Day 2 – April 5, 2017 The beginning of it all.

Hi! I am probably just like you searching the internet for the best way to lose weight once and for all.  I have googled countless diets and read some of the more recent popular books but still couldn’t find anything that worked for me.  I wanted something I could actually stick to and reach my goals.  I also wanted to make sure that what I’m doing is safe and healthy.  Then I remembered what actually worked for me in 2014 and that was….drum roll please…smoothies!!! Yes, I lost 50 pounds in 3 months doing a main diet of smoothies! Then I got married. LOL. Anyways, 3 years later and one baby and I’m in the place where I need to lose again.  So here I go!  This time I need to lose 100 pounds.  Join me on my journey …I’m sure there will be ups and downs and many, many questions along the way!

Oh yeah and I am a weighin junkie.  I don’t know how people wait to see what’s going on one day a week.  I can’t handle that so …yesterday I was 292 and today I am 287.  I didn’t believe it so I stepped on the scale 3x like I always do.  Gotta make sure I was standing with both feet on the ground LOL.

 

 

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Day 119 – Oct 19, 2017 Oatmeal is not so good.

Hi guys!! So I am trying to eat better which is why there’s a picture of oatmeal up there. I used to buy those Quaker Oatmeal packages that come in a variety of yummy flavours like apples and cinnamon or maple and sugar…who doesn’t like maple and sugar?!!! My kids loveeeee and I mean love it! I don’t buy them or cereal anymore because I want my kids to start eating better too. In an effort to eat better I went to the store and bought some apples and a container of old fashioned oats. Did you know that there are 3 kinds of oats? I had no clue. There’s steelcut which is the least processed out of the three, then there’s old fashioned and the most processed being quick oats. Now, I thought using the middle one would be good to try, only because there wasn’t any steel cut at Walmart LOL. I tried one recipe yesterday that was with apples and cinnamon. It was good but mushy like. I’m not even sure how mushy it’s supposed to be or even if it’s meant to be! I cooked it in the crockpot all night so that it would stink up the house. It worked! The kids were like what’s that smell?! I loved the smell. The taste was just ok. I ate it and everyone else did too. Today I tried pumpkin and raisins! It was still mushy from being in the crockpot but surprisingly pumpkin tastes pretty good in oatmeal! My oldest opted out of the oatmeal and has decided he will make toast for breakfast. The only thing I need to figure out it how to get it to taste a little bit sweeter. I used stevia powder but I’m not sure about how much to use. I’m also thinking about throwing something crunchy in there for texture like granola or blueberries! If you have any tips for me please fill me in! I haven’t lost any weight for a long time now because I keep messing up but I will get this thing figured out!!

Have a great day guys!

Sippintoskinny

Day 188 – Oct 8, 2017 This is really good!

Cinnamon, vanilla and banana! Ok I just threw this together this morning and to my surprise it tasted awesome!

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup of water

1/2 frozen banana

2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

1/4 – 1/2 tsp of sweetleaf’s stevia vanilla drops

1/2 tsp cinnamon

After mixed, sprinkle top with some more cinnamon!

Day 184 – October 4th, 2017 Enjoying a lunchtime smoothie!!!

Good morning!! Well I haven’t had one, not even ONE heart palpitation since I quit the keto diet on Saturday. I know not every diet works for everyone but when it involves my heart you wanna bet I’m not fooling around! Onward bound. I am sitting here sipping on my second smoothie for today….happy and feeling good! I have incorporated better sweetening options into my smoothies as opposed to before where I thought I was using better sugar replacements but little did I know they still affected my blood sugar to spike. Not all sugar replacements are created equal. When you go looking for a sugarless sweetener in my opinion stevia is the best. Not everyone likes the taste of stevia but it doesn’t cause a blood sugar spike as long as it’s not mixed with something else. Great Value sells a powered stevia but it’s not solely stevia..it’s mixed with maltodextrin. I never knew the difference. Maltodextrin is high on the GI ratings therefore it does cause your blood sugar to spike. Be very careful of what you use to sweeten any of your foods and drinks, forever learning. I love learning the more I learn the better choices I can make. I may not make all the right choices all the time but little changes can affect your health in a very positive way!

Sippin to Skinny

Day 180 – Sept 30, 2017 keto low carb and heart palps

I am beyond frustrated with all the different diets out there and everyone thinks their diet is the right one. I went off keto for 2 weeks and sadly went back to my normal bad eating habits. During that time I didn’t have any heart palpitations, at all. Last Monday I started back doing a low carb diet but decided I needed fiber and more vegetables than just the occasional keto option so, I ate around 50 carbs a day. It’s still considered to be low but just not keto. Anyways, Wednesday I started to feel little palpitations and shrugged it off. Thursday came and I felt them again, and again Friday and yep you better believe it again today! I said that’s it! I am not doing any kind of diet that puts my electrolytes out of balance like this. I’ve never had heart issues and it just seems like it’s surrounded around doing this keto/low carb diet. I’m done with this. I’m sitting here looking at my food diary and I just realized my potassium for most of the week was like this picture above, extremely low. You know the funny thing is ….my smoothie diet had way more fiber and potassium!! The only thing I really need to change on my smoothie diet is the sugar. Guess I’m going to have to get praying about this because I have to lose this weight and ever since I stopped the smoothie diet I’ve been looming around at the same stinkin weight. 2 months almost! Pray for me please!! I need to know and learn how to eat healthy. I want all my vitamins and minerals to come from real food. I was told on Keto and Low carb that people need to supplement with magnesium, potassium, and fiber. In addition to the supplements you need to salt everything!!!!! There’s got to be a better way!!! I think I may just go back to smoothies. I am considering drinking 2 a day, with a balanced meal. If you have any suggestions at all, please chip in. I would be forever grateful. Hugs to all who read this.

Sippin to Skinny

Day 162 – Sept 12, 2017 Broke the keto diet

So I was so tired of the heart palpitations and not going to the bathroom so much so, that I threw my hands up in the air and temporarily gave up. Something tells me that if you’re heart is not functioning properly you must stop and listen. I did order some magnesium supplements because from what I’ve read alot of people are deficient in it and I assume I’m probably one of them.  I haven’t felt any heart palpitations since Friday!! I can’t give up on trying to lose weight. I won’t give up. Let me tell you though this has got to be one of my biggest mountains in life. I want to be skinny, but not just skinny I want to be healthy. I don’t want to be a rake though, no offense to any skinny ones out there LOL, I just want to keep some curves. Anyways, I keep reading everything I can find on the keto diet, the paleo diet and low carb. I believe that getting rid of unnecessary carbs like all the ‘white’ ones is a step in the right direction. It’s known that these cause inflammation and a spike in your blood sugar levels. Apart from that I’m really not sure how to be healthy!! There are so many fad diets out there and everyone thinks they’re right…the problem is everyone is different and your body reacts in it’s own way, to the foods you eat. One diet doesn’t fit all but surely there is one way to eat that is the most well-rounded. I know for a fact that I am going to minimize sugar intake and limit carb intake. I don’t think I want to stay in ketosis. The heart thing got to me and I’m to old to be messing around with my heart. Also, they really don’t have a lot of vegetables and the high fat did work to keep me full but what kind of diet has you getting all of your nutrition from fat? 70-80% of your calories are to come from fat!! Think about that for a minute. I’m not sold on it. It does make you full but I quickly learnt that I was depleted in sodium, potassium and magnesium. I’m sure I was missing out on vitamins too. I also need to make sure fiber is up there on my list as my mother had colon cancer. I need to make sure everything is moving in that department as well. Keto diet is very low in fiber contrary to what they may say. I asked in a group about fiber and most of them are taking supplements. I am all for supplements but try and get what you need from whole foods, doesn’t that just make sense? I’m praying about how to precede. I just want to be healthy and consistently see the weight come off. I also know that I must get active. It’s not a want but a need. I am happy I tried keto, because you don’t know if something is going to work or not until you try it!

Last night I sat down to welcome back an old friend of mine…my night time smoothie. It was AWESOME! What’s not to like about being able to have ice cream every night. No, it’s not ice cream but let me tell you it sure does taste like it! I can even switch up the flavours by adding in these stevia drops I found on Amazon. I used caramel last night and I have other ones like chocolate, coconut and vanilla. MMMMMM. Can’t wait for tonight LOL. I will make this part of my calories and save my one fruit for the night. I am counting calories to make sure I’m not overeating and trying to just keep the carbs low for now until I figure out what I’m going to do.

If you have any info or comments please do so!!!! I welcome constructive criticism and of course anything else you want to say!

Sippin to Skinny

Day 159 – Sept 9, 2017 I’m backkkkkk!

Ok, so I told ya’ll I was done with blogging but unbeknownst to me, I missed it! So here I am to update you on my goal to get healthy and lose some weight. I am 247lbs. I gained 3 lbs and have been eating a strict keto diet. Which required me eating under 20 carbs a day. I started getting heart palpitations a few days ago or maybe it was a week ago. I never knew you could have electrolyte deficiencies but I do now. I ordered some magnesium supplements and I’m thinking about getting some potassium. I already drink a chicken broth and just add extra salt to that so I think I’m ok in that department. My husband suggested I add “no salt” to some water and sip that back all morning to restore my much depleted potassium “tank”. I just can’t do it. I added it to my scrambled eggs the other day and it took everything in me just to eat it. It was gross. It was salty and ruined my eggs. I am frustrated by this whole eating healthy thing. It’s so much easier just to eat what tastes good and I have extra storage for heat in the winter so I don’t see what the big problem is. Hahahahaha. Ok, that’s not the truth. Truth is I have to get this weight off. I miss my smoothie diet, which works for me…but I have no since learned that it was high in sugars. I don’t want to have a diet high in sugars and the feeling of being full on a liquid diet as opposed to a high fat “keto” diet is definitely different. I have to find something that is going to work for me and my family. I won’t stop until I do. I’m maintaining the weightloss from my smoothies but I have to find my lifestyle diet. I want to be able to have an occasional treat or if I want a banana, man I should be able to eat a stinkin banana!! There’s an update. It’s just nice to get this off my chest. I’ll blog as often as I can but this you can bet on, I’ll be back. I miss it, miss ya’ll and miss writing.

Sippin to Skinny

Day 144 – August 25th Final Blog Post

First I want to thank everyone for following my blog! You guys are awesome and I appreciate all the amazing feedback I received! I have decided to stop posting here and focus more on instagram. I really don’t have many followers on here and it’s time consuming to keep all the different social media pages going. If you want to follow me on instagram you’re more than welcome to! Just look for sippintoskinny. I also am on Twitter but I’m not going to be very focused on that nor the FB page. Like I said I’m going to focus more on instagram as my progress and food can be posted quite easily along with a description or story. Thanks again! Please let me know if you do decide to follow me on instagram so I know it’s you from the wordpress blog, especially if your name is different. Thx! Hugs and much ❤️!

Sippin to Skinny

Day 143 – August 24, 2017 Back in keto and lost a pound!

 

Yay!! After 3 days I finally got back into ketosis! I checked last night and was happy to see the kitostix change colors! Then I stepped on the scale to see I dropped one pound! How on earth does that happen when you’re eating bacon, eggs, cheese and caesar dressing?!!! I’m one happy camper. I’m glad that I’m never hungry. I only eat when I’m hungry and am surprised that my calories intake is usually around 1500. I don’t count every day but I have basically the same thing at breakfast as lunch the only variable is my dinner. I don’t have a need to snack at night because I’m stuffed from dinner, bonus! I now weigh 247lbs!

Is there an easier way to cutting up beans and prepping them cause this has to be one of the most annoying veges to get ready to eat LOL.

Sippin to Skinny

Day 142 – August 23, 2017 not in keto yet!

Last night I used one of the ketostix to see if I entered ketosis since Sunday and it clearly read that I had not. I’m not sure how long it takes to get back into ketosis but I’m hoping by Friday I will be. One good thing is I haven’t gained anymore weight I am remaining steadfast at 248lbs. I have to get to the gym too. I bought some weights for at home to just get some arm workouts in it’s just making the time to do it. My husband’s work schedule is all over the place and I’m a creature of habit. I like to do the same things at the same time and if that doesn’t happen I get thrown off. What does it matter about my husband’s work schedule, you ask? Well, I drive him and pick him up because we only have one vehicle. That’s why. He works overtime alot lately so I never really know when he’ll be done it’s within a 3 hour span usually. I’m sure you can imagine what that’s like! Hoping I can get this figured out.

The picture up above was last night’s dinner a recipe I got off of diet doctor’s website. I am shocked at how many good recipes they have on that site! Everyone loved the meatballs and surprisingly it was very satiating! Tonight I’m going to just keep it simple and fast. Have a great day guys!

Sippin to Skinny

Day 141 – August 22, 2017 KFC chicken is not good for you but it sure does taste good!

Got ya!!! It’s not KFC, nope not at all. It’s a really good recipe that I found on Diet Doctor’s website. The batter is sour cream, jamaican jerk seasoning, salt, pork rinds and coconut flakes! My husband said it was so good that he preferred it over any other fried chicken he’s had!! Yes, it was that good. I don’t know who came up with the recipe but it is well worth the time that it takes to make it.

I haven’t lost anything I’m still at 248lbs. Hoping things will start going again.

Sippin to Skinny