Where did the summer go???

10 Sep

This summer has gone by so quickly! Let me give you a quick run-down of what’s happened:

I intended on starting in May (see my May 8th post), but work, life, and excuses got in the way.  I made very little headway in my weight loss journey. I started cooking differently, and drinking more water, but I wasn’t sticking to my plan.

My husband and I planned a family trip to the beach at the end of the summer. I love documenting EVERYTHING with video and pictures, but I didn’t want us to shy away from the camera because we were embarrassed. We didn’t want to look at our vacation years from now, and not see ourselves having a good time. So we decided to do this TOGETHER.

On June 13th, I started at 230 and Stephen started at 298.

By July 30th, I was at 215, and Stephen dropped down to 260!


The results of changing our diet was amazing! And it hasn’t been difficult! Thank goodness for Pinterest for new and easy dinner ideas. We’ve been sticking to a 2200 calorie diet, drinking a gallon of water a day, and 2 shakes. We haven’t stuck to our cleanse days, but look at the results even without doing all of them!

Then came August….

The first two weeks of August we ate horribly. We held two birthday parties for our daughter, and due to trying to be financially mindful, we only ate what was left over from the parties, until it was gone. Since the parties were for larger groups, and I always over purchase, there were a lot of hot dogs, chips, cookies, potato salad, salsa, pulled chicken, beet salad, cheese, crackers, fruit, and beer left over.  We still tried to be mindful of our caloric intake…but since the calories were not of quality, we were more hungry…therefore cranky.

But guess what….because we still had our 2 daily shakes…we didn’t gain any weight!

We went to the beach for the last week of August-First week of September. We were on vacation mode. We didn’t drink enough water, only got one shake in a day on most days (forgot our accelerator/flush at home), and ate a lot of fried food, froyo, and quite a bit of beer/wine.  Now that we are home, we have not weighed ourselves yet.  I have a feeling we might have gained a few pounds due to water weight, but I’m pretty confident it’s not that bad.

So here we are, September 10th. Lets set goals. I still have about 15-20lbs to go before I’m pre baby weight.


  • Daily Check in with my FB Nutritional Group! I find that when I check in with the group, I strive to do something daily that is beneficial to my health.
  • Weekly (if not more) posts on this site.
  • Daily work outs with my munchkin: Our daughter is a GREAT personal trainer. She pushes me to keep going, to do more reps, to have fun…and she’s only 2!
  • Shed 10lbs by September 30th.

Who’s with me????


Why Now?

8 Jun

Before our wedding in October of 2012, I was 188 lbs. I was going to the gym, working with personal trainers, but never lost a pound! I always wanted to be at 165 and/or a size 8, but it never happened. Shortly after our wedding, we were ecstatic to find out I was pregnant! During pregnancy, I got up to 265lbs, but gave my self the a year to lose it…that didn’t happen. After our daughter was born, I didn’t do much to lose the weight.

I tried Isagenix for 2 weeks, and lost 11 pounds, and kept it off! I did a little Beachbody here, some C25K there, a lot of salads….but I was never serious about making a serious change in my life.

Then, a month ago, my friend posted this video: https://youtu.be/aeUaJ8HjNVs. Now, I love jokes. A rap battle can be pretty fun. Sometimes they get uncomfortable because the jokes hit below the belt.  This one was teetering on that level for me, but I decided to continue watching to see why she posted it and said “Must watch to the end.”

WARNING: these jokes might be what some call serious fat shaming. They are harsh, they are mean, but watch all the way to the end. Oh, and there are a LOT of F Bombs.

In the beginning, Rone was doing his thing, spewing out fat jokes quickly (very well spoken may I add). However, at minute 1:53, it takes a turn. He decides to “F#!@ jokes, I’ll use reality to show that they are lame.” He starts talking about what it feels like to see someone overweight coming down the aisle on the plane, worried they will sit next to him. He’s still trying to be funny, but I’ve always wondered if people were thinking this as I was walking down the aisle on a plane.

Then, at 3:35, he starts to gets me. “The fact that you are FAT….says a lot about you as a man.”  I insert WOMAN in my head, because what he says next is SO TRUE about me. “No long term goals, no perseverance, you can’t stick to a plan, you only care about yourself, you are stuck in your selfish ways.”

SO TRUE! I only think about how that chocolate cupcake will make me feel right now; how happy it will make me. How wonderful that Mac and Cheese tastes, and I don’t feel like washing all that kale to make chips. I don’t think of how much I’ll gain from this week’s meals, and that I won’t enjoy the pool with my daughter because I worry that people will judge me in my bathing suit, with my cellulite on my calves, and my stomach rolling over. But man…that cupcake tastes so good…right now. I’m happy now….how selfish.

I thought Rone got me with that comment…but he continued. THESE WORDS are when I decided to make a change: “And I get pissed because you have kids, and your children are going to grow, and it’s a tragedy, because being fat is all they will ever know. When your daughter was born, you probably weighed 355 pounds. If he walked a mile a day since then, he’d be skinny by now. So I don’t give a f#!@ if I lose today or f#!@in’ lose the race. Bro, you can’t win at life until you f#!@in lose the weight, bro.”

I need to not only make this life change for me, but for my FAMILY. I don’t want to be out of breath playing with our kids. I don’t want to shy away from events where I have to wear tank tops or a bathing suit. I don’t want to be soaking in sweat, telling them it’s time to go in, just because I’m too fat to enjoy the time with them. Why cheat my family of a good time, a healthy time, because I’m too lazy to put the work into being healthy? WHAT KIND OF EXAMPLE AM I? A plate of varenyky with tons of fried onion and sour cream is more important than my life? Than THEIR LIVES? Our children look up to us, they follow our footsteps. I’m not making this change just for me, I’m making it for them!

I’ve taken diet pills, counted calories, eaten prepared meals, joined weight-loss clubs. None of that taught me how to live my life. I’m too food obsessed, too TV obsessed, too sleep obsessed, too LAZY obsessed. I need to relearn how to fuel my body, to regain my energy, be free of always worrying what I’m going to eat next.

I chose to go back to Isagenix. Yes, it’s two shakes a day, but it’s also 3 meals a day on top of that. It’s not a weight loss program, it’s a nutritional cleanse and a relearning process. I could use the program for my whole life if I wanted to, or just temporarily to retrain myself.  Regardless of HOW I’m going to get back on track of being healthy, I’m getting back on track, period!

Some might argue that this is a waste of money, eat more greens, get to the gym. Let me remind you: most of my days are spent being vegan. Most of my meals include a generous helping of greens. Weight loss and health are 80% of what you eat…only 20% is your activity. That’s why when I was working with trainers before our wedding, I didn’t lose a single pound that year!

I’d rather spend the money now on this phenomenal program to help me regain my life and health, than spend it on botox, liposuction, diabetes medication, hospital visits, knee replacement surgery, open heart surgery, etc.

Follow my story. I will continue to chronicle, and share with you my successes, and any failures. Knowing others are watching and following, helps me drive to succeed.  I want to prove I can do this, I want to prove anyone can do this!

If you want to join me, let me know! I’d love an exercise buddy, recipe swap friend, or a even a group to cleanse with!

Time to lose the baby weight….almost 2 years later

13 May

I cannot believe that it’s been almost 2 years since our daughter was born! Life has been hectic, exhausting, and full of excuses. I gained 65 lbs during pregnancy and have only lost 30 of it. I started exercising, dieting numerous times, but it would only stick for a week or so. I’m not sure if this time will stick, but maybe writing about it will help.

Excuses….we all are able to spew them out.  Mine have been: I have no time, I’m exhausted, I’m making ______ a priority (fill in the blank with work, baby, family, sleep), I’m worried about my heart, the list goes on.

So here I sit, at a lovely 232, thinking, we are 89 days away from our daughter’s birthday.  Let’s see what I can do in that time. I need to set my routine and stop eating crap! Exercise is great and all, but if I don’t eat properly, the exercise is basically pointless.  How we look is 80% what we eat, and 20% exercise (don’t quote me on that, I just heard it somewhere and it stuck with me).

My short term goal is to get down to 195 in those 89 days. 37 pounds in almost 3 months…..might not be realistic, but it’s a goal to try to acheive!

Here’s the plan: 

We’ve been going to the gym after work every other day. I have loads of excuses why I can’t go (I’m tired, I need to make dinner so we don’t eat at 9pm, A is cranky, I’M cranky, I need to clean). So when those pop into my head, I remind myself that we need to take our daughter to socialize with other kids at their day care.  In my mind, I’m really putting her as a priority. I know, I know…I need to make going to the gym for me, but if this mind trick works, I’ll take it!

Right now I’ve mostly been working out for 30 min, just to get A used to the day care environment, but my goal is to work out for at least an hour every other day (at the gym, or at home).

Diet…I started my 30 Isagenix plan on Monday.  I am actually on my first day of my cleanse.  It’s a great program, and easy to stick to.  I’m drinking 115 oz of water a day, sticking to three 400-600 calorie meals, and adding two Isa Shakes a day. Then twice a week I have cleanse days. I’ve seen success with this before, and never gained back the weight. I do not feel hungry or deprived.  I’m going to try to stick to a Vegan/Vegetarian diet….and cut back on the sweets, SIGNIFICANTLY.

I think that’s it.  I’ll post my weight once a week. I’ll also post my measurements at the end of my 30 day.

Here we go…Day 3

Taken May 7, 2015

Taken May 7, 2015

232 Lbs.

232 Lbs.

Happy New Year! Black Eyed Peas With Kale

4 Jan

My husband insists on us eating black eye peas on New Years Day (bleh).  I try to find a way to make them that I will easily eat them.  The goal is to eat as many as you can.  The tradition is, the more you eat, the wealthier your year will be.  So after researching many recipes, I created the following (and we ate the whoooooole thing):

4 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 red onion, diced
2 organic carrots, diced
2 small red bell peppers, diced
2 cans of BEP, discard liquid
2 heads of Kale, deveined and torn to pieces

Mince the garlic and add to a warm pan with olive oil. Saute until you really smell the garlic.  Then add the onion.  Saute until soft.  Add carrots and peppers.  Saute until everything is to a desired texture.  Add peas and kale.  Stir/cook until kale is still a nice green, yet wilted.

Serve over brown rice and enjoy the wealth that the upcoming year brings 🙂

Red Beans and Rice with Collard Greens

21 Apr

Ok…I was worried about this recipe.  I normally am not a beans and rice girl, and have never tried collard greens. I honestly did not think I would like this, and had some roasted tomato soup on stand by for dinner.  I took one bite, and was hooked!  This dinner will be repeated a number of times.  Big hit in our household.

Serves 2 (2 LARGE servings)
(from Dr. Barnard’s Kickstart book)

½ onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 stalks celery, sliced thinly
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 bay leaf
2 cups cooked red beans with at least 2 tablespoons liquid
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups sliced collard greens
Cooked brown rice
Hot sauce for garnish

Instructions: Over medium heat, sauté the onion, bell pepper, and celery until the onion is lightly caramelized, only using water, no oil or butter.  Add the garlic and sauté for 1 more minute.  Add the pay leaf, red beans with liquid, pepper, thyme, and salt.  Add water to  create enough sauce to look like a stew (about ¼ cup).  Simmer the sauce for at least 10 minutes, though the longer you let it simmer, the better it gets.  Replace the water as it evaporates.  Smash the beans until the sauce thickens, but don’t worry about getting every bean smashed.  The sauce should have a lot of texture.  While the sauce is simmering, steam the collard greens.  Combine the collard greens with the finished bean sauce.  Serve over rice and top with hot sauce

Per serving: 493 calories, 21 g protein, 97 g carbohydrate, 5 g sugar, 3 g total fat, 6% calories from fat, 21 g fiber, 295 mg sodium

Balsamic Zucchini Sandwich

21 Apr

Serves 2
(from Dr. Barnard’s 21 Day Kickstart book)

2 zucchini, cut lengthwise into ½’ thick strips
4 garlic cloves, sliced
1 tbl balsamic vinegar
1 cup rinsed white kidney beans (cannellini beans)
1 large roasted red pepper
2 whole wheat sandwich rolls (mini baguettes or bolillo rolls)
6-8 fresh basil leaves
½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper

Instructions: over medium-high heat, sauté the zucchini strips for about 1 minute (do not overcrowd the pan, use water instead of oil).  While sautéing, puree the white beans and roasted red pepper.  Toast the buns. Now back to the zucchini strips. Reduce the heat to medium.  Add the garlic and balsamic vinegar and stir immediately.  Sauté this for about 30 seconds and remove from the heat.  Spread the pureed beans on the bottom bun, then add the basil, then the zucchini, and finish off with a garnish of black pepper.

Per serving: 380 calories, 19 g protein, 76 g carbs, 11 g sugar, 12 g total fat, 5% calories from fat, 14 g fiber, 465 mg sodium

My variation: I sauté the zucchini a little longer than 1 minute.  Enough time for pureeing and toasting.  I’m also thinking of adding some more beans to the puree, and maybe some seasonings.  They suggest that if you don’t have time or ingredients for the puree, you can use store bought roasted red pepper hummus.  I also think I’m going to try this as a wrap instead.  I feel it was too much bread, and it overpowered some of the other flavors.

Portobello Fajitas

21 Apr

Stephen and I went to Coyote Grill inFairfaxwith our two great friends, and I tried the Portobello Fajitas.  I could not rave about them enough!  They were AMAZING!  I was so excited when I found a recipe in Dr. Barnard’s 21 Day Kickstart book!  We had them last night, and they are super tasty!

Serves 2

½ onion, thinly sliced
Splash of water (about 3 tablespoons)
2 large Portobello caps, thickly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 large roasted red pepper, sliced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Corn or whole wheat flour tortillas
Salsa or lime wedges

Instructions: Over medium-high heat, sauté the onion until it turns a rich, dark, brown color (no oil/butter).  Add a splash of water and quickly stir.  The liquid will evaporate in just a few seconds.  Reduce the heat to medium.  Add the Portobello’s and garlic and sate until the mushrooms glisten and loose their raw, whitish look.  Add the cumin and chili powder; sauté for 15 to 30 more seconds.  Remove the pan from the heat.  Immediately add the roasted red peppers and cilantro.  Serve with tortillas as well as salsa or lime wedges.

Per Serving: 286 calories, 10 g protein, 60 g carbs, 5 g sugar, 3 g total fat, 10% calories from fat, 5 g fiber, 668 mg sodium

My variation: I also added some avocado slices.  I find avocado gives a creamy texture to most dishes, so it often replaces my need for cheese.  Next time I’m thinking of sautéing some green peppers along with the mushrooms and onions.