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

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?


-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.









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!


-R. Vargas