What I Eat in a Day to Lose Weight

I’m always hungry. I was raised as a snacker; eat when you’re hungry, don’t restrict yourself with time, and eat what you want in small amounts. But, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized my snacking tendencies weren’t the problem but my choices of what to eat, were. I’m not addicted to candy or carb heavy food, but I crave fried food: French fries, hamburgers, nasty Crunchwrap Supremes, basically anything that is the absolute worst for you. I won’t tell you what I’ve done has been easy, or that I haven’t cheated a few days (or a week) in between, but it’s all about consistency and feeling what your body needs to be successful.

I work out around three to five times a week. I have to stay satiated and energized throughout the day. I didn’t always eat breakfast, and I know “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” (blah blah blah), but in college a cup of black coffee was enough. But a cup of coffee alone was what lead me to be starving by 3:30 pm, and at a drive thru at 4:00.

To start, it’s important no matter what you’re eating, to look at serving sizes. I can promise you that I never looked at a serving size but stuck with a “hey I’m eating healthy” mentality. Please look at serving sizes and thank you for listening to my Ted Talk.

  • Oatmeal with ISO Whey Protein. I’ll admit, I didn’t always like oatmeal. But lately, my day begins with a half a cup of quick oats in combination with a protein powder for both flavor and to get additional protein into my diet. I’ve found that I don’t eat enough protein as it is, and it gives me the boost I need. I also drink one to three cups of black coffee with this depending on what happened the night before. If you want to put milk and sugar in that’s your business, but I like my hot bean water, thank you.
  • Two hard boiled eggs. I love hard boiled eggs and if I could eat deviled eggs for every meal I would. However, my waist line cannot handle that much mayonnaise (I frickin’ love mayo). I eat these with or without the yoke and usually put hot sauce on top, because I’m Hispanic, and if you know anything we put hot sauce on everything.
  • Piece of fruit. Dependent on season I usually eat what is on hand. Raspberries, strawberries, an apple or banana. Anything to get that sweet kick in the brunch hour.
  • Diet Coke. Treat yo’ self.
  • Homemade Chipotle Bowl

“Chipotle is my liiiiiife”…sorry. Anyway, I love Chipotle burrito bowls, so I make them at home. There’s two ways to make the rice: either in a rice cooker or in a microwave. Honestly, my method depends on if I meal prep or not. If I meal prep, I make white or Jasmine rice in a rice cooker with cilantro and lime juice and have about four cups for the week. If it’s in the microwave, I use Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice in the 90 second microwaveable packs in the Spanish Rice variety. I add in canned, drained black beans, a small amount of shredded cheese and plain Greek yogurt. Not only is Greek yogurt better than sour cream for a variety of reasons, but it’s less calorie dense, a protein and adds the creamy texture everyone wants. Add meat (I like mine vegetarian), avocado if desired, and again, hot sauce.

  • Pita Chips. I try and quench my salty kick in the afternoon. If I’m really hungry, I’ll eat them with some hummus but most of the time, the ten to 20 pita chips is enough (I wish it was more, but serving size).
  • Baked Tilapia with green beans, roasted brussel sprouts and a baked sweet potato. Dinner is my favorite time of the day. I prepare my tilapia and brussel sprouts the same: salt, lemon pepper seasoning and sometimes a little garlic powder. And the best part? I use ONE pan. Roast the sprouts and bake the tilapia in one pan, and wrap the sweet potato in foil and let it steam. I also buy my green beans frozen in the steam-able bags which cuts down on my time and last forever. Such a yummy well-rounded meal that’s easy to make, and even better on the wallet.
  • Glass of red wine. I don’t drink white. It’s weird.
  • Chocolate rice cake with peanut butter. Yes, my desert is a rice cake. I wish it was chocolate cake, I wish it was a huge pint of ice cream, but it’s not. And truly after the last almost ten months, I savor it.

“Love your body at any size, and don’t let

anyone convince you otherwise”


 

10 Tips From 10 Months of Growth:

  • Eat things you actually like. You can meal prep a week’s worth of brussel sprouts, but if you don’t enjoy eating them, they will sit untouched and ultimately go bad in your fridge. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll end up just throwing out the Tupperware all together.
  • Keep your promise to eating healthy. Of course it’s so much easier to Postmate Chick-Fil-A, but so is pre-heating an oven.

    November 2017 – November 2018
  • Don’t have designated “cheat meals”. For me, those cheat meals turned into cheat days, then cheat weeks and eventually it’s time to start over again. In saying that, If I’m out with friends and decide to eat a burger, I don’t feel bad for myself or regret it after, but I counteract it with making healthier choices later.
  • Choose alcoholic beverages wisely. Be basic – a vodka soda is around 64 cals, where a Bud Light is anywhere from 110 to 200 cals. Depending on size, three to four Bud Lights (can you tell I miss beer?) is the equivalent to my entire dinner.

    November 2017 – November 2018
  • I don’t use a scale anymore. I measure myself by BMI because I was obsessing over a number constantly and not only was it discouraging, but weight can fluctuate by so many factors that it isn’t always accurate. Instead, I measure my BMI once a month and feel the overwhelming urge to work harder for that goal. 
  • Be satisfied, not full. There’s always that point of no return where one more helping or one more bite puts me over the edge. I try to drink a glass of water in that moment to see if I’m truly hungry or if I’m happy, but thirsty (always thirsty).

    November 2017 – November 2018
  • Don’t keep treats in the house. I’m less likely to eat a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos if I have to put on pants to get them.
  • You don’t lose weight by counting calories. MyFitnessPal is a great option to keep yourself accountable for what you’re eating, but I suggest using it for tracking macros and not calories. I was feeling extremely lethargic at the beginning of my health journey (mostly from my lack of chicken nuggets) and I found I wasn’t eating nearly enough protein, but way too many carbs. 
  • Stop rewarding yourself with food. I like making goals and rewarding myself with a new clothing item or something for my home that I’ve been wanting for awhile. Something tangible, not edible.
  • Go easy on yourself. Weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. I can do ab workouts every day (and I nearly do) but that doesn’t mean my stomach pooch is going to disappear automatically. I live by the rule: 80% is what you eat, and the other 20 is how you put that nutrition to use. After a certain point it becomes a lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to put in the work to change.

‘thank u, next’: All The Things I’ve Learned From My Ex(es)

Let’s get one thing straight: Ariana Grande is one bold bitch. Writes a positive song about all her exes, without all the cryptic lyrics that Taylor Swift got famous for, and talks about finding herself admits all the drama. Damn, what a bop! But in a more serious way it hits home. Every relationship teaches something special, shows a different side of you (sometimes not the best side) and each break-up is a time to reopen old wounds that need proper healing. These are the things I’ve learned from me ex(es) that have lead me to my new relationship with myself.

  • It’s ok to cry, even when there’s no reason to cry, even when I’m feeling crazy and yes, my period is a valid excuse.
  • Speaking of: don’t ask me to calm down when I’m bleeding profusely from my uterus, and instead, thank god that it isn’t doing the latter.
  • After my fourth tequila shot it is not the time to ask any questions that may start with “I don’t understand why” or “explain this”. Alcohol brings out the subconscious, but that doesn’t mean it has to bring it out of my mouth.
  • Texting all day, every day, slowly dampers any spark. I don’t need to hear about your explosive bathroom episodes or text you every morning before work. Our routines are always the same and if something changes, I’ll make sure to let you know.
  • Speaking of, fighting over text is so unhealthy. I spent too many nights sending messages that were passive aggressive and way too long, constantly checking the “…” on the reply pop up and down. Any woman who says she hasn’t done this is lying to sound less attached. Also, please turn off your read receipts. It’s the literal equivalent of saying “I’ll call you back” and then never calling back. It’s trash.
  • Insecurity trails comfortability. Don’t get me wrong, you should be comfortable in a relationship, but sometimes a relationship reaches a point and second-guessing things becomes second nature. I started asking myself if I was good enough, or if he loved me the way I loved him. It only proved I didn’t love myself.
  • Toxicity isn’t normal.
  • I shouldn’t have to ask to be a priority. I started spinning round and round like a broken record, begging to be what was most important, when in reality, I should have known that you couldn’t beg for something back that never was.
  • Not every relationship needs to be a serious one. Being myself in my 20s is hard enough. I’m still learning, growing, figuring out who I am. A relationship isn’t going to do that for me.
  • Ultimately, a relationship is between two people and it isn’t fair to blame myself alone when things weren’t perfect, or when I’d get hurt to ask myself what I did wrong. Validation doesn’t come from solving problems alone, but with one another, and you’re foolish if you think you don’t need to be validated. You do, everyone does in one way or another, and that’s OK.
  • I realized quickly that loving someone and loving the idea of being with someone are two incredibly distinctive things. I had to let go of being afraid to be alone, even if that meant breaking my heart in the process.
  • Red flags are BRIGHT RED for a reason.
  • The idea of closure is complete bullshit. The concept that there will be this big conversation where anything and everything that needs to be said is said, and the relationship magically dissolves and it’s just tears and some big finale…I can’t. Closure comes with time and can’t be rushed by some inclination that things will be back to normal overnight. One day I woke up and didn’t think about him and I knew I had finally shut that chapter of my life. Closing doesn’t mean forgetting, and it took me a long time to appreciate that.
  • I had to quit romanticizing the past. I really like to make excuses for situations that were less than acceptable, and to believe I could have done something different to change the outcome. Thinking back on the past in a nostalgic way is great in small increments, but constantly looking back and thinking “I shouldn’t have said that” or “we were drunk” isn’t. Let’s face it, if I justified things that happened every time I was drunk, I would never be wrong.
  • I’m never going to stop changing. Finding solace in the evolution and progress in my life hasn’t come easy, but neither was living in the confines of someone I didn’t want to be.
  • Everything happens for a reason. People come in and out of your life, some stay, and some don’t, but the experiences and people that mean the most will always stay somewhere in there, and the ones that are meant to come back, will.  

Just like Ari said: “One taught me love, one taught me patience, and one taught me pain, now, I’m so amazing. I’ve loved and I’ve lost but that’s not what I see, so look what I got, look what you taught me and for that, I say thank you, next”.

12 Products You Need That I Can’t Live Without

I can already hear the people rejoicing that I wrote something beauty related, quickly followed by the groans of the prices below. Listen, I spend way too much money on things I don’t need. Another fact: I don’t care. All of the products in this list are things that have remained in my beauty routine longer than six months, and if you’ve seen me lately, I’m living my best life. That aside, my hair, skin, and nails have completely transformed since June. These 12 products are the only items that keep me believing in a higher power (and Sephora).

For The Inner Beauty:

1. Klova Sleep Patch – I am nocturnal, I swear. Literally if I could sleep all day and work all night I would, and sometimes do. But recently I realized the sleep, or lack thereof was effecting my skin. I tried everything from melatonin, to Tylenol PM, to lavender aromatherapy and a mix of everything under the sun. Nothing worked and after about two weeks of this, I finally stumbled upon Amazon and bought these patches. BEST. THING. EVER. After eating dinner and taking a bath, but before crying during This Is Us, I put one on my inner thigh hoping for the best. About an hour later I was so zonked I couldn’t even keep myself up on Instagram.

Buy on Amazon for $51.99/one month supply (28 patches)

2. Bai Antioxidant Water – This is where the very extra part of me hates the sensible part of me. I don’t believe in buying plastic water bottles. Every time I buy one my dad still speaks in my head. “we have a sink for a reason”, but I bought one at the gym after I mistakably left my water bottle at home, and yeah, I’m addicted. I would choose a Diet Coke over water any day, but the ease, taste and the noticeable effects I saw on my body after drinking it still leads me to believe there is something helpful in the higher pH balance and electrolytes.

Buy on Amazon for $21.48/pack of 12 33.8 oz bottles


Skincare:

3. Kate Sommerville EradiKate Mask Foam-Activated Acne Treatment – First of all, this name is ridiculously long and I’m sorry you had to read that. Anyway. I’ve been suffering from adult acne. I’ve found out that it’s actually from a hormone imbalance and a syndrome I suffer from. (Shameless plug: post about my diagnosis coming soon). But nonetheless my face has been a real shit storm the last few months, but after using this mask once or twice a week before going to bed, the amount of break-outs and longevity of the little devils has decreased significantly. WARNING: this mask smells like a fart due to the sulfur and I would not recommend using it during the day (or in non-committed relationships) because the smell sticks around for awhile.

Buy at Sephora for $54

4. Rodan+Fields Lash Boost – I can’t say enough about this product. My eyelashes were ruined after my extensions and the intense allergic reaction I had to them. Just a little swipe of the goo at the lash line at night has drastically grown and thickened my lashes. I could be here all day telling you how amazing this product is, but instead I’ll let my before and after pictures do the talking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top: right after I got my extensions removed June 2018

Bottom: October 2018

Contact an R+F seller or directly on their website for $150 retail


Beauty:

5. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Full-Coverage Concealer – What is with these names?? I use this under and on top of my makeup to cover and heal upcoming or newly formed breakouts. I love this product because it is a drying lotion and a concealer in one so it literally hides and gets rid of your blemishes at the same time. We love a two-in-one product that supports maximum laziness and maximum coverage. TIP: I use this under and on top of foundation. Especially when I’m picking my face (don’t @ me) this product makes it easy to layer and blends beautifully. I dot and blend the breakout once or twice, apply foundation and if it still isn’t covered, the product allows you to apply more without looking cakey under powder. Bless.

Buy at Sephora for $28

6. Morphe Flawless Beauty Sponge – Everyone uses a beautyblender of some sort. I started out with an original pink egg from the beautyblender brand and went on the search for a new one three months ago. This one was $7, comparably to the $20 RIP OFF and the best one I’ve owned. It doesn’t suck up as much product, it gets damp but doesn’t dilute foundation, and damn does it blend an under eye. Plus the ridge in the middle makes it easier to hold on to when you’re drinking and beautifying. You’re welcome.

Buy at Ulta for $7

7. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick – Again, a two and one product, to maximize laziness and maximize uses. This product works great as an eyeshadow alone or as an eyeshadow base. I wear this when I’m running quick out of the house or when I use glitter on my eyes because it is tacky, but dries down. BONUS: could be used as a subtle highlight, but I’ve never used a subtle highlighter so I can’t help you there.

Buy at Sephora for $30

8. Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick – I have worn this lipstick for three days in a row and it still looked like it was brand new. Don’t ask why, don’t ask how, just know it was very difficult to get off and I loved it. It is an extremely thin liquid lip which makes it buildable and gives you the ability to over draw your lips with ease. Try it out in the shade Wifey which is a perfect pink/brown nude for every day and going out. TRIGGER WARNING: This lipstick smells unmistakably like Pinnacle Whipped vodka. I highly recommend not breathing when you apply unless you feel like gagging. Just me?

Buy at Sephora for $20


Hair

9. Lululemon Light Locks Scrunchie – Update: still extra. You can get a scrunchie anywhere. I wear my hair in a bun to sleep most nights and these prevent creases for styling the next day. Plus, it’s a trendy accessory! I hate myself for saying that.

Buy at Lululemon for $14

10. Wet brush – I started using this product when I had my extensions (RIP) because it wouldn’t snag the beads, and I became an immediate fan. You know that brush, the brush that is the best brush to put up a ponytail with? I’ve found it. From my experience it’s great on long hair, short hair, wet hair, dry hair, and even my overly dry-shampooed hair.

Buy on Amazon for $8.17 (what is with that price?)

11. Dry shampoo – Speaking of dry shampoo (that transition, though) I go through a bottle about every two weeks. I wash my hair around twice a week to prevent my blonde from going brassy. I use dry shampoo after I shower to give me volume, I use it before I go to bed, and I especially use it on sections that I tease. TIP: dry shampoo can also be used as deodorant in a pinch, and when I say pinch I mean when you go to the gym and forget. I do that more than I’d like to admit.

I personally don’t have a favorite brand of dry shampoo but I find that the cheaper brands usually last longer and work better. Suave, Dove, or really any drug store brand. Seriously, don’t spend more than five dollars or you’re just spraying your money away.


Nails

12. Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Dry & Go Drops – Anyone else always have to pee immediately after painting their nails? These drops are made to wait one minute after applying clear coat, drop on nails, and wait another minute or two and they are dry. I hate to jinx myself, but I haven’t screwed up a wet nail since finding these.

Buy at Ulta for $6.49

XOXO

It’s All About The Timing

I never considered myself much like Carrie Bradshaw. Samantha on the other hand, we would really get along. However, Carrie and I do have some things in common, mostly upended relationships and the love of vodka and shoes, but closely behind those two writing has always been my vice. But I gave up on the dream of writing a blog years ago until recently when I had the twenty-something thought go through my head: what the hell am I doing with my life?

The last four months have been eye-opening. If you ever think you are too complacent with the world whirling around you, try moving across country for a job, quitting said job, deciding to take a whack at law school, interviewing and interviewing and more (you guessed it) interviews, and basically taking a three-month sabbatical from reality. 10/10 would recommend. For a while I put on this HBIC persona because I didn’t want to feel the welling anxiety and immense pain I was going through. Let me tell you, that didn’t last long.

About a month into living in DC, after Postmates stopped being fun and I started to form blisters on my feet from walking everywhere, I left my phone in an Uber on the way home from a workout class. I sat, on the front steps of my condo and Kim Kardashian sobbing, not because of what I had lost, but because of the glaring realization that I had lost myself. It was like finals week, meets sorority recruitment, mixed with watching The Notebook during your period. For the first time in a month, all I wanted was to call the boyfriend I once had, hop on a flight back to Idaho, and act like I had never left at all. All at once I wanted the whole world, and I wanted my old world back. Luckily, not five minutes later Steve the (incredibly sweet and stupidly handsome) Uber driver turned back around when he realized I had left my iPhone on the back seat. He felt so bad when he saw me looking like a drowned rat that he gave me a pity hug and my phone back; complete with Steve’s phone number to which I have not reached out. You can’t go on a date with a guy who’s seen a full on melt down before he even knows you’re crazy. I digress.

After the bottle of wine I consumed later that night, and the hours crying on the phone with my best friends, it was time. Time to take charge of what I want and use the time I had off between September and Election Day to lose my college weight, acquire the job I wanted, and live the life I deserved. In my short 23 years there have been many pivotal moments that have required unabashed amounts of strength to get through, but never entirely on my own. I tell you this to start as a basis of our friendship, for those who know me, and those that don’t, it’s important to see the struggle before the success to understand how humbling merely existing can be.  

Life is truly all about timing and there’s no time like the present to follow a dream. So, let’s go the extra lifestyle and remember, Mims The Word.

XOXO