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How Sharon, Busy Mom of Two Lost over 60 lbs Part 2

By August 2, 2012 One Comment

This was Sharon BEFORE kids (Sharon on Left)

If you missed part 1 of Sharon’s story CLICK HERE

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I asked Sharon to write a second part getting into more details about what her day looks like now and how her life has been changed.  At the end I throw in a couple of suggestions to improve the eating even more.
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Here is Sharon!
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“Ok, so what is different now for me you ask?  It all started when I was pregnant.  I was high risk so my doctor put me on bedrest at 28 weeks.
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So I started reading through pregnancy and baby books and really got on board to give my babies the best I could.  I nursed, cloth diapered, made my own baby food but still I wasn’t doing the best for myself.
Even though I was nursing I was still eating too much and certainly not the best food.  I made excuses to the amount I was eating and I felt OK about it because I had lost some weight. 
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Well then in comes Dustin.  Now I loved MamaTone, worked my ass off, but it was a bit too expensive for me.  I made up in my mind that I was going to squeeze every penny out of it and take the work outs home, count calories, all that jazz.  That’s what got me over the hump.  After 3 months of this, I saw that I was getting results. people were noticing, and the rest was history.  Now I’m hooked.  I’m hooked on working out (3-6 days every week), I’m hooked on eating REAL food, I’m hooked on being healthy, being active, making goals, and being positive. 
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Now I still like junk food, and I still have cravings, and I still give into my cravings but when I do, I just get right back on the horse.  Not tomorrow, not on Monday, right now.  OK, so I ate that batch of cookies.  Now what do I need to do so it doesn’t happen again. 
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This is Sharon today 🙂

A very smart person told me once “if you drop your phone, are you going to smash it or pick it up” well I’m not going to smash my phone and I’m not going to smash my health just because I fell off the wagon for a treat or two.  That’s what keeps me going.  And my great kids, how they know I’m strong, and they see what I’m doing everyday.  And those are the footsteps I want them to follow.

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Now for my eating habits.  Remember I work night shift so I don’t have a food journal but here’s a low down for what I typically eat in a day:
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Breakfast – usually poached eggs on sprouted wheat english muffin (my fav) or oatmeal with fruit.  I am hooked on coffee so typically have coffee with a bit of milk and either stevia or honey depending on my sweetness craving.
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Snack – I always have a snack with my kids.  Often it is on the run.  Often it is my coffee.  But when I have time, I usually like sliced apples that I share with my kids and cheddar cheese.  My kids like cereal bars, so I’m trying to find a substitute for that – home made protein bars sort of thing.  I’m working on it!  We also do a lot of smoothies, I often let my kids pick the color and do my best to make it.  Call it a challenge 😉  they like hulk so green is a big one!
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Lunch – I could do better here.  I usually eat left overs whenever possible.  otherwise sandwich and salad or soup.  I can’t get off of bread.  We also eat a lot of quesidillas.  My favorite – black bean quesidillas that I think Dustin even posted the recipe for.
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Snack – yes again.  something light if I can. again I often am with my kids so ants on a log are a favorite (even for me), yogurt, carrots and ranch, popcorn and fruit.  I’m really trying to make this a veggie only snack (no fruit) and some kind of protein.  It’s there in my goals…
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Dinner – here I find the trick is to have something prepared in advance.  I’ve been trying to make a meal and freeze half of it, so when I’m tired, hungry, I always have something.  If not, stir fry is my go to.  with peanut sauce.  It’s what I do.  Also, I try to keep something munchy near by like carrots or celery or cauliflower just so I can munch on something and not hit up the pantry.
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That’s it.  If I have another snack I TRY to have yogurt with chocolate chips when I’m craving something sweet or popcorn.  Doesn’t always happen that way but it’s a work in progress.
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My days with night shift are all kinds of messed up.  I try not to eat too much overnight but if I do I eat some type of veggie soup, brothy not creamy.  Then I try to hold off until 5 or 6 in the AM when I eat breakfast – usually oatmeal or quiche that I’ve frozen in individual sizes.  I work out, stay up for lunch, then to off to bed.  I usually skip dinner but then eat right before work at like 10 PM.  If I don’t work, I try to get up for dinner so I can prepare something.  And I eat that too.  Usually.”
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-Sharon
Dustin here again…
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I want to make a few comments about Sharon’s food journal.  Although she has done awesome there are still some changes I would recommend she makes that should really help get the last 10 lbs off that she is shooting for.
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-I wouldn’t eat oatmeal and fruit together.  That is a sugar high if I have ever seen one.  Pick one or the other and combine it with a protein and maybe some fat.
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-I would really try to decrease coffee, no more than 1 cup per day and black.
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-Carrots can be combined with hummus instead of ranch.  Ranch has very bad vegetable fats in it.
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-While bread and carbs aren’t evil or bad, substituting them sometimes should have a big effect on bloating/water retention when that substitution is coming from a fat or protein.
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But Sharon does well at getting consistent meals in and eats lots of veggies which are so important.
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Feel free to write a question in the comment section below and Sharon will answer you.