Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday/ Wednesday

Tuesday

Food Journal:

Kashi cereal, 2 slices of toast w/ Earth Balance

piece of pita bread w/ salsa, apple

brown rice, black beans and salsa. grapes

1/2 hummus veggie wrap, 1 mini bag of m&m's (at the movies)

Workout Journal:

30 Day Shred -Level 3

Yoga Meltdown- Level 2

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Wednesday

Kashi cereal w/ almond milk

brown rice, black beans w/ salsa. grapes

banana

black bean burger on whole wheat bread w/ ketchup, sweet potato fries w/ ketchup and Tapatio. tootsie roll

black bean burger on whole wheat bread w/ ketchup, a few baked sweet potato fries.

No workout. I am having a very BAD day. I can't focus on working out today.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Monday

"The fat you eat will be the fat you wear." -Dr. McDougall

Eating healthy can be a struggle at times. Depending on the circumstances we can have trouble fighting off temptations. Being conscious of what food does to our body can actually help motivate or strengthen us to make better decisions. Keeping your goals in mind and meditating on them can also be a very helpful tool in achieving a healthy lifestyle and fit and strong physique.

Food Journal:

11:00 am- 1/3 c tofu scramble, 1 piece of toast w/ earth balance

2:30pm- a few sweet potato chips, 1 mini sugar free cookie

5:00pm- 1 stuffed manicotti

9:00pm- 1 stuffed manicotti, a cup of cereal w/ almond milk (I was a little hungry after my workout.)

1 tootsie roll and a bite of a mini snickers (I have birthday candy in the house that needs to be eaten...LOL! Just kidding. I am actually throwing it away today. I let Jazzy eat a couple of pieces but it's got to go now.)

I made a new dish today. When I was grocery shopping Jazzy asked me to by some manicotti shells. So I had the idea to try to make stuffed manicotti for dinner since she has been wanting lasagna. I got firm tofu and put it in the food processor with garlic powder, salt, pepper and Italian herbs. I boiled the pasta until it was al dente (slightly cooked) because it will cook further in the oven. I warmed up 2 cans of Italian style diced tomatoes and added some TVP to it. I stuffed the manicotti with the tofu mixture, placed them in a casserole dish, and spread the tomato mixture over it and baked it for 15 minutes.

It was delicious. Jazzy really loved it. I have a few other things I want to try with this dish. I am thinking I can stuff the pasta with veggies next time. I will let you know how it comes out when I try it.

Workout Journal:

2 mile run
Lots of swimming (about 20 laps)

Today's run was really difficult for me. The minute I started running my legs were hurting. I had to really push to get my running done. I also did not have my music to distract me so I had to really focus and discipline my mind. I varied my speed between 4.9 and 5.5. On the last 1/4 mile I kept a steady speed at 5.5 but had to talk myself through it. Running that speed for that long really challenges me.

I went swimming with Jazzy after my run. I did some laps and also some other exercises in the water. There is a long bench in the water along the wall and I did 50 tricep dips on it. Of course it is not as hard as out of the water but it still gave me a nice burn. I also did some reverse crunches and pull ups in the water.

Needless to say I was very tired and slept very well.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Saturday/ Sunday

I had a very unusual weekend. I ate some naughty things and my emotions were very off. I wasn't depressed or anything I just feel a little weird. It could be contributed to my YKW coming soon. I don't know but I don't like the feelings.

I attended 2 birthday parties on Saturday. One for my sister in laws son, my God son. The other was for my brothers two little boys.

The first party was at the Mini Grand Prix and they served pizza, soda and cake. I had none. I ate pretty well before we went.

The second was in the afternoon and it was a traditional Mexican party. Lots of carne asada (grilled meat), chicken, pork ribs, chorizo refried beans, potato salad, and tortillas. They also had a beautiful tres leches (3 milks) cake.

I stayed away from the food and ate 5 corn tortillas with guacamole and salsa. I did have a small piece of cake which was very delicious. I ate before we went to the party because I knew there would be nothing I could eat.

It is funny because people have a hard time understanding my new lifestyle. I had people say "your diet is too hard"...."what do you eat"....."are you sure you don't want to cheat on your diet". This is not a diet for me. This is my lifestyle and I am not tempted to "cheat". I would only be cheating myself and my health. I don't find it a treat to eat something that I know is not healthy for my body. That is just my strong conviction and my way of life now.

I don't go around telling people that I am vegan. They mostly just ask why I am not eating and I have to tell them because I don't want to insult them by denying their food. I also don't down the way others eat unless they ask me why I don't eat meat. I have to tell them the truth and why I have chosen to live this new lifestyle. I am an advocate of Health Education now so to deny them the truth would go against my beliefs and what I stand for.

Here is what I ate on Saturday:
Breakfast: tofu scramble w/ toast
Lunch: whole wheat pita with Tofurky and veggies
While at party from 3:30pm-9:00pm: 5 corn tortillas w/ guacamole and salsa, a piece of tres leches cake, 2 tootsie rolls, a few tiny pieces of Doritos, lots and lots of water because it was super hot. :(
When I got home I had: 1 tbsp of tofu scramble w/ 1/2 pita bread and slice of avocado, a Mexican peanut candy.

No workout. I was gone ALL day.
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Sunday

Breakfast- 1/2 bowl Kashi cereal (oat flakes w/ blueberry clusters) w/ almond milk
Lunch- (Sweet Tomatoes) large salad, 3 bread sticks, 1 cherry muffin, 1 chocolate muffin, water
Snack- 2 pieces of toast w/ Earth Balance
Dinner- cereal w/ almond milk

No workout.

As you can see my food was not ideal but I am not going to beat myself up about it. Tomorrow is a new day and I will make better choices. :)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday

Food Journal:

11:00am- steel cut oats w/ applesauce, cinnamon, and a tiny drizzle of agave.

12:00pm- lentil w/ brown rice, pasta salad

I woke up starving this morning. I guess it is from the cardio I did yesterday. I also fought my urge to eat a late snack last night. I am really trying to fine tune my eating. I have been slippin up on some stuff and I can't make room for that. I know that in order to achieve certain goals I have made I must be disciplined with my food. Although I eat pretty clean and healthy I have lots of room for improvement. :) I am working on it.

4:00pm- 1/2 cup rice w/ salsa, 1/4 cup veggies

9:00pm- bowl of Kashi cereal (oat bran flakes w/ blueberry clusters...so yummy), 2 pieces of toast with Earth Balance butter

This cereal was super yummy and is now officially my favorite. I was not in the mood for home cooked food. I really enjoyed this simple meal tonight.

Workout Journal:

Today is a non running day. I decided to do resistance training and focus only on my upper body and abs. My legs get a really good workout with the running I do and they need a break on my non running days. This is a way to ensure they are fresh and ready for my next run. It will also help prevent injury which is often caused when the muscles are over worked.

I did an upper body workout today from my Oxygen magazine. I used 20 lb dumbells for this workout. For my tricep extensions I had to only use 15 lbs. I was really pushing with my last set. I did 15 reps of each exercise and 4 sets. I hope this workout pays off...LOL!

This routine is called a Giant Set because it takes a grouping of four or more exercises back to back with no rest in between creating a heart pumping, fat burning workout. You do rest 1 minute in between each set. You can do 3 to 4 sets depending on your fitness level.

Routine:
Flat bench dumbell press (I don't have a bench so I did them on the floor)
Two arm bent over dumbell row
Seated overhead dumbell press
Alternating dumbell curl
Two armed lying triceps extension (aka. skull crushers:)

I also included:
1 set Lying lateral raise (15 reps each arm)

I did abs today too. I focused on slow deliberate movement instead of momentum and quantity. Quality instead of quantity is always best. :)

2 sets, 15 reps standard abdominal crunch
4 sets, 15 reps oblique crunch (2 sets on each side, total 4 sets)
2 sets, 15 reps reverse crunch
2 sets, 15 reps oblique twists

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thursday

I realized in a moment of unconscious eating, that all this can be overcome with the very simple practice of giving thanks for our food. By always being truly grateful for the food that has been given to me, being deeply and sincerely grateful for the bounty provided me, how could I but eat with healthful reverence and life enhancing consciousness! -Jinjee (www.thegardendiet.com)


Food Journal:

10:00am- steel cut oats w/ agave nectar, cinnamon, 1/2 banana. water.

12:00pm- 1/2 black bean burger (whole wheat bread, patty, ketchup and pickles)

3:00pm- lentils w/ brown rice, romaine lettuce and salsa

6:00pm- cold pasta salad (pasta, black beans, corn, olives and homemade Italian dressing), small bowl of non dairy chocolate ice cream w/ banana and almond slices.

It was sooooo hot today. I didn't want to cook any hot food so I made a cold pasta salad. I could have just eaten ice cream....LOL! I rented some movies and Jazzy and I just laid in bed under the fan. I do not like this nasty heat.

Workout Journal:

6 mile run

I set my goal today at 6 miles. After the first 2.5 miles I wanted to stop. My body felt so tired. I had to keep telling myself to keep pushing. I had to remember my goals and how good it feels to accomplish them. Every little goal I achieve helps to keep me inspired. It makes me realize how strong I am and that nothing is impossible.

I did take a minute water break after each mile so that I could make it through the 6 miles. My mom keeps telling me to slow down and not push myself so hard but I am determined. I know I still have a little over 5 months to train but I can't make excuses.

I have to build my endurance and get in shape. I am slowly building myself stronger but still staying within safe limits. I know how much I can and can't push myself. The 6 miles didn't even have me breathing hard when I was done. My body was so tired but my mind and my heart were strong. I almost pushed myself to do more but I don't want to over do it and burn myself out.

I am proud of myself. I feel great!!!

Be Confident!

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt

I came across this quote today and was so moved and inspired. I am convinced that those that breed success don't see themselves as victims. They harness the power they have within and press forward with a clear vision of their goals in mind. No matter what may come their way be it "good" or "bad" they know where they are headed and they make no excuses.

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ....-Philippians (KJV).

No matter where we are in our journey we must be confident that what God has started in our lives He will finish. He will perform every plan and promise that He has made.

You have been created for a specific purpose. It calls you to be great and fully conscious of your being. We don't walk this Earth powerless and defeated. We have everything we need within us to accomplish every goal and vision God has placed in our heart.

You must create a relentless spirit that holds on and stands for truth no matter what may come your way.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wednesday

Food Journal:

9:30am Pre workout snack- 1/2 banana, 2 strawberries

11:30am Post workout snack- 4 strawberries, water

12:30pm Lunch- hummus veggie wrap (From Fresh and Easy)

2:00pm-4:00pm- 1/2 apple, baked chips, a few grapes, lots of water

5:30pm Dinner- black bean burger on whole wheat bread, baked tater tots w/ organic ketchup

10:30pm Snack- 1/2 black bean burger (whole wheat bread, patty, pickles and ketchup)

Workout Journal:

1/2 mile run (warm up)
10 uphill drills- 5 running forward, 5 walking backwards
2 sets of tricep dips (15 reps)
2 sets of single leg step ups (15 reps, one set on right and one on left)
1 set of floor mountain climbers (30 reps)
2 sets of alternating jabs with knee raises (15 reps)
2 sets of jump squats (15 reps)
2 sets of push ups (15 reps, against park bench)
1 set of standing kickbacks (25 reps)
2 sets of crescent kicks (15 reps...one set left, one set right)
1 set of step ups (15 reps, using both right and left leg)

I met up with one of my friends at the park for a workout. She didn't handle the heat very well so I had to be cautious with her.

I had a headache so I didn't want to over do it either. The last two times I have ran I got a bad headache. I am not sure what is causing them but I emailed Dr. Popper to see if she could help me out. She said that it can be several things. She suggested it can be attributed to dehydration, poor breathing or me tensing up my shoulder muscles when I run.


I am wondering if it could be the headphones and loud music I use. I didn't use them the first time I ran and didn't get a headache. That might be the culprit..LOL! I will see. I also have to work on my deep breathing because the first mile I usually breathe shallow. I am working on that. :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tuesday

Food Journal:

2 mini homemade banana pancakes w/ a little drizzle of agave nectar (banana, rice flour, arrowroot, sliced almonds, baking powder, cinnamon)

Salad (romaine lettuce, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, olives, pickles, pico de gallo, sliced almonds, dressing)

1 cup lentils w/ brown rice soup, 2 strawberries

1/2 cup lentil w/ brown rice soup, small bowl of cherries

1 scoop pistachio ice cream (almond milk base)

1/2 veggie sandwich (1 slice whole wheat toast, sauteed onion mushroom, 1 slice zucchini, little smear of avocado)

My meals were all over the place today. I didn't really keep track of the time. I didn't eat any big meals today. I ate small meals all day. I actually ate a lot without being hungry. I have a tendency to eat because food taste good and not because I am hungry. Today was one of those days. Shame on me...LOL! I have to be conscious of that and stop it.

Workout Journal:

I had a very late workout tonight. I had something come up during the day that prevented me from getting an early workout. I was so anxious to go running so I headed to the gym at about 8:30pm. Today's running routine called for sprints which really wear me out. This is what I did.

3 miles of a steady pace run (4.4-5.0 mph) I took a 1 min water break after 2 miles.

10 sprints (0 incline): 5 @ 6.0 mph, 3 @ 6.5, 2 @ 7.0 mph
I ran for 1 non stop minute and rest for 30 seconds and so on and so on.

2 sprints at 6.0 mph (1 incline)
2 sprints at 5.5 mph (2 incline)

Let me tell you that at the end I was truly pushing my body to finish strong. This is pretty intense cardio training. I was proud of myself. I am already really sore.

I believe I ran a total of about 4.25 miles today.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Recipe: Oil Free Italian Salad Dressing

Ingredients:

1 cup of Rice Vinegar (sodium and sugar free...only rice and water as ingredients)
1/4 cup Agave Nectar (Fresh and Easy carries this product by their baking products)
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 red bell pepper
1/4 cup purple onion
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Adjust agave, salt and pepper to your desired taste. Enjoy on salad or as a marinade.

Monday

Food Journal:

11:00am Breakfast- steel cut oats w/ cinnamon and agave nectar. 1/2 c. of hash browns w/ organic ketchup


No lunch today. I wasn't really hungry and we weren't home.

3:00pm- 1/4 cup ice cream (almond milk based)

I took my mom, brother and Jazzy to Atmoic #7 today. I didn't order any ice cream for myself. I had a little bit of my mommy's vegan pistachio ice cream and Jazzy's vegan cookie dough ice cream. Jazzy's vegan waffle cone broke so I used the tiny bottom piece and put some of each of their ice cream on it. It was about 1/4 of a cup.

5:30pm Dinner- Large salad

Jazzy had a great idea to make a salad bar for dinner. Today I decided to make one. I have been wanting to eat lots of salads but I have not found a dressing recipe that was good enough to enjoy on a regular basis. Jazzy really loves Italian dressing but all the bottled ones contain oil and so many other preservatives. I looked at the ingredients on the bottle today at the store and decided to try making my own. It turned out so good.

Now that I know how to make a yummy dressing Jazzy loves I will be making more salads. I plan on doing a salad bar twice a week. Next time I will make some soup and baked potatoes too so it feels like Sweet Tomatoes. :))))

My salad. I added sliced almonds to mine instead of croutons.

Jazzy's Salad. She went a little crazy on the croutons. They are not so healthy but I let her have a little something naughty on her salad. She wanted crunchy Asian noodles but we couldn't find any at the store.

The Salad Bar: romaine lettuce, red leaf lettuce, corn, pickles, cucumbers, black olives, pico de gallo, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, croutons, sliced almonds, avocado and homemade Italian dressing.

Workout Journal:

Yoga Meltdown- Level 2

I am starting to really enjoy the challenge of running now. I missed it today. It was hard to keep myself from jogging. My schedule ensures that I have one total rest day and then alternating running days. This helps my body recover and prevent injury. During the non running days I am going to do some resistance training and some yoga.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Vegan Hope Workshop

Check out this website. You might find it interesting and want to register for this workshop. I am registered. Although I know a lot about these teachings already I want to be more grounded. I believe that we never stop learning so I am open to recieve all the information I can. :)

http://veganhopeworkshop.squarespace.com/

Sunday- Happy Father's Day

"If you don't make time for bodily exercise eventually you might have to make time for illness." -Oxygen Magazine

Do you know that proper nutrition and exercise are some of the best defenses from disease and illness. You are worth the time so get up and get it done. :)


Food Journal:

9:00am Breakfast- 1/2 cup steel cut oats w/ agave nectar and cinnamon

1:00pm- tortilla chips and salsa, water, tiny tiny piece of vanilla cake (took most of the frosting off)

We had a Father's Day event today at church and they served everyone pizza, chicken wings and pasta. They also had chips w/ salsa and cheese dip to snack on while we performed. I snacked on a few chips and salsa. Then I had a tiny piece of cake.

3:00pm Lunch- homemade nachos (homemade baked tortilla chips, vegan cheddar cheese, salsa, tofu, avocado and hot sauce), 1/2 mango

Soy mini ice cream sandwich

6:30pm Dinner- "kind of fried rice" (brown rice, Bragg's Liquid Amino Acids, soy sauce, asparagus, green peas, onion and garlic, a little bit of Earth Balance)

I call it "kind of fried rice" because it is not really fried in oil. I used about 2 tsp of Earth Balance butter which is non dairy just because it was sticking a little. I used the Bragg's to sautee the veggies in before I added the cooked brown rice. It was really good.

9:30pm- Small bowl of cherries

Workout Journal:

Rest day. No workout.

I have some war wounds from my jogging session yesterday. This happened to me last time I started running. My sports bra rubbed my skin and caused some sores. I need to get a new bra to prevent this from happening because it is painful. I also have two blisters on my left foot. That will not stop me from running on Tuesday though. :) No pain no gain...LOL!

Okay so I ate too many sugary foods today. I ate a piece of cake and a mini ice cream sandwich. I have to watch that. I noticed I ate a lot of carbs yesterday too. I think it was because I ran a lot. I seemed to crave the carbs a lot yesterday. I need to learn how to fuel my body now that I am doing more.

I did learn that muscles devours 80% of the glucose released from the food we eat. So that might be why I craved the carbs after my long run yesterday. Hmmm something to think about and research more.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday

Food Journal:

10:00am Pre workout- 1/4 cup of steel cut oats w/ agave nectar, cinnamon and banana

12:30pm Post workout- field greens salad w/ lemon vinaigrette. 1 serving spoon of rice w/ beans and veggies on top of the salad. 3 slices of avocado. lots of water

2:00pm-4:00pm- (While at the water park with Jazzy and her best friend I ate some snacks. I was hungry from all of that running today. ) strawberries, 2 bananas, small rice, beans and veggie burrito in whole wheat tortilla. lots of water.

6:00pm- a serving spoon of brown rice w/ beans and veggies. a piece of french bread.

8:00pm- Soy mini ice cream sandwhich

Workout Journal:
5 mile run (varied between 4.5 and 5.5 MPH)


I don't know if I explained this already or not but I am starting my training first on the treadmill. I want to force myself to keep a steady pace and build up my endurance before I hit the street. It is also easier for me to keep track of how many miles I am running and how long it takes me to complete them. Once I have accomplished running 14 miles on the treadmill I am going to start running on the street. I plan to have this goal accomplished by the end of July.

I did really well today. The first mile is usually my most challenging mentally because I have to get focused. I also have to get my breathing right in order to oxygenate my muscles and keep them going. That was a little hard today because I was a little congested. I think that sleeping with my fan on high is making me get stuffy.

Once I got to mile 3 I started to feel a blister forming on the arch of my left foot. I tried my best to avoid stepping on it but it was hard not to. The last mile was a challenge because it began to hurt me more. I tried to just focus and run faster to get the mile over with.

I noticed this lady that was running next to me. She was pumping her arms a lot above her heart. I learned that doing that only makes your heart pump faster and it tires you out sooner. Since I am trying to run for a long period of time I must try to keep my heart rate lower. So I keep my arms at my waist and never swing them across the middle of my body. I sometimes punch my arms downwards when I am running. I did that a lot today to keep me going and excited. I was also singing out loud. Jazzy and her friend thought that was funny. :)

It was so cute because they were cheering me on during the last 1/2 mile. They stood next to my treadmill and started jumping up and down with their hands in the air.

Today was a great day!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Boot Camp Day 2

I didn't go to boot camp yesterday because I was very sore. I was afraid to go and feel more pain. I did go today and it was great. We did more upper body work but I made sure to stretch and take a hot shower afterwards. I also drank a lot of water to help my muscles repair. I really hope it works and I don't wake up too sore.

Here are some of the things we did. I didn't really keep track of how many reps or sets we did but I know we did enough to make my muscles work and get my heart pumping.

Using this half ball we did push ups and crunches. To do the push ups I rested my knees on the ball and hands on the floor.

We also did push ups and crunches on a full exercise ball. We rotated between the half ball and the full ball.

We also did squats while standing on the half ball which engages so many different muscles.

Then we hopped from one half ball to another (about 6 balls in a row) and squatted as we stabilized ourselves before jumping to the next ball. We also jumped to each ball and did a half turn landing in the opposite direction. That was a little more challenging.

We also stood on this half ball and balanced ourselves while doing some basic punches like jabs, upper cuts and hooks.

This part was my favorite. I have never seen, heard or experienced this kind of training before. These TRX straps were tied to the fence in the basketball court. We used them to do squats with a bicep curl while leaning as far back as we could for added resistance. Then did chest presses and chest flys. We also did lunges by placing one foot on a half ball and engaging the upper body as well with the straps.

We did other exercises as well with these straps but I can't really explain them.

Another drill we performed was ladder drills. It was just a flat ladder that lay on the floor and we did running drills through them. Like football drills.

We did the same with mini hurdles. We jumped over them in many different ways.

Then we did traveling kicking and punching drills with our partners.

We did drills with medicine balls. My partner and I used an 8 lb ball. We really worked our core, back and arms while we tossed the ball to our workout buddy. Overhead toss, backward overhead toss, side twist toss, single arm shot put toss, and traveling toss while running sideway facing our partner.

My least favorite part was jumping rope because my rope kept getting tangled up. I didn't like my rope. They wanted us to jump and then cross our arms and jump but I had a hard time doing that. :)

So overall I had a wonderful time. I am sad that my free week of boot camp will be over tomorrow. I really enjoy going. Hopefully I can work something out and keep going but we will see. I am looking forward to tomorrow's class because I will be getting a massage. :)

Friday- More Boot Camp Torture :)))

Food Journal:

6:45am Snack- 1 nectarine (on my way to boot camp)


10:00am Breakfast- top of a medium chocolate muffin (not too healthy but I wanted a little something sweet), 2 tofu scramble tacos

Lunch- 2 tofu tacos ( I need to go grocery shopping:)

Snack- smoothie (Tropical Smoothie Cafe- Flip Flop Friday free smoothie day)

Dinner- brown rice, black beans, veggies, corn, salsa. green salad w/ lemon vinaigrette

Workout Journal:

7:00am-9:00am- Boot Camp (I will post details on a separate post)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thursday

Food Journal:
11:00am- steel cut oats w/ agave nectar, banana and cinnamon

2:00pm Snack- 2 corn tortillas w/ Earth Balance

4:00pm Lunch- (Sweet Tomatoes) large salad, 2 cups of vegetable soup, 1 bread stick, 1 bite of a chocolate muffin, water

10:00pm Dinner- 4 tofu scramble tacos (in corn tortillas)

I love making tofu scramble. It is super easy, yummy and very filling. I take a jar of chunky salsa, a container of extra firm tofu (rinsed, drained of all moisture, and crumbled), dry chorizo seasoning, salt and pepper. I saute a jar of salsa in a large pan, add the crumbled tofu and desired amount of seasoning. Once the sauce has coated all of the tofu and it is warmed through I put it in a corn tortilla and eat it up. WOW! They are yummy. I hope you try it. I buy the tofu and salsa from Fresh and Easy.

No workout today. My schedule is now one day on one day off. I have to rest in between my running days so I have energy to run for long periods of time. I also need to rest to ensure my muscles have time to repair so I don't injure myself. It is hard to rest though. I might just take walks or do a little light yoga session. I will see how it goes.

I have boot camp tomorrow morning. I didn't go today because I was toooooo sore. I can barely pull up my pants in the morning. I was afraid to go today and cause more pain. My friend said they work different muscles everyday so I should have gone anyways. I will go tomorrow. I hope it is true.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Piece Of My Vision Board


I created a vision board about 3 years ago. Part of my vision board was focused on what I envisioned my body to look like. I wanted to share the picture I put on there so you can see what I will look like next year.




Wednesday- GREAT workout

Food Journal:

6:00am Pre-workout meal: smoothie (banana, water, strawberries, mango), 1 tofu scramble taco

10:30am Post workout meal: hash browns w/ ketchup, tofu scramble, slice of avocado, nectarine.

4:00pm Lunch- 3 black bean tostadas (tostada, black beans, romaine lettuce, salsa, tapatio)

7:00pm Dinner- 1/4 cup pasta w/ marinara sauce, 1/3 pita bread

10:30pm- banana (to help prevent some muscle soreness...good source of potassium.)

11:00pm Snack- 1/2 c black beans, 1 tbsp salsa, a handful of tortilla chips (I was a little hungry after my workout but I didn't want a big meal)


Workout Journal:

90 minutes of boot camp (see post for details)
4 mile run (plus 5 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down) took me 60 minutes to complete this workout.

I am so proud of myself with this run because I had a goal of completing 3 miles non-stop. Once I got to 2 miles I felt strong so I set the goal at 4 miles. The time seemed to go by so slow so I had to focus on my distance goal and not the time it took to complete it. I will get faster as I get stronger. When I got to 3.5 miles I really had to push hard because my body was getting really tired. My cardio strength was great and that made me feel strong and motivated to keep pushing. I almost gave up but I pushed harder and ran a little faster.

If I keep up like this I will blow through that 1/2 marathon in December. Today was only my first day of running and I also did a boot camp class in the morning. I know I did amazing. :)) Yay! ME! *doing back flips*

BOOT CAMP @_@

I went to boot camp today and it was pretty intense. I didn't sweat too much or get out of breath but the muscle fatigue and barf factor where pretty high. I was 30 minutes late because I got lost but I still got an amazing workout during the 90 minutes I was there.

Here is what I did:
45 inclined push ups (3 sets of 15)
15 hanging knee raises (hanging from monkey bars and you raise your knees into chest.)
15 tricep dips (on a park bench)

90 push ups (wow! crazy crazy crazy) (6 sets of 15)
So this was major crazy and super hard. Let me try to explain what we did. Our knees or toes were balancing on a balance board or Boze ball. Then our hands were either on two mini balls, rotating disks or on the ground. Each station had a different set up. The instructor would count like this 1,2,3,4,5 hold, 1,2,3,4 hold, 1,2,3 hold, 1,2 hold, 1 then we moved to the next station. I was grunting with this circuit. I couldn't even lift my gallon of water to take a drink when we were done.

This next workout was similar to what you would do with a kettle bell but we used a dumbbell. I used a 10 lb dumbbell. They started me off with only 5 lbs but I asked for more weight. So this is what we did:

1st set (15 reps) We would hold the dumbbell between our legs while we squatted and on our way up we would swing the dumbbell over our head being careful to not extend past our head.

2nd and 3rd set (15 reps) We held dumbbell over our head like we were going to do a tricep extension. Then you bring it over your head and slice to the side of your body while pivoting your foot and twisting your upper body. Almost like you are chopping wood. We did 15 on left side and 15 on right side.

tricep kickbacks 15 right, 15 left w/ 10 lb weight

single arm row 15 right, 15 left w/ 10 lb weight

Then we used a hedge hammer to hit a tire. 40 on the left side, 40 on the right side. I used a 6 lb hedge hammer. While we waited for our turn we had to do squats, side lunges, forward and back lunges. I lost count but we did LOTS!!!! There were about 5 groups of people that we had to rotate through so all of those squats started to add up pretty quick. :)

The last part was to pull a large tire towards us. It was attached to a rope and we had to pull the rope towards us (hand over hand) until the tire was at our feet. Then we pick up the end of the rope and run it across the other side of the parking lot for the next person to pull it. We did this two times. I think the rope was about 20 ft long or more.

That was the end of the workout. Let me tell you that I am extremely sore already. I am ready for tomorrow though because it was so much fun. I brought two of my friends with me to class. I have two other friends that have already been going.

It was amazing how everyone cheers you on and sends lots of positive energy to you. I had a great time. The instructors were amazed at how strong my friend and I were and how we used good form. I took my buddy that comes to workout with me. I already knew she was strong and she made me proud today. :)))

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tuesday- I LOVE compliments!

Keep your eye on the prize and NEVER give up!

Food Journal:
12:00pm Breakfast- large smoothie (water, banana, frozen strawberries, a slice of mango, spinach), Tofu scramble in a corn tortilla

3:00pm Lunch- veggie hummus wrap, fruit cup (pineapple, grapes and apples), water

5:30pm Dinner- grilled veggie salad w/ a small piece of whole wheat pita bread

10:00pm Snack- corn tortilla w/ sauteed veggies, a bite of a banana

Workout Journal:
30 Day Shred (Level 3)

Holy cow! This was a tough one because I haven't done it in months. I used 15 lb and 3 lb dumb bells. I can definitely tell my fitness level has increased but it was still a little challenging to get through this workout. I feel great though.

TIP: I heard yesterday from a fitness professional that you should never weigh yourself when you are extremely sore. We retain water during that time because the muscle is repairing itself and so we will often weigh a few pounds more. That is great news! Maybe that will relieve some of us that obsess about our weight. :))))

I received lots of compliments today. A lady a Fresh and Easy asked me what happened to me because I looked good...LOL! She asked me this after I rejected a piece of cheese cake she tried to give me. :) I said I am staying away from that crap you just tried to give me...LOL! She started cracking up. She said well you look really good. I said thank you.

One of my friends also asked me what I was doing. She said she knows I am eating well but she wanted to know if I was exercising too. I said yes and that I had eliminated all animal products from my diet. I also avoid refined sugar and white flour. She said well you look really good and you can tell you are losing lots of weight. That made me feel great. It is always wonderful when people can see all the hard work and dedication you are putting in.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Tonight's Class

I had another amazing conference call tonight. I asked a couple of questions that keep coming up and I wanted to have clarified.

The first one was about the soy controversy. Apparently the whole soy controversy kind of started with a group that was heavy on promoting animal protein. They even promoted liquefying liver and feeding it to babies. That is weird and disgusting.

It is kind of a long story but I basically have the understanding to make better decisions for my life. There is nothing wrong with soy. It has amazing cancer fighting properties, amongst other benefits, so it is a great thing to include in your diet.

Another question was about protein and muscles growth. I have heard from so many people that in order to build and sustain muscle you need a certain amount of protein. So many athletes and bodybuilders rely heavily on the consumption of animal protein. Which is very acidic in the body and causes more damage than good.

Dr. Popper said that "muscle is not created in the kitchen" meaning you can't eat to make muscle. Muscle growth is created by strength training. Most women that have large muscular physiques have obtained those bodies by taking testosterone. Not all women but many professional body builders do take those measures to obtain the physiques they need to compete.

Diet does play a part in obtaining a lean muscular body but saying that you can only obtain muscle by eating meat is false. Eating a good clean diet and proper muscle building exercise is what will get the job done. You don't have to overload on lean chicken breast, egg whites and red meat to be muscular, strong and fit. You can have a strong plant based diet and get the same amazing results. You will actually be more balanced and healthier eating plant strong.

I learned so much in today's class. I am really excited to share my passion with anyone that will listen. I will actually have an opportunity to share my journey in three weeks. I will be speaking at church. I will let you know how it goes.

Monday

Food Journal:

10:30am Breakfast- I didn't make time to eat breakfast this morning. I had a bit of a banana on my way to a job interview.

12:30pm Lunch- 1 lentil taco, 1 cookie, a few spoons of minestrone soup

5:00pm Dinner- whole wheat pita stuffed with veggies (sauteed red and green peppers, onions, broccoli, romaine lettuce, and a drizzle of balsamic dressing I made)

8:30pm- bowl of minestrone soup


No workout today.


I had a job interview today and it went great. They sent me to take my pre-employment drug test so that is a good sign. I will definitely know something by this week because they want me to start on Monday if I pass my pre-employment screenings. I will keep you updated.



I had a really restless sleep last night. I tried to go to bed early (11:00pm) because I planned on going to boot camp this morning but I didn't end up going to sleep until 1 am. I keep waking up every 30 min to an hour and having trouble going back to sleep. My mind was restless. I think that eating late last night is what caused this because when the body is busy digesting it doesn't rest.


I was also worried about boot camp in the morning because I thought I would sleep in and forget to get up at 6:00am. I set my alarm but I was still worried I wouldn't get up. One of my friends canceled this morning so I decided to try to get some sleep and not go to boot camp. I will go on Wednesday.


I have another somewhat busy day today so I will be tired tonight and hopefully ready to sleep by 10pm.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Saturday/ Sunday

Food Journal:
11:00am Breakfast- tofu scramble, sweet potatoes w/ ketchup
Lunch- 1 tostada w/ cactus salad, 1 veggie patty, 2 nectarines and 2 cookies (homemade vegan chocolate chip)
7:00pm Dinner- (Tropical Smoothie Cafe) 1/2 Veggie Veggie Wrap (no cheese), 1/2 smoothie (strawberry banana w/ a little bit of turbinado sugar), 4 baked lays
9:30pm Snack- 2 corn tortillas w/ cactus salad and 1 veggie patty

Workout Journal-
No More Trouble Zones (40 min. sculpting DVD)
I used 3 lb and 15 lb weights.

Today's workout was challenging for me since I haven't worked out hard in over a week. It felt amazing to get an awesome workout. I am so glad to be back to my normal workout program.

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Sunday- BUSY BUSY BUSY

10:00am Breakfast- banana, 2 oatmeal cookies (oats, applesauce, banana)
4:30pm Lunch- 2 lentil patty tacos (patty, corn tortilla, avacado, ketchup, hot sauce), minestrone soup, 2 more cookies
10:00pm Dinner- minestrone soup

No workout. Rest day. I was reallllly sore from Saturdays workout.

Today was a very busy day. We had to attend 3 different church services. Our morning service, another church's youth service that Jazzy performed at, and another church's woman conference. It was a great day but I was so tired. My meals were pretty late but I ate pretty healthy.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday

Food Journal:

12:00pm Late Breakfast: oatmeal w/ agave nectar, almond milk, banana and berries. 1 lentil patty and cactus salad

4:00pm Late Lunch: (Sweet Tomatoes) large salad, cup of garbanzo lentil soup, cup of barley potato soup, 1 1/2 foccacia bread sticks, a couple bites of and orange cranberry mini muffin, and a couple bites of a mini strawberry muffin.

9:00pm Late Dinner- 2 tostadas w/ cactus salad, 1 oats chocolate chips cookie (homemade)

No workout.

I had a busy day today and I also got up really late. I enjoyed sleeping in with my little princess. I went to visit my grandma today and had a great time.

Today was a great day. I felt great! I am definitely feeling much better so I hope to go to boot camp on Monday. The following week I will start my running program.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thursday

Food Journal:
11:00am Breakfast- steel cut oats w/ agave nectar, sliced banana and berries, 1 piece of cinnamon raisin toast w/ Earth Balance

1:00pm Lunch- 2 lentil patties w/ romaine lettuce, tomato, ketchup and pickles

4:00pm Snack- 5 apricots (My friend had just picked them off of her tree. They were so sweet and yummy)

6:30pm Snack- 2 fresh corn tortillas w/ Earth Balance

7:00pm Dinner- 3 black bean tostadas topped with cactus salad (so fresh and yummy)

I went to the Mexican market to buy fresh corn tortillas today. I prefer to buy them there because they have no preservatives. I think they taste better too. For tonight's dinner I put a few in the oven to make tostadas. I layered them with some mashed black beans and topped it with my yummy cactus salad. The salad had fresh cooked cactus, shredded romaine lettuce, cilantro, jicama, tomato, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.

I get kind of excited when I have fresh tortillas in my house. I know I can eat them but they still have to be in moderation which can be hard when they are nice and warm.

No workout today. I did go to dance rehearsal so I got a little activity there. I am really sore from Yoga yesterday and still a little sick so I am still taking it easy. I hope to be back 100% next week for my free week of boot camp. *fingers crossed*

I also got a phone call today from a potential employer. I have an interview on Monday. Like always.....I leave it all in God's hands. :)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wednesday- Finally a workout/ Down 3-4 lbs

Food Journal:

No breakfast today. I had a couple of sips of a smoothie and a few bites of tofu scramble. Not much. My friend came over for her workout so I didn't have time to sit and eat this morning.

12:30pm Lunch- brown rice, veggies, black beans, Bragg's Liquid Aminos and Tapatio.
(Bragg's Liquid Aminos is used as a substitute for salt and soy sauce. It is a healthier option and comes from soy but is not processed like soy sauce. It provides all of the essential amino acids our bodies need.)

Snack- grapes

5:00pm- a few rice chips, a non dairy ice cream sweetened with Agave nectar

6:30pm Dinner- lentil patties with salad (lentil patties, romaine lettuce, pickles, ketchup, tomato)

7:00pm- nectarin

Workout Journal:
YAY! Finally a great workout. I commited to the workout and finished strong although I still have this cold. I am feeling better though. I got a little dizzy and felt a little sick when I was done but I think it was from not eating this morning.

Yoga Meltdown Level 2

I was surprised when I weighed myself this morning. I am on my YKW but I am still down 3-4 lbs. Remember my scale is not digital so I can't tell the exact weight. I don't want to be to obsessive about each 1/2 lb so I don't think I want a digital one. Knowing that I am just going down to a healthy weight is all that counts.

I am really trying to fine tune my eating so this is reflecting on the scale. This week I am really focusing on eating only when I am hungry and stopping when I am full. I know this will definitely be one of the biggest tools in my weight loss since I came from being an emotional eater.

Today was a good day. I was nice to workout and have a weight loss. :)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tuesday- Not so good news :(

Food Journal:

10:00pm Breakfast- steel cut oats w/ agave nectar, sliced banana and blueberries. 1/2 cup of hash browns w/ veggies and ketchup

1:00pm- a cup of hot peach and ginger tea (ginger helps with nausea)

4:00pm Snack- Cliff fruit bar (raspberry, dates and walnuts)

5:30pm Snack- 2 slices of cinnamon raisin toast with earth balance

6:30pm Dinner- brown rice w/ sauteed veggies (red and green bell peppers, onions, zucchini, yellow squash), black beans, and pico de gallo
Jazzy's Dinner

My dinner


10:30pm Snack- a little bit of brown rice w/ veggies (Yes, I was hungry:), a few green grapes

No workout. I was still not feeling up to it and I had lots of studying and work to do.

I was studying and doing my homework ALLLLLLL day. I only took a break to go grocery shopping and make dinner. Then I finally made myself take a rest at 11:30pm because my back was killing me from being on the computer.

I also found out last night that my grandpa (my mothers dad) was diagnosed with the beginning stage of prostate cancer. The crazy thing is that last night I had to research the affects of milk on www.PCRM.org (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) and the top article was about a study on the link between milk and prostate cancer.

WOW! I quickly sent that email to my uncle in hopes he would pass along the information to my grandfather. My grandfather was always close to me but over the last 5-6 years he has pushed all of his family away. So we haven't communicated with him. My mom's brother has sent him holiday cards and pictures but he never responds to them.

I don't understand why he has pushed us all away but I have a small clue. I just pray that maybe this devastating news will make him reconnect with us again.

Blockage!

I woke up this morning and was just laying in bed thinking as I often do. I like to use the quiet stillness of the morning to reflect, meditate and pray.

I was thinking about my journey and how I don't have much more to go in order to reach my initial weight loss goal. I am 35 lbs away from what I feel will be a healthy weight for my body. Once I achieve that weight loss I will then focus more on sculpting than weight loss.

So as I lay there thinking I realized that a part of me still holds onto some insecurities. I kind of feel afraid to reach my goal because I will be more confident, look better and draw more attention to myself.

For years I hid behind layers of fat because I didn't want to deal with my fears and insecurities. Now that the weight is coming off I don't have much to hid behind anymore.

I don't want to hide but subconsciously I have a sense of fear. My inner spirit is ready to soar but the fleshly human side of me still wants to hold back. I have to tell myself that it is okay to be successful. It is okay to feel beautiful and confident.

Since that has never been a reality in my life before, it is foreign and a little uncomfortable to me. That is why stepping out and doing things that are not comfortable to my flesh is an important part of breaking through the limitations I place on myself.

Every time I do something that makes me nervous I break another link of the chain. I break perceptions and thoughts that I have formed about myself that no one understands but me and God.

It is such a deeper journey then just losing weight. It is more about me becoming who God has always intended me to be.....and it feels SOOOOO good. :)

I used to feel so unworthy of love and attention because I had such low self esteem. Years of physical and emotional abuse had left me depleted and afraid. Now at times I find myself feeling those emotions again. I have to remind myself that I am so worthy and that I am precious and valuable beyond measure.

I can so relate to the story of the Virgin Mary. When she was told that she was chosen to carry the Son of God she couldn't believe it. She didn't think she was worthy enough to do such an important and powerful thing. She didn't see herself the way God saw her....BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVOURED.

At times our perception doesn't align itself with God's revelation of us. We don't always see ourselves as equal with God and able to do greater works because our true identity is hidden under layers of pain and fear.

This is why this feeling of awakening and evolving into what God has called me to do and be is such an amazing feeling. Words can't even describe how awesome it feels. I am so excited to press through and continue to unclog this blockage. Great things are to come and I will be open and ready to receive it ALL.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday- So excited and inspired!

Food Journal:

10:00am Breakfast- steel cut oats w/ banana and berries

3:30pm Lunch- 1 1/2 pita pizza (pita bread, Daiya cheese, avocado), water

6:00pm Dinner- 1 spoon spaghetti (brown rice pasta, sauce, broccoli) salad (homemade dressing, romaine lettuce, sliced almonds, mandarin oranges), water

Tea- hot cup of peach and ginger tea (no sugar added, just plain)

8:30pm- 1/2 spoon spaghetti, banana

No workout. I am still under the weather. Ugh! :(


Today I started me Health Educator Classes. I was nervous at first but once I got on the conference call my nerves were calmed by every ones friendly voices. I wasn't initially nervous about the other people on the conference call because I know all of them. I was nervous to be speaking to Dr. Pam Popper (my teacher). She is a well known Dr. and health advocate. She has written several books and has been in many documentaries. She has also spoken before USDA committee boards and so on. She is a very very knowledgeable, highly educated and experienced doctor.

Once she started speaking my nerves were calmed because she was such a down to earth and warm person. It is almost like she has known us all for a long time. She doesn't talk above our heads nor does she act like she is any better then us. I really admire her for that.

So during tonight's class I had to participate and answer some questions she asked me. I was a little nervous to be called on but I did pretty well. We also had to tell her how we were doing with being in compliance with what we are being certified to teach and what we are doing to better ourselves.

I personally shared my weight loss success and weight loss goals. I still want to shed an additional 35 lbs. so I asked her advice on what is a healthy weight loss goal. I also shared my goal of competing in this years 1/2 marathon, which she might come down to support us in (she lives in Ohio). I also asked her about any nutrition advice she could give me concerning the amount of calories I would need in order to sustain my energy with this intense training.

She basically told me that a healthy weight loss is 2 lbs per week. Anything more then that would mean I am restricting too many calories and I would gain it back. She also said I need to learn to eat when I am hungry (not when I think I should be eating) and stop eating when I am full. Something I am working on because I shared with her my habit of eating just to eat even though I am not hungry.

She said some days I will eat more if I am running 10 miles and other days I may not eat as much if I run less. So I just need to make sure I listen to my body and eat ONLY when I am hungry.

I had some more questions to ask but I will have to email her or ask during next week's class because class was almost over. I want to know her thought about the controversy with soy...which she has written a book about. I also want to know about protein consumption when you are trying to build lean muscles mass.

I learned so much tonight about being a successful educator, person and about nutrition and disease. I wish everyone had this opportunity to experience this amazing feeling. I feel so blessed to be at this part of my life where I am following my passion and meeting some amazing people.

I truly believe that success breeds success. If you want to be your best you must surround yourself with the best. We are like sponges and we absorb so much from our surroundings. I refuse to be around anyone that is negative or that doesn't support my vision. I don't expect everyone to agree with what I believe in but if you want to be in my life you must respect it. RIGHT? RIGHT!!!!!

Thanks for supporting me. Love you. <3 <3

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunday- Follow your heart

Food for thought:
Follow you heart....it will lead you to your destiny.

At times we are afraid to pursue a certain path because of the things we have experienced in our past. We close our hearts out of fear that we will endure heartache, disappointment or rejection. God says that He will give us the desires of our hearts. He does not give us what we want. He gives us what we need. He puts our desire in our heart. He puts our dreams and passions within us so that we will go forward and pursue His plan and purpose for our life. That thing that you are passion about pursuing.....GOD has placed it there. Surrender your heart and release all of your fears. Follow your heart....pursue your passion.

Food Journal:
10:00am Breakfast- 2 tofu scramble tacos in corn tortillas, hash browns, banana

3:00pm Lunch- sandwich (wheat bread, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, mustard, balsamic vinegar), a small baggie of orginal sunchips, water and an apple, 2 mini mini tootsie rolls

7:00pm- a few dark chocolate almonds

8:00pm Dinner- pita pizza (whole wheat pita bread, dayia cheese, sauteed onions, tomato paste and avocado), water, 1/2 banana

No workout.

This cold really attacked me. I am not feeling well at all so I am not going to workout until I feel better. This really sucks because I need to start training as soon as possible. I have to listen to my body so I will just rest and get on it as soon as I am 100%.

I went to a birthday party today. Luckily my friend tried to have healthy food available. She made mini sub sandwiches with turkey meat and cheese. I made one with all veggies. It was pretty good. I didn't want to eat a cupcake so I ate an apple and two mini mini tootsie rolls.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Saturday

Food Journal:

8:30am Snack- fruit (pineapple, grapes, melon)
I went to watch an early soccer game and I didn't have time to eat in the morning so I stopped by Jack In The Box and bought 3 mini fruit cups. I ate two and Jazzy had one.

10:00am Breakfast- 2 soy scramble tacos (corn tortilla), hash browns w/ organic ketchup, grapes

2:00pm Treat- ice cream
I went to this new healthy ice cream place called Atomic 7. It was a yummy treat and fun experience. You get to chose your ice cream flavor and milk base and they make the ice cream in front of you from scratch. Many of the ingredients are certified organic and vegan. I had mint chocolate chip and Jazzy has cookie dough. It is really cool to watch them make the ice cream. The freeze it by using liquid nitrogen. Pretty Cool!

5:30pm Dinner- nachos (homemade tortilla chips, black beans, Daiya cheese, salsa, guacamole w/ spinach, and lettuce) SUPER YUMMERS! Of course right because everything I eat is YUMMERS!!!! :) I finally found a cheese alternative that tastes good and melts well.




Workout Journal:
1 hour of dance rehearsal

The women of our church are putting on a special Fathers' Day show for the men. Our theme is A Night at the Apollo. Several groups of women are performing songs from different musical groups. My group is performing a song from Prince (I will die for you) and Morris Day and the Time (The Bird). I worked up a good sweat practicing today so that counts as my cardio.

I have a cold so I am trying to recover before I start my marathon training on Tuesday. I looked at my schedule and realized that Monday is a rest day so I don't officially start until Tuesday.

Today was a good day despite the fact that it was soooooo hot outside. It was about 104 degrees or more. WOW! I am not ready for this heat. It makes me wish I had a pool in my back yard....I don't even have a back yard....LOL!

Homemade Tortilla Chips

Below Pic: The meal served at the Open Forum I attended last friday (5/28/10).

Awakening

Training for the half marathon will be another challenge that will make me tap into a deeper level within myself. I know that it is said that marathons are hard....that it has its challenges or that it is difficult. Although I know it will take lots of work and discipline, I also know that I am not running it alone.

I know the purpose of my journey. I also know that the spirit of God is within me, aiding me in achieving my goals. This 1/2 marathon is not something that I have chosen to do in order to feel a sense of gratification. It is more about going to another level in my life. It is about breaking through fear, insecurities and limitations.

At one point in my life I was discouraged and bound by the shackles of doubt. Now I have become more confident in myself and my abilities. I know that I am on this earth to fulfill a purpose much deeper then I can even understand right now.

Achieving this goal will prove just have powerful I am. Not because I am becoming an athlete but because I have conquered my mind. I have learned to become disciplined and obedient and that will carry me into the rest of my life. It will help me achieve all that God has called me to fulfill.

The years of abuse, rejection and pain have not defined me. They do not have control over me. I am free in God and with Him I will accomplish ALL that I have been designed to do.

The journey is not over but I am getting ready to blaze a new trail. I will now walk with the authority I have been given. I will walk with my head held high because I am awakening to my true nature. I am no longer trying to hide myself under layers of insecurity, fear and doubts.

I am worth the time, the effort and praise. It is okay to feel beautiful, strong and powerful. It is who I am. I refuse to be anything else but myself. I am who I am by the grace of God.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Friday- Time to get reallllly serious and focused!

Food Journal:
10:00am Breakfast- smoothie (water, frozen strawberries and bananas, spinach)

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch- (plant strong potluck) I tried a little bit of everything. Everything was consumed in small quantities.
brown rice and lentil soup (I made it), 2 lentil veggie patties (super yummers...can't wait to get the recipe and make them at home), mushrooms w/ white beans and veggies in tomato sauce (not sure what it was called but it was very good. I put it over my lentil veggie patty), 1 mini chocolate brownie, 2 chocolate chip cookies, sweet potato banana pudding, dried apple slices, cucumber slices, lots of water.

6:00pm Dinner- a bowl of lentil and brown rice soup

No workout today. I am taking the rest of this week to rest and get 100% better.

I will start training hard core this Monday since I am not going out of town. I am also starting a new eating regimen in order to help shed this unwanted fat. My body must be in top tip shape in order to complete this 1/2 marathon the way I want to. I don't want to have to stop and rest or walk. Of course I know I will need to listen to my body but I believe that if I properly train it and feed it, it will perform at it's best when I need it to.

I found out that my Wellness coach Vanessa is also running the marathon. I think she is running the full marathon. She is in great shape though so I know she will do great. My friend Lily is also going to run it with me. We are going to start training together when we can.

I am also going to take a boot camp class in two weeks. I am just going to try it out for a week because it is free for your first week. I am excited to try it out. I will let you know how it goes when I go.

Well today was a good day. I got to go check out the building were the new Wellness Center will be that I will be working at in September. It is huge. I am excited to help Vanessa see her vision come to life. There are a lot of amazing things coming and I am happy to be a part of them.

I am going to apply for a scholarship for this amazing nutrition program. It is the same program that our whole Wellness Forum is built on. I was not aware that they offered scholarships and the whole course it taught online. SO amazing. I pray I get a scholarship or even half a scholarship. Keep me in your prayers. What will be will be!!!

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Thursday- OH NAUGHTY ME! :b

Food Journal:

7:30am- doughNOT....LOL! Yes I had a naughty donut. I was craving one of these for such a long time. I ended up having to go to the normal grocery store this morning and I decided to just enjoy this NAUGHTY treat. It sure was soft and yummy. :)

11:30am Breakfast- Tofu scramble, one corn tortilla and one small slice of wheat bread

2:00pm Lunch- 1/2 c beans and barley w/ spinach, 1/4 c tofu scramble and a pita bread, 1 mini veggie purse

6:00pm Dinner- veggie wrap (lavash bread w/ sauteed zucchini, onions, and mushrooms, black beans, avacado and salsa) SOOOOO YUMMMMMY!

3 homemade chocolate chip cookies (They win everytime.;)

I am feeling a lot better today but I am still going to take it easy. I am trying to build up my immune system not tear it down so resting is essential. I will not be working out today. My mind wants me to workout but I have to tell it to shut up right now...LOL! I need to listen to my body today.

***UPDATE***

I did a few lite exercises which included: 40 pushups, crunches, leg lifts, and a few yoga reps.



Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wednesday

Food Journal:

8:30am Breakfast- 1 mini oatmeal pancake w/ sugar free jelly, 1 tofu scramble taco in corn tortilla, 1 small banana

I experimented this morning and tried to make my own pancakes from scratch. They turned out really yummy but kept sticking to the pan because I didn't use oil or butter. I need to invest in a new non stick skillet since I don't use oil.



11:30pm Snack- Pizza (pita bread, sun dried tomato hummus, spinach, avocado, and salsa)

This pizza was soooo yummy. I toasted the pita bread in the oven until crispy. Then I topped it with homemade oil free hummus, spinach, avocado and salsa. This is one of my new favorite snacks. You can even eat this for lunch or dinner if you want something lite yet filling.



1:30pm Lunch- spaghetti (brown rice pasta w/ fire roasted tomatoes, a few homemade baked pita chips)

3:00pm Snack- banana (I am craving sweets and this is the sweetest thing I have in my kitchen....besides myself:)

5:00pm Dinner- miso rice
My tummy was upset yesterday and today. I know Miso soup is good for tummy aches so I cooked my rice in miso soup today. It was yummy. I added a little soy sauce to my bowl of rice.

7:30pm Snack- homemade baked pita chips and grapes

No workout. I rested today since I was not feeling well.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Time To Start Training!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Link : The Runner's World.com Ultimate Half Marathon Training Plan

So I have heard that it takes about 6 months to prepare for a marathon. Today officially marks a little over 6 months from the date that I will be running the half marathon on December 5th, 2010. I have wanted to run a marathon for a long time. I am going to be easy on myself and start with the 1/2 marathon this year.

Since I am not an avid runner I thought 6 months would be sufficient time for me to prepare for this goal. I did some research and decided I would try this plan and see how it works out. I know that I will have to modify my eating plan a little too to accommodate the large amounts of running I will be doing. I need to full my body with lots of healthy carbs, fruit, veggies and legumes. I also need to make sure I am taking antioxidants which will help protect me from oxidative stress caused from intense workouts.

This plan I found is for a beginner but I don't even run as much as a beginner does so I will modify this plan a little by starting with less miles and building up slowly as I can. I know I will push myself to finish my workouts but I don't want to cause any injuries so I have to use wisdom as well and take it easy in the beginning.

I am determined to accomplish this long time dream and goal of mine. This will be an amazing gift to give myself for my birthday. Stay tuned for this new journey I will be embarking on soon. I might be going on vacation for a month so I am not sure exactly when I will be able to commit to this. If I don't go I will start next Monday. IF I do go I will start running but maybe not be able to start this plan until July.

I will keep you posted.

Sunday/ Monday

Sunday

Food Journal:

Breakfast- oatmeal w/ banana (while at a softball game. I packed it in a thermos:)

Snack- dried apple slices, grapes (while at the game)

Lunch- barley w/ Mango Dal and pico de gallo

Snack- veggie hummus wrap and rice chips

Dinner- steamed broccoli, corn and a tbsp of mashed potatoes

Dessert- a few dark chocolate covered almonds

No workout.

My little baby nephew came from California and his mommy asked me if I wanted to spend time with him. Of course! So she dropped him off and I took him to church with me. Boy did he give my biceps and lower back a workout. I am soooo sore.

He actually spent the night and I just wanted to enjoy him so I didn't make time to workout. I was more focused on spending time with him and taking care of his needs. :) I love him so much and miss him being around. I only see him once every 4 months or so. :(

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Monday

Food Journal:

Breakfast- 3 tofu scramble tacos in corn tortillas with salsa (tofu, onion, garlic powder, chorizo seasoning, cumin, salt, pico de gallo and more cilantro)

Snack- rice chips

Lunch- small amount of barley with Mango Dal

Snack- 1/2 banana

Dinner- 1 1/2 pita pizzas (whole wheat pita bread w/ tomato paste, artichoke hearts, spinach, mushrooms, onions, red pepper flakes, vegan cheese and avocado) SO delicious!

No workout. I did A LOT of cleaning and moving furniture today. I lifted some really really heavy stuff. I was sweating like a piggy. I will be back to my workout routine tomorrow. :)