Follow me on MyFitnessPal

I’ve said in earlier posts that I use MFP to help me track calories and keep up with my workouts. Most weeks I track everyday without fail. There are days that I just forget and am too lazy to go back and do it. That’s the truth! There was a brief period where I went without tracking to see how I would do and it was a disaster. One of the things that I know is that while I have a great hold on portion sizes I continue to struggle with eating to much of a good thing. I am unashamed to admit that!

If you would like to follow me on MFP by username is Jorasims. If you request me just send a brief message so I know who you are.

Thanks and happy Sunday all!


Cookout Shenanigans and other disasters

Tis the season for cookouts and all of that! I am super grateful for them especially in those days that I simply do not want to cook! Mr. S is good on the grill so we eat grilled food quite a bit! The downside of cooking out is that it is a nightmare when it comes to eating! Imagine all that mayonnaise laden potato salad and pasta salad…all those mechanically separated meats…the fish drowned in peanut oil…my gosh that’s enough to drive anyone to calorie hell.

We recently had a small cookout of our own and stuck to hotdogs and not the usual burgers. While the dogs themselves weren’t so bad, after closer examination I found the buns were! I can easily eat two hotdogs at a BBQ without blinking. Heck to be honest maybe three. And I did eat a hotdog…minus the bun. Same way Lady S eats hers! Saved myself a ton I calories just from that. I had a very small portion of pasta salad since it wasn’t made with mayo.

The gist here is that you can eat well and have fun at a cookout by making a few small adjustments

  • Eat meats without the bun
  • Skip the mayo on your sandwich and skip the salads made with mayo and/or Ranch dressing
  • Drink bottled water and skip those sodas! They only dehydrate you further and who needs that at a cookout
  • If fruit salad or salad is an option indulge on that first and then eat the main food
  • I will be first to admit the desserts are hard to pass up! Have a slice of cake or some ice cream. It won’t kill you just have it in moderation!

    Summer = Yummy Fruits!!!

    Howdy folks!

    We recently had the super moon which was awesome! If you missed it, it was absolutely stunning! We also had the official start of summer on the 20th and then meant the seasonal fruits are out! We try really hard to feed Lady S a wide variety of foods although she is not feeling veggies yet unless they are hidden in spaghetti sauce!

    The hardest thing about eating fruits and veggies is finding them at affordable prices. For awhile we bought organic fruits and veggies but that option is simply too expensive for us. I recently started scouring the stores for affordable produce and happened upon Aldi. Now I will be the first to admit that I was an Aldi snob! I had never had a desire to go in there but as food prices rise, I had to find a better option for our family. I have to say their fruit is hard to compete with. I went yesterday and scored this haul….

    • 2lbs of plums
    • 2lbs of nectarines
    • 2lbs of bananas
    • 2lbs of strawberries
    • 2lbs of yellow squash

    I scored all of that for $10.oo!! So anytime anyone in this house is hungry to the fridge they go for a piece of fruit! In order to preserve all that precious fruit soak it in your in your sink with cold water and 2-3 tbs of apple cider vinegar.

    Congrats you’re one step closer to eating all your servings of fruit!

    Cooking, Measurements, and Serena’s Cakes

    This week has been fantastic in our house! Aside from the fact that it’s summertime, we have literally done very little other than enjoy each other’s company. I could probably skip going to the gym based on the amount of running around I have had to do with Lady S. An (Almost) Three year old is a world of fun and she goes nonstop! Where she gets the energy I have no idea! The challenge this summer has been keeping her entertained and feeding her. Let me explain. Kids eat a lot of food. I sometimes wonder if she has a bottomless pit for a stomach because every 3 hours this kid is asking for a meal or a snack. It just depends on the hour of the day. Thankfully Lady S is a lover of simple things…bananas, strawberries, any kind of fruit she can get her hands on.

    We’ve been cooking quite a bit this week since I am home everyday. I thoroughly enjoy cooking with Lady S and love it even more when Mr.S takes over in the kitchen. It makes my life so much easier. The downside to being home everyday is the temptation to snack.

    So in honor of cooking and things that I covet and that are healthy and delicious…..Here’s my list:

    • Hummus – The BEST hummus I have ever had is from Aldi. Yes Aldi. Most grocers sell the Sabra brand or their own but it is nothing in comparison to Aldi’s. Try the Roasted Red Pepper one yourself and pair it with some pretzels or chips of your choice.
    • Grilled Chicken – I LOVE grilled chicken to the point of craziness! Thanks to Pinterest I find so many yummy lo-cal recipes or some that can be tweaked to be lo-cal.
    • Greek Yogurt – This stuff can used for just about anything! A meat tenderizer, a base for dips, a snack… Mr. S is a lover of chips and dip so I found this wonderful recipe to cut the calories only 20 per 2 tbsp serving!
    • Peaches, Strawberries, Squash, Oh My! – Tis the season of fresh fruits and veggies! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again! Get in your fruits and veggies! There are so many fresh options this time of year. Hit your local farmer’s market to see what they have to offer and eat away! Guilt-free of course!

    Now….the last part of my post….let me bless you with these pics first

    The greatness that is Serena Williams. I realize that some haters people look at Serena and think that her body is way too much…Manly even…let me just say that you people who think this way are haters! I am well aware that she has more muscle than some women and men prefer but I have always thought her body was impeccable. The amount of discipline that she must put in at the gym is more than I am willing to do. I’ll just be honest. However her waist to cakes ratio is interesting to say the least. Ever since the puberty God’s descended upon me years ago one thing that I recognized is that my own waist to cakes ratio is somewhat bananas. There are a variety of types of body shapes of women. You can look here to see where you fall. I am a pear shape which means my upper body and waist are smaller than my hips (no kidding?!).

    Since the beginning of my journey I have kept up with my measurements because honestly, sometimes the scale just doesn’t move but the inches do. There have been weeks where I have lost maybe 2 lbs or so but have gone down a clothes size. There will be moments like this where you get discouraged because of that darn scale. I urge you to keep up with your measurements and in those moments go back to those and see the progress you’ve made.

    Here are mine from September 2012 to June 2013. As you can see, the waist to cakes ratio is still bananas but heck, that’s just the way it is for a pear-shaped lady!

    September 2012/June 2013

    • Waist ->>>>> 47 inches / 37 inches = 10 inches lost
    • Hips ->>>>>> 59 inches / 47 inches = 12 inches lost
    • Neck ->>>>>> 14 inches / 13.2 inches = .8 inches lost
    • Upper Torso -> 42 inches / 34 inches = 8 inches lost

    So with all those inches lost (30.8 overall!!!) I have dropped clothes sizes from a size 26 to currently a size 16/18 in bottoms and a 14/16 in dresses! These are sizes I haven’t seen in a while!

    Now….I am off to watch some t.v.!
    ‘Til the next time,


    Sad, Sad, Tummy :(

    It’s Tuesday and the world is starting to heat up!  It is ridiculously hot outside which means I have been relegated to my house.  One thing about our family that my mom finds hilarious is that we don’t do heat!  No way no how!  I explain my relationship with the outdoors by telling people I am allergic to bees (which I am) and that Mr. S.  burns easily (which he does).  Although I detest the heat, I do quite enjoy going outside with Lady S and playing some ball.  She seems to enjoy it and quite frankly it’s a good way to burn off some calories without even really thinking about it.

    I am finally back after being rendered helpless over the weekend.  We went to our favorite Mexican restaurant on Friday night and I knew about 10 minutes after leaving that I had eaten too much!  Oh I will spare you the details because you don’t want to know (trust me), but I was sick until Sunday midday.  Now I have gone through this before.  Go out to eat and then pay for it later.  I typically relegate myself to safe things on the menu….salad, grilled chicken, some type of potato, vegetables, but that just isn’t possible at a Mexican restaurant.  And who can pass up the cheese dip anyway!

    So that leads me to a Public Service Announcement


    I have no idea what I expected but I did NOT expect to be rendered helpless by the digestive Gods.   You will find that once you start to eliminate excess fats, sugars, and that other bad stuff from your diet, when you try to reintroduce it your body might just revolt.  Think of it this way.  The majority of your overall health is in your digestive tract…essentially your gut!  If you don’t treat it well then your entire body will be thrown off.  I enjoy eating out with my family occasionally and you should too.

    A few good things to remember when eating out:

    1. Make wise choices off the menu.  Check the website before you go to help you make healthier choices.  Don’t run away from the wonderful chips and dip or bread that a lot of restaurants offer, just don’t eat in excess.
    2. Eat slowly and enjoy it!  This is where I royally messed up at the Mexican place.  I ate too many chips, way too fast and well…I paid for it 😦
    3. Have a drink if you like but be wise about that too.  Endless refills of sweet tea or soda are no bueno.  EVER!!!

    So now that the digestive Gods are once again happy with me, I am back on track.   I had a fantastic workout last night at the gym!

    The next entry will be my measurement stats!  Holy Moly!  Be on the lookout!

    Til the next time,


    Mushroom Swiss Burgers and ranch dressing…..

    Oh how slack I have been! It is officially summer break and I could not be more happy! This has been a long but rewarding year. It’s unreal how I am thinking about my kids already. That DOES NOT mean that I want the summer to be short and brief!

    So to commemorate the end of the school year I went to lunch with my girls…my roll out peeps…girls whom I can have foodie sins without judgement! I’ll save you all the delicious details but I will say that if food was one of the 10 commandments I broke it and some! I’ve talked about not eating out too much which I don’t. We try and limit our intake of those foods to a bare minimum for a few reasons. 1. A lot of takeout food is loaded with sodium which is attributed to a plethora of illnesses and edema or swelling which I can suffer from quickly, 2. I am not sure what sodium acid pyrophosphate or any of those other 27-lettered ingredients are, and 3. It can get expensive quick. But alas, I was long overdue for some food sinning. On the menu was a mushroom Swiss burger well done (please) and fries ( got ketchup?) and to top it off fried Oreos with vanilla ice cream (I only had a third of the serving folks :-(. IT. WAS. WORTH. EVERY. BITE. I did not feel the slightest bit guilty….well maybe a smidge but not really.

    I’ve said before that the key to eating healthy is not to deprive yourself so much that you binge eat every sweet thing on sight. Nor is it eating salad until you start to look like a piece of romaine lettuce. Trust me folks….I see those bare to minimum salads and super lite dressings in the teachers lounge everyday. These women are hungry I’m here to tell you. Dare I say they are Hongrey!!!!! I know because they are back at the junk food machine 2 hours later. Eat what’s good and filling but eat sensibly! Every now and then have you a big, juicy burger and some fries. Heck have some ranch dressing too, it won’t kill your health journey! Just do all things with moderation and reserve.

    Now off to eat….a salad! OR not!


    A House Full of Health Nuts!

    Howdy readers!

    It’s Saturday, June 8th which means school ended yesterday! BEST. THING. EVER. While this school year was easier than the year before it, in the end it was another one in the bag. Grateful that I have a job that I love and kids who apparently love me back so that makes the world of difference.

    So I have spent the first couple of posts talking about my health journey BUT this was a family and lifestyle change that we embarked on. I remember coming home pretty disgusted about my weight and health in general. Man I was a raging, venting maniac and I was laying it on thick to my husband’s ears. Bless his pea-picking heart, he rolled with it and let me vent. If you knew us personally then you would know he is ice and I am fire; he is a slow cooker and I, a microwave. In other words, he tends to take his time to respond while I just let it rip. At the end of what probably seemed like a never-ending whine fest, he finally said “If you want me to do it with you I will”. Well, maybe…just a teeny bit of me wanted to hear him say that. And he said it! Score for the husband!

    This had more meaning though than just him supporting me. Mr. S has a history of heart disease in his family. Debilitating heart disease that took his father 9 years ago so his health has always been on my mind. Spring 2012 his doctor started him on Lipitor and Zetia because his cholesterol was too high especially at his age. Besides that, he was overweight as well. So after a few months of those drugs that not only caused him severe joint pain and fatigue and burnt a major hole in our wallets, we felt that perhaps a lifestyle change and some naturalistic remedies could be the key.

    As mentioned before, we did a complete overhaul of our fridge, our home, and our lifestyles. The mister was not as enthusiastic about it but did it with me! Out with Bojangles for breakfast and in with the CLIF bars….out with the chips and in with the pretzels. The major difference between the two of us is that Mr. S doesn’t work out in the traditional sense. He does however work a physically demanding job that keeps him squatting, lifting, and sweating all day long.

    I say all that to say this….Mr. S started his journey at 260-265 lbs and a 42 inch waist in his pants….I am happy to say that as of today Mr. S is between 190-195 lbs (depending on the scale) and a 36 inch waist!!! To say I am proud of this man is an understatement. I am seeing MusCLES popping out on this dude I haven’t seen since 2000 when we started dating! LOL

    So if you’re significant other is willing to walk this journey with you then by all means let them. It may be just the motivation you need to keep going!

    As soon as Mr. S lets me, I’ll take a current pic of him so you can see the change!