Wednesday, May 26, 2010
These last few cold months I have been rather depressed because I haven't seen very many (if any) changes in my body even though I have stuck to the main goal. Thankfully the sunshine is finally surrounding my little metropolitan city and I want to get back into goal setting mode. If you have never setup a goal, I highly suggest it. Goals are a kick-the-butt motivator that just screams at you every time you think to yourself - "shall I eat this"... "shall I sleep an hour or go run"... and so on. I love goals and even more so I love to meet and exceed them. (only not in the annoying way that some people can get...)
Today is May 26, 2010, about one month before my fifth anniversary! I love my husband so dearly and can't wait to celebrate this major achievement in our lives together as a married couple. There is nothing more encouraging than a special event in ones life, so that I can setup a goal. Right now I am 124 pounds (.4 of a pd up from yesterday). On my anniversary to my husband I plan on giving him a healthy wife. I will (not a plan -it's a definite) be 119 pounds on July 25, 2010!!!! Sounds like a strange number I know but it is the number that takes my BMI into the healthy range and out of the "overweight" category that has been tormenting me for years now.
I have been stuck at around 124 for about three-four months now wish is a little depressing. I have increased my exercise to 5-6 times a week (seriously God put that 7th day of rest in there for a reason). Right now we are running 5 miles each day but I hope to get it back up to around 6-7 miles daily. In addition, I am keeping at a 1200 calorie restricted diet - all vegan foods. Also, I have stopped using extra virgin olive oil and other oils whenever possible. I hope that cutting down the fat will help reduce the fat in my body. The fantastic research book "The China Study" found that a body lives better off from less fat intake, so that it what I intend on doing.
If you have any suggestions that have gotten you out of plateau-ville, I would really love to read/hear them. Please send me anything that works for you! Comment/suggestions are always encouraging to me.
My goal is set now all I have to do is the hard work.
Monday, May 24, 2010
It's been a while since I have done a status update but I felt as though it was high and time that I did another one. This last weekend I finally listened to the hubster and got a new weight scale. We were intending on purchasing online but I just got tired of searching for a good one and purchased a $40 one called Health O Meter... It is digital (unlike my previous ancient one) and checks weight, body fat, hydration, body fat, BMI and bone mass. I'm sure the only weight is the only true reading but at least I can have some sort of idea of the other measurements too. I have been double checking my BMI with an online calculator compared to the scale and it has been the same each time. I'm pretty impressed. The only thing is that my weight on SP is off now because my old scale was not accurate - about 5 pounds off I think. So, you all will see the change but really it wasn't a loss... just a gain of a good scale.
Pounds Lost: .6 according to the reading this morning. I have not been losing weight really but I have felt better and I guess that is what is important. I am very close to a "average-healthy" weight that it is really driving me crazy at times thinking about not losing any pounds in the last few months even though I am not "cheating".
Fitness: We have been taking a lot of walks and going to the gym to lift weights each week. We could be doing more however I have hurt my hip somehow and haven't been able to run long distances. Yesterday though (Sunday) we were back into it again. It was sunny (finally no rain after like two weeks!) so we had to get out there... We ran 5K in about 35 minutes. This wasn't a good time for us however we were glad to get back into it. Considering it was around noon (full sunshine) and in the 80's with 60% humidity, I think it was an okay run. It was nice to get out there and sweat! In addition we walked 5K and also did a nice 1.5 walk with our furry baby. So, it was a nice day in the sunshine but boy was my hip feeling it!
Foods Eaten: We are doing really good with food lately. We are still proudly eating vegan and enjoying every moment of it. In fact, my bro-in-law came last week for a week long visit and we fed him only vegan foods. We did have problems eating at the Cleveland Zoo (no there are no meatless foods! Shouldn't they be the one place that serves only non-meat foods?) but I managed to eat some fries and almonds (from my purse) and had a little snack when we got home. The bro-in-law didn't complain once about the foods that we were feeding him even though he is a "meat and potato" person. It was rather fun to serve all our yummy healthy vegan foods to him.
Measuring Progress in Numbers:
Maintain My Current Weight Calories: 1594.752
Calorie Intake for Weight Loss: 1094.752 (but I'm not going to eat that little - way too low)
Body Fat %: went down .93 (but again this is a difference in a good weight scale too!)
Waist to Hip Ratio: .64 (now I'm in the "low risk" zone!!!)
Diff in Thigh: 0 inches
in Chest: 1.5 inches lost
upper arm: 0 inches gained
weight: .6 pounds (as of this morning)
Waist: 3 inches gained (thanks TOM! )
Hips: 1 inch lost
Neck: o inch
I have not seen my weight go down much (although I am happy about the correction from the old scale to the new one). I do have problem areas but I think I have to focus on losing some flabby areas. Toning is my nearest future! I'm trying to keep positive and not worry to much about the scale number. I am watching though to make sure I don't slip up anywhere though. In addition, I have been reading some very interesting books to keep me motivated. I have read China Study, Eating Animals and am now in the beginning of The Face on Your Plate. These books are really enlightening me to remember that what goes in my mouth can not only make a difference now but will also in the future. It's important to feel healthy on the outside and inside. I'm pretty positive right now though seeing that we are eating healthy and our blood test results/physical exams were very positive this last month. Our bodies are a temple and we should keep pampering them with a good sweat and good food!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Egg vs legumes
Today I got a trivia question that I answered "wrong" according to Sparkpeople. For some reason I got all these meat questions... haha Unfortunately Sparkpeople was again misinformed and the answer to the question was not correct!
Legumes do in fact have more protein than one large egg! 1 large egg= 6 grams of protein
(Information found at below link)
"* Most beans (black, pinto, lentils, etc) about 7-10 grams protein per half cup of cooked beans
* Soy beans, ½ cup cooked – 14 grams protein
* Split peas, ½ cup cooked – 8 grams"
There are many places to find the same answer but see this link for now:
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