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Catching Up

WOW its been a while – first the flu that lasted 2 weeks and now I’m in Oregon helping out at my mom, after my step-dad had oral surgery.

Lots of good things have happen along the way!

I celebrated my 17th wedding anniversary with my hubby in Sonoma county. I wanted to do something we havent done, yet something we would both enjoy. So after searching the net I came across Ziplining. I am ever so afraid of heights, so this would be me stepping out of my box. IT WAS A BLAST! I would so do it again!  Zip through the trees with the fresh air in your face and the adrenaline rushing through your body!!! whew…So much fun!

Next on the menu of exciting things

I was weighed and measured last week and lost 4 lbs in a month!! WOO HOO first time that has happen in what seems like forever, lost body fat and some inches! Size 14 here I come!

I have pics to share of some yummy food I ate while in Sonoma County. I will post those soon!

I will be back on track Friday, things have been all over the place and I am not back into my daily routine! I am looking forward to regaining a sense of normalcy. Like working out 6 days a week and staying on track with my food.

Stay tuned for what has been on my plate!

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Udon Soup

I’ve been down with the stomach flu, so I have not been forgetting my daily journals. I haven’t really been eating, and I think updating soup, fruit and toast would get boring, and frankly until today I haven’t really cared about posting.  I am working on feeling better and then getting back on track!

However I did have a yummy Udon soup last night. ohh it was so good… it hit the spot! I will for sure be ordering this again!

sorry it’s so blurry, I had to use my hubbys phone cause mine died.  But trust me it was good!

(if you click on the photo it will take you to the restaurant’s menu, careful if you have volume turn it down, there is sound on their site)

 

Rainy Sunday!

Finally it rained and my headache is gone!!!! I slept most of the day so my food is a little off, I didn’t eat as much as I need to but what I did eat was so yummy.

A month or so ago I made a french toast bake, I had some at Whole foods and have been playing around with the ingredients to make it on the healthier side. Since the bread has enough carbs in it, I was aiming for something with not a lot of sugar or no sugar at all. So here is what I whipped up and if you need a little sweet go with a Pure Maple Syrup or Raw honey. But you may be surprised and find that the berries are sweet enough ( you can use any fruit)

French Toast Bake

Best made the night before.

Serving 6

6 Slices of Cracked Sourdough Bread

2 whole eggs

3/4 Cup egg whites

3/4 Cup Native Forest Coconut Milk (unsweetened)

3/4 Cup Frozen mixed Berries

1 Vanilla bean

1 tsp Nutmeg

1 tsp Cinnamon

nuts are optional

Mix eggs, coconut milk, nutmeg and cinnamon in a bowl.

Dip each slice of bread into the mixture (just like making french toast, dont worry about it getting to wet). one row of bread and berries until layered. The top layer is great if you cut the bread into squares, easier to make it crunchy!

If you have any egg mixture left pour over the french toast layers. Pop in the fridge and let sit over night.

In the am preheat your oven to 350 and let bake for 45 minutes. if the top isn’t crunchy turn on the broiler for 5 minutes or until golden brown.

Eat while warm and drizzle a little syrup if you like.

Enjoy!

total calories 1080/ 68 protein       approx. per serving 180c/6.8p

Today was a perfect day for sleeping, and there is nothing like breakfast in bed! Brent was sweet and got up before me, baked the french toast and served me in bed.. ahhh and it was just because!Still had a headache, ran some errands came home and took a long nap, I think I was out for about 4 hours. Woke with no headache! ahh relief.

B- French Toast bake with walnuts  344 (10.6)

L- Sushi Tuna Roll and half a albacore roll and Miso Soup 408.25 (14)

S – handful of walnut 164   (3.8)

D Baked Chicken, Coucous with ginger, Broccoli 450 (25)

S – Coconut Cream and blueberries  212 (2)

Total   1579 (52.8) <171>

Looking for a quick sweet with no sugar?  Here is something you can whip up right before dinner and let chill while you eat.

Id prefer a fresh coconut but I always have a can of unsweetened coconut milk on hand.

can of coconut milk, in a blender add vanilla bean and a little date syrup.

The can wont whip up like a fresh coconut but it will still come out a little thick.

Toss in some frozen fruit and WHAM you have a Fresh, Lite, and Yummy Dessert.

Mighty Chia Warrior

Mighty Chia Warrior.

2 Days 1 Blog

Friday – Strength Training Day!

PWO – Steel cut oat meal  with walnuts 236 (6.9)

PTWO – Protein Drink 502 (51.6)

Lunch – 2 eggs, 3 slices turkey bacon, 1/2 roll ciabatta roll 333.5 (34.18)

S- Hummus, Carrots and Crackers  243 (6)

D- Pot Roast, Red Bell Peppers, Zuchinni, Broccoli 370 (28.17(

Random  – Coke 70

Total  1751   (127)

Have had a headache for 2 days and am hoping it will go away soon!

Saturday

B- Perfect Oatmeal with dried fruit and a Tall non fat iced chai  390 (11)

S – Orange 62 (1.2)

S -Almond butter 380 (16)

Lunch – Nachos with beans 347.5 (25.25)

D – Chicken Tamale with Beans 461 (11.8)

S  – Rice Crispys with coconut milk 105 (1.5)

Total 1746 (67)

Enjoy everyday and remember to tell the one you love,

how much you love them.

Its a Coke and 2 Tylenol day

Woke up this am, feeling kinda groggy. Having one of those mornings where I just didn’t feel right. It wasn’t until about 2pm that my head started hurting and I realized a migraine had set in.. boo, if you have ever had one you know they are not fun. So I curled up on the couch and fell asleep. Woke up and Brent had brought me what seems to be the perfect cure. A Coke and 2 Tylenol. Thank goodness I’m a light weight and doesn’t take much to kick them!  Fell back asleep, ate and now I’m just dealing with the headache hangover. Thankfully I don’t drink soda so the caffine does its job fast!

On with my tidbits:

B- Raw Protein shake with banana, cacao powder, greek style yogurt, and coconut milk.  382 (33.1)

L- 2 eggs, 3 slices of turkey bacon. and ciabatta toast 407 (34.36)

S – orange 62 (1.2)

D – Pork ribs, CousCous, Roasted Asparagus, brussel sprouts, mushroom and red onions. 470 (10)

S – Cacao Chai with Coconut milk, caramel popcorn, walnuts 214.5  (4.15)

Random- Coke 70 ( uggghhh all the sugar… )

Total 1701 (87)

Laughter is brightest where food is best.

My break up with Fat and my new relationship with Running.

The last couple days have been kinda strange, first I had an allergic reaction to Kiwis, not good. Then last night I got a headache, who knows why. So I was only able to blog my food and go to bed. I didn’t even get pictures up and I took them! So I will post them on the Food Porn page, last nights veggies were yummy!  Sadly I had never thought to oven roast them before, I am having so much fun in the kitchen learning new things.

I’m really excited, cause my friend Summer (who is a chef) is going to give me a few cooking lessons on somethings I have always wanted to know how to cook, but been scared to attempt on my own. I will be creating a list and of course sharing the outcome of the lessons! Woo hoo! Cant wait.

Some Odds and Ends

(Kinda long, so grab a glass of water or some tea)

Last month on Jan 17th I declared on my Facebook page that I would give up Ice cream for 30 days.

I LOVE ICE CREAM.

My favorites are in, random order; Rocky Road, Chocolate Malted Crunch, Pistachio, French Vanilla Bean, Chunky Monkey and Mint Chip…. Yes Yes I do LOVE Ice Cream. But I have some goals I want to hit, like losing 9 lbs ( I like to set small goals, so I can get excited when I hit them and then reset again. If I have to look at my BIG goal all at once it is very overwhelming. But that’s another blog for another day)  At this point it has been 24 days since I last had any ice cream, including frozen yogurt. I figured that was to close to ice cream and I might cave. I have to say, I actually don’t miss it. I even walked into Rite Aid, and walked past the ice cream counter and freezer section.. I may have left nose prints on the glass, but none of those lovely boxes came home with me. I wont say its been easy cause I like the texture and the creaminess of ice cream. But when I look at the pros and cons of what it does to my body I have to remember it is not worth it right now. I’m not trying to punish myself, just once again making choices.

What has really it it home for me, is that my Personal Trainer (Steph) has had me running since the beginning of January. So I put it into perspective (again). If you are an Ice Cream junkie like me, do this pick up 2 half gallons of ice cream now run around with them for about 10-15 mins, eventually you will get tired of carrying them around and they will start to get heavy. My thought is I am eating it, I am doing the same thing. I am carrying around every carton or scoop of ice cream I am eating..

When you go to buy running shoes the sales man will tell you how much each shoe weighs, down to ounces. ( can you imagine someone saying that about you?) As the man was telling me “you will love this shoe, it is feather lite, you wont even notice it on your foot, the weight wont bog you down” My inside chatter was saying “um dude take a look at me do you really think I’m gonna notice a shoe?? I have fat that is heavier then those shoes..” But I smiled and listened and thought well shit if something on me is going to be light it will be my shoes.. So I bought them.

If you are over weight like me, and have never ran before, let me tell you it is an experience.. In so many ways good and bad.

First the bad, when your foot hits the floor (and I don’t say this to be self -degrading) you feel every ounce of fat on your body jiggle. Its true. I wont lie, my first thought was eeew oooh I don’t like this WTF, noo my body shouldn’t do that.. this isn’t natural, I shouldn’t have bought those running shoes.. then later it was ooow oohh I didn’t know fat could hurt.. SOO my fat and I had a chat. ( Yes every once in awhile it does you good to talk to your fat) I said look here I know we have been together for a long time and hey I even helped your success in multiplying. But I don’t think this running things is going away so um yea ya all need to leave, don’t worry we wont miss each other, its for the best. Yes I decided to break up with my fat.

Of course Fat dosen’t just give up.. No No. It tells the body “HA HA she thinks I’m gonna go without a fight, I have been here for 10 years and she thinks I’m going away??? nope.” So Fat told the Brain “Hey make her crave carbs… HAA HAA”  So the brain did and I had a mass carb craving attack. So I texted Steph and said HELP CARB ATTACK ! She talked me down from the ledge and helped me make a wise carb choice (cause you know if sometimes you dont give the body want it wants, it will keep bugging) so whole grain pasta it was!  Yes Fat has its way, just gotta be aware and hopefully you have a support team to help you out! I cant stress that enough

So the pros of running. When Steph first told me “I want to you to start running” I said “WHAT?” she said “Run“, it was one of those moments where I thought I hit a foreign film and I no longer understood her, I think she said “Ya know move  your feet fast.”  My brain, my fat and my muscles all said WHAT? and then I had to run. After I ran, I wanted to puke. I asked her why would anyone want to do this on purpose???  I went home and of course got on Facebook and hit up all my friends that I know run and asked WHY WHY WHY do you do this? I must understand. I got a lot of different responses. Some said , its the only time I am free, I love the sound of my feet gently hitting the ground ( gently? oh boy) the rush I get after I run, no one can tell me what to do when I run and so on. I sat there in disbelief. I want all that. Then something even more amazing happen in that moment. They all offered to support me in anyway they could to help me get to my goal! Some of them I dont even really know, and when I posted I ‘ran’ 1/4 of mile and almost puked  —– they cheered me on and said way to go, you did it! It was like I just joined a secret club, I have one friend on FB (I actually know him) in Georgia and he runs almost everyday, he gave me some pointers and told me why he like to run and said the most important thing is to “Do it.”  My other friend that lives local,  cheers me on and suggested some reading material, so I just requested it from the library ( Born to Run). But here is something I noticed within myself. I am an extremely competitive person, I really don’t like to lose at sports. I’m a bad loser but I am a an even worse winner. When you run, you are only against yourself, people told me my mind would go blank – I was like RIIGHT, and then one day I was on the tred mill and BAM it happen I went blank. I started wearing compression clothes so my Fat couldn’t complain. It seems to help. I am still at a walk/ run but I am working my way up. I have nothing to lose, except the ol fat and like I said I’m ready for that to be gone, and everything positive to gain. Strength, self -confidence, and a Desire to do more! Sitting on the couch and doing nothing is not an option (unless I’m tired) When I first started going to the gym, and Steph would tell me we were going to do something harder or add more weight, my first internal thought was oh man I cant do that. what if I fail?, what if I get hurt? what if I make an ass out of myself?  But then I had to shake it off and thought but what if I succeed? what if I get stronger so I don’t get hurt? what if I rock this?

I’m not saying I don’t grumble when Steph ups my weight, I am human. But I have changed my outlook. I WANT this, I ASKED for it and I will ROCK this.

My goals for the next couple months is to lose 9 lbs and get into a size 14. I am so close!

And I have to say having a supportive husband is SO freaking helpful, I know I am lucky. He does not sabotage me, he high fives me on my success and does not reward me with food. Actually when I want something that is not on my list of what I consider good foods, his first response is “Ok I will take you and you will eat it, but is it worth it and are you going to tell Steph?” Not that Steph will punish me, cause she isn’t like that, but he knows that I respect her and by eating whatever, is like slapping her in the face. She is there to support MY goals and she does and she works hard to push me to them.  But it helps having that accountability. I enjoy having her in my life, not only as my trainer but as a friend. Brent and I  recently painted and cleaned out his  office, but he made sure there was space for the tred mill so I could continue with my progress. It’s my little space in his office. I am so grateful for that. The irony is, when he bought the tredmill it was for him and I wanted nothing to do with it, and now he is making space for me.

I hope this inspires someone who is sitting on the couch thinking “I cant do it”, “I will be judged cause I am fat”, to get off the couch and break up with their fat. Its really not a healthy relationship.