Starting over Fitness after injury

Happy Wednesday to all. Yesterday I got moving for the first time since my injury, and even though I don’t know the extent of the damage, I’ve continued to go to work on it. I had an X-ray ( no breaks or fractures) and an ultrasound. I did not have an mri and I may need one at some point. My knee is still swollen but I’m starting to be more mobile. So I decided to begin cardio again.

Yesterday I was able to walk 1.5 miles. I wanted to start slowly. Today I plan on doing the same and listening to my body, letting pain be my guide. My gait feels a little heavy but I’m out there moving my body, and that’s what matters. Baby steps and healing thoughts. I’m manifesting fitness, health and healing. Today I plan on matching my 1.5 miles, plus starting to stretch again.

It’s incredibly humbling to get hurt and not be in the same fitness league you once were, than you remember that you are able to walk. Everyone has their own journey and their own timetable. Don’t ever compare your journey to someone else. We can cheer on as we chase after our dreams. I know I’m cheering all of you on. Nothing but love and light.
With Gratitude,

Rose

 

Injury and Weigh in Update

It’s been a minute and a day since I’ve posted. I’m in the process of healing from an injury to my knee that’s taking much longer to heal than I expected. It’s a bit easier to walk on but it’s still pretty swollen. Today is the first day I’m going to try to do some cardio and see how I feel.

My weight has been fluctuating, I’m now 176. I was 174 a few weeks ago but I also stopped taking a diuretic I was on for years, so I’m not upset over a 2 lb gain. It’s incredibly humbling to backtrack from fitness and weight loss, but even more humbling to get hurt and have to stop all together. I never had an mri, just an ultrasound and an X-ray, so I really don’t know exactly what I did to my leg. I’m listening to my body and I’m going to go slow with cardio and see how I feel. My mind tells me if I can walk all night at work I can try to start getting fit again.

My vegan lifestyle is a lifestyle and not a diet, so that will never change. I’m eating mostly whole foods and plant based with low salt, sugar and oils. I do have an occasional boca burger without a bun on days I’m in a rush. I’m balancing my food, meal prepping and having a kale/ fruit smoothie every day; with chia, flax seeds and coconut water. Eating healthy is easy, the weight stalling has everything to do with the fact I haven’t worked out since I injured myself last November. Even though my knee is swollen I’m ready to begin again starting today. I was featured in two issues of VegWorld magazine and I’m really chasing all of my goals. I haven’t given up even when challenged. My sweet husband James said I’m beautiful but I’m stronger then people expect. He said I’m tough as nails. I don’t know about that but I try to never ever give up.

I admit the injury left me depressed, but I’m coming out of it with a positive mindset, and meditation. Controlling negative thoughts is key as is living for the present. I’m just going to get out there and move my body. I’m not going to begin with running or try to move too fast while walking. My goal is to move a little more each day, try the rower, and stretch my body. My first goal is to move to heal and get better, each day getting stronger and stronger. I have a long term goal to get in the best shape of my life, but for now I’m taking baby steps. Day one is today and my goal is to just move. I would like to try for 30/45 minutes but I’m going to listen to my body and let pain be my guide. Update tomorrow!!

Love and light and healing to all who need it.
With Gratitude,

Rose 

 

 

Life’s Curveballs

Happy Wednesday to all. How’s 2020 going for all of you. I have committed to blogging and being consistent with my goals and happiness, and I’m on it in regards to my clean eating, budget food haul and meal prep. A little curveball has come my way in the form of an injured knee. It’s swollen and has been bothering me for weeks. That photo is from 2013 when I began this blog. It was days before I was in the Richard Simmons video and I got sick. I started my blog and had to rest for a few days before resuming it full force. Similar to reinventing my blog today. I start and all of a sudden my knee is giving me a hard time. 

I took today off from work to continue to apply rice; rest, ice, compression and elevation. I’m also going to buy new work shoes for now and order better ones online. Today the swelling doesn’t seem as bad as it was. This is a curveball in my plan for sure, but life throws you curveballs. It’s how you react to them. I’m listening to my body and my mindset is positive, I will heal. I do believe eating very little salt and sodium and tons of plants will help me in the process of healing and getting rid of inflammation.  The money I saved from my food budget is going to work shoes and one bill, even though I’m losing one day of work I’m still getting somewhat ahead. I’m proud to say today is my day three transitioning to eating a whole foods plant based lifestyle. I’m vegan for the animals and environment, and wfpb for my heath. This is not saying I’m against processed food and all the delicious vegan options out there, but for me those are rare and occasional treats. I love a good splurge meal but they have to be occasional treats. It’s too easy to slip. I’m eating very low salt, sugar and oil but I’m not 100% completely free of them. When I say very low that means almost none, but I won’t worry if some slips into my food. I’m trying to be healthy and balanced.

Happiness, health, wellness/weight loss and chasing goals takes a lot of work; but it also takes perseverance when things do not go your way. Those curveballs fly in the direction of your well thought out plans and goals. It’s ok if they do, just don’t let them knock you down or crush your dreams and goals. Remember, this month will build the foundation for the year. , that’s how I’m approaching January. Don’t give up when life throws you curveballs. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last.

For the time being I’m listening to my body and reading inspirational words while I cannot workout. I’m eating clean vegan, no salt, very little oils and sugar. Soon I will be healed and resuming my workout plans and goals. In the meantime I rest and show gratitude for my health even if my knee is temporarily injured.Today the swelling in my knee has gone down a bit, hoping I heal quickly so I can begin moving my body daily. One of the secrets to happiness for me is exercise. Have a wonderful mid week.
Love and light to all. Rose

 

Trader Joe’s Vegan Grocery Haul


Happy Tuesday to all. Ok, last night I did my second part of my vegan on a budget grocery haul. Spanky my Siamese cat was excited too, don’t judge. My goal was to spend $80.00 total for the week, but I went over that just a bit. Our vegan grocery haul for the week total with Trader Joe’s and HEB combined was $107.00. I ended up getting some produce that was higher than I thought. I got flax seeds, chia seeds, tons of fruits, veggies and greens. Lentils and canned no salt beans. I ended up getting healthier flax tortilla chips and salsa for my hubby James, because he’s going to need some foods that resemble what he’s used to. The goal is for him to eat wfpb and not feel deprived, so a little balance here is needed. We also bought all paper products etc so we won’t need to go to the store at all until next Sunday night. I can’t wait to see how I feel with very low salt and sodium.

Overall I think I did well. Plus we don’t eat out, so that’s it for the week. All the other money will go to debt and bills, and new work shoes for me. If you are wondering what meals I’m going to make I will do what I eat in a day in the near future. I’m going to make my own hummus. As far as exercise I’m starting with walking and stretching. My knee needs to heal so I’m taking it somewhat easy. It’s still really swollen. Legs up a walk pose every night for 15 minutes for better circulation. I’m not going to deny I’m in a little pain, so it’s a little concerning. I’m determined to heal though, and losing weight is always recommended for the knees and joints. My long cardio sessions will have to wait.

What is your grocery budget? Do you eat out? I’m curious to know how you manage your grocery budget. Happy Tuesday to all. Like I told my hubby, January I’m doing the grudge work, the healing, building the foundation of my new year. My happiness begins with good health, better finances and less worry. Happy Tuesday to all.

 

How to eat vegan on a budget

Happy Monday to all. Let’s crush some goals so we worry less and spread joy more. We are happiness gurus today, not tomorrow or next week. For me it begins with two of my categories I need to work on, bills and my healthy vegan food budget. I’m getting healthy now, and my husband James is on board. To eat clean vegan doesn’t take a lot of cash. This week I’m doing it for $80.00.

These are two categories that are important in my life to be happy, getting on top of bills and debt and health. Beginning on Mondays I set the foundation for my week. I set my intentions for my day, and I honor those intentions. Here’s my food haul from last night. One more haul tonight and I’m done and then I decide which bills to tackle first, this plan is a proactive plan. To be happy you need to stop procrastinating, and find money somewhere to take care of issues. No more vegan junk means money to pay off things. I will reserve vegan junk for occasional splurges. Don’t get me wrong, I love vegan junk, only once in a while and definitely not daily. Eating clean vegan will help me on my path to weight loss/and vegan wellness.

If you want to eat clean on a budget I suggest you stick to fruits, vegetables frozen and fresh. I look around for deals first, and then I make my choices. I do the same with veggies and greens, and I buy a lot because this is the bulk of our meals. I look for seeds that may be on sale, I found chia seeds for $5.99. I buy only one bread, Ezekiel. One loaf should last a week. I have whole grain rice and a big container of oats at home, including oat flour, dark vegan chocolate chips for occasional homemade treats. At home I also have spices, nutritional yeast, and apple sauce. I have coconut oil and olive oil but we will rarely use oil. Applesauce is great for baking. We have nut butters, all natural with no salt or oil. Canned beans no salt, dry legumes like split peas and lentils. I do buy some condiments to help my hubby transition to clean vegan. Vegan mayo, vegan butter, and vegan sour cream. I will use sparingly.

Tonight at Trader Joe’s I’m finishing my haul. I will post in another blog what we are eating with this $80.00 vegan food budget. Oh, and there’s always coffee. I think it’s going to be easy to stick to this plan. After the holidays and all the salt I know eating this way will help me in three ways, losing weight, get rid of water retention from all the sodium, and save money to pay bills. It’s a win-win. Now doesn’t beginning your week this way make you happy?

One more thing, we are making a donation for Australia. I can take a little extra cash to show my support. It’s heartbreaking for all the people and animals. I can’t even look at the images, I just cry. If you can, donate a dollar or two. If we all did that imagine how much relief they can get. Part of being a happiness guru is being kind and giving. Love and light to all and prayers for our neighbors down under. Rose

10 Categories To Happiness

Happy Sunday to all. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on happiness and what it takes to be happy. We all tend to look at the big things we think we need to be happy. We need to get in shape and lose weight, go on grand trips, accomplish all of our personal goals. The lists go on. In reality we need to start at the bottom with the hard work. It takes some willpower, and sacrifice to begin and work from the ground up. The journey is even more important than the destination. You need to put in the work to get results, there’s no way around this. Above are the 10 categories I plan to tackle and work on over the course of the year for my happiness journey.

So beginning my reinvention of my blog and tackling the 10 categories I’m starting January with a theme. It’s healing and hard work. What does that mean? A lot of times our problems are a result of not taking care of issues. We procrastinate, we put off what we should be doing to better ourselves in mind/body and spirit. If you put off moving your body and eating clean you will see later issues will come up. Same with financial procrastination, and the lists go on. So January is my month of healing, setting the ground work of the categories I plan to work on in the year of 2020. Remember I’m working on my whole life, which includes my vegan weight loss/fitness and more. My life is so whole package, not just the wrapping.

Today I’m setting my intentions for Monday, the week and the month. This month of healing is going to be a month of clean vegan eating. Getting my home in order, tackling financial problems I’ve put off. This month I’m going to move more, do yoga and workout. I’m starting with daily simple walking because I have a knee injury that is lingering. Monday’s intentions are to toss any vegan junk I have left from the holidays, and grocery shop on a limited budget. I’m going to post all about how much I’m spending and what my vegan grocery haul consists of. This small intention will lead me to my next January intention, paying off bills and debts. Less money wasted on unhealthy food will be money to go to bills. Here’s a poll for you guys. How much money does a couple need to spend weekly on healthy vegan food?  I say 50 and my hubby says 100.

A quick recap, tonight I write out my intentions for Monday, the week and the month. I follow through with my Monday intentions. Each night I write intentions for the following day and so on. January is healing, my mind/body/ which includes things that are bothering me like financial burdens and getting my home in order. I bought white lights to replace the Christmas lights so my space will feel illuminated and lovely. January is setting the ground work for the categories I’m working on to be happy.

Are you happy? Let’s be happiness gurus together. Maybe you can write your own list of 2020 categories. Happy Sunday to all.  So much love and light. 

 

 

2020 Clarity

January 2, 2020

Happy New Year to all. I’m finding clarity with the new year. I decided to continue with this blog, rather than begin a new one. I’m still going to be focusing on my vegan wellness journey/ fitness/ weight loss and philanthropy. I’m also going to be my own self development and happiness guru, sharing what I’m learning on this journey of mine. It all began in 2019 when I was having a moment of feeling stagnate. I heard a quote from one of my inspirations. Tao Porchyn Lynch is is over 100, a yoga instructor and the oldest ballroom dancer in the Guiness Book of  world records. She once said she wakes up every day and tells herself today is going to be the best day ever. I started thinking  how can that be when I’m working long hours and money is tight. So many things I want to do cost money. My first reaction Was sorrow. It was Christmas and I felt like 2019 was not what I expected it to be, but then I decided I would make 2020 be everything I dream of and more. How am I going to do this? Stay tuned. I’m going to take each day by setting intentions, and as my husband James said I’m getting out of the loop. The loop is where you keep repeating the same actions and expecting different outcomes.

So here I am, changing  my approach. My fitness journey may be slower since I’m dealing with a knee injury but I’m going to work around it. I made ten categories I wish to work on, the areas of life I’m passionate about and things I feel are necessary for my happiness. Some are simple and some are grand. I’m chasing happiness and seeking joy. I’m going after my goals and dreaming big. Beginning with today’s intention to do very that. My first accomplishment of 2020 is my article about vegan beauty on a budget was featured in VegWorld Magazine.

I’m very proud to begin 2020 with this accomplishment. I’m my own happiness guru, and I’m sharing joy with all those around me. Let’s be happiness gurus together. Together we make a difference. When you are out there in the world making a name for yourself remember to make time for others. We are all connected. 

Love and light,

Rose

Decade Review

I cannot believe we are at the end of the decade. Before I begin my 2020 clear vision journey of being my own happiness guru, I must look back at the magnificent and sometimes sad decade. My husband James and I experienced a lot of change, travel, adventure, new opportunities, love and loss. It really began in 2010 with the intentions to leave NYC for a warmer climate. It was the winter of 2010 and a frigid one at that. We were ready to go, but at that moment we had no idea where.  

Here’s my quick recap of my decade.  A blizzard ushered in winter that year in 2010. I spent time with family in Cleveland, Ohio and we took a family portrait. I got to visit my best friend Melissa in Pittsburgh in the spring, and be in her wedding in the fall. We adopted our Siamese cat Rascal before we left NYC ( had wonderful moments with my dearest friends before the move) and we moved to West Hollywood CA.  We met new friends in California and traveled often, loving our new home in LA.  In 2013 we lost our beloved cat Stormy, adopted Spanky and I started this blog. I danced with  Richard Simmons in his video, and became friends with the family that was Slimmons. I wrote an essay about the remarkable Huell Howser, and because of that essay in December 2013 we had the best birthday dinner at the iconic Musso and Frank’s in Hollywood.  2014  we traveled a lot. I ran my first 10k and later that year we moved to San Francisco, and saw the beauty of Northern California, meeting new friends in the Bay Area.  My first book was published that year. I ran the Golden Gate Bridge and had dear friends visit. I also ran the Rock and Roll 5k in San Jose.  We saw the iconic sights of San Francisco.  I continued to write for magazines, online and print as we moved back to West Hollywood in 2016. We lived there for a year and I worked at the famous Canter’s Deli, writing about my experience in West Hollywood Magazine.  Before a move to Houston, TX. that summer,  my mother passed away  and after we lost Rascal. 2017 was a rough year so we began 2018 with a rejuvenating cruise to Jamaica, Cozumel and The Cayman Islands and I became Vegan. That year another loss, James’ Aunt Jan. We adopted our Siamese Max as well. 2019 was a bit unmemorable, except for ending it with another loss of my Mother’s sister Aunt Elaine. The decade really was an adventure of travel, live, loss and opportunities.

We met so many wonderful people who became dear friends and family. As I reflect on beginning this blog to be more self development centered with happiness and goal setting just as important as health and vegan weight loss, I remember we had one hell of a decade. Here’s to new beginnings and the gratitude and love for the foundation that brought us to where we are today. To our tribe who taught us so many wonderful lessons. To the good days, the bad days and the just ok days. The love the loss and the fact we are still standing, wiping our eyes with the clear vision of 2020 eyesight. Clear the dance floor and let’s dance into this brand new decade. Happy New Year to all, near and far. Thank you for being a part of my tribe. It’s a beautiful journey as long as we do it in togetherness, love and light.

 

 

 

 

 

WEIGH IN WEDNESDAY


It is Weigh In Wednesday and a few days before my Birthday, and a week before Christmas. I fell off the wagon the weeks after Thanksgiving, so I decided to start WW Green plan, which is the former weight watchers smart points plan revamped. For future reference WW is the former Weight Watchers, and they have three plans. The three plans are green, blue and purple. Green plan you count everything but most fruits and veggies, blue has free lean protein options added, and purple allows free grains and whole grain pasta. I’ve chosen green because it’s easier for me to be in control when I track everything, and tracking makes me less likely to binge and gain. I did that after Thanksgiving, my weight went up to 179 lbs.

Today I weighed in at 176 lbs, after being on green for one full week. My next weigh in day is Christmas, and I hope I can get through the holiday week with another loss. Going forward it’s all green for me, it just seems much easier to manage my life this way.

Speaking of life, in January 2020 I’m making some changes on this blog. I’m still going to be documenting my vegan weight loss and my fitness journey, and I plan to still be into philanthropy. I’m adding more categories though, things I feel are needed to better my life. I will post a blog how I got inspired to make this change. My blog will still be what it has been, but much more. I guess you can say it’s going to be a self development/lifestyle/wellness blog. I’m really enthusiastic about the change. At first I wanted to start a new blog and continue as us with this, but I decided to combine my ideas. I’m also planning a Youtube channel in the future.

All brand new for the new Roaring Twenties. In the meantime it’s Christmas, and I’m pulling myself out of a long melancholic mood and starting over by choosing joy. Happy Wednesday to all.
Let’s share sunshine and be happiness gurus together. Rose 

MAKING PLANS

The end is December is upon us and all I really want to do is to get a head start on my goals, and take it up a zillion notches in January. The holidays have not been an easy time for me, but I’m trying to chase light and be merry.

I realized a few changes are needed recently. I’m changing my ww plan from purple and blue to the green plan. It has less free food and more tracking and accountability. My sister Frankie is doing the green plan and she likes it. I feel with green I can stay in control always even when I’m out of control. I will track my chaos. So I’m weighing myself ( again) and going forward with weigh in Wednesdays. My cardio and workouts are good but I’m going to attempt more walking miles. My knee has felt a little odd so I’m sticking to walking for now. Running can happen when I get back into shape. 

Exciting news, I’m now a regular contributor for Dallas VegWorld Magazine. My first article will be in the January/ February issue. It’s all about my vegan beauty favorites. My mood have been up and down lately, but it’s so much better when I exercise. It’s not just for my body but for my mindset and wellbeing. This time of year I falter a little. Funny it used to be my favorite time of year. I miss those days, but onward and upward. Those of you who have followed me for years know that I don’t give up. I may stumble and sometimes I fall flat on my face, but I always get right back up and at it again. I’m going to start reading some inspirational self-help books. I have a few on hand and I’m always open to suggestions.

I’m off for the day, love and light to all. Rose