Saturday, July 31, 2010

Couches and Cupcakes

Is it really 8:22 already? I feel like the day just started. Today the husband and I went couch shopping and we ended up finding a really nice black sectional we liked at Rooms To Go. We decided we wanted to pick it up ourselves so we would have to come back for it.

We got home and had some time before the truck we were borrowing would be available so we decided to go grocery shopping. On the way we saw a huge garage sale and I couldn't say no. 

Garage sales are the best.

It was scorching hot out but we ended up finding two awesome leather like chairs that match amazingly with the couch we picked out. After getting them loaded in the car we decided to just skip grocery shopping and came home to move out one of our old couches to my sister-in-laws house. 

After that it was finally time to go buy and take home our new couch and we were super excited until...

We got there and she told us we couldn't pick it up today. 

Which she never told us before lol. Slightly disappointing but life goes on! So we bought it and it's being delivered on monday! I can't wait. 

I also made organic chocolate cupcakes today. yum yum. I've made the same mix once before but it was super dry so this time I added mayonnaise and they turned out much more moist. I love cupcakes so much. They're just so little and cute haha.

Sorry if this post was slightly boring .. but i just had to put up pictures of my cupcakes because .. well.. they are cupcakes ;) 

What's you all time favorite flavor cupcake?

xoxo Jessenia

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Little Further

Good evening ladies and gents! Today has been quite an exhausting day for me. I had to go into work earlier than I was expecting but when I got home I took a nap and then went to the gym for my regular thursday class. It's called Sergio Mania!

The guy who teaches it's name is Sergio and he is crazy. Every class I feel like I'm about to die. haa. But it's extremely rewarding and he pushes us to our limit every class. I love that feeling because you never know how far you can push your body until you try. 

Sometimes I find myself complaining about not being in the shape I want to be in but I never stop to think why that is. Once I hold myself accountable I realize that ..

I am the only one who can make changes within myself.

I think it's important not only in the fitness world but in every aspect of our lives to remember that we are responsible for the way we live our lives and whether or not we achieve the dreams and goals we set for ourselves. 

But the best part is .. When we finally start realizing this, it's extremely empowering. 

The hard work is always worth the reward. 

I want to give my all in every aspect of my life but it's not always easy. None of us are perfect but we can try right? Be comfortable in your own skin and strive to be better for yourself because you my friend are stronger than you think. 

Push yourself a little further everyday, you'll be amazed at how far you can go!

xoxo Jessenia

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Eating Intentionally

Hello There! I have not blogged in a very very long time! I have been so busy and haven't had a chance or much inspiration but today I do. Lately, I have been so busy I have not worked out much. I also have found that upon arriving home from work around 3:00 pm every afternoon, I get a serious case of the munches. I think this is due to eating a somewhat small lunch at work consisting of a salad and a small snack. Now, don't get me wrong if I am hungry I know that I need to eat. Being a vegetarian can be tricky in that way because if the food you are eating is not particularly filling you find yourself hungry a lot. (Note: I've been a vegetarian for almost 5 months! crazyyy
Going on these snacking binges has proven to be anything but successful. I think that being a vegetarian can seem like a healthy thing to do but I believe it's only healthy if you approach it in the right way. Let's say I get home from work after having a salad for lunch and I'm hungry. First thing I go for are some pretzels. I snack on them while watching TV. Once I get sick of them I move on to a bowl of cereal (Kashi w/ almond milk), after that I am still hungry and have not satisfied my hunger so I go for a piece of fruit. Do I stop there?! Sometimes. 
Although all of the items I just listed are considered relatively healthy, they are not however sustaining. Hence, why I feel the need to continue to eat. Living a vegetarian life style is not in any part easy, that is if you want to do it right. I have started taking more vitamins such as B12 and Iron and I am more conscious of getting enough protein. If you don't do these things you can find yourself tired and lethargic. 
For me all of these things have been a learning experience for me. I love being a vegetarian but I think I need to start working at it and eating more intentionally. By this I mean thinking about what I'm putting into my body based on energy and nutrition. I love this article by NoMeatAthelete because in it he outlines all of the non-meat foods from which one can obtain protein. (To read article Click Here) I realized that I am not getting enough and that in order to do so I need to balance out my diet and use my brain instead of my stomach to make decisions. 
Today, I chose a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter because they are both great protein sources. I am going to a cardio class tonight so I know I will need the extra boost. Also, I'm not still hungry! I gave my body the nutrition and energy it was seeking to hold me over until it's time for dinner. It might take more thinking to eat this way but I believe it's worth it! 

I hope you enjoyed my little insight for the day and even if you aren't a vegetarian, eating intentionally is still something that can work for you. It's all about doing what's best for your body.