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Organic Getting Back to It Skinny WHAT?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

So, first, let me point out that I haven't posted a blog in EXACTLY a month...just thought I should point that out because it looked weird to me.

So, I'm back at it, again, to do this, again. But the point is that I am back to become healthier.

I went, for the first time, to the Whole Foods store like 10 minutes from campus. I walked in, and it was like, HEAVEN. I went again a few days later with my friend whose been going forever so she could help me out. But I have to say, I'm in love. Food has never tasted so good. Especially chocolate. Even two of my coworkers who were making fun of me. They were like, Dang this is good! All I do is take a small chunk, eat it, and my sweetness craving goes away. A serving size is half a bar, I eat like a square off of it. Dark chocolate too. 56% cacao. Mmmm. Yes, it is more expensive. But I find the cost is worth it because I do find myself not eating out as much because I spent so much. I am also wary about my meat sometimes, so it is nice to have a place to go to that TO AN EXTENT I know what my meat is. This means, no antibiotics, steroids, etc. I know places can get away with have so much and not having to say anything. But still, being able to walk through the aisles without seeing the Tyson brand of chicken made me happy. It always makes me happy when I see small chicken breasts, not HUGE ENORMOUS GODZILLA SIZED CHICKEN BREASTS. I know what chicken is supposed to look like people, don't try and fool me. I also know what turkey smells like, and it doesn't smell like what you get in those packages. So when I opened a package of turkey from whole foods I was like OMG THIS IS TURKEY!

I'm finding that I love to cook, but it's making the time to actually cook what I want. I made spaghetti last week, which I still have the sauce, so that might go over something. I also made grilled chicken, rice, and asparagus last week. I still have rice left from that. So, while I was sitting in class yesterday "paying attention" (aka coming up with this quick fix) I went through the contents of my fridge. I found that I still have that rice from the meal and the sauce, so one could go over the other. I also have deli turkey, mozzarella cheese, and the rice. And there, a lightbulb went off *ding*. Half a cup of rice, one slice of turkey, and 1/4 cup of cheese. And there you have it, a quick fix for a meal that is prepared in under 10 minutes. It tastes slightly bland, and I would love to add veggies to it but didn't have any on hand. But as a college student, coming up with these fixes is a way of life. And it was all from the Whole Foods store.

Now onto the Skinny part of my title. The book Skinny Witch (change the w to a different letter that rhymes with it and you've got it) was recommended to me by a friend who has been a vegan for I think less than a year. She's like "you're gonna love it, best book EVER". So, I'm sitting here reading this book, laughing at some of the more hilarious parts. The title does it justice, if you don't like that kind of language don't read it, just to forewarn you. But as I'm reading it, basically this book is telling you you will not lose weight if you do not give up dairy, meat, and only eat soy, veggies and fruit. I'm like hold up, honk the horn, back that car up and wait one second. You're telling me EVERYTHING that I was told as a child onward is a lie? That you would like for me to take the dairy and meat sections (this is as far as I am right now) out of the pyramid and throw them with the junk food? By no means am I offended at all by this book, it just makes you think. I'm currently taking everything with a grain of salt as I read it though because it's basically the poster book for becoming a vegan. And then I'll conduct my own research. As I was told when I was a kid, humans are omnivores, meaning they eat both meat and plants (like a bear, we're all like a big snuggly bear), so I'll stick with that for now.

Have you been to the Whole Foods store? Did you like it? What are your favorite organic brands? Do you have any good quick fixes that you like to put together for a quick meal? Have you ever read the Skinny book? If so, what did you think of it?


What I Learned

Sunday, September 16, 2012

It has been since Tuesday/Wednesday (I can't remember really well) when I started Sparkpeople. I've decided to weigh in on Sundays, because it is the easiest day to weigh myself. Today, it showed that I have lost 5 lbs! Now the factors that are included in this is that I have had the pre-monthly special most women get every month and the loss of water weight. However, I am still proud! But there are many things that I have also learned.


Dieting (or lifestyle changes, whichever you prefer), is not about having to cut something out of your diet because it is bad for you. Every piece of food has something wrong with it, there are some that are better than others. Anyway, we do not have to cut out carbs or sugar or what have you, but find other pleasing ways to include those in our daily diet. Changing your lifestyle is an adventure, so make it an adventure by trying something new. For example, every time I go to the grocery store now, I pick up one new thing from the natural foods section to try out. Last time it was granola with chocolate bits (gotta get that chocolate habit in), this week it is granola with triple berries in it because I am going to start making my own yogurt (this granola was suggested by my boyfriend to put in my yogurt. It had to be comical seeing us talking about granola for like five minutes trying to figure out what kind I should buy). I also picked up an individual container of Silk to try and see the difference between this and regular milk (Nutritional value against Meijer 2% milk, Silk has 2 grams less protein, less carbs, but 1 gram of fiber whereas Meijer milk does not. Taste: I have yet to try). I picked up a box of cinnamon Kashi cereal to try in the mornings too.


You have those days where you're just like, screw this, I don't want to exercise. Try being me. I exercise on my grandmother's stepmaster but use it as a treadmill (I haven't figured out how to get the step thingy going) and she has it placed with a LazyBoy recliner behind it. It's so easy to just go, treadmill or chair, and the chair wins over. I would move it but there's limited space so I just suck up and deal with it and know it'll be behind me still when I get off the treadmill. ANYWAY, off topic, I also have a busy schedule. See below for an example.

Mondays, Wednesdays
7:00 am: Get up, eat breakfast, take shower, get ready
8:00: Run out door
9:00: Classes starts
1:20: Classes end
2:00: Get home
2:30: Leave again to go to work
3:00: Work starts
11:00: Get off work, crash

So, needless to say, those two days I'm up running like a chicken with my head cut off until 11 at night. Not fun. But, I know I can be ready in fifty minutes. So, if I get up at 7 and jump on the treadmill, I can have ten minutes of cardio or use one of Sparkpeople's strength training to get some strength in. I also walk to all my classes, and that's usually around 15-20 minutes of walking. So if you can still get in ten minutes of exercise, you're still doing great! If you can do more, that's even better! Because with our hectic schedules, any exercise is good exercise. You also feel better knowing you did ten minutes than fretting because you did none.


It's great to go hardcore with lifestyle changes, but there are days when you just have to say, "Sorry, not today..." That was my day yesterday. I didn't track anything! Now, for some, this is not good because it does not get them in the habit. However, for me, I have found a day off is good. It gives me a chance to be bad within reason. I watch my portions and I listen to my body tell me when it is hungry and when it is full. Yesterday, we went to a diner and I got a chicken club. Best chicken club ever, I think. The chicken was seasoned. Even my boyfriend liked it, after he scraped the mayo off. But I let myself have a chili dog too, just to see if I liked it. We both agreed the chicken club was better. Is it the healthiest thing in the world? No, it has bacon and mayo on it. But I'll definitely be getting that rather than chili dogs there. I also had a small chocolate chip cookie dough blizzard from Dairy Queen, but I could only finish half of it. I would have rather had something with fruit in it. We were supposed to be getting fast food yesterday for dinner because I was craving it (dang monthly) but after grocery shopping, we decided to whip up something in the toaster oven instead. French bread pizzas. One is 410 calories, meaning 2 is 820 calories! Wow, that is A TON! That is literally half of my daily caloric intake. HOWEVER, look at it from the perspective of fast food: 1 large french fry from McDonald's and 10 chicken nuggets from Wendy's and I definitely would have topped those two french bread pizzas. It's about knowing what you want more, and having that instead. I'm glad I had the ice cream, I wanted that more than the fast food. And look, I still lost 5 lbs this week!

#4: Shopping with someone can be a hassle, or a real treat

Now, let me just say, I do talk about my boyfriend A LOT. Like, a lot a lot in my blogs. We've been together for five months next week (which is surprising, it feels like it was just the 2nd month), we don't live together, but he helps me A TON. These are more my journals for me to flip back through, but if they help others, I'm more than happy to share. My boyfriend is all about saving money whenever we can. I am learning from him about how to know if it is a good deal or not going cost vs. quantity. Also, he helps me decide between two things. We both compare two different foods to see which is better before deciding. He helps me stick with buying store brand rather than buying name brand when they taste exactly the same. I have also gotten him buying better stuff for him to eat too. So, in a way, we help each other, and play around in the store too, making the trip that much better.

So yeah, at the end of the week, I have lost 5 lbs, found more things that I like to eat, and am fitting in exercise wherever I can. I hope you are doing the same and are enjoying your sparkpeople experience! Toodles!

My Goals For This Week:
Lose one pound
Exercise at least ten minutes a day
Go second week without fast food

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A-NEW-TARA 9/17/2012 1:33PM

    First let me congratulate you on the 5 lb loss! I love this blog, you certainly are thinking about this weight loss journey in a very healthy way. You are right on the money when it comes to looking at food. If I told myself I could never have pasta or chocolate again because they are "bad" foods, I'd never last long. It's all about moderation and portion control. Same with exercise, 10 minutes is awesome and way better than sitting on the couch or recliner eating a bag of chips and a soda for breakfast.

Your boyfriend sounds like a great guy and a super fit for you and your life. I love how you are helping each other out.

Oh, I love how you are trying new things every time you hit the store, the Weekly Challenge team has a challenge this week about doing just that...give it a look and let the team know what you've been trying. Keep up the great work, I have no doubt you will reach all your goals!

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KNYAGENYA 9/16/2012 10:23PM

    Congrats on getting parts of your life in order.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

I swear, every time I decide to go on a diet, my boyfriend has to sabotage it.

Prime example number 1:
This was before we started dating. We work together. Him and another coworker went and bought coney dogs and French fries from a Coney island. He couldn't finish his two coney dogs. He asks me if I want one. They smelled so good and I wanted to have one so bad. But I had literally just started weight watchers the week before, so I said no. "C'mon, you know you want it." no I don't. "here I'll set it down right here and if you eat it nobody will know. I won't tell." and he goes and sits it down right next to me. Now it was within sight and within reach. It was so tempting. The idiot thought he could pull one over on me. The temptation test had been won and I found someone else to eat it before I could give in. I ate my banana instead.

Prime example number 2:
I restart weight watchers, and his mom makes homemade spaghetti sauce. Turn on the drool factor because this sauce is DELICIOUS! But we won't even touch how bad it is for you. Now, I can't blame him on this one I guess, but I'm going to anyway because I never went to a meeting again. NOTE: I'm an Italian food FREAK I love love LOVE it and it is my kryptonite. I will not go without just to lose weight. I'd rather be a few pounds over my goal if I'm eating Italian, homemade biscuits and gravy, or homemade chicken and dumplings. Anything else I could care less about. And he's half Italian and makes awesome Italian food, so basically I'm screwed.

Prime example 3 and 4:
Okay, lemme just say this has all happened since march, but these two were yesterday.
The day before I wanted chocolate, but he locked his keys in his car so he couldn't leave while we were working. And nobody "knows" that we are together in the sense that everybody knows, but only on our shift and we've never confirmed to anybody. So it's all just a true rumor. So he couldn't take my car. He was going for something for himself too, not just me. So I come into work today and he hands me a kitkat. Not just any kitkat, but a large kitkat at that. Cue yet another drool factor just because it is chocolate. Half of that king size is 210 calories. Cue the ouch factor. But we split it.

So now for number four. One of our other coworkers (the only one that officially knows about us because she was the person we talked to when it all started) went to burger king and asked me if I wanted anything, I said no, I'm on a diet. She goes and asks my boyfriend if he wants anything and he says "did you ask Jessica if she wants anything?" she said yes. "is she getting anything?" "no, she said she's on a diet." "yes she is. Get her a coke icee." now, from our research back when I was on weight watchers the second time, we found coke Icees are not that bad for you. So he took that in consideration and didnt get me a hershey pie. But still. SABOTAGE!

So yeah, my boyfriend who supports me in everything I do says I'm beautiful and I don't need to change but will support me if I want to do this is buying me all this bad stuff.

Diagnosis: Sabotage!
Solution: love him for it because he's just trying to make me happy :)

Now, on a happier note: I haven't had fast food since Saturday, which was only TimHortons. For those of you that might not know, that is a coffee shop type deal that has panini, doughnuts, and more. So my actual real fast food I haven't had since...sometime last week. SCORE! I'm a French fry addict, especially to mcdonalds, so it's a huge win for me. I don't consider Tim hortons or subway fast food, but it is money being spent out of pocket, so I'm trying to stay away because of that.

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ZIGGER-DOODLES 9/13/2012 1:50PM

  I hear you. I went on WW a few years back and lost 25 pounds. (I managed to keep it off until 6 months ago, then gained bakc 7 pounds - hence why I'm on Spark). My husband is great but he just couldn't understand why I wanted to lose weight since I technically wasnt "fat". He would say, "but I think you look great! who are you trying to lose weight for??"

I finally sat him down and explained I wanted to lose weight for ME, not him. And that if he couldn't encourage me, the least he could do was to remain silent. After a few times he got the hint. What helped also was avoiding fast food (like you said) and instead cooking mostly at home. We also went out to eat at regular restaurants, I was just careful and did my research beforehand so I could order what I wanted. I also snacked a lot on healthy items with 0-1 points (veggies, popped corn etc), so that it didn't seem like I was "starving" myself to him.

Hang in there! :)

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