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One more hour

Saturday, October 05, 2013

If I had an extra hour in my day I would use it for meal planning in the mornings and prepping my food for the day. I can absolutely make this happen simply by taking the time eAch week to prep all food and plan meals for the week; each day I would then only have to grab my snacks and prepare any meals planned.

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JUST_BRENDA 10/7/2013 6:38AM

    We must MAKE the time, because it doesn't come easily!

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Family vacation

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Next April my parents are taking my siblings and I on a family vacation to Jamaica. I have a considerable amount of weight to lose overall; however, my goal for this holiday is to fit into my size 10 one piece. I am squeezing into a 14 right now but should be in a 16 and want to feel confident in my 10.

To be honest I do not know what sort of weight loss that requires but my aim is to average 1.5lbs a week through a vegan lifestyle and weight lifting/cardio.

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Veganism Day 2

Monday, July 01, 2013

I actually started my journey into Veganism by choosing to go to Ovo/Lacto Vegetarian for health reasons; in the midst of that, I was educated on the ethical aspect of being a Vegetarian and chose instead to go Vegan.

So far I have learned, that I don't like tofu or soy milk... that's OK, the cleaner eating variety of being Vegan is by using whole plant foods, beans and lentils with occasionally using nuts and seeds... let's not forget my whole grains, brown rice and daily vitamin B12. I've learned the Vegan doesn't equal skinny or a healthy diet (so called "replacements" are very processed...if it needs a replacement, you probably shouldn't be eating it?)

Also, and my favorite part, I've learned that I can still have pizza night with my wife. Pizza pizza's dough (wholegrain for me please!) and sauce do not contain eggs, dairy or any animal product... topped with spinach, mushrooms on one side and pinapple, red peppers, on the other side - no cheese please! :) DELISH!!

Today I cooked salmon. My wife and I bought it a few weeks ago and tossed the bag into the freezer... I only realized as I inventoried the house for vegan friendly foods that I had fish (and my wife wont eat fish)... so today I tossed a couple steaks into a pan, dilled and lemoned it, then let it cook... it smelled as I remembered, I open the pan and press my fork into the flaky flesh... stopped and couldn't go any further. I am definitely seeing my food differently...

I'm not perfect, I wont claim to be... my car has leather seats (HA!) but I'm going to make every effort I can, for myself, my planet and all Earthlings.

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KAT321123 7/1/2013 4:11PM

    Many vegans are fine with keeping cars/shoes/whatever with leather seats -- they just won't buy those items going forward. Personally (I'm not quite vegan) I think leather is a biproduct of the meat industry and will break down better than synthetic shoes, so personally, I don't think leather is "bad" -- we all have to pick our battles =)

As for tofu, I HATED it for years and then finally I found it cooked "right". Now I love it. You're right that it's a processed food and not the heathiest option for that reason, but if you're interested in trying again, I'd be happy to give you some decent recipes =)

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    A lot of things are not as scary from the inside as from the outside,

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Protein Up, Fat Down

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Stayed in my calories today; I'm not feeling as full and satisfied as I would like but my body also needs to stop craving high calorie foods.

My protein intake needs some help; a good start would be eggs for breakfast :) And I need to take my fat intake down a notch... less cheese! All in all, I'd say a successful day.

Spring is in the air; I can feel it in the warm undercurrent even cold, rainy, windy days bring.. it is very refreshing.

My goals:

1. Stay within calories - increase protein.
2. Journal daily.
3. Exercise at least 3 times per week.

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JAMBABY0 4/16/2013 8:51PM

    The protein will keep you fuller longer, it really is an important part of losing weight. Good luck on your journey

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Back to Basics

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Took a small hiatus from Spark to go to and see what it offered. I've been interested in gaining some lean muscle and toning up, even started a great program; however, the food/caloric/protein needs in order to properly nourish my body were beyond what my meager food budget will allow.

Tra and I found we were hungry ALL THE TIME and there just was never enough food in the house to satiate us. So we've made the executive decision to lose weight the smart and simple way, through a deficit in our calories and a combination of cardio and strength training. Back to the basics. Hopefully in a few months when things are more settled financially, we will give bodybuilding another try.

We found a great gym; Fit4Less over on Merivale Rd. We love it! The staff are amazing, the benefits of being a member are great and there are no lunks - we've made ourselves quite comfortable with the barbells and weight training section; sometimes moving around the same weight as "the boys" - feels pretty powerful to me!!

anyways, on the flip side.. life is doing well. I've had Cymbalta added to my cocktail of meds; I'm finding I still struggle with anxiety so when I see my DR next I'll mention that to him... Sort of feels like a constant give and take between my depression and my anxiety. I hope to find balance soon.


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