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Monday, November 30, 2020

Optavia Week 7 - Weigh-In 11/30/20

It is amazing to me that I've been on this journey for just seven weeks, when these new habits of health have already become such a normal and integral part of my life. 

I feel AMAZING. I love the changes in my sleep, my energy, my hunger (or lack thereof), my eating habits, what I eat, and the fact that I have made it through November - a month of celebrations - while remaining on plan the entire time, without even stressing about it. 

I really like starting my day with a Fueling, most days it is a shake blended with water, ice, and a few ounces of cold brew coffee, but sometimes it is oatmeal or even a brownie, because why not?!

I still alter when I eat my Lean and Green. My normal schedule to eat is 8 am, 10:30 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm, 6 pm, and 8:30 pm. I don't usually eat it first or last, but I have eaten it at any of the other times throughout the day, depending on how things are going with my schedule. 

A big milestone happened this week too - I passed the 30 pound mark for weight loss! If you had asked me when I started this program - just 7 weeks ago - how long it would take me to lose 30 pounds, I would have said about 4 months. If you had asked me seven weeks ago what my goals were through the end of November, I would have said to learn healthier eating habits, and lose some bad eating habits. My long term goals were for my clothes to fit better. I am so proud of myself and so excited for this program, and the ability to share it and coach others along their journey to health. 






Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks. 

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Lean and Green Recipe - Crustless Vegetable Quiche Breakfast Casserole

I love breakfast. Crustless Vegetable Quiche Breakfast Casserole, is one of my favorites. It's so versatile and easy to pull together with whatever vegetables I have on hand. 

I adapted my normal recipe to make sure it is completely Lean and Green friendly. It's so simple, and easily customizable to fit your preferences. I don't eat cheese, so this recipe suits my needs perfectly. I noted what the options are, if you choose to include cheese with your quiche, just be sure to make the appropriate substitutions. 

Crustless Vegetable Quiche - Lean and Green



Crustless Vegetable Quiche Breakfast Casserole - Lean and Green 

*This makes 2 full Lean and Green servings! 

INGREDIENTS:
  • 16 oz (2 cups) of liquid egg whites or liquid egg substitute (1 Leanest)
  • 3 whole eggs (1 Lean)
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk (1 Condiment)
  • Vegetables, cut to small bite size pieces - mix and match - CHOOSE 6 (6 Greens)
    • 1 cup spinach
    • 1/2 cup mushrooms
    • 1/2 cup asparagus
    • 1/2 cup swiss chard
    • 1/2 cup cauliflower
    • 1/2 cup kale
    • 1/2 cup summer squash
    • 1/2 cup zucchini
    • 1/2 cup broccoli
    • 1/2 cup bell pepper
    • 1/2 cup tomatoes
    • 1/2 cup hearts of palm
  • Healthy Fat - mix and match - CHOOSE 2  (2 Healthy Fats)
    • 5-10 black olives
    • 1 wedge Original Laughing Cow Cheese, softened and diced to small pieces
    • 2 wedges Laughing Cow Light cheese, softened and diced to small pieces
    • Alternatively, 1.5 oz of avocado added as a topping AFTER your quiche is cooked
  • Seasonings as desired (follow the condiment guidelines) - I like plain old salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and sometimes like to top with hot sauce before eating
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk liquid egg/liquid egg whites and 3 eggs together until well mixed. Add seasonings if desired.
  3. Add in 1 cup of unsweetened plain almond milk and whisk until well combined.
  4. Add in your vegetables, 6 Greens required for this recipe - remember, only choose six from the list, there are so many options! 
  5. Add in your Healthy Fats, 2 Healthy Fats required for this recipe. Again, you can mix and match and choose your favorites. *If one of your Healthy Fats is 1.5 ounces of avocado, don't add that into the egg and veggie mixture! Save it to cut up and top your quiche with once it is finished cooking!
  6. Pour your mixture into a glass baking dish. Mine is 11"x7". 
  7. Bake at 350ยบ for 40-50 minutes, testing with a toothpick to determine if the egg is cooked through. 
  8. Let cool, serve, and eat!
  9. Makes TWO FULL LEAN AND GREEN MEALS
NOTES:
  • For the quiche I made (pictured), I whisked 2 cups of liquid egg whites and 3 whole eggs together, added 1 cup of unsweetened plain almond milk, 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper, 1 cup broccoli, and 1/2 cup diced hearts of palm. I mixed all of that together. I put 2 cups of fresh spinach in the baking dish, and poured the egg and veggie mixture over the spinach, and gently mixed it all together to make sure everything was coated in the egg mixture. It took right at 45 minutes for it to bake in a 11"x7" glass baking dish at 350ยบF. I debated over adding black olives to the mixture for the Healthy Fats, or holding out to slice some avocado when I eat it, and ultimately decided on the avocado. Next time I'll add in black olives though! 
Crustless Vegetable Quiche - Lean and Green

Do you have any favorite quiche or breakfast recipes that you eat or make on the Optavia Program? 
Do you have any other suggestions or ideas to modify this recipe?
Leave a comment!



Friday, November 27, 2020

Optavia Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale / Wellness Credits

I gave myself the gift of health. I have learned to change my mindset and my habits, and it has made a huge difference mentally and physically. I would love to share $60 in wellness credits with the first three people to make the decision this weekend to gift themself a healthy holiday season and life, and join me on this journey to health. 

The Gift of Health with Optavia


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving and Optavia

 I love cooking and baking. I love it so much, I spent the day baking five pies, cooking different side dishes, and enjoying being in the kitchen. 

I know there are tons of ways to create Optavia-compliant holiday meals and side dishes. Several are listed here. I just don't have the same sentimental attachment to holiday foods that a lot of people seem to have. As a kid, I would only eat mashed potatoes (no gravy) and pumpkin pie. 

I know a lot of people make the conscious choice to go off-plan for the holidays, to splurge a little bit, or take small tastes of foods that they would normally not eat while following Optavia. All of that is fine, especially when it is an intentional decision. 

I chose to remain on plan today. I didn't even lick my fingers (well, there's COVID to thank for that restraint also!) but I did not have a single lick or taste or bite of something that wasn't one of my Fuelings or my Lean and Green. Honestly, I didn't even really consider not staying on plan. Turkey doesn't like me, and I prefer to not feel like crap from eating foods that don't like my body. 

What did I make? 

My daughter and I made vegetable quiche for breakfast. She is dairy free, so everything we made today is dairy-free. 

We made a loaf of bread.

We made FIVE pies - three pumpkin pies, one apple crumb pie, and one pecan pie. (We have 4.5 pies leftover)

We made sweet potato casserole, and garlic mashed potatoes. 

We made bacon-wrapped scallops. 

We made candied pecans. 

There was stuffing, and turkey, and cranberry sauce, and rolls, and deviled eggs. 

There was a lot of food here. I'm sure all of it tasted delicious. We have a lot of leftovers (apparently I don't know how to cook for just my family - we could have easily fed 15 people with the food we have). 


So what did I eat?

I made myself a salad, with avocado and seared scallops and a drizzle of Walden Farms French dressing. 


And you know what? Scallops with salad and avocado is one of my all-time favorite meals, and I was perfectly happy and content to eat it today. It was delicious! 


I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving meals!


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Lean and Green - Scallop Stacks

 Today I adapted a recipe for Shrimp Stacks for my Lean and Green, and it was delicious! I cooked 1.25 cups of cauliflower rice, diced .25 cups of cucumber (3 servings of my green), mashed 3 oz of avocado (2 servings of healthy fat), and cooked 7 oz of scallops (1 serving of leanest). Then I layered the cucumber, avocado, scallop, and rice, in that order, in a small measuring cup (1/4c and 1/3c both worked) and flipped the cup over onto a plate, tapped the bottom, and had a really amazing looking scallop stack on my plate! I topped with a tiny bit of Walden Farms chipotle mayo (1 condiment). You could top with 1T of soy sauce (1 condiment), or 1 tsp sesame seeds (1 condiment), or another creamy spicy sauce (check nutrition info and amounts) as well. 

The original recipe calls for shrimp, but this would easily work with any seafood - tiny bay scallops would be good also, but so would sushi-grade salmon or tuna (in the proper amounts). 

This satisfied my sushi craving too!

Scallops Stack Lean and Green
Scallops Stack Lean and Green


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Transformation Tuesday - Face to Face!

Six months between these two photos. The pic on the left is after 6 weeks on Optavia. What a difference in my face! I am down over 27 pounds and seeing and feeling the changes in my body. I love this program - it is SO EASY to follow! 



 


Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Optavia Week 6 - Weigh In 11/23/20

 I just finished up week 6 of the Optavia 5&1 program.

I feel really good - like surprisingly good. I have my hunger under control, my portions under control, and I'm not even a little stressed about the holidays and meals. I'm not much for turkey, but I do love some side dishes, but I decided that it is more worth it to me right now to be healthy, and I can have mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie another time. I even pureed fresh pumpkin to freeze, so I can make another pumpkin pie in a few months when I move into optimization. 

This past week was my birthday, so I was eating out more than I normally would. I had dinner out the weekend before my birthday, then the night of my birthday, and then the weekend after my birthday I was out of town. I know all the sodium just from eating at restaurants, plus the travel and being off my normal schedule, played a part in my body not making much changes this past week. I still ended the week down a full pound, which is awesome!

I still tend to stick to seafood for my protein in my Lean and Green, and I prefer salads over cooked veggies the vast majority of the time. Overall, this program has really fit quite nicely into my life, and it has been super easy to maintain following the guidelines. I'm really happy I decided to move forward, and I'm excited to see what the future holds for me. 

P.S. It feels GREAT to purge some of the clothes that don't fit me anymore, because I'm not going to wear them again! 



Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks. 

Friday, November 20, 2020

Reflections on 40 days of Optavia

 Today I am celebrating 40 days of taking charge of my health with Optavia. Some reflections and things I have noticed...

  • If I go out to eat, or eat foods I don't prepare myself, I feel bloated, and the scale doesn't move much. I think this is partly because there is just more sodium in foods that restaurants prepare. 
  • I have had cold brew coffee a few times in the mornings, mixed with a Fueling shake. I don't drink coffee everyday, and I actually don't ever drink much caffeine at all. I've noticed that on the days I have coffee, I tend to sleep worse at night. I think I am going to cut out the coffee and see if it makes a difference. My sleep has been so amazing since I started this program, it is weird (yet helpful) to see the nights that it isn't really good sleep, and link it to the days I had caffeine. I use my Apple Watch to track my sleep, and the app AutoSleep. 
  • My weight loss has slowed, which is expected. I had pretty significant weight loss the first 5 weeks, so I expect it to taper off to more reasonable loss (1-3 lbs a week). Right now, my average is still 3.11 lbs a week, but I bet that average drops off even more as time goes on. 
    • On that note, I am 36.7% to my overall goal. I've met and crushed my first smaller goals, and I still have smaller goals set, but I also have a big goal in mind. I love the app Happy Scale to track these stats for me. I weigh myself every morning, and the app is really good about looking at overall trends and not the ups and downs of day-to-day. 
  • I have completely adjusted to eating every 2-3 hours. My body starts to feel hungry right on cue, and I eat, and then I'm good until the next time to eat. I love that it is happening this way! It is so easy to plan ahead and make sure I have fuelings ready to go - regardless if I'm home or if I'm out. This is probably my favorite thing about this program, that I don't have to think about eating or what to eat or prep hardly anything. It is so easy to follow and keep up with. 
  • I've talked to a lot of people about my journey. It's definitely out of my comfort zone, but I am just so excited about it, it's hard not to talk about it. People are starting to notice the physical changes - my face, my waist - but also I've had a few people say they can see it in my skin, and my energy. Those changes are more important to me than the physical ones. I feel healthy on the inside, so it radiates out of me. 
  • Drinking 64-100oz of water has been ZERO problem for me. I always drank a lot of water, so I'm tracking it now with my pitcher, but I easily drink it all every day. 
  • Non-scale victories
    • I've dropped down two sizes in jeans! 
    • I fasten my Apple Watch band on a smaller setting! 
    • My clothes are too big - I'm wearing clothes I haven't worn in years!
    • I don't have any interest in foods that I know will make me feel like crap!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Goals! 6 weeks til 2021!

Short, but important post for me today. I am setting goals. I am making plans to be a better, healthier me in 2021. We have SIX WEEKS left in 2020. I haven't even been on this program for 6 weeks and it has already changed my life. Who knows where the next 6 weeks will lead?! I'm planning for awesome things. 


How are you going to use the next six weeks, to get to where you want to be on the first day of the new year? 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

25 pounds! Happy birthday to me!

Five weeks ago I set a goal to lose 10 pounds by my birthday. That worked out to 2 pounds a week, and seemed completely reasonable. Well, I lost more than 10 pounds in the first week, so I changed my goal to 20 pounds, and when I hit that, I changed my goal again to 25 pounds by my birthday.

Yesterday was my birthday, and I am happy to say, I totally crushed that goal too. I lost over 25 pounds before my 40th birthday yesterday. I'm giving myself health for my birthday, and that's pretty darn amazing. Tooting my own horn ๐ŸŽ‰ because 25 pounds is like the size of the average 2 year old, or 5 bags of flour, or 6 bags of sugar, and that's awfully impressive to me. Here's to my 40s and my health!




Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Cheese and Dairy on Optavia - How does it count?

Cheese is tricky! It can count different ways when you're on the Optavia 5&1 Program. Here are some guidelines on cheese and dairy options. 

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Cheese is considered many things: fat, protein, and dairy. On the Optimal Living 5&1 Plan, you can work cheese and dairy into the plan as a condiment, a healthy fat, or as part of your Lean. 

Cheese and Dairy as a Lean:

  • 1.5 cups (12 oz) 1% cottage cheese = 1 Leanest serving (2 healthy fat servings needed)
  • 1.5 cups (12 oz) 2% cottage cheese = 1 Leaner serving (1 healthy fat serving needed)
  • 12 oz. non-fat (0%) plain Greek yogurt (<15g carb per 12 oz.) = 1 Leanest (2 healthy fat servings needed)
  • 12 oz. low-fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt (<15g carb per 12 oz.) = 1 Leaner (1 healthy fat serving needed)
  • 6 ounces (1.5 cups shredded) low-fat cheese (1.5 gram fat/oz) = 1 Leaner serving (1 healthy fat serving needed)
  • 4 ounces (1 cup shredded)  reduced-fat or part-skim cheese (3-6 grams fat/oz) = 1 Lean serving (no healthy fat serving needed) 
  • 8 oz. (1 cup) part-skim ricotta cheese (2-3 grams fat/oz.) = 1 Lean (no healthy fat serving needed)
  • 1 wheel (1 oz) Babybel light or Babybel mozzarella wheel = 1 oz protein
Cheese and Dairy as a Healthy Fat:

  • 1 wedge of Original Swiss Laughing Cow 
  • 1 original Babybel
  • 1 tablespoon regular cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat cream cheese
  • Milks
    • 2 cups Almond (refrigerated, unsweetened original or unsweetened vanilla)
    • 2 cups Cashew (refrigerated, unsweetened original or unsweetened vanilla)
    • 2 tablespoons Coconut (canned, regular)
    • 0.25 cups Coconut (canned, light)
    • 1 cup Coconut (refrigerated, unsweetened original or unsweetened vanilla)
  • 0.5 tablespoon Margarine (regular)
  • 1 tablespoon Margarine (reduced-fat)
  • 0.5 tablespoon Mayonnaise (regular)
  • 1.5 tablespoon Mayonnaise (light)
  • 1 tablespoon Mayonnaise (reduced-fat with olive oil)
  • 0.5 tablespoon Butter
  • 3 tablespoons Cream (half & half)
  • 2 tablespoons Sour cream

Cheese and Dairy as a Condiment:
  • 1 tablespoon low-fat cream cheese
  • 0.5 tablespoon regular cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon regular blue cheese, feta cheese, parmesan cheese (grated or shredded)
  • 2 tablespoons light blue cheese, feta cheese, parmesan cheese (grated or shredded)
  • 1 wedge Laughing Cow spreadable cheese (any flavor other than Original Swiss, including Light versions)
  • 0.5 teaspoon Butter Buds®
  • 0.5 teaspoon Cream substitute (liquid or powdered, regular)
  • 1 teaspoon Cream substitute (liquid or powdered, sugar-free)
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt (plain, nonfat or low-fat)
  • 1 tablespoon Sour Cream (regular or light)
  • 1 tablespoon Whipped Topping (Cool Whip®)
  • 2 tablespoons Whipped Topping (pressurized, Reddi-whip®)
  • Milks:
    • 1 cup Almond (refrigerated, unsweetened original or unsweetened vanilla)
    • 1 cup Cashew (refrigerated, unsweetened original or unsweetened vanilla)
    • 1 tablespoon Coconut (canned, regular)
    • 2 tablespoons Coconut (canned, light)
    • 0.5 cup Coconut (refrigerated, unsweetened original or unsweetened vanilla)
    • 1 tablespoon Cow milk (unflavored)
    • 1 tablespoon Rice (unsweetened)
    • 2 tablespoons Soy (unsweetened)

*Mayonnaise is not a dairy item, but is sometimes used in substitutions so it is included above. 

How do I count Coffee Creamer?
We do not have a particular brand of creamer that we recommend, but you may use any creamer that fits either of the guidelines below, and count it accordingly:
Healthy Fat:
                4- 6 grams fat
                45-60 calories
                < 5 grams carbohydrates
Condiment:
                < 30 calories
                < 1 g of carbohydrates

Monday, November 16, 2020

What do I eat on Optavia? Can I eat out?

 When you're following the Optavia 5&1 Program, each day you will eat/drink:

  • 5 Fuelings (meals and snacks you purchase from Optavia directly). Each fueling is nutritionally interchangeable and contains high-quality protein which helps retain lean muscle mass, probiotic cultures which help support digestive health, and all of the essential vitamins, minerals, fiber needed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
  • 1 Lean and Green (see this link for specifics on how to calculate your Lean and Green)
    • Up to 2 Healthy Fats, determined based on your Lean
      • A Healthy Fat should have 4-6 grams of fat, less than 5 grams of carbohydrates, and between 45-60 calories
    • Up to 3 Condiments (optional)
      • A condiment serving should contain no more than 1 gram of carbohydrate and be under 30 calories
  • 1 Snack (optional) such as:
    • 3 celery stalks
    • 1 fruit-flavored sugar-free Popsicle®
    • ½ cup serving sugar-free gelatin, such as Jell-O®
    • Up to 3 pieces of sugar-free gum or mints
    • 2 dill pickles spears
    • ½ oz of nuts: almonds (10 whole), walnuts (7 halves), or pistachios (20 kernels)*
      • *Be mindful that nuts are a rich source of healthy fat and additional calories — choose this optional snack sparingly.
    • OPTAVIA Puffed Snacks or OPTAVIA Popcorn
    • 2 Tbsp PB2 powder
  • 64 ounces of water

Can I dine out while on Optavia? 
YES! Optavia has made it super easy to accommodate dining out while on program. Here is a list of restaurants and compliant meals in the Dining Out Guide. When dining out, you should have your typical lean and green meal consisting of 5 to 7 ounces cooked lean protein, 3 servings of non-starchy vegetables, and 0-2 servings of healthy fats depending on your lean choices. Request that your meat be prepared/served without sauces and/or added fats; switch out starchy vegetable options (like potatoes) for lower carbohydrate choices (like steamed broccoli or a salad). Ask your server to skip the breadbasket or bowl of chips, and always get your salad dressing on the side.

How do I count cheese and dairy?

How do I count Coffee Creamer?
We do not have a particular brand of creamer that we recommend, but you may use any creamer that fits either of the guidelines below, and count it accordingly:
Healthy Fat:
                4- 6 grams fat
                45-60 calories
                < 5 grams carbohydrates
Condiment:
                < 30 calories
                < 1 g of carbohydrates

How do I count other foods?

I am compiling some of this information from Facebook posts from coaches, who have shared what Nutrition Support has told them. As with any information on this website, please confirm it yourself to ensure accuracy. If you have any comments or feedback, please comment so I can adjust as needed!

OYSTERS
Per nutrition support, 13 ounces of oysters counts as 1 LEANEST portion on Optavia. Be sure to add 2 Healthy Fats!

SPARKLING OR FLAVORED WATER
Any zero calorie, zero carbohydrate beverages (LaCroix, Bubly, Aha, etc.) are permitted IN ADDITION TO the 64 oz of water each day. These do not count as anything, just a beverage in addition to the plain water. There is no limit to the amount of these beverages you may have each day, although we recommend using them in moderation. 
Plain UNFLAVORED sparkling water and plain regular water may count towards your 64 oz of daily water intake. Keep in mind, we want to limit caffeine intake to 300mg or less per day. 

CALI’FLOUR FOODS
  • Traditional Cauliflower Pizza Crust (any flavor except plant based): 1 whole crust = 1 LEAN + 3 GREENS https://www.califlourfoods.com/collections/traditional-pizza-crusts
  • Cali Lite Cauliflower Pizza Crust (any flavor except plant based): 1 whole crust = ½ LEAN + 3 GREENS https://califlourfoods.com/products/calilite-italian
  • Cauliflower Flatbreads: 2 flatbreads = 1/3 LEAN + 2 GREEN https://www.califlourfoods.com/collections/flatbread
OUTER AISLE
  • Cauliflower Pizza Crust: 1 whole crust = 1/3 LEAN + 1 GREEN https://www.outeraislegourmet.com/products/cauliflower-pizza-crust
  • Sandwich Thins: 3 thins = ½ LEAN + 1 GREEN https://www.outeraislegourmet.com/products/cauliflower-sandwich-thins
KBOSH FOODS
  • Pizza Crust (Cauliflower, Zucchini, Italian Spinach, Broccoli, Mexi Cabbage & Kale flavors): 1 whole crust = 1/3 LEAN + 3 GREEN https://kboshfood.com/
REAL GOOD FOODS (all are high in fat & sodium so best used only on occasion)
  • Chicken Crust Pizzas: 1 whole small pizza or ½ large pizza (1 serving) = 1 LEAN https://www.realgoodfoods.com/product/personal-7-pizzas/
  • Enchiladas (all flavors except cheese enchiladas): 2 enchiladas = 2/3 LEAN https://www.realgoodfoods.com/product/enchiladas/
  • Poppers: 4 poppers = 1 LEAN https://www.realgoodfoods.com/product/poppers/
  • Chicken Alfredo Italian: 1 serving = 1 LEAN https://www.realgoodfoods.com/product/cannelloni-chicken-alfredo/
JIMMY DEAN
  • Turkey Sausage Patties: 2 patties = ½ LEAN -or- 5 patties = 1 LEAN https://www.jimmydean.com/products/fully-cooked-sausage/links-and-patties/fully-cooked-turkey-sausage-patties
  • Turkey Sausage Simple Scrambles Cup: 1 serving = 2/3 LEAN https://www.jimmydean.com/products/simple-scrambles/turkey-sausage-simple-scrambles
TRADER JOE’S
  • Shrimp Burgers: 3 patties = 1 LEAN
  • Salmon Burgers: 2 patties = 1 LEAN
  • Tuna Burgers: 2 patties = 1 LEAN
  • Mahi Mahi burgers: 2.5 patties =1 LEAN
  • Turkey Burgers: 1.5 burgers= 1 LEAN
  • Chili Lime Chicken Burgers: 2 burgers= 1 LEAN
  • Crab Cakes: 3 crab cakes = 1 LEANER
  • Turkey meatballs: 5 meatballs = 1 LEAN (limit to 1x a week due to sodium)
  • Meatless Meatballs: 10 meatballs = 1 LEAN
  • Langostino Tails: 7 oz = 1 LEANEST
  • Riced cauliflower: ½ cup = 1 GREEN
  • Riced cauliflower stir fry: ½ cup = 1 GREEN
  • Jicama: ½ cup = 1 GREEN
  • Green Goddess Dressing: 3 Tbsp = 1 HEALTHY FAT or 1 Tbsp = 1 CONDIMENT
  • Organic Tomato Basil Sauce: ¼ cup = 1 GREEN
  • Cauliflower Things = 2 thins = 1/3 LEAN + 1 GREEN
Bertolli Reduced Fat Alfredo Sauce: ¼ cup = 1 HEALTHY FAT https://www.bertolli.com/pasta-sauces/reduced-fat-alfredo/

Better Than Good Snacks:  1 bag = ½ LEANER https://betterthangoodsnacks.com/

Buc-ee’s Turkey Stix (currently only in Texas): 2 sticks = 1.5oz of PROTEIN

Butterball All Natural Turkey Burger: 6 oz = 1 LEAN https://www.butterball.com/products/turkey-burgers-and-meatballs/all-natural-white-turkey-burger

Cereal School: 1 bag = 1/3 LEANEST https://thecerealschool.com/products/cereal

Chompie’s Low Carb Multigrain/Cinnamon/Sesame Bread: 2 slices = 2oz PROTEIN https://chompies.com/product/low-carb-multigrain-bread/

Crepini Egg THINS with Cauliflower: 2 thins = 1 GREEN https://www.crepini.com/egg-thins-with-cauliflower (recommended to use on occasion because it is not very nutrient dense)

Crepini Egg WRAPS with Cauliflower: 1 wrap = 1 GREEN https://www.crepini.com/all-products/egg-wraps-with-cauliflower-large (recommended to use on occasion because it is not very nutrient dense)

FitCrunch Protein Puffs: 1 bag = ½ LEANER https://fitcrunch.com/puffs/

Healthy Choice Simply Steamers: Grilled Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo = 1 LEANER + 2 GREENS https://www.healthychoice.com/simply-steamers/grilled-chicken-broccoli-alfredo

Healthy Choice Simply Steamers: Grilled Chicken, Pesto, and Vegetable = 1 LEAN + 3 GREENS https://www.healthychoice.com/simply-steamers/grilled-chicken-pesto-vegetables

Healthy Noodle: 1/2 cup = 1 GREEN https://healthynoodle.com/products

ISO Poofs Cereal:  1 cup = 1/2 LEANER https://mpasupps.com/products/iso-poofs?variant=12582210863209

Jicama Tortillas: 2 tortillas = 1 GREEN https://centralmarket.com/product/fresh-jicama-tortillas7-5-oz/

Lifetime Cheese: 4oz = 1 LEANEST https://northwoodscheese.com/lifetime-cheeses/

Member’s Mark Pulled Pork or Chicken: 6oz = 1 LEAN https://www.samsclub.com/p/members-mark-pulled-pork-2-pounds/prod21051154 / https://www.samsclub.com/p/members-mark-seasoned-pulled-chicken/prod22131896

Morey's Marinated Wild Alaskan Salmon Fillet Seasoned Grill (Costco): One 6oz fillet = 1 LEAN https://www.moreys.com/product/seasoned-grill-wild-alaskan-salmon/

Palmini Noodles/Rice: 1 serving (75g) = 1 GREEN https://eatpalmini.com/

Peanut Butter Powder (PBFit or PB2 or Trader Joe's):  1 Teaspoon = 1 CONDIMENT;  2 Tablespoons = 1 OPTIONAL SNACK https://pbfit.com/product/pbfit-original/ / https://shop.pb2foods.com/products/pb2-original-powdered-peanut-butter-peanut-butter-powder

Premier Protein Clear Protein Drink: 1 bottle = ½ LEANEST https://www.premierprotein.com/segment/clear-protein-drinks

Quest Protein Chips: 1 bag = ½ LEANER https://www.questnutrition.com/collections/quest-chips

Rao's Sauces:  Tomato based sauces: 1/4 cup = 1 GREEN;  Alfredo sauces: 2 Tablespoons = 1 HEALTHY FAT or 1 Tablespoon = 1 CONDIMENT https://www.raos.com/

Skinny Pasta: ½ cup = 1 GREEN http://skinnypastausa.com/

Trident Pacific Salmon Burger (Costco): 1.5 burgers = 1 LEAN https://www.tridentseafoods.com/browse/products/trident-seafoods-alaska-salmon-burgers-3-lb/

Tyson Fully Cooked Blackened Chicken Breast Strips: 6oz = 1 LEANER https://www.tyson.com/products/blackened-flavored-chicken-breast-strips/

Two Good Greek Yogurt: 2.5 servings (total of 13.25 oz) of any flavor = 1 LEANER http://www.goodyogurt.com/lower-sugar-yogurt/ (Each 5.3oz container is one serving)

Walden Farms: ALL PRODUCTS: 1 serving = 1 CONDIMENT (check label for 1 serving) https://www.waldenfarms.com



Optavia Week 5 - Weigh In 11/16/20

Week 5 felt a lot slower to me than other weeks. It's my birthday tomorrow (it's a big one) and I went out to dinner on Saturday and my salad with salmon had mushrooms in it, and I haven't eaten mushrooms in a few years, and I think they made me bloated. I also spent the several hours yesterday doing yard work, cleaning up the leaves, and exerted more energy than I normally do, so I'm not sure how that will play into things this week. 

Some of the things I worked on this week - the mental work is necessary for my success. 

  1. Really feeling in tune with my body. I like knowing what I put into my body, and the effect it has on me. 
  2. Planning out my Fuelings. I had to place another order this weekend, and although I have enough Fuelings for two weeks, I am trying to make sure I eat a variety each day, and still limit my bars to 1 or 2 at the most per day. 
  3. Planning out my Lean and Green earlier in the day, so I'm not scrambling to eat. 

So here's my Week 5 details from my weigh in:

I lost 3.8 pounds this week! 

That brings my total in five weeks on Optavia to -24.3 pounds. Holy crap. I can really see and feel the difference in my bust and my waist. I tried on smaller jeans this weekend - and they fit! TWO sizes smaller than what I started in! And, my face is much thinner too - noticeably so. 



Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks. 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

How to Calculate Optavia Lean and Green

Lean and Green Nutritional Parameters


This seems to be a struggle for some people. The way I calculate it - look at the nutritional label/facts on the food you're eating. Note the serving size. 
  1. Calculate if it is a Lean, Leaner, or Leanest based on Calories, Carbohydrates, Protein, and Fat content per serving. Some packaged items you can have more than one serving, some will be less than one serving, so make sure it fits the proper parameters. 
  2. Check the fat content for your serving size - this will determine if it is a Lean, Leaner, or Leanest. 
  3. Determine if you need to add in Healthy Fats based on #2
  4. Figure out your Greens for the meal. 

For the complete Lean and Green meal (protein + veggies):

Calories must be between 250-400
Carbohydrates must be less than or equal to 20g total carbohydrates (preferably less than or equal to 15g)
Protein should be greater than or equal to 25g
Fat should fall between 10g and 20g
Sodium should be less than 1000mg

For the Lean portion of the Lean and Green meal:

Calories should be between 180-300
Carbohydrates should be less than or equal to 15g
Protein should be greater than or equal to 25g
The fat content will determine if it is a Lean, Leaner, or Leanest (see below)

If the total fat content for your lean portion is 0g-4g, this is a LEANEST. Portion size is 7oz, and add in two healthy fats.
If the total fat content for your lean portion is 5g-9g, this is a LEANER. Portion size is 6oz, and add in one healthy fat.
If the total fat content for your lean portion is 10g-20g, this is a LEAN. Portion size is 5oz, do not add in any healthy fats.

What is a Healthy Fat?
A Healthy Fat serving should contain 4g-6g of fat and less than 5g of carbohydrates, with 45-60 calories. 
See the source link for examples of what counts as a healthy fat. 

Don't forget your Green portion! 

Choose 3 servings from the Green Options List:
1 serving = 1⁄2 cup vegetables (unless otherwise specified) with ≤ 25 calories and ≤ 5g carbohydrates.
See the source link above for examples of what vegetables are included, and the serving size. 

I prefer to weigh my greens - it is more accurate! Here is a conversion chart for vegetables. Keep in mind the raw weight represents how much raw vegetable equates to a 1⁄2 cup portion, and the cooked weight represents how much cooked vegetable equates to a 1⁄2 cup portion. 

Condiments Count, Too!

You can have up to three condiments per day. See this link for what is considered a condiment, and the quantities/amounts permitted. 
In general, condiments have <30 calories and <1 g carbs.

How do I count cheese and dairy?


How do I count other foods?

See THIS POST for details on what to eat each day, information from Nutrition Support regarding frozen/packaged grocery store items and how they count as a Lean and Green, and dining out while on Optavia. http://www.myjourneytoahealthyme.com/2020/11/what-do-i-eat-on-optavia-can-i-eat-out.html

NOTE: If you're mixing and matching your proteins, be sure to calculate it appropriately. I like to do this by percentage. So if I'm having 3 oz of a LEANER, that is 50% of my protein (3 oz out of 6 oz portion size). That means I can have 3.5 oz of a LEANEST, 3 oz of a LEANER, or 2.5 oz of a LEAN to complete my protein portion. 
That also means I need to have 1/2 of a Healthy Fat for the original 50% of protein as a Leaner, plus any additional healthy fat determined by if the other 50% of protein is a Leanest (1 Healthy Fat), Leaner (1/2 Healthy Fat) or Lean (no additional Healthy Fat).



Here's a handy graphic to save with these guidelines, and bookmark this page!
Lean and Green Guidelines - OPTAVIA 5&1 - MyJourneyToAHealthyMe.com



Saturday, November 14, 2020

Getting Enough Water on Optavia

 Optavia recommends drinking at least 64 ounces of water each day. My coach recommends 100 ounces of water. 

I've always drank a lot of water each day. I keep a 30 oz insulated stainless steel tumbler with me at home, and I drink from a stainless steel straw, which I think makes it easier to drink more for some weird reason. I'm home most of the days, so this works for me, because with my tumbler and straw, I don't have to worry about it spilling or tipping over just moving around the house.

I try to drink a full tumbler of water before I do anything in the morning, and that helps me get started off on the right foot with my water for the day. 

I keep a 90 oz tempered glass water pitcher at home to track my water each day. I refill it every morning and just leave it on my counter. I refill my tumbler with ice throughout the day, so I'm actually getting more than the 90oz in the pitcher when the ice melts, and it has been amazing to keep up with my water intake. This is the pitcher I have, and it has a stainless steel lid that can filter out infusions if I want to add fresh cucumber or lime or lemon to my water for a little bit of flavor.

If I'm not at home, my water containers of choice are Klean Kanteen (this link will get you 25% off your first order) or EcoVessel, and I alternate which one I use and the lid/cap based on what I'm doing. They have different options, so it's easy to pick and choose what's best for the day - a cafe style lid if I'll be in the car, or a loop cap if I'll be out walking or hiking. I don't like plastic or silicone so I am very mindful of that for myself, but my kids love the EcoVessel straw lids - and they don't leak! 

I've seen big plastic cups that mark how much water is in them too, that would be helpful if you're out and about and need something to track it. The 3L or 1gal jugs of water at the grocery store are also helpful to keep on track with water consumption if you're out and about or traveling by car. 

Drinking this much water each day can deplete your electrolytes, so if you ever feel slightly off, I highly recommend drinking some Ultima Replenisher Electrolyte Hydration Powder mixed with water, or something else like Powerade Zero. It usually helps me immediately. Of course, if it is happening often, please consult your doctor!

What other tips do you have for getting in enough water each day? 


Friday, November 13, 2020

Optavia and my MUST-HAVE appliances/tools

One of the great things about Optavia is that you don't need anything special to prepare the Fuelings, besides a microwave and the blender bottle that comes in your kit. HOWEVER, we all know that there are some tools or appliances that can make your Fuelings a little more exciting, a little more fun, and a little more tasty!

Here are some of my must-have appliances and tools for preparing my Fuelings. Please know these links are to Amazon, but they are not affiliate links, and I definitely encourage you to shop around to find the best price! 

I also created a handy dandy Amazon list of my favorite items. YES - you can find them in local stores, sometimes at better prices (sometimes not). You can add them to your own cart from this list for quick and easy purchasing though! Just be sure when you order, you have it shipped to you! Wish lists can be tricky!

Some of my must-have appliances and tools for OPTAVIA Fuelings

Dash Mini Waffle Maker is awesome at preparing Fuelings. I love to do the brownie, smashed potatoes, biscuit, and oatmeal in the Waffle Maker. It comes in different colors, and some of them even make the waffles into shapes (pineapple! snowflake! heart!)

Note: Here are the guidelines I follow when preparing my Fuelings in the Dash. Some are the same as the package, some are slightly different amounts of water. Nothing is quite so disappointing as scraping a failed Fueling out of the waffle maker and still eating it because you're determined not to waste a Fueling :) 

Dash Mini Griddle is amazing for the Chocolate Chip Cookies! It gets them perfectly crisp on the outside, and soft and gooey on the inside - the exact way I like cookies. I also use it when I need extra protein, to cook an egg - it's super quick and easy, and much faster than using my normal cast iron on my stove top.

If you don't already have a personal blender, I highly suggest getting one. I like the Ninja brand, this is the model I have. I like the individual cups the best, and they make your Optavia shakes super yummy if you blend them with ice and water (or cold brew coffee if you're feeling adventurous). There are tons of options for personal blenders, so be sure to choose something that is powerful enough to blend ice. Because my home blender is too big for travel, I also have a small Hamilton Beach personal blender that I keep in its box for when I'm out of town overnight or for the weekend. It is small enough to easily pack, and although it isn't as powerful, it does the job. 

My next suggestion is a frother. There are SO MANY CHOICES, but this is the handheld frother I bought and it has worked well. I don't use it often, but sometimes if I don't want to blend my shake, or use the shaker bottle, this does an excellent job of mixing it up with the water and it's super yummy - it seems like it makes it creamier, if that's possible. I also use it to mix up the Hot Chocolate Fueling with a little bit of cold water, before pouring the hot water into the mug - it seems to make it even creamier and more delicious!

I also suggest a mini whisk if you don't already have one. Mine is Pampered Chef, but you can find them anywhere. I often use a fork to mix up my fuelings, but the whisk is handy to have around. 

I couldn't resist picking up a little cast iron skillet either - I love it for baking the brownie or chocolate chip cookie, if I'm not using the Dash. It turns out so yummy! Follow the directions for baking on the Fueling packet, or shorten the baking time a little bit if you want it slightly gooey. 

My final recommendation is to get a good insulated container. I love my insulated Klean Kanteen Food Canister. I will often prepare soups or pastas (as directed on the package) when I'm making a different fueling, transfer it to the insulated container, and let it sit on the counter until my next fueling time. It really softens up the pastas and noodles. I've also made the soup by adding the Fueling packet to the insulated container, pouring boiling water over it, and then closing the lid and letting it sit for 2-3 hours. 

What other appliances or tools are you using for your Fuelings? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Dash Mini Waffle Maker/Griddle + OPTAVIA Fuelings Guide

General directions to prepare Fuelings in the Dash Mini Waffle Maker or Dash Mini Griddle:
  • Mix Fueling and mix-ins well
  • Plug in Dash Mini Waffle Maker (to make a waffle) or Dash Mini Griddle (to make a "pancake") and wait for light to go off
  • Spray both sides of Dash with nonstick spray BEFORE MAKING EACH WAFFLE/PANCAKE
  • When the Dash stops steaming, or the steam significantly slows down, open to check for done-ness
  • If you're pre-making Fuelings, you can store them in the freezer and then reheat in toaster oven or microwave
  • Note: Some people use egg whites instead of water. I do not do that because I don't like to alter the Fuelings and have to track what I add to deduct from my daily Lean and Green
  • I generally try to add just enough water to make the Fueling like a batter or thin dough. Too watery, and it will overrun. 
Optavia Oatmeal Fueling made in the Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Fueling and Mix-In Guide:
  • 2 Tbsp water + Fueling = 1 waffle/pancake 
    • Brownie 
    • Biscuits
    • Chocolate Chip Cookie 
    • Cream Cheese Swirl Cake 
  • 3 Tbsp water + Fueling = 1 waffle/pancake
    • Sweet Potatoes
  • 3 Tbsp water + Fueling = 2 waffle/pancake
    • Pancake
    • Shakes
    • Smoothies
  • 4 Tbsp water + Fueling = 2 waffles/pancakes
    • Smashed Potatoes
    • Oatmeal
  • Prepare/cook as directed on packet with slightly less water = 1 waffle/pancake
    • Mac and Cheese (make sure it's thicker than normal)


What other Fuelings have you made in the Dash? Let us know how you prepared it! 

Easy and Filling Lean and Green - Shrimp and Salad

Those asking what I eat...this was my big meal yesterday for my Lean and Green, and it was delicious. ๐Ÿ˜‹ Lettuce (2c), broccoli (0.5c), avocado (3oz), shrimp (7oz), and dressing (2T). And let me just tell you, 7oz of shrimp is A LOT OF SHRIMP! It took me ten mins start to finish to cook the shrimp and get the salad together, and that was the most time intensive thing I ate yesterday. 

The best part about this program is that it’s ridiculously easy to follow. I eat six times a day, five small easy and quick meals or snacks, and one bigger meal. It has basically taken the planning and prep work of food out of my life. Before, I was skipping meals or snacking on something easy (and unhealthy) because I didn’t have time to do anything more, then overeating when I did eat. You guys, I am so happy I found this health program. It’s changing my life. Did I mention it’s basically foolproof? Follow the guidelines, see the results. If you are relating to anything I’ve said, please, let’s talk and see if this program might benefit you too. It’s too good and too easy to not share.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Optavia 5&1 Plan Tips - How to be successful on Optavia!

 Here are some tips I figured out over the past month, since I started the Optavia 5&1 Plan. If you're brand new to Optavia, or considering Optavia, or just getting started on Optavia, see this post for additional information

  • Eat what you're supposed to eat EVERY SINGLE DAY. 5 Fuelings. 1 Lean and Green. Water.
  • I don't "hack" the fuelings. I prepare them as instructed, and eat them. Some of the fuelings I will cook in the Dash Waffle Maker (see my tips on how to prepare Fuelings in the Dash!) instead of the microwave (the biscuit, pancakes, mashed potatoes in particular) but I'm not trying to make it more complicated for myself by adding in parts of my Lean and Green throughout the day. It is SO much simpler for me to eat five fuelings and one full Lean and Green every day. 
    • Okay, there is one thing I hack every once in a while - I will mix 4 oz of cold brew coffee with 4 oz of water, a few ice cubes, and a shake, and then blend in my single-serve blender. I don't drink coffee daily, so it's not an every-day thing, but every so often I like to do this. 
  • If you don't really care for the taste of a fueling at first, set it aside for a week and come back to it. Your tastes will change. You might find that something you didn't really care for, is suddenly super tasty. Part of this program is the mental process to view food as fuel, not as comfort. 
  • DRINK YOUR WATER. I bought a new pitcher that holds 90 oz of water, and I refill from that every day. A lot of people recommend the big jugs on Amazon that hold a gallon of water, and have lines marked up the side with times, so you know how much to drink in different blocks of time. 
  • I have alarms set on my phone for 8 am, 10:30 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm, 6 pm, and 8:30 pm. That's every two and a half hours, which gives me a few minutes leeway if I need it to prep something. Five of those times are for fuelings, and one is for my Lean and Green.
    • I don't always eat my Lean and Green at the same time, because my schedule doesn't work that way. 
    • Make sure you're eating the proper amount of healthy fats for your Lean and Green! I am happy to work with you to help figure this out as needed. 
    • Don't forget to count your Condiments!
  • Some of the fuelings (the chicken noodle soup, the mac n cheese, and the pasta in particular) I will cook according to the directions, and then transfer to an insulated container to sit until my next fueling. This softens up the noodles and thickens up the sauce a bit, and makes it super yummy. 
  • Invest in a kitchen food scale that measures to the ounce. I use it EVERY DAY to weigh out my greens, healthy fats and protein. This is the one I have used for the past 5+ years, and it's only about $10. 
  • Document everything you eat and when you eat it. At first I was getting confused on my times and fuelings. I tracked my first 30 days in my OPTAVIA Guide (it comes with your initial fuelings order, and helps you work on the mental stuff - so don't skip over this!) and I also tracked in an app on my phone called Lose It. 
  • I have an Apple Watch, so I track my sleep at night. You can go back and see my posts on how much my sleep has improved - it's really incredible. This is probably my favorite "side effect" of the program.
  • I love the Ultima electrolyte replacements. You can find them on Amazon or at some health-food stores, or directly through their website. You can have up to 3 servings per day. I buy the little packets because it's easy, but they also sell tubs that you can scoop from. Some people prefer Powerade Zero but I really like the Ultima and they're super portable - just mix a packet with a 16 oz bottle of water and you're good to go. 
    • If you have a headache, or feel dizzy, or anything like that - your body is probably not used to all the water, and you will NEED the electrolyte replacement to help balance out, especially at first. Don't skip this! 
  • I also take Natural Calm (the powder, not the gummies or capsules!) every night at bed. The raspberry lemon is my favorite flavor. I was already taking this before I started Optavia - because just about everyone is deficient in magnesium! - but I make sure now I don't skip it at night. 
    • To prepare it, I boil water, and add 1-1.5 tsp of Natural Calm to a cup, then pour just a few ounces of boiling water over and stir. It will fizz, so stir until it's done fizzing and the powder dissolves. Then I add 4 ounces or so of cold water, mix again, and drink. 
  • I weigh myself every morning before I get dressed. 
    • I also use the app Happy Scale to see my progress. I like this app because it shows progress as trends and doesn't focus on the daily ups and downs as much as the overall trends. 
    • I set mini goals within the app, so I can feel good about hitting smaller goals on my way to bigger goals. 
  • Keep a fueling or two on you - in your purse or bag, in your car, whatever. There is no excuse to not be prepared! You don't want to find yourself stuck somewhere when it's time to eat, and realize you don't have anything handy. 
  • Similarly, you can totally follow this program while traveling. It is SO EASY to pack your fuelings and be prepared. Plan ahead. 
  • Take pictures! TRUST ME! You will want to see your progress. 
  • If you feel like crap during the first few days, it's normal. Read back over my posts from Days 2-5 or so. Your body is adjusting to a whole new schedule and new foods, and (again) IT IS NORMAL TO FEEL CRAPPY. The best thing you can do is power through it - stick to the program, and it will pass in a day or two or three. 
    • You'll also probably be gassy at first. Again, this is NORMAL. Your body will adjust!
    • After those first few days of feeling like crap, you'll be in what we call "Fat Burn" and you'll feel AMAZING. Your energy will skyrocket, you'll be sleeping better, and you'll feel better all around. 
  • Chill out on the exercise. Let your body adjust to this program. Give yourself three weeks, and do nothing but light walking for thirty minutes a day, at most. Then work with your coach on adding more strenuous exercise back in if you wish. 
  • Give yourself grace. This is a lifelong health program, and your whole outlook on food and on life is going to change. You will be a different person inside and out. Just follow the program!
    • USE YOUR LIFEBOOK! It should be part of your kit (I hope you ordered it!) and it is SO helpful at breaking down habits and helping you really assess yourself and grow. 
  • As for cheating...if you cheat on the program, you're going to push yourself out of fat burn. It will take you 3-4 days to get back to fat burn. That's approximately $40 worth of fuelings. Is it worth it? Sometimes your answer might be yes, but make sure it is intentional. 
  • I have three apps I keep on my phone and use daily - I list those here (LoseIt, HappyScale, EatWise): http://www.myjourneytoahealthyme.com/2021/02/recommended-apps.html
This program is AMAZING. Reach out anytime to me with questions. If I'm not your coach, please reach out to your coach for support and advice. I am always available on social media or by text - my contact information is in the side bar of my page. 

YOU'VE GOT THIS! 

This program WORKS if you follow it. YOU are the one in control. YOU are strong and capable and YOU CAN DO THIS. 

I BELIEVE IN YOU! 

I had a few people ask about buying some of the products I use - here is a handy dandy Amazon list of my favorite items. YES - you can find them in local stores, sometimes at better prices (sometimes not). You can add them to your own cart for quick and easy purchasing though! Just be sure when you order, you have it shipped to you! Wish lists can be tricky!

If you have tips to add, please leave a comment below! 

Optavia 30 Day Results

 Today is Day 31, so I took photos this morning to document my progress. I never intended to share the original photos with anyone, but the difference is so drastic I have to share this one. When I started this program, I took the original photos on Day 1 - October 12, 2020. I've completed 30 full days of Optavia. 

Some of the differences I notice every single day:

  • I am sleeping amazingly well at night. It is sound, deep sleep - unlike what I've ever experienced before as an adult, especially with kids (even though my kids are 10 and 15). 
  • My tastes have changed, because I don't have cravings for sweets. I used to want a piece of dairy-free chocolate at night before bed, or something else sweet. I've never in my life gone through the Halloween season without touching a single piece of candy, or even being tempted by it (although the candy corn pumpkins were calling my name one day a few weeks ago). 
  • I am not hungry. I eat every 2.5-3 hours every day, throughout the day, and I am completely satisfied. 
  • I don't have the afternoon slump where I want to take a 20 minute nap mid-afternoon. 
  • I wake up refreshed and ready to go, because I'm sleeping so well. Even on days like today when it is pouring rain and great sleeping weather, I still wake up ready for the day. 
  • I wasn't drinking a lot of coffee before, but I was getting caffeine through hot tea (that I was sweetening with dairy-free flavored coffee creamer). I don't even miss it. Sometimes I'll have a few ounces of cold brew coffee blended with a chocolate shake or caramel macchiato shake in the morning for my first fueling, but that's an exception, and not a daily occurrence. 
  • My stomach isn't bothering me. I have spent years dealing with gut issues and to have almost none for the past month is something that is very obvious to me. This is a low glycemic program, so perhaps that is the part I was missing for all the past years. 
I am so happy I started this program. I am so proud of myself for it, even though it is ridiculously easy to stay on program. I am spending less time cooking, less time shopping, and less money overall on food, drinks, and groceries - which is crazy to me and I was skeptical about it, but after a month it is less than what I would normally spend. 

If you are looking to feel better, sleep better, and GET THE WEIGHT OFF, I would love to coach you on the path I'm following, and help you create your own path to a healthier you! Please reach out to me, this program has literally changed my life in only 30 days, and I am so excited for what the future holds. I feel confident and excited to keep going on this path to a healthier me. 

As of today, after 30 days on program, I am so proud to say I have lost 22 pounds! 






Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Optavia Week 4 - WEIGH IN 11/9/20

Week 4 was probably the most difficult week I've had yet, and it's because I spent the weekend out of town with a group of friends, where we barely leave the rental house and basically eat and drink all weekend. However, this time I packed my fuelings, prepped my own meals (okay, honestly I would have been doing that anyway because I was doing the food elimination and not eating dairy, gluten, meat, etc.). I didn't have any alcohol, although I could have had up to two shots of clear liquor each day and still stayed on the plan technically - and I would have gone with vodka and lime Bubly with a squirt of fresh lime. I still had an absolute blast even not drinking, I don't think anyone was the wiser (haha, I was pretty secretive that I wasn't drinking), and I drank the lime Bubly (sans vodka) in my drink cup, so I could alternate that with regular water. 

Other than that though, my week was great! I feel so amazing. I decided I want to share Optavia with my friends and became a coach (more on that in another post). I even have my first client! I am still in awe over how good I feel, and how great I am sleeping at night. 

Some of the things I worked on this week - the mental work is necessary for my success. 

  1. Eating a larger variety of fuelings. I have a lot that I tend to skip over and put off eating until another time, so I'm being more aware of rotating through them all. 
  2. Documenting everything in my app and my journal - food and water. I like to have it written down so I can go back and reference it if needed.
  3. Going to bed when I should and not staying up reading too late.

So here's my Week 4 details from my weigh in:

I lost 1.7 pounds this week! 

That brings my total in three weeks - just 28 days - on Optavia to -20.5 pounds. AMAZING. I am SO proud of myself and I want to shout it from the rooftops how easy and foolproof this program is. 






Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Four weeks of HEALTHY - I choose ME

 Today is the end of my first four weeks of taking control of my health, making conscious HEALTHY choices. I have traveled twice in those four weeks - once overnight with my family, and this past weekend with friends for an annual getaway. Usually on trips like that, it's easy to snack and drink all weekend. Three years ago I went on our weekend getaway with friends after spending the previous month doing Whole 30, losing 30 pounds, and then completely went crazy that getaway weekend with food and drinks. 

This time, I chose to stick with this program that’s helped me lose 20.5 pounds in 4 weeks, eat the food I know makes me feel good, and enjoy my time with my friends. I wasn't hungry or even tempted by the chips, dips, sweets, or sugary drinks, and most importantly, I felt good choosing ME. I had just as much fun this weekend as any other trip, and the motivation of how well I feel, how great I am sleeping, and how much energy I have without that afternoon slump keeps me going. Losing more than 20 pounds in four weeks is an added benefit!!!

I feel so amazing, and I am so happy with this program, I want to shout this from the rooftops. If you are looking to feel better, sleep better, and GET THE WEIGHT OFF, I would love to coach you on the path I'm following, and help you create your own path to a healthier you!




Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Friday, November 6, 2020

20 Pounds GONE!

 When I made the decision in early October to get serious about my health and change the foods I eat, I had one of those weak goals in my head - you know the kind, it wasn’t something I thought was actually realistic, but at the same time I thought it would be super amazing if it somehow miraculously happened - so my weak goal was to lose 20 lbs by my birthday in mid-November. Here it is, only 26 days later, and I’ve surpassed that goal of losing 20 pounds! That’s the weight of four bags of flour! I feel great. It wasn’t miraculous, but it is pretty incredible. I have energy to get through the day and I don’t have that mid afternoon exhaustion. I’m sleeping better at night. I’m not hungry because I’m eating all day long. I don’t have to think about it or really prep anything extra because it’s so simple and easy. I’ve watched friends succeed on this program for years, and now that I’ve finally given it a shot, I am so glad I did. I want to share it and help coach other people to feel healthier and better too. I’m excited for what the next 26 days will bring for me, and beyond that, and the friends who are joining me on this path to create healthier habits.





Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Elimination diet to Optavia 5&1

A few have asked, so here’s a follow up to my previous post. I was ovo-pesco vegetarian eating gluten free, dairy free, peanut free, mostly soy free, plus avoiding a bunch of random stuff (artificial sweeteners, canola oil, apples, beer, most wine, mushrooms, black beans, yeast, celery, and probably some other stuff I forgot about). I spent over a year carefully adding things back into my diet and noting my body’s reaction. At the same time, I gained 20ish pounds, and my weight would fluctuate 10 lbs at any time (sometimes even within a day or two). I decided to keep up with the food process and not worry about the weight, because my gut needed time to heal. I finally felt like my stomach was mostly good a few months ago, and still waited until this past month to really address the weight. It could have been any number of reasons, but my body was still holding onto that weight. 

Something else has changed-in the past 23 days, since October 12, I’ve lost 19.2 pounds.  I can see the difference in my face too - can you? I’m sleeping incredibly well, full of energy, never hungry and not battling cravings.

Now I’m eating six times a day - 8, 10:30, 1, 3:30, 6, and 8:30. Five of those meals are super easy and convenient, and one meal is slightly more intensive that involves a protein (I still stick to mostly seafood) and vegetables. That one meal is larger than most meals I normally ate, but it’s low glycemic and balanced, and altogether throughout the day I’m getting all the complete nutrition and vitamins I need. The low glycemic has been the biggest factor so far I think, because I have been eating a lot of the foods I had been avoiding (and occasionally trying to reintroduce and failing over the past 18 months), WITHOUT ISSUE.  

I’m normally not the person sharing personal stuff online but I know a lot of my friends have been dealing with similar issues. We’ve commiserated and shared recipes and tips and tricks. Somehow since starting this nutrition plan, not only am I eating foods I thought I would have to avoid for the rest of my life, my body also decided it didn’t need to hold onto the weight anymore.  I’m eating all day long, drinking water, losing weight, and feeling (and sleeping) so much better than I have in over two years. My body is not rejecting the foods that I had been seriously avoiding. I’m so glad I have found something that works for me. I’m grateful I have friends on this journey with me, and I am ready to share and coach others who have had similar issues and experiences, or just want to feel healthier and hopefully experience the added benefit of losing some weight and sleeping better.




Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Optavia Week 3 - WEIGH IN 11/2/20

Week 3 was super easy and super quick. I still can't get over how easy it is to follow the Optavia 5-1 program. 

Some of the things I worked on this week - the mental work is necessary for my success. 

  1. Less caffeine. I already didn't drink much, but I was drinking a ton of tea and the occasional cold brew coffee. I'll still do that occasionally (especially when I mix the cold brew with one of the Optavia shakes - yum), but I'm more conscientious of it. 
  2. Documenting my foods, even just the fuelings, so I know which ones I am eating when and can track patterns.
  3. Limiting fueling bars to 2 per day. I've read they have a higher glycemic index than other fuelings and to limit them most days, unless it's one of those wacky days where you're out and about and can't easily accommodate the other fuelings.

So here's my Week 3 details from my weigh in:

I lost 4.2 pounds! 

That brings my total in three weeks - just 21 days - on Optavia to -18.8 pounds. Holy crap. I can really see and feel the difference in my bust and my waist. And, my face is much thinner too - noticeably so. 




Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.