WORKOUT CHALLENGE WITH MELISSA BENDER FITNESS

Happy Monday. I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness lately. I believe in the power of a positive mindset.  You can choose to be happy, or choose to be miserable. We each have a choice. I’ve also been thinking about my goals, my health, and how it pertains to my personal happiness. I realized in life there are things you can control and things you cannot control. Here’s the riddle though, sometimes when the things you cannot control pile up, you stop working on the things you can control and you end up in chaos. So my advice to you if you are going through a difficult time is to stay the course with the things you can control. You can control your mindset, what you choose to consume, your attitude, and whether or not you make the choice to workout. You can always choose to reach out to a friend or family member, we are not in this life alone.

I decided to choose my health and my happiness. I realize I need to stop worrying about the things I cannot control and let fate take its course. Today begins my return to working out, to really committing to five workouts a week plus daily cardio. Today I’m alive to commit to my wellbeing, today I will not say no. I’ve reached out to my friend Melissa at #melissabenderfitness #benderfitness and asked her to put together a Monday through Friday workout plan. She has wonderful free videos on YouTube( you should check her out) but I want to be able to take my mat down to our apartment gym or the local park and do my workouts. She was so kind to put this together for me. There are two workouts, all body weight since I’m back to beginner status. Monday/Wednesday/Friday and Tuesday/Thursday. For my cardio I’m beginning with speed walking until I feel like I’m getting my stamina back. I’ve not been consistent and slacked off too long, but this is my choice to not be fearful or ashamed to start over. I keep saying I’m going to post daily and well, life happens;  but I’m really going to try to post on my progress as well as my struggles with food and time management. Time is one of my biggest obstacles, or excuses. I’m trying to correct my flaws of impatience and procrastination. 

Here’s the workouts, thanks Melissa. I probably will start with ten reps for each exercise and try to get in two or three workout sessions daily. I’ve got my playlist all ready for my cardio. My mindset is positive, and no matter how far I fall I always get up again. Are you with me? Happy Monday. Let’s control our happiness. Happy Monday. Let’s do this.
Love and light, Rose

 

 

 

Taco Tuesday

It’s Tuesday, and everyone loves tacos; especially my husband James. I mentioned on my last post I’m trying to find balance with food, and eat non processed at least five days a week, and relaxing within portions on my days off. It’s all about healthy eating, balance and mostly portion control. I’m an easy vegan, but pleasing someone else for dinner is not always as easy. He likes meat substitutes on the regular, so I made Vegan Tacos. Super easy and easy to count on my WW app. I’m probably the only person in the universe who doesn’t get excited for tacos, but these were extra tasty. Happy Taco Tuesday. These can be made healthier by omitting the vegan grounds and just having the black beans with more veggies. Cauliflower would be a delicious addition, I will try that on our next Taco Tuesday. 

Ok, all you need is corn tortillas, pre-diced onions and peppers, chopped garlic, olive oil, vegan grounds, black beans, taco spice packet, microwave single serving brown rice and quinoa, two cans no salt diced tomatoes, vegan cheddar cheese, vegan sour cream, red enchilada sauce.

Really easy, sauté onions and peppers for five minutes in olive oil, add garlic, add vegan grounds and a can of diced tomatoes and continue to brown and stir. Add packet of taco spice and mix in no salt black beans and remove from heat.

Microwave two pre-packaged brown rice and quinoa servings, add to bowl with 2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce and a can of diced tomatoes.

Super easy, layer tacos as you like them on corn tortillas. Rice, vegan grounds, avocado, Vegan cheese and vegan sour cream.

Maybe tacos are something wonderful. These are delicious and super easy. Make sure to portion and count them.

Happy Taco Tuesday 

Rose 

 

 

Focus on Fitness

I’m always starting over, but that’s ok. I will continue to start over until I get it right. There is no failure, everything is a learning lesson. For me losing weight is not linear, it’s a zig zag line of ups and downs. Part of the problem is I’ve been focusing on the numbers and not so much on fitness. The scale isn’t the problem, it’s me. So how do I correct my past mistakes and get on the road to weight loss and fitness success like I was when I started this blog in 2013?  Let’s start with health and wellness, and less emphasis on numbers.

I weighed in today at 175 lbs. That is 5 lbs up from what I was a few weeks ago, but here’s the deal. I did crazy things the day before weigh in to help me weigh less. I do not recommend doing anything that’s unhealthy to get a better number on weigh in day. You are not a number, repeat that firmly and loudly. You are not a number. 170 lbs probably was not my true weight anyway, since I fasted and cut water on Sundays. I have a hard time admitting I did such unhealthy steps just to get a better number on Monday when I stepped on the scale. Repeat this too, health is your number one priority. I weighed 170 lbs and I ended up with a kidney infection probably due to dehydration. It’s just not worth hurting yourself over. I had eating disorders when I was younger, and it’s quite obvious those old ghosts still haunt me. It’s ok, I’m haunting them back. Here’s a big boo to my ghosts of eating disorders past, and how I’m going to get it right finally. 

I will weigh in once a week, it’s important to know where you are but not obsess with the number on the scale. It’s sounds contradictory, but for me I need to know where I stand. No more doing unhealthy steps the day before weigh in, Sunday’s with be healthy vegan food. No fasting, no water cutting, it’s business as usual. I will post in the following weeks my food plan, always vegan but always needing to portion control and stay accountable. What I put in my temple should be fuel not trash, of course within balance. I’ve discovered when my balance is off I tend to binge eat. 

I asked Melissa from Melissa Bender Fitness to help me with personal workouts to get me started, and my workouts will be Monday-Friday and cardio daily. I’m going to focus on moving more and obsessing less. I’m going to find the joy I once had in exercising and quit procrastinating. It’s not that hard. My thanks to Melissa Bender Fitness for helping me on my new journey.

That’s it for now. Today I begin again in gratitude because I’m healthy enough to be able to begin again. Remember this, it’s really all you need to get started. My new emphasis will be wellness, fitness, strength, agility, flexibility and my mind and body connection. Weight loss will be the bonus. A quick mention for the volunteering I promised for Henry’s Home and Horse Sanctuary, I’m still planning to go. My husband James is doing a lot of traveling and as soon as that settles we will be volunteering together. He asked me to wait for him, so I’m giving him time to follow through with his appointments first. 

Love and Light to you. Take care of your temple, nurture your body and soul. If something does not serve you do not do it. You are beautiful, but beauty on the inside is so much more sustainable. Let’s get healthy and well so we can tackle our goals and take on the world. That’s a beautiful thing.

Rose

 

 

WEIGH IN AND WELLNESS

Happy first day of October. I hope everyone is getting some apple cider and enjoying the brand new season. I love Autumn, even though here it’s still very hot and humid. There’s lots of positivity and change coming my way, I feel it deep in my soul. I always say Change comes on slow and then runs you over. We will see in the following weeks and months where change will take us. For now I’m healing from my kidney infection and focusing back on my goals. Remember to always drink enough water even the day before weigh in. I thought it was a good idea to cut water and fast the  day before my weigh in days. I dehydrated myself and it’s probably one of the reasons I got a kidney infection. Lesson learned, there are no short cuts to true weight loss, wellness, health and fitness. 

I mentioned last time I posted I am staying on WW ( formally weight watchers). My diet has not been clean and even though I’m losing weight I do not feel well. I decided to clean up my act for 30 days. I’m always going to be vegan, but I don’t always eat whole food and plant based. I’m going to eat clean vegan for 30 days. Perfect, on Halloween I can enjoy my favorite vegan fun foods. I’m also cutting out my vegan mayo and vegan butters, replacing with Whole Foods like avocado, nut and seed butters. The goal is to feel better, so I can focus on fitness and wellness. I’m so happy and proud that vegan alternatives are so readily available, and I’m a fan; but for me I need to try to eat those items in moderation. I will be experimenting with cooking and recipes. A few of my vegan cookies from the bake sale are wfpb. 

Late breakfast today. I had to help my hubby James get ready for his flight to D.C. I’m having toasted Ezekiel bread with pure nut butter and bananas.

If you are vegan I would love you to join me on this 30 day challenge. My weight is still 173 lbs. I didn’t make my goal to make it in the 160’s by the end of September, so my goal is now for the end of October. I can do this. 

Love and Light for today I’m out! 

Rose

 

I REJOINED WW ONLINE( after two week break)

Before I get into my post I wanted to address Tropical Storm Imelda. We are in Houston and we are safe. I pray for all of those around me affected by another devastating storm. I’m so grateful to the rescuers, the businesses and churches opening their doors for shelter.  Thinking about my friends at Henry’s Home and Horse Sanctuary. A big shout out to Mattress Mack. I would love to meet him someday. He always ways opens his door to those in need. 

I was doing so well with my food, I was down 13 lbs since joining WW online. Two weeks ago I believed I could go it without WW so I let go of my membership. In that two weeks life happened, it always does. One comfort food meal turned into another and all of a sudden I was out of control. I could feel my fear of food and my eating disorder issues creep back into my psyche. It took a pasta and vegan key lime pie binge, and the sickness I felt after to send me back to WW online. I rejoined at 2 am. 

I woke up with peace with food. I felt my support was there. I started tracking my day and I made healthy choices. I feel back in control despite the fact I went up 6 lbs in two weeks. Better to catch it now and begin the process of losing and getting fit before I gain even more weight. Healing in mind, body, and spirit and giving back. Those are my goals on this blog. I made a delicious tofu scramble with spinach and veggies, no oil. I split my whole grain Dave’s bagel with my husband. I ate, I’m satisfied and I have zero guilt. That’s worth every penny of my monthly WW fee if $19.99. Love and Light to all and  stay safe if you are in Houston. Rose

 

VEGGIE CHILI RECIPE

It’s been raining non stop here. We are definitely on our clean eating lifestyle but that doesn’t mean we can’t have our favorite fall favorites. My hubby James requested Veggie Chili. Here’s my rainy day vegan veggie chili recipe. I had one bowl. It was absolutely delicious. We pair it with a big green salad. It’s high fiber, high protein and definitely comfort food. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Love and Light. Rose 

You will need:

2 tablespoons olive oil.

1 large onion, diced.

1 large green pepper, diced.

1 large red pepper, diced.

5 cloves garlic, diced.

2 large cans diced tomatoes, no salt.

1 large can tomato sauce (hunts)

3 large cans red kidney beans, low sodium.

1 can corn, no salt.

1 package faux grounds. I like gardein or lightlife.

2 packets chili spices

salt and pepper

Heat olive oil over medium heat, sauté onions, peppers until caramelized. Add garlic and sauté a few minutes more. Add vegan grounds and mix with vegetables. Add 2 cans diced tomatoes, 1 can hunts tomato sauce, 3 cans kidney beans, corn, and stir. Fold in two packets of chili spices, and add a dash of salt and pepper. Mix and cook on medium/low for 45 minutes. Serve with avocado and vegan sour cream. It’s so yummy!🎃

 

My Fitness Challenge

Today is my day one of fitness challenge to Halloween. My current weight is 170 lbs, down 23 lbs since last year. Yesterday I prepped by shopping. I bought Hemp Protein and a few very inexpensive workout shirts I found for $3.00 each. I just bought for comfort and my budget, and later when I feel like I’m advancing in my fitness challenge I will purchase better workout gear. Right now the goal is to just get moving. I also bought new running socks, but was so disappointed when they weren’t in my bag when I got home. I need new sneakers and now new socks too, but I will purchase those items at a later date. 

It’s raining cats and dogs here in Houston, and I have to go into work. I will be doing a lot of my workouts after work so I can utilize the energy built up from waiting tables. The gym is in my building so I don’t have any excuses. Tonight I will do 60 minutes plus ten sun salutations, and legs up a walk before bed to help with circulation.

My body doesn’t feel like eating much today, so I listen to my body and drink a lot of water. That always happens to me after a day of eating too much. I could say I never binge but that would be a lie, when I eat pasta I always end up overeating and getting sick. Note to self, no pasta for a very long time. I will make a hemp protein drink to take to work for evening fuel. 

If you are just starting a fitness journey I have simple advice for you. Start where you can if you are not familiar with fitness or it’s been a long time since you’ve worked out. If you can’t run, walk. If you can lift, do body weight exercises. If you cannot touch your toes, touch your knees. All you need to do is to begin, the rest will  follow and you will progress. Soon you will be doing things you never dreamed of but for now just move. I follow Melissa Benderfitness for workouts, yoga and running tips. Here’s her link. Love and Light Rose http://www.benderfitness.com/

44 Day Challenge

Did you know it’s 44 days until Halloween arrives? This really begins the Autumn/Holiday season for many. My hubby James and I always have our little tradition. We eat burgers ( now vegan)  and carve pumpkins and drink cider, all watching scary movies. It’s a tradition we honored since our Pittsburgh days. This year we will not let that tradition slide by.

Today I’m starting a 44 day challenge. I’m going to try to show up here daily and share what I’m doing. I’m going to take it Day by day because I may change things up, but my plan is to focus on nutrition, fitness and goals. To show up daily despite my work schedule. I’ve lost 23 lbs but in my opinion I’ve been not working as hard as I can. I watched a video with Tao-Porchon Lynch and she really inspired me. So today begins my challenge. It’s 44 days until Halloween. Let’s do this!! 

No cheat days until Halloween. No pasta. Only whole grain foods in moderation. A little dark chocolate is ok. I’m really going to try to not eat my goodies at our bake sale, just the vegan healthy cookies but in moderation. No refined junk of any kind. I’m going to eat clean vegan. 

Daily Yoga Sun Salutations, and some other workouts. I’m using Melissa Bender Fitness, and my cardio will be walking, running etc. I plan to move 60 minutes a day plus ten sun salutations daily. Legs up a wall before bed. I don’t care if my workout before or after work, if I have time to sit and watch tv I have time to without. 1 hour plus ten sun salutations. Like that Pizza Guy on YouTube says, that’s the rules. Everybody knows the rules, everybody being me. 

The other things I will be adding will be addressed in future posts. What I’m reading, writing, who I’m watching for inspiration. Fun classes I may take, plus tools for self development. Products I use to help me heal and make me feel well again. I’m not sick but my body can be my temple again. Lots of personal goals I’m going to tackle. No procrastination. Today is the day. As I type this we found out an old friend in Pittsburgh PA lost his battle with Lung Cancer. He was only 38. Life is short. Do what you dream of doing today. RIP Chris Pierce. Thank you for your kindness.

RIP Chris

 

CHEAT DAYS

Cheat days, how does your mind and body react to having a weekly cheat day? My hubby James thinks I’m weird about food. After a delicious meal most people will say they feel satiated and satisfied. I just feel disgust and guilt, especially if I happened to overeat. It happens now and then, and it just doesn’t make me feel good. I decided to go at it alone without the WW app to save money, and I don’t think that was a good idea. In the next week or so I’m reinstating my account. It keeps me sane by tracking. I’ve come this far, I’m down 23 lbs since one year ago and 13 since using the ww app. It’s a tool I think I need, for my sanities sake.

I don’t think I will ever be normal when it comes to food but I will say this, going vegan is the best thing I’ve ever done. Even with the haunting of past eating disorders at least I know I’m eating with compassion and kindness. The rest I will figure out as I continue on this journey of mine. One thing I do know, vegan cheesecake is ok, pasta is not. It’s a diet and eating disorder fiasco. No more pasta for me. Pasta is my trigger food, so I plan to avoid it for the time being. But the cheesecake is worth the calories, counted in portion control of course. Do you have foods that detail your willpower?

Love and Light to all. Rose 

Starting weight 193

Current Weight 170

mini goal 160’s

First goal 159

Goal Weight 135-140

MONDAY MUSINGS

I couldn’t sleep last night, my mind could not shut off. I was thinking of all the things I need to do, and want to do. The things that worry me and the things that are out of my control.  As I tried unsuccessfully to sleep my good friend Brandy’s son Silas took his last breath. I woke up and my weight is holding steady at 170, but none of that matters today.

I first met Brandy when I was working in a restaurant in Palo Alto, and she was visiting so Silas her son could get treatment at Stanford University. We quickly hit it off, and I was honored to meet Silas as well. Their story of love inspired me through my many moves. Brandy-continued to really live life as she cared unselfishly for her terminally ill son. She was out doing fun runs with friends, seeing concerts, volunteering, and being the driving force for the wellness of her son. She was an optimist and an advocate. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for the care of her son. I admire her deeply and this blog post is dedicated to her. 

People have told me I’m strong and inspiring, and I’ve been through a few challenges in the last two years; but nothing like Brandy. I can fall apart at the thought of my cat being possibly ill. It was those thoughts, pet insurance etc that kept me from my beauty sleep last night. I woke to the news that Silas had passed away. All of a sudden losing a nights sleep to anxiety didn’t matter. My heart goes out to Brandy, my prayers for her and her son Jake as they navigate their new normal without Silas. They say when someone passes they earn their wings, I hope Silas is playing with the angels with abandon. In my heart Brandy has earned her wings too. There are angels who walk among us, and my friend Brandy is definitely one of them. So much love Brandy.