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Straight Talking Interview with myself!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Interview with myself:
 
Interviewer: Abi, you were blogging almost daily about your Eat to Live program, moving to a plant based whole foods diet following your inability to lose weight but we’ve not seen a blog in a week or two.  How are you doing?
 
Abi: Well, not great really. I’ve been struggling and there have been a few things that have knocked me back recently. Nothing too major I guess. It’s just an accumulation of factors.
 
Interviewer: So where have you been and have you fallen off the Vegan wagon?
 
Abi: [laughs] No! No!  My goal is still to get optimal health from a mainly whole foods plant based diet after watching the Forks over Knives DVD and reading such inspirational books as Eat to Live.  However I’m, shall we say, a little motivationally challenged right now.
 
Interviewer: What challenges are you facing at the moment?
 
Abi: Well, I was training for my third half marathon, it’s in early May.  But about 3 weeks ago I popped a rib and I’m still having a lot of pain from it. 
 
Interviewer: Wow – popping a rib, that doesn’t sound good.
 
Abi: It’s not, I can tell you!  It was incredibly painful having it popped back in.  My chiropractor reminded me “you’ve had two children” before she popped it back.  I think they heard my groans in the next suburb!  I’ve been getting all sorts of pain from it too – last week I was getting shooting pains in my head!  Luckily a doctor quickly identified it as muscular pain and I put the two together.  A massage helped but I’m still stiff and sore.
 
Interviewer: So, that’s put your half marathon training on hold I guess.  Have you restarted training yet?
 
Abi: I’ve done a couple of smaller runs but I keep finding that my chest starts hurting again.  It’s currently pretty bad.  I got stronger pain relief from the doctor but it’s not really cutting it.  Being sat at a desk all day for work doesn’t help.  So, not really – I’ve not run in over a week.
 
Interviewer: I can imagine you get stiff at work being slumped over your desk.  I guess you have to keep thinking “shoulders back!”
 
Abi: [laughs] Yes. It’s like I can hear my mother telling me off for bad posture constantly! 
 
Interviewer (let’s call her Carole): But how about the food aspects and the big push to go fully vegan. You seemed to be doing pretty well and got some good results early on.
 
Abi: Yes Carole, I was.  However, I got sidetracked as I usually do on a weekend away. I ate a little meat and didn’t really concentrate on eating the whole pound of fresh and whole pound of cooked vegetables. It’s tricky when you’re camping.  And at Easter I was easily led into eating meat and dairy by going for our “favourite” meal at our local Greek restaurant.    It always happens and it takes no effort at all to bend my arm into going out to eat.
 
Interviewer: You said you recently visited a doctor. What happened there?
 
Abi: This was another big blow to me.  I decided to be proactive and request a glucose test as I’d not been tested since having gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with the girls.   I got the results back same day – I’m pre-diabetic and my cholesterol is high.  I went back to talk to the doctor about the results and he’s basically told me that my cholesterol requires long term medication.
 
Interviewer: Wow – I guess you weren’t expecting that?
 
Abi: No Carole, I wasn’t. I thought it would be the diabetes if anything. 
 
Interviewer: So Abi, what are your next steps?
 
Abi: Well the doctor said to concentrate on losing weight and exercising for the next six months and then to repeat the blood tests.  For me that reinforces the need for me to go for the whole food, plant based diet and try to gain back my fitness – and recover from this XXXned popped rib. 
 
Interviewer: And how are you going to do that?
 
Abi: Tracking again.  I’m going to start tracking what I eat. No more picking at stuff.  Concentrating on portion sizes and no junk or animal based products whatsoever.  I’m going to cut back on the delicious dairy free ice-cream and try to concentrate on following the Eat to Live program properly without cheating.  I might even try a week or two on just juicing... Costco is going to have Vitamix blenders in store in a few weeks... Perhaps I’ll treat myself.
 
Interviewer: So, how are you feeling about things?
 
Abi: Well, to be honest I’m disappointed. Very disappointed.  I was hoping for a good result. I’ve been probably at least 80% animal product free since Christmas.  I wasn’t expecting the cholesterol issue.  I know I’m overweight and I think this is a real kick up the butt to motivate me to really get with the program and do it properly.  But I also see this as an opportunity to see how much I can turn around in 6 months when I get retested. I’m going to print out my blood results and keep them on hand. I want to see improvements by mid-October.  I also want to lose weight and run at least one or two half marathons.  I’m resigned to the fact that the one in May will be walking only.  It’s disappointing.
 
Interviewer: Well, I’m glad you can see the positives in this – and getting your blood retested in 6 months sets a great deadline for improvements. 
 
Abi: Yes Carole.  It’s great as I hope to track my progress – and yes, start blogging about my journey again.  I have a stake in the sand now.  Let’s see how far I can get in 6 months.  I want to start exercising regularly – but it’s frustrating that I have to wait for my rib and chest to recover. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer.  I’m going to mix things up again and get back into circuit training and strength training as well as running.  It’s difficult as I want to be excited about the challenge but my chest is holding me back.
 
Interviewer: Well Abi, tracking your intake and going cold-turkey on the ice-cream will start to get you in the right direction!  I wish you great luck with your challenge and I will be keeping an eye out for your blogs.
 
Abi: Thank Carole. I appreciate it.  We all know that having support makes all the difference. 


Interview with myself:
 
Interviewer: Abi, you were blogging almost daily about your Eat to Live program, moving to a plant based whole foods diet following your inability to lose weight but we’ve not seen a blog in a week or two.  How are you doing?
 
Abi: Well, not great really. I’ve been struggling and there have been a few things that have knocked me back recently. Nothing too major I guess. It’s just an accumulation of factors.
 
Interviewer: So where have you been and have you fallen off the Vegan wagon?
 
Abi: [laughs] No! No!  My goal is still to get optimal health from a mainly whole foods plant based diet after watching the Forks over Knives DVD and reading such inspirational books as Eat to Live.  However I’m, shall we say, a little motivationally challenged right now.
 
Interviewer: What challenges are you facing at the moment?
 
Abi: Well, I was training for my third half marathon, it’s in early May.  But about 3 weeks ago I popped a rib and I’m still having a lot of pain from it. 
 
Interviewer: Wow – popping a rib, that doesn’t sound good.
 
Abi: It’s not, I can tell you!  It was incredibly painful having it popped back in.  My chiropractor reminded me “you’ve had two children” before she popped it back.  I think they heard my groans in the next suburb!  I’ve been getting all sorts of pain from it too – last week I was getting shooting pains in my head!  Luckily a doctor quickly identified it as muscular pain and I put the two together.  A massage helped but I’m still stiff and sore.
 
Interviewer: So, that’s put your half marathon training on hold I guess.  Have you restarted training yet?
 
Abi: I’ve done a couple of smaller runs but I keep finding that my chest starts hurting again.  It’s currently pretty bad.  I got stronger pain relief from the doctor but it’s not really cutting it.  Being sat at a desk all day for work doesn’t help.  So, not really – I’ve not run in over a week.
 
Interviewer: I can imagine you get stiff at work being slumped over your desk.  I guess you have to keep thinking “shoulders back!”
 
Abi: [laughs] Yes. It’s like I can hear my mother telling me off for bad posture constantly! 
 
Interviewer (let’s call her Carole): But how about the food aspects and the big push to go fully vegan. You seemed to be doing pretty well and got some good results early on.
 
Abi: Yes Carole, I was.  However, I got sidetracked as I usually do on a weekend away. I ate a little meat and didn’t really concentrate on eating the whole pound of fresh and whole pound of cooked vegetables. It’s tricky when you’re camping.  And at Easter I was easily led into eating meat and dairy by going for our “favourite” meal at our local Greek restaurant.    It always happens and it takes no effort at all to bend my arm into going out to eat.
 
Interviewer: You said you recently visited a doctor. What happened there?
 
Abi: This was another big blow to me.  I decided to be proactive and request a glucose test as I’d not been tested since having gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with the girls.   I got the results back same day – I’m pre-diabetic and my cholesterol is high.  I went back to talk to the doctor about the results and he’s basically told me that my cholesterol requires long term medication.
 
Interviewer: Wow – I guess you weren’t expecting that?
 
Abi: No Carole, I wasn’t. I thought it would be the diabetes if anything. 
 
Interviewer: So Abi, what are your next steps?
 
Abi: Well the doctor said to concentrate on losing weight and exercising for the next six months and then to repeat the blood tests.  For me that reinforces the need for me to go for the whole food, plant based diet and try to gain back my fitness – and recover from this XXXned popped rib. 
 
Interviewer: And how are you going to do that?
 
Abi: Tracking again.  I’m going to start tracking what I eat. No more picking at stuff.  Concentrating on portion sizes and no junk or animal based products whatsoever.  I’m going to cut back on the delicious dairy free ice-cream and try to concentrate on following the Eat to Live program properly without cheating.  I might even try a week or two on just juicing... Costco is going to have Vitamix blenders in store in a few weeks... Perhaps I’ll treat myself.
 
Interviewer: So, how are you feeling about things?
 
Abi: Well, to be honest I’m disappointed. Very disappointed.  I was hoping for a good result. I’ve been probably at least 80% animal product free since Christmas.  I wasn’t expecting the cholesterol issue.  I know I’m overweight and I think this is a real kick up the butt to motivate me to really get with the program and do it properly.  But I also see this as an opportunity to see how much I can turn around in 6 months when I get retested. I’m going to print out my blood results and keep them on hand. I want to see improvements by mid-October.  I also want to lose weight and run at least one or two half marathons.  I’m resigned to the fact that the one in May will be walking only.  It’s disappointing.
 
Interviewer: Well, I’m glad you can see the positives in this – and getting your blood retested in 6 months sets a great deadline for improvements. 
 
Abi: Yes Carole.  It’s great as I hope to track my progress – and yes, start blogging about my journey again.  I have a stake in the sand now.  Let’s see how far I can get in 6 months.  I want to start exercising regularly – but it’s frustrating that I have to wait for my rib and chest to recover. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer.  I’m going to mix things up again and get back into circuit training and strength training as well as running.  It’s difficult as I want to be excited about the challenge but my chest is holding me back.
 
Interviewer: Well Abi, tracking your intake and going cold-turkey on the ice-cream will start to get you in the right direction!  I wish you great luck with your challenge and I will be keeping an eye out for your blogs.
 
Abi: Thank Carole. I appreciate it.  We all know that having support makes all the difference. 
 
Interviewer: Yes we do!  Would you come back in a month or so and talk about how you’re going? 
 
Abi: Sure Carole, I’d love that! How about I bring in my favourite vegan recipe for you to try?
 
Interviewer: That sounds great.  Thanks for your time Abi.  It was great talking with you today and good luck.
 
Abi: Thanks Carole, it was my pleasure.
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  • SODZILLA
    Love the blog! The interview style is cute and creative. But I'm sorry about your injury. It's hard when you can't do what you want and things seem to spiral. Hope the rib gets all healed up quickly. I know you want to do vegan but try not to be hard on yourself. Nothing wrong with being a flexitarian! Tracking has always helped me focus. You're going to get back on it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • CARBJUNKIE83
    Okay, I must say this is the emoticon blog I have read in a long time! Not only was it FUN to read but what a way to put everything into perspective! I learned a lot from this blog! You can totally do this - getting back on track full force is the hardest part! I am here for you girly! BLC19 is RIGHT around the corner! emoticon I am emoticon for you!!!
    2042 days ago
  • GLAMNGLOWDIVA
    A very cute and entertaining, but interesting blog. You know what you need to do and have made the changes to make them happen. Now you just got to get behind yourself and make those goals happen.
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