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Just Plain Lazy

Friday, April 09, 2010

Yes, I admit, I have been lazy. I have been counting calories lately but only mentally and I have to admit that I haven't really been getting on SP for the last couple of weeks. I am losing steam about losing weight since I haven't seen any changes in about maybe 1.5-2 months. It's very frustrating when I know that I am doing everything according to my diet and exercise but not seeing any results. I know that all this work is to get me healthy and it doesn't matter what the weight scale states but yes, I am a weight scale reader and I let it control me in ways. Don't get me wrong though, I read it and think about what I need to do the entire day and then I double check it at night. According to the readings, I do not allow the number to change my food habits for the day. It's more like a motivational thing - especially if I see the number go down. haha Right now though, I am frustrated because it seems like my body is fighting me. I have 6-7 pounds to lose before I am in a healthy weight range, ironically a range that I haven't seen in about 6-7 years.

At last, I am trying to keep positive which is getting the best of me at times. Yes, I ate some chocolate every day for the last few days. I feel extremely guilty because I know that I have cheated myself and no one else. It would be nice to blame someone else but I know that the only person I can point my finger at is myself...

Has anyone read or posted some wonderful motivational pieces or videos? I would love to get motivated!! emoticon

  
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IMVEGAN 4/9/2010 5:14PM

    This is to motivate you ------You really need to start tracking your food again. Things slip in that you do not anticipate especially if you eat out. I know that Aladdin's hummus is loaded with oil. Remember just because something is vegan does not mean that it is good for you or even diet worthy. Most restaurants use a lot of salt and oil - both things that contribute to weight gain. Soy ice cream, almond milk, soy cheese etc. are all very high in fat too.


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CFMOSS 4/9/2010 4:29PM

    I don't know - somehow lazy sounds good at this moment. Nonetheless, have you upped your amount of physical activity OR changed it -- sometimes that is the best way to persuade your body to give up a few more calories.

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Monday April 05, 2010

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

After a very fulfilling Easter Weekend we were thankful to get started once again with our exercise routine and also with our work week. We were thankful to start out with a bang this April and we are still looking forward to keeping our health and spirits going strong this next week.

Yesterday we did a ton of walking and hiking so it was to be thought that we would be really sore. Fortunately, we got out of bed without any problems (except wishing for another day off work) and started our new work week. I have to admit though I think it is time for a new pair of shoes since I have been noticing my hips are starting to hurt during and after running. I think this means that I need a new pair of running shoes - especially seeing that they are extremely worn on the bottom. For me I love shoes and it is hard to get rid of a pair of shoes that I adore. So I think it's high and time I start listening to my husband and purchase a new pair. (He has been telling me that it was time for about six months now...) So, with my sore callus second tiny toe (does it have a name?), water blisters and sore ankles/hips, I'm taking the time this week (hopefully) to get a new pair of shoes. It is important to have a good pair to exercise to stay healthy inside and out.

Otherwise, I am feeling better than ever! I do have some cravings for those yummy Easter candies that I purchased my husband - dark chocolate is usually vegan! Hurray! Just look for the ingredients and you might be surprised! An entire basket full was given to my DH by me that was only vegan approved. Not all was organic but I guess we can live without that for a holiday. ^_^

I'm trying to stay positive and fight my weight plateau and hopefully soon I can announce to everyone that I have lost a pound after two months filled with exercise and healthy eating.

For now:
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PRETTYBLKGYRL 4/8/2010 6:47AM

    A husband that actually encourages shopping for new shoes - does he have a twin? *lol*

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REINVENTLAURA 4/6/2010 11:27AM

    I really need to get new shoes too! Any tips?

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SUGIRL06 4/6/2010 11:01AM

    I keep buying new running/workout sneakers but not getting rid of the old ones:) Haha!
~Ang

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Vegan Easter...

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

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Each year my family tries to plan something out that is new and exciting. Since we live out of state from the rest of my extended family, my husband and I stay home and make our own celebration. This year we tried something new, a 100% vegan Easter! This may sound strange but seriously do we all really need to have all those eggs and lamb legs? We found out, nope, you don't have to have any of those to have some fun.

We started out the day with a lovely Vegan Breakfast of Tempeh Hash, freshly cut pineapple and Vegan Easter Biscuits. Loved every part of it!




Then we decided that one of the main reasons of Easter is to celebrate Jesus and his rising and saving us all. What better way to do this by celebrating with a nice walk (with the pooch) to a park while sipping on some cinnamon sprinkled coffee and listening to the birds chirp. When we got back it was time to make a lunch for our picnic at another park. One great thing about Cleveland, OH is that there are amazing parks all around!

Picnic backpack, kite and blanket ready to go and we were off. DH took a lovely "detour" so we ended up taking a one hour drive instead of 12 minutes. Oh well... it was relaxing. So we got to the park and set everything out: fruit of freshly cut pineapple and coconut, and mandarin oranges. Had to add in some cransins for the DH - and for color. Then we had leftover pineapple Fried Rice, cucumbers, carrot sticks, cashews, and some walnuts.




Then we took about three or more hours to hike about 9 miles in the mountainous area. It was amazing and very challenging! We were exhausted and could not go anymore on the trail that we had planned. We never knew how slow it would be to hike. But our minds were refreshed and ready for a new start to the week.

Finally we got home took our showers, drank lots of water and were ready to start our Easter dinner. Similar to each time we cook, we were amazed at how easy it is to make vegan meals. Seriously, it takes much less time than it does to cook meat meals. We were excited to make Spicy Tofu Duck (tofu that looks like duck breasts from Chinese store), Eggless Deviled Eggs, and a lovely mixture of rehydrated 7 seaweed salad from Japan. We loved the salad and the mock duck however the deviled "eggs" were not as tasty as what we had expected. But you win some you lose some.




Leftover Bento for the next day for the DH:


Easter this year was one of our best yet! Yes, it was rather simple but we were living a healthier lifestyle. We burnt off around 1200 calories and ate extremely healthy the entire day! We were able to feel good about ourselves mentally and physically.

  
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GRANDMAAMIE 4/15/2010 11:18AM

    THIS LOOKS GOOD !

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SUGIRL06 4/6/2010 10:54AM

    Always love the bento boxes!!! Where do you get the "accessories" for them?! The Asian market? I will have to look...
~Ang

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Yummy Vegan Food...

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

So I have been MIA for a while, as discussed in my previous blog from yesterday. Thankfully I'm back and I'm trying to get off this plateau that I have somehow gotten residency on for the last two months! Yes, two months of dieting and exercise with no luck. But, at least we are eating vegan food (aka fruits and veggies) and we have made a goal to exercise at least 20-30 minutes each day this whole month! I hope that this push will get me into a new downward slide with weight.

For now, here are some photos of the foods that we have been eating at our house - yes everything is 100% vegan!

It has very high sodium and has some saturated fat but I had to try it once. Very tasty!!! Loved it in sandwiches!

These were processed however they were Vegan! They were tasty!

We tried to make homemade soy milk. We didn't add any sugar and boy did it taste terrible to tell you the truth.

This was supposed to be a mock edmame/cucumber kimichi salad. It was very strong with the onions.

We took the Sweet Potato Waffle recipe and made it into pancakes! I really don't like pancakes normally but these were amazing!

Before Easter weekend I made this Vegan Challah Bread. We are Episcopalian Christians however I saw this recipe and had to try it out. First time ever making Challah and loved it!!!! It's from PPK. I made some cinnamon soy butter too - amazing!

Black and Gold Salad (Go Broilermakers! Once one always one)

BBQ'd Tofu!!! Amazing! Citrus Marinated tofu

Banana Rhabanda (basically Brazilian French Toast) powdered mix of cinnamon/cocoa on top. Not very tasty and stuck like crazy!

Vegan Bibimbap... need I say more?

Part of being vegan is about saving the earth too. We are trying to save our thai coconut shells and growing basil in them. It's working so far...

Amazing Pineapple Fried Rice! This was one of the best fried rice recipes I have ever eaten and it was actually vegan!

  
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SUGIRL06 4/6/2010 10:51AM

    As always, delicious looking foods! Love the basil growing in the coconut shell! Decorative and functional! Thinking of your lovely looking recipes, I made black beans the other day and mixed it with some corn salsa I had bought. I actually have to rinse it because the salsa was too sweet but otherwise it was great! (next time I will add my own "salsa"). Thanks for the inspiration! And glad to see you back. You bombard us with like 8 blogs in one day and then nothing for a week! LoL
~Ang

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Beginning of April 2010

Monday, April 05, 2010

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Wow! It has been over one week since I have written a blog entry, sorry about that everyone. When we were doing the challenge I was making a photo entry every single day and keeping up with things just as I should be doing daily. Lately though the sunshine has been shining and I have been spending more time outdoors. My weight and measurements have not changed for maybe around two months now; I am feeling a bit down in motivation. Hence, I have not been online for a while and have not been tracking the things that go into my mouth. The last week or so we have kept vegan and I have been working on portion control but no I have not been keeping track of calories. I am hoping by giving my body a break from my calorie reduction that I would be able to kickstart it out of the plateau, I know some of you have suggested this to me.

So, now I am back and I plan on counting calories once again. I am also going to start on the reduction of calories according to my body requirements. I'm hoping to regain my motivation in my adventure into a healthier lifestyle and reaching my "healthy weight" according to my hip-to-waist, body fat and BMI measurements. If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear how you get out of plataeuville without reducing calories (I can't go down anymore since it wouldn't be healthy) and putting in more time running/exercise I'm not sure how...

Anyways, I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend and welcomed Spring with a sunshine filled day! Here's hoping for a better month for everyone and God Bless!

  
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SUGIRL06 4/6/2010 7:33AM

    Oh I hate plateaus! I hope you figure out a way off of it! I have no real suggestions. Change up the workout? Do interval training? HIIT? I dunno. Good luck!
~Ang

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