It’s Goal Time: Life happens when you make it happen

2019 is my year of accomplishing goals. I always feel that I have a lot of goals, but I never really accomplish any of them. That feeling is beginning to suck. Everyday I want to come to this blog and write, but I don’t. Every year I tell myself this will be my year to complete my book. My book is still not finished. I need to finish something. I have a bad habit of struggling to get started because I am afraid of how good the end product will be. Sound strange? Yeah it is.

I am afraid of success. Who is afraid of success. Well ladies and gentlemen that would be me! But this year I want to succeed. I want to win. SO I have decided to tell you about my goals for 2019, and hopefully someone reading this will hold me accountable.

You know what’s strange is that I really do have a lot people to hold me accountable. My husband pushes me to podcast, really, he bought me all the equipment, gave me all the tools, and believes in the product that I can create. My friends support me and can’t wait to hear the show. They believe I can create a good product. And I can! I just freeze when it is time to start. I feel like that one time I jumped off a cliff and into the ocean. I know I can swim, there were a bunch of people before me who did it, it wasn’t impossible, I just need to jump. But I fear to just jump. Well I jumped, and I lived, and it was over, no problem.

I have said this before, I am my own worst enemy. I need to get out of my head. Just live, life happens and it is amazing.

After the hubby and I got married, the next day we left to go on our honeymoon to Spain. Ummmm, can I say AMAZING!!!! It was probably the best week of my like, like ever. We went to Mallorca, it was EVERYTHING and so much more. But everyday I was there, life was great. I said to myself I need to live everyday like it is amazing. No regrets just live. Then we came back, and I got lost back into life. The everyday mundane of life. Work, gym, home. It was like I forgot how it felt to be AMAZING. It felt like it was not possible to live everyday like it was amazing. I want to defy the odds, well its what I have been doing since I started this blog right? No one picks up their life and just moves to Hawaii because, hell what else did life have to offer. My next task, make everyday amazing, and it will be.

So what’s on deck for this year?

Well to launch this podcast, and hopefully I can post it to this blog.

Complete my first novel, finally.

Enjoy my first year of married life.( that’s easy, I think )

I am starting a nutrition challenge on Monday, so healthy eating is back on deck!

And Just WRITE!!! I owe you guys a major update on my life, so I really need to focus on writing and just being present.

So 2019, Here goes nothing.

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2019-10 years later

It’s really funny that today is January 1, 2019. It seems that I may have forgot about this blog. Yeah, someone would probably be on the right track to think that. I mean I did not write one single post in 2018, and 2018 was kind of a big deal to me! I mean a really BIG DEAL!!! I mean like so big of a deal that every other year doesn’t seem like it counts because 2018 was the ultimate winner year of all years!  I should have wrote to fill you in. I owe you that much since you have been with me since day one. For that I apologize.

Oh what happened in 2018! Well I got married! Yes for real I got married! Who knew that would happen, well I knew, and it did happen, so yes life changes quick, so always be ready for the changes. Stephen asked me to marry him on a Christmas day of 2017, and in August of 2018 we were married. I am not a girl who plans weddings, but my wedding was actually fabulous! It was truly a great day.

Its actually a very purposeful move that I am writing today. 2019 makes 10 years since I moved to rock in the middle of pacific. Over the last 10 years I have lived on a rock, moved to Virginia, and now live in Maryland. And I picked up a husband along the way. Again life changes quick.  When I started this blog in 2009 I was lost as ever, sad, broken, and just ready to do something new. 10 years later I am a place that I would have never imagined, living in a state that I never thought I would live. I am a New York City girl living in the DMV,  and trust me the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia for those of you who have never heard it referred to as that) is nothing like NYC.  So 2009 was kinda like my reset year, 2019 is going to be the break out year. I am claiming it today, on the first day of the year, the year of pure shine is 2019. The best part, I don’t have to do it alone anymore. My husband is my ultimate partner, my teammate, the one man who is truly the perfect compliment to my style. The independent girl from 2009, has realized that life is truly meant to be lived with the right person in it.

I feel good. So what are my plans for 2019, well that’s easy. The hubby and I are working on a podcast, and I hope that this is the year of publishing my fist book. See I wrote it down, now I have to make it happen. I have had 10 years to bullshit, now it is time to get to work. Sorry that is my own little pep talk. I need it. But I’m ready. I will also write more. I will also write more. I forgot how much I missed blogging.

So since this is the 10th anniversary of Straight from NY to Paradise in a Day!! I will write like it is 2009, and take you on my journey of married life, podcasting, book writing, and living in the DMV. So please stick with me!

Happy New Year!

Healthy eating/Healthy living: Day 4

Today I received a coupon in my email inbox from Red Robin, It said that I have until this weekend to redeem my free milkshake when I make a 10 dollar purchase. Now who said the Devil does not exist? Of course I want a burger and a milkshake. I am weak! I deleted the email, and will not be going to Red Robin this weekend. I am weak, but I have goals! Let’s keep it going.

Along with eating better, I am really making an effort to drink more water. I heard that we should be drinking a gallon of water each day. I probably do not drink anything near a gallon of water. I drink coffee in the morning, black, no milk, no sugar. I will also drink green tea, and then there is water. I am not a soda drinker, and I stopped drinking artificially flavored juice a long time ago. I will drink Honest Tea at times because it has less sugar than other teas, and I drink some water but not nearly enough. Honestly I hate having to use the bathroom multiple times each day, so I don’t drink that much at work. That’s bad because I spend a large portion of my day in the office, so I am trying to drink more water. Today I think I drank close to 42 ounces, so I am getting there.

Water, the drink of champions. Well hopefully. 

Today I was slightly tired, but I think that was because I went to bed later than my usual bedtime. Overall, I still feel good. The sugar withdrawal….well I think it’s still there, or still in my head. I may look for a vegan meet up group in the DC area this weekend, I need to know people who actually live this lifestyle. Right now I know…well none.

Wish me luck! Day 4 done.

What I ate today:

Breakfast: Kale, strawberry, blueberry, banana smoothie with flax seeds.

Snack: cut pineapples and cherries

Lunch: Spinach, spring mix blend with chick peas, olives, peppers, onions, cucumber, grape tomatoes.

Multi grain toast slice with Almond butter.

Snack: Tangerine, handful of almonds

Dinner: Zucchini noodles, with mushrooms, peppers, onions, basil, coconut aminos, brown rice. Baked sweet potato chips.

Water

Work out

Rest Day

 

Healthy eating/Healthy living: Day 3

I struggled all day with the should I, or should I not work out today question. I really did not feel like going to work out today. I figured it could be a rest day. It was over 90 degrees in the DC area today. My cross fit box has no air conditioning. It gets hot. I started working out at 6:30 pm, well because I can’t wake up to go at 6 am. I used to be an early morning work out person. Not any more. I like sleep. I sleep well past my alarm designated wake up time. I rush to get dressed, and run out the door to get to work. Mornings are not my friend.

After contemplating all day with the should I or should I not work out today question, I ended up going to cross fit. The funny thing is that if I had this thought just a few days ago the answer would have been, of course go home. But today I had a tiny burst of extra energy that told me to go work it out. I figured if I went home I would be restless, working out is fun, so I went to have fun.

Today was not a bad day. My junk food cravings were less, and I felt full most of the day. I actually didn’t even have my afternoon crash feeling of needing a nap. Maybe there is something to this meatless living thing.

I am still working on meals to prepare and trying to decide what to eat. I joined a group for the 30 day vegan challenge on Facebook so I could see how other people live this lifestyle. I created a new pinterest board for Vegan/Vegetarian dishes so I can gain ideas for breakfast and dinner recipes.  Meal planning is going to be the key! I know if I start to feel hungry my chances for success will decrease dramatically.  I wish I had my own personal chef, if I dream it into existence maybe it will come. For now, it is self  meal preparation for me.  Day 3 done.

What I ate today:

Breakfast: Kale, spinach, strawberry, blueberry, banana smoothie

Whole grain toast with almond butter

Lunch: Spring/spinach mix salad, garbanzo beans, olives, peppers, onions

Snack: Mixed strawberry, blueberry, cherries, handful of almonds

Pre workout: Apple

Dinner: Spinach, eggplant, mushroom, onion, pepper, basil pesto, quesadilla (no cheese), low carb, organic wheat tortilla.

Work out:

Cross fit Metcon:

18 min AMRAP
500m Row
Overhead walking lunge 45/25
12 box jump overs 24/20

 

Healthy eating/Healthy living: Day 2

I’m not sure if it is in my head or not but I think I am going through withdrawal. Like sugar and meat withdrawal. Wait it’s only day 2, I am fine.  I did have thoughts of pizza and cookies today, that is just weird. But today was actually a good day. I still felt tired, I think that just comes from working a 10 hour day. My mental energy did feel like it increased, so maybe there is something to this meatless living thing.

Today I received the book How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger. Surprisingly this book has a nearly 5 star rating on Amazon (4.8 out of 5). The book is based on how diet and nutrition can prevent and even cure some diseases. From glancing through some of the pages in the book, Dr. Greger does cover a wide range of illnesses. It is amazing how strong the impact food has on our body. Food will either kill us or save our life, we just have to choose to be smart about eating.

I am not sure how long it will take me to read this book, it is a pretty large book. However, since my family has a history of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure I will cover those chapters first. Although the doctors say that I am healthy today, I am very sure that I can get sick at any time. With the uncertainty of the way health insurance is going in the country, the more control that I can have over my own health, the better.

I still want a cookie. 

That was a random thought.

I decided to weigh myself tonight since one of my goals is to lose 15-20 pounds. Today I weighed in at 177.0. I want to hurry up and lose these pounds, but I want also want to feel better and run faster. So I am hoping with less weight, I will gain speed. I may gain lean muscle in this process, so I won’t focus so much on the number on the scale. The true measure will be my performance and my overall ability to decrease fatigue.

What did I eat today? Here it goes:

Breakfast: Kale, strawberry, blueberry, banana smoothie

Mid morning snack: Oatmeal with blueberries, handful of almonds

Lunch: Spring and Spinach mix with peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes, red onion, garbanzo beans. Primal Kitchen greek dressing

Mid day snack: strawberries, blueberries, cherries

Pre workout meal: 1/2 cup brown rice, (vegetable stir fry) eggplant, peppers, baby corn, snow peas, broccoli

Dinner: 1/2 cup brown rice, (vegetable stir fry) eggplant, peppers, baby corn, snow peas, broccoli, 1/2 cup red roasted potatoes

Work out: Cross fit

WOD

Strength: Heavy 2 set jerk, I did 112.5

Metcon:

For Time:
18-15-12-9
Chest-to-Bar Pull-ups- I did modified ring rows (still working on that 1 pull up!)
DB Push Press (35’s/20’s)- 20 pounds
GHD Situps- Modified to 15 pound ab mat sit ups

Time: 10:10

 

Healthy eating/Healthy living: Day 1

Lately, I have been feeling extremely tired. Well not lately as in recently, but lately as in all my life. As long as I can remember I have always had a consistent feeling of fatigue that never really seems to go away. It is frustrating. I am always sleepy and I could always use a nap. This is not normal. At least it should never be considered normal.

I have been to multiple primary care doctors, multiple times to figure out why the heck am I so tired. Every doctor in every state I have lived in all do the same thing. Run a bunch a labs. I give blood, they send it to the lab, the results come back normal. Medically there is no reason why I should be so tired. Thyroid check: normal. Vitamin D check: normal. B12: normal. Iron: normal for the most part. I do have the bottom range of iron levels, so I take a multi vitamin, and I guess I should be all better. I still have an unexplained sense of tiredness.

I have tried to change is my sleep habits, and actually go to sleep. Granted I am not the best sleeper, and my REM sleep is probably at a minimum. I hear everything when I am sleep and yes I still do have scary dreams.  Since sleep is important to keep a healthy mind-body balance I do try to get between 7-8 hours of sleep each night, even if it is not the best sleep. Going to bed at the same time, and waking up pretty much at the same time each day. Some mornings I even do have a greater burst of energy than others, yet I eventually end up the same, tired.

I hate being tired! It is actually more frustrating since I am back on the mainland. I work in an office all day. Since I no longer work from home I need at least 14-18 hours of productivity between work and everything else that I need to do during the day. I need to be mentally and physically present, which means I should not be tired. I have tried endlessly to fight fatigue with supplements consisting of vitamins, excessive amounts of  caffeine, and even GNC stimulants.  Nothing works anymore. I went back to the doctor, and luckily I am still healthy. So now I have decided to try a new route, I am changing up my diet, again. I am going to attempt a semi plant-based diet or vegan lite or just vegetarian, in an effort to raise my energy levels, and feel better overall.

So here’s the deal I work out already about 4-5 days a week. My workouts are a mix of cross fit, running, and bike riding. I have done the whole 30 diet in the past, which actually worked out really well, and I have tried paleo a few times, now my diet is more paleo modified, and not strict paleo. Although paleo, and whole 30 are good diets, I think its time to give up the meat for a while and see if my body feels any drastically different.

Where does this sudden lifestyle change come from? Well, good question. From Netflix of course! After watching What the Health on Netflix, it had me thinking twice about eating meat and dairy. I had read reviews that of course say that this documentary is vegan propaganda,  hey it very well  may be because everyone in the documentary is a vegan. So yes, always take all marketing techniques with a grain of salt. Everyone has their own agenda. However, it may save your life. Meats have added hormones, and most plants also have added hormones, pesticides, and whatever crap is on food. We live in a world of pick your poison, because not much is good for you. Unless you can grow or farm it yourself, then do that.  I just know that I don’t want to take a pill for energy, I think my body can naturally energize itself if I treat it right and give it the right tools.  Some people can take a ton of time to take care of their car, hair, pets, and hobby collection, I figure why not take some time to take care of my body.

So today I am starting my journey to a semi plant based lifestyle. Yes I really did say semi planted based. Let’s call it a vegetarian/vegan mix. Why? Because I have not decided if I will give up eggs just yet. And I may actually include eggs into this diet at times. I am fine without milk, well because I don’t drink dairy milk anyway.  And this diet may not be a forever thing, lets just start with a 30 vegan challenge and see how that goes.

My Goals:

Weight loss: I would like to be able to lose weight, some weight, 15-20 lbs would be nice. iI hope weight loss is a benefit of going meatless.

Endurance: I am running the rock and roll half marathon in Philadelphia on September 17, 2017.  I have the next 60 days to get my body in shape for a new PR. My former half marathon PR is 2:08 and that is from my very first half that I ran in Honolulu 4 years ago.  If I can beat that time, then this plant based lifestyle may be a keeper!

Increased strength: I do cross fit, I cannot do a pull up.  I want to be able to do at least 1 pull up, If I can do 10…Awesome!

Energy, Energy, Energy!! I just want to not feel the need to take a nap every day.

My Weaknesses:

Sugar!!!! Yes I love cookies, and candy. I am addicted to sugar. Candy just makes me happy. I am giving up cookies and candy 😦

So here is your opportunity to follow me on this journey to a new paradise that is filled with health, energy, and food! I will write about what I eat, my workouts, and how it feels to have meatless meals. You will hold me accountable, thank you! Steak is good, but the thought of feeling less bloated, less groggy, and feeling great, makes me so much happier than eating steak.

Lets get ready, Day 1.

What I ate today:

Breakfast: Kale, banana, strawberry, mango smoothie

After workout snack: Apple

Lunch: Angel hair pasta, with basil pesto sauce (not vegan), with mushrooms, peppers, onions and spinach. On the side: Wheat flour wrap with garlic roasted hummus and olive tapenade.

Snack: Handful of blueberries

Dinner: Stir fry vegetable mix (eggplant, onions, baby corn, snow peas, broccoli, peppers) over brown rice.

 

Cross fit WOD:

5×1 front squat and 95% of 1 rep max- I did 135

3 rounds for time: 15 calorie on assault bike, empty prowler push 100m