From Fat to Fit Chick: : 2012   

Monday, December 31, 2012

I am doing what is best for me...respect that or be quiet



I am not one to say one eating plan is better than the other. 

It kinda surprised me on how many messages I got on my facebook page and the comments on here that dissed low carb.  By people that are doing a sort of low carb thing themselves *cough*Paleo*cough*

It is NEVER ok to tell another person that their plan sucks and that they need to try what you are doing instead.

Like the picture above....there is no single way to lose weight.  You have to find what works for you.  If Paleo is working for you I respect that but please respect my decision to low carb it via Atkins and Weight Watchers. 

I'm not stupid.  Far from it really.  I know what is in the food I eat.  I also know that my way will not work for anyone.  You don't see me preaching about how everyone should do low carb because I know what may work for me may or may not work for you.  As long as people are losing weight in a healthy way you will not see me say anything about the way a person eats. 

Step down off your high horse.  This weight loss thing is way bigger than just your way. 

Moral of the rant?

Keep positive, an open mind and change your attitude.....it may just change your life for the better ;)





Celebrating 10K followers on Facebook!

Oh my gosh y'all.  There is over 10,000 of you following my page on Facebook and when I started it I never even thought about it getting as big as it has. 

So before I get to the giveaway let me trot down memory lane of 2012.

My year in review ;)

  • I helped open an aerobics studio.
    It was a lot of fun!  I however did a lot of classes and it well kinda led me into.....
  • I regained almost 30-35 pounds because of the bad food choices I made.
    Not gonna lie or make excuses.  I made bad food choices and I didn't put myself first.
  • I did make it on a local TV news segment (which I re-gained 15 by this time)
  • I quit the aerobic studio and kinda floundered around during the summer.  I still taught Zumba at a Rec Park and at a church but nothing really for myself.
  • Something clicked in August in my head.  I had enough and got back to basics. K.I.S.S. became my motto on the facebook page lol
  • Got to 165 pounds (5 pounds until my original goal) and decided I can go a little more further.
    Also decided to get back into running. 
  • Decided to go low carb after talking to my doctor and seeing my blood sugar levels
It was quick wasn't it?  A year really does fly by but it can also seem like it drags ass too.

Now I think y'all deserve to enter the giveaway now lol

Want to win one of these?



All you have to do is comment here on this blog post!  Tell me what you want to see in 2013 on the fan page and this blog :D  I told you it was easy!  Contest ends January 3rd.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

My Dinner Menu for 12/30- 1/5 and Low Carb Ramblings

I've been low carbing it since the day after Christmas because of my blood sugar getting way too high and my doctor mentioning something about my insulin resistance getting worse.  Which is crazy.  I have pcos and this is the main symptom besides irregular painful periods...TMI, sorry.  Sometimes I forget I have pcos.  This is why I never really mention it.

This low carb thing is totally new to me so I wound up buying the new Atkins book.  Which is a far cry from the book I read 10 years ago. I'm not used to using full fat food any more.  This is the cleanest I've ever eaten & surprisingly my cravings are going away.  No I'm not saying to rush out and start doing Atkins lol 

I'm still going to WW meetings, btw.  Ironically after the meeting last week I was talking to a lady and she low carbs too. 

The good side is that my energy has picked up and my blood sugar is leveled out.  Plus I've lost more weight which is cool. 

Am I going to stay low carb?  I don't honestly know.  I haven't even said anything about it on my fan page....so you heard it first here ;)

So here is my dinner menu for this week....most taken from Peace, Love and Low Carb and the low carb section on Skinnytaste

Sunday:  Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers
http://peaceloveandlowcarb.blogspot.com/2012/06/philly-cheesesteak-stuffed-peppers.html#more

Monday:  Grilled Steak and Veggie Skewers

Tuesday:  Chicken Bacon Crockpot Chowder
http://peaceloveandlowcarb.blogspot.com/2012/03/chicken-bacon-crock-pot-chowder.html#more

Wednesday:  Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/07/sausage-stuffed-zucchini-boats.html

Thursday:  Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore (with spaghetti squash for me and reg spaghetti for the family)
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/06/crock-pot-chicken-cacciatore.html

Friday:  I have no idea....I'll be in NYC!

Saturday:  Baked Salmon with EVOO, garlic & Italian herbs and sautéed asparagus (starch side for the rest of the family)


My breakfast consists of 2 whole eggs, canned spinach and 3 turkey b-fast sausage links or 3 slices of regular bacon....I didn't really change much to this except I am eating real bacon lol

Lunch is a pan "fried" in a tbsp. of olive oil chicken breast that is boneless & skinless with Zatarain's seasoning and steamed veggies....I need to explore other options :) It is yummy but I want quicker stuff.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A new year...new goals!

I haven't done New Year's Resolutions in a few years and I don't intend to start now.  I do goals though.  Which are basically the same thing right??  In my mind they aren't lol

Eh, what ever works right?

I'm just going to list everything I want to do in 2013 lol These are big and small combined.  I usually just check them off as I go.



  • Run a race every single month of 2013
  • One of those will be a half marathon...so I can finally put my 13.1 sticker on my Jeep.  Yes, that is why.
  • I want another one of those to be my first Tri
  • Keep to my 80% clean and 20% other fun way of eating
  • Get down to 150-145-ish pounds
  • Move to Slidell, LA
  • Work on being more organized and purge the junk....I am a pack rat
  • Get to an Autism Support group with my husband because I have a feeling the older my son gets, the harder it is going to be.
  • Keep paying it forward in the fitness world (hopefully one day that I can balance a career in fitness/wellness and this)
  • Get certified in Personal Training through ISSA since my NCSF isn't widely accepted here where I am *sigh*
  • Take over the world (just checking to make sure you are still reading lol)
  • Just keep on enjoying life!
It doesn't seem like a lot but it's plenty for me :)

The key is to make goals just out of your reach but be realistic about them. 

Unrealistic would be something like:  I am going to lose 200 pounds in 6 months.

Remember you are setting yourself up for success and time based goals aren't the best idea unless you can take a failure without it going to heart.

What are your goals for 2013?



Monday, December 24, 2012

From my family to yours <3

I want to wish everyone out there a very Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone takes this time to slow down & enjoy the little things. After the recent tragic events that have gone on in the world it should drive us to value one another.

Today we started a new tradition with the kids by taking them out to eat & then catching a movie. Not our typical day but we are no longer on speaking terms with my dad's side of the family (they are a bit close minded, tons of negativity there & it wasn't our choice) & Christmas Eve was always spent with them.

It makes me sad and it feels like a part of me is missing but we had totally made the best of it! We saw Wreck It Ralph. It was a very cute movie :) We are always on the go & busy but it was a day that we totally slowed down.

Tomorrow will be bringing lots of bad weather & hopefully the kids won't be too disappointed that they can not play with their outdoor toys they will be getting. Good thing Santa brought indoor toys too ;)

What are your Christmas & Christmas Eve traditions?

Friday, December 21, 2012

Julia Rose Headbands Giveaway!

I have had the pleasure in being contacted by Denise with Julia Rose Headbands to do a review and she was awesome enough to send along an extra 3 for a giveaway for y'all!



They are very well put together!  They passed the test with flying colors on a run, doing Body Pump and on my elliptical. 

I'm picky with my headbands too and if they stay in while I'm exercising then they are kept and not passed on to my daughter...who really has a big collection from my searches lol


So are y'all ready for an awesome giveaway?

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Heaux, Heaux, Heaux!

Down here in Louisiana we always have to spell things different.  Sorry ;)

We are in the middle of the holiday season with Christmas being a few days away, Chanukah just ended a few days ago and New Year's Eve is coming soon.

There are tons of temptations out there so here are my Holiday Tips all in one place for y'all that need it.

Holiday Survival Tip #1 ~ Offer to bring a healthy dish to holiday parties.
If you're concerned about the unhealthy array of foods that are bound to be served at an upcoming function, call the host ahead of time to see if you can bring a healthy dish. Chances are, the host will be happy to have some help with the overwhelming task of pleasing a hungry crowd!

Tip #2 ~ Never go to a party hungry! Eat a healthy light meal before you go to keep you from making rash food decisions later.

Tip #3 ~ Increase your time management skills over the holiday season. Organize your day the evening before. Prioritizing your tasks beforehand will help you find time to exercise & help you stay on your food plan.

 Tip #4 ~ Take the focus off food. Turn candy and cookie making time into non-edible projects like making wreaths, dough art decorations or a gingerbread house. Plan group activities with family and friends that aren’t all about food. Try serving a holiday meal to the community, playing games or going on a walking tour of decorated homes.

Tip #5 ~ Love it or leave it. Keep your calories under control by choosing to indulge in only the foods that you really love. Too often we eat a gingerbread cookie because it’s only available once a year, not because we truly love gingerbread cookies. Leave behind the foods that you don’t absolutely love. Try rating the foods available and if it’s not a 10, leave it.

 Tip #6 ~ Start your New Year’s Resolutions early. Take the time to sit down and write out ideas for resolutions, choose one or two important goals and post them on the refrigerator to remind yourself about what you’re working on. The holidays may bring more time off work, and this may be a golden opportunity to jump-start or revamp extra exercise and healthy meal planning.

Tip #7 ~ Pre-plan and prepare. Why is it that we’re willing to write out a holiday list, but we don’t write down meal plans because they take too much time? Before leaving the house, try preparing a couple of healthy snacks to take with you to avoid stopping at fast food restaurants or shopping mall food courts. You could save hundreds of calories just by taking 10 minutes in the morning to plan your day.

Tip #8 ~ Forget the all or nothing mentality when it comes to exercise. People often think, if I can’t do the full 30- or 60-minute workout, I’ll do nothing. A little is always better than nothing. You could burn 100 calories or none. Which would you choose? Don’t have much time to work out? Aim for high-intensity, short workouts that exercise multiple muscle groups at once, such as spinning, a strength-training circuit, push-ups or squats with hand weights.

Tip #9 ~ Make active pursuits part of your holiday celebrations. These aren’t full-blown workouts, but rather activities that just get you and your loved ones moving: Toss a football around the backyard, play some games on the Wii or go ice skating. Try to make some of those fun pursuits a new holiday tradition instead of sitting around and eating all day.

Tip #10 ~ Travel Smart! If you are traveling make sure to bring your own snacks. It's hard to find healthy choices at airports & gas stations so I always bring my own food. Protein bars, fresh fruit, beef/turkey jerky, etc.

Tip #11 ~ Don't forget that alcohol is fattening too. That innocent-looking glass of sparkly wine or that small bottle of beer may look as though it will do no harm. However, alcohol contains calories and lots of them. Try and control the amount of alcohol you consume over the holiday period. There are plenty of lower-calorie beers and wines available, so opt for this whenever possible.

Tip #12 ~ With all the holiday food around, remember to eat slowly. Wait 20 minutes before getting another plate of food. It takes 20 minutes before you feel the "full" effects of foods.

Tip #13 ~ Don't do anything drastic. If you do overindulge in some holiday favorites, *don't* skip meals or try and starve yourself the next day. Go back to eating healthy like you did before you overindulged to help you feel better after a holiday pig-out session.


**Above all....enjoy this time with family and friends!!**


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Emotional Eating - Vlog






The worst part about emotional eating is it actually causes your problems to multiply. Eventually, instead of avoiding the issues you're stuffing down with food, you've created another one altogether -- weight gain, guilt about eating, worsening health ... and then it starts all over again.  Luckily it is in our power to change this.


If you tend to give in to emotional eating, there are a few tactics you can use to regain control of your eating habits and get back on track.
    • Step One: Identify Your Triggers...with this you are going to need to track.  Don't really worry about calories but what you are eating and how eating it makes you feel.  Note if you ate if you were angry, upset, etc

    • Step Two: Recognize Hunger Signals.....this one is really important.  Pay attention to your hunger cues.  Are you eating because you are actually hungry?  Or is it a craving?  Distract yourself for about 10 minutes if you think it's just a craving.  

    • Step Three: Limit Trigger Foods
    • Stop stocking your fridge and pantry with the foods you binge on.  I like to eat my trigger foods but I do it in situations that are more controlable.

    • Step Four: Don't Skip Meals
    • Skipping meals almost always leads to poor food choices and over eating.  I know we all get busy but make sure you take the time to eat.  You'll be less apt to emotional eat.

    • Step Five: Create Alternatives to Eating
    • Whether it's a bubble bath or curling up with a good book, planning other activities will help you relax and avoid binges.  Hobbies are a great thing! 


When you trip up -- because you will (We all do!  I still sometimes trip!), don't give up. Forgive yourself and start over the very next second. Learning from your mistakes and focusing on the positive will go along way in ensuring your weight loss success.


Stay tuned for Part 2!  I'll go over some detailed techniques that have helped me :)

This blog is getting a makeover!

I am so unbelievably excited!  I paired up with an amazing blog designer Ro Little at Mommyblogdesigns.com and she will be installing it really soon.  If you are on here and things start moving around on you, it's not you going crazy ;)

I hope y'all love it as much as I do!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hoo-Rag! I think everyone needs one! (Giveaway & review)


 Hi!  I have to say we had a lot of fun playing with this product.  Hoo-rags are amped up bandanas that you can twist and tuck in different ways to turn it into the style you need.  There are lots of ways to wear them!

Here let me show you ;)

I like it as a head band.






I can wear it as a pirate cap!
 

My daughter had to try it as a headband.  I almost didn't get it back.



You know I had to try it like a Ninja....it was too bright though not to be seen.  My kids found me.


And had to try being a Ninja too ;)


Oh you know my middle one had to try it too!  He wins best Ninja!





Want a Hoo-Rag for your very own?  I am giving away 2!




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Sunday, December 9, 2012

My Dinner Menu for this week

Keeping it simple this week (who am I kidding?  I KISS all the time haha)! Skinnytaste and Weight Watchers is what I'm using for almost all of what we are eating ;)

Monday:  Crockpot Santa Fe Chicken

Tuesday:  Split Pea Soup (I don't have a pressure cooker and not really going by her recipe, just had to find one like mine to link to so I don't have to type my recipe out lol)

Wednesday:  Left overs....heck yes!  My favorite night next to breakfast for dinner!!

Thursday:   Gumbo (I omit the chicken and use shrimp & crab instead...it's lazy gumbo but it's good!  I double this recipe..same points if you swap)

Friday:  Skillet Cajun Spiced Flounder

Saturday:  Pizza night! Flatout bread now sells the long square pizza type bread like the one she calls for in this recipe....I buy mine from Walmart.  Examples of our toppings: turkey pepperoni, spinach, black olives, turkey sausage, grilled chicken, bell peppers, etc

Sunday:  Provencal Beef Stew


My lunches are pretty much the same few things....a salad from the Salad Station, chicken breast & steamed veggies or left overs.

My breakfast is typically spinach scrambled eggs with onions, green bell peppers, and mushrooms.  Fruit too ;)

Examples of my snacks:  Pistachios, clementines, red grapes, boiled eggs, string cheese, greek yogurt & popcorn....and of course my nightly skinny cow ice cream bar lol


I hope this helps some of you that have a hard time doing this!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

80% Clean, 20% Other & PROUD to not be perfect

I have no idea what is wrong with people lately.  It's like the Clean Eating Nazi's have invaded social media and they think it's their given right to tell the pee-on's how horrible they are for not doing it 100% clean.  To all of you that are like this....just freaking stop already.  It just makes me want to kick you in the face.

Just like that!  POW!


What is clean eating anyway?

To me it means no processed food. Eat lean meats, whole grains like quinoa, healthy fats, nuts, fresh fruit & vegetables.

Now I'm not totally against it but I can't be that restrictive.  I take that back, it's not that I "can't".....I just don't want to.  I like things like ice cream, cake, fried seafood, peppermint sticks, cheese that comes in a stick.  I don't eat these all of the time.  Ok maybe the string cheese and ice cream...gotta have ice cream every night (yes!  I *just* said that!)

So I found that eating clean about 80% of the time and then enjoying the other 20%, within reason...don't get the idea that I gorge myself.  Both need to stay within my daily points.

This makes me not PERFECT but I am totally ok with that.  I am Tanee.  I've lost 200 pounds by doing this.  I can run, dance, lift weights, kick box, cycle and keep up with my kids!  If the clean eating issue makes me mediocre then excuuuuuuse the heck out of me.

I'll keep doing what I'm doing ;)  




Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

KalorieBox Review & Giveaway!


I am so excited to do this review & giveaway!

KalorieBox is a monthly box of low calorie goodies delivered to your door every month.  Every box sold feeds a hungry child in America.

I received my box and immediately got a bit excited.


See why I got excited?  Who doesn't like food delivered to your door step?  Especially our favorite....Stubb's BBQ sauce, yum!

Everything was tasty and the customer service was super nice.  The boxes start at $25 and can be as low as $17 if you commit to a few months.

So here is your chance to earn extra chances to win a KalorieBox for your very own!  Check out below and follow the list ;)

Good luck to everyone!!





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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pumpkin Cheesecake is evil

So my husband made a pumpkin cheesecake Sunday....I had a small piece Sunday & Monday night with him and the kids. Last night there I was, alone because he went to Norfolk, VA, and I saw the cheesecake in the fridge.

I got a fork, sunk it into the tip of the creamy goodness & took a bite. It was so good!

I shook my head....it was a fourth of a cake left & I knew what would happen soooooo......

After that bite I threw the rest of the cake in the trash lol

Why?

I have a hard time controlling myself when I'm alone. As a rule I don't normally allow cakes in the house....I have no idea what possessed me to give the ok for him to make it. Oh well, it just serves as a reminder why I *still* can't have cake in the house lol

There you have it...pumpkin cheesecake is evil!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Start? That is the hardest part! *gulp*

Before I started I felt like I was drowning & that the people around me were either giving me rocks to keep me under or throwing the life preservers just out of my reach.

The rock throwers chanted "You don't need to lose weight, why would you want to do that?" or my least favorite "You have such a beautiful face, if only you'd lose weight."

Why not shut the hell up & support me??

The life preserve throwers cried "Eat less, move more!"

What exactly does eat less, move more mean? What do I eat??? Throw the life preserver closer please!

I felt like crying. I was so frustrated and lost.

I didn't know what or how I was going to do it but once I was determined to live did I get a level & clear head. Which meant I could choose my beginning path. Where did that determination come from? It came from deep inside me. I wanted to find & save myself *that* damn bad.

Weight loss surgery did cross my mind but having no insurance, 3 kids to spend my money on & an intense fear of needles closed that door. (Thankfully!)

So what to do?

There was no such thing as a weight loss coach & it was up to me to wade through all of the programs and other information alone. I admitted to myself that I knew nothing about eating healthy. So I wanted a list of food to eat & what to avoid.

I was on Weight Watchers before I got pregnant with my second child & lost 45 pounds. I looked at again and saw the Core Plan. It was perfect to me. A list of healthy food I could eat & stuff not to eat. Score ;)

I did it a lot differently than a lot of people out there. I took that list and went grocery shopping. Afterwards, I cleaned out my entire kitchen. Anything that wasn't on this list went into either the garbage or in a box to donate.

Extreme? Yes.

Do I recommend this for everyone? No.

Why?

Everyone in your house needs to be on board with this. My husband was fully supportive. Not only was this a change for me but it was a change for my family too.

I think the biggest key is that we treated it as a life change.

That is the biggest universal key for everyone that reads this....it is a life change.

Will you get it perfect? Nope. Neither will I. It's ok though :)





Thursday, November 15, 2012

What? The Holidays? Eek!!

I can not believe that the holiday season is almost here. To me it should still be summer!

Soon there will be holiday parties, family gathering, school programs for the kids....& food every where you look. Oh, don't forget about the food pushers & the food police. Since you're damned if you do & damned if you don't.

"It won't hurt you to have this small piece of cake"

(small is a relative term lol I know my family's version of small is that it's on a small plate)

"You're not still on that diet are you? Har Har!"

"Oh no you aren't eating a salad? Aunt Sally, Tanee is eating a piece of pie & not a salad!"

What is a healthy eater to do?

Find a balance.

If you are cooking it is possible to make things healthier....like my corn bread dressing. The corn bread is made with egg whites & skim milk. I use turkey sausage instead of regular sausage. Little tweaks can help big time.

Experiment with your recipes.

If you aren't cooking then there are some strategies you can put in place (which I'll will be posting them on my fan page on facebook & then do another post on here with all of them together).

You don't really have to give up every thing but you don't have to eat every thing put in your path either.

Are you afraid to say no?

Practice.

"Do you want a piece of this cake? I slaved over it for hours."

You look at it & it's just not what you want to splurge on.

"No thanks."

It really can be that easy!

Now you are probably thinking....I couldn't possibly hurt my dear aunt's feelings. You don't really have to. Redirection works wonders. Give them an impulsive hug, tell them how glad you are that you get to see them this year, take them by the hand, walk them toward the tree & say aren't the decorations that your grandma put up this year beautiful.

Get my drift?

The holidays, no matter what you celebrate, are for family & friends. It really does not need to be centered around food. (Yeah I'm from the South & that has come out my mouth lol)

Get a game plan together on how you are going to navigate this time of year.

You can do it!!



Friday, November 9, 2012

Relieved!

My husband is coming home today after being gone since Monday. It's certainly not our longest time we've been apart but this week with the kids was so stressful.

You have the everyday bickering, crying & whining...which makes my eye twitch but my oldest son totally one upped it by telling his teacher on Wednesday that the big softball size bruise on his upper thigh was from his daddy whipping him.

When I was first told this by his teacher I got furious at my husband. Very, very furious. Luckily he was out of town though or we would have had a bigger mess.

We've spanked before but we've come to the conclusion that it doesn't do any good & with my oldest (my Aspie) he has worse meltdowns.

So I was fully expecting child services to show up at my door Wednesday after the school called.

I was so stressed. I'm an emotional eater & my first instinct was to eat. Did I go to the pantry or fridge?

Nope. I decided if there was one thing I was going to control it was my eating. The rest I would handle as it came.

I'm so grateful that I had control this time. In fact I'm getting this type of out come more & more. Not saying I'm cured. I don't think that will ever happen.

Back to what happened.....

Child services never came. My oldest got home & I asked him to be totally honest with me about where he got the bruise at. He stood there, got all ridged & didn't say anything. I told him to go to his room to do his homework and if he felt like talking to come see me. Five minutes later he came back to me.....he told me he got it when he fell off of his dirt bike last Friday.

I am so sad he lied but I'm proud that he finally told the truth. He had to write two letters of apology. One to his teacher and another to his dad. I want to scream at him but I hugged him & explained to him what would have happened if he didn't tell the truth (that child services could have came to take him & his siblings away and that his dad could have went to jail). He cried & I hope I got through to him.





Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Where Does My Motivation Come From?

I have been motivated by different things throughout my weight loss journey.  First it was a size smaller jeans.  Doesn't sound super motivating does it? It wasn't but....

So you may have heard me say quite a few times (if you've been on my fan page for a while) that you need to find your "why".  Motivation is great but you need to find the driving force, the reason WHY you want this to happen.

Let's say you find your reason and it seems like from no where you get this drive to get it done. Life happens & then poof...your motivation is gone.

Go back & find your reason for doing this. Ask yourself why like you are a 4 year old child. You want to lose weight. Ok. Why? Because I want to fit in cute clothes. Why? I want to....

See where this is going right? You need to get down to the root of your want.

In that you will find your motivation. This stuff comes from within yourself. Not from me & not from anyone else.

You have it in you. You just need to let it out.

Monday, November 5, 2012

My Top 10 Secrets

1. I drink half of my body weight in ounces of water a day.

2. Get up and walk or do some sort of activity....I started small and worked my way up.  Know your limits and work on raising them higher.

3. Make a "motivation board." Mine has my motivating quotes on it that drive me, pictures of things that I want to have (cute dresses, outfits, vacations), and my mentors and idols

4. Journal – Write it down and make it trackable…if you aren't into counting calories, carbs or points then journal about your feelings before and after you ate what you did.

5. If you fall off the wagon, dust yourself off and get back on. Never give up....every second of every day is another chance to change.

6. Be positive and determined to change inside and out.

7. It is important to remember that being overweight didn't happen over night and it takes time building new habits.

8. Consistency is the key to success.

9. Minimal processed food.

and the biggest secret

10. Love yourself & treat you like your own best friend! 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

My meal plan for this week

My breakfast and lunches revovle around the same few things....breakfast is usually spinach, one whole egg, 3 egg whites scrambles together.  Lunch is most of the time a cajun turkey sandwich, with a salad and fruit.  Exciting right?  lol  I really like variety at dinner so keep reading!

Monday: Shrimp & easy fried rice
http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/recipepage.aspx?recipeid=182921&ExplicitNav=food&ExplicitSubThirdNav=PerfectlySimple


Tuesday: Slow Cooker Beef Ragu
http://www.slenderkitchen.com/sunday-slow-cooker-beef-ragu/


Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner...which for me is usually an omelet with veggies & cheese plus maybe a whole wheat pancake with SF syrup

Thursday: Baked Chicken, brown rice with 98%ff cream of chicken soup mixed in and steamed veggies

Friday: Homemade Pizza...on thin crust refriderated dough for them, Flatout wrap for me as the crust.with pizza sauce, cheese, turkey pepperoni and veggies

Saturday: Chicken Quesadillas
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/02/chicken-quesadillas.html


Sunday: Crockpot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/10/crockpot-turkey-white-bean-pumpkin.html

Thursday, October 25, 2012

This post was too good to lose on my Facebook page

Just in case you were wondering, I am a pretty busy mom of 3 kids. My husband travels a lot! When he is gone my work load doubles at home. If I'm not working part time, teaching classes, doing home parties or craft shows then my kids need to be at practice, school functions or some other activity. I seriously need a clone lol Not to mention my Aspie (Asperger's, high functioning autism) child
has meltdowns at school sometimes where I need to drop everything to go to him before he tears up the school.

Why am I telling you this?

We are all crazy busy with life. All of us....we live a very fast paced society.

Set your priorities. My/our healthy lifestyle happens to come first unless someone is bleeding profusely or has a broken bone.

Every Sunday I sit down and plan our meals. I'm not going to lie, it takes a lot of work when you first do it but after you do it a few times it does get easier. I get my recipes from Skinnytaste, Weight Watchers online, Cooking Light, or my WW cookbooks for the most part (like 99.9% of the time lol). I stop everything to do this because I know this keeps my life running smoothly.

I use www.cozi.com
to organize everything (it's free or you can pay for more features). You can plan your meals, build your shopping list, has a recipe box you can save your fav meals to, keep track of your family schedule on there and more. Reminders are sent to my phone & they have an app.

My workout is also scheduled in. If not, I won't do it because I think "OMG, the dishes need to be washed before I do anything for myself"

Planning is essential to me *but* I also need to be flexible because things do come up.



I got my groove back!

I have been floundering for 6 months. The scale went up & down & up some more. I gained 30 pounds before I knew it.

Life happens & it will happen fast. I can try to come up with excuses about teaching a ton of exercise classes every week, the kids drove me crazy, my husband was gone more often than he was at home but you know what?

It's all excuses. I made poor choices & didn't plan. It's not like I didn't have to deal with all of that before. Lesson learned.

So what am I doing exactly? I get a lot of people asking me this & just because it may work for me doesn't mean it'll work for you. Losing weight, in theory, should be you consume less than what your body burns......but with our hormones, metabolism levels & other variables it isn't so cut and dry sometimes.

Ok back to what I'm doing....focus Tanee ;)

Y'all know I'm on Weight Watchers.  I eat for the most part lean meats, whole grains (limited, I have PCOS & with that comes insulin resistance), healthy oils, fat free dairy, fruits & veggies. That is my diet 90% of the time. The other 10% is left to "other", as long as it's in my points allowance.

I eat a lot!  I do not believe in starving yourself to lose weight, so if you are eating 1200 calories a day and exercising 2 hours a day...just stop.  Food is not the enemy and exercise is not a punishment.

For exercise, free weights, free weights, free weights, running, & Zumba. I do not exercise hours on end. 30-90 mins a day, depending on what I am doing. 

Did I mention free weights? ;)

When you add weights you will see dip ups but as long as you have an overall downward trend then you are getting it done.

I think the biggest thing is I found my why again, with that comes progress.

This picture explains it perfectly!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My first week back on Weight Watchers

I don't know why I have lost weight this first week but I am not questioning it!

Overall I really like the formula they use to determine points. As someone that has PCOS & needs to be mindful of carbs....it's awesome :)

For the first time in a long time I'm not obsessing about macros. I feel relieved & not stressed.

This week I lost .6 pounds. Not bad considering last Friday was totally shot to hell with a piece of cake (doberge), a shot, 2 hand grenades, & a Rally's hamburger at 2am (drunk food lol).

I don't advocate that but sometimes being drunk while celebrating your birthday happens, right? ;)

I get carried away drinking like that once a year....don't judge lol

How was your week overall?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Looking Back

I was having a somewhat stressful day Friday.

My back ground....I live right next door to my dad, brothers, an aunt & my grandfather. None have talked to me since March because I have a different opinion than them & I am not going to conform to please them. Instead of letting me have my opinion, I (& my husband and children) have basically been ignored. If I'm not being ignored, they are nasty to me. I know Karma will handle them & I will keep being my happy self despite this family drama. My solution for it? Move & far away lol It's taking way too long to get things in order for us to sell & buy a house.

So back to Friday.....
I found a before picture that didn't show me in all black & just for the hell of it I put a picture I took in my hotel room's mirror last weekend on the other side of it.

I was blown away.

Here I was just moments before being down & sad because of these people that are in my life. I looked at my picture & I felt like I could handle anything that was thrown at me even by people that I thought loved me.

I can remember how hard it was to start. The despair & depression I pulled myself out of. My recent problems are nothing compared to the dark moments that I really wished my life would end.

Yes, the perky & overly optimistic person you know today was that bad off.

I remember the mean things people said to me about my weight & the mean things I told myself.

I am just so, so very glad that I woke up & worked on loving myself. With that love, everything fell into place.

My changes on the outside are amazing when I look at my pictures but the changes on the inside are the most important.

I am truly happy & I feel loved by myself. I know I can get things accomplished on my own. The determination makes me feel a power that is hard to describe.

I can tell you, it takes a lot to put myself out there on my Facebook page or any where else....I feel nervous every time I do it. When I posted this picture the overwhelming positive response brought me to tears. There are a lot of wonderful people on there. If my struggles help people I will always keep posting.

I will keep ROCKing my life & I hope you will ROCK your's too!





Thursday, September 20, 2012

My new workout partners :)

I have been exercising for a long time & there are only maybe a hand full of times I have had a partner.

Enter my sister & my best friend!

Lately we've been getting together and biking almost 10 miles. It's only once a week & it's not the hardcore exercise that I'm used to but we have a blast....calling each other names like "Fire Crotch" when someone complains about their lower regions hurting because of the bike seat or having a mini adventure when a bike pedal falls off.

I enjoy our active time very much. It's like a whole new world opened up. Exercise doesn't have to be serious. It doesn't need to be a big calorie burn either. Just getting out there & doing something fun can be good enough or be a stepping stone for more.

I can't wait to do it again next week ;)




Monday, September 10, 2012

Things I have learned on my journey

These are really random and if you make it through then thank you! lol



~ I can be very stubborn.

~ My body didn't lose like I always wanted.

~ Sweating after cardio makes me feel sexy, however sweating doing nothing turns me into a bitch.

~ I have a new found respect for myself.

~ Seeing my collar bone for the first time since I was a kid was better than waking up on Christmas morning!

~ You can not out exercise a bad diet

~ Get hold of what you eat first.

~ Writing down my emotions after I ate something to self soothe helped me get a grip on it (....for the most part)

~ Food pushers & haters suck ....not letting them win is priceless!

~ Start small & work your way up.

~ Finding ways to make my favorite meals in a healthy way feels like I should get a merit badge.

~ Eyeballing portions is not something I excel at lol

~ Friendships change when you lose weight....sometimes it hurt my feelings but other times I was glad to get the negative out of my life.

~ Positivity breeds positivity

~ It can be more complicated than "Eat less, move more".

~ Loving & accepting myself before starting my journey made it a little easier to want to change.

~ Being able to not take numbers seriously when the scale comes into play was a must for me.

~ Last on this list (but not really last on what I have learned lol) is to educate yourself. If you see something in a magazine or someone tells you something, research if it's something you can do or is a bunch of BS.





Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I can post from my phone!

So today was a total bust. I went to a birthday this morning at Chuck E Cheese & started off with a salad. Not too bad.

From there it went down hill & it was all my choosing. A piece of cake, chips....it wasn't pretty but I owned up to it in my food diary on My Fitness Pal.

When you slip you need to not beat yourself up & pick right back up. What is in the past is already over. Learn from it & move on.

Life happens :) Roll with it!

Being safe when you exercise alone

I run alone.  Don't talk to me because when I run it is all about me. lol

However I am a woman and we certainly need to protect ourselves just in case something bad happens.

I had a scare today when I tried out a new park to run at this morning so I figured I would put a post out about safety.

  1. Use common sense. Before you even head out for a run, take a minute or two to do a safety check. Are your shoes tied? Are you familiar with your route? Does someone else know where you'll be running? Once you start running, continue with the safety checks. Make sure you're running off the street or against traffic (so you can see cars coming at you). Watch out for cracks or bumps in the sidewalk, or rocks and branches on your running path.
  2. Make sure you're visible. No matter time of day you're running, it's important that you're visible, especially to drivers. Get in the habit of wearing white or bright-colored clothes. When running in the early morning, night, or dusk, make sure you have reflective gear on. Although some items (running shoes, jackets) already have reflective pieces on them, it doesn't hurt to add more. A reflective vest can be worn over any form of running clothing and will definitely help drivers see you.
  3. Don't run alone at night. No matter how comfortable you feel running at night, there's always more safety in numbers. If you usually run solo, try to find a running group so you'll have running partners.
  4. Always have identification on you. Put your driver's license and your medical insurance card (in case you get injured) in your pocket or wear an ID tag on your shoe. If you're wearing an ID tag or bracelet, make sure it has an emergency contact number on it. Whenever possible, I try to run with my cell phone, and it has my ICE (In Case of Emergency) numbers saved. Many runners use running belts to hold their ID and cell phone.
  5. Limit your distractions. I know it's tough -- maybe impossible -- for some of you to run without music, but you really shouldn't use your iPod or MP3 player for outdoor runs. Cutting off your sense of hearing means you can't hear oncoming cars, cyclists yelling to move, unleashed dogs, or any other potential threat. Save your iPod for your treadmill runs. And make sure you pay attention to your surroundings. If you let your mind wander too much, you may find yourself wandering into an unsafe area.
  6. Don't make assumptions about drivers. Remember that many drivers aren't paying attention because they're listening to the radio or talking on their cell phone. Don't assume that drivers can see you or that they'll let you go because you have the right of way. Be sure you make eye contact with drivers at street crossings before you cross. And, better yet, try to stay off the roads as much as possible and stick to running in parks or on paths and sidewalks.
  7. Watch out for cyclists and other runners. Even if you're running on a path or in a park with no cars, always be aware of other runners and cyclists. If you're approaching another runner or cyclist and need to pass them, communicate with him and let them know on which side you're trying to pass. Before you stop or turn around, make sure your path is clear.
  8. Carry cash or ATM card. It's always a good idea to have money on you, in case of emergency. For example, if the weather turns bad, you get lost, or an injury starts bothering you, you may need to take a cab or bus back to your starting point. Some extra cash may also come in handy if you need to stop and buy water, sport drink, food, or first aid supplies during your run.
  9. Trust your instincts. If a location or person makes you feel comfortable, trust your gut and run in the other direction.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hurricanes, a stocked kitchen & me

Waiting for Hurricane Isaac to come has me going a bit stir crazy.  It's raining outside, the wind blowing but at least we still have power as of right now.  I hope he'll make his stay short and my chickens will be ok.  They are locked in their coop so at least I think they are safe (maybe unhappy because they love to be outside lol).






With every hurricane, we stock up with lots of canned food, water, batteries, gas for generators....more food and when in doubt even more food lol

We have snack food that is very unhealthy in the house.  I thank my husband taking the kids with him to the store for that one.

Luckily I don't like most of it!

However when I'm bored or stressed I will eat just about anything.  I would exercise but in the off chance we lose power I don't want to be already sweaty.

For now I'm deterring myself by writing this and later I have some romance novels that will do the trick.  Maybe writing a handwritten list on what I have to gain by *not* eating the crap will keep me on plan too.

I'm ready for things to get back to normal.  I feel like eating my children and totally understand why some animals eat their mate and young lol


Note to self:


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Visualizing Your Success!

You've heard it before: The mind is a powerful thing. But it's so true — you can train your mind to visualize success, just as you can train your body to achieve it! And when you're stuck in a rut, it helps to know you have the ability — however subconscious — to do something about it! Here are some ways to tap into your brainpower:

  • Put it on paper. Write down what you want. Is it to fit into your size 6 jeans? Reduce your cholesterol by 15 points? To complete five full push-ups or a 40-mile bike ride? Get it down on paper and then post it on your bulletin board or slip it in your wallet so you see it every day. It'll be a constant reminder of what you want to accomplish!

  • Say it out loud. Tell your relatives, friends, coworkers, and most important, yourself about your goal. Create a mantra (I will drop 10 percent of my body weight by spring!) and recite it often. Revealing your desires will give you the confidence to believe in yourself — and others the chance to encourage you along the way.

  • Shut off negative thoughts. When doubts start creeping in, stop them dead in their tracks by repeating your mantra, turning the negative into a positive (nope, you're not too tired to walk the final mile!), or simply finding a way to distract yourself (call a friend to chat about an unrelated topic like an upcoming vacation!). Next thing you know, you'll be faking it 'til you make it!
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

The not so good side to losing a large amount of weight....

Being part of the huge phenomenon of health and fitness pages on Facebook I have come to the conclusion about when it's a person that has lost weight that runs the page.

There are two types of formerly obese people.

1.  They want to help everyone and understand that different things work for different people.  They might be a bit perky but are filled with amazing information! 

2.  They are set in their ways and demand everyone need to do exactly like them and if not they have an almost disgust with you....like you are beneath them because you want to lose weight.  (Mainly I have seen the whole "I've lost XXX pounds and while I watched the scale...you better not do it!" and while yes the scale can be a bitch, it is also a tool that even they used at one point)

I have had the displeasure of having people come to me and ask me why people that were formally obese were so mean.  This formerly obese chick has no idea why some are....it's kind of like asking why any person is mean.  I'm just assuming they totally forgot where they came from and how hard it was to start.  Basically, they let success go to their head.

I look at the weight I gained as a blessing.  It keeps me grounded and humble that if I'm not really paying attention I can go back to where I started.  It also shows you that I'm not perfect.  Things happen, life happens.  It is just up to you to mentally shake yourself and say "This has got to stop!"

I am all about self acceptance and loving yourself *but* because of those things that you will truly want to make life long improvements.  Ironically none of the type 2 pages are like that.

Positive breeds positive!  Do not let the type 2 get your down :)






Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Change?

I get a lot of questions and pleas for help every single day.  Some make my heart ache and make me want to find them in person to give them a hug & let them know things will be ok.  I will talk about some one day but this is my first real post.

The number one and two questions I get though is "how did you finally decide to change?" and "How do you keep motivated?"

I don't know how many of you have watch the link to my story but a lot of it was cut out if not......

I decided to change when a series of things happened to me.  First was, my oldest son, that has Asperger's, broke away from me in early 2008 in a parking lot & just took off running.  My youngest was a baby and I had my other son too with me so I know in my head that I would have had a hard time catching him any way regardless of how in shape I was.   The second thing was, I was going through severe depression and seriously thought about suicide.....I felt so lost.  I didn't know who I was anymore and I just didn't feel like I should be loved by anyone much less myself.  I wanted to to be myself again.  Not just a mom and wife.....I was taking care of everyone but myself. 

While all this was happening I was working as a consultant for a party plan (I still am doing it) that empowers women and was going to all the national trainings and conventions.  I was looking for a couple of filler classes one year and decided to choose a class called X-Factor and one called Finding Your Why.  Little did I know the wake up call those ladies had in store for me!  After those classes I started reading every single self help/love book I could find.  I started to feel like I truly deserved my own time and I was worth it.  First on the list was to lose weight!

Yeah, that sounds kinda cliché.  It totally was...I'm not gonna lie lol

So that is how I came to the decision to change.

Stay tuned for my motivation spiel!




Hello...umm is this thing on?

I have never blogged before so I hope y'all are buckled in and hang on!


I am working on my first "real" post tonight.  This one doesn't count lol

If you stumbled across this and have no idea who I am then check my story out.  Tanee's Weight Loss Story