Sunday, January 31, 2010

Day #123

Food Journal:
Breakfast- 1/2 soy yogurt
Lunch- 1/2 chicken torta, horchata
Snack- Munchies
Naughty treat- Couple of tastes of a dipped cone from Dairy Queen.
Dinner- 1/2 chicken torta, bowl of veggie soup


I bought Jazzy a dipped cone today and was going to share it with her but I decided to buy my own. I took 3 bites of it and threw it away. I just don't have the same taste buds anymore. It was pretty good but nothing worth gaining weight over.


Rest Day. No working out today.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Day #122

Food Journal: (didn't keep track of time)
Breakfast- peanut butter and jelly sandwhich (didn't have any eggs in the house):
Lunch- lasagna , hot cocoa w/ water
Picnic food- 6 inch turkey sub on wheat bread w/ sweet onion dressing (lettuce, tomato, pickles and banana peppers. No mayo or oil), Munchies and lemonade
Dinner- 1 cup of rice with kidney beans, 3 little cubes of stewed chicken breast, 2 tbsps of potato salad (Typical Belizian food....my mother in law made dinner:)
Dessert- soy mini
Snack- (naughty) Munchies (mix of doritos, cheetos, sunchips, pretzels)
LOTS of water all day

No workout. Abs only.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Day #121

Food Journal:
9:30am Breakfast- 3 egg whites w/ sprinkle of cheese, oatmeal
11:30am Snack- Tricuits, 1/2 apple, 1/4 cup ice cream ;0)
2:00pm Lunch- honey ginger chicken w/ brown rice (Healthy Choice frozen entree), soy mini ice cream sandwhich
5:00pm Dinner- lasagna, hot green tea
6:00pm -Hot cocoa w/ water
7:00pm (still hungry)- quesadilla (1 tortilla, cheese, turkey), soy mini

I have been so hungry today. I think it's because I had a hard workout and have not eaten enough fiber. I don't have any veggies in the house. I need to buy some broccoli tomorrow.
I am making due with what I have so I am trying to be careful with what I eat. I can't wait to go shopping for some good food.


Workout Journal:
40 minute sculpting DVD (No More Trouble Zones)

Very intense circuit training. I was sweating like crazy. I really zeroed in on my muscles today especially on my abs. My biceps, triceps, quads and booty were on fire. Thanks Jillian ;)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Shape Up Shoes



I keep hearing about these dang Shape Up Shoes by Sketchers. I was very skeptical and somewhat intrigued to try them and see what they were about. Today I went shopping with my mom to buy some work shoes. While she was trying some on, I took the opportunity and tried on a pair of the Shape Up Shoes.

I was like, "How can a pair of shoes make you lose weight?". Well let me tell you I lost 3 lbs just walking around the store.....LOLLL! Just kidding! What I did realize is that my legs were pounding when I sat down to take them off. My heart also felt like it was beating a little faster. I was interested to find out what the deal was.

I read through this little booklet that comes with them. It said that it causes an unstable and soft surface which causes your muscles to engage in order stabalize you. That was pretty awesome. After trying them out I think I believe them. I don't know how affective they are but you definitely get a better workout with them on then just walking with regular shoes on.

I wouldn't mind having some even though I think they are ugly. I think I looked like a cartoon character wearing them. BUT I would rather buy some more workout DVDs because them dang things cost $119. Heck no! I won't be sporting any of those anytime soon. :)

Veggie Lasagna (No Pasta)

I love making this lasagna. This is great when you are craving italian but don't want to eat all of that starchy heavy pasta. You can use whatever veggies you prefer but I think eggplant, zucchini and yellow squash go well with the recipe. I have also used large portabello mushrooms. I am sure there are plenty of other combonations but I haven't tried them yet. Hope you like it. Let me know what you think. :)

The amount of ingredients really depends on the size of the pan. I usually use a large glass cake/casserole pan.
Ingredients:
1 large eggplant (cut into thin slices)
3 zucchini (cut lengthwise)
3 yellow squash (cut lengthwise)
pasta sauce (I prefer w/ chunkie veggies or mushrooms. You can also add a 6oz can of fire roasted tomatoes to the sauce for some extra yummy flavor)
shredded lite mozzerella cheese
16 oz non fat cottage cheese
1 tsp italian seasoning
garlic salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
2 eggs
Jenny O Italian Turkey Sausage

Preparation:
-Wash and cut veggies lengthwise. They will be used instead of noodles.
-mix cottage cheese, eggs, italian seasoning, garlic salt, pepper and 1/2 cup mozzerlla cheese in a bowl
-brown sausage, drain, and add pasta sauce
Assembly:
-Put a little bit of sauce on bottom of casserole dish
-Put your first layer of eggplant, zucchini or squash. (I use one veggie per layer, you can do it how ever you want)
-Spoon on a layer of cheese mixture
-Spoon on a layer meat sauce
-Repeat layers and sprinkle with remaining mozzerella cheese
-Cover with foil and bake in 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.
-Let cool for 5 mintues. Serve and enjoy.

Day #120

Daily Thought: Forgivness begins the healing process. Forgive yourself and those that have hurt you. What doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger.

Food Journal:
9:00am- 1/2 turkey sandwhich on wheat bread
10:30 Breakfast- supreme croissant sandwhich (Jack in the Box), green tea latte w/ soy milk (Starbucks) (out and about getting my mom's car towed and repaired):
2:00pm Snack- Triscuits (about 10), water (yummy! cracked pepper and olive oil flavor)
4:30pm Part 1 Dinner- 1/2 piece of enchilada casserole, small bowl of veggie soup
5:30pm Part 2 Dinner- tiny piece of lasagna
6:30pm Dessert- soy mini ice cream
10:30pm After workout snack- Triscuits, almonds and 1/2 an apple
11pm- 25 calorie hot cocoa make with water

Workout Journal:
40 min DVD (Banish Fat Blast Metabolism) Cardio curcuits.....ay caramba!
My goodness my workout was sooooooooooo hard today. I haven't worked out this hard in atleast a week ,so I am hurting. My mom says I am so crazy because I work out so hard. I was yelling, grunting, and cursing Jillian out in spanish...LOL! I am sure I will be sore tomorrow. I did do some good stretching so that should help me some with my soreness. I plan to workout early tomorrow because Jazzy and I are going to play tomorrow at the park and have a picnic for dinner. So I will get another exercise in tomorrow night with her. I hope the weather is beautiful like it was today.

I am glad to be back to my normal routine. Now I just have to get back on track with my eating. I am a little tight with cash this week so I will get my food next week. I still have good things in the house so it won't be that bad.

I need to go back to preparing my meals ahead of time to avoid naughty food binges. I am eating small amounts of whatever is in the house but I want to narrow down on my food. I will try to eat the same thing everyday for breakfast and lunch. Then I will eat whatever we are eating for dinner in moderation. I plan to just snack on veggies and hummus, fresh fruits, or almonds and dried fruit.


Now that I see my goals getting closer and more attainable I am very motivated to fine tune my meals and really blast this fat off. This is my goal and I will do my best to start as soon as possible. I also need to start getting to bed sooner. I notice that I eat more during the night because I stay up late. I will try my best to be in bed no later then 12am.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Day #119

Food Journal:
8:30am Breakfast- Burrito (3 egg whites, lite cheese, lite mayo in tortilla)
9:30am Still hungry- 1 cup of cheerios, 1/2 banana, 1% milk (just to wet cereal)
2:00pm Snack- protein bar (Luna- Caramel Nut Brownie)
3:45pm Lunch- 1/2 chicken wrap, a small piece of carrot cake
7:30pm Dinner- piece of enchilada casserole, veggie soup

No workout. I had a family emergency today and was at the hospital almost all day (my grandma got sick). I got home really late and was tired, cold and hungry. Today was a pretty crazy day. My mom's car also broke down and it was raining making it another wonderful event to add to our already hectic day. I was at peace though through everything. But the day was pretty crazy. @_@

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Day #118

Daily Thoughts: Don't hold back. Express who you are freely.
Food Journal:
8:30am Snack- a piece of wheat bread with lite mayo and turkey
9:30 Breakfast- 4 egg whites w/ sprinkle of cheese, 1 cup of honey nut cheerios w/ 1/2 banana and 1% milk (I don't drink the milk)
12:30pm Lunch- veggie soup
4:00pm Snack- protein bar (Luna- Oatmeal Raisin:)
5:00pm Dinner- a piece of enchilada casserole
7:30pm - veggie soup
9:30pm Sweet treat- protein bar (Luna- Chocolate Raspberry:)

Workout Journal:
No workout today. I did do a lot of walking while volunteering. I also carried bags of food that were about 10 lbs. (Update 1/27- I did 250 crunches before I went to bed at 12:30am:)

Today Jazzy and I went to volunteer at our local food bank as part of the "Give a day get a day" program for Disneyland. We each earned a voucher for free admission to one of their Disneyland parks. We helped prepared bags of food that are distributed to clark county schools and given to children who are "food insecure". They get these bags on friday to ensure they have food to eat over the weekend. This is an amazing opportunity to help out our community. I love sharing these moments with my daughter. It makes me feel good. It teaches her how to be a compassionate and giving human being. She enjoys it too.

Video Of Me Working Out (Circuit #1)

Here is a video of me working out to Jillian Michael's "No More Trouble Zones" DVD. The DVD is composed of several circuits. Each circuit is performed twice with no resting period. In this video I am completing one circuit one time. Listen closely you might hear me grunting a little bit. You will also see me making some pretty crazy faces. Just proof that I AM working out. @_@

Sorry if the video is a little dark. I was working out in the evening and I don't have very good lighting in my living room. I am using two sets of dumbells. The metal ones are 10 lbs and the yellow ones are only 3 lbs. I use a lighter weight when doing my shoulders because I don't want to hurt myself. The heavier weight tends to make me strain too much when doing these shoulder raises.

The goal when working out for me is to not strain but really focus on the muscle and use enough weight to create a challenge. As the muscle becomes stronger then I increase the amount of pounds I am using. I don't want to use momentum when lifting so it is important that I use the proper amount of weight for each specific exercise and muscle group being trained.

Hope you enjoyed the video. :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Updated Pic



Taken 10-18-2009



Taken 11-19-2009


Taken 1-24-2010


Here is an updated pic of me. If you compare the picture from November and the picture I just took you can't see much of a difference.....BUT I know my body has changed. I see it and feel it. My abs are getting smaller and so are my hips. My clothes are fitting looser and I feel great. I still have a ways to go but I am proud of myself this far.

I have lost a total of 17 lbs since October. I know that there are many diets out there that claim to help you lose 20lbs in a month but often times we gain them back. The significance of my weight loss is that I have lost more then weight. I have lost my cravings. I have lost my negative relationship with food. I have also lost my emotional eating habits. This kind of breakthrough is what helps to maintain a positive healthy lifestyle and life long weight loss.

I know I have more weight to take off. I have about 43 more lbs. to lose but I know I will achieve it. These last 3 months I have gained some very valuable tools and my mind has been prepared to endure the rest of my journey. I am ready to kick it up a notch and be at my goal but this summer.

Thank you for following me this far. Stay tuned there is more to come.


Day #117

Daily Thought: I am unique! God planned every detail of me to fit His plan.

Food Journal:
9:30am- 5 egg whites w/ sprinkle of cheese, a couple of bits of a pancake (left from Jazzy's breakfast)
1:30pm Lunch- PB&J on wheat bread (No groceries. I am going shopping today.)
3:00pm Snack- cheese crackers and baked snowpeas (just a couple in a baggie), a cup of honey bunches of oats w/ 1% milk
4:00pm Snack- 1/2 protein bar (Luna Bar- Lemon Zest), ate the other half after my workout.
5:30pm Dinner- 1 cup of fettucine alfredo
8:30pm - 1 cup fettucine alfredo, 3 brussel sprouts
Todays food was really random. I did not have any groceries in my house so I ate whatever was available. I did go grocery shopping this evening and made myself a big pot of veggie soup so I will be eating that for the week. Didn't do so bad but I did eat a lot of snacks. I tend to snack more when I do not eat good satisfying meals.

Workout Journal:
30 minutes Zumba (taught class today)
I burned some calories but did not over do it. I am easying my way back into working out. Yesterday I felt pretty sick after my workout so I took it easy today. I still managed to work up a good sweat though.

Today was an overall good day. Thanks for checking in and keeping me accountable. :)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

One Single Step

The journey of weight loss means different things to different people. Some make the decision to lose weight in order to look great for an upcoming event. Others take the journey to achieve the body they have always wanted. While some embark on the journey in order to save their lives. Whatever the reason, we all share a common thread.....it takes one single step to begin the journey.

I spent several years promising myself that I would start on "Monday". I spent even more years depressed with how I felt and looked. I tried so many different diets and workout routines. While some did work and gave me temporary results, it was just a matter of time before I slipped back into my old habits. It was not until recently that I learned how to achieve long term results. Like I have shared before, I had to change my state of mind. I had to change the way I saw myself. I had to realize that I was worthy. I also had to realize that the discipline and motivation it takes to achieve meaningful long term results comes from a much deeper place.

I couldn't continue to have the same mindset and do the same routines and expect to achieve the goals I wanted to reach. I had to go to places I had never been in my mind. I had to let go of the old way of doing things. I had to think beyond my current understanding and be open to try new things. I even had to be willing to do things that maybe no one had done before.

I have recently discovered that in order to have something you have never had you have to be willing to go places you have never been. Each persons journey is specific and unique to their goals but like I said we each share that single step that starts us in the direction of our dreams and our visions. Don't be afraid to take that step and move beyond what you currently understand.

Whether it be in life in general or in your weight loss journey, you must press harder. You must reach higher. You must make your body, mind and soul do things that they have never done before. Maybe it is time you embark on a new journey......chart a new path.

Day #116

Daily Thought: To achieve the body you have never had you will have to go places and do things you have never done.



Food Journal:
11:30am Breakfast- 3 egg whites w/ sprinkle of cheese, 2 small pancakes w/ syrup
3:00pm Lunch- sundried tomato tuna w/ crackers (110 calories), smoothie (vanilla soy yogurt, 1/2 c berries, splash of 1% milk)
5:30pm Dinner- sopa de fideo
10:30pm - 2 chicken soft tacos and some fries (Del Taco)
Went to church last night and came home really late. Jazzy and I didn't really eat dinner so we stopped and picked something up. Not a totally good choice but I think it was still a little better then a burger. Anyways, I woke up with a tummy ache so my body definitley didn't like it. It was yummy though.

Workout Journal:
I tried to workout today but my body was not feeling it. I did about 20 minutes of my DVD. I have been extremely tired and not sure why. I guess it might be because of the surgery I had wednesday. I didn't think that a tooth extraction could really wipe you out but I guess it might be because of the anasthesia and pain meds I was taking. My mom and mother in law keep telling me I am supposed to be taking it easy but I don't like being a softy. I still try to do things that they say I am not supposed to be doing. After my workout today I am feeling really sick and weak. I guess they were right. I need to take it easy for a little bit. I did not take any pain meds today but my body still is not feeling back to normal. Not sure what is going on.

I am going to do another week of detox soon. I need to get all of these meds out of my body.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Day #115

Food Journal:
11:00am Breakfast- 4 egg whites, sprinkle of cheese, 1 mini blueberry scone, hot green tea
2:30pm Lunch- 2 veggie patties, steamed broccoli w/ sprinkle of cheese
6:00pm Dinner- grilled chicken torta, horchata (yummy!)
7:00pm a piece of a pan dulce cookie
10:00pm 1 cup of cereal (Honey Bunches of Oats w/ Almonds)

Workout Journal:
No workout. I was extremely tired today.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Day #114

Daily Thought: We each have been designed by God to fulfill a calling, a purpose, an assignment. Each adversity, victory, weakness and strength has a purpose in the greater plan of God. Just be who you are. Never try to fit the shoes of someone else. Live above limits.

Food Journal:
9:30am- 4 egg whites, sprinkle of cheese, pico de gallo, black beans, hot green tea
4:00pm Lunch- mini black bean burger, tater tots, 1/2 cup sprite
8:00pm Dinner- mini black bean burger, 2 mini blueberry scones
8:30pm Dinner #2- (still hungry) Chicken noodle soup :)

Workout Journal:
40 min DVD (Burn Fat Blast Metabolism)

I had a great workout today. I actually did better then I thought I would considering I haven't done any cardio in the last week. I got tired towards the end but finished out strong. I was proud of myself and I am glad to be back to my routine.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Day #113

Food Journal:
9:30am Breakfast (a snack really) -a medium banana, water (took meds and went back to bed)
1:00pm Lunch- asian grilled chicken side salad, a couple tea spoons of tomato basil soup (too sweet, I did not like it), a bread stick, a few chips with spinach and artichoke dip (Applebee's w/ my mom and brother)
5:00pm- snacked on about 6 crackers w/ cheese slices, a couple of healthy tortilla chips w/ quacamole, a cup of cold green tea (at my newphew birthday get together)
5:30pm Dinner- fajita pita (Jack in the box) (they didn't serve food at the get together so I went to Jack in the box to get something for Jazzy to eat. I got a little something for dinner too)
6:30pm- small slice of homemade vanilla cake and small scoop of Dreyer's mint brownie ice cream (yummy!)
8:00pm- 1 chicken tender

No working out today. I was not home all day. I will definitley workout tomorrow. Besides my cheek being a little swollen I have recovered pretty well. I will do some crunches tonight before I go to ged. About 200.

Until tomorrow. Bye :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Day #112

Man, your mind can really play some tricks on you. Keep you mind under subjection to the spirit. Don't let your outward circumstances paralyze you with fear. Rest in the hands of God and everything will turn out fine.

Food Journal:
10:30am chicken tortilla soup
2:00pm vanilla flan
3:30pm chicken noodle soup
5:30pm chicken noodle soup and a rice pudding
7:30pm peanut butter and low sugar strawberry jelly on wheat bread
10:30pm chicken tortilla soup
My mom came home late from bowling and brought me an ice cream. Awww! How sweet. I did have a naughty treat but it's okay.
11:00pm Hageen Daaz almond crunch ice cream (it was okay...didn't impress me but I ate it:)


I had my wisdom teeth extracted today so I had to fast until after the surgery. I am trying to only eat liquids and soft foods like yogurts and puddings. I still have not experienced any pain as of 5:30pm because I am still numb and on pain meds. I am actually doing really well compared to my last experience with a wisdom tooth extraction. I have experienced minimal bleeding too which is great. So far so good.

No working out today. I did have a good session last night and have some soreness today. I will workout tomorrow once my surgery wounds are healed. :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Day #111

I am just so thankful to God for how far He has brought me. We each have endured certain hardships in our lives. Many of us have privately battled some depressing and painful emotions but let me tell you there is nothing like the love of God. His love has set me free. I am just so thankful. Words can't express the way I feel.

Food Journal:
8:00am Snack- banana (took my meds), water
9:30am Breakfast- 2 egg whites, 2 slices of wheat bread, 1 slice of deli turkey, 1/2 tsp lite mayo, mustard (sandwhich), water
12:30pm Lunch- Lean Cuisine (chicken, spinach and mushroom Panini), a few semi sweet chocolate chips, water
6:00pm Dinner- naked burrito (1 c rice, ground turkey taco meat, black beans, sour cream, lite cheese, pico de gallo) YUMMY! Muy Bueno!
7:00pm Treat- hot cocoa (made with water and a splash of milk)
9:45pm- small bowl of honey nut cheerios w/ 1% milk and a banana

Workout Journal:
2 sets of lunges w/ shoulder lifts (25 reps)
2 sets of squats w/ shoulder press (25 reps)
2 sets of deadlifts w/ hammer curls (25 reps)
2 sets of sumo squats w/ tricep extensions (25 reps)
2 sets of a deep lunge w/ tricep press (25 reps) (stationary lunge postion while doing tricep presses)
2 sets of side lunges w/ bicep curls (25 reps)
2 sets of reverse crunch with chest fly (25 reps) (lift legs off ground engaging lower abs while performing a chest fly with 10 lbs dumbells) (awesome...my fav ab move)
2 sets of crunches with chest press (lift shoulders off floor engaging upper abs while doing chest press with 10 lbs weights)
2 sets standing side crunch (25 reps each side) (lifting hip towards ribs while bringing elbow to knee...squeezing the obliques)
leg work on the floor (variety) (good ol' Jane Fonda leg lifts...WOW! what a burn. I would like some leg weights so I can kick it up a notch:)
Stretching

Incorporating multiple muscles groups while performing an exercise is great for an intense calorie burn. Especially when engaging the upper and lower muscles groups, such as legs and biceps. It's a good way to get a quick and effective workout in a limited amount of time. Don't just push through the workout but really think about each move and the muscles you are working. Put intention in your movements.

I am so happy I got a good workout in. I really recommend trying to incorporate multiple muscle groups during your workout. It really gets your heart pumping.

Until tomorrow. Bye!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Emotional Look Back

Looking at my old picture I posted just has me feeling so emotional right now. I can remember the pain I felt at that time in my life. I allowed the things I was going through in my life take control of me.

I remember stuffing my face with Carl's Jr. double western bacon cheeseburgers, and Roberto's chicken tacos and fish tacos. For breafast at work I would eat a large bagel with cream cheese and bacon. For lunch I would eat a big salad and some kind of dessert (cheesecake, ice cream, cookies). Then for dinner I would stop at what ever fast food place I craved. My favorite spot was Roberto's. I had one right next door to my apartments.

My diet now has changed. As you can see from my blogs I try to eat egg whites and oatmeal for breakfast. For lunch I will have soup or a salad. For dinner I try to eat some kind of healthy lean protein, a carb and some veggies. I may not eat clean all the time but I definitely do not eat like I used too. I actually do not even crave any of that stuff anymore.

The area I have changed the most in has been my perception about myself. I still have days where I have to remind myself how far I have come. Their are days I am disappointed with my progress or embarrassed because I still have a lot of weight to lose. But, I can finally look at myself in the mirror and love myself. I am learning to be comfortable in my own skin. I am learning about who God says that I am and that is the best change ever.

My mind is much stronger then it used to be. This is one of the reasons I know I will achieve every goal I have set for myself. I no longer feel victimzed. I do not identify myself with what I have gone through or what others think of me. I am learning to stand tall and be confident in myself. I have a voice and I want it to be heard. I am proud of myself and I'm excited to post another picture of me this summer. I know by May I will be closer to my goals.

Stay tuned....it's going to be good. :)

The Looooong Journey



This was me at my heaviest. This picture was taken maybe 8 years ago. I was wearing a size 22-24w pants and a size 22-24w blouse. Look at my face. I might of been smiling but I was so unhappy and depressed. This is what years of eating my feelings did to me.


This was me a month ago. Here I am wearing a large sweater and a size 14 regular pants. I may not be at the size 8 I want to be at but I am a long way from a size 24W. Wouldn't you agree?

Day #110

Don't focus on the past or the future.....just embrace the present and live it to the fullest.

Food Journal:
Breakfast- 2 egg whites, 1 med. pancake, 1 hashbrown (naughty breakfast)
Snack- tiny bit of spaghetti from last night (1/3 cup) (brown rice pasta, soy meat and sauce)
Lunch- veggie soup
Snack- small powerhouse salad (spinach, dried edemame, walnuts and lite dressing)
Dinner- pulled chicken-less meat on a small bun and some tater tots
Dessert- hot cocoa w/ whipped cream

No activity today. I did some cleaning and laundry today. I will definitely do my workout tomorrow. I have to do something before I am down for the count again...LOL! My wisdom tooth extraction appointment is set for this wednesday at 9:30am. I am looking forward to getting back to my routine but not happy about the recovery. I expect to not be back to my normal routine until maybe monday.

I am not being a baby or making excuses. I just know how important it is to do light activity in order to heal properly. I really do want to get back to working out. I did eat some naughty food today (tater tots and pancake) but I have been pretty good up until this point.

See you tomorrow. I found a pic of me when I was realllllly FAT. I will post it in another post. WOW! :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Day #109

Food Journal:
9:30pm Snack- slice of wheat bread w/ low sugar strawberry jelly
Took my meds and went back to sleep. I had a horrible headache.
12:30pm Lunch- veggie soup, quesadilla w/ avacado, couple tsps of banana pudding
4:30pm Snack- Small bowl of veggie soup, lite string cheese
7:00pm Dinner- Small serving of spaghetti (soy crumbles, sauce, over brown rice pasta), two mini mozzerella sticks (cheese wrapped in phillo dough and baked)
8:30pm- hot cocoa w/ whipped cream

No activity today. I hope to be able to do a little working out tomorrow. :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Day #108

Today I am doing a whole lot better....Thank the Lord. I was able to sleep well last night. I guess the meds are working on the infection and providing me some relief. Still have a little pain but much better then it was.

I weighed myself today just to make sure I didn't gain any weight since I haven't been burning many calories. I have been resting a lot so I want to make sure I am not overeating. I was actually amazed to see that I lost a pound. I guess it's from drinking lots of water since I have to with my meds. I am also eating a lot of veggie soup which is low in calories. YEAH! I guess something good came out of this wisdom tooth ordeal.

Food Journal:
11:00am Breakfast- oatmeal w/ splash of 1% milk, peach soy yogurt
2:30pm Lunch- leftovers from dinner last night (soy sausage w/ sauteed veggies over brown rice pasta) small bowl of veggie soup
5:30pm Dinner- veggie soup
Dessert- homemade banana pudding (yummy!)
9:30pm- veggie soup, more banana pudding :)
11:30pm- strawberry banana soy yogurt

No working out today. I was tempted to do a little something but forced myself to rest. I did some walking around at the store today so I did do some moderate activity.

I made some more of my yummy veggie soup today. I also made some homemade banana pudding. I am going to post the recipe in an other post.

Thanks for checking in.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Day #107

Daily Thoughts: Live free of your mind.....let your spirit lead the way.

Food Journal:
11:30am Breakfast- oatmeal w/ splash of 1% milk
12:30pm Snack- (smoothie) soy yogurt w/ frozen berries and a small scoop of ice cream blended together
1:30pm Lunch- small cup of chicken noodle soup (low sodium)
3:00pm Treat- mint chocolate chip ice cream
4:30pm Snack- medium baked potato w/ light butter, salt and a sprinkle of lite cheese
6:00pm Dinner- Sauteed green bell pepper, zucchini, onion, soy sausage and broccoli over 1 cup of brown rice pasta
(I plan on eating two more small snacks before I take my meds again. Maybe another yogurt or a piece of toast. I will update tomorrow)

Today I had to eat a lot of little meals because of my medication. I have to make sure that I have food in my stomach when I take my antibotics and pain meds because I get sick really easy. Each meal I ate was really tiny and eaten slowly because I can barely open my mouth due to the swelling. I was going to make myself more soup but was to lazy to go to the car and get my water bottles. :)

The food I ate was all healthy except for the ice cream but I didn't over do it. It basically just feels good in my throat. The gallon is almost gone and I won't buy anymore for awhile. OH! I didn't eat it all by myself just in case you are wondering...LOL!

Workout Journal:
No workout

Last night was the worst ever. I was in so much pain I thought my face was going to explode. I know that I might sound like I am exaggerating but I am speaking the truth. I barely started taking my meds last night so hopefully tonight will be better for me. I am also going to try to sleep sitting up a little more to avoid the blood rushing to my head. I can't wait for this whole ordeal to be over so I can be back to normal. :(

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Day #106

Daily Thought: Love yourself and love others.

I believe the top priority when living a healthy lifestyle is to love yourself. This makes you respect your body, soul and mind in a way that prevents illness and disease. Showing love to others also brings about a balance to your life that promotes peace, joy and fulfillment.

Surrender your heart today to give love and receive love.....it will change your life.

Food Journal:
9:30am Breakfast- oatmeal
12:30pm Lunch- veggie soup and a quesadilla (1 tortilla folded in half)
2:30pm- Tall green tea latte with soy milk (starbucks)
3:30pm Snack- shared a soft unsalted pretzel with my baby girl (I ate a couple of bites dipped in mustard...it was very difficult to eat because I was still in pain)
5:00pm Dinner- Italian Veggie Soup (100 calorie- Campbells)
Dessert- mint chocolate chip ice cream


Workout Journal:
No workout

I am still dealing with my tooth. I actually went to the dentist today and have an infection. The pain this morning was actually the worst pain I have ever felt aside from contractions during child birth. I was in so much pain today but feel a little better now that I have meds. The dentist recommended I have both my remaining wisdom teeth extracted. I have a consultation with the oral surgeon on Monday. Hopefully I can get them out by Wednesday.

I have decided to refrain from working out until my infection is cleared up. I don't want to feel that pain every again. I hope to begin working out again on Monday depending on how my mouth feels.

Meat Free Yummies and Other Goodies :d


I enjoy drinking hot cocoa because it helps me with my sweet tooth. I found this Swiss Miss that only has 25 calories per packet. I prefer to make cocoa with soy milk or lactose free milk for a creamy taste.

I recently bought these to try them out. They are kind of like veggie stix. They are puffed and have a akward taste at first. They are baked snappeas so you do need to get used to the taste if you don't enjoy snacking on veggies. I like them but only eat a few at a time.

I try to stay away from flour and wheat as much as I can. So my pasta preference is rice pasta or brown rice pasta. This is a healthy, less starchy alternative to regular pasta made from enriched flour. This pasta is made from rice flour.

These are the Harvest Grains that I add to my soups. I like to make these as a side dish too instead of rice. I cook them in chicken broth and a little butter. They are soooooo yummy.

Here are the meatless buffalo wings I talk about. They are soooo yummy and taste just like spicy chicken nuggets. They are made from veggies and soy. YUM YUM YUM! I like to add them on top of my salad. You can eat 5 of them for 200 calories. This is way less then a regular buffalo wing that can be 170 per tiny wing. You can warm these up right in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes or bake them in the oven.

This is my favorite type of oatmeal ever. These oats are steelcut and have a chewier texture. They are lightly sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup. No need to add anything else but maybe a splash of milk. Two pre-cooked servings come in each box. They are pre-packaged and frozen. You just remove the oats from the bag, put in a bowl and heat in the microwave. You can only buy these at Trader Joe's. Two come in the box for $1.50. Half of a serving is enough for me which means you can eat 4 times from one box.

I have not tried these yet but they look yummy. I have tried the same concept, "soy sausage". I usually buy Tofurkey and it tastes just like raviolis. We wanted to try something different so we bought these. I will let you know how they taste when we eat them. I will cut them up and sautee them with green bell pepper, onions, garlic, broccoli, and mushrooms. And season the mixture with a little butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano. Then I will put it over some brown rice pasta and sprinkle with low fat cheese. YUM YUM YUM!

This is new to our house too. It looked really yummy so we will try it and let you know. This is chicken-less pulled chicken. I will most likely put this on a toasted bun and serve with a little side salad or sweet potato fries.

I absolutely love everything morning star. Everything is made from veggies and soy. The top box contains black bean burgers. The bottom are just regular veggie patties. They are yummy on their own or prepared like a hamburger.

The are meatless soy grounds. You can use them just like ground beef. You can make chili, spaghetti, burritos, or whatever else you want. I have made spaghetti and burritos with this and it tasted really good. Jazzy loved it. Each package contains 12 oz. and it cost me about $2.99.

Last but not least here are the regular meatless chicken nuggets. Same concept as the buffalo wings just not spicy. They also make chicken patties (meatless of course). The patties would be good to make like chicken parmasean. Just make some brown rice pasta, heat some marinara sauce and sprinkle some low fat mozzerlla cheese. So yummy!


Hope you enjoyed this post. I will update you with any other products I try out. I know that having a meat-free diet is not for everyone but it can be yummy.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Day #105

I AM MISERABLE TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Food Journal:
12:30pm Breakfast- oatmeal
4:00pm Lunch- tortilla soup, quesadilla (small portions)
7:00pm Dinner- fish, rice and avacado (Lean Cuisine plus I added a few slices of avacado)
Dessert- 3.6 oz of Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie (220 calories)

Workout Journal:
Rest Day

I still have a lot of pain in my mouth. I am barely able to open my mouth to eat. It hurts to chew if I am not medicated :( I have a dentist appointment tomorrow and hope to get my wisdom tooth taken out early next week. I have to be all better by next weekend (Right Prima?;)

It just amazes me how one tooth can cause so much caos. My right check is swollen and I feel like a little chipmunk. Today I felt like Tom Hanks in Castaway. I sooooo wanted to knock my own tooth out. I know that is a little over the edge but I don't handle physical pain very well. I hate not being able to do my normal routine. I didn't sleep very well last night due to the pain so I came home this morning and sleep a couple hours more. This pain is all the way down into my throat so soups have made it feel a little better. Also my little ice cream treat...LOL!

Yummy Veggie Soup Recipe

I wanted to share my recipe for yummy veggie soup. I can eat this everyday without getting bored. You can also add chicken or turkey meatballs or whatever protein source if you want. The veggies alone fill me up. Soup always hits the spot for me on a cold winter day. It also helps keep my digestive system regular. It is good for a cleansing or detox.

These are the ingredients I recently used but you can use whatever veggies you love. I use Chayote (this is a type of squash) instead of potatoes.

Ingredients:
1 medium onion (diced)
4 gloves of garlic (diced)
1 large carrot (diced)
3 celery stalks (diced)
3-4 zucchini (cut into cubes)
3-4 yellow squash (cut into cubes)
10-15 baby carrots
cilantro
cabbage or brussel sprouts
fresh green beans (not canned)
1 6oz. can of fire roasted tomatoes (mine had green chiles in them too)
2 chayote (peeled and cut into cubes)
1 bag of Harvest Blend Grains (I bought this from Trader Joes. This has coucous, quinoa, baby garbanzo beans, orzo and some other yummy stuff. You can substitute this for a nice small whole wheat pasta or brown rice. Or you can omit if you want)
64-82 oz of chicken broth or veggie broth (I sometimes use just water and add chicken boullion cubes to taste)

1. In a large pot thinly coat bottom with olive oil or veggie oil. Sautee onion, garlic, diced carrots, and celery until soft. Add a dash of salt.
2. Add chayote, zucchini, squash and carrots and sautee for about 2 minutes.
3. Add liquid, tomatoes, and cilantro. Bring to boil and let simmer for 10 mintues.
4. Next add green beans, cabbage or brussel sprouts and grains. Let simmer for 15 more minutes. (if you are using other grains like brown rice or pasta make sure you check their specific cooking times and add to soup accordingly)

Serve and enjoy. I like adding some lemon and hotsauce to my bowl. Yummy!

Variation:
I like making albondigas buy adding meatballs to my soup as well.

Take a pound of lean ground turkey meat. Add finely diced onions, garlic, cilantro and a handful of uncooked white rice. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder or any other seasoning combination you love. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and form meat mixture into small round meatballs. Add to the soup before adding all the large veggies and let cook for about 5 mintues before following the rest of the recipe. I prefer ground turkey meat but you can use beef or pork if you want.

Adding chicken drumsticks to veggie soup makes for a yummy chicken soup. Excellent for fighting of a cold.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Day #104

Daily Thoughts: I am beautiful because God made.

Food Journal:
9:30pm Breakfast- egg whites, lite cheese, avacado, little piece of pancake with no syrup.
11:30am Snack- pita chips, 1/2 protein bar
1:30pm Lunch- veggie soup with harvest grains, water, and 1 (50 calorie) boxed
juice :)
4:30pm Dinner- veggie soup w/ grains, small powerhouse salad, 3 meatless buffalo wings
8:00pm Snack- veggie soup w/ grains
9:00pm 1/2 protein bar

Workout Journal:
I am resting today because my mouth is in a lot of pain. My wisdom tooth is kicking my butt. My gums are swollen, my head and throat both hurt too. I have a dentist appointment Thursday. I know I must have an infection in my mouth.

Sorry, No excitement today. See you tomorrow.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Day #103 (Detox Day #11)

Food Journal:
9:00am- had a few bites of Jazzy's left over pancake. About 1/4 of a 6 inch pancake. It was sooooo yummy. (Shame on me:)
9:30am Breakfast- soyrizo (soy chorizo) with 3 egg whites and 1/4 avacado
11:30am Snack- pita chips (50% less calories then potato chips. These are great to dip into some hummus. It's the healthy alternative to chips and bean dip.)
12:30pm Lunch- homemade veggie soup with harvest grains, water, 1/2 chocolate protein bar
6:00pm Dinner- egg white sandwhich on the go (egg whites, wheat toast and lite mayo)
9:00pm After workout snack- powerhouse salad, 5 meatless buffalo wings

Workout Journal:
Temple Fitness-
40 minutes of Zumba and stretching
Meditation and prayer

My Prayer

My Prayer: Lord teach me how to take care of this body that you have created. I desire to be used for your glory. Show me how to be diligent in the upkeep of your temple so that I can be a manifestation of your power. I thank your for this body that you have created in your image and likeness for you said that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Cleanse my heart and my mind so that I can see myself through your eyes. I am your creation and all that you create is marvelous. I glorify you, In Jesus Name. Amen.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Day #102 (Detox day #10)

Daily Thoughts: God is just so amazing. It is time to move into all He has called me to do and be. I am excited about all the wonderful things to come. I know lots of changes will be happening this year. I have been through so much but I know it was all preparation for this season in my life and I am so thankful.

Food Journal:
9:30am Breakfast- breakfast burrito (egg whites, tortilla, avacado)
1:00pm Snack- pita chips
1:30pm Lunch- powerhouse salad and 5 meatless buffalo wings (MorningStar)
7:00pm Dinner- soy crumbles, 1/3 c. pasta w/ tomato sauce, green beans, tortilla, avacado
10:30pm After workout snack- dried baked snap peas, hot green tea and water

Workout Journal:
40 min DVD (Burn Fat Blast Metabolism)

Final Thoughts:
I did good today with my food. I did eat a couple of semi sweet chocolate chips and took a few sips of Jazzy's yogurt smoothie. I went grocery shopping today and made my soup for the week. I will be making my black eyed peas, brown rice and pico de gallo tomorrow for the week as well. I plan on being very strict for the last week of my detox. To be really honest I am really enjoying eating this way so I will probably just keep this eating regimen as long as I am not bored. I am getting all the nutrients I need from good clean food and having the occasional snack and naughty treat in moderation so it is manageable.

I will continue to experiment with meat substitutes and research some yummy recipes to try out with Jazzy. She is also doing very well with her eating but having trouble staying full. I need to find some new yummy and exciting foods for her to try.

I was planning on not working out today because I got a little lazy BUT the little trainer in my head said get up and blast off that fat...LOL! So I had a very late workout session but gave it all I had. I get really anxious if I don't get my workout in. I am making up for the day I did not workout. Even though the workout was extra challenging today I got through it and I am soooo proud of myself.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Day #101 (Detox #9)

Food Journal:
10:30am Breakfast- (Mimi's Cafe) omelette w/ spinach, cheese, tomato and avacado, red skin breakfast potatoes, a latte w/ splenda, a couple little pieces of my pumpkin spice muffin
3:00pm- snacked on some tortilla chips left from last night, hot green tea
4:30pm late Lunch- veggie soup w/ harvest grains, 1/2 blueberry muffin from breakfast
6:30pm Dinner- 1 burrito (tortilla, soy crumbles, avacado)
10:00pm After workout meal- powerhouse salad, 1/2 pumpkin spice muffin

Workout Journal:
40 min. sculpting DVD (No More Trouble Zones)
walked around mall for about 1 hr.

I went to breakfast today with my mother in law and daughter. I let myself enjoy breakfast today without thinking about it too much. I did have healthy options because I omitted the bacon in my omelette. The only problems were I forgot to order just egg whites which is the only thing I eat. I just went ahead and ate it anyways. Some egg yolks will not hurt me. I just prefer the taste of egg whites :). The other problem is that I was really full after I had ate only 1/2 of my plate but I kept eating after taking a little break. Hey, I don't go out very often to eat so I wanted to enjoy it while I could :).

I have been eating some things lately that are not on my detox but I have been dealing with my crazy hormones. I will definitely be 100% dedicated with my detox (hardcore) starting tomorrow. I have to go buy some more groceries and prepare my food tomorrow.


I took some measurements today. From the last time I measured myself in October, I have lost 6 inches from my tummy and 6 inches from my waist. WOW! I have also lost a total of 12 lbs which is great too. I know I am carrying some water weight right now too so I might have lost another pound or two. I am not really obsessing with the weight because it is better to see your results in your inches lost and how your clothing fits. I know I've lost inches in other areas but I lost the paper I wrote the "before" numbers on. I only remember my waist and stomach beacause they were BIG numbers. I will write the measurements down this time and keep better track. I have to track my hard work because it keeps me motivated and focused.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Tips

I wanted to share some tips that have worked for me. I know how hard changing your eating habits can be so I wanted to share these tips in hopes that it might help you. If you have some tips that may help me please feel free to leave a comment.

Snacking can be very tempting especially when you have naughty food in the house. So one of the things I like to do is not buy anything that will tempt me. I know that everyday I have to make a conscious decision to make the right choices and having naughty food in the house just makes it very difficult. So if I want some frozen yogurt or cookies I try to buy a small package to share with others and finish them before I get home. I try not to bring them home. Sometimes I do bring home healthier versions of the things I love but I know it can be hard to just eat one. So I have learned to just not have them around until I feel I am disciplined enough to eat them in moderation.

I also like to divide (healthy) chips, crackers or other snacks into little snack baggies already premeasured with the appropriate serving sizes. I usually leave this for Jazzy to do. I do this with her lunch items so she is learning portion control as well. I know how easy it is to eat a whole bag of chips mindlessly in front of the computer or TV.

Even putting apple slices, trail mix, and veggies in pre-measured baggies can make it easier to grab things on the go. It ensures you have healthy snacks if you are going to run errands and need to pack a quick snack to take along.

I also like to prepare some easy healthy things in bulk which keeps me from eating non healthy food while preparing my healthy foods. I prepare things such as hardboiled eggs, brown rice, beans, salsa, oatmeal and soups. This keeps unplanned naughty food out of your mouth and tummy.

I also like to pre-plan my meals for the whole week before I go grocery shopping. This helps with not only making sure you have everything you need for the week but it also helps you stay on budget.

Another thing that has helped me as well is eating the same things I love everyday. I usually do not get bored if it is something I love. For instance I know and you know from reading my food journals that I love egg whites, salsa, spinach, avacado and oatmeal for breakfast. I love powerhouse salads and veggie soup for lunch. I also enjoy to eat brown rice, beans and pico de gallo for dinner. So eating these things and having them prepared ahead of time really helps ensure I stay on track. This is the method I will stick to for the rest of my detox.

Protein bars and protein drinks are also great things to keep on hand for sweet tooths and on the go snacks.

These are some of the food tips I have tried to stick to. They have really helped me achieve my healthier lifestyle change. Hope you find them useful.

Day #100 (Detox day #8)

Daily Thought: Don't resist change....surrender to it.

Food Journal:
9:30am Breakfast- 2 egg whites, 2 slices of avacado, oatmeal
12:30pm Lunch- veggie soup w/ harvest grains, pretzels
7:00pm Dinner- veggie soup w/ harvest grains

I snacked on 6 oz. of cheese dip and some tortilla chips on and off from about 4:00pm to 9:30pm. I also had a chocolate melt down and ate two small pieces and 3 mentos. My cycle is getting ready to start soon and my cravings were very intense today. I was so tempted to buy a nice big chewy brownie but I resisted it. This was so hard today but I made it through another day.

I am going to eat breakfast with my mother in law and Jazzy tomorrow so I might have to take one foot of the wagon for a little bit. Maybe! Not sure. I am usually very hard on myself so most likely I will be good. :)

Workout Journal:
No workout today. I was very tired and hormonal :). I will workout on Sunday to make up for this day.

Final thoughts:
I visited my aunt today and was just reminded how important it is to take our life seriously and respect our bodies. I want to do all that I can to make sure that I am doing what I need to do to be healthy spiritually, mentally and physically. I praise God for the strength He has given me to make it through this journey.

The beginning of this journey may have been difficult but it is definitely getting easier.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Day #99 (Detox day #7)

Daily Thought: Just stay focused on your purpose and the pain will stop. It's all about perception. Change your thoughts.....change your life.

Food Journal:
9:00am Breakfast on the go :) egg white sandwhich in a flatbread
12:00pm Snack: protein bar, some pretzels and a few tortilla chips (measured out in a baggie)
1:30pm Lunch: homemade veggie soup w/ harvest grains
4:00pm 2 mini chocolate chip cookies (120 calories) (I was craving something sooooo bad. I let myself eat two little cookies.)
4:30pm Dinner- homemade veggie soup w/ harvest grains, pretzels
6:00pm Snack- chocolate protien bar (Caramel Nut Brownie Luna Bar...yummy)
7:30pm- 1/4 cup brown rice pasta w/ soy meat crumbles and tomato basil sauce (just tasting), some pretzels
10:00pm Snack- apple, almonds and hot green tea
11:00pm Snack- protien bar (craving chocolate sooooo bad)
12:00pm Snack- pretzels (I was still really hungry after my workout)

Workout Journal:
40 min circuit training DVD (Banish Fat Blast Metabolism)

Oh man was this a tough one today. I really pushed myself hard since I have been doing this DVD for about 2 weeks now. I usually do the burpees with a variation because they are really hard to do 15 minutes into the video. I made no excuses today for the first circuit of them. The second circuit I did some regular and some with a variation because I was so tired already. Like I have said before little by little I will make it through without variations as I become stronger. So far I am extremely proud of myself.


Final Thoughts:
My food intake was not bad today. I made spaghetti with soy crumbles for Jazzy. It was very good. She really enjoyed it. I am glad she is doing good with her meatless diet. She did want to eat deli turkey for her lunch and I told her that was fine. She doesn't have to give everything up right away. She was happy that I supported her decision.

I can't wait for the summer. I am excited to see my progress 5 months from now. I know if I keep up with the healthy lifestyle I will definitely see the fruits of my labor in no time.

Who's that girl....LOL!

Tonight I went to watch my mom bowl with her co-workers. Many of the co-workers she currently has, I used to work with before too. That is common when you work in the hotel industry here in Vegas. My mom's boss is my old boss so many of her employees followed her.

So anyways, I thought is was so funny because I recognized some of them and they didn't recognize me. I said hi to one of them and shook his hand as my mom introduced him to me. I said don't you remember me and he just stared at me. I told him who I was and he was shocked. I gave him a hug and we talked for a little bit.

Then my mom introduced me to some of her other co-workers and they did the same thing. I was like remember you used to work with me. They were like you look so different....you cut your hair. That was funny to me because men usually don't want to insult you so they don't tell you what they are really thinking.

The reason they didn't recognize me was because I have lost a lot of weight since the last time they saw me. I thought it was cute how they tried to avoid saying "you lost a lot of weight...your not such a fatty..LOL!". I have seen some of my old female co-workers and that is the first thing they say. One of them asked me if I had gastric bypass.

The funny thing is I know I lost a lot of weight but I don't see the big difference like many outsiders do. Often times when we lose weight we still have the "fat person" mentality. Our outward appearance may have changed but our perception hasn't changed about ourselves.

Some people suffer from body dismorphia and no matter how skinny they are they still see themselves as fat. This is not the case for me. I see my body as it is and accept it. The only thing is sometimes I forget how far I have come.

I have a pair of workout pants that I have had for the last 6 years. I remember when I first started losing weight I used to wait for the day that the pants fit me loose. They used to be snug on me and I would wear them with a big t-shirt.

As of today they literally fall off of me even when I roll them up. I can wear them but as I walk they start to eventually slid down unless I have a tight shirt over them holding them up. I like to put these pants on to remind me of all the hard work I have put in. It is not until recently with this phase of my weight loss journey that they started falling off. A couple of months ago they still stayed up even though they were really big.

Enough said. Here are some pics. Oh I didn't realize how dirty my mirror was until I saw these pics...LOL! I need to buy some glass cleaner before I take more pics...LOL!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Day #98 (Detox Day #6)

Daily Thoughts: Change comes when you least expect it. Prepare your heart. If your heart is ready it will have room to recieve it.

Food Journal:
9:00am Breakfast #1- 1/2 of an egg white sandwhich (1 eggwhite, cheese and whole wheat bread. Left from Jazzy's breakfast:)
11:30am Breakfast #2- 1 cup of oatmeal
2:30pm Lunch- powerhouse salad
3:30pm Snack- 1/2 chocolate raspberry protein bar
5:30pm Dinner- powerhouse salad, veggie patty, and homemade veggie and grains soup
6:00pm- cappucino (I was sooooo sleepy and my mom wanted me to go watch her bowl so I tried to wake up with a cup of cappucino. All it did was give me a stomachache and NO energy)
10:00pm Snack- pretzels and the other 1/2 of my protein bar
12:00am Snack- 1 tofurkey link (tofu turkey sausage..no meat) w/ mustard and 4 pretzels
Of course lots of water all day long.

Workout Journal:
Rest day

Today was a great day. I fought the sweets temptation by eating a chocolate protein bar. IF I would have had candy in the house I would have probably ate it. I do not know why so many women crave this during PMS. Thank God I got rid of all the temptations in the house. I am kind of weak right now. I don't crave any meat or anything else....just chocolate......aaaaaaahhhhhhahhahahhh!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Day #97 (Detox day #5)

Daily Thought: Learning to be the true me is such a liberating and peaceful feeling. Being confident in who God has created me to be is not vanity....it is faith. I am wonderfully and fearfully made. He designed me precisely to fit in His perfect plan. Every "imperfection", "weakness" and "shortcoming" is divinely ordered to bring forth my strength. (God strength is made perfect in (my) weakness)

I am so happy and grateful everyday because I know that God loves me and He continues to protect me everyday of my life. I am on His mind at all times. He is working all things out in my favour. He has my best interest at heart. Thank you Lord for all that you are to me and all that you have brought me through.

Food Journal:
9:30pm Breakfast- 3 egg whites w/ spinach and avacado, oatmeal w/ a few slices of banana
12:30pm Snack- tortilla chips (Although these chips are not part of my detox they are a healthy version of chip. They contain no artificial flavors or preservatives. I had the recommended serving size..about 14 chips:)
1:30pm Lunch- powerhouse salad (spinach, dried blueberries and edamame, walnuts w/ raspberry vinagerette) and a veggie patty
3:30pm 2 mini sample cups of coffee w/ pumpkin spice creamer (I was so sleepy and it tasted good:),and pretzels
4:00pm Snack- protein bar
5:30pm Snack- 1/2 c. broccoli, 1/2 veggie patty
8:00pm Dinner- veggie soup w/ multigrain harvest blend and a dash of hot sauce (yummy!)
9:00pm Pretzels, hot green tea
11:00pm 1/2 protein bar

Workout Journal:
40 minute sculpting circuits DVD (No More Trouble Zones)

I was so proud of myself with my workout today. I did a move on the DVD that I usually only do 1 rep of because it is very challenging for me. They are called surrenders. What you do is stand while holding weights over your head with your arms fully extended. Then you take your right foot and step back and drop to your right knee. Then you bring the left leg back and drop down to your left knee. Then you bring your right leg forward and stand up. Basically you kneal down one leg at a time and stand back up one leg at a time while the weights are over your head the whole time. The DVD makes you do I think 8 or 10 in a row for each circuit. I actually did both sets without stopping. I was so proud of myself I almost started crying. T_T

I am so sore from yesterday but I pulled through my workout today. I will be resting tomorrow so no excuses. I was also craving chocolate very bad. I had 2 little pieces. That time of the month is coming so the cravings are very challenging for me today. I still did pretty well with my detox so I am proud. Yay me!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Day #96 (Detox day #4)

Daily Thought: Give from a pure heart and you will obtain more then you have room enough to receive.

Giving is more then blessing someone with money or material possesion. Giving love, support, wisdom or your time can be such a blessing to someone else. Be aware of the power you have to change the world or atleast the world of one individual.

Don't just ask for blessings....be a blessing.

Food Journal:
9:30am Breakfast- 2 egg whites w/ 2 slices of avacado, oatmeal w/ 1/4 of a banana, and hot green tea
12:30pm Lunch- powerhouse salad
2:00pm Snack- 2 hard boiled egg whites, almonds, an apple and a couple tortilla chips
4:30pm Dinner- soy buffalo wings (no meat), 2 mini sweet potatoes
6:00pm Hot green tea
9:30pm After workout snack- powerhouse salad, and 1/2 protein bar
11:00pm a couple of tortilla chips
12:30am (I had a melt down...I was craving chocolate REALLY bad) 2 mini York peppermint patties


Workout Journal:
1:30pm 40 minutes of Zumba (rehearsing for class)
7:00pm 40 minutes of Zumba (teaching class)

Today was so awesome. I felt so blessed to be able to share the wisdom God has given me about fitness and meditation with my friends at church. I will be teaching Temple Fitness on Mondays at 6:30pm. I am incorporating Zumba, prayer and meditation into this program to help create a total transformation. It was an amazing time and I am so thankful for this opportunity God has given me.

I recorded some of the class with my camera but had trouble adding it to a post. I don't know why this blogging site is telling me there is an error and it can't upload it. I know my cousin can probably help me ;). I really want to share this 17:30 minute video with you.

Thanks for checking in on me. :0)

Oops forgot to update you on my weight loss. I was not supposed to weigh myself until the end of my detox but I got a little anxious and weighed in today. I lost 3lbs. Wow! Can't wait to see and feel the end results of this detox. I am still eating some things I shouldn't but I am doing a lot better then I usually do. I will make my veggie soup tomorrow so I don't do this anymore. ;) The weight loss motivated me to keep it clean and press on.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Day #95 (Detox day #3)

Daily Thought: I am so grateful for my journey this far and extremely excited for what is to come. I know how far I have come mentally, spiritually and physically. I know that everything I have achieved this far is because of God. I give Him all the Glory. Without Him I am nothing. All that I am and all that I will ever be is in Him.

Food Journal:
9:30am Breakfast- 2 egg whites, 1 piece of toast w/ butter
12:30pm 1 mini piece of a kit kat candy (not part of detox)
2:30pm Lunch- Powerhouse Salad (spinach, edemame, walnuts, dried blueberries and raspberry vinegarette), and a couple of tortilla chips (no perservatives)
(I bought this yummy salad today from Trader Joe's. I am glad I bought two bags of it because it is really good.

3:00pm 1 mini chicken tamale (I wanted to taste the tamales I made last night. They turned out really good. I had made Jazzy some mini ones and I ate one. Not part of the detox)
6:00pm Dinner- Roasted Veggie Lasagna w/ whole wheat pasta, hot green tea
7:00pm Snack- apple

Workout Journal:
I am running on 4 hours of sleep. I decided not to workout tonight. I did do a lot of house cleaning today. I did laundry, cleaned my tamale mess in the kitchen, put the Christmas stuff away, and moved some furniture.

Final Thoughts: I am doing really wonderful on my detox. I am not craving anything so far. It has actually been really easy for me. I guess all these months of learning to be disciplined along with my motivation is helping me along. I did eat two things not allowed on my cleansing but it was a little amount. It really wasn't a temptation or a slip up. I was conscious of my decision and feel okay with it.

Jazzy (my 10 yr old daughter) decided she wanted to stop eating meat a couple of weeks ago. She said she was going to start in the new year. This is something she decided after seeing a commercial about the abuse of animals (specifically cows). We went today to purchase some meatless food items. I let her pick out some things she wants to try out. I am really proud of her and her conscious decision to make healthier food choices. I guess I have been a positive influence for her and I am grateful for that. Little by little she will begin to make more changes. It feels wonderful that I have been able to equip her with the right tools to live a healthy lifestyle.

Day #94 (Detox day #2)

Today I went to the mountians with some friends. I didn't plan on going but I wanted to get out of the house. I am glad I did because I enjoyed myself and so did Jazzy. I had fun watching Jazzy and the kids play in the snow.

I got home at around 5:30pm and started making the 7 dozen tamales I had to make for Sunday. I finished at around 2:30am that is why I am blogging so late. My back is hurting. I barely had time to eat today and didn't exercise. I will exercise tomorrow instead of having my rest day.

I took some healthy snacks to enjoy at the mountains. I knew there would be a lot of temptations but I got through them all. I did have a cup of hot cocoa because it was very cold. But I did not eat any of the brownies my friend made. Yay me!

Food Journal:
11:00am Breakfast- breakfast sandwhich (3 eggwhites, two pieces of whole wheat toast w/ lite mayo, avacado), hot green tea
Snacks while at mountains: almonds, multigrain crackers and a cup of hot cocoa w/ 4 mini marshmellows. :)
6:00pm Dinner- harvest blend grains, broccoli, a piece of green chile sourdough toast w/ lite butter
While making tamales I tasted sauces and I tested the chicken and beef. Just a tiny shredded piece of them. Not a large quantity.
Lots of water

That was it for today. I didn't eat a lot but strangely I was not very hungry. I was very busy and that kept my mind off of food and snacking. Plus I am eating less processed food which helps keep me satisfied longer. So far so good. :)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Look

I changed the look of my blog. Please let me know if it is too hard to read this way. It was a little hard on my eyes because of the color. I will make some adjustments if it is. Thanks.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Day #93 (First Day of Detox)

Today is the first day of my detox. I don't have everything I need but I did what I could with what I had. During this detox it is normal for the first 3 days to have a little headache. As with any detox be it natural or spiritual it is hard for the body to adapt to a new process and be without the things it craves. After about 3 days you kind of stop craving the things you used to. This is just my experience with it. Everyone is different. I also get a little irritable :). Plus it is almost that time of the month for me. So the hormones are already a little off balance.

Food Journal:
12:30pm Breakfast- 4 egg whites, smoothie (soy yogurt, mixed berries, soy milk, almonds)
4:00pm small muffin (Jazzy and my niece bought Pan Dulce and I wanted some....it brings back many childhood memories....I tried to pick the one that contained the least amount of sugar and was the smallest) (not part of the detox)
5:00pm Snack- 3 hard boiled egg whites, 5 multi grain crackers
6:30pm Dinner- 2 cups harvest blend grains, 2 cups steamed broccoli
9:00pm After workout snack- soy yogurt w/ berries, 3 hardbolied egg whites and 1 piece of whole wheat bread, hot green tea
11:30pm- 1 cup harvest blend grains

Workout Journal:
40 minute sculpting circuits (No More Troubled Zones)

Final Thoughts:
I am really grateful for the strength I had to get through my first day of cleansing. I did eat a mini muffin but it was better then eating a big piece of sweet bread. I almost threw the towel in and was going to restart tomorrow but I held on. I have to be strong and make it through. It was actually not bad at all. I gave my niece all the chocolate candies in the house so I wouldn't be tempted. Now I just have to throw the box of gingerbread cookies away. :)

Tomorrow might be a little hard because I am making tamales. I will just keep a couple and freeze them for after my detox. Thanks for checking in on me. :)