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Smoothie Time!

6 Jun

Before I tell you about my new smoothie routine, I wanted to let you know about a contest over on Oh Happy Day! Jordan is giving away a 7 night trip for two to….

PARIS!
Go to: http://ohhappyday.com/2011/06/goes-to-paris/ to enter, but if you win, you have to promise to take me with you. I’ve never been to Europe and am DYING to go.
Ok, on to the smoothie talk. Ever since I saw this post by the make-up artist on Secrets from a Stylist, I’ve been wanting to switch up my morning breakfast routine to include a healthy smoothie instead of the decaf tea and carbohydrate I’ve been having every morning. Yesterday, I finally commited and got myself a single serving blender with handy travel lid and all the makings for a couple of different smoothies.

Today I tried one with frozen mango, banana, OJ, and kale. The blender took a little while to get warmed up (or the mango took a while to defrost enough to be blended), but once it got going, I added more of each ingredient until I got the consistency I was looking for. I ended up using almost a whole banana, about a half of the package of mango, maybe a third of the kale you see in the picture, and about a cup of OJ.

This is what it looked like when it was done. The nice thing about this blender (got it at Target for $15) is that the cup comes off and has a travel lid so you can drink straight from it. It even fits in the cupholder in my car. Since I never give myself enough time to actually sit down and eat breakfast in the morning, I always need something I can grab and go. This takes a tiny bit of extra time to prepare, but it is very convenient for drinking in the car on the way to work.

I know a green smoothie doesn’t look appetizing, but I promise it tastes delicious. I would never know there was kale in it by the taste. The texture, however, is a bit leafy (I was worried I had little green bits in my teeth before I headed in to work), but if you can get over that, you’ll love it. In fact, it tasted almost too good, so I decided I would add some spinach to it for tomorrow.
Want some recipes for healthy green smoothies? Check this out. Scroll down to see a list of recipes, including the one I used today!
Would you ever try a green smoothie?

>The Next Step

30 Mar

>I went to the doctor today and am moving forward with Clomid on my next cycle! I’m nervous, but excited to get this process going. Babysitting two adorable little girls last weekend made my yearning for a baby so much stronger (if that’s even possible) and I am SO ready for the next step.

I finally got my butt back in the gym on Sunday after a really long hiatus. I went last night, as well! It feels so good to get back to yoga and pilates classes. I have to remember that next time I want to be lazy…

We are sooooo nervous for the show to air on Saturday!! People have been asking if we are having a viewing party, but we’re only having our parents over because we are too embarrassed to watch it with a big group of people. Please watch, but please don’t judge. It is super awkward being filmed and we have no idea how they edited it.

I just discovered a new online magazine called Styled. It’s all about parties and I love it. Here is an umbrella they featured that I really really want:

It is pink! And it is SHAPED LIKE A HEART!! I wish I had some extra cash laying around because I would totally snag one of these from Esty seller Umbrella Heaven for $35.

My little brother starred in Peter Pan last weekend and was so adorable! I can’t wait until he’s rich and famous.

How cute is he?

Only two more days left of the workweek!! I get Cesar Chavez day off, which also happens to be April Fool’s day this year. Yay for three day weekends!

>Let the Vegan Adventure Begin!

8 Feb

>I’m doing it. I’m going to try being vegan for one week. I started at 6pm tonight so that the week will be over in time for Valentine’s Day dinner. We’re having crab legs and bacon wrapped fillet mignon. I will be DYING for that meal a week from now.

Remember when I said I didn’t want to diet? I just wanted to work out to feel good and eat healthy most of the time? LOAD OF CRAP! I want to be skinny. I had this realization in a dream I had the other night. I was about 7 months pregnant and had a super cute baby bump, but I was skinny everywhere else. It was weird because I could really feel it. People were telling me that I would get really big in the last couple of months and in my dream, I was thinking that I already felt so big. I was dreading that part where I felt huge.

I’ve been thinking about when I got really skinny when I was around 22. I was really careful about what I ate and I went to the gym often. I never ate fast food or drank soda. The best part? It worked. I wasn’t always skinny, I had to work hard at it, but it felt amazing to put on a dress for a party and not feel self conscious about my arms or legs. It was nice to hang out at the pool in my two piece bathing suit without wanting to be covered up all of the time.

I’m not expecting to go back to that weight. I’m older and my metabolism has probably slowed down a bit. I’m also hoping to get pregnant this year, so I don’t want to get too skinny. However, I really want to be thin when I do get pregnant so I won’t be such a mess after the baby comes.

I’m not going to count calories because that makes me crazy. I am going to try this vegan-ish thing first. My plan (for now – we’ll see how I feel after a few days of no cheese… I love cheese) is to eat a vegan diet almost all the time. I’m going to avoid eating out unless it is a special occasion and when I do eat out, I will order what I want. For Valentine’s Day, we’re not going out to dinner, we’re cooking at home because we can make a high quality meal for much less than we would spend in a restaurant. I will indulge that night, but I plan to go back to the vegan thing after that meal. We’ll see. Hopefully I can handle it.

Oh, and I don’t care about gelatin or if the food has been processed on the same equipment as dairy and seafood (saw that on a can of black beans from Trader Joe’s). I’m not going to eat dairy, eggs or any type of meat, chicken, or fish for a week. I’m hoping this will cut some major calories and shed some poundage pretty quickly.

To help the process, I’ve added cardio to my workout regimen. Tonight, for example, I went to the gym a half hour before my usual core class and did the elliptical for 20 minutes. Then I did some arms and headed into class for abs/buns/thighs. It felt great! I got my sweat on and I know I burned a lot more calories than I would have if I had just taken the class alone. Next time, I will try to increase the cardio to 30 minutes and hopefully I can do that before each class I take.

I’m still not going to weigh myself. I don’t want to get attached to a number on a scale. I will gauge my weight loss on how my clothes fit and how I feel. That way, if the number doesn’t change, but my body does, I won’t get discouraged and give up as I tend to do.

Wish me luck! I’ll be back with updates.

>Here’s to our health!

28 Jan

>It has taken me almost 28 years to realize that if I exercise, I have more energy and feel better about myself. I know I’ve read it and heard it more than a million times, but I guess I never truly believed it until now.

{pretty tulips in my new living room}

Since filming is over, I don’t have the pressure to go to the gym every day like I had been. However, I missed 4 days this week and instead of feeling energetic like I had been for the past few weeks, I felt really sluggish and tired. I guess I had never noticed the difference before when I had worked out in the past. Is this what you call maturity?

I’ve also been noticing that a lot of bloggers I follow are talking an awful lot about dieting and weight loss lately. Most of them are so focused on getting down to a specific number on a scale and it has really stuck a chord with me.

I don’t weigh myself. I’m not sure if I really have lost weight in the past few weeks, but I feel a whole lot better about myself. I might weigh exactly the same, but who cares? As long as I feel good and am making healthy choices, who cares what the scale says? No, I don’t eat healthy all the time, but I’ve been trying to live a balanced life and that means I can have a burrito or some candy once in a while, I just shouldn’t indulge in those things everyday.

Last week while I was staying at my parents’ house, my brother and I played a little wii fit. I did the little fitness test and it told me my weight. That number made me feel horrible. It isn’t high by many people’s standards, but I don’t like it. My BMI was dead center normal, but the number on the scale made me feel fat.

A few days later, I clicked on a link from my twitter friend Ali and found this blog post where the woman documents how dramatically different she looked over a period of a few months, but her weight was exactly the same. Now I’m convinced I shouldn’t weigh myself.

What do you think? Do you weigh yourself every morning? Once a week? Never? Why?

The I’m-gonna-be-on-tv Diet

4 Oct

There is no doubt that I’ve put on a bit of weight in the last couple of years. I haven’t been exercising and I have been eating whatever I want for a while. If we’re going to be on TV, I need to feel better about myself, so the diet starts today.

Here’s the plan:

I’m going to eat mostly these

and these

with a little bit of this

and occasionally this

I’m going to try to avoid most carbs and anything too fattening, like cheese or dessert 😦

Good-bye old friends… I will miss pigging out on you.

The taping will be in November or December ***EDIT – they just told us today it will probably be in January… not sure I’m going to last that long on salads, but we’ll see ***, so Christmas will be ultimate pig-out time for me (or maybe not if we’re filming mid-Janurary). I might have to hold back on Thanksgiving if we have one of the later weeks of filming, but that’s ok. I can handle it.

I also am going to take my dogs on a nice long hilly walk everyday. I’m going to try to do this even if it is raining, like it is today. I’m not going to weigh myself, I’m just going to go off of how my clothes fit. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Fit Friday: Week 1

16 Apr

I’ll start by saying this week was a major FAIL.

Saturday: Ate very well, no exercise, drank waaayyyy too much wine at my friend’s going away party, then cried like a baby.

Sunday: woke up at 4am, 5am, and 6am to puke, at 8am begged for McDonald’s breakfast, mac n’ cheese for lunch, chicken ceasar salad for dinner, negative exercise as I was so hungover I couldn’t even get off the couch.

Monday: I can’t remember what I ate, but I didn’t exercise.

Tuesday: I had a good breakfast and lunch, but my mom called me that night and offered to bring over some extra pizza from her restaurant and since that meant I wouldn’t have to cook, I couldn’t refuse; no exercise.

Wednesday: oatmeal for breakfast, leftover pizza for lunch, coucous bowl for dinner, no exercise.

Thursday: forgot my healthy lunch at home (leftover coucous bowl), started my morning at work off with a bad run in with a higher-up, cried, and went to In N’ Out for lunch… I thought I deserved it since I cried at work, but I didn’t. Went out to Sol Y Luna with the hubs for dinner and had a salad with a couple margaritas. Girl’s gotta live!

Friday: Let’s just say these have been staring at me for the past few hours…

It was for a good cause??

Mmmmmmm…. cookie tower….

I am going to do better next week, I promise.

Weight Loss: Making a Plan

12 Apr

Background
Most of my life I have struggled with my weight. As far back as I can remember, I have had food and my body constantly on my radar. I was a picky eater when I was little and was frequently told I didn’t eat enough (not really by my mom, but by babysitters and other family members). I also remember watching both my mom and my grandma diet and talk about losing those last five pounds. My awareness of food and its affect on my body is coupled with the fact that I am not naturally skinny. I have to be very careful with what I eat and make an effort to work out in order to feel like I’m at a good, attractive weight. I say attractive because I know that right now I am not at an unhealthy weight. I calculated my BMI the other day and it is dead-center normal. The problem I have is that I don’t feel attractive. I remember a few years ago when I first met my husband. I ate so healthy and exercised regularly. I look at pictures from that time and I look great. I was definitely not too skinny; I look healthy and young and cute. I want to be there again.

Why Now?
I didn’t really make a big effort to get in tip-top shape before our wedding last year. So why now? Well, I went off the pill last month. We know we want to start a family soon and my prescription insurance went up on January 1st from $15 for 3 months of birth control to $90 for 3 months. I got one last cheap 3 month supply right before the new year and used it until it ran out. It is actually perfect timing as it gives my body about two months to get used to being off BC before we’re really ready to make a baby (conceiving in June would put me at a March delivery, 12 weeks off for mat. leave plus 2 months of summer vacation means I wouldn’t go back to work until the little one is about 5 months old – plus, we have baby FEVER). We all know how plans go… who knows, I might be pregnant as I type this, though I doubt that one, or it might take a long time for us to conceive. However, I want my body to be READY for that baby when the times comes. I know that the shape I am in now will greatly influence the shape I’ll be in during and, more importantly, after pregnancy.

How?
I am going to do this the healthiest way possible. I can’t eliminate carbs or protein, I can’t use any pills or powders, I can’t go raw or vegetarian… I just have to eat right and exercise regularly. I plan to cut out most white stuff: white bread, pasta, and rice, sugar in the cookie/candy/cake/ice cream form (sugar in fruit form is ok), cream (nonfat milk is allowed), fatty meats (byebye bacon), etc. I will exercise using various workout videos and walking my dogs. I can’t afford a gym membership and I can’t run more than a minute, so I’ll have to find other ways to shed the lbs.

HELP!
How do you want me to blog about this? I know there aren’t many of you out there reading, but I want your input. Should I blog daily, giving you a list of what I eat and how I exercise everyday, also sharing my pitfalls and triumphs (crying through a Wendy’s commercial, binging on marshmallows…)? Or would you rather just see a weekly weight-loss update? Do you want to see recipes? Video reviews? Should I share my measurements? Weight checks? Let me know what you think!