Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Diminishing Days of Freedom

Today's Food Option
  • Slimfast shake and 1 medium banana
  • 1/2 spring mix and 3 oz of london broil
  • 5 wheat crackers and hummus
  • 1/2 serving of pineapple shake
Today's Workout
  • 30 minutes step machine
  • 30 minutes in 15 level incline of treadmill (interval walk and run)

What my office looks like during nursing school --

Ah.. I can almost smell it...


The days are counting and I'm sure in no time the Fall semester will be in full swing. The days of being lazy and not thinking about work is over.

I've been doing real well with diet and exercise. I went to the gym this morning and did an hour of cardio and keeping track of my food.

I should be reading my textbook but not today.

Friday, July 27, 2012

End of the Week

Today's Food Option
  • 1 cup grilled corn
  • 1 cup coleslaw
  • 3 pcs of grilled chicken
  • Diet coke
  • 1 cup of spring mix
  • 3 oz of steak
Progress Review - Yesterday's food choices was ok. I made sure that my portions have more veggie than carb ratio, which left me still a little hungry afterwards. My plan is to drink tea after dinner to calm my belly maybe with that I can curb myself from eating more only because I'm not use to the new portion

Today's Exercise
  • 30 min Abs circuit
  • 20 min cardio

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dang! Another one?!

Today's Food Option
  • Banana
  • 2 cups of Rainier cherries
  • 1 serving of TJ's gorgonzola crackers
  • 1/2 serving Trader Joes Bacon Spinach Salad  - this time I'm sticking with it and eat it damnit!
  • 1cup of Spring Mix
  • 3 oz Tilapia fillet
Progress Review - Yesterday was a B- in nutrition. I drank some frappe and those are just loaded with empty calories, which I had to balance out with exercise for the day. I almost.. almost ate a piece of red velvet cake, but as soon as I cut the slice, I grew some cajones and gave the slice to my hubby instead. He ate the whole thing and didn't offer a bite to me. Which is a blessing!

Today's Exercise
  • 1 hour Zumba or stepper machine (30 min) and elliptical (30 min)
Progress Review - Changing it up a bit. I'm heading to the gym today

Daily Musings

Weighed in this AM and lost another lbs.. holy kaboodles! that's 2 lbs loss this week!!!!! I'm not going to get all crazy with it because its probably just water-weight. I will celebrate once I am out of the woods, so to speak. I'm still within the weight range of doom (plateau) but once I surpassed that, the party WILL start and I can truly accept that scale victory.

Till then lovelies! I hope y'all having a fantastic day <3

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Lots of Love and Appreciation to All of YOU! -- Thank you

Okay here I was thinking of myself -- where the heck is everybody?!

 I thought..man.. I miss hearing from everyone and I have not heard from any of my blogging buddies for a while and was wondering what's everyone been up to.

This is what I was thinking about until I decided to -- DUH.. to check my comments tab and realized there were numerous comments waiting to be moderated..

OH my Kadoodles.

So I wanted to apologize to everyone. I wasn't ignoring y'all!

 I just didn't know my blog setting was set were all my comments were just file away in the blackhole of the blogging-world.

I love you ladies! I'm going to go through all the messages and answer any questions that was left unanswered.. Oh my goodness..

I am SUCH a freaking DORK!

Calorie Differential

Today's Food Option
  • Trader Joe's Bacon Spinach Salad Iced caramel frappe - 300 calories
  • Rainer cheeries (10 pcs) Roasted Gorgonzola crackers - 140 calories
  • HM iced-tea (green-jasmine-black tea combo) sweetened
  • 1 egg and 1/2 cup egg white egg sausage burrito - 300
  • 1 cup spring mix
  • 3 oz NY steak
Progress Review - Gave in to the call of caffeine. Spark indicates 1342 calories total including dinner for today. I'm gonna try to save today by making up thru calorie differential

Exercise for Today
  • 30 ABS circuit routine
  • 30 minute spin bike
Progress Review - Total calories burned today 588 calories. Which puts me to -1096 calorie differential between eaten and burned. I'm going to the simple concept of total calories in and total calories out.  If my calculations are correct, if I maintain a caloric differential of 1000 calories 7 days a week, I may.. and I say.. MAY lose 2 lbs per week. We'll see!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Late Post Tuesday

Today's Food Option

  • Trader Joe's spicy thai pasta salad
  • 1 cup of sliced mangos
  • 1 cup of green beans
  • 1/4 cup of mac & cheese
  • 2 beef ribs
  • a sliver of home-made red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting
Progress Review - Today is my baby-girl's birthday. She's 3.. how time flies. So we made it special by cooking some BBQ ribs and she was a happy doggy. Unfortunately not too great for my diet.. which I officially went off-plan today. On a positive note, my ratio of good food to bad food, favors the good.

Today's Fitness

  •  other than sweating and cooking and cleaning the house.. nada
Progress Review - I'm not too worried about not working out today. I plan to get back on track tomorrow and my sparkpage indicates I have about 181 calories to reach my fitness goal hours for the week. Weighed in the scale and discovered I lost 1 lbs.. bam!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Exercise Schizophrenia

Food Options for today
  • 3 fried eggs
  • 1 cup of roasted yams (butter and brown sugar)
  • 2 hamburger patties
  • broccoli salad (broccoli, tomato, mayo, balsamic vinegar, fig campote, shredded chicken)
  • home-made sweet iced tea
  • 1 cup of vanilla ice cream
Progress Review  - I honestly could have done better w/o the ice cream and the roasted yam probably better off just roasted w/o butter and brown sugar.  These are all the items I've eaten all day.

Exercise for Today
  • 50 minute spin bike (interval circuit)
Progress Review - I am an exercise schizophrenia. I switch off and on different exercise in the span of one hour. I get bored easily. To maintain consistency, I break down my fitness sessions in different parts just so I keep my interest going. First day of the week! I'm glad I start it off with a good workout

Friday, July 20, 2012

End of the Week Recap

Today's Food Options

1/2 Spicy Italian sandwich from Subway
4 oz of home-made Raspberry iced tea

nuts and grapes for snack

Slimfast for snack

Protein and greens for dinner

Progress Notes

Finished precepting and been loving taking the time to work out! I haven't weighed in and not planning to only because I want to focus on establishing my positive habits . Besides, a week of good habits doesn't necessarily mean instant results.

I get that :)

So I'm just going to continue what I'm doing. I'm feeling good and it definately affects my overall mood about myself, my body and my outlook

One thing I need to work on is drinking more water and totally eliminated process stuff

I'm going to start with just drinking more water consistently

Monday, July 16, 2012


Today's Goals

Breakfast - none (I had a early start in the am and did not have time to grab anything)

First meal - chicken bowl and egg roll (839 calories)

Snack - 1 cup of grapes

Dinner - side salad and toast

Exercise -  1 hour in the machine and 1 hour zumba

Progress Notes
  I went on an all-day hiking trip yesterday at the Kern River. I had a great workout and good time hanging out with my baby. Stopped by the brewery and had chicken ciabatta sandwhich and a side of waffle fries. Yikes. So I'm sure that meal pretty much cancelled out any workout done on that day.

I finally have free time and I'm soooo stoked about it all. I can finally give myself some me-moments and concentrate more in losing weight.

Scale says 169.8 this morning and I would say probably because of the sodium and alcohol consumed yesterday. I hope I can rebound from this and jumpstart my week

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Unthinkable

Yesterday I got the news that one of our nursing sisters husband passed away in a car accident.

They're a young couple in their late 20s with their whole lives ahead of them. He was a fire-fighter and she was an aspiring nurse to be.

They're barely starting their lives together and what a tragedy this all is.

One of her closest friends said that she'll still continue on and finish the program with us. I think that's so courageous and I can't imagine what she's going through right now.

Life is just so precious and how easy it can be taken away from us with a single turn of events.
This reminds me of what's really important and that all the stuff I rant about, I whine about... is meaningless and trite.

Family is what matters. Our parents.. our children... our husbands.

It's just so sad. May God give her strength in this time of her life.

In diet news, I spent the day cleaning the house and doing my spinbike-weights circuit. Food was somewhat on plan

Today's goals is pretty simple. On plan eating and exercise.

Monday, July 9, 2012

This Week's Food and Exercise Plan

Tuesday - 1 hour treadmill and 1 hour spin bike
  1.  egg whites and 1/2 avocado
  2.  8 oz Slimfast and handful of raw almonds/pepitas
  3.  roasted sweet potatoes, 1 cup of bing cheeries
  4.  8 oz Slimfast
  5.  Roasted chicken and green mix with dressings
Wednesday - 1 hour spin bike and 1 hour strength circuit
  1. 8 oz slimfast
  2. pineapple and cherries
  3. 8 oz SF
  4. side salad and raw nuts
  5. roasted salmon and veggies
Thursday - 12 hour shift
  1. Slimfast
  2. fruit/raw almonds
  3. Slimfast and salad
  4. Protein
Friday - 12 hour shift
  1. Slimfast
  2. fruit/raw almonds
  3. Slimfast and salad
  4. Protein
Saturday - 12 hour shift
  1. Slimfast
  2. fruit/raw almonds
  3. Slimfast and salad
  4. Protein
Sunday - all day hiking trip
  1. Slimfast
  2. fruit/raw almonds
  3. Slimfast and salad
  4. Protein

Damn Straight I am -- haha!

Discipline is hard to come by

Viscious cycle.

Why is it everytime I dropped some poundage I become complacent and end up where I began?
I've managed to lose a good amount, then I celebrate -- then here I am again.

Maybe I should stop using food as a reward

I really do hate it and quite honestly I hate myself for it

I can't seem to bring myself to stick with whatever I set out to do. 

Maybe I'm not just into it... Maybe I'm just not into me.

I make plans, I write stuff, I buy the right foods.

I don't follow plans, I don't reflect much on what I write about, I don't eat the right foods.

Maybe I make too many plans that is too overwhelming that its set up for failure. Bah. This sucks.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Daisy -- my babygirl

This is inspired from a fellow blogger who's in the process getting dog herself :). When Daisy came into my life was the best thing that ever happened to me. Honestly, she's like the daughter that I never have :)

The Mr. got her for me for my 29th birthday and I was so excited when we picked her up. At first we didn't know what type of breed we want, but we played around with either a boxer or a basset hound. I remembered looking around online and contacted the person immediately when I saw her.

Basset hounds are such characters and Daisy is no exception. There's always something hilarious and funny that she does every day. She definately helped me in rough days at school or just life in general. She seems to know what to do when I'm feeling like crap.

I'm sure she puts up with Mommy's craziness especially when I dress her up for Halloween lol.

Her birthday is on the 24th -- I'm thinking of throwing her a party and invite our neighbor's dogs... hmm.. we'll see though :)

Name:  Daisy
Breed: Basset hound
Tricks :  shake, speak, high-five, roll over, stay, goes up on hind legs
What she love:  being chased, giving kisses, begging for treats

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Today's Goal

I did go to the gym yesterday :) And spent a good 2 hour workout.

Stepped into the scale and it read 171.2 lbs.  so that's a 3 lbs loss from 2 week. I'm not too crazy about it since I know I gained water weight during TOM, so this loss is just basically how my body fluctuates.

I'm quite sick of these fluctuations if you ask me :)

Monday, July 2, 2012


OMG is this true?! haha

Recap from last week

I wasn't too great with putting in good workout hours last week but I did manage to do some awesome bike riding yesterday so I'm pretty happy about that.

Food wise- is a work in progress and I have not eaten any sweets for a while now which is Ah-mazing!

I'm going primal and doing an unofficial paleo. I always ask myself before I grab something -- is this food something a cavewoman would hunt or gather.. Well obviously cheesecakes would not make the cut! lol

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So far it's working well with me because the "rules" as pretty simple : eat when you are hungry and make sure to eat foods that are hunted or gathered.

The only challenge that I find in this lifestyle is omission of rice. Bread I can do without. But I get the occassionaly cravings for rice.

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I bust out the pediatric textbook yesterday with the intention of reading some chapters.

A paragraph later I got distracted and watched Doctor Who instead lol I'm still on summer vaca dammnit! :)

Daily Goals
  • 2 hour gym - 60 min treadmill and 60 min Zumba!
  • spin bike
  • nuts for snacks
  • hydration.. hydration..hydration
  • fruits and protein for any meals
  • daily greens