Diary of a Part-Time Carnivore

It’s the story of everyone’s life at some point in their lives: what you love doesn’t love you back. This is another unrequited love story. I LOVE MEAT, BUT MEAT DON’T LOVE ME!

As you all know, or should know if you’ve read my previous posts, I gave up meat for Lent. Being pescatarian felt great. I didn’t have any lags in energy and I wasn’t left hungry. Well, Lent ended and I resumed eating meat. I played Peaches and Herb’s “Reunited” as I took my first bite into a delicious hot dog.

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My first taste of meat after Lent ended.

Then, I went home and made some baked ribs with tostones and salsa verde.

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It felt great, like making up with your boyfriend after a nasty fight. You can’t get enough and you’re sure that this time the relationship will never end again. Then, you remember how toxic the relationship is for you; it doesn’t exactly bring out your best self, and, despite how good you feel when you’re together, you feel like crap later. You wonder if those few instances of happiness are worth the even more common, more prolonged, instances of pain.

In the end, you decide that the best thing is for you to let go of the relationship completely or maybe just be friends because you deserve a love that loves you back or at least loves you better.

This story is all too familiar, right? For me, it hits close to home because I went through this with an ex, who was definitely not the one for me, but he has been my best friend for years after we broke up. Now, I’m in the same situation with meat.

After not eating it for months, I feel how harmful it is for my body. I’ve suffered from acid reflux and digestive problems for years. While I was strictly pescatarian, I didn’t feel the heaviness in my stomach and my reflux was under control. I even ate tomatoes and oranges without consequences. Then, I started eating meat regularly again, and it’s like all of the negatives of my relationship with meat hit me hard. I had to start taking Prilosec again and all is not well in the digestive sector of my life. I’m forced with the decision again, do I want to remain in a toxic relationship, or do I want to end it?

I love meat, but meat don’t love me; so maybe we should just be friendly, see each other occasionally  and catch up, but not too often. I have decided to remain pescatarian, eating meat only once in a while.

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Weight Loss Journey Milestone: Nailed It!

So, I finished T-25 Beta cycle, and I finally became a Beachbody Coach (Yay!).  Shaun T’s workouts are so amazing that I’m actually starting Insanity. I feel better than I have in years, and I even signed up for my first 5K run!

I'm running for this girl right here, so we can beat cancer!!

I’m running for this girl right here, so we can beat cancer!!

My first 5K Yay!

  My first 5K Yay!

 

So, now I’m training and seeing my body change daily. I’ve lost all of the weight I gained during my pregnancy and a little more, and my body feels like it did when I was an overactive teenager. I can feel the muscle in my body, and I look better than I did before I got pregnant. Here, take a look:

This is me days before I got pregnant

This is me days before I got pregnant

This is me on 4/19 in jeans I haven't fit in since 2011

This is me on 4/19 in jeans I haven’t fit in since 2011

I know it doesn’t look like much of a difference, but I feel the difference. I know for a fact that I consist of more muscle now, and my endurance and stamina is greater. And I’m only getting better.

Where was I going with this post? Oh yeah, T-25 Beta cycle: NAILED IT!. I’m not going do Gamma just yet so, I’m on to insanity.

 

BTW, if any of you are interested in learning more about Beachbody programs and products, Here is my page: http://www.beachbodycoach.com/JessicaCo

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Lent is Over, But My Pescatarian Diet Isn’t

So, I successfully went all of Lent without eating meat, except for March 16th, when I accidentally ate some mini meat empanadas at a birthday party. As a penitence, I gave up alcohol. So I went 40 (counting Good Friday) days and nights without meat and 33 days without alcohol. It was great. I did miss meat at times and alcohol a lot, but I actually like being pecatarian and alcohol free. I’m actually going to remain a part-time carnivore, eating meat maybe once a week or so.

Just to recap my Lent, I’m going to upload pictures of some of things I cooked while everyone was out meatloving.

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Monthly Measurements April 2014…Weight Loss Journey Continues

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The blue shorts pics are from when my weight loss journey began: December 19, 2013. I had just gotten the okay from the doctor to workout after baby.

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Bikini Comparison. the top row is current, the bottom row is from January 4, 2014

 

It’s the beginning of April, so it’s time for an update on my weight loss journey. I only lost two pounds, but I’m okay with that. Here’s why:

I slacked off while mummy dearest was visiting. I didn’t work out for almost two weeks (shame on me, I know) and I refused to resist my mom’s cooking. I don’t feel guilty at all. I think that’s very important.

Guilt can be dangerous, especially when it comes to losing weight. It can lead to trying to make up for the lost time, and it’s like sleep, you can’t catch up on lost sleep. Some may try to stop eating to balance out overeating and exercising too much (yes, it’s possible and it’s unsafe) to make up for the weeks off. I just picked up where I left off and didn’t give it a second thought, and look, I still lost inches and two pounds!

I haven’t eaten meat since Lent began. Well, I accidentally ate mini meat empanadas at a birthday party before I remembered I wasn’t supposed to eat meat, but as a penitence, I gave up alcohol as well. So, no meat and no alcohol helped me during the weeks I didn’t work out. I resumed my regular workout routine the week my mom left (week of March 24).

Now that it’s getting warmer out, I have incorporated swimming (I didn’t want to risk catching pneumonia by going outside with wet hair) and will be starting tennis, tennis, and jogging. Springtime is great for weight loss because you go outdoors more often, and every trip outdoors is opportunity to be active. My son is already asking to go to the park, so walking there pushing the baby stroller is activity. Let’s see how my weight loss journey fares in the month of April!

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“I do not belie…

“I do not believe in love at first sight, because I didn’t even need to see you to know that I wanted to spend forever with you.” -Shawn Spencer, Psych series finale

Psych ended last night, and I’m extremely sad about it. it’s been my favorite show for eight years, and it’s over. I cried during many moments of last night’s episode, especially when Shawn proposed to Juliet. The end would have only been more perfect if Gus had found someone to love, and if Emilio Estevez would have guest starred. Otherwise, it was great.

Watching your favorite show get closure is hard. During the episode, I thought a lot about my life: where am I in my life, where do I want to be, how am I going to get there, etc.? When Shawn finally proposed, I bawled like a baby, partly because it finally happened, but mostly because I just kept thinking, “I’m going to be single for the rest of my life, and no one will love me like Shawn loves Jules!” Dramatic, I know, but Psych had two things I really want in life: a awesomely close friendship and a loving relationship. 

Unfortunately, I’m extremely isolated from everyone, more emotionally than physically, because I have deep deep-seated trust issues that I can’t get over only because I need to protect myself and my kids. I’ve already vowed not to date or enter a romantic relationship until my daughter is eighteen; I’m paranoid so I do not want any men around my kids, and if I have to wait until I’m forty-four to find love I don’t mind seeing as I felt what the quote articulates and it ended up in heartbreak and a fatherless child. 

As for friendship, I feel like a fish out of water around most people, and I’m simply tired of people calling to unload their problems and not even asking how I’m doing. So, I simply stop interacting with people. I know it’s unfair to the people who aren’t completely self-absorbed and actually care about others, but I haven’t found any of those in my neck of the woods so…yeah. I don’t know exactly where I’m going with this, maybe I should be going to a therapist, ha ha. But I guess my point is: Psych was an awesome show, and the series finale brought up all of these emotions. I just finished re-watching last night’s finale, and the emotions are still here.

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My Super Awesome Workout Playlist!

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Life is so awesome, it should always be set to music. Sadly, some things can’t, but for everything that can, I sing or blast my playlists. Here’s my workout playlist. I’ve put them in an order that rises and falls in intensity along with me. After about seven or eight songs, I cool it down since T-25 workouts are only 25 minutes, add warm up and cool down.