Good Morning!

I’ve felt so amazing lately. Could it be the new job? Could it be the apology I got from my soon to be ex husband? Could it be my amazing boyfriend? I’m happier than I’ve ever been, guys. It truly is beneficial to always keep a positive attitude because you’ll appreciate the ride a lot more. My weight loss journey is just a part of me, and it enjoy sharing it with others. These short posts are temporary, but they’re placed here as a hold on my more lengthy thoughts. Stay veggie, guys. And keep smiling.

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Warped Tour!!

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been a crazy last few days, but I’m still here! I went to Warped in Cinci on Wednesday, and it was amazing! I met Travis from We the Kings and saw their show up front. I’m going to write a much longer post on that later.

I’m about to get dressed and take my daughter out for a walk. I’ve realized I haven’t put much into weight loss, and I’m disappointed in myself. So, today starts a long new journey for me because I am starting my vegan diet in full swing. I’m ready to make the commitment to a new lifestyle. Not to mention I have a new better job, a wonderful boyfriend, and life is looking up. Thanks for following my crazy life! Stay veggie, guys.

P.S. I’m going to do something I’ve never done and share my stats with you guys. Maybe it will keep me in line.

SW: 260 lbs
CW: 195 lbs
GW: 135 lbs

I have 60 pounds to lose to be back to where I was before I got pregnant. I need some support, so follow my journey and leave some love. Thanks!

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Mobile Type-age

Hey guys! I’m writing to you from the mobile app. I can’t say I love it, but it allows me to write when I want to write. So, yesterday was the 4th of July, and it was hectic and long! But it was a good day, overall. I ate pretty horribly, but I am going to make up for it today with a walk in the evening.

I don’t know about you guys, but I eat bad on holidays, but it’s expected. I feel like my self control is disabled. I see everyone else eating what they want, and I get jealous. I am also an emotional eater. I found this out in the midst of a divorce. But I am trying, and I am only human. I ate some Mac-n-Cheese and potato salad last night, along with some brownie pudding. Other than that, I feel I ate pretty well. I didn’t eat breakfast, but I had broccoli, mashed potatoes, and grilled salmon for lunch.

It’s never too late to change your ways, and I know I need to find a way to have self control during holidays. So, what’s your advice for staying away from the bad foods on holidays and events? Or even family events? Let me know!

I’m hoping to start vlogging soon! I will invite everyone over once it’s official. Until then, stay veggie!!

I’m back…again? Sorry guys!

Hello, fellow bloggers. What’s going on? I took some time to readjust my life, and it’s wonderful. I’ve lost a total of 70 lbs so far, and I feel great. However, I am still way off from where I want and need to be. I haven’t juiced in months, but I feel like it’s about that time to start again. I have started transitioning into a vegan diet, and it’s great. I feel amazing so far, and I haven’t submerged myself completely yet. I am contemplating starting a blog. For those of you who do not know, vlogs are video blogs.

As a part of my new start, I reconnected with my first boyfriend from high school, and we are amazing together. He is also in the weight loss boat, and he is 28 pounds away from losing 100 pounds this year. I am very proud of him, and he is a true inspiration. I will share a link to his daily videos down below. So, check it out! If anyone else vlogs, shoot me your link so I can watch. In the mean time, I have made a promise to you and myself to at least write every day until I start these vlogs. And I will post more pictures of this journey. I did upload as the featured photo of this entry at my current weight in a size M shirt, which I am proud to sport! Leave your thoughts, tips, and advice. Until then, stay veggie, guys!

Weight Loss Vlog: https://www.youtube.com/user/noobiezFTW

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Oh, the Rainy Days Ahead

Today, here in Louisville/Southern Indiana, it is coming down pretty hard. I bought a jogging stroller, but I can’t take my daughter out jogging in this weather. There are hundreds of other things I can do, however. We all known Spring calls for an abundance of (sometimes) unwanted rain. We obviously need rain, but sometimes it puts a damper on our plans, like maybe our workouts? So, what to do on a rainy day? 

A lot of people struggle, not only with weight loss, but finding ways to get in a good workout. If you’re just starting out, you’re probably looking for the easiest way to get a workout. Don’t lie, we’ve all been there. You let your mind take over instead of telling yourself: “Hey, you can do this. You’re breathing, still moving. So, why are you stopping?Let’s go!” Before I got pregnant, I started losing the weight, a whopping 80 lbs, by looking at myself in the mirror. I hated what I saw, so I started. I started going downstairs in our basement (my mom and step dad had bought a really nice elliptical, but never used it). So, I would turn on VH1 Jumpstart, and I hopped right on. At first, I could barely do 10 minutes. 10 MINUTES. I would quit. But I told myself: “Ok, 10 minutes is a great start! At least you’re starting. But hey, let’s keep moving. Let’s do some jumping jacks. Or some sits ups.” I kept going. I would do something easier than the elliptical, something that required a little less energy, but not effort. Eventually, it paid off. I was getting compliments on my weight loss, even before I realized I was even losing weight. I spent two hours a day on an elliptical as my only workout, come a rainy day I would get bored.

After a while, working out becomes a boring routine. So, you have to change it up. By doing so, you have a variety of choices for a workout.  You have to be creative and find things that appeal to you. If you have a child like I do you can involve them in your workouts. Here are a few things to try, if you haven’t already. These are things to change up in your current routine or you can safe them for a rainy day!

Melt Down Workout:

  • :30 plank
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 10 push ups
  • 15 squats
  • 5 burpees
  • 30 knee highs
  • Repeat this 3 times

Others:

  • workout videos
  • Wii Fit or Xbox Connect Fitness
  • If you can, go to the gym and do a class. 
  • kettle bells (You can burn up to 400 calories in just 20 minutes)
  • exercise ball
  • house cleaning
  • stair stepping workout (use stairs in your house or a crate. See how many you can do in a minute, then try to beat it.)
  • jump  rope (burns 350 calories for a 30 minute workout!)
  • Yoga

 

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One In A Million . . .

Where I am. Like many people, I am struggling to lose weight. I think back to how I lost over 70 pounds 4 years ago, and I can’t even remember how I powered through my workouts, ate healthy, etc. I mean, I didn’t have a two year old then, but I know I am not the first mother with a 2-years old trying to get a beach body. My body is definitely not the same, and I can’t see to figure out how to make the right changes to get back to my pre-pregnancy body.

So what now? I have decided to start getting rid of certain things in my diet with hopes it turns into a positive lifestyle change. For instance, I hated chocolate before I got pregnant, and now it’s all I crave. I think I will focus on eliminating it again, and focus on my self control. I know this will be a HUGE step for me considering I still feel like I am pregnant with the cravings I have. Yesterday, I gave up coffee and bought a cup of green tea with honey. That’s something I usually wouldn’t do, but it felt good. This morning, I gave up pancakes for a bowl of grains and blueberry clusters with almond milk. Again, it felt amazing. I think I am seeing a trend here!

Juicing. I don’t juice as much because I am in a tight situation right now, and I am finding it hard to balance juicing into my daily routine right now. However, I have taken a liking to my ninja blender and have put it to good use. It’s easy to clean, and I can combine al my juicing favorites into a smoothie instead. So, here is a favorite of mine I want to share:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 whole banana, frozen for 1 hour

1 tsp cinnamon

1 scoop of EAS Vanilla Soy Protein

Thank me later because it’s heavenly. It’s healthy, but it tastes like a treat!

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The Vegan Way: My Everyday Resolution

I’ve decided that I want to be vegan again. I have been vegetarian for over 10 years–I’ve lost track. I was vegan a few years ago, and I only lasted a year. I didn’t do any research, and I became sick. Since I know a lot more about being healthy and veganism itself, I am excited to give it another try. I want to do it for so many reasons, not just animal rights, although that’s a part of it. I went to make scrambled eggs this morning for my daughter, and it looked like I had just dropped a fetus in the pan. I couldn’t go it anymore. I already am vegan is most aspects: I don’t drink milk, I hate cheese, and most seafoods make me sick. Candy? Well, I’m going to make myself hate the stuff again. I don’t know if this will be permanent, but I am willing to try it again. I just made some green juice today for snacking, and I am pretty stoked to get my body and my health back to where I know it can be. 190 lbs is just unnecessary, and it’s dangerous. I cannot believe I let myself get to 260, but it will never happen again because I am taking charge of my body, of my life. 

 

Wish me luck.

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Hello There, From A New Year!

Hello fellow bloggers and non-bloggers. I am writing to you from a brand new year. People get excited about new years because they, for some reason, represent a brand new start. In my opinion, it’s never too late to start fresh. But nonetheless, I have fallen victim to a promise to myself to make this year better, different. With that said, tomorrow is the day my husband and I are going to start running–again. Yes, I use to be a runner. Not a dedicated one, but I loved to run. I was at my lowest at 134 pounds. Obviously, I’m no longer that healthy version of myself, but I am striving to return. 

So, a few months ago I actually bought the FitBit with the hopes of becoming healthier, and I am sad to say I’ve used it twice. But starting tomorrow, and hopefully every day after, I am going to make the effort to go for a walk/run in the mornings before my daughter wakes up, which is usually around 8:00am-8:30am. This means I am going to have to go to bed earlier. That’s harder said than done considering I am a dedicated night owl, but I am certain I can do it. I’m going to need some help, so I ask for some advice and positive thoughts from you guys. I have also started making charges around me. For instance, I took an old dry erase board, and I plan to revamp it into a motivational board and a count down board. This helped me a lot last time I tried to lose weight. It kept me in check. Another thing is to control my cravings by exercising my self control hidden deep within my stubborn self. With all that said, I guess I should share with you where I’m at numbers wise:

August 2010:(I got married in May) 134lbs

July 2011: (I found out I was pregnant) 160-170lbs

January 2012: (I gave birth to my beautiful daughter) 260lbs

January 2013: 221lbs

Today, January 2014: 190lbs

This was all with no exercise, just eating right and juicing. But this year it’s time to start working out again AND continuing to eat right. Here’s to a new year, and hopefully a new me!

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Chocolate: It’s A Drug.

I would consider myself a pretty healthy eater. I love vegetables, fruits, fish, grains, etc. I’m also a vegetarian, and I have been for 12 years. I try to get my recommended daily intake of all of those things. However, I believe my downfall is chocolate. I use to hate it until I got pregnant, and it became a random addiction. But now, and I still crave it (my daughter is almost two). It makes my tummy hurt, I get bad acne, and I get sluggish. I don’t want the stuff, but I find myself snacking on it throughout the day just because it’s there (my mom eats the stuff heavily). I’m trying the whole self control thing, but it’s not successful. 

 

To be continued . . . 

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I Fell Off the Juicing Bandwagon!

It’s been quite some time since I posted on here. I admit it, I got caught up in life and forgot about my being on the juicing bandwagon. It is pretty easy to fall off. Although juicing has been absent from my life, I have managed to lose weight. I started out at 260 lbs after giving birth to my beautiful daughter, who is now 2 next month. I am happy to announce, and a still a bit ashamed of myself, that I weight 180 lbs today. My journey is far from over. So, like I promised so many people who wish to follow in my for steps, I have re-opened this to help others with weight loss and juicing.

So, here we go . . .

 

It’s easy to get into a diet fab, especially with all these diets promising so much. The truth is, they produce rare results, and some times no results at all. Then, you are faced with a scale number larger than before. But what most people fail to see is that weight loss is about becoming a healthier you, not to look good in jeans–although that is a GREAT perk. You must change your daily routines and lifestyles if you wish to change your appearance. I, too, fell for those fab diets. I learned through trial and error about what was best–eating right and exercise triumphed. Juicing is a good additive to any lifestyle because it gives you an abundance of nutrients, and it keeps you full for a long period of time. For those looking at juicing for weight loss, you need to know that it is not a permanent solution to weight loss, but an aid in helping you become healthier. I would recommend adding juices into your current routine, maybe as a snack. Then, you can start replacing meals with juices. This way, you don’t quit food all together, and end up giving into craving. This causes over eating, and leads to weight gain.

So, let’s get started. First and for most, you will need a juicer. I am still a newbie at juicing, but I started with $30 juicer from Aldi, and it has done the job well. A lot of people who stick with juicing buy the God of juicers: the Breville juicer (a link will be posted at the end for your convenience). But it’s not necessary to juice.

Next, your juices should be about 90% vegetables and 10% fruits. Sometimes, depending on the natural sugar content of the fruit, I will do about an 80/20 ratio. This can be any combination. So what are the best fruits and vegetables to juice? Well, you want to buy ones that are juicy, and provide an abundance of juice and water. I have listed the best ones, in my opinion, to juice.

Fruits:

  • Apples
  • Oranges (general any citrus fruit is excellent for juicing)
  • Pineapples
  • Cantaloup
  • Honeydew 
  • Papaya
  • Mango
  • Berries

Vegetables:

  • Kales
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Wheatgrass
  • Celery
  • Beets
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes

You can also use spices and roots, such as ginger or dandelion greens. I also muse lemons to add some zest to juices with celery and beets because they tend to be earthy or bitter. However, whatever you choose to juice is up to you. Just remember the ratio, and have fun with it.

My Favorite Recipes:

Morning Glory:

1 green apple

1 navel orange

1/2 cucumber

4 carrots

3 kale stalks

Afternoon Delight:

3 stalks of celery

Ginger

1/2 cucumber

3 beets

Handful of Spinach

1/2 lemon

 

Links:

Breville Juicer

http://www.brevilleusa.com/beverages/juicers.html

Joe Cross-Inspiration. 

Check out his website and hit documentary. It’s what got me into juicing.

http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com

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