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Fourth Meal...No thanks!

Really, what is this about? I can’t barely handle the three meals and a healthy snack and lose weight, could you imagine if I decided to go for Taco Bell’s Fourth Meal?
In my weight loss journey, I’ve learned that I need to stay away, as much as possible, from fast foods. I still eat from there but I try to do it to a minimum. Eventually my goal is to avoid them completely. I’ve noticed that when I don’t even eat once at a fast food I do much better with my regimen.   

When I think about fast food, I think about burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, tacos, etc. And for me the time to eat it is during one of my three meals. Thinking about eating from Taco Bell after hours make my hips grow wider. I even feel heavier.    

Lately I’ve seen that people are more conscious on what the eat and on exercises. My question is, why do this fast food companies keep insisting in bringing this kind of alternative? I guess that there is more people who go to the Fourth Meal than the ones that stick to their main three.    

I will skip this drive through late at night, because I know I’ll see and feel the effects later. In my case eating late at night, – 11pm and up,- opens a whole new door for me, like what happened to the Gremlins. I know I won’t stop with a simple taco or burger, I’ll eat the whole menu and then some.    

If you go out and on your way back home you get hungry, think about your options and make a smart decision. Remember, the effects come later.


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I just came back from my vacations in Puerto Rico. As you might know, I went to celebrate my birthday and to spend time with my family and friends.

In the beginning I was super confident that I was going to be able to manage my Weight Watchers Points with no problem. After all, is all about watching the portions, right? WRONG! Well it is part of it but not all. 

It wasn’t until I arrived to the airport and ordered a chicken-mango wrap with fries that I panicked.  Although I only ate half of it and almost none of the fries, I was concern about the rest of the trip.

You see, I love food, especially Puerto Rican food, which most of it is FRIED!!! Yes fried! Don’t get me wrong, you can find very healthy food in Puerto Rico but most of my favorites are not healthy!

Half way eating my lunch, I remembered I was going to go to a very Puerto Rican birthday. With music, FOOD, drinks, games, CAKE, dancing… did I mentioned FOOD and CAKE?? To be honest my anxiety levels went from o to 100 in a second and my “hungry gland” was activated the whole time.

After arriving to the party and seeing all the food available, I thought, “OMG, it is only Saturday and I already ate my points for the day and the extra ones… what is going to happen on my birthday?”

At that moment I decided to stop worrying about that and enjoy myself. That I wasn’t going to make others feel uncomfortable with my eating habits. I mean, I wasnt going to throw everything out the window, but I wasn’t going to obsess about it either. 

True I stooped counting my points and watching my portions, and I decided to accept whatever result came out of that.

Today I’m happy to report that I didn’t gain any weight. I guess that after all, my body and my mind are more connected than I thought, and this trip didn’t affect my progress. If anything taught me that I should be calm and enjoy myself without obsessing about the food and others.

Awareness, not obsession, is key during your vacations. Enjoy!

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Happy Birthday to me

During my 32nd birthday celebration!

Soon is going to be  my 33rd birthday and because of it I’m traveling to my Country, Puerto Rico, to visit my family and celebrate the only way Puerto Ricans know how to.    

I know I’ll be surrounded by people who love me and of course yummy food and cake. Every year I celebrate big, after all this only happens once a year. At the same time I try not to go over board with the food and drink intake. This is my first year, in about 10, that I’m going to Puerto Rico to celebrate and I do hope it becomes a “big” celebration but at the same time I’m so scared that I wouldn’t be able to control myself.    

Fortunately, I have a great support system at home and I know that they will make sure I don’t go over board while having fun. Also, my body is starting to recognize when enough is enough. Like I said before, I’m not going to stress about the food that I have around me. I can always enjoy myself and at the same time make smart choices.    

I will eat cake, I will eat out with my friends and family, I’ll have a drink, and yes I’m going to celebrate my birthday, but this time I’m going to celebrate in moderation have fun and above all, PLAN in advance what am I going to do! I will have a happy 33rd birthday.    

Bring on the cake and the good times!

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"Stadium Food" is the best!

I love sports, I really do.

Basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, hockey, and the list goes on. I think the best part of it all what I call “Stadium Food”.  You know, fries, chicken tenders, sodas, beer, hot dogs, pretzels…

Imagine going to a baseball game in the summer and not eating a hot dog and a very, very cold beer? I can’t. For me baseball = hot dog + beer. When I go to basketball games I always order a beer and chicken tenders with fries or if I don’t feel like eating heavy I’ll order a beer and popcorn.

Even after I started Weight Watchers – the first time when I lost 71 pounds,- I found a way to still eat the “stadium food”. The only thing was that instead of eating the whole portion this time I shared the food with whomever was with me and drank a light beer and lots and lots of water.

This is how I see it. Food is always going to be around. I either deal with it and make it work towards my favor or I fight it. To be honest, I tried fighting it and it didn’t work so now I embraced it. This has been the best thing I could have done.

Now I feel that I have more options and that I am not depriving myself of anything, even though I don’t eat everything. Just the idea that I can still eat the hot dog, the chicken tender, the fries and drink the beer makes me feel safe.

So let’s play ball and bring on the food!

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Girls Night

Girls' Night is always fun!

Last week, a dear friend of mine invited me to her apartment to have a “Girls’ Night”. Personally I LOVE going to her get together. They are always fun and there is always something different. Something that never changes is the good food and the even better company.

As soon as I received the invitation I enter in “planing-in-advance mode”. Since I’m training, once again, myself to follow the Weight Watchers points I need to be very careful not to go over board while I enjoy my surroundings. If you are familiar with the program, you’ll know that in addition to your weekly points, you have 35 extra to use if necessary. Unfortunately, even though I knew I had this get together in my agenda I ate all the extra points before this day.

Without panicking I decided to plan my day. In the morning I ate a low points breakfast, during lunch I ate a little bit more consistent lunch but leaving enough points to enjoy with my friend’s get together. I knew that there was going to be cupcakes (I LOVE cupcakes), wine, appetizers or tapas, in my head I prepared for this, to eat and have a good time. And that’s what I did.

True, it was a little difficult not to eat the deliciousness that were available, but I turned on the moderation switch and used it. The common sense, that I left it at home, it doesn’t do any good to me when I’m around food :).  And although I went over the available points, I didn’t went WAY over. How I know this? Well, the obvious way, counting the points, but more importantly, I didn’t have that feeling of failure that I normally feel when I overeat. I didn’t feel the need to give up and forget about the plan or talked myself down because I went over the points.

Every invitation is a challenge, but at the same time I love challenges. With every invitation, get together or every meal, I learn what to do and practice what I learned in the past. I know I still have a way to go in terms of controlling my eating habits, but I also know that every day that I don’t go over my WW points, it’s a good sign that I’ll be just fine.

So keep the invitations coming!

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Watch out for the portions

I try not to skip meals. I love cooking and eating too much. For me breakfast it’s by far the most important meal of MY day. If I don’t eat my normal breakfast I’ll spend the whole day hungry.

Everyday I wake up and have a breakfast fit for a queen. I cook eggs, turkey bacon or center cut regular bacon, piece of whole wheat bread and coffee. This breakfast last until lunch, around 1:00 or 1:30 PM. I really enjoy having a hearty breakfast, makes me feel at home with my mom – awww!

In Puerto Rico – where I from -, they say “Desayuna como un rey, almuerza como un principe y cena como un vasallo” (Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper). And that’s exactly what I do. There are days that I just don’t feel like doing that, and those are the days that I have the worst time tracking what I eat, I “forget”.

For lunch I try to have a healthy and filling meal. That way I can go until dinner time without starving myself or snacking on not-so-healthy-snacks. My lunches, most of the time, involve rice, pastas, sandwiches… For dinner I have a light but filling meal, but I have to confess, eating dinner only when I get home is one of the most challenging things I have to do every day, specially at 8:00 PM.

I know that looking at this I should not have a weight problem, oh but I do or did or working on getting rid-off it. You see, for me portion control is key in my weight loss, so for me to reprogram my brain with the new information about the portions it is still a problem. Even before I sit down and eat I see the serving and start thinking on a back-up plan in case I’m still hungry. This of course is recipe for disaster.

What I’m doing now is not thinking on how “small” the portion is, instead I think “that’s a normal portion”. Changing this makes me feel better about portion control.

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For lunch, I went to a place called “Taqueria” – the least expensive version of “Mercadito”. Usually I love going there because combines two of my favorite things, Mexican food and saving money :). In the past I’ve never had any issues going there and eating. To be honest the first time I went I was kind of scared because the servings are very small, but to my surprise, very satisfying. Like I mentioned, I never had an issue with the order or the service, until today.

It was a perfect day outside. I decided to eat Mexican food, and of course the choice was “Taqueria”.  Like the previous times I placed my order: “Original Chicken, Original Carne and Original Carnita”. Patiently I waited for my food to arrived. In the meantime we ate regular guacamole and chipotle guacamole with tortilla chips.

I was super hungry when the food arrived. To my luck, my order was all wrong. Instead of giving me the “Original” they gave me the “Classic”. You have to understand, I love spices and food well seasoned and the classics only had cilantro and onions, while the originals had chipotle, corn, cheese, among other. Naturally, I sent the order back, it wasn’t what I ordered. The server/busboy, came  back, two times, with the same order and insisted “this is your order”. Finally I looked for the receipt and show them what I had ordered.

At that moment I went from being hungry to get sick. I felt like throwing up. I know, it’s only food, but I was super hungry and I knew what I ordered, I didn’t like the fact that I had to “fight” with the server/busboy to get the order right.

I don’t like having to send food back to the kitchen and the nervous plus the hunger made a bad combination. Luckly the food arrived shortly after the whole taco debacle, but instead of eating the three taquitos, I only ate one. I was so full of chips, guacamole, water and air that I couldn’t eat more. I thought that later I would eat it, but surprisingly I wasn’t hungry the rest of the day.

After all, sending the food back twice worked. Not that I’ll like for this to happens to me every time I go out to eat, but it helped! 🙂

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