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Hey y’all…

I’ve rescheduled my entire life.  Well, at least I’m trying to.  A lot of my worries have been eased and while I still have some things to figure out, things are much better over here 😀

So… in keeping with my new attitude and my commitment to do the things that I love along with the things that I just “have to do” I’m going to commit to food blogging again.  Mainly for me.  It definitely stabilizes me and it certainly ups the quality of my eats… sorta 😉

I’ve been battling some illness so I had a liquid breakfast

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A nice mug of Yogi Throat Comfort Tea which has been my saving grace this weekend… Normally, I skip sweetener but I know that honey is actually really good for sore throats plus it made the 10-12 cups a day much more interesting.

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The second part included this really cool powder I was sent.  Macrolife Naturals is a line of food supplement powders and bars.  I know a lot of people are “anti-powders” but I’m a fan.  Last year, when I was a nanny and was home all day I had time to make sure I was covering all my nutritional bases.  Now, that’s not really feasible because I’m out of the house and chasing five year olds seven hours a day.  This helps me meet my nutritional needs without much thought.

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Anyway, it comes in two varieties and this Macrolife Reds is fab-u-lous.  I popped it into the blender with half a frozen banana and some vanilla soymilk.  It tasted similar to strawberry banana but not quite (I’m so eloquent, no?).  I actually hate strawberry banana but I liked this because it wasn’t quite that.  It was berry banana more accurately which I like! A lot!

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Obviously, there was some (soy) milky unsweetened coffee to go.  Obviously.

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A Panera “Bogel” was also consumed.  Cinnamon Krunch.  I have no idea where the other five went.  None.

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Lunch was kind of thrown together. A nice sized salad with romaine, tomatoes, red onion, olives and feta. Oh, and some yummy Greek Dressing.  This is by far my favorite version of salad.  Simple and delicious. Next time, remind me to add capers, k?

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Along with that I had another Macrolife product- one of the bars.  Chocolate Cinnamon. Honestly, this isn’t my favorite combination of flavors.  Chocolate alone would have been grand.  I do love that this is a raw bar and that the first ingredients are brazil nuts (yum) and date paste.  It’s not a Larabar but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  There are some other flavors that are more on my radar- Apple Lemon and Berri Berri are great.  Especially, Berri Berri.

Would I buy these bars and the powder? Honestly, it’s out of my price range.  A three month supply of the powder is $100.00.  That comes out to a dollar a day and believe me I think that health is priceless.  The bars are ~$32.00 for a pack of 12.  That’s almost 3 dollars each.    I did feel really good today.  Significantly better than I did over the last four days that I spent mainly lying around blowing my nose… The feelings could be related to that but maybe the sheer amount of healthy supplements in these products that bombarded my body with what it needed to heal.  Who knows.  I think further research is necessary.

I had an appointment today- good news I don’t have H1N1… for all the concerned parties out there… and if you are sick… go to the doctor better safe than sorry… even if it’s just a cold, you don’t want to share those germs with those around you… Believe me then you’ll feel awful.

By the time I got home, I had a serious craving out of nowhere (actually it’s from a Psych commercial, ten points if you know the one ;).

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Don’t hate. Baked (formerly frozen) fries and some grated Organic Valley Colby cheese.  Mmm. Perfection.  Actually, even though my tummy was full I wasn’t satisfied.  That finger food doesn’t work for me.  I must say though that I think that was the second time in life I had cheese fries (okay third?) I totally see the love.  Yum. (Salad plate- obvi).

I decided to put all that carby goodness to use and went for a treadmill run (so I could get some major reading) done… 40 minutes of that, followed by a quick cooldown on the stationary bike (mostly just so I could finish the chapter!).

I feel great tonight.  I’m not sure what it is but I had a great day… My attitude has definitely shifted and though I have a lot on my plate there are those who have a lot less than I do and I am thankful to be so fortunate.  I got a killer afterschool job that’s just an hour and half which makes my impending move and rent increase (worth it for a bigger place) much more feasible AND I’m loving my classes which makes all the reading and assignments enjoyable.  Gotta love it.  Oh and I got two new students today which splits our class pretty evenly among those lovely strong personalities and the more mellow (read: don’t scream in the hallways) crowd.  I figure that in the next month or so the strong personalities will duke it out and instead of competing will learn how to work together 🙂

Ok… I’m still a little gross in need of a shower and to prep my lunch for tomorrow. Night loves.

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Have you seen the video for that Drake song? It’s so controversial but honestly, your average Rap music video is pretty degrading toward women so why is this one so much worse than the others?

Oh, well. I had the Best I Ever Had Saturday!

I woke up at around 10:30 which was amazing considering the severe lack of sleep during the week. I had a few handfuls of PB puffins out of the box followed by some trail mix handfuls that said they weren’t feeling well and didn’t want their pictures taken. Oh well.

Then I went traipsing over DC/MD doing my thing, and enjoying the fresh air.

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Although, I had a quiet day full of homework planned plans changed and I ended up hanging out…
Dinner was-

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It was delicious, but I think people think I’m weird enough so I tried to take these pictures surreptitiously. I guess it worked 🙂

Later, I had one of these…

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I also had some of this…

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Mmm, it was too good mixed with some Coke Zero… I rarely have a drank but this was just delicious and while it’ll probably be another two months before I have a drink again (just because I feel like it) I think that’ll be my choice then!
Then I danced to my hearts content, had fun, did my thing, you know…
This morning, I wasn’t hungry (maybe from the unpictured bites of bakery fresh cinnamon raisin bread I had before bed) so I just vegged with my Macbook for a bit. It helped that I got up at 11 😳
When I was finally ready to eat, I went for a walk and got this

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A little Eat Fresh yum!

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Loaded with lettuce, tomato, spinach, black olives, onions, green peppers, cucumbers, banana peppers and honey mustard. Sooo good. I can’t believe that a few months ago I would have been embarrassed to order, and then eat an entire foot long, but I’m working on getting over my ideas that everyone will think I’m f** (that is the real F word!) if I eat in front of them, or order food from them. It’s nice to feel comfortable eating around people again. Although, I still struggle with it at times, it’s good to see progress.
Then I cleaned up the grossness that was my apartment. It wasn’t really gross but I usually clean my kitchen (top to bottom) and bathroom twice a week and hadn’t done it once during the week, and the floors needed cleaning. All is well Chez Rebeca now 🙂 I even took a nap, but I had a bike ride planned and couldn’t do it because my body was aching from the cleaning (or maybe last night’s dancing and such, don’t know). I’m going to try and get to bed early so I can fit a ride in tomorrow morning before work!
After my short nap, I was hungry so made a quick, but delicious dinner.

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Bean burger using this method. So flipping fabulous, I used the last of my beans from the other day (one can- three meals!!), some more adobo (they were cooked in that and sazón) and tons of Tabasco.

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Served with blueberries and a dil pickle. Can you believe I used to hate pickles? Ooo and artichoke kalamata hummus on the bun! It was spicy and delcious, the perfect summer meal, and took all of 7 minutes to make!
Alright, I’m off to bed to spend some QT with my iPod- we’re thinking of running off and getting married since we’ve been shacking up for years and it seems like the time is right since we can rarely spend a night apart from one another. It’s true love!

Can I just say that I am super excited for the month of August? I have some very cool product/company reviews and giveaway contests (yes plural) planned for the month that I think you guys will love, but in my excitement I find myself wishing away July. It doesn’t help that my heart is conflicted and August could also be a big turning point in my life if I decide to move. I’m being pulled in so many directions right now, it’s out of control! Part of me knows that I owe a lot of my recovery to living in MD on my own terms and that I wouldn’t have been able to build a healthy relationship with my parents had I not moved. I also have a few people that I love dearly here and my heart would break a little (or a lot) to leave them. On the other hand, I now have a great relationship with my parents and sometimes I feel really alone here and wish I could just crawl into my bed at home, or get a hug from my mom once in awhile. I really wish someone would tell me what to do, but that probably won’t work!

Alright… enough of that. I really needed some green monster in my life this morning. I should have had one in the midst of a migraine though. Hindsight is 20/20, huh.

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1 cup of organic skim (blech, I was so excited to drink this when I got it but I’m over cow’s milk again), 2+ cups of spinach, ripe nectarine, ice.

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Frothy Goodness

On my way home, I got hungry, so grabbed the Zbar from my purse.

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Apple Cinnamon. Then I realized I couldn’t eat on the bus, so I put it back 😳 I have a bad habit of coming in and checking my emails and I was so engrossed that I ended up eating it, in front of my computer while replying to some messages. How come these bars always taste like they were just baked? It’s so weird, but so good! I think that’s why Apple Cinnamon is quickly replacing the brownie flavor in the top spot. (Yes it was 40 cents… I’m a bargain shopper, and you know I , errrr my dad, bought out the store when we saw these!).

When I was finally ready for dinner I had some leftover pizza.

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Two slices from a small pie (they were maybe the size of 1.5 regular slices, if that!). I never feel guilty ordering pizza because 12 dollars becomes 4-6 meals (and yes, I know I could make cheaper meals at home, but for restaurant food I appreciate that). I freeze what I’m not eating at the moment and then have my treat when the mood strikes. This pizza had tomatoes, black olives, green peppers, onions, and cheese. It was super good stuff!

Then I had this beautiful thing.

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Actually, I had the first half last night. Then the second half today. Can I just say there was a time I would have binged on this and had multiple slices. I certainly wouldn’t have stopped when I was satisfied and saved the rest. I feel all these changes in me and I am so proud of myself.

I don’t care how that sounds, but over the weekend I had a migraine and I did a killer yoga session (P90X yoga is long and intense) because I knew it would ease the pain better than a shot of caffeine. Yes, coffee or half a chocolate bar would have provided temporary relief but my body was better served with the yoga. It didn’t cure me, but it helped me sleep that night. It shows me that I am becoming a different but far better person, at least health wise. I even feel like a happier person and have a much more positive outlook on everything!

I feel like these past few weeks, that things have just clicked within me and I am growing so much, and I can honestly say that it’s due to you guys who read my ramblings and the inspiration I get from all those bloggers over to the right ——–> (and for the record, that needs to be updated. It seems like I find another great blog every day!).

Guess what I got today?

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Coupons I won from Melinda! Coupons, are like winning the lottery for me, especially these healthy food ones (Amy’s, Kashi, etc. etc.)

One last note, for the next few weeks I’m going to be working on some things for next month, so I may have mystery snacks and some mystery ingredients going on. No worries though, I’m still eating a balanced (or at least my attempt at it) diet and working toward my goals. Maybe it’ll inspire me to talk about my workouts again which means I’ll commit to them better 🙂

Ooo and a question: Do you tell those in your life about your blog? My family knows about and I just linked to it on facebook this afternoon, but there are certain people who don’t know. I feel dishonest when I just say “mmhmm” about blogs when it comes up in conversation. Sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t say anything but All Vegged Out is a pretty substantial part of my life, it’s like my child, so does that make me dishonest? If it does, how should I go about discussing the subject (I’m thinking an email with a link since we send each other interesting links as it is, but that’s because I’m non-confrontational like that).

❤ you all!

My Macbook is still at the Apple store- In the past two years I’ve had the display replaced once, and the hard drive twice (losing everything in the process), now they’re fixing the right shift key, the ethernet port and the case!  Eeek! Thank goodness for AppleCare!

Friday

As soon as I got up, I got some major work done, including a quiz and a test.  I didn’t stop to eat breakfast which was a mistake but my “brunch” made up for it.

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Two tortillas stuffed with lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, feta and a little raspberry walnut (I think) vinaigrette.  Fab!

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Since I was still hungry, I had a yogurt in my favorite flavor too!

Much, much, much later I made dinner-

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A frittata stuffed with feta, asparagus and a little carmelized onion.  Delicious.  There may or may not have been some french fries eaten later in the evening but they were camera shy 🙂

Friday was fab, in that I got to use these.

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Ahhhh! New shoes!

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I really used these fab Nike running shoes and went for a quick 2 mile run.

Later in the day, I mowed the lawn on the riding lawnmower (ob-v) and did some weeding.  I felt so farmer-ish… living outside of the city is so weird!

Ooo, and I played badmiton with my dad, and fell and twisted my ankle.  Totally worth it because I actually hit the birdie for once.  Thankfully, I’m practically pain free now!

Saturday.

I had a rush rush breakfast of ww pancakes then said goodbye to my computer, visited some people in the city, shop shop shopped with my dad and pretty much had a blast.

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Since we were out, I only managed a snack in the car instead of lunch.

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For dinner, I had rice and beans and eggplant parmesan.  They don’t neccessarily go together but it’s not like I can choose between the two.

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Sunday and Monday

I didn’t take any pictures 😳 The days were fabulous though… lots of Dad-isms and friend times.

Operation Beautiful:

I left two notes this weekend!

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Check out Caitlin‘s fab site for the other one 🙂

“Everyone is an athlete. But some of us are training, and some of us are not.” –Dr. George Sheehan, runner/writer/philosopher

My new favorite quote!  I love this I am applying it to my own life.

Training was fabulous today.  Slightly boring but well paying and I got a whole bunch of Teacher’s Guides for a reading and math program I would love to use.  It makes me want to consider doing third grade Spanish Immersion in the 2010/11 school year. (As in 8 year olds that kind of terrify me, since you know I’m about their height and sound about their age… okay okay maybe I sound like a 12 year old but that’s pushing it :oops:). I think the reading program especially is amazing.  Actually, I think I’m going to type of a nice letter and send it to the founder, who I met today, and try to convince him that he needs someone like me working with them to develop the Spanish counterpart to the program.  That’d be a dream.  The math program would be pretty fab to use as well to supplement the current curriculum.

Anyway, the food was catered but camera’s and cell phones were pretty much a no-no today.  I had to refrain from photographing my eats but I’m pretty proud of the training coordinators for having good options.

There were trays and trays of danishes, pastries, cake (at breakfast?) and breads which I skipped and headed right for the sliced watermelon, honeydew, pineapple & cantaloupe and added about three spoonfuls of FF Raspberry yogurt (3 because I only like foods with a ‘hint’ of raspberries!).  Fab.

The only problem was that when the 1:00 lunch rolled around, I was ready to eat the box my lunch came in.  My lunch was a grilled vegetable sandwich- artisan roll, thin slice of mozzarella, grilled eggplant, zucchini, squash and red pepper with a little EVOO.  On the side was a Diet Crack Coke, half a bag of regular old Lays and a small oatmeal raisin cookie.  I was perfectly satisfied, although I should have stopped at just the sandwich because I was almost satisfied then and the rest of my soda would have handled the rest.  Oh well.

I came home and crashed and woke up hungry again… which led to straight out of the fridge eats that were not captured on film- leftover Jamaican followed by two small slices of pizza I had saved in the fridge re-baked and eaten straight off the baking tray.  Very classy.

I was still hungry after that- so I had some dark chocolate and maybe a small square of VG blondie.

Oh well… I’m going for another bike ride tomorrow, hopefully first thing so all that junk (minus the blondie… that could never be described as such) can just fuel my ride, haha.

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Training will help me get back to being this comfortable in my own skin again (minus the socks + sandals thing).

Wow, I’m exhausted today, the hours of walking and field day stuff already had me tired, then I went on a bike ride (at the gym) for about 45 minutes and did about 18 miles.  Now, my body is just tired.  I couldn’t get myself out of bed this morning.  Thankfully, I had a fast breakfast idea and my lunch was already packed!

I weighed in yesterday and I’m still working my way downward but it’s slow… but that’s all on me because I’ve been really slacking on exercising.  I have all the best intentions, but frankly, that’s not enough.  I need to start putting this stuff into action! As usual, I’m working on it and I can only improve, plus I mean I’ve lost 35 lbs since changing my lifestyle without resorting to disordered habits.  I’m going to work on being proud of that, and reminding myself that as great as this feeling is, reaching my goal will be even better!

Back to the food… I wanted to try to get up earlier and get in a longer yoga session but my body was not happy with the 5:10 alarm, especially since I couldn’t fall asleep till close to 1AM.  So, I reset for an extra hour and then made a grab and go kind of breakfast.

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Morningstar veggie sausage patty, wholegrain waffle and banana.  I had the waffle and ‘sausage’ as I walked to the bus stop, and the banana once I got to work.  It was good but I got really thirsty and forgot my water bottle.  The machine was sold out on waters so I settled for this.

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OJ is my favorite.  I sipped on it all day and it was such a treat, since I never buy it.

I can’t tell you how close I was to forgetting my lunch at home.  Thankfully, I remembered right as I was walking out the door to grab it.

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Deli ham wrap, apple and SF lime jello. Lime jello is my favorite, and while I’m not a huge fan of all the junk in jello I was really craving this for some reason.  I didn’t eat the apple, I’ll eat it for a snack later, maybe.  Instead, I had half a cookie.

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I really just can’t get enough of these because the cookie is a bit crunchy but the chocolate chips are always soooooo melty.  Oh well.  I need to just go cold turkey off of them, or start making my own healthier baked good to enjoy… I smell Veggie Girl blondies in the near future!

I made the wrap using a Mission WW Tortilla Plus.  They’re very light, 110 kcal, have lots of vitamins (and too many ingredients) but they’re tasty, pliable and passable nutritionally.  They’re also a really good deal and my local store doesn’t carry healthier things like Flat Outs or Ezekiel Wraps, so they’re a great option for those on a budget or without ‘healthy’ supermarkets nearby.

My lead teacher and I always walk to the bus stop together in the afternoons and she was picking up dinner today and had a coupon so I grabbed some dinner too.

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Um, there was a lot more food but I pared it down… It was so tasty since the chicken had a little spicy kick to it, and I’ve been wanting coleslaw for awhile.  I did go back for some more coleslaw after this.  Then I spilled diet coke all over my white carpet.  Thankfully, I was able to mop it up right away and got it before it stained but I was still upset.

I really enjoyed my bike ride last night so I’m considering another one, but I may just pop in some DVD and go with that, although biking means I can read chapters, so who really knows.

Oh and I forgot my cell at school 😦  I feel like my left arm (okay, my right) is missing.  At least it’ll force me to go to bed early and not talk/text until much too late.

Edit: Krista’s Kravings (erm Krista herself) is holding a Full Bar giveway.  Go for it!

So, 2008 was kind of a bust in terms of exercise. Yes, I lost a bunch of weight, but I did not really change my habits, which is why I’m starting my 22nd year without having made as much progress as I had hoped.

2009 must be different. I know that one day I want to make a commitment to a little person (as in a child… in the farrrrr away future) and I can’t effectively do that if I can’t even make a commitment to myself, now can I!

It’s a little wonky and needs editing which will happen… eventually 🙂 (more…)

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