Operation Bikini Manifesto

If you put it out there on the interwebz then you can’t not do it, right?! Alright, here I go…

This summer, I, Jayme Weiden, am going to sport a bikini. There. I said it.

I am going to lose at least 20 lbs.

I am going to tone up my body.

I am going to wear tank tops again.

I am going to love my body no matter what happens, because I may screw up along the way. How do I know I may screw up? I am human and I screw up.

I am going to try my best and push myself past my comfort zone. I am going to sweat my ass off. I am going to make myself a healthier, leaner version of my current self. I need to do this for myself and I need to do this for my family.

There. It is out there now. There’s no turning back now.

Operation Bikini is on like Donkey Kong!

PS I found these adorable bikinis above at HerRoom.com. It is so hard to find swimsuits of any kind, let alone bikinis, that fit my ample bosom. This site has a ton! And no, this is not a sponsored post. I just know that for women like me, it is hard to find supportive swimwear. The tops are actually like bra tops with adjustable straps! I am in love!!!

PPS If HerRoom.com would like to work with me I am open to it! =)

Flab to Fab Giveaway – Aurorae Yoga

Today I get to bring you a Flab to Fab Giveaway! Steph have previously worked with Aurorae Yoga and her friends there have decided to offer: a Yoga Strap, Organic Yoga Mat Wash & Slip Free Rosin Bag to one lucky Flab to Fab member!

Yoga is so important (in my opinion) to losing weight, staying fit and healthy or all of the above! I love yoga for strength, stretching and relaxing. If you find the right program for you, I enjoy finding my groove and letting my body focus on one thing and my mind tends to sort things out in the background. I always feel stronger and more balanced at the end. Aurorea Yoga is a company that is founded on a passion for yoga and now they are allowing me to help spread that passion!

Enter below to win, Yoga Strap, Organic Yoga Mat Wash & Slip Free Rosin Bag!

 

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Lands’ End National Swimsuit #Confidence Week – Do You Have Swimsuit Confidence?

Last year I showed you my swimsuit confidence. This winter I found my sexy and showed you a glimpse into my Boudoir photo shoot. Slowly but surely I have become to accept my body. It is hard but I should be proud of it.

I am proud of my lumps and bumps. I gave birth to a beautiful little girl and I have helped a troubled little boy turn his life around and become the son that anyone would be proud of. I am proud of myself. There, I said it. I am proud of myself.

And I am confident.

I am confident in my parenting. I am confident in myself. I am confident in my body.

I have Swimsuit Confidence.

You will not see me hiding under a large t-shirt or under a cover up. It will all be out there for anyone to see and I am ok with it. If you are not ok with it then you can just look away.

Paige is ok with it too!

Paige and I have Swimsuit Confidence, do you?

Check out some more ladies with Swimsuit Confidence over at Curvy Girl Guide to learn more about the Swimsuit Confidence movement!

Updated: Many have asked about my swimsuit in the photo above. It is from Kohls from 2-3 years ago. I did not receive a free swimsuit from Lands’ End even though I would love to have one if they want to give one to me! This one could not contain my rack anymore after this photo was taken. =(

Getting Your Drink On – Low Cal Style

It is no secret that I like to get my drink on every now and then. One of the biggest challenges for me with my weight is alcohol. It calls to me after a long day at work. It calls to me on a hot summer day.

Beer is my like that enabling friend. Just do it. Just drink me. Luckily I found a chart from fitsugar with beers that are under 100 calories. Too bad my favorite beer of choice, Coors Light, is not on this list. This list is from last year so I am sure that there are some other brands out there that may have come out with other products.

Beer Calories Carbs (g) Alcohol content (%)
Budweiser Select 55 55 1.9 2.4
Miller Genuine Draft 64 64 2.4 2.8
Beck’s Premier Light 64 3.9 2.3
Pabst Pearl Light Beer 68 6 2.1
Michelob Ultra 95 3.2 4.1
Amstel Light 95 5 3.5
Anheuser Busch Natural Light 95 3.2 5.9
Natural Light 95 3.2 4.2
Miller Light 96 3.2 4.2
Budweiser Select 99 3.1 4.3
Heineken Light 99 6.8 3.5

By the way, Coors Light is 104 calories with 5.3 g of carbs and a 4.15% alcohol content. For an extensive beer list with calories, carbs and alcohol content check out beer100.com.

Now if you are not a fan of beer, which not everyone is, I have also included some other alcoholic beverages for you to consider.

Sour Apple Martini

Try this Sour Apple Martini made with 2 1/2 oz. sour mix and 3/4 oz. each vodka and sour apple liqueur, for a 160-calorie treat.

Sangria Sparkler

I would love to wet my whistle with this yummy Sangria drink.

Prep: 10 minutes
Chill: 2 hours
Makes: 12 servings

750-milliliter bottle dry red wine
1 cup light orange juice
1/4 cup brandy or cognac
1/4 cup orange liqueur
2 tablespoons sugar
2 medium oranges, sliced
2 cups club soda, chilled
Crushed ice and/or orange peel curls (optional)

1. In a large pitcher, combine wine, orange juice, brandy, orange liqueur, sugar, and orange slices. Chill at least 2 hours. Add club soda before serving. Serve over crushed ice and/or with orange peel curls, if desired.

Nutrition Information per serving: 100 calories, 0g protein, 9g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber.

I also found this great article on Greatist with tips on picking healthier drinks!

Drink it up!

Just remember to drink responsibly. Always make sure to have a Designated Driver.  You know… all that jazz… Just don’t be a dumbass when you drink.

Also make sure to stop by Babe’s Rockin’ Mami and check out who is guest posting about their weight loss journey today!

 

Flab to Fab – Deanna’s Story

Please welcome Deanna today. Deanna has several blogs that she writes but she also has one regarding her personal journey towards weight loss.I am so thankful that she is sharing her story with us today. Please give her some love and encouragement. I know that this is not an easy thing to put out there.

Jayme was awesome enough to let me hijack a post on her blog so that I could share my story about my struggle with weight loss. Unlike most other women trying to lose weight, I’m not trying to just lose baby weight; I was never thin and the pounds piled on before I had kids. In fact, when I was pregnant with my twins, they were worried because I wasn’t gaining weight and I had to actually force myself to eat (me thinks that’s the only time that has ever happened!).

I was a normal sized child up until around the age of 5 or so, yep, 5. That’s when the chubbiness began which eventually turned into fat. I was a very active kid, when I wasn’t at school or sleeping I was running around with my friends riding bikes or walking all over town. My problem was food. My mom was a single mom and worked a lot. We didn’t have much money so we had a lot of meals that consisted of hot dogs, grilled cheese, and mac and cheese or fast food. My mom is overweight and her biological mother was overweight (I say biological because my mom is adopted). I grew up being the fat kid. It’s all I’ve known. I spent my childhood and teenage years being teased and called every fat name that you could think of. I was painfully shy and I let everyone walk all over me and I would never fight back when someone called me those names. Now, at the age of 35 (gasp, did I just say that??), I still battle against the constant paranoia that everyone is staring and laughing at me, even though I haven’t heard a fat comment in years (except from myself). I spent most of life being the sweet funny girl that guys would come to for advice about dating one of my friends. I was always the one left standing in the corner alone.

I’ve suffered from severe depression since I was a teenager although I never told anyone about it until just a few years ago and I was officially diagnosed with major depression in 2006. I was on a few medications since then and I’ve been on Effexor for the last 3 years. It helps a lot and has improved my life significantly but I still have my bad days. I often ask myself if it was my weight and the teasing that made me depressed or was I born with it and the deep seeded depression is what caused me to overeat?

I’ve been off and on diets since I can remember, even when I was a kid. They never lasted. In 2007, I lost 45 pounds and felt great, even though I was still overweight.. but the pounds slowly came back. Luckily, my husband loves me no matter what size I am and my kids tell me all the time how beautiful I am but I can never see it and I don’t know if I ever will.

I got brave and went back to school in 2009 and graduated last year for medical assisting. Ironically enough, my externship was at a weight loss center. I learned a lot about what to eat and what to stay away from. When I stepped on the scale at the center, I almost cried. I’m too embarrassed to even say it here, but it was big.. I’m talking, I could go on the Biggest Loser show big. I was allowed to get free supplements and counseling while I was working there. One of the things they do at the center is take their client’s blood pressure every time they come in. Mine was high. I never had high blood pressure, even when I was pregnant. It remained high and I decided it was time for me to talk to my doctor. I am now on blood pressure medication, just like my mother. I decided that I had to do SOMETHING about this. I ended up losing 15 lbs while I was at the weight loss center and I have now lost a total of 38 lbs. To some it sounds like a lot but to me, it seems like it is just a drop in the bucket because I have so much more to go. It’s a constant struggle. Food is like an addiction to me. I try to watch what I eat and add more fruits and veggies while also working out 5 days a week, but some days I just get tired of worrying about it and I lose control and eat and eat and eat. It’s disgusting. Sometimes I feel like this is a battle that I will never win. It’s true that food addiction is the same, if not worse than drug or alcohol addiction; the bad thing is, we need food to survive. We can’t just throw out all the food in the house; it’s everywhere you look.

I really don’t have much support at home and I feel like I need a support system to help me through this. I need someone cheering me on telling me that I’m doing a good job and to vent to when I’m having a bad day. I would love to find a weight loss buddy that I could help cheer on and vice versa. If anyone is up for this challenge, stop by my blog and leave me a comment. I started this blog when I first lost that 45 lbs a few years ago. I stopped posting completely for awhile but resurrected it a few months ago. My archives have plenty of stories about my weight loss and depression struggles. I love to write and I have a whole crap load of different blogs, I’ve even started writing a book about what it’s like growing up as the fat girl.

If you are looking for support with your weight loss journey, please join us on our private Facebook page, Flab to Fab with The Random Blogette & Babe’s Rockin’ Mami. We are here for you. There is no judgement. We are here to support you, listen to you and offer resources for your health.

Living A Plant Strong Life

I am so happy to have Amanda from Tales of An Amateur Mommy here again today. Amanda has decided to live a plant strong (mostly meat free) life recently and it is so intriguing to me. Even though Dave would never let us go completely meat free in the house (he told me so, so yes I know he won’t let me do it) I am still very curious about it. I asked Amanda to talk about “living a plant strong life” with everyone today. Please welcome Amanda!

To continue with Jayme’s weekly toast to health, I’ve agreed to share with her followers (makes her sound like a goddess doesn’t it? You’re welcome, Jayme) my journey that has led to me eating a plant strong diet. By now, most of you are probably raising your eyebrows at me and wondering what in the world is a plant strong diet. Basically, I don’t eat meat (including fish), eggs, or dairy.

Wait a minute… then don’t I mean that I’m vegan??

No. No I don’t. I’ve learned from many vegan forums that it is pretty unacceptable to peg yourself as a vegan unless you eliminate ALL animal products from your life—that means leather shoes, coats, purses, belts, couches, car seats, etc, wool coats, honey… I could go on and on. Since I’ve become more educated and passionate about this topic, I’ve started working towards eliminating many of these things from my life, but I probably won’t ever be a total vegan for my own personal reasons.

My husband and I started down this path during Lent, when we decided to give up meat. We had started eating mostly vegetarian for health reasons right before I got pregnant with my daughter. When I found out that I was now responsible for the health and nutrition of another little being, I decided to give it up. I just didn’t have enough knowledge about vegetarianism and pregnancy to feel comfortable with it. However, during the brief time that I had eliminated meat, I felt a lot lighter and healthier.

Recalling that time is what made me suggest to my husband that we give up meat again. He agreed, so I decided to do some reading on it. I randomly picked up The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone, not knowing that this a book based on being vegan, not vegetarian. Many of her points made so much sense to me and she presented many examples of people not just feeling better by cutting out animal products but actually reversing disease and becoming stronger as well. I raved about all of the new information that I was learning to my husband, and he backed me up fully.

Now, before you start bashing me for not eating meat, eggs or dairy, hear me out. Not eating these things, especially if you concurrently cut out most sugar, will make you feel AMAZING. I have never, ever changed my eating habits in order to lose weight and not felt tired and headachy for at least the first week. On the other hand, a week after I stopped eating animals/animal products, I cleaned so much around our house that my cousin claimed that I must be pregnant and nesting. And I hate cleaning. But I had so much energy that it overflowed into completing domestic duties that I hate.

Eating plant strong is not a wonder cure to fix all your ills. I’m sure many of you know vegetarians or vegans that eat junk and a diet that is utterly unhealthy. You definitely cannot cut meat out of your meals and then stuff your face full of french fries and beer. It just doesn’t work that way. There are many vegan blogs that can be found with awesome, healthy vegan recipes and it’s important to make sure that you are still getting the right nutrition. Want to see some? Follow me on Pinterest (not all vegan boards, some are crafting and food porn).

Health is not the only reason to cut meat and animal products out of your diet. It’s also better for the environment and of course, better for the animals. While I personally believe that the consumption of animals used to be perfectly healthy and acceptable, many slaughterhouses are terribly inhumane and unsanitary. I would much rather eat a deer that my husband has shot than a chicken breast from our local grocery store because of this—not to mention the steroids and antibiotics that are stuffed into many livestock.

I should probably reiterate here that I’m not entirely 100% meat free. I don’t expect my family to make a vegetarian alternative for our Sunday dinners, and I still love fish and cheese (I never really liked red meat to begin with) so sometimes I do indulge. Often, I totally regret it and feel bloated and disgusting the next day. It’s incredible to me how my body responds now that I have stopped stuffing the wrong things into it.

Interested in learning more? I encourage you to do your own research into the benefits of eating a plant strong diet. Some of my favorite resources are:

Vegucated—a documentary on three New Yorkers that eat a vegan diet for six weeks. A very
comprehensive film on all the reasons to transition to a vegan diet.

Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz—a terrific vegan cookbook. She also has a website,
Post Punk Kitchen.

Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine — “Since 1985, PCRM has been influencing advancements in medicine and science. We advocate for preventive medicine, especially good nutrition, conduct clinical research, and advocate for higher ethical standards in research.”

Have questions for me? Please ask in the comments, I’d be happy to answer them!

My Daughter Told ME I Need To Exercise

I have been trolling along with my weight loss, making low-cal recipes and trying to “move” as much as possible. I even lost an extra 6 lbs during my 9 week weight loss challenge at work. I was so proud of myself that I was keeping up with everything. Then it stopped.

I started going back to my nightly snack attacks with Dave. He is not really helping the situation by buying me amazingly yummy pints of ice cream (yes even with my lactose intolerance I love ice cream – it is worth it). I am totally failing and I know it, but I am tired and ice cream makes me happy.

The other day Paige and I were standing in the kitchen making dinner and she looked up at me. “Mom, you really need to start exercising again!” she shouted.

I stopped and just looked down are her adorable little face and resisted the urge to drop kick her across the room looked at her perplexed and asked why in the world she would say such a thing. She replied, “Well mama you used to work out all of the time and you weren’t so tired.”

Image Source LMAO! I had to use this pic. I couldn’t resist.

Touche my little Peanut, touche. It was true. I had so much more energy and was not nearly a tired when I used to work out all of time. I think it is time to get back on track and stop being such a lazy ass. I know I keep saying that but when your little one throws it in your face then it is a big wake up call.I have stayed at exactly the same weight without exercising but I know that if I just workout a few times a week again I am going to feel so much better.

Later I found out that the real reason she wants me to start working out again is so that she could go to the YMCA again and hang out in the Kid Zone and go swimming in the pool. Whatever gets me going back to work out is fine with me.

Are your kids very honest too?

Are you looking for some motivation to keep on track with your new healthy lifestyle? Looking for some tips to start a healthy lifestyle? Check out our private Facebook group, Flab to Fab with The Random Blogette & Babe’s Rockin’ Mami. We are a judgement free zone. We have nothing but support and love for all of our members.

Sweet Or Salty Tooth? No Problem!

Snack time – we’ve all been there. You need a snack to hold you over or satisfy a craving.  Snacking is often recommended, as it helps avoid overindulgences at meal times.  The best type of snack is a “whole” food, which means food in its natural state – fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc.

You had a long day, worked for hours, and need a quick snack when you get home to “hold you over till dinner”.  The natural reflex is to head to the kitchen cabinet and munch on some potato chips, pretzels or tortilla chops – right out of the bag because you’re “only having a few”. Fight the urge! You can satisfy your crunchy, salt craving without
all of the calories from typical processed foods.

The solution? Edamame. Edamame are green Japanese soy beans.  They are loaded with fiber, protein, iron, and Vitamin C. You can buy these beans frozen, in their pods, and easily cook them in boiling water, bake or steam them.  Drizzle a little olive oil and salt on top, pop them out of their pods and they are ready to go.

Post dinner sweet tooth? There’s nothing wrong with a small snack after dinner.  Instead of processed treats such as Oreos or a Snickers bar, give yourself a nutritious mix of almonds, cashews, walnuts, cranberries – with some dark chocolate!  Why dark chocolate you ask?  Well first off, we have to satisfy your sweet tooth craving.  But more importantly, dark chocolate contains antioxidants and has been proven to lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol.

Unfortunately, cookies and candy bars are processed foods, predominantly filled with sugar, artificial flavoring and milk chocolate – which doesn’t pack the same nutritious punch as it’s dark chocolate relative. If you think nuts are for squirrels, eat some fresh fruit with your dark chocolate and savor each bite. By pairing the dark chocolate with other
healthy alternatives, you will fill up on the good stuff.

This post dinner snack can be made in bulk at home(stored in baggies, so they are ready to grab), which guarantees you can control the ingredients and the cost.  Be sure to measure out proper portion sizes, and enjoy your homemade, healthy snack!

Thank you to Coach Karen for sharing this with us today! She has become an integral part of Flab to Fab and we are so happy to have her! Make sure to stop by Babe’s Rockin’ Mami and check out Steph’s post about reading labels today! Also, don’t forget that if you are looking for some motivation check out our Fab to Flab group!

MOVE IT!

Many of you may have the day off today due to the Easter holiday. For those of you that do have the day off, I have two words for you…

MOVE IT!

It doesn’t matter what you do, but you should get out and do at least 30 minutes of “movement”. What will I be doing today, you might ask… I will be going to the fabulous Toledo Zoo. I will definitely get my 30 minutes of movement and then some!

Fresh air is good for the soul and now that it is getting more Spring-like outside there really is no excuse to not be outside for at least 30 minutes a day. Ride a bike, take a walk, play with the kids, play with your pets…anything. Just get out and move it!

And don’t forget to hydrate! Make sure that you are getting you recommended 64 oz of water every day. It really makes a difference. I can tell when I haven’t had enough water throughout the day. In the middle of the day I start to feel sluggish and by the end of the day I usually have a lovely migraine.

So get out there and move it and stay hydrated!

Don’t forget if you are interested in being a part of our year long weight loss challenge or just looking for a support group of people trying to make healthy lifestyle choices, please join us on Facebook!

 

 

Yummy In Everyone’s Tummy – Chicken & Broccoli Noodle Casserole

Technically it is my turn to have someone post their weight loss story today, but I had some miscommunication and it didn’t happen. Instead of someone’s story I am sharing another yummy recipe with you! Enjoy!

It is rare night in the Weiden household when everyone enjoys a meal. Usually one of us is not happy with dinner and usually it is my little Peanut. Sometimes I wonder how she survives since she is such a picky little eater.

I really never know what she is going to decide that she likes on any given day so it is trial and error, and it is exhausting. When we finally find a great tasting, healthy meal that we can all agree on it is like the Heavens open up and angels sing.

One day when I was perusing Skinnytaste’s recipes I found a yummy looking recipe for Chicken & Broccoli Noodle Casserole. I knew that Paige would not even want to try this but I was so wrong! She devoured it…after I picked out all of the broccoli, of course.

Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Casserole
Skinnytaste.com

Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1/6th • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 8 pts
Calories: 313 • Fat: 9.9 g • Protein: 27.2 g • Carb: 31.2 g • Fiber: 4.4 g • Sugar: 2.6 g
Sodium: 256.7 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz Ronzoni Smart taste noodles (or no-yolk)
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 12 oz fresh broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 12 oz cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 4 oz shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar (Sargento)
  • cooking spray
  • 3 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp seasoned breadcrumbs (I used whole wheat)

Directions:

Cook noodles in salted water until al dente, or slightly undercooked by 2 minutes. Set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and cook on medium heat until golden, about 1 minute. Add the broccoli and a little salt, sauté and cover the broccoli for about 3 minutes on medium heat until the broccoli begins to soften. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly spray a 9 x 12 casserole dish with cooking spray.

In a large pot, heat butter over medium-low heat, when melted add the shallot and cook until soft, 2-3 minutes. Add the flour and a pinch of salt and stir well, cooking an additional 2-3 minutes on medium-low heat.

Slowly whisk in the chicken broth until well combined over medium heat; whisk well for 30 seconds, then add the milk and bring to a boil. Simmer on medium heat, mixing occasionally until it thickens (about 6-7 minutes). Remove from heat and add reduced fat sharp cheddar and 1 tablespoon of the parmesan cheese; mix well until the cheese melts.

Add the shredded chicken, noodles and broccoli to the sauce and mix well until evenly coated.

Pour into a casserole dish and top with parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Spray a little more cooking spray on top and bake for about 20 – 25 minutes. Place the casserole under the broiler a few minutes to get the crumbs crisp and golden (careful not to burn).

Check out Skinnytaste for some great step-by-step photos!

I really think that this is a fabulous recipe. We have added it to our monthly rotation. I would love for one of you to try it and tell me if you think it is as fab as we do! Here is a quick shortcut. We used canned shredded chicken. I know it sounds gross, but I promise that it is just as good. Also, it cuts down the prep time and that is always a plus in my house!

Do you have any tasty low-cal or low-ish calorie recipes that you would like me to try out, or you just want to share? Join our Flab to Fab group and join in on the conversations!