Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 21

Day 21, and I've lost 6.4 pounds so far :D YAY! /XD

this is how much FAT I've lost off my body in one month!

1 wholewheat deli flat + spicy hummus + 1 tex mex veggie burger patty =250 calories
coffee- 50 calories of creamer
total= 300 calories

I had to have a mid morning snack as my office kitchen had a huge platter of DELICIOUS looking cherry and blueberry danishes with cream cheese, home made by my boss, plus muffins!!!

 EVERY time I went in to the kitchen to get coffee I had to walk past them and it made me SO hungry! I started rationalizing- maybe just one would only be about 100 calories or so? But then I thought about it a bit more- white flour- sugar in the cream cheese icing- even if it was only 100 calories or so they wouldnt be FILLING calories!! Thankfully, I had a banana nut wholewheat vitatop (only 100 calories!) at work, so I heated that up and it took care of my hunger/baked goods cravings!

Sunnen Orangic Vegetarian Pad Thai- 280 calories- I brought a box and halved it as the whole thing was TWO servings- glad I noticed that or I might have eaten the whole thing thinking it was only 280 calories!
1 cup blueberries, 1 cup whole strawberries, an activai peach yoghurt all mixed into a fruit salad = 200 calories. It was a pretty massive bowl!! :)
Total so far today- 880- that means I have 320 left for dinner

I had about 320 calories to work with, and I wanted to get rid of some lefovers, so I made a tortilla filling out of quinoa/mock duck(Soy), fresh ginger, half a red pepper and a purple onion, and filled two small corn tortillas with that (80 calories) and had a cucumber side salad- yum!

Picture coming the second I can upload it :)

I did day 6 of Jillians 30 Day Shred! Yay :D I really didnt want to, I had a zillion other things to do, but I did it!

Day 20



I was a good girl and had oats for breakfast, even though I didnt really feel like it!

oats- 210 calories with a few chopped strawberries and craisins, plus coffee- 300 calories total


360 calories of lentil soup

1 and a half cups of orange juice 200 calories (OUCH)
Strawberry yogurt (70 calories) with some sliced strawberries

I have a photo I will post later, I basically made a quick dinner while studying (ALL DAY- ugh!!) of 1 soy 'chicken' scallopini (90 caloreis) cooked in Braggs Liquid Aminos and seasoned with lemon juice, pepper and salt, 1 wholewheat sliced deli flat with spicy hummus, and a side salad of 1 cucumber and 1 tomato chopped- about 300 calories total :)

Total calories for the day:
1260 - 60 over but still ok =D>

I was doing exams/studying until 10pm so I didnt have time to work out at all :(

I was kinda swamped by books all day like thisbut I did well in my exams! :D

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 19

Well, thank god the weekend is here!! :D

I felt a lot better this morning after some TLC yesterday, so we got up and headed to the market, I got some fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and fruit, it was a gorgeous sunny morning!

 Oatmeal - Nature's Path Apple Cinnamon 200 calories + coffee (50 calories of milk?)

A 'Bombay Style' veggie burger (made with peas etc!), a wholewheat bun, hummus- 300 calories

Snack+ Workout:
My sweety and I decided to go on a nice long bike ride instead of working out indoors, much more fun!
not me, about 20 pounds lighter, obviously, but I felt like this :)

..and while we were cycling around town I took him to Karma Cream, a local organic ice cream place. We split a scoop of delicious ice cream and then kept cycling! So YUMMY! :D I love the fact that Karma Cream has orange blossom honey and agave nectar to put on your ice cream and lots of vegan options, very awesome! :D

calorie estimate- about 50?

Not sure what Im going to do yet- something light though as it is my friend's birthday party tonight and if Im going to have a few drinks I dont want to go over my calorie budget- I'm at 650 calories right now, so maybe a 200 calorie bowl of oats to soak up the liquor!

Update- so I had a scramble of leftovers I wanted to get rid of - quinoa,veggies,noodles, it came out yummy!!

I only had 1 drink, so that was good of me! :) It felt nice the next morning too!!!

Day 18

Sick!! I had lots of orange juice and sleep and didnt work out...cant really remember what I ate, it was a bit of a blur and I wasnt really that hungry!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 17


1 packet of Nature's Path Instant Oats, Apple& Cinnamon variety

Coffee with almond milk for creamer, no sugar

- 250 calories total


Leftover quinoa/mock duck/bell pepper scramble from yesterday, and a small greek spinach filo (aka SPANAKOPITA!)  - about 400 calories

I've noticed that when I eat right by cooking for myself its VERY hard to figure out the exact calories!

No snack as I was in meetings all day :(


My sweety made me a very healthy little meal of noodles I purchased recently from our Asian Mart, and lots of veggies! He didnt use any oils or butter, and he made sure the ratio was more veggies to noodles than vice versa! So supportive :) Because he does usually like to slather on the butter/oil as thats how his momma taught him to cook lol!

Work out:

I did Day 5 of Jillian's 30 day Shred!! I was tired, and stressed from toooo much homework and my house is a mess /blur but I figured that after doing homework, working out was the next most important thing! The house and lanudry can wait until the weekend!

I did Level One again, and after taking yesterday off to let my muscles repair, it felt SO much easier, almost TOO easy to get through the workout as every move didnt make me ache! I can do all the crunches and jumps, the only thing I still tire on is arms!!

I cant believe the days are ticking away so fast until spring break! I need to book our vacation this weekend!

Where is your ideal vacation spot?
I would LOVE to go to Bora Bora! A beautiful island in French Polynesia, they have huts out in the lagoon on stilts with glass bottom floors so you can see the ocean, and jet skiis tied up outside your hut! Amazing...Id love to just lie in a hammock and let ALL my stress melt away!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day 16

Wow, I'm really feeling the aftershocks of working out!! /sweat I did day 4 of Jillian's 30 Day Shred yesterday 

 and it was SOOO hard to move my arms!! It HURT!  I use five pound weights and it doing all the movements with aching muscles killed me! It felt nice to finish though, I was pretty proud of myself for doing it on a day when I was exhausted from work+school+ hours of homework!! 
I found that turning off Jillian's voice and playing some of my own music made it that much better! /wahaha

This morning when I woke up my entire body was aching. I curled into fetal position and did NOT want to get out of bed lol! /no <-me trying to get out of bed hehe..

Jillian' Michaels- if I have ANY hope of getting abs like this I HAVE to keep doing the SHRED :)

I will take today off from 'shredding' as I have school right after work - Wednesday is my rest day from working out!! :D


1 little piece of baklava (50 calories) (I got it as a treat from the health food store last night- but I didnt eat it last night! I figured if I was going to eat something sweet it would be better in the morning when I actually could use the energy!) ;)

1 deli flat+ 1 veggie burger patty with hummus = 200 calories

coffee with almond milk as creamer, no sugar = 50 calories of creamer

Total breakfast calories= 300

Noon time snack:

My schedule is a bit out of wack with an event I have to do today, so my lunch is going to be late!

To keep my blood sugar/metabolism up I had a snack of Wallaby Organic Creamy Australian Style Lowfat yoghurt, in Maple.

For only 140 calories it was very creamy, but I wasnt a huge fan of the maple flavor. I might try Key Lime pie next time!! I bought it mainly because its Australian, I lived in New South Wales, Australia, for 3 and a half years and kinda miss some things!!


Small spinach and filo thingie + Larabar = 400 caloriesTotal calories so far for the day: 840

Things I'm resisting at work today:

Free lunch of a white bread veggie sandwich...(im taking it home for my man instead), free cookies, pretzels and sodas!

Had to rush to class after work, so dinner was all about health + fastness! So I started making a quick saute of:

quinoa (already cooked)

1 green bell pepper

1 red onion

Mock Duck (made from soy) - 108 calories worth, about a third of the can 
A half a cup of diced canned tomatoes (the whole can was more calories than I expected, so I had to just take a half a cup and tupperware the rest- I always thought tomatoes were low calorie, its been eye opening reading the labels on cans etc!!)
And garlic, salt, lemon juice and fresh ground pepper and a tablespoon of spicy hummus mixed in as well.
I had judged it to be a perfect 300 calorieish meal but then I realized I'd put in a WHOLE cup of quiona, instead of a HALF! A whole cup is 254 calories! That made my calorie estimate of what I was cooking WAY off... Ooops!   What to do?   /hmm 

I halved what I made, and ate half for dinner and tupperwared half for lunch at work. That made dinner only about about 280 calories, and so I also had an activa strawberry yogurt for 70 calories for dessert. 

 Total calories for the day: 1190 Yay- :D Perfect


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 15

The scale was varying between 137.8 and 138 today, I'm SOOO happy Im managing to maintain this 5 pound loss so far ! My goal before spring break was an 8 pound loss - I want to be 135, and I feel it is sooo achievable! I havent lost weight this quickly in forever! The combination of working out and eating right is paying off  =D>

I'm only on day 4 of Jillian's 30 Day Shred, but I can feel the differences already!
 My legs feel stronger, my body feels better after a work day at my desk when I actually MOVE!

I've also being walking a lot more! Its about to get hard with some mini exams coming up on Friday, and lots of reading and studying to do (a.k.a sitting down!!) but I will still do my 30 Day Shred everyday!

 I'm very excited about Planet Fitness too, I joined the gym yesterday, it is opening in Feb. and is only $10 a month and you get FREE fitness training! Their philosophy is of making workouts availible to everyone, and not encouraging an intimidating atompsphere of 'lunkheads' as they put it, but a judgement free zone :) I like that!! I reckon that by the time it opens, I will be kind of in shape from Jillian's 30 Day Shred and ready to be pushed to the next level! /XD


2 whole wheat deli flats  (220 calories), 5 pieces of tofurky (100 calories for 5 - really yummy too!), 1 tomato, hummus - all made into two burgers this morning, pretty much all I have left in the fridge! (need to food shop tonight!) + coffee = 400 calories


I have Tupperware number 2 from Sunday nights cooking of quinoa in veggie broth+broccoli+tomatoes with me at work, about 300 calories max :) Did you know that quinoa cooks quicker than most grains and is an excellent source of protien with about 11 grams of protein per cup of cooked quinoa? 


I resisted the cherry muffins in the office kitchen and helped myself to the leftover strawberries that we got delieverd to our office by the office of Public Health and Health Professions

I sliced them up and added a cup of 70 calorie yogurt to them
 Which is pretty much the best snack ever!

The strawberries are apparently 46 calories for a cup, according to, an awesome online search tool where you can look up any food!

Total calories so far for the day: 836, which leaves me 364 to work with for dinner :D


Well, my man suprised me by taking me out for dinner! And he was SOOOOOOOOOOOO sweet and supportive and took me to a place that supports my fitness goals- Designer Greens!! I had a big salad and some pita bread with gucamole :) My serving of pitas was a bit too big so I gave my man a few pieces - it was hard to do that, I didnt want to but I knew it would be better for me and if I got it off my plate first thing it would be easier to NOT eat ;)

Our dinner at Designer Greens

mini snack- a dark chocolate covered apricot piece and ginger piece from the health food store -yuuum!!

 I've noticed that eating healthy+ eliminating afternoon sodas has made me sooo much less bloated!!

Jillian's 30 Day Shred Day 4 - DONE


Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 14

Still 138 pounds AFTER the weekend, what an achievement! The weekends are hardest for me, as 'fun' is usually so linked to 'food' and drink! I maintained my five pound weight loss though, yay!
I made healthier choices this weekend, by going to the Jones for brunch instead of somewhere with sweet/white flour pancakes or something, and when I went out for drinks with the girls I compensated by eating less calories to give myself more room in my calorie budget!

I also ate oats for breakfast even though they aren't the most exciting thing in the world, and I was very impressed by the way my moderately healthy Greek yogurt and blueberry pie in a granola crust turned out!! You can have a yummy treat AND still be giving your body good nutrients! :D

AND I did Day 2 of Jillan's 30 Day Shred, and got through level three!! It was pretty hard though, I think I'm going to go back to Level one until I get some abs


A small slice of blueberry/Greek yogurt/granola pie + half a 100 calorie deli thin with slices of tofurky and some hummus+ coffee= about 400

I made myself some lunch for today- quinoa cooked in veggie broth, mixed with fresh cooked brocolli, diced tomatoes and spices- I have no idea how many calories that is but I think its about 300 per container I portioned it off in? 


I'm going to do Level one of Jillian's 30 day shred today- I did Level Three and Level 2 for my first two days of shredding, I think I deserve a break lol! I'm alternating between the workouts to trick my muscles into not getting used to one routine!

My man did the Level two work out with me and he is very fit and can run stadiums- but it killed him! He is SO sore today ;)

update- did it!! I did Level One but I really pushed myself, it was hard! My arms were starting to give out in the end! I want to be able to do push ups   /sweat
Things I'm resisting at work today:
Cherry cupcakes, little biscuit thingies, cake!

I had to stick to about 300 calories to fit in my budget for the day, so I had a 100 calorie deli thin with a veggie burger patty+hummus, and a sliver of blueberry/yogurt pie! I really need to go food shopping lol, but I had to do TONS of homework and a workout- no time!! I resisted even having a bite of the potato/spinach/veggies/cheese pie I made my man, judging by his 'mmmmM!!'s it was good I didnt need a taste lol. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Day 13

Well, I have to do day two of the 30 day shred today! I'm excited though, I can feel how much that first work out did for my body and I know I will see results if I keep to it!

Update- Day 2 of Jillian's 30 Day Shred- DONE =) 

I'm also down another pound! 138!! Yay! Thats 5 pounds GONE and I'm only two pounds away from my goal for spring break! Wow!

2 packets of raisins spice natural oats- 180 calories each with a half a cup of strawberries/blueberries on top. 

400 calories

Orange juice- 50 calories

I baked a pie with a bunch of blueberries I had that were on their last legs! I had to do something with them, so I mixed them with greek yogurt, vanilla essence and 3tbs of sugar- it is SOO yummy!!
I made it with a healthy granola crust, I love this brand- the crust is chewy and GOOD!


 280 calorie Amy's burrioto + 2 slices of pie!

Pie estimate - about 150 calories a slice? 
+ about 2 cups of orange juice (my man is sick so im upping my Vitamin C levels!!)
Total= 1130
Going to leave it there as I bet Im undestimating the pie!

Day 12

Owww so SORE from doing Jillian's 30 day shred yesterday! I'm going to take this day off to let my muscles recover! Its a good feeling in a way though ;)

Brunch: Went to the Jones, a lovely local organic restaurant. I had brown rice and 'mikes magic tofu' scrambled with veggies, and little pieces of tomato basil toast on the side. Yummy, healthy, and I felt good leaving the restaurant- not to full or full of regrets!

This is what it said on the menu:

Stir It Up 7.95
Marinated tempeh or Magic Mike’s seasoned tofu sautéed with onions, garlic, ginger, carrots, & broccoli, stir-fried
with organic brown rice, and drizzled with toasted sesame oil.

Snack: 1 Vita Top (banana nut)

Well, I was going to hang out with the girls so I didnt eat dinner, I saved those calories to have a few drinks! I had a mimosa, a coney island and a shot, plus two sweet potato fries, and then we went to an organic ice cream place called Karma Free. I had one scoop of this delicious lemon+cookie ice cream, tangy and perfect!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Day 11

Day 11.......and 139 calories................thats 3.4 pounds lost!
Not as much as I'd have liked to lose in 10 days though... however, I haven't really worked out, I've just been eating right and lose weight VERY slowly with just dieting! 

 I'm not going to be too hard on myself at all as just getting my nutrition/calories under control is step one!

I know that I MUST work out, and I'm excited to know that my knee has healed up!!

And I got enough sleep last night, finally had 8 hours! Sleep is SO important for weight loss because if you don't get enough then you don't have the energy to work out!

Working out and eating right go hand in hand.....I've lost weight by JUST dieting before and it hasn't worked- working out is necessary to change your body's structure, build metabolism boosting muscle!

Today I started Day 1 of Jillian's 30 Day Shred! 

I went with Level 2 because I've dabbled with Level 1 for a while, and have gotten bored with it! Level 2 KICKED my BUTT! Wow! It was HARD! But I like the fact that it only took half an hour and my workout was DONE and I felt GOOD!

My realization about working out is that I need SELF DISCIPLINE. I've had gym memberships. Ive gone intermittently. So more than being a gym member, I need to learn how to just work out every day, no excuses, and workout DVD's provide that solution!! How can I say I cant do a 30 minute workout at home? Serioulsy. Thirty Minutes TOTAL, including cooldown and warmup!And now, with school AND work, its almost impossible to find a free 1hour + chunk of time to go to the gym! So Jillian's 30 day shred it is! 

I took some before pictures, cant wait to see the afters! I did a motivation google search on other peoples before and after pics, and wow, people got some great results!

Amys organic burrito and the same for lunch+ an activia yogurt- I had my braces adjusted and soft burritos are the only thing I can handle chewing!!!

I made a shake with- 1 mango, 1 banana, a cup blueberries, 1 cup yoghurt, vanilla, no sugar- it was DELICIOUS!! And about 500 calories so I met my budget for the day :) 

Interesting thing I came across while studying for my college Nutrition class today:

This study provides important insights into hunger in a society characterized by over-consumption of processed food with an excess of calories and deficiency of micronutrients. Such hunger creates a cycle of overeating leading to obesity and is an obstacle for those who attempt to establish a healthy eating pattern and normal BMI. Their findings reveal that those who are able to make the change to a high nutrient density diet experience uncomfortable sensations of hunger less often than they experienced on their previous usual diet

So basically- we are HUGE, with TOOOO much FOOD, but not the RIGHT food and our bodies are STARVING for NUTRIENTS!! Our bodies want magnesium, potassium and fiber! And it taking a multi-vitamin doesn't work to meet your bodies NEED


"Many people understand the importance of good nutrition but believe that a daily vitamin
pill will substitute for actually eating the foods that they know are good for them. However,
the more scientists learn about nutrition and the human body, the more they realize the
importance of eating whole foods. It is possible that nutrients are most beneficial to health
when they are consumed in their natural form and in combination with each other, which
occurs when a person consumes foods such as fruits, vegetables (including legumes), and
whole grains. These foods contain not only well-known vitamins and minerals that are often
found in vitamin pills, but also hundreds of naturally occurring substances, including
carotenoids, flavonoids and isoflavones, and protease inhibitors that may protect against
cancer, heart disease, and other chronic health conditions."
Advisory Committee Report

To get a broad range of nutrients, Americans should eat a variety of colorful fruits and
vegetables— green, yellow-orange, red, blue-purple, and white. Each color offers something
unique, like different combinations of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytochemicals.
— 2005 Dietary Guidelines

Why Fruits and Vegetables Are Better Than Pills

Only fruits and vegetables, not pills or supplements, can give you phytochemicals and
nutrients in the healthy combinations nature intended.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 10

1 medium size banana with a teaspoon of peanut butter, 1 whole wheat sandwhich thin with a veggie patty and hummus and coffee = 400 calories


Amy's Organic Enchildada = 320 calories

Finally a sunny day today, it is gorgeous outside!

1 strawberry activia yogurt+1 cup blueberries+a few strawberries = 150 calories

My knee is still hurting! Not sure what I did to it! Oh well, hopefully this weather holds and I can at least take the dogs on a walk!

A bag of fresh spinach, wilted in the pan with cottage cheese.

I ate half the mix , and put the other half on a 95 calorie whole wheat wrap with 100 calories of Tofurkey slices (sundried tomatoe kind..mmm!!)
just wish they werent so $3 a pack!

Turned out to be waaaay to exhausted on five hours of sleep to do anything but get to bed early!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 9

Yay, I got my passport in the mail!! Finally! I'm looking forward to spring break! I've never been on spring break before as I only got to go to college at 24!


70 calorie Activia strawberry yogurt
1 cup blueberries and 1 cup strawberries = 119 calories of fruit
2 wholewheat toaster waffles= 180 calories (plain)

I put the berry and yogurt mix on top of the waffles - yum!!

Coffee with no sugar, some creamer/almond milk= 50 calories

Total for breakfast= 419

Amy's Low Sodium Vegetarian Lasagna 290 calories

Total calories= 709 so far


I just threw some things together between work and class! 1 cup of quinoa with 1 cup lowfat greek yoghrut+pepper+salt+lemon juice and chopped tomatoes and a veggie patty =
1200 calories total =)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 8

There is a great resource I came across in my nutrition book I'm studying this semester for analyzing your diet

Go to the my Pyramid Tracker tool and enter in all the food you ate for the day (write it down during the day so you remember everything!). Once you have entered it all in, you hit a button and get to see a full nutrition report. I thought I'd had a pretty healthy day yesterday, with quinoa and fresh veggies and blueberries in my oats, but I needed about one more cup of fruit to really hit my mark! Surprisingly, I was OVER the necessary amount of protien for the day, usually, as a vegetarian you always hear 'eat more protein!' but it was really fruit and dark leafy greens I needed to eat more of and not protein, very interesting!

Last night I mapped out everything I'm eating for the day in order to hit exactly 1200 calories, nothing more or less. A friend texted me saying she is bringing over sweet potato pie this evening though, which will definitely be a test of my determination!! And at work this morning the most chocolaty looking muffins are out in the kitchen as well as some sort of delicious looking crisp! Oh the temptations! But I need to be strong- just having a drink or two over the weekend and chocolate pudding at my friend's house already impacted my weight by a pound!


I purchased a new oatmeal, by Nature's Path. I got the variety pack to try out all the flavors and see what I like the best. This morning I tried Apple Cinnamon with a sliced banana.

Nature’s Path oatmeal comes in several varieties. The Nature’s Path brand provides 50g of oatmeal as compared to 30g that I normally see. You can tell it gives you more too when you pour it in the bowl- a nice change. It is higher calorie per pack to- 210 calories rather than 110 for the little Quaker packets.

Total breakfast calories= 310


Amy's Organic enchilada- 390 calories.


VitaTop- blueberry bran (100 calories) Not as tasty as banana nut or the chocolate, a lot more dry!

Total so far for the day= 800- that means I have 400 calories left for dinner


My knee still hurts, dont want to push it! Will do some abs/arms/stretching while watching a show =)


I made a massive salad and also had a teeny slice of sweet potato pie =)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 7

Wow, coming to day seven already!

After last night's extra calories (1 bowl of pudding and 2 glasses of wine at my friend's house) I'm going to be extra vigilant today! Tomorrow is weigh in day and I want to be happy with my results!

2 pcks of plain oatmeal (200 calories), a handful of blueberries and stevia + a dash of natural syrup and almond milk
300 calories
Coffee- creamer = 50 calories

Total= 350

2 Amy's Organic Burriots- 290 calories each, eaten a few hours apart to keep that metabolism going

16oz of yellow squash cooked with braggs and spices, and half a cup of cooked quinoa

This was all 1200 calories, but I think I went over with some trail mix and too much diet soda!

Dissapointing weight of 140 instead of the 139 I saw a few days ago! My knee is injured though (not sure HOW, buts its puffy and soooore!) which has hampered my working out!

Day 6


2 Van's wholemeal waffles with natural syrup - 200 calories
Coffee- about 100 calories of almond milk as creamer

Went to a place called Designer Greens and ordered a salad. It was MASSIVE, the biggest salad I've ever had at a restaurant, they made it in a big mixing bowl and then gave me the bowl to eat out of! It was my first time here, and I loved it- its not a chain, there are only two stores in Florida. And their whole emphasis is on making salads the entree. I did have to give my man half my salad though, it was TOO big!

Indian cuisine- yellow rice, dahl, pea and curd subji, dai vaddha, and sweet rice. Then we hung out at friends house and I had a small bowl of chocolate pudding (my friend made four bowls and handed me one, how could I say no? Oh well- more working out tomorrow!!) and two glasses of wine (I stayed away from the delicous but higher calorie beers and ciders!)

Not sure about the calories today- but probably over my 1200 limit!! It was pretty healthy until dinner really- isnt it hard to be social and NOT eat/drink?!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Day 5


Plain Oats (100 calories), 1 cup of blueberries, 1 cup of strawberries, stevia for sweetener (236 calories total)

Coffee with Almond Milk (50 calories of milk)

Total calories:  286

Yum! Also- 139 pounds even this morning, not 139.6 like two days ago, yay!!

Pre Run Snack: 1 Vitatop (100 calories)

I'm going to take my dog Miss Ellie on a 3 mile walk/run/puff/pant. I have two dogs, but can't handle them both at the same time and Ellie has the greatest need to get out, shes a Welsh Terrier/Schnauzer mix (we think, we adopted her!) and has high energy. Tux, our Boston Terrier is happy to potter around the house and the park and doesnt get as anxious without a walk!

Miss Ellie

Spinach - 1 bag fresh spinach and 2 thin wholemeal rolls with hummus to leave 100 calories free for vodka in diet coke


Friday, January 14, 2011

Day 4


2 whole grain toaster waffles (180 calories)


Rice and Veggies Bowl (had to- lunch with co-workers!) 500 calories?


VitaTop- 100 calories


Something light after that heavy lunch!

Update- I had a half a tempeh sandwhich, yum! About 300 calories Id estimate?

Would love to get a work out in tonight as well!

However, the idea of getting sweaty isnt appealing as I want to go to the movies with my honey as well! If only there was some way to have a non-sweaty work out lol!

Update- did not happen! Went to the movies, then got suckered in to hanging out with friends, but thats what life is all about isnt it =)

About 200 calories added in drinks- champagne and a shot
Total calories for the day= 1280

I'm really glad I managed to stay in my limit for the day- usually if I have a drink late at night it lowers my inhibitions and if I'm a bit hungry, I will have a snack! But I didnt, which was a pretty big accomplishment for me =D

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Victoria’s Secret Workout and Diet

Victoria's Secret Model's Tips:

They have the most amazing bodies, here are some of their tips:

Victoria’s Secret Workout and Diet: Miranda Kerr, Marisa Miller, and Candice Swanepoel

Miranda Kerr

Her diet…
“As for diet, Miranda Kerr’s trainer encourages her to eat a lot of healthy carbohydrates and lean protein for breakfast – foods like old-fashioned oatmeal, egg whites, veggies, cottage cheese, muesli, yogurt and fruit. Then it’s salads and chicken or fish for lunch, and a combination of fish, turkey, vegetables and chicken for dinner

“For breakfast — yogurt with blueberries, raspberries, apple, lemon after that. Sometimes some wheat-free toast with avocado on top. And then for lunch — some salad, vegetables, grilled fish, steamed vegetables. Almonds or almond butter,” Miranda Kerr revealed at the 15th-anniversary swim catalog party.
Her weakness…
“[Mine] is probably chocolate lindt balls,” Miranda admitted.
Her celebrity workout…
Miranda Kerr workouts of 3 to 4 times per week for 75 minutes at a time with trainer Justin Gelband.  Kerr tells StyleList she keeps her exercise regime fairly consistent, explaining that it “always involves a mix of yoga, low-impact cardio, resistance and functional exercise, combined with high energy training such as boxing or running.”
“I love yoga,” Miranda also said. “I’ve been practicing it now for about 10 years and I love it!”
Her playlist…
“I always love a bit of Kings of Leon, Alexi Murdoch, Muzik City, Phoenix,” she says. “And you can never go wrong with Dr. Dre!” says Kerr.
Her advice for swimsuit shopping…
“Everyone has different body shapes so it’s best to find a swimsuit that flatters your individual shape, ” she advises. “For example, if you have a small bust, a halter bikini top with slight padding will look best. Most importantly, with the right attitude and confidence any swimsuit will look good.”

Marisa Miller

Her diet…
“It’s really good to cut out soda, carbs, and alcohol, and anything that would make you puffy,” she says of her pre-shoot preparation. If you have to slim down fast, Miller says, “Eat clean and have a lot of water 48 hours before,” Marisa Miller told StyleList.
Her celebrity workout…
“I like resistance bands because I can travel with them, and it’s easy to watch TV and do it.” What, no cardio? Sigh. While Marisa Miller is naturally thin, she still struggles to maintain some shape and muscle tone just like everybody else. “Toning exercises, that’s kind of a big thing for me,” the supermodel told StyleList. “I like to keep some of my curves and be a little soft and feminine.”
Marisa Miller, who has appeared on the pages of both the Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated swimsuit magazines, also does paddle-boarding as part of her workout routine.

Candice Swanepoel

Her celebrity workout…
“I love waking up; I box; I do a lot of resistance…three or four times a week,” Candice Swanepoel told Hollywood Life.
Her diet…
“I love a good breakfast. I love croissants. Eggs, bacon. I love vegetables, I like omelets. Raisins,” says Candice Swanepoel about her diet.
Her weakness…
“Brazilian bread!”


Day 3

I'm seeing results already! I haven't had a single moment of free time to work out since I started, with the amount of reading and homework I've had to do after work for school (Gilgamesh etc for Humanities, ugh!!) but I'm already feeling trimmer, my pants feel a bit looser, and I've dropped from 143 to 139.6 pounds!

That's 3.4 pounds lost! Wow! I can only imagine how great I will feel if I continue this and incorporate work outs into my day! =)

The first day was the hardest- I felt a bit light headed and RAVENOUS! But by the second day my stomach had shrunk already and agreed to just make do with what I was giving it ;)

1 Vita Top Bran muffin (100 cals)+ 1 veggie patty (95 cals) + sugarless coffee with almond milk (50 cals) 245 calories.

I would have made a better breakfast if Id had more time, but I was literally running out the door as I ate! I need to get up a little bit earlier LOL, but work and then class until 10pm last night left me exhausted!

Amy's Brown rice and Veggies bowl (low sodium) - 260 calories

Diet Lipton Green Tea (not ideal- don't want aspartame in my diet!! Must remember to bring a water bottle so I don't succumb to buying this stuff)

Things I'm resisting at work today:
In our kitchen at work there is a decadently delicious carrot cake, all sorts of muffins, and a platter of these babies from eclairs, mini cheesecakes, mini cakes, fudge....

Yes, I picked up a small square of fudge. I know how good it is, I've had them before. I held it. I put it down. YES :) Its hard though!!! But I must resist...

Getting through most of the day on 505 calories was getting to be toooo hunger inducing, so I had my snack- 1 light Activia Peach Yogurt, and a VitaTop chocolate muffin (170 cal total)  bringing my total so far to 675, and leaving me with 500 cals for the rest of the day.

I'm thinking of making this for dinner

Simple, fresh spinach cooked in garlic and olive oil, with lemon juice and maybe a touch of Parmesan. Quinoa cooked in veggie broth with added Greek yogurt and fire roasted tomatoes might be a nice addition too...we will see ;)

So I made the spinach, quiona in sambhar broth + a salsa soy 'chicken' scallopini - 355 cals + a vitatop for dessert (yes, Im on a bit of a vitatop kick!) with one teaspoon of iceream

Did half an hour of skipping/yoga/dumbells too!