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 Post subject: Week 2 Journal {LMNGETFIT}
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:17 pm 
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Today was a great day for both exercise and food!

I took my run outdoors again as temp was 45 degrees! PERFECT WEATHER!

I ran a new route through neighborhood-3.5 miles total in 42:47.....not too bad for me as it had more hills than I'd planned for today!! I felt great after 1 mile in (really dislike 1st mile of run!! )

A little background on me:
age 36
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#169 (one year ago=#185)
**never been a "long, lean build"...... always muscular/athletic build which I've learned to embrace!

One week ago, I'd decided after reading "Eat to Live" by Dr. Fuhrman and reviewing Engine2Diet, that I'd focus on eliminating refined sugars, oil and alcohol in addition to my strict dietary regimen of vegan and gluten-free. I originally planned to drop ~#10 in the next 2-3 months before the 1st tri as I feel it would make my running easier (less pounding on the ol knees!) While this may be do-able, I've got to focus on training and proper fuel and see if weight loss happens secondarily. (I did enjoy sangria and some salty snacks one night but I don't feel it's enough to see zero changes in the numbers on the scale.)

So.....I've decided after 1 week of eliminating most refined sugars (ie my GF, Vegan sweets including chocolate) and wine (I'd indulge in a glass 3-4 nights per week-RED wine!), I'm returning to my previous eating ways while still focusing on eating vegan, GF with the addition of at least 2-3 fruits and 3-4 veggies daily. I'm somewhat frustrated as I saw no difference in my weight/body habitus. I do realize it's calories in/calories out and I've done well on previous nutrition plan of minimal refined foods and alcohol while still eating vegan. It's what worked before and I'm happiest eating this way as well as I know it works!! My recent health checkup has all of my numbers where they need to be.....I'm good. Time to end my mental confusion and refocus!!

I'm about finished with getting my tri training plan together. It looks like the first race I'm going to enter is in May! wahoo!!

Tomorrow will be a rest day! I'm back to work as well this week! :cry:


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 Post subject: Re: Week 2 Journal {LMNGETFIT}
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:31 pm 
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Great job! One thing I would suggest, though, is keeping one journal for (at least) the entire month of January, rather than breaking it up by week, so that the organizers (and everyone else!) can see one fluid journal of progress. Just a suggestion! :) BUT, keep up the awesome work! I've also recently been inspired by Engine 2 and have been removing added oils and refined sugar from my diet. I love it! Good for you!

All the best!
Karen


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 Post subject: Re: Week 2 Journal {LMNGETFIT}
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:03 pm 
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Good point Karen!
So as suggested, this will be my continuous journal for January......Karen, can I combine posts on here and rename?? Just curious......

Today is a rest day...... Feels like I should be doing some sort of activity!!! My morning started early as I was at the hospital by 0615. It was a restless night of sleep too-I blame it on the full moon!!!

One thing I did accomplish today was keeping up with my water consumption while working (im usually inside an operting room for 4-5 hour periods!) Its not an easy task but today I did it!!

I'm thinking tonight's meal with be Mexican based-my favorite!


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 Post subject: Re: Week 2 Journal {LMNGETFIT}
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:28 am 
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Um, I don't think you can combine threads. But, I'm no expert.

I gotta say, Mexican is one of my favorites, too, and I was craving it all day! So, I had tostadas. Great minds think alike! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Week 2 Journal {LMNGETFIT}
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Tuesday:
Early start to my day.....worked over 10 hours & I'm beat-
most of day on my feet in my not so fav shoes!
I had good intentions of getting cardio in at 5 this morning but decided I needed more sleep!
I did start logging my diet via an app on my phone- curious to see breakdown of carbs, protein & fat..... I've used this before and it helped me make good food choices during the day!
Off to bed for another EARLY start at work; fingers are crossed for a short day so I can get a workout in before "step- mom taxi cab" starts!


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 Post subject: Re: Week 2 Journal {LMNGETFIT}
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Wednesday:
made it home to work out before the taxi service for kids started! :zunge:

Home gym workout:
Elliptical 20 mins level 7 (increased from level 5)
Treadmill 5min + 5 min interval sprints
Circuit workout ( I attempted to not rest between exercises!) ~20mins:
air squats 20x2
leg extensions 5# ankle weights 20x1 each leg
walking lunges with 8# ball overhead press 15x2
chair dips 10x2
crunches 20x2
jumping jacks 25x1
bench step-ups 10x1 each leg
push ups (girlie style) 10x1
mountain climbers 10x1
downward dog/childs pose 3 rounds 10sec each pose
plank 30secx2
cool down stretching 5mins

I felt great during and after this workout!!! While it's on the light side using mostly body weight, I like these exercises for body conditioning. It was a tough one for me-full on sweat!

Thought I'd share my use of supplements (not much!), I use Advocare's line of products. Today was a pink lemonade Spark drink before workout. As I get into training further, I like the Catalyst about 15 mins before (prevents major soreness for me!) my workouts that last longer than 45-60 mins.

My food intake was reasonable today....I used my food app diligently!

Tomorrow's workout out is weather dependent as for they are calling for snow overnight! I'll make a game time decision when I get off work in the afternoon. Swim vs run vs yoga video.......


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 Post subject: Re: Week 2 Journal {LMNGETFIT}
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:51 pm 
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Awesome work!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Week 2 Journal {LMNGETFIT}
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Thursday:
Today=blah day
Not sure if it's the weather...... Teens with single digit wind chills ..... No motivation today in the workout area. I did hop on treadmill for steady 30 min walk figuring some was better than NONE.
Diet was good...... Made a yummy rice, tofu & broccoli stir fry.
Trying to keep my immune system boosted as my hubby has been fighting bad cold/bronchitis for a week now! Ugh!! Glad weekend is approaching for some much needed rest!


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 Post subject: Re: Week 2 Journal {LMNGETFIT}
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I've been lacking motivation, too. :( It's been cold here as well, so maybe that does have something to do with it.

Stay healthy!! :)

-Karen


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 Post subject: Re: Week 2 Journal {LMNGETFIT}
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So I type this from my phone while waiting on my kids to finish an activity..... Took my mom out to our favorite Mexican eatery..... YES I can eat Mexican dishes everyday AND usually do!! I did enjoy veggies fajitas which included mushrooms, yellow squash & red/green bell peppers!! Delicious!!! We love this place because they do "vegan" alterations with ease such as no lard in the beans and consistently hold all dairy!! Ate decent all day as I was busy with work and can only eat/snack on what I take (oranges, banana, celery w/PB)

Not thinking I'll be working out tonight..... I'm beat! My day started at 0445 w/kids and then work at 0615...... Nonstop all day.
Weather here this weekend-55 degrees by Sunday!! Wahoo!! Maybe a run?!?
Tomorrow morning, I'm looking at a spin class......


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Nice! As mentioned before, I absolutely love Mexican food as well! Great that you have a nice restaurant that is easy to work with.

Have a wonderful weekend, and I hope you'll be able to slow down and relax a bit to enjoy the nice weather!

-Karen


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Saturday:
Definitely a day of rest for me - got a much needed 10 hours of rest!
Exercise- 20 easy min on elliptical followed by 10 min stretch.... I compare this workout to a leisure walk around the block!
I received an email about the local triathlons that are coming up starting in May-registration is open!!
The training plan I'm going to use is a 10 week plan so that puts me starting 3rd week of February which will be great timing as I'll have just returned from a conference/ski trip in CO!
My goal for next month is to stay physically fit & gain strength through body/light weight training and cardio- there I've posted my plan which makes me be accountable! Ha!
Karen, I do appreciate your feedback as well as this online journal!!!! Nice to see soooo many people with similar health/fitness interests!


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Sunday:
Temps here in KC are in the mid 50's!!! beautiful day so I dusted off my bike (HA!) and put air in my tires and hit the road for a ride. I made in 6.5 miles avg about 4.15 min/mile-not too bad since I've got no "bike legs" as of now!!! My cardio was strong even on the hills around here! (My goal for tris will be to drop under that 4min/mile and ride with ease!) I finished my ride with jello legs and stretched it out-I feel great!

It was great to see so many other bikers out today-we all had the same idea.....January and it's in the 50s!! I was reminded of what muscles I use to ride and where I need to focus over the next month.

Diet has been modest today as I'm suffering from bouts of not feeling so well in the GI dept-oh well, kind of the story of my life-I move on!!

going to take it easy tonight......homemade pizza in the oven!


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 Post subject: Re: Week 2 Journal {LMNGETFIT}
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Awesome work!

Now, I've got to know....how was the homemade pizza? Now I'm hungry.

Have an awesome week! All the very best.

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 Post subject: Re: Week 2 Journal {LMNGETFIT}
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:11 pm 
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Pizza was delicious-tasty & satisfying!

Monday's workout:
Took advantage of 64 degree temp and jogged/walked outside for 35 mins...... Hard time today with getting my legs to move! I didn't think I was sore from my bike workout yesterday but surprise- I am..... More tight muscles & ligaments. I focused more on long strides & then followed up with a good post stretch. I can also feel the soreness in my neck & shoulders too!! Love the bike!!

Nutrition..... Salt was my downfall today! Will try again tomorrow!
Off to bed for good nights rest! Undecided on tomorrows plan..... I'm on a later out rotation - could be a rest day or just upper body workout!


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