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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. Biggest change was a decrease in total body inflammation as well as major improvement in my IBS (or lack of symptoms now)!!!! I feel better overall- more energy!!! My tastes and desire for animal foods are non-existent! Can't imagine not feeling this good!
  4. 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......
  5. 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!
  6. Wednesday: made it home to work out before the taxi service for kids started! 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.......
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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 5'7" #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!
  10. Thanks for saying hello Robert!! The visit with my Dad was nice.....we spent hours chatting about good times in my old hometown of about 1100 people (he stills resides there!) I was reminded of how fortunate I am to be where I am today!! 2nd week of journal will be started under new subject headline.......
  11. Homemade Vegan Black bean soup topped with avocado & cilantro-delicious and "souper" easy!
  12. Day 5 logged: 30 min elliptical (increased resistance to 6 from usual 3/4) 10 min easy walk treadmill (3.5mph) 10 min cool down stretch Sore after yesterday's leg/core workout-I can tell which muscles are WEAK! Diet - only 3 servings of fruit so far; I made a new bean soup tonight! Delicious! Rehdrating today after last nights indulgence in sangria!
  13. Day 4 logged: Todays workout consisted of 10 min elliptical warmup followed by 30 min body weight circuit training at my home gym then 10 min stretch! I did exercises that focused on core & legs- arms tomorrow along with a run! Tonight, we are off to Cotton Bowl watch party...... I've made hummus & black bean dip- oil free!!! Veggies are chopped as well..... I'll be feasting on this as my omnivore friends have chili & sliders! My vice tonight..... Sangria! I will at least do a 50/50mixture club soda & wine! I've been hydrating all day as well as tonight I plan to keep water in hand! Cheers to Friday and good health and great friends!
  14. Thursday: (logged day 3) Beautiful day in KC Ran 3 miles outside! 35 min (includes 2min walk warmup) Stretch 1O min post cardio Nutrition: on track though I added one small block 72% dark chocOlate for dessert- still hard give up my sweets! This weekend, I'm going to get my tri training program together.
  15. Thanks Karen! It's motivating to read various posts to gain insight into others diets and training plans!
  16. I was able to knock out 30 min cardio this morning ( elliptical home gym!)..... Got word my dad was arriving sooner from OK than expected!!! Somes better than none right?!? For lunch, to my surprise, my hugely omnivore Dad agreed that a salad with veggies and bowl of black Caribbean style beans sounded good!! I was proud of the both of us!! Dinner tonight was Mexican at a fav restrarant - I stuck to my usual veggie enchiladas w/ side rice and beans!!! NO margarita for me ( huge success here!) water only.....I did eat more chips than planned! I did have my self- required 4 fruits today! Hooray! Tomorrow- a run is in order as the weather will be nice!
  17. Hello- I've been vegan for about 11 months after reading The China Study and watching Food, Inc. A co-worker of mine recommended the above and for me, making the conversion to plant based wasn't too difficult as I was already gluten free and dairy free (I've suffered for YEARS with IBS). I'm used to adjusting my food options continuously. I've been an active person since high school - I'm 36 now. After needing to alter my workout routine due to boredom, I've recently trained and completed my 1st Sprint Distance triathlon and I admit, I'm hooked! My body enjoys the cross-training required to compete! So I've set a few goals for upcoming triathlons starting in May. Rather than just "finish" the event, I would like to post a competitive time! I'm interested in shaping my body into a lean, performing machine.... I've decided my nutrition needs a tune up!!! I'm going to work on eating more fruits and veggies and LESS processed vegan, gluten free sweets (MY WEAKNESS!). I look forward to the community board and learning a few new things to help me achieve my goals! Thanks ahead of time!
  18. Just found this challenge and decided to log my days...... I've been 95% vegan for 11 months now after having previously 2 years before, eliminated dairy products after discovering lactose intolerance. To go with my dairy elimination, I avoid gluten at all costs! My gastrointestinal system (IBS) is better managed with a strict no animal products, no dairy and no gluten! Tough regimen but do-able as well as I feel like a million bucks! Day off from work, headed to gym. Jumped on stationary bike for 15 mins..... Nice low-key ride w/ favorite playlist. Next up, pool time- swam 20 mins (600 yds ) then aqua jogged 5mins- 5 min cool down stretched. Nice workout since Ive been off bike during winter months.... Nutrition today was good.... Still managing to keep processed sugar foods ( only 2tsp in am coffee & a piece of 70%dark chocolate!!) got my 4 servings of fruit in along w/ salad before lunch & Dinner!! Wahoo!! Today was day 2 of attempting a strict approach of not eating processed foods (gluten free, vegan foods that are tasty are also very processed!) I managed.....
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