My Favorites of 2012

Coz and I tried out a lot of new recipes in the past year.  Most of them were super tasty.  Some were less than spectacular.  Lucky for you, we only share the good ones!

banana applesauce bread

Delicious Banana-Applesauce Bread

I already posted the WordPress Stats for 2012, but I wanted to share some of my own stats; logical and otherwise.  Let’s start out with some logical, numerically based truths.  First off, we need to start putting up better pictures of the food we make because when those get published on sites like Foodgawker and Tastespotting, page views go through the roof!  The only image I’ve ever been able to get published on Foodgawker thus far was for Banana-Applesauce Bread, hence why it was the top viewed post of last year.  Natural sunlight mojo!  I even got an email from my sister who happened to click on a picture of some delicious-looking banana bread and it led to my blog!  She didn’t even know said bread was mine.  That was fun :)

More truth: Any time zero-calorie soda and chocolate foodables are combined, people will flock to it.  That explains my #2 viewed post being Diet Coke Brownies.  They were, in fact, delicious.

alfredo sauce healthy

Yum doesn’t even begin to describe this.

Last truth: My alfredo sauce will beat out any alfredo sauce you get from a can, jar, or restaurant.  Just saying. People must have realized it too because it’s been pinned like crazy on Pinterest and landed at #4 on the most-viewed list.  I’m working on a vegan version too, so look for it in the future!

I’ll stop giving you a story for each one now and just let you see the whole list.  Oh, one other truth though: CARBS.  ‘Nuff said.

Most Viewed Recipes in 2012:
1. Banana-Applesauce Bread
2. Diet Coke Brownies
3. Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies
4. Angela’s Alfredo Sauce
5. Vanilla Meringue Cookies
6. No-Bake Cheesecake Filling
7. Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas
8. Fajita Stuffed Chicken Poblanos
9. Hungry Girl’s Paella
10. Homemade Pizza Dough

I have no qualms with the list above.  Those are very delicious recipes indeed.  But you all MUST work your way through the list below.  These are by and far my favorite recipes of the last year.  #1 is the most-favorite-ever-I-want-to-marry-it dish and #10 is the hot-dang-this-sh*t-is-tasty dish.  As you can see, that’s quite a scale.  I’m a woman who appreciates a perfect marriage (or civil union? They’re the same, right?? NOT.) of flavor and texture and these dishes are exactly that. Please visit every single one and try them out!  It was so hard to rank them; they are all so magical.

bacon blueberry goat cheese salad walnuts

One of the most perfect combinations of flavors in a salad that I have ever tried!

My Favorite Recipes of 2012:
1. Curry Braised Lamb with Indian Spiced Sweet Potatoes and Rice
2. Bacon Blueberry Goat Cheese Walnut Salad
3. Inside Out Stuffed Peppers Meatballs
4. Agave-Lime Salmon
5. Pork Enchilada Soup
6. Peas and Pancetta Pasta Topper
7. Spicy Peanut Pork and Noodles
8. Lemon Curd
9. Angela’s Nut Bread
10. Havarti Ham and Veggie Frittata

Now, your mission is to try at least ONE of the dishes in my list above and comment with some feedback. Was it tasty? What would you change? Did it make you feel all warm and toasty and satisfied on the inside? These are things I want to know. Because when I know I make someone happy through a recipe, it makes ME feel all warm and toasty and satisfied on the inside!  YAY!

Coz’s Corner: Nature is my Cigarette

Or you might have heard some people refer to it as their church. Either way, it is my addiction. Correction, my healthy addiction. Whether running, walking, biking or just plain sitting, nature is my crack! When I am there, I feel most whole.

Nature

Today I wanted to stress how important it is to FIND your healthy addictions. The root cause of what drives to make a better YOU! Sometimes we focus TOO much on our weaknesses and get so busy trying to curb those addictions that we forget to look at the positive!

This is hard to do, and I’m sure, just as hard as quitting smoking or drinking. Its like backwards-thinking forward-thinking positivity. Are you still with me??

I have another healthy addiction and lifetime goal of completing a 5K in all 50 states. Since starting in 2011, I have successfully finished 4 races. I will cover more of that in the near future.

For now, here are some examples of healthy addictions:

1) Zumba
2) Skydiving
3) Rock Climbing
4) Bikram Yoga
5) Disc Golf
6) Running
7) Fencing
8) Cycling
9) Xbox 360 Kinect
10) Dancing

All the options are there, you just need to REMOVE the fear from your head and go out and do it! Get yourself a motivator! For some people, its Jillian Michaels. For others, its that friend that never lets you miss a gym class for fear of going alone.

The point is not to fear whether you can do rock climbing or sky diving. Its about staying active and the journey to finding what makes you tick!

What is your healthy addiction?

Coz’s Corner: Spice and Dice

Growing up in the Midwest and living here for all of my life, I was raised on pizza, potatoes and pasta (and maybe a few other things). Salt and Pepper were the ONLY spices I ever saw used; generously applied to the meal after it was made. I never really experienced real ethnic food until I joined International Club in High School. We went to a Lebanese restaurant and from my first bite of my foreign grape leaf, I was hooked!

spices

Photo Courtesy of the “Spice-and-Dice” Grocery Store FB Page. Click here to visit!

Of course everything changed again when I met the Reluctant Weight Watcher Foodie herself. I was attracted to her thirst for not only life but for spice. And in return, she attracted me with her finely curated curry and full LOVE (aka full-fat) homemade Alfredo sauce. Left me wanting more…

It was those meals that got us in trouble in the first place! However, it didn’t take us long to realize how many calories and WW points we were using in just ONE meal. But one of the main goals of RWWF is to make food less fat and MORE satisfying. More spice can be just as nice! Don’t be afraid to use a little more spice or something different. Chili powder does sounds intimidating, but trust me when I say a little goes a LONG way.

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Photo Courtesy of The Picky Cook Blog. Click here to go there!

 

As a couple who eats most of our meals together, we started to carefully look at our plates before eating it.

Here are just a few tips you might want to keep in mind:

1) Use smaller plates or bowls. Seems simple but more space means more points.

2) When going out to dinner, split an entree. Believe me, once you dice the food up between two plates you will see that its ample food for two!

3) Do what Oprah does. Get a to-go box when dinner is served and put half in the box to take home. The real challenge will come not to eat the food before the morning!

4) Remember, its about the quality NOT quantity. Avoid buffets at all costs.

Need Dinner Ideas? Quickly find something new on the Recipe Index. Happy Hunting!

2012 in review

Just thought all you awesome readers would like a glimpse at how you enjoyed my blog this last year. If it weren’t for you all, I wouldn’t keep writing up new recipes and testing out other people’s creations, so THANK YOU!

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Coz’s Corner: A New Year

The time has come yet again. A New Year and another chance for a New You! Easier said than done that’s for sure.

Coz's Corner

With the new year, I decided to start guest blogging as Coz’s Corner. Over a year of writings from my partner in crime, I thought it was time for all her Reluctant Weight Watcher Foodie fans to read things from my side of the dinner table! You can expect to see fun facts, behind the scenes, and my thoughts on my own weight loss journey.

Just a few weeks before the New Year, I started working out to Leslie Sansone’s “Walk Away the Pounds” DVD. You know, that really old DVD that was made in the 90’s. Believe it or not, it works! The only challenge in my head is getting my butt out of bed to do it! However, naturally I have an advantage most people don’t; I’m an early bird. Studies show that working out before the day begins is the best way but honestly as long as you Get Up and Get Out, you’re doing good! Its a daily battle that must by won in our own heads. No one can make us exercise or diet for that matter.

My own weight loss journey started at the same time Angela’s did. In fact, I was the one that talked to her about joining WW at Work back in 2010. Here we are at 2013 and I’ll tell you what I’ve learned in a bullet point list that I will go into more detail throughout the year.

1) Be realistic. Don’t set your weight loss goals too high.
2) Don’t compare your weight loss journey to other people including family members, co-workers or friends.
3) Challenge yourself (its really all mind over matter!)
4) Be willing to do some self-reflection because without it, the journey wouldn’t even exist.
5) Know your weaknesses and your strengths whether food or work-out related.
6) Accept change, it is the only constant in our lives anyway.
7) Recognize the negativity in your life and develop a plan to overcome or fix it.
8) Let go and realize that our society’s expectation/images of what “healthy” looks like is not practical.
9) Remember to always give yourself credit and treat yourself wisely.
10) Love the journey, not just the result.

These are just a few things my own journey has taught me. I look forward to sharing more of my thoughts and wisdom for the next year! Angela and I have some great ideas stored up for the new year including more guest blogs, more delicious healthy recipes, more fan participation (talk about it, its the best way to make yourself accountable) and everyone’s favorite RWWF Love and Gratitude boxes. We hope to partner with even more companies so we can share MORE OF THE LOVE with our fans! We encourage you to share our blog with friends, family or neighbors.

Facebook Savvy? Yeah, we are there too so go check us out!

It’s Been a Long Time Coming….

It’s time for an update! Life has changed a lot since Jess and I got married and we’re still in the process of making some other decisions that will change our lives even more (and for the better). I can’t talk about some of those things yet because they’re not set in stone, but I can talk about one thing.

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Our beautiful wedding cake that went along with the unintentional wedding theme of “Put a bird on it!”

The diet starts over again for the both of us today. Jess has been running again and I’m walking again! Points shall be tracked, muscles shall be built up and weight shall be lost once more! For a while there I just stopped losing and maintained my weight loss because I needed to focus on the wedding and honeymoon. Reasonable, right? I just needed to LIVE. I couldn’t focus on much more.

I’ll be honest, though. I lost most of my mojo when someone (that I love very much) challenged me to “lose as much weight as possible before the wedding so that I could shock everyone.” I know they meant to be helpful and that it was said out of love, but the minute it came out of their mouth, something in me changed. I felt like my weight loss stopped being a healthy journey for me and became a “show” for other people. I tried losing weight after that, but every time I’d start to track my food, I lost interest. Every time someone brought in goodies at work, I ate one… or maybe two. I even talked about it with my therapist. It’s funny how good-intentioned comments can have just a drastic effect on a person. A week later, I decided to stop focusing on the weight loss; I already felt beautiful in my wedding dress and I knew I was going to shock people anyway! I needed a break.

A bunch of my cousins looking just smashing, don’t you think?

It was a beautiful wedding weekend and a blissful honeymoon (in Seattle!) Jess and I put SO MUCH time and effort into planning the whole thing. Our moms helped out so much, especially my mom, since the family reception venue was local to her. We just can’t thank them enough! And everything turned out more amazing than we could have imagined. The courthouse ceremony was short and sweet, but we did write our own vows, so that made it more personal… and made everyone cry :)

These are the people that created me. See the wacky resemblances?

The friend reception was beautifully decorated by our own crew of family members that came to the courthouse, and we served delicious Thai food from our favorite Thai place! The dessert table was a wedding gift from a co-worker and she totally rocked it with homemade marshmallows (caramel and pb) with a little Bunsen burner for smore-making, pizzelles, cream puffs (vanilla, caramel and pumpkin spice), vegan black bottom cupcakes (tofutti and choco chips in some, cherry pie filling in the others) and chai caramels… all homemade!

These are my darling grandparents. They all picked EXACTLY the right props.

The family reception took place at a hotel/conference center, so everyone who drove in to town was able to party downstairs and then go up to their room to sleep off the drunkenness :) And almost everyone was drunk by midnight, lol. It was amazing. We are a combined family of fun, loud, talkative drunks. At 10pm, the reception room was closed off, but the hotel had a bistro with a full bar in it that stayed open until 2am. We closed it. I’ve never seen so many people in my family drunk at one time…. It. Was. Fantastic. Before all the drunkenness, the actual reception was a blast! Again, we decorated the whole place with the help of family members. Jess did the paper lanterns, I did the centerpieces and we both made the escort cards. Jess curated all the music and everyone in there danced at least once. My Noni was even the head of a conga line! Jess and I made photo props for the friend reception and brought those, along with cards and other games, to the family reception and they were a huge hit! My friend, Sara Taylor, from high school took our photos and they turned out beautiful (as you can tell).

Me and my Uncle Tony. He’s the other cook in the family. I’m going to work in his restaurant some day! And this photo is going on the wall in the kitchen.

Our honeymoon in Seattle was amazing. If you haven’t gone there yet, you need to go NOW. It’s so green and calm and artsy! It only rained the last part of our trip, but we love the rain, so it wasn’t bad. And it wasn’t gray all the time like people seem to think it is! Because of the rain, everything is so lush and vibrant. Chicago may be sunnier, but Seattle is definitely not a concrete jungle. We ate at delicious restaurants, spent hours at Pike’s Market, went up the Space Needle, toured a Dale Chihuly glass exhibit and did a lot of relaxing. It was much needed and sooooo worth it. We definitely want to go back.

crabs, pike's market

Jess took this awesome photo of crabs for sale at Pike’s Market! Don’t they look hilarious?

Although I maintained my weight loss (with about a five pound fluctuation) through all the events of these last two months, I’ve gained a few pounds more in the last couple weeks and I’m just done with it. I’m ready to feel good again. I’m ready to lose another 50 lbs so that I can make some healthy babies! That’s definitely the end goal. We want babies.

The hardest part is maintaing the motivation to do this every day again. I find myself doing really well for a day or two and then ruining it on the third day. Do you all experience that when you’re trying to get back on track? I’m promising to exercise AT LEAST twice a week; more if I can get it in. And I’m promising to track (and stay within my points) AT LEAST three days a week. I also just have to take it one day at a time. That’s the only way I can eventually get back on track until our life settles down a bit more. Does that sound like a cop out or a good coping strategy? One of these days I’ll actually go back to meetings… like when I can afford it! Come on, Weight Watchers, make it cheaper! Even poor people want help with losing weight!

Some of my favorite Dale Chihuly work.

Making a Difference One Ride at a Time

This morning was beautiful.  I biked over to our local food co-op and had great breakfast and conversation with a friend (Hi, Kate!!) and then I biked in to work.  It sounds simple – biking and breakfast – but there’s so much more to it than that.

I got the traveller pannier that I ordered from Target in the mail yesterday (and I ordered it on Monday. They are so fast!).  Last night I assembled it and got it all ready for my morning commute, complete with laptop, u-lock, change of clothes, hygienic necessities and my wallet.  Then my stomach started to knot up.  I actually felt nervous about it all!  I think it’s because it felt more like a huge step towards a different way of life than I’ve ever taken before.  I’m making the commitment to bike in to work as much as I can, not just for exercise, but because I want to make a difference. 

I want to spend less money on gas.  I want to put less gas fumes out in to the atmosphere.  I want to show other people that a big girl can still ride a bike and look smashing.  I want my carbon footprint to get smaller and smaller.  I may not have the time to volunteer at soup kitchens or food pantries, but I do have the time to get up a little earlier in the morning and bike my butt to work.  And that’s exactly what I’m doing. 

One of the great things about working for Wolfram|Alpha is that we have vast amounts of data and tools to analyze all of that data.  When Jess organized our company’s participation in CU Bike to Work Day, one of the things that was done was a blog post all about biking to work and helping people to figure out exactly how much money they would be saving if they biked to work.  Here’s a screen shot of my figures.

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I could save at least $150 bucks every year just by biking in to work!  That doesn’t include biking to the Meijer down the road for the little things we need to pick up sometimes or biking to parks or cafes around us rather than driving.  I’m guessing I could save about $300 bucks a year just from biking around town.  Actually, since Jess and I share one car already, this would be our combined total.  If you’d like to figure out how much money you could be saving by biking in to work, check out the blog here.  Very cool stuff!

Jess and I have already made a lot of changes in the last three years to make the world a better, cleaner place.  We grow plants in and outside of our home, we went from two cars to one, we buy as much locally produced and organic food as we can afford, we participate in co-ops and CSAs, we recycle and compost, we try to buy all natural cleaners and biodegradable products for the home, we both have To-Go Ware that we use at work (I even brought it with us to Chipotle today in lieu of using their plastic forks!), and now we have bikes!  It makes me feel good to know that we’re doing our part to make a difference; one that affects us now in this lifetime, but also one that will positively affect the lifetimes of our children.

How do you make a difference?

What To Do With Your CSA Veggies

My best fried rice dish

Remember back when I told you all that I’m contributing a recipe each week to the newsletter of the CSA that my cousins are running? Well, it’s been going great! With all the traveling that I’ve been doing in the past month, I’ve been unable to really create new recipes with fresh ingredients they’re handing out, but I have been going through my recipe index to share past ones that use exactly the produce that they’re putting in those baskets.  They’re all tasty and delicious, so I have to share them with you again! They’ve made frequent appearances in my kitchen and will continue to do so.

Drying my herbs in the utility closet so they don’t go to waste!

The first recipe I submitted actually WAS a new, original recipe to highlight spinach. The Italian Spinach and Tomato Egg White Frittata. It got rave reviews too! I’m a huge frittata fan and have made many other variations in the past year.

The next week I submitted a recipe to highlight garlic scapes that I found on another site (since I was traveling again). It was this recipe for Garlic Scape Hummus and it looked wonderful! It’s from The Spiced Plate. I’m a big fan of garlic scapes.

Week three led me to share my Warm Curried Beef Salad recipe to highlight their carrot crops. No other vegetable compliments the flavors of this salad better than a fresh carrot!

For week four I chose to highlight cabbage and shared this Food Republic recipe for Sweet and Sour Chinese Cabbage.  In my life, I’ve only ever really had cabbage in random salads, soups or paired with corned beef.  This recipe inspired me to buy a cabbage at the market a couple weeks later so that I could do something else to highlight it rather than just making it an afterthought again!

Southwestern Black Bean Salad highlighted green onions in week five.  It’s not a huge part of the salad, but it’s definitely an important ingredient.  This salad also highlights corn and tomatoes, both of which are in season right now (at least in my town!)

Last week I shared Spanish-Style Shrimp and Garlic to highlight both their garlic and zucchini crops.  I LOVE this recipe!  It’s especially wonderful when you use raw shrimp rather than pre-cooked shrimp.  It turns out so succulent and bursting with flavor.  I even bought some shrimp on Sunday with this recipe in mind.

Last night’s CSA-inspired meat sauce over pasta wheels

This week I shared my recipe for Fried Rice with Prawns and Ham to highlight the carrots and onions.  This is by far my favorite fried rice recipe.  It’s full of flavor without being full of oil and the wild rice give it just a bit of nuttiness that blends perfectly.  I also describe the best way to prepare it so that all the vegetables lend their flavors to the rice in the best way possible, so make sure to read it if you haven’t yet.

Now that the month of weekend travel is over, I hope to be able to come up with new and fun recipes with the vegetables that I’m getting from my own CSA – The Wingfield Farm.  I’m splitting a half basket with my friend, Cass, and the amount is still plentiful.  And I’m enjoying the selection much more than the CSA I belonged to last year!  Yesterday we received our first basket and I got zucchini, onion, red potatoes, oregano, mint, basil, asian greens and a variation of chinese cabbage.  That was just what I took.  They also had yellow squash, dragon tongue beans, leaf lettuce and arugula.  AMAZING!  Last night I cooked up a semi-homemade meat sauce with the oregano, basil, onion and zucchini.  Basically, you take this recipe for Mighty Meaty Spaghetti Sauce, use half the amount of meat it calls for and replace the other half with finely diced zucchini and a whole medium diced onion.  Cook up the veggies for a couple minutes before you add in the meat and then right before you put in the sauce, put a dash of nutmeg in there.  It’s incredible.

Okay, well, that’s all for now and don’t forget to enter to win the RWWF Love and Gratitude Box!  The winner will be announced on July 10th!

There’s a Giveaway Coming Soon….

I love food. I love cookbooks. I love finding the perfect spice for the perfect dish. I love finding a new flavor-infused oil or vinegar that I haven’t tried before. I love discovering a new snack that satisfies me without ruining my plan to stay within my PointsPlus for the day.

I love all these things so much that I’m going to start doing something special for all you readers… because I love you too!

There’s a lot of change that’s happened in my life in the last year and a half and much of it has been documented on this blog. I’ve lost 1/3 of the weight that I want to lose, I’ve participated in a couple 5Ks, I’ve dealt with a lot of emotional issues and I’ve had a ton of fun creating and re-creating delicious recipes. I’m grateful for all of it and I want to pass on some of that gratitude.

In about a week, on my 200th post, I’ll be doing a giveaway for a special, one-of-a-kind “RWWF Love and Gratitude Box”. This box will contain a random assortment of things that I love. It could be my newest favorite protein bar or some homemade cookies, a cookbook that I found a great deal on or a magnet with an awesome quotation, an interesting jar of spice mix that I randomly picked up and loved or a bottle of my favorite hot sauce, and maybe even a beautiful piece of art that inspired me or that I created myself. Whatever is in the box, I guarantee that it will have come from a special place in my heart and a note with what everything is and why I love it.

And I won’t be doing this just once. I want to giveaway a “RWWF Love and Gratitude Box” every so often because I truly am grateful for everything and everyone that has followed me on this journey and given me so much love and support. Maybe this will inspire you to do the same or similar thing on your blog. Maybe it will inspire you to pass along some of that gratitude in ways that you might not have considered before. Or maybe it will just get you really excited about getting an awesome package in the mail. However it affects you, I hope that you feel a little more love and gratitude than you did before.

I’m excited. I hope you are too :)

Reaching a Milestone

I’ve lost 50 POUNDS!!

I’d say that’s worth a post of it’s own, right?  It seems like I’ve slowly been inching towards this goal, but goodgollygosh I finally made it!  I still have 100 lbs to lose, but here I am a third of the way through and I know I’ll make it to where I want to be.  And now I finally get to spend $200 on new clothes!  Well, my reward is listed as $150 on new clothes in my Milestones and Rewards post, but I got $200 in giftcards at Christmas that I’ve been holding on to for exactly this purpose (and now I can save that other $150 for new clothes in the winter since I’ll need them!)

First off, THANK YOU to everyone who “liked” my FB milestones yesterday on my RWWF page and my personal page.  It is extremely touching to know I have so many people in my support system.  And a very special THANK YOU to my wonderful fiancee who instigated the conversations which led me to deal with the fact that I needed to make some changes in my life.  She’s been there right next to me at every victory and every disappointment.  She’s been a wonderful motivator for exercise and her squeals of delight at all my tasty dishes (and willingness to photograph many of them) have made cooking and creating healthy recipes an amazingly fun and inspiring experience.  And another special THANK YOU to my wonderful parents who have always supported me in all my endeavors and even joined Weight Watchers together this year.  In fact, they’ve lost over 60 lbs combined and my skinny-minny dad even reached his Lifetime Goal a couple weeks ago!  How amazing is that?!?!  They keep me on my toes.

This hasn’t been a smooth journey, though.  It’s taken me a little over a year and a half to get off these first 50 lbs.  I’ve fallen off track with both exercise and tracking my points, but I always got back on.  That’s the important part.  I keep getting back on plan.  Weight Watchers (as reluctant as I was to start it) is really the right plan for me.  It fits my life.  I don’t even go to the meetings or subscribe to WW Online right now, but I use a free app on my phone called WWDiary to do all of my tracking.  It’s been a lifesaver.

Okay, I’m done with the thank yous and general life blah blah blah now.  I thought it might be fun to list out 50 things that have changed in my life during this first 1/3 of the journey.  Then I’ll be able to come back and look at it whenever I lose my motivation and reaffirm why I need to get back on track again.

1. I can shop in the plus size section of regular stores like Old Navy, Target and JC Penney.
2. My back is finally healthy!
3. My “front butt” is almost gone!
4. Smiles come with one chin, not two.
5. I have more energy.
6. Bedroom antics are waaay more fun (TMI?)
7. Sleep comes more easily.
8. I can run around with our dog and not get exhausted so fast.
9. Looking at myself in the mirror is a much happier experience.
10. I fit into chairs with arms more easily.
11. My skin is clearer and brighter.
12. My knees don’t creak much anymore when I go up stairs.
13. I can stand on my feet for much longer periods of time (important for when I actually DO go to culinary school!)
14. Clothes shopping gets more and more fun.
15. I actually WANT to do things like ride a bike and walk more than 3 miles in a day.
16. I can jump and dance around like a crazy person without worrying about pulling a back muscle (keep those abs tight!)
17. I am stronger physically.
18. I am stronger mentally.
19. I feel more satisfied by the food that I choose to eat.
20. I barely ever experience an “uncomfortable” fullness after a meal because I know how to stop myself from eating too much.
21. I chew more gum.
22. I am looking forward to swimming this summer.
23. I am generally more satisfied with life.
24. I have done two 5Ks with my baybsie and plan on doing at least 48 more!
25. I feel more accomplished.
26. Long trips in cars and trains aren’t as uncomfortable.
27. I found my passion in life: cooking!
28. I’ve learned how to reward myself with non-food things.
29. I feel less stinky.
30. Parks are much more enjoyable.
31. Losing 100 pounds feels like a POSSIBLE goal.
32. I’ve made great blogger friends with wonderful, inspiring people!
33. I can keep a bar of chocolate in my fridge for more than a day.
34. Going to the gym isn’t nearly as intimidating.
35. Other people in my life have started changing theirs for the better which continues to motivate me every day.
36. I’m looking forward to wearing my wedding dress!
37. I am not nearly as worried about how our wedding pictures will turn out.
38. I can reach all the places I need to wash in the shower without extra straining!
39. General check ups at the doctor aren’t as scary.
40. I eat a lot more fruit and vegetables and I love it!
41. I pee a lot more which helps to flush out all sorts of toxins.
42. I am more sociable with people in general.
43. Sweating isn’t such an uncomfortable experience anymore.
44. My body doesn’t have random aches and pains as much.
45. Moving into our new apartment was much easier since I’m stronger overall.
46. I’m more aware of the food I put in my body.
47. I’ve discovered so many delicious and creative ways to make food fun and exciting.
48. When I hug people, I feel closer to them because I literally AM closer to them.
49. I don’t get winded going up and down the stairs at work (since only take the elevator up in the mornings)
50. Life is exponentially more beautiful and full of hope because this is the right journey for ME.