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Changing Your Lifestyle

During nursing school, all I would do is eat, study, and sometime sleep. I barely had enough time to hang with my friends, spend time with my family, take care of my dog, or take care of myself. I hardly exercised. My form of exercise was taking the stairs as an alternative to the elevator. It was during winter break in 2014 that I realized I was at my heaviest. I weighed in at 145 lbs, which may not seem a lot to some, but it definitely made me realize that I had gained a lot of weight since high school – at least 30 lbs (the freshman 15 is a real thing, guys).

After graduation, I promised myself to a healthier lifestyle and to be able to practice what I preached to my future patients. I began being careful about what I ate, how often I worked out, and slowly recognized a difference in not only in my weight, but as well as how I felt. I was able to fall asleep faster, I felt like I had more energy, and I learned that “full” doesn’t mean you have to keep eating until you feel completely stuffed. Of course, there are some days when I treat myself, but for something to become habit, takes a lot of will power and persistence. These changes in my lifestyle helped me begin my journey:

  • Learn what works for YOU! I first tried counting macros and it was mentally challenging for me. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is the greatest way to be on a “diet” without it feeling like you are on one since your options are not limited. However, I disliked looking at food as numbers and if I didn’t eat my caloric intake goal for the day, I would force feed myself more protein or fiber – even though I wasn’t hungry.
  • I started to make my own lunch and ate the same thing the entire week. By doing this, I save time, money, and know exactly what is in my food when preparing it.
  • Learn how to portion food. Being Filipino, I was taught more rice, the better! Cutting back on the amount of carbs (especially rice) everyday has helped. When I make my meals, I try to measure carbs about the size of my hand – or less, veggies about the size that can fit in both hands, and a protein source about the size of my palm.
  • Strive to workout three times a week. Entering adulthood and working 40 hours/week can be a real struggle, especially working as a nurse and being on my feet for hours. Whether it is  a 30-45 minute cardio session or a full body workout, the only hard part is getting myself to the gym. After my 10 hour shifts, I am physically and mentally exhausted and would skip the gym and go straight home. So, I started to go to the gym at 4:30 AM – 5:00 AM to make sure I had no excuses.
  • ALWAYS eat breakfast, even if you are not hungry in the morning. Not having anything in the morning, just made me want to eat more and more throughout the day. Even if it a protein shake, hard boiled egg, or pancakes – have a good breakfast. It really is the most important meal of the day.
  • Sacrificed going out with friends every weekend and/or every occasion. This was the hardest part for me. I try to eat out once or twice a week. If there were multiple events during the weekend, I could only choose one, especially if they all involved eating out. After getting over the “fear of missing out” feeling, I realized that I would much rather enjoy quality time with my dogs and my love ❤
  • Don’t eat until you are at the point of throwing up. This may not be a normal thing, but sometimes I struggle with learning how to control myself when I am at buffets and/or potlucks. I keep eating and eating to the point where it is hard for me to breathe. I realized that I had a problem and started to listen to my body when I would go out. Learning to control myself, learning when I was “comfortably” full, and only take what I can finish, has helped me with my problem.
  • I stopped ordering sugary drinks at Starbucks. I used to order white chocolate mochas, caramel macchiatos, vanilla lattes, etc. I didn’t realize how much sugar and fat can add up in a tall, 12 0z cup everyday until working as a barista at Starbucks. For example, who knew that frappuccinos were made with whole milk by default?! My go-to orders are now americanos, drip coffee, iced teas with splenda instead of classic syrup, and if I’m feeling pretty naughty – a pump or two of white chocolate mocha with two espresso shots over ice.

I hope sharing these lifestyles changes of mine will help you think of baby steps of your own! Until next time (:

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Beyond Natural Wet Dog Food DEALS

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Such a great deal for these cans of Beyond wet dog food at Target! (:

  • Original price = $2.49/each
  • Sale price = $1.80/each
  • Cartwheel app 15% off Beyond wet dog food = $1.53/each
  • Newspaper coupon Buy 2, Get 1 FREE (x2) = -$4.98
  • Total price = $4.74 or $0.79/each!!

Fred Meyer Deals for Easy Cheesy Quinoa Enchiladas

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So, I’ve recently been trying to make meal plans for each day of the week in order to try to manage my grocery budget better. Creating a meal plan helps in terms of finding deals in grocery store’s weekly ads and to know when to stock up on certain items when they do go on sale. Tuesday’s are like my “Taco Tuesday’s” kinda meal plan. Instead, I make quinoa enchiladas in my handy dandy slow cooker! (I will definitely share the recipe with you guys below!) Fred Meyer had some of the key ingredients on sale this week and I had to buy at least more than one. Besides the sale items used for my enchiladas, they had great deals on Krave cereal and clearance Downy Unstopables Laundry Scent Booster!

Transaction:

Foster Farm Ground Turkey (x2)

  • Original price = $5.39
  • Fred Meyer In-Store Coupon = $3.99
  • Total = $7.98

Private Selection Salsa (x2)

  • Original price = $2.79
  • Sale price = 2/$4, making each one $2 (which was the cheapest brand of salsa compared to the other brand names)
  • Total = $4.00

Rosarita Enchilada Sauce

  • Original price = $2.00
  • Sale price = $1.69

Fred Meyer Sour Cream (x2)

  • Original price = $1.25
  • Sale price = $0.99
  • Total = $1.98

Downy Unstopable

  • Original price = $6.99
  • Clearance price = $2.19
  • Fred Meyer e-Coupon = 1/$1 off any Tide product
  • Total = $1.19

Krave Cereal

  • Original price = $2.50
  • Fred Meyer In-Store Coupon = $1.88
  • Coupon = 1/$0.50 off any Krave cereal
  • Total = $1.38

Total BEFORE coupons/sale prices = $30.35

Total AFTER coupons/sale prices = $18.43

Easy Cheesy Quinoa Enchiladas

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I am a lover of slow cooker meals! They are so easy to make and even prepare for when you’re always busy and on the go. Also, ever since I’ve discovered the invention of slow cooker liners… Life is heaven. Here is the recipe! It is delicious and I usually eat it with some sour cream and chips (:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground turkey
  • 1 orange bell pepper (you can use any color you like)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup black beans (I use the uncooked ones, but you can use ones in the can too)
  • 1.5 cups quinoa
  • 1 can of enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 of onion diced
  • 1/2 cup of salsa
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 cups of cheddar cheese
  • Cilantro

Directions:

  1. Throw in the quinoa, onion, bell pepper, garlic, frozen corn, black beans, and salsa into the slow cooker.
  2. Cook the ground turkey until browned through. Drain any grease and put into the slow cooker. (I like mine a little spicy, so when I do cook it in the pan, I like to put in some Sriracha sauce!)
  3. Add in water, enchilada sauce, salt & pepper, cumin, and chili powder.
  4. Stir everything together and cook on HIGH for 3 to 3.5 hours or until all the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa is cooked.
  5. When its done, remove the lid and add in 2 cups of cheddar cheese and cilantro. Enjoy with some sour cream, chips, or by itself!

Salmon & Avocado Eggs Benedict with a Healthy Hollandaise Sauce

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I went to a restaurant named Indigo and they served this smoked salmon eggs benedict for their brunch and it was absolutely amazing! Ever since then, I’ve been wanting to make eggs benedict at home. When I looked up how to make hollandaise sauce, I realized that it was pretty much egg yolks and butter. Why do the best things in life have to be so delicious with butter… I’ve been trying to make better eating decisions, cooking my own food, and finding healthier alternatives to some of my favorite foods. So, I decided to find and whip up a healthy version of hollandaise sauce that was super simple and also very delicious (:

Healthy Hollandaise Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup of greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp of dijon mustard
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Dash of parsley flakes
  • Dash of red cayenne pepper
  • Squirt of lemon juice

And just like any other eggs benedict–toast your muffins and poach your eggs (: This meal was super quick and easy to do!

Starbucks Deal: March 12th – 14th

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As much as I hate getting suckered in with promotions like this, I might just cave in. If you are signed up on Starbucks’ card program, you probably got this email as well. If not, great news for you! Starting tomorrow, Starbucks is offering a free grande hot brewed coffee with a purchase of any breakfast sandwich. As you know, Starbucks has been serving their reduced-fat turkey bacon, ham & cheddar, and bacon & gouda, and sausage & cheddar breakfast sandwiches for awhile. Now, Starbucks has added three new ones: slow-roasted ham & swiss, vegetable & fontiago, and egg & cheddar breakfast sandwich.

I’m confused because recently when I went to Starbucks, they promoted their reduced-fat turkey bacon breakfast sandwiches as being “New” which isn’t totally true. Maybe, they are just putting it as new to appeal the fact that it has under 300 calories. It was hard enough to keep up with four breakfast sandwiches, but seven -__-” I guess variety is crucial for pleasing consumers, right?

Anyway, if you are all about freebies, get your breakfast sandwich this week and a free cup of coffee (:

Enjoy!

❤ Dorothy

Fred Meyers Grocery Trip

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I wanted to go grocery shopping for my mom and she is a busy person, just like me. She is more about on-the-go foods or set it in the oven to bake quickness. So, Fred Meyer had great deals on Hot Pockets, Gorton’s fish sticks, pasta noodles, macaroni & cheese, yogurt, and chow mein microwavable noodles.

TRANSACTION

Barilla Pasta Noodles (x4)

  • Sale price = $1
  • In-ad coupon = $0.79/each (Limit 4 – excludes Pasta Plus & Gluten Free)

Gorton’s Fish Sticks (x2)

Kraft Mac & Cheese Dinner Pack

Chow Mein Microwavable Pack (x3)

  • Sale: $1.05/each
  • Coupon: Buy 3, save $1 (Sunday paper inserts)
  • Final price = $2.05 or $0.68/each

Lean Pockets (x4)

Yoplait Yogurt (x6)

  • Sale = 10/$5 or $0.50/each
  • Coupon = $0.40/6 Yoplait yogurts (Sunday paper inserts)
  • Final price = $0.43/each

Before coupons = $31.02, after coupons = $22.28 (: Hooray!

Enjoy!

❤ Dorothy

AvoDerm for $4.99

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Went to Petco to find my cute, chihuahua friend a Christmas outfit. I stumbled upon my favorite brand of dog food for my doggy because he has itchy skin problems in the past. When my boyfriend and I took our dog to the dermatologist, they recommended this brand to us and it has worked out for our dog ever since. It is kind of pricey, usually costs around $15, but it was on sale for $9.99 at Petco! I also had a $5.00 coupon off for signing up for AvoDerm’s emails. I got a bag of dog food for my itchy dog for $4.99 compared to $15.00 (:

Enjoy!

❤ Dorothy

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