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So I know I took a break from blogging. But I am back, and living my life a whole different way. For lent I had to decided workout every day, or be active in some way. And I have started to incorporate more veggies, and fruit in my life. I realized that I am a HUGE emotional eater. I use it for comfort, celebration, and about every other mood I might be feeling.

Growing up, I had sweets around all the time. We, as a family, overate. And it’s a nasty habit I have taken with my into the beginning part of adulthood. I have realized this and am taking the steps to make sure I do not continue this bothersome habit. I have never “struggled” with weight, I just carry around a few extra pounds that I know my body doesn’t need to survive.

So something I was giving to Jesus for lent has helped me start the life change that I always wanted. I am eating healthier foods, counting most of my calories to see where I am at, and exercising (and pushing myself! Instead of just going through the motions). I’ve realized how unhealthy our lifestyles can be here in America. We eat, and don’t move – everyday. I want to break the mold and be healthy. I want to feel energized and strong. Feed my body with good stuff, but allow myself to indulge as well.

After much research, I’ve discovered it’s a pretty simple equation. Exercise and portion control to maintain a healthy lifestyle. My upcoming nuptials are less than 4 months away and I want to be toned and feeling good about how much clothes fit and how I look.

I found I am constantly surrounded by women who are on “diets”, complaining that they are fat, and yet they don’t do anything about it. I am trying to change that frame of mind where if you are unhappy about something – change it! And we all have the tools to be healthy…and happy.

Enough of my rambling! Started my day off right with some Overnight Oats with PB (my daily addiction). No day is complete for me without peanut butter.

Overnight Oats with Flaxseed
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup vanilla Almond milk
1/8 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp milled flaxseed
1.5 tbsp peanut butter

Put first 4 ingredients in tuperware overnight. In the morning, scoop a big scoop o’ peanut butter right on top and enjoy! I dug into mine because I was craving it so bad this morning! I had it with an Almond Joy Almond Milk french roast coffee. Usually the Overnight Oats look like this (this one complete with chocolate chips – optional):

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I do not know how some people can work 4 ten-hour work days every week. Godspeed to ya if you do! I am so happy this week is coming to a close. I need to great organized. I am still nursing my coffee from earlier and am about half way done with my Nalgene.

I am trying to track my food differently now – with the times. I will try to take pictures when I can, I just haven’t been as focused on that as I should be. For the rest of the day I will be snapping pictures.

My sweetheart stopped by my work today to say hello. He then ran some errands for me because he is the best! We are going to play one of the best games for the Wii. I asked for it for Christmas and my honey never disappoints. This game is FUN and makes you sweat a little. For those days when you don’t feel like exercising…this is perfect! It’s called Just Dance 2 and I adore it. You can have fun and burn a few calories. It’s fun, gets you moving, and is an easy “exercise” to do on your off days. There is also a “Just Sweat” setting, where you have a goal of a certain number of songs per day to reach a certain number of “sweat” points a week. Check it out! It’s worth it!

11:20am: Ate my PB&J for lunch

I seem to suck at tracking my food intake so far. My days are so busy and full of meetings, and work, and after work meetings and life in general gets in my way. But this who getting into shape thing is really really important to me. Lately I have been busy and tired. So I feel like I just keep making excuses for myself. It’s easy to not exercise when I am tired. It’s easy not to eat 100% right when I am feeling burnt out and grab what is easiest. But is this helping me reach my goal? No. Is it good for my health in general? No.

Today after work, I am heading the store. To pick up some needed items as well as to get a bunch of fresh vegetables and fruits. If I have that stuff in the house. I eat it. But when I don’t. I reach for the chips or pretzels or carb loaded snack item. Tonight when I go the store, I am picking up the vegetables and fruits – I want to get carrots, celery, apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, etc. etc. etc. I am doing myself a disservice – and I don’t feel as good as I did when I was exercise 4 to 5 times a week, eating veggies and fruit everyday. I am just in a rut. Time to get that fixed.

I have also be super dyhrdated too. I drank over 2 Nalgenes and I wake up with a horrible feel in my stomach. I have NOT been taking care of myself . IT’s been work and go, go, go, for 2 weeks now. Time to get back on track. Not a good formula for the content life.

7:00AM: Cup of coffee with coconut creamer and overnight oats with chocolate peanutella.
9:30AM: Second cup of coffee with three vanilla creamer cups.
10:34AM: Hunger strikes. Eating a banana. Drinking more water.

Yesterday. I kinda failed at most things. Ha! I worked so hard yesterday and I had a killer headache. So I failed at tracking my meals, at being super productive, and at exercise. I mostly just went through coupons and crashed on the couch. My head was pounding when I got to bed around 9ish.

I woke up this morning, and my head is still a little poundy and I felt SO dehydrated. Why can I not get enough water in me??

This morning I drank water while I got ready for the day, and then had my usual cup o’ coffee. I am not drinking my water and a cup of green tea. I had my lunch. Which consisted of leftover pizza with pesto sauce, and a chocolate mint square. It was an early lunch, but my body needed the food. Lately, I feel like I can’t get enough to eat, I’ve felt weaker, and just plain RUN down. I am thinking I need to recoup from travel and then non-stop work weeks. This weekend is my time to recoup – it is my birthday and then we are going to the Bridal Expo here in town. Then I am taking Sunday to just SIT, and probably hit the gym. I need to get back into that habit…and I also want to incorporate more FRESH fruit and vegetables in my diet. When I am at the store, I want to spend at least 50% of the time I do in the produce section.

This got me thinking? How does tiredness and exhaustion play a part in the content life? To some, probably not at all. BUT, if I wasn’t so tired I wouldn’t take the time to just sit. Which I have been doing. Also, I don’t worry as much as I usually would…because I am frankly too tired to worry. Some times things come into my mind, but they just kind of come and go. I think it helps unwind people when things are go, go, GO! I am getting through today, have a meeting from 5:30 to 7pm tonight. And then I am going to sit. Recoup. And exercise tomorrow.

Back from my whirlwind trip with 90% of wedding decorations, 50% of vendors figured out, and a wedding dress! Also…I ate A LOT this weekend with my family and going to all the fancy restaurant. And guess what’s coming in the mail today? My bikini’s. Guess who needs to hit the gym? This kid.

Want to see some of the things I ate this weekend? Totally tasty, not so good for the waist line. 😦 Did exercise one day with my sis, and then we did do A LOT of walking. So I think we still were pretty active.

Homemade pizzelle from my sister!

Veggie sandwhich with Sugar Free Soy Coconut Latte.

California Burritos from Jalapeno’s!

Mac and Cheese dinner with pretzel from airport, for dinner last night.

Today started off with a cup o’ coffee with coconut creamer and a Peanut Butter Chocolate Zone bar. Not my first nutricious choice, but I forgot I had a meeting from 7:15 am to 8:15 am, so I scarfed it down! I am not on my second cup of coffee and I just realized it some how became 10 am. So I am hungry again. I need to start eating well again, this weekend – I ate out so much and I did not hold back! I think I may have gained about 3 pounds. So let’s get this thing going. I am now having a second cup of coffee with vanilla and caramel machiatto creamer, plus drinking water (gotta stay hydrated), and about a 1/2 cup of apple sauce. Mmm! So tonight is going to be tricky – got a late flight in last night and early morning at work (doing for ten-hour shifts again). Tonight I wanted to exercise, but on 5 to 6 hours of sleep – my body needs rest and I think we might do a frozen pizza for dinner.

Speaking of water – I do not drink enough of it. I am going to log my water throughout the day to reach a goal.  
+ 10:00am: 4 oz (out of my goal, 64oz)

A long day ahead of me.

Just when you think everything is “slowing down” or becoming easier. Beware! My fiancee’s dad always said that “bad things come in threes”. So let’s begin:

1) Small problem: kind of a bummer. My purple coffee mug, brand new from my mom for Christmas, the slidey part broke off last night while washing. My handyman fiancee fixed it for me with some superglue and it’s good as new as new (he just told me to be gentle with it).

2) Medium problem: at 5:50 this morning – right before my alarm went off, the “chirping” of the smoke alarm. In my sleepy stupor, I tried to replace the battery and handle that wonderful “beeping sound”.

3) Large problem: I did laundry last night, and I checked the dryer this morning – my clothes were surprisingly still damp. The heat doesn’t seem to be working in it – it tumbles – but it’s obviously not happy and at 6am this morning I couldn’t do much about it. My fiancee will look at it later…but ugh! 😦

For breakfast, I had overnight oats (with organic Vanilla Soy Milk) then this morning I added a big scoop of organic peanut butter and a palmful of chocolate chip. I think I made too much of it, but I ate it anyways. It surprising tasted a lot like chocolate chip cookie dough (which of course, is always good). Not like the peanut butter chocolate cup I was thinking it would be like. I am also enjoying my morning cup ‘o coffee with coconut creamer and soy milk. Mmm! 😀

Exercising tonight. I am doing it. No matter what. I was on a roll building some strength and muscle back – and now I am feeling doughy again. I never though being so busy would make exercising so hard. Since I work 40 hour weeks, I usually work from 7:30 to 3:30ish, and fitting in a work on those days is easy compared to this week! Heading out of state for wedding dress shopping in 2 days. Sometimes, even with all this motivation, when you’re exhausted, it’s hard to get moving.

Off to a shakey start! 😛

SO Holy YUM! This weekend I got the motivation to try to make a chocolate-peanut nut butter (sort of like it’s chocolate-hazelnut counterpart – but for much cheaper).

So I realize that this is not the best thing for you and obviously, proceed with caution – I could eat spoonful after spoonful of this! It’s delicious! 😀

1 cup shelled salted peanuts
1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons canola oil

Roast the peanuts on a cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven for 4 to 5 minutes – until the a slightly browned and very fragant (I roasted mine a touch too long, so just keep your eyes on them!).

Then place the peanuts in the food processor with a quick drizzle of oil to get the peanuts grinding. From there, they should turn into a peanut buttery paste (esentially you are making peanut butter with some pizazz!) that will in a sense become like that creamy PB consistency.

Once the peanuts are like this, throw in the cocoa and powdered sugar, with a little bit of oil until it is at the desired consistency – to pull everything together. Put in a jar and store in the fridge! YUM!

I had it in my overnights oats this morning. And on Saturday, my fiancee made delicious waffles which I was more than happy to spread some on to. It was a delicious Saturday…and Sunday…and Monday! 😛

Everything must have a beginning, so this the first installment of my blog. I am on the road to my wedding in 6 months – and I want to look great! Not only do I want to look good for my wedding, but I also want to look good for myself and start healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

I already ordered three new bathing suits from Victoria Secret…so now I kinda sorta hafta get into good shape – or it’s just wasted money. So I am trying a new strategy. Strategy #1: Buy a piece of clothing that you will use as a goal to look good in. Nothing is more motivating that a skimpy bathing suit! Hey, maybe if all goes well – I’ll look like one of those models. 😉

Another thing, this week is going to be a challege – I am working 4 ten-hour shifts at work as I am flying out of state to go wedding dress shopping this weekend! My job needs me and since no one can do my job – I feel like I need to be here full-time this week or I will be in a deep rut. So how am I going to be able to fit work-out into my 7am to 5pm work week? After a bout of sickness the past week, I need to get back on that exercise horse. I think my plan of attack will be exercise DVDs – Jillian Micheals is my friend, right?

So, for weeks where time is short (much like this one!), I will be using a DVD to get something done in the comfort of my own home on my own time (without going into the snow storm that we got last night, removing drive time and “set up” time at the gym to give me more time at home and time to visit with my fiancee!). I also have some workouts that I pieced together from Health Magazine. It’s fairly easy to squeeze something in, just sometimes I am too tired to get it all in. I try to exercise even a little everyday – obviously, some days, like when you are sick – motivation is hard to come by. I can’t wait until the warm weather is back so my fiancee and I can talk walks or ride bikes on days it’s hard to make it to the gym.

Hold up! I am going wedding dress shopping this weekend (another reason to get on that exercise horse). And I think I have the perfect dress in mind, I love the Vneck dresses. I think that they are so pretty, and flattering. When I first got engaged – I had no idea what I would want in a dress. But I just love these. So this weekend, the hunt in on. And if I want something that fits nice, I will get my butt in gear and tone up! No bodice’s for me, or fabric that squeeze me tiny. I want to feel healthy and strong. Time to put my “Three E’s” into action: 1) Eat healthy, 2) Exercise strong, and 3) Enjoy life!

Breakfast: Overnight Oats with Vanilla Soy Milk and a big scoop of homemade Peanutella. And of course, no day can start without: coffee with soy milk and coconut coffee cream (yum!) 😀

Morning Snack: A banana the size of Florida.

Lunch: A PB & J with two salt water taffy’s.

Back to work. Time to get some stuff done in my long week! 😉

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