Archive | January 2013

Update ~ Project Drop 50

Last month, I mentioned that I was embarking on a journey to lose at least 50 pounds.  I was 60 pounds away from being at the appropriate BMI level, but losing 50 pounds would put me in my comfort zone.  I ultimately didn’t kickstart my new plan until the week before Christmas.  Fast forward to today, and as of Tuesday, the 23rd, I have lost 11 pounds!  I’m so thankful to see progress and the fruits of my labor.

So here’s what I’ve been doing, thus far:


  • Breakfast ~ Frozen fruit and leafy green vegetable (spinach or kale) smoothie every weekday and eggs and turkey bacon on weekends
    • This past week, I have added cottage cheese, for added protein and creaminess, flaxseed for Omega-3’s, and apple cider vinegar to aid digestion
  • Lunch ~ Either boiled eggs and vegetables, straight vegetables with low-fat dressing, or vegetables with a protein (turkey bacon, ground chicken, or baked fish)
  • Dinner ~ Vegetables and ground chicken, turkey bacon, or baked fish
  • Snacks ~ A boiled egg, here and there, but no more than 3 boiled eggs per day (I love mine whole – no discarding yolks for me!).  Also, I have found a “clean” oatmeal cookie recipe that consists of only oats (I use whole grain) and 1 banana.  Believe it or not, it is a really tasty treat!

Sounds boring, I know, but it has worked for me.  I am figuring out ways to add variety and additional flavor to what I eat.  I’m learning about spices that I never used before, and I haven’t felt deprived, at all.


  • 4-5x week ~ about 1 hour of cardio via YouTube dance, Zumba, and Plyometrics videos.  I have several playlists of videos at my disposal, so I can tailor my workout to the specific amount of time that I have to work out.  I try to work out for a little while, first thing in the morning, and then again in the evening.  When I oversleep, I aim to work out longer in the evening to make up for it.
  • 5x week ~ 20-25 minutes of Pilates or traditional ab exercises via YouTube fitness videos

Within the next week, I am going to purchase some hand weights (to replace the sets that I lost recently) and some ankle weights.  Then, I plan to incorporate more strength training to my workouts.

How are you making better choices regarding your diet or fitness level this year?  Do you have a plan for success?



Breakfast of Champions

In my quest of ‘Eating Clean in 2013’, I have started to whip up super-nutritious homemade smoothies each morning.  From what I’ve read, a drink, no matter how nutritious, shouldn’t permanently replace any of our meals; however, I am a woman who has almost always failed to eat a weekday breakfast.  Then, I end up compensating for my starvation by consuming far too many calories at lunch or snacking my way to lunch (I’m a grazer).  My days of self-deprecation have ended!

Welcome the Breakfast of Champions!!  During the week, I only consume the smoothie, which consists of 1/2C of whole wheat oats, 1 banana, 1/2C frozen fruit, about 2T flaxseed, 2t apple cider vinegar, and a splash of water, today.  To switch things up, I make numerous variations, such as the addition of 1/2C of cottage cheese, in order to get additional protein in with the least amount of added calories.  I also typically add a leafy green vegetable, such as kale or spinach, and some cilantro (to aid digestion).  Since it is the weekend, I cooked two eggs and topped them off with a pre-made chunky salsa.  So delicious and healthy, at the same time!

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YOLO ~ You only live once.  Over the past several years, I have heard this phrase and seen it in print, from various songs to weight loss boards.  In my opinion, the line is borderline cheesy…but let’s think about what it really means.

Some may like to use this phrase to justify indulging in all of life’s vices, from mood-altering substances to food to sex.  I prefer to use this statement for good, and not for evil.  Since I’ll only live once, I must make the appropriate improvements in my life, in order to maximize my living.  I want to truly live my life, rather than simply going through the motions, existing.

It is easy to get so wrapped up in our everyday routines that years go by unnoticed, with dreams and desires unfulfilled and your health and wellbeing put on the back burner.  Those days are long gone!

Not only should you live life to the fullest, but live it like your life literally depends on it.  Make more meaningful choices.  Don’t hold back.  Don’t just set goals, but surpass them.  Take chances in life.  Then, relish each moment that you experience.  Savor each delicious second.

I’ve been an emotional eater my entire life, but my body didn’t show the effects of this until after I started having children, in my 20’s.  My mantra this year is ‘Eating Clean in 2013’, so I have chosen to focus on the quality of what I consume.  Regarding the choices I make in my personal life, I have chosen to stop making the art of pleasing others a priority.  This is my life, I only get one, and I don’t want to live with any regrets about my actions.



Feeling lonely, so I write.  Feeling unwanted, so I write.  Feeling discarded, so I write.  Feeling avoided, so I write.  Feeling ignored, so I write.  Feeling left out, so I write.  Feeling bewildered, so I write.  Feeling annoyed, so I write.  Feeling on edge, so I write.  Feeling irritated to no end, so I write.  Feeling overwhelmed, so I write.  Feeling bothered, so I write.  Feeling unnerved, so I write.  Feeling absentminded, so I write.  Feeling stressed, so I write.  Feeling pissed, so I write.

Feeling the need to regroup, so I write.

Feeling motivated, so I write.  Feeling inspired, so I write.  Feeling thankful, so I write.  Feeling blessed, so I write.  Feeling His Grace, so I write.  Feeling loved by He who matters the most, and this is why I am able to write.


Naturally Therapeutic

First of all, I would like to wish everyone a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I hope that everyone stayed warm and spent a lot of quality time with loved ones.

On to my form of therapy…

Growing up, I was always into writing.  Whether it was poetry, short stories with friends (my girlfriends and I actually came up with our own soap opera where one of us would write a chapter and pass it on to the next girl to continue on with the story), love letters, or simply journaling, I have found great solace in writing, over the years.  Thanks to technology, I have decided to blog instead of physically writing down my thoughts.

I currently have a very long-winded draft titled ‘My Love’.  It is a love letter of sorts, mainly a compilation of my thoughts at any given moment.  The draft is the means for me to get them out.  I have a tendency to overwhelm by being overly expressive, if that is even possible.  I don’t know how else to be; however, my intent is not to push anyone away, so I write.

Then, I write some more, and it is so therapeutic.