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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:32 pm 
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Bike commute day, I was amazingly graceful riding today. :love7:

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2 tsp miso
coffee, soy
50 calories worth of green beans
some cherry tomatoes
a yellow summer squash, a tomato, and a veg sausage
some baby peppers
a little coffee
lettuce with lemon and a tsp of ground flax
nappa cabbage, mushroom, celery, and a veg burger
2 cups of popcorn

i'm going to want to much on something as i'm working later, right now i will say it's gonna be a diet soda and maybe some tomato and celery?

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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:25 am 
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Fun cardio, the elliptical was ridiculously easy, running was ok but i need a new playlist probably. Bi/tri day.

Food"
2 tsp miso
1 cup jicama
some celery
a zucchini a tomato, a veg sausage
a cucumber
coffee, soy
WORKOUT
broccoli, cauliflower, a tomato, and a veg burger
4 cups of popcorn
i really want to eat some more carbs but i will prob settle for some ground flax

edit: i ended up adding 2 more vups of popcorn and a swig of cranberry juice, wtf i'm not a juice drinker

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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:19 am 
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Thursday: no workout at all, 13 hour workday, I took a pass.
Food:
2 tsp miso
coffee, soy
a cup of jicama
some celery
a zucchini, a tomato, and a veg sausage
a green pepper, some lettuce, a tsp of flax with a squeeze of lemon
coffee, soy
a bowl of spinach and a veg burger
2 cups of popcorn


Friday was sucktastic emotional eating day from hell. I'm going to have to do something to deal with my issues around that guy. I just don't know what to do with it. I'm not going to be too hard on myself for my diet, after all, I didn't do to much harm aside from introducing a lot of glycemic stress to my system. Still, I need to not let this become a pattern.

Workout: 30 elliptical, 35+2 run, deltoids, abs... Cardio was so challenging because I just wanted to curl up in a ball and think. By the time i got to the second half of running, I felt my groove start to kick in, and it was okay. When I got off the treadmill I mostly wanted to collapse in someone's arms.

Food:
2 tsp miso
coffee, soy
a cup of jicama
a red pepper and a piece of celery
a zucchini, a tomato, and a veg sausage
a cucumber
750 calories of fruity pastry (ok it did have flax in it so not all bad)
coffee, soy
WORKOUT
a bowl of broccoli and a veg burger
250ish more calories of fruity pastry (it wasn't even that yummy) (it was kinda) (but not really)


Ok not so destructive.

I'm gonna be ok.

I can do this.

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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:03 pm 
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vivalasvegans wrote:
I'm gonna be ok.

I can do this.


Yes, :) you can, have, are and will!

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 Post subject: Re: Stirred, not shaken
PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:09 am 
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Yep, I am. Thanks very much for the encouragement John.

Workout: 30 minutes elliptical, 2+35+2 ninutes running, bench press, cable concentration curl, abs ( I wanted to lift more but H was having blood sugar issues and we had to go)

Food:
1 tsp miso
1 scoop vega with 1/2 a cucumber
coffee, soy
1/2 vega bar
WORKOUT
other half vega bar
baby lettuce
spinach, a tomato, a zucchini, 2 veg burgers
6 cups popcorn
a fruit cookie

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 Post subject: Re: Stirred, not shaken
PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:30 pm 
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30 mins elliptical, 2+35+2 mins running, i was still sore from the day before, so I just screwed around doing core work and played with dips (although my family is kind of dippy that's not what i'm talking about.) danced for 2 hours at night

Food:
scoop of vega blended with hald a cuke and some ginger
coffee, soy
WORKOUT
a zucchini, 2 tomatoes, half a green pepper, and a veg burger
a cookie and a piece of celery
a yellow squash, a tomato, half a green peper and a veg burger
2 cookies, 2 brownies, and 2 more cookies

I think part of that cookie episode was emotional, but I think part of it is that with more cardio, my body is really craving a lot more calories, specifically carbs. Last night's pastry extravaganza was a little more destructive than the one from the other day. It might be time to start either introducing fruit into my regular diet or amp down the cardio. I could do either. My schedule's is so ungodly hectic for the next 2 months, there would be some plusses to having more time. On the other hand, I don't want to detrain. I'm really enjoying my progress, my stamina, and my muscles.

Choices for fruits could be apples, oranges, and pears... blah i don't really like any of those things to much. I could also introduce more grains into my diet... if I do so consciously instead of ad libbing it, I would end up with yummy things like potato, sweet potato, winter squash, quinoa, brown rice, oats, and maybe some starchy legumes like garbonzos. That's definitely preferable to wheat and nutrient free sweeteners. fo sho

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 Post subject: Re: Stirred, not shaken
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vivalasvegans wrote:
Choices for fruits could be apples, oranges, and pears... blah i don't really like any of those things to much. I could also introduce more grains into my diet... if I do so consciously instead of ad libbing it, I would end up with yummy things like potato, sweet potato, winter squash, quinoa, brown rice, oats, and maybe some starchy legumes like garbonzos. That's definitely preferable to wheat and nutrient free sweeteners. fo sho


Definitely fo sho!! I've been doing garbonzos post workout. I find that if I don't do bean post workout, I cannot stick to limiting carbs for the rest of the day. Their slow digesting nature (gum) really helps curb the carb carvings.

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 Post subject: Re: Stirred, not shaken
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Thanks Brada, that's awesome info to have. Something has got to change... I hit the cookies again last night - partly in an attempt to get warm. I was frozen cold for hours... I figured more to digest would equal more heat. I was actually wrong and I ended up making myself kind of sick. I love garbonzos, they might be my new candy.

2 tsp miso
a scoop of vega with celery, ginger, and h20
coffee, soy
bike to gym
2+35+2 mins running
incline shoulder press 3@15x30 lateral raise 3@15x30 1@5x45 (failure)
i would have lifted more but the headwinds were insane yesterday, i had to save something for the ride home
no abs, still sore from yesterday and got some on the bike

half a vega bar
bike home
2 1/2 hours later famished, ate 2 cups of popcorn
a bowl of broccoli and 2 veg burgers
8 cookies bleah

it's the next morning and i feel like crap. for the record. this cookie thing is not working for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Stirred, not shaken
PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:29 am 
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Just a bike commute day. Fast and graceful. :)

Food was another story.
2 tsp miso
some pea pods and baby carrots
some broccoli florets
a zucchini, a tomato, and a veg sausage
4 rice cakes
a salad of lettuce, cuke, radish, and a few cherry tomatoes with mustard on top
2 cups of popcorn
a bowl of spinach
2 cookies
tomato, lettuce, and a veg burger
3 more cookies

blah

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 Post subject: Re: Stirred, not shaken
PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:27 pm 
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Are you purposely on a low carb type diet? Seems like you're starving for carbs hence the cookies.

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 Post subject: Re: Stirred, not shaken
PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:40 am 
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Yeah Zack, I am. Trying to lose weight and gain muscle to get my pre-accident self back, except better.

Today was good, I did some thinking and experimenting, came to terms with a long standing issue that's been causing me a fucking great deal of stress for months... it's still gonna be hard and suck, but it will be better. Running at the gym today I composed this workout log entry in my head, it was tough and full of swears, with a take no shit attitude and lots of anger. I got to keep that mindset for a while around this issue.

Almost everyone I've come into contact with over the past week or so has been super nice and sweet to me, I think I might be giving off weakling waif vibes. Even today someone I work with said the light in my face is gone. I'm always lit up at work. I'm pretty strong, a lot of people say i'm one of the strongest people they know. Losing myself like this is a symptom of something hardcore.

With regard to carbs and me: I'm pretty sure it's been rolling like this: it's a combination of this emotional turmoil with the actual "starving for carbs" as Zack put it. As well, the starving for carb is contributing to the emotional turmoil (which contributes to emotional eating, which contributes to more turmoil, and setting off blood sugar spikes, and more hunger, blah blah blah.) The previous dietary proportions have worked well for me up to this point, but... my body must be at a composition and weight right now - along with my activity level - that is demanding of more energy.

Last Friday, my first carb binge day, I carbed out right before I worked out, but it was a specific event I was attributing to my lack of control. It was both the situation and my body telling me to go for carbs for energy. I've been fucking freezing all week... Ya, it's been cold outside and the heat where I work sucks, but not to the extent I felt cold.

So today, after a long staff meeting, I had a bag of cucumber slices in my hand, They were pretty yummy, but as I was eating them, I got freezing cold and my nose starting running and I felt all low blood sugarish. I made a conscious decision to go for the cookies. I ate as many as I ate last Friday before the gym.

Except today, unlike Friday, I could separate what was going on in my heart and what was going on in my metabolism.

I got lots of energy from those carbs, but they kind of sat there like a rock in my stomach, which made it kind of painful to run. So the new plan is...

Introduce a small protein/carb (maybe 60/40ish?) meal long enough to digest and get ready to use before hitting the gym.

Alright, long fucking post. Enough fucking swearing.

Workout: 30 mins elliptical, 2+35+2 mins run, bi/tri/abs.

Food:
2 tsp miso
coffee, soy
1 cup jicama
1 green pepper
1 zucchin1 1 tomato, 1 veg sausage
a couple cuke slices with some cookies
coffee, soy
WORKOUT
a bowl of broccoli and a veg burger, a slice of bread
3 cups popcorn


PS. Oh yah i forgot. I havent been drinking a lot of water post workout over the past week, eating much flax, and i've been forgetting my vitamins. starting tomorrow, get back on it.

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 Post subject: Re: Stirred, not shaken
PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:19 am 
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Hey VV I like the attitude in your journal. How are you ?

For more protein and lesser carbs
Why not throw in a shake instead of food ?

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 Post subject: Re: Stirred, not shaken
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Hey Vivaslasvegans;

Okay, I only read the first five pages of your journal or so... so forgive me if you've already addressed this issue, but I just wanted to point out something that I noticed.

With your food logs, it always seemed like you'd eat really low calorie and really low carb for 2 to 3 days, followed by a big carb cheat (candy, cake, etc). I saw this as a consistent pattern in your eating everytime.

So to me, it's pretty obvious that your "cheats" are not a sign of loss of willpower. You simply aren't giving your body enough calories and food and it eventually says... "Uh, uh, chica... go feed me some carbs damn it!"

So I really think you'd see more success if you go ahead and just GIVE yourself a daily grain serving. I'd say two, but if you're not used to eating at least 1 grain daily, maybe babysteps is best.

Your body is going to USE small amounts of healthy carb servings. It is not going to store it as fat. Just get it in earlier in the day.

1) Grains provide B Vitamins, fiber and all kinds of good stuff that are body needs. It's excess carbs that people (especially women) store as fat

2) Get it in early in the day like for lunch. Your body will USE it and I think you will see less "cheats"....

But yeah.... try to get 1 grain and 1 legume serving in at least per day. Then build around that with proteins, healthy fats, lots of veggies and throw in a couple of fruits :-)

Hope this helps a little.

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 Post subject: Re: Stirred, not shaken
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Just wanted to say hi, and also that you are not alone when it comes to evil, but delicious carbs! :twisted:
VP is of course full of great info about what might be the cause, and possible solution to the problem.

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 Post subject: Re: Stirred, not shaken
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Hey Hayley, thanks. <3

Hi Tasha :) I've been thinking about doing shakes during the workday. My friend even lent me one of those submersion blender things for mixing powder and stuff away from home. It's in the works, I need to order some cheap protein powder. Btw, are you around this weekend?

Thanks VP. Yep! I'm adding legumes today. I kind of don't get what you meant by me consistently cheating with cakes and stuff? Maybe I'm blocking it like ya don't remember the exact pain of childbirth after it's over... but this carb thing is just over the past week or so for me. I went off on thanksgiving day, christmas, and like new years eve i think. What I had been doing is purposely keeping my carb intake inconsistent. The overall calorie count on the popcorn and rice cakes i usually eat is pretty low... My bigger, more regular high carb days have been occasional weekend nights where I have a glass of wine or a shot or 2 of tequila or maybe put some yeast (obviously protein though) on movie popcorn.

More later... got to go to work.

Oh yeah, This morning I cleaned out my fridge and my cupboards. It's symbolic of me also cleaning out old trashy garbage from my life. Hell yeah. :boxer:

Yesterday:
no workout, unusually super stressful 13 hour workday.

Yesterday food:
2 tsp miso
coffee, soy
1 cup jicama
some celery
a zucchini, a tomato, a veg sausage
a green pepper and a tsp of ground flax
coffee, soy
a bowl of spinach with a tomato and a veg burger with some bread
fell asleep, woke up and ate more bread <--- that was clearly emotional eating.

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