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  1. After a decent nights sleep I hit the gym this morning before I did anything else. First I started on the cross trainer. The first time I went to the gym in October I struggled to do 5 minutes. Today I did 50 minutes on level 1. Not amazing but ten times better than a few months ago! I burned 469 calories doing 2.73kms. Next I did: Abdominal crunches: 3 lots of 10 @25kgs Pectoral: 3 lots of 9 @25kgs........ I really struggled to manange the ninth Leg Extension machine: 2 lots of 7 @25kgs and one lot of [email protected] Then I did 20 minutes on the rowing machine, burning 180 calories doing 3507metres on level 10 (the highest resistance) I drank one litre and a half whilst at the gym and another litre and a half throughout the rest of the day. I definitely felt better doing the workout in the morning although with work it's not always possible. Food today: Breakfast (before gym): 11 Hadrawi dates Lunch: 2 soy burgers (one bun), a cup of cucumber salad (included spring onions, cucumber and rice vinegar) and 5 plum tomatoes and 4 lettuce leaves Dinner: A cup of boiled rice and a small portion of chips Myfitnesspal says 1392 Calories Weight today: 203lbs
  2. I've been feeling a bit under the weather today, so decided to leave the gym until tomorrow and get a good nights sleep tonight. Today I have eaten: Breakfast: 3 x rice cakes Snack: 50g of marinated tofu Lunch: Houmous with carrot sticks, bean salad and a small banana Dinner: Pizza with artichoke, courgette, mushroom, pepper and tomato. (no 'cheese') Myfitnesspal states 2094 calories, but that was with the pizza including cheese, olives and pesto- all of which I didn't have on it. Water consumption- just over a litre of fluids so far today, will be having more before bed.
  3. Thanks Miz! Today I had a half day at work, so managed to get to the pool. It's been so long since I've had a proper swim because I usually have my daughter who is 4 (so can't) and my gym doesn't have a pool (the small amount of time I get to myself is spent at the gym) but today my partner watched my daughter while I did some lengths. I managed to do 150 metres twice and tread water/walk around the rest of the time (trying to teach my daughter to swim). My arms were getting very heavy towards to end of the 150's. Going to go again next week. Today I have eaten: Breakfast: Packet of walkers squares (I wasnt happy with this but was all I managed to grab before work) Lunch: 4 rice cakes, 6 cherry tomatoes and a small jam donut (again wasn't happy with this but made up for it for dinner....... Dinner: Reduced fat houmous with carrot sticks, adzuki and edamame bean salad and 180g of Halawi dates. Myfitnesspal says 1687 calories. Water consumption just over a litre. Gym tomorrow hopefully
  4. Thanks Karen for your kind words!! It gave me a much needed boost today Today i have eaten: lunch: meatballs with a tomato sauce and quinoa dinner: pitta with mock duck, cherry tomato and rocket and 400ml of chocolate rice dream myfitnesspal says cals for food are 2304 a big chunk of that is due to the wholemeal pittas. I only had them cos i had some left over. I wont be buying them again! At the gym i did: -Rowing 8700metres for 53.44 mins burning 438 cals -Abdominal crunches 3 sets of [email protected] 25kgs -Leg Extension 3 sets of 7 @ 25kgs -Pectoral 3 sets of 5 @25kgs , and 1 set of 2 @ 30kgs -Cross trainer 10 mins burning 86 cals --0.49 kms Back at work tomorrow.
  5. Work has been hectic this weekend just gone. Glad I got in my 3 gym visits before it! What I ate Saturday: Breakfast: Snack pack of rice cakes Lunch: Houmous with carrot sticks and an Iced bun Dinner: Chickpea, potato, spinach and mushroom curry with pearl barley Myfitnesspal says 1807 cals Water consumption was around 2 litres. And Sunday: Breakfast: Carrot sticks with houmous Lunch: 200g of Halawi dates Dinner: Vegan fry up (my treat to myself for losing a stone) included beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, scrambled tofu, 'bacon', 'sausages', hash browns and toast. I couldnt get an accurate total on myfitnesspal but i think it was around 2500 cals. Again water consumption was around 2 litres. Back to the gym today, and a day off from work.
  6. I got to the gym after work yesterday but it meant not getting home after the workout until 1am, which is why im posting yesterdays workout today. Food yesterday was: Breakfast: 200g dates snack: snack sized bag of rice cakes Lunch: 2 cereal sized bowls of carrot, red onion and sweetcorn, no dressing Dinner: 3 wholemeal pittas with mock duck, tomatoes and rocket. myfitness pal says 2149 cals. I hadnt realised there was so many calories in pitta!! Water for today: 2.5 litres Weight today: 203lbs, i've lost a stone since October 2nd. At the gym yesterday i tried to match or better all the previous workout. I managed until the cycling - Rowing machine 8300m, 48.55 mins 422 calories - Abdominal crunch 3 sets of 15 @ 20kgs, 1 set of 5 @ 25kgs - Leg extension 3 sets of 10 @20kgs - Pectoral machine 3 sets of 5 @20kgs -Seated cycling 10 minutes , 4.89kms 73 cals I've hit my target for the gym 3 times this week.
  7. Rest day today from the gym, but had a full day of work and housework. Arms still ache a bit from yesterdays work out. Today I ate: Breakfast: Lentil Salad Lunch: 2 x Cereal bowls of pepper, red onion and sweetcorn with a tablespoon of vinegrette on each and a handful of potato wedges Dinner: 100g dates Water Intake today 1 and a half litres. Does anyone know of a good android app to keep track of calories etc? I'm finding it hard to use Cron o meter on an evening and it would be handy to see what i've eaten whilst i'm out during the day. I *think* I've consumed around 2100 calories today. Not ideal, need more self control. Hoping to get to the gym after work tomorrow.
  8. Feeling tired now after first day back at work and a couple of hours at the gym, but tired in a good way.....I know I worked harder than I have in a while today. Today I have eaten: Breakfast: 3 Rice cakes Lunch: Baked beans on Toast and a Banana Smoothie Afternoon Snack: 170g dates Dinner: Thin pizza with artichoke, courgette, tomato, mushroom and pepper on (no 'cheese') Cron-O-Meter says 1202 Calories before pizza, not sure how many calories for pizza. I managed to drink 2 and a half litres of water (some juice) today and I feel better for it! At the gym: -Rowing Machine 8km, 404 Calories burned. 48.38 mins (Level 10 high resistance) -Abdominal Crunch 1 set of 15 @ 15kgs and 2 sets of 15 at 20kgs -Leg Extension 3 sets of 10 @20kgs -Pectoral Machine 3 sets of 5 @20kgs -Exercise Bike 20 minutes burning 147 Calories, distance unknown (Level 3) Sorry I dont know the correct way to list the weights done....also I'm just listing them by the name that's on the machine at the gym so I remember. Weight today: 208lbs
  9. Today has been a day of housework, not enjoyed it but needs must as back at work tomorrow. Today I have eaten: Breakfast: 170g medjool dates Snack: Tin of Pineapple slices in juice Meal: Vegetable stew with dumplings Snack: Tin of Pineapple slices in juice I've drunk just over 1 litre of water again. No exercise as such.....just housework.
  10. Hi Kim! I know where you're coming from with drinking water! I don't seem to get enough at the moment either. Keep up the great work! Laura
  11. Gym was open today....very happy! So I did a 5 mile dog walk this morning. Then at the gym this evening I did: - 7kms on the rowing machine burning 354 calories in a time of 41.45 mins - 15 Minutes on the cycling machine which was 7.53kms and burned 100 calories. I always like to have a figure to aim for with the rowing. Breakfast- was again dates 200g Mid morning snack - 2 x rice cakes Lunch- Baked potato with Beans Mid afternoon snack- 2 x rice cakes Dinner- 2 x Vegetable wrap with lettuce Cron-o-Meter says 1820 calories I managed to drink just over a litre of water today, aiming for more tomorrow! Weight today 208.5lbs.
  12. Thanks Biglance Today I have had a slowish day working out....easing myself back into it after the Xmas break. Fiirst thing this morning I walked 2.6 miles with my dog. Did usual housework/ran around after my 4 and a half year old. I'm hoping to get a workout at the gym tomorrow if its open. (fingers crossed) Food today: 10am 190g of Medhool dates 1pm Soy Mince Stew with Couscous 6pm Soya burger (in a bun) with tomato, cucumber salad and carrots Tin of Pineapple slices Calories worked out at about 1800 on Cron-O-Meter It's quite hard to cook meals at the moment as we only have a wood stove or gas camping stove to cook on, so thinking about doing more raw especially as my partner has said he will have a week of raw with me next week- Always good to have someone to do it with! Another thing I've realised I need to do is step up my water intake- make sure I get at least 8 glasses! I don't feel like I've drunk enough today.
  13. Hi I've been vegan since May 2008, I'm now heavier than when I was pregnant with my daughter in 2007 and suffered from preganancy related heart failure. So i've decided something has to be done now! I'm 5'3 and currently at 98kgs. I would love to be down to 65kgs- I've not been that slim since school! I don't smoke, drink or take drugs but my vice is food.....I love food!! I just need to eat more of the right kind. I've looked into the 80-10-10 diet which appeals, but I think cost would be an issue for me. I received a blender for Christmas so lots of smoothies and shakes for me in the new year I think! I signed up to my local gym in October and I've managed to go twice weekly most weeks (not this week) since then although I would like to go more often (three times a week) in the new year.......which reminds me I need to go and renew my gym membership. Laura
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