Category Archives: Eating is not cheating

All of a sudden in the car show scene. Lol. 

I came to Spocom 2013 to support some friends. This year I was given the opportunity to experience it from behind the scenes. Same big smile and same big heart but physically stronger and mentally more focused. When what inspired you at the beginning is no longer there, find something else and keep it moving. Be your own muse and don’t give up. 260lbs to 200lbs wasn’t easy. It’s still not easy. My heart and mind are always in the game but some days my body is just done and nachos sound like a way better idea than working out. Looking at old pictures of myself makes me feel some type of way. I don’t even recognize that person anymore. I’ve come so far that going back isn’t an option. Blessed and thankful to have people around who keep me motivated. Past, present and future…everyone in my life matters.
  

  

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January Recap

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I know, I know…it’s not always about the number on the scale, it’s also about how your clothes fit and how much more energy you have, blah, blah, blah…But I like to keep track of my number cuz it keeps me on check. I figured out the pattern…the more crappy food I ate, the more I gained. Duh. The first peak was during the holidays. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t resist all the yummy unhealthy food. The second peak was Party of 5 Vegas. Do I even need to explain the temptations in Vegas? Didn’t think so.

January wasn’t a complete burn though, I still clocked in about a 5lb loss. Yay!

A few important things to note…

After Vegas, I tried the cabbage diet. My buddy, Trish, introduced me to it. Tricia, if you’re reading this, you owe me a hiking trip by the way, and lunch. Anyway…I resisted at first but figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it since I had just been cheating on my diet all weekend. There are a lot of versions of this diet, but we did the one found on divascancook.com. It worked out pretty well. Definitely evened out the weight I gained over Vegas weekend and I actually ended up liking the soup. I like it so much in fact that I still have it every now and then. It’s a small step up (solid foodwise) from the smoothies I usually have every day.

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Over the month, I clocked in 800 minutes of cardio which included mostly walking and some hiking. Total miles: 44.5. Most of those miles were at work during breaks and lunches. I averaged about 1.8 miles per work day. Looking to step up my game and get those numbers higher for February…oh crap!…February ends in like 2 weeks!

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Eating is not cheating – Part 2

That awkward moment when my weight loss blog starts looking more like a food blog…what happens in Vegas? Um…

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Our first night in Vegas, we checked out the Shake Shack. They said it was better than In & Out!…what?! Pretty bold statement so we had to check it out. I had the Smoke Shack (the burger that came with bacon!), cheese fries and a coffee flavored shake. All of it bomb! Not better than In & Out, just different.

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The next day…Lobster Me is always a fan favorite for us. I’ve had it before. Bomb as usual. Grilled cheese with lobster and lobster bisque.

That same night…Bacchanal Buffet. No words. The food was as good as the pictures. Super bomb! Wish I carried a purse or had a girlfriend who carried one. Lol.

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Cheating on my diet, oops, I mean new lifestyle, for a weekend sets me back at least a week. Yeah, yeah, cheat meals are fine every now and then (if they’re earned) but an entire weekend? Nah…I coulda/shoulda been stronger. I wish I woulda saw this gem BEFORE I went to Vegas. Lol.

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Eating is not cheating

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Eating is not cheating…that cracks me up every time ‘cuz you know.  LOL.  Anyway.  In just one week, that’s all the food I was surrounded by.  The struggle to “eat clean” (LOL!…I cannot get my head out of the gutter sometimes) is real.  What’s that one saying?…Losing weight is 80% diet and 20% working out.  Well, whatever the numbers are, I can tell you from experience diet is pretty key.  Oh my bad, it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change.  Haha.  I started 2013 at about 275lbs.  I worked out maybe 3 or 4 times a week, mostly cardio with some strength training.  I thought I was being cool by eating Subway sandwiches for lunch every day.  Eat fresh, yay me!…Nope.  2013 was also the year I forgot I was in my 30s and acted 23 instead.  I went out a lot.  Maybe 4-5 times a week.  What comes after a night of partying?  King Taco.  Sup dude who always puts extra cheese on my nachos?!  Or Denny’s.  Sup homie who brings us coffee but sometimes effs up and asks me “Where’s the other girl?”  Can you just pretend you’re asking about a cousin?!  Geez.  My favorite person after partying is the bacon wrapped hot dog lady vendor at Here Lounge in WeHo…Hi, Alma!  You the real MVP!  At the end of 2013, I weighed in at 258.  17lb loss.  Alright, at least I was going in the right direction.

2014 is where it happened.  I saw the infomercial for the Nutribullet and thought, “That looks cool!  I’m gonna buy one.”  I realized that’s the same thing I said the year before ‘cuz i actually did buy one but it was chillin and unused for months.  Oh, and just so we’re clear, I’m not promoting this specific gadget ‘cuz I’m not getting paid to.  I just happen to have it.  Anyway, I made a smoothie for lunch one day.  Spinach based with various fruits.  Pretty good.  I started having smoothies for lunch maybe 3-4 times a week.  Also at the beginning of 2014, I stopped going out so much.  Trading nachos, the super bird with seasoned fries and bacon wrapped hot dogs for spinach and fruit proved to be SUPER beneficial ‘cuz at the end March, I weighed in at 239!  Already more than I lost all of 2013. I definitely wanted to start eating healthier after that.

It’s hard to eat healthy when I’m surrounded by good tasting unhealthy food all the time.  My mom and uncle are beasts in the kitchen.  And although I’m doing pretty good about eating the right kind of food, I still haven’t met a chicken wing or plate of nachos that I didn’t fall in love with.

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