The Joy of New Jeans

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I bought size 4 skinny jeans this week! (I’m still in a little bit of shock and disbelief.) I haven’t been this size in 8 years! Pre-pre-baby (before i got pregnant with my first child). The weight loss has happened solely from focusing on health- good, clean diet and taking the vitamins and supplements my body needs. The weight loss is a by-product and I’m healthier than I probably have ever been! I have only been doing yoga a couple times a week because my body has needed the break. I’m working back up to full-speed working out as I regain strength. I look happy in this goofy photo because let’s face it- I AM!! I’ve also started getting rid of my larger post-baby clothes because I’m determined NOT to go back the other direction! It’s such a good feeling to purge the closet! It’ll be a challenge to maintain the weight loss because all I have to do is look at pumpkin pie and I gain 5 lbs. Focus and determination! This will be an interesting holiday season. I’m really enjoying learning to make yummy foods but in a healthier way. I’ll be sharing holiday recipes I find soon!

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Squash- The Other Spaghetti

Ok, before I expound on spaghetti squash, I have to give a quick update on my weight loss! This morning, I dared to try on a pair of my old size 6 jeans from at least 4 years ago. (They’re very cute bootcut jeans from Gap and they’re still in style, thank goodness!) That’s always a major risk to take and in years and months past, I’ve been disappointed when I still haven’t been able to get my pre-baby clothes to fit. Today, however, was a new day! They fit comfortably, even loose! Yippee! Happy dance! What an amazing feeling! (So glad I kept those pants!) So, I immediately grabbed my camera to commemorate this moment: (Excuse the post-shower hair.)

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Allright, allright. Moving on… Spaghetti squash! I have really enjoyed trying new recipes with spaghetti squash recently. One of my favorite ways to cook it is to boil it first, then sauté it with mushrooms, olive oil, garlic and herbs. It’s a great side dish. Or make a shrimp scampi with it. Super yummy and filling!

Yesterday, I ran across my favorite recipe yet: Deconstructed Spaghetti Squash Carbonara. Oh my goodness, y’all. I’m not even joking. I felt like I was eating an indulgent bowl of pasta. BTW, pasta is one of my favorite foods. I swear someone in my family tree has to have been part Italian. So, it’s been pretty tough not being allowed pasta on my diet. This is my solution! It is Paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free too! Just look at this:

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Bacon, shallots, garlic, and topped with another food I LOVE- a poached egg! Yowza! I must pass along this recipe from Popular Paleo:
Deconstructed Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

Bye Bye Baby Weight!

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A picture of a scale? What?? 😮 That’s right, friends. I bought a scale today. Normally this little thing is my worst enemy, but with my crazy diet plan I’ve been dying to see how the numbers read. Folks, I am proud to say that today it said 121.4! The lowest weight I’ve been in 4 years!! 😃😃😃😍😍💃💃🙏🎉🎈🎉🎉🎉 Finally lost the rest of the baby weight!!

I really wish I had an accurate weight measurement from when I started my diet plan. I think I have lost between 7-10 lbs. I have 4 weeks left on this diet so I’m curious to see what the number will read a show the clothes will fit then! Plus I feel better than I have in a long time! It is a happy day!