Archive for May, 2012

Growing Buds

Day 42? (gosh, I’ve been so wrapped up in trying to get some job applications out over the last two days that I have lost a bit of touch with what day it is!)

One thing I keep thinking about sharing is how many foods I am discovering a new taste for- that’s right, while my waistline is shrinking, my taste buds are GROWING! For example, I used to avoid a few foods quite specifically- tomatoes, whole blueberries, eggplant, and mushrooms. Recently tomatoes and blueberries are almost all I want to eat! I am a bit hesitant to test out mushrooms again- they just give me the heebiejeebies… I mean really? FUNGUS? But never the less, I am hoping with all my heart that I can fall in love with Portabello (is that how you spell it? see I’ve been so far removed from the species all my life I cannot even spell it!) mushrooms because they are such a great, healthier swap for meat in the burger realm (and let’s be honest, a burger here and there can seriously hit the spot.) Hungry Girl has quite a few super healthy burger recipes that use P-bellies (as I will call them from now on, given my shame in lack of spelling abilities) as the “meat”. I also want to try some light, healthy eggplant recipes to try my luck with love there too. It’s amazing to me how much flavor and richness fruits and veggies alone have now that my body is not in a sugar/salt/oil/fat trance. Not to mention how wonderful eating can be when you slow down, enjoy each and every bite, and don’t just mindlessly eat yourself into a painful state of fullness.

CONFESSION TIME: I tried having half a whole wheat english muffin this morning with some sliced banana on it, mostly to test my gluten intolerance and see if it had disappeared as a wonderful addition to the benefits I’m seeing from juicing. Big mistake. In all honesty I think it may have gotten worse, or at least the response was as strong or even stronger than previously possibly because my system hasn’t had any gluten recently. Same symptoms I was having previously just even stronger. Sad. But actually I’m looking at that as great news. It’s just another reason to avoid carby-dense breads, pasta, etc. Hopefully maintaining a gluten-free and vegetarian (/possibly vegan) lifestyle will be even healthier!

So, other than the slap on the wrist I had from that step away from the plan, here is what the days menu looked like…

Breakfast: 1/2 Whole Wheat English Muffin with sliced banana on top.

Lunch: Sauteed spinach, onion, grape tomatoes, garlic and red pepper, Apple/Spinach/Lemon juice

Dinner: Raspberry blueberry mix, more Apple/S/L juice, left over sauteed veggies

I was thinking about it today at lunch- just in that meal alone I think I had 4 or 5 servings of vegetables. Then add in dinner and I’m up to a total of about 3 servings of fruit and nearly 6 or maybe even 7  servings of vegetables. That’s so great. I love that.

 

Goals…

-Sleep last night: almost check, I was up a little later than intended working on job apps

-Water consumption: check

-Juice: check

-Exercise: I am all checked off for the week but I am going to do cardio when I get home from work tonight so, EXTRA check!

Tomorrow starts week 7! CRAZY!

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Going “Over the Hill” on Day 40

So hard to believe, right? 2/3rds of the way through my initial goal/program of 60 days. It really is just very hard to comprehend that I’ve come that far. I also can’t say enough how I really believe this is a blink relative to the length I hope to carry out this healthier plant-based diet and more active lifestyle. I am head-over-heals about the changes I see in my health, body, and awareness of life. Love. It.

Side note- I mentioned yesterday that today was going to be my first day back to the dual job life and I really enjoyed it. The girls were in such a good mood to have me back (which warms my heart) and I had the chance to chat with some ladies at work for awhile (without any problems or cranky people breathing down my neck.)

Menu today…

-Breakfast: fresh apply juice, a large orange

-Lunch: snap peas, leftover sauteed veggies from last night

-Snack: banana

-Dinner: sliced raw veggies, left over apple juice

-Dessert: mixed berry sorbet

Over the course of the day I had 3 cups of black tea- I’d like to get in 4 but I’ve decided not to force it- last year I had a BAD experience with drinking too much tea too quickly.. yikes!

 

Goals…

-Water: check!

-Sleep: check!

-Juicing: check!

-Exercise: not today, no check.

Shout out to Janelle, the mom of the girls I nanny and an overall really awesome woman. I posted yesterday about trying to find ways to get real exercise while I’m with the girls during the day. Not only did she give me some really great ideas for how to do that, but she’s been incredibly supportive of me through this whole process. I am blessed by her in my life, and having her as an employer. (Not to mention the girls LOVE the idea of green juice, and even will take a sip of it and exclaim with an extremely uncomfortable look  on their faces “That was delicious!”)

And a much needed shout out to my family, Mom especially. She’s been the ultimate partner, even from afar, to become healthier better versions of ourselves. She’s always sharing her wisdom, her encouragement, and great tips for everything.

Funday Monday

If you are familiar with Kathy Lee and Hoda you know its Funday Monday. Looking back at the day I realize I did not take the opportunity I had- just by getting to live today- to make it a true Funday Monday. I want to challenge myself on a regular basis to make my days fundays, no matter what day of the week it is, making each memorable and meaningful.

 

Here is what my day consisted of menu wise….

Breakfast- fruity cocktail (home mix)

Lunch- Sugar snap peas, a HUGE orange

Snack- 2 cups of black tea, a few green olives

Dinner- (my new FAV) sauteed veggies- today consisted of lots of spinach (which I know for sure I like cooked more than raw), grape tomatoes(dido for what I said about spinach- DE, LISH when sauteed), green and red peppers, fresh garlic and fresh onion. Again I made a big batch with tons of spinach so I will have a delicious lunch tomorrow! and APPLE JUICE!!

Dessert- (yup, yup!) cooked apple with cinnamon

 

Goals….

-Sleep goal- CHECK

-Exercise goal- one CHECK

-Water consumption goal- CHECK

-Juice goal- CHECK

 

Tomorrow I get back to a normal work schedule and I am so looking forward to that, my new challenge is to figure out how to get a workout in while being with the girls. Once more- Happy Memorial Day!

Truly, Madly, Deeply (Blessed)

I am so blessed. I am blessed to have the family I have. I am blessed to have the friends I have. I am blessed by my church family. I am blessed by the beauty of this great Earth. I am blessed by the character God gave me, by the love God has pumped into my life and heart, and by the opportunities God has both given me and prepared me for. As I look at the calendar on which I am tracking this particular journey, a number of blessings in my life are brought to mind. I am blessed by God to have the will power to continue through this journey and many others I have been on. I am incredibly blessed to have a fully functioning body. I am blessed to have a support system of family and friends around me who encourage me to continue and build a better me. I am blessed to have access to the resources to focus on my health and undue all that bad I have done in the past. I am so blessed.

Here is what I had today….

-BREAKFAST: fruit medley

-LUNCH: sugar snap peas, half an orange

-DINNER: pickles, left over sauteed veggies from yesterday

TONS of water (my mouth and lips have been SO dry for the last few weeks!)

Goals…

-I met my sleeping goal last night

-I exercised forever again today

-I definitely met my water consumption goal for the day

-Once again I did not juice, which has become a time issue- I just haven’t been making the time for it. I’m setting a goal for tomorrow- JUICE!

Take some time this Memorial Day weekend and reflect on the blessings of your life. Take time to tell people in your life that they are a blessing to you and that you love them- you never know when you won’t be able to do so anymore. Take time to thank God for jam-packing your life with beautiful wonderful things, and even be thankful for those that in the moment seem like trials instead of treats. You ARE blessed, and you are a blessing to me. Be a good steward of the body you have been blessed with by taking care of it.

Goodnight!

SlicerDicer

Today was a really delicious day food wise. But on the personal frontier this weekend is heavily weighed down with emotion for me personally. Prayers would be greatly appreciated- for myself and my family.

As for my menu today.. UMM!
Breakfast-frozen berries in hot tea
Lunch- 1 large orange and a white peach
Dinner- 1/2 microwave baked potato and sauteed green and red peppers, onion, garlic and grape tomatoes
Dessert(yes you read that correctly; and no, you’re not going crazy)- microwave baked Apple with cinnamon… Mmmmm!

Goals…
-I continue to reach my nightly sleep goal
– I’m being diligent and met my water goal
– I did not work out today other than the normal tons of walking at work.
-I failed to juice today which is not good, I need to make sure at least one meal is juiced each day if at all possible.

Well there it is. Have a good night!

D-Lish!

I just had the most delicious lunch and wanted to share it, right away!

For lunch I started by spraying a pan with no-cal cooking spray and adding 3 rough chopped cloves of garlic and a handful of grape tomatoes sliced in half. After a few minutes I added a huge handful of rough chopped kale, then another couple of minutes later half a container of baby spinach. Once the tomatoes softened up it was easy to get a kind of glaze going on the rest of the veggies. YUM!

As for yesterday my menu consisted of the following….

Breakfast- Orange

Lunch- sliced veggies

Snack- Spinach, kale, cucumber, apple juice

Dinner- Banana, sliced veggies

Tons of water all day

Goals….

-I did meet my nightly sleep goal

-I way surpassed my daily water consumption goal

-As yesterday was the last day of week 5 I completed my weekly exercise goal

 

While it may seem funny or nerdy I am having so much fun coming up with my own exercise moves right from the inside of my very own apartment. I am testing and trying all sorts of things to target those areas that normal push ups, crunches, and lunges don’t touch.

Overall, loving this phase of my program!

Happy Friday!

Day 35 and back to the track

So as many of you know I was in Boise with my family for a family emergency a week and a half ago, but what many of you may not know is that I had to go back again this last weekend (Friday-Tuesday again). The first time around sitting there while everyone else ate meal after meal at home and at restaurants was pretty much torture, especially since it was exactly the kind of emotion/situation in which I previously would have emotionally binged on all sorts of unhealthy foods. Looking forward to another weekend with the family, with possibly even stronger emotion flying through the air constantly I knew things could get bad. So, in preparation for heading back I “broke the fast” (which simply means I ate a small amount of whole fruits and vegs  and endured the change for my digestive system BEFORE getting on the plan and being busy in Boise). Over the weekend I tried my best to keep myself in check, eating a few things that were off -track like a cookie and some meat but overall didn’t do damage to my progress. As I had mentioned last week I decided to transition into the second half of my 60 days adding whole fruits and veggies to my daily juicing and that is where I am now. Here is an example of what that is looking like- yesterday’s menu…..

Breakfast- Orange-Apple Juice

Lunch- Cucumbers, carrots, broccoli (whole )

Snack- 1 can of green beans (packed in water)

Dinner- Nectarine (Whole), Spinach juice

Update on my goals…..

-Over the past two weeks, with my two weekends out of town, I met my exercise goals

-I definitely met my water goal during that time as well

-There were a few nights over the last week that I did not meet my nightly sleep goal

I cannot say enough to all those who continue to encourage me in this journey, as well as keeping me and my family in their prayers during these last few weeks. That love and care is not something that goes unappreciated and I am incredibly blessed to be surrounded with such wonderful people.

Here is my charge at this point. Now that I am home and back to normal schedule with things I am getting back on track with my daily updates here. I will continue to post my emotions, progress, goal achievements, menus, etc. Thanks for sticking with me through this recent bumpy patch. Stay tuned for some interesting ideas of how to eat just fruits, veggies and juice!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!