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
Friday, April 16, 2010
Yesterday was finally a gorgeous, sunny day in our area. It got up to around 87 degrees F I believe - or so my blackberry was telling me as I was sitting in the sun capturing some Vitamin D. Doesn't everything seem to go better when the sun is shining and it's warm outside? Here it was dry but with small gusts of wind occasionally. A sunny day always makes me want to eat healthier foods- nothing processed just anything straight from Mother Earth.
My two babies (5 year old) Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and (4 year old) domestic cat sat outside on a picnic blanket on our front porch. They thought they were so "cool" by sitting outside on a blanket - usually we sit in chairs. Today I wanted to tan the back of my legs since I'm tanned only on the front (weird) so we enjoyed the blanket. Boy were they excited to sit in the sun and just enjoy some fresh air. Seems like all three of us were lucky enough to have the fresh air and sunshine to reflect and reconnect with what we have in our lives. Granted their lives involve how to look more cute to achieve more treats and where to take the next nap but still - it was very pleasant! Perfect afternoon
Then I prepared our dinner - Vegan Soba complete with homemade vegan dipping sauce! Yay! I love Japanese foods and this was something that I wasn't going to go without this summer, thankfully I found the recipe at vegweb.com/index.php?topic=8041.0 . I changed the recipe a little since I didn't want all the sugar and salt. I deleted the salt actually and the recipe was perfect! I pre-prepared everything before we went out on our run together for the day. I have found that doing almost all the preparations before an exercise outing is much easier and we eat healthier than if I were to prepare everything after I got home.
I drove to pick up the hubster from work so that we could drive together to a local Metropark reservation to run for something new and exciting. We decided it was such a beautiful day that we would enjoy the weather and celebrate by running in a new setting. Ishuffle, hand water bottle and a few tissues in hand we were off. One thing that I didn't prepare for was the heat. Oops! I'm hypoglycemic, so I have to be careful of my low sugar levels. I had some fruit but basically there was not enough sugar in my body to do a long run. Seven miles into the run, I started to feel the blackouts and body shivers. We stopped at 7 miles - one mile short of our 8 mile goal. It really frustrates me that we only had one more mile however my body was rejecting the low sugar situation and telling me to stop otherwise pass out. A few blackouts are enough of a single for me. So, my husband and I decided that before dinner we would enjoy a lovely Zen Bliss (I believe that is the name) smoothie made with soy milk and soy sherbet from Robek's. Yum! We also got a Green Tea Latte with ice cubes from Starbucks - not sure why they didn't make it into a frappacino but it seems like our local shops do not really know the difference between coffee types. Oh well...
Finally back home and showered and settled into our dinner - just had to make boil the noodles which only took about ten minutes. Sat in the sunshine once again outdoors and had a pleasant evening chatting, sipping on soba and munching on freshly cut cantaloupe, strawberries, pineapple, cucumbers and a large salad.
Photos of Vegan Foods:
Breakfast: Normal breakfast, I think I'm in a rut... Sprouted Wheat Bread, strawberries, soy butter and some vegemite.
Lunch: Even though we are still eating vegan, we don't really have that many green salads - we generally have lots of veggies mixed together in quinoa or couscous but not many mixed greens. I purchased a large box from Sam's Club (seriously much cheaper than the normal store for organic mixed baby greens) and couldn't wait to dive in. I had a large plate along with some grape tomatoes, cucumber, freshly cut parsley and a little Japanese ginger dressing. Perfect lunch!! I also had an apple for a snack.
Dinner: Two different types of soba (Japanese buckwheat noodles): traditional soba noodles and then also vegetable soba. Yummy! Soba is a favorite in our household so I knew once I found a recipe to make the dipping sauce that I was all in for the summer months. Since we were tired I forgot to take a photo before we ate but this is the hubster's bento for work. Not decorative but again I was seriously tired and not feeling my cute side.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
My husband has been yelling at me - well at first it was gentle suggestions and then yelling - that I must purchase new running shoes. I'm very attached to them, they have gotten me through many hard miles since November! Actually I've had them fora few years but not until the end of last year did I start running. Yes, they are worn and actually torn but I love them for all the harsh and fun runs we have endured together. These worn shoes are like old friends and I wasn't going to give them up without a fight! haha
We decided (with some lovely suggestions from other Sparkers) that we would go to the running store to purchase a new pair of shoes for the two of us. It was my first time purchasing running shoes, since I was always a tennis player and had different needs, so we decided to get some help from the "professionals". Firstly though, we checked out runnersworld.com and watched all the videos and also looked at the reviews of the shoes that were of mentioning. If you are looking for new running shoes, I highly suggest watching the videos on the site to learn more about how to find the perfect one - including if your foot needs for pronation and arch... We had a nice idea before going in what we were looking for in our running needs and foot support needs. Then when we got into the local shoe store, it was not only hard to get some help but also it was hard to get the attention of the sales person. Not sure if it was the day or just the location but I wasn't really feeling the help we had. The sales representative actually watched me walk and looked at my old shoes for suggestions on my needs. He was in the direct option that we had figured out from online support. Go runnersworld! But the selections the rep suggested were terrible! Not only were the shoes made for the color blind but they were not fitting correctly. Out of the entire stores selection, the rep could only come up with three shoes! Three! One pair I would have selected for my grandmother with all the cushioning which would have made me work 5x more just to get my feet off the ground. More cushion, the more effort you have to put forth to get a liftoff the ground. Cushioned shoes are usually for really overweight people or newbies... which okay maybe I took it too personally.. but...
Not only was the rep suggesting shoes that actually hurt my feet when I stepped down (high arch support for a normal arch foot)- he kept mentioning that once I found the shoe I like - he would "teach" me how to properly run in running shoes. Okay, so maybe I don't have a completely slimmed down body like most runners, but I don't believe just for that reason I am a total newbie to running. It just wasn't the best experience...
We finally went over to Dick's Sporting Goods where we figured we could get some better help and find the shoe that we liked. Thankfully I did find two pairs I liked!!! It helps to know what you are looking for for your support (thanks to runnersworld) because the help at Dicks' were so busy, we had to catch them as they walked past just to get a pair in our size. But at a chain, I expect them to be busier than the small specialized stores because they are helping a lot of people instead of just a few... They were nice and were able to answer a few questions but you must ask the questions.
We both made our selections but chose to look online first to look for better deals. We found that the prices in the store were comparable to the selections online. Ironically, my husband could not find the shoe he liked in any of the stores in the right size (9) but could find it online at Dick's. They are ordered and will be here in less than a week! Free shipping and free return label if they don't fit or we don't like them. Yay!
The shoes we chose (not intentionally were the same) Saucony ProGrid Ride Running Shoe. This is the first series, there are two newer ones, but we enjoyed the larger toe area in the first model.
Women's: orange and white
Men's: Red and White
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