Monday, June 21, 2010


It is officially SUMMER! That makes this Monday a little more tolerable lol.

I am experiencing some bloggers block so instead of boring you with my ramblings…I will amuse you with some food porn =)


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My left Gland has been super swollen for the past couple of days and my usual “go to” soup is Hot & Sour


Of course I had to get some Shrimp Fried Rice and Hunan Shrimp to go with it…


Another Green Monster…


On Saturday after I was done volunteering, I tried two new (to me) things from Trader Joe’s

Gorgonzola and Walnut Salad


and Four Cheese Pizza on Ciabatta Bread


I had 1/2 of each and loved them both. The only adjustment I made was instead of using the Dressing that came with the salad, I made my own with POM Wonderful and Splenda


Sunday morning I had Oat Bran with Cinnamon and Splenda with a small Banana and Peanut Butter…


I went to my dad’s house for a Father’s Day BBQ but I knew I was not going to eat much of the food so I went to Subways and picked up a 6 inch Honey Wheat Sub (inside scooped out) with Veggies, Swiss Cheese, Chipotle Dressing, and Sweet Onion Dressing…


I also enjoyed some Salad while I was there…


While I was at my dad’s I tried to catch a small tan on my legs…they are PALE!


I don’t know if you know this about me but I have a slight obsession with clouds…I could not stop snapping pictures of them ayer…

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I am also obsessed with my niece eating healthy! Here she is enjoying a salad…I am so happy that she is eating a salad that I don’t even care that she is using her hands! haha


This Morning I enjoyed another Green Monster with Strawberries, Coffee, Spinach, 2 scoops of Chocolate Light Muscle Milk, and Splenda. I really have been craving Green Monsters lately, I am sure it has something to do with the heat…



Friday: Lean and Defined Yoga on Exercise TV (186 Calories)

Saturday: I didn’t workout because I felt really sick (swollen glands) but I did volunteer for most of the morning/early afternoon and I was on my feet the whole time.

Sunday: Pilates routine on Exercise TV (123 Calories). 30 minute walk to Subways and then to my dad’s house (238 Calories). 25 Minute Walk back home (208 Calories)

Today: I am trying to ease myself back into running and honestly it is becoming an uphill battle. First my leg still hurts and secondly, the park where I train, is all damn HILLS and it makes it so much harder. Today I did light jog/walk intervals and I managed to do 3 miles with an average pace of 12’32”/MI (SUCKS!)… I also walked 2 miles to and from the park and enjoyed a nice long stretch (1037 Calories).

After I was done with my workout, I felt so discouraged…It took everything I had not to cry when I was walking back home. I don’t get how these people on biggest loser can run marathons and here I am struggling with a few miles…it is NOT fair! In my heart I AM a runner but my body needs to catch up with my heart…



  1. Your body will catch up!!!

    That salad from TJ's sounds amazing!

  2. Don't be discouraged! Stick with it and your body will catch up. Don't compare to what anyone else is doing or even what you have/haven't done before... Focus on what you can do NOW & set mini-goals based on that. :)

    Hope you feel better soon!

  3. Aww hun, please don't be too hard on yourself! And *please* don't compare yourself to the folks on BL. Love the show, but no need to go there, heh.

    I know how easy it is to get discouraged, but you made the effort to get moving, which is more than most people can say on a regular basis. Don't worry. Just take things easy, be patient with yourself and try not to get stuck on speed.

  4. Awwww...big hugs to you girl! Maybe your body just needs a break from running and is trying to tell you that. Try doing some other form of cardio like kickboxing or zumba for awhile. They're fun and will get your mind off running for a little while.

    How dare you scoop out the doughy, yummy goodness of a Subway sandwich roll!!!!

  5. That pace does not suck at all! Think of all the people out there who won't or can't do that. You also can't compare yourself to others. We were ALL made differently and some of us are able (or meant to) do things that others can't and vice versa. This is one of the reasons I quit watching The Biggest Loser, that and the ridiculous competitiveness. Getting healthy is supposed to be a good thing.

    It's also easy to fall into this trap with other bloggers. Just remember that you are awesome and that there are people (including your niece) who are looking up to you. Stay positive and give yourself a break! You are doing very well :)

  6. That pace does not suck in my opinion. I can't run that fast! I think it's the dedication and commitment to running that makes you a runner. It will happen in time. Right now I can only run 3-4 miles at a 14 min mile pace (11-12 minutes when I really push myself.) Yeah it sucks. Yeah I want to go longer and faster but I believe that it will happen eventually. A year ago, I couldn't run at all! I believe in you 100%. We are a team!

  7. Okay, first of all do NOT compare yourself to the biggest loser contestants. They have people there round the clock making sure they don't get injured. Their method of weight loss is also ridiculous. And can't possibly last. slow but steady is what keeps weight off, not huge pounds of loss in a short amount of time. I'm sure you will feel better soon! Just stretch stretch stretch and don't overdo it. You want whatever is wrong to heal fully and not keep getting injured!

    That salad sounds amazing! And go home fries for eating healthy!

  8. I love clouds too. Love them.

    The Biggest Loser is NOT real life. Those people usually go back home and put all the weight back on, unless the Biggest Loser provides them with a trainer (which I know they do). They live on a ranch where they have ZERO temptations, a BOAT LOAD of cash motivating them, Jillian pusing them hard, and only healthy foods surrounding them. Not to mention they have doctors by their side 24/7 to mend them when they hurt (and I'm SURE we don't see all of the doctor's visits!!!). Please, please, PLEASE don't get discouraged by comparing your life to the Biggest Loser, I mean, it's just not real! Want to lose weight like they do on the biggest loser? Seclude yourself in your home, with an RD (I'll do it ;) ), a PT, and a bunch of healthy food, THEN get discouraged if nothing happens.

    Don't give up Mari. Remember, even if weight loss isn't happening, you are doing SO MANY great things for your body!!!!

  9. your body will get used to it my love. it just takes time! and please dont push yourself too hard. taht leg pain sounds intense! i hope you feel better soon. xoxox

    and ben said No when i asked him about tomorrow. remind me next year to move to a studio.

  10. I am with Jess - your body will catch up and you know what? You are out there doing something which is better than about 70% of the population!

    Your neice is so cute - love how long her hair is!

  11. I love clouds too, and I'm always trying to capture their beauty as well. I'm sorry to hear about the running. My best advice would be to really stop running/even applying much pressure to your leg until it fully heals. If you go back into it too soon, you'll likely be out again not too far down the road. I've had a similar experience, so you might not like the advice, but I swear sometimes it's best to just lay off.

  12. Aw don't get discouraged! You've been doing amazing with running! Just get some rest and don't compare yourself to others! Miss u!

  13. Ah you totally called me out haha I ALWAYS do that pose. Someone once told me it made me look thinner and that was it, it stuck lol. That pizza looks phenom and omg that sub is right up my alley. Want it!

  14. dont you dare get discouraged!! instead, get angry and attack those hills with everything you have PUSH YOURSELF and get mad and just get after it! you can do it!!!

    mmm ill have that pizzaaaa

  15. say hello to homefries please! love her hair!!

    and chica, you should be proud of yourself, don't cry. Remember when you couldn't run 1 mile, 2miles, 3 miles...well you did it! everything takes time and you can do it.

    BELIEVE in yourself ;)


  16. I love subway veggie subs, they are the best.

    I loved reading and seeing the pics about the clouds because all day yesterday my dad was talking about how beautiful they were!

    So glad your niece is eating healthy!! what a good role model you are!!

    I get discouraged with running ALL OF THE TIME. Sometimes I can run 3 miles, and other days I can barely run 1. I have been running for almost a year and still run SO slow. Do you ever do intervals? That's currently my favorite when I'm running outside.

  17. Hope things get better on the workout front for you---you WILL get there!!

    Ugh, my throat is starting to hurt and my go to is Hot N Sour soup. I don't know what it is about that but all is right after I have that. Better be feeling all good by next wk though :)

    And yay for new TJ's finds. I feel like I am there a few times a wk but am constantly made aware of new stuff. And double yay for the youngin eating healthy.....even if it is with her hands :)

  18. sorry to hear you're a bit discouraged - it's impressive all that you're doing now though! And your food looks amazing!

  19. Keep going with it - you can definitely do it!! I hope you feel better soon!

  20. Green?? Green? Green food? Whats going on Mari! Where are the Roman Beans!!

    Dare I say, that all looked quite healthy. If I pretend not to have noticed that readymade pizza thing. :)

  21. Green monster.... I have never had one... I just see people on here having them all the time!!! I go back on forth on wanting to try it. Is it actually delicious, or do you drink it because its uber healthy??

    I also love clouds! I find them so fascinating.... all the different kinds, how they all look so different. I am always drawn toward paintings with clouds..... i don't know why.... haha

    Feel better soon! xoxo

  22. Oh hun, don't be discouraged. Hang in there. Every runner, pros included, experiences a rut, time and time and time and time and time again. I know it's difficult and downright frustrating, but you just have to let it be until your mojo comes back. And it will. Trust me it will. Until then, enjoy our beautiful summer and keep flashing that puuurty smile of yours!

  23. That subway looks amazing! DELISH! I LOVE subway!
    <3 jess

  24. Hunnie, do not be so hard on yourself! You are only human and the fact that you even exercise puts you ahead of so many! And running is HARD! Quit reading all these crazy runners blogs! I've run marathons and my average mile right now is between 10 and 11 min/mile! Everyone is different and we all have different goals. You are doing GREAT! You don't have to be fast to be a runner...running is a one foot in front of the other faster than a walk :) If you're doing that, you're a runner!

    P.S. I love that you put coffee in your green monster. YUM!

  25. Hey MAri, don't be discouraged....running a marathon doesn't happen overnight. And I've always been a runner, but these days I seem to have trouble completely my DAILY runs which I didn't even change the mileage, simply because I'm a bit tired from traveling, and the weather is so goddamn hot! I'm sure as the temp cools down a bit, you'll be able to run better.

  26. Running takes time and stamina. Be patient, don't expect too much of yourself. It will come, I promise. I am feeling the same way as you right now. I can't run 2-3 miles comfortably, let alone 26. It's a mental game as well. I am reading the new Book of Running from Runner's World, it's helping my motivation as well :)

  27. Love food porn :)


  28. Hey you! Where have you disappeared to? I hope you are well.

    You know I am always cheering you on. You have achieved so much already. Don't give up. I'm sure you'll do it and kick running's booty!

  29. Yay for Summer, but this 101 in Texas is killing me. Oh, take my bf out to tan with you. lol He needs one.


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