Tag Archives: bfl


23 Feb

guess what?! it’s almost the weekend! yay! i’m excited because we’re making a trip up to ikea + i get to see my mom, hopefully!

yesterday was a pretty heavy post, but i’m feeling a lot better today, other than the fact that i cannot walk down stairs without looking like a complete idiot..

i have DOMS like no other right now.. they always say the third day after an intense workout is rough and they are right. those ‘they’ people know their stuff, whoever they are!

before i get into today.. i want to discuss the rest of my eats yesterday. my lunch and afternoon snack stayed the same ( i also got in over 1.5 gallons of water), but we ended up going out to mexican for dinner with barbara’s family so we could see all the babies. i went into it thinking i was going to get a salad with grilled chicken on top and refrain from ANY chips and guac. chips with a mixture of the ‘white sauce’ and salsa are my favorite part about mexican restaurants, so i knew i was in for a challenge.

as we pulled up, i decided that i was going to make this my free meal for the week.  i didn’t want to set myself up for failure. before, when i was doing BFL, i would have a free day where all the rules were thrown out the window. i loved that because i never felt deprived.. if i wanted something bad enough, i would just wait until my designated free day and indulge.  this go ’round ( i’m still following the 40/40/20 BFL eating), i have decided to cut back to only one free ‘meal’ once a week. i feel like i was indulging too much and only hurting myself in the long run.

so yeah, i had chips, white sauce + salsa, fresh guac (hold the cilantro.. YUCK!) and a chicken taco salad. i def didn’t eat the whole thing, but i did have some of that delicious shell.. mmm! gosh, i love mexican food!

so, nothing terrible, but i am keeping myself accountable here and need to make these choices known.

today, i’ve had a post workout protein/recovery creamsicle and i just finished my new obsession favorite snack: greek yogurt + banana + a container sprinkle of cinnamon + packet of stevia. i really wish i didn’t have to use the stevia, but greek yogurt alone hits me the wrong way, so i need something to offset that tartness. the rest of my meals will be chicken + pasta + veggies, then i have chicken marinating with some sweet potatoes and veggies for dinner

back to my workout this morning.. it was insanity: cardio recovery. don’t let the ‘recovery’ fool you into thinking it’s a piece of cake. i can feel soreness in my abs more from today than i have the other two workouts. i will tell you, i love a good case of DOMS, but this is crazy. i will be purchasing a foam roller this afternoon!

that’s all for now! i’m feeling good about starting this time.. let’s hope the motivation keeps rolling! i have a new product call ZRII coming in the mail that i cannot wait to try!

Q1: this question is for anyone who has had a wordpress blog before (if there are any of you reading this) how do i get a picture on the right side of my screen? i can’t figure it out!!

Q2: are there any meals/restaurants where you just know that you’re going to indulge, whether you try to or not?


oh well, wednesday

9 Nov

i shouldn’t be complaining because tomorrow afternoon starts my weekend (i have friday off), but today went by so.. effing.. slow.. this morning as i was trying to peel myself out of bed to get to the gym, i heard the stream of fresh pee hitting the hardwood floor. oh the joys of owning a basset puppy (who i have heard at the hardest at potty training). scout will be nine months old on the 18th and STILL PEES IN THE HOUSE.. not all the time; he does really good for a week, then does terrible the next week (he especially loves peeing in the bed, ugh!). so, as i looked at my phone, i realized i had overslept an hour.. the hour that i had to get to the gym and complete my heart-pumping HIIT workout (which i actually enjoy, because the short period of time it takes to burn a boatload of calories). ughhh, why do i suck at everything these last 2 weeks?!?! i need to snap out of it!

so i got ready in about 20 minutes flat, which i’m pretty good at getting ready quick, but if i had a choice, i would like to have a full hour and a half to take my time. i HATE rushing. my hair went up and i threw on an outfit (which was loose and unflattering, since a lot of my work clothes are getting too big on me. YAY for too big, but BOO for having to buy new work clothes; they’re so damn expensive) and out the door i went.

i had this on the way to work

(good balancing skills, eh?)

meal 1: mocha protein smoothie (1.5 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 T of instant coffee, 1 scoop EAS Chocolate Whey protein, ice) & a honey crisp apple

i thoroughly enjoy mocha protein smoothies, they make my mornings a little bit better.

i made it to work at 7 am (i’m trying to make up some hours because of the holiday) and started working on some stuff right away. by the time i looked up, it was 9:45 a.m. and my stomach knew it was time for another meal.

meal 2: protein oats (rolled oats, .5 scoop of EAS Chocolate Whey protein powder, 1 generous T of sunbutter <–LOVE)

i love my protein oatmeal just as much as i love my mocha smoothies. in fact, i could probably live off of them for the rest of my life and not get bored. plus, protein oats keep me full FOR.EVVV.VER. and i love that, because i hate feeling like i’m always hungry when i’m on an eating plan.

*insert 4 hours of work here (which = me trying to figure out why our two accounting systems don’t agree. we’re transitioning from one system to another, but life would be 10x easier at work if this transition would just be complete tomorrow.)

by 2:00 p.m., i was definitely ready to eat. barbara’s mom (who has been nice enough to let us live with her until we are financially ready for a house) made a very simple, but amazing soup last night while she was practicing for her pampered chef party tomorrow. the soup was just chicken, diced tomatoes, corn, onion, and garlic. it was/is SOOOO good. which shows you, simple can taste amaazing.

meal 3: chicken soup & an arnold sandwich thin with 1 T of sunbutter

did i mention that soup was amazing? i had to text barbara’s mom and tell her (cause i didn’t try any last night) and she didn’t believe me!

work, work, work. blah, blah, blah. oh and my supervisor finally decided to post the full-time position of my job (which she strongly suggested i apply to) that she told me about over a month ago.. wtf, i could have been salary by now. oh well, lets just hope i actually get the job. i read the description and it mirrors my day-to-day activities, so i’m not trying to stress; i have enough on my plate right now, like studying for the CPA exam.. which i am putting off this very second. UGH. NOVEMBER 22 IS GOING TO BE HERE TOMORROW before i know it and i wont have studied a second. hopefully i’ll get some good studying done friday when i force myself to go to the local library. anyways, where was i? oh..

meal 4: this guy –>

let’s talk about greek yogurt.. i’m not the biggest fan of it straight up. i love it on top of taco salads and mixed with applesauce & cinnamon, but there are some times i almost hate it.. like in my overnight oats or mixed with cereal (yuck!). i love the nutritional stats on it, so i’m trying to acquire the taste for it.. and i think it’s working slowly, but i’m not sure if i’ll ever eat it plain. i picked up this brand instead of my usual chobani while we were at costc0 because i like to try everything to make sure i’m not missing out. let’s just say, it will probably be the last time i buy fage in bulk.. not impressed. the mixing of the fruit isf awkward because the yogurt compartment is shaped very odd and its actually TOO sweet, which is saying a lot for me. i think, for now at least, i’ll stick to my chobani pineapple and mango (my two fav flavors).

came home, walked the dogs, did some laundry, did the dishes (can you tell i didn’t want to study), wiped down the kitchen, organized the fridge ( i reaaaally didn’t want to study), and started on dinner.. (all of this didn’t take me that long) while prepping dinner, i had a begging basset:

he LOVES sweet potatoes! one day, i was cutting some up for mashed sweet potatoes, one fell and he quickly grabbed it, so i let him have it. come to find out, earlier that week, he was sneaking sweet potatoes out of the box and eating them (busted by barbara’s dad). so now, every time he sees me cutting up something that looks remotely close to a sweet potato, it’s beg central (he did get one small piece 😉 ).

meal 5: flaxseed coated chicken tenders and baked sweet potato half moons with a spinach side salad. (so simple to make, so good.) i also tried my first kombucha tonight (gingerade). i didn’t hate it, but i didn’t love it. i do semi-like the taste, so maybe i will try a more mild flavor and see if i like that. if not, oh well.. can’t love everything! i know this girl loves some kombucha.

anddddd now i’m here. when i need to be studying. maybe this blog wasn’t such a good idea. oh, well. at least i have good company!

goodnight! ❤


9 Nov

today has not been my day. yesterday was not my day. this week (and last week) weren’t my weeks.. i’m ready for something good to come about, because i’m starting to feel extra debbie downerish..

2 good things about my day today:

1: my scarf matched my contigo coffee mug.

(my favorite color is purple)

2: i could eat sabra roasted garlic hummus by the spoonful


anyway, back to pity party mode, not that i want to be like this, i actually hate feeling blah.  so, as i’ve said before, i am completing a 12 week BFL challenge which i’m currently on week 8 (wait, maybe 7) i’m not positive.. the reason i’m not positive is because i’ve lost ALL drive to keep going with this challenge, i have NO IDEA why, though. this happens to me just about every time i try to lose weight and get back on track with exercising.. i hit about 2, maybe 3 months, and my drive just disappears.  i thought this time was different though, i was SO MOTIVATED and i was doing SO GOOD.  i haven’t veered off with my eating (that much) but exercise has definitely taken a hit.  this started about 2 weeks ago when i got a call from my mom telling me my dad was in hospital because he thought he had a heart attack (luckily he didn’t, but he’s still seeing a specialist to pin point what exactly caused that discomfort)

*note: i have been EXTRA exhausted the past few months (this includes a few months before i started BFL) and when i went home recently, i found out my dad has a completely inactive thyroid which he was put on medication for (he use to be the dad that came home from work and sat in his chair until he was ready to go to bed).  i, then, found out about a week later at a family wedding that my dad’s whole side has thyroid problems which have contributed to their weight (my whole family, minus a few young cousins, is overweight). i may be the spitting image of my mom when she was younger, but every health issue i have ever had, mirrors my dad (which helps so i know what i can to do help prevent some serious illnesses in the future). so i have an appointment with a specialist next week, since the blood work from my general practitioner didn’t show anything abnormal.

so, hopefully when it’s all said and done, i will be able to find out why i am exhausted and hopefully that will in-turn boost my drive to want to continue this challenge.  i’m luck i have barbara to help me get through it, if i didn’t have someone doing this with me, i would be no obligation to keep myself the slightest bit accountable.

my meals have basically been about the same for the past couple days..

satuday was my free day (bfl – eat whatever, whenever, as much as you like)

-mocha protein smoothie (2/3 C unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 C cold coffee, 1 scoop EAS Whey Chocolate, a few cubes of ice), 1 egg over easy, 2 kashi waffles.

-wendy’s bacon cheeseburger, fries, small frosty (btw felt like shit afterward – i know my body was trying to yell at me for what i put in it)

-chips, salsa, 2 soft chimichangas

-small cup of pumpkin fro-yo with cheesecake bites on top

sunday was busy so i was trying to get a balance of carbs and proteins as best as i could.  this included

-1 protein waffle with 1 tbsp of smucker’s natural honey pb spread on top

-a pure protein bar (chocolate peanut butter)

-1 cube of panko crusted chicken breast, 4 shells of edamame, 1 cube of pumpkin pie, 1 tbsp of clam and corn chowder.  (can you tell where we were? costco. DAMN THOSE FREE SAMPLES! the last few times i resisted the urge, but for some reason sunday, i gave right in)

– 1 apple and a handful of mixed nuts

-whole wheat penne pasta with chicken, spinach, and fontina meatballs with vodka sauce

..all in all not a terrible day, but definitely not the best i’ve had. didn’t drink half as much water as i should have.

monday: woke up and actually made it to the gym. did a lower body workout (half-assed) only burnt 278 cals.

-spinach/blueberry/banana protein shake with EAS Whey Vanilla and unsweetened almond milk

-protein oats (1/3 C rolled oats, 1 scoop of EAS Whey Vanilla protein powder, 1 tbsp of natural pb)

-leftover pasta and meatballs

-1 medium honeycrisp, 2 mini baby bell lights

-spinach salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, and 4 oz of turkey roast (which had been slow cooking all day) with a little bit of annie’s honey mustard on top.  2 arnold sandwich thins with 1 tsp of sunbutter and 1 tsp of natural unsweetened applesauce.

..pretty good day (workout sucked cause i had no motivation but something is better than nothing, right?)

today: woke up at 3:45 am (efffff) to take barbara to the airport so no workout this am (which means no workout)

-mocha protein shake (same as one on sunday) and a honeycrisp apple

-half a whole wheat bagel with a smear of cream cheese, 2 pieces of pineapple and 1 piece of cantaloupe (we had breakfast at work and i thought they would have something i could have, which they really didnt.. so i stuck to these few items, then came back to my desk and had a chocolate protein smoothie)

-chocolate protein-sunbutter oats

-leftover pasta and meatballs, cucumbers and hummus

-laughing cow light wedged and 4 oz of low sodium turkey on a low carb wrap.. cucumbers with roasted garlic hummus

..now i’m sitting here blogging (which i don’t think i’m very good at, nor am i consistent) when i really should be studying for the CPA exam.  so right now my blog doesn’t make much sense.. no sweating lately, not much studying, but i’m thinking about calling it an early night soon to see if i just need a good nights sleep to throw me out of this funk. ( i got maybe 1 solid hour of sleep last night cause the dogs were going crazy)

goodnight.. hopefully i’ll be back sooner than later.. in a better mood with better eating and gym habits also.

bottomless pit..

4 Nov

..which is exactly what my stomach is today. i’m at work, so idk how long this post will be, but we’ll see what i can come up with

so, my stomach .. i don’t get it, because some days i can eat something and it will keep me full for hours. the next day, i can eat the SAME EXACT THING and i will be starving in an hour. well, needless to say: today is the day that i’m starving. it’s a good thing i only pack one days worth of food with me, or i’d be in big trouble today!

so far i’ve had:

meal 1: mocha protein shake (1 C almond milk, 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder, .5 C of coffee, and a handful of ice) and a handful of barbara’s peanut butter puffins

meal 2: .5 C nonfat greek yogurt mixed with .5 C of natural, no sugar added applesauce and some cinnamon on top

meal 3: 2 arnold sandwich thins (1 extra because i was STARVING at this point) and 6 slices of reduced sodium turkey meat. one with laughing cow light and one with annie’s honey mustard and a bunch of baby carrots

…it’s 3:45 right now and i’m about to make some protein oats with a tablespoon of pb. usually that fills me up pretty good, so lets hope that does the trick! i’ve also drank well over a gallon to try to curb my hunger, but that def isn’t working.

oh well, i think that’s all i’m going to post for now.. got some work to do. happy friday!!

..well, good thing i copy and pasted right before i hit publish, because the security on our internet wouldn’t let this publish! ugh, i guess i’ll never be able to post anything at work. which is stupid! what happens when i have zerrro work to do? i guess i’ll just stick to reading blogs during work!

in case you were wondering, meal 4 (1/3 rolled oats, 3/4 scoop whey protein, 1 T of natural pb) did the trick 🙂

i didn’t get off work until 5:30 even though i’m suppose to get off at 4.. blah, i hate overtime on fridays.

i’ll prob go out somewhere for dinner to grab a salad, today i DO NOT feel like cooking, usually i don’t mind, but the thought today makes me want to pull my hair out. oh well.. until next time!

here goes nothing..

4 Nov

well.. here goes nothing! i’m completely new to blogging, but i’ve been wanting to try it out for the longest time. i wanted to start this blog now, because at this point in my life, it seems appropriate.

i just recently finished grad school and received my master’s in accountancy. most people hear that and groan at the thought of all that schooling, but up until now, the journey hasn’t been but so difficult, it’s the next part that terrifies me: sitting for my CPA exam.. ugh. the dreaded CPA exam, with a passing rate of about 40%.. which means 4 out of 10 people that exam pass.. which leaves 6 of us pulling out our hair, crying, screaming, and feeling just plain defeated after all of the work we put in between schooling and studying.

this is also a new time in my life because i now finally entering ‘the real world’. before now, i’ve been in school.. 3.5 years of undergrad and a year of grad school. i now have to get a real job and start taking care of myself, since my wonderful dad has been doing that up until now (and will probably help out for a little longer because he is an amazing man, but that’s another story.)

last, in this new chapter of my life, i have decided to transform myself, inside and out. you see, my whole life (and by whole, i mean WHOLE life) i have struggled with my weight. i was never the small girl, in fact i still remember being called fat in kindergarten. the thing was, i was more active than most kids half my size: i played basketball up until my junior year of high school and played softball year round until my second knee injury my junior year in college. sprints during basketball practice, psh.. i had it, i’d cross the line with the fastest girl on the team, and everyone would be amazed cause i was 3x the size of her. i would lose some weight, then gain it back + some more (because isn’t that how it goes)? i’d lose some weight again, then gain it back. most recently, november 18 (the day after my 23 birthday) of last year to be exact, i started another weight loss journey, i lost 47 pounds. in august when i weighed myself.. i was at the highest weight i had ever been in my life.

so here’s my journey. no more ups and downs, because even though the ups felt really good, the bottom that i hit felt terrible. i lived in yoga pants just about every day.. and its not because i do yoga.. it’s because that was ALL THAT FIT.

i ordered Body For Life on amazon in the middle of august because of a recommendation from a ‘friend’ janetha ( i call her a ‘friend’, because even though i have never met her, her blog [meals and moves] and pictures on instagram (where we share a bond as basset hound owners) have inspired me to finally get a real hold on my life; so thanks, janetha, for everything).

so far, i have lost 27 pounds and i feel 98938298928 x better than i ever have in my life. i don’t know why i ever thought clean eating was such a terrible thing.. like i would be deprived or something. i eat great meals and get great burns after eat workout!

anyways.. the point of this blog probably wont be to post every night, but just to make sure i keep on track with my eating and workouts. if i have a confession, i wont be afraid to write it down here. i know no ones perfect, but i’m in this for the long-run, so if i slip up a little, i know there is always tomorrow to do better.