Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday.....Happy Halloween!

Food Journal:

Breakfast- 1 cup oatmeal

2 mini candies

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

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

Workout Journal:

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

Saturday, October 30, 2010

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

Food Journal:

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

Lunch- 1 cup of brown rice, veggies and tofu

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

Dinner- veggie soup w/ brown rice pasta

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

Workout Journal:

Part 1 (above)

Part 2 (above)

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 29, 2010

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


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

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


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

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

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

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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

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

Food Journal:

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

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

Snack- Larabar

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

Dinner- spicy lentil wrap, water

2 pieces of chocolate

Workout Journal:

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

25 minutes on the bike

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

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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

Food Journal:

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

Snack- Larabar (banana bread flavor)

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

Snack- Larabar (chocolate brownie flavor)

Snack- 1/2 veggie hummus wrap

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

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

Dessert- 1/2 Larabar (cookie dough)

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

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday.....Family Dinner

Food Journal:

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

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

2 pieces of candy

Snack- 4 seasame stix

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

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

Workout- Abs only 400 crunches (various)

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

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

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

Sunday, October 24, 2010

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

Food Journal:

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

Snack- LaraBar

Lunch- brown rice and veggie soup

Snack- Larabar

Dinner- brown rice, tofu scramble and ketchup

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

Workout Journal:

8.26 miles run w/ sprints and uphill drills

I did an uphill drill that went like this:

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

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday.....Letting my legs rest!

Food Journal:

Breakfast- tofu scramble sandwich, 1 small apple

Snack- 2 Larabars (over a 3 hour period)

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

Cinnamon roll

Dinner- brown rice w/ veggies and soy sauce

No workout.

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

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

Feeling Inspired

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

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

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

Nothing lacking.....nothing broken.

Fully me.

Present and grateful for journey.

Friday, October 22, 2010

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

Food Journal:

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

Post workout snack- 2 plums

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Workout Journal:

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

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

Thursday, October 21, 2010

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

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

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

Workout Journal:
No workout.

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

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

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


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

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

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

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No workout.

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

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

I will keep you posted. :)

My Anniversary Speech

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

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

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

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

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

I just want to tell myself:

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

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

The beginning of the journey.
October 2009

October 2009: Side view

Most recent picture take in August 2010.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday....I love to run!

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday....The cleaning Marathon

Food Journal:

Breakfast- 1 tofu scramble taco and a banana strawberry smoothie

Snack- 2 plums

Lunch- green chile curry tofu w/ brown rice

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

Snack- 1 mini Larabar (cherries and nuts)

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

Lots of water all day.

Workout Journal:

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

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

Before: Messy Room!!!

Before: Messy Closet

After: Clean and organized room :)

After: Organized closet :)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday....Another awesome run!!!

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

Food Journal:

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

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

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

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

Dinner- green chile curry tofu w/ brown rice

Workout Journal:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday.....Rest day

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

Snack- 1 mini Larabar

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

1 bite size almond snickers

1 mini bag of peanut M&M's

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

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


No workout. Rest day.

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

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

Thursday, October 14, 2010

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

Food Journal:

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

Lunch: black beans, Smart Ground Patty, broccoli

Snack- sesame cracker sticks about 5

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

one chocolate caramel nut candy

Workout Journal:

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday/ Wednesday


Breakfast- banana

Snack- banana

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

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

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

Snack- Chex Mix

Workout Journal:
2 mile walk

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

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

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



Food Journal:

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

Snack- grapes

Snack- banana

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

Snack- apple slices w/ 1 tbsp of peanut butter

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

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

chocolate mint candies (yep I did)

Workout Journal:

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

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

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

Had a good day today. :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food Journal:

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

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

mini bag of peanut M&M's

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

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

granola bar

Snack- baby carrots

Workout Journal:

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

Sunday, October 10, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

Food Journal:

Pre workout- banana, water

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

Piece of pumpkin bread

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


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

Saturday, October 9, 2010

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

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

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

Fridays Food Journal:

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

Snack- granola bar

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

Dinner- pasta w/ tomatoes, chickpeas and broccoli

bowl of Honeycomb cereal

2 veggie patties w/ salsa

No workout.


Saturday's Food Journal:

Breakfast- nothing

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

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

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

No workout.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Food Journal:

Breakfast- banana

Snack- granola bar

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

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

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

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

Dessert- a small piece of pumpkin bread

Snack- chex mix

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

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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

Food Journal:

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

Snack- granola bar

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

Snack- apple slices and a few grapes

Snack- chex mix, peanut M&M's

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

Lots of water.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


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

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

Monday, October 4, 2010

Monday......Another running day

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

Food Journal:

Breakfast- 1/2 onion bagel

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

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

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

Post workout snack- grapes

Workout Journal:

5 miles walk/run

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

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

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

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday- Sore but feeling good.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food Journal:

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

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

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

No workout. Rest day.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food Journal:

Pre workout- small banana, couple sips of water

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

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

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

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

Cup of black coffee w/ sugar

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday- Yay! for the weekend

Food Journal:

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

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

Snack- apple slices

Snack- a few hint of lime chips

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

No workout. Rest day.

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

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