Corned Beef and Cabbage Using My New Instant Pot

My husband couldn’t wait for St. Patrick’s Day. He cooked up a wonderful Sunday dinner using our new Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker – Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots. Read the rest of this entry

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Are We There Yet?

I have been on my weight loss journey for the past 22 months. During that time people would often ask me, “What do you eat?” and I would simply answer “Real food…no grains, sugar or processed food.” I can honestly say that I was a minimalist when it came to eating. I would Read the rest of this entry

Tater Tot Casserole

As promised I am sharing my Tater Tot Casserole recipe with you today.  I can remember my grandma making this recipe.  It was always a hit when I made it for family and friends.  Fair warning though, while I did modify some of the ingredients to support my current way of Read the rest of this entry

Tracking Calories – Embracing the Process

We’ve all had them…those Aha moments when you realize something profound that impacts your life like nothing else.  When I realized I was sensitive to grains and sugar it was an Aha moment for me.  Most recently though was the realization that I needed to embrace the entire Read the rest of this entry

My Weight Loss Progress Pics Updated

The last progress picture I posted was from August of last year!  As I mentioned yesterday I hit a plateau so you will not notice much difference in my most recent pics but I will post them to the Photo Gallery anyways.  I don’t have pics for January or February.  In September my trend Read the rest of this entry

My Weight Loss Journey Continues

I’m not sure where to start with this blog post.  I can’t believe it has been over five months!  During that time I had many things to deal with and as such my weight loss efforts suffered.  I plateaued for four months but my weight stayed the same overall.  I went through a second Read the rest of this entry

My August Weight-Loss Progress Pic!

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Hitting a weight loss plateau. Solution? Eat more fat!

Plateaus during weight loss are part of the process. I know this. I should have expected this. I have had short plateaus over the last sixteen months but never one that lasted almost two weeks. I have been more curious than disappointed although I did say “What?!” a few times when I would get on the scale and discover that my weight was above the trend line yet again! Lol!

I thought I was doing everything the same as before except I wasn’t. With the added stress in my life I found that I was actually eating less, exercising less and sleeping less. And my body dialed down my metabolism a few notches and it was reflected in my weight loss trend line. I hit the forums I frequent and asked for advice. Someone suggested that my body was at a new set-point and to up my calorie intake for awhile and then lower it after about a week. So that’s what I am doing. My last Read the rest of this entry

Stress Triggers and Weight Loss

It’s no secret.  Stress can cause all kinds of havoc in our lives and manifest itself in ways we don’t expect.  Stress can be caused from ongoing issues or unexpected circumstances.  For some people it causes anxiety and depression and for others it translates into more physical Read the rest of this entry

Clothes Shopping During Weight Loss

Early on in my weight loss journey I ended up having to buy new clothes.  I just didn’t have much in the way of smaller sizes in my clothes closet.  I had been at my high weight and a size 32 for so long that I had gotten rid of many of my smaller sizes.  I was losing 8-10 pounds a Read the rest of this entry

The Final Fifty!

It’s hard to believe that I am only 50 pounds away from my goal weight of 125 pounds.  It’s even harder to believe that I have already lost 135 pounds.  I know that the months ahead are going to be difficult.  I know that my biggest challenge will be maintaining my new weight once Read the rest of this entry

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