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Sunny days and good friends.

April 21, 2010

The last few days have been crazy. Lots of walking, exercising, taking care of things.
I don’t have a whole lot to say right now, I’m SO tired. Yesterday I went to bed at 9:30pm, not kidding. I just couldn’t stay awake!

Here are some photos I took yesterday. After a session with the PT I went to Filipas’ apartment and she made me lunch. It was the first time I tried curry! Yes. πŸ˜› And I liked it. πŸ™‚
The rest of the afternoon was spent walking around, shopping and just enjoying the awesome, sunny day.

Stoooop taking my pictuuuureeeeee….

That’s really it for today. I’m still trying to catch up and read your blogs, there are just so many of them! ahah

Hope you’re having a great day. πŸ™‚


Short and sweet.

April 18, 2010

Another weekend coming to an end. I’m actually looking forward to this week.

Last week I did pretty good on the food front (most of the time at least). I think I’m used to drink a lot more water now so that’s cool. I did not, unfortunately, exercise as much as I wanted. I went to the gym 2 days and that’s it. I’m not gonna make excuses. It was a tough week but I could have gone to the gym, I just chose not to. So this week the plan is going 4 times minimum. πŸ™‚

Here are some recent eats just because!

(Oh yes I did!)

By the way, to those who asked: I use a Nikon D80. πŸ™‚
Have a great rest of weekend and a wonderful Monday!

PS. Did you like the “photo of the day” thing? I stopped doing that along the way, but I could start doing it again if you want to see more of my work!

The 80’s and 90’s.

April 14, 2010

Today was a weird day for me. I’ll talk about what happened another time (don’t worry, nothing’s wrong!) because today I wanna show you some awesome pics I have around here. Sometimes I LOVE going through old photo albums, it just makes me so happy seeing those moments again. So today I decided I should show you some of them!

I’m the smallest! πŸ™‚

I kinda love my face on this one haha And my brother eating an ice cream! ❀

Happy birthday!

Looks like fun, right? Again, I’m the youngest. πŸ™‚

Stylish hun?

Aw, pretending I was doing homework!

I don’t even know what to think about those green pants!

Oooooh boy. There are so many more but I don’t wanna spam you too much! πŸ™‚
Anyway, yes, I’ve been eating food! Here are some meals from the last couple of days.

That rye bread is to die for! Good thing I don’t buy it very often (it’s expensive) because I bought it yesterday and there’s not much left! My mom helped but still!

I usually eat sweet breakfasts but I’ve been making an effort to change that. I’ve recently noticed just how addicted to sugar I am and I’m sick of it, honestly. It just doesn’t make me feel good and I know I feel AWESOME when I don’t eat much of it (because I was there, not long ago!) so I cut back. No sweets for this gal for a while till I get this out of my system.

Nothing else has been happening. This week I’ve only been to the gym once so tomorrow and friday I’ll make an effort to go. Yesterday I had a session with the PT and today I woke up SO SORE. This rarely happens anymore but we tried some new exercises and I guess we discovered some new muscles that need work! πŸ™‚

Last but not least, I have some new readers that I’d like to welcome! I’m so glad you enjoy my blog, you have no idea. I still have to reply to some comments and emails, don’t worry if I haven’t answered you, I will!
I hope you’ve had a good day.

Sun and flowers.

April 12, 2010

I can’t believe it’s already Monday.. Time goes by way too fast.
I didn’t have a chance to update during the weekend mostly because I wasn’t even on the computer that much.

Saturday morning was spent cleaning the house (my room was a MESS) and walking around in my pjs. My mom got home (from my sisters’ house) at around 11am. At about 1pm mom and dad said they were going to a restaurant for lunch but I wasn’t really in the mood to eat their food. We go to the same restaurant several times a month and the food is pretty good, but I just wanted a simple salad. And that’s what I got.

It was yummy. πŸ™‚
During the afternoon, after cleaning the house some more and going grocery shopping, mom and I went to my sisters’ house to check how she was doing. My brother and sister in law were there while we weren’t. My sister is doing A LOT better, but there are some things that she needs help with. Getting up, lifting some things, etc. Anyway, we got there and just chilled out for a while.

We ended up deciding it was better if she came to out apartment and spent the night here. That way we can take care of our things while we take care of her.

Dinner that day was pretty lackluster. Some fish and veggies. Veggies were good, the fish not so much.
Sunday I woke up early (as I always do) and made breakfast while the others were still sleeping.
Toast with raspberry jam and tea.

Every sunday my mom makes a big pot of soup. It’s usually our dinner that day and the leftoversΒ  can be some of my lunches and/or dinners during the week.

Lunch was grilled turkey and veggies. They ate strawberries, I didn’t. So there’s a bunch of strawberries in the fridge that I can use whenever I feel like it. πŸ™‚

During the afternoon it was so beautiful outside and the women in the house were sick of being inside. We went for a walk around the neighborhood. A veeeeery sloooow walk because the sis can’t walk too fast. πŸ˜› I took some pics!

After that we came back home, relaxed some more (love weekends,Β  right?), snacked (apple, sesame seed bar) and watched some tv.
Dinner was… soup! And a pineapple yogurt for dessert.

So, remember my two goals I talked about last week? The gym one and the water drinking one?
Well, I’m glad to say that even though I went to the gym “only” 4 times last week… it was a success. My original goal was exercising at least 5 times. I think that I did pretty good! Last friday it was just impossible to go to the gym and I never go on the weekends because I like to spend time with the fam. Those 4 days were pretty awesome though. I was in a good mood and actually enjoyed going everyday.
As for the water drinking, I did pretty good too. I now have a water bottle right by my side all the time. It’s easier this way, there’s this constant reminder that I have to drink more. And I find that I don’t think about food as much, this way.
So yeah! Go me. This week, the goals are the same!

Right now it’s 7:15 am. I woke up at 5:50, read blogs and ate breakfast at around 6:30. Weetabix + yogurt + banana + walnuts and almonds. Licked the bowl clean! πŸ™‚
Today I have to stay with my sister till my bro comes pick her up and then it’s gym time.
Let’s get this week started!

Family love

April 9, 2010

First of all, thank you so much for the sweet comments yesterday (and today). They made me smile. πŸ™‚

Well, this post will be short mostly because my day wasn’t very eventful.
No, I didn’t go to the gym today (will probably workout tomorrow and/or sunday), but I do have an excuse. My brother and I went to get my sister. She got discharged, we helped her get dressed and ready and brought her home (her apartment).

We stayed with her all day, until my mom got there. She’s in a lot of pain and can’t really do a lot of stuff on her own so my mom’s spending the night over there.

Anyway, while my sister was sleeping, my brother and I had lunch.

First we had some soup. No idea what soup it was but it was ok.

Then meatloaf and white rice.

This stuff is dangerous btw. I had another meatloaf slice because it is SO GOOD. My god. My sisters’ housekeeper (is that how you say it? lol) did that and oh man, I’m glad I don’t eat that stuff often. So good.

Aaaaand a picture of my sisters’ oven and a peek into the living room just because.

I ate a bunch of cookies in the afternoon because well, I was stressed. It’s really difficult seeing my big sister so fragile, especially because I KNOW she’s a tough woman so it must REALLY hurt. I was actually feeling a bit sick and nauseous when we were helping her get dressed at the clinic because she looked like she was in so much pain… ugh. But I also took care of her, helped her move, got her lunch ready, stayed with her pretty much all the time except when she was sleeping.

At about 5:30pm my mom got there and my brother took me home.

My dinner was oatmeal. I needed some comfort food you guys.

Todays’ eats were less than stellar. I ate a bunch of stuff throughout the day that I shouldn’t have but whatever. Tomorrow is a new day and I’ll make an effort to eat healthier foods.
Hope you have a good and fun friday. I’m just going to catch up on my beloved tv shows and sleep sleep sleep.

Not about food.

April 8, 2010

Today’s post doesn’t feature much food. That’s because today wasn’t about food at all.

Lets start from the beginning. I went to the gym in the morning and exercised for about an hour. Cardio + weights + cardio + abs. This combination works for me as it doesn’t bore me to death. I could NEVER spend more than 20 minutes on a treadmill/elliptical at a time. Well, I have already spent more than 20 minutes on a treadmill. But that was a long time ago. πŸ˜› This way I just do some intervals, then switch to strength training and then some more intervals. It’s pretty great.

I left the gym feeling like a million bucks. Oh and did I mention that it was the FOURTH time I went to the gym this week? πŸ˜‰

The afternoon was… different.
My sister had surgery today and she asked me and my brother to stay there waiting for her.

It was a loooong afternoon. So we tried to keep busy while she was having the actual surgery.

Watched some Veronica Mars. Loooove this show!

Read a little! Btw, that’s a book about (and for) adults with ADD. I love the title ahah

Ate snacks! I had a sesame seed+peanut+honey+pumpkin seeds+almond bar and my brother had a peanut+honey bar. They’re organic. And delicious.

We waited for about… 3 hours. After that a nurse came in to tell us that the surgery went fine and that she was in the recovery room. We waited a bit more and then went to see her. She was still a bit groggy but we talked for a little. She’s spending the night there and tomorrow we’ll pick her up, take her home and spend the afternoon with her.

After that, we weren’t really needed there so we came home. πŸ™‚

So yeah, today wasn’t about food at all and my meals were pretty lackluster.
I’ll make it up to you eventually.

Anyway, I’d also like to point out that TOMORROW IS FRIDAY!

Who loves the sun.

April 6, 2010

I’m feeling pretty great about my choices. I’ve only started eating better yesterday but oh, what a difference it makes. No, no. I haven’t lost the 5 or 6 pounds I’ve gained. No my friends. The difference is in my MOOD. It is one of the best feelings in the world, I think, knowing you are taking care of yourself and nourishing your body with the right kind of foods.

I honestly feel like I’ve been in a food coma since late December and that I just woke up and started living.

Of course I have those moments. When I’m looking at myself in the mirror and think how the hell did I let this happen. But you know what, *eff* that. I made bad choices but it’s not the end of the world. I’m still a perfectly healthy individual and not at all overweight. Yes, my pants are a little tighter… but they’ll get looser again. Not a huge deal. πŸ™‚ Life doesn’t stop because of this. Also, it doesn’t hurt that this totally cute guy was checking me out when I was grocery shopping this weekend. Hell.To.The.YEAH.

ANYWAYS, protein smoothie. Yes. I bought protein powder for the first time last week and yesterday was the first time I used it. I couldn’t really feel the flavor though, maybe I should use a little more next time? I don’t have a food scale right now so I just guesstimated but I’m pretty sure I used less than they say to use. It still tasted great though.
In the blender went:
– Strawberries
– A small banana
– Milk
– Spinach

I do have chia seeds that I could’ve used but I totally forgot. Next tiiiiiime. These will SO be a staple this summer. Hmmm refreshing.
What are your fav smoothie/green monster recipes?!

This was my lunch today. I wanted to keep it light because I’m going to the gym in an hour or so (I’ve already eaten like an hour ago). This wrap had:

– half a tomato
– 2 scrambled eggs
– 1 laughing cow cheese (light)
– spinach

I also munched on half a wrap while I was preparing this. :X

So, I mentioned I’m going to the gym today. It is actually part of a challenge I’m doing to jumpstart this weightloss. I feel like I need to do these little challenges with myself, just to shake things up and shock my body.

a) Drink more water – During the winter drinking water is so complicated. I do drink it but not as much as I should. I’m making a conscious effort to change that now. At least 8 cups of water a day. I probably drink more though. πŸ˜‰

b) Exercise 5-6 times a week. So. This is a biggie. I’ve never EVER done this in my life. The most I’ve exercised was 4 times a week and that was like… once. ahaha SO, this is the challenge.
Today is day two and nothing will keep me from going to that gym and running a bit and lifting some weights. Yesterday I went swimming. Tomorrow I have an appointment with my PT. Thursday I’ll have to go really early because my sister is having surgery in the afternoon but she has to be there by lunchtime and asked me to be there with her. I still don’t know how my friday’s gonna be like but I will make some kind of exercise even if it’s just at home. A video or the treadmill. OR BOTH. The sky’s the limit. πŸ™‚ Weekends are usually my off days but I may sneak in some yoga or something, I’m not sure.

Those are my main challenges for now. I am also eating better and trying to listen more to my body.

Time to get ready to go to the gym. It’s so beautiful outside you guys! I missed you sun.
Have a wonderful day!