Thursday, January 30, 2014

10 Day Smoothie Challenge!

So very long story short......I can't do this yo-yo of weight loss anymore and for whatever reason, I can't get my head into the Medifast mindset to stay on it.  So, I am back off Medifast and am going to be focusing on eating more whole, organic foods.  My husband and I want to have a baby, so we are looking into a great "Fertility Diet" that mainly focuses on eating organic foods, limiting dairy, limiting soy and eating whole foods.

I am doing a 10 Day Smoothie Challenge, as a way to ease myself in.

My smoothie for the day is a Peach Smoothie.  Here is the recipe.  It tastes great!!

Also, I discovered a great drink by Evolution Fresh called Essential Greens with Lime Juice.  Normally they are about $5 a bottle, but I got them on special at my grocery store for only $2.29!  It is a cold pressed juice, not from concentrate.  Seems like a great way to help get in more veggies.  That is until I buy a juicer!

Please also note that I have added a "Healthy Living Recipes" section to my blog.  These are where I am going to share healthy recipes that are NOT approved for Medifast weight loss phase.  I will also put a note at the top of each recipe saying it is not a Medifast recipe, to hopefully avoid confusion from Medifast dieters.

Peach Smoothie

*Note this is NOT a Medifast recipe*

This is a great smoothie that is loaded with all kinds of nutrients to get your day off to a good start.  Since it is high in protein and fiber, you will stay full long into the morning.

Peach Smoothie

1 1/2 cup (280 grams) frozen Peaches
2 medium bananas
10 oz Voskos Greek Yogurt, plain, non-fat
2 packets of Stevia
1 TB Pure Vanilla Extract
2 TB Chai Seeds
2 scoops Biochem Vanilla Whey Protein (Buy It Here)
2 scoops (16 grams) Amazing Grass Green Super Food drink powder (Buy It Here)
1 cup filtered water

Blend together.  Makes 3 servings.

300 calories, 44 g carbs, 4 g fat, 27 g protein, 8 g fiber

Amazing Grass Green Super Food Drink Powder
Green SuperFood is blended to perfection in a delicious tasting powder that mixes well with juice, water or your favorite beverage. One serving gives you the antioxidant equivalent of 7 servings of fruits and vegetables and helps you hit your daily quota. A full spectrum of alkalizing green super foods, antioxidant rich fruits, and support herbs unite with Acai and Maca to provide a powerful dose of whole food nutrition. Complete with pre and probiotics and digestive enzymes to ensure rapid nutrient absorption and healthy digestion.

Monday, January 20, 2014

How to get back on the wagon? Book a resort vacation in Vegas!

Why oh why is this so hard for me this time around? I can make it a few days, maybe a week, then for some reason my resolve slips and I end up tail spinning into diet nightmares.  I won't give up! I will keep trying!  I do feel lame coming back...yet again...on day 1.  But I refuse to quit.  So lame as I may be, I am back on day 1 again of Medifast.

Shane (my wonderful husband) and I had a heart to heart talk this weekend.  We are both at our heaviest points and last time we did Medifast together, we knew were were at an emergency point.  Well this time is strange....we are actually more active now but at our heaviest.  Running after 3 small kids all the time forces us to be active, but by night we are beat.  Back hurts, knees hurt...generally just wiped out!  At our size it is an emergency to lose this weight! We need to be healthy for ourselves but also for my sweet nephews that we are caring for.  We have big plans for this summer! We are going to put in a new patio and finally, after 2 years, have a new sod installed so we can have a nice grassy retreat in our backyard. We want to enjoy BBQs (on plan!) with friends and play with the nephews in the grass! We want to relax on the patio at night, sipping iced tea.  But when my butt is so big it is hard to fit in a chair, this is just a dream.

This leads me to wonder....why am I letting my weight stand in front of the life I want?  So what did Shane and I do to motivate us?  We booked a vacation in Las Vegas at a resort this September!  From today until September first, that is 32 weeks exactly!!  I won't be where I want to be in 32 weeks, but I can be a heck of a lot closer!

Check out my weight loss motivation Pinterest board!

Also, follow me on Facebook for a more day to day following of my diet & weight loss!

Oh and let's not forget....GO BRONCOS!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Week 1 is a wash

I am overdue for a post and update, so sorry! Thank you to everyone who help me accountable to posting.  Well, week 1 was not so good.  I ended up breaking even because I went off plan.  I have a million excuses but the bottom line is this is a new week and I am back on track!

Good news?  My microwave broke and we were able to get a new microwave much sooner then expected!

Medifast is MUCH easier with a microwave I have to say.  Not having a microwave is part of why I went off plan, as lame as that is.

I am working on a big thing for my blog that I hope to have ready this month. Lean & Green recipes that can easily convert to feed the entire family! It had always been just my hubby & I but in September my 3 nephews (16 mons, 3 & 5) came to live with me. I realized how hard & tempting it is to cook my Lean & Green and cook a meal for them. I want to just make the same thing, but be able to convert it for the hubby & kiddos. Look for a new recipe section with family friendly recipes!