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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 weíve not seen a blog in a week or two.† How are you doing?

Abi: Well, not great really. Iíve been struggling and there have been a few things that have knocked me back recently. Nothing too major I guess. Itís 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 Iím, 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, itís in early May.† But about 3 weeks ago I popped a rib and Iím still having a lot of pain from it.†

Interviewer: Wow Ė popping a rib, that doesnít sound good.

Abi: Itís not, I can tell you!† It was incredibly painful having it popped back in.† My chiropractor reminded me ďyouíve had two childrenĒ before she popped it back.† I think they heard my groans in the next suburb!† Iíve been getting all sorts of pain from it too Ė 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 Iím still stiff and sore.

Interviewer: So, thatís put your half marathon training on hold I guess.† Have you restarted training yet?

Abi: Iíve done a couple of smaller runs but I keep finding that my chest starts hurting again.† Itís currently pretty bad.† I got stronger pain relief from the doctor but itís not really cutting it.† Being sat at a desk all day for work doesnít help.† So, not really Ė Iíve 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 ďshoulders back!Ē

Abi: [laughs] Yes. Itís like I can hear my mother telling me off for bad posture constantly!†

Interviewer (letís 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 didnít really concentrate on eating the whole pound of fresh and whole pound of cooked vegetables. Itís tricky when youíre camping.† And at Easter I was easily led into eating meat and dairy by going for our ďfavouriteĒ 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 Iíd not been tested since having gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with the girls.† †I got the results back same day Ė Iím pre-diabetic and my cholesterol is high.† I went back to talk to the doctor about the results and heís basically told me that my cholesterol requires long term medication.

Interviewer: Wow Ė I guess you werenít expecting that?

Abi: No Carole, I wasnít. 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 Ė and recover from this XXXned popped rib.†

Interviewer: And how are you going to do that?

Abi: Tracking again.† Iím going to start tracking what I eat. No more picking at stuff.† Concentrating on portion sizes and no junk or animal based products whatsoever.† Iím 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 Iíll treat myself.

Interviewer: So, how are you feeling about things?

Abi: Well, to be honest Iím disappointed. Very disappointed.† I was hoping for a good result. Iíve been probably at least 80% animal product free since Christmas.† I wasnít expecting the cholesterol issue.† I know Iím 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. Iím 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.† Iím resigned to the fact that the one in May will be walking only.† Itís disappointing.

Interviewer: Well, Iím glad you can see the positives in this Ė and getting your blood retested in 6 months sets a great deadline for improvements.†

Abi: Yes Carole.† Itís great as I hope to track my progress Ė and yes, start blogging about my journey again.† I have a stake in the sand now.† Letís see how far I can get in 6 months.† I want to start exercising regularly Ė but itís frustrating that I have to wait for my rib and chest to recover. Hopefully it wonít be too much longer.† Iím going to mix things up again and get back into circuit training and strength training as well as running.† Itís 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 weíve not seen a blog in a week or two.† How are you doing?

Abi: Well, not great really. Iíve been struggling and there have been a few things that have knocked me back recently. Nothing too major I guess. Itís 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 Iím, 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, itís in early May.† But about 3 weeks ago I popped a rib and Iím still having a lot of pain from it.†

Interviewer: Wow Ė popping a rib, that doesnít sound good.

Abi: Itís not, I can tell you!† It was incredibly painful having it popped back in.† My chiropractor reminded me ďyouíve had two childrenĒ before she popped it back.† I think they heard my groans in the next suburb!† Iíve been getting all sorts of pain from it too Ė 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 Iím still stiff and sore.

Interviewer: So, thatís put your half marathon training on hold I guess.† Have you restarted training yet?

Abi: Iíve done a couple of smaller runs but I keep finding that my chest starts hurting again.† Itís currently pretty bad.† I got stronger pain relief from the doctor but itís not really cutting it.† Being sat at a desk all day for work doesnít help.† So, not really Ė Iíve 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 ďshoulders back!Ē

Abi: [laughs] Yes. Itís like I can hear my mother telling me off for bad posture constantly!†

Interviewer (letís 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 didnít really concentrate on eating the whole pound of fresh and whole pound of cooked vegetables. Itís tricky when youíre camping.† And at Easter I was easily led into eating meat and dairy by going for our ďfavouriteĒ 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 Iíd not been tested since having gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with the girls.† †I got the results back same day Ė Iím pre-diabetic and my cholesterol is high.† I went back to talk to the doctor about the results and heís basically told me that my cholesterol requires long term medication.

Interviewer: Wow Ė I guess you werenít expecting that?

Abi: No Carole, I wasnít. 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 Ė and recover from this XXXned popped rib.†

Interviewer: And how are you going to do that?

Abi: Tracking again.† Iím going to start tracking what I eat. No more picking at stuff.† Concentrating on portion sizes and no junk or animal based products whatsoever.† Iím 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 Iíll treat myself.

Interviewer: So, how are you feeling about things?

Abi: Well, to be honest Iím disappointed. Very disappointed.† I was hoping for a good result. Iíve been probably at least 80% animal product free since Christmas.† I wasnít expecting the cholesterol issue.† I know Iím 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. Iím 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.† Iím resigned to the fact that the one in May will be walking only.† Itís disappointing.

Interviewer: Well, Iím glad you can see the positives in this Ė and getting your blood retested in 6 months sets a great deadline for improvements.†

Abi: Yes Carole.† Itís great as I hope to track my progress Ė and yes, start blogging about my journey again.† I have a stake in the sand now.† Letís see how far I can get in 6 months.† I want to start exercising regularly Ė but itís frustrating that I have to wait for my rib and chest to recover. Hopefully it wonít be too much longer.† Iím going to mix things up again and get back into circuit training and strength training as well as running.† Itís 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 youíre going?†

Abi: Sure Carole, Iíd 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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SAHARASUE 4/19/2012 8:04AM

    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 4/18/2012 10:48AM

    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!!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/18/2012 12:28AM

    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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