100 days

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Man – talk about slacking! Its been a crazy week with work and the holidays approaching! Sticking to an eating plan has been almost nonexistent this week as well, but I’m very confident in my ability to do great things.

I spent Monday and Tuesday of this week at my office in Virginia which resulted in many unplanned meals, but I think all in all I made decent choices. Whenever my routine or plan changes though, its always difficult to stay on track. Does that only happen to me?

I will say though, while I was there I went to the gym and also focused on that yesterday when I got back to NY. You know, the good thing about this journey is that with ever meal in everyday you are able too take a step back and “start over”.

Weigh ins from week one of my competition start tomorrow and end Sunday. Look for a post by Sunday of where my stats end up. I started the week at 171.4 and this morning was 172.2, a slight gain so far, but nothing that cant be lost in a few days.

I try not to weigh myself everyday but every few helps me stay in check and on track for what I want to achieve. OH, and its officially 100 days until my wedding! My fiance and I were able to secure our rehearsal dinner location AND ordered invitations today. Its REALLY real 🙂

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One Day at a Time

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Well, the competition is in full swing. It kicked off on Friday and I started the 3-1-2-1 Diet yesterday. I know its only been two days, but I feel in TOTAL control. I am not sure what has changed this time, but I know I can do this, better yet, I WILL do this!

I created a meal plan for my first week, and I stuck to it perfectly yesterday. I will say, around 9pm, I found myself getting hungry, so I grabbed a banana and a few almonds. Even though that was not part of my day, it was a success within itself!

In my workout yesterday, instead of doing 45-60 minutes of cardio which I normally do on Saturdays, I decided to hit total body. I haven’t focused on legs in such a long time and am totally feeling it today, but I was able to get a 115# deadlift in, which is awesome, considering I haven’t done them in quite some time. Its a ways off from my 1RM of 175#, but i’ll get there!

the 3-1-2-1 Diet is built in a way that you will succeed, it provides flexibility but also a lot of structure. So far so good! Try out the recipes below! They are delicious and EASY

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Yogurt Berry Shake

Yogurt Berry Shake

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fat free greek yogurt
  •  1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  •  1 tbsp. honey

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Makes 1 serving.

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Chicken Almond Salad

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 baked boneless skinless chicken breast, diced (seasoned with Mrs. Dash)
  •  3 romaine leaves
  • 1 tbsp. slivered almonds
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  •  2 tbsp. of raspberry vinegar
  • 1 tsp. honey

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix the chicken, almonds, olive oil, raspberry vinegar, and honey. Stuff the chicken mixture into romaine leaves. Makes 1 serving.

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Vegetarian-Style Chili

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cooked kidney beans
  • 2 tbsp. medium salsa
  • 2 tbsp. chopped onion
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can of stewed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a saucepan and heat thoroughly over medium heat, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Makes 1 serving

Today is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life

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Today is the day! As I’ve told you, I have 16 weeks left until my wedding. In preparation to lose some weight before then, I put together a weight loss competition for encouragement. This competition starts today and I’m excited! I opened it up women only (sorry guys) that I know, and their friends. I figured I could use the help and motivation over the next few weeks.

Fitness and living a healthy lifestyle truly are a passion of mine. I don’t always put all I know into practice, but I try my best to stay focused. Any advice I can share or tricks I have learned I’m happy to do so. After all, I didn’t make up this stuff up, I learned it from a variety of resources, so how could I not share this knowledge to help others?

I mentioned in an earlier post that I am going to be following Dolvett Quince’s ‘3-1-2-1 Diet’ over the course of the competition. If you haven’t read his book I HIGHLY recommend it. I’m a huge fan of his and The Biggest Loser and the book not only motivated me, but was something I could relate to and connect with. That’s so important. I need to see and hear REAL LIFE stories, that’s what motivates me! Anyone can follow a crash diet, it takes real determination to change your lifestyle!

I tell myself often that I am deserving of the goals I want to achieve. I am in control – not food, not obesity, not genetics, ME. How powerful is that? Just like learning anything new, a new language, a new sport, a new job… a new way of life is yours to learn, practice, and achieve!

One of my favorite quotes from Dolvett’s book is, “You are a fighter. Fighters don’t quit. Fighters don’t whine or complain. They do work… So do the work. Don’t fall in love with the end goal. Fall in love with the journey and make it your life.” Talk about REAL! Think about it, you have two choices really. Complain, whine, be defeated… OR… Dare I say FIGHT? Be strong, fight for what you want and who you want to be. All the resource in the world are available, use them, learn them, and practice them. Take a step to a better life.

Why not start today? I have! Join me!

Today’s Stats:

Height: 5’9″

Weight: 171.4 lbs (Competition Starting Weight)

Pants: Size 31 – idk what that means in US sizes, but probably still a 10.

Mood: PUMPED!

Confessions

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Popchips… Yes, those magic little “chips” that are popped. Never Fried. Never Baked. One word… DEVIL.

I ran out of the office yesterday to grab a snack and run some errands, and I couldn’t decide if I wanted something salty or sweet… CONFESSION… I got both! I posted the chocolate I purchased yesterday, which I will say, was delicious. I also bought sweet potato Popchips. Have you ever tried them? I suggest that you do!

I was good though, well, yesterday I was. The serving size of the chocolate was 2 servings for the entire bar. I broke it up into 5 servings, and only had one! The Popchips serving size was 3 servings. I had a serving… but I have to report that I JUST FINISHED THE BAG.

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Ok, maybe I’m not a setting a great example, however, did you read the title and my first post? I constantly battle with being FIT and FAT. I’m fine with it though, which I am still not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but it’s done, and they were pretty delicious!

I have been focusing on having 3 meals and 2 snacks a day this week in preparation for the meal plan that I am starting Saturday. I am starting a 12 week weight loss competition this weekend and hope to get to where I want to be before my wedding. So far so good, I have not once felt deprived, have had exactly what I wanted (exhibit A above) and feel good overall.

I decided to weigh myself at the gym this morning… drum roll please…. 171.8. Still a ways to go, but I was 175.0 just a few days ago. I’m proud. If you haven’t already, check out my pics from this morning on Instagram (@FitFatFabulous). I haven’t done arms in 4 days and I looked AWESOME today. WOOO!

You CAN have your cake and eat it to. Just don’t eat it all! Ok, eat it all, but just not at one sitting!

Farewell for now,

The girl who ate all the Popchips

Today’s Stats:

Height: 5’9″

Weight: 171.8 lbs (-3.2lbs)

Pants: Size 31 – idk what that means in US sizes, but probably still a 10.

Mood: Proud

What’s On Your Plate?

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The reason why I started this blog was to document the next 16 weeks of my journey before my wedding. I started an online weight loss competition with some females I know in order to have some incentive to lose weight and that just spiraled into a few other ideas, like this blog.

As part of that competition, I am starting my new food and workout plan on Saturday when the contest kicks off. Basically I will be following the 3-1-2-1 Diet by Dolvett Quince. I bought this book probably a week ago and have already read it twice! The best part is, you are able to cheat, twice per week.

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I am a huge fan of Dolvett and The Biggest Loser so when I heard he was writing a book, it was a no-brainer that I was getting myself a copy. I like the way that he wrote this, its super easy to read, SO encouraging and seems like a diet that anyone can do.

I have tried eating clean many times though, and I’m GOOD at it for a few weeks, and then something triggers me to go off the deep end into a serious binge. Can anyone relate? Is it just me? Bueller?? This time will be different though. I have made a commitment to myself, and all of you to be honest and I travel this journey!

Basically you eat clean for 3 days, on the 4th day you get a cheat day, eat clean for 2 more days and on the 7th day, you get another cheat. Pairing this with his workout routine at least 3-4 days a week, and I should see some pretty significant weight loss, and also focus on my shape! Sign me up, I’m GAME!

This week I have been just focusing on having 3 meals and two snacks. So far so good. This is what I have been having for lunch. My take on SkinnyTaste(TM) pepper steak. What do you think?

Pepper Steak, Yuca with Garlic Sauce and a Hard Boiled Egg

Pepper Steak, Yuca with Garlic Sauce and a Hard Boiled Egg

Pepper Steak

Servings: 3

Calories: 210 • Fat: 5 g • Protein: 20 g • Carb: 19 g

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz top round beef, trimmed to 1/4″
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • olive oil pam
  • 1 large onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 medium zucchini, peeled into thin strips

Directions:

Slice meat into thin slices with the grain. Cut each strip across the grain about 1″ long so you have small thin slices. Place in a bowl and add coconut aminos, worcestershire, and garlic. Set aside.

Heat the pan on high heat. Spray your pam and add the beef spreading evenly. Cook shortly letting the beef brown. Using a wooden spoon, stir meat, cooking another 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Add an additional spray of pam to the pan and add peppers, onion, and zucchini and cook about 2 minutes. Return beef to the pan, add the sauce and stir fry about 30 seconds until slightly thickened.

On the side I had another 1/2c. of the yuca I had for dinner last night, and a hard boiled egg.

Total nutrition facts for the whole lunch were:

After lunch, I went to CVS to grab some snacks for the rest of the week. I have a chocolate problem, and on cheat days, I’ll be able to have dark chocolate for snack! I found the cheapest (I am planning a wedding – don’t judge) dark chocolate bar I could find, and it happens to be gluten free, another focus I am working on. I secretly hope I hate it so I will only have a piece every so often ha! I will say though, this blog is keeping me honest and helping keep track of what I have been eating.

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The serving size of this chocolate bar is 2, but I broke it down into 5 servinges, spread the love as much as possible, hopefully it will last me a while!

Thank you guys for reading, whoever you are. You are inspiring me to keep blogging, keep writing, and keep balancing being fit, fat and fabulous ;).

Stay tuned!

Excuses, Excuses

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Being woken up by my fiancé at 4:54 this morning felt like complete torture. He’s so good though. He heard Chance, our 9 month old puppy, rustling in his crate and he went to get him so he could come snuggle with Mommy and Daddy. When Jamaal came back to bed he asked “You waking up at 5 Mama?” As my eyes opened and I saw 4:54am I wanted to kill him, however, I had no intention of getting up and heading to the gym today, until he asked what my plan was.

If you know what 4:54am looks like, and I’m sure many people don’t (and yes, its a different 4:54am then the one where you haven’t been home yet from a night out) is dark, cold, and pretty much sucks to be honest. Was I going to let my warm bed, puppy, and fiancé keep me home? Not today!

I got up, got my stuff together for the gym, and headed on out. 5:27am I got in the car, it was dark as hell, snow on the ground and 27 degrees, but I had work to do.

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All smiles before my workout!

I got to the gym, focused on banging out 45 minutes of cardio and that’s exactly what I did. I set the elliptical for 45 minutes at a crossramp of 15 (a girls trying to work on her booty) and a resistance of 7 and pushed along. Before I knew it I was 38 minutes in, in 2 more minutes I could begin my cool down. I made it!!

Now you know, those machines calorie counters are never right, but I still look at them anyways. After today’s cardio session, the elliptical read 499.3 calories! WHASSUP! WAY TO START MY DAY! Who knows what I REALLY burned, but hey, seeing 499.3, accurate or not is still pretty sweet.

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I wanted to sweat a little more this morning as if 45 minutes of cardio wasn’t enough so I finished up with 10 minutes I’m the sauna. BEST. FEELING. EVER. It helps you stay loose, sweat a little more and stretching in there is awesome!

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After… in the Sauna… SWEATING.

Today I would like to give a huge shout out to Nike. Thank you for helping me look stylish in my compression capris and dry fit T-shirt. Also, thank you for making such a thing as dry fit. I love how when I wear it I am basically wearing a built in towel. Its like magic!! You see the sweat rolling off your body, but where does it go?? To dry fit suction land! I mean my face is still beat red and salty (yes kinda gross) but the dry fit saves me from horrible pit stains. For that, I am thankful!

In writing this as I sit on the F train heading into work. Its 8:22am and I’ve done my workout for the day, am on my way to work and have burned more calories than some people will all day. I have a lot to do today, working through a cold and to be honest was tired, but no matter what your day looks like, cut the excuses and find time for YOU. After all, if your not going to put yourself and your health first, who will??? Think on that…

Oatmeal, I’ll see you soon 😉

Til next time,
Samantha

What’s For Dinner?

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Dinner 12/10/13

Tonight’s dinner was inspired by one of my favorite recipe sites SkinnyTaste(TM). This site is operated by a woman named Gina who makes all her recipes “low fat”. I make this stuff for my fiance all the time and no one knows that its “low fat”. Great recipes for the whole family will love! Definitely check her out at www.skinnytaste.com. You will see a bunch of my recipes come from her site!

Tonight’s dish consisted of my take on SkinnyTaste’s “Pollo Sabroso”. This literally means “Delicious Chicken” in Spanish, and that’s exactly what it was! The recipe is below (this has been updated from the original per the ingredients I used).

Pollo Sabroso

Servings: 3
Calories: 168 • Fat: 0 g • Protein: 31 g • Carb: 2 g

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless, thin cut, chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp lite rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 packet Sazon
  • 2 tsp Adobo (in Spanish aisle)
  • dried parsley

Directions:

Season chicken with vinegar and soy sauce. Add sazon, a generous amount of adobo and oregano and mix well. Broil  on low until chicken is cooked through, careful not to burn.

Let me just tell you, the broiler is my NEW favorite friend. In our old apartment, we had an older stove that didn’t have a broiler underneath. I think today is my first time ever using one, and it will be used ALL the time. The chicken was so juicy and moist, and its was thin cut chicken breasts! That doesn’t happen! Great recipe, totally worth a try!

In addition to the chicken, I made peas, I just threw some Mrs. Dash “Onion and Herb” salt free seasoning on them, and some boiled yucca with a little extra virgin olive oil and garlic. Delicious, simple and easy!

Oh, and what dinner is complete without a nice tall glass of water, in a *SWEET* glass no less 🙂

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