Egg Roll in a Bowl

 

Egg Roll in a Bowl
When you’re craving Chinese food but not the carbs

 

I can’t tell you how many times we both missed the whole process of going out for Chinese takeout. You laugh, but I’m serious. It used to be a fun little game we played … placing our order and then then betting on how many fortune cookies the restaurant would add to our bag. If you’re wondering, it was always more then 2 … which we always assumed they figured at least 4 to 6 people would be dining with us. Sad but true.

Sooo … you can imagine how happy I was to find this super simple main course dish to make on the fly. It literally only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish and you can heat up the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Egg Roll in a Bowl

1 pound of ground sausage
1 head of cabbage, thinly sliced
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1 small onion sliced
2 TBLS minced garlic
2 tsps ground ginger (or more to taste)
1/3 cup chicken stock
2 TBLS soy sauce or liquid aminos
1 TBLS sesame oil
Sliced scallion to garnish
Black pepper to taste

In a large pot, saute the ground sausage with the garlic until cooked through. Sprinkle with ½ the ground ginger. Add the sliced onion & carrots stir through. Toss the sliced cabbage on top and cover.
Combine the chicken stock, sesame oil, soy sauce, & the rest of the ginger in a cup and stir well. Pour the mixture into the pot over the cabbage. Use tongs to stir through and cover. Let the steam from adding the liquid cook the veggie to your desired texture. I like ours to still have a bit of a crunch.
Sprinkle with the sliced scallions and enjoy!

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The difference Between Grace and Faulty Rationalization …

I’ll tell you the difference between Grace and Faulty Rationalization … 30 Pounds!

This was then (January 2017) …

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This is now …

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So what the hell happened in 2017 anyway?

Yeah, I know the New Year is already here and people have left 2017 in the dust, as it should be. The biggest thing you can do to hinder your goals for the future is spend too much time looking back. But this year I find myself looking back and honestly thinking “WTF?!”

I could go into a big long rant about all the things that resulted in what you see in those pics above. But instead I’m just going to own it. In a nutshell … I got comfortable, complacent and lazy.

I know how that sounds coming from someone who makes it a part of her daily routine to try and help others make healthier choices and to love themselves more. Trust me, I feel like a total hypocrite. Seriously, “Do as I say, not as I do” is such a BS thing to say, right?

The truth is I got much too good at the whole “Give yourself Grace” mindset. It’s funny how something so important to keep in mind on certain occasions can turn into a crutch that enables you to completely lose focus on your goals. Sometimes it’s hard to clearly see  exactly when giving yourself grace turns into chronic faulty rationalization. Trust me on this. I was the 2017 queen of Faulty Rationalization. I mean did you see that pic?

Here’s what I mean by Faulty Rationalization …

“I worked 70 hours this week. I don’t have time to shop for healthy meals, let alone cook them. I’ll just grab a fast food grilled chicken sandwich … I mean it’s way better than the Big Mac I used to get!”

or

“I totally deserve this glass of wine. (ok bottle) I worked really hard today and I’ve been thinking about it for hours. Yes, I know I said I wouldn’t drink during the week, but this job is stressful!”

or one of my favorites …

“I have a vacation coming up and I’m going to eat like crap anyway, so I may as well enjoy myself now and then I will get 100% back on track after it’s over.”

See what I mean, maybe you call them excuses? The thing is I actually believed what I was telling myself. Sure maybe once or twice doing those things is no big deal. But consistently rationalizing things as a way to make yourself feel better about making crappy choices isn’t doing yourself any favors. Before you know it, a couple off days turns into off weeks, months etc. The next thing you know you’ve gained back 30 of the 68 pounds you busted your ass to lose. Unfortunately, gaining weight creeps on slowly just like losing it (although it is much easier to do!) and before you know it you’re asking yourself WTF???

The good news is that I’ve come to terms with my weight gain and I know how to get rid of it. I’ve done it before and I can do it again. The program I’m starting on January 15th is new to me, as it incorporates macros and a timed nutrition plan, but I think this time around I’m even better equipped for the journey than I was back in 2014; both from a practical standpoint as well as emotionally ready for the ups and downs.

If you’re curious about what I’m doing, here’s some info on the program for you …

WHAT I’LL BE DOING FOR THE NEXT 80 DAYS!!! 

I’ll be sharing my “Journey Back to Me” with you all here and on FB and IG with the hashtags #journeybacktome and #fightingfrumpy I would absolutely love to have you follow me along!!  I plan to be as real, open and transparent as possible every step of the way. My hope is that this will serve as a place to not only hold myself accountable, but to also inspire anyone who is feeling like I do today (bloated, tired, unhealthy and ready to make a change) that they can do it!!

If you can relate to any of what you’re reading, let’s connect on Facebook or Instagram, we can take this journey together!

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