Excuses, realizations and a little recap of the past two weeks.

I am the first one to admit that I am often full of excuses. See…at least I’m mostly honest 🙂 The thing is it’s so stinking easy to make excuses. It’s too hot, it’s too cold, it’s raining, it’s sunny, it’s February, it’s October, blame it on Barney, blame it on Fred.

The past couple weeks I have been workout impaired. I mean I was so busy with playing softball, party planning for my daughters high-school graduation, support groups, Father’s Day, Christmas in June, ok not really but, you get the point. Right? Well those are EXCUSES. I could have gotten my lazy booty out of bed and worked out in the mornings. I just didn’t. I will be remedying that very soon. I pinkie promise.DSC_0077 DSC_0133

This week I came to a realization as well. I am way closer to my goal weight than I had imagined. I guess part of me knew this but, was scared to admit it. I know that many of you would look at me and think, “There is still a lot of weight to be lost. But, honestly if I take into account the “skin” issues, I really don’t have a lot to lose. I have definition to gain and muscle still to be built but, in all honestly not a lot of weight left to rid myself of. I have a friend online who was in the same size clothing as me and weighed a bit more to begin with but, was also several inches taller than me. She had skin removal surgery on her torso. She went from a size 14 to an 8-10. She looks phenomenal now but, she looked pretty spectacular before too. That put a lot into perspective for me. Because when I looked at her before surgery pics we were pretty similar in size. So, I studied a picture of myself and came to the conclusion that I would like to lose about 10-15 more pounds vs the 25-30 I had in my head. It’s almost scary to be this close to something I’ve never known. Honestly this weight I am currently holding at is uncharted territory for me as well. I wasn’t even this small in Jr. High. LOL I just used the word “small” to describe my size. I understand I am far from “small” but, it still made me smile a little!

This is the picture I tortured myself with by dissecting every part of my body! As I said, there is a definite need for a few more pounds gone in the midsection but, there is also a lot that I am incapable of changing without surgery in that same section, as well as in my arms (super hero wings)/thighs. parkI’m actually ok with how I look and I’m not ashamed of the things I can’t change. I have worked my butt off for this “extra empty skin”. I would rather have it and be healthy than be unhealthy and have firm skin.

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For my next trick I will do the common yet never old refrain of….I have no time to cook, we have to eat fast food or grab-n-go stuff like sandwiches or cheese and LOTS of crackers. There is no time to eat healthy without cooking two meals. One for me and one for Joe and the kids.

I call POPPYCOCK on myself. Just to prove it I made a run to the grocery store, cooked dinner, and cleaned up on the clock. Since I work from home, I didn’t time my trip to the store only the trip into the store and home. I had to get creative with these times because, I again, work from home and bought these groceries earlier in the day so they were already here when I went to cook, I wasn’t just walking in the door. However, I have 8 kids here and it’s not like I am not just as busy as someone walking in the door after work.

So here’s my meal plan and some times for you. Steak fajitas, salad, fresh avocado, and watermelon cubes.

10 minutes in the store to grab an avocado, tortillas and premade pack of fajita meat/veggies. (That’s all I needed for this meal.)
5 minutes to drive home.
10 minutes prep for; romaine, tomato, avocado, and watermelon. Plus had the pan warming up on medium high heat.
5 minutes from start to finish throwing meat/veggie mixture in hot pan and sautéing it. I heated a good skillet nice and hot so I didn’t have to use any oil.
2 minutes to assemble the plates AND take the pictures of the finished product.
5 minutes to clean, two knives, a spoon, cutting board and one sauté pan.
Dinner is served. So I put a healthy, delicious, versatile meal for me and my family, on the table from store to mouth, in less than 40 minutes. If I had preplanned this meal and had the ingredients on hand, it would have been under 25 minutes. Serve it on our fine china (aka heavy duty paper plates) and you won’t even have to load the dishwasher afterward. I chose real plates because, well…I like them!

I know you are thinking 15 minutes to order, pay and drive home with McBurgerBell. But, think about it like this…mine took a little longer but, I just saved myself the next 24 hours of berating myself for making crappy food choices for dinner! I don’t need a half bottle of antacids to sleep because, the mock food keeps revisiting me. PLUS…I saved money!

For my husband’s I used a regular sized plate, and added tortillas, light sour cream and cheese. For my own I used a salad plate and added light sour-cream and shredded Mexican blend cheese, skipping the tortilla. The romaine was topped with diced tomato and avocado with salt, pepper and light Italian dressing (I wanted lime over it instead but, ahem…someone forgot the lime at the store. You really just can’t find good help these days! Okay fine…it was me.)

A couple things I will admit about quick cooking. I spent a bit more on the fajita mix than I would have if I’d just premade my own, seasoned them and stuck packets of them in the freezer to pull out (which is my future plan). You could easily purchase precut fruit but, I am cheap…okay in the good frugal kinda way not the hoochie kinda way, and I refuse to pay 3x as much for precut fruit that’s already soggy from sitting. I would have used pre-shredded romaine but, I already had the head of romaine and wasn’t going to waste it. The avocado at $1.50 was a bit of a splurge too but, well worth the price as it was quite delicious(…shut up Clint!) and added a lot of flavor to the salad plus healthy fats and vitamins.

Nutritional breakdown for my entire meal 2.5 oz meat, 1.5 oz veggies, 1/2 cup romaine, 1/2 tomato, 1/2 small avocado, 1 tsp. light Italian dressing, 1 TBL light sour cream, 1 TBL cheese and 1/2 cup of watermelon:
337 calories, 21 carbs, 21 fat (11 grams of a healthy fat from avocado), 22 protein, 7 fiber, 10 sugar

Hope you come up with your own quick, easy and healthy meals for busy nights. Just think, if we spend a little more time in the kitchen making dinner instead of a lot of time at chain fast food restaurants making excuses, maybe, just maybe when our kids are grown, they won’t be blogging about their weight loss struggles and how awful their parents were for feeding them unhealthy food. I mean sure they’ll still end up in therapy blaming us for everything else but, at least we’ll have ONE win in our pocket!

Stay cool people 🙂

~Steph

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