Thursday, April 22, 2010
Sorry for my absence yesterday, there was Sunshine!!! It finally crept closer to 70F/21.1C yesterday!!! So, I did all my housework and work early in the morning so that I could spend some much needed time out in the sun! I had two glorious hours alone outdoors (well, with one furry baby) just reading and listening to music while sunbathing! It was so pleasant and definitely an uplifting experience. There is nothing like a good day of sunshine while relaxing to get you pumped up and ready to get out there again. When the hubster got home, we went for a slow but steady 5K run. We have been running 10K but we decided that we would just enjoy our run and relax while taking in the vitamin E.
Lately running problems... Before we received our shoe parcels, I had started to get a few pains here and there. Mostly I had some pain in my hips... I have a slight irritating pain in my hip area (it switches legs) the day after I run. It is the strangest thing since I have never had any issue with my hips but lately it just started happening. We have consistently been running about 5 days a week and now I'm walking with one of my furry babies twice a day. So, there isn't that much of a change - besides an extra few miles a week. After some research, I think I am running with too long of strides and creating a slight pain that shouldn't be creeping in. So, I am hoping right now that my pains will go away after I have these new shoes and pay more attention to my strides. Anyone else have this issue?
In addition for the last two days I have found that I have had stomach pains while running. Not sure why I am having these pains but I really hope to cure them. At first I thought that it was because we have been taking a a moderate tempo in running and talking at the same time. Yesterday though I kept more quiet and we went a moderate tempo again. Still, the pain in my stomach crept in again. It is almost like my diaphragm is yelling at me or something for breathing incorrectly however I am trying to pay close attention with no alleviation of the issue. Then I had some pain in my lower stomach also yesterday. Maybe drinking too much water in the daytime or something else? I'm looking for some good stretches to hopefully alleviate these pains. Know of any good ones or suggestions?
Day three of running with our new Saucony running shoes and loving them! The breathing holes are amazing - you can actually feel a slight breeze come in the sides when running - it cools off the shoes! Previously I was a Nike girl however I am addicted to the new brand shoes. They are not only more supportive but just fit into the life of a running instead of a tennis player. I personally think the shoe has to fit your foot and your fashion style to make it best for you though.
Oh, someone asked, Saucony runs about the same size for all shoes for woman but one size smaller for men. Don't know why, just what we found out. I wear a 6.5 in most shoes and purchased a 6.5 saucony shoe. Husband purchased 9 when he usually wears an 8. Hopefully that answers your question. ^_^
Thanks for the photo: www.iowaavenue.com/photo/photo/show?
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Yesterday I was able to convince myself to take my measurements once again. Since I haven't seen any changes in about two months, I have not gotten myself to go ahead and go through the pain of seeing no changes in numbers. haha Daily I measure myself to assure that I am I'm not going crazy with pounds but as far as doing some measurements, I'm always afraid to do them. I guess there is always a ray of hope that when I once again start measuring I'm going to see a drastic change. haha It's the child instead of me - or the ostrich - not sure which... Anyone else have this problem?
Here is what I ate yesterday (minus a photo of the dark chocolate with orange slices inside it):
Breakfast: Normal rut as of the moment. This is actually less than 300 calories since I use very small amount of soy butter and vegemite. In addition I have a normal daily vitamin of B12 and a multivitamin. Photo containes coffee, sprouted bread, vegemite, soy butter, freshly cut pineapple and strawberries. yummmmmmmm
Lunch: This was a different meal because I was still slightly full from breakfast. My intentions were to have a nice broccoli salad also from last night's dinner however I was just too full after all the carbs in my lunch. This contains the leftover soup from last night.
Dinner: The sunshine was shining and that means in our household that we are not allowed back indoors until it goes down. Not seriously but sometimes it seems so. I prepared all the ingredients for the seitan skewers (red and yellow pepper, red onion, and seitan) and Quinoa Tabbouleh. Of course there was strawberries and pineapple also.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Pounds Lost: zero! Again for the second month I still have not lost any weight, very frustrating! I am seriously eating 1200 calories a day and exercising at least 20-30 minutes a day, 7 days a week. Not sure what to do or think about this... It's very hard to keep doing everything when you see no changes...
Exercise: My husband and I have this challenge to exercise at least 20-30 minutes every day this month. So far we have gone 19 days and still counting. In addition, I have added a 20 minute walk in the morning before work with my furry baby to add in some extra workout time. Usually we all do the walk again at nighttime too - just for more calorie burn-off. In addition I have a personal goal set that I am to get up every hour to move around and do something active (even if it is just for five minutes) since I have a very sedentary job. I have kept this movement the entire month to increase calories burnt and also to try to lose a pound this month.
Foods Eaten: We are still eating vegan foods "religiously" as some people like to put it. We have cut down our fat intake and also have made sure that we are not getting more than one pasta in a week - even though we are only eating whole wheat or vegetable (grain-less) pastas. In addition, we have cut out a lot of the processed foods that we used to eat and are trying to make our own menu items from scratch. As a plus, I have found a trick to our once a week breakfast run before work (I drive my husband to work on this special day which usually includes a bagel stop since there aren't many places for non-grain, meatless breakfast items). I order a large coffee and delight my husband in something that he wants to eat - usually bagels with some sort of sugary substance on top. Normally I would order something also and then feel guilty. But, I have found that I can order some beloved coffee and just stick with that until I reach home to some lovely fresh fruit and healthy breakfast. I have managed this for about one month now. I hope that it helps towards my health and weight loss. Baby steps hopefully work too....
Measuring Progress in Numbers:
Maintain My Current Weight Calories: 1639.02
Calorie Intake for Weight Loss: 1139.02
Body Fat %: went down .32
Waist to Hip Ratio: went up 0.06 (Still at High Risk- scary!)
Diff in Thigh: .5 inches gained
in Chest: .5 inches gained
upper arm: .5 inches gained
weight: 0 pounds
Waist: .5 inches gained
Hips: 2 inches (not sure if this is correct, sounds fishy)
Neck: o inch
My energy level is high - mostly due to fresh fruits and veggies but partially due to our Vegan B12 supplements that we have started to take. Because of this energy, I have loved all the walks (even on cold days) with the pooch, exercising daily and also getting more things done in the day.
Monday, April 19, 2010
It seems like lately things have not been as smooth riding as I wish so I have not had the chance to get online and post blogs. Thankfully though I am keeping strong and holding onto healthy eating and exercising. In fact, this month my husband and I have a challenge to do an exercise whether it be walking with the dog or running a few miles each day for the entire month of April. Each day we have the restriction that we have to keep doing the exercise for at least 20 to 30 minutes in total. It is our plan to keep moving even on those days that we don't have enough time or don't feel getting out in the cold and moving around. We have gone 19 days so far and I believe it is going well!
I'm still in my food rut so here are a few of the things that we ate yesterday.
Breakfast: I actually ate three slices of sprouted bread with soy butter and vegemite while my husband ate these little delicious Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. The recipes hails from the Vegan Brunch Cookbook. Seriously, it is the most delicious recipe for muffins you can make and it makes your entire house smell like lemons! The only downside is you have to smell these wonderful muffins all day long! It makes you hungry just smelling them! They are around 220 calories per muffin - so I chose for my usual breakfast of the late and had one as a snack for afternoon tea time.
Lunch: We were supposed to have pierogi's for a brunch item but we got up too late and were starving for something that would take a little less time to make. Pierogi's are a Eastern European pasta dish that is like a large dumpling filled with mashed potatoes, meat, cheese and herbs. Since we were going vegan, we found a recipe by again the lovely Isa Chandra Moskowitz in her cookbook Vegan Brunch. www.amazon.com/Vegan-Brunch-Homestyl
e=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271681909&sr=8-1 The fillings are basically sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, onions, garlic and mushrooms. The dough was really easy to whip up too! The little tasty pastas do take about one hour and a half to make for the first time at least. We poured a little tomato puree over the top with some freshly cut basil and parsley.
Dinner: Since we had a large lunch and a muffin for tea time, we were not feeling a large dinner. Unfortunately I do come from a German family, hence we never go light for food. It is something in our genes I believe - I always go overboard even when trying not to do so. I made an easy soup called Tomato Chickpea Soup with Tiny Pasta and Fresh Herbs. It has 180 calories in total. It was supposed to have around 8 grams of fat however I reduced that by not using all the cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil it suggested. This recipe reminded me of the fresh vegetable Goulash soup my grandmother used to make us all when we were young - from leftover veggies from the garden. I think I would have added some red pepper flakes to the recipe to make a little more flavor however the hubster loved it! Alongside the soup I put together the suggested fresh broccoli, dried cranberries, pine nuts and yellow peppers as a salad. Yum! We went over our fat content for the day however it was all healthy at least!
Recipe was from Vegan Express: www.amazon.com/Vegan-Express-Nava-At
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