Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Well, it's been a while since I blogged or was very active on sparkpeople, but thankfully that doesn't mean I have let myself go. Things got pretty hectic when I was doing the Livefit Program through the holidays but now I am finding more time to breathe.
2012 has started off wonderfully! Quite unintentionally, I jumped into following a vegan diet starting January 1st. I read the book, "The Kind Diet" by Alicia Silverstone, and the book convinced me this was something I could do and needed to do for my health, the planet and the animals. I have never been much of an animal person. I appreciate baby animals, but once they get bigger all I think about is how much fur and slobber and poop they are leaving on me and my things. That being said, the practice of factory farming is despicable and unacceptable and I won't support it any longer.
Following a vegan diet has been unexpectedly easy for me. I have found substitutes for most of the things I would want to eat if I wasn't following a vegan diet and haven't had many cravings for things I can't eat. I am eating much more of a variety of food then I ever did before. I used to eat mostly the same thing every day, but in order to be successful at eating vegan I picked up several vegan cookbooks and try a few things from them every week. I also look around on the internet for ideas for food. Going vegan has developed my love of cooking even more. A year ago you would not have caught me cooking. The microwave was my best friend. The farthest I went with cooking was boiling water for pasta. Now I cook all the time. I started when I began eating clean in September, and now combined with eating vegan, I am a cooking machine. I love looking through my cookbooks and going grocery shopping. Luckily my boyfriend decided to go along with me on this vegan adventure so it has been very easy to be successful. My other two roommates are even planning on making the switch soon!
I have been stuck in the 150-155 range since the fall basically. I think right toward the end of the Livefit program in the beginning of December I might have gotten to 148 again like I was at the end of June, but that quicly disappeared through the holiday season. Although I haven't been losing the last 10-15 pounds I am wishing to lose, I have kept up with keeping my body pretty fit. I have been doing strength/interval training at least 3 times a week, although definitely not at the intensity I was doing during the Livefit program. I haven't been doing workout DVDs or running, although I plan to start soon, like April. I am doing an interval/weight training program from Oxygen magazine right now which will end on March 18th for me. I also started doing Bikram Yoga which I love! I bought a Groupon for a month of unlimited classes. I have been 3 times since Friday. My goal is to go about every other day. I hope to gain flexibility, have less anxiety and detox my body through it. Working out in 105 degree temperatures is very challenging, but I feel awesome when I am done! I hope I can find another cheap yoga class, or at least a good DVD when the month is over. I am also doing an abs challenge with the Sports Bra Sparkies team, which has me doing 5-10 minutes of core work 5 days a week. Doesn't sound like a lot, but it is on top of the other two things. I am looking forward to running outside at least 3 days a week come April and nicer weather, and I think I might have to do a Jillian Michaels grab bag challenge before bikini season begins because I am missing her and no she can get me in great shape!
Well, that's it for now. Things are good. :)