Carbs? Who needs em? ~By: Steph

20160614_094639This is me enjoying my protein iced coffee. Yummy, better than any toast or crackers. Carbs, who needs carbs?  Not me.  I do daycare.  No stress eating there. Easy peasy. See…I didn’t get struck by lightening! Also, remind me not to drink in public.  Does my forehead always wrinkle up like that when I drink??? Why has this never been pointed out to me before.

Okay, I love my job.  I love my kiddos.  They make me laugh, keep me on my toes, drive me crazy and at times exhaust me.  Making meals for mini noise makers and serving up snacks, is tough when you’re trying to eat right and not graze.  Maybe if I fed them seafood, liver, lima beans, and canned peas, I wouldn’t be tempted to sample a bite or two. I totally see the kids responding well to that menu. Anyhow, today, that is my struggle.  I’m not hungry, I’m truly not.  I just want to eat.  Instead here I am blogging during naptime to keep myself from messing up my day!

Have you ever noticed that your kids push your limits right when you are on the brink of snapping?  The second day without carbs is definitely NOT the morning to push your mother!  Kids got up this morning, ran on time, left for their summer program. Then 5 mins. later I get the call. My son is asking me to load the daycare kids up and bring him his glasses that he forgot.  My response was, “I can’t I have kids here and 2 more on the way.  I need to be home for drop offs.” I was calm. I was nice.  I told him that they could walk back and grab them since he was still close to home.  Yeah. Then he did it.  “Thanks Mom, never mind I guess I don’t need them even though I can’t see anything in class without them.”, was his response. Right before he hung up on me.  Whew…deep calming breaths.  Who pays for the phone you just hung up on me with? Who do you think you are being a smart@$$ with me when I am not the one who left their glasses at home?  Where are you going to live when I kick your little butt out?  Let’s hear you say, “never mind I guess I don’t need them”, when I set all your video games on fire with a can of Aqua Net and a bbq lighter! Hmm…I think I was justified in my irritation.  Maybe, maybe not.  However, I also may have been a tad more fired up than I would have been if I’d had a mouthful of crackers.  By the way, he’s grounded from his phone until he learns to be respectful on it. Don’t fear, no bonfires and homeless son. GOOOOO MOM.  Wait, am I the only one cheering for myself?  Oh well.  His sister will think it’s a great plan.  Usually it’s her that’s grounded. My little angels.

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Yesterday went really well.  I ate healthy and made good choices.  Scrambled egg and a small piece (about an ounce) of steak for breakfast. Celery, jalapeno artichoke dip, grape tomatoes, and turkey for lunch. 1/2 cup of watermelon for snack.  Grilled chicken salad for dinner. Frozen PbFit and banana Triple Zero bites for evening snack. 16 cups of water to round out the day.

Still trying to decide on a dinner tonight but, 2 protein coffee shakes, the rest of my salad from last nights dinner, some watermelon and maybe another yogurt later, are on today’s menu.

20160614_075805Day 3 is usually my rough day when I’m kicking the empty carbs.  Wish me luck tomorrow.  If you pray, I’d appreciate a prayer for strength.  I know this sounds awful but, I’m dreading Bible study on Thursday.  They always include a dessert.  I’m usually good and bring my own low carb dessert.  I’m not even in a good spot for a low carb, sugar free, dessert at this point.  I need a couple of weeks without that type of food before I can reintroduce healthier versions of them.

I suppose I should go eat my salad while these kiddos are sleeping.  If I don’t I’ll be holding babies while trying to shove lettuce in my mouth, while they try to snatch it out!

Hugs to you all and here’s to fresh starts and people who understand.

 

 

 

 

 

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Trial & Error, Goals, Milestones & Motivation

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I would like to start by wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to everyone. My mommy is exceptional and I am thankful for that. Mom I love you. Thanks!

I have daily proof that excellent Steph sets the bar for tremendous motherhood so a big Happy One to her as well!

I am jealous of Steph’s skills as a healthy food artist. Not bad-jealous but jealous enough to try and invent a breakfast meal this week. (See picture above) It was suppose to be a breakfast take off of one of Steph’s fine recipes. (parfait) Truthfully it was kind of gross and looked like a train-wreck. I have received some tips from an expert and I may make another attempt. I will share the details later if it works out.

In my quest for health and sanity I have relied on many things. Good friends, smart people, the internet (thanks some more Al Gore), finding motivation, setting goals and checking off milestones.

Setting a goal is most positive if you actually achieve it. The great Bruce Springsteen wrote: “Is a dream a lie that don’t come true, or is it something worse?” Good question Boss. My current way of thinking is to aim high and then add a little to it and go for it. You can and should surprise yourself in this area. It is a pretty fun feeling.

A TV show that has been off the air for a few years had a corny but excellent message scattered throughout that has become something of a mantra for me. “Clear eyes, full hearts……can’t lose.” Thanks coach Taylor. (Friday Night Lights) I hate to admit it but I feel pretty passionate about the idea of that. Success in anything seems all about having a vision and finding it in your heart to make it work.

Music is another thing that motivates beyond my comprehension. The difference between doing cardio exercise with it and without is like the difference between driving a lawn mower and a Porsche. (In theory) I suppose this will depend greatly on personal taste but Mumford and Sons and the Black Keys have pushed me daily through my journey.

Setting goals that become milestones has been the final piece of the puzzle for me. It is hard to go somewhere new without a map. Early on I made a list in terms of reaching goals on the scale. (other things as well). Part of the fun and motivation is getting to cross them off.

500 450 400 375 350 300 282.5 250 220

I am two pounds away from reaching my next goal/milestone. This is a big one in my head as 282.5 represents the fact that I lost half of my body weight. That makes me feel a lot of things. Upset that I let myself get to that weight is one. Upset that I deprived myself of an education in regard to healthy living is another. I also feel proud and happy knowing that I lost the weight of a full sized NFL defensive end. If I was a cartoon I would be screaming that it is about time you got off my ass………Gilbert Brown!

Cheers. – Clint

Rocky Bleier Trumps Rocky Rococo

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Anyone who has lost a large amount of weight gets asked many times, how did you do it? I am happy to tell the way I am approaching this journey. Many have tried to follow a similar plan. It has worked for some and it has not for others.

While not an expert I am fairly positive there are 100’s of suitable ways to do this. In the end it all comes down to motivation. I think it is really that simple.

For me it started simply by thinking about the awful position I put myself in with regard to health and a future that was not going to be very bright. The day I decided……really decided this time, to make a change for the remainder of my life, I remembered a book I read when I was a little kid.

The book was “Fighting Back: The Rocky Bleier Story” It tells the story of Rocky Bleier, who, after becoming a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968 was then drafted by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Injured by a bullet to the thigh and a hand grenade to the lower right leg, Rocky is told that he will never walk again. Not only does he walk again after a long rehabilitation, Rocky returns to train with the Steelers. With the sympathy and support of Steelers’ owner, Art Rooney, Rocky makes the team again, and helps the Steelers become Super Bowl champions.

I also have a connection to this story because my pops cut his hair when Rocky was in high school. Dad is kind of like Floyd the barber from the Andy Griffith Show but a lot cooler. So that story made a big impression on me.

Now obviously being 366 pounds overweight isn’t the same as getting your leg blown off fighting for your country. It is simply a terrific feat accomplished by a great American hero. That is pretty damn inspiring in my eyes.

I have been living healthy for about 2 and a half years now. I still think about the idea of what he did on a weekly basis. Helps me stay on track and has helped put me in position to finish my dreams.

My point is it seems to me that people were made to overcome the obstacles in their lives. It just takes a desire to do so and a little help from people that support them. At one point the whole equation became easy in my eyes. That is when I knew this time was different.

In whatever you strive for or want, I hope you look for a way to get there. Look under rocks and into closed doors and find something to inspire you.

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” – William H Murray

“I am terrific but don’t worry because soon I will get better.” – Zig Ziglar

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily” — Zig Ziglar

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing” – George Bernard Shaw

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything” -George Bernard Shaw

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Is a dream a lie that don’t come true? Or is it something worse?” – Bruce Springsteen

Not to get all preachy but it is obvious that obesity is a huge problem in the United States and this thought just popped in the old head that kind of illustrates the issue at least for me. I would speculate that many of you did not even know who Rocky Bleier was before reading this. I have no doubt that every single person (including me) knows who Rocky Rococo is.

Strange but true.

Thanks for reading and have a sweet day! – Clint