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Weekend in Photos 2/4-4/6/11

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Sorry about the delay with my post. It was such a relaxing weekend again. Iím wondering if the cooler weather is making me soft and lazy. But then again maybe Iím just feeling the winter blues and am ready for warm weather. Thankfully spring is going to be early this year! Thanks Phil! emoticon

Breakfast: Caribou Coffee House breakfast (Sat) In years past, we would have the pastries form the coffee house but now we know that the pastries really arenít that good and usually are over-priced in our area. So, we took along two bento boxes with us. Yes, it felt a little ghetto but at least we were healthier than if we ate those high calorie, no nutrition breakfast items. I didnít take any photo but we took along some sliced banana bread, orange slices, and a mixture of almonds, cashews and walnuts.

Mixture of veggies from the fridge. (Sun)

Lunch: Saturday we went to a new restaurant near the area where we were shopping. It was a sandwich shop Ė when we stopped in we thought it was a pasta place but were surprised after seeing the menu. Everything was fresh and handmade by a professional chef though, so we were happy. We ordered a flatbread pizza and also a wrap; both of these were vegan. No Photo - took on my cell phone and haven't transferred yet... oops

Sunday we had tofurky paniniís, heirloom tomato and pretzels. We had a snack of oreoís Ė spring edition.

Dinner: My husband made a lovely meal just for me. He was so excited about it on Sunday. It took him like two hours to make a coconut lentil dinner with appetizers. He was so cute and adorable. I managed to stay away from the kitchen Ė which is always a hard task for me.

All in all, it was a very nice weekend.

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NEELIXNKES 2/10/2011 9:38AM

    Wow, you are lucky to have a husband that can cook. emoticon Looks yummy!

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NATPLUMMER 2/8/2011 11:30AM

    I have often found that bought baked goods are never as good as homemade ones anyway. If you're going to have the calories, they might as well be as tasty as possible. How did the people at the coffee house react to your bringing your own food?
Excellent job, husband. That looks wonderful. :-)

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Oprah and Vegan Starter Kit

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Wow! Thanks to Oprah a lot more people are going to hear about eating healthy and starting a new lifestyle just as we have all done here. Even if you aren't vegan, if you are eating healthier and taking in less meat - that is great for the body! Check out her website and you can find a 3 week menu plan and grocery list! Thanks Oprah!

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HIPPIECHIC68 2/8/2011 11:24AM

    Thanks for sharing. I noticed on the menus they gave there was a LOT of processed foods. I enjoyed the PCRM's 21 day vegan kickstart menu much better. Next one in May I think?..? Been strictly vegan for about 6 weeks but ate mostly vegan for quite a while before that...

Have a great day!

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MISSDIANITA 2/7/2011 9:45PM

    Domo arigatou! (did I spell it right?) I sent the link to the boyfriend. Maybe he'll bite?!

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JUSTBIRDY 2/7/2011 12:05PM

    funny vid. I did vegan for awhile and did badly on it.

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NURSEA32 2/7/2011 10:32AM

    I saw that episode too. What made you decide to be vegan?

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SUGIRL06 2/7/2011 7:36AM

    Very nice!

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NATPLUMMER 2/6/2011 6:43PM

    Thank you for the link!!

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Weight Loss Log Printouts

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Yesterday the darling man had a delightful morning out for coffee and then went shopping. One of our favorite stores is the bookstore. If you know what an "otaku" is in Japanese, we are totally an American version. It's kind of like a "tool" in English slang. Anyways, we found that there were a ton of new books on the shelves - probably for the new years resolution makers. We found that one of the largest thing right now is weight loss tracking books or rather logs. I found them very similar to SP - only you don't have to log in to do so. I think it would be a nice written form, away from the internet, to write everything down. So interesting! We didn't buy any of them since I thought to myself, I bet you can find some downloads on the internet for free and then easily printable.

Yep, I was write. Here are a few of the sites that I found with good printouts.

Yep, it's an excel document that you can input the information on your computer. It's not a workbook printout but you can fill it out and then print it off. I think I might use this for tracking and also for our travels when we might not have the internet.

Happy Tracking During the Year of the Bunny! emoticon

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CHERWHOAH 2/6/2011 4:08PM

    Otaku!!! I found out about that word from all the anime/manga i read. I was bummed when i found out that now my JR HS has a manga/anime club but i bet i wouldn't fit in because i wouldn't like those kids of "otakus". Sorry my comment was totally unfitness related!

I got a book that came with my turbofire advanced workouts. but I'm too lazy to log things manually. I'm kind of a techie geek i guess.

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Day in Photos: 2/4/11

Friday, February 04, 2011

Happy Chinese New Years! emoticon emoticon

Officially the moon has gone through another cycle, hence, let the celebrations begin! Lunar New Years is an Asian tradition, one that we celebrate in our household too each year. Whether you call it Setsubun or Chinese New Years, it is still the same thing. Its great fun and who doesnít want to celebrate New years twice a year?

The day started off with getting the household prepared for the evening. Basically this involved cleaning the house. Thatís what I did, clean and work a little out of my office at home. It took all up until about an hour before I had planned to go to the gym. Thatís where a wall hit me Ė so to speak. The sunshine was gorgeous, especially since we hadnít seen the sun for a few months! The cat and I laid down doing a little something on the computer together in the sunshine Ė both of us were sunbathing. I have to admit, it was such a nice feeling the sun beam down on our fur/skin that it delayed me about ten minutes. Well worth it! The cat stated put while I sluggishly jumped out the door to walk to the gym in negative degrees weather. BrrrÖ

My workout went really well and I was feeling pretty good about the pace I was running at which was just over 10 min/mile. Yes, itís slower than I generally liked to go at the end of last year but Iím still trying to get back into it. I ran 5 miles and then walked a few after that Ė a total of about 2 hours on the treadmill.

Breakfast: The husband had a hankering for oatmeal loaded full with dried fruit and nuts. I obliged and sent him off with a Taiwanese Pastry, protein smoothie and oatmeal. For me, I didnít want oatmeal once again so I went for a vegetable melody topped on top of homemade vegan polenta. It was the perfect, filling breakfast to last the entire morning. Before I made the polenta breakfast, I had a blood orange and part of a kiwi. (325 cals)

Snack: None since I was full still and too busy.

Lunch: Veggies from the fridge were calling my name but I knew that I had to get some protein into my diet since I was going to need it in my system while at the gym. I found three vegan hot dogs (all natural ingredients, no preservatives) and threw it together with some veggies. It was perfect! (302 cals)

Snack: I had a papaya bun from Taiwan. It was a natural, bakery baked bun. Normally when I have this small, sweet dessert it is sweet bean from Japan but this was a Chinese one filled with papaya paste. It was good but Iím not sure I would purchase it again.

Dinner: Since I was running late to go to the gym, I didnít get the change to prep anything for dinner. This was my mistake Ė oops! After two hours in the gym, I took an hour and a half to make an entire Chinese New Years celebration. Boy was I tired afterward but it was well worth the work. Following tradition, we had an even number of dishes for good luck. We had fried tofu, baby bok choy slightly steamed, bamboo shoot mixture (my own creation) upon my husbandsí request, vegan udon with Chinese plain noodles (no egg), sliced cucumbers and vegetable dumplings with a sauce I whipped up. (589 cals)

Snack: For dessert we had these cute bunny steamed buns filled with sweet beans. They were small but delicious! We drank Korean Jujube and honey tea. Although we are vegan, we still do eat honey since we are that type of vegans. (138 cals)

Total Calories Eaten: 1,354 (54 cals over my range but itís ok because of workout)
Total Calories Burnt According to Treadmill: 762 calories
Total Burnt According to SP: 382 cals (diff of 380!!! Thatís huge!)
Total Miles: 5 running & 2.64 slower jog/walk pace with incline

Total Burned 1,939
Differential -585
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CASJ57 2/5/2011 10:55AM

    Love those steamed buns!

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BABYBY2012 2/4/2011 4:02PM

    Everything looks good!

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MARGARITTM 2/4/2011 12:51PM

    OK I'm starving now! Love the bunnnies!

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NATPLUMMER 2/4/2011 12:05PM

    Everything looks fabulous! Those bunnies are so cute!!!!
I would wager you burned more than SP says.
Happy new year!!!

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NEELIXNKES 2/4/2011 11:53AM

    Happy New Year! Every think looks delish. emoticon

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KELLY40222 2/4/2011 11:28AM

    Everything looks so tasty!

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Day in Photos: 2/3/11

Thursday, February 03, 2011

It snowed, rained, sleeted and then we got a day off work! Iím still trying to remember the last time I got off from work or school; I believe it was back in college when campus closed for one day for students that lived off-campus. The years preceding this closing, I had lived off campus and had to drive almost an hour to get to my early morning classes with not one cancellation. Then once I moved on campus (Yeah, I did it backwards, first two years off and last two years onÖ) they cancelled but only for students that were off campus were excused. *enter sad, sad music*

After yesterday though, I am no longer sadden by this tragic, tragic memory because work was called off! Yes, some bosses actually do cancel work since they care about the safety of ones employees. Hooray! So, my husband and I were able to spend the entire glorious day-off together. *enter happy, sparkling music*

The roads were icy and dangerous, so I did feel sorry for the people that had to drive to work yesterday; I hope you all made it okay to work and back home if you were one of them. Unfortunately the bad news was that we were not able to get to the gym since we couldnít drive there Ė and mostly because we didnít want to leave the warm house. Okay, so maybe it was more the second reason than the first oneÖbut still, we did play the wii for a while. We played tennis, yoga, Pilates, strength training and so on.

On another note, I was able to clean the house more for the Chinese New Years. Additionally, I had time to crochet a dishcloth, which Iím so proud of that I donít want to get dirty. Thatís just the craziness my husband has to deal with daily. ☺

Food for the Day:
Brekkie: Leftover Carrot Cake Pancakes from the wonderfully talented Isa Chandra. The night before, I was finishing up the organization of all our paperwork from the last year so that I can do our taxes. So, I didnít have time to cook anything else besides these delicious pancakes. We had some leftovers which we ate happily. Additionally we had a half of grapefruit each and a Deva Vegan Tiny multivitamin and mineral. (294 cals)

Snack: We were full from breakfast so we couldnít be bothered with anything for a snack Ė besides the coffee that we drank merrily.

Lunch: Seeing that it was a special day of relaxation, I went ahead and got the boxed vegan approved mac n cheese. I sliced up two potatoes and threw them in the oven with some dried rosemary on half and Cajun seasoning on the other half for French fries! Then I made the boxed mac n cheese for a yummy, gooey treat. I added some nutritional yeast and also some vegan cheddar cheese to the mixture to make it extra tasty. It was a hit among the two of us. Mmmmmm (487 cals)

Snack: Lollipop. We went to the store the other day and we found a lollipop with bubble gum in the middle. Itís been ages since we had one (mainly since they are bad for the teeth seeing that it is composed of just sugar and more sugar) so we had to get some. This was our snack. Had a blood orange while making dinner.

Dinner: This was another special recipe that I had found online Ė thankfully! It is called Split Pea Cilantro Dumplings in a Coconut Curry. Thanks Lisa! It was amazing! I made it vegan so that we could eat it without feeling guilty. I made a few different changes to fit what we had in the household but it was wonderful. I made the entire dish and then added some wild rice instead of white. Additionally, I subtracted the second can of light coconut milk to reduce calories and fat content. If you like spicy things, it is highly suggested! (254 cals)
*Natplummer - so funny we had the same thing in mind for dinner!

Snack: Herbal Tea and some Josephís sugar free almond cookies that are 95 calories for four small cookies. They are a bit of a strange texture and crunchy but you can get past that fast. The ingredients: ďUnbleached Wheat Flour, Maltitol, Natural Almond Slices, Canola Oil, Almond Flavor, Baking Soda, Baking PowderĒ. Not really that happy that it contains Maltitol but this one bag will be good to eat. Husband had Taro Mochi (108cals per mochi! Yikes!) (260 cals)

Total Calories Eaten: 1,295 (Note: I'm very short so my cals range is 1200-1300)
Good on all accounts of nutrition!!!
(Fats: 19%; Carbs 70.9%; Protein 9.8%)
Exercise: About an hour of Wii
Total Burned 1,557
Daily Calorie Differential: -1,232 (without wii exercise added in)

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JUSTBIRDY 2/4/2011 2:39PM

    We have that mochi every once in awhile, but it's deadly and addicting.

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NEELIXNKES 2/4/2011 11:37AM

    Ooo I was going to ask about the pancake recipe and the dumpling recipe so glad I saw the think. Sounds like a nice relaxing unexpected day off! Have a nice weekend!

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BREW99 2/4/2011 11:01AM

    You can get the recipes at:

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NATPLUMMER 2/3/2011 12:56PM

    YAY for a day off with the husband!!!
At least you got some Wii in. That is definitely better than no exercise.
Everything looks super tasty, as always.
But nobody actually made the mapo tofu. I actually have some in the freezer that's leftover from the last time I made it. I may break it out for dinner.

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CASJ57 2/3/2011 12:18PM

    Wow, those split pea dumplings sound tasty. I must search for that recipe.


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