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15 Day IdealFit Challenge

I have spoken several times about my weight loss and being a very picky eater. I ran across this weight loss challenge that actually gives you meals to try and substitutions if you do not like certain items..Finally!! I am hoping it will help me to learn how to eat a few new veggies or fruits (both would be great). Since I am trying to rid of those last stubborn pounds but I am S T U C K. Have you ever been there?

I hope this 15 days will jump start a new beginning to helping get over the hump of losing this weight. Keep watching for more food prep and also how this plan works (or does not) for me.

Click Here to see my food prep video.

 

 

 

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Do Your Own Thing

I wrote earlier about starting the Keto diet. I started the keto way of eating and realized that for a picky eater, this is not an easy task. I am not the healthiest of eaters and have a real dislike for most fruits (except apples) and most all vegetables. The keto diet requires more vegetables grown above ground and not in ground like potatoes. My favorites are breads, pastas, rice, and of course potatoes. You can see this diet or lifestyle of eating was so hard for me. I think I ate breakfast at almost every meal for 3 weeks. All that and I lost a big 2 pounds.

I was very discouraged and took a few weeks off and tried to regroup from the whole eating dilemma. I started going more regularly to the gym and started using my diet app on my phone once again. The biggest change is now I drink no less than 60 ounces of water a day. I am counting my calories which is a pain for most people. I  have learned to trust my body and know what works for me and what doesn’t.

Do not give up because you are not fitting into the new fad of societal diets. Find your own way and do your own thing. If you want to lose weight, tone muscle, or just feel better, you can only do it when you are committed to it and make the decision you want it.

Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,  I know that full well.”

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Keto Recipes Tried

Well, it has been 5 days now since I started this crazy diet. I am a picky eater so it is difficult to find those food items that I will actually eat. I found a few recipes and thought I would try them out. One was good the other, well not so much.

First,  I tried a recipe for a KeDough Pizza. It was made with whey protein powder and several cheeses for the dough. I mean this had the absolute best smell ever. I was so excited to try this. I took my first bite and it was not horrible. I thought “okay this is doable”. I took my second bite and begin to doubt my first thought. I ate about 4 bites and that was it. I could not put another bite in my mouth. (I know that’s awful.) I took the cheese and pepperoni from the top and ate it.

Secondly, I found a cracker recipe. Click here for this recipe . I feel in love with these crackers. It reminded me of a breakfast items we used to eat when I was younger called a polish mistake. The recipe calls for adding your own spice so I choose to use crushed red peppers to make them a little spicy. These I will definitely make again.

I decided that I am going to try to make the pizza again but instead of using the whey protein powder, I will substitute the almond flour and see if that is any better.

Good news is, I am down 3 pounds and it is getting easier.

I will continue to update my journey and share more triumphs and failures on recipe trials.

Much love,

Vivian

 

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Keto Diet Shopping

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Preparing for Keto Diet

 

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Diet not A Diet

I decided that I would share my next week with everyone because it holds me accountable for making the changes that I plan to make.   I am a very picky eater, and picky eaters have a hard time choosing the correct fruits and vegetables needed to sustain the proper portion of a good nutritional eating plan. It seems that with this I have found it hard to sustain a comfortable weight that makes me feel good about myself. So today, I start the keto diet. I will be honest that this may or may not be the change that I am looking for but for the next 10 days (10 days because I promised a friend I would do it that long), I will do my very best to keep to the meal plan that was laid out for me.

My struggle with actually telling about the diet (not a diet but lifestyle change) is that many people believe you just try this diet and after 2 or 3 days think “well it didn’t work, so I’m on to something else”. I am not looking for a yo-yo diet. I am looking to make healthy changes in my eating. I read about the changing of taste buds, and the most common number is every 7 years. But according to a scientific study I read, taste buds die off after about a two-week period and become new again. My goal — starting now — is to try more fruits and vegetables and develop a new flavor palette!

I’ll post daily how well it is going, so day 1…. here we go.

corn casserole

Family Favorite- Corn Casserole

So this is not the healthiest of recipes but I discovered it is one of my family’s favorites for the holidays. (and very easy to make)

 

1 box JIffy cornbread mix

1 can whole corn (mostly drained)

1 can cream style corn

1 small sour cream

1 stick of butter

mix all ingredient well, bake about 45 minutes to one hour – add shredded cheddar cheese to cover top and bake until cheese is melted.

 

It’s that easy and is more like dessert than a side dish.

caramel frap

Caramel Cappuccino Freeze

Blend 8 oz skim milk with 1/4 cup coffee, 1 scoop of your favorite Chocolate Protein Shake powder and 1/2 tbsp caramel extract.

Blend in blender with ice.

 

This is my absolute favorite protein shake. Enjoy!

 

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

I really love these and they are so easy to make. There are many recipes out there but I use this one.

 

Chicken

Garlic

Bell Pepper, red and green

Onion

Teriyaki

 

Cut chicken into small bite sizes pieces. Spray the bottom of your pan and pan cook the chicken until done. Remove chicken from pan and add in 1 tsp minced garlic, ¼ cup both green and red bell pepper, ¼ cup chopped onion, and teriyaki to taste. Cook until veggies are soft then add chicken back to veggie mix.  Continue to cook until well heated adding teriyaki sauce if needed.

Remove mix from heat.

Add to a leaf of lettuce and wrap and enjoy!

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Diets of Today

My old and yet new again mindset is on getting healthy. I have been skinny and heavier but now I need another reason for working out and staying fit. I can no longer sit by doing nothing and let me weight continue to increase as my health continues to decline.

About 4 years ago, I was in the best shape of my life. I worked out and did fitness classes. I was so active that I did not really worry about what I ate or when I ate. I just ate. Then it happened. I stopped working out, started making excuses, and yep…did not stop eating what and when I wanted.

I will not lie and say the number on the scale does not bother me, because it does very much. Obviously though, it does not bother me enough to make a change to shrink that number. Until NOW! The number although it bothers me is no longer my motivation. My health is. I feel sluggish, depressed, and have even started having severe hip cramps and pains which originated in my back.

Now…here is lies the problem. I do not have hours a day to work out in a gym. I do like the after workout feeling from the endorphins, but can that be all I do to establish a healthier lifestyle? Eating must play the biggest role in my life style change. Secret here…I am a very picky eater. I do not like many vegetables and only one fruit, apples. So how in the world with all the online juicing, cabbage eating, ketogenic, vegan, low carb eating diets will I ever figure out the best foods for someone who is picky with food taste and textures? So, I went to work researching.

 

Here are some of my favorite ideas to help.

  1. Look at the ingredients in your favorite meals. Can you use those ingredients to change up your dishes? Ex: Hamburger with lettuce, tomato and cheese? Try ground meat, diced tomato with shredded cheese wrapped in a lettuce.
  2. Try 1 new food each week (at least each month). Stop saying no to all foods you have always hated. Your taste buds change every 7 or so years so try foods again. Keep trying foods to expand your food list.
  3. To go along with #2, change seasonings you use to offer assorted flavors on those foods to help you learn to love something new.
  4. Change out items to a healthier form, replacing lettuce for taco shells, use brown rice instead of white rice, and many other options such as these.
  5. Watch your sugar intake. Try to watch how many sodas you drink, especially diet sodas as these sometimes have more sugar or sugar substitutes which cause weight gain.

 

Making slow changes can also influence the way you feel. Just get up and start somewhere. You cannot make changes sitting still.