Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I just got a thought today that I should save and post a picture of what I see as far as graphs go with my NikePlus. Here is my run on the treadmill last night. It's so much fun to see ups and downs! I think I forgot to pause it when I was asked a question by someone, haha. Notice the big dip... I can also view this instantly on my ipod. Very neat!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Today I finally decided that I would take some over the counter medicine to take care of some stomach pain. It started to work within one-hour and I felt so much better!!! Still a slight bit of discomfort and headache, otherwise I am feeling much better! I got back into playing the Wii Fit Plus for about 40 minutes. Apparently today I am 22 years old (according to the Wii Fit Plus) even though I’m 30 years old right now in real life. Yay! Age really doesn’t bother me that much since I know it’s just a number. I’m in better health than I was in two years ago – that’s something to say in my opinion.
Additionally, I decided since I could move without too much pain I would brave the cold and walk to the gym. Thankfully I made it to the gym and got into jogging. I didn’t want to take it too hard since I’m still building my immune system and also on a half-dosage of over the counter meds. I jogged for around 6 miles in total which really made me feel better about myself emotionally and physically.
Day in photos:
Breakfast: My husband got an important telephone call yesterday and although it didn’t go as expected, he was thrilled. So, I wanted to make him something special to know that I’m proud of him. Vegan Waffle Power Baby! It took my 15 minutes to whip up a batch of Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Waffles. Usually we make waffles on the weekend when the handsome man asks, so it was great to surprise him with this tiny treat. Unfortunately they smelled so amazing that I ate 2 ½ waffles. Haha (488 cals)
Snack: No Snack since I had so much for breakfast.
Lunch: Seriously still not hungry, so I made myself eat a salad with a little hummus around 2P.M. I also threw in an organic heirloom tomato. (143 cals)
Snack: Zico Coconut Water at the Gym- half a bottle. Love, love, love Zico Water!!! It’s 100% coconut water and is amazing! It has great properties compared to normal water – especially good for longer workouts! (30 Cals)
Dinner: After jogging at the gym and walking a little afterwards, I was a little tired so an easier dinner menu was on the list for the night. I decided to go along with taking Chinese Udon noodles and mixed up a type of Japanese styled “fried” noodle dish. Added to that I placed a salad with a little Japanese ginger dressing, an heirloom tomato and of course some sliced cucumbers. (291 cals)
Snack: Herbal Tea - Candy Cane Decaf. From Trader Joes (5 cals)
Total Calories: 951 calories eaten (249 cals less than my goal – boo!) So full though, so I’m not too worried.
So, thankfully, I was able to get back to the gym and workout. It took half a dosage of over-the-counter meds and a 6-mile jog to feel better – what a strange combination, right?
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The start of this week has been very pressing for me. I would like to complain continuously of my “womanly” issues this week even though any of them mentioned are mere excuses. Nonetheless, stay with me for a bit. Just scroll down, it’s okay I won’t know…
Exercise: I have had cramps, stomach aches, headaches and nausea. It’s quiet difficult to keep my mind focused I’m finding to stick to my goals. I’m not exercising like I normally do – barely anything at all. Additionally, I am not eating the types of foods I prefer – too much snacking on foods that are high in sugar and calories. Boo! Hence, I’m grouchy, in slight pain, and my body is plain irritable feeling. My poor husband that has to live with me right now…
With that said, here are the food photos:
Breakfast: My husband loves a hot cereal that is made of three grains: amaranth, millet, and quinoa. So, last night I threw the ingredients in some water to soak and sprout for breakfast this morning. I whipped it together and sliced up dried fruit and mixed nuts (all organic and preservative free). Along with some unsweetened soy milk and some spices it was a meal. For me, I stuck with some cinnamon and sugar with the hot cereal. I added some chia seed pudding. Yum!
Snack: Japanese Rice Cracker and a hot scone.
Lunch: Leftover Day of Vegan Mac n Cheese thanks to my hubby. He’s not much for making bentos but he did last night (I think he knows I’m a little in pain). Notice the cute smiley made of peas. I added a tiny purple heirloom tomato to go along with it. Not really any greens with the meal – grr to me! Pasta was rice numbers - so much fun!
Snack: Herbal Tea and some Dark Chocolate Chips.
Dinner: Still feeling guilty about not having anything green to eat the whole day, besides the peas and a tomato. So, after picking up some bulk veggies and fruit at Sam’s club, I pulled out some veggies out of the fridge and made an entire meal of leftover veggies and rice. Japanese “fried rice” with veggies and a diced vegan “sausage” in my husband’s rice. Secondly, I made baked potatoes with homegrown dried rosemary and vegan butter on my husbands’. I foiled up sliced fennel and carrots with some homegrown basil. Finally I made a salad for each of us with a sliced English cucumber and Whole Foods Hummus. On the handsome guys’ salad, I threw on some raw almonds and raw cashews. On top of the salad is one heirloom tomato each. It was a lot of food and we had tons of leftovers – it is amazing at how far vegetables can go!
Snack: Vegan Coconut milk ice cream and another mug of Candy Cane Herbal Tea – decaf.
Furry Babies Exercising on their sofa:
Monday, January 24, 2011
Boy, this weekend was a pleasant one. Granted, the suave husband of mine and I did not get involved with much – but it was just what our bodies needed to revive from the last week.
Sunday morning, I was hit with my sore stomach and sore throat again that I’ve been trying to rid of for a while. It just keeps coming back for some reason. I’m wondering if our cold townhouse has anything to deal with it while we are sleeping. We’ve talked to the property manager but they are unwilling to do anything unless the heat isn’t working at all. Our miniature weather station states it is around 65 degrees when we set the furnace thermostat states 75. We had the thermostat fixed last year so not really sure what it is….
Sunday afternoon my stomach was still feeling slightly sore (thanks to womanhood) but we decided that we were going to try out the gym. We braved the cold and got to the gym to workout for just over 30 minutes. I tried to run however my stomach was making me feel nauseous, along with cold sweats, I chose to walk with an incline instead. It was not much but at least I got up and did some work. Additionally I worked on the treadmill with two yoga routines.
Breakfast: As you already know, I have already shared our hot breakfast on the previous post yesterday. Amazing!!! We were full the whole morning.
Snack: None since we were so full!
Lunch: Root Potato Chips, boiled green peas and sliced Organic English cucumber for two side dishes. The main dish was a Whole Wheat Grain Sprouted tortilla from Whole Foods Market with a little red pepper and black bean hummus on top. For the husband, I made him a full plate of Vegan Alfredo Sauce and Rice Pasta. The sauce is made from vegan “sour cream” and vegan “parmesan cheese”.
Snack: Ginger Chocolate Chip Vegan Scone with Herbal Tea (PG Tips)
Dinner: My stomach was still sore so I gave my husband the choice of what to make… haha My husband loves food but he always has a “unique” idea for meals. Just have to love him! He chose rice pasta (again?) and vegan “cheese” sauce to make a vegan mac ‘n cheese. Along with that I threw together a plate of Trader Joe’s Mock Beef strips for a plate for my husband. He’s trying to gain weight so I have to be creative to add more calories to his meals than what I eat.
Just about every website to lose weight and get healthy encourages those reading to find encouragement and make a poster. I'm not a believer in doing this because I want to be my own inspiration - but that was until today. Here are two photos that I want to use an inspiration.
Flexibility to nap like this:
To look as cute and be energy filled:
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Another weekend has been upon us and has left. Boy, I love weekends - but then again who doesn't? The cuddly man and I had a delightful weekend full of vehicle shopping, watching movies, challenging each other on the Wii, playing with the furry babies and, of course, eating delicious homemade meals.
Friday night we stayed in from the cold weather and chose to cuddle up with a yummy dinner. Then we proceeded to play a little Wii together and workout while having fun. We have noticed since getting the Wii Fit Plus, we have seen a slight change in how we do yoga. The game tests your balance and keeps you in check to make sure your posture is correct when doing poses. It is great for people that are learning yoga without a class behind their belt.
Saturday we went vehicle shopping, I'm looking for one. I found a lovely Land Rover but I'm not sure just yet if it's for me. I'm thinking it would be nice to have a all-terrain vehicle for when we go hiking. Additionally, it's always nice to have a little more room to take equipment around when going on trips and exercise adventures with the pooch. Still thinking.... After that we started to plan out a mini trip we are thinking about taking this winter to get away from the winter blues. Other than that, we just stayed indoors and worked out doing yoga and other Pilate exercises. Nothing hard or strenuous though.
Sunday, I got up early and made a delicious breakfast with inspiration from apple pie crumble and also a chocolate chia seed pudding. mmm So full afterward though...
On to the photos:
Bean burritos on sprouted tortillas. Additionally there were sliced cucumber and heirloom baby tomatoes.
A present from my Japanese sister in Japan. She found this Korean Kimchee Soup in her grocery store so she sent it to us. It was delicious but I'm glad that it isn't in our stores since we might want to get it more often. haha I'll stick to making our own though so that we can reduce preservatives and also sodium. I added diced tofu and a Chinese Baby Bok Choy.
This is my apple pie/apple crumble influenced brekkie. It was apples, sliced dates, raisins, orange, oats, protein powder and so on. So perfect for a cold winter morning! It did take 30 minutes from start to finish but it was well worth it. Matched with Creme Brulee coffee (from a local roaster).
Along with that we had Chocolate Mint Chia Seed Pudding. It took two seconds to throw all the ingredients together in a plastic container and then shake. 30 minutes in the fridge as I made the above and it was ready. It had a little less sweetness than my husband preferred but it was really good. It was similar to tapioca pudding.
All in all, we loved our vegan, healthy meals the entire weekend and had a delightful time together. We are ready for a new week. Are you?
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