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  1. Thanks, I do take a vitamin B supplement. Yes it is nice to have someone to workout with. I got my blood work done today. Hopefully next week I can find out what is going on with my thyroid and my adrenals. I still haven't got the adrenal kit yet. I am trying to cut back a little on my workouts. I do like lifting and wonder if I could add some more lifting and it not affect how I feel. Yesterday and today I haven't felt that great. I know it is either hashimotos or adrenal related or both. That is why it will be nice to get those test results back. I am tired of being exhausted and achy. I did have a great time doing yoga with two of my daughters today. It was a tough class, but I really enjoyed it, especially the stretching and mediation at the end. Food has been going okay. For some reason, I have been hungrier than usual. B: 4 oatmeal pancakes with fresh strawberries and blueberries and a little pure maple syrup( yum) L: 1 c. cooked brown rice, 1/2 c. black beans, salsa, guacamole, cooked bell peppers S: green smoothie, 2 rice cakes D: I am so excited to try this recipe- pesto pasta with veggies( asparagus, broccoli,onions, spinach and tomatoes), 1/2 c. chickpeas mixed in. ( the recipe comes from Montana Dana youtube channel. She is vegan and posts her workouts and what she eats. She is so fun to watch) S: don't know yet, maybe apple with some almond butter
  2. I felt really good about my eating yesterday. I finally slept through the night the past 2 nights. It has been nice. I did go to the gym today and did chest and abs with my husband. I feel achy all over and really tired, so I may have to do just yoga and walking and see how I feel. Food: B: made the most amazing oatmeal pancakes with strawberries and pure maple syrup. I ate four of them. Luckily I have leftovers for tomorrow L: leftover burrito bowl( 1 c. brown rice, 1/2 c. black beans, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, cooked peppers) S: green smoothie D:don't know yet S: pumpkin oatmeal or coconut yogurt with nuts
  3. I had my first apt. with my naturopath yesterday. I loved her. She really knew what she was doing. She is going to retest my thyroid as she thinks that may be off. I go in for lab work on Thursday and she is running some other blood work as well. She is also sending an adrenal kit to my house. It is a saliva test that I will do and send in. She really thinks my main problem is my adrenals. I think that may be my problem as well. I will be interested to see what how the tests come back. I should know by next week. I think for now, I need to cut back on my exercise. I am now going to do strictly yoga and walking for now. It will probably kill me. I have done yoga before and I like doing body flow classes, but to do striclty yoga instead of my weight lifting is going to be hard. I did a yoga class today and loved it and felt my muscles working, but I have to admit after I was done I really had a hard time with not wanting to go lift some weights. I looked at everyone at the gym and really wanted to lift. But I think for right now, this is what I need to do for my body to heal. I think in the long run this will help my body. If I do have adrenal issues, which I suspect than this will be a good thing to do for right now. I am also going to be eating more whole foods. I want to feed my body based on health not about losing weight( although I still want to lose some weight), but to me my health is more important. I have been watching this ladies videos on Youtube. She is doing a 12 week challenge. She is strictly vegan and eats nothing but whole foods. She also shows her workouts as well. She has a great sense of humor and they are fun to watch. https://www.youtube.com/user/montanadanna/featured Here is her link. My food: B: lemon water, 3/4 c. uncooked oatmeal with mixed berries, 1 tbsp. flax seed, 1 tbsp. chia seeds, stevia L: leftover sweet potato fries, salad with garbanzo beans and balsalmic dressing S: green smoothie D: burrito bowl( brown rice, black beans, pico, homemade guacamole, salsa, cooked onion and peppers, salad) S: apple with almond butter
  4. I got a chance to skype with my grandma yesterday which was nice. She will be 100 yrs. old in May. I only hope I can be in as good a shape as she is. She still does some walking everyday, although not very far anymore and has to use a walker only for balance. Health wise she is doing great except some loss of hearing and eyesight. She is an amazing lady. I didn't want to do a boring cardio today. I was goin to go walk the golf course with my husband for my exercise today, but it was too crazy a day for him to go golfing. So I went and did a Body Combat class. It was fun while I was doing it, but it may have been too much for my body right now. food: B: 1 c. cooked oatmeal with berries and protein powder S: protein shake L: don't know yet S: green smoothie D: beans/rice veggies with salsa and guacamole S: chia pudding or oatmeal
  5. missed you. Sorry to her about your puppy. That is so tough. I am so glad she is doing better. Then to have your laptop go out on you as well. Glad your back and your workout looks great.
  6. I have been really thinking of doing some yoga and walking for a couple of weeks to take the stress off of my body. I have really been struggling with feeling like crap in the afternoon. I really think I may have some adrenal issues. I will know more when I talk with my naturopath on Monday. I have a hard time with that decision because my husband is now working out with me. My workouts have seemed extra tough lately. I know because I'm so tired in the mornings( still insomnia issues) and my body is just feels worn out lately. But I did lift heavier than I ever have on my bench press only because my husband was there to spot me. chest/abs 1. bench press- 4x6-10 ( on each side-15 lbs, 25 lbs, 30 lbs, 30 lbs.) 2. incline bench press- 4x6-10 ( bar, 10 lbs. 15 lbs, 20 lbs.) 3. chest fly machine- 4x8-10 ( 70,80,85,90) 4. pushups- 3x10 5. roman chair-5x20 6. ab crunch machine- 4x25 7. side ab machine- 4x10 each side Food: preworkout: 1/2 banana B: 1 c. cooked oatmeal with raspberries and protein powder L: leftover chickpea fritters, 2 slices of gluten free toast S: green smoothie D: hummus on brown rice tortilla with veggies, kale chips S: chia pudding, oatmeal or protein shake with fruit
  7. I'm still struggling with insomnia and not feeling my best. I wanted to sleep in today, but my husband wanted to go workout with me this morning. He wants to get healthy and lose weight and lift with me. I don't want him to skip working out. He hasn't really worked out for quite a while and I think it is a good thing that he gets back into it. So if he wants to come with me, I will get up earlier so that he will go work out. We did legs together today,but I have to say my energy level was just not there this morning. My sister is a yoga teacher and she suggested that I do nothing but do yoga and walking for two weeks and see if it helps me feel better. I am tempted to try it, but at the same time, I love lifting weights and I know my husband won't do yoga with me, but he will lift weights with me. Legs: 1. smith machine squats- 4x 10-15 reps( 15,30,35,45 lbs.) 2. leg press- 4x10( on each side- 80 lbs, 125, 125,125) 3. seated calf raises- 3x20 ( 45 lbs.) 4. single leg lying hamstring curl- 4x10 each leg( 25 lbs.) supereset single leg deadlift no weight-4x10 each leg superset reverse lunges- no weight- 4x10 5. inner/outer thigh machine- 4x10 each (75,80,85,90) 6. walking lunges with bar- 4x20 ( 40 lbs.) food: preworkout: 1/2 slice of homemade banana bread B: 1 c. cooked oatmeal with protien powder and raspberries L: leftover chickpea patties, veggies, 1/2 sweet potato S: green smoothie D: rice bowl with veggies and beans S: maybe some chia pudding or protein shake with a banana
  8. I had a lot of fun at the UFC fights Saturday night.I was hoping Holly Holmes would win, but I was stiil happy for Tate. I really loved the fight with Mcgregor and Diaz. That was an awsome fight. Someone said Diaz is vegan. I think that is pretty cool. My husband came and worked out with me this morning. It was nice. Workout back/bicep 1. assisted reverse grip pullups- 4x6-8 reps( 45-50 lbs.) I did one set of 3 reps on the pullup bar 2. single arm seated row- 4x8 ( 30-40 lbs.) 3. trx row- 4x 10 reps 4. lower back raise- 4x 15 reps 5. rope cable bicep curl- 4x8 ( 50-70 lbs.) 6. 21's bar bicep curl- 3 sets 7. drag bar curls- 4x10 ( 40-50 lbs.) 10 min. HIIT on ellitpical I am still working on tweaking my food. preworkout: 1/2 banana B: 1 c. oatmeal with raspberries and protein powder L: homemade tomato soup with 1/2 c. chickpeas, 2 slices of gluten free bread( I need to make some whole grains to eat) S: green smoothie D: chickpea fritters with steamed spinach, homemade sweet potato fries S: don't know yet
  9. It was so nice to not have basketball games today. My boys have had games every Saturday for two months. I enjoyed them, but it was nice to be able to go to my yoga class this morning. I really needed it. I am excited to go watch the UFC fight at my sister's house tonight. Food: B: 1 c. cooked oatmeal with protein powder and 1 c. raspberries L: mung bean and edamme pasta with spagetti sauce and 1 c. peas S: a couple of protein blondies I made last night D: eating at my sisters. She is serving sandwiches, veggies with hummus and fruit salad S: if hungry banana with a protein shake
  10. I want to build some muscle, but I also want to lean out and lose some fat around my stomach area. Which do you think is best to do first lean out and lose the fat or build the muscle first and then lean out?
  11. I love getting reading my magazines. I spent yesterday reading the new issue of " Vegan Health and Fitness" . I just deovoured it. I really enjoyed reading about a lady who is a boxer. She has a ton of muscle. There are a lot of great articles in there. I love seeing people build great muscle on a vegan diet. I also love my "Strong" magazine which I got today. There was an interview and a workout by Holly Holmes. I just love UfC fights. I am going tomorrow night to my sisters to watch the UFC fight. I have been thinking a lot about my diet. I still want to use my protein powder, but I want my focus to be on more whole food plant based meals. I want more veggies and fruit in my meals as well. I am going to work on that today. Workout: shoulder/tricpep 1. bb oh shoulder press-4x10 ( 50 lbs.) superset with seated lateral shoulder raise- 4x10 (10 lbs.) 2. incline face chair front raise- 4x10 ( 10 lbs.) 3. machine delt press- 4x10 ( 50-60 lbs) 4.behind back barbell tricep press- 4x10 ( 30 lbs.) 5. cable tricpe kickback single arm- 4x10 ( 20-30 lbs.) 6. oh straight bar cable tricep press- 4x10 ( 60 lbs.) superset with rope cable tricep pushdowns- 4x10 ( 60-70 lbs.) food: B: 1 c. cooked oatmeal with raspberries and protein powder S: protein shake L: leftover homemade broccoli soup with 1/2 c. garbanzo beans, 2 slices of gluten free bread S: green smoothie D: spaghetti made with edamme pasta, salad S: blondies
  12. Boy I have been sore from these new workouts this week. I don't know if it is the new workouts or not enough sleep to repair the muscles or both. These have been some good workouts though. I decided to try something called sleep deprivation therapy. I felt it worked pretty good. Too often I try to go to sleep and I see my bed as the enemy and I get stressed out and that makes it worse. So last night, I just stayed up out in the living room until I was fully ready to sleep. It was around 3 am, but I felt sleepy enough and I told myself that if I go to bed and can't sleep after 20 min. That I would go back in the living room until I was ready to sleep. It really lessened the stress. I took a bath and then fell asleep around 4 am, but I slept really good until 9. It is still not enough sleep, but more than I have been getting. I think I will try that again tonight. Maybe I can get back on a regular sleep pattern. My only issue with this not sleeping is that I have been snacking a little more at night, especially with gluten free toast and a few chocolate chips. When I don't sleep I crave sugar and carbs. I need to stop that. I was joking around with my husband last night. I have been watching old episodes of X-Files at night and watching how Mulder is always snacking on sunflower seeds that are in the shell. I said maybe I should do that and it would keep my mouth busy so I don't snack on other stuff. Workout: 40 min. elliptical Food: B: 1 c. cooked oatmeal with raspberries and protein powder S; protein shake L: don't know yet S; green smoothie D: Sexy Fit Vegan broccoli soup with 1/2 c. chickpeas S: don't know yet, maybe banana ice cream with almond butter
  13. I was curious to see how many people have success with a whole foods plant based diet, without any soy products and have success with weight loss and building muscle. If so I would love to see what your diet looks like. I don't mind supplementing with protein powder, but would love to not eat tofu and soy type products because they may be causing my body issues.
  14. Well my husband came and worked out with me for the first time in a very long time. I think he has a hard time coming with me, because he doesn't work out that often and he likes to make sure he is lifting heavier than I am. I understand since he is a man, but when he hasn't worked out forever he is supe sore the next day. It was nice to work out together though. chest/abs 1. bench press- 4x6-8 reps ( 15, 20 ,25,25 lbs. on each side) 2. cable chest fly- 4x 8-10 ( 35,40,45,45 lbs.) 3. incline chest press- 4x8-10 ( 20,30,30 30 lbs.) 4. pushups- 4x12 5. roman chair- 5x20 6. 3 way abs- 4x10 each side 7. ab twist machine- 4x10 each side( 55 lbs.) Food: B; 1 c. oatmeal with raspberries, protein powder S: protein shake L: 1/2 c. refried beans with homemade cheeze sauce over green beans with crunched up beanitos chips S: green smoothie D: didn't feel like cooking last night, so I think I will try those chickpea fritters S: maybe some coconut yogurt with some nuts
  15. I finally resorted to over the counter sleeping pills last night about 4 am. I getting tired of this not sleeping junk. I know I have been whining a lot about it. Can't wait until I see that naturopath. I know a lot of this stems from Hashimotos and I am hoping she can help me with this. Sometimes I feel like my family doesn't understand what it is like . Leg day: 1. squats on smith machine-4x15 ( 15-30 lbs. each side)\ superset with assisted pistol squat- 4x10 each leg 2. leg press- 4x12 reps( 45-90lbs. each side) superset with calf raises on the leg press 4x20( same weight) 3. walking lunges with 40 lb. bar-4x20 superset with stiff leg deadlift- 4x10 ( 40 lbs.) 4. single leg lying hamstring curl- 4x10-12 ( 25 lbs.) superset with single leg deadlift( no weight) 10 reps each side superset with reverse lunge( no weight) 10 reps 5. inner/outer thigh machine- 4x 10 each( 70-85 lbs.) Food:( food was not great last night. I ended up doing some snacking on gluten free toast and raw brownies) B: 1 c. cooked oats with strawberries and protein powder S: protein shake L: refried beans and homemade cheeze sauce over beanitos chips, salad D: chickpea fritters, brown rice or roasted potatoes, steamed spinach S: green smoothie or something else( don't know yet)
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