Tampa Bay Organics

Sarah kept mentioning & posting to my facebook about this company that delivers organic fruits and vegetables to your door. Once I had made the decision to become vegan… It seemed no better time to try it out.

Their website is AWESOME & from start to finish took ten minutes to sign up. They allow you to make substitutions (don’t like onions? oranges? Get something else!)  or choose vegetables or fruit only.  (: We chose veggies only :)

Yesterday was the day! I was worried about delivery because our place is a bit of a hassle to get into. On their website they suggest to leave a cooler by your front door.

I got home & my cooler was full!

I think because of how our place is, they had to drop the brown box at the front desk & then someone from here walked it up & put it into our cooler.

1 Acorn Squash
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
4 Local Roma Tomatoes
1 Broccoli
1 Local Romaine Lettuce
1 Local Red Kale
1 bunch Sweet Onion
1 Hass Avocado (CA)
1 Baby Carrots (1 LB)

=$30 w/ delivery

The image everyone wants to see! It’s a TON of food, I am excited.  The head of romaine is by far the biggest I’ve ever seen.  I like that the box is a nice mixture of stuff. Gregg loves avocados & tomatoes. I am a big salad & acorn squash fan. :) The only thing I wish was a bit different is that it included some weird new/unusual to us veggies, but I’m sure that happens sometimes.

They included a few produce bags, and instructions on how to wash & properly store your veggies.

I liked their signature :)

I’ve only ordered once, but I would recommend this to anyone. People complain about the prices of organic food.  Yes, it’s more than you’d spend in a conventional grocery store, but when you look into it, you see it’s worth the extra price.

Things I am planning on making:

15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta

Southwestern Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Pistachio Arugula Pesto with Penne and Sauteed Broccolini

Perhaps try Kale chips again, may they be edible this time…

ERGH; Week Five

Awww, what a rainy dreary day… I’d really love to curl up with a book, or take a nap with kitten. Although, I’ve been slacking updating this week (blame the 3 day weekend), but medical weight loss plan is officially over! I haven’t nailed down my new plan, it’s going to be trial and error, I’m sure.

Some Plans/Goals:

• I need to buy a scale, my scale at home is a cheap ass dial scale, that is ~8 pounds off, and hard to read. I’d really like to pick up a accurate digital scale.

• I’m going to start adding protein in the morning. I can’t stand hard boiled eggs (I made two dozen last week, it stunk my place up and I ended giving all the whites to Gregg.) I’m thinking about buying the egg whites in a carton & mixing them with frozen bag spinach. I’ve done this before, it’s nice & quick in the morning.

• I’m eliminating fruit entirely from my diet. There’s really no need for it.

• Contemplating adding beans/lentils.

• I packed my gym bag. I am going to the gym tonight!! I promised myself I will not get discouraged if I am not as badass as I was a year ago. I’m feeling “skinny fat” which is a term for someone who is thin, but with high body fat. Like a runner, or a sedentary person who doesn’t eat much.

• I posted a picture of how big my smallest jeans are on me. (Size 9) I have a long way to go, but my clothes being baggy is the best motivation ever.

• I ate out a few times this past weekend, it went pretty well. At the Refinery, I had jerked lentils & yuca. At hibachi, I got tofu w/ double veggies instead of rice/noodles. On Memorial day at my mom’s, I had 2 hot dogs (ughh beef) w/ green beans.

• My NUMBER ONE problem is drinking. Two flaming drinks was more sugar than I had consumed in the entire week.

• Going to start having a cheat meal once a week. (which includes meal/drink)

That’s it for now. I wish I had brought my dinner to work, so I’d be hitting the gym with more than 175 calories in me. Good news is, there is an accurate scale there & I get to meet my man for dinner at his place after! Little things!

ERGH; Week Four

At the weigh-in Monday I was down 2 pounds. I’m glad I hit a total of -15 pounds, but I am still hoping for a -5+ week soon. (My first two weeks were both 5 each.) I’m down 3% bodyfat, which means nothing to me compared to the scale numbers.

I’m actually out of HCG & not taking it anymore. I’m pretty sure my last injection was at least 4-5 days ago. I don’t feel any difference.

I talked to the nutritionist while I was at the doctor. She cleared up some questions I had, recommended not eating a 3rd fruit a day (I was eating apple/orange at 5pm on the way home.) because at that point in the day your body burns it for fuel, instead of using your fat.

I’m still having difficulties upping my calories. I really can’t get past 500ish with what the diet states. I started eating all my meals earlier too. (IE: Lunch is now @1:30, not 3.)The nutritionist said I should be eating 8oz of protein a day, but also said I needed more protein? It was confusing. We e-mailed back & forth.

Me:
I’m sorry to be e-mailing so soon, but I had a quick question. According to the meal plan sheet, it says 8oz. of protein a day, split between lunch & dinner. (4oz. each meal) A chicken breast is 6-8oz. correct? I should be eating a chicken breast a day?

Her:
It breaks it up into smaller portions to keep your metabolism burning steady throughout the day. You can add an additional veggie and 4oz of protein to the day if you are going to workout or do some type of cardio ie walking for 30 min. A chicken breast is about 6oz, but if you weighed it out it would be best. That way you know you are getting 4oz per meal.

Her (again):
How is the diet coming along now that you understand it a little better?

Me:
My friend gifted me a food scale yesterday, and tonight I am going grocery shopping. I think I am making it too complicated? I’m just going to try and keep it simple by eating 4oz. of chicken 2x a day w/ spinach & 1/2 a grapefruit in the morning. Is it okay if I don’t eat a 2nd fruit?

Her:
It is ok, but if you find that you need more energy during the day then eat it.
If you get hungry in the evening you could always have more veggies as long as they aren’t carrot, peas, or corn.

...then we talked about edamame.

I’m actually excited for this to be the last week at the weight loss clinic. I’m ready to switch up this diet & try something else. If I hit -5 pounds this week for the slight adjustments, I will be ecstatic. That would be a total of -20 pounds in a month.

I’ve been reading 4 Hour Body & would love to try some of the stuff it suggests. -Like, eating beans/lentils with meals & protein for breakfast. I’m thinking my body is stuck in a starvation mode w/ such low calories. Last time I did a very low calorie diet (VLCD), I did it for a month, lost 20 pounds & plateaued really bad. Which just so happens to be the weight I am at currently. My body LOVES being at 155, & I HATE it! (My GW is 125, I’m 5’5″.)

I also have been following the blog Healthy is Happy. Happy is Healthy. It’s about a girl who has lost over 100 pounds in a year. I enjoy the blog a ton, & find enormous inspiration there. She posted an awesome guide on how to up your calories slowly, which I’ll need to do after being so low for a month now.

It’s also time to get back to the gym. I have a membership which I pay ~$40 a month for, & haven’t been in AT LEAST 6 months! I have to start doing more cardio. I guess that’s the next thing I need to figure out… managing time, food & working out around a fairly active social life.

…& just for fun, these look awesome Low-calorie Microwave Protein Fudge Muffins !

ERGH; Week Three

At the weigh-in yesterday I was down 3 pounds.  Kinda a bummer, but expected since Gregg & I spent the weekend at the beach.

I packed some healthy snacks- sliced veggies & tzatziki, fruit for morning breakfasts. But, we cheated at night.

Friday Night- 3 Long Islands (Ugh, well liquor… why?? Saturday AM was icky!)

Saturday Night- We got sushi, we each got a roll w/ brown rice & split a roll w/ cucumber as the outside. :)

Sunday Night- On the way back I was HUNGRY so we went to Uno (I have never been there before, pizza) & had a side salad, 3 hot wings, & half a mini personal deep dish pizza.

Mexican Lettuce “Taco” Wraps


I didn’t want to be left out of all the Cinco de Mayo celebrations, so I made some Mexican inspired lettuce wraps. The fresh salsa, “Market Fresh Chipotle Garlic Salsa” was from Wal-mart, & only $3. (& WAY yummy & ALL fresh stuff!) It’s only 5 calories per 2 tablespoons.  I’m not sure how to get it under 300 calories, unless you cut out the celery (20 calories per serving) but I really enjoyed the crunch! I also add an ungodly amount of Cayenne pepper, because I like it flaming hot. It also helps w/ my water intake, I drank 64 ounces of water while eating this. Oh, best part! I was STUFFED!

Mexican Lettuce “Taco” Wraps
HCG Diet Approved; 314 calories each serving

Makes TWO servings

1 clove of garlic (diced)

Cayenne Pepper (to taste)

Oregano (to taste)

1/2 C. Cilantro

4 Jalapenos (Diced, no seeds)

8 oz. of ground chicken

1 C. Red Onion (diced)

Juice of 1 Lime

4 tbsp. Fresh Salsa

4 Stalks of Celery (diced)

1. Chop all veggies, mix together in a bowl with spices, lime juice & salsa. Let marinate in fridge.

2. Spray skillet with cooking spray. Cook ground chicken till 3/4’s the way done.

3. Add in veggie/seasoning mix.

4. Cook till veggies are tender to your liking.

5. NOM!

500

It’s pretty clear by now that I love The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.  :)

I watched, “How Do You Know” last night, at one point in the movie there is a shot where Reese Witherspoon is looking into her bathroom mirror & there is inspirational quotes covering the surface. Wait, I found a screenshot. Just call me Queen Google :)

Anyways, I liked it. I think I’m going to work on something like that soon. Oh, btw, the movie was good, but I really like chick romantic comedies where there is nerdy/quirky guys. Paul Rudd is my new celebrity crush, he’s hot.

Last night I cooked fish for the first time in my life. It was tilapia, I just baked it with salt & pepper. I’m glad I found seafood that I can stomach. Also, bummer.  Oh, I must report that while in the final hour of work I started getting really woozy/dizzy. I had missed breakfast/lunch because I wanted to get to the doctor on time. Thankfully Gregg was at his appointment & dropped off some turkey jerky.  (Although THREE OUNCES is 234 calories!! WTH!) Once again, I felt immediately better & was okay to drive home.

Today I am prepared, I think the woozy/dizziness is from low blood sugar.

Here is what I have planned for the day:

8:15am– Egg w/ spinach mixed it. It’s one of my old standbys & I enjoy it immensely. 80 calories

11:15am– Orange; I cut it at home, I hate how sticky/messy/juicy they are. It’s my last one, next shopping trip I’m only getting apples.  70 calories

3:00– Salad w/ romaine & field greens. I added a bit of rec onion & 3 chopped up slices of turkey bacon. 243 calories

5:00– I made one of my favorite dishes!! Cucumber salad! (Thin sliced cucumbers/onion + apple cider vinegar) I realized last night that it was totally fine to eat.  43 calories

7:30– I cooked two 4oz. portions of fish yesterday so tonight would be easy. I’ll have a salad or if I’ m craving hot foods, I’ll have some sort of leafy greens. :) 148+ ?? calories

That’s the thing…

I’m already at 584 calories BEFORE I even add my side dish for dinner. I have to have protein in the AM, I do not want to feel like crap. I even brought an instant oatmeal packet to work, JUST in case I start feeling terrible. I don’t care if I go over 500 calories. I don’t even think anywhere on the sheet the DR gave us listed a calorie total.  I still think if I stay under 800, I’m fine. According to my height/weight I need to consume 1,337 calories to lose a pound a week. (Oh hell naw, I’m 1337!:)))) So, if I stick to under 800, I should be fine.

Shots

We had planned that Gregg come over very early (he has a busybusy day) & he’d shoot us both. Gregg came over & I chickened out. He was totally relaxed & filled the syringe up & shot his tummy. I knew I’d be emotional & need to “talk” & be hassled.  I just refused. Then after he left, I felt that I needed to do it, he was really brave.  I filled up the syringe & googled how to inject on You Tube. After watching 2-3 videos I just lifted up my shirt & did it. I was worried about it going in. But the needle is SO THIN, like a hair width.  I just realized a needle prick is laughable. So that’s that.

Here is a another Paulo Chelho quote that I made w/ a photo from Flickr.

magic/stars/miracles? Yes plz!

ERGH; Week One

One week is over!

I’m down five pounds! That’s pretty awesome, although I should be down a bit more. I had three drinks last night, and also ate a chicken wrap during a movie. So, I’m sure I should be at least a pound lower, hopefully I’ll have a BIG lost next week.

Today I met up with the doctor & received my HCG & needles. We have to inject ourselves! I’m terrified. I already talked to Gregg & he should be able to shoot me every morning. :)

We also have to log our foods now, but I’ve already been doing that with the Lose It! app. I’m aiming for under 800 calories a day this week.

They also measured me, my chest is 42 inches, WOOO Victoria Secret! :P

Midnight

Like the title says, it’s midnight.

I’m home.

This isn’t like me. If I’m awake, I’m going. I’m always out. Go, go, go! I’m always spending money, drinking far too much, making poor nutrition decisions.

Last night, on the way home I felt like I was going to pass out, Gregg took me to a drugstore & I picked up a protein bars. I felt better instantly. At the event, I ended up getting two free drink tickets, so I had two drinks.

I paid for both of those choices today, I was bloated & uncomfortable.

Tonight I had promised friends I’d go see a band that’s in town, but I just didn’t want to be tempted with the clear lack of willpower I have currently.

I made dinner (lentils, black beans, chicken, cilantro, onion…etc.) to take & share w/ Gregg at his office. I stayed drank a coffee + cinnamon + stevia =!!!!! & helped him prep some stuff for his day tomorrow.

In a side note, my random unknown reason hives are back with a more frequent than ever vengeance.

ERGH Update 1; Day 3

This is a continuation about Eating Right & Getting Healthy.

I’m feeling great today. However, it may be because I’m on my 5th cup of coffee. ( Thankfully I prefer my coffee black.)

This is how the days are going:
8:30AM- Wake up & drink big glass of water w/ half a lemon
9:00AM- Black coffee
9:45AM- Apple/Orange en route to work
1-2:00PM- Salad w/ cup of diced cucumbers, half a chicken breast & balsamic vinegar.
4-5:00PM- Apple/Orange
7:00PM- Half a chicken breast w/ about 3 cups of green veggies. (Kale/Brussels Sprouts/Broccoli)

I drink lots of water & herbal teas all day.

Last night I busted out the Rodney Yee Yoga DVD that I won from Doniree.com. It felt really great to do yoga, after my (at least) 6 month hiatus. I’m actually a bit sore in my arms today. Typically that would make me bummed out, because I internally consider myself a badass yogi, but I am okay with it. Delayed onset muscle soreness is pretty common after exercise and usually means your muscles are getting stronger!!! & I am EXCITED to be doing yoga again. I almost squealed when I noticed myself automatically going to ujjayi breathing! :)

Tonight I’m going to a “networking event” which typically means “drink & get wasted”. I guess this is testing my willpower. Maybe I’ll remember peoples names & stories unlike most “networking events”. I’ll report back.

Tomorrow I am going to write a post that isn’t a photo/diet crap/quote/cat related!

Eat Right, Get Healthy

Grocery Shopping for detox week; & Garbage food =^..^=

For my birthday Gregg got me & him a medical weight loss plan. I figured I’d blog about the whole process.

Last week I got a blood test to make sure everything was okay. Last night after work, I met up with the Doctor & Nutritionist.  After being weighed & measured (OMG, I’m 5’5″ NOT 5’7″ like I have had on my ID since I was 17!) they both asked me the standard questions, goal weight, lowest weight ever, and how long I sustained that.

I had to explain how I had lost 35 pounds last year through a VLCD detox & 2-3 hours a day at the gym… then how I had fallen off big time for a few reasons: 1. I plateaued extremely bad, I stayed at a weight for over a month w/ increased cardio/yoga & has uped my calories to under 1,200 a day. 2. I met an awesome man who I didn’t have issues that he’d “love me again” if I was thinner 3. I developed quite the active social (boozing) life.

Although all that sucked admitting to very in shape medical professionals, they honestly didn’t blink an eye. They said the weight I want to drop is reasonable – about 35 pounds. (15 being the weight I’ve gained back.)

This week, they put us on a detox which is basically eating clean. No junk, fast food…etc. This is to prepare my body for the HCG diet, which starts next Monday. I’m kinda bummed that it doesn’t involve appetite suppressants or stimulants of any kind, I admit that I enjoy being fidgety/strung-out. We’ll get shots of B12 too, I’m not sure what that is for other than increased energy.

Just reading online the whole thing is “iffy”, there is tons of good stuff, and just as equally as much bad. I’m optimistic about everything right now, but if anything changes I have no issues stopping HCG & just sticking to the diet that restricts calorie intake. It feels like the internet mostly is junked up with people trying to sell the HCG shots/pills OR something that works better, so they are discrediting HCG. I was explained that HCG doesn’t make you lose weight, it’s eating 500 calories a day that makes you drop weight, it apparently is a hormone that tells your body to break down fat verse muscle while losing weight.

Back to yesterday, I was given a supply of colon cleanse to take 3x a day, the light diet w/no calorie restrictions, just eating generally healthy -although today I am under 700 calories, because I’m a freak & enjoy counting calories & keeping them low. He also told me to pick up a book that will motivate me and keep me focused, Gregg picked up Tim Ferriss’ “4-Hour Body”, I’ve yet to pick mine. I meet with the DR/nutritionist next Monday to get a B12 & HCG shot.

After we went grocery shopping, mostly leafy greens, protein (boneless, skinless chicken breasts, fish) and some tea & etc. We bought a frozen pizza & PBR to send us off. There is no(!!!) drinking during the entire diet!

It’s late & I have a movie to finish, but I’ll be posting regularly about this now. Oh, also we took “before” pictures while I was writing blog post. I asked Gregg never to show me mine. :(

I have an account on Lose It!, so if you have one, feel free to add me @thatgirlallie.