Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tuesday

Food Journal:

Breakfast- 1 brown rice cake w/ peanut butter and sliced bananas. 1/2 cup of tofu scramble and one small sweet potato pancake w/ ketchup.

Snack- 1 clementine

4 gumdrops

1 tall pumpkin spice latte w/ soy milk

Snack- 2 plain brown rice cakes

Dinner- brown rice, broccoli, sauteed onions and red bell pepper, 5 meatless meatballs w/ ketchup

Workout Journal:

50 minutes of cardio (Banish Fat Boost Metabolism)

I haven't done this workout in a loooooong time. It was a little challenging but I had to remind myself that I was a marathon runner and I could do it. This workout is different from running on the treadmill of course. There is a lot of jump training and alternating between upper body and lower body movements. These combinations work your heart in a different way.

It felt great though. I look forward to doing some of these exercise DVDs again. I planned on going to the gym but it was raining a lot today and it was really ugly outside. It is also good to alternate cardio workouts so you challenge your body and produce change.


Note: I am going to take measurements and pictures so I can keep track of this next phase of my journey. I will work on that next week. :) I plan to update them every month. I also want to post my realistic goals and when I plan to achieve them.

In order to achieve our goals we must write them down and make plans to get there. We can't reach a destination without a map and clear direction. Education also continues to be key along this journey. I am going to start reading more books and saturating myself with all things healthy and nutrition.

Hello I am back!

I am going to start logging my food and workouts again just to be held accountable. I know that not many people read this blog but it still helps me to post what I am doing so I have something to look at. I like to track my progress as well as have a reference if I don't see any changes in my weight loss.

Looking at what I am eating and when helps to pin point what I am doing wrong and make adjustments when needed. I also like to see how I have evolved along this journey.

I still might change some things about my posts but for now I am just going to start blogging again.

SO HERE I GO...........

Monday-

Food Journal:

Breakfast- brown rice farina w/ banana and pumpkin spice. 2 pieces of Ezekiel toast w/ Earth Balance

Post workout- pinto beans and 3 corn quesadillas w/ daiya cheese and spinach

1 See's candy chocolate (It was a sample I tried while I was at the store buying some Christmas gifts:)

Snack- spicy lentil wrap

Dinner- Tom Yam soup w/ brown rice

a few gum drops

Workout Journal:

45 minutes of HIIT (high intensity interval training)
It went something like this:
-5 minutes of jogging @ 5.0 mph (warm up)
-Then I upped the intensity by increasing my speed every 2 minutes by 1 until I reached 8 mph.
-Next I ran at 4.5 while I increased my incline by 1 every minute until I reached 10% incline.
-I let my heart rate go back down while I ran at 4.5 mph for about 5 minutes.
-Then I did sprints. I started at 5.0 mph and ran for 1 minute and rested for 30 seconds and increased speed by 1 mph until I got to 7.0 mph. Then I decreased my speed while running 30 seconds and resting 15 seconds until I was back down to 5.0 mph.
-5 minute cool down.
I did about 3.5 miles total.

This workout was definitely an awesome workout. This is an great way to get a calorie burning workout in a small period of time.

After the cardio I did some stretching and resistance training with resistance bands.

I did 2 sets of 15 reps of each:
bicep curls, tricep extensions, shoulder press, chest press, back rows

1 set of 100 jabs, 100 up cuts, and 30 side bends while using resistance bands

Awesome workout. I love being back in action. :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I am HIS

It is easy at times to get caught up in the images that the world says we must measure up to. We think we must model perfection and walk through our lives as if we were supernatural.

Although we are supernatural (spiritual beings) we can't get caught up in the illusion of thinking that we are anything less than perfect.

Who cares what anyone else thinks of you. Who cares if you have a little jiggle here and there. It is ultimately about you learning to be comfortable with who you are within.

It is okay to want to improve what you see in the mirror but you must realize that it will not make you happy if you don't accept where you are right now.

Being beautiful has nothing to do with what others think or say that you are. You are beautiful because GOD alone created you.

The same God that created the moon and the stars created every curve in your body.

We defile that beauty when we minimize it to a mere superficial entity.

Our bodies are sacred. Our bodies are strong and powerful. We are more than what is seen in the natural. We are God's perfect work.

It is our duty to fulfill His will by keeping His marvelous work in good working order. We must carry ourselves with pride and treat our bodies as if they are the most important thing we have.

We can't be good for anyone else until we are first good to ourselves.

As moms and wives we tend to lend ourselves to others and often lose a sense of our being. One day we realize that we are half the woman we once were because we gave nothing to ourselves in return.

We moved in accordance with the laws of the land but failed to remember that our sacredness was eternal and in much need of attention.

We took care of everyone else BUT ourselves.

I pray that we learn to be a little selfish this upcoming year. That we would learn to love ourselves unconditionally and stand up for what we believe in.

We might meet some resistance but use it to motivate your success. Prove the skeptics wrong by reaching for your FULL potential.

Mediocrity does not breed success....so don't settle. Move relentlessly towards your passion and make no excuses for who you are. You answer to no one but God so go for the gold.

Take account for His goodness. Others are truly inspired by what you can achieve. :)

Much love and peace. :0) Be proud of who you are because He is!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Giving myself some time

I am giving myself some time to recover and regroup before I start to refocus on my new goals. I have some BIG goals and they are going to take some serious discipline.

At one time in my life I didn't think I could do any of it. I guess in my heart I felt hope but my self esteem was so low that I had more doubt than faith.

Accomplishing the marathon really gave me a new spirit of determination that NO ONE can take away from me.

I actually see how hard work, dedication and perseverance pays off and I am so excited to see where this new found glory carries me.

I have more roads to travel and lots of things to learn. Not just about myself but life in general.

Life is so good...so glorious and I am going to run with the vision I have. I am determined to fulfill all that I know I can accomplish.

Words can not describe how amazingly motivated I feel. I never thought I would feel this way.

There were moments when I was so low in my life that I would rather die than get out of bed and face the world.

To think about that time and see how far I have come is so emotional for me.

That is why this journey has been so deep and spiritual to me. It was not just about accomplishing a goal but rather overcoming so many fears and insecurities. It was about rebuilding myself and believing in who I am.

It was about victory and triumph. It was about stomping on depression and anxiety, failure and defeat.

I am so grateful and I can never stop acknowledging that God has been the driving force in my life. To Him I will continually give all the praise and glory.

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My next path along this journey is going to take some time to plan out. I might change the way I blog, eat and exercise so stay tuned. I am looking forward to documenting this next level of fitness and self discovery. I hope to inspire more people to read along and possibly change the way they feel about their health and lifestyle.

Stay tuned because the best is yet to come. :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I FINALLY DID IT!!!!!

Well...........

I DID IT! I ran the Rock N' Roll 1/2 Marathon and it feels great. I am so super proud of myself. It was not a cake walk but it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.

I realized that I am a lot stronger than I thought I was. I was very nervous on the days leading up to the marathon. I kind of underestimated my strength and doubted that I could finish it without stopping.

My goal was not just to do it but to actually finish it without having to stop and walk. I didn't care how long it took me I just wanted to say that I did it.

I wanted to accomplish my goal and not give up.

I can actually say that I finally did it. After 4 years of wishing and hoping I could. I finally did it.

I have learned a lot during this journey. For one I realized that being healthy has nothing to do with the way you look.

You don't have to be skinny or buff to complete a 1/2 marathon or full marathon. You just have to be dedicated, disciplined and conditioned.

I guess I was all of that and more. I had to remember that it was not about me. It was all about God. I was doing it all for Him.

My initial weight loss journey started when I decided to become more disciplined and realized that I was God's Temple. I began to meditate on that and treat my body with sacredness.

Respecting who I am to God is what this has been all about. Looking good and feeling good is just a fruit of it.

So I give God all the glory for all that I have accomplished because I acknowledge that without Him I am nothing. I move, breathe and have my being in Him. His spirit carries me and strengthens me.

I don't have to sacrifice my body to accomplish my goal. I had to discipline my mind and allow God's spirit to strengthen me and power me through the journey.

It is what I call faith. It is what "all things are possible through God" means. It means I am resting in Him. I trust Him and I believe that the God in me will open the door to all possibilities.

I am excited to see what next year will bring. I am going to start training for the full marathon in a month or so. Things are about to get a lot better and I am confident that I will accomplish even more dreams.

I have the vision. I believe I can. Now I must just do and make no excuses.

Monday, November 15, 2010

See you next month

I am going to be in hiding for the next 3 weeks. I am training for the marathon, catching up on sleep and trying to stay focused.

Thanks for following me this far. I will come back refreshed and ready for my next phase of this wonderful journey.

:) Love you <3

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday/ Sunday

Saturday

Food Journal:

Breakfast- oatmeal w/ cinnamon, bagel w/ Earth Balance

No snack

Lunch- brown rice, black beans, spinach and corn

Snack- small packet of peanuts, large pear

Dinner- brown rice, meatless meatballs, salsa

No workout.

I was really tired and I am guessing my body need a really good rest. I fell asleep at 7:30pm and didn't wake up until it was time to go to work the next day. I actually slept 13 hours. Wooohooo! It felt wonderful.

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Sunday

Food Journal:

Breakfast- bagel

Snack- Tricuit crackers

Lunch- brown rice, meatless meatballs w/ soyaki sauce

Dinner- (Sweet Tomatoes) salad, 1 1/2 cups of soup, 1 breadstick, brownie and 2 cups of coffee

Workout Journal:

Yoga Meltdown Level 2

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday/ Friday

Thursday

Food Journal:

Breakfast- oatmeal w/ soy milk and cinnamon. 2 slices of toast

Post workout meal- (Sweet Tomatoes) salad, 2 cups of soup, 1 breadstick, 2 cups of coffee, 1 brownie

a strawberry margarita, 1 small bag of vinegar and salt chips

Dinner- veggie burrito (whole wheat tortilla, brown rice, black beans, veggies, sweet potatoes, pico de gallo, lettuce, hot salsa). lemonade.

Dessert- a few small spoons of cookie dough ice cream.

Workout Journal:

10 mile run
4 hours of walking at an amusement park

My bestfriend and I took our kids to an amusement park today. I was aiming for a 13 mile run but I had a slight time constraint which didn't allow me to finish. I didn't make it to the gym as early as I wanted to.

After the amusement park we went to eat some dinner and dessert. My daughter and I shared an almond milk based ice cream. There were no added preservatives or unhealthy ingredients. This ice cream was actually vegan. :)

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Friday

Food Journal:

Breakfast- none

Snack- none

2 sugar free hard candies

Lunch- brown rice, black beans, salsa and broccoli. 1/2 cup cinnamon life cereal w/ soy milk (This was to satisfy my sweet tooth:)

Snack- granola bar

french fries (yep, sure did)

Dinner- meatless meatball pita pocket (whole wheat pita pocket, meatless meatballs, roasted salsa, sauteed onions and guacamole)

No workout.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wednesday.....Ummmm, snap out of it!!! NOW!

Food Journal:

Breakfast- nothing. a few Tricuits over a 4 hour period.

Lunch- 3 pita pizzas. (whole wheat pita bread, tomato paste, spinach and salsa w/ a spinkle of nutritional yeast. 2 cc cookies

I started only eating 2 and was kind of full but I was super greedy so I made another one. I regreted it after because I was soooo full I was uncomfortable. I think I might have been a slight bit of an emotional eater today.

About 1 1/2 hrs later: I had a few bites of teriyaki tofu from my daughter's teriyaki bowl. Maybe 5 pieces.

Around 6:30pm: 1 hot chai tea soy latte from Starbucks. It was super cold outside and I was craving this tea all week. I had to stop and get one.

Dinner- nothing. a few Tricuits. I was still full from lunch.

No workout today. I am resting for a long run tomorrow. My goal is to run 13 miles. YES I have to do it in order to get out of my rut. I am feeling really down today.

26 days away and I am feeling nervous

Okay today I am very nervous and kind of doubting my ability to run this 1/2 marathon. I feel like I should have trained harder.

I think that I might just be PMSing because that time is coming soon. Not really sure but I have to stay positive.

I might go into hiding for a little while until the marathon. I might also just be over reacting because the day is getting closer.

I have been so used to failing at things or not following through that I guess this might be a little scary for me right now. I am finally going to go for a dream of mine. I might actually succeed at something BIG and it is unfamiliar to me.

I mean I have tried other small things but nothing of this magnitude. I have always lost 10 lbs and gained 20. I have ran 11 miles but can I run 13.2 on the street.

Will I fail? Will I finish strong?

Did I prepare enough? Should I have lost more weight?

All of these questions tortured me today. I kind of got down on myself and I don't know what to do.

The only thing I know to do is pray, meditate, refocus and push harder over the next 25 days. I must become more disciplined and dedicated than ever.

I need to be mentally strong and physically disciplined in order to achieve this goal. In my spirit I know I can do it but my little scary cat mind is doubting my abilities.

Just wanted to let you know how I feel today. This is a journey and some days are smoother than others.

One thing I am certain of...I will follow through. Even if I have to crawl across that finish line...I will cross it and be proud of myself.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tuesday. Rest day.

Food Journal:

Breakfast- 1/2 brown rice and black bean wrap w/ salsa

Snack- few apple slices, a few crackers

Lunch- brown rice, black beans, corn and spinach w/ salsa

Snack- a few apple slices, a few crackers

Snack- 1/2 veggie hummus wrap from Fresh and Easy (I love these!)

Dinner- PB&J on whole wheat bread, brown rice tortilla w/ Earth Balance

I wasn't really hungry when I got home. I just wanted something lite. I was not really in the mood for hot food.

I sucked on a few sugar free hard candies today. I had 3 or 4 of them throughout the day. A resident brought us some Dunkin Donuts and I did everything to avoid eating one although it was whispering my name all day. I managed to avoid it. Yay! ME!

No cardio workout. Abs only.

I am off 1/2 of Wednesday and all day Thursday so I plan to do a long distance run one of those days. Time is winding down but I am confident I will be ready as long as I do lots of cardio. My endurance needs to be strong. :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday....Feeling Good

Food Journal:

Breakfast- Nothing

Snack- apple slices and tsp PB

Lunch- broccoli, meatless meatballs w/ teriyaki sauce

Snack- a handful of plain cornuts, a few crackers

Dinner- brown rice, teriyaki tofu and stir fry veggies

Post workout snack- apple slices and 1/2 tsp of PB

Workout Journal:

1 hr on the stair climber. I did 30 minutes of the strength program and 30 minutes of the endurance program.

I remember when I hated the stair climber because it was soooooooo hard for me. My legs would get tired and my endurance was definitely not strong. I LOVE IT NOW!

I traded one unhealthy overeating addiction for the addiction to exercise. I couldn't wait to workout today. I went to the gym at 8pm because I couldn't just sit at home and watch TV. I watched it while I was working out. That is a way to be productive....lol!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Saturday/ Sunday....Lots of fun! I love to dance.

Saturday

Breakfast- brown rice farina w/ soy milk and banana. bagel.

Post workout meal- brown rice tortilla w/ green chile curry tofu. apple slices w/ 1 tsp peanut butter

Lunch- 1/2 veggie burrito, 1 stick of a Twix

Dinner- My daughter and I went out to eat dinner and shared a veggie stuffed baked potato and a salad at Friday's.

Dessert- 3 CC cookies. I baked them with just brown rice flour, baking powder, banana, u/s applesauce, cinnamon and vegan chocolate chips.

Workout Journal:

5 mile intense run. I did sprints and uphill drills throughout the whole workout. I also ran at 6 mph for a long period of time. I was able to do the 5 miles in 1 hour which is great time for me.

1 hr of Wii Just Dance 2. My daughter and I had a fun night. We went to dinner and then went to take pictures of the conservatory at the Bellagio Hotel. It is decorated for the harvest season.

Then we rented some Wii games on our way home. We rented Just Dance 2 and I had an amazing workout dancing for 1 hour straight. I was sweating so much I had to shower once I was done. My hair was drenched. I loved this workout. Needless to say I am buying this game really soon.

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Sunday

Breakfast- 2 slices of toast w/ Earth Balance

Snacks- over a 6 hour period while at work. 2 homemade cookies, crackers, apple slices with PB. Lots of water.

Lunch/ Dinner- (Sweet Tomatoes, mom's treat:) salad, 1 cup of lentil soup, 1 cup veggie soup, 1 bread stick, cup of coffee w/ pumpkin cranberry muffin.

Post workout snack- a few baked french fries (about 6) and a few pieces of broccoli.
I wasn't really hungry but I knew that if I didn't have a small snack I would wake up extremely nauseous since I had a hard workout.

Workout Journal:
3 mile run sprints and uphill drills
30 minutes bike varying speeds and intensities
30 minutes stair climber strength program, varying speeds and intensities

AWESOME! workout.

I put on this jacket today for work. I have had it for about 5 years and was never able to close it shut. I tried to close it today and guess what? It closed? It wasn't even tight. Wooohooo! I don't wear it closed but it's cool to know that I can if I wanted to. :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Just my confessions.

Today was my day off and I decided to go for a run at the gym. I can't run the street when my daughter is home with me.

So I got up, ate breakfast and hit the gym. I was not in the mood to run today but I forced myself to go. Although I love the feeling of accomplishment, running 11 miles or more is extremely demanding on me.

It is really hard mentally and physically for me to run that distance. I know I can do it but it takes a lot of effort for me still.

I know I am in much better shape now but it is still hard at times to even run 6 miles. Not physically by mentally. I have to prepare myself and talk to myself through the workout.

Today I was encouraging myself and picturing myself running the marathon. I kept turning to look at myself in the mirror (to my right side). At first I was "dang who is that girl". It is funny how I still feel I am fat. I still have a fat girl mentality at times.

The first time I looked at myself I couldn't believe it was really me. I looked so small. Like many of us, there are days I feel slim and strong and others I feel fat and bloated. Today I had to accept that I am actually smaller and it's okay to feel good about that.

I still make excuses and say "I am still not at my goal weight". That stops me from allowing myself to feel proud of what I have accomplished this far. It is like an unhealthy body image issue or a love hate relationship with myself. It is my defense mentality. The state of mind that tries to protect itself from failure and feeling disappointed or rejected.

But DANG it I am beautiful and strong and I should be proud of where I am. I may not be at my goal but I am doing great and I am so much stronger than I was. It still amazing me how much my body has changed inside.

I can run at 6.0 mph longer than I used to. My muscles are stronger in my legs and my heart. That feels so FABULOUS! Look at me now because I won't be here too much longer. I know I will get stronger and my body will continue to change.

Only I know how much this means to me because it is such a personal journey. I have been fat, insecure and so unhappy with myself for over 11 years. To be where I am today is so beyond words. I didn't take magic pills or a crazy diet to get here.

It took hardwork, dedication and preserverance to reach this place in my life. I am so happy and no one can get in the way of that.

The other day I was kind down because of some personal relationship issues. I kept thinking "am I not pretty enough...what is it about me....am I not desireable". My mind went back to that weak victim mentality BUT then I snapped out of it and said "you are beautiful, strong, and powerful. You have accomplished so much. You have raised your amazing daughter on your own. Anyone would be so lucky to have you in there life. If they don't have you is because they don't deserve to have you."

I had to speak truth to myself in the midst of the sadness and lonliness. So that is why this journey is so meaningful to me. Only I know where I have come from. Only I know the struggles I have had to fight within. Only I know the battles I have won and the thoughts I have had to surrender to God.

SO I must confess it all to get over it and move forward....stronger and more powerful than ever. :) Thank you for listening.

Idea! What do you think?

So I have been thinking about creating a video blog on YouTube leading up to the marathon. Some of the things I feel are very hard to express on this blog. I would rather record them on video and possibly inspire someone else to take a step towards health and fulfilling their dreams.

Let me know what you think?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday

Food Journal:

Breakfast- 1 PB&J, 1/2 bagel
I was hungry but not really in the mood for food.

Lunch- brown rice tortilla w/ black beans and corn

Snack- small chocolate strawberry banana milkshake (soy milk, banana, strawberries and cocoa powder)

Snack- 1 slice of vegan pizza, a few sips of a smoothie, a few bites of a vegan chocolate chip cookie (mine are better)

Dinner- a little bit of brown rice pasta, tomatoes and broccoli. a few baked fries w/ ketchup

No workout. Abs only.

My legs are so sore that it is uncomfortable to walk. My abs are also really sore. I was really busy taking care of errands today and I was also really tired so I didn't go running. I will go running tomorrow morning.

:)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thursday

Food Journal:

Breakfast- brown rice, black beans and brown rice tortilla (Yep I sure did eat this for breakfast. I can eat this everyday, all day and not get tired of it.), 1/2 PB&J

Snack- none

Lunch- brown rice and black beans wrap, 1/2 PB&J

Snack- Larabar

Snack- a few sweet potato chips w/ salsa

Dinner- green chile curry tofu with brown rice

Okay so I know I am eating too many carbs. I love brown rice and have a hard time not eating it if I have it made already. I am going to only load up on the carbs the days that I know I will have time to burn them off with a long run.

I don't want to gain weight because I am overloading on carbs.

Here is the map of the route for the 1/2 Marathon I will be running on December 5th.:)Looking at it just gives me the chills because I am still amazed that I will actually be running it this year.

Words can't discribe what this means to me. I am having some shirts made for whoever is going to come root me on. I can't wait to see my cheering section rooting me along the way. :) It's going to be awesome. I know the energy will be electric and it will give me the strength I need to push through and finish strong.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Monday/ Tuesday/ Wednesday

I haven't blogged for a couple of days. Sorry. I get home pretty late, get dinner made, get things ready for the next day, take a shower and then go to sleep. I haven't had too much time for anything during the work week.

Monday-
Breakfast: Lemon Zest Luna bar
Lunch: veggie and hummus wrap
Snack: Lemon Zest Luna bar
Dinner- a few garlic fries (baked)
Not sure what else I ate but it wasn't too bad.

I did not workout.

Tuesday-

Breakfast: a few bites of brown rice farina, 1 Larabar
Lunch: brown rice, beans and salsa
Snack: Larabar
Snack: PB&J sandwich
Dinner: salad, cup of lentil soup, 1 mini breadstick, 1/2 brownie (from Sweet Tomatoes), water and coffee

No workout.


Wednesday-

Breakfast: brown rice, black beans and salsa in a brown rice tortilla
Snack: Larabar
Lunch: brown rice, black beans and broccoli w/ salsa. PB&J sandwich. (I was so hungry)
Snack- 2/3 of a Larabar
Dinner- brown rice, broccoli w/ hot sauce and soy sauce

2 tiny pieces of candy

45 minutes cardio circuits (Burn Fat Blast Metabolism DVD)


I went to the Dr. on Tuesday for a general check up and to get an okay to run the marathon. I didn't know that it was exactly 1 year since I last saw my Dr. He was so pleased with how great I was doing. The last time I went to see him I had issues with my heart. I have a slight heart murmur and it was really acting up. I was also 23 lbs heavier.

This visit he was so happy and impressed to know I had lost weight and my heart was much stronger. Although he still hears the murmur he said my heart is working more efficiently. My EKG came out wonderful and now we are just waiting to see how my blood work comes out. I will go do my blood work on Friday since I have to fast.

He wants to make sure that my sugars don't go down too low after I run the marathon. He wants to check everything out since I told him all my concerns and explained the things I have noticed. I told him about my headaches after I workout and my dizziness when I don't eat consistently.

I also let him know I was vegan and he was very impressed. I had a great visit and I am sure my follow up will be great too. Hopefully the symptoms I have been experiencing are just a part of the new diet and exercise routine.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday.....Happy Halloween!

Food Journal:

Breakfast- 1 cup oatmeal

2 mini candies

Lunch- rice, black beans, veggies, lettuce and salsa

Dinner- 2 veggie enchiladas, 1 cup of cinnamon Life cereal w/ soy milk

Workout Journal:

Rest day. Lots of walking while Trick or Treating for 2 hours.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Saturday........I did it and I am feeling it!



Food Journal:

Breakfast- brown rice farina w/ soy milk, cinnamon and bananas. onion bagel with Earth Balance.

Lunch- 1 cup of brown rice, veggies and tofu

Post workout- 1/2 cup of brown rice w/ veggies

Dinner- veggie soup w/ brown rice pasta

Dessert- 1 coffee cup of cinnamon life w/ soy milk

Workout Journal:

Part 1 (above)

Part 2 (above)




11 mile run (I had to do it in 2 parts because the treadmill won't go past 100 minutes. I didn't take a break though I went back at it right away.)


I told you I would do it. I am so proud of myself. I was really pushing it during the last mile. I notice that when I push myself a lot I get a bad headache. Not sure if this is normal but I will ask the doctor on Tuesday.

I had a very strong run. My legs were great and full of energy but I was cramping a lot. I had to stretch a few times in between. I made sure to drink plenty of water too because I thought that would help with the cramping. Not sure if it did help because my legs still cramped a lot.

I was going to try to push to 13 miles but I was really hurting but the 11th mile. My MP3 also died during the last 1/2 mile so I had to really talk myself into sticking to it til the end.




Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday/ Friday.....I am eating like a little piggy!

Thursday

Food Journal:
Breakfast- tofu scramble wrap
Snack- Larabar
Lunch- 2 veggie and tofu enchiladas (Amy's frozen entree)
Snack- a mini bag of pretzels
Dinner- tofu scramble wrap and sweet potato chips
Treat- tall Chai tea soy latte from Starbucks
Snack- onion bagel

No workout. I took Jazzy to the pumpkin patch and didn't get home until about 10pm. I was super tired.
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Friday

Food Journal:
Breakfast- brown rice farina w/ soy milk, cinnamon and soy milk
Snack- Larabar
Snack- 1/3 cup brown rice pasta w/ tomatoes
Lunch- Kung Pao pasta
Dinner- brown rice, teriyaki tofu and stir fry veggies
Dessert- cinnamon roll

No workout today. I am off tomorrow so I plan on doing lots of running.

I am eating toooooooo many sweets (as always). I get on these little kicks were I go way overboard. Then there are other times when I am really good and don't eat any sugar. I don't know what's up but the sugar is winning this battle. :(

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wednesday......Not really in the mood

I was not really in the mood for a long run today. I did do some intense drills and had an amazing workout though. I just wasn't in the mood to run long distance. I will get it done though. I am still aiming for my next run to be 11 miles. :)

Food Journal:

Breakfast- brown rice farina w/ soy milk and bananas, 1/3 c. tofu scramble with 1 piece of toast

Lunch- brown rice w/ black beans and artichoke hearts. w/ some ketchup and hot sauce (I know it sounds weird but it was super yummers)

Snack- Larabar

Post workout meal- brown rice w/ black beans and artichoke hearts

Dinner- spicy lentil wrap, water

2 pieces of chocolate

Workout Journal:

6 mile run (including uphill drills increasing incline every 30 seconds and 2 speed drills lasting 3 1/2 minutes each)

25 minutes on the bike

I did about 2 hours of cardio today. That was enough for me! I was happy to see I lost 5 of the 10 lbs I gained....LOL!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday.....Want to go for a run

Food Journal:

Breakfast- brown rice farina w/ soy milk, cinnamon and banana. 1/2 c. tofu scramble.

Snack- Larabar (banana bread flavor)

Lunch- veggie soup w/ brown rice and black beans.

Snack- Larabar (chocolate brownie flavor)

Snack- 1/2 veggie hummus wrap

Snack- 1 piece of wheat bread w/ 1/4 c. tofu scramble

Dinner- veggie soup, a few tortilla chips w/ hot sauce

Dessert- 1/2 Larabar (cookie dough)

No workout today. I planned on going running tonight but I found out I have the day off tomorrow. So I will be going to run tomorrow instead. I am excited about seeing how far I can run tomorrow. I am aiming for 11 miles. WOOOHOOOO! I CAN DO IT! YES I CAN!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday.....Family Dinner

Food Journal:

Breakfast- piece of toast, 3 bites of tofu scramble, banana

Lunch- 1/3 c. brown rice, 2 cups veggie soup, 2 small apples

2 pieces of candy

Snack- 4 seasame stix

Dinner- (Sweet Tomaotes) salad, cup of minestrone soup, 1 breadstick, 2 cups of coffee (I was super cold), 3 mini cc cookies, 1/3 c pasta w/ eggplant sauce

I had lots and lots of water today. I filled up my 64 oz cup 4 times today at work. Then I had more during dinner and at night. Couldn't drink enough water today. Must have been dehydrated from all the sweating last night..LOL!

Workout- Abs only 400 crunches (various)

I had a long day. After work my mother in law invited my daughter, my mom and myself to eat dinner. We went to our favorite place. I have to admit I have been extremely naughty with sugar.

I don't even know why because I really don't crave it. If it's in front of me I just am too tempted to eat it. I don't even really enjoy it. I really think I am just eating it unconsciously or I don't really know what it is.

I really need to start meditatiing when these urges to put candy in my mouth hits me. I am not going to get down on myself but I am fully aware that I have a little problem.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday...Quiet day at work and an awesome workout!

Food Journal:

Breakfast- mini cinnamon roll, tofu scramble w/ potatoes sandwich

Snack- LaraBar

Lunch- brown rice and veggie soup

Snack- Larabar

Dinner- brown rice, tofu scramble and ketchup

Post workout snack- small smoothie (water, frozen bananas and strawberries), 1/3 c. tofu scramble, piece of toast.

Workout Journal:

8.26 miles run w/ sprints and uphill drills

I did an uphill drill that went like this:

I jogged at 4.2 MPH and increased the incline by 1 every 10 seconds until I got to a 10% incline. Then I decreased the incline every 10 seconds until I got back to 0% incline. BOY OH BOY! That really worked my heart. Try it and let me know how you like it.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday.....Letting my legs rest!

Food Journal:

Breakfast- tofu scramble sandwich, 1 small apple

Snack- 2 Larabars (over a 3 hour period)

Lunch- (Pick up stix) tofu and veggies w/ brown rice, fortunue cookie

Cinnamon roll

Dinner- brown rice w/ veggies and soy sauce

No workout.

I was gone all day. When I got home I made a big pot of veggie soup and a big container of brown rice. That is my lunch for all next week. Then I played cards with my daughter and watched movies.

I really needed to rest today. I had a bad headache yesterday all day and night after my long run. I am not sure why I get these headaches every now and then but I will get it checked out when I go to my dr appt. next week.

Feeling Inspired

Why should I settle for being half of myself? Why can't I stand strong and confident knowing who I am?

Standing tall and fully aware of my calling is something I am so worthy of. Nothing and no one can get in the way of what I have been called to achieve.

I am stepping out of the old and fulling embracing the new. The new image. The new mentality. The new confidence. The new season of prosperity.

Nothing lacking.....nothing broken.

Fully me.

Present and grateful for journey.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday.... A GLORIOUS run!!!!

Food Journal:

Breakfast- tofu scramble sandwich (tofu, potatoes on whole wheat bread)

Post workout snack- 2 plums

Late lunch- (Sweet Tomatoes) large salad, cup of minestrone soup, 3 mini breadsticks, a few bites of eggplant pasta, a cup of hot pomegranite green tea, 1 brownie

a few peanut butter M&M's (I shared a small bag with my daughter)
These brought back lots of memories. I was addicted to these when I was pregnant. I remember buying a large bag and eating them all by myself over the period of a couple of days. I definitely did not eat healthy when I was pregnant. I didn't really know the importance of healthy eating. Next time I get pregnant I will do it right. I still thank God that my baby was healthy and so was I.

Snack- 1 piece of toast w/ Earth Balance, a few rice and beans chips w/ hot sauce, 1 mini gala apple.


These are some of my favorite bars. Not only do they taste yummy but they are totally clean and healthy. I didn't know they had so many flavors until today when I went to the store. I am used to just eating the Apple Pie and Cherry Cobbler ones.

I bought these new flavors today. I am also listing the ingredients so you can see how healthy they are. I listed the calories as well. Remember it's not about the quantity of calories but rather the quality of the calories. These calories are coming from whole ingredients so your body can readily use them for energy. I hope you try them out and let me know what you think.

Chocolate Coconut Chew (240 calories)- dates, almonds, walnuts, unsweetened cocoa powder, unsweetened coconut.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (220 calories)- cashews, dates, chocolate chips (unsweetened, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla), salt.

Banana Bread (230 calories)- almonds, dates, unsweetened bananas

Chocolate Chip Brownie (200 calories)- dates, chocolate chips (same as above), almonds, walnuts, cocoa powder, salt.

Carrot Cake (200 calories)- dates, almonds, walnuts, raisins, pineapple, unsweetened coconut, cinnamon, extra virgin coconut oil (Not too fond of the coconut oil but it's the last ingredient listed so it doesn't have a lot in it.)


Workout Journal:




I had a goal of running 10 miles today. I almost made it but had to stop because I ran out of time. I had to go pick up my daughter from school. I could have finished because I still had energy. My legs were strong all the way through. My breathing was good and my heart was strong. It was more of a mental challenge then anything. I get very bored on the treadmill and have trouble focusing on one thing.

I had to do the workout in two separate phases because the treadmill tried to shut off on me after I almost got to 100 minutes. I guess it doesn't go any longer than that so I had to restart the treadmill to finish my workout. I did not take a break in between. I did take 3 water breaks but they only lasted long enough to drink and stretch my legs a little. Maybe about 30 seconds each. I also warmed up for 5 minutes and cooled down for 3 minutes.
I also started my YKW today so I didn't think I would have the energy to run but I took a long 2 1/2 hr nap before I went to run. I think that helped a lot.
I AM SO PROUD OF MYSELF TODAY. I FEEL GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thursday......Woohooo it's my Friday.

I am off tomorrow and Saturday. I can't wait to go running the next couple of days. I have to work on Sunday but I am still planning on making time to run too.

Food Journal:
Breakfast- 1 1/2 pieces of toast and a very small cup of smoothie.
Lunch- veggie hummus wrap, Farmers Market salad (didn't eat the whole thing)
Snack- Protein bar (Luna- Lemon Zest)
Snack- Larabar (fruit and nuts only)
Dinner- 1/2 veggie burrito (whole tortilla, brown rice, black beans, fajita veggies, lettuce, pico de gallo and guacamole)
Snack- very small apple
I had 3 tiny pieces of candy today.

Workout Journal:
No workout.

I am super tired and very grumpy (due to PMS). I also inspected more apartments today so I climbed more stairs. I enjoy being out of the office but I can NOT stand being in the nasty vacant apartments. Some people leave the units so disgusting. I can't understand how people can live in such filth. Just to let you know.....Yesterday I opened the door to one unit and baby cockaroaches fell from the door frame and ran out of the door. OMGosh it was so disgusting!!!!!!!

I am super happy today is Thursday. I couldn't wait for this work week to be over.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wednesday

Food Journal:
Breakfast- 2 slices of toast w/ Earth Balance, 1 bowl of Kashi cereal w/ soy milk
Snack- 1/2 hummus veggie wrap
Snack- apple pie Larabar
Lunch- salad w/ lemon hummus vinaigrette, 1/2 hummus veggie wrap, 1/3 cup rice w/ soy sauce
Snack- apple pie Larabar
snack- rice and beans chips , a few sunflower seeds
Dinner- brown rice, corn w/ soy sauce and hot sauce

No cardio.
200 abs. 30 pushups. 200 squats.

I am super tired today. It is also raining so hard and I couldn't walk to the gym with my daughter. I had to inspect vacant apartments today and I did a lot of walking up and down stairs.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday.......1 yr and counting

I just realized today that this month marks the anniversary of my journey. I orginally was aiming to lose a lot more weight by now but I am not disappointed. I know I have lost other things that are more significant than pounds.

This journey has been very personal and I have enjoyed every step. I tried several things along the way. I have had my bouts with naughty food. I have had days that I lost my motivation and needed to take time to regroup. I have gone through some personal up and downs but overall the good always outweighed the bad.

I am excited to see what the next journey involves. I am going to continue to eat well and fine tune my low fat vegan no oil diet (no so good on the low fat...LOL) . I am going to continue to train for the marathon on December 5th.

Next year I am going to focus more on muscle tone and getting as lean as I can by maintaining a clean diet, incorporating some different cardio sessions and lifting heavy weights. I look forward to entering 2011 with some great goals accomplished and a new vision of my future. It feels amazing.

Food journal:
Breakfast- large smoothie, 2 pieces of toast w/ Earth Balance
Snack- tortilla chips, water
Lunch- brown rice, veggie protein, mixed veggies and soy sauce. grapes.
snack- 3 seasame sticks
sunflower seeds
Dinner- veggie burrito (brown rice, veggie protein, mixed veggies in a whole wheat tortilla)
Dessert- 1/2 soy mini ice cream (shared with my daughter)

Yep I ate some candy too. I am ashamed but I have to be honest with myself and you.
2 mini hershey's
3 whoopers balls
1 bite size almond snickers

No workout.

I have been experiencing some weird things with my body lately. I scheduled a doctors appointment so I can get a physical and get some blood work done. Not sure if it's anything to be concerned about by I am going to experiment by changing some things in my diet.

I have to be better prepared now that I am working. I say this all the time but I know I need to do it seriously now because I don't like some of the things I have been experiencing. I haven't felt them before so I am a little concerned.

I will keep you posted. :)

My Anniversary Speech

I am moved to tears today just thinking about this very personal journey I have been on. I have come such a long way over the last year. This month actually marks a year since I decided to start this journey to a healthier me.

My initial goal was to become more disciplined and overcome my emotional eating. I would have to say that I have achieved that goal. I am a much stronger woman mentally, physically and spiritually.

I must admit there are days that I still overeat when I am sad, bored or tired but they are few. My emotions don't control me like the used to. They don't dictate my happiness or ability to accomplish my goals.

I am about 30 lbs smaller but most importantly I am more confident in my body. Not because it has changed but because it is stronger. I have learned to discipline it to push beyond what I thought it's limitations were.

It is such an overwhelming feeling when I am on the treadmill or running on the street and I can continue to push my body even when it feels weak or tired. That is how I have made it become stronger because I don't settle for 3 miles...even though at times I want to stop. I tell myself "you are running 7 miles". When I say it I do it!

I just want to tell myself:

I am so proud of all that you have accomplished. Who would have imagined you would be where you are at right now. You used to only dream of being where you are. Those days of hiding behind big baggy clothes is over. You have to stand confident and know that you are beautiful not because of the way you look but because you are free within. You are no longer bound by your emotions and fears. You have taken a stand and released years of pain and emotions. You have stepped over boundaries and created new moments of greatness. Every time you push harder and go longer you have enlarged your territory....you have expanded your vision.....you have become more of yourself.....because you are unlimited.

Keep pushing. Keep believing. The best is yet to come.

The beginning of the journey.
October 2009



October 2009: Side view


Most recent picture take in August 2010.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday....I love to run!

I am trying to take atleast 2 days between my long runs to let my legs recover. Let me tell you that it is not easy to go without running. Although running can be challenging at times I am addicted to it. I am addicted to the feeling of accomplishment.

I used to only dream of running as much as I am. I can only imagine how awesome it is going to feel the day I run the marathon. I know I can do it. I think about it everytime I get on that treadmill or hit that road. It is going to be one of the most amazing feelings I have felt this far.

Food Journal:
Breakfast- piece of toast, a tiny bowl of Kashi cereal w/ soy milk
Snack- 2 plums and a banana
Lunch- 1/2 c. brown rice, 1/2 c black beans, 1/2 c. mixed veggies w/ soy sauce. small apple.
2 mini hershey's, 2 bite size snickers (I didn't crave them. My excuse is that I was hungry and didn't pack enough food.):
Snack- 1/2 hummus veggie wrap
Dinner- veggie burrito (whole wheat tortilla, brown rice, black beans, veggie protein)
Dessert- soy mini ice cream sandwich
Snack- pistachios (not hungry just being greedy):

Workout Journal:
Yoga Meltdown (level 1)
Resisitance training (2 sets of 15) bicep curls, triceps extensions, shoulder press, shoulder raises
1 set of 15 of a back exercise that I don't know the name of....LOL!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday....The cleaning Marathon

Food Journal:

Breakfast- 1 tofu scramble taco and a banana strawberry smoothie

Snack- 2 plums

Lunch- green chile curry tofu w/ brown rice

Snack- 1 corn tortilla w/ guacamole, 1/4 c. mac n cheese (vegan)

Snack- 1 mini Larabar (cherries and nuts)

Dinner- small bowl of Kashi cereal and 2 veggie egg rolls

Lots of water all day.

Workout Journal:

I cleaned my room today. I had 4 bags of trash and 3 bags of give a way stuff when I was done 6 hrs later. I took some pics to show you how bad it was. I haven't deep cleaned and organized my room in a loooong time.

I do clean it but just on the surface. Today I scrubed the bathroom and went through a lot of my storage boxes. I cleaned under the bed and went through my closet and dresser drawers. It feels good to see my nice clean room. Hope this sets the mood for the week to come.

Before: Messy Room!!!


Before: Messy Closet

After: Clean and organized room :)


After: Organized closet :)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday....Another awesome run!!!

Yay! It's the weekend. Time to train and rest.

Food Journal:

Breakfast- 2 tofu scramble tacos, 1 smoothie (Frozen banana and strawberries, and water)


Snack (post workout)- 2 plums, 1/4 cup trail mix

Lunch- large veggie burrito (whole wheat tortilla, black beans, brown rice, fajita veggies, lettuce, pico de gallo, hot salsa, guacamole). lemonade.

Couple of bites of vegan red velvet cake (from Whole Foods) Jazzy and I shared a piece.

Dinner- green chile curry tofu w/ brown rice


Workout Journal:



So proud of myself. 7 NON STOP MILES. (Treadmill) (2 bathroom breaks only)

Sure did work up a sweat. My clothes were drenched and so was my hair.

I struggled for the first mile or so but eventually got in a zone. I think I could have pushed another mile but I had to go to a soccer game. I felt great after this run but definitely tired and in the need for food and a nap. :)

I kept a steady pace of 4.5 and 4.8 MPH. During one song I did 30 second sprints at 6.0 MPH w/ 10 second rests. Another song I ran at a 3.0 incline and did some more sprints with slow jogs in between. Then I did 2 more songs at 5.5 MPH which really got my heart rate up. Last but not least I ran 1/2 mile at 6.0 MPH just to get my run done. :)

I did an awesome job today and I am proud of myself even though I haven't done 13.2 miles yet. I will get there..trust me. :) I DEFINITELY feel so much stronger and thank God for giving me the strength to accomplish this goal.



Oh I forgot to mention I found an IPod at the gym. It is the 2004 version but it's mine now. I was just thinking today about how I needed to buy one. It was on the treadmill but the batteries are dead so I won't know how it works until I charge it.

Friday.....Rest day

Breakfast- large smoothie (water, soy protein powder, frozen fruit and a banana), 1/2 of a veggie hummus wrap

Snack- 1 mini Larabar

Lunch- Field Greens Salad (from Fresh and Easy) w/ hummus and balsamic vinegar, 1/2 of veggie hummus wrap

1 bite size almond snickers

1 mini bag of peanut M&M's

Dinner- naked burrito (rice, black beans, grilled veggies, pico de gallo, guacamole, salsa)

Snack- 2 corn tortillas with 1 smart ground patty and guacamole

Pistachios

No workout. Rest day.

Okay so I know I can not keeping eating candy but they are so tempting sitting on the desk next to me. I fight the urge all day. I eat my Larabars when I get the temptation but sometimes it doesn't work.

I have to be stronger than the candies....LOL!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thursday......Run Run Run...Yay!

Food Journal:

3 mini Lara Bars (These bars are only made with fruit and nuts nothing else. No added ingredients or preservatives. They were 100 calories or less each.), grapes

Lunch: black beans, Smart Ground Patty, broccoli

Snack- sesame cracker sticks about 5

Dinner- grilled egg plant wrap w/ a drizzle of Tahini sauce (from Trader Joe's)

one chocolate caramel nut candy

Workout Journal:

6.25 mile run (2.5 minute warm up and cool down)

I wanted to run more but I had to get home because Jazzy had to take a shower and go to bed. I had to go running at the gym since it was already dark outside. The treadmill was a piece of cake for me. I loved it!!! I remember when I had to stop every mile. Today I went straight through non stop except when I had to go to the restroom.

Feels good to know I am making major improvements in my fitness. :) *high fiving myself*

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday/ Wednesday

Tuesday-

Breakfast- banana

Snack- banana

Lunch- brown rice, black beans, sauteed onions and mushrooms, broccoli, hot sauce.

Snack- 1/2 hummus veggie wrap from Fresh and Easy, and a few veggie chips

Dinner- brown rice, Smart Ground Meat (vegan), black beans and corn

Snack- Chex Mix

Workout Journal:
2 mile walk

I had to go downtown to the court house today to fill some evictions for my work. I had to park really far and walk to the court house. I am not sure how much I walked but it was a lot. I figure it was about 2 miles.

I got home pretty late in the evening and was not able to go run. I still had to get dinner ready and prepare things for the next day.

I am still getting used to being back to work. I definitely don't have as much time as I would like to have in order to train properly. I am not going to pressure myself. I will workout on the weekend and try my best to get up at least once a week to go running in the morning if it's not too dark.

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Wednesday

Food Journal:

Breakfast- Boca Burger (patty on whole wheat bread w/ Nayonaise and mustard)3 bites of Kashi cereal

Snack- grapes

Snack- banana

Lunch- 2 Boca Burger patties and 2 cups of steamed broccoli w/ soy sauce

Snack- apple slices w/ 1 tbsp of peanut butter

Dinner- large veggie burrito from Zaba's (whole wheat tortilla, brown rice, black beans, fajita veggies, guacamole, pico de gallo, salsa, Chalula hot sauce)

This was a huge burrito but it was so good and I haven't eaten something like this in a looooong time. I just let myself enjoy it with no guilt. The only not so healthy thing may have been the tortilla but who cares...LOL!

chocolate mint candies (yep I did)

Workout Journal:

100 weighted half sit ups (using Bender ball), 50 bicep curls (20 lbs), 50 tricep extensions (15 lbs), 30 shoulder presses, 30 chest presses, and 30 shoulder raises.

I could not go running tonight due to some heavy police activity on my block. I am not sure what happened but they had two streets shut down next to my apartment. I didn't think it was safe to go running when I don't know what is going on. I am going to try to get up early ad run a few miles in my apartment complex tomorrow morning. ;)

I tried to eat a lot of snacks today to see if I felt better. I DID! I tried to eat every 2 hours even if it was just a little something. I know I do have to eat more since I am eating plant based. Since plant based foods are more readily available for the body to use they are burned pretty quickly.

Had a good day today. :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday......Felt lightheaded and dizzy today!

I started my clean eating today and did so so except for a little bit of candy. My blood sugar felt like it was low and I tried to get it normal with applesauce (which is all I had) but it didn't work. I was shaky and not feeling well. I had a small packet of M&M's. I am not joking or making excuses. I really felt horrible.

I haven't gone grocery shopping yet because I had some things to do this weekend and didn't have time. I also don't have a car which makes it difficult to just get up and go. I need to buy some fruit and other goodies so I am prepared if this happens again.

I am thinking about going to get a physical this month just to make sure everything is okay. I can't have any issues when I am training.

I think what happened was I trained a lot yesterday and didn't have a good breakfast this morning. I only had a smoothie. I need to eat a lot more in the morning. I need some carbs and protein to keep my energy levels up.

A lot of calories are burned when your body is recovering. I know I need to eat more but make sure that it is all clean healthy eating.

Food Journal:

Breakfast- Large smoothie (water, strawberries, banana, spinach)

Lunch- 1 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup beans, 1 cup steamed broccoli, hot sauce. a cup of unsweetened apple sauce. a few carrots w/ red pepper hummus.

mini bag of peanut M&M's

Snack- 2 cups of raw baby carrots, 1/4 cup red pepper hummus

Dinner- (1 1/2 cups) brown rice w/ corn and soy sauce, black beans, Smart Mexican style ground beef (vegan, veggie protein). (1/2 cup) tofu scramble w/ hashbrowns.

granola bar

Snack- baby carrots

Workout Journal:

100 weighted cruches, 10 spider man pushups, 20 girlie pushups, 2 sets of 15 bicep curls and tricep extensions.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday....Determined to get back on track and stay there!

I woke up this morning and was determined to go for a run and stick to my commitment. I want to complete the goal I set for myself this week. I knew I had to finish strong with 8 miles.

Although the bed felt great I had to get up and get it done. I was bummed that my MP3 player took so long to charge. I charged it for 1 hr and it only had 2 battery cells. I didn't want to wait any longer so I just went for it. It died at mile 4....UGH!

I charged it days before but to my surprise the battery dies out even when it is not in use. Too crazy. So anyways, I still need to buy myself an IPod or something that will be more dependable for these long runs I am about to endure. :)

The positive side of the MP3 dying was that I got to train my brain again. I encouraged myself along the way and tried to just focus on each step. I was determined to not let the lack of music drain my motivation. I told myself that I was running for those that couldn't. I dedicated my run to my grandma and my aunt who are so dear to my heart. <3

Food Journal:

Pre workout- banana, water

Post workout- 1 serving spoon of tofu scramble (hashbrowns and tofu w/ garlic powder and sea salt), 1 cup of steamed broccoli w/ a litte soy sauce, 1 piece of wheat bread.

Piece of pumpkin bread

Lunch/ Dinner- (Sweet Tomaotes) large salad w/ lemon juice, cup of veggie soup, 1 piece of bread, 1 chocolate chip muffin, 1 spoon of apple crisp, cup of vanilla nut coffee

Workout:

A.M. workout: 5.5 mile run/ .5 mile walk (warm up/ cool down)
P.M. workout: 2 mile run

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Friday/ Saturday.......No Workout! :(

My eating has been really crazy. I am getting a lot of things out of my system and I am so ready to start eating clean and healthy again. I need to take back my control and rediscipline myself.

I know I will release the rest of this weight very quickly once I clean up my eating and start running like I am supposed to on a consistant basis. I plan on going to the gym tomorrow to check out my membership options. I really don't want to commit to a contract but we will see what happens.

Fridays Food Journal:

Breakfast- 1 tofu scamble taco (in corn tortilla) small smoothie (water, berries and banana)

Snack- granola bar

Lunch- tofu scramble, 3 corn tortilla quesadillas (w/ Daiya cheese), 2 vegan chicken wings.

Dinner- pasta w/ tomatoes, chickpeas and broccoli

bowl of Honeycomb cereal

2 veggie patties w/ salsa

No workout.

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Saturday's Food Journal:

Breakfast- nothing

Snack- a few mini pita chips and 1 tsp of hummus

Lunch- (Sweet Tomatoes) large salad, cup of veggie soup, 2 chocolate chip muffins, 1 breadstick, 1 cup of coffee (yep this is why I have gained 10 lbs in a month)

Dinner- 1 pita pocket w/ daiya cheese, hashbrowns w/ ketchup (crazy I know but I need to go shopping), a few bites of my nephews cereal.

No workout.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thursday

Food Journal:

Breakfast- banana

Snack- granola bar

Lunch- pasta w/ tomatoes, broccoli and chickpeas. smoothie (water, frozen fruit)

Oh my my my. The office is getting filled with candy for Halloween. My boss bought peanut M&M's and candy corn and put them on my desk. What the heck? She later moved them because she knew I didn't want to eat them. I fought the urge to eat some all day. Then I finally broke and ate a mini bag of M&M's and 5 candy corn.

Snack- piece of vegan pizza (from Whole Foods. I was starving.)

Dinner- Garden Burger patty on spinach w/ salsa. hashbrowns w/ ketchup

Dessert- a small piece of pumpkin bread

Snack- chex mix

No workout. I got home very late today and still had to make dinner. I didn't eat until about 8pm. I couldn't go run because it was too late and too dark outside.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wednesday......Getting it out of my system.

Food Journal:

Breakfast- black bean patty on whole wheat bread w/ ketchup and mustard

Snack- granola bar

Lunch- 4 rolled taquitos, broccoli, smoothie (water, frozen fruit and a banana)

Snack- apple slices and a few grapes

Snack- chex mix, peanut M&M's

Dinner- brown rice pasta w/ tomatoes, broccoli, chickpeas and salsa

Lots of water.

Didn't workout today. I am very tired and need to rest for my next two running days. I have done 12 miles this week and I am proud of that. I want to do a total of atleast 20 miles in a week so I have 8 more miles to go. I plan on running Thursday and Saturday. I am going to shoot for another 7 mile run, maybe I can do 8 miles. I believe I can. :)

Recommitment

I had a talk with myself last night. I am off track with my eating and I must get back on track quickly. I have managed to gain about 8 lbs in the last 3 weeks or so. That is not good considering I am not too far away from my goal date.

I am not going to post my eating plan on here but starting Monday I am going to recommit myself. I am going to start over and get extremely focused and disciplined.

I am not just trying to reach my goal but I am trying to refocus so that I can continue to live the healthy life I am trying to live.

Now that I will be making better money I have the ability to spend money on healthy food. I also have the money to join a boxing gym. I have been wanting to do this for a long time. I love boxing and miss it a lot. I used to do kickboxing 3 times a week when I had a trainer a few years back.

I am also going to join a gym in the beginning of next year because I want to start lifting weight in order to sculpt my body and get to my next goal. I have a friend who is a personal trainer and wants to experiment with me. He has never worked with a woman before and wants to use me as a guinea pig.

I am excited to start my clean eating this monday. I have been trying to get all my bad eating out of the way. So needless to say it has been bad the last couple of days.

I wrote out a menu for myself last night. I also wrote out my shopping list. I will commit to this disciplined diet and get right back where I need to be. YES! I will do it!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tuesday

Food Journal:
No breakfast ( I was in a hurry this morning and didn't get to eat anything.)
Snack- grapes and a granola bar
Lunch- peanut satay noodles, broccoli, small piece of pumpkin bread, 1/4 cup smoothie (water, mixed fruit)
Snack- apple slices
Snack- veggie chips, 1 cranberry orange scone cookie
Dinner- 4 taquitos (corn tortilla, smart ground beef, salsa, lettuce, guacamole)

Workout Journal:
50 pushups, 30 bicep curls, 30 tricep extensions, 200 crunches

Monday, October 4, 2010

Monday......Another running day

Good Morning! On my way to work.
Yep! I am looking beautiful ;)

Food Journal:

Breakfast- 1/2 onion bagel

Lunch- pasta w/ tomatoes, black bean patty, broccoli, and a nectarine

Ooops!!! Small piece of pumpkin bread, 2 mini scone cranberry cookies

Dinner- 2 black bean tacos (1 patty cut in two pieces, 2 corn tortillas and salsa)

Post workout snack- grapes

Workout Journal:

5 miles walk/run

I did 2 miles non stop. Then I did some sprints and light jogging in between. I did 10 seconds of light jogging with 30 seconds of sprints for about 1 mile. Then I did 5 seconds of light jogging with 10 seconds of sprints for another mile. Then I went home got Jazzy and we ran 1/2 a mile together and walked 1/2 a mile.

I am going to slowly start making her run with me. I want her to do 5 miles a week. I am starting her off this week with 1/2 mile walk and 1/2 mile run, 2 days a week.
She had a hard time today but she did good for her first day.


Here is a pic of me at work today. I thought I was looking extra cute today....LOL! I know you can't see me that great with the glare of the sun. I was doing a walk through of an apartment. ;)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday- Sore but feeling good.

I am really sore from my run yesterday. I had a bad headache last night and was extremely tired. I know I felt this way because I really pushed myself extra hard to accomplish that 7 mile run. It was also a little warm and I was probably dehydrated. I need to buy a little bag to carry water with me when I go on these long runs. I have to stay hydrated because I sweat a lot.

I am feeling good today and I can't wait to go on another run. I prefer to run at night but my uncle is mad at me for doing that. He said I am putting my life in danger by running at night alone.

I know what he means and I respect his concern but I can't live in fear. I can't feel like a victim and think that something bad is going to happen to me. Something can happen when I run during the day too.

I just pray and ask God to protect me. I am going to start going a little bit earlier around 7pm. Good thing is that it will start cooling down outside so I can go running on my days off anytime I want.

We will see how it goes but I must keep running. Can't let anything distract me anymore.

I saw my old boss on Friday. I worked for her for about 5 years. I was about 70 lbs heavier than I am now. I have seen here a few times since then and she always comments on how beautiful I look. She said you must feel so good because you look amazing. She said it is like a makeover.

I do feel good but my biggest accomplishment is not my weight loss. I am more proud of the internal change....the discipline and the dedication. I am also more bold and confident because I know who I am beneath the superficial layers.

She too is going to run the 1/2 marathon but she said she is going to walk a lot of it because she can only run about 2 miles non-stop. The funny thing is she is very lean and I thought she was in great shape. So it is crazy to know that I can run loner than she can. That makes me feel great. She asked me how long I run. When I told her that I have ran almost 7 miles before she was amazed.

I think it is amazing too and I am very proud of myself. Not because I run 7 miles but because I know how far I have come. I also know the amount of discipline and dedication it has taken to reach this point in my life. I have really pushed myself beyond a lot of the limits I thought I had.

Each time I get out there and push myself I break through another wall and it makes me feel stronger. Not just physically but emotionally and spiritually.

God is good and He deserves all the praises. I do what I do to bring Him glory. :)This is His temple and I will do my best to bring Him honor through reverencing what He has created. <3

Food Journal:

Breakfast- smoothie (water, banana, mixed fruit), 1/2 an onion bagel w/ Tofutti CC.

Lunch- sweet tomatoes (salad, cup of veggie soup, 1 breadstick, 1 chocolate chip mini muffin and 2 cups of coffee)

Dinner- 2 black beans tacos (1 black bean patty cut in two, 2 corn tortillas, and salsa)

No workout. Rest day.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Saturday......Wowzers what a run!

I got up and went for a run this morning. I was really motivated to get on the road and crank out the miles but the minute I started running I felt heavy. I was really struggling to move my legs. Not weight heavy but just really struggling to move. My energy was super low.

I had a run mapped out in my head but I talked myself out of it as soon as I started running. BUT since I am a little trainer in my head I made myself push through. I did manage to run/walk 7 miles. Let me just tell you that it was torture but I kept telling myself to remember what I was working for.

I had to talk to myself a lot today to stay motivated. I told myself "How bad do you want it....keep pushing....don't stop....come on girl get it....you can have a huge smoothie if you finish this last mile."

Let me tell you it was suppppppper hard today but I got it done. I was surprised to see that all my effort totaled 7 miles. I did walk a little because I was having such a hard time. I think I may have walked a total of 1 mile here and there.

Although I struggled today I am still proud of myself. I think I do a lot better at night. I have more energy and I like that it's dark. I have an easier time staying focused when I can't see in front of me.

During my run I did some sprints. I would run slowly for 10 seconds and then sprint for 25 seconds. I did about 20 of these sprints. That really got my heart rate up and it also helped me finish my miles faster too. :)

Food Journal:

Pre workout- small banana, couple sips of water

Post workout- extra large smoothie (16 oz water, 2 bananas, 3 cups of frozen mixed fruit), 2 bottles of water (I was super thirsty)

Lunch- peanut satay noodles, stir fry veggies, and a piece of toast w/ tofutti cream cheese

4 tater tots (Yuck, I could taste the oil and it grossed me out. They weren't even fried but I can still taste the oil used to make them.)

Dinner- sweet tomaotes: Salad, cup of black bean chili, 1/2 cup rice, 1/2 fruit muffin, 1 chocolate chip muffin, water

Cup of black coffee w/ sugar

Snack- chips and guacamole, very small margarita on the rocks
My uncle was here visiting from California and I went to spend time with him and his family at his Timeshare. They made chicken fajitas for dinner but I had eaten already so I had a few chips with guacamole and a drink.

Snack- 4 oreo cookies (Ouch! I know but hey I enjoyed them. I haven't had any in years.:) 1 tortilla with rice and hotsauce

I am starting to overeat again and I have to snip it in the bud for real. I think I have been a little emotional this week and I tend to eat unconsciously.

Sometimes I am full and I still eat. Not good.....I have to start meditating again so I can get a hold of this. I must take back control....:)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday- Yay! for the weekend

Food Journal:

Breakfast- large smoothie (water, banana, mixed fruit) 2 slices of toast w/ tofutti cream cheese

Lunch- veggie hummus wrap (from Fresh and Easy), a few hint of lime tortilla chips, water

Snack- apple slices

Snack- a few hint of lime chips

Dinner- peanut satay noodles, veggie stirfry, veggie egg roll

No workout. Rest day.

I am very sore after my run yesterday. I will be running tomorrow morning.

It is the weekend and I am sooooo happy. I had a rough week because I am getting used to my new work schedule. I haven't had to get up early in over a year.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday.........Seek and you shall find!

Food Journal:

Breakfast- large smoothie (water, banana, mixed frozen fruit)

Snack- fruit and nut bar

Lunch- Farmer's Market Salad (from Fresh and Easy) and 2 veggie spring rolls

Snack- grapes, a few multi grain chips

Dinner- nachos (homemade corn tortilla chips, vegan cheezy sauce, smart ground beef and tomatoes), granola bar

Lots of water.

Workout Journal:

4 mile run & 1/2 mile walk (cool down)
200 crunches (varied upper and lower abs)

I was super sleepy again today. When I got home I was not in a good mood much less in the mood to work out. I was really in a funk and I was sluggish but I made myself workout.

The reason I was in a bad mood was because I feel a little stressed and disappointed in myself. I know I have to train and I have been slacking off big time. By the time I get home I have to cook and get things ready for the next day. When I am done I am tired and it is too late to run outside alone.

So I was mad because I feel like I don't have time to train. I am afraid to run during the night. I tried setting my alarm at 5am to go running but it is still dark too. Tonight I said "screw it....I am going anyways". I left my house at 8:30pm and hit the road.

I usually feel safer running inside my complex but I am getting bored and needed to motivate myself again. I know the only way to do this is to break the monotony and accomplish something different.

I took the risk and ran around my neighborhood. I just prayed and envisioned myself running with a group of angels protecting me. I know it sounds hokie but that is what I did and I managed to run 4 miles.

I could have ran more but it was getting late and I had to get home. I managed to run it in about 45 minutes. I was pretty proud of myself and I definitely found my motivation again.

Now I just need to be consistent and tighten up my eating again. I weighed myself on a digital scale today during lunch and I seem to have gained about 5 lbs in about 1 month. I need to snip that in the bud right away.

Well I am back on track and ready to ROCK it out!!!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wednesday............HELP....I am falling and I can't get up!

Food Journal:

Breakfast- piece of toast w/ Tofutti cream cheese, smoothie (water, banana, mixed frozen fruit)

Lunch- Farmers Market Salad w/ lemon hummus vinegarette, 2 veggie spring rolls

Snack- grapes

1/2 bag of peanut M&M's (I shared a king size bag with Jazzy. I was really craving these these all day. I let myself eat them without feeling guilty. They are a naughty food but what the heck I ate them anyways;)

Dinner- Nachos (homemade corn tortilla chips, vegan cheezy sauce, smart ground beef, guacamole, tomatoes)

Workout Journal:
Banish Fat Boost Metabolism DVD (I did this workout late at night because I had to workout. I was tired and lazy but I had to break through the wall. It was important to get this workout done no matter how I was feeling)

I am super tired. I know this is NO excuse but I am getting used to this work schedule. I get up early and by the time I get home I am super tired. I need to go to bed earlier and I need to find my motivation again.

I really want to go running but the burning desire is twindling. I can't let the fire go out. I have to re-ignite it and hit the road hardcore.

Tuesday- Unconsciously eating or emotional eating?

Food Journal:

Breakfast- 2 pieces of toast with tofutti

Lunch- smart ground beef sandwich (a smart patty on whole wheat bread, mustard), multigrain chips

Snack- another sandwich, apple slices

Dinner- cereal w/ soy milk, smart patty

Unconscious snacking: handful of few vegan chocolate chips, multigrain chips, saltine crackers.

No workout.

I have been eating waaaaaaaayyyyyy too much. Most of the time I am not even hungry. I know I have a lot on my mind and it is making me eat unconsciously. I haven't done this in a long time. I have to take control of myself.

I am also bummed because I haven't been working out like I need to be. I only have @ MONTHS left before the marathon and I am slacking majorly.

I kind of lost my motivation and I need to find it. I am so close to my goal. I can not give up now. I have to push through and get it done. HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday- Back to the grind. :)

Food Journal:

Breakfast- couple sips of a smoothie. I dropped the rest on the floor on my way out the door to work...GRRRRRRRRRR!

Lunch- brown rice, black beans, broccoli, w/ soy sauce and hot sauce. 1/4 cup trail mix.

Snack- grapes

Snack- fruit and nut bar

Snack- 1 piece of bread w/ tofutti cream cheese

Dinner- Smart BLT (smart bacon, baby arugula, avocado, tomato, pickles, nayonaise, mustard, and ketchup on whole wheat bread). 1 cup of frosted flakes w/ soy milk

Workout Journal:

2 mile run

About 1/4 mile of was all up hill. Wow does that really take a lot of energy. I didn't run a lot because I was low on energy, my MP3 player died, and nats kept flying in my nose and mouth. YUCK!

I will get some more miles in tomorrow.

Sunday

Food Journal:

Breakfast- tofu scramble w/ tater tots, ketchup and a piece of honey wheat bread

Road trip- iced skinny vanilla latte, a couple bites of chow mein

Lunch- smart bacon sandwich

Dinner- 3 tofu scramble tacos w/ corn and hotsauce

No workout. I was really tired from doing a lot of driving the last 4 days. I also had to do laundry and get things ready for work the next day.

It is really amazing to be home. I really enjoyed my trip to California but I love being back in my own territory.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Thursday/ Friday and Saturday

Thursday-

Food Journal:

Tofu scramble breakfast sandwich

Road trip food: multigrain chips, grapes, black bean burger, Annie's bunny cookies

3 vegan tacos (Smart Ground Meat, corn tortillas, guacamole, salsa, vegan gourmet shredded nacho cheese)

multigrain chips w/ salsa and more bunny cookies

No workout.


Friday-

bagel w/ Tofutti cream cheese, grapes

Wafu bowl @ Wahoo's: Teriyaki tofu, brown rice, steamed veggies, cajun style white beans. iced tea

At a wedding: fruit Kabob, mashed potatoes, steamed veggies

bagel w/ Tofutti cream cheese


Saturday-

bagel w/ Tofutti cream cheese

skinny vanilla soy iced latte from Starbuck's

Road trip: multigrain chips

teriyaki veggie protein w/ broccoli and brown rice, a couple bites of vegan carrot cake

2 fruit and nut bars

Workout Journal: 2 mile walk/ run


I have been in California visiting family since Thursday. I attended a wedding on Friday night and they didn't have any healthy options for me to eat. I ate a little bit of veggies and some mashed potatoes but I am sure they had butter.

I did get a chance to eat some really yummy vegan food. In San Diego I got to eat at one of my favorite places...Wahoo's. I went there once before when I wasn't vegan to eat fish tacos. They had a lot of Vegan alternatives so I got to try them this time around. They did not disappoint, it was excellent. I will post pics when I get home.

Saturday evening I visited my cousin Iris and we went out to eat at another amazing restaurant. I will really miss all of these awesome restaurants and healthy vegan meals when I get to Vegas. I will have to learn how to make them on my own.

I really had an awesome weekend. I got to visit a lot of my family members that I haven't seen in 15+ years. I loved being able to re-connect. I will be going back next weekend and hope to eat some more yummy vegan food. :)

Healthy YUMMY vegan food is my new passion....lol! I feel like I am starring in my own version of Eat, Pray, Love.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Monday/ Tuesday/ Wednesday.....sorry I have not posted.

Monday-

brown rice, black beans, salsa

dried fruit, almonds

(sweet tomatoes) salad, soup, 2 mango coconut muffins, coffee, water

Workout Journal:
3 mile run

I was soooo tired but I had to get a run in. I was also still full from dinner but I was able to get 3 miles done. It's better than nothing. :)


Tuesday-


fruit smoothie

brown rice, black beans, soy sauce, hot sauce, orange

grapes

spaghetti


Workout Journal:
250 crunches, 25 pushups


Wednesday-

fruit smoothie (water, banana, mixed frozen fruit)
1/2 veggie patty sandwich

no lunch

1/2 cup rice w/ soy sauce

Smart bacon, veggie patty burger, a few kettle chips

Amy's rice and beans burrito

No workout.


I am so off track. I am really disappointed with myself. I only have a little more then 2 months to prepare for the marathon. I have not been eating well and I have not been working out like I should.

I am not going to promise anything on this blog anymore. I just need to do it and shut my mouth. I started my new job on Tuesday and I am sooooo tired when I get home. I am not used to getting up this early and staying up.

I also don't eat as much as I used to because I am not at home. Working keeps me from mindlessly eating. That is good but bad for my metabolism and energy level.

Today I didn't have time to eat lunch and I started shaking and feel weak. I think my sugar was dropping or something. I need to make sure I pack my lunch and snacks everyday.

I think I might just leave food at my mother in laws apartment because she lives in the apartment complex that I work at. It is easy for me to walk to her house and eat lunch there. That will probably work best for me.

Well I am really bloated and feeling really fat right now. I think I may have gained about 5 lbs in the last week because I am bloated, I am eating bad and I haven't worked out much.

Monday is a new day. I will be out of town until Sunday so I am not sure how much activity I will be able to do.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday

Food Journal:

Breakfast- smart sausage patty on whole wheat bread w/ ketchup, soy mayo, mustard and 3 pickle slices

Lunch- (Sweet Tomatoes) large salad, cup of veggie soup, 1 piece of sourdough bread, 1 coconut muffin, 1 chocolate muffin. water

Dinner- brown rice w/ ketchup

Workout Journal:

200 crunches
25 push ups

No cardio today.

I went shopping for new clothes today for my new job. I was so happy to finally fit in nice clothes. I had to buy everything new because the last time I had to wear professional clothes I was 25 lbs heavier.

It was a change of scenario for me because I usually have a really hard time finding clothes I am comfortable in but not this time. Even though I am not at my goal weight I am a lot more comfortable and confident with my body. It was a great feeling.

This little old lady commented when I walked out of the fitting room to show my mom my outfit. She said "oh you don't fit in those pants they are too big." I thought that was cute. They weren't really big they just had big legs because they were trouser pants. I don't like those too much because my legs are really thin and they make me look bigger than I am.

I did have a great time shopping and I am so grateful to God for being able to buy some new smaller clothes. :)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Saturday- New Season New Fruit

Food Journal:

Breakfast- breakfast sandwich (tofu scramble, hash browns, ketchup, smart bacon, and salsa on whole wheat toast.)

a few vegan chocolate chips

Snack- small apple (at a soccer game)

Dinner- (Sweet Tomatoes) large salad with lots of beans (no dressing...just lemon juice), 2 cups of veggie soup, 2 mango coconut muffins, water

Snack- a few multigrain chips w/ salsa, 1 piece of bread w/ tsp PB and small slice of banana.

No workout today. Rest day.

My sinus issues are finally gone. I still have mucus in my nose but my head is not hurting. I loaded up on my Juice Plus vitamins yesterday and I guess that took care of it. I hate taking medication of any kind so I usually try to get better naturally. I didn't even get to use the NetiPot I bought.

Today I went to a soccer game and it was so hot outside. It was 98 degrees with a light breeze and my one arm got toasted. I really hope it starts cooling down a lot faster or I won't be attending to many more of those games. Thank God we had umbrellas but my legs did not get covered.

I also have great news. I got a new full time job. It is funny because I received my last unemployment check and then I got a call on Friday about a job opportunity and I got hired today. I didn't even apply for this job but I know the people who own the apartment complex I will be working at.

They were aware that I have been unemployed for over a year now and asked if I wanted to work since they were hiring one more leasing agent. I said "ABSOLUTELY".

I have mentioned on here that I work for the Nevada Wellness Forum but I am not really getting paid for this work right now. The actual Wellness Center will not be opening possibly until the end of November but I need work NOW.

I am going to keep this job and try to manage both until The Wellness Forum job is making me enough money to live comfortably. Since it's a new business I don't want to put all my eggs in one basket yet. I can't do that as a single mom. Not too smart.

So I am absolutely ecstatic about this new blessing. I start working next Tuesday. My job is only 3 minutes away from my house and 5 minutes away from my daughters school. Too awesome.

I am going to have to figure out how I am going to keep up with my marathon training because it will also start getting darker earlier and I don't want to run outside by myself. I might have to get up extra early to keep up. I will see how it all works out.

So to explain the title of my post today:

This is a new season in my life where things are manifesting. New fruit is coming forth. I have sowed many seeds over the last couple of years and released some toxic things over the last couple of months. This has allowed the harvest to come forth in this new season of my life.

Last Sunday I went to church and God kept saying "NEW" to me. Then the sermon confirmed His words when they spoke about renewing our minds and letting go of the old things to make room for the new. Wow! I have lots of new things in my life right now and I am so grateful.

Thanks for sharing this journey with me. :) I am so excited to see what is next. Praise God!!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday- 5 hours of house cleaning..

Food Journal:

Breakfast- smart bacon sandwich (whole wheat bread, smart bacon, ketchup, soy mayo, mustard and pickles.....yummy)

Snack- banana, orange, a few crackers, a few almonds (over a 5 hr period)

Snack- multigrain chips w/ salsa, 3 cc cookies

Dinner- hash browns w/ ketchup, Gimme Lean sausage patty, asparagus

No workout today.

I am dealing with a sinus headache on one sideo of my face. My brain feels like it's going to fall out of my right ear. My face is sore too along my cheekbone.

I went to my friends today to clean her house. She has been really busy and was going to post an ad on Craigs List to get her house cleaned so I did it. It wasn't very dirty but the house is pretty big (5 bedroom, 4 bath, 2 story, tile floors) so it took me a while to finish. She also has 4 young children under the age of 10 so it definitely needed some TLC.

My body is tired so I decided to take off today and rest. I also have a headache so I am taking it easy this evening. I bought a Neti Pot to cleanse my sinuses. Hopefully it helps and gives me some relief.

I feel really fat today since my YKW should be coming soon. I hate feeling like this....yucky. Maybe this is why I have been eating lots of cookies. :))))) SURE!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thursday- Fighting to stay a float.

Food Journal:

Breakfast- black bean patty sandwich. multigrain chips, 2 homemade chocolate chip cookies. water.

Snack- dried fruit and a few almonds

Lunch- grilled cheese w/ tomatoes, 1/4 c macaroni salad, 2 cookies (yep they get me every time;). a few multigrain chips w/ salsa

Snack- balsamic glazed watermelon salad (arugula, watermelon and reduced balsamic dressing.....cook vinegar in pot until it is thick)

Dinner- pita pizza (whole wheat pita, tomatoes, spinach and daiya cheese)


Workout Journal:

30 minutes elliptical (Level 4- varying level workout)
30 minutes bike (Level 8- varying levels workout)

I still have a cold but I am fighting it off with my workouts. I can not surrender to this cold. My head hurts when I bend over and my nose is constantly running but I have to workout. I ate well today too so I am proud of myself.

I am going to run a 5K for Childhood Cancer next month which should be exciting. I have to experience running in a crowd. I don't want the marathon to be my first experience I have. :)

I know the 5k will be a piece of cake. I always wanted to run one but never had the stamina to do it. I am SO HAPPY to say I can do it with no problem now. YAY FOR ME!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wednesday- I am finally back!!!!!!! Yay!

Food Journal:

Breakfast- 1/2 c hash browns w/ 1 tofurkey link. 1/2 cup of a smoothie (water, banana, strawberries, blueberries)

Lunch- homemade veggie soup

Dessert- 1 slice of wheat bread, 1/2 tsp of peanut butter, 1/3 sliced banana, 1 sliced strawberry. :)))) makes me smile!!!

Dinner- 1/2 black bean patty w/ ketchup and pickles, 3 tsp of macaroni salad I made from scratch.

3 mini homemade chocolate chip cookies (brown rice flour, u/s applesauce, banana, vanilla, baking powder, sea salt, and vegan chocolate chips)

I didn't bake all the cookie dough because I was afraid I would eat them. That time of the month is lurking and it would be too tempting. I baked 1 1/2 dozen and refrigerated the rest of the dough.

Post run meal- black bean patty w/ 2 slices of whole wheat bread, ketchup, mustard and pickles.

Lots and lots of water.

Workout Journal:

1st workout- Resistance Training (Turbo Sculpt) including abs
The video suggests that women use 3-5 lbs weights and that men use 8-10 lbs weights. Ummmm.....I used 15 and 17.5 lb weights. Let me tell you that my arms are shaking right now.

This video is a full body circuit training workout but my arms felt it the most. Doing several bicep curls (about 50+) at one time with 17.5 lb weights is pretty intense. At least for me it is. I was sweating like a little piggy...LOL! Not to mention that you are also doing squats and lunges while doing the bicep curls. Yep that will get the heart pumping and sweat rolling. :0)

I want some ripped arms so I can't complain. No pain No gain...right? :)

2nd workout- 5 mile run (making up for lost time and miles:)

I started off with a goal of running only 3 miles but at a quick speed. After the first 1/2 mile my chest started burning and I thought I would only be able to run 2 miles. Then my adrenaline and fighting spirit kicked in and each time I completed a mile I challenged myself to do one more. I completed 5 strong miles in 1 hr and 20 minutes. Not bad for being congested.


Today was an awesome day. I feel good and hope to keep this tempo up.