Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hello World

Late March I started going to kickboxing. That was right after doing a month of P90X.  Now look at me and I'm still juicing and eating much healthier meals. My goal is to loose another 20lbs or one dress size in the next five weeks.
My doctor advised me not to weigh myself anymore because she sees I'm on the right path. She encouraged me to measure myself because tje weight will come off naturally.
I'm even more motivated to keep going now that my doctor says I'm doing all the right things. I have to only reduce my fiber intake because I'm retaining too much water.
Even if your not over weight you should still not neglect your body. Treat it right. Be healthy my friends.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Your Health

You are the most important person to yourself.  Honor your body by doing things to prevent illness. Visit your doctor once a year to talk about your pains or health in general.  No more can we use the excuse we don't have the copay.

We need to be proactive. My family depends on me but most importantly others do as well. I want to be the example not the exception.

Women go see your doctor and men you too.

Monday, May 20, 2013


Mondays are a reminder of how much I love my family and wished we had a three day weekend every week.

I'm so grateful for having found my passion for exercising again. I really feel like I was missing out on so many things with my kids.

I had such a lack of motivation for so many years all I wanted to do was sit around and do nothing all day long.

We have to make a decision to live our lives as God intended.  Dont do what I did by wasting your time lying around doing anything. 

Take babysteps no one is asking you run a marathon.  Start by gardening, walking outside or even bike riding.  Whatever it is just do it.

The journey is yours alone to take.

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

No longer a YO YO

I decided last night that I'm going to put myself out there for all to see.  If you've been reading my post you know that January 2013 was my year for transformation.  I really feel like I'm an active member of my life and family now. There is nothing more to say than to show you. I'm no longer a YO YO! Will you join me?

I have a until June 14th to reach my Goal. I will achieve it!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Working It and Working It

Its been a long day long month and long year already.  I have beat all the odds of weight lost and have inspired my friends, family and entire company to jump onboard. Since January I embarked on a juicing cleanse and have made it part of my daily routine. 

Everything was truly in moderation.  In 2009 I was beyond unhappy with myself I'm looking for that horrible picture to show you all. I had to change how I ate because I didnt have the courage to exercise. 

Since 2009 to 2011 I lost over 33 lbs and lost five sizes, just from changing how I ate. Then in late fall 2011 I had my gall bladder removed. I had several gallbladder attacks thru the summer and didnt know why. After my surgery I lost 15lbs more. As the doctor explained my body was losing fat so fast it couldn't keep up. So when your losing weight always consult with a doctor.

Now juicing,  it truly has helped me focus, be more alert, more energized, and I get more sleep. Now that everything is in line, I work out almost five days a week and three of those days is kickboxing class.

I've now added body wraps to my regimen to help me loosen some of that stubborn toxins in my abs. Since last week I've lost 11 inches in my body.

People be inspired.  I'm reminded today, after the loss of my employee,  due to cancer, how important it is to heal ourselves from the inside out.

Look at your life and say to yourself,  "I will live a long and healthy life."

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

To Exercise or Not Exercise

For all of us exercise is the arch enemy.  For the last 4 1/2 years I dedicated my life to changing how I eat and even changing how my entire family eats.  Here's a list of the stuff I no longer allow in my house, well unless your a visitor and you have bad eating habits.

-no pop
-no sugary treats
-no juice of any kind unless it's made from scratch
-reducing starch foods like rice and potatoes
-no fast foods
-eating more greens
-no meat for me please, my husband still eats it once in a while but my kids try to stay away
-reducing chicken intake has been a challenge because the kids don't eat seafood as much
-there is so much more I can go on and on, the key is cook from scratch and make the choice to live a healthier life

So now that I have the food plan down I recently started to move my body and found that there were too many muscles in my body I wasn't using, like a muscle that runs along my back leg.  OUCH! And here I thought that parking farther away from the door and walking was helping, um NOT!

It really helps to have a work out buddy but in my case my husband is so fit it only makes me more self conscious.  However, he is my biggest supporter so I work out with him first for 20 minutes and then he does his intense workout for like 3 hours. No Joke!

People there is hope for all of us.  Between Juicing, eating right, exercising and just being more active I have accomplished so much. I have so much energy beyond my own imagination.  I was excited when the weather got better in Chi-Town that I sent most of my Sunday with my girls outside and my 8 year old is now riding her bike all by herself.  I don't know what I was doing the last 4 1/2 years but I sure as hell was not enjoying it!

Get up and get moving people! Movement is Exercise!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Trying new things What's YUCA?

No one else is going to make the choice for you to make a difference in your life. Whether its your attitude, health, finances, love etc. Only you can make the choice to make that first step. I have devoted the last few months of my life to living a healthier life. So to begin I'd like to start sharing some of my recipes. What works for me may not work for you but I hope that it will inspire you to try something new.

Let's start with Yuca. Remember, that with any new food you try always find out the benefits of that new vegetable or fruit. Learn and carry Super Foods in your house, they are essential to your daily diet. If you don't like to try new foods, be open minded, give it a try. We always tell the girls that they have to at least try it before they say NO.

Yuca, or also know as Root, is a gluten free vegetable. Who would have know, I've been eating Yuca since I was a kid. If you can find Yuca leaves, which I haven't see in the US, it's good source of dietary proteins and vitamin K. Vitamin-K has a potential role in bone mass building by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones. It also has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.

It also has a moderate source of some of the valuable B-complex group of vitamins such as folates, thiamin, pyridoxine(vitamin B-6), riboflavin, and pantothenic acid.

How do you cook it. Two methods are, one in soup and one is fried. Here is what I do.

How to prep:
Take a medium size root, peel the dark brown bark off the root. It's much easier to cut the root in 2 inch sections and then peel each on individually. Put the root in a pot, cover with water, add some garlic and salt. Let it boil and when yuca is tender it is ready. The root is cooked when it's not a hard white color, it should me soft and tender.

Drain your water, cut the root pieces in half and then into smaller pieces. Here's the next step, you can either pan fry it like french fries using vegetable oil OR you can season with salt, pepper and olive oil and then stick in the over to roast. Either way it taste AMAZING.

Last but not least you can always throw in the raw root, but up into smaller pieces and toss straight into a soup like you would a potato.

Happy Eating!

Changing Seasons

As I watch Joel Osteen and listen to Father at mass, I finally realized that all the changing and flood of blessings I keep hearing about, has not only been right in front of my face, but it was me realizing what I had in front of me and me changing my approach. So I like to say that 2013 has finally arrived in my life. I see life with no blinders on and even if I get hit with any obstacles, I know it's going to be okay.

I also have learned that people have to be willing to change and people have to be willing to accept that people can change. We have to open minded to forgiving people for the wrong they have done by knowing that their acts of kindness and positive change is to better all the relationships in their life.

If we all took the time to see life in a different way, if we chose to be more positive and if we decided to be better listeners than maybe just maybe we will overcome all the negativity that surrounds us. But it all starts with us looking at life differently.

How do we do that you ask? Well look at yourself first and what do you need to change? What do you need to do to make yourself feel better about you first before you conquer the world? Take that first step and following it by many and what what you can do?

Be Positive!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Making the choice

I now am two months free of no coffee.  I feel much healthier just having eliminated caffeine. I want to set a healthier example but lets face it after three kids, a husband and a dog oh yeah and work oh and everything else, finding time to focus on me is

I decided to start detoxing in Jan with fresh juice and now eating things like seafood, no meat and lots of grains, I feel better.  I have to make better choices when I go out to eat. For one, unless im cooking with wine I dont drink. My husband detoxed and now doesn't drink either.

Juicing has really helped me refocus and prioritize my daily life. My girls stop drinking sugary drinks almost six years ago. The secret is cooking from home everyday as often as you can. They now to ask for water first. Its become part of our daily lives. Read up on tap thing for you is to drink filtered water.

On cheat days like on this day we ended up at Elly's...we discovered they had a fresh juice bar. I also found a vegetarian eggs benedict with artichokes spinach and mushrooms.  It was good.

What I have also discovered is that everything is in moderation. I found it easier to implement one change at a time.

So now I feel more disciplined and feel ready for step 2 which involves physical activity. 

Im going to start posting pictures soon. I hope I inspire you to start changing your way of eating.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Single Mom

Having been a single mom I know how hard it is.  I know the fear that sinks down into your stomach when you look at the little you have and wonder if you will ever rise above the storm. I get it, I've lived on ramen noodle soups, spaghetti, bologna and cheese. I remembered how my parents raised us with the little we had and I kept saying to myself, there has to be more to life then living this way.

I didn't get thrown into the life of a single mother.  I made the choice to remove myself from the life I was living and became a single mother because I knew it was the only way I was going to give my daughter a better life.

So many people wanted to see me succeed I had so much help from friends, teachers and managers.  So  you can see going into Human Resources was only natural for me.  I wanted to help people see that there was a light at the end of the tunnel and there is always a way out if you are willing to accept help.

We must be humble and put our pride aside and take the God given opportunities that are put right in front of us and not hold back. God doesn't give us anything that we cannot handle, he is preparing us for great things.

Today I had an employee come up to me and say, Maritza, in the short time I've been working here you have taught me so much about never giving up and there is always a way. See, he decided today to take the 52 Week Savings Challenge, as so many of my other employees.  I shared with them how being a single mother showed me how to be frugal and not to take for granted that even saving $1.00 a week will amount to something big.

It's Week 6, throw $21 into a pot and start your savings.  Take a shoe box, duct tape it, wrap it up again and then slit a whole on the top and throw in all your extra change and dollars and see what you get at the end of the year.

Both my little ones are doing it and I'm sure they will be happy with the results! Don't give up, you will overcome whatever obstacle you are facing right now. Don't be afraid to reach out to people for advice. Be strong and most importantly have faith!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Juice and more Juice

My dad says I get easily inspired and excited about new fads and then I put them off to the side. Buy years ago I said to my husband, "I'm tired of being fat." He looked at me and quickly said we can do it. So when my dad said that to me recently about me doing a juice detox my husband was there right next to me doing it too.

Why a juice detox...why not? Two years ago, before I knew my gallbladder was bad, I changed the way I ate and started walking. I lost over 30lbs. Then I detoxed by going vegetarian for 30 days. Not only was I more focused, more energized but also more determined.

So now in my first five days of juicing I have lost 7lbs. The best part is I see the results. My colon is being cleansed naturally...meaning these juices have fiber so you dont get the runs. Hehehe

My husband says I'm snoring less. I also see that my skin is not as dry. I can wait to see what I look like in three weeks. Im going to try the full thirty days.

To get must educate yourself first. Watch Fat Sick and Nearly Dead and then watch Vegucate. How you eat and grocery shop will make you a more informed shopper.

Eat well be well and live long.

Happy Juicing!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I'm addicted to Netflix

I know I vowed not to ever go shopping Black Friday and I know this post is super late but I had to tell you about my new found love for Netflix and how it came about. I decided to buy my husband the Blu-ray he so much wanted. I bought the Samsung Blu-ray with built in WIFI. It was the best investment I ever made until I signed up for Netflix and discovered I can watch any show any time anywhere. Literally anywhere, on my Samsung Galaxy 3, on the IPAD, on the Tablets, at my dad's, you get the picture.

So anyhow, the Blu-Ray is easy to install, easy to use and easy to move around. Just remember that once you move it from one location to another you basically are resetting the settings so you have to reset the WIFI connection by reentering the password. My only complaint is that either my WIFI signal is not strong enough for the receiver in the Blu-ray or its not receiving my signal well. I'm convinced it's my WIFI signal, so I suggest to make sure to have the Blu-ray in an area where your WIFI will be its strongest. Otherwise, do what we are doing, we are moving our WIFI router in a more centralized location in the house. I might also invest in a WIFI booster to make our signal stronger just so we don't have any more buffering issues when watching Netflix shows.

Back to Netflix. Aside from being addicted, I find the convenience of watching Series on here to be ADDICTIVE because when one episode ends it moves on to the next episode and then you're hooked! Like me. What I love most about Netflix is that you can set it up so when you log in you go into regular Netflix where you see everything and then the option to log into Netflix for kids. So if you have children, like I do, they know to only click on Netflix for kids and they only see options for kids. Netflix also allows you to customize what you want to see when you log in and even gives you suggestions based on what you've seen. I love you see my dilema. I've watched more TV in 30 days that I have every watched in my whole life. Should I seek help? lol No, I don't think so, what I also find is that I can search for movies from the 80's and even farther back. So just yesterday I watched Jumanji with my daughter. They don't make movies like that anymore!

I want to be a kid again. Happy Netflix!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Samsung Tab2 8G

By far the best investment I have made in years.  My husband and I couldn't figure out what to get the girls because they are so tech savvy and it dawned on us that for the price of this tablet we can basically get them more than we could imagine.

For my 8 year old, she's setup on a Kindle account and knows how to download free books.  She understands how to use the Android Market she downloads a lot of free games such as Angry Birds, Fruit Slices and many more.

The most amazing part is that so many parents are complaining their children are attached to their tablets and won't let go of them. We give our girls guidelines.  They respect them and have shown to be responsible.

I love that they can access anything from a book to a game all in one tablet. The setup is easy and even I have fun with it ocassionaly.  I download Pinterest on my daughter's tablet. :)

Cooking in 1 2 3

For Christmas Santa was extra nice to me (My Dad...hehehe)

He bought me this Black & Decker 8 cup food processor. It has been fantastic. I have cut my cooking to less than half the time.  I now make by sofrito in this processor.  Can you believe that for the last 10 years I have manually been making my sofrito. Yes, meaning I have spent hours in the am chopping up all my ingredients, blending and then freezing. What was I thinking!

The nice thing about this processor is that it has a lock in security and aside from also mixing things for me it has the blade with four settings for slicing and shredding.

For the price you can't go wrong.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New Year-Restart or Renew?

I recently heard my daughter tell me, as she often does, "mom tomorrow is a new day and we get to start all over again."

I love the sincerity of a child's mind.  She speaks the truth because we have the opportunity to wake up everyday and make a choice to live a better life.  So many people walk around in a rush, angry, think too much and people just need to SLOW down.

This past Sunday at mass Father said, we have to believe that we are right where GOD wants us to me.  We have to be willing to listen and sit still long enough, to hear his grace. It's true, at least for me I feel that when I'm at peace and one with myself things go smoother in my life.

Last night I was reminded of just that, as my little one was lying sick in my bed she was whiny.  I embraced her and rubbed her back, comforting her. My husband was a little more abrupt and tired, not understanding why she was so whiny if we had given her everything.

I looked at him and realized he was frustrated because he felt helpless.  I looked at him calmly and told him that all she wanted was for him to embrace her and comfort her and speak to her softly.  He looked down at her with that soft look he has and embraced her. It was a beautiful sight.

It was then that I realized that it's not always about making people see things your way but to learn together, grow together and teach a better way of living life. So everyday make an effort to renew your look at life.  Everyday is a restart, make it count.