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.

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Honey flavored Noosa yogurt with strawberries & granola.

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Baked chicken with vegetables.

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First attempt at prepping my meal.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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?

Xoxo,

-R. Vargas

Shulammitegirl Snaps: November 

During the month of November I:

  • Saw Adele perform live! (Honestly a dream come true.) 
  • Volunteered for an Epilepsy Support Group at work. (I helped the children with arts and crafts.) 
  • Reinstated Dairy Queen Dates with my mother.
  • Finally made the move to join a gym. (Post regarding my health, gym membership, and weight will come soon.) 

What did you do/accomplish this month?

Xoxo,

-R. Vargas

Natural & Organic

Over quite some time period, I’ve noticed one by one that a few friends of mine have decided to become vegetarians and vegans, and also are now against animal cruelty meaning not buying any products that are tested on animals.
I listen to them explain why they decided to make the change, list their favorite products to use that are cruelty-free, and also share some of their vegan-friendly recipes.

While I haven’t decided to fully make the change to anything yet, I have began to research and look into natural and organic products.
Here are a few snaps from my finds at Natural Grocers where they provide organic produce and naturally raised meats.

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My favorite section of the store. The soaps and body care products.

My favorite section of the store. The soaps and body care products.

The soap I purchased.

My purchase of the day.

Still in the process of researching these different lifestyles, I decided to purchase a pure and natural glycerine soap. There are no artificial colors, no sodium sulfate, it is hypo-allergenic, cruelty-free, and more importantly it is great for my skin! The essential oils in the soap really moisturize my skin.
Definitely a worthy purchase.
I encourage you all do to some research into what you eat, what you wear, what you put on your skin, it may make a difference!

Xoxo,

-R. Vargas