Absent!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Hey all! Sorry I've been MIA lately. I've been ridiculously busy, and when I wasn't so busy, I was dealing with my emotions and such. Detox from this pill has been just awful. So today I started taking the Evening Primrose Oil pills again. We'll see how it goes. I've still been including the hemp protein powder in my smoothies, which I've only missed two days this week (but I've made them twice on two days, so I'm good. Haha!), and I think that's been doing me some good. My hair loss seemed like it was slowing down, but now it's out of control again. I swear I won't have any hair soon. It's really not cool. Vain of me, but seriously. I'm used to having my hair on my head. Other hair could fall off my body, if you catch my drift. That would be nice. Haha.

Other than that, things have been the same. I've been eating more fat than normal, and I can feel it in my skin, see it in my belly, and notice it during my period. My cramps are a bit worse than normal right now. So I'm going to really focus again on eating lower fat. We made this really amazing potato salad using the Vegenaise stuff. It was incredible but totally full of fat. And I eat corn tortilla chips with everything - salsa, hummus (more fat), etc. We also made a taco salad the other night. More corn tortilla chips, plus beans, olives, and this vegan "sour cream" that I didn't really want to eat in the first place, but my husband bought it. Won't be eating it again. So yeah. I need to take it easy on the fat! It'll only help me in every single way in the end.

Limiting the fat isn't a way for me to restrict foods. I love everything I eat. I eat what I love. So if there is something I'm wanting, I'll probably have it. But a lot of the time the fatty foods come from when my husband pulls the hummus out after work or when he makes a dish with a lot of oil or something. I've mentioned this to him, and we're going to work on it. For my body's sake. I think that's reasonable.

How have you all been? I miss writing in here. I don't miss detailing my day's worth of food, but I miss making videos and writing some positive messages. Let me know what's been going on! <3

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

Laughter

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Laugh. We all should laugh more. Find little things to make you laugh, and make it loud and long. Laughter is a great way to get your body active, your mind in tune, and your soul back in check with the positive. Watch a funny movie, tell a good joke, or go to a comedy show. Find something that will make you laugh and let me know how good it feels. <3

Breakfast:
  • Small cantaloupe
  • Good size honeydew
Snack:
  • Green smoothie - bananas, spinach, hemp protein, chia seeds, coconut water, ice, cinnamon
Lunch:
  • Green smoothie - bananas, spinach, cinnamon, coconut water, ice
Snack:
  • Big bowl of veggie chili with corn tortilla chips
Dinner:
  • Eggplant and portabella cap with homemade marinara
Calories: 2000+
Colors:  Orange, green, yellow, brown, black, red, white, purple
Water: 130 oz
Exercise: HICT, swimming
Sunshine: 20 mins
Sleep: 7ish hours
Grateful for: A full editing day and the sunshine.

That HICT is no joke. I whole body felt like Jell-O when I was finished. And I only did one round. It only talks about doing one round, but I might try for a second the next time I do this. If you really push, it is a hard 7-8 minutes. So I rewarded myself with  light swim and some sun. I lay on the patio on top of a towel in my swimsuit for a while. Front and back. I'm usually pretty white, so I try not to stay out too long. And while I could have stayed out longer, all worked out just as it needed to today!

I finished a big edit today, and it was awesome! The MC is hilarious, fun, spunky, and vulnerable all at the same time. I can't wait for you guys to read this one. If you like adult PNR, you'll enjoy this one! Audra, I'm looking at you! Hehe.

Time for a shower and bed. Back to the other job tomorrow. I've found that it makes me much more stressed and panicky than anything else. Blah.

Also, I didn't post my weight yesterday. Today it was 117.0. Can't remember where I was last week, but it's been fluctuating a lot. I think today might be the last day I weigh for a while. It's been something I stress about - don't get too worked up about what the scale says. But I fall into the trap as well. This means I need to get rid of it for a while. Know your strengths and weaknesses, folks.

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

Two Days' Worth

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tuesday

Breakfast:
  • Green smoothie - spinach, banana, mangoes, grapes, hemp protein, coconut water
Snack:
  • 5 smallish bananas
Lunch:
  • White rice and chili with some sweet potato
Snack:
  • Big bowl of sweet cherries
Dinner:
  • Eggplant and brown rice spaghetti with homemade marinara
Calories:
Colors: Green, yellow, black, brown, white, red, orange
Water: 180 oz
Exercise: Stretching, work
Sunshine: 60 mins in car
Sleep: 7 hours
Grateful for: Patience

Broke my computer. Fantastic. :o)



Wednesday

Breakfast:
  • Green smoothie - spinach, bananas, coconut water, hemp protein, ice
Snack:
  • 5 bananas
Lunch:
  • LOTS of brown rice spaghetti with homemade marinara
Snack:
  • 1 banana
Dinner:
  • Large salad - iceberg, herb mix, carrot, red cabbage, tomato with RVO/EVOO dressing
Calories: Dunno.
Colors: Yellow, green, brown, red, white, purple, orange
Water: 150 oz
Exercise: Work, stretching
Sunshine: 60 mins in car
Sleep: 7 hours
Grateful for: Men who fix computers.

HUGE thanks to my husband for finding the guy and helping me get there. I have to get back to editing, but I wanted to say thanks and hello to everyone. Love you all!

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

Care About Your Insides

Monday, July 15, 2013

In case you missed it on Facebook:
 

While watching TV tonight, I saw a commercial for Nutrisystem. It was all about losing weight, feeling sexy, and getting back in a bikini. They were so focused on weight loss and getting thin through prepackaged, cardboard food. It was terrifying.

Then a woman said this gem: "I got this body eating pizza, pasta, and even chocolate!"

Because we should only be worried about being thin, right? Let's eat sugar, fat, and garbage, but we're gonna get skinny! Um, no. Sorry guys. Let's care more than this. Let's care about health. Let's care about our insides! They're much more important than aesthetics. Our outsides will feel beautiful when we care about what we're putting in.

Breakfast:
  • Green smoothie - bananas, spinach, cinnamon, hemp protein, coconut water, ice
    • Noticing a pattern here? ;o)
Snack:
  • Sweet cherries - the whole bag. Not sure how many. Just kept eating 'em. LOL
Lunch:
  • 4 cups black seedless grapes
Snack:
  • Veggie chili with white rice
  • Small amount of chips and salsa to tide me over to dinner.
    • I'm a bottomless pit on days when I run.
Dinner:
  • Portabella mushroom caps with mashed potatoes
    • Vegan butter and cheese with the potatoes
    • I use the terms butter and cheese obviously very loosely.
Dessert:
  • Coconut milk chocolate ice cream
    • Probably less than one serving. But I didn't measure. :o)
Calories: I think I'm done counting. I eat when I'm hungry. I eat until I'm full.
Colors: Yellow, green, brown, black, red, white
Water: 150 oz
Exercise:  15 mins trampoline, stretching, C25K - W5D2, light swim with arm exercises
Sunshine: 60 mins
Sleep: 7 hours
Grateful for: Sunshine and catching up with friends

I finally broke out my trampoline! I bought it used for $10 a while back, and I've used it a few times. But today I took it out back and jumped in the sunshine. I did some oblique twists (thank you, Jillian Michaels) and some regular jumping. It was fun! It was cloudy when I went to take my normal day-off morning walk, so I waited for the sun to show its gorgeous face and got out there to jump. I'll definitely be doing that again!

Then I did my run today. I can't begin to explain it. I've never been a runner. I used to hope to run during the chorus of songs and then walk during the verses to catch my breath. I've found a great pace and now I'm running through two complete songs. Maybe three depending on the length. 8 minutes is my longest streak, but not because I felt like stopping exactly. I'm following the Couch to 5K program, and that's the longest I've had to run so far. I'm going to probably try the next run, which is 20 mins straight, on Thursday. I've been repeating runs because I'm scared of it, but my body has been capable of things I didn't think it could do lately. We'll see how it goes.

All on plant food. Who would have thunk? ;o)
 
Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

Love and Be Loved

Be kind to yourself today. Say some nice words about your physical appearance. Let your creative juices flow. Find some positive energy to wrap yourself in. Love and be loved today.

Breakfast:
  • Green smoothie - kale, bananas, cinnamon, chia seeds, hemp protein powder, and ice.
Lunch:
  • Homemade veggie chili
Snack:
  • Large salad
    • Iceberg, carrot, red cabbage, tomato, and cucumber with RWV/GSO dressing
Dinner:
  • Veggie chili with white rice and part of a sweet potato
Calories: Not sure
Colors: Green, yellow, brown, black, red, white, purple, orange
Water: 140 oz
Exercise:  50 min walk, 40 squats, C25K - W5D2
Sunshine: 60 mins
Sleep: 8 hours
Grateful for: Friendly clients

This is late again! I worked until bed last night. Sorry guys. Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!!

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

Late Night

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Eating right is crucial to health. You cannot out-exercise a bad diet. You also cannot out-diet laziness. So find a balance. All is possible when we nourish ourselves the right way. <3

Breakfast:
  • Green smoothie - bananas, kale, hemp protein, ice, coconut water, cinnamon, chia seeds
Snack:
  • Half of a honeydew melon
Lunch:
  • 4 cups of red and black seedless grapes
  • A few corn tortilla chips with homemade salsa
Dinner:
  • Dinner at our friends' house - they eat like we do! <3
    • Rice with mung beans, asparagus, and mashed potatoes with radishes and cauliflower
Calories: Don't know.
Colors:  Green, yellow, brown, black, red, white
Water: Not sure.
Exercise: C25K - W5D1 modified (I did more running and less walking. YAY!)
Sunshine: 30 mins (but lots of car time!)
Sleep: 6.5-7 hours
Grateful for: Market on the Move and a new pair of contacts

I'm late! Sorry. I hope you all have a wonderful day. I'm SUPER busy for the next few weeks, but I'll try to post every day! Had a late night with some friends last night. They invited us over for dinner, so I passed out when I got home. I also went to an author signing with another friend yesterday, and it was just a great day. Love you all! <3

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

Video: Cravings and Changes

Friday, July 12, 2013

New video: Cravings and Changes
Why I don't crave things, and what I do when I miss certain foods.
 
 
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Breakfast:
  • Green smoothie - kale, 5 bananas, hemp protein powder, coconut water
Snack:
  • 4 cups red seedless grapes
Lunch:
  • Leftover pasta salad
Snack:
  • 15 oz spinach/spring mix/iceberg with carrots, red cabbage, and tomato (RWV/GSO dressing)
Dinner:
  • Brown rice Pad Thai noodles with broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, and zucchini in a liquid aminos/honey/ginger sauce
Calories: Not sure.
Colors: Green, yellow, brown, purple, red, orange
Water: 180 oz
Exercise: Stretching, work
Sunshine: 60 mins in car
Sleep: 8 hours (like the dead)
Grateful for: My husband making dinner when I just mention that I'm hungry.

Editing, editing, editing. I have lots and lots to do! It's a great thing, but I'm definitely super busy. Catch you guys tomorrow!

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

Video: Get Off the Scale!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

New video! Get off the scale!
 
 
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Breakfast:
  • Small green smoothie - kale, bananas, grapes, water, hemp protein powder
Snack:
  • 25 or so almonds
  • 1 lb strawberries
Lunch:
  • 55 oz orange/cucumber juice
    • 6 oranges and 3 cucumbers
Snack:
  • 2-3 cups sweet cherries
  • 12 green olives
    • Husband brought them home. So salty but I couldn't stop. That's saying something..
Dinner:
  • Pasta salad - corn and quinoa pastas, broccoli, Roma tomatoes, black olives (rinsed), and carrot with RWV/GSO, garlic powder, and onion powder dressing
Calories: Not sure
Colors: Green, yellow, purple, brown, red, orange, black
Water: 100 oz
Exercise:  C25K - W5D1
Sunshine: 5 minutes, not cool.
Sleep: 7.5 hours
Grateful for: Being able to make a good dinner for my hard-working husband.

I edited like a rawkstar today! 125 pages today. WOO! Hopefully I finish this book tomorrow so I can move on to the next one that's due ASAP. ;o) I love my job. LOVE it. I wish it were my only one. Sigh. I'll get there!

I made dinner tonight if you can believe it. I asked for some advice so it wouldn't suck, but I made everything. And I happened to love it! I think Husband enjoyed it too. Nom nom. I have started almost all sentences with the word I. Talk about myself, much? Oh yeah, this IS my blog. *wink*

Today was nice. The days away from the office really let me channel my inner-stress-free busy bee. I get work done, chat with friends, make videos for this blog, and get my runs and walks in. Didn't walk today because the weather was on the sad side. I walk for the sun more than for the exercise. Today there was zero sun in the sky. Oh well.

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

Cravings and Bingeing

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

When talking with a friend today, I realized that I really don't crave things anymore. I don't think, "Oh man, I'd KILL for a Snickers bar!" or "Wow, I could really go for some barbeque potato chips!" I don't even really think, "Goodness, a mango sounds really good right now!" It's rare that I actually crave something. When I do eat something that has ingredients I don't normally eat, I can tell the difference in feeling when I eat it. I literally can't stop eating things with added ingredients in them. It's scary when you think about it. Yikes. Do yourself a favor - eat natural, real foods.

Weight: 115.4 lbs
(down 0.6 from last week)

Breakfast:
  • Green smoothie - bananas, spinach, water, hemp protein powder
    • I swear this must be keeping me fuller longer. Blech.
Snack:
  • 4 cups red seedless grapes
Lunch:
  • 6 smallish bananas
Snack:
  • 2.5 cups whole sweet cherries
Dinner:
  • 2 portabella caps with mashed potatoes, corn, Daiya "cheese," and broccoli (recipe on Monday)

Calories: Unsure
Colors: Green, yellow, red, orange, purple, brown
Water: 150 oz
Exercise: Light stretching, work
Sunshine: 60 mins in the car
Sleep: 8 hours
Grateful for: My husband - he made dinner and it was ready when I got home from work. <3

I'm starting to realize all the different restrictions I've put on myself that seem like a little too much. I don't really worry about what I'm eating because I stick to mostly raw and fresh produce. But that's still really restrictive. In my house it's fine because I don't have anything that I need to say no to. But at lunch today, I just wanted everyone's food! I don't know if this is a phase, but everyone else's food looked so good. I didn't actually want to eat it when I thought about it, but it was more than bananas. So when I came home to dinner, I was so happy. However, I think it made me eat more than I really needed. I'm still pretty full, and I ate an hour and a half ago. That was a little unnecessary.

So was this my first binge? There wasn't anything terrible in it. It was all vegan, though I would have said no to the "cheese" if I'd known. It was all pretty good. Felt like comfort food. Which is, I'm sure, why I ate more than I needed to. Oh well. Getting my walk and run on tomorrow since it's a day off from my part-time job.
 
Check back tomorrow for a new video!
 
Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

Video: Don't Blame the Diet!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New video: Don't Blame the Diet for Everything...


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Breakfast:
  • Green smoothie - bananas, spinach, blackberries, hemp protein powder
    • I only drank a little more than half. Didn't get to finish it before work.
Snack:
  • 3 bananas
    • Wasn't hungry even though I didn't drink my smoothie. Weird morning.
Lunch:
  • Pinto beans, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro mixed together.
Snack:
  • 2 bananas, a bunch of strawberries, and a few walnuts
Dinner:
  • Tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, and zucchini in garlic and olive oil
Calories: Not sure, but I suspect not enough
Colors: Yellow, green, purple, red, brown, white
Water: 160 oz
Exercise: Light stretching
Sunshine: 60 min in the car
Sleep: 8 glorious hours

I got a lot of compliments on my skirt today. I should have taken a photo, but I didn't. My husband was cleaning this weekend and this skirt turned up. I bought it used and hadn't worn it before. I settled on a shirt, but the skirt stands on its own. It was nice to hear some good things today. So thanks to everyone who gave me confidence in that skirt today. <3 <3

Today I was thinking that perhaps, since I write this blog every day, I should start acknowledging more things I am grateful for every day. So maybe I'll start doing that each day. I might add it to the trackers, under sleep or something. I think it's a good idea.

Lastly, I just saw a commercial for Carnation Instant Breakfast. It proclaimed it to be "good nutrition." Gross.

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids

Meatless Monday: Video - Weekly on the Blog

Monday, July 8, 2013

What I do weekly on the blog..
 
 
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Breakfast:
  • Green smoothie - bananas, raspberries, spinach, water, and hemp protein powder
Snack:
  • Banana smoothie - bananas, water, hemp protein powder, chia seeds, and cinnamon.
Lunch:
  • Salad - iceberg, carrots, red cabbage, Roma tomatoes, with a RWV & GSO dressing


Dinner:
  • 3 tacos - homemade corn tortillas with pinto beans, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro.

Calories: ?
Colors: Yellow, green, red, brown, purple, orange
Water: 150 oz
Exercise: 40 min walk, 50 squats, stretching, C25K - W5D1, short swim
Sunshine: 60 mins
Sleep: 6.5 hours

Today starts the No Salt Challenge. Are you participating??

Meatless Monday
 
I feel sad about doing this, but today's Meatless Monday post will be a list of a few dishes that are meatless and simple to make. I've been so busy that I didn't even get a recipe together for today. But check out this list for a quick meal that has no meat in it at all.
 
  • Smoothies
    • Fruit smoothies are the best. Blend up your favorite combo.
  • Salads
    • Lots of greens and veggies with a homemade dressing is quick and easy.
  • Fruit plates
    • Just stick with fruit! Lots of delicious with no animal meat.
  • Pastas
    • Use brown rice or corn pasta and make your own marinara.
  • Rice
    • Make a rice and veggie dish and eat to your heart's content.
 
I hope this list helps! I will be prepared next Monday with a real meatless recipe for you guys. Either way, you can always make your favorite dishes without meat in them. I don't suggest substituting tofu for your meat because it's mostly GMO, but I always recommend meatless dishes. Have a great week!
 
Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.
(not the animals)

What's Important

Sunday, July 7, 2013

We've lost sight of what is important. I've heard things like, "It doesn't taste as good as skinny feels." How terrible does that sound? Don't eat because it feels better to be thin. That's an awful mantra to have. Yet we instill these messages in our teenage girls because having a perfect outside is more important than being healthy on the inside. Which would, in turn, lead you to be healthy on the outside as well. It's possible to eat and be thin, but we shouldn't have to strive for thin. Strive for healthy and you'll be beautiful no matter what.

Breakfast:
  • 1 banana
  • 32 oz orange/pineapple juice
Snack:
  • Green smoothie - spinach, bananas, mango, hemp protein

Lunch:
  • 1 banana
  • 12 oz iceberg lettuce with carrots and red cabbage (RWV & GSO dressing)
Snack:
  • 2.5 cups cherries
Dinner:
  • Baked potatoes (with salt and EVOO) with some spaghetti sauce and ketchup. Oy.
Calories: Not sure.
Colors: Yellow, orange, green, purple, red, brown, white
Water: 150 oz
Exercise: 40 min walk, 50 squats, C25K - W4D3, stretching
Sunshine: 60 mins
Sleep: 8 hours

I finished the No Cheese Challenge successfully! Did you?? Today is also day 7 of the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. Have you been participating? I have! And I'm feeling great. Tell me how it's going for you. <3 Tomorrow is the beginning of the No Salt Challenge. Will you be participating? Let me know!

I finally got my run in today! It felt good, but I think I'm going to repeat this week on a faster speed. Just a little faster. I went too long between runs to feel comfortable. So we'll see. This could also be fear of next week's runs. I'm not going to stop, so I feel okay about it. Haha. Got my walk and squats in too. 50 was kind of hard, but I'll try to do 5 more tomorrow. I'm trying not to make too many goals. I just want to listen to my body and push myself when I'm ready.

Today I also took my first evening primrose oil pill and added hemp protein to my smoothie this morning. These are supposed to help with my hormones thanks to the BC pill detox. I'm all over the map, and I'd like to get back on track. I'm feeling a little weird about taking pills for this, but it's a natural supplement, so I hope it helps. Wish me luck.

I have so much editing to do, so I'm going to try to get lots done tomorrow. I want to walk, do my run, and get my squats in again tomorrow. Have to stay on track! I'm about to sign up for a 5K that's in September! WOO! I've never been a runner, but I've never been more excited about this. All on fruits and veggies, too. Hmm. ;o)

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

Saturday FAQ - Video: Part 5 of 5 in my Essentials Series!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Last part of my Essentials Series!


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Breakfast:
  • 5-banana and 6 oz raspberry kale smoothie

Snack:
  • 12 oz blackberries
Lunch:
  • Large salad (5.5 oz half and half mix, one carrot, one cucumber, red wine vinegar/grape seed oil dressing)
Snack:
  • A lot of watermelon. Not sure how much exactly. I was pretty stuffed.
Dinner:
  • Brown rice spaghetti with homemade marinara
Calories: Don't know. 1800?
Colors: Yellow, green, red, purple, brown, orange
Water: 120 oz (so far)
Exercise: Light stretching
Sunshine: 20 mins
Sleep: 8.5 glorious hours

Saturday FAQ

  1. Do you drink any coffee then?Short answer: no.
    Long answer: I have never been a coffee drinker. I can't even stand the smell of it. It's just not for me. But if you're really asking about caffeine, then I just don't really recommend it. If you want the energy, eat a few bananas or oranges. Fruit sugar gives me all the energy I need to get through the day.
  2. How is the No-Cheese Challenge going?Thanks for asking! It's going wonderfully. I've been sans cheese for six days now. Tomorrow is the last day, and I suppose I'd be allowed to eat cheese on Monday, but I think I'm good without it! I usually get so far away from things like dairy and meat that I'm worried it'll hurt my tummy if I do eat it. However, we've found a decent vegan cheese brand, so I'll have to locate a place that carries it if and when I do want some cheese. We'll see!
    I've also been on the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge, and that's working out just fine too! I have a banana smoothie almost every day, so I just add some kale or spinach to it. Have you been participating in either of these? Let me know!!
  3. What challenge is next?The No-Salt Challenge starts on Monday! I'm going to focus on fruits and veggies for the week and see how it goes. My husband is the one who cooks with a lot of salt, and we eat tortilla chips with salsa a lot. I'm slightly more worried about this challenge, but I just want to see how I feel while not consuming all the extra and unneeded salt. Joining me?? :o)
Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

Video: Part 4 of 5 in my Essentials Series

Friday, July 5, 2013

Part 4 of my Essentials Series. Check it out!

 
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Breakfast:
  • 6-banana and mango green smoothie
Snack:
  • 5 small bananas
Lunch:
  • 4 small bananas
Snack:
  • 3 cups red and green seedless grapes and 8 oz blueberries
  • 7 celery stalks and red pepper hummus
Dinner:
  • I think we're making noodles. Haven't eaten yet. Have a great night!
Calories: 2500?
Colors: Yellow, red, green, blue, orange
Water: 150 oz
Exercise: Swimming
Sunshine: 60 minutes
Sleep: 7.5 hours

We have company over today so I'm going to enjoy dinner and the rest of my Friday night. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Let me know what Saturday FAQs you may have!! See you tomorrow. <3

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

Video: Part 3 of 5 in my Essentials Series (And Happy Fourth!)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Part 3 of 5 in my Essentials Series!


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Breakfast:
  • 5-banana green smoothie with mango
Snack:
  • 1.5 cups cherries
Lunch:
  • Corn tortilla chips and homemade guacamole and salsa
Snack:
  • Hummus with celery sticks
Dinner:
  • 3 ears of corn, plain
Calories: Not sure.
Colors: Yellow, orange, red, green, white
Water:  100 oz
Exercise: Light stretching
Sunshine: 20 minutes
Sleep: 7 hours

This morning was not great. My hormones need to figure themselves out soon. I haven't been running these past two days, and it's mostly because I just don't even want to attempt it. I don't feel like it at all. This isn't normal for me. I've been eating a bit of fat lately, but I just can't blame it on that. And I don't want to do much else other than eat the right foods in order to get better. I need to focus on more fresh foods, and I think that'll help. I'll make it work. And I'll try to run tomorrow.

I just read that more protein might help, so my husband said I should get some hemp protein. I'll look into that tomorrow. I'll add some beans to my dinners this weekend. I just want to feel better, folks. This really isn't fun.

Hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July. <3 <3

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

Wednesday Weigh-In: Video - Part 2 of 5

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Here's part 2 of my 5-part Essentials video series

 
Let me know what you think please! <3
 
Weight: 116.0
(up 1.6 from last week)

Breakfast:
  • 6-banana green smoothie = 700 calories
Snack:
  • 4 bananas = 400 calories
Lunch:
  • 4 bananas = 400 calories
Snack:
  • 1 banana = 100 calories
  • Corn tortilla chips and homemade salsa = 400 calories?
Dinner:
  • 3 baked potatoes with ketchup = 475 calories
Calories: 2575
Colors: Yellow, red, white, green, brown
Water: 180 oz
Exercise: Light stretching
Sunshine: 60 min
Sleep: 7 hours

Today has been...challenging. My hormones are out of control. My belly felt SO bloated today, and I had a LOT of pain in my abdomen. Holy heck. So I'm going to leave this at that, get some editing done, and go to sleep. Couldn't run today because my body is so out of whack. Getting off this birth control pill has been a lot of trouble. :o(

I love you all. I hope you have a wonderful holiday if you're here in the States with me. And if you aren't, I still hope your day is amazing. Enjoy!

Video: Part 1 of 5 in the Essentials Series!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Part 1 of 5 in the video series of essentials of my lifestyle


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Breakfast:
  • 6-banana green smoothie = 650 calories
Snack:
  • 4 cups red and green seedless grapes = 250 calories
Lunch:
  • Corn tortilla chips and homemade salsa (almost a cup) = 500 calories
Snack:
  • Large Granny Smith apple = 125 calories
Dinner:
  • Brown rice, broccoli, and carrots with honey/ginger/soy sauce = 500 calories
Calories: 2025
Colors: Yellow, green, brown, red, white, orange
Water: 180 oz
Exercise: C25K - W4D2, stretching
Sunshine: 50 mins in the car, 15 outside
Sleep: 7 hours

I'm so excited about these videos! I hope you all enjoy them. It was a lot of fun making them, and I look forward to making many more. Please give me some feedback and let me know what else you want videos on! <3 <3

As for today, I had some panic this morning. I need to stop stressing so hard. It's been interesting since I got off my birth control pills, and I'm hoping my body will regulate itself soon. I'm recognizing where I'm making wrong decisions, but part of this is my body needed to slow down, de-stress, and get back to whatever normal should be. And I need less fat in my diet. That would help.

My run today wasn't so great. I don't know if I need a rest, if it was too hot today for me, or if it's just easier to run when I haven't been working all day (outside of the home, anyway). Either way, we'll see how it goes. But for now, I just hope you watch my video. Have a great night! <3

Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.

Meatless Monday - Challenge Update and Announcement

Monday, July 1, 2013

Today is day 1 of the no-cheese challenge and the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge! Check and check, folks! No cheese, green smoothie. Feels GOOD! I got a lot accomplished today. I could have edited more, but I got my run on and wow. It felt amazing. I missed it! I've been on a three-day break. So it felt really great to get back on the treadmill. Yay!

Also, I have an announcement! I recorded a five-part series of videos about the five things I believe are essential to my lifestyle. When I switched, the food was really the most important. But I quickly realized that it was more than just food. So I made videos about what's really important and what you should include if you want to live to achieve health. I can't wait to share them with you!!

Breakfast:
  • Whole cantaloupe
Snack:

Lunch:
  • Last 16 oz of green banana smoothie
  • Whole head of broccoli with red wine vinegar and grapeseed oil
Snack:
  • Large Granny Smith apple
Dinner:
  • Butternut squash (with cinnamon and maple syrup) and a sweet potato
Calories: Don't know.
Colors: Yellow, orange, green, brown, red
Water: 150 oz
Exercise: Yoga, 45 minute walk, 50 squats, 20 push-ups, C25K - W4D1
Sunshine: 60 minutes
Sleep: 7 hours

Meatless Monday Recipe:
It's time for a Meatless Monday recipe! In honor of the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge, I give you the recipe for the green smoothie I made this morning. It's perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can swap ingredients and really make this recipe your own. It has calcium, protein, and lots of potassium. Enjoy!
Green Banana Smoothie
Ingredients:
  • 2 kale leaves, no stems
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 6 bananas, peeled
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 8 ice cubes
Add kale leaves and water to the blender. Blend until smooth.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth.
Simple as that! Feel free to swap kale for spinach or other leafy green. Don't like bananas? Add mangoes, grapes, or oranges instead. Want something more than water? Use coconut water or orange juice for a vitamin punch. Yum!
Eat your fruits and veggies, kids.
(And a green smoothie on the daily)

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