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Easy

Nothing is easy, right?

Struggling.

Blessings.

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Chickpeas

I needed to make some snacks that would incorporate my healthy changes.

Prepping for the week so that I plan to succeed. These are simple and a tasty snack on their own or on top of salads.

One can of chickpeas, drain and rinse until bubbles are gone. Dry on paper towels.

Put onto a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil, and sprinkle cumin, cayenne pepper and paprika over, and roll to make sure they are evenly coated.

Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until crispy.

Sprinkle with coarse salt. Store in an air tight container. These will spoil quickly. I store mine in the refrigerator.

Blessings!

2018 · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · blog · Blogging · goal · Goals · Health · new habits · Uncategorized · walking · WLS

2018 Goals

I have decided to continue blogging daily.  I never really thought I would be able to do it every day in 2017 but I did.  I had help from family, and lots of encouragement from friends.  I pre-scheduled most of my posts throughout the week and as I would have time to write on the weekend.

I have also decided that this is the year for me to conquer six college classes, and to continue to my goal weight.  It will be busy starting back to work on today (and Carmen goes back to LSU).  Planning will be the key for homework, meals, and exercise.  My Passion Planner is ready to help, I just have to use it.

Apparently, it can take 18-254 days to form a habit.  Hoping that I can kick into gear and accomplished another 20-30 pounds down this year.  Really not wanting it to take forever, but healthy habits would be a good thing. Regain is thing.  I know that I am not perfect, and can’t do everything. But wanting to be better than where I am.

So goals:

Blog daily–again!

Classes – take 6 this year, and increase my gpa.  Will be okay with “C’s” but…

Weight – get back on track and lose 20-30 – hit goal weight!

Walk – Four 5k’s (beat my time of 54:35)!

Meal plan – plan to succeed—right?

Stay organized, and not become overwhelmed.  Anxiety will not control me this year!

What are you goals for the year?  How are you planning on succeeding?

Blessings for today, and for 2018!

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Getting Back on Track!

So I have confessed that I have had weight gain the past several months.  Well, back up to 197 is not a good feeling!! I had been maintaining for several months, and as my friend Beth pointed out, maintaining is difficult to do.  At least I haven’t been gaining this entire time.

Putting on the weight has been very easy to do.  Getting it back off (especially at 51 years of age) is hard.  I saw my weight loss doctor and nutritionist for my 18 month check up, and they suggested I do a reset.   The reset is titled “Getting Back on Track!”, and I began on Monday.  I am doing a liquid fast (juices, jello, no protein shakes or solid foods) for at least two to three days.  I didn’t want to start it before Thanksgiving or the Bestie weekend…so three weeks from Christmas I begin again.

I hadn’t been exercising either.  So Monday, got up (later than normal but got up), and walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes.  Not great, but it is a start – again.  David and I are signed up for the 5k that we did a year ago.  I had high hopes for cutting down my time, but now all I want to do is be able to finish again.

It is frustrating how easy it is to lose track of a habit that benefits me.  I love the effects the weight loss surgery has given me (a great tool), but it still takes effort and work.  Nothing is easy (apparently putting the weight on is!), but I know that I am not perfect and the baby steps have begun again.

Journey to healthy…again.

Blessings.

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The Old

“You’ve got to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old, whatever ‘the old’ means for you.”  – Sarah Ban Breathnach

This can mean so many things for me: staring a diet, a savings, or purging of stuff.  Every day I have to make a conscious decision to exercise, eat healthy, and not have chocolate.  Every day I have to remind myself not to get anxious.  So many “old” me’s most of the time I don’t know where to begin.

So today I will begin a new day with new opportunities to shed part of the old me.  Relying on God to guide my path.  (Psalm 119:105 – Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.)

What does ‘the old’ mean to you?

Blessings!

 

 

 

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Back to the Habit

The scale is not going in the right direction lately.   Too much chocolate and cheetos! So back to the swing of things…

Habits…walking (treadmill), daily…again.

Eating better. Today.  Meal planning. I must do this.  I have to prep for the week, mainly for lunches, to be successful.  I need some new ideas for dinner.  Need to plan for those as well.  Plan to succeed.

So… what do you do to continue to be successful?  Do you meal plan? 

Blessings.

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Morning Motivation 

This morning the alarm went off at 5:45 a.m., and I just laid in bed.  I didn’t want to get up, and thinking about walking- nope.  I haven’t been walking for the past week, and this morning I wasn’t “feeling” it.

I got my phone, and began the normal part of my morning routine of scrolling through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (still in bed).  One the the people I follow on Instagram, @onestepcloser_vsg, is weight loss poster.  Her journey is inspirational, and her post this morning was perfect:

Why work-out before work?  

  1. It’s often the most peaceful time of the day & a great way to get some alone time.
  2. It preps you for the day, waking up your brain, clears the mind & helps organize your thoughts.
  3. Gets in your exercise first thing & you won’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day.
  4. It boosts your metabolism & gets your digestion moving for the whole day.

All of these reasons were why I stared walking in the morning to begin with…to boost my day.  New habits, right?  So, this lazy butt feeling of a morning, I got up and walked.  I only walked for 20 minutes.  But I walked.  I thanked her as well for helping me get out of bed this morning!

Thankful.