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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Lean and Green Meal - Noodles + Peanut Sauce

This is ONE SERVING and is a COMPLETE Lean and Green meal! 

Ingredients:

1.5 cups Hearts of Palm linguini-style noodles (3 GREENS)
1/3 oz plain peanuts (1 HEALTHY FAT)
6 oz cooked pork tenderloin (1 LEANER)
1/4tsp garlic (1/4 CONDIMENT)
1 tsp ginger (1/2 CONDIMENT)
3/4tsp reduced sodium soy sauce (1/4 CONDIMENT)
4Tbsp Walden Farms peanut spread (2 CONDIMENTS)
1/3c water
Splash of lime juice (I didn't count this)
Shake of black peppercorn (I didn't count this)

Directions:
Cook the pork as directed (I did mine in the air fryer until it reached 145º)
Add water, peanut spread, lime juice, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic to pan and heat, stirring frequently.
Add Hearts of Palm noodles to sauce and stir, coating the noodles, while noodles heat through
Cut the pork into bite sized pieces and add them to the mixture, and continue stirring for another 5 minutes or so until well heated and sauce has time to absorb into the noodles and meat. 
Plate, top with crushed peanuts, and serve!


*This recipe is versatile and you can sub out different proteins if you like, just be sure to adjust the protein quantity and any healthy fat requirements. 

Complete Lean and Green Meal - Noodles + Peanut Sauce



Friday, February 12, 2021

Fueling Hack - Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownie

I know I have gone on and on about how I prefer not to "hack" the Fuelings, and I still choose not to add stuff to them - I eat my five Fuelings plus my full Lean and Green every day. 

HOWEVER, I was tired of seeing the Girl Scout cookies peanut butter patties on my counter, so this was my alternative. You mix a Brownie Fueling with 3T-4T of water, pour it into a silicone candy mold, top it with 2T of PB2 (prepared as directed)

It made eight heart shaped "candies" in this Wilton silicone mold





They aren't really easy to eat when they're frozen, but once they soften enough to eat them, they're sticky and messy and it just seems like more work than it's worth for the benefit. 

HOWEVER, the taste is worth it, if you're wanting that chocolatey-peanut buttery mix of flavors! 

This isn't something I'll do often at all, but it was fun to try it and see that it does work. 

I also did this with a chocolate shake and peanut butter shake - you can see that here: http://www.myjourneytoahealthyme.com/2020/12/optavia-fueling-shake-hack.html

Saturday, January 30, 2021

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 😂

1 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! 😋

OPTAVIA Smashed Potato Fueling Hack


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! 


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 4, 2021

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 400ºF 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, December 11, 2020

Optavia Fueling - shake "hack"

 I know I have gone on and on about how I prefer not to "hack" the Fuelings, and I still choose not to add stuff to them - I eat my five Fuelings plus my full Lean and Green every day. 

HOWEVER, I saw this hack come up over and over and had to try it. You mix a shake with 1/4 cup of water, pour it into a silicone candy mold, and freeze it. 

The first time I did this (earlier this week) I made it with the Dark Chocolate Covered Cherry shake and it was OK. It wasn't great, but that isn't my favorite flavor shake anyway. It made four heart shaped "candies" in this Wilton silicone mold



They aren't really easy to eat when they're frozen, but once they soften enough to eat them, they're sticky and messy and it just seems like more work than it's worth for the benefit. 

Then I decided to try it again, but this time with a Creamy Chocolate Shake and a Silky Peanut Butter Shake, and do each mold half and half - and the taste is amazing! It's still a mess to eat, but it is definitely the chocolate/peanut butter flavor combination I enjoy. 

Creamy Chocolate Shake + Silky Peanut Butter Shake 

This isn't something I'll do often at all, but it was fun to try it and see that it does work. 


I also did this with a Brownie Fueling and PB2 - you can see that here: http://www.myjourneytoahealthyme.com/2021/02/optavia-fueling-hack-peanut-butter.html


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 350º 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 350ºF. 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!



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


Monday, October 19, 2020

Optavia Day 8 - 10/19/20 - WEIGH IN

 Today I started Week 2 of Optavia. 

First things first - I weighed in after finishing my first full week:

I lost 11.7 pounds! 



HOLY SMOKES! I can't even believe it. I started last Monday and I was super bloated so I'm sure that played a part in it, but WOW. Even with going to the mountains and being gone for almost 2 days and I still had this huge success my first week. I love it! 

I also looked at my sleep tracker on my watch and check this out. 

Deep Sleep


Quality Sleep

Sleep Rating


And that sleep rating is even with a night in a hotel room while traveling. I still can't believe how ridiculously easy this program is to follow. I kinda love it! Yay Optavia! 



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

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Optavia Day 7 - 10/18/20

 WEEK 1 and I'm finished with Day 7 on Optavia! I can't wait to weigh in tomorrow and take my measurements. I can't believe how stupidly easy this program is to follow. Even with traveling all day, I was able to stay on the program. I am not 100% sure about my dinner tonight but I followed the dining out guide and I think it was okay. That guide is super helpful. 

Today's fuelings were: chocolate cherry ganache bar, chocolate mint Cookie Crisp bar, honey mustard and onion sticks, creamy double peanut butter bar, and pudding. I had a #16 sub at Jersey Mikes with no cheese and no bread. It made me feel a little bloated (it's meat and I don't usually eat meat) but it was the best I could do while we were driving back from the mountains. 

I am really proud of myself for this week. I stuck to the program completely, with the possible exception of my lean and green today. I drank all my water. I made it through the feeling gross part of the first week and now I feel amazing. I'm really excited for this program and how easy it is. 



Saturday, October 17, 2020

Optavia Day 6 - 10/17/20


 Day 6 and I had my first not-at-home experience with Optavia. We left late afternoon to drive to the mountains for the night, got a hotel room, so we can drive the parkway tomorrow. I was able to pack my lean and green and eat it in the car, and I did just fine! We ordered Chinese to be delivered to the hotel for dinner and I wasn't even tempted - I am so proud of myself for that. It helped that I wasn't hungry. I prepped a brownie for my last fueling before we left, so it was already cooked and ready for me when we were at the hotel too. 

My fuelings today were: cranberry honey nut granola bar, chocolate shake, chicken noodle soup, honey chili cranberry nut bar, and the brownie. My lean and green that I packed for the road was salad with salmon and tomatoes, and the Walden Farms dressing. Somehow I even hit all the water for the day, even though I had to use a port a potty at one of the parks we stopped at on the way to the hotel. I brought my Ultima powder with me too and that was good. I feel like I prepared myself well for today and tomorrow and I'm excited to see the fall colors tomorrow! The weather should be amazing. 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Optavia Day 5 - 10/16/20

 Day 5 is finally here and I feel SO MUCH BETTER today. My stomach isn't bothering me, although I'm still a little gassy. My headache is GONE, whew! I slept great last night again. And I really like all the fuelings I've tried so far. I was down 9 pounds this morning when I weighed myself - whaaaatttt???!!?? 9 pounds! That's so amazing! 

Today's fuelings were: chocolate shake, honey mustard and onion sticks, brownie, cheddar herb biscuit (I cooked this in the Dash waffle maker too - so delicious!), and a double peanut butter bar. My lean and green was salmon with lettuce and cherry tomatoes, and Walden Farms French dressing. I am still hitting my water goal every day too, go me! 


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Optavia Day 4 - 10/15/20

 Optavia Day 4 - October 15, 2020

I feel like crap today. My head hurts, I'm gassy, I have diarrhea, I just all around feel gross. I'm sticking to plan though because this is what I was told would happen this week, just before fat burn kicks in. They said EVERYONE goes through this and then it's like a lightbulb goes off and everything is so much better.  I still am sleeping okay. 

Today's fuelings: chocolate shake, cinnamon crunchy o's, s'mores bar, oatmeal, and a double peanut butter bar. I had three Ultima electrolyte things today and it made a HUGE difference with my headache. My lean and green was shrimp, avocado, spaghetti squash, and tomatoes with some on-plan dressing. I like Walden Farms French dressing the best. 



Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Optavia Day 3 - 10/14/20

 Day 3 - today I was super hungry and had a headache. I made sure to drink the Ultima electrolyte powder and that helped. My coach said I could have up to three a day. I guess this is the transition to being in Fat Burn like they talk about - the crummy feeling before the amazing feeling. I stuck to the program though. My fuelings today were: cinnamon crunchy o's, smoky bbq crunchers, spinach pesto Mac and cheese, honey chili cranberry bar, and a chocolate mint Cookie Crisp bar. My lean and green was lettuce, with shrimp, avocado, and on-plan dressing. 

I've been sleeping better at night, which is awesome. Like sleeping soundly and waking up feeling refreshed. 





Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Optavia Day 2 - 10/13/20

 Day 2 and I was 100% on top of it! Yeah! Crazy that I'm eating so much more than I normally do, and so frequently. I guess I had all the knowledge on how to be healthy before, I just sucked at implementing it. This program is so easy and straightforward, it is ridiculously simple to follow. 

I am breaking the habits already. I was so used to taking care of everyone around me, that I forgot to take care of myself. I forgot to eat. I forgot to eat healthy foods especially, because the bad foods were easier. This program takes all the thinking out of it, and gives me easy and healthy foods to eat all day long. 

Today my fuelings were: maple brown sugar oatmeal, campfire s'mores bar, chocolate chip pancake (that I cooked in the Dash waffle maker - OMG delicious!), chocolate cherry ganache bar, and chocolate pudding (super yum!). For my lean and green, I had salmon with broccoli and cauliflower rice. And I nailed the water goal for today! 



Monday, October 12, 2020

Optavia Day 1! Monday, October 12, 2020

 Today is DAY 1 of my journey to health! I am so excited. I have alarms set on my phone for 8 am, 10:30 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm, 6 pm, and 8:30 pm to remind me to eat - five of those are fueling times, and one is a lean and green time. 

I decided to keep it easy and I'm literally just following the plan. I see some people go out and try to split their lean and green into two meals and eat half at lunch and half at dinner, or try to "hack" their fuelings, but I'm not messing with all that. I'm eating a fueling by itself five times a day, and one full lean and green once a day. 

I don't really like meat, and meat doesn't really like me, so I'll probably have to eat a lot of seafood. 

The journal from the Optavia Guide is super helpful in keeping me on track so far. I started my day with a cranberry honey nut bar and then had a creamy chocolate shake mid-morning. I tried the rustic tomato herb penne at 1pm and then a creamy peanut butter crisp bar late afternoon, with my lean and green at 6pm with lettuce, tuna, avocado, and on-plan dressing. Before bed, I had a chocolate mint Cookie Crisp bar, and that was my five fuelings plus a lean and green for today. 

My coach checked in with me and I told her I feel like I've been eating all day long, but otherwise everything is good! I'm used to drinking a lot of water, so hitting 100oz wasn't a problem for me. 

She told me to dream big - average loss is 10lbs per month but she lost faster than that the first few months. 

Overall, it was a good day 1!



Sunday, October 11, 2020

Optavia Day 0 - Sunday, October 11, 2020

Today is Day 0 - the day before I start OPTAVIA. I received my box a few days ago and I'm excited to get started. I had my kickoff call today for new clients and it was really inspirational to get my mind in the right place. I also worked through some of the Lifebook, writing down answers and trying to figure out my WHY. 

Some of what I wrote down...

I am a mom, almost 40 years old. I mastered my digestive issues and now I need to tackle the weight. I want something easy to follow that doesn't take a lot of time to prep and shop. My weight goes up and down by 10-15 lbs regularly. My sleep and energy are mostly okay, I try to exercise a few days per week - walking or kickboxing - but I don't always do that. I tend to skip meals and then overeat with large portion sizes. I don't snack much, and I drink plenty of water. My mental health is okay but I'm tired of the way I feel inside my body. I don't have a lot of extra money, I am working on paying off debt, although I also try to make time for fun especially for my kids but also myself with my friends. 

I WANT TO BE HEALTHY. I want to set a good example for my kids, I want to fit into my clothes again. I want to feel better about myself. 

In the future, I want to travel - Alaska, Scotland, and Ireland are on my list. 

My financial goals need focus. 

I AM GOING TO PUT 100% OF MYSELF INTO THIS PROGRAM. I NEED IT FOR MYSELF. 

I am ready to make a change. 

I am the heaviest I have ever been. 

I want to make a change. 

I am PSYCHED for this program. 

I am CONFIDENT in myself. I know I can be successful if I commit and don't sabotage myself. 

I want to make better choices. I want to lose weight. I want to feel better and fit in my clothes. 

Things I am going to do to start to install the Habits of Healthy Eating and Hydration:

1. Set a timer for fuelings

2. Drink 120 oz of water each day

3. Plan a lean and green meal each day


Things I can stop doing to help me eat healthier and hydrate better right now:

1. not planning meals

2. not tracking water

3. snacking on kids food

The beginning of my Optavia journey...

 November 13, 2018 

I messaged my coach asking about the OPTAVIA program. I had seen her progress online and was super intrigued and impressed. I'll be honest, the cost scared me away. She kept sharing her progress, and I kept thinking to myself, hmm I should really consider that, but I never made a move. 

Early June 2019

I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I sent off for a food sensitivity test and it came back I'm basically sensitive to just about everything. I ended up 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. 

June 30, 2019

I messaged my coach again, asking for details on ingredients (specifically dairy and artificial sweeteners). Still didn't make a move forward with the program. Still saw her progress and maintenance of her progress online. 

April 20, 2020

My coach (who was not yet my coach) messaged me asking if I was interested. She followed up! I replied that I was still sorting through what I can and can't eat, what bothers me and what doesn't, and I wasn't quite ready to sign up (even with an amazing incentive). I was worried about the allergens and sensitivities I was still trying to sort out with my stomach, and even though I was doing mostly okay, I was worried about reintroducing foods I had been avoiding for months. It was still in the back of my mind though, because...

October 5, 2020

I messaged my friend and told her I was ready. My stomach and digestion issues had calmed down and I was ready to get going with OPTAVIA. I was done, absolutely done, feeling like I didn't even know whose body I was living in. I was tired of the extra weight, tired of being tired, tired of feeling sluggish despite eating all the "right" foods. I was skipping meals and then eating too much when I did eat. I was gaining weight despite not eating hardly any junk food or other unhealthy foods. I was tired of being bloated, and I was tired of feeling stuck. I ordered my kit. I was ready to do this.