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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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Long Time...

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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