2015 update!

Hi all!

It’s been a while since I have written ANYTHING on here. Well, as most of you know, Jordan and I finally got married in April (yay!!)! We’ve been living in Seattle for almost a year already, we can’t believe how fast time has gone by. The hubz still enjoys his job at Amazon, which is great (love knowing he is happy with what he does)!! We also moved into our new apartment which is way better than the first one we rented, mostly because we actually found out we can decorate our apartment room!

Today something happened that really made me realize that I need to make a change about my lifestyle. I didn’t reach my weight goal like I had hoped for the wedding, but I won’t sulk over it since the wedding it’s self was pretty perfect considering it was a lot smaller than we originally planned. Anyways, I had an exam today which I had to make an appointment for about a month in advance for, it was for my annual physical with my Doctor. One of the first things she asked me was, “Have you thought about any other kind of exercise to help lose some weight?” (Because walking 6 + miles a week apparently isn’t enough ;_;..). All I could think was, “Of course I have!”. At times, it can be very painful for me to try and do strenuous exercise, due to my case of scoliosis. I always have the thought of, “If only I could have some procedure done to take all the excess body fat, I would do everything to stay fit!”, now I know it’s sadly not that simple, but in reality, I feel stuck in the vicious cycle of Wanting to lose weight but can’t work out as much as I would like because I am in pain, and of course closely follows up with loss of motivation and slight depression over the whole thing. I know that I can’t really just sugar coat that–I am more than aware that what you eat has more to do with your weight than just working out alone. I don’t eat much processed foods, or even fast food very often, but I also know that I don’t eat nearly as much veggies as most nutritionist’s say we should be eating daily.

So, this is where this comes in. I am pretty open about what I usually eat, which is a lot of carbs (who doesn’t love bread/ carbs, let’s be real here). Through out the day, I thought about what I should make for the remainder of my day, since I was not going to wait until “tomorrow” to start this change, It had to be today. I told my husband about that I was serious about wanting to lose weight, especially after I saw the scale today at the doctors office. I will start by decreasing simple carbohydrates (such as potatoes, pastas, rice, and any breads) as well as sugars when I can. I will also try and do some sort of aerobic exercise for an additional 30 minutes at least 3 times a week  (plus stretching).

The hubby helped look up a low-no carb recipe for us to try for dinner tonight, and it was pretty freaking amazing! I want to start posting healthy recipes on here to share with anyone wanting to try something new. I also encourage friends to send some of their favorite low to no carb recipes my way!  Thanks for reading my new post, and I hope that some of you may try, or even like the recipes I post. I would also love to see pictures if you happen to try them. The one we tried tonight was off of the website Comfort of Cooking, and it’s written by Georgia (thank you so much for making this, it’s delicious!), you can get to the original page by clicking on the title of the recipe .

Thank you all for checking up on my blog!

 

Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps

INGREDIENTS:

12 leaves lettuce (iceberg, romaine, Boston or green leaf)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 yellow onion, diced

1 lb. ground beef

1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1-2 Tbsp. chili sauce (such as Sambal Oelek*)

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1/2 Tablespoon honey

4 green onions, chopped

DIRECTIONS:

Gently rinse lettuce leaves and pat dry, careful not to tear them. Set aside.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over high heat. Add bell pepper and onion, cook 3 minutes. Add ground beef and cook 5 minutes, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Drain grease and return pan to stovetop; reduce heat to medium. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in garlic, soy sauce, hoisin and chili sauces, ginger, rice wine vinegar and honey. Cook until sauce has thickened, 3-4 minutes. Stir in green onions.

Spoon meat mixture into a medium bowl and place on a large serving platter. Arrange lettuce leaves around the bowl and serve.

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