Archive | October, 2012
29 Oct

Parents and family, please read and plan accordingly!

Vegan Convert

If there was an award for dragging out your birthday for as long as possible, I think I’d get it! I thought seeing as I had such an amazing few days, and got so many fantastic presents (THANK YOU everyone :D), that it’d be a good idea to do a ‘Guide to Vegan Present Giving‘ style post. So here it is… my top 8 gifts for vegans …

1. Cook Books

This year I was overwhelmed by books, and it made me SO happy :D. So this is definitely my no. 1. You can literally never have too many books, ever! I got:

Vegan Cooking For Carnivores by Roberto Martin, and hilariously the photographers name is Quentin Bacon. Heeheehee

Easy Vegan from Ryland Peters & Small

Handmade In The Present Moment, Recipes from a raw food cafe by Yvette Schindler

VEGANOMICON The Ultimate Vegan…

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1st Day

29 Oct

Today was my first day of the new job.  If I were to recount the events of the day it would be pretty boring, but I still loved it.  Tomorrow I get turned loose on patients and I have been stalking the medical histories of all of them all evening.


Now for confessions: I didn’t get my cardio in.  Two reasons and both are excuses, and we all know excuses are like buttholes: everyone has one and they all stink (you can thank my high school basketball coach for that analogy).  At any rate, my two excuses: I got 4 hours of sleep last night and it’s freezing cold.  I need to locate the code for the fitness room door.  I have it here somewhere. I have committed to a pretty simple lifting program this week so I will double up tomorrow.  I cannot have a repeat of last month and I already know getting back into doing cardio is going to suck.  Time to get started!

And a little something fun, I can’t get enough of this song. Enjoy:

While we’re being random, I need to share my favorite breakfast right now.  I think I have shared it before, but seriously, get you some. You could do this with sweet potato too:

Pumpkin Parfait

Roasted Pumpkin

Pumpkin pie spice

Agave nectar

frozen banana

1/4-1/2 cup almond milk (or your preferred milk or milk substitute)


Pumpkin Seeds and Sunflower seeds (optional)

Roast your pumpkin in the oven until it’s soft.  Puree with pumpkin pie spice and agave nectar to taste. Put that to the side and clean out your food processor.

Slice up the frozen banana into food processor and turn on.  Add milk slowly until banana is smooth but still kind of thick. (this will be the exact consistency of soft serve ice cream.

In a small dish layer 2 tablespoons pumpkin, chopped walnuts, banana mixture. (I do pumpkin, walnuts, banana, pumpkin). Top with pumpkin and sunflower seeds or more walnut.  Enjoy.  It’s unreasonably good and filling!


Weeks plan

28 Oct


This week I am working out sans gym so I am relying heavily on my pinterest boards to help out.  I am only worried about it getting too cold for outdoor cardio. I am going to have to workout at like 5am (ha ha, ya right) or 7pm (most likely).  My community has a little fitness center, I’m not sure how good the equipment is, but I may check it out if worst comes to worst. 

Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday: 30 Minutes of cardio, going to try for a gentle walk/run

Tuesday: Arms

Thursday: Gentle lower body. Nothing specific here, mostly rehab exercises really because last week trying to do a lower body workout made things worse. 

Saturday: Arms

Have I mentioned I am not fond of injury?  I really feel for people who suffer with chronic pain. I don’t think I could deal. I feel better now, but I’m paranoid about it coming back. 

My diet plan is the same as last week, I made a lot of food last week!  I’m in a bit of an emotionally down phase, I don’t know what brings these one, but I hope it passes soon with minimal cravings and emotional eating! Good luck on your week!

Because I’m due for this: 

Measurements 7/7/2012 8/4/2012 9/1/2012 9/29/2012 10/27/2012
Chest 41.5″ 41.5″ 41″ 40.5″ 40.5″
Waist 37.25″ 37″ 36″ 35.75″ 34.25″
Hip 50″ 49.75″ 49.5″ 48.75″ 48.75″
Thigh 29″ 27.5″ 27″ 26.5″ 26″
Calf 17″   17″ 16.5″ 16.5″
Arm 16″ 15.5″ 16″ 16″ 16″
  7/7/2012 8/4/2012 9/1/2012 9/29/2012 10/27/2012
Weight 240 235 233 228 228

Week in Review

26 Oct

Monday: 91 minute walk

Tuesday: 30 Day Shred

Wednesday: 31 Minutes walking at 4.0, 11 Minutes on bike (bothered the hip) Then I promptly left my gym bag at the office and didn’t get it back until today.

Umm…I feel pretty blah about this week. I have also had a lot of sugar.  Cake on two separate occasions and 6 Golden Oreos.  There were a lot of “going away” festivities.  That being said, it’s time for a weigh in.  I know I haven’t lost any weight this month, and I’m assuming the inches are the same. This whole month has been blah now that I think of it.  On to the next one!


Hilary Clinton

22 Oct
Hilary Clinton in the night of the midterm ele...

Hilary Clinton in the night of the midterm elections 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“You may not agree with a woman, but to criticize her appearance — as opposed to her ideas or actions — isn’t doing anyone any favors, least of all you. Insulting a woman’s looks when they have nothing to do with the issue at hand implies a lack of comprehension on your part, an inability to engage in high-level thinking. You may think she’s ugly, but everyone else thinks you’re an idiot.” –Hilary Clinton

I simply love this quote by Hilary Clinton.  All she’s saying is “don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”  I have spent a good portion of my life being dragged down by others for one reason or another, often due to my appearance.  For two years in elementary school my mom had me in a school where the kids resorted to physical violence and I ended up with a broken foot for being “fat and ugly.”  Lucking, I was a pretty happy go lucky kid. I spent my time with my head in the clouds looking through rose colored glasses, and that saved me from a lot of heartache in those early years.  It still took me until I was well into my twenties to develop the confidence to feel beautiful despite what anyone else thought.  Even now I am often intimidated to try new things because I don’t fit the mold of the person who usually does that.  Right now I am trying to choose a new gym and I am SO intimidated by the prospects.  Not too long ago I was lifting weights in the gym I have worked out in for the past year and a half.  A personal trainer came up to me (mid rep) and stated he saw me in there a lot and if I would like to “actually start seeing some progress” I should give him a call.  Any trainers out there listening: this is not the way to get clients.  He almost got a swift kick in the….well anyway.  Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, don’t treat people according to their looks, and don’t assume that because I’m overweight that I am unhealthy.  In fact, I just had a physical, here are my stats:

Total Cholesterol: 100

Resting BP: 59

Fasting Blood sugar: 80

In fact, everything they tested for on 3 whole pages of blood work was well within normal range.  My doctor was shocked, she said I’m remarkably healthy.  I assume what she meant was, “you are remarkably healthy for a woman who’s BMI places you in an obese category.” Ya, I get it.  It’s important for me sometimes to focus on these things, to remind myself that it really is about being healthy, not looking a certain way.

Today’s work out: Walked 1.5 miles @3.5, 2 miles @4.0, and another 1.5 miles @ 3.5

I am frustrated I couldn’t run, but again, reminding myself this is really about weight loss, and I got 5 miles in today. That’s around 600 calories burned. I will take it.  My hip feels much, much better, I just don’t want a relapse so I am getting back into it slowly.

I am also undergoing a number of wellness tests with Optimum Health to test a number of things: Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances, Inflammatory imbalances, Detoxification and biotransformational imbalances, Immune imbalances, Hormonal imbalance and Vascular functioning.  We will call it a 27 year tune up.  I am a true believer in preventative medicine.  I mention it because the test I am doing tomorrow requires a few food restrictions: no caffeine, no garlic, no onions, no cruciferous vegetables.  As someone who’s mostly vegan, I get asked a lot about what I eat.  The answer is caffeine, garlic, onions and cruciferous vegetables!  I suppose I can survive 24 hours though.

Tomorrow is a 30 day Shred day.

Wake me up when October ends

21 Oct

This month has been bittersweet, but all in all, I’m done with it.  Ready to move on to bigger and better things.  Mostly because…I have a new job!  I’m so very excited to be working for Ankle of Foot Centers of Georgia  starting next week. Of course, nervous anticipation. I have to find a new gym.  My current one is a benefit of my current company and is by work, not by home.  I am actually pretty sad about that because I love Bodyplex Suwanee (that’s a shout out, check them out, tell your friends). Also, I will be working 4 10-hour shifts. So I just have a whole new schedule to get used to.  I’m nervous about how that will effect my workout habits, but I am hoping to stay on track.

Workouts are going to be sketchy this week thanks to the hip (bothering me again today), so I will focus on the food.


Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 30 minutes of cardio, not promising runs, but I have to get it in, despite this hip.

Wednesday/Thursday: Weight training.


Breakfasts: Pumpkin Parfait (see recipe below), Tofu a la Mexicana Breakfast Enchilada, Smoothies (I made one w/ sweet potato last week that was delicious!)

Lunch and Dinner: Roasted Carrot and Parsnip Soup (this stuff is soooo good…and I don’t even like carrots that much. I kind of feel weird about how much I like this soup), Spaghetti Squash Tomato Toss, Roasted Red Pepper Bisque. Then leftovers: Spicy Couscous, Barley and Mushrooms.

Snacks: Sweet and Spicy Cucumbers, Apples, Shakes, Hummus

Honestly, I am ready for this week to be over so I can say I have eaten all this delicious food. I kind of made a lot so this will probably be my menu for next week as well.

Pumpkin Parfait

Pumpkin Puree:

2 Cups roasted pumpkin pureed

1T Pumpkin Pie spice

1/4-1/2 cup almond milk

3 T Agave nectar (to taste)

2T Flax meal

Banana Ice Cream:

2 frozen bananas

enough almond milk to blend

Layer ingredients into a parfait dish, top with walnuts. Freeze extra portions, give 30 minutes or so to thaw before eating.



Really? This is really happening…ok.

20 Oct

Further evidence the universe is trying to keep me down:

Get to the Farmer’s Market today, stop to get coffee.  They are out of coffee and in the meantime, someone stole my cart. (At the Farmers Market you have to get your cart from the middle of the parking lot.  This was a huge offense.) Decide to do my shopping and come back for coffee (this coffee is the greatest coffee of all time, you can’t pass it up). Despite the market not being crazy busy like it usually is, people were particularly rude and inconsiderate. Running into me, cutting me off, not letting me through, etc… I got one toe stepped on and another guy ran over my heel with his cart. Get finished with my list, return to the coffee cart….out again.  Son of a…! Redeeming grace is I got a stellar parking spot, and as I pulled away, I prayed the person who took my spot was deserving of it.

Stop by home to drop off my loot and go finish errands which included: Library, Goodwill, TJMaxx, and traditional grocery for a few remaining items. Despite spending too much money, Goodwill and TJMaxx were good experiences.  I got some good stuff (I have to start dressing “professionally” but more on that later).  Then I come back home, get in my sweat pants, and get ready to cook meals….dammit, forgot the other grocery stop!  Change back into socially acceptable clothes and go to Publix, the closest option.  Can’t find the first 3 items on the list….forget this, going to Kroger!  Get to Kroger parking lot and OOOOH YAAAA, I have prescriptions waiting next door at Rite Aid, let me stop by.  Standing at the drop off counter b/c I’m not really sure both of them were submitted for refill…waiting, waiting….look down at the “pick up” counter…apparently he’s going to help everyone down there today.  Switch lines while he helps a woman who has been waiting for waaaaay less time than I have.  Her prescriptions aren’t ready. Wait. She’s counting out pennies to pay for them. Waiting. Somehow she needs change?  Pharmacy doesn’t have enough change. Page manager, get the change, woman can’t figure out how to use the kiosk where you have to agree to a number of disclaimers. Wait, wait, wait. Woman finally leaves. My turn. Give my name, my date of birth….my prescriptions aren’t ready.

Really fighting the urge to scream YOU JUST CALLED ME YESTERDAY! THEY WERE READY THEN! Wait another 10 minutes.  Pharmacist comes back, “did you get 60 grams of this medication last time (gel for acne), it usually comes in 30 grams.” My response, “Yes, I got 60g last time, I guess I just have a big face.” Pharmacist looks at me blankly for a second, quickly finishes my order!

Positives (because we need to focus on the positives!): Good parking all day, traffic wasn’t bad, it was beautiful out all day, and my hip feels sooooo much better (thank GOODNESS)!  Going to try for a short jog tomorrow, I clearly need the endorphins!

I can’t wait to share my menu and my plan tomorrow because the food in this house smells simply amazing right now.


17 Oct

Feels like I’m being sabotaged.  I was doing so well with cardio up until now and now it’s one problem after another.  Today my low back and left hip flexors were spasming so badly that I was nauseous and found it hard to walk, sit, stand, bend….well, you get the picture. So after estim, ice, foam rolling, and stretch I decided my 50 minutes of running was out of the question.  I work in a chiropractic office, but I wasn’t even sure I wanted him touching me.  Then I heated the area and walked leisurely for about 20 minutes at work and came home and walked 20 minutes with the dog.  Granted, walking with Ella can hardly be considered exercise.  She does most things at her own pace. Walking requires a lot of stops and A LOT of sniffs.


In the end, I did see the chiropractor.  Both my hips were rotated and flared, my sacrum was rotated, my left fibula was out of place, my right knee was out of place, my right ankle was jacked as always, my T1 was stuck and my neck was jacked.  In case you’re wondering….Jacked is a medical term in the chiropractic field. So, regardless of how you feel about chiropractic care, I feel better.  I felt better almost immediately.  The hip is a little stiff in the back still, but I’m confident that will be gone tomorrow and I will be able to get a run in.

Share It Fitness – Total Body Blitz Workout Part 1 of 3 – Share It Fitness.Com

16 Oct

Next Challenge?  Perhaps!

Share It Fitness – Total Body Blitz Workout Part 1 of 3 – Share It Fitness.Com.


Today I was HUNGRY and didn’t feel like working out.  I did anyway, of course.  Weight training:

3 reps of 12:

Bench Press: the bar (45#)


Lateral Raises: 7.5#

Rear Delt Flies 35#

Chest Flies: 50#

Shoulder Press: 40#

Change of plan

15 Oct


Today I had a plan. 1 mile easy jog to warm up. I finished that in 13:12. Then, 2 miles for time. Well…this didnt work out so well! After mile 1 I got my pace: 12:27. Whaaaaat? I am TRYING here! But my legs would not go. They had weights tieing them down. I finished 1.34 miles at that pace and walked the rest of the way for a round trip 3 miles. The good news is (and you will really like this) for the purposes of weight loss it doesn’t matter how fast you go. As long as you go the same distance you burn the same number of calories! So walk or run 3 miles, calorie burn is the same. You have simply decreased intensity and increased duration of your workout. You’re welcome. I think I will do intervals from now on on my pace day.