Can we talk about forgiveness for a second? I don’t mean the kind of forgiveness we seek when someone has done us wrong or when we have a fight with a loved one. I mean the kind that we give to ourselves. I made some resolutions this year concerning my health and even joined a weight loss group on Facebook to keep me going (and then made my own). Unfortunately, it led me to beating myself up over how slow my progress is going and my lack of strength and endurance while working out.
It’s been 10 months since my first weight-loss post here on the blog and about 15 months since I started my weight-loss journey. It’s been quite a ride so I wanted to take a moment and share what I’ve been going through with all of you.
When I first started my journey, I kept everything really hidden. I didn’t talk about it much except on Instagram where I took pictures of my meals and did a few progress pictures. I really dived into the online weight-loss community though. I found forums that welcomed my questions. I even found a safe space for short girls who were tackling having such a small amount of daily calories.
Those places saved me.
Hey y’all! I wanted to take the time today to do a small life update post as well as tell you what’s coming to the blog for the rest of the year. I recently went over my mid year resolutions check in so I thought I’d write this little life (and blog) update too.
Things have been changing since my last immigration post, and by changing I mean all good things are happening! I have some news on Alec’s green card, day-to-day life, our wedding shower in May, and more. You’ll be getting a cute little update on our story in July, and then one more update sometime after October to conclude our immigration journey. October is the month of our “big” wedding, and January should bring our much anticipated honeymoon.
In case you haven’t checked out my weight loss post or my resolutions for this year, let me tell you that I have been working on myself since April of 2017 with a starting weight of 184 pounds. It’s been a fulfilling and frustrating journey so far. I know many of you are setting out on your own weight loss journey this year too, so I thought I’d link you the recipes (and some bloggers) that I enjoy the most! You can even see some pictures of them in action on my instagram!
I’ll preface this real quick by saying that I count calories. I use My Fitness Pal to calculate how many calories I should be eating a day to lose one pound a week. You can find nutrition tables online for most restaurants. For food you make at home, you’ll find the nutrition information right on the package. Simply add up all the ingredients, divide by servings, and you have your calories per serving!
One of my favorite food bloggers is Beth from Budget Bytes. I love these recipes so much that I downloaded the app! Even though there no calorie counts listed, I easily plugged the ingredients into My Fitness Pal and saved them for future use! Here’s some of my favorite recipes with personal adjustments and calories! All pictures used are straight from Budget Bytes!
Geeky Gal says: Sub the half pound of turkey for half a pound of venison. Substitute one can of kidney beans in place of black beans (or leave out one can of black beans altogether). Calories: 305 calories per cup.
Geeky Gal says: To save a little on calories, skip the cheese! This chili is plenty spicy without the jalapeño. Add some tortilla chips to on add some calories if you have the room. Calories: 165 calories per cup.
Geeky Gal says: Substitute chicken breasts in place of chicken thighs if you prefer white meat. You can use whatever rice you prefer for this dish, but I use half a cup of cooked white rice! Calories: 370 calories for 1/4 of the chicken and half a cup of white rice.
Pinch of Yum
I stumbled across Lindsay at Pinch of Yum while looking for healthy breakfast recipes. I stuck around when I saw her 5 ingredient recipes! Not only do her recipes taste amazing, but she lists the calories for you! Can I get a Hallelujah? All pictures used are straight from Pinch of Yum’s site!
Geeky Gal says: Leave out the dates if you’re not a fan. Definitely add the chocolate chips! These are great to make ahead of time and eat on for the week. Calories: 124 calories per muffin.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Geeky Gal says: I made this for Christmas, and it was a hit! Skip the gravy to save on calories (and by save on calories, I mean eat more potatoes). Calories: 252 calories per serving (makes 12 servings).
Geeky Gal’s Quick Picks
Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie – 380 calories for one cup and one biscuit.
Spicy Potato Tacos – 228 calories per taco with potato filling, cheese, lettuce and sauce.
Crock-pot Japanese Onion Soup – 44 calories per cup. Serve this up on the side of homemade sushi!
Do you have any favorite low calorie recipes? Who are your favorite food bloggers? Let me know in the comments!
I’ve been pretty quiet about my weight-loss journey here on the blog. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen me cataloging meals and talking about my progress a little. I’ve kept my journey under wraps for a lot of reasons… One of them being how embarrassed I am to have let myself get so unhappy and unhealthy.
See, I’ve always been overweight and then in the last 2 years crept up to obese. I was picked on as a kid at school. Boys told me they didn’t like me because I was fat. I even had a family member in my life at the time severely damage my self confidence when I was 13. She wanted me to diet with her on a cottage cheese crash diet, and when I refused, she made fun of me and crushed what little self confidence I had. My self esteem took a beating from strangers and people I knew. I was not in a happy place.
While I do love my potato chips, it’s one of the many things you can’t eat after getting your braces tightened. They’re just too hard to eat! If you were like me prior to getting braces, you did a ton of research on things you can and cannot eat during the process of braces and the awful pain that accompanies getting your braces tightened that hinders your ability to eat most things “solid.”
The first two weeks after my first tightening I was bound to a liquid diet. It was horrible. I couldn’t even touch my teeth together. I did the shake thing, the soup thing, the ramen noodle thing, the ice cream/pudding/oatmeal thing. After awhile, you just get tired of that stuff and not all of it is necessarily “healthy” for you and your soon-to-be straight teeth.
I took to the internet to find other recipes I could eat that would fill my stomach and keep my raging gums happy while still being on the healthier side of the food spectrum. Not all of these recipes are exactly healthy but they can be modified for any diet (paleo, no white, etc.). Use your judgement and take your health needs into account when making these for yourself or your kids with braces. All of these recipes can modified as well to be more or less servings! But most of these were make ahead lunches for myself or used for Saturday night dinners for my family.