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Vegan South Beach Phase 1

27 May

That’s the plan, vegan south beach. At least 2 weeks and I will add fruits only back in for another two weeks and go from there. We just got back from my family reunion and oh boy was the food good! You can imagine what that means about the healthfulness of it.

For those of you unfamiliar with South Beach, it is a 3 phase diet. The first phase, the most restrictive, focuses on removing all sugar sources, including fruit. This starves the yeast in the digestive tract and helps eliminate carb and sugar cravings. From there you add all foods back in and focus on balancing intake. So for example, if you have bread for lunch, you will have a carb-free dinner. Additionally, this gives you a good method to evaluate “triggers” for overeating. I have had the most success when eating in a South Beach/low glycemic index manner.

Secondly, one cup of Smooth Move tea in the evening to help cleanse the digestive tract,and perhaps a liver or 3-day juice cleanse when I begin my new job as weekend Manager at Dtox!

Tomorrow’s plan:
Hoppin John Peas and eggs
Nuts
Eggplant park (not breaded)
Caprese Salad
Salad with Avacado and beans

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Goals

22 May

So my love is leaving for Canada and will be back the first week of July. That just so happens to me my one year anniversary of this blog. My goal by then is to be under 200. Right now my weight is fluctuating 215-219. It’s a tough goal, but that’s the one I have! That’ll give me 48lbs of weight loss for the year!  I’m planning my workouts by the week so heres this one: 

  • Monday-Thursday: 30 minute walks at lunch 
  • Friday-Off, we’re traveling
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 30 minutes weight training and/or plyometrics
  • Saturday-Sunday: 60 minute walks
  • Monday-Off, we’re traveling back

General Rules

  • 1200 Calories (net)
  • No boxed/processed food
  • 30 minutes exercise daily
  • No Sweets (omg, you guys, I’m going to my grandmother’s house!)
  • No bread.
  • No pasta

If all goes well I plan to start jogging intervals next week. I want to get up to 3 miles and start improving my mile time to 10 mintues and then work up to 10 minute mile 10K. 

It’s possible I’ll do some juicing while working for Dtox. I’m pretty exciting about the opportunity. They have asked me to come in and sit down with the owner on Friday before I leave town. I hope she likes me as much as the interviewer did!  I’m kind of intimidated so wish me luck. 

I’m Baaaaack!

20 May

Well, almost. 

I’ve been biking, rehabilitating for this “IT Band Syndrome” and I’m feeling pretty ok.  Today I went on a 2 mile walk so I’m counting that as my return workout.  I guess it’s a long way from 13.1, but I’ll get back there!  Here’s my new favorite workout song: 

“My body tells me no, but I won’t quit, I want more”

So here goes! I plan to walk daily this week for a half hour each day.  I also biked today for a half hour, but that’s getting pretty damn boring.  

Edit: after being offered and accepting a position with Dtox, they failed to send me the necessary information for my start date. When I contacted them by phone my calls were ignored. I have never been on the receiving end of such a gross display of unprofessionalism in my life.

Doctor Visit

13 Apr

I decided I needed professional help for my knee pain. All I really wanted was an X-ray. I didn’t get one. He agreed with me that it’s IT Band Syndrome (yay for my diagnosing skills) and that I just need to continue treatment for a lot longer. 5 weeks, in fact. If I am still having problems 4 weeks in he’ll give me an MRI. I’m not pleased with this prognosis. 5 weeks seems like a lifetime. At any rate, here’s the workout plan:

Saturday, Tuesday, Friday
Arms:
Pushups
Low Row
Bicep Curls
Tricep Ext
Dips
Push Press

Sunday, Wesnesday: Gentle Yoga

Monday, Wednesday: Bike up to an hour, as tolerated.

Everyday I am doing rehabilitation exercises. Every other day I will Ultrasound with an antiinflammatory medication, and do an Iontophoresis treatment with a steroid medication. He gave me a presceiption antiinflammatory, but I usually can’t tolerate those.

I am going to.focus more on.my calorie count and try to continue to lose weight. I have been eating a lot lately. Time to get it under control!

I will also try to get a massage when I can afford it, but funds are low lately. I have a few family trips to budget for, a new computer, and pay taxes. Oy.

Updating and things

10 Apr

I haven’t been updating much lately for a few reasons.

1. The workouts prepping for that half were dreadfully boring. I’ve been in a little bit of a rut lately. I haven’t lost any weight primarily because I haven’t been paying attention to my diet.  My boyfriend likes to keep cookies and bread in the house so….ya.

2. My computer is dead. I mean, deader than a doornail, man.  It was sudden and abrupt and I haven’t quite gotten over the shock of it all.  RIP Sony Vaio!

So right now, since I’m injured, I’m focusing on getting back to calorie tracking and 1200 calorie days.  It’s hard!  1200 calories used to be so easy for me.  Now I’m struggling.  I’ll get there.  I”m between 1200 and 1500 most days.  Doc says 1500 is likely my maintenance calorie limit and I need 1200 for weight loss.  I’m also doing this 30 day Lunge/Squat challenge on facebook. I only think I can tolerate it with the knee pain, we’ll see.  I’m so mad at my knee right now.  Stupid knee.  When all of that heals up I’m going to return to running, up to 6 miles 3 days a week, intervals for a while. Perhaps I can increase my time.

The good thing that’s come from this marathon is that I have increased my distance dramatically. I was staying aroudn 2 miles before. Now I’m all like oh ya, 6 miles, no sweat.  I love it. I just freakin’ love it.  Shannon, you really area  rockstar for getting us into this, no matter how bad I cussed you at mile 10!

Well Laid Plans

2 Dec

Sooo…you know how I’m supposed to be gluten free?  And romaine lettuce was on my list of “no-no’s” according to my ALCAT. Well…last night I had a huge bowl of pasta, piece of bread, and a romaine salad at my favorite restaurant in the world.  Three strikes! I have prepared myself to have a better week, though.

Since switching jobs, Friday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week.  I work 10-hour shifts Monday-Thursday for the luxury of having this day all to myself.  Everyone else is at work, but I have a full day to mull about.  This Friday I went to the Farmer’s Market. I haven’t been in a while, but the Farmer’s Market is one of my favorite places. The fruits and vegetables are much more bountiful and fresh than the grocery and as a plus, they’re cheaper! Here’s my loot:

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Indulgences include: Almond Butter, seaweed salad, 1/2 Gallon of fresh Orange Juice, and hand-made gluten free tortellini.

Seaweed Salad

Seaweed Salad

On the menu for this week:

Food is so good, isn’t it? What are you eating this week?

Workouts are my priority this week.  I know I have said that previously, but really, they have to be.  I have had some distractions in my routine, but hopefully I have a handle on that.

Here’s the plan:

  • Sunday (today): 30 minute jog, 2 miles or so.
  • Monday, Wednesday: Home Circuit from The Training Edge magazine, Pages 20 and 21.
  • Tuesday, Thursday: Random Abs Routine 
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Cardio days. Jog 2 miles, then 60:90 walk/jog for the third mile.

Time to get to it!

 

 

 

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.

October’s Week 3 Plan

14 Oct

Last week wasn’t a total bust, but not a total success.  A couple of things derailed my cardio days and I did not make them up.  Nutritionally speaking…I ate pasta with cream sauce and chocolate filled with caramel (oops).  Lifting went well, though.

Truth is, I haven’t been too focused on weight loss this month at all.  I only have two more weeks before I weigh in and I’m not ready to see no progress so time to make it count!

This weekend I have been detoxing:

  • Shake: Almond milk, berries, spinach, flax seed, chia seed
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Drink: 12oz water, 2T Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, 2T lemon juice, cinnamon, stevia
  • Green Tea/Water (copious amounts)
  • Soup: Broccoli, Cauliflour, cilantro, curry, onion, garlic
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Green tea/Water
  • Dinner: Vegetable salad with lemon juice (no dressing)

I did this Saturday and Sunday and will probably continue through Monday. Everything good for you, easy to digest, and the Apple Cider vinegar helps regulate blood sugar and gets rid of the cravings.

This week’s goals:

  • Get back to being serious with the diet
  • Don’t miss a workout

Plan

  • 30 Day Shred in the mornings
  • Monday: Cardio: 1 mile warm up, 2 miles for time
  • Wednesday/Friday: 50 minute runs
  • Tuesday/Thursday: Lifting
  • Saturday/Sunday: Just 30 Day shred

Meals: (time to clean out the fridge/freezer again)

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal and Shakes
  • Lunch/Dinner: Spicy Couscous, Falafel, Lentil Power protein bowl, Barley with Mushrooms, Stuffed Cabbage, Soup/Salad,
  • Snacks: Lentil/Squash Hummus, Shakes, Date Bites, Think Thin Bars  (yum, yum, yum), Apples, Oranges.

Wish me luck!

Aside

Sick Day

7 Oct

I do not feel well today. A little sick to my stomach and fatigued so I will keep this short and sweet.

Workouts:

Monday: Paced run for 30 minutes

Wednesday: 50 minute Run (I’m concerned about this distance, but we’ll see)

Tuesday/Thursday: Weight training, same as last week

Friday/Sunday: Just 30 Day shred and some core work

Saturday: 50 Minute Run

Food:

Breakfast: Steel cut oats w/ fruit, Kashi Cereal with Almond Milk, or Morningstar farms breakfast

Lunch: Protein Power Bowl, Barley with Mushrooms, Spicy couscous,

Dinner: Salads, Frozen meals, Soup

Hopefully I feel much better tomorrow and can actually cook those meals.  I’m going to drag myself to the store, but I’m not doing anything else tonight.

October, Week 1 Plan

30 Sep

After thinking on it for 24 hours, I do want to get up at 6 for a little wake me up workout.  Also I want to start working more with free weights in the gym.

6am Everyday 30 Day Shred Workouts….cause why not? (did the first one today!)

Monday: 45 Minute Run outside

Tuesday:  Weights (will report sets at reps as done, but I’m thinking 3×10)

Deadlift (I love how passionate this guy is about his Deadlifts)

Squat

Upright Row (hate these, for the record)

Shoulder Press

One Arm Dumbbell Snatch

Wednesday: 45 Minute Run Outside

Thursday: Weights

Kettle Bells

Friday: 30 Minute Jog, Intervals.

Saturday/Sunday: Random Abs Routine

Chances are I’ll be dead sometime after Tuesday!

Food:

I’m feeling lazy, don’t really feel like cooking much, it happens. I planned accordingly.

Breakfast: Scrambled tofu, Morningstar Farms Stuffed Buiscuits and Grits, Greek Yogurt w/ Fruit, Kashi Cereal

Lunch: Light Life Frozen Meals (3), Salmon w/ Lundberg Rice and Vegs (2), PB and Aple wrap w/ Salad

Dinner: Soup and Salad. That’s right, pretty much every night.

Snacks: Fig Bars, Fruit, Edamame Hummus w/ Nut Thins or Carrots, Shakes

Move your bones!