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Clean Eats and Jam Out

Have I ever mentioned how wonderful life is? I keep having these amazing moments in my life and I can’t believe all these things are happening. Thursday was a pretty awesome day. First, I wake up, get on the scale, and find out that I finally moved past the 4 lbs that I’ve been yoyoing up and down all month and get into losing the 5th lb. Second, I get an email saying that my favorite band, Finish Ticket, is coming by my house to drop off a vinyl of their album, Tears Your Apart. My HOUSE!!! WHAT??!!! The part that was really cool was that I got an email asking exactly when I’d be home because they said they wanted to deliver it to me specifically when I was there because I had been such a long time loyal fan. *THUD* Third, I found out that I won tickets to a concert at the Great American Music Hall where Seeking Empire, Happy Fangs and New Diplomat were playing! I had interviewed Seeking Empire and New Diplomat a few years ago for a website I was helping out on and they are just such great bands. Seeing them perform Thursday night and for free topped off my night! And then yesterday morning, I got on the scale and I had lost another 2.2 lbs. Whut whuttttt!!!?!!

Here are some pics from Thursday:

Brendan Hoye & Michael Hoye from Finish Ticket
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They signed the back but they also wrote on the front!
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Seeking Empire
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New Diplomat
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What a wonderful day. Right now, I’m listening to my new record and some other records, drinking water and roasting veggies. And for the first time, I’m actually really excited about them. I’m roasting potatoes, red bell peppers and colorful carrots which I seasoned with avocado oil, olive oil, lemon juice, black pepper, rosemary, dill, and himalayan pink salt. Can’t wait to taste it! Ever since I saw that pic with me and Will, I just felt heartbroken. However, from that broken heart, I rose from my ashes and decided that this was going to be the last year that I’m overweight. My imagination of how I want to look standing next to him motivates me to get healthy. I’ve actually been pretending I’m in a weight loss challenge with Will. And of course, it super helps that it seems he’s been trying to get healthy too. He posted that he was doing a juice cleanse and there were pics of him obviously going out running or something. Gawd, I’m just jealous by how much weight he’s lost, but I will get there. I promise. And if I ever do get the chance to stand beside him and take a photo again, I’d better look good. I don’t even actually care what he looks like, he’ll always be a beautiful person to me.

So, the things I’ve been doing lately to get healthy is mainly working out and eating clean. I’ve been cooking a lot more and researching about clean eating. I started cooking without sugar and making foods that are good for me. I have a Filipino vegan chef friend, Astig Vegan, who has made lots of vegan foods for me to taste and because of her, I am no longer disgusted by the sound of something being vegan or vegetarian. Last weekend, she taught me through text messages how to make cashew cheese and it turned out delicious!

Blending the cashews
Cashew Cheese
Forming for culturing
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Delicious with lentil chips
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Also made gluten free, grain free & sugar free brownies. Sooooo goooood!!
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You know, they say…

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However, after eating clean for about 3 weeks now, a friend of mine who I see almost every week told me I did look thinner. What?!!! I was shocked. I mean, I did look in the mirror and thought about whether or not there were any changes but I just wasn’t sure since I see myself every day. However, it’s great to know my efforts are actually working. I always used to just give up after 3 weeks because I never felt like anything I was doing would be lasting. Fortunately, I discovered Amelia Freer through Sam Smith’s weight loss story and I’m so grateful! I’m currently reading her book “Eat. Nourish. Glow.” to help me along. I’ve tried low carbs, I’ve tried no carbs, I’ve tried Atkins, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, South Beach, oh my god. So many phases of hell I’ve put my body through and it finally said to me, “STOP! Just be good to me.”

Amelia Freer writes “Listen to your body. It’s smarter than you.” I completely agree. I’ve actually said these words to friends of mine who were dieting and yet, I never listened to these words myself. I know the body finds ways to tell you what it needs. If your pee is super yellow, it’s telling you you’re not drinking enough water. If you’re craving veggies when you never have before, it’s telling you that it doesn’t have enough nutrients. If you get sleepy in the afternoons, it’s telling you that you’re not getting enough hours of sleep at night or that you’ve had too much sugar. In my previous eating habits, I never listened. I ate based on scent, thoughts, desires, and cost. Today, I eat to nourish my body rather than for convenience. I also cut out a lot of sugar. Amelia says that sugar has been shown in studies to be 8 times more addictive than cocaine!! I did hear that before and I believe it. Whenever a coworker brings sweets to work and I refuse by saying I’m on a diet, their answer is always “Oh please. One is not going to hurt you.” Unfortunately, that’s not true. One WILL hurt you because you’ll get another sugar craving later in the day and you won’t be able to stop thinking about it until you have it and the worst words you can say to yourself on a diet is “I might as well…” No thanks, I’d rather not spiral down that sugar hill, gang. Go on without me.

While typing this, my veggies finished roasting and they smell and taste delicious!
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Yummy yummy yummy. I never thought I would enjoy a grain with just veggies but I do. Yeah, there are potatoes but since everything else is healthy and homemade, I’m gonna say that’s ok. I ate this with some bulgur rather than white rice. Tastes great! I feel so proud of myself today. Anyway, have a great rest of the weekend and may everything good happen to you. I love life!!

Detox Day 11

I think I need a break. Oh, who am I kidding? I completely broke on this day. I drank orange juice during lunch & ate Crab & Corn chowder for dinner! You just don’t refuse a free bowl of Crab & Corn chowder from free room service. Well you know what? It was DELICIOUS! Was it worth the pound I gained? Nope. I think I need to take a break from this detox, at least for a couple of days. Is that a good idea though? I no longer have sugar cravings since I’ve been off of sugar for almost two weeks. Then again, I was never addicted to it much int he first place. I used to be able to stick with a diet for at least 3 weeks & now it’s down to 10 days? Hmm, I wonder if there’s a diet out there that only lasts 10 days, haha! Yeah, right. A fad diet, I’m sure. I’ll see how today blows over & decide what’s worth it & what’s not. Ugh, I hate dieting!!!

Breakfast
Soft-boiled eggs

Lunch
Orange juice (Tropicana)
Scrambled eggs with fuzzy melon
Brown rice
Yao choy

Snack
Banana
Almonds

Dinner
Crab & Corn Chowder
Chicken Tender

Weight lost as of 4/2/12: 4 lbs.

Detox Day 10

I was supposed to go to a Fiscal Sponsorship Orientation held by the San Francisco Film Society the other day but I overslept and had to skip it. Luckily my friends made it and filled me in. It basically inspired me to write an arthouse feature length film and I would love love LOVE for the overall theme of it to be focused on body image & self love. I’m thinking something along the lines of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Sideways. Not a slapstick LMAO comedy nor anything dancing along the lines of melancholy or sorrow. I just want to create a world & invite some guests to live in it for a couple of hours, that’s all. This has me thinking I could expand my short & just go into a full on feature. Hmm…

On another note, I effed up last night and ate with my family. They are good cooks.

Breakfast
Gluten-free corn flakes (Nature’s Path)
Goat milk (Meyenberg)

Lunch
Scrambled eggs with fuzzy melon
Brown rice
Yao choy

Snack
Almonds (Trader Joe’s)

Dinner
Brown rice
Tofu with fish
Boy choy

Weight lost as of 4/2/12: 5 lbs.

Detox Day 9

I got sick yesterday, just a runny nose. The last time I got sick while dieting, I was competing with my best friend to see who can lose the most weight by a certain date, percentage wise. When she found out I was sick, she said, “No fair! You lose more weight when you’re sick!” Actually, I find that to be true most of the time so maybe it has some validity. I bet it’s just water weight though. I’m not sure what that means really. Your body is supposedly made up of 70% water so isn’t losing water weight a good thing? Weight is weight, right?

I don’t mind if I lost a bunch of water weight. I’m sure any weight lost is good at this point. I ended up having a super late dinner last night with friends at a thai restaurant but I didn’t eat much. I tend to gain weight whenever I eat late & go to sleep right after. I anticipated some sort of gain this morning but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually lost a pound!

I spent most of the day sleeping off my sickness and watching Dr. Oz. A lady named Kathy Freston was on it, talking about her new book, The Lean. She’s vegan & showed us a new philly cheesesteak recipe using seitan instead. I’m game to try it. I love seitan. The first time I tried it was from a vegetarian friend of mine who is a chef that makes filipino vegan food. He has his own catering company called No Worries. Ever since then, I was hooked. Unfortunately, seitan is not gluten free so I cannot consume it right now unless I can make my own seitan. Oooh, that’s a bit too ambitious for me right now. I’d rather just buy it somewhere. Anyway, the point is, I think I might give The Lean a try after the 21 day detox is over. If Dr. Oz is down for it, I should be too, yes?

Breakfast
Crispy Gluten-free brown rice cereal (Erewhon)
Almond milk (Trader Joe’s)

Snack
Banana

Lunch
Scrambled eggs with fuzzy melon
Brown rice
Yao choy

Dinner
Pad woon sen (King of Thai 2)

Weight lost as of 4/2/12: 5.6 lbs.

Detox Day 8

Finally had a free day to cook some food so I decided to make more of my egg with fuzzy melon and some Asian vegetables. The only condiment I found that is close to soy sauce and fits the guidelines of the detox is Bragg’s Liquid Aminos which you can find in Whole Foods or probably any upper scale grocery store. It’s gluten-free and tastes just like soy sauce. Strange name but I like it. Makes me feel like I’m having some sort of chemistry lab concoction.

This past 24 hours, I lost .2 lbs again, just like the day before. I was a bit bummed about it at first but then I remembered that the normal weight loss should be 1-2 lbs per week. With that in mind, it means I’m right on track and that’s yay.

Breakfast
Crispy gluten-free brown rice cereal (Erewhon)
Goat milk (Meyenberg)
Banana

Lunch
Crispy gluten-free brown rice cereal (Erewhon)
Unsweetened almond milk (Trader Joe’s)

Snack
Rice chips (Lundberg)

Dinner
Scrambled eggs with fuzzy melon
Yao choy
Brown rice

Weight lost as of 4/2/12: 4.6 lbs.

Detox Day 7

I started off the day with breakfast and a long walk. I walked for about 2.5 hours to be exact. I was thinking that this way, I would be able to lose some weight for sure. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen as well as I had hoped. I only lost .2 lbs from yesterday. I am trying to analyze what it is I need to do but it seems my body is starting to adapt to the food.

I read somewhere that the body’s natural function is to maintain its weight. Losing weight is unnatural so the body does whatever it needs to do to adapt & maintain its weight. This is why they say you always have to kick it up a notch and surprise your body. At first, I thought have eating junk food for a day and then returning to my regular diet. That would shock my body, right? But then, the thought of consuming junk food all day made me sick to my stomach so scratch that plan.

If I’m going to surprise my body, I think I’ll start eating more vegetables. I noticed my diet didn’t really contain too many greens so while I was walking, I walked on over to the market & bought myself some vegetables that I will cook tonight. Seriously though, I just need to exercise more. There. I said it. Now whether or not I’ll do it is a whole ‘nuther conversation. This beezy hates to exercise. Bleh!

Breakfast
Gluten-free corn flakes (Nature’s Path)
Rice milk (Rice Dream)

Lunch
Gluten-free whole grain bread (Udi’s)
Turkey Breast (Trader Joe’s)
Goat Brie (Trader Joe’s)

Snack
Banana

Dinner
Rotisserie Chicken (Safeway)
Banana

Weight lost as of 4/2/12: 4.4 lbs.

Detox Day 6

I knew it was going to happen eventually. I knew I couldn’t maintain a losing streak forever. Gained back 1.6 lbs from my food yesterday. I’m a little disappointed but instead of letting it ruin my day, I’m going to use it to my advantage and make it my motivation for day 7 to lose twice as much as I did so that I lose what I gained and then some. Normally, I would allow it to get the best of me and cause me to return to a day of normal meal consumption but not this time. I’m too pumped to succeed.

I’m not making excuses but I have to break down my day so that I can see where I might have made my mistake. The plan was to go location scouting in the area to find a place where we can film an exterior shot so I knew I was going to be in a car all day & we would probably have to stop at restaurants to eat. I had to have lunch at a filipino restaurant which was nearly impossible to maintain my detox on. I tried to follow the same guideline I used when I went to have thai food. All I ate was grilled chicken (thigh meat) and eggplant. Both of which was pretty fattening because well, thigh meat is DELICIOUS so it must be fattening and eggplant is a sponge disguised as a vegetable so I pretty much just ate pieces of oil.

For dinner, we ended up at a Japanese restaurant. I asked if they had brown rice and sadly, they did not. So I had to settle for no rice at all. I ended up ordering tamago sashimi, which I never even knew existed, and saba sashimi. Basically, I had raw fish & eggs. I couldn’t handle the fish. My mind kept wandering to an image of me grabbing a live fish out of fresh waters and sinking my teeth into it. The smell of it alone made me cringe as I have never taken a liking to fish much. The only ones I’ll eat faw are salmon & tuna, which also happen to be the only two I cannot have on the detox. To be honest, I couldn’t really have the eggs neither due to the sugar content but I decided it was ok.

A-HA! That must be where I made the mistake as well. A combination of fatty chicken, oil sponges & sugar-laden eggs caused me to gained back 1.6 lbs. While I wish I hadn’t eaten it, there’s no use in crying over spilled milk. I’ll just have to move forward and be very careful from now now. Although, it does worry me about what will happen once I am off of the detox. What will happen to my body? Will I just continue gaining weight without mercy? Am I going to have to eat baby carrots & hummus for lunch forever? How will I ever adopt this diet as a lifestyle change? And now, all I can think of is my hula hoop. Exercise, betch! I didn’t do any exercise yesterday!! Another mistake found. Okay, correct it today!

Breakfast
Gluten-free whole grain toast (Udi’s)
Almond butter (Trader Joe’s)
Hard-boiled eggs
Green Tea (Yamamotoyama & Kirkland)

Lunch
Grilled Chicken (Tribu Grill)
Eggplant (Tribu Grill)

Snack
Banana
Rice Chips (Lundberg)

Dinner
Tamago Sashimi (Balboa Teriyaki)
Green tea (Balboa Teriyaki)

Weight lost as of 4/2/12: 4.2 lbs.

Detox Day 5

I succeeded in losing weight despite having chinese roasted pork, roasted duck & chow fun in my face! YES!!! This is proof of the elusive discipline that I’ve been lacking all these years. I think it has a lot to do with my motivation. Okay, let’s be frank. Yes, my motivation really has nothing to do with me but more to do with my desire to catch the attention of a man. Celebrities come & go and yes, it is definitely possible to catch the attention of a celebrity (i.e. Matt Damon & Jackson Rathbone are my best examples) but it’s the real men that prove to be a greater motivational factor.

At the same time, I am able to do research for the short film I’m writing as it has everything to do with how I complete the outcome of the story. Yes, the character is loosely based on my own shenanigans and it’s so much fun to write! Even though it’s my own story, I can’t wait to find out what happens at the end of the film. Hopefully a happy ending but it could go either way. The detox is such a dream come true!

Breakfast
Greek style yogurt (Fage)
Honey (Trader Joe’s)

Snack
Banana

Lunch
Baby carrots
Hummus (Trader Joe’s)

Dinner
Gluten-Free Cornflakes (Nature’s Path)
Scrambled eggs with fuzzy melon

Weight lost as of 4/2/12: 5.2 lbs.

Detox Day 4

I made a date with my bff to watch Titanic in 3D yesterday. So naturally, we had to have dinner somewhere and I chose to go to a Thai restaurant. Initially, I was planning on going mediterranean because I thought I could just have hummus. However, I realized they weren’t going to have a bag of baby carrots for me to dip & I wasn’t about to eat their pita bread that I’m not allowed to have. Therefore, thai was a better solution. I ended up at Summer Summer Thai. Scoping through the menu proved to be difficult to find something that fit along my diet guidelines. Finally, I decided on the Flambe Chicken, which was “Grilled marinated chicken in our secret Thai spices.”

I tore that chicken UP! I ate it kamayan style (with my hands) and it was soooooo goooood. I LOVE this diet! I didn’t eat the sauce though but I did try it. It mostly had lots of sugar so I had to pass. My next challenge will be when I head off to the next film shoot & I have to figure out a way to maintain my diet on set. I was thinking of eating beforehand. If I have to, I’ll just boil some eggs & brown bag it. Oooh, good idea. Soft-boiled eggs are my absolute favorite! 8 minutes in simmering water is all your need.

Breakfast
Gluten-Free Corn flakes (Nature’s Path)
Rice milk (Rice Dream)

Snack
Banana

Lunch
Scrambled eggs with fuzzy melon
Brown rice
Green tea with roasted brown rice (Yamamotoyama)

Dinner
Grilled chicken (Summer Summer Thai restaurant)
Brown rice
Broccoli/carrots

Weight lost since 4/2/12: 4.8 lbs.

Detox Day 2

I didn’t really have time to think of anything new to eat so I pretty much ate the same thing as Day 1. The only difference is my dinner. I ended up going to a meeting last night where the host had purchased some delicious-looking & heaven-scented appetizers that made me drool. Stuffed mushrooms, shanghai lumpia & bacon stuffed potato wedges were on their menu. The only way I could get through it was by drinking water & telling myself it’s just not worth it.

So far, in the last 2 days, I’ve lost 2 lbs. Not really a pound a day though. After Day 1, I had lost .4 oz. After Day 2 was when I had gotten up to 2 lbs. I can’t even imagine what would have happened if I had given into temptation & had taken a bite of those appetizers. Oh the horror! I can already imagine what would have transpired if I had taken a bite. It would just be one after another, to the point of no return. It would eventually become a pertual junk food consumption that would propel me into a 24 hour grocery store to buy ice cream, chips & chocolate, spiraling me into the depths of yo yo dieting and leaning on the excuse that the diet can restart tomorrow. Well no more excuses this time. This time, I WON! I didn’t give in, I didn’t take any bites, and I didn’t care. SUCCESS!!

Breakfast
Crispy gluten free brown rice cereal (Erewhon)
Lowfat Goat milk (Meyenberg)

Snack
Banana

Lunch
Scrambled eggs
2 slices gluten free whole grain toast (Udi’s)

Dinner
Gluten-free Brown rice tortilla (Trader Joe’s)
1 oz goat cheese (Trader Joe’s)
Oven roast turkey breast (Trader Joe’s)

The tortillas were awful, might be better if I heated them up.

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