Archive for October, 2014

Sunday Seasonings

(I seriously need to stop coming up with corny little title names for the days of the week πŸ˜› )

Oh it’s Sunday, why can’t the weekend be just a bit longer? That would be nice! But now that midterms are over, here’s to looking at the downward spiral of the semester. NATS will be next weekend, final projects are starting, final assignments, extra credit (if you need it), final papers, preparing for November….the month of hell. I started breaking out with a few pimples, so I’m trying to figure out if it’s food related or my body telling me I’m stressed and I’m just masking it really well. Oh well…..I know, sometime between now and Thanksgiving break I will get out of this cursed city. I need trees, grass, clean air, open space, and most importantly–complete and totally absolute silence!!! Peace and quiet…no cars, no trains, no RTD, no neighbors up or below you, only the sounds of nature.

But anywho, hope everyone’s week went well and you are getting rested up for the next. Oh can I say, how bout them Royals?!?!?! I screamed, jumped around like a loon, and then shed a few tears. It’s a great feeling that finally I will get to see the Royals play in the World Series. It’s something to be very proud about. Proud to be a Royals fan!!

So I was going to write Friday, but things got busy, and then I was going to write yesterday and things got kind of busy again–so I finally just sat down tonight to do it because I finished all my new recipes for…last week πŸ˜›

So my first recipe I’m going to hit you up with are these little beauties. I was trying to find some egg recipes, because I was looking on my Pinterest breakfast board and saw that I had a lot of……muffins, oatmeal, and pancakes. (And thus the story of my life because these are like my 3 favorite fastest things too make, and when I find HEALTHY ones–well…day made πŸ˜‰ So I decided that I needed to find some good egg recipes, and I found these. Quick, simple, and easy. They also have my 4 favorite things in them: eggs, green onions, bacon, and Parmesan cheese (mouth watering yet?)

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipe/eggs-in-clouds/

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Next, it got kind of cold and so I looked again at my breakfast board. Not really feeling up to doing tried and true oatmeals, I wanted to try something new. So I found a chocolate cherry bomb oatmeal. Yeah, you heard me right, chocolate cherry bomb and guess this: 211 calories.

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/07/24/chocolate-cherry-bomb-oatmeal/

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Does that not just look amazing?

I bought some grapes for the chicken salad that I made. (I didn’t like it, so I’m going to have to try another recipe….might have to save some grapes then :P) But till then, I didn’t want them to go to waste, so I found this recipe for a quick and easy snack. It’s good, especially if you’re wanting something sweet and frozen. So, what you do is take grapes and stick them with toothpicks, dip them in yogurt (preferably vanilla Greek yogurt or plain Greek yogurt and then make your own flavoring to it) and then add then dip them in chia seeds. Freeze them and then enjoy!

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I took the toothpicks out and then put them in a Tupperware container, easier storage.

Next I needed my “desert” for this coming week, and so I decided to try a “healthy” alternative to pumpkin bread. πŸ˜€ Yep, and the loaf I made is only 100 calories per slice!! (Which is MUCH less then what the recipe says. And I used 1 egg and coconut oil instead of what they say).

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/healthy-pumpkin-bread-recipe

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The bad part, is that the flavors blend so nicely together and they created this nice moist loaf….it’s hard to just eat 1 slice πŸ˜› (but I have to remind myself, goal weight Lisa, goal weight….)

Because of working hard all week, both working out and in school and school work, Saturdays are the days I like to give myself a treat. Both with breakfast and supper. So this Saturday, I treated myself to Pumpkin Spice French Toast and then (what I call) Cheesy Cauliflower Soup. The French toast==oh so so good. Of course, it doesn’t take the place of the original French toast like my mom makes, but it’s good for something different in the fall. I took the recipe and got the equation down to just 1 serving and the total calorie count came out to be 180 calories for these beautiful slices (minus the maple syrup, but who counts the small amount of syrup I use–thanks Dad for always making us use so little so we didn’t waste it πŸ˜› )

http://www.emilybites.com/2012/10/pumpkin-french-toast.html

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It doesn’t look like much, but this combined with some coffee is actually very very filling.

That night I made a cheesy cauliflower soup. Sounds so weird and you’re probably thinking “disgusting.” However dear readers, do not be put off by the fact that it has cauliflower in the title. Even I, the one who hates cauliflower without lots of cheese or ranch, actually liked this soup. (Course, it has cheese in it.) I did use a bit more chicken broth then they suggested and then I had to put some extra pepper, salt, and then some parsley in order to give it a flavor. Not that it was bad before, but I the parsley and extra seasoning really brought out flavors. And that helped take out the cauliflower taste too. I’m going to try a chowder and a roasted cauliflower soup to see which I like better, that way I can try them out on my dad.

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cauliflower-soup?keycode=ZFB0114SOD

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I also made a snack today that I liked. Take half a banana and slice it up, top with a small amount of peanut butter (or PB2 as I’m experimenting with that this week), and then melt some semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips and dip the banana/PB slice in the chocolate giving it a nice coating. Freeze and then enjoy. They were eaten before I thought about taking a picture, but I bet you can imagine it.

These recipes, I really like so I hope that you guys try them and enjoy them too! If you want to see what other recipes or stuff I’m trying, you can always follow my Pinterest boards πŸ˜›

Welp, that’s all from this farmer’s daughter!! So until next time, God bless!!!!

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Weight Loss Wednesday: Don’t Beat Yourself Up

It’s Wednesday!!!! It’s HUMP DAY!!!! Which means I bring you some sort of tips or something about weight loss, me, and getting fit. Realize that this week hasn’t been terrible, it actually hasn’t. It seems like Monday and Tuesday flew by, and sometimes I’m fine with this, but I was talking with my Dad on Monday and he reminded me to enjoy the time I have left in college. Kind of hard when you have a mountain of homework that doesn’t seem to be dissipating…I’m trying to do stuff and enjoy myself and not be an introvert, but seriously, this homework stuff (to put it bluntly) SUCKS!!! That and everyone keeps talking about their fall breaks and all UC Denver kids are like…..shut up…….

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It’s okay though!! As my mom (bless her heart, she puts up with so much from me) told me when I was sad to see that scale go back up to 157, “don’t beat yourself up over it. Sometimes you just have those days, and so you just keep plugging because you’ve done great.” Which is true, ’cause as I realized when looking at my food journal, this time last year I was at 187–I’m at 156 this morning. That’s a 31 pound drop, and that’s something I can (and should, and am) be very proud about. You’re going to have those days when you decide to just eat, there will be those days when you don’t follow a “healthy” eating diet–but that’s cool. I actually think that you need to do that once awhile. Of course, usually these days for me are around Thanksgiving, Christmas, my birthday, going out with friends and family, or the 4th of July. I think you’re body just needs a break and indulge in sweet galore (:P ) and then that can help you take a step forward afterwards. Just don’t beat yourself up over it.

And that’s the point for this WLW, don’t beat yourself when you “mess up”. Maybe that mess up will help you get over a plateau you might be on, maybe it will remind you why you’re on this journey, maybe you just needed that one day to get you back on track…you have to decide. For me, I needed Saturday, I needed pancakes and I needed PB at the time. I know I shouldn’t emotionally eat–but that day, I did and now I’m back on track with my weight loss.

So after 5 weeks of T25 what do I look like? Well here we go: Week 1 my measurements were:

CHEST: 37″

ARMS: 10″

THIGH: 25″

BUTT: 42 1/4″

WAIST: 34 1/2″

HIPS: 39 3/4″

Week 5 results are:

CHEST: 36 1/2″

ARMS: 10″

THIGH: 21 1/2″

BUTT: 38″

WAIST: 29 3/4″

HIPS: 35 1/2″

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In other news…..SQUEAL!!!!!! Today’s a big day for Royals fans as we celebrate our win last night, and then look toward tonight. As everyone keeps chanting: “we’re not going back to Baltimore!!!!” Hopefully, (knock on wood), 1 more win and we’ll be headed to the World Series!!!!!!! Crazy, I’ve waited for this moment my whole life–to actually see the Royals make it to the World Series…….I’m speechless. Course, Denver people and those I go to school with are probably like, “Lisa…shut up all ready.” But see, I can just look at them and reply, “how do you like it.” See, they’re like that all the time with the Broncos, so I can have my fun now. πŸ˜›

Have a great rest of the week guys and I’ll see you Friday!! Got some new recipes to share and some other things! So until then, wish me luck on my final midterms and let me know how you’re doing in your life!!! πŸ˜€

That’s all from this Farmer’s Daughter!

To the Man Who Made Me Who I Am

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I was sitting here thinking about all the names that we give the days of the week: Man Candy Monday, Transformation Tuesday, Woman Candy Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, Flashback Friday…..me I came up with Weight Loss Wednesday, Fitness Friday, and Slim Saturday. My prayer in life, is that when I get kids they won’t find that being a MCM or a WCW is the greatest thing in the world. I want them to realize that no matter what, they are handsome and beautiful no matter what anyone else says. But in honor of MCM ( πŸ˜› ), I want to talk about the man who made me: my daddy.

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Being the only girl in the family does have perks, course so does having an older brother. Because not only is the above true about my dad, but David did the same thing–in his strangely, brotherly kind of way. Course, there are regrets about being that annoying “baby sister”, I wish I could go back in time and fix that–cause I believe it effected my relationship with my bro, to the point that we don’t have the brother/sister relationship I would want. (But I’ll talk about David later on in life, this is about my dad HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!)

My dad is probably the hardest working man that I know, and even though my brother and I might absolutely hate his guts sometimes–we can’t deny that he has done so much for us. He’s always been there for us. Taught us how to shoot, dribble, throw a baseball, bat properly, change the oil in our cars, the meaning between right and wrong, love God, be a Godly man and woman, love the land, love each other, love our family, and every other thing that dad’s should teach their kids. I can’t imagine my life without my dad and in my opinion (I can’t speak for my brother) Dad has given us an example of what a man should be like. He’s given us the model of what it means to be a hard worker, how to roll with life’s punches, what it means to be a neighbor. He’s given me the example of how a many should treat a woman, and some day I’ll find my Prince Charming, but Daddy will always be the king of my heart (right behind Jesus of course πŸ˜‰ ).

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I might be getting a bit mushy because it’s my dad and I can’t just not get mushy when doing so. I’m the chip off the old block, two people that are so alike that it made my grandma laugh one day at my grandpa, “Roy. Did you really think you could put 2 Scholz’s in the same room, let alone 3, and expect them not to butt heads and none of them agree?!” Then she started quietly laughing. It’s true. I have the blood of probably the three most stubborn cultures in the world: the Irish, Scots, and the Germans. But even though sometimes my dad and I don’t get along and we butt heads, yell at each other so the neighbors can hear, glare at each other, and give each other the silent treatment–we still love each other that we’ll come home, eat dinner and supper together as a family, and then cuddle on the couch.

I’m glad I have the relationship that I have with my dad, and I really wouldn’t want it any other way. I can’t imagine my life without him, and because I know a lot of people who have lost their dads…I celebrate each day I get to have with him. Even if I’m 600 miles (8 hours) away. So I challenge you, because I personally know so many dad’s that have gone on, I want you to take a moment and think of yours. Have you called him today? Thought about him? If you’re estranged from him–have you tried to patch things up? I know it can be tough, but you only have one dad, and like it or not–he’s yours.

Course it’s easy for me, I love my dad!! πŸ™‚ And I know he has my back through everything I do, and that I’m truly thankful and grateful for!!! (Even when he gives Dave and I a hard time about stuff because he knows it annoys the crap out of us……………………..I might come to a point where I want to tell him to shut up…………)

So here’s to the man who taught me all I know, who made me who I am, and who taught me that it’s okay to listen to Christmas music in October! Love ya Daddy!!! You’re my hero!

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Slim-down Saturday

I was going to write about Fitness Friday, but here’s the problem now–all my fun recipes I’m going to start baking/cooking on Saturday for the weekend and the upcoming week. Hopefully next week (when I’m not dying from midterm assignments) I’ll do next week’s Fitness Friday, but I start T25’s Beta cycle on Monday….which means….I might be dead anyway πŸ˜›

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What to talk about today that can help you and inspire. Well I’ll give you some recipes that I made this week, ones that I liked and ones that I didn’t. I’m also happy to announce that I am 1 pound away from reaching this month’s goal: 155!! You might be thinking, “gee Lisa it’s only 5 pounds. It’s not like it’s a huge drop.” But here’s something I think is good to remember: go for small goals. Going for many little goals is a lot easier to accomplish then it is trying to get to one big goal. I started doing that at the beginning of the year when I said I wanted to be down to 150 by the end of 2014. (Holy cow……that was 30 pounds ago O_O ) My goals were “huge” I wanted to lose 10-15 pounds each month, but with school and life–that just wasn’t feasible. It wasn’t until recently that I realized–celebrate the little things. This will allow you to see your progress and will help you from not getting discouraged and will keep you pushing forward. At least in my opinion πŸ™‚

So Thursday and Friday were not good days for me. Everything seemed to be falling apart and I’m just feeling a bit emotionally drained. Between school, life, and people just being plain rude, annoying, and stupid–it’s put a lot of stress on me. Usually here is where I would fall apart; I would start eating everything I could get my hands on (which happened yesterday. As the picture says,

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However, this means that you HAVE to do both lower focus and total body workout.

Β So I decided to treat myself to some pumpkin pancakes. (Actually…I had it planned if I was doing well in my weight loss that I would do this. I mean…it’s October…pumpkin time). But here’s the cool thing about these pumpkin pancakes: I only counted them to be 56 calories EACH!!!! 56!!! (I had 5…)

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Don’t they look delish!?!?!? πŸ˜€ (they were!!)

Skinny Pumpkin Pancakes

So I did change the recipe around a bit, I halved it and then added 3 Tbsp of semi-sweet chocolate chip (too many, next time I’m going with 1 1/2 -2 Tbsp). And instead of egg whites, I did one whole egg–because that’s protein people!!!!!

So some other things I tried were these Spinach, Turkey Sausage, and Egg (……a water downed egg because it was all egg whites) muffins. These are a great concept, but I feel so wasteful when I do the whole “egg white” thingy, and they aren’t very filling because you’re missing the protein part of the egg. I actually didn’t like these, not enough flavor even with some salsa on top. But here’s the link if you want to try them.

Egg Muffins with Sausage, Spinach, and Cheese

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Another thing that I’m not going to be a big fan of apparently is Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. It wasn’t bad, just not my cup of tea.

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Looks tasty though

Now, for good cooking, I tried a Pumpkin Chocolate chip cookie recipe this week. Guess what, only 57 calories per cookie, and literally it tasted like cake!! My roommate (yes, only one of them) devoured the rest of them…I mean like, they were gone in 2 days and there were 30 cookies, and I took 9….she’s loved them….and so did I. (These will go into my cookbook).

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies #OXOGoodCookie

Also today, I made a soft and chewy spiced carrot cake cookies and homemade tomato soup.

Ok, so the tomato soup turned out to be delicious, course I did have to add a bit more salt and basil then the recipe called. I forgot the saute the onions in the oil and so forgetting that actually cut out 42 calories. I also added oregano to it because it was missing something. Now that I did this, (for a person who doesn’t like tomato soup) I actually really enjoy it and I like it, especially because it’s also 32 calories per 1 cup if the batch actually makes only 5 servings.

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Lastly tonight, I made spiced carrot cookies, and oh my goodness, here’s another recipe I’m adding to my cookbook!!! These are amazing, just the right hint of all the spices combining together to make one awesome cookie!! Though I might save these cookies for Christmas time, cause the cloves and butterscotch just make the cookie more…….Christmasy. Another great part about it, only 78 calories per cookie if batch makes 28 cookies (mine did).

http://www.averiecooks.com/2013/04/soft-and-chewy-spiced-carrot-cake-cookies.html

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Well that’s it for today, hope you guys like the recipes and I’ll be back next week with some more tips, how T25 Beta is going, and whatever else you guys might want to know, but remember—Facebook me or ask questions on here. Without you guys I won’t know what to write about anymore πŸ˜‰ Have a great rest of the weekend!!!!!!

Tip Thursday

So yesterday, I started writing a post for my weekly “weight loss Wednesday”, but when I started typing–nothing seemed right. I didn’t like anything that I was saying, so…I decided to try again today. First off, I’ve had several messages over the last couple of weeks that surprised me. They expressed to me how this blog and my story have helped them get back on track with their own journey and how I’m an inspiration to them. I just want to take a moment and say I’m humbled that you guys would say that–you’re the reason I wanted to do this, but not only that, I want to be a part of your journey as well! I want to help you in any way I can! So if you have some questions or anything, hit me up on here or on Facebook. I want to be there for you guys like you have been there for me!! πŸ˜€

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I put this picture up on my board 3 years ago….who knew that I would actually get to do it!

There’s something that I want you guys to understand, these things that I post on here and say, they seem to work for me, but I can’t say that they’ll work for you guys as well as they have for me. So today I’m going to give you guys a few tips that I’ve been doing, try them if you want, take them as a grain of salt, but if they don’t work remember…my body is mine and it’s weird, I have no idea what yours is like πŸ˜›

So my first tip is this: start a food journal

Sounds like it might be a pain, I thought it was at first, but it’s something that really does help in the end. For me the journal shows what a food journal should: what you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and your snacks. Mine also tells me the total amount of calories that I eat for each one. (I’ll address the calorie thing in a bit). But here’s how you tell what things work, what don’t, things you probably should stay away from, and things you should add wholeheartedly. For me, it shows me what kinds of foods I put with certain exercises. Harder workouts=more carbs, lower workouts=less carbs (meaning breads and such), how many vegetables am I getting? Did I get my greens for the day? What fruits, and other stuff like that. See how helpful it can be πŸ˜‰

My second tip: make a weekly menu

This is something that I didn’t even think about doing until I started T25. By making a weekly food menu, I know exactly what meals/snacks I’m going to have for each day. For me, it’s also seeing how my high cal/low cal days are going to work. Also by planning out your weekly menu, you’re going to know exactly what you’re going to eat and so with that food journal I mentioned, these things will keep you from binging during the week. Can you say accountable?

Β Tip 3: make a shopping list

Along with that weekly menu comes the shopping list. Because you have the menu you have what you’re going to make. Knowing what you’re going to make means that you need to write down what you need and then take that list with you to the store. The list will help keep you accountable in just buying what you need, and it can also help you avoid those aisles that you might be tempted to buy things like candy or extra peanut butter (if you’re me).

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Tip 4: Drink Green Tea (or tea in general but green mostly)

Between cinnamon and green tea, I think I can keep McCormick and Lipton going. It seems like every week I’m buying green tea, course I drink my coffee black and so I like the taste of a strong tea–which means I use two tea bags when I’m drinking straight green tea. My favorite thing though is brewing a cup of green tea and then adding in 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, 2 second squeeze of honey, and then CINNAMON!!!! It’s a tasty little apple cider in a cup (since I’m trying to stay away from the stuff because of the sugar….it’s so hard though). I drink this before lunch, fantastic! It contains 5 different things that help in metabolism and digestion–so check it out! But seriously, green tea is so great at boosting your metabolism, it also helps with so many other things…just drink the stuff!

So my tip 5 for this week is: Protein, protein, protein

When trying to lose weight, I have found that protein and greens, greens and protein that is what you need. Protein helps build lean muscle and then in turn lean muscle eats fat! So with every meal I make sure that there is some sort of protein, whether it’s chicken, tuna, (hamburger? πŸ˜› ), eggs, milk, protein bars, and my favorite EAS Lean protein powder! (Yes, I am going advertise here–EAS Lean Protein powder, found at Target and Walmart. It’s about $19 per jar, but it’s the best protein powder that I’ve used so far because I’m trying for that lean muscle. This powder is formulated to help in building lean protein and it’s only 100 calories for 2 scoops and it’s tasty!! Usually protein powder isn’t, but even my dad likes the taste of it).

I hope these tips might help a bit, or give you ideas as to what might help you!!! I’ll see ya’ll tomorrow because IT’S FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!! (course…..I also have some midterm stuff to write and do, so I’ll have to write when I need a break πŸ˜› ) Here’s to health guys! You can do it if you put your mind too it! Just keep going and your body will reward you!! Here’s from the Farmer’s Daughter signing off πŸ˜›

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Fitness Friday: Oatmeal Obsession

I’m still on this whole, “Royals are in the playoffs” kick. I was even watching the game, but when it got to the bottom of the 9th and they were still tied….I totally had to go to bed. Waking up early and doing laundry isn’t something I was too excited about either….but it needed to be done, and living in an apartment/dorm setting where EVERYONE has to share the laundry room…it’s the only thing to do.

But today is Friday, and because of that it’s FITNESS FRIDAY!!!!! (Eh, the big booming voice in my head made that sound cooler.) Like I said on Wednesday, reached my goal of 160 and so this week I’ve been fighting this 159 stall. Not that I’m complaining about stalling at 159, I mean I have 28 days to lose 5 pounds, but I kind of enjoy when I see that number drop. However, it’s October and because of this I’ve started experimenting with food. So I want to share this week’s “experiments” with you guys! First off, to those that know me, might know that I have a massive LOVE for oatmeal. Yes, you read that right….I love me some oatmeal!!!! I love everything about oatmeal and what I love most is experimenting with oatmeal. Of course I do have my favorites that I always return to:

What I call the No-Bake Cookie Oatmeal:

1/2 cup Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats, 1 Tbsp Hersey’s Dark Cocoa Powder, 1/4 cup milk (regular or whatever you prefer), 1/2 Tbsp of Natural Peanut Butter, and some chocolate chips for garnish.

Didn’t realize that a recipe I tried this week was basically this–except minus the Peanut Butter. (I knew it tasted weird πŸ˜› but it was still delicious!!! ) Oh, this recipe also had 1/2 a mashed banana in it, if you want to put that in too….it’s good either way.

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Next I introduce something I made up: Elvis Oatmeal. Basically it’s my favorite sandwich, (Peanut butter, honey, banana) in oatmeal form. (SAY WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!? HECK YES!!!!!!!! ) πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ So this one is

1/2 cup Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats, 1/2 Tbsp Natural Peanut Butter, 1/2 of a banana, 1/4 cup milk, and then top off with a drizzle of honey.

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I then tried this new recipe I found called Pumpkin Protein Cinnamon Rolls. These aren’t bad actually. See you’re supposed to make them with Cinnamon Roll protein powder….but I don’t have any and so I improvised with using vanilla protein instead. Still not bad and I’ll probably make them again. Makes 4 rolls, really easy to make a head, and then pop into the microwave the next morning. I would say….you should try them!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

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Here’s a recipe that I wasn’t really excited about, but I needed to try it before I made any judgements. Again, it wasn’t bad–just not my cup of tea…..or quinoa…….whatever. So this is called Pumpkin Spice Quinoa and it wasn’t bad just weird. Course, I’m still getting used to the taste quinoa gives, (make sure you rinse it first), and then the pumpkin and maple just made a weird combo to my taste buds. Here’s the link to the recipe. So try it and then let me know what you think!!!

http://www.onceuponacuttingboard.com/2013/10/pumpkin-spice-breakfast-quinoa.html

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Lastly, (for this week at least) is the Apple Pie Oatmeal. This was a bit different for me, because usually (and probably like most people) I just put all the ingredients in the bowl and then put it in the microwave. But this one I actually decided to make it stove top. I did this so I could soften up some of the apple chunks that are in the dish. So the recipe goes like this:

1/2 cup Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup milk (I think I might just use water only if I ever make this again and then put a dab of milk after)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

I thought that there was a bit too much of a nutmeg taste to make it an “apple pie”, so I added some more cinnamon and then some brown sugar just to liven it up. I can’t decide if I liked it or not….so I guess I’ll just have to make it again. πŸ˜›

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I also have these other recipes that I tried and did like: Fruit parfaits

2 Tbsp Kind Maple Quinoa Granola

4-5 oz Greek Vanilla Yogurt (I use Dannon Light & Fit Greek. Only 80 calories and tastes AMAZING)

Favorite fruit (I use either 2 tbsp of frozen blueberries or 1/4 cup cherries)

Also this…..I wasn’t hesitant about this….but this guys is actually really good and very filling!!!!

Blueberry Cheesecake Snack

Sorry for such a long post, but I wanted to get all these in one post!!! Hope you guys try some of these and let me know what you think!!!! And I’ll talk to ya’ll later!!!! LET’S GO ROYALS!!!! (oh, and the Chiefs too πŸ˜› )

Weight Loss Wednesday: Taking the Crown

It is the first day of October, and ladies and gentlemen I am proud to announce………….THE ROYALS DID IT!!!!!!!! OH MY GOSH, OH MY GOSH, OH MY GOSH, OH MY GOSH!!!!!! Myself along with countless thousand of other Royals have have waited for this day for 29 years. 29 YEARS!!! Last night I just wanted to go to bed, but decided to wait it through and watch it to the end, and we’re going to Anaheim!!!! WHOO-HOO!!!!!! I don’t think anything could make this week bad for me. The Chiefs won Monday night football and looked amazing, and now the Royals are going to the play-offs…….it’s surreal. I’m on cloud nine.

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Ok…but not only did the Royals play the best game of their lives last night (and make Royals fans EXTREMELY happy) but guys……I GOT MY GOAL FOR SEPTEMBER!!!!! That’s right, I reached my goal of 160 pounds, which means that I’m on the last 10 pounds for my goal of 150 by Christmas break. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I’ve often worried about if I will be able to get down to 150 by Christmas break. Course for me, I would like to reach 150 by Thanksgiving break–that way I’m starting out the holiday season on a good foot. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› Speaking of holidays, crazy to think that there are only 8 Fridays left until Thanksgiving break. This makes it even more real for me that mid-terms are coming up. Here I thought the semester was going by like a turtle but then that calendar says, “nope, we’re in October. Mid-terms are coming, which means projects are starting, and then November is just around the corner, and then finals…” WHOA! HOLD IT!!!! Ok, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, let’s enjoy October and the fact that it’s finally fall–and the weather will be cooperating here soon.

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But back to talking about weight loss. I know that now that I’m down to 160, it doesn’t mean that I can stop with what I’m doing. In fact, I’m going to have to work even harder now because as the saying goes, “the last 10 are the hardest to lose.” For me though, getting down to 160 proves that when you put your mind to something you can accomplish anything. It also proves to me that I actually am able to do this. There have been a number of times when I have just wanted to give up and just live life. This is what I know many people have done with their journey when the results they want don’t come right away. And this is how it is for all sort of different situations in life. I know, I was in that position a lot. I just wanted to give up…there was no point for me to continue, that weight wasn’t coming off, those inches weren’t disappearing, I was still fat and I was doing EVERYTHING I possibly could to lose weight–except maybe not stop eating all together.

However, with the support of my friends and family, they told me to keep going. Keep pushing, keep plugging, that in the end I’ll look back on this journey and see how all those things made me into, not only a stronger in they physical sense, but also in the mental sense. I’ve always thought of myself as a strong person: both mentally and physically. I’m not only a Scholz but an Elder as well. (The two most stubborn families right there ya’ll…I mean, these are my German, Scottish, and Irish roots–the three most stubborn people in the world…) But it’s amazing how some situations in my life, I couldn’t have gotten through them with God, family, and my friends. I know this girl, and I see her and what she’s going through and I realize how lucky I am because that could have been me if I hadn’t had these three things in my life. So I have to say, getting to this place in my life–and then having my family and friends ask ME how I did it, makes me feel good inside. Because now I can repay them the love and support that they gave to me, and together we can finish our journey’s together.

160 pounds….I don’t think I’ve weighed this since…..maybe middle school, freshman year of high school. Yeah, that’s a nice thought. I weigh less (or end up weighing less) then I did in high school. πŸ˜€ WHOO-HOO!!!!!!!! And you know what’s even better about this feeling, now I can do this:

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And feel good about it. Course, this brings me back to the my first point of me being careful. I have this mind set where I look in the mirror, like what I see, and then my mind goes, “now I can eat whatever I want!!!” No, no, no mind, can’t do that. Even though the season of pumpkin everything is now here, I still have to be mindful about what I put in my mouth. 150 by Christmas break. I still have 10 pounds to go, and so I will enjoy my pumpkin (because it is a super food) but I will also have to watch myself and make sure that what I’m putting in my mouth is still healthy and still good for me. Food that is nutritious and will help me to keep going on this weight loss. But………I mean it is October so…….

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