Selfie (n.): a picture taken of a person by that person

So much to share!

It seems as though my blogging will be a weekly thing just because I only really have the time and energy to blog on the weekend. That makes for longer posts filled with everything from the week. I like having a theme, but it seems that my theme again this week is “a little bit of everything.” Boo. That’s boring. How about instead this weeks theme is “Selfies” because I have a lot of pictures to share and they’re mostly selfies.

So last week, I left off saying that I was about to go hike on Turkey mountain again with friends, which we did indeed go. We hiked for about 50 minutes and I think we went a couple miles. Of course, we took breaks along the way to drink some water and take pictures.

   
 

Again, I had such a great time hiking and even more fun hanging out with friends. After our hike, we went to Freebirds for delicious burritos for lunch.

I didn’t exercise again all week until Friday evening. My friend, Demi, has a gym membership to a gym where she can bring a buddy for free every time. Luckily, I’m her buddy and she takes me for free. This works perfectly for me because I’m cheap AND I need to save money for Mexico.

Demi is a great workout partner because we’re on the exact same level fitness wise. When we workout on the treadmills, we finish our miles at the exact same time. We do this partly because we’re motivating each other. I’ll start to run, and then she’ll run. Then she’ll start running and keep going, and then I’m motivated to run again. We’ve made it into a fun little game/competition and it really helps us go faster, harder, and longer.

Here we are on the treadmills.

   

After the walking/running on the treadmill, we usually do a lot of stretching. Then, we’ll use the weighted balls to do arm exercises. I really need to get rid of my “wings.” You know, the ones that show up when you lift your arms up and out to the side, yet don’t actually allow you to fly? Those wings.

Sometimes we’ll also ride the stationary bike or the elliptical as well. Most times, we’ve been staying over an hour at the gym. I’m really thankful I’m getting to go for free because when it starts getting really hot outside, I’m not going to want to be outside hiking and biking, so thank God for great friends with gym memberships!

More gym selfies!

   
   

That’s all of my exercise this week!

Let’s talk about the good stuff now. Food.

My eating was pretty terrible this week. I ordered pizza. Twice. One day, I even ate the entire pizza in 2 hours. This was me…

  
Literally.

Only mine was thin crust. That’s better though right? Right? Anyone…?

Eh, obviously not. But I’m glad to say I’m still at the same weight. Hopefully I’m back to being motivated.

I DID make lots of healthy choices this week too.

Breakfast was the same as last week, omelets with toast and milk OR bran cereal with scrambled eggs.

Lunch this week was tuna sandwiches with carrots or fat free refried beans tacos with lettuce, tomato, and cheese with carrots on the side.


I have discovered how easy, fast, and delicious tacos can be. You can put anything into a taco! And they’re literally the quickest vegetarian lunch ever. Throw any canned bean or refried bean in there and add your favorite toppings such as avocado, low fat cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce, salsa, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Oh, I also brought a frozen Trader Joes meal one day for lunch when I was being lazy and didn’t want to cook. And by cook, I mean pack my lunch with things that were already cooked.

 
Butter chicken with basmati rice. Definitely buying this again! It was spicy and very flavorful and only 385 calories. Yum!

Dinner was pizza (twice), chicken tenders with zucchini fries and carrots, huevos rancheros, or a sandwich bought from Walmart with Pringles. Like I said, my eating wasn’t great this week.

 

  

The huevos rancheros was pretty tasty. It was 3 corn tortillas topped with 2 over easy eggs topped with black beans, tomatillo salsa, shredded lettuce, and crumbled cotija cheese.

I’m really hoping to get my healthy eating back on track this week. I have my nutritionist appointment in a week and I’d like to be able to show progress since I last saw her, almost 4 weeks ago.

I probably shouldn’t tell my nutritionist about the food truck festival I went to today. I had so much food: jerk chicken tacos with black bean and corn salsa with chipotle mayo, chips and black bean dip, fried mini donuts topped with fruity pebbles, and a hotdog topped with bacon, cheese, cream cheese (because one cheese isn’t enough), and ranch. The festival was so much fun though and worth it, especially since I got to hang out with the bestie.

Here we are right when we got to the festival. We were waiting in a really long line for tacos. I was “sad” because it was hot and I was hungry.

 

Overall, I’d still say this week was a great week. I remember before when I was at my heaviest, I didn’t enjoy being out or going places. My life was staying in at home almost all the time, in the comfort of my air conditioned home. While I was technically alive, I wasn’t living. Now, even though I’m still extremely overweight, I feel like I’m living my life. I’m getting out, going places, seeing sights, and not living life in front of the tv. It’s refreshing.

Also (a side note) I’m taking pictures again! I NEVER took pictures before because I was fat and felt gross. Now, I’m still fat, but I’m ok with the pictures. I want to be able to look back on my life and have photos of the great memories and events from my life. (Even if the photos are taken at an angle and taken from up high to reduce my double chin and have an added filter….)
This post would not be complete without one more selfie. Or 2 more.  🙂

   
 

Big Girl Biking

Being a big girl, sometimes exercise can be difficult or uncomfortable. For example, when I’m at the gym and I decide to ride the stationary bike, it’s difficult for me because a lot of my extra fat is in my stomach area. So when I pedal, my legs/knees move up into my stomach, making it sorta miserable and uncomfortable.

So when my best friend Megan decided she wanted to go biking on riverside here in Tulsa, I was a little skeptic. I was nervous that it would be hard for me to bike without my knees going into my chub. Also, I feared that I’d be too heavy and the bike would just break into a million pieces. Other than those 2 slightly major fears, I was excited about the biking.

As I think I’ve said before, I am loving getting out on the weekends and doing stuff, fun stuff, exercise stuff! If you know me, you’d know that up until recently, I always said I “hated the great outdoors.” Well, I don’t feel that way anymore. I love being outside and doing fun things now. I just hope (fingers crossed) that when summer comes and its 120 degrees outside, that I’m still enjoying being outside and being active. Fat girls and hot as hell heat don’t mix.

As for yesterday though, the weather was perfect, about 85 degrees, clear skies, and sunny. We rented our bikes on Riverside in Tulsa at a place called Tulsa Townies (http://www.tulsa-townies.com). Basically, you use your credit card to rent the bikes, and if you return the bike within 24 hours, you don’t get charged, so it’s free!

  

You can see the bike rental area behind me. The trail we took started when we crossed the white bridge behind me, and then keeps going all along riverside, a trail that is exactly what it says; along a river. We rode for 2 miles one way, then turned around and came back for a total of 4.13 miles biked. We stopped a few times along the way also. Total it took us 32 minutes.

   

I was pretty exhausted and my legs were worn out. When we started, I think in our minds we thought we’d go farther, but it was a good, tough workout. There were hills along the way, so our legs had to work hard. Either way, it was such a blast! I hope we go again soon and maybe next time, we’ll ride farther.

I wanted to tell you also about my other exercise this week. I worked out 6 times total this week, all doing different things! Here’s what I did this week.

  • Hiking on turkey mountain last Sunday
  • Walked around apartment complex on Tuesday
  • Walked after work on trail near my job
  • Walked on treadmill at the gym Friday night
  • Went bike riding Saturday morning
  • Walked around track at the gym and did arm exercises at the gym Saturday evening

I like variety. It just makes exercise more fun! Here in about an hour, Megan, my friend Demi, and I are going to go back and hike turkey mountain, then go grab lunch.

Yesterday, Megan and I went to Freebirds for lunch after biking. I’m now obsessed with that place. Their website is GREAT if you’re looking to count calories. You just click what you’re adding to your burrito, and it adds up your calories. We’re going back again today for lunch. So easy and so good!

Speaking of food, my eating has been pretty great this week. I had one mess up yesterday where I decided to go get Chinese food, but other than that, I feel like I’ve made great choices. Here’s some of what I ate last week.

   

The first day, I made black bean tacos for lunch but the beans made the tacos soft and fall apart. So the next day, I decided to eat the beans on the side and just have avocado tacos with diced Roma tomato and cotija cheese. Sooo yummy! I served the tacos with either carrots or green beans.

Breakfast was omelets with toast OR cereal and scrambled eggs.  

  

  

I had tuna salad sandwiches for a couple lunches and once for dinner. Tuna is such an easy go to for a quick meal. Tuna even saved me from going to Taco Bueno one night after working out because I was tired, but I knew I could make a really fast tuna sandwich so I didn’t end up getting fast food.

   

For dinners last week, I had pizza toasts with a side salad, PF Chang’s frozen Mongolian beef with fried rice, mini chicken tacos with guacamole and a side salad, and baked fish with mashed potatoes and carrots.

 

     

I wanted to be able to give a weight loss update, but I don’t have one for this week. Even with all this exercise, I’ve actually gained a pound. I’m going to tell myself that it’s muscle so I don’t get discouraged from continuing to exercise and eat healthy.

Even without weight loss, it has been a great week! Now I must go so I can go hike turkey mountain with my friends!

A Little Bit Of Everything

This last week was a good week for me. Work went well, exercise happened, and my food was on point. Oh, and I finished reading the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. So, just wanted to tell you about my week!

Food

As I’ve said, I’ve been eating less meat recently and have been enjoying vegetarian lunches for the past month or so, as well as mostly vegetarian breakfasts and snacks. Here’s some of what I ate last week.

Breakfast was either bran flakes cereal with skim milk and egg whites with ketchup OR a frozen Jimmy Dean omelet with 2 slices of whole wheat toast and skim milk.

   

 

My vegetarian lunches last week were either tomato, basil, mozzarella salad with roasted garlic focaccia OR my new favorite sandwich, a mashed white bean sandwich with avocado, red onion, and leaf lettuce served with canned carrots or green beans.

   

 

This white bean sandwich is so simple. Here’s the recipe!

White Bean Avocado Sandwich

-1can great northern beans, drained, rinsed

-1 tbs olive oil

-1 or 2 tbs fresh lemon juice

-salt and pepper to taste

-1 small avocado, halved

-sliced red onion

-lettuce of choice (I used green leaf)

-sandwich bread (I used sliced focaccia)

Instructions: (Makes 2 Sandwiches)

Put the white beans in a bowl. Mash them so that half are mashed and half are still sorta whole. Add in olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir well. Serve on lightly toasted sandwich bread with 1/2 of an avocado scooped out, sliced red onion, and leaf lettuce. Eat and enjoy.

Dinners last week were either a basil, mozzarella naan bread pizza with turkey pepperoni and a side salad OR a frozen Indian dinner from Trader Joes OR mini chicken tacos with a side salad.

   

   

I loved the dinners this past week because they were all simple. Assembled and cooked within 10-15 minutes.

For snacks last week, I had my usual V8 with 1/2 of the almond coconut kind bar for my first snack and 2 1/2 tbs of Trader Joes Greek yogurt spinach dip with almond thin crackers for my second snack.

   

 

Exercise

This week, I exercised 4 1/2 times from last Sunday to today. Last Sunday, I walked around my moms neighborhood with her for almost 45 minutes. On Tuesday night after work, I walked 2.10 miles and it took about 30 minutes. The half comes from Wednesday, where I walked around my apartment complex for about 10 minutes with my dog. I was pretty tired because I was staying up late every night to read to finish 50 Shades.

I decided to not stay up too late Thursday so that I wouldn’t be too tired to exercise Friday night. Friday, I walked for almost 2 miles for about 30 minutes total. Friday felt like a good workout and I was sweating and exhausted after I was done, but felt great!

For today’s exercise, my best friend had the idea to go hiking. We have an area here called Turkey Mountain, so we decided to go and it was such a blast. We hiked about about 45 minutes, which didn’t even feel like 45 minutes. Halfway through the hike, we came upon a lake and thought it’d be the perfect exercise selfie.

  

Here are the stats from today’s hike.

   

 

The BFF and I are saving money to go to Mexico next year, so we’re trying to eat healthy and get in shape for our trip. We’ve decided that when we hang out, we’re going to do free/cheap things and also try to exercise instead of our usual eating out. Next week we plan to go rent bikes and bike around the city. Can’t wait!

Some of the advice I got from my nutritionist really helped me with my eating this week. I no longer am looking at meals as cheat meals. If I’m going to go out to eat, I’m going to budget it into my calorie goal. I had to do this twice this weekend. Once, I went out to lunch with my mom this weekend, so I cut back calories from breakfast so I could afford the meal calorie wise. And of course we made a healthy decision and went to Zoe’s Kitchen, so that made it easier. I had the grilled chicken pita with feta slaw and no mayo pasta salad.

  

The second time I ate out, it wasn’t as healthy. I had the chicken and waffles and ate about half of the chicken and half of the waffles. We also had an appetizer of sweet potato fries with spicy caramel and bacon. Super delicious! The restaurant doesn’t have their nutrition information displayed but I used my fitness pal and ended up saying the meal was about 1000 calories, which only put me over my calorie goal by 100 since I budgeted for it that day.

Yes, I felt guilty for the meal, but I also had exercised the night before and was planning to exercise Sunday, which I did, so I feel like I worked some of it off. Either way, I’m not going to let it get me down.

Overall, last week went great! I’m excited for this week also to be filled with healthy foods, fun exercise, and and weight loss! I’ll be weighing this week sometime, so I hope to have a new weight update soon.

Have a great week everybody!

~Why is Monday so far from Friday, and Friday so near to Monday?