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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!

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Just a quick update

26 Jun

In my attempt to get back into running I have a new injury: Plantar Fasciitis. Because…why not get every stereotypical running injury known to man in the course of a few months?! Hopefully I see the light at the end of the tunnel with this injury, but I’m apprehensive to jump back into a lot of activity. I was just jogging 2:1 intervals for 3 miles when this flared up. I haven’t lost a pound yet (grrr), but I did take my measurements and I am an inch down in my chest, waist, AND hips since January, so that’s awesome. I still want to eat a pint of ice cream out of frustration over the scale not moving! I have been doing exercises taht keep my feet off the floor with my swiss ball, sandbags, and hand weights. Hopefully…one day….I’ll be a runner again. On my year anniversary (July 7th) I’ll do a full progress update. I wanted to be so much further by now ūüė¶

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

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.¬†

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!

1/2 Marathon Complete!

10 Apr

I wouldn’t say it was a complete success, but it is completely over. And I finished! ¬†

The day started like this: 

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5am: Up at at ’em. Getting dressed. I had Honey Nut Cheerios (no milk) and a banana. 1/2 an orange gatorade and 16oz Water.¬†

6am: Arrive at the Beach! Really, no better place to ruin your day with 13.1 miles. Sunrise was gorgeous.  

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7am: Race starts.  

Shannon and I stayed together doing intervals: 3minutes Jog, 1:30 Walk. ¬†The bad part: My knee pain started immediately (REALLY?! After two weeks of rehabilitation and cross training….really?). ¬†We got to just beyond 6 miles before I started having stabbing pains in my lateral knee that made me start walking. ¬†We went about a mile more before I tried running again. ¬†No go. ¬†The sharp pain came back immediately. ¬†So from here on out we had to walk. ¬†Bless her heart, Shannon stayed with me instead of finishing her run. ¬†I feel really bad, I wish she could have met all of her goals as well. ¬†We finished in 3:38:10. There were exactly 6 people behind us, so we finished and we weren’t last: Goals Accomplished! ¬†Still pissed about not running the whole thing properly, though.

I think I’ll go get an Xray on the knee next week and go from there. I feel like any normal inflammatory condition should have cleared up already or at least started a little later in the race. ¬†I’m itching to run again and my blisters haven’t even healed yet. ¬†I’m tempted to share picture. ¬†I had one on the tip of my 2nd toe that was quite impressive, but I’ll save it. I know not everyone is as entertained as I am by it! ¬†

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Photos courtesy of Shannon. Her camera is way better than mine!  

PS–Zico Chocolate Coconut Water: Worth it!

Pretty OK

3 Mar

That’s how I would describe this week. “Pretty Ok”. How much more¬†mediocre¬†could we get, eh?

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Workouts:

  • Monday: Core
  • Tuesday: Arms
  • Wednesday: Core
  • Thursday: Legs
  • Friday:Nothing (was supposed to be 4 miles of intervals)
  • Saturday: I was pumped for my 9 miles. I got all ready, bundled up, and on my way to the trail it started snowing. SNOWING…I said eff this, and went back home. I ended up doing 3 rounds of tabata workouts for a total of 15 minutes. It was work during. Afterward I felt like I hadn’t done much at all, but Sunday morning I was actually a little sore. ¬†So yay for Tabata. ¬†I’ll have to revisit that.
  • Sunday: Intention: 9 miles. Actual: 7 miles. After 5 miles my phone/music died. My left knee hurt (ITB), my right 2nd toe hurt (it has this weird callus at the tip and it hurts, it’s weird), and I was cold cold cooooold to the bone. So cold it hurt. ¬†I’m such a wimp, I swear.

I’m pretty pleased with my workouts overall. I need to get my ass in gear on my 2 interval days/week. My long days have been getting slower and slower and slower. ¬†Many of you could walk as fast (or faster) than I “run” sometimes. I try not to focus on speed, but seriously, I’m getting ridiculously slow.

My biggest problem is that I’m hungry. Oh so hungry. I don’t necessarily crave bad food, I just want more food. ¬†Copious amounts of food. ¬†I wasn’t really prepared for that this week so I ended up snacking a little too much on whatever was on hand. That’s not good in my line of work because patients love to bring in junkfood ( and so do my coworkers). There’s always chips, crackers, cake, cookies, chocolates. My brace rep brought me my own package of king size reeses this week. WTF dude? You are not helping!

Anyway, ways I’ll do better this week:

  • 2 tabata workouts at 5:30am. My schedule is kind of screwed this week but I think I’ll keep them on Tuesday/Thursday.
  • 2 core workouts on Monday/Wednesday
  • 2 4-mile interval runs on Friday/Saturday
  • Sunday long run: 9 miles ( I already dread it)
  • Bring more snacks to work

Also, funny story, last week I was trying to do my interval runs on the treadmill in the fitness room of my complex. ¬†The damn thing just shut off twice ¬†in the middle of sprint intervals. ¬†I damn near went over the front rail…twice! ¬†I might have to look at getting a gym membership. I just hate to. I’ll only be using it maybe twice a week when the weather sucks or I get around to it too late to go outside. ¬†I do have a planet fitness close by, though. I hear they’re only $10/month.

Own that workout, Brad Pitt!

Own that workout, Brad Pitt!

Nearly Derailed

23 Feb

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I’m about to bust through this weight plateau like a boss! I’ve lost 30lbs and can’t move forward, but honestly, I haven’t been as strict on my diet. A little slip up here and there, something you might fall into in your¬†maintenance¬†zone, but I’m not there yet and can’t really afford to be so passive about my diet.

I haven’t really talked about my goals for the year except to say I want to be down 50lbs by the end of the year. Large, long term goals tend to get lost when you don’t have small¬†manageable¬†steps to work towards them with. ¬†I have my small steps mapped out pretty well. My first hurdle is that I want to be under 200 by my little brother’s graduation on May 11th. Since I haven’t lost anything in January or February, that means I have 18lbs to lose between now and then. Time to get serious. This week I’m doing a pseudo-cleanse. ¬†I say “pseudo” because I don’t really like the connotation that comes with doing a cleanse or detox these days. Most of them tend to be really unhealthy and unrealistic. ¬†I mean, yes, you’ll lose weight if drink nothing but lemon juice for a week, but that’s not healthy and that weight loss can’t be maintained. ¬†When I do a cleanse, it’s simply a time to get all the shit back out of my diet. I also try to eat things that will be easy on my system to digest. I add in things that are healthy for liver and organ detox such as warm lemon water in the morning and apple cider vinegar with water at midday. Here’s a sample menu of one day:

  • At first light: Warm water or green tea with a squeeze of lemon
  • Breakfast Smoothie
  • Snack: mixed nuts and seeds with tea or Apple Cider Vinegar Beverage
  • Lunch: Curried Cauliflower soup (and a fresh veg salad if needed)
  • Snack: Orange¬†with tea or Apple Cider Vinegar Beverage
  • Dinner: Wild Rice with Sauteed Vegs
  • Drink copious amounts of water, at least 2 quarts a day.

The philosophy behind this cleanse is low glycemic index, soups/smoothies that are pureed and easy to digest, and getting adequate nutrition. This has worked for me in the past of breaking weight loss plateaus and also getting over cravings for junk and carbs.

Workouts have been ok, but I’m not doing enough. I’ve been slacking on my weekday workouts which are only strength training and core. Honestly it takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete and there’s no excuse for not getting it done. It’s probably smarter to get up and do it first thing in the morning, which I am contemplating. ¬†Not being a morning person is extremely prohibitive! I’m pretty consistent in getting my long run in on the weekend, but I’ve been slacking a bit on my 2 short runs. ¬†Also, those are supposed to be interval runs. I’ve just been jogging the whole thing. I think I could do better for myself if I stick to the intervals. So, goals for getting better on track:

  • 5:30am ¬†Tuesday and Thursday Weight training
  • Monday and Wednesday core after or at work (these are my slow days at work)
  • Friday/Sunday Interval runs. Stick to the intervals. I’m not putting a time on these as the weather has been a bit unpredictable and I need to get them done when it’s most pleasant outside.
  • Saturday Long run.

With any luck, I’ll break my weight loss plateau this week and get under 218 ¬†and be on my way to being under 200 by May 11. It’s going to take a lot of discipline at this point because it’s essentially 2lbs lost/week. ¬†Wish me luck!

Week 3: Training for my half marathon

28 Jan

Here’s a novel idea. Instead of saying “I can’t do that.” Why don’t you try saying, “I’m going to try to do that.” Because seriously, guys, I just hauled my big but on a 6 mile run yesterday. (F’YA!). Here’s what my last 2 weeks have looked like:

January 14-20th (I did NOT miss a workout!)

  • Monday: Bicep curs 40#x10; Tricep press 20#x10 each: Overhead Press 30#x10; Bent over row 40#x10; Upright row 40#x10
  • Tuesday/Thursday: RandomAbs.com core workout
  • Wednesday: Lunges x20 each; Squats 40# x20; SL Deadlift 20#x20 each;
  • Friday: 3 miles, 40 minutes, easy run.
  • Saturday: 5 mile trail run (everything about this sucked, including the two massive hills) It took me an hour.
  • Sunday:2 miles on Treadmill. I was supposed to be doing 3, but my hip was all kinds of sore from my run.¬†Some hip rehab: glute medius strength plus ham, quad, ITB, piriformis stretch and myofascial release.

January 21st-27th

  • Monday:¬†Bicep curs 40#x20; Tricep press 20#x20 each: Overhead Press 30#x20; Bent over row 40#x20; Upright row 40#x20
  • Tuesday/Thursday: RandomAbs.com core workout
  • Wednesday: Missed Leg workout
  • Friday/Saturday: Missed Runs*
  • Sunday: 6 mile distance run. Average pace was 13:54/mile. I walked some in the last 2 miles and stopped to stretch once because I felt my hip acting up.

*I plan to make up one run on Monday or Wednesday this week, depending on how my legs feel and how work goes that day. So it’ll only be one missed run.

The way I’m managing this half marathon idea is this: my goal is weight loss. The half marathon and weekly running is a tool I’m using to lose weight, so ultimately, it doesn’t matter how fast I go, as long as I finish the distance (Remember, it doesn’t matter if you walk or run a mile, you still burn the same amount of calories). When I feel like my legs aren’t moving at all and I’m feeling fatigued I stop and walk at a brisk pace for 2 minutes. When I go back to running I feel much better and I end up averaging a faster pace that way.

My CV system is holding up quite well to these longer runs. I’m not getting winded at all, my only barrier is that my legs get so fatigued and feel so weak I feel like I can’t pick them up and put that down again. Any runners have some insite? I’m keeping my LE lifting to a minimum, focusing on reps and proper form and not weight. I’m avoiding fatiguing them with strength training because they get plenty of that with the running.

Side note, I can’t believe I just ran 6 miles. Seriously. I always thought I couldn’t do it and as a result I never tried. I’ll never make that mistake again!