Not Starving

I’ve been a little down lately and most of it has to do with my weight. I don’t dislike my body, and I don’t think negatively towards it. I am more upset that I had a goal to lose weight (to be healthier), and I almost reached my goal weight before ballooning back up to 23 pounds heavier than my highest weight.

I have been overweight/obese all my life and in June 2014, I started a weight loss group with my best friend and my sister. I had an internship at the time, and three days a week, I would walk the four miles home. Then, two days a week, I would get up early with the girls to play Zombies Run! together. It was fun and exciting. I lost 10 pounds the first month.

Then I moved out and lost until I reached 161 pounds. I felt so good in my skin. My clothes fit perfectly on me. I was never out of breath. I was healthy. I was fit. I was starving.

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Hiatus Is Over

I started this blog to document my journey into minimalism. I stopped writing for a few months because I was under stressed, and honestly felt unmotivated. I didn’t know where this blog was headed.

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Pineapple Orange Juice

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This is one of my favorite treats in the world! And, it’s good for you! I was always in love with fruits and vegetables. But, I hated smoothies. I didn’t understand why people took good ingredients and added horrible ones. Who wants to mix milk and fruit? Or drink peanut butter?!? Everyone, apparently.

There was some frozen pineapples in the freezer one day and a bag of oranges and in the video below I’ll show you how to make pineapple orange juice: a quick and simple smoothie.

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5 Minutes of Stress Relief

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Since we all have lives, there’s comes a time where we feel really stressed out. This may be once in a while or it may be often, but stress can have negative effects on our body. It is a sign that we are feeling overwhelmed and that we need to have a break.

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Healthy Vegan To-Go Snacks

A lot of us are super busy. I know that first hand. At the end of 2012, I started college, and it seems like I hadn’t had a break since. After college came working a full-time job while trying to start a business, and now, it’s running a business while helping my mom start a business and planning for my wedding in February. Busy.

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Why I Bike To Work

I’ve been commuting to work by bike for about a year now (minus 3 months when the area decided to freeze over for winter). At first, it was my only option. I was fresh out of college with my very first job in my field of study. I had no license. I still lived at home but with my single mother’s busy and hectic schedule, I didn’t want to bother adding in another two stops to her day. I also wanted to show independence. I was sick of relying on unreliable people, so I decided I would start biking to work.

At first it was a challenge. All I had was my old mountain bike that had no breaks. I had this bike for about 7 years. It had been my ‘horse,’ ‘motorcycle’ and any other imaginative thing a preteen could come up with. It was out of shape. But, there was a bike shop on the commute, so I would stop there to get it fixed up on my ride home.

Another challenge was that the commute was 5 miles. That’s one way. So, that was 10 miles a day. For being very overweight and out of shape at the time, very didn’t mix so well with the bike being in bad condition. So, I rode 5 miles to work in the early morning heat on a bike with no breaks in hilly Pittsburgh. I had to stop half way through to take a break and drink water. I had to walk my bike down hills. My knees were killing me.

On the way home I stopped at the bike shop. They did the best they could, but they told me that the gearbox is in bad shape and it would only stay in one gear. At least I had breaks.

I continued on with the week. By the end of it, my butt was extremely sore, my knees were killing me and I had two flat tires to deal with it, but I knew this thing was a thing I wanted to do. So, I started researching about biking and commuting. I knew with my first paycheck, I would treat my family to dinner, but I would also buy a new bike. This time, it wouldn’t be a mountain bike. I had learned that their tires are not good on level, smooth land. There’s too much friction and that would make you go slower. That explains why it would take me 45 minutes to do 5 miles. I also saw many others on bikes that had skinny tires and you had to lean forward. They were going pretty fast, but they looked weird (the riders looked weird, too), and I was scared that the skinny tires would always get flats.

So, I looked at hybrid bikes and got one. It cut 15 minutes off of my commute and I tweeted many times that it was the best ride I had ever felt. 10 miles a day? Bring it on.

Later that year, my fiance and I moved to an apartment closer to my work. So 10 miles a day has been cut down to 3 miles a day. Sometimes, I miss the longer commute. But either way, I love biking to work and here’s why:

  • It’s freedom. I still don’t have a driver’s license and this is a way I can have a taste of mobility freedom.
  • It’s different. Although, I see many people commuting by bike, I still feel like we’re going against the norm. The majority people drive, walk or take public transportation. It feels good to be different and it’s a great conversation starter.
  • It saves money. Living and working in a city, you have to pay to park which is extremely expensive. Just having a car is expensive. And, also, I’m not wasting any gas.
  • It’s faster than a car. Don’t believe me? Let’s have a race in a city with city traffic.
  • It sneaks in exercise. It’s excellent exercise. I believe biking 10 miles a day really jump started my 40lb weight loss to date.
  • It’s nice to be exposed to fresh air. Everyone these days seems to be stuck indoors. But, it’s nice to have some fresh air everyday.

Do you commute by bike? Tell me about it!

Lazy Veggie Soup

Despite eating 20 oranges yesterday to ward off my fiance’s cold, today I woke up a little congested which grew to being a lot congested by the end of the day. We went food shopping, and on the way home I suddenly remembered, “Hey! Maybe we should have gotten some soup since we’re both sneezing and coughing up lungs.”

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