Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesday

Food Journal:
10:00am Breakfast- steel cut oats w/ agave nectar, u/s soy milk, banana. 1/2 bagel w/ tofutti. a couple of apple slices
2:30pm Snack- tortilla chips w/ guacamole and hummus, soy mini ice cream sandwhich, 1 maple cookie
4:30pm Snack- torilla chips w/ guacamole, 1/2 protein bar
6:00pm Dinner- veggie stirfry w/ brown rice

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

I am having a really rough day today. I know it has a lot to do with PMS. I also have some personal things going on in my family life. At times I am strong and other days I kind of crack. It is hard to always keep it together. I feel strong inside but my emotions are kind of on the edge.

I really hope this passes soon. I want to be able to have a great time on my vacation. I will be back on Monday. Have a great week.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday

Food Journal:
11:30am Breakfast- steel cut oats w/ agave nectar, u/s soy milk and banana. 1/2 of an onion bagel with tofutti cream cheese.
No lunch.
3:30pm Snack- 1/2 protein bar, a couple of tortilla chips w/ hummus
5:30pm Dinner- 2 slices of homemade veggie pizza on whole wheat dough
9:00pm - 1/2 piece of pizza (I was still full but it was so yummy I wanted to eat more);

I noticed that since I have been eating vegan I get fuller faster. I guess it is because I am eating a lot of fiberous foods that really work at making you fuller. Two pieces of pizza would not normally make you full but today I was. I am sure it is because of the dough being wheat and because I added LOTS of veggies. I will share the recipe below in case you want to try it.


Workout Journal:
20 min DVD (30 Day Shred- Level 1)


I have been really emotional lately because I know my hormones are kind of out of wack (almost that time of the month). I was not in the mood to workout yesterday or today. I forced myself to workout tonight at about 10:00pm. I know that it would help with my mood. I am leaving to California this Wednesday so I might not be able to post until Sunday or Monday. I will keep a notebook with my food and update you all when I can. I also plan on taking my DVDs and working out when I can.
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Veggie Pizza

Whole wheat pizza dough
1 can of artichoke hearts (drained, rinsed and chopped)
1/2 can of fire roasted tomatoes (drain juice)
1 cup of slices mushrooms
1 small can of sliced black olives (drained and rinsed)
fresh spinach leaves
1/2 cup of shredded soy cheese (or whatever cheese you prefer)

Spread out pizza dough into desired shape and thickness. Spread roasted tomatoes, layer spinach, sprinkle cheese, add mushrooms, artichoke hearts and olives. Bake in 450 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted. Slice and enjoy!

I added a couple of slices of avacado and crushed red pepper flakes to my pizza. Very good and very filling. ;)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday

God loves you!

Food Journal:
No breakfast.
No lunch.
12:30pm- soy mini ice cream sandwhich, 1 maple cookie
1:00pm Snack- 1/2 an onion bagel with tofu cream cheese
5:00pm Dinner- baked chimichanga (see other post for recipe), 1/2 c brown spanish rice
7:00pm- maple cookie
8:30pm- baked chimichanga w/ tomatillo sauce
10:30pm- banana

No workout. I cleaned my house today.

Healthy Recipe Alternatives

Tamales
Ingredients for masa:
2 cups of Instant Corn Masa Mix (Maseca- sold at Fresh and Easy)
2 cups of vegetable broth
1 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste

Masa preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Add a little more broth if masa is too dry.

Ingredients for filling:
2 pasilla chiles
2 anaheim chiles
2 jalapeno chiles (optional)
1 red potato, cut into slices (keep in cool water)
green olives with pimiento (optional)

-Roast, peel, core and cut all the chiles into slices. I roasted them in a skillet. Then I placed them in a bowl and covered them so they would sweat and make it easier to peel. You can also roast them in the oven until the skin blisters.
-You will also need corn husks. Let them sit in warm water for 5-10 minutes, and then pat them dry.

Assembly:
Take a corn husk and spread masa mixture across the husk, leaving a 1-inch border of husk all around. In center of masa fill with two slices of each chile, 1 slice of potato and 1-2 olives. Fold the husk over lengthwise and fold husks ends over, envelope style (the top can remain open). Repeat for each corn husk. Stack tamales on a steam tray (open side up) in a deep cooking pot with boiling water in the bottom (just enough to steam, not boil tamales) Steam for 1 1/2 hours or until masa is firm. Serve with green tomatillo sauce.

Tomatillo Sauce:
10 tomatillos (husked and washed in warm water)
1/2 onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 jalapeno
1 tbsp of cilantro, minced

Boil tomatillos, onion, garlic and jalapenos in water for 10-20 minutes, until the tomatillos change color to dark green. Drain and blend all ingredients in a blender. Add salt to taste. Pour into a serving dish, add the cilantro and serve.
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Baked Soyrizo and Potato Chimichangas
Note: No oil is used in this recipe. Sautee your veggies in veggie broth or water. Put your veggies in a hot pan and when they begin to stick add a little bit of liquid. Add liquid little by little to ensure they don't stick or burn until they are done cooking.

Ingredients:
Soyrizo (sold at Trader Joe's)
2 white potatoes (peeled and diced into cubes)
1/2 onion (diced)
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves (chopped)
salt to taste
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp chile powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Sautee the onions in a large pot with water. Add garlic and continue to sautee, adding water as it evaporates just enough to ensure onion and garlic don't stick and burn. Add soyrizo and crumble in pan. Add potato cubes and 1/2 cup of water. Add cumin, paprika, chile powder and garlic powder and mix well. Add salt to taste. Mix in spinach and cilantro.

Warm up tortillas in the microwave for about 1 minute until they are soft and bendable. Fill the center of each tortilla with Soyrizo mixture, fold torillas in on the sides and then roll (burrito style). Put chimichangas on a cookie sheet and bake until outer shell is golden brown and crunchy. Turn chimichangas once to ensure both side are browned. Top with tomatillo sauce and guacamole.
Enjoy!!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Saturday

Be powerful! Be strong! Be beautiful from the inside out!

Food Journal:
11:00am Breakfast- steel cut oats w/ u/s soy milk, agave nectar, walnuts and banana
12:30pm Snack- veggie soup and dried edamame
3:00pm Lunch- naked veggie burrito (no tortilla!) (rice, black beans, veggies, pico de gallo and lemon juice)
5:30pm -Went to the outdoor outlet mall with Jazzy and we shared a smoothie from Orange Julius. She had most of it :) I took only a couple of sips because it had dairy in it.
7:30pm Snack- 2 mini corn tortillas w/ red pepper hummus
8:30pm Dinner- 2 small vegan tamales (homemade), 5 boneless chicken-less wings (soy product)
Dessert- pineapple and a couple of mini cinnamon cookies
No workout today. I did do about 2 hours of walking around at the mall today. We also took the stairs in the parking garage versus the elevator. Nothing intense but every step counts towards your goal. :)
I made some homemade vegan tamales. I thought that my days of tamale eating were done but I learned a yummy recipe for tamales without lard, meat or cheese. I made some today with roasted chiles, a slice of potato and a green olive in them. Then I made a tomatillo sauce for the top of the tamale. OMG! They were super yummy and guilt free. Everyone loved them.
Yes Iris it was YUMMY! I know I always say that when I describe my food but I believe that if it isn't yummy and healthy then why should I eat it. Healthy doesn't have to taste like cardboard. I like my food to look yummy and taste even yummier.
This morning I made some homemade french toast for breakfast for Jazzy and my brother. My brother said they were better them IHOP. That was a nice compliment. I topped them with sliced bananas, walnuts and syrup. Jazzy liked them too.

My Mission

I watched Jaime Oliver's Food Revolution on ABC last night and was really saddened. I hope you guys tune in and and watch it next week. It was an informative documentary/ reality show about how one of the sickest most obese states eats. He went in and tried to change the school systems food program. There was a lot of resistance because they are driven by money and convenience.

Then he went to the house of a mother with 3 children and cooked all the food they eat in a week and plopped it all on the kitchen table. There were no veggies or fruit on that table. They ate pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, eggs, bacon, pancakes, corn dogs and a whole LOT of processed cheap food. The mom was in tears when she saw how awful she had been feeding her children. By the end of his visit they had buried their deep fryer and were trying to eat healthier.

I am just saddened because so many people are ignorant to the consequences of poor nutrition. Every case and household is different but I truly believe that our lack of education about nutrition and our bodies has caused many of us to die too early or struggle with preventable diseases. We are not preparing our kids to be healthy productive citizens when they are eating food that leads them to diabetes and heart disease.

I have prayed that God would use me to help deliver this message to everyone who is willing to listen. I want to become properly educated about this issue so that I can help teach and empower others to live their best lives. I am so passionate about this and I believe this is why I have had to endure my own struggles with this subject.

I know that not everyone with understand or care about my beliefs but for every one person that doesn't there are a hundred who will. I can only start with myself and my family. I have to be an example before I can be a teacher. This is my mission: To be an example of healthy and teach others how to respect their bodies as the sacred temples that they were designed to be.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday

Food for thought: Healthy food can be YUMMY all the time. Make food fun and tastey. You don't have to eat boring bland food. Take your favorite dishes and research alternative ways to make then healthier. There are no excuses!!!!

Food Journal:
9:30am Breakfast- steel cut oats w/ u/s soy milk, agave nectar, cinnamon, 1/2 a banana and walnuts. a cup of warm acai berry tea.
11:30am Lunch- brown rice and veggie stirfry, no pudge fudgey brownie
2:00pm Snack- small bowl of veggie soup
4:30pm Snack- tortilla chips (homemade) w/ red pepper hummus, fruit (pineapple, mango)
8:00pm Dinner- veggie soup, salad, brown rice pudding

Workout Journal:
40 min DVD (No More Trouble Zone) strength training circuits

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Resistance In The Camp

This plant based lifestyle is amazing for me and I am very excited to try new recipes. I have noticed my belly is shrinking and I feel less bloated. My daughter on the other hand is having some issues adopting this lifestyle. She is mad at me and has become very resistant. She wants to eat eggs, cheese and turkey.

I am not staying away from this food because I want to be skinny. I am living this life because I have learned about the affects of eating animal protein and I want be the healthiest I can be. I plan on renting the movie FOOD, INC. this weekend to share with her. She knows what I am talking about is true but I want her to hear it from another source.

It is just difficult breaking a mindset that has been instilled in her since she was little. She understands we have to be healthy and eat good food but she is having an issue with this vegan lifestyle. It makes me a little sad because I am trying to give her the best. I can't feed her things that I wouldn't feed myself.

I know everyone has their own way of eating and beliefs about nutrition and this is mine. I want to raise my daughter with my beliefs. When she is old enough to decide for herself then she can do what she wants but right now she has to do what I say. I know this sounds drastic but this is how I feel.

I did compromise with her and tell her that she can eat animal protein (milk, eggs, cheese, turkey) for 2-3 meals per week but she is still resistant. I have to stand my ground and I know this is all new to her. It will eventually be her lifestyle and she will embrace it. I just have to involve her in the preparation of the menus and food so she feels more ownership of this new lifestyle. I can't just demand her to eat the food. IF she knows she was a part of it maybe she will learn to accept it more.

Thursday

Food Journal:
9:30am Breakfast- 2 mini non gluten pancakes w/ low sugar organic strawberry preserves, 1 black bean patty
11:30pm Snack- 2 pieces of mexican pizza w/ salsa and avacado, 1 champagne mango (the size of a pear)
2:00pm Lunch- brown rice, black eyed peas and veggies, (dessert) a little bit of brown rice pudding
5:00pm Snack- 1 black bean patty w/ ketchup and mustard
6:30pm Dinner- small plate of veggie stirfry, brown rice and a veggie spring roll ( I wasn't very hungry but I didn't want to eat later.)
8:30pm a small piece of No Pudgey Fudgey Brownie (made with u/s soy yogurt)

Workout Journal:
20 min DVD (30 Day Shred- Level 1)

I was not feeling my workout today but I got it done. I was totally hating it all the way through. It was one of those days when I was bored with my workout but I couldn't go running. The wind was really strong and there was too much pollen outside. I have been sneezing a lot from allergies. The DVD I do is very intense and I didn't want to do it but I know I always feel great when I do it so that made me push and get it done. Even though it is a level 1 workout there is nothing beginner about it. It is 20 minutes of NON STOP circuit training. It envolves 3 circuits that focus on 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, 1 minute of abs. It really gets your heart pumping because she does NOT give you one minute to catch your breath.

My food was good today. I am excited to learn some new recipes. I do not crave any kind of animal protein but I am wondering how many things I can make with veggies. I know there are thousands of meals I could make. I need to go buy a vegan cookbook before I get bored. :) I really want to buy the book Alicia Silverstone wrote called "The Kind Diet". I think I will go check out the library tomorrow and read it before I buy it. I am also renting the movie "Food Inc" to watch this weekend with Jazzy.

Thanks for supporting me and checking in on me. Love you.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wednesday

Food Journal:
9:30am Breakfast- steel cut oats w/ u/s soy milk and agave nectar (it tastes better than honey), black bean patty
11:30pm Snack- fruit salad (pineapple, papaya, mango)
1:00pm Snack- brown rice pudding
2:00pm Lunch- veggie soup, 3 tostadas w/ cactus salad
5:00pm Snack- protein bar, homemade tortilla chips w/ guacamole and salsa
7:00pm Dinner- 3 slices of Mexican Pizza on whole wheat pizza dough (no cheese or meat)

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

Today was a good day. I am really full with the food I have been eating. I am more full then when I was eating meat. I am eating a lot of veggies, beans and whole grains which provide lots of fiber. I have noticed that my digestive system is VERY regular now. Almost too much because everytime I eat I have to go to the bathroom within atleast 30 min to 1 hour. My brother has been eating like me and noticed the same effect.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tuesday

Food Journal:
9:00am Breakfast- steel cut oats w/ u/s soy milk and honey
11:30am Snack- oatmeal raisin protein bar
1:00pm Lunch- veggie soup, 2 mini taco corn tortillas w/ refried black beans and cactus salad, fresh fruit salad
3:00pm Snack- 2 mini taco torillas w/ refried black beans and cactus salad
3:30pm (at fresh and easy) tried some tortilla chips (4) with 1 tbsp of guacamole
4:30pm Sweet treat- chocolate protein bar
6:00pm Dinner- black bean guacamole burger on whole wheat bread (mayo, lettuce, tomato, organic ketchup) (see post for recipe)
7:00pm Dessert- brown rice pudding (see post for recipe)
10:00pm (planning to have some) acaia berry tea (unsweetened)
Update: I didn't have the tea. I ate a black bean patty instead. Plain with nothing else.

No working out today. I did go volunteer today and had to lift some pretty heavy boxes. I also hurt my toe playing around with my brother today. It is bruised so I couldn't do my DVD. I will do it tomorrow if it feels better. I am going to do a small workout right now.
100 pushups, 250 crunches, 250 squats

Thanks for checking in. Hope you are inspired to try some of the yummy recipes I am sharing with you.

More Recipes

Black Bean Burgers (makes 4 burgers)
1 16oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup salsa (no sugar or preservatives) If mixture is too dry add a little more salsa.
1 cup dry oats
2 tsp whole wheat flour (I used rice flour)
sea salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and form into patties. Cook in a pan (without oil) until browned on each side. I topped these burgers with gucamole. Super yummy! Enjoy.

Tip: Double or triple the recipe and have left overs for lunch. You can also freeze them for another day. Remember prepare ahead for the week. :)
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Brown Rice Pudding
1 cup vanilla soy milk ( I used plain u/s soy milk)
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 cups cooked brown rice
1/3 cup agave nectar or maple syrup (real syrup not Mrs. Butterworth:)
1/3 cup raisins
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

Wisk milk and cornstarch together in medium saucepan. Add cooked rice, agave nectar, raisins and cinnamon. Simmer over medium heat for 3 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Serve warm or cold.

This is my favorite dessert and I used to crave it when I was pregnant. I am so happy to find a yummy recipe that is guilt free and healthy. Let me know what you think. :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Yummy Recipes I just Learned.

Tostadas (making your own from scratch keeps you from consuming preservatives)

small taco corn tortillas (clean ones with only corn, water and lime...no preservatives)

lemon juice (in a spray bottle)

sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay the tortillas on a baking sheet in a single layer. Spray the tortillas w/ lemon juice. Season with sea salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Top with cactus salad.

Cacuts Salad

2 cups nopalitos (fresh or jarred....if jarred rinse them out before using)

1/2 of a jicama, julienned

1 tomato, chopped

2 tbsp of red onion, chopped

2 tsp of cilantro, chopped

1 cup of romaine lettuce, chopped

1 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp vinegar (optional....I did not use. I used more lime juice)

1/2 of an avacado

Combine all ingredients except for avacado, and season with sea salt and pepper to taste. May not need salt. Garnish with avacado slices.

(I smeared a layer of refried black beans on tostada before adding cactus salad. This adds protein and fiber which helps fill you up faster and longer.)

If buying fresh nopales. Prepare them buying removing outer skin and chopping. Rinse them in water. Boil in a pot of water or veggie broth w/ garlic gloves and onion until tender. Let cool before preparing them in salad.

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Bake some tortillas strips for soup in the oven. Follow directions for tostadas but slice into strips before placing on baking sheet, you can add a little chile powder for seasoning too. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Tortilla Soup

1 red onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp ground cumin

3/4 tsp chili powder

4 cups vegetable broth (No oil in it. Just water, veggies and seasoning)

2 cups frozen corn

4 medium tomatoes, chopped (I used a can of fire roasted tomatoes instead for extra flavor)

1 15 oz. can of black beans or pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 zucchini, chopped

1 jalapeno chile, seeded and minced

4 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

Sautee the onion and garlic with some vegetable broth until almost tender, about 5 minutes, stirring often and adding broth as needed to prevent burning. Stir in tomato paste, cumin and chili powder. Add the 4 cups of veggie broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer. Add the tomatoes, beans, zucchini, and jalapeno. Cover and simmer until the zucchini is tender, about 8-10 minutes. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with cilantro and tortilla strips.

(For those of you who enjoy eating meat you can add cooked shredded chicken to this soup.)

Monday

Food Journal:
10:00am Breakfast- steel cut oats w/ u/s soy milk and honey
12:00pm Lunch- tortilla soup, 1 small cactus salad tostada, green chile tamale, water
4:30pm Snack- protein bar, a couple of kettle chips
7:00pm Dinner- tortilla soup, 2 small cactus salad tostadas, water
8:00pm Dessert- fresh homemade fruit salad (pineapple, papaya, mango)

No workout

I had an amazing day today. I attended a vegan lunch and learn today. We learned how to make tortilla soup, cactus salad tostadas, green chile tamales and virgin watermelon strawberry margaritas. I was super excited when we learned about the tamales because I wanted to find a healthy way to make them. The orginal way involves manteca (pig fat) or oil and is very high in fat and calories. Depending on the filling you can really do some damage with tamales.

I will post the recipes on a separate post so you can learn and enjoy these wonderful recipes. I hope to be attending some more of these classes really soon.

Thanks for checking in on me.

Be Prepared

Being healthy doesn't mean being bored. You can become even more creative and enjoy food more when you learn to eat it in it's natural form. Don't depend on big companies looking to make a profit to dictate what is yummy. There are a lot of wonderful ways to prepare healthy, natural, clean foods if you just take the time to learn. Feed yourself what is good not just what is convenient.

Preparing food ahead of time on your days off is an excellent way to cook healthy on limited time. Chopping up fruits and veggies ahead of time saves a lot of frustration and time. Cooking a large pot of rice, oatmeal, beans or veggie soup for the week can also make food preparation easier.

A lot of people stray away from eating healthy because they think they can't afford it. That is not the case. Eating healthy can be very economical if you know how to shop. You can buy produce (fresh fruits and veggies) on sale and freeze them. You can buy rice, potatoes, beans, oatmeal and other products in bulk which also saves a ton of money. Buying bread on sale and freezing it as well can also be helpful.

Being healthy doesn't have to be boring, time consuming or expensive. If you really want to be healthy and are committed then you will find ways to achieve it. Don't give up or give in. Do research, talk to people who live this way, buy healthy cookbooks, read some healthy food books and prepare yourself. If you don't have money to buy books you can also check out some great books at your local library. There are no excuses.

We don't plan to fail......we fail to plan.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday

Food Journal:
9:30am Breakfast- oatmeal w/ soy milk and honey
2:30pm Lunch- (Sweet Tomatoes Salad Buffet) large salad, small serving of pasta w/ eggplant sauce, 2 mini bread sticks, water, a mini mini mini cone of vanilla frozen yogurt
7:00pm Dinner- 1 1/2 cup of black eyed peas
8:30pm 1 1/2 c of cereal w/ soy milk

Workout Journal:
20 min DVD (30 Day Shred Level 3)
40 min DVD (No More Trouble Zones)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Saturday

Food for thought: Be true to yourself.

Food Journal:
10:30am Breakfast- (Mimi's Cafe) egg whites scrambled with broccoli, spinach and tomatoes, sliced tomatoes w/ little salt and pepper, 2 slices of wheat toast w/ butter, water w/ lemon, 2 pieces of a low fat blue berry muffin w/ butter (yummy! I went to eat w/ MIL and my baby girl)
2:00pm Lunch- sweet and sour chik'n (soy...no chicken) w/ whole grain rice, mini homemade cheese pizza (the size of an english muffin)
5:00pm Snack- pineapple chunks, vegetable chips (Terra Chips) w/ lemon cilantro hummus
7:00pm Dinner- meatless riblet (soy), mac n cheese
8:00pm hot green tea, chocolate chip Z-bar (kids protein bar), probiotic pill w/ water

Workout Journal:
crunches (200), squats (200) and push ups (100)

Today I went to breakfast and enjoyed a nice healthy meal. I also bought some new items from Morning Star to try out. They are soy products. I don't want to always eat these but I buy them just to have a healthy option in case I want some kind of meat. I am doing my best to stay away from animal products. I am also avoiding egg whites and have been trying to eat oatmeal in the morning. I have been told that they can cause your hair to fall out. I eat a lot of them and my hair falls out a lot so I want to stop eating them as much and see what happens. I did have some today for breakfast because I only like my oatmeal from home. (steel cut oats w/ honey and soy milk:)

I didn't do a workout DVD today because I was very tired. I haven't been sleeping really good lately. I have a very disturbed sleep because my brother stays up allllll night playing video games. The living room is right next to my room so I wake up with the slightest noise and have trouble falling back to sleep. :( I did do a little something just to burn some calories and strengthen my muscles.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Friday

Food for thought: I don't strive for success......I am success. All that I am and all that I will ever be is by the grace of God. I surrender my heart to His will.


Food Journal:
8:30am Breakfast- steelcut oats w/ u/s soy milk and honey
9:30am -Soy smoothie and a piece of whole wheat toast with soy butter
11:30am Lunch- salad (spinach, 2 veggie patties, salsa, avacado, lemon, lemon cilantro hummus)
2:00pm Snack- u/s yogurt w/ honey, pineapple and walnuts
4:30pm Snack- veggie chips
8:30pm Dinner- turkey wrap, french fries w/ ketchup, water (Went out to eat for my niece's 16th birthday)
9:30pm Dessert- popsicle (chocolate)

No workout today. I did do some running during a scavenger hunt tonight. I also did 250 crunches before going out.

Today was my niece's birthday party and they planned a scavenger hunt for her and her friends. We also went to dinner at a really crazy place called "Dick's Last Resort". The employees purposely act extremely rude. They yell at you and throw things at you. It is pretty crazy. They also make paper hats out of butcher paper and write really funny and sometimes embarrassing comments and put them on you while you are eating. Jazzy got one that said "I giggle when I fart". They kept our tables hats pretty clean since we had young kids. My niece's said "It is my birthday and the only thing I got was my period". LOLLL! Crazy! This other lady at a different table had one on that said "I go down faster then the stock market". They get pretty graphic. :)

I had a nice time but it wasn't really my environment. I enjoy peace and quiet. There wasn't much of that tonight. :) I tried to eat one of healthiest items they had on the menu but it came with fries. I did enjoy eating them. The wrap was not good.

I am excited for Monday. My friend Jennifer invited me to a vegan lunch and cooking class. I am super excited to eat some yummy healthy food I have maybe never tried and also learn some new ways to cook healthy vegan food.


I am gradually trying to switch over to this lifestyle and having people in your life that live that way really is encouraging. It is great to find people who have similar beliefs as you and do all they can to help you grow. I will let you know how it goes. :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Exercise Information

I learned some really cool information about exercise that I never knew and wanted to share it with you. Hope it helps put things in perspective for you. I know it helped me. Let me know what you think.

-It takes between 25 and 50 calories per day to maintain a pound of lean muscles mass. It only takes 2 calories per day to maintain 1 pound of fat. So the more lean muscle you have on your body, the more calories you burn even when resting. " Make weights your friends..LOL!"

- The duration of your workouts does matter. 30 minutes of continuous exercise is NOT the same as 3 ten minute workouts. You may burn the same amount of calories but you will not get many of the other benefits of exercise that can profoundly change your physiology.

It takes 20 minutes before the body accesses stored fat. In other words before you start burning fat.

It takes 30 minutes before the flow of blood extends deep into your tissues of the spleen, liver, kidneys, lymph and bone marrow, which allows them to get a fresh supply of oxygen and nutrients therefore strengthening our immune system.

Your goal should be to work your way up to 45 minutes to an hour of exercise in order to burn fat, improve immune function and get the full benefits of an exercise program.

- Four or more days of exercise will change and strength your body. 3 times per week will maintain your current fitness level. Less then 3 days will cause you to lose fitness.

- Ensure that you are exercising in your target heart zone not in your comfort zone. You should be able to talk while exercising but not want to. You should not be comfortably engaging in conversation while exercising, if you are then you need to kick it up a notch.

- Exercising helps strengthen your immune system. You are less likely to get sick if you are active and participating in regular physical activity.

- Strength training helps build strong bones which helps prevent breaks as we age. It also maintains and builds lean muscle mass which helps with weight loss by stimulating our metabolism. As we get older we lose muscles mass which causes us to lose bone density and also slows down our metabolism making it harder to lose weight.

Hope this information helps you out. Thanks for reading.

Thursday

Food for thought: Learn to embrace and accept your body for the miracle that it was created to be. Don't focus on the imperfections. Look at the beauty of God's creation and just give Him thanks.

Food Journal:
9:30am Breakfast- steelcut oats w/ u/s soy milk and honey
12:30pm Snack- smoothie (u/s soy milk and yogurt, honey and frozen strawberries)
2:30pm Snack- 2 black bean patties
4:00pm Lunch- grilled chicken salad (romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, pico de gallo, hot salsa, corn and black bean salsa, drizzle of dressing (barely any), lemon juice for dressing), a tiny piece of flour tortilla, water
4:30pm soy mini ice cream sandwhich
8:00pm Dinner- salad (romaine lettuce, 2 meatless chicken patties cut up, salsa, lemon juice as dressing, avacado), chocolate chip Z-bar (kids protein bar), water

Workout Journal:
(11:00am) 20 min DVD (30 day Shred- Level 1) (cardio, abs and strength circuits)
15 minutes of strength training (biceps, shoulders, squats, dead lifts, triceps)

I had a good day today. My legs were sore and I wasn't feeling 100% but I still had an awesome workout. I went shopping with my mom and then we went to lunch after we picked up Jazzy from school. I took Jazz to choir and dance rehearsel and then we came home to do homework and relax. I am glad tomorrow is friday.

Saturday we are going to breakfast with my MIL and then to watch Jazzy's bff play soccer. Jazzy is also having her monthly movie night with her BFF and they are going to watch New Moon. I bought some cool New Moon plates and napkins for their special movie night. I am working on a themed food menu for added fun. So far I will be making Vampire pizzas. I will take pictures and post them. I am still trying to incorporate Jacob the Wolf and Bella into the menu.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wednesday

Food for thought: Loving and respecting your body has nothing to do with vanity. Let your confidence shine from the inside, out.

Food Journal:
9:30am Breakfast- 4 egg whites w/ soyrizo, avacado and salsa, u/s soy yogurt w/ honey and pineapple, hot acai berry tea, 2 cleansing pills, water

12:30pm Snack- lemon cilantro hummus, 3 carrot sticks, 2 celery sticks, water
1:30pm- Soy mini ice cream
2:30pm Lunch- coucous w/ pinto beans and salsa, bok choy


4:00pm- Soy mini ice cream sandwhich (no refined sugar....all natural sugars. Shouldn't have ate two today but I did:)


6:30pm Snack- u/s soy yogurt w/ honey, pineapple and walnuts (one of my favorite sweet treats now...thanks to my prima...thanks:)


8:30pm Dinner- zucchini lasagna w/ no cheese (zucchini instead of noodles, ground turkey meat and spaghetti sauce)

NO MORE FOOD! The kitchen is closed after 8pm. :D Only tea and maybe some dried edamame. That's it!!!!! :D

10pm- a few pineapple chunks and dried edamame

Workout Journal:

Rest day! Yay my body needs it.

Like I mentioned before I am eating too much a night. I do pretty good during the day but then the night comes and I keep wanting to munch and eat things every two hours. While it is okay to eat healthy snacks every two hours I don't want to be eating so late. I really need to force myself to go to bed by 10pm. I wake up feeling tired and that can make you over eat too. So I must make this my goal and stick to it as part of my weight loss and healthy lifestyle plan.

I know I have talked about this before but I have a habit of staying up and it is hard to break. I am working on it. Lately I have been trying to get off the computer by 10pm and that has been pretty successful. :0) We will see how it goes.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Black Bean Burger/ Rice Pudding Recipes

Black Bean Burgers (makes 4 burgers)
1 16oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup salsa (no sugar or preservatives) If mixture is too dry add a little more salsa.
1 cup dry oats
2 tsp whole wheat flour (I used rice flour)
sea salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and form into patties. Cook in a pan (without oil) until browned on each side. I topped these burgers with guacamole. You can also top them with sauteed mushrooms and onions. Super yummy! Enjoy.
Variation: You can also process all the ingredients in the food processor too. This gives the patty a smoother consistancy. I prefer them this way. :)
Tip: Double or triple the recipe and have left overs for lunch. You can also freeze them for another day. Remember prepare ahead for the week. :)
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Brown Rice Pudding
1 cup vanilla soy milk ( I used plain u/s soy milk)
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 cups cooked brown rice
1/3 cup agave nectar or maple syrup (real maple syrup not Mrs. Butterworth:)
1/3 cup raisins
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
Wisk milk and cornstarch together in medium saucepan. Add cooked rice, agave nectar, raisins and cinnamon. Simmer over medium heat for 3 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Serve warm or cold.
This is my favorite dessert and I used to crave it when I was pregnant. I am so happy to find a yummy recipe that is guilt free and healthy. Let me know what you think. :)

Tuesday

Food for thought: You are what you eat..LOL! If you want to be your best then eat the best. :)

Food Journal:
10:00am Breakfast- smoothie (u/s soy milk and yogurt, frozen strawberries, honey, banana), spelt tortilla w/ pinto beans, avacado and hot sauce.
12:30pm Lunch- homemade veggie soup, 8 bunny cheddar crackers (all natural), acai berry tea (unsweetened)
4:00pm Sweets- carrot cake cup cake w/ frosting
4:30pm Dinner- shrimp scampi, 1/4 c. lemon saffron couscous, 1/3 c. green beans, focacia bread (served on a small salad plate)
8:00pm Snack- Blue Diamond Almonds -smokehouse jalapeno flavor (mini single serving bag)
8:30pm glass of moscato with two peach slices
10:00pm soy mini ice cream sandwhich

Workout Journal:
40 minutes circuit training DVD (Burn Fat, Blast Metabolism) Intense Cardio!

(Pic taken after my intense 40 min workout)

I love when I workout so hard that my efforts show all over my shirt...LOL! Pretty nasty I know:)

Jazzy and I went to volunteer tonight and I broke a sweat. We were working pretty hard for about 1 1/2 hrs. I know I burned some calories during our volunteer session.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Monday

Food for thought:
Don't focus on the numbers, don't look at the form. It is all an illusion. Stay focused on your strength and power. There is more to you then what is seen with the natural eye.

Food Journal:
12:30pm Breakfast- steelcut oatmeal w/ honey and u/s soy milk. soy smoothie (U/S soy milk and yogurt, honey, piece of banana, peaches, and frozen strawberries)
3:30pm Lunch- homemade veggie soup, 5 meatless buffalo wings, a tiny piece of bread with lite mayo and avacado
5:00pm Snack- protein bar
8:30pm Dinner- veggie burger (veggie patty, 2 slices of whole wheat toast, lite mayo, mustard, spinach and avacado), protein bar (sweet treat), dry roasted edamame
Water, water, water

Workout Journal:
1:30pm- 20 min circuit training DVD (30 Day Shred- Level 2) very intense cardio!
6:30pm- 45 min of Zumba

My Conclusion

I took the last couple of days to regroup and educate myself about proper nutrition. It is easy sometimes to get caught up in trends and fad diets when you are desperate to lose weight. We all want a quick fix and at times we can get frustrated when things aren't moving along like we want them to.

I truly believe that it is imparitive to become educated about how food affects your body and also the benefits of proper nutrition. Many of us are bombarded with misleading advertising and we become victims of them. We eat low fat, sugar free, low carb foods thinking we are doing what is good.

It saddens me because the companies that manufacture these foods don't really care about your health. They care about their profit. We have gone so far away from what is healthy that it is no wonder why we are one of the most obese nations in the world. Not only do we battle obesity but we are in a fight for our lives. We give more money to the drug industry to treat our symptoms then we do to preventing disease.

Over the last couple of days I have been reading a studying about whole foods and processed foods. I am learning about what foods are beneficial to our bodies and which ones have been linked to causing disease.

God's word says that His people perish from a lack of knowledge. I believe that to be true even when it comes to nutrition. If we are God's sacred temple then we should learn about what we are putting into it.

We can't just cry and pray for a healing we must be proactive and learn how to prevent the disease. I hope to be able to share with you some of the things I am learning. I hope you continue to follow me as I begin a new journey.

No one person has all the answers but if you pray and ask God for direction He will lead you to the truth. You may have to travel different paths and discover new territories but I believe our health is worth it.

So far I have come to this conclusion:
Feed your body natural, whole foods and your body will return to it's natural, whole state. We don't have to worry about calories if we are eating foods that the body recognizes and is designed to absorb and digest naturally. There will be no need for added supplements and digestive aids if you eat what is beneficial to your body. Eat real food. Not manufactured food.

Thursday thru Sunday

Thursday 3/11

9:30am meal 1- 4 egg whites w/ spinach and roasted salsa. Oatmeal w/ soy milk and honey. Water. 2 detox pills
11:30am meal 2- Acai berry tea, spelt tortilla w/ black bean dip
2:30pm meal 3- edamame crackers, protein bar, veggie soup (homemade)
4:30pm meal 4- 2 tbsp hummus, 2 carrot sticks, 1 celery stick, edamame crackers
5:30pm meal 5- brown rice, orange chicken, 5 pineapple chunks, 2 detox pills
Dessert- sugar free homemade pineapple cake
10pm meal 6- hummus,edamame crackers

Workout- 20 min video (30 day shred- Level 3)

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Friday 3/12

9:45am meal 1- steel cut oats w/ soy milk and honey, water and 2 detox pills
11:00am meal 2- hummus, edamame crackers, water
1:00pm meal 3- 1 1/2 c. veggie soup, water (sitting waiting for my oil change:)
2:00pm meal 4- homemade veggie soup, spelt tortilla w/ bean dip
3:30pm- piece of sugar free cake
4:00pm meal 5- 5 meatless buffalo wings, pineapple
5:30pm meal 6- 1/2 salad, 2 boneless chicken wings, 1 celery stick, couple of fries (Applebee's)
2 detox pills, water

Other snacks I ate at night:
protein bar
edamame crackers, acai tea w/ honey

The later I stay up the more I eat because I get hungry about every 2 hours. I have to work on getting to bed earlier. I have been doing good about going to bed by 12am. Hopefully I will start working soon and I will have to make myself get to bed a lot earlier. :)

No workout. Rest Day.
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Saturday 3/13

11:30am meal 1- steelcut oats w/ honey and u/s soy milk. spelt flour tortilla w/ 1 egg white, pinto beans, salsa and spinach
2 detox pills
2:00pm meal 2- 1 1/2 c veggie soup, green tea, a piece of protein bar
5:40pm meal 3- brown rice, pinto beans, roasted salsa, bok choy
9:30pm meal 4- pasta w/ veggies and chicken, a piece of protein bar
10:00pm meal 5- dried edamame, acai berry tea

Workout-
40 min DVD (No More Trouble Zones)
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Sunday 3/14

10:30am meal 1- protein bar
2:00pm meal 2- asian grilled chicken salad, a few fries, iced tea
a couple of peanut m&m's
5:30pm meal 3- cheese and jalapeno birote
8:00pm meal 4- 1/2 a birote w/ beans and avacado
9:00pm meal 5- brown rice, pinto beans and avacado (left overs)
10:30pm meal 6- dried edamame

No workout, Rest day!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I will be back later

I am going to be away from this blog for a little while. I will update you when I come back. I might be gone for about a week. I need time to regroup. Love you all.

I will be checking in my primas though. I just won't be posting my information for a little while.

Transitioning

I have been feeling really crazy lately and I know it has to do with change that is coming in my life. I need to get ready and re-adjust myself. Sometimes we get comfortable with the same routine and that does not make room for change. We have to be willing to be uncomfortable at times because it is those moments that make us re-evaluate things and set new goals. I know in my spirit that is time to move into a new level. Not only with my workouts and eating habits but with the way I think and spend my time.

Just be patient with me over the next couple of weeks because I don't know where I am headed right now. I know it is a positive move but I might have to change my course and do things different.

Food Journal: (I still need to go shopping)
Breakfast- smoothie (u/s soy yogurt and milk, frozen strawberries, honey, piece of banana)
Snack- Allbran garlic herb crackers, 1 lemon cookie
Lunch- (Lean Cuisine) fried rice and chicken
Snack- smoothie (same as above but I added a spoon of flaxseed supplement)
Dinner- chicken noodle soup

Workout Journal:
100 squats (varied), 50 push ups (inclined against the wall), 200 crunches

I was talking to my mom the other day about how I am frustrated with my non progress. She said that I look great and that I should be proud of myself because she sees how much my body has changed. She said that I have to remember that when we add muscle to our bodies, our weight does not move much. I know that to be true but I also know I should be losing atleast 1 lb a week. I know it is time to get more strict with my food. I know what I need to do. It is time to do it and not make any excuses.

Thanks for supporting me and encouraging me!!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday

Food Journal:
8:30am Breakfast- 2 egg whites w/ lite cheese, unsweetened applesauce
11:30pm Lunch- quesadilla w/ lite cheese and turkey w/ salsa (1 tortilla folded in half)
4:30pm Snack- soy smoothie (soy u/s milk, soy u/s yogurt, frozen strawberries, piece of banana, honey) piece of foccacia bread and 1 tbsp spaghetti sauce
8:30pm Dinner- 1/2 c pasta, 1/2 cup sauce w/ ground turkey meat, small piece of bread, almonds (salt and vinegar flavor), 1 double stuffed oreo

Workout Journal:
1 hour of INTENSE cardio (Zumba)

I am at a really strange place right now emotionally. I have to regroup and stay motivated. I am just a little disappointed with my progress and I know it is time to re-evaluate stuff and regroup. I am going grocery shopping tomorrow for my healthy food.

I let my emotions get the best of me today. I attacked my thin mint girl scout cookies so I had to throw them all away. I didn't even care about the cookie I was just disappointed because I work out so hard and try to eat well and I feel like nothing is happening. It was more of a "take that" attitude I had...LOL!

I do know that I have to eliminate my consumption of carbs after 6pm. I know what I have to do! I just have to do it and stay consistant. Thanks for hanging in there with me. :)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Day #160- No Sugar Day 19

Food Journal:
10:00am- 1/3 banana, water (on my way to church)
1:30pm- the other 2/3 of my banana and water
3:00pm Lunch- teriyaki chicken bowl, unsweetened applesauce
9:00pm Dinner- grilled chicken salad, 1/2 flour tortilla, couple sips of lemonade

oppsies- the girl scout cookies won. I ate 1 thin mint and a lemon cookie. I know, I know. I was going to try to hide it but I have to be honest. :(((( sorry!

Workout Journal:
Rest Day. Abs only

I didn't have to time to eat breakfast this morning because I didn't want to be late to church. I grabbed a banana and was on my way. We ate lunch kind of late. I took Jazzy to a birthday party this evening and they served the kids greasy pizza. I was so hungry but I didn't want to get anything from the snack bar (bowling party;). I waited until after the party and then Jazzy and I went to go eat dinner.

Today is my scheduled rest day. It did rain all day and I am hoping it is better for tomorrow. I want to go running.

I am a little discouraged today because I am working out so hard and trying to eat well but I am not dropping weight. My body is getting smaller but not as fast as I would like it to. Someone did call my skinny today and said I looked good. I am glad others see my hard work but I am discouraged today. I just have to be honest. I have so much weight to lose and I think it is time I kick it up a notch big time.

I did get a good size tax return back this year so I am going to invest in myself by getting some really good healthy food in the house. I have to get more serious about my food.

Thanks for reading and for keeping me accountable and encouraged. Love you.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Day #159- No Sugar Day 18

Food Journal:
11:30am Breakfast- (IHOP) egg white omelette w/ swiss cheese, mushrooms, spinach, a little bit of ketchup and hot sauce, 2 slices of wheat toast w/ butter, unsweetened iced tea
4:30pm Snack- 2 soft pretzel sticks w/ mustard, sprite, shared ice cream w/ Jazzy
8:00pm Dinner- chicken noodle soup, pineapple chunks

Workout Journal:
Walked around outdoor mall with Jazzy for 2 hours. I planned on going running this morning but I had to take care of an errand and was not able to. I am also verrrrrry sore from my last two workouts. My legs and booties are very sore. :)

I did eat sugar today so I was not sugar free. I shared a DQ cone with Jazzy. I will back on the sugar free routine tomorrow. Sorry :(

I did have a great day today. Thanks for reading!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Day #158- No Sugar Day 17

Daily Thought: AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING! God is simply AMAZING!

Food Journal:
9:15am pre-workout meal- fruit (peaches, pineapple), 1/2 protein bar
11:30 post-workout meal- 4 egg whites and 1 whole egg, salsa, 1 piece of wheat bread with lite mayo, 1/2 protein bar, water
2:00pm Lunch- salad w/ turkey bacon, pineapple and strawberries w/ walnuts, water
5:00pm Snack- (while watching movie) Triscuits
7:00pm Dinner- grilled chicken salad, chips w/ salsa and bean dip
9:00pm Kahlua Mudslide (2 mini bottles)

Workout Journal:
Running routine-
2 non-stop laps about the DB soccer bowl

25 hill drills
5 forward
5 backwards
5 side ways
5 forward w/ 5 pushups in between
5 forward w/ jumping jacks in between (5,10,15,20,25 =total 75 jumping jacks)

I am learning to love what I once hated. My brother and I went running today and I almost killed him...LOL! He said I can't do that. I said yes you can if you just make up your mind. He pushed through and was able to do all that I asked him to do. I was so proud of him. He was laying dead on the floor after but he got it done. :) I love to push myself and love to bring the best out of others too. That is what brings me happiness and gratifies me. :)

I took Jazzy and my brother to watch Alice In Wonderland tonight. We also went to eat at one of my favorite Mexican Restaurants....Gardunos. We didn't eat any popcorn. Jazzy had packed a snack for her and I to take to the movies because we don't eat popcorn. When you are watching your diet you should be prepared with premade snacks so you won't be tempted to eat high fat treats.

Today was a good day!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Day #157- No Sugar Day 16

I am just so thankful today for everything that God is opening up for me. It has been a really rough last couple of years but I have held on to God's promises. I know that my faith has carried me this far and it is time to walk in the fruit of my labor. So many things are shifting in my life and I am greatful. Things that I haven't even asked for are showing up and I know that it is only the hands of God that have released them. Even when things were crazy I knew He was good but now that my life is changing it is even more visible and tangible. I love Him and I know that He loves me too.

Food Journal:
9:00am Breakfast- 3 egg whites w/ salsa, fruit salad with walnuts, water
11:30am Snack- protein bar, water
3:00pm Snack- Triscuits (10)
5:00pm Dinner- (Sweet Tomatoes- Salad Buffet) salad, cup of veggie soup, 4 mini pizza sticks, 1/2 cup pasta with tomato alfredo sauce, mini mini cone of low fat frozen yogurt, water (sounds like a lot but it was not really that bad...everything is low in salt and pretty healthy)
about 10pm Snack- fruit salad, tricuits

Workout Journal:
40 toning DVD (No More Trouble Zones- Jillian Michaels) w/ 5 and 10 lbs weights

I was sooooooo tired when I got home from dinner but I had to workout. I get really anxious when I miss out on a workout. I know how good it feels to finish a great workout so I am addicted to that feeling. I am also really motivated because I see my body changing. I really want to be comfortable wearing some nice summer dresses this summer and tank tops. I know I have to tighten things up before I do that.

Although my body is changing my weight is not. I am still the same but I am not worried about that right now. I know when you are weight training your weight does not move much. I feel strong though and can see the muscle definition coming in and my fat coming off. I feel more confident wearing tighter clothes and I am looking forward to buying new work clothes soon...LOL! :0)

Well I did eat some pizza sticks today and some pasta but everything is made healthy at this salad buffet. I didn't overeat or overindulge. I had a little bit of the things I love. I did make sure to eat a nice size salad first so I could fill up a bit. Most of all I really loved spending time with my family while eating dinner. It was a great time full of laughs and crazy jokes.

See you tomorrow. :)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Potato Soup

Okay so I don't like to eat white potatoes but I wanted to share this recipe because it is healthier then buying canned or premade potato soup. My daughter tried some potato chowder at the store today and wanted me to buy some but instead I made a pot of it from scratch. When you make food at home you can tweak it to fit your way of eating and monitor what goes in it.

Here are the ingredients:

5 lbs of russet potatoes (peeled and cubed)
chicken broth (32 oz)
water
1 cup half and half or skim milk or soy milk
1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used mozzerella)
salt and pepper (to your taste)
garlic powder (to your taste)
1/2 cup fresh chives (the top part of a green onion....sautee in the same pan after the bacon for about 1 min.)
turkey bacon (cut into slices and sauteed in olive oil until crispy or cooked)

First boil the potatoes in chicken broth and water. Just put enough liquid to cover the potatoes. Once the potatoes are soft empty about 1/2 of the liquid. Take out 1/2 of the potatoes and add to a blender with 1 cup of half and half. Add this mixture back to the pot of remaining potatoes. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder to your preference. Add crispy bacon and sautee chives. Next add cheese and stir. Serve and enjoy.

This can be a little thick and you might want to add more chicken broth until it is to your desire consistancy. You can also add diced green chiles to the soup. It is yummy.

For a less starchy and carb friendly soup you can use (yellow) sweet potatoes instead of russet potatoes.

Another tip would be to add cooked broccoli at the end when you add the cheese. You can also skip the turkey bacon and add cooked diced chicken breast instead.

Hope you like it!

Day #156- No Sugar Day 15

Food for thought: Even when we can't see God working in our lives He ALWAYS is. If you would just believe and trust in Him everything will work out according to His plan. He loves you and wants the best for you. Open your heart and recieve all that He has.

Food Journal:
9:00am Breakfast- 3 egg whites w/ turkey and cheese, hashbrowns, 1/2 protein cookie, water
1:00pm Snack- protein bar, water
3:30pm Lunch- 6 inch turkey sub on wheat bread (no mayo or oil), a couple of sunchips, water
4:00pm Treat- no sugar added frozen yogurt
6:00pm I tasted some potato soup I made. I had about 1/3 c of soup.
8:00pm- 6 inch turkey sub on wheat bread, water

Rest day today. Abs only.

It was very hard for me to rest 2day.It was soooo beautiful outside and I wanted to go for a jog. It was important that I rested my muscles though because I was very sore from yesterday. I don't want to hurt myself and be out of commission. :)

My food was not bad today. Jazzy had a rough night last night so I decided to take her out for frozen yogurt after school today. I didn't want her to eat it alone so I joined her. That is not an excuse to eat frozen yogurt because I really didn't want to eat any anyways. I just wanted to enjoy the moment with her. It was sweetened with Splenda which I hate but I will not do it again.

I got some really good news that I have been waiting to receive. I don't want to share it with everyone yet so I decided only to post it here. I applied for a job that I really want with the state and tested for it in December. About a month ago they emailed me to ask if I was still interested so they could add me to a list of potential candidates to be interviewed. I responeded YES!!!!. Well today I finally got the call. I have an interview next Wednesday.

This is amazing to me because I prayed yesterday about this. I have been out of work for almost a year and although I know God has provided for me during this time, I can't help but feel a little frustrated sometimes. I have been working and taking care of myself since I was 15 1/2. I haven't had any luck with jobs over the last 5+ years and it has been really discouraging for me. But I told God that I trusted Him and that I knew that He had it all worked out. He knows what job is mine already. He has it reserved for me for the appointed time He sees fit to release it to me.

I know this last year has been about learning to let go and trust in God. So I am excited to see what He has prepared for me in this year. I am grateful for this time off to heal and restore myself but I want to get out there and start being productive. :) God is definitely good no matter what.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Day #155 -No Sugar Day 14

Food for thought: Change comes when you are willing to be uncomfortable.

Many times we are afraid to move forward or pursue a new venture because it is uncomfortable. We don't want to feel pain or insecure so we make excuses. In order to create change whether it be in our bodies or in our life we must be willing to embrace that which is uncomfortable.

Let's stop making excuses and create change.

Food Journal:
8:30am Pre-workout meal- 2 egg whites w/ salsa, 1 slice of whole wheat bread
10:30pm Snack- protein cookie (chocolate mint...naturally sweetened)
12:00pm Post workout meal- egg sandwhich, (3 hardboiled eggs..used only 1 yolk, lite mayo, mustard, salt and pepper) on toasted wheat bread, water
2:30pm Snack- protein bar, water
5:30pm Dinner- roasted chicken breast, salad, lemon saffron couscous
8:00pm Snack- couple pieces of shredded chicken breast, little piece of protein cookie (wanted some chocolate), water


Workout Journal:
Running routine (takes about 1 hr)
2 non-stop laps (soccer bowl)
25 hill runs (5 backward, 5 pushups, 5 forward, 5 pushups, 5 f/w, 5 pushups, 5 b/w, 10 pushups, 5 f/w, 10 pushups)

My hip flexers and calves where burning like crazy when I was running. Then my hamstrings where screaming when I was going up the hills backwards. My chest got an awesome workout with the push ups. Your abs, back, shoulders, biceps and triceps also get a good workout when doing push ups. Doing drills that alternate between your upper and lower body really get your heart pumping this is why I do pushups in between my hill drills.

I am so proud of my progress. My endurance while running is great. My legs get tired but my heart feels strong. I love running! <3 <3 <3 Before I got married I was planning on going into the Marine Corp and we used to do a lot of running. Back then I was 135 and couldn't even run as much as I do now. That is why you can't judge a book by it's cover. Your weight doesn't mean you are out of shape. You can do anything you set your mind to. Just keep pressing and pushing your body beyond it's limits. Remember strong mind....strong body. (You should consult a dr before you start any exercise routine)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Day #154- No Sugar Day 13

Food Journal:
8:30am Pre-workout Breakfast- 2 egg whites, fruit salad w/ walnuts
11:00am Post-Workout Breakfast- 1/2 bowl of Kashi cereal w/ unsweetened soymilk
1:30pm Lunch- 2 chickless patties (morning star), 1/3 c broccoli, half a small sweet potato, salsa, water
5:00pm Dinner- 1/2 c turkey chili w/ sprinkle of cheese and sour cream (homemade)
7:00pm Snack- fruit salad
9:00pm Snack- 3 hardboiled egg whites
11:00pm Snack- 1/2 c Kashi cereal w/ soy milk, a couple of veggie chips

Workout Journal:
9:30am morning workout- running and drills at the park
2 laps around soccer bowl with out stopping
25 runs up the a steep hill (the last 5 where done with 5 pushups in between)
I finished with one more non stop lap around the soccer bowl

My brother went running with me today. I was proud of him. He really pushed himself to keep up with me. He had to do some walking in between but I encouraged him to keep going. He did my hill drills too and almost puked....LOL! I hope he keeps going to workout with me. He lives with me so I will be pushing him as much as I can.

I had to cancel my Zumba class tonight because I did not have a key to get into the building. I am happy I got one good workout in today. :)

Thanks for checking on me:)