Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday

Food Journal:

Breakfast- smoothie (banana, strawberry, oatmeal, cantaloupe, u/s cocoa powder, soy milk)

Lunch- grilled veggie salad (romaine lettuce, zucchini, squash, onions, pico de gallo, hot salsa, black beans and corn. no dressing only fresh lime juice). iced tea.

Dinner- toasted grilled veggie wrap (whole wheat lavash bread, zucchini, onion, spinach, tofu spread, Bragg's, peas and salsa). 6 oz smoothie (strawberries, banana, soy milk, u/s cocoa powder)

No workout.

I went to the outdoor mall with Jazzy to buy school clothes. We did some walking. That was pretty much my exercise for the day.

EAT MORE?!?!?!?!?

So I asked my friend Natala today what I need to do in order to have more energy for my runs. Guess what she said? EAT MORE!!!!!!!!!! Duh, right?

I am definitely not eating enough because I am afraid of gaining weight but in order to fuel my body I must eat A LOT more. I still have to stay away from high fat foods like nuts and avocados though because I am still at my fat burning stage.

So I can't worry about the calories I am eating. If I am hungry I must eat. I have to listen to my body like I said in my other post.

She suggested I eat more whole grains and beans. I guess I will have to make myself eat them even though I don't crave them lately with this heat.

She is going to ask her friends about me and get me some more advice. One is a vegan athlete and the other is a vegan triathlete. I can't wait to see what advice they give her for me.

I am excited to have friends around me that are helping me achieve my goals. I am so grateful. Thank you GOD!!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday

I LOVE BEING PLANT STRONG!!!!!

Food Journal:

Brunch- broccoli, zucchini and mushrooms w/ Bragg's Amino Acids

Snack- plum, 2 corn tortillas w/ avocado

Pre workout meal- 2 c. soup (whole wheat elbow pasta in tomato broth....fideo style), watermelon and cantaloupe.

Post workout meal- 1 cup soup, 2 baked tostadas w/ black beans, guacamole, lettuce and hot sauce, grapes

Plum


Workout Journal:


2 mile run (5 mph- 5.5 mph)


1 mile sprints (1 min sprint/ 30 second rest. 5 mph- 8.5 mph)


I was extremely tired. My body was not up to running today but I pushed myself. I eventually had to stop because my shorts kept falling down. I had the wrong pants on so I had to keep pulling them up. :) Good news but irritating when you are trying to run. :)


I need to make myself eat more during my long distance running days because I am drained. I tend to eat less during the summer and that does not help me when I need to have long distance endurance.


I also ate mostly fruits and veggies all day so they left my body pretty quick. That also contributed to my feeling a little weak today. I need to fuel my body with more beans and grains when I am running long.


I am still learning how to fuel my body. This more active and healthier lifestyle is still new to me so I am slowly but surely finding out what works for me. I know for sure that not everyones body functions the same so it is important that I pay attention to my specific needs.


I need to do some research about vegan athletes and their diets. I was worried about over consuming calories but I think I need them right now since I am going to be doing more cardio. I don't want to deprive myself of the nutrients my body needs because it will cause me more harm than good.



What about moderation?

Many of us ask the questions....
"What about moderation?"
"Can't I have a cheat day and give into temptation every now and then?"
"How about on special occasions like birthday parties and family gatherings?"

I know I have asked myself these questions and often allow myself to eat "treats" or give into the occasional temptation every now and then.

BUT....

I read this article the other day that my friend wrote after she interviewed a well known vegan athlete and health advocate. It made me think about "cheating and moderation" in a whole new light. So I wanted to share.....

Do you love your husband?
Would you cheat on him every now and then.? How about on special occasions?

Most of us who are married and love and respect our spouses would answer this question with a strong "NO!".

Why do we cheat on ourselves with food then.? If we love ourselves why do we allow ourselves to occasionally indulge in temptations?

In order to live a healthy lifestyle we MUST learn to have a healthy relationship with ourselves first. We must learn to love and respect our bodies and only consume those things that are beneficial to our health. Indulging in the occasional unhealthy treat does not support that belief and must be eliminated from your mindset.

Just as we would not cheat on our spouses.......... we should not cheat on ourselves.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thursday- 4 months to go!

I just realized that I only have 4 months left to prepare for the marathon. I haven't been running as much as I need to so next week I will have to kick it up a notch. I need to focus on running long distance at least 2 days a week. Then I will do sprints and uphill runs 1 day a week. This is the schedule I am creating for myself for next week. Please help keep me accountable. :)

Monday- 6 mile run
Tuesday- resistance training/ abs
Wednesday- sprints and uphill runs (3-4 miles)
Thursday- yoga/ abs
Friday- 6 mile run
Saturday- resistance training/ abs
Sunday- REST DAY! Finally :)
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Food Journal:

Breakfast- 1 cup watermelon

Snack- applesauce

Lunch- Sweet Tomatoes (again:) large salad, 1 cup veggie soup, 2 bread sticks (I removed the top that had butter and cheese:)

a few peanut M&M's (Yuck! This will be the last time we eat these. Jazzy and I both agreed that it is just not worth it. We don't even feel good after we eat garbage like this. I bodies are not used to it anymore. She said they made her chest feel funny and mucusy.)

Snack- fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, nectarine.....I had nibbles while I was cutting and washing all the fruit I bought today.)

Dinner- brown rice, black beans, guacamole

Workout Journal:
Turbo Sculpt (40 min DVD)
I used 7 and 10 lbs weights. OMGoodness! I was dripping sweat like a PIG. They recommend women use 3 or 5 lb weights but I wanted to melt fat like butter...LOL! I am actually pretty strong and was able to get through the entire workout using these size weights.

Jazzy and I went to eat at Sweet Tomatoes again because it is so hot and we craved some salad and refreshing food. I get mad because I get really full pretty fast. I was even more upset when Jazzy found something that looked like a white hair in her pasta. That made me stop eating right away. We were given a complimentary meal coupon for the next time we go. They seem to think it was plastic or part of a veggie. I am not sure but it was enough to gross me out. It might be a while until we go back. :(

We also went to Target to get her a couple of outfits for school. I bought myself some new undies because mine are wayyyy to big and they slip down. I was going to buy some plain cotton panties but saw some really nice lacey ones that were on sale and decided to get them instead. It feels great to be able to buy smaller cute things. Makes me so proud. :) Wish I had someone to show them to....LOLLLLL! ;)

After Target we went to Sam's Club to stock up on fruit. I bought watermelon, cantaloupe, nectarines, plums, strawberries, oranges, apples, bananas and grapes. YUMMY! I cut up all the melon. I washed and sliced the strawberries and freezed them for my smoothies. I also washed and took all the grapes off the stems. I love having lots of fruit washed and ready to eat in the house. Woooohoooo!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wednesday

Food Journal:


1 cup watermelon

brown rice, black beans, steamed broccoli and salsa

a few ice cream bites (made with rice milk)

black bean patty in 2 corn tortillas w/ salsa, baked potato wedges w/ ketchup

No workout. I was busy today.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday

Food Journal:

2:30pm- Sweet Tomatoes: large salad, 2 cups of veggie soup, 2 foccacia breadsticks, 1 key lime mango coconut muffin, taste of 2 other muffins.

I was super stuffed but I wanted to eat more....LOL! I was actually full 1/2 way thru my salad.

10:00pm- 1 piece of whole wheat toast, 2 black bean patties w/ salsa

1:30 am- 3 corn tortillas w/ guacamole

I have been staying up realllllly late into the wee hours of the morning. These are summer hours and they will be stopping soon. My daughter and I have been staying up til about 3am and waking up at 1pm. Crazy! I know. So we tend to get really hungry pretty late since we are staying up like vampires.

Workout Journal:
3.5 miles of running and sprints
1 minutes sprints w/ 30 sec. rests from 5.0 mph to 9.0 mph
30 sec. sprints w/ 30 sec. rests from 1% to 10% incline

50 pushups
100 crunches

I went to Target today and tried on this really cute dress. It FIT! It felt so amazing to finally fit in normal clothes and they actually look good. It really motivated me to workout harder.

Jazzy and I are planning to go to the Bahamas next year for the summer. My goal is to wear a bathing suit and feel confident in it. I see it, I see it.....I finally see it. :D

Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday

Food Journal:
12:30pm- kashi cereal w/ banana and soy milk, 2 pieces of toast w/ Earth Balance.

brown rice, 1/4 c. black beans, salsa

brown rice, black bean patty, salsa

smoothie (soy milk, u/s cocoa powder, banana, frozen strawberries)

pear

1 piece of whole wheat bread, 1/2 bean patty and ketchup

No workout.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Updated Pics


Before: 10/6/09

Pic taken 04/06/10

Pic taken on 7/25/10

Pic taken on 7-25-10


Since October 6, 2009 I have lost 30 lbs. Although I am not trying to focus on weight I still have 20 lbs to lose to reach my initial 50 lb weight loss goal. I know that once I reach my initial goal weight I will probably lose more and do a lot more sculpting in order to achieve my ideal body composition.
I have noticed that my waist has gotten smaller so I see my curves a lot more now. My hips seem to pop out more even though they have slimmed down too. My biggest problem area has been my lower stomach but it is going down. I have heard that will be the last part to go. I can't wait til that time comes..LOL!
As of now I am proud of my progress and continue to focus on my strengths rather than any weakness.





Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday

I took these past 3 days to become centered. I surrendered myself to God and allowed Him to minister to my heart. I had to deny my ego of somethings and make room for the TRUTH. I was seeking freedom and restoration. Many things had plagued my mind and I was ready to let them go.

I am very excited for what God has in store for me over the next couple of months. I am closing a chapter in my life that has been open for way too long. Although I know it had purpose I also know it is time to release it and move on.

I give God all the glory for putting some very special angels in my life that helped see me through this dark place in my life. They confirmed that my struggle is over and it time to be free from the bondages of my past.

In order for me to be whole and complete in my BODY, MIND and SOUL I must eliminate some very toxic relationships in my life. They have served their purpose but a new season is here.

Releasing these emotions and bondages has been such an amazing feeling. Words can NOT describe what I feel within. I am just so grateful because I feel so much hope and inspiration. I am creating a clear channel in which God can begin to move and manifest great things in my life.

Thank you for following me this far but it is about to get a whole lot better from this point on.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Take Time To Breathe

Sometimes when we are waiting for things to happen in our lives we forget to breathe. We often hold our breathes in anticipation of what is to come. Sometimes fear even steals our breathe away and we are left feeling empty, sad or alone.

I am taking this time to breathe, to fill my lungs with God's glory and allow His spirit to rejuvenate my soul.

I will be back on Monday. Until then be blessed!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thursday- Feeling Very Sad and Emotional

Food Journal:

Smoothie- orange juice, papaya, 1/2 banana


1 black bean patty, one piece of wheat bread w/ ketchup


bowl of Kashi cereal w/ soy milk

bowl of Kashi cereal, sloppy joe mixture w/ 3 Wasa Crackers

No workout today.

I am feeling very emotional today. I have lots of things going on in my life and I am trying to be at peace with everything. I know that I am where I am supposed to be in this season of my life but sometimes it's hard to be calm in them midst of it.

Accepting things and walking by faith can be challenging at times. I know it is time to regroup and refresh myself.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wednesday- Hardcore Workout!!!!!!!!! Puke factor 10

Food Journal:

Breakfast- smoothie (banana, strawberries, soy milk, papaya, u/s cocoa powder)

Snack- 1/2 cup mac n cheese (whole wheat pasta/ cheesey sauce: soy milk, arrowroot, nutritional yeast)

Lunch- 1 cup mac n cheese, 1 cup broccoli, hot sauce

Snack- 1 cup tater tots w/ organic ketchup

Small piece of cake. I made a chocolate cake for my mom's birthday yesterday. I used regular boxed cake mix but I substituted the eggs and oil for banana and applesauce. So although it is still not "healthy" it was much better than the orginal recipe. Also less calories and it tasted better. Ummm I don't think I even need to mention that after I ate this tiny piece of cake I did not feel well. My body was like what the hickory smoke farms are you doing?....LOL!

Snack- banana

Dinner- black bean burger on whole wheat bread w/ a few tater tots (black bean patty, topped with ketchup and guacaPOLE....that is guacamole made with peas:)

Workout Journal:

1st workout (afternoon)- 2 mile run/ walk. Ran 1 1/2 miles, walked 1/2 mile

2nd workout (evening)- 3 miles of sprints, 1oo pushups, 125+ squats, stretching
WOWOWOWOWOWOW! This workout was pretty intense. I did 1 minute sprints w/ 30 second rests. Started at 5.0 mph and went up to 9.0 mph. Then I went down to 6.0 mph and did 30 second sprints with 30 second rests. I started at a 1% incline and increased to a 10% incline. Then I finished off with a 1/4 mile jog to finish my 3 miles. Crazy workout. It felt amazing to accomplish this workout and finish strong.

I love how my abs feel when I do sprints. They tense up and I feel them burn. No need for crunches today..LOL!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesday- Slow and steady weight loss!

Food Journal:
Breakfast- smoothie, tofu scramble taco
Lunch- brown rice w/ veggies (mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini) w/ salsa
Dinner- 3 baked taquitos w/ guacamole (made with avacado and peas)
Piece of chocolate cake (for my mom's birthday)

No workout.

I had a busy day applying for lots of jobs, preparing for my Health Educator certification and running some errands.

I weighed myself today and was down 5 lbs. So over the last 3 months I have mananged to lose 12 lbs. That is not bad. Atleast I am making steady progress. I am aware that now that I have about 25 lbs to lose to get to my initial goal it will come off slower. I am not really concerned about the weight loss though. I am more focused on my physical changes. My body is getting leaner and I am getting stronger so that is what I am most proud of.

The weight loss is kind of superficial compared to everything else that is changing. I am happy this far and will continue to go full steam ahead. :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday

Food Journal:


Breakfast- smoothie (strawberries, banana, soy milk, cocoa powder)

Snack- banana

non dairy ice cream bar

Dinner- brown rice, veggie stirfry (zucchini, mushrooms, broccoli), 2 veggie egg rolls, salsa

Snack- brown rice w/ salsa, 1 mini corn on the cob

No workout.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday

"We can't address food injustice without addressing poverty." - Vegan Soul Kitchen



Food Journal:

Breakfast- large smoothie (papaya, strawberries, orange)

Lunch- baked fries w/ ketchup

Snack- banana

Snack- smoothie (banana, strawberry, cocoa powder, soy milk)

Dinner- lasagna (rice pasta, homemade tofu ricotta, fresh spinach, tomato sauce)

Jazzy and I ate the entire lasagna on our own with the exception of one piece that I gave my mom. We ate if over a 5 hour period. Jazzy said "well it's healthy so who cares if we eat it all..LOL!". We didn't eat much during the day so I guess it was okay that we ate the whole thing :))))

No workout. Rest day. 50 crunches.

It is soooooo hard for me to rest. I get severe anxiety when I can't do anything. I know I need rest so I make myself rest. It is important or my body will break down and I will be unable to work out for a longer period of time.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Saturday- Fun Night!?!?!

Food Journal:


Breakfast- 2 large glasses of a smoothie (orange, papaya, 1/2 banana, celery, strawberries, water), 1 tofu scramble taco

Snack- steamed broccoli w/ salsa

Lunch/Dinner- fideo style soup w/ veggies (brown rice pasta in tomato broth w/ mixed veggies)

Dinner Party- 2 bread sticks, crackers and grapes, lots of water, 1 alcoholic drink

Workout Journal:
Today's workout is kind of hard to explain. I did A LOT of sprints on the treadmill. To start out I ran 1 minute and rested 30 seconds. I would increase the speed after each rest period. I started at 5.0 mph and went up to 9.0 mph. Then I started to slowly decrease the speed but increase the incline. I did 30 second sprints w/ 3o second rests. I ended at 5.0 mph at a 10 percent incline. Running at an incline is really challenging and definitely gets my heart rate up fast. I am not sure how many sprints I did but at the end of 30 minutes it said I had ran a little over 3 miles. Of course you can't count the rest periods I took so it was actually less than 3 miles but it was still an amazing workout.

I also did:
50 push ups
50 trunk twists
50 squats (25 wide squats w/ alternating side leg lifts, 25 chair squat w/ backward leg extension)

I went to my brother in laws 10th year Anniversary party tonight. They served Italian food and didn't have any healthy options for me to eat. I wasn't really too hungry but I snacked on some appetizers while I was there. I did have one drink and that was enough for me. I drank lots of water the rest of the night. It was a nice time.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Weekend Challenge #3

Here is the challenge I have to do this weekend as part of The Vegan Hope Workshop- Challenge Me More Group.

I will do my best to complete it.
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Ok challenge me more people! Let's do this!

1 days of all fruits and vegetables (yes you can use dressings-fat free)
1 day of all fruits, vegetables and you can add beans and brown rice (no soy, gluten,nuts)

Water! at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces.

No: oil, high sodium, sugar, dairy, eggs, meat.

Workout: Break this up in the next 3 days!

8 miles (or 2.5 hours of upright physical movement)
200 squats
250 crunches (you can also do trunk rotations if you'd like)
40 arm circles forward (per day)
40 arm circles backwards (per day)
3 minute Planks per day
Funky Stretch: 20 rotations

Friday- Ready for the weekend

Food Journal:

Breakfast- small "Cup of Sunshine" smoothie, 3 tofu chorizo scramble tacos

2 chocolate chip cookie (Yep these get me everytime. I must stay away from them.)

I made a huge batch of chocolate chip cookies for my daughter. I made them different this time because I used brown rice flour instead of oatmeal. They taste more like regular cookies. But I still did not use any butter or sugar. The only ingredients were: brown rice flour, baking soda, applesauce, banana, a little bit of oats to thicken because I ran out of flour, arrowroot and vanilla. They are super yummy. They are a no no for me though because the chocolate chips to contain organic cane sugar. I am trying to stay away from any sugar that does not come from a fruit. I have done very well so I didn't beat myself up about having a couple.

Snack- 1/2 pita pizza

I made pizza last night and discovered the glory of Nutritional Yeast. I keep hearing people talk about it but never tried it. Instead of using a cheese alternative I made a tofu cheesy spread. I put firm tofu, garlic powder, italian seasoning, and nutritional yeast in my food processor. It was so amazing and tasted so much like cheese. I spread that on the pizza and then added tomatoes, olives, and mushrooms. YUMMY!!!!

Dinner- a large bowl of steamed baby bok choy, 4 pieces of Tofurkey, tiny tiny cup of smoothie (papaya, orange, strawberry, water)


I didn't have a big appetite today. I wasn't even really hungry for dinner but I made myself eat because I knew I would get hungry late at night.

Workout Journal:

Yoga Meltdown Levels 1 & 2

Wow, this was a great workout. I felt kind of dizzy but I keep pushing through it. I was sweating like crazy. I finally did this bridge pose. I am not sure if I could do it before because I was afraid to try. I used to always do the modified version. I finally did it today. I actually did about 5 of them and held them for a few seconds. My next goal is to lift one leg straight up in the air and hold the pose for about 16 seconds. :)))))

Cup Of Sunshine Smoothie



Ingredients:
(makes 2 large glasses)

4 oz water
1 large orange (peeled)
2 cups papaya
1/2 c. frozen pineapple
1/2 c. frozen strawberries
1 ripe banana

Optional: 2 stalks of celery

Add all ingredients into blender, putting in water and orange first. Blend and enjoy a beautiful and delicious cup of sunshine.

These smoothies are excellent to drink before you workout. It's a good amount of healthy carbs. It is also nice and refreshing on a hot summer day.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thursday

Food Journal:

milkshake :) (yep, I am addicted but hey it's healthy so who cares...LOL!)

2 corn tortillas and 2 wasa crackers w/ pinto beans, salsa and pickles (I know this sounds weird but it was good.)

Pre-workout: stemed broccoli

Post workout: piece of wheat bread, banana, plum, apple, 2 sweet potatoes w/ salsa
My body was absolutely exhausted and I had to fuel it. I ate any and everything I could find.

Dinner- pita pizza (homemade tofu cheese spread, tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, hot sauce) 3 mini homemade chocolate chip cookies

Workout:

6 mile run (I didn't stop every mile for a rest. I pushed as hard as I could and only stopped when I needed some water or to stretch my calf muscles)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday

Food Journal:

1/2 portabello wrap, water and a few potato chips

milkshake (soy milk, strawberries, banana, u/s cocoa powder)

2 bowls of veggie soup

milkshake (same as above)

broth from soup and broccoli w/ salsa, piece of sourdough wheat bread

No workout. I was busy today.

Release!

Last night I was invited to attend a Vision Board making party at my friend Loren's house. I had a feeling earlier that day that is was going to be an emotional and empowering event. I almost didn't go because it was so hot outside and the drive was far BUT something was pulling me to go.

I got there a little late and when I walked in Loren was speaking and sharing some of her amazing achievements with us. She is a successful motivational speaker, author, mother, business woman, and master teacher for Tony Robbins. That doesn't even begin to describe the amazing life she has lived this far. She has traveled the world speaking to people, inspiring and motivating them to pursue their dreams.

I was one of the lucky ones that was invited to attend this empowering event last night and I felt so privileged. I drew energy from her amazing spirit and left feeling like I was well on my way to fulfilling my destiny.

She asked me to stand up and share why I chose to come to the event and what I wanted to achieve by attending. I shared how I was on a mission to lose weight and run my first half marathon. I said I had already managed to lose over 60 lbs but that I still have more to lose. I also had many other goals I desired to achieve and I knew I needed direction and guidance. Everyone rejoiced with me and I sat down.

Then Loren used me as an example and said how something inside of me was pulling me to achieve my goals. She said pull is greater than a push. She said I was convicted to get healthy and "release my weight". She said I did not "lose" my weight because it was never to be found again. I would never put it back on. She said I released it. That hit me like a ton of bricks.

It is so true. I am "releasing" my weight and everything that it stands for. My weight was a reflection of years of pain and disappointments. When I stood up within myself and decided to take control I was releasing the mentality of being a victim.

I no longer allowed the circumstances in my life to feed my soul. I took control of my life and took responsibility for my actions. I became disciplined and it reflected outwardly.

Loren asked us to right down a statement that we would start our day with everyday. She said what you say first thing in the morning sets the mood for the rest of the day. If we wake up wishing we didn't have to and complaining about everything under the sun then we will reap the fruit of that seed.

Then we were asked to right "I AM" statements that would be a mantra to our lives. Even if you have yet to achieve something you are aiming for you must state that it already is or it will never be. You have the power to create it by believing and focusing your energy on it.

She was adamant about getting out of our heads and allowing God or the Universe to flow through us and allow the energy to create. She said this is your time to put in your order. Then she gave this amazing analogy that left me feeling convicted and inspired to change the way I feel about my future and the role I play in it.

She said if you go to a diner and the waitress comes up to you and asks you what you want and you say "I don't know", she is going to skip you and go to the next person. So then the other people order their meals and she leaves and puts in the order. When the order is up she comes back to your table and gives you "NOTHING" because you didn't order nothing.

That is the way the Universe or God works. God's word states "you have not because you ask not". You must ask in faith and believe that you will receive it. We can't just go around wishing and dreaming. You must also put action behind your passion and desires. Each step is a step of faith that brings you closer to your destiny.

We were instructed to also write down our non negotiables. Just like brushing our teeth and getting dressed in the morning. These are things that are non negotiable in our lives. Something we stand for and won't surrender for anyone.

Then we proceeded to allow our creative energy to flow by feeling each moment of our vision. Writing and expressing ourselves as if it had come to pass. The awesome part of this is that Loren had already done these exercises years ago and had manifested many fruits from them. This was not all talk or wishful thinking. This is actually how life works.

It is not about creating from our heads or from an egoic place but rather letting the spirit of God or The Universe flow through you and empower you to change. She said that when we meditate and visualize the outcome then the Universe will move and begin to create opportunities.

You have heard me share this before and how I meditate and visualize my achievements. When I run on the treadmill and want to stop, I think about how good it will feel when I cross the finish line at the marathon. I think about how amazing it feels to be healthy and strong. I think about helping other women achieve their goals and inspiring them to be their best.

Since I have allowed this energy to flow through me doors have begun to open. Opportunities have knocked at my door and it feels so amazing. Like I have said before I may not be at my goal yet but I am where I want to be. As long as I am in the will of God....aligned with The Universe and fully conscious of my power then I have peace.

Things may not be ideal in my life but they are purposeful. They have driven me to be a better person. They have prepared me to be what God wants me to be in order to fulfill my destiny. Through the adverstity God has strategically placed people in my life that will help guide me, strengthen me, and encourage me along my journey. They have helped equip me for the journey.

We often spend more time trying to create our future instead of preparing ourselves to walk in it. I am taking this time in my life right now to prepare myself. Things are moving and things are shifting. Every shift may not feel good to me but it is essential, it is important and it can't be avoided. I must endure certain hardships in order to be more effective in my calling.

So I am going to continue to "release" this weight and walk forward with power knowing that one day I will wake up and I will be where I have always dreamed of being. I will be fully me and walking in truth.

Milkshake Heaven


Chocolate Strawberry Banana Milkshake

This is my favorite treat right now. It is so hot in Vegas and I am so craving ice cream. I created this milkshake and have been drinking it a lot. I know you might think "what?"....BUT this is not a guilty indulgence it is super healthy and gives you a nice guiltless way of enjoying the summer. Try it and let me know what you think.

Ingredients:
(Makes 2 large glasses)

16 oz. soy milk (I love Fresh and Easy's unsweetend plain soymilk)
2 ripe bananas
2 cups of frozen sliced strawberries
1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Hershey's)
1 cup fresh spinach leaves (optional)....I used broccoli the other day:)

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend for about 3 minutes (depending on the power of your blender). If you have trouble blending add a little more soymilk to get it going. Pour it into two large glasses or be a piggy and drink it all yourself. I did...LOL!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Yummy Kid Recipe

Banana Burrito

Ingredients:

whole wheat flat bread or tortilla
1/2 banana (split lengthwise)
natural crunchy peanut butter (no sugar, no salt)
strawberry jelly (no added sugar or corn syrup)

Spread tortilla or flat bread with PB&J and put 1/2 of the banana. Roll up and enjoy!

I made these for Jazzy and her friend for a snack. They thought they were amazing. These are so easy that kids can make them on their own.

This recipe is KID TESTED MOTHER APPROVED.

Monday

Food Journal:

Breakfast- 2 tofu scramble tacos, 8 oz smoothie (soy milk, banana, strawberry, unsweetened cocoa powder)

Lunch- broccoli, bean sprouts, sweet potato w/ salsa

Snack- 2 wasa crackers w/ little bit of PB&J

Snack- small plum

Dinner- black bean burger on lettuce w/ salsa and avocado. baked fries. 1/2 c. chocolate soymilk

Workout Journal:

Turbo Sculpt using 10 lb weights through the entire 45 minute DVD. I was sweating like a pig FOR REAL! Wowzers.

150 crunches

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunday

Food Journal:

10:30am Breakfast- 3 pieces of Gimme Lean Sausage (not meat), 2 tofu scramble tacos, hashbrowns with ketchup

I haven't had a BIG breakfast like this in a long time. It was so delicious. I really enjoyed it.


Snack- banana

5 piece of Kettle Corn (the sugar made me feel sick)


4:30pm Late Lunch- homemade veggie soup, 1 tofu taco, wasa cracker w/ PB&J

7:00pm Pre-workout: smoothie (soy milk, banana, broccoli, frozen mixed berries)

9:30pm Dinner- brown rice pasta w/ tomato and red pepper sauce



Workout Journal-

A little swimming (made me sleepy:)

1 mile run/ 1 mile sprints

150 squats (various including...25 sumo squats w/ side leg lifts, 25 chair squats w/ back leg extensions)

150 pushups

60 trunk twists

10 sun salutations

50 side leg lifts (ballerina style)


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Saturday- Veggie/ Fruit Day

Food Journal:

Pre-workout meal- large smoothie (water, 2 bananas, 1 cup frozen berries and pineapple)

Post-workout meal- broccoli and bean sprouts seasoned w/ Bragg's, sweet potato w/ salsa

Snack- 1/2 apple

Snack- 1/4 c trail mix (I gave it to my mom because it really makes my tummy hurt. I think it is definitely the raisins that do it to me.)

Snack- 2 Wasa crackers w/ PB&J (I was craving something sweet so I thought this might help.)

Dinner- 2 bowls of homemade veggie soup (fire roasted tomatoes, onion, corn, zucchini, squash, green beans, garlic, celery, seasonings and water)

Note: The date on the pic is wrong. :)

Snack- small bowl of soup, popcorn (no butter, just lightly salted w/ sea salt

I had one small alcholic drink with my friend tonight. (Vodka and Cranberry juice)

Workout Journal:

5 miles of running and sprints

I was able to improve my time today because I ran at a faster pace. I kept it between 5.0 mph and 6.0 mph for 3.5 miles. The other 1.5 miles I did sprints varying from 6.0 mph to 7.5 mph. I sprinted for 1 minute and rested for 30 seconds. BOY OH BOY does that make my heart rate go up drastically. I love doing sprints. It is great for conditioning and weight loss.

Note: I actually burned a little more calories than this according the calorie calculator I use. It doesn't know your actual calories but it calculates it by your weight. It said I burned about 600 calories. Not bad for 1 hr of working out.

Making Vegan Pancakes with Berries



Can't wait to try this recipe. Check it out!

Dr. Oz Turns Meat-Eating Cowboy Vegan



This video had me in tears. I hope you take the time to watch it.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Chocolate, Cheese, Meat, and Sugar -- Physically Addictive



Please check out this amazing video. It is a little long but it is so worth the time. Your life depends on it.

My New Weekend Challenge

This is the challenge I must do this weekend from the "challenge me more" group. The biggest challenge might be the NOOOOOO SUGAR rule. I am also eating only fruits and veggies this weekend which I am really excited about. I went to the International Market and bought lots of veggies that I love. I also have lots of frozen fruit for smoothies.

Can't wait to see how it goes. I will do 5.5 miles of running on Saturday and Sunday for my total of 11 miles this weekend. Yeppie...LOL!!!!
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Here is the advanced weekend challenge:

*you can break this up: 11 miles OR 3 hours of upright mobile activity (bike/run/walk/elliptical) which ever comes first.

30 Trunk twists PER DAY

10 Sun Salutations PER DAY

4 minutes of Calf stretching PER DAY

150 push ups

75 squats

Food: (in addition to your current plan)

No oil or sugar - none, zip, zilch. Only WHOLE fruits. You can have nuts but limit it to no more than 1/4 cup a day or 1 ounce of seed/nut butter.

3 fruit and vegetable meals. (you can use sauces and non oil dressings).

Create 2 meals from things you have in your kitchen (you can get tips from the internet)

Friday

Food Journal:

Breakfast- PB&J on toasted Lavash bread (tasted like crackers with PB&J)

Snack- smoothie (water, banana, frozen berries and pineapple)

Lunch- toasted veggie wrap (bell pepper, onion, zucchini, black beans in Lavash bread)

Snack- a few mango slices

Snack- 1/4 c. trail mix (unsalted, unsweetened, unsulphered), 1 wasa cracker

Snack- 1 wasa cracker w/ black beans and salsa

Dinner- black bean burger on whole wheat w/ ketchup and pickle

Lots of water all day long. I love water!!! :)

No workout today. I had a bad tummy ache after I ate the trail mix. I think it was the raisins. Some times they upset my tummy. I might have to stop eating it.

I start my veggie and fruit weekend tomorrow. I am so excited. I bought lots of yummy veggies today. I am going to try some new exotic produce next weekend. I saw some new fruits and veggies today that I never knew existed. WOW! This is a BIG world. Being plant strong is so amazing. I LOVE IT!

Intention

"What is your motivation for your action? What moves you to pursue your passion? Having a clear vision of your goals will help propel you into the manifestation of your dreams. Don't just go through the motions. Live your life and pursue your dreams with intention." -Papisgirl

I receieved an email today from a subscription I have with "The Garden Diet". It is a raw vegan wedsite. It spoke about eating and exercising with intention. Not just unconsciously eating an apple but visualizing it going through the body and nourishing it. Doing this will help the process and not only make you more conscious but create a positive relationship with your body and food.

It also spoke about doing the same with exercise. We should not just go through the motions of exercise but we should be conscious of the body. We should visualize the muscles working, blood flowing and fat melting. We should be one with the movements and create a consciousness that helps fuel our action.

This spoke to my heart but it also confirmed what I try to practice in my own life. There are times that I eat unconsciously while sitting in front of the TV or computer. BUT I am fully aware that I must change this. I must sit down at the table and make fueling my body a sacred ritual being fully conscious of it's purpose.

I try to do the same when I exercise. I visualize my body working hard inside. My heart, my spirit and my mind help power me through my sometimes grueling exercise routines. I remind myself of my goals and the reason for my discpline. I visualize myself achieving my goals and feeling empowered and strong.

I must do all that I do with intention. My intention is to glorify God in my body. My intention is to become disciplined. My intention is to complete a 1/2 marathon. My intention is the achieve a healthy, lean, and toned physique that I can be proud of. My intention is the be an inspiration to others and help them achieve their goals and dreams. My intention is to fulfill the will of God through obedience. My intention is the walk what I preach. My intention is the be an example for my daughter. My intention is to feel fabulous and free. My intention is to be disease free. My intention is to reverence my body as God's holy temple. My intention is the feel proud of all that I have accomplished and be the "best" me I can be.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thursday

"Learn to listen to your body. It knows what's best for it."

Food Journal:

10:30am Breakfast- PB&J on whole wheat bread
(I want to mention that the jelly I use has no added sugar in it. It is simply fruit. The peanut butter I use is also all natural and does not contain sugar or salt.)

11:30 am- brown rice, Bragg's, salsa
I woke up extremely hungry and was not satisfied with just the PB&J so I had this mini meal.

Snack- homemade baked tortilla chips and salsa

5:00pm Post workout- brown rice, Bragg's, mixed veggies (all mixed together like fried rice)

8:30pm Snack- dried mango slices (unsulphered, unsweetened)

9:00om Late Dinner- grilled veggie wrap (lavash bread, red and green bell pepper, purple onion, zucchini and seasoned with Bragg's....then toasted in toaster oven). smoothie (water, frozen mixed berries, frozen pineapple, banana)

a few more dried mango slices

This week I am focusing on eliminating ALL sugar from my diet. It is tough but it is so worth it. The only reason it is tough right now is because my YKW is coming soon. My cravings for sweet things gets more intense during this time. I wanted chocolate today but was good about avoiding it. The man at Trader Joe's said I am disciplined. He had asked me if I was okay and I said "Um not really...LOL" He said "what is wrong?". I said " I want chocolate and I can't have it!". He said "well that means you are disciplined". I am glad he realized it takes GREAT discipline to refrain from chocolate...LOL!

I am also weeding out gluten from my diet because I have noticed it doesn't make me feel good. I am learning to be more in tune with my body and notice that certain foods make me sluggish or light headed so I am eliminating them from my diet as much as I can. Wheat is one of them. Corn is also something I have to limit because it makes me bloated and constipated. Dang! I love corn tortillas and baked tortilla chips :(((( Oh well, I will survive without eating them everyday.

Workout Journal:

45 minute sculpting DVD (Turbo Sculpt)

I prefer this video over Jillian's sculpting DVD. It is more intense and I feel the pain right away. They recommend women use 3-5 lb weights but I used 7 lb weights. Boy could I feel the difference. I actually had sweat coming off of me and dropping on my carpet. It was intense. I am going to do this tape 2-3 days a week on my non running day.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wednesday

Food Journal:


10:30am Pre workout- banana, 1 tofu scramble taco in corn tortilla


1:30pm Post workout- 2 tofu tacos, brown rice, black beans, lettuce and salsa


5:30pm Dinner- homemade baked tortilla chips, taco meat (TVP), salsa


4 homemade oatmeal cookies (oatmeal, banana, applesauce, cinnamon, vanilla, baking soda)

10:00pm- 1/2 PB&J sandwhich on wheat bread



Workout Journal:

30 minutes of sprints (varied from 5.0-8.5 mph) on the treadmill



I sprint for 1 minute and rest for 30 seconds. I lost count of how many I did but I think it was over 15. I warmed up for 5 minutes and cooled down for 3 minutes. It was a great workout. It said I did a little over 3 miles but I probably only did 2.5 because I had rests in between each sprint.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tuesday

Food Journal:

steel cut oats w/ soy milk and cinnamon

a few Funnyuns (not healthy or vegan), banana

PB&J on wheat bread (natural peanut butter and jam....no sugar added)

brown rice, black beans, lettuce, salsa and Tapatio

No workout. 250 crunches only.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Monday

Food Journal:

steel cut oats w/ banana and soy milk (no sugar)

brown rice, 1 tbsp chili, hot sauce

pita pizza (pita bread, tofu, zucchini, tomato, italian herbs, purple onion), 1/2 apple

pita pizza (same as above but w/out onion), 1/2 apple

Workout Journal:
45 minutes Zumba

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Weekend Challenge

So as part of my 30 Day Vegan Hope Workshop that I am taking right now I was given a weekend challenge. I joined the "Challenge Me More" group so this weekend I will be doing this:

10 mile run/walk
200 squats
250 crunches
150 jumping jacks
75 arm circles forward
75 arm circles backward

AND before and after every meal I must move for 5 minutes. This is not just on the weekend but every day. I have not been doing it so I have to start it this weekend. (we are on day 6 of the workshop....shame on me.)

I will let you know how the challenge goes. I am also working on eliminating ALLLLL oil and sugar from my diet. Even healthy sugar alternatives. I can only have sugar from fruit.

Next week I also have to pick one day in which I only consume fruits and veggies all day. No grains or beans. This should not be hard since it is summer and I don't get very hungry anyways.

Unhealthy Vegan

Just because you chose to become a vegan does not mean you are a healthy vegan. Many vegans still consume oil, processed foods, meat substitutes, sugar, too much tofu and white flour.

For many being vegan is a noble step towards helping save the earth and it's precious creatures. For others it is about being healthy and creating a body they can be proud of. Many are motivated by both reasons.

Although I give lots of credit and praises to those that have eliminated animal products from their lives for good it doesn't mean they are healthy. It breaks my heart when I see lots of them eating processed foods, meat substitutes, sugar, refined flour, oil and other not so healthy foods.

Being a healthy vegan takes more than refraining from meat. You must become conscious of what affects food has on your body not just on the Earth.

Thanks for listening. I just felt the need to vent. :)

Saturday/ Sunday

Slow progress is better than no progress. Praise yourself for each step you make in the right direction. Persistence and dedication pays off if you don't give up.

Food Journal:

12:00pm- brown rice w/ mango salsa, cucumbers and jicama w/ lime and tapatio



5:00pm- black bean patty on wheat bread w/ ketchup. mango salsa and a few baked tortilla chips. apple.



8:00pm- brown rice, refried beans and mixed veggies.




Workout Journal:




6.5 mile run (4.5-5.5mph)



.5 mile walk (cool down)



Today's run was SUPER challenging. I didn't eat much today so my body's energy level was low. I was not even hungry when I was done working out but I made myself eat because I didn't want to get sick.



My goal was to run 7 miles but I couldn't do it. My body was dragging. I took 1 minute breaks after each mile so that I could get through the workout. I am still proud of my run even though I didn't accomplish my goal. I finished this workout in 1 1/2 hrs. I will build up my speed as I get better conditioned. Right now I just want to build my mileage so I keep a good steady pace.



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Sunday



1/2 homemade oatmeal cookie (oats, applesauce, banana)



4 tacos (4 corn tortillas, 2 Boca patties, lettuce, salsa, hot sauce), apple



smoothie, a few baked tortilla chips w/ mango salsa



Workout Journal:



200 squats



250 crunches



50 push ups



150 jumping jacks



75 arm circles (forward)



75 arm circles (backward)



I went to a birthday party today after church and got home late. I didn't get a chance to complete my 10 mile weekend challenge. I did great yesterday so I am not worried about it.



I did good avoiding a cupcake at the birthday party. I ate an apple instead. They had chili dogs so I stopped at the store on my way to pick up some Boca burger patties for Jazzy and I. I put mine in corn tortillas since the bread was not good healthy bread.



I had a good day.








Friday, July 2, 2010

Friday

"I would rather you hate me for who I am than love me for who I am not"

Make no excuses for who you are. You are created in the image and likeness of God.

Food Journal:

Kashi cereal w/ almond milk (This is actually beginning to be to sweet for my palate now.)

black bean sandwich (2 pieces of whole wheat toast, organic ketchup, 1/2 black bean patty)

homemade bean dip w/ baked tortilla chips, 1 homemade oatmeal cookie

homemade mango salsa w/ baked tortilla chips

apple

I was not hungry at all today except for in the morning. As it gets hotter outside I have less of an appetite.

No workout today. I woke up really late (12:00pm) and I had some errands to run. By the time I finally sat down to relax (which is right now) it was 10:00pm.

I am going to try a new workout routine starting next week. I am taking a vegan workshop that last 30 days and I was inspired to try something new. I will see how it goes next week.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thursday- I will be okay!

Food Journal:

a few grapes


black bean burger on whole wheat bread w/ ketchup and romain lettuce. a cup of cereal w/ almond milk.

apple

black bean patty, brown rice

Workout Journal:
3.75 miles run (4.15 total including warm up, cool down, and 1 min. breaks in between each mile)

My shin was hurting but I pushed thru the workout. I also stopped in between each mile to stretch it out. I varied my speed from 4.5-5.5 mph. Todays run was challenging because I am emotionally drained. It was really mind over matter today. I am glad I stuck with it and got it done. Every mile counts.

I have some challenging things going on right now. I was not able to sleep well last night because I was so stressed out. My stomach was upset all morning. I know I will be okay and things will get better but sometimes it is hard to focus when things are in chaos. I haven't had a great appetite either. Please keep me in your prayers.