Success Saturday: Christy P.

I’ve known Christy since before high school, and we reconnected a couple of years ago on social media. I’ve seen her progress continue, all because of her amazing dedication to her goal!

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1. Why did you decide to lose weight/change your lifestyle? (Any and all
 reason)

In August 2013, I decided I wanted more out of life. I wanted to feel better, have more energy and have more confidence in myself. I was tired of coming home after work everyday and taking a nap.

2. What exercise did you do? (List everything)
 
I started out walking in September. I added a community ed exercise class (it included step aerobics, kick boxing and strength training) in October. I joined a gym in November that offers body pump and Zumba. 

3. How did you change your eating habits?
I use my fitness pal to track my calorie intake. I cut out soda’s all together. I only eat red meat every once in awhile. I either eat baked tilapia or chicken and sliced turkey. I have increased my vegetable and fruit intake. I eat breakfast now and I have added snacks to my day. 

4. Did you use any nutritional supplements?
 
The only thing that I have used is Spark. I started using that about two months ago. 

5. Did you have support? (Group, friend, online community, etc.)

Yes, all of my family and friends have been very supportive. I also follow many pages on FB.

6. What do you feel is the top thing you’ve gotten out of your journey?

Not to give up on your dream because of a few unhealthy decisions or days. 

7. What is your next goal?

 I still have a ways to go so I just want to keep up my steady pace and boost my strength training as I go. 

If you have a success story you would like to share, please contact me at jockinaskirt@gmail.com

Monday Meals: Curried Tuna Patties

This meal came about as one of those moments where I was racking my brain of what was in the pantry and avoiding an early trip to the grocery store. I knew we had plenty of cans of tuna since it’s a staple in my house, and could whip up tuna patties in no time, but I didn’t want plain tuna patties. After scouring the web for different versions, I settled on using The Big Man’s World‘s recipe for curried tuna patties as my base.

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Here’s my recipe for curried tuna patties:

3 cans of well-drained white tuna
2 palmfuls of Italian parsley, chopped
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons of bread crumbs (I used my homemade bread crumbs from Bountiful Basket heels.)
2 tablespoons of curry powder
Natural sea salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Garlic powder to taste

Mix all dry ingredients together, then mix in tuna, and then mix in egg. It sounds kind of tedious, but this insures proper coating and binding.

Place 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a warm skillet to melt. Once melted, spoon large helpings of tuna mixture into skillet and flatten into patties. Cook for 5-7 minutes on each side until crispy. Serve immediately with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt for topping.

I made a potato and pineapple curry to go along with the brown rice I shipped up. Here’s the curry side dish recipe:

Quarter red potatoes and drain a can of pineapple chunks. Save the pineapple juice from the can (make sure it’s juice, not syrup). Toss the potatoes and pineapple into a skillet, season with curry, 1 teaspoon of light soy sauce, garlic, and a sprinkle of salt. Let it simmer in the reserved pineapple juice until juice is gone. Serve immediately over brown rice.

I hope you enjoy a simple and healthy Indian style dish! My house LOVED it.

Mother’s Day and WHYs

Today, like all Mother’s Days since becoming a mom, I’ve cherished the time I get to spend dedicated to the one day for Moms. As a “momprenuer”, I’ve recently learned that my very first priority is being the mom I want to be for my boys and the quality of time I spend with them. They are my WHYs.

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They are why I push myself day in and day out to make their lives better than the life I’ve had. They are why in strive so hard to be an example of what hard work, dedication, and never giving up can bring you in life. They are my why I share with them my spiritual journey as a child, young adult, and now my new spiritual journey as an adult and parent. They are my why’s…why I breathe, why I feel the passion inside me every day, they are my number one purpose in life.

On this Mother’s Day in 2014, I pray that all mothers out there, current and future, have celebrated their day today, but know in their hearts that every day is Mother’s Day because our purpose, our why is creating the future, one child at a time.