Health & Happiness Update Pt. III

February was an incredibly busy month so this update will be short. 

I had so much to do with blog visits, my Circuit Assembly, hosting a house guest and the mini road trip. 

I didn’t work out as much as I would have liked and my meals weren’t prepped like before but I did eat healthy even while out of town which I’m extremely proud of! 

I also enrolled in a program that offers health coach sessions which was made available to me through my job. I am super thankful for it! I’ve had two sessions so far and have been given different assignments and goals which I am currently working on. 

Last but not least, I got a Fitbit Alta! Which I had been looking into for awhile so I’m very happy. 

I love it! I’ve been trying to hit 8,000+ steps every day. I’ve also been monitoring my sleep. 

Are you working on any health goals? Do you have a Fitbit? If so, lets be friends! 

-R. Vargas 

Health & Happiness Update Pt. II 

This has been my second month having a gym membership and trying to live a healthier lifestyle.

Last month my main goal was to just be active and my mission was accomplished because I joined a gym!
This months goal was to research healthier snacks and meal prep plans.
I decided to cut back on junk food which is only difficult when I am craving Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

Since I already pack lunches for work, I decided I would try to pack healthier lunches and incorporate more fruits and vegetables along with healthier snacks.


Honey flavored Noosa yogurt with strawberries & granola.

Processed with MOLDIV

Baked chicken with vegetables.


First attempt at prepping my meal.


A homemade torta which wasn’t all that healthy but I did add some vegetables at the bottom.


Baked vegetables drizzled with olive oil & sprinkled with a little salt & pepper.


Baked drumsticks and veggies with a Cesar salad and a fruit cup.

I try to prep my meal the night before so all I have to do in the morning is gather everything in my lunch bag and head to work.

A few things that have worked for me have been to stock up on frozen chicken breast, drumsticks, tenderloins, thighs, etc. and divide the pieces in a Ziploc bag and leave one bag out to defrost and cook. Then I place the rest in the freezer so I don’t have to cook them all at the same time.


I also bought frozen vegetables and bake them in the oven instead of steaming them. I feel it holds in more flavor.



I even found myself ordering from the “Lighter Side,” of menus while dining out. (Pats myself on the back.)


Baja Chicken from Cheddar’s

Another accomplishment for me this month was working out at the gym while my mother shopped around at our favorite thrift store. (There is a Planet Fitness in the same shopping center as that thrift store and instead of shopping, I dropped my mom off and headed to the gym.)
Since I have the PF Black Card membership I am able to visit any PF location so I made good use of it.


I also added healthier snacks to my “snack shack,” at work.


My drawer AKA snack shack at work.

I also had a doctors appointment this month and had some blood work done.
I was sure my doctor would tell me that I was borderline diabetic or had a high cholesterol but to my surprise she commended me on exercising and on eating healthier.
A few days later when my blood work results came back, she called me and told me everything looked great and to keep up the great work!
I was so relieved. I just need to keep this up and continue to make healthier choices.

With the small changes I have made, I have noticed my hair thickening, my face being less oily, and less feelings of fatigue.


Any healthy recipes or tips you can share with me?


-R. Vargas