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Our next round of The Fast Metabolism Diet: Day 1: Phase 1

Yesterday was the start of our next round of the Fast Metabolism Diet. I weighed myself in the morning... 204.2 Yikes!

I'm kind of dreading it but at the same time hopeful because I saw results the last time I tried this plan. I don't want to call this thing a diet because those words automatically make me want to turn and run! It's a lifestyle change. The changes I'm making today will be permanent and not reincorporated when the two months are up, with the exception of coffee.. maybe.

Here is a picture of me last night. I'm kinda cringing right now. I made this small for a reason:) I'm actually very shocked that I've even allowed myself to put this up but it's time to be honest.

The way The Fast Metabolism diet works is in 3 phases. There is the list of things you cant eat at all and then each phase has it's own set of requirements. It's actually pretty easy and I love that I don't have to limit calorie or food intake.

Phase one

 (usually starts on Monday) lasts two days and consists of good carbs and fruits. You can't just eat any ol' carbs and fruit though. It has to be on the list. I recommend buying the

The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight

 or purchasing the app. Since the entire diet is to cut out wheat, flour and pretty much anything with gluten, you might be wonder what is left on the carbs list? Brown and wild rice which comes in all sorts of forms including pastas and tortillas.

This plan is not something that you can just start. It takes research and preparation.

Sunday we did our preparation for Phase 1. It's helpful to shop 2-3 times a week according to which phase you are in. At first, this may seem like extra work but to only shop for one phase at a times is actually way less stressful and more focused. You also spend less because you're not buying too much food and wasting on stuff that goes bad. It's always fresh!

Today's Menu


Rolled oats oatmeal with frozen mango chunks


Wild Rice w/ lemon and cilantro and chipotle seasoned grilled chicken


Brown rice pasta with marinara sauce (you need to read the labels on the sauce and make sure there is not added sugar or sweetener or any oils).


Watermelon, homemade spicy pickles and pineapple.

Tonight I have a date with my stationary bike. Should be a good time!

This diet is intense but it's "go big or go home". Small changes don't really work because we are so tempted to just go back to our old ways. I've been doing small changes for the past 10 years and I'm currently at my heaviest.

What about you? Are you currently on a journey to get healthy and make some lifestyle changes? Tell me what is working for you or what is not. Let's connect!

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Changes and a Juicing Recipe

Fitness and weight loss is never something I really wanted to write about. Living healthy, yes, but not weight loss. It's a difficult part of me to share. The fact is, I'm embarrassed of my weight and try to hid it. Why would I want to publish it? I'm laughing to myself now. I'm hoping that maybe if I do publish it then it will start to be a lifestyle change I really need.

I do this all the time. I say I will go on this plan or workout more. I set a goal for myself and I get some good momentum going. Then something falls apart and I'm throwing in the towel. This time, it was my period. Yeah that thing that comes regularly once a month and last several days. I didn't remember it being this bad before I had children but it really sucks. I feel like my whole body is drained, my joints ache all over and I feel like I gained ten pounds. It's enough to knock me off track and then I'm back where I started.

It's really time to make the change. The lifestyle change. The hubby and I really want to try for another child but with the complications from the last, It's important that I make some changes. You might be reading a lot more of these posts because I need to start consuming myself with it otherwise this will never happen.

Obsessing is what I do best!

About two months ago I started the Fast Metabolism diet. It actually worked pretty well and I did drop some decent weight. Then the four weeks was up and I thought "I'll just have a cheat week and get back at it". Right, like I needed a whole week to cheat. I never did get back at it. The problem with these "cheats" is that they always throw me back into my food addiction and I literally take a month to work myself out of it.

Moderation never works out for me.

Last month I had surgery on my hand and it's not really back to where it should be. I'm bummed that I still can't do yoga. It just hurts too much. I was told recovery would only be a couple weeks because it was non-invasive but looks like I have a couple more to go.


So... It's time to

  • Pull out the old trusty Breville and get juicing
  • Get moving on my stationary bike
  • Work in those weights
  • Menu plan and The Fast Metabolism Diet

Try some of these.....

This recipe is really simple and is a great morning pick me up! Pineapple is one of my favorite things to juice!


2 oranges peeled

2 cucumbers

2 cups of fresh pineapple

Juice on!

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Guest Post~ Food Makeover: Pizza Edition

Hey everyone!! I'm so excited for today's first guest post here on 3 Wittle Birds! My friend Robyn over at Miss GM NO is sharing her Vegan Pizza recipe with you all today! Robyn is passionate about  REAL FOOD and is on a mission to change the food industry! You are going to love her! 

Food Makeover: Pizza Edition

Most of us think healthy pizza is just about as mythical as the elusive unicorn, but I am here to tell you you’re wrong!

It CAN be done.

pizza pic
Give your pizza a “BAKE-OVER”!  This vegan, gluten-free pizza is killer…and easy to make. Take a look at my recipe below and give it a try! ;)

Okay before I give you my secret recipe…. let’s get one thing straight.  Take the image of your typical pizza- the smells, the tastes etc and throw it out the window. You have to be open-minded people.  This is NOT going to taste identical to Lou’s, or Giordano’s etc. But just because it doesn’t taste JUST LIKE that, doesn’t mean it taste’s bad.  It is just different.  It’s also different in the fact that it wont pack on the pounds, in fact it will do just the opposite.  So take your pick. :)

MY version of pizza has nearly 1/3  of the calories, 1/2 the fat, 1/20  the saturated fat, 1/100 the cholesterol, less than 1/2  the carbs,  1/4 the sodium and 2 times the fiber as a typical thin crust Domino’s cheese pizza!  Yes- Domino’s Pizza has 100 times more cholesterol you read that right.  Crazy.  Talk about a heart attack in a box…. The ONLY good thing about this junk pizza is the protein but even that is a stretch.  It’s not healthy protein..

Let’s look at the breakdown for both!

Miss GM NO!’s Vegan Pizza ( for 2-3 people)

4 Brown Rice Tortillas ( found in the freezer section at places like Whole foods)

1 Cup (approx) of Organic ( no added sugar) Tomato Sauce

1 Package Vegan Gourmet Mozzarella Cheese

To Taste: Organic Olive Oil, Garlic Salt, Italian Spices

Pre-heat oven to 350.  Place each tortilla on a foiled baking sheet and drizzle a bit of olive oil on both sides.  Sprinkle with garlic salt and bake until golden brown ( about 15 mins). You want the crust crisp!

Then,  put about 1/4 C. of the tomato sauce on each pizza and top with about 1/2 cup cheese.  Sprinkle Italian seasonings to your liking on top as well.

Please directly under broiler for about 5 minutes BUT please watch them!  Every oven is different.  **You will need to foil the edges of the pizzas as well because you don’t want them to burn under the broiler.

When they come out the cheese will look perfectly melted but a little more viscous than dairy cheese.  Just let it set for about 10 minutes to firm up before you eat.

Lastly, I like to sprinkle a little red pepper flakes on there for a little heat.  

Then Enjoy!!!  :)

Here is the nutritional info I created as well for one whole pizza. ( I combined all ingredients with the brands listed above and allowing for 1/2 T oil per pizza,  so if you chose different brands yours will vary):

pizza label

(vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-gmo)
Filtered Water, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Inulin (Chicory Root Extract), Soy milk Powder (Soybeans), Soy Protein, Agar Agar, Sea Salt, Natural Flavor (Plant Sources), Carrageenan, Lactic Acid (Plant Source).
Contains: Soy

Organically grown and processed tomato puree, organic onion powder and organic garlic powder.

Brown Rice Flour, Filtered Water, Tapioca Flour, Safflower oil, Rice Bran, Vegetable Gum, Sea Salt.

NOW… let’s compare my pizza to that Domino’s 10 inch thin cheese pizza….

This is for a whole 10 inch personal Domino’s THIN Crust cheese pizza:


NutritionLabel dominos


Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Modified Food Starch, Cellulose (Added To Prevent Caking), Nonfat Milk, Whey Protein Concentrate, Flavors, Sodium Propionate (Added as a Preservative).

Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Sugar, Salt, Spices, Garlic, Soybean Oil, and Citric Acid


Flour (Wheat, Malted Barley), Water, Soybean Oil, Yeast, Salt, Dextrose, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Corn Starch, Monocalcium Phosphate), Calcium Propionate (Preservative).

What is all that crap?! Monocalcium Phosphate? Sodium Propionate? Cellulose? Sodium Bicarbonate?   You can easily tell the difference between pizzas and how this fast food is NOT good for our bodies- inside and out.

Give your pizza a “Bake-over” and try this out!! Comment below and let me know what you think!


A Third Child?

I don't know if I'm ready for it and I'm not sure about it in general. After your second child, with two girls, people ask you "are you going to try for a boy?" I used to think I wanted a big family, with lots of kids and lots of love. I equated the amount of children you had with how fulfilled you would feel. The NUMBER started at 5, than crept down to 4. After my second, the hubby and I finally agreed upon 3... maybe.

Our first child was easy. We had it made. Despite the fact that at 7 days old she had heart surgery and we experience a tremendous amount of unexpected stress, which I'm still in therapy for today, we had it pretty dang good once the dust settled. She slept through the night at almost a month old. She never had any feeding problems, was in good health otherwise. She grew up to be the sweetest little girl, only occasionally testing her parent's limits. She followed directions and hardly threw tantrums....

That's when number two came along. That is when all hell broke loose, including my water bag at 28 weeks. I was on bed rest for 4 weeks while we held off the labor and she came at 32 weeks. Ryleigh was a preemie but didn't look like it since she was a large baby, 5lbs! We thought, since again we experienced tremendous unexpected stress, that GOD was granting us with another easy baby. We were terribly wrong.

Don't get me wrong, I love my children so much, but number Two has been more of a challenge than we expected. In addition to a new baby my oldest started having more tantrums. I remember looking at my husband, with two screaming/crying children and thinking what the hell happened to us. I have learned to laugh through the tantrums and the outbreaks, although I'm not sure it's helpful on the children but it keeps my sanity. I know that this too is a season and will pass.

So here we are, 2 and a half years later, confronted with the idea of having another. Ryleigh still drinks a sippy cup of almond milk before bed (it's the substitute for bottle we were supposed to wean her off of at 12 months) but we are trying. We have done everything wrong with our second and I feel insecure with our parenting decisions. I am sweating through answering another question about the third.

So do we shoot for a third? I don't know anymore. It changes on a day to day basis. It doesn't necessarily have to do with the kid's behavior.
I think about how we could be done with diapers soon.
I think about not needing a minivan, although it would be nice.
I think about just being over that baby stage.

But then I think about how warm and wonderful it felt to have a little someone inside of me and how wonderful it would be for Bella and Ryleigh to have a little brother or sister.

I will just have to wait until I know. Do you ever really know, though? Can someone please let me know how they knew when enough was enough?

They are so precious together!

Healthy Weight Loss Update

I wanted to give an update on how The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight
is going... extremely well! The first couple of days were hard to kick my caffeine addiction but this week has been really enjoyable.

I had amazing results last week that I am almost intimidated to post because most people will say it's too much for one week. I promise I did nothing but eat healthy and according to Haylie's plan. I lost 10 pounds in the first week!! I really couldn't believe it myself.

Read the book for yourself and see if this is something for you. Find the book here...

I'm still a little insecure to post full on pictures of the progress but I'm working myself up to that:).

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Posted on May 28, 2014 .

I cut my grocery bill and my pounds!

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This year I have been more health conscious with my food. There are so many articles and stories out there filled with reports and information, about what's bad for you and what is worse. I'm not going to lie, the paranoia is sinking in that the government is set out to poison us!! Maaaaybeeee that's a little dramatic, (or is it?) but why would we knowingly allow these foods... substances to be on the market? Sounds to me like neglect and carelessness for our people, but I'm not going to go into politics today... because once I start I don't stop and it's not pretty:)

This post was actually going to be about weight loss and look where it's taken me....

Anyways.... back on topic. For the past couple weeks we have been really tight on grocery budget. Like $50 a week tight, for a family of four, with a lactose intolerance, and diapers!!! I was worried that this lack of funds would lead to buying crap foods. It was actually the opposite!!!!

Snack foods really give you a lot less for more of your money. I loaded up on bananas and tangerines instead and spent less than I would have on fruit snacks and other kid snacks! We also purchased large bags of frozen vegetables! Frozen veggies can be pretty cheap and you don't have to worry about them going bad!!!

It was hard eating PB and J's everyday for lunch and pasta for dinner but we managed to dress is up a couple nights. You can get pretty creative in desperate times!!

The most exciting part of all of this is when I jumped on the scale last night and realized I dropped 4 pounds!!!! Maybe we will continue to shop like this if we are saving money and losing weight! So what I really wanted to talk about was living a sustainable lifestyle but I guess I went off on bragging about weight loss and budgeting. I will have to tell you about my backyard farm dream some other time.

Here is a what our shopping list looked like.... Make sure you do an inventory of what you already have. This helps cut cost and really maximize on what you can make. Sticking to a list helps you stay on budget and I estimated ahead of time the cost.
  • Pasta, all sorts.... 3 boxes
  • Pasta sauce, 2 jars(we love Classico) Has anyone tried the new creamy spinach one? To die for!
  • Applesauce
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce
  • 2 lbs of ground pork (sale)
  • Tortillas
  • Salsa
  • 2 loaves of bread
  • Jelly (we had peanut butter)
  • 4 pounds of Bananas
  • Bag of cuties
  • Multigrain Cheerios
  • 2 boxes of instant oatmeal
  • 2 large bags of frozen veggies (carrots and mixed veggies)
  • Juice (for the kids)
  • Silk soy milk
  • 2 dozen eggs
Things that we made
  • Tacos
  • Meatballs
  • Italian Chicken
  • lots of pasta
  • PB and J's every day
  • Oatmeal for breakfast everyday
  • Snacked on Fruit
  • omelets

Winter Blues and Juicing

I despise the winter. I hate the cold and the life outside is so depressing. I clearly don't get a long with this season in the north. I'm sitting here, watching another real estate show in some beautiful Hawaiian location, just wishing for some warm weather and flip flops! Good thing we had our Disney Vacation last week!! Pictures are coming!!

I have been on a juicing diet. Took a break for the holiday's and starting back up full gear for the new year! I know, another resolution.. but really I am going to get healthy and fit for 2013! I will be at my goal health by the time I turn 30 in October!!!

A great way to beat the winter blues is have a extra fresh and healthy juice! I like to start my mornings with more of a fruit than veggie ratio. The sugar gives me a jump start for the morning and replaces the need for coffee! This one is a good balance!

Carrot Apple and Ginger

Yummy food used:
2 Apple
3 Carrots
1/2 inch of fresh Ginger

Live stronger

Recently I have started a journey towards a new lifestyle. It has taken me many years to get to the weight that I am today and I can say it has been the heaviest I have ever been. I know that I have been through two pregnancies and I just had a baby 7 months ago, but that is no excuse to let myself go. If I honestly worked out and ate right it wouldn't concern me, but I have done neither. I want to be around for my children and I want to teach them healthy lifestyles.

With all this downer shit said... I have been on this new road for about two weeks now. I have only lost three pounds and I am still struggling with making the right food choices... but I am a work in progress and the fact that I have kept it up this long is enough for me. Day by day, right?

I think what I have been most impressed about is how determined and persistent I have been. I never thought I could run 20 minutes straight and I defied that thought with in days. I am more then I thought I could or would be and that only gives me more confidence that someday, down this long road, I will be where I want to be with my body and my health! I made this change not as a diet but a change in lifestyle, which I know will take longer then I have patience for.

lose that weight

I guess, I just keep imagining my ideal body a year or two down the road, because I know once I get there I will not regret a single workout or meal choice!
lets go!

I have found a great website that has helped me track my weight loss, calories and workouts!! It really been helpful and I suggest you sign up for the free profile. I also have the app on my windows 7 phone so I can track my calories through out the day with ease!!!

If you do join, make sure to become my friend (k_delarosa) and we can be cheerleaders to each other!!!

Women, Food, and God


By Geneen Roth

Book Review

So I have recently finished Women Food and God by Geneen Roth, as suggested by Oprah Winfrey. I have some mix feelings about her message and her out look on our physical existence itself. However, in the end it did encourage me to really look at my eating habits and why we eat. It's not just because our bodies are hungry for nourishment. The underlying factor is that we eat for pleasure, to suppress feelings and because we are bored, when we really should only be eating when our body tells us we are hungry. I believe this to be true. I would often find my self wandering to the freezer to dip my spoon in that tub of chocolate ice cream when I was a little overwhelmed, especially when Bella was first born. Sometimes food can take us to another place in our mind and bodies where we just don't worry about the everyday things. That is until we put the tub back and the spoon in the sink and not only are we reminded of our current situation but we just tacked on how many calories to burn off for that day so it wont all go to our hips.

She talks about how

we need to deal with issues that cause us to eat

this way. I guess all in all you really need to read the book for yourself to experience it. If you are a stress eater this book is especially good for you. It gives us an understanding of a deeper dimension into out psychological being. She does this through the strict following of her guidelines for eating...

I wont mention these guidelines because I don't feel it is safe to follow them without reading the entire book and have at least some understanding to them. The possibility for misinterpretation is much too high and will only result in a negative experience...

I can say that from the awareness she has brought to me I feel as though my eating trends and habits have changed. I feel physically better and more alive. I would even go as far to say that the last 5 pounds I lost could be attributed to the overall message she has sent me. You may have to read the book more then once and that is OK. Each time I read it I am able to peel back another layer of understanding.

Posted on August 10, 2010 .