Monday, April 30, 2012

April Foodie Pen Pal Reveal!




This was my FIRST month as a Foodie Pen Pal and I am so excited to be a part of this! For those of you who do not know what FPP is, here's a little information:


It was started by Lindsay,http://www.theleangreenbean.com/ Whose blog you MUST check out.           

  Every month you are paired with someone new, they are either a blogger or a reader and you purchase 15$ worth of food goodies and then send them!





I recived a delicious and very thoughtful package from the lovely DianaPantz, her blog is a mixture of vegan foods/recipes, her biking adventures AND DIY projects! You definitely need to check her out!


I LOVED the packaging! How did she know I am a dinosaur fan?


So many goodies for me! I had a particularly bad day when my FPP package arrived, and this instantly made it all better :)


 
 




 Diana had me send her 5 facts about me in our initial email, and one thing I told her was I LOVED chocolate. She sent me homemade dark chocolate bark with pistachios... lets just say they didn't survive the first night.





She spoiled me AGAIN with Sea Salt Caramels, and oh my goodness these were amazing. I will be placing an order for these very soon.







I have never seen these organic fruit nuggets before, but they were a perfect snack to keep in my bag!



Can never have too many baby lara bars! I love the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor!!




Another delicious snack were these almond pecan crunch bites! Unfortunately I only had one before placing them in the pantry and someone else got to them before I could have more!



This tea is the only thing I haven't had yet, I think I am saving it for a time where I can really sit down and enjoy it. Maybe I'll drink it while attending my first Nutrition School class!






Overall this was an AMAZING first Foodie Pen Pal's experience. Thank you SO MUCH Diana!!




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Sunday, April 29, 2012

5 Day Slim Down Food Haul!


Happy Sunday Sweaties!!


 I was out of town for most of the weekend so I have been unable to post anything for you BUT I have an exciting week of posts ahead!


I am doing the Tone It Up 5 day slim down, starting tomorrow and made a little food haul video to share with all of you :) If you are doing the 5DSD please let me know so we can hold each other accountable!






This week I will be sharing my first Foodie Pen Pal, a GIVEAWAY, weekend recap/Philly vlog, my interview with Body Hack and FitFluentail Ambassadorship!


Enjoy the rest of your weekend
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Friday, April 27, 2012

Why I Hate Scales

When I first started my weight loss journey, I was obsessed with my scale. I would weigh myself every morning and sometimes again at night. However I wasn't always happy with how I felt after I would weigh in because my numbers weren't what I had hoped or expected.

As my journey progressed and I became more confident and happy with how my body looked, I used the scale less and less. Instead I focused on measurements and how my clothes looked, this method has been working really well for me the past 6 months.

I still weigh myself, just not as often. Maybe once a week or even once every two weeks.

I have a "weigh in" ritual. Before stepping on I stand in front of the full length mirror and just look at myself. Then I say, " I am happy with how I look and that is what matters." 
(this is honestly how I do it every time I weigh in) 
If I am not happy with how my body looks that day, I don't weigh in, simple as that.

This morning I did my ritual and stepped on.  
The scale has me up 2 pounds.

To some this may be upsetting, but not to me. 
Not anymore.
 I have worked out hard all week, Wednesday I worked out twice. 
My meals have been lean and clean, and healthy.


Would I have loved to step on this morning and hit a new low? Absolutely.
Am I upset that it showed a gain instead? Not in the slightest.

My weight has fluctuated between 5 pounds for as long as I can remember, this is nothing, it'll come off as quickly as it came on.


The moral of the story is: Don't let the numbers on the scale be the end all, be all. They are just numbers. Eat healthy, stay active and do what makes you feel good. THAT is what matters :)



Happy Friday Sweaties!



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Thursday, April 26, 2012

How much is too much?

My body hurts
I have worked out 3 times in the past 2 days, and it is only 9 am.

I should have listened to my body and skipped my 5 am workout today. It didn't make me feel any better, it actually only made me feel worse.

I am sitting here and every muscle is aching and I feel completely wiped out in general.

I am rundown from overexertion


I pushed myself to take 5 am boot camp yesterday even though I had Power X last night.
 I did it because two of my friends were doing both, if they can I can, right?

Wrong

Everyone is different.

They work out twice a day way more often then I do.
Our schedules are different, our bodies are different and our level of endurance is different.

Sometimes I need to realize I am not like everyone else and I need to do whats right for me and tell my guilty conscience to shut up. 

This is an important lesson for all of us. 
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
No workout is worth hurting yourself
No weigh in is worth starving yourself



However, as sore and tired as I am. I feel great. 
I pushed through 3 grueling workouts and I am taking a much needed rest day tomorrow because Saturday will be spent walking all around Philly!




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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Every Pound Is A Victory

Since January 1st I have been involved in a "Biggest Loser" weight loss contest.
I wasn't really interested in it because I have lost so much weight at such a slow pace it didn't really seem worth it to me to compete with others who were just starting their journeys, however, a lot of my family members (including Mom) were participating so I said why not for $20 it's extra motivation.

(me January 1st, 2012)


The contest ends this Friday, 4/27 and I have just been told that most of the participants are not doing the final weigh in because "they didn't do as well as they hoped," during the contest.

That is ridiculous.




Weight loss is not a race. 
If it was I would have lost 2 years ago when I started. 
It has taken me all this time to lose 48 pounds, when some people can lose that in a matter of months. 

But that is what JUST KEEP SWEATING is all about, no matter what, you keep going. 

You hold yourself accountable.


(me, April 24, 2012 )

I lost a total of 9 pounds during this contest, and I am more than happy with that.

 "Every pound is a victory, and should be treated like one."
(original quote, by me)



I know that it can be disheartening to be on a "diet," for 3+ months and only lose 10 pounds, but in the grand scheme of things that means nothing. 
Whether you are in a weight loss challenge against a group of people, or against yourself... it is all worth it, if you are bettering yourself. 


I wouldn't be where I am today if I had just not weighed in.
 I wouldn't know everything I know now if I didn't take it slow


So remember this, it isn't about the amount of time it takes to get to your goal, it's about the journey.

 



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Vegan Cheese Sauce Recipe!

I have been teasing you with pictures and tweets of this cheese sauce for a few weeks, but now I am finally ready to share it with all of you!


Let me start off by saying, YES Nutritional Yeast has a stinky feet smell..do NOT stick your nose in the jar...which you now will since I just told you not to, human nature.

However, if you can move past it you will fully enjoy the recipe I am about to share!






Vegan Cheese Sauce
100% clean!
serves 2


Ingredients:

1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast (Star of the show)
 1T apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/2T whole wheat flour, IF necessary, to thicken







Directions:

On a stove top combine yeast, water and ACV
(oh snap I just went Rachel Ray on ya'll with an abbreviation) 


Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer


Cover the sauce and cook on low, for 10-15 minutes


If you want a thicker consistency for your sauce, add flour slowly (pinches at a time) and whisk every few minutes. This is important because the flour can burn, or alter the taste if too much is added!



 Your finished product should look like this, a thick and cheesy sauce!



Go ahead and use it anyway you like, I used it on top of my baked eggs.


Simply delicious!

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Weekend Recap 4/20-4/22


I can't believe it's Monday already...the weekends are coming & going too fast.


First things first, my nails of the weekend:

Cherry Red from Sally Hansen


Friday

Thank you for all of your support from my In Memoriam post, it was overwhelming and touching to receive such a great response!

The weather was PERFECT here in New York on Friday, so I took full advantage of it and walked to Whole Foods for lunch. I am always bewildered by all of the food-on-the-go options they have there, especially when I don't have a specific idea in mind. So I decided on this:
avocado and cucumber roll with brown rice, & an apple cider vinegar drink (love these)



I left work an hour early to go home and set up for our brochure stuffing party for the walk. It was great to be surrounded by friends and family doing something for such a great cause.



Saturday

I was up early and ready to get my sweat on with Lauren. We did ZWOW # 14 and Tone It Ups 8 simple sculpting moves (from May 2012 Self Magazine)


Sorry about the dark picture, have to work on Mom's camera skills

Lauren finished  ZWOW in 14:20 and it took me 14:50 (burpees kill me!), which meant we beat Zuzana's time! It was a brutal workout, as they all are, but felt great afterwards.

Post workout meal: pineapple chunks and fiber one english muffin with organic peanut butter


The weather cleared up by early afternoon and I took FULL advantage by taking the boys to the dog park. Max loves the park, he loves to play with all of the other dogs...Chance hangs with the people, he's not a dog-dog.

Max, king of the dog park (blue harness) he hates when Mom embarrasses him by taking pictures


After the park I was off to a BBQ at my best friend, Russell's house, he was in town for a few days and I was so excited to see him!

 it was late, we were tired...which explains this terrible picture


Sunday

I woke up and decided to get a head start on some school work. As well as prep a new recipe to share with all of you this week :)




Teaser: one of the recipes is part of this picture!







Sunday afternoon my parents and I had a very special first birthday to attend, our neighbors twins, who I also babysit from time to time.
 These cupcakes were even more beautiful in person, my iPhone did them no justice


The party was held at one of our favorite Italian restaurants, which meant a lot of carbs and white flour. I indulged, I won't even deny it...however, I enjoyed every second of it and I am back on track for Monday!

 Mom even got a balloon poodle!




 It was such a rainy and cold day here in NY it made me extra sleepy, I came home and napped for over two hours---a rare thing for me. But I enjoyed it :)

We weren't hungry for a real dinner since we ate so much earlier in the day, so I decided to try ANOTHER new recipe and made us sweet potato chips to munch on while watching Planet Earth



They were delicious! I have added a food dehydrator to my list of wants/needs, so if anyone has any suggestions on which to buy OR if you want to buy me one that would be even better! 





I never realize how busy my weekends are until I do these posts but I love sharing them with all of you.
 How did you spend your weekend?

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Friday, April 20, 2012

In Memoriam



 Judith Marie Shesh

11 years ago today my aunt Judi lost her battle with breast cancer. 
She was a mother-wife-daughter-sister-cousin and friend, who touched the lives of every person she met. 
I want to take the time out to not only honor her today, but to share her story with all of you.






1996: My aunt was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. After a long year of various treatments the cancer appeared to have subsided. As a result of facing her own cancer, she became active with several breast cancer organizations to comfort others, as well as help search for a cure. Sadly, her determination to comfort and help others ended when she lost her final battle with the disease on April 20,2001.





2001: The Annual Judi Shesh Memorial 5k was started to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, in her memory.
2002: The Judi Shesh Memorial Foundation was created and brought our event to unimaginable heights. We are now in our 12th year of operation, each year growing more than the last. Our 5ks draw over 1,000 participants and last year we were able to raise over $30,000!

Our foundation has been able to help many local families through the "Families in Need" benefaction. Women with breast cancer are able to fill out a simple application (with verification from their doctor) and we provide them with a check to use the money however they need, from childcare to doctor bills. 
We also give a portion of our money to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, this facilaty has some of the most advanced and cutting edge cancer research in the country. Our money goes specifically to breast cancer research in hopes of finding a cure.


If you would like to help us, help others, you can do so by donating online by clicking here and "registering."


Please visit our facebook fanpage to stay in touch with our event for this year, and again thank you for letting me share this story with all of you.


We Miss You Everyday <3
9.24.59-4.20.01


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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Exciting News--REVEALED!

I posted on Facebook yesterday that I had some exciting news to share with all of you...most of you were less than thrilled that I left you guessing.


 
Starting May 14th I will be going to school through Integrative Nutrition to become a certified Holistic Health Coach and Nutrition Counselor!

What is a Health Coach?
A Health Coach is a wellness authority and supportive mentor who motivates individuals to cultivate positive health choices. Health Coaches educate and support clients to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments. Proper health coach training programs and health coach certification ensure that Health Coaches know how to work with diverse groups of people and equips them with the tools necessary to best fit the needs of their clients.
As more and more awareness is given to preventative care, health coaching is seen as a vital aspect of creating healthy lifestyle changes.  Health Coaches are becoming recognized as essential and integral parts of people’s health and wellbeing.  Not only is there a shift to live healthier lives, people are finding that helping others become healthier makes their lives better too.
(taken from Integrative Nutrition's website)


I really cannot wait to help others find their own happiness through healthy eating! 
This is something I am so passionate about and seemed like the right move for me at this time.

Here is a little preview of what I will be offering with my services:
One on one OR Group Nutrition Counseling
Cabinet Clean Outs
Cooking Classes/Parties
Food Shopping Trips
Plus more!

Cooking parties are going to be available later this summer and I will start taking clients this November!


When I "graduate" I will have a certification that allows me to have my own business as well as work in schools, gyms, spas,doctors offices etc.

I am so excited to start another journey with all of you! You are the ones that made me want to do this. THANK YOU!

In addition to getting my Health Coach/Nutrition Counselor certification,
I will also be the first health & fitness blogger for the Babylon Village Patch
I will be making videos (roughly) once a week that will be on their website, so send me ideas of what you would like to see!

As you can tell things are changing and growing really quickly and it really is all thanks to my readers. 
You all have motivated and supported me since I started this blog last June. 

I also want to take the time to thank my fiance for always pushing me to better myself no matter what it takes, and for my parents who supported me 100% in this decision, they all gave me the final push to make this change.


I am proof that you can do anything you put your mind to as long as you JUST KEEP SWEATING

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Quinoa Chips Recipe!

As I mentioned in my weekend recap, I made quinoa chips and a vegan salsa con queso dip for a get together we hosted on Saturday.

Here is the video on how to make them!




You know the drill:
If you make them LET ME KNOW! Send me pics/tweets/emails/facebook messages/owls 




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Monday, April 16, 2012

Weekend Recap 4/13-4/15!

Another weekend has come and gone, so sad

Friday

After work Lauren picked me up from the train and we headed to Trader Joe's and Ulta.
Basically we bought food and makeup...we do this every weekend, it's dangerous and expensive.

 new polish purchase-China Glaze's Turned Up Turquoise
Question: should I post more nail polish pictures, I know a bunch of my readers/followers love polish as much as I do! Maybe POTW (polish of the weekend?)



Saturday

My challenge for this weekend (to myself) was not to step foot in the gym, at all. I wanted to do all of my workouts outside, and I did.

8:30 am Lauren and I did ZWOW #13 and it was HARD! I recorded all of our numbers so we can hopefully improve on them when we do this workout again in a few weeks. After ZWOW we did some kickboxing, before we knew it 2 hours had passed and we were sweaty

I am so hardcore



 For my #mileaday I walked around the outlets with Eddie and he finally got some new and much deserved sneakers! After the outlets I came home and filmed a new cooking video for my quinoa chips!

 Quinoa chips and vegan salsa con queso( this recipe will be coming soon)



 We had some friends over Saturday night to drink and play games, it was so much fun!




Sunday

After going to bed at 3 am and waking up by 8 am the LAST thing Lauren and I wanted to do was workout. However, I am JUST KEEP SWEATING for a reason and that means you sweat no matter what.

So we made some breakfast:

 Plain non fat Chobani with Kashi crunch, strawberries, almonds and a drizzle of honey

Then got to work. We did ZWOW #7
 (by the way, superwoman push ups...AWFUL, doing them hungover EVEN WORSE)



 After that we were energized so we worked on more kickboxing moves, sprinted in the yard and jumped rope, then we hit the pavement on our bikes for our #mileaday! It was so much fun, we rode into town bought some nutritional yeast, ice cream cones from the new chocolate shop and sampled some wine!




 so yummy!



 Lauren getting her ride on





It was a FANTASTIC weekend and I officially cannot WAIT for summer!

How was your weekend?


 



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