Sunday, May 29, 2011

Learning new things

So I am learning lots of new information that I never knew or even thought about before. Since I have been reading a lot of fitness magazines and my study course I have gained some knowledge that I know has been helpful in my transformation.

Although it seems like common sense I never thought about this:

-You can be skinny fat. You can be thin in appearance or on the scale but still be all fat. Focusing on cardio or harsh diets can contribute to this. That is why a combination of cardio, strength training and clean eating is the only way to go.

-Many women only focus on cardio and although it burns fat it doesn't have a lasting affect like strength training does. The more lean muscle mass you have on your body the more calories and fat you burn through even while your body is at rest.

-Muscle is not built when lifting weights. It is built during recovery. Lifting weights actually tears the muscle down. That is why recovery is such an important part of training. Over training can sabotage your goals.

-The food we eat helps our body recover and transforms our body. The right combination of foods helps feed our muscles, brains and organs. So learning about PROPER nutrition is imperative if you want to live a healthy and strong life.

-Our hormones play such an intricate part of our overall health. The slightest nutritional deficiency can wreck havoc on our bodies. Proper nutrition and exercise can help regulate them.

-Sleep and proper hydration should not be underestimated.
Less than 4 hrs of sleep can send your body into a prediabetic state.
Hydration makes sure your body and organs are functioning properly. Not being properly hydrated can cause constipation, flu like symptoms and many other issues. Water helps remove toxins from your body and helps regulate body temperature.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

5/23-5/29/11

Workouts:
Monday- Insanity Max Cardio Conditioning

Tuesday- Insanity Interval Plyo

Wednesday- (AM) Insanity Max Interval Plyo (PM) Power 90 Back and Bi's (20lb weights)

Thursday- Insanity Max Recovery

Friday- pushups and abs

Saturday- Supreme 90 Whole Body resistance training DVD using 20 lb dumb bells

I got my workout done in the morning before work which was awesome. After work I went to dinner with my best friend, her daughter and my daughter. I enjoyed some veggie pasta and a white peach mojito. It was nice getting out and spending time with our special friends. We went out to celebrate our daughter's "friendiversay". They have been best friends for 12 yrs and we like to make a big about it. They exchange gifts and get to choose where they want to go. I made them each a scrap book with pictures of them together since they were babies. It was very special. :)

Sunday- Rest Day

It makes me sad to think about how critical women are on themselves and others. We often fail to realize how beautiful and powerful we are beyond the superficial.

We are more than a body. We are mothers, wives, sisters, daughters and beyond the roles we play in life we are spiritual beings. Let us not forget that. Let us honor it, respect it and reverence it.

This week I did meditate as I had planned. I didn't do it for as long as I wanted to but I did achieve what I wanted to accomplish. I wanted to have control of my mind which in turn causes me to be in control of my body and the choices I make.

I visualized my body the way I want it to be and this helped motivate me and inspire me to keep pursuing my goals with more determination. I am closer than I know. It will just take more discipline to reach my destination but I will do it because I KNOW I CAN DO IT!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

30 Day Challenge

I have created a 30 day challenge for myself. I am going to stick to a very strict eating plan and workout schedule. It also includes 15 minutes of meditation in the morning and 15 minutes at night. As well as 8 hours of sleep per night and 1 full recovery day.

I don't want to post it on here right now but I will do my best to update you after the first week. I always have good intentions to commit to a plan and then I don't stick to it because things happen or I just give up.

I am trying to break that habit and I WILL commit to this challenge. I will stay positive and focus only on success. I can't look back at what I used to do or my failures. I must look forward and just push through this challenge with determination.

See you after week one. :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Muscle Fatigue

Today I did the Insanity Max Interval Training DVD. I really tried to push myself but my muscles were exhausted. My arm gave out when I was doing "side suicides" and I almost did a face plant into the carpet.....LOL! I didn't give up though I kept pushing and took small breaks when I needed to.

This is a very challenging DVD because each interval last 3 minutes and the recovery is only 30 seconds. It really pushes you to the max. I am definitely EXHAUSTED but I am happy that I finished my workout strong. The DVD last 1 hr which includes an intense warm up, pre workout stretch and cool down stretch.

I have to admit I did A LOT of grunting, yelling and cursing. I also had to encourage myself along the way. I would say "come on girl.....push harder.......you can do it". I am my own little personal trainer. :)

So today was a so so day for eating. I did eat well but I also had some not so clean food.

Here is what I ate:
Breakfast: protein shake (water, protein powder, 1/2 banana, frozen strawberries, 1 tsp of ground flaxseed)
Snack: raw almonds and raisins
Lunch: pinto beans and romaine lettuce with salsa in a brown rice tortilla, broccoli w/ Bragg's
Snack: 5 almonds
Dinner- 1 cup mac n cheese w/ broccoli (brown rice pasta, cheezy sauce made with soy milk and nutritional yeast)
Naughty food: salt and vinegar kettle chips (1/2 cup)
Naughty food: 2 homemade chocolate chip cookies (whole wheat flour, apple sauce, banana, baking soda, baking powder, vegan chocolate chips)
Post workout: protein powder (same as breakfast minus the flaxseed), 1 piece Ezekiel bread w/ tiny smear of PB&J
I did not want to eat anything but I needed to replenish my body after my hard workout. I also started to feel nauseous so I had to put something in my body. :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

My cousin



Check out this video of my cousin. She once weighed 180 lbs and now she is competing in bikini fitness competitions. She is proof that hard work and dedication definitely pay off BIG!

Eating clean and weight training can transform your body.

Thursday.....Much needed recovery

Today I did the Insanity Max Recovery DVD and it felt so great to stretch and do some strength training moves. This DVD pushes you and makes you experience muscle fatigue. That is a good thing because the muscle breaks down and then rebuilds bigger and stronger than it was.

My legs sure did take a beating today. I also did lots of high to low plank moves which worked my chest, back and core. For those of you who don't know what this move is I will explain. So you start off in a high plank. That is where your in a push up position with your toes and hands on the ground while your core is contracted and your body is parallel with the floor. A low plank is the same thing but you are now on your forearms and toes.

The high to low plank is when you go from the high plank and then drop down to the low plank one arm at a time while maintaining your body parallel with the floor. Then you push back up one arm at a time onto your hands (push up position).

In this DVD we started with the right side first which means we pushed up with the right hand to get us into the high plank position. We started of by doing 4 and then resting for 10 seconds in child's pose. Then we did 8 and rested for 10 seconds. Next we did 16 and rested for 10 seconds. Then when your body is already screaming for mercy we did the left side. Set of 16, 8, and then 4.

I used to do these from my knees. So my high plank was actually a girlie push up position but today I stuck the whole thing out in full high plank position without dropping to my knees. I did have to stop a few times because my upper body was exhausted but I did 98% of the circuit. I was so amazed at my determination and strength. :) Yay for me!!!!!!

So today was a great workout and a good eating day. Here is what I did:

Pre-workout meal: 2 slices of Ezekiel bread w/ 1 tsp PB, 3 sliced strawberries and a few slices of banana
Post-workout snack: handful of trail mix (nuts, seeds, raisins and cranberries)
Meal #2: enchiladas, asparagus. 1 homemade cookie, hot cup of green tea
Meal #3: 1 1/2 c. broccoli, 1 sliced tomato w/ lemon, pinto beans, 1/2 brown rice tortilla, 1/4 c Spanish rice
Snack: 1 tiny piece of garlic bread w/ tomato paste and veggie cheese

Workout:
A.M. : Insanity Max Recovery DVD
P.M. : bicep curls, tricep extensions and shoulders with resistance bands (several sets and reps alternating positions......hammer curls, wide curls...etc.)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tired but feeling good

I have worked out hard this week. I did weight training all last week. Today I finally got back to my Insanity workout. I picked up where I left off the last week I was doing it. Remember I had to stop for a little while because my MIL got sick and I didn't want to disturb her while she was recovering at home. I do my Insanity workouts at her house because I live in an upstairs apartment and don't want to upset the lady downstairs with my jumping.

Today's workout was awesome. I don't know if I am just more conditioned now or what but they are not as hard as they were the first phase. They are still challenging but I can definitely see how much stronger I have become. I can do more push ups, jumps and endurance training without feeling like I am going to completely die. :)

I still have to modify some moves and take small little rests to catch my breath and regroup but overall I am doing awesome and I am proud of myself.

Here is what I have done so far this week:
Saturday: (supreme 90 DVD) Core using weights (core: abs, back and glutes)

Sunday: (supreme 90 DVD) Arms and shoulder using 15 lb dumbbells

Monday: (supreme 90 DVD) Legs, Back and Biceps using 15 lb and 10 lb dumbbells. I did two workouts each lasting 30 minutes. I was so exhausted and I felt extremely sore the next day.

Tuesday: I was very sore and decided to just rest since I had planned on starting Insanity again.
I did do some walking and stair climbing at work. I also had a small headache due to the high winds. I guess it was allergies.

I have to confess that I ate a Heath candy bar on Tuesday. I used to eat these all the time because I love toffee. So let me just say I got sooooooo sick. My body is not used to this crap anymore and I completely pay a hefty price when I eat it. I will not ever ever ever do it again. My daughter also bought a candy and realized that her mouth started to feel funny so she threw it away.

I think it is so crazy how our bodies talk to us and let us know when something is not agreeable. I am listening and I will obey...LOL!

Wednesday: Insanity Max Cardio Conditioning DVD
Meal #1: 2 slices of Ezekiel cinnamon raisin toast w/ PB and Jelly, glass of almond milk
Snack: 1/2 apple
Meal #2: quinoa w/ veggie stir fry
Snack: a few vinegar potato chips (not clean), veggie wrap
Meal #3: 4 meatless meatballs, broccoli and asparagus w/ Braggs Amino Acids
Meal #4: 2 vegan enchiladas, 1/2 c Spanish rice
Dessert: 3 homemade cookies

Sunday, May 15, 2011

May Question - Robert Kennedy's Oxygen Women's Fitness

I thought this question was worth sharing with you.

May Question - Robert Kennedy's Oxygen Women's Fitness

Inches lost

I am not good about tracking my inches. I have good intentions but I haven't been diligent about doing it. I like to take pics and document my progress that way. Sometimes I take pics and don't download them on here but I look at them in private. They help keep me going when I see how I don't want to look anymore and when I see the progress I have made.

I also measure my progress by the way my clothes and body feels. As of today my clothes are feeling a lot looser and my body feels tighter and leaner. I am definitely still far from my goal but I am closer than I was months ago.

I am also learning so much about health and fitness that it gives me the inspiration to make changes and keep going. I am the kind of person that wants to know "why". If I am told I must eat protein with carbs I want to know why? How does it affect my body? Since I am learning about that right now I am very intrigued and I see that it is working.

Last night I measured myself just out of curiosity and I noticed I have lost 8 inches in my hips, 7 inches in my waist, and 8 inches around my chest. I am not sure when the last time I measured myself was exactly but I do remember my measurements. I don't remember my arms or legs because I am not really concerned about them as much as my hips, waist and chest. But I was pretty proud and surprised to see the loss I have achieved.

So I will continue along my journey and document my progress when I can. Thanks for reading and following me.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lots of Pics to Share

I took all these pics in the hopes to add them to my daily blogs so you could see what I eat but I haven't had time to load them. I finally loaded them today and thought you might like to check them out.

This food is considered my Healthy Clean Eating. I try my best to get up early and make sure that my food is preped for the day or I prepare it on my days off for the week. It has worked out well. I have managed to lose more than 4lbs since I started eating clean about 3 weeks ago.

I still have a few not so clean things here and there but atleast 80 percent of my diet is clean.



Breakfast Burrito: tofu scramble w/ chorizo seasoning, spinach, hot sauce and avocado in a brown rice tortilla.

Veggie salad




Here was the food I preped for my day at work. I made a nice hearty salad w/ veggies, black beans and topped it with lemon and salsa. My snacks were celery with PB and raisins and veggies w/ lentil spread





Here is my pantry after my clean eating shopping spree. As you can see I don't buy many processed foods. I do like to keep canned beans, apple sauce, nuts, protein powder, and veggie broth handy all the time.



Here is my fridge. I bought lots of fresh fruits and veggies.



Another meal I ate was just some raw peppers (red and yellow), broccoli, black beans and salsa.



Brown rice and lentil salad. I prepared enough for the week. This is a great combo of protein, complex carbs and raw veggies.



Quick and healthy breakfast. Ezekiel bread w/ PB (no sugar, no salt), sliced banana and strawberries.



Another version: Ezekiel bread, PB and sliced apples w/ ground flax seed.
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As embarrasing as these pics might be for me I think it is important to track and share them. After the marathon I gained some weight back (about 10lbs). I decided about 2 months ago to start the Insanity program. These pics were taken before I started and after my first phase of Insanity was done. I did not stick to a clean diet and had some sweet treats here and there and ate too many calories sometimes. BUT overall I am happy with the results this far.




Here are my before and after pics.



Before Insanity (side view 1)



Side view 2


Before: front view





Now: Side view


Now: front view Thanks for checking out my pics. :)




























Another pound lost

I have been eating really good lately and doing weight training all this week. I weighed myself the other day and I was happy to see I lost another pound.

I have been thinking a lot about the goals I have and I am trying to learn more about fitness so that I can accomplish my goals. I decided to not run the marathon this year for a couple of reasons.

First, I am not really that passionate or motivated to do it. I guess since I already fulfilled that goal once and I know I can do it I am not challenged to do it again. That is just how I feel right now. Things might change later.

Another reason is because too much cardio causes me to lose muscle mass. It takes more energy to sustain muscle so when you are doing lots of endurance training your lean muscle mass can be compromised.

The last reason is because it takes a great amount of time and energy and I don't really have the time for it. It also takes a great toll on my body and I don't want to go through that right now.

I have to be motivated and inspired to take on this challenge and I really am not. I am more determined and inspired to keep studying for my personal training certification and also learn more about my body.

I want to sculpt my body with weight training because I know that is the only way it will change the way I want it to. Lots of cardio only makes you a smaller version of what you already are. Weight training redefines you and creates the body you want by sculpting the muscle.

Eating well is another aspect I am continually working on. Being vegan has it's advantages and disadvantages. They are not really disadvantages as far as health goes. It is more about learning what and how much to eat to sustain my energy and retain lean muscle.

Because of the large amount of veggies and fruit I eat I tend to burn through them a lot faster which causes me to be hungry more. I am also very hungry when I weight train because the muscle is burning through my food and fat. That is good but it makes me hungry more often. I also feel nauseous and weak at times and I don't like it. I kind of feel like me sugar drops.

So I am trying to learn about proper nutrition not only for myself but for my future clients. Knowledge is power and I want it...LOL! I want to be able to feel and look healthy and to be able to help others reach their goals as well.

I read an article today that made me look at my journey a little different. I think I need to start thinking more like a man..LOL! What I mean is that I need to not worry so much about the scale and just focus on my body composition.

Men don't worry so much about their weight. They think about gaining muscle and muscle burns fat. So the more lean muscle I have on my body the better I will look. So that is my focus from now on. I am not going to get back on the scale for another month.

It is really hard at times because we want to measure our progress on the scale but it can become discouraging at times. If you are just dieting then the scale can help but if you are working out and weight training it can be deceiving. Lean muscle will weight more than fat but it takes up less space on the body. So you can be shrinking although the scale is not reflecting that.

So my focus has changed. I will think like a man for the time being...LOL! I know it might sound crazy but that is what I am going to do. ;)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Getting refocused

Well I am back but not on the schedule I would like to be on. I have been EXTREMELY exhausted. I know it has to do with my lack of sleep last week and all the emotional stress I went through.

I have not been able to do the Insanity videos because my MIL went back into the hospital the other day and just got back out last night. I don't want to bother her this week while she is at home recovering so I won't be able to do Insanity until the following week.

I have decided to do some low impact DVD's I have at home until I can return to my normal Insanity schedule.

I have managed to eat very well and my clothes are fitting loose. My mother in law commented on how I need new clothes. I said "not yet". I know I will lose more over the next couple of months so I don't want to spend money until I have lost at least another pant size.

My hips are REALLY slimming down a lot. My tummy is going down but not as fast as I would like. I did hear that it's the last part to shed fat. I don't do many isolated abs exercises although many of the moves in the Insanity DVD's do target the abs. I am going to try to focus on my abs more at least 3 times a week. I am going to incorporate weighted crunches and hula hooping to help tone up my abs.

Here is what I have done this far:

Monday- bicep curls (3 sets of 15) and tricep extensions (3 sets of 25) using resistance bands. weighted crunches using dumb bell./ 10 minutes of hula hooping
Tuesday- 20 pushups/ 100 crunches
Wednesday- whole body weight training DVD (supreme 90), 20 minute Turbo Jam DVD (moderate intensity cardio)

What I ate today:
pre workout: protein shake (protein powder, frozen strawberries and mango, 1/2 banana)
Post workout snack: 1 small apple and 1 tsp peanut butter
Lunch: brown rice tortilla w/ mashed pinto beans, raw greens, pico de gallo, hot sauce, a few sliced black olives. a few baked rice chips. small piece of homemade carrot bread
Snack: orange, a few more chips w/ mashed pinto beans
Dinner: (one small salad plate) 1 cup quinoa pasta, spaghetti sauce (Italian diced tomatoes w/ zucchini, garlic and meat substitute)
Snack: (I get really hungry when I have intense workouts) 1 slice Ezekiel bread w/ smear of PB&J, 1/2 cup smoothie (banana, cocoa powder, ice, soy milk, PB......this is my daughter's favorite)
I had a sweet tooth and ate dinner early so I wanted a small snack before it got late. The kitchen closes now at 7pm. :)

Today's workout was very intense for me because it was all weight training. I used 20 lb dumb bells so my muscles were definitely exhausted. The DVD consisted of 4 circuits which are repeated 3 times. We did move such as: squats w/ cling and press, weights squats, push ups, dead lifts, jump lunges, plyo push ups, more push ups :), jump squats, double crunch, ab hold with one arm reach thru, chest press, back row, weights lunges, and some other moves I can't remember.

After my weight training I did another DVD for some cardio. I was super exhausted already and felt a little dizzy but I did a moderate intensity 20 minute cardio DVD.

I love weight training but it definitely makes me hungry and tired. I took a long 2 1/2 hr nap today. I haven't done that in a loooooooong time. It felt great. I guess my body needed it.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Update...wrapping up this eventful week

Friday and Saturday I was not able to workout. I was extremely tired and I had a lot of things going on.

I am happy to say that my father and MIL were both released from the hospital and are recovering at home. My MIL did not need to have surgery which was a blessing.

Saturday I ate really well during the day but at night I had a little get together at my house for my daughter's Birthday and I ate really bad.

I ate 3 small pieces of roasted veggie pizza (not bad). The bad part came when I ate some (vegan/ gluten free) cake and some kettle chips. These are not a part of my healthy clean eating plan.

Friday was also a bad night with food. I had 1 1/2 bagels and a few bites of non vegan cake. To be honest with you I think I was so exhausted emotionally and physically that I just gave in and ate bad. I am recovering from it and not letting it discourage me or get me off track.

Tomorrow is a new day and I will start over from the beginning. I will eat clean and start my Insanity phase 2 challenge over again. I missed several days of working out so today I will do a yoga DVD and lift some weights.

See you next week. Thanks for reading.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs....WOW! My long blog.

Monday, I ate well and did my Insanity Max Interval Training DVD.

Tuesday, I ate well and did Insanity Max Plyo DVD

Wednesday, I ate well and was not able to workout. My mother in law got sick and a lot of things happened.

Thursday, I am super tired due to last nights events. I am eating well today and I did Insanity Max Recovery DVD.

Today I ate:

Pre workout meal: 1/2 banana, tofu scramble burrito in a brown rice tortilla (tofu, salsa, spices, spinach and 1/2 of an avocado), 1 glass of green tea, 1 large glass of water and 6 Juice+ supplements.

Post workout snack: baby carrots w/ hummus, 1/2 avocado w/ 1 tsp mango salsa, lots of water

Snack: 5 raw almonds 1 tsp raisins

Lunch: veggie soup, Larabar, 1 large glass of cold green tea, 1 large glass of water

Dinner- spicy lentil wrap w/ a little bit of tahini sauce

Dessert- 1/2 cup chocolate pudding (made with soy and almond milk)

Snack- 1/2 cup tofu scramble from this morning w/ 1 slice Ezekiel bread

This week started off really hard for me emotionally. I received a phone call Monday night that my father was sick in California and was admitted to the hospital. Tuesday he had emergency surgery and it was very scary for me. Inside I felt at peace but my mind began to wounder. I had to relax myself and rest in God. I knew that God's will would be fulfilled no matter what was going on externally. His spirit is greater and more powerful than anything we can perceive with our natural eyes.

I was determined to workout that night because it was a way to relieve my stress and prevent me from getting depressed or worried.

Wednesday, my mother in law got sick and ended up being admitted to the hospital by the end of the night. As of today it is still not determined whether or not she will have to undergo surgery for her medical issue.

Thursday, I tried to go about my daily routines as best as I could. I was soooooo tired physically and emotionally so I am glad it was my recovery day. :) It was still a very challenging DVD but it didn't require a lot of energy like the usual cardio and plyo DVDs do.

At 6pm my mother called me and informed me that my aunt had passed away. She has been brain dead for almost 2 yrs and was taken off life support almost 2 months ago. She managed to live this long without food or water. I had already made peace with her pending passing but today was kind of a somber evening after I found out she was finally gone.

The most scary thing for me but empowering part of this week was realizing how delicate our lives are. All of the issues that my family members experienced or passed away from had to do with a lack of responsibility for their health.

Some from a lack of knowledge and others just from really not thinking anything would probably ever happen to them. It kind of angers me a bit to know that the people I love had to experience these issues when I have the knowledge they need. I wish they knew what I know. I wish they respected their bodies more and understood how important it is to take care of them.

Really I feel like it is our duty to honor and respect our bodies. We only have one. We can heal our bodies but it takes a great amount of discipline and dedication to do so and I believe that many people are not willing to take it. They are more comfortable playing Russian roulette with their lives and hurting the ones they love by either dying or allowing them to see them suffer.

I will continue to press forward with my mission and passion to help empower others to live a healthy and prosperous life. This is the legacy I will leave behind and the way I chose to honor those I have lost.

Rest in Peace Tia. I will miss you.....Love Gordis (she has called me this since I was little. It means little fat one.)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I am back and stronger than ever. Can't stop me now.

Well I am happy to say I completed and survived my first week of clean eating. I managed to lose about 3 lbs and I didn't even workout. I am excited to see what this week brings. I didn't stick 100% to my meal plan but I managed to not eat any refined sugar, pair carbs with protein and eat every 2-3 hrs when I was hungry. This ensured my metabolism was fired up. I felt great and I am so happy I am getting back to being disciplined.

I tried making a protein shake today with the protein powder I normally use and it was way to sweet for me. It is crazy how quickly your taste buds change. My daughter even noticed that bananas and raisins are too sweet for her. She is eating clean too.

This week was my first week of phase 2 of Insanity. Let me just say....I LOVE IT! I am so proud of myself because I am strong and determined to get this body at it's best. It is a tough program but I am loving it right now. I am seeing things change with my body and I can DEFINITELY see an improvement in my fitness level.

I am able to do several push ups in a row and do a lot of the exercises I struggled with at first, with more strength and power. I feel great.

I started off this week with lots of personal issues but I am determined to move forward no matter what. No time to stop and feel self pity. I have to keep moving. Exercise is my form of medicine and therapy.

I will post pictures later tonight.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mad

I don't have time to load my pics for friday, saturday and sunday right now but I will do it tomorrow or on my days off. I just wanted to tell you about my day today because I was a little frustrated.

So, first of all let me just start off by saying that being vegan is already a difficult lifestyle to live let alone trying to be a clean and healthy one. What I mean by clean is eating natural unprocessed foods.....foods in their natural state.

It is not hard for me to live and implement this way of eating into my life because I love it but relating to other people can be a little challenging at times. I get picked on a lot and although it doesn't bother me it can be a little irritating.

I get teased a lot at work for the way I eat. I get told that my food smells weird. How can veggies smell weird compared to fish?????

So anyways, the thing that ticked me off today is when my co-worker made the comment "you are eating again". I was like "Yes, I do eat. I don't eat like you so I have to eat more". She said "If I ate a lot I would be like this (using her hands to show having big hips)."

The reason that bothered me is because why does it matter what and how much I eat. I have to eat more to keep my metabolism going. I am the only one that works out in the office or has any kind of muscle on their body.

I am also vegan so my food is less heavy which makes me hungry more often. For snack today I had a few baby carrots and celery sticks with lentil spread. Then for lunch I had a large salad with lots of raw veggies, 1/2 cup of black beans, topped with salsa and lemon juice for my dressing. What was wrong with that?

Comments like this is what makes society think that they have to not eat or eat less in order to lose weight. I know enough about health and nutrition to know the opposite is true. Plus I am not trying to be skinny. I am on a mission to be healthy and strong. That requires me to eat way more than the average sedentary woman.

So the reason I was irritated today was because I was treated like I was a pig. I felt almost guilty eating my salad. I started to doubt my approach to weight loss but quickly snapped back into reality. I have to remember that in order to keep the fire (my metabolism) going I have to feed it. I have to keep the "logs" coming.

Thanks for listening. This was my venting blog. What do you think?

(Iris remember these are the same ladies that watch how many times I go to the bathroom and listen to how much toilet paper I use. Now they are keeping my food journal....LOL!)

I guess I am sad because I believe that people should keep their comments to themselves if they don't know what they are talking about. I have discussed nutrition with her and my other coworker when they ask. So they are aware of my beliefs but continue to eat unhealthy and both of my coworkers have high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. HELLLO?????!!!!!!!!

The person that made this comment today wears the same size as me but weighs 20 lbs less. Which means I have more lean muscle mass than her. She also buys lots of processed foods and will buy two gallons of ice cream (one for her, one for her husband) and eat the whole thing over her two days off. Oh and also eat chicharones (fried pork skins).

OHHHHH But you have to nerve to question my veggie ways.......LOL! Too funny.