Mermade Moments: September 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Weight Loss Update

Sunday marked the end of Week 4 for me. I woke up after a night of indulging in sweets and yummy beverages and weighed myself. I closed my eyes when I stepped on the scale, worried that the number had increased significantly. What else would I be expecting after eating cookie dough and pizza for dinner? Much to my surprise, I was 8 pounds lighter than when I started!!! Cookie dough and pizza aside... 8 pounds! I almost had a heart attack. I'm finally seeing results! I can definitely see a difference in the way my food baby looks. I can see and feel the difference in the way my pants fit. My cravings have changed. I crave water, fruit, and veggies more than anything. Now I need to concentrate on exercise and this ball will really get rolling!

Weight Loss Overview:

Week 1 = -1 lb
Week 2 = -1.5 lbs
Week 3 = no weigh in (I don't own a scale)
Week 4 = -5.5 lbs!

My initial goal was to lose 15 pounds...I'm half way there!

Although I am not feeling ballsy (couldn't think of a better word) enough to post actual numbers and my start pictures yet, I will show you a picture of me trying on slacks that I couldn't fit into 4 weeks ago.

 
One word....eeeeeeek! :)

Monday, September 23, 2013

A New Kind of Chaser...

This weekend was a fun one!

Who? Stephanie, Megan, Beth and myself
What? Girls Weekend!
Where? Marina & Downtown Monterey
When? Saturday

Grocery Shopping, 2pm...
Champagne, vodka, cookie dough, frozen pizza, vitamin water, coconut water, and 0 calorie / 0 sugar red bulls. Clear liquids have less calories...(Justification #1)

Fast forward to 5pm on Saturday...
Out of champagne... What do we do? Embark on a trek to the beach. Dunes and everything. We have to burn off all those mimosas and cookie dough. Right? (Justification #2)



Getting ready to go downtown, 7pm...
There's a song... and it goes something like, "Shots Shots Shots Shots, everyyyboddddyy!"
So that's what we did! Our two chasers of choice? Fruit and vegetable juice (Justification #3) and bananas? (Justification #4) Good job, Beth!


Downtown Monterey, 10pm - 1am
We stuck to our clear alcohol rule. Mixed drinks = vodka and sugar free red bull (Justification #5) and vodka cranberries. (Justification #6) No sugar and bladder well-being...we're on it!

The Next Morning, 9am
For your enjoyment!



Back Home, 6pm
No more justifications for me...stop light peppers. Yum!




Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Egg Cup(cake) Recipe

Various recipes for egg cups have been circulating around Pinterest for months. I finally gave in and made them. I’m in love!!! They are so easy to make, easy to take, and delicious! They are made in cupcake tins and clean-up is almost nonexistent! I made enough for my dad and I to have one each day for work. I kept these ones super simple, since I wasn’t sure what to expect. Next week, I’ll be doubling!!


What You Will Need:
  • Cupcake tin (perfect right?)
  • Eggs or liquid egg whites
  • Various veggies and/or meats (ex: mushrooms, squash, bell peppers, ham, spinach, etc.)
  • Cheese (optional)
  • Seasoning of your choice

What You Do:
       1)      Sautee veggies in a pan (I had mushrooms that I needed to get rid of, so I used lots)

2)      Spray your cupcake pan with Pam

3)      Scoop veggies into the bottom of each little section
4)      I cracked one egg in each one (I took the yolks out. Next time I want to try liquid egg whites)

5)      Sprinkle cheese if you are using some (I used very little)

6)      Season to your liking (pepper and tabasco sauce for me)

7)      Give it a little stir

8)      Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes
Despite my initial worries, they came out of the pan just fine. Phew! I let them cool and then wrapped them up and put them in the fridge. When it’s time to eat, you can heat them in the microwave for a minute, or cold is good too! If you come up with any delicious flavor creations, let me know! Enjoy! J


Thursday, September 12, 2013

5 Reasons Why I'm Perfect For This Blog

When the idea for this blog popped into my head, I couldn't help but laugh. Me of all people writing a blog about living a healthier lifestyle?? HAH! Well, it's happened and here are 5 reasons why I'm the perfect person for the job.

1) Water was not my first (or even third) beverage choice.
2) I hate running. Yoga pants were used for lounging and trips to Target, not exercise.
3) Pizza was (and still is) my favorite food group.
4) Baking cupcakes is my second source of income.
5) My gym membership gets a lot of use...as a key chain.

My point? If I can do it, anyone can!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Introduction

My name is Miranda and I am 21 years old. Two weeks ago, I decided to make a change: mind and body.

After (what I considered) a self-esteem crushing relationship had ended, I found myself sleeping whenever I could. I wasn’t eating well or taking care of my body. I was sad and it showed in many aspects of my life.

It’s one year later and I have decided my time of feeling like the victim is over. I am in control of how I feel and how I look. I gained weight during the hard times and I am so ready to get rid of it, for good.

I have the perfect support system.

  • My dad, who always listens to my  crazy ideas. He tells me what I need to hear whether I want to or not. His constant "Do you really need that?" or "Shouldn’t you be working out?" really keep me in check.

  • My mom, who is working through her own body overhaul and is always available for a word or two of encouragement.

  • My AMAZING boyfriend, who loves me just the way I am. He puts up with me every day and always says "Definitely, baby!" when I ask, "Am I skinny yet??".

  • I also have a few, solid friends who have been with me through it all... laughter, tears, and countless trips to Cold Stone.
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So follow me on this journey : a normal girl, losing weight in normal ways. No crash diets and no 5 hour dates with the gym because let’s face it…ain’t nobody got time for that!