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!!
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
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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