5 posts categorized "Health/Fitness"

05 March 2013

What's that saying about if it ain't broke?

Hi Guys,


I'm linking up with Nicole of Pharr Away today for Monthly measures. I first linked up with Nicole in January I believe, skipped February and now I'm back in March.

See what had happened was, I decided in January to set a goal for myself. January 2013 made it a year since I'd gone vegan, although I'm no longer strictly a vegan I have in that year made a permanent change to my diet and saw some major changes due to this fact. So I wanted to utilize my "anniversary" so to speak to set a new goal and make a new change.

Well the issue was this, my goal was to purposely lose 25 or 28 pounds (forget now) to get out of the 200's. Prior to that I'd lost 42 pounds simply by changing my eating habits. I was losing so well that often times when I'd get on the scale I'd find myself surprised by the fact that I'd lost, not gained weight, thinking I'd overeaten. As soon as I decided to temporarily count calories in order to reach a set goal weight, I began to fall back into old habits and was quickly reminded of why I'm not losing weight in that way. I'm constantly seeking the balance between self discipline and utilizing flat out common sense. Common sense for me is don't count calories! It still takes discipline to not eat everything nailed down but it's like walking via grace vs the law. Counting calories is law for me freedom to chose the right things to eat is grace which allows me to keep at it freely and seemingly effortlessly. So I'm keeping with the goal of eating healthier and making wise choices, eat until full and when hungry and that is that. Counting calories work so I don't discourage others to try it if that works for you. But having gone on diets in my youth it's easy to feel like that's what I'm on if I'm not careful, so it's getting at the mental for me vs. there being an issue with calorie counting. I would say to anyone that feels like they're in diet mode doing so should look into other ways of getting to goal because you ultimately want to adapt a way of eating that will be a part of your life permanently. For me taking out the meat and eating more plant based worked for me, for another it may be changing from ground beef to ground turkey, essentially look for what'll become a permanent change vs. a means to lose weight for now.


I was again surprised when I stepped on the scale at my nieces house this weekend (the scale is banned from my house also btw) and I'd lost 6 pounds since I'd weighted myself in January, bringing me to a total of 48 pounds lost! And the beauty of it is that it feels like a lifestyle change vs. an effort to lose. It may not be the 28 I'd planned and would have reached on April 5th but it's extremely rewarding, even more so because I didn't feel like I made a specific effort which tells me this lifestyle change is becoming a part of me. What I am seeking to change now is working out more rather I finally put the gym membership I'm paying for to use or if I cancel it as planned and buy work out vids, that is the area I'm seeking to change and I'll be looking out for cues in order to know what'll work for me on a permanent basis as I also desire to develop a lifestyle of fitness vs. focusing on losing weight, the weight will come off naturally.


So in conclusion, no more calorie counting for me, I will be placing more focus on getting in more plant based foods this month, my body is crying for it right now, I babysat my great niece over the weekend and ate a lot of frozen foods, my body didn't like at all which is a blessing because it shows my eating habits are so much better and because I don't like the way it feels it's easy to get back to those foods that are good and good for me:) Lastly I'll begin developing a fitness plan. And as I think about it Spring is on the way so I'll likely begin with walking which is something I do a lot of naturally anyway.


One day I'll get out of these 200's and I'm much closer to that goal with the 6 pounds lost. In the end when I get to my ultimate goal weight I won't feel as if I did any dieting and there won't be anything to revert back to because this way of eating is now a part of me and so if I need to challenge myself I'll look into doing it in the area of fitness not food. The most important thing is that I'm healthy and taking care of my temple.


 Well see how it goes this month! As I've stated I dont' weight myself regularly so next month I'll report on how things went with fitness and eating more plant based.


07 January 2013

Monthy Measures- Getting Started, Again.

I'm linking up with Pharr Away for Monthly Measures and this is so very on time! My goal to lose 28 pounds has started a wee bit more slowly than I'd anticipated and it took me by surprise actually since I was so ampt to get going. It started with the fact I got sick the day prior to returning to work after a two week vacay and therefore wasn't able to do my meal prep for the week. Then I had two weeks of mandatory overtime to commit to so I'm getting home very late and absolutely did not feel like committing to prepping meals for a week once I finally made it in. So I'd decided last week to focus on eating reasonably and then  I'll get my true start next Monday.

Not to make this sound like a diet because I don't do those, what I'm committing to is making intentional changes to reach a set mini-goal. I've been losing weight slowly and it's been great because it's truly a sign that this has become a pa rt of my life, not something I'm just doing to get the weigt off but I still don't want to get into an ideal of having to do abc xyz  to get it off because then it will begin to feel like I'm dieting. Times like this when things don't go exactly the way I've planned, I let it be and look to tomorrow, in this case look to next week:)


What I am going to  commit to this week is prepping on paper. Counting out my calories, figuring out what I'll eat for the week aka menu planning etc. Then this Sunday or sometime over the weekend, I'll prep my meals and bring them in daily next week. I'll also be back to my normal work schedule so I'll be home for dinner and able to develop an all around routine eating plan and judge how well this will all work out for me.

 This link up is right on time also as it relates to this being  a once a month focus vs. a weekly focus. I don't plan on weighting myself any more than once monthly, and probably even less. My overall  goal is to lose weight by focusing on diet and slowly add in fitness. To those that are just learning about my blog via this link up, I've already lost 40 pounds this way, by focusing on a lifestyle change and I want to lose 28 more to get out of the 200's so I'm being more intentional about these pounds than I have with the first 40. Then I'll commit to focusing on a fitness routine when I'm down another 28, unless my body begins to show signs of sagage if you know what I mean, then I'll work it in as needed. And the reason is so that I don't feel like I'm making too many changes and trying to commit to too many changes that will have me looking back months later trying to figure out when/how I fell off. I've actually developed a love for working out so it shouldn't be too hard picking up the habit but we'll see after this mini-goal



03 January 2013

My new toy- Ninja Master Prep

So I went to Target on a mission earlier this week to buy my magic bullet and to my dismay, Target was all out!!! I stood in front of the empty self for about a good 10 minutes trying to figure out why the didn't have what I wanted, and how to rectify the situation. Also to look about a good 10 times more to ensure I wasn't overlooking it but nope they were out. All of the time that they lived there, this day they decided to be sold out. Mind you it was after Christmas so I knew exactly why yet this somehow wasn't completely acceptable to me.


I needed to get something then and there that day so that I wouldn't spend the gift card I'd received on something else and end up putting off this purchase any longer than I already have. I looked around and saw the Ninja, at the same price as the Bullet I thought this may work but I wasn't too keep about buying something for the same price without knowing much about it. In the end I got it remembering how good Target's return policy is. Got it home and let it rest until the next day when I'd go grocery shopping. I did a ton of smoothie prep once I got back from the market, I also made chickpea burgers, raw truffles and vegan mayo with my new Ninja (which reminds me, still have to get that vegan post up!) I fell in love on the spot. I wasn't able to make my smoothie until the next day when I had everything frozen and when I got the opportunity to do so I wasn't disappointed.


One thing that I love about the Ninja that I wouldn't have received if I purchased the bullet, are two containers, both with blades. So I have a big container for bigger jobs and a small one for smaller jobs. I can use it as a blender, chopper, and food processor and I can utilize the containers as containers by utilizing the lids that came with the product. NinjaproThen another thing I like about this product is the fact that the blades are removable, which I've found makes for very easy clean up. The power that you see pictured at the top is also removable which allows me to use it on either sized container. And the blades are uber sharp, proven via my first boo boo when I was trying to clean it a little bit too well.


I took this pic from amazon, my Ninja is black but it's the exact same otherwise. Since I was in such a hurry to get this all purchased and do smoothie set up I didn't get any pics of what I did with it. I'll do a post when I do my meal prep for next week. I've never used the Bullet to compare, I wanted to get it because I'd always heard good things about it and I wanted something that would be easy to clean and allow me to do a smoothie a day if I chose to which is why I was disappointed that I couldn't get the Bullet because of all of the extra cups. Yet I'm happy with this purchase and glad they were out of what I really went for that day.


With that said I've already fallen off from what I'm seeking to do. I decided to get it in starting next week, this week is harder because I just got back to work from holiday vacay so I'm doing overtime. Tuesday night, the night I would have utilized to prep for the week I was sick, my guess partially due to the healthier changes and partially due to not getting in enough nutrients with my change. So this weekend I will be sitting down, writing out my exact needs based on the calorie count I've already shared with you guys here and I'll be prepping my meals for the entire week next week. On a good note I've been doing okay portion wise, made some foul choices due to availability but still stayed within a good range of calorie intake. Oh and as I knew it would be, it's difficult doing my smoothie a day in the morning so next week I'm committing to doing one a day at Dinner time. That fits right in with me being tired when I get home anyway but I'll still need to prep in this area for my daughter so I'll get that balance I need as I commit to the changes.


That's all for now folk, as a reminder or for anyone that did not see the post, I'm committing to losing 28 pounds via clean eating and so I needed a new blender to get in a green smoothie a day, a part of what will get me there. I've learned that much of the success of my current 40 pound lost is not begin on that scale, allowing my lifestyle change to truly develop in to a lifestyle. So with that said I'll be weighting myself once a month on the 5th of the month, at least approximately according to my daughter my scale is broken which isn't a bad thing but I'll wait until the 5th to test it to avoid the temptation of getting on in event it is just in need of a new battery as I suspect. And in between time I'll continue posting my progress and what I'm doing here on the blog.


Tata for now!

01 January 2013

Happy New Year Everyone!

New year images


I hope that everyone had a blessed/safe celebration last night into today. And my prayers go out to each person reading this that God would keep and direct you throughout this year.


I'm a bit late with this post today as I've been under the weather all day long. As I mentioned in my last post, I don't typically do resolutions but I do find the new year to be the point in time in which my new beginnings begin so to speak and so last week I started drinking a green smoothie a day. It's been feeling so good planning and focusing on healthier eating that I've also jump started eating cleaner. What I'll need to work on, and this also happened last year when I became a vegan, is getting in enough calories. I'll typically eat three meals a day and snack when I feel hungry. Well after my meals it seemed as if hunger just would not subside and it dawned on me that I need to watch out for that again because I'm eating 3 meals of intentionally healthy foods and I say that because I try to eat healthy or balanced for the most part always yet the past couple of days have been nothing but healthy so my body missed some of the calories and fat it needed. Today I just woke up extra late as well, drank a smoothie and tried to figure out what else I'd eat with it. By the time I figured out what I wanted it was too late I was starving and then I don't think I got in enough yesterday so that carried over into today then my body is likely detoxing due to all of the healthy. So long story short I had a lovely migraine today that was quite sleep inducing but I'm thankful because I'm headed in the right direction and getting back to a healthier me. And I've realized, part of my reason for switching to veganism was due to wanting to adapt a  healthier eating plan without having to focus on calories fat etc. And that's with eating a healthy vegan diet in mind. I've learned that I still have to put in that effort in order to get in enough vs when I use to keep count to ensure I wasn't getting in too much.


It's for that reason that I'm not focusing in on losing 28 pounds and doing the meal planning/counting calorie thing. Within the year I've adapted enough that this won't have me feeling deprived, it'll just be the work of doing it. I'm considering planning by the month because it starts off well then ya just get tired of it, I do at least but I'll stick with weekly for now and grow from there:)


I'm excited in the short period I've re-invited green smoothies back into my life daily I'm already noticing the difference. Sickness aside I love how healthy eating benefits kick in rather quickly and I think that'll be the biggest benny for me on this journey.


I did some calculations and if I eat a diet of 1367 calories a day I can lose 2 pounds weekly, that'll allow me to lose yet still stay in a healthy range. If I do this, I'll get to goal by April 5th. This calorie count seems pretty low to me the lowest I've done I think is 1700 BUT I've also lost 40 pound already so that's why I was given the number that I was and so what I'm thinking is aim for this but if I wanted to I could eat 1867 and still lose 1  pound a week. My focus will be more so on not being hungry than trying to lose x amount of pounds but if I can survive off of the 1367 than I will go with that number. Not interested in getting back into diet mode and part of my success from losing this past year is that I wasn't putting in this type of focus so will absolutely seek to balance it all out.


That's it for now folks, I'll be back later in the week to speak on my vegan experience, more on what I'm doing to lose and the Ninja that I brought when Target didn't have the Magic Bullet I went to purchase and I'm so glad they didn't because I love this thing!

Grace & Peace, oh one more thing I don't plan on weighing myself not until about a month so I'll blgo about experience but will have an update on what I've loss thus far let's say around Feb 2nd.


27 December 2012

A Smoothie a day keeps the Dr. Away

Hi Everyone, hope you all had a great Christmas. I still cannot believe it's that time of year already and the day has come and gone and we're headed towards the new year!

Now I'm not typically one for new years resolutions but I've noticed for some odd reason when I "get it together" it's typically done at least to some degree of permanent change, in January. In January 2012 I decided to become a vegan which I'll post a blog with an update on that topic some Magicbullettime next week. My focus for January 2013 is to get back to drinking a smoothie a day, a nice habit I picked up when I became a vegan last year but got out of the habit of when my old individual blender had to be thrown out, well the cup part of it. So I'm on my way to Target shortly to invest in a Magic Bullet. So happy I can do this right now thought I'd have to wait a few weeks but was blessed with a Target gift card so I'm going to make that move.


With my old blender I'd take everything with me to work and get ice from the cafeteria, I think this time around since I'll have the extra cups, I'll set everything up for the week and make my smoothie to take with me then eat something an hour or two after  I get to work.


One of the reasons I'd decided to become a Vegan was for the purpose of losing weight. Figuring if I made a lifestyle change vs trying to focus on what I will or will not eat than I'll be successful and I was right but again I'll speak more on that experience next week. I will just add that I've lost 40 pounds thus far without feeling as though I was trying to lose, and now I feel comfortable with setting a short term goal of losing 28 pounds, that will get me out of the 200 mark. I'm still avoiding the diet mentality/feeling but I am making more conscious efforts so that the weight isn't coming off as slowly as I've been allowing myself to lose it. After losing the 28 I'll then think about rather I'll continue focusing or if I'll get back to eating what I what while making healthy choices. The difference is by me focusing I'll avoid certain foods and ensure I'm only eating x amount of calories and fat. Since my lifestyle change there are things I'll naturally gravitate to that are healthier which again was my goal but there are still plenty of fattening options out there that the old me loves to gravitate to so giving myself the needed balance to get to the end goal.


To make it official, I'm pulling out the old school tracker to keep up with my results, well old school to me, not sure if people are still using it:)



Lastly let me say I didn't lose 40 pounds this year but over several. I'd loss some weight a few years ago but gained most back, kept off about 15 and then loss 25 this year so still not too shabby but as it relates to changing my lifestyle vs dieting I am losing slower. Yet those 25 again was without a concious effort and strickly based off of choices. I've gained small amounts of weight back and just weight myself the other day to see what I'd gained and came to find I'd lost about 8 pounds so this needless to say is working for me and I'll explain what I've been doing next week!


*Sorry about any typos, don't think typepad is catching everything and I have to run, will update any later!!*