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Facts on Meat Consumption & The Environment

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I recently became more concerned with the foods I am eating and began looking into a vegan diet. I'm very new to all of it and have tons to learn, but am eager to do so. I am currently testing it out and trying my best. At the moment, I am actively leaving meat out of my diet; however, I am not one to waste food so I am trying to finish up foods I have lying around the kitchen. By this I mean that I am still eating my frozen meals which contain meat, but picking out the meat. I am not one to preach or shove my beliefs down your throat, but someone willing to share my thoughts and knowledge in a respectful manner. I was looking up some nutritional facts and stumbled across some general facts regarding meat consumption and the environment. I found these facts to be intriguing and thought I would share them.


**Beef is the single food with the greatest potential impact on the environment.
**The enormous volume of meat, pork and poultry farm waste can't be re-processed, and potentially end up into our waterways.
**Less than half the harvested acreage in the US is used to grow food for people. For every sixteen pounds of grain and soybeans fed to beef cattle, we get back only one pound of meat.
**Nearly half of rain forests have already vanished. While they cover only 7% of the earth's land, these forests contain nearly two-thirds of all animal and plant species. Scientists say such plants may hold untold answers to future pharmaceutical cures and more.
**On average, land requirements for meat-protein production are 10 times greater than for plant-protein production.
**Producing 1kg of animal protein requires approximately 100 times more water than producing 1kg of grain protein.

Facts and sources are from

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MANKIE87 2/2/2012 12:21AM

    Thanks so much for your feedback and advice! I really appreciate it! :)

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LOOOKINGOOD 2/1/2012 11:46PM

    Best to you as you make these changes...I was vegan for 10 years and am now lacto-ova vegetarian for a total of 24 years since I last ate meat. My 2 kids are also vegetarian and have been since birth.

Listen to your body's cues as you change your diet and you'll do great!

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Staying Positive in the Face of Adversity

Monday, July 04, 2011

**NOTE: I actually wrote this on May 25, 2011, but Iím just now getting around to typing it out. **

During my journey thus far, Iíve learned that I have a large network of incredibly supportive people in my life. On the flip side, Iíve also noticed a small group of people who are inherently negative in my life. Some of these negative people I must learn to deal with because they cannot simply be excluded from my life. Sometimes it can be extremely challenging and taxing to encounter these people. When dealing with negativity, I try my hardest to remain positive and not allow myself to feed into it. I have to constantly remind myself how far Iíve come and everything Iíve accomplished. Not only that, but also that my journey is a continuous one which is always evolving. Sometimes the bumps in the road can help us to better understand who we are and make us stronger people. So, hereís a big fat THANK YOU to all of the negative people in my life. Without you, I wouldnít be who I am today and I certainly wouldnít be the strong, confident woman Iíve become.


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MANKIE87 7/5/2011 12:31AM

    Thank you!

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YICHE12 7/4/2011 6:30PM

    Nice blog. Keep up the great work! emoticon

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Past, Present, and Future Goals

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

When I started my journey almost 5 months ago, I didn't think I was going to make it as far as I have. I set out to lose 15 lbs, which I was concerned might be a lofty goal, and I also wanted to be able to run more than 5 miles in an hour. Here I am 5 months later, I have lost more than 15 lbs, I can run a 10 minute mile, I can run 6 miles in an hour without stopping, I ran my first 5K, I'm down 2 pants sizes, and I am overall leading a much healthier lifestyle. I still have an unending road ahead of me, but I intend to make the journey worth while. Since I have already accomplished my original goals, I feel it's time to create new goals.

I want to continue to push myself to accomplish more and to remember that there is always room for improvement no matter how insignificant it may initially seem.

1. Reach a weight of 115 lbs.
2. Sign up and complete a half-marathon within the next 12 months
3. Consistently incorporate aspects into my workout routine which will help to tone my "problem" areas
4. Prepare healthier meals with a better nutritional balance

I want to maintain a healthy lifestyle for as long as I live and instill those values in my future children.

1. Complete a marathon before the age of 30
2. Workout 3-5 days a week like it's a second job
3. Teach my children the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle
4. Maintain a healthy weight for my height and age

I think it's important to set goals and to stick with them to the best of your ability. I am so lucky to have such wonderful people in my life who support and motivate me. I am also fortunate to have found an online community to aid me with my lifelong journey.

Hooray for goal setting and healthy lifestyles!



Reflections on My Workout Routine

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Yesterday, and frankly the last couple weeks, I've been sort of stuck in a rut with my workout routine. I haven't been as consistent with my workouts as I once was. I'm in my 4th month of implementing lifestyle changes, so I expected there to come a time when I would hit some rough patches or become bored with the gym. Honestly, I'm glad that I've made it this far. Making it for 4 months means to me that I can make it a life time. I just need to continue to work hard and change things up as needed.

Well, I posted on one of my SP Teams for support and encouragement to workout yesterday. I had also texted my workout buddy and she was headed into town and offered to go to the gym with me. As for my SP Team, someone left a link to an article for me, NLANNAN1991. The article was well worth the time to read it. Summer is fast approaching and I'm ready to spice up my workout routine. This article held some valuable insights for me, which I would love to pass to anyone else who is interested or looking for ways to change up their workout routines.

Check it out:

I am excited for warm weather to make it's debut and stay for a while. I look forward to many new outdoor adventures. I plan on spending significant time running outside and helping out a friend with her yard work and gardening. I also would like to explore my options in the realm of workout classes so that I can spice up my winter workouts too!

Cheers to Rejuvenation!



Thankful for Friends

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Yesterday I told myself that I had to hit the gym Saturday and Sunday and hit it hard. I haven't been very consistent with my workouts this week and really need to regain focus. This morning I woke up and did so at an early enough time that I could get my Spark on for a bit as well as have time for other things, including the gym (They close at 5pm on Sat and Sun). Well, turns out it had been raining all night and it looks pretty crummy outside. This drastically changes my energy level and mood. I feel much better when it's nice and sunny outside. So, I've now ate breakfast and sat around on SP for the last 3 hours attempting to dig deep and motivate myself to get to the gym.

I posted on my SP Team for help and encouragement to either head to the gym or find some form of cardio to do at home (I had also texted my workout buddy to explain my dilemma). Not long after that, my workout buddy called me to say that she was headed to town and would be willing to join me at the gym. How awesome is that?! I just hope I can put all my effort into my workout and not just do it halfheartedly.

Cheers to being productive!


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MANKIE87 4/17/2011 1:41AM

    Thanks for the comments! I had a great workout! I ran 6 miles and did some weights. I'm definitely glad I went to the gym today.


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A_RARE_BEAN 4/16/2011 2:31PM

    That's awesome that you have a cool buddy to motivate you. Have a great workout!

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TKIMMEY 4/16/2011 1:59PM

  It's always easier to reach any goal when you have someone encouraging you to keep it up. Friends and family are definitely a blessing.

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ELZ1990 4/16/2011 1:53PM

    Just think at least you went to the gym, even when you don't wanna go you will prolly feel better afterwards.

Good Luck! emoticon

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