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1/1/11 Day in Photos

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Morning fellow sparkies! This morning I am starting up my "day in photos" blog. I hope to continue these sort of blogs to help encourage others and also to keep me motivated to eat healthy food. After all, I know I will not eat bad food if I have to post a photo of it in front of all your eyes. haha

This is actually from Monday but I am always a day behind since I blog and write down everything in the mornings. I woke up, finally, to a lovely clear nose and a clear head. No more congestion - just a little in the lungs but nothing compared to the last few weeks of fighting the virus. Yay!

Breakfast: Made my own recipe with polenta on the bottom, swiss chard/collard greens in the center and finally homemade "chez" sauce made from nutritional yeast. So amazing and it kept me going all morning!

Mid-day Snack: Not a protein bar fan but loved this one. Not in a normal health food store, we came across these little Nu Go bars this weekend. They are 100% vegan! Yay! The nutritional values on the back states that these gems were not as bad as the other ones, so we were excited. I love it! In fact, it kept me full for a few hours which is not something that other brands can do.

Lunch: Since I had a protein bar as a snack, I was able to eat an hour later in the day because I was so full. Finally I ate Super Green Kale Soup from the You Are What You Eat Cookbook. It looks a little strange since it is sooo green! People probably think you are crazy eating it but they are the ones missing out. It is filling and has a nice creamy taste. I added a Clementine and a bottle of water.

Afternoon-snack: Another Clementine was asking me to eat it as I was making dinner together before I left for the fitness center. Added another bottle of water too...

Dinner: Before leaving for the fitness center I made a large pot of Adzuki Bean Stew from the You Are What You Eat Cookbook. There were a few more ingredients than the other recipes but I was delighted to see that she finally uses some spice! I love spicy food so her food is rather bland for me. I'm not a big salt and pepper person however I do like herbs and spices in my food. We found that this pot of soup was rather bland still after using double the amount of spices she recommended. But, it was tasty and filling so that is the main thing. I added some Korean Brown rice with some hijiki as a side dish.

Evening Snack: Candy Cane Green Tea (decaf) and some pita chips.

I was in fact too low on calories - less than 1200 which I'm not happy about but it was a good start of the week. Everything was healthy and satisfying. I ran on the treadmill and did some work around the house to get my exercise.

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SUGIRL06 1/11/2011 7:05PM

    I've made the aduki bean stew before! I agree, a little bland but good! And your kale soup so looks like baby poo. Haha! You're welcome. I'm sure that will be the image you have the next time you eat it. I'm sure it tastes great though!

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TITALADY 1/11/2011 1:22PM

    Oh man, you take awesome photos. I totally wanted to eat all of that! I am not vegan or veg anymore but I still eat many meatless meals and am going to re-incorporate raw foods into my diet. I really love raw Kale/avocado salad. Have a good day!

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CASJ57 1/11/2011 11:32AM

    I want to eat all those things - and look forward to your future posts!


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NATPLUMMER 1/11/2011 11:32AM

    That all looks so beautiful and tasty!!
Other than being too low on the calories, I'd say Monday was a win!!

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First Week: January 2011 Measurements

Monday, January 10, 2011

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Since I was sick the first week of January 2011- I am starting off the year this week with measurements and blogs. Here are my measurements for the beginning of this week and year! I have gained about half a pound probably due to not exercising and eating bad the last two weeks. I guess that is what to expect after laying in bed for two weeks and drinking tons of water. I am sure this will go down now that I have started up again.

Weight: 117.4 (this morning – it fluctuates)
Thigh: 20
Chest: 32
Upper Arm: 10.5
Waist: 28
Hips: 32
Neck: 11.5
Waist to Hip Ratio: .88
Body Fat %: 31.19

This year I'm looking to actively search out people that are positive in my life and those whom will help motivate me to keep going through a healthier lifestyle. I would love to have someone to chat with daily on the internet to keep motivating each other and keep me accountable. If anyone is interested just let me know!

Here's to a wonderful 2011 and meeting all of our goals together! emoticon

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SUGIRL06 1/11/2011 7:03PM

    I have really been debating on setting up a new yahoo messenger or AIM account just for chatting with spark peoples! But I am so rarely sitting at my computer, that that would be just mean I think! That, or I would spend all my time chatting and the hubby would get ignored! Ha!

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New Years' Resolutions 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

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Happy New Years! My New Year’s Resolution has finally been compiled and I am thrilled to share it all with you. As I mentioned in my last blog entry, I came down with a terrible virus that had me sick for about two weeks. I caught it near Christmas time from my two nieces and have been out-of-commission since then. Thankfully I have been eating and drinking tons of fluids so that has seemed to assist in healing myself without too many over-the-counter medications.

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emoticon: Since December I have been thankful enough to have reached my “normal” BMI weight. Seeing that I am only 4’ 10”, I have a very low BMI weight to reach – so please don’t think that my weight is lower than it should be – I seriously have a small frame and stature– so people tell me. My goal is to lose another 10-15 pounds by the end of this year. Even though this does not sound like much, I am in my normal range now, so it is harder to lose weight the closer you get to your “goal weight”. I plan to be around 97-107 pounds. Yes, that is a difference of 10 pounds but I plan on seeing how I feel once I reach somewhere around this weight. I have read that each person has his/her own “happy weight” so I plan to test the waters and see what my body feels best at and then try to keep it there for health and happiness.

emoticon: Still keeping with the vegan diet lifestyle, we are going to try to get even healthier with our eating habits. Yes, we are vegan but, no, that does not mean that everything that is vegan is healthy. I do have an attraction/addiction to eating sugary foods, chips, and bread throughout the day. Since I work from home, this is slightly dangerous having around the household for me. I never want to restrict things from my diet though, so I have to teach myself to moderate these foods. In addition, we have started to have a snack and herbal tea at nighttime, which I know is a bad habit. I am hoping to reduce the snack to something healthy like cut vegetables and a cuppa herbal tea. My calorie count will continue to be around 1200-1300 a day since this amount seems to work for my body. I have one “cheat” day a week where I do not count calories as much and I will continue to eat around 1200-1500 calories.

emoticon: In university, I studied pre-veterinary science which meant that I learnt a lot to do with health and nutrition. Most classes were required for pre-vet students and pre-med students alike. So, I know that the interest has always been sparked since my younger years. I have to university degrees but neither of them are in science strangely enough. So, I have been contemplating on going back to school to get a nutrition degree or med degree. Unfortunately I’m still paying off the loans from the previous two degrees so it’s not possible at the moment but I plan on sticking to learning a little on my own. I want to study holistic medicine and possibly start up some nutrition classes for dieticians. Through this research, I plan on studying more about the mind and it’s emotional reactions and triggers to food and exercise while also learning more about general nutrition and holistic healing. Maybe even a few real classes are in my future!

emoticon: This last year I had a goal of running more often and around 14 miles a week. I managed to overdo that goal and go the “extra mile”. For my birthday, I ran a half a marathon length. Unfortunately, I was laid out on the bathroom floor with fatigue an hour afterwards. Haha I was the prettiest sight to see! My poor husband! So, this year I want to have a resolve to run another half a marathon and not practically die afterwards… It’s not good to overdo, doesn’t feel good either! Also, I am going to join a Nike+ online competition to keep motivated and make a full schedule of my running routine to keep to.

emoticon: Yes, I do believe in cross training to increase my body build and also increase my running skills over time. I lift some weight but I really have a short attention span for it. I plan this year on doing more weight lifting and possibly learning to love it. In our gym, there are only a few weights, so I plan on making out a game or something to help me keep motivated to stay more than 10 mins lifting. I also want to increase yoga to at least once a week, Pilates and possibly zumba. My main goal – 6 pk baby!

emoticon: We got the Wii for Christmas this year so we plan on taking full advantage of it. We do not have the Wii Fitness yet with the balance board, so that is my wish for this year. We have the general Wii sports however it does get boring after a while of playing – even the extremely competitive way we play tennis in my household.

emoticon: I am one of those people that has the belief “clean room, clean mind”. I am a clean freak but I have fallen a little short this last year. I’m trying to relax a little with cleaning so my husband does not go crazy but with a hectic schedule, I hope to plan out a better routine to make sure that everything is done each week. I have the belief that if the house is clean, I can think clearer so that is my intentions.

emoticon: I plan on rewarding myself more this year. I know that I am working hard at getting a better lifestyle so I hope to encourage myself even more this year to pamper myself and my husband. We are planning a trip to Australia in a few months so that is a major incentive and perk for my exercise. I want to learn to surf while in Australia and get in my swimming suit without having self-conscience issues about my body. Hitting the beaches in Australia will be a great reward! The rest of the year I am planning spa days and general rewards to keep me going and increase the love for myself.

emoticon: God is very important to me and is the main reason why I want to get healthier. I believe that if I can get healthier, I can do the work for him on earth better! I plan on increasing my daily devotional time with Him and doing more of His work out in public.

emoticon: I am really lazy with appearance… I’m not fashion forward and was never taught the basics to makeup and hairstyles. I want to learn to love myself this year so I need to do an outward makeover too. I love myself inward but it’s hard to love the outside when I do not take the time to learn new tricks to help myself feel and look better on the outside.

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SUGIRL06 1/11/2011 7:01PM

    Great great list!!! I probably could have written half of these goals for myself too!!! You will do great in 2011!

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NATPLUMMER 1/10/2011 10:03AM

    Great goals. I totally feel you on the weight thing. I'm 4'10.5" (and you know how much that .5" matters) and am currently attempting to get down to about 100 (I'm at 108.5 as of yesterday). It is soooooo hard. I've got some clothes in my closet that are a little too tight and would love for them to fit again. I'm not sure what weight that will be.
Good luck!!!

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Happy New Years!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Happy New Years Everyone! I just wanted to give you all a heads' up that I am going to be starting up once again on January 10th, 2011! I caught a nasty virus that has been hitting me hard since Christmas. I love my nieces but the two little munchkins are sure germ carriers! Gotta love them anyways though.

So, during the days I was able to stay awake for more than ten minutes and not be coughing up a storm, I have been able to really think about what I wanted to do with my resolutions this year. Things are going to get shaken up and really exciting for 2011! I can't wait, I'll clue you all in tomorrow!


Food Photos

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lately I have been taking photos and talking about the foods that we have eaten. Unfortunately I am still a little lazy to connect the camera to the laptop. haha But, here are some missing photos that I have promised.

Refried Bean Soup - minus the black beans

A little sweet here and there isn't that bad... Homemade Vegan Chocolate Thumbprints along with Westsoy Mint Chocolate Soymilk.

Vegan Veggie Fajita wtih Seitan

Avocado Pesto with Brown Rice Pasta & Steamed Broccoli

Mock Meatloaf - healthy Old-fashioned Lentil Loaf

Entire Dinner made from Leftovers in the Fridge:

Carrots & Radishes steamed with a little veg broth (side dish)

My favorite thing that I whip together: Leftover rice with hijiki, cabbage and a little reduced sodium soy sauce.

Vegan Pizza!!! Yum!!! Whole wheat grain pizza dough with daiya cheese and mock pepperoni

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CUPCAKE_PIRATE 1/10/2011 1:19PM

    I *heart* lentil loaf -- I should totally make that soon :)

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NEENSTER1 12/21/2010 9:09AM

    Looks so Delicious and healthy. emoticon for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and your family. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/21/2010 9:06AM

    That all looks fabulous!!

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IMAGINE_IT 12/21/2010 9:05AM

    Looks yummy....thanks for sharing!!...I am trying to go more into the vegan direction...and i love cabbage i will have to try the rice-cabbage dish....if i can find out what exactly hijiki is??!!

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SUGIRL06 12/21/2010 8:47AM

    Your foods just always look so yummy. So much more fun than anything I eat!!

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