First Accomplishment!

Healthy Alternates

So…
I used to always think that once something is unhealthy, it’s always going to be unhealthy. And no matter how many times you try to make it healthy, you fail at it making it somewhat healthy, but not very tasty at the same time. Like I said before, I am always up for trying new ideas..but I’m so scared of what the outcome may be. So I decided to take a friend’s recipe tonight and try to make a healthy recipe out of it.
The recipe is Pizza Casserole
Yea I know…
It sounds SO delicious, but  soooo unhealthy.
It really doesn’t have to be though. I’m happy that I made the choices I did.
I used vegetable rotini instead of the regular rotini pasta..along with skim mozz. cheese, TURKEY pepperoni, (It tastes the same, at least to me!) and heart healthy prego pizza sauce.

I’m going to go ahead and post the recipe at the end of the blog if anyone wants it.

I only had one serving of the casserole and I’m full because of the vegetable pasta noodles, and I’m not tempted to go back for seconds.  The best part was that it tasted like a pizza pasta casserole 🙂 If I were to guess on the serving totals.. 1 serving of the casserole was around 230 calories. Serve it with a side salad (light raspberry vinaigrette)..and you have a healthy dinner 🙂

Unfortunately, I still haven’t figured out how I’m going to incorporate healthy desserts into my daily diet. I’m a total sucker for chocolate items, along with ice cream, cake, and brownies. I’m not too crazy about peaches, blackberries, cherries, or blueberries…so my options when it comes to a fruit dessert is very small. Then you have the whip cream, the sprinkles, the icing, ect..ect to worry about along with that. So how do I make a healthy dessert without having the urge to add all the unnecessary extras on top of it?
Along with accomplishments, I still haven’t had a chance to go to my local Y to sign up, so I’m feeling rather disappointed about that. I’m really excited to get started on a daily regiment when it comes to my exercise routine. I have on the other hand, signed up with a weight loss community called Sparkpeople. (www.sparkpeople.com).
It will help me with recipes, my goals, and my family meals. I have set aside specific goals for my weight loss journey, one of them to drink 8 glasses of water everyday. I have definitely slipped out of that routine ages ago and I need to get back into it.
Anyways…Will be posting my first weigh in next week.. But this will be the first time I’ve looked at a scale since November..yikes =/
Soo… this is going to be rather interesting.

Pizza Casserole

Preheat Oven to 400
9×13 baking casserole dish

1 box Ronzoni Garden Delight Rotini Noodles
1 jar vegetable hearty prego pizza sauce
armour turkey pepperoni slices
1 bag (2 cups) skim mozzarella cheese

Cook noodles until tender and drain
Add them to the casserole dish and mix in pizza sauce
Add a layer of pepperoni slices (how many you prefer)
spread the 2 cups of cheese over top evenly
Add one more layer of pepperoni on top

Bake for about 12-14 min, or until cheese is bubbly

Enjoy 🙂

The recipe calls for parm. cheese, but I cut it out bc it was too much

New Year, New Changes, New Life

So I would like to start out by stating that the past year has been a cluster of complications left and right for me. From dealing with back problems, to the emotional roller coaster as a stay at home mother, I think it’s about time to try and change my life for the better.
I’m a twenty-four year old mother living at home with a fourteen year old step-daughter, an eight year old stepson, my three year old wild child, and my loving husband of three years.  I never thought that I would be at this point. Next week, I have an appointment with a nutritionist downtown, and I haven’t been more terrified about going anywhere in my life. “WHY“, you ask? It’s because I have a severe weight problem bearing down on top of me.
It all started after I had my cesarean section instead of natural birth of my three year old, Gary. I could never really get back on track to my old lifestyle. Staying in, taking care of the house and the kids…It became a natural routine for me. So when I wanted to start exercising again, I came up with a load of excuses not too. I know I shouldn’t have any excuse what so ever to not exercise. One excuse led to another thus creating the new “me”.
I never really had any real problems until last year. I started having severe upper back pain early in the year. It has progressed to the point where it’s a complete nuisance. I believe I am on five different types of medicines that controls different problems going on with my body. I have a medication for the pain, along with a pain reliever that I can get off the shelf. Then I have 2 different types of muscle relaxer, and on top of it all, I have to take antacids to keep my stomach in check everyday. It’s a pain to have to take medication to control what is going on with my body.
I have gotten multiple tests done, and many different diagnoses for my problem. NOT one of them was COMPLETELY blamed on weight. Most of it was diagnosed to be a torn muscle, and another doctor told me it was weakness in my arms. I had my main physician tell me it was just muscle spasms. This is why I am on so many different medicines for this one stupid problem I am having.  I took it upon myself last year to start a weight loss regiment so I could feel better and much healthier.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had much success. Yes..I will admit I have lost a total of forty-five pounds and that I do feel a little bit better about my situation. The only problem is that as I have lost weight, my back problems seem to be getting much worse. I have limited myself to walking up and down the stairs, and walking/jogging short distances. Plus, my food intake is not where it needs to be. I barely consume 1,000 calories a day, from which I was told was very dangerous. Apparently my body is going into hibernation and storing all the fat I want to get rid of.
The reason why I am so scared of going to the nutritionist next week is because I am terrified of change. I am so scared to change my lifestyle of eating because I will have to change the way I shop. It will make it difficult to feed the children at home because they are so picky. How am I going to resist temptation on something that I love if I have to bring it back into the house? It would be easy to shop, but getting into a new routine is going to absolutely tear me to shreds.
Don’t get me wrong, I am completely open to new ideas for making my lifestyle better. It’s just hard to incorporate them into my daily life. This is the reason why I want to take a stand for my health. I know if I could get back into a healthy lifestyle, my back problems will get better, I will feel much better, and I would get my confidence back.
I am going to be blogging twice a month on the struggles and progress of  my weight loss journey. Goal number one is this week…Go and join a gym. I know the YMCA has many activities the family could enjoy along with a gym. I plan on signing up for a year round membership, hopefully for myself and my family.  I also will be planning to participate in the zumba classes if my Y offers any.

So, I hope this year has a better outcome than last year. Hopefully for my health, and weight loss results 🙂