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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... emoticon 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?

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/28/2012 10:12PM

    I typically have an end of winter motivation crap out before I start kicking it back up in spring. I make myself watch the 70 year old ladies run around my neighborhood. I know it makes me sound like a creepy old man, but it motivates me to see how much more Die Hard they are than even Bruce Willis.

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NATPLUMMER 3/28/2012 5:26PM


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    Welcome back - time to get back to the basics - sounds like you have a plan - track your food and take baby steps - a swimsuit is a great motivator - you can do this!

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IRP1114 3/28/2012 10:22AM

    Swimsuit will be a great motivator for you! For me it is just getting back into all my clothes again. You know I have the same issue with cig smoke!

Glad to see you back by the way!!! emoticon

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KITTYROXX 3/27/2012 9:14PM

    I agree, the last few pounds are definitely the hardest. Looking back, it seemed so much more "fun" (motivating?) when I lost the first 5 out of 20 I've lost. :)

Anyway! I think that once you get back on the wagon, it will get easier to continue rolling. Plus, you have an awesome motivator - Hawaii, lucky lady! Would an inspiration board filled with pictures of Hawaii, cute bikinis and palm trees help? Or setting the wallpaper of your phone to something like the sandy beaches of Maui?

My motivators changes by the month, but my main motivator is my desire to stay healthy and keep this weight off for the rest of my life (unless, of course, I pop out a baby or two - fun!). What helps me the absolute most is reading the 10 healthy living blogs or so written daily by real down-to-earth imperfect women every single morning. Since most of the people in my life are not into healthy living, these blogs provides me the positive influence I need to make the right decisions, not to mention provide new ideas for healthy eating and workouts! Their blogs also help me to think more healthfully in terms of attitudes towards workouts and food. Without them, I don't think I'd last this long, nor know with confidence that I will still be on this road of healthy living tomorrow and next week. :)

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Monday Review

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hello Everyone! So thankful to be back home! We are having wonderful spring weather and we can't complain about that - never. Normally my husband and I will not workout on Monday because it's our day off - a way to reduce stress from the start of the work week again. Sunday we went hiking but we couldn't say no to the nice weather so we went ahead and ignored our rule. Here's a review of the day:

Breakfast: I had oatmeal with chiaseeds, flaxseeds and a little raw brown sugar. As an added special item, I had a 100% whole grain thin bun (5g fiber) with a little coconut spread on top. Yum! Olivio coconut spread is amazing if you haven't had it yet. Additionally there was a viewing of my favorite butterscotch toffee coffee.

Snack: Herbal tea with a little coconut milk and raw brown sugar. I added a Jonagold Apple and 1 tbsp of peanut butter with flaxseeds. (this is one of my latest favorite snacks)

Lunch: Leftover grilled veggies (celeriac, sweet potato, mushrooms, and zucchini) with 1 homemade baked falafel.

Snack: About 2 tbsp cinnamon chips (usually used for cooking but is vegan chocolate) and another herbal tea with coconut milk and raw brown sugar.

Dinner: A new recipe I created which is a blend of Lentil Stew and Radish greens soup. It was delicious and very filling thanks to the plenitude of lentils. Additionally I had a small piece of whole grain bread.

Snack: Homemade stovetop popped popcorn with olive oil and sea salt. We also had a Zevia all natural soda (zero calories and no sugar)

Sorry, I forgot to take photos today for some reason. Oops!

emoticon Exercise: We decided since it looked like rain could come at any moment that we would take a shorter route than normal. We ran 5k in a very slow (thanks to the hills) 33:27 time. Then we walked .75 in 15:48mins. We aren't training for anything right now, so that slower time I guess will have to do for us right now. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 3/13/2012 1:40PM

That's not that slow, actually.

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March Madness

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! emoticon

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.

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KITTYROXX 3/14/2012 12:42PM

    I think what I love the best about hotel gyms is that they are usually empty and the equipment hardly used. Hooray for you two keeping active while on your trip!

And that pizza, it looks DARN good!

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NATPLUMMER 3/13/2012 1:26PM

    Yay for hotel gyms!! Boo for hotel refrigerators that are broken!!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 3/13/2012 1:17PM

    Wow, so sad about all of your food spoiling! But it sounds like you did great at making it all work! You look great in the gym!

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Traveling Blues

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.

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IRP1114 2/28/2012 4:48PM

    Aww Sorry to hear your food was ruined by the bad fridge. I hate the feeling of not being in control of my food like that. Hope you find some yummy vegan options soon! Have fun with the rest of your travels.

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7.79 Mile Run!

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. emoticon

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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SUGIRL06 3/5/2012 7:27PM

    Great run!! I try to keep soda in the fridge at home for after very long runs too. I get a little sick feeling sometimes from not having enough sugar or just being too hot so it always fixes me up!

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KITTYROXX 2/24/2012 4:32PM

    Great job on the run!

I get super hungry too hours after a long run. It's like I'm fine for awhile and then BAM! I need food ... NOW! It's a good thing I don't live in the country or I'd be chasing cows with a fork in my hand on my long run days.

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IRP1114 2/23/2012 2:55PM

    Woohooo : )! So glad you are getting back into your runs again! It must feel good. All your food looks yummy too! emoticon emoticon

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RADFEN 2/23/2012 2:49PM

    Awesome! I worry about hypoglycemia when I start running further. I only have an issue now when I run at faster speeds on the treadmill during the week. So far it hasn't been a problem with my weekend runs, but I am not running quite as far as you do.

Your food looks great!

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NATPLUMMER 2/23/2012 2:40PM

    Great run!!
Alas, it will be a while before I'm back to running that far.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/23/2012 2:30PM

    Congrats on the awesome run!! Your food looks delish!

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