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I think I'm liking this plant-based diet

Friday, September 02, 2011

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Weight this morning is: 125.0 pounds I had listed 125 pounds as my goal weight because I am maintaining my weight and I went below the original number and because I have the ticker on my page I kept getting an error message, so I listed 125 so I would not drop below it. But, today I actually reached it and I was not really trying to reach it.

I have reached this twice in my adult life and it feels good to me. I attribute this to my not eating as many processed foods. In August, I went on a no candy bar challenge, I ate some candy a couple of times, but noticed that when I managed to get by without eating any for a week, my running improved.

I started focusing more on eating foods as close to the natural state as possible following principles I learned from reading Joel Fuhrman and John McDougall's books. I started to add more potatoes to my diet and found that I am actually craving sweets a lot less now.

My hubby made some chocolate covered walnuts the other day and I took a small bite - months ago I would have had a hard time stopping, but I did not really like the chocolate that was on them. Wow! Me not liking chocolate!!!

I am definitely learning that the more I change my diet and lifestyle, the more I benefit. I remember back when I started my weight loss journey and dropped the first 15 pounds, my husband commented on how much lighter I seemed on my feet as I walked. Now, I am able to run a 5k without stopping to walk if I put my mind to it. I am running a longer distance than I was a year ago.

Yeah, me, a runner. I was on the high school track team and I couldn't run fast enough to compete so I went to throwing the discus instead. I always hated running, now when I get frustrated, I like to go and run off some of the negativity.

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Please, feel free to comment on my blog and tell me how the change in your lifestyle has benefited you.

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JBROOKS 9/21/2011 7:52AM

  I am on day 3 of McDougall's 12-day program and I like it too! I get a little panicky when I get hungry, afraid I won't have anything to eat, but then I look at the various menu options he has listed and I have lots of leftovers. I'll be okay! You'll be okay! keep up the good work!

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LIV2RIDE 9/2/2011 9:50AM

    emoticon I know that I for one feel so much better being plant based. I have found that I'm craving sweets a lot less these days. It could be because I can't get enough fruit this summer. I'm so glad eating plant based is working out for you. I've always thought it was all about education. The more you know the more you want to improve what you put into your body. The better you feel the more you want to continue with it. The more improvement you see in your fitness level and health the more it motivates you to continue. Good for you!

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Shadow Runs

Monday, August 29, 2011

I am on week 3 of 30 Day Fastest 5k training plan and today was shadow runs. This is where I picked a starting place and then ran for a 5 minutes and then rested and then turned around and ran back to the starting point. The goal was during each of the run segments to get back to where I started before the 5 minutes was up as if I was racing my shadow.

I enjoyed this run and my average speed during the runs ranges from 6.0 to 6.6, which was great since I misjudged how far I thought I could run when I picked my starting point and ended up going down this hill, which meant that when I turned around I had to run up the hill.

This particular hill had taken me over a year to run up without stopping, but I decided to go for it and much to my surprise, I found that not only was I able to run up the hill but I was able to adjust my pace and keep on going once I got to the top. In the past, whenver I made it up the hill I had to stop and catch my breath before I could continue.

The shadow beat me on the uphill runs, but only by 15 seconds. On the fifth run, I was tired but instead of wanting to quit and walk, I thought I want the full time to rest and so I ran hard to get to the finish spot by the time the 5 minutes were up. I cannot recall if I actually made it or not, if not then it was only by a few seconds.

I am finally seeing some improvements in my running!!

  
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KELLEEH 8/30/2011 7:51PM

    Way to go on conquering that hill! Good for you! I need to get a few more 5k runs in, and then maybe I'll take at look at the fastest 5k training plan. Sounds like fun!

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Go ME!!!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Just got back from a 5k trianing workout and thought I'd cheer me on.

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MELLYBEANS0919 8/27/2011 2:33PM

    Awesome!! emoticon

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KELLEEH 8/24/2011 8:57PM

    Awesome!

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AGENTQ 8/24/2011 8:20PM

    Keep up the great work and soon this will be you: emoticon

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VERYVEGANVICKIE 8/24/2011 6:22PM

    And I shall be cheering right along with you !!!!

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WILD4STARS 8/24/2011 12:14PM

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KANDKFAM1 8/24/2011 11:53AM

    Good job! Kudos to you for cheering yourself on. This is a key to success!

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Yummy Ice Cream Substitute

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Yum! I think I found a substitute to satisfy my craving for ice cream. I am on a no candy bar challenge and it seems like I have switched to ice cream and it seems like I am overindulging in the stuff.

Breyer's Chocolate ice cream is my favorite and a half gallon lasts only 2-3 days in my freezer. So, yesterday I took about 2 dates and chopped them in a food processor, added a frozen banana and 2 teaspoons cocoa powder. Then I drizzled in a bit of coffee to get it to the consistency I wanted. OMG! it was so good. And no dairy, no added processed sugar.

  
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MELLYBEANS0919 8/27/2011 2:34PM

    Sounds delicious. I do the frozen banana with chocolate chips...mmm.


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JUGE300000 8/25/2011 8:00AM

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LOPEYP 8/24/2011 12:28PM

    Good idea!

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WITCHYWOMAN45 8/23/2011 7:11PM

  I have been using frozen banana with Vanilla Almond Mlk to thin it to soft serve consistency, it gives a very creamy texture. I think I will try adding the cocoa powder next time!

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FRAN0426 8/23/2011 6:13PM

    That sounds so yummy

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CYNDERROSE 8/23/2011 5:43PM

    Sounds yummy. I did some frozen banana with a little Nutella this summer, and it was to dye fore.

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RAVENSONG37 8/23/2011 2:58PM

    sounds delicious!

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DENISE223 8/23/2011 12:59PM

    Thank you for sharing your yummy creation! emoticon

I've always loved frozen treats, and your recipe looks delicious and satisfying. I have all of the ingredients and will put this together today.
I add cardamom & vanilla to my vegan protein drinks - I'll have to add it to my frozen concoction. emoticon

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Denise

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SUNNYH99 8/23/2011 11:04AM

    Good for you! I understand there are some recipes for something similar to this on SparkRecipe if you want to log it into your tracker with all the numbers.
Enjoy it!
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DS9KIE 8/23/2011 10:33AM

    yummy

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VERYVEGANVICKIE 8/23/2011 8:18AM

    How creative of you !!!! emoticon

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NANCYBOAT 8/23/2011 8:03AM

    That sounds good!!!! I totally love ice cream and just can't eat it because I can't stop - maybe I will try this!

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LIV2RIDE 8/23/2011 6:36AM

    sounds great. Dates are a great snack. They remind me of caramel. I made cherry ice cream the other day. frozen banana, frozen cherries, splash or two of almond milk and add in chopped walnuts after it's mixed. I used the Vitamix because of all the frozen fruit. Paul loved it and then requested strawberry next. LOL

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55WALKER 8/23/2011 6:21AM

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This is good stuff. I never even think about ice cream in stores any more since I discovered frozen bananas and unsweetened cocoa powder. I put whole, unpeeled bananas in the freezer and the skin is a perfect freezer wrapping. The skin turns dark but the inside doesn't change at all.
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ROX525 8/23/2011 5:51AM

    Thank you. I will try this. I have an ice cream craving going on currently. Have a good week!

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What if Tomorrow never comes?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

How many times have you used this statement, "I'll start tomorrow" as an excuse to eat an unhealthy meal? I know that I did too many times only to realize that tomorrow never comes.

This month I started a challenge with my daughter and son in law, they would stop smoking and I would stop eating candy bars. Well, if I count the Tootsie Rolls, I missed my challenge three times. However, after I ate them I wondered why I ate them because they really did nothing to satisfy my craving for sweet despite the large amount I ate. After the third time, I realized that candy offered me no satisfaction whatsoever and the only thing it did for me was cause me to want to eat more and more until they were gone. I started over at that moment. I did not wait til tomorrow.

My daughter and son in law are still puffing away and tell me they'll start over next Saturday. They even told me that since they are smoking they'll give me a candy bar. Is this what is meant by 'misery loves company"? I failed, so let me help you fail in your goal also?

This past week has been great for me in saying no to temptations. I think the best thing for me was after the race yesterday, the town had opened the museum and some of the members were were offering cookies and Root Beer for the runners afterwards. When one offered some to me, I replied with "No, thank you. I don't want to eat any." Instead I went for the apple the race coordinators offered and really enjoyed eating that apple and felt satisfied afterwards.

A couple of weeks ago, I am sure I would have grab a cookie or two and then craved more. But now, I realize I do not need to wait til tomorrow. I can make healthy choices any day at any time.

  
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MELLYBEANS0919 8/27/2011 2:35PM

    Congrats on your race! Sad that people want you to fail too.

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DEE0973 8/23/2011 3:03PM

    that is great. I did the same thing yesterday when my hubby and I went to panera bread for lunch. We both chose healthy sandwiches and then they asked would you like apples, bread or chips for your side? I surpised myself by asking for the apples. You have the right attitude, tomorrow isn't promised to anyone and all we have is this moment in time and what we choose to do with it is up to us. Be Blessed

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CANNIE50 8/23/2011 2:55PM

    thanks for the inspiration (and thanks for reading my blogs, by the way - I appreciate it). The saying I often think of with anything sugary is this: "one is too many, a thousand never enough". In my (past, thankfully) experience, the same is true of cigarettes.

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LIV2RIDE 8/22/2011 6:37AM

    emoticon I'm glad you have done so well with this challenge. Keep up the great work!

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WITCHYWOMAN45 8/21/2011 10:59PM

  While you were running yesterday, I was having myself a fine binge. I am happy to report though, that I stopped it right in the middle...for the same reason you did, I realized it wasn't making me feel any better. In fact, I felt worse by having a tummy too full of fatty foods which I am not used to anymore. I started over right that minute and the 36 or so hours since then have been great. I have to say, it is nice to know that even someone as fit as you also struggles with similar issues.
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KELLEEH 8/21/2011 4:40PM

    What a great choice you made with that apple! I hope your daughter and SIL give up smoking.

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KMSIMMONS1 8/21/2011 9:49AM

  Today is all we have for sure...let's make it great!

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