My adventure to achieve a healthy weight!

Archive for June, 2011

Working Woman

Started my job on Monday. There’s so much junkfood around that place, it’s hard to contain myself. I’ve kept myself around a solid 1300-1400 calories daily. Feeling really good actually.

Worked out this morning. Started a new routine because I had JUST started that previous one when I hurt my back, so I had skipped all the workouts except one, so I pretty much started the same thing over again. Abs. Yet my arms hurt worse from the abs workout than they ever did from the arms workout. Go figure.

I’ve found a pretty good balance between eating the foods I love and eating smart. It feels, tastes and IS completely wonderful. I think this summer is shaping up to be a fantastic one. Especially because I get to spend a TON of time outside (weather permitting) playing with the kids and having fun. I love my job. I love the fact that I have self control 🙂 I love how great I feel after a tough workout in the morning, and I love the burn in my legs after the 15 minute powerwalk to mom’s work after I’m done my shift (we carpool).

All in all, everything is starting off pretty darn well this summer. Good job, good eating, good exercising. 96.8% core average for my Grade 11 year. I’m so proud of myself.

Thanks everyone for all your support. Especially James and my family ^_^ love you all! ❤

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Rest.

I hurt my back a few days ago, so I’ve been taking it easy, no working out, just hot water bottle, relaxing, and tonight I got a massage. Feeling pretty good. I think that on Tuesday I will start working out again. I think I’m just going to restart my program, because I had only done one day when this happened and I had to stop, so I may as well just start fresh.

Since I haven’t been exercising, the last two days I ate in the neighborhood of 1300 calories, a bit less than normal to try to compensate a little for the lack of activity. I’m feeling sluggish, I KNOW I feel better when I work out, but I don’t want this to turn into a permanent injury. I might try a wee bit of light yoga tomorrow morning, nothing too strenuous, but still, some physical activity will feel good.

Last exam is tomorrow, studied my arse off for it, I hope it goes well. Nervous, exhausted and stressed, but it’s gonna be over in 16 hours! Then I get to head to my first day of work, which I am absolutely pumped for. Though I’m not excited that I have to be late for my first day because of physics. If it was any other exam, I wouldn’t care…. but physics…. IT JUST MAKES ME HATE YOU EVEN MOREEE 😡

Lol, oh well. Work is good times, getting physics over with will be FANTASTIC, and I will get back into the exercise routine in the very near future.

Life is good. 🙂

Belly Bustin’!

Started a new routine today, since I was crowned BIGGEST LOSER yesterday!! 😀 I was 167!!!

Looks like counting calories is paying off. I went a bit over today, by roughly 20 calories. Need to start being more careful. I’ve been overeating the past couple days.

New routine focuses on ABS, and it goes for 8 weeks, so hopefully by the end of summer I’ll be feeling spectacular and shapely enough to buy that bikini….wearing it is a whole different story, but we’ll see!

Eating today was interesting. Had baked chips (210 cals), puff wheat square (est 150 calories) and half a cookie from second cup (140 cals)….and half a truffle from france (50 ish cals)

So yeah. A lot more bad food than normal. Plus way too many taco chips with dinner. But oh well, Only went over by about 20 or so, so not too awful…

Not looking forward to chem exam tomorrow. So exhausted.

Happy Day!

Today, while it was filled with studying for chemistry, was a good day. My workout felt amazing, did 30 minutes of box fit, felt so good, then did an extra 15 minutes. Also went for a quick 15 minute walk with mom in the rain. Ate pretty well. feeling excellent. 🙂

Danced pretty hardcore while doing my workouts, Kesha and Cher!!!

Sitting at 1435 calories today, almost perfectly on mark. I thought I was going to go over, but I portioned carefully at dinner and even had leftovers for some tortilla chips and a coconut popsicle. OM NOM!

Was just a really good day. Delicious home made bread, dance music and a happy disposition 😀

I Feel Spectacular!

Well. Besides the fact that I didn’t eat the best and skipped my workout today…

I’m really starting to FEEL better. I’m starting to notice that this is working. It feels amazing. I looked in the mirror tonight, and instead of feeling icky from eating popcorn and chocolate today, and over-visualizing a tummy that’s barely there, I felt good. I have a figure. I barely have a stomach anymore. My hips are smooth and nicely defined, but not too big and fatty.

I feel pretty.

It’s freaking amazing.

Went for a walk with mom and stayed within my caloric limit even if my choices weren’t the greatest. Have a bit of heartburn from eating chocolate too late (yes James, you were right, as always….SIGH 😛 ), and I’m a bit too full because I wasn’t really hungry when I ate dinner.

But my mentality…. That overwhelms what I normally would have considered a bad day. It’s a wonderful day! got 99% on my Biology 20 final, to end my mark with a 99% 😀 and I had a great afternoon with my sweetheart.

….Paris chocolates are delicious…..Just sayin’…… OM NOM NOM!

A Day At Home

Ate a bit too much today, mom made homemade bread….and that’s my only excuse. It’s a weakness of mine….the fluffy, warm, fresh bread with butter……well, suffice to say….. 400 calories later, I only have a few hundred left for dinner.

But I enjoyed the day to myself, worked out really hard, and I think today was the best I’ve ever done in terms of completing all of the arm exercises during my routine.

Did the full set of plank switches on my toes, did the full set of plank with knee tucks on my toes, did half of the dolphin plank on my toes, did 5 push ups on my toes and finished the entire set on my knees.

I felt really good after, and I think I did really well.

Besides too much bread around 4 this afternoon I ate REALLY healthily today. Toast with jam and fruit for breakfast, a granola bar for snack, hot red river (flax) cereal with unsweetened dried fruit and slivered almonds for lunch, the bread for snack, and zigni stew with ugali for dinner (see recipe).

I think I did relatively well considering I was home alll day which is usually brutal for me, just being around the food….it was tough and I did well. I’m proud of myself. only went over by about 50 to 100 cals, which is really not too bad.

It was a decent day. Exam tomorrow….blah. Need to get a good sleep.

Zigni with Ugali (traditional African Meal gone Veg)

Ugali: (corn mush, similar to grits with a thicker consistency)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of fine-grind Cornmeal
  • 2 cups of water

Instructions:

  1. Combine in a pot on the stove
  2. Boil until the mixture has reached a thick consistency and will not slide out of the pot if you tip it.
Zigni: (a traditional spice stew)
Ingredients for stew:
  • 1 block of extra firm tofu
  • 1 large white onion
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 large can of crushed or diced tomatoes
Spice mix (berbere):
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Instructions
  1. Pan fry onions with a bit of chopped garlic and oil. Add tofu and peppers, cook until peppers are soft and tofu is warmed through.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of the spice mixture (less if you don’t want it too hot, more if you like some good heat. I used about 2 and 1/2 tablespoons, and I like good hot food)
  3. Mix it up, add the can of tomatoes.
  4. Let it simmer until it has reached your desired consistency, serve overtop of some ugali!!
Enjoy 🙂 This is a healthy, balanced, protein rich and low-fat meal. It’s also really filling and delish!!!!