Sunday, 30 June 2013

Master Cleanse: Day #3

SOURCE: Working Woman

OVERALL MOOD/FEELINGS: frustrated at my last of self-discipline
CRAVINGS: nothing out of the ordinary
SIDE EFFECTS: face is breaking out uncontrollably (could also be due to the heat)

  • Bought some grade B maple syrup
  • Not giving up... tomorrow is a new day
  • Bad bad day... I feel very out of control
  • I consumed one of the low carb brownies I made for my sister, a handful of peanuts, a couple spoonfuls of sauerkraut, a sliver of piece of pizza crust, and 3 slices of fried eggplant (which wasn't even that good)

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Master Cleanse: Day #2

SOURCE: 397 Miles

CRAVINGS: eggplant.. fried eggplant
SIDE EFFECTS: woke up motivated to work out (that never happens ...weird); a headache at night; white-coated tongue (yuck!)

  • Slowwwwly starting to add the teeeenist bit of extra cayenne pepper
  • DietBet ends tomorrow, and I have officially reached my goal weight (167)
  • Need to buy grade B maple syrup... right now all I have is grade A
  • Got a headache at night... So I ended up eating a handful of raw peanuts and a couple spoonfuls of sauerkraut 

Friday, 28 June 2013

Master Cleanse: Day #1

SIDE EFFECTS: heightened sense of smell. my co-worker had a salad for lunch... I never realized how good a salad could smell

  • No headache today!
  • No solid foods were consumed... at all
  • No serious cravings
  • I caught up with my big from Theta, who I haven't seen since I graduated
  • When I saw her, she said I looked good and asked if I had lost weight :)
  • Jess ordered a magic cookie bar that looked SO GOOD. I resisted!
  • I forgot to bring the cayenne pepper to work
  • We went to a little cafe, where I ordered a green tea latte
  • They got Jess's order wrong so they brought out an extra free drink
  • I drank the free drink (a chocolate-strawberry smoothie) ...oops

Master Cleanse: Take Two

master cleanse struggles.
Yesterday I wake up, made a cup of detox lemonade, pack my bags, and leave for class.  While I'm in the car, I realize I forgot my maple syrup.  I didn't have time to go back so I thought maybe, just maybe, I could go until 5pm without the lemonade.  WRONG!  By the time my class was over at 12:30, I was starving! I couldn't go back to my house to grab the syrup because I had a professional development training at 1.  So I caved... and stopped at Subway for a veggie delight on my way to the meeting.  Then during break, I helped myself to some trail mix from the vending machine.

but wait, it gets better.
Instead of getting back on track with the lemonade, I used my absent-mindedness as an excuse to eat THREE vegan burritos, vegan miso soup, AND a few spoonfuls of crunchy peanut butter dipped in semi-sweet chocolate chips. #FAIL

and the real kicker.
The real irony came this morning.  I decide to get back on track and start again.  I go to grab my maple syrup from the mini fridge ...but it's not there!  Come to find out, I had it with me the whole time yesterday.
oh bother...

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Master Cleanse

SOURCE: Chi Fung

when life gives you lemons...
  • ONE DAY to gather everything I'll need & to mentally prepare.
  • officially start the cleansing process on MONDAY.
  • at least TEN DAYS of lemon, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup.
  • THREE DAYS of easing out.
  • followed by a LIFETIME of healthy choices. the Master Cleanse.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

I Scream, You Scream

like no udder
As a self-proclaimed ice-cream connoisseur, I was so excited when I heard about Like No Udder.  Basically, it's a vegan ice-cream truck that travels all around RI and southern MA.  But this isn't your typical pedophile-driven, obnoxious-music-blaring, neighborhood-lurking ice-cream truck.  Like No Udder is like no other!  They take soft-serve ice-cream to a whole new level one dairy-free cone at a time!

SPOTTED: at the Providence Flea on Sunday, June 16th
MY ORDER: vanilla/choc twist in a cone with Oreo crumbles
  • first all-vegan-soft-serve-ice-cream truck in the WORLD
  • made it on PETA's list of top 5 vegan food trucks
  • generous serving sizes & reasonable prices
  • evenly distributed toppings -- this is key!
  • delicious, creamy, soft-serve ice-cream
  • they find the coolest OUTDOOR EVENTS in RI so you don't have to

A Little Slice of Heaven

nice slice
Greatest. Discovery. EVER.  Nice Slice is a pizza join on Thayer Street in Providence (right by Brown and RISD).  Over the years, I must have walked by dozens of times without giving it so much as a second glance -- huge mistake on my part.  This hidden gem has an entire menu devoted to vegan goodness.  Basically you can get any pizza vegan-ized (complete with vegan cheese, vegan chicken, etc). But the fun doesn't stop there!  Nice Slice also offers vegan chicken parm, vegan philly cheesteaks, vegan paninis, and SO MUCH MORE!  It's like hitting the vegan jackpot!  Plus there are plenty on delicious non-vegan pizzas for your carnivorous friends.

talk about a win-win for everyone

Friday, 14 June 2013

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

SOURCE: Trevor Baum

3 things that I need to STOP doing:
  1. MINDLESS EATING -- in front of the computer, in the car, at work, when bored, etc...
  2. MAKING EXCUSES -- this is pretty self-explanatory 
  3. AIMING FOR PERFECTION -- waiting for the "perfect" time/conditions/day is a complete waste of time
3 things that I need to START doing:
  1. COUNTING CALORIES -- use MyFitnessPal to stay accountable
  2. EXERCISING -- just do it.
  3. SLEEPING MORE -- 5 hours of sleep isn't condusive to weight loss (...or anything else, for that matter)

Vegan Eats: Starbucks

how to start the day right:
  1. Drive to Starbucks.
  2. Say "I'll have a venti vanilla iced coffee with soy milk, please!"
  3. Add a packet of natural sugar.
  4. Shake it like a polaroid picture...
  5. Sip, relax & enjoy. You can thank me later ;)

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Vegan Eats: Subway

I do not have enough fingers to count the number times I stop at Subway each week just to indulge in this little piece of vegan heaven.  What appears to be a boring veggie sandwich, is actually so much more!  The soft Italian bread perfectly compliments the cool, crunchy vegetables while the oil blend and seasonings enhance the natural flavors, making each bite succulent and refreshing.  My mouth is watering just typing this!  ADDED BONUS: it's only $5 for a footlong!

subway veggie delight
  • Italian (not toasted)                                 
  • Olive Oil Blend
  • Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Oregano
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Peppers
  • Pickles

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Gratitude Journal 6/5

today I am grateful for...

  • The perfect JUNE WEATHER we had today
  • The ADORABLE CHIPMUNKS that I've been seeing everywhere

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Thoughts on Running

run forrest, run.
Just got back from a run around the block.  Here's my takeaway:
  • I am very very very very out of shape
  • One mile feels like a marathon when you haven't worked out in a while
  • 12 minutes feels like an hour when you haven't worked out in a while
  • I have an old prison AND an abandoned mental asylum within a 1-mile radius of my new house
  • Running past said prison and asylum got my adrenaline pumping & feet moving
  • I mentally curse obscene amounts while exercising... must be a coping mechanism

side effects.
sore throat, cold/dry chest, wheezing, coughing, numb fingers, racing heart, and exhaustion.

thoughts while running.
{CAUTION} the following contains adult language ;)

Okay, three miles, I can do this... [STARTS JOGGING] damn, I am so out of shape ...I wonder how far I've run must be at least 3 miles... I won't check my distance until the end of this street ...oh fuck it ...[CHECKS DISTANCE] WHAT!? only half a mile!? Why the hell do people run for "fun?" ...what is this mystical "runners high" people speak of? ...why don't I get high when I run?

...Jesus, I can't breathe ...what are the symptoms of a heart attack again? ...I think I'm having a goddamn heart attack ...I'm just gonna walk until the chorus of this song, and then I'll start jogging again... Or maybe I'll just wait until the next song starts ...[NEXT SONG STARTS] well this is a horrible running song... next one I'll definitely run...

Okay, time to jog... just pretend someone is chasing you, that's the best motivation ...whew! okay, enough of that ...good thing no one is really chasing me, I'd be dead within minutes ...I'd probably die of exhaustion before the kidnapper even gets to me ...Shit, I look so tired, I bet I'm an easy target for kidnappers ...don't look tired ...just breathe

...Fuck three miles, I'm just going to do a little loop today... I hope no one I know drives by and sees me dying on the side of the road're almost done! ..I can see the house from here ...Why hasn't my Nike+ app announced the one-mile marker yet, I've definitely done more than a mile [NIKE VOICE: "1 MILE COMPLETE; 12 MINUTES AND 28 SECONDS"] ...oh, there it is ...I can't believe that was only a mile! ...I feel like I've been out here for hours...

thoughts immediately after running.
Yay, I made it! UGH, THANK GOD THAT'S OVER! Now I'm just going to sit down and chug water before I faint... How did I let myself get this out of shape? ..I shouldn't have drank all that water so fast; now I feel like I'm going to puke ...I just want to curl into a ball and die

later that night...
Man, I'm so happy I went for a run; that felt great! ...I could totally go for another run right now ...why did I stop so early, I totally could have pushed myself to go further...

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Jessica's Daily Affirmation

This girl knows what's up!

DietBet Start

let the games begin.
Yesterday was the first weigh-in of DietBet.  I snapped my two pictures (above); I cried a little bit when I saw the number on the scale; and I submitted my official weigh-in.  The DeitBet referees verified my weight this morning.  The pot is over $100,000 so stakes are high.  Commence beast-mode.

happy dietbet... may the scale be ever in your favor.