Do you have an anchor? Fierce Forward Giveaway

Do you have an anchor?

Throughout my weight loss and fitness journey I had anchors. It was something that I could look at that would remind me of WHY I started this whole transformation in the first place. One of my "big" anchors is my Weight Watchers key chain and all the "tokens" that I earned for a specific amount of weight lost. I earned the key chain for 10% of my body weight lost, and then the disc's are for 25lb, 50lb, 75lb, 100lb, etc...lost.

But wait...there's more Smile

I earned the star when I hit my goal weight. I earned the keys for maintaining my weight loss. I had a LOT more on the key ring, but they've fallen off over the years. Oh and the 16 hand clapping means that I attended 16 consecutive paid meetings. Again, I had a lot more clapping hands, but they fell off. Weight Watchers would replace them at no charge, but I think I have enough stuff on my key ring. Tongue Out

 

Today I am giving YOU a chance to win your very own ANCHOR!! It's a beautiful bracelet from Fierce Forward. You will win the PURPOSE bracelet, like the one shown here:

Having the ability to wear your anchor on your wrist is so empowering!! I've been wearing the "Less Sugar" bracelet from Fierce Forward (along with my Autism Speaks bracelet) and it's been so nice to see it while I am working out. It's become an anchor for me, and I LOVE it.

If you'd like to win your own PURPOSE bracelet, simply enter through Rafflecopter. It's easy.

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Do you currently have an anchor? What is it?? Do you think wearing your anchor could be helpful?

Music Monday: Closer to Fine

I've been talking to a lot of people lately about the choices I had to make when I first started on my weight loss and fitness journey. People are so curious how I managed to lose 212lbs and be able to keep it off for 2 years, and counting!

Here's my trick. I continue to learn, to tweak, to improve. There is NO one way to do something. We all need to keep growing, keep seeking, keep learning.

I can help you, just ask. But realize that what worked for ME, might not be the right choice for YOU. You need to find your own path. I can walk it WITH you, but I can not walk it FOR you.

 

Meal Planning: Whole 30 Week 4

Is it already the start of week 4? I was talking to my husband and kids last night and they were shocked to learn that I haven't had ketchup in 20 days. I LOVE ketchup. Seriously. I love it on eggs, chicken, pretty much if anything can be dipped in a condiment, I'm dipping it in ketchup. I've been this way since I was a little girl and without a doubt this has been the longest I've ever gone without my beloved ketchup.

When we were in New York City they had a piece of ketchup artwork and I had to get my photo taken with it. I have ketchup issues.

That's the first thing I'm missing on the Whole 30. I'm also missing beans; black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans.

And lastly...

But on the plus side...I have learned to tolerate black coffee.

And have rediscovered how freaking fantastic REAL eggs are! Thanks to Nom Nom Paleo for teaching me how to make the perfect hard boiled egg!

 And last, but certainly not least is my new found love for sweet potatoes and yams. I've made a sweet potato hash every week and eat it for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner nearly every day. It's become a staple in our diet (me and the husband.)

I don't miss the sugars at all (unless you count ketchup) and it's been over 2 months since I've had a diet soda or any sort of artificial sweetener at all.

I'm feeling great, and will easily be able to keep this up after the official Whole 30 is over. Except for ketchup, beans, and beer. I'll be adding those back in to my diet, though I will really try to limit the ketchup since it has so much sugar. I don't eat junk food, fast food, processed food and haven't for over 4 years, so I didn't have to "give those up" when I started the Whole 30 because I was already living a fairly clean lifestyle.

 

We did well last week with eating up all the ground turkey, but I have a lot of shrimp, salmon, tilapia, and chicken breast, so this weeks meal plans will focus on those items as the main dishes.

Monday: Sauteed shrimp with onions and cherry tomatoes

Tuesday: Chicken Fajitas

Wednesday: Salmon Patties

Thursday: Breakfast for dinner: eggs, sweet potato hash

Friday: Blackened Pork Chops James has a request for pork chops, so I will make these for him and the kids.

And there you have it! Week 4 will be done! We usually have leftovers on the weekend, though on Sunday May 5th, we're heading off for an awesome SUP adventure! We're going to be paddling with the manatees with Manatee Paddle in Crystal River! We need to be there at 9am, so we'll need to eat a nice hearty breakfast before we leave, and then I'll pack a cooler with healthy snacks, which is something I do regardless, and for lunch I'm sure I can find a salad and a sweet potato at nearly any restaurant Smile

 

If you have followed or are following the Whole 30 what the HARDEST food/drink/condiment for you to give up?? The ketchup one really surprised me. Tongue Out I knew beer and beans would be somewhat of a challenge..but ketchup? That one snuck up on me.