Healthy Recipes???

Those of you who know me know that in the past 8 years I’ve gained and lost and gained and lost and gained again. Weight – it’s something most people end up battling with at some point in their lives. I was the skinny girl who could eat anything I wanted and not gain a pound. Then I turned 30 and something in my body switched (actually it started in my late 20’s). I slowly started packing on the pounds. At one point I was 60 pounds overweight! Right now I’m about 45 pounds overweight. That’s approximately two really big bags of cat food (for those of you who measure things in bags of cat food). To put it another way – it’s the equivalent of a small child. Even with smoking I was about 20 pounds overweight (no, I’m not going to start smoking again just to drop the twenty pounds I gained when I quit three years ago).

So here I am, on the threshold of 39-years-old, and like so many others I’m struggling with my weight, food, and exercise. In modern America it’s really easy to see why so many of us are overweight. We eat out all the time. Cheap, fast food is around every corner. Salt and sugar are added to everything we consume (in ridiculous amounts), and eating healthy is not something we’re all taught.

I KNOW how to lose the weight. I have the tools (knowledge)! I’ve lost and gained and lost and gained so many times I’m amazed I don’t have more stretchmarks than I do.  The problem isn’t all the fattening or terrible food. It’s the choices we make. I tend to make very bad choices and I tend to eat more than I need (because I eat too fast).

I would like to get back down to 135 (or even 140). I’d be thrilled with that. But I have about 40-45 pounds to go if I hope to do that. It’s me and the healthy food against the food that’s bad for me.  I know the second I start eating meat again (in the same proportions I was eating it before the first of this year) I’m screwed. So I’m going lean on the meat – not vegetarian – just lean. In that I mean I’m not eating more than three ounces of lean meat per day. No more than two cups of cooked pasta or grain per day (bread only on special occasions). The rest will be fruits and veggies. Maybe the occasional cookie or brownie.

And I think I’m going to do more cooking because then *I* can 100% control what is going into my stomach.  DH and I have already gotten into the habit of sharing entrees at restaurants and choosing healthier veggie filled dishes instead of cheese, cream sauce, and fried dishes.  The sad fact remains that in order to reach my target weight I REALLY need to get off my dead ass and exercise. I also need to be more consistent. No more excuses. This writer needs to move out of the writing chair and onto the elliptical (for at least 20 minutes a day).

So any favorite healthy veggie filled recipes you really love? Wanna share?

About Steph

Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at swordarkeereon@gmail.com

4 Replies to “Healthy Recipes???”

  1. You know you can come to me…. in the last year I have lost 80 pounds but keep putting on and taking off 20 of that.. ***sigh** I have some stuff to share with you.
    Lean meats and veggies…. and yes, watch the carbs… Journal your food it is the number one tool my trainer says
    Nutrition is 80 % of it….. Everything that raises your heartrate for at least 20 mins is a cardio workout so do what you love! And yes… I will be adding healthy stuff to my blog as soon as I recover my brain cells… like the sweet potato tater salad is something great! Its not carbs, it what kind and what with them

  2. I need to link to you here in Z-Links. It will also help me visit your blog more often. LOVE the idea of sweet potato tato salad, I’ve just avoided it because of the carbs!!! I definitely want that recipe! 🙂

  3. My new favorite recipe is just a quick stir fry in a bit of sesame oil with whatever veggies you like. I’ve been using red bell pepper, onion, sugar snap peas and broccoli lately. Cook it hot and fast and when everything is hot but still crisp, drizzle a bit of one of those Asian marinades on it. (Just a little, though, they’re full of sugar!) Delicious and so quick … have I mentioned I’m lazy??

    I’m so lazy, in fact, I’m staring at a pile of new recipes I’ve tested but haven’t gotten around to typing yet. As soon as I do, I’ll have a new cookbook available!

    Good luck on your journey … one step at a time!

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