My Atkins Journey {Update, Healthy Start with Breakfast and Atkins all new breakfast sandwich}

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Over the past few months I’ve mentioned a couple of times that used to never eat breakfast. I rarely would eat anything before lunchtime and sometimes I wouldn’t even drink anything before lunchtime. How that work out for me? Well, I delt with dehydration and extreme fatigue because I was not putting nutrients into my body first thing in the morning…I was ready to go to bed by 11 AM or noon almost every single day. Have you tried to work out, lift weights or run when you’re suffering from extreme fatigue and about to fall asleep where you’re standing? I have and it’s very difficult.

Around May I started putting a lot of effort into eating breakfast. I had created such a horrible habit of not eating breakfast for so many years that it was extremely difficult to eat breakfast. But, I worked up from being able to eat breakfast once or twice a week to eating breakfast most days a week! I started losing weight, I had so much more energy and my fatigue was definitely decreased!! Then summer happened and we were go go go, then fall happened and it was back to school and the success that I had made with eating breakfast had started to dwindle off. What’s a girl to do?

Enter Atkins in late October! When he first started Atkins there was a number of things that I was really excited about; of course the weight-loss and eating healthier topped that list but the importance of eating breakfast really stood out! I knew if there was one thing that was going to get me to eat my breakfast from now until forevermore it was this desire to lose the weight that I have been carrying around on me and since the birth of all my children. Skipping breakfast is actually tied to being overweight…well that sucks!

My “Breakfast” Progress: It is been five weeks since I started Atkins and not one single day has gone by that I have not had a good and nutritious breakfast to start my day!!! That’s huge, considering just at the beginning of the year I was eating breakfast maybe once or twice a week and suffering because of it!ATBREA

Why is it so important to have a nutritious breakfast every morning? Well, in my experience there’s a number of different reasons:
First and foremost when you eat a healthy and nutritious breakfast you are instilling that healthy lifestyle and desire in your children and I believe that that is extremely important! Our kids want to do everything that daddy and mommy do so let teach them to live healthy and active…can I get an Amen!

 

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  • gives you a boost of brainpower
  • helps you lose weight
  • gives you energy
  • helps give you nutrients and that you need to tackle the day
  • improves your immune system
  • gives you healthier looking skin

How do I keep myself on track with eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast? Here are a few tips that will help you eat breakfast and stay on track!:

Plan ahead: sometimes I think we feel overwhelmed in the morning especially if we wake up and are running late. How many times do we have no idea what we’re going to eat for breakfast {in my case often times I would just decide not to eat breakfast} Instead skipping breakfast I’ve started planning my breakfast the night before that way if I’m going to make something like overnight oatmeal I can just get it ready that night and it’s ready to go in the morning no hassle and no fuss! If I’m going to have scrambled eggs, I actually like to mix up the eggs in a blenderbottle and just leave it in the refrigerator until the next morning that way even if I’m running a little bit later than I would like I can still easily grab the bottle, give it a shake and dump it in the pan and the scrambled eggs are ready to go.

Stock up on healthy: I’ve learned that if my pantry is full of things like pop tarts,  sugary cereals and commonly unhealthy food I’m going to eat…let’s face it it’s easier to throw pop tart in the toaster rather than making eggs. To thwart this I like to stock our pantry with things that are going to be healthier options like the fore mentioned oatmeal and eggs as well as my all-time favorite Atkins meal bars and snack bars {eek there are some Brand New Atkins breakfast sandwiches…I’ll tell you all about in a few minutes!}

Consider getting up a little bit earlier than usual: I know that this is not going to be everybody’s favorite option but if you are notoriously late and skipping breakfast truly consider getting up even a half an hour early and making yourself a healthy nutritious breakfast. I promise this is going to make you have a better morning, a better afternoon, just all-around better day because you will put those nutrients in your body and boosted your energy first thing!

Count calories, carbs and keep a food journal: this is one of my most favorite things to do and I honestly never thought that I would be a person that would say that but there is something inside of me that just loves seeing the calories being counted, what I’m putting into my body {whether it’s good or bad} and just keeping track of it it helps me be more in control and I am able to see exactly the changes that I need to make.

Ok now to the really fun part! Remember above when I mentioned that Atkins has some brand-new breakfast sandwiches? Well they do and they are oh so delicious!

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I was really excited when I went to Atkins had come out with some frozen breakfasts. Don’t get me wrong I love my mornings with my Atkins meal bars and snack bars but there are some days when I’m really craving something hot and something with meat! These breakfast sandwiches really hit the spot!

There are four different breakfast sandwiches:

  • Bacon with egg and cheese
  • Canadian bacon with egg and cheese
  • Sausage with egg and cheese
  • Sausage with egg

So far the only one that I’ve been able to get my hands on is the sausage with egg and cheese and I love it, it is so good! The package comes with two English muffin sandwiches! My husband and I love having this breakfast together!atkins2

Something that I really love about the Atkins breakfast sandwiches is that they are so convenient and portable whether you are at home or you’re on the go at the gym or at work this sandwich is perfect; you can take the frozen sandwich and just pop it in the microwave when your ready to have breakfast at the gym or at work. This is a far better option than the notorious office donuts!

But how do they REALLY taste Britni?

I thought you’d never ask! Seriously friends these are DELICIOUS! Keep with the Atkin ever so tasty form! These little sandwiches are very similar to those chain fast food restaurants but WAY healthier and in my opinion taste far better! Have a look at the nutrition facts:

Sausage with egg and cheese sandwich:

19 g protein

no sugar

340 cal

5 net carbs

Whoa right?

So where can you pick up some of these bad boys? So far I have found them in alms all of our local stores {small and chain} I cannot wait to try the Bacon and Egg one…I really love bacon!

Whats your favorite breakfast? I’d love to hear!

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My Atkins Journey {Update, Meal Bars and staying on track! }

So here we are about one month into my Atkins journey! I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way my body has changed the way my eating habits have changed and my overall energy and fitness level!! As of November 30 I have lost 22 pounds! I seriously couldn’t be more giddy 🙂

During my time on I can I’ve learned that one of the most important things is staying on track with my eating especially with my snacking! Case in point, my husband and I have a tradition with our children of black Friday shopping. We don’t get up super early or anything but we like to go after the stores I’ve been open for a few hours (I’m talking the 5am openings NOT the midnight…we like to sleep!) we like to go see what deals we can get.

For the last six years our first stop has been the same store it is our all-time favorite store that one of the main reasons that we go on Black Friday is because they have free donuts, coffee and juice. Every year we look forward to the yummy donuts but not this year. The kiddos did have donuts and juice but my husband and I packed our Atkins Meal bars I have one of my faves chocolate Chip granola and he had a mudslide! And just in case we were out later than expected we each brought along a yummy dark chocolate royale shake!

Have you tried the Atkins meal bars?? Oh my goodness you need to! These bars are amazing every single one…yes I have tried ALL of them and they are GREAT! There a lot of ‘diet’ bars, or ‘meal replacement’ bars and honestly I have hated every agile one of tried…they often taste like tree bark or nothing and are so chewy my jaw physically cannot take it! That is so not the case with the Atkins Bars! The are two kinds the larger meal bars that are oh so yummy and very filling and the snack bars that are equally and yummy just in a smaller snack size!

So, November has come and is now gone and I was able to stay right on track and eat the carbs and calories that I needed to maintain my steady weight loss as well as actually lose weight. Now it’s December… and December 1 is our wedding anniversary!! Every year my husband takes a weeklong vacation. Usually it’s a staycation but this year my amazing hubby decided to surprise the whole family an amazing ocean vacation!! Awesome right!? But here’s the thing this means that our family is going to spend about 80 hours in the car driving to the coast and stopping along the way at various landmarks, museums and so on. The concern? Staying on track while were away from home. “Gotta stay on track” has been swirling around in my head for the last two weeks. Am I worried? No! absolutely not because Atkins has the most amazing line of shakes, frozen meals and my absolute favorite meal bars and snack bars! We leave in a few days for vacation and my husband and I have already packed up a whole lotta Atkins deliciousness!

Staying on track is not something that just ‘happens’ it’s something that I have to work at and plan for! For instance last week my mom and I went last-minute thanksgiving shopping. I know her, she ALWAYS get starving and ends up wanting to eat at a fast food place…in the past I would have been totally down…now not so much. So I planned ahead and threw a meal bar, snack bar and a shake in my purse (I packed that much because shopping with my mom can easily turn into an all day extravaganza!)

Here are a few tips and tricks that have helped me stay on track!

Plan Ahead:

Look ahead and your schedule and pack yourself some shakes or bars accordingly. Does your daughters ballet class take place during lunch time? Need a snack after the gym? Do you always have a long wait at the doctor’s office? By simply grabbing a few bars and shakes you will find it less likely to even be tempted to hit he drive thru or pizza place!

Toss a few meal bars & snack bars in your glove box:

When was the last time that you wanted to quickly hit a store to pick up something only to find out that the store across town has what you are looking for. Or my all time favorite getting stuck on the mountain pass because of heavy snow fall (this is a very common occurrence in the Pacific Northwest) When you have a Atkins stash in the car you will know that you will ALWAYS be on track! Oh but don’t forget to restock!! 🙂

Know yourself:

If you know that every single day at noon you want a candy bar or Starbucks then make sure you have meal bars and shakes. At first glance you may feel like that will not suffice, but I promise you it really will!

More is always better:

You know the saying “less is more” well that is just not the case when it comes to being prepare! I didn’t used to feel this way until about 3 weeks ago when my hubby and I decided to take the kids on a hike up a local mountain. It started out great, we passed a few people who told us we were almost to the summit…we after almost 4 hours I beg to differ. Our quick family hike turned into a horrific 7 hour nightmare…pain, thirst, hunger and the tears oh the tears! I had packed a little bag of small snacks and one bottle of water ONE! Since then my husband ALWAYS wears a backpack on our hikes FULL of Atkins and stuff for the kiddos. We pack as fit we are going to be stuck in the wood for 7 hours because…we’ll it could happen!

So there you have it…in an extremely large nutshell 😉

How do you stay on track when you are on the go? I’d love to hear!

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