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Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal

Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon sweetened shredded coconut

Directions
  • Mix everything together in a microwave safe bowl, except the shredded coconut.
  • Place in microwave for 1.5 – 2 minutes 
  • Add shredded coconut to the top and enjoy.

Recipe makes 1 serving at 6 SmartPoints.  If you use unsweetened shredded coconut your oatmeal will be 5 SmartPoints.

Enjoy!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon sweetened shredded coconut

Directions
  • Mix everything together in a microwave safe bowl, except the shredded coconut.
  • Place in microwave for 1.5 – 2 minutes 
  • Add shredded coconut to the top and enjoy.

Recipe makes 1 serving at 6 SmartPoints.  If you use unsweetened shredded coconut your oatmeal will be 5 SmartPoints.

Enjoy!

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Crockpot Turkey White Bean Chili Recipe – 5 SmartPoints

Crockpot Turkey White Bean Chili Recipe – 5 SmartPoints

Now that the Fall weather is back, I’m breaking out my boots, my scarves and I’m reviving “Soup-er Sunday!”

“Soup-er Sunday” is like “Meatless Monday” or “Taco Tuesday” – a theme day that encourages me to cook a specific type of food. I find these themes are a great way for me to keep my menus fresh and new because I’m constantly evolving the recipes or my flavor profiles.

My first “Soup-er Sunday” recipe is a Turkey White Bean Chili we made in the crockpot. It was spicy and super filling – with 31 grams of protein it  better be! The heat of the raw poblano married really nicely with the salsa verde, and doing a chunky blend of the beans allowed the soup to get creamy without any oil, butter or cream!

Check it out:

I’ve used SparkRecipes to calculate the Nutritional Info:

What do you think? What do you add to your white chili recipes?

Now that the Fall weather is back, I’m breaking out my boots, my scarves and I’m reviving “Soup-er Sunday!” “Soup-er Sunday” is like “Meatless Monday” or “Taco Tuesday” – a theme day that encourages me to cook a specific type of food. I find these themes are a great way for me to keep my … Continue reading Crockpot Turkey White Bean Chili Recipe – 5 SmartPoints

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Breaking Up With Sodium

Breaking Up With Sodium

As part of our Trading Cardio for Cosmos community, I teach monthly online classes and this week, one of my sent me an email and asked me about a low sodium diet.

I’m not a medical expert, but I found a lot of great resources, and wanted to also share them with you!

First of all – there’s sodium in EVERYTHING. I was amazed when I started researching just how much sodium is added to the foods we eat:


RESOURCES

THIS is a great resource for how to pick groceries and foods that are lower in sodium.

THIS is a great resource for how to eat low-sodium at popular US chain restaurants.

THIS is a great resource for low sodium food swaps.

THIS is a great resource for how to add flavor without adding salt.

RECIPES & LOW SODIUM SPICES

Low Sodium Cookbook (available on Amazon)

24 Low Sodium Recipes

Sodium-Free Spices

What about you? What are your favorite low sodium resource? 

As part of our Trading Cardio for Cosmos community, I teach monthly online classes and this week, one of my GoalDiggers sent me an email and asked me about a low sodium diet. I’m not a medical expert, but I found a lot of great resources, and wanted to also share them with you! First … Continue reading Breaking Up With Sodium

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I’m In A Strange Place

I’m In A Strange Place

Hi Friends…

The blog is lacking my attention and I am struggling with that a bit.

I am 9 weeks post op my double mastectomy and I have 6 weeks to go until my reconstruction surgery.

I’m In a Strange Place.

As most of you know, the blog is my journal. It keeps me accountable with the choices that I make. It encourages me to set goals. It lets me connect with people and it provides a place for me to vent when I feel the need.

I am having a hard time getting here to blog for a few different reasons.

Changing things up is what I do and how I roll. Variety is one of the things that keeps life exciting for me. I think the blog reflects that.

I like to set new goals, try new things, then blog about them in hopes that others find new things that they like to do and set new goals for themselves.

I have found that trying new things keeps living a healthy life easier for me because I keep myself entertained, and that keeps me from going back to old and unhealthy habits.

I blogged recently in a blog post titled, In Limbo, about this strange time during my mastectomy in August and my scheduled reconstructive surgery in December.

I’m still really struggling with this time that I find myself in.

 

I’m In a Strange Place

I’m trying so hard not to put life on hold, but no matter how hard I try, I find my mind thinking about certain things, and saying to myself….I’ll deal with that after surgery. I’ll set new goals after surgery. I’ll try new recipes after surgery. I’ll update the look of the blog after surgery.

I have shared that my weight is up from my comfortable 172 to an uncomfortable 182.

My surgery in December is a DIEP Flap reconstructive surgery. My genius plastic surgeon will make new boobs for me out of my belly skin, tissue and blood vessels. Obviously, I am so happy to be able to have breast reconstruction surgery following my double mastectomy and use my own body tissue, but the whole mental side of things has me in a strange place when it comes to my health goals. 

I understand it all, don’t get me wrong, but my life for years has been about counting points, doing what I can to feel my best, taking pictures of food and blogging about “how I’m doing” with my decisions.

I lose my appetite and my weight goes down a few pounds. I thing about my surgery and the need to have belly fat for everything to go as planned, and I eat a bit more.

I am going up and down between 178 and 183. 

My plastic surgeon would like for me to keep my weight at 182 or higher so he can use my belly fat for my upcoming surgery.

Now, instead of having goals that keep me feeling great, my “goal” is to maintain my extra pounds so I can have new boobs made out of my extra belly fat because I lost my old boobs to cancer.

Lets be honest.

I’m In a Strange Place

 

I can’t really think of a way to change things up for myself right now when it comes to exercise goals or food/recipe goals, nor do I have the motivation to care much about either. I still want to feel good, but the desire to set any goals just isn’t there.

I’m trying to keep active, but my body feels very uncomfortable and I am finding this time extremely frustrating.

I don’t seem to have much of an appetitive and coming up with pretty pictures and trying new foods is not as appealing right now as it has been in the past.

Those are the things that I blog about the most. Food and Activity, so obviously….

I’m In a Strange Place

 

I’ve been researching whether to have a hysterectomy or not.

My particular breast cancer is estrogen positive and feeds off of estrogen. Having a mastectomy does not guarantee that the cancer will not return. Eliminating as much estrogen from my body as possible reduces the risk of the reoccurrence of my breast cancer. Ovaries produce estrogen. Removing my ovaries completely would reduce the estrogen in my body and eliminate the risk of ovarian cancer. There is a family history of Ovarian Cancer.

I’m no doctor, but having a hysterectomy seems to make sense to me and I am okay with that if I think it could save my life down the road.

My plastic surgeon wants me to wait until after my DEIP Flap surgery so the blood vessels that he will be working with are not disturbed. Okay. Got it.

I have now seem my general practitioner and my OBGYN. They both agree that having a hysterectomy is a good idea and are behind that decision.

My oncologist would like for me to take a drug called Tamoxifen (basically an estrogen blocker) each day for 5 years. When I inquired about having a hysterectomy instead of taking the drug, he told me that he understood why I would want to take that route and that it was up to me.

I called my breast surgeon for her advice. She basically said the same thing that the oncologist said.

So now, I have a decision to make. Two doctors are behind me 100% and two of them tell me that they understand my concerns, and that I need to be the one to make that decision.

I know me. I always go with my gut.

Assuming insurance will cover that, I will plan to have a hysterectomy sometime in 2018, after healing from my DEIP Flap surgery.

 

I’m In a Strange Place

Looking at my body each day when I shower has become more emotional. This time in between surgeries has been too long and I find myself thinking that I will look this way and feel this uncomfortable physically forever.

I know that I won’t, but I am also learning that after my surgery in December, there will be several mini surgeries to perfect things. I’ll explain later, but let me just say that 2018 is going to be a long year and as much as I know that it will be worth it to actually have breast, it all sounds daunting right now.

I am trying to focus on setting goals for 2018 that will make me feel and look my best. After all, I am getting a tummy tuck out of this deal.

So, that’s where I’m at with the blog and life right now.

I’m In a Strange Place

 

It’s Not Just About Me

It’s been a tough year for several of my family members. So many things that I haven’t even blogged about. I’m trying to remember that even though I’ve had my own crap, a lot of my family (and friends) have had their own crap too and I want to be there for them.

My mom is moving next weekend and she has spent the last three weeks packing. I know that she is exhausted and I hope to spend my free time over the next several days helping her finish up and get moved.

 

No Worries

That being said, I’m actually in a pretty good mood.

I do light Yoga in my exercise room. I take short walks. I drink coffee like it’s going out of style and I’ve been more mindful of appreciating each day.

I’m looking forward to having our family all together for the holidays.

I hope you will all stick with me!

I can’t wait to get back to normalcy in 2018!

I’d like to get two blog post up each week just to stay in touch over these last two months of 2017.

AND….exciting things are coming soon for Weight Watchers and I can hardly wait to SHARE!!!

 

I Love Your Emails

I love hearing from all of you, so please feel free to keep sending me emails and commenting on the blog!

 

Six weeks to new boobs! 

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

 

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Hi Friends… The blog is lacking my attention and I am struggling with that a bit. I am 9 weeks post op my double mastectomy and I have 6 weeks to go until my reconstruction surgery. I’m In a Strange Place. As most of you know, the blog is my journal. It keeps me accountable […]

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Love the Job, Love the People

Love the Job, Love the People

I started writing this blog post on Friday afternoon, got side tracked, then never did make it back here!

What I had started to blog about on Friday is how much I love my Weight Watcher job and and my members.

Some of you may know that I was just hired by Weight Watchers and went through my training last December. Some of you also know that this is a job that I have thought about doing for a really long time.

My job as a WW Leader in some ways feels so new still because I am always learning, but in other ways it feels like I have been a Weight Watcher Leader forever. I’ve certainly been a member forever and I could talk WW talk all damn day. I was ecstatic when I was hired. I couldn’t believe I was finally going to be working for Weight Watchers doing a job I felt very passionate about. I was going to have the opportunity to connect with members and hopefully help them in the same way that my leader helped me.

My Thursday At Work group was my very first member meeting that was all mine. I wasn’t in training and I wasn’t subbing for someone. I was leading meetings that were assigned to me. My members made me feel very comfortable right from the start and never was I uncomfortable or nervous with this group. I think I saw myself in that role for so long that everything just always felt right.

My first group of members had their last meeting on Thursday. They have been a very successful group! They gave me the sweetest card (that they all wrote sweet messages in), a Target gift card (they know me so well) and a very thoughtful bar of soap! Some of the members told me that I inspired them and encouraged them to make Weight Watchers a Lifestyle.

I didn’t cry because I was trying to be all cool and leadery. It’s a word. Leadery. Well, it is now.

Anyhow, not only are they a sweet group of people, but this group gave me an awesome Leader experience. I shared with them last week that they were my first group of members, which as a Leader, you don’t really want to tell your members that you’ve never done this before. But I had to tell them how much I appreciated them for welcoming me, sharing like they do and making this job be everything that I hoped that it would be. By sharing at each meeting, they were helping each other learn a new lifestyle, work through their challenges together and they were celebrating each others success. That’s what Weight Watchers is all about!

Thursday was a great day because with all of the crap that has happened this year, it was a nice reminder that a lot of great things have happened this year too, and having this job is something I am truly grateful for.

 

The Weekend

On Saturday Mike and I went to our friends farm for the night and stayed for most of the day on Sunday. I love going there for a few reasons. I love my friends, it’s only about a 45 minute drive, each trip there builds new memories and it always feels like a mini vacay.

The weather was perfect. Sunny but cool. My phone doesn’t get service there, so I like that I can disconnect and unwind when I’m there.

I’m still not ready for 4-wheeling at the farm (one of my favorite things to do!), but I was all about sitting outside by the fire, roasting marshmallows and enjoying a few cold beers. We also had a really good time playing games. We did play one new game called “What Do You Meme?” It is somewhat like “Cards Against Humanit”y as far as being completely inappropriate. I laughed so hard I almost pee’d my pants.

Mike told me that his stomach actually hurt when we went to bed Saturday night from laughing so hard.

Now that’s a good time.

Mike tried something new this weekend.

Ear plugs. Check.

 

Safety lesson. Check.

 

Me….”Honey. Be careful. Tell us when you’re shooting.”

 

Me….”Oh crap. That’s the shoulder that just got sewn up!”

 

He hit his target!! Now he wants to buy a gun. (Insert eye roll emoji here)

 

It was a full Monday and after work I curled up in one of my new chairs with a big bowl of soup and we watched the Chiefs game.

I was curled up in this chair. We got rid of our two big living room chairs that the dogs had destroyed and picked out a couple of new ones last week. This is a chair and a half and I am loving it. I think the ottoman is just as big as the chair!

 

This is chair number two. I love how soft the fabric is on this one and how high the back is. Super comfy! Were ready for all of the kids and grandkids to come over!

 

Food

Now, here are just a few of the yummy things that we have been eating over the last few days.

I’ve been eating my RXBars for breakfast and I haven’t been cooking as much lately.

 

These grapes. I love these grapes and I look for them every Fall. Have you had them? They make the perfect snack!

 

Roasted Butternut Squash. I love this as a side dish, or in a breakfast scramble, but mostly we eat it on top of the salad below.

 

 

This Fall Chopped Salad is amazing and we eat it no matter what the season!

 

I made soup last night and I have yet to actually write up a recipe for it.

I browned some Ground Turkey with celery and onions and garlic, added some Veggie broth, a few seasonings and veggies.

We topped this with freshly grated parmesan. Tasty and Hearty!

 

I hope you are all having a great week!

2017 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

 

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

I started writing this blog post on Friday afternoon, got side tracked, then never did make it back here! What I had started to blog about on Friday is how much I love my Weight Watcher job and and my members. Some of you may know that I was just hired by Weight Watchers and went through […]

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