Weight Loss Journey

So…. A really long time ago, and I mean an eternity, I started on a weight loss journey. One that has been up and down. It all started when I saw a photo of myself in 2011. I felt horrible and sluggish and when I looked at the picture I saw someone who had let themselves become incredibly unhealthy.

I made the decision to diet and add exercise to my everyday life. For about 6 months I did an extreme diet, one that was impossible to keep up long term. I cut out everything and limited my calorie intake to an unhealthy amount. Did I lose weight, yes. Did it stay off, no. Not all of it anyway.

I dropped 39 pounds. I got close to my goal weight. Then emotional eating kicked in. My life took several backflips. I was in an abusive relationship. My weight loss took a front seat to the myriad of reasons my ex-husband chose to unleash his rage on me. Of course in his eyes it meant I was cheating, not getting healthy. Life got really difficult and I would say 4-5 days out of the week were filled with fear in my own home.

But in 2015 I left the marriage and decided to get healthy again. I ate decently off and on but the stress of getting out of that relationship and being a single parent took its toll. I found it hard to stay on track. I basically fluctuated back and forth for over 2 years.

Finally in June of 2017 I decided to work hard and stay on track. My health is important. I want to feel better and be active with my kids. So here we are… I started Keto in June and have lost 16 pounds. I took a break when I went to Vegas and just recently started back up. My body responds well to this way of eating and I don’t feel deprived. Mostly I just miss bananas lol. I’m excited to see my body changing in a positive way. It’s something I can do for myself and honestly just helps release some stress.

I am super excited to be back on the band wagon and hit my goal of toning up and staying healthy. What better way to keep me accountable than to incorporate it into my blog?!

What’s your goals? What works for you? I want to hear!

2011- The picture that started it all
July 2017
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Starting Back at One

Oh my goodness guys! It has been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything here. My life has taken a dramatic turn and I’ve spent the last year trying to sort it all out.
But, good news, I’m back and better than ever!!
Ready to take on the world and get back to some normalcy. I’ve taken a long enough break with lots of seriousness. It’s time to get back to what I love and enjoy!

So…stay tuned over the next few weeks for some great posts!

XOXO

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Chicken Linguine with Pesto Sauce

I love to try new recipes. Ask my husband, some of them are a success and others not so much. But I feel that we all tend to get stuck making certain dishes over and over again. I have a bookcase full of recipes that I love to try. Today I was looking to make something easy and quick for supper. I found this recipe and wanted to share it with everyone because it is so easy and quick.

Ingridients
8 ounces of linguine
1 10 oz pkg of frozen broccoli
1 10 oz container of refrigerated alfredo sauce or 1 cup of jarred alfredo sauce
1/3 cup of purchased basil pesto
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 of a deli roasted chicken
Grated Parmesean Cheese

Directions
1. In a 4- or 5-quart Dutch oven, cook pasta according to package directions, adding vegetables during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Drain. Return to Dutch oven.

2. While pasta is cooking, in a small bowl, combine Alfredo sauce, pesto, and 1/4 cup milk; set aside. Remove meat from chicken (discard skin and bones); chop or shred meat.

3. Add chicken to pasta and vegetables in Dutch oven. Add sauce mixture; toss gently to coat. Heat through over medium-low heat. If desired, stir in additional milk to reach desired consistency. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

I wanted to share my favorite mac and cheese recipe with everyone. This is a Paula Deen recipe but I use it all of the time. As a bonus the rest of my family loves it too 🙂 It is easy and super yummy.
Ingredients
4 cups cooked elbow macaroni, drained ( about 2 cups uncooked)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
After macaroni as been boiled and drained, add cheddar cheese while macaroni is still hot.
Combine remaining ingredients and add to macaroni mixture.
Pour into casserole dish and bake for 30 to 45 minutes. Top with additional cheese if you want.

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