A Fitness Update & This Week’s Low Carb Menu

Mother and child at kitchen


I’m trying I tell you!  It’s been hard for me to wrap my brain back around getting into shape and eating well.  I’m not sure why I always jump back off the get healthy bandwagon, but I do it over and over and over again.  So here I am, still trying to find my way back onto the wagon.


I started a new fitness adventure.  Our church has a weekly group where we are all preparing to run a 5k.  I just walked/jogged my first 5k in April this year, but this time I’m going to improve my pace and endurance.  I actually hate running, but I find that if I am calculating my mileage with the Pacer App, I will run a little bit to get it over with quicker.  Whatever works, right?  Regardless, I’m getting in the habit of regular exercise once again.


I went shopping for my next Crockpot Freezer meals plan that I’m developing.  Do you want to know what’s on it?  It’s Low Carb!  That means I won’t have to think about what not to eat at dinner time, because I’ll already have it all figured out.  I’m attempting to try Trim Healthy Mama (THM) again.  I think I understand it finally, but know it will take some practice to make sure I have it down correctly.  What I like about Trim Healthy Mama, is that you can have dessert.  You may have to make it yourself and alter your ingredients to something a little healthier, but knowing you can have dessert makes it a little more bearable.


So, on this week’s menu, I’ll be making:

  1. Round Steak Casserole (my recipe calls for potatoes, but I’ll be substituting brown rice which is aloud on THM)
  2. Chicken Cacciatore – Served over raw Zucchini noodles
  3. Herbed Turkey Breast 
  4. Philly Cheese Chicken – Served in a bowl over lettuce (I think) or on a low carb pita
  5. Stuffed Peppers 
  6. Chille Relleno Casserole 


And now, you are wondering where the recipes are, right?  Well….I’m working on that.  I’m altering several recipes, so once I get them put together and try them out, I’ll be sure to post them here.  In the mean time, if you can’t wait until then, I bet you could do a google search and find something similar that would work for you.  I’m going to be doubling my recipes so that I have 2 week’s worth of meals done.  I’ve been off of the menu planning train and need to jump back on that one, too.  There’s no time like back to school season to start going with some needed consistency again, right?


I’m going to continue putting together Trim Healthy Mama meal plans, or at least low carb ones.  If you have any ideas of things you like or would love to see on the menu, leave me a comment on here or on Facebook.  I’d love to hear from you!

I Confess, I’m a Yo-Yo Dieter – My 12 Step Program

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12 Steps to Overcome Yo-Yo Dieting


OK, you caught me.  I’m a yo-yo dieter.  I seriously have a problem.  I will do really well for two months.  I get all excited.  I believe I can do anything (being the extreme optimist that I am) and then suddenly, my will is not strong enough any more.  I quit eating healthy.  I start drinking a little soda.  I stop exercising as much.  Then I drink even more soda….  I start having a daily treat or two.  And guess what?  I gain back the 10 pounds I just lost.  Yep, that’s me.  Mrs. Yo-Yo herself.  This just happened to me… again.  :(  Can you relate?


Honestly, I hope you can’t relate, but I have a feeling a lot of you are right alongside of me in this.  It’s a common problem.  How can we as human beings keep our heads in the game?  After all, in order to lose the weight and keep it off, we’re going to have to make a lifestyle change.  We know this to be true, but for some reason, we think that we need to hurry up and hit our goal and once we’re there we can say…. “phew…. all done”.  But that’s not the case!  We cannot say “Phew, all done!”.  We must say, “that was a good start, let’s keep going”.  We have to embrace the lifestyle change with all of our hearts and minds.  It cannot be a maybe.  It has to be met with determination.  Otherwise, we’ll continue on the yo-yo plan of lose it, gain it.


So how can we as people who need to make healthy habit changes do it and stay motivated to keep going?  Why do we keep giving in?  For me, one of the main reasons I give up is that I get tired of having to think about it all the time.  I much prefer to indulge myself in all the food and drink decisions than have to carefully calculate what it is that I need to be eating.  Also, I find it difficult to quit my unhealthy choices, because I find them fun.  My mind associates soda with getting to relax and enjoy myself.  It’s the same with sweets.  If I take them away, I feel like life isn’t nearly as fun.  I know that it is just a mind training thing that I have to get through.


I decided that I have to more carefully plan if I’m going to be successful.  The problem is, I’ve known this for a while, but I’m still failing to make my plan.  You know what they say…. Failing to plan is planning to fail.  That’s not good.  I don’t want to keep failing!  So….here’s my 12 step plan.  In it, I’m saying “you”, but I’m talking to myself.  You may not need my 12 steps….but maybe you do, too….read on to see.


1.  You must find a replacement for drinking soda.  It can still be carbonated, but it can’t be diet and it can’t be full of sugar or high fructose corn syrup.  You may have to mix your own soda to make it into something healthier, but it will be worth it.  Soda is the main reason I am so plump.

2.  You must make a meal plan, including breakfast, lunch and snacks to keep you on track.  That doesn’t mean only make one meal plan ever.  That means, every week, make a meal plan.  Or, you can repeat the prior week’s meal plan if that helps, but it has to be planned.

3.  You must make a motivation Smash Book.  (If you haven’t seen these, check out my Pinterest board here).  This will help you when you’re down by giving you motivational quotes, before and after pictures, and things to think about while losing weight.  You can include quotes like this:


Why Climb the Same Hill Twice


4.  You must decide why you really want to be thin.  Not the politically correct answer but deep down, why do you want it?  Is it enough to make you get it done?  If not, can you find a new reason?

5.  You must have a plan on what to do when you’re eating out.  Make a list of allowed foods while eating at fast food restaurants.

6.  In addition to the Smash book, you must make a travel smash book.  One that you can keep in your purse to help you while you’re out and about.  A few motivational quotes, your fast food list, etc.  Anything that will help you to stay on plan when you’re out with your husband at lunch.

7.  You must find replacements for Emotional eating.  I know you like to eat when you’re tired, sad, happy and frustrated, but you’re going to have to find something else you can do when you’re feeling these emotions.  Emotions are normal.  Eating to celebrate them or to make them go away, just complicates life and doesn’t make anything go away.

8.  You must set goals.  Not just weight loss goals, but exercise goals, maybe even a bucket list!

9.  You must stay hydrated.  You need at least 64 ounces a day, but since you are overweight 100 ounces would be even better.  Strive to get 100 oz of water in a day.  Remember how your wrinkles around your eyes tend to go away when you’re drinking enough?  You’ll look better for it!

10.  You must exercise daily!  I realize you have 7 children, but that doesn’t give you an excuse not to exercise.  You can always fit 15 minutes in at a time.  You can always go outside and jump on the trampoline with the kids.  You can take them on a bike ride  or a walk.  You don’t have to exercise alone.

11.    You must eat more vegetables.  Your body needs the vegetables to grow stronger and leaner.  Your skin looks better with more vegetables, too.

12.  You must refer back to this list often, so you don’t forget about all of your plans.  You know how forgetful you are!


While I may not have all of these goals accomplished immediately, or even in the next month, this is what I know I have to do in order to finally reach my healthy weight.  I’ve debated about even talking about this on my blog any more, as I always just seem to fail and hate to keep talking about my failures, lol, but…I’ve decided to do it as it helps me.  If it helps me, it may help someone else as well.


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What about you?  What would you add to this list?

12 Steps to Overcome Yo-Yo Dieting


Progress Continues With Skinny Gut Shakes

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Don’t you just love that name?  Skinny Gut Shakes?  I love to think of my gut being skinny.  It’s been so long since I’ve seen a skinny gut on myself, but many times after I read the name, I visualize myself with a skinny gut.


Are you wondering how it’s going for me on this awesome, Renew Life Skinny Gut Ultimate Shakes program?  Well, it’s been fun, that’s for sure.  It’s a journey I’m definitely not done with and one that I’m glad that I gave myself some time to get used to.


I started with the shakes, expecting to feel different right away.  The truth is, I had to be drinking the shakes for several days before I noticed any changes in the way I felt.  But, once I got in the habit of having a shake every day, my digestion was so much better and my cravings became less and less.  I didn’t really notice the cravings change until after about a week on the program.  Once that change hit, it was much easier for me to say no to junk foods.  I had to be careful though.  If I got off of the shakes for more than a day, I would gradually start craving junk food and adding them back into my diet.


Having a Renew Life Skinny Gut Chocolate Shake helped me feel like I was getting a dessert when I added a little more cocoa powder to it to make it extra chocolatey.  Making a smoothie out of the Renew Life Skinny Gut Vanilla Shake, adding in apples and greens, helped me to get out of any ruts I felt like I was in, by not having the same thing day in and day out.


My weight has been decreasing by about a pound every week since I began using the shakes.*  I had about 2 weeks where I got off track, while my daughter was having surgery and I succumbed to my bad habit of stress eating.  During that time, I gained a few pounds back, but that was my own fault for not staying on program.  I’ve also been exercising regularly and dropped several inches from the combination of diet and exercise.


Overall, I’ve noticed that I feel much better while I’m on the shake program.  I didn’t realize just how bad my digestion was, until suddenly my system is working just like it’s supposed to be.  I used to make runs to the bathroom after indulging in a meal that was less than optimal.  Now, I feel good!


I’ve managed to lose 3″ off of my waist alone!*  Here’s a picture to prove it!

As you can see, I still have a long ways to go, but I’m on the right track and love how just making some slight diet and exercise changes can get me this far.  The key is consistency and not giving up!  Of course, it doesn’t hurt to make sure to take before pictures and measurements, so that I can actually see the progress, too!


If you’d like to join me in my weight loss journey, feel free to join our Sidetracked by Weight Loss Facebook group.  Plus, you’ll want to follow #SkinnyGutShake on Facebook and Twitter to see more recipes and results from others around the web!


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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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