My husband is my Success Story

Now, I don’t mean in the sense that I “changed” him. For example, I haven’t yet been able to get him to put the seat back down or prevent him from taking his socks off in the living room. I’m talking about a body change. This summer, my husband and I drove to Maine, Quebec and back through Ontario, all the while enjoying culinary delights; seafood in Maine and poutine in Quebec. When we arrived home we realized we had to change our way of eating. The scales were reporting a record weight of 234lb and 232.4lb. So, together we made the decision to change and what a fantastic journey it’s been.

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I can eat bread. For Real.

I posted on my Facebook page recently, about a loaf of bread that I made and promised to follow up with the recipe. This is not your normal loaf of bread, it’s a bit denser, and obviously the slices aren’t as thick or as large. But all of that doesn’t matter, at least to me and my family. Eaten while warm from the oven or toasted with butter and all natural peanut butter, this bread is simply delicious.

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back to school meal planning

Yes, mom and dad, students or anyone else heading back to school this September. It’s that time again! As a kid, I loved shopping for new school supplies, cloths, backpack and lunch box. I’m not sure how my mom (who had four of us) felt about that. But I do know, that as a parent of 2 boys, preparing lunches was my least favourite activity. Every chance I had to purchase pizza or hotdogs through the school, I took advantage of it. But what would happen if you had some time to plan?

Make ahead breakfast & salads
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Seeing it again, for the first time

I went for a motorcycle ride with Martin yesterday and it reminded me of how much I love to be on the bike. I drive some of these roads in my car, but when you’re on the bike, it’s like you are seeing landscapes for the first time. Looking around, while on the back of his 1100 V-Star, is looking through a panoramic lens. A lens that includes not just sight but all the other senses. Driving on Woodbine, in Keswick, I smelled fried chicken (thanks KFC), but driving through Udora at dinner time was the smokey scent of a backyard BBQ.

Enjoying a day on the bike
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Comfort food & Low CArb, wait … WHAT?

Who would have believed it, but yes, you can have comfort food and it can be low in carbohydrates. I’ve spent the last few months researching and creating recipes that both taste good and have low carbs. There have been many successes, like the lasagna stuffed Portobello mushrooms, creamy chicken with bacon and of course Zucchini cheese casserole. But yesterday I made chili and cornbread, that my family LOVED.

Butter Bob’s Famous Chili
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Dieting for over 30 years

I joked with my husband today, saying that I could write a book, about this journey (I’m blogging so that counts). He asked about a time when I was happy with a weight loss tool. My first response was with Weight Watchers, I lost a significant amount of weight and I was super proud of myself. However I gained it back. His next question was “what about Curves”, yes I did that too. This got me thinking. I had done these things and more …

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I eat pizza

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

On May 25th, I decided to go all in with Keto.  Up until now I’ve tried recipes that are Keto friendly but I was apprehensive to go full out.  But that day, I got on the scale, glanced at the numbers as they resolved on the display and started researching.  One thing I’ve learned the last 7 weeks is to change my wording from “I can’t eat … ” to “I don’t eat …”.  It makes difference.  For instance, I don’t eat flour but that doesn’t mean I don’t eat pizza!!!

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Take something good and make it great

I normally name my post before even typing it.  I’ve checked out other bloggers how to guides and many suggest typing your post before applying a title.  The reason I do it this way, is because my posts start with a random thought and I want to make sure that I stay true to that idea as I type.  Case in point, I was going through my phone and saw a picture of a salad that I made last week and thought “wow, the Greek salad I make is good, but I really made it great when I changed it up”.  Hence my post title.

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