Rockin’ some Jays With a Breakfast Burrito
27th January 2014

food, homelife, life, recipe, weight | 2 comments

Good news for myself! I have lost 2.6 pounds! That got me excited but that was a week ago. I just weighed myself today and it said I went up more pounds which scared me. Then I started thinking … how is that possible? My clothes are actually fitting better so how did I gain weight? Going on a scale is just a numbers thing really. That’s why I don’t really weigh myself too often because I normally go by inches and really seeing it in the clothes I wear. So maybe I’ve gained more muscle? LOL. Who knows. It could just be an off day. Maybe I’ll just weight myself on the scale tomorrow and see if there’s just a mechanical error haha. I’ve been doing pretty good though with my fitness goals. I’ve been staying within my calories and my macros and I have been working out almost everyday (2 rest days). I am trying to get used to it though. Going back on the workout wagon has kinda taken a toll on my energy. I’ve been feeling so tired because I guess my body is still getting used to it. I have been working pretty hard and honestly those 2 rest days helped so much. After those 2 rest days, the next workout day didn’t seem so bad. I was able to get more reps in and go longer in cardio. So I guess it will get easier in time but when it does get to easy it means I’m gonna have to step it up or else I’ll just plateau and no changes will happen. Sigh … exercise … fitness … diets … crazy shit but needs to be done.

My fiance lately has this obsession with Jordan shoes. It brings back very nostalgic memories of all the cool Jays he used to wear since he was a kid; all the way until he was a teenager. He had many different kinds, different colors, babied them and everything. He’s started falling in love with them all over again. Since prices are so good in the States, he always looks for them whenever we take a shopping/grocery trip there. His collection is already growing. I don’t even want to count how many he has but they are all pretty nice. He said to me, “I can see you rocking some Jays too, you know. There’s a lot of really nice ones for girls and hell … you can even wear the guys’ styles if you wanted to!” I thought about it and I wasn’t too sure about it because I just never thought about wearing Jordans before. Then … When we were at Bellis Fair mall in Bellingham, we went in a store because my fiance saw Jordan shoes in there. I looked around and OMG … I saw the cutest shoes ever!! They were Jordans too but old school style, orange and pink and omg I loved them. Lucky for me, I fit in kids sizes which it was a youth’s size(another saving tip I learned – YOUTH size 5.5 to 7 fit around the range of Women’s 5-7 which means youth sizes can be about 30 – 50% the price of regular women’s/men’s prices) and they were on sale!! Luckily they had my size and bam! I bought them because I could just not go wrong with them. Since Fridays are “casual days” at work, I wore them and I LOVE THEM!!! This could be a start of a new shoe obsession with me too HAHAHAH. Not just Jays but others too. I remember seeing a pair of Puma hightops that I was falling in love with too and Addidas. LOL. With Youth Sizes available … muahahahah … I’m golden!

So here’s a sample of what I did with one of my frozen meals things. Frozen Breakfast Burritos!! My fiance loves them and I have to keep making more and more because he always takes them to work and it goes so fast! I figured I’ll tell you guys what I did in case you want to try it!

INGREDIENTS: (you can add whatever else you want to this!)

2 Eggs or Egg Whites (I used egg whites since my fiance is health conscious)
1 -2 Green Bell Peppers
Turkey Bacon or regular bacon (whichever you prefer)
Green Onions or Scallions
Tortilla Wraps

INSTRUCTIONS:

I shred the bacon into pieces and bits and started frying them in a pan until they are about half cooked.
If you are using regular eggs, scramble them and start cooking it with the bacon in the pan until cooked. For egg whites, no need for scrambling just cook with bacon. Once cooked put aside.
Chop up the green bell peppers (or whatever other veggies you want in there) and scallions/green onions.
Take a tortilla wrap, fill with with about 1 TABLESPOON and a half of EACH ingredient and wrap.
Wrap each burrito in saran wrap and put all burritos in a large ziplock bag and store in the freezer!
To eat just pop it in the microwave!

My fiance likes to eat these with Salsa but if you have other things you like to eat it with or just by itself by all means go for it!

 




Time, Hard work and Money
23rd January 2014

food, homelife, life, Uncategorized, weight | 3 comments

So my work is doing this whole “biggest loser” thing in memory of an old employee of our company. He used to work for the company but moved on to another company but we were still very close with him because we are in affiliation and contract with his company. He always came into the office to visit for meetings and was always very friendly and said hi to everyone. Apparently he used to be incredibly overweight and lost so much weight because he became incredibly fit. In addition he battled cancer and won 100% and ever since then started his own charity cause for cancer and called it Bike for Cancer because he was very heavy into cycling and was very successful with it. Sadly, he just recently passed away by a heart attack and hit our office hard because he was held in everyone’s hearts. So in memory of him, we have started the “biggest loser” where everyone weighs in their weight, offered to lose a number of pounds and how much per pound. Whatever we lose, that money will be donated to his charity and the company will also match the amount. I am planning on losing 20 pounds at $2 per pound. It’s great motivation and for a great cause. Almost all of us in the office are joining it and are working pretty hard to lose some weight!

My good friend/coworker is particular very hard into this whole weight loss thing. Our spouses (who have become very good friends now) are fitness junkies and have included us into their weight loss plan. We are doing what you call “intermittent fasting”. How it works is that we have to schedule out an eating window. For example, mine is 11am to 7pm. I can only eat within that time frame. There’s more too it though and this is where it gets very very hard. We each have our own allocated amount of calories we need to consume. Mine is 1400 (the deficit is already included) a day which is normal for my weight. BUT ALSO, we have what we call macros. We have to watch our allocated grams of fat, carbs and protein. So not only do we have to consume our required calories but have to eat WITHIN our macros. It’s difficult because trying to plan out meals within these parameters IS SO FUCKING HARD!!! Sometimes I perfectly hit my 1400 calories but wayyyyyyy under or wayyyyy over my fats or my carbs. If I am under my carbs, it sucks because I can’t eat anything or else I will be over my calories! Just little things like that is hard! It’s very hard to find those “golden” meals that hits everything almost just right. I am trying my best though. I just do know it works. I tried this very loosely last year (not strictly) but I managed to lose weight because it forced me to not overeat and not eat past 8pm because I used to be one of those people that would get hungry in the middle of the night and eat at like 1am which is sooo bad. This time though I am trying very hard. My coworker and I are always texting each other trying to keep motivated or complaining half the time because this shit isn’t easy. I don’t know how my fiance does it!

I am back now at working out too. I am back to my TAPOUT XT videos and trying to go jogging again because I know for sure those worked for me before when I lost 25 pounds. Man … the holidays really hit me hard when it came to my weight. I’m quite upset at myself about it because I had lost so much weight already and to gain 3/4 of it back is depressing. But I just have to keep working at it! And I’m happy that my coworker and I are supporting each other on it though. It’s nice to know that someone else is going through it with me so that I’m not the only one whose crazy for trying this!! hahaha. Pretty soon I am also going to join the same gym she and our hubbies are all in so that right after work, my coworker and I can hit the gym together since it’s close by our office and possibly meet our hubbies there too. This is going to be fun!

So like I said in my last post, I have been trying some frozen meals to save some time and money (since I have my new schedule with working out and eating timeframe). I am LOVING IT!! Just last week, I prepared chicken teriyaki. I mixed my teriyaki marinade, put it on a LARGE ziplock bag and added the chicken and froze it. Then just 2 days ago, I took it out and threw it in my crockpot and left it on while I was at work. When it came for dinner, WOW … it was sooooo good!! I know I am going to have to make more now!! I also tried making my own frozen breakfast burritos. All I did was precook some eggs, threw in some veggies and turkey bacon, wrapped it in tortilla wraps, saran wrap each one individually and put them in a large ziplock bag and put it in the freezer. My fiance just takes a couple to work, pops it in the microwave and bam! BREAKFAST! He really really likes them too. He’s already requested that I make more to put in the freezer for a quick meal. This pre-making stuff is pretty awesome. I am really tempted to just spend an entire day preparing a number of frozen meal of different kinds so that we can save ourselves some time in cooking. I’ve been so obsessed that 90% of my pins on pinterest are recipes for frozen meals LOL. I finally can have some time to workout and do what I need to do because it’s all cooking while I am at work anyway!

What helps is grocery shopping in the States. Honestly after vising Costco in the states, I just CAN’T do grocery shopping in Canada anymore. Prices here in Canada are just fucking ridiculous. Spending $150 bucks (which was very easily done) at Costco here in Canada doesn’t even fill up a quarter of my shopping cart. Spending $200 in Costco in the States … my cart is almost overflowing with stuff. Our fridge and our deep freezer is stocked and it lasted us for a good couple of months and then some!! Because of that, doing my frozen meals is awesome because when you do the numbers, it’s like every meal I prepare is only about $2 a meal with even more left over for other meals you wanna prepare on the fly. It’s amazing. I can’t wait for make another trip to Costco in the States next month. Why have I not done grocery shopping there before?!?!?!? I would saved myself soooooo much money ages ago!!!!!

 




Happy Belated New Year
15th January 2014

food, holidays, homelife, life, thoughts, weight, work | 2 comments

HAPPY BELATED NEW YEAR EVERYONE!! I know it has been a while. The holidays really did do a number on me and having to go back to work on regular hours now is doing a number just the same.

How was my Christmas? Great! It’s always a wonderful time being around family. Just the memories of sitting around the dinner table with incredible food, great conversations and great company is always enough for me to have a good holiday. We spent Christmas Eve with my family and my mom cooked good food; turkey, mashed potatoes, roast beef, salads, all the freaking good stuff that I love so much when it’s a special occasion with my family. Christmas Day was with HIS family and wow … good food too. His mom’s specialty spaghetti, roast chicken, garlic breads, egg pie and wow .. it was endless. Needless to say, I gained some weight over those couple of weeks because it was non-stop eating with the Christmas parties almost every weekend. I got some cool gifts too! My fiance got me this amazing white digital touch watch that I wear everyday now because it’s sooo cool. I happen to get TWO art sets with different kinds of paints, pencils, pastels, the whole works. I’m pretty excited to start using it especially since I have been wanting to learn how to paint. I miss Christmas already though.

The sad part about all of it is that my fiance got really sick right on Christmas Eve straight through to New Years. He even had to be in quarantine in our guest bedroom for a few days because the doctor said he was contagious HAHAHAHA. It was sad not to have him by my side in bed for a few days but at the same time was kinda liking having the big bed to myself LOL. So we spent New Years Eve in the spare bedroom (him on the bed and me on the floor with blankets and a pillow since I can’t be too close) binge watching episodes of Breaking Bad. It wasn’t too exciting or anything but we were both just happy we were able to spend the New Year together and I thought it was a kinda cute way to spend the New Year together. It’s one of those memories that I’ll always remember.

But now … I’m back to work and I’m busier than ever. I haven’t had much time to breathe at work and I’m getting a little stressed out as each days goes but I’m holding there. My bosses said that once things start to slow down with all the necessary deadlines for the 2013 year, I can have a few days off to take a breather and relax. Looking forward to that but I think it won’t be until closer to the end of the month or beginning of February. I hope the sooner the better. That’s why I’ve been trying to get as caught up as much as I can and at the same time, meet the deadlines so that when I take my few days off, I have nothing to worry about when I come back to work. Sigh …

I have been on a weird organization mode lately at home though. I have had this sudden urge to organize and clean things. Maybe because I’m stressed out. I tend to clean and do things like this when I am upset so I don’t know for sure. But maybe it’s a subconscious “new year’s resolution” to stay on top of things for the new year and make this year good and organized. Who the hell knows?! I already reorganized my entire kitchen. I cleaned out my office. I have been obsessed with making homemade frozen meals (meals that you just prepare and keep in the freezer and when you want to cook them without too much work, you just thrown into the crockpot while you are at work … it’s amazing and a lifesaver). Since I’m also trying to lose some weight again (Holidays kicked my weight’s ass this year), I’ve been packing my own lunches EVERY DAY (double whammy – helps my weight and my wallet!). So … I guess I’m on a roll? It’s kinda nice being nice and organized though. Makes life feel a little easier.

Anyways … that’s it for now! Don’t want to give too much or else I won’t know what else to blog about next time!