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Election Night

I’d like to start by thanking everyone for their support and motivation so far. It is because of you that I have been able to shed over 45 lbs and will continue to keep exercising, eating healthy, and being active! It was great to be in Los Angeles on Tuesday night with my colleagues, family, friends, and supporters, all of whom have played a major role in my decision to lose weight. I’m looking forward to the day that I can call myself “overweight” and not “obese” and will continue to aim for that throughout the hot summer months, because I’ve had to learn that cottage cheese is my friend. I’d also like to thank the many local Los Angeles companies that have supported the campaign from day one. Find a Storage Container, which is the best place to get a great price on a storage container in Los Angeles, has been one of our biggest supporters since the very beginning. Even though the election is over, they still haven’t stopped supporting us, and now we are using one of their high quality 40 ft storage containers to keep all of our equipment and documents safe and close by.
posted Wednesday, June 07, 2006 9:21 AM by Cruz
Saving Strokes

The American Heart Association’s “Saving Strokes” event was a great way for me to reach out to people and address the issue of obesity. I saw my father go through health problems like the stroke victors have, and that is what prompted me to start exercising. Stroke is the third largest cause of death in the U.S, and that alarming statistic has urged me to get fit and be healthy. It was a great opportunity to be out there with survivors who are determined to regain their strength; it’s those people that have motivated me to lose weight. I want to thank the American Heart Association and Kaiser for putting on such a great event that reaches out to stroke victors and helps to raise awareness on how to prevent stroke and promote health.
posted Wednesday, May 24, 2006 7:39 PM by Cruz
Bay to Breakers

When I heard that the Bay to Breakers was a crazy, costume filled event, I had no idea what was in store. We fit in perfectly because I was pushing a cart full of healthy foods that I passed out to people along the race course. Bananas, oranges, raisins, and other healthy snacks were piled high in the cart, which was tough to push up the Hayes Street Hill, but helped to burn more calories! My favorite group was the band of Elvis impersonators that pushed an Elvis themed float; they all wore wigs and jumpsuits…and played music the whole way! The 12K event was entertaining and challenging, but I had a great time, and look forward to next year!
posted Sunday, May 21, 2006 7:43 PM by Cruz
Bike to Work

Today was a great opportunity for me to broaden the kinds of activities I’m doing to get healthy. I’ve been interested in getting on a bike for a while, and the 12th Annual Bike to Work Day was a reason for me to do it! It was fun to be out there with my colleagues, and although I didn’t ride as far as Senator Torlakson or Assemblyman Levine, I got a good workout! Next year they’ll have to catch up to me on a bike!
posted Thursday, May 18, 2006 10:08 PM by Cruz
Susan G. Komen Run for the Cure

I was honored to be a part of the 25,000 men, women, and children at Cal Expo on Saturday morning who were out fighting cancer. The way that the crowd came together and cheered everyone on was impressive, as were some of the people I met along the course! I spoke with people, who like myself, were running not only for the cause, but also because they want to stay healthy and prevent cancer. Jeannette and her husband Tony are two of those folks. Tony is a marathon runner and Jeannette is trying to get in shape, so we chatted about some of my favorite low-calorie recipes, and she shared some of hers too! I’m looking forward to running again next year, and I hope you all can come out and join my team!
posted Saturday, May 13, 2006 9:45 PM by Cruz
Weigh-In Update

I was excited to be back at the UPN station with everybody, and even more excited to lose more weight! I’m now weighing in at 235 lbs, which is 43 pounds down from my original weight!

I’m keeping up the exercising and healthy eating, and want to thank everyone for their support and motivation! I hope to see as many of you as possible out at races! My Next goal is 208 – my pre Sacramento weight!
posted Friday, May 05, 2006 9:42 PM by Cruz
La Jolla Shores 5K

The La Jolla Shores run this weekend was such a beautiful course, and there were so many great runners and walkers out there, it was great to be a part of it! Shortly after I finished the 5K, people were finishing the half marathon! I hope someday I’ll be able to finish a half marathon too, although it probably won’t be as fast as they did it!

My favorite part of the day was to see a marriage proposal at the finish line…good thing she said yes!
posted Tuesday, April 25, 2006 6:52 PM by Cruz
AIDS Walk for minority women and children

This Saturday was a great time! I was able to join together with my former colleague and friend, Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald, and walk for a great cause. School teams, health groups, elected officials, parents and kids all came out to Cal State Dominguez Hills and walked to promote health, especially for minority women and children, and it was an honor to be a part of that crowd!
posted Monday, April 24, 2006 6:54 PM by Cruz
Join me on April 23rd to support the La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation

I’ve been busy preparing for the 25th Annual La Jolla Half-Marathon & 5k that will be on April 23. It’s tough going but I have to tell you I haven’t felt better in all my life. I’d say the hardest part is finding the time to exercise and not getting discouraged. We’re all incredibly busy people, but we must find the time to take care of ourselves. The payoffs are enormous. I’ve had such incredible support from all the wonderful people I’ve met during the races I’ve participated in. I couldn’t do this without all of your support.

Come on out on the 23rd and join us! The La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation is a wonderful organization and the proceeds from this event will benefit their activities. Put on your running shoes and get moving!

posted Tuesday, April 11, 2006 7:06 PM by Cruz
Cooking with Cruz

On UPN this morning, for “Cooking with Cruz,” I shared a simple smoothie recipe with Sacramento. I love drinking smoothies, especially on the weekends when I have a little extra time cut up fruit and enjoy it!

Although some smoothies are full of sugar and calories, my drink is a great meal replacement. With fresh fruit, soy milk, and protein powder, you can drink a “Berry Bustamante” too, or if you prefer a more tropical drink, try “Cruzin’ in the Tropics,” which is made with mango and fresh pineapple.

Check out the recipe link on the homepage of the site to find exact ingredients so you can have a breakfast drink too!
posted Sunday, April 09, 2006 9:45 PM by Cruz
Keeping focused

Loyola Marymount University is such a beautiful campus, with great students and today, I was honored to be a part of their annual “Run For the Bay,” a 5/10K event that helps raise money for Heal The Bay.

Aside from having a wonderful view of Los Angeles for most of the course, I was glad to be accompanied by students throughout the race, whether they were part of the cross country team, or just out for the day!

I spoke with a gentleman on the course who is 74 years old and has been running races regularly for years now; he said that running was time that he set aside just for himself. It’s people like that that make me want to keep it up!

I’m looking forward for all the events that are coming up in the next months, as I’m getting closer and closer to my initial goal to lose 50 lbs! I hope to increase that goal in the next few weeks, so check out the race schedule and join me; I’d be delighted to have you all on the course, too!

posted Saturday, April 08, 2006 11:42 AM by Cruz
Slow and Steady!

We all lead incredibly busy lives and often forget to take care of ourselves. Eating breakfast is truly the most important thing you can do to jump start your metabolism and keep your energy level up throughout the day. Plus, you’ll burn more calories! I also try to eat several small meals throughout the day rather than three large meals. It keeps your metabolism going and helps with mental concentration. You can always carry a piece of fruit or other healthy snack in your bag.
posted Sunday, April 02, 2006 10:48 PM by Cruz
Teach kids healthy living now, and the payoff lasts a lifetime

Today, instead of asking people to join me in the fight to be fit, I joined the routine of Richland Elementary students in San Marcos, California!

These kids are engaged in frequent morning exercise routines that both help to create a healthy lifestyle for the students and also promote awareness of what healthy living is.

I’ve stressed throughout my fight to lose weight, that starting to teach kids at a young age about fitness and nutrition is the best way to ensure a healthy generation to come, and the Richland Elementary School has certainly created a program that aims to achieve it.

After talking with students, and exercising with them myself, along with “The Biggest Loser’s” Gary Deckman, it is plain to see that they are happy, healthy and motivated to make their routine a life-long practice.

I commend Principal Jennifer Carter and look forward to seeing both students and parents from Richland Elementary to continue their fantastic program.
posted Friday, March 31, 2006 10:40 AM by Cruz
Let’s inspire each other!

This weekend marked the 21st annual Los Angles Marathon, and I was honored to participate in the corresponding 5K race. It was truly amazing and very inspiring to see runners and walkers of all kinds out there!

I was particularly awed by a man who had lost both of his legs, but still participated in the race, by peddling with his hands on a skateboard! Now, that takes some determination and is one of many great inspirations I saw in Los Angeles.

Each time I participate in another walk/run, I am increasingly motivated by other people that are joining together to stay fit and be healthy, and I look forward to seeing people I’ve met along the way in the future.
posted Sunday, March 19, 2006 11:36 AM by Cruz
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