Low Carb Living

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Weight loss so far is 17 pounds! The goal that I set is 100 pounds. There is no timeframe on this goal because I know that this weight has been added on over time. This is going to take time to lose.

Easy? No way. This has not been easy by any means. I have had days where I could not get past a craving so I gave in. However, I have a plan to get past that and to move on. 90% of this plan has involved self reflection and getting over mental barriers. I have realized that I can’t do this on my own. Now, I do have supportive family and friends that I know I can reach out to when this journey gets to be too much. It is very important to seek support. Some tools that I use include prayer, a therapist, personal journal, and this blog.

Just yesterday, I was feeling down. I had a very lazy day and laid in bed watching Netflix and playing games on my phone. At one point, while I was on my phone, I could see my reflection. I must admit that in that very moment, my thought was “I hate this body. This body is ugly. I am fat. I am lazy. There is no way I am going to reach this goal.” Today I woke up and said, “Jen, that was a lie that the enemy is telling you. Jen, pray and look at some scriptures so that you understand this was a lie.” You see the enemy wants me to fail. But what the enemy has failed to see, I have something bigger and stronger than that. I have God. In those moments where I have given in to temptation of eating things that are not good for me and God still gave me grace. I am so not worthy but yet God loves me.

Victory in Christ is mine. Romans 8:37 NIV “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” I can succeed. I will succeed. Nothing is going to separate God’s love from…absolutely nothing can come between me and God’s love.

Furthermore, Lie take this…do you hear this?! “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 NIV. “For I am God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which GOD PREPARED IN ADVANCE for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV I am a work of art that God created in advance; fearfully and wonderfully made in my mother’s womb as in Psalms 139: 14-16 MSG

“Oh yes, you s haped me first inside, then out;
    you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
    Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
    I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
    you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
    how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
    all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
    before I’d even lived one day.

My youngest in the womb.

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Sunday Low Carb Brunch Recipe: Biscuits and Gravy

Ingredients for the biscuits:

  • 2 Cups of Almond Flour or Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 8 Egg Whites
  • 4 Tablespoons of COLD Butter
  • 2 Cups of Shredded Cheddar

Mix all of the ingredients above in a bowl. Spray a Muffin pan with Canola Oil or other of your choice. Scoop the dough into the muffin pan, fill each cup to the top edge. Makes 12 Biscuits. Bake on 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

Ingredients for the gravy:

  • 2 Packages of ground sausage or Turkey Sausage
  • 2 Cups of Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups of Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 blocks of cream cheese

Use a large skillet. Brown sausage until all the pink is gone. Drain grease (I did not). Once sausage is cooked through, add all of the other ingredients. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Turn down to low and cover. When sauce is thicker, remove from heat and let stand. Will get thicker as it sits.I opened my biscuits and put butter on the biscuits. I then cooked 2 eggs over easy. Then poured the gravy over all of that. Hope you enjoy!

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