Daily Archives: July 19, 2017

Day 41

Good morning to a new day of whole foods!  Up 0.4 this morning. I don’t worry about the tiny fluctuations on the scale. 

I wasn’t sure how filling this cereal would be so that’s why I opted to use nuts as my entire protein. 

The strawberries and raspberries are from the garden. We also have blueberries, but they’re not ripe yet. 

This was a pretty quick prep time for lunch. The patties were in the fridge as leftovers. All my salad foods were basically prepped and in jars. 

I had to wash the snap peas and green beans since I picked them last night and put them straight into the jars without washing. 

This meal (protein, vegetable, salad, fat- and right now I’m switching the lunch and supper meals) always seems like a LOT of food. It was all very good. 

I like the different textures in food, sometimes even more than the taste. The coleslaw salad was fairly dry with no dressing, but having some soft cheese in it and alternating bites of it with the savory patties made it all taste delicious!

I just love knowing that my food is coming from my own garden or from basic ingredients out of my own kitchen. I’m planning to make the bean/mushroom patties again soon and I’ll share the recipe then. 

Right before I had supper, I had a food moment. I spent the whole day decluttering the contents of our basement that flooded this past spring. I already dealt with all the wet stuff during spring break, but the whole office was jammed full of boxes that were dry. 

Most of it is homeschooling materials which means I can use some for my classroom (I’m a teacher now. It’s been so long since I’ve blogged, lots has changed in my life.), I can get rid of a lot of it, and I can remember our homeschooling years which makes their cute handwriting and colored pictures sentimental and difficult to part with. There is also a lot of stuff we never did which leaves me feeling like a failure, even though I know overall, we did a good job. 

Needless to say, by 4:30 I wanted to snack and eat all things yummy, but those types of foods are not within my Bright Lines. I took a moment to think about how I was feeling. 

I wanted a treat, a reward for working so hard, some COMFORT food for doing such a grueling and mind taxing, awful job. But I chose to keep my lines bright and I drank water instead and quickly put together my supper. 

I had planned to eat this. It’s a life saver to plan your food the night before because executing the plan takes no additional decisions. And with a situation like this, another decision is NOT what I need to be doing when I’m tired, grumpy, and weak. 

I decided that peanut butter for my “fat” was more comforting than cheese, so I ate this. It was a compromise, but I didn’t cross any lines!

It was fast and easy to prep and I savored every bite.

As I ate, I could feel the peace come back over me and the cravings for all the treats went away. I am grateful for clarity of mind which has been a result of my new lifestyle and while in the past I would have just grabbed anything I could find, now I was able to make better choices and not pacify myself with unhealthy foods. I may have faltered a bit with the peanut butter (I didn’t measure it), but I stayed within my food plan and I feel like the day was a success especially since I was conscious of the “why” behind the cravings. 

Food should be food, not a reward, not a pacifier. It is for fuel and nourishment and should be enjoyed just for what it is. 

Bright Line Eating

I’ve read a book that has changed my life!  I’m going to post a photo of it and then share my journey here in this blog. 

When you step on the scale and the number that pops up is the same number that you saw when you were full term pregnant with your first child…well…SOMETHING NEEDS TO DRASTICALLY CHANGE!!!

I found myself middle aged, pudgy, and definitely not happy with what I was seeing in the mirror. 

This blog is going to become more like a foodie blog for a while because I’d like to share my experience and the results of reading Susan’s book. This has become a new way of life for me and while I’m already 10 lbs lighter after just 37 days, my sense of well being, my happiness, and my positive outlook are simply amazing!  I am loving life and finding a new level of vibrant living that I want to co tongue to experience. 

I plan to jump in where I’m at and as time allows I may backtrack and show my food for the past 39 days. I wanted to be sure this was going to stick before blogging about it and it has!  

I’m happy to answer questions but there won’t be a big explanation of how this all works. I’m simply going to just share how I’m doing it and my reactions each day. 

Now to share my journey!

Day 40

We are jumping in at Day 40!  Here is a quick look at last week in my Wellness Journal. I have been very faithful in planning my food the night before and then just executing my plan each day. This is a key to success with Bright Line Eating!!

Here is the current week, ready to go!!

I lost another 0.8 ounces today! I love seeing the numbers on the scale going down!!

Before I begin showing my food, I think it’s important for everyone to know that I have never enjoyed cooking. The kitchen has never been my friend and I have never found joy in the process of making food. 

Until now!

The book has truly changed my life and I am having so much fun in the kitchen now. I’m still a beginner cook in my own self evaluation, but I am able to figure out some very tasty things so I will share them here. I am not a fancy food blogger, just a girl with an iPhone, making simple food to nourish a body!!  And so we begin!

 Here is what I ate today. 

My yogurt and berries felt like eating dessert!!

This lunch was fun to make!

I started off by chopping my garden squash into tiny little cubes. 

I love this chopper so much. It’s so fast and easy to use!

Perfect little cubes!!

I dumped them in the pan with my veggie taco meat. 

I sautéed that around for a bit and then added my riced cauliflower. 

I used some turmeric and this wonderful seasoning from Costco to season the mix. 

While that was cooking I stepped outside to my bucket garden and snipped off some fresh cilantro. 

I didn’t use very much, just enough for a light sprinkle when my plate was ready. 

The food was looking very yummy!

I set my burner on low and began dumping my salad together. Since everything was basically prepped and already in quart jars, the salad was a snap to make. The tomato and kale are from our garden!  I love this time of year!

Dinner is served. YUM!!

Supper was pretty basic since I wasn’t very hungry from my lunch!

I love easy meals like this!

I enjoyed all my food very much today. Overall today was a great day of meals!