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What Did I Eat 4/6-4/12?

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Disclaimer: I am not a health expert. I am a wife, mother and music teacher who loves to find healthy recipes and share them. I am only sharing what has worked for me, I am in no way advising others on how they should eat. 

Click links to see recipes or products.

I drink only water and a cup of coffee or two a day with Trim Healthy Mama approved creamer.

I follow the  Trim Healthy Mama plan (mostly, but I am at goal weight so I do a lot of Crossover meals, at least I am trying to do more Crossovers).

I exercise four times a week for twenty minutes.

We rarely go out eat, I cook A LOT!! But I enjoy it.

4.6 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups (E) from Trim Healthy Table and two sausages.

Lunch: Garbanzo Bean Soup, (E) I added chicken.

Snack: Out getting groceries today so need to plan ahead so I am bringing a bag with a small handful of pecans (I think this is considered a Fuel Pull snack or an S because of the fat content…I’m still learning).

Dinner: My kids have been begging for the way we use to eat so I bought mini-corn dogs and fries…for them. I did eat one corn dog because I do love them and had a few fries. But I ate Tyson’s Grilled Chicken Breast Nuggets (I love having these on hand to throw on a salad, my kids even like eating them as nuggets or in wrap), dipped in sugar-free BBQ sauce, it was really good. I also had Green Giant Broccoli and Cheese Veggie Tots dipped in a sauce made of ranch and salsa (recipe on the back of package), so good.

Snack: Volcano Mud Slide Muffin with a squirt of Reddi Whip from THM Cookbook. 

4.7 Breakfast: Two eggs, a few hashbrowns, veggies and cheese (Crossover)

Lunch: Garbanzo Bean Soup, (E) I added chicken.

Snack: Choco Nut Secret Big Boy from THM Cookbook (Fuel Pull, this means it isn’t high in carbs or fat so you I can have it whenever I want and it won’t mess with E or S meals).

Dinner: Taco Pie (S) This a basically a taco quiche, but it was good.

Snack: THM Chocolate Chip Cookie. These have a good flavor, my family will even eat them, they just have a different texture because of the almond flour used.

4.8 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups (E) from Trim Healthy Table and two sausages.

Lunch: Leftover Taco Pie. (S)

Snack: Cheesecake Berry Crunch from THM Cookbook. (S)

Dinner: Cowboy Grub from THM Cookbook (E), this was good, even my family liked it.

Snack: Oatmeal Chip Muffins. (E)

4.9 Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole from THM Cookbook and a few hashbrowns. (XO)

Lunch: Leftover Cowboy Grub.

Snack: Two Wasa crackers, a wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese and a Triple Zero yogurt by Oikos (E…I think)

Dinner: Salisbury Steak and Roasted Nonstarchies and Swiss Bread from THM Cookbook. (S)

Snack:  THM Chocolate Chip Cookie.

4.10 Breakfast: Bring on da Buttah Pancakes from THM Cookbook (very good) and two sausages. THM syrup. (S)

Lunch: Leftover Cowboy Grub (E)

Snack: Raspberry Banana Chocolate Smoothie (E)

Dinner: Bringing Back Sloppy Joes Back. So simple and so good.

Snack: Banana Nut Muffin from THM Cookbook.  First time I tried this one and I like it A LOT!

4.11 Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole from THM Cookbook and a few hashbrowns. (XO)

Lunch: Leftover Sloppy Joe

Snack: Berry Treat

Dinner: Peachy Crockpot Chicken with rice (E)I like this one 🙂

4.12 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups (E) from Trim Healthy Table and two sausages.

Lunch: Leftover Sloppy Joe (S)

Snack: Two Babybels and an apple. (E) I’ll be honest with you, it is the first warm day of the year and my kids wanted to go to McDonald’s and I am a sucker and I got some fries.

Dinner: Poppy Seed Chicken (E) and side salad. I didn’t have poppy seeds but you don’t need them, this was yummy.

Snack:  Lemon Strawberry Muffins. (E)

 

My Journey to Better Health Part 9

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Today I will share with you what I do to substitute some of THM special ingredients.

The only things I have purchased was their Baking Blend and Gentle Sweet. I went through that super fast, so after some research this is what I use now and these are the only special things I have purchased.

When a recipe calls for THM Baking Blend I use 1:1-Golden Flax Meal, Coconut Flour and Almond Flour. THM Baking Blend is what they call a Fuel Pull, what I make is considered an S (Satisfying). But I use it anyway.

When  recipe calls for Super Sweet is use powdered Stevia.

Instead of Gentle Sweet I use Truvia.

Do make sure you buy the brand name as the off brands have fillers that are not THM friendly.

So far these substitutions have worked great for me. Stevia does have a different taste but once you get used to it I don’t even notice it.

I also purchase Xanthen Gum from Amazon because it was pretty cheap, this helps thicken some sauces up, or when I make the THM syrup I use it in that.

That’s it. That is all I have purchased. Some recipes call for only Golden Flax Meal, or only Almond Flour and then I have it on hand. So I don’t mix up the baking blend all at once.

I do plan on getting Collagen and a few other things as time goes but you can leave those things out of most recipes (not all) and I do.

I purchase all of these things at my local Meijer here in Michigan, but Walmart has all of this and usually a better selection. They have a great selection of extracts, which THM recipes use a lot of those (and this is how I make my creamer with my coffee) so I purchased almost all of my extracts from Walmart.

Next week I’ll share how I did all of this during the most busy time in my life 🙂 If I could do it while working full time, directing a musical, taking my kids to basketball and volleyball practice and attending volleyball tournaments you can too!

 

What Did I Eat 3/23-3/29?

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So . . . I had a post started last week to post today. I worked on it Monday and the computer froze. I walked away and actually forgot about it. I went back to update this post on Tuesday and it was all gone. I was so frustrated I didn’t even try to go back or start from Tuesday.

I mostly did good this week but I will tell you a lesson I had to learn the hard way.

On Saturday we had a matinee performance and an evening. My day was very busy with running around.

Number one, I know I didn’t drink nearly enough water, and that might have been the biggest issue of all.

Number two, parents brought in food between shows. I tried to be good but I did eat some mac ‘n cheese, it really wasn’t that much. But about eleven o’clock that night I had a big plate of nachos and a coke.

I won’t go into details but my body didn’t like eating that way and I paid the price until Wednesday. I was miserable.

So, lesson learned, I need to be careful how much junk I do eat and make sure I am still drinking a lot of water.

Next week I should be back with my normal posts. Have a Happy Easter!

What Did I Eat 3/16-3/22?

Disclaimer: I am not a health expert. I am a wife, mother and music teacher who loves to find healthy recipes and share them. I am only sharing what has worked for me, I am in no way advising others on how they should eat. Click links to see recipes or products.

I drink only water and a cup of coffee or two a day with creamer (but I am starting to make my own, healthier, version) because there are just some things a girl can’t give up.

I am making the transition to the  Trim Healthy Mama plan. I am very excited about this.

I exercise four times a week for twenty minutes (except this week, as I am directing the musical and it is show week and I am exhausted, so I am allowing myself to sleep in a bit which means no exercises…but I still ate healthy!!).

We rarely go out eat, I cook A LOT!! But I enjoy it.

3.16 Breakfast: Giant Blueberry Baked Pancake from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook with THM syrup and two sausages. I baked this up in a 9×13 pan cut it into sixths and froze it. Easy breakfast. It isn’t as sweet as I want it to be but it is okay, I don’t mind eating. Maybe more syrup next time?

Lunch: Pizza. Oh yes I did!! Made with Perfect Pizza crust from THM Cookbook, with all the toppings I wanted. It was very good. I love that I can still eat “normal” food just with a twist and it’s not killing me inside. I also had a small side salad with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

Snack: Wasa crackers and  Laughing Cow Creamy Light Swiss .

I had a Babybel around 5:15 because we were going out with friends for dinner and I was already very hungry.

Dinner: As stated above we were going out with friends. So…I know I could have easily stayed on plan when we went out but I am at goal weight and giving myself a treat doesn’t throw me off or make me crave the stuff I used to eat. If you know you would struggle if you give in then DON’T. Stay on plan. But I had pulled pork with a sweet bbq sauce, which would have been fine without the sweet sauce. Green beans with bacon (this is still on plan) and then a side of fries (not on plan). I typically don’t even eat all the fries but I did yesterday.

Snack: No snack, I was too full.

3.17 Breakfast: Two eggs, veggies, a small portion of hash browns and a bit of cheese.

Lunch: Whacha Want Chicken from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook over quinoa.

Snack: Salted-Carmel Fat-Stripping Frappa from THM Cookbook. 

Dinner: Yes, it’s St. Patrick’s Day and my hubby is Irish but I forgot to buy Corned Beef so we aren’t eating a St. Patty’s Day meal. We are having Taco Time from THM Cookbook, which is basically what it says, tacos. I had mine over lettuce though, no shell.

3.18 Breakfast: Mufflet from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Lunch: Happy Noodle Stir Fry. I didn’t have THM noodles so I did eat this over brown rice. With the cabbage though you could eat this without any noodles or rice.

Snack: Single Serve Sugar Cookie. Oh, this was yummy, probably use less salt next time but I enjoyed this.

Dinner: Chicken Fiesta Casserole. I wasn’t too sure about this. I felt like it was going to need more substance but it was actually very yummy. I realized I didn’t buy enough diced tomatoes but I poured in a jar of salsa, it worked beautifully. I baked some Joseph Lavish bread into chips and sprinkled them on top. We also has roasted broccoli. 

Snack: Brainy Blueberry Muffin (yum) from THM Coookbook. 

3.19 Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole from THM Cookbook. 

Lunch: Leftover dinner from last night.

Snack: Two Wasa crackers with Laughing Cow Cheese.

Dinner: Spicy Lemon Shrimp, but used chicken and Everybody’s Favorite Salad.

Snack: Strawberry Muffin from THM Cookbook

3.20 Breakfast: Mufflet from THM Cookbook

Lunch: Leftover Happy Noodle Stir Fry.over quinoa and had some grapes

Snack:  Triple Zero yogurt by Oikos and an apple

Dinner: Italian Chicken bake…didn’t really care for this

Snack: Oatmeal Chip Muffins.

3.21 Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole THM Cookbook. I also made a few hashbrowns

Lunch: Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

Snack: Two Babybels

Dinner: Pork Chop Dinner with cabbage

Snack: Strawberry Cheesecake Shake from THM Cookbook. This is so good. At rehearsal  a parent brought pizza and I ate a piece.

3.22 Breakfast: Giant Blueberry Baked Pancake from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook with THM syrup and two sausages.

Lunch: Leftover Taco Time from THM Cookbook. Grapes

Snack: Two Wasa crackers with Laughing Cow Cheese.

Dinner: White Chicken Lasagna with a side salad.

Snack: Pumpkin Spice Loaf 

My Journey to Better Health Part 8

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About six weeks ago at the store they were doing free cholesterol checks. I wanted to see what mine was since I had lost all this weight. I was super excited, certain I would be in healthy bounds.

I wasn’t.

It’s still higher then it should be.

However, I don’t know what it was before, so it might have dropped from what it was last summer. The doctor never gave me a number, I should have asked. I didn’t.

But it wasn’t crazy high six weeks ago and it was in the middle of the day, so probably not super accurate. I am hoping by this summer and going to a lab it will show better results. I do know cholesterol can be genetic and both my parents are on meds for theirs. Ugh. Time will tell.

Anyway, back to the journey…

I had lost thirty pounds and was happy with that but wasn’t sure how to maintain, so in that process I have lost another five pounds (a total of thirty-five). I am very serious about trying to stop loosing weight because I am at the lowest I have been since high school and honestly the lowest someone should weigh for my height and age.

I feel bad saying that because I know so many people struggle to loose weight and now I am struggling to stop. But I have worked hard and been very diligent in taking care of myself. You can do it to!!

I think switching to THM will help me maintain because I know what to eat to loose and what to eat to maintain. Like throwing in a few hashbrowns with my breakfast is considered a crossover meal and helps maintain my weight. I am also increasing my portion sizes slightly.

There is a fine line and I don’t want to cross it. I have worked so hard and feel so good. But the temptation to go back to what I was eating and how I used to be is not there at all. I have no desire to eat things that will hurt my body. Yes, once in a while I give in but it never becomes a thing I have to give into all the time. I never envy others for the things they are eating.

Actually, I feel bad for them because they are harming their bodies. I want to tell them to stop drinking the Diet Coke, it’s not better for you. Stop eating a 500 calorie diet, you can’t maintain that and it harms your body. God didn’t create us to eat imitation food. He created our bodies to eat real food.

The other thing I want to say is top dieting and start “lifestyling”. I just said Friday at lunch with some co-workers that I don’t diet. How I eat now is my lifestyle. If you hate what you are doing you can’t maintain it.

I love all the things I get to eat with THM. I rarely ate smoothies for snacks and now I do at least two times a week. It’s such a treat.

But it takes work and being intentional.

I will share how I do that next week.

What Did I Eat 3/9-3/15?

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Disclaimer: I am not a health expert. I am a wife, mother and music teacher who loves to find healthy recipes and share them. I am only sharing what has worked for me, I am in no way advising others on how they should eat. Click links to see recipes or products.

I drink only water and a cup of coffee or two a day with creamer (but I am starting to make my own, healthier, version) because there are just some things a girl can’t give up.

I am making the transition to the  Trim Healthy Mama plan, but I am not totally on plan (but pretty close). I am very excited about this.

I exercise four times a week for twenty minutes.

We rarely go out eat, I cook A LOT!! But I enjoy it.

3.9 Breakfast: Mufflet from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. I add a few hashbrowns because I am at goal weight and trying to stop loosing weight at this point.

Lunch: Loaded Sweet Potato and grapes.

Snack: Berry Treat in a Jar .So good.

Dinner: Scrumptious Slimming Roast. I used venison and added potatoes (this isn’t part of the THM plan) because I don’t think I could have sold radishes to my family. It was good.

Snack:  Everything Nice Cinnamon Spice Muffin

3.10 Breakfast: Two eggs, a small portion of hasbrowns lots of peppers, two sausages and some cheese.

Lunch: Leftover Slow Fajitas from Trim Healthy Cookbook. On a bed of lettuce with guacamole and sour cream and cheese.

Snack: A smoothie from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. I am behind in recording and don’t remember what exactly which one it was.

Dinner: Leftover Chicken Mole I made a long time ago and froze the leftovers.

Snack: Oatmeal Chip Muffins.

3.11 This is a crazy day, had a volleyball tournament but I planned ahead and stayed on plan for the most part. Planning ahead is key. Put dinner in the crock pot so the temptation to go out to eat was not there because I knew supper was done when I got home.

Breakfast:  Mufflets from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.  I made this in a 9 x 13 pan, added a few hashbrowns, because I am at goal weight so I can throw them in once in a while and I cut it into sixths and froze them.

Snack: Had a Babybel

Lunch: Leftover quinoa and chicken, love this stuff. Grapes.

Snack:  Triple Zero yogurt by Oikos I had a Larabar too (the Maple Cinnamon one has less carbs then the ones made with dates).

Dinner: Wicked Chicken Chili from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook…very good!!download (4)

Dessert: Oatmeal Chip Muffins.

3.12 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups from Trim Healthy Table.

Lunch: Single Serve Lasagna in a Bowl. I also had some grapes.

Snack: I had a smoothie, but can’t remember what kind.

Dinner: Smarty Pants Stroganoff from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook over mashed cauliflower, this got a thumbs down from the hubby.

Snack/Dessert: Skinny Choco Chip Muffin from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. 

3.13 Breakfast: Chocolate Chip Pancakes from Trim Healthy Table and a couple of sausage. THM syrup.

Lunch: Leftover Wicked Chicken Chili from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Snack:  Berry Treat in a Jar

Dinner: Ridiculous Meatballs from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook, over spaghetti squash.

Snack: Pumpkin Spice Loaf 

3.14 Breakfast: Mufflets from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.

Lunch: Turkey Sandwich on Ezekiel break with provolone cheese, mayo, onions and red pepper with a few plain kettle chips and grapes. Remember, I am at goal weight so I can throw in the chips but if you are trying to loose weight you should avoid them.

Snack: Triple Zero yogurt by Oikos  and a Babybel

Dinner: Whacha Want Chicken from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook over quinoa.

Snack: Strawberry Muffin…this was very good.

3.15 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups from Trim Healthy Table and sausage.

Lunch: Leftover Ridiculous Meatballs from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook, over spaghetti squash.

Snack: Thin Mint Chocolate Chip Shake

Dinner: Wipe Your Mouth BBQ from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook over brown rice with snap peas.

Snack: Oatmeal Chip Muffins.

 

 

My Journey to Better Health Part 7

51aZffvnkOL._AC_US200_To recap: I started with Faithful Workouts in July of 2017 and continued with the exercises and still do them. I transitioned from their menu to creating my own in September/October. I would say I was leaning a lot toward clean eating during that time (October-February).

Then one Sunday evening, as I was killing time in Meijer while my daughter had volleyball practice, I went to look at the cookbooks, as had become my normal routine since I was always looking for new recipes.

My eyes fell upon a cookbook called Trim Healthy Table. I glanced through it and it seemed like a “thing” I had never heard of it. But the ingredients looked similar to what I was using except for some special names like THM Baking Blend, and THM Super Sweet, etc.

I mentally put that cookbook on my list for my next trip to Meijer.

In the meantime I researched this whole Trim Healthy Mama thing and realized it was a community of (mostly) women looking to get healthy. And even more exciting for me was that these two sisters who developed this plan are Christians.

I quickly requested their book (not the cookbook) from the library (Mel.org for those that are in Michigan). And I read and started listening to their podcasts (found on the website). I listen to them as I get ready in the morning and find them so encouraging.

I was sold. What they said made sense, it’s all about blood sugar. I see it in my own family. My mom and brother has diabetes, my husband has blood sugar crashes (and I get them too after a breakfast of pancakes and syrup).

I learned all I could about this plan and bought the cookbook. I was astounded that I could eat what was in that book and still be healthy.

I ordered their Baking Blend and Gentle Sweet and made my first recipe and I was very impressed.

Yes, a new journey had begun.

 

What Did I Eat 3/2-3/8?

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Disclaimer: I am not a health expert. I am a wife, mother and music teacher who loves to find healthy recipes and share them. I am only sharing what has worked for me, I am in no way advising others on how they should eat. Click links to see recipes or products.

I drink only water and a cup of coffee or two a day with creamer (but I am starting to make my own, healthier, version) because there are just some things a girl can’t give up.

I am making the transition to the  Trim Healthy Mama plan, but I am not totally on plan. I am very excited about this.

I exercise four times a week for twenty minutes.

We rarely go out eat, I cook A LOT!! But I enjoy it.

3.2 Breakfast: Cinnamon pecan baked pancake from Trim Healthy Table and two sausages. I used THM syrup, so good.

We had a delay at school today so I would be eating lunch much later then normal so I made myself a small smoothie from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook to hold me over.

Lunch: Loaded Sweet Potato and grapes. I don’t usually like sweet potatoes but I did today!

Snack: Pumpkin Spice Loaf This isn’t great but I will eat it and finish them until they are gone. Soooo…I’m going to be honest. I got home work and open the fridge and see that my husband had some leftover KFC potatoes wedges. I couldn’t resist and I eat them. They were very good.

Dinner: Honey Garlic Chicken Wings and green beans

Snack: Healthy One-Bowl Fudgy Brownie 

3.3 Breakfast: Two eggs, a few hashbrowns (I’m trying to go lighter on the potatoes as that doesn’t really fit into the THM plan, but since I am at goal weight I can squeeze them in), veggies and a little cheese.

Lunch: Leftover Mommy’s Meatloaf and Fotatoes.

Snack: Mock Tim Horton’s Iced Capp. I love these so when I found a THM version I was super excited. It was good, not as good at Tim Horton’s but a nice substitution.

Dinner: Shrimpy Pasta. I probably had way too much pasta for this to be THM, but it was pretty good. I used chicken instead of shrimp. We also had asparagus au gratin.

Snack: I can’t remember…

3.4 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups from Trim Healthy Table.

Lunch: Supreme Salad, yum.

Snack: Apple Crisp. I didn’t like this.

Dinner: Beef Stroganoff and green beans. I believe my husbands quote was, “If you want to know what nothing tastes like eat this.” Yeah, it wasn’t good.

Snack: Oatmeal Chip Muffins. Yum, I do like these with a cup of coffee (THM style of course).

3.5 Breakfast: Mufflets from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.  I made this in a 9 x 13 pan, added a few hashbrowns, because I am at goal weight so I can throw them in once in a while and I cut it into sixths and froze them.

Lunch: Salad in a Jar (FP) Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. 

Snack: Strawberry Cheesecake Shake, THM Cookbook. Oh, this was soooo good.

Dinner: Hearty Beef Stew

Snack:  Pumpkin Spice Loaf

3.6 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups from Trim Healthy Table.

Lunch: Single Serve Lasagna in a Bowl. This was very yummy. I had some grapes too.

Snack: Wasa crackers and  Laughing Cow Creamy Light Swiss and  Triple Zero yogurt by Oikos

Dinner: Chicken and Quinoa from Skinny Slow Cooker. Yum!!

Snack: Oatmeal Chip Muffins.

3.7 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups from Trim Healthy Table.

Lunch: Cauliflower Chowder and grapes. This soup was so good. I usually love cream of potato soup but this is a good substitute.

Snack: Wasa crackers and  Laughing Cow Creamy Light Swiss .

Dinner: Turkey Lettuce Wraps from the Skinny Slow Cooker. These were pretty good 🙂

Snack: Berry Treat in a Jar .So good.

3.8 Breakfast: Chocolate Chip Pancakes from Trim Healthy Table and a couple of sausage. THM syrup.

Lunch: Cauliflower Chowder and grapes.

Snack: Fat Stripping Frappa from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. 

Dinner: Slow Fajitas from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. Put this in a bed of lettuce with guacamole, sour cream and cheese. I never missed the shell!

Snack: Everything Nice Cinnamon Spice Muffin This is a keeper.

 

 

 

 

My Journey to Better Health Part 7

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To pick back up from part five I had lost twenty-five pounds and was happy with that. But this is where my decision to make this a life-style and not a diet came into play.

I didn’t change what I was eating because I was at goal weight. In fact I wanted to learn more about how to live a healthy life and started picking up Cleaning Eating magazines and Eating Light and anything else that looked interesting and would help me stay on track.

I was concerned that around Christmas I might put on weight because of all of the get-togethers. I ate what I wanted but I didn’t stuff myself as I used to do in the past. And guess what? By January I had lost another five pounds. I couldn’t believe it.

When I first started this journey on my other blog I had a written it would be great if I could lose thirty pounds but I never really thought I would, but there I was.

I could feel this excitement building in me about health and I wanted to share it with others. I was constantly on Pinterest or reading a magazine, or looking up new websites to find recipes.

I toyed with the idea of starting a blog about health but thought I was might be crazy since I already have my other one, I am not an expert and this is a very busy time of year for me.

But one snow day I just did it and this blog came to life. It is an outlet for me to share this journey, my passion and help me record what I am eating and I really enjoy it. I appreciate each of you who read this, I know there are only a few of you but thank you for your time.

Next week I will share where I am now and where I am going on this journey!

What Did I Eat 2/23-3/1?

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Disclaimer: I am not a health expert. I am a wife, mother and music teacher who loves to find healthy recipes and share them. I am only sharing what has worked for me, I am in no way advising others on how they should eat. 

Click links to see recipes or products.

I drink only water and a cup of coffee or two a day with creamer (but I am starting to make my own, healthier, version) because there are just some things a girl can’t give up.

I am making the transition to the  Trim Healthy Mama plan, but I am not totally on plan. I am very excited about this.

I exercise four times a week for twenty minutes. (I over slept one day this week so it was only three)

We rarely go out eat, I cook A LOT!! But I enjoy it.

2.23 Breakfast:  Breakfast Casserole with Eggs, Bacon and Sausage (I had ham so I used that).

Lunch: Refried black beans, cheese, Greek Yogurt, salsa, guacamole,  Late July Chia and Quinoa chips. Grapes.

Snack: Peanut butter banana bam cake from Trim Healthy Table and a   Triple Zero yogurt by Oikos.

Dinner: Teriyaki Beef and Broccoli from Trim Healthy Table. 51aZffvnkOL._AC_US200_

Dessert/Snack:  Healthy One-Bowl Fudgy Brownie  I had this more as a dessert because we had life group and I knew I would get hungry.

2.24 Breakfast: Hasbrowns, 2 eggs, veggies and a sprinkle of cheese.

Lunch: My day is kind of weird, I have a hair appointment at 11:15 and then I am getting groceries. I could go out to eat but I’m trying not to do that because I don’t want to make wise choices when I go out. I made a Thin Mint Chocolate Chip Milk Shake. Oh my, this was very good!!! I stopped to get my daughter Wendy’s and I caved and ordered a small fries. Good news though, I only ate half of that, the milk shake really filled me.

Snack: Brought a Maple Cinnamon Larabar with me to have once I was done getting groceries. These have less carbs/sugar then the fruit ones.

Dinner: Eggroll in a Bowl. This was pretty good and very easy.

Snack/Dessert: Healthy Gingerbread Snack Cake (these are gone now). I stayed up later then normal and started getting really hungry again so I had bowl of Skinny Pop.

2.25 Breakfast: Cinnamon pecan baked pancake from Trim Healthy Table and two sausages. I used THM syrup, so good.

Lunch: Leftover Teriyaki Beef and Broccoli from Trim Healthy Table. 

download (4)Snack: Cottage Berry Whip. I’m not a cottage cheese fan but thought I would try this. It was okay. Still adjusting my taste buds to cottage cheese.

Dinner:  Tiny Tasty Tacos.  These were very good.

Snack: Blueberry Poppy Seed Lemon Cake in a Bowl. I used the lemon juice get in the little bottle, I think this would have been better if I used fresh juice so I will try it again.

2.26 Breakfast:  Breakfast Casserole with Eggs, Bacon and Sausage (I had ham so I used that instead of sausage).

Lunch: Spaghetti on spaghetti squash noodles with grapes.

Snack: Cottage Berry Whip. I liked this much more today.

Dinner: Fluffy White Banana Pancakes from Trim Healthy Table, sausage and bacon. THM syrup.

Dessert: I can’t remember what I ate, it was a crazy night 😦

2.27 Breakfast: Oatmeal On The Go Cups from Trim Healthy Table.

Lunch: Everybody’s favorite salad with chicken and grapes.

Snack: Raspberry Banana Chocolate Smoothie. Yum!

Dinner: Broccoli Cheese Soup (I added some ham) and I made it in the crockpot. This was a big hit with the family.

Snack: Chocolate Decadence. This was pretty good.

2.28 Breakfast:  Cinnamon pecan baked pancake from Trim Healthy Table and two sausages. I used THM syrup, so good.

Lunch: Lentil Soup…this was very good. I had some grapes too.

Snack: Triple Zero yogurt by Oikos and a Babybel.

Dinner: Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein…loved.

Snack: I tried a THM recipe for dessert and this was the first one I couldn’t stomach so I ended up eating Healthy One-Bowl Fudgy Brownie 

3.1 Breakfast:  Breakfast Casserole with Eggs, Bacon and Sausage (I had ham so I used that instead of sausage).

Lunch: Leftover  Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein and grapes.

Snack: Wasa crackers and  Laughing Cow Creamy Light Swiss and an apple.

Dinner: Mommy’s Meatloaf and Fotatoes (the Fotatoes came from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook-mashed cauliflower, never thought I would be okay with eating this but it was pretty good).

Snack: Chocolate Decadence.