Monday, July 30, 2012

Going Strong {Almost Always}

Sorry if my posts about my eating and vegetarian lifestyle lately are getting boring but that's just the way I roll right now. I am still extremely committed to my change in eating and I must say, I have never felt better. I am not on a diet and I am not worrying about every bite I put in my mouth anymore. I think this is why I have stuck to my new meal plan almost perfectly. In a week I only had a little meat with two dinners and that's it! I love that as long as I eat clean and healthy food I have no guilt and I fell like a totally new person. I have never once stopped counting calories and in 6 days it hasn't even crossed my mind. I know now that when I put something in my mouth it is for the benefit of my body and has nutritional value. My life is so much easier and less stressful when I can just eat and feel free. I said I was doing this for a month to prove to myself that I could, but now I think it is a new life change and as of right now I couldn't imagine going back to hours of counting calories and worrying about what I will weight next week. I know that as long as eat as I am I will be my healthiest self, not matter what weight that is. I have already lost 2 pounds in 6 days by pretty much doing nothing! I haven't been to the gym once {which won't always be the case because I do always feel better after a great workout but with Jd needing rest and him not being able to workout it has been a little tough to get there}, I have eaten carbs for one meal every single day {only whole wheat carbs}, and I have a had some champagne and wine here in there. I am not willing to give up certain parts of my life and the fact that I don't have to is so refreshing.  Here is what has been on my plate the last two days!


Breakfast-what do you think? {nothing}
Lunch-apple, walnut, and feta salad
Snack-two pieces of Melba toast and hummus
Dinner-my homemade pesto, spinach, zucchini, asparagus, and feta pizza on whole wheat dough


Lunch-clam chowder {no bread or crackers}
Dinner-vegetable tempura and sushi for my girlfriend's bday. I normally wouldn't eat sushi because of the white rice but it was for my friend so I guess it's ok!

Saturday and Sunday:

I ate clean and healthy except for dinner these two night {weekends are my weakness for dinner}

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

White Veggie Chili

I am super obsessed with my mom's white chicken chili recipe that I posted about here, and now that I vegetarian I can't eat it! Aw the horror!!! So I decided that I was too stubborn to give it up and needed to change up the recipe a little so I could still keep it on my menu. I kept it almost the same except I had to change the chicken broth to vegetable broth and I didn't use any chicken, just the beans. It is still yummy but just doesn't taste like chicken. Try it and let me know what you think! Here are my meals I ate the last two days.....yup I'm still right on track and haven't eaten one bite of meat in 4 days!!! I also haven't had any fast food or processed crap, only clean eating for this girl now, yay go me :)


Breakfast-nothing like usual
Lunch-5 veggie spring rolls
Snack-whole wheat pasta with pesto
Dinner-seared ahi tuna


Lunch-pita bread and hummus
Dinner-white veggie chili with apple, walnut, and feta salad {no dressing}

PS- I tried coconut water for the first time with dinner and it was pretty good! It tastes almost exactly like water except it has a hint of sweetness. I won't be able to drink a lot of it because I don't like anything sweet but I will have it here and there since I have heard that it does wonders for your bod!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Vegetarian Day 1-2

So I stopped eating meat yesterday except I will let myself eat fish no more then once a day. I have been 100% successful for 2 days, no cheating at all! I will keep you all updated on what I eat and how I am doing on losing weight {yes that's pretty much all I think about.} Here is my menu from yesterday and today!!!


Breakfast-nothing {I know naughty but I'm not big on breakfast}
Lunch-raw snap peas with hummus and some grapes
Dinner-homemade seared ahi tuna and raw snap peas


Lunch-thai chopped chicken salad from Paradise Bakery but I didn't get any chicken on it
Snack-whole wheat pasta with pesto
Dinner-a caesar salad with no croutons and 1 shrimp and avocado crostini {I ate a few of Asher's french fries because he decided he didn't want to finish them.....oops naughty}

Saturday, July 21, 2012

White Hot

I know most people think of pastels or brights for summer, hey I do too, but what I am loving right now is white! I love how fresh it looks and lets get real, white is the perfect compliment to a sun-kissed summer tan! Whether you are using it to decorate a fabulous room in your house or spice up your look for a night out on the town with some girlfriends, white is the go to color. When the heat rises try rocking this cool color in all areas of your life!!!

This office is clean and crisp......perfect for working

Comfy and flattering on almost any body type

I want this tile all over my house!!!!

Killer Stiletto Style

Try pairing a white top and bottom for a bright fun look


Maxi with a huge beach hat screams summer

White is even sexy on mommas to be like Kate Hudson

An all white kitchen is my idea of perfection!

Aren't these Alexander McQueen wedges fierce?

And last but definitely not least, Blake Lively. Even though I hate her for dating my husband {AKA Ryan Reynolds} she looks like heaven in this white and black ensemble! Love

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Thank You Lord

So for those of you who haven't heard, my husband Jd was in a very bad ATV accident on Fourth of July. We were up at our family cabin in Forest Lakes which is right outside of Payson at the Rim. It was a freak accident and the quad he was riding somehow rolled in the middle of the dirt road. My brother-in-law Drew, our family friend Joe, and Jd rode down to the restaurant up there to play some pool around 8 at night. They didn't have helmets on because it's just a short ride down a dirt road from the cabin to get there. When they were on their way back an hour later the accident happened out of nowhere. They were only going at the most 20 MPH and neither of the other guys saw what happened because there was nothing in the road. Joe was riding in the lead, then Jd, then Drew who was a little bit back because of the dust from Jd's quad in front of him. When Drew pulled up right in front of the cabin he saw Jd laying on the ground, under the quad, unconscious. He called for Joe who turned around and they were able to get the quad off of him. They got him to the porch where my dad went out to help and called 911. I had just put Asher down about 2 minutes before and I heard the dogs barking and freaking out. I ran out to quiet them down so they wouldn't wake Asher up and saw that everyone was out on the porch. When I walked outside I thought I was sleeping and in a nightmare. Jd was lying on the porch with Drew holding his head so he couldn't move and blood all over his face. At this time he was conscious but didn't know anything that was going on and because of his head injury couldn't remember anything. {Did I mention the quad rolled onto Jd's head?} Yeah it was super serious. His ear had been partial ripped off on the top, his eye was swollen to the size of a baseball and all black and blue, his head on the right side where his other injuries were was completely swollen, and he had road rash all over the side of his face. I couldn't believe that a simple ride down to the local restaurant to play pool would end up with my husband bleeding all over with him not being able to see out of his eye.

When the paramedics arrived and saw his head they immediately decided he had to be air-vacked down to Scottsdale Osborn hospital because the Payson hospital didn't have the big equipment and neurologists the Scottsdale one had. My mom, dad, and I drove down to the valley because there wasn't any room in the helicopter for us. They had to get a special one that was for trauma with a whole trauma team because of his head injury. They ambulance drove him 30 minutes down to Payson airport. Then the helicopter was brought from Globe the Payson where they picked Jd up and then flown down to Scottsdale. When they finally let us see him the doctor informed me he had a sheer tear in his brain which caused swelling and bleeding in his brain, he would be able to stitch up his ear {thank goodness}, and had multiple occipital bone fractures and would probably need eye surgery. All of the fractures were extremely close to his occipital nerve which is what attaches your eye to your brain. My heart sank and I feared the worst. Jd's dad told me that the sheer tear wasn't too bad and most people recover fine from them.

After a little while in the hospital the doctors had to put Jd under with medication and on a breathing machine because his head injury was causing him to fight and try to get up over and over again. He didn't know where he was because of the head injury and just thought people were trying to hold him down. They needed him calm so they could do the CAT scans and the more he moved the worse it could be for his head trauma. He was immediately put into ICU and over the next day they kept doing head scans and watching the swelling and bleeding and were then able to take him off the breathing machine and wake him up.

He started to recovery extremely fast after that. The nurses and doctors couldn't believe that with his accident and all the trauma he had to his head, he was doing so good. He stayed strong and kept getting better and better. His eye doctor even decided that as long as he didn't move too much and none of the fractured bones around his eye moved, he wouldn't need surgery. He was admitted late Wednesday night and was released Saturday afternoon so that he could rest and finish his recovery at home. I am in complete shock still and so grateful that he is young and healthy and was able to come home so soon. We still have a lot of doctor appointments and CAT scans ahead of us over the next month but all his doctors think he should make a full recovery!

Everyday the swelling around his eye keeps going down and the bruising is getting better. Jd has really bad pressure and ringing in his ears because of the swelling in his brain but it should go away soon, it will just take time. I think that's the worst part about the whole thing.....the waiting. I waited for hours in the hospital to find out if he was ok, then to get off the breathing machine, then to get out of the hospital, and now to finish healing. I just wish I could do something the make to it all better. All I can do is pray which is what I have been doing since the second I saw him lying there on the ground hurt. We have such amazing family and friends that have supported us both through this hard time. We can't thank you guys enough for all that you have done. And thank you Lord for saving my husband and Asher's daddy, the accident could have been so much worse. God really does answer prayers and is there in your darkest hour.