Questions Answered–

Today I asked for questions for me to answer on my Facebook page.  I received a few good questions so I will address that as my post today.

A great question from Delilah James-Did you ever mess up and gain some weight back? And if so, how did you handle it and get motivated again?

Wow, great question Delilah.  I have definitely messed up and gained weight back.  I’ve done it more than once.  I’ve done it numerous times on the small side (A few pounds).  I’ve also once did it on a large-scale, 25 pounds.   Let me address the small-scale, because I deal with it the most.  Let me talk to you about forgiveness.  I am human. I make mistakes.  I have days in which I just didn’t eat right.  I’ve had a week in which I just ate terribly.  Still worked out, and I gained 2 to 5 pounds.  HOW frustrating is that? Oh I get so angry at myself.. I get so mad.  I get to the point that I want to give up.. But, I know it is just a bad day/week/weigh in.  Now I can either hold this against myself, be angry, or forgive myself for making a mistake and owe myself better the following week.  I choose to forgive myself.  If I don’t, I can’t move forward.  That is the biggest lesson I have learned in weight loss. It should be the biggest lesson we all learn in life.  If we do not forgive ourselves (or others for that matter), we stagnant ourselves.  We literally get stuck in the mud, and we can’t move forward.

Now the big weight gain.  I had lost 200 pounds training and walking for the Breast Cancer 3Day.  Then walking the 2009 Turkey Trot at Washington Park in Denver I hurt my knee.  It hurt so bad, I was limping around for a good week.  Stubborn, as I am… I didn’t go to the doctor for 3 weeks.  I couldn’t walk, which is how I lost my weight in the first place. I got down.  My friends wanted to keep me walking, but I was in so much pain. HORRIBLE time to be hurt and unable to work out.  Right between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I ate everything.  I realized I was doing really bad, and I reached out to my friends.  I asked for help and I got what I was eating in order, and I stopped gaining weight. Now help was simply spending time with my friends just talking.  Talking over my frustrations. Just being open with them and letting them know what was going on.  I call my friends my clearing committee.  These are the people I trust the most. Who are always looking out for me.  I share with them everything about my weight loss.  They come back to me with BRUTAL honesty, and hard questions.  I love them all for it.  Just to throw my friends out there that have been there for over a year-Veronika, Bruce, Matt, Dusty, Darin, Sunshine, Yvie, Patti, Lisa, Steve, Fran, and Brad.  They keep me grounded in weight loss and they will not let me quit.  They call me out when I do stupid things and ask me to hold myself accountable.  Surrounding yourself with friends who are true to you and who look out for you is so important. So very important!! On top of that, you have to be willing to ask for help.  Which sometimes I struggle to do. Yet—-My friends always figure me out. I unfortunately have a disease called annoyingly happy and positive. When I am not, they know I need help.

How do I stay on track? I’m telling you, watch my you tube video. The second one.  Watch the ending, and look at the line of people who stand behind me. To this day I am shocked by the length of that line. It doesn’t shrink, it only grows.  I am surrounded by people who believe in me.  Surround yourself with people who believe in you.  By the way, it starts with you believing in yourself first. I stay motivated because I need to save my life.  I need to help others to find the right way to lose weight too.  They HAVE to know it is possible.  It isn’t easy, it isn’t always pretty, it isn’t always weight loss. But each day you try, each day you work to change your life, you improve.  Your mind, your heart, your soul change.  WAY before your body does.  My life is so much better, and I can’t stop. My friends would chase me down too by the way. <Laughing>

From Christina Thoma-I can’t afford a personal trainer, so in lieu of that are there certain routines that you do…keep in mind I am just starting my journey and am not sure where to start other than making myself move EVERY day..

Christine–Would you believe me if I told you I didn’t have a trainer in the beginning?  I lost 200 pounds by myself, on my own, without anyone pushing me, encouraging me, beating me up.  This is true!  How you ask?  Walking an hour a day everyday.  If I sat down while walking, I stopped the clock.  Then when I stood up and started walking, I started counting the time again.  Christine-Weight loss isn’t about my trainer. HE HAS HELPED ME A TON learning about my self-confidence, and strength.  But, I did not have Matt initially.  I lost 200 lbs walking and eating right on my own.  I encourage you to keep moving EVERY day.  It works!!!!

From Dorrie Arnold-Good morning…question…sounds like you have wonderful places to eat healthy food…do you have any great healthy recipes to cook at home?

Aha–I knew I would get this someday!! I am a very busy lady.  I work full-time, I am a full-time grad student, I am studying the gospel (I should have put that first), I spend time with my niece and nephew, I am trying to date, I’m looking at opportunities to make my dream of helping people with their weight loss a reality…………. I’m busy so finding healthy places to eat was imperative.  I’m actually proud of some Colorado companies that do have nutritionally sound products.  (BIG thanks to Tokyo Joes!)  But healthy recipes? I am going to say this with a lot of love, YES I do have a ton of them..  Hmmm. A favorite–now I am transitioning to vegetarian-so I am going to say tofu, but you can use Chicken! Thanks to Whole Foods for having a version of my chicken recipe in Tofu. 🙂 I’m still learning, but it is YUMMY!!

Tofu Fajitas

Cooking the tofu, onions and peppers quickly over high heat ensures the pan juices evaporate quickly while caramelizing the veggies. Pair these fajitas with a salad or a side of brown rice and black beans.


1 pound extra-firm tofu
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1 tablespoon ground cumin
Salt to taste
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and sliced
1 tablespoon expeller pressed canola or peanut oil, divided
4 large whole wheat, spelt or corn tortillas, warmed
1 avocado, peeled and diced (I’m allergic, so I don’t use this, but it is part of the recipe)
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped  (If you like it! I use it sparingly)


Firmly press tofu between layers of paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible, then cut into 2-inch x 1/2-inch strips and transfer to a wide, shallow dish. Mix lime juice, cumin, salt and cayenne in a small bowl and pour half of the mixture over the tofu. Toss gently to coat all over, cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes, or overnight. Put onions, peppers and remaining lime juice mixture into a large bowl, toss well, cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes, or overnight.

Heat 1/2 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add tofu and stir-fry until browned on all sides; transfer to a plate. Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil to skillet, add peppers and onions and stir-fry over high heat until browned and fragrant. Add tofu back to the skillet and mix to combine it with the peppers and onions.

Assemble Fajitas by filling each warm tortilla with the tofu mixture, avocados, cilantro and salsa. Serve immediately.


Per serving (about 10oz/291g-wt.): 390 calories (190 from fat), 21g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 470mg sodium, 34g total carbohydrate (9g dietary fiber, 4g sugar), 19g protein

Alright- My cousin got the last question–

Trevor Chope did the chicken come first or the egg?

Genesis 1:23-28   Chicken

Thanks everyone! Have a wonderful weekend!