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I pray that you will continue to follow me on this journey as your support has been much appreciated.  

Blessings,

Martica

It’s taco night! kinda

What an absolutely beautiful morning! I got up as usual 6:30am, ate some peanut butter on bread, laced up my shoes and headed out the door. It felt so good to walk my 3 miles in the early a.m. On my last 1/2 mile I met up with a 95 year old sweet lady (YES 95!!) who was taking a stroll with her walker and friend. God bless her, I hope I can walk if I make it to 95!! So inspiring!

Well, my mom came for a visit yesterday and guess what we did…..yep her favorite….yardwork!

YARDWORK Nov3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made us an egg-white omelet with chopped onions, spinach and tomatoes. And my mommy loved my green smoothie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My mom always comes bearing gifts and this is what she brought me….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chestnuts from her recent trip to Alabama!  And this beautiful and delish avocado!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These lovelies from her garden…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and this adorable sapphire ornament for my Christmas tree….

Last night I made a yummy turkey taco but on Arnold whole grain bread instead of taco shells.  Soooo good.  This quickie meal was whipped up in 20 minutes.    Add adobo, chopped onions, paprika, sea salt and pepper to some Jenni-O ground turkey.  Cook until done. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toast the bread  and top with turkey, tomato, avocado and salsa!

 

 

 

Turkey taco on Arnold thin

Turkey taco on Arnold thin bread

One of these served up with some baked sweet potato fries is more than filling!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eat well, live long and enjoy a taco night!

Journey update

Buh-Bye October…You were a long and very busy month.

Let me start off with the info I promised to give you in October, but didn’t.  Stats.

I started to blog  about my weight loss journey a couple of months ago.  The goal is to loose 59 unwanted, very annoying and clingy pounds.  Also, to change my eating habits, add more veggies and fruits and eat less meat and/or chicken.  I’m very happy to report that at this point I could probably become a vegetarian and not miss the meat or chicken.   I’ve added new foods that I absolutely love, tofu,tempeh and greek yogurt (Fage) to get my share of protein and have become a sweet potato and spinach junkie

Not to mention that my green smoothies  have a become a huge part of my new wellness plan.

green monster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here goes:

Start weight:  189 lbs  (I’m only 5feet tall or short so that’s a lot of weight for my little body)

Current weight:  178 lbs

Only 48 lbs to go!

Exercise:  walking  30minutes to an hour 3x each week and occasional yardwork.  On rainy days I may pop in a workout DVD.  I began a running program, C25K (couch to 5k) and completed my 2nd 5k this past weekend.  NO, No no I didn’t run all three miles but my goal is to do so in the near future. 

I do realize that some of the healthier food choices I’m making have higher amounts of fat but it’s the good fat you guys.  Don’t be afraid of the good fat! 

Healthy fats

Some of the choices are higher in carbs than I would prefer but they are still good for me.  My energy level has increased 100 %, and I’m sleeping like a baby (most nights).  AND! I love that I’ve been able to fit into some clothes in my closet that are a size or two smaller. So all in all, I’m happy.  I’m not rushing the weight loss by following a diet (been there, done that) but I am putting my focus on the quality of foods I eat.

November and December may be a bit challenging,  as there will be temptations everywhere, but I’m prepared.  It’s ok to splurge and eat the ‘not so good stuff’ once in a while in moderation.  This past weekend, while I was rushing around I snuck in two beef hamburgers, birthday cake and dulce de leche ice cream.  I even drank a coke and ate about 8 mini chocolate bars (IT WAS HALLOWEEN!)  BUTTTTT, because I’ve been walking and keeping super busy, I didn’t gain an ounce, am not bloated and am still on track.   Thank you Lord!  I feel great!

Tag, you’re it!

I got my walk/run in last night after all.  My sweet 9 year old nephew, Ryan, read my post last night.  So he asked me if I wanted to walk with him.  IS THAT THE SWEETEST?  We left the house around 7:30p and walked and ran throughout  my entire community playing “tag, you’re it”.  What a great way to get your jogging done.  I was chasing this lil’ boy who runs like a cheetah and  before I knew it we had been out for over 45 minutes. 

We left with my camera in hand looking for  ‘fun halloween decorated homes’.  There weren’t a lot, not a whole lot of pumpkin spirit around here.  These were our two favorites.

halloween

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

halloween

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch was really filling yesterday  and for dinner I wasn’t very hungry so I just  had some turkey slices on hummus spread bread thins.

If you’re local to me and looking for something to do this weekend, come and join me as we visit the elderly with the Holiday Project  on Saturday Oct 24 9:30a-noon.  Email me for more details  marthasmasterpieces@gmail.com

Also, the Pembroke Gardens Mall  has a “Pink Health Fair” going on Saturday, October 24, 1p-3p.  There will be mobile mammograms, diet & nutrition experts, presentations by doctors and more.  I love this mall!

Well, got to go now as I have another mammogram this morning.  I pray all is well.

Chat at ya later.

Today’s masterpiece!

Sometimes I just wonder where my day goes.  I really wanted to do my walk/run this morning but somehow never did.  I got distracted doing other things and before I knew it, it was time to go pick up my nephew at school.  So I regret not going for my walk/run earlier because now the lil’ guy won’t be picked up until after 8:30p tonight.  By that time, I need major motivation to go out and exercise.   Here’s today’s eats so far. 

Breakfast:  Fage yogurt, a peach and 1/2 an apple with cinnamon

Yogurt with fruit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LUNCH:  Tilapia and salad

Tilapia, yogurt and panko crumbs cooked in 1 tbsp of olive oil for a couple of minutes on each side.  The fish was seasoned with sea salt, pepper and paprika.

Tilapia cooked with yogurt n panko crumbs

Tilapia cooked with yogurt n panko crumbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started the salad with baby spinach, tomato and avocado

Beginning of a great salad

Beginning of a great salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the baby carrots and edamame were boiled for a lil’ bit, rinsed in cold water, and added to the salad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I sprinkled the fish with a lil’ lemon juice, the salad with pepper and added some balsamic vinegar.

To die for!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, added some lots of feta cheese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there you have today’s masterpiece to make up for yesterday’s epic fail.

EPIC FAIL

Today started off like most Mondays.  I got up at 6:30a, woke up Hunter, watched him leave for school, resisted the TEMPTATION to get back in my cozy bed, made a yummy cup of coffee, ate some yogurt and a banana and spent some quiet time with my Bible.   Afterwards, did some housework, filled out job applications and eventually around noon went for a nice loooonnnngg walk. 

I made it home just in time get ready to go pick up my nephew at school, then had a Walmart run to make and was home after 3pm.  I was starving and made the quickest , saddest looking lunch, a boca veggie burger.  I was so hungry I didn’t take the extra 30 seconds to slice up tomato or add spinach.  Nope, my hungry self couldn’t wait. 

Here’s the epic fail……..My newest pride and joy in the food world are my green smoothies.  Today I made the ugliest most disgusting smoothie and I’m not sure what happened.  It was bad.  😦

It started out looking pretty good.  I added the regular 1 1/2 cup of spinach, strawberries, blueberries, green tea tbsp of p.b. and agave nectar.  I know the blueberries make it more of a brown color (if I add too many), but this was an ugly brown. And it tasted as bad as it looked.  So Ryan and I tried adding some frozen mango chunks but the damage was already done.  Oh well, I’ll share the pics with you and you be the judge.  I guess the peanut butter and green tea don’t mix well.

Started ok with yogurt, banana n cinnamon

Started ok with yogurt, banana n cinnamon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See it doesn't look bad getting started

See it doesn't look bad getting started

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRETTY BAD HUH?

PRETTY BAD HUH?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the burger was plain but tasty

the burger was plain but tasty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was tired and did something I rarely do……took a nap.   Dinner was leftover grilled chicken and brown rice.

I’m pooped and going to bed. 

Nite all!

Chili and a Sunset….as good as it gets

A new week. 

I left my cell phone yesterday at my mom’s (I didn’t know it was there at the time)  and I think I was ready to have a breakdown.  My son was playing with it and I knew he had left it somewhere, just didn’t know where.  I’m really not a big cell user and don’t consider myself hooked on technology…..until I don’t have access to it.   I’m not the only who was having a little breakdown.  My sis in law showed up early this morning in her pj’s because she couldn’t get in touch with me.  My phone and I finally reunited and all is good.

I put in another hour and a 1/2 of yardwork today.  I’m not talking gardening or planting pretty little seeds.  No, it was heavy duty, chopping down trees and branches.  But it was not as hot today so I went for it.  I do believe I sweated off at least a zillion calories.    I found this baby in the garage and had fun  🙂

bbrrrrrmmmmm

bbrrrrrmmmmm

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made it back inside and made the yummiest liquid lunch! A hugh jass green smoothie with everything in it!  I was really thirsty and downed it before I could take a pic.  Trust me it was good.

Picked up my nephew from school, did some homework with the little guy and before we knew it it was almost sundown.  But we caught a glimpse of a beautiful sunset.  These are the pics Ryan took.

pic by Ryan

pic by Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pic by Ryan

pic by Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isnt he a cutie?

Isnt he a cutie?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinnertime! 

Ryan had some mac n cheese and I made some turkey chili.  I love chili and I make a pretty good chili at that.  This turkey chili I can enjoy even more because it’s so much lower in calories and just as tasty.

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • chopped onions
  • chopped garlic
  • tomato sauce
  • salt n pepper
  • kidney beans
  • my secret spices

Just kidding, this time I made it with ‘chili seasoning mix’.

turkey chili

 

 

 

 

 

 

TURKEY CHILI N BROWN RICE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Served it up with some brown rice and MMM- MMM GOOD! 

Can you say comfort food?!  :}

Quickie weekend

Wow, quicky weekend.  It seemed to really fly by and I didn’t even do much.  Heck I did nothing.

Saturday:  watched chick flicks…All day!  I do mean all day!

Sunday:  Church (heavy duty, much needed sermon on forgiveness), lunch with family, back home, long walk in the evening.

That’s it, that was my weekend. 

I do remember I said I was going to get up early, get out the door and run.  What I hadn’t realized is that it was Friday and I had no intention of getting up early on Saturday morning.  So I didn’t.  What I did do was make pizza for lunch and pizza for dinner.

chicken spinach n mozzarella pizza

chicken spinach n mozzarella pizza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

really yummy

really yummy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, my mom made a fish soup with shrimp, fish, plantains, and other veggies.  I had a small bowl since I wasnt in the mood for soup.  It was my brother’s birthday and that’s what he requested.  I did have a fish croquette and some avocado.  Sorry, no pics, forgot my camera.

I keep hearing about tempeh and have been wanting to try it.  Tempeh is a cultured cake of beans and grains and this one was  made with organic soybeans.  So dinner was a sandwich prepared with tempeh marinaded in lemon n pepper, spinach, avocado and tomato on whole grain thin bread (spread with guac).  And I washed it down with a super yummy green smoothie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tempeh sandwich

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tempeh sandwich and green smoothie

Tempeh sandwich and green smoothie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went for a loooonnng walk tonight and there was a slight breeze, not quite fall here yet.  

Now I’m going to bed early like I promised.

Running at night….not for me!

Yesterday’s women’s Bible study:  Is my agenda in sync with his?  I pray that I can seek his perspective and agenda for my life.  I love this group. Real women dealing with real issues.

I had to go to the doctor’s office yesterday after I left church to get a referral for another mammogram.  The doctor wants to check on some ‘density’ that is showing up on the left booby.

Have you had a mammogram lately?  There’s pink everywhere and it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Did you know that Breast Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in women in America?  Lung cancer is 1st.  According to the University of Pennsylvania’s oncolink resource, 1 in 8 women will risk getting  Breast cancer in their lifetime.  So a mammogram is a great step in finding and treating it early.

I’ve been eating healthier foods in the past couple of months so that I can boost my immune system and loose weight.  I know that being overweight increases my risk of getting cancer.  Here’s a list of some cancer fighting foods.  These foods will not prevent you from getting cancer but by boosting your immune system you can fight it better. The American Cancer institute encourages us to eat more fruits and veggies, because we simply don’t consume enough.

Vegetables:  broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, seaweed, swiss chard

Fruits:  berries, grapefruit, pineapples, tomatoes

Also, add garlic, green tea, nuts and whole grains to your diet.

Remember, the choices we make, the foods we eat, and our physical activity levels — will all have a direct impact on our overall cancer risk. 

I did some quickie groceries at Publix.

healthy goodies

healthy goodies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My son is loving these power bars…made from organic oats and soybeans

protein bars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Between one thing and another I didn’t get my workout in during the day and decided to go for week3day2 of the couchto5k program with an evening run. NOT!FOR!ME!  I can take a nice walk in the evening but my body just doesn’t want to run.  Yes it was cooler out (not much) but I’m spent by evening.  I’m going to have to create and stick with a schedule.  I’m not a morning person.  Let me explain, I can get up early and usually do (6:30a-7a) but my body’s not quite ready for a workout that early.  That’s probably due to the fact that I go to bed so late.  It’s been so hot here in South Florida  that there is no way I can go and attempt a run in this heat any later.  So I’m left with a dilemma  challenge.  Oh what to do? 

I”m going to commit to getting to bed earlier (at least 11p).  When I get up tomorrow, I’m going to eat something light and energizing lace up my shoes and go for my run/walk.  I can do this! YES I can!

Well, here’s my eats for yesterday. 

  • Breakfast- egg whites, spinach, turkey omelet and Arnold thin bread, topped with fatfree cheese
  • Lunch  – spinach salad, cucumbers, tomato, edamame, avocado, balsamic dressing, chicken
  • Dinner – Boca veggie burger, with spinach, tomato and guac spread
  • snack- yogurt and pumpkin butter ..mmmmmmm

eggs,spinach,turkey omelet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

breakfast fuel

breakfast fuel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lunch

lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dinner

dinner

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So Eat well, live long and please go get a mammogram!

I’m sore, but it feels good! not really, it hurts.

Did I say that?  I’m sore but it feels good?  I’m definitely sore and it hurts.  But yes in a satisfaction kind of way it feels good knowing I worked out hard and that’s the reason for the good pain.

I’m really enjoying starting my days with my Bible, cup of coffee and lots of silence, no noise, unplugged.

Plugging into God daily

Plugging into God daily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast needed to be major fuel because today I  started week 3 of the C25K program  and I put in an hour of yardwork.  (that’s why I’m so sore).  I mixed up some plain greek yogurt and some vanilla Chobani, added a banana, raisins, blueberries, Kashi honey sunshine, agave and cinnamon.

Greek vanilla Chobani yogurt

Greek vanilla Chobani yogurt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORNING FUEL!!

MORNING FUEL!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I did the week 3, day one of the c25k workout and felt great!  It wasn’t until my yardwork workout that I started to feel some pain.  The bending, squatting, pulling just seems to kick my butt!!! Literally my butt!  It hurts!  But not in a “I pulled something” kind of way, it hurts in a “wow, I worked my butt off” kind of way.  I keep telling myself it’s good pain.  What’s that saying, no pain-no gain.  I guess I’m gaining!

I was exhausted because it’s really hot here in South Florida and finally went inside for a much needed smoothie.

MORE FUEL!

MORE FUEL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREEN SMOOTHIE:

  • 1 1/2 cup of spinach
  • frozen strawberries
  • frozen mango
  • cup O.J.
  • 2 tbsp plain Oikos yogurt
  • tsp agave nectar

I drank two of these babies (yes another liquid lunch) and 1/2 an apple with some peanut butter.

I was really tempted to take a nap but I showered and had some job applications to fill out.  This blog gig I’m applying for would be great.  Can you imagine someone paying you $5k each month to write a daily blog???  THAT’S WHY I NEED YOUR VOTE!!!!  click here. thanks!

Dinner was a quick chicken n veggie wrap.  Grilled chicken breasts, onions, carrots, edamame.  Spread some hummus on the whole wheat  wrap, added tomato, avocado.  Melted some mozzarella cheese on the chicken and threw it all together.  Quick, easy and super tasty and healthy.

carrots and edamame sauteeing

carrots and edamame sauteeing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken carrots edamame

Chicken carrots edamame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepping the wrap

Prepping the wrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melted fatfree mozzarella on the chicken

Melted fatfree mozzarella on the chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toss it all together and wrap it up!

Toss it all together and wrap it up!

Eat well, live long and VOTE FOR ME to be employed!

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