Healthy Eating

Wedding Week – Water Weight

Wedding Week has officially kicked off for our family. All of us are abuzz with upcoming appointments and last minute details that need to be tended to. I, myself, have my hair appointment this Tuesday. Also, I’ve been slacking on the tanning-front, so starting tomorrow, I have to tan everyday with a bronzer. I know I’ll never be “tan”… I’m a Ginger, and proud but I just need some damn color. Plus tan always makes you look skinnier than you actually are; I need that for my tummy.

I made all the appointments for the Bachelorette Spa-Day Party and I just have to say that the people over at Shangri-La Day Spa in Stuart are horrible. I called several times, on several days to make appointments and was told I would be called back. Never did I receive a return phone call. I finally got pissed after a few days and called requesting to set appointments then. The stupid girl proceeded to explain how they’ve “downsized” and can’t do all our nails and massages at the same time. I can completely understand this, one of us can be getting our nails done while the other gets the massage… I don’t know, I’m not their appointment book, but it can’t be that hard. Otherwise, say you’re all booked up, no open appointments… they’re retarded.

So just to clarify: if you are a local reader and want to enjoy a day at a spa DO NOT go to Shangri-La Day Spa on US1 and Monterey Rd in Stuart, FL…. HORRIBLE SERVICE!!!

I’ve been doing really well with not drinking soda; I’ve been soda-free since Tuesday. I actually caved earlier today at lunch and had a Mt Dew… I know. But my lunch was a hot dog from a street vendor’s cart, I HAD to have an equally damaging to my body beverage with my meal. If the hot dog wasn’t Nathan’s, I probably wouldn’t have even gotten it, I just can’t afford to keep eating at these downtown restaurants every single day and the cart-owners are very nice and here on Sundays only.

I have become addicted to Skinny Water! Check out their website.  SKINNY WATER  These waters are amazing. I love them. It’s pretty much Vitamin Water but they are so flavorful and cute. They come in many flavors that each promote a different aspect of weight loss/management or just good health in general. So yummy, I highly suggest them!

I’m trying to drop my excess water weight over the next few days. I did a little googling and found some (very obvious) tips for doing this.
-More Water: 71-141 oz a day for my weight.
-Low Sodium: Less than 1500mg per day.
-Low Sugar
-Low Carb

Drinking 71-141 oz of water a day for me means about 4 – 8+ bottles of (16.9 oz) water a day. Then I just have to watch my salt and sugar intake; not too horrid. By doing this, I should expect to flush at least 5 lbs of water weight out of my system. I’ve read suggestions to take a diuretic pill too, especially at night to rid myself of retained sodium. I’ll pick up a multi-vitamin too so I’m not ridding my body of necessary vitamins. I’ll let you know how my results turn out.

Water. Water. Water.
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Roommate Feast & Fun!

When I woke up this morning, I had pains in my stomach. I even vomited. In all honesty though, I have been sick these last couple of days: constant nausea, intermittent vomiting, the works… but that’s besides the point. Anyway, ok… sorry… what I’m shooting at is that I was very nervous for my dentist appointment. 
**Yes. Those are delicious smoothie cocktails… we’ll get there. Just hang on Alch-ie…***

This morning, was my appointment with the dental specialist to discuss the severity and surgical extraction of all four of my wisdom teeth. I was nervous but the doctor and his assistant were both so incredibly nice and made me feel very comfortable. They explained everything that would happen on the day of my surgery and told me the one thing I wanted to hear:

we’re going to gas you, then put you under IV sedation. you’ll wake up with a band-aid on your arm and plenty of pain meds for your mouth.”    

-ok, maybe that wasn’t the exact quote. but it’s pretty close!

I could hear the hallelujah chorus. 
That is exactly what I wanted to here.



– Rip ‘dem out, baby! –

Nervous in the dentist’s office.


In addition to the fabuloussss Vicodin, when I called my manager about heading down to work afterwards, she let me take the rest of day to relax. It was awesome! (Thanks, Kia!!!) -feelin’ groovy! 

This evening, me and my roommates decided we would make Rum Smoothies. We had all sorts of fruit, juices and a couple of different liquors… it was fantastic! Check out our spread of ingredients:

 Mmmm… Love all the fresh and healthy deliciousness


… and now, the finished products!

 
Kacie and Casey both had:

  • Dannon Plain Yogurt 
  • Mixed Berries (Blueberries, Black Raspberries, Red Raspberries, Strawberries) 
  • Banana & Pineapple 
  • Ice

 
I Chose:

  • Yoplait Blackberry Pomegranate/Yoplait Blackberry Harvest Yogurt
  • Minute Made Pomegranate & Berry 100% Fruit Juice
  • Mixed Berries (Blueberries, Black Raspberries, Red Raspberries, Strawberries.
  • Ice

J made his smoothie with:

  • Dannon Plain Yogurt
  • Orange Juice
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Oranges
  • Pineapples
  • Mixed Berries
  • Ice

J refuses to pose for pictures, but Casey is a camera-whore like me and has no problem.

We had a lot of fun with making and drinking our delicious smoothies!




“BUT WAIT, THER’S MORE…” 

 

(usually, NONE of us would have bought frozen/bagged shrimp and fish OR packaged steak… but it was late.)



We also decided we would make some steak and seafood and lots of healthy veggies and good stuff.


Kacie and I made the shrimp-kabobs! I think they were not only tasty but completely freaking awesome! 



The excess shrimp served as a lovely hor dourve. 



J. primarily maned the grill getting assistance from Casey.
 


… and I helped to!




Check-out that delicious swordfish! 

I’m finding my tastes have totally changed and I’m loving seafood a lot recently.


Kacie did an amazing job setting the outside table. 
We chose to eat by candle light “under” the stars.


Filet Mignon rapped in Bacon
Mixed Green Salad
Mashed Potatoes
Grilled Mixed Veges
Shrimp Kabob
Grilled Shrimp
… moi delicioso.
  
My yummy-packed plate

Kacie’s Dish of Deliciousness

Needless to say, we’re all stuffed. It’s  so nice to genuinely enjoy the people you live with. Friends with similar, yet various, opinions and interests who can sit around and not get sick of each other’s company. I’m lucky.

I feel amazing. I really do. The stresses I’ve been carrying are slowly beginning to diminish: 

  • My teeth are being fixed(with the help of my awesome insurance). 
  • The theatre season is coming to and end which allows me time to actually have a f*cking life of my own. (Not seeing the people I love, like my parents, sisters and best friend Kacie made me feel so depressed.)
  • The free time also allows me to complete the list of artistic projects that I’ve been dying to work on. (I’m freaking out due to the lack of creativity I’ve been able to pursue. I WANT TO START-WORK ON-COMPLETE MY PROJECTS!!)
  • My eating and health habits are changing for the better and it feels great! I feel great! Preparing and cooking my own food accentuates the dinning experience and having the best company in which to share this is a total plus.

Just feels good! which may ultimately be the Vicodin+Valium+Agent”X” Combo… who knows?

I.Q. [S]! T.2 – Day #4

Ok. I’m bored with the quitting smoking coverage.

I guess I thought it would be more painful and therefore make for better inspiration and better blog material. It wasn’t very hard at all. I wore a patch for 2 full days. On the 3rd day I had one that wasn’t even my brand after a particularly horrid morning. That 1 cig did not send me into a downward nicotine fueled spiral. In fact, in situations like driving, after a meal, while others are smoking, I decidedly do not smoke. I chug water, work out, write, etc. Today, I did not wear a patch again and again, I was fine. In celebration of how awesome I am, I will have a smoke following the completion of this post. I’ve achieved what I wanted, control. If I want one, I can have one. I just will not allow myself to incorporate smoking cigarettes in my everyday routine. Now, I might be talking some crazy, Charlie Sheen sized B.S., but that’s yet to be determined. I really believe this is a mind over matter thing and my best friend Kacie told me so before I tried the patches. I swear she knows me better than myself sometimes.

My next mission is eating better. Yesterday I bought some fruit to snack on. I do not eat enough and when I eat it’s total crap food. I’ve inspired myself to take control over this area of my life next. I wanted to try and eat 5-6 times a day, 3 meals and snacks.
Morning: Large Orange
Mid-Morning: Banana
Lunch: 1/2 Publix Sub
Dinner: Totally Amazing Salad
Evening: Cheez-Its (I know this isn’t healthy, but just love Cheez-Its!)
Late Night: Pineapple (Come on, I have the day off tomorrow… I’m allowed to get a little crazy with a late night snack)

I promise I won’t post about every flippin’ thing I eat from here on out, I’m just really proud of myself and making all these positive changes. But seriously, check out the beautiful and delicious salad I made myself for dinner tonight: Iceberg Lettuce & Spinach with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Carrots, Chicken and Raspberry Vinaigrette… it was amazing.

 (No, I wasn’t eating on a bathroom floor. The kitchen counters are tiled, and I hate it.)

I love when I have the time to cook. Even if it’s only a salad for myself, it just feels good. I also bought myself two pairs of workout shorts and a workout top!

For the rest of the evening I’ll be relaxing with three of my favorite mags. Tomorrow I’m buying that purple bathing suit I’ve been obsessing over. I hesitated buying it because I just bought the white with “yellow polka dot”s bikini (and I spent a little more than I usually like to spend on a bathing suit) but I can’t stop thinking about the adorable purple one I saw at target last week. I saw it again the other night and I have to have it. I’m waking up and going to get my purple bikini!

I wasn’t particularly excited about any of the covers…

I.Q. [S]! T.2 – Day #3

This morning I had my dentist appointment. That was a whole big-fat f*cking waste of time.The only good thing about it is that I now have an appointment with a specialist next week. One more step closer to having these 4 ungrateful, intrusive, party-crashing wisdom teeth pulled the F out.

I was so angry about the way the morning had gone, that I smoke a cigarette. I know. But I didn’t where a patch for the rest of the day, nor did I smoke any more cigarettes. I didn’t crave them either. In fact, I was down right comfortable… except for my teeth. So I feel really good about the quitting process. I’m thinking it really is mind over matter. I don’t want to be a smoker. I don’t want to smoke daily. So I won’t, because I don’t. I would like to partake in a smoke every now and again. I can, and I will. I’m actually feeling really good about myself.

To continue this season of change, empowerment and better myself, I bought a bunch of great fruit for snaking on over the next few days. I’m interested in charting my progress. My water intake is up. My exercising is up. My food choices are healthier. and I feel good.

My tanning is up too. Way up. I go everyday for short amounts of time to slowly build some sort of color other than china-white. So far I’ve been pretty successful.

Operation Tan Ginger
– Day 3 –
15 mins. Full-powered bed
I forget the name of the lotion I used today.
My belly is pretty red. 
My arms and legs have continued to get darker.
My flippin’ sides are barely any different than when I started!
I think I may need to start using the stand-up beds as soon as I have a good enough base.

I Quit [Smoking]! Take Two

I am a smoker. It is so ingrained in me as a person. I wish I could say I hate it too, but I don’t. I love smoking.

I’ve shared and experienced so much over a smoke or a whole pack of smokes. I’ve stayed up with kindred spirits and watched the sunrise after a night of personal stories and secrets where the only thing that got us through was the nicotine. There’s a bonding that happens over smoking. I’ve made an nourished some of my most cherished friendships in the haze of all the smoke. But it’s time to quit.

Today, I bought a 3 week supply of 21mg nicotine patches. I honestly don’t believe I need to used 21mg patches per day for 3 weeks, and then 3 more, and then reduce to 14mg for 2 weeks, and then whatever the next step down in for another 2 weeks. I’m also pretty certain the 21mg patches will make me sick. I’ll have to see how I do with the full 21mg patch, and then cut them in half if necessary, I’ll just cut it in half every week… It’s really more about breaking the habit for me without me being a complete bitch all day. When I’ve quit in the past, it wasn’t hard to stop. I was fine. But sooner or later I was like, “fine, then I’m just going to smoke anyway right now because I f*cking want to.” Honestly, I’m positive I will smoke again. At a bar, if a friend has one I might enjoy, I will indulge. I don’t believe having one every once in a while is bad. Its a matter or not having it as part of your regular routine and not buying any EVER. Never have them on you just because. Never bum one, just because; but to treat oneself is different. Never rely on it when emotional, it’s not an effective crutch, that leads back to habit. Who knows, maybe I’m just the big dumb, irrational smoker. Only time will tell.

I keep reminding myself of all the health, beauty and financial benefits to quitting. I thought it would be beneficial, not just to myself, but perhaps to others looking to rid themselves of this horrid habit. I’ve broken my reasons down into several groups and I will depend on these facts and anecdotes to help me get through the quitting process

Personal Reasons
I’m Embarrassed by my smoking.

I used to get out of my car with a cig in hand and walk to where ever it was I’m going. I’ve walked numerous city streets just puffing away. Enjoying one on the beach or while out for a walk. But for a while now I hide it. I put my smoke out before getting out of my car, I will stop in quiet corners to keep my disgusting habit as far away from view of others as possible. I don’t want people to see me smoking, especially kids.They know better than me, an adult.

My Grandmothers. 

Both my Nana and Grandma were lifetime smokers. Both have passed. Subsequently, I want to quit for the rest of my family who have had to deal with their passings and hate seeing me disregarding the perfect examples set before me. Including:

My Father and Youngest Sister.

I want them both to quit. I could never ask being a smoker myself.

My Children.

I don’t have any. God only knows if I ever will. But I never want to be a Mommy who smokes.

Anxiety

I have a generalized anxiety disorder, which causes me to have debilitating panic attacks over minimal problems. The elevated heart rate and “jitters” caused by smoking only make my panic attacks worse and more frequent. Recently,I’ve been able to control my anxiety with meditation techniques and I hope my quitting will help me better control my anxiety.

Health Reasons

Cancer – Most Obvious – Lung Cancer, Mouth Cancer, Throat Cancer and Stomach Cancer… just to name the most common associated with smoking. Smoking really makes you more susceptible to all cancers. You’re just welcoming in carcinogens and they’ll attack anywhere.

Cardiovascular Diseases – Narrow, Rigid and Blocked Arteries. Increased cholesterol levels in blood. Coronary Thrombosis. Cerebral Thrombosis. Coronary Heart Disease. Stroke. Blood Clots (especially in legs). Increased heart rates from smoking weaken the heart’s muscles, setting it up to fail. Damaged Nerves that ultimately causes uncontrollable shaking. Damaged blood vessels.

Emphysema and other forms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), I hope, upon my death bed, I actually get “my last breath”.

Quitting smoking would also grant me more stamina for physical activity and feeling less sluggish overall.

Beauty Reasons

Where do I even begin? Bad Breath. Stained Yellow Teeth, Fingers and Nails. Weak, Dull Hair. and I knew smoking was bad for your skin, but I didn’t realize just how bad:

Broken and damaged blood vessels combined with thinning of facial skin causes dark circles under eyes.

Deep lines form around lips.

Overall saggy skin. Smoking decreases skin’s elasticity. -Gross.

Overall older looking skin, everywhere. Smoking contracts blood vessels which prevents oxygen from getting to the skin’s surface making it look dull, old and gross.

Because nicotine constricts tiny capillaries that nourish skin, wrinkles form everywhere.

Basically, if I keep smoking I will be some murky-grey colored, uber wrinkly, sticky-ass, stained-yellow, old bitch. AH!!!! I can not allow this! I love the social aspects of smoking… but who whats to hang out with the f*cking crypt-keeper anyway! F*ck this! I quit! I know I’m a stupid shallow bitch for having the beauty side effects of smoking encourage me to quit more than the health aspects, but at least I’m quitting!

Financial Reasons

A pack of cigarettes down her is more than $6.00, so let’s just round to $7.00 per pack. I spend:
(about) $50.00 Weekly.
(about) $ 200.00 Monthly.
and (about) $ 2,600.00 Yearly.

I would much rather spend that money on awesome sh*t, like: vacations, clothes and makeup. I’d rather redecorate my bedroom. I’d rather go back to school or pay off some debt. I can use this money for so much! and I love money so this is a huge source of encouragement.

In order to better help myself through the quitting process, I will be implementing new, healthy dietary, beauty and work-out regiments.

Instead of all the sporadic eating I do throughout the day, I will plan-out and pre-portion 5-6 daily meals/snacks to keep my metabolism going and keeping me energized throughout the day.

Since the theatre season is coming to an end, and I will now be home in the evenings for a proper dinner, instead of smoking after my meal, I will take a walk, jog or run.

I need to start repairing my skin hardcore so I will add a nightly cream and daily moisturizer with spf into my nightly and makeup routines.

Exfoliating and alternating between hot and cold water in the shower helps improve circulation which encourages cell growth for improved skin.

Eating lots of fruits and veggies will not only help me keep up with my new 5-6 meal diet plan, but all the vitamins will really help regenerate and revive my skin: Vitamin A will help decrease wrinkles, Vitamin C (and Zinc) promote the formation of collagen to help improve the skins elasticity. Vitamin E which are found in lettuce and carrots, helps improve the blood circulation for the skin giving a healthy, youthful look. Bromelain, which is found in pine-apples helps rid the body of toxins.

I will incorporate drinking WAY more water too. I’ve gotten so bad about my water drinking. I pretty much drink Coke all the time. I’d like give up soda and make it a once-in-a-while treat, but… one vice at a time. I need that caffeine, especially right now.

Well, as of tomorrow: no more smoking. Wish me luck!

shut up little cigarette man!