New Years Eve Traditions for GOOD LUCK & MONEY!!

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A NEW YEAR IS UPON US!!

New years eve traditions

How do you bring in the New Year??

New Years Eve is a day of celebration, letting go of the past and looking forward to the future.  Many people host huge parties with friends and family while others attend celebrations at local venues to ring in the new year!

For many years we have chosen to stay home and have a little fun of our own by participating in some of the age old traditions that are supposed to bring good luck and fortune to you in the new year!  I have been asked by many people to write out all of the things that I do each year for fun and why!  All of the children in my family know of these traditions because I do them pretty much every year.  One year I didn’t and lets just say it wasn’t the “best year of my life” so I never skipped even one after that!!  Some call them traditions, others call them superstitions, but whatever you call them, it can make your New Years Eve a ton of fun and fire you up for the new year!!

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I don’t know where each of these traditions originated but here they are the reasons why I do them!

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PREPPING FOR MIDNIGHT:

  • Place SEVEN coins (heads up) in each window sill to guarantee that money will come into your home in the coming year.
  • Fill one pot of water sometime during the day for each person in your household and have it ready for midnight with a big spoon (more on that later), the water should sit throughout the day.  Some people believe that you should mop your floors and keep the dirty water for this same purpose.
  • Gather TWELVE GRAPES for each person in the household (don’t eat them yet), each one will signify a full circle of good luck for each month in the year.  If you hate grapes, you could do peas, I know that sounds gross but it is the price you pay for not eating grapes 😉
  • For peace in the coming year wear WHITE on New Years Eve, for fortune and money make sure you wear YELLOW.   You are supposed to wear RED underwear but I have no idea why but do it just in case I forgot something important 🙂
  • Get your suitcase out and unzipped and leave by your front door (more on this later)!
  • Have a broom sitting by your front door (more on this later too), just get it ready, yes really!
  • Make SURE that you have some money in your wallet or purse, even if it is only a dollar, this is to make sure that money will flow throughout the year!
  • While waiting for the new year to hit with your Dollar Store party hat on (this is a MUST), grab a note pad and tear off  TWELVE pieces of paper.  On each piece of paper write out anything negative that has been weighing on you the past year, one for each piece of paper.  Keep it short and sweet.  IMPORTANT:  Don’t get all ninny-pooperish and start talking about everyone that annoyed you or it will ruin your good time, just write each thing down swiftly.  Once you have written each down it is now time to BURN EACH ONE!  I prefer to throw them in a bon fire, but a simple plate with a lighter will work too if you don’t have a bon fire.  It is time to LET IT GO.. each and every one of them to start the new year with a fresh start.   Say whatever it is you have to say to make yourself laugh while you burn each one.  I personally like the phrase “GOOD RIDDENS YA DIRTY RASCAL” when letting go.   This is really cleansing, you can thank me later 🙂

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GET READY FOR
MIDNIGHT!

AT THE STRIKE OF MIDNIGHT THIS IS WHAT YOU DO IN THIS ORDER:

  • Watch the ball drop in Times Square on TV
  • Kiss the people you love that are close to you (make sure they are cool with that first)
  • YELL HAPPY NEW YEAR!
  • Grab your grapes, you must eat ALL TWELVE in the FIRST MINUTE of the new year!  Note:  Don’t try to shove them all in your mouth at one time, TRUST ME, it doesn’t end well, take your time, you have thirty seconds left, get on it!
  • Run and grab your pot of water, THROW THE WATER out the front door and yell “OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW!”  and beat on your pot with your big spoon while yelling HAPPY NEW YEAR loud enough for the entire neighborhood to hear you!
  • Go back inside and grab your suitcase, walk out the front door and back inside with your suitcase, this will bring you travel opportunities throughout the coming year.  If you prefer to stay home all year skip this step 😉
  • Next, take the broom and sweep out towards your front door, this is symbolic of sweeping out all of the negativity in the previous year.  I say something like “OUTTA HERE NEGATIVITY!” while I’m sweeping.  Make sure you pass the broom to anyone else in the house so they can do the same thing.
  • Square dance and dosey-doe at the front door as you are going back in.  JUST KIDDING on that one, I just thought it was a funny visual to add, haha

Happy Dance Laurel and hardy

If you complete all of these tasks you are SURE to have a new year filled with GOOD LUCK and PROSPERITY!!

NEW YEARS DAY FOODS TO SEAL THE DEAL

First let me say that I am from the South.  My mother was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana and I was raised on southern cooking.  I am sure that there are other traditions in different parts of the country, but I have always been told that eating certain things on New Years Day is a MUST so I never ever skip out on these traditions:

Black-eyed peas and Corn Bread

This is a MUST, if you don’t do anything else, you MUST eat your black-eyed peas and cornbread.  This is a well known tradition to attract good luck and financial good fortune.  Beans symbolize money or coins.  The Corn Bread resembles a block of gold, some people will add corn kernels to their corn bread which is symbolic of gold nuggets for extra fortune.    We cook our leftover Christmas Ham or ham bone with our black eyed peas and we love sweet vadalia onions with ours as well.

Pork on New Years Day

We cook a pork roast on New Years Day but there are many ways to cook pork to your liking.  It is said to eat pork on New Years Day but NEVER eat chicken or cow.   The reasoning is that a chicken scratches backwards, a cow stands still but a pig roots forward.  It is symbolic of moving forward in your life in the upcoming year!

Greens are a must for money!!

Turnip Greens, Collard Greens, Spinach, any green will do!   Greens are symbolic for money, so if you want to have money in the new year make sure you eat your greens!!  If you aren’t used to eating greens it is best to cook them WAY down.  We like to put fresh turnip greens in a big pot and cover with water, we lightly fry up about a half of a package of bacon and throw it in the pot with the greens, add some salt and pepper and cook them way down for flavor.  I personally like to put a little bit of tabasco sauce on mine but my husband loves them just the way they are.  Eat all of the good luck foods together, it is a perfect combination for your taste buds!

Cabbage and Potatoes

We cook down a full head of cabbage.  This is for good health in the new year.  I didn’t do my cabbage last year and learned my lesson so I will be eating a big bowl this year, haha!  We cook ours very simply.  We quarter a head of cabbage and break it down in a large stock pot.  I use two 32 oz cartons of chicken broth and add more water to cover the cabbage completely.  We cut up a few potatoes (the rounder the better since it is symbolic of a full circle) and add those to the pot with some salt and pepper.   We cook it WAY down until it is soft and has almost a soup consistency but the cabbage is still in decent size pieces.

Dessert:  Ring shaped cake

We don’t personally bake our cake, we usually buy one from Publix.  A ring shaped cake symbolizes that you have come full circle.  I have heard of people baking trinkets into their cake but I have never done that myself.   Not a bad idea, but you could end up with a tooth repair which wouldn’t be fun to start off the new year if ya know what I’m sayin’ 😉

So that’s it folks!!  Simple and fun ways to celebrate the new year and maybe even get a little bit of good luck and money thrown your way at the same time!!

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Do you have any new years traditions that you do every year?  I would LOVE to hear about it!!

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New Years Eve Traditions for GOOD LUCK & MONEY!!

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A NEW YEAR IS UPON US!!

New years eve traditions

How do you bring in the New Year??

New Years Eve is a day of celebration, letting go of the past and looking forward to the future.  Many people host huge parties with friends and family while others attend celebrations at local venues to ring in the new year!

For many years we have chosen to stay home and have a little fun of our own by participating in some of the age old traditions that are supposed to bring good luck and fortune to you in the new year!  I have been asked by many people to write out all of the things that I do each year for fun and why!  All of the children in my family know of these traditions because I do them pretty much every year.  One year I didn’t and lets just say it wasn’t the “best year of my life” so I never skipped even one after that!!  Some call them traditions, others call them superstitions, but whatever you call them, it can make your New Years Eve a ton of fun and fire you up for the new year!!

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I don’t know where each of these traditions originated but here they are the reasons why I do them!

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PREPPING FOR MIDNIGHT:

  • Place SEVEN coins (heads up) in each window sill to guarantee that money will come into your home in the coming year.
  • Fill one pot of water sometime during the day for each person in your household and have it ready for midnight with a big spoon (more on that later), the water should sit throughout the day.  Some people believe that you should mop your floors and keep the dirty water for this same purpose.
  • Gather TWELVE GRAPES for each person in the household (don’t eat them yet), each one will signify a full circle of good luck for each month in the year.  If you hate grapes, you could do peas, I know that sounds gross but it is the price you pay for not eating grapes 😉
  • For peace in the coming year wear WHITE on New Years Eve, for fortune and money make sure you wear YELLOW.   You are supposed to wear RED underwear but I have no idea why but do it just in case I forgot something important 🙂
  • Get your suitcase out and unzipped and leave by your front door (more on this later)!
  • Have a broom sitting by your front door (more on this later too), just get it ready, yes really!
  • Make SURE that you have some money in your wallet or purse, even if it is only a dollar, this is to make sure that money will flow throughout the year!
  • While waiting for the new year to hit with your Dollar Store party hat on (this is a MUST), grab a note pad and tear off  TWELVE pieces of paper.  On each piece of paper write out anything negative that has been weighing on you the past year, one for each piece of paper.  Keep it short and sweet.  IMPORTANT:  Don’t get all ninny-pooperish and start talking about everyone that annoyed you or it will ruin your good time, just write each thing down swiftly.  Once you have written each down it is now time to BURN EACH ONE!  I prefer to throw them in a bon fire, but a simple plate with a lighter will work too if you don’t have a bon fire.  It is time to LET IT GO.. each and every one of them to start the new year with a fresh start.   Say whatever it is you have to say to make yourself laugh while you burn each one.  I personally like the phrase “GOOD RIDDENS YA DIRTY RASCAL” when letting go.   This is really cleansing, you can thank me later 🙂

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GET READY FOR
MIDNIGHT!

AT THE STRIKE OF MIDNIGHT THIS IS WHAT YOU DO IN THIS ORDER:

  • Watch the ball drop in Times Square on TV
  • Kiss the people you love that are close to you (make sure they are cool with that first)
  • YELL HAPPY NEW YEAR!
  • Grab your grapes, you must eat ALL TWELVE in the FIRST MINUTE of the new year!  Note:  Don’t try to shove them all in your mouth at one time, TRUST ME, it doesn’t end well, take your time, you have thirty seconds left, get on it!
  • Run and grab your pot of water, THROW THE WATER out the front door and yell “OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW!”  and beat on your pot with your big spoon while yelling HAPPY NEW YEAR loud enough for the entire neighborhood to hear you!
  • Go back inside and grab your suitcase, walk out the front door and back inside with your suitcase, this will bring you travel opportunities throughout the coming year.  If you prefer to stay home all year skip this step 😉
  • Next, take the broom and sweep out towards your front door, this is symbolic of sweeping out all of the negativity in the previous year.  I say something like “OUTTA HERE NEGATIVITY!” while I’m sweeping.  Make sure you pass the broom to anyone else in the house so they can do the same thing.
  • Square dance and dosey-doe at the front door as you are going back in.  JUST KIDDING on that one, I just thought it was a funny visual to add, haha

Happy Dance Laurel and hardy

If you complete all of these tasks you are SURE to have a new year filled with GOOD LUCK and PROSPERITY!!

NEW YEARS DAY FOODS TO SEAL THE DEAL

First let me say that I am from the South.  My mother was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana and I was raised on southern cooking.  I am sure that there are other traditions in different parts of the country, but I have always been told that eating certain things on New Years Day is a MUST so I never ever skip out on these traditions:

Black-eyed peas and Corn Bread

This is a MUST, if you don’t do anything else, you MUST eat your black-eyed peas and cornbread.  This is a well known tradition to attract good luck and financial good fortune.  Beans symbolize money or coins.  The Corn Bread resembles a block of gold, some people will add corn kernels to their corn bread which is symbolic of gold nuggets for extra fortune.    We cook our leftover Christmas Ham or ham bone with our black eyed peas and we love sweet vadalia onions with ours as well.

Pork on New Years Day

We cook a pork roast on New Years Day but there are many ways to cook pork to your liking.  It is said to eat pork on New Years Day but NEVER eat chicken or cow.   The reasoning is that a chicken scratches backwards, a cow stands still but a pig roots forward.  It is symbolic of moving forward in your life in the upcoming year!

Greens are a must for money!!

Turnip Greens, Collard Greens, Spinach, any green will do!   Greens are symbolic for money, so if you want to have money in the new year make sure you eat your greens!!  If you aren’t used to eating greens it is best to cook them WAY down.  We like to put fresh turnip greens in a big pot and cover with water, we lightly fry up about a half of a package of bacon and throw it in the pot with the greens, add some salt and pepper and cook them way down for flavor.  I personally like to put a little bit of tabasco sauce on mine but my husband loves them just the way they are.  Eat all of the good luck foods together, it is a perfect combination for your taste buds!

Cabbage and Potatoes

We cook down a full head of cabbage.  This is for good health in the new year.  I didn’t do my cabbage last year and learned my lesson so I will be eating a big bowl this year, haha!  We cook ours very simply.  We quarter a head of cabbage and break it down in a large stock pot.  I use two 32 oz cartons of chicken broth and add more water to cover the cabbage completely.  We cut up a few potatoes (the rounder the better since it is symbolic of a full circle) and add those to the pot with some salt and pepper.   We cook it WAY down until it is soft and has almost a soup consistency but the cabbage is still in decent size pieces.

Dessert:  Ring shaped cake

We don’t personally bake our cake, we usually buy one from Publix.  A ring shaped cake symbolizes that you have come full circle.  I have heard of people baking trinkets into their cake but I have never done that myself.   Not a bad idea, but you could end up with a tooth repair which wouldn’t be fun to start off the new year if ya know what I’m sayin’ 😉

So that’s it folks!!  Simple and fun ways to celebrate the new year and maybe even get a little bit of good luck and money thrown your way at the same time!!

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Do you have any new years traditions that you do every year?  I would LOVE to hear about it!!

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Who wants to win a $15.00 Publix Gift Card?!

Nature Valley has out a NEW PRODUCT called Simple Nut Bars, there are currently two flavors Almond Cashew Sea Salt and Roasted Peanut Honey bars.  They are both REALLY GOOD.  I personally prefer the Almond Cashew because I LOVE Cashews!  I was asked to do a product review on these and I was really impressed!

Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars are Gluten Free and have simple ingredients perfect for snacking!  I was SHOCKED at how fresh they taste and how all of the nuts are clearly visible in the bar!

I am always looking for a healthier snack and these really hit the spot.  They were crunchy AND chewy at the same time.  It wasn’t like a bar that you take a bite of and it is super hard.  It had the crunch from the nuts but had a chewy texture which was surprising to me!

Just look at this thing, doesn’t that look good?!  It is SO TASTY!

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I found these at Publix for $3.19 per box.  I am SUPER STOKED that there is a coupon for $.75/1 box of Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars.  Make sure you print your coupons NOW and hold it for a BOGO sale at Publix, you would pay about $.85 per box if they go BOGO!  Most of the time when we see a new product like this we will also see a sale pop up too!!

Here is a tasty snack that we made last night:

Nature Valley Simple Nuts promo ice cream

We used Edy’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (currently BOGO at Publix) and broke the Almond Cashew Sea Salt Bar over it.  The combination of flavors was DELICIOUS!!

 

Nature Valley Simple Nut

Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars are $3.19 at my Publix store.  If they end up going BOGO at Publix, you would buy TWO, use TWO $.75/1 box of Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars coupons and end up paying $.85 per box!  That would be a STEAL for sure! Make sure you print your coupons NOW while they are available and hold for a sale!!

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2) Head over here and print your $.75/1 box of Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars coupons

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Keep calm.. I’m losing weight! WOOHOO! Check this out!

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keep calm Im losing weight

WOOHOO!  I am 10.6 lbs down in 21 days!
HECK YEAH!

 

If you have been following my posts for the last three weeks, you know that I have been doing the Personal Trainer Food program.  I have been blogging on my journey including my struggles here.

Today makes 21 days that I have been eating healthy.  I have eliminated all processed foods and useless carbs from my diet including flour, sugar, bread, pasta and rice.   Personal Trainer Food sent me box of delicious chicken, veggies and snacks  that is REAL FOOD (not tv dinners or boxed stuff) which had ALL of my meals and snacks for a full 28 days included.  After researching programs to see what program was out there that was based on “clean eating” with REAL FOOD I came across Personal Trainer Food.  I originally bought into the program before speaking with a representative from the company.  After discussing it further, they agreed to send me the full program for 28 days in exchange for my honest opinion.  I agreed to stick to it without cheating for 28 days to give it a fair shot and see what my results would be.   I am 100% positive that I have been successful so far because everything was at my fingertips and super easy to follow.  If I got hungry I could just grab one of the allowed foods and eat it without having to think about making the right choices.   The only thing that I have added to the foods that they sent me was one apple each night as an additional snack as well as some macadamia nuts.  These items are allowed within the program guidelines and sounded good so I took advantage of the extra options.

I can honestly say that I feel 100% better since I started eating healthy

I anticipated that it would be really difficult to eliminate most carbs from my diet.  I knew that my diet was pretty much based on some sort of carb at every meal.  Since I am not a big sweets person I figured that it would be difficult to adjust to not eating starchy carbs.   I’m not going to say that there weren’t times that I just wanted a sandwich or a bowl of fried rice or even a waffle (see my post here on that), but overall, it wasn’t difficult to adjust to at all!   As long as I had the allowable foods on hand (meat, cheese, eggs, salads, nuts, apples) I felt satisfied.  Since some of the foods are allowed in unlimited quantities, there was always something that I could grab that would make me feel full or satisfy the urge to want to munch on something.

I am SHOCKED that I am exercising regularly

I’m not going to lie… exercising is not on my list of top ten items that I like to do.  Honestly, the only exercise program that I have ever really enjoyed was Jazzercise and they stopped offering it in my area a few years back.  I am pretty active though with fishing, camping and playing outside with our dogs so I guess that has helped me through the years a bit.    With the Personal Trainer Food program they ask you to commit to walking for 10 minutes per day.  From the beginning that seemed more than doable and it didn’t give me that internal feeling of wanting to quit.  I mean really, 10 minutes isn’t much in the scope of things (until you start doing it and haven’t exercised in a while, haha).   My method for pushing through is to put Taylor Swifts “Shake it off” on repeat on my phone with some headphones and listen to it three times.  That totals ten minutes and before you know it I am done!   I didn’t want to make this big production of having to get ready and go up to the local park to do my walking, so I simply walked around my yard in a big giant square while listening to my music.    Since my dog Rosco just recently got done with obedience training I also incorporated this into my walking and practice his “heel” command.  He seems to enjoy the attention and it keeps my mind occupied between him and the music.

I sleep better than ever before!

One of the biggest surprises with eating properly has been that I am sleeping SOOOOOOO much better.   Those of you that know me or have followed the deals on my website can confirm that I am up ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT usually.  It isn’t unusual to see me comment on a question or post a deal at 3:30am regularly.   Since eliminating most carbs from my diet I do not have the energy highs and lows during the day and at night when I hit the bed I fall asleep almost immediately and feel very rested when I wake up in the morning.  WHO KNEW?!

Heading into my FINAL WEEK of the 28 day program, here’s my plan:

I have really being doing good about sticking to the plan and as of today I have lost 10.6 lbs.  To me that is AMAZING!  Every pound that I lose encourages me to keep going and lose even more.  My goal was to lose 10 lbs per month for 5 months (50 lbs total) and that is what I plan to do.  It is not unusual to lose a little more weight when you initially start a diet because of water weight and excess junk in your system.  I feel like 2 1/2 lbs per week is possible with this program and I really want to work towards that goal.

As I mentioned earlier, I already bought into the plan before speaking directly with the company, so I have extra food on hand that will likely carry me another 2-3 weeks.  My husband has been eating some meals with me (and enjoying them I might add), so I won’t have a full 28 days left, but I have enough to let me continue for a bit.   After that, I do plan to continue the program (at my own expense) until I have hit my weight loss goal.  That says A LOT, trust me.  I don’t think that I have ever had the desire to continue with any “diet” or eating plan that I have started in the past.  By this point I am usually bored to death of the food or I just don’t see myself doing it long term.   With Personal Trainer Food, it is just regular natural food that is already seasoned and prepared to make it easy to follow proper eating habits.  I like that about the program and feel like I can be successful if I stick it out.  I may modify a few things here and there in the long run, but I have been extremely satisfied with my results and hoping to hit my weight loss goal before summer vacation!

I also plan to bump up my exercising to 20 minutes per day starting this week.  I have been doing an extra round with my walking this past week and feel like I can commit to doing a little more.   I have also noticed that I am much more flexible than before I started walking and have more energy when walking into a store or getting up to do something.   It is the little things that you notice when losing weight.  My clothes are getting super loose too which is really encouraging!  Someone mentioned that I might benefit from a rebounder also, which is one of those mini trampolines with a stability bar that you bounce on and do exercises.  I have had knee surgery and this is supposed to be less impact on your knees.  If anyone has any experience with using one of these I would love to hear about it!  I am probably going to order one this week so let me know!

Ready, Set, GO!  It’s the last week!

I have ONE MORE WEEK of the 28 day program.  Although I am very satisfied with my results already, it will be interesting to see how much I end up losing after following the full 28 days.  My original goal was to lose 10 lbs so anything after that is considered an extra bonus in my book!  I will keep you all posted on how I am doing!

To kick off my last week, I decided to go with one of my very favorite meal options which is Stir Fry!  YUUUMMMY!  Doesn’t this look good??

Personal Trainer Food week 4

How are you doing on your program?  Have you been able to stick it out so far?
I would love to hear all about it! 

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Update on my diet… I just want a waffle!

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Im on a diet

Let’s be honest, losing weight is NOT easy.  There are so many ups and downs that happen on a weight loss journey which is why many people fall off the diet train and go back to their bad habits.  I am on week THREE of my new eating plan and it is REALLY hard for me this week.

I JUST WANT A WAFFLE.

As I mentioned in my earlier posts  HERE, HERE and HERE about it, I am on the  Personal Trainer Food ALL INCLUSIVE program that covers all of my meals for a full 28 days.  Basically, they send you a box of delicious chicken, veggies and snacks  that is REAL FOOD (not tv dinners or boxed stuff).  I have eliminated all processed carbs from my diet, no sugar, no flour, no potatoes and no dairy except for cheese.   I will say, it makes it a whole lot easier to stay on track when you have all of the food you are allowed to have including snacks at your fingertips.   Honestly, I am positive that having everything right here is the ONLY reason that I haven’t cheated at this point (although I am on the edge).

The last two weeks were very easy for me and it felt like I was going to skate through the 28 days without any major temptations to sway off track.  I fasted for 24 hours before starting the eating plan and went right into things without having any issues adjusting to proper eating.  Honestly, I do feel like the food is good and satisfying, but I am at the point now of wanting something, at first it was rice, then it was cereal and now I am stuck on wanting a waffle.  It doesn’t help that my husband is a snackaholic who is physically fit and doesn’t have an ounce of extra fat on him.  He is extremely supportive and encouraging and expresses that continuously as he bakes his own cookies, heats up his Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffles and even while baking his own German Chocolate Cake (yes that all happened in the last two days).   Bless his heart.

One thing that I do love about the Personal Trainer Food program is that they send you videos each week letting you know what to expect so that you can prepare.   In the week three video, he specifically talks about this week being difficult but after this week I will experience an “Ah-Ha” moment.   LORD HELP ME MAKE IT TO THE AH-HA MOMENT!  He mentions that although we really like the Personal Trainer Food (true) and that it tastes good (true), we get bored with the meats, eggs and cheese and feel like eating something like pasta, pizza and ice cream (oh my GOD that is true).  I am thankful for this video because it lets me know that I am not alone in these feelings and that it is completely normal.

I do plan to stick it out without cheating for the full 28 days of the program.   I am determined not to cheat no matter how loud that waffle is calling my name.   A few days ago I reported in that I had lost 8.5 lbs in 13 days.   On the Personal Trainer Food program, they do not recommend you weighing in regularly because you will get discouraged with the ups and downs and focus more on the number than creating the routine of eating properly.   I decided that I would commit to NOT weighing in this entire week and will weigh before starting the last week of the program.  At this point my clothes are feeling VERY loose which is a great feeling and I do feel a lot better physically.  Walking is less of a chore each day and I know that eating properly is making a huge difference.   I am going to do my best to hold off on eating anything that wasn’t included with my Personal Trainer Food package as I push through week three anticipating my Ah-Ha moment.

How are you doing on your program?  Are you struggling with week three also?
I would love to hear all about it! 

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I’ve lost 8.5 lbs so far! Super excited! #PersonalTrainerFood

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Well, I thought I would update you all on my progress with Personal Trainer Food and let you know how I am doing!  I am happy to say that I am down 8.5 lbs in 13 day!  I swear I didn’t lift myself up with helium balloons like in the picture above either, haha! 


YIPPEY!

If you haven’t been following my journey, I did a post HERE and HERE about it to bring you up to speed.   Basically I received a box of delicious chicken, veggies and snacks from Personal Trainer Food (no TV dinners, real meat and veggies) that covers all of my meals for a full 28 days.  I have eliminated all processed carbs from my diet, no sugar, no flour, no potatoes and no dairy except for cheese.  It was surprisingly easy to adjust to and I have had no problems staying on track which is amazing for me!

On this program they want you to focus more on routine and eating properly than actual “dieting”.  By eating the right foods and doing some simple exercising (10 minutes of walking per day) your body goes into fat burning mode and the weight starts coming off naturally.   I honestly haven’t done much else besides what is recommended and I am pleasantly surprised that I am not hungry and the weight really IS coming off!

The cool thing about removing processed carbs and sugars from your diet is that you no longer have the energy ups and downs during the day as your sugar levels crash.  I wake up feeling good and haven’t had the mid day slump since I started eating right.  It took about 3-4 days for my body to adjust to eating properly and during those days I felt a little sluggish here and there but nothing to really speak of.

The food is DELICIOUS!  You get to pick out the items that you want them to send you which includes Pre-cooked, Frozen, Gourmet Quality yet Affordable, No-Low Gluten options.  For the most part I selected chicken, beef, veggies, sausage, eggs, cheese, nuts, etc.  It is all good.  I haven’t found anything that I don’t like yet and there is a lot to select from.  My FAVORITE are the gluten free Buffalo Chicken Sticks, it makes me feel like I’m cheating even though I’m not!  It is included with the food that they sent me and OH SO GOOD when I just want something that seems off limits.  The regular chicken breast and veggies are all very tasty too and I haven’t felt deprived of anything at this point.  You can eat an unlimited amount of meat & eggs and some veggies so there are plenty of options to keep you full while your body adjusts to no carbs.

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Grilled Chicken Breast and Broccoli VERY good!

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Buffalo Chicken Sticks.
I know, it looks all wrong.. but its not!

personal trainer food stir fryStir-fry Chicken & Sausage with Veggies

So how much does this cost?

Everyone asks me this question before anything else, so I wanted to give you an idea of how much this would cost to do on your own.   Keep in mind that Personal Trainer Food sent me a 28 day supply of ALL MEALS and snacks to try out, this is called their ALL INCLUSIVE program.  I was planning to buy in on the deal anyways because it was the ONLY plan that I could find that sent actual REAL pre-cooked, frozen, gourmet quality food that is not boxed or tv dinners.  I have tried those programs and they get old really fast.   So with that said, my package which includes a Breakfast (such as an omelet and sausage) a Lunch (such as a seasoned chicken breast and veggies) and a Dinner (such as a meat ~beef or chicken~ and veggies) as well as two snacks per day (Sausage & Cheese sticks, Almonds, Pistachios, etc) would be $369 total for the whole month after the $75 promotion on their website (code MyYear2015).  That works out to be $13.18 per day or roughly $4.39 per meal not factoring in the 56 snacks you get with it.  For me that is a GREAT DEAL because it is really good healthy food and I don’t have to think about what I am going to eat or spend time preparing the foods I need to lose weight.  I am SURE that is why I have been as successful as I have been so far.  The ease of grabbing something, heating it up and eating it and feeling satisfied but keeping on track is my idea of an easy diet.  I get off track when I have to plan it out for a month.

There are cheaper programs too which you could easily do as well if you didn’t want to put out that much initially.  Since the breakfast meals consist of omelets or eggs with cheese and a meat like sausage or bacon you could do those yourself and buy in on the 2 meal program instead.   For me, I will probably stick with the “All Inclusive” package because it takes the guess work out of it and makes it WAY too easy.

I am about to enter into my THIRD week on the program.  Personal Trainer Foods sent me a video on what to expect in the third week (you can check it out here if interested).  It is suppose to be the HARDEST of all weeks so I am really going to stay focused and stay with the program.   I promised myself that I would give this a full 28 days without wavering at all from the program and see how I do.  I personally need to lose about 50 lbs so I will be THRILLED if this is the program that works for me long term.  So far I feel fantastic and the food is no problem to keep up with!

  • Last week I shared more information on what I am eating, you can check that out here
  • If you are thinking of ordering, click on this link here but DO NOT use the promo code (for $50 off) it gives you when you click on my link, go directly to the order page and use code MyYear2015 to get $75 off.

I know that many of you are doing your own weight loss programs too.  I would love to hear how yours is going!  Please comment and share!!

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You know you sang that song in your head when you read the title to this post, haha

 

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Well, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size 2 and never will be, but I am getting myself back on track and trying to eat right this year!  So far I am doing pretty good and staying on track which is pretty amazing for me.  Normally I will start a diet or healthy eating plan and within a few days I have either given up or sabotaged myself by “cheating just once”.   Just in case you missed it, I posted about my plan of action HERE earlier this week and promised to keep everyone posted on how it was going and what was working for me.

I have received a TON of private messages and comments about the new program that I am on and a lot of people were wanting more details so I will do my best to explain how it works and what I am up to.

My goal for this year was to start eating “cleaner” and avoid so much processed food.
I have been researching this for a while and it just seems like the best way to go instead of trying some crazy diet plan with tv dinners, shakes or whatever.  I have tried all of those and they never worked for me long term.   In the past however, I was somewhat successful with a low carb diet like Atkins, BUT, I didn’t like not being able to eat any fruits or veggies while on Atkins.

Right now I am eating Personal Trainer Foods which are 98% Gluten Free

I actually found this program while researching healthy food options.  For me, the biggest problem with changing my eating habits is figuring out what to eat and when I am supposed to eat it.  I can go to the grocery store and buy all of the “right” things, but that usually only lasts a few days and I am stumped on what to make for dinner or how to stay completely on track and I mess up by eating something I’m not suppose to eat.   With Personal Trainer Foods they send the food right to you already packaged (NOT TV Dinners) with things like individual seasoned chicken breasts and fresh frozen broccoli or other vegetables.   The whole idea is that you just select what you want to eat for your meals, three times per day, heat it up and keep on going!  The convenience of having the food right there and not having to think about it is HUGE for me.  I have been on it now for six days and have not varied off of the program or the correct foods to eat at all yet.  It has been SUPER EASY.

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These are the basic foods that you can eat on the program
(if you wanted to try to do it on your own without ordering the food you can)

Basically you are removing most carbs (besides those in some veggies) and gluten from your diet.  They way that I understand it is that by eliminating most carbs and replacing those items with lean meats, veggies, eggs and cheese, your body will go into fat burning mode and start burning off the fat that you already have since it won’t have useless carbs to burn off.   I am not a diet and nutrition expert so it is a little bit hard for me to explain exactly how it physically works, but you can check out a video here about the program that I am doing for a more thorough explanation.

I CAN HAVE:
  • Unlimited lean meats (beef, chicken, pork, fish, seafood, etc)
  • Eggs are unlimited prepared any way
  • Leafy greens are unlimited – lettuce, kale (what is that anyway?), spinach, etc.
  • Non-starchy vegetables in moderation (cukes, celery, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, etc.)
  • Nuts (up to 3oz per day), almonds, pistachios, macadamia, walnuts or sunflower seeds
  • Cheeses up to 6oz per day (that is a HALF a small block, what?!)
  • One apple per day
  • Sauce / dressing w/2g or less sugar per serving (most ranch salsa, etc.  No LOW FAT)
  • Butter and oil fine in moderation
  • Herbs and spices
  • Non-dairy powdered creamer (to lighten coffee)
  • Water, Coffee, Unsweet Tea allowed
I CAN NOT HAVE:
  • NO sugar of any kind.  No candy (not even sugar free), dessert, pies, ice cream etc.
  • No Agave or Honey
  • No Starches which means no flour, grains, rice bread, pasta, cereal, granola, popcorn, etc.
  • No Starchy Vegetables which means potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, peas, beans, etc.
  • No Milk or other dairy AT ALL.  No yogurt, cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, milk
  • No milk alternatives (sorry guys), no soy, rice, almond or hemp milk (HEMP?)
  • No nuts except those listed under the DO section (no peanuts, cashews, pecans)
  • No nut butter of any kind, so no peanut butter, cashew butter, etc
  • No fruit EXCEPT for apples and you can have one per day (delightful snack at night I must say)
  • No protein bars or shakes or meal replacements of any kind
  • No fruit juices (even with no sugar added)
  • No alcohol at all.  Not even low carb or gluten-free it stalls fat loss
So what am I eating??

To be honest, it is really easy, this is pretty much what my meals have looked like lately:

Breakfast:  Egg and cheese omelette with bacon

Lunch:  Seasoned Chicken Breast with Broccoli or mixed veggies

Dinner:  Meat (whatever kind) and veggies and maybe a salad  if I’m really hungry

Snacks:  Cheese sticks, Nuts, sliced meat and cheese rolled up or apple usually

I am NOT hungry at all, ever.

Since I am on the Personal Trainer Food Plan I already have all of this on hand since they sent me EVERYTHING that I need including all meals and snacks for 28 days.  Of course, you could TOTALLY do this on your own and eat the same exact things, but for me, the convenience of having it all right there in packs ready to go to just heat and eat helps me to understand WHAT I am supposed to be eating without having to prepare it myself.

When I first started checking out the program I found a Groupon Deal that I actually bought in on before the company offered to let me try the food for free in exchange for an honest review (no other compensation).  The groupon deal was $99 for $200 off any 28 day meal package or $199 for their 28 day REV program which is kind of like an “extreme fat burning program”.  The REV program comes with a RIDICULOUS amount veggies (140 veggie servings) and comes with ONE meat serving per day for 28 days.  With the REV program, you can add other items on your own from the “allowed list” too.  I personally don’t think the REV plan is the best one to start out with unless you have to lose weight really fast for a special occasion or event or if you plan to add more of the allowed food to it.  Here’s why…

After discussing everything with the company, they ended up sending me their “all inclusive package” which includes EVERYTHING that you need for 28 days (28 breakfasts, 28 full lunch meals, 28 full dinner meals and 56 snacks).  If I were purchasing the entire program myself, I would probably buy the ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGE (if you can swing it).  It ends up working out to about $12.29 per day or $4.10 per meal for HEALTHY and REALLY GOOD FOOD plus snacks!  If you can’t swing putting out that much, then buy the REV pack and add the other meats and eggs to it.   I am not kidding when I say that I will VERY LIKELY continue buying the package after the 28 days because the food is really good.  That is saying a lot too since you all know how frugal I am.  I really don’t think that I could buy all of this good food and prepare it like they do for much less than that.  It just makes it so easy!

Again, you CAN do the same thing on your own by buying the foods yourself, but they make it super easy and for me just starting out,  EASY is very important.

As of this morning, I am down 4.2 pounds and I feel great!  I personally did not go through any kind of weird sugar withdrawals by eliminating the carbs from my diet.  I do think that sugar withdrawals is to be expected though.  I am not a soda drinker so it wasn’t hard for me to eliminate sugar drinks at all. The hardest thing for me was not using Bailey’s French Vanilla Creamer in my ice coffee each morning.  I had to switch over to non sweetened powder creamer, but it didn’t kill me and I have adjusted to that pretty well I must say.

The biggest difference that I have noticed is that I don’t have the energy high’s and low’s at all since starting to eat right.  I wake up feeling refreshed each morning and I maintain my energy level throughout the day.  Part of the program requires you to walk a minimum of 10 minutes each day, no other exercise required.  I have to admit that it doesn’t sound like much, but if you aren’t used to exercising, 10 minutes of brisk walking seems like an eternity.   What I do is I walk around my yard for 10 minutes while listening to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” on repeat three times which totals ten minutes.  If you haven’t listened to that song yet, it is SUPER CATCHY so you can’t help yourself from getting a little pep to your step (here is the youtube video if interested).  After a couple of days of faithfully walking, I actually felt like walking and it was the weirdest feeling EVER!  🙂

I will keep you all posted as I continue my 28 days of Personal Trainer Foods and let you know my honest opinion of the food and how it works for me.  I would love to hear about whatever program you are doing as well.  I have friends on different programs and it really helps to talk about it and keep each other motivated!!

Here is an idea of just SOME of the food selections that I was able to pick:

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OMG look at her BUTT!! Oh wait, that’s me…

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Big Butt Girl

Okay, it’s time to face reality, my butt has got WAY too big, I need to take action!

 

I know I’m not the only one, so I thought that I would share my journey with all of you and maybe we could work together to encourage each other!   I knew that I had gained a few pounds the last few years and I have said several times that I was going to lose weight and start a diet but nothing ever really seemed to work out.   This past summer when I went on vacation I was EXTREMELY uncomfortable with how I felt in shorts and my bathing suit even with a cover up and I MUST do something about this before summer hits again!

As many of us do, I started looking at diet and exercise options before the end of the year, planning to start the new year off right.    Through the years I have pretty much tried every type of diet out there, some have worked well and others not so much.   I rarely eat TV dinners and many of the “commercial” diets involve meal replacement bars, frozen dinners or some kind of shake.    I personally am extremely sensitive to artificial sweeteners and I have found that most of these programs require some type of food or drink that has artificial sweeteners as an ingredient.   I just can’t do that.  It makes me feel gross, and just the thought of putting all of these unnecessary chemicals or unnatural things in my system doesn’t seem like it would be the best option long term.

This past year I have heard so much about “Clean Eating”, “Gluten Free Eating”, “The Paleo Diet” or other programs that promote eating natural foods and eliminating over processed junk that is so popular in our diets.   This really caught my interest, but it was kind of hard for me to wrap my head around exactly how I could transition to this type of eating and where to start.

For me, the biggest issue is that I don’t usually eat breakfast, I can go all day working hard and finally at about 2pm or 3pm I get hungry and eat something then eat again after I am done working at night.   I am pretty sure that my biggest problem through the years has been eating too late and making REALLY bad choices on what I choose to eat.  Can anyone else relate to that??  Since I am starving at that point, I usually choose something that is really quick and easy to prepare which involves lots of pasta, bread, rice or other carbs.   I am not a sweets eater by nature, but I LOVE my breads and rice.  Logically I know this isn’t the best thing to do, but that pretty much sums up the reality of my eating habits.

Sooo.. while searching for options that were close to “clean eating” or at least “healthy eating” I found a TON of programs, some super strict, some not so bad but the basic idea with all of them was that you have to plan your meals, have those items on hand and set a schedule for eating.   In theory that sounds great, but with someone with a busy schedule like mine, the odds of success are pretty slim with a program that requires me to prepare and cook three healthy meals per day plus healthy snacks.  I know myself and I know that I will do good for a few days and then I will be super swamped and will grab something fast on the run and blow my program out of the water.   Call me a loser (and not the weight loss type) if you must.. but I have to be REAL with myself at this point.

My husband (who by the way eats snacks and junk all day and doesn’t have an ounce of fat on him) said that I could probably lose weight quickly like some of these stars you see on TV if I had a chef come and cook me the meals that I am supposed to have three times per day and show me what it is I should be eating for weight loss.   He said that way I would always have what I am supposed to eat right in front of me and won’t have to give it any thought.  Great idea, thank you Captain Obvious for your support!   I am pretty sure that hiring a personal chef is NOT even remotely an option considering my tight budget.

Even though the suggestion by Captain Obvious wasn’t realistic, it did make me start thinking!

With all of these different programs out there, I starting looking to see if any of them offered a program with REAL FOOD already prepared sent right to your house at a reasonable price.  I didn’t want any type of TV dinner meal or meal replacement or energy shakes included, nothing processed.  Just real food ready to go to keep me on track AND teach me how I should be eating.  I like the idea of clean eating and would LOVE to learn how to do it so that I can not only lose weight but become healthier in the process!

I stumbled upon a company called Personal Trainer Food because they were offering a Groupon on one of their programs.  Basically their program is based on removing all processed junk from your diet.   They send you REAL meats and veggies and snacks (not processed tv dinners) ready to heat up and eat.  The food and options on their website looked REALLY REALLY good too!  They teach you how to eat right and make it super simple.   I saw this on the last day of their groupon offer and I bought in on it thinking that it would be a good thing to try.    While I was researching the entire thing out I made contact with one of their “diet coaches” who offered for me to try out the program for 28 days (free of charge, YIPPEY!) and share my HONEST experiences with everyone on my website.  They said if I stuck to it I could lose weight and I would feel 100% better and they were confident that I could succeed if i stuck to it.  Of course this was a no-brainer for me and I jumped right on board!  I am REALLY GLAD that I did too!  I am on DAY FIVE and I am SUPER EXCITED ABOUT IT!    I will say, their food is really good.  You could TOTALLY do the same thing at home and make the exact same meals really easily, but what I like about it is that I don’t have to think about it, I pull out my food, heat it up (microwave, oven or saute it depending on what I feel like doing) and eat it.    The biggest thing for me is that I feel that I am LEARNING how to eat right which is the one thing that I really need to learn.

I realize that it isn’t feasible for everyone to be able to pay for a diet program like this.  One of the best things about this program is that you CAN do the same thing at home if you wanted to.  Nothing in their program is a “unique food” or something that you couldn’t make yourself.   Basically it is something like a seasoned chicken breast and veggies, the whole idea behind the Personal Trainer Food Program is the convenience of it all, that you don’t have to think about it, the food is already prepared, you heat and eat.  That works for me.   The other thing is that they are not focusing on DIET as much as proper eating habits and routine, eating when you are supposed to, doing some form of exercise EVERY DAY (they recommend 10 minutes of walking) and stay with it.   With this program you do not eat ANY processed carbs, no pasta, no rice, no bread, no sugar, but you CAN have Meat, Veggies, Eggs, Cheese and some nuts like almonds and pistachios.  There is a science behind eliminating processed carbs but I won’t get into that right now.  For me, it is PRETTY DARN CLOSE to clean eating and I am very happy so far!   I will go into more details on future posts about how things are working for me, but here are a couple of photos to give you an idea on what I am eating.

This is what my food looks like:

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This was my DAY ONE lunch.  It was heated in the microwave and ready in 3 1/2 minutes and VERY GOOD.

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I decided to switch it up a bit for dinner and instead of microwaving my stir fry veggies and meat I put it in a pan in the kitchen to brown it up a bit and season with a little bit of soy sauce and it was AMAZING!

So far in 5 days I have lost 2.3 lbs and I have eaten more than I normally would!

Yes, I admit,  2.3 pounds is not THAT much, but it has only been five days (four on food since the first day I fasted before starting) and I feel FANTASTIC!  I feel like I am eating WAY more than I normally would, the food is good and since I am not eating any carbs at all I am not having the sugar highs and lows through the day.  It has been an easy transition for me thank goodness!!

In my upcoming posts I will share my actual meal plan with Personal Trainer Food, what I am eating each day and how things are working.    I would LOVE for you to do that same!  What plan are you on?   How is it working?  What meals are you preparing?  Let’s get healthy together!!

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