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Transit of Venus Watching

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Did everyone get to see the Transit of Venus? So amazing! It's always one of those "must do" things since it's only going to happen, oh, once in our lifetime. The husband and I have been looking forward to this event for a few weeks now and finally when the day came around to it, it was cloudy. Thankfully we went ahead at the last minute and went to our nearby lake lookout which was having a viewing event and had a good time. The clouds whisked themselves away and we were left with the viewing of Venus right in the middle of the sun. Even though it looked just like a black dot, it was quite remarkable to think it was another planet in between us and the sun.

So anyways, the hubby and I made a protein packed dinner for two and went to have a nice picnic. It was a bit windy but that didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves. We didn't get much exercise in but that's okay because we can only use this excuse once in our life, so we might as well use it when we can...

Breakfast: I've been trying new things for breakfast. The husband found a box of Malt o Meal at the store the other day and wanted to try it again. His parents used to make this all the time when he was young and he has fond memories of it. I read the outside package and wasn't turned off by the natural ingredients (minus a few preservatives) so I said okay. Now I'm trying to get used to it but haven't gotten the taste for it yet. I have tried various things in it but today was Sesame Fig Jam from Israel. It gives a nice flavor. I forgot to take a photo - sorry. I also had Michigan Cherry Coffee.

Lunch: Today was leftover day and miso. I made the miso in a large batch so that we could have enough for dinner too. I just love having it daily. I added so many things to it as you can see... My favorite is Korean Sundried wakame and Chinese White Fungus in it. Mmmm To the side I had leftover Japanese potatoes, cabbage and onions. For a cold drink I had leftover Michigan Cherry coffee with Trader Joes' unsweetened almond milk and a little brown sugar.

Snack: Leftover Flourless Citrus Mint Chocolate Chip cookies and a cup of milky tea (again with Trader Joes Unsweetened Almond Milk and brown sugar)

Picnic Dinner: Japanese Red Miso with Chinese white fungus, Korean dried wakame, carrots, onions and American radishes. We also had a traditional Japanese tofu "scramble" that contained a few Japanese sauces, tofu, carrot and fresh spinach. Alongside these two plates we had Korean brown rice and Korean sun-dried, salted seaweed. For dessert we had an apple each. Nom nom nom

For a snack after getting back from the event, we went ahead and make 1/2 c popcorn to share between the two of us. We make it on the stove instead of in the microwave.

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WENDYJM4 6/6/2012 10:31PM

    I did see it, thanks to my son. Quite amazing to see this happen. Food looks good.

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CHRIS3874 6/6/2012 9:35PM

    No it was supposed to be ideal where we lived only nobody factored in the clouds yesterday . emoticon

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KAYELENE 6/6/2012 8:09PM

    I don't think we saw a peak of the sun all day, it was cold, cloudy and raining. I will have to watch it on the internet. Sounds like you had a great day.

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IRP1114 6/6/2012 4:46PM

    Your food always looks yummy and interesting! LOL that is funny about the malt o meal. I use to love the stuff during my first pregnancy! I ate it a lot! Especially at the beginning when everything else sounds gross.

I did not know about that! My boys would have been very interested in this : (. I will have to tell them about it anyways. My 6 year old has been saying since preschool he wants to be an astronaut and is always getting books about astronomy from the library lol! Hard to get him to come out of the library with less than 10 books. He has been reading for a while now. (told you what they say about exercise and pregnancy is true!)

Thanks for sharing! Have a great day : )!

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    Nom nom nom - looks delicious! Sounds like you have a great day - I watched on the news!

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NATPLUMMER 6/6/2012 3:20PM

    I totally forgot about Venus...booo!!! Glad you got to see it, though.
I haven't had Malt o Meal in ages. Hmmmm....maybe I'll pick some up.
Wow...that miso is packed :-)

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June Already?

Monday, June 04, 2012

Oh my goodness! I can't believe it is already June and I missed the entire month of May on SP to blog. I've been here and there getting calorie counts but not consistently - which I'm slightly disappointed in myself for not doing it. But as of today we can't turn back time so I guess the only other choice is to go forward. I've truly meant to come back here but haven't quite gotten around to it until today.

Two weeks ago we went on a mini vacation for about 5 days. Thankfully we had tickets to Indy 500, free from my in-laws. (Even better right?) So we were able to remove ourselves from the stressful neighborhood as of late. There are some strange things going on in our normally very peacefully, calm gated community. Not sure if it was the eclipse or what but it seems like everyone is fighting with their spouses and/or making a ruckus for everyone around us. I work from home, so it personally affects me more so than my husband. So, the time away was really rejuvenating. Plus it was fun to travel with the hubby and find some amazing vegan restaurants along the path.

When we returned, I got a bad case of food poisoning. We ate 100% vegan the entire time but unfortunately one can only trust your food if you grow it and cook it. For a few days we stayed in Michigan with my parents, visiting, and they had meat in the kitchen the entire time. I'm guessing it was from the cross contamination of this food that I got the food poisoning. Yuck! So, for a few days I have been completely unable to move around or even think about serious work.

Thankfully I'm back feeling about 95% better and decided that it was high time I got back to the gym again. Yesterday the hubby, furry baby and I walked about 3 miles to a park near our house for a dinner picnic which was like a trial-run for a run today. It went great so I knew that I wasn't pushing my body too much after a serious bout of illness. I ran 3 miles at a (9-11 minute pace) on the treadmill, 5 miles on the stationary bike, 100 situps and a good round of weight lifting. I am really tired now after this mornings' workout but I guess it's a great start to build my body up again.

Today's food has also been good - I'm hoping to blog about that later though. For now though I'll leave a photo from our walk last night!

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IRP1114 6/6/2012 4:48PM

    Sorry you had been sick. Really hate it when stuff like that gets in the way. Glad you are doing better now!
Love the picture of the trail! Where is this?

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WENDYJM4 6/5/2012 6:26AM

    glad to see you back in June.

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NATPLUMMER 6/4/2012 3:27PM

    It's amazing how quickly time flies. Yay for a mini vacation :-)
Boo for food poisoning!! Glad you're feeling much better.
Yay for a good workout!!

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Working It

Monday, April 16, 2012

Hello All! Sorry again for the late responses, I can't seem to get back into the swing of blogging here and on my personal blog I guess we all go through different spurts of things, right? I figured I would try it again and see if I can keep up with writing here too. I do keep up with everyone's blogs and journal entries - you SP friends are so dear to me. emoticon

emoticon Exercise: After my parents and guests left our house, I was left with a big mess in the house to cleanup and also four extra pounds. How does that happen in one week with exercise and also eating healthy? Thankfully I am determined still with exercise (I got up early so that I could workout before people actually got up when visiting us.) I am doing 1-2 workouts each day. I try to work out in the gym for at least 30-60 minutes with running 3-4 miles, lifting weights and then copious amounts of situps. Then at night when the husband comes home, we are trying to get out (weather permitting) and exercise together. That means another 60-120 minutes or running/walking or something... I have read in Runner World that this is okay as long as you are paying attention to your body and eating properly - both of which I am doing. I'm enjoying the double workouts - but I know I have to be careful not to go overboard. I make sure I don't run over 3-4 miles in the morning just in case.

emoticon Food: When we had visitors, I do know I had a bit more candy than normal and have ruined my appetite for healthy food. I heard that it takes two weeks to get back into healthy cravings and only takes one day to make your mentality to change over from healthy food to unhealthy cravings. That's a big difference. Thank goodness my family doesn't visit often, haha. So, I am working on getting those snack cravings out of my system right now. We are still eating vegan and enjoying every moment of it. It's strange when you first start veganism you have certain cravings for non-vegan things but now that we have been vegan over two years, we don't miss any of it. I'm adding more and more fruits and vegetables and trying to make sure I eat a healthy breakfast instead of something full of sugar.

emoticon Mood: I'm thinking slightly on the negative side because I have these extra pounds that I thought would go away after starting up the workouts again. I mean who gains 4 pounds in one week when being healthy? Stress maybe? Not sure... But, I'm doing everything I can possibly think of to lose those extra pounds and then continue on my hopeful weight for our Hawaii trip in a few months. Gasp, a few months! We still have to purchase tickets... haha All in all though, I'm trying to keep positive and keep going even though the scale is being a bit rude.

Some food that we have been eating lately:
Tal Ronnen Grilled Marinated Tofu, coleslaw and a grilled sweet potato - yum! (Nope, didn't eat the whole giant potato though.)

Homemade bagels for breakfast on workout day. Yum! Vegan cream cheese

Giant homemade salsa and veggies salad for lunch

Vegan hot dog mixed veggies lunch

Toasted Kale chips - homemade

Chopped Baked Tofu Salad Lunch

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    wow healthy looking food

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SUGIRL06 5/8/2012 2:09PM

    -Your food is always so delicious looking!
-I have to start thinking about double workouts. I need to start running again but I still have 2 more weeks of Insanity left. My biggest problem with doubles is all the showering! My skin is too sensitive for that!
-And 2 years??? Its been 2 years? Cause I remember when you did the 30 day challenge or whatever it was to give vegan a try! I can't believe its been that long!

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NATPLUMMER 4/16/2012 10:34PM

It could just be water/sodium weight.

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Happy Tuesday

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Oh my goodness it has been a very difficult last week or two. Last week started out with my parents coming to visit (which is always stressful but only happens about every 7 yrs so...). They brought along two teens from South Korea and one from Columbia. It's always fun having different cultures around but it always increases the stress for me because I want to show them everything and unfortunately in a very short amount of time. I lived overseas so I know how disappointing it is if you don't get to see a lot when you visit someplace new since it might be your only chance... But, I think we did so much while they were here (aka shopping per their request) that they had a good time. So, it worked out pretty good.

Photos: Shopping at DSW show store and Nation's Largest Candy Store

Then this weekend was Easter/Resurrection Day which I love but it did come by very fast. Additionally I have been fighting this eye pain that causes eye sensitiveness and eye migraines. *tears* It's never fun. But thanks to a dear husband and a bottle of Advil, I was able to make it through without too much pain and lack of energy. I'm still not sure where it all came from but I have a feeling it was a wind-down from last weeks events.

Thankfully I have been very active with walking around shopping and working out in the gym. Each day while my family was staying with us, I ended up getting up at my normal time and heading to the gym early for a good hour workout. I ran 3-4 miles each day and did some weight lifting and situps. It was a great way to reduce some stress and make sure even if I did eat some poor choices while out, I was okay. Easter day my husband and I went hiking for about four hours and that was a great workout and fun! Monday I ended up running 3 miles and lifting weights and today I did the same. Then on Monday evening I even managed to get to the gym to lift more weights and do about 100 situps. Wow! It was tiring but it was nice to get to workout with the husband again.

Food has been a little hard on me. Last week my family and friends wanted to eat out every meal. Yikes! We eat out maybe once every two weeks, so this was very different for me. Cleveland isn't known for "healthy food choices" on an average so its very difficult, especially the places they choice to eat. I'm talking the Cheesecake Factory (which yep they do have some vegan options when you order without things), Hard Rock Cafe (Veg burger minus cheese and toppings) and etc. I managed to even find a smoothie place that sold beet and carrot smoothies without dairy! Yippee!!! That was my lunch for one day - because lets face it malls do not have many vegan or health food options in our area. Grrr But it worked out okay. I think I ate just fine without going crazy either way.

Weight has been HARSH! Last week I was happy because I hadn't gained any weight but then this weekend for some odd, unknown reason it sky rocketed about 4 pounds! That's a lot! Sure I ate some things that normally I wouldn't eat but I'm not sure where all the extra weight came from and I'm hoping I'm not carrying around 4 pounds of water! haha I'm praying hard that it will go down in a few days. Can I blame that gain on stress too?

All in all, I'm happy that I worked out even when we had house guests. Additionally I'm pretty happy with myself for sticking to eating vegan and healthier options when available. It's hard but I have to fit into a swimming suit in July in Hawaii!

How was your weekend?

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SUGIRL06 5/8/2012 2:05PM

    Its funny because I'm finding now that my hubby and I are trying Paleo, I find it pretty hard to eat out! Gluten free stuff still has things like rice in it and I need my protein so a lot of vegan and vegetarian recipes are out too (plus they bulk them up with pasta, rice, etc.). Who knew? Sounds like you did the best you could!!!

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IRP1114 4/10/2012 7:03PM

    Yep I agree stress and sodium. Good job staying on track through all of it emoticon

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COOKINGGRANNY 4/10/2012 3:49PM

  Your week was indeed stressful but you did a lot of positive things to offset the things you couldn't control. I think you did very well with your food choices considering the places that were chosen to eat at. The four lbs. will probably disappear as fast as they came especially if you keep up your exercise program and make healthy food choices. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 4/10/2012 3:42PM

    Could be a combo of stress and sodium from eating out.

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Happy Easter!!!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Happy Easter Everyone!

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    Happy Easter - love the photo!

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NATPLUMMER 4/7/2012 2:38PM

    Happy Easter :-)

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RADFEN 4/7/2012 10:27AM

    Is that peep "sushi"?

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