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One Year Anniversary

One Year Anniversary



Oh September 12, 2016 I said to myself that I was done.  Done being overweight and done being so tired of being in my own skin.  And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what one year of hard work and dedication looks like.  This is one year of learning to eat properly and learning how to build a healthy relationship with food.  Learning self-control and learning that denying myself things like sweets and rewarding myself with laziness was actually showing myself love, not denial.


It hasn't been a perfect year.  Honestly if it had been I'd question its sustainability.  But it's been a year full of lessons learned, weight lost, stamina gained, and self-esteem boosted.  I'm not yet where I want to be but I am a heck of a lot further than I was.  


Now if only I could figure out the secret to eyebrows that are on fleek.
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Recipe | Chicken Kabobs

Recipe | Chicken Kabobs





Ingredients per serving:
  • 4 oz Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast - cubed | 124 cal
  • 10 oz White Mushrooms - whole | 63 cal
  • 1 1/2 oz White or red Onion - quartered | 12 cal
  • 3 oz Tomato - quartered  | 15 cal
  • 3 oz Green Pepper - seeded and cubed | 18 cal
  • Butter Spray (I Can't Believe Its Not Butter)  | 0 cal 
  • Salt, pepper, garlic, onion and paprika - to taste | 0 cal
232 Calories per serving!


Directions:

  • Place chicken in a bowl and coat with butter spray
  • Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic, onion and paprika to taste then mix, ensuring that they are all coated.   
  • In a separate bowl combine Mushrooms, onion, green pepper and tomato then spray with butter spray to coat and sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic, onion and paprika to taste then mix to coat.
  • Using either Metal or wood (soaked in water) skewers push one piece of each on the skewer alternating through all pieces till both bowls are empty.  

Roasting in oven:
In a 400 degree oven roast in a pan on a rack for 30 minutes.

On the grill:
On a hot grill place kabobs over heat turning as they darken till all are soft and roasted.


Easy peasy!!  For a full video tutorial click here!


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Playlist | August 2017

Playlist | August 2017





Some people get out and run, listening to the wind blowing through their hair, the cars passing by.  I am not one of those people.  I need my music and I need it loud.  My playlist changes frequently so expect these updates to come often!



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Recipe | Veggie Omelets

Recipe | Veggie Omelets



Ingredients Per Serving:

.5 ounce  Green Onion
.5 ounce  Grape Tomatoes
3 ounces Mushrooms (sliced)
3 ounces Baby Spinach
3/4 cup   Egg Whites (egg beaters okay!)
A sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese
Plus salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder
152 Calories per serving!


Directions:
(For the full video tutorial click here)
  • Heat your pan on medium-high heat.
  • Slice tomatoes, green onion, and mushrooms.
  • Sauté green onion and spinach together in a covered pan coated with nonstick cooking spray.  Sauté with garlic powder and onion powder (and salt/pepper to taste) until spinach is wilted.  Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese before transferring to a covered dish to retain heat.
  • Sauté sliced tomatoes until they become softened.  Transfer to the covered dish.
  • Sauté sliced mushrooms with garlic powder and onion powder until they turn a nice golden brown.  Add them to the covered dish.
  • Add your egg whites to a fresh pan coated with nonstick spray.  The idea is to cook them "pancake style" so that you are left with a round egg pancake.  See the YouTube tutorial for a visual idea of what I mean here.
  • When the eggs are fully cooked add your veggie mixture to half of them and then fold the entire omelet onto your plate.  
  • Enjoy!






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100lbs Lost

100lbs Lost



There you have it - I've lost 100 pounds from my highest weight of 327lbs.  That seems like an impossible number but at the same time so small in comparison to how far I feel I still need to go.  Rather than dishing about the entire process (which I do anyway on my youtube channel) I figure I'll make a list here of the things that are different now from 300+ pounds:

  • Obviously clothing is getting easier to find.  I don't have to purchase from specialty stores to find anything that doesn't come in a flowered print.
  • When I get out of bed at night to use the bathroom I no longer have the feeling of bruises on the bottom of my feet due to the extreme strain they were under.
  • I lost an entire shoe size (!)
  • The only two rings that I have left that fit have been reassigned to my middle fingers since those fingers are the largest.
  • I can walk the entire length of the zoo with my kids now rather than forcing them to pick one section because I knew I'd never make it the whole way.
  • I can run three miles.
  • I can run.
  • I no longer have to apply makeup to multiple chins.
  • I spend a lot more time taking selfies.
  • I can hold my four-year-old on my lap and read him a story!
  • I can sit on our barstools and have my breakfast without worrying about breaking them.
  • I actually feel accomplished when I sweat now.  Because I have to work hard to make it happen!
  • I borrowed a jacket from on of my (much) smaller friends!
  • I actually had a guy ask for my number in the store yesterday.  Looks like I need to get my wedding ring resized!




As I think of more of these I'll be adding to this list!
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Bucket List

Bucket List




One of the most important things to me throughout this journey (and really, throughout life) is to take the time to acknowledge my accomplishments and to set goals for myself.  During my dark periods when my weight was spiraling out of control I had zero drive and even less ambition.  So in an attempt to avoid going back there I've got a running list of goals that I'm working toward attaining.  Some are serious, some are silly, but each one is something that I want crossed off of this list.

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments."

- Wear a medium size t-shirt

Run a mile     ----Done June, 2017----

- Take Caleb to comicon in costume

- Go zip lining

- Make a full-body image my personal profile picture

- Have 1000 subscribers on my YouTube channel

Fit in my bathtub    ----Done February, 2017----

Meet Misha Collins  ----Done August, 2017----

- Buy a dress that I feel great in

- Take a yoga class

- Inspire someone that I've never met

- Go paddle boarding

- Paint my toenails without my stomach getting in the way

Take Lochlan on the log ride    ----Done May, 2017----

Run a 10k

- Get better at video editing

- Fit into those tiny owl panties that I bought in 2005

- Go skiing

- Direct and photograph a fashion shoot
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Vision Board

Vision Board



Inspired by fellow YouTuber, Rebecca Dawson, I decided to create my own vision board to help me with my weight loss journey.  I've always been of the mind that if you believe something strongly
enough you can manifest it through hard work and dedication.  Before seeing Rebecca's board I had simply written my goals in a bullet format in my planner.  While this worked to keep them in mind I find that having the visual board gets me jazzed about my goals a little bit more because I can picture myself doing these things.

So let's get into it!

Top Left: I've always wanted to try my hand at cosplay.  I've always loved costumes and theatrical makeup but by the time I learned that cosplay was an actual thing I was already far too overweight to be comfortable trying it myself.  Of course I don't believe that one must be a certain size to portray fictional characters but for me personally I don't like extra attention when I don't feel comfortable with myself so I have never had the guts to try it.  That's changing soon, baby!

Top Center: Growing up in Arizona, skiing was a never a part of my life in any way other than television.  Now that I live in Minnesota it seems that its everywhere!  Plus there is a downhill ski slope less than ten minutes from my house.  The only thing stopping me now is my lack of knowledge, extra weight, and legendary klutziness.  Thankfully I also have a glowing lack of common sense so let's do it!

Top Right: I've decided that when I get to 170 pounds (the smallest size I can remember being as an adult) I'm going to get a half sleeve tattoo that I've named "Obsession".  The one pictured is NOT the one I'm getting but it's a good placeholder for the art that I have in mind.  

Center Left:  Another of those things that I imagine I'd not be too good at but will have a blast trying is paddle boarding.  My logic in this is simple:  I imagine it will hurt a lot less when I take a tumble from this thing into the water than it will when I trip over my own ski and tumble down the hill.  Hmm...I seem to be setting myself up for a lot of injuries.

Center Mid 1:  Fashion photography has long been a dream of mine.  While I love shooting families and seniors I would be ecstatic to be able to design and shoot fashion.  The more eclectic the better!  So this one is on here to keep me accountable for that goal.  Why is it on a weight loss journey board?  Because my weight makes me hella self-conscious and that shows in my performance as a creative director.

Center Mid 2: I just love these blanket poncho things!!  Not sure if I'll be comfortable enough to rock this look this year but by next I know I'll be ready.

Bottom Left:  Another of my goals is to get more comfortable with makeup.  I love experimenting with different looks (as you'll see throughout my YouTube channel and in this blog) and would love to get a lot more familiar with techniques and different brands.

Bottom Right: This one is pretty self-explanatory.  I want to continue to advance in my running skills and eventually be able to run further and faster.

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