Some of my favorite meals/ what I’ve been eating lately.

Ok guys so I’m back on this lovely Monday, I’m still not feeling well so my appetite is kind of all over the place( not eating a lot but drinking plenty of water) so I wanted to share with you some foods I love to cook since I been on this health journey/ I’m missing the gym a lot but being sick I can’t go been way to weak and tired. I’ll get back on track soon.

favorite dinner dishes..

The pictures used are not my actual cooking/ one day I will take pics of my own to show (just gotta remember to do it) just letting it be known so no one thinks I’m taking credit for the pictures. Whoever did make the food it looks good, I’m taking notes but yes these are foods I make.

1.salmon w/ baked potato and mixed veggies.

This is one of my favorites literally it’s super healthy and I won’t lie I been eating a lot of seafood lately this is so yummy, I never put too much seasoning on it and the veggies taste great. (I normally boil or steam my vegetables) and I try to eat all fresh vegetables not too much can items.

2.baked chicken w/ asparagus and brown rice.

This dish is so yummy and healthy, brown rice is not the best tasting but it’s really healthy and good for you,( when I make it for my dad I add seasoning to his because he hates the taste) I however eat it plain, also I been eating so much chicken lately surprised I haven’t turned into one. Clearly whoever made this did a great presentation, I need to take notes.

3. Toss salad

So sometimes I’ll eat this with chicken in it other times I’ll eat it with no meat, it really all depends what mood I’m in or what my taste buds are in that moment. Salads are really good health wise and also Italian dressing is really good to go with it, it doesn’t have a lot of calories in it and it taste good.

4.shrimp

I love shrimp, I make this all the time usually I’ll eat it with rice or have it with mix veggies and as always it’s so so good. It’s also very light. I like foods that don’t sit on my stomach because who really wants to feel full all day long, not me! So I try to eat things that are light as possible.

Favorite breakfast dishes..

1.

I eat this a lot for breakfast on the weekends and it’s so good people think that turkey anything is nasty but it’s actually not it’s pretty good and even better for you them eating beef or pork. I get this at Walmart for 3.89 not a bad price and it’s worth the taste trust me.

2.

I love love these rice cakes they are so good I have two bags here at home and I eat this a lot on my way to work in the morning it’s light so you may want to eat two if your someone who doesn’t fill up easy, I usually eat one as I’m getting my daughter ready in the morning also the Carmel flavor is good too.

3.

My nutritionist got me hooked on this cereal when she put it on my meal plan and I been in love since, I don’t even like almonds that much however they taste so good in this cereal also I use almond milk in my cereal it’s way better for you then regular milk or either I do skim milk it all taste good. I actually need to go buy another box of this soon.

4.turkey bacon

I remember first trying this a few years back and thinking this was not the best tasting bacon but since I’ve been eating it on my meal plan it’s actually not half bad,it actually taste really good and since I’ve cut out beef and pork it’s a great substitute, no one in my house likes this bacon but me so I’m on my own but hey more for me and less for them.

5.

I know what your thinking boiled eggs are gross and they smell bad, well I’m here to say nope your wrong they are actually really good and healthier for you then eating a fried egg, this is the only way I will eat my eggs lately or I’ll do egg whites that I buy in a carton it’s all healthier for you and it doesn’t taste bad either I’ll sprinkle some pepper on it and go right in to eat.

The conclusion..

So basically these are some of the foods that I have been eating a lot here lately, it’s all about being healthy and eating in moderation and as I always say “cheat days are ok” sometimes too don’t be too hard on yourself. I will also be posting about my favorite snacks I’ve been eating (tomorrow) so look out for it. I hope you all are having a great Monday night, get great sleep and don’t work too hard. I’m off to bed yet again!

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why, I love morning gym sessions/my favorite gym equipment.

Good morning/afternoon, well it’s technically afternoon now but it’s nothing like someone saying good morning to get your day started right. I’m at work still feeling a little under the weather but trying to keep pushing until I can go home 😦 I woke up at 5am this morning and got my day started right by going to the gym (yes I felt sick but still went) I know I know should of stayed home in my warm bed but since I’ve been going to the gym so much it’s weird for me to miss too many days, I wanna keep that motivation going strong 💪 so I’m going to tell you what my favorite machines to work out on are and why working out in the morning is better to me then going late in the afternoon these are all my opinions, I know others may feel different and that’s ok.

Why I love working out in the mornings…

1. It gives me so much energy through out the day and I’m never tired I’m full of energy it also helps burn more calorie through out the day

2. The gym is practically empty in the morning well my gym is anyway so it’s mostly a lot of older people and a few young people but it’s nice and quiet and all the machines are usually available.

3.its a great start to my mornings instead of sleeping in I get up earlier and start my day with breakfast and a nice quick work out.

4. Working out is good for the body and it’s better then going late in the evening when everyone is getting off work (just my opinion) your not worn out from work and you don’t feel rushed.

My favorite gym machines..

1.treadmill- I love a good treadmill walk or run it gives me tons of energy and I sweat like crazy , usually I stay ok for 20-23 minus’s so I burn a 100 calories and also if your a beginner take your time don’t be so rushed to try to run on the treadmill or stay on longer then you want too because you don’t wanna over work your body (I saw a girl do that today and I though she was going to faint) so please be careful guys.

2. Bicycle- I love love the bicycle because you get to peddle and move your legs all quick lol no but really I love that it helps to strengthen your legs also each time your leg comes back it’s hitting against your abdomen so it may help flatten your stomach a little but they also have other machines to help with that so don’t just depend on this machine for that. (I’m going by my results) but everyone is different.

3.Elliptical- I love this it helps strengthen your Legs and arms and it keeps me on my feet it also burns fat because your in constant movement I recommend this machine for beginners too if your just starting out working out again or starting all together.

4.Track- my gym has a track and I love it of course I do, I try to walk around and do a few laps, you can walk or run really it’s up to you also make sure you stretch before doing any running so you don’t pull a ham string or hurt yourself, take your time it’s no rush to go too fast move at your own past.

I do other things/use other machines sometimes too but those are my favorite ones to use like lifting weights here and there but it’s very rare I try to do things at my own pase and take my time so I don’t injury myself either way no matter what machine you use in the gym take your time as long as your doing something your body is burning calories and getting a work out in and be proud of yourself always because your putting in effort, I love going to the gym and seeing people of all ages and sizes not being scared to embrace who they are and having confident.

Keep pushing and keep trying guys you can turn your life into a healthy one by eating right and exercising no it may not happen over night but it will trust me I have had plenty of sad backs but this time I’m not so focused on the weight loss and I’m more focused on being healthy and taking cares of my body. The weight will come off but don’t focus so much on that because then you will be making yourself crazy and that’s not good you what this to be fun for you as well and also grab a family member or friend and get them to help you or work out with you it helps when you have support.

I’m sorry this post is late guys I’ve been feeling so bad today ughhh I hate being sick 🤕 but ima keep pushing. Also guys I had turkey pork chops for dinner and it was so yummy. You barley can tell your eating turkey. See some things you think are nasty end up being good.

Enjoy your Tuesday guys, the weekend will be back before we know it!

What’s in my refrigerator/healthy foods I’ve been eating.

Ok, so as you all know or should know, I’ve been back on my diet and eating healthy again also I’m going to the gym 3x a week well kind of a little bit more then that because it’s like missing one day feels weird to me since I’ve been going. I’ve also been sticking to the meal plan my nutritionist gave me and I’ve stopped eating pork and beef. (I don’t wanna say I’ll never eat it again) but for now I’m choosing to only eat chicken, turkey and seafood because I’m trying to stay healthy and of course lose a little more weight.

Foods I’ve been eating…

Seafood:

Salmon- I love this it’s so good and healthy and I normally grill it or bake it and it’s very light and I usually season it with pepper or old bay sometimes I even use a lemon pepper seasoning it all depends.

Shrimp- I been buying this shrimp from Walmart it comes in a bag you can get small, extra small or large I usually get extra small and it’s only like 4 dollars so you can beat the price either the other day I made shrimp with mix veggies and it was so good.

Tilapia- so this fish I do not and I repeat do not eat that often at all it’s very rare because its not that good for you to be honest so it’s the least fish I would recommend to eat however it’s ok sometimes but not on a daily basis.

Spot- this fish is so yummy the grocery store I use to go to all the time stopped selling it so my mom goes to a fish market and gets it for us because it’s one of our favorite fish to eat she just recently got some too but of course I haven’t cooked it yet so I’ll keep you posted on that.

I also eat other things like crab legs and lobster but not all the time.

Vegetables:

Squash/zucchini – I love squash and zucchini I usually bake it in the oven sometimes or I put it on the stove also the best oil to use is canola oil it’s healthier then vegetable oil and don’t use a lot and also I add a little bit of butter make sure you use one with not a lot of fat in it and it’s pretty good.

Green beans- I love green beans I get the fresh ones from Walmart and they are really good add a little seasoning but not too much and cook them on the stove it turns it pretty good.

Broccoli- so this literally is my go to vegetable I eat this a lot usually I eat it plain and I boil it on the stove or steam it and I always get the fresh kind as well ( I use to add cheeese) I don’t anymore 😦 gotta be healthy.

Cabbage- I eat this vegetable every now and then not very often usually I only eat it when my mom makes it witch is rare but this is also very good.

Corn on the Cobb- I usually buy a Hugh bag of this and boil some on the stove I make enough to last me for a couple days so I don’t have to do so much cooking everyday.

I eat a lot more vegetables however don’t have room to list them all oh I should add to I eat a lot of toss salads (I Love Caesar salad and garden salad)

Meats:

Turkey- I been eating a lot of turkey like turkey wings, turkey pork chops and ground turkey beef, turkey sausage, it sounds nasty to some but it’s actually really good guys trust me you gotta try it.

Chicken- so I’ve been eating a lot of this lately I’m surprised I’m not sick of chick I’m really surprised I am but nope I’ve been sticking to it and eating it faithfully because it’s so many things you can make with chicken honestly so it works for me in some ways.

I already listed all the seafood..

Snacks:

Yogurt- I love light and fit and also chobani but it’s not good to eat that all the time due to the sugar in it and calories but yes I love yogurt.

Pretzels: I know most people think it’s bread so it’s not healthy but I’m here to tell you it’s on my meal plan and it’s actually not bad at all.

Popcorn: popcorn is always good I always get the kind with 94% fat free only with a 100 calories and it’s actually pretty healthy and good for you.

Fruit: I eat all kind of fruit don’t even wanna list them all but yes fruit is so good for you so enjoy it and embrace it because it’s yummy 😋

So basically I eat all healthy snakes or try too of course there’s more but again it would take so long to list them all so you can ask me if you really wanna know.

If you’re trying to lose weight or just be healthy this is the diet for you or these are the foods I recommend eating also it’s good to get a nutritionist to help as well or you can do it yourself either way guys is all about being healthy to be around longer. (It’s ok to have cheat days sometimes) as I always say no one is perfect but this is me telling you what works for me and it may work for you too.

I will keep you guys posted on my weight loss journey. Remember to keep going and keep pushing and don’t give up you can do it!

Motivation Monday.

I’m so proud of myself because I been avoiding the gym for a while but this morning, I got up and went bright and early at 5am, it was cold but I made myself get up and I went out the door. I go to the ymca and I love it because it’s small also I live in a small town so you pretty much see everybody who lives in town there, it’s great to go do something you love and relax and it helps me relieve some stress as well.

I been trying to eat healthier lately and I’ve gotten back on the plan my nutritionist picked for me so that’s been going very well so far. I make sure to eat three meals a day and to snack in between usually something healthy like fruit,yogurt or almonds. (Whatever else my body craves) I don’t really have a particular snack or a favorite one, it really all depends on what I’m in the mood for. I’m not going to lie, I have cheat days sometimes too it’s normal were human it happens.

Sometimes it gets hard and I wanna give up and I look around me and I see my friends or people around me losing weight and sticking to it and then theirs me who gets frustrated and says “the hell with this” but as always I end up right back on track because not everyday is going to be easy but you have to keep pushing and stay motivated even getting a trainer or having a life coach may help, whatever works for you go for it.

I love the fact that my mom is my gym partner and we belong to the same gym so when i need a push she’s right there to motivate me and we’re on the same diet plan so it works out for me. Whenever you have a good person in your corner to motivate you take that and always be grateful because when we allow negativity to take over we tend to not accomplish the things that we know can be accomplished with positivity and the right people around us. So always try to remain positive even when it seems hopeless.

Today is motivation Monday and I’m committing myself to doing better and leaving all the negativity behind me, I’m going to start going to the gym 3x a week and continue on eating healthy and it’s not all for weight it’s also to lead a healthy lifestyle not only for me but for my daughter so remember to stay motivated and that you can achieve anything you want to with hard work and lots of dedication and never let anyone tell you it’s not possible because it is always.

What motivates you? What keeps you going daily? Let me know and let’s keep this motivation Monday going strong 💪

My favorite restaurants/weight loss and Healthy food choices to pick from.

My last two post were a little touchy/ heavy so I’m trying to lighten it up a little (also thanks for the Support i really appreciate it)

Moving along…

I am a big foodie at heart trust me, I love food and I love exploring and trying new things, I recently started seeing a nutritionist and she’s helped me so much with my eating and picking healthy food choices, yes it’s ok to have cheat days sometimes (it’s normal, eat in moderation) after having my daughter I gained a lot of weight and trust me I was far from happy so i knew I had to get healthy not only for myself but for my daughter.

A list of my favorite restaurants/ whats good to eat on the menu when trying to be healthy:

Red lobster- this has and always will be my favorite place to eat, seafood is really good for you and plus it’s light so you don’t feel like you over ate and have any guilt over what was eaten, so usually when I go to red lobster I get the fresh pick of the day witch consist of the fish of that day that the chef has made, I get salmon with mix veggies and a baked potato it’s for one really healthy for you and again really light (yes eating a baked potato is fine, it’s actually on the meal plan my nutritionist gave me) just don’t eat it everyday, always in moderation.

O’Charleys- so my job always gets o’charleys catered for lunch and my co workers and I are all dieting so we always get the chicken ceaser salad with no croutons it’s so good and it’s light and healthy grilled chicken is always, always a good choice as well and of course you can’t go wrong with lettuce and no I’m not a rabbit 😏 salads are always a good choice.

Wendy’s- so I know what everyone is thinking how in the hell can Wendy’s be healthy but let me tell you it’s all how you pick so whenever I go to Wendy’s normally on my lunch break I always get the grilled chicken wrap it’s light, it’s healthy and it’s delicious and not to mention the price isn’t bad either(fast food is not always bad as long as you make healthy food choices)

Arby’s- so again another fast food place I know I know guys but whenever I go to Arby’s on my lunch break I always get a JR roast beef, it’s extremely light and healthy it’s one of the many things I love about Arby’s minus their curly fries. witch I no longer eat, gotta give up the good things sometimes.

Chick fil A – yes you can never go wrong with chick fil A never ever nope so my favorite thing on the menu is the grilled chicken nuggets now most people think I’m crazy when I even mention the grilled nuggets they say “eeew you actually eat that” yes I do and I love them it’s light and healthy and I even have my daughter hooked on them also not to mention the salad options they have, you can’t go wrong here either.

So these are the main places I eat at yes it’s all healthy options everything I’ve listed my nutritionist has said it’s ok and agrees with the choice ( trust me if she didn’t, I would not be eating any of it) I mostly cook at home and eat from home so this list is only when I’m not at home or when I’m on break(I do not eat out everyday) nor do I eat anything fried everything has to be grilled or baked in my house.

The main thing here is to love yourself and to take care of your body and mind always, you only have one body treat it right and again no one is perfect we’re all a work in progress but I wanted to share some tips and give some healthy food options, Anyone out their trying to lose weight remain humble and you can do this don’t give up, I’m here with you! Also I’ll be sharing more about my weight loss journey in more upcoming blogs so look out for it.

Drink plenty of water 💦

MyFitnessPal app is going to be your best friend I document everything I eat daily on this app and my calorie range is usually 1,200 so I try to under that as much as possible usually I meet that goal so again go download this wonderful app guys it’s a lifesaver.

https://www.myfitnesspal.com

Great app for weight loss!!!

Body shaming

img_1536I’ve always struggled with my weight,when I was younger I was smaller but as I got older my weight increased, my family/friends always commented on my weight and it didn’t help that at school I was being bullied because of it too. I started to hate myself in high school I found myself barley eating or only eating one meal a day I would excercise constantly and I remember dis liking who I was. I remember going in to Walmart one day and buying diet pills and the guy I was dating at the time thought I was crazy he told me I needed to stop. I wasn’t satisfied until I dropped Four jean sizes, at least I thought that would make me happy but it didn’t the reason I wrote this is to say we as a society should stop making others feel bad for the way they look weather big or small let that person be happy in their skin. I see so much body shaming online it’s sad to think that some people actually find it fun to pick at someone else’s insecuries, I say all this to say sometimes I still struggle with my weight sometimes I wish I was smaller but I’m also trying to learn to love the skin I’m in. Self love is the best love always remember that!