COCO-MOND Bites

I had been eating “Oat Bites” every day, some times twice a day since Jan and I was looking for a change. My coach sent me this recipe and once I tasted them I thought it was a prank. They are super tasty!! And I get to have to or sometimes 4 a day – YUMMMMM!

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1/2 cup Coconut Flour
3/4 cup Almond Flour
1/4 cup Nutracleanse
1/2 cup Brown Sugartwin
1 TSP Baking Powder
2 TBSP Vanilla Extract
1 scoop vanilla whey protein
1/4 cup spelt bran or oatbran (I used flaxseed meal)
1/2 cup Egg White

Mix all together in a large mixing bowl.

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Form into giant dough ball, divide into 12 1″ ball shaped cookies and press onto lined or sprayed cookie sheet.

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Bake in 400* oven for 8-12mins!

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One of my favourite snacks…

When you are on a strict eating plan, the simple things become soooo good! I get an apple once every third day and it tastes like heaven! But I get almost everything this little beauty combo, applesauce and Nutracleanse! LOL I know you are thinking seriously!?!? But don’t knock it until you try it! It’s a great way of getting good fiber and fats into your day!

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Yummy Yam Burgers!

So I found a great recipe on Pinterest for Sweet Potato Gnocchi, and I wanted to try it! My husband loves Gnocchi, so I thought “this is great!” Well I had a yam made up in the fridge so away I went! Well, I wont bore you with the story of how IT DIDN’T WORK! When I put it into the boiling water, as per the directions, it all disintegrated in front of my eyes!

BUT I still had half a yam, mixed with almond flour – WHAT DO I DO?!? Then I stumbled upon a recipe for Sweet Potato Burgers – DING DING DING!

So, I took my yam, almond flour mixture and added one can of drained and rinsed white kidney beans.

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Mash, mash, mash then added some seasoning. Rolled into 5 good sized balls and pressed them down into “burgers”. I had Panko bread crumbs in the cupboard, so out them come! Coated the burgers in bread crumbs.

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Into the frying pan they went with some good, hot olive oil.

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I wasn’t getting the right crispyness I would have liked, so I turned my oven on broil and threw them in!

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Once they were done to my liking, I added a nice ripe avocado on top and TA DA there was lunch!

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Hello World!

My name is Stephanie and I’m Cail’s Mom! But I am much more than Cail’s Mom, I am a wife, daughter, sister, friend, co-worker and Mother. Although, being Cail’s Mom is the most important job in my life, I do have other jobs and responsibilities. I am a working Mom, I work in the mining/drilling industry and have for the past 10 years. I do a lot of travelling for work and that takes me away from home every 3-4 months for a week or two at a time. My husband, Jonathan works from home and is the most supportive person in my journey.

Now, why I am here writing this today. Besides, my above picture perfect life there have been a lot of struggles as well. I was an overweight teen, and have battled with my weight for as long as I can remember! I have gone through periods of success, with different programs and different plans. Everything from Weight Watchers to Dr. Bernstein and everything in between. I have had personal trainers, training with friends, boot camps and running clinics. It has been tough, but I have learned a lot from all of those things. And I guess I just want to share my experiences. If I can reach just one person, that will make this worth while.

So, follow along and I will share with you what I am going through, and have gone through in my life.

Thanks…Steph

Update – I lost my job in December 2013 at a very hard time in my life, Cail was only 18 months and my husband had lost his job one month earlier. This blog started when I was training to compete in my first fitness show in November 2013. I did not compete that year, I struggled at the end losing weight too fast and having to lose more in order to compete. My head was not in it, and it takes a lot more mental strength than it does physical. I am at it again, started training in March 2014 after finding a great new job in February. My show is November 8, 2014 and I will be competing in the figure category.

Stats…really…well thats the only way you’ll understand!

So, here are some stats…eeeeeekkkkk…..I am 30 years old, will be 31 in August and I have hovered around the 200lb mark for a good 10+ years. My low, that I can remember was 175lbs in 2005 at my wedding, and shortly after I put back on 40lbs! I am about 5’6 and consider myself “big boned”. LOL is that just an excuse?? No, but really I don’t see myself being 100lbs EVER! My body structure and family history has always been larger.

Before

When I got pregnant in the fall of 2011, I was at 215lbs. I gained 40lbs while pregnant to bring me to 255lbs on the day I gave birth, July 30, 2012. I could not breastfeed, so I did not have the luxury of that extra calorie burn, so I had to lose the weight all on my own! And I did, and then some.

I am happy to report, almost 11 months after giving birth I am down 70lbs! And I am not done yet 🙂

After