The end of one chapter and the beginning of another

Hello my health and fitness comrades!

April was one heck of a busy/stressful month that flew by in the blink of an eye! I seriously can not believe that today is the last day of the health and fitness contest I’ve been participating in! I went in for my final consultation yesterday. I’ve lost 30lbs, 3 pants sizes, many inches (not sure yet of the exact number) and have gained a lot of strength and muscle. The results of the competition won’t be in until June, but I’m more than content with my results and look forward to continue living this healthy and happy lifestyle. In celebration of my results and in preparation for my upcoming trips in May to New Orleans for a weekend and to Georgia/Alabama Gulf Shores for a week, I went on a summer shopping spree! It was time to get rid of my oversized apparel and get some new appropriate fitting outfits. Here’s what they look like! (The second picture are all dresses, but they’re folded)ImageImage

As you can see, one of my purchases included bikini bottoms. It will be my first time wearing bikini bottoms in about 10 years. I’d be lying if I said I feel 100% comfortable in a bikini at this point, but I’ve been working really hard and I think it’s time to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself by wearing one.

I seem to have plateaued at 146lbs. I’ve been this weight for about a month now, but I’m trying not to let it discourage me. All I can do is continue to eat well and exercise regularly. I’ve been absolutely loving the Brooklyn Badass boot camp classes I’ve been taking. I really enjoy working out outdoors with a group of people. It’s been challenging and keeps me motivated. No workout is ever the same.

I just inherited a Vitamix blender! My mother was kind enough to trade her awesome blender for my shitty one because she said I’d get more use out of it. I am completely in love! Since getting it last night, I’ve made 2 smoothies and soup in it. THERE ARE SO MANY POSSIBILITIES! This was the soup from dinner tonight!

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Not a great picture, but it was carrot, pepper, zucchini, curry soup w/sauteed kale and I threw a few Trader Joe’s mini chicken cilantro dumplings in there. Delicious and so easy to prepare!

I also got a new job! It’s an entry level position working in Client Services at a post production studio. Essentially it’s being part of an in house waitstaff for the company’s clients with some light reception/office work. Not a dream job, but there is potential to move up within the company and it will pay the bills!

Sorry if this post is a little messy, I’m feeling very scatterbrained at the moment, but I wanted to take time to post updates. I hope everyone else has been doing well! Hopefully once things settle down in the upcoming weeks, I can get to posting regularly! Good night for now and Happy Beginning of May tomorrow!

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March Recap!

Hello Friends!

I apologize for my leave of absence. Life has been a bit of a whirlwind. Let me fill you in on some of the highlights.

I completed Insanity!

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I got weights for home workouts!

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I started Chalean Extreme (the weights were purchased to go with this program). I’m only on the first week, but I’m really liking it so far. It’s mostly strength training and definitely different from Insanity, but I think it was the perfect choice for a post-Insanity workout.

I also purchased a Groupon for 20 outdoor bootcamp classes with Brooklyn Bad Ass Fitness. I bought Mike 10 classes so he can go with me on Saturdays. Here’s a link to the groupon if anyone is interested in purchasing it! The deal is still on! Bad Ass Brooklyn Fitness Groupon

April is the last month of the health and fitness contest I’m in, so I’m kicking it into high gear! I’m doing Chalean Extreme (5 workouts a week), 2 bootcamp classes a week (my first one will be this Saturday), and Insanity Core Cardio and Balance once a week (although I might change it for a month one Insanity exercise occasionally, just to switch things up). Here’s a peak at my calendar for April:

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I hit 3/4  of the way to my goal weight! (149lbs) Which means so far, I’ve lost 27lbs and have 9 more to go to get to my initial goal weight. I hit it last Thursday, but I was fluctuating back and forth between 149 and 150 so I wanted to wait for it to settle. I will be taking progress pictures tomorrow morning and will post them soon after.

I tried new things!

Sun Butter – very interesting nut butter (made out of sunflower seeds). I really didn’t know what to expect when I picked it up from Trader Joe’s, probably because I’ve never even had sunflower seeds! It was sweeter than I expected. I tried some on a slice of toast with honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and Granny Smith apple slices. It’s a great alternative to peanut butter for people who have nut allergies. I also tried it in this Sunflower Seed Butter Granola Bar Recipe.

Sindhri Mango

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My boyfriend picked some of these guys up from a fruit stand in China town. Delicious! They’re tangier than regular mangoes and I quite enjoyed them.

Vanilla Cultured Coconut Milk

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Another purchase from Trader Joe’s. Really yummy dairy-free alternative to yogurt. A bit expensive at 1.40 per cup, but something I’ll definitely indulge in once in a while. I actually had some with my INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS breakfast this morning. Looked a little something like this:

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Slice of whole wheat toast with raw almond butter. I took strawberries and blueberries and cooked them in a pan with honey. Put some on top of the toast and some in with the cultured coconut milk with a few multi-grain o’s.

My dad got married! It was a very small event. My dad got engaged about a year and a half ago to his lovely new wife. The ceremony included only very close friends and family followed by dinner at an Italian restaurant. Here I am sandwiched between 2 of my favorite people ever: my grandmother and my aunt.

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I unfortunately quit my job at the coffee shop. I had some personal short comings with the owners and the scheduling, so I needed to do what was best for my sanity. I had a music business related job interview last week. I got called back for a trial that happened earlier this week. I think it went well, but I know there are a lot of candidates up for the position. Keeping my fingers crossed, but not getting my hopes up. Still actively sending out my resume and trying hard to find a real full time job.

Overall, can’t complain too much. After finishing Insanity, I took it easy for a few days. I did veer off track from my diet a bit to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day and my dad’s wedding, but I’m back on now! I’ve been solid all week and plan to rock the end of this competition by doing extremely well in my diet and exercise for all of April. It will be just in time for my trips in May to New Orleans and to the Gulf Shores in Alabama for the Hang Out Music Festival. I have short shorts and bathing suits to prepare for!

Hope everyone else has been well! I promise to post progress pictures tomorrow and I also have to post recipes for veggie chilli and a roasted eggplant, tomato, pepper dish I whipped up the other day!

Wheatless Week!

As promised, I’ve decided to make a goal for myself this week. The goal is to go the week without wheat and grains!

On Monday, after my morning workout, I made myself a smoothie rather than cereal, oatmeal, or toast that I normally go for. I’ve been pretty good about cutting back on my grain consumption, but I noticed a trend of grain every morning. Not that I think it’s a bad thing to have grain in the morning, I just figured I’d challenge myself to try something different. That one meal change made me think, hey, why not go the whole day without grain? Then I followed suit on Tuesday. At this point, might as well make a whole week of it!

My purpose in making goals such as eliminating wheat/grains from my diet for a week is to be conscious of what I’m eating. What made me aware of my daily morning grain consumption was the food diary that I’m keeping for the contest I’m in. I’ve been keeping track of my meals with pictures in a word document which made it very easy to see that just about every morning started off with some type of grain. I would wake up and make myself some cereal without really thinking about it. Sure, I like how cereal tastes, and it’s convenient, but I want to have variety and discover healthy alternatives to foods, dishes, and meals that I’ve become accustomed.

This whole process of healthy eating and exercise is truly is a perpetual journey. I find that every week brings me opportunities to improve my diet and to try new things. I wanted to share some tips that I feel are useful, particularly when you’re new to healthy eating.

Take Baby Steps: Today, one of my favorite dinners is a nice bowl of roasted veggies. 4 months ago, I wouldn’t have considered that a proper meal. Before I started eating well and exercising, I was doing the exact opposite: Eating poorly and not exercising. I consumed tons of junk food, ate out often, mostly at places that served greasy and fatty foods. Whatever I felt like eating, be it pizza, a burger, pasta, I would. It would have been a mistake if I jumped right into eating what I do now, which is a mostly vegetarian clean diet. I probably would have been overwhelmed and reverted back to my old eating habits. I think it’s a mistake many people make. People want to make a change, but go from one end of the spectrum to the other, and then get frustrated and give up. Take tiny steps that won’t overwhelm you and that will ultimately lead to a healthier result. For example, maybe instead of eating regular peanut butter, switch to reduced fat. Once you’re comfortable with reduced fat, switch to natural. Same for milk. If you’re starting at whole milk, try and switch to 2%, then to skim, and then possibly to soy or almond. If you like to have a turkey sandwich with cheese and mayo, maybe switch out the mayo to mustard or vinegar. Try going without the cheese. Maybe down the line try a salad with turkey slices and cheese instead. Then switch the cheese for avocado and the turkey for veggies. Move at your own pace.

Be Mindful of What You’re Eating: This can be a tough one. Ask yourself the question, “Why am I eating this?” or “Why am I adding this ingredient to this meal?” I found that a lot of times I would add salt to things that didn’t need to be salted or cheese to things that tasted fine without it. I would eat pasta dishes that taste just as good by replacing pasta with spinach because I was used to having pasta as a dinner meal. I think keeping a food diary and taking pictures of what you’re eating can really help when you’re starting off to give yourself a better visual representation of what you’re putting into your body. Often we eat, forget, and just move on. It can be hard to make healthy changes if you’re eating this way.

Smaller Portions: If you’re not ready to give up some of your favorite meals, try to first cut them down. Instead of a whole serving, do half, and replace the other half of what you’d normally be eating for a fruit or vegetable. Smaller portions, in general, are a good thing. I’ve been finding that having smaller meals and more snacks throughout the day keep me more satisfied. When you go hours between meals, get busy, forget to eat, and then finally have the time to eat, you’re starving and it’s easy to over eat or to make unhealthy choices at that point. One healthy decision leads to another. If you eat healthy snacks, most likely, you’ll crave a healthy meal. You’ll also be full enough to take the time to prepare a healthy meal.

Have Healthy Foods and Snacks Easily Accessible: One of the best things I’ve been doing lately is making large portions of meals in order to have plenty of leftovers that are ready for me when I need them. This also helps me save a lot of money by packing lunch instead of having to order it. It eases my mind to have something already prepared rather than stressing out over what I should eat for lunch because I’m often indecisive and it can take me hours to finally make a decision, at which point, the decision might not be a good one. Last night, I got home and was hungry for dinner. I didn’t want to take an hour to make myself something so I heated up some leftover steamed veggies, threw a veggie burger in a pan, and sliced some avocado. I ate and was satisfied, and was then able to sautee myself some brussel sprouts for lunch. It’s much easier to prepare a meal when you aren’t starving. The opposite rule should also go into effect: Remove any unhealthy temptations from your kitchen. I know that I hate wasting food, so the thought of getting rid of the ice cream in your freezer can be tough. You might keep chips in your pantry and think “it’s okay, I won’t eat these, or maybe I’ll just have a tiny bit once in a while.” For me personally, if junk food is stored in the house, ultimately, it will be consumed. It will probably be at a time when you’re looking for a quick food fix and consume more than you should. I’m not saying you shouldn’t be allowed to treat yourself occasionally, but when you do, again, make it a conscious decision. Try not to consume junk food at any given whim. The longer you go without junk food, the less often you crave it. I try to fight through any cravings I may have and save my rare indulgence for a time a really need it. Don’t have a piece of cake just because it’s in front of you or offered to you, have it when you’ve really thought about it and have concluded that you do in fact want it and won’t immediately regret it. Maybe make a rule that if you’re going to eat something unhealthy, you eat it out of the house. Or only have enough for one serving rather than an entire bag of Doritos. Find healthy alternatives to snacks you crave, even if it’s something as simple as having a piece of dark chocolate instead of a Hershey’s Bar. If you have a lot of unhealthy foods stored up, collect them and make a food donation. You won’t have them in your house anymore, and they also won’t be going to waste.

Try New Things: This one is really important. We get so used to sticking to what we’re comfortable with that we may be missing out on something much healthier and that we much prefer. There are dozens of foods that are staples in my diet that I only tried for the first time within the past 2 years. I plan on posting more in depth on this topic in the near future, but do yourself a favor and try new things. Not only that, revisit old things you might have tried and didn’t like, and continue to try them. Many foods take a while to grow on you, but you’ll be glad they did.

Later I promise to post some of my wheatless/grainless meals from the past few days. Hope everyone is doing well!

New Shoes, Insanity, Crop Tops, and Good Food!

Hello Comrades!

I hope you all had a lovely past week. Mine was pretty eventful.

On Wednesday, I made the voyage to NJ in preparation for my return to Insanity the following day. I needed to buy new shoes and it was suggested that I go and get my feet fitted at Fleet Feet in Montclair. And what a wonderful suggestion it was!Image

The staff is super friendly and informative. I had my feet measured and tried on 3 different types of shoes in different sizes based on my foot shape. I ended up investing in this lovely pair:

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A much welcomed improvement from what I was previously using:

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I’m honestly embarrassed that it took me so long to get a new pair of sneakers, but I’m glad I have them now. No way I’ll be making that mistake again!

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When I did my first Insanity workout on Thursday, the positive impact my new shoes had on my workout was incredible. My old ones were much too small  and probably contributed greatly to pulling my calf. But, you live and you learn!

On Friday, I was in the mood for a healthy dessert, so I whipped these lovely apples up!

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Baked Apples with Blueberries and Granola

So simple: Set the oven to 400 degrees. Core and slice 3 apples. Drizzle with honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, blueberries, and granola on top. Keep in the oven for about 30 minutes, and that’s it! Tasted like apple pie.

I liked this recipe so much that I made it for breakfast this morning, except I left out the granola, did one apple each for Mike and I, and we put it in with our oatmeal. Looked like this:

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Today, Mike and I went to Target to get some new pillows, salad bowls, and large mugs. While we were out, I went to Marshall’s just to try on some things. So many cute spring and summer stuff out! I had to resist purchasing a bunch. I don’t really have the money to buy things right now, but I also want to wait a little longer before investing in new clothes because I’m still in the process of losing. I now fit comfortably into size 8 pants (started at size 14 in November). Feels good to be in the single digits 🙂 Can’t believe I’m on my way to size 6! I did purchase this denim crop top that I plan on wearing when we are on the beach in May for the Hang Out Music Festival on the Alabama Gulf Shores. (I didn’t plan on posting this picture online, but Mike suggested that I should to show my progress)

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I held off on buying those denim and lace shorts though, for the previously mentioned reasons.

After Target and Marshall’s, we went to get us some fruits and veggies.

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Mike is chopping things up as I write this in preparation for roasted veggies and for an eggplant, tomato, pepper crock pot recipe that I will post about after we make it.

I’ll finish up for now with a highlight on some of my favorite meals from this past week. I’m also going to promise to write a post this week on why you should try new foods (I’m writing this here to ensure that I do it!)

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Roasted tomatoes, garlic, onion, carrots, zucchini with sauteed kale and spinach and some chopped Trader Joe’s sun dried tomato chicken sausage (It was one of the rare days that I was in the mood for a tiny bit of meat, but I would definitely eat this meal without the chicken sausage as well, or maybe substitute it with some Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs).

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Smoothie with banana, strawberry, pineapple, natural peanut butter, granola, soy milk. 1/4 cup cheerio’s and 1/4 cup multi grain o’s w/freeze dried raspberries and soy milk.

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One piece of whole wheat toast (Trader Joe’s low fat sprouted fiber bread), half with natural almond butter and strawberries, and half with natural peanut butter and banana.

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Dr. Praeger’s Veggie burger with sauteed brussel sprouts.

Weekend Review!

Weekend review, take 2 (I wrote this post in the morning, only to find that everything I wrote for some reason was erased and unsaved when I entered it to be posted)

I had a lovely weekend with a lot of good meals and wanted to highlight a few.

On Friday, Mike and I went out for Mexican after work. I had a veggie paella which consisted of quinoa, baby corn, baby carrots, roasted hon shimeji mushrooms, asparagus, and cauliflower (tried to take a picture but it was too dark). I’ve been attempting to expand my pallet and try new foods whenever possible, which this meal had two of for me. I’m not a big fan of mushrooms, but the hon shimeji mushrooms were pretty good! This was also my first time consuming asparagus since I was a child, and I guess I’d give it the same review as the mushrooms: pretty good. The first few bites I really liked, then it seemed just okay. I didn’t hate it, but I don’t anticipate it becoming a favorite or staple in my diet. I’d definitely revisit both things though.

On Saturday I had the opportunity to yet again, try something new! Mike’s roommate picked up some Tai food, ordered more than he could eat, and offered us some. It was pineapple curry with tofu, peppers, and onion that we put over jasmine brown rice. Super delicious. I’ve been meaning to try Tai food and after this meal, I’ll be having some more in the near future.

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On Sunday morning, I made myself a tasty breakfast of kale, avocado, Trader Joe’s soy chorizo, and scrambled egg whites with a Dr.Praeger’s spinach pancake on the side.

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I started off with some extra virgin olive oil and kale in a pan followed by a few pieces of avocado. I only used a tiny bit of the soy chorizo because even though it’s very yummy, it’s a little high in sodium, and a tiny bit goes a long way. Stirred the egg whites in last and breakfast was served!

I also made a wonderful snack that I found on Oh She Glows‘ blog and have been meaning to try. It was a huge hit with Mike and his roommates and came out even better than I anticipated. It’s listed as homemade crispy twix bars in the original recipe. I’d describe it more as a peanut-buttery caramel dark chocolate rice crispy treat. What ever you want to call it, it’s delicious. I only made some very minor modifications.

Peanut-Buttery Caramel Dark Chocolate Rice Crispies

Starts off with

  • 1 & 1/2 cups rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt

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Stir ingredients together in a bowl and then place into an 8 inch pan. You may want to line the pan with parchment paper, saran wrap, or tin foil to keep the treats from sticking. Place the pan in the freezer while you move onto the next step.

Date Caramel

  • 1 1/2 cups pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 4 tbsp soy milk, or more if needed
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt

Place ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.

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Remove pan from freezer and smooth caramel on top

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Return to the freezer while you move onto the final steps

Chocolate Coating

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (optional)

Melt chocolate and coconut oil t0getuer either in a pot or in the microwave. For the stove, place the ingredients in a small pot on low heat until 2/3 of the chocolate has melted. Remove from heat and stir until chocolate is completely melted and smooth. For the microwave, place ingredients into a bowl and heat for about 20 seconds at a time and stir each time until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

Remove pan from freezer and pour chocolate sauce on top.

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Return pan to the freezer for 3 minutes and then remove to cut into pieces before the chocolate has completely hardened. Return to freezer for another 10-15 minutes. The treats are now ready and can be stored either in the freezer or refrigerator 🙂

 Exercise

I’m still on a week break from Insanity after pulling my calf. I’ve been missing the workouts though! I never would have thought I would miss Insanity haha. I’m both excited and nervous to start Insanity on Thursday. I hope that my leg is okay once I start again. I also hope that I’m not too discouraged and frustrated if my ability to keep up with the workouts has decreased due to the break. I just have to do the best I can and push through.

I did, however, do some ab work and the mat portion of Insanity Cardio Abs on Saturday.

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Even though I been resting from workouts, I’ve been very conscious and good about my diet, so I’m still seeing some weight loss. As of right now, I’ve lost 23lbs and have 13 more to lose to reach my initial goal weight. It’s still a little hard to comprehend and I feel like I still have a long way to go, but I’m extremely happy to have gotten this far and will continue to push myself.

I picked up a freelance job from the production studio I used to work at. I think I might like to use most of that money to invest in a Nike FuelBand. I’ve been wanting to get one, but they cost $150 and I’m on a pretty strict budget these days. But I’ve been doing some research on it and I think that it would be a great motivational tool for me and worth the investment. If anyone has experience/reviews of the Nike FuelBand, I’d love to hear from you!

It’s been a pretty long day. Mike and I just got back from having an amazing dinner at a Mediterranean place in the village called Taim. We shared a mixed salad platter of roasted tomatoes and eggplant, carrots, and beets as well as a falafel platter with hummus, tabouli, and shepherd’s salad. Seriously, best falafel I’ve ever had, particularly the red pepper falafel. So good.

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I’m sure I’ve probably left out some information from my original post, so I apologize, but this was the best I could do to rack my brain for a rewrite. I hope everyone else had a lovely weekend and I promise to write again soon! 🙂

Contest News and Better Blogging

I just recently found out that the health and fitness contest I’m taking part in, which began on January first and was supposed to run until March 31st, has been extended until May 1st. Initially, I was a little concerned, mainly because mentally and emotionally, I was prepared for and agreed to a 90 day contest. But I got an email with information about the additional 30 days and I’m kind of excited for it now. The woman running the program (Ethel Baumberg, owner of B Fit Studio) has added a point system to better track our activity during the contest. The point system works like this:

1 Point = maintaining healthy behaviors

  • Every mile you walk (take pictures/ be creative, this is a SELF-REPORT activity)
  • Every time you go to the gym (ask your gym to print out your attendance)
  • Every B Fit class you take (make sure you sign in!)
  • Every workout you do at home (take pictures/ be creative, this is a SELF-REPORT activity)
  • Every challenge you participate in (handstand challenge- take pictures)
  • Every healthy meal you eat (take pictures)
  • Every personal training session
  • Attend our running group (when it begins)
  • Every time you eat breakfast

 

2 Points = try a new something!

  • Try a new class
  • Try a new food
  • Workout with a friend
  • Increase your workout by time, resistance, type

 

 

3 Points = go out of your way, try hard!

  • Attend a workshop for nutrition or fitness
  • Accomplish a goal (you’ll all pick ONE measurable fitness goal each week)
  • Register for a 5K+ and complete it

 

I think it will be fun to document my progress in this way and share pictures and information with the other contestants.

I also think it will aid me in my goal for better blogging! I know I’ve kind of been slacking in the blogging department because I’ve been so busy, but I really want to improve this blog for myself and anyone who might be reading!

 

Blogging Goals

Post at least 1 recipe a week with pictures (preferably pictures taken from a camera better than the one on my phone)

Post weekly food and fitness goals and follow each goal throughout the week

Inspirational quotes/stories

Reviews of foods/restaurants/products

Mental/emotional reflections on weight loss

And much more!

 

I recently broke through the small plateau I hit. Finally fell down to 155lbs from being stuck at 157. I really feel more motivated than ever to continue on this path that I’ve been traveling down. I do have my down moments (which I plan on going more into depth on in an upcoming post), but in general, I’m happier than ever.

And on that note, happy weekend to everyone! I will be posting again very soon!

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! I bought a dozen doughnuts and brought them to work, but I have not consumed any, nor do I plan to. A nice fresh apple for me instead 🙂

Today will be the start of my second week of Month 2 of Insanity. Only 3 more weeks! I can see the finish line within my reach!

I’ve hit a bit of a plateau with my weight loss it seems. I haven’t been able to get below 157lbs, but I’m trying to not let it get to me. Just continuing to eat well and exercise, and I’m sure it will happen eventually. Plus I know it’s not really supposed to be about the number, but I really would like to reach my goal of 149 by March 31st. I still have time.

I am super excited for this weekend! It’s my first full weekend off in a long time, and I’m packing as much into it as possible. On Friday I’m heading to NJ and meeting up with a friend, and then having dinner with my aunt and cousins. Saturday I’m having lunch with my mom and then heading back to Brooklyn. My two friends are coming over from NJ and spending the night in BK.

I’ve planned my meals ahead of time! I looked up the restaurants that I’m eating at on Friday and Saturday and picked a healthy pasta and salad. Mike and I got ingredients to make guac, some veggie tortilla chips, low fat brie with multi-grain flaxseed crackers, and we’ll be using our juicer to make a fresh juice sangria. We’re going to order pizza from Barboncino.It has some super yummy/organic and relatively healthy pies. Zucchini and eggplant=delicious. We’ll follow dinner and drinks with some bowling. Sunday we’ll probably go out to brunch, and then the rest of the day will be primarily for relaxation 🙂

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Last night Mike and I used a groupon I had for Gustorganics. The baked empanada appetizers were good.The tofu fajitas were amazing, but the zucchini “noodles” with pesto was super bland. The service was pretty awful as well. Not bad for a groupon deal, but I probably wouldn’t go there again.

I hope everyone has a Happy Valentine’s Day. I might be making some other yummy snacks this weekend. If I do, I’ll try to take pictures and post some recipes!

UPDATE:

Food I’ve been offered for free at my internship today:

Chocolate Cake

Lemon Cake

Cupcakes

Chocolates

Lollipops

Champagne

Boxes of every type of pizza imaginable

What I’ve actually eaten today:

Cheerios with banana, soy, and freeze dried raspberries

1 Granny Smith Apple

1 Orange

1/4 cup of nuts

Veggie Burger

Brussel Sprouts

English Breakfast tea with honey and steamed soy

 

My boss who is aware of my healthy diet and exercise was cutting a piece of chocolate cake as I was making myself tea, to which he said, “Girl, you inspire me to get my life together.” Yesterday, he was also kind enough to compliment me by saying, “Look at you! You’re disappearing before my eyes!” I was wearing a pencil skirt that is form fitting with a tank top and cardigan. In the past, I’ve only been able to wear that skirt if it was hidden under a baggy sweater. It was nice to be able to wear it in a way that shows off my shape and be complimented in it. This is my motivation to continue to say no to the massive amounts of temptation I’ve been coming across. I don’t believe in completely depriving myself of sweets or junk food. Everyone deserves an indulgence now and then, but I’d like to think that I should save an unhealthy treat for some time when I really really want it. I don’t want to give into every whim for chocolate and grease, otherwise I’ll go back to consuming much more often than I should. Feeling proud and continuing to say, “no thanks!” to the treats coming my way.

Tempeh Sloppy Joes

Slow day at work. Most people are either out in CA for the Grammys, or stayed home because of the pending storm. Wish I could have stayed wrapped up in bed this morning.

Did the Max Interval Circuit last night, and it was definitely intense. In only the second round of the first set I found myself frustrated. I felt challenged and a little defeated and unaccustomed to a lot of the new exercises, but I pushed through. Looking at the schedule, this week seems to be the most difficult of Month 2. If I can get through the next 5 days, I can get through it all!

In this down time at work, I wanted to share a recipe I made last week and didn’t have time to post. I forgot to take a picture, but I’ll take one next time I make this recipe!

Tempeh Sloppy Joes  (3 servings)

8oz of tempeh, crumbled

1/2 of an onion

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 Tbsp oil

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 Tbsp ketchup

2 Tbsp BBQ sauce

1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 1/2 cups of water

Combine tomato paste, ketchup, bbq sauce, vinegar, and dry ingredients in a bowl.

Add oil to a medium sized sauce pan on medium high heat. Add garlic and onions. Stir for about 2 minutes, until they start to brown a little and the onions start to get soft. Add in tempeh. Saute for about 5 minutes, until tempeh starts to cook and brown. Add in the tomato paste mixture and water. Let simmer until the water has mostly evaporated, about 10-15 mins. You may want to add a little extra ketchup or bbq sauce, depending on your tastes.

I also made a super simple coleslaw with this. It was about a cup of shredded cabbage (I used red because it’s what I had in my fridge) 1 shredded carrot, 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 Tbsp light mayo (or vegenaise if you prefer) 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.

And that’s all! Throw on a bun of your choosing and enjoy!

Month 2 of Insanity starts NOW! :)

Woke up this morning and did my 3rd Fit Test. I didn’t have enough time to do my first Insanity workout of Month 2 (Max Interval Circuit), but I’ll be doing it tonight after my internship.

I was extremely happy with my results from the Fit Test though! I feel so much stronger than I did after that first attempt, only 36 days ago, and the numbers definitely speak for that. Here’s a list of my numbers from the Fit Test, in sequence. Day 1, Day 15, and Day 36.

SWITCH KICKS: 97, 104, 131

POWER JACKS: 31, 42, 50

POWER KNEES: 58, 67, 84

POWER JUMPS: 24, 27, 36

GLOBE JUMPS: 5, 9, 10

SUICIDE JUMPS: 12, 15, 17

PUSH-UP JACKS: 14, 23, 28

LOW PLANK OBLIQUE: 36, 60, 71

I can’t believe how much more I was able to do in such a short period of time. I can’t wait for month 2 and to keep improving!

I hope everyone has a lovely Thursday 🙂

It’s a new day

I think my mind and body are finally done retaliating for the juice fast. I fed it all the carbs and cheese it thought it needed and now I’m back on track. Woke up this morning feeling good and did Insanity right away. Gunna fill up on a bunch of fruit for breakfast, maybe some cereal, have some yummy leftover veggie chili for lunch, and probably a salad or veggies of some sort for dinner.

Mike knew I was having a bad day, so he came home with some flowers for me last night.

ImageWe had a nice quiet night, watched Breaking Bad and The Simpsons.

Can’t wait for month 2 of Insanity to start on Thursday. At first I was dreading it, but now I’m craving it (maybe I’ll feel differently once it starts haha). I think my body misses having a good workout. As nice as the recovery week has been, and it was definitely needed, it’s strange to be burning less calories in my workout which might have also contributed to the funk I was in.

I got a call from the doctor about blood work I had taken back in December when I went in because I had Bronchitis. She said my vitamin D levels were low and she wants me to take 5,000 mg of vitamin D. I think it’s possible my levels might have even gotten lower since December because I’ve reduced my milk intake to zero and my dairy intake very substantially (only using cheese occasionally). So that’s very good to know and hopefully, taking vitamin D will make me feel better as well.

I’m starting to get a little anxious about my job situation. I really love my internship and know that I want to find an entry level position as either an administrative assistant or office manager of sorts within the entertain business, preferably related to music. Working at the coffee shop 4 days a week is really starting to get to me, for several reasons. I think one of the big reasons is that I work by myself. In other jobs, even though most jobs in food service are pretty lame, at least I had some good friends to pass the hours with. At this job, the only time I work with another person is for 2 hours each on Saturday and Sunday. The other 24ish hours of the week, I work completely alone. Of course I occasionally have a decent conversation with a customer, but it’s not the same thing. I have to have a level of professionalism with customers. Another reason is that I feel like I’m one of the only people who actually does a decent job cleaning and restocking the place. When I leave on Tuesday and return on Saturday, I’ll come back to find that no one in the past 3 days restocked or cleaned certain items. And it’s not like I ever see the person and get to address the issue. Just little things like that are starting to build up and irk me. So much so that I feel it is carrying over into every other aspect of my life. Some nights when I get home I’ll be in a cranky mood. Or when I start my my internship on Wednesday after the 4 straight days of coffee shop work I’ll feel myself lagging or being annoyed. I’m trying my best to be more positive and not hold onto those negative feelings. It just has me thinking how much I’d love to get a real job and leave my coffee shop days behind. I wish I could afford to take some time off more often, for my sanity, but being that my internship is unpaid, I really don’t have many options. Just gotta push through and keep at it for now.

But anyhow! Today will be a good day. Hope everyone is doing well and moving forward! 🙂