Saturday, July 26, 2014

30 Pounds Down Today! :)

   I really avoid photos of myself at all when I share this with you all, it is because I am just so proud.  The pictures aren't the best, but you can really see the changes.  I've worked really hard, and I've been inspired my so many!  I have lost 30 pounds!!!  I still have a ways more to go.  It's not easy.  But I have truly made great strides to make my health a priority.  Diabetes, stroke, cancer...those are just a few of the diseases I have watched family members struggle with and much of it can be prevented through diet and I have incredible motivation to keep focused!  :)

I just wanted to share as many of my friends and family have really been the support I have needed to stay on track.  I want to maintain the loss for a lifetime and teach my children good habits.  I work out 5 days a week and try to get as much activity in as I can.  I am learning to cook all over again!  It has actually been a lot of fun!

This is one of the desserts I've been making on a regular basis...the first thing my Dad said to me when I showed it to him was, "that doesn't look like diet food!"  No, it doesn't!  But it is pretty healthy!

- 1/2 cup vanilla nonfat yogurt
- 1 apple peeled, sliced, browned in skillet with zero calorie cooking spray
- 2 TBS light cool whip
- 1/4 Tsp apple pie spice
- 1/2 packet stevia

It's about 150 calories give or take depending on the brand yogurt you use (I use Fit & Active) - and it's delicious!  I have been learning how to make all of my favorite dishes all over again and make them healthier.  Eventually I'd like to eliminate as much processed food as I can, but for now, I'm just trying to do better.  :)

Another tool I have been using is a website called Fooducate - I am really surprised I don't hear more people talk about it!  It has some similarities to My Fitness Pal, though the food database is INCREDIBLE.  You can look up the foods you eat or healthy alternatives to the foods you eat, and they give each food a grade based on how healthy it is for you.  It is wonderful!  Not only do they grade the food, they  tell you why it got that grade, and explain each reason in clickable detail.  It has been a really great resource for truly seeing what I was eating that was harmful and finding replacements for those items.  Sometimes I cannot totally eliminate a D item from my diet...but I can replace it with a B...and again, it's just a way to maybe not eat perfectly, but do better.

Just thought I would share - I hope all are having a wonderful weekend and getting some sewing time in!

Happy and HEALTHY Quilting!  :)

- Valerie


Anonymous said...

Good job Valarie. I appreciate how hard it is. It may help to know that you are inspiring others,including me. Please keep us posted as your continue in your much deserved success.
Mary in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada

Leah Spencer said...

Wow!! You're really rocking it. :)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations sweetie!

Deb A said...

Great job. Thanks for the info on Fooducate.... that is a new one to me.

Michele said...

That is just fantastic. Congratulations and keep it up.

Carol said...

That totally rocks - CONGRATULATIONS!!! I recently joined weight watchers so I know making those life style changes is hard work. I'm going to try that recipe too. It looks wonderful. Here's to seeing less and less of you:)

Dora, the Quilter said...

Congratulations! Yes, it takes a lot of effort, and I'm glad you are seeing results!

Stephanie said...

Hi Valerie! I have followed your blog for several years now and have never commented. Congratulations on your healthy weight loss! I have enjoyed seeing your quilting and reading about you!
Stephanie said...

you are super awesome!! congrats and keep up the great work!!