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Borrowed from Skinny Emmie

Borrowed from Skinny Emmie

I’ve been thinking about something.  A lot.  The name of this blog is “Finding Christi” but after 2 years of being on this epic quest, something has become clear; I don’t need to be found.  I’ve never been lost.  I’ve been here the whole time.  At times I may have lost my way or been confused about the direction my life was turning.  I have at times lost my voice.  But I’ve always been here.

So what is it that I have been thinking about?  I feel like the name of this blog should be a more appropriate representation of me.  I am considering renaming this blog “Being Christi”.  Kind of just wanted to throw that out there and maybe get some feed back on what my loyal reader thinks.

The next bit of randomness involves me hooking.

No, no.  Not THAT kind of hooking.

Crocheting.

If you know me in real life, you know I am obsessed. I always have been.  A couple of my aunts taught me some basic stuff when I was a kid to keep me entertained.  As I get older the more I find myself wanting to do it more.   I have more crochet hooks and yarn than I need.

It really is a terrible affliction.  Your house becomes covered in various crocheted items.  And your friends and family and their kids and friends can only stand to be given so many crocheted things.

So this leaves me in quite the predicament.  What do I do with the pieces I make?

My husband has suggested I sell it.  But I don’t know.  In a way I see his point, at the very least it would cover the cost of the yarn and I would be able to buy more yarn!  On the other hand, who would I sell it to?  Am I good enough to ask someone to give me money?

The one thing I know for sure is I want to make some various pieces, book marks, wash clothes, dish clothes, scarfs, hats, lapgahns etc., to give out at some assisted living homes around here.  I would like to have a few boxes full come December.  I just have to figure out how to fund this project and how to go about actually being allowed in to give these things to the residents.  Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.

Here are a few examples of my work:

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On health note.

My food this week has been less than stellar.  It hasn’t been horrible, but could certainly use some improvement.  Something about cold weather makes me crave ice cream.  I don’t know why this is.  I probably have my Daddy to thank for that.  He always had ice cream and it seems like especially in the winter.

I’m getting ready to take the family Paleo.  This should be fun, and I am sure we will all be going through some sugar and carb withdrawals.  Please keep us in your prayers during this time.

Does anyone have a beginners Yoga dvd you would recomend?

‘Til next time!

~C

 

 

 

 

 

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Weigh In 11-21-11

Previous weight:  319.6 lbs

Current weight:  322.0 lbs

+/-:  +2.4 lbs

I’m actually not very upset about the gain this week.  My monthly visitor showed up on Saturday with a vengeance.  Water retention, water retention, water retention! 

I was expecting to show a gain this week, simply based on how my clothes are fitting.  I suppose the real test will be at next Monday’s weigh in! 

I bought lots of healthy choices for the week.  But I think even with the best of intentions, we can all attest to how difficult getting through Thanksgiving and Christmas can be without going a little bit nuts.  Maybe I’ll just use the rule:  If you want it, you gotta earn it.  Then take a walk before giving in to over eating?  

 

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Weigh In 11/17/11

My last weigh in was Oct 20th, so almost a month ago.  How am I doing?  See for yourself…

Previous weight:  321.6 lbs

Current weight:  319.6 lbs

+/-:  -2.0 lbs

I know, I should be happy with any loss, but I have to admit I always hope to see more.  It would probably be helpful if I would have more realistic goals, instead of just hoping and praying that I’ll wake up one day to discover that I miraculously lost 150+ lbs.  Not going to happen, I know.

This is an attempt to get in there, get my ass moving and what better way than making myself accountable?  Please do me a favor, if I don’t post weigh ins weekly, kick my ass until I do.  Monday I will go back to regularly scheduled programming by posting my weigh ins then.

You may be asking yourself what the hell I am thinking jumping back on the waggon right before the holidays start.  That is a valid question.  The way I see it, if I am not at least trying to do the right things, then I am going to be out of control for the next month.  There won’t be a pie, cookie or piece of candy that will stand a chance.  I am counting on reporting my weight weekly again, as a means to hold me to not over indulging. 

The following recipe really has nothing to do with anything.  I just figured while I am posting I will throw this in, I’ve been meaning to for a while now.  I thought maybe this would go well with David from Keep It Up David‘s Dijon Green Beans.  For the record I got this from Atkins Recipe’s.  My family really enjoys it, I hope you do as well.

PORK TENDERLOIN MEDALLIONS WITH CREAMY MUSTARD SAUCE

Ingredients:
      12 ounce pork tenderloin, sliced into 4 medallions
 
      2 tablespoons unsalted butter
 
      1 teaspoon chopped garlic
 
      ¾ cup chicken broth
 
      ¼ cup sour cream
 
      1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
 
      1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
 
      Pinch salt
 
    Pinch ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat butter in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat until foam subsides. Add pork medallions and sauté until browned, about 5 minutes per side. Remove pork from skillet and cover to keep warm. 
  2. Add garlic to skillet and sauté until aroma is released, about 30 seconds. 
  3. Add chicken broth, scraping up any browned bits. Simmer liquid 2–3 minutes to reduce slightly.
  4. Remove skillet from heat and whisk in sour cream, mustard and dill. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Return pork to skillet along with any juices that have accumulated. Reheat over medium heat for just 2–3 minutes. Transfer to a platter and serve immediately

Nutritional Information
Per Serving:

Net Carbs: 3 grams

Fiber: 0 grams

Protein: 37 grams

Fat: 22 grams

Calories: 368
Recipe Information:
Makes: 2 servings

Prep Time: 0:05:00

Marinate Time: 0:00:00

Cook Time: 0:15:00

Cool Time: 0:00:00

 

 

 

 

 

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Being Called Out

It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling.  I’ve been struggling for the better part of a year now. 

It is also no secret that when I struggle, I hide.  I’ve really neglected my blog and my social media friends.  Both of which I love and need.  Desperately.

Although my darkness recently has not been anywhere near as dark as it has been in the past, imagine my surprise when I was reading a blog the other day and minus my name, nailed me to a t.

That’s right, Tara over at A Life Changing Journey was telling of a recent experience she had at Walmart.  Go ahead and go over and read it, it’s fairly short and the story is pertinent to mine…I’ll be here waiting.

What Tara describes in her blog about that woman and her child could have very well been me and any one of, if not all, of my 4 kids.  It horrifies and terrifies me to think that I am this woman.  While we do better most days, the reality is my children have no idea what whole foods are, they prefer sodas (diet or regular) over good ol’ water. 

When I first read the blog, admittedly, it ruffled my feathers.  But as I laid in bed waiting, begging, needing sleep to over take me, my mind kept spinning back to what Tara had written. 

Tara is 100% correct.  I am addicted to junk foods and drinks.  I do look for the easy way out when feeding myself and my family.  What is most disturbing though is even though for the past year I have lamented about wanting changing, teaching my kids better, blah, blah, blah.  I have failed.  I have not made much of an effort to live my life differently.  In turn my children are doing exactly what I am doing.  I actually call it “Monkey see, monkey do syndrome”.

I mean, a 5-year-old should really be able to shop with Mom for an hour without having leg cramps that keep her up all night later.  Right?  Right!

Then last night as I laid in bed, waiting for sleep, I realized that I have insomnia most nights because I don’t do enough physical activities most days to tire my body and mind.  I know this because when I actually get off my ass and work out, at night when I go to bed I fall right to sleep and my insomniac episodes are far and few between.

So, last night as I was trying to go to sleep I was reading blogs.  I came across a blog Emily at Skinny Emmie wrote about doing whatever it takes to reach your goals.  What really struck me though was this:

Borrowed from Skinny Emmie

 
For the past year I have been focused on finding myself, when all I really need to do is create myself.  Funny how something so simple can have such an emotional impact.  When I saw those words in black & white, I cried. 
 
Everything these two amazing bloggers/women wrote in these two recent blogs has really broken my heart and moved me.  Had they scribbled my name in there some where, I don’t believe they could have spoken to me any more clearly.
 
So thank you ladies for the slap in the face.  I really, really need it and it was long over due.

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Neglected Blog

Ok, I’ll admit it.  I neglect my blog.  There is a laundry list of reasons why. 

I’m embarrassed to continue blogging about trying to lose weight when I am not making any real progress.  Or my blog simply isn’t a priority right now. 

I don’t feel either are valid reasons to run  and hide, but we all know that I hide. 

I haven’t weighted for a couple of weeks now.  I haven’t been watching my blood sugar or eating right. 

I’ve got to find that “something” to get me going again.

I know, no one can make me do it.  It has to come from within.

I’ve been thinking about something lately.

Do I love myself?  Hell, do I even like myself? 

Honestly, most days are no.  I go between acceptance and complete and utter loathing.

This is where my hang ups stem from and why I continue to fail.  Not just with weight loss, but also with every other change or improvement to my life I try.

When I tell myself and others that I want to change, I am essentially saying  “I love myself, I find value in myself, I am worth fighting for”.

While I want the change, I have a hard time loving myself or finding value or fighting for myself.  Hence, I find it next to impossible to stick with any sort of plan or change. 

I constantly fall back into old habits.  They are familiar, they are comfortable.

So this is where I am these days.  I pray that I don’t stay here long.  We are finished with our little hiatus from church, I know getting back into the routine will help.

I also know that if I will lean on the Lord, he will guide me.

It’s time to start turning it around.

 

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Wake Up Call

Over the past few days, I’ve really had to do some pretty tough soul-searching.

This coming Saturday, October 1, will mark my 1 year Blogiversary.

Not much has changed.  I was hoping and praying that by this time there would be significant change in me physically, emotional and mentally.

So what has happened?  Lack of commitment.  Plain and simple.  For me it has been hard to stay committed to a diet change and exercise routine when I am met by resistance from my husband and kids.  They have not been thrilled by the changes I have tried to implement.  Inevitably after a few days of arguing, I usually cave and just give in to what they want.

But maybe, just maybe, my husband has had a wake up call.

Not only do I have diabetes, we have recently discovered that he does as well.

This just further solidifies to me, and now him, that we are not living in a healthy way.  We are not teaching our children healthy habits.

We are planning to sit down later tonight or tomorrow and have a good hard look at our lives.  Every detail.

I will be sure to let you guys know what we come up to.

Chris is at least realizing now that he has no choice but to change his diet and start exercising.

 

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The Mysterious Case Of The Missing Blogger

You may have noticed that I have been absent, missing, on the down low, the dl, incognito.

Maybe, it isn’t really all that mysterious.  After all, I have lost my marbles in the past and flew the coop with little to no warning.

It is likely that this is what you presumed (notice I did not say you assumed, therefore I didn’t accuse you of making and ass out of you or me) was going on.

As I alluded to in my previous post, I have been using my “free” time to read, study, reasearch, learn.

For a while now, I have been telling Chris that in order for any diet to really work for me I have to get off the processed foods.  Plain and simple.  They are bad for you and addictive (at least to someone like me, who already has an addictive personality).  I have also expressed to him the desire to get the kids off of processed foods and sugar for more than a little while. 

I don’t want them growing up with the same food issues I have dealt with for a lifetime.  I want to teach them to make healthy and wise food choices.  But you really have to lead by example where that is concerned.  It does no good to preach to your kids about the perils of super refined and sugar laden foods while having a candy bar in one hand and a coke in the other.

After doing some internet research on the Paleo diet, I decided I wanted more information.  I know I could have gotten most if not all the information I needed right off the internet, but I like the idea of holding a book in my hands, turning the pages one at a time, even dog earing the pages as I come to a point I must stop reading.

So, off to the books store I went. 

I purchased The Paleo Solution: The original Human Diet by Robb Wolf.

I freaking loved it!

It was funny, smart, insightful and revetting.  I remembered enough of my EMS classes that at least the parts of the book that had information that I’ve previously been exposed too was correct. 

You may be wondering what The Paleo Diet is exactly

My interpretation is this:  Low carb minus all processed foods and dairy.

Will it be hard?  Yes!  I love my cheese and sour cream.

Will it be worth it?  Yes, I believe not only will I start feeling better, I will also start looking better.

This next week will be spent making the transition to a processed foods and dairy free lifestyle.  I am also going to be making the switch to grass-fed beef, and butters made from grass-fed beef.   I will begin trying to incorporate more wild fish and eggs enriched with omega-3.  All of this along with a rainbow of fresh vegetables (limited fruits due to my blood sugar issues).

I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my progress.

 

 

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