Lisa’s Weight Loss Journey: Start!

Glad your here with me on this new and exciting journey!

DISCLAIMER: I am not a Dr, nutritionist, or expert of anything. This is ment to inspire you and also to motivate me. PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR DR BEFORE TRYING ANY KIND OF DIET OR WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM. Your goal is to loss weight not cause more health problems while doing it.

So here is a little about me and why I need to loss a few pounds. Simply I have a couple of health problems I need to start controlling and the first step is to loss weight.

I am a diabetic type 2 and take medication to help control it. I also need total knee replacement and I have to loss weight before my Dr will schedule the surgery.

Full disclosure here gang!!!! I love to eat carbs and fats and sugars. I am an average woman of 45 years, married, and have 2 kids in college. I have to start concentrating on ME more so I can be there for my family and friends. I need to start actively controlling my health problems so they don’t control me anymore…. OK remind me of this from time to time will ya?????

Here is me today as I write this post and start my journey. As you can see I am not nor will I ever be a model.

I am using a free apple app called fatsecret I found to help with documenting calories and weight. Because of my knee issues I can’t walk around the block or go to the gym. So most of my exercise is going to be housework and things in small dosage.

 

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As of this morning I weight 234.4 lbs. And of course I weight my self naked!!! Don’t ¬†we all!!! I am 5’1″ tall. I even measured my waist at 43 inches and hips at 56 inches. See I am disclosing everything…lol

Now my normal diet is a lot of processed foods, and also junk foods. I love a good burger and fries. I love pasta and I tend to not eat regular meals at set times. I live on coffee, cereal is a weakness as well as breads and meat.

I will be sharing what I am eating and what I am doing with you. I want to inspire you and to share my successes and failers. While doing research I noticed most like to say how great they are doing but don’t share when they mess up or fall off the wagon… Not cool in my opinion as we all know it’s an uphill battle carrying 100 lbs in a snow storm while wearing 6 inch heels…..

I tried doing a juice cleanse diet and found it started to mess up my blood sugar levels even though it was mainly greens with lemon and a green apple. So I decided to add it to a healthier diet.

So here is my ideal diet plan. Of course I know I will falter a bit some days…

1 coffee with nondairy creamier: As I am a coffee aholic I plan on still drinking 1 coffee with nondairy creamier. My usual is 3-4 throughout the day.

Drinking at least 3 cups of homemade green juice: I will be changing up the ingredients because one recipe will drive me crazy.

Having a salad at lunch because I can eat all the salad I want as long as I keep the dressing under control. I can add ham, chicken, tuna to up my protein as well.

Drinking more water with propel as I am not a big straight water gal

Having a healthy dinner. This may be tough because I am the cook for everyone in my house and they are not going to be happy with salad or beans for dinner all the time. This will be by shopping around the store instead of in the isles. No more quick package dinners and snacks for me.

My husband as always is 110% behind me in this and found me a $48 juicer at a Sears discount store. I tried using a blender and it will work if you do a lot of prep on the veggies. and strain it a few times. I know me and I will not want to do it everyday.

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I will not pay $300 plus for a juicer…. We are on a strict budget and its a waste of cash IMHO.

Here is my first juice recipe. I used one I found on the internet but modified it a bit for my taste. Use fresh from the store or farmstand. You can find bottles of this type of juice in the store but its overpriced and I found had more sugar than if you just did the work yourself.

3 stalk of celery

1 cucumber

handful of spinach

handful of kale

1 lemon

1 green apple

Now I wash everything, peel the lemon and cut up the apple, and cucumber to fit in my juicer. As you can see I did NOT peel the apple or cucumber. Most of the vitamins and minerals are in the skins of veggies. But if you are using a blender you will need to peel them and cut everything smaller. Also, with the blender you will need to add about 1-2 cups so your blender can blend them. You will need to use a strainer and spoon to run it through at least 2-3 times to get all the juice out. The amount will be less than I got with this cheap juicer.

Now juice it. Easy as can be.

You can add ginger but I am not a big fan and I found it left an after taste. This recipe tastes like a lemonade so not bad.

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I got 3 cups of juice not bad and I also found for me I like it very cold before I drink it so I make it early in the morning and place it in the fridge. No need to get special gear for that I just used a quart canning jar I had around because I can everything in the garden I can.

 

So that is the basics of me and my goals.. I hope you comeback and follow me on this and help encourage me to keep going and work hard for my health and well-being.
Please Please Please… Share your ideas in the comments! I am an average gal trying to do better and sometimes others have great ideas to help… Please also like and follow me on this.

Glad you are here! Lisa

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