Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tameeka Time Turns 4!!

Today marks my 4th year running Tameeka Time.

I would like to thank all of my readers and subscribers for sticking with me!
I look forward to posting more Sleepy Monday photos, more lifestyle posts, and many
more videos for your entertainment.

I love you all!


Tameeka Time

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Event Recap: Cook Out NYC

On Saturday July 7th I attended Cook-Out NYC.
My view on Governors Island.
This event took place on Governors Island. I can not remember the last time I was on Governors Island so it was a pleasure to take the free ferry over to enjoy the sun and some delicious food with my friend Kelly.

The ticket prices range from $30-$65 (general admission to premium tickets). This price is not bad for a food-event in such a prime location. The cook-out took place from 11:30am until about 4:30pm (Saturday or Sunday). The sun was bright, the main lawn wasn't packed and the sample lines weren't long. There were plenty of trees for me to relax under and I tried so many mouthwatering hot dogs and burgers it was worth the time and money going to this event.

Kelly and I are both health conscious and we split any large portions we received. It may look like we overstuffed ourselves but that wasn't the case the small portions were actually filling, and we got rid of the bread when we thought it was just too much.
Tameeka and Kelly eating Salmon Burgers
Out of all the burgers I tried my favorite was not a beef burger but Blind Tiger's Salmon Burger with Kimchi and Asian Salsa (see above).

I did enjoy the pork and kimchi tacos they were very spicy but very tasty.

Pork and Kimchi Taco
Six Point Apollo Seasonal Beer
Since it was so hot out I was dying for a nice cold beer and I think I've fount my summer go-to beer; the Apollo by Sixpoint Brewery. The beer prices weren't bad and the sangria was not too sweet. There was live music, a kimchi eating contest, cook off's, and different ice cream vendors selling refreshing treats. Before leaving the cook-out I stopped at the Van Leeuwen truck and got a roasted banana ice cream, it's organic and it's to die for.

I would definitely go back next year. Next time I'll bring more water bottles and an empty belly :D

A special thanks goes to the following sponsors and restaurants for the delicious noms and generous swag:
Zagat, Melt, Alobar, Farm School NYC, Blind Tiger, SixPoint Brewery, King of Brisket, Zio and Bar Bruno.

Check out the teaser video I put together and the photo collages below.


**The restaurant Kelly and I are talking about in the video is Zio - we highly recommend the pork belly with figs.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Living Healthier: Fitness Results

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the steps I'm taking to live healthier.

In the post, I mentioned that I purchased a juicer, I hired a personal trainer at my local gym, and I asked my readers if it was worth the money. I received positive feedback from my blog readers and facebook friends about making these steps. 

For about 3 weeks (almost 1 month) I met with my trainer; Laura and started to work on my body.

At the beginning of the training sessions Laura measured my water weight, body fat, and muscle mass.  

All of the results were poor. Based on my results my body was of a 33 year old. When I heard this, it hit me like a ton of bricks because I'm not in my 30's yet, I'm only 27!

From that point on I knew I had to change my ways. I knew I had to cut back on the beer, wine, fried foods, bubble tea, and cupcakes. I only drank water when I remembered and most of my work-outs consisted of 1 or 2 Zumba classes every other week or getting on the elliptical for about a half hour. I needed to be consistent and really work on my body. I needed that extra push.

I had to completely change my eating habits, stick to a gym schedule, stop drinking soda, drink more water, and get a decent amount of rest daily. Which also meant avoiding certain social events because I just didn't want to drink and end up binge eating on bad food. 

It wasn't easy but I stuck to it. I've completely given up soda and while I'm at work I'll only drink water and have the occasional seltzer. In the mornings, I eat oatmeal with a banana and a few dried cranberries for sweetness. On the weekends I go for eating egg whites and a small piece of protein and some fruit (strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, or mango slices). When ordering lunch I stick to the healthier choices and restaurants. At home, if I'm not drinking water, I'm drinking either a veggie or fruit juice that I made. I have gotten rid of all processed foods in my apartment and stocked up on peanuts, granola, and dried cranberries. Dinners now consist of more vegetables, and less rice.  

Overall my energy levels have improved and I feel lighter. I look at the people around me in a different light and I don't understand why I haven't lived this way forever and I also don't understand why people are not eating more vegetables. I now value vegetables and fresh fruit even more.

Last Monday (7/16/12) was my final training session with Laura. Her and I named the day "Result Day". I was a bit nervous because we set a goal to lose a few inches off of my shoulders, waist, hips, thighs, booty area, and a bit around my back. But after thinking about it, I had no reason to be nervous because I stuck to my plan of eating right and exercising properly. 

When Laura measured me she made my day. I lost 3lbs. Lost inches around the shoulders, boob area, waist, back, gained some muscle in the booty, thighs, and calves and my body wasn't as dry (water weight) because I have actually started drinking water. And most importantly my body is of a 26 year old now! That really lifted my spirits and inspired me to keep pushing forward.

Laura was proud of me but like I told her, "I'm not done".

I know that I can lose more weight and gain more muscle. It's such a good feeling to be healthier.

Last week, I signed up for Laura's 4-week private bootcamp classes. I had the pleasure of taking 2 bootcamp classes with Laura and it's no joke. And for some strange reason I work harder in groups. 

Later this evening I take my first bootcamp class and I'm excited. 

Stay tuned for more results and more tips on eating right! 

And for those of you who live in Queens, New York, meet my trainer Laura. If you are interested in hiring Laura for sessions you can call here 718-321-0100 for prices and scheduling. 

Laura - Personal Trainer

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sleepy Monday's

My Sunday was pretty eventful. The best part of the day was renting a bike and riding around all of Flushing Meadow Park. I can not remember the last time I rode a bicycle. Maybe this couple did the same. Happy Monday Everyone!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Living Healthier: WheatGrass Shots

Ever since I purchased my juicer I've been anxious to get some wheatgrass and juice it.
I've taken wheatgrass shots before but it's been so long I hardly remember the taste.
I went to the green market at union square (nyc) and purchased a small patch of wheatgrass.
I watched a few youtube videos on cutting wheatgrass before juicing and I got to juicing.

For those who have never heard of wheatgrass and if you are wondering what this green stuff is, here's some info. 

Wheatgrass is the young grass of the wheat plant, Triticum aestivum. It grows in temperate regions throughout Europe and the United States and can live indoors or outdoors. Many people grow their own wheatgrass by putting wheat seeds in water and then harvesting the leaves.
Wheatgrass is a natural source of vitamins and antioxidants.One ounce of wheatgrass juice is equivalent to the vitamin and mineral content of one ounce of fresh vegetables. [Source]

Here's what I made this morning!


Here are 3 benefits of drinking wheatgrass from energiseforlife.com:

#1 - Wheatgrass contains over 90 minerals, including high concentrations of the most alkaline minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium

#2 - Wheatgrass has more vitamin C than oranges and twice the vitamin A as carrots.

#3 - Wheat grass juice helps your body to build red blood cells which carry oxygen to every cell. By increasing the oxygenation the body you can help offset smog and carbon monoxide and increase your endurance during physical exercise.

Bottoms Up!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Living Healthier: 4th of July Smoothie

Happy Independence Day Everyone!

In addition to having egg whites this morning I made myself a 4th of July smoothie. The smoothie contains blue berries, strawberries, bananas, 1 cup of ice and 1 cup of chobani plain Greek yogurt. I blended the fruit, yogurt, and ice for a few minutes and it came out delicious!

I hope everyone enjoys the day!

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Sleepy Monday's

Good Morning Everyone!
I was really amazed how this guy kept his head up the entire ride.

Happy Sleeping Sir... I hope you didn't miss your stop.


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Living Healthier: Berry Pulp Smoothies

Last night, I was on a juicing mission. I basically used all of the vegetables and fruits in my refrigerator.  It was a lot of work but waking up and having such a variety of fresh juices makes me so happy!

I started out by making The Mean Green juice (as seen in the documentary Fat Sick and Nearly Dead) - it contains: 1 bunch of kale / 4 celery stalks / 1 cucumber / 2 granny apples / 1/2 a lemon / and ginger root. This juice is intense! The ginger root is very strong and gives off a spicy taste but I'm determined to drink it. I also made a pitcher of carrot/orange juice, beet/celery/orange juice, and my favorite mixed-berry juice! The mixed berry juice contains strawberries, blue berries, raspberries, blackberries, and pears. It's so delicious!

For those who have a juicer and for those who don't have a juicer, once your done juicing you are left with large amounts of pulp from the fruit and veggies. Most juicers have a easy to clean compartment that stores the pulp while your juicing.

While I was dumping big piles of pulp away I realized "hey I can use this pulp for my smoothies in the morning." What an amazing idea! Now when I make berry or orange juice I don't have to waste anything. The pulp that's left over from the berry juice goes right into my blender along with ice and yogurt and I have the most delicious smoothie. I really recommend doing this if you have a juicer and a blender. You'll save so much money by doing this and you won't have to buy frozen fruit anymore. I just store the pulp using tupperware jars and when I'm ready to make a smoothie it's ready to go!

Here's the result of my berry pulp smoothie.

1 pitcher of berry juice will result in 3-4 8oz berry smoothies.
I am also using the berry and orange pulp to make ice pops! I'll post pics of those soon!

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