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I am a vegetarian wishing to be vegan.

Monday, February 27, 2012

My DH an I became vegetarians about 3 years ago. It was a mutual decision, but was partly inspired by his heart disease. It was something we were slowly gravitating towards even without the health issues, and the more we learned how to fit this change into our everyday lives the more we loved it. This life style isn't for everyone but if you decide to embrace it, I don't think you would ever be able to turn back.
Now, I would love to go totally vegan but I have one problem that is also probably at the root of my being unable to lose all the weight. I love cheese! Absolutely adore it! I was totally able to turn my back on eggs, milk, juicy burgers,and all the varietys of steak, but not the cheese, which is one of the worst things to eat when you look at the fat content!
I just have to find something I love to nibble on as much as a chunk of Colby- jack!

  
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MSLZZY 3/23/2012 9:38AM

    I just ordered a Vegetarian Times magazine
from my GD as a fundraiser. I think this
should be quite helpful. Can't hurt to try!

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LITTLEBO 3/18/2012 9:19AM

    ...maybe check out Trader Joe's (over by Jordan Creek) for ideas. They probably have soy cheese (which I have never tried.) They have something called Better N Peanut butter that I have never tried either but some people like. Also, some of the Hy-vees let you grind your own nut butters (i.e. almond butter.) and you could pair that with an apple or carrots and celery

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KIMBERK24 2/28/2012 7:48PM

    No I haven't. But now I will keep a eye open for it. Thank you! Why are you no longer able to eat it? Is it one item in it or all ?

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2HAMSDIET 2/27/2012 11:01PM

    Have you tried some of the seed butters? I loved the Pepita nut butter from Naturally Nutty. found out about it here on spark and use to mail order it. Was sad when i had to give 10 pounds of it way as I could no longer have it. It has pumpkin, sunflower, hemp and flax seed in it. Yum... They were trying to get it into stores that was last summer.

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The glory of the grey T-shirt and sweat.

Friday, February 24, 2012

As long as I can remember......I am talking, even as far back as early 20's, at that time a smoker.......I could not sweat! Even on the hottest days of summer......regardless of whatever I was doing......I would not break out in a sweat. It just seemed like this was the way my body functioned. The only draw back to this little peculiarity of mine, was although I did not sweat, I did get hot.....My body would absorb all that heat and my face would just get redder and redder. I know several times I came very close to heat stroke.
So now.......here I am in my 50's, a non smoker, trying to get back in shape and lose some weight. I am logging my food....trying very hard to eat healthy and do as much exercising during the week as time allows. But one of the best things I have discovered.......is I can now Sweat!!! And I take great pride in this! Yesterday, I actually had a 5inch V spot in the front of my t-shirt. Still nothing under the arms or on the back yet.......but I have great hope that that will happen too in the future as I get healthier. I have even taken to wearing grey t-shirts when I work out, because that color seems to show it best. ;) Silly I know, but it makes me very happy that I am working hard enough that I get to sweat!

  
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KISHYMARIE 2/26/2012 12:06AM

    That is really interesting. What do you suppose has changed that? I think it's great, because I am like that sometimes. But I totally understand the grey t-shirt thing. You want to SEE how hard you worked, darn it! LOL! emoticon

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Heart rate watch

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I have been pushing myself really hard for the last few months, trying very hard to lose weight. Well I know, that exercise is not enough for me, I also have to watch the food intake. Because to be quite honest, I love food. And when I eat, I want to eat a LOT! I don't want a Tini bit of everything, I want a good amount of everything. If only I could eat as much as I liked, I would gladly work crazy hard, but alas, it doesn't work that way for me. I have to do both!
But back to my point, a co- worker kept asking me how long I was working out and what my heart-rate was. Well I would occasionally check what the treadmill and elliptical bars would say, but they really meant very little to me. They never seemed very accurate and I would get readings all over the place. The only thing I did know was how very red my face would be when I finished,and how terribly long it would take me to cool down afterwards. It really stinks, coming out of the shower and still be sweating, let alone trying to put on blush when you have these flaming pink cheeks to begin with. Needless to say, I think I may have been working a little over my maximum heart-rate.
So I purchased a chest band heart-rate monitor so I can keep track of just where my heart-rate is during my entire workout. I love it! I am still pushing hard, you have to push a little if you want any progress, but I am not killing myself! I am just keeping it in the fat-burn range at least 20 minutes. Ok. so it still is taking me forever to cool down but I feel that I am a little more in control. And maybe....concentrating on the monitor is taking my mind off the work.

  
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KISHYMARIE 2/21/2012 9:45PM

    Maybe this means you won't have to work QUITE so hard, too... if you're staying where you should be.

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/21/2012 9:12PM

    I use a heart rate monitor on almost every work out....i really enjoy seeing the numbers and knowing my heart rate zones.

Here's something you will soon see as you get fitter....your recovery time will radically decrease. My heart rate recovers from the 150s to below 100 in about 5 minutes now....before it used to take 15--20 or more.

enjoy!

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25 minutes

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I was actually able to run for 25 minutes straight! I know that 4.3 mph is not that fast but if I can build up endurance I can work on the speed thing later. Besides, I have short legs. :) the scale has to start showing all the hard work eventually right?

  
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KISHYMARIE 2/18/2012 9:27PM

    GO YOU!

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KIMBERK24 2/18/2012 7:34PM

    I walked ( warmed up for five minutes) then ran for 25 minutes straight. And I crossed the two mile mark at 29.43 minutes . So I was pretty thrilled. Then after that, we took the dogs down to the trail and walked another 4:5 miles. Yay!

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KISHYMARIE 2/18/2012 7:00PM

    That is fabulous!! Great job!! I "ran" for 27 minutes today. I think 22 of those were walking. :) So how far did you go on your 25 minutes? emoticon

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NEPTUNE1939 2/18/2012 11:25AM

    I'm not a runner anymore but a 4.3 mph is close enough to the 4-minute mile is great as far as I'm concerned. Give yourself a pat on the back - just don't break your arm doing so - LOL Have a good day, Earl emoticon

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So exercise is not enough for me.

Monday, February 13, 2012

So I have been putting in the time on the treadmill but the scale is still climbing inch by inch...I am going to have to give in and start tracking my food because obviously I am taking in more calories than I am burning....and I will NOT get back to that thick bogged down person I was last year. I have to do this NOW! I am so much happier and energetic when I keep my weight down.

  
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KISHYMARIE 2/14/2012 3:54PM

    That's funny!! I have heard, though, that that is an awesome workout. I have a friend who lost all her baby fat that way, and Nikki's been trying it. She said it kicked her butt, and she has been running for months. You do 2 minutes walking - calm, normal, relaxed. Then 2 minutes fast walking. Then 2 minutes SPRINTING! The idea being....you can do anything for just two minutes. Repeat 3 more times. Good luck!!

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KIMBERK24 2/14/2012 2:22PM

    Yes.....I am going to try this one for awhile just to see how much I am eating. And I have noticed I have slid a bit and started eating a few junk foods.... which I think may be at the heart of the few pounds I have gained. So if I give those back up I should be back on track. Todays morning workout was really a doozy.....it was a set program on the eliptical called quick cardio..(I was late getting out of bed) so thought I would give it a try......OMG.....It about killed me....every minute it increased its resistance...and then worked back down...BUT it DID give me 300 burned calories....but I think I will get up on time tomorrow. :)

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KISHYMARIE 2/13/2012 3:16PM

    Yes, I know you work really hard to exercise faithfully! So try tracking it and see what happens. Do you still have your ww tracker you could use?

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AJB121299 2/13/2012 7:51AM

    keep at it

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