Wednesday, May 5, 2010


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Monday, May 3, 2010

Once You Go Black, You'll Never Go Back

No fuss, just black. That's how my grandma drinks her joe. I usually just put a splenda or stevia in my coffee, but I decided to cold-turkey start drinking my coffee black. Taking out the cream and sugar helps cut down on your calorie intake. Why not shave off where you can?

If coffee is a real treat for you, then I say, find a healthier alternative for your cream/sugar/syrup fixins and let yourself have the occasional treat. It will keep you from going insane with deprivation.

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Who Wants a Transformation?

*Faith raises hand*

Don't tell anyone, but...I went for a walk last night. It felt...weird. It was nice to be back in my running shoes again. I am eagerly awaiting the day when I can once again feel the pounding of the ground and the warmth of my muscles coming alive. Ahhh sweet bliss.

I am ready to slowly began rehab to get myself back into running shape. My plan is to spend the next 4 weeks awakening the muscles and slowly build back the strength. It will take a lot longer than 4 weeks, but my plan is to assess over the next 4 weeks. AFTER THAT, I would like to begin the H.I.T transformation routine again! If you were following me last year, I did the Fitness Rx H.I.T transformation in November (but did not post about progress). Stay tuned and you can join me. I'll post meal plans and workout routines for both home-monkeys and gym-monkeys. If you do not have a gym membership I do recommend you get 3 progressive weights, a jump rope, green level theraband and running shoes (importance).

Hope everyone is eating clean! Diet is 80% of your health & fitness.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Protein Variety

As I look at my twitter and facebook feed I see so many people working hard to be summer-ready. Diets are hard to stick to if you have not yet made healthy eating a lifestyle. The trick is to make your food interesting. Love your seasoning cabinet and you won't miss all those unhealthy foods.

Meal 1: Two scrambled eggs, 2 slices of turkey bacon
Meal 2: High-fiber bean dip with whole grain chips; Canadian stew
Meal 3: La Madeleine petite wild field salade & cup of french onion soup (reason)
Meal 4: Navel orange, Chicken waldorf salad (leftovers) with multi-grain baked pita
Meal 5: DATE NIGHT: Tx LC smoked sirloin and lightly steamed broccoli with cracked peppercorn and garlic
Meal 6: N/A

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Eating Right, But Out With a Client

Today I have a business lunch. The persons I am meeting chose La Madeleine. In efforts to stay lean, I wanted to check out the calorie count on my favorite hot sandwich at La-mads for lunch today, the Turkey Bistro. To my horror! 500 calories!!! for HALF of the sandwich!!! Wowzers!!!! Needless to say, I will NOT be getting their turkey bistro!!! But you know...who was I kidding? I always remove the bacon, but there is cheese, a huge white bun, pesto, mayo...need I go on?

After sifting through the menu I have narrowed it down to 2 options.

OPTION 1 (complex carbs, no protein):
Wild Field Salade (Regular) (110)
Vegetable Soupe (60)

OPTION 2 (protein):
Wild Field Salade With Salmon (260)

I can't wait till I can workout for real again so that I can go back to eating high protein+complex carbs. My body doesn't need the same level anymore...soon, patient.

Friday, April 23, 2010

21-Day-Recovery-Project: Day 21!! (posting a little late)

Posting regularly has been difficult since I've been back at work. Schedule has gotten pretty cramped. Here we are on the final day of my 21-day project! 6 weeks from the date of my injury! Bones take approximately 6 weeks to heal, but I am still feeling the achy-ness of recovery and am still not able to sit without a pillow or run. Maybe its because I tore or strained some ligaments in the process of braking that bone off.

Here was that original list:
  1. Finish Echo painting for mom Done!
  2. Start creepy-circus painting Done!
  3. Tune and learn one solo piece on the cello
  4. Put London scrapbook together for Mother's day gift (hmm...need to get a scrapbook and lignon free tape) Began, but incomplete
  5. Make a list of supplies for brother's graduation table Done!
  6. Contact church youth to make sure on schedule for Youth Sunday Done!
  7. Brainstorm how to finish the "green" painting for Phil. house
  8. Sort pictures for wedding album project
  9. Work towards pull-up goal of...10... (that's reasonable right? in 21 days?) NOT REASONABLE haha....but I did make progress
  10. Write a letter to each missionary we are supporting
  11. Our taxes & come up with a new system to track expenses so that 2011 taxes will be cake Done! and Done!
  12. [Daily] Study Psalm 63 Did this! (But there is way more to study in that passage)
  13. Make real crepes
  14. Write an email to my mom in her native tongue [Ilonggo]
  15. Go through closet for items we don't wear --send to the Philippines Done!
  16. Build something out of wood
  17. Make paper
  18. [Daily] Learn and use one vocab word that I have never used before Done!
  19. Make new pillow cases (ours are on the fritz)
  20. Not be shlubby even though I'm just at home Dressed cute every day! Should have been doing that all along...never stop impressing the hub :)
  21. Plant an herb garden Done! Parsley was a fail, but my basil is sprouting!
  22. Learn a tango piece on the piano Began, but not ready yet
  23. Read "A Severe Mercy" by Sheldon Vanauken (been trying to get to it since last fall) Nearly...will hopefully finish it soon...
  24. [Daily] Isometric exercise Did this nearly every day, with the exception of pain days
  25. [Body allowing] Grill out! May do this soon! Weather is rainy this weekend, so maybe next weekend...

Broken tailbone got me down and pouty, so I started the 21 day streak of getting over the despair. #injuryrecovery at its finest!
Days since injury: 42 (somewhere my count got off...)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

21-Day-Recovery-Project: Day 15

I really love that I came across a great reminder today: Psalm 73.25-26
Being injured has really given me a great opportunity to reassess what should be most important to me. My God, Luke, others. I am excited that my progress of recovery is slow because it may help me ease into finding the good balance of maintaining priority order while incorporating things (like running) in a way that is in alignment with those core priorities. Hmm..the wheels are spinning!

Its times like this when I know I need to throw a bounce off of someone so they can slap some sense into me or a " know what you're doing wrong" haha. Causing me to definitely miss one of my absolute greatest friends of all time! Germany has stolen her from me! Em!

I spo
ke with a dear friend, Annette, who might as well be my big sister. What a great encouragement. She prodded me onward!

Thanks also to everyone who comments, emails or messages me a cheer or click of a "like", you guys have been such a motivational boost! Being inactive is such a weird state of being.

I got muh hair did. Rockin Red. THANK YOU VAL!!!!


Today my girl, Mary, challenged me to a push-up-on-demand. All day, randomly (as is our personality), we texted each other and at that moment we had to drop everything and do 10 pushups. 10 was a good number, but I think next time it should be at least twice that. ;) What do you say Mar-shmack?

Meal 1: Scrambled egg, slice of turkey bacon , navel orange
Meal 2: Avocado with lemon juice
Meal 3: Farm Stand Tomato salad, ear of corn (barely steamed to maintain nutrients) and Avocado with banana slices
Meal 4: Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
Meal 5: N/A
Meal 6: N/A

Broken tailbone got me down and pouty, so I started the 21 day streak of getting over the despair. #injuryrecovery at its finest!
Days since injury: 34