On my way...

As promised, my before & after photos. It took me a month to decide if these were worth putting up, because I'm still working on becoming a fitter person.  You guys should know by now that  I am all about accountability...therefore, I woke up today and realized that I should be sharing my progress with you all! I seat here and I share all of my meals, and workouts, but not my progress. 

 I can't believe this was me a few months ago, I'm proud of what I have accomplished thus far, and I look forward to continue with my journey on becoming a healthier fitter me!  

(Please be kind with your comments as this was very difficult for me to put up.) 

 Well, here they are!


August 2011 (before:)


March 2012 (after:)




And the journey continues...

According to the BMI table standards I am in the normal range.  In order for me to maintain my weight I have to consume between 1600-1900 calories a day.  I try to stay in the 1800 calorie range and I work out for 1 hour 6 days a week. 


 I start my day by drinking 20 oz of water with a half of lemon and one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar in order to clean the liver and get rid of anything that is sitting there from the night before, also to get it ready for what I will consume that day.  I actually put together a menu for the week, to make sure that I stay on track.  I did 2 rounds of a workout program called Insanity which is a 60 day program that requires you to work out 6 times per week for a min of 45 minutes a day.  I'm currently experimenting with other workout programs, still 6 times a week, 45 mins a day. 
Here is what a day of eating looks like for me:

Breakfast:

¼ cup of steel cut oats (cooked in ½ cup of coconut milk, ½ of water, 1 tsp. of salt, and 5 drops of stevia leaf drops, 1tbs of ground flaxseeds)
1 tbs of dry dates or raisins

½ banana 

1 cup of homemade green juice (spinach, cucumbers, beets, kale, celery)
Between my breakfast and snack I try to drink 20 oz of water.  I try to drink before and after my meals rather than during, to assist with the digestive process of foods.

Snack:

1 apple
1 tbsp. of raw almond butter

I drink 20 oz. of water between my snack and lunch.

Lunch:
2 cups of organic green salad mix

6 oz.  of grilled tofu or tempeh
1 tbs. of no sugar added cranberries

2 tbsp. of feta cheese
1 tbsp. of sliced almonds

2 tbsp. of homemade vinaigrette dressing

After workout Smoothie:

1 scoop of organic hemp protein powder
1 tbsp. of blue agave nectar

1 tsp. of cinnamon
½ cup of blueberries

½ of a banana
½ of cup of coconut milk

½ of the homemade green juice
1 tbsp. of raw sunflower seeds butter

During my workout I drink about 32oz. of water.

Dinner:
6 oz. of salmon, tofu or chicken

14 asparagus spears

1 medium sweet potato

If I am still hungry after dinner, I will have a handful of almonds or a fruit.  I always have tea after dinner, or before bed.  I also make sure to be in bed by 11 pm, to not intervene with the melatonin process of my body. 
I tried to be as specific as possible.  This is about 1600-1800 calories and it keeps me full all day long.  I also take supplements, these is what I take: a multi vitamin, D3000, calcium, chromium, B12, potassium, zinc, magnesium, biotin, spirulina, and wheat grass.

4 comments:

  1. Hey there, I have just found your blog and I am enjoying what I have seen so far. I am currently trying to lose weight and find your blog to be helpful. You look great and should be proud of your results. I was just wondering what your cal intake was when you were losing instead of now, while you are maintaining? Thanks! I am in need of motivation as I feel like my eating/working out is not showing off as fast as I would like it to. :p

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    1. Hi Alley! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet complement. I need to devote a whole post about how I lost weight, however in a nutshell: I did tons of research and started calculating my BMR. The most accurate calculator I found was on here http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/ I multiplied my BMR # by 1.55 since at the time my lifestyle was somewhat sedentary and that number of calories I would consume on days I worked out. The days I did not work out I just did my BMR calories. Again, I know this is a bit confusing but I will post about it in details very soon. I also did only complex carbs and no carbs after 4pm, and 6 small meals every 3 hours to speed my metabolism. I highly suggest joining a calorie tracker site such as Myfitnesspal to track your progress and for review, I'm on there @ahealthierfitterme feel free to add me. I used the scale as a guideline to adjust my calorie intakes once a week. In other words if at 150 lbs my BMR was 1,400 calories my BMR at 145 will change to perhaps 1480 calories. As I lost weight I kept adjusting my calorie intakes. Weigh-loss is an extremely personal thing and requires trial and error. I will blog about it soon. I hope this helps you in the mean time. Thank you for your question. Keep up the good work!

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  3. hi, r u still eating this way? u look incredible...or r u doing more paleo or clean eating or tone it up style? i'm so lost. u look great and so happy!

    dreams

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