Archive | August 2012

Quiet This Week

Hey Everyone!

I hope you all are having a fantastic week. This week for me has been so hectic. Why? Because my birthday is next week!!! I’m looking forward to the festivities; however, I’ve been busy getting ready to leave the country. Here’s some updates in no particular order.

1) I ate meat and didn’t gain weight. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was craving some chicken and I had some. I know, I know….I was doing so good but this is my journey not yours. Stop judging me already!

2) I’m packing. Chief and I leave for the Caribbean tomorrow and I’ll be gone for awhile so this is the last update until September 10 aside from posting the winner of the slow cooker.

3) Slow Cooker Contest: You have two more days to enter! Post a comment to the previous entry and good luck!

4) I’m still running. Couch to 10K program is kicking my butt; however, I am surprised and overly excited at my endurance. The program REALLY REALLY works. I’m now running 25 minutes nonstop. Next week I begin 28 minutes nonstop. By the end of next week I’ll officially be able to run a 5K nonstop. YEA BUDDY!

Ok, that’s really all for now. I have to finish getting ready, cleaning up, etc. I’ll post the contest winner as soon as I find out. If they email me after Saturday the winner won’t get posted until September 10. I’m leaving all electronics behind. I need relaxation.

Peace, Love, and Happiness.

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Weekly Giveaway!

Hey Readers!

I’ve partnered with SlimKickerย to help all of us lose weight!!

SlimKicker is a website that helps you lose weight by turning your diet and fitness goals into a level-up game with points and rewards! You rack up points by tracking healthy calories and completing challenges such as quitting soda for a week. You upload a picture of a reward such as a cheat food, or iPod, and they’ll remind you to reward yourself with that reward as you reach a certain number of points. They also have a large calorie databaseย with over 100,000 foods.
This week SlimKicker is giving a reader a Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Slow Cooker! I will post entrees this week that can be cooked in your new slow cooker. ๐Ÿ™‚
How do you win?!?!
Just leave a comment with your suggestion of a fun, creative fitness or diet challenge. Your comment should just be 1-2 sentences. SlimKicker will pick their favorite and I will announce the winner next week! I have nothing to do with the winner so don’t get mad at me. Just enter the contest each week for different giveaways!
GOOD LUCK! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I miss cooking

Fudย is absolutely delicious. Chief and I ate here twice last week. Yes, Chief likes the vegan meals. The restaurant is organic, vegan, and raw. The flavor combinations are mouthwatering. I’ve tried to make these combinations at home and it doesn’t work. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Here’s another problem. Those meals, as delicious as they were, didn’t fill Chief up. I was fine…he was not.

Second, eating raw is frustrating. I’m a born cook. As someone raised in the South by a woman who can put a smile on ANYONES face after they taste her homemade poundcake or frankly ANYTHING she puts her “foot in”, not cooking was not an option. My entire family cooks…except for one who thinks she can cook and no one ever eats her food. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Every family has one.) Anyways, I’ve been cooking since I was a kid. From fried chicken to stew beef, meat loaf, bbq ribs, mac & cheese, collard greens, cornbread, sweet tea. YUM!!!!! Southern soul food is in my soul. Frankly, I miss frying catfish. I miss frying anything. It’s only been a week but I feel like I’ve abandoned my kitchen. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I say I’ve abandoned my kitchen because it’s not fun to me anymore. Being in my kitchen is irritating because for the first time in my life, I’m actually lost. Now I know how my friends feel when I tell them making something is easy. “Cooking” raw is not easy. The flavors don’t combine the same. I tried making a couple of the recipes from different sites…Chief told me it looked like I was eating rabbit food AND looks can be deceiving. If I post something here, I guarantee it’s DELICIOUS. I’ve worked in restaurants and I have an affinity for food. Food is my friend. Some people need to develop their palates. I should have known when I looked at some of the ingredients. But I gave it a try. DISGUSTING. This is probably why I lost 5 pounds last week. I made a joke with Chief: no wonder vegans and raw people are so skinny. They get tired of attempting to eat this stuff so they walk away. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I know that some recipes are good. After all, I’ve never had a bad experience eating at a vegan or raw restaurant, but then again, that is why they are open. But doing it 7 days a week…this woman cannot live on collard wraps and juice alone.

Now I’m torn between what to do. Any suggestions?

Collard Green Wraps

I love trying new recipes and since I’m embarking on a journey of a healthier lifestyle I love looking at all of the vegetarian and raw blogs. One idea that I’ve seen on different blogs as well as at my vegan/raw restaurant is wrapping veggies in collard greens. As a southerner, I LOVE COLLARD GREENS. But, I’m used to sautรฉing them in fat back until they cook down. My approach to these wraps were very different. I soaked the wraps in warm lemon water for 30 minutes. I then cut the stem out and layered the wraps with my spinach dip and different vegetables. They were wonderful!

Collard Green Wraps

One Week Later

And the jiggle is almost gone ๐Ÿ™‚

One week. That’s seven days. 168 hours. 10080 minutes. 604800 seconds. Anyway you look at it, that’s how long it has been since I’ve had meat. Guess what, I’m still alive and I feel great! Have I thought about a juicy ribeye? Yep. Did Chief try to entice me with a burger? Yep. I almost ate seafood but I didn’t. It wasn’t easy but it wasn’t hard. It was a battle of the mind. Last night was the hardest. Around 10pm I became really, really hungry. My juicer was in the dishwasher and I was tired of fruit. I tried eating some chocolate hazelnut butter but as Chief stated, “this tastes like cardboard.” I grabbed my keys because I thought, nothing could be better right now than a super-sized order of french fries from McDonald’s. Sigh. But I didn’t. I drank a glass of lemon water and went to bed.

In the past week I’ve juiced, indulged in raw meals, vegan meals, and vegetarian meals. I ate a magnum almost every night. I ate cookies and chips. I ate whenever I got hungry (with the exception of last night) and guess what…I lost 5.2 pounds!!! In ONE WEEK!!! ๐Ÿ˜† That’s right. Although last night was difficult, I made it through and the scale looked so pretty this morning. Now I’m only 6 pounds away from where I want to be for my birthday which is in 12 days…I’m gonna try to make it!

Spinach Dip

This weekend I made a spinach dip for veggies. It turned out better than I thought it would. The dip also went well with my collard green wraps! Eating without meat isn’t so bad.

Recipe:

8 oz sour cream

4 oz lite mayo

1/2 cup shredded spinach

1 tsp onion powder

1 /2 tsp fresh garlic

1/4 diced green bell pepper

Mix everything together and enjoy!

Spinach Dip

High on Happiness

My journey. I graduated law school May 12, 2012. It was such an exciting day…until I realized that I was leaving my family, friends, house, my life. Everything that I have ever known is in NC aside from undergrad. I moved 16 hours away from everything I’ve ever known to begin a new journey with Chief, AND to fulfill my goal of becoming an attorney.

My journey led me to Kansas City and a week after getting here I began bar prep classes. Bar prep really isn’t that bad. I don’t care what anyone tells you. It’s not as long as you put in the work during law school. (I say that now but I’m still praying for success…results are released in September.) My summer consisted of me attending 3 hour lectures on every subject tested on the Missouri Bar and then condensing that information into an outline. I would then do tons of practice multiples and essays. I did this every single day (almost every single day ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) until July 23. That’s the part that sucks about bar prep. The time you spend looking at the material over, and over, and over, and over again. You give up your entire summer for two days.

Along with studying for the bar, you have to complete your life story, also known as “Character and Fitness,” and submit it for approval to the Board of Law Examiners. Everyone…I submitted my application in February. I spent the entire summer checking my email and my bar page over and over again waiting for approval. Everyone around me was getting approved…I wasn’t. I began to break down. I would cry. I would pray. I didn’t understand. So finally, I called and I was informed that Goth, my best-friend, didn’t send in her portion. I flipped out. It was two weeks before the bar exam and my C&F wasn’t approved because of one document that they never received. Needless to say I called her, cried, and made her take care of it ASAP. She said she never received an email from them and that’s neither here or there. The point is, she sent it in that very day.

So then I waited. And I waited. I took the bar exam on July 24 and 25 and I felt fairly confident. But no C&F. So I continued to wait. And then, I received an email from them last week stating that I didn’t disclose something. WHAT?!?!?! What are you talking about? I broke down crying yet again. Why was all of this happening?!ย I wiped my tears, I sent an email explaining how I was unaware, I amended my bar application, yet again, and I waited. And I prayed.

And then today happened. I went for my morning run today. Week six of the running program. I got back to my place and I had “runner’s high.” My endorphins were going and I was about to juice when my phone vibrated with an email. It was an email from the bar.

Character and Fitness Application: APPROVED. ๐Ÿ˜† I cried again but this time it was tears of joy. I called Chief and of course he stated, “I told you so.” And then I looked in the mirror and I realized that I couldn’t stop smiling. I stood there glowing from my run and glowing from my good news. High on happiness.

I’m now one step closer to becoming an attorney. God is good.