Emily’s Journey: Falling Off the Wagon

I can honestly say I not only fell completely off the healthy lifestyle wagon, but gleefully jumped off, head first, and smashed into a raging torrent of calorie filled excess. 

The holiday season has come and gone.  During the holidays I, like many others, was less than prudent in my food choices.  But, like so many others, I did so with every intention of getting right back into the swing of things.  However, my holiday “break” was so bad I haven’t weighed myself since shortly after returning home from the Christmas holiday.  Continue reading “Emily’s Journey: Falling Off the Wagon”

Veggie Bake Mysfam Style

The Turkey Sausage Veggie Bake is one of Mysfam Cottage’s favorite recipes, but it can easily be changed to be a vegan/vegetarian recipe with a few changes.  Considering that I overindulged in a few too many Christmas cookies I thought a lighter recipe was a great way to start the New Year.  This recipe works great as a veggie side or a full meal for meat free Monday.  The serving size is great for a light lunch, but I usually half a serving as a side veggie.

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Emily’s Journey: My End of Year Check-In

The year is winding down I’ve been thinking about the past eight months.  So far, I’ve lost almost 100 lbs because I didn’t want to have to pay extra for my flight when my BFF and I took our Hawaii trip.  The trip may have been postponed, but it was the catalyst to behind my determination to lose weight.  I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned so far that have helped me.

Emily in June of 2017
Emily in December 2017

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Hawaiian Chicken Mysfam Style

I’m going to be sharing my all-time favorite recipe with you.  This recipe is easy to make with only four ingredients and has some of my favorite foods in one flavor packed dish!  Pineapple, bacon, and mushrooms, oh my!  Even better, it has less than 300 calories and almost 29 grams of protein per serving.

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Turkey Sausage and Veggie Bake

Mysfam Cottage Turkey Sausage and Veggie Bake

It’s Veggie Time

Ingredients:

 

1 package of Smoked Turkey Sausage

1 medium Sweet Potato

1 Carrot

1 Zucchini

1 Red Bell Pepper

3 baby Red Potatoes

1 Yellow Squash

4 oz. Baby Portabella Mushrooms

1 1/2 cup of broccoli florets 

2 TBSP Olive oil 

Salt and pepper

1/8 tsp Garlic Powder (optional)

¼ tsp Italian Seasoning (optional)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Wash all the vegetables.  Peel the carrots and sweet potatoes.  Core and seed the red bell pepper. Cut all of the vegetables and turkey sausage into ½ inch to 1 inch pieces and coat in the olive oil. Spread onto baking sheet and season to taste with salt, pepper and other optional seasonings.  Cook for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Serve hot with rice or noodles of your choice.

If you freeze this recipe, thaw in the refrigerator over night and reheat in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes on high, or until hot, stirring halfway through.

*Cooking hint—place the broccoli, onion, and any veggies you prefer to be a bit softer on bottom of the bake and the mushrooms and sausage on top.  The sausage flavors the bake wonderfully, which is why we don’t really use any additional seasoning most of the time.

This makes four (4) servings with 328 calories per serving.

Another Step to a Healthier Mysfam Cottage

This is the Christmas gift to the humans of Mysfam Cottage, from us to us!  It is also something to help us continue on our quest for a healthier us. 

I’d like to introduce you to the newest member of the Mysfam Cottage household.

 

Freezer

 

That’s right!  An upright freezer for our little home.  This is the Christmas gift to the humans of Mysfam Cottage, from us to us!  It is also something to help us continue on our quest for a healthier us.

For a while now we’ve wanted to be able to make and freeze meals, but our normal freezer was usually taken up by frozen vegetables and chicken.  As Thanksgiving has come closer we realized we wouldn’t have any room for the traditional turkey (or two), which is what led to our purchase at this point in time.

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From FAT to fit: The Food is Changin’

My eating…my overeating was going to come to an end.  After weeks of drinking more water than I’d care to think about I was about to limit my food intake.

Food.  I LOVE food.  I wouldn’t have gotten to the size I was unless I loved food.  However, the bigger I became I often felt guilty after eating, especially when my meal consisted of a large sized burger, fries, and soda or after my fourth or fifth trip through a buffet line.  But my time had arrived.  My eating…my overeating was going to come to an end.  After weeks of drinking more water than I’d care to think about I was about to limit my food intake.

On June 29th of this year, I joined….rejoined My Fitness Pal, with a starting weight of 265 lbs, I joined…rejoined My Fitness Pal.  (www.myfitnesspal.com)

June 2017

After updating my information I started with a daily calorie goal of 1,500.  Utilizing My Fitness Pal to track my food intake was the first step.  I stepped out of my introverted comfort zone and joined groups and added friends, building the online support I would need to succeed in my weight loss goal.

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