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late update on whole30

So I forgot to post about my Whole30 Challenge for January. Here’s a quick breakdown…

The Good: I lost 11lbs in those 30days. I think I dropped 7lbs within the first 10days. I felt really good towards the end and minor aches/pains seemed to go away.

The Bad: Dude, was totally burnt out on eggs…seriously. Prepping every meal, every day…talk about doing dishes every single night. And of course, my food bill significantly went up $$$. Lastly, coffee without creamer…I never thought it could be so hard. I really missed that creamer, coconut milk just isn’t the same.

Overall, I enjoyed the challenge. It required some serious discipline but was well worth it in the end. Losing the weight without doing any exercise at all was awesome. It also pointed out how horrible I must be eating LOL! There were some bad spots though…some days were just rough, like my body didn’t want to go…was fatigued, headaches, etc. Once I added more potatoes to my recipes, it seemed to help.

Would I do it again? Yes. I’m already back to my ‘bad habits’ and need to ‘buckle down’. Maybe another Whole30 is in my future soon 🙂

whole30: day 4

I started the Whole30 routine on January 1, 2016…so far it hasn’t been too bad. Aside from a cold I’ve been battling (has nothing to do with Whole30 or what I’m eating, I just got sick), I’ve been eating good and haven’t been too hungry. However, I do miss a few things like:

-my lattes with milk / brewed coffee with creamer…it’s been tough to adjust to how my coffee tastes now, but i’m getting used to it. i’ve been substituting coconut milk as my ‘creamer’.
-i do like an occasional starbucks banana bread or cake pop to satisfy my sugar craving. not having any treats or sugars like that is a tad difficult.
-no rice, no beans, no bread, no tortillas?! what!? i’m mexican, i love that shit, lol. although not having that has made me more creative in the kitchen, which has been fun.

Today, I prepped my first lunch…really simple: a couple of hard boiled eggs, half an apple, and some grapes. I also brought along a banana as a snack as well.

Here’s a few pics of the previous meals I’ve made:


Pan-seared salmon with baby golden potatoes and butternut squash.


Marinated some chicken for a few hours in a vinaigrette I made (apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, italian herbs, mandarin orange juice, and lemon juice), tossed it all in a pan/wok and cooked till near done, then finally added some yellow squash and brussel sprouts.


Morning Scramble: 3 eggs, turkey meat, squash, onions, shiitake mushrooms, and homemade salsa.

Cheers to your Whole30 Journey!



Very soon…I will be starting the Whole30 routine…pray for me 🙂

social sugar cookies

my daughter just celebrated her 13th birthday and i wanted to make some special cookies for her party. i was thinking sugar cookies because they seem easy enough, but i also wanted to make them a little more tailored to her social generation, so i started with the idea of making instagram logo sugar cookies. she’s always on instagram by the way. of course, pinterest would have lots of good stuff on this topic so i found 2 really good recipes, one for the sugar cookie dough, and one for the frosting.

first, the dough. this recipe is really good.
it’s easy to make, and i made it all without a mixer (i’m a man and don’t own a mixer, lol). i just whisked it all together. i went with 1tsp of almond extract and 1tsp of vanilla extract for the flavoring. on my test batch, i used 2tsp of almond extract and the kids said it was too much.

i was able to use the top of a tea can (square can) to cut out the cookies for the instagram cookies. with it being square, i also decided to make facebook cookies too. my daughter also loves pinterest so i made some round cookies for that as well.

now, the icing. this icing is so delicious.
the cream cheese totally makes this. just basic food coloring to get my colors (brown, blue, red, and the original white).

the square cookies cooling…

square sugar cookiesfor the instagram cookies, i used a mini oreo for the lens part

mini oreo

without going into too many details, i mixed the colors and used a plastic bottle for the white icing, for drawing the “f” and “p”. the other icing was just spread on with a plastic knife.

when it was all said and done, here’s the final product, instagram, facebook, and pinterest sugar cookies!

instagram facebook pinterest sugar cookiesi cut some tootsie rolls for the little eye viewer part of the instagram cookie. i also found some sour rainbow looking things at the dollar store which worked perfectly as well.

my mom also made some delicious cupcakes and a custom nail polish cake! i’ve watched her bake and make cakes for over 30 years now, she’s still got it!

cupcakesnail polish cake

bumps in the road

i’ve so neglected my blog…but it’s ok. it’s more of reminder of the journey i am on…a journey that includes running and diet. but no journey is complete without a few bumps in the road. recently, i’ve had a few.

bump #1 – my first kidney stone. yes, i found out towards the end of july i have a 1-2mm kidney stone on my left side. it kind of explains a lot. that pain on my lower left side wasn’t my back as i had thought. i had herniated a disk on that side many years ago and it is always problematic, so i just assumed i was having back problems. after pissing a little blood and a few doctors visits, which included a CT scan, it was confirmed i have a stone. since it’s really small, not too much to worry about, just need to make changes in my diet to avoid the formation of more stones, and drink plenty of water, which is easy because i already drink a lot of water.

bump #2 – gallstones. with my family history (on my mom’s side), the doctor ordered a gall bladder ultrasound just to ‘check things out’. turns out i have gallstones too! luckily, i’ve never had any pain at all regarding this. the surgeon said he’d remove it whenever i’d like, but since i have never had an issue, i’m going to wait. for now, more changes to the diet and some foods to avoid.

minor bump – blood sugar is a little high. no surprise there, the damn family has lots of diabetics. but on a good note, my cholesterol levels are friggin great! gotta avoid the sugars from here on out.

so i feel like i can run for a few miles, and feel awesome, but can’t out run my genetics 🙂

with all this going on, i’ve begun to follow (loosely) a new diet, a low oxalate diet. i didn’t pee out any stones, but my guess, and the odds are, that the kidney stones are oxalate formed, hence the low oxalate diet. no more nuts, beans, chocolate, and other high oxalate foods. but as i said, it’s been loosely followed to ‘ease’ my way into it. there’s lots of great resources for this diet and some great recipes as well. once i get a little more into it, i’ll share a few recipes and favorite sites.

this may have hindered my running for awhile, but i’m back at it and enjoying this fall running weather! ttfn!

6 week wellness challenge


today i’m starting a 6 week wellness challenge via a work sponsored website. it’s really simple, you earn points daily for minutes of exercise, servings of fruits/vegetables, and 8oz glasses of water. i already drink a gallon a day so that part is easy. i just need to run some more and eat more fruits and vegetables.

i also found a cool app called “my diet diary”. it’s perfect for counting calories and logging exercise and meals.

let the games (and shenanigans) begin!

shake it up!


great breakfast shake this morning:

-chobani peach greek yogurt
-1 banana
-almond milk
-whey protein
-a few ice cubes

blend that shit up and enjoy!

tea time

i’ve been attempting to cut back on the starbucks coffee by exploring some tea alternatives. i really do enjoy tea, so trying a few new teas is exciting! i’m not doing loose leaf tea just yet, although i have brewed some loose leaf tea in the past, for now i’m just exploring some various tea bag choices.

tonight i’m enjoying a cup of moringa mint tea from global moringa. it’s very pleasant and the mint is definitely prominent. i do enjoy mint so it’s a nice cup of tea for me.


the other tea i’ve been enjoying in the mornings is numi’s cardamom pu-erh. if you enjoy an “earthy” tea, then pu-erh tea is for you. it isn’t too “earthy” as the cardamom spice balances is it out.


moringa and pu-erh have other benefits which can easily be found via google 🙂 some being antioxidants, metabolism, energy, etc.

i’m looking forward to brewing some loose leaf teas soon…until then, cheers!

it’s been a minute!!

bless me blog for i have sinned, it’s been 2 weeks since my last post…ok, sorry to get all ‘holy’ on you 🙂 but it has been a minute…so what’s new?!

i’m still running, so i’m happy to report that. i’m typically doing three 3-mile runs per week and have been trying to throw another day of about a 20-30 minutes indoor workout routine. on that note, i totally love having a darigold refuel after a workout.

darigold refuel

darigold refuel

it really is so damn good tasting! i think i workout or run just to justify having one! 🙂

with the holidays around the corner, things have been a little busy. been looking at the holiday schedule and trying to plan some extra time with the kids during that winter break. maybe we can go somewhere or visit some place new…i always like to explore a new area.

my next 5k got postponed till february so i need to find another one before the end of the year. for now, i’ll keep running.

to change the subject a bit, i’m kinda / sorta becoming a bigger nerd than i thought i could be haha. my co-worker has turned me onto these poster / pop-culture / prints from a few sites. i’ve been ‘perusing’ for a couple of months now and have recently seen a few prints i liked. i ordered my first 2 posters last week 🙂

i ordered ‘they keep calling me’ by joshua andrew belangerorder online here – which pays homage to the movie “the crow”. i think it’s totally badass!

They Keep Calling Me by Joshua Andrew Belanger

They Keep Calling Me by Joshua Andrew Belanger

i can’t wait to frame this…i’ll post pics of this print once i receive it and have it framed 🙂

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