7 Things I’ve Learned From My Lifestyle Change & Weight loss

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A lifestyle change can be an out and out battle. Not just physically but  emotionally and mentally. I didn’t expect some of the things that I have felt and learned through this. I thought I would share for anyone who may be going through the same things.

  1. My Journey is mine and no one else’s- When I first started I was looking at a lot of “fitspo” on Instagram. I was seeing people with drastic weight loss in like a year’s time, give or take some time. I was instantly saying I was going to drop drastic weight in a year. I would get down on myself when I didn’t hit a certain number each week. Then I finally had to realize that my journey is my own. It isn’t a race. It isn’t a temporary quick fix. It is a way of life.
  2. I’m a food addict- Addiction comes in many different forms. My drug of choice is food. It is hard to admit, but I struggle with food. I always have and I probably always will. Sometimes when I want to give into something when I know I have had enough treats for the week it is literally a mental battle.
  3. You can’t beat yourself up over a piece of cake- Not just cake, but any of your vices. We all eat things that don’t fit into our new way of life or that weren’t planned for that particular day or meal. You have to just forgive yourself and move on.
  4. Non-scale victories are important- I could call the scale a few choice words. I have such an unhealthy relationship with it that I need to cut ties. Sometimes it won’t budge, but you feel changes. Your pants are getting bigger, you’re running longer, people are noticing your transformation. Those things are great ways to gauge your progress. The scale can’t be your only indicator.
  5. I don’t like exercise- When I’m scrolling through Instagram I see people raving about how they love working out. I am not that person. I love the results, but I don’t love the act. I like seeing how I progress, get stronger and build my endurance, but it still doesn’t mean I like it.
  6. It’s about health, not just weight loss- I have a family history of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure,  and high cholesterol. You name it, it probably runs in my family. I knew that if i did not change my habits I was destined to a life of medication and potentially crippling disease.
  7.  Don’t give up and stop “starting over”- I used to be on a “diet”, mess up, and give up. A lifestyle change is just that, a lifestyle. One bad meal doesn’t mean it’s the end or you are starting over. It just means you get back on track and you keep going.
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Protein Crepes with Blueberry and Strawberry Compote

I follow a lot of “fitspo” on Instagram and that is what led me to try the Kodiak Cakes Protein mix. It has 14g of protein and is only 190 calories per serving. It is a great option for when you need some pancakes in your life, but you are trying to keep a healthy balance.

More recently I decided to try making crepes with the mix. I also decided I’d get a little creative and try a compote for my topping. The first time I made it I had some frozen blueberries on hand and just used those. Today I threw in some fresh strawberries I had as well. The compote is a great alternative to syrup and is super easy to make.

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You can really just use the mix with water and be done, but I like to add a little more flavor to the crepes. I don’t follow the directions on the box for the crepes. I measure out the mix like normal and then add more water than the box recommends. You want the mix to be pretty thin, but not straight water like.

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For the compote all you need is:

  1. Blueberries, Strawberries, or in this case both.
  2. Water
  3. Honey (optional)- You could also use a sweetener like stevia.

I put the berries in a sauce pan and then put enough water in the pan to barely cover them. I don’t measure the honey, just squeeze a bit in. Then I bring it to a boil. Once it boils for several minutes, I turn it down to a lower heat and let it cook the rest of the way down until there is little to no water.

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Bada-bing-bada-boom! Breakfast is served!


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Banana, Egg and Protein Pancakes

Weekends are my favorite days of the week. They are also a time when i have a bit more time to make a delicious breakfast. I am currently on a journey to live a healthier life so putting a healthy spin on classic breakfast dishes really helps me stay on track.

I’m constantly looking on Pinterest for new recipes. Instagram is surprisingly another place I find not only inspiration, but recipes. I got this pancake recipe right from Instagram, and it satisfied my need for a delicious, filling breakfast.  The best part is it only takes three ingredients and is super quick to make.

I used one whole banana, one egg, and about a half a scoop of vanilla protein. I topped my with some white chocolate peanut butter and a little drizzle of honey. YUM! I hope to do some more post about things I’m eating to help me live a healthier lifestyle. I have been experimenting quite a bit!

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Banana, Egg, Protein pancakes

Banana, egg, protein pancake, Healthy breakfast alternative.

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