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 3/4Β  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!

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 Β 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

Β 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! πŸ™‚

Insanity: Postponed :(

It’s been a busy week!

Last Thursday, on my first day of my second week of Month 2 of Insanity, I pulled the outer side of my right calf muscle. I decided to take a break from Insanity for 2 days on Friday and Saturday. During those 2 days, I iced my leg, elevated it, and took it easy. I resumed Insanity on Sunday, but I think it might have been a little too soon. My leg was okay on Sunday and Monday, but after last night’s workout, it started hurting again. I’ve decided to take a full week off in order to recuperate,Β  and hopefully resume Insanity next Thursday. The last thing I want to do is cause some serious damage to my leg. I might try and go to the gym at some point to do some light lifting and activity, as long as I don’t think it will further agitate my leg.

I’ve still been stuck at a consistent 157lbs. I think some of it may be water weight from my period, which usually has me up in weight anywhere from 2-5lbs. So hopefully by the start of next week, the numbers will start going down again. I’m making sure to be extra conscious of my diet. As much as I’m trying to be patient with myself, as of today, there are only 39 days left of the health and fitness contest I’m enrolled in. I would like to make as much progress as I can in that time. I think that if I’m really good for the next 39 days, it’s still possible for me to reach my goal weight of 149lbs by March 31st.

My friends Lisa and Peter came to hang out in Brooklyn on Saturday night. I had so much fun with them. I really miss having an active social life and close friends. On Sunday, Lisa and I went to the tattoo shop that her uncle manages in Park Slope. We decided to get our belly buttons pierced.Β  Here’s what that looks like!

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I figure it will be good motivation to work towards toned abs!

I decided to request a day off from the coffee shop. Between that and the internship, I was working 7 days a week and it was really starting to get to me. As much as I need money, having a day to rest will be good for my sanity.

On Monday, Mike and I went out to dinner with his friend Deniz who was visiting from Las Vegas. She’s getting married in June and I was invited to her bachelorette party this May in New Orleans! I’m super excited πŸ™‚ We had dinner at a tapas place called Cata in Soho/LES area. A little pricey, but seriously delicious. The thing I love about getting tapas with a group of people is that you get to have a little bit of everything and you feel full without being over stuffed.

Other than that, it’s been a pretty regular Wednesday. I’ve been trying to send out a few resumes and would really really love to get a job in the near future, but so far I haven’t heard back from anyone. Just have to keep sending them out.

I hope everyone else is doing well! I just ate a yummy lunch of roasted veggies over spinach and kale with avocado. Going to try and have a large fruit and veggie smoothie for dinner at least 3 nights a week in the next week and see how that goes. I also have to get myself a new pair of sneakers and I think I’m going to get my feet fitted at a specialty store that was suggested to me. I’ll post about how that goes! Have a lovely week πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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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.

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 πŸ™‚

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.

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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! πŸ™‚

Progress Pictures: Half Way to Goal Weight

Yesterday was my first day of Insanity’s recovery week doing the Cardio Core and Balance. I actually really enjoyed the workout and think it does exactly what it needs to do: gives your body a bit of a rest and some time to recuperate, but also keeps your muscles engaged and working. This morning I still weighed in at 157lbs after my first day of being back to solid foods. It’s making me hopeful that perhaps I won’t gain any of the weight back that I lost during the juice fast. In any case, at this point that means that I’ve passed my half way mark to my goal weight (half way marking being 158lbs). Here are some visual updates for everyone.

In these photos I’m wearing size 12 jeans. At my starting weight, these jeans barely fit. I was actually a size 14 at my starting weight

(My apologies for the low quality pictures. They were taken using photobooth on my old macbook)

Starting weight: 176lbs November 26th 2013 (The size 12 jeans I’m wearing are super tight. I was actually a size 14)

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1/4 way to goal, 9lbs lost: 167lbs January 5th 2013 (The size 12 jeans fit properly)

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1/2 way to goal, 18lbs lost: 158lbs January 29th 2013 (Hard to tell in these pictures but the size 12 jeans don’t fit and are too loose. I now fit into size 10 jeans comfortably)

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The progress I’ve made from the second set of pictures to the third is my progress from completing month 1 of Insanity.

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve also been taking progress pictures of me in underwear, but I’m going to hold off on posting those for a while.

I really do suggest taking pictures along the way to capture your progress. For me, it gives me a clear visualization that I actually am losing weight and making improvements. Because even though the number on the scale is going down and my clothes are much looser, it’s sometimes still hard for me to realize or comprehend that I actually am losing weight. But pictures definitely prove the point.

I’m still slowly introducing myself to new foods post juice cleanse. Yesterday was only fruits, veggies, and nuts. Today I’m allowed to add beans/grains. Yay!

So glad it’s Friday! Have a good weekend everyone!

Post Juicing Review

So I decided to end my juice fast after 3 days. There were things that I liked and disliked about juicing. My main reason for ending the fast sooner than I expected to were mental/emotional reasons.

The first day was pretty good, my only negative symptom was a mild headache.

The second day my headache was gone, but I feel like I probably didn’t consume enough calories. On that day, I did an Insanity workout, was on my feet and doing some lifting and moving at work for 8 hours, and walked about a total of 2.2 miles in my commute to and from work. That being said, I didn’t pack enough juice to last me the duration of the day. By the time I got home, I had a juice for dinner and passed out almost immediately.

When I woke up on the morning of the third day I felt extremely light headed and dizzy. I felt better once I had some juice in me though. Emotionally, juicing was starting to take a toll on me. My weight had dropped 4lbs in 3 days. That light headed and empty feeling I had in the morning was very reminiscent of when I was active in my eating disorder and was restricting/fasting in an unhealthy manner. I felt like my goals going into the juice cleanse were to detox and revitalize, but by day 3, my only reason for wanting to continue would have been a desire to lose a lot of weight in a short period of time. I really didn’t think it would be wise for me given my past to continue down that road.

The things that I did enjoy about the juice cleanse were that some of the juices truly were delicious. I would definitely like to continue to use my juicer, but just not for 3 meals a day. It also made me want to expand my vegetable diet. There are tons of veggies that I haven’t tried but I would like to or that I have tried in the past but would like to revisit.

From this experience, I feel like I’ve also gained some good insight on my diet and exercise up until this point. I’ve been eating a healthy, mostly vegetarian diet and exercising regularly. At no point have I felt like I was restricting myself or that my intake was inadequate (prior to juicing). I’ve been losing about 2lbs a week pretty consistently. I no longer have any desire to take part in a diet that will make me lose a large amount of weight in a short period of time, the way juicing does.

Overall, I’m glad I tried it, but I’m happy to have ended it after 3 days. I feel like I accomplished what I wanted to and have a better understanding of what juicing is about. I know tons of people have had wonderful experiences with juicing, and I’m not discrediting that at all. I just think for me personally, it’s not the right thing for me to part-take in for an extended period of time.

Here are some of my favorite recipes I made during the cleanse:

Blueberry Lemonade

2 Bunches of Kale

1 Green Apple

1 Lemon

1 Cup of Blueberries

6 Strawberries

1 Cucumber

Morning Juice

2 Bunches of Kale

2 Bunches of Spinach

1 Green Apple

2 Carrots

1 Lemon

1 Orange

1 cup of purple grapes

1 Mango

For far, on my first day back to solid food I’ve had half an avocado, an orange, and a few spoons of applesauce. I plan on getting a small veggie plate for lunch from one of my favorite lunch spots, Dig Inn. It’s recommended to only have fruits and veggies on your first day back, which I’m going to do. On the second day you can add grains and beans. Third day you can add dairy and 4th you can add meat.

Today will be my first day of my recovery week of Insanity. Honestly, I feel more motivated than ever to continue on this path and do my best in the second month of Insanity. I took some progress pictures this morning because I’ve passed my half way point. I do expect to gain a few pounds back in the next few days due to eating solid foods, but I don’t think it will be a crazy weight gain. I’m still right on schedule and pretty happy after looking at my before pictures and being able to see my results. Later tonight I’ll post my progress pictures of me in my jeans. I have some progress pictures of me in my under garments, but I want to wait until I’ve lost a little more weight/the end the B Fit contest until I post those ones.

I hope everyone is having a good week!

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