Monday, May 23, 2011

More {or Less} of Me Monday: Week 1

Since I've noticed that I rarely have anything to blog about on "More of Me Monday", I've decided that it would be the perfect opportunity for me to share about my journey to better health & weight loss.   My weight & health is something I constantly struggle Paul says in II Corintians 12, it is one of those "thorns in my flesh." 

You see, I struggle with something called "Insulin Resistance," a condition in which my body does not effeciently process sugars and other carbohydrates.  To put it simply, when I eat carbohydrates, my body produces insulin as it should, but rather than allowing the insulin in to break down the carbohydrates appropriately, my cells have become "resistant" to the insulin.....they just won't let it in.  In response to that, my body produces more and more insulin until it is finally able to break down the carbohydrates.  Unfortunately, all this extra insulin floating around in my body is turned into fat.  Nice, huh?
And as a bonus, the more weight I gain, the worse the insulin resistance becomes, which causes me to gain more weigh, and the cycle continues. 

While I know this and know how to best control it, unfortunately I don't always do it well, and the weight comes on rather quickly.  This extra weight bogs me down in several weighs ways, as I'm sure some of you can relate to.  Not only do I not have as much energy to do the things I enjoy, but I often get depressed, not liking the weigh way I look or how my clothes fit.  This poor image of myself then keeps me from doing other things I enjoy, like participating in social events.  So not only is losing weight important for me to be healthy physically, but it's also important for my mental health!  I know that if there's a little less of me physically, then there will be more of me in other ways......more confidence, more energy, more peace of mind, more enjoyment of life, etc.  {Thus the title "More {or Less} of me."}

Wow, just having shared this much is a huge step for me.  For years, and even sometimes still now, I was embarrassed and ashamed of my struggle with Insulin Resistance & didn't want anyone to know.  But I've found that there is something freeing in sharing it with others.  I also feel that in sharing my ups & downs and struggles with others and by blogging about my weight loss journey, that maybe it will also hold me accountable to some degree.  Perhaps it will be helpful to someone out there in blogland, too.  If not, feel free to skip these posts.  I won't be offended. :)

So my plan is to share my {fairly} low-carb menu plan for the week each Monday {this will help me be more organized, too!}, along with my exercise schedule.  I will also share how well I followed the plan the previous week & weight loss for the week. 
So, here we go:

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Week 1 Menu Plan

Breakfast: Multigrain Cheerios with Skim Milk
Snack: Granny Smith Apple with Peanut Butter
Lunch: Chicken Strips
Snack: Sugar Free Pudding
Dinner: Tuna Salad

Breakfast: Wheat Chex with Skim Milk
Snack: Yogurt with Granola
Lunch: Left Over Tuna Salad
Snack: Deviled Eggs
Dinner: Quick Chicken Parmigiana & Green Beans

Breakfast: Multigrain Cheerios with Skim Milk
Snack: Cottage Cheese & Peach Slices
Lunch: Left Over Chicken Parmigiana
Snack: Strawberries
Dinner: Fiesta (taco salad) without chips

Breakfast: Wheat Chex with Skim Milk
Snack: Grapes
Lunch: Left Over Fiesta
Snack: Celery with Peanut Butter
Dinner: Meatloaf & Salad

Breakfast: Multigrain Cheerios with Skim Milk
Snack: Pear Slices
Lunch: Left Over Meatloaf
Snack: Sugar Free Pudding
Dinner: Eat Out (splurge for the week)

Breakfast: Wheat Chex with Skim Milk
Snack: Yogurt with Granola
Lunch: Soup & Salad
Snack: Strawberries
Dinner: Breakfast for Dinner (Eggs & Bacon)

Breakfast: Multigrain Cheerios with Skim Milk
Snack: String Cheese
Lunch: Eat Out
Snack: Celery with Peanut Butter
Dinner: Left Overs

{This week I hope to make a list of meal/snack ideas, so that I have several to choose from each week.  I'm also considering putting together a 4-6 week menu plan that I can just repeat.}

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Exercise Schedule:
Monday: Power 90 Cardio/Abs
Tuesday: Walk 30 minutes/Power 90 Circuit Training
Wednesday: Power 90 Cardio/Abs
Thursday: Walk 30 minutes/Power 90 Circuit Training
Friday: Power 90 Cardio/Abs
Saturday: Break
Sunday: Walk 30 minutes/Power 90 Circuit Training

Join me again next week, same time, same place, to see how Week 1 went!

Oh, and just one more thing, please feel free to leave comments with any tips you might have or ideas/recipes you have for healthy meals & snacks.  The more choices I have, the better!

{I'm joining with Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie!}


  1. the truth shall set you free is what came to my mind when I read your post..also,,He must increase, I must decrease.

    Awesome on the weight release girl!! Praise and glory to God for His goodness. I have been released from 125 lbs, and still counting and thanking God so much for setting me free from the bondage too gluttony. Blessings.

  2. Angela, Thanks for the encouraging words! And congrats on your weight loss as well! That is amazing! God bless, Shae

  3. Can you share you taco salad recipe?

  4. Hi Crazydaisy, Thanks for stopping by! The taco salad recipe is really easy. (I'm all about easy!) Cook 1-2 lbs of hamburger meat on med. to med-high (add salt & pepper if desired). Add mild chili seasoning (I use McCormick) - 1 pkg per lb. of meat & stir in. Add tomato sauce - 1 can per lb of meat - & stir. Let simmer about 10 min. (You can also add a little chili powder if you want it more seasoned.) Then if you want rice, cook 1-2 cups of rice. Then just cut up lettuce, tomatoes, & onions, & grate some cheddar cheese (or use prepackaged). I let everyone "build" their own by keeping the ingredients separate, but you could go ahead & mix it all together. Serve with tortilla chips & salsa if desired. Most people crunch up their tortilla chips & mix it with the salad. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have questions. Shae