Something about being an author is I sit. A lot. Typing 2,000-5,000 words a day is really tough when standing. Over these past few years of writing...with all the sitting...I've put on some unwanted pounds.
Recently on Pinterest I have seen a lot of recipes for Mason jar meals. Several blogger who have posted their recipes talked about their weight loss while eating with this method. Rationale behind that? Two things: (1) Portion Control, and (2) Convenient. Two things that are like the home delivery diet programs focus on. Totally makes sense to me. I'm a terrible breakfast eater. Most mornings I just have coffee. That's it. Then it's lunch time and I may be rolling with a scene and I don't want to stop, and suddenly it's 3pm, and I haven't eaten anything all day. Well, you can imagine what happens next---I raid the refridgerator and pantry getting my hands on all the easy to eat foods... few are healthy choices, because to assemble something that tastes good takes time and, well - when you've gone 18+ hours without eating...you need to eat NOW!
I've considered the home-delivery diet programs, but the reviews aren't great... everything from complaints about bad tasting food to storing that much food that no one else in the house can eat. Well, I'm a foodie (and if you follow my Instagram/Facebook feeds, you know. So, food that doesn't taste great is out. Space is an issue too.
And then there's the cost! Sorry - but $200-$400 dollars a week doesn't fit in my budget.
Buying 12 mason jars only cost me $10.
And like most people, Sundays I'm like, "Tomorrow (Monday) I'm going to start eating right." Well, Monday morning comes around and I don't change. But Sunday afternoon, I took an hour or so and made 12 jars for this coming week. Two each of 3 different salads (6 days) of lunches and 5 oatmeal jars with freeze-dried fruits for breakfasts. AND I know exactly how much of each ingredient are in each jar, too, so I can accurately record my calorie count.
I'll keep you The 3 different salads I made:
And the salads with Chicken? I used 1 chicken breast for all 4 jars!
This morning I had the Chocolate Strawberry Banana Oatmeal and YUM-O!! So easy. I just heated 3/4 cup of Almond Milk (30 cal a cup...) and let it sit, then ate it!
For Lunch - I'm having my Asian Chicken Noodle Salad. Look how full my bowl is! And all I had to do was shake the jar, open it & dump it into my bowl! No microwaving! No measuring! Just good eating!
I'll keep you updated. You can follow my Mason Jar Pinterest Board by clicking HERE.
what do you do to maintain your weight?
Okay, so one of my New Year's Resolutions is to Blog weekly. And, I'm already beyond that deadline as it's now 10 days into 2016. But - better late than never, right? I rationalize it like this - my son was home from college for that first week of 2016, so it was still vacation. And NOW - the New Year has started for me. Which brings me to my resolutions.
I'm sharing them here because, as studies tell me, I'm more likely to stick to resolutions if I share them with others. So Here are my 2016 Resolutions.
What are yours?
Good luck to everyone & have a WONDERFUL 2016!!!
As an author, I hear time and again that "I would write a review but I don't know how." Or "I'm not good at writing book reviews.”
We've all been in that high school English class and had to write a book report. Book reports have a synopsis, they discuss the theme, they talk about similarities to other books, and what makes this book different, etc. and so on.
A book review is simply some words to say "I like this book because..." Or even "I didn't like this book because…" Some of the connections you can make of why you like the book are: I identified with the characters, The book was quick moving and entertaining, the book kept me guessing, I didn't see the ending coming, the list is virtually endless. The same goes for reasons why you might not have liked the book: I could not identify with the characters. The book drag the whole way through, there was no set up/poor character development, the story was predictable, etc. and so on. Don't be afraid of mentioning things that didn't work for you, because what might not work for you may very well work for somebody else.
Don't let your chance to tell the author and other potential readers why you liked a book, or maybe that the other missed her mark. Don't we tell the whole story, don't give spoilers if you can help it, and don't be afraid to be honest. Don't write a book report. Write a book review.
Chasing the Dream, Book 3 in the Dream Series, released almost two weeks ago and is doing VERY well. 18 reviews in already 17 5-star reviews and just one 1 4-star.
Here are your links - Amazon/Kindle, Barnes & Noble/Nook, and Kobo.
Paperbacks are not yet available - but soon!
Amazon US - http://amzn.to/1nBUdss
Amazon UK - http://bit.ly/CTD-uk
Amazon CA - http://bit.ly/CTD-ca
Amazon AU - http://bit.ly/CTD-au
Nook - http://bit.ly/CTD-nook
Kobo - http://bit.ly/CTD-kobo
Have you left a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble? If you have, I've read and loved it! In fact, I read these reviews almost every single day. They give me a real boost to keep going...
If you haven't left a review yet - what are you waiting for? Reviews help the author and future readers.
(**This current graphic is a bit off - There are actually 111 reviews in for DTD & 42 in for NIMWD.)
About Isabelle Peterson
Contemporary Women's author.