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WEIGH IN MONDAY

Happy St Patty’s Day. I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday. This weekend I splurged a little on a veggie burger, tater tots, and Nada Moo Chocolate Chip Mint. My hubby made me a splurge meal, and the vegan ice cream was my version of a vegan shamrock shake. 

i rarely eat salt, and I try to not eat vegan processed foods on a regular basis. I weighed in this morning up a pound. I understand it’s water weight and I’m ok with it. I don’t plan to eat salty foods on a regular basis. I’m trying to eat mostly Whole Foods, plant based most of my days. I’m also trying to find balance with food. My aim is good nutrition, but I don’t want to become obsessive. I want my focus to be on fitness and health. I also occasionally think it’s ok to live a little. 

This week my plan is to focus on Whole Foods, with just one treat. My treat will be a small pastry or item from a new vegan bakery I’m hoping to try. I will let you know if I do. A vegan bakery and cafe opening up where I live in The Woodlands TX is a rare occurrence. I’m so excited to go there. 

I plan to eat to my standards, my vegan stance is a personal moral decision. There is no cheating, it’s a lifestyle not a diet. My weight loss/health Whole Foods plant based journey is a process, one where I may splurge from time to time. There’s a difference with the two, but I’m trying to balance it all. After all I’m human. 

Weigh in today up 1lb 183

Short term goal is 159 ( my weight before I moved from Los Angeles to Texas in May 2017) 

Next stop beginning my fitness journey all over again. Stay tuned. 

Love and light and Irish Blessings 

Rose 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a Lifestyle

Happy Day after Valentine’s Day to all. I hope the special day brought you joy, whether you have a valentine or not. I work in a restaurant at night so my day was all work and no play. That’s ok, it’s my hump day and soon my my off days will be here. I’m working hard for the money and grateful for my blessings. 

It’s day 4 of my 30 day Whole Foods plant-based challenge. I’m vegan and I’m trying to lean more towards a cleaner way of taking care of my temple. Day 4 and I feel fabulous, not as fatigued from waiting tables. For a while I thought I was getting sick, or old, and now I realize I just wasn’t feeding my body correctly. I’m doing the challenge to help myself kick it into high gear, to be accountable. At the end I will have a delicious vegan cheat day and do another 30 day challenge. I’m going to do this plan going forward. I plan to check my cholesterol in a few months, to see how this is working for my body. Staying away from all oils is the biggest hurdle, but I’m sticking to it. In 30 days I will jump on the scale, and going forward I will only weigh myself once a month. 

We had a cat health scare with Max, but it was a false alarm. I will take him in to be safe soon, but it seems he was constipated. I found out today my Mom’s sister, my Aunt Elaine in Chicago had a stroke. I think she’s going to be ok, but send her lots of prayers. In life, challenges pop up when you least expect them. No matter what comes, I’m not deviating from my food plan. This is for my heath, period. My weight loss will be an added bonus. 

Next week I will post on my fitness plans, and more of what I’m eating. I’m going forward and not looking back. Onward and upward for me.

Love and Light 

Rose

MY JOURNEY 2.0

It seems I keep starting and stopping the second half of my weight loss journey due to mundane issues of life. I didn’t quit, I just was on a self-inflicted hiatus, with random moments of jumping back on here and claiming the rebirth of this blog. Robert Frost said it best, “The best way out is always through.” I made it through some of my struggles and with the Chinese New Year I am starting anew now. Right now my struggles are of the tech sort of issues, but I plan to sort through my lack of tech savvy and begin despite being just a little lost on this front. Join me on my brand new journey, where it will take me is up to me.

 

 

 

MONDAY MOTIVATION 2019

Today is the true beginning to my wellness journey. Last week I didn’t begin eating whole foods-plant based because we ended up with vegan holiday junk food left over from the holiday. We are on a very strict budget so we decided to finish what we had on hand rather than toss it into the trash. No guilt, we are grateful for the food and now we are moving towards plant based wellness. The plan was to begin fresh on Monday which is today.

I have a very long grocery list I will share soon, but to be painfully honest I am trying to pay off some of our bills and debt and we are on a food budget. I did get the necessities to begin with, and we plan on doing a small food haul today or tomorrow. We have the basic tools to begin. I may start posting my meals for each day so we can share this journey together. Each day is a day I go after my larger goals by eating for wellness and moving my body in fitness. Each day I take the necessary steps that are a part of every day living, like brushing my teeth. I am not worried about a quick fix to look skinnier. Each day I take a baby step to success. Big leaps will come later when I am fit enough to take them.

Today I began my day with two slices of gluten free bread with my coffee. After my coffee I indulged in a green smoothie and a green water chaser. You may be asking what a green water chaser is? First, let me share with you my green smoothie. Kale, spinach, hemp seeds, flax seeds, banana and one cup of organic soy milk. After I had my smoothie I blended two more cups of kale and spinach and water, and drank my green water. I know what you are thinking, but it doesn’t taste bad. I plan to get as many living foods into my temple as possible. I am getting my glow on from the inside out. This is what makes me feel alive, energetic and ageless. I love eating plants.

Tonight I am making spit pea soup, all homemade. I first make homemade vegetable broth. I am eating whole foods-plant based with minimum salt, oil and sugar. I will season my soup with back pepper, basil and a touch of sea salt. I will post the recipe soon. My hubby likes to eat his soup with bread so Ezekiel toast it is.

This is a brand new journey, and I am navigating this while working almost 40 hours serving in a restaurant. This is not easy, and on most days I may be doing my workouts after work around 11 pm. Today is my day off, so I will be working out earlier. I plan to revisit my Youtube channel as soon as I get a tripod, no one wants to watch videos in selfie mode. Baby steps.

I hope you are having a wonderful beginning to 2019. I have so many plans, but I am beginning with the basics. Like in the Sound of Music when Julie Andrews sings, let’s start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start.

Begin with me, there is no day like today. Let’s do this. Love and Light.

Rose

WEIGH IN WEDNESDAY

Today was weigh in Wednesday, the first weigh in of the New Year. I gained 6 lbs between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but that is ok. I am only going forward from this moment on. No longer will I be looking back at past successes and failures. This is a brand new journey starting in 2019. I will change my whole life this year, beginning with my health and fitness. I have weighed in at 186 lbs. My goal for the year is to be in the 150’s and possibly the 140’s.

I am keeping this short and sweet today, I have a full day. I will be posting my whole foods-plant based grocery list tomorrow. Happy New Beginnings to all.

Have a wonderful day

Rose

REBRANDING 2019

Happy New Year to all. Here I am starting over again. I know what you are thinking, here she goes again with a brand new beginning. It’s true, I have fallen off the wagon more times than I can count in the last year and a half. I am not here to speak about my past struggles and hardships, because I am ringing in the brand new year with positive vibes only. It’s a fresh new start, and I am in it to win it. No longer will I look back, I am not going that way.

I wrapped up my last two holiday charities. As I begin blogging again I am making major changes for this blog. No longer will I document my weight loss through charities. I plan to start a separate project to give back. I am starting a brand new vegan health and weight loss with fitness, and back to a mind-body connection. No longer will I be focusing on the scale as my only barometer as success. I will judge my successes by my fitness and health accomplishments and my artistic and personal goals. I will be making 2019 my best year ever, and documenting my process of changing my life on for the better on every level. This will still be a weight loss/fitness blog but so much more; a true lifestyle blog.

I am starting January off strong, and when the holidays begin next year I will be a better version of myself. I have big goals which I can share later, but I am starting off in January building the foundation for my goals. The basics, the cement that will keep my temple steady as I lean into my dreams. My first week of January begins like this.

January 1, 2019 Day one and week one.

1.After weigh in, we are doing a whole foods-plant-based grocery haul. It is a mini haul to get us started on the right path. My long-term plan is to try to only grocery shop twice a week. 

2.Which brings me into the next thing to do on my first week of 2019 to do list. We plan to really crack down on our budget, no longer will we go to the store at random times. Eating whole foods and plant-based will be better for both our health and financial budgets. I will share what we will be eating our first week in a later post. The less we spend on unhealthy vegan junk food, the more money we have for bills and debt. In 2019 I plan to tackle the ghosts of my past with zero fear. I am not saying I will never have vegan fun foods again, but my main nutrition will be whole foods-plant based with limited sodium, oil and sugar. Eating like this will help me save money and tackle past money mistakes. 

3.Daily workouts, cardio, stretching, running and yoga. It’s time to get strong again, beginning today. I have a gym in my building, and I can start doing Melissa Bender Fitness workouts and yoga. There is a little room in the gym, and I can do yoga with my phone on YouTube. Her motto is “Fitness Should Be Free.”

Free totally works for my budget. No excuses.

 

4.This week I plan to de-clutter my space, clear out my closet and clean our home from top to bottom. Think about it, you spend so much of your time at home, make it your sanctuary. There are some things I would like to do to improve our living space but we are starting with the basic essentials; getting rid of the chaos and stuff we no longer have a need for. Removing metaphorical trash that gets in my way. 

5.Get inspired,live with a positive mindset. Write down my dreams and goals, and start planning for my best year ever. I bought a lovely 2019 planner and I will put it to good use. I also want to research equipment for my YouTube channel which I plan to revisit in the future. Start studying my American Council of exercise book, and read ten pages a day from one of my many inspirational books I own. 

This is what my first week looks like.  As I wrap up my first blog post of 2019 I am incredibly grateful for life, living, loved ones near and far. I begin again in gratitude and grace. I choose joy and hope that anything is possible if you believe and take the time to take action.

With love and light

Happy New Year

 

 

MAKING LEMONADE

It has been a while since I have posted. The Holidays hit both my husband James and I hard this year. The last few years were difficult due to the loss of multiple loved ones. On top of that we had some other personal struggles, which made Christmas and my Birthday  difficult. It’s a time you cannot escape the depression of missing a loved one. You can run, but on Christmas you cannot hide. We chose to just stay close to each other and our kitties and allow ourselves to feel the pain just a little. We also have been reflecting on how we can change our lives and live life to the utmost fullest. When you hit rock bottom, the only way out it up. That’s where the light is. I’m following the light.

With this relevation I have decided to start brand new( again). This time I plan to not only blog about my weight loss and fitness journey, but to blog on my journey to make my life more fulfilling. A true lifestyle blog on how to really improve your life and live your best life ever. I have never done this so I’m going to learn as I go. 2019 has 365 days to make a wrong a right, and to write about this new journey of mine. When Christmas hits next year, I’m going to be in a completely different mindset and place in my mind. I’ve been depressed for a few years, since my Mom died and the move away from California. My survivor Mom is inside of me and so is the spirit of California. I’m going to use the lessons I learned and go for it. 

I wrapped up my food drive and my toy drive, and 2018 is almost in the history books. I am grateful for so much even through the sorrow. I’m ready to take my sour lemons and turn them into sweet surprises. I do love lemonade and sharing it with anyone who needs a little extra sweetness in their life.

WEIGH IN

Thanksgiving week is upon us, and today I weighed in and lost another pound. This brings my weight loss to 12 lbs since August. I currently weigh 181 lbs and dropping. I’m so happy to be able to get healthy again despite life’s ups and downs. Working out and eating clean is really making me feel on top of the world again. I am 22 lbs away from what I was over a year ago. I’m loving the journey as well as the destination. One workout and meal at a time. Planning charities always keeps my spirit grounded. 

My co-workers and I are doing a Toy Drive for Toys for Tots and a food drive for the Houston Food Bank. I’m humbled and grateful to my “work family.” I find during times of stress giving back offers a little calm in the chaos. It puts everything into perspective to lend a helping hand to those in need. I’m working on my mind, body, and soul. There is always room for improvement. 

So much love and light. 

Rose

 

HOLIDAY GIVING

As I sit here with Spanky my Siamese cat on my lap I contemplate happiness and goals. We are cooking a late night whole wheat rotini with  vegan sauce. We are listening to Christmas music and all is well in our world. Problems be damned, you still have to live and we choose to live happily ever. 

Today I weighed in and my weight stayed the same. I weigh 182 lbs. in August I was 192 lbs so I’m happy with staying the same. I pretty much got my vegan clean eating down, and I do enjoy a little vegan fun foods on my days off. I am working on my workout schedule. Today we went brisk walking near the water and it couldn’t of been lovelier. The warm breeze felt like heaven. It’s easier to be happy than to be miserable. I choose happiness. I will achieve my goals because I’m dedicated and determined. My body is my temple not my trash can. 

I am doing two charities with my co-workers and management at Red Lobster here in Houston TX. I couldn’t be more grateful to The the people I get to work beside. They are the kindest and most generous bunch and I’m beyond lucky to be there. 

We are collecting can goods for The Houston Food Bank and brand new toys for Toys for Tots. What a wonderful way to kick of the Holiday Season. I’m really so excited to be part of such a giving team. 

Spanky has decided to finally move so it’s time to have dinner with James. So much love and light to all. 💕

WEIGH IN MONDAY

Happy Monday to all? Today is weigh in Monday and I lost 2 lbs, cue happy dance. That brings me to 182 lbs. I’m down 7.6 lbs. I’m keeping a journal of my meals and calories on the Loseitapp and I’m using Dr Greger’s Daily Dozen App to keep track of my vegan nutrition. I’m doing this six days a week and one day a week I allow a vegan cheat day. On that day I eat whatever vegan foods I like, but I do my best to keep my calories in check. 

Losing weight through stress or when you are in a personal crisis is not easy. For me what’s working this second try around is I’m focusing on my nutrition and my fitness. My meal plan six days a week is very clean, with very low salt, no oils and just a bit of raw sugar in my coffee. Using both apps keeps me accountable. My energy is definitely up since I started the Dr Greger Daily Dozen. My one vegan cheat day a week allows me to eat the vegan foods I love. This week I’m choosing that day to be Halloween.

Another bonus is how incredibly inexpensive this way of eating is. Lentils, tofu, split peas, canned beans no salt, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, quinoa, Ezekiel bread, oats, flax seeds, no salt peanuts and no salt peanut butter. It’s not always easy to tick off everybox, yesterday  I missed cruciferous vegetables; but that’s ok. I strive to each day do better. 

I am also working on some new and exciting projects, I also plan to waitress more than usual, and I’m continuing forward with this blog with the intent to post more regularly and I plan more videos in YouTube.

Dr Greger recommends exercise daily and I may start my workouts in the evening on my work days to be able to manage everything I’m working on. I bought an amazing planner from Barnes and Noble to keep everything organized.

It is all about a positive mindset. Stress gets me, and sometimes I feel like I’m drowning in it; than I remember I’m a good swimmer. Right now im treading water through my struggles and my eye is on my health, fitness, strength, flexibility, and longevity. I’m proud to be a plant eater. 

Stay tuned for next post when I announce how I’m doing my small part to help others in the community I live in with the wonderful people I work with.

When you find yourself struggling, it helps to help others.

Namaste’

Rose