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?
Saturday, April 07, 2012
Happy Easter Everyone!
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.
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