I didn't have an aha moment. No epiphany during a winded moment on the stairs. There wasn't a sobbing moment of realization that 'I deserved better'. I just got fat and one day, I didn't want to be anymore. *Disclaimer - At the time of this writing, I'm still fat.
You see, I like dresses. I like to dress up. And when I dress up, I want to feel amazing. Like, really amazing. You know, when you get that walk like you're in the slow motion part of a music video and Beyonce is playing in your mind? Like that amazing. And for a long time, I was there. I was feeling myself.
But recently, I haven't felt comfortable. There's nothing worse than being uncomfortable in your clothes. I could buy some new clothes, but guys, I have some fly-as-fuck dresses. If anyone 'deserves better' it's my damn dresses. That's right spring floral swing dress, I'm doing this for you. Because damn, girl.
So what is happening to the blog, you ask? I'm going to share recipes and share a little bit about the changes to my lifestyle. I can tell you already, I'm hungry. I've been hungry for days. But it isn't a stomach-growling, hateful, kill-someone-for-a-cookie kind of hunger. It's more like a pushy, annoying little gnawing. I just pretend it's my stomach gurgling all that fat it's burning and that helps.
In true weight loss montage fashion, let's start with clearing out all the 'bad' foods from the kitchen. Turns out, our kitchen is chock full of fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, whole grains, lean meat....WTF? With the exception of Oreo thins (because I'm human, damn it), we don't have a lot of processed food in our house. We love to cook and the fresher the ingredients the better. But upon closer inspection, portion control was the enemy. Too much of a good thing.
We also found that some of our favorite 'light snacks' were super high in fat, salt, and served up ridiculous calorie counts. For example, we love these little whole grain breakfast biscuits. They're lovely with coffee and full of fiber. Turns out, they're also full of crap! While the ingredient list is not alarming, those tiny biscuits packed almost 300 calories in a serving. And we were having them daily as a mid-morning snack! So those are gone.
Here's another perfect example; sausage and peppers.
We use turkey sausage because we don't eat much pork or red meat in our house. So how could we have been going so wrong? Well, boys and girls, it turns out those turkey sausages still pack a whole mess of calories. 160 each, to be exact. So instead of eating three sausages, which is what I'm inclined to do because they are DELICIOUS, I opted for one and a half. I sautéed the peppers and onions on high heat with only a 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil to get that char I love so dearly. It was wonderful and I could have and would have eaten about twice as much. For now, this'll have to do.