as part of the changes i have made in all aspects of my life, one of the most important ones to me was shedding this extra baby weight. you are probably thinking... "when did she have a baby?" well, umm... almost 4 years ago! ha ha!
i've probably told the story before, but if you are new around here, the story is that i gained a ton of weight with elijah. in the 6 lb. range with my other children, he was a whopping 8 lbs. 9 oz. that was huge for my tiny little 5 ft. even body. but even though i couldn't grow any taller, he sure did a number on my body and at one point i believe i was wider than i was tall. it has been SO incredibly hard to lose the weight. i have tried every diet out there and worked out to no avail. in fact, in the end, when things started to get frustrating for me and i started to sink into a bit of depression, i actually gained weight. my highest was 178 lbs. i'm super short so that is HUGE for me. i had just given up because i felt like nothing was working for me.
although i am not a huge supporter of dietary supplements, someone suggested the V3 pill and after considering it many times, i finally gave it a go. i was desperate for something to work. in the month that i took it, i changed what i drank, what i ate, and even completely gave up certain foods. the V3 basically cleared my head so i wasn't constantly thinking about food. in the past, i felt so hungry ALL THE TIME that i couldn't even think of anything else but my next meal. when i say that out loud, i sound like a drug addict. and in a way, food kinda was like a drug for me.
i used to prepare meals and sit down with my family and think that just eating a smaller portion was going to be what it took to lose weight. but apparently, that wasn't working. sometimes i feel excluded from my families meals, but i kid you not that even what might seem like a healthy meal was skyrocketing my weight. most nights i eat something totally different from them.
so far i have lost 16 lbs.
one thing i have done to help lose the weight is make sure i incorporate a protein and lots of fruits or veggies at EVERY meal. i haven't given up bread, but a sandwich with lots of spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, and jalapenos is something i would normally eat for lunch with a banana on the side. dinner is usually the same or a meat with a couple veggies on the side. so far, the hardest thing to pass up were some garlic potatoes i made just last night. my kids need the extra calories as recommended by their doctor because medicine they take suppresses their appetite (that's another story), so i always load their foods down with butter if i can. that also means, i must stay away. it's hard sometimes!
as for breakfast, my favorites are smoothies or scrambled eggs with lots of veggies. but sometimes, i try to change it up a bit. my kids love my homemade breakfast cookies, so this week, i tried to come up with a new recipe. these banana carrot breakfast cookies sneak in one of my kids least favorite veggies... carrots. and the best part is that i can eat them too!
banana carrot breakfast cookies
- 1 cup oats
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup carrot pulp
- carrot juice (optional)
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- splash of pure vanilla extract
- dried fruit (optional)
to get carrot pulp, i use my juicer to juice my carrots first. i use the carrot pulp and the juice in my recipe. about 4 large carrots will get you 1/2 cup of pulp. however, if you do not have a juicer, then you can use a food processor to shred your carrots finely. once you have your carrots ready for the recipe, combine all ingredients, except dried fruit, in a food processor until mixed well. once it is all blended well, stir in dried fruit with a spoon. i did not have any fruit this time but have added it before and love it!
either line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use cooking spray to grease your pan. scoop small portions of the mixture, just like regular cookie dough, and place them on the baking sheet. bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. remove from over and let cool for a few minutes before serving.
depending on how big you make them determines how many it will make. i usually make each cookie with 2 tablespoons of mix and eat about 4 cookies.
if i am not having a smoothie for breakfast, lately i have been loving chai tea. it makes a perfect pairing with these breakfast cookies too!
let me know if you try these cookies. i would love to know what you think!
*i have provided no links or information about V3 because, although i had no problems or side effects, i really don't back dietary supplements and don't recommend them unless it is a complete last resort. feel free to do your own research on this product.