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Whos with me?

Why did I go from eating junk food, fast food, fried stuff, lots of red meats, too-large portion sizes, cookies, cheese on everything, and other naughty things all of the time. Well isnt that apparent? No.one. can eat junk like that all the time and be healthy. Its just not possible. I got tired of it. Enough. You know? Time for something drastic and long-lasting. Time for a new me! May 2012 I became a vegetarian and enter a whole lifestyle change.

Since then I’ve learned a lot. I’m still learning and progressing, for me that’s what it is all about .. Progress not perfection! Progressing towards a completely plant based diet, towards someone who uses food as fuel not therapy, towards a mom who is confident and fierce. I’ve been feeling like it’s placed on my heart to start a new blog series, that’s also tied to my other social media accounts, which highlights the plant based/meat free diet. Starting in November each month will have a different theme and once a week I’ll post topics related to that. Themes like: 1) How to eat meat free on the cheap! 2) How to get all your protein from a plant based diet. 3) How to eat out while sticking to a veggie meal…

I get told a lot from people that they want to cut back on how much meat they are eating but are not sure where to start. Or even if its possible. I want to say – “Yes it is totally possible and here is a little info on how to do just that.” Maybe one day Ill get my ducks in a row and become a PiYo instructor and get a weight loss management certification. Become truly too legit to quit and all… But, admittedly I am not a personal trainer, Im not a nutritionist, I am not a size 2, and I dont have some body building 6 pack. So why am I even qualified to talk on this subject?

Well I am passionate about it and Ive stuck to it even through some struggles. Ive had many many people attempt to talk me out of not eating meat. It makes some people uncomfortable. Im not sure why but it does so they make it their goal to bring my diet up in conversations whenever they can, to persuade me to “go back”. No one cared enough to talk to me when I was 230 lbs, eating fast food multiple times a week, and clearly making bad choices all of the time! No one gently sat me down to have a heart to heart about what effect my diet and lack of exercise played on my health. None of these people seemed all that concerned when my choices lead me to getting gestational diabetes; while they saw me testing my blood sugars 4 times a day and restricting my foods to make sure I was staying within safe ranges for baby. Nope not a word to my face. However, after I decided I don’t want to eat any animals, limit the animal products (milk/eggs/cheese), and focus on eating more plant-based foods – that’s when people wanted to say something. Go figure? I know what its like to face opposition and my passion for my diet has helped me to not stop.

My passion drives me to learn more about the nutrition side. I love finding new foods and nutrition programs that will help me get closer to my goals. When I started out in 2012 I knew nothing. Not a single thing! I joined private Facebook groups, I scoured Pinterest, blogs and Instagram, I connected with like minded people, and I discovered some fantastic professional foodies/chefs. I honestly like looking stuff up! So if I didnt know an answer I’d dig around until I found it. Those all have been what has helped me stay on this path, but it did take some time. There are so very many different resources out there for vegan and vegetarians that it can get a little overwhelming, which is the exact opposite of what a newbie needs. Ive found some great resources from experts and the opportunity to have a forum where they can all be compiled together would be amazing.

While I know some would disagree with the method (meat free eating) I do feel led by the Lord to share my passion with others. He has given me a heart for helping people. I can feel that so clearly. The pull to want to come along side the person I was back in 2012 and help her see that there is a better way. To tell that frazzled mom: You don’t have to live in the prison of obesity, there is a better way, you can become comfortable in your skin, you can find happiness through exercise, and you can work at getting victory over the struggle of being overweight. As I am working for those things myself, I feel the Lord asking me to step out in faith because He has placed this passion in my heart for a reason. So my goal during this veggie series is to help others while honoring God. 

Check back on Mondays for the new blog posts that correlate to the monthly topic. You can also leave your email address to be added to the subscription list. Today was an introduction. I wanted to put my heart out there about why Im starting this in the first place. Next Monday Ill cover the main reason why I changed my diet to vegetarian – What are the health benefits of a plant based diet? (This wont be me ranting over eating animals. I wont go all crazy lady on ya. Lol. 😛 Nor will I be talking out of my butt. Ill give info from various professionals on the positive sides to a plant based diet and you can make the decision yourself about how you feel.)

Im excited! Who’s with me? 

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How to make the best choice?

I can’t sleep! Everyone else is tucked in their nice, warm beds snoozing away and I’m on the computer typing. What a shame, not being able to sleep should not be one of the problems that a mom has. Its not fair, really. Lol. I kind of did it to myself though, the husband fixes an amazing cup of coffee and I made the mistake of having some later this afternoon. So now I’ve got a coffee buzz – but no sleep!

Something has been bothering me… What do you do when you know you’re about to make the wrong choices but you consciously do it anyways? Like that stupid cup of coffee. I knew good enough that it would keep me up later tonight then what I wanted to but I went ahead and had it anyways. (But really, mama needed her caffeine. Ha.) Or when you peruse the cookie isle at the grocery store, knowing that it wont do you any good to stand there – but you do it anyways. Then you get home and find that somehow the Oreo’s managed to find their way home with you. Woops. Did you know the serving size is 2 Oreo’s? Really. Who eats just 2?! Not me. Ever. I might have good intentions to eat just 2 but then I look down and have eaten 2 whole sleeves.

There is this constant battle between knowing what is good for you and actually doing it. I talk about this with my 10 year old all of the time but it applies to me just as much. I’ll tell him that in any situation you’re faced with you’re always going to be presented with several different choices – so pick the best choice. Best choice: Buying the bag of Oreo’s that I know I will inhale? No. Buy the bag of apples instead. Best choice: Drink the coffee because I’m so tired and grumpy and have seemingly convinced myself that I cant function without it, even at 5:oo in the afternoon? No. Drink a huge glass of water or decaf green tea and deal with no caffeine.

Which brings me to my point. Picking the best choice by exhibiting some self control and discipline. Prov 25: 28 “A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.”

It is easier said then done but the more you practice it – the better you’ll get at it. Im talking to myself here. No late afternoon coffee pick-me-ups anymore. :/ Sad but I know its not whats best for me. They get me jittery, cant fall asleep until late, and then I wake up late. Which throws off my whole day. Which just sends me back to the late afternoon coffee pick-me-ups. Instead of cutting it out completely, I’m going to choose to replace it with some (decaf) hot tea.

I’m starting a PiYo Challenge group the day after Labor Day. I ❤ PiYo and what it did for me the first time I tried it so I’m ready to see similar results again this time (increased strength, inches lost, smaller stomach, more flexible). I can not wait to do it in a challenge group form, working it with some friends and being inspired by their hard work will be amazing! But my number one thing that must happen – I’ve got to get out of bed in the mornings. Early. I want to have time to get the workout in before the kids are up and before the busyness of my day starts.

I really hate waking up early, ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you – do not even come at me before 9am. LOL! However, for this PiYo Challenge Im going to really put my self control in check. Along with eating clean and daily exercise .. Waking up at 6:30am (that pains me to say). Doing my normal morning routine, plus adding in the work out. And then cutting the crap in the late afternoon so that I am in bed at a decent hour. No more of this 1-2am nonsense. Working at mastering self control and discipline because I already know what the best choice is – but actually doing it is the hard part.

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If I don’t put my health first, who will?

I know it’s a hard thing to do, putting your health first. You’ve got so many responsibilities already (job, husband, children, church, school) and there is only  24 hours in a day.

I’m the busiest now then I’ve ever been. I don’t think I’ve ever worn so many hats or have had so many things going on in my life. We moved into a new home a few months ago and the process of building a new home, selling our old home, moving, and settling in to this place has not been an easy transition. Add to that the stress of welcoming a new baby and being a nursing mom who still does not get to sleep through the night. The joys of toddlerhood and dealing with my 3 year old’s new found independence.. (I’m a big girl now so I want to do everything by myself, even when I really should have help.) Tackling homeschooling with my awesome 9 yr old, who get distracted easily and needs constant reminders to stay on task. Supporting my husband, who works so hard in order for me to have the privilege of staying at home with the kids.

There’s just been a whole slew of things that need my attention! The busyness of life. Life complicates things and makes things difficult. But what about ME? All those things up there ^^ are things I do for other people. What do I do for myself? Why should I even bother adding another thing into the already complicated mix? I finally found the answer (and no, husband if you’re reading this, it’s not to go shopping and buy all of the pretty things) … I took control of my health because if I don’t put my health first, then who will??

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Continuing down the path of … eating like crap, not being active, beating myself up for not looking a certain way, being run down with little energy, stretched in a million different ways, living with a fake smile painted on my face, and feeling like crap. Pouring everything you’ve got into everyone and everything else so that there’s 0% left over for yourself, it’s a miserable way to live. You end up having a busy life, full of responsibilities, but at the expense of yourself and your spiritual/physical needs.

I was tired of being completely empty and having nothing left over for myself.  Even though there are only 24 hours in a day and I am already so busy, I took a leap and made that choice to put my health first. Where Im at now is so much better then where I was at 2 and a half years ago. I became determined to change things, so that I can continue giving my all to others without losing myself.

What in the World?

Oh Hi there yall! I havent disappeared, promise! I did sorta drop off the face of the blog-world. Sorry guys!!! Xoxo. But Im back (for real) to bloging now. I did really miss it and am thrilled to give a mini update. Big things have happened since my last post a year ago. You see…

I had a BABY! A sweet little boy born in July. I am now a (homeschooling) mom of three! A 9 yr old, my threenager, and 4 month old. (Yess, I might have lost my mind, just a tad.) We built a house and moved in a few months ago. Things got real crazy up  in here and Im trying to find a balance through it all. Its been quite a challenge.

One huge thing I noticed was the nagging little voice in the back of my head reminding me of how much I enjoy this blog, “Come back! Make a blog post! You know you wanna!” … It did help keep me accountable and I LOVE learning more about health and wellness. Being able to share that with others is really what its all about! Im excited to start back with my blog.

And woohoo! I have continued with my vegetarian diet, that hasnt changed. I had a very healthy and happy pregnancy, now Im back to kicking butt and getting into shape. I have 25 more pounds to go until Im at my pre-pregnancy weight (185lbs). Im trying to not let the scale get me frustrated because I have to FIGHT for every pound lost. 25 lbs… piish, I got this! Then Ill have about 40 more to go after that. Im stoked!! And ready to bring my sexy back!

And with that… photo bomb! Because who doesnt love pictures of a sweet baby! 🙂

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Recent, oh how they grow up so fast!

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Newborn squish!

 

HI! There's all of us!

HI! There’s all of us!

Do You Know What Time It Is? Wk 19

A Weigh in Wed that’s actually on time, for a change! Shocker. 🙂 If you haven’t read last night’s post, you should. Its the reason for this blog post. So after I had my mini-breakdown I received words of encouragement from several of my awesome friends! And from one blogger (thanks Christina). Apparently Im focusing too much on my number and not enough on my results. And the number might not be too accurate because Im gaining muscle, which is going to weigh more then fat. So Im most def not going to quit or give up. Im not a quitter. But at least now I don’t feel so alone in this.

Lets face it, we all need a little push sometimes…

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As weight goes, I was 178lbs last week. This week Im (finally) at 175! YES!

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Weight Loss This Week: 3 lb
Complete Loss: 52lbs

Can I Have a Moment?

I’m on my iPad so forgive and typing errors. I tend to leave out letters and my iPad doesn’t catch it. Plus I sliced my pointer finger so I can’t really type.

Anywho, can I take a moment? I need a moment here to whine. I know, I know, no one likes a whiner. And being anything but positive isn’t helpful. But this is my blog and I can whine if I want to, whine if I want to, whine if I want to! (See what I did there?! Lol)

I try and be a positive person… Right now I’m positive that I suck. 😛 Isn’t that awful to say? Hahaha. Funny. But not so funny. I’m just frustrated. And I knew it was coming. My friend who challenged me to do the P90X mentioned that this was going to come. My wall. Stupid wall. Today is Week 7 Day 1 of the P90X challenge and I’ve managed to lose a very insignificant amount of weight. I measured today and I’m down 2 inches around my waist. Meh.

The positive side of my brain knows any loss is fantastic! It sure is better then gaining! And just getting this far in the program is great. Not to mention, that I eat vegan 90%-95% of the time. All the time. That’s total rock star! Woo-freakin-hoo.

But the negative side of my brain is louder tonight. 52lbs down but i know the next 48lbs are going to take for.ever. Since last Monday I’ve tried to ‘eat clean’ (whatever that means?? I’m still figuring it out) and its freakin hard!!! Little to no oil, no grains. Focus on veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds. I’m ending up thinking about food all the time! What am I going to cook today? What about a snack? Thinking about all the foods I can’t have that I want to have (cheese cake, anyone?). Or about the foods I can have but now I don’t want them. Ahhhh. It’s tiring. Add in all of my other responsibilities… I’m so tired.

It would be easier to quit. To justify that I’ve already done a great job so, eh, it’s ok. Don’t get all the way to my goal, who cares! I’ve done good so it’ll be fine to stop now.

I have so far to go. I don’t know if I can do it. What if I never get there. 😦

Stupid wall….

(Can someone bring me a slice of pizza?? …If you love me… Or a cookie, I’d accept a cookie too!)

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Do You Know What Time It Is? Wk 16 and 17

Woah! I don’t know what happened to last week’s post! I wrote it and then.. its gone? Maybe I didn’t press publish and somehow managed to delete it? I can be kinda ditzy sometimes so it wouldnt surprise me. Lol. I was really excited last Wed because I was 177, which means I had lost exactly 50lbs! But… Im not so excited about this Wed because Im 179. I gained 2 lbs! What gives? I was hoping to be 175 by Easter Sunday but I don’t think I can to that in a healthy way now. Im sure if I restrict like crazy I could get there, no prob. But going that route is not an option…that’s a scary and dangerous road to go down. Ill shoot for 175 by next week! And Im going to shoot for under 170 by May 1st!

I guess the gain is because of diet. Ive been slacking a bit in my eating. I could do better and make more healthy choices. Yes… veg’s can eat crappy too! I got kind of relaxed about portion size. Exercising has made me hungry! Im hungry all the time and have been snacking more at night. Remember when I said I was going to eat raw lunched for Lent.. (whichever post that was??) ..well I have not been as strict about that as I should have. Gosh, its so easy to slack off. A little slip here, a little slip there. You let your guard down and before you know it you’ve eaten half your body weight in cookies! 😛 Lol. Not really, but you get what I mean… Its easy to turn back to your old self. And my old self had no problem eating an entire sleeve of oreos. No bueno!

"They" say diet is 80% and exercise is 20% of weight loss, I wonder if that's true...

“They” say diet is 80% and exercise is 20% of weight loss, I wonder if that’s true…

As far as exercising. This P90X thing is going wonderfully! Im following the Lean schedule. I get 1 rest day per week, the other days I have to work out. And guess what, yesterday was Week 4 Day 1! 4 weeks of working out, perfectly, no cheating, no slacking off. I don’t think Ive ever gone that long before. I really do think I can finish the program with no problems and am excited for the end. I haven’t really been running that much since the p90X so after its over Im going to start hardcore training for my half marathon. Have you noticed that Im always thinking ahead? It helps me to keep my motivation up. Always have a goal to strive towards, that’s something my father in law has taught me.

Goals are what keeps me going...

Goals are what keeps me going…

 

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Weight Loss This Week: 0 lbs
Complete Loss: 48lbs

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