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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Late post

Whew, where has the time gone? I've been super busy at work.  I've been working three departments and I'm not going to lie... it's a challenge floating from department to department.  I want to give 100% to each task but when you have to pick-up and move to the next department, it gets tough. There are moments I feel like a man without a country. But I am doing my best to do my best if that  makes sense.

One thing I'm doing extremely well is EATING.

 
I know this is a "late post" but I ate the most amazing food in Los Angeles. I'm not a foodie by any means but I took my meals up a notch... This is a far cry from a taco truck.  One day, I ate Portabella fries... I was in heaven.

 
I was all about "small plates." I am so late to the food scene but I had this amazing eggplant parmesan dish.  The eggplant was sliced very thinly, coated and then stacked atop of each other. It was incredible.

 
Then there was the claim in pasta dish... Pasta, I've missed you...
 

Then there was the venturing outside my comfort and had this dish.. the broth was truly delicious.

I absolutely loved the hustle and bustle of the kitchen. It was insane but seemed to run very smoothly.  The restaurant was called Bottega Louie. If you're ever in Los Angeles, this place is a must.

I'm back doing my workouts... I've yet to get on the scale after eating these amazing dishes but I'm not feeling too bad as I made it a point to walk as much as I could.

I so want to blog more and reach more blogs... I do apologize for not responding to some of your comments and emails. I truly appreciate them...

Paula

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Plankin

Happy Tuesday all.  I've been wanting to blog about all that I'm doing but honestly, there are just not enough hours in the day.

Exercise
I've been doing my Functional Fit Training 3 days a week.  Can you believe I can now hold a plank for 2 minutes?


I'm getting stronger with each session. I can't do a pull-up, but I think most woman have issues with doing a pull-up, right?

Hair
It's growing like crazy! When I say crazy, I mean crazy curly.  I'm rolling with it.  Using bandanas and head bands.  Nothing more I can do but embrace it, right?

Traveling
Spending 7 days in Miami was wonderful.  I felt very alive under the warm sun.  I'll be on a plan again tomorrow. I leave for Los Angeles for a conference.  My goal is to stay sugar free which is always a challenge. I know I'll be faced with desserts at some of the dinner events but it's an opportunity to exercise will-power.  My strategy will simply be: If it's something incredible and you can only get it here, then I 'll try it. But if it's something that I can get anywhere else, then I'll pass. Somehow, this helps.  I realize I love experience and if I look at food that way, then it helps me to keep things in check.  We shall see.

Shopping
I'll be attending some events that call for Business Professional attire.  This lead me to Kohl's in pursuit of a suit or conservative dress. I found a pair of slacks, a blouse and a black pencil skirt which fit perfect.  I was shocked that it was a medium. I would never have tried it if I hadn't grabbed it by accident.  You know the best part of the shopping experience was that it WAS NOT PAINFUL?  I usually hate shopping because nothing fits right.  Clothes actually fit.

Gratitude
I'm feeling this emotion pretty much all day long.  Especially after my workouts. I know it's partly due to endorphins, but it's also due to how I embrace life most days.  I live in a state of gratitude. It's a beautiful thing... Perhaps it's the secret to life, maybe? I leave class thanking the Lord that I'm able to jump, squat and run.  Imagine how many of us take that for granted.

It's a wonderful thing when your body allows you physical movement. So many of us take that for granted. Not me. Not anymore.  Imagine what your life would be like if you were restricted? It changes your perspective.

Well, I'll get off my soap box. Just wanted to come here and catch up.  PWC is pretty much where I come to check in with self... that anyone reads is just an added bonus.  And when I receive a comment or email... well, that's just the icing on the cake.

Warm regards,
Paula

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Getting "A"s

You remember in school. You wanted an A.  Never wanted a B, C or an F.  Somehow that feeling has spilled over into adulthood.

For instance, I've been doing a job for about 13 years. There was an opportunity to take on a more prominent role in an area. I was scared. Didn't quite understand but asked questions. Planned and then executed.  I got it slightly wrong.  Slightly.  I didn't get that A :-(

I am at the gym. The workout calls for 10 Burpees with Pull-up.  I've yet to do a Burpee correctly, and don't get me started about pull-ups. My coach comes to me "at least you're trying."  Ugh.. TRY? There is no Try, only Do.  Again, I didn't get an "A".

I don't like not getting it right. Trying. I'm always freaking Trying.  Can't I just knock it out of the park, just once?

Sorry but we all want As.  We just do. 

Okay. Time to move on.

Question:

I am looking for new blogs to read.  I would really love to read about other woman in their 50s who are living active lifestyles and cooking amazing yet simple food.  Can you recommend any?  I wish I had more time to be THAT BLOG... There I go again, wanting A's. LOL.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hey friend, how's your day? 

Mine was good. I did a sweaty 40 minute workout during my lunch hour. Basically, I did 14 reps of 20 exercises.  I must say it's the first time in months where I've used the gym at work. I recall working out every day during my lunch hour... will definitely start back to build up my stamina. I'm getting there.  Must be gentle with self.

Speaking of stamina, last Saturday we had our BRK party at Kaia.  This workout was a celebration of our 6 week boot camp of working out 5 days per week, clean eating, no sugar, no carbs and no alcohol. I could have done better with the nutrition challenges. I did eliminate sugar from my coffee and reduced carbs but I have work to do in that area.

Back to our party, before the festivities, we did a scavenger/survivor workout. We were in groups and there were 12 stations. Each station had us each do a series of exercises.  Let's just say we pushed a car, ran up hills, and carried a fire hose while running.  I was always the last one running behind but I finished. 

Just look at my daughter doing 25 wall balls after completing the 12 stations. Can you believe she is suffering from kidney stones during this workout? She's nuts. I'd be at home. But not her. Such a warrior.

 
After I finished my wall balls we headed on over to the mimosa station.
 
 
6 weeks no alcohol. Man those tasted good. I so wanted another but hey, it was 10 a.m. 
 
 
Here's my team... I can't really tell you if we collected all the stickers from all 12 stations but I know I gave it my all.  I think I'm hooked on these kinds of runs.  Will definitely be working on my running in the next 6 weeks.  Would love to do another 5k. Maybe a zombie run? I think that would be fun.
 
We had our final 6 week assessment, and the verdict is......
 
2 pounds lost
1 inch lost on my thighs
0 inches around my chest
4 inches gained on my rear (what???) Gots to be muscle, right?
4% body fat loss.
 
While I'm not super impressed with my results, it is still a loss.  I've signed up for another 6 weeks and this time around, I'm gong to concentrate on form during the workouts and what I eat.  Trust me... I've counted calories and have stayed at 1200-1300 calories but it's just not working... It's not my thyroid according to my doctor.  What's a person to do? My body is just holding onto the extra weight. It's discouraging but this journey is about a healthier self and I'm working towards that goal. No need to beat myself up. The scale will remain in the garage for now...
 
It's still a good day in the neighborhood my friends... 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Here's to self-discovery and the relationship with self


Happy Lovers Day to you all.  My Daniel isn’t a gift giver or a romantical person, but he does spoil me all the days of the year so I’ll let him off the hook if he doesn’t get me a card.  It would be wonderful if he’d write me a love letter. But if he doesn’t, it’s okay because when I arrived to work, I found this near my desk.
I have a co-worker who is very thoughtful and talented. Can you believe she made this lovely cake and cupcakes? 
I grabbed a cupcake for later because I was pretty full from breakfast.
 
I had a hankering for bacon. I cooked it in the oven while I showered and dressed for work. Then I scrambled up an egg and wrapped it all in a brown tortilla and off I went to work.  I must remember to start my mornings with protein. It certainly helps curb the need for sweets. This cupcake is still on my desk. Of course, I'm guilty of eating a rose pedal. LOL.
My morning also started with a little hair experiment. My chemo curls are out of control. I am trying to embrace them and mostly, I can calm them with hair product but as it grows, it's become quite unmanageable.
See  what I mean?  A closer look at this picture and I realize I need to visit a salon to clean up my sideburns.  Yea, that's another thing about chemo, but I'll save that for another post.  Back to my hair experiment.

I find that washing my hair every morning is drying it out. Dry curly hair is not your friend. So instead, I decided pull it back with a hair thingy I found laying around the house. Note to self: Buy hair accessories. It's time! 

Here's a front view.
 
Side view, kinda.

And here's an older picture when my hair first began to grow out. 

This picture was taking in San Francisco and I was pretty self-conscious. The good thing about hats and scarves is you can hide behind them.  This outing was pretty significant in that I decided to just embrace it.  Own it.  Cancer certainly humbles you and gives you a lesson in vanity.  We never know what we are capable of until we're tested.  I have heard survivors say they were grateful for their cancer. I don't know if I can say that, but I am grateful for the lessons and strength I discovered along the way.

Here's to self-discovery and the relationship one has with self. It's pretty much one of the most important relationships you'll have.

TTFN,
Paula





 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 


 

 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Hello friends, how’s it going?  Can you believe it FINALLY rained in Sacramento.  Three glorious days of rain.  It was perfect timing as I was encouraged to take a few days of vacation since I am no longer accruing time at work.  So with time off, rain, and no gym due to doctor’s orders, I was left with idle hands. And you know what they say about idle hands, right?


Yep. I got me into some trouble. That trouble came in the form of a Molcajete.  You've probably experienced a Molcajete filled with Guacamole, but at Lalo's Mexican restaurant, they are served with grilled cactus, homemade chorizo, thinly sliced chicken and flank steak.  All smothered in a green chile sauce.  Oh, did I mention the blog of cheese that is placed in the bottom of the molcajete? It was a wonderful surprise as I dug into this deliciousness.  I nearly fell out of my chair when they brought blue corn tortillas, grilled onions and whole pinto beans.

I was in heaven.... 

See what happens when I'm forced to relax?

Thank goodness I'm back at the gym today... A girl can get into some serious trouble when she's out of her routine... It's back to the gym for me... Feeling really good today.  It's amazing what a little rest can do for the body and soul.

Any of you watching the Olympics? I just can't get into it this year. 

Paula


Thursday, February 6, 2014

My cup is more than half full

Gosh... you're probably sick of my whining. It was so helpful to write my "cancer is a bitch"  post.  Let me share why... if you're tired of this song in dance... I understand. 

After writing my post, I headed to boot camp.

There was a lot of burpees, push ups, kaia builders and I had to use my upper body more than usual. During cool down (run around the building and at each corner stop and do 10, 20, 30, 40 jump ropes)... I couldn't do the jump ropes.  I leg lifts and squats. I felt pain in my chest.  I was scared to drive home but I didn't say anything to my daughter. It's not uncommon for me to get muscle spasms in my chest due to the mastectomy.  I thought they'd get better. Long story short, I was in the ER for 6 hours having tests ruling out heart, blood clot, etc.  Everything came out normal.  I have a follow up stress test and then I'll hit the gym again.

My point is... I have muscle spams in my chest. If I have reconstruction surgery, I'll have more muscle and nerve damage and pain. I don't ever want to be in a position where I CANNOT WORK OUT...  Exercise plays a considerable role in my happiness. I'm not willing to take risks with that and so, I've decided to take reconstruction surgery off the table and to IGNORE THE SCALE.  Yep.  I will place value on getting stronger and eating healthier.  In a year, maybe I'll be able to do burpees without pain or maybe, I just do squats. Whatever it is.. I'm going to feel what I feel and then carry on.

I am pretty content with living the life I currently have and that's good enough.  My cup is more than half full.