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On the next Vegan Master Chef…

1 Jul

Maybe I have been watching too much tv, but I felt a bit like a master chef yesterday. I am doing a soup cleanse this week. I made 4 soups yesterday and they are all phenomenal. I’ll share the green monster with you today.

1 bunch kale
1 bunch spinach
1 large or 2 med (about 1 1/4 lbs) sweet potato
1 onion
2-4 garlic cloves
1 tsp fresh thyme
8 fresh sage leaves
2 cups water
2 cups broth

Saute onion in 1T olive oil 5 min. Turn to low and add garlic and thyme. Stir occasionally for about 20 min until onion caramelizes.

Meanwhile, peel and cube sweet potato, remove ribs of kale. Add to a pot with 2 c water, sage and 1/2 tsp salt (optional). Boil 10 min. Add spinach and and onion mix and cook another 10 min.

Use an emersion blender or puree in blender/food processor until smooth. Top with a squeeze of lemon if desired and serve hot.

I honestly didn’t think this would be good, but yall, it’s amazing! When doing a cleanse of any type it’s important to drink plenty of fluids and use organic ingredients as they are less contaminated with toxins. I got 26 organic, whole food items for $50 so no lame excuses, just do it!

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

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.

Updates shmupdates

2 Oct

Jillian Michaels is really kicking my behind. 6am and a workout? who’s idea was that?  Mine? Oh.

Despite my inability to update, things are going well.

Monday: 30 minutes of treadmill intervals, average 12:29/mile, 2.5 miles

Tuesday: Kettlebell workout, 3×10 of each.

  • This workout didn’t really seem that hard, I wanted to do more, but didn’t.  I had already done Day 3 of the Shred and my thighs are sore.  The workout took 30min and I was sweating so I left it at that.

Slight modifications in the plan because I need to get my hair done Friday before my date (priorities, people!). So I will do Random Abs Friday and get my last run in on Saturday morning.  I’m skeptical about the 30 day shred. It looked easier than what it’s turning out to be (and I’m on level 1!).  On that note, I better go to bed so I can get up for it in the morning.

PS–Two people recruited to do 30 Day Shred, F-ya! (I’m lookin’ at you, Shannon, you go girl!)

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!

Measuring up

29 Sep

That’s right, it’s been another month.  I would say this month has been less controlled that the past two.  I didn’t track my food, and quite honestly, I sucked on my weight training.  Those are my confessions, here are the results.

7/7/2012 8/4/2012 9/1/2012 9/29/2012
Weight 240 235 233 228

You’ll see that my start weight was 240, but in reality, I had gotten up to 248. I lost 8lbs in the 6 weeks before I started this blog.  What that means is that this is my first F-ya moment! 20lbs down!

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

These results are great, I’m happy to have them, but I could have done better from a diet standpoint.  Imagine how much better!  Continuous improvement, that’s what this process is all about!

In the theme of focusing on how far you’ve come instead of how far you have to go, here are some of my accomplishments so far (besides weight loss):

  • Ability to run for 40 minutes straight
  • Ability to run a 5K
  • Clothes are starting to look sloppy
  • Recruited at least one friend to start working out more regularly
  • Started eating and cooking vegan at home (i don’t follow it strictly if I go out yet)

October Goals:

  • Lose 5lbs
  • Finish 1 hour run
  • 2 runs/week for time, increasing 10%/week. (Monday and Wednesday)
  • 1 run/week working on intervals to increase time, 30 minutes in duration. (Friday)
  • Weight training twice per week. (Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Core on the weekends.
  • Track calories.
  • No foods with a glycemic index higher than 50.
  • Three meals and two snacks.

Ways I can do better next month:

  • Track workout and food daily
  • Update daily (Get ready for a lot of readin’!)
  • Plan for the week ahead of time
  • No alcohol
  • Set alarm for 6am everyday (I can’t promise I will get up at 6, working on that!)
  • Pack gym bag the night before, before I do anything else, as soon as I walk in the house.
  • Read two books about calmness and inner peace (stress relief)
  • Morning yoga (it only takes 15 minutes, Gina, get yer butt up!!)
  • Register for my first real 5K

 

 

 

 

Oh hey, remember me?

26 Sep

I’m not doing a good job of updating, but I am doing a good job of working out 🙂  Here’s the update:

Sunday: Off, hung over 😦

Monday: Off, had errands 😦

Tuesday: 40 minute run, 3 miles-Felt like total lazy crap the whole time (just being honest)

Wednesday: 40 minute run, 3.01 miles (the .01 counts!), felt great after about half way, up until then I wanted to quit the whole time.

This has been my trend while increasing my time: Day 1 crap, Day 2 feeling ok, but still feeling like I did the most I could do, Day 3 Feels amazing, ready to ramp it up next time.  We’ll see tomorrow if day 3 still feels the same! I’m happy to be back on it.  Diet is ok, too, but  since I didn’t prepare, I’m winging it.  So far so good!

Agonist/Antagonist Arms Day

20 Sep

Here’s today’s workout, 3 sets of 15 each:

Tricep Rows

Bicep Curls

Cable Push/Pull

Lat Pull downs

Shoulder Press

Pec Fly

Rear Delt Fly

Push Press

High Rows

Wood Chop

Lawn Mower (opposite of a woodchop, I might have made up the name)

Also, for your pleasure, my Vegan Power shake:

12oz Unsweet Vanilla Almond Milk

1T Brewers Yeast

2T Chia Seeds

1T Flax Meal

1T PB

1/2 Banana

Blend at the beginning of the day. By the time you enjoy the chia seeds will make it thicken up.

Moving Forward

18 Sep

You ever have one of those days?  Of course you have, we all have.  Let me tell you about mine.  First of all it’s important that you know how much I love sleep.  I mean I LOOOOOOVE sleep. I work 10 hour days with an hour workout stuck in the middle so sleep is very important.  Last week I was starting to feel a bit under the weather and then Sunday night I couldn’t sleep.  I tossed and turned for an hour and a half without much luck.  My right SI joint was aching and I couldn’t get comfortable.  I looked at the clock, it’s midnight.  Shit just got real.  No ma’am, I will not stay awake any longer, time to take an Aleve.  As I sort through the medicine cabinet, I happen upon some Nyquil from my last cold. Perfecto, I down two pills, lie down on a heating pad, I’m asleep in like 20 minutes flat.  My alarm went off at 6am, my eyes open, and my brain does not turn on.  I can’t describe the type of fog I was in, I have never experienced that before, but I will never take another nyquil.  The fog didn’t lift until around 10am and two cups of coffee and then I realized I didn’t bring my gym bag 😦  So I say all of that to say…I missed a workout yesterday.  It was raining by time I got home so I couldn’t run then either.  I will make it up though. 

So…I am quickly approaching what I affectionately call a “F-ya moment”.  It occurred to me that these are things I have in my head that I haven’t shared.  A F-ya moment is when I accomplish a mile marker along my journey that isn’t necessarily a goal, just a step towards my goals.  Moments when it occurs to me how much I have accomplished and it motivates me to push a little harder.  So here, in random order, are what I currently consider my F-ya moments

  • Every 20lbs of weight loss (F-ya)
  • When I’m able to run for a full hour (F-ya)
  • When the guys in the gym tell me how good I’m looking (F-ya) (this has happened, they are awesome, and every time they say something I think “F-ya”)
  • Every time I crave a workout (F-ya)
  • Every time I convince someone to join me for something (F-ya)
  • Getting under 200lbs (for the first time as an adult) (F-YA!)

That’s it for now. 

I did some reflecting while lying awake in my bed and was thinking a little bit about goals.  Everytime I have set out to accomplish something big there seems to be things I think I can accomplish, and things that seem a little too far out of reach.  For example, I was the first in my family to go to college.  When I first started out I thought going to college was a huge accomplishment, and just going and getting through was about all I could muster.  Sometime during the course of my education I felt like graduating with honors and going to grad school was suddently attainable when it hadn’t been in the past.  (was THAT an F-ya moment?  hmmm….)

Anyway, when I first started out, I only really wanted to run a 5K.  A direct quote from my mouth “I would never want to run more than a 5K.”  And even my weight loss goals (180lbs, 68lbs of weight loss) seemed doable, but just a very far off goal.  Now it seems perfectly reasonable to me that  I can run for an hour straight, finish a 10K and even in the deepest, darkest places in my mind….a half marathon?  F-ya I can do that.  Why not?  All goals seem too lofty until you start closing in on them because no, today I cannot go out and run 13 miles…but why not within the year?  All I have to do is get another step closer everyday. 

So motivated. So proud. I hope you guys take a step closer to your goals today. I know I will!