Lifestyle

New Year’s Focus Word- Identity

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I am pleased to introduce Robin who wrote this guest post. Robin is in full-time ministry as a Children’s Director, she is a wife and mom of twin 5 year olds, and is a good friend. Thanks, Andrea- The Food Tracking Momma

With this new year, I have heard many people recommend choosing one focus word as opposed to setting traditional new year’s resolutions. This is not a focus quote but a word that you will meditate on for the entire year. After some contemplation, I have determined my new year’s focus word is “identity”. Let me tell you why this word is applicable to both you and me.

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New You Challenge for the New Year

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The new year is such a great time to commit to new beginnings! Some people discourage making New Year’s resolutions, but I encourage you to consider a new way, a new habit, a new healthier lifestyle that will lead to a healthier, new you. For this New You challenge, I would like you to join me this New Year in learning ways to lose weight and become a healthier person.

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Recipes

Pumpkin Sausage Lasagna

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Pumpkin Sausage Lasagna Recipe

Have you ever enjoyed a pumpkin ravioli at a fine dining restaurant? If you have, this Pumpkin Sausage Lasagna recipe is for you! It has the clear taste of pumpkin which is balanced with the sausage and the cheeses. It’s fairly easy to make and it is kid friendly (my toddler gobbled it up).

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Fast Versus Slow Weight Loss

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When I made the decision to lose weight, I considered either a fast weight loss diet to lose weight quickly or a slow weight loss method to lose weight over time. For me, I knew I did not want to lose weight to only gain it back after a short period of time. I needed a weight management solution that would help me successfully lose weight and keep the weight off long term.

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17 Healthy Habits to Successfully Lose Weight

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This blog is committed to helping you successfully lose weight! This article will give 17 habits that will allow you to successfully weight loss.

1. Count your calories and log them in an electronic food diary

Well, after all, I AM the Food Tracking Momma. This habit helped me lose 70 pounds. And minus serious medical issues, it can work for you also. Take a few minutes after every meal and log your calories. Stay under your recommended calories for the day. This habit teaches you to become accountable for what (and how much) you eat in a day. For more information, please see my post, How I Lost 70 Pounds by Counting Calories.

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Recipes

Slow Cooker Tangy Beef Stew

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Everything within me screamed to title this recipe, The BEST Slow Cooker Tangy Beef Stew because it really is the easiest and tastiest beef stew recipe. In our family, we only make one beef stew recipe and it is this one. This comes from my mom’s collection of recipes, and anytime I make this, I always think of her.

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Don’t Quit- Even When You are Out of Calories

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I almost quit. It was the end of the day and I was tired from getting the house prepared to host a large Christmas gathering. After my last guests had left, my husband and I put our toddler to bed and then started the task of cleaning up the mess. When we finally finished, we rested on the couch and I started tracking my calories and logging the party food.


I had gone over my calories for the day. Right when I was going to close my food diary app, I remembered a party sandwich (high-calorie, of course) that I had not tracked. But now, after remembering, I simply didn’t want to track it. In my mind, I just wanted to quit for the day and start fresh tomorrow. Finally, I logged the sandwich, observed my now 2,000+ calorie day (my daily calorie goal is 1500 calories) and went to bed. Continue reading “Don’t Quit- Even When You are Out of Calories”

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Christmas Weight Loss Challenge

I love the Christmas season. My husband, though, is one of those guys who hates Christmas music before Thanksgiving. So, each year on Black Friday, the Christmas music is turned on, turned up, and the season officially begins for my family. And in addition to all the music, family time, and the fun of Christmas comes another not so welcomed December tradition- the weight gain of the holidays. This is why I am posting this Christmas weight loss challenge. Continue reading “Christmas Weight Loss Challenge”

Recipes

Skinny Corn Muffins

One of the nice things about counting calories is that I allow myself to eat whatever I want to eat. The trick is that what I eat (and especially how much I eat) fits into my daily allowance of food calories. So considering that, I’m always trying to lighten up existing recipes. Sometimes this works successfully and I enjoy a new skinny recipe. Other times I have a not-so-tasty but now skinny food item. I am happy to announce that this recipe for Skinny Corn Muffins is tasty, low fat, and low calorie.  Continue reading “Skinny Corn Muffins”

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Instant Pot Chili con Carne

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I can’t even count the number of blog posts I have read that start with, “I love my Instant Pot.” Not being one to go with the crowd, I think I’ll say, “I really love my Instant Pot!” I received it in June and I have used it no less than 3-4 times per week. It is an essential tool in my house. This is why I am happy to share with you my Instant Pot Chili con Carne. Please note this recipe can be made in a slow cooker by sauteing the meat and veggies in a skillet, adding all to the slow cooker and then cooking on Low for 5 hours. If you don’t own an Instant Pot, I highly recommend you get one.  Continue reading “Instant Pot Chili con Carne”