Sunday, September 30, 2012


                two months ago
CHEST - 46 
BUST- 49 
WAIST- 44 
HIPS- 52 
KNEE- 18 
CALF- 19 
ANKLE- 10 
FOREARM- 11 1/2

KNEE - 17 1/2 1/2 INCH DOWN



I can't believe it but I am actually BEYOND thrilled that I get to finally go back to the gym tomorrow! 


I have felt so huge this last week. I felt like I gained 80 pounds. 
Today I had people tell me "you are looking so good" and inside I thought "Yeah right don't lie bitch I know I look like I haven't lost any weight..." 


I wonder if I think being mean to myself will make me work harder ... probably not so I should stop the negative thoughts. 

I heard a wonderful song that really spoke to me and it made me realize what is important. 
I am not doing this for vanity reasons I am doing it to be healthy. Somehow this past week I have been focusing more on losing weight and thinking of it as a diet instead of my lifestyle change maybe because I have had to go to events and I hadn't had to do that yet. The first two months I didn't have any social events or activities where I couldn't bring my own food or do my own thing. I think somehow those splurges at bachelorette party, hurting my back and not being able to work out, and then slightly again today at a bridal shower I had this huge weight of YOU ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH you are WEAK you are FAT and you need to stop eating like your old fat self. 

Lets take a moment to listen to this fabulous song and step back a second Jo! 

"There could never be a more beautiful you
Don't buy the lies disguises and hoops they make you jump through
You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
So there could never be a more beautiful you"

I heard this on the radio this week for the first time EVER and its an old song. It came in a week that I really needed it. Lets focus on what is important. 

What is my real goal here? 

To be as healthy as I possibly can!
To truly understand what I am eating with the goal of more fruits, veggies, fiber, and less sugars and fats! 
Making sure that I am active and able to use my body in strength before I lose the strength due to age!

This week 
Monday: Hit the gym again!!! Drink lots of water, take my vitamin, eat balanced meals with fruit, veggies, and fiber! 
Tuesday: YOGA! Drink lots of water, take my vitamin, eat balanced meals with fruit, veggies, and fiber!
Wednesday: Go to Dallas so I can't workout but I can ...Drink lots of water, take my vitamin, eat balanced meals with fruit, veggies, and fiber! I will plan to take food with me for dinner tonight as well as breakfast on Thursday before the flight! 
Thursday: FLY TO CANCUN! They have a gym at the resort I will hit this around 4:00 about 3 hours after arriving at the resort so that I have time to relax explore and socialize and then I can workout and take a shower before dinner. My goal here is to eat at buffets and fill up on fruits and veggies and lean protein. Also I am going to be strong and save all my alcohol for the actual WEDDING promise myself NOW and those reading for are going to Mexico help me by supporting this decision and not saying "JUST DRINK!" haha Not just for diet sake but also I have to sing Saturday! 
Friday: This morning I will workout FIRST then hit breakfast buffet in my gym clothes afterwards hit the SAUNA then change and have the whole rest of the day to socialize and be sexy in my bathing suit. 
Saturday: Same plan as Friday and this is the wedding night so I will splurge with a few alcoholic beverages. Champagne toast and some skinny margaritas or diet cocktails but only a few because I do have to wake up and workout before flight home! 
Sunday: Workout early hit the breakfast buffet. Enjoy the beach for an hour or so then head to the airport! 

A few social events cannot make me feel like I have ruined the hard work I have put in the last two months to completely change my eating and workout lifestyle. Getting back to the gym and really staying focused on what is truly important will help me feel beautiful again. 
And when I doubt it listen to Jonny Diaz! 


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Deliciously Skinny

My husband thinks I am crazy. 
Me : "I feel fat... have I gained weight? Do I look fatter?" 
Husband: "uh... you're crazy" 

But come on what husband would ever say "Yes you look fatter..." 
An ex husband... or better yet a dead one. 

Yeah call me fat... I dare you

I can't wait for Monday when I can get back to the gym. And TUESDAY is my Yoga night very excited about that too. This past week I have been making sure to eat delicious and healthy foods in good portions. Eat a healthy breakfast take my multi-vitamin, pack a healthy lunch, and eat a healthy snack once home and then a healthy dinner with a good portion size. 

 I didn't take photos of everything I made this week but I will give recipes for a few of my favorites. 

BREAKFAST: Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Oats - they taste just like those no bake oatmeal cookies but sugar free and better for you! Oats, cocoa, pinch of salt, splenda or other no calorie sweetener, almond milk, chia seeds, and peanut butter. Stir it all up and put it in the fridge over night. Microwave when you wake up! 

LUNCH: Whole wheat tortilla, herb and garlic laughing cow cheese spread over the tortilla, then lettuce and turkey. yummy 

DINNER: Sausage baked Penne. I made whole wheat penne and mixed in Turkey sausage, peppers, onion, light mariana, and fat free ricotta. Bake for about 10-20 minutes and then top with fat free or skim mozzarella. 


  • Parmesan Cheese 
  • Garlic Powder 
  • Egg substitute 
  • Zucchini 
  • Olive Oil Spray 
  • Light Marinara Sauce 

Mix parmesan, garlic powder, and if you want any other seasonings (I used my aw shit!) 

slice zucchini into thin chips 

Create your assembly line. Dip chips in egg sub, then into your parmesan, and put onto your oil sprayed pan. 

Bake at 425 for 10 minutes, flip and bake another 10 minutes. 

Serve immediately with Marinara. It made a TON as you can see so I took leftover for lunch. They still tasted great but as with any "breaded" item its better fresh from the oven. 


  • 1 cup oats 
  • 2 cans of chick peas (rinsed and drained) 
  • 1/4 cup applesauce 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda 
  • 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla 
  • 3 Tbs olive oil 
  • 2 Tbs cinnamon 
  • 1/2 cup splenda sugar blend (you could use 1 cup sugar or adapt to use straight splenda) 

Puree all ingredients together really well 

Chick peas are the star of this dish. The idea is so odd I know but trust me its DELICIOUS its so moist and gooey and doesn't take like hummus or anything weird! 

I topped mine with cinnamon and splenda blend 

On the way to the oven. Bake 35 minutes at 350 

While that is baking make delicious coffee!

I have switched to powdered creamer because its less calories and its hard to over use unlike the liquid I used to get. Plus it lasts longer and saves money aside from being healthier. If you haven't made the switch do. Just get flavored coffee and you really won't miss a thing. 


  • Vegan Cream Cheese - Tofutti (you could sub fat free cream cheese)
  • Almond Milk (you can use skim milk if you want I love the flavor and texture of almond milk)
  • Splenda 

This has fat but is low in calories. I tried it because the original recipe from Chocolate Covered Kate was Vegan. The idea of vegan always sounds so healthy haha but really for fat and calorie consumption it doesn't make a difference unless you have a dairy concern I might use fat free cream cheese next time. The flavor and texture of this was REALLY great though. 

Stir the three items together until you get a good icing texture. 

YEAH out of the oven and the whole house smells like delicious cinnamon buns but HEALTHIER

Serve with fruit and coffee for the best rainy Saturday breakfast ever. Also great for a holiday breakfast.  Even those not trying to be healthy would love this it in no way tastes like its healthy low fat low sugar or vegan it just tastes DANG good. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Don't give up...

Ok ... this past week I have felt seriously shitty about myself and my weight loss goals.
I was supposed to be positive but its hard when I can't go to the gym because of my back and to boot after a long weekend of alcohol and fatty food. I am uncomfortable in my body again and I feel like I have gained weight especially after the whole change in scales weight that was 10 pounds higher.


My husband says I need to wait a few more days to go to the gym. I am going to start Yoga on Tuesday and I am SUPER excited. I will also be extra good and work out and go to the sauna in Mexico. I haven't back tracked really I just feel like I have. I need to get to the gym ASAP!

I have been doing great food wise I think its just that I feel fat when I don't work out. I feel like I am bloated and need to sweat this out. My fat needs a good cry! 

As I have said before this is a journey for the rest of my life so I have no need to feel like I am on a time line here but sometimes I get impatient and I want to see under 200 by January 1st. 

I think its time for fitspo to get my spirits up!

I will not be labeled a quitter or a failure ... this is the time that I get healthy and stay healthy. I will not let my injury make me feel bad about myself or allow my body to think that I am worthless. 


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Eating it up!

Yesterday when I left the doctor I was not feeling good. The one thing I always crave when I don't feel good is noodle soup! I made my own homemade because canned soups can be high in sodium. 

I used one carton of low sodium 99% fat free Swanson chicken broth 
Carrots, Celery, onion, turkey breast, and whole wheat heart healthy egg noodles 

It made a TON so I will be eating on that all week!

Later I was hungry for a sweet snack so I consulted a favorite recipe blog Undressed Skeleton and made flax seed banan crackers. TWO ingredients. 1/2 cup whole flax seeds and one mashed banana. 

Spoon a small amount into the bottom of a muffin tin and bake at 350 until firm 

 Yes they were SOOO good. It made 12 crackers but I only could eat four - they are filling so they will be snacks for several days. 

That is one of the things I love about healthy food it really makes you full. When I was eating those stacys pita chips I was HUNGRY and I kept eating and eating when normally I am not that hungry. I assume it could have been due to the combo of alcohol and the un-filling low fiber white flour and the sodium? Who knows but I hate eating and never getting full even if the food does taste good. 

I made one of my favorite meals ever last night. Asian inspired Turkey burgers. 



  • Ground Turkey 
  • Green Onions 
  • chopped ginger OR ginger puree in a tube (i like this best) 
  • lite soy sauce 
  • sriracha
  • honey 
  • chopped garlic
  • seasonings of choice 
  • Sandwich thins 
Sriracha Mayo  
  • fat free mayo 
  • sriracha
  • rice vinegar
  • cole slaw mix
  • sesame oil 
  • toasted seasame seeds

Super easy just mix all ingredients and form into patties then grill! 

For slaw mix all ingredients together to taste. I would say its mostly vinegar you do not need A LOT of sauce its just a very light coating. 

Toast your sandwich thin, put sriracha mayo on the bottom bun, top with grilled turkey burger, top with slaw!!! SERIOUSLY AWESOME 

Later I made a healthy dessert inspired by Hungry Girl. 

  • 1 tub of fat free cool whip 
  • 1 can of pumpin 
  • 4 cups of sugar free vanilla pudding 
  • cinnamon 
  • nutmeg 
  • vanilla 
  • Fiber One cereal (you could use any crunchy healthy cereal or even sugar free cookies) 

Blend first six ingredients together for the pumpkin mousse. Then layer with cereal to make delicious and healthy pumpkin parfaits. This made a TON you can freeze this mixture and thaw OR even eat frozen like pumpkin ice cream. This would also be great in a pie crust as a frozen pumpkin pie. This mixture is very versatile and so yummy.

Do you love those no bake oatmeal chocolate peanut butter cookies? 

OH they are for sure one of my favorite cookies but obviously with a stick of butter and a cup of sugar GOO thats a lot of calories. According to nutrition facts posted on the internet for one cookie its almost 200 calories! OUCH

This is much healthier and tastes EXACTLY he same but you eat it with a spoon. 

Mix oats, cocoa powder, splenda (or a natural no calorie sweetener if you want), vanilla, pinch of salt, and milk and microwave for two minutes. Stir in a small amount of peanut butter once it is cooked and warm. MMM eat hot for breakfast or a snack. 

Ok one last tasty recipe for you. This was inspired and adapted from Texas Fit Chicks. There recipe called for salsa but I opted to use fire roasted tomatoes and crushed tomato. 

  • 4 chicken breasts 
  • 2 cans of pinto beans with jalapeno
  • 1 can of mexi-corn
  • 1 can of diced fire roasted tomatoes 
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • Chicken broth 

Put all ingredients in the crock pot on low for 6-8 hours. Take out chicken breast and shred it then add chicken back and keep warm until ready to serve. 

OPTIONAL- top with avocado, whole wheat tortilla chips, cilantro, and green yogurt. 

For the tortillas I sprayed two whole wheat low carb tortillas (80 calories each) with olive oil spray and then put seasoning on them. I baked them at 350 until crispy then I broke them into chips. 
You could cut chips FIRST if you wanted to but I did it this way because it was faster and sometimes I am lazy haha. 

I will survive!

I injured my back last week and the pain had gotten so severe I ended up going to the doctor yesterday to see if it was something more serious like my kidneys. Turns out it was just my back and I got some pain pills and super strength ibuprofen. This morning I was so sleepy when I got up to head to work I accidentally took the pain pills which I am not supposed to take and drive because they make you really dizzy aside from taking away the pain. GURG So I have missed 2 work days due to this injury.
Here I am over the weekend in the middle of all the fun I was in pain... 

I kept having the ladies try to fix it and nothing was working... 

The even sadder news is I have to take it easy and not workout for a while. I also had a sad moment on the scale. Apparently the scale at my gym is 10 YES T.E.N pounds lighter than the one at the doctor. My friend told me not to worry its not like I gained 10 pounds its just a difference in the scales but it still makes me feel discouraged or dissapointed. Good news? I have lost a lot of weight regardless and its not like I am giving up. I still have a lot to go before baby making time. :) 

I did let go at my bachelorette party this past weekend. I started out doing great but it turned kind of bad toward Saturday. I am not worried about it- like I said before I am not going to tell myself I can't have something. Every once in awhile in life even healthy people splurge. I have been healthy to a T the last 2 months. No fast food, no alcohol, no diet sodas, less artificial sweeteners, tons of fruit, veggies, whole grains, and lean protein and I LOVE those things. I actually prefer them now to be honest. Now was that chicken alfredo and huge piece of red velvet cake FABULOUS? DUH of course. Would I feel good about myself if I ate that on a regular basis? No. Can I survive once every few months splurging on a meal for a special occasion? Yes. I have no regrets about that. I want to be healthy but not insane and I don't want to tell myself I can't have something because thats when for me my healthy lifestyle seems more like a diet. THIS IS LIFE get real every meal isn't going to be perfect. 
Don't get me wrong 99% of the time they better be though! 

Here is what I did RIGHT 

For the road I packed my lunch. Whole wheat bagel with reduced fat peanut butter, strawberries, and a banana. My biggest vacation and road trip tip BRING YOUR OWN FOOD!

When I arrived we had a couple glasses of champagne and enjoyed some garlic stuffed olives and flax and whole wheat crackers with hummus. 

That night we made our own pizzas. The Naan bread wasn't whole wheat but it was portion controlled and since I had jogged 10 minutes that morning I figured I wouldn't die and I just made the toppings extra healthy. This is a little goat cheese, pesto, spinach, olives, mushrooms, grilled chicken, parmesan, and literally like tsp of bacon crumbles! It was SO good. I would make this again probably with a whole wheat tortilla or something but that Naan bread if I can find it whole wheat I might do that cause it was GROOD. This wasn't too ridiculous in calories- it really was pretty reasonable and with veggies and protein and good cheese fats I didn't feel bad about it at all. 

Next morning still doing good. Loaded up on fruit and had a egg and sausage casserole! MMM 

Then we got on a fancy bus and headed to our hill country winery tours. We went to three winerys. I had 6 oz. of wine at each stop ... thats about 500 calories of wine. OOPS. But wine tastings are so much fun and not a common thing for me. It was very relaxing and you can't say no to a hill country wine tasting... its just not Texan! At the first one it was around 1:00 so we had snacks with our wine for lunch. 

Nuts, pita chips, and some meat wrapped cheese. YUMMM - by the way I replenished this napkin several times! This is when I started to feel guilty I had too many pita chips and then more when we got back to the house by the lake. UH Stacy's pita chips should not be around me ever again. 
Stone House Vineyard and all the ladies with the Bachelorette.

Perissos Vineyards in Kingsland, TX 
 I thought was the prettiest and the guys running it were very fun. 
They had fabulous wines and a really CUTE older man that I was crushing on. 
PLUS how can you not love their dog?

Spicewood Vineyards, Spicewood TX 
The owner operator is about 30-35, super cute, and a musician! 
Obviously check this one out too! 

Here is what I did "WRONG" 

That night after more lakeside snacking (I ate more Stacy's pita chips!!!) we got into our cocktail dresses and this is when I just said no more thinking about it do whatever you want nothing counts. I didn't take photos of the guilty food! I just focused on having fun and enjoying all the hard work the ladies did to prepare the heavenly meal before us. 

I also had a lot more wine... 
I probably consumed 20,000 calories that night thanks to WINE PONG

When I looked at this did I think about calories? NO 

I thought about how much fun all of us were having. Life is for having fun and celebrating a bachelorette party is not the time to sit there with water and a plate of carrots. Its about no regrets. I have no regrets about my decision. Would I have regretted drinking water and just watching the fun but not participating? YES Being healthy is about making the right decisions most of the time but sometimes a cheat day can help you remember why you are working so hard to be healthy. They say that they can reboot your metabolism. I don't know about that so much but if thats true GREAT

"Cheat days keep your body guessing. You don’t want your body thinking that it’s going to be getting low calories forever. Throwing in a high calorie day sends your body a signal that food is plentiful, and that it’s OK to shed some fat reserves because there’s not a famine on the horizon." 

Here is the main thing - this is a LIFESTYLE change. My entire life is going to be different. One day in the scheme of my LIFE is not a big deal. Thats why I am glad I am changing forever because it helps me keep a level head and not go crazy about one day out of the 24,000 or more I have left. One day I am going to be this lady and I REALLY have no regrets about that. 

She is hotter than me and she is 75.... YEAH

Ok time for my goals this week. 

1. Drink even more water 
2. No caffeine 
3. Don't forget your vitamins
4. Try to find a yoga class for my back 
5. Be positive and focus on what I do right  and never forget where I came from