DASHing and it feels so good!

Hi Everyone! So as you all know I started my first day last Friday. I gave a quick recap of day #1 in my other post. So here’s 2,3, and start of day 4.

 

      Day #2 was good. Still working on getting my water in. My breakfast was onions, peppers, and brussels sprouts with a sunny side up egg flipped over. Didn’t need anything extra since all that ooey gooeyness from the egg does wonders. (Yes, I made up my own word. Live with it! LOL)

     Snack time I had a cupful of raw carrots and some crab meat. It filled me until lunch.

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     Lunch was so tasty that I can’t wait to make it again! My 9 month old, Grayson, ate his whole bowl, finished Joseph’s, and then had the last scoop out of mine. I used a bag of the Hanover Garlic & Herb riced Cauliflower 1 cup is a serving the whole bag is 2.5 cups and Barilla Traditional Basil Pesto Sauce sauce 1/4 cup. I threw in some mushrooms and a little bit of low-fat mozzarella cheese from Shop-Rite. OMG! What an explosion of flavor in your mouth. It felt like there was a party going on in my mouth to my belly! SOOOO GOOD!

    Snack I had a side salad with Italian Dressing. It was yummy and held me over until dinner.

    Dinner came around and I forgot to take a picture, because my tummy was starting to growl. We had meatloaf. Now, you’re probably thinking, “NO, DON’T DO THAT?!” Well, I did, and I made it healthier. I’ll have to post the recipe (it’s my own) next time I make it.

    My last snack for the night was a cup of low-fat yogurt. It was just enough that I wasn’t craving anything else.

    Yesterday, Oh boy, Oh boy! My husband originally wanted to make french toast from scratch for the boys and himself. I said I was completely fine with it. He decided to give Chase two waffles (Eggos Spider-man) and some blueberries and strawberries. Grayson got Shop-Rite’s french toast sticks and fruit too.

    I woke up the hungriest, but I still stuck to it. I had two eggs scrabbled with mushrooms, low-fat mozzarella cheese, and one sausage no casing. It was yummy, but I’m honestly getting bored with the eggs. So I’m not sure what I’m going to do.

     Snack time was a cup of carrot sticks. Didn’t do much, and I was hungry an hour and a half later.

     Lunch time was another good one, BUT I need to experiment more with flavors. I used the Hanover Broccoli Riced the whole bag with two tablespoons of Italian Dressing and I did not feel an ounce of guilt! I do wish I flavored the “rice” a little bit with seasoning, but it was still good. It did it’s job to fill me up.

     The second snack of the day was just straight crab meat. Yum. You don’t need to tell me twice to eat my fish and shellfish. I can’t get enough of it. Yes, maybe crab is not the “best choice” to pick, but it’s a hell of a lot better than ordering a Big Mac or a $5 taco box. Those were always my go-to.

      Last night, we didn’t feel like cooking so we ordered from the pizza place. I got a large tossed salad and I added low-fat mozzarella, mushrooms, and crab meat with my Italian dressing. They sent it with creamy Italian, but I skipped that. It filled me up. It came with lettuce (obviously), carrots, olives, and cucumbers. I still don’t like olives. I gave my green olives to my Mother-in-Law and tried to swallow down diced black olives. Ugh, that was a total fail.

     Not going to lie. I was drooling and staring at my husband eating. I know, creepy. He got an eggplant parmesan hero AND a slice of white pizza. It looked glorious. Now, before someone jumps on the, “Wow! He doesn’t show any support!” Let me make this clear my Mother-in-Law is doing the DASH diet with me. Not as strict as I am, but she doesn’t need too. My husband on the other hand can eat whatever he pleases to eat. He got blessed with those kind of genes. He supports me so much and talks me up so much. Just the other night I was hard on myself, and he was the one that gave me the pep-talk that I needed. So yes, he does support me, and I will continue to stare at him like a dog drooling at his food choices. He didn’t put me in this position; I did.

     I was full from dinner still that I didn’t eat anything last night.

     So today, I realized, I suck. One of my new year’s resolution goals what to be off the phone and computer more and be “in” the moment. Well, those “in the moment” I forget to take pictures of my food and myself. I did learn today that I am down 4.4 lbs already. Which is awesome! I woke up with a new outlook on this DASH program. I do need to come up with different recipes. I did find a site, but it’s more focused on stage 2 so I’ll have to tweak it for now. I’m contemplating extending phase 1 longer than two weeks. Like the South Beach diet if you need to lose weight you can do 1 month then switch to phase 2. If you’re obese, which I’m considered, I can do phase 1 for two months. So I’m not sure what I’m going to do. My husband made the suggestion switch to phase 2 when it’s time and see how it goes. I might do phase 1 for two weeks, phase 2 two weeks, phase 1 two weeks, and see how that goes or just do phase one for 2 months. I’m a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding in September, and I want to not only look but feel good!

    Today was rough, and it wasn’t because of the diet. Joseph’s Grandmother lives upstairs from us, and she fell before 6 a.m. this morning. My Mother-in-Law woke me up from a sound sleep to help get her off the floor. I got her up 1,2,3, but she was really dizzy and saying her legs kept giving out. It brought me rite back to when Joe’s Dad was really sick. A long stressful time. I came back downstairs and Joe’s Mom tried to help her into the bathroom. They didn’t make it. She fell again. We called for an ambulance, and during that time the boys woke up. I had Chase stay with Grayson in their bedroom until the ambulance left. Chase was a live when we would have to put his Pa into the ambulance so he knew to close the door and wait for the, “ALL CLEAR!” So far it seems to be nothing too serious waiting for another test to come back. She is on antibiotics and will probably stay a few days in the hospital to be watched.

       I, obviously, had to stay home with the boys. Joseph stayed at work, because he just got over a nasty cold/flu and didn’t finish his Z-Pack yet. Today is one of those days that I would eat everything in sight. I am very much an emotional eater, but I’ve been good. Water still not strong with me, but I’m building again.

Breakfast was two eggs and cheese omelet and a coffee with sugar free International Delight creamer.  Snack was a cupful of low-fat yogurt. Lunch was peppers, onions, mushrooms, skin-less chicken, with Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb sodium free seasoning and 1/4 cup of low-fat mozzarella cheese. Very tasty. I’m about to go eat my snack for the day. Not sure what it will be yet.

Overall, it is a very easy diet that if I can do it then anyone can. Also, my friend Jean challenged me to a fitbit challenge for the week so I have to make sure I get my steps in!

Theresa Rose

The Mom Bod

What’s up everyone?! I’m going to be completely honest here. I feel like an elephant is sitting my chest and I can barely breath as I’m sitting here typing this. Did I do an exercise before this? NOPE. All I did was sit-up. Yep, I was in a laying position and now I am sitting up on my bed. Am I sick? NOPE. Just fat. HaHa. I do take my health seriously, I do. HOWEVER, I will down myself (which I’m working on) and crack jokes about myself. So for every joke/downing. I will be sure to post a compliment shortly afterwards.

*Back Story- As most of you’s know I had pre-eclampsia in both pregnancies. What you might not know is that my blood pressure went so high that it drew concern for everyone. I HAD to get an epidural just for the simple fact I needed my numbers to come down before it caused serious damage to Grayson or myself.

Pre-eclampsia also increases a heart attack in the next 5 years by 5%. If I start to make better choices for me today my future will benefit. My family has history of cardiovascular health issues so I am well aware of what can happen (if something does happen)*

I am NOT doing the whole resolution of, “I’m going to lose….. blah blah blah.” I fail within the first week usually. This year I’m just focusing on my self-confidence. That means if I have to act like FAT AMY to “feel” confident than that’s what’s going to happen.

If Dad’s can strut the “dad bod”, it’s time we embrace the “mom bod.” Listen, I birthed two beautiful healthy boys, and my vagina probably looks like the Lincoln Tunnel, but I’m okay with that. Seriously, if you saw my oldest son’s head at birth you would feel sorry for my poor vagina. Haha! I feel like my thighs are my own cheering squad every time I get up to walk. My boobs sag so low and off center from all the breastfeeding I feel like most days I can’t figure out if it’s my muffin top sitting on my hips or I need to tighten my straps. Don’t even get me started on the lovely permanent art job my sons did to my stomach from the inside AKA stretch marks. If you popped out 2 kids and don’t have a single stretch mark – I HATE YOU! joking (i think)…. No seriously! I was not blessed with the genes of being able to get my skin to stretch and come back with nothing on it.

I don’t care you birthed through the vagina, c-section, breastfeed, formula feed, stretch mark, non-stretch mark, bed-rest, non bed rest — doesn’t make you more or less of a MaMa. Now, look at your husband and just be in awe. That lucky S.O.B. didn’t have to do any of that, and is considered “attracted.” Like, seriously, what the f… did he do? A 3 second job and we carried for 9 months. Mom’s need to stop being mean to other Mom’s. Everyone has a different Mom bod, but it’s just as beautiful as the next one.

I love my “Mom Bod”. However, I want to be able to do more with my kids and be a role model for what healthy should look like. It’s not the number on the scale for me anymore. It’s the fact that I will be able to run on the playground and get on the floor with them without having assistance to get up. I’m going to have my kids be my cardio. Make it a little bit more fun.

It does help that I’m going from sea level ( Long Island, NY ) to Salt Lake City, Utah ( 4,226 above ) for the Young Living Convention in June. All this extra body weight moving around and slightly asthmatic is not a good thing. T- MINUS : 249 until I’m beside one of my closest friends as a bridesmaid on her wedding day. Planning a Disney World trip in the late fall. We easily walk 14-15 miles a day.

I will NOT be a size 0 and my boobs will sag, but I will have fun getting my true Mom Bod.

Do you have a beautiful “Mom Bod” or can your bod use an improvement? I want to hear from you!

Theresa Rose

 

 

I’m backkkkk!!!!!

Hey everyone! I’m so excited to be back. I needed time with my family and I became a student for the last 12 weeks. I was so consumed with it; that I had to give something. Unfortunately, that thing was this. I even put my weight-loss journey on hold. HOWEVER, one of my best friends asked to be in her bridal party for Sept 8th, 2018. That gives me 260 days! Lets do this!

Speaking on New Year type of things I want to take a minute to reflect. When I think back on this past year, I see so many things that have happened, how much I’ve grown, how happier I am, and how I can improve as a person in the future. I’m sure many of you can relate when I say that I’m often way too hard on myself. I’d rather point out my flaws than compliment myself, and I’m bad at being confident in my own skin. This was a roller-coaster of a year. I literally started the new year on my side due to pregnancy complications. Chase became a BIG BROTHER to Grayson. We had to say good-bye, for now, to our “first son” Boomer. In September, I became a sponge, and absorbed as much learning as I could about business. I have a stronger relationship with my husband, Joseph. How can I forget Chase ended up in the E.R. on Thanksgiving night for 100+ stitches and reattach his eyebrow muscle?! We had an AMAZING plastic surgeon (along with oils) He is healing nicely. Grayson is pretty much about to take his first step within the next month! Thanks 2017 for, pretty much, completing our family.

I come into the New Year with more self-kindness. Someone who will put the phone down more and live in the moment. Be IN more photos. 📸 Money will come easily, frequently, and abundantly to me and my family.💸💸 Travel More. 🌎 Laugh More.  Continue with my lifestyle blog.  Make an impact by sharing my love of Young Living Products! (gypsy style ). Start a daily habit of drinking more water!!  Be able to say, “No,” more without feeling guilty. Finding myself again.  Even though, I wouldn’t change being a Mommy or Wife for anything; I did lose myself. This is the year I will be stronger, braver, kinder, unstoppable, and this year I will be fierce. Bring it on 2018!! ❤️🍾
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2018 is the best to come and I can not wait!

What are some of your New Years Resolutions? Let me hear them in the comments!! Who’s excited with me to start fresh all over again?

❤️-Theresa Rose

– Weight – Vision & Goals

Hi Loves!

Everyone’s reason for losing weight is different. My thoughts and visions are different from yours, and that’s okay. That’s the beauty of it. Everyone has a common goal, but different reasoning’s behind it.

My vision for my weight-loss journey have a lot of goals besides the scale. Don’t worry I’ll get into those too!

Lets start with my Why’s.

If I lost the weight::

I can decrease my chances of having side affects from getting preeclampsia in both pregnancies. Preeclampsia increases your chance of heart disease and/or stroke. Like the saying goes, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” It also increase a heart attack in the next 5 years by 5%. If I start to make better choices for me today my future will benefit. ( Heart issues are within my family so I need to really focus in on this the most, because it increases my chances even more! ) Hence, the DASH Diet. To be honest, I haven’t really started yet. I’m still doing more research on it, but it’s the best diet for cardiovascular. So I’m going with that’s my best bet.

Play-time. Now you’re like, “Huh?” I run around with my six year old all the time. I love playing on the playground with him or play baseball. Do we go to the park as often as I want to? Nope. I’m exhausted or my body hurts. It’s not fair to my six year old. Yes, he’s in Martial Arts and going to start swimming, but I want to do more stuff with him and not be out of breath afterwards. I want to be able to get on the ground with my, almost, 6 month old, and not have to dread getting back up off the ground from hip and knee pain. It’s not fair to them. I’m their MaMa!

I could love myself and husband even more. Now you probably think I really lost it. I love my husband with all my heart. I really do, but how can I- if I don’t love myself all the time? I think our relationship, even though strong, would be even stronger. I need to dig down deep inside, and find that love I have for him to have that same for myself. I need to find my confidence. I’ll never get rid of my stretch marks, but I need to remember those marks gave me two beautiful boys. The wrinkles on my face are from laughing so hard my belly hurt. My hips getting bigger gave birth. That’s a superpower on it’s own.

To be that jean size. All you ladies get me on this one. Growing up I refused to be bigger than a size 13. Now, six months after giving birth I fit into a size 14. Not comfortably. My largest was a size 24. So I know I am losing. I would really like to be in a size 7 or 8. That’s when I feel my best.

Being able to say no to soda. I’m horrible at this. My husband went cold turkey on soda and for 99.5% he’s doing great on it. I, on the other hand, decided to take my serving and his serving on soda. Guilty. Just the other day I drank a 2 LITER bottle by myself. I hated myself afterwards.

Those are just the ones I can think of at the moment. I wanted to post this last week, but I wasn’t what my actual “Why’s” were besides just the scale going down.

I have about 107 – Yes, you read that correct to lose. That’s the first time I wrote it out on a public forum. Wow, I guess it’s real now. I never was to say or type that number again. Not true. I will type it one more time. When I crush it.

Goals for the Scale:

I have the EatSmart Precision Digital Scale. I’ve been through a lot of scales, and I love this one the most!

10 pounds – Mani/Pedi

20 pounds – New Cookbook (any suggestions?!)

30 pounds – New Sneakers (yes, even your feet lose weight!)

40 pounds – New Jeans ( I have sizes 13 and 12 also. So by this time I should be size 10-11)

50 pounds – New Work-Out clothes

60 pounds – Massage ( I deserve it at this point! )

70 pounds – New Bike ( My husband actually suggested this one. I’ve been wanting a new bike for years, and because of my weight I never really looked for one. )

80 pounds – New Hairstyle ( I like shorter hair. So does my husband. When I first met him I had short cute hair, but with the weight gain I tend to keep my hair longer. )

90 pounds – New Wardrobe ( Lets face it – At this point ALL my clothes will be falling off of me! )

100 pounds – TRIP OF A LIFETIME ( FIJI – It’s already on my vision board for my business, and I can’t wait to do this! Super excited!! )

107 pounds – Welcome to the rest of my life!! (This is by far the most exciting goal on the list. Fiji is a close second! )

I want to hear from all of you’s. What are your why’s for weight-loss? Do you have a goal list or vision board? Let me know! My comment button is by the title. I’m working on lowering it to post afterwards and not have to scroll all the way back up!

Theresa Rose

Off and “running” …

Not literally. Just walking. We realized our purebred Beagle, Sydney, became overweight. So we decided that she needed to go on walks and not just the backyard. It was difficult to walk them (2 dogs and 2 kids) at the same time. Especially, with me having a rough pregnancy and afterwards. It was time.

It is now our thing, most of the time, I take her for walk at night. If I don’t do it- then Joseph does. There’s just some nights that he needs to go decompose so he likes to take her. Which is perfectly okay with me.

20170908_133620.jpgIt’s been almost a month, and you can see a difference in her. She acts like a puppy all over again. Just last night we came across seven bunnies that she wanted to play with. Them not so much, but she whines and carries on until we take her. It definitely helps when I’m exhausted and don’t want to do anything.

I started to take it seriously two weeks ago and now I’m down 3 POUNDS AND -6.1 INCHES! I also am putting less (and healthier food) in my mouth. That helps a lot.

cotton-candy-wide.jpgHave you heard of Cotton Candy Grapes from Grapery? They taste like you’re eating cotton candy, but it’s a lot healthier. The taste comes from an all-natural breeding approach with cross-pollination combinations. No fakeness or added flavors in these bad boys. I literally ate 3.5 pounds of them just this week! Not even one ounce of guilt. 1 cup= 100 calories. They only have a window of in-season Mid-Aug through end of September, but they are so worth it! Try Stop & Shop or Whole Foods to find them. Seriously, GO… I’LL WAIT!! I couldn’t even make it home before I started to eat them, and I’m all for washing the fruits and vegetables since I have Oral Pollen Syndrome (OPS). I like to use my Young Living Fruit & Veggie Wash (it smells so good!). Not the slightest reaction from them.

I’m thinking about doing the DASH Diet. It’s the only diet that you can eat everything and still lose weight! I think that’s the best fit for me. Nothing is off limits and I think that’s the best way to approach this. Is anyone on a diet? Let me know if it’s working for you! Comment icon is by the title of this post now. So leave a comment and tell me if you’ve been on the DASH Diet or on a different one now?!

My next post will be my goals and my vision for the next year!

Theresa Rose

Strip it Down

Everyday we wake up subconsciously with numbers running through our heads. It’s the way we measure how healthy we really are. The number on the scale, BMI, LBM, blood pressure, sugar levels, body measurements… just to name a few. How many people live this way by knowing all this information, and who goes through life just winging it?

( The heaviest I have ever been 264 pounds – January of 2016 )

I can tell you every single stat of mine, but would that matter? Some say yes and others say no.

My “perfect” number on the scale is 159.2 lbs. According to my BMI and LBM break-down. I feel the most comfortable when the scale read 162-165. Now, you’re going to say that’s only three to six pounds. Personally, those three to six pounds make such a huge difference on my height and body frame. My blood pressure is in the normal range and sugar levels are great too.

My measurements are bigger than what “average” be. Those I will keep private for now, but I’m sure I’ll post them later down the road on another post.

The only time in my life that I didn’t care when I gained weight was when I was pregnant both times. I had pre-eclampsia. (A pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system- most often liver and kidneys.) The second time I was pregnant I got it worse and had to be put on bed-rest. I took snacking and binge watching Netflix to the extreme. I probably gained over 30 pounds the last pregnancy. Since I had it twice I am at a 5% increase in having a heart attack or stroke in the next 5-10 years.

18700228_10213000421550181_8761501242173845617_nI’m a MaMa. I want, need, to be here for my boys and my husband. Honestly, my husband gets upset when I bring it up, but it’s my reality. I believe that was my wake up call. If I continue to keep going the way I am. I’ll leave my kids motherless and that scares the crap out of me.

My BMI is high enough that I could qualify to get weight-loss surgery covered by insurance. That’s not something to be proud of.

I just turned 30 the end of last year, and I know my metabolism is not what it used to be in my teenager and early twenties, but I wish it would kick back in. If you tell me losing weight is manageable I can give you an excuse on why it’s not.

Funny story (now)-  The other day I tried on my size 14 jeans. I was so excited they were able to zip and button, but I have a little more work to do since my muffin top was hanging over. Later in the day I was typing my first health and fitness blog and my other jeans split around my right thigh front to back. I was mortified, but didn’t let it be known. I chalked it up to having the jeans for the last eight years and the thighs kept rubbing together at my heaviest so they finally gave up the fight on the wear and tear. So I “laughed” it off. 

That was my “rock bottom” reality check. I knew that I have to change in that moment, but did my head follow my heart??? Nope, I’m either eating the crappiest food or snacking here and there and not eating actual meals. I started to wear my FitBit Charger again on Monday, and it became an eye opener and not in a good way. The highest I’ve been in jeans was a size 24 – before my recent pregnancy I was a size 13-14 – after pregnancy size 20. I’m hoping, this weekend, when we go camping that something will snap and I’ll do more walking and really start to becoming more healthy conscious.

I’m human and will continue to do everything by trial and error. I hope that if you’re reading this and can relate – YOU’RE NOT ALONE!

I want to hear from you’s…leave a comment… Have you ever contemplated weight-loss surgery? What was your “rock bottom” moment? Did you overcome it?

– Theresa Rose

Body Shaming: Skinny to Morbid…

I have been from one extreme to the other, much unhealthier, side of the scale. I’ve been called gorgeous, beautiful, stunning, pig in a pen, chuck-a-shuffle master, heifer, and much more.

Since I was a kid I had body dis-morphia. When I would be my healthiest I thought I was extremely overweight, and now that I am, unfortunately , considered morbidly obese I feel it, but don’t see it all the time.

10458554_10204723818200397_4857389424109423006_nIt’s the same old story that you hear from most people that are morbidly obese. I blamed myself for something; my parents divorce. Soon became, very much an emotional eater. Didn’t realize I stacked on the pounds. When I realized the pounds my life became the famous Yo-Yo Diets; Aktins, Dukin, Powell, Nutrisystem, Isagenix, South Beach, DASH, food for your blood type, the list goes on… If it has a name to it I probably have a book or research on it.

I found that after coming off of them I gained all the weight right back. It wasn’t that I went back to eating horrible, but the weight came back just as fast. Which in return, if I gained back ten pounds it turned into fifteen pounds which I would turn to food to comfort. All that hard work for nothing. Down the drain it went.

Anorexia? Had it. Bulimia?  That too. Still to this day when I’m sick and puking it makes me go back to this dark place.

I weighed 120 pounds at 5’8″ tall-average. I was considered underweight in the picture above.

Now, four months ago I gave birth to another son, named Grayson. I am now officially the heaviest I have ever been in my life. This isn’t who I’m suppose to be. I’m not suppose to be the Mommy that doesn’t go out and play with her kids on the playground, because she’s afraid another kid will say something mean about me to child. They deserve the best of me. Someone who shows they love themselves; just as much as I love them.

My college friend, Stephanie, posted that she was interested in going to the Disney Princess Half Marathon. You have to complete each mile within 16 minutes. Being completely out of shape, and already going next year to Disney World. I decided that will be my goal for 2019. That gives me seventeen months to get to my goal weight. Plus, I used to run, but I don’t think I would come near 16 minute miles; let alone 13.1 times doing it. I know a lot of people do the run/walk method for it, but my goal is to run the whole time. Unless, I’m taking awesome pictures of Cinderella’s Castle or Disney princesses.

This is my journey. It will be long, tears, lots of sweat, blood, blisters, freezing cold, hot and humid, but I will get through it. My boys deserve the best of me, and having to be on bed rest the beginning of the year due to complications in my pregnancy. My legs could use a good stretch. So it’s time to charge up the FitBit and be held accountable for what I do and what goes into my mouth.

Will you join me? Comment below- what helps you stay motivated? If you want to join in on losing weight for good? Don’t forget to follow me!

 -Theresa Rose