Happiness is putting on the “skinny” jeans and having them hang off me. 

Happiness is putting on the “skinny” jeans and having them hang off me. 

This Time, I Mean It

Here’s a little bit of honesty: I’ve had so many false starts in the last few months, I don’t even know how to change the pattern. I think I have myself fooled that I’m eating healthily, conveniently forgetting about the non-healthy things I’ve also been ingesting. My most recent transgression was while on mini-break in the Dominican Republic last week. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort; nothing tastes better than “free”, in this case unlimited amounts of alcohol (and I was at a resort in the Caribbean, so Pina Coladas were key), desserts (the buffet was a killer) and just poor eating in general (the resort did not have a lot of things for a semi-vegetarian so I had a few protein bars as meals). The biggest offender was this chewy donut that they served at breakfast..they were ridiculously tantalizing and I succumbed to their charms.

I always reward myself when I survive a plane trip, so upon my return (after having FOUR bloody marys on the plane-I’m a terrible flyer), I ordered from my favorite Middle Eastern restaurant and got the Zataar Bread AND Muhallabia for dessert. So, as you can see, things are not looking good over here right now.

I’ve been seeing a nutritionist through my doctor and part of my “plan” is a medically prescribed shake that I am allowed to have one to two times a day. I am not generally a shake person because I like real food but they do come in handy sometimes. This week I decided that I will have one for breakfast and one for dinner for the next 5 days. Yesterday I did this, with a really good salad from Just Salad (salmon, edamame, black beans and corn, cucumbers and asparagus over kale and romaine) for lunch, some tamari almonds as a snack in the am and after my 2 hour Cardio Shred/Abs/Zumba workout. I did pretty well, no hunger pangs at all.

I’ll report back in a few and let you know how I do.

I just know that I need a kickstart after a few months of emotional eating and drinking (and just going out too much to keep myself occupied during a kind of shitty time for me right now). I lost sight of what was important which is MY HEALTH. I am going to the doctor at the end of the month for my A1C test and I am so afraid of what it is going to say.

Happiness is only using the 12 pound dumbbells during a 45 minute shred class.

My workout outfits are getting smaller-and maybe finally my butt???
and yes there is a kitty cameo in there.

My workout outfits are getting smaller-and maybe finally my butt???

and yes there is a kitty cameo in there.

Does anyone else have this problem? Everything on me is getting smaller…except my ass. 

Does anyone else have this problem? Everything on me is getting smaller…except my ass. 

lebaneseblonde:

Green curry and coconut milk. “Noodles” are made from spaghetti squash.

I’m pretty proud of this one; it’s completely fabricated by me, made with all things I found in my kitchen.
I sauteed previously cooked spaghetti squash (I usually cook an entire one and scrape out all the squash to use as needed throughout the week), kale, brussels sprouts, Indian dark chickpeas (Kala Channa, courtesy of Jyoti canned foods), and tofu.
The sauce is lite Coconut Milk, 2 heaping teaspoons of green curry paste, and some leftover muhammara that I had (but you could use some sort of hot pepper if you like it really spicy). I threw a bay leaf in there and some dried cilantro (remember, I’m using what I found in the kitchen, so no fresh cilantro for me on this snowy day!), sauteed it all up, and there you go, no-noodle green thai curry!

lebaneseblonde:

Green curry and coconut milk. “Noodles” are made from spaghetti squash.

I’m pretty proud of this one; it’s completely fabricated by me, made with all things I found in my kitchen.

I sauteed previously cooked spaghetti squash (I usually cook an entire one and scrape out all the squash to use as needed throughout the week), kale, brussels sprouts, Indian dark chickpeas (Kala Channa, courtesy of Jyoti canned foods), and tofu.

The sauce is lite Coconut Milk, 2 heaping teaspoons of green curry paste, and some leftover muhammara that I had (but you could use some sort of hot pepper if you like it really spicy). I threw a bay leaf in there and some dried cilantro (remember, I’m using what I found in the kitchen, so no fresh cilantro for me on this snowy day!), sauteed it all up, and there you go, no-noodle green thai curry!

Just used my brand new Breville Juice Fountain Crush for the first time to make a healthy green juice. Not bad for my first try!

The mixture of the kale, green apple, cucumber and ginger was perfect. It took a little prep as I had to chop everything up before putting it into the juicer, but next time I definitely won’t skin the cucumber-the juicer is really good at separating it out!

Clean up was fairly easy, the juicer even comes with it’s own “toothbrush” to get all the leftover bits out. Yay!

January Detox

And so it begins. The dreaded January detox. I’ve been doing this for about 10 years (not gonna lie, I’ve skipped here and there, last year being one of the skip years) and it’s generally been pretty effective in getting back on track with weight, food, etc.

I never wavered with my workouts during holiday season but there sure was a lot of holiday cheer being eaten and drunk, especially the 2 weeks between Christmas and New Years. Brunches, birthdays, lots of gifts of chocolate, the decadent Christmas Eve I always spend at Rolf’s drinking those evil egg nogs and then feasting on Indian food afterwards, two separate Christmas celebrations (one day with my family, another day with the bf’s family) and of course the staycation week where going out for meals and drinks every day is the norm (hell let’s face it, living in NYC, going out for meals and drinks every day 365 is pretty much the norm!). Last but not least, New Year’s Eve, where the ultimate decadence takes place, and of course the New Year’s Day brunch to soak up the alcohol from the night prior (I did NOT partake of the hair of the dog, my January detox truly did begin on January 1).

I thought I was going to be juicing up a storm today, but the day got kind of busy and I am still a little bit afraid of my new juicer but I think I did ok:

Breakfast:

Fage plain yogurt with honey and 1 tbsp flax seeds

Lunch:

Homemade quinoa minestrone “stew” with carrots, kale, cannellini beans, tomato, brussel sprouts and broccoli

Snack:

Pure bar and cashews

Dinner:

Tom Yum Soup and tofu and veggies, brown rice

Dessert:

Coconut Bliss Chocolate frozen dessert 1 serving

1 spoon peanut butter

Tea with coconut/almond milk

No, it’s not a cleansing fast by any means, but it’s a 3 square meal day. Needs more fruits, I realize.

No gym-stupid snow, stupid life, I have to have to go tomorrow. Let’s hope the snow remains reasonable and I will be able to leave the house!

Old Year, New Year

Some accomplishments from the last year that I have been delinquent in reporting on the regs (I am hoping to be better about posting in the new year, but more on that later):

-my running has gone from once in a while to a steady 2-3 times a week. My 12 minute mile has quickened to a 9-10 minute mile depending on the length of the run. Longest run this year: 7 miles. Coldest run this year: 35 degrees. Hottest run this year: 96 degrees (also slowest! haha!) One race, a 5k, that was run in 31 minutes.

-I went from doing weight training 1x a week to a very consistent 3x a week (Monday, Weds, and Friday, 45 minute class/day). I can see the difference adding two more days has made in the way my arms look, my fitness level, my running pace (all those squats!), and my recovery time. I started out over a year ago with 5 pound hand weights and to date I am using 10 and 12 pounders exclusively!

-Related to the above: I no longer do pushups on my knees. Ever. I can do  infinite amounts of pushups on my toes (ok maybe not infinite…) 

-The common bagel, a staple of my old diet, has not been anywhere near my mouth in over TWO YEARS. Not one. Not a crumb. Nada. I wish I could do the same with chocolate :(

-I have become 100% fowl-free (I’ve been red meat-free for 20 years, but continued to eat fish and fowl) and now only eat fish once or twice a week (and vegetables, obvi).

I’m hoping in 2014 that I will take my fitness and diet to the next level by doing some of the following:

-more races! I would like to up my regular mileage from 3-5 mile runs to 5-8 mile runs, and I’d like to put 4 or 5 races on my calendar.

-more cross training. I have been mixing up the workouts now with the weights/Zumba/running and the occasional yoga and spin classes, but I need to throw in some other activities so my body doesn’t get bored! I’m checking out my local Cross Fit studio, as well as some other possibilities like kickboxing. I should probably start swimming again, as much as I LOATHE it.

-Lose more weight. I am not putting a number there. I would be fine with anything from 10-25 pounds. I want to be realistic about it but I do need to step up my good diet habits to get back on that track. Been stuck for too long.

-NO SUGAR. I have been lapsing back into Sugarland, and the addictive qualities it possesses are messing with my healthy lifestyle! I have cut down on it immensely in the last few years, but I still seek it out and find ways to add it to my daily routine. No bueno!!

-Juicing. I received a juicer for Christmas and I intend on getting really intimate with it over the next few months. I am a huge fan of green juice especially and have been collecting recipes, so I hope to report on that here and there.

-Blogging. Nothing provides results like writing it all down. Even if only 2 of you are reading this, it helps me to keep track of what I’ve done, what I’ve eaten, where I’ve been and where I’m going. So I’m going to TRY to update this blog more regularly in the new year.

What are some of your goals for 2014…and for your life?

Goodbye sugary fun foods, it's been nice knowing you.

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