It’s Just a Number

So I tend to avoid the scale.  Not because I’m afraid the number will be huge, but because it’s just a number, and it really doesn’t mean much.  However, every few weeks I’ll step on the scale to see my weight so that I can make sure my heart rate monitor will be accurate.  So this morning when I weighed myself I was shocked that I had actually gained weight since eating clean and exercising (since I went on vacation).  But before I let my self-esteem plummet, I reminded myself that:

1- Muscle weighs more than fat

2- My jeans fit better now than they did 6 weeks ago

3- I don’t jiggle

4- I feel fantastic

After that mini pep talk, I put away the scale and forgot about it.

A lot of people tend to measure weight loss by how much they weigh.  It is possible to weigh 120 lbs living off Twinkies and oreos.  All you have to do is calorie count.  Chances are, you will have very little muscle and mostly fat.  Back when I used to calorie count and live off “diet” food, I would weigh myself almost every day.  It became an obsession.  It was unhealthy.  If I gained even an ounce, I would become depressed and would skip dinner or lunch to hopefully get rid of it.  It took me about a year to break the habit of calorie-counting and weighing myself everyday.  I am much happie.  Now I go by how I feel and how my clothes fit.  If you are trying to lose weight, using a scale can be helpful, just don’t let a number own your life.

Anyway, on to today’s yumminess!


After B-fast I had a festive vanilla nut latte:

-1 shot of vanilla nut espresso (or super strong coffee)

-unsweetened almond milk

-a spash of vanilla

– a dash of cinnamon

-drizzle of agave


Pumpkin Banana French Toast Sandwich (YUM!) (recipe coming soon!)

Kombucha Green Tea

Snacks:  Pear, Strawberries, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar

After dinner I went to the gym to get a good workout in.

-25 min. walk

-14 min. jog

TIU-Total Body Toning Routine= 2X

-15 min. walk

This was an intense workout.  My heart rate was high during this workout (150-179 bpm), except when I was walking (100-120 bpm).   I was incredibly surprised with the difficulty of this TIU routine.  The last and first two exercises  were very difficult and I kept having to take breather breaks. The rest were pretty easy.  I ended up burning way more calories than I had planned (650-ish, then add in from this morning’s walk…it’s about 700-750) so I had to make up for it after dinner.  ( I do estimations of calories if I work out too much so that I don’t end up going under 1200 and having my body go into starvation mode- not good!) After I got back, I showered, did some laundry and made dinner.


It’s a “CRUNCHY” BOWL! (errr, plate :P)

“Crunchy” Bowl: Quinoa, Lentil, Broccoli (serves 1)


-3/4c. -1 c. of  cooked Quinoa

                  – 1/3 bag of Tasty Bite Lentil Magic (or regular lentils) cooked

-slice of red onion (chopped)

-a head of broccoli


-1 clove of garlic

-olive oil

-lemon juice


-wash and chop the head of broccoli and cook in the microwave for 45 sec.-1 min.

-meanwhile, chop the onion slice and prepare the garlic(I use the pre-minced garlic but you can use regular garlic or garlic powder)

-heat a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil, once hot, add the onions and garlic.  Let cook for a min. then add the broccoli

-mix everything in the pan together and let sit for a few minutes

-add 1 or 2 tsps of lemon juice

-sprinkle about 1/2 tsp- 1 tsp of herbamare

-mix and let cook for a few minutes

-in a separate bowl, mix the quinoa, broccoli mixture, and the cooked lentils

-drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil and mix


After dinner I had half of a cinnamon raison roll from Zen Bakery (LOVE the ingredient list) and then went to Yogurtland and made myself a giant bowl of fruit (no yogurt), topped with a brownie bite, some Reece’s Pieces Cups and Oreo Crumbles.

You can’t really tell but about 4/5 -5/6 of this bowl is just fruit and I sprinkled the chocolate junk food over the top (it’s not a lot though).



Lunchtime Crunchtime

Uggghh! I still have so much work to do.  I think I’m going to just work straight until my walk (no more mini breaks).

But on the bright side, I did organize my room a bit.  🙂  Before lunch I had a chocolate chip cookie dough Larabar as a snack.


Pumpkin Empanada w/ refried beans.

In theory this sounded delicious.  But I forgot to add the salt to the white corn meal so it was def. missing something.  Also, I wasn’t very into it because it had a distinctive fall flavor and it’s 86 degrees right now. -_-  However I used the fat-free refried beans as a dip which made it taste PERFECT! Next time I think I will mix the pumpkin and the beans.  (We’ll see how that turns out).

Hope everyone’s day is going well 🙂

Hello world!

Hi! So this is my very first blog post (so exciting)!  I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!  Last week was nice and cool (in the 60’s) but this upcoming week is going to be brutal (80’s and 90’s).  But at night it’s going to be nice and cool again (thank God!).


KERF oats

I had oatmeal for breakfast.  1/3 c. oats, 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk, flax, maca, 1/2 banana, vanilla, and cinnamon; topped with a tsp of PB.  (By the way, I learned to make the most delicious bowls of oatmeal ever  from Kath’s blog).  About an hour later I had a cup of TJ’s Pumpkin Spice Coffee with almond milk and a little bit of agave.  I’m still trying to get the consistency right.  It tastes a bit watery, but that could be because I’m using an espresso machine instead of a regular coffee maker.  Although, I have to say, I’ve made this coffee a few times now, and so far, this is the best cup (I didn’t froth as long and I added more milk).

In other news, I’m probably going to be drinking coffee all day.  Last night I saw Paranormal Activity. Dumbest thing I’ve ever done.  It was traumatizing.  I never fell asleep.  I was in and out all night and at some point I think I passed out from exhaustion.  So I’m very glad that today is my rest day.  I will try to go on a walk later today though.

Off to study! (fun!  -_-)

Has anyone else seen Paranormal Activity?  How scared were you?