Susie Homemaker in Training

I actually started our new lifestyle on July 27.  I am not a cook by any means, but I saw “Forks Over Knives” on Netflix and it was a huge wake up call regarding my family’s poor nutrition. So Monday night I made a Caprese Quinoa Salad that I found in my new vegetarian cookbook. Holy shit, it’s delicious….  

You can find the real recipe in The Eat Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook. Also, The Fit Housewife has the recipe on her blog. The only thing I did different was use couscous instead of quinoa.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are a little trickier because Bug is with us. Although we want her to eat healthier, it’s also not fair to expect her to completely change everything over night. But being the awesome kid she is, she is willing to try my cooking. Here’s what Tuesday’s dinner looked like.  

Grilled Shrimp with Avocado Linguine…. Not half bad. This recipe is also from The Eat Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook but I found a link to it on slapdashmom.com  Great blog for recipes and crafts! The sauce needs a little tweaking. But surprisingly Bug really seemed to enjoy it! I know there is no substitute for Olive Garden’s Fettuccine Alfredo but this was a great way to blend in some veggies to our meal.

I have to say that the first two days of healthy eating have been a success. I have lost 3 pounds and gained enough energy to hit the snooze button only twice in the morning.

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Preparing for the Fight

Needless to say, I am not too great at keeping up with my blog. However, I think I have found the prefect reason.

Fighting for our lives.

I grew up in a house where meat and potatoes were the norm at dinner. As a teenager, I had no worries about disease or weight.  I was active in school theatre, had a job, and a great social life. After high school, shit fell apart. My then boyfriend was an ass who thought he could determine my friends and fashion. Fat quickly rushed to my aid in the form of fast food and junk. I used food as a drug to make me feel better. As with all drugs, it felt great at the time but is no substitute for facing you problems. When I grew a backbone and left that scuzbag behind, I was a proud 180 pound woman ready to take on the world… tomorrow.

Months of self diagnosed food addiction had left me fat, depressed, unhealthy, and moody. I tried a few different weight loss programs; All failed. When I met the love of my life, I weighed 178.

Almost ten years later, we are still together but fat and miserable. I am now 225 and the weight I’ve gained is coming between us… literally.

Frank was always very active but also overweight. When his second child was born, he was over 315 pounds. He was always very active but couldn’t keep the weight off until he found the Atkins diet. With this diet, he lost a ton of weight. When we met, he was 245 and smoking hot!

October 2009 our lives changed forever. Frank found out after numerous tests and a couple of days in the hospital that he was not only type 2 diabetic, but that he had high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease. He never had a heart attack or any other chest problems but here we were looking down the tunnel of a triple bypass surgery…at the age of 35.

Speeding up to this week… we have gotten on and off the wagon of healthy eating so many times I’ve lost count. So what’s different about this time? Me.

I think that I am finally ready to grow up and take control of my life. I am 30 years old and no one is going to do it for me.