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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Optavia Fueling Hack - Smashed Potato "Bagels"

I am not the person who hacks Fuelings - I don’t normally like to add stuff to them and then have to track it. But this...this was worth it. I plotted my L&G around it today πŸ˜‚

1 OPTAVIA smashed potato fueling, either flavor (1 Fueling)
2 egg whites (1/7 of Leanest)
1/2t baking powder (1 Condiment)
1/2t Everything But The Bagel seasoning (1 Condiment)
1 wedge light Laughing Cow cheese (1 Condiment)

Mix fueling, egg whites, and baking powder together. Spread in bagel shape on parchment paper on a baking sheet, sprinkle with EBTB seasoning, and bake at 350° for 13-15 mins.

I made one bagel shape and one flattened ball shape to try it out! I spread the Laughing Cow on top of the bagel shape, and slit open the ball shape and spread the LC inside ... the verdict is, both options are delicious! πŸ˜‹

OPTAVIA Smashed Potato Fueling Hack


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

I lost 50 pounds on OPTAVIA!

This last week has been a little rough - hormones, stress, doctors - all of it playing a part in my overall health. I absolutely believe weight is just a number on a scale, and not an indicator of anything specific to health. I also weigh myself daily because for me, it is a representation of my body, and I like being able to acknowledge "okay, maybe I had too much xxx yesterday" or "wow I can tell that I wasn't as relaxed as normal yesterday" and see how those things affect my body.  

I'm sharing these three graphs because for me, it is so telling how that number on the scale reflects my overall health. 

The far left graph is my weight since I bought a scale in 2017. You can see the ups and downs, over and over, as I cycled through trying to find my health. 

The middle graph is since I started this program in mid-October - straight down since then! This works!

The far right graph is just this month - the little ups and downs that reflect all the external factors that were affecting my health. 

I am SO GRATEFUL I am learning habits of health to help mitigate these factors! I am able to acknowledging that what I eat isn't the whole picture, and what is going on in my life also plays a role in my overall health. I am so glad I'm learning how to focus my day, make choices that are in my own best interest, and I am absolutely LOVING coaching others on their own health journeys -  the positivity I both give and get from this community is making such a huge difference in all aspects of my life. 

All that to say...look at the bottom image. I am in tears typing this because I never, ever, ever in a million years would have thought this was possible. Ever. I didn't know. I didn't believe in myself. I figured I was too tall, too "big boned", too whatever, to ever be healthy. I was psyching myself out before I even got started - self-sabotage is real, you guys. I'm so glad I found this program, it has quite literally given me back my life. I feel more like ME than I have in a long time, and I love it. I feel like it radiates out from me, and I want to share it with everyone I know. I'm ready to help you get started on your own journey to health. Let's go!

I lost 50 pounds on OPTAVIA in 3.5 months!


Monday, January 25, 2021

Optavia Healthy Habits Newsletter 1/25/21

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Shrimp and Grits - Complete Lean and Green Meal Recipe

Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits - Complete Lean and Green Meal (makes 1 portions)

 


I adapted this from the Optavia recipe here

Ingredients:

12 oz peeled and deveined frozen shrimp = 7 oz cooked shrimp (1 LEANEST)
1/2 tsp cajun seasoning (a mix of paprika, garlic, cayenne, pepper, oregano) (1 CONDIMENT)
1/4 c water
1.5 tsp butter (1 HEALTHY FAT)
1.5 c riced cauliflower (3 GREENS)
1/2 c unsweetened almond milk (1/2 CONDIMENT)
1/8 tsp salt (1/2 CONDIMENT)
2 Tbsp sour cream (1 HEALTHY FAT)
1 wedge Laughing Cow Creamy Aged White Cheddar (1 CONDIMENT)

Directions:
  1. Thaw and rinse the shrimp, pat dry. 
  2. Add shrimp and cajun seasoning to a bowl or plastic bag, and mix or shake until coated.
  3. Heat shrimp in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through (3-4 minutes per side usually, shrimp will be pink and opaque when cooked).
  4. Add water to skillet with shrimp, scrape the bottom, simmer for 1 minute, and remove from heat.
  5. In a separate skillet, heat butter until melted.
  6. Add riced cauliflower to butter, and stir frequently for about 5 minutes.
  7. Add milk and salt, and continue to stir frequently for another 5 minutes.
  8. Remove cauliflower from heat, and stir in sour cream and laughing cow cheese until melted. 
  9. Serve shrimp atop cauliflower grits, and enjoy! 


Monday, January 18, 2021

OPTAVIA Healthy Habits eNewsletter - 1/18/21

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Week 14 on Optavia - Weigh In Update!

I am SO CLOSE to reaching the 50 pounds GONE mark - and I can hardly believe it. 

14 weeks. 
48 pounds. 

I simultaneously don't feel like I'm even living in my own body, and also feel more like myself than I have in years. I could cry thinking about how much LIFE this program has given me. It's so much more than the physical changes - it's the energy, the sleep, the better and more positive attitude and outlook, and just everything in general. I feel so wonderfully amazing that I just want to shout it and shake everyone who needs this program, and tell them over and over again that IT WORKS and I'm here and ready and willing to help them find their health again. 




Friday, January 15, 2021

Breakfast Scramble - Complete Lean and Green Meal

I really wanted scrambled eggs today, and I had some extra veggies to use up, so I mixed up this Breakfast Scramble. It is a complete Lean and Green meal. I had some leftover ground beef from a previous meal, so I split the protein between the eggs and the beef, and added veggies. You could easily substitute other veggies (be sure to weigh/measure) and a different healthy fat, depending on what you have on hand. I will include some suggestions below. 

PLEASE use the Vegetable Conversion Chart to WEIGH your foods! 

Again, this is a full and complete Lean and Green Meal! You do not need to add anything else! 

Breakfast Scramble - Complete Lean and Green


Ingredients:
1 cups liquid eggs/liquid egg whites (1/2 LEANEST)
2.5 oz cooked 93% lean ground beef (1/2 LEAN)
1 cup spinach, cooked* - (2 GREEN)
0.5 cup sliced portobello mushrooms, cooked* (1 GREEN)
5-10 black olives (1 HEALTHY FAT - read your label to determine serving size)

*I cook first, then weigh my veggies according to the vegetable conversion chart

Directions:

1. Preheat skillet on stovetop over medium heat, spray with nonstick cooking spray. 
2. Add sliced portobello mushroom to skillet, let sit for 5 minutes, and then stir for another several minutes until cooked. Remove from heat and weigh them (0.5c cooked portobello mushrooms from raw = 60.5g = 1 GREEN)
3. Add spinach to skillet, stirring and heating just until wilted. Remove from heat and weigh (0.5c = 90g = 1 GREEN, so 1c = 180g = 2 GREEN).
4. Add ground beef to skillet to brown, and cook thoroughly. Remove from heat and weigh (2.5oz cooked 93% lean ground beef = 1/2 LEAN). Drain any fat from the skillet. 
5. Add 1c liquid egg whites/substitute (1/2 LEANEST) to skillet, and stir while cooking until desired hardness. 
6. Add cooked ground beef, cooked mushrooms, cooked spinach, and black olives (weighed to proper serving) to skillet, stir together, and serve hot. I topped with a dash of hot sauce! 

Substitutes:
  • Any approved vegetable can be substituted for the spinach or mushrooms for your GREEN - be sure to weigh and measure properly!
  • Top with 2 Tbsp Sour Cream, and remove the olives, for your Healthy Fat
  • Mix in 1 Babybel or 1 Original Laughing Cow, and remove the olives, for your Healthy Fat
  • Remove the beef, and use 2 cups of liquid egg white/substitute (add 1 Healthy Fat if you do this)
  • Remove the beef, and substitute with 3 oz cooked shredded chicken (add an additional 1/2 Healthy Fat if you do this)
This recipe is very versatile - so customize it how you like, and enjoy! 




Monday, January 11, 2021

Week 13 on Optavia - 3 months!

Three months.
Thirteen weeks.
Just shy of 46 pounds.

I honestly didn’t ever think this was possible.
I feel amazing.
I have energy.
I sleep well at night, every night.
I am eating foods I had been avoiding for years because they bothered me - and those foods aren’t bothering me anymore.
I am not hungry (or hangry!)
I feel more like myself than I have in a long time.

I am 100% worth it.



OPTAVIA Healthy Habits eNewsletter - 1/11/21

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Exercise and/or Long Hours and Optavia

If you work out strenuously, or work long hours, you might have questions about how Optavia can and will fit into your life. Here are some guidelines. 



On adding extra fuelings:

If clients are going to be up for later hours, we do not recommend adding extra Fuelings, as this contributes extra carbohydrates and may take the client out of the fat-burning state. Instead, we recommend that clients either utilize the optional snack or 2-3 oz. of additional protein if staying up for later hours.

On skipping fuelings:

It is important that clients get in 5 Fuelings and a full lean and green every day. We do not recommend that clients skip Fuelings or any of their lean and green meal. Skipping any of these options could potentially inhibit a client’s weight loss results, as getting too low of calories can send our body into a conservation state.

On spacing fuelings: 

If clients start their day later than usual and feel that they’re going to have a hard time getting all of their Fuelings in for the day, we would recommend that they shorten their time intervals to get everything in (i.e. eat every 1.5-2 hours instead of every 2-3 hours). If a client feels that they are going to miss their 5th Fueling later in the day due to emergency circumstances, we would rather them double up on their last two Fuelings for the day than to skip a Fueling.

On longer days: 

For clients who are up for longer hours regularly (i.e. nurses or those who have shift work), we recommend they spread out their eating times to every 3 hours, split their lean and green meal into 2 portions, utilize the optional snack, and add an extra 2-3oz. of protein. If they feel this is not enough food or they find themselves hungry throughout the day, we could potentially switch them to the 4&2 plan. This plan would give them 2 lean and green meals to split into two portions.

On timing fuelings:

It is okay for clients to eat right before bedtime (including eating their lean and green meal right before bedtime), as long as they are physically comfortable doing so (unless they have a pre-existing medical condition such as acid reflux, which may prevent them from eating so close to bedtime).

Exercise info:

The Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan® is designed to only support up to 45 minutes of light to moderate intensity activity per day. We describe light to moderate intensity activity as something you can do while holding a conversation comfortably with someone, or as something that keeps your heart rate maximum under 65%. This may include activities such as brisk walking, gentle yoga, light resistance training, etc. If clients feel they are a bit more hungry on the days they do an activity that falls within these parameters, they can add an additional 2-3oz. of protein to their day. If the client is doing more activity than what falls within these parameters (whether in terms of intensity or duration), then we would have to switch them to a higher calorie program altogether in order to support that activity and see results.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

How to Fix OPTAVIA Fuelings

HOW TO FIX YOUR OPTAVIA FUELINGS 

Fuelings come ready to eat, and as a powdered mix that you prepare before eating. Keep this process simple! 



DASH WAFFLE MAKER: 

Any “baked good” type fueling can be made into a waffle. Use the recommended amount of water on the packet, or substitute liquid egg whites for the water. Using water makes 1 waffle; using egg whites “puffs” the batter up, and makes 2 waffles. My favorite things to Dash are the Buttermilk Cheddar Herb Biscuit, Mashed Potatoes, Brownie, Cookie, Blueberry Biscuit, Cinnamon Cake, and Sweet Potatoes. 

See my tips here: http://www.myjourneytoahealthyme.com/2020/11/dash-mini-waffle-maker-optavia-fuelings.html

SOUPS AND PASTAS: 

I find the texture and taste to be best when I add the soup mix to an insulated container or insulated mug, pour boiling water over the top, stir, and cover for at least an hour. I often make a thermos of soup while I’m making my first Fueling, and set it on a counter or in my bag, and save it for my 3rd Fueling. So simple and easy to take on the go! 

MICROWAVE: 

Mix as directed on the packet. I microwave baked goods for between 15-30 seconds, rather than the recommended time. I like the baked goods a little gooey. It’s ok to eat all of the fuelings as a batter, too! 

TOASTER or OVEN:


Use the provided paper cup, and bake as directed. 




Any other tips? Leave a comment! 

Monday, January 4, 2021

OPTAVIA Healthy Habits eNewsletter - 1/4/21

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Week 12 Weigh-In - January 4, 2021

Have I mentioned before that I am LOVING this program? I think I might have πŸ˜‰

I breezed through the New Years holiday on plan - a big part of that is because I didn't leave my house due to the pandemic, but regardless, I stayed on plan, I made a choice to fuel my body with the food it needs and wants, and I FEEL AMAZING. I sat down and wrote out my goals for the year. 

I have been tracking my measurements also, and let me just say - I am blown away by the difference between October 12 and today. I look at myself in the mirror and I still see me, but I put on clothes I wasn't even close to fitting into before and they're big. I am wearing shirts that are two sizes smaller than what I was wearing before. My jeans have dropped almost 3 full sizes. My watch is on a much smaller setting, so is my belt. I can't say it enough, this program WORKS, and it is EASY. The formula is so simple - follow the program, eat 5 Fuelings plus 1 Lean and Green a day, and lose weight and inches while also feeling better. Fat-Burn is an awesome place to be! 

I've changed my goal recently - when I started, I was hoping to lose 20 lbs. I didn't honestly think it was possible. Then I changed it to 60 lbs. Now I'm going for a healthier weight and BMI for my height. I will get there, and you know what? It'll be THIS YEAR that I get to that goal, and then THAT'S IT - I never have to do this again! All these little daily choices are leading me to big lifelong changes, and I couldn't be happier about it. 



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


Breakfast Casserole - Complete Lean and Green

Sometimes I like to prepare some Lean and Green meal options ahead of time, especially if I know I'm going to be busy the next day. This is a twist on the Crustless Vegetable Quiche I shared a few weeks ago. 

This is a full Lean and Green Meal! You do not need to add anything else! It is easily customizable with different vegetables to use up whatever you might have on hand in your fridge. 

To make:
1 glass baking dish (mine is a Pyrex 3 cup rectangular dish - approximately 8"x6"x2")
2 cups liquid eggs/liquid egg whites (1 LEANEST)
1 cup spinach (1 GREEN)
0.5 cup sliced mushrooms (1 GREEN)
0.5 cup diced zucchini (1 GREEN)
100g Black olives (2 HEALTHY FATS - read your label to determine serving size for 2 HF)

Lightly coat baking dish with oil spray to prevent sticking. Mix liquid eggs, mushrooms, zucchini, and olives together. Spread spinach in the bottom of the baking dish, and pour egg/veggie mixture over the top. Swirl together to make sure it is evenly spread through the baking dish. Bake at 400ΒΊF for 40-50 minutes, until baked through and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 
I topped mine with a few dashes of hot sauce before eating! 



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Update 1/24/21:
I made it again and changed it up a bit - same directions as above, just a twist on the veggies:
2 cups liquid eggs/liquid egg whites (1 LEANEST)
1 cup spinach (1 GREEN)
0.5 cup sliced bell pepper (1 GREEN)
0.5 cup cooked spaghetti squash (1 GREEN)
50g black olives (1 HEALTHY FAT - read your label to determine serving size)
1.5oz avocado



Sunday, January 3, 2021

Tuna "Sandwich" Lean and Green

I have been trying to use up some of the food in my fridge before it goes bad, so I pulled this Lean and Green together today and it was quite yummy! If you eat snacks, you could also use a dill pickle spear for the crunch with the tuna, or just on the side! I mixed the cucumber and mayo in with the tuna, and made myself sandwiches and wraps with the lettuce and sandwich thins. It was so filling and tasty! 

3 Outer Aisle Cauliflower Sandwich Thins (3 thins = 1/2 Lean + 1 Green)
3.5 oz tuna canned in water (1/2 Leanest)
0.5 Tbsp mayonnaise (1 Healthy Fat)
0.5 cup diced cucumber (1 Green)
1 cup romaine lettuce leaves (1 Green)

Lean and Green - Tuna, Romaine, Cucumber, Outer Aisle Cauliflower Sandwich Thins


Friday, January 1, 2021

Goals and Resolutions

I'm not much for resolutions, but today - for the first time ever - I wrote down goals for myself for January, and for all of 2021 (all related to my health, my finances, and travel goals post-pandemic). I also balanced my bank account, organized my planner (ha!), and made a list of things I need to do every day to stay on top of things and be productive. 

Are you a resolutions person? Do you set goals for yourself? Do you write them down? How do you stay organized in life?