Thursday, April 18, 2013


I hope everyone is doing well and striving to achieve a healthier lifestyle everyday.

Today I will quickly share a short list of why Jillian Michaels' workout videos fit my life;

  • I gotta say what I like best about workout videos is the versatility. 
  • Spontaneity-I like that I don't have to set a certain time to workout. I can workout as late or as early as my little heart pleases. I have been known to workout at 1am or even 4am
  • Accountability-I have a gym bag in the trunk of my car that has an extra pair of workout tennies and clothes. Therefore, wherever I am I have no excuse not to workout.
  • Accessibility-Most of Jillian Michaels' workout videos can easily be found on YT. So even when out of town as long as I have wifi/internet access I'm all set.
  • Length-Jillian Michaels' workout videos range from 25-45mins in length. Which means I can easily fit a workout before and/or after work.
  • Convenience-Its no secret I don't like gym. Which makes workout videos for me perfect because I can do them without leaving the house
However, I still strive to go out for a run or hike every now and then as a bonus to my workouts.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ode to Lorrie

About two weeks ago I learned of the passing of a fellow blogger, Lorrie of The Token Fat Girl. I've been meaning to write this post for the last two weeks but I just haven't had the words. I write this with a heavy heart because Lorrie's blog was the first blog I stumbled upon when I first considered blogging say 3 years ago. And this was back when she still blogged at My All Natural Weight Loss

I first started eating loaded oatmeal because I found out about it via Lorrie's blog and used the recipe she shared and haven't looked back since.

According to her husband's tribute, Lorrie passed away from cardiac arrest the day after her 30th birthday :(

I found Lorrie to be contagiously cheerful and so full of life and my heart truly goes out to her loved ones and friends. I didn't know Lorrie personally but it honestly feels like I lost a friend.

In honor of Lorrie's memory her husband set up a memorial/fundraising page via American Heart Association. Please feel free to contribute any amount you can.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

To Each His Own

Different things work for different people. I have always had the perception that salads could not be filling to me or be able to satisfy my hunger. But after losing my work lunch bag the last two weeks have found me experimenting with different things.

I always find like most people when I plan my meals I resist succumbing to unhealthy options. For the most part eating out= unhealthy choices but it doesn't have to be that way.

My job is in a metro city so places to eat are a plenty making it tempting to make poor choices. However, I chose otherwise. I decided on Chipotle the first few times. Now not too long ago I would have gone for one of their big juicy burritos and on occasion I still will. But this time I decided to give a salad a shot. I went for one with lettuce, fajita veggies (sauteed green bell peppers+red onion), grilled chicken and guacamole. This is not your average salad but I tweaked it to my liking. I skipped the cheese and sour cream because I'm lactose intolerant. Chipotle offers a house dressing to go with their salads but I found that with the guac I didn't even need it. To my pleasant surprise the salad was very delish and filling. Needless to say I was back the remainder of the week :)

 I also stopped by another place and sampled a chicken plate that came with two salads (cabbage + oriental), a vegetable skewer consisting of mushrooms, zucchini, onions and bell peppers with a 1/2 cup of brown rice. Again, this was both satisfying and filling.

I guess what am trying to say we all have to find what works for us and tweak it to our own liking. I will now be incorporating more salads to my meals. I especially thought the veggie skewer was a brilliant idea!

Please share your favorite salad recipes with me!!!

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

No Cheating

On Wednesday night one of my girlfriends invited me for a work out. I was having one those days where you just know if you don't get your tush off the couch you won't get anything done. It was my day off and I was dragging. I agreed to meet her @730pm and we went on a 3.3 mile loop walk. It was more of a catch up work out. 

As I was driving home  it just didn't feel like I had worked out. I mean I hadn't even broken a sweat or revved up my heart rate. But at the back of my mind I was patting my back for getting up and going for that walk regardless. In my heart though I just knew that I couldn't count that as a workout. I guess I was missing the kick in the butt I get from Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30. Ha! So as soon as I got home I knew what I had to do. I popped in the DVD and gladly took an ass whopping LOL

I'm still working out 5-6x a week. It's not easy but no one said it'd be. I'm striving to make healthy eating choices and do good portion control. No deprivation though. Chugging anywhere from 2-4L of hot lemon water a day. And when I want something else I have green tea with a teaspoon of honey.

The boy got me new dumb bells last night. Yay!!! I upgraded from 5lbs to 8lbs. I'm excited for the endurance and strength that am building from working out consistently. Just taking it a day at a time.

Hope you're all hanging in there!!!

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Still Breathing

I know I haven't updated my blog as often as I should. And to be honest I have no excuse. I guess I just lost my writing mojo. However, I'm still very much on #teamhealthycurves. I've been chugging at least 3 to 4 liters of water a day. I find that its really hard for me to drink water during fall/winter aka the cold season. But my mom taught me a new trick y'all. I have been drinking hot water with lotsa fresh lemon. It's so yummy once you get used to it and it does wonders for your health.

I'm working out 5-6x/week. Alternating between Jillian Michaels Banish Fat Boost Metabolism, No More Trouble Zones, 30 DS Level 3 and Ripped in 30. I really love this workout DVDs. I'm starting to see a lot of muscle definition. My endurance has also improved remarkably.

My eating is improving a day at a time. Yes, I'm learning I am what I eat. I'm not self-depriving just aiming at moderation and portion control. Striving to make healthier choices, eat more fruits/greens. I'm learning to push myself to limits I didn't know I could reach. This is my life and am fighting for it. Transforming my lifestyle by becoming healthier and more fit!!!

-Transformation is not a future event, it is a present activity-

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Back In The Game

After two weeks of slacking off this week I got back in the game. I worked out 5 days this past week and boy did it feel good. In my last post I had mentioned I'd do one last week of Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred Level 3 before proceeding to Jillian Michaels' Ripped in 30. However, I decided to go back to the roots and do the 30 Day Shred Level 1 and boy oh boy was it intense. I remember when I first got the DVD and could hardly do any of the moves in Level 1. But now am able to do each last one of them. I was in soreness galore all week but am proud at how far I've come :)

My Ripped in 30 DVD arrived in the mail this weekend and I will have a go at it this coming week. I'm excited at how much stronger I feel from doing the 30 Day Shred and I hope this continues with Ripped in 30.

My eating has been pretty good as well. Chugging my water like nobody's business, eating lotsa veggies and fruits and lean meats (fish & chicken). 

I'm a Scorpio baby and my birthday will be at the end of this week. I plan on saying goodbye to this year and hello to the new year by keeping up my healthy eating/drinking habits and workouts. 

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and a great week ahead to all of you!!!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Places I have Been

Last two weeks I slacked off. I went from averaging working out 5-6 days a week to a mere 2x a week if at all. I'd like to blame it on impromptu company that I had in town. But still I know I could have done better. So why beat myself up over spilled milk? considering I played tour guide to my company meaning we did a lot of running around in Hollywood, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, DTLA and at a winery. However, we literally ate out everyday and I indulged in some yummy delicacies and harbor no regrets. I still drunk copious amounts of water and ate lots of fresh fruit.

This week I plan on alternating between runs/power walks and Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Level 3. I just ordered Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30. It comes with a meal plan which I plan on following for maximum results.

To anyone in the East Coast I have had you in my thoughts and prayers for safety from #HurricaneSandy.

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