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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Trim and Healthy Goulash

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I recently became a working mom.  I work in a daycare where they have delish looking and smelling food cooked fresh daily.  I mean its not your warm and heat type thing…. but sadly its all of plan for this THM. Yesterday, they served Goulash.  It smelled and looked so good.  I just had to come home and make some.

I don’t know why I have not made this before.. its so easy, simple and a one pot meal… which in this home is a win, win for the dish washers (aka… my girls).

 

 

There are many ways you can round out this meal.  One Make it an S by serving a low carb veggie side or salad. ( I love green beans with bacon.) Another way is an E.  I have a quick and easy sprouted garlic bread recipe that the family loves.. add these to this goulash and bam… a Fabulous E!

Anyway you look at it.. it’s a great and wonderful fast meal the family will enjoy!

 

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Trim and Healthy Goulash

 

2 lbs. ground turkey

1 box Dream field elbow noodles

1 can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano

2 small cans of tomato sauce

1 tablespoon dried onion

2 teaspoon garlic powder

salt, pepper to taste

2 teaspoons or to taste Cajun Seasoning (I use Tony’s Cajun Seasonings)

2 cups water 

 

 

Brown your ground turkey in a large enough pot that is big enough for all the ingredients.  Drain and rinse for E… (leave as is if your doing S  Winking smile )

Add your seasonings, onion, garlic powder, tomato sauce and dice tomatoes to pot.

Stir to mix.  Add water, and the box of noodles.

Simmer until elbow noodles are done… about 10 to 15 mins.

Add more water if you need to  to finish cooking the noodles.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Where has time gone?

Who would have thought, one Facebook post from a friend would lead me to a life changing plan?  April 1st, 2013 I began a journey to lose some weight.  I really did not think I would be so successful.  I really thought, “Girl, your about to spend 40 dollars a month on WW, so why not try this first.. if it works than great… if not get ready to spend money each month.”  

So the journey began!

I purchased my Trim Healthy Mama book in March… began reading it  March 25th… my first THM shopping trip March 29th… then began this amazing journey to FOOD FREEDOM on April 1st, 2013… at a whopping 260 pounds!   I know, I know… I can’t believe I am stating that number!   I knew I needed to do something when my body ached just getting out of bed!   I’m not even 40 yet, but my life two years ago was vastly different than it is now.   I don’t want to remember the depressed person I was back then.  I had so many aches and pains that I just  could hardly do anything.  I would be worn out from just a shopping trip to Wal-Mart or a walk around the block.   I also was showing some early signs of diabetes.  You see both my parents are diabetics, and I knew that if I didn’t do something.. I would become one too.   I set a goal that I really thought was unattainable… to lose 80 lbs.

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(Me in January of 2013)

 

The beginning of  Journey:

 

The first week was the hardest for me.  Really I was addicted to sugar, so  going cold turkey with no sugar was the hardest.  To top it off, that first week also held my Dad’s retirement party… as in lots of off plan foods!  But I made it… did not even have one off plan food there.  Some of the food I made, I thought.. well this is not what I expected…  (meaning its not that sweet or its bitter tasting.. ha-ha)  As time went on, I began to realize  that my taste buds were changing.  Things began to taste wonderful;  ( them THM sweets were getting good!) my weight was dropping and most importantly… I DID NOT FEEL LIKE I WAS ON A DIET!  

 

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(November 2013 with a 52 lb. loss)

 

During the Journey:

 

I was dropping weight and have a blast.. by November 2103 I had lost 52 lbs.!   Looking back at my little notes in the back of my THM book, I can see a steady loss until the stall hit!  Yap I stalled out after my loss of them 52 lbs.  I was bummed but with the holidays fast approaching I figured it would be ok.. just stick to the plan and it will start up again…  WHAT I DIDN’T REALIZE WAS THE CHANGES HAPPENING TO MY BODY!   Well, what I thought was a stall really wasn’t… I was shrinking… LOL… My body was shifting and doing some major “ rearranging”.   At the beginning of 2014 I decided to do a Fuel cycle to see if I couldn’t speed things up a little.  Well, I learned a ton for that FC and for a month or so the scale moved downward only to repeat the cycle again…. stalling, shrinking,  dropping, stalling, shrinking,  dropping….

 

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(Sometime in January of 2014)

 

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(one Year Trimaversary  2014)

 

Goal Weight!  

 

In September of 2014 I hit goal weight… with a loss of a whopping 84 lbs.  (you can see my story here)

 

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(goal weight September 2014)

 

The Journey is still going….

Its two years later and I have lost a total of 92 lbs.. yes even after I was at what I wanted to be at.. I still have lost more pounds.  Why?  Well, I found myself at a new point of my journey.. I had to learn how to maintain and incorporate Crossover meals into my diet.   I have maintained at 92 lbs. lost for  a few months now… my Trim Healthy Mama journey will never end!  It has been so wonderful to be able to have the energy I have.. feel the way I feel..  I can keep up with a class room full of 3 year olds everyday..(its amazing)   I am a THM for life!  The Facebook community has become a big part of my life over the last two years. The new friendships I have made have blessed me abundantly. 

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My Husband and I about a month ago!

 

My Tips:

Don’t look at THM as just another diet… IT’S A LIFESTYLE CHANGE!

Take lots of pictures during your journey!

Remember that each person is different, your skinny will not be the same as your friends.

Have fun! 

And remember:  Slow and steady wins the race!

 

Enjoy your Journey!

 

Shelby

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1 Thessalonians 5:24
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