So last night, my brother asked me to come over and hang out with him for a movie night. Can I just say, I adore him. Seriously, he is like the male version of myself lol. Anyway, we made a fire, laid out a blanket, and watched movies. At one point he came up behind me and just wrapped his arms around me. If this all sounds romantic, please know that we are just very affectionate with each other. Last night put me in a much more positive mood!
Hence, why I am posting a recipe post and not a depression post ❤
I made stuffed peppers yesterday that were so delicious and healthy. I’ve really been trying hard to lose some weight. It’s back to finding healthy recipes.
Skinny Taste Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Once done, you can add a bit of cheddar cheese to the top if desired.
I actually loved the idea of adding the 1/2 can chicken broth to the bottom of the pan for the peppers. It made them a lot softer. In many recipes, they say just to stick the peppers in the pan resulting in very crunchy peppers. I would highly recommend this recipe!
The only alteration I would make is use 1/2 cup of tomato sauce instead of 1/4 cup. The consistency of the meat and rice just seemed like it needed a bit more sauce. Other than that, I followed the recipe and added one more pepper (4 peppers in all).
So I just weight in and I am 188.8 . Say what? hahah I am so happy to be back in the 180’s. Again, NEVER thought I would be saying that. Sometimes I feel like we complain so much that maybe God throws us for a loop to help us appreciate what we have. I did not appreciate this weight before but I sure do now. So far today I have not had any snacks. I did have a South Beach meal bar for breakfast and a turkey sandwich with some pretzels and orange juice for lunch. I’m hungry right now but know that I need to wait longer to eat dinner because I have to work tonight. I get hungry when I am working so if I don’t eat late it’s a mistake. I’m going to do some black beans and brown rice tonight. Something that has a lot of protein!
Also, a few days ago I got scared out of my mind. I checked my status for my college transcripts and it was saying (out of no where) that I needed 2 additional classes. I absolutely panicked and felt ready to throw in the towel. 😦 I told myself though what the worse case scenario could be before walking into the college. I calmed myself down, thought of what I needed to say, and told myself regardless of the outcome I would still get to graduate in December. Turns out, whatever document it was that I read was incorrect!! I was correct about being able to graduate this summer. Thank you Lord. ❤ I needed that. My moral has been really low lately so that assisted with bringing it up a notch.
Hope everyone is having a good day! Oh and I watched an episode of Dr. Quinn the other day. All time favorite show. I grew up on it and was convinced (at a not even legal age) that I was going to marry Sully, have a wolf, become an Indian, and live on a mountain. I used to draw pictures of Indian men with long black hair, feathers, the whole deal….along with collecting Mandellas hahaha. I miss being that innocent, that naïve, and that determined about something I wanted.
Ok so it’s Wednesday! I just weighed and I am 190.8 pounds. Thank God. I never thought I would be saying “thank God” to that number in a million years but when you have hit 200 pounds on the scale and gained 30 pounds in 3 months it’s a huge relief to see that number! The not having snacks thing seems to be working for right now. I made it through yesterday without any I believe. My body is craving food but I am trying really hard to not give in. I eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner so please don’t think I am starving myself. I think I thought the idea of having several snacks during the day would work for me to help me carry over into the next meal. I feel like though now even with the snacks I’m always starving. In my opinion, it’s because I have become so focused on FOOD.
It’s time to refocus on other things like blogging, school work (notice I list blogging 1st 🙂 , getting outside, moving….
No more snacks and no more being obsessed with facebook. (I deleted my personal page)
So far, this has been a productive week!
Also, one other tip…..
An interesting study was done at Yale, Pennsylvania, and Cornell on snacking. According to the study using pringles chips, if we have a “interruption point” in our snack we tend to eat less. Meaning, it’s worth it to count your chips (or other snacks) out in serving sizes and put them in little baggies. When we get in front of a TV screen or other activity involving food, we often completely tune out how much we are actually consuming. I encourage you to take a look at this study at the Prevention website located >>> HERE. I thought it was really interesting!
I’m really sorry guys that I have not kept up with the Wednesday Weight Loss Journal thing. I’ve really let life get in the way. I promise I am getting back to it though. Here is a health tip for you that I have personally discovered. I for the longest time was doing the elliptical 30 mins a day 5-6 days a week and maybe lost 4 pounds in a matter of MONTHS. Then I got an infection and stopped for a few weeks. When I went to the doctor they said I am in the “obese” catagorie (GREAT there goes my last shred of my self confidence) and that I need to lose weight ASAP. So I decided…..
to cut out ALL my snacks. I usually have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 2-3 snacks..(sometimes 4 if I am being honest during the day). For the past two days I have been doing this. Granted, last night I ate an entire bag of light butter popcorn because I was starving my ass off from only having 3 meals lol but it’s a start! Today I weighed in at 192.6 . This is lower than I have been in a long time! I weighed in at the doctor a few days ago at 196. I have exercised only once so far this week. The snacks that I eat during the day I did not think were bad for me. We are talking fruit, nuts, veggie chips, etc. Turns out, they apparently are packing on weight. 😦 I just wanted to warn people who are struggling to lose, exercising, and feeling totally burned out that eliminating snacks might REALLY help. Hoping next week I will feel less hungry. It’s like going off of diet coke. You crave it, feel like you can’t live without it, then the feeling passes. ❤
I also read an amazing quote today in the SELF magazine. “Skinny isn’t sexy if you are dead.” This means: diet safely, make sure you get enough calories, and focus on health not starvation. If you diet/eat healthy for the right reasons & the right way the weight will eventually come off. For all those struggling please don’t give up. I have my days believe me where I want to stay in Pj’s all day, not go near a mirror, and heaven forbid walk outside for others to look at me. I get it. I’m Mrs. Body Dismorphia right here. But we must fight back because this battle is possible to win ❤ I have to believe that. Hope everyone is having a nice week.
I’m happy to get this post to you in the morning this week as opposed to late at night 🙂 I’ve still been chugging away on the Elliptical. Currently my weight is 194.3. It takes me a LONG time to lose weight but I know this will come off completely if I do not stop posting, keeping myself motivated, eating healthy, and exercising! I’ve realized that when I walk with friends (as opposed to the elliptical) I’m able to walk a longer distance because I’m talking and staying distracted. My body does not scream ENOUGH as fast. I highly recommend exercising with people if at all possible. But do not become so dependent on being with friends that you do not exercise if you can’t get with them. There needs to be an even balance. If you love watching tv programs at night then tell yourself you can exercise BEFORE them or put the tv right in front of that elliptical, treadmill, bike, or other while you work out. ❤
I wanted to touch on BREAKFAST today. My favorite meal of the day is, hands down, breakfast. There is nothing I love more than cereal, scrambled eggs, or some oatmeal! Everywhere I read it says that it is essential to NEVER skip breakfast because it will lead to over eating later in the day. I completely agree with this. However, I feel that I am eating too much breakfast or that sometimes my breakfast is too heavy. After doing some research, I feel led to promote a LIGHT breakfast. It’s recommended that breakfast is around 250 calories. An article on Real Age states “When people ate things like eggs, sausage, cheese, marmalade, and butter for breakfast, they tended to overdo it.” I’m not saying don’t eat these, but just be really careful about your portions. As for me, I tend to pour cereal into a Ziploc baggy when I go to work. I’m sure more than my estimation of a serving size is going into that bag! I’m going to become more aware and try things like spinach smoothies again. Before you completely plug your nose and run for the hills, let me share some recipes I’ve researched with you! I’ve personally made spinach & fruit smoothies before. YES they are green. However, if you put fruit (especially a banana) with them then you should NOT taste any spinach.
GREEN SPINACHE SMOOTHIE LINKS
Green Monster Spinach Smoothie
Dr. Oz’s Berry Strong Smoothie
Spinach Smoothie Recipes at Yummly
Have a Wonderful & Healthy Day!
-Muffins & Mocha
Today I wanted to do the Health Benefits of Wine. Before I list a few PLEASE understand that I am not promoting drinking a lot of wine during the day! That is not healthy. However, there has been reasearch to point towards benefits of having 1-2 4 oz glasses of red wine a day.
Potential Benefits :
Lowers Risk of Heart Disease
Reduces Heart-Attack Risk
Lowers Risk of Stroke
Cuts Risk of Cataracts
Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer
Slows Brain Decline
Please check out the full article here at Food & Wine
As for weight, I doubt wine will benefit. However, taking care of your health goes along with losing weight!!
And as for a little motivation