Quick Casserole

This was so yummy…we had it 2 days in a row. Recipe link below.

We didn’t realize how tasty and versatile spaghetti squash was until we started this health journey.

Who can complain about a weight loss plan where you can eat foods like this on a regular basis.

Note: We didn’t use the chili powder (couldn’t locate it in the spice cupboard). It was still delicious and since this was the first time making this dish we didn’t realize it was missing.

Recipe is from Sandy’s Kitchen Adventures.

Been There, Tried That

Last June, over a month before a wedding that I was asked to read at, I started walking every day and eating a whole foods diet in an attempt (yet again) to lose weight.

By the wedding date I had lost 9 pounds which is pretty average (approximately 2lbs/week).

I found a dress, (WARNING: Too Much Information ahead 👉🏼) a spandex body shaper, control top undies and to be sure I had all of my bases (flab) firmed and under control, I also wore spandex capris made for firming! Talk about being uncomfortable! As always, I just decided to smile on the outside while berating myself on the inside for having failed at weight loss again! Why hadn’t I just started sooner??? Why is it so hard to lose weight when I’m starving myself and exercising???

What a difference! (see photo)

In the past few months, I have lost 3x’s the weight and I’ve not been hungry or started exercising yet!!!

I am ever so grateful for this Optimal Health Program! Coaching others has been a blessing I never would have imagined could come from losing weight! It has made all of my past weight loss experiences worth it.

I am a COPE Certified Health Coach and I am so excited to help you reach for your health and weight loss goals! I can honestly say, “I’ve been there and tried that!”

Crossing My Legs

Weight issues can be a very difficult and private struggle. While I share many photos of food and progress I also want to “keep it real”, even though this is embarrassing. It might seem odd to some but if you know what I’m talking about, you “know” what I’m talking about!

I haven’t been able to comfortably or easily cross my legs (due to fat thighs) for quite some time. In the past few years I’ve had to swing one leg over and then pull it the rest of the way using the pant leg.

Not anymore! I was thrilled to find, besides my boots fitting better, I can now cross my legs comfortably with no tugging on the pant leg!

😊🙌🏼🙌🏼😊

Please ignore the muddy floor mats, winter has been long. 😊

Note: Post originally written in March. Just didn’t publish it here until now. Some weight subjects are just more embarrassing to admit.

Shopping and Single Digits

Today, I didn’t buy the pants I liked because they didn’t have my size…they were all too big!!! Then I found the jean skirts and decided I feel comfortable enough (at this new size) to wear one now. You guys!!!! I purchase a single digit size!!! I’m not sure when I was last this size…maybe in high school. Pictured are the jeans I wore when I started my journey (January 30) and the size skirt that now fits. It zips comfortably but I might not wear it in public for a week or so just to make sure it fits well. What’s a week compared to where I started just 3 months ago.

Persistence Not Perfection

In the interest of living this journey out loud…Yes, I made choices over a weekend, that impacted my weight (+2.9 lbs).  Did I panic and quit?  Nope!  In the past I would have.  I got back to the choices I know work and expecting it to take 2 weeks to lose those pounds (past thinking) it only took a few days and by the end of this week I’ve said goodbye to an extra few!

Progress (2 Months)

I hardly recognize the person in the photo on the left. I hadn’t looked too closely at that photo until today. It makes me sad to think that I looked and felt so poorly for so long. The differences between the two photos are more than just weight loss. In the first photo I felt hopeless thinking, “Why am I taking these photos anyway they are only going to be a reminder of how I failed at weight loss, yet again.” But now, looking at the photo on the right I wish I could go back and tell the girl in the photo on the left, “It’s going to be ok! It’s not going to be like every other failed attempt at weight loss! You are going to see changes that you have only dreamed of, in a time frame that will surprise you! You will sleep better, you won’t shy away from people anymore, and you will be so grateful for this gift and knowledge that you will want everyone to experience this feeling! You will be sharing your story and even this photo on social media because you will want to provide the hope and inspiration that others provided for you!” Had I been told these words the day that first photo was taken, I would have thought someone was totally out of their gourd! There was no way I was going to do any of those things…especially post that first photo on social media! Today is 2 months since I began this journey. I am now a COPE (Center for Obesity Prevention and Education) Certified Health Coach, I am helping others on their own health journey, and yes, I am sharing that first photo. I can also say that I will not miss any of the 25 pounds, that I’ve said goodbye to, because they carried more weight than they were worth.

Better Breakfast

Up until we started this journey Dale had been having the same breakfast for months, if not years. Each morning he would eat a microwaved bacon and egg breakfast biscuit.

Now he starts his day with a much heartier, and healthier, breakfast. He usually has a waffle with egg white and Light Laughing Cow Cheese. Filling and delicious and he feels great!