Rebekah Wheeler – Dream Chaser

A look into my life as a wife and mom and my journey to the best me!

Get Back Up — April 19, 2017

Get Back Up

This post is raw and vulnerable. 

Perseverance is not easy. Failing is not easy. 
Having a history of self-image struggles and eating disorders isn’t easy. My social media is filled with pictures of ‘perfect’ bodies and FOOD. So much food. Cakes and bowls of ice cream and fried chicken smothered in gravy. Foods that make my internal calorie counter go into the red zone and panic attack mode and my binge eating side want to run to the pantry. 

I still have days where I don’t feel confident. I put on a dress this weekend that was a very tiny size and asked my husband if I my belly looked pudgy. It’s body dismorphia. It’s real. 

I track my food in MyFitnessPal and have days where I am oh-so-tempted to eat one less snack or cut just a few more carbs. 

My stomach swells when I eat foods that don’t work for me and my face gets puffy and I don’t feel like me. Sugar makes me angry and irritable. But I eat it anyway.

I KNOW the ‘right’ things to eat, but sometimes I just want the jelly beans. And I sometimes eat a whole bag. But I no longer eat them in secrecy and hide the trash from my husband. 

I no longer feel victory from going to bed hungry. 

Recovery looks different for everyone. For me, it’s a daily struggle to be healthy. Healthy for me means tons of veggies, sweating, and lots of praying. 

I am writing this today because you need to know you aren’t alone. Recovery and healthy is possible. Persevere and get back up when you fail. 

You are enough. 

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8 Years! — January 24, 2017

8 Years!

Facebook kindly reminded me that today was my 8 year anniversary of reaching my ‘goal weight’ and maintaining it. I have talked a lot about under-eating on my blog and social media, but today, I wanted to talk about my over-eating past struggles.


During college, I followed the Atkins diet for the most part. I worked out regularly, ate gallons of ‘carb free’ ice cream and jars upon jars of peanut butter. Because I was active and ate some healthy food, I stayed pretty lean. However, during this time, my migraines were out of control and my energy would slump so low that I would fall asleep while driving home. I would have to roll my windows down or pull over just to stay awake. My binging was just beginning.

My senior year of college, I had finished competing in Miss Oklahoma prelims and for the first time, I let myself ‘be a normal college kid.’ I ate McDonalds. I ate pizza. I ate as many carbs as I wanted. And it caught up with me! I gained some weight, but I wasn’t too concerned.


After graduating OSU, I moved to Edmond with two other girls. I ate pasta almost every night, oatmeal or granola every morning, and a PB&J for lunch. Protein and veggies were non-existent during this time. I also drank Diet Dr. Pepper like it was water.

I kept gaining weight and somehow my size 2 jeans became size 8 and size 10. Something was so wrong, but I was so unhappy on the inside that I just kept eating.


I met my now husband during this time. He didn’t care one bit about the size of my jeans or that I used to be skinny and tiny. He loved me for me. He loved me for my silly quirks and all my antics. We started eating dinner together almost nightly and our menus consisted of delicacies like macaroni and cheese, entire loaves of french bread, Twizzlers, frozen pizza, and lots and lots of ice cream.


When we got married, I wore a size 10-12. It was the largest I had ever been, but because of my past struggles with starving myself, I had not stepped on a scale in years. I had no clue how much I weighed. I was happy and in love.

Soon after this, several girls from work decided to join Weight Watchers. I remember walking into the first weigh-in and sweating from nerves. Would this trigger my anorexic days? I remember thinking, I don’t have much weight to lose, maybe 10 pounds?

I stepped on the scale and it read 174 pounds. I will never forget that day.

This was the day I changed my life. I came home and read my information until l could teach anyone the principals of Weight Watchers. My husband was so sweet and supportive during this time (and still is!). He encouraged me and helped me reach my goals. Over the next 8 months, I lost 40 pounds. It didn’t happen overnight. It was weeks of 1 or 2 pounds at a time. But I DID IT!


It’s been 8 years since I reached my ‘goal weight’ with Weight Watchers and I’ve lost even more weight since then and gained a whole lot of muscle, strength, speed, endurance and CONFIDENCE! I have had two babies and lost the baby weight both time (plus some)! Heck, I have walked on stage in a swimsuit and heels multiple times in front of hundreds of people!


I don’t care where you are today. You can do it, too! You can eat so much yummy food and enjoy desserts occasionally. You can change your life. Love yourself enough to try stepping out of your comfort zone and eating whole real foods.

 

7 swaps for 2017 — January 7, 2017

7 swaps for 2017

It can be overwhelming to overhaul your eating habits. I get it! I once lived on a diet of chocolate chip granola bars, Diet Dr. Pepper, Subway, pizza, and pasta. Yup, really. I haven’t always been focused on nutrition! 

I know what it’s like to not even know where to begin. I remember feeling overwhelmed with trying to lose weight and eat better, so I thought – let’s start at the beginning! 

Here are my seven easy swaps for 2017! Start here. 

1. Swap sparkling water for soda! 

I know you love soda. And you won’t love sparkling water on day one. But stick with it and treat yourself to the bubbles without the chemicals and sugar!! My favorites are LaCroix Pure and Lime and Perrier. I also love the sparkling Smartwater! 

2. Swap coconut oil for butter. 

It doesn’t work for every single situation, but using coconut oil for butter in baked goods makes your muffins, cakes, cookies and bread SO delicious and moist! Also, spread it on toast or your baked sweet potato. It’s perfect for pretty much everything except for cooking steak. Use butter for that! 

3. Swap coconut oil spray for vegetable or canola oil spray.

One of the easiest swaps on the list! Grab this from Trader Joe’s or Target and throw away your other stuff. 

4. Swap fruit and veggies and nuts for packaged snacks.

Wait – No more honey buns or candy or bags of chips? Sorry, friends! Try apple slices for a crunch, almonds for that yummy flavor, oranges for a burst of sweet and tangy flavor, cucumbers and hummus, frozen cherries or grapes – try ANY combo here!

5. Swap roasted veggies for fried anything. 

All veggies are better roasted. Trust me. Roast them for a loooong time and enjoy. Skip anything and everything fried, if at all possible. 

6. Swap lettuce wraps for buns.

Just try a bunless burger one time and you won’t go back! Every restaurant will accomadate and you certainly can go nuts with wraps at home. The taste of the meat and toppings takes a whole new role when eaten in a lettuce wrap. I cannot imagine ever going back to buns!


7. Swap your go-to for something new.

Make it a goal to try a new recipe once a week or to try a veggie or fruit you aren’t sure about. Try a stir-fry recipe or a new crockpot creation! Get the purple potatoes or the spaghetti squash. Try new things!

2017 – the blog — January 1, 2017

2017 – the blog

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Perfectly imperfect. This picture captures our family perfectly. We laugh, we fight, we have fun days, we have bad days. We argue over clothing choices and brushing teeth. We laugh about funny things Camden does or says. We are not perfect, but we love.

To start this new year, I want to introduce myself. I grew up in a small town in the panhandle of Texas, went to college at Oklahoma State University, and moved to Edmond, Oklahoma where I met my husband. We have been married 8 1/2 years and have two beautiful boys. Our oldest is 6 and our little guy is 3. I have a passion for fitness and health. I love real-life fashion and everything that sparkles. I work full-time in oil and gas and teach Pure Barre part-time.

 

This blog is full of recipes, experiences, stories and my life. It’s not fancy, but it’s my heart on a screen. I have always loved writing and have a journalism degree.

One of my goals for this year is to publish at least one blog per week. So stay tuned, readers. 52 (or more!) blogs are coming at you!

Mind over Matter — December 6, 2016

Mind over Matter

The ‘holidays’ get a bad wrap. I read a statistic that most Americans gain 8 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That’s like 5 weeks. Friends! 

We can do better. 

Health is a gift you can give yourself and your family this year! This is the year you can do something different. Drink more water. Say no to the office snack days OR bring a healthy option and stick to that one! Drink more water. Maybe go for a few extra laps around the mall while shopping! Have dessert, but only once or twice per week. Eat vegetables every day. Did I mention to drink more water? 

Start 2017 feeling strong because you ended 2016 feeling strong. 

You can do this! 

Quinoa, lentils and the ultimate reset — September 10, 2016

Quinoa, lentils and the ultimate reset

Since I started coaching with Beachbody almost 2 years ago, I have heard about the Ultimate Reset and thought it was ridiculous and insane. A vegan diet for 3 weeks? Limited exercise? No weight lifting? 


The thing is – after a summer of traveling a few times and eating more desserts than I should, I wasn’t feeling great. I wasn’t sleeping well and I was feeling bloated and blah. 

Enter: The Ultimate Reset!

Following the lead of some of the top coaches out there, I decided to go for it! It’s 3 weeks – I can do anything for 3 weeks!

Week 1 recap: eliminate animal protein and dairy. (I was already dairy-free so this was a breeze!) Reduce physical activity to walking, yoga and Pure Barre.

My meals were so delicious and I tried several new things like quinoa, lentils, and beans and rice! I still had my Vegan ChocolateShakeology most days as breakfast or a snack. The micro green salad was so filling and yummy with tons of veggies and toasted pumpkin seeds!

The only ‘fail’ was the veggie sushi roll that turned into a sushi bowl after my roll fell apart. But it tasted delicious!

Pictured below are a few days worth of Week 1 meals.

I had a few complete rest days from the gym and did lots of walking, Pure Barre and stretching. 

And now – results: after 1 week, I have lost 4.8 lbs and feel great! I had a few headaches and super tired days during the week. I expected the tiredness as the guide book had warned it was part of the detox process. 

Next up – week 2! 

Punta Cana Vacaciones – part 2 – What We Ate — August 9, 2016

Punta Cana Vacaciones – part 2 – What We Ate

So I love to eat. I wake up with excitement for breakfast and go to bed thinking about eggs and what carb I can pair with my eggs. Traveling as someone who is gluten-free and dairy-free can be super difficult, so I typically pack my food in a cooler and take it wherever we go. This saved me from awful migraines, stomach aches and feeling all-around awful! 

I was so nervous about traveling to the Dominican Republic, but our resort promised gluten-free options, so we dove in and went for it! We packed some Larabars and our Shakeology and hoped for the best. Luckily, we were NOT disappointed!!

Let’s start with the IAH Houston Aiport. They had a little shop filled with healthy options including kale chips, nuts, dried fruit and gluten-free turkey sandwiches! It was such a blessing as we boarded our 4 hour flight to Punta Cana. 

Once we landed and headed for lunch, we were able to grab bunless burgers for a snack before heading for dinner at the buffet. 

I made a big salad topped with chicken and a side of roasted sweet potato. It was not anything like an America sweet potato and not my favorite thing, but see that yellow little shape in the right hand corner? THAT was heaven.

I ate my body weight in this pineapple while we were there!
One of our favorite places on the resort was the Sushi/Civeche restaurant. We ate there twice in a day once! Lunch and dinner had different menus so we just had to try everything! 


They also had a grilled pineapple with strawberry coconut milk ice cream dessert that I will dream of forever. 

The other of our favorite restaurants was the steakhouse. I had a filet one night and this grilled chicken another. 


The veggies were delicious and the flavor of this chicken was so spicy and yummy!

And now. More of my favorite meals – breakfast-style! All the omelets and all the pineapple, please!


I didn’t miss a day of Shakeolgy and drank tons of water. I came back feeling amazing – I had none of that ‘all-inclusive resort’ 8 lbs gain I hear about! I made good choices, ate until I was full and totally enjoyed myself. No measuring or tracking, just eyeballing and living my life. 

And it was perfection! Following a healthy nutrition plan for the past few years has helped me get to this point. If you need help learning how to make balance and health a lifestyle or want to join my online accountability group, message me or comment here. It is possible!