Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Oh my oh my.... it has been a long time since I've been on here to blog or do daily calories. It seems like the last few months I have been really falling behind on tracking everything to lose the last 10-15 pounds. Grrr My motivation has really diminished and I'm hoping that I haven't lost the interest in myself to lose the last pounds, which from reading other bloggers, is the hardest to lose. Actually I've been trying to lose these same pesky pounds for about a year now, which probably has gotten me to lose interest in trying to better myself. As you can tell, I'm mad at myself for this lack of interest... But hopefully I can get inspiration from a lot of things going on in my life and stir up something that will spark that interest again.
Still Vegan and Still Loving It! Food wise I have been pretty good about eating only healthy ingredients - aka fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains. There has been some more candy going into the mouth but that was in the form of dark chocolate with flourless chocolate chip cookies. oops! Then there were a few other candy items but nothing too series. Other than that, my food choices have been rather good - maybe too many calories per day but I haven't tracked so hard to say exactly.
Lately I have been running 2-3 times a week and that is all... yikes! This time last year I was running about 5-7 times a week and loving it. But, I am running longer distances so I'm happy with that accomplishment. (See, there is a positive) Lately my workouts have fizzled to 2 days of running 5k and walking back home 5k. Then once a week I have been running around 6-8 miles in total. The weather has played a big role too - it being warmer we did get out to run about 4 times last week I think it was - hooray! But, this week we got dressed in our warm clothes yesterday and today. Yesterday we ran our normal route of 5k and then 5k back. Today we managed to get 1/2 mile and decide it was time to go home. To tell you the truth I had a minor issue with my sinuses (darn smokers - I'm allergic to cigarette smoke) so I took some over-the-counter medicine that makes me tired/drowsy. So it was affecting me - does that count?
Motivation wise, I have a lot to be technology be motivated to lose the weight. My Japanese sister is getting married in July in Hawaii which means I have to fit in a swimming suit without hesitation by then. Then there is also the warmer weather that involves fewer clothes and more slim fitting. Additionally we may be moving to a warmer climate which would involve much more warm weather and form fitting clothes. haha Plus I really want to lose the last few pounds but just am at a loss at how to go about it = the other pounds took about two years to get off and each one was hard work. I guess maybe even more hard work and more hours just need to be done.
What motivates you to keep going?
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
We are finally back to our home state, hooray! It was a long business trip but a really nice one. It was hard going down south this trip as a healthy eating vegan, but we managed to make it through the entire trip. We had an issue with our hotel refrigerator in our second hotel on the second day and which ended up spoiling up all of our vegan food for the trip. It was shocking to have so much food go to waste and we were left without special items like coconut milk and so on. Thankfully we did manage to find some alternatives in a local grocery store but we were much in the middle of no where and didn't have time to drive a distance to the nearest grocery stores. We carb loaded on breads, pastas and etc. If we could do it in the middle of nowhere, so can anyone else. The good part was to make sure to take advantage of the hotel gym. We did every day and it was well worth it!
This last weekend was our first full weekend back in our household and the weather was gorgeous! We managed to go antique shopping, talk a few walks, rest up, hike at a nearby park, flying our kite and finally chasing after our little full of energy two-year-old neighbor. It was a great weekend and I'm thankful to finally be back into the swing of things.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I've never really understood why business people dislike traveling for work. My father was constantly off to different places for work when I was a child, I always wanted to be alongside to explore. It is because of this, I have always had a love of traveling. This week my husband and I are off for work in the deep south. Per usual I planned ahead with healthy vegan options (honestly some unhealthy ones too) and made an excel spreadsheet. Then I packed a medium-sized cooler of options that may not be available in all areas to suit our vegan needs. All was good for the first day of traveling to Kentucky to visit Mammoth Cave. Unfortunately it was then when I finally found out what it means to have "the traveling blues".
Mammoth Cave is located in Kentucky, which is gorgeous. We purchased tickets for a tour and took a few hours spelunking underground. Then we went above ground and did some major hiking around the grounds. We didn't realize there was such opportunities for hiking above the grounds. Thankfully we took along a few things such as pureed strawberries (for kids - have you seen those? Amazingly good), apples, English muffins from hotel in the morning and peanut butter for a nice snack.
The first issue began when we ate dinner at a Mexican Restaurant in the area. We ordered a few things that were on the vegetarian option menu and then we specially requested to have no cheese on anything - no dairy at all. Yeah, maybe we mentioned it three times to many because we got so much cheese on things. Our Salad had Parmesan cheese, bean burrito had 3/4 filled cheese and a tbsp or two of beans only, and then we were unsure about some of the other ingredients that may have been hidden. We had taken it back to our hotel so we weren't able to send it all back. We just shrugged it off and then tried to pick around everything.
Now that we are in another state and hotel, we thought we would have a little better luck. We placed all our vegan snacks and drinks (such as coconut milk) in our fridge and happily went about our work. Now we have found out that the fridge doesn't even work. Our fridge stinks and our food is spoiled and we are stuck in the middle of no where as far as vegan options. haha Guess this what happens when you get the "traveling blues"...
Life goes on and hopefully I'll be running outside in a slightly warm temperature. I'm hoping the temperature and run will clear my mind and the bad smell from our fridge.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
If only you could have seen my "happy dance" yesterday. It turned out to be a partially sunny day so I got this wild and crazy idea to go ahead and run to meet my husband at work. It's a longer trek than normal but I decided it was time to test my foot again on a long run. In total it ended up being 7.79 miles.
I kept a rather easy pace goal of anything around 11min/mi. I wanted to make sure that I didn't overdo it because I'm just getting back into the swing of things, breaking in new running shoes, and it is cold outside. Brrr I did a great job for my first long run training as you can see by the chart from my Garmin.
After the run I was doing fine. I suffer from hypoglycemia (means I have low sugar levels) so I did have to have a soda after the run. It's something my doctor told me to do since it spikes my sugar up fast. Normally I'm not a soda drinker, just when I need a fast pick up with sugar. Then I was just fine the rest of the night - simple trick of 1/2 a soda to make my post-run perfect! I was hungry though, which I guess is normal after burning off more than 500 calories.
My food: Breakfast: Normal Oatmeal - I'll spare you the boring photo.
Lunch: I tried the carb-overload method since I knew I was going to be running. I ate some leftover freekeh, two homemade baked (no oil) falafels, two tiny pieces of pickled turnips, and an apple & 1 tbsp peanut butter. Yum! I was so full afterward but man was I happy that I had it before the run.
Snack: 1/2 Energy Gel and 1/2 Mug Root Beer Soda
Dinner: Homemade (no JPNS curry cubes) Japanese Curry with potatoes, carrots, onions and edamame. There was also leftover white rice. I didn't have the stomach for it as much but I managed to have 1/4 c rice and 3/4 c curry. Perfect.
Snack: Herbal Blueberry tea and freshly popped on stove popcorn.
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