Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Way to a Healthy and fit me/lifestyle

Hi ya'll

I know I've not written in a whiiile. But I've been well. I'm still striving to live a healthy lifestyle. Nothing overboard nor unreasonable just the simple little things I'm learning to incorporate in my lifestyle to enable me to live a healthy lifestyle for the rest of my life :)

I'm not one to give up anything or swear off certain foods. I'm just me. And thus will eat everything in moderation. Some days I throw all caution to wind and pig out or indulge a little more than I would on other days but nothing wrong with that. C'est la vie. For the most part I strive to eat/drink healthy portions of healthy meals/drinks.

As of past 2 weeks I've ran 24 Miles. I'm super excited at how am doing and my motivation. I've put up a side bar up on the right side of my blog to record miles I run each week complete with days.

I'm still not weighing myself on a weekly basis as I'd mentioned in one of my earlier posts. I feel that if I weighed myself every week it'd kill my motivation and put unnecessary pressure on myself. We all know sometimes despite how hard we work out or how good we're with our portion control we still gain a pound or not lose at all. Thus I choose to not put myself under that pressure. I choose to work out and eat/drink right and see changes e.g. clothes fitting looser or compliments from family/friends that I seem to be losing weight. Once in a while I'll randomly weight myself just for the heck of it.

In the meantime I'll keep pushing myself and running my knees to thobbing land and my toes to blister bliss as I've this past weeks and enjoy every last bit of it.

I wish all of you all the best on your journey to a healthy and fit you :)

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Thursday, September 23, 2010


Have you all seen that Nutri-Grain commercial? I like how realistic it is. How real life it is. How it depicts how easy it is to make one 'wrong choice' can trigger a downward spiral. I like how without really coming out and saying it how it emphasis that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. That if we wake up and have one of those fast food biscuit with egg/sausage that is worth 1, 000 calories. If and when we make such a choice for breakfast when lunch time comes around its easier to pick pizza over a salad/healthier choice. So we are more likely to have pizza, soda and a cookie for lunch as opposed to having a salad and a cup of water with some fruit.

I guess what I'm trying to say is the first food choice we make in the morning is what we stick with for the rest of the day be it lunch and/or dinner. Its just hard to break the cycle. You know the same way the first song you hear in the morning stays in your head for the rest of the day? yup that way!

SO. Let's all strive to wake up and choose right. Oatmeal over a greasy breakfast sandwich. A salad/tuna sandwich over a few slices of pizza. A healthy dinner choice over left over pizza. You catch my drift? the first choice you make in the morning is a greatly determines the choices you make throughout the day.

My practical example from today:

Breakfast- 4 slices of bacon, 3 sausage links
Lunch- 2 hard boiled eggs
Dinner-4 slices of pepperoni pizza

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Loaded Oatmeal

I shared some pictures from this summer's vacay with friends and it was so motivating to hear all things good about how great I looked and how I've lost "a lot of weight"

I've not done sit ups in a while neither have I been running. But the other day I walked into the local store and they had a sale for oatmeal and all the healthy breakfast condiments. And really who has such a sale? right? So my awesome best person grabbed me a bunch of heart healthy oatmeal and vanilla extract. And guess what? this morning I had filling loaded oatmeal for breakfast. My loaded oatmeal contains; 1/2 cuppa oats, a tbs of brown sugar, a tbs of vanilla extract, a handful of raisins, a handful of cranberries and a dash of freshly ground cinnamon. Absolutely delish and filling :) I greatly recommend you try if you already haven't.

Besides that its kinda slow in my neck of the woods. But I'll be back soon with more updates.

Y'all have a week full of healthy eating and drinking choices

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010


So I've not been good with my weight loss blogging. But that is because I barely have time. I'm a lurker on all of your lovely blogs. I may not comment as much as I'd love to but I'm reading all of your posts and sharing in your journeys and more so cheering you on :)

I've been staying on top of my eating and drinking habits. I have to say even though I've not been working out as much as I'd like, making healthy eating and drinking choices counts too! I've gone down from a size 14 to a 12 and much to my surprise the size 12 jeans are starting to hang a lil loose and my 40DDD bras fit better without the pouring out at the top :) My face has also gotten a lot more clearer..hardly any break outs. Still chugging my water especially in this heat I have to and drinking my black tea that is full of antioxidants.

However, I still need to put a lot of work on my arms and stomach area. I had my best person take nekkid pictures of me the other day and I've to admit I have come a looooooong way :) and I'm so proud of myself and this motivates me even more to work harder and tone up my arms and stomach by losing the 'sway' in my arms and flattening my stomach. My thighs are way smaller and my waist is a lil smaller too to the point where I'm forced to wear my belt on the very last hole and still my pants fit lose :) progress progress progress

Now I'll not forget to pat myself on the back but I'll also not let myself get caught up in the progress and lose sight of the bigger picture. I want to see more and more changes in me as I become healthier and more fit :) I'm yet to enroll in a gym and invest in good weights. Pretty soon though. So watch this space.

All the best as you continue on your journey!
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Sunday, August 1, 2010

My SECOND Award.The Versatile Award. YAY!!!

The versatile, brilliant, awesome and awesome blog buddy of mine Shan over at
The Me Within graciously awarded me the this lovely award.

According to the guidelines of the award, I'm required to;

Thank the person who gave you the award
Thank you much, Shan for awarding me this beautiful award. You are awesome!!!

Share seven things about myself
Wow I just recently shared ten things about myself here. So uhm not sure what to say now. So excuse me if this is repetitive
  • I've not gone running in a while. But this morning I plan to go running at the lake
  • Due to working nights on my off days I go to bed at about 5pm, wake up at 2am, cook dinner and have dinner at around 5am
  • Growing up we called dinner was supper
  • We had supper anywhere between 9pm to 11pm
  • Supper was always made up of plenty of veggiez (mostly steamed cabbage, collard greens and spinach)
  • Growing I never once had a meal that didn't contain of some sort of meat. It had to have meat white or red.
  • The meats I are growing up including plenty of steak/chicken (grilled over charcoal), stewed chicken/beef/fish, chicken/fish baked in the oven. Growing up I also ate wild meat e.g. crocodile etc
Nominate fifteen newly discovered blogs

Off to let my lovely nominees know of they won the Versatile Award :)

Thanks again Shan!!!
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and The Sugar Doll Award winners are...

Awarding Sugar Doll Award as previously mentioned here to my ten winners below. My sincere apologies for the delay in naming you guyz. I've been living my life on the fast lane lately. Please pardon me. So here goes;

  1. Shan @themewithin
  2. The Token Fat Girl @ myallnaturalweightloss
  3. Pink Lady @ thepinkladyrambles
  4. Curvy Jones @ diaryofcurvyjones
  5. Ashley @ The Opposite of Thin
  6. Chubby Chick @ Journeying to Lose 200 Pounds
  7. Kenz @ All The Weigh
  8. Vegan Ana @ Vegan Ana
  9. Fat Girl Vs World @ I go through life in inches
  10. Lexia @ My wicked wicked ways
The above winners are such a huge inspiration to me as I journey the road to a healthy and more fit me. I might not comment enough on your blog posts because I'm naturally more of a lurker. But ya'll inspire my weight loss journey and I cannot put into words how much your words encourage and even how much more I appreciate them!!!
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My First Award/10 Things About Me

The lovely Alexia over at
my wicked, wicked ways was gracious enough to award me the above -fabulous sugar doll blogger award- above. Lexia's blog was the first blog I came across when I started my own weight loss blog. She's honest, funny, and witty all in one and simply awesome to say the least. Thanks, Lexia!!!

According to the guidelines of the award, I'm required to share 10 things you don't already know about me. So here goes;

  1. I love love love to read. I think my greatest wealth on earth is books. Now if only I could find as good a book club as Jane Austen's
  2. I love summer but the heat gets to me. I'm constantly in the need of an air conditioned car/room. I won't walk in the heat because I feel like dying, literally
  3. I prefer winter over summer. This is how I see it, in the winter I can layer up until I reach a desired body temp. then shed off the layers if I get too hot, whereas the summer, I could be nekkid and still sweating like a pig
  4. Today it's over 100F in my neck of the woods and I've drank close to 3, 000ml/3L of water
  5. In the past I've feared I may contract hyponatremia from the large amounts of water I consume
  6. I've never in life signed up for a gym membership but I am about to by the end of this month *fingers crossed*
  7. I'm a registered nurse (RN) so be nice to me because I just might be your nurse someday :) haha
  8. It's summer and I'm curbing all the junk food snacking by stocking my fridge up with fruits (mostly watermelon and mangoes) which reminds me I'm down to my last mango. Mental note: stop at the grocery store
  9. As a nurse I'm constantly surrounded by comfort food e.g. cookies, donuts, sees candies and a variety of other foods which are brought by other nurses or family in appreciation. I try my level best to stay clear of the break room and also by bringing a healthy snack (usually sliced fruit) to last me through my shift.
  10. I get off work and get home at about 8am and I'm dead beat which makes working out tough because I sleep all day and by the time I wake up I gotta get ready and its back to work again. A vicious cycle I tell ya! Thus taking me back to #6 why I want to sign up for the gym. That way I can wake up and go in the evenings before work or in the mornings after work depending on whar kind of night I had at work
I'll be back tomorrow with a list of the people I'll award/pass along this fabulous award to. Watch this space!!!
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tis The Season For Fruits

Sorry I've not written lately. I don't have any excuses so I dare not make any. I did not run a day all week last week neither did I walk or do any form of exercise. Not good I know so this week I'm going to do better by getting out there. I know I said I'd put up some pictures last week but I still haven't but I promise to get around to that soon.

On a good note, I've been pigging out on fruits and chugging tons of water. I love summer because of all the fruits available. Watermelon (with a sprinkle of pico de gallo) yum!, cantalope, red plums, nectarines, mangoes and peaches. Today I went grocery shopping and they had a a great deal on mangoes. Each for $.78 so I bought several and a big ass watermelon for under $3. I had one mango tonight and it was just scrumptious, very juicy and filling.

On a bad note (lol) I've not been having breakfast. The world cup (WC) hasn't helped either because the staying up means sleeping in which means missing breakfast and having a super later lunch followed but an even late dinner. I know breakfast is the most important meal of the day so when I'm up at that time of the day I'll make sure to have some. In the meantime I'll keep eating plenty of fruit, chugging water, and running my tush OFF!!!

Thank you for stopping by!!!
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Monday, June 28, 2010

Where I stand

I've not been writing here often because the summer is here and I've been spending more time with my best person. Not to worry I've not fallen off the wagon yet. Thank goodness. I've been running more than my usual 5k. I guess the 5k did grow on me because I was breaking a sweat alright but I like that feeling when my heart thumps out of control in my chest from the run and I just wasn't getting that. So the other night my best person and I ran 4.39miles and I came home and really could feel the effect. It kicked my ass in a good way. I just loved it and will be doing more of it this week.

It's getting pretty warm in my neck of the woods. June gloom is finally giving way to some nice sun and a lot of heat. I've pretty bad allergies. I get cranky when it's hot never mind sweating like a pig. When it's cold (from the a/c) I sneeze incessantly and my throat gets itchy. I'm weird I know. Anyway I digress thanks to the end of the June gloom beach days are beckoning. I love playing Frisbee in the water or on the sand and taking long walks on the pier and from one end to the other on the beach. Or simply lying on the sand reading a book, listening to music, talking and people watching :)

I've been drinking more water at least 1,000ml+ everyday. Last Wednesday my best person and I went to the local farmer's market for fresh veggiez and fruits. We didn't get so much veggiez as we did fruits. Which also brings me to that I've been consuming lots and lots of fresh yummy fruits. White peaches, cantaloupe, water melon, and nectarines. Yum yum yum

In other news I cannot do a sit up to save my life thanks to the lack of upper body strength due to the 40DDDs . But since the month (June) started I've been doing 100 sit ups almost everyday. The best person kneels behind me and gives me a push to get me on my way. When I first started I'd stop every 2 sit ups. However, I'm now doing all the way up to 50 before I stop. Pushing oneself is a wonderful thing. At first you think gracious goodness I cannot do this then you push a little more and realize yes I absolutely can. I can tell a huge huge difference with my stomach. We've this wedding to go to and I was wondering if this dress I had in mind would fit. And it fit perfectly and my stomach barely shows :) yes it's still there but it's smaller which is a huge milestone. Seeing changes is a huge motivator for me as you can probably already tell.

I'm very conscious about my arms :( I love my body but it's the one part of my body that I can't for the life of me wait to tone up. I cannot wait to comfortably wear all my sleeveless dresses and tops without boleros or the small sweaters. I'm getting there. So for the dress I'm wearing to the wedding, today I went to Lane Bryant and got a cute scarf to throw around my arms. I don't want to cover the back of the dress because that's the best thing about the dress. It's a floral dress. I'll take pics of the dress and scarf and post 'em on here sometime.

I'm still paranoid about sharing pictures and putting my face out there (here) lol but with time I'll learn to be ok with it and share more pics with the blog world :) I'll start by taking pics of my meals and the beach for example and the dress haha and you can let me know what you think.

Thanks for reading and sharing in and along my journey to a healthy and fit lifestyle.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

It's been a whiiile

I didn't fall off the wagon. It's just been crazy in my neck of the woods. Yea I've been running a little over my usual 5k/3miles. I've not been drinking as much water as I'd like but neither have I been drinking any soda/juices, thank goodness. My scale broke boooo so I've not weighed myself lately and no I didn't throw it out the window from frustration lol (Hi, Shan!)

Not much to say. Bleh. I didn't do my loaded oatmeal several days this past week but next week I will full on.

I hope everyone is doing far much better than I am.

Have a lovely weekend ya'll!!!
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Monday, June 7, 2010

Weekend Update/Week's Goals

I'd like to start by giving a shout out to my blog buddy, Shan over at themewithin . Please drop by her blog and read her encounters as she travels the weight loss road as we all are. She's an amazing woman who has passion for her family, life and career and is striving to become healthier and lose weight. So please if you read my blog stop by hers and say hello :) And ask you other readers at your blog too as well.

I don't how I did this weekend and as we all know that probably means I did not do that gooooood. On Saturday I skipped pancakes for breakfast and had an early lunch of plain chicken broth rice. For dinner, on the other hand, all hell broke lose because I got home and I was FAMISHED!!! My best person made me this Johnsonville sausages I've been eyeing for a while and they were ridiculously yum. I had 2 by myself gggrrrhh and then for dinner had a small portion of home made fries with spinach :)

On Sunday for breakfast, I had 2 slices of whole wheat toast w scrambled eggs. And for lunch dinner leftovers. For dinner I had a cheeseburger and for a midnight snack (bad idea!) a huuuge chocolate chip cookie.

During the weekend I also had countless cocktails. Shoot me! LOL I didn't go running on both Saturday & Sunday. However, I did not indulge me in as any sweets/seconds/snacks (besides the cookie tonight) but I think I made up for that in my cocktails *sigh*

This week I'd like to see some changes. Especially because I absolutely do great during the week and then the minute the weekend shows face it all goes downhill. I mean I still observe portion control but it's the things I eat ( ate precisely) this weekend because other weekends I'm within my set boundaries. Anyway I digress. Most importantly I'm taking my lessons from this weekend with me to next weekend. And I believe I'll do better. Mental Note: It's just not right to have 2 Johnsonville sausages (loaded with fat & sodium), canned corn beef (again loaded with tons of fat and sodium) and cheeseburger (AGAIN!!!loaded with all the bad stuff) all in one weekend. *SMH*

Another motivational change I've noticed. Even my rings fit better. Yessssss :) It's the small things that count!!!

This coming week I'd like to drink more water. I'll start off wit my 1000ml bottle a day :) I can do this because I know my whole life I've drunk tons of water to the point where I've surprised myself as well as others. I'm so going back to that me. Water. Water. Water. I'll flush out my system this week and open up my pores :) For breakfast it's going to be my usual loaded oatmeal, for lunch this week I'm considering tuna salad sandwich, seeing as I've a lot of albacore canned tuna and a can of olives. All I need is a few more ingredients and I will whip up some tuna salad. Anyone with a good tuna salad recipe? please share it with me on my comments section or shoot me an e-mail at overweightinsocal @ gmail (dot) com. Thank you much in advance! For dinner hmmmm just may be a small bowl of rice will some steamed mixed veggies (w a dash of salt, pepper and butter) I should have dinner figured out by tomorrow so I let you know then.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and wish everyone a great week full of healthy eating and drinking choices as well as working out :)

GO US!!!
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Saturday, June 5, 2010

My Motivation

I did pretty good today. I went running and did my usual 5K :) and guess what? I did it in 20 minutes. I'm so excited and proud of myself.

Food-wise I missed breakfast but had a late lunch followed but a late dinner with my best person.

I was thinking today and since I started working out almost everyday I've noticed some motivational changes e.g.

-I don't use as much energy and strength to get up from the car seat or the couch. Yay!
-Since I've been doing portion control I fill up faster which helps prevent me from overeating :)
-I bring a glass of bedside water instead of cranberry juice and this is helping me drink more water
-Drinking more water=cutting out juice sugar. So I've also noticed when I drink my tea instead of my regular 3-4 teaspoons of sugar my body and taste glands are opting for a mere 2 teaspoons with a slice of lemon
-I don't feel sluggish or as tired anymore
-I actually look forward to my work out at the end of the day. I feel so alive after my run and once I break a sweat that I catch myself craving the feeling and awaiting the day to end so I can go for my run. And I can definitely tell the difference on the days I don't go. I just feel blah and so out of it
-Working out and eating as well as drinking right is therapeutic for my body. I've been under a lot of pressure and stress lately but working out and eating/drinking right has really helped with everything I'm going through
-It's exciting and so motivating to see my clothes hang lose on me or fit better. It makes me just want to go out for a run :) I know weird but true
-This whole thing has made me realize it's my life, it's my choices and though cliche it is what I make it. And I want it to be a healthy and fit lifestyle for me

There are so many reasons I couldn't possibly list them all. But I'm grateful I'm doing this and seeing the results is such a huge motivator for me. I cannot stop doing this. I'll fight to the end, so help me God!

And yes it is definitely taking God's grace, mercy and love for me to do this.

Tell me what motivates you to keep working out and eating/drinking right!?!
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Guess who's back? lol ok I am :)

It was a long weekend of fun with my best person and friends. The party started on Friday night and went on all the way until very early Tuesday morning (read: Wednesday afternoon) I strived to make good healthy eating as well as drinking choices. I did indulge quite a bit on the drinking part seeing as I'm a wino only this time it was rum cocktails. Yum! But I drunk my water and didn't overeat anything. However, I did a little more than I'd eat on a regular day portion-wise.

I also didn't have my loaded oatmeal from Wednesday through Wednesday. I can't really recall what I had but on Saturday and Sunday I didn't have any breakfast. On Monday I had a pancake and 2 sausages for breakfast. Not so bad seeing as it was an "S" day for me making it one of the two days that I'm allowed to 'divert' from the week's healthy choices and indulge in a little more.

During the weekend I also made sure I had fruit (lotsa apples and bananas). An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Which reminds me so does a mango and speaking of mangoes I have one in the house which I will have before bed :)

On Tuesday my two friends and I had some sort of girls night out :) We started with a simple dinner at Coco's where I was tempted by the bread basket. I had two pieces of bread and instead of having soda I had ice water with lemon. YAY. And for dinner a 1/2lb flame broiled steak and substituted my onion rings, garlic bread and buttery mashed potatoes for plain boiled mixed veggiez and a small salad with no croutons with ranch dressing on the side. I dipped my fork in the ranch dressing and used it on my salad :) After dinner we headed to a comedy show in d'town and we indulged in a few long islands :) One of my girlfriends ended up staying the night because we don't drink and drive and this morning we woke up famished.

Our little minds convinced us to head out to IHOP for breakfast gggrrrhhh what can I say? sinful lol At IHOP I got the pancake combo but again substituted my hash browns, sausage links and bacon for fruit and had fruit with my 2 pancakes with water and a small glass of cranberry juice. That was a huge breakfast as opposed to my usual filling 1/2 a cup of oats loaded oatmeal. Therefore, I skipped lunch and only had a banana and apple later on in the afternoon. I had dinner at 530-ish when I got a little hungry, which helped me eat before 8pm :)

I left the house for my 5k/3miles run at 810pm-ish and got back home at 835pm :)

I hope everyone had a great long weekend :)
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

One of those days

Ever had one of those days when you don't want to work out? not because you're tired but just because you don't feel up to it? One of those days where you can't seem to find the keys because they're usually on the table but for some reason today they ended up in your purse. And well we all know how the purse story goes you, digging for things you well know are in there but you can't seem to dig out when needed. One those days when you can't get off your tush to get in your work out clothes. One of those days you justify not running that day, give yourself a pep talk, agree that its ok tomorrow is another day and tomorrow come rain or high tides you'll be out there running. I've to confess I have in the past had one of those days where I've justified not running today but promised myself to run tomorrow and tomorrow just never seemed to come for me.

So today as I sat on the couch going back and forth with myself whether to go running or not, I remembered how in the past 'tomorrow' never came and decided to go anyway. So very slowly I go into my work out clothes and hit the neighborhood 3 mile run pretty hard and did it well under 30mins. I'm living for the day I can do it under 20mins :) that day is coming I just know it. Yay!!!

I hope this encourages anyone reading this to not slack off but to push yourself today and go work out and make healthy eating/drinking choices :)

P.S. Each day I've an epic fall with my plan to eat before 8pm :( but I'll keep trying

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Random. All over the place post

I've been bloated all day. Bleh. I've been having one those days where I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and fight to gag a little in my mouth. I've always been the kind of girl who has always been comfortable in her own skin. Last night I had a bad night. I tossed and turned all night thanks to the cramping and all the discomfort TOM comes with :( ICK!!!

I'm striving to make healthy eating and drinking choices despite it been the time I crave junk food the most. I've also been eating quite a bit of fruit. Yay!

As I said yesterday, no running at the lake or hiking at the mountain this week and probably for a while. Instead, I'm running 3 miles around my neighborhood. Despite feeling super bloated and kinda out of it today I still went running. And I did my 3 miles in 30mins :) pretty decent. I'm very proud of myself. I'm slowly but surely figuring out my breathing and pacing myself out.

I'm elated the Sex & the City sequel premiers on Thursday. The girls & I are dressing up and going out to dinner and drinks followed by the movie on Friday night. I've not hang out with the girls in a while and so this should be exciting and much fun :) thus this is my motivation to get through the week lol

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Monday, May 24, 2010


During one of my hiking days last week, while running down the mountain, my right foot hit a rock and sprained (minor sprain). Still, it hurt to walk and when I sat down or lay down it'd go to sleep and when I'd get up to walk it would just 'collapse' under me. Bummed as I was I gave up running for the week and iced it everyday. I made sure I made extra good and healthy choices in my eating and drinking seeing as I could not work out.

It's that TOM of the month for me and despite my foot been back in business I didn't feel like going running tonight. But my best person motivated me and soon enough I was in my running gear and hitting the 3 miles around my neighborhood pretty hard :) I got back home, panting like a horse but having broken a sweat, hit the shower and now as I type this I know getting my run in tonight was the best thing I did :)

I'm struggling with eating before 8pm to avoid going to bed on a full stomach. The sun doesn't set until well after 7:30pm and that's usually the time I get out and go running. And by the time I get back and hit the shower it's around 910pm-ish and that's when I start thinking of what to have for dinner. Therefore, my week's goal is to eat before or by 8pm. By the end of the week I'll let you know how I'm doing.

All the best to everyone out there working out and making healthy eating/drinking choices!!!

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Run when you can, walk if you have to, CRAWL if you must, just NEVER give up!!!

I went hiking today and hiked to my city's highest point. It's not the first time I've done this but in a long time it's the first time I've gone on my own. In order to not get bored and fall off the work out/lose weight wagon I've decided I need to switch up my work out routine, more like alternate them. All of last week I went running at the lake and this week I've decided I'll go hiking the same mountain all week.

Today was tough, the mountain is typical hiking terrain, rocky, windy, a lot of turns, steep just a mix of everything but extremely rocky and hilly. Usually when I run my 6.4miles I feel the work out's effect but when I hike my body gets double the effect. Weird because the mountain is 1.5miles each way a total of 3 miles half of the run at the lake which is 6.4 miles. I still can't run up all the way so I walk up to the very top then run back all the way down.

But today for some reason I was just so tired and I made a few stops on my way up and actually fought the urge to not abandon the whole idea and just go back home. When I feel like this I keep thinking 'mind over flesh' and on one of the Biggest Loser episodes some guy told his wife the saying 'pain is temporary but pride is forever' and those two sayings kept me going. It was tough because my best person wasn't there to give me a pep talk or hold my hand but I kept pushing and telling myself just one more step. I made it to the 1/2 mile mark and my energy just vamoosed but I pushed to the 3/4 mile mark and asked myself really what good would it be to go back when I was so close and I pushed all the way to the very top. And its funny how the body works because the second I got to the top my breath was back to normal and within two minutes I was running back down so full of energy.

For breakfast I had my loaded oatmeal (1/2 a cup 100% whole bran oats, 1/2tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, fresh lemon juice, brown sugar, dried raisins & cranberries) absolutely yum! I love oatmeal because it keeps me full all the way until lunch and some days lunch time comes and I'm still full :) I had strawberry banana yogurt and an apple for lunch, a cuppa black tea and glass of cranberry juice, and for dinner spinach and beef stew.

I'm still doing the "No S" no sweets, snacks, or seconds unless on days starting with -S- and/or on special occasions.

Tomorrow it is back to the mountain for me. My poor knees feel wobbly but the ends results will ensure no more knee pain from weight.

My Mantra:

Run when you can, walk if you have to, CRAWL if you must, just NEVER give up!!!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

The Weekend

I had a great weekend thanks to my best person. A weekend or anytime spent with my best person is always awesomely fun. I didn't go running on Friday because I was under the weather. At this point my mind is a bit clouded as to what I ate Friday night all I remember is that I had some yum spinach. On Saturday, I went part running and part walking the 6.4 miles with my best person. It was a bit hot by the time we went so the heat drained me fast but we did make it. By the time we got back home we were thirsty panting deers lol who gobbled down water.

On Sunday we attended a friend's graduation. It was great to see my study partner graduate. Absolutely proud of her and so happy for her. Again, on Sunday I didn't go running. This weekend I had a lot of spinach. On Sunday I had some biscuits and a half bar of chocolate on Saturday and Sunday. I think I did pretty good sweets-wise but I'm still working on it.

Today, I was having one of those blah days and didn't go running boooo. However, tomorrow I'm back on my agenda and will go running. This morning I had loaded oatmeal for breakfast, skipped lunch and had a late dinner.

I weighed myself and I lost 8lbs last week. This is such a great motivation for me. I can't wait to go running/hiking tomorrow.

All the best to everyone out there in your weight loss journeys. I wish everyone healthy eating/drinking choices and work out motivation.
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Friday, May 14, 2010

Cheer Me Up?

Today I just feel crappy, exhausted, overwhelmed. I just want to crawl into bed and sleep my 'troubles' away *sigh* :(

Yesterday? I didn't go running because I had a bad day that started the previous night running pretty late into the early dawn causing me to sleep in until late afternoon. I couldn't leave the house @5pm to go running like I usually do because I missed the UPS guy the previous day and the infonotice said he'd be coming back yesterday between 2-5pm. Not only did I wait an extra hour until 6pm but he showed up at 620pm after I left the house @6pm :( FML. I just called UPS and it looks like I'm going to miss them again today :( because they will attempt the 3rd delivery at 3pm gggrrrhhh *sitting on my hands to not pull my hair out* lol jk

I did pretty good yesterday besides not running I only had an egg sandwich for dinner, second night in a row but damn this egg sandwich is the best :) Oh last night I also had some rum drink. I needed a drink yesterday considering I started two antibiotics today therefore no drinking for me in 7-10days and trust me I could really use a drink this weekend. I skipped breakfast this morning because I was meeting a girlfriend for a breakfast date then we ended up running errands and catching up all morning which made us miss breakfast. We did have lunch at 1130-ish. She made us ham sandwiches w 2 slices of organic ham, on 2 slices of whole wheat. She put hummus on one slice and mayo on the other w lettuce and tomato. It was yum!!!
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Another Day

I kinda woke up late this morning and had to drive a friend to a doctor's appointment so I rushed out of the house, skipping breakfast and only having half a cuppa green tea. The appointment took longer than expected and afterwards we had to drop the prescription and wait to pick it up. All that running around and waiting made us hungry so we walked down to a Starbucks and so for breakfast/lunch/brunch I had a butter croissant w a grande iced chai tea latte.

I got home at 2pm-ish and around 3pm had a cup of noodles. I left the house to go running at 5pm and put in 6miles in 1hr 12min pretty good I think :) For dinner I had my best egg sandwich and every bite was yum:)

I'm contemplating doing a list on why I need and want to lose weight :) will have to wait and see how that goes
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I'm a work in progress

I went running today. Mostly running and some power-walking as well. I did good on my healthy eating and drinking choices. I had loaded oatmeal for breakfast, a balsamic chicken salad for lunch, and yogurt w fruit for dinner. I also had 5 glasses of water :) and a cup of green tea w honey.

Some nights and/or days are harder than others. Tonight was tough because I love to have a bar of chocolate every now and then. But since last week I'm doing the "No S" which means I'm not having snacks, sweets or seconds w an exception of days that start with "S" and/or on special occasions. But in my freezer (yes freezer, I love my chocolate cold) sits a whole box of dairy milk chocolate from my mom :) which makes it even more special. But I can't have any of it all week may be on Saturday or Sunday and I can only have one bar on both days (half a bar for each "S" day). This is definitely teaching me the art of savoring. Less is more. Eating just enough makes it so much better and makes me want it the next time I can have it. As opposed to having 3 bars a day and just pigging out on the whole box in a week.

I know this is cultivating in me, not just self discipline but self-control and patience as well and I'm taking it as it comes. I'm a work in progress and realize now than ever pressure makes diamonds. Therefore, for me to lose 45lbs, it won't be a walk in the park, I will work for it, eat right, drink right, make healthy choices and work out. Nothing comes easy.

One day at a time is my motto. It's the same mantra I use when running..just one more step...just around the corner..and I know I'm getting there one day at a step at a healthy eating and drinking choice at a time.

For lent this year I gave up all meat (fish, beef, chicken etc) and alcohol. And if for 40 days I went without meat, cocktails and wine (given that I'm the true definition of a wino) then I can and will make healthy choices for the rest of my life and live a healthy conscious life.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Battling my weight

I'm currently overweight, but not new to the blogging world. I'm giving it my all to lose weight and think by starting this blog I can journal my ups & downs in the weight loss journey. I'm committed to losing weight the healthy way. No pills, no shortcuts, just the very basic and standard, making healthy eating choices and working out.

I started the "No S" last week. No sugars, no snacks, and no seconds (with an exception of days that start with an S (Satudays & Sundays) and on special occasions.

I'll not kid you or me, I love to eat and don't believe in self-deprivation. At the same time I've realized that as long as I make healthy choices and do portion control e.g. instead of having a whole bar of chocolate everyday I could have a 1/4 bar or none. For breakfast instead of eggs, toast/pancakes and sausages everyday I've started having loaded oatmeal. I went to my neighborhood Sprout's and got fresh dried raisins and cranberries, vanilla extract, freshly ground cinnamon and brown sugar to add to my 100% whole grain oats.

In the time that I've been doing this I've drastically gone from a size 14 to a 12. Seeing such a change is such a great motivation for me. It makes me want to get out there every evening and go running and continue to make healthy eating choices

I've also been ensuring 3/4 of my plate during food servings is veggies. This is hard to do but practice makes perfect :)

Please welcome aboard as I run myself, power walk, eat, and drink myself to a more healthy weight and 45lbs less.

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