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!

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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.

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!

Caffeined up!

Starting this month I will be divulging more detailed information about my weight loss journey.  I’ve been enjoying this new healthy eating so much that I have neglected to give details about my specific weight loss goals.  I truly am enjoying putting together fruits and veggies and creating some yummy snacks and meals that are lo-calorie.  Even though it’s time consuming, I will be putting together a ‘recipe’ page with my quick and easy creations.  Your suggestions are welcomed.

Friday I slept in and I hate when I do that because I tend to feel sleepier when I get too much sleep.  Normally I get up at 6:30 with my son, sometimes make him a quickie breakfast  and then start my morning.  Yesterday I went back to sleep at 7a and woke up at 10a…yikes!  I had a small cup of yogurt, banana and cinnamon.  Then I did my C25K walk/run  for 30 minutes.  I spent some time on my job search (need a job badly), made some phone calls and before I knew it I was hungry again.  

  Lunch was a green smoothie that turned brown because of the blueberries and a yummy salad drizzled with balsamic dressing.

spinach, strawberries, blueberries, mango, oj

spinach, strawberries, blueberries, mango, oj

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ready to blend

ready to blend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spinach, tomatoes,cucumber,avocado, edamame

spinach, tomatoes,cucumber,avocado, edamame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

green smoothie n salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love this lunch because it’s light but filling.  The edamame has lots of protein.

Later in the afternoon I “craved” coffee.  Since caffeine keeps me up, I don’t usually drink coffee any later than 5p unless it’s decaf.  I brewed  a cup and sat and ‘designed’ my front and backyard landscaping.  I’ve been working on my yard and have a visual of what I want it to look like.  So I sat with my favorite magazine and cup of coffee.

FLA DESIGN MAG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh boy the caffeine kicked in and I felt an urge to  move furniture.  So I FINALLY moved the dead treadmill  into the garage and moved a sofa into its place.

sofa replaced treadmill

sofa replaced treadmill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I mopped the floor in my family room (aren’t they shiny)  and did some laundry.  I’ve been using vinegar to clean my floors and I love how shiny it leaves them.  Whenever I sit and look at a design magazine I get ideas and so I started to rearrange a few things in the kitchen.  Brought in some fresh flowers from the yard and voila, ready for fall.

I worked up an appetite after all that work and dinner was a yummy veggie wrap.  I sauteed broccoli, asparagus, carrots  and onions in a tbsp of olive oil and spicy teriyaki sauce.  Then I spread my homemade hummus on a whole wheat wrap and filled it with the veggies.  I only ate half of the wrap.  Chelsea ate the other half.  That girl (my son’s gf) can eat!  She’s tiny but eats like a man, a big man!

veggie wrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

yummy veggie wrap

yummy veggie wrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later I snacked on walnuts while catching up on Grey’s Anatomy. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That coffee kept me up pretty late. I think I finally went to bed around 2am.  See, I told ya the caffeine kicks my butt.

A 5K in my near future

I’m so excited!  I found a 5K I can do Oct 31st!!  This gives me more incentive to get up and move more!!  I’ve been doing the C25K program but haven’t been consistent.  So today I started week 2 AGAIN! It feels soooo good.  I know that you ‘runners’ are giggling at that but I’m just beginning and everyone has to start somewhere, right? 

My goal for the 1st 5k I did in February was to just finish.  And I did.  This time my goal is to be able to run at least 1/2 the distance and walk when I have to.  I’ve been eating really good stuff and I have so much more energy. This morning began with an egg white, 2 slices turkey bacon and spinach dip spread on 1 slice of whole grain bread.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh and a cup of yummy coffee.

Morning fuel

Morning fuel

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I had a wasa cracker with spinach dip after my run/walk and for lunch I was satisfied with a mango/spinach smoothie.  One of Hunter’s friends was here and he reluctantly tried the smoothie and loved it.  They’re becoming a hit around here.   I think dinner tonight will be leftovers ( baked chicken,broccoli).
Well, if you’re local to me I hope you’ll join me and sign up for the 5K.  It’s fun and supports a great organization.