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 Hi my fellow bloggers and friends!  

I just wanted to tell you all that I have a new webpage! You can now visit me at www.justonecupcake.com.  

Thanks for reading my posts I hope you enjoyed them. If you did, go visit my new site and let’s keep following this journey to get healthier while losing weight!  

Because weight loss is not easy… but it can be fun!

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The Wizard of "Goal"

How many times have you heard that? If I had a nickel for every time I heard that in my lifetime I’ll be, well out of debt. 

The definition of goal is, the end toward which effort is directed. This doesn’t mean that we can’t change while in the journey. 

The number I selected as my goal weight might change on my way there. All depends on how I feel and look at certain weight. That number is the magic number, you know like in the Wizard of Oz. In the movie the characters had to travel the long Yellow Brick Road to get to the Wizard. Once there they got what they were looking for but not in the expected way. 

The same happens with my goal weight. That is my “Wizard of Oz” (only with my name), and the journey I’m traveling is my long Yellow Brick Road. I know that in the end I’ll get what I want, lose weight. It might be the number I selected or it might be a little different. 

Next time someone asks you “is that your goal?”, say yes very proud and keep working at it. Only you have the power to make it a reality and don’t forget you can modify this number as many times as you like. After all is not written in stone!  Enjoy your weight loss journey and make it fun and memorable.

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Vacations!!

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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Run, run, run!

The singer Rob Thomas has this effect on me that every time I hear the song “How Far We’ve Come” or “This is How the Heart Breaks” I feel the need to start to running. It doesn’t matter if I’m at the gym working out or sitting at my desk working I get the same feeling.   

You see I’m not a runner and both of those songs just make my brain to send the message “run” to my legs and that I do. The beat of both songs is accelerated and for some reason, even though I get tired during the songs I just can’t stop running until the music is over.   

I guess the article I read about the beat of the music and the effects on the body is true. In the January/February 2010 edition of Women’s Health Magazine, I found a little column that stated that the music with a rapid or loud beat send a signal of distress  to the brain releasing adrenaline, resulting in more energy.   

The same principle applies for when you need to calm down. Playing relaxing music will do the trick or even to calm the kids. I remember a friend of mine she always played a specific song to calm her baby. If by any chance she forgot to put the song in repeat oh wow, the baby will get up and cry non-stop until the song was playing again.   

Knowing this, I loaded my iPod with songs to get me excited and to calm me down. Here is a list of some of the artists you could find in my mp3 player:   

  • Rob Thomas
  • Maroon 5
  • Rihanna
  • Ricky Martin
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Wisin y Yandel
  • Daddy Yankee
  • Kate Perry
  • Lady Gaga
  • Chris Daughtry
  • ABBA
  • Among other

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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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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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