Pictures of some foods I eat

Mostly pictures of diners I make at home.

Usually I have chicken or fish – lots of veggies and sometimes small starch serving (depends on how much starch I have or plan to eat later (ie late night skinny pop/trail mixture)

snacks –

this is a picture of what I take to work just about everyday

mixed trail mix (1/8-1/4 cup 140 cal (per 1/4) trail mix I get at fresh market. Add in some Kind Health granola. Pretzels and sometimes skinny pop – when I was losing I kept this snack at 250 cal per Baggie but now maintaining and exercising more so I increased to around 400 cal)


And then for afternoon or lunch ( sometimes I shake or bar for lunch – sometimes for snack – so the next snack or lunch is the offset 😄


Now instead of the stick cheese seen above I actually now go with a slice of velveta cheese (35 cal 😄)

snack/after diner

this next picture – when I was loosing was always my evening snack (now since I am eating more calories I tend to more trail mix blend 😁😱)


Oh oh and I have mentioned Skinny Pop (unfortunately my new addiction but hey I am still maintaining so no judging. Lol)


Other snacks not pictured I eat:

Teriyaki Jerky ; apple ; half a banana ; CHEWING GUM (ok not a snack but good for no calorie chewing needs – lol)


the one below is pan seared salmon (that fish was large – I usually give at least a 3rd to my son who gladly accepts in addition to his own much larger piece (oh to burn the calories he does at football) – I also have broccoli and onion and a few sweet potato chips pictured below


Fish again (looks like salmon again) with broccoli and carrots (looks like I am saving my carbs for later 😁😁)


Looks like seared trout and some shrimp below with my go to broccoli and onions and a side of mashed sweet potato


Chicken time (this is really what I eat probably 6x a week – usually fish is Sunday nights) below is a grilled chicken with broccoli,onion looks like some brussel sprouts in there too 😄, a small serving of rice (usually do uncle bens long grain and wild – but below is Minute rice (will add pic as it is a lower calorie rice😄) and I also cut up a few tommy toe tomatoes (for color 😄)


Similar to above (this is the minute rice and I added some soy sauce 😁)



Taco night

for my son I make him tacos (3 hard shell and 2 soft) or lately he wants 2 chicken/cheese quesadillas and – cheese quesadilla (for Lindsey M. –  yep I take a bite and count it too lol)

for me I put mine in a large salad

lettuce; tomatoes ; (hot: grilled chicken (seasoned with dry taco seasoning then cut and and in taco seasoning with water for juicy yumminess) ; onions/mushroom/ peppers(I like red-yellow-orange) these are sautéed (Pam) then I add the taco seasoning I mix with water). Put chicken and veggies on salad then add a little shredded velveta cheese (lower cal 😄) – salsa (for a dressing) and either have 1-2 Corn hard shells (less calorie again) or some salad tortilla strips – then after it is Pretty I make it ugly and stir all together – lol.



So that about does it – I have some variation of what is above for diner just about every night

Eating Out?

yep I sure do but never fast food for me – I always have a to go snack packed just in case or my boost for those emergency times lol – did I mention I LOVE Ideal Boost!

as far as eating diner out

this is getting easier and easier as a lot of restaurants have calories listed – then I stay in my 500-700 zone. If not I go with a petite sirloin (tell then no butter on it or cooked in / around it lol) and side is salad and broccoli (of course for me no dressing – I use sometimes just salt and pepper or a splash of balsamic vinegar if no oil in it or if Olive Garden I ask for no dressing and extra pepercornes and use them as the liquid dressing (the juice inside) or May ask for salsa

well i hope this was helpful. Have a blessed day

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Video – My Favorite Breakfast Shake :)

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how I make my Breakfast Shake.  There are lots of

recipes – this is just my favorite.



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Video – How I make My Favorite Lunch Shake

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9/17/2014 — Update — It has been a while

I have been super busy lately and have not updated my blog in a month.

Anywho — I have now lost a total of 188 pounds since May 27th, 2013 (16 months)

I did find that I needed to EAT MORE – and I have been — averaging about 1800 calories per day depending on exercise.

Super excited for this week and nervous at the same time.  I fly to Park City Utah – compliments of Ideal Shape – for winning the 2014 July Ship Shape Challenge.  Not nervous to fly, just the processes of photo shoots etc.  I am still very self conscious of my weight – current weight as of this morning : 166.8

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which from where I started at 355 still amazes me.

I do have skin issues to deal with.  I had to buy some nice clothes for this trip and the photo shoots….and well just do not think I look good in a sleeveless dress – due to my wings and skin issue.  Also my skin overhangs from my thighs to my knees — it is what it is.  I am working on toning, but my guess is it will take at least 2 years (if every) to get ride of the excess skin.

Well I gotta get back at it — so hope everyone is having a great day!!!!  Remember what ever weight loss tool you use – keep working it — keep striving — if you hit a Plateau and can’t figure out why – check to see your eating enough — change it up some — YOU GOT THIS – cause if I can ANYONE can.  Promise


Plateau – Did not like that at all …

Okay I hit my first BIG plateau this month.  I was confused and frustrated.  I have been eating the same (some days I added about 150 calories if I was exercising) – so I thought I was doing it right.

I mean I expected some Plateau’s and have gone through a week one before – but this was a MONTH – what am I doing wrong.

In the month in question I had increased my cardio – joined a boot camp class (meeting 2 to 3 days a week) and started working out with weights at my gym.  All the right stuff — but NO LOSS in a MONTH – what gives.

I thought – I feel smaller – so I am probably loosing some inches (I was able to purchase a size 10 jean the other week – woot! woot!) – What about muscles – was I loosing fat but gaining muscle — That is what I figured – so on I went.

I talked with some folks and they said I may not be eating enough — really …. sounded counter intuitive to me.

But I was tired of this Plateau so I figured if I am exercising maybe it wouldn’t hurt – So last week I increased my calories from 1,200 / 1,400 calories to 1,400 / 1,700 — depends on how much I am exercising that particular day.  And when I got on the scale this morning – YEP 3 pound loss — Yippie Yippie – YIPPIE — so if you are stuck in a Plateau and you think you still have more to loose and are exercising – perhaps you need to increase your calories as well?  Just a crazy thought – lol






What I Eat

I am fortunate that I really do not get bored with foods. so my daily meals do not change to much.

For Breakfast (Mon – Fri) I have an ideal shake @ 7:30 am: 8 oz Unsweetened Almond Milk (30 calories) 1 Scoop Ideal Shake Vanilla I take a kitchen soup spoon and add about 3 spoons of FROZEN blueberry’s Then I add about 3 to 4 FROZEN strawberry’s Blend in blender Add 2 to 3 ice Cubs – until THICK Put in shaker cup and it takes about 25 minutes to consume Then a full glass of water.

For a snack (usually between 10:30 and 11:00 AM) I have pre-measured Trail Mix (1/4 cup is 130 to 150 calories depending in type) I add in some pretzels or granola to get the calories of my snack to 200 to 225 calories

For Lunch (usually around 1pm) I have a Chocolate Ideal Shake or Ideal Bar (the new Strawberry Yogurts are AMAZING) – If I have the shake I usually just add 10 oz of water – shake mix – and shake in the blender bottle.

For Midday snack (usually around 330 – 4 pm) I have an apple or carrots and a slice of turkey or deli chicken

For Dinner I usually have (around 7pm ish) Grilled Chicken (on stove or grill) or Shake N Bake Chicken Vegetables prepared in a Wok (onions, mushrooms, broccoli, cabbage etc) – I add spices and usually put a little terriakyi sauce for flavor Then I usually have 1 serving of rice or noodles (1/2 cup uncooked)

For Late Night snack – (around 10pm) I will have a Greek Yogurt – or sometime trail mix blend (if I did not have the rice/noodles at diner – due to how many calories consumed versus worked off)