60 pounds. Right? Well, here’s the answer. Once I no longer had diabetes, I didn’t know how to regulate my blood sugar on my own. The weight crept back on and, before I knew it, I was back up to 259 pounds at my last check up. I didn’t fully realize that I had to sustain that lifestyle change in order to get and stay healthy!

This is ALL Me!

My last check up was on January 17 and my doctor was very concerned about my weight gain. My A1C level wasn’t high enough to warrant another prescription of Metformin, thankfully, but it did indicate that I was borderline diabetic. Dammit! I did it to myself, which means I had to change it myself. That’s exactly what I’m doing.

In true Bobbi fashion, I did nothing for the first few days after that appointment. I was overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start. It’s a hard pill to swallow when you realize you’re making yourself sick…willingly! But, by January 21, I had gotten my act together and was taking action. I started logging all of my food again, getting off my ass more, and wearing my FitBit everywhere. I realized that I had to just start if I was ever going to get it done. This time, there is no Metformin, which means all the weight I’ve lost to date and will lose in the future, is ALL ME! I used to attribute my weight loss to the medication and now I can’t.

Better Motivation

This time around, I feel like I have better motivation. Not that having diabetes isn’t good motivation to get off your ass, but this time, I don’t have diabetes. I’m doing this because I want to, not because I’m trying to get rid of diabetes. Some of you will understand that and others won’t, but that’s okay. It works for me and that’s what matters right now. Knowing that I lost more than 60 pounds before is actually creating somewhat of a competition because I want to prove to myself that I can do this.

More Knowledgeable

I can’t rely on a medication to regulate my blood sugar, so I have to do it myself. I’ve learned how to do that effectively. I’ve learned more about what my body can do and I make sure I push it. I used to strongly dislike sweating because I didn’t like the way it made me feel. I still don’t like it but I can take a shower any damn time I want and feel better. I didn’t like breathing heavy while exercising and I still don’t. But, the more I do it, the easier breathing becomes. I didn’t have this seemingly simple knowledge the first time around.

I’ve also learned a lot more about carbs and sodium and, other than my coffee, water is the only thing I drink. I’ve even cut back on my coffee, and that’s saying something! I’ve learned so much about a lot of things but the one thing I’ve fully realized is that I don’t ever want to go back. If that means using Lose It! and FitBit every day for the rest of my life, so be it.

What’s Next?

Since January 21, I’ve lost 28 pounds and well on my way to living a much healthier and happier life. The next step is for me to step up my exercise and introduce strength training for toning. The weather is getting warmer (well, we have our days…lol) and I’ll be able to get outside more often. I much prefer to walk outside than to be inside working out to a video.

What it all boils down to is I’m finally ready to make a permanent change in my life. I’m going to have plateaus and setbacks but I’m going to keep moving. It took me 6 months to re-gain 47 pounds so it’s going to take me a while to take it off again. The good news is that I’m moving in the right direction.

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Bruschetta Chicken

Bruschetta Chicken

I’m always looking for new ways to prepare the same old foods so I don’t get bored eating the same stuff every single day. I’ve even started combining foods I like, which is huge for me because I’m a creature of habit. I made some homemade bruschetta the other day and it smelled heavenly! I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to use it for, other than just eating it as a side, so I decided to put it over some grilled chicken breast tenderloin. The result? Absolutely delicious bruschetta chicken! Here’s the recipe:

Bruschetta Chicken
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 6 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast (I used tenderloin)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 large tomato
  • Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb seasoning
  • Mrs. Dash Italian Medley seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp basil, chopped
Instructions
  1. Marinate chicken breast in olive oil and Mrs. Dash seasonings for at least an hour. Grill until done.
  2. Dice tomato.
  3. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil, garlic and basil and mix well.
  4. Add tomato.
  5. Spoon over grilled chicken.
Notes
Use half of the bruschetta on the chicken. The nutritional information provided is based on using half of the bruschetta.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 249 Fat: 8.7 Saturated fat: 1 Carbohydrates: 3.6 Sugar: 1.1 Sodium: 498.3 Fiber: 0.5 Protein: 38.1 Cholesterol: 82.5

There are so many things you can do with your leftover bruschetta; get creative with your options. I used some of it on a flatbread pizza and it was amazing! The recipe for that is coming soon…

I’d love to know your thoughts on this recipe. Quite a few people have asked me for this recipe so I figured I’d bump it up on the blog schedule. 😉 Bon appetit!

Bruschetta Chicken Recipe

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The Hard Truth

The Hard Truth

Facing the truth isn’t easy and it’s certainly not easy when you realize it yourself. Over the past few months, I’ve realized several hard truths of my own that have made me sad, disappointed, even disgusted with myself. It all started back in August, when I lived in a land of ignorance and thought I had my life under control. HA!

Hard Truth #1: I’m Not Happy with Myself

I’ve been functioning on auto pilot for so long. An “opportunity” presented itself in August and I, stupidly, jumped on it. Why? Because I wasn’t happy with myself. In turn, by not being happy with myself, I wasn’t happy with other relationships in my life, which included my marriage. I ended up participating in something I shouldn’t have for a couple of months and was left feeling far worse about myself than when I started. I’ve spent the past few months trying to move past this and some days are better than others. Therapy has been helpful but it’s a slow process.

Although I was a complete and utter dumb ass, there is something positive that came out of all of this. My marriage is on the road to recovery and I realized I wasn’t happy with myself. I’m working on finding myself again and learning what makes me happy. I’m not seeking happiness from anything or anyone other than myself. My husband and I have spent a great deal of time talking to one another, which is something we haven’t done much of during our marriage.

Hard Truth #2: I Cannot Be Trusted with Food

If you’ll recall, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, dropped 60 pounds and cured myself. Well, that was short-lived. I saw my doctor last week and weighed in at 259 pounds! That means I’ve only kept off 19 pounds. Hmph! So, that means I have 2 choices; I can let it get to me and put the other 19 pounds and more on, or I can tell myself that I have a 19 pound head start. I’m choosing the latter.

Why can’t I be trusted with food? Because I freakin’ eat it…ALL of it! When my doctor took me off metformin, I told myself that I had this under control. Well, lying is never good, especially to yourself. I shouldn’t have told myself that, let alone believed it. I know better. If I could control my damn food, I wouldn’t have blown up to 278 pounds in the first place. Right or wrong? Right! I’m an emotional eater so it doesn’t take much for me to abuse food.

I dusted off my FitBit yesterday, strapped it on, and cleaned the house. I ended up having to contact support because there was an issue with syncing and updating. Long story short, all of my data from yesterday was lost but it finally updated and synced with the app. Gotta take the good with the bad. Just because my data was lost doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

Hard Truth #3: I’m Lazy

I’m the freakin’ queen of excuses when it comes to exercise…and a few other things. Most days, I’d rather lie around on the couch and binge watch my favorite shows than do anything else. That’s a side effect of depression and not being happy with myself. I’m working on those things every single day. I tend to feel overwhelmed most days and that makes me shut down entirely. I don’t want to meal prep or cook these days either. I want to grab whatever is easy, whether it’s good for me or not.

I find it difficult to do the simplest of things, such as wash my face and brush my teeth. I’m sure that’s the depression but still. No one wants to feel like that. I’ve also found that I’m not as productive as I or others believe me to be. I haven’t been consistent with my Filofax in a long time and I can see a huge difference in what I get done….or don’t.

The Hard Truth-pin

It’s hard to look at yourself in the mirror and admit your truth but it’s necessary. You HAVE to admit it before you can accept it, change it, learn from it, and grow. This year is all about that process for me. I have a lot to work on and it’s hard not to get overwhelmed when I look at the big picture. BUT – with the help of my goal setting action plan, I’m able to break my goals down into smaller, more manageable ones to, hopefully, decrease my anxiety and feelings of overwhelm. Here’s to admitting hard truths and changing them!

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What Lies Ahead in 2017

What Lies Ahead

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We’re officially in a new year and what lies ahead is completely up to you. I took some time over the weekend to create an action plan for the year. My hope is that following that plan will allow me to achieve my goals. Notice I said hope? If I learned anything in 2016 it was to never have expectations. I’ve learned to go with the flow a bit more (so freakin’ hard for me) and I’m trying not to sweat the small stuff. Sometimes, shit just doesn’t go the way we think it should. Guess what? That’s ok! I’m not sure I entirely believe that right now, but, hey, I’m a work in progress.

Here’s some advice about goal-setting – make sure your goals are attainable! Don’t you dare set goals you know damn well you aren’t going to achieve. I created a 3 month goal setting worksheet (free download below!) to help me break down the year.

Goal Setting Worksheet

I have a lot of goals for 2017 and breaking them down in smaller increments allows me to narrow my focus. Now, will it keep me from looking ahead? Yeah right….but, at least my main focus will be on the current quarter. This is my first time using a system like this so I’m not sure how it’s going to work for me, but I’ll keep ya posted.

A Few of My 2017 Goals

Like I said, I have a lot of goals for this year and I’ve tried to prioritize them in order of importance to me. Just like I do with my top 3 tasks for the day, I have my top 3 goals for the year. While these goals will be listed in the first quarter, I’ll be working on them all year and still may not achieve them. That doesn’t mean that these goals aren’t attainable – it just means that they’re BIG goals that require more than 4 quarters to complete. Here they are…

Stop Overthinking

If you’re an overthinker, you know damn well that this ish is hard to stop. My mind is constantly thinking about things; sometimes when it shouldn’t. How do I plan on conquering this? Well, I’ve been reading a lot about how getting thoughts out of your head can help reduce overthinking so that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to start journaling my thoughts; randomly and without worrying if it makes sense. If it works, just imagine how much mental space I’ll free up…holy cow!

Get & Stay Healthy

This is something I’m always going to work on and I’m ok with that. I’ve gained back all the weight I lost when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I can’t begin to describe how disgusted with myself I feel. Ah, oh well. All is not lost. I’ve learned that I have to always be vigilant with my food and exercise and to track every single thing!

Say No…without explaining why or feeling guilty

Ha…this is probably the hardest one to achieve. Each time I have to tell someone no, I feel compelled to explain why I can’t blank and I always feel bad that I wasn’t able to blank. People even ask me why I can’t do whatever when I’ve tried just saying no. I really need to get a handle on this one.

What Lies Ahead…

I have other goals as well, such as lowering debt, practicing self-care daily, finding happiness, and so on. So many things happened in 2016 and I’ve come to the conclusion that what happened in 2016 STAYS in 2016. I am worried that a few things from 2016 are going to trickle over into this year but I’ll deal with them if/when it happens. I have a few major decisions to make this year and I’m a bit intimidated. But, life starts outside your comfort zone, right?

What lies ahead for you this year?

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Pinterest Recipe: Cheesy Chicken Broccoli & Rice

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice

I’m all about trying new things because eating the same shit day after day gets old fast. While I was busy pinning some things, I found this Pinterest recipe for cheesy chicken broccoli and rice.

At first, I was nervous about making it because of the onion and garlic. I love garlic but I’ve never used it in a dish like this. Well, I’m so glad I was adventurous because this was absolutely delicious.

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli & Rice
 
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Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ c. red onion, diced
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut in bite-size pieces
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 c. long grain brown rice
  • 2½ c. broccoli florets, cut in bite-size pieces
  • 2½ c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 c. finely shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, saute onion in 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and petter.
  2. Once onions soften, increase the heat to medium high and add chicken to the pan.
  3. Brown chicken and add garlic. Cook for about 1 minute.
  4. Push chicken to one side and add additional tablespoon of olive oil to the other side.
  5. Add uncooked rice to the olive oil and cook for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add the chicken broth and bring mixture to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cover.
  7. Cook chicken and rice, covered, for 12 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle broccoli evenly over the mixture and stir to combine.
  9. Cook covered another 8 minutes on low, or until broccoli and rice are tender.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in half a cup of cheese.
  11. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and cover with lid, let sit 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 413.6 Fat: 25.2 Saturated fat: 11.7 Carbohydrates: 14.7 Sugar: 1 Sodium: 885.2 Fiber: 1.9 Protein: 30.2 Cholesterol: 96

This recipe was adapted from Christy Denney.

My Thoughts

I know it may not look like much (some people actually told me it looked like it was regurgitated), but, trust me, it was GOOD! If you’re looking for a quick recipe that’s filling and delicious, this is the one!

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