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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Trigger not so happy weekends

So this weekend was a fail. I'm not going to dwell on it too much b/c it seems like after every weekend I start the week with a post like this. I have the intentions to do so good over the weekend eating wise, but then I get something fried and then it's a wrap. So I think I'm finally learning from my weekend fails and I think I have figured out a way to combat them. So I figured that pretty much during the week I stay on point, even if I do off my plan, I get back on it the next day. I have a hard time recovering on weekends. If I eat a 'cheat' meal on Friday night or Saturday night, I don't have that work schedule to go back to, so then ultimitately for me a 'cheat' meal turns into a 'cheat' weekend. Here is my first change. 1. No more cheat meals on the weekend. If I am going to eat off plan it's going to have to be during the week, b/c I recover better. I have to change my mindset so I don't think weekends are a free for all with food. Second change 2. No more referring to the off plan meals as cheat meals. I think in referring to the meals I eat off plan as cheat meals, I am making them seem off limits so it makes it more enticing and more likely I will over indulge, which is what happens. Now here comes the hardest change...3. No more fried Mexican food.  It may sound easy, but I love Mexican food. I mean literally love Mexican food especially chimichangas. In finally listening to my body and learning from actions, I think Mexican is a trigger for me that hurls me into gluttonous binge. Every weekend that I have eaten off plan, Mexican food was involved. So until I can get a better hold onto it, I have to let it go. *sigh*

It's all good, I'm going to push through my weekends and I'm going to get results. Last week I worked out 4 days. This week I'm going for 5 days! I've already worked out this morning! Woo hoo!!

So how was everyone else's weekends??

Thursday, February 23, 2012

What is it about weekends...

...that makes me think that I can through caution to the wind, think I don't have to drink that much water and eat totally different than during the week. I don't know if my mind turns into party mode and all rationality is lost or if it is because aunt flo is knocking and I give in whenever she comes around, I don't know I have to figure it out. I know that I can't keep acting a damn fool on weekends and then spend the next week fixing it. Now don't get me wrong I didn't go completely ham last weekend with my eating, but I sure as hell didn't stick to the plan I had laid out to conquer the weekend. This weekend will be better. I am seeing results and I've gotten a few comments here and there, but I just have to push through this initial part. The part where my mind still craves Mexican food, wants a margarita, wants to have a slice of cake with ice cream. Only if that part of my brain would turn off or maybe my tastebuds wouldn't make those taste so good, only if...But hell I guess that would be too easy. I will say that my culinary skills have been improving so that may help in not wanting so much junk, God only knows.

How do you all handle the weekends??

Monday, February 20, 2012

Friend Makin Monday!

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Travel

  1. Where did your most recent trip take you?  My last was to Houston. That is my hometown!  
  2. Is there a place that you’d like to visit that you haven’t yet?  If so, where?  There are so many places I’d like to visit!  I’d have to say that I would like to visit some places in the east like China and the Phillipines. There are also some Caribbean spots I would like to go to: Turks and Caicos and Barbados to name a few.
  3. Do you travel lightly, or do you cram as much into your luggage as possible?  I don't even know how to pack light! I always over pack. It's better to be prepared right?? :)
  4. Do your eating and exercise habits change when you travel? If so, how?  Exercise is pretty much non existent unless I'm on the third floor and there isn't an elevator. Eating can be pretty bad as well. I really need to do better when I go my vacations, so I don't spend the first week back home detoxing!
  5. Tell us about a place you’ve been that you’d like to go back to.  London...I want to go back as the hot American! :)  
  6. Do you prefer to travel at a certain time of year?  I love the summer, b/c I love hot weather.
  7. If you had to choose, would you go to the beach or the mountains?  I could seriously be a beach bum. I love, love, love the beach!
  8. Have you ever needed a passport to travel?  Yep…Europe, Nigeria, Jamaica, Dominican Republic.
  9. Do you collect anything in your travels?  Just good times with my friends!
  10. Where do you plan to go next?  I'm going home twice in April (but that doesn't count) and I'm going to Jamaica twice, in July and October. I can't wait!!!
Tune in tomorrow for the weekend update!

Friday, February 17, 2012


Hey blogworld!! Temptation has been a bitch....and I have pimp slappin his ass down all week! ;) So since I started the fitness challenge I think I have had the opportunity to have something sweet all week long, but did I eat it? Hell naw! Instead I just kept my eyes on the prize, no donuts or homemade truffles at work, none of the girl scout cookies that I ordered and came in this week, not even the single portion pecan pie that I picked up at Walmart and then put back on the shelf. Nada. I have worked out 4 days this week and have been to the fitness class 3 times this week. I have been getting it in! I'm proud of myself for being on plan this entire week, but the weekend is here and that's when I have my mini meltdown with food. *sigh* But this weekend I plan to keep myself in check. So how do I plan to do that??? 1. Stay away from Chuy's!!! Right now I don't even know how to make a better choice, much less a good choice at that place. 2. Drink my water! I don't have a problem when I'm at work, but on the weekends sometimes I barely get 32 oz in. 3. Eat at home. I think I have eaten out every weekend since January and  I've got to cut that out. I'm making baked chicken parmesan tonight and roomie made black bean stew and salmon patties last night, so I'm pretty sure I'm set. This weekend I plan to win!

I don't know if anyone has an addiction to fat porn (weight loss shows except biggest loser) like I do, but I found another one last week that I put on my DVR.  It's called Fatchef, I think it comes on the food network. Basically the show is about chefs who work around food all day and are trying to lose 25% of their body fat in 16 weeks. Usually the goals are between 60-90 lbs. I kind of like the show b/c it shows the people in their regular lives, trying to lose weight, but at the same time the weight they lose in the amount of time they do it is uncommon for the common person. I guess for me it is motivating to see overweight people lose weight the 'natural' way. Losing weight is hard shit and if you have some support even in the form of a tv show, more power to you.

That's all for today folks! Have a great weekend!! No hospitals, no jails!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love is in the air!

Love is definitely in the air and I'm not saying this b/c it's Valentine's Day. I'm saying it b/c it seems like everyone around me is either getting married or engaged in a long term relationship. Everyone except me though. I'm not ok with it. My brother gets married in 2 months, I am the maid of honor in my sister's wedding in October in Negril Jamaica and I have I figure that 2012 is big year for a lot of people around me and there is no way I'm not going to let it be a big year for me as well. So while maybe love may not be in the stars for me this year or it could be (too early to tell), I know weight loss definitely is.

It's so funny how people try to comfort you on Valentine's Day when you're single. This morning a coworker asked me what my valentine was doing for me today. I told her unless I meet him at the gym tonight, I will be eating dinner by myself. So she proceeds to tell me that I should take myself out to a good dinner and drinks. Now maybe 2011 Chi Chi did that or would do that, but 2012 Chi Chi is going to have to pass on the excuse to have a gluttonous day, esp since I started biggest loser at my job yesterday (more to come later on that). So instead of an excessive dinner,  my workout buddy is going to meet me at the gym so we can!

So yesterday I started a biggest loser/fitness class at my job yesterday. One of the nurses here at my hopital is also a personal trainer and really loves physical fitness esp for women. Every year she runs a class about 3 times a week for 6 weeks that works on cardio, resistence and strength training. I've done her classes before and have seen results but when you're eating is wack it doesn't matter how much you exercise you do. Anywho this year she is doing the class different where the classes will be offered everyday for 4 weeks and the person who loses the most weight wins money. What?!?! Count me in! So yesterday we did our fit test and I did 1 mile in 15 minutes, 13 regular pushups in a minute and 24 situps in a minute. To ensure that I at least place in the top 3 spots that get money these are some of things I'm going to do to encourage weightloss over the next 4 weeks:
  1. No baked sweets - That means you brownie from the cafe that is so.damn.good.
  2. 150 ounces of water minimum 5 out of 7 days
  3. No fast food - under any circumstances
  4. No alcohol - Every once in awhile I can become a weekend warrior when it comes to drinking
So in conjuction with the other things I'm doing, I think that will really help the weight loss. I have a before picture that I took yesterday, but I won't post it until I finish the class. My goal is to lose 10+ pounds. I know I can do it. Wish me luck!

Today's weigh in: -4 lbs


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

No bueno!

So I got on the scale yesterday as Tuesday is my weigh day and I was up 4 lbs from my sneak peak of 314.2 on Friday. WTF?? Now I knew I might be up 1 lb, but dayumm! I wanted to pull my hair out! Scale you have failed me! I worked out everyday this weekend and Monday. I ate good on Monday, I drank my water, WTF?? So as I think on what I ate over the weekend: IHOP, Subway sandwich and Chuy's (and literally those were the only 3 meals over the weekend I ate). I think about all the sodium that may have been in all those meals I ate, and honestly I can't even be mad at the scale. I know at Chuy's I probably ate half my weight in chips, salsa and creamy jalapeno. Lesson learned: you can work out til you're blue in the face, but if you eat crazy sodium, the scale will let you know. Ughhh!!

With the scale situation of being up 4 lbs, I realized I could be am an emotional eater. After I got off the scale, I thought fuck it, I'm not making my lunch, I'll pick up Mickey D's on the way to work for breakfast and I'll probably have a chic-fil-a "salad" (translation: on the way down to Chic-fil-a I tell myself I'm going to get a salad, get to the register and my mouth says a "A number #1 with cheese and a coke) for lunch. Way to get over your scale woes more weight to it so you can really show it who's boss....Somehow my senses started kicking in and I decided to eat a bowl of cereal, but I'll have that "salad." I was pissed all the way to work and while at work, but right before lunch I told my coworker about my scale issue that morning and she convinced me to stay my course and I did. Went to the caf and got a veggie plate (squash, mashed potatoes and black eye peas). I was happy I won that battle: ChiChi: 1 Emotional Eating: 0.

So far this week has been good, have already gotten in 3 workouts and plan on 3 more. Eating has been good. I cooked Chicken Divan from my favorite website Skinny Taste. I'll post pics tomorrow!

Have a good night blogworld!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Friend Makin Monday!

Hey peeps! Happy Monday! Back on the weekly grind again! How was your weekend? Did you make it to the gym? Did you continue your good eating through the weekend? I can say for myself I did workout both Saturday and Sunday. As far as eating, I ate only 3 meals and not the good kind of meals. IHOP, a subway sandwich and Chuy's. The sub sandwich wasn't actually bad, but I ate too much at IHOP and Chuy's. I have this problem with wanting to clean my plate, so I eat everything and then feel gross later. Weekends are definitely my downfall. I'm working on it though.

I saw this over at MissHaneefa's blog and I decided to join in on the fun! Another way to learn about yours truly!


  1. Are you proactive, or do you procrastinate?  If I do it today, I won't have anything tomorrow! Enough said! lol
  2. Do you eat breakfast everyday? Yes I do. It's usually oatmeal or cereal with a banana. I think I'm going to change it up though to eggs and turkey bacon and fresh fruit.
  3. How much time do you spend watching TV on an average day? Since I started my second job and have been working out, I really haven't been getting much TV in. If I can get an hour of tv in that would be good.
  4. Do you talk on the phone, or do you prefer e-mail and/or text messages?  I think all correspondences have a time and place, but I would rather much be on the phone when I have time to catch up with people. I'm not a person who can hold a whole conversation on text and I can't really talk on the phone at work, so emailing is great during the day.
  5. Do you exercise in the morning, afternoon or evening? I usually go to the gym right after work. I have been trying to get up early and do a morning workout, but I love to sleep.
  6. Do you take time for yourself regularly? Outside of going to the gym, I really don't. This weekend was the exception, I didn't do anything and it was great!
  7. How often do you make your bed? Only when I go out of town, so I can come back to a made up bed.
  8. Do you plan meals? If so, how far in advance?  My roommate and I have been cooking all all of our meals on Sunday and portioning them out, so I usually will just pick one out from the fridge throughout the week.
  9. Do you wake up at the same time everyday? No not really. It has been sort of slow at work so I range from getting there at 8 to sometimes 9. The latest I get up is 7:30 though.
  10. How often do you brush your teeth? I brush every morning and sometimes in the evening.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Happy Friday peeps!!!

I am so happy that the weekend is here and I don't have to work Saturday or Sunday!! :::happy dancing::: So let me tell you how I was yesterday. I worked out 3 times at 3 different locations. I did kickboxing at X3, met up with my personal trainer for an hour and then met up with my girl and then did 30 minutes on the stairmaster and an extensive lower body workout. Yes, I was! I had snacks in my lunch bag so I ate something between all of the workouts and honestly I wasn't all that tired. Now don't get me wrong, I was proud of what I did, but I doubt I will be doing those kind of days often, b/c when I woke up this morning my body was like dead weight!

So this weekend I have two possibly 3 things to attend. I have been coming up with plans of action so I don't succumb to junk food at the house party tonight and Super Bowl part Sunday night. I do plan on working out today through Sunday, but I think I'm going to pack snacks for my purse and honestly I  have to listen to my conscious brain. You know that voice that says "Girl, that's too much or You know you don't need that." When I tell you that it's hard to listen to that part of your brain esp when you're in the moment, it is. But I'm going to listen this weekend. I have been having an awesome week and I don't want to derail it by a massive salt intake. I just need to tell myself that weight loss this week is going to taste better than spicy garlic wings...o_O.

That's all for now folks!! Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Making better choices, say what?!?!

Happy Tuesday Night!

I hope everyone had a good weekend! This weekend was pretty good and I think I've started the week off pretty good as well. I didn't make it to the gym on Saturday but I did make it on Sunday, Monday and today. When I went to the gym on Sunday I ran into one of my friends who is also on a weight loss journey and we finished our workout together and met up tonight. I can totally see how having a workout buddy can really be worthwile, this being said,I have a big problem with speaking before thinking. On Sunday after my friend and I worked out she asked me when we could workout together again and I told her Tuesday night (tonight), knowing my ass worked at both hospitals. "Oh yea girl, I can be there by 9." So as I get off of my second job at 8:20p I text her letting her know I just got off of work. I am tired as shit and my legs are sore as hell from my workout with my trainer yesterday and working out Sunday and she asks me if I was still up for working out. My mind is screaming hell to the no, but my fingers decided to text "Do you want to go the gym?" Her response "Sure let's do it! :)" Freak it! My ass is going to the gym. "I'll be there by 9:30." So I eat a tangerine on my way home get there, get dressed and walk right back out the door. So long story short we get a good hour long workout in. I'm glad I went to the gym and I know if it wasn't for my friend I wouldn't have went. So instead of going home, sitting on my couch and catching up on Once Upon a Time on my DVR I went to the gym! Better choice!

So in my last post I mentioned I was going to a surprise birthday dinner at one of my achilles' heels Mexican at No Mas. If you don't know I'm a sucker for Mexican food. I don't know if it's the Texas in me, but So the meal wasn't the big deal, I just got quesadillas, nothing major, but I did get all fancy. I had a new dress, fishnet tights and my 5 3/4 heels on. I thought I was the shit. Then I saw the pics of the night. Now don't get me wrong they weren't all bad, but there was one of them made me tell the person who took the picture, it wasn't good enough that he untag me, he had to take it down. I guess the picture reminded me how I have so much work to do. I mean the pic was bad. I looked like a bad built lump on a log. But instead of being defeated, I'm just letting it show me what I don't want to be anymore. Ughhh freaking cameras. Anywho and the beat goes on.

NSV: This weekend after work I was really on the run and I had to make a fast food stop b/c I was starving. I chose Chic fil a and guess what I ordered: a 6 piece grilled chicken nugget kids meal with fruit. Talking about making a better choice! Now the grilled chicken nuggets are new to the menu and hella nasty (IMO) but it was better than the Chic fila a sandwich with cheese with waffle fries that I would usually get. It was funny b/c as I was about to order my regular #1, I looked at the kids meal and that's what came out of mouth. No take backs, so I kept the order and it satisfied me.

Weigh in: 317. Down 1.8. I was expecting more, but a hey a loss is a loss!