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Mexican Town with the Ladies, Tosca’s Cleanse and an Awesome blog AND Margs!


Hya Everyone,

We had Ladies Night with my co-workers and it was SO much fun! As some of you know I am from Texas–grew up in San Antonio and ADORE mexican food! Since coming to Michigan I have found a few places but everyone says if I want to find ANYTHING even remotely similar, I need to go to Mexican Town in Detroit.

Now first off let me say I am an hour from Detroit and don’t get down there very often for if you don’t know your way around, it can be kinda crazy…

Mex Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is where we were, it was YUM! 🙂

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These are the wonderful Ladies of my work!! We have decided to do something every two months…

 

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My co-worker Linda and I have decided to do Tosca’s Cleanse which you can find here…

 

 

http://toscareno.blogspot.com/2011/06/detox-defined.html#.URatcY5D38s

 

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Linda and I….

I have gained a little weight ( about 12 pounds). This is from dealing with my knee, trying to figure out my lifestyle ( this will be one of my next posts and plain just being lazy so I am trying to get back on track and Linda and I (below) have decided to do this, isn’t she gorgeous? She doesn’t really need to, she is very healthy and actually ‘starting to eat clean’ with me, not that she didn’t really before, but we are helping each other. This is a horrible pic of me, but great one of her…I look at this and say, wow, I have gained tons of weight, when I haven’t really but it sure looks like it??

 

I also want to tell you about this amazing blog, once I’m done with my Cleanse I am going to try this, I did buy what I needed…

 

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I won these from her site, please check out Jess, she has an amazing site, with lots of fun things, great eats and it’s just packed with good fun things and great advice… ( Jess I am going to be drinking these this coming weekend, I can’t thank you enough!!!

http://alotonyourplate.wordpress.com/

 

This is a reduced calorie margarita mixer from Powell and Mahoney ( that is actually OK for you!!) Imagine that!!

Please check out their site here…

http://powellandmahoney.com/

I can’t wait for next weekend to actually partake, WHOOT!

 

Still trying to get back on track with working out, I struggle, it hurts my knee and then I falter, but this week I will have three days so I am getting there!

 

Off to watch the Red Wings with the boys, hope everyone has a great weekend!!

 

xoxoxoxo

Traci

Inspiration, Prayer and why we help others!


At the check out line a bit ago, my step son told me –‘Traci, you are an inspiration!’

Erik and Traci

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming from a 20-year-old that meant a lot to me, even when I don’t feel like that…

The reason for this is because I tell EVERYONE about my weight loss. This is not because I am vain. Ok, if I’m  TOTALLY honest I do struggle with this at times but it’s also because if I can reach ONE person whose struggling, who may need help who doesn’t THINK they can do it– that makes my day!

As I have told everyone, I have failed soooo many diets before I found Eat Clean and I am so grateful.

So many things have changed for me. I was reading on Transformations and a lady mentioned prayer and diet and I couldn’t agree more. Every morning on my way to work ( I am in a new job) I pray to stay ‘ in the Spirit’! God has changed me in SO many ways and I don’t for ONE second think He had nothing to do with this for He did! My purpose is to help others who– like me don’t think they can for they are hurting or injured or scared, for we WILL succeed!

Thank you Rhonda for including me, I feel truly blessed. Please read the other stories on here, they are truly amazing!!!!

http://transformationpics.com/2012/07/08/traci-lbs-lost-90/#more-630

Happy Sunday to you all!

xoxoxoxo

Traci

And then I HAD to tell the Hubby!


Good Evening my dear friends!

I apologize, and this shoulder injury is much harder to deal with then I anticipated, I  don’t get on the computer as much as I wish to. Working now and not sleeping well and I am worn out; we have found  that my tendon is torn, with tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis, etc.  I see an orthopedic specialist on February 2nd, hopefully we will have answers especially since it seems to have moved into my arm as well. I’m also having issues with my right shoulder now too???

I also see my knee surgeon on the 6th, it has been a year, can you believe it? And we are STILL having issues, more with limited bending and my thigh is still falling asleep, sigh! 

Please say a prayer! I had lunch with a dear friend today,  and mentioned how the Hubby was talking ‘ consequence’ and getting ‘legal’ thinking he was ‘off ‘ his walker’ lol! This was a bit ago-it has been some time since he mentioned this.  Thinking she would agree, but no she agreed with him. Her mother had TKR (total knee replacement) and didn’t have these issues, and had a lot more testing in the beginning than I! And my friend had a similar situation with her daughter’s school; she got all ‘mama bear’ on them, which is what prompted my friend’s remarks.  She said ‘ Traci; there are other surgeons, you do understand there is STILL a problem. He may be one of the best but you’re  still not fixed  that doesn’t mean he is ‘perfect’! And that though he may be ‘ the best’  that doesn’t mean to not look at other options or  someone else who may be able to fix you if they can’t or they keep  waiting for this or that’? Sigh, we will see. It just seems to be one long waiting game. I know some of this is me, my issues- just as I know some of this is because we couldn’t do PT as long as needed. Still; a year later, two manipulations and still having ‘ nerve like issues’? Guess we will see. I just keep praying! 🙂

Ok here in installment 2…. 🙂

Yep; after finding out I weighed  245 pounds, I joined Weight Watchers. I had no choice, I was terrified, I had NO idea what to do, where to go and how to start. I learned a lot from them, and even still have my card…

WW Membership

There are 2 I learned from them which I am going to share-1.) journal- that is SO important!  You just can’t believe what all you put in your stomach during the day- I couldn’t believe it. I learned so much so much by writing down my daily food intake.  In fact, if anyone wants to take up this challenge with me, for 30 days I will do it with you, I will write down EVERYTHING I eat if you will!  Come on–everything including weekends!! t really does help, and it keeps you honest…who will do it with me? I need to get my butt in gear too? That is going to be my next post; we should make set up a challenge for our selves- even us old timers need help too! 🙂

Food Diary

Above is my journal in which I faithfully wrote EVERY day.

The other thing I really learned in Weight Watchers was to drink my water. I HATE drinking water, I will tell you! Never been my thing…so what I learned to do was drink tea (decaf).  I LOVE tea, and they told me that decaf tea could count as my water so, I drink it hot, cold, whichever, whatever to get my water in!

Weight Watchers Cup

I now try to drink two to three of these a day (cup), which I never did before.  helps that this is a cup with measurement marks to guide me. I wonder if they still give these out? I actually won this for losing 5 pounds one week! 🙂

My last thing I am going to share is Beth Downey’s ( you will hear more about  her later when I talk of joining the Brickhouse) Superman Muffins with you! THESE are amazing!  I have TRIED to  put a recipe section on here but could NOT get it to work, sigh, will have to work on it.  But these babies SAVED me after my surgery!!! And this was the first time I made them Vegan ( I don’t use eggs or milk) and they were just as yummy! 🙂

So, here goes!

Thank you BETH!

Beth and I

Beth and I

Now I add about 1/4 a cup more flour and 1/4 a cup more oats,

I don’t like them wet ( I mix this to  make the batter thicker)but do it to taste-

I also add dark chocolate chips to mine per the notes…. 🙂 Enjoy, I love them!

Also- I have never used pumpkin spice, I know people have used oatmeal instead of oats and what not,

I have not tried that.

Here is the calorie content:

Plain muffins have about 125 calories but adding the below increases the calorie count as stated;

Then I usually add the following:

• 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (I usually use pecans) (158 calories per muffin with this addition)

OR

• 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (170 calories per muffin with this addition)

OR

• 1/2 cup dried fruit (147 calories per muffin with this addition)

                                                                                                            

                  “SUPERMAN” MUFFINS-Per Beth Downey

Basic recipe:

Ingredients

* 1  cups whole rolled oats OR wheat bran

  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • I used rice milk
  • Info for rice milk below
  • *  cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • I used 1/3rd cup almond milk, 1tsp lemon juice
  • Calories for almond milk below

    * 1/3 cup brown sugar

* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

* 1 cup whole wheat flour

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • I used ground Jamaican Allspice

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 1 ripe banana (mashed)

  • 1 small zucchini (peeled and finely grated)
  • I used half a large zucchini

* 1 medium carrot (peeled and finely grated)

then add (1) of the following:

* 1/2 cup dried mixed berries

* 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • I used vegan dark chocolate chips-sorry, don’t still have the bag for them, 
  • but you can get them at amy whole foods, just note they need to be 7o% or greater

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Spray muffin cups or use paper muffin liners.

Mix together whole rolled oats and milk, and let stand for 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix together mashed banana, applesauce,egg, brown sugar, zucchini, carrot, and vanilla.egg, brown sugar, zucchini, carrot, and vanilla.

Sift together whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.

Stir into rolled oat and milk mixture until just blended. Fold in dried berries, nuts, or chocolate chips.

Scoop into muffin cups.

 Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes to 20 minutes,

or until toothpick comes out clean. Makes 12 full size muffins.

Mini muffins cook for 12 – 18 minutes (makes 48 mini muffins)

I will try to add more entries to this blog more often, perhaps twice a week; sorry I’m so late with this one. 😉

Thanks for stopping by and God Bless! 🙂

xoxoxoxo

Traci

My first post! :)


First off, welcome to my blog! 🙂

Let me start by giving  a little background information on me!

I am happily married, 42 years old, and started this weight loss journey about 2 years ago!

When I started this process, I weighed 244.5 pounds– I have struggled with this because I have a bad knee so working out has been really hard for me. Almost a year ago ( in Feb) I had a total knee replacement and I thought that was it, I never thought I would get this weight off and even before then I had to stop working out because I had knee surgery and was in physical therapy for the last year-I have kept going, even with constipation, medications and constant downtime I have been determined!  I have only been able to do this with food, I have just started working out slowly, I walk two miles on my cane, they want to do another surgery this winter for I am still having complications with my knee, meaning it is not fixed and they believe that I have torn my rotator cuff.  I did loose the first 20 through my gym ( thank you Beth at the Brick house in Mt, Clements, I miss you girls!)  which I sadly had to quit. I wanted to say thank you and really thank you! I have paid it forward, so may people ask me, how I have done it, they know my story, they know I can’t work out, and they know my struggle and that I am 16  pounds to my goal, I tell everyone about the Eat Clean diet! And that  if they want to change their lives and not just diet, then this is the way to go one pound at a time, that if this 42  year old woman can do it, anyone can.

I wanted to start this blog for so many people have asked me HOW I do this, how can I DO this with an injury, how can I still lose weight, working out so limited?  Well, I do follow the Eat Clean diet, I am also now a Vegan which I will get more into and I am determined!!!! It has taken me longer, it has been harder but it CAN be done! REALLY, it can!

So, here is my blog, I will share what I have done, hopefully, others will too and this will be a safe, clean place we can DO this TOGETHER!!

So, be patient with me, I am just starting, never done this before, any tips, feedback, help, will be greatly appreciated!!!!

-YOU CAN DO THIS! I am so close to my goal but it has taken me so long to get here but even better than that, I am paying it forward for I have learned that so many people out there feel the way I mentioned and when they see how YOU are doing-that is your chance or our chance to help, so many people ask me how I have done this and I tell everyone about the Eat Clean diet, it has changed my life and I am so thankful to Mrs. Tosca for this I can’t even say….

So, this is my story, I am looking forward to reading so many more of yours and getting to know ya’ll!

xoxooxxo
Traci

ONE POUND AT A TIME!!!!!