Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Goals!

Happy October!! I can't believe we are here already! Crazy... Yesterday was my WW weigh-in, and I'm happy to report I was -2.6 lbs! I had a great week. I ate healthy, tracked my food, went to a water aerobics class(Gahh!), and I went walking with a co-worker. It feels really good to be back on track!

Here was some of my healthy meals last week:

Teriyaki Cashew Stir-fry

Steamed potato topped with sauteed mushrooms,roasted peppers,onions an garlic, topped with sour cream, salsa and avocado. So easy & delicious!

Happy Herbivore's Thai Mango Curry over brown rice.

I did a post about mid-September goals. I did pretty good on them. I finished up all the rooms in our house which was a huge goal (and a big job!), I took the time to make myself feel better by spending time to wear a little make-up and to do my hair. It felt good, but slightly overrated. I think I enjoy my sleep a little too much;) I plan to keep this up a couple times a week only. Especially now that I am working out. I hate having make up and hair done for that.
I only remembered to take two selfies to prove it though! LOL! Here they are:

Today I am sharing my October goals! I think it's a good way to keep me focused, on the smaller picture instead of the long haul, which I find overwhelming.

October Goals: 

1-I will not eat any avocado.(Part of the Happy Herbivore suggestions)
2-I will track every single meal this month (except Oct.10)
3-I will get 8,000 steps minimum, 5 days a week (I got a new Fitbit Charge!)

4-I will go to at least 2 water aerobics classes
5-I will drink 2L of water/day, and no alcohol
6-Lose 10lbs this month
7-To make a minimum of 6 Happy Herbivore meal plan dishes a week
8-Attend all my WW meetings
9-I will not buy or eat any Halloween candy
10-I will share at least one yummy recipe on the blog each week

Keeping everything very attainable, and reasonable. My meal plan/prep I am flexible on. As long as we are eating the foods I bought for that week with no waste, and we aren't eating out, I am happy.

I will save my weeklies for our Potluck on the 10th, but I am not stressing about that one meal. It is our first time hosting a veg potluck for our friends & I am super excited! 

I am going to try to not stress so much, and to use my time wisely this month. We have a few busier weeks; I am working more, we have vet appointments, the potluck, my First Aid re-certification, etc. but I am going to stay organized, and plan my days to be efficient. 

What are your October goals? 
How are you setting yourself up for success?

Today is also a very special day...It is my 11th Wedding Anniversary!! How did that happen?! Gosh time flys!
We are perfectly imperfect together. I am a lucky girl. He is a great husband<3

Thursday, September 24, 2015

White Bean & Corn Soup!

Wednesday night I had the brilliant idea to soak a load full of beans I found on sale. I figured I would be home all afternoon to get them cooked up in my Instapot. Well nothing went as planned yesterday, and I was up until 11pm last night cooking beans. 

My black beans turned out beautifully, but for some reason my great northern beans came out mushy. I tried 2 separate batches at different times, with the same results. Now what am I going to do with them?! I hate wasting food. The beans still had a lovely rich buttery/nutty flavor so I wasn't throwing them out.

I ended up coming across a recipe for white bean hummus with fresh thyme and basil, on the Forks Over Knives site, by Dreena Burton. The picture doesn't do it justice, but it is good!

The best part is there is no oil used! I had a fresh basil plant too, so it is super flavorful. I recommend trying it out!

After making the hummus I still had approximately 2 cups of beans left. I decided to wing it and make soup. It turned out so good!!
White Bean & Corn soup- Serves 6

2 cups of Great northern beans, drained and rinsed
6 cups of low sodium vegetable broth
2 stalks of celery, diced
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
1 bell pepper, diced (I used .5 red & .5 yellow)
.5 medium yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups of corn (I cut mine fresh off the cob, but can substitute frozen)
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
2 Tbsp white miso paste
2 Bay leaves
1/2 tsp salt
Pepper to taste

In a medium sized pot, add 2 cups beans. Lightly mash with a potato masher or fork until chunky, leaving some whole beans. 
Pour in 6 cups of vegetable broth, celery, carrots, onions and garlic. Stir until well mixed. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to low.

Add nutritional yeast, miso, salt & pepper. Gently whisk until well blended. Add Bay leaves and pepper. Simmer on low for 20min, stirring occasionally. Add corn. Simmer another 10min. Taste & add additional salt to desired taste. Remove the Bay leaves before serving.

This soup is on the thicker side, and sticks to the ribs. We served it with a slice of hot french bread. It is delicious and makes 6 good sized servings 
for 4 PointsPlus!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fake it until you make it!

So, I'm going to be very real. I am struggling. I have been struggling for months. I was on a really great roll and something derailed me and I am grasping to regain control. I know how to shop, cook and eat healthy. I have lots of tools. I eat healthy 80%. The other 20% is the problem. I am making bad choices, and sabotaging all the good stuff I do.

I am sharing this to be honest about my whole journey. I am usually a very glass half full kind of gal, but it's been a tough & emotional year. Life isn't always peachy, but I think many people portray that it is. 

That being said, I am a fighter and I am doing what I can to lift myself back up--even if that means fake it until I make it! One day at a time. Today has been a really good day.

Today I faced reality & I returned to my Weight Watchers meetings! 
It was hard. I was up 10.5lbs and felt embarrassed. I know I shouldn't but I just did. Luckily there are some ahh-mazing ladies there that have been super supportive and I really like my leader(finally!!!). A few of them took a hiatus also and just started back last week, so I was in good company. 

Today's meeting couldn't have come at a better time either. It was about being happy. Making yourself happy. Not focusing on being just a number but finding happiness beyond that. Sometimes the universe just puts you were you need to be at the right moment. 

The board at my meeting said something along the lines of the scale being just a number that is an equation of gravity, and that it is not a reflection of the person you are, your worth, an indication of how much your friends and family love you...exactly. Weight loss is part of my life--not my whole life. We need to find happiness with where we are right now & take time for yourself.

My husband is very supportive in that he will happily eat anything I cook(even super healthy), but he also isn't bothered by us eating badly and being over weight, which is frustrating. When I am in a "I don't care, I am going to eat whatever I want" mood, he is happy to join. Rejoining will give me the accountability I require, and the support & structure I need.

I am researching some courses to take, to do some upgrading, and possibly career changing as well. I also joined a Crappy to Happy 7 Day Challenge. We journal and have daily exercises to work on. I hope that by being accountable with my WW, my exercise, pursuing some things I am interested in, and taking time for me, I can turn my funk in side out. 

I just want to always keep it real here. Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's not. I'm going through the it's not stage right now, but I feel better just taking some steps to get where I want to be.

My week has been a busy one...

I managed to get the to-do projects on my list complete! My room on the main level, the basement and the office are finished! My house also got a thorough, much needed cleaning. I love a clean house :)

Hers on the left, his on the right

Lilly had her dental surgery last Wednesday. They ended up removing 5 teeth instead of 3, but she did well. We had her re-check this afternoon and unfortunately a socket suture has opened and there is a bit of infection. They do not want to go back in unless absolutely necessary so we have a couple more days of pain meds and 10 days of antibiotics, and she will be checked again next Friday. 

My MIL surprised me a couple days ago with new bake ware! I have been wanting a full oven sized cookie sheet and muffin tin to make things more efficient, especially when doing large batches for volunteer baking. 
So sweet that she remembered me mentioning it and gifted me with them <3

After my appointments today I hit up the Farmer's market. I love to do that!

Kohut corn, purple potatoes, cauliflower, peppers, cabbage, tomatoes, zucchini and fresh beans! YUM!!

Well I'm off to cook beans that I have been soaking(I found a killer deal at Safeway on dried beans a couple days ago!) and get some meal prep done, so I am ready for work tomorrow.

Happy first day of Fall!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Let pumpkin season begin!

Happy Tuesday! I meant to post yesterday but something went wrong with a Windows update and I had to wait for the Mr. to fix it for me! I am not super computer savvy ;)

I tried out Pumpkin Pie ONO yesterday and they were good! I wanted to share with all the pumpkin lovers...after all tomorrow is the first official day of Fall!!! That means it's officially pumpkin season! I know some of you are rolling your eyes right now, but I'm a pumpkin everything fan!
Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats:  Serves 2

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup unsweetened soy milk
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1 Tbsp raisins
1 Tbsp chopped pecans, plus 2 for topping(optional)

Mix all ingredients except for 2 whole pecans, into a medium size jar or seal-able container. Shake vigorously until well mixed. Refrigerate overnight. Top with additional pecans before serving. This is great cold or room temperature, but may be heated to your liking. 

Let pumpkin season begin! Enjoy :)

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