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I’m not dead… Or fat! May 18, 2010

Holy Moly!

When I say life has been crazy, that’s an understatement. I was forced to take a break from the blog because we had NO INTERNET for almost a month! Clearly I survived without it lol. I got rid of face book because I was having some issues and most important I was spending too much time playing all the “ville” games and not enough time studying. Since these are the last 3 classes i need to get into the nursing program I needed to focus on not screwing them up!

I’ve noticed that by not blogging it’s harder for me to stay on track. I had no one to be accountable to. BUT that doesn’t mean I gained mass quantities of weight while I was gone. I have been keeping a close watch on my weight, doing some work-outs here and there and tighten up my eating when I see the numbers going up. I’ve been going in between 133-136 But never higher than that. Not gaining weight back is probably one of the biggest struggles everyone goes through. And right now it’s been especially hard because it seems like there’s some sort of party every weekend! Birthday parties, baby showers, graduation parties… it’s been crazy. The worst is I’ve let Dr. Pepper sneak back in while I had the stomach flu about 2 weeks back. NOOOOOO! BAD CHRISTY! That stops today!

It’s finals week! That means at the end of the week I will have earned an AA in General Studies (it’s a nothing degree, but I figured if I earned it I might as well get it right?). I apply for Fresno City’s RN program in June and then I wait to be picked by a random lottery system on a computer…. no stress there!? I HATE not having control over it. I just have to wait… I’m not good at that. I’m already off the charts anxious about it. So cross your fingers for me and hope I get picked the first go around.

What else is new? Not much actually. Ed bought me the new Reebok Run Tones. It was a belated Mothers Day gift. They’re really interesting. it kinda feels like walking around on a bounce house if that makes sense? I’ve only had them for a few days so I will keep you updated on if I start seeing a difference.

These last few weeks I’ve had several people (whom I don’t know very well) come up and ask if I’ve lost weight and what I did. That’s always a nice thing. Helps get me back in the swing of things. I’ve still got weight to get off though and I need to get serious about it. I have a lot of studying to do this week but I have to try to fit in some work outs. I’m looking forward to taking a long walk with my new shoes.

Okay I gotta get back to the books. Thanks everyone for stopping by and I hope you’re all keeping up with your own personal goals!



I’m still here! March 25, 2010

OMG ya’ll!

So I haven’t had any time to blog, take pictures… nothing! The only thing I’ve had time for is school these last few weeks. I guess my teachers don’t have a life and would much rather spend their spring break grading stuff because they all made everything due this week! between papers, quizes, presentations and speeches… I’m exhausted!

Not to worry though I’ve done my best to stay on top of my game and not lose sight of my goal.

As of 3/24/10 I am 134.9 pounds! I’m almost there!

This has not been an easy month so far, with the return of Ed and too many birthday parties to count… I have been tested at every turn. I have done very well with making sure I stick to my portion sizing, drinking lots of water and preparing for party food. At one party I was expecting home-made mexican food, cuz that’s usually what they have when they do birthdays. But I was surprised when it was an assortment of salads! (okay so a part of me was a bit disappointed that there was no tortillas and beans). Seems as though everyone around me is trying to shape up and get healthy! My exercise routine has slipped, but that’s mainly because of the amount of time I’m having to spend at a desk reading or writing junk.

Ed wants us to start running together and now that the treadmill has been dug out from under the garage junk… I really have no excuse. I told him I have to train myself to get to his level and I didn’t want to run with him till then, otherwise I’d feel self conscious or bad that he was hanging back with me. Sooooo that’s my goal for Spring break… get into running shape. I will say the new skinnier Christy was much appreciated by the Bf. 😉

There has been some sort of bug running through the house that I have been trying to avoid! Cam had bronchitis, and as soon as he got better my mother came down with some sort of cold/flu/stomach flu thing. She refuses to go to see a doctor which worries me that it’s going to spread like wild fire. I DO NOT have time to be sick.

Only about 5 more pounds to go…. seems like yesterday when I was saying how I need to lose 30 pounds.

Thanks for checking in! And here’s a little inspiration for ya…

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

~ Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill ~


My Weekend of Indulgence March 15, 2010

Happy Monday everyone.

I’m back from my trip to Sacramento. There will be no pictures of this weekend because I’m pretty sure people would have looked at me funny if I was taking pictures of my food… not to mention Ed would have questioned my sanity.

I went to Sac fully prepared and armed for the temptation I would be up against. Not only is my boyfriend an amazing cook, but he also has a flare for indulging myself and his children to good food as a way to show is affection. Hence my weight of 160 pounds at the time of his departure. When I arrived I was amazed at how much he had slimmed down himself! “Well hellloooo…” We all went out for pizza… he of course got waaaay too much. But I was good! I had one slice of pepperoni and two little slices of the small cheese and I only drank water. Probably way more than I’d normally eat but with a bf sitting there saying “have another, this is a cheat weekend… we’re celebrating” it’s hard to stick to any diet routine.

The next day we got up early and did domestic stuff like clean the house and run to the grocery store. I got myself some coffee, my shakes and yogurt so I could at least stay on course during the day. We had a birthday party to go to that night and the family is well-known for throwing down on party grub. I made sure I stuck to my normal eating habits so I could enjoy whatever goodies they had. To my surprise most of the goodies where on the healthy side! The birthday girl is a vegetarian so she made some really good “pizzas”. She took wheat pita breads, brushed them with olive oil, put spinach, sun dried tomatoes, feta and walnuts on them then heated them up. Soooo tasty and I didn’t feel guilty for scarfing on them. They had an assortment of cheese with apples and these little turkey sandwiches made with those Hawaiian bread rolls. YUM! I had a couple drinks… it was a celebration! When we left, I felt pretty good about how I handled it.

There was only one item that I couldn’t seem to control myself with. Ed made this avocado/salsa dip that was fricken amazing. I found myself sneaking a few chips here and there throughout the whole weekend. Sigh…

Sunday Ed made bbq’d burgers. This is one of his specialties. He likes to “invent” signature burgers, the more outrageous and big they are the better. He sautéed onions, mushrooms and jalapenos to top them with this time. They were so sloppy and delicious… I ate the whole dang thing and loved every bite. “Dear Ed’s cooking, how I’ve missed you…”

Needless to say I felt completely stuffed. I haven’t ate like this in a while and I was starting to feel it. I drank as much water as I could through the whole weekend, knowing I wouldn’t get any work-outs in I was hoping to combat the high caloric foods with water. The night ended with a mexican pastry… way to control yourself Christy!

This morning I got up and drove the long 3 hours home. I had plenty of time to think since my stereo is out of commission. I realized just how tired I was and how I was looking forward to being in my own bed without someone snoring in my ear. Before you get on me… yes I was sad to be leaving. Long distance relationships are rough. But you make it work if it’s worth it. Maybe one day we can bridge the gap between us. Fingers crossed.

When I got home I brewed myself a cup of coffee and got myself settled back into my normal everyday schedule. I jumped on the scale to see what kind of damage control I’d need to do this week. Pizza, burgers and alcoholic beverages… I was expecting to see a nasty number pop up on the screen. To my surprise I lost!?

3/15/10 136.9 lbs.

Okay… so… maybe my metabolism came back to life? Whatever happened, I’m certainly glad it picked this weekend to do it! lol

Ed is planning on helping me start running… not sure if this is a good thing. Last time I ran with a significant other it just caused huge arguments lol. We’ll see how it goes.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope your Monday goes by quickly!



Yummy bites. March 9, 2010

Happy Tuesday every one! 

So as promised, I tried some new recipes on Sunday for the Academy Awards. It was just my parents and I, but I love watching the Oscars so I wanted to make it kind of special. These recipes I found on-line and didn’t think to remember the web site…. sooooo just know I did not create these recipes. 

First…. while shopping for the ingredients I found these… 

In the words of Rachel Zoe... "I DIE!"

Yoplait 100 calorie Delight Parfaits…. This was the lemon tart. Pardon me for cussing… but holy shit are they good! They have 4 flavors, this one, chocolate raspberry, caramel creme and triple berry creme…… HIGHLY recommend them. I actually went back to restock today and they were completely out… yeah they’re that good. 

Okay on to the recipes… 

Mini spinach Calzones

  • 10 oz pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1/2 8 ounce package of Neufchtel (reduced fat cream cheese) softened
  • 2 TBLS.  grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 TBLS. chopped green onion
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • A 13.8 ounce can refrigerated pizza dough (I used philsberry)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 TBLS. water
  • 1 TBLS. grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400. Line baking sheets with foil and spray with non stick cooking spray. In medium bowl stir together spinach, cream cheese, 2 tbls parmesan, green onion, pepper and salt. 

Unroll pizza dough on a lightly floured surface; roll dough into a 15 inch square. Cut dough into 25 3 inch squares. Spoon filling onto the center of the squares. combine egg white and water and use a brush to lightly brush the edges of the squares. Fold dough to make a triangle and pinch closed. brush tops of triangles with egg wash and sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese. Poke tops for an air vent. 

Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. I served them warm with warm pizza sauce. So good! Only 56 calories and 2g of fat! 

Fresh mozzarella, basil and prosciutto

Pretty self explanatory. Get the mini fresh mozzarella balls fold basil and prosciutto around the ball and toothpick. My personal fave because it’s so dang easy. 

Basil Garlic Tomatoes


  • 2 TBLS. light sour cream
  • 2 TBLS. snipped fresh basil
  • 1 TBLS Neufchtel
  • 1 clove garlic
  • cracked pepper
  • 16 cherry tomatoes halved.

Mix all ingredients and place in a small zip lock bag. Snip one end and pipe topping onto tomatoes. This one was my dads favorite. Best part… for 8 tomato halves it’s only 31 calories and 1g of fat! 

They were all super simple and really tasty. I could kinda pig out and not feel bad about it! 

Yesterday I decided to have a cheat day and scarfed down a single cheese burger and fries from In and Out Burger… it was well deserved and I didn’t feel guilty at all about it. I have come to realize that I can have these things once in a while… just not every damn day. And when I do splurge, I know that I can make up for it and stick with what I’m trying to accomplish. That’s such a good feeling. 

That’s all for now! Hope you enjoy those recipes as much as we did! 



Random Weigh-in March 7, 2010

Hello ya’ll. How is everyone on this Sunday morning?

I haven’t done an official weigh-in for a while… so let’s get right to it.

My weight when I started in September: 159.5 lbs.

My weight as of today March 7th: 138.2 lbs.

Finally broke the yo-yo that was happening for the last 2 weeks. I switched up my eating a little and did a little more exercise than I have been (still not as much as I should be). I’m pleased though! It wasn’t some “lose 30 pounds in 2 months” kind of diet, but it’s been working for me and I’ve been able to continuously lose weight even when I strayed from my eating and exercise plan. This really was a life changing experience for me.

Last night I was reading some of my posts from when I first set on this journey. It doesn’t seem like the same person! I was feeling sick and run down all the time, addicted to soda and fast food, in a size 14 and contemplating having to get a bigger size. I’m so glad I decided to do this. I honestly don’t think I would have stuck with it if I hadn’t kept posting and people weren’t reading. So thanks everyone that stops by and cheers me on. I’ve noticed friends join in on my get healthy quest, comments of tread mills, yummy healthy recipes and a general “let’s get healthy” attitude. I hope I had a hand in their movement.

Next week I will take an update picture to show my physical change. Next week marks the end of my time goal. But since I know there’s no way I could lose 9 pounds safely in one week… I will continue this blog till I reach my goal and after in order to maintain the work I’ve done.

Now… on to my day yesterday. After I had my normal breakfast I ran out to Target for some bathroom cleaning supplies. Apparently it was bring your screaming children to Target day… Thank goodness I have a well-behaved child who knows that very bad things would happen if he were to have a melt down in the middle of a store, over a toy he can’t have. Usually I take my time at Target and browse… I find it soothing. But not yesterday I grabbed some cleaners and got out as quick as I could before I impulsively covered a child’s mouth with my hand. I got home and put on some good oldies I had downloaded the day before. Elton John, The Eagles, Chicago, Carole King and Fleetwood Mac make cleaning the bath room much more enjoyable. Since I broke a sweat scrubbing the bath tub and toilette, I considered that to be a bit of my workout done.

I was starving when lunch rolled around and decided to switch it up and skip my shake. I’ve been feeling like I needed to mix up my food so I don’t get in a rut.

Doesn't look very attractive.. but it hit the spot.

We had some left over swai (white, boneless fish kind of like Talapia) and rice.  I put a quarter avocado and mixed it up with a bit of lemon. YUM! Soooo good. BTW.. the fish is “battered with a bit of flour and seasoning, then baked in the oven. I drank a ton of water yesterday since lately I’ve been slacking in my fluid intake. When I had opened the microwave to heat up my lunch… this is what I found already inside…

Home made peach and blackberry crisp...

Granted… this is better than a cobbler… but still. It was whipped up late the night before by my mother at the request of my father… as you can see it was well like, seeing as half of it had been eaten. If I didn’t know any better I would say they are trying to sabotage me! Alas, I scooped my self a little bit but it tasted way too sweet to me so I didn’t eat it.

Christy: 1      Moms baked goods:0

My friend Shaandi gave me a recipe for gluten-free pancakes, so I gave them a shot last night since I had all the stuff to make them in the pantry. I won’t give the recipe since she is trying to write a cook book and asked if I would try it out and tell her what I thought. I love being a tester! I will say, gluten-free is NOT a healthier option. If you aren’t allergic in some fashion, I do not recommend becoming gluten-free as a part of a healthy life style. Most gluten-free things are loaded with fat and calories to try to mask how bad they taste. I was so tired of my stomach issues awhile back, I decided to go gluten-free. I read “The G Free Diet” and was excited to get on my way. I bought a $7 loaf of gluten-free bread at Whole Foods that was about the size of a pack of english muffins… only to find out it was like eating a sponge. It was virtually un edible unless you toasted it, and even then it wasn’t like regular bread. Needless to say I gave that up fairly quickly. I now just stay away from things with a lot of gluten that triggers the stomach issues. One of those being pancakes.

Yes.. that's a Christmas plate...

They came out really nice. They don’t puff up as much as regular pancakes so I thought of them more as ho cakes.

Sugar free syrup as always

They were good! Not like regular pancakes, but still tasty. They had cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in them so it was almost like eating a spice cake. It was a good end to my day.

Today is the Academy Awards. I printed out ballots for me and my folks to pick our winners… although I don’t think I’ve actually seen any of the films nominated lol. Oh well, it’s still fun. I’m going to be trying out some new healthy appetizer and dip recipes for us to enjoy while we watch. If they turn out good I will share the recipes.

What is everyone else doing tonight? Will you be watching? Who do you think will win?

Thanks for stopping by!



Chef Spotlight and the Dreaded Spaghetti Factory. February 7, 2010

How is every one on this positively gloomy Sunday morning?

I hope all is well. This weekend I took in some good with the bad. I haven’t weighed myself in the last couple days… But on Friday I weighed 142.6 lbs. I figure I’ll do another picture update when i get in the 130’s… but reallllllly excited about the progress.

There must be something in the air because not only me, but many of my friends have craved burgers. Honestly a good quality burger in the right portion size is not bad every now and then. But I’ve done so good I just didn’t want to chance it. An old highschool friend of mine Shaandi Priester, who is a chef who’s working as a personal chef to a family who has special food needs, gave me a quick and easy recipe for chicken burgers. They sounded so good I decided to give them a shot… so here’s my version of her recipe… there’s really no measurements but I will try my best to make it as clear as possible.

Chicken Burger with Garlic Aoli and Sweet Potato Fries.

First make the garlic aoli since you will have to refrigerate that for about 3 hours.

1 cup of light mayo, juice of 1 lemon, zest of half the lemon, 6 cloves garlic minced, 2 Tbls. good Dijon mustard and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk, cover and refrigerate. This makes enough for the burgers and a dipping sauce for the fries.

For fries,  pre heat oven to 400, cut sweet potatoes, coat them with a little olive oil, cover baking sheet with foil and spread fries evenly. Cook for about 45 minutes or till golden brown turning fries once during baking. Once done sprinkle with some kosher salt.

I used 2 packs of ground chicken which made about 5 large patties. Rough chopped a big handful of baby spinach, 2 cloves of garlic, 2 finely chopped green onion (personal preference on the size), and about 1/2 cup grated low-fat cheese…. I used a garlic cheddar YUM! Salt and pepper to taste. Mix just enough till all ingredients are well-distributed then form into patties. I spread a little olive oil on them first as well as the grill to avoid them sticking. Length of cooking will depend on size of the patties.

I ate mine with one half of a chiabatta (sp?) bun, pickles, some avocado and drizzle the aoli on top. I also highly recommend using the aoli as a dipping sauce for the fries… something about the salty, sweet and tangy of it all hit all the right spots. Really great meal. Shaandi also suggested making it italian style by adding some basil and oregano, bell peppers and using marinara instead of ketchup. Since we have some left overs.. I think I will give that a try.

I also have to give a shout out to the Colorado Grill here in Clovis because earlier that day I had one of their veggie burgers (again took off top bun). It was awesome! As you can see I had a really bad craving for burgers lol. But I did very good that day.

Yesterday however… that was a whole different story. My family and I went out to San Jose to celebrate a birthday. The shin-dig was being held at The Old Spaghetti Factory. I started off the day good with my normal routine. I packed an apple and my protein shake so that I could save my calories for dinner. I took my son to the Tech Museum to kill some time and at around lunch time we went to the café they have so we could get him something to eat for lunch. He got a personal cheese pizza, I got water since I had already drank my shake. But then he offered me a slice…. I looked at the size and thought “well it’s really tiny… it’ll be okay if I have one”. Let me tell you, that one tiny slice of pizza ignited some sort of dormant hunger in the back of my brain. When we went to dinner I had it all planned out that I would order something like capellini pomodoro and not eat the whole plate, only drink water and not have any bread. That well thought out plan went flying out the window as soon as I hit the table. I ordered a glass of wine, angel hair pasta with white clam sauce and a salad. I wasn’t beating myself up too much because I was still thinking “I won’t eat any bread, drink lots of water and not eat the whole plate”. Then they brought cheese bread… it was all down hill from there. I had 2 pieces of the cheese bread, ate over half my plate of pasta, drank NO water and had 2 pieces of regular bread with butter. Our dinners came with a scoop of spumoni which was the icing on my big fat cake.  Big concern is that most of the day was spent sitting in a car driving… it wouldn’t have been so bad if I had been on my feet all day walking around. But eating that much and sitting for over 6 hours of the day, you’re bound to gain.

It was just one day and I’m allowed a cheat day every now and then but I really didn’t want yesterday to be a cheat day. I plan on not getting on the scale for a bit so I can keep myself from getting discouraged.

Today I’m in damage control mode. Today is the Super Bowl, and thankfully I have no party to attend. I will be studying which means I can totally stay on track with eating and get in a work-out before my dad takes over the TV.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the chicken burgers! I’m hoping Shaandi will agree to do a weekly recipe for the blog!



And So Begins 2010 January 4, 2010

Filed under: Body Image,Fitness,Food,Health,Holiday,Life,New Years,Parties,Resolutions,Weight Loss — christyfabela @ 11:32 am

This is my kind of work-out!

Happy New Year ya’ll!

How was your holiday? I hope it was good!

My family and family friends went to Bass Lake for 4 days and enjoyed the holiday in the mountains. We had a really great time and I actually got in a few unconventional work-outs. I ate really well and I’m verrrrry shocked that I did.

Just to give you an idea, usually for New Years we do a crab and steak feed and this year was no exception. I did a ton of give and take this weekend. Weighing out what I really want to splurge on… like CRAB! I went with coffee and a piece of fruit for breakfast almost every morning. All except for one because they made chorizo and egg burritos…. couldn’t resist. I had no soda! NONE! That’s a fact that I’m very proud of. I even had the chance to walk to the store several times and snag one up and drink it before I got back to the cabin lol. New Years eve we had finger foods which can be either really good, because it’s all bite sized things and you can portion control yourself, or it can be really bad because it’s bite sized things and you CAN’T portion control yourself. I portion controlled okay… I mainly hate tastes of the cheese based dips and spreads and went for the shrimp cocktail. I had a glass of wine and that was the only alcoholic drink I had all weekend.

I went hog-wild on the crab. I think I probably ate 2 whole crabs to myself and didn’t skimp on the butter. But I didn’t feel too bad because earlier that day we played pretty hard in the snow for several hours. We also did a good walk on the beach and around the neighborhood. The crab was soooooo good and well worth the “Christy’s saving herself for crabs” jokes. Thankfully there was no real desserts that were made the whole weekend cept for some cookies. That helped me, instead of scarfing down on pie, or cake I had a small cookie and a cup of coffee.

The last night we were there my mother made an amazing prime rib. I stuck with a small piece and didn’t go for seconds. She also made roasted potatoes which is very hard for me to resist. Again, I put some on my plate and stuck with that portion, no seconds. I ate very well the whole weekend and never felt stuffed or so full I wanted to puke. I drank so much water that I started getting annoyed with how much I was peeing. Especially at night!

It paid off though! Today I got on my wii and checked how I did over the weekend before starting my active work-out. I lost .4 pounds! It’s always gratifying when you see a loss, no matter what kind it is. I didn’t go into the weekend thinking I was going to try to lose anything. I just didn’t want to gain too much! I’m doing something right, and not feeling like I’m “dieting”. Just smarter choices, compromise and excercise.

My first 2010 weigh in was 150.4 lbs.

I have a little over 9 weeks to get to my goal… I’m not getting my hopes up to high.  I’m might not make my goal weight by then, but I am reaching the goal of being healthier and making lifestyle changes in order to reach that goal at some point. I am very proud of myself and can’t wait till I get to that 130 pounds.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope those of you who are embarking on your “get healthy” resolutions, get some inspiration from this blog and that it helps motivate you to make better choices in your quest. It’s amazing what you learn about yourself when you remove the things that normally comfort you and keep you down.

I hope wonderful things come to you this new year and thanks again for following my progress!



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