Freebirds!!

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I have this debate with my relatives every now and then about who is better, Freebirds or Chipotle? For me, it is Freebirds, hands down. From the customer service to the taste of the food, everything is just so much better. I know for sure because I just had Freebirds last night and Chipotle for lunch today… and I was just so disappointed with what I got this afternoon.

Anyway, I usually get a kids burrito because it won’t be 10,000 calories so there is no guilt. But for the first time yesterday, I got a salad. It was so tasty and fulfilling and they use mixed greens-my favorite for this kind of meal. I also couldn’t believe that the whole salad was only 350 calories! I split it into two meals though, dinner and late night snack. So if you’re jonesing for a good salad that won’t take up your entire daily caloric value for the day, get yourself a lite chicken bowl from Freebirds!

Today’s snack is…

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I currently have 5-6 meals a day. I usually have an Herbalife shake for breakfast, a snack, shake or lean lunch, another snack then dinner. I always switch up my snacks so my meals don’t get boring. This week I’m bringing my own parfaits and this is why:

1) I can measure my portions and know exactly how much I’m putting in my body.

2) The cafe at my school always has the granola sitting in the yogurt so it gets soggy.

3) I can add whatever yogurt and fruit that I prefer. :D

I used 1/2 a cup of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt from Trader Joe’s. 1/2 a cup of fresh blueberries and 1/4 cup of Trader Joe’s pecan granola cereal and the total calories is only 231!

Being healthy doesn’t have to be boring, you just have to be aware of what you’re putting in your body.

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Working Out and Herbalife

Last year I gained about 20lbs. I have a habit if getting on the scale everyday, and I just kept seeing my weight go up and up and up. At one point I was 135, then a steady 134. At 5 feet tall… that’s a little bit on the chubby side. Diabetes and high blood pressure runs in my family, in fact, I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant. I looked at myself and just thought… I do not want to have these health issues later down the road, so I decided to make a change.

My friend Vicky introduced me to Herbalife. It has truly been a blessing. Since April I have been able to lose 12lbs, lost 6% body fat, and still improving on my physique. I’ve become very knowledgeable about healthy diets and workout routines. I still have naughty food here and there, but my overall diet is pretty healthy, I think it’s starting to rub off on my daughter too! Stay tuned as my results get better and I’ll still be posting recipes, food ideas, and whatever else is going on my world. :)

These aren’t my latest results, but you can see a difference!

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left is beginning of April, right is from June

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left is beginning of April, right is from June

CalWORKs

I just want to put out there for all the single moms or just families in need there’s programs to help all of you out. I currently work at the CalWORKs office on a Los Rios Colleges Campus and I must say that this place inspires me so much.

If you’re a family that is receiving aid for an adult and minor(s) you can go to school and receive extra help to succeed. Most likely you would qualify for financial aid, you can work on campus, get your books paid for by CalWORKs, and none of it will cut into the aid you’re receiving.

So don’t feel like you can’t get an education because you think you can’t afford it. CalWORKs isn’t the only program that can help either. There are so many resources on campus that you can use if you aren’t a student receiving aid from the county. :)

Valentine’s Day 2014

This Valentine’s day wasn’t anything anyone would find super extraordinary by any means. But it was special to me. I dressed Elsa up in a cute little outfit including a tutu. Khanh brought home flowers and an Edible Arrangement. Then Khanh and I had dinner at a spot we’ve never tried before called Hock Farm Craft and Provisions and it was very good! We will definitely be going back. I hope all of you had a wonderful day with the ones you love and have fun for the rest of this President’s day weekend!

 

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Will Work For Food.

If only it worked like that… to work for food. It’s just not that simple.

I’m trying to juggle so many things as you all know. But I’m dying for a real job. I currently work on campus in an office that runs the CalWORKs program at school. We provide extra benefits like paying for school books and supplies to students that receive county cash-aid. I love my job, but it’s a student position and this program is definitely not a cash cow. 

So today a few coworkers and I decided to sign up for a state examination to be eligible to apply for a certain job. We’ll see what happens, though I probably couldn’t even apply because I’m trying to dedicate myself to Elsa and school and taking on a full-time job might distract me from getting my full education. However, I did see a student position open for the Fish and Wildlife department which pays a whole lot better than what they offer on campus. I’ve filled out the application and am mailing it in tomorrow. I need this for my sanity. Pray for me!

It’s been a year…

My goodness, it’s been a year since my last post. Life has been so busy with school, being a mom, and maintaining a healthy relationship with my baby daddy that I forget about my little blog. I don’t even cook as often anymore! I’ve got to stop making excuses and take a little bit of time out of my days to sit down to write and post. So here’s to a new year, and more posts.

Love,
Vivian