Low Carb Living

Low Carb Living

Good Evening! I want to introduce myself and tell a little bit of my story. I will tell my story in greater detail with upcoming posts. It is turning out to be a very emotional story so I’ve decided to share in parts.

Part One: Who I am? My name is Jen and I am fueled by Jesus and Coffee. I am a wife to a great guy that has been in my life for 27 years this past October. That man has uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. I am a Mom of 3 beautiful children: ages 16, 11, and 4. I am also a Fur Mom to 2 dogs and 2 cats. Our family loves to camp and we can be at our happy place most every weekend starting April 1st to November 1st, rain or shine and a few times snow. I enjoy being outdoors and like to fish, swim, kayak, or just float out on the lake with family and friends. I am a music lover of all types…my radio goes from Christian Rock, Classic Rock, Pop, Rap, Country, Alternative and Classical (like Mozart). I play the trombone but not at the moment because I loaned a neighbor kid my trombone. The last thing that I want you to know is that I am a food addict. I use food much like a someone who uses Heroin or some other type of illegal drug. Instead of eating to live, I LIVE TO EAT.

My weight is the same as when I delivered my third child 4 years ago, 234 pounds. The husband, as I mentioned above, has uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. Something had to change and it changed quickly, about 3 weeks ago. I am going to share my “fat” picture below and will show you my progress in future posts.

Yours Truly, 234 pounds…I still look pregnant!

The husband and I have decided to change our lifestyle. We have been using keto recipes, diabetic recipes, and I am counting calories. Jack has been craving stuff and is hungry all the time. I have not been craving as I have been down this road and have employed the tools I used way back when. I am measuring ingredients with measuring cups and spoons. I will be weighing my meat. If I drink milk or any kind of juice (which is usually low carb fruit juice), I measure out the serving. I am working on drinking 64 oz. of water daily. I am going back to yoga and hope to be able to do that 2 to 3 times per week. I am having Jack bring the treadmill upstairs where I can see it and hopefully make myself get walking.

Here is a recipe that I put together last week: Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry

  1. Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables and Frozen Cauliflower Rice (used garlic and herb flavored). 1 bag each.
  2. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast – 2 lbs.
  3. Canola Oil
  4. Lawry’s Teriyaki Marinade (2 bottles)
  • Step 1: Cut chicken into strips and marinade the chicken breast overnight with the Teriyaki and put in the fridge.
  • Step 2: To start cooking, add 1 tablespoon of canola oil and heat wok to medium/high heat.
  • Step 3: Dump both bags of veggies into wok and cook 8 to 10 minutes. When cooked, pour into serving dish, keep warm.
  • Step 4: Cook chicken in the wok. Bump up the heat a little. Cook until chicken is 170 degrees (Took about 10 minutes). Don’t over cook..chicken will dry out.
  • Step 5: Pour chicken over the veggies and mix all together. Ready to serve.
Finished Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry

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Here's to the New Year!

Happy 2020!

Reflecting on 2019 and I am glad to put it behind. My word for 2019 was Faith and let me tell you, there were many moments where my faith was challenged. I had to dig deep to keep on praising God through my Dad’s stroke and his second stint in the hospital from having pneumonia. There were tears and frustration. Broken heart when I thought my own family hated me. (That was a lie told to me by the enemy.) Even deeper to get through parenting struggles and realizing that I am a very imperfect Mom. In fact, this Mom is messy and falling apart…far from perfect.

Moving forward into 2020 feels so good!

When thinking of my 2020 word, restoration, I am extremely curious about the first 4 letters-REST. I wonder will rest lead to restoration. What is this year going to be…will it be better? Will this year bring moments of peace? So many questions are running through my mind…At least I know that whatever comes my way, my faith is unshakeable.

I am looking forward to diving deeper into my faith with bible journaling and Yoga. What!? Is that even possible?

To this first day of 2020 I say, ” Bring it! I am ready to dive into God’s plan, to embrace the mission placed in my heart…ready to be Restored!

Blessings,

Jen