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Ok, so I'm not a Vegetarian...

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Well, I tried it,being a vegetarian, and it's not for my body. I did it for about 7 months and ended up gaining about 15 lbs. I was pretty good at it and only had a few slip ups and went right back to eating my fruits, veggies, grains and dairy. I tried new and exciting foods. I was really on the border before, so it wasn't much of a transition for me anyway. I was getting the hang of it with the family by making two different dishes or setting aside a portion for myself and then adding the meat to the rest of the dish. My husband began eating less and less meat, too. My vegan friend's husband became vegan and so since the two are buddies, when they went out it was discussed.

I have been working hard at exercising the past 3 months with my Hot Yoga classes and other strength training classes. I slacked on my cardio but have been doing a lot of stretching and eating well along with plenty of water drinking. My hot yoga classes burn 900 to over 1000 calories per 75 min. class and I was taking 2-3 a week for 3 months!! Obviously this was frustrating.

So, since I had lost 50 lbs. before eating normal food and doing normal exercise with Spark....Sparkpeople here I come! All my yoga passes are done for the summer so unless they have some amazing deal, I will be doing something else for the summer, like chasing my kids on their new found love, bikes, or walking on the treadmill or stationary bike at the Y. Whatever I do, I will be working hard!!

Wish me luck!

Thanks for listening,

rumbamel/Melanie

  
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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 9/29/2013 8:06PM

    Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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Trying to be Vegetarian, turned 40 and balancing...

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Well, after Thanksgiving I felt bloated and yucky. I didn't really eat much meat, I usually didn't anyway, but this time I just felt different. I decided to make a change. My younger sister had told me she had become Vegetarian and my good friend and exercise buddy had become Vegan, so I figured I would try it, at least, for a bit to cleanse. Well, it stuck for the most part until I got a migraine. They are my downfall. I ate some Mexican, beef nachos. One night, then back to vegetarian food. All good, then we went back to my in-laws for Christmas.....I tried to plan, but it was very difficult. They aren't very healthy eaters. I tried hard, but granola bars, cereal, apples with peanut butter, almonds and popcorn can only go so far. I had a few thin slices of ham and one small bowl of chili. No biggie, home we came and back to vegetarian eating.

My problem.....I had been sick and not exercising for over a month. Next problem, I was turning 40 on the 21st and getting lots (about 15) coupons to many restaurants. Now, I did great and ate vegetarian at all of them, but some weren't the healthiest. I brought home leftovers and towards the end I think I just got tired of eating out and began to slack on the healthy part. Still vegetarian food, but not so healthy. Veggie chili nachos with guac and sour cream and a brownie!!! Seriously?!?

My daughter, 8 has been wanting to plan a party for me, but it just wasn't going to work out so we ended up having me do a GNO with some lady friends. Dinner out (I had a veggie burger and sweet tater fries) and then we stayed in a hotel. Problem, I celebrated with bringing 2 batches of brownies. One with chocolate chips and one with chocolate chips, heath bits and walnuts. Not many were eaten so they were in my kitchen yesterday. I have a horrible weakness for brownies, so I have been trying to get rid of them so I can start over.

My coupons are gone mostly (Culver's custard....uhoh) is the last one and the brownies are almost gone. I am subbing at my kids' school tomorrow and have packed a healthy lunch. I know what to do and know I can do it, it's just scary that it has been sneaking up on me.

I have 2 months of unlimited hot yoga to do and plenty of great food to eat. I just need to get cracking.

Wish me luck and good health.

rumbamel/Melanie

  
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RUMBAMEL 3/19/2013 7:13PM

    Thank-you. My husband is now eating a lot less meat and we as a family are just eating healthier. I am trying new things and even made my own veggie stock the other day! Not too bad...not sure how to calculate the nutrition for it, but it was good to make and then I made a soup later and will make some beans, lentils, quinoa and other stuff, too. I like that my family is in on it, mostly.

I too, have tried some salmon twice. I am ok with it once in a while, but prefer just my veggies and fruits. :)

rumbamel

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THRDTRY 3/19/2013 6:50PM

  Going vegetarian at first is really challenging! My brother and I decided to try it more than 8 years ago now, right after Thanksgiving too, actually! Some friends of ours had been vegetarian for about a year and we thought, "If they can do it, man, so can we!" So we decided to give it six months. Neither one of us has looked back!

I have to admit, though, that I eventually becoming what some people call "pescetarian" meaning that I do eat seafood occasionally. That really opens up the options at restaurants and allows my husband (who isn't really a vegetarian) some leeway with home-cooking. Good luck!

And Happy Birthday!!

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RUMBAMEL 1/28/2013 5:51PM

    Thanks! Oh, yes! I LOVE hot yoga! I haven't done it since a challenge that I completed at the end of November, but I think it is amazing. I am excited to get back into it.

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JAMIEHORN20 1/28/2013 11:13AM

    Happy birthday and congratulations on the vegetarianism! I hope it continues to work out well for you. I also hope 40 brings you fewer migraines. Yuck!

Have you done hot yoga before? Enjoy it!

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To DisneyWorld and Back!!! Lots of pics!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Well, I made it to Disney World and back in one piece!!! I am the driver because I get sick reading in the car and thus can't navigate. The trip was 973.56 miles to our resort in Clermont, so we had to stop at a hotel both ways. I'll break the trip up into categories: Travel, Food, Entertainment, Accommodations and Extras.

TRAVEL: It rained A LOT on the way there and so much that I was driving about 30 mph or less on the highway!! Go figure leaving 100+ degrees here in St. Louis, huh?!

Traffic to Disney was pretty steady every day. Nothing like rush hour in good ol' STL or even what we encountered in Atlanta and Nashville. Once on the way out of Disney, a ding dong form GA all the sudden pulled off the road in front of a cop on the side of the road, causing the person in in front of us to slam on their brakes and then us as well. I about had a heart attack!!! I thought MO drivers were crazy!

Oh, don't get an abortion in GA, according to the billboards, the baby has heart beat after only 18 days!!! You can also retire very happily there and buy roadside pecans and peaches.....everywhere!!

Oh, I almost forgot our horrid travel uhoh to the parks. We read that you can take a Downtown Disney bus or another bus from the waterparks to the other major parks for free. Well, we tried and sure you can do this, but it takes about 1-2 1/2 hrs to do. We took the bus from Typhoon Lagoon (free parking) to a resort, waited at the resort for another bus, went all the way around the resort to pick up other guests and then finally to the Animal Kingdom. We repeated this awful process on the way back. 1 1/2 hrs to get there and 1 hr on the way home. We just paid the $14 parking after that!!!

We stopped in Metropolis, Superman's home in IL to go potty and took cute pictures.



FOOD: Food on the road was not great. Hubby wanted quick in and out, so that meant fast food garbage. I figured it was only a couple times so I made sure to get lettuce and tomatoe whatever. Then I saw Dunkin Donuts all over!!! I don't know how many of you know my love of DD, but my daddy used to work there and bring home the day old donut holes, now called munchkins. I couldn't stand the yeast ones, the smell is even awful, but the chocolate cake with coconut and/or nuts....YUM YUM!! So, it just so happened a couple of times that the gas/potty stop was at a DD place, too. One time we had Wendy's for dinner and the DD was in the convenience store attached to it and the gas station! Whoa! I some how managed to stop at the same one on the way home. It was a pure accident that time. I got some for the road.

I packed my Multigrain Cheerios for breakfast every morning and snacks for the parks. Lunches at the parks was kind of disappointing. We had an ok fish and chips dinner, but crappy lunch at Disney itself. Hollywood Studios had watery pizza and crappy (I spit it out) cookies, Animal Kingdom had a decent meal at Yak and Yeti's but it was $70 for the 4 of us, Epcot was overpriced Moroccan food, the baklava and salad were the best parts, we missed dinner at the French bakery because we watched the light show :( ! I lived in Belgium for 5 years and was really looking forward to it. We didn't eat at Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon. Yes, that is 6 parks in the week we were gone!!

Outside the parks we hit a bad chinese joint that was way overpriced. Our places here are so much better and our CiCi's pizza on Manchester kick's the one they have on 192s butt big time. Oh, and I discovered Sweet Tomatoes!!! I loved it! Cranberry, nut and feta salad and chipotle tomato bisque YUM!!!! Take me to lunch there anytime St. Louis friends. hehe

The kids and I really enjoyed tasting different types of Coca Cola at Epcot. They liked something called Vegabeta and one that was watermelon flavored. I liked Germany's, it said it was orange flavored, but it tasted like regular Coke. I haven't had soda in many years.



ENTERTAINMENT: 6 parks, yes, that is correct. Blizzard Beach on Saturday, Magic Kingdom on Sunday, Hollywood Studios on Monday, Animal Kingdom on Tuesday, Epcot on Wednesday, resort presentation, Typhoon Lagoon and Downtown Disney on Thursday, then home on Friday morning. My amazing children rode their 1st roller coaster, Thunder Mountain Railroad, by accident because we got in the wrong line. They endured The Tower of Terror, got soaked several times on the Kali River Rapids, my son got to fight Darth Maul, my daughter got to get pictures with a few characters she liked, I saw the stage I danced on 20 years ago when I was a Pom Pon dancer in H.S. at Epcot, we went on an amazing safari 2x and lots of cool rides, got hit by a 6ft. water wave at Typhoon Lagoon and survived and so much more!!!



ACCOMMODATIONS: Our resort was beautiful. The kids had a pool to swim in just outside our building. However, we were so busy that they only got to swim in it the first night we checked in. They also swam in the main pool at the club house and he attached lake/beach where they found some mussel shells (yuck). There was a gym, which I never had time to use, free wifi at the club house, which I only used the 1st night when they swam and many resort activities that we never did, including a dueling piano gig at our pool Thurs. night. There was a hot tub in our room, but only our 7 yr old used it one night. That's how busy we were!!! According to yahoo maps we were only 6 miles from Disney!! There was a Super Walmart and Super Target just around the corners from us. Cool!! We had a king size bed and the kids had their own beds behind a closed door in a second bedroom. Washer dryer in the unit (small, but hey it worked). I would definitely stay there again.

EXTRAS: Downtown Disney was awesome, too. I wish we had a bit more time there and at Epcot. DD was basically a bunch of shops and restaurants to explore. Many of the same prices at the parks, though. We found a good deal for our son. He kept grabbing swards, hooks and guns and we found a combo for only $8. At Disney we got our daughter a charm bracelet with only 3 charms and it was $18!!! Don't expect to go to Disney World and it be cheap.

We were told that Walmart was a great place to go for souvenirs and it was. Lots of shirts with Disney and 2012 or characters or both or all on them, $8-14. Cheaper looking photo frames $7 or so, photo books for 100-200 pics for only $5-8, key rings for less than $8, too, mugs, and so much more. Now you won't find all the same designs, of course, but for us it was just fine. We bought a couple things at the parks that we just couldn't do w/out. I got a cool had at Trend D for only $7, it was normally $26!!

Oh, I didn't gain as much as I thought I would. I got on the scale on Sunday and it said I had only gained maybe a couple lbs. I guess walking about 10 miles a day at all the parks counteracted some of the crap I ate. hehe I made a plan of attack when I got back and am doing ok on day 4 now!

Here are a few more fun pics of Disney! If you plan to go, take lots of pics and enjoy every moment!!



Thanks for listening,

rumbamel

  
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RUMBAMEL 7/27/2012 10:02PM

    Oh, forgot to mention that it rained Sunday-Thursday and we had a 2 hr. rain delay on the back lot tour at Hollywood Studios. Imagine that! Coming from home with 104+ degrees to being freezing in the rain and trapped away from rides. Ironic.

rumbamel

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JEZEBELSK 7/27/2012 8:28PM

    Okay, read the whole blog, and I bet you can guess what I took away from it : Metropolis! The love of my life, town-wise! Glad you guys enjoyed yourselves!

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Day 4: Pizza?? It's ok! Frozen yogurt, too!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pizza you say, yes, we love it! We have an awesome take and bake company near us that we absolutely love. The owners also own a frozen yogurt shop two doors down. The pizza place is Papa Murphy's and the frozen yogurt is Orange Leaf. We frequent them often. Sometimes we get the yogurt 1st and then get the take home pizza. hehehe

My daughter slept 12 hours yesterday and didn't wake until 9am. I'm not sure how long she would have slept because my son went into her room and she was pretty out of it. She has been sick with a sore throat and cough and her eating habits have been a bit off. So, off to the doc we went. He really couldn't find anything so he gave her Zithromyazin for a sinus infection. She hates the cherry taste. Oh well, what else is new with her. It's only 5 days!

I decided to treat them to Orange Leaf and maybe get some pizza at PM since we had really nothing in the fridge at home. Well there was a line about 100 people long out their door ( the pizza place's door) when we got there for frozen yogurt. We ate our yogurt and it didn't stop the whole time. As it turns out a former employee joined the marines and was injured by an IED and lost parts of both his legs and they were giving 20% of the sales that day to help him. Like I said they are awesome! One of the customers in line said the workers inside told them the line had been that way since they had opened early in the day!!! How amazing is that. We waited about an hour for our pizzas. They ran our of dessert pizzas (I've never had them, but was willing to try them last night). So, we got a cheese and a gourmet veggie (it's got artichokes, spinach, tomatoes, onions, zucc, and other veggies on a creamy garlic sauce). We always get our pizzas on their deLite crust which is a thin crust....YUM.

So, the day ended up with another cup of hot tea with fiber powder. I didn't get enough fiber, I was about 4 shy, but oh well and I was only 2 over on my calories. Everything else was fine. We also volunteered at the school and registered the kids for school. So, it was a busy day.

Today is packing and getting my hair done for Disney. Today will be a hectic one. Hopefully, I will be able to fit in some sort of exercise, but I don't know, there is a lot of work to do first.

Thanks for listening,

rumbamel emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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3016DEBRA 7/11/2012 11:52AM

  I absolutely LOVE Papa Murphys too! I sometimes get a text from them when they are having a special - got one yesterday so I went & got a chicken, spinach leaf & artichoke one for me & my daughter & a pepperoni & sausage for my boyfriend. The chicken one is so good I'm never tempted to eat the other! emoticon
We also just got an Orange Leaf in Topeka too & I've only been twice but it's definitely good too! Have a great vacation.... emoticon

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Day 3: Home all day and it helped

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Well, I think it's working! I was home all day with the kids yesterday. We even managed to have some friends come over for a playdate. Now this was not the original plan, of course. I wanted to walk around with the kids in the morning and then go to the bookstore to read where we would possible meet the friends and then come back here for lunch or a pladate or both. But my 8 year old threw a fit that lasted an hour and I only had time to take a shower with no exercise again.

We had a great time chatting and they all played. The mom and I had yogurt, cheese and crackers with fresh tomato slices and water to drink. I made 3 cheese (1/3 less fat cream cheese, 2% mozz. and 2% cheddar....YUM) grilled cheese for the kids on multi grain sandwich thins with grapes and apple juice. For dinner my husband and I had Kimchi Shin Ramen with carrots, zuccini, onions, egg and crab meat. It was sooooo good. I had some hot tea with fiber powder and some peanut butter crackers for an evening snack. I only went over my numbers by 1!!!! That was on my carbs.

It will be interesting to see what today brings. We pretty much cleaned out the fridge last night and we still have a few days before our trip. I guess some veggie patties, YUM! Seriously, I love those things. Morning Star, only, spicy black bean, or Asian, or regular. Maybe a morning link with eggs on a bagel thin. Yes, that may be it.

Thanks for listening,

rumbamel

  
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SUSIEGKORN 7/10/2012 11:37AM

    Here's to you! Have a good day, and a good trip in a few days!

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JAMIEHORN20 7/10/2012 10:22AM

    Mel, I've been following your progress but haven't had a chance to comment. Congrats on getting back on track; you are doing awesome! I'm sure it feels great. :)

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