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  1. Day 44 I got woken up at 4AM by a fire alarm. They are doing road work in my hood and it's doing something to the water pressure. This is the second time in a month that this has happened. Thankfully, the first time it was at 11pm. I had a hard time falling asleep but was able to get enough rest to feel good when I woke up. I just got back from the gym where I did my 20 minutes of kick-ass cardio. I feel good. Hungry, but good. I've got some brown rice on the stove now. Ugh! It's going to take forever! However, I am working from home today so I have more than enough to distract me until it's ready. I'm supposed to go to a friend's birthday lunch at a pub today. I'm not sure if I should go. I feel like my craving for french fries might be too much. Hmmm.... must give that some thought. I'm going to check the menu on-line and then follow that up with a phone call. Maybe they can do something special for me. . . My goals today: - Stretch throughout the day (my legs are tight) - Get planned work finished - Study for Thursday's exam - Eat well and get enough calories - Avoid flour products (I'm trying to see if this will help my asthma and mucous related issues) - Get to bed early tonight - Plan tomorrow's workout before bed I've got my work cut out for me. It's time to get started!
  2. You are off to a great start! Being conscious about what you're eating is half the battle!! If you can be disciplined about writing things down, it won't take long to figure out where you can do better. I find that I generally don't get enough calories in the beginning because I'm trying so hard to be vigilant and then ultimately realise that I need to eat more. For me, it's as much about the journey as the destination. Good luck and keep up the good work!
  3. Durian? That is the STINKIEST fruit on the planet! EWWWWW! You must have a high tolerance for stinky things. Did you know that most hotels in Southern China and Thailand ban you from bringing the fruit up to your room? Yes, that's how bad it stinks. Good luck on your program!
  4. It looks like you're doing great!! I've often thought about rock climbing but then get too intimidated because I'm afraid I won't be strong enough and then I never go. That might be something I try this summer ... I love that you've incorporated climbing into your workouts. I'm thinking that in a year's time I might start kung fu again. Good luck with your program!!
  5. Pre-workout Black tea w/ almond milk 1.5 cups of water 45 minutes weight training Post-workout 1 cup oats cooked 1 T maple syrup 1 t raisin 10 almonds Lunch 1 cup kale 2 strawberries 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato 1 tofu burger (no bun) Snack 1/2 cup raspberries Dinner 1 personal seitan pot pie 1 1/2 cup broccoli 1/4 cup of corn sprinkle liquid soy 1/2 tsp sesame oil Snack 2 dried apricots 1 tsp rice dream chocolate ice cream
  6. I agree DV, I agree. Days 42 and 43 I did not go to the gym yesterday. I flipped my closet from fall/winter to spring/summer. It felt really good to get that out of the way. I didn't feel like leaving the house and still wanted to rest. I decided to hit the gym today instead. Last night I went to my parents' house for dinner and had them eating like vegans. I made a kale salad with cucumbers and strawberries. It was lightly tossed with sesame oil and soy sauce. It was delicious!! I made mashed sweet potatoes and tofu/seed burgers on sprouted grain bread. I cut my Dad some slack and brought some vegan ginger cookies with me. Today I woke up and knew I was going to go to the gym. The push to get up and start my day came from a spiritual place. I knew I was getting close to a "now or never" space in my life. After a week off, it's a pretty dangerous spot for me to be in, my history dictates that there's a good chance I would fall off the wagon. Something is different this time. I want this, all of it, for different reasons. Maybe for the 'right' reasons. I don't know. I was realistic about my workout this morning. I didn't push it but did manage to increase my leg press by 10lbs and my ez bicep curls by 5lbs. I had a great work out and felt awesome after!! I was doing a chest press this morning and when I finished my 20 reps I looked in the mirror and I could see my trainer looking at me. He gave me a big thumbs up. I think he was worried that I had lost some strength or that I was heading down the road towards losing motivation again. He's been with me three years, he knows how easy it has been in the past for me to lose focus. I think we both want to believe that it's different this time. I've been sleeping with the Body for Life book next to my pillow so I see it first thing in the morning. It's also pretty good motivation. I've got a few more chapters to read but I've been falling asleep so easily I haven't felt like reading. Before going to the gym this morning, I was on Facebook and saw a photo of a woman with whom I went to university. I saw her name tagged but couldn't believe it was her. She must've gained 50lbs in the last 8 years. I felt badly for her... in a non-judgemental way... and I wondered how that happened. I thought to myself, if I'm not careful, that could be me. It seems like I would have to break all of my healthy habits before that could happen but still.... It was a source of motivation this morning... Wow! I've brought work home with me for tomorrow. I might get a head start on it now so I can have more time off tomorrow... I think a little nap is in order first. It's been a long day.
  7. Days 39, 40, 41 I'm starting to feel better but it's been an exhausting week. I have not been able to get the rest that I need. I'm actually going to go back to bed soon. My plan is to go to the gym this afternoon and do some weights and see if I've lost any strength. I'm not training with my trainer until Friday so it will be up to me to get myself ready and in shape for that session. We're going to change my program!! I've lost a week in my contest and I hope it doesn't set me back too much. I hope that if I shock my system this weekend/week I will be able to boost my results. I've noticed that when I'm not exercising, I'm not eating as well as I would like. It's amazing how little I eat too. I don't think that's good. Yesterday I had a breakfast meeting at work and didn't eat again until I got home at 6pm and even then I was just too tired to eat. I ended up eating late when I went out with a friend. As much as I love the taste of Chinese food... I HATE how it makes me feel. I'm going back to bed and when I wake up again my goals will be: - Eat clean today - Drink water - Take all remedies for throat - Go to bed early - Go to the gym Let's see what happens....
  8. I've had a similar week! OMG! For me it's been a combination of fighting a throat infection and having my period that has sent my eating and work outs off the rails. I haven't worked out though. Not once. I've been too weak. Ugh. Yesterday's dinner out at a Chinese restaurant was not what I needed. Good luck getting back to where you want to be! We all need week's/days of slippage to remind us why we do this in the first place. I for one don't like how I feel so I'm hoping to hit the gym this weekend. Regardless, be proud of yourself for how far you've come and don't look back. Just hop back on your program and you will be more than fine. You can do it!!!
  9. Day 38 I didn't workout at all today but I went to the gym to get measured at lunch. I lost a quarter inch off my hips and everything else stayed the same. My goals for the week are: - Get enough rest to fight throat infection - Take all treatments/remedies - Eat clean - Drink lots of water/tea I am wiped out. I did a lot of cleaning tonight and now I'm ready for bed. I will have a long day tomorrow. I have tickets for the Sex and the City premiere and it will be a late night. Hopefully, I'll be able to nap before going out.
  10. Breakfast 1 cup - 7 reasons cereal 1/2 cup - Almond milk 1 tsp - Raisins 5 - Almonds Lunch Avocado, sprout sandwich on spelt bread Tofu salad Snack Seed, nut bar Dinner Vegetarian Roti w/ 2 pieces of plantain Light juice spritzer
  11. Thanks for the encouragement! I feel like I have a cheering section. I got measured today and... close your ears boys... it's that TOTM again. UGH. My trainer almost didn't want to bother measuring me but I made him. He was just going to put down that everything stayed the same but I wouldn't allow it. All around, I did stay the same but I lost 1/4 of an inch of my hips. Whooohooo! Every little bit helps. I decided to take this week off from training to give my body a chance to fight my throat infection. I hope to jump back in on Saturday and start playing with weights to get ready for the Body for Life program I want to start. So that's it for me, for this week... Join me next week as I continue to my quest to become the biggest loser one quarter inch at a time.
  12. Thanks for your comments and good wishes! I wish I could say I was feeling better but I'm not. At least I know what's wrong with me... Day 37 I woke up this morning wanting to go to the gym. I was so exhausted but different from when I'm just sleepy and don't want to go. I was feeling weak and shaky. I went to lie down for a bit and realised that my body was in desperate need of a break. To be sure, I picked up my 10lb weights and started doing bicep curls. By the 9th rep, I was tired, really tired. I can usually do way more than that. I made the difficult decision to skip the gym. There is always so much guilt around missing a work out but I knew today it was a good decision. I went to work early and had an insanely stressful morning. I managed to get in to see my naturopath this afternoon and the face she made after looking at my throat said it all. It's infected. My lymph nodes are super swollen and I have stuff stuck to my tonsils. Yuck! I've got a list of stuff I have to do to get rid of it and a homeopathic remedy to take. I have to leave for the pharmacy soon. I want to get there before it closes. I'm also supposed to rest. I do and don't want to follow that advice. I was told that stretching or going for a walk would be okay. I ask you, what on earth would that accomplish? A walk? A walk? It's not like I can power walk... gentle stretching? C'mon... that's not exercise. It's barely yoga. Maybe a restorative yoga class would be good. We'll see. I'm sleepy. Very sleep. I ate junk today. I wanted to treat myself. I got some vegan chocolate pudding. Yum. And some apple cake. Yum. Yum. I realise, it didn't make me feel any better. Ugh. Live and learn right? I'm going to go now. It's now or never if I want to get to the store before closing. I think I will take a nap when I get back home. By then the construction workers who are making waaaaay too much noise, will be gone. I hope. I'm getting measured tomorrow... Oy! Wish me luck! Happy Tuesday!
  13. Pre-workout snack 1/2 cup 7 Reasons Cereal 1/4 cup almond milk 1 tsp raisins 5 almonds black tea w/ almond milk 1 cup water w/ lemon slice Didn't make it to the gym Breakfast 2? 2 pc walnut bread 1 baked tofu patty 1/2 cup green kale 1/2 tsp vegenaise Lunch 1 slice multigrain bread 1 bowl red lentil soup w/ veg Snack 1/2 cup vegan chocolate pudding 1 sliver apple cake 1 ginger lemon tea Dinner 1 cup whole wheat pasta 1/2 cup tomato sauce 1/2 cup adzuki beans 1 cup zucchini Snack 1 bowl of vegetable soup w/ 1 cup silken tofu 5 veggie dumplings
  14. Sounds delicious! I gave up sugar 5 months ago... exactly actually. December 26th was my first sugar free day for the rest of my life. However, I do understand your love of sweet cereals. I used to love them too. At my health food store, they'll bring in a new cereal, realise it's too expensive and drop the price. I'm waiting!
  15. I once tried the Ezekiel but couldn't stand the taste. I used to love kashi go lean but can't believe that it has not one, not two, but three sugars in it! I wish Nature's Path didn't put "evaporated cane juice" in EVERYTHING. It's still sugar!!! I used to love the Optimum Zen but I don't know if it's vegan. This thread makes me want to have cereal for dinner. I'm not sure if you can get President's Choice products in the US but I love the PC Organics 7 Reasons Cereal. It's sweetened with barley malt and fruit juice. I think I might try the Cuisine Sante cereal. I've seen it but was hesitant about the price. It just looks good.
  16. Day 36 I think I'm fighting something. This can't just be PMS. I woke up with something gross in my throat and while it's much less this afternoon, it's still there. I almost didn't go to the gym this morning but I did my 20 minutes of BFL cardio. It felt okay. I'm feeling quite weak today and have been sleeping off and on. Stupidly, I've been checking work emails and have spent a large part of the day working. There is so much going on, I'm almost afraid to go in tomorrow. I think I might be stressed. I don't know. I'm trying to eat really well today. I have to walk to the video store soon to return a movie. I think the fresh air will do me a lot of good. I must make sure I'm well prepared tomorrow, I don't think I'll be leaving my desk. I've done everything possible to feel better.... -I'm getting extra sleep -Drinking lots of fluids -Eat smaller portions of healthy food -Trying not to over do it What's left? What more does my body want from me? If I could grab my body by the shoulders and shake it a bit, I might just ask it that question. I try to get enough rest, healthy food and exercise. I take it to a naturopath and give it the most natural treatments even when I can't afford it. I changed my diet around to suit its special needs, likes and dislikes. Seriously? What more am I supposed to be doing? Patience. I need to have patience. Rome wasn't built in a day.... I'm going to reflect on having patience. I'm going to go for my walk now... I think it's time to get out of here.
  17. You should be very proud of what you've accomplished! You really are a great source of inspiration and positivity! *singing* What the world needs now, is Rob Cheeke Rob. It's the only thing that's there just too little of... Haha... I should get out and get some air. I think I'm losing my marbles...
  18. I've decided to start tracking my food again. I fell off the journaling wagon and I think I'm suffering as a result. I've decided to eat and update throughout the day since I'm usually in front of a computer. Pre-workout Black tea w/ almond milk 1.5 cups of water 20min of BFL cardio Post-workout 2 slices of walnut bread 1 baked tofu cutlet 1/2 t veganaise 1 cup sprouted sunflower seeds Lunch-ish Juiced 1 cup green kale 1/2 carrot 1/4 lemon 1/2 inch ginger 1 apple 1 cup water Food 1/2 cup wild rice 1/2 cup adzuki beans w/ veg Snack 2 dried apricots 4 almonds 1 oatmeal banana cookie Dinner 1 cup whole wheat pasta 1 cup tomato basil sauce 1 cup chopped zucchini 2 cups steamed kale 1/2 tsp oil
  19. There's a bread company here who makes bagels but lists the nutritional value for 1/2 a bagel so unless you're really careful, you won't catch it. And instead of consuming 180 calories, you're getting a whopping 360! I also once read the ingredients on "calcium chews" and they were listed in "alphabetical order" so they wouldn't have to admit that sugar was the primary ingredient. The sad thing is, a lot of people still don't read labels.
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