Saturday, January 26, 2013

Oh my, Here Come the Food

Like I previously said I am spending the weekend with boyfriends family for his sisters family bridal shower. Today some of the girls went to lunch and shopping like we do best. Now like I said I normally lose all my willpower when I go to their house or anyones house but I have to say that I am quiet proud of myself. We went to lunch at a Mexican restaurant and everyone that knows me, it is probably my favorite meal. From the queso dip, the chips and salsa, rice and margaritas I knew it was going to be tough. I started out about to order the fajitas and I wasn't going to eat the tortillas and the rice and beans. I then thought about all the oil they probably use to cook the fajitas. So I just stuck with my favorite, a grilled chicken salad :). We then all met up at the restaurant his mom works at for my boyfriends birthday party. It was so funny to see his face, he was like really, I am turning 28 I don't need a birthday party. ( I think he loved it ). OK OK back to the food. There was so much yummy food like shrimp &  grits  (my favorite), bread, buttered cabbage, and Oreo cake. Now of course I can't eat any of this so I was " the helper " and handed the food out. (I know I am so sneaky) So we are finally back to his parents house and so I have to be quick with this because they keep saying to come back to the living room to hang out. So just wanted to let y'all know about my great day and "successful" day.

Day 5:
Breakfast: broccoli & low fat dip
Lunch: grilled chicken salad with veggies with salsa as my dressing
Snack: sugar free, fat free vanilla yogurt with a spoonful of pecans
Dinner: broccoli & low fat dip & beef jerky :)
I know I know, not that nourishing of a day. I will be sure to only drink water and eat lots of veggies tomorrow.


Friday, January 25, 2013

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff 2

As I was laying in bed last night I thought about all the things I had to do, how much money I had and how much a budget I should be on, I found myself actually upsetting myself and get so frustrated that I knew I was  not going to get any sleep. I then grabbed "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" and began reading. The main topic that I read about was about patience and learning to listen. I think patience is probably the worst thing about me. I find that sometimes I have none. After reading I did learn that all of the stuff I don't have patience for is mainly my fault. If I would just sit back and not think about how something is bothering me or frustrating me I believe I would become a much laid back person. For example at Christmas time I couldn't stand going shopping because of all the people. When I should really be thinking about the good things. Like the reason for the season, "God", or be happy that I have a job and can go shopping, or be thankful that I have family and friends to shop for. I need to learn to take a few steps back and really think about why I am letting myself get so bothered. In the book he said to make up a patience game and once a day for a certain amount of time practice good patience. I am really going to try this because I really think it will make me a more enjoyable person to be around.

This weekend I am going to my boyfriends parents house because they are having a family bridal shower for his sister. I am very nervous about the weekend because I am still on a strict no carbs (just for 2 weeks then I will go to whole grain) diet and well I will just say there is a lot of carb eating in that house and I love it when I am not trying to fit in a "LittleBlueDress' :). Needless to say this weekend is going to be very tough but with the right motivation and the support from his family I will make it through.

Day 5:
Breakfast: non-fat frozen yogurt:)
Lunch: spicy grilled chicken on a bed of cabbage (yeap I finished the soup)
Snack: turkey pepperonis
Dinner: grilled chicken, handful of turkey pepperonis, broccoli and low fat dip


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

I feel absolutely wonderful today. Last night as I was going to bed I started a new book called "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff." Oh boy did that hit home for me. So many times a day I find myself stressing out and worrying about things that in reality do not matter and it just makes the situation worse. This book really opened my eyes that I cause most of the drama and stress in my life and if I simply swept away the things that are not important that won't matter a year from now than I would live a much simpler life.

Here is a quote from the book that really touched me
“Something wonderful begins to happen with the simple realization that life, like an automobile, is driven from the inside out, not the other way around. As you focus more on becoming more peaceful with where you are, rather than focusing on where you would rather be, you begin to find peace right now, in the present. Then, as you move around, try new things, and meet new people, you carry that sense of inner peace with you. It's absolutely true that, "Wherever you go, there you are.” 

Day 4:
Breakfast: non fat frozen yogurt (man I love the idea to freeze yogurt at night)
Lunch: taco leftover soup (yeap I am not sick of it yet)
Snack: sugar-free strawberry jello & non-salted sunflower seeds
Dinner: I grilled some chicken with hot sauce and put it on a bed of fresh cabbage and a handful of turkey pepperoni

Things I need to remember daily
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Workout or Lazy

:)I have given up hope that I can quit Diet Mountain Dew cold turkey, unless someone wants to see a very unhappy me. So I am allowing myself one per day and I am going to have it early in the morning so that I can drink a lot of water the rest of the day.

Now let me tell you, I attempted the workout that I posted yesterday and holy cow, I am sore today. I didn't think it would be that tough but I guess I was more out of shape than I thought. Oh well this just gives me more drive to keep going. (Even though I feel like my legs might fall off today) I'll keep you posted and let you know how long it takes to become a little easier. (so basically I'll let you know a long time from now haha)

 Now to my eating habits. It is so crazy the difference I feel even from a short period of time and my skin even looks better but that could also be because I am mainly drinking only water. I am really enjoying looking up different recipes and learning ways to eat "clean" food. Cooking has always been very theraputical for me and it has become even more enjoyable now that I know what I am putting in my body is helping not hurting it. So this long journey I think will not only help me physically but truly I think it will help me emotionally in so many different, wonderful ways.

Day 3:
Breakfast: non- fat yogurt ( if you really want to treat yourself put it in the freezer the night before and you will have frozen yogurt in the morning, so yummy)
Lunch: Taco soup leftovers (as you can see I made a batch of soup Sunday night and I am eating it all week). I have 1 1/2 cups a day and just warm it up at work. This is actually the first day where I have actually felt full after eating my lunch. Which is a very good sign because that means my stomach is shrinking. HECK YES!
Snack: Broccoli and low-fat dip
Afternoon pick me up: Latte' with sugar free carmel and skim milk
Dinner: Now to my dinner choice. They always make fun of me at this restaurant because I always order the same thing and they always say they have never had anyone order it. (but it is delish) I had a grilled chicken salad with onionsand as my dressing I had hot sauce. See that's not too weird and it filled me up the same as if I ordered a large plate of pasta.
So all in all I think today was a fabulous success.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What the heck are all these cravings?

Your body's lacking Chromium, carbon phosphorus, sulphur, Tryptophan.
You can get these from:
Broccoli, grapes, cheese, chicken, fresh fruit, beef, liver, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, cranberries, horseradish, kale, cabbage, turkey, sweet potato & spinach.

You need nitrogen.
You'll find this in:
High protein foods; fish, meats, nuts, beans.

Fatty snacks
You're lacking calcium.
Eat more:
Mustard, greens, dairy, legumes & sesame seeds.

Your body's craving phosphorous, sulfur & iron.
Try eating more:
Chicken, beef, liver, fish, eggs, dairy, red peppers, garlic, onion, sea salt, apple vinegar, seaweed, greens & black cherries.

Carbonated drinks
You need more calcium.
Mustard, broccoli, kale, legumes, dairy & sesame.
*If you crave a specific drink, this is an addiction, we'll talk about this later.

Salty foods
You need chloride.
Try and eat:
Goats milk, fish & unrefined sea salt.

Obviously this is a physical addition to nicotine, but you can ease cravings by eating more silicon & tyrosine.
Eat more:
Nuts, seeds, citrus fruits, green vegetables.

Put down the chocolate, zinc is what you need young lady!
Get your hands on some:
Red meat, seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables, marmite or bovril.

The Journey

 My first day on my "LittleBlueDress" challenge went very well. I already had a certain someone pressuring me to go eat out Thai food, which I know me I would SPLURGE completely. Instead I stayed home and cooked a yummy, healthy dinner which consisted of a lean protein and veggies. I never keep anything sweet in the house because that would be the cause of a disaster but I am going to purchase some no-sugar added fudgesicles because the great thing is they only have 40 calories. Isn't that great? Overall I could tell a difference in just one day or eating better. (especially this morning) So I am more motivated than ever right now, to see the change that I want to see.
Now even if I am eating healthy I know that without some sort of exercise,  I still will feel sluggish and just want to go home and lounge on the couch after work. Oh and by the way I have a desk job so it's not like I am doing any hard labor during the day. So along with this challenge I know that I have to do some sort of activity at least 5 to 6 times a week to be on top of my game. I am not going to lie, I am not in very good shape. I like the quick to the point exercises that work. I am not the type that likes to go to the gym and hangout for a few hours. So I found a quick, hardcore routine that I am going to try tonight, so I'll keep you posted if it is worth continuing.

Day 2:
Breakfast: non-fat yogurt
Lunch: Taco soup leftovers
Snack: broccoli and homemade SouthBeach diet ranch (light sour cream & ranch packet)
Dinner: Grilled chicken and shrimp pesto with broccoli
Snack: small amount of sirloin and broccoli with low fat dip (ps. never watch Man Vs. Food late at night or it will lead to this :) at least I had a healthy snack it could have been worse haha)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Little Blue Dress

Today is the beginning of something wonderful I am calling it the "LittleBlueDress" challenge. I have decided to really change some things in my life because they are just making me lazy, ungrateful and unhappy. I named this challenge LittleBlueDress because April 11th is my goal date and I am in a wedding April 13th and I am sure you can guess, the bridesmaid dress is a little blue dress. It fits but I would like to be more comfortable in it and fine with knowing that pictures are going to be taken from ALL angles. I am going to be setting very challenging goals over the next few months but hopefully with enough determination I can succeed. My first goal is to completely change my eating and drinking habits. I will just say I tend to overindulge sometimes and then I wake up the next day hating myself for doing it. I don't want to go on a diet because let's face it they never work. I want to change the way I think about food. I don't want food to be want I think about all the time and I certainly don't want to think about what I look like all the time. I want to learn to enjoy the good/healthy foods in life. I want to quit poisoning my body with these foods and drinks that just in the end make me lazy and unhappy. My second thing that I am changing about my life is facebook. It honestly is extremely tiring listening to people complain about their lives. So I have deactivated it and will not activate it until I reach my goal.
       My goal is to lose 20 pounds by April 11th, yes that might seem like a lot but I believe that with a lot of work and a lot of changes I can do it. So hear I go, the beginning of an 80 day challenge. I will be using this blog to keep up with my progress, the good times, the hard times, a food journal to keep myself accountable, and of course when I succeed!

Day 1:
Breakfast: non-fat yogurt (strawberry)
Lunch: Taco soup; ground turkey, crushed tomatoes, drained black beans, onion, taco seasoning and red pepper
Dinner: Sirloin Tips with 98% fat free gravy, aspargus with seasoning