Monday, December 20, 2010
My mindset is upon the holiday season that has fallen upon on us once again. It seriously seems like December keeps getting shorter and shorter and the years go by each year. But, I love the holiday season so I guess I can't complain too much.
This last weekend my husband and I stayed in just about the whole time - gasp, we even skipped church on Sunday morning. Sorry God, please forgive us this once... Since we had already completed our shopping a few weeks ago and everything is wrapped and placed under our living Christmas tree, we had the chance to spend a lovely time together. We made about 9 different kinds of vegan Christmas cookies to take to friends and family members and spread joy. Lots of Live365.com streaming Christmas music in the household and the sounds of too highly excited carolers belting it out. (Sorry neighbors) Our furry babies loved it the whole time!
Thankfully we had so much energy that we decided we would go ahead and exercise on Saturday and Sunday! Yay! Saturday I managed to run only 2.7 miles in 25 minutes. Not the best time or length but at least we did it. I was a wee bit congested still so I didn't want to overdo the running. Then on Sunday I managed to run just shy of 5 miles in one hour. These were both runs on the treadmill seeing that it was dangerously cold outside. brrrr...
I am seriously crushing on my Nano Ipod and NikePlus trainer. It is amazing! We have always used the Garmin GPS watch but that was my husbands' job. Now, I can keep track throughout my running and keep control of what I want to do in my run. The NikePlus has the option to pick what you want to track - ie, miles, calories, time and so on. It will keep track of everything, no matter what type of "workout" you want to choose. The difference is when you are running you can press the center button any time and it will give you an update on say the calories (which is what I did Sunday) that you have burnt. So, seeing that I wanted to burn off 500 calories it did a countdown for me every 50 calories. It speaks to you telling you every 50 burnt off. Then when you go over the amount it keeps telling you how much more you are burning. It is a great motivation technology piece. I highly suggest it!
So, on to the status report. I haven't done one of these in a long time but figured I might as well do one before the holidays to keep me thinking about controlling my vegan cookie consumption to a minimum.
The last few days I have been seeing 117 on the scale so I'm pretty happy with that amount. Being the holidays for me usually means not seeing any change so a pound lose is amazing! Then, when I got on this morning (I do it every morning), I lost another partial pound! I saw 116.6!!! I was jumping up and down (sorry again neighbors). My husband was laughing at me because I was taking photos of the scale just in case. haha I'll post it later after I download it.
Other measurements: Basically everything has stayed the same but I did see a decrease in since my last status report a while back in Oct
Weight: 3 pounds
Waist: 1 inch
Hips: same (not much to lose there)
Neck: Same(not much to lose there)
Thigh: Same (not much to lose there)
Upper Arm: Same
Waist to Hip Ratio: .03
Body Fat: .23
All in all, I'm really happy with my weight lose! My BMI states that I can be around 96 to 120 for a normal range however I'm working on less body fat now so that I make sure that my heart is as healthy as possible!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Yesterday was my first day to actually run with my new nano 5g and Nike+. Granted it was really cold outside so I had to run on the treadmill but unlike our Garmin, it actually calculated the distance and time. I'm a little confused though about the difference in time and also distance. The time was off by a few minutes and the distance was off by about .3 miles. That is a long distance for runners so I have to get that fixed. I have read that you can calibrate the system after each run, but I haven't quite figured it out yet. It was supposed to ask if I would like to calibrate it after the run (according to the instructions) but I didn't get asked. Anyone had to deal with that before?
I'll get used to it more and more. It is different than my ipod shuffle though since it is a little more weight and goes on the arm instead of being clipped to my outfit. I like the idea of the TuneBand that I purchased as an armband but again I have to get used to it. It has a silicon case that attaches to a band - which is nice because I read in some reviews that serious runners found that their nano shorted out so I was freaked. Some of you told me it was never a problem but I become attached to things easily so I would go crazy if it shorted out in a day or two. haha I'm crazy, I know... The thing about this band is that there is a hole for the Nike+ receiver but it sticks out. Since I have short arms, I found that the receiver was hitting my skin a lot when they were bent to run. I pushed it up but I don't think I had it tight enough to stay in place up higher. Gotta work on that too.
As promised, dinner from yesterday we have the wonderful Veg Fajitas with Seitan. It was the most wonderful thing! Nom nom nom I will place the photo here in a few hours.
For breakfast, my husband got his wish and we had donuts. Ugh! I really don't care for sweet things in the morning or throughout the day but what can I do when the husband asks for weeks. Gotta give in sometime. So, we had the probably not vegan Krispy Kreme Donuts for the Holidays. (I'm trying to tell myself it was 100% vegan to make myself feel better, but not sure if that is going to change anything.)
For lunch I packed my husband a lovely bento with the leftover Fajita stuff so I was left with nothing. I decided that it was a soup day since it was only around 22 degrees outside with windchill. Threw together a lot of veggies such as fennel, swiss chard, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, leftover rice (that was too hard to eat normally), hijiki and probably something else that I am forgetting. Add some veg stock that is vegan and tada, lunch!
Tonight for dinner we might have leftovers again and some of the soup that I made too much of at lunchtime. I always seem to start out with a normal amount and then cook for an Army. I blame it on my German background since we are always cooking for tons of people. haha Oh, well, at least we can eat it for a few days. We also have some leftover homemade whole grain bread from yesterday and also some veggies for a side dish. Yum!
Yesterday we also had a little peanut butter (natural from Trader Joes) on a slice of homemade whole grain bread and Nico (Coconut Water) that was the flavor of mango. Yum! If you have never had it, it is wonderful! Fat Free, like 60 calories for a full container and refuels the body after workouts even better than water!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
So, finally after 26 minutes of waiting in-line at the post office last night we were able to get the parcel before they closed. Our mailman was early (surprise surprise) getting back to the post office for the day. We also say one of our neighbors picking up a parcel so we're guessing we are not the only ones with the issue of the mailman not coming to our door. Doesn't he know that he could have burn off like 20 or more calories walking the ten extra feet to our front door? Okay, so maybe not everyone thinks about that like me.
Anyways, we finally got my NikePlus!!! Yay! I'm so working off some calories by jumping up and down. I plugged it in last night and was going crazy for a while because I couldn't get it to work properly. I'm still under the weather a little so I think my mind is still in a fog a little. Thankfully the hubster finally found an article online (love you internet) and we were able to set up the sync from iTunes to NikePlus.com. It's seriously not as easy as those five page manuals that are given with electronics today. I must have looked like a crazy person running in the house trying to track my first run with it and then running to the computer. Always a show for the neighbors - I'm sure it makes them happy. (Just wait until we get the Wii! Neighbors can cancel cable tv now!)
I'm so excited about getting the NikePlus because not only can I do a lot more with the Nano 5g (like health podcasts for free) but I also have a personal trainer. I love the fact that the NikePlus is supposed to tell you throughout your workout how you are doing. In addition, when you press the center button, it will tell you your pace, mileage and time you have been running. So thrilled! The Garmin that my husband has does tell him the mileage but he can't figure out how to get it to tell him things just yet. Oh, electronics...
Another great thing about NikePlus.com is that users can actually sign up for challenges and get free training pdf charts. I have signed up for the half marathon and am going to test it out. I have run a half marathon but I want to be able to increase my time and not be so tired afterwards- less fatigue would be very nice.
So, on to the goodies.
I weighed in this morning and again I saw that it said 118.6. Yay! It has been flipping around 118.2 to 118.6 on regular days I don't workout. Then on days I do work out it goes to around 117. My weight loss is very slow, even though I do eat properly, so I'm glad that this pound loss has occurred. One pound at a time!
It's still snowing rather hard and the weather states it is around 4 degrees - yes, that's a single digit and supposed to be... *long sigh* I have a rule that I don't run outdoors unless it is above 30 degrees. So, that means to the treadmill tonight. But, thankfully I have a new running playlist that I downloaded (for free) on iTunes. I'm thrilled!!!! I hope to run 5 miles tonight. I believe that is what the challenge said on NikePlus. Maybe I will throw in a little weight lifting too but probably not much.
Food today so far has been delish! I had a mixture of rice with swiss chard & Hijiki for breakfast along with a half grapefruit - love TX Ruby!!! Snack was a little Whole Foods Hummus Sampler of about 4 tsp of hummus with Thin Cakes by Suzie's. If you haven't seen the Thin Cakes, I highly suggest looking for them. It is like a modern rice cake made from whole grains and flaxseeds. nom nom nom
Lunch: Simple veg broth and lentil soup. I'm still a little under the weather so I'm going for simple but savory. The recipe is actually for Vegan Sausage and Lentils. I made the recipe a few days ago. But, I have been making veg broth and then placing a little of the sausage and lentils into the broth. It makes for a wonderful light version of lentil soup. mmm
Dinner: Grilled Veggies Fajitas with Seitan. Yum!!! It is one of the easiest recipes but so great! My husband loves the spinach tortillas from Trader Joes while I get the Whole Grain one. These are a little high on the calorie scale but I love the taste and they have no preservatives.
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